2018 Player Ratings. Part I.

Updated 04/17

Very early short list of 2018 player prospects. This is a very strange Draft. It was suppose to be the year of the QB, but this Draft is quickly becoming the year of the RB. I have five RBs that I would complain if they ended up in the 1st Round. PLus, the Pats are loaded with top picks, and could end up with three picks in the top 64. The top edgerushers from last season have both dropped fo to bad seasons, and Chubb has emerged as the best player in this Draft.

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Name-HT, WT, 40, Vert, (U)- Unofficial, S- 10 Yard Split,

POS

School

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*Saquon Barkley- 5-11, 223, #26, (U) 4.33, 38" Vert, 10'10" Broad, 

RB 

Penn State

10/2027: He is the second best prospect I have seen this season. "Everyone wants to talk about him jumping over people, but the guy that he is off the field, he's a really good dude," Penn ST TE Mike Gesicki said. "He takes time of out of his day when people want to talk to him. He's not brushing them off. He's handled all the success that he's had very well." His combination of Combine numbers, skills, and talent is incredible. 

His speed and explosion out of the backfield is as good as I've seen. "When I tried to tackle Saquon (in practice), he broke out of the tackle and scored a touchdown," Penn St FS Marcus Allen said. "I tried to go low on him. When we were hustling back to the huddle, he was like, 'Hey, you knew I could have hurdled you, right?'" Before this season he was tested at Penn ST (and the stats are always exaggerated at the College).

These were the alleged result: 400 Bench, 600-Squat, 4.33 40, 4.00-agility drill, 38" Vert, Broad=10'10". "It just gets you better," Allen said. "Going against the level of competition in practice everyday is really good. Now it helps for other backs that may be as good as Saquon. If you can go against or cover Saquon in practice everyday. It's not rocket science you're going to get better." He ran an off tackle play, where he ran around the DE, and then accelerated impossibly for 10 more yards. 

I would take him with the first pick no problem. "He's a great back. He can do a lot of things, especially in the pass game, which is different for the Big Ten, to be honest," Wisconsin LB T.J. Edwards said. "You have to get a lot of bodies to the ball, because he's going to make people miss and break some tackles. I think he's got a lot of weapons in front of him, which makes it easier for him." He runs over guys, and makes guys miss with speed to the outside.

08/2017: Elite speed for a 220-230 pound Back. "Our coaching staff and our strength staff did a really good job pushing me," Barkley said. "I gained weight this year. I'm at 230 now. I feel faster. I ran a faster 40 than I did last year in the past. That's something I wanted to really add to my game because I feel like, when you do the weight room, it really translates to the football field." Elite shake and COD.
He also lined up in the slot and outside at WR. "I feel that Coach Franklin will agree that I'm capable of being lined up in the slot," Barkley said. "Being able to run routes. I do feel like I'm capable to do a lot with the ball in my hand in space, and I just want to continue to grow in that area." He can do anything he wants on the field. 
Plus, everyone just keeps complimenting his character as well. "I think when your best players are your best teammates and your hardest working guys, it sets the tone for the whole organization," Penn St HC Franklin said. "In a lot of ways, Saquon has been that way since the day he stepped on campus." Too perfect a prospect to be believed.
Career: Is the only player in Penn State history and just the fourth in Big Ten student-athlete to gain 3,000 rushing and 1,000 receiving yards in a career...The lone Nittany Lion with rush and reception of 80-plus yards in a career...Became the seventh player in Penn State history to reach 3,000 yards rushing in a career...Ranks No. 3 on Penn State's career rushing list with 3,329 yards, trailing Curt Warner (3,398; 1979-82) for No. 2...Is just the eighth player in Penn State history with multiple 1,000-yard rushing seasons...Sits No. 4 on the career rushing touchdowns chart (33), one behind Ki-Jana Carter (34; 1992-94) for the No. 3 spot...Ranks tied for No. 8 with 13 career 100-yard games (five in 2015, five in 2016, three in 2017), including three 200-yard efforts (two in 2016, one in 2017)...Owns the career record for receiving yards by a running back with 1,011 yards, passing Tony Hunt's mark of 799 yards (2003-06) vs. Georgia State (9/16/17), doing so with 26 fewer receptions.

10.0 RB

2

*Brady Chubb- 6-4, 275, #9

DE 

NC State

09/27: He is one of the top three football players I've seen this season. He has been unblockable rushing the quarterback. Edgerusher is a much more important position than RB, or otherwise he might be third on my list. 

08/17: He made the decision to come back and get his degree. "I’m very happy about this decision because I know coming back to NC State is the best thing for me," Chubb said. "I prayed about it and know that I’m supposed to stay. I have personal goals; being first-team All-ACC and All-American, that I haven’t accomplished yet. But more importantly I want to help our team accomplish our goals. We have some unfinished business and I can’t wait to get back on the field with my Wolfpack brothers and get to work." That is a tough thing for a kid to do, and you have to respect that.

He is such a great athlete that he will line up standing up, and drop into coverage, and cover the TE slanting over the middle. "Nothing could have made our new year happier than the call from Chubb to tell me he wanted to return to NC State," NC State HC Dave Doeren said. "On the field, he is a special player, a game changer and a difference maker. Off the field he’s a great leader and a great teammate." He lines up on both sides of the line standing up, but usually with a hand down. 

Terrific inside power to run over the OG on a stunt inside. "People who say 'take the money and run' aren’t really in your corner," Chubb said. "My mom and my dad, my brother and my auntie let me make the decision. At the end of the day, you have to make your own decision. You’re the one that has to live with it." He has some heavy hands that can jolt the TE back a yard with just an initial shove as he moves inside.
Great job using his leg explosion and hands right off the snap. "I try not to think about injuries at all," Chubb said. "It comes with the game. If it happens or doesn’t happen, I have trust in my faith." He will line up inside at 3 and 4-Tech. 
He will lined up inside at DT and rush on the ORG sometimes. "Here’s what you’d make if you were drafted this year, in his case he was [rated] as the fifth defensive end," Doeren said. "Here’s what that fifth guy made last year, and here is what the four guys in front of him made. But if you go from the fifth to the first [in 2018], you’ll make another $20 million. That’s a pretty easy business decision if you believe in the team you’re on, and he does. The best part of his decision for me was the defensive line wants to play together for their senior year. Bradley wants to finish what he started." He is mostly an edge rusher.
He can be unstoppable rushing the edge. "My confidence in the guys on this team brought me back" Chubb said. "We push each other to another level. I feel another year with these guys will push me to another level." Great technique, great hands, great bend, and great explosion.
AS A SENIOR (2017): Named one of the top returnees for 2017 by Pro Football Focus. Ranks 12th in school history with 34 career tackles for loss. His 16 career sacks rank 10th on the all-time list.
AS A JUNIOR (2016): Ended the season ranked fourth in the FBS in tackles for loss (22) and second in the ACC. He was the national leader at the end of the regular season. 22 tackles for loss was the second-best mark in school history. Only No. 1 NFL draft pick Mario Williams had more in a season for the Pack. Ranked fourth in the league and 19th nationally in sacks (10.5). That mark tied for third on the Wolfpack single-season list. Named the team’s Defensive MVP for 2016. A third-team All-ACC performer. Had a season high four TFLs in the win at Syracuse. Named the ACC Defensive Lineman of the Week for the Notre Dame win and was a second-team All-ACC performer. Elected a team captain for the season. Chosen to wear Mario Williams’ honored No. 9 jersey. Added 25 lbs in the past year. Named to the preseason watch list for the Bednarik Award.
AS A SOPHOMORE (2015): Started every game at defensive end, he was the second-leading tackler on the squad with 69 stops, ranked second in tackles for loss (12) and in sacks (5.5). Co-recipient of the team’s Carey Brewbaker Award for defensive lineman of the year. Named the ACC Defensive Lineman of the Week for the Boston College game after he led the team in tackles with nine in the win. He also tallied five tackles for loss - tied as the 10th best mark in school history. Team leader for 2015 with three forced fumbles. Moved to defensive end during 2015 spring drills and quickly moved up the depth chart

9.9 

Edgerusher

3

*Josh Rosen- 6-4, 220, #3

QB

UCLA

04/2018: I moved Rosen to the top spot, because playing QB in the NFL is all mental. All these guys have the physical gifts to play QB in the NFL. But do they have it mentally? Rosen has the intellectual curiosity to want to know what everyone is doing on every play. That translates to the NFL. He wanted to know the history of plays, and why they were called. That is the kind of brain Brady has. 

He has the mentality to work to know everything about the offense, what everyone is doing, and why. That is what will make him great. Rosen has the best mentality to play QB in the NFL. Plus, he has great arm talent, and can make every throw with the best accuracy of the top three.  

11/2017: I have questioned his toughness, but he has been at his best in the 4th quarter this season. "I'm up 15 pounds from last season, and have been working out really hard. I've matured so much physically, and I'm a lot stronger," Rosen said. "The thing is, I'm only 20 years old. A lot of people think I'm a lot older. I'm going into my third year, and a lot of guys going into their third year of playing are 21 or 22 years old. I'm still young, my body is still changing. Mentally, I feel much older. You figure sh** out, and don't get your ass kicked as much." As the game goes on, he is putting it on his receivers hands better and better. 

Which was not his MO in his first two seasons. He has to play with a great OC. Pressure up the middle still kills him more than anything else. Throws the ball away better this year with pressure up the middle. He can look to the left side, and then turn back to the right and hit the TE in the Endzone for the big TD, like he did against Stanford.

He has been accused (unfairly) of not loving football, because he has political ideals. "I love the game. I've missed it. I can't wait to play this season," Rosen said. "(UCLA OC) Jedd (Fisch) is fantastic. A really smart guy who sees the game. This is a big year for us. I don't think I'm making any news saying that. It's important for all of us to play to our potential." I am reluctantly changing my mind on Rosen. He has been tough, able to throw the tough pass after he got hit, and clutch this season. Which he just wasn't until this season. 

10/2016: When he sees it he can get the ball to the receiver fast. When he has to move out of the pocket he looses a lot of accuracy. He tries to run with the ball too much in the Redzone. He can turn his head to three receivers, and then go back to the second and throw. He likes to throw over the middle as much as he can.

He has been playing much better in the first month of the season. "Last year was good in one aspect, it reset everything. Missing a bowl game and getting a month off was just a breath of fresh air," Rosen said. "I've been going hard for two years, and it took a toll on my body. That time off gave me the ability to look at things from a biomechanics perspective. Everything is intertwined, and it starts with your posture. Without good posture, your feet flare, your hips crunch, your lower back arches, your shoulders come forward and your head is moving. And those little problems translate to the field and your mechanics." He has to continue that all season, and in the Bowl game.

2016: Starter in first six games of the season … Injured in game six at Arizona State, where he threw for career-best 400 yards … Missed the balance of the season … Has risen to sixth on the all-time school lists for passing yardage (5,583), total offense (5,527) and completions (429) … The 400 yards passing at ASU tied for the sixth-best total ever by a UCLA player … It was 10th 300-yard passing game of his career, which is tied for second on all-time school list (one behind Cade McNown, 1995-98) … Threw for 350 yards and three scores in win over Arizona … Passed for 307 yards in win at BYU … Named to Davey O'Brien, Walter Camp, Rotary Lombardi and Maxwell Award watch lists … Honorable mention Pac-12 Conference Football All-Academic team selection.

9.8 QB

4

*Josh Allen- 6-5, 233, #17

QB 

Wyoming 

04/2018: Allen has the most up side physically. He has the cannon that makes every other QB jealous. He also has a chip on his shoulder, and will fight to prove he belongs, like Brady. That mentality has taken him a long way. His ability to step up mentally in the Senior Bowl was the most impressive act of the off season. 

He stepped up more than one level at the SB, and mentally he almost matched his physical gifts. The SB is not just an exhibition game, it is these guys first fight in NFL football, with NFL coaches and offenses. Allen and Lauletta were the two most impressive QBs playing in an NFL offense. Both stepped up and proved they belong with the big school QBs. 

07/2017: I Don't now a lot about this kid, other than he is wildly inconsistent. But NFL guys love him. He can take a big hit, and get up and complete a pass on the next down. He plays on a terribly talented team. He is not a top ten prospect talent wise. But he is a QB in a League desperate for QBs. If he can improve like Carson Wentz did his last season at North Dakota ST, he will go top five. 

He has a great arm. "I watched the draft, and I know that Josh did, too, because he was looking at the guys coming out," Craig Bohl, who coached Wentz at North Dakota, said. "And Josh is an intense competitor and he's got a great deal of confidence and his perspective is that he's going to be better than all of them [drafted in 2017], and there is a case in point to be made in his argument, and with his physical skill set, I would say that." He has the size and athleticism to be a great one.

It is all about upstairs for this kid. "Josh is really a good young man, with a great values system, and he's confident," Bohl said. "But you're talking about a 20-year-old farm kid from Firebaugh, California. It's not like this is L.A. It's out there in the middle of [nowhere]." Does he have it mentally? 

The good news is that he plays under center, and is playing in an offense has the same basic principles that Wentz played in. "I told our SID to get ready, because things are changing," Bohl said. "It's not quite just going to be the Casper Star-Tribune that's talking about us now." He does go under center, but is playing mostly shotgun this season. 

He will turn his back to the defense on play action. "But his production, he does have to improve on a few of those things," Bohl said. "And he loves the University of Wyoming and his parents love the University of Wyoming, and that's why he came back. And it'll be a fun, fun ride this next year with him." He has to turn back to the defense and read the safety.  

They will run the ball in power formations. "We were excited about it when we signed him," Bohl said. "But I could see some other people say, ‘OK, he’s from a small town. He’s played one year at a junior college that was kind of off the beaten path. There’s 20 other guys (like him) out there.’ Yeah, I don’t think so. I think we got a special player."
He can roll out of the pocket and make accurate, if not great, throws on the move.

He has a great quick release. "He was doing things with a 6-foot-3, 180-pound body that if he ever gets to 220, he’s going to be the most dangerous QB on the planet," his high school HC Bill Magnusson said. "And I’m sure they thought I was trying to sell them a car, but I’m not that guy. I’m a Christian guy. I wasn’t trying to sell them anything. I was telling them what I actually believed he could do." He has a rocket arm. It is all about the mind, consistency, and accuracy for this kid.

Plus, he plays with a chip on his shoulder. "It was very frustrating having coaches overlook you," Allen said. "And it still fuels me every day that multiple coaches have done that. I come out every game with the same mentality: 'I don’t like your team. You didn’t recruit me.'" Now, it is all on him. 

He needs a lot of work on his feet. "If you’re a year-round football guy, you’re only competing for three months, and in college, let’s face it, you’d better be ready to compete from August to January," Magnusson said. "So as much as blocking or catching or any of those individual skills are habits, so is competition, and if you’re used to competing and giving your best all throughout the year and you get to college and that’s what they expect, you’re ready to go." He gets lazy with his feet sometimes.

