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Okay, I'm finally starting to feel like I have a handle n this Draft. Even if it is just a little. But this is a screwy Draft. I keep wanting to put in offensive player, 

but the D-Player are so Damn good. 

2nd Round 

Picks 33-48

 

Day Tw0 2019 Draft

 

Picks 33-46

 

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Team

My Picks: 

Key Needs:

Team Moves:

1.

33.

Cardinals

Defense: 4-3

Jawaan Taylor-

OT FLA

6-5, 312, 10" Hands, 

35.1" Arms! 24 Reps,

 

*Kyler Murray

QB/Outfielder Oklahoma

CB, OL, DL, EDGE, CB, OL, OT, NT, WR, OLB,

2018 Picks:

1 10th overall Josh Rosen QB UCLA

2 (47) Christian Kirk, WR, Texas A&M.
3 (97) Mason Cole, OC, Michigan.
4 134 Chase Edmonds RB Fordham.
6 (182) Chris Campbell, CB, Penn ST
7 254 Korey Cunningham OT, Cincy

2017 Picks:

1 (13) Haason Reddick, ILB, Temple
2 (36) Budda Baker, FS, Washington
3 Chad Williams WR Grambling ST
4 (115) Dorian Johnson, OL, Pitt
5 (157) Will Holden, OL, Vanderbilt
5 (179) T.J. Logan, RB, UNC
6 (208) Rudy Ford, DB, Auburn

Key F.A. Signed:

Brett Hundley QB
J.R. Sweezy OG
Kevin White WR

Terrell Suggs Edge
Brooks Reed DE 

Darius Philon DE 

Marcus Gilbert OT 
Jordan Hicks LB

Robert Alford CB

Key F.A. Lost:

J.J. Nelson WR

Mike Iupati OG

Oday Aboushi OG

Darius Philon DT

The 1st Round Pick: 3/30 Kyler Murray: The The Most Dynamic Player In The FBS, But...

The problem is how much did they upgrade themselves? "I talked about this in the pre-draft presser," Keim said a year ago today. "[Giving up a 1st, 3rd, and 5th for Rosen is] not mortgaging the future," They didn't need a QB. 

They traded up for Rosen just a year ago. "To be able to go from 15 to 10 and give up what we did, we were extremely comfortable with it. Being able to preserve our 2nd-round pick and not give up future ones was extremely important to all of us," Keim said about giving up almost half their draft pick in 2018 for Rosen. "He’s “one of the best players in this draft. He’s a Franchise-Type of Quarterback. When you find those guys, you have to pull the trigger and never look back." They looked back. 

When you have two Franchise QB's? You can tear your team apart. According to them Rosen was their future just a year ago today. So now they have to Trade their "Franchise-Type of Quarterback" from a year ago for Day Two fodder, and maybe a 1st in next years Draft. But this pick left the Stink of desperation on them. You just can't Draft two QB two years in row in the Top Ten. The QB needs to be the man on the field. When you have two, you have none.

I get the Murray craze. He does remind me of Mahomes. But Mahomes, Wilson, and Mayfield were all four year starters that threw thousands of passes in the FBS, while Murray had thrown hundreds. One year starters at QB are always problems when drafted into the NFL. But he is a unique and phenomenal talent. It is just so odd to see such unique and phenomenal talents like Mahomes, Baker, and Murray get drafted three Years in a row. Just by the odds, ones gotta be a bust.

The best news is that Murray and Kingsbury have known each other for a while. "I have a great relationship with him," Murray said about his new HC. "He’s always been very fond of me. And I respect that and I’ve never taken that for granted. He’s always someone I could go to if I needed anything. It’d be fun (playing for him)." It will be interesting to see what they do with Rosen today. 

They have to trade Rosen, only now it is for future 1st as the 1st Round is over. "He’s a dynamic talent," Kingsbury said. "A unique talent that I don’t know if anyone has seen." Then Keim said that he would "Absolutely," keep Rosen on the roster this season. It is already turning into a circus.

The Player at Pick 33Taylor is a beast. He started two games at OLT as a sophomore in 2017, so we know he has the ability to play on the left side, which can justify him in the top ten. He only gave up one sack last season in the SEC against some pretty damn good rushers. Does not always look great moving backwards, but sunk his hips better in 2018. Great job pulling DLs up with his hands to get them off leverage. He can plow the DT inside. Then turn and hit the LB charging from the second level. He fought Sweat to a standstill all game. 

Nice quick hop on his second step to cut off the speed rusher. He will get beat to the outside sometimes on runs away. He can get beat to the edge by a blitzing OLB. He will slide inside in pass pro sometimes for some reason. Nice job switch to the outside stunter and stoning him. Not always the best goal line blocker. He will dive into he ground sometimes. Smart guy who will turn to the interior OLs and relay signals. Played with much better technique this past season. Powerful hands. Played with better balance in 2018. Best run blocking OL in this Draft. 
I want to see his arm length. Nice get getting his hands inside on the rusher first. Very strong once he gets shirt and position. When he blocks down, the DT ends up on the ground. Nice job grabbing the low ripper and holding on. I like the way he moves his feet backwards. He keeps his hands a little low, but has a great second burst backwards. He has to keep his hands inside better. They will get little wide sometimes. He kept his hands high and tight. 

2017 Vs FLA ST: He started at OLT. He has heavy hands and is powerful in the upper body. He can twist and toss the DE with just his size and strength in the upper body. He gave up a big strip sack against Burns. Quick short steps moving backwards. Struggled a little moving backwards. He got his hands out wide. Not a lot of technique. moving backwards. But he got to the spot. He is so strong that little DE can't power past him. 

As long as he stayed between them and the QB there was nothing they could do. Doesn't play through the whistle every snap. When he gets his hand outside, he can get beat for the Sack by the Swipe. Shuffles his feet rather than kickslide, and left him too vulnerable to the Speed rush outside. He irritates rushers when he gets his hands on them. Powerful moving forward. A bit of a leaner. He can shove the DE into the TE, and go and hit the OLB on the second level. 

2018: Declared for the NFL Draft following the season… Played in all 13 games and started 12 at right tackle… Florida's offensive line allowed just 18 sacks over the course of the entire season, which ranked 20th in the country and third among SEC teams… Garnered Second Team All-SEC honors from Athlon Sports… Named to the SEC Academic Honor Roll.

2017: Played and started in all 11 games… Started the first nine games at right tackle and the final two contests of the season at left tackle… He and Martez Ivey were the only two Florida offensive linemen to start each game.

2016: Played in all 13 games throughout the season and started 12 at right tackle… Was the only Florida freshman to play on the offensive line… Garnered Freshman All-America honors by ESPN.com, FWAA and Pro Football Focus… Selected to the Freshman All-SEC Team by the leagues Coaches’ and Gridiron Now… Member of ESPN All-SEC Bowl Team.

The Reason: They might have the worst O-line in the NFL. Now they have an undersized QB who may or may not be able to handle the beating. The Cards have to get some OLs to help Rosen or Murray. They had a rookie QB drop behind ten different O-line combinations last season. That is untenable. If they don't repair the line it doesn't matter which QB they have dropping back. 

Jawaan Taylor has a better chance to play OLT than Ford. He has experience on the left side. He might be able to step in at OLT and help stabilized the line. Though more talent will still be needed. He started a few games at OLG, so we know he can play on the Left side of the O-line.

They have to be careful with the Murray pick. The question is would you rather have Rosen and the First pick in the Draft (Bosa, Williams, Allen), or Murray and a 2nd and/or 3rd for Rosen? They chose the little QB, and now don't have an O-line than can keep him on his feet. If you are the GM of the Cards than you should fire yourself is you chose Murray, because you spent 3 picks on Rosen last year. Then spent a year developing him behind the incompetent O-line you built. 

Now you say you have the solution! Ditch him for the new pretty young QB you saw in the Draft. I just have trouble buying it. Now he didn't successfully trade Rosen for a 1st and he still picked Murray. Shouldn't his boss question his ability to spot and develop talent if the QB in the prettier dress at this year Prom is so much better than the QB he married at last year's prom? 

An argument with my pre-1st round self: Not that it matters to this pick, but if they pick Murray 1st overall, they should not trade Rosen. If would be significantly cheaper on the Cap (he has a minimum salary Cap hit the next three years) than to keep him on the Roster for the next year or two as a minimum salary back up. Than they could probably get more than a 2nd for him in a year or two, and if Murray falters or gets hurt behind the worst O-line in the League that wacky GM might still be ale to save his job by putting his other 10 ten pick QB back in

Second Choice: Cody Ford ORT

 

2.

34.

Colts

Defense: 3-4

**Byron Murphy

CB Washington

5-11, 190, (O) 4.55, 

10' Broad, 36.5"Vert, 

30.1" Arms, 14 Reps,  

OLB/DE, CB. DT, SS, WR, OLT, RB, DL, CB, FS, WR, OLB, 

2018 Picks:

1 (6) Quenton Nelson, OG ND
2 (36) Darius Leonard, LB SC ST
2 (37) Braden Smith, OG Auburn
2 (52) Kemoko Turay, DE, Rutgers
2 (64) Tyquan Lewis, DE, Ohio ST
4 (104) Nyheim Hines, RB, N.C. ST
5-159 Daurice Fountain WR N. Iowa
5 (169) Jordan Wilkins, RB Miss
6 (185) Deon Cain, WR Clemson
7-221 Matthew Adams, LB Houston
7 (235) Zaire Franklin, LB Syracuse

2017 Picks:

1 (15) Malik Hooker, FS, Ohio State
2 (46) Quincy Wilson, CB, Florida
3 (80) Tarell Basham, DE/OLB Ohio
4 (137) Zach Banner, ORT, USC
4 (143) Marlon Mack, RB, S. Florida
4(144) Grover Stewart DL Albany Ga.
5 (158) Nate Hairston, CB, Temple
5 (161) Anthony Walker, LB, Northwestern

Key F.A. Signed:

Devin Funchess WR

Justin Houston OLB
Margus Hunt DL

Pierre Desir CB

Key F.A.:

Ryan Grant WR 
Adam Vinatieri K 
Matt Slauson OG
Margus Hunt DE
Al Woods DT
Robert Turbin RB
Ryan Hewitt FB 
Mike Mitchell FS
Najee Goode OLB 
Dontrelle Inman WR 
J'Marcus Webb ORT
Clayton Geathers FS
Mark Glowinski OG
Corey Moore SS
Chris Milton CB 
Luke Rhodes ILB 
Jihad Ward DE
Evan Boehm OG 
Ronald Martin SS 
Denzell Good ORT 
Arthur Maulet CB 
Erik Swoope TE 
Al-Quadin Muhammad DE
Chester Rogers WR
Ross Travis TE
Matthias Farley SS 
Zach Pascal WR
Brad Kaaya QB
Marcus Johnson WR
Steve Ishmael WR

Key F.A. Lost:

 

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The TeamThey need D on three level. They have to get some DBs to help their pathetic secondary that is as bad as KC's secondary

Their Safeties stunk last season: they were injured, one moved to Corner (Desir) and played better, all seemed injured, and now most as Free Agents. I don't see any reason to resign Corey Moore or Matthias Farley. 

The Player at Pick 34Murphy turn into a great player during the season. He was the best Corner in college football the second half of the season. He can get tough at the point on a WR Screen. He slammed the WR blocking him back into the WR trying to catch the bubble screen, and he knocked the ball out. Usually takes the WR who runs the deep route when Twins line up in front of him. He can put a big hit on the TE when he catches the ball in front of him. He reminds me of Logan Ryan.

Ohio State: He will pretend to cover the WR, even when he turns to block him, and continuing retreating so he can’t touch him. He will slightly curve over the middle deep sometimes when he sees the Dive. He will attack over the WR, on the WR screen to the slot guy on his side. That is the most physical I saw him get so far. He has some snap turning and running outside. 

He likes to turn and run 3/4ers after the snap. Great feel for the WR behind. He runs easily with the deep WR. He just doesn’t struggle with anything athletically. He doesn't rush inside to stop the run very much. Mostly waits outside. But he is a tough tackler. He can get to the RB on the edge and knock him back on his butt with a fierce form tackle. He is a pure finesse CB. 

Great job moving back and angling outside. He will stay covering his man, even when he is watching the RB run up the middle. He has no interest in moving inside to help out in the run game. But he will step up when the RB bounces it outside to his side. He will knock the out of bounds when the RB gets down the sideline. He might be the most physical run defender at CB.

Murphy is a marvel on the field. He should go higher than this. But if he is the Board they cannot pass on him. Elite cover guy that consistently shut down the WR on the QB's right all season. Great feet and smooth hips make him elite. His speed at the Combine will determine how high he goes. I really like this kid. He is tough in the run game. He has to run faster at his Proday. He needs a 4.4 next to his name to go this high.

