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The Final 4-Round Mock Draft: Round 3

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

Round 3

65. Arizona Cardinals: Nasir Adderley, FS, Delaware

Pro Personnel gushed over Adderley at the Reese’s Senior Bowl.
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Adderley showed nice range at the Senior Bowl, along with impressive game speed. Has coverage skills and can double as a return man.

66. Pittsburgh Steelers (via Oak): Hakim Bulter, WR, Iowa State

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

67. San Francisco 49ers: J.J. Arcega-Whiteside, WR, Stanford

In Arcega-Whiteside is another player that likes to post-up as if he were on the basketball court. He as excellent body control while in the air. He gives the 49ers add a solid redzone target.

68. New York Jets: N’Keal Harry, WR, Arizona State

As the wideout’s begin to fall of the board, the Jets snap up N’Keal Harry. Harry is a big bodied slot receiver is gets good yards after the catch.

69. Jacksonville Jaguars: Tyler Roemer, OT, San Diego State

Roemer is a big physical mauler that could play inside or out.

70. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Cole Holcomb, LB, North Carolina

Holcomb has posted some impressive numbers, like a 6.77 three cone and a 4.18 shuttle.
Photo: GoHeels.com

Holcomb has excellent agility and short area burst. As the Bucs transition to a 3-4 scheme, they’ll need to draft a few linebackers. Holcombe impressed during the East-West Shrine game.

**New York Giants: Selection forfeited during the 2018 supplemental draft.**

71. Denver Broncos: Mecole Hardman, WR, Georgia

Hardman will make a good third receiver to start his career. He has 4.33 speed and excellent return skills. Still a bit raw, so plenty of upside.

72. Cincinnati Bengals: Dawson Knox, TE, Mississippi

Knox is a reliable blocking tight end with plenty of upside as a receiver.

73. New England Patriots (via Det): Max Scharping, OT, No. Illinois

Scharping has the tools needed to play left tackle. He mirrors well and can direct defenders out of the play. He’s actually pretty strong with good agility and could find himself playing inside and out at the next level – at least until he lands a starting spot.

74. Buffalo Bills: Damien Harris, RB, Alabama

Great value pick at seventy-four. Harris is a guy the Bills can pound the ball with. He has added value as a receiver out of the backfield.

75. Green Bay Packers: Emanuel Hall, WR, Missouri

Hall has averaged 20.8 yard per catch during his career at Missouri.
Photo: The Kansas City Star

Hall is a 6′ 2″ burner with 4.3 speed. An underrated player who will give Rodgers a deep threat. Can leap high for the jump ball.

76. Washington Redskins: Will Grier, QB, West Virginia

Washington doesn’t panic or reach and still gets their man.

77. Carolina Panthers: Miles Boykin, WR, Notre Dame

In Boykin, the Panthers get a tall, big bodied, receiver with good hands and the ability to win the jump ball.

78. Miami Dolphins: Chuma Edoga, OT, USC

The Dolphins add a left tackle to protect Fitzpatrick’s blindside. Edoga is a prior 5-star recruit. He spent his career at USC playing right tackle. He was asked to play left tackle during Senior Bowl week and held his own.

79. Atlanta Falcons: Amani Oruwariye, CB, Penn State

Oruwariye (21) has defended 20 passes and picked off 8 in his career.
Photo: Penn State Athletics

Oruwariye possesses quick feet and fluid hips. He trusts his eyes and generally has a clear understanding of what the offense is trying to do. He shows good hand-eye coordination. Isn’t afraid to make a tackle. The Falcons add a solid corner.

80. Cleveland Browns: Trey Pipkins, OT, Sioux Falls

Pipkins had a solid performance at the East-West Shrine game. An academic NSIC All-American performer. Strong with good footwork.

81. Minnesota Vikings: Chauncey Gardner-Johnson, S, Florida

Gardner-Johnson is a play-maker who improved tremendously in 2018. He looks to be a player on the rise. Has very good coverage skills. Can shadow receivers and has good closing speed. A bit of a ball-hawk. Willing tackler that does not hesitate.

