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NFL Draft Value Board – Trade Value Chart

NFL Draft Value Board – Trade Value Chart

Draft Insiders Draft Value Chart
Draft Insiders Draft Value Chart

This Draft Insiders.com chart below displays the approximate value on each draft selection over the seven rounds of the NFL Draft. Teams use this as a guide to determine value when trading draft picks. Example – if a club wants to trade for the 34th overall pick, they will look to receive an equal total a value close to 560 points. If that club held the 54th and 78th picks that would be equal value accurately. In most incidents absolute equal value is very difficult. In addition, compensatory picks at the ends of rounds three through seven may be included in any trade agreements. Those picks will be allowed to be traded in the NFL Draft 2018. Many times the teams moving up in the draft process will pay a greater value total then the selection received because of several reasons mainly knowing the player’s availability most often with the earlier selection.

As teams trade both prior and during the NFL Draft, this chart is a good guide, though it is not the rule that clubs use to complete every deal. When certain players are available on the clock, how a select team values a prospect changes the final price they are willing to pay in a trade. Usually the club moving up during the top of the first round in the NFL Draft will pay a greater price than the chart below indicates with a specific player on the draft board, usually a QB. The chart holds up very accurately from the mid first round through the remaining rounds. Ironically, the teams trading up especially in the early rounds may benefit more in recent years despite overpaying related to the chart. Each year, some club is willing to pay a higher price to move up with several hot prospects available. This year the top 10-15 selections are high quality. The ‘Safe Haven’ selections for the NFL Draft 2018 are the defensive linemen, running backs, safeties and cornerbacks with many prospects expected to go in the top 15 overall picks. The top five defensive linemen could come off the board in the top 20 overall selections with 6-8 clubs interested. The value of the top selections will also be high for Quarterbacks. Expect little movement up in the top ten selections other than for a premier defensive lineman.

 

 




Notre Dame’s Quenton Nelson Heads Offensive Line Class

Notre Dame’s Quenton Nelson Heads Offensive Line Class

Entering the critical NFL Combine 2018, Irish guard Quenton Nelson heads an average group of offensive linemen. Nelson is a blue chip prospect who has excelled for the Irish since starting early in his career.  Since his days at Red Bank Catholic High School where he earned a four and five star recruit ranking,  I have been very familiar with Nelson as a potential NFL prospect. He is a highly developed prospect and maybe the most NFL ready player in this entire draft class. He has a massive frame with long arms and very strong hands which he uses  very well to initiate contact and gain control of an opponent. He is an outstanding pass protector who anchors well and slides easily to either side. Capable of moving along the line and making the short traps and pulls with the agility to get to the 2nd level and fit on defenders.  Type with few flaws and probably warrants a top ten selection.

Top Ten Offensive Line Prospects – Tackles, Guards & Centers

Offensive Tackles
1 * Connor Williams – Texas
2 * Orlando Brown – Oklahoma
3 Mike McGlinchey – Notre Dame
4 Martinas Rankin – Mississippi St
5 Chukwuma Okorafor – Western Michigan
6 * Brian O’Neill – Pittsburgh
7 Tyrell Crosby – Oregon
8 * Kolton Miller – UCLA
9 Jamarco Jones – Ohio St
10 Brandon Parker – North Carolina A&T
11 Zachary Crabtree – Oklahoma St

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Guards
1 * Quenton Nelson – Notre Dame
2 Isaiah Wynn – Georgia
3 Will Hernandez – Texas-El Paso
4 Braden Smith – Auburn
5 Austin Corbett – Nevada
6 Wyatt Teller – Virginia Tech
7 Sean Welsh – Iowa
8 Cole Madison – Washington St
9 Tony Adams – North Carolina St
10 Skyler Phillips – Idaho St

Centers
1 Billy Price – Ohio St
2 * James Daniels – Iowa
3 Frank Ragnow – Arkansas
4 Mason Cole – Michigan
5 * Will Clapp – LSU
6 Scott Quessenberry – UCLA
7 Coleman Shelton – Washington
8 Bradley Bozeman – Alabama
9 Brian Allen – Michigan St
10 Erick Wren – Oklahoma




2018 Newsletter January

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 Index
Important Dates                                 pgs. 1-2                           Underclassmen for NFL Draft      pgs. 5-7
NFL Selection Order                          pgs. 2-3                          Underclassmen Report                  pgs. 7-18
Two Round Mock Draft                    pgs. 4-5                           Top 100 Pro Prospects                  pgs. 18-20

January All-Star Games 2018 Postseason Schedule
Jan. 14 – Tropical Bowl – FBS All-star Game – Daytona Beach, Florida
http://www.tropicalbowl.com/
Jan. 20 – NFLPA Collegiate Game – Los Angeles, Ca.- FS1
Jan. 20 – East-West Shrine – St. Petersburg, Florida – 3 pm est – NFL Network
     For Complete East-West Shrine All-star Game info including updated Roster acceptances
Go to http://www.shrinegame.com/

 
*** Senior Bowl Game – Jan 27, 2018 Mobile, Alabama – 1:30 pm CT- NFL Network ***
                    Weigh-in- Practices – Monday Jan 22nd thru Thursday Jan 25th
For Complete Senior Bowl info including updated Roster acceptances
Go to https://www.seniorbowl.com/

 

Important NFL 2018 Postseason Dates

January 1 – Option exercise period begins for Fifth-Year Option for First- Round Selections from the 2015 NFL Draft. To exercise the option, the club must give written notice to the player on or after January 1, 2018, but prior to May 3, 2018.
 
January 6-7 – Wild Card Playoffs.
January 7 – Assistant coaches under contract to playoff clubs that have byes in the Wild Card weekend may be interviewed for head coaching positions through the conclusion of the Wild Card games.
 
January 13-14 – Divisional Playoffs.
January 14 – Assistant coaches under contract to playoff clubs that won their Wild Card games may be interviewed for head coaching positions through the conclusion of Divisional Playoff games. 
January 15 – Deadline for college players that are underclassmen to apply for special eligibility. A list of players who are accepted into the NFL Draft will be sent to clubs on January 19.
January 20 – East-West Shrine Game, Tropicana Field, St. Petersburg, Florida.
Jan 20 – NFLPA All-Star Game, Los Angeles, Ca.
 
January 21 – AFC and NFC Championship Games.
 
January 27 – Senior Bowl, Ladd-Peebles Stadium, Mobile, Alabama.
 
January 28 – NFL Pro Bowl, Camping World Stadium, Orlando, Florida.
January 28 – An assistant coach, whose team is participating in the Super Bowl, who has previously interviewed for another club’s head coaching job may have a second interview with such club no later than the Sunday preceding the Super Bowl.

         Feb 5 – **** Super Bowl LII **** U.S. Bank Stadium, Minnesota.
 
February 20 – First day for clubs to designate Franchise or Transition Players.
 
Feb 27-March 5 – NFL Combine Timing and Testing, Lucas Oil Stadium, Indianapolis, In.
 
March 6 – Prior to 4:00 p.m., NY time, deadline for clubs to designate Franchise or Transition Players.
March 12-14 – During the period beginning at 12 noon, New York time, on March 12th and ending at 3:59:59 p.m., New York time, on March 14th, clubs are permitted to contact, and enter into contract negotiations with, the certified agents of players who will become Unrestricted Free Agents upon the expiration of their 2017 player contracts at 4:00 p.m., New York time, on March 14. However, a contract cannot be executed with a new club until 4:00 p.m., New York time, on March 14.
During the above two-day negotiating period, no direct contact is permitted between a prospective unrestricted free agent and any employee or representative of a club, other than the player’s current club.
March 14 – The 2018 League Year and Free Agency period begin at 4:00 p.m., New York time.
The first day of the 2018 League Year will end at 11:59:59 p.m., New York time, on March 14. Clubs will receive a personnel notice that will include all transactions submitted to the League office during the period between 4:00 p.m., New York time, and 11:59:59 p.m., New York time, on March 14.
March 14 – Trading period for 2018 begins at 4:00 p.m. est time, after expiration of all 2017 contracts.
March 25-28 – Annual League Meeting, Orlando, Florida.
April 2 – Clubs that hired a new head coach after the end of the 2017 regular season may begin offseason workout programs.
April 16 – Clubs with returning head coaches may begin offseason workout programs.
April 20 – Deadline for Restricted Free Agents to sign Offer Sheets.
April 25 – Deadline for prior club to exercise Right of First Refusal to Restricted Free Agents.
 
                                          **** NFL Draft 2018 – April 26-28 ****
                      Thursday through Saturday – Dallas will host at ATT Stadium in Arlington Texas
 
NFL Draft 2018 Selection Order – The Browns are ‘On the Clock’!
Cleveland Holds Two #1 Choices in the Top Four Overall Selections
 Once again, the Cleveland Browns are ‘On the Clock’ with the first overall selection for the NFL Draft 2018. On the last Sunday, they tied the Detroit Lions (2008) as the only teams to go 0-16 during the regular season with a loss to the Steelers. It marks the second consecutive year the Browns earned the top overall draft choice. The last team to accomplish this was the… Cleveland Browns in 1999 and 2000 during their early expansion years. Not much has changed in almost 20 years. The Browns are just the 5th team to earn this back to back year accomplishment. They have been one of the worst teams in recent memory in all major sports with ongoing poor results despite or because of a constant turnover in their front office and coaching staffs. Their draft decisions have been atrocious with several trades out of the top early selections, especially passing on a chance of either QBs, Carson Wentz or Jared Goff just two years ago. Head coach Hue Jackson completed his second season this weekend after going 1-15 last season. His 1-31 two-year record stands by itself as one of the worst in NFL history. Browns owner Jimmy Haslam has stated Jackson will return for 2018 season. “I don’t think Hue has lost his magic.”

