With only days before the draft, Murray hasn’t been signed to a rookie contract and Josh Rosen hasn’t been traded? Arizona has milked this draft for every ounce of news/marketing they could get. Having said that, seeing Heisman winner Kyler Murray run Kliff Kingsbury’s Air Raid offense should be very exciting!
The 49ers add one of the most polished defensive players in the draft, Nick Bosa. The team added Dee Ford in free agency, and this will be the fourth defensive lineman they’ve drafted in the first round in the last five years: DeForest Buckner, Solomon Thomas, Arik Armstead, and Bosa. Bosa has exceptional short area quickness and excellent low body strength.
Williams is coming off a season where he dominated. The Jets have an impressive history of taking top notch defensive linemen in the draft – Sheldon Richardson and John Abraham come to mind. Williams would make a great addition to the 2019 NY Jets.
Oliver was one of the most disruptive defensive linemen in the county over the last two seasons. Gruden loves guys who can pressure the quarterback, and Oliver and do just that.
5. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Josh Allen, OLB, Kentucky
For a long time, it looked like the Bucs with go with Devin White, but when a player like Josh Allen falls into your lap – you take him. Allen’s a player that the Bucs will be able to line up in a variety of place, keeping offenses guessing.
Jacksonville is in need of help along the offensive line, no secret there, they gave up 50+ sacks last year. The team signed QB Nick Foles, so, doubtful they draft one here. Taylor is the best run blocking tackle in the draft. And I think they’ll look to take the pressure off Foles by running the ball more. So, Jawaan Taylor to the Jaguars.
The Lions need weapons. I think they could go in several directions here. D.K. Metcalf and his 4.33 speed is one option. However, a player like Hockenson has more value for this team and their needs. He can inline block, adding value to the running game. He runs clean routes, gains separation, and has easy hands – adding value to the passing game. He’ll just be involved in more plays than a wide receiver.
The Bill finished with the NFL’s number two defense last year. In 2019, they return ten of the starting eleven, the lone loss being the retirement of DT Kyle Williams. Drafting Lawrence to step in to Williams would be perfect.
10. Denver Broncos: Dalton Risner, OT, Kansas State
The Broncos picked up OT Ja’Wuan James, CB Bryce Callahan, CB Kareem Jackson, and QB Joe Flacco in free agency. Those were their most pressing needs. They could trade down here, but I’m going out on a limb and saying they take Dalton Risner from Kansas State. Risner can play four of the five line spots, and Denver’s been high on him this entire post season.
The Bengals address several of their biggest needs during free agency. However, they are still in need a leader in the middle of that defense. LSU’s Devin White has long been considered the best linebacker in the class. He’s the high character leader HC Zac Taylor wants.
The Packers have two picks in the first round: picks 12 and 30. The Packers are looking for help on the OL and DL, along with a wide receiver, and a tight end. With Hockenson off the board, I doubt they take Fant this high. Keeping QB Aaron Rodgers off the ground should be a priority. Williams play pass block and run block, play inside or out.
With QB Ryan Tannehill shipped off to the Titans is Fitz-Magic is the answer? Do they take a quarterback here? I think they need one, but don’t think they take one here. However, HC Flores is a defensive guy, so I’m going with the second best linebacker in the class.
The Redskins have questions about their quarterback position, and they could go in that direction, but I think they wait until the second round. They could use a lock-down corner and Williams’ man skills would be a great fit in Washington.
The Panthers have concerns on both sides of the line. Andre Dillard and Clelin Ferrell would both be viable options for Carolina. However, the Panthers attended Sweat’s Pro Day and had him in for a Private Workout. Seems like they like him.
The Giants are a team that likes to snap up quality pass rushers. Ferrell is about as complete an end as there is in this draft. Quick enough to get the corner and stout enough to hold up against the run.
The Vikings are looking for some help on the offensive line. Little can pass block and run block. He has good length and plenty of athleticism. Has all the talent, needs some good coaching to reach potential.
Wilkins won the “Academic Heisman” in 2018 – also known as the William V. Campbell Trophy. He shows a quick first step and is able to beat double teams. Wilkins can play anywhere on the line, adding to his value.
