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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.
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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.

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

Quarterbacks: Final Position Rankings

2019 NFL Draft:  Top Rated QBs

Haskins is expected to be the first quarterback off the board.
Photo: Eleven Warriors

1. Dwayne Haskins, Ohio State, 6-3/231

He set a Big-10 record by passing for more yards than Drew Brees. He also threw for 50 touchdowns. He looks very comfortable in the pocket and seems to have a natural feel for the game. Quick release and really drives the ball down field. Reads the field well and is accurate. Mechanics are clean, but sometimes drops his arm creating errant throws. Haskins is still learning the game. With good coaching he has a high ceiling.

2. Drew Lock, Missouri, 6-4/228

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.

3. Kyler Murray, Oklahoma, 5-10/205

Murray is the wild-card in the draft. In 2018, he won the Heisman and Davey O’Brien Awards – widely considered the best player in college football. Opted for the NFL over the MLB. When you watch his throwing mechanics, you can see that baseball background in his throwing motion – look like a third baseman throwing it to first. Has a very quick release and nice touch on the ball – especially, the deep ball. Murray expects to be a day one starter, after all, he didn’t skip a professional baseball career to ride the pine.

4. Daniel Jones, Duke, 6-5/221

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.

5. Ryan Finley, North Carolina State, 6-4/213

Finley is a cerebral quarterback, who throws the ball with a soft touch. He makes smart decisions and plays mistake free football. Doesn’t take unnecessary sacks or throw into tight windows when he can check the ball down.

6. Tyree Jackson, Buffalo, 6-7/240

This guy has the physical traits some team will fall in love with. At 6′ 7″, he ran a 4.59 forty. He gets tons of rotations on the ball as it zips out of his hand. Not a runner, but if pushed out of the pocket, he has a quick reset allowing him to get the ball off quickly. He keeps his eyes downfield and is really accurate in the intermediate range. Has a lot of potential, but will need good coaching to fix some mechanical issues which cause him to over/under throw too many passes.

7. Will Grier, West Virginia, 6-2/217

Played in a wide open gun-slinger style of offense that showcased the best of his skills. Even though the Pro game is changing, you still need to play from under center. He bring enthusiasm to the field and is a natural leader. If a team seeks intangibles, this guy has them.

8. Jarrett Stidham, Auburn, 6-2/218

Stidham can make all of the throw, but doesn’t make them consistently. He threw a lot of dink-and-dunk passes at Auburn. Didn’t play under center. So there’s going to be a curve for him too.

9. Clayton Thorson, Northwestern, 6-4/222

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.

10. Brett Rypien, Boise State, 6-2/210

Rypien is getting plenty of looks leading up to the draft. A four-year starter known for his football IQ and preparation. Doesn’t have a rocket arm, but is accurate and doesn’t make costly mistakes.

OTHER PLAYERS TO KEEP AN EYE ON:

  1. Devlin Hodges, Samford, 6-1/205
  2. Nick Fitzgerald, Mississippi State, 6-5/226
  3. Jordan Ta’amu, Mississippi, 6-3/221
  4. Gardner Minshew, Washington State, 6-1/225
  5. Easton Stick, North Dakota State, 6-1/224
  6. Trace McSorley, Penn State, 6-0/202
  7. Kyle Shurmer, Vanderbilt, 6-4/230
  8. Jake Browning, Washington, 6-2/211
  9. Justice Hansen, Arkansas State, 6-4/2018
  10. Wilton Speight, UCLA, 6-6/240
  11. Tony Cornelius, Oklahoma State, 6-6/232
  12. Taryn Christion So. Dakota State 6-2/220
  13. Bart Williams, Grand Valley State, 6-6/225
  14. John Lovett, Princeton, 6-3/230
  15. Jake Dolegala, Central Connecticut State, 6-6/235

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Team Needs:

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

Who will shine? Quarterbacks at the Combine

Who was invited and who will have to wait until Pro Day?

An Easton Stick cut-up vs rival So. Dakota State.
Video Credit: Caddy to the Lama

17 Invited:

  • Jake Browning, Washington
  • Ryan Finley, NC State
  • Nick Fitzgerald, Mississippi State
  • Will Grier, West Virginia
  • Dwayne Haskins, Ohio State
  • Tyree Jackson, Buffalo
  • Daniel Jones, Duke
  • Drew Lock, Missouri
  • Trace McSorley, Penn State
  • Gardner Minshew II, Washington State
  • Kyler Murray, Oklahoma
  • Brett Rypien, Boise State
  • Kyle Shurmer, Vanderbilt
  • Easton Stick, No. Dakota State
  • Jarrett Stidham, Auburn
  • Jordan Ta’amu, Mississippi
  • Clayton Thorson, Northwestern

Questions to be answered?

Browning threw 43 touchdowns in 2016, but only 35 over the next two seasons.
Photo: AP/Rick Bowmer

Did Jake Browning peak his sophomore year? And does he still have what it takes to move up to the next level?

How much does Ryan Finely weigh? Is he big enough to take repeated shots and hold up?

Does the athletic Nick Fitzgerald have enough accuracy to transition to the pro game?

Scouts keep looking at Trace McSorley, there are questions about his height and accuracy, but he’s scrappy. Will he interview well enough to convince a team he’s got what it takes?

How tall is Kyler Murray? How much does he weigh? And does he really have 4.3 speed?

Can Kyle Shurmer perform well enough in the position drills to move up the draft boards?

Is Easton Stick a novelty or the next generation of quarterback?

Does Jarrett Stidham have enough arm strength?

Has Jordan Ta’amu been mistakenly ignored?

Can the workman-like Clayton Thorson wow scouts?