A 4.55 was a 2nd Round number for him. That is why he prefers to play off. Whoever has no trouble with him in Off is going to get a good one on Day Two. Great quick pedal. Great feet. Smooth transition. Quick tight pedal. Instant transition. Love his hips. Nice burst out of transition where he turns his back to the QB. Elite adjustment to the ball. Great quicks out of transition. Nice click and close. Nice transition. Great acceleration out of break. No drop in first gauntlet. No drop in 2nd gauntlet. 

2018: Started all 14 games at cornerback in 2018 ... five tackles as a starter against Auburn in the season opener ... also made five stops in the win over North Dakota ... five tackles, including one for a loss, and four pass break-ups in the win at Utah ... two tackles against Arizona State ... six tackles, two tackles for loss, a forced fumble and a pass break-up in the win over BYU ... had four tackle in the win at UCLA ... six tackles and two pass break-ups at Oregon ... notched four tackles in the win over Colorado ... had three tackles, including half of a tackle for loss, at California ... seven tackles, including half of a tackle for a loss, and also had an interception in the Husky win over Stanford ... made six tackles in the UW win over Oregon State ... had two tackles and made an interception in the endzone in the Apple Cup win at WSU ... named the MVP of the Pac-12 Championship Game, when he scored the game's only touchdown on a 66-yard interception return ... also had another interception in that win over the Utes ... also earned the Husky coaches' defensive player of the game for the Pac-12 title game ... two stops against Ohio State in the Rose Bowl

The Reason: I think Murphy is the best Corner left in this Draft. His speed was an issue at the Combine, but he ran a 4.55 at his Proday. That was why he fell out of the 1st. The Colts did a spectacular job trading out of the 1st and still picking up a guy to fill a huge need position. Their secondary covers like KC secondary. That is the worst insult I can give. 

This is a best player available pick, and the fact that it is also one of their top need positions just makes it all the more annoying.  

Second Choice: Trevon Mullen CB

3.

35. 

Raiders

Defense: 4-3

Austin Bryant

Edge Clemson

6-4, 271, #99

 

*Clelin Ferrell-

DE Clemson

 

*Josh Jacobs

RB Alabama

5-10, 216, (PD) 4.6

 

Johnathan Abram

Safety Miss ST

WR, OLT, EDGE, TE, DE, LB, OLT, WR, TE, OL, DT, DB, LB, DT, EDGE, WR 

2018 Picks:

1 (15) Kolton Miller, OLT, UCLA
2 (57) P.J. Hall DL, Sam Houston ST
3 (65) Brandon Parker OL, NC A&.
3 (87) Arden Key, DE/OLB, LSU
4 (110) Nick Nelson, CB Wisconsin
5-140 Maurice Hurst, DL Michigan
5 (173) Johnny Townsend, P, FLA.
6 Azeem Victor LB, Washington.
7 (228) Marcell Ateman, WR, OK ST

2017 Picks:

1 (14) Karl Joseph, S, West Virginia
2 (44) Jihad Ward, DE, Illinois
3-75 Shilique Calhoun DE Mich ST
4 (100) Connor Cook, QB, Mich ST
5 (143) Deandre Washington, RB Texas Tech
6 Cory James, OLB, Colorado ST
7 (234) Vadal Alexander, G, LSU

Key F.A. Signed:

Antonio Brown WR

Tyrell Williams WR

Ryan Grant WR

J.J. Nelson WR
Trent Brown OLT

Isaiah Crowell RB

Mike Glennon QB

Landry Jones QB

Denzelle Good OL

Jordan Devey OG 

Luke Wilson TE
Johnathan Hankins DT

Josh Mauro DE

Vontaze Burfict ILB

Brandon Marshall OLB
Lamarcus Joyner FS

Curtis Riley FS
Nevin Lawson CB

Erik Harris CB 

Dwayne Harris KR

Key F.A.:

Key F.A. Lost:

AJ McCarron QB

Jordy Nelson WR

Jared Cook TE

Kelechi Osemele OG

Jon Feliciano OG

Donald Penn OT

D. Rodgers-Cromartie CB

The 1st Round Picks: 4/05 Clelin Ferrell: 2018 Bio. Updated. They did a great job with their three first round picks. I had them taking Josh Jacobs in the 1st. I thought Ferrell was the most underrated Edge Guy in this Draft. And Abrams was one of my all time favorite player to watch in college football. And not they pick at 35. Ferrell is the rusher I seem to have rated higher than most. I don't know what Tape the others are watching. 

Ferrell: I love Clelin Ferrell as a prospect. "I don’t care where people ranked him. Clelin Ferrell for us is a foundation player," Mayock said. "He’s a building block. As is Jacobs. As is Abram. And their football character’s off the chart. And we also think that their football-playing ability’s off the charts." Ferrell comes form a military family.
He has top character, all three guys have top character, and top football character. "We’re trying to tell our locker room what Jon Gruden and I believe in: and it’s physicality, and it’s toughness. and it’s a passion for the game. It’s high football IQ," Mayock said. "That’s what we want to be all about. Those three picks were really important to both Jon and I. I think we sent a message, and I think we’re really excited about the players we’re getting." Abrams and Ferrell both have great football smarts, character, and toughens. 
I was the only guy I saw who had him rated in the top ten. "I’d be lying to you if I said I wasn’t surprised," Ferrell said. "This was a really, really long process for me. I don’t pay attention to the mock drafts. Those things are stupid. Just talking to my agent, we didn’t know what to expect going in. But me personally, I always felt like I was going to be a Raider. I had such a good relationship and good meetings with the Raiders. It was just a great process." I had Clelin Ferrell rated Six. 

This pick is not a reach. He was the SEC Player of the Year. He had double digits sacks last season, and helped led to Clemson to their Championships. "Whether you want to admit it, or people like it or not, we're building our team. We need building blocks. We have some in place, and we needed these three 1st-rounders to come in here and inherit that responsibility. That's a tough job," said Gruden. "This franchise is moving to Las Vegas. It's very, very challenging. You've got to have a lot of maturity, and we wanted guys that weren't only great football players and talents, but guys who could handle the circumstances of being frontline players, leaders, and also having a lot of maturity to handle the move of the franchise. It's a tough league to play in to begin with, so we did a lot of work on their character. Mayock and I truly believe that's the winning edge in all the great players that we've been around." Great Pick. He is a stud.

3/20 Josh Jacobs: The Best RB In 2019 Draft. But...: I had this pick. "The explosion, quickness that he brings," Mayock said. "Remember, if you’re going to play for Jon Gruden as a running back, you’ve got to pass-protect, and you’ve got to catch the football. And this is a three-down back. He’s explosive, he’s tough. We’ve watched him pass-protect and he’s got really good, natural hands. So he brings versatility on the offensive side." I had him going to the Raiders at 27. 

They had to get a guy to take pressure off of Carr. The picked up the WRs and the OLT in the off season. "They already have a great quarterback and, obviously, they've added some great additions at receiver," Jacobs said. "So it's about putting those little pieces together. It's about fine-tuning things at this point. I feel like they're a couple of games away from being great. They're definitely going to make that step this year." So all's they needed was a physical runner. 

They took the guy that took over at Alabama. "If you're going to play for Jon Gruden as a running back, you've got to pass-protect and you've got to catch the footballs, and this is a three-down back," Mayock said. "He's explosive, he's tough. We've watched him pass protect, and he's got really good natural hands." He because the number one back at the end of the season for Alabama.

He is going to replace Marshawn Lynch in the starting lineup. "That's crazy," Josh Jacobs said. "He's a legend. He's someone I definitely look up to, on and off the field." The Raiders are going to need him badly on and off the field. 

He understands the work that he has do. "I like the effort he put into the game," Jacobs said. "He runs like it means more than just football. He's not complacent with just being in the league. He wants to go down as one of the greatest ever, and he brings that attitude to the game. Also, he keeps it fun." He knows the effort it takes to be a great one in the NFL. 

3/29 Johnathan Abrams: Step Aside, Gulp... Rodney.: Abrams is a very underrated athlete. "We like our three draft choices," Gruden said. "I’m really happy with our offseason program getting to know Brown, Williams, Ryan Grant, Trent Brown and our second years players coming back working hard. To add three more men to the group we assembled is exciting." Abrams is going to be a great player. I love this pick. 

Abrams was one of my favorite players in this Draft. He is the best Safety in this Draft. His Tape is legit special. He has that knack for affecting the game on all three levels. There just isn't a lot of guys who can do that. He can play the Will and the Sam, Box Safety, and he can drop as a FS and play Cover One. He did that all on Tape last season. 

A truly remarkable talent. "He runs the alley like a speeding bullet, but doesn’t consistently come to balance and his aggressive play style is his best and most worrisome quality. Although he reacts well and plays with boundless energy, Abram struggles to anticipate and is at his best where he can run-and-hit," Dane Brugler said. "Overall Abram is not the type of safety who will sniff out routes and thrive in deep coverage, but he is a tempo-setter with the fast and physical appetite to hunt." But he did play Cover One and Cover Two at Miss State on Tape. 
He is a guy who can lead their defense and be a foundational player. "Anybody who has been around here for the last four months knows how we have talked about foundation players. Jon and I have talked about that literally from the first day I got here. We define foundation as talent and character, passion for the game," Mayock said. "That kind of drove this draft. I know sometimes you want sexy and you want to move around and up and down and back and trades, and all the rest. But at the end of the day we got the guys we wanted. I told them you basically have one obligation as being part of a first-round pick of our team, and that's leadership. I think that's what all three are going to bring." One of the best players and leaders in this Draft. 
They are a better team today. 

The Player at Pick 35: 4/12 Austin Bryant: 2018 Bio. Updated.

The ReasonMayock gets lucky with a top Edge to start Day Two. "We have some guys who we’re watching, guys who we’re moving around on the [D] line," Raiders DC Guenther said. "The other team has some really exciting guys who could go in the top half of the draft." A torn pectoral dropped Bryant into the 2nd. 

Oakland is so desperately in need of rushers that they could have taken an inside rusher, an ILB who can blitz, and would still desperate for an edgerusher. "When you look at this draft, whether it’s outside edge rushers, or inside rushers, sub-rushers, nickel rushers, they’re out there, and it’s not just in the 1st round; it’s three, four, five rounds deep," Mayock said. "We’re excited because that’s obviously one of our areas of need. And we think both free agency and the draft, we’ll have an opportunity to address it." The Pats passed on him at 32 (for my favor offensive player in this Draft;), and he could make Mayock very happy here. 

There really is no real choice here. I mean, 13 Sacks last season? I mean, Khalil Mack had 12 and half sacks in 14 games all on his own! That puts the P in Pathetic. If you can't hit the Quarterback than you can't win. Thank you for proving that theory Jon. That is why they are sitting here at Four. Not Carr. I mean, 13 Sacks on the Season

I mean, what kind of a-hole would try and blame Derek Carr for four wins? 13 SACKS! I could have complete a pass against that pass rush (I mean just one, because I'm talentless and lucky;). NFL QBs are are great against rushes, how great were they against the Pathetics? No rush in their face? Unstoppable. How did they win four games. Carr must be better than I thought.

I mean, Gruden compared Metcalf to Jim Brown. Jim "Friggin'" Brown. He'd be an idiot not to draft him. But he can't. WHY? 13 Friggin' Sacks you idiot. You don't compare a dude to Jim Brown and then pass on him, four friggin' times! EVER! Unless! You garnered 13 Sacks last season! I mean, Montez Sweat had 12 friggin' Sacks last season. 

The Team needs an Edge. They took three DLs last year, but damn! 13 Sacks on the season! That is pitiful. 

Second Choice: Irv Smith H-back

4.

36.

49ers

Defense: 4-3

**D.K. Metcalf- 

WR Ole Miss

6-4, 230, (O) 4.33, 11'2" Br! 40.5"Vert, 27 Reps, 7.38 3-C, 4.5 SS, 

 

*Nick Bosa-

EDGE Ohio ST

#1 WR, OG, FS  DE/OLB, OLB/DE, DT, RB, DE, DB, TE, CB, WR, OC, DL, CBLB

2018 Picks:

-1 (9) Mike McGlinchey, OL, ND
2 (44) Dante Pettis WR Washington
3 (70) Fred Warner, ILB, BYU
3 (95) Tavarius Moore DB, S. Miss
4 (128) Kentavius Street, DL, NC ST
5 (142) D.J. Reed, CB, Kansas State.
6 (184) Marcell Harris, DB, Florida
7 (223) Jullian Taylor DT, Temple
7 (240) Richie James WR, M. Tenn

2017 Picks:

1 (3) Solomon Thomas, OLB, Stanford
1 (31) Reuben Foster, LB, UCLA
3-66 Ahkello Witherspoon, CB, Colo
3 (104) C.J. Beathard, QB, Iowa
4 (121) Joe Williams, RB, Utah
5 (146) George Kittle, TE, Iowa
5(177) Trent Taylor WR Louisiana T.
6 (198) D.J. Jones, DL, Mississippi
6 (202) Pita Taumoepenu, DL, Utah
7 (229) Adrian Colbert, DB, Miami.

