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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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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.

Running Backs: Final Position Rankings

2019 NFL Draft:  Top Ranked RBs

There isn’t a lot of top-end speed in this class. There’s not a lot of bruising runners either. This seems like a very average overall class. None sticks out as particularly special, there’s no star player in this group. However, for the lack for top-end talent, this class is fairly solid all the way down the list. The player selected in the fifth round has about the same chance to make a team as the player selected in the second round.

Jacobs came on strong in the big games when it mattered most.
Photo: John David Mercer/USATODAYSports

1. Josh Jacobs, Alabama, 5-10/220

Jacobs became Alabama’s go-to all-around back. They used him as a return man, a slot receiver, and running back used in a variety of ways. Shows good vision, balance, and decision making when running the ball.

2. Miles Sanders, Penn State, 5-11/211

A protégé of Saquon Barkley, 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.

3. Darrell Henderson, Memphis, 5-8/208

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.

4. Damien Harris, Alabama, 5-10/216

Harris was Alabama’s workhorse. He’s the big powerful back that you can pound the ball with. Has good vision, trusts his eyes and takes what is given. Also has the ability to catch it out of the backfield. He’d fit best with a team that likes to establish the run.

5. Dexter Williams, Notre Dame, 5-11/212

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.

6. David Montgomery, Iowa State, 5-10/222

Montgomery is shifty and has excellent vision. He won’t have breakaway speed at the next level. So, he’s in the mold of a Matt Forte or Kareem Hunt – both productive NFL players. Did not test well, only had a 4.63 forty and 28.5 vertical. He’s patients and follows his blocks, but doesn’t always make the best decision on where to go with the ball.

7. Devin Singletary, Florida Atlantic, 5-7/203

Singletary is a touchdown scoring machine. He crossed the goal line 67 times during his career – mostly do to his shifty moves. Shows good balance upon contact and has the ability to plant his foot and change direction. Played inferior competition and has 765 plays from scrimmage. His best asset is his quickness.

8. Ryquell Armstead, Temple, 5-11/220

Armstead has been getting more and more attention since the season ended. He had a good week at the Senior Bowl, and then ran a 4.45 forty at 220 pounds at the Combine. Armstead’s ability to catch the ball out of the backfield is helping his cause.

9. Travis Homer, Florida, 5-10/201

Miami’s Travis Homer is another running back that helped himself at the Combine with a good outing. He ran a 4.48 with a 39.5 vertical and 130 broad jump.

10. Justice Hill, Oklahoma State, 5-10/198

Played in an RPO offense, so he’ll fit right in with the modern NFL. Hill has plenty of speed and accelerates on the dime. Good balance and elusive. Excellent lower body strength to shed tackles and fight for extra yards, despite being under 200 pounds.

11. Trayveon Williams, Texas A&M, 5-8/206

Williams has been quietly moving up draft boards. He has good vision and lateral agility, finds the hole and burst through it. He has outstanding balance and isn’t afraid to lower his shoulder. Scored 19 touchdowns last year, one being for 93 yards.

12. Rodney Anderson, Oklahoma, 6-0/224

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. Very good in pass protection. Has missed a lot of time due to injury – medical will have to check out.

OTHER PLAYERS TO KEEP AN EYE ON:

  1. Bryce Love, Stanford, 5-9/200
  2. Alex Barnes, Kansas State, 6-0/226
  3. Karan Higdon, Michigan, 5-9/206
  4. Kerrith Whyte, Florida Atlantic, 5-10/200
  5. L.J. Scott, Michigan State, 6-0/227
  6. Alexander Mattison, Boise State, 5-11/221
  7. Mike Weber, Ohio State, 5-11/212
  8. Divine Ozigbo, Nebraska, 5-11/222
  9. Myles Gaskin, Washington, 5-9/205
  10. Jordan Scarlett, Florida, 5-11/208
  11. Benny Snell, Kentucky, 5-10/223
  12. Qadree Ollison, Pittsburgh, 6-1/228
  13. Patrick Laird, California, 5-11/205
  14. Tony Pollard, Memphis, 6-0/210
  15. Darwin Thompson, Utah State, 5-8/190
  16. Jordan Ellis, Virginia, 5-9/225
  17. Jalin Moore, Appalachian State, 5-10/212
  18. Wes Hills, Slippery Rock, 6-1/218
  19. Jon Hillman, Rutgers, 5-11/216
  20. David Hamm, McNeese State, 6-0/222
  21. James Washington, Washington State, 5-9/197
  22. Darrin Hall, Pittsburgh, 5-11/220
  23. Damarea Crockett, Missouri, 5-10/224
  24. Nico Evans, Wyoming, 5-9/199
  25. Ryan Fulse, Wagner 5-11/195
  26. Matt Colburn II, Wake Forest, 5-7/206
  27. Lexington Thomas, UNLV, 5-8/175
  28. Marquis Young, UMass, 6-1/210
  29. Bruce Anderson, No. Dakota State, 5-11/211
  30. Nick Brossette, LSU, 5-11/209

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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.