82. Tennessee Titans: Michael Jordan, OG, Ohio State

A three-year starter at Ohio State. The underclassman has played guard and center, and even some tackle.

83. Pittsburgh Steelers: Anthony Nelson, DE, Iowa

Nelson uses a combination of speed and power to create quarterback pressures. He’s one of the best in the nation at creating chaos in the backfield. An excellent value pick for the 3-4 Steelers.

84. Seattle Seahawks: Amani Hooker, FS, Iowa

Hooker is an instinctive player with loose hips and light feet. Has good agility and size. Will fly to the ball and is eager to throw his body into the ball carrier. Good at tracking the ball in the air and will go for the pick.

85. Baltimore Ravens: Mack Wilson, LB, Alabama

Wilson has played in 33 games in three years at Alabama.
Photo: RollTide.com

Hard-hitting middle linebacker for the Crimson Tide. Wilson is athletic enough to play inside or out, and has plenty of speed.

86. Houston Texans: Foster Moreau, TE, LSU

Not a flashy player, but will get the job done. With good coaching, he’s got plenty of floor. Can block and catch.

87. Chicago Bears: Ryquell Armstead, RB, Temple

Can catch the ball out of the backfield; can handle the load (at 220+ lbs.); and shows good one cut inside running.

88. Detroit Lions (via Phi): Oshane Ximinies, DE, Old Dominion

Probably a third down speed rush specialist, quick first step.

89. Indianapolis Colts: Daniel Wise, DT, Kansas

Disruptive initial burst off the line creating pressure in the backfield.

90. Dallas Cowboys: Andy Isabella, WR, UMass

Isabella was also a track star at UMass.
Photo: J.Anthony Roberts|AP

In Isabella, the Cowboys get a shifty slot receiver with 4.31 speed.

91. Los Angeles Chargers: Khalen Saunders, DT, Western Illinois

Fiery, stout, and rushes with good straightline power and keeps his pads low. Will make a solid rotational player.

92. Kansas City Chiefs: L.J. Collier, DE, TCU

Intriguing combination of powr and speed, can play inside or end. Also the best player on the board at this point.

93. New York Jets (via NO): Chase Winovich, DE, Michigan

Scrappy, high-motor player who hustles on every down. Tempo setter.

94. Los Angeles Rams: Joe Jackson, DE, Miami

Underrated end with 22.5 career sacks and 35.5 career TFL.

95. New York Giants (via NE, Cle): Germaine Pratt, ILB, NC State

Has a rare burst to the hole, had 104 tackles in 2018. With good coaching should be a better pro than college player.

**Compensatory selections begin**

96. Washington Redskins: Bobby Okereke, ILB, Stanford

Okereke is athletic enough to drop into coverage.
Photo: Stan Szeto|USA TODAY Sports

The Redskins need an upgrade at ILB. Okereke looks to blow opponents up with aggressive enthusiasm. He has 227 career tackles, and also has 8 passes defended.

97. New England Patriots: Christian Miller, LB, Alabama

Good spot to take a shot on a boom-or-bust talent. Miller ha terrific athleticism, but limited production. Would make a nice blitzer.

98. Jacksonville Jaguars (via LAR): Dexter Williams, RB, Notre Dame

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

99. Los Angeles Rams: Kerrith Whyte, RB, Florida Atlantic

Singletary’s lesser known teammate with 4.3 speed. Also has return skills. Will have better pro career than college.

100. Carolina Panthers: David Long, CB, Michigan

Might be the most underrated CB in the draft. Long’s strength is his ability to mirror receivers in the short area, making him ideal in the slot. Has excellent lateral agility, good closing speed, and good recovery skills. Can match up well against bigger receivers too.

101. New England Patriots: Zach Allen, DT, Boston College

Allen’s strength is his strength – using his bull-rush to consistently push opponents into the backfield.

102. Baltimore Ravens: Jalen Hurd, WR, Baylor

Has over 4,000 yards from scrimmage as a RB and WR.