The Browns are in position to make major strides this April. In addition to the top overall pick, they also hold the Houston Texans #1 choice, the 4th overall selection. Rarely does a club hold two #1 picks let alone two in the top four overall choices. The Browns also hold three #2 picks, one #3 and two #4 selections, a boatload of top 100 draft choices to address several major need areas. New GM John Dorsey came aboard midseason 2017 and has had a few months to evaluate the current roster, in addition to their salary cap. He is in position to bolster a decent roster that has some young players in place, though needs players in key positions and leadership roles on both sides of the ball. The Browns upcoming decisions in both veteran Free Agency and the NFL Draft 2018 will dictate the movement of many players this offseason especially among the premier selections. The top 5-10 draft selections have been highly coveted with premier players especially QBs available and this year is as strong as any in recent memory. Clubs at the top will entertain a few huge offers to move up with the top three QBs, Josh Rosen, Sam Darnold, Josh Allen and Baker Mayfield, all considered franchise caliber NFL starters and probable top ten selections.

     Playoffs – Conference & Super Bowl games determine final 12 positions
                      x – division winner         y – playoff berth
#     Team                    W-L  / Opp W-L %                     
1 Cleveland                   0-16      .520
2 NY Giants                  3-13      .531
3 Indianapolis                4-12      .480
4 Cleveland (Houston)   4-12      .516
5 Denver                       5-11      .492
6 NY Jets                      5-11      .520
7 Tampa Bay                5-11      .555
8 Chicago                     5-11      .559
9 San Francisco            6-10      .512
10 Oakland                   6-10      .512
11 Miami                       6-10      .543
12 Cincinnati                 7-9        .465
13 Washington              7-9        .539
14 Green Bay                7-9        .539
15 Arizona                    8-8        .488
16 Baltimore                 9-7        .441
17 LA Chargers             9-7        .457
18 Seattle                     9-7        .492
19 Dallas                      9-7        .496
20 Detroit                     9-7        .496
21 y Buffalo                  9-7        .492
22 Buffalo (x Kansas City) 10-6  .492
23 x LA Rams               11-5      .504
24 y Carolina                 11-5      .539
25 y Tennessee             9-7        .434
26 y Atlanta                   10-6      .543
27 x New Orleans          11-5      .535
28 x Pittsburgh              13-3      .453
29 x Jacksonville           10-6      .434
30 x Minnesota              13-3      .492
31 x Philadelphia           13-3      .461
32 x New England         13-3      .484
 
Team tie-breaking procedure for the NFL Draft
If two or more clubs are tied in the selection order, the strength-of-schedule tie breaker is applied, subject to the following exceptions for playoff clubs:  The Super Bowl winner is last and the Super Bowl loser next-to-last. Any non-Super Bowl playoff club involved in a tie shall be assigned priority within its segment below that of non-playoff clubs and in the order that the playoff clubs exited from the playoffs. Within a tied segment a playoff club that loses in the Wild-Card game will have priority over a playoff club that loses in the Divisional playoff game that in turn will have priority over a club that loses in the Conference Championship game. If two tied clubs exited the playoffs in the same round, the tie is broken by strength of schedule. If any ties cannot be broken by strength of schedule, the divisional or conference tie breakers, when applicable, are applied. Any ties that still exist are broken by a coin flip.

NFL Draft 2018 – Two Round Mock Draft – January, 2018
* Underclassmen –   Selection order prior to Championship games
Pre East-West Shrine and Senior Bowl Games
x – Division winner     y – Wild card team   / coin flip at NFL Combine to determine order
 
1st Round   
  1 Cleveland – 0-16 – * Saquon Barkley             RB   Penn State        5-11      225
  2 NY Giants – 3-13 –  * Sam Darnold                  QB                  Southern Cal     6-4        225
  3 Indianapolis – 4-12 –  Bradley Chubb               DE                  NC State           6-4        275
  4 Cleveland (Houston)- 4-12 – * Josh Rosen     QB                  UCLA                6-4        220
  5 Denver – 5-11 –* Minkah Fitzpatrick                     S                    Alabama           6-1        205
  6 NY Jets – 5-11 –  * Josh Allen                               QB                  Wyoming          6-5        235
  7 Tampa Bay – 5-11 – * Arden Key                     DE                  LSU                  6-6        240
  8 Chicago – 5-11 – * Orlando Brown                   OT                  Oklahoma         6-8        360
  9 z – San Francisco – 6-10 – * Roquan Smith      LB                  Georgia            6-1        225
10 z – Oakland – 6-10 – * Connor Williams             OT                  Texas               6-6        320
11 Miami – 6-9 –  * Derwin James                         S                    Florida State     6-3        210
12 Cincinnati – 7-9 – Quenton Nelson                   OG                 Notre Dame      6-5        330
13 Washington – 7-9 – * Lamar Jackson               QB                  Louisville          6-3        200
14 Green Bay – 7-9 – Mike McGlinchey                 OT                  Notre Dame      6-8        315
15 Arizona – 8-8 – Baker Mayfield                        QB                  Oklahoma         6-0        215
16 Baltimore – 9-7 –  * Courtland Sutton               WR                 SMU                 6-4        215
17 LA Chargers – 9-7 –  * Tremaine Edmunds       LB                Virginia Tech     6-5        240
18 Seattle – 9-7 – * Joshua Jackson                      CB                    Iowa                 6-1        195
19 Dallas – 9-7 – * Calvin Ridley                           WR                   Alabama           6-1        190
20 Detroit – 9-7 – * Derrius Guice                          RB                  LSU                  5-11      215
21 y Buffalo – 9-7 – * Ronnie Harrison                 S                     Alabama           6-3        215
22 Buffalo (x Kan City) -10-6 – * Da’Ron Payne   DT             Alabama           6-2        310
23 x LA Rams – 11-5 – * Denzel Ward                  CB                   Ohio State        5-10      190
24 y Carolina – 11-5 – * Isaiah Oliver                    CB                  Colorado          6-1        190
25 y Tennessee – 9-7 – * Mark Andrews               TE                  Oklahoma         6-5        255
26 y Atlanta – 10-6 – Vita Vea                             DT                    Washington       6-5        345
27 x New Orleans – 11-5 – Mason Rudolph          QB                  Oklahoma St     6-5        230
28 x Pittsburgh- 13-3 –* Equanimeous St. Brown WR                 Notre Dame      6-5        205
29 x Jacksonville – 10-6 – Martinas Rankin           OT                  Mississippi St    6-5       305
30 x Philadelphia – 13-3 – * Carlton Davis            CB                  Auburn              6-1        205
31 x New England – 13-3 – * Taven Bryan           DT                  Florida              6-5        295
32 x Minnesota – 13-3 – * Audon Tate             WR   Florida State     6-5        220

2nd Round   
33 Cleveland – * DeShon Elliott                         S                      Texas               6-2        205
34 NY Giants – * Kolton Miller                           OT                    UCLA                6-8        310
35 Indianapolis – Chukwuma Okorafor             OT                    Western Michigan 6-6    330
36 Cleveland (Houston) – James Washington    WR                   Oklahoma St     6-0        205
37 NY Jets – * Michael Jackson                         CB                    Miami(Fl)           6-1        190
38 Tampa Bay – Royce Freeman                        RB                    Oregon             6-0        235      
39 Chicago – * Christian Kirk                             WR                   Texas A&M       5-11      200
40 Denver – Harold Landry                               LB                    Boston College 6-3        250
41 Oakland – Marcus Davenport                            DE                   UTSA                6-7        255
42 Miami – Tyrell Crosby                                  OT                    Oregon             6-5        320
43 New England (San Fran) Rashaan Evans     LB                    Alabama           6-3        235
44 Washington – Maurice Hurst                        DT                    Michigan           6-2        285
45 Green Bay – * Malik Jefferson                       LB                    Texas               6-3        240
46 Cincinnati – Braden Smith                            OG                   Auburn              6-6        305
47 Arizona – Billy Price                                      C                      Ohio State        6-4        310
48 LA Chargers – Derrick Nnadi                         DT                    Florida State     6-1        315
49 NY Jets (Seattle) – Uchenna Nwosu              LB                    USC                 6-2        240
50 Dallas – * Leighton Vander Esch                    LB                    Boise St            6-4        240
51 Detroit – Anthony Miller                                 WR                   Memphis           5-11      190
52 Baltimore – * Harrison Phillips                      DL                    Stanford           6-4        295      
53 Tennessee – Lorenzo Carter                          LB                    Georgia            6-6        245
54 Buffalo – * Dorance Armstrong                      DE                   Kansas             6-4        245
55 Kansas City – * Justin Reid                           S                      Stanford           6-1        205
56 Atlanta – Will Hernandez                               OG                   Texas-El Paso  6-3        330
57 Jacksonville – Mike Gesicki                          TE                    Penn State        6-6        255
58 Carolina – Duke Ejiofor                                DE                   Wake Forest     6-4        270
59 San Fran (New Orleans) – * Kevin Toliver      CB                    LSU                  6-3        205
60 Buffalo (LA Rams) – * Ronald Jones II          RB                   Southern Cal     6-1        195
61 Pittsburgh – Ogbonnia Okoronkwo                LB                    Oklahoma         6-1        240
62 Cleveland (Phil) – * Kerryon Johnson            RB                    Auburn              6-0        215
63 New England – Dallas Goedert                     TE                    South Dakota St 6-4      260
64 Minnesota – * Jaire Alexander                      CB                    Louisville          5-11      190

Underclassmen – NFL Draft 2018

The declaration date for underclassmen for the NFL Draft 2018 came at 4 pm Jan. 15th – Players have an additional three days to decide to either declare or change their minds with the Jan. 18th date final. No player rescinded their decision last year. The usual high number of quality running backs, tight ends and wide receivers declared for this class and will have a strong impact on the early rounds. The defensive secondary will have a big impact from the underclassmen group with four potential first round prospects. The line will also provide a high number of top selections with several blue-chip prospects at important positions. With the rookie salary cap changing significantly to the downside and being reduced for the upcoming seasons, this class surpassed every group of third year players entering the pro ranks.

