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The Draft: Round 2, Review

With a record number of underclassmen (135) declaring for the draft, the pool was very, very, rich. With such a deep class, it was bound to happen that some first round talent would fall into the second round.

When day two started, Bryon Murphy, Jawaan Taylor, Greg Little, Cody Ford, Dalton Risner, D.K. Metcalf, A.J. Brown and Greedy Williams were all still on the board.

There were hardly any real surprises in this round – a few, but no jaw droppers. The names called were either guys projected for the first round, but landed in the second, or names projected for the third that ended up going just a little earlier than anticipated. Overall, a solid round.

By-the-way, Arizona finally unloaded QB Josh Rosen in a trade with the Miami Dolphins. So, the Dolphins pick up Rosen, and the Cardinals got the 62nd overall pick. Arizona also gave Miami a 5th round pick in 2020. So good job, Miami, for being patient and getting your guy at a bargain basement price.

Let’s take a quick look at the second round.

Round 2

1/33. Arizona Cardinals: Bryon Murphy, CB, Washington

“Murphy’s got great skills, really natural anticipation and movement,” general manager Steve Keim said in a pre-draft press conference last Tuesday. “He’s really sudden in transition as a corner. He also has return ability … really passionate about the game and I think he’s going to be a heck of a player in the NFL.” A great way to start the second round with Murphy going off the board.

2/34. Indianapolis Colts (via NYJ): Rock Ya-Sin, CB, Temple

Abdurrahman Ibn Ya-Sin is his real name, but just call him “Rock” Ya-Sin.
Photo: Temple University Athletics

Indianapolis had trade offers for 34th overall pick, but decided to stay pat and select Rock Ya-Sin, the cornerback from Temple. “We had action,” Colts GM Chris Ballard told reporters. “I kept telling our guys, look, if we move down and we pass this guy that we love, and we don’t get him, we’re going to be regretting it.”

3/35. Jacksonville Jaguars (via Oak): Jawaan Taylor, OT, Florida

Most all pundits, including me, had Taylor going to the Jaguars in the first round. Apparently, we are told, there were some concerns about Taylor’s medical (knees) that dropped him out of the first round. As long as he’s healthy, seems like a perfect fit in Jacksonville. They need him.

4/36. San Francisco 49ers: Deebo Samuel, WR, So. Carolina

From everything we heard, the 49ers were going to take a wide receiver in the second or third round, so no surprise here. Deebo Samuel was a player the 49ers got familiar with at the Senior Bowl. He’s a competitor that displays a nice combination of speed, power, and versatility.

5/37. Carolina Panthers (via NYG, Sea): Greg Little, OT, Mississippi

He’s big, he’s athletic, he’s got long arms. Little played in the SEC, against some of the top competition in the country. The Panthers expect him to come in and compete for the starting left tackle job.

6/38. Buffalo Bills (via Jax, Oak): Cody Ford, OT, Oklahoma

“A lot [of mocks] had me in the first,” Ford said via conference call. “But I tweeted out earlier, always trust God. You never know what’s going to happen. This situation could be better than any situation in the first round, so I’m very grateful for it.” Pre-draft, Ford felt like there was a strong connection between him and the Bills new offensive line coach Bobby Johnson – which Ford believes will translate well on the field.

7/39. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Sean Bunting, CB, Central Michigan

Bunting is a lesser-known prospect from Central Michigan.

Bunting had 9 INT’s and 4 forced fumbles in three years with the Chippewas.
Photo: Mike Carter|USA TODAY Sports

He stands 6’0” tall, 195 lbs, and had a very solid combine showing wtih a 4.42 forty, a 41.5” on the vertical jump, and 126” on the broad jump. He’s one of the highest rated press-cover guys in this years’ draft. Over half the teams had Bunting in for a team visit or a private workout. Getting a press-cover corner was a high priority for the Bucs in this draft – and they land the player GM Jason Licht says they were targeting.

8/40. Oakland Raiders (via Buf): Treyvon Mullen, CB, Clemson

GM Mike Mayock said that Oakland had rated Mullen around No. 24 on their draft board, so when they were able to get him at No. 40, they were very excited. Mayock was quick to mention that Mullen had a great National Championship game. So, he can handle the big stage. He’s a long, rangy, press cover corner that Mayock believes will fit perfectly in DC Paul Gunther’s defensive scheme.

9/41. Denver Broncos: Dalton Risner, OL, Kansas State

From everything I heard, I thought the Broncos would target Risner. While getting him at ten seemed too high, it seemed reasonable they would trade back to get him.

Kansas State’s Dalton Risner is headed to Denver.
Photo: K-State Athletics

When Denver did trade back in round one, and didn’t pick Risner, I was a bit dumbfounded to be honest. But, as things played out, the Broncos still took Risner, but with the 9th pick of the second round. Risner can play four of the five offensive line spots. This is a good value pick for a guy that Denver really liked.

10/42. Denver Broncos (via Cin): Drew Lock, QB, Missouri

Denver then traded up for back-to-back picks, and select Drew Lock, quarterback from Missouri. Lock easily has the strongest arm in this year’s draft class. Giving him some time to learn behind the newly acquired Joe Flacco is an excellent way to groom this guy for the future.

11/43. Detroit Lions: Jahlani Tavai, MLB, Hawai’i

Jahlani who? Unfortunately, Tavai’s games were televised when most of the continental US was asleep. When that happens, you tend to get overlooked by the mainstream press. That, however, doesn’t mean you’re not a good player.

Tavai finished his career with 390 total tackles and 41 tackles-for-loss.
Photo: Honolulu Star-Advertiser

Detroit’s GM Bob Quinn had this to say about Tavai, “I thought we had a really, really good second day of the Draft. (We) acquired Jahlani Tavai from Hawaii – really versatile player, four-year starter, two-time captain, very versatile linebacker, can play the run, can rush, can blitz, can cover. (He’s a) very unique player. When we started scouting him during the season – actually going back to last spring – very unique with his body type, his playing strength, his ability to rush, cover, play the run, throw special teams in there as well. So there’s that. Just because he plays in Hawaii – he’s probably off the radar a tiny bit, but not for our scouts.”

12/44. Green Bay Packers: Elgton Jenkins, OG, Mississippi State

Elgton Jenkins is the exact type of offensive lineman that General Manager’s are looking for these days: versatile. Jenkins displayed his versatility by playing center, guard, as well as tackle and is a very athletic player. He is one of the best interior offensive linemen in this year’s draft.

13/45. New England Patriots (via Atl, LAR): Joejuan Williams, CB, Vanderbilt

With the Draft taking place in Nashville, it was awesome to see a hometown guy go in the second round. Williams, who grew up in Nashville housing projects, was an all-state performer at Father Ryan and an All-SEC selection at Vanderbilt. He was among the top defensive backs in the SEC, ranking second in the conference with four interceptions and 18 passes defended in the 2018 season. At 6’4″, Williams was the tallest corner in the draft.

14/46. Cleveland Browns (via Was, Ind): Greedy Williams, CB, LSU

Certainly, Williams poor showing at the NFL Scouting Combine had a lot to do with his slide into the second round. He’s only a redshirt sophomore, so I believe he will mature and get better and better as goes along. He’s long and fast – running a 4.37 forty – and is the best pure cover corner in the draft. I’m rootin’ for him.