The Seahawks only have four picks, so I would expect them to trade down to accumulate some extra selections. Rumor has it they are shopping DE Frank Clark, that’s another option to gain some picks. If they stay where they are are Simmons would be excellent value, even if he has to miss the beginning of the season due to his ACL injury.
Gary’s stock drops a bit because of a torn labrum. He could possibly miss the first six weeks of the season. However, like Simmons, Gary becomes a good value pick at this spot. The Ravens like stout defensive linemen and they could be creative about a player as athletic as Gary.
Would Oakland take Marquise Brown here? Or would they go with a starting running back here? With the chance that the Eagles could go after Jacobs, the Raiders grab their guy with the twenty-fourth overall pick.
The Chiefs need a couple of corners and a safety. But with their first pick, they take a guy who can get after the quarterback. Ferguson had 26 tackles-for-loss and 17.5 sacks last year.
30. Green Bay (from New Orleans): Noah Fant, TE, Iowa (DL)
Fant was the pre-season favorite to be the top TE in the draft, that is until his teammate came on like a freight train. But at the combine, Fant made a statement by running 4.5 forty, had a 6.81 3-cone, and an 11-49 90-yard shuttle – all best in his position group. Rodgers will appreciate another big, fast, target.
Get a new quarterback, how about adding some blockers. Jenkins is an intelligent player who knows how to read a defense and make the proper line calls. He has played up and down the line, giving him the ability to better help his fellow linemen identify schemes and blitzes. Best pass blocker in the group.
34. Indianapolis (via NY Jets): Irv Smith, Jr., TE, Alabama
The Colts give Luck another weapon, and the offensive has improved tremendously. Smith surprised a little, by coming in at 6′ 2″, he was a little shorter than anticipated. He ran a good 4.63 forty, but was only average in the rest of the drills. However, Smith comes from a football family and has football smarts. He knows how to create separation and has excellent hands. And he’s a good route runner. He’ll find his way on the field.
The Raiders add a corner who can play tight man coverage. A transfer from Presbyterian to Temple, Rock Ya-Sin is the best name in football. Had a good week at the Senior Bowl. Plays aggressively. Likes to drape receivers, but isn’t a penalty waiting to happen. Tough, physical player who should, with good coaching, excel at man coverage.
36. San Francisco 49ers: Julian Love, CB, Notre Dame
Love is a leader on the field. He is thick bodied and not afraid of contact. He’s not going to be flashy, like Greedy Williams, but Love will be steady, consistent and reliable. He is patient and doesn’t over-react. Trusts his eyes.
Giants take the tallest cornerback in the draft. There just are not that many 6′ 4″ corners. And with receiver getting taller and taller, teams are taking a good long look at Joejuan Williams of Vanderbilt. HC Derek Mason compared Williams to Richard Sherman. Likes to press and plays best close to the line of scrimmage.
Brown is a big slot receiver, capable of 70-80 catches a year. He is Mississippi’s all-time leader in receiving yards. He can line up anywhere on the field. Reliable hands and knows how to create separation from defenders. May be the most polished receiver in this class.
39. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Jamel Dean, CB, Auburn
Maybe a surprise to some, but HC Arians specifically state his priority was speed on defense. Dean ran a blazing 4.3 at the Combine. He’s a man-on-man cover corner that mirrors very well and rides the hip of his opponent. Dean’s had several knee surgeries during his career, but if his medical evaluation is good, there’s no reason to believe he won’t go this high. Dean, fills two needs, the Bucs get themselves a man-to-man cover corner with top-end speed.
Sternberger has been getting a lot of attention from teams – including the Buffalo Bills. He is very athletic, a former three sport athlete, and takes his conditioning seriously. One of the fastest rising players in the draft. A tight end that can block, run good routes and catch the ball. Solid pick.
41. Denver Broncos: Daniel Jones, CB, Duke
A protégé of coach David Cutcliffe, Jones knows his X’s and O’s. His experience playing in a pro-style offense has helped him prepare for the next level. Has good arm strength, but not top-notch. Releases ball at it’s high point. Could start right away at the next level, but might benefit by not being asked to do too much in his first season. By getting a QB in the second round, Flacco can feel secure in his position while Jones has a season to learn.
