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Running Backs: Final Position Rankings

2019 NFL Draft:  Top Ranked RBs

There isn’t a lot of top-end speed in this class. There’s not a lot of bruising runners either. This seems like a very average overall class. None sticks out as particularly special, there’s no star player in this group. However, for the lack for top-end talent, this class is fairly solid all the way down the list. The player selected in the fifth round has about the same chance to make a team as the player selected in the second round.

Jacobs came on strong in the big games when it mattered most.
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1. Josh Jacobs, Alabama, 5-10/220

Jacobs became Alabama’s go-to all-around back. They used him as a return man, a slot receiver, and running back used in a variety of ways. Shows good vision, balance, and decision making when running the ball.

2. Miles Sanders, Penn State, 5-11/211

A protégé of Saquon Barkley, 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.

3. Darrell Henderson, Memphis, 5-8/208

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.

4. Damien Harris, Alabama, 5-10/216

Harris was Alabama’s workhorse. He’s the big powerful back that you can pound the ball with. Has good vision, trusts his eyes and takes what is given. Also has the ability to catch it out of the backfield. He’d fit best with a team that likes to establish the run.

5. Dexter Williams, Notre Dame, 5-11/212

Williams has good footwork, is patient as he presses to the line, trusts his eyes, and then exploded. Good cut-back runner, smooth acceleration, takes what is given.

6. David Montgomery, Iowa State, 5-10/222

Montgomery is shifty and has excellent vision. He won’t have breakaway speed at the next level. So, he’s in the mold of a Matt Forte or Kareem Hunt – both productive NFL players. Did not test well, only had a 4.63 forty and 28.5 vertical. He’s patients and follows his blocks, but doesn’t always make the best decision on where to go with the ball.

7. Devin Singletary, Florida Atlantic, 5-7/203

Singletary is a touchdown scoring machine. He crossed the goal line 67 times during his career – mostly do to his shifty moves. Shows good balance upon contact and has the ability to plant his foot and change direction. Played inferior competition and has 765 plays from scrimmage. His best asset is his quickness.

8. Ryquell Armstead, Temple, 5-11/220

Armstead has been getting more and more attention since the season ended. He had a good week at the Senior Bowl, and then ran a 4.45 forty at 220 pounds at the Combine. Armstead’s ability to catch the ball out of the backfield is helping his cause.

9. Travis Homer, Florida, 5-10/201

Miami’s Travis Homer is another running back that helped himself at the Combine with a good outing. He ran a 4.48 with a 39.5 vertical and 130 broad jump.

10. Justice Hill, Oklahoma State, 5-10/198

Played in an RPO offense, so he’ll fit right in with the modern NFL. Hill has plenty of speed and accelerates on the dime. Good balance and elusive. Excellent lower body strength to shed tackles and fight for extra yards, despite being under 200 pounds.

11. Trayveon Williams, Texas A&M, 5-8/206

Williams has been quietly moving up draft boards. He has good vision and lateral agility, finds the hole and burst through it. He has outstanding balance and isn’t afraid to lower his shoulder. Scored 19 touchdowns last year, one being for 93 yards.

12. Rodney Anderson, Oklahoma, 6-0/224

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. Very good in pass protection. Has missed a lot of time due to injury – medical will have to check out.

OTHER PLAYERS TO KEEP AN EYE ON:

