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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.

Safeties: Final Position Rankings

2019 NFL DRAFT: TOP RANKED SAFETIES

This safety class is really deep. There’s the top 12, and those guys should go in the first three rounds. Savage, Thornhill, and Hooker, anyone of them has a chance to sneak into the bottom of the first round. However, it’s more likely that the run on these top 12 safeties will begin in second round.

There’s a second tier of about 12 guys and they should go in the middle rounds. The two small school guys, Malik Davis and Billy Inge, have speed and kick return experience.

Finally, there’s the last group of 14, and they’ll go in the late rounds or be signed as UDFAs.

Darnell Savage has rare game speed and should go in the first round.
Photo: Art Pittman/USA TODAY Sports

1. Darnell Savage, Maryland, 5-11/198

Savage 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.

2. Juan Thornhill, Virginia, 6-0/205

Physically, Thornhill tested off the charts for a cornerback. 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.

3. Amani Hooker, Iowa, 5-11/210

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.

4. Chauncey Gardner-Johnson, Florida, 5-11/210

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.

5. Taylor Rapp, Washington, 6-0/208

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. One of Rapp’s goals is to become the games highest drafted Chinese-American player. If teams overlook his poor Pro Day performance, he could go higher.

6. Deionte Thompson, Alabama, 6-1/195

Thompson has a ton of potential. He didn’t run at the Combine or his Pro Day (has a screw in his wrist), but is reported to run in the 4.3’s. Physically, he looks the part. Quick, fluid, light feet and good hips.

7. Sheldrick Redwine, Miami, 6-0/196

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.

8. Will Harris, Boston College, 6-1/207

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.

9. Johnathan Abram, Mississippi State, 5-11/205

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.

10. Marvel Tell III, USC, 6-2/198

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.

11. Nasir Adderely, Delaware, 6-0/206

Was talked about in the most positive of terms over and over again at the Senior Bowl. Had a good week to back up those opinions. Has excellent range and short-area quickness. Matches up well in coverage. Could be moved to nickel.

12. Marquise Blair, Utah, 6-1/195

Blair is another safety that loves to hit. Unfortunately, he’s not as big as Harris or Abram, and so won’t be drafted as high. Runs all over the field and is a tone setter for his team.

OTHER PLAYERS TO KEEP AN EYE ON:

  1. Saquan Hampton, Rutgers, 6-1/206
  2. Mike Edwards, Kentucky, 5-10/205
  3. Darius West, Kentucky, 5-11/208
  4. Zedric Woods, Mississippi, 5-11/205
  5. Nick Scott, Penn State, 5-11/201
  6. Tyree Kinnel, Michigan, 5-11/209
  7. Malik Davis, Austin Peay, 5-11/191
  8. Billy Inge III, East Stroudsburg, 5-9/188
  9. Evan Worthington, Colorado, 6-2/212
  10. Andrew Wingard, Wyoming, 6-0/209
  11. Ugo Amadi, Oregon, 5-9/199
  12. Khari Willis, Michigan State, 5-11/213
  13. Jamal Peters, Mississippi State, 6-2/218
  14. Kyle Gibson, UCF, 5-11/185
  15. Parker Baldwin, San Diego State, 6-2/215
  16. Kiy Hester, Rutgers, 6-0/208
  17. Bisi Johnson, Colorado, 6-0/204
  18. Ridwan Issahaku, Texas Christian, 6-1/193
  19. Malik Gant, Marshall, 6-0/209
  20. Luke Denis, Boston College, 5-11/190
  21. Jaquan Johnson, Miami, 5-10/191
  22. John Battle, LSU, 6-3/203
  23. Adarius Pickett, UCLA, 5-11/203
  24. Anthony Gore, Jr., Kennesaw State, 6-0/201
  25. D’Cota Dixon, Wisconsin, 5-10/200
  26. Mike Bell, Fresno State, 6-3/205

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

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.

Which players are leaving school early?

The deadline for players to declare is Jan 14th

Quarterbacks

Jones is a two-year captain and two-time team Most Valuable Player at Duke.
Photo: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Dwayne Haskings, Ohio State; Tyree Jackson, Buffalo; Daniel Jones, Duke; Jarrett Stidham, Auburn

Just announced: Kyler Murray declares for the NFL draft.

