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The Final 4-Round Mock Draft: Round 2

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

Round 2

33. Arizona Cardinals: Elgton Jenkins, OC, Mississippi State

Jenkins can help the Cardinals protect their quarterback.
Photo: The Clarion-Ledger

Get a new quarterback, how about adding some blockers. Jenkins is an intelligent player who knows how to read a defense and make the proper line calls. He has played up and down the line, giving him the ability to better help his fellow linemen identify schemes and blitzes. Best pass blocker in the group.

34. Indianapolis (via NY Jets): Irv Smith, Jr., TE, Alabama

The Colts give Luck another weapon, and the offensive has improved tremendously. Smith surprised a little, by coming in at 6′ 2″, he was a little shorter than anticipated. He ran a good 4.63 forty, but was only average in the rest of the drills. However, Smith comes from a football family and has football smarts. He knows how to create separation and has excellent hands. And he’s a good route runner. He’ll find his way on the field.

35. Oakland Raiders: Rock Ya-Sin, CB, Temple

The Raiders add a corner who can play tight man coverage. A transfer from Presbyterian to Temple, Rock Ya-Sin is the best name in football. Had a good week at the Senior Bowl. Plays aggressively. Likes to drape receivers, but isn’t a penalty waiting to happen. Tough, physical player who should, with good coaching, excel at man coverage.

36. San Francisco 49ers: Julian Love, CB, Notre Dame

Love is a leader on the field. He is thick bodied and not afraid of contact. He’s not going to be flashy, like Greedy Williams, but Love will be steady, consistent and reliable. He is patient and doesn’t over-react. Trusts his eyes.

37. New York Giants: Joejuan Williams, CB, Vanderbilt

Williams had 23 passes defended in the last two seasons.
Photo: The Tennessean

Giants take the tallest cornerback in the draft. There just are not that many 6′ 4″ corners. And with receiver getting taller and taller, teams are taking a good long look at Joejuan Williams of Vanderbilt. HC Derek Mason compared Williams to Richard Sherman. Likes to press and plays best close to the line of scrimmage.

38. Jacksonville Jaguars: A.J. Brown, WR, Mississippi

Brown is a big slot receiver, capable of 70-80 catches a year. He is Mississippi’s all-time leader in receiving yards. He can line up anywhere on the field. Reliable hands and knows how to create separation from defenders. May be the most polished receiver in this class.

39. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Jamel Dean, CB, Auburn

Maybe a surprise to some, but HC Arians specifically state his priority was speed on defense. Dean ran a blazing 4.3 at the Combine. He’s a man-on-man cover corner that mirrors very well and rides the hip of his opponent. Dean’s had several knee surgeries during his career, but if his medical evaluation is good, there’s no reason to believe he won’t go this high. Dean, fills two needs, the Bucs get themselves a man-to-man cover corner with top-end speed.

40. Buffalo Bills: Jace Sternberger, TE, Texas A&M

Sternberger has been getting a lot of attention from teams – including the Buffalo Bills. He is very athletic, a former three sport athlete, and takes his conditioning seriously. One of the fastest rising players in the draft. A tight end that can block, run good routes and catch the ball. Solid pick.

41. Denver Broncos: Daniel Jones, CB, Duke

A protégé of coach David Cutcliffe, Jones knows his X’s and O’s. His experience playing in a pro-style offense has helped him prepare for the next level. Has good arm strength, but not top-notch. Releases ball at it’s high point. Could start right away at the next level, but might benefit by not being asked to do too much in his first season. By getting a QB in the second round, Flacco can feel secure in his position while Jones has a season to learn.

42. Cincinnati Bengals: Drew Lock, QB, Missouri

Missouri’s Drew Lock has thrown for over 12,000 yards in his career.
Photo: Dale Zanine|USA TODAY Sports

The Bengals pull the trigger on Dalton’s eventual replacement. There are something you just can’t coach, and one of them is arm-strength. Lock has the best arm in the class. Lock’s throwing motion resemble a Major League pitcher. He really torques that elbow and has a lot of range in his shoulder. Has four-years of playing experience against top level competition. Could start right away at the next level.

43. Detroit Lions: Justin Layne, CB, Michigan State

Layne is 6′ 2″ with impressive quickness. A former wide receiver that understands the route tree. Has good instincts and light feet. How shown explosiveness and good closing speed. Has long arms and likes to play man-to-man. Solid tackler.