When he doesn't move his feet after the snap, his passes are terrible. "We had a great pitching coach at the time, who was my head coach in high school, and he did a great job with him and just making him understand that," said Alex Gutierrez, Firebaugh's baseball coach and quarterbacks coach. "You’re not a first baseman anymore. You’re on the mound, and you’re the man. He learned it, he picked it up really fast, and he was our guy in the playoffs." When he doesn't move his feet, and they stay perpendicular to the line, he loses all accuracy and velocity.

Overview: This Season: Josh Allen is one of college football’s top returning quarterbacks. He was named to the Maxwell Award Watch List in the summer of 2017. The Maxwell Award has been presented to the College Player of the Year since 1937. Numerous NFL scouts have rated Allen as a potential first round draft pick in the 2018 NFL Draft. He considered entering last year’s NFL Draft, but decided to return to Wyoming for his junior season. Since the conclusion of the 2016 season, Allen was invited to and attended the Manning Passing Academy in June 2017. He also attended a special program approved by the NCAA for underclassmen at this past year’s NFL Draft Combine in Indianapolis, Ind.
2016: Allen helped lead Wyoming to the 2016 Mountain Division title and a spot in the Mountain West Conference.

As a sophomore: Allen ranked No. 1 in the Mountain West and No. 6 nationally in passing yards per completion (15.33 yards). He also led the MW and was No. 16 in the country in points responsible for (218). Allen threw28 touchdown passes in 2016, placing him No. 1 in the conference and No. 20 in the NCAA. He was second in the MW and 32nd in the nation in passing yards (3,203). Allen was also No. 2 in conference and No. 40 in the nation in total offense (266.1 yards per game). His 3,203 passing yards in 2016 are the fifth best single-season total in Wyoming school history, and his 3,726 yards of total offense in a single season rank No. 3 in school history. His 36 touchdowns responsible for -- passing (28), rushing (7) and receiving (1) -- rank No. 2 in Wyoming history. Allen’s 28 passing TDs rank as the third best single season at Wyoming. He had five games of 300+ yards of total offense: 315 vs. Northern Illinois; 327 vs. Boise State; 327 vs. Utah State; 366 at UNLV; and 338 vs. San Diego State in the regular-season meeting between the two schools. His high passing game was a 334-yard effort at UNLV, his high rushing game was 74 yards vs. Air Force and his high total offense game was 366 at UNLV (334 passing and 32 rushing).

9.8 QB

Accuracy

5

*Sam Darnold- 6-4, 225, RS-Soph

QB

USC

04/2018: Darnold is a great talent. He wins sloppily. He might be the funest to watch. But, 22 Turnovers last season. He started for only two seasons at USC, and had 35 Turnovers in two years. You cannot win in the NFL if you average more than a Turnover a game. His hands aren't going to get any bigger, and the hits in the NFL are not going to get any smaller. 

They crushed Allen for his accuracy. They crushed Rosen for his intellectual curiosity. But everyone seems to give Darnold a pass on 35 Turnovers in only two seasons, which is the scariest stat of the three. He has some rare and special gifts. His ability to improvise in the pocket is the best of the three. But if he can't cut his Turnovers in half, to start? He will not win in the NFL. Plus, the failure rate of USC QBs is scary. Which is unfair to him, but I don't want to be doomed to repeat that trend. 

08/2017: I would be shocked if Darnell is not the first pick in the Draft by the Jets in the 2018 Draft. He came off the bench in the first three games last season, and got his first start against Utah. He got better and better as the season went on. He had maybe the best game of any college QB last season, when also considering pomp and circumstance, in the Rose ball, "Rose Bowl Offensive Player of the Game against Penn State as he set Rose Bowl records with 5 passing TDs and 473 total yards of offense; he was 33-of-53 passing for 453 yards overall in the game (all were career highs and second most ever in a Rose Bowl), including 10-of-10 for 135 yards in the fourth quarter as he engineered 2 long touchdowns drives in the final 9 minutes to tie the score." He was spectacular in that game.

He kept bringing them back over and over as neither defense could stop either offense. "But he found a way,” Helton said about the Rose Bowl. “Man, does that define the guy. He gets us out of trouble so many times that you don’t even see. You take it for granted, absolutely." I saw it, and so did every NFL evaluator. 

He has a lot to like, and a lot to improve on. "The biggest thing for me is the decision making," Helton said. "Not to say he’s a gunslinger, but there’s probably three or four times last year that I know he wanted the ball back." 

He was so good at the end of last season that it is easy to forget that he only started . "He’s not a finished product," USC HC Clay Helton said. "But he is special. He is special. And whatever it is, he has it. There’s no question. 

He has great accuracy, and a knack for putting the ball on the opposite shoulder as the CB. "He’s so creative, I get so nervous sometimes even worrying about mechanics," Helton said. "His core is so strong and he can make every throw on the field. His anticipation, his timing and then the use of his core. He’s not a guy that has to wind up, the ball comes out so quick. He doesn’t even have to take a step. He’s unbelievable at it." 
USC Overview: 2017: The poised-beyond-his-years Darnold, known for his quick release, accuracy and mobility, enters his second season as USC’s starting quarterback as a leading Heisman Trophy contender as just a sophomore in 2017 after earning national accolades in his 2016 rookie showing.2016: Darnold proved to be among the top quarterbacks in the nation as just a redshirt freshman in 2016. His insertion into the starting lineup in the fourth game of 2016 gave the USC offense a spark as the Trojans won the final 9 games of the season. Overall in 2016 while appearing in all 13 games and starting the last 10, he completed 246-of-366 passes (67.2%) for 3,086 yards with 31 TDs and 9 interceptions, plus 62 carries for 250 yards (4.0 avg) with 2 TDs and 3 tackles.
2016 Overview: He is the only USC quarterback in history to have back-to-back 5 passing TD games (Arizona and California in 2016). He threw multiple TD passes in 9 straight games, the most by a Trojan since Matt Leinart’s 15 in 2003-04. He was ninth nationally in passing efficiency (161.1, second in Pac-12), 10th in completion percentage (.672, second in Pac-12) and 13th in passing TDs (31, fourth in Pac-12). He was second in the nation in ESPN’s Total Quarterback Rating (86.8), behind only Oklahoma’s Baker Mayfield. In his 10 starts, he threw 29 touchdowns and just 8 interceptions. Among freshmen quarterbacks, he was first nationally in passing efficiency (161.1), completion percentage (.672), TD passes (31) and yards per attempt (8.4). His 31 TDs in 2016 is a USC freshman season record. His 250 rushing yards in 2016 are the most in a season by a USC quarterback since Reggie Perry’s 254 in 1991. He already is 15th on USC’s career passing list with 246 completions (he also is tied for 10th on Troy’s season passing chart with those 246 completions). His 3,336 yards of total offense in 2016 is eighth on USC’s season list and 20th on USC’s career list.

9.8 

TO

6

*Minkah Fitzpatrick- 6-1, 202, #29, (O) 4.46, 14 Reps, 33: Vert, 10'1" Broad

CB/FS 

Alabama 

10/2017: He is the most versatile player in this Draft. "The fact that he can play all six positions in the secondary allows you a little flexibility to kind of see who the other guys are," Alabaman DC Jeremy Pruitt said.
He will even line up in the box like an LB and make plays. "It's really unique to have a guy that's as smart as he is, [and] has a good understanding of the game that really can play all those positions," Saban said. "I think the goal is to get the best four guys, the best five guys on the field in the best positions that will give us the best opportunity to have a chance to be successful in the back end. Minkah can play either place [CB or Safety] extremely well. So based on how the other players develop will probably determine to a large degree how they end up playing." What has impressed me the most this season is his play at CB.
I think he is their best Corner, as well as their free Safety. "Coach thinks I am versatile and I think I am pretty versatile, too," Fitzpatrick said. "I can play multiple positions and he trusts me to do that. I am just out there wherever Coach needs me to play at. [Friday] I played all corner yesterday. Then, the day before that, I was playing safety and corner." Plus, he can cover TEs out of the slot like Chung.
He makes plays in Cover One. "He pretty much can do everything in my eyes," Averett said. "Put him at corner, safety, Star, wherever you want to put Minkah he can play. Wherever Saban wants to play him or wherever he wants to experiment with him, he's willing to do that." He is a great blitzer off the edge.
He is the true leader of that defense. "Minkah is a really hard worker," Saban said. "He's a bright guy. He's a smart guy. He's a very instinctive player. When I talk about discipline and eye control, looking at the right things, understanding what the other team is trying to do so you put yourself in the best position to take advantage of it, he probably does that as well as anybody that we have on defense. I think that he ends up making plays because of it." You can see him giving checks and setting up the defense all game long.

2017 (Junior): Regarded as one of the top defensive backs in the nation ... ranks third on the team in tackles with 32 while adding 4.5 tackles for loss (-21 yards) and contributing one sack (-12 yards) ... recorded four pass breakups, a pair of quarterback hurries, one interception, a forced fumble and a blocked field goal to his stats ... tabbed as a First Team Midseason All-American by the Associated Press and Sports Illustrated as well as a Midseason All-American by USA Today, ESPN.com, CBSsports.com and TheAthletic.com ... selected as a First Team Preseason All-American by six different outlets ... named to Watch Lists for the Bednarik, Paul Hornung, Maxwell and Thorpe Awards along with the Lott IMPACT and Nagurski Trophies ... also chosen to the Walter Camp Player of the Year Preseason Watch List ... his off-the-field efforts were also recognized as he was selected as an AFCA Good Works Team nominee and added to the Wuerffel Trophy Watch List ... earned Bednarik, Lott IMPACT and Nagurski Defensive Player of the Week honors for his play at Texas A&M ... also selected as the SEC Defensive Player of the Week for his performance in College Station ... earned special teams player of the week honors from the Alabama coaching staff for his play against Florida State and at Texas A&M and defensive player of the week from the coaches after the Ole Miss and Texas A&M games. Florida State: Wrapped up the night with five tackles, including half a tackle for loss (-1 yard) ... added a field goal block on the final play of the first half to help Alabama maintain its lead at the break ... his efforts earned him special teams player of the week honors from the UA staff. Fresno State: Totaled two tackles in the Tide secondary. Colorado State: Tied for second on the team with six stops against the Rams ... added his first pass breakup of the season by night’s end. Vanderbilt: Made an impact all over the field ... notched two tackles while registering a career-high two quarterback hurries ... also matched his career mark for pass breakups with two ... captained a Tide defense that limited the Commodores to only 78 total yards of offense and just three first downs. Ole Miss: Finished with a career-high eight tackles on the night ... added two tackles for loss (-17 yards), including one sack (-12 yards) ... led a Tide secondary that held the Rebels to only 165 yards passing, well below their season average of 427 yards entering the contest ... earned defensive player of the week honors from the Alabama coaches for his efforts. Texas A&M: Selected as the SEC Defensive Player of the Week and earned Bednarik, Lott IMPACT and Nagurski Defensive Player of the Week honors for his play against the Aggies ... also recognized by the UA coaches as a player of the week on both defense and special teams ... collected five tackles with two for a loss (-3 yards) ... forced one fumble, broke up a pass and picked off his first pass of the season ... the interception came at the Alabama 1-yard line to keep the Aggies off the board late in the game ... helped limit A&M to 308 yards of total offense and just 19 points, well below its season average entering the contest. Arkansas: Totaled four tackles against the Razorbacks ... his play was key in limiting the Hogs to only nine points and just 227 yards of total offense.

9.8

Safety

7

Marcus Davenport-  6-5.7, 264, 34" A, (O) 4.58! 22 R, 33.5: V, 10'4 Br! 7.2 3-C, 4.41

OLB/DE

San Antonio

02/2018: He looked like the player he was hyped to be coming into the Senior Bowl (top ten pick), in the Senior Bowl game. He got the first Sack of the game in his normal way. He powered the ORT back until he was even with the QB, and then shoved him off the ORT, and broke underneath him to sack the QB. 

He improved at the Senior Bowl more than anyone I've ever seen. "He taught me a lot about the game," Davenport said about his UTSA HC Pruitt. "I feel like when we prepared, we really prepared. And he taught us how to be able to think, and if we had a question and didn’t necessarily know what the defense was doing to counteract the offense, he would teach us." He is a smart kid who really took to the coaching at the SB.

He is an elite physical prospect, who played standing up in college. "Way more advanced. But I’m learning," Davenport said about the players at the Senior Bowl. " The speed was pretty much the same. People are more technically sound, and I had to do it all from a three-point stance. A little bit different for me. There were a couple plays where I played in a (3-point stance). I just need to work on that three. I need to stay lower, lock out my arms. That’s about it." He showed he could take to coaching at the SB. 

He is also being compared to Ziggy Ansah. "I love the comparison, and I have to say I’m blessed to even be here. It wasn’t that long ago that this (Senior Bowl) wasn’t even a thought on my radar," Davenport said at the SB. "There’s like a big three I try to imitate all at one point: Calais Campbell’s power, J.J. Watt’s motor, and Von Miller’s speed." I think he is closest to Miller, but I like the Ansah Comparison.

He beat up on Crosby and Hernandez a little in the 1st quarter, and many would say they are the two best OLs at the Senior Bowl. He got a Sack on Crosby. Then he popped Hernandez up, sliced to his outside shoulder, and leaped up and knocked a pass down. If he adds production and smarts to his elite athleticism than he is comparable to Von Miller. He is terrific stunting inside. 

01/2018: Needs more rush moves. "We loved him from the beginning and tried to recruit him immediately," the HC of New Mexico State Bob Davie said. "Even at a point where he wasn't being highly recruited, I saw a lot in him. I saw the discipline in him, the discipline of his family and the upside and the potential. So no, it doesn't surprise me at all. I've watched him the whole way develop." Elite physical specimen, who does know who to rush yet. 

He really pumped up from 2016 to 2017. "I can drop back, rush the passer, get into the running game, basically do what I need to do," Davenport said. "I like to be a jack of all trades, and I’m just trying to be good at all of them, I guess." He looked like he steroided up about 15-20 pounds in the off season. 

He is built like Jared Allen now, that kind of puffed up Michelin man build. "It creates more speed for us all around," his teammate Michael Egwuagu said. "You expect our secondary and linebackers to be fast, but when you have a defensive end that can run with some of the secondary and linebackers, it just creates the all-around speed and tenaciousness we want. The crazy thing about Marcus is that he can do anything." Much much stronger, but not as twitchy and quick as he was in 2016.

