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

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

Offensive Guards: Final Position Rankings

2019 NFL Draft:  Top Ranked OGs

Lindstrom has shined out at the Senior Bowl.
Photo: Bob DeChiara-USA TODAY Sports

1. Chris Lindstrom, Boston College, 6-4/308

Lindstom is clearly the best pure guard prospect in this year’s draft. He is really good at dropping his hips and dropping his rear to achor. The majority of time, he keeps his hands inside and delivers a punch with good power. He does all the little stuff right. Don’t be surprised if you hear his name at the end of day one.

2. Yodney Cajuste, West Virginia, 6-5/312

Cajuste has long arms, big hands, and is strong. Has excellent burst off the ball, which shows his background as a high school basketball star. Like Samia, he comes from a pass-happy offense; however, Cajuste doesn’t lose his temper and rarely gets flagged for anything.

3. Dru Samia, Oklahoma, 6-5/305

Is maybe the nastiest player in the draft. Love his passion, but gets called for too many re-active penalties, and some teams might be put off by that. However, he is athletic and agile and has 40+ starts in Oklahoma’s RPO heavy offense – and that will intrigue some teams.

4. Phil Haynes, Wake Forest, 6-4/322

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

5. Nate Davis, Charlotte, 6-3/316

Davis has started close to 40 games at tackle for Charlotte, but will most likely move inside at the next level. His footwork, technique and mobility are his strengths. He’s got enough talent for coaches to mold him into an every down player.

6. Joshua Miles, Morgan State, 6-5/315

One of the more interesting prospects with a lot of upside. Miles dominated at the lower level, but turned plenty of heads at the East-West Shrine game. A technician with good study habits.

7. Hjalte Froholdt, Arkansas, 6-5/306

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

8. Ryan Bates, Penn State, 6-4/306

Penn State’s Ryan Bates is one of the most athletic guards in this year’s draft class.
Photo: Noelle Haro-Gomez|Public Opinion

Takes his conditioning seriously. Bulked up tremendously since arriving at Penn State. Has played in 37 contests in three years. Not as polished as some other players, but looks to have more upside.

9. Beau Benzschawel, Wisconsin, 6-6/309

Wisconsin is a school known for turning out really good offensive linemen. However, this year Benzschawel, Dieter, and Edwards all looked very average in post season events. Yet, the game film should give enough encouragement to teams that Benzschawel possesses enough traits and skills that they could eventually work him into the starting line-up.

10. Michael Dieter, Wisconsin, 6-5/309

Like his teammates, Dieter did little to standout during the post-season. His strength is his versatility, having played every position along the line.

OTHER PLAYERS TO KEEP AN EYE ON:

  1. Bobby Evans, Oklahoma, 6-4/312
  2. Tyler Jones, NC State, 6-3/306
  3. Tanner Farmer, Nebraska, 6-3/315
  4. George Asofo-Adjei, Kentucky, 6-4/306
  5. Drew Forbes, SEMO, 6-3/303
  6. Iosua Opeta, Weber State, 6-4/301
  7. Nate Trewyn, Wisconsin-Whitewater, 6-3/313
  8. Brian Wallace, Arkansas, 6-5/326
  9. Nate Herbig, Stanford, 6-3/335
  10. Alex Bars, Notre Dame, 6-6/312
  11. Venzell Boulware, Miami, 6-3/306
  12. Ethan Greenidge, Villanova, 6-4/327
  13. Terronne Prescod, NC State, 6-5/331
  14. Lester Cotton, Alabama, 6-4/325
  15. Bunchy Stallings, Kentucky, 6-3/305
  16. Brandon Knight, Indiana, 6-4/314
  17. Zach Bailey, So. Carolina, 6-5/299
  18. Andre James, UCLA, 6-4/299
  19. Patrick Vahe, Texas, 6-3/325
  20. Lanard Bonner, Arkansas State, 6-3/315

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

Nat L. Faybian’s 2019 NFL Mock Draft Version 4.0, Round 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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2018 Big 12 Awards

POWER 5

BIG 12 CONFERENCE

DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR: DAVID LONG, JR., WEST VIRGINIA

Long, Jr., is projected to be a second-third round draft pick.
Photo: WVFootball

West Virginia redshirt junior linebacker David Long made history Wednesday, becoming the first player in program history to be named Big 12 Defensive Player of the Year. He led the league with 18.5 tackles for loss and ranked fourth with 8.8 tackles per game.

Just to be clear, there are TWO players named David Long in the upcoming NFL draft. David Long, Jr. is a linebacker from West Virginia (seen here), and the other is a DB from Michigan.

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OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR: KYLER MURRAY, OKLAHOMA

Murray (center) was named Big 12 OPOY & won the Heisman Trophy.
Photo: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

Murray is one of the most talked about players in this draft. Not only did he win the Big 12 Offensive POY, he took home the Heisman Trophy, the Earl Campbell Tyler Rose Award, the Davey O’Brien Award, and was a finalist for the Maxwell Award.

Murray’s draft stock is all over the board, although, most giving him a mid-first round grade. There are questions about his height (listed at 5-11, but looks 5-8 or 5-9), and more questions about his weight (is he really 185 lbs.? and how many hits can he take?). But there are few questions about his 4.3 speed or his accuracy when given time to throw.