15/47. Seattle Seahawks (via Car): Marquise Blair, S, Utah

GM John Schneider said, “He’s just physical,” Schneider said. “Great athlete. Ran fast. True competitor.” True, Blair is a physical safety, he loves to hit. On the downside of that, he’s not that big. In the NFL, that typically translates into time on the I.R. Certainly, hope that’s not the case here.

16/48. New Orleans Saints (via Mia): Erik McCoy, OC, Texas A&M

The Saints signed free agent Nick Eason and drafted Erik McCoy in an attempt find the heir apparent for retiring center Max Unger. McCoy fires off the ball and is best moving forward. He’ll compete for a starting job.

17/49. Indianapolis Colts (via Cle): Ben Bagonu, LB, TCU

Banogu (15) had 8 sacks and 18 tackles-for-loss last year.
photo: TCU Athletics

The Indy Star said this morning, “Banogu is a guy who posted eye-popping test results at the NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis, measuring a smallish, for a defensive end, 6-3, 250 pounds – though that’s similar to Justin Houston (6-3, 258), a decorated pass-rusher from Kansas City whom the Colts acquired in free agency – but running the 40-yard dash in 4.62 seconds and posting an absurd 40-inch vertical leap.”

18/50. Minnesota Vikings: Irv Smith, Jr., TE, Alabama

Jamaal Stephenson, Vikings Director of College Scouting, spoke to the media after the team selected Alabama TE Irv Smith Jr. in round two of the 2019 NFL Draft. Stephenson said, “We believe Irv is a perfect fit for our new (offensive) scheme.” Smith is a player that Vikings will be able to move around and cause mis-match problems for defenses.

19/51. Tennessee Titans: A.J. Brown, WR, Mississippi

Titans General Manager Jon Robinson said Brown has big hands, and is a great route runner. “He can catch the ball, and he can break tackles,” Robinson said. “He has a good athletic skill-set, and has versatility to play a couple of spots. He’s a good athlete. We are excited to have him on the team.”

20/52. Cincinnati Bengals (via Pit, Den): Drew Sample, TE, Washington

Cincinnati Bengals offensive coordinator Brian Callahan explained pick of tight end Drew Sample in the second round, “We just felt like he was the best offensive player for us, for what we needed.” He went on to say, the Bengals want to have a good run offense – and Sample’s blocking skills will fit nicely in Callahan’s scheme.

21/53. Philadephia Eagles (via Bal): Miles Sanders, RB, Penn State

“Miles was a staff favorite,” GM Roseman said. “A coaching staff favorite. A personnel staff favorite. A front-office favorite. He reminded us of some other players we’ve had around here.”

Sanders fell into Duce Staley’s lap, and the Eagles couldn’t be happier.
Photo: Abbey Drey|centredaily

“This is a guy, we got together two weeks ago as a staff and put together some hypotheticals. We joked about Miles falling to us like he did today. I went to (running backs) coach (Duce) Staley’s office and I said, ‘Let’s get some good karma. Maybe Miles will fall.'”

22/54. Houston Texans (via Sea): Lonnie Johnson, Jr., CB, Kentucky

Johnson raised his stock at the Senior bowl. For his final collegiate season, Johnson totaled 23 tackles (17 solo) with one forced fumble and one interception, along with four passes defensed. His has the traits to become a solid corner at the next level.

Kentucky Wildcats cornerback Lonnie Johnson Jr. (6) defends the pass.
Photo: Randy Sartin-USA TODAY Sports

“Lonnie is going to be a great pro,” Kentucky coach Mark Stoops said before the draft Thursday. “He’s got so much upside. You can’t help but look at him and watch him play and like him and want him on your team. It’s just a matter of how high and what pick, but he’s going to be a great pro and has got a lot of upside.”

23/55. Houston Texans: Max Scharping, OT, No. Illinois

No question about it. Houston had to find more than just one offensive lineman in this draft. With the first pick, they got a right tackle in Tytus Howard. In round two, they snap up Max Scharping from Northern Illinois. Scharping is another player that has all the traits teams look for. With good coaching his floor should be high – and he should be able to play left tackle at the next level. He may spend a year seasoning at guard though.

24/56. Kansas City Chiefs (via Chi, NE, LAR): Mecole Hardman, WR, Georgia

Speed, speed, speed. Kansas City gets a dynamic return specialist who can come in and get some reps at wide receiver while he learns the nuances of the game. Looks for him on end arounds and bubble screens and deep shots down the field. I bet Mahomes is excited about this pick. HC Andy Reid said, “The place you really see his grit is in the return game. He’s strong, breaks tackles, and then you get … his speed also.”

25/57. Philadelphia Eagles: J.J. Arcega-Whiteside, WR, Stanford

Arcega-Whiteside is a 50-50 jump ball extraordinaire. He plays the redzone like a basketball player posting up in the paint. The Inquirer aptly pointed out, “Arcega-Whiteside fits as an understudy for (Ashlon) Jeffery who gives the Eagles another big-bodied presence.”

26/58. Dallas Cowboys: Trysten Hill, DT, UCF

The Cowboys finally get on the clock and they surprise us a bit by taking a big, explosive, defensive tackle that ends up on the ground way too often. DC Rod Marinelli loves Hill’s motor and high energy. I’m guessing they’ll use him at DT on third and long, creating disruption in the backfield. I think he’ll be a pass rush specialist to begin with.

27/59. Indianapolis Colts: Parris Campbell, WR, Ohio State

Parris Campbell and his blazing 4.31 speed is going to Indianapolis. Campbell will give Luck a good target on crossing routes (that’s what Campbell does best) and on deep balls. The Colts like his versatility.

Ohio State’s Parris Campbell is still learning the nuances of playing wide receiver.
Photo: Joseph Maiorana|USA TODAY Sports


“I played multiple positions at Ohio State,” Campbell said. “I found my home at our H-back slot, wide receiver, outside, inside, even took handoffs in the backfield.”

28/60. Los Angeles Chargers: Nasir Adderley, S, Delaware

The L.A. Times proclaims, “Chargers pick ‘perfect fit’ safety Nasir Adderley in second round of NFL draft.” GM Tom Telesco said that Adderley was a player they had targeted and felt relieved when they found him still on the board at No. 60. The Chargers will plug Adderley in at safety.

29/61. Los Angeles Rams (via KC): Taylor Rapp, S, Washington

Here’s what RamWire had to say about Rapp stepping into a crowded defensive backfield. “Despite signing Eric Weddle and having John Johnson III back as a starter, the Rams weren’t satisfied with the current status of their secondary. Weddle is 34 and under contract for just two years, and the Rams love to run three-safety packages on defense.”

30/62. Arizona Cardinals (via NO, Mia): Andy Isabella, WR, UMass

University of Massachusetts All-American wide receiver Andy Isabella has serious 4.3 speed, so he’s not your typical slot receiver. “He had a lot of production inside and outside and that’s what’s exciting to us, is his ability to play on the outside and create space,” head coach Kliff Kingsbury said of Isabella. “He’s dangerous on the inside as well. But he’s a guy that showed he could do both at a high level.”