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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.

Cornerbacks: Final Position Rankings

2019 NFL Draft:  Top Ranked CBs

There’s some good depth in this cornerback class. Two prospects that jump out immediately are Greedy Williams and Jamel Dean for their 4.3 speed. After that, there will be stiff competition to see who comes off the board first of the next four – a really good group there. The next tier has about 16-18 players in it, going anywhere from the late second round to fifth round. Overall, a solid class.

Red Shirt Sophomore Greedy Williams will be a top pick in April’s draft.
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1. Andraez “Greedy” Williams, LSU, 6-2/185

Williams is a redshirt sophomore brimming with potential. He possesses 4.37 speed and great length. He’s a ball-hawk and a gamer; he dares you to challenge him. He’s got some technical issues to be ironed out, but good coaching will cure the ills … as they say, you can’t teach speed.

2. Jamel Dean, Auburn, 6-1/206

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.

3. Julian Love, Notre Dame, 5-11/195

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

4. Rock Ya-Sin, Temple, 6-0/192

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.

5. Byron Murphy, Washington, 5-11/190

Looked like the best CB on the field during drills at the NFL Scouting Combine. His change of direction was smooth and his hip fluid. A good tackler. Has plenty of upside.

6. DeAndre Baker, Georgia, 5-11/193

Like Love, Baker is a solid wrap-up tackler. He loves to play up close and challenge receivers, but his lack of long speed may indicate a move from outside to the slot at the next level.

7. Isaiah Johnson, Houston, 6-2/208

Johnson is another tall, lanky, corner that had a good week at the Senior Bowl. He’s also a former wide receiver turned CB. Like Ya-Sin, Johnson is at his best when mirroring his man one-on-one. Might not start right way, but will get his fair share of reps until he can take over.

8. Lonnie Johnson, Kentucky, 6-2/213

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.

9. Justin Layne, Michigan State, 6-2/192

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.

10. Joejuan Williams, Vanderbilt, 6-4/211

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.

11. Amani Oruwariye, Penn State, 6-2/205

Oruwariye possesses quick feet and fluid hips. He trusts his eyes and generally has a clear understanding of what the offense is trying to do. He shows good hand-eye coordination. Isn’t afraid to make a tackle.

12. David Long, Michigan, 5-11/196

Long’s strength is his ability to mirror receivers in the short area, making him ideal in the slot. Has excellent lateral agility, good closing speed, and good recovery skills. Can match up well against bigger receivers too.

OTHER PLAYERS TO KEEP AN EYE ON:

  1. Kris Boyd, Texas, 5-11/203
  2. Sean Bunting, Central Michigan, 6-0/195
  3. Jordan Brown, So. Dakota State, 6-0/201
  4. Trayvon Mullen, Clemson, 6-1/199
  5. Iman Marshall, USC, 6-1/207
  6. Michael Jackson, Miami, 6-1/210
  7. Kendall Sheffield, Ohio State, 5-11/190
  8. Corey Ballentine, Washburn, 5-11/196
  9. Ken Webster, Mississippi, 5-11/203
  10. Derrek Thomas, Baylor, 6-3/189
  11. Jimmy Moreland, James Madison, 5-11/175
  12. Xavier Crawford, Central Michigan, 5-11/187
  13. Mark Fields, Clemson, 5-10/192
  14. Jordan Miller, Washington, 6-1/186
  15. Ka’dar Hollman, Toledo, 6-0/190
  16. Alijah Holder, Stanford, 6-1/191
  17. Stephen Denmark, Valdosta State, 6-3/212
  18. Dylan Mabin, Fordham, 6-0/196
  19. Dante Redwood, Mercyhurst, 5-9/186
  20. Shakial Taylor, Kansas, 5-11/175
  21. Devante Davis, Texas, 6-2/202
  22. Saivion Smith, Alabama, 6-1/199
  23. Donnie Lewis, Tulane, 6-0/195
  24. Tim Harris, Virginia, 6-2/205
  25. Derrick Baity, Kentucky, 6-2/197
  26. Rashan Fenton, So. Carolina, 5-11/193
  27. Chris Westry, Kentucky, 6-4/199
  28. Brandon Watson, Michigan, 6-11/198
  29. Blessuan Austin, Rutgers, 6-1/198
  30. Montre Hartage, Northwestern, 6-11/190
  31. Blace Brown, Troy, 6-0/194
  32. Duke Shelley, Kansas State, 5-9/180
  33. Jamalcolm Liggins, Dickinson State, 6-2/205