There were a record 106 players granted special early eligibility in 2018. The previous record for early entrants was 98 in the 2014 draft. Each of the players granted special eligibility has met the league’s three-year eligibility rule and each has submitted a written application in which he renounced his remaining college football eligibility.

The following 13 players have in timely fashion under NFL rules officially notified the league office that they have fulfilled their degree requirements. Consequently, they are eligible for selection:
Jordan Akins, TE, Central Florida
Josh Allen, QB, Wyoming
Kyle Allen, QB, Houston
Will Clapp, C, LSU
Terrell Edmunds, DB, Virginia Tech
Taylor Hearn, G, Clemson
Sam Hubbard, DE, Ohio State
Sam Jones, G, Arizona State
Quenton Nelson, G, Notre Dame
Brian O’Neill, T, Pittsburgh
Christian Sam, LB, Arizona State
Tre’Quan Smith, WR, UCF
Courtland Sutton, WR, SMU

The following players inquired about their draft status and are eligible for selection without the need for special eligibility:
Juante Baldwin, DB, Pittsburg State
Tanner Lee, QB, Nebraska
Harrison Phillips, DT, Stanford
Byron Pringle, WR, Kansas State

NFL Draft 2018 – Underclassmen Pro Prospects  

LB Roquan Smith Declares for the NFL Draft – RB Bryce Love Returns to Stanford
      Ranked alphabetically by position       

Offensive Players

Quarterbacks
Josh Allen                     Wyoming
Kyle Allen                     Houston
Sam Darnold                 Southern Cal
Lamar Jackson             Louisville
Tanner Lee                   Nebraska
Chase Litton                 Marshall
Josh Rosen                   UCLA

Running Backs
Josh Adams                  Notre Dame
Ryquell Armstead          Temple
Saquon Barkley             PSU
Derrius Guice                LSU
Nyheim Hines                North Carolina State
Kerryon Johnson           Auburn
Ronald Jones II             Southern Cal
John Kelly                     Tennessee
Ryan Nall                      Oregon St
Kamryn Pettway            Auburn
Mark Walton                  Miami(Fl)

Wide Receivers
Deon Cain                     Clemson
Antonio Callaway           Florida
Simmie Cobbs Jr           Indiana
Keke Coutee                 Texas Tech
Matt Fleming                 Benedictine
Quadree Henderson      Pittsburgh
Richie James                Middle Tennessee St
Jon’Vea Johnson           Toledo
Christian Kirk                Texas A&M
Jordan Lasley                UCLA
Tavares Martin              Washington State
Ray-Ray McCloud         Clemson
DJ Moore                      Maryland
Byron Pringle                KSU
Trey Quinn                    SMU
Calvin Ridley                 Alabama
Korey Robertson           Southern Mississippi
Tre’Quan Smith             Central Florida
Jaylen Smith                 Louisville
Equanimeous St. Brown Notre Dame
Courtland Sutton           SMU
Audon Tate                   Florida State

Tight Ends
Jordan Akins                 Central Florida
Mark Andrews               Oklahoma
Hayden Hurst                South Carolina
Ryan Izzo                      FSU
Austin Roberts              UCLA
Dalton Schultz               Stanford

Offensive Linemen
Orlando Brown              Oklahoma
Geron Christian             Louisville
Will Clapp                     LSU
James Daniels              Iowa
Nick Gates                    Nebraska
Taylor Hearn                 Clemson
Sam Jones                  ASU
Kolton Miller                  UCLA
Brian O’Neill                  Pittsburgh
Maea Teuhema              Southeastern Louisiana
Will Richardson             North Carolina State
Toby Weathserby          LSU
Connor Williams            Texas

Defensive Players – Linemen
Olasunkanmi Adeniyi     Toledo
Dorance Armstrong       Kansas
Taven Bryan                 Florida
Rasheen Green             Southern Cal
Jeff Holland                  Auburn
Sam Hubbard                Ohio St
Courtel Jenkins             Miami
DuVonta Lampkin          Oklahoma
R.J. McIntosh                Miami
Kahlil McKenzie             Tennessee
Kendrick Norton            Miami
Harrison Phillips            Stanford
Tim Settle                     Virginia Tech
Breeland Speaks           Ole Miss
Josh Sweat                   FSU
Larry Tharpe                 Arizona
Trent Thompson            Georgia
Vita Vea                        Washington
JoJo Wicker                  Arizona St
Jalen Wilkerson             Florida St.
Eddy Wilson                  Purdue

Linebackers
Jack Cichy                    Wisconsin
Tremaine Edmunds       Virginia Tech
Frank Ginda                  San Jose St
Joel Iyiegbuniwe Western Kentucky
Malik Jefferson              Texas
Hercules Mata’afa         Washington St
Kahlil McKenzie             Tennessee
Christian Sam               ASU
Roquan Smith              Georgia
Andre Smith                 UNC
Leighton Vander Esch   Boise St

Cornerbacks
Jaire Alexander             Louisville
Vosean Crumbie           Nevada
J.J. Dallas                     Louisiana-Monroe
Carlton Davis                Auburn
Rashaan Gaulden          Tennessee
Holton Hill                     Texas
Mike Hughes                 Central Florida
Joshua Jackson             Iowa
Michael Jackson           Miami (Fl)
JC Jackson                   Maryland
Donte Jackson              LSU
Tarvarus McFadden      FSU
Nick Nelson                  Wisconsin
Isaiah Oliver                  Colorado
DJ Reed                       Kansas St
Denzel Ward                 Ohio St.

Safeties
Jessie Bates                 Wake Forest
DeShon Elliott               Texas
Ronnie Harrison            Alabama
Derwin James               FSU
Justin Reid                    Stanford
Van Smith                     Clemson
Jordan Whitehead          Pittsburgh

Kickers
Michael Dickson           P          Texas
Eddy Pineiro                 PK        Florida

Key Players Returning to School in 2018:
Jake Browning             QB       Washington
Ryan Finley                   QB       North Carolina St
Will Grier                      QB       WVU
Drew Lock                    QB       Missouri
Jarrett Stidham              QB       Auburn
Clayton Thorson            QB       Northwestern
Myles Gaskin                RB        Washington
Bryce Love                   RB        Stanford
LJ Scott                        RB        Michigan St
Parris Campbell             WR       Ohio State
David Sills V                 WR       WVU
Jaylen Smith                 WR       Louisville
Ben Benzschawel          OG       Wisconsin
Ross Pierschbacher      OG       Alabama
Yodny Cajuste               OT        WVU
Mitch Hyatt                   OT        Clemson
Martez Ivey                   OT        Florida
Zach Allen                     DE        Boston College
Austin Bryant               DE       Clemson
Isaiah Buggs                 DE       Alabama
Clelin Ferrell                  DE       Clemson
Montez Sweat               DE        Mississippi St.
Terry Beckner Jr.           DT        Missouri
Jalen Jelks                   DT        Oregon
Dre’Mont Jones            DT        Ohio State
Christian Wilkins            DT        Clemson
Kendall Joseph             LB        Clemson
Cameron Smith             LB        Southern Cal
Drue Tranquill                LB        Notre Dame
T.J. Edwards                 LB        Wisconsin
Mark Fields                   CB        Clemson

Quarterbacks

Josh Rosen                 UCLA  
Talented junior QB has been one of the premier passers in the Pac-12 over his short career. He has the complete skill set to become a top pro starter with some critical development in his footwork and defensive recognition. He is a special passer who has a very good arm and quick compact delivery that deliver the ball nicely with accuracy and timing. He will most likely go in the top few selections and possibly #1 overall. He will have to prove he can operate under center to be ready to play as a rookie. Blue chip prospect with huge upside.

 Sam Darnold                Southern Cal   
Strong armed redshirt sophomore QB has been one of the premier passers in the Pac-12 over his short career. He has the physical package to become a top-flight NFL starter, but needs critical development all areas of play. He has operated both in the spread offense and under center. He needs more development under center and dropping back and setting up and throwing with accuracy. He needs the right pro setting to develop further as a passer. He will most likely go in the top selections, but needs to sit to learn a new system and the finer points of the position. He may not be ready to compete for the starting job as a rookie that his playing time will depend on the pro situation he gets into. He needs to settle into a system that allows him time to refine key areas of setup and reading defenses. Big time talent with development.