31/63. Kansas City Chiefs (via LAR): Juan Thornhill, S, Virginia

The Chiefs signed Tyrann Mathieu in the off-season. Adding Thornhill to the mix gives them some flexibility in how they design their defensive schemes. Both players are considered to be safeties, but both have the tools to play some spot cornerback. Once again, versatility is the key work in today’s NFL. I like the idea of Mathieu mentoring Thornhill until he becomes an every down player.

32/64. Seattle Seahawks (via NE): D.K. Metcalf, WR, Mississippi

Seahawks GM Schneider said the team was surprised Metcalf was still on the board as the second round came to a close. They decided to make a trade with the Patriots to to move up to and get him

Photo: Matt Bush|USA TODAY Sports

According to the Seattle Times, Seahawks scout Aaron Hineline said of Metcalf: “D.K. fits the mold of smart, tough and reliable. He obviously has a great pedigree and is a freak of an athlete. He’ll be a great fit with all that we ask of our guys at that position. He blocks well and can contribute on special teams.”

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Draft Review: Round 1


Draft talk  . . . draft picks, rounds, team needs, and prospects to watch.

AZ | SF | NYJ | OAK | TB | NYG | JAX | DET | BUF | DEN | CIN | GB | MIA | ATL | WASH | CAR | CLE | MIN | TEN | PIT | SEA | BALT | HOU | CHI | PHI | IND | DAL | LAC | KC | NO | LAR | NE

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

The Draft: Round 1, Review

There were several surprises on day one of the draft. The Arizona Cardinals now have two top ten quarterbacks on their roster. They were unable to trade last years’ first round pick Josh Rosen and drafted Kyler Murray with the number one pick in this years’ draft. Honestly, we are kind of curious to see how all of this plays out. Will they unload Rosen on day two?

The Raiders really did surprise everyone by taking Clelin Ferrell with the fourth overall pick. Ferrell was projected to go somewhere between 10-20 in most mock drafts.

And then the NYGiants, shocked us by taking Daniel Jones with the sixth overall pick. Some pundits had Jones buried towards the end of round three; and some had him going to the Giants at pick seventeen. However, nobody expected Jones to go at six, or before Haskins.

Let’s take a quick look at the first round.

Round 1

1. Arizona Cardinals: Kyler Murray, QB, Oklahoma 

With the first pick in the 2019 NFL Draft, the Arizona Cardinals select Kyler Murray, quarterback, Oklahoma.

Why Arizona waited to until draft day to make their selection known, who knows? Why did they not move Rosen a month ago, who knows? All we know is Murray is now the starting quarterback of the Arizona Cardinal and a perfect fit for new HC Kliff Kingsbury’s Air Raid offense. It will be fun to watch.

2. San Francisco 49ers: Nick Bosa, DE, Ohio State

The 49ers will line Bosa up opposite newly acquired DE Dee Ford to create havoc off the edges. Bosa has exceptional short area quickness and excellent lower body strength. The 49ers were said to be shopping Solomon Thomas a couple of days before the draft, but so far no trade.

3. New York Jets: Quinnen Williams, DT, Alabama

Williams to the NYJets is another great fit, great pick. Williams is coming off a college season where he absolutely dominated opponents with his quickness, agility, and hand techniques. By lining him up next to Leonard Williams, the Jets are going to create a lot of pressure up front.

4. Oakland Raiders: Clelin Ferrell, DE, Clemson

Clemson Tigers defensive end Clelin Ferrell won the 2018 Ted Hendricks Award.
Photo: Mark J. Rebilas|USA TODAY Sports

The first major surprise of the draft. How big of a surprise? Even Raiders new DE Clelin Ferrell remarked on being picked No. 4 overall: “I would be lying to you if I said I wasn’t surprised.” 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.

5. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Devin White, ILB, LSU

Not shocked here, but a little surprised they took a linebacker (White) over an edge rusher (Josh Allen) with both still on the board. However, the Bucs lost their MLB, Kwon Alexander, to the 49ers in the off-season -so, it makes sense. Plus with Tampa switching to a 3-4 they needed another inside linebacker to suit up next to Lavonte David. Another great pick, great fit.

6. New York Giants: Daniel Jones, QB, Duke

His relationship with quarterback guru David Cutcliffe and the Manning family probably had a lot to do with Jones landing in the Meadowlands. That part wasn’t too surprising. What was a complete shock is that Jones went off the board at No. 6 overall. Jones will learn the ropes from Eli, while Eli can feel secure that the number one quarterback in East Rutherford, New Jersey, is still named Manning.

7. Jacksonville Jaguars: Josh Allen, OLB, Kentucky

Jacksonville is in need of help along the offensive line, no secret there. The Jags gave up 50+ sacks last year. Most everyone expected the Jags to take an offensive lineman here. However, no one expected Ferrell to go off the board at No. 4 four, or Allen to slide to No. 7. Allen creates issues for tackles with his burst off the line, and bend around the corner. Jags took the best player available and will look for O-line help in round two.

8. Detroit Lions: T.J. Hockenson, TE, Iowa

The Lions need weapons on offense and they got a really good player here in Iowa’s T.J. Hockenson. Hockenson 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. Just a smart pick.

9. Buffalo Bills: Ed Oliver, DT, Houston

With the retirement of DT Kyle Williams, I thought they might address that need early in the draft. However, I thought they’d go after a big run-stuffer like Dexter Lawrence. The Bills, though, went after the smaller 3-technique Ed Oliver. Oliver is a tough competitor that plays from snap to whistle and should fit in well with that dominant defense.

10. Pittsburgh Steelers (via Den): Devin Bush, ILB, Michigan

This morning’s Detroit Free Press read, “Michigan’s Devin Bush Jr. was exactly what Pittsburgh Steelers wanted.”

Michigan’s Devin Bush is able to rush the quarterback or drop in coverage.
Photo: Detroit News

The Steelers trade up to grab the second best linebacker in the draft — and they take him ahead of arch-rival Cincinnati, who may have been contemplating at the same player. Good move to go up and get the player you want and keep him out of the hands of the competition.

11. Cincinnati Bengals: Jonah Williams, OT, Alabama

New HC Zac Taylor wants to fill the locker room with high effort, high character players. Williams isn’t a “splash” pick, but he’ll be lunch-bucket reliable and a very good foundation piece for the new regime in Cincinnati. The four-year starter fills one of the Bengals’ most pressing needs. Good pick, good value.

12. Green Bay Packers: Rashan Gary, OLB, Michigan

How will the Packers use Michigan DT/DE hybrid Rashan Gary? “He’ll start in the outside linebacker room. He’s a guy, because of his size and speed and versatility, you’d hope you can move him around the front,” Packers scout Joe Hueber told reporters Thursday night.

13. Miami Dolphins: Christian Wilkins, DT, Clemson

I’m comfortable with Wilkins going at thirteen, but are the Dolphins throwing the 2019 season out the window? I can’t believe Fitz-Magic is really their answer? We’ll see if they go after a QB in day two? Miami Dolphins GM Chris Grier gushed about Wilkins position versatility and leadership – and he’s right about those things, I just thought they had a bigger need at QB.