Key F.A. Signed:

Tevin Coleman RB

Jordan Matthews WR
Raheem Mostert RB
Mike Person OG

Dee Ford DE/OLB

Kwon Alexander LB
Jason Verrett CB
Jimmie Ward CB

Robbie Gould KR

Key F.A.:

Key F.A. Lost:

Carlos Hyde RB

Logan Paulson TE

Brandon Fusco OG

Dontae Johnson CB

Tank Carradine LB

Aaron Lynch DE

Leon Hall CB

The 1st Round Pick: 4/03 Nick Bosa: He Ain't His Brother, But...

I had this pick. "I think the one thing, well when you're watching players, certain things jump out right away. One thing, we talked a lot with Dee (Ford). That first step," Lynch said. "Nick has a tremendous first step. He gains a ton of ground. It's incredibly quick. But, I think a mix of speed and power, and then he's an absolute technician with his hands. Kyle jokes a lot, it looks like he's been, since three years old, been doing pass rush moves with his family, and he's so proficient with it." They wanted explosion and speed off the Edge. 

They got one explosive rusher in Dee Ford. "Greg Schiano down at a visit, he was their D-Coordinator this year, and I think he captured what my eyes were seeing and our eyes were seeing better than anyone when he said in all his years of coaching," Lynch said. "He's never had a player whose hand and feet are married together better than Nick Bosa. So that's what we see. He's not only incredibly talented, powerful, fast, but he's very efficient in the way he plays, and you put that together and you think you have a pretty special package." He just has to stay healthy.

They had to get some speed outside. They have all over sized DLs on their D-line. Now they have the speed guy who can open some seams for their three big DLs, who need to rush inside. 

Now they have Dee Ford and Nick outside, and they can put Solomon Thomas inside at 3-Tech where he belongs. "I do," Shanahan said. "We've had a number of good D-Linemen here since we've been here and there were some before. And I think it always gets confusing to people in how to use them and where to use them best. And I think this makes it a lot easier." They draft two guys to play the 3-4, and then took Thomas. 

Now they have two legit 4-3 Edge guys, and Buckner has turned into a star. "We've had some guys with some versatility, but you always want to put guys in the spot that they're kind of born to do, and we have guys like Armstead and Solly (Thomas) who can rush outside and are really good at playing the run outside," Shanahan said. "But they're the best at rushing the passer from the inside, just like Buckner is. And now we've got two guys in particular who excel in rushing from the edge, and that's Dee Ford and it's Bosa. It allows you to use the versatility a little bit better and put guys truly where they're at their best." Then Armstead becomes a backup, and they have one of the top D-lines in the NFL. The are big and fast, and can switch from Odd to Even fronts if they want. 

They got the guy they wanted who they think can pull their mismatched Defense together. "We're doing well and we're very excited. [DL] Nick Bosa is a player who we have long coveted and grown in our appreciation probably every time we watch him, it gets better. We're very pleased to have him part of our organization. I think he adds to a very talented group on the defensive line, is something that [head coach] Kyle [Shanahan] and I had as a priority when we got here. Two of the first things we talked about is finding our quarterback and finding the guys to knock him down. I think both in quality and quantity, we've improved drastically in that respect, and that's just the start. It gives us a chance. Now we've got to go deliver there, and I think Nick really helps us in our ability to do that. With that, I'll open it up for questions." They have a screwed up front four. 

They wanted to play a 4-3, but essentially have a 3-4 D-line. Thomas, Armstead, and Buckner are better fits in a 3-4. Thomas is not a 4-3 D-end. In fact, his best position might be as a 3-Tech in a 4-3. But they play him as a Base-End. While Buckner and Armstead are really 5-Techs.
Adding Ford was a great pick up. He can be the speed guy outside. But they still don't have another Edge guy worth mentioning. With Bosa they can start Ford on the blindside, as Bosa played mostly on the Strongside at Ohio ST. They can play Armstead and Buckner in their Base defense, and bring Thomas in at 3-Tech in passing situations, which is most of the time now a days.
Now they'll have three guys who can rush the passer instead of almost one. Thomas was a great inside rusher at Stanford, and that could continue if they play him a 3-Tech on rush downs. Ford and Bosa are great edgerushers. They could also take Josh Allen if they want to switch to more of a 3-4. Ford can certainly play the stand up rusher in a 3-4. And Josh Allen is a great OLB. But if Bosa or Sweat are on the Board, they both fit their defense better as Strongside Edgerushers. 
The 49ers did great. They hit a winning streak that can only help them next year. They could certainly use some weapon to help poor Jimmy-G, but they will take whatever leftover super impact DL is left after the Cards pick. And there are impact RBs and WRs all over the 2nd and 3rd Rounds. 

The Player at Pick 36: 2/20 D.K. Metcalf: The Best WR in 2019. But...

The Reason: I think the 49ers should go Metcalf here, for the same reasons I have Murray to the Card. He is the perfect fit for this Offense. You got a young QB, good bad or indifferent, he is you future. You can do things to hurt him (like the Cards are doing to Rosen whether they take Murray or not), or you can make him better by coaching him up and give him protection (OLs) and weapons. Picking up McGlinchey and Pettis are nice examples of helping your young QB. They need to step up and do it again. Make Garoppolo an All Pro. 

His projected starters for this season at WR: Pierre Garcon (no longer a #1), Marquise Goldwin (yuck), and Dante Pettis (nice pick last year that showed a little something). They need to build up the defense more. Getting Dee Ford was a great impact player on defense. They need an impact player like Ford added to their offense. Jordan Mathews is not it. I loved Kittles a few years ago, and he has developed better than I thought. He is a freak athlete who needed a little more mentally.

Metcalf is a freak of nature on the level of Hurricane Julio, who is still destroying the NFL for the Falcons. "He's a special guy. He's big. He's fast. That comes once in a lifetime," AJ Brown said. "I would never talk down on D.K. I would never do that. He's a special guy. He's going to play a long time in the NFL. He's blessed, especially after everything he's been through. They couldn't get me to say anything bad about him." He will step in and soon be a Number One WR. 

He could be the difference between Garoppolo being a nice QB and a nice story, or an all-pro QB who can win Play-off games. "A lot of people talked, saying my cone drills (sucked), Tom Brady was faster than me," Metcalf said. "So I just had to come in here and just show that I was faster than Tom Brady." It is not good when you need to prove you can have better Combine numbers than Brady. 

That will be the primary reason that 49ers pass on him. "I dropped both of them by .2 seconds," Metcalf said. "So that was a big accomplishment for me today." A 7.2 3-Cone and a 4.2 Short Shuttle are not bad numbers for a 230-pound WR.

They have an offensive HC who needs a big strong Number One WR to run his offense. His offense just works better when he has a big Number One WR, like Andre Johnson or Pierre Garcon. He made Johnson (216 catches in two seasons) and Garcon (113 catches in one season) stars. He has to take Metcalf with his 1st Round pick in order to run his offense properly.

There best WR is probably Pettis. "Dante had a typical rookie year where he had some good games and some good plays, but a lot of ups and downs. He battled through some injuries early on which I thought set him back, but the way he finished the year was very exciting. He got a lot more opportunities at the end of the year. He earned those opportunities," Shanahan said. "You always want to see how guys do when they're out there. And he got better. He didn't get worse. He got better with experience. And I think that really helped him going into this offseason. I'm pumped to see him here in about a month." But this will be his second season and he is not a Number One WR. 

Trent Taylor could be their best WR sooner than later if he is willing to work for it. "I'm very hopeful for Trent to come back," Shanahan said. "Right now, he's around all the time. I see him outside my office on the field working out every single day. He wasn't here this time last year. He decided to stay here this year. He's healthy. He's going in the right direction, and he'll give himself a chance to be like his rookie year." He has to improve his work ethic. 
Jordan Mathews seems to get worse every season. "He’s bounced around a little in this league," Shanahan said. "I think he’s gotten better each year in this league just studying him and I think his skill set adds something to our group. He’s a bigger receiver who has good hands, very smart receiver and he also can run." He needs to be replaced.

Shanahan is at his best when he has a Number One WR. He is an Ex-OC Head Coach. He wants to Draft Metcalf. When he looks at all the great Defenders in this Draft, he still sees Metcalf. If you put him in this offense, he could be Andre Johnson. He could make Garoppolo a playoff winning QB. In Shanahan's system he wants his QB to over rely on the Number One WR. Metcalf tested as a Number One Receiver athletically, and he would have had the production if he wasn't hurt. 

Did you see him at the Combine? Have you seen him on Tape? Did you see him run that 4.33 Forty! He looked like swift-footed Achilles running deep down the sidelines. He was a warrior when the ball was in the air. He knocked everyone aside and went up and took it. When the ball is in the air it is his, period. That is what you needs from your Number One WR.

Second Choice: Irv Smith TE

5.

37.

Seahawks

Defense: 4-3

**Greedy Williams

CB LSU

6-1 7/8", 185, 

31 1/2" Arms,

(U) 4.38, (O) 4.37, 

 

CB, DE, LB, FS, OG, OL, LB, WR, 

2018 Picks:

1-27 Rashaad Penny RB San Diego
3 (79) Rasheem Green, DL, USC
4 (120) Will Dissly, DE Washington
5 (141) Shaquem Griffin, LB, UCF
5 (146) Tre Flowers, FS, OK ST
5 (149) Michael Dickson, P, Texas
5 (168) Jamarco Jones, OLT, Ohio ST
6 (186) Jake Martin, DL, Temple
7 (220) Alex McGough, QB, FIU

2017 Picks:

2 Malik McDowell DT Michigan ST
2 (58) Ethan Pocic, OL LSU
3 (90) Shaquill Griffin DB UCF
3 (95) Delano Hill, FS Michigan
3 (102) Nazir Jones, DT UNC
3 (106) Amara Darboh WR Michigan
4-111 Tedric Thompson SS Colorado
6 (187) Mike Tyson, SS, Cincinnati
6 Justin Senior ORT Mississippi
7 (226) David Moore WR, E. Central
7-249 Christopher Carson RB OK ST

 

Key F.A. Signed:

D.J. Fluker OG
Mike Iupati OG
Frank Clark DE
Mychal Kendricks LB
K.J. Wright LB

Jason Myers KR

Key F.A.:

K.J. Wright OLB 
Justin Coleman CB 
D.J. Fluker OG 
Mike Davis RB 
Frank Clark DE
Maurice Alexander SS
Tyler Ott LS 
Joey Hunt OC 
J.D. McKissic RB 
Quinton Jefferson DE
Branden Jackson DE 
T.J. Green S
Brett Hundley QB 
Malik Turner WR 
Akeem King SS 
Trevone Boykin QB 
Darrell Daniels TE 
George Fant OT 
Tre Madden RB  
David Moore WR 
Jordan Simmons OT
Austin Calitro ILB 

Key F.A. Lost:

Earl Thomas FS 

Shamar Stephen DT 

Justin Coleman CB

J.R. Sweeny OG

The 1st Round Pick: I had the Seahawks taking Greedy Williams in the 1st. I see no reason to change that now.  

They are still looking to replace Richard Sherman.

The Player: Greedy got a little high in transition. "Definitely, I’ve got to step that up," Greedy said. "And get that right. And get the right technique." He has to sink his hips better in pedal. 

Needs to work on his pedal. "They’re going to get a guy who works hard," Greedy said. "A guy dedicated to winning. Definitely put the team first. Always grew up playing football. Get a man who knows the responsibility. Who wants to come in and have a big impact on the team,″ He has to sink his hips better. 

He does not always look like he is interested in tackling. "I put a high priority on tackling just in general for our team and I don’t think we can change that depending on whatever position it is," Matt Patricia said, as I was sticking Greedy in at 8. "You’ve got to find the right balance because obviously the biggest thing they’ve got to do is be able to cover in those situations. But understand that some of the players on the other side of the ball are pretty good, too. They’re going to catch the ball and what you want to make sure that happens is that they’re tackled right away and they don’t turn those plays, whatever they are, into bigger plays." He could fall out of the top ten. 

But there are just not a lot of guys with his size, speed, and cover instants. His best transition was when he flipped around and put his back to the QB. Then he tracked it and went up and snagged it over his head. Good click and close. He got low and used the feet. He stop working out at the Combine do to cramps. 

No drop in first gauntlet. No drop in 2nd gauntlet. Greedy is a Redshirt Soph. So he was able to declare. They had more Redshirt Sophomores declare than ever before this year. He has great size and feet. He can play the ball in the air like a WR. We will see his size and speed at the Combine. If he has the track speed, like his field speed, he will be a top ten pick. 

Smooth hips turning upfield. Ultra focus on WR gives him an edge in the passing game, but he can be taken advantage of in the run game by running the outside WR deep and running behind him. Great quick feet when he turns and runs. I'd like to see more jabs and chucks from him, but his ability to turn and run without contact fits today's NFL. 