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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 3

Senior Writer Nat L. Faybian and Editor Douglas Love try their hand at alternating picks in this three round Version 4.0 Mock. This time Nat will pick first.

Round 3

Nat: Ok, we have sixty-four picks in the books. Let’s add the Compensatory Picks at the end of round three.

1. Arizona Cardinals: Devin Singletary, RB, Florida Atlantic (Nat L. Faybian)

Devin Singletary scored 67 touchdowns in his career.
Photo: fausports.com

I think the Cardinals have more pressing needs, like on the offensive line. But, Singletary is too good to pass up here. The guy was an absolutely touchdown machine in college. He’s got that short-area shiftiness that helps him score all of those touchdowns. And to top it off, he ran for almost 2,000 yards last year. A good running game can help take some of the pressure off the quarterback.

2. Pittsburgh Steelers (via Oak): Jerry Tillery, DT, Notre Dame (Douglas Love)

Tillery would move to end in a 3-4. He can push the pocket. He shows good burst off the line. Uses his length to his advantage; uses his hands to shed blocks. Had 7 sacks last year, so he can get after the quarterback.

3. San Francisco 49ers: Riley Ridley, WR, Georgia (NLF)

Riley Ridley is the younger brother Atlanta Falcons’ WR Calvin Ridley. Riley is considered the best route runner in the 2019 NFL Draft class. He sells his routes and gets in-and-out of his cuts smoothly.

4. New York Jets: Yodney Cajuste, OG, West Virginia (DL)

He’s a big guy that can get momentum in the run game. Has a great burst off the ball, and he might go higher than this because of that. Strong upper body, benched 225 lbs. thirty-two times at the Combine. Has long arms with a strong punch.

5. Jacksonville Jaguars: Joe Jackson, DE, Miami (NLF)

Jackson has been largely, and wrongly, overlooked in this deep D-line class. Here’s a guy that had 22.5 sacks and 35.5 tackles-for-loss at Miami. He also had five forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries. Don’t overlook Joe Jackson.

6. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Jamel Dean, CB, Auburn (DL)

Dean has had several knee surgeries over his career, but looked plenty healthy at the NFL Scouting Combine.
Photo: Michael Niziolek|Columbus Ledger-Enquirer

Bruce Ariens said he wanted to add speed to the defense. Dean has the 4.3 speed, and the Buccaneers needs to be able to run with divisional opponents like Julio Jones (Atl), Alvin Kamara (NO), and Christian McCaffrey and Curtis Samuel (Car). Dean is a former teammate of Bucs starting CB Carlton Davis.

** New York Giants ** Selection forfeited during the 2018 Supplemental Draft.

7. Denver Broncos: Garrett Bradbury, OC, NC State (NLF)

Bradbury was the 2018 Rimington Trophy award winner, recognized as the best center in college football. Bradbury will fit best in a zone blocking scheme where his light feet and short-area quickness can be best utilized.

8. Cincinnati Bengals: David Long, CB, Michigan (DL)

Long is best in press. He gets his hands on the receiver, turns his hips, and runs. He is quick in transition. He trusts his eyes and plays the ball well. Shows excellent closing speed.

9. New England (via Det): Kahale Warring, TE, San Diego State (NLF)

Warring didn’t play football until his senior year of high school.
Photo: USDS Athletics

The Patriots take Kahale Warring from San Diego State. They need to replace Gronk, and Warring has similar size and speed. He’s raw, but the Patriots take players like Warring and turn them into household names.