14. Atlanta Falcons: Chris Lindstrom, OG, Boston College

I had Lindstrom going toward the bottom of round one, so there was a little surprise when he came off the board at fourteen. He’s definitely the best OG prospect in this year’s draft. In Atlanta, Lindstrom will be joining another former BC player in quarterback Matt Ryan. It will be Lindstom’s job to keep Ryan’s jersey clean. Solid pick.

15. Washington Redskins: Dwayne Haskins, QB, Ohio State

Haskins will be playing thirty minutes from home.
Photo: Joe Maiorana|USA TODAY Sports

Happy for Washington to get the quarterback they really wanted without having to trade up to get him. I had Haskins as my number one rated quarterback since December. He’s accurate, patient, has excellent pocket presence and light feet. Next question, does Washington start him on day one?

And what did Haskins think of “falling” to pick fifteen?

“To be honest, I’m more motivated than ever before. I’ve got a chip on my shoulder,” Haskins told ESPN. “The league done messed up.” Got to like a guy who finds ways to self-motivate.

16. Carolina Panthers: Brian Burns, DE, Florida State

The Panthers have concerns on both sides of the line. They went defense first. “This guy has a huge ceiling,” GM Marty Hurney said. “He’s got some elite skill-set traits that are hard to find. He needs to develop as he grows and his body matures – he needs to get stronger – but you can’t coach some of the traits he has. The speed. The length. The change of direction.”

17. New York Giants (via Cle): Dexter Lawrence, DT, Clemson

New York Giants general manager Dave Gettleman loves those big-bodied lineman that improve your team and defense by winning in the trenches. With QB Jones and DT Lawrence, Gettleman has improved his roster already.

18. Minnesota Vikings: Garrett Bradbury, OC, NC State

Bradbury seems like he’d be a best fit for a zone-blocking team – a team like Minnesota. The Vikings need to protect QB Kirk Cousins, so I thought they would go with an offensive tackler at eighteen, getting interior help a little later in the draft. HC Mike Zimmer said of Bradbury, “This dude is tough, physical and a ‘can’t miss’ guy.”

19. Tennessee Titans: Jeffery Simmons, DT, Mississippi State (NLF)

The Titans coming out of round one with a DT wasn’t a surprise. Taking Simmons, who is coming off an ACL injury, was a minor surprise. Simmons has top ten talent, but he won’t be ready to play right away. The Titans are willing to wait, and should be largely rewarded for their patience.

Simmons said on a conference call Thursday night his ACL rehab is going great.
Photo: Clarion Ledger

“He’s a guy we did extensive research on, and he is going to come in here and get to work and help this football team,” Titans General Manager Jon Robinson said of Simmons. “I’m just really excited about the ability that he has. He has really good quickness, can really run for a big man. He is explosive, changes direction well. He finishes plays, and he is an aggressive player.

20. Denver Broncos (via Pit): Noah Fant, TE, Iowa

GM John Elway had this to say about trading down from ten to twenty, and about getting Fant with the twentieth pick.

Fant ran a 4.5 forty with a 6.81 3-cone at the Scouting Combine.
Photo: The Daily News

“We had a couple other options too. We had a lot going on in that 10 minutes. We ended up taking the deal with Pittsburgh, and we just felt like getting that extra pick in the second and getting a third next year that the value was there. Then to be able to pick up Noah at 20—he can really run and stretch the field, very athletic, and a very effective receiving tight end. We’re excited about where he ended up.”

21. Green Bay Packers (via Sea): Darnell Savage, S, Maryland

Seattle traded down to gain additional draft picks, while Green Bay made the move up to get the best safety in this year’s draft, Darnell Savage. The Packers exchanged their No. 30 pick and two fourth-rounders (No. 114 and 118) to move up to take the Terrapins’ senior safety, who had 181 tackles and eight interceptions (two returned for a touchdown) in 45 career games.

22. Philadelphia Eagles (via Bal): Andre Dillard, OT, Washington State

GM Howie Roseman traded up to draft Washington State offensive tackle Andre Dillard. Roseman said Dillard was not a need selection, rather he was the best player on their board. In fact, Roseman said, the Eagles had Dillard ranked as a top 10 player. They are not expecting him to step into the starting rotation right away.

23. Houston Texans: Tytus Howard, OT, Alabama State

Houston had to find a way to protect QB Deshaun Watson. With Dillard off the board, Houston turned its attention to Tytus Howard of Alabama State. Howard looked very good at the Senior Bowl. He has an excellent kick-step and mirrors well. GM Brian Gaine said that he believed Howard could play four of the five O-line positions.

24. Oakland Raiders (from Chi): Josh Jacobs, RB, Alabama

Jacobs is widely considered the top running back prospect in the nation.
Photo: Marvin Gentry|USAT

Oakland got their feature back in Josh Jocobs. With a big offensive line to run behind, a veteran quarterback to lead the way, and wide receivers to stretch the field, Jacobs should have a big rookie season.

25. Baltimore Ravens (via Phi): Marquise Brown, WR, Oklahoma

For the second straight year, the Ravens traded in the first round with the Philadelphia Eagles, moving back three spots to No. 25 and picking up fourth- (127) and sixth-round (197) picks in return. With their pick, the Ravens selected WR Marquise Brown – a guy who can take the top off a defense. With QB Lamar Jackson’s cannon of an arm and Brown’s blazing speed, look for a lot of explosive plays from the Raven’s offense this season.

26. Washington Redskins (via Ind): Montez Sweat, DE, Mississippi State

Washington traded the 46th overall pick and a 2020 second-round pick to the Colts to draft Mississippi State pass rusher Montez Sweat at No. 26 overall. Sweat was considered a top 20 prospect on most draft boards. By getting their QB and a starting edge rusher the Redskins definitely had a successful first day.

27. Oakland Raiders (from Dal): Johnathan Abram, S, Mississippi State

Speed on defense was a priority this offseason for the Raiders, who added safety Lamarcus Joyner in free agency. Adding physicality was another priority, so they drafted Mississippi State’s Johnathan Abram. Abram is a hard-hitting tone-setter that flies to the ball and punishes ball-carriers.

28. Los Angeles Chargers: Jerry Tillery, DT, Notre Dame

The Chargers need OL help and DT help. So, taking Tillery here was simple, take the best player available that fills a pressing need. GM Tom Telesco loves Tillery’s length, size, flexibility, and strength. Tillery was enjoying the Sun in Maui when he received the call from the Chargers.

29. Seattle Seahawks (via KC): L.J. Collier, DE, TCU

Texas Christian’s L.J. Collier runs through drills at the NFL Scouting Combine.
Photo: Seattle Tims

The Seahawks have been busy wheeling-and-dealing this week. They trade DE Frank Clark to Kansas City, then select Texas Christian defensive end L.J. Collier at the bottom of round one. While, Collier has been a player on the rise, taking him in the first round seems like a bit of a stretch. He not your prototypical rush end; he’s a bigger bodied run-stuffing end that has some up-field ability. Good player, but not sure its good value for the pick? The Chiefs traded out of the first round.

30. New York Giants (via New Orleans, GB, Sea): De’Andre Baker, CB, Georgia

The Gaints make a trade to go up and get Georgia cornerback De’Andre Baker. Baker won the Thorpe Award as the nation’s top defensive back in college football. He’s not the fastest guy, but he’ll be a solid tackler – and maybe even be the starting nickel. It’s been a good day for the Giants.