Running Backs

Rodney Anderson, Oklahoma; Alex Barnes, Kansas State; Damarea Crockett, Missouri; Darrell Henderson, Memphis; Justice Hill, Oklahoma State; Elijah Holyfield, Georgia; Travis Homer, Miami; Josh Jacobs, Alabama; Alexander Mattison, Boise State; David Montgomery, Iowa State; Tony Pollard, Memphis; Miles Sanders, Penn State; Jordan Scarlett, Florida; L.J. Scott, Michigan State; Devin Singletary, FAU; Benny Snell, Kentucky; Darwin Thompson, Utah State; Mike Weber, Ohio State; Kerrith Whyte, FAU; James Williams, Washington State; Trayveon Williams, Texas A&M

Wide Receivers

J.J. Arcega-Whiteside, Stanford; Miles Boykin, Notre Dame; A.J. Brown, Mississippi; Marquise Brown, Oklahoma; Hakeem Butler, Iowa State; Greg Dortch, Wake Forest; Jovon Durante, Florida Atlantic; Jazz Ferguson, Northwestern State; Jalen Guyton, No. Texas; Mecole Hardman, Georgia; Kelvin Harmon, NC State; N’Keal Harry, Arizona State; Lil’Jordan Humphrey, Texas; Diontae Johnson, Toledo; D.K. Metcalf, Mississippi; Jacobi Meyers, NC State; Dillon Mitchell, Oregon; Anthony Rafliff-Williams, No Carolina; Riley Ridley, Georgia; Darius Slayton, Auburn; Dredrick Snelson, UCF; John Ursua, Hawai’i; Antoine Wesley, Texas A&M; Preston Williams, Colorado State

Tight Ends

Mississippi’s Dawson Knox may have been underutilized during his time as a Rebel.
Photo: Justin Ford/USA TODAY Sports

Keenan Brown, Texas State; Noah Fant, Iowa; Zach Gentry, Michigan; T.J. Hockenson, Iowa State; Dawson Knox, Mississippi; Alize Mack, Notre Dame; Isaac Nauta, Georgia; Dax Raymond, Utah State; Irv Smith, Jr, Alabama; Kaden Smith, Stanford; Jace Sternberger, Texas A&M; Kahale Warring, San Diego State; Caleb Wilson, UCLA

Offensive Line

Ryan Bates, Penn State; Venzell Boulware, Miami; David Edwards, Wisconsin; Bobby Evans, Oklahoma; Cody Ford, Oklahoma; Nate Herbig, Stanford; Andre James, UCLA; Michael Jordan, Ohio State; Greg Little, Mississippi; Connor McGovern, Penn State; Erik McCoy, Texas A&M; Tyler Roemer, San Diego State; William Sweet, No Carolina; Jawaan Taylor, Florida; Jonah Williams, Alabama

Defensive Line

LSU’s Ed Alexander’s knee issues may effect his final draft status.
Photo: Gerald Herbert/AP

Ed Alexander, LSU; Nick Bosa, Ohio State; Jordan Brailford, Oklahoma; Brian Burns, Florida State; Maxx Crosby, E. Michigan; Clelin Ferrell, Clemson; Rashan Gary, Michigan; Kevin Givens, Penn State; Trystan Hill, UCF; Joe Jackson, Miami; P.J. Johnson, Arizona; Dre’Mont Jones, Ohio State; Dexter Lawrence, Clemson; Shareef Miller, Penn State; Anthony Nelson, Iowa; Ed Oliver, Houston; Jachai Polite, Florida; Jeffery Simmons, Mississippi State; Sutton Smith, No Illinois; Quinnen Williams, Alabama

Linebackers

Jeffery Allison, Fresno State; Devin Bush, Michigan; Blake Cashman, Minnesota; Tyrel Dodson, Texas A&M; Joe Giles-Harris, Duke; Vosean Joseph, Florida; Tre Lamar, Clemson; David Long, West Virginia; Quart’e Sapp, Tennessee; Josiah Tauefa, UTSA; Devin White, LSU; Mack Wilson, Alabama

Defensive Backs

Notre Dame’s Julian Love ended the regular season with 61 tackles and 15 pass break-ups.
Photo: Chicago Tribune/Robert Franklin

Blessuan Austin, Rutgers; Mike Bell, Fresno State; Sean Bunting, C. Michigan; Hamp Cheevers, Boston College; Xavier Crawford, C. Michigan; Jamel Dean, Auburn; Clifton Duck, Appalachian State; Malik Gant, Marshall; Chauncey-Gardner-Johnson, Florida; Amani Hooker, Iowa; Justin Layne, Michigan State; David Long, Michigan; Julian Love, Notre Dame; Trayvon Mullen, Clemson; Bryon Murphy, Washington ; Ryan Pulley, Arkansas; Taylor Rapp, Washington; Savion Smith, Alabama; Deionte Thompson, Alabama; Greedy Williams, LSU; JoeJuan Williams, Vanderbilt

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