  1. Bryce Love, Stanford, 5-9/200
  2. Alex Barnes, Kansas State, 6-0/226
  3. Karan Higdon, Michigan, 5-9/206
  4. Kerrith Whyte, Florida Atlantic, 5-10/200
  5. L.J. Scott, Michigan State, 6-0/227
  6. Alexander Mattison, Boise State, 5-11/221
  7. Mike Weber, Ohio State, 5-11/212
  8. Divine Ozigbo, Nebraska, 5-11/222
  9. Myles Gaskin, Washington, 5-9/205
  10. Jordan Scarlett, Florida, 5-11/208
  11. Benny Snell, Kentucky, 5-10/223
  12. Qadree Ollison, Pittsburgh, 6-1/228
  13. Patrick Laird, California, 5-11/205
  14. Tony Pollard, Memphis, 6-0/210
  15. Darwin Thompson, Utah State, 5-8/190
  16. Jordan Ellis, Virginia, 5-9/225
  17. Jalin Moore, Appalachian State, 5-10/212
  18. Wes Hills, Slippery Rock, 6-1/218
  19. Jon Hillman, Rutgers, 5-11/216
  20. David Hamm, McNeese State, 6-0/222
  21. James Washington, Washington State, 5-9/197
  22. Darrin Hall, Pittsburgh, 5-11/220
  23. Damarea Crockett, Missouri, 5-10/224
  24. Nico Evans, Wyoming, 5-9/199
  25. Ryan Fulse, Wagner 5-11/195
  26. Matt Colburn II, Wake Forest, 5-7/206
  27. Lexington Thomas, UNLV, 5-8/175
  28. Marquis Young, UMass, 6-1/210
  29. Bruce Anderson, No. Dakota State, 5-11/211
  30. Nick Brossette, LSU, 5-11/209

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The 2019 NFL Draft will be held Thursday-Saturday, April 25-27 in Nashville, Tenn.

Wide Receivers: Final Position Rankings

2019 NFL Draft:  Top Ranked WRs

The wide receiver class has plenty of speed. D.K. Metcalf ran a 4.33; Parris Campbell ran a 4.31; Emanuel Hall ran a 4.39; and Mecole Hardman and Terry McLauren also ran in the 4.3’s. Marquise Brown, who is recovering from an injury, didn’t run – but is said to run a sub 4.3.

This class is solid and deep alway the down, at every level. If you want speed, but don’t want to spend a top pick, try Jeff Smith of Boston College – Smith ran a 4.34 at his Pro Day. David Sills was a touchdown machine in West Virginia and will be a great mid-to-late-round pick up. Overall, a lot to like about this class.

If his medical checks out, Metcalf could be the first WR taken in the draft. He’s big, raw, athletic and has all the measurables teams fall in love with.
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1. D.K. Metcalf, Mississippi, 6-3/228

Metcalf is a monster. He ran a blazing 4.33 at the NFL Scouting Combine with a 1.53 split. Just line him up and send him deep. The speed alone will keep any defense honest. Along with the speed, he’s big and physical. He’s a bit raw, but just that much more to work with.

2. Parris Campbell, Ohio State, 6-0/205

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’s going to go in the first round.

3. A.J. Brown, Mississippi, 6-0/226

Brown 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.

4. Marquise Brown, Oklahoma, 5-9/166

Didn’t work out at the combine, so we are waiting to see his 40 time. Word is he’ll be the fastest guy coming out. The fastest time at the combine was a 4.29, so if Brown breaks that someone will grab him in the first two rounds. I don’t recall a receiver this highly rated, and this small, since Todd Pinkston in 2000. Pinkston was 6-3/167 and went in the second round.

5. Emanuel Hall, Missouri, 6-2/201

Rare athlete with track background. Has speed and quickness to make his a doubly dangerous. Can leap high for the jump ball. Injuries have been a concern during his career.

6. Deebo Samuel, South Carolina, 5-11/214

During the Senior Bowl, Samuel really raised his draft status. Several scouts said that Samuel was playing at the higher level than everyone else. He can also double as a return man.

7. N’Keal Harry, Arizona State, 6-2/228

Harry looks the part. He’s tall. He’s fast. Physically, he’s chiseled. Has strong hands to grab the contested balls. Like Metcalf, he’s still raw and has a lot of potential to build upon. Was a good return man at ASU.

8. Miles Boykin, Notre Dame, 6-4/220

Big-bodied receiver with rare size and strength. Good hands and willing to fight for the ball. Came out early, so with good coaching he’ll just get better and better.

9. Hakeem Butler, Iowa State, 6-5/227

Bulter has averaged 19.5 yards per catch over his three-year career at Iowa State. Uses his height and size to box out like a basketball player. Very good and going up and winning the contested ball.