31. Atlanta Falcons (via LAR): Kaleb McGary, OT, Washington

Atlanta trades back up into the first round to get some more help on the offensive line. McGary is an aggressive run blocker and likes to play with a nasty streak. With the addition of Lindstrom and McGary, the Falcons have improved one of the NFL’s worst rushing offenses (98.3 ypg 27th overall).

32. New England Patriots: N’Keal Harry, WR, Arizona State

Harry averaged 16.9 yards on punt returns last year.
Photo: arizonasports.com

The Patriots definitely needed a wide receiver. Taking a wide receiver that suffers from concentration lapses (aka dropping passes when he’s wide open) was a surprise. Harry is physically ripped, big bodied, with great control and the ability to make the circus catch. Basically, a big bodied slot receiver that is good at getting yards after the catch. Why not A.J. Brown, who has better hands? Why not D.K. Metcalf to stretch the field? Never doubt Bill Belichick — we’ll find out why Harry when the season starts.

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Draft Review: Round 2


Draft talk  . . . draft picks, rounds, team needs, and prospects to watch.

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

The Final 4-Round Mock Draft: Round 1

With the NFL Draft beginning this Thursday night, Nat L. Faybian’s Senior Writer Douglas Love compiles a final four-round mock draft.

Round 1

1. Arizona Cardinals: Kyler Murray, QB, Oklahoma 

Oklahoma’s Kyler Murray appears to be the new Arizona Cardinals quarterback.
Photo: AP Photo/Alonzo Adams

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!

2. San Francisco 49ers: Nick Bosa, DE, Ohio State

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.

3. New York Jets: Quinnen Williams, DT, Alabama

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.

4. Oakland Raiders: Ed Oliver, DT, Houston

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

Allen won the 2018 Nagurski Trophy for National Defensive Player of the Year.
Photo: Courier-Journal

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.

6. New York Giants: Dwayne Haskins, QB, Ohio State

The Giants just rewarded Eli Manning with a nice big contract extension, but he’s getting up there in age. Even if they plan to play Manning this year, they’ll need to start grooming a successor.

7. Jacksonville Jaguars: Jawaan Taylor, OT, Florida

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.

8. Detroit Lions: T.J. Hockenson, TE, Iowa

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.

9. Buffalo Bills: Dexter Lawrence, DT, Clemson

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 surprise many by selecting K-State’s Dalton Risner in the top ten.
Photo: Scott D. Weaver/K-State Athletics

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.

11. Cincinnati Bengals: Devin White, ILB, LSU

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.

12. Green Bay Packers: Jonah Williams, OT, Alabama

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.

13. Miami Dolphins: Devin Bush, ILB, Michigan

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.

14. Atlanta Falcons: Brian Burns, DE, Florida State

Burns had 15.5 TFL’s and 10 sacks last year at Florida State.
Photo: Nick Lisi|Associated Press

The Falcons need help off the edge. Burns has excellent natural bend around the corner. He’s athletic enough, he can drop back into coverage as well.

15. Washington Redskins: Greedy Williams, CB, LSU

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.

16. Carolina Panthers: Montez Sweat, DE, Mississippi State

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.

17. New York Giants (via Cle): Clelin Ferrell, DE, Clemson

Clemson Tigers defensive end Clelin Ferrell (99) celebrates against in the 2019 College Football Playoff Championship game. Photo: Mark J. Rebilas|USA TODAY Sports

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.

18. Minnesota Vikings: Greg Little, OT, Mississippi

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.

19. Tennessee Titans: Christian Wilkins, DT, Clemson

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.

20. Pittsburgh Steelers: Bryon Murphy, CB, Washington

The Steelers have a reputation for playing solid, tough, defense. Murphy would fit right in give Pittsburgh an exciting playmaker on the back-end.

21. Seattle Seahawks: Jeffery Simmons, DT, Mississippi State (NLF)

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.

22. Baltimore Ravens: Rashan Gary, DE, Michigan

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.

23. Houston Texans: Andre Dillard, OT, Washington State

Houston has to find a way to protect QB Deshaun Watson. Dillard may be the best pass-pro tackle in the class. Houston might be taking a couple of linemen in this draft. Dillard can play left tackle.

24. Oakland Raiders (from Chi): Josh Jacobs, RB, Alabama

Jacobs is widely considered the top running back prospect in the nation.
Photo: Marvin Gentry|USAT

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.

25. Philadelphia Eagles: De’Andre Baker, CB, Georgia

The Eagles are looking at D-line and also at running back. They could also use a cornerback. Thorpe Award winner De’Andre Baker is a solid tackler and good communicator, things DC Jim Schwartz values.

26. Indianapolis Colts: D.K. Metcalf, WR, Mississippi

The Colts added a deep threat in Metcalf. He’s a solid route runner, that doesn’t mind blocking. He ran a 4.33 forty at the Combine, he’s got some serious speed.

27. Oakland Raiders (from Dallas): Marquise Brown, WR, Oklahoma

Gruden loves guys who can take the top off a defense. With a player like Brown sitting here at twenty-seven, this should be a no-brainer. Plus Marquise can learn from his cousin Antonio.

28. Los Angeles Chargers: Chris Lindstrom, OG, Boston College

Chargers could go DT here, but they also need interior offensive line help. Boston College’s Chris Lindstrom would be a solid selection here.

29. Kansas City Chiefs: Jaylon Ferguson, DE/OLB, Louisiana Tech

Jaylon Ferguson racked up 45 sacks in his career.
Photo: Tom Morris/LATechSportsPix.com

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.

31. Los Angeles Rams: Garrett Bradbury, OC, NC State

The Rams are a zone blocking team that needs a center. Bradbury’s athleticism would make him the perfect fit.

32. New England Patriots: Cody Ford, OT, Oklahoma

The Patriots would trade down if given the option. If they stay here, they take the best offensive lineman on the boad – Cody Ford, Oklahoma.

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MORE: Round 1 | Round 2 | Round 3 | Round 4


Draft talk  . . . draft picks, rounds, team needs, and prospects to watch.

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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.

Nat L. Faybian’s 2019 NFL Mock Draft Version 4.0, Round 2

Senior Writer Nat L. Faybian and Editor Douglas Love continue on to round two, alternating picks, in this three round Version 4.0 Mock. This time Douglas will pick first.

Round 2

Douglas: The draft this year is going to be exciting. This is such a deep class that there are going to be several players with first round talent sitting at the top of day two.

1. Arizona Cardinals: Parris Campbell, WR, Ohio State (Douglas Love)

Campbell ran a blazing 4.31 at the Combine.
Photo: Blade/Dave Zapotosky

Campbell might actually end up in the first round. He ran a blazing 4.31 at the Combine. He looks fast on game tape. And as the old saying goes, “You can’t teach speed.”

2. Indianapolis Colts (via NYJ): Irv Smith, Jr., TE, Alabama (Nat L. Faybian)

Smith has worked hard at rounding out his game. His route running is the best in his position group, he’s improved tremendously as a blocker, and, of course, he has good hands.

3. Oakland Raiders: Bryon Murphy, CB, Washington (DL)

Here’s another guy that could just as easily gone in the first round. Light feet, terrific coverage skills, loves to study film. Tracks the ball well in the air. I think Gruden would be pleased with this pick.