44. Green Bay Packers: Jerry Tillery, DT, Notre Dame

Tillery has surprising agility for a guy six-foot-six. He’s quick off the ball and can get his pads low rather consistently for a tall man. He’s a long-strider with good backside pursuit. If it weren’t for an injury, Tillery would have gone higher. Great value pick for the Packers.

45. Atlanta Falcons: Darnell Savage, S, Maryland

Savage is a safety that can work in the nickel. So he’d give the Falcons an extra CB with amazing range and downhill speed. He had an impressive Combine, he ran a 4.36 with very good numbers in the broad jump and the vertical jump. Showed light feet and fluid hips. However, what really stands out about Savage is his playing speed. Turn on the game film, and he is consistently the fastest player on the field. Plays exceptionally well downhill. Looks like a first round pick.

46. Washington Redskins: Parris Campbell, WR, Ohio State

Fleet-footed Parris Campbell averaged 12.4 yards per catch at Ohio State.
Photo: The Game Haus

Campbell ran a 4.31 at the combine, pushing him up the boards. When you look at the success Carolina is having with Ohio State’s Curtis Samuel, Campbell should go in the first or early second round. Besides running routes, Campbell could also be used on jet-sweeps and bubble screens.

47. Carolina Panthers: Kaleb McGary, OT, Washington

McGary’s strength is in the run game. Let him move forward and use his nasty aggression to maul defensive linemen. He’s athletic enough to projects at right tackle at the next level. He does have a prior medical condition that teams will need to check out before they select him. If all checks out well, McGary should have a bright future ahead of him on the field.

48. Miami Dolphins: Jochai Polite, DE, Florida

Polite has been working to rehab his reputation after turning numerous teams off during the Scouting Combine interview process. At one time he was being talked about as a potential first round pick. He has too much talent to ignore and Dolphins will give him a second chance. Flores continues to rebuild his defense, surprising many by taking Polite in the second round.

49. Cleveland Browns: Taylor Rapp, S, Washington

Rapp hopes to be the highest Chinese-American player ever drafted.
Photo: AP Photo|Marcio Jose Sanchez

They could’ve gone CB here, but instead take Rapp, one of the nation’s top safety prospects. High football IQ, anticipates well. Well -built and likes to play aggressive. Solid tackler that takes good angles. Didn’t run the forty at the Combine, but came in under 4.0 in the 20-yard shuttle.

50. Minnesota Vikings: Erik McCoy, OC, Texas A&M

McCoy has jumped up draft boards based on his athleticism. He has gradually improved each year with his technique and overall strength. Can play the run and pass equally well. Vikings continue to add pieces to their offensive line.

51. Tennessee Titans: Deebo Samuel, WR, So. Carolina

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

52. Pittsburgh Steelers: De’Andre Walker, ILB, Georgia

Steelers grab the third best linebacker in the class. Sure tackler with plenty of size and strength making him a better fit on the inside. Likes to get in the mix and lower his pads and hit somebody. Quick to fill the hole. Looks like he could be a good blitzer at the next level and could also slide up to rush off the edge on occasion.

53. Philadelphia Eagles (via Bal): Tytus Howard, OT, Alabama State

Eagles have worked Howard out a couple of times, so the interest is there. This would be a great spot to select him. Tytus Howard is perhaps the second best technician in the class behind Jonah Williams. Shows good pass pro technique. Shows a nice kick off the snap and excellent mirroring skills to drive defenders out of the picture. Will need to improve his strength and may really bloom in his second year.

54. Houston Texans (via Sea): Yodney Cajuste, OT, West Virginia

The Texans take another offensive lineman to help protect Watson. Cajuste has long arms, big hands, and is strong. Has excellent burst off the ball, which shows his background as a high school basketball star.

55. Houston Texans: Darrell Henderson, RB, Memphis

Henderson averaged, something like, 8 yards per carry over his career at Memphis. That’s just crazy. Henderson doesn’t have great speed, but he is fast enough. His real strength is his vision, his ability to read blocks and leverage his angles. The Texans are known to be high on him.

56. New England Patriots (via Chi): Johnathan Abram, SS, Mississippi State

Abram started his career at Georgia before transferring to Mississippi State.
Photo: Mississippi State Athletics

Abram is that guy everyone tags as the “pure strong safety” in this group. He plays exceptionally well in the box, that is true. But don’t be fooled, Abram has played both safety positions in his career. He has shown good fluidity and enough speed to cover the back end.

57. Philadelphia Eagles: Vosean Joseph, OLB, Florida

Joseph shows plenty of downhill speed and lateral quickness. Has good instincts and trusts his eyes. He’s a powerful and physical ‘backer that makes splash plays. Athletic enough to cover any back.