Senior (2017): Tabbed 2017 Conference USA Defensive Player of the Year and first-team all-conference … accepted an invitation to play in the Reese’s Senior Bowl on Jan. 27 in Mobile, Ala. … member of the Chuck Bednarik Award and Wuerffel Trophy watch lists … Senior CLASS Award candidate … posted 55 tackles and set school records with 17.5 tackles for loss, 8.5 sacks and eight quarterback hurries … also tallied four pass breakups, three forced fumbles and a fumble return for a touchdown … finished his UTSA career as the program's all-time leader in tackles for loss (38.0), sacks (22.0) and QB hurries (21) … posted a tackle for loss in eight different contests … registered 44 tackles, 14 TFLs, 6.5 sacks and all three of his forced fumbles in league play … named C-USA Defensive Player of the Week on Oct. 23 after recording a career-high-tying 11 stops, 3.5 TFLs and a pair of sacks and returning a fumble 34 yards for a TD in the 20-7 win against Rice … posted eight tackles, four tackles for loss, 2.5 sacks for a loss of 24 yards and a forced fumble against North Texas … turned in six stops, 2.5 TFLs and a sack in the 44-14 victory at Texas State … ranked 10th among all Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) players in tackles for loss per game (1.5) and 14th in sacks per contest (0.77) … started all 11 games for a defense that led C-USA in seven different statistical categories and ranked in the top 10 in the FBS in five.

9.8

Edgerusher

8

**Derwin James- 6-3, 215, #3, (O) 4.47,  21 Reps! 40" Vert! 11" Vert!

FS/LB

Florida ST

03/2018:  He tested as maybe the best athlete in this Draft at the Combine. "He is going to be the dude in any locker room he ends up in," a scout said. "That's his makeup. Physically, he's probably more talented than Jamal Adams but Adams was more consistent as a player. Derwin is still learning so he has a sky-high projection if his play can catch up to the talent." In a class of 69 DBs, he was top five in three on the four drills he tested in. 

The one that wasn't he was top five was his 4.47 Forty, which is an elite number for a 215-pound SS/LB. He can look like he can do anything he wants on the field, and he showed that at the Combine as well. AS a Safety some were worried about his  

08/2016:  He plays Cover One Safety sometime, which is just incredible for a guy his size. Some think he can play on offense as well. "Yeah, he could do that," Jimbo Fisher said. "He could go out there and run, catch a pass, run a reverse. He could do anything." Including his HC.

He missed most of last season with a knee injury. "It means so much, considering last year," James said. "I didn't get to be out there. It's going to be great." They will open the season against Alabama.

He can come up from Cover One, and get in on a tackle at the LOS, which is incredible. "That means it's possible for you to do that. What he's got to do is take possible and make it probable," Fisher said. "You have to do that by performing and practicing every week, being detail oriented and not worrying about that and just playing the game." He can come out of coverage and devastate the QB when he takes off. He hurts guys when he hits them.

He plays Cover Two, and will come up fast enough to stop the 1st down when a WR catches the ball in front of him. "I haven’t done anything yet," James said. "I’ve only played in 11 games. I still feel like I have some improvement. It’s great to have that. But I feel like I haven’t reached my full potential yet. So I just have to play." Great tackler when he plays Slot CB, and the WR catches the ball in front of him. " He has played very well so far this season.

He will get over aggressive sometimes. "You’ve seen him," WR Auden Tate said. "He’s a freak of nature. He can do anything" Covers in the slot like a CB. Elite at finding the ball carrier in the open field. He can use his hands to punch off the double team blockers. 

He is vastly inexperienced, do to his injury last year, but does look like a guy who can anything he wants on the field. "I love the ball," James said. " It’s all about the ball. If coach wants to put it in my hands, I’m gonna take care of it." Even play on offense. 
2016: Arguably the nation’s top defensive player, suffered a lateral meniscus tear in his left knee against Charleston Southern in Week 2…missed the rest of the season following the injury and received a redshirt…collected ACC Defensive Back of the Week honors after totaling a team-best eight tackles and his first career interception against No. 11 Ole Miss in the season-opening comeback win…interception came on Rebels’ quarterback Chad Kelly – one of the nation’s top signal-callers…named a preseason All-American by nearly every publication…remained a team leader and traveled on nearly every road trip despite the injury.

9.9 

Safety/LB

9

Quenton Nelson- 6-5, 329, #56

OLG 

Fighting Irish

10/2017: Plays very well with his arms extended and some lean in pass pro. Does a good job using his hands and positon to keep bigger DTs from getting up field. Great two handed burst right off the snap to stone the DT right away. He is an odd prospect. He does not short set in pass pro. He moves forward with his arms to absorb the initial burst. He gets knocked back a little a lot, but reanchors beautifully. Great job powering into the DE, popping him up and sealing him helplessly on the edge. It doesn't take long to see why he is so highly thought of.

09/2017: He burst forward in pass pro against Georgia (not on a play action), and powered the DT to his knees late in the 3rd. I have never seen anything like it. On the next play they didn't line up anyone in front of him. He consistently does not let the rush get more than three yards up field. Great balance when arms extended and leaning a little for power.

NELSON'S HONORS & AWARDS: Notre Dame captain (2017). AP Second Team All-American (2016). Sports Illustrated Second Team All-American (2016). Notre Dame Offensive Lineman of the Year (2016).
JUNIOR SEASON (2016): Started all 12 games at left tackle. Helped running back Josh Adams run for over 100 yards four times (Nevada, Syracuse, Virginia Tech and USC), including a career-best 180 yards at rival USC (Nov. 26). Part of the offensive line that paved the way for 417.6 total yards per game
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9.9 

OG

10

*Harold Landry-6-3, 250, 6.88 3-C! (O)4.64, 33"Arm, 24 Reps, 36"Vert, 9'11"Broad

Edgerusher

BC 

09/2017: He is the best returning player from last season. A one man passrusher who has been being held back by his coaches for some unknown reason. He struggled early, and was taken out of the starting lineup, but he kept hitting the QB. 

08/2017: He decided to come back to school for his Senior season, after he lead the NCAA in sacks. "I wanted to make sure that when I go to the NFL that I was actually ready to play," Landry said. "I don't want to be just a 3rd [down rusher]. I want to prove that I'm an every-down player, and I want to make sure when I go to the NFL I can actually contribute to the team and that I'm ready to produce at that level. I don't want to be just another developing player. I want to be ready to go when I get there, and coming back with Coach Pasqualoni and Coach Reid definitely gives me the best chance to be that player." He is a true student athlete.
He will graduate from BC next year. "It was important for me to finish what I started at Boston College," Landry said. "To prove that I have the talent and drive to be a 1st-round draft pick and to earn my degree from one of the nation's premier academic institutions" He also has the bend of Von Miller.

He not was tops in Sacks, he also lead the NCAA in FF with 7. "Our team has a special chemistry and I am so excited to know I will have one more season to play with my teammates," Landry said. "I really believe in what Coach Addazio is building here and look forward to help this team compete for a championship." He was also named an All-American by guys who actually watched the games.
He was one-man passrush for most games in 2016. "We are so excited to have Harold back for his senior season and know that he will be able to leave BC with an outstanding degree," BC HC Steve Addazio. "Harold is a tremendous leader with his senior class that came to BC to help us compete for a championship. We look forward to see him continue to grow and develop as he works himself into a potential first-round draft pick in 2018. The sky is the limit with his potential." He has elite hands and maybe the best first step in this Draft.

He will end up as the best passrusher from a school who had some good ones. "I mean, best-case scenario, [I] leave here with the all-time sack record," Landry said. "But also with that scenario, our team exceeding the success we had last season with going to a Bowl Game. I think this year with our schedule, we have a lot of marquee match-ups that will help us showcase the work we've put in this whole off-season. And I think our schedule just sets up perfectly for us to be able to showcase the talent we have here at BC." If he slips out of the top five, he will be the steal of the Draft.

11/2016: Landry now has forced five fumbles to go along with his 9 Sacks. "He was a really good player," BC HC Steve Addazio said. "Al Washington on our staff recruited Harold, established a physical relationship with Harold. People came back in on Harold, but I thought we had such a strong relationship, Al did, that we were able to maintain that and be able to sign Harold here. He's a fantastic player. He was a really outstanding player in high school, and he's very explosive. He's developing at a high level. I think Coach Pasqualoni has really helped to take his game to the next level right now, and I think just doing a great, great job. Yeah, every once in a while you're able to go in and get involved with a really good athlete and hang on, and that's the beautiful thing about football. You know, there's great players everywhere." He is leading the nation.

He showed it all to start the 3rd quarter against NC ST. He started off lining up outside the OLT. He shot forward low and level, and nobody blocked him. The OLT blocked down on the DT. The coach who chose to not block Harold Landry on any play, in any game this year, should be fired. Because he is basically doing it all alone in the rush. BC doesn't have a whiff of another threat in the rush. He angled forward into the backfield. He saw the handoff to the RB, and altered his course straight down the line behind the OLT. He dipped all the way around the OLT, who was being pushed back by the DT, and dived into the RB a yard deep in the backfield. He fell forward for a yard.

"I think Wagner was the first time he really started looking like his old self," Addazio said. "Harold missed most of training camp and he was delayed getting back. It took time for him to start getting his legs back and his competitive technique back. Now he’s starting to get himself into the playing shape that we’d hoped he’d be at."

On the next play, he lined up at 9-Tech outside the ORT. The last play he was a little more smooth and in control as he read the RB. This time he blasted off on 3rd and 4, in two strides he was at the ORT's outside shoulder. He got low and dipped under him. He took a big hit as he tried to rip past, and was tackled to the ground. But as he was being tackled he reached up with one hand and grabbed the back of the QB's shirt, at the bottom. He pulled him backwards as he threw, and pulled him to the ground. The QB completed the pass for 25-yards and the 1st, but the ref called holding on the ORT for Landry.

"I’m naturally a pretty good athlete," Landry said. "But to be a really effective pass rusher you have to work at your craft every day. I think most of those (pass rushing) skills have to be developed. That’s why I’m out here every day trying to get better."

On 3rd and 14, he lined up at 9-Tech again outside the ORT. He blasted off, and the ORT stepped outside this time instead of kicksliding back, and shoved him back. Landry grabbed his arms and shoved them down. He was way outside now, and the ORG turned back in a panic to double him. He shed the ORT with his hands and dipped under him, and he was even with the QB. He turned with elite agility, leverage, and COD, and burst forward in a straight line past the ORG. He dived on the QB and knocked the ball out for a game changing strip sack. The QB ducked a little and jammed the ball into his gut. Landry grabbed him by the shoulder and spun him around and the ball dropped out on the turf, and the DT who rushed up the middle jumped on it.

"He’s just one of the great college football coaches in history. It was surreal and I was very appreciative of the time he spent with me," Landry tweeted about Mack Brown after Clemson loss. "It has been frustrating. Ultimately, at the end of the day the most important thing is that won-loss column."

That was three straight elite plays, of not just getting into the backfield, but making game changing plays in the backfield. If he is available when the Pats pick, they have to take him to replace Mr. Jones as their Number One Rusher that other teams have to adjust their blocking schemes for. He is not just unstoppable bursting up field. He finds the ball in the backfield and makes plays.

10/2016: He got into the backfield better than anyone else last year, he just wasn't hitting the QB. "I appreciated all the congratulations, but at the end we didn't win and that was the ultimate goal," Landry said. "It [his player of week award in 2015] surprised me. There's a lot of great talent on defense in the ACC. So I appreciate the award and I'm proud of it. I really have to thank our defensive line coach, coach Albert. He really pushes me hard every day in practice because he knows what I'm capable of and he won't let me become complacent." He was named ACC defensive player of the week against FLA ST in 2015 after garnering 4.5 TFLs and 1.5 Sacks.
He is showing that he does have that knack for hitting the quarterback this year, big time! "I think he's really helped us in our pass rush," BC HC Steve Addazio said. "Last year, we did not have a very good four-man pass rush. We had to create a pass rush with blitzes. We still blitz, but we can also create a four-man pass rush with Harold off the edge. He's more physically mature. He's mentally more mature and he's just starting to come into his own. We're starting to feel the benefit of that right now." He has turned his knack for tackling the RB in the backfield, into a knack for hitting the quarterback.
NOTES: Set the Boston College single-season record with 16.5 sacks in 2016 ... third in BC record books with 21.0 career sacks ... 39.0 career tackles-for-loss rank fourth in BC history while 22 in 2016 was second all-time in one season.
2015 (SOPHOMORE): Appeared in all 12 games, making 11 starts, including the final nine games of the 2015 season … recorded 60 tackles, including 37 solo stops, to go along with 15.5 tackles for a loss, 4.5 sacks, three forced fumbles, and a fumble recovery … earned All-ACC honorable mention honors from the league’s coaches … a member of the BC defense that was ranked No. 1 nationally in total defense (254.3 yards per game) … was tied for 27th nationally with three forced fumbles … in the ACC, was tied for fourth in forced fumbles and tied for eighth with 15.5 tackles for a loss … recorded his first career sack, part of 1.5 tackles for a loss (12 yards), and forced two fumbles against Maine (Sept. 5) … notched a career-high 11 tackles (seven solo) – including 4.5 tackles for a loss (27 yards) and 1.5 sacks against No. 9/6 Florida State (Sept. 18), earning ACC Defensive Lineman of the Week honors … added five tackles against Northern Illinois (Sept. 26) and six tackles at Duke (Oct. 3) … in addition to his five tackles at Louisville (Oct. 24), he also forced a fumble and recovered a fumble with a 34-yard return … two of his seven tackles against Virginia Tech (Oct. 31) were for a loss … added five tackles (4-1) vs. NC State (Nov. 7) and six tackles at Syracuse (Nov. 28)...Tallied six solo tackles, including four TFLs and two sacks against Florida State (Nov. 11) ... also added his sixth forced fumble of the season at FSU.

9.9X

11

*Roquan Smith- 6-1, 236, #4, (O ) 4.51! 32"Arms, 

LB

Georgia

12/2017: Great job guessing the count, and charging at the line a split second before the snap and sacking the QB. TMIWTMIL "And then just my teammates, them taking on blocks, and just then my coaches' preparation just setting me up to be in the right place at the right time and just seeing ball, hit ball, or give ball," Smith said. "It's pretty much give all the credit to them because those guys did a lot of what made me be able to do what I was actually doing throughout the game." I love the way he smashes into RBs on outside runs. 

He reads the RB through the play action. "It’s just a tremendous honor to even be a finalist for such an award like this," Smith said. "The Butkus Award is pretty nice. It’s set up in my room right now. Just being a finalist for these types of awards is surreal. I’m grateful and thankful for the opportunity to be in here." He finds the ball all over the field, even when it is a fumble and he literally finds the ball. 

He has such great eyes and awareness on the field, and is a great leader. "Unbelievable player; a guy who’s always around the ball," Baker Mayfield said. "His stats show that, but then you watch the film and you really see how much of an impact he makes on the field. Teams have tried to game plan to make sure he’s not a factor, but he always makes sure he is the factor." He never seems to miss a tackle.

And when he does, he recovers and then makes the tackle. "I think that Roquan is a phenomenal player," Kirby Smart said. "I think if you polled the SEC coaches, they would say he was probably that way. I haven’t had to game-plan against him or scheme against him, but he is certainly worthy when it comes to attitude, effort, leadership, all those qualities." Nice job taking on the OG, and then dipping under him to get to the RB. 