10. Mecole Hardman, Georgia, 5-10/187

Hardman will make a good third receiver to start his career. With 4.33 speed and excellent return skills, look for Hardman to come off the board early. Still a bit raw, so plenty of upside.

11. Terry McLauren, Ohio State, 6-0/208

McLauren has used the post-season to move up draft board with steady and impressive performances. He wrapped up a solid week at the Senior Bowl with an impressive game. His 4.35 will certainly entice teams too.

12. Riley Ridley, Georgia, 6-1/199

Younger brother of Calvin Ridley. Excels are reading coverages and exploiting them. Considered the draft’s best route runner. He’s not going to “wow” you, but he’ll make the kind of catches that keep the chains moving. Doesn’t get the separation you’d like to see, and not fast.

OTHER PLAYERS TO KEEP AN EYE ON:

  1. Anthony Johnson, Buffalo, 6-2/209
  2. Andy Isabella, UMass, 5-9/188
  3. Daruis Slayton, Auburn, 6-1/190
  4. Morgan Stanley, Nebraska, 6-1/201
  5. Diontae Johnson, Toledo, 5-10/183
  6. Dillon Mitchell, Oregon, 6-1/197
  7. J.J. Arcega-Whiteside, Stanford 6-2/225
  8. Kelvin Harmon, NC State, 6-2/221
  9. Johnny Dixon, Ohio State, 5-10/201
  10. Ashton Dulin, Malone, 6-1/215
  11. Jalen Hurd, Baylor, 6-5/226
  12. Keelan Doss, UC Davis, 6-2/211
  13. Gary Jennings, West Virginia, 6-1/214
  14. Andre Lindsey, Sacramento State, 6-1/192
  15. David Sills, West Virginia, 6-3/211
  16. Jazz Ferguson, Northwestern State, 6-5/227
  17. Jeff Smith, Boston College, 6-0/191
  18. Nick Easley, Iowa, 5-11/203
  19. Keesean Johnson, Fresno State, 6-1/201
  20. Terry Godwin, Georgia, 5-11/184
  21. DeMarkus Lodge, Mississippi, 6-2/202
  22. Jaylen Smith, Louisville, 6-2/219
  23. Alex Wesley, No. Colorado, 6-0/190
  24. Reggie White, Jr. Monmouth 6-3/210
  25. Hunter Renfro, Clemson, 5-10/184
  26. Emmanuel Butler, No. Iowa, 6-3/217
  27. Tyre Brady, Marshall, 6-3/211
  28. Preston Williams, Colorado State, 6-2/210
  29. DeAndre Tompkins, Penn State, 5-11/192
  30. Scott Miller, Bowling Green, 5-9/174

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The 2019 NFL Draft will be held Thursday-Saturday, April 25-27 in Nashville, Tenn.

Tight Ends: Final Position Rankings

2019 NFL Draft:  Top Ranked TEs

Hockenson is the most complete TE in the draft.
Photo: Nick Rohlman/Daily Iowan

1. T.J. Hockenson, Iowa, 6-5/251

Protoypical size for a tight end. Hockenson can play in-line and smash defenders with old school toughness. He’s athletic enough to line up in the slot or at halfback. His versatility is going to open up playbooks.

2. Noah Fant, Iowa, 6-4/249

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. That kind of athleticism goes early in the draft.

3. Irv Smith, Jr., Alabama, 6-2/242

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.

4. Kahale Warring, San Diego State, 6-5/252

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.

5. Dawson Knox, Mississippi, 6-4/254

Under utilized at Mississippi but for good reason, Knox was competing for catches with D.K. Metcalf, A.J. Brown and DeMarkus Lodge. There just weren’t enough balls to go around on that offense. Displays good hands and athleticism. A bit raw, but has lots of upside.

6. Foster Moreau, LSU, 6-4/253

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.

7. Josh Oliver, San Diego State, 6-5/249

Oliver is capable of stretching the field. Has long arms and big mits which compliment his ability to track down the ball. A pretty good route runner and has shown the capacity to be an aggressive in-line blocker.