58. Dallas Cowboys: Dre’Mont Jones, DT, Ohio State

Dre’Mont Jones is explosive off the snap and has the agility to make plays at or near the line of scrimmage. He’s not just one who just pushes linemen back, Jones likes to get to the quarterback. He fills a need for the Cowboys and is the best player available at fifty-eight.

59. Indianapolis Colts: Treyvon Mullen, CB, Clemson

Mullen is a 4.44 forty guy that is coming out early. He has good height and a solid frame. Long limbs and plenty of upside. Had outstanding coaching in college.

60. Los Angeles Chargers: Dennis Daley, OT, So. Carolina

Daley is a big bodied mauler that can help the Chargers (and RB Melvin Gordon) in the running game.

61. Kansas City Chiefs: Juan Thornhill, S, Virginia

Thornhill has 13 career interceptions at Virginia.
Photo: UVA Athletics

Physically, Thornhill tested off the charts. He had a 4.42 forty, 21 reps of 225 on the bench, a 44″ vertical jump, and a 141″ broad jump. A former basketball star, his athleticism shows up on film. Will sacrifice his body, but not a thumper. While listed as a safety, Thornhill’s real value might be in the nickel matching up against tight ends and running backs.

62. New Orleans Saints: Connor McGovern, OC, Penn State

The Saints need interior line help. McGovern is not as athletic as Bradbury or McCoy, but he is an intelligent player capable of playing all three interior positions. For not being super-athletic, he plays with good understanding of angles and leverage, keeping defenders at bay. He had made significant leaps every year. Only a junior, his floor is high.

63. Kansas City Chiefs (via LAR): Lonnie Johnson, Jr., CB, Kentucky

Excels at playing man-off. Has nice fluid backpedal and smooth hips. Can mirror receiver, using his long frame to his advantage. Flashes physicality and hit power coming downhill. Tracks ball well in the air. The Chiefs needed to get at least two corners and a safety out of this draft – they’ve made solid moves in the right direction in this round.

64. New England Patriots: Kahale Warring, TE, San Diego State

Warring is a rare combination of size and athleticism. He’s still learning, but growing steadily. He didn’t play football until his senior year in high school. He was an all-league water polo goalie and basketball player at rural Sonora High in Northern California. He also competed on the cross country, swimming, soccer and tennis before trying his hand at football.

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

Quarterbacks: Final Position Rankings

2019 NFL Draft:  Top Rated QBs

Haskins is expected to be the first quarterback off the board.
Photo: Eleven Warriors

1. Dwayne Haskins, Ohio State, 6-3/231

He set a Big-10 record by passing for more yards than Drew Brees. He also threw for 50 touchdowns. He looks very comfortable in the pocket and seems to have a natural feel for the game. Quick release and really drives the ball down field. Reads the field well and is accurate. Mechanics are clean, but sometimes drops his arm creating errant throws. Haskins is still learning the game. With good coaching he has a high ceiling.

2. Drew Lock, Missouri, 6-4/228

There are something you just can’t coach, and one of them is arm-strength. Lock has the best arm in the class. Lock’s throwing motion resemble a Major League pitcher. He really torques that elbow and has a lot of range in his shoulder. Has four-years of playing experience against top level competition. Could start right away at the next level.

3. Kyler Murray, Oklahoma, 5-10/205

Murray is the wild-card in the draft. In 2018, he won the Heisman and Davey O’Brien Awards – widely considered the best player in college football. Opted for the NFL over the MLB. When you watch his throwing mechanics, you can see that baseball background in his throwing motion – look like a third baseman throwing it to first. Has a very quick release and nice touch on the ball – especially, the deep ball. Murray expects to be a day one starter, after all, he didn’t skip a professional baseball career to ride the pine.

4. Daniel Jones, Duke, 6-5/221

A protégé of coach David Cutcliffe, Jones knows his X’s and O’s. His experience playing in a pro-style offense has helped him prepare for the next level. Has good arm strength, but not top-notch. Releases ball at it’s high point. Could start right away at the next level, but might benefit by not being asked to do too much in his first season.

5. Ryan Finley, North Carolina State, 6-4/213

Finley is a cerebral quarterback, who throws the ball with a soft touch. He makes smart decisions and plays mistake free football. Doesn’t take unnecessary sacks or throw into tight windows when he can check the ball down.