Overview: Tremendous cover corner that capped his LSU career as a finalist for the Thorpe Award as the nation’s top defensive back … First Team All-America in 2018 after earning third team honors as a redshirt freshman in 2017 …Two-time first team All-SEC selection … Played in 24 games with 24 starts during his LSU career … Led the SEC in interceptions in 2017 with six … Finished career with eight interceptions, 71 tackles and 28 passes defended … Cornerback with a big frame ... Has great instincts and tremendous ball skills ... Full name is Andraez but goes by Greedy … Grandmother nicknamed him Greedy when he was young … Older brother Rodarius is a starting cornerback for Oklahoma State … Grew up playing youth league football with Devin White.
SOPHOMORE SEASON (2018): Started all 12 regular season games at cornerback for the Tigers … Did not play in the Fiesta Bowl, instead opted to make himself eligible for the 2019 NFL Draft … Finalist for the Thorpe Award as the nation’s top defensive back … First team All-America from Walter Camp, Football Writers and American Football Coaches Association … Second team All-America from the Associated Press and Sporting News … First team All-SEC for second straight year from the AP … Capped year with 33 tackles, two interceptions, 11 passes defended … Registered a career-best 10 tackles in win over Ole Miss … Interceptions came in wins over Southeastern Louisiana and Auburn … Broke up three passes in win over Arkansas.
REDSHIRT FRESHMAN SEASON (2017): The top freshman cornerback in all of college football … Started every game at left cornerback for LSU … Totaled six interceptions for 32 return yards … The third player in the SEC since 2008 to lead the league in passes defended and interceptions …Became the first LSU player since Craig Steltz in 2007 to lead the SEC in interception … Finished with 38 tackles, 17 passes defended and 11 pass breakups … Intercepted passes against BYU, Chattanooga, Arkansas and Texas A&M for no return … Took the opening pass against Syracuse 28 yards for his third interception of the year … Also had an interception for four yards in the Citrus Bowl against Notre Dame.

The Reason: Seahawks are known for taking chances on talent over character, like Frank Clark. If his knee checks and he is on the Board, this could be his landing spot.  

Second Choice: Juan Thornhill FS

6.

38.

Jaguars

Defense: 4-3

Irv Smith
H-Back Alabama, 
6-2 3/8, 242, (O) 4.63, 

19 Reps, 31.5" Arms,
 32.5" Vert, 9'10" Broad,
 7.32 3-Cone, 4.33 SS

 

*Josh Allen

OLB/EDGE Kentucky

QB, OLT, TE,  WR, WR, DL,  TE, OG, OC, CB, QB

2018 Picks:

1 (29) Taven Bryan, DT, Florida.
2 (61) D.J. Clark, WR, LSU.
3 (93) Ronnie Harrison, SS, Alabama.
4 (129) Will Richardson, ORT, NC ST.
6 (203) Tanner Lee, QB, Nebraska.
7 (230) Leon Jacobs, DE Wisconsin.
7 (247) Logan Cooke, P, Miss ST.

2017 Picks:

1 (4) Leonard Fournette, RB, LSU
2 (34) Cam Robinson, OLT, Alabama
3 (68) Dawuane Smoot, DL, Illinois
4 (110) Dede Westbrook, WR, OK
5 (148) Blair Brown, LB, Ohio
7 (222) Jalen Myrick, CB, Minnesota
7 (240) Marquez Williams, FB, Miami

Key FA.Signed:

Nick Foles QB

Chris Conley WR

Geoff Swaim TE

Cedric Ogbuehi OLT
A.J. Cann OG

Alfred Blue RB

Key FA:
Corey Grant RB
T.J. Yeldon RB 
Tyler Shatley OG
Josh Wells ORT
Patrick Omameh OG 
Ereck Flowers ORT
Blake Bell TE
Rashad Greene WR
Corey Robinson OLT 
Tyler Patmon CB 
Josh Walker OT 
Jaydon Mickens WR
Chris Reed OG

Key Free Lost

Blake Bortles QB

Donte Moncrief WR

Allen Hearns WR

Marcellus Lewis TE

Blake Bell TE

Chris Reed OG

Malik Jackson DL

Tashaun Gipson FS

The 1st Round Pick: 4/06 Josh Allen: The Best Passrusher In The Draft.

First off Allen was the most productive Edgerusher in the SEC, ever. "17.5 sacks. I hope he can rush the passer. We expect him to be able to be on the edge, no matter who you line up with," Coughlin said. "Your 3-4 teams, when it goes to the nickel situation or the passing downs, very rarely is that configuration maintained, and it becomes a little bit more evenly balanced. He fits in as a pass rusher and also can play defensive end or outside backer." He is one on the fastest guys to the QB ever.

If you can't hit the QB in the NFL you can't win. "It means a lot," Allen said. "I am about to go to an organization that really strives to sack the quarterback. That’s what I love to do." He has that knack for hitting the quarterback. 
He almost declared for the Draft least season, but decided to stay for his senior season. "I think about it every day. I would have never been in this situation last year," Allen said. "I decided I am glad I came back to further myself as a person and as a player, as well. I’m just really thankful that I came back and everybody that helped me during this process. I’m forever grateful." He turned himself into a top Five Pick last season. 
He'll soon be a millionaire living in Jacksonville (is that an oxymoron?). "We talked openly on his visit here. We had a real fine visit with him and kidded him of where he was going to go and he said, 'Well maybe you will have to trade up to get me' I just reminded him of that one," Coughlin said. "Outstanding young man. A guy who will definitely help our defensive football team and hopefully will continue to get stronger and better on that side of the ball. We have a bunch of picks to work on the rest of the draft." He has great character and work ethic. 

He has the best bend in the Draft turning the Corner to the QB. That is how he wins. "That was certainly part of it, his ability to play over the course of the entire football game and continue to pressure the passer, even though late in the game." Coughlin said. "Like I said, his ability to rush on either side, his ability to drop and his athleticism, as demonstrated by the combine, etc. as well. A very impressive young man and football player." He is whirlwind all over the field. 
He isa fan of his new temamate Yannick Ngakoue."I have never met him. I have been following him on Instagram. I am a huge fan of him," Allen said. "I have been watching him ever since Maryland. I’m a big fan, but now I am about to be a big teammate to him. We’re trying to win Super Bowls. I know he is. I know I am. We’re trying to be great." Those two will cause a lot of problem for offenses. 
Have two outside guys who can hit the QB is what all team want. "It’s crazy because I watched Jalen Ramsey throughout college. I was a fan of his! When he messaged me, it was like a dream come true. I looked up to this dude. Now, it’s like I am his teammate. Now it is more fuel to my fire," Allen said. "Now I have to prove him why I’m the best player in the draft. Plus, I have to earn the respect of him. I am coming in ready to work, ready to work and ready to keep the culture going. That is the type of MO I’m bringing and (I will) earn the respect of my peers." This was the best pick in the Draft, getting the best non QB at Seven.

The Player at Pick 383/20 Irv Smith: The Best Slot TE In 2019 Draft. But...

The Reason: They got a new QB, and now they have to build a team around him. Their O-line and WRs were terrible last season. But that was mostly do to injury and they just signed Ogbuehi and Cann. But they still need help on the field blocking for their QB. Smith is a great receiving H-back, who was trained to block at Alabama. 

Their offense fell apart when they lost their Number One WR Allen Robinson left for the Bears. They need another big Number One WR to help Foles be all that he can be. Smith has the size and athleticism to be a great help to the QB throwing short. 

Their GM is a former WR's coach for the Giants. And their HC is an Offensive Head Coach. If they have a chance to go Number One WR here? I just don't see how they can pass. If they think AJ Brown could be a #1 it could be done. They could also go OL here. An ORT was a popular pick for them in the 1st. But there are impact WRs at every level in this Draft.

Second Choice: Cody Ford ORT

7.

39.

Buccaneers

Defense: 4-3

*Greg Little

OLT Ole Miss

6-5, 310, #35 1/4" Arms!

(O) 5.33, 25" Vert,

9'5" Broad, 4.74 SS,

 

*Devin White

ILB, LSU

 

 

DE, Mike, DB, OT, OL, ILB, LB, EDGE, WR, DL, DE, DB, 

2018 Picks:

1 (12) Vita Vea, DT, Washington
2 (38) Ronald Jones II, RB, USC
2 (53) M.J. Stewart, CB, UNC
2 (63) Carlton Davis, CB, Auburn.
3 (94) Alex Cappa OG Humboldt ST
4 (117) Jordan Whitehead, S Pitt
5 Justin Watson, WR Pennsylvania
6 (202) Jack Cichy, OB, Wisconsin

2017 Picks:

1 (19) O.J. Howard TE Alabama
2 (50) Justin Evans, S, Texas A&M
3 (84) Chris Godwin, WR, Penn ST
3 (107) Kendell Beckwith, ILB, LSU
5 Jeremy McNichols RB Boise ST
7 (223) Stevie Tu’ikolovatu DT USC

Key FA Signed:

Ryan Griffin QB
Breshad Perriman WR
Donovan Smith OT

Vinny Curry DE

Shaquil Barrett LB
Deone Bucannon OLB

Key FA:

Brent Grimes CB
Ryan Fitzpatrick QB 
Adam Humphries WR
Christopher Conte FS 
Jacquizz Rodgers RB
Donovan Smith OLT
Adarius Taylor ILB
Garrison Sanborn LS
Cairo Santos K 
Kevin Minter ILB 
Cameron Lynch OLB 
Rakeem Nunez-Roches DT
Josh Shaw FS 
Kwon Alexander ILB 
Corey Nelson ILB

Key FA Lost:

Ryan Fitzpatrick QB

The 1st Round Pick: Devin White: He is a phenomenal Mike. "Every game you watch, this guy's flying around, making plays, you just can't help [but get excited]," [BLANK] said. "I think in today's NFL, the linebackers are becoming more and more of this. Sometimes you might sacrifice a little bit of size to gain a lot of athleticism and a lot of speed, and [BLANK] definitely has that." Who was that quote about which LB?

It could easily be said about both. Give up. No? I'll give you a hint Fangio did NOT say that last year for the Bears. 

Nope, it was Fangio's boss last year Ryan Pace GM of the Bears. But if you read Fangio saying "Every game you watch, this guy's flying around, making plays, you just can't help [but get excited]. I think in today's NFL, the linebackers are becoming more and more of this. Sometimes you might sacrifice a little bit of size to gain a lot of athleticism and a lot of speed, and [BLANK] definitely has that." Would you shock, or agree. 

I think it is shocking how similar those two players are on the field. I think that White is a little better leader, and Roquan finds the ball a little better. But check out the stats: Roquan, 252 tackles, 20.5TFL, 6.5 Sacks, 3 PBU, 3FF, and 3 FR; White, 286 tackles, 28.5 TFL, 8.5 Sacks, 9PBU, 4 FF, and 3 FR. White is just as special as Roquan. 

The most important news about White is that when he went out with an injury, the defense fell apart. Never mind make checks and changes before the snap. He is a true Mike Linebacker like Mayo. I did not like him in the Top Five, until I saw he was like Mayo mentally on the field. Plus, he has Mayo's speed. Mayo ran a 4.5 at the Combine, and White ran a 4.42. That is more than fast for an LB. He finds RB in trash and traffic, but he will get stuck in traffic sometimes.

White is the prototype Mike. He is not only a sideline to sidelined tackler, but he can run a defense like Mike. The most interesting aspect of his game is that when he got injured the LSU got all disheveled. They couldn't get someone on the field to set up the defense. They lost, because they lost their leader on defense. When he came back the D was put back together again. 

Combine: I wasn’t sure on him, until I saw his comparison to Roquan Smith, who I thought was great. When I looked at White like Roquan I got it. He also had some better stats than Roquan. He actually had better stats than Smith. He gets to the ball to both sidelines. He gets hurt. He has some twitch. He can sink his hips. Elite feet. Amazing moving side to side. Great job sinking hips. He is so smooth. Great snap in his hips. Roquan is a better player, but White is closer than I thought. 

Georgia: Not a great blitzer inside. When the OG catches him he is done. He blitzed up the gut a lot against Georgia. Nice job faking one hole, and bursting laterally and up to the QB. He has a knack for just holding this ground on TE second level, shedding, and tackling the RB. He gets tot he RB from every angle. Excellent drop. He can cover down the Seam. Nice speed down the seam.

He does a good job attacking the ball while tackling. He has smooth easy feet moving backwards in pass pro. He can get to the sideline when the QB throws outside and tackle the WR short. He will cover the WR outside sometimes. He will be late picking up the TE in coverage as he peeks into the backfield. He will miss the snap, because he is looking over at the sideline, but then snap back to the ball carrier and make the tackle. When he finds a crease he's as fast to the QB as any blitzer. 

UCF: He has a nice burst back when he recognizes pass. He is a true sideline to sideline tackler. Nice job getting outside and picking up the RB on the Wheel. He always seems to make every tackle on the 2nd level sometimes. Over runs the reverse sometimes, but has the speed to get down field and get in front of the WR. He will zone outside sometimes. He will get too aggressive on angles, and run himself out of the play. I wouldn’t take him in the First. He consistently finds the RB in the middle of the Box. Nice job bursting out of the zone to get the scrambling QB, and can punch the ball out while tackling him. Nice job bouncing off blocks with his hands, arms, and feet. 
Alabama: He can outrun the TE to the ball. He is a more of a run around guy than a take on blockers guy. He's good at using his hand and feet together to push off the OG, and hop out of his way and around him. He is good at playing the QB's eyes and staying in front of him. Zone drops right in front of the QB a lot. Great speed to the QB. He will get stuck in traffic. But he can bounce off an OL, and get to the RB on the Dive. When he blitzes he gets up field fast. Nice job moving laterally behind his teammates fighting blockers, and getting to the RB on the other side of the line. 