Nat L. Faybian’s 2019 NFL Mock Draft Version 4.0, Round 2

Senior Writer Nat L. Faybian and Editor Douglas Love continue on to round two, alternating picks, in this three round Version 4.0 Mock. This time Douglas will pick first.

Round 2

Douglas: The draft this year is going to be exciting. This is such a deep class that there are going to be several players with first round talent sitting at the top of day two.

1. Arizona Cardinals: Parris Campbell, WR, Ohio State (Douglas Love)

Campbell ran a blazing 4.31 at the Combine.
Photo: Blade/Dave Zapotosky

Campbell might actually end up in the first round. He ran a blazing 4.31 at the Combine. He looks fast on game tape. And as the old saying goes, “You can’t teach speed.”

2. Indianapolis Colts (via NYJ): Irv Smith, Jr., TE, Alabama (Nat L. Faybian)

Smith has worked hard at rounding out his game. His route running is the best in his position group, he’s improved tremendously as a blocker, and, of course, he has good hands.

3. Oakland Raiders: Bryon Murphy, CB, Washington (DL)

Here’s another guy that could just as easily gone in the first round. Light feet, terrific coverage skills, loves to study film. Tracks the ball well in the air. I think Gruden would be pleased with this pick.

4. San Francisco 49ers: Julian Love, CB, Notre Dame (NLF)

A top notch tackler with a thicker compact frame. He’s not afraid to stick his head in there and mix it up. Has good instincts and eye hand coordination. Is patient and doesn’t over-react.

5. New York Giants: Greg Little, OT, Mississippi (DL)

Little has received so little exposure during this whole draft process, and I’m not sure why? He’s started close to thirty games at left tackle against the best the SEC has to offer. Looks like a natural left tackle at the next level. There’s some concern about his effort – he’s doesn’t go above and beyond his duty – that’s the way it shows up on some film anyway. But he doesn’t give up sacks and at the end of the day, his job is to protect his quarterback, and he does that.

6. Jacksonville Jaguars: Miles Sanders, RB, Penn State (NLF)

Last year, this guy was only beginning to tap his potential. He has all the athleticism you need at the position, but what sets him apart is his dedication to conditioning, to the weight room, to film study. He’ll be a better pro than he was a college player.

7. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Cody Ford, OG, Oklahoma (DL)

Ford is another guy that could have gone in the first round. The Bucs would love to add a guy like Ford that can compete for the starting right guard position, and has enough flexibility to play right tackle if needed.

8. Buffalo Bills: Chris Lindstrom, OG, Boston College (NLF)

Lindstrom is the top rated pure guard on the board. In other words, Ford played tackle in college, but Lindstrom was a guard and projects to be guard at the next level. What impresses me most about Lindstrom is the way he sinks his hips, and the way he is always working to get in a better position. He just doesn’t quit.

9. Denver Broncos: Dre’Mont Jones, DT, Ohio State (DL)

Jones is the last of the guys who have that first round potential, but, again, because the deep is so deep, ends up in the second. Strong and tenacious, Jones has very good ball get off. He’s able to get in the backfield and disrupt – that equals tackles-for-loss and sacks. He is also good in pursuit.

10. Cincinnati Bengals: Tytus Howard, OT, Alabama State (NLF)

Titus Howard (L) was the only tackle capable of slowing down Montez Sweat (R) during Senior Bowl practices. Photo: Bucs Report

Alabama State’s Tytus Howard showed excellent footwork during the Senior Bowl. His ability to kick and mirror were the best on display. He could stand to be a little more physical, but he can do it. Very competitive, hates to get beat.

11. Detroit Lions: Emanuel Hall, WR, Missouri (DL)

Hall has 4.39 speed and he’s 6′ 2″, so, he can take the top off or go up and get the contested ball. The Lions sure could use a player like Hall to stretch the field.

12. Green Bay Packers: Kaleb McGary, OT, Washington (NLF)

McGary is a right tackle that plays with a nasty streak. His mentality is perfect for the frozen tundra when you need to run the ball down your opponents throat. He’s out to ruin somebody’s day.