Pro Day watch list:

Cornelius and Blough both displayed good arm-strength and poor decision-making (aka: turning the ball over) at the East-West Shrine Game. Can they convince teams they can overcome adversity?

McMaryion also played at the East-West Shrine Game. He met with the LA Rams and NO Saints. Coming in somewhere around 6-1, 196, he has a small frame which could be a concern at the next level.

Same could be said of Amir Hall, an outstanding DII player from Bowie State. He’s listed at 6-4, 195, and also looks thin-framed.

Justice Hansen has a quick release, but has played in an spread offense that throws a lot of screens and bubble routes. He wasn’t invited to participate any post-season games, so his Pro Day will be big.

It’s been said a number of times, that while No. Dakota State’s Easton Stick has had more team success, So. Dakota State’s Taryn Christion has certainly put up better individual stats. A good Pro Day for Christion and he could find himself getting drafted.

Devlin Hodges broke Steve “Air” McNair’s all-time passing record; he beat out Easton Stick to win the Walter Payton Award and was named the FCS Player of the Year Award; and still, he wasn’t invited to the Combine?

Check out Devlin Hodge’s interview with Emory Hunt:

Devlin Hodges talks with Emory Hunt at the 2018 Tropical Bowl.
Video Credit: footballgameplan.com

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2018 Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award

COLLEGE FOOTBALL’S BEST SENIOR OR FOUR-YEAR QUARTERBACK

The 2018 Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award® is given annually to the nation’s top senior or four-year quarterback who best exemplifies character, scholastic and athletic achievement.

The Johnny Unitus Golden Arm Trophy.

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THIS YEARS WINNER…

GARDNER MINSHEW II, QUARTERBACK, WASHINGTON STATE

Image: Washington State Althetics

Minshew completed 433 of 613 passes for a total of 4,477 yards (71% completion rate), throwing for 36 touchdowns with just nine interceptions and a QB rating of 148.4.

He became one of the most popular players across the country, not only because of the “Minshew Mustache”, rather, because of his penchant for late game heroics. He has led WSU on game-winning, fourth quarter drives against Utah, Stanford and California. In the fourth quarter this season, Minshew completed 92 of 127 passes (72% completion rate) for 1,169 yards, 13 touchdowns and no interceptions.

The 2018 Unitas Award finalists included:

  • West Virginia – Will Grier, senior
  • Missouri – Drew Lock, senior
  • UCF – McKenzie Milton, redshirt junior
  • Washington State – Gardner Minshew II, senior
  • Michigan – Shea Patterson, redshirt junior

2018 Walter Camp Award

COLLEGE FOOTBALL’S PLAYER OF THE YEAR

The award is named for Walter Camp, “The Father of American Football,” who played at Yale from 1877-82 and is credited with creating many strategy features which led to the development of the organized game.

The Walter Camp Trophy

Who Votes?

The winner is decided by a group of NCAA Division I FBS head coaches and sports information directors under the auspices of the Walter Camp Football Foundation.

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THIS YEARS WINNER IS…

TUA TAGOVAILOA, QUARTERBACK, ALABAMA CRIMSON TIDE

Tagovailoa played in 15 games this year completing 69 percent of his passes for 3,966 yards and is averaging 265.4 yards per game. Of his 199 completions, 43 were touchdowns. Only six of his 355 passing attempts were interceptions. He finished this season with an amazing passing efficiency rating of 199.4. He has also rushed for six touchdowns and 355 yards.

Along with being named the Walter Camp Player of the Year, Tagovailoa was more recently name to the 2018 consensus All-American team (Jan. 8th, 2019) edging out Oklahoma’s Kyler Murray.  

There are five outlets is used to determine consensus All-Americans: the American Football Coaches Association, Associated Press, Football Writers Association of America, The Sporting News and the Walter Camp Foundation. 

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The 2018 Walter Camp Award finalists included:

  • West Virginia – QB Will Grier, senior
  • Oklahoma – QB Kyler Murray, junior
  • Washington State – QB Gardner Minshew II, senior
  • Alabama – QB Tua Tagovailoa, sophomore
  • Kentucky – LB Josh Allen, senior

2019 Reese’s Senior Bowl

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

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

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SOUTH TEAM

Coached by: San Francisco 49ers

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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NORTH TEAM

Coached by: Oakland Raiders

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

2018 Maxwell Award

COLLEGE PLAYER OF THE YEAR

Each year the Maxwell Football Club presents the Maxwell Award for the College Player of the Year. This award is presented in honor of Robert W. (Tiny) Maxwell, legendary college player, official and sports columnist.

WHO VOTES?

Voters for the Maxwell College Awards are NCAA Head College Football Coaches, members of the Maxwell Football Club & sportswriters and sportscasters from across the country

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THIS YEARS WINNER…

TUA TAGOVAILOA, QB, ALABAMA CRIMSON TIDE

Tagovailoa is the 82nd winner of the Maxwell Award. 

Tagovailoa has led the no. 1 ranked Crimson Tide to a 14-0 (8-0 SEC) record; and SEC crown; and to the CFP Championship game vs Clemson. He has authored one of the most prolific seasons by a quarterback in recent memory, throwing for 3,353 yards, 37 TDs, 4 INTs, 67.7 cmp%, 11.41 ypa, 190 rushing yards, 5 TDs, 202.3 passer rating .

His numbers are amazing, especially when one considers he hardly played in the fourth quarter at all during the regular season. The Tide were just that dominant – blowing out their opponent by 30+ points by the time the fourth quarter began. Imagine, if Tagovailoa had played in the fourth quarter, what would his numbers look like then?

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The 2018 Maxwell Award finalists included:

  • Alabama – QB Tua Tagovailoa, sophomore
  • Oklahoma – QB Kyler Murray, junior
  • West Virginia – QB Will Grier, senior