Lamar Jackson            Louisville
Mobile junior QB has flashed blue chip talent vs top competition over his short career. He has the physical package to become a top-flight NFL starter, but needs critical development playing under center. He has mainly operated in the spread offense with limited development under center dropping back. He needs the right pro setting to develop further as a passer. He will most likely go in the top picks of the first round off potential, but his readiness to compete for the starting job is suspect. His early playing time will depend on the pro situation he gets into, though he would benefit to sit and settle into a system that allows him time to refine key areas of setup and reading defenses. Excellent intangibles to make a difference.

Josh Allen                   Wyoming        
Mobile tough QB has been one of the premier passers in the nation over the past few seasons. He has the physical package to become a high quality NFL starter, though he needs critical development playing under center. He has mainly operated in the spread offense with limited development under center dropping back. He needs the right pro setting to develop further as a passer. He will most likely go in the top to mid first round off potential and a huge performance in their bowl victory. He is ready to compete for the starting job and is very accurate passer with a big arm and top mobility. He would benefit to sit and settle into a system that allows him time to refine key areas of setup and reading defenses. Excellent intangibles to make a difference in a short time.

Chase Litton                Marshall
Strong armed senior QB was a three year starter over his C-USA career. He has the physical package to become an NFL starter with development. He needs critical development in all areas of play. He has mainly operated in the spread offense with little development under center and dropping back. He needs the right pro setting to develop further as a passer. He will most likely go on the third day off potential, but is not ready to compete for the starting job. He needs to sit early and learn a pro system and go through a long learning curve. He has to win a #3 job in camp and go through the vital learning curve to take the next step. Definite upside potential.

Tanner Lee                   Nebraska
Talented true junior QB has been a one year Nebraska starter after a season at Tulane directing the offense. He has a good skill set to become a pro starter with some critical development in his strength and defensive recognition. He has a good arm and quick compact delivery that delivers the ball nicely, though his accuracy and timing has been erratic. He will most likely go in the late rounds with several clubs in pressing need for a starting passer. He will have to prove he can operate under center to be ready to win the #3 role. His postseason will determine how early he goes in the process, though a possible late round selection.

Running Backs

Saquon Barkley                       Penn St           
Stocky blue chip feature back has the complete package to be a top pro feature back. He decided to enter this draft class after another outstanding season. He has the ability to be an immediate impact runner in the NFL in the right setting. He has the nice combination of size, speed, quickness, power, running instincts and big play ability to change games instantly. He can pound inside weekly with the speed to break big plays that ranks him the premier back in this strong class. He has proven very durable, but must improve his ability to block and pick up the blitz effectively to earn a pro starting job. Currently, he is a very good receiver and has the makeup of an impact rookie three down back.

Derrius Guice                          LSU
Stocky tailback had a fine season in the SEC that lead to early entry to the NFL. He is a compact back/receiver who has a strong frame, speed, quickness and natural running skills to be a NFL playmaker. He needs work as a blocker to be a complete prospect. He has the compact size and power to run inside with the deceptive strength and pad level to get the most out of his physical talent. He has very good change of direction skills and top speed to break plays. He is a great player in space who displays sure hands and the natural running ability to follow blockers with breakaway speed. He should shine at a workout.

Kerryon Johnson                     Auburn
Tough shifty back displays quick slashing natural running skills and a high level of development. He received a high grade from the NFL Advisory committee and he could land in the early rounds with a strong postseason. He is a shifty tailback who displays good power and quickness to be a tough inside runner with the lateral quickness and the long speed to get to the 2nd level and make big yardage after contact. He impressed scouts with his consistent after contact yardage in big SEC games. He hopes to impress at the critical NFL Combine. Improving receiving and blocking skills help his cause. Workhorse runner with best efforts in big situations.

Ronald Jones II                       Southern Cal
Shifty talented tailback had an impressive 2017 season that lead to early entry to the NFL. He has potential starting feature back talent in the NFL and carries a very early round grade at this point of the evaluation process. He has the speed and running skills to break plays with developed receiving skills for the complete game. He has enough size to run inside with sharp change of directions to cut in the hole and the burst to break plays. He is a slashing inside and good goal line runner and a receiver who displays sure hands and playmaking ability on the perimeter to follows his blockers. He shows the skill set of a complete back and should earn a high selection in April.

Josh Adams                            Notre Dame
Big slashing junior feature back made a major breakout performance in 2017 that was instrumental in the Irish turn around. He has the physical package to be a pro feature back with a powerful frame with the combination of size and speed with the quickness and running instincts to be an effective feature back. He can pound inside and runs with good pad level. He has good speed to break plays and is one of the emerging backs in this class. He needs to improve his blocking and receiving to earn a pro starting role. He can fill a critical 1A type back role with critical development. Fine goal line runner. His postseason will determine if he moves into the top rounds.

Kamryn Pettway                       Auburn
Big powerfully built junior back has the package for the position, combining fine vision, cutting skills and strong tackle breaking ability. He has the talent to be a fine starting pro feature back with the physical skill set of power, quickness, speed and hands to be a workhorse starter. He has a big strong frame with the combination of quickness, body lean and power to run inside and the speed to get outside and hit the home run. He needs work on his receiving, though he shows reliable hands and the ability to make things happen after the catch. He must improve his blocking to earn an early starting job. Durability concerns after an injury riddled 2017 season.

Mark Walton                             Miami(Fl)
Stocky tailback had a fine season in the ACC that lead to early entry to the NFL. He is a strong short back who has the compact size, quickness and running skills to be a tough inside runner. He needs work as a receiver and blocker to be a complete prospect. He has the compact size and leg strength to run inside with the power and pad level to get the most out of his physical talent. He has good change of direction skills and good speed to break the play. He is a strong goal line runner and a reliable receiver who displays sure hands and the running ability to follow blockers.

John Kelly                               Tennessee       
Strong slashing type tailback has impressive athletic talent that lead to early entry to the NFL. He is a tough feature back and carries an NFL starting or 1A grade. He has the compact size, power and running skills to break plays with natural running skills for the complete game. He has the size to run inside with the change of directions to cut in the hole and enough speed to get into the 2nd level. He is a tough goal line runner and an improving receiver who displays dependable hands and the ability to make yardage after the reception. He must prove durable as a pro to be a feature pro back. Must refine his overall game especially as a receiver and blocker.

Nyheim Hines                          North Carolina St
Multi-talented tailback had an impressive 2017 season and career, displaying impact ability in a few roles. He has potential starting feature back talent for the NFL and carries a middle round grade at this point of the evaluation process. He has the speed and running skills to break plays with highly developed receiving skills for the complete game. He has the size to run inside with sharp change of directions to cut in the hole and the burst to break plays. He is a tough inside runner and good goal line runner who displays sure hands as a receiver. He shows the skill set of a complete back and should move up the charts through the postseason. Excellent return specialist and one of the most versatile prospects in this class.

Ryquell Armstead                    Temple
Ryan Nall                                 Oregon St
Chris Warren                            Texas

Wide Receivers

Courtland Sutton                     SMU
Smooth athletic junior playmaker had nice production in the high powered Pony attack. He has fine triangle numbers that will warrant a very high draft selection. He is a blue-chip prospect with an early 1st round grade if he tests out well this postseason. He has very good size with the speed, athleticism and playmaking ability to rank as the #1 receiver in this class. He developed his fine AA in the talented SMU offense where he has been featured over the past two seasons. He has the ability to become a special pro and should impress further in a postseason NFL Combine workout where he should guarantee a top selection. Polished receiver with a rookie starting grade to give an offense an immediate impact weapon.

Equanimeous St. Brown          Notre Dame
Big third year sophomore declared for the NFL Draft 2018 after a short Irish career. He displays developing receiving skills with good speed to get into the middle deep seam. He needs route development and defensive recognition to be ready for playing time. He has shown developed receiving skills over his short career playing wideout and slot type Flex roles in this talented offense. He has a big athletic frame with natural pass catching ability and the speed to create difficult matchups as a factor especially in the red zone. He needs extensive technique and route development to be an NFL starter, though has intriguing upside over time.

Audon Tate                              Florida State   
Huge athletic junior receiver had a quality ACC career while facing top flight cover men weekly. He displays very good hands and shows the run after the catch ability to make yardage. He shows explosiveness in and out of his breaks with the hands to make the toughest catch. He has good playing speed and is an emerging playmaker. He has a burst to be dangerous from anywhere especially the red zone, showing the hands and the speed to separate deep and make plays. He needs to put up a strong workout this offseason to earn an early round draft grade. One of the more intriguing prospect in this class with incredible upside potential.

Calvin Ridley                           Alabama
Athletic junior receiver combines good size, with the speed and the running ability to break any reception. He shows very strong hands with big play ability and the open field running skills to be a legitimate playmaker. He has good speed and along with his big play ability and size creates a matchup problem for cover men. With a strong workout, he could be one of the fast rising prospects in this class and probable top 20 prospect. He has produced in many big situations that suggests early adjustment to the NFL game.

Deon Cain                                Clemson         
Fast athletic receiver/returner declared for the NFL Draft after another impressive performance that earned him ACC honors. He has developing talent with good size and the top athleticism that should allow him to compete for NFL rookie playing time. He has fine speed, leaping ability and AA talent, combining all the necessary skills to become a quality pro receiver. He creates a difficult matchup for cornerbacks and gives his offense a strong weapon in a few roles. Shows the ability to beat NFL corners consistently and take the top off the defense. Emerging playmaker with big upside and impact.