He does a good job attacking the ball while tackling. He has smooth easy feet moving backwards in pass pro. He can get to the sideline when the QB throws outside and tackle the WR short. He will cover the WR outside sometimes. He will be late picking up the TE in coverage as he peeks into the backfield. He will miss the snap, because he is looking over at the sideline, but then snap back to the ball carrier and make the tackle. He can get devastated, when the big OL gets low and hits him

The Player at Pick 39: Little is a battle tested OLT in the SEC. I like how he moves. Long legged. Smooth puller. He has some nice speed moving backwards on the right. He can play some ORT. That was a bit of a surprise. His hips were a little tight. Wide base. Looked like he had done mirror drill before. I like his performance at the Combine. 

He does a great job on short yardage, turning the D-end and shoving him inside so the RB can curve around behind him. He can hit the DT lined up in front of him on short yardage, and bend and collapse his legs into the dirt. He will get beat by speedy power, if you know what I mean.

2018 Outlook: 2018 Outland Trophy Watch List. 2018 Preseason All-America First Team (The Athletic, Sporting News). 2018 Preseason All-America Second Team (AP, Lindy's, Phil Steele, Athlon). 2018 Preseason All-SEC First Team (Lindy's, Athlon, Phil Steele)

The Reason: Winston is falling apart before our eyes. This Draft needs to be about making him a legit Play Off QB. The problem is that they don't seem to understand the value of a great O-line. Little is a plug and play OT, who will eventually move over to OLT. He could also start at OLG, to get him more used to playing on the left side.

They have to get an OL here to help their battered QB Little is an NFL OLT, who may take a little time, but I think will eventually start OLT in the NFL. He has the physical talent, feet and long arms to play OLT in the NFL. 

They need to get some help on the O-line is Winston is ever going to be a successful QB. A new starter at OLT is a most. Howard has the feet and hands to be great in pass pro on the blindside. And if it doesn't work he is a plug and play ORT. They have to start taking hits off of Winston. 

Second Choice: Cody Ford ORT

8.

40.

Bills

Defense: 4-3

Juan Thornhill

FS/SS Virginia

6', 205, (O) 4.42, 

11'9" Broad! 44"Vert!

31.1" Arms, 21 Reps, 

 

*Ed Oliver

3-Tech Houston

OLT? DL, FS, LB, RB, ORT, KR, CB, RB,,OLB, DT, CBTE, TE, TE, WR, WR, WR, OT, OL, OL, OL, LOL

2018 Picks:

11 (7) Josh Allen, QB, Wyoming.
1 Tremaine Edmunds, LB Virginia T
3-96 Harrison Phillips, DT, Stanford.
4-12) Taron Johnson CB Weber ST
5-154 Siran Neal, FS Jacksonville ST
5-166 Wyatt Teller, OG Virginia T
6 Ray-Ray McCloud, WR Clemson.
7 (255) Austin Proehl, WR UNC

2017 Picks:

1 (27) Tre’Davious White CB LSU
2 (37) Zay Jones WR East Carolina
2 (63) Dion Dawkins, ORT, Temple
5 (163) Matt Milano, LB, BC
5 (171) Nathan Peterman, QB, Pitt
6 (195) Tanner Vallejo, LB, Boise ST

Key F.A. Signed:

Cole Beasley WR
John Brown WR 

Andre Roberts WR/KR
Frank Gore RB

Charles Clay TE
Tyler Kroft TE

Jake Fisher TE

LaAdrian Waddle OLT
Mitch Morse OC

Spencer Long OG

Quinton Spain OG 
Ty Nsekhe OLT

Eli Harold OLB
Jordan Phillips DT

Kevin Johnson CB

E.J. Gaines CB 

Key F.A.:
Key F. A, Lost:

John Miller OG

Kyle Williams DT

The 1st Round Pick: I had the Bills taking Oliver from February to Thursday. "Yeah, definitely did. You stack your board. You’re also doing odds and ends as far as trying to figure out how the board’s going to fall. Yeah, we liked where we were at nine," Beane said. "You don’t truly know how it’s going to fall, there’s a lot of smoke about how many quarterbacks are going to go or not going to go. We felt if a couple of quarterbacks went, we were hoping for three, just to make it safe, that we’d get a player that we felt was definitely worthy of nine and that’s what we think we did." Then in an act of pur genius I changed the pick and gave Oliver to the Raiders for their big "surprise" pick. 

The Bills needed some help on the interior D-line. "As Brandon mentioned, it’s a key part of our defense. No different in where we came from and how we built that defense and the way we’re building our defense now. I’ll say this, no one is ever going to replace Kyle Williams, I just wanted to manage expectations, number one, with that," McDermott said. "Ed Oliver is going to come in and, number one, earn everything that he gets. That’s how we do things here, you guys know that. No different in this case. He’s a good player that plays hard, brings his lunch pail, and he’s a guy that fits the way we play on the field." It won't take them long to get him in the starting lineup.

He is a plug and play explosion 3-Tech. "We were obviously excited. You never know how it’s going to fall, and sitting at nine we felt like we were at a pretty good spot where we could get a good player one way or the other. We feel good about the pick," McDermott said. "I’ll give credit where credit is due to Brandon and his staff and the due diligence that they put into the situation." The Bills know that Brady hates inside pressure, and Oliver is tied for first getting inside pressure on QBs. 

He is a freak in the Donald mold. "Brandon alluded to the fact that he was used a little bit differently in college that probably how we’ll use him here in our system. He was more lateral," McDermott said. "I would say, to be simple about it, in college. Here we play a penetrating, attack-style defense, playing really on the other side of the line of scrimmage as opposed to staying along the line of scrimmage or moving latterly."  He is going to be monster 3-Tech for the Bills, which is bad news for the Pats.

I thought it was stupid when Draftnic were putting BC OG Lindsey to the Pats. Not with Shaq at ORG. I love Shaq. But now getting a bigger ORG might be a must for the Pats. " We’re a penetration, attack-style defense and we’ll use him in that area, in that regard," McDermott said. "The thing about Ed that stands out first and foremost is how quick he is at the line of scrimmage. They stunted him a lot at Houston. We’re excited to see him in our system and integrate him into what we do and integrate him into the guys we already have in that room." That is how good Oliver is, teams have to make adjustments just for him that they wouldn't make for any other player. 

The Player at Pick 40: Thornhill is a true freak. He looks like a Strong Safety, but he played Free Safety. He played a lot of Cover One. Terrific blitzer right up the gut. This guy has some on field speed. He will bail right before the snap into Cover One. Great burst outside when he reads the QB's eyes. He can get outside the seam almost as fast as the ball. He really played both SS and FS. There were times he lined up with the LB, and they put him in Cover One a lot, or in the middle of Cover Three. 

He makes plays on the ball in the air. Excellent b all skills. He is a guy who could have more INTs in the NFL than the FBS. Nice job getting to the RB outside from deep Cover One. Great pedal from the middle of the defense. He flies backward so smoothly and easily, and easily changes direction following the QB eyes. He can jump in front of the WR deep down the field in Cover One. 

He played the center of Cover Three. They like to switch up their secondary every snap. He can get outside to the sideline from the middle of the field. He can break outside when the QB takes out, and get outside the numbers to dive out and knock the pass down. There are times you can see those incredible Combine numbers on the field. He will waste steps in pass defense. 

He can line up inside at LB, make the pulling OG miss, and put a hurt on the RB in the middle of the line. Has trouble taking on OLs inside when at LB. But they have to get to him first. When he is moving fast to the RB, the OLs have trouble hitting him. Great burst back at the Mike, when the QB drops. He can drop to either side the QB is looking. He has to be more decisive in coverage. 

He played some Corner as well. "We look for safeties who can take it away, and that's what he does," a Scout said. "It wouldn't surprise me if a team drafted him to move him back to corner since he's long with ball skills." He measured out at the Combine like an elite Corner. 

He will line up inside like a Strong Safety as well. They will line him up as the Mike on short yardage, and he can fill the hole and stuff the RB on 3rd and 1. They will put him in at the Will, and he can get outside and get the RB on the Toss to his side. Which is what teams need now a days. Safeties who can play forward like LBs in the run game, and also be able to drop and play the ball in the air. He does a good job staying over the TE inside the Seams. He can get to RB short.

He will line up as an ILB. He needs to read things better. He has the top upside of any Safety in this Draft. But he has to read it better and quicker. Nice job sliding over to the side the QB is eyeing down as the FS. Takes nice angles forward to get to the RB. They will put him at the Mike on 1st and 2nd down as well. Then line him up as Slot Corner. He is the most versatile DB in this Draft. 

He gets caught up in traffic too much when he lines up too close to the LOS. He can chase an RB 30 to 40 yards downfield and shove him out of bounds. Nice job running around the O-line to get the RB. When he isn't blocked he can get to the RB fast. Not a good blitzer. He does not take on blockers well at all. He is seen as a SS/LB, but he cannot shed OLs. They play him at LB a lot, but he really is a space player. He really has a good feel in Cover One and when to turn and help on the deep WR. The closer you bring him to the line the worse he looks. Nice job picking up the Slot in deep off when the Nickel blitzes. He does not take on the physical stuff well. He is a FS/Nickel. 

The Reason: The Bills have gone nuts on Offensive Free Agents. They have to help the defense as well. 

The Bills friggin' went off in Free Agency. They not only completely rebuilt their O-line, they completely rebuilt their entire offense. Anything we thought we knew about the Bills is no longer true. Other than they will have to hit the defense big time in this Draft. They did not do a lot to help their defense. They lost Kyle Williams to retirement. 

They really hit just about every position in free agency except Safety. "“It is hard, Definitely in our build we’re not coming off a 12-4 season or a team that doesn’t have a lot of holes. We do know where they’re at. Again, free agency is very fluid, and you just don’t know how it’s going to fall," Bills GM Brandon Beane said. “You have to be careful not to fall in love with a player or players and chase someone out of your price range. You’ll be disappointed and set that player up for failure because they’re not going to be able to meet the price in performance with the fans, the media, their teammates or their coaches." Thornhill is the top freak left on the Board. 

Second Choice: Cody Ford ORT (he has to go somewhere)

9.

41.

Broncos

Defense: 3-4

 

 

Elgton Jenkins

OC Miss ST

6-4, 310, #74 

 

Noah Fant-

TE Iowa

OC, QB, OL, LB, QB, CBTE, CB, DE, CB, OL, DB, LB, TE, OL, DL, 

2018 Picks:

1 (5) Bradley Chubb, DE, NC State
2 (40) Courtland Sutton, WR, SMU
3 (71) Royce Freeman, RB, Oregon
3 (99) Isaac Yiadom, CB, BC
4 (106) Josey Jewell, LB, Iowa.
4 DeaSean Hamilton, WR, Penn ST
5 Troy Fumagalli, TE,Wisconsin.
6 (183) Sam Jones, OL Arizona ST
6 Keishawn Bierria,LB, Washington
7-226 David Williams,RB,Arkansas

2017 Picks:

1 (20) Garett Bolles, OLT Utah
2 (51) DeMarcus Walker, DE FLA ST
3 Carlos Henderson WR Louisiana T
3 (101) Brendan Langley, CB, Lamar
5 (145) Jake Butt, TE, Michigan
5 (172) Isaiah McKenzie, WR, Georgia
6 (203) De’Angelo Henderson, RB, Coastal Carolina
7 (253) Chad Kelly, QB, Mississippi

Key F.A. Signed:

Joe Flacco QB
Jeff Heuerman TE
Ja'Wuan James ORT

Kareem Jackson CB

Bryce Callahan CB

Key F.A.:

Jared Veldheer ORT 

Elijah Wilkinson OT

Max Garcia OG
Nico Falah OC
Jordan Taylor WR

Tim Patrick WR
Brian Parker TE 
Isaiah McKenzie WR
Kevin Hogan QB 
Jerrol Garcia-Williams ILB 
Deiontrez Mount OLB 
Joe Jones OLB  

Domata Peko DT
Shane Ray OLB
Zach Kerr DE 
Adam-Pacman Jones CB

Tramaine Brock CB
Shamarko Thomas SS

Dymonte Thomas S  
Jordan Moore S

Key F.A. Lost:

Case Keehum QB

Matt LaCosse TE 

Matt Paradis OC 

Billy Turner OG

Shaquil Barrett OLB

Bradley Roby CB 

The 1st Round Pick: 3/18 Noah Fant: The Best TE in 2019 Draft, But...