Not a lot of guys his size can do that. "He’s almost like a quarterback who just seems to be in command of an offense, he’s in command of a defense," Kirk Herbstreit said. "He’s kind of a mouthpiece. He’s the guy who connects the coaching staff to the players on the field." He will take a false step or two off of play action, but recovers back with some suddenness in his hips.

Career Highs: 13 tackles (3x) vs. Georgia Tech & TCU in 2016; vs. Auburn2 in 2017. 2 TFL vs. UNC, 2016; vs. Auburn in 2017. 1 forced fumble (3x) vs. last vs. Florida in 2017. 2 rec. fumbles vs. Auburn2 in 2017
2017: Has started in all 13 games to date and leads the team in total stops with 113, tackles for loss (10.5), QB sacks (5.5) and QB pressures (17)...named one of four permanent team captains, as well as Defensive MVP, at the team's post-season awards gala...named Butkus Award winner as the nation's top linebacker...also a finalist for the Bronko Nagurski Trophy and Chuck Bednarik Award, both of which go to the country's top overall defensive player...MVP of the SEC Championship Game after he had a career high-matching 13 tackles, one QB sack, another stop for lost yardage, and a pair of fumble recoveries...had team-high nine stops vs. Georgia Tech that included three tackles for lost yardage, one of which was a QB sack...named to the Associated Press and Sporting News' midseason All-America teams...led the team with 11 tackles (six solo) with one QB hurry against Tennessee...led team with nine tackles, including a 10-yard QB sack, vs. South Carolina...also had team-best seven stops at Vanderbilt...had eight tackles (3 solo) against Mississippi State with one QB hurry...tallied a team-high six tackles (four solo) with one pass breakup vs. Samford...had seven tackles (five solo), one TFL and two quarterback hurries against Notre Dame...led the team against Appalachian State with six tackles (three solo)...named to the Bednarik Award Watch List...named a member of the Preseason First-Team All-SEC and Coaches Preseason First-Team All-SEC...recipient of the Tommy Lyons Football Scholarship.

9.9

Size

12

*Tremaine Edmunds- 6-4 1/2", 253, 19 Reps, 34 1/2"Arms, (O)4.54! 19 Reps, 9'9"Br

LB

V-Tech

02/2018: This guy is a true freak. "I think athletically he's just different. He's an incredibly hard worker but I've never seen a guy that can't get tired," his HC Fuente said. "He doesn't. We know about the family, just great people in general, but there's just something different about him. His stamina, his strength, his work ethic, his intelligence." He is still only 19-years old, and has a ton of growing to do. 

"Good luck with your player comp on this one," a scout said. "They don't come like him. I don't think there has ever been a linebacker that has had his size and speed. You're better off comping him with a basketball player."

Terrific speed blitzing off the edge. "That's big in my head," Tremaine said about his endurance. "Each time I even feel like I'm tired, I just stand up and I try to clap, I try to yell, I try to just make a crazy impression, you could say, because I try to get loud when I'm tired. So, whenever I'm loud and clapping all crazy and yelling, that's when I'm kind of tired." Nice job coming out of the Zone, and hitting the QB when he takes off. 
He will rush out to the flat, but then just zones it and doesn't seem to notice the receivers around him. He is always looking at the QB in coverage. Gets fooled by the option a little too easily. 
He can charge the line and fill a hole, and when the RB bounce it outside, he can bounce it outside and take him down. Very quick inside in run game. I like how he moves laterally down the line with his hands pushing off blockers. He will cover the inside slot guy sometimes, and he doesn't look out of place in coverage on short patterns.
2016-17: First Team All-ACC (Phil Steele) ... Second Team All-ACC (Athlon Sports) ... Third Team All-American (Phil Steele) ... First Team, Sophomore All-American (Campus Insiders) ... ACC Defensive Player of the Week (ACC 10/24) ... Appeared in all 14 games, making 14 starts ... Totaled 106 tackles including 18.5 tackles for loss, 4.5 sacks, one fumble recovery and one INT ... Recorded three tackles and recovered a fumble against Liberty ... Had two tackles against Tennessee ... Made seven tackles against Boston College ... Had nine tackles against ECU ... Made seven stops at North Carolina ... Recorded a career-high 16 tackles at Syracuse .... Had 10 tackles against Miami ... Made three tackles at Pittsburgh ... Had 10 tackles at Duke ... Recorded 12 tackles versus Georgia Tech ... Had seven tackles and a pass breakup at Notre Dame ... Made five tackles versus Virginia ... Eight tackles against Clemson ... Recorded seven tackles and the first INT of his career against Arkansas in the Belk Bowl.

9.8

LB 

13

*Denzel Ward- 5-10, 191, #12

CB

Ohio ST

09/2017Closes quick when the WR breaks off the pattern and the QB hits him in stride. Nice job recovering when he bites on a double move. Plays with great position in finesse press. He uses his feet and eyes to lock onto the WR, and rarely uses his hands. Great twitch in his hips. Good tackler who is not afraid to lower his head into the ball carrier. Amazing snap in his hips when he turns and bails. Plays some zone, and understands position and when to flow inside or outside a little. Plays Off man very well, but can get confused in crossing patterns.  

08/2017Great moving backwards. Great feet. Plays with his eyes facing the QB and facing the WR better than anyone in this Draft. He is a little small. Great quick feet in pedal. Plays with his eyes locked onto the WR, and mirrors him with quick twitch intensity. He is so good at turning to the WR, after he makes his break, and than looking back at the QB. Closes to the sideline with an elite burst. I don't think any CB in this Draft  mirrors a WR better in straight Man than Ward. He can lower his shoulder on the TE and destroy him as the ball arrives to knock it out. 

Overview: Denzel Ward is by many attributes: game experience, intelligence, skill, athletic ability – the next Ohio State cornerback with high NFL Draft pick potential … "He’s a gifted player," cornerbacks coach Kerry Coombs said this spring … The true junior has played in 25 consecutive games for the Buckeyes going back to the second game of his true freshman season in 2015 and he’s also been timed as the fastest Buckeye … He enters the season a leader of the unit and with 30 career tackles and nine passes defended … He is majoring in sport industry.
2016 Season: (Sophomore): Ward was part of a cornerback rotation that featured two first-round draft picks at the end of the season … he played in all 13 games and tied for the team lead with Marshon Lattimore with nine pass break-ups … was also in on 23 tackles … he had prolific numbers of plays on defense in Ohio State’s biggest games: 56 vs. Oklahoma, 50 vs. Penn State, 38 vs. Michigan and 62 vs. Clemson.

Notable: Coming into the 2017 Season, Ward has not started a game yet for the Buckeyes, but he has enough starter-like stats that he could be considered the Buckeyes third starter at cornerback last season: he lined up on defense for 468 plays in 2016 as part of a three-man cornerback rotation that also featured two, 2017 first-round NFL Draft picks: Marshon Lattimore (No. 11 to New Orleans) and Gareon Conley (No. 24 to Oakland).

9.8 

14

*Vita Vea- 6-4, 332, #50, (O) 5.1, 32.5" Arms, 41 Reps, 

NT/DT

Washington

11/2016: He is not likely to come out, but I had to talk about the Washington D-line somehow. "He’s a guy that I think is a special talent," former HC Choate said about Vea. "And is going to be a really good player for the Dawgs," They might be the only team that can stop Alabama. 

He is such a huge powerhouse right in the middle of their D-line. "[I'm] 6-5 and about 300 pounds," Vea said. "Two or three years ago I reported at 360. Coach  Socha and his staff they’re really good over there in getting right, keeping us in shape and keeping us healthy and ready to go." He has dedicated himself to getting into proper football shape, and it is showing up all over the field. 

He and Qualls hold the line against the run, so they can use more assets in pass defense. "I feel pretty good.," Vea said "With Elijah [Qualls] and Greg [Gaines] just picking up the defense, and being able to help everyone. So if one of us has a question, we don’t have to go and ask coach. We can go ask one of the D-linemen, and be more efficient and save time in practice." He does not look like he needs to ask any questions anymore. 
He has adjusted to his new DC, Ikaika Malloe's, scheme. "At first, it was hard because we didn’t know what we were getting into," Vea said. "But then like after a while, we got comfortable with coach Malloe and this staff, and learning new techniques, and continuing to sharpen our old techniques." He was dominate against Cal.
2016: Made three tackles, including a nine-yard sack, in the win over Rutgers ... terrific game against Idaho, with three tackles, including one-and-a-half sacks ... named the team's defensive player of the week for the Idaho game ... six tackles, including one for a loss, in the win over Portland State ... had four tackles in the win at Arizona ... had three tackles, an 11-yard sack and a forced fumble in the win over No. 7 Stanford ... had a pair of solo tackles in Washington's 70-21 win at Oregon ... two tackles in a starting role vs. Oregon State ... three tackles and a pass break-up in the Husky win at Utah, earning the team's defensive player of the week award ... three tackles in Washington's win at Cal.
2015: Played in all 13 games as a redshirt freshman ... saw his first college action in the season opener at Boise State ... had two solo stops vs. the Broncos ... made one tackle (for a loss) in the win over Sacramento State ... also played against Utah State and Cal ... had one stop in Washington's win at USC ... one stop vs. Oregon and at Stanford ... two tackles in the Husky victory over Arizona ... three tackles, including one for a loss, vs. Utah ... three stops at Arizona State ... one tackle in the win at Oregon State ... had a tackle and forced a fumble in the Apple Cup win over Washington State ... had a seven-yard sack in the Heart of Dallas Bowl win over Southern Miss.

9.8 

NT

15

*Kolton Miller- 6-8, 300, #7

OLT

UCLA

02/2018: He has some technique work to do, but they will get him kicksliding at the Combine. "I think he’s got the right body," UCLA OC Jedd Fisch said. "And he’s got the right mindset to be a great NFL player." It is amazing how dominate he is in pass pro without a real slide. 

Teams stop rushing his lane in the 3rd sometimes. "He’s tall, but he can really bend," Mora said. "He's got tremendous ankle flexibility. I know it sounds silly. He can bend his knees. He can get low. He’s got tremendous lateral movement." He is said to have squatted 520-pounds. 
He is so adept at getting his hands on the rusher and just washing him calmly past the QB. "For a young guy, the things that really impress about him are his knowledge of the offense," Mora said. "His study habits, and his work habits. He’s really a guy that’s determined to be great." He makes it look easy. 

He can seal an OLB, and shove him five yard backwards toward the sideline. He can absorb the hit of the DE in the rush, and then just stop and freeze the DE. I think he is now my number one OLT. 
2017: Starter in all 13 games at left tackle ... Named second-team All-Pac-12 Conference by the league coaches ... The offensive line group improved its rushing output by almost a full yard per carry from 2016 ... Rushing yardage, rushing touchdowns and rushing first downs all went up for the Bruins ... UCLA ranked third in the conference in total offense in 2017.
2016: Starter at right tackle in the first five games of the season ... Missed the balance of the season due to injury suffered in week five Arizona game.

9.7

OLT

16

Isaiah Wynn- 6-2 1/2, 308, #55 

OLG

Georgia

02/2018He lined up at ORG to start the practices at Mobile. Knows how to use his arms. Nice recovery. He has the suddenness to cut off the strong inside move, after he get beat a little. He moved over to ORG as well. He dominated Hand in their first Rep. He grab shirt, turned as Hand tried to dip, and then shoved him to the ground with some interesting violence. He looked better at OLG than OLT, and I though he has a chance at OLT (before I saw he was 6-2). 
He was spectacular in practice in pass pro drills. "In my experiences in the NFL, we did this when I was with the Ravens and Browns, you take an outside blocker and move him inside, if they have the girth, quickness and power, they can survive in there," Phil Savage said. "Isaiah Wynn is going to be a longtime starter in there at guard." He is a 1st Round OLG, who can also be an emergency OLT like Mankins. Great power step. 

01/2018: If a team thinks he can play OLT he could be a Day Two Pick. "I knew he was going to be so good as an offensive lineman that I wouldn't let him play anywhere else," his high school HC Corey Moore said. "I wouldn't let him play D-line or anything because I knew he was going to be a Sunday kid. I told him that. And he will be." But even if they don't he showed he could an OG in the class of Price and Ragnow.
I would take him over the other four 2nd Round OGs, because I think he can play some emergency OLT in the NFL. "He's two different people. He's an animal on the field, but off the field he's got a big smile. He likes to dress immaculately," Moore said. "And he handled his recruiting in the most professional way I've ever seen a kid handle it. He had so many coaches who wanted to recruit him, but when he decided he wanted to go to Georgia he told everybody that's where he was going. There were no ifs, ands or buts about it. He loved Georgia from the get-go." But only as an emergency backup. He is only 6-2.
He put on 12-pounds of muscle, and moved over from OLG to OLT this past season. "He wasn't as a junior," Georgia OL coach Pittman said about Wynn being ready for the NFL. "Very rarely do you see a guy that's not a great player as a junior turn into a wonderful player as a senior. Usually it doesn't happen. He happened that way, and it's because he got stronger. He bought into techniques. He bought into the room. Once he got confident, it just poured into everybody else." He has very long arms. 
12/2017: I really like Wynn. He might have to be in a Zone blocking scheme.  "Isaiah has done great at left tackle, not only in games but in practice," Kirby Smart said. "He’s very confident. He’s very strong-handed. The book says he can’t play it, but people do it all the time. He’s a leader on our team, and he’s got a chip on his shoulder that he wants to prove it, prove everybody wrong." He could be an option for he Pats late in Day Two, or early in Day Three. I think he will show well at the Combine, and could end up in Day Two. "The book says he can’t play it, but people do it all the time. He’s a leader on our team and he’s got a chip on his shoulder that he wants to prove it, prove everybody wrong." Smart said. "I enjoy watching him compete out there because it’s not like he doesn’t have to block length on our team. When it comes to Lorenzo and Davin, he does have to block some length. I’ve been very pleased with what he’s done so far. He’s been the one kind of guy who’s been rock-solid. He comes to work every day." He will a super athletic OLG.
2017: Played in 15 games, making 15 starts at left tackle...named one of four permanent team captains...also co-winner of Frank Sinkwich Award (for toughness) and "Up Front" Award on offense, given at team's post-season awards gala...named to the All-Bowl Team by Rivals.com...named SEC Offensive Lineman of the Week after the Vanderbilt game, when Georgia rolled up 423 rushing yards...preseason Second-Team All-SEC by media...also Coaches' Preseason Second-Team All-SEC... named to Senior Bowl Watch List...offensive winner of the Physicality/Headhunter Award after spring drills...recipient of the Harriett Reppard Evans Football Scholarship Endowment.
2016: Played and started in 12 of 13 games at left guard...missed the Louisiana game due to injury, ending a string of 23 straight starts...earned the Hugh Hendrix Award for being a player who most strains his potential following spring practice...recipient of the Harriett Reppard Evans Football Scholarship Endowment.