6. Tyree Jackson, Buffalo, 6-7/240

This guy has the physical traits some team will fall in love with. At 6′ 7″, he ran a 4.59 forty. He gets tons of rotations on the ball as it zips out of his hand. Not a runner, but if pushed out of the pocket, he has a quick reset allowing him to get the ball off quickly. He keeps his eyes downfield and is really accurate in the intermediate range. Has a lot of potential, but will need good coaching to fix some mechanical issues which cause him to over/under throw too many passes.

7. Will Grier, West Virginia, 6-2/217

Played in a wide open gun-slinger style of offense that showcased the best of his skills. Even though the Pro game is changing, you still need to play from under center. He bring enthusiasm to the field and is a natural leader. If a team seeks intangibles, this guy has them.

8. Jarrett Stidham, Auburn, 6-2/218

Stidham can make all of the throw, but doesn’t make them consistently. He threw a lot of dink-and-dunk passes at Auburn. Didn’t play under center. So there’s going to be a curve for him too.

9. Clayton Thorson, Northwestern, 6-4/222

Thorson has the size and arm strength every scout is looking for. He won 27 games over his career and took Northwestern to the Big-10 Championship game last year. Had shoulder surgery prior to the 2018 season.

10. Brett Rypien, Boise State, 6-2/210

Rypien is getting plenty of looks leading up to the draft. A four-year starter known for his football IQ and preparation. Doesn’t have a rocket arm, but is accurate and doesn’t make costly mistakes.

OTHER PLAYERS TO KEEP AN EYE ON:

  1. Devlin Hodges, Samford, 6-1/205
  2. Nick Fitzgerald, Mississippi State, 6-5/226
  3. Jordan Ta’amu, Mississippi, 6-3/221
  4. Gardner Minshew, Washington State, 6-1/225
  5. Easton Stick, North Dakota State, 6-1/224
  6. Trace McSorley, Penn State, 6-0/202
  7. Kyle Shurmer, Vanderbilt, 6-4/230
  8. Jake Browning, Washington, 6-2/211
  9. Justice Hansen, Arkansas State, 6-4/2018
  10. Wilton Speight, UCLA, 6-6/240
  11. Tony Cornelius, Oklahoma State, 6-6/232
  12. Taryn Christion So. Dakota State 6-2/220
  13. Bart Williams, Grand Valley State, 6-6/225
  14. John Lovett, Princeton, 6-3/230
  15. Jake Dolegala, Central Connecticut State, 6-6/235

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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 1

With the NFL Draft only a couple of weeks away, Senior Writer Nat L. Faybian and Editor Douglas Love alternate picks in this three round mock – Version 4.0. Nat will pick first.

Round 1

Nat: Will Arizona take Murray or not? That storyline has held the draft captive for months now. Logically, they have a top 10 quarterback in Rosen, they don’t need one.

Doug: And Rosen was drafted by GM Steve Keim, who was just given a four-year contract extension in February. Certainly, Keim doesn’t believe he blew that pick.

Nat: Right. On the flip side. Give the new coach the quarterback he feels he needs to win. If that’s Murray, then give Kliff Kingsbury his man — and then there’s absolutely no excuses for not winning.

Doug: So, Nat, who will the Arizona Cardinals take with the number one overall pick in the 2019 NLF Draft?

1. Arizona Cardinals: Nick Bosa, DE, Ohio State (Nat L. Faybian)

Bosa has been a consensus top three pick going back to the fall.

Bosa appears to be the most polished of the elite talent, and we’ve said that numerous times. Yet, there’s all this talk the head coaches’ relationship with Kyler Murray. But, really, when you get down to it, this was GM Steve Keim’s team before it was Kingsbury’s team. Keim has been with the Arizona Cardinals since 1993, and he’s been GM since 2013. I don’t see him throwing Rosen out the window, unless he gets a trade offer he just can’t refuse – something crazy like the Ricky Williams deal. It’s got to be big, or no deal. I think it’s a smoke screen, honestly. Rosen has a year under his belt, and he should be better in his second year; while, Bosa is a day one starter and immediately improves the defense.

2. San Francisco 49ers: Josh Allen, OLB, Kentucky (Douglas Love)

This is a hard one. The 49ers have $22 million wrapped in up defensive linemen that were first round draft picks: DeForest Buckner, Solomon Thomas, and Arik Armstead. Plus they just added defensive end Dee Ford in free agency for another $14 million. That’s a $36 million dollar defensive line. The expectation is they should be able to get the job done. This team shouldn’t need to take a defensive lineman with the second overall pick. GM John Lynch could trade down. And that would make a lot of sense to me. They could move newly acquired ILB Kwan Alexander to weakside and go after a player like ILB Devin White – but that’s a reach at number two overall. Not that long ago, they made Garoppolo the highest paid QB in the NFL – although he’s only started a handful of games in the last two seasons – so, doubtful they go QB. If they stay where they are, it would seem most likely, they take the pass-rushing linebacker from Kentucky, Josh Allen.