In a truly great move Elway dropped down in the first to snag the TE that Flacco needs to be successful in the NFL. "We felt it was just too much value to not take. We had a couple of other options too. So we had a lot going on in that 10 minutes," Elway said. "So we ended up taking the deal with Pittsburgh. And then being able to pick up Noah at 20. He can really run and stretch the field, very athletic and a very effective receiving tight end." And they pick up an extra 2nd, pick number 52.  

Flacco relies on the TE more than any other QB in the NFL, who doesn't have a TE named Gronk. "He’s a great athlete and he can really run and stretch that field," Elway said. "That’s what we’re seeing with today’s game with the tight ends. We got a guy that’s a legitimate tight end that can really catch the football downfield." He has legit 4.5 speed at 250 pounds.  

This pick makes so much sense. "And I would argue that I'm in the best situation for a tight end in this draft," Fant said. And he's right. 
When Flacco gets in trouble he looked to his TE. "It's another weapon. He can play three downs for us. He gets great matchups for us," Elway said. "And ultimately, you're looking to run and to have a guy that big and that size (who will) really stretch the field. Really helps us." He needs a top TE to be the best he can be. 

It is all about making Flacco better in Denver. He has proven he can take a team to the Super Bowl and win. Now they have to get him some weapons. It all starts with the tight end with Flacco, and they got the best in the Draft. 

The Player: at Pick 41: One of my favorites. Might be the best OC in the Draft. Might be more of a Zone blocker. He will get beat by power sometimes, but he was playing injured most of the season. Huge thighs. Great hands. Powerful. When he grabs shirt the defender is done. Smooth hands and feet in mirror drill. Another plug and play OL who will step in and start for 10 to 15 years. Great job pulling the DL up, as he holds on. 

He can bend the stack and shed DT, and bend him backwards to the ground. Great power. Plays with some great nasty. He can move the DT to either side on the Dive with some great power. 

SB: He was a force in the run game at the Senior Bowl. They had the best set of OCs at the Senior Bowl I have ever seen. He destroyed the DTs in the run game. Nice job jamming the DT to the OG on the double. Nice job turning and jamming the DT to the ground on the double. He never seems to be out of balance. Plays with great balance in his hands and feet. Great quick feet to pull outside. He was healthy at the SB, and dominated in the trenches. 
CAREER: The No. 1 center prospect for the 2019 NFL Draft, according to ESPN draft analyst Mel Kiper Jr., who is also versatile enough to play every position on the line … Transitioned into the starting center role in 2017 preseason camp and shined as a junior … Played in 49 career games with 34 starts – 26 at center, five at left tackle, two at left guard and one at right tackle … Allowed only one sack over 762 pass-blocking snaps at center during his junior and senior seasons, per Pro Football Focus … Two-time member of the SEC Academic Honor Roll … Graduated from MSU in December 2018 with a degree in industrial technology.

The Reason: They need an OC. Paradise left the team. Flacco ain't gettin' any younger. They have to get a legit OC to help run the line and protections. Elway knows how important a great center is to a QB. Jenkins is a plug and play Center.

Second Choice: Drew Lock: Flacco is a stop gap. No one knows the value of a strong armed QB more than Elway. Lock is a guy who needs some time as well. Having Flacco for a year or two will hopefully help Lock. He can watch and learn from him about the NFL, and the speed and complexities of the game. Plus, I struggle to see any reason to think that Flacco is more than a one year gap filler. 

Second Choice: AJ Brown WR

10.

42.

Bengals

Defense: 4-3

 

*Mack Wilson

LB Alabama

6-2, 239, (PD) 4.65, 

10"1' Broad, 32" Vert,

32.3" Arms, 

 

*Jonah Williams

OLT Alabama

OLT, LB, TE, DL,  TE, ORG, DE/OLB, DB, QB? ORT?

2018 Picks:

1 (21) Billy Price, OC, Ohio ST
2 (54) Jessie Bates DB Wake Forest
3 (77) Sam Hubbard, DE, Ohio ST
3 (78) Malik Jefferson, ILB, Texas
4 (112) Mark Walton, RB, Miami
5-151 Davontae Harris CB Illinois ST
5 (158) Andrew Brown, DL Virginia
5 Darius Phillips, CB, W. Michigan
7-249 Logan Woodside, QB Toledo
7 (252) Rod Taylor, OG Mississippi
7 (253) Auden Tate, WR, Florida ST

2017 Picks:

1 (9) John Ross, WR, Washington
2 (48) Joe Mixon, RB, Oklahoma
3 (73) Jordan Willis, DE, Kansas State
4 (116) Carl Lawson, DE, Auburn
4 (128) Josh Malone, WR, Tennessee
4 (138) Ryan Glasgow, DT, Michigan
5 (153) Jake Elliott, K, Memphis
5 (176) J.J. Dielman, OC, Utah
6 (193) Jordan Evans, LB, Oklahoma
6 Brandon Wilson, RB, Houston
7 (251) Mason Schreck, TE, Buffalo

Key F.A. Signed:  
Bobby Hart OT
John Miller OG

Tyler Eifert TE
C.J. Uzomah TE

Preston Brown OLB
B.W. Webb CB

Darqueze Dennard CB

Key F.A.:  
Jordan Franks TE 

Key F.A. Lost:

Cedric Ogbuehi OLT

Tyler Kroft TE

Jake Fisher TE

Vontaze Burfict LB

The Team: 4/18 Jonah Williams: Fighting For Respect.

He is one of the smartest guys in this Draft "You’re right about that. We’re looking for people with the right character. Obviously they need to be talented and good enough to be a first-round pick to come in and play. We want guys with the right mentality. We want guys that have a championship mindset, are driven by their future success every single day, and are trying to improve themselves," Taylor said. "In getting to know Jonah, we had him at the interview, and we went down and worked him out at the Pro Day. The more you spend time with him, he’s got that championship mindset, which is clear — he’s competed for many championships while he was there. He’s always gotten the most out of his ability. We’re really excited about this pick." He played for championship in the best Division in the FBS. 

He is a terrific athlete. "A phenomenal athlete. When we went to work him out down there at Alabama. The thing you’ve got to remember is he blocks everybody in the SEC. So you always go back to these little pieces on players, and you’re like, 'well, this isn’t good. This isn’t good physically.' But then when you watch the tape, if he blocks all the best players in the country that are getting picked in the 1st round," Turner said, "He’s a first round pick, and he’s going to be able to do it at this level. Again, we’re very excited. He played at Alabama, so not only is he blocking everybody in the SEC, he blocks everybody in practices, and practices against some of the best players in the country every day. So, it’s a big part of why he is the polished player that he is." But he is more Matt Light's size than Solder's. 

He played for a very tight unit at Alabama. "Out of all the positions in any sport, I think chemistry in the offensive line rooms is one of the biggest — especially on football teams. That chemistry in that room is a big part of the success or failure of that offense. The head coach (Zac Taylor) made a great point in our draft meetings about this young man that we just drafted — Jonah Williams — and what he can bring to the table, and I felt the same thing. All we kept coming back to was his character. And obviously with the talent and all the things he brings to the table, and the production of blocking everybody in the SEC the way that he did. There’s other guys that can block well too. But then when you put the character in (which) is an A+, he is a great fit for any line room. We are really excited to have him in the building." We knew they'd be looking for an OLT in this Draft. 

They need a plug and play guy. We just didn't know which one. They went with Jonah Williams here. He is more NFL ready.  He is a phenomenal intellectual freak when it comes to football. He studies film in his spare time and writes note on spread sheet by formation. Jonah Williams played in the SEC. He has the athleticism to great in the Zone block system. 

The Player Pick 42: Mack Wilson might go in the 1st, but I don’t see it. He is a good Mike, but not great one. Nice job holding the middle, and waiting for the RB to come to him. He rarely faced blockers, because of the ridiculous talent on the DL in front of him. Doesn’t make as many plays as I though he should when I watch him. Often looks the best when he doesn’t move and the play comes to him. He is a very good blitzer. He can find the lane and get to the QB fast. 

He is the leader and signal caller of the defense. Needs to get bigger. He gets to the RB quick, but the RB can run right over him. He can knock the WR flying back onto his back. He is a great run blitzer off the edge. He does not take on blockers well, and is more of a run around guy. 

He was playing like a guided missile against LSU. Destroyed screens. He might be the quickest and fastest LB to the RB. Plays action hurts him. He is a run first ILB. Terrific job finding the RB in traffic. He is a bit of miss cast LB. He is not big and does not have long arms, which seems to be every where. 6-1 240 might be the near the prototype LB now a days, but it is not big. 

He really is a terrific blitzer. He can bend outside the D-end bringing the OLT inside, and hit the QB in a flash. When the QB takes off he always seems to be in the right spot to tackle him. When he blitzes and gets a free lane he can really destroy the QB, and knock him flying back on his butt. He has some explosion, and uses his nice burst and angles to get to the ball carrier.

I'm just not sure about him. I didn't see the step up I was expecting after an injury filled 2017 Season. "Football is football. A 40-yard dash is a 40-yard. I didn’t play football all my life to be a track star or anything else like that," Mack said. "I feel like there’s a part of football that some scouts, some teams, some coaches want to see. But at the end of the day, it’s about what you put on film. That’s your resume." He ran a 4.65 Forty in his second run at the Alabama Proday

Mack said he also had a 32" Vert and 10'1" Broad. "Every team I met with I told them, 'I feel like the most versatile linebacker in the draft,'" Wilson said. "I can flip my hips. I can cover. I can do whatever. I wanted to be able to show those guys that when I did my position drills." Gil Brandt graded his Proday as "Average", is more of a D than C. 

Wilson is an undersized Mike. "He’s going to be the signal caller," Saban said. "Very athletic, very good player. We don’t have any questions about his ability to do what he needs to do at his position to be successful, but how he affects other people is going to be critical." He is a very good athlete on the field. He has a nice quick zone drop, and he is best in coverage.

He is a sideline to sideline tackler. "Physically, we’ve always known Mack could do literally anything," trainer Tracy Varner said. "I mean if you listen to Mack, he should go out there and compete with Jalen and Tua for the starting quarterback job. Mack can do anything. The next step is the mental part and the leadership part." It is his smarts that could make him a great one. He is not a great run defender. He makes the plays when he isn't blocked, but doesn't take on blocks well at all. In space he can do it all. He doesn't always see through the play. Blockers get to him. He needs to beat them to the spot. Needs to play in the future more. 

But he does take nice angles outside. "I still feel like there’s a lot of room for improvement," Wilson said. "You know, I didn’t have the perfect Pro Day. I didn’t accomplish everything that I wanted to accomplish. But I told my parents and my trainers, 'as long as I'm happy, I want y'all to be happy.' After I ran my 40 and I saw what I ran, I was happy. I wasn't mad at myself, I wasn’t down. I was like, 'I'm going to finish these drills strong and go about my day.'" When he sees the ball carrier he gets to him. He is a one year wonder, whose stats weren't that wonderful.

He can run the defense from the Mike. "He’s ready," Varner said. "It’s his third year in the program. He’s been around great leaders. He’s been around Shaun Dion. He’s been around Minkah Fitzpatrick. He’s been around all of these guys in the program, Reuben Foster. So I just expect to see him evolve into what Coach Saban wants him to be. Some of that’s got to rub off, and I think it has. And I think he’ll be ready for it." Now we'll see if he's ready for the NFL. 

Wilson is an undersized Mike. "He’s going to be the signal caller," Saban said. "Very athletic, very good player. We don’t have any questions about his ability to do what he needs to do at his position to be successful, but how he affects other people is going to be critical." He is a freak athlete on the field. 

He is a sideline to sideline tackler. "Physically, we’ve always known Mack could do literally anything," Mack's trainer Tracy Varner said. "I mean if you listen to Mack, he should go out there and compete with Jalen and Tua for the starting quarterback job. Mack can do anything. The next step is the mental part and the leadership part." But it is his smarts that could make him a great one. 

He can run the defense from the Mike. "He’s ready," Varner said before the season. "It’s his third year in the program. He’s been around great leaders. He’s been around Shaun Dion. He’s been around Minkah Fitzpatrick. He’s been around all of these guys in the program, Reuben Foster. So I just expect to see him evolve into what Coach Saban wants him to be. Some of that’s got to rub off, and I think it has. And I think he’ll be ready for it." Now we'll see if he's ready for the NFL.

