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The Final 4-Round Mock Draft: Round 4

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

Round 4

103. Arizona Cardinals: Terry McLaurin, WR, Ohio State

McLaurin used the post-season to move up draft board with steady and impressive performances. His 4.35 is certainly a bonus.

104. San Francisco 49ers: Ty Summers, ILB, TCU

Summers has sideline-to-sideline range and is effective playing in space.
Photo: TCU Athletics

Summers wrapped up his college career with the second-most tackles (318) in the Patterson era. He had a frustrating senior season with an injury, but finished the season with 46 tackles, including 5 1/2 for loss and four sacks.

105. New York Jets: Ryan Pope, OT, San Diego State

Like his teammate Roemer, Pope is a big mauler type that can help clear lanes inthe run game.

106. Oakland Raiders: Ryan Finley, QB, NC State

True, Gruden prefers veterans, however, for a fourth round pick – Finley does possess the intelligence Gruden appreciates in a QB.

107. Tampa Buccaneers: Dru Samia, OG, Oklahoma

Samia is a passionate, fiery, player. He’ll push Alex Cappa for playing time.

108. New York Giants: Jimmy Moreland, DB, James Madison

Small school prospects who held his own in the East-West Shrine game.

109. Jacksonville Jaguars: Malik Carney, OLB, North Carolina

North Carolina Tar Heels defensive end Malik Carney (53) is best coming off the edge.
Photo: Jeremy Brevard-USA TODAY Sports

Carney could be a blitzing linebacker, but can also play with his hand in the dirt; twenty-four TFL and 11.5 sacks in the last two years.

110. Cincinnati Bengals: Yosh Nijman, OT, Virginia Tech

Cincinnati adds depth, as Nijman has experience playing left and right tackle.

111. Detroit Lions: Charles Omenihu, DE, Texas

Omenihu had a good Senior Bowl week. He’s big and strong end that will help stop the run.

112. Buffalo Bills: Jazz Ferguson, WR, Northwestern State

Ferguson gives Allen a big target (6′ 5″/227) with 4.4 speed.

113. Baltimore Ravens (via Den): Miles Sanders, RB, Penn State

Sanders has worked diligently over the past year to become stronger, quicker, faster, and just overall better. His workout at the NFL Scouting Combine, prove he can do what he sets his mind to accomplish. North-South runner that spring it from between the tackles. Has experience as a return man. Has good upside. Needs to be a better blocker.

114. Green Bay Packers: Will Harris, S, Boston College

Boston College’s Will Harris has played in 47 games during his career.
Photo: Jeremy Brevard|USA TODAY Sports

Hard hitting safety from Boston College, Harris was a four-year starter. Harris can blitz, cover receivers, and put the screws to a running back. Also adds special teams experience.

115. Carolina Panthers: Clayton Thorson, QB, Northwestern

Carolina picks up a athletic back-up to Newton. 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.

116. Miami Dolphins: Jordan Brown, CB, South Dakota State

Performed well at the Combine, Senior Bowl and on his Pro Day.

117. Atlanta Falcons: Nate Davis, OG, Charlotte

Davis has started close to 40 games at tackle for Charlotte, but will most likely move inside at the next level. His footwork, technique and mobility are his strengths.

118. Green Bay Packers (via Was): David Long, Jr., LB, West Virgina

Long is a big play waiting to happen. He loves physical contact and tries to separate ball carriers from the ball. Generally, trusts what he sees, but can be overly aggressive at times.

119. Cleveland Browns: Sean Bunting, CB, Central Michigan

Central Michigan’s Sean Bunting has loose hips and quick feet.
Photo: Central Michigan University Athletics.

In three-years, Bunting had 104 tackles with 9 ints and 4 fourced fumbles.

120. Minnesota Vikings: Terrill Hanks, OLB, New Mexico State

Hanks is a guy the Vikings have had an eye on. He was a standout at the Senior bowl. His speed really stood out.

121. Tennessee Titans: Blake Cashman, OLB, Minnesota

Cashman turned heads by declaring early for the draft. Known for his football IQ more than his athleticism, his Combine number were very solid. Was a tone-setter for the Gopher’s defense. Has the fame to get bigger.

122. Pittsburgh Steelers: David Montgomery, RB, Iowa State

Montgomery breaks a lot of tackles and makes yards after contact.

