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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.
Photo: footballmavin.io

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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MORE: Round 1 | Round 2 | Round 3 | Round 4


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

AZ | SF | NYJ | OAK | TB | NYG | JAX | DET | BUF | DEN | CIN | GB | MIA | ATL | WASH | CAR | CLE | MIN | TEN | PIT | SEA | BALT | HOU | CHI | PHI | IND | DAL | LAC | KC | NO | LAR | NE

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

Centers: Final Position Rankings

2019 NFL Draft:  Top Ranked Centers

Garrett Bradbury is the most athletic center in this year’s draft class. McCoy, McGovern, and Jenkins are all pretty equal, who goes first will depend upon the preference of the team that selects them. Look for 7-10 players to go in the first 5 rounds. A few will go in the sixth and seventh rounds, but the majority will sign as undrafted free agents (UDFA).

NC State’s Garrett Bradbury is at the top of this year’s OC draft class.
Photo: Inside Wolfpack

1. Garrett Bradbury, NC State, 6-3/306

Bradbury has shot up draft boards based on his athleticism. He’d do best with a team that likes to pull and trap. While he benched 225 thirty-four times at the Combine, he was easily bull rushed during Senior Bowl practices. He’s got short arms and will have to be technically sound to succeed at the next level – along with getting stronger in his lower body.

2. Elgton Jenkins, Mississippi State, 6-4/310

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.

3. Erik McCoy, Texas A&M, 6-4/303

Another center who 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. Getting plenty of looks from teams leading up to the draft.

4. Conner McGovern, Penn State, 6-5/309

Not as athletic as Bradbury or McCoy, but an intelligent player that can play all three interior positions. For not being super-athletic, plays with good understanding of angles and leverage, keeping defenders at bay.

5. Michael Jordan, Ohio State, 6-6/312

Seems better suited at guard than center – but can play either. A big man that enjoys mauling opponents in the run game. Physically strong, can be aggressive. Has room to grow. His versatility will increase his draft value. Downside: appears to take plays off and occasionally looks heavy footed.

6. Deion “Shaq” Calhoun, Mississippi State, 6-2/310

SEC four-year starter, finishing with 36 straight career starts. Very good in pass pro. Has the ability to block in space. Intelligent player. Played RG in college, lining up next to Elgton Jenkins. Calhoun has been projected at center at the next level.

7. Lamont Gaillard, Georgia, 6-3/305

Gaillard is team captain that leads by example. He went from being the starting guard to becoming the starting center, a selfless move on his part. He plays with good leverage and is quick laterally. He doesn’t have great power, but he understands how to get into position quickly.

8. B.J. Autry, Jacksonville State, 6-3/351

After a stellar week at the Senior Bowl, B.J. Autry drew plenty of scouts to his Pro Day. Autry has quick feet and uses his strength to moved opponents out of the way. He played guard in college but is expected to move inside at the next level. He has an 84.5 wingspan.

9. Tanner Volson, No. Dakota State, 6-4/306

Athletic center who is very good at playing in space – pulling, trap blocking, and getting quickly to the defender at the next level.

10. Nick Allegretti, Illinois, 6-4/320

Allegretti is certainly getting his share of looks from teams as we ramp up to the draft. Intelligent player that studies the game. Team leader who is involved in his community. Experienced with 36 career starts.

OTHER PLAYERS TO KEEP AN EYE ON:

  1. Ross Pierschbacher, Alabama, 6-4/307
  2. Javon Patterson, Mississippi, 6-3/307
  3. John Keenoy, Western Michigan, 6-3/300
  4. Trevon Tate, Memphis, 6-2/293
  5. Kirk Barron, Purdue, 6-1/309
  6. Alex Fontana, Kansas, 6-1/298
  7. Victor Hrynkiewicz, Youngstown State, 6-3/304
  8. Nick Linder   Indiana   6-3/303
  9. Justin Falcinelli   Clemson   6-4/305
  10. Jesse Burkett   Stanford   6-4/309
  11. Ryan Anderson, Wake Forest, 6-5/305
  12. Sam Mustipher, Notre Dame, 6-2/304
  13. Deontae Crumitie, Troy, 6-2/297
  14. Luke Shively, Northern Illinois, 6-2/300
  15. Matt Pyke, ETSU, 6-2/302
  16. Garrett Bowery, Lamar, 6-2/299
  17. Garrett Bader, Benedictine, 6-5/305