10. Buffalo Bills: N’Keal Harry, WR, Arizona State (DL)

Arizona State threw him a lot of short passes, allowing Harry to use his athleticism to gain yards. He can also help in the return game. He’ll make the circus catch, and then drop a pass when he’s running wide open. That’s why he’s available in round three.

11. Green Bay Packers: David Montgomery, RB, Iowa State (NLF)

Montgomery has excellent balance and generally gets past the first tackler. While he has a nice burst, he’s not really a homerun threat. He’s reliable; he’ll get you positive yardage; and he can catch the ball out of the backfield. If some other team falls in love with him, he could go in the second round.

12. Washington Redskins: Dru Samia, OG, Oklahoma (DL)

Washington was unlucky enough to lose two quarterbacks last year. They need help on the offensive line. Samia is a passionate, fiery, kind of player that Washington could use as a tone setter for the OL. And maybe they run the ball more next year – especially if they draft a new QB in round one.

13. Carolina Panthers: Justin Layne, CB, Michigan State (NLF)

Michigan State’s Justin Layne has good change of direction and is a sure tackler.
Photo: Michigan State University Athletics

Carolina played the run well last year, but was only so-so against the pass, middle-of-the-pack. Layne plays the run well, so he’ll fit right in. He has shown light feet, smooth hips, and good change of direction. Would play best on the perimeter, close to the line of scrimmage.

14. Miami Dolphins: Te’Von Coney, ILB, Notre Dame (DL)

Coney is a sound tackler that likes to play downhill. Strong enough to shed linemen. His strength would be his ability to read and diagnose; and his ability to communicate to his teammates.

15. Atlanta Falcons: Isaac Nauta, TE, Georgia (NLF)

Nauta is a player on the rise. He was overshadowed by all that talent in Athens, and there just weren’t enough balls to go around. He’s a good inline blocker. He can catch. A former five-star recruit. Has plenty of game experience, he played in over forty games for Georgia. I think he’s a good fit in Atlanta.

16. Cleveland Brown: Dennis Daley, OT, South Carolina (DL)

Cleveland needs to improve on the offensive side of the ball. They were 21st in rushing and 24th in passing. They need line help, so Daley makes good sense here. He can play tackle or guard. He transferred to So. Carolina from Georgia Military College, so he’s disciplined and takes coaching well. A nice combination of size and athleticism.

17. Minnesota Vikings: Elgton Jenkins, OC, Mississippi State (NLF)

Jenkins’ versatility immediately comes to mind. He’s played tackle, guard, and center in Sharkville. He’s allowed only one sack in his last two years. He has a good football IQ and is a leader on the offensive line.

18. Tennessee Titans: Vosean Joseph, OLB, Florida (DL)

Joseph is a downhill player that flies to the ball. Has played in a variety of defensive schemes. Doesn’t let go once he gets his hands on the ball carrier. Can be used as a blitzer.

19. Pittsburgh Steelers: Christian Miller, LB, Alabama (NLF)

Athletic, fires off the ball, and can push the pocket. At 244 lbs., Miller is big enough and strong enough to hold the edge as a 3-4 linebacker. Still raw, but has plenty of potential.

20. Seattle Seahawks: Juan Thornhill, S, Virginia (DL)

Again, the top safeties in this class could go in any order off the board, depending on “fit” and who falls in love with a particular skill set. Thornhill posted great numbers at the Combine. His tape shows fluid movement, plenty of speed, and good ball skills. More of a free safety type.

21. Baltimore Ravens: Ryquell Armstead, RB, Temple (NLF)

Armstead is quietly rising up draftboards.
Photo: Temple University Athletics

Here’s a guy who has been quietly sneaking up draft boards. He has speed, quickness, and power. Runs hard and isn’t afraid to lower his shoulder. Can catch the ball out of the backfield. Best when running North-South.