8. Jace Sternberger, Texas A&M, 6-4/251

Sternberger is getting a lot of attention from teams and steadily rising up draft boards. He is very athletic, a former three sport athlete, that takes his conditioning seriously. Has shown good hands and plenty of upside.

9. Elkanah “Kano” Dillon, Oregon, 6-5/265

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.

10. Isaac Nauta, Georgia, 6-3/244

A former five star recruit that didn’t have the production expected. However, his athleticism has teams taking a second look. A good blocker who isn’t afraid to engage in contact. His ability to play inline or line up in the slot has increased his value.

OTHER PLAYERS TO KEEP AN EYE ON:

  1. Drew Sample, Washington, 6-5/255
  2. Kaden Smith, Stanford, 6-5/255
  3. Tommy Sweeney, Boston College, 6-4/255
  4. Dax Raymond, Utah, 6-5/255
  5. Matt Sokol, Michigan State, 6-6/250
  6. Caleb Wilson, UCLA, 6-4/240
  7. Mavin Saunders, Kansas, 6-4/236
  8. Isaiah Searight, Fordham, 6-3/242
  9. Zach Gentry, Michigan, 6-8/255
  10. Kendall Blanton, Missouri, 6-6/262
  11. Daniel Helm, Duke, 6-4/249
  12. C.J. Conrad, Kentucky, 6-4/249
  13. Alexandre Savard, Laval, 6-5/242
  14. Keenan Brown, Texas State, 6-2/250
  15. Donald Parham, Stetson, 6-8/245
  16. Charles Scarff, Delaware, 6-6/270
  17. Brandon Dillon Marian 6-5/250
  18. James Washington, Rutgers, 6-2/241

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Team Needs:

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The 2019 NFL Draft will be held Thursday-Saturday, April 25-27 in Nashville, Tenn.

Offensive Tackles: Final Position Rankings

2019 NFL Draft:  Top Ranked OTs

Williams, Taylor, and Dillard will compete to see who is the first offensive tackle off the board in the 2019 NFL Draft. The second tier has roughly six players in it – they should go in rounds two, three, and maybe the early fourth. Expects to see the rest of the class go rather frequently from the middle of the fourth to until the seventh round.

Jonah Williams has long been considered the top tackle in the draft.
Photo: David J. Phillips|AP

1. Jonah Williams, Alabama, 6-4/302

Williams has long been considered the best OL prospect heading into the 2019 NLF Draft. He’s not going to wow you with his test numbers, but he’s a genuine football player. He’s gone against the best the SEC has to offer year-in and year-out, game after game, and always held is ground. Should be an All-Pro with a little NFL experience under his belt. Anticipated to be a left tackle at the next level, but could also project at right tackle or even inside a guard – very versatile skill set.

2. Jawaan Taylor, Florida, 6-5/312

Most likely at right tackle or guard at the next level. Has really good mirroring techniques and sticks with his defender. A team whose priority is to improve their run game could have Taylor rated above Williams on their draft board – because that’s his strength.

3. Andre Dillard, Washington State, 6-5/315

Andre Dillard has the traits pass-happy NFL teams covet.
Photo: Washington State Athletics

Dillard was the best testing offensive tackle at the NFL Scouting Combine. His athleticism and light feet have pushed him toward the top of the board. Dillard will be a good fit for a pass-happy, wide-open, fun-and-gun kind of team – that’s his strength.

4. Kaleb McGary, Washington, 6-7/317

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.

5. Dalton Risner, Kansas State, 6-5/312

Risner is, perhaps, the top senior tackle in the draft. He’s most likely going to be a right tackle. Showed good composure at the Senior Bowl, coming on strong after a bad start. Grew every day of the event, took well to coaching. Passionate and vocal leader. Capable of playing guard or center at the next level. Should be a day one starter.

6. Cody Ford, Oklahoma, 6-4/329

Ford is another player that’s a right tackle/guard prospect. He’s got the girth and strength to move defensive tackles, and he’s got enough agility to play in space. His strength is his aggressive run blocking. Oklahoma won the Joe Moore Trophy for best offensive line last year – Ford being the best of the bunch.