3. New York Jets: Quinnen Williams, DT, Alabama (NLF)

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: Montez Sweat, DE, Mississippi State (DL)

Gruden built his reputation on being a quarterback guru. The Raiders have David Carr, but Gruden inherited him. Is there a quarterback Gruden is infatuated with enough to draft at number four overall? I think they take a freak like Montez Sweat. Sweat can get after the quarterback, with enough athleticism to drop in coverage. Every team is looking for pressure off the edge, and Sweat would give the Raiders just that.

5. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Devin White, ILB, LSU (NLF)

With the departure of Kwan Alexander, the Bucs need a middle linebacker. Plus with the team moving to more of a 3-4 scheme, they’re actually in need of several linebackers. White is built like a tank, runs a 4.4, and is a high character team captain kind of guy.

6. New York Giants: Drew Lock, QB, Missouri (DL)

Drew Lock is a four-year starter with the strongest arm in the draft.
Photo: Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports

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. Swirling rumor is that GM Gettleman likes Lock’s four years of experience over Haskins’ one year. Lock certainly has the stronger arm and would be a good fit in New York.

7. Jacksonville Jaguars: Jawaan Taylor, OT, Florida (NLF)

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 (DL)

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: Rashan Gary, DE, Michigan (DL)

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. Gary would give them a player with day one talent, and the ability to keep that defensive near the top of the rankings. Christian Wilkins would also be a consideration for the Bills. They could also trade down for Dexter Lawrence, who to me looks more like a Bills kind of guy.

10. Denver Broncos: D.K. Metcalf, WR, Mississippi (NLF)

The Broncos picked up OT Ja’Wuan James, CB Bryce Callahan, and CB Kareem Jackson in free agency. Those were their most pressing needs. They also signed a new offensive coordinator in Rich Scangarello – a supposed quarterback guru. Then they signed Joe Flacco – who Elway praised highly. So, do they go QB here? I think they role with Flacco. However, they still need a big play wide receiver. At 6′ 3″, 228 lbs, and 4.33 speed – Metcalf can be that big play threat Denver needs to stretch the field.

11. Cincinnati Bengals: Devin Bush, ILB, Michigan (NLF)

Michigan’s Devin Bush is a tone setter in the middle of the defense.
Photo: Detroit News

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. Michigan’s Devin Bush has long been considered the second best linebacker in the class. He’ll give them speed, range, and an explosive and physical hitter.

12. Green Bay Packers: A.J. Brown, WR, Mississippi (DL)

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. Njoku didn’t go until 29th overall, and Fant should be in that 20’s range. But, I could see them taking Mississippi’s A.J. Brown here. Brown is an incredibly effective slot receiver that could have a 100 catch season – that doesn’t seem far fetched to me, in the right system. Speedster Marquise Brown is another option, but this might be too high for him with the medical.

13. Miami Dolphins: Kyler Murray, QB, Oklahoma (NLF)

With Tannehill being traded away, Miami must have felt confident in their ability to draft a starting quarterback at thirteen. Lock has the most arm strength the class, but he’s off the board. Murray has been to Miami for a private workout, so we know the interest is there. Unless, Fitz-Magic is the answer, they take a quarterback here.

14. Atlanta Falcons: Ed Oliver, DT, Houston (DL)

Oliver is the best player on the board at this point. He’s disruptive, quick as lightning, and as strong as an ox. Atlanta loves fast, athletic, guys. The biggest question with Oliver isn’t his ability, it’s where does the team plan to use him? I think Atlanta would probably keep him inside as a 3-technique or under tackle, similar to the way the Rams use Aaron Donald.

15. Washington Redskins: Dwayne Haskins, QB, Ohio State (NLF)

The Redskins have questions about their quarterback position. They’ve had just about every possible QB candidate on their radar. Depending on how the interviews go, and which QB GM Bruce Allen feels most comfortable with as a “fit”, that’s where they’ll go. I think Duke QB Daniel Jones will have a better x/o interview, just because of his time with David Cutcliffe. However, I think Haskins has more upside, more untapped potential.