Murray is the fourth Oklahoma QB in recent memory to win the award, joining Jason White, Sam Bradford, and Baker Mayfield.

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DEFENSIVE LINEMAN OF THE YEAR: CHARLES OMENIHU, TEXAS

Omenihu has the measurable NFL teams desire, including an 85″ wingspan.
Photo: Texas Athletics

Omenihu secured a Senior Bowl invite after registering 45 tackles, 18 for loss and 9.5 sacks en route to Big 12 defensive lineman of the year honors. Through 50 games and 32 starts in four years, Omenihu claimed 116 tackles, 30.5 for loss and 17 sacks. His numbers improved steadily each year. At the Senior Bowl, he measured in at just shy of 6’6” and 274 pounds with 36.5″ arms and an 85″ inch wingspan. More than likely, whatever team drafts Omenihu will ask him to line up inside and out.

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OFFENSIVE LINEMEN OF THE YEAR: (3-way tie) DALTON RISNER, KANSAS STATE; DRU SAMIA, OKLAHOMA; and YODNEY CAJUSTE, WEST VIRGINIA

All three players should be picked in the first two days of the draft.

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OFFENSIVE NEWCOMER OF THE YEAR: JALEN HURD, BAYLOR

Jalen Hurd played RB at Tennessee before transferring to Baylor to play WR.
Photo: UT Athletics

Hurd is one of the more unique storylines in the NFL draft. A valuable three-year running back who leaves Tenneesse to become the Big 12 Offensive Newcomer of the Year as a wide receiver. In 2018, Hurd led the Bears with 69 receptions for 946 yards. He also rushed 48 times for 209 yards and three touchdowns. 

Hurd’s college career includes 2,844 rushing yards and 1,438 receiving yards. He currently sits sixth in Tennessee history in rushing yards.

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DEFENSIVE NEWCOMER OF THE YEAR: GREG EISWORTH, IOWA STATE

In 2017, Eisworth was playing at Trinity Valley Community College in Athens, Texas.
Photo: Scout.com

Matt Campbell has pushed for Eisworth, at JUCO transfer, to join Iowa State’s 2018 recruiting class with that hope that he can contribute immediately and provide both experience and leadership. His commitment proved to be a valuable one for the Cyclones, who had just lost all three of their starting safeties, including all-Big 12 talent Kamari Cotton-Moya.

Eisworth stepped in and earned Big 12 Defensive Newcomer of the Year and first-team all-Big 12 honors this season. He led Iowa State in tackles with 84, including 54 solos. He forced two fumbles, had three pass break-ups, one interception and a sack in the pass game. Eisworth was able to impact the run game, as well, recording four tackles for a loss.

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OFFENSIVE FRESHMAN OF THE YEAR: POOKA WILLIAMS, JR,. KANSAS

One of the most explosive players in the league with 15 carries of 20+ yards, Williams rushed for a total of 1,125 yards on 161 carries, good for 102.3 yards per game, 7.0 yards per carry and seven rushing touchdowns. He added 289 yards and two scores on 33 receptions and 246 yards on 11 kick returns to lead the Big 12 and rank sixth in the FBS in all-purpose yards at 150.9 per game. 

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DEFENSIVE FRESHMAN OF THE YEAR: CADEN STERNS, TEXAS

Sterns, a freshman safety from Cibolo, Texas, has started all 12 games to date, the most by a true freshman defensive back at Texas since Blake Gideon started all 13 in 2008. He has 59 tackles, tied for fourth on the team and has added three tackles for loss and a sack. He has four interceptions, tied with Diggs and Chris Carter (1993) for the most ever by a Longhorn true freshman.

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SPECIAL TEAMS PLAYER OF THE YEAR: AUSTIN SEIBERT, OKLAHOMA

Photo: Reese Strickland/USA TODAY Sports

Oklahoma’s Austin Seibert is the all-time NCAA scoring leader among kickers. He broke the record of 494 points set by former Arizona State kicker Zane Gonzalez. With his 26-yard field goal in the third quarter against Alabama, Seibert scored his 496th career point. He finished his career tied for third (with Montee Ball of Wiconsin) on the NCAA’s all-time scoring list with 498 points.

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Chuck Neinas COACH OF THE YEAR: (tie) MATT CAMPBELL, IOWA STATE & LINCOLN RILEY, OKLAHOMA

For the second straight season Iowa State coach Matt Campbell has been named the Big 12 Coach of the Year, the conference announced Wednesday.

This season, he split the award with Oklahoma coach Lincoln Riley.

No. 23 Iowa State (7-4, 6-3 Big 12) was picked to finish seventh in the conference but ended the season in a tie for third with West Virginia. The six conference wins are the most ever by an Iowa State team.

Riley led the Sooners to an 11-1 record this season and an 8-1 Big 12 record. In his second season as head coach, Riley has a 23-2 career record.

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Latest updates have begun for Player Position Rankings: QB, RB, FB, WR

2019 Reese’s Senior Bowl

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

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

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SOUTH TEAM

Coached by: San Francisco 49ers

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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NORTH TEAM

Coached by: Oakland Raiders

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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