7. Max Scharping, Northern Illinois, 6-6/327

Scharping has most all 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.

8. Titus Howard, Alabama State, 6-5/322

Titus Howard is perhaps the second best technician in the class behind Jonah Williams. He’s best suiting for a pass-happy team. 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.

9. Greg Little, Mississippi, 6-5/310

Greg Little was once considered a sure-fire can’t miss prospect. He was a five star recruit, the top tackle in the nation. He has all the physical traits, but scouts question his desire and heart to be an outstanding football player. On film, he’s seen standing around too often – his interviews will be important.

10. Tyler Roemer, San Diego State, 6-6/312

Can be a dominating run blocker, plays with a bit of a nasty-streak. Shows solid technique. Had started the first 23 games of his career at left tackle, but was suspended for violating team rules prior to the Fresno State game and eventually missed the rest of the season. Has the tools. Will need to interview well to go this high.

11. Trey Pipkins, Sioux Falls, 6-6/309

Is the best of the small school offensive tackle prospects. Was a finalist for the Gene Upshaw Award. He’s well built with prototypical size and length. Showed up at the East-West Shrine game, making scouts wonder how high his ceiling could be?

12. Chuma Edoga, USC, 6-3/308

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. Since then, Edoga added 20 lbs. prior to his Pro Day, raising questions about his commitment to play outside at the next level.

OTHER PLAYERS TO KEEP AN EYE ON:

  1. Olisaemaka “Oli” Udoh, Elon, 6-5/323
  2. Yosh Nijman, Virginia Tech, 6-7/324
  3. Jackson Barton, Utah, 6-7/310
  4. Isaiah Prince, Ohio State, 6-6/305
  5. Chidi Okeke, Tennessee State, 6-7/310
  6. Aaron Monteiro, Boston College, 6-7/320
  7. Justin Skule, Vanderbilt, 6-6/320
  8. Kyle Trout, Cincinnati, 6-5/320
  9. Brock Ruble, Toledo, 6-8/324
  10. David Edwards, Wisconsin, 6-6/308
  11. Paul Adams, Missouri, 6-6/317
  12. Dennis Daley, So. Carolina, 6-5/317
  13. Ben Powers, Oklahoma, 6-4/307
  14. Derwin Grey, Maryland, 6-4/320
  15. Mitch Hyatt, Clemson, 6-5/303
  16. Tariq Cole, Rutgers, 6-5/324
  17. Fred Johnson, Florida, 6-7/326
  18. Donnell Greene, Minnesota, 6-5/335
  19. Montez Ivy, Florida, 6-5/315
  20. William Sweet, No. Carolina, 6-6/313
  21. Ryan Pope, San Diego State, 6-7/320
  22. Devon Johnson, Ferris State, 6-7/338
  23. Joe Lowery, Ohio, 6-7/305
  24. Brandon Hitner, Villanova, 6-6/ 300
  25. Maurice Bibaku-Simba, Concordia, 6-7/323
  26. Marquez Tucker, Southern Utah, 6-4/291
  27. Damien Prince, Maryland, 6-3/315
  28. Brian Fineanganofo, Idaho State, 6-6/303
  29. Josh Doyle, Eastern Illinois, 6-5/300

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Team Needs:

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The 2019 NFL Draft will be held Thursday-Saturday, April 25-27 in Nashville, Tenn.

Offensive Guards: Final Position Rankings

2019 NFL Draft:  Top Ranked OGs

Lindstrom has shined out at the Senior Bowl.
Photo: Bob DeChiara-USA TODAY Sports

1. Chris Lindstrom, Boston College, 6-4/308

Lindstom is clearly the best pure guard prospect in this year’s draft. He is really good at dropping his hips and dropping his rear to achor. The majority of time, he keeps his hands inside and delivers a punch with good power. He does all the little stuff right. Don’t be surprised if you hear his name at the end of day one.

2. Yodney Cajuste, West Virginia, 6-5/312

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. Like Samia, he comes from a pass-happy offense; however, Cajuste doesn’t lose his temper and rarely gets flagged for anything.