123. Baltimore Ravens: Phil Haynes, OG, Wake Forest

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

124. Seattle Seahawks: Hjalte Froholdt, OG, Arkansas

From Svendborg, Denmark, Froholdt is still learning the nuances of the game. Plays penalty free football. Has played a little center, but mostly right guard. Has good combination of strength and short area quickness.

125. Denver Broncos (via Hou): Kingley Keke, DT, Texas A&M

Keke is one of those players who stood out over Senior Bowl week. He gets his power from his lower body and likes to pin his ears back and go forward. He’s another guy who can play up and down the line. Good coaching will add more tools to his belt as he goes along.

126. Chicago Bears: Kris Boyd, CB, Texas

Boyd has 35 passes defended in his career at Texas.
Photo: burnt orange nation

Experienced corner with over 50 games played. Plays the physical style Chicago loves.

127. Philadelphia Eagles: Austin Bryant, DE, Clemson

Has good burst off the line. Uses his long arms to punch and has a variety of hand techniques. Shows good bend and understands leverage. Played with a talented group and didn’t need to be the star – but understood his role in the scheme.

128. Dallas Cowboys: Kano Dillon, TE, Oregon

Dillon arrived in Oregon as a grad-transfer from South Flordia. He is certainly one of the more physically intriguing tight end prospects in the 2019 draft class. If a team decides to invest in his measurables, he could become a better pro than college player.

129. Indianapolis Colts: Sheldrick Redwine, S, Miami

Redwine had a good Senior Bowl showing and a good Combine too. He’s a well-built safety will good field awareness. Can cover well enough to stay on the field and fill the slot. His versatility will be an asset.

130. Los Angeles Chargers: Diontae Johnson, WR, Toledo

Under appreciated wide out from Toledo, Johnson gets out of his breaks smoothly and catches the ball fluidly. He can double as a return specialist.

131. Buffalo Bills (via KC): Sheriff Miller, DE, Penn State

Miller is quick off the snap. He’s had a lot of looks in the off-season.

132. New York Giants (via NO): Olisaemaka “Oli” Udoh, OT, Elon

Udoh was a first team FCS All-American.
Photo: The Athletic

Udoh looked good at the East-West Shrine game week, holding his own against FBS competition. Very long and rangy, looks like a right tackle.

133. Los Angeles Rams: Marvel Tell, S, USC

Tell hasn’t received the press some of the other safeties have, but he’s got good quickness. Tall and lanky, yet muscular. Can go sideline-to-sideline and would make a good high (or free) safety at the next level.

134. New England Patriots: Rodney Anderson, RB, Oklahoma

Very good in pass protection which will help him get on the field. Can catch out of the backfield. Anderson doesn’t waste any motion, he goes straight to the hole. Has vision to see crease, gets skinny, and slide out the other side. Good feet in space.Tends to fall forward.

**Compensatory selections begin**

135. Indianapolis Colts: Ryan Connelly, ILB, Wisconsin

Connelly has been recovering from a core muscle injury, but still showed well at the NFL Combine. He did everything but the bench press. Connelly is assignment sound. He is athletic enough to stay on the field for all three downs. He plays disciplined football. Lunch bucket kind of player.

136. Dallas Cowboys: Isaiah Johnson, CB, Houston

There’s always one or two players who slip through the cracks. Johnson is tall, lanky, corner that had a good week at the Senior Bowl. He’s a former wide receiver turned CB. He is at his best when mirroring his man one-on-one.

137. Atlanta Falcons: Wes Hills, RB, Slippery Rock

Fleet-footed Wes Hills of Slippery Rock showcased his patience, physicality, and vision at the NFLPA game.

138. Philadelphia Eagles: Karan Higdon, RB, Michigan

For his career, Higdon totaled 2,616 yards and 27 touchdowns.


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

2018 MAC Awards



Smith was a finalist for the Ted Hendricks Award.
Photo: Chicago Tribune

Northern Illinois junior defensive end Sutton Smith earned the coveted Vern Smith Leadership Award, indicative of being the top player in the league along with being named the MAC’s Defensive Player of the Year. He was a first-team A.P. All-American. Smith finished the season with 43 solo tackles, 18 assists, 15.0 sacks. He led the nation with 26.5 tackles for loss.

Smith also won the MAC’s Defensive Player of the Year award in 2017. Being a model of hard-work and consistency, his 2018 stats were a mirror of the previous season. Smith looks to be a mid-round prospect.