16. Carolina Panthers: Jonah Williams, OT, Alabama (DL)

The Panthers have concerns on both sides of the line. I realize Williams isn’t the trending pick, but I think he’s the right pick at sixteen. There was some debate about his 33 5/8″ arms. Let me just say, six-time Pro Bowl tackle Joe Staley only had 33″ arms. And Washington’s Andre Dillard only has 33 1/2″ arms – so I think that issue can come to rest. Anyway, the Panthers like a balanced attack, and Williams is the most well-rounded tackle in the draft. They could also go for Clemson’s Clelin Ferrill here.

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

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: Andre Dillard, OT, Washington State (NLF)

The Vikings are looking for some help on the offensive line. Dillard is the most pass pro ready tackle in the class. He’s got light feet and plenty of athleticism to handle the edge.

19. Tennessee Titans: Christian Wilkins, DT, Clemson (NLF)

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: Darnell Savage, S, Maryland (DL)

The Steelers have always loved a tough-as-nails defense. Savage has some amazing game speed. He trusts his eyes, understands angles, and shoots gaps like he’s launched out of a rocket. He’s at his best when he’s asked to be a downhill, attack, player, but he can cover running backs and tight ends too. Johnathan Abram might hit harder, but doesn’t have Savage’s cover skills.

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. Oakland might be the most logical trade partner here. However, since we aren’t doing trades. We know that the Seahawks have shown interest in athletic defensive tackles like Rashan Gary and Mississippi State’s Jeffery Simmons. Let’s go with Simmons to Seattle with pick twenty-one.

22. Baltimore Ravens: Jaylon Ferguson, DE/OLB, Louisiana Tech (DL)

Ferguson uses his hands well and can quickly disengage from blockers.
Photo: Tom Morris/LATechSportsPix.com

The Ravens are looking for pass-rushing linebacker or a 3-4 rush end, which typically means a thicker bodied player with outstanding initial quickness. Ferguson didn’t workout like scouts would have hoped, but his stats tell the story. Ferguson has the third most career tackles-for-loss in NCAA history. He has an excellent understanding of momentum, balance, and angles.

23. Houston Texans: Greedy Williams, CB, LSU (NLF)

Williams has the traits and physically tools teams look for in today’s cornerback. He has 4.37 speed. He’s 6′ 2″. He plays with swag – that attitude that says, “You can’t beat me.” In a passing league, teams today need at least three starting quality cornerbacks.

24. Oakland Raiders (from Chi): Marquise Brown, WR, Oklahoma (DL)

Too good to be true? Antonio Brown teaming up with his little cousin, Marquise Brown in Oakland? Todd McShay recently remarked that he hadn’t seen a guy with Marquise’s kind of explosiveness since DeSean Jackson came out of Cal. And we all know, Gruden loves speed.

25. Philadelphia Eagles: Josh Jacobs, RB, Alabama (NLF)

The Eagles are looking at D-line and also at running back. Josh Jacobs can do everything: lining up at wild-cat, in the slot, taking the pitch, taking the hand-off, catching the swing pass, running the wheel route, and staying at home to block.

26. Indianapolis Colts: Brian Burns, DE, Florida State (DL)

Lean and lanky with long arms and a nice bend around the corner. They’ll bulk him up at bit, and he’ll be a force off the edge. He ran a 4.53 forty at the Combine, he’s got some serious speed.

27. Oakland Raiders (from Dallas): CB Rock Ya-Sin, Temple (NFL)

Ya-Sin gained national attention once he transferred from Presbyterian to Temple.
Photo: Temple University Athletics

One of the best names in the draft, Rock Ya-Sin. And he played at Presbyterian before transferring to Temple. A guy Gruden scouted at the Senior bowl. Sticks to receivers like glue. They also might consider Johnathan Abram and Taylor Rapp here, but they might wait on a safety until the 35th pick.

28. Los Angeles Chargers: Dexter Lawrence, DT, Clemson (DL)

DT Brandon Mebane missed significant time last year. The Chargers could use a player that would make an impact on the interior of the defensive line. Lawrence comes into the NFL looking like the second coming of Vince Wilfolk.

29. Kansas City Chiefs: Dalton Risner, OT, Kansas State (NLF)

Risner is the top senior offensive tackle in this class. He is pro ready. Doesn’t give up sacks. Plays with a combination of technique and tenacity. Takes pride in keeping his quarterback clean.

30. Green Bay (from New Orleans): Noah Fant, TE, Iowa (DL)

As I said earlier, Fant reminds me a bit of David Njoku when he came out of Miami – a very athletic tight end. Njoku ran a 4.64 forty and Fant ran a 4.58. Both would be considered big bodied wide receiver types that can play on the line or line up in the slot. Fant’s blocking improved in 2018, and he’ll continue to get better.