3. Dru Samia, Oklahoma, 6-5/305

Is maybe the nastiest player in the draft. Love his passion, but gets called for too many re-active penalties, and some teams might be put off by that. However, he is athletic and agile and has 40+ starts in Oklahoma’s RPO heavy offense – and that will intrigue some teams.

4. Phil Haynes, Wake Forest, 6-4/322

Haynes is one of the strong-powerful inside guys that will help your running game. Four year starter that has only gotten bigger and stronger each year. Team captain. Athletic and durable mauler.

5. Nate Davis, Charlotte, 6-3/316

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. He’s got enough talent for coaches to mold him into an every down player.

6. Joshua Miles, Morgan State, 6-5/315

One of the more interesting prospects with a lot of upside. Miles dominated at the lower level, but turned plenty of heads at the East-West Shrine game. A technician with good study habits.

7. Hjalte Froholdt, Arkansas, 6-5/306

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.

8. Ryan Bates, Penn State, 6-4/306

Penn State’s Ryan Bates is one of the most athletic guards in this year’s draft class.
Photo: Noelle Haro-Gomez|Public Opinion

Takes his conditioning seriously. Bulked up tremendously since arriving at Penn State. Has played in 37 contests in three years. Not as polished as some other players, but looks to have more upside.

9. Beau Benzschawel, Wisconsin, 6-6/309

Wisconsin is a school known for turning out really good offensive linemen. However, this year Benzschawel, Dieter, and Edwards all looked very average in post season events. Yet, the game film should give enough encouragement to teams that Benzschawel possesses enough traits and skills that they could eventually work him into the starting line-up.

10. Michael Dieter, Wisconsin, 6-5/309

Like his teammates, Dieter did little to standout during the post-season. His strength is his versatility, having played every position along the line.

OTHER PLAYERS TO KEEP AN EYE ON:

  1. Bobby Evans, Oklahoma, 6-4/312
  2. Tyler Jones, NC State, 6-3/306
  3. Tanner Farmer, Nebraska, 6-3/315
  4. George Asofo-Adjei, Kentucky, 6-4/306
  5. Drew Forbes, SEMO, 6-3/303
  6. Iosua Opeta, Weber State, 6-4/301
  7. Nate Trewyn, Wisconsin-Whitewater, 6-3/313
  8. Brian Wallace, Arkansas, 6-5/326
  9. Nate Herbig, Stanford, 6-3/335
  10. Alex Bars, Notre Dame, 6-6/312
  11. Venzell Boulware, Miami, 6-3/306
  12. Ethan Greenidge, Villanova, 6-4/327
  13. Terronne Prescod, NC State, 6-5/331
  14. Lester Cotton, Alabama, 6-4/325
  15. Bunchy Stallings, Kentucky, 6-3/305
  16. Brandon Knight, Indiana, 6-4/314
  17. Zach Bailey, So. Carolina, 6-5/299
  18. Andre James, UCLA, 6-4/299
  19. Patrick Vahe, Texas, 6-3/325
  20. Lanard Bonner, Arkansas State, 6-3/315

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The 2019 NFL Draft will be held Thursday-Saturday, April 25-27 in Nashville, Tenn.

Centers: Final Position Rankings

2019 NFL Draft:  Top Ranked Centers

Garrett Bradbury is the most athletic center in this year’s draft class. McCoy, McGovern, and Jenkins are all pretty equal, who goes first will depend upon the preference of the team that selects them. Look for 7-10 players to go in the first 5 rounds. A few will go in the sixth and seventh rounds, but the majority will sign as undrafted free agents (UDFA).

NC State’s Garrett Bradbury is at the top of this year’s OC draft class.
Photo: Inside Wolfpack

1. Garrett Bradbury, NC State, 6-3/306

Bradbury has shot up draft boards based on his athleticism. He’d do best with a team that likes to pull and trap. While he benched 225 thirty-four times at the Combine, he was easily bull rushed during Senior Bowl practices. He’s got short arms and will have to be technically sound to succeed at the next level – along with getting stronger in his lower body.