9.9X 

OG

17

*Calvin Ridley-6', 189, 31.5"Arms,  (O)4.43, 6.88 3-Cone, 31" Vert, 9'2"Br, 15 Reps

WR

Alabama 

09/2017: He looked like he got his speed back, and turned it into production against FLA ST. "Calvin has really kind of showed some elite talent of guys over the years," Kiffin said. "We've been able to be around, a couple of Biletnikoff winners and a bunch of All-Americans. He's shown that talent." Very interesting blend of size and speed. 

He draws penalties with just his speed running by guys. "You'll have a hard time finding a better route runner than him in [NCAA];," a scout said. "He's as instinctive as they come. He gets compared to Amari but he doesn't have [his] size or strength. But as far as being wired to separate and create space, he's as good as you'll find. He's got that South Florida edge to him, too, that you can't teach." He ran right past McFadden against FLA ST. He forced him to grab him and almost tackled him, because he ran by him like he was toast. 

Nice hands. He can leap back to the side and extend his hands and grabbed the pass. "If the defense was pounding on us for too long, Kiffin would get pissed," Alabama WR Barrineau said. "Tony Brown or someone else on defense would talk some trash to him, like, 'Kiffin, you can't even get a first down on us.' Whenever Lane had had enough, he'd grab Calvin and send in a go route. And Calvin would burn them deep almost every time. That was his best way to make the defense stop talking so much." He can run short patterns as well. He will look a little nervous catching it in the box, but he will grab it and hold on.

He is pure speed and toughness, and he has been catching everything this season. "He's beyond dangerous," USC HC Helton said. "He reminds me so much of Marqise Lee when Marqise was here. Because of his ability, not just to make the deep ball plays, but also his ability to catch short and run long. He's so dangerous with yards after the catch. He's got that unique quality of being able to do both." He was said to run a 4.43 Forty this summer, in full pads. 

08/2016: Saban is looking for a return to form from 2015, when he had 89 receptions for 1,045, and 7 TDs. With a freshman QB, who was dynamite with his feet, in charge of the offense his statistics dropped. He only garnered 769-yards and 7 TDs on 72 receptions.

2017 (Junior): One of the nation’s most explosive wideouts ... second in UA history for receptions with 205 and ranks fourth in receiving yards with 2,398 while tying for fourth in career touchdowns catches (16) ... leads the Tide with 44 catches for 584 yards to average 13.3 yards per catch with two touchdown receptions ... the 44 receptions is tied for third in the SEC while his 584 yards is good for fifth in the conference ... collected a team-high nine explosive receptions of 20-plus yards and leads all wideouts with 30 catches that have gone for a first down or a touchdown ... has caught at least one pass in all 39 games of his Alabama career to rank third in the FBS ... selected as a Preseason First Team All-American by Phil Steele and Sports Illustrated while earning Second Team recognition from four outlets ... tabbed to the Biletnikoff and Maxwell Award Preseason Watch Lists while also earning recognition on the Walter Camp Player of the Year Watch List ... earned offensive player of the week honors from the UA coaching staff for his play against Florida State, Colorado State and Arkansas. Florida State: Paced the Tide wideouts, tallying seven receptions for 82 total yards and one score ... the TD strike came on a 53-yard bomb from Jalen Hurts for UA’s first touchdown of the night ... selected as an offensive player of the week by the Alabama coaching staff for his game against the ‘Noles. Fresno State: Led the Tide receivers with five catches for 45 yards ... hauled in a long of 16 yards with two of his receptions going for a first down ... also added one rush for a gain of 13 yards, his first running play of the 2017 season. Colorado State: Caught three passes for a team-high 92 yards and one score ... connected with Hurts for a 78-yard touchdown strike on the Crimson Tide’s second offensive drive of the day ... earned offensive player of the week honors from the Tide staff for his output against the Rams. Vanderbilt: The Tide’s leading receiver once again, finishing with five catches for 43 yards and a long of 12 ... all five of his receptions went for a first down on the afternoon ... also rushed one time for four yards on a reverse. Ole Miss: Led the Tide wideouts with four catches for 60 yards against the Rebels ... had a long reception of 22 yards ... all four of his catches went for a first down. Texas A&M: Recorded a team-leading five catches for 68 yards against the Aggies ... had a long reception of 30 yards ... four of his five receptions went for a first down to help move the Alabama offense down the field against a stout A&M defense. Arkansas: Paced the Crimson Tide receivers once again, totaling 51 yards on four catches ... had a long reception of 27 yards with three of his four catches securing a first down for UA ... selected as one of the offensive players of the week by the Tide coaching staff. Tennessee: Led the Tide wideouts once again, recording a season-high eight receptions for 82 yards ... had a long reception of 26 yards against the Vols. LSU: The Tide’s leading receiver once again, recording three receptions for 61 yards with a long of 24 yards ... all three of his catches went for a first down against the Tigers.

9.8 

Size

18

D.J. Chark- 6-2 5/8, 196, (O) 4.34 Forty! 16 Reps, 40" Vert! 10'9" Broad!

WR 

LSU 

02/2018: He caught the first pass of the SB. He was uncoverable on the last practice at the Senior Bowl. Then he came out and caught a 65-yard pass going down the sideline in the 1st quarter. He played with a terrible QB in a terrible offense at LSU. When you have QBs who can throw to him, he showed all week that he can run patterns to get open with some elite lateral bursts, and he will catch the ball going full speed. He also showed he could go over the middle, and caught another dragging across the box.

CAREER: Made splash at Senior Bowl in final game as a college player, catching five passes for 160 yards and a TD … Earned co-MVP honors at the Senior Bowl after helping the South to a 45-16 win in the premier All-Star game … Hauled in a 75-yard TD pass in the Senior Bowl and added a 63-yard grab in a performance that caught the attention of NFL coaches … Prior to Senior Bowl performance, emerged as LSU’s top receiver during in his final two years with the Tigers … Played in 36 games with 15 starts at wide receiver … In his one season as LSU’s punt returner in 2017, led the SEC in punt returns for TDs (2) and finished second in the league in average per return (10.6) … For career, caught 66 passes for 1,340 yards and six scores … Rushed 25 times for 264 yards and four TDs … Finished career with 1,817 all-purpose yards (1,351 receiving, 264 rushing, 190 punt returns, 12 kickoff returns) … Averaged 16.5 every time he touched the ball during his career (1,817 yards on 110 touches) … Only player in LSU history to scored TDs of 75 yards or long both rushing and receiving … Scored on an 79-yard TD run against Texas Tech in the 2015 Texas Bowl … Caught a 80-yard TD pass against Southern Miss in 2016 … Earned second team All-SEC honors in 2017 … Wore No. 7 in both 2016 and 2017 after wearing No. 82 during his first two seasons with the Tigers … Voted permanent team captain for the offense for the 2017 season as well as being named the Percy E. Roberts Offensive Player of the Year for the Tigers along with Derrius Guice.

9.8

Production

19

*Courtland Sutton- 6-3, 218,(O) 4.54, 6.57 3-C! 4.11 SS! 35.5"V, 10'4"Br, 11.06 60!

WR 

SMU

10/2016: He plays in that wacky spread offense that makes me suspicious. "It was time. In big games you ask your playmakers to step up and make plays. And he did that. There's no doubt about that," SMU HC Chad Morris said after the UNT game. "He showed why he's an All-American," Morris added. "He showed why he's one of the best receivers in college football." He had four TDs in that game.

The only thing I know is that he might be the most physically talented WR in this Draft. "A lot of guys who are 6-4, 220 play 6-foot, 180,"  Stepp said. "Courtland plays like he's 6-5, 230." It is all about the mental for him. 

He really looks the part. "Big time receivers, that's what they’re supposed to look like," SMU's "WR coach Justin Stepp said. "We can teach a receiver footwork and technique and how to improve their hands and ball skills. We can't teach them to be that big." He came to SMU as a Safety.
He has fantastic production this season. "I know you’re coming out. We get that," Morris said he told Sutton. "Fine tune your skill set. I explained that the difference between getting picked late in the 1st round and late in the 2nd round was about $8.8 million." He looks like he is NFL ready. 
He has great hands for going up and snagging the ball away over and behind him. "He’s similar to DeAndre Hopkins with his ability to contort his body in awkward positions and make the catch,"  Morris said. "He’s got great ball skills, but he’s bigger. He knows he’s the best wide receiver in the country. That's his mindset. And watch him without the ball, see how hard he blocks." Show a great ability to use his size, and go up and snag the ball through contact. 
Sneaky speed going down the field. "He's a relationship guy,” Stepp said. “If you're coaching him, he wants to be close to you.” “We've put in way too much work here to leave and let somebody else reap the benefits of the 33 months of hell we've gone through." 1,246-yards and 10 TDs on 76 catches last year. But how much of that was the system? That is the question all evaluators will be asking.
Junior (2017): HONORS: A preseason Heisman Trophy candidate... Named to the Biletnikoff Preseason Watch List... Named a preseason first-team All-American, All-AAC offensive and Top 30 AAC (No. 3) Player by College Football News... A second-team preseason All-American, All-AAC first team and Group of 5 wild card player by Athlon Sports... Selected No. 18 on SI College Football's Freaks List and No. 28 on its Top 100 Players of 2017 preseason list... Selected as the No. 11 player on Dave Campbell's Texas Football 50 Most Import College Football Players in Texas preseason list... No. 1 on College Football 24/7 Top Wide Receivers to Watch in 2017 list... Named College Sports Madness preseason third-team All-America and first-team All-AAC.
Sophomore (2016): Played and started in all 12 games at wide receiver…Became the first SMU receiver to garner first-team all-conference honors since current Dallas Cowboy Cole Beasley in 2011…Led the team in receptions (76), receiving yards (1,246) and receiving touchdowns (10)…Ranked in the top-20 in the nation in receiving yards per game (103.8 – 12th), receiving yards (1,246 – 19th) and receptions per game (6.3 – 20th)…Became just the ninth Mustang to register 1,000 yards in a season, finishing with 1,246, which ranks third at SMU…Ranked ninth in school history with 2,135 receiving yards and sixth at SMU with 19 receiving touchdowns…Currently holds both the freshman and sophomore single-season receiving yards record.

9.8 

Small School

20

Connor Williams-6-6, 320, (O)5.05! 34"Vert! 9'4"Br, 33"A, 26 R, 7.83 3-C, 4.63 SS

OLT/OLG

Texas

10/2017He elected not to have surgery on his knee, and now is expect to return in a week or two. 

09/2017When he looses leverage he can get beat to the QB. When he gets his hands on the DT he stones him quickly. He blocks down on the DT a little too much. He can punch the speed rusher off his feet in his kickslide. I love the way he catches the smaller rusher and clamps onto his shirt so he the rusher can't even retreat and runaway. He can take a series or two to warm up, but once he does he is elite sliding backwards. Love his focus on the rusher. Likes to stay squared to the rusher, and then jabs both hands inside into the rushers shirt, and he is done. Nice job sealing the D-end inside and outside on runs to his side. 

08/2017: He gets a little high and grabby sometimes. Nice explosion off the snap to knock the DE backwards right away. He is so smooth slowing the speed rusher moving backwards. This guy has a chance to be a great one in the NFL. He can get knocked back by a power DT inside, but recovers nicely and reanchors quickly off initial contact. Great at blocking down through the DT, and continuing into the LB. Very smooth kickslide outside against speed. Keeps his hands out in front of him, but they can get a little low sometimes. He can weave inside and outside a little in kick slide as the rusher jukes inside and out. 

Overview: A third-year offensive lineman who has played in and started 26 games in his career ... named to the 2017 watch lists for the Maxwell Award, Outland Trophy and The Earl Campbell Tyler Rose Award ... also a preseason All-American by the Associated Press, Sporting News, College Football News and Athlon Sports in 2017 ... also named to the preseason All-Big 12 Team by the media and Athlon Sports ... was a consensus first team All-American in 2016 ... just the fourth sophomore in UT history to receive first-team All-America honors (Hub Bechtol, 1944; Russell Erxleben, 1976 and Earl Thomas, 2009 were the others) from one of the NCAA’s five teams that are used to recognize consensus All-Americans ... earned first team All-Big 12 honors by the Associated Press and Big 12 coaches in 2016 ... named an Outland Trophy semifinalist in 2016 ... was an honorable mention All-Big 12 selection in 2015 … two-time member of the Big 12 Commissioner’s Honor Roll … named to the Academic All-Big 12 Rookie Team (2015-16) ... was an early enrollee in spring 2015 … an all-state performer in high school rated the No. 38 OT nationally and No. 61 overall (No. 8 OT) in Texas by Scout.
JUNIOR (2017): Started the season opener at left tackle against Maryland and helped guide the offense to 473 total yards, including 375 through the air ... protected true freshman QB Sam EhlingerHear how to pronounce Sam Ehlinger in his first career start as the offense did not allow a sack in a 56-0 win ... guided the Longhorns' to 623 total yards (15th school history) and 406 on the ground ... started at left tackle against No. 4/4 USC, but sustained a knee (MCI) injury in the second quarter and missed the remainder of the game.

9.7 

OLT

21

Mike McGlinchey- 6-8, 309, 34"Arm, 27 Reps, (U 4.33), S-1.85, 28.5"Vert, 8'10"Br

OLT

ND

08/2017: If you have an NFL QB, the next thing you need is a legit NFL OLT. He should be the first Senior taken in the Draft.  

09/2016: A current NFL player explains why his former collegiate teammate is destined for success as a pro. Here’s Ravens offensive lineman Ronnie Stanley hyping former Notre Dame line mate Mike McGlinchey. “I played alongside him for two years. I remember my first impression of Mike: This kid needs to calm down. He’s a guy that’s pretty loud and out-there with his personality. But he brings it all to the field and channels it in a good way. He’s a high-energy player who gets his teammates hyped up. He’s someone you want on your side of the ball. His best attributes are his size, he’s a big kid and that helps a lot, but he’s also athletic. I know he played basketball, which probably helps with his athleticism. He understands football and studies the game. I definitely know he has what it takes to play offensive line in this league.”

It looks like he is planning on staying in school. "I have 19 games left here and that's what I fully intend to take on," McGlinchey said. "I have a lot left to learn. I'm not ready to go anywhere. I have the best in the business coaching me [offensive line coach Harry Hiestand] each and every day, and it's to my benefit to stay here and learn from and there's nothing that I can do to want to change that. I have no intention of wanting to change that. I've played a lot of football so far, but I have a lot left to accomplish and I'm not going to put myself in position to go somewhere when I'm not full ready to. I'm fully confident that I will be ready at some point, but I don't think it will be after this season." That is a lot easier to say now than when he is projected as a 1st Round pick in February.