22. Houston Texans: Oli Udoh, OT, Elon (DL)

Udoh had a good week at the Senior Bowl, proving the next level will not be too much for him. He’s got a massive wingspan. He’s 6′ 5″ and somewhere around 350 lbs., but looks well-built, not sloppy, not heavy. Might need some time to develop, but has a high ceiling.

23. Chicago Bears: Trayveon Williams, RB, Texas A&M (NLF)

The Bears are finally on the clock. They sent RB Jordan Howard packing because his style didn’t fit what HC Matt Nagy wants to do offensively. They have been interesting in pass catching running backs – and Trayveon Williams is the best in the class. Other RB on Chicago’s radar include Ryquell Armstead, and Notre Dame’s Dexter Williams.

24. Detroit Lions (via Phi): Isaiah Johnson, CB, Houston (DL)

This is a good value pick. The Lions can use some help in the defensive backfield. Johnson had a good week at the Senior Bowl and showed he can stay with most any receiver. Uses his long arms to his advantage.

25. Indianapolis Colts: Trey Pipkins, OT, Sioux Falls (NLF)

Pipkins was a finalist for the Gene Upshaw Award. Pipkins received rave reviews when he participated in the 94th annual East-West Shrine Game. Then was one of just five D II players invited to the Scouting Combine, where he turned plenty of heads.

26. Dallas Cowboys: Jace Sternberger, TE, Texas A&M (DL)

Sternberger was a Consensus All-American in 2018.
Photo: Rey Romo|TexAgs

Just because Jason Witten has returned to the team, doesn’t mean the Cowboys aren’t in need of a tight end. Sternberger has been rising on draft boards – a lot of teams have had him in for private workouts. He spent his first few college seasons blocking in Kansas before he transferred to A&M where he displayed his route running and pass catching abilities.

27. Los Angeles Chargers: Dawson Knox, TE, Mississippi (NFL)

Mississippi had D.K. Metcalf, A.J. Brown, and DeMarkus Lodge at wide receiver. There wasn’t much of a chance for Knox to show off his hands. He’ll be a better pro than collegiate player.

28. Kansas City Chiefs: Amani Oruawriye, CB, Penn State (DL)

Oruwariye has excellent length which he uses to his advantage against taller receivers. He’s a big bodied receiver with strong hand, good ball tracking skills and smooth change of direction. Could go higher than this.

29. New York Jets (via NO): Austin Bryant, DE, Clemson (NLF)

Bryant is a good pass-rusher with natural bend. His two sacks and six total tackles were one of the main sparks of a defensive effort that only allowed three points to a Notre Dame team that had averaged over 33 per game.

30. Los Angeles Rams: Nate Davis, OG, Charlotte (DL)

Athletic, hard-working, and keeps improving each season. Davis has a lot of teams looking his way. He had a good week at the Senior Bowl, followed up with a successful Combine workout.

31. New York Giants (via NE, via Cle): Zach Allen, DL, Boston College (NLF)

Allen’s strength is stopping the run. He could play left end or inside, depending on the down and situation. Showed at the Senior Bowl, he has limited tools, but can bullrush with the best of them. Has upside.

32. Washington Redskins: Tyler Roemer, OT, San Diego State (DL)

The Redskins took Dru Samia earlier in an attempt to add some nastiness to the offensive line. Roemer is tall with long arms. He is good at sealing off the edge. Plays with a run-first attitude and will take it to the opponent. Some off-field issues could cause some concern.

33. New England Patriots: Lamont Gaillard, OC, Georgia (NLF)

An All-SEC performer in 2018, Gaillard can play anywhere on the line. He had a very good week at the East-West Shine game. With only one year of experience in the middle, he has plenty of room to grow.

34. Jacksonville Jaguars (via LAR): Will Grier, QB, West Virginia (DL)

Jacksonville signed Nick Foles to a four-year deal during the offseason. Still, they are going to need someone behind him. Grier landing in a place where there’s no pressure to start right away will give him time to learn the nuances of running an pro-style offense.