13. Atlanta Falcons: Joejuan Williams, CB, Vanderbilt (DL)

Teams are looking to find a way to neutralize the tall receiver. Williams is 6′ 4″, the tallest cornerback in the draft. Williams coach, Derek Mason, often compares Williams to Richard Sherman. If he’ll be all that, I don’t know. But Atlanta does play Mike Evans twice a year, and getting a taller corner to help against those 50-50 catches would be a good idea.

14. Washington Redskins: Deebo Samuel, WR, So. Carolina (NLF)

Samuel looked like he was playing at a level above everyone else at the Senior Bowl. His ability as a return specialist is a bonus.

15. Carolina Panthers: Erik McCoy, OC, Texas A&M (DL)

Carolina’s offensive line had more than their share of injuries last year, and now it’s time to shuffle the deck. McCoy is a three-year starter with an attack style of play.

16. Miami Dolphins: Jochai Polite, DE, Florida (NLF)

Polite has been working to rehab his image since the Combine. Everybody makes mistakes, and to be quite honest, Polite has too much talent to pass on when getting pressure on the quarterback is at a premium these days.Last year, Polite had 19.5 tackles-for-loss and 11 sacks. I think the Dolphins would welcome that kind of production.

17. Cleveland Browns: Taylor Rapp, S, Washington (DL)

A sound tackler with excellent football instincts. He has good route recognition and isn’t one to get fooled. Good at tracking the ball in the air. He trusts his eyes.

18. Minnesota Vikings: Mack Wilson, ILB, Alabama (NLF)

Alabama’s Mack Wilson had six interceptions during his career.
Photo: Bama Hammer

Wilson has a lot of upside and plenty of raw talent. He has the size, speed, and athleticism teams covet. Is a powerful enough linebacker that can take on a guard or use his quickness to slip the gap. Is also reliable in coverage.

19. Tennessee Titans: Amani Hooker, S, Iowa (DL)

There are so many attractive safety option at the top of this class, that it really all comes down to fit. To me, Hooker seems like he’d make a good Titan. He’s got a good combination of size, speed, quickness, and strength. Iowa has a track record of producing pro-ready safeties that possess really solid ball skills. I like Hooker here.

20. Pittsburgh Steelers: Damien Harris, RB, Alabama (NLF)

Speaking of “fit,” Damien Harris would be a perfect fit for the Steelers. He’s not going to do anything flashy, but he’s going to bring his lunch-bucket grind-it-out pounding style to work everyday. And as a bonus, he can catch the ball out of the backfield to keep things fresh.

21. Philadephia Eagles (via Balt): Chauncey Gardner-Johnson, S/CB, Florida (DL)

Gardner-Johnson is a more versatile safety that can slide down and play some nickel. He not the hitter Hooker is, but he’s gives you more in term of pass defense. Both are good players, just slightly different style. I think Gardner-Johnson’s athleticism fits will in Philadelphia.

22. Houston Texans (via Sea): Darrell Henderson, RB, Memphis (NLF)

Intelligent runner with good vision. He has excellent short area quickness which is how he ran for all those yards in Memphis. He averaged over 8 yards per carry over his career. If he does half at at the next level, Texans have a special player.

23. Houston Texans: Trayvon Mullen, CB, Clemson (DL)

Clemson cornerback Trayvon Mullen (1) in action during the game against Texas A&M.
Photo: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

Mullen has played in the biggest of games, so the NFL won’t be too big for him. He’s got really good speed. He’s long. Can turn and run without loosing a step. Understands how to leverage the field to his advantage.

24. New England Patriots (from Chi): Johnathan Abram, S, Mississippi State (NLF)

Is more of a downhill box safety than most others. What scouts love about Abram is his ability to set the tone for the defense – and he does it with his aggressive hard-hitting play. Having said that, he does have ball skills too. But I think what NE will like is a guy that says, “Let’s get to it!”

25. Philadelphia Eagles: Oshane Ximines, DE, Old Dominion (DL)

In this modern passing league, the more you can disrupt the passer, the better you are. Ximines finished his college career with 51 tackles-for-loss and 32.5 sacks. Again, any player disruptive enough to throw off a quarterback’s timing is a valuable commodity.

26. Dallas Cowboys: Mecole Hardman, WR/RS, Georgia (NLF)

Hardman has 4.33 speed. He’s lesser known than some of the other players in the second round, but as we said earlier, “You can’t teach speed.” Dallas can use him in the return game, with the end around, and as a deep threat to stretch the field.

27. Indianapolis Colts: De’Andre Walker, ILB, Georgia (DL)

The Colts could go in a few different directions here, but they need a starting caliber inside linebacker. There is a drop-off between the two Devins and the rest of the class, so Walker is good value here at the end of round two.