4. San Francisco 49ers: Julian Love, CB, Notre Dame (NLF)

A top notch tackler with a thicker compact frame. He’s not afraid to stick his head in there and mix it up. Has good instincts and eye hand coordination. Is patient and doesn’t over-react.

5. New York Giants: Greg Little, OT, Mississippi (DL)

Little has received so little exposure during this whole draft process, and I’m not sure why? He’s started close to thirty games at left tackle against the best the SEC has to offer. Looks like a natural left tackle at the next level. There’s some concern about his effort – he’s doesn’t go above and beyond his duty – that’s the way it shows up on some film anyway. But he doesn’t give up sacks and at the end of the day, his job is to protect his quarterback, and he does that.

6. Jacksonville Jaguars: Miles Sanders, RB, Penn State (NLF)

Last year, this guy was only beginning to tap his potential. He has all the athleticism you need at the position, but what sets him apart is his dedication to conditioning, to the weight room, to film study. He’ll be a better pro than he was a college player.

7. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Cody Ford, OG, Oklahoma (DL)

Ford is another guy that could have gone in the first round. The Bucs would love to add a guy like Ford that can compete for the starting right guard position, and has enough flexibility to play right tackle if needed.

8. Buffalo Bills: Chris Lindstrom, OG, Boston College (NLF)

Lindstrom is the top rated pure guard on the board. In other words, Ford played tackle in college, but Lindstrom was a guard and projects to be guard at the next level. What impresses me most about Lindstrom is the way he sinks his hips, and the way he is always working to get in a better position. He just doesn’t quit.

9. Denver Broncos: Dre’Mont Jones, DT, Ohio State (DL)

Jones is the last of the guys who have that first round potential, but, again, because the deep is so deep, ends up in the second. Strong and tenacious, Jones has very good ball get off. He’s able to get in the backfield and disrupt – that equals tackles-for-loss and sacks. He is also good in pursuit.

10. Cincinnati Bengals: Tytus Howard, OT, Alabama State (NLF)

Titus Howard (L) was the only tackle capable of slowing down Montez Sweat (R) during Senior Bowl practices. Photo: Bucs Report

Alabama State’s Tytus Howard showed excellent footwork during the Senior Bowl. His ability to kick and mirror were the best on display. He could stand to be a little more physical, but he can do it. Very competitive, hates to get beat.

11. Detroit Lions: Emanuel Hall, WR, Missouri (DL)

Hall has 4.39 speed and he’s 6′ 2″, so, he can take the top off or go up and get the contested ball. The Lions sure could use a player like Hall to stretch the field.

12. Green Bay Packers: Kaleb McGary, OT, Washington (NLF)

McGary is a right tackle that plays with a nasty streak. His mentality is perfect for the frozen tundra when you need to run the ball down your opponents throat. He’s out to ruin somebody’s day.

13. Atlanta Falcons: Joejuan Williams, CB, Vanderbilt (DL)

Teams are looking to find a way to neutralize the tall receiver. Williams is 6′ 4″, the tallest cornerback in the draft. Williams coach, Derek Mason, often compares Williams to Richard Sherman. If he’ll be all that, I don’t know. But Atlanta does play Mike Evans twice a year, and getting a taller corner to help against those 50-50 catches would be a good idea.

14. Washington Redskins: Deebo Samuel, WR, So. Carolina (NLF)

Samuel looked like he was playing at a level above everyone else at the Senior Bowl. His ability as a return specialist is a bonus.

15. Carolina Panthers: Erik McCoy, OC, Texas A&M (DL)

Carolina’s offensive line had more than their share of injuries last year, and now it’s time to shuffle the deck. McCoy is a three-year starter with an attack style of play.

16. Miami Dolphins: Jochai Polite, DE, Florida (NLF)

Polite has been working to rehab his image since the Combine. Everybody makes mistakes, and to be quite honest, Polite has too much talent to pass on when getting pressure on the quarterback is at a premium these days.Last year, Polite had 19.5 tackles-for-loss and 11 sacks. I think the Dolphins would welcome that kind of production.

17. Cleveland Browns: Taylor Rapp, S, Washington (DL)

A sound tackler with excellent football instincts. He has good route recognition and isn’t one to get fooled. Good at tracking the ball in the air. He trusts his eyes.

18. Minnesota Vikings: Mack Wilson, ILB, Alabama (NLF)

Alabama’s Mack Wilson had six interceptions during his career.
Photo: Bama Hammer

Wilson has a lot of upside and plenty of raw talent. He has the size, speed, and athleticism teams covet. Is a powerful enough linebacker that can take on a guard or use his quickness to slip the gap. Is also reliable in coverage.

19. Tennessee Titans: Amani Hooker, S, Iowa (DL)

There are so many attractive safety option at the top of this class, that it really all comes down to fit. To me, Hooker seems like he’d make a good Titan. He’s got a good combination of size, speed, quickness, and strength. Iowa has a track record of producing pro-ready safeties that possess really solid ball skills. I like Hooker here.

20. Pittsburgh Steelers: Damien Harris, RB, Alabama (NLF)

Speaking of “fit,” Damien Harris would be a perfect fit for the Steelers. He’s not going to do anything flashy, but he’s going to bring his lunch-bucket grind-it-out pounding style to work everyday. And as a bonus, he can catch the ball out of the backfield to keep things fresh.

21. Philadephia Eagles (via Balt): Chauncey Gardner-Johnson, S/CB, Florida (DL)

Gardner-Johnson is a more versatile safety that can slide down and play some nickel. He not the hitter Hooker is, but he’s gives you more in term of pass defense. Both are good players, just slightly different style. I think Gardner-Johnson’s athleticism fits will in Philadelphia.

22. Houston Texans (via Sea): Darrell Henderson, RB, Memphis (NLF)

Intelligent runner with good vision. He has excellent short area quickness which is how he ran for all those yards in Memphis. He averaged over 8 yards per carry over his career. If he does half at at the next level, Texans have a special player.

23. Houston Texans: Trayvon Mullen, CB, Clemson (DL)

Clemson cornerback Trayvon Mullen (1) in action during the game against Texas A&M.
Photo: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

Mullen has played in the biggest of games, so the NFL won’t be too big for him. He’s got really good speed. He’s long. Can turn and run without loosing a step. Understands how to leverage the field to his advantage.

24. New England Patriots (from Chi): Johnathan Abram, S, Mississippi State (NLF)

Is more of a downhill box safety than most others. What scouts love about Abram is his ability to set the tone for the defense – and he does it with his aggressive hard-hitting play. Having said that, he does have ball skills too. But I think what NE will like is a guy that says, “Let’s get to it!”

25. Philadelphia Eagles: Oshane Ximines, DE, Old Dominion (DL)

In this modern passing league, the more you can disrupt the passer, the better you are. Ximines finished his college career with 51 tackles-for-loss and 32.5 sacks. Again, any player disruptive enough to throw off a quarterback’s timing is a valuable commodity.

26. Dallas Cowboys: Mecole Hardman, WR/RS, Georgia (NLF)

Hardman has 4.33 speed. He’s lesser known than some of the other players in the second round, but as we said earlier, “You can’t teach speed.” Dallas can use him in the return game, with the end around, and as a deep threat to stretch the field.