10/2016: He can stone the rusher at the Line when he is setting the edge on play action, and not allow the DE to move once he sees it is a pass. Very strong dude. Nice burst off the snap backwards in pass pro. Snaps his feet back nicely. He stays in balance well, but keeps his hands down too much. Very quick feet shuffling back. He can absorb speed to power, and get his torso bent back a little, and hold on.  
Nice feet moving backwards, but doesn't always kickslide. "I’m worlds ahead of where I was as a player personally," McGlinchey said. "Mentally, it’s just one of those things that you have to keep doing. You have to keep your head down and keep working and listening to the message and not the tone. Everybody takes their lumps every now and again. It’s about how you learn from those lumps that really make you a great person and a great player." Nice job picking up the blitzing LB. He can get low, and wash him out of the play. 

He can double the OLB with the TE and put him on skates going outside, and then catch the Safety blitzing and take him out. "He's a really good football player," Brian Kelly said. "He's got the size. He's got the length. He's got the demeanor. He's got the toughness. He's got all of the intangibles you want." Very impressive combo blocker. I want to see him move backwards more, but they don't have him kickslide all the time. When he blocks down on the DT, he can collapse the line with pure power.
He switched from ORT in 2015 to OLT in 2016. "It’s a lot easier to learn something after you’ve already done it on the opposite side," McGlinchey said. "Last year I was coming in still trying to figure out how to actually play football and be a good offensive lineman and all that kind of stuff. I’m not saying I’ve fully figured that out, but I’m a long way away from where I was last year. Moving to the left side, it’s all the same stuff just my body mechanics." If he can keep his hands high and tight and kickslide more he will be a 1st Round pick.
JUNIOR SEASON (2015): Started all 13 games at right tackle on an offensive line which was a finalist for the inaugural Joe Moore Award...part of an offensive line that helped the Irish average 5.63 rushing yards per carry (eighth-best in the FBS) -- a modern (post WWII) school record...Notre Dame ranked 27th nationally in total offense, averaging 466.4 yards per game, its third-best mark since setting a school record in 1970 by averaging 510.5 yards per game...Notre Dame was one of 11 programs nationally to average 205 yards rushing and 250 yards passing per game in 2015 (Irish had not accomplished this feat since 1970)...Notre Dame averaged 207.6 rushing yards per game (28th in the FBS), the best rushing output since 2000, including six games with 200+ yards (Texas, Virginia, Georgia Tech, UMass, USC and Stanford)...paved the way for first-year RB C.J. Prosise, who rushed for 1,032 yards (second-fewest carries needed to reach 1,000 yards) and recorded the 18th 1,000-yard rushing season in school history, and freshman RB Josh Adams, who set a freshman single-season school record with 835 yards rushing...blocked for an Irish rushing attack that recorded 457 yards vs. UMass (Sept. 26) -- the best single-game rushing total by Notre Dame in 23 years, and 299 yards at Stanford (Nov. 28) -- the most by an opponent in David Shaw's five seasons (35 carries for an 8.5 per-carry average against nation's No. 22 rush defense)...helped the Irish register a pair of 90+ yard TD rushes (Adams 98 vs. Wake Forest, Prosise 91 vs. Georgia Tech)...Notre Dame had just two rushes of at least 90 yards in the first 126 seasons of Irish football...the 98-yard TD run by Adams vs. Wake Forest was the longest play from scrimmage in Notre Dame history and longest rush by a freshman in NCAA history...blocked for 10 individual 100-yard rushing games -- the most by the Irish since 1983 (11)...three different Notre Dame players recorded 100-yard rushing games.

9.7

OLT

22

*Jaire Alexander- 5-11, 192, (O) 4.38, 6.71 3-Cone! 3.98 SS! 10'7"Br! 35" V, 14 Rep

CB

Louisville

10/2017He was injured early, and came back slowly. "He did really well today in his workouts, and he’s improving," Petrino said. "They’re very encouraged on how he worked out today. That was very positive." They played him part time for a couple of games just to get him in. 

He has been one of me favorite players to watch. He is small, but he is tough and feisty. He doesn't back down to anyone. He is excellent against the run. Elite quicks on the field, which not only are imperative in coverage, but they also make it very difficult to block him in the run game. 

08/2016: An ultra-quick light and slight CB. "Then we’ve got Jaire Alexander, who like I said, is right from here in Charlotte. Jaire is an unbelievable football player for us. He had a great year last year as our starting corner. I think he got five interceptions and made a lot of really big plays for us that gave us opportunities to win the game," Petrino said. "And then he’s one of the premier punt returners in the country. It’s our job to get him some room, get him to be able to catch the ball with some room, so we really work hard on hold-ups and blocking because we know every time he touches it, he’s got an opportunity to go the distance." I probably have him overrated a little, but I just like the way he moves on the field. He is one of those guys that looks quicker and faster than everyone else on the field. 

He had a very nice 5 INT and 9 PBU season last year. "In high school, I was pretty good, AP Allstate two years in a row," Jaire said. "But that did not deter me from the ultimate goal, which was coming to college and becoming a factor. Whether that be on defense or punt return. Just becoming a factor anywhere. Also not having the scholarship offers from the Triangle colleges also motivated me to do better and go harder." He shuts down WRs in off Man as well as anyone I've seen. 

If he takes a step up this season, it will be into the 1st Round. "I feel like I need to improve on being more consistent in technique," Jaire said. "Coach Petrino tells me all the time that I need to focus on my technique. It’s gotten a lot better, but still work needs to be done, and I will accomplish that." Everybody needs Corners.

2016: One of the top cornerbacks in the country ... earned second team all-ACC accolades ... has developed into one of the top cover corners in the nation ... explosive punt returner ... started all 13 games ... leads the team with five interceptions ... started and made an impact of defense, recording five tackles and one tackle for loss in the opener versus Charlotte ... totaled four tackles and recorded his first interception in a win at Syracuse ... returned three punts for 13 yards — including an 18-yard return ... made an impact on the game with his play as a punt returner, returning two punts for 130 yards, including a 69-yard return for a touchdown versus Florida State ... credited with four tackles and a pair of break-ups versus Marshall ... played a career game versus nationally ranked Clemson, recording his first two interception game and forced a fumble ... made three tackles in the win over the Blue Devils ... registered a season-high six tackles and a pair of interceptions versus Virginia, returning them for a total of 37 yards ... totaled three tackles as the Cards limited the Eagles to 207 yards of offense ... credited with a stop as Cards dominated on defense, holding Wake Forest to 214 yards of offense ... picked up three tackles versus Houston. Oakland).

9.8X

Size 

23

Rashaan Evans- 6-3, 234, #32, 6.95 3-Cone! 4.36 SS, 9'8"Broad, 30"Vert, 

LB

Alabama 

12/2017: There are a lot of off the ball LBs in this Draft, but I just like this kid a ton. I think he is the best blitzer of the bunch. He is also a speed guy that teams need in coverage more and more now. Great moving laterally to stay in front of the RB in traffic. He is a three down linebacker. He is fierce against the run, and has that knack for finding the ball right in the middle of the line. 

He has played in a lot of different situations and different positions to get on the field. "Hopefully, he'll be able to go out there during these weeks and really get confident in what he's doing and go out there and do a great job for us," Saban said. "Physically, he can run. He's a good blitzer. He's a good tackler. So hopefully knowledge and experience is something that we can gain through this extra practice, and it'll be helpful to him so that he can play well." He has put all that experience together this season to make himself a star.

He is known for his leadership and hard work off the field. "He's embracing it well," 49er LB Foster said about Evans playing OLB last year. "Getting in extra film, working hard, effort. The toughness is already there. I ought to know, I play with him. It's comfortable. I like it. The chemistry is there though, I promise you." He has played all the LB positions at Alabama.

He is known for his leadership on and off the field. "Both guys have made a significant contribution and played a lot of football around here. We think both of them are really, really good players," Saban said about Evans and Hand. "I think both of them have responded well as starters this spring and are starting to show some leadership. I’ve been really pleased with those guys. So, hopefully they’ll continue to improve and grow and they’ll become the kind of people who can impact other folks on our defense, so that not only do they play great football, but they help others do the same." He improved the defense from multiple positions.

I like the way he moves on the field, and how he moves in space. "All it does is build character," Evans said. "You become unselfish. You become more about the team and when you have that type of mindset, your individual success is going to come anyway when you’re thinking about the team. Those things I have learned here overall under Coach Saban, I feel like those are the most important things you can take here and to the next level." He has shown to be mentally tough in his career at Alabama.

He has played in a lot of big games, and will be playing in the Playoffs again. "I would say really don’t make the stage bigger than what it is," Evans said. "Play with my eyes. Being able to trust my instincts and things like that. The fact that I had success playing on the [Playoff] stage that I did, I feel like just playing in a regular game would be a lot easier now." He has shown he can come through in the clutch, on the biggest stage.

2017 (Senior): Versatile athlete who can play in the middle or come off the edge for the Tide ... collected 57 tackles, good for third on the team, and leads the Tide with 10.5 tackles for loss (-49 yards) good enough for tied for 14th in the SEC despite playing in 10 games ... contributed seven quarterback hurries to tie for the team lead ... totaled five sacks (-38 yards) to rank second on the team ... added two pass breakups, a forced fumble and one fumble recovery ...honored as a First Team All-American by the AFCA ... earned First Team All-SEC from the Associated Press and was named to the All-SEC second team by the conference coaches ... chosen as one of 15 semifinalists for the Butkus Award ... tabbed to the Nagurski Trophy Preseason Watch Lists ... selected as a Second Team Preseason All-American by Phil Steele ... earned defensive player of the week recognition from the Alabama coaches for his play against Arkansas and LSU. Florida State: Made the start against the Seminoles, but saw limited playing time after suffering a groin injury before halftime ... finished with five tackles, including half a stop for a loss, and one pass breakup ... injured himself on a blocked field goal that he returned 29 yards to close out the first half. Vanderbilt: Returned from a groin injury to make the start against the Commodores ... totaled one tackle in limited playing time, entering for the Tide’s base package ... helped UA limit VU to only 78 yards of offense. Ole Miss: Recorded three tackles against the Rebels while adding one quarterback hurry ... played a key role in limiting the high-powered Rebel offense to 253 total yards, well below their season average entering the game. Texas A&M: Collected a season-high tying five tackles ... recovered a fumble for the Tide at midfield to stall the A&M drive ... helped limit the Aggies to only 308 yards of total offense, 140 yards below their season average. Arkansas: Put together a career night against the Razorbacks ... totaled six tackles, including a career-high 3.5 for a loss (-22 yards), while contributing two sacks (-20 yards) to tie his previous career mark ... matched his career-high total with a pair of quarterback hurries and forced his first fumble of the season ... earned defensive player of the week recognition from the Tide coaches for his efforts against the Hogs. Tennessee: Matched his season-high mark for tackles with six stops against the Volunteers ... added two tackles for loss (-8 yards), including a sack (-7 yards) and pressured the quarterback twice ... his play on defense was key in helping the Tide hold the Vols to no offensive touchdowns and only 108 yards of total offense. LSU: Set a new season-high for tackles with 10 stops to pace the Tide against the Tigers ... added one sack (-1 yard), his fourth over the last three games... captained the UA defense following the loss of Shaun Dion Hamilton ... earned defensive player of the week recognition from the Alabama coaches for his performance. Mississippi State: Had another monster game, tying for second on the team in tackles with nine ... added a team-high 2.5 tackles for loss (-14 yards) and contributed to the Tide’s lone sack of the night (-10 yards) ... also collected one quarterback pressure against the Bulldogs. Mercer: Made three tackles against the Bears with a pass breakup ... helped the Tide defense limit MU to only 161 yards of total offense on the day. Auburn: Ranked second of the Tide defense with nine tackles, including one for loss (-4 yards) ... added a quarterback pressure to his game totals in the Iron Bowl.

9.7

LB 

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Mike Gesicki- 6-6, 252, (O) 4.54! 6.76 3Cone! 4.10 SS! 11.33 60! 41.5" Vert, 10'9"Br

H-Back

Penn ST

Combine: Phenomenal athlete. No one had a better Combine than Gesicki. He participated in seven drills and was top five in all seven! That is unprecedented. The 4.5 was a surprising to me. A 6.67 3-Cone for a 6-6 guy is again, unprecedented. That might have been the best number at the Combine, and his 4.1 Short Shuttle is not far behind.

08/2017: He is not a great blocker. "One thing you don’t want to ask Gesicki to do a lot of is block," TV commentator Matt  Millen said. "Not his strength. He goes in there and he just kind of patty-cakes sometimes, just kind-ah walks up, 'Hello, how you doing nice to see you.' You’d like to see a little bit more of a killer mentality. But it’s not there." He is very high cut, and struggles to get under pads.

He has some great speed going down the Seam. "He said to me, 'You’re a great player, you’re extremely athletic, you’re a nightmare for defenses,'" Gesicki said about Matt Millen. "Obviously for him, being how talented he was here and in the NFL, just to get a little bit of advice or critique from him is something I’m going to continue to grow on." He is not Gronk, but nobody in this Draft tracks down the deep ball, leaps up, and high points the ball in front of DBs better than Gesicki. 

What he is great at is going up high and snagging the ball over puny DBs like Gronk. "Continue to work on the stuff in the run game," Gesicki said Millen told him. "You’re going to have a very bright future." He can look like Gronk going up and taking the ball down over more than one DB. 

He makes elite adjustments to the badly thrown ball down field. "Just watching him on film, he’s been one of the most-polished route-runners I think I’ve seen all year at receiver/tight end anywhere," Washington LB Burr-Kirven said. "Just watching what he’s doing, he’s pretty dominating in the middle of the field, most of the games I’ve watched." He is the best pure receiving H-back in this Draft (and Brady needs weapons).

Great length and leaper. "He’s been a pretty massive part of their offense," Burr-Kirven said. "You don’t see as much kind of that old-school tight end inline running his routes. I think it will definitely be a good challenge for us over the middle dealing with him." You hear it a hundred times a game, that Gesicki was a volleyball player, and he leaps up like a volley ballplayer and finds the ball that is not on target and snags it over everyone.