2. Elgton Jenkins, Mississippi State, 6-4/310

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.

3. Erik McCoy, Texas A&M, 6-4/303

Another center who 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. Getting plenty of looks from teams leading up to the draft.

4. Conner McGovern, Penn State, 6-5/309

Not as athletic as Bradbury or McCoy, but an intelligent player that can play all three interior positions. For not being super-athletic, plays with good understanding of angles and leverage, keeping defenders at bay.

5. Michael Jordan, Ohio State, 6-6/312

Seems better suited at guard than center – but can play either. A big man that enjoys mauling opponents in the run game. Physically strong, can be aggressive. Has room to grow. His versatility will increase his draft value. Downside: appears to take plays off and occasionally looks heavy footed.

6. Deion “Shaq” Calhoun, Mississippi State, 6-2/310

SEC four-year starter, finishing with 36 straight career starts. Very good in pass pro. Has the ability to block in space. Intelligent player. Played RG in college, lining up next to Elgton Jenkins. Calhoun has been projected at center at the next level.

7. Lamont Gaillard, Georgia, 6-3/305

Gaillard is team captain that leads by example. He went from being the starting guard to becoming the starting center, a selfless move on his part. He plays with good leverage and is quick laterally. He doesn’t have great power, but he understands how to get into position quickly.

8. B.J. Autry, Jacksonville State, 6-3/351

After a stellar week at the Senior Bowl, B.J. Autry drew plenty of scouts to his Pro Day. Autry has quick feet and uses his strength to moved opponents out of the way. He played guard in college but is expected to move inside at the next level. He has an 84.5 wingspan.

9. Tanner Volson, No. Dakota State, 6-4/306

Athletic center who is very good at playing in space – pulling, trap blocking, and getting quickly to the defender at the next level.

10. Nick Allegretti, Illinois, 6-4/320

Allegretti is certainly getting his share of looks from teams as we ramp up to the draft. Intelligent player that studies the game. Team leader who is involved in his community. Experienced with 36 career starts.

OTHER PLAYERS TO KEEP AN EYE ON:

  1. Ross Pierschbacher, Alabama, 6-4/307
  2. Javon Patterson, Mississippi, 6-3/307
  3. John Keenoy, Western Michigan, 6-3/300
  4. Trevon Tate, Memphis, 6-2/293
  5. Kirk Barron, Purdue, 6-1/309
  6. Alex Fontana, Kansas, 6-1/298
  7. Victor Hrynkiewicz, Youngstown State, 6-3/304
  8. Nick Linder   Indiana   6-3/303
  9. Justin Falcinelli   Clemson   6-4/305
  10. Jesse Burkett   Stanford   6-4/309
  11. Ryan Anderson, Wake Forest, 6-5/305
  12. Sam Mustipher, Notre Dame, 6-2/304
  13. Deontae Crumitie, Troy, 6-2/297
  14. Luke Shively, Northern Illinois, 6-2/300
  15. Matt Pyke, ETSU, 6-2/302
  16. Garrett Bowery, Lamar, 6-2/299
  17. Garrett Bader, Benedictine, 6-5/305

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Team Needs:

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The 2019 NFL Draft will be held Thursday-Saturday, April 25-27 in Nashville, Tenn.

Defensive Tackles: Final Position Rankings

2019 NFL Draft:  Top Ranked DTs

Defensive Tackle is another very deep class, from top to bottom. There’s some amazing talent in the first seven – all first and second round picks. Then there’s a handful of third and fourth round talent, but after that, a lot of names will start flying off the board.

Quinnen Williams has reportedly signed with Young Money APAA Sport, a sports agency headed by rap artist, Lil Wayne.  Photo: UA Athletics

1. Quinnen Williams, Alabama, 6-3/303

One of the most dominant players in college football last year, is certainly in the mix for first player taken overall in the 2019 NFL Draft. Showed an excellent display of size, power, slipperiness, and speed to project as an immediate impact player at the next level.

2. Ed Oliver, Houston, 6-2/287

At one point, Ed Oliver was on everybody’s list of top five players in this draft. Then questions began to surface about his playing weight and would he be big enough to hold up at the next level. Good coaches find places for good players to succeed. Oliver has all the tool, just needs to find the right fit.