28. Los Angeles Chargers: Nasir Adderley, S, Delaware (NLF)

Once the run on the defensive line is over and once most of the starting OT’s are gone, we’ve seen a run on defensive backs here late in the second round. I’m going to keep that going with Adderley to the Chargers.

29. Kansas City Chiefs: Deionte Thompson, S, Alabama (DL)

There’s more athleticism in this safety class, at this point of the draft, than there is in the cornerback class. So, I’m going safety here. Plus, teams are looking for these hybrid safeties that have a blend of speed and quickness and can cover the nickel. Thompson is one of those hybrid guys – an outstanding athlete with excellent change of direction and high end straight-line speed.

30. New Orleans: L.J. Collier, DE, TCU (NLF)

Collier is going to line up over the right tackle, but has enough bulk and strength to move inside on third and long. His agility and versatility will be what gets him draft above some players with more name recognition. A solid Senior Bowl certainly helped.

31. Kansas City Chiefs (via LAR): Khalen Saunders, DT, Western Illinois (DL)

Speaking of the Senior Bowl, Saunders was another player that improved his draft stock tremendously during that week. From Western Illinois, Saunders proved he had the strength and quickness to play against top tier competition. He’s short, fierce and bulldog tough.

32. New England Patriots: Max Scharping, OT, Northern Illinois (NLF)

Scharping has the tools to make an very good pro tackle. He has the size to move inside and play guard which in the end might be his best fit out of the box. With proper coaching, he could end up playing left tackle and being there for several years.

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MORE: Round 1 | Round 2 | Round 3


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.

Citrus Bowl – Jan 1

Kentucky Wildcats (9-3) vs Penn State Nittany Lions (9-3)

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KENTUCKY | SOUTHEASTERN CONFERENCE

Coach: Mark Stoops

Kentucky Players to watch:

Senior Jack/LB Josh Allen (6-5/252)

Senior Josh Allen was a consensus All-American.
Photo: WKYT

Allen has been a pass rush terror this season. With 28.5 career sacks and 14 sacks in 2018, he now holds UK’s career and single-season records. He leads the team with 84 tackles and paces the SEC in sacks, tackles for loss (18.5) and forced fumbles (5).

*Junior RB Benny Snell (5-11/223)

Snell recently announced his decision to turn pro, but he said he will still play in Citrus Bowl. Snell is just 107 yards away from becoming UK’s all-time leading rusher. He will most likely come out of the game once he breaks that record.

Senior OG Jervontius “Bunchy” Stallings (6-3/305)

Stallings was responsible for only one-half quarterback sack all year.  He totaled 170 blocks at the point of attack and had 55 knockdown blocks. His blocking efficiency has helped Snell reach his third consecutive 1,000-yard season.

Senior FS Mike Edwards (6-0/201)

Edwards capped his career in style with a 66-yard interception return for a touchdown on Senior Day vs. Middle Tennessee. Having started 43 consecutive games, Edwards ranked second on the team in tackles with 77, added nine tackles for loss, two interceptions, a forced fumble, a fumble recovery and six pass breakups. He joined the 300-career tackle club as well this season. 

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PENN STATE | BIG TEN CONFERENCE

Coach: James Franklin

Penn State Players to watch:

Senior CB Amani Oruwariye (6-1/205)

Oruwariye accepted an invitation to play in the Reese’s Senior Bowl.
Photo: Curtis Chan/Flicker

Oruwariye ranks No. 17 in FBS and No. 4 in the Big Ten in passes defended with 1.3 per game. He was named first-team all-conference selection by the coaches and media. He was also named the team’s Co-Most Valuable Defensive Player, with Shareef Miller, at the team’s awards banquet.

Senior QB Trace McSorley (6-0/203)

McSorley holds Penn State’s career records for: wins (31), passing yards (9,653), passing touchdowns (75), pass completions (703), total offense (11,275), rushing touchdowns by a quarterback (29), touchdowns responsible for (104), 300-yard passing games (10) and 200-yard passing games (27).

*Junior RB Miles Sanders (5-11/211)

Sanders Ranks no. 2 in the Big Ten with 1,223 rushing yards. He’s averaging 101.9 rushing yards per game and has scored 9 touchdowns. He also owns the Penn State season record with 33 kickoff returns in 2016. Sanders was name second-team all-conference running back.

*Junior NG Robert Windsor (6-4/295)

Windsor has always been a player that was going to give 110% all the time, but this year he’s stepped up his game and turned himself into a complete defensive tackle. He’s registered 39 tackles (22 solo) with 10 tackles for loss and 6.5 sacks. This season, Windsor earned All-Big Ten honorable mention choice by coaches and media.

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VRBO Citrus Bowl
Kentucky 27, Penn State 24
Camping World Stadium
Orlando, Florida