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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.

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.

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:

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.

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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MORE: Round 1 | Round 2 | Round 3


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.

2018 Joe Moore Award

COLLEGE FOOTBALL’S MOST OUTSTANDING OFFENSIVE LINE UNIT

The Joe Moore Award for the Most Outstanding Offensive Line Unit in College Football today revealed the selection of three finalists for this year’s national honor, announced The Foundation for Teamwork, which has presented the unique award since 2015.

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THIS YEARS WINNER …

THE OKLAHOMA SOONERS OFFENSIVE LINE

The 2018 Joe Moore Winners: the Oklahoma Sooners.
Photo: Sooner Sports

Oklahoma Sooners

  • Oklahoma’s high-powered offense has been a big story this season, as the Sooners lead FBS in points per game, yards per game, and yards per play. The Sooners have gone three-and-out on just 6.8 percent of drives – nearly two percent better than second-place Army – and they’ve averaged .711 offensive points per snap, the highest mark in FBS in the last 25 seasons.  
  • Oklahoma rushers have averaged 6.7 yards per carry this season, second in FBS and the highest mark in Big 12 history. The Sooners have rushed for negative yards on just 15.2 percent of carries this season, second lowest in the Big 12.  
  • The Sooners has passed for an average of 11.1 yards per drop-back this season, the highest rate in Division I history. Oklahoma has been especially good at moving the chains, as 48.8 percent of its total drop-backs have resulted in a first down or touchdown, the highest rate in the FBS. 

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What Voters Said

“They were technical and fundamentally sound. Consistently finished their blocks. Always looking for work, especially on second level blocks which sprung many of the big runs. Once they had the line of scrimmage secured and displaced, they turned up the intensity and continued tracking and engaging defenders downfield. Beautiful.”

“Very efficient in both protection and run game. I thought they played with the most attitude. All of the finalists were tough and physical, but it seemed like Oklahoma went out of their way to try punish their opponent any chance they got.”

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The 2018 Joe Moore Award finalists included:

  • Alabama Crimson Tide – Offensive line coach: Brent Key; head coach Nick Saban
  • Georgia Bulldogs – Offensive line coach: Sam Pittman; head coach Kirby Smart
  • Oklahoma Sooners – Offensive line coach: Bill Bedenbaugh: head coach Lincoln Riley

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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Orange Bowl – Dec 29

#1 Alabama Crimson Tide (13-0) vs #4 Oklahoma Sooners (12-1)

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ALABAMA | SOUTHEASTERN CONFERENCE

Coach: Nick Saban

Alabama Players to watch:

**Sophomore NT Quinnen Williams (6-4/297)

Williams dominated everyone, all year long. In short, he was a beast.
Photo: Alabama Athletics

Williams earned unanimous honors with his selection by the AFCA, TSN, FWAA, AP, and Walter Camp and was a First Team All-SEC honoree. The redshirt sophomore took home the Outland Trophy on Dec. 6, in recognition of his breakout season in his first year as a starter. Williams leads all Tide defensive linemen with 65 tackles and paces the team in tackles for loss with 17 (-81 yards).

*Junior LT Jonah Williams (6-5/301)

Williams earned unanimous All-America honors by virtue of first-team accolades from the AFCA, The Sporting News (TSN), Football Writers Association of America (FWAA), Associated Press (AP) and Walter Camp. The junior was also the winner of the SEC’s Jacobs Blocking Trophy, which is presented annually to the league’s top offensive lineman.

**Sophomore WR Jerry Jeudy (6-1/187)

Jeudy won the Biletnikoff Award as the nation’s top receiver this season, earning consensus All-America honors via his first-team selection by the AFCA, TSN, AP and Walter Camp. The sophomore was a First Team All-SEC selection by both AP and the league coaches. He has caught 59 passes for a team-leading 1,103 yards and 12 touchdowns this season.

*Junior SS Deionte Thompson (6-2/194)

Thompson leads all Tide defensive backs and is second on team in tackles with 71 stops. He has also forced a team-high four fumbles and contributed 3.5 tackles for loss (-7 yards), two interceptions, five pass breakups and a fumble recovery this season. 

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OKLAHOMA | BIG 12 CONFERENCE

Coach: Lincoln Riley

Oklahoma Players to watch:

*Junior WR Marquise Brown (5-10/165)

Brown was named an AP All-American in 2018.
Photo: Santa Clarita Valley Signal

Brown caught 75 passes for 1,318 yards and 10 touchdowns this season. The Sooner speedster posted six 100-yard receiving games in 2018 and averaged 17.6 yards per catch. He has been rehabbing a lower-leg injury he suffered in the Big 12 Championship game. He was carted off the sidelines in the fourth quarter before returning with a boot on his left leg.  HC Lincoln Riley said recently that he is hopeful that Brown will play in the Orange Bowl.

Senior RG Dru Samia (6-5/297)

RG Dru Samia claimed OU’s third straight Big 12 Offensive Lineman of the Year honor. The senior right guard has started 46 games, just four shy of the OU record at 50. Oklahoma won the Joe Moore Award, given to the team with the best offensive line in the country.

Senior LG Ben Powers (6-4/315)

LG Ben Powers was named an Outland Trophy Semi-finalist this year. The Sooners are on a pace to set a new NCAA record for offensive yards per play. OU is averaging 8.7 yards per play through 13 games.

*Junior RT Cody Ford (6-3/343)

Ford started 20 games with his first full season as a starter coming this year after he moved to tackle. Ford is expected to be a first-round pick in some circles (should he declare) and is expected to play guard in the NFL.  Anchored by this incredible O-line, the Sooners lead the country in points per game (49.5) and yards per contest this season (577.9) despite ranking tied for 107th out of 130 teams in plays per game (just 66.1).

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College Football Playoff Semifinal at the Capital One Orange Bowl
No. 1 Alabama 45, No. 4 Oklahoma 34
Hard Rock Stadium
Miami Gardens, Florida