27. Indianapolis Colts: De’Andre Walker, ILB, Georgia (DL)

The Colts could go in a few different directions here, but they need a starting caliber inside linebacker. There is a drop-off between the two Devins and the rest of the class, so Walker is good value here at the end of round two.

28. Los Angeles Chargers: Nasir Adderley, S, Delaware (NLF)

Once the run on the defensive line is over and once most of the starting OT’s are gone, we’ve seen a run on defensive backs here late in the second round. I’m going to keep that going with Adderley to the Chargers.

29. Kansas City Chiefs: Deionte Thompson, S, Alabama (DL)

There’s more athleticism in this safety class, at this point of the draft, than there is in the cornerback class. So, I’m going safety here. Plus, teams are looking for these hybrid safeties that have a blend of speed and quickness and can cover the nickel. Thompson is one of those hybrid guys – an outstanding athlete with excellent change of direction and high end straight-line speed.

30. New Orleans: L.J. Collier, DE, TCU (NLF)

Collier is going to line up over the right tackle, but has enough bulk and strength to move inside on third and long. His agility and versatility will be what gets him draft above some players with more name recognition. A solid Senior Bowl certainly helped.

31. Kansas City Chiefs (via LAR): Khalen Saunders, DT, Western Illinois (DL)

Speaking of the Senior Bowl, Saunders was another player that improved his draft stock tremendously during that week. From Western Illinois, Saunders proved he had the strength and quickness to play against top tier competition. He’s short, fierce and bulldog tough.

32. New England Patriots: Max Scharping, OT, Northern Illinois (NLF)

Scharping has the tools to make an very good pro tackle. He has the size to move inside and play guard which in the end might be his best fit out of the box. With proper coaching, he could end up playing left tackle and being there for several years.

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Draft talk  . . . draft picks, rounds, team needs, and prospects to watch.

AZ | SF | NYJ | OAK | TB | NYG | JAX | DET | BUF | DEN | CIN | GB | MIA | ATL | WASH | CAR | CLE | MIN | TEN | PIT | SEA | BALT | HOU | CHI | PHI | IND | DAL | LAC | KC | NO | LAR | NE

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

2019 Reese’s Senior Bowl

Rosters for the 70th Reese’s Senior Bowl were released on Wednesday, January 16, 2019. The game will be played on Saturday, January 26th.

Football Gameplan with Emory Hunt “The Czar of the Playbook”

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SOUTH TEAM

Coached by: San Francisco 49ers

QB: Will Grier, 6-2, 223, West Virginia; Tyree Jackson, 6-7, 245, Buffalo; Gardner Minshew II, 6-2, 220, Washington State; Jarrett Stidham, 6-3, 215, Auburn

RB: Ryquell Armstead, 5-11, 215, Temple; Bruce Anderson, 5-11, 211, No Dakota State; Wes Hills, 6-2, 218, Slippery Rock

Being named the MVP of the NFLPA Bowl got Hills a ticket to the Sr. Bowl.
Photo: Slippery Rock Athletics

FB: Trevon Wesco, 6-4, 274, West Virginia

WR: Tyre Brady, Marshall, 6-3, 206; Travis Fulgham, 6-3, 215, Old Dominion; Anthony Johnson, 6-2, 210, Buffalo; Hunter Renfrow, 5-10, 180, Clemson; Deebo Samuel, 6-0, 210, South Carolina; David Sills V, 6-4, 210, West Virginia; Gary Jennings, 6-1, 210, West Virginia

TE: Foster Moreau, LSU, 6-6, 256; Josh Oliver, 6-5, 250, San Jose State; Dax Raymond, 6-5, 250, Utah State

OT: Oli Udoh, Elon, 6-5, 356; Dennis Daley, 6-6, 324, South Carolina; Andre Dillard, 6-5, 306, Washington State; Tytus Howard, 6-6, 311, Alabama State

OG: B.J. Autry, 6-5, 340, Jacksonville State; Ben Powers, 6-4, 313, Oklahoma; Dru Samia, 6-5, 303, Oklahoma; Javon Patterson, 6-3, 314, Mississippi

OC: Elgton Jenkins, 6-4, 316, Mississippi State; Ross Pierschbacher, 6-4, 309, Alabama

K: Cole Tracy, 5-11, 188, LSU

DE: Jaylon Ferguson, 6-5, 262, Louisiana Tech; Carl Granderson, 6-5, 261; Wyoming; Jonathan Ledbetter, 6-4, 280, Georgia; Oshane Ximines, 6-4, 255; Old Dominion; Montez Sweat, 6-6, 245, Mississippi State

Sweat has been showing out at the Senior Bowl.
Photo: MSU Athletics

DT: Isaiah Buggs, 6-2, 286, Alabama; Dontavius Russell, 6-3, 320, Auburn;  Kingsley Keke, 6-4, 305, Texas A&M; Daylon Mack, 6-1, 320, Texas A&M; Demarcus Christmas, 6-4, 305, Florida State

OLB: Terrill Hanks, 6-2, 230, New Mexico State; Gerri Green, 6-4, 255, Mississippi State; Sione Takitaki, 6-2, 230, BYU

ILB: Bobby Okereke, 6-3, 234, Stanford; David Long, Jr., 5-11, 221, West Virginia; Deshaun Davis, 5-11, 246, Auburn

CB: Isaiah Johnson, 6-4, 203, Houston; Lonnie Johnson Jr., 6-3, 206, Kentucky; Rock Ya-Sin, 6-2, 190, Temple; Shedrick Redwine, 6-1, 195, Miami; Mark Fields, 5-11, 180, Clemson; Jimmy Moreland, 5-11, 175, James Madison

S: Johnathan Abram, 6-0, 215, Mississippi State; Mike Edwards, 6-0, 201, Kentucky; Juan Thornhill, 6-0, 210, Virginia; Darius West, 6-0, 210, Kentucky; Jaquan Johnson, 5-11, 195, Miami

P: Jake Bailey, 6-2, 202, Stanford

LS: Nick Moore, 6-3, 250, Georgia

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NORTH TEAM

Coached by: Oakland Raiders

QB: Ryan Finley, 6-4, 212, North Carolina State; Trace McSorley, 6-0, 203, Penn State; Drew Lock, 6-4, 225, Missouri; Daniel Jones, 6-5, 220, Duke

RB: Karan Higdon, 5-10, 202, Michigan; Dexter Williams, 5-11, 215, Notre Dame; Tony Pollard, 5-11, 200, Memphis

Michigan’s Karan Higdon is looking to power his way up the draft boards.
Photo: AP/Paul Sancya

FB: Alec Ingold, 6-2, 242, Wisconsin

WR: Alex Wesley, 6-0, 184, Northern Colorado; Penny Hart, 5-8, 180, Georgia State; Terry McLaurin, 6-1, 204, Ohio State, 6-1, 204; Keelan Doss, 6-3, 206, UC Davis; Andy Isabella, 5-10, 195, UMass; Jaylen Smith, 6-4, 220, Louisville; Jakobi Meyers, 6-2, 203, NC State

TE: Donald Parham, 6-8, 240, Stetson; Drew Sample, 6-5, 251, Washington; Tommy Sweeney, 6-5, 260, Boston College