3. Dexter Lawrence, Clemson, 6-4/342

Somebody was saying that run-stuffing DT’s are a thing of the past … until the Super Bowl they said that anyway. Controlling the clock and wearing down a defense can win games. Stopping the run and getting off the field also wins games. Plenty of room for a high quality player like Lawrence in today’s game.

4. Jeffery Simmons, Mississippi State, 6-4/300

Like Lawrence, Simmons excels at stuffing the run and being a disruptive presence. Players with Simmons physical assets won’t stay on the board long. He might not go in the top 15, maybe not in the first round – now that he has the ACL issue. But some team will snatch him up and consider him an investment in the future.

5. Jerry Tillery, Notre Dame, 6-6/296

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.

6. Christian Wilkins, Clemson, 6-3/315

Winner of the 2018 “Academic Heisman” (aka William Campbell Award). Can play up and down the line. Some think he’s a 3-4 defensive end, other a three-technique in a 4-3. Either way, plenty of teams will be eager to draft him.

7. Dre’Mont Jones, Ohio State, 6-3/281

Jones is explosive off the snap and the agility to make plays at or near the line of scrimmage. He’s not just one who pushes the linemen back and cause a disruption in the play, Jones likes to get to the quarterback.

8. Zach Allen, Boston College, 6-4/281

Allen is listed as a DE in most places, however, he’s a bit of a one-trick bull-rushing pony and that doesn’t translate well at the next level. Let the NFL bulk him up a bit and put him at DT where his strength can be used to its maximize his potential — disrupting the backfield and holding up the line of scrimmage.

9. Kingsley Keke, Texas A&M, 6-3/288

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.

10. Khalen Saunders, Western Illinois, 6-0/324

Saunders was another Senior Bowl storyline. His short stature allowed him to constantly win the low-pad-level game and his strong lower body allowed him to get plenty of push. Might be best in line rotation.

OTHER PLAYERS TO KEEP AN EYE ON:

  1. Trystan Hill, Central Florida, 6-3/308
  2. Daniel Wise, Kansas, 6-3/281
  3. Armon Watts, Arkansas, 6-5/300
  4. Renell Wren, Arizona State, 6-5/318
  5. Gerald Willis, Miami, 6-2/302
  6. Isaiah Buggs, Alabama, 6-3/306
  7. Chris Slayton, Syracuse, 6-4/307
  8. Greg Gaines, Washington, 6-1/312
  9. Bryan Cowart, Maryland, 6-3/298
  10. Dylan Mack, Texas A&M, 6-1/320
  11. Derrick Brown, Auburn, 6-3/319
  12. Kevin Givens, Penn State, 6-1/285
  13. Cortez Broughton, Cincinnati, 6-2/293
  14. Kenny Bigelow, Virginia, 6-3/307
  15. Michael Dogbe, Temple, 6-3/286
  16. Ray Smith, Boston College, 6-1/302
  17. Olive Sagapolu, Wisconsin, 6-1/324
  18. Immanuel Turner, La. Tech, 6-3/286
  19. Albert Huggins, Clemson, 6-3/305
  20. Ed Alexander, LSU, 6-3/339
  21. Terry Beckner, Jr., Missouri, 6-4/296
  22. Marquise Copeland, Cincinnati, 6-2/281
  23. Dontavious Russell, Auburn, 6-2/319
  24. Isaiah Mack, UT-Chattanoogo, 6-3/305
  25. Jonathan Ledbetter, Georgia, 6-4/280
  26. Anthony Rush, UAB, 6-5/340
  27. P.J. Johnson, Arizona, 6-5/315
  28. Jay-Tee Tiuli, Eastern Washington, 6-4/320
  29. Alec Heldreth, Clarion, 6-4/283
  30. Deyon Sizer, Colorado State-Pueblo, 6-2/279

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Team Needs:

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The 2019 NFL Draft will be held Thursday-Saturday, April 25-27 in Nashville, Tenn.

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