Antonio Callaway                     Florida
Athletic junior receiver was a difference maker in the Gators’ offense with impact ability at times over his late career. He operated in a pro style passing offense and displayed reliable hands and good route running with the quickness in his routes to separate. He shows the run after the catch ability to be a factor to break plays and go the distance. He has good playing speed with a burst to make a play after the catch. He needs to impress at a workout this offseason and at the NFL Combine to earn a high draft grade. His return skills enhance his value and could push him up the charts further. Versatile playmaker with impact ability both in the slot and on the outside.

Christian Kirk                          Texas A&M
Fast athletic receiver/returner declared for the NFL Draft after another impressive performance that earned him SEC honors. He has developing talent with good size and the top athleticism that should allow him to compete for NFL rookie playing time. He has fine hands, leaping ability, size and AA talent, combining all the necessary ingredients to become a quality pro receiver. He creates a difficult matchup for cornerbacks and gives his offense a strong weapon in a few roles. Shows the ability to beat NFL corners consistently despite average production in Aggie offense. Kid with big upside and a difference maker as a return specialist.

Simmie Cobbs Jr                     Indiana
Big smooth junior receiver developed nicely over his Hoosiers career despite working with a few average QBs and playing in a run oriented attack. He has intriguing skills and is a highly-regarded prospect with definite upside as a pro. He has good speed for the position and shows the separation to get open. He displays excellent body control to make a play on the ball and will make the tough catch in a crowd, displaying soft hands and leaping ability. He needs a big performance at the NFL Combine to rank with the upper tier of receivers. His route development and improved muscle will determine his NFL readiness. Blocking is an asset.

DJ Moore                                 Maryland         
Fast junior wideout/returner can be a difference maker every time he touches the ball. He is one of the better playmakers in this class with an early round grade. He is a quick receiver who gets open consistently, displaying sharp cutting skills that allow him to separate in coverage and provide his passer a fine target. He has the burst off the line to get into his routes with fine hands and the separation speed to break plays. He has a compact shorter frame that may be a concern, though he is an athlete who is also a fine returner. He can get deep and hit the home run with his top speed and run after the catch ability to be a difference maker. Fine slot receiver.

Tre’Quan Smith                       Central Florida
Athletic junior wideout has fine speed that could warrant a high round draft selection after nice overall production. He is a developed prospect who combines fine athleticism and playmaking ability with good size and strength. He has developed nicely as a route runner that will probably earn him early pro playing time in multiple sets. He has developed quickly using his fine AA and has begun to learn to use his speed and talents better. He hopes to impress further in a postseason at the NFL Combine workout where he could guarantee a fairly high selection. His 2017 later season suspension must be addressed.

Jordan Lasley                          UCLA
Athletic junior receiver had a productive career in the potent Bruin offense working with QB Josh Rosen. He displays good hands and fine speed with developed route running and defense recognition skills. He shows good run after the catch ability to make plays with the playing speed and burst to stretch the field. He needs to impress at workouts this offseason to warrant a high draft selection, though has nice upside as a pro weapon. Improving weapon with the skill set to be a good pro receiver, though must get stronger.

Byron Pringle                          KSU    
Tall athletic junior receiver was impressive over his short Big 12 career while facing NFL caliber corners weekly. He performed well for three seasons despite continuous changes at the QB position over his career. He has been an impact weapon and figures in the middle round area currently. He has developed talent with fine size and athleticism that should allow him to compete for playing time as a rookie. He has fine hands, good speed, leaping ability, size and AA talent, combining all the necessary ingredients to become a starting pro receiver. He will have to test out well during the postseason and show improvement as a route runner. Good kickoff returner.

Richie James                           Middle Tennessee St
Fast athletic junior declared after a fine 2017 season. He will challenge for a middle round selection with a big workout this postseason especially with a good sprint speed number at the NFL Combine. He shows explosiveness after he gets his hands on the ball with running skills. He possesses reliable hands with the speed to get deep and hit the home run. He has good running skills after the catch on the shorter routes that pressures a defense and gives an offense a big play performer. He makes big plays despite facing heavy coverage vs top competition. He must show in can holdup vs physical cover men and get off the line consistently. Good slot receiver.

Quadree Henderson                 Pittsburgh       
Fast junior wideout/returner can be a difference maker every time he touches the ball. Good playmaker with a later round grade. Quickness to get open consistently, displaying sharp cutting skills that allow him to separate in coverage and provide a fine target. He is quick off the line to get into his routes with fine hands and top speed to break plays. He has a compact smaller frame that may be a concern, though he is an athlete who is also a fine returner. He can get deep and make the big play with after the catch ability to be a difference maker. Starting dual returner.

Keke Coutee                Texas Tech
Matt Fleming                Benedictine
Jon’Vea Johnson         Toledo
Tavares Martin             Washington State
Ray-Ray McCloud        Clemson
Trey Quinn                   SMU
Korey Robertson          Southern Mississippi

Tight Ends

Mark Andrews              Oklahoma       
Big mobile underclassman displays fine receiving skills with the speed to get deep in the middle seam. He needs some development as a blocker, though brings the physical skills to be a complete prospect. He has shown developing receiving skills with natural pass catching ability and the size and speed to create difficult matchups in the intermediate game. He displays strong inline blocking ability and is also effective on the move as an H-back. He needs further development to become a complete NFL performer, but has the talent to be a reliable two way player. Good red zone threat.

Dalton Schultz             Stanford
Mobile four year junior entered the NFL Draft after a good 2017 season.  He has an interesting athletic package to entice a club to use a high round selection to add his playmaking abilities and potential. He has developed into a solid receiving threat in the intermediate and short zones. He has the physical package to develop into a reliable blocker with technique and strength development. Despite limited playing time, he has shown well developed receiving skills with the size and speed to be a factor to outmuscle defenders. He displays good blocking ability on the 2nd level, though marginal movement at the POA. His receiving talent will probably warrant a middle round selection.

Ryan Izzo                     FSU     
Mobile junior entered the NFL Draft after a fine 2018 season. He has fine athletic skills that are well rounded. He needs improvement as a blocker, learning to use his frame and long reach to get better movement at the POA. He can be an effective pro blocker only with some further technique and strength development. He has shown developed receiving skills with the size and speed to be a factor in the passing game. He displays sure hands and the power to break tackles and be a factor after the catch. He is a huge factor in the intermediate and red zones that will entice an NFL club in multiple sets. Developed receiver with immediate impact in that role either inline or the H-back role where he consistently gets open.

Hayden Hurst               South Carolina
Big mobile underclassman displays fine receiving skills with the speed to get deep in the middle seam. He needs much development as a blocker, though brings the physical skills to be a pro prospect. He has shown natural receiving skills with soft hands and nice size and speed to create difficult matchups. As a former basketball performer, he displays fine athleticism and body control to make plays on the ball. He is subpar as an inline blocking, though adequate on the move as an H-back. He needs further development to become an NFL performer, but has the talent to be a good weapon in the passing game with further work.

Jordan Akins               Central Florida
Austin Roberts             UCLA
 
Offensive Linemen

Orlando Brown                        Oklahoma       
Physical mobile left tackle has been a strong performer over his Sooner career and an instrumental part of their balanced high powered offense. He is ready to move on to the NFL. He has a wide frame with very long arms, bulk and agile footwork that allows him to grade out high whether as a pass protector or drive blocker. He has graded out high vs top competition and is ready to step in as a pro at either tackle spot. He will be one of the premier linemen selected and a probable early to mid-first round pick and eventually a starting left tackle. He may need to lineup at right tackle initially.

Kolton Miller                            UCLA  
Big physical tackle has been a strong performer over his Pac-12 career, protecting the blindside of QB Josh Rosen. He is ready to move on to the NFL and has a huge frame with long arms and fine footwork and balance that allows him to move effortlessly whether as a pass protector or pulling to the outside. He has graded out high at the left tackle spot vs Pac-12 talent and is ready to start as a pro at either tackle spot. He has been tested in pass protection by speed rushers and has graded out high with the complete skill set for the position and the ability to adjust quickly. He should be one of the premier linemen chosen this spring and a probable top selection who could easily go higher. One of the few left tackles prospects in this class.

Connor Williams                      Texas  
Athletic left tackle has been a strong performer over his short Longhorn career where he graded out consistently high on a weekly as a blocker. He has a wide frame with long arms and top balance and footwork that allows him to move well as a pass protector. He missed early time in 2017 due to a knee injury, but returned late and is ready for a postseason to shine in workouts. He grades out well as a drive blocker where he locks on well, bends his knees, and sustains consistently, though needs strength work to finish better. He is ready to step in and could be one of the top overall tackles chosen and a probable high first round pick. Early NFL starter with Pro Bowl talent, though limited time vs high competition.

Brian O’Neill                            Pittsburgh
Huge agile lineman has been a fine performer for the Panthers where he graded out high on a weekly basis. He has a very long frame with agility, good balance and footwork that allows him to move well as a pass protector. He has graded out fairly well as a drive blocker where he locks early and sustains, though needs to finish better with power. He is ready to step in as a pro lineman where he projects to right tackle or guard early and possible starting left tackle in time. He needs further hand technique work to be ready to face pro speed rushers.

Toby Weathserby                     LSU
Massive athletic junior tackle has been an improving performer over his short SEC career where he graded out high weekly this past season. He has a huge thick frame with very long arms and the balance and footwork that allows him to move well in pass protection. He has graded out only average as a drive blocker and needs additional technique and strength development. He is a quality prospect on the rise and could be drafted more on upside potential than production over his short stay with the Tigers. Raw prospect with big upside, but a project for early playing time.