At 6′ 7″ and 245 lbs., Jackson has scouts taking lots of notes on his game.
Photo: UP12

Buffalo junior quarterback Tyree Jackson was named the MAC’s Offensive Player of the Year, with UB head coach Lance Leipold getting the Coach of the Year Award. Jackson led the Bulls with 2,605 yards passing this season, 25 touchdowns and a 55.5 percent completion rate.

Draft pundits either glow when speaking of Jackson’s size and potential or growl when discussing his lack of accuracy, lamenting he didn’t return to school for another year – there hasn’t been much in-between. Johnson is expected to be picked in the second or third round.


Johnson was the most dangerous return man in the MAC.
Photo: Toledo Athletics

Johnson lead the MAC with an average punt return of 18.3 yards, and he is second in kickoff return average at 25.8 yards per attempt. Johnson is the only player in the conference to return a punt and kickoff for a touchdown this season. As a receiver, he is tied for the team lead with 43 receptions, leads UT with 663 receiving yards, and has seven touchdown catches. For his career, he averaged 23.4 yards per kickoff return, which would put him third all-time in UT history.

Johnson has declared for the draft and looks to be a mid-late round pick.


Photo: The Buffalo News/Sharon Cantillon

Patterson leads Buffalo and ranks fifth in the MAC with 874 yards rushing and his 12 touchdowns are tied for third in the league. Patterson has appeared in all 12 games as a freshman and is averaging 5.8 yards per carry and 72.8 yards per game.

“He gets the ball, he makes guys miss, he can run you over,”  said teammate and wide receiver Anthony Johnson said. “He just fights. I love that guy. He’s really a great freshman and he has a few more years. He’s going to be an outstanding player.”


Before arriving in Buffalo, Lance Leipold went 106-6 with Div III powerhouse Wisconsin-Whitewater. Photo: UB Athletics

Leipold led the Bulls to a 10-2 record this season. Leipold is in his fourth season leading the Buffalo program and has the Bulls in the Marathon MAC Football Championship Game for the first time since 2008.  Leipold has led the program to its first 10-win season in school history. The Bulls were bowl eligible for the second consecutive season as the program’s win total has increased from two wins in 2016, six wins in 2017 and 10 wins in 2018. The ten wins are the most a Buffalo team has won in a season since joining the FBS ranks in 1999.

Bahamas Bowl – Dec 21

Florida International Panthers (8-4)  vs  Toledo Rockets (7-5)



Coach:  Butch Davis

Florida International Players to watch:

*Junior LB  Sage Lewis  (6-1/240)

Sage Lewis amassed 214 career tackles so far in his FIU career.
Photo: panthernow.com

Middle linebacker Sage Lewis smoothly made the transition inside from his outside backer spot where he wracked up a school-record 126 tackles in 2018, and entrenched himself as the leader of the defense.

*Junior WR Maurice Alexander  (5-11/180)

The former quarterback, turned WR, didn’t miss a beat in the transition.  A seemingly natural receiver, Alexander showed off his speed, his hands, his ability to make plays. He stretched the field and played special teams to boot.  He averaged 13.6 yards per return — best in the conference.

Senior OG Jordan Budwig  (6-4/311)

“That’s not something to play around with,” Budwig said, referencing the health of the quarterback he protects, “That’s something we take seriously.”  A physical run blocker, Budwig anchored the Panthers’ offensive line by starting in all 13 games.  The Bahamas Bowl with be Budwig’s 50th FIU contest.



Coach:  John Candle

Toledo Players to watch:

*Junior WR  Diontae Johnson  (5-11/181)

Toledo Junior WR & RS Diontae Johnson
Photo:  Toledo Blade

Johnson leads the team with 43 receptions and 663 receiving yards. Has seven TD receptions, one punt return TD, and one TD off a kickoff return.  His 23 career TD receptions ranks fifth all-time at UT.

Senior WR Cody Thompson  (6-2/205)

Thompson holds the Toledo record with 30 career touchdown receptions; ranks second on UT’s career receiving list with 3,257 yards; and trails Eric Page as UT’s all-time leader by 189 yards.  This year he has 43 receptions for 592 yards.

*Junior OC Bryce Harris  (6-3/285)

Last year, Harris displayed his versatility by playing three different positions: right guard, center, and left guard.  This year, he started every game at center — that decision by HC Candle payed big dividends with Harris earning 2nd Team All-Mac.

*Junior TE Reggie Gilliam  (6-0/235)

Gilliam played in all 12 games, starting 11 at tight end  He is fourth on the team with three touchdown receptions; and leads the country with four blocked kicks.


Makers Wanted Bahamas Bowl
FIU 35, Toledo 32