OT: Kaleb McGary, 6-8, 324, Washington; Dalton Risner, 6-5, 308, Kansas State; Max Scharping, 6-6, 320, Northern Illinois; Chuma Edoga, 6-4, 295, USC

OG: Chris Lindstrom, 6-4, 310, Boston College; Nate Davis, 6-3, 311, Charlotte; Mike Deiter, 6-6, 310, Wisconsin; Beau Benzschawel, 6-6, 315, Wisconsin

OC: Garrett Bradbury, 6-3, 300, North Carolina State; Eric McCoy, 6-4, 315, Texas A&M

K: Austin Seibert, 5-9, 214, Oklahoma

DE: John Cominsky, 6-5, 275, Charleston; Zach Allen, 6-5, 285, Boston College; L.J. Collier, 6-4, 276, TCU; Charles Omenihu, 6-6, 275, Texas; Bryon Cowart, 6-4, 293, Maryland; Jalen Jelks, 6-6, 245, Oregon; Anthony Nelson, 6-7, 271, Iowa

DT: Greg Gaines, 6-2, 310, Washington; Khalen Saunders, 6-2, 310, Western Illinois; Renell Wren, 6-6, 297, Arizona State

Khalen Saunders makes Western Illinois University history as first Senior Bowl invitee.
Photo: Larry Dean/WIU Athletics

OLB: Ben Banogu, 6-4, 249, TCU; Drue Tranquill, 6-2, 233, Notre Dame; Sutton Smith, 6-1, 237, No Illinois; Dre Greenlaw, 6-0, 229, Arkansas

ILB: Te’Von Coney, 6-1, 240, Notre Dame; Germaine Pratt, 6-3, 240, North Carolina State; Cameron Smith, 6-2, 250, USC

CB: Corey Ballentine, 6-0, 204, Washburn; Kris Boyd, 6-0, 195, Texas; Amani Oruwariye, 6-1, 201, Penn State; Jordan Brown, 6-1, 195, So Dakota State; Iman Marshall, 6-1, 205, USC

S: Nasir Adderley, 6-0, 200, Delaware; Marquise Blair, 6-2, 195, Utah; Darnell Savage, 5-11, 200, Maryland; Khari Willis, 6-0, 215, Michigan State; Will Harris, 6-2, 210, Boston College

P: Mitch Wishnowsky, 6-2, 220, Utah

LS: Dan Godsil, 6-4, 233, Indiana

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THE REESE’S SENIOR BOWL
DATE: Saturday, January 26, 2019
TIME: 1:30pm CT
WHERE: Mobile, Alabama
STADIUM: Ladd-Peebles Stadium (38,888)
TELEVISION: NFL Network

FBS 2018 A.P. All-American teams

FIRST TEAM

2018 Heisman Winner and AP first team All-American Kyler Murray.
Photo: Tulsa World.

OFFENSE

Quarterback — Kyler Murray, junior, Oklahoma
Running backs — Jonathan Taylor, sophomore, Wisconsin; Darrell Henderson, junior, Memphis
Tackles — Jonah Williams, junior, Alabama; Mitch Hyatt, senior, Clemson
Guards — Beau Benzschawel, senior, Wisconsin; Bunchy Stallings, senior, Kentucky
Center — Garrett Bradbury, senior, North Carolina State
Tight end — Jace Sternberger, junior, Texas A&M
Wide receivers — Jerry Jeudy, sophomore, Alabama; Marquise Brown, junior, Oklahoma
All-purpose player — Rondale Moore, freshman, Purdue
Kicker — Andre Szmyt, freshman, Syracuse

DEFENSE

Ends — Clelin Ferrell, junior, Clemson; Sutton Smith, junior, Northern Illinois
Tackles — Quinnen Williams, junior, Alabama; Christian Wilkins, senior, Clemson
Linebackers — Josh Allen, senior, Kentucky; Devin White, junior, LSU; Ben Burr-Kirven, senior, Washington
Cornerbacks — Deandre Baker, senior, Georgia; Julian Love, junior, Notre Dame
Safeties — Grant Delpit, sophomore, LSU; Deionte Thompson, junior, Alabama
Punter — Braden Mann, junior, Texas A&M

SECOND TEAM

Maxwell and Walter Camp POY winner Tua Tagovailoa.
Photo: Streeter Lecka/Getty Images

OFFENSE

Quarterback — Tua Tagovailoa, sophomore, Alabama
Running backs — Travis Etienne, sophomore, Clemson; Trayveon Williams, junior, Texas A&M
Tackles — Dalton Risner, senior, Kansas State; Andrew Thomas, sophomore, Georgia
Guards — Dru Samia, senior, Oklahoma; Michael Dieter, senior, Wisconsin
Center — Ross Piersbacher, senior, Alabama
Tight end — T.J, Hockenson, sophomore, Iowa
Wide receivers — Tylan Wallace, sophomore, Oklahoma State; Andy Isabella, senior, Massachusetts
All-purpose player — Greg Dortch, sophomore, Wake Forest
Kicker — Cole Tracy, senior, LSU

DEFENSE

Ends — Montez Sweat, senior, Mississippi State; Jachai Polite, junior, Florida
Tackles — Jerry Tillery, senior, Notre Dame; Gerald Willis III, senior, Miami
Linebackers — Devin Bush, junior, Michigan; David Long Jr., junior, West Virginia; Joe Dineen, senior, Kansas
Cornerbacks — Greedy Williams, sophomore, LSU; Byron Murphy, sophomore, Washington
Safeties — Taylor Rapp, junior, Washington; Amani Hooker, junior, Iowa
Punter — Mitch Wishnowsky, senior, Utah

THIRD TEAM

Haskins was awarded the 2018 Chicago Tribune Silver FootballThe award is presented to the Big Ten’s best football player each year, and is voted on by the coaches. 
Photo: Cleveland.com

OFFENSE

Quarterbacks — Dwayne Haskins, sophomore, Ohio State
Running backs — Benny Snell, junior, Kentucky; Eno Benjamin, sophomore, Arizona State
Tackles — Andre Dillard, senior, Washington State; Cody Ford, junior, Oklahoma
Guards — Terronne Prescod, senior, North Carolina State; Chris Lindstrom, senior, Boston College
Center — Michael Jordan, junior, Ohio State
Tight end — Noah Fant, junior, Iowa
Wide Receivers — A.J. Brown, junior, Mississippi; David Sills V, senior, West Virginia
All-purpose player — J.J. Taylor, sophomore, Arizona
Kicker — Matt Gay, senior, Utah

DEFENSE

Ends — Chase Winovich, senior, Michigan; Jaylon Ferguson, senior, Louisiana Tech
Tackles — Jeffery Simmons, junior, Mississippi State; Ed Oliver, junior, Houston
Linebackers — Paddy Fisher, sophomore, Northwestern; David Woodward, sophomore, Utah State; Te’Von Coney, senior, Notre Dame
Cornerbacks — Hamp Cheevers, junior, Boston College; Lavert Hill, junior, Michigan
Safeties — Andre Cisco, freshman, Syracuse; Johnathan Abram, senior, Mississippi State
Punter — Jason Smith, sophomore, Cincinnati

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