Quenton Nelson                       Notre Dame
Massive wide body guard has been a dominant performer over his Irish career where he graded out high weekly the past few seasons. He has a huge thick frame with long arms, strong base with the balance and footwork that allows him to move well in pass protection. He has graded out very high as a drive blocker with developed technique and top functional strength. He is a quality prospect on the rise and could be drafted in the top half of the first round. Highly developed plug and play guard prospect with big upside who projects for early starting time.

James Daniels                         Iowa
Agile mobile lineman has been a strong performer over his short Hawkeye career, starting at center and guard, earning Big Ten honors the past two seasons. He has a strong frame with long arms and fine footwork that allows him to slide fairly easy as a pass protector. He has graded out high against good Big Ten interior pass rushers and is ready to step in as a pro lineman. He is a sound technician and NFL ready in many respects. He could be one of the rising linemen selected this spring with early NFL starting talent.

Geron Christian                       Louisville
Nick Gates                               Nebraska
Taylor Hearn                            Clemson
Sam Jones                              ASU
Dwayne Orso-Bacchus            Oklahoma
Maea Teuhema                         Southeastern Louisiana

Defensive Players

Ends

Dorance Armstrong     Kansas
Explosive versatile athlete end has been an impact defender on the Jayhawks defense over the past few seasons. He is one of the blue-chip prospects in this class and could be one of the premier selections from this underclassmen class. He had an excellent performance last season, showing the elite quickness off the edge to pressure the QB and make big plays. He has very good triangle numbers that pro scouts seek in an end for the 4-3 or attack backer in the 3-4 sets. He has the ability to hold the POA and shows the versatility to play up and down in passing situations. He can produce a strong workout to warrant a high early round selection and possible #1 selection. This kid has definite impact potential as a pro defender in either set.

Jeff Holland                 Auburn
Quick junior defender has shown playmaking ability for the Tigers’ defense over recent seasons. He flashes playmaking ability that will warrant interest by NFL clubs. He has a fine combination of speed, quickness and power that gives him a fast advantage vs. blockers. He can explode off the edge and counter well with the flexibility to bend the edge. He gets fast penetration into the backfield and has developed overall technique especially hand use to separate quickly. He shows sound initial reads and overall instincts to play up to his athletic ability. Possible attack linebacker in right setting, though better suited for the weakside end spot in the 4-3 set.

 Josh Sweat                  FSU     
Quick junior defender has shown playmaking ability that earned some ACC honors. He flashes playmaking ability that will warrant interest by NFL 4-3 clubs. He has a combination of speed and quickness to gain a fast advantage vs blockers. He can come off the edge with the ability to counter inside to get penetration into the backfield. He needs work on overall technique especially his hand use to separate quicker to be ready for the pro game. He needs to improve his initial reads and overall instincts to play up to his athletic ability. Must prove stout at the point to grade out higher vs the run. Potential edge rusher must win early vs the top blockers to win.

 Sam Hubbard               Ohio St
Explosive mobile defender has been a force in the Buckeyes front over the past few seasons. He is one of the gems from the underclassmen group and has flashed dominant talent especially late in his career. He shows the quick burst off the edge to rush the passer to make big plays. He shows fine strength and technique to anchor vs the run with the good triangle numbers NFL scouts want in a prospect for the outside role in either front. He has the burst of speed to the ball to make game changing plays, in addition to also winning with his top power. He could turn out to be one of the most complete prospects at this critical position. Rising high selection.

 Olasunkanmi Adeniyi   Toledo
Short compact defender has been a strong starter in the MAC over the past few seasons. He was a surprise addition and could be one of the sleepers from this underclassmen class. He had a top performance last season, showing the quickness off the edge to harass the QB. He completed his career with a fine bowl game that influenced his decision. He has good triangle numbers that pro scouts seek in an end for the 4-3 pro set with the ability to create mismatches. He needs a strong workout to finalize an early middle round selection. This kid has definite upside potential and probable NFL starter with continual improvement and maybe soon in his career.

 Breeland Speaks         Ole Miss
Strong mobile defender has played a key role on the Ole Miss front seven, showing both quickness and power. He has the burst to make plays from the outside. He flashes a good first step as a pass rusher that allowed him to be a consistent pass rusher. With further development of his hand and arm technique, he can become a pro situational defender. He has the ability to separate from blockers and play the run with the speed to pursue down the line. He can fill a few roles in either scheme with possible end in the 3-4 scheme.

 JoJo Wicker                 Arizona St
Short rangy tweener entered the NFL Draft after a short career in the Pac-12. He is a mobile defender with good athletic tools and the speed to make plays from the outside. He is suspect as a run defender with shorter frame and average base to hold the point. Shows the athletic ability and instincts to be an NFL defender and has a chance to be a situational defender with further development. He is a good fit for the 4-3 scheme and needs to find a niche in that set to earn a roster spot.

Tackles
Taven Bryan                 Florida
Athletic defender had a strong 2017 season as one of the nation’s best interior defenders. He was a major force for the Gators front four and a clear difference maker. He can stack the POA with the burst of speed to make plays in the backfield. He has a wide base and fine functional strength to hold the point of attack well. He has a fine combination of power and quickness that gives him a fast advantage vs. blockers. He has a burst through an opening to be very disruptive and projects best in the middle of the 4-3 scheme. He can be a tough three technique defender and three down linemen in that pro front. His combination of power and quickness defeats blockers consistently with the skill set to make impact plays, though needs further technique development.

 Vita Vea                       Washington
Massive interior defender combines the power to stack and the quickness to be a threat as a tackle in either pro front line. He has great power and the burst to make plays to play nose tackle. He is a powerful pass rusher who uses his strength and quickness to push the pocket and collapse the front. He has the powerful first step to gain an advantage off the snap with the fine hand and arm technique that includes powerful quick counter moves inside. His postseason performance will determine his readiness for the pro game. Fast rising prospect and part of a deep talented group of defensive tackles.

Harrison Phillips          Stanford 
Quick mobile junior tackle had a good 2017 season where he was a force for the Cardinal’ defense. He shows a fine combination of power and quickness that gives him an advantage vs. blockers. He can explode through an opening and get penetration into the backfield. He needs work on overall technique to be ready for NFL starting time. He needs to improve his initial reads and overall instincts to play up to his athletic ability. Best suited for the three technique role in 4-3 front line and an interesting prospect who can be a quality interior defender and an early rotational tackle.

R.J. McIntosh               Miami
Athletic young tackle has been an anchor on the inside for the Canes defense over the past few seasons. He holds the point of attack well even vs the double team. His fine combination of power and quickness gives him the makeup of a pro tackle. He gets penetration into the backfield and commands double teaming often, though he needs definite work on overall technique to separate better. He is best suited for tackle in the 4-3 scheme where his quickness and length can be effective, though he needs to develop further as a pass rusher. He must get stronger to stack inside better especially vs the combo block.

Trent Thompson          Georgia
Long tough defender combines the power to stack and the quickness to be a threat as a tackle/end in either pro front line. He has power and the burst of speed to make big plays with versatility to play in either scheme including lining up outside. He flashes power as a pass rusher with the strength and quickness to push the pocket. He displays big play ability as a pass rusher with further development on his hand and counter techniques. He needs to prove more physical to warrant rookie starting time. He carries a high round grade, though definite level of development concerns and consistency issues. May be best for the five technique role.

Tim Settle                    Virginia Tech
Huge strong tackle has been a force on the inside for the Hokies’ defense over the past few seasons. He flashes definite playmaking ability that will warrant interest by NFL clubs. He has a fine combination of bulk, power and quickness that gives him an advantage vs. blockers. He gets penetration into the backfield and commands double teaming often on the inside. He needs work on overall technique to be ready for the pro game and is best suited for tackle in the 4-3 scheme as a quality three technique defender where he carries a starting grade in time with development. Also shows nose tackle potential.

Kahlil McKenzie           Tennessee
Talented versatile defender combines the power to stack and the quickness to be a threat as a tackle/end in either pro front line. He has power and the burst of speed to make big plays with positional versatility to play in either scheme. He flashes power as a pass rusher with the strength and quickness to push the pocket. He displays big play ability as a pass rusher, though needs further hand and counter technique development. He needs to prove more physical to warrant early starting time. He carries a middle round grade, though definite level of development concerns and consistency issues. Very polarizing prospect in this class currently.

Rasheen Green            Southern Cal
Athletic explosive defender had a strong 2017 season as one of the nation’s better defenders. He was a force for the Trojans lining up at a few spots in their flexible front. He can stack the POA with the burst of speed to make big plays in the backfield. He has a wide base that allows him to hold the point of attack well despite a long frame. He has a fine combination of power and quickness that gives him a fast advantage vs. blockers. He has a burst through an opening to be very disruptive and projects best in the middle of the 4-3 scheme. His combination of power and quickness defeats blocking patterns with the skill set to develop further. Fast improving prospect with upside and versatility.

Kendrick Norton          Miami
Strong tackle has been a force on the inside for the Canes defense over the past few seasons. He flashes definite playmaking ability that will warrant interest by NFL clubs. He has a fine combination of bulk, power and quickness that gives him an advantage vs. blockers. He gets penetration into the backfield and commands double teaming often on the inside. He needs work on overall technique to be ready for the pro game and is best suited for tackle in the 4-3 scheme as a quality three technique defender where he carries a starting grade in time with development.