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Team Needs:

AZ | SF | NYJ | OAK | TB | NYG | JAX | DET | BUF | DEN | CIN | GB | MIA | ATL | WASH | CAR | CLE |MIN | TEN | PIT | SEA | BALT | HOU | CHI | PHI | IND | DAL | LAC | KC | NO | LAR | NE

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

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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Rose Bowl – Jan 1

#6 Ohio State Buckeyes (12-1) vs #9 Washington Huskies (10-3)

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OHIO STATE | BIG TEN CONFERENCE

Coach: Urban Meyer

Ohio State Players to watch:

**Sophomore QB Dwayne Haskins (6-3/214)

Haskins is a Pro-Style Quarterback with a Cannon for an Arm.
Photo: Greg Bartram-USA TODAY Sports

Haskins has thrown for 4,580 yards and 47 touchdowns this season – both school and conference single-season records – while leading the Buckeyes to their second consecutive Big Ten title. In last Saturday’s championship game against No. 21 Northwestern, Haskins threw for a school-record 499 yards and five touchdowns on his way to being named the game’s Most Valuable Player.

*Junior OC Michael Jordan (6-7/310)

With Jordan manning at center, the Buckeyes are currently second nationally in total offense, averaging 548.8 yard per game, and No. 2 in passing yards per game (373.0). Their average of 43.5 points per game is No. 8 nationally. Ten times this year, Ohio State totaled 500 or more yards of offense, including 567 against Michigan and the nation’s No. 1-ranked defense.

*Junior DT Dre’Mont Jones (6-3/290)

Jones leads the defense with 12.0 tackles for loss, including 7.5 quarterback sacks. He has 36 total tackles plus five quarterback hurries. His three fumble recoveries include one for a touchdown vs. Maryland, and he also has a “pick-6” touchdown interception vs. TCU, making him the only Buckeye defensive linemen in at least 50 years with two touchdowns in one season.

Senior WR Parris Campbell (6-1/208)

Campbell, from Akron and St. Vincent-St. Mary High School, has caught the fourth-most passes in school history – 72 – for 903 yards and 11 touchdowns, which rank in the Top 5 in Ohio State single season history. He was named first-team Big Ten by the coaches.

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WASHINGTON | PAC-12 CONFERENCE

Coach: Chris Petersen

Washington Players to watch:

Senior LB Ben Burr-Kirven (6-0/221)

Burr-Kirven was one of four finalist for the Lott Impact trophy.
Photo: The Spokesman-Review

Burr-Kirven, a senior linebacker from Menlo Park, Calif., was named the Pac-12 Pat Tillman Defensive Player of the Year last week and also was the conference’s Scholar-Athlete of the Year for football, making him the first man ever to win those two awards.

**Sophomore CB Bryon Murphy (5-11/184)

Murphy, a sophomore cornerback from Scottsdale, Ariz., was named the Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Year by Pro Football Focus. A first-team All-Pac-12 pick, he was also the MVP of the Pac-12 Championship Game. Murphy leads the Huskies with is four interceptions.

*Junior S Taylor Rapp (6-0/207)

Rapp, a junior safety from Bellingham, Wash., earned first-team All-Pac-12 for the second straight season in 2018. He’s also a two-time, first-team Academic All-Pac-12 selection and was the Pac-12’s Defensive Freshman of the Year in 2016. He leads the 2018 Huskies in both tackles for loss and sacks.

**Sophomore RB Salvon Ahmed (5-11/191)

After this game, and Myles Gaskin moves on to the NFL, Salvon will be Washington’s next star running back. Salvon, like Gaskin, is really, really fast, running in the 4.3-4.4 range. He has overwhelming quickness and explosion in and out of breaks, and is capable of taking it to the house every time he touches the ball.

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Rose Bowl Game Presented by Northwestern Mutual
Ohio State 28, Washington 23
Rose Bowl
Pasadena, California