31. Los Angeles Rams: De’Andre Baker, CB, Georgia (NLF)

De’Andre Baker won the Thorpe Award for the best cornerback in the nation. I thought he was the best Senior corner in the draft. He’s not flashy or super fast. But he finds a way to get the job done. Might end up at nickel at the next level.

32. New England Patriots: Daniel Jones, QB, Duke (DL)

The New York Giants aren’t the only team with an aging quarterback. The Patriots have a lot of picks in this draft and can afford to use one on a future quarterback. Jones is cerebral, like Brady, and would learn much as an understudy.

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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.

Who will shine? Quarterbacks at the Combine

Who was invited and who will have to wait until Pro Day?

An Easton Stick cut-up vs rival So. Dakota State.
Video Credit: Caddy to the Lama

17 Invited:

  • Jake Browning, Washington
  • Ryan Finley, NC State
  • Nick Fitzgerald, Mississippi State
  • Will Grier, West Virginia
  • Dwayne Haskins, Ohio State
  • Tyree Jackson, Buffalo
  • Daniel Jones, Duke
  • Drew Lock, Missouri
  • Trace McSorley, Penn State
  • Gardner Minshew II, Washington State
  • Kyler Murray, Oklahoma
  • Brett Rypien, Boise State
  • Kyle Shurmer, Vanderbilt
  • Easton Stick, No. Dakota State
  • Jarrett Stidham, Auburn
  • Jordan Ta’amu, Mississippi
  • Clayton Thorson, Northwestern

Questions to be answered?

Browning threw 43 touchdowns in 2016, but only 35 over the next two seasons.
Photo: AP/Rick Bowmer

Did Jake Browning peak his sophomore year? And does he still have what it takes to move up to the next level?

How much does Ryan Finely weigh? Is he big enough to take repeated shots and hold up?

Does the athletic Nick Fitzgerald have enough accuracy to transition to the pro game?

Scouts keep looking at Trace McSorley, there are questions about his height and accuracy, but he’s scrappy. Will he interview well enough to convince a team he’s got what it takes?

How tall is Kyler Murray? How much does he weigh? And does he really have 4.3 speed?

Can Kyle Shurmer perform well enough in the position drills to move up the draft boards?

Is Easton Stick a novelty or the next generation of quarterback?

Does Jarrett Stidham have enough arm strength?

Has Jordan Ta’amu been mistakenly ignored?

Can the workman-like Clayton Thorson wow scouts?

Pro Day watch list:

Cornelius and Blough both displayed good arm-strength and poor decision-making (aka: turning the ball over) at the East-West Shrine Game. Can they convince teams they can overcome adversity?

McMaryion also played at the East-West Shrine Game. He met with the LA Rams and NO Saints. Coming in somewhere around 6-1, 196, he has a small frame which could be a concern at the next level.

Same could be said of Amir Hall, an outstanding DII player from Bowie State. He’s listed at 6-4, 195, and also looks thin-framed.

Justice Hansen has a quick release, but has played in an spread offense that throws a lot of screens and bubble routes. He wasn’t invited to participate any post-season games, so his Pro Day will be big.

It’s been said a number of times, that while No. Dakota State’s Easton Stick has had more team success, So. Dakota State’s Taryn Christion has certainly put up better individual stats. A good Pro Day for Christion and he could find himself getting drafted.

Devlin Hodges broke Steve “Air” McNair’s all-time passing record; he beat out Easton Stick to win the Walter Payton Award and was named the FCS Player of the Year Award; and still, he wasn’t invited to the Combine?

Check out Devlin Hodge’s interview with Emory Hunt:

Devlin Hodges talks with Emory Hunt at the 2018 Tropical Bowl.
Video Credit: footballgameplan.com

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Which players are leaving school early?

The deadline for players to declare is Jan 14th

Quarterbacks

Jones is a two-year captain and two-time team Most Valuable Player at Duke.
Photo: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Dwayne Haskings, Ohio State; Tyree Jackson, Buffalo; Daniel Jones, Duke; Jarrett Stidham, Auburn

Just announced: Kyler Murray declares for the NFL draft.