Courtel Jenkins             Miami
DuVonta Lampkin          Oklahoma
Larry Tharpe                 Arizona
Travonte Valentine        LSU
Jalen Wilkerson             Florida St.
Eddy Wilson                  Purdue

Linebackers
Roquan Smith                         Georgia
Athletic mobile junior backer has been a force in the SEC over the past two seasons playing a few positions in this defense. He is a fast developing defender who has been instrumental in the Bulldog’s nationally ranked defense. He has lined up at a few backer spots and displays outstanding speed, quickness and hitting power to react instinctively and finish with sure tackling. His fine instincts and toughness should allow him to compete for an early starting job and he is a prospect who can fill any role in a 4-3 set and inside in the 3-4 scheme.

Tremaine Edmunds                 Virginia Tech              
Mobile junior backer has been a very productive force in the ACC over the past two seasons playing on the outside. He is a developing defender who has the skill set for the pro attack position. He displays very good speed, quickness and hitting power to react to plays fast and finish with sure tackling. His fine instincts and toughness should allow him to compete for an early role in the package defenses. He is a prospect who can also fill the attack spot best where his burst off the edge provides major playmaking ability. Top edge rusher to make a difference.

Hercules Mata’afa                     Washington St
Rugged defender has been an impact defender in the Cougars’ physical defense playing both up and down on the outside. He is one of the fast rising prospects in this class and could be one of the premier selections from this underclassmen class. He had an excellent performance last season, showing the quickness off the edge to pressure the QB. He has good triangle numbers that pro scouts seek in a weakside end for the 4-3 set or the attack backer role in the 3-4 set. He shows the versatility to play a few positions and both schemes that will appeal for all 32 clubs. He needs a strong workout to warrant an early round selection. This kid has definite impact potential as a pro defender in either set and a starting grade.

Leighton Vander Esch             Boise St
Talented rangy junior backer has shown consistent playmaking skills over his short career. He has a fine combination of speed and power with the overall athleticism to be a complete defender. He is well developed and should compete for a starting job early, after displaying good instincts and the speed and quickness to react to both the run and pass. He finishes with strong tackling technique and is an every down defender with developing coverage skills. He is in the mold of mobile backers with the speed, instincts and toughness to be a three-down defender and capable of competing for a rookie starting job in the right setting. Marginal top 50 selection prior to postseason.

Malik Jefferson                        Texas
Savvy versatile junior backer has flashed big play ability in the Big 2 over the past three seasons playing a few positions on this unit. He is a fast developing rangy defender who has been instrumental in their improved defense. He projects to both schemes at the outside spots. He displays good speed, quickness and hitting power to react to plays and finish with sure tackling. His fine instincts and toughness should allow him to compete for a starting job and he is a prospect who can fill a few spots where his sideline to sideline speed and athleticism provides nice production.

Jack Cichy                               Wisconsin
Mobile junior backer missed the entire 2017 season with a knee injury and did not apply for another year of eligibility on a medical redshirt. He combines a fine combination of quickness and instincts with the overall athleticism and toughness to be a pro defender. He has developed instincts with extensive playing time in the savvy Badger defense. He has the speed and quickness to react to both the run and pass. He finishes with strong tackling technique and is rarely out of position. He will impress on special teams with his powerful tackling. He has the talent to become a quality pro and will compete for a starting job probably at the Sam or inside spot immediately. Quality special teams defender.

Andre Smith                           UNC    
Fast junior backer combines a fine skill set including speed and quickness with the overall athleticism and toughness to be a pro defender. He has developed instincts with the ability to play the Will role where his speed and quickness to react to both the run and pass fits best. He finishes with sure tackling technique and is rarely out of position. He is dangerous in space where he runs to the ball and can matchup with backs and tight ends. He can be an impact defender on special teams as a rookie.

Frank Ginda                 San Jose St
Christian Sam              ASU

Defensive Backs

Joshua Jackson                       Iowa                
Fast instinctive cover man was a strong performer for the Iowa defense over recent seasons and one of the best defenders in the Big Ten. He is a big tough savvy kid with quick feet and reactions that allows him to anticipate moves and jump routes. He has good recovery speed to cover receivers deep and will not shy away from bigger receivers in matchups. His postseason workouts will determine where he goes among the top prospects at this position where underclassmen will constitute most of the early selections.

Carlton Davis                           Auburn
Big physical junior defender with extensive experience at corner over his Tiger career. He has a physical gambling style with big play ability in coverage. He is one of the premier junior corners headed for the NFL with the package with development to become a top-flight cover man. He combines size with good speed, quickness and instincts to become a starting corner. He has the agility and change of direction skills necessary to match up in man coverage with the ball instincts to make interceptions. He needs to improve initial reads and when to gamble on the ball. He looks to raise his stock with a strong postseason and a big workout at the NFL Combine.

Michael Jackson                      Miami(Fl)         
Tall agile junior cover man had a strong 2017 season and shows an excellent skill set and developing talent to be a starting pro corner. He has experience in big games to play early in the NFL with a fine combination of size, speed, toughness and quickness along with the ball instincts and agility to match up in man coverage. He has good speed that allows him to recover in the deep game. He can play a number of schemes with some technique development in man situations. He ranks among the top cover men entering the critical postseason.

Tarvarus McFadden                 FSU     
Fast third year cover man came on strong over his late career on a club that continues to produce top flight defenders. He has developed reading routes well and top ball instincts to utilize his fine athleticism. He improved his ball instincts and use his fine recovery speed with experience last fall. He can blanket receivers deep in coverage with the burst to the ball to make up for lost ground. He has the size and toughness to battle receivers for the ball, in addition to tackling. He needs a big postseason to move into the early selections.

Jaire Alexander                        Louisville
Fast tough cover man had a good 2017 season that led to him to declare for the NFL Draft. He can compete for time immediately as a starter and in package defenses. He runs well with quick feet and reactions to anticipate routes and the recovery speed to ride a receivers’ hip in coverage with the burst to the ball to make up for lost ground. He shows the toughness to battle bigger receivers where his length matches up well. He is a tough tackler who will come up to support the run and make hits in the secondary. Must improve his initial reads.

 Isaiah Oliver                            Colorado         
Tall agile junior cover man had a strong 2017 season and shows an excellent skill set and developing talent to be a starting pro corner. He has experience in big games to play early in the NFL with a fine combination of size, speed, toughness and quickness along with the ball instincts and agility to match up in man coverage. He has good speed that allows him to recover in the deep game where his length, height and leaping ability gives him a huge advantage. He can play a number of schemes with some technique development in man situations. He ranks among the top cover men entering the critical postseason with the skill set to move into the top selections.

Denzel Ward                            Ohio St.
Fast quick cover/return man came has been one of the premier playmakers in the nation over recent seasons. He runs very well with exceptionally quick feet and reactions to anticipate routes with the ability to jump and make the big play. His very good recovery speed to open his hips that allow him to cover receivers deep with the burst to the ball to make up for lost ground. He shows the toughness to battle receivers and breakup up passes. He needs to refine his game especially tackling in the openfield and his ability to match up vs big receivers. Gambling playmaker with instinct and natural skills.

Donta Jackson                         LSU
Rangy agile junior cover man had a strong 2017 season and shows an excellent skill set and developing talent to be a starting pro corner. He has experience in big games to play early in the NFL with a fine combination of size, speed, toughness and quickness along with the ball instincts and agility to match up in man coverage. He has good speed that allows him to recover in the deep game. He can play a number of schemes with some technique development in man situations. He breaks quickly on the ball and ranks among the top cover men entering the postseason.

Holton Hill                               Texas  
Tall athletic true junior cover man had a strong final season and has fast developing talent to be a starting pro corner. He has the experience vs top flight receivers starting three seasons in the Big 12. He combines good size, speed, toughness and quickness with developing ball instincts and agility to match up. He has good speed that allows him to recover in the deep game and can play a number of schemes with some technique development in zone situations. He could be among the second tier of cover man with a strong postseason to move into the 2nd day of the NFL Draft.

Nick Nelson                             Wisconsin
Strong compact cover man has come on strong over the past season and declared for the NFL Draft after an impressive effort. He reads routes well and shows the ball instincts and quick feet to react and make fast adjustments. He has good recovery speed to make up for lost ground with the toughness to battle bigger receivers. He has been a strong reliable tackler both at the line and in the open field. His workout will determine if he moves into the earlier rounds.

DJ Reed                       Kansas St
Rashaan Gaulden          Tennessee
JC Jackson                   Maryland

 Safeties
Minkah Fitzpatrick                   Alabama
Physical true junior safety finished his career with a dominant performance in the SEC. He has the athleticism and development to become an early NFL starter. He is a quick defender with good size and the speed, range and tackling skills to develop into a top flight pro. He has the package to be a fine free safety where he shows developing ball instincts along with strong sure tackling in run support. He played multiple positions in college but best for the safety role. He can line up over a slot receiver or cover the deep zone. He hopes to impress further with a big workout that warrants an early 1st round selection.

Derwin James                          FSU
Tough rangy safety has the athleticism, skill set and development to start early in the NFL. He is a tough defender who completed a fine career that earned him ACC honors his final two seasons. He is a fluid defender with good size, speed and tackling skills to go sideline to sideline. He has the package to develop further in coverage with the length and speed to matchup with fast wideouts and tight ends. He shows playmaking ability in all key areas of coverage and run support. Makeup of a top special teams’ defender. Impact defender with Pro Bowl skill set.