35. Los Angeles Rams: Kerrith Whyte, RB, Florida Atlantic (NLF)

The Greatest Show on (Astro)Turf, was built on speed. Kerrith Whyte ran a 4.36 at his Pro Day. By comparison, Oklahoma State’s Justice Hill ran the fastest time for a running back at the Combine with a 4.4 forty. Whyte’s ability in the return game only adds to his value.

36. Carolina Panthers: Ben Banogu, LB, TCU (DL)

Banogu’s skill set may be best identified with Shaq Thompson – they aren’t the same player, but that’s how Banogu’s skill set would translate in Carolina. He could be a “jack” linebacker, doing a bit everything. In three years, he had 45 tackles-for-loss, 20 sacks, and forced seven fumbles.

37. New England Patriots: David Sills, WR, West Virginia (NLF)

Sills is a former quarterback with a natural feel for the game. He’s not the fastest, not the biggest, but succeeds on his football IQ. Sills had thirty-three touchdown catches in the last two years. Did not have a great week at the Senior Bowl. This might be a little bit of a reach, but he does strike me as a Belichick kind of guy.

28. Baltimore Ravens: Chase Winovich, DE/LB, Michigan (DL)

Tenacious, high-motor, high-effort kind of player. A downfield player, wouldn’t be of much help in coverage. Excellent backside pursuit player.

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Peach Bowl – Dec 29

#10 Florida Gators (9-3) vs #7 Michigan Wolverines (10-2)

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FLORIDA | SOUTHEASTERN CONFERENCE

Coach: Dan Mullen

Florida Players to watch:

*Junior DE Jachai Polite (6-2/260)

Polite has put up some of the best DL numbers in Gator history.
Photo: Gatorcountry.com

Polite led the SEC in fumbles forced with five and totaled 11 sacks and 16.0 tackles-for-loss. The junior entered 2018 with nine tackles-for-loss in 19 career games. In 2018, Polite also added 43 tackles, four pass breakups and three quarterback hurries. 

***Freshman CB Trey Dean (6-2/181)

Dean played in all 12 games and started eight, including the last five. He is second on the team with six pass breakups and has added 22 tackles.

**Sophomore CB C.J. Henderson (6-1/182)

Henderson recorded two interceptions, two forced fumbles and 30 tackles.  He also added seven pass breakups.  He has excellent closing speed.

Senior LT Martez Ivy (6-5/315)

Ivey garnered second-team AP and Coaches honors after helping the Gators average 426.7 yards of offense per game.  With his help, Florida logged eight 200-plus rushing attack games, matching its combined total from 2015-2017. The senior also helped Florida attain the program’s fourth-highest rushing yardage total since the start of 1990 with 2,514. 

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MICHIGAN | BIG 10 CONFERENCE

Coach: Jim Harbaugh

Michigan Players to watch:

*Junior LB Devin Bush (5-11/233)

Devin Bush was named the Big 10’s defensive player of the year.
Photo: Detroit News

Bush is an elite athlete who can make a tackle in space and beat ball carriers to the sideline.  He totaled 79 tackles; 9 tfl; and five sacks, along with six pass breakups. He is a two-time Walter Camp All-American (first team, 2018; second team, 2017).

Senior DE Chase Winovich (6-3/253)

Winovich has the potential to not only burst through the any O-line, but stop whomever has the ball before he even gets a chance to get back to the line of scrimmage. Tackles-for-loss are his specialty. Winovich had 62 tackles, including a team-high 14 1/2 for a loss, and four sacks.

*Junior CB Lavert Hill (6-11/180)

Hill was named to the third-team All-America for the first time at Michigan. He was a consensus first-team All-Big Ten selection and a semifinalist for the Jim Thorpe Award. This season, he had one interception and five pass breakups.

*Junior CB David Long (6-11/187)

Long is one the best cover corners in the country, leading the nation in passer rating when targeted and yards allowed per coverage snap, according to PFF.

*Junior DE Rashan Gary (6-5/281)

Gary has signed with an agent and will NOT be playing.

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Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl
No. 10 Florida 41, No. 7 Michigan 15