Running Backs

Rodney Anderson, Oklahoma; Alex Barnes, Kansas State; Damarea Crockett, Missouri; Darrell Henderson, Memphis; Justice Hill, Oklahoma State; Elijah Holyfield, Georgia; Travis Homer, Miami; Josh Jacobs, Alabama; Alexander Mattison, Boise State; David Montgomery, Iowa State; Tony Pollard, Memphis; Miles Sanders, Penn State; Jordan Scarlett, Florida; L.J. Scott, Michigan State; Devin Singletary, FAU; Benny Snell, Kentucky; Darwin Thompson, Utah State; Mike Weber, Ohio State; Kerrith Whyte, FAU; James Williams, Washington State; Trayveon Williams, Texas A&M

Wide Receivers

J.J. Arcega-Whiteside, Stanford; Miles Boykin, Notre Dame; A.J. Brown, Mississippi; Marquise Brown, Oklahoma; Hakeem Butler, Iowa State; Greg Dortch, Wake Forest; Jovon Durante, Florida Atlantic; Jazz Ferguson, Northwestern State; Jalen Guyton, No. Texas; Mecole Hardman, Georgia; Kelvin Harmon, NC State; N’Keal Harry, Arizona State; Lil’Jordan Humphrey, Texas; Diontae Johnson, Toledo; D.K. Metcalf, Mississippi; Jacobi Meyers, NC State; Dillon Mitchell, Oregon; Anthony Rafliff-Williams, No Carolina; Riley Ridley, Georgia; Darius Slayton, Auburn; Dredrick Snelson, UCF; John Ursua, Hawai’i; Antoine Wesley, Texas A&M; Preston Williams, Colorado State

Tight Ends

Mississippi’s Dawson Knox may have been underutilized during his time as a Rebel.
Photo: Justin Ford/USA TODAY Sports

Keenan Brown, Texas State; Noah Fant, Iowa; Zach Gentry, Michigan; T.J. Hockenson, Iowa State; Dawson Knox, Mississippi; Alize Mack, Notre Dame; Isaac Nauta, Georgia; Dax Raymond, Utah State; Irv Smith, Jr, Alabama; Kaden Smith, Stanford; Jace Sternberger, Texas A&M; Kahale Warring, San Diego State; Caleb Wilson, UCLA

Offensive Line

Ryan Bates, Penn State; Venzell Boulware, Miami; David Edwards, Wisconsin; Bobby Evans, Oklahoma; Cody Ford, Oklahoma; Nate Herbig, Stanford; Andre James, UCLA; Michael Jordan, Ohio State; Greg Little, Mississippi; Connor McGovern, Penn State; Erik McCoy, Texas A&M; Tyler Roemer, San Diego State; William Sweet, No Carolina; Jawaan Taylor, Florida; Jonah Williams, Alabama

Defensive Line

LSU’s Ed Alexander’s knee issues may effect his final draft status.
Photo: Gerald Herbert/AP

Ed Alexander, LSU; Nick Bosa, Ohio State; Jordan Brailford, Oklahoma; Brian Burns, Florida State; Maxx Crosby, E. Michigan; Clelin Ferrell, Clemson; Rashan Gary, Michigan; Kevin Givens, Penn State; Trystan Hill, UCF; Joe Jackson, Miami; P.J. Johnson, Arizona; Dre’Mont Jones, Ohio State; Dexter Lawrence, Clemson; Shareef Miller, Penn State; Anthony Nelson, Iowa; Ed Oliver, Houston; Jachai Polite, Florida; Jeffery Simmons, Mississippi State; Sutton Smith, No Illinois; Quinnen Williams, Alabama

Linebackers

Jeffery Allison, Fresno State; Devin Bush, Michigan; Blake Cashman, Minnesota; Tyrel Dodson, Texas A&M; Joe Giles-Harris, Duke; Vosean Joseph, Florida; Tre Lamar, Clemson; David Long, West Virginia; Quart’e Sapp, Tennessee; Josiah Tauefa, UTSA; Devin White, LSU; Mack Wilson, Alabama

Defensive Backs

Notre Dame’s Julian Love ended the regular season with 61 tackles and 15 pass break-ups.
Photo: Chicago Tribune/Robert Franklin

Blessuan Austin, Rutgers; Mike Bell, Fresno State; Sean Bunting, C. Michigan; Hamp Cheevers, Boston College; Xavier Crawford, C. Michigan; Jamel Dean, Auburn; Clifton Duck, Appalachian State; Malik Gant, Marshall; Chauncey-Gardner-Johnson, Florida; Amani Hooker, Iowa; Justin Layne, Michigan State; David Long, Michigan; Julian Love, Notre Dame; Trayvon Mullen, Clemson; Bryon Murphy, Washington ; Ryan Pulley, Arkansas; Taylor Rapp, Washington; Savion Smith, Alabama; Deionte Thompson, Alabama; Greedy Williams, LSU; JoeJuan Williams, Vanderbilt