Career: Set the Penn State career receptions record for tight ends with his final catch vs. Pittsburgh, eclipsing Andrew Quarless' 87 grabs from 2006-09...Surpassed Ted Kwalick's 1,343 yards from 1966-68 for the most receiving yards by a tight end vs. Nebraska and has 1,384 yards in his career...Is No. 10 on the career receptions charts with 118 grabs, trailing O.J. McDuffie (125; 1988-92) for No. 9...Sits No. 18 on Penn State's career receiving yards chart with 1,384 yards...Became the 29th Penn State pass catcher to eclipse 1,000 receiving yards vs. Pittsburgh (9/9/17)...Owns 13 career touchdown receptions, moving past Jesse James (11; 2012-14) for the school record for a tight end...Joins teammates Saquon Barkley and DaeSean Hamilton as the second RB/WR/TE trio to eclipse 1,000 career receiving yards in Big Ten history (Purdue, 1982-85: WR Steve Griffin, 2,234 yards; RB Rodney Carter, 1,814 yards; TE Marty Scott, 1,247 yards).
Single Season Records: Owns the Penn State single season record for touchdown catches for a tight end with seven in 2017...Owns the single-season record for receptions by a tight end with 48 in 2016, passing Andrew Quarless (41; 2009), and yardage by a tight end at 679 in 2016, besting Mickey Shuler’s single-season record of 600 receiving yards (1977).
Senior Season Awards: Selected as one of three finalists for the Mackey Award...Earned Midseason All-America honors from Sports Illustrated... Earned Pro Football Focus Big Ten Team of the Week honors on Sept. 12 after catching two touchdown passes vs. Pittsburgh...Selected to the Pro Football Focus Big Ten Team of the Week following his two-touchdown effort vs. Nebraska...Named to the Mackey Award preseason watch list...Selected a preseason first-team All-America by the Associated Press, Sporting News, USA Today and Street & Smith...Earned second-team All-America from Sports Illustrated, Athlon Sports and Lindy’s.
2017 Season: Made 11 starts...Caught a touchdown pass in five-straight games from Nov. 26, 2016-Sept. 9, 2017, including multiple touchdown grabs in the first two games of 2017...Has at least one reception in 25-straight games...Of his 46 catches this season, 26 of them have gone for a first down or a touchdown.
Rankings: Ranks tied No. 39 nationally and No. 6 in the Big Ten in receiving touchdowns (7)...Is tied for No 95 nationally and No. 7 in the Big Ten in receptions per game (4.2)
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9.6

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*Da’Ron Payne- 6-2, 308, (O)4.95, 27 Reps, 33"Arm, 28,5" Vert, 8'11"Br, 7.58 3-C

DT/NT

Alabama 

12/2017: He was great in the Champ Game against Clemson. "I told him in practice that if we throw that ball to you, he better catch it," Bo Scarbrough said. "And he caught it. He made sure he caught it with both hands on the ball." He was one of the main reasons they won that game. 

He consistently blew up their run game. "You all are shocked, but we're not shocked at all. We have some athletic big man. We're used to it," Da'Shawn Hand said. "He got two feet in there. I said, 'Man, he learned that from Calvin Johnson.' He's been watching some Lions tape or something." He got to the QB Bryant when he tried to scramble out of the pocket. 

He was so good that he actually caught an INT. "When he made the interception, there was no doubt we were going to throw him the ball on the goal line," Saban said. "He played well for us all year long. He's a great athlete for a big guy. He got a chance to make some plays today." He was also stuffing the run all all over the line. 

He also caught a wacky TD pass. "I caught one in high school. I'm blessed and just thankful for the opportunity," Payne said. "I had been talking to Coach lots about it. He said, 'Just keep on working, and you might get it.' And I tried my best to go out and practice and work hard, and they finally gave it to me." He might be as freak athlete as Hand is.

He was one of the main defensive reasons they won that game. "He told me he’s ready for a breakout. [He's a] big, physical beast. Kind of a vintage SEC defensive lineman," Marcus Spears, a former 1st Round DL, said. "Super athletic, super strong. One of those big old bruisers that we’re used to seeing over there. Surprisingly more athletic than I thought he would be." His athleticism shocked me in that game as well.
He was also in there as their run stuffing NT, and that is what he did best. "When I was growing up I always looked at Marcell, guys like Nick Fairley, Ndamukong Suh and do what they did," Payne said. "When you watch film on them you sort of pick up their habits. And try and imitate what they did." He is also a weight room machine, who is said to bench 550, and can squat over 600-pounds. 
2017 (Junior): Regarded as one of the top defensive line prospects in the nation ... a bruising run-stopper along the Tide front ... totaled 47 tackles, 39 of which have come against the run ... tallied one sack (-7 yards) while adding a team-high eight quarterback hurries, three pass breakups, an interception and one fumble recovery ... also enters on offense near the goal line in the Tide’s jumbo package and has caught one pass for a score ... selected as the Defensive MVP of the Allstate Sugar Bowl ... garnered Second Team All-America accolades from the AFCA ... selected as a First Team All-SEC honoree by the Associated Press while also earning second-team recognition from the coaches ... collected midseason All-America honors from the Associated Press and Sports Illustrated ... selected as a Second Team Preseason All-American by CBS Sports and Phil Steele ... tabbed to the Nagurski and Outland Trophy Preseason Watch Lists along with the Bednarik Award Watch List ... named one of the UA coaching staff’s defensive players of the week for his play against Colorado State and LSU. Florida State: Tied for third on the team with five stops against the Seminoles. 

9.7

Heart

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*Josh Jackson- 6-1, 192, (O) 4.56, 4.03 SS! 6.86 3-C, 10'3"Br, 38"V, 18 Reps! 

CB 

Iowa

12/2017: I changed my mind on him because he focused more on the WR than the QB. Rarely looked back at the QB. So I questioned him ball skills. Then he went on to lead the NCAAs in INTs (7) and PBUs (23)! Much like Desmond King. However, he had 3 INTs in the upset win against Ohio State, which also says something about his ability in big games. And had two against Wisconsin, both Pick Sixes! Which also says something about his clutch play in big games. 

So he had five INTs in the two biggest games for Iowa this years, and only 2 in all the rest. "He works really hard off the field," Akrum Wadley said. "He's a big film guy. If you combine that with his athleticism and his talent, he's a different type of dude out there. It's definitely paying off for him, and the sky's the limit for Josh Jackson. He's an animal." But leading the NCAAs in INTs and PBUs is still a great accomplishment. 

He is also still deciding if he wants to stay in school for his senior year, like King. "It’s about 50-50. I’ve thought both ways and both perspectives," Jackson said. "I’ll probably make an announcement after the bowl game and what I want to do, either come back or go. I’ve talked to coach (Ferentz) a little bit about it. But I’ll make an announcement after the bowl game." Staying in school hurt King in the Draft.

I really like his mental makeup. "I really wanted to be a leader on this team, and just be accountable," Jackson said. "I just try to come to work with the mindset to get better." But it does sound like he leaning towards staying in school.

10/2017: Jackson is a phenomenal talent. I love the way he moves on the field. He turns and sprints less than any CB in this Draft. He tends to focus on the WR a little too much, and will often spot the ball late. However, he has a great knack for attacking the WR's arms and hands right as the ball arrives. He played WR in high school, and his first two seasons at Iowa. Completed the transition form WR to elite CB this season.

He can play the ball in the air when he sees it. "He's one of those guys that can just do it," Iowa LB Bower said. "He's extremely gifted and talented. And then he works his butt off. And obviously, over time, that's going to accumulate and eventually it's just going to click. And it just clicked." Great quick twitch athlete, who is a one year wonder.

9.8 

 

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*Lamar Jackson- 6-3, 200, #8, Jr

QB

Louisville

10/2017: He has been throwing the ball as well as any QB in the clutch this season. He often stinks in the 1st quarter (which is a concern). He has been the best QB in the 4th quarter this season. I don't like how much he runs, but he might be the best runner with the ball in his hands this season, and that is an impossible thing to say with all the elite RBs in this Draft.
"Lamar had a good spring. We did work him more underneath the center. We wanted to get him comfortable doing that," Louisville HC Petrino said. "In fact, the first week of spring ball we stayed under the center. He can really drop and throw it from under there. He does a good job in the run game. The best thing about Lamar is it was never an issue of taking the snap, so he could always take the snap. It was just getting used to the footwork, getting to the right mesh point to help the running back out, and I think it’ll help us be a harder team to defend. I really believe that." But that is not a compliment for an NFL QB. His elite ability to run is overshadowing his throwing this season. His ability to beat a defense with his arm has improved tremendously this season, and he won the Heisman last year. He is also most clutch QB in the this Draft. 
"But he worked hard on his progression reads. He took a lot of pride out on the practice field, understanding the coverages, what the safeties are doing, and going through his progression," coach Petrino said. "He also worked real hard on his footwork, making sure he gets set, gets his back leg under his hip, and when he does that and stands tall, he’s a very, very accurate thrower. He’s a great deep ball thrower, and you know, it was fun to really go back this summer. My little brother came in town, who’s the head coach of the University of Idaho, so we went back and watched all the video from last year, and it was fun to watch the throws that he made and the plays that he played throwing the football that we didn’t even watch the running game, so it was an exciting time for us."10/2017: I'm not a fan of duel threat QBs. They just don't win in the NFL, but he is the best I've seen in college since Vick. He still needs a lot of work with accuracy. "He's come a (long way) on that side of the game," Nick Petrino said. "Obviously his athletic skills are top-notch, but on the mental side, he's really improved. It's showing out there." Jackson is the best player in college football right now.
But is he an NFL QB Prospect? "I wasn't on the list last year, either," Jackson said. "I just play football. The way the season ended last year, I felt we let our fans down. We should've won more games. I feel like I’ve matured. I feel like I’m growing on a collegiate level, and hopefully I’ll keep going." He is often a better thrower than given credit.
He is the best QB running with the ball in his hands since Vick. "There was never a problem with him taking snaps. He was always able to do that," Petrino said . "It was more the footwork, the timing, all the little techniques and aspects of it. Now, he’s really good at it and we can do anything we want under center." But that tends to be more negative than positive.8/2017: I like the improvements he has made over his two seasons at Louisville in the passing game. "Watson has a chance to be at least as good as Winston,” an anonymous ACC coach said. “We played he and Lamar Jackson, and Jackson has no shot at playing quarterback in the NFL. None. He can’t make the throws and can’t read coverages. He’s not going to have a chance. Watson stands tall in the pocket and whips the ball around like Ben Roethlisberger." He is a much better thrower in the 2nd Half than the 1st.If he takes a few steps up in the passing and game and accuracy hitting WRs on the run, he could be a steal as the 4th or 5th QB taken. "Obviously he’s an incredible athlete and has good size," an NFL scout said. "He showed what he’s capable of doing against Alabama last year. That was his best game of the season. But I just don’t see him as the pocket passer like a lot of people prefer in our league." He will never be a pure pocket passer. He has to learn to succeed in the structure of the offense to be successful in the NFL. "I think there’s something to be said for being a quarterback who knows he’s a millionaire if he stays healthy," an ACC coach said. "I think that plays a role in a kid’s psyche, [that] if he runs and blows out his knee that’s $9 million out of his pocket." Improvisers do not succeed in the NFL. He has to improve his reads and footwork in the pocket. "We played (Watson) and Lamar Jackson, and Jackson has no shot at playing quarterback in the NFL. None. He can’t make the throws and can’t read coverages. He’s not going to have a chance." When he looses his feet, he looses his accuracy. But he might have the highest ceiling of any QB in this Draft.LSU- Eight 100-yard rushing games in 2016. He was the MVP of Louisville's Bowl game as a true Freshman. He won the Heisman in 2016. The problem is that the is better when things break down and he has to use his feet. NFL OC's do not like that. They want QBs who can run their systems. He is the most dynamic QB with his feet since Vick. He has improved as a pocket passer. He only completed 57% of his passes from the pocket.
Youngest player to ever win the Heisman. Tied Bridgewater's ACC passing TD record of 31 TDs. He can lose some accuracy when he doesn't move his feet in the pocket. When he catches the snap, 3-steps, and throws in rhythm, he throws an effortless and incredibly accurate deep ball. He always makes his bad passes when he gets lazy with his feet. He needs a lot of work on NFL footwork. He does a good job keeping the ball high and tight, but too often does gets his body and feet in the right position to throw.

9.6 (QB)

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*DJ Moore- 6', 210,(U) 4.42! 15 Reps, 39.5" V! 11" Br! 6.95 3-C, 4.07! SS, 11.18 60!

WR

Maryland

03/2018: Nice feet on the sideline. He will miss the short-armed ball thrown into his back ribs sometimes. “Yeah, how about DJ? Went and ran well at the combine,” Terps coach DJ Durkin said. “I’m so proud of him. All he did was help himself there. We’re excited for him.” Very Dynamic with the ball in his hands. 

He does things right, and runs great routes. "He was obviously a tremendous player for us. How do you replace a guy like that? I don’t know," Maryland HC Durkin said. "What I do know is that the way we set up our practices are very competitive. Guys are going to have the opportunity to go do that." He gets open with great breaks and creates separation in routes.  
He got better as the Combine moved on. Nice job catching the deep throw. He had a great combine. He looked like a 1st Round pick to me, for the first time I watched him. He was a one man band last season. He was the most productive WR, for his team, in college football last season. 

His QBs threw to him an astonishing 39.5% of the time. Which means he was targeted on almost half the passes the parade of QBs at Maryland threw. So he had to be the Big Ten Receiver of the year. Because even though everyone on the field new they were going to target him 40% of the time, by his 2nd, 3rd, and 4th string QB, he still caught 80 passes for 1,033-yards and 8 TDs. Any coach that didn't double and triple him to death should be fired.
As a Junior (2017): Started all 12 games, posting 80 catches for 1,033 yards and eight touchdowns ... Set the Maryland single-season record for receptions with 80, despite having four different quarterbacks during the season due to injuries ... Became just the third player in Maryland history to record 1,000 receiving yards in a season ... Became the first FBS player to record a 1,000 yard receiving season without a quarterback on the team throwing for 1,500 yards since Hakeem Nicks for North Carolina in 2008 ... Finished the regular season as one of three players in FBS with 80 catches, 1000 receiving yards and eight receiving touchdowns ... Also posted 1,247 all-purpose yards, including 153 punt return yards ... Had eight catches for 76 yards in snowy conditions at #22 MSU (11/18) ... Caught five passes for 37 yards vs. Michigan (11/11) ... Totaled eight catches for 75 yards at Rutgers (11/4) ... Had four catches for 77 yards and a touchdown vs. Indiana (10/28) ... Posted career-highs in receptions (12) and yards (210) vs. Northwestern (10/14), while catching two touchdown passes. His 12 catches and 210 yards were both 6th-most in a single-game in program history ... Totaled eight catches for 90 yards and a touchdown at Minnesota (9/30) ... Caught career-high eight passes for 83 yards, including a 20-yard touchdown vs. UCF (9/23) ... Matched career-high with seven catches and two touchdown receptions against Towson (9/9), totaling 97 yards ... Caught a career-high seven passes for 133 yards and a TD at #23 Texas (9/2), eclipsing 1000 career receiving yards in the process.

9.7

29

*Mike Hughes-5-11, 191, (O)4.53, 6.7 3-Cone, 4.13 SS, 10'7"Br, 35.5"Vert, 20 Reps 

CB

UCF

02/2018: I think he is the best Corner in this Draft. Great hips and instincts. He made the biggest plays at the biggest times. He is also a great punt and kick returner. He will instantly help the team that drafts him on special teams.