DeShon Elliott                         Texas
Rangy talented defender has the athleticism and development to warrant a high selection. He is a ball hawking safety who completed a solid career that earned him 2017 Big 12 honors. That convinced him to turn pro despite only two seasons as a starter. He is a fluid defender with fine length, speed and range. He shows sure tackling skills and good angles to be a complete pro defender. He has the package to become an NFL free safety, showing playmaking ability in coverage, though he needs development man situations and reading routes.

Justin Reid                              Stanford          
Physical junior safety surprisingly declared for this draft class after his second season as a starter. He has the skill set to develop further with good size, speed and quickness and strong tackling and keen instincts that allows him to make plays weekly. He has the package to develop further into a fine NFL starter and shows playmaking ability in both coverage and run support. He has the makeup of a top-flight defender once he settles into a system and develops in the base defense. Moves easily to the ball with sound angles and strong tackling to finish.

Jessie Bates                             Wake Forest   
Long physical safety finished his career with a dominant performance in the ACC. He has the athleticism and development to become an early NFL starter. He is a quick defender with good size and the speed, range and tackling skills to develop into a quality starting pro. He has the package to be a fine safety where he shows developed ball instincts along with strong sure tackling in run support. He played multiple roles in college, but best for the free safety role. Moves well to the ball with the ability to get off blockers and finish consistently.

Jordan Whitehead                    Pittsburgh       
Lean talented defender has performed well as a starter showing the athleticism and development to start in the NFL. He is a physical safety despite a thin frame. He completed a fine career showing good speed, range and ball skills to be a pro defender. He has the package to become a free safety with further development in man coverage and improvement in his initial reads. He is a good open field tackler that should earn time in package defenses initially. Good long term prospect needs strength development and route coverage work.

Top 100 Pro Prospects for the NFL Draft 2018

* underclassmen January, 2018 – Pre East-West and Senior Bowl All-star Games
Pro Prospect         Position                 School                  Ht /        Wt

1 * Saquon Barkley             RB                        Penn State                5-11        225
2 * Josh Rosen                   QB                          UCLA                     6-4          220
3 * Sam Darnold                 QB                          Southern Cal        6-4          225
4 Bradley Chubb               DE                          NC State                6-4          275
5 * Minkah Fitzpatrick       S                             Alabama                 6-1          205
6 * Josh Allen                     QB                          Wyoming               6-5          235
7 * Orlando Brown             OT                           Oklahoma             6-8          360
8 * Roquan Smith              LB                          Georgia                 6-1          225
9 * Quenton Nelson           OG                          Notre Dame          6-5          330
10   * Arden Key                   DE                          LSU                        6-6          240
11 Baker Mayfield               QB                          Oklahoma             6-0          215
12 * Derwin James              S                             Florida State         6-3          210
13 * Courtland Sutton         WR                          SMU                       6-4          215
14 * Connor Williams          OT                           Texas                     6-6          320
15 * Lamar Jackson            QB                          Louisville               6-3          200
16 * Joshua Jackson           CB                          Iowa                       6-1          195
17 Mike McGlinchey            OT                           Notre Dame          6-8          315
18 * Denzel Ward                 CB                          Ohio State             5-10        190
19 * Calvin Ridley                WR                          Alabama                 6-1          190
20 * Da’Ron Payne              DT                           Alabama                 6-2          310
21 * Carlton Davis               CB                          Auburn                   6-1          205
22 Martinas Rankin             OT                           Mississippi St       6-5          305
23 * Derrius Guice               RB                           LSU                        5-11        215
24 * Equanimeous St. Brown  WR                    Notre Dame          6-5          205
25 Vita Vea                           DT                          Washington          6-5          345
26 * Audon Tate                   WR                          Florida State         6-5          220
27 * Ronnie Harrison          S                            Alabama                 6-3          215
28 * Tremaine Edmunds    LB                          Virginia Tech        6-5          240
29 * Taven Bryan                DT                           Florida                   6-5          295
30 Christian Kirk                  WR                          Texas A&M           5-11        200
31 * Isaiah Oliver                CB                          Colorado               6-1          190
32 Marcus Davenport         DE                          UTSA                     6-7          255
33 * Michael Jackson          CB                          Miami(Fl)               6-1          190
34 Chukwuma Okorafor     OT                           Western Michigan 6-6         330
35 * Mark Andrews              TE                           Oklahoma             6-5          255
36 James Washington        WR                          Oklahoma St         6-0          205
37 Mason Rudolph              QB                          Oklahoma St         6-5          230
38 Anthony Miller                WR                          Memphis               5-11        190
39 Maurice Hurst                DT                           Michigan               6-2          285
40 * DeShon Elliott              S                             Texas                     6-2          205
41 * Kolton Miller                OT                           UCLA                     6-8          310
42 * Dorance Armstrong     DE                          Kansas                  6-4          245
43 Rashaan Evans              LB                           Alabama                 6-3          235
44 * Ronald Jones II            RB                           Southern Cal        6-1          195
45 Tyrell Crosby                  OT                           Oregon                  6-5          320
46 Harold Landry                LB                           Boston College    6-3          250
47 Billy Price                         C                             Ohio State             6-4          310
48 Uchenna Nwosu            LB                           USC                       6-2          240
49 * Harrison Phillips          DT                           Stanford                 6-4          285
50 Ogbonnia Okoronkwo   LB                           Oklahoma             6-1          240
51 Braden Smith                 OG                          Auburn                   6-6          305
52 * Malik Jefferson            LB                           Texas                     6-3          240
53 Derrick Nnadi                 DT                           Florida State         6-1          315
54 * Rasheem Green          DL                           Southern Cal        6-5          280
55 Will Hernandez               OG                          Texas-El Paso      6-3          330
56 * Leighton Vander Esch  LB                         Boise St                 6-4          240
57 * Tarvarus McFadden    CB                          Florida State         6-2          195
58 * Jeff Holland                 DE                          Auburn                   6-2          250
59 * Kerryon Johnson         RB                           Auburn                   6-0          215
60 Duke Ejiofor                    DE                          Wake Forest         6-4          270
61 * Brian O’Neill                 OT                          Pittsburgh              6-7          310
62 Mike Gesicki                    TE                           Penn State            6-6          255
63 Royce Freeman             RB                           Oregon                  6-0          235
64 Lorenzo Carter               LB                           Georgia                 6-6          245
65 Dallas Goedert               TE                           South Dakota St   6-4          260
66 * Justin Reid                    S                             Stanford                 6-1          205
67 * Sam Hubbard              DE                          Ohio State             6-5          265
68 Michael Gallup               WR                          Colorado St           6-1          195
69 Ian Thomas                     TE                           Indiana                  6-5          250
70 * D.J. Moore                    WR                          Maryland               5-11        210
71 Mason Cole                     OL                           Michigan                6-5          305
72 Da’Shawn Hand             DE                          Alabama                 6-4          280
73 * James Daniels             OL                           Iowa                       6-4          300
74 Jaleel Scott                      WR                         New Mexico St.    6-6          215
75 * R.J. McIntosh               DT                           Miami                     6-4          290
76 Dorian O’Daniel              LB                           Clemson                 6-1          215
77 Marcus Allen                   S                             Penn State            6-2          205
78 * Kevin Toliver                 CB                          LSU                        6-2          205
79 * Josh Sweat                   DE                          Florida State         6-5          250
80 Lowell Lotulelei              DT                           Utah                       6-2          320
81 * Deon Cain                    WR                          Clemson                 6-1          210
82 Nick Chubb                     RB                           Georgia                 5-10        225
83 * Jerome Baker              LB                           Ohio State             6-1          225
84 * Josh Adams                  RB                           Notre Dame          6-2          225
85 * Jaire Alexander           CB                          Louisville               5-11        190
86 Jaylen Samuels             TE                           NC State                5-11        225
87 Marcell Ateman              WR                          Oklahoma St         6-4          220
88 Armani Watts                  S                             Texas A&M           5-11        205
89 M.J. Stewart                    CB                          North Carolina     6-0          200
90 Dante Pettis                     WR                          Washington          6-1          195
91 Luke Falk                        QB                          Washington St      6-4          220
92 Sony Michel                     RB                           Georgia                 5-11        215
93 Micah Kiser                    LB                           Virginia                  6-2          240
94 Isaiah Wynn                    OG                          Georgia                 6-2          302
95 * Hayden Hurst               TE                           South Carolina     6-5          250
96 * Jessie Bates                 S                             Wake Forest         6-2          195
97 * Hercules Mata’afa       DE                          Washington St      6-2          255
98 * Tim Settle                      DT                           Virginia Tech        6-4          325
99 Rashaad Penny              RB                           San Diego St        5-11        220
100 * Simmie Cobbs Jr.      WR                          Indiana                  6-4          220

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The NFL Announces the Finalists to Host the 2019 or 2020 NFL Draft

The NFL Announces the Finalists to Host the 2019 or 2020 NFL Draft

The NFL announced the finalists to host the 2019 or 2020 NFL Draft this week. The finalists are Cleveland/Canton, Denver, Kansas City, Tennessee and Las Vegas. The winning city to host those events will be announced at the Spring League Meeting in May. Any winning city cannot host the draft in both years.

Four of the above cities are home to NFL franchises. Canton is the home of the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Las Vegas will become the home of the Oakland Raiders who will move and start  there for the start of the NFL 2020 season.

The upcoming NFL Draft will take place April 26-28 and will be held at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas.

The draft was held in New York City from 1965 through 2