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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.

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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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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NFL Scouting Combine: Monday’s talking points

Tentative Combine workout schedule:
» GROUP 1: Friday, Mar 1: PK, ST, OL, RB 
» GROUP 2: Saturday, Mar 2: QB, WR, TE 
» GROUP 3: Sunday, Mar 3: DL, LB 
» GROUP 4: Monday, Mar 4: DB 

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We’ve all know, for quite some time now, that the DL was the strength of the draft. And after watching, Quinnen Williams, Nick Bosa, Montez Sweat, Rashan Gary and Dexter Lawrence … the DB’s looked less than impressive.

Greedy Williams ran a 4.37, but then looked less than stellar in the workouts. He stumbled in the backpedal, and had to restart several times. Eventually, he was sidelined due to cramping. I would think he’d want to do it again at Pro Day.

Not all was lost on Monday though. Several guys upped their stock. Jamel Dean ran a blistering 4.30. Originally signed at Ohio State, but knee issues led him to being declared medically disqualified by the Buckeyes. He had another knee injury in 2016 while at Auburn. However, in 2017, Dean emerged as a quality cover corner having eight pbu’s to go with 43 tackles. In 2018, Dean finished with 30 total tackles and nine pbu’s. The NFL Scouting Combine will determine exactly where Dean will go in the draft. With so many picks, the Broncos could easily gamble on a risk-reward prospect like Dean.

For Dean’s Combine footage, click here.

Michigan’s David Long looked good throughout the day. While Central Michigan’s Sean Bunting looked smooth running a 4.42, with a 41.5 vertical and 126 broad jump.

Washington’s Taylor Rapp solidified himself as a top safety prospect. Rapp’s teammate, Byron Murphy solidified himself as one of the top corners in this draft.

Until Greedy Williams can redeem himself, DeAndre Baker will now compete with Bryon Murphy for the top cornerback to be drafted. Rock Ya-Sin looked solid as well, keeping his place in the top tier.

There’s a couple of players that will be moving up draft boards: one is Maryland’s Darnell Savage, another is Boston College’s Will Harris. Houston’s Isaiah Johnson tested well, and looked good in the drills. And Virginia’s Juan Thornhill put up some eye popping numbers.

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The Dallas Cowboys have the 58th overall pick. Jerry Jones meets with local reporters at the NFL Combine and tells-all on Witten’s return, Dak, D-Law, and Garrett’s contracts, his desire to win now and more.

RELATED: Jerry Jones’ Full Uncut Interview @ 2019 Combine

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KEY DATES

The NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis will begin on Feb. 26; the franchise-tag deadline is on March 5; free agency starts on March 13; and then the 2019 NFL Draft in Nashville, Tennessee, will run from April 25-27.