The Bengals pull the trigger on Dalton’s eventual replacement. There are something you just can’t coach, and one of them is arm-strength. Lock has the best arm in the class. Lock’s throwing motion resemble a Major League pitcher. He really torques that elbow and has a lot of range in his shoulder. Has four-years of playing experience against top level competition. Could start right away at the next level.
Layne is 6′ 2″ with impressive quickness. A former wide receiver that understands the route tree. Has good instincts and light feet. How shown explosiveness and good closing speed. Has long arms and likes to play man-to-man. Solid tackler.
Tillery has surprising agility for a guy six-foot-six. He’s quick off the ball and can get his pads low rather consistently for a tall man. He’s a long-strider with good backside pursuit. If it weren’t for an injury, Tillery would have gone higher. Great value pick for the Packers.
45. Atlanta Falcons: Darnell Savage, S, Maryland
Savage is a safety that can work in the nickel. So he’d give the Falcons an extra CB with amazing range and downhill speed. He had an impressive Combine, he ran a 4.36 with very good numbers in the broad jump and the vertical jump. Showed light feet and fluid hips. However, what really stands out about Savage is his playing speed. Turn on the game film, and he is consistently the fastest player on the field. Plays exceptionally well downhill. Looks like a first round pick.
Campbell ran a 4.31 at the combine, pushing him up the boards. When you look at the success Carolina is having with Ohio State’s Curtis Samuel, Campbell should go in the first or early second round. Besides running routes, Campbell could also be used on jet-sweeps and bubble screens.
47. Carolina Panthers: Kaleb McGary, OT, Washington
McGary’s strength is in the run game. Let him move forward and use his nasty aggression to maul defensive linemen. He’s athletic enough to projects at right tackle at the next level. He does have a prior medical condition that teams will need to check out before they select him. If all checks out well, McGary should have a bright future ahead of him on the field.
Polite has been working to rehab his reputation after turning numerous teams off during the Scouting Combine interview process. At one time he was being talked about as a potential first round pick. He has too much talent to ignore and Dolphins will give him a second chance. Flores continues to rebuild his defense, surprising many by taking Polite in the second round.
They could’ve gone CB here, but instead take Rapp, one of the nation’s top safety prospects. High football IQ, anticipates well. Well -built and likes to play aggressive. Solid tackler that takes good angles. Didn’t run the forty at the Combine, but came in under 4.0 in the 20-yard shuttle.
50. Minnesota Vikings: Erik McCoy, OC, Texas A&M
McCoy has jumped up draft boards based on his athleticism. He has gradually improved each year with his technique and overall strength. Can play the run and pass equally well. Vikings continue to add pieces to their offensive line.
Steelers grab the third best linebacker in the class. Sure tackler with plenty of size and strength making him a better fit on the inside. Likes to get in the mix and lower his pads and hit somebody. Quick to fill the hole. Looks like he could be a good blitzer at the next level and could also slide up to rush off the edge on occasion.
53. Philadelphia Eagles (via Bal): Tytus Howard, OT, Alabama State
Eagles have worked Howard out a couple of times, so the interest is there. This would be a great spot to select him. Tytus Howard is perhaps the second best technician in the class behind Jonah Williams. Shows good pass pro technique. Shows a nice kick off the snap and excellent mirroring skills to drive defenders out of the picture. Will need to improve his strength and may really bloom in his second year.
The Texans take another offensive lineman to help protect Watson. Cajuste has long arms, big hands, and is strong. Has excellent burst off the ball, which shows his background as a high school basketball star.
Henderson averaged, something like, 8 yards per carry over his career at Memphis. That’s just crazy. Henderson doesn’t have great speed, but he is fast enough. His real strength is his vision, his ability to read blocks and leverage his angles. The Texans are known to be high on him.
Abram is that guy everyone tags as the “pure strong safety” in this group. He plays exceptionally well in the box, that is true. But don’t be fooled, Abram has played both safety positions in his career. He has shown good fluidity and enough speed to cover the back end.
57. Philadelphia Eagles: Vosean Joseph, OLB, Florida
Joseph shows plenty of downhill speed and lateral quickness. Has good instincts and trusts his eyes. He’s a powerful and physical ‘backer that makes splash plays. Athletic enough to cover any back.