2018 SENIOR SEASON: Awards: Earned a first-team All-Big Ten selection by the league's coaches and media...Selected first-team All-Big Ten by the Associated Press...Named All-Big Ten by ESPN...Accepted an invitation to play in the Reese's Senior Bowl...Named the team's Co-Most Valuable Defensive Player, with Shareef Miller, at the team's awards banquet...Is a semifinalist for the Jim Thorpe Award...Named to the Pro Football Focus Midseason All-Big Ten team...Selected to Pro Football Focus National and Big Ten Teams of the Week following the Pittsburgh (9/8) game.
Season: Made 13 starts...One of 20 players to make their first career start this year...One of 22 players to have earned their degree entering the 2019 Citrus Bowl...Graduated with his degree in telecommunications in December 2017...Graduated in December 2018 with a degree in broadcast journalism.
Rankings: Ranks No. 5 in the Big Ten and No. 30 in the nation with 1.2 passes defended per game...Is No. 8 in the Big Ten in the FBS with three interceptions
 

The Reason: But they also need a Mike. They lost Burfict, and if White falls to them they won't pass on him in the 1st. However, that is unlikely, and they need a leader on Defense, who isn't a nut job. A guy who can turn into a great leader to keep their D together, and not tear it apart at the worst possible moments. I'm not a big fan of taking an ILB in the First. However, if you can find a team leader in the 2nd your life just got a while lot easier. Mack ran the Alabama defense last season. We all know the Bengals have needed ILB for years. Getting a guy who can lead the D would be a big deal for their Defense. Mack can play. 

Second Choice: Zach Allen DL/OLB

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11.

43.

Lions

Defense: 4-3

*Trayvon Mullen

CB Clemson

6-1, 195, (O) 4.46, 10'3"Broad, 34.5"Vert, 31"Arms, 

 

**AJ Hockenson

TE Iowa

DB, DE, TE, WR,, LB, OL, DL

2018 Picks:

1 (20) Frank Ragnow OC Arkansas
2 (43) Kerryon Johnson RB Auburn
3 (82) Tracy Walker, FS, Louisiana-Lafayette
4-114 Da’Shawn Hand, DE Alabama
5 (153) Tyrell Crosby, OT Oregon
7 Nick Bawden, RB San Diego ST

2017 Picks:

1 (21) Jarrad Davis LB Florida
2 (53) Jalen Tabor DB Florida
3 (96) Kenny Golladay WR N. Illinois
4 Jaylen Reeves-Maybin, LB, Tenn
4 (127) Michael Roberts, TE, Toledo
5 (165) Jamal Agnew, CB, San Diego
6 Jeremiah Ledbetter, DL, Arkansas
6 (215) Brad Kaaya, QB, Miami
7 Pat O’Connor, DL, E. Michigan

Key F.A. Signed:

Jesse James TE
Danny Amendola WR
Trey Flowers Edge

Justin Coleman Nickel

Key F.A.:
Ezekiel Ansah DE 
Luke Willson TE 
LeGarrette Blount RB 
TJ Jones WR
Levine Toilolo TE 
Matt Cassel QB 
Don Muhlbach LS 
Ameer Abdullah RB 
Nick Bellore FB 
Ricky Jean Francois DT
Kelvin Sheppard ILB
Deshawn Shead FS 
Eli Harold OLB

Andrew Donnal ORT 
Crevon LeBlanc CB 
Kerry Hyder DE
Eric Lee DE 
Lenzy Pipkins CB 
Trevor Bates ILB 
Romeo Okwara DE
Charles Washington CB
Steve Longa OLB

Key F.A. Lost:

 

The Team: 3/18 AJ Hockenson: The Best TE in 2019 Draft, But...

Hockenson is a true tight end. "He’s smart, works hard, gives everything every single play. I don’t know if you guys saw some of the cutups up there in the clips, but this is guy that finishes every single play. He can do the dirty work in the run game, get open in the passing game, really put a lot of pressure on the defense." He can line up in the slot and run patterns outside. 

He can line up inline and shock the DE. "I think that’s a great way to lead, by showing everyone what you’re going to do with the commitment you have to finish each and every single play," Patricia said. "There’s a lot of plays on tape where he’s blocking somebody and all of a sudden you can’t see him anymore on tape, because he’s got his guy over on the sidelines. He’s dumping him on the bench. Just a tenacious guy, a tough guy, a blue-collar hard worker, and that’s really what we’re all about." He had some of the most spectacular blocks in the whole FBS last season. 
He is a better blocker than a receiver. "He’s a really tough guy to tackle," Patricia said "He does a good job turning small plays into big plays, gets the ball vertical on the defense and just another threat out there with the ball." He is a very good receiver. 

When Fant got injured Hockenson stepped up. "We’re trying to do everything we can on offense to be multiple, be able to get into different packages, put as much stress on the defense as possible," Lions' OC Darrell Bevell said. "Right now the game is always moving towards the tight end position. That’s the mismatch that everyone is trying to figure out." He is very similar to Gronk, but much smaller. 

He is not as consistent a blocker as Gronk. "We see how they’re going to defend it," Darrell Bevell said. "If they go too small, you can run the ball. If they go too big, you can throw it. There’s a lot of things you can do with these guys at the tight end position to get them out in different formations in difficult looks for the defense." He has that knack for the spectacular blocks that they actually get put on sport center. He got better and better as a receiver as well. 

The Player at Pick 43: Mullen is one of my favorites in this Draft. He really looks the part. He plays with great instincts and anticipation. He has that quick twitch athleticism you need on the edge. He also has great size. Showing up at the Combine over 6-feet tall. When he is in off, he has a great burst forward when the WR breaks off. He looks like a 1st Round pick to me. Great physicality after the ball arrives to knock it out. 

He can run with WRs deep. But he can get grabby with WRs when the ball is in the air. He loves to use his feet to cut the WR off, and then give a shove or Jam. He will turn and bail, but can run half turned back to the QB for a long time. He can shed the WR, and get to the RB trying to run behind him. Not the best ball skills. He struggles to play the ball in the air. One INT last season playing behind that DL is his biggest concern. 

Great pedal. He sinks his hips to his knees, and has great agility and feet moving backwards. He pedals the way you teach it. He is great at getting in the way of the WR's release with his feet, without jabbing or jamming him. So whistle won't fly. He has that habit of grabbing after the WR's first move. That will have to change. Great COD. He can run around the pulling OL, and tackle the WR behind the LOS on the screen.

Great loose swivel hips. He has everything you need athletically to be an All-Pro CB. Nice job in finesse Press. He can hop around in front of the WR, and slow his pattern so the timing is gone. He played some Zone. Clemson would switch WRs off the snap sometimes, and he would jump inside and cover the Slot guy. He would also line up in the slot against three WR sets sometimes. No trouble staying with the quick slot guy short. 

Not the best run defender. He lets the WR block him out of the play consistently. He will be slow to the WR when he stops short and catches the ball. He is better at playing the WR than the ball in the air. He doesn't have the best ball skills. When he sees the ball coming he attacks the WR, not the ball. He shut WR down with positioning, and not letting the QB have a place to throw into, and not by playing the ball in the air. That could drop him down to the 2nd Round. He is not consistent in run support. 

Overview: Declared for the NFL Draft following a three-year Tiger career in which he posted 94 tackles, 4.5 tackles for loss, three quarterback pressures, four interceptions, a forced fumble and 12 pass breakups in 1474 snaps over 41 games (26 starts) in his career … second-team AFCA All-American in 2018 who earned College Football Playoff National Championship Defensive MVP honors in the final game of his career … entered 2018 ranked as the No. 49 player in the nation in the preseason by NFL.com and No. 63 player by Sports Illustrated
2018: Second-team ACFA All-American … second-team All-ACC … second-team AP All-ACC … third-team All-ACC according to Phil Steele … credited with 37 tackles (4.0 for loss), four pass breakups, two sacks and an interception in 701 snaps over 15 games (14 starts) … started each of Clemson’s first five games, recording at least one tackle in four of the five contests … limited by injury to two snaps at Wake Forest … recorded two tackles in helping hold No. 16 NC State to 193 passing yards … contributed five tackles and a pass breakup at Florida State … added one tackle and a pass breakup vs. Louisville … made a season-high six tackles and broke up a pass at No. 17 Boston College … collected a tackle and a pass breakup against Duke … contributed five tackles vs. South Carolina … added a tackle in Clemson’s ACC Championship Game win against Pitt … contributed five tackles in helping hold No. 3 Notre Dame to three points in the Cotton Bowl … earned Defensive MVP honors in the National Championship Game against No. 1 Alabama, collecting six tackles, a sack, a forced fumble and an interception, which he returned 46 yards to set up a Tiger touchdown drive.

The Reason: They have to go DB early to help their defense. Their back seven was their weakness area as a team last season. They were finally able to draft some good DLs and LBs the last two years. Now Patricia has to sure up the secondary. As a group their record was terrible because of their defensive talent. 

They have to talent-up the D. It appears that Slay, while a Number One CB, is a little too sensitive. So taking a CB in the 1st might piss him off. But a Number Two CB in the 2nd could be just what the doctor ordered.

As a group, they only had a pathetic 7 INTs on the season. I mean as a whole, their entire defense, had 7 INTs. 

Second Choice: Mack Wilson LB

12.

44.

Packers

(From N.O.)

Defense: 3-4

Drew Lock

QB Missouri

6-3, 220, #3, 

 

*Rashan Gary-

DL Michigan

 

Darnell Savage

DB Maryland

WR, TE, DT, OL, QB, TE, LB, OLBOL, OLB, DB, CB,  

2018 Picks:

1 (18) Jaire Alexander CB Louisville
2 (45) Josh Jackson, CB, Iowa.
3 (88) Oren Burks, ILB, Vanderbilt
4 (133) J’Mon Moore, WR Missouri
5 (138) Cole Madison, OG Wash ST
5 (172) JK Scott, P, Alabama
5 (174) Marquez Valdes-Scantling, WR, South Florida.
6 Equanimeous St Brown, WR ND
7 (232) James Looney, DE, California
7 (239) Hunter Bradley, LS, Mississippi State
7 (248) Kendall Donnerson, DE, Southeast Missouri State

2017 Picks:

2 (33) Kevin King, CB Washington
2 (61) Josh Jones, DB NC State
3 Montravius Adams, DL Auburn
4 (108) Vince Biegel, OLB Wisconsin
4 (134) Jamaal Williams, RB, BYU
5-175 Deangelo Yancey WR Purdue
5 (182) Aaron Jones, RB, UTEP
6 (212) Kofi Amichia OL, S. Florida
7 (238) Devonte Mays, RB Utah ST
7 (247) Malachi Dupre, WR, LSU

Key F.A. Signed:

 

Key F.A.:
Marcedes Lewis TE 
Lance Kendricks TE

Reggie Gilbert DE 
Muhammad Wilkerson DE

Tyler Lancaster DT 

Byron Bell ORT 
Davon House CB 
Bashaud Breeland CB
Korey Toomer ILB 
Jake Ryan ILB 
Geronimo Allison WR 
Drew Kaser P 
Lucas Patrick OG 
Jermaine Whitehead FS 
Justin McCray OG
Tre Carson RB 
Kentrell Brice SS 
Robert Tonyan Jr. WR 
Jake Kumerov WR 

Key F.A. Lost:

Clay Matthews OLB

Randall Cobb WR 

The Team: 4/25 Darnell Savage: A Little Birdie Told Me, But...

Savage is the guy the Pats wanted. "We thought he was an absolute difference maker," Gutekunst said. "We didn’t feel like it was a really deep group there." There are not of lot of guys who can play to his field speed.

He's got the speed that allows him to affect the game at every level. "He’s obviously a premier athlete. He’s been an impact player for Maryland for a number of years. Certainly his football character was something that really attracted to us," Gutekunst said. "But he’s able to close the gap from centerfield to the hash. Really aggressive, physical player, able to take the ball away. And he really fit what we’re trying to do there in the back end." He has freakish movement skill.

He can make impacts in the Slot and in Cover One, and everywhere in between "We thought he was an absolute difference maker," Gutekunst said. "We didn’t think it was a really deep group there. Again, we do our homework. We kind of understand where he might go and We didn’t think we could sit at 30 and have him fall to us." When I studied his Tape he had maybe the best Tape of any DB in this Draft. He reminded me of Bob Sanders.

Savage is a good team player who knows his assignments and how to carry them out. "It’s a team game, and as good as these individual pieces might be if they don’t play together as a team, it’s not going to matter," Gutekunst said, "But I like the character of the individuals we’ve put into that group. And I think winning matters to them. I think they’d be willing to sacrifice to do the things that it takes for that defense to be good, and I have a lot of faith in Mike and his staff on that side of the ball. We’re so far, and there’s so much to do before we get to that point, but I really do like the character of the individuals." Winning definitely matters to Savage. 

*Rashan Gary-Michigan, 6-5, 277, (U) 4.59, S-1.63, 34.1"Arms, 26 Reps, 10' Br, 38" Vert, 7.27 3-C, 4.29 SS

Gary had his best seasons as a rusher when they lined up up inside at 3-Tech to rush. His first two years he was an inside rusher. He is a super athletic freak and can burst off the Tape. But not enough to make me happy. I question his instincts. He has everything else. If puts is all together and stays healthy he could be the best rusher from this Draft. 

Gary is a huge guy. He really looks the part. But he doesn’t have that knack for hitting the quarterback: 2016 1 Sack, 2017, 6 Sacks, 2018 3.5 Sacks. He has to stay on the field. He lacks moves in the rush that you need in the NFL. Consistently wants to use speed to power and bull rush. Elite blast off. He has to learn to use his hands better. When he sheds the OL he hits the QB. 