Some don't like him as much as me. "I wish he would have stayed. I don't see him as a 'one' and I think he could have been with another year," a scout said. "He's just raw right now but he's got the ability to become a really tough ball challenger." But I don't know what they are looking at.

He is a tough tackler, and has the best feet in the Draft. "Mike Hughes continues to impress me and not just on the field. He’s doing everything right off it,” UCF coach Scott Frost said. "He could have had two [return touchdowns] tonight. Special play on that punt return, a lot of good blocking for him too, so a lot of guys deserve credit." You have to watch this cat move backwards.

He is also a tough and instinctive tackler. He was a track guy in college, and is going to blow up the Combine. He plays to his track speed. But most importantly he makes plays on the ball in the air. 

I sometimes wonder what people are watching when they see a 4.3 guy return a kick off and not sure he's good enough. "I was definitely focused on getting another one," Hughes said. "They said that was the first one in 10 years. When I found that out, that felt pretty amazing. "My guys did a great job [blocking] and I give those guys a lot of credit. I just [saw] a lot of grass and I just took off." I wonder if he watch the game winning kick return against ECU.
He is an instant impact special teams player. "Oh yeah, it’s definitely something I’ve been thinking about," Hughes said. "Special teams can change the game around. And that’s what I like doing. So I like being back there [on kick and punt returns]." He is as dynamic as anyone in this Draft. 
He can be a shut down corner in the NFL. "Every game is important. Each week we start over. We say 1-0, that’s been our motto, and I think we’ve been doing a good job with that," Hughes said. "I think everyone would agree that last week we weren’t really feelin’ it, but this week we got back to having fun and playing our game." The Pats might have to steal him at 31
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JUNIOR (2017): 2017 First Team (CB) and Second Team (Return Specialist) All-Conference in The American. Three-time The American Player of the Week (10/16, 10/30, 11/27) honoree. Named to the Paul Hornung Award Honor Roll on 10/2. Started 11 of 12 games as a cornerback. Returned 16 kicks for an average of 34.1 yards and two touchdowns and 13 punts for an average of 232 yards and one touchdown. Totaled 44 tackles, including 32 solo and 0.5 for loss. Paced team with 11 pass breakup and added four interceptions, including one for a touchdown. FIU 8/31: Forced a fumble, broke up three passes, notched two tackles and returned three punts for 50 yards and one kick for 17 yards. at Maryland 9/23: Brought back an interception 57 yards for a touchdown, contributed three tackles and 21 return yards on one kickoff opportunity. Memphis 9/30: Returned an interception 35 yards and added two breakups; registered 39 return yards on three chances. at Cincinnati 10/7: Recorded 78 kick return yards on three opportunities and added five tackles, including three solo. ECU 10/14: Returned three punts for a total of 118 yards and a 66-yard touchdown and added one pass breakup. at Navy 10/21: Brought back three kickoffs for 89 yards, one punt for 11 yards and contributed four unassisted tackles and one breakup.
Austin Peay 10/28: Returned a kickoff 91 yards of a touchdown and tallied three tackles. 
at SMU 11/4: Totaled three unassisted tackles and one pass breakup.
UConn 11/11: Registered an interception, one kickoff return for 20 yards and two unassisted tackles.
at Temple 11/18: Returned a pair of kickoffs for 65 yards and added six tackles, including five solo.
South Florida 11/24: Totaled 124 kick return yards, including a 95-yard game-winning. touchdown, 28 punt return yards, an interception and two pass breakups.
Memphis 12/2: Posted six tackles, including three solo, and 22 kick return yards
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9.8 CC

30

Kyle Vander Esch- 6-2, 282, #73

OC/OG

Iowa

CombineVery inconsistent Tape. If you watch the right games you loved him. If you watched the wrong games you didn’t. I was not impressed with him this first time I watched him. I didn't see a 1st on tape. I am comfortable with him as a Day Two LB. He will be drafted higher than that. A lot of scouts like him a lot more than me. He is faster than I thought he would be. Great quick feet, but looked like he lost them a few rimes. Excellent moving backwards and forward through bags. Smooth going laterally over the bags. Nice speed moving backwards. He Had some snap in his hips opening his hips in drop drill. He was terrific in passing drills. Nice speed in club rip. Smooth and natural in club rip.

01/2017: He can really move on the field. He is truly a freak athlete, but he does not play up to his athleticism. Except in coverage. he really shows his athleticism in coverage. He can swivel his hips to turn and chance lie a DB. He has the speed to run with the speed WR inside. He can be great covering the RB out of the backfield. He has great instincts in the run game. He dominates OL in the run game. He can punch them back, and make them miss with quickness. He is one pf the best I've seen moving through traffic to find the RB behind the O-line. He has great quicks, burst, and explosion moving forward in run defense. He does a good job reading the QB, and figuring out where he is going. 
He has the athleticism to be a good edgerusher, but he has shown that skill. At Boise he was an up the gut rusher only. He is an elite athlete, but I just don't see him as a First. Though I do think that BB could take him at 31, because he has a lot of traits that BB likes. Though he has that knack for snagging those guys as Undrafted Rookie Free Agents and developing them into a Ninkovich. But Vander Esch is not Ninkovich. Though I think that is a great comparison to him. Only Ninkovich is an edge guy, and Vander Esch is an ILB. But they are very similar in size, athleticism, and toughness.

9.8 

OC

31

Tyrell Crosby- 6-5, 310, #73

OLT

Oregon 

12/2017: He is big guy who really looks the part. "He has accepted a role as a leader on this football team. He’s played unbelievably well," coach Cristobal said. "His personality and everything is infectious. He’s fun to be around. As great of a player as he is, he’s an even better human being." Doesn't always kickslide in pass pro.

His footwork worries me sometimes. "He has accepted a role as a leader on this football team," Cristobal said. "He’s played unbelievably well. His personality and everything is infectious. He’s fun to be around. As great of a player as he is, he’s an even better human being." He is such a great athlete that he hasn't had to rely on technique.

He has great quick feet moving backwards. He uses great quick short-steps moving backwards, which allow him to change direction quickly. "When I see practice isn’t going right, especially," Crosby said. "Also in games, but we have more practices than games, so it happens more in practice. Just when I see someone get down on themselves I’ll go over and talk to them and just kind of help them get through the day and try to make the best of it." He has played on both side of the line. 

He was forced to play as a true freshman. "It's hard to play on the offensive line as a true freshman," Frost said. "Jake Fisher did it. Tyrell has done it. I expect Tyrell to improve by leaps and bounds for next year. And with him and Tyler we should be in line to have really good offensive tackles." He has gotten better every season. 

They moved him over to OLT fulltime in 2017 (but was injured in 2016). "The guy's got these hands where it doesn't look like he's moving fast off the ball, it doesn't look like he's being overly aggressive with the guy," Johnstone said, "but the second he latches on, the guy just kind of buckles and falls. It's weird." He is a bull in the run game, who throws guys to the ground every game.

Elite at blocking down on DTs. "He's athletic, he's strong, he has the ability to move well," French said. "So when you're coming off that line you'd better be ready because he's going to strike you. And sometimes if you're not ready for it, he's going to catch you. Once Tyrell gets his hands on you and he has you in the position he wants you, it's pretty tough to get off of that." Turns and seals the OLB on quick throws, seemingly effortlessly. 

10/2017: The more I watch him the more I like him. "I'll say it without reservation, the best lineman in the country," Cristobal said. "I say that, and I have the film to prove it as well. How valuable is he? As a player and a person, you can’t describe it. Truly a difference maker in every sense of the word." Doesn't pull outside on outside runs very often.

Blocks down when they run sweeps and tosses to his side. "Our O-line coach, Coach Greatwood, said I had the ability to be one of the best O-lineman to ever come to Oregon," Crosby said. "At the time, I was like, ‘Yeah, OK.’ But to close out my career here, he wasn’t lying. It's just truly been a blessing." He blocks through puny D-ends on runs with amazing consistency.

2017: Has not allowed a quarterback sack or hit this season according to Pro Football Focus (which isnot true, he gave up more than one hit against Cal alone) ... Has allowed only three QB hurries according to PFF ... Integral part in Oregon’s 2,905 rushing yards gained in 2017 ... Oregon ranks 11th in FBS averaging 264.1 yards rushing per game. ... Invited to play in Reese’s Senior Bowl.
2016: Injuries dampened the season for the Ducks’ top offensive lineman, missing all but two games his junior year . . . Missed the season opener but returned to the starting lineup for the next two games before his season came to a premature end at Nebraska . . . Took part in 18 snaps in each of his two appearances . . . Contributed to Oregon running for a season-high 336 yards against the Huskers.
2015: The 12-game starter at right tackle saw his string of 13 consecutive opening assignments (dating back to 2014) interrupted against Arizona State despite logging 76 snaps in Tempe . . . Played a large role in Oregon rolling up over 400 yards on the ground on three occasions, including a season-high 485 yards in the opener vs. Eastern Washington . . . Contributed to the Ducks' 8.5 per-carry rushing average against the Eagles . . . Took part in 90 or more plays seven times, including a career-high 107 snaps against California, while participating in more plays (1,046) than any of his offensive teammates . . . Served as a vital cog for an offense that ranked fifth in the country in total offense, rushing, and scoring, in addition to his role in helping Oregon extend its hold on the league's rushing title for the 10th year in a row.
2014: Made the most of his opportunities as a true freshman, coming off the bench to take part in 40 snaps in the season-opening win vs. South Dakota before injuries along the front line helped open the door for nine starting assignments at right and left tackle - including the final six outings . . . Made appearances in all 15 games, including 97 plays in the Pac-12 Conference Championship Game and 90 at Utah . . . Was the recipient of the Ducks' Pancake Award for his ability to position the most defenders to the ground . . . Proved to be crucial to the success of a running game that led the conference on the ground for the ninth consecutive year (234.5) and amassed more than 300 rushing yards against Arizona and Florida State in the conference championship game and Rose Bowl, respectively . . . Also played a prominent role for an offense that paved the way for the Ducks’ appearance in the inaugural College Football Playoff National Championship, with Oregon finishing third in the country in total offense (547.0) and fourth in scoring (45.4).

9.6

OLT 

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James Washington- 6', 205, (PD) 4.43, 39" Vert

WR

OK ST 

11/2017: They will line him up in the slot. Terrific speed right off the snap. "If he stays healthy," OK HC Gundy said. "He's a Hall Of Fame NFL player."

09/2016: Just watched him for the first time this season. He was absolutely incredible against Pitt. So this probably an overreaction. But I don't care, because he has been underestimated his whole life. "My senior year, no one really recruited me, so I went to a lot of camps and spent a lot of money, just to try and get picked up," Washington said. "I wanted to get picked up anywhere, because I love the game of football. If I could go somewhere and play, that would be great with me. I went wherever I could and competed however I could, just trying to make something happen." Elite athlete, who played in the State quarterfinals in doubles tennis.

He is a freak athlete who played basketball in high school, and was named MVP of his district. "He didn't have a whole lot of football video on there," his OK ST WR coach Kasey Dunn said. "He had a lot of basketball. It was kind of split. The video is grainy. It's small-town stuff. The cameraman is shaking and going all over the place." He also has a black belt in Taekwondo.

He has speed to burn. "You can't dispute running 21.4 [in the 200-meter State championships]," Dunn said about his speed and athleticism. "You can't dispute jumping 23 feet. I mean, the guy won the triple jump. Then he plays tennis and basketball. In these videos, he's 360-jamming the basketball. Now how often do you see a 6-foot guy do that? If we're going to miss on a kid, we're going to miss on a guy that's a great character kid with unbelievable athleticism." As a senior in high school he won 100-meter dash.

He's built like an RB. "Just a great kid," Dunn said. "And I'll tell you, his parents are awesome. It's like you're recruiting John Wayne's son. It's awesome." He can catch the bomb through all kinds of contact. 

He can hold onto the 50-yard bomb while a flag flies for pass interference, because the CB was tackling him before the ball arrived. "Coach always said, 'For anyone, for any of the receivers if you get one-on-one, you've got to take advantage of it. It'll be a 50-50 ball and you've got to go up and make a play,'" Washington said. "That's something we're taught here. It's a great feeling to go up and make a play like that." Incredible catching the ball 50-yards downfield. 

This kid can catch the ball off the CB's helmet, and I saw him do it twice in one game. "I think he's been consistent. That's all you can ask for from your playmakers is to be consistent and to have production," Rudolph said. "I think he kind of knew coming in that there was going to be a target on his back for how well he performed last year. He's responded well. He's done a great job. Any game plan a defense has to take him away, he's never let it get to him. He always finds a way to get the ball in his hands." He glides down field like he is on skates.

Great hands. "He was still open quite a bit Saturday," OK ST OC Mike Yurcich said. "He did a pretty good job of getting open. He's a pretty determined guy. You've got to do a good job on him. Even if you double cover him, you've got to do a good job on him." The QB puts it up and he grabs it.

OUTLOOK: A second-team All-Big 12 selection by both the coaches and the media last year (the two first-team picks were both finalists for the Biletnikoff Award presented to the nation’s top receiver and have since departed), a strong case can be made for Washington as the Big 12’s top receiver heading into 2016 ... He is the conference’s only returning 1,000-yard receiver and led all returning Big 12 wideouts in yards per game and touchdowns last season.
SOPHOMORE SEASON (2015): A second-team All-Big 12 selection, behind only a pair of Biletnikoff Award finalists in Corey Coleman from Baylor and Josh Doctson from TCU ... Midseason addition to the watch list for the Biletnikoff Award, given to the nation’s top receiver ... Recipient of OSU’s Thurman Thomas Award, given by the coaches to the team’s outstanding offensive players ... Led the nation with four 70-plus yard receptions and ranked 10th nationally with 20.5 yards per catch ... His 10 receiving touchdowns were good for 17th in the nation ... With 1,087 receiving yards, he became one of only four underclassmen ever at OSU to post a 1,000-yard receiving season, joining Rashaun Woods (2001), Dez Bryant (2008) and Justin Blackmon (2010) ... Reached 100 yards receiving five times and led the team with 17 explosive plays from scrimmage (20+ yard gains) ... Second on the team with 53 receptions ... Went for 100 receiving yards or more in four of his last six regular season games. All five of his 100-yard games came against Big 12 opposition ... Scored touchdowns on four consecutive touches with gains of 75, 73, 48, and 50 yard in wins over Texas Tech and TCU ... Named Big 12 offensive player of the week after recording a career-high 200 receiving yards, including two 70-plus yard touchdown plays in the fourth quarter, in OSU’s win over Texas Tech in Lubbock ... His 50.0 yards per reception that day set a school record (min. 3 receptions) ... Named Earl Campbell Tyler Rose Award National Player of the Week after catching five passes for 184 yards and three touchdowns in OSU’s win over TCU ... OSU’s co-offensive player of the game vs. Kansas ... OSU’s offensive player of the game vs. Texas Tech.

9.8

Offense

Day Two

 

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