Dre’Mont Jones is explosive off the snap and has the agility to make plays at or near the line of scrimmage. He’s not just one who just pushes linemen back, Jones likes to get to the quarterback. He fills a need for the Cowboys and is the best player available at fifty-eight.
59. Indianapolis Colts: Treyvon Mullen, CB, Clemson
Mullen is a 4.44 forty guy that is coming out early. He has good height and a solid frame. Long limbs and plenty of upside. Had outstanding coaching in college.
60. Los Angeles Chargers: Dennis Daley, OT, So. Carolina
Daley is a big bodied mauler that can help the Chargers (and RB Melvin Gordon) in the running game.
Physically, Thornhill tested off the charts. He had a 4.42 forty, 21 reps of 225 on the bench, a 44″ vertical jump, and a 141″ broad jump. A former basketball star, his athleticism shows up on film. Will sacrifice his body, but not a thumper. While listed as a safety, Thornhill’s real value might be in the nickel matching up against tight ends and running backs.
62. New Orleans Saints: Connor McGovern, OC, Penn State
The Saints need interior line help. McGovern is not as athletic as Bradbury or McCoy, but he is an intelligent player capable of playing all three interior positions. For not being super-athletic, he plays with good understanding of angles and leverage, keeping defenders at bay. He had made significant leaps every year. Only a junior, his floor is high.
Excels at playing man-off. Has nice fluid backpedal and smooth hips. Can mirror receiver, using his long frame to his advantage. Flashes physicality and hit power coming downhill. Tracks ball well in the air. The Chiefs needed to get at least two corners and a safety out of this draft – they’ve made solid moves in the right direction in this round.
64. New England Patriots: Kahale Warring, TE, San Diego State
Warring is a rare combination of size and athleticism. He’s still learning, but growing steadily. He didn’t play football until his senior year in high school. He was an all-league water polo goalie and basketball player at rural Sonora High in Northern California. He also competed on the cross country, swimming, soccer and tennis before trying his hand at football.
Knox is a reliable blocking tight end with plenty of upside as a receiver.
73. New England Patriots (via Det): Max Scharping, OT, No. Illinois
Scharping has the tools needed to play left tackle. He mirrors well and can direct defenders out of the play. He’s actually pretty strong with good agility and could find himself playing inside and out at the next level – at least until he lands a starting spot.
74. Buffalo Bills: Damien Harris, RB, Alabama
Great value pick at seventy-four. Harris is a guy the Bills can pound the ball with. He has added value as a receiver out of the backfield.
75. Green Bay Packers: Emanuel Hall, WR, Missouri
Hall is a 6′ 2″ burner with 4.3 speed. An underrated player who will give Rodgers a deep threat. Can leap high for the jump ball.
76. Washington Redskins: Will Grier, QB, West Virginia
Washington doesn’t panic or reach and still gets their man.
In Boykin, the Panthers get a tall, big bodied, receiver with good hands and the ability to win the jump ball.
78. Miami Dolphins: Chuma Edoga, OT, USC
The Dolphins add a left tackle to protect Fitzpatrick’s blindside. Edoga is a prior 5-star recruit. He spent his career at USC playing right tackle. He was asked to play left tackle during Senior Bowl week and held his own.
Oruwariye possesses quick feet and fluid hips. He trusts his eyes and generally has a clear understanding of what the offense is trying to do. He shows good hand-eye coordination. Isn’t afraid to make a tackle. The Falcons add a solid corner.
Gardner-Johnson is a play-maker who improved tremendously in 2018. He looks to be a player on the rise. Has very good coverage skills. Can shadow receivers and has good closing speed. A bit of a ball-hawk. Willing tackler that does not hesitate.
Hooker is an instinctive player with loose hips and light feet. Has good agility and size. Will fly to the ball and is eager to throw his body into the ball carrier. Good at tracking the ball in the air and will go for the pick.
85. Baltimore Ravens: Mack Wilson, LB, Alabama
Hard-hitting middle linebacker for the Crimson Tide. Wilson is athletic enough to play inside or out, and has plenty of speed.
86. Houston Texans: Foster Moreau, TE, LSU
Not a flashy player, but will get the job done. With good coaching, he’s got plenty of floor. Can block and catch.