He kept screwing up drills at the Combine by guessing, but did a great job recovering once he got himself out of balance. Great feet moving backwards. Smooth athlete when he isn’t trying to cheat the drill. An official 4.58 Forty at 277-pounds is incredible. 

Great mover on the field. Wow, he is great moving backwards. Elite Mover. Great COD moving forward to backward. Nice inside slap. Elite closing burst. He showed a great spin at Combine. Nice burst forward. He has hands like feet trying to catch the ball. Needs to shed OL's hands faster and quicker. 

Gary is a phenomenal freak athlete. He has not been as productive this season so far. Than he got injured. But he still has all the skills that made him a top prospect coming into this season. He finally got back on the field against Penn State. 

He showed his great blast off against Penn ST, but his instincts were a little rusty. He has to size to be a great two-gapper. But he is at his best when he can just burst inside or outside the OT. He has such a nice inside move that he scares QBs out of the pocket. It was so good to see him back against Penn ST.

Junior (2018): Preseason All-Big Ten selection (East Division). Named Defensive Lineman of the Week for his performance against Western Michigan. Made six stops with one solo tackle and a shared tackle for loss at Notre Dame (Sept. 1), and was credited with one quarterback hurry. Recorded seven tackles against Western Michigan (Sept. 8) with one sack and a quarterback hurry. Registered one quarterback hurry with three overall tackles against SMU (Sept. 15). Tailed two solo stops, both for loss, against Nebraska (Sept. 22) with one sack. Made four total tackles at Northwestern (Sept. 29), Wisconsin (Oct. 13).

Gary is a size speed guy that didn't produce like he should have in college. "He’s a guy because of his size and speed and versatility, that you’d hope you can move him around the front," Hueber said. "He’s done some stand-up stuff already. He’s a guy who’s had to play multiple positions and move around. Probably needs to learn some of the drop stuff but I think as far as rushing the passer goes, he’ll be ready." He was his productive in the rush when he lined up at 3-Tech, and didn't have to think. 

He got overrated because of is physique. "He commanded a lot of attention at Michigan: double-teams, triple-teams, taking on the tight end," Packer's scout Jue Hueber said. "Really, you saw it in some of his teammates, they got freed up and they were able to get the production. When you watch him, he was all over the place, taking on these blocks and getting a lot of pressure too." But not sacks.

A guy of his size, speed, and skill getting 4 Sacks is not good. "Production is just the way you look at it," Gutekunst said. "He affected the passer. He affected the game. At times he wrecked it." But not enough times.

This is a pure promise pick. "I think that’s people who probably haven’t done their homework," Gutekunst said. "If you watch the tape, this guy, he plays with his hair on fire. Again, I think a lot of things get floated to the media that carry longer than it should. I disagree with that." I promise to produce more, even though I don't have that knack for hitting the quarterback. 

He can move around, and you will see him play some 3-Tech in pass rushing situations. "You have to affect the quarterback, and you have to do it from multiple areas. The days of just kind of sitting in one spot and rushing the passer are kind of over," Gutekunst said. "Especially with the way Mike wants to use our guys on defense. Last year, I’m sure you guys were aware, he moved guys around. We brought guys from everywhere. I think now we have a number of guys that can move around and win one-on-one, and I think that’s important." He can stuff the run from the Edges.

The good news is that with Preston and Z, he'll be forced to play more 3-Tech. "He’s a really versatile player, kind of like Preston and Z. He can do a number of different things up and down the line of scrimmage," Gutekunst said. "Obviously he has premier speed off the edge. He’s able to bend the corner. He plays with length and power. He’s also going to be able to kick inside and rush inside. I don’t think you can ever have enough of those guys." He also has great burst up the gut. 

The Player: 4/07 Drew Lock: The Best Arm In The Draft, But...

The Reason: They need the heir apparent. It will piss Rogers off, but what doesn't. 

Second Choice: Caleb Wilson TE

As you go through players, some rise and some fall every day. My biggest faller this week is Kaden Smith (who I had locked here in my wacky brain). My biggest risers are Foster Moreau and Caleb Wilson. Wilson will not get out of the 2nd Round. "He probably wasn’t a household name," a scout said. "But that will force teams to go back and maybe take another look," Wilson is the best TE in this Draft with the mixture of NFL speed and production. Don't be surprised if he ends up in the 1st. 

Second Choice: Cody Ford ORT 

13.

45.

Rams

Defense: 4-3

AJ Brown
WR Mississippi
6', 226, (O) 4.49, 

19 Reps, 32 7/8" Arms,
 36.5" Vert, 10' Broad,

(PD) 6.89!

CB, DT, DE, WR, DB, LB, RB, DB,  

2018 Picks:

3 (89) Joseph Noteboom, OLT, TCU.
4-111 Brian Allen, OC Michigan ST
4 (135) John Franklin-Myers, DE, Stephen F. Austin.
5 (147) Micah Kiser, ILB. Virginia
5-160 Ogbonnia Okoronkwa DE OK
6 (176) John Kelly, RB, Tennessee.
6 (192) Jamil Demby, OT, Maine.
6-195 Sebastian Joseph D, Rutgers
6-205 Trevon Young, DE, Louisville
7 (231) Travin Howard, LB, TCU
7 (244) Justin Lawler, DE, SMU

2017 Picks:

2 (44) Gerald Everett TE, S. Alabama
3 (69) Cooper Kupp, WR, E. Wash
3 (91) John Johnson, FS, BC
4 (117) Josh Reynolds, WR, A&M
4-Samson Ebukan, LB E-Washington
6 (189) Tanzel Smart, DT, Tulane
6-206 Sam Rogers FB Virginia Tech
7 (234) Ejuan Price, LB, Pittsburgh

Key F.A. Signed:

Blake Bortles QB

Malcolm Brown RB

Clay Matthews OLB

Dante Fowler Jr LB
Eric Weddle SS

Key F.A.:  
Ndamukong Suh DT 

Khadarel Hodge WR
Kendal Thompson WR 

Nick Williams WR 

Jojo Natson WR  
Dante Fowler Jr. DE 
Dominique Easley DT 
Matt Longacre OLB 
Ethan Westbrooks DE
Sam Shields CB  
Sean Mannion QB 
Ramik Wilson ILB 
Troy Hill CB  
Bryce Hager ILB 
Dominique Hatfield CB 
Kevin Peterson CB 
Morgan Fox DE 
Garrett Sickels OLB 
Carlos Thompson OLB

Key F.A. Lost:

Sean Mannion QB

CJ Anderson RB

Mark Barron OLB

LaMarcus Joyner FS

The Team: They need a WR to help in the Slot.  

The Player: 3/18 AJ Brown: The Best Slot WR In 2019 Draft. But...

The Reason: They took a chance and traded down, and still got a 1st Round talent for their QB. 

Second Choice: Second Choice: Cody Ford ORT (he has to go somewhere)

26.

to

46.

Colts

Defense: 3-4

*Deandre Baker

CB Georgia

5-11, 193, (O) 4.52, 

(PD) 4.45, 

32" Arms, 14 Reps,

9'10" Broad Jump,

OLB/DE, CB. DT, SS, WR, OLT, RB, DL, CB, FS, WR, OLB, 

2018 Picks:

1 (6) Quenton Nelson, OG ND
2 (36) Darius Leonard, LB SC ST
2 (37) Braden Smith, OG Auburn
2 (52) Kemoko Turay, DE, Rutgers
2 (64) Tyquan Lewis, DE, Ohio ST
4 (104) Nyheim Hines, RB, N.C. ST
5-159 Daurice Fountain WR N. Iowa
5 (169) Jordan Wilkins, RB Miss
6 (185) Deon Cain, WR Clemson
7-221 Matthew Adams, LB Houston
7 (235) Zaire Franklin, LB Syracuse

2017 Picks:

1 (15) Malik Hooker, FS, Ohio State
2 (46) Quincy Wilson, CB, Florida
3 (80) Tarell Basham, DE/OLB Ohio
4 (137) Zach Banner, ORT, USC
4 (143) Marlon Mack, RB, S. Florida
4(144) Grover Stewart DL Albany Ga.
5 (158) Nate Hairston, CB, Temple
5 (161) Anthony Walker, LB, Northwestern

Key F.A. Signed:

Devin Funchess WR

Justin Houston OLB
Margus Hunt DL

Pierre Desir CB

Clayton Geathers FS

Key F.A.:

Matt Slauson OG
Margus Hunt DE
Al Woods DT
Robert Turbin RB
Ryan Hewitt FB 
Mike Mitchell FS
Dontrelle Inman WR 
J'Marcus Webb ORT
Mark Glowinski OG
Corey Moore SS
Chris Milton CB 
Luke Rhodes ILB 
Jihad Ward DE
Evan Boehm OG 
Ronald Martin SS 
Denzell Good ORT 
Arthur Maulet CB 

Key F.A. Lost:

Ryan Grant WR 

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The TeamThey need D on three level. They have to get some DBs to help their pathetic secondary that is as bad as KC's secondary

They have to go defense early and often in this Draft. They need a big DT in the middle of the line who can hit the QB. 

The Player: Baker doesn't have the best ball skills of the CBs in this Draft. But he has been shutting down SEC WRs all season. Either he or Greedy Williams is going to be the top Corner, likely because of whichever one runs the best Forty at the Combine. 

He worked himself back into the 1st Round at his Pro Day. "Deandre had a really good day today,” Dimitroff said. “He’s quick, fast and explosive. He can run. Cover the field. Very good range that way. He’s being (mentioned) as one of the best in the country in the draft. It will be interesting to see how that plays out." He might have the best ball skills of all the CBs in this Draft.

He could fit nicely with Atlanta at 12. "He’s a competitor," Smart said smartly (ug that one even hurt me). "He’s physical. He runs well. He’s played in a system [that] he could play multiple coverages. We asked him to make a lot of checks. He’s going to be a really good pro player." I am a big fan of his game. 

Alabama: He's a maniac on the field. He does not give up a lot of space for the QB to throw into. He is the clear leader of the Secondary. He is the best shadow in the Draft. You just can’t throw to his man. I love his feet in Press. He has as quick a pair of feet as any Corner in this Draft. He is shut down Corner. He can play off. Great mirror skills. He's a shutdown Corner. 

Kentucky: He will bail before the snap when he has twin WR on his side. He will get inside, when they don’t line up a WR on his side, and help in the run defense. Great smooth feet moving backwards in coverage. Knows how to angle guys to the sideline. He will play off when they have trips in his side, and make sure he stays behind the WRs. He has great size, but I like him more in finesse press. He doesn’t really extend his arm to jam the WR a lot, but he snaps back and runs as quick as he has too. 

Missouri: Baker was elite against Missouri in the 1st half. He did not let up a pass, going man on man against their best WR, Emanuel Hall. I can give him the best compliment that you can give a CB, I didn’t notice him once in the 1st Half, because he shut the Number One WR down so effectively that he wasn’t even thrown a ball by Lock. He can get a little too grabby sometimes. He can get the WR physically out of his route. 

S. Carolina: He can really cut off the WR at the marker on 3rd down. He does a good job hitting the WR right after the ball arrives, and knocking him off his feet. He is so good at arriving when the ball arrives. He does a good job cutting off the sideline and forcing the WR out of bounds. He got beat up a little covering the muscular waterbug Deebo Sweeney. But he kept coming back and fighting. He got for a terrible PI early. But he did grab shirt on the second one.

Oklahoma: He will turn and bail before the snap when he faces elite speed. He had the great INT in the endzone of the Play off game against OK. It was an elite clutch play that got taken away by the refs, on an off sides call. Great play, where he got perfect position, turned with perfect timing, spotted the ball, and snagged it in the endzone. Nice strength. He can re-route WRs. He can take them out of their pattern before the QB can throw. 

Combine: He has become underrated. Great competitiveness. That time hurt him. Smooth hips. Extra steps in transition. Good click and close, but lost his feet a little. No drop in first gauntlet. Terrific hands. No drop in 2nd gauntlet. He ran a 4.6 Forty at the Combine. 

He had a terrible start on his second Forty. "Everybody felt like their first 10 (yards in Forty) could have been better," Baker said. "That will get you started for the last 30." Amazing agility to twist his hips while moving at full speed.

Great click and close. "I know I’m the best cornerback in this draft," Baker said. "I don’t believe it, I know (it). A lot of teams have told me that I’m the best cornerback in the draft." He plays faster than those times. 

2018: Has started all eight games thus far, with 26 total stops, two interceptions (team high) and eight pass breakups (team high), one tackle for lost yardage, a forced fumble and a fumble recovery...first interception came on first series of South Carolina game...second pick -- and seventh of his career -- came in first quarter vs. MTSU...pre-season All-America 1st team by Associated Press.

The Reason: I think Baker is the best Corner in this Draft. His speed was an issue at the Combine, but he ran a 4.46 at his Proday. He doesn't have the ball skills of Murphy and Williams. But he was a true shutdown Corner in the SEC. 

They have to start hitting the opponents QB. It starts inside out. 

Second Choice: Cody Ford ORT