Might be the most underrated CB in the draft. Long’s strength is his ability to mirror receivers in the short area, making him ideal in the slot. Has excellent lateral agility, good closing speed, and good recovery skills. Can match up well against bigger receivers too.
101. New England Patriots: Zach Allen, DT, Boston College
Allen’s strength is his strength – using his bull-rush to consistently push opponents into the backfield.
With the NFL Draft beginning this Thursday night, Nat L. Faybian’s Senior Writer Douglas Love compiles a final four-round mock draft.
103. Arizona Cardinals: Terry McLaurin, WR, Ohio State
McLaurin used the post-season to move up draft board with steady and impressive performances. His 4.35 is certainly a bonus.
104. San Francisco 49ers: Ty Summers, ILB, TCU
Summers wrapped up his college career with the second-most tackles (318) in the Patterson era. He had a frustrating senior season with an injury, but finished the season with 46 tackles, including 5 1/2 for loss and four sacks.
105. New York Jets: Ryan Pope, OT, San Diego State
Like his teammate Roemer, Pope is a big mauler type that can help clear lanes inthe run game.
106. Oakland Raiders: Ryan Finley, QB, NC State
True, Gruden prefers veterans, however, for a fourth round pick – Finley does possess the intelligence Gruden appreciates in a QB.
Sanders has worked diligently over the past year to become stronger, quicker, faster, and just overall better. His workout at the NFL Scouting Combine, prove he can do what he sets his mind to accomplish. North-South runner that spring it from between the tackles. Has experience as a return man. Has good upside. Needs to be a better blocker.
114. Green Bay Packers: Will Harris, S, Boston College
Hard hitting safety from Boston College, Harris was a four-year starter. Harris can blitz, cover receivers, and put the screws to a running back. Also adds special teams experience.
Carolina picks up a athletic back-up to Newton. Thorson has the size and arm strength every scout is looking for. He won 27 games over his career and took Northwestern to the Big-10 Championship game last year. Had shoulder surgery prior to the 2018 season.
116. Miami Dolphins: Jordan Brown, CB, South Dakota State
Performed well at the Combine, Senior Bowl and on his Pro Day.
117. Atlanta Falcons: Nate Davis, OG, Charlotte
Davis has started close to 40 games at tackle for Charlotte, but will most likely move inside at the next level. His footwork, technique and mobility are his strengths.
Cashman turned heads by declaring early for the draft. Known for his football IQ more than his athleticism, his Combine number were very solid. Was a tone-setter for the Gopher’s defense. Has the fame to get bigger.
From Svendborg, Denmark, Froholdt is still learning the nuances of the game. Plays penalty free football. Has played a little center, but mostly right guard. Has good combination of strength and short area quickness.
Keke is one of those players who stood out over Senior Bowl week. He gets his power from his lower body and likes to pin his ears back and go forward. He’s another guy who can play up and down the line. Good coaching will add more tools to his belt as he goes along.
Has good burst off the line. Uses his long arms to punch and has a variety of hand techniques. Shows good bend and understands leverage. Played with a talented group and didn’t need to be the star – but understood his role in the scheme.
128. Dallas Cowboys: Kano Dillon, TE, Oregon
Dillon arrived in Oregon as a grad-transfer from South Flordia. He is certainly one of the more physically intriguing tight end prospects in the 2019 draft class. If a team decides to invest in his measurables, he could become a better pro than college player.
129. Indianapolis Colts: Sheldrick Redwine, S, Miami
Redwine had a good Senior Bowl showing and a good Combine too. He’s a well-built safety will good field awareness. Can cover well enough to stay on the field and fill the slot. His versatility will be an asset.
Under appreciated wide out from Toledo, Johnson gets out of his breaks smoothly and catches the ball fluidly. He can double as a return specialist.
131. Buffalo Bills (via KC): Sheriff Miller, DE, Penn State
Miller is quick off the snap. He’s had a lot of looks in the off-season.
132. New York Giants (via NO): Olisaemaka “Oli” Udoh, OT, Elon
Udoh looked good at the East-West Shrine game week, holding his own against FBS competition. Very long and rangy, looks like a right tackle.
133. Los Angeles Rams: Marvel Tell, S, USC
Tell hasn’t received the press some of the other safeties have, but he’s got good quickness. Tall and lanky, yet muscular. Can go sideline-to-sideline and would make a good high (or free) safety at the next level.
134. New England Patriots: Rodney Anderson, RB, Oklahoma
Very good in pass protection which will help him get on the field. Can catch out of the backfield. Anderson doesn’t waste any motion, he goes straight to the hole. Has vision to see crease, gets skinny, and slide out the other side. Good feet in space.Tends to fall forward.
**Compensatory selections begin**
135. Indianapolis Colts: Ryan Connelly, ILB, Wisconsin
Connelly has been recovering from a core muscle injury, but still showed well at the NFL Combine. He did everything but the bench press. Connelly is assignment sound. He is athletic enough to stay on the field for all three downs. He plays disciplined football. Lunch bucket kind of player.
There’s always one or two players who slip through the cracks. Johnson is tall, lanky, corner that had a good week at the Senior Bowl. He’s a former wide receiver turned CB. He is at his best when mirroring his man one-on-one.
137. Atlanta Falcons: Wes Hills, RB, Slippery Rock
Fleet-footed Wes Hills of Slippery Rock showcased his patience, physicality, and vision at the NFLPA game.
138. Philadelphia Eagles: Karan Higdon, RB, Michigan
For his career, Higdon totaled 2,616 yards and 27 touchdowns.
He set a Big-10 record by passing for more yards than Drew Brees. He also threw for 50 touchdowns. He looks very comfortable in the pocket and seems to have a natural feel for the game. Quick release and really drives the ball down field. Reads the field well and is accurate. Mechanics are clean, but sometimes drops his arm creating errant throws. Haskins is still learning the game. With good coaching he has a high ceiling.
There are something you just can’t coach, and one of them is arm-strength. Lock has the best arm in the class. Lock’s throwing motion resemble a Major League pitcher. He really torques that elbow and has a lot of range in his shoulder. Has four-years of playing experience against top level competition. Could start right away at the next level.
Murray is the wild-card in the draft. In 2018, he won the Heisman and Davey O’Brien Awards – widely considered the best player in college football. Opted for the NFL over the MLB. When you watch his throwing mechanics, you can see that baseball background in his throwing motion – look like a third baseman throwing it to first. Has a very quick release and nice touch on the ball – especially, the deep ball. Murray expects to be a day one starter, after all, he didn’t skip a professional baseball career to ride the pine.
4. Daniel Jones, Duke, 6-5/221
A protégé of coach David Cutcliffe, Jones knows his X’s and O’s. His experience playing in a pro-style offense has helped him prepare for the next level. Has good arm strength, but not top-notch. Releases ball at it’s high point. Could start right away at the next level, but might benefit by not being asked to do too much in his first season.
5. Ryan Finley, North Carolina State, 6-4/213
Finley is a cerebral quarterback, who throws the ball with a soft touch. He makes smart decisions and plays mistake free football. Doesn’t take unnecessary sacks or throw into tight windows when he can check the ball down.
This guy has the physical traits some team will fall in love with. At 6′ 7″, he ran a 4.59 forty. He gets tons of rotations on the ball as it zips out of his hand. Not a runner, but if pushed out of the pocket, he has a quick reset allowing him to get the ball off quickly. He keeps his eyes downfield and is really accurate in the intermediate range. Has a lot of potential, but will need good coaching to fix some mechanical issues which cause him to over/under throw too many passes.
7. Will Grier, West Virginia, 6-2/217
Played in a wide open gun-slinger style of offense that showcased the best of his skills. Even though the Pro game is changing, you still need to play from under center. He bring enthusiasm to the field and is a natural leader. If a team seeks intangibles, this guy has them.
8. Jarrett Stidham, Auburn, 6-2/218
Stidham can make all of the throw, but doesn’t make them consistently. He threw a lot of dink-and-dunk passes at Auburn. Didn’t play under center. So there’s going to be a curve for him too.
9. Clayton Thorson, Northwestern, 6-4/222
Thorson has the size and arm strength every scout is looking for. He won 27 games over his career and took Northwestern to the Big-10 Championship game last year. Had shoulder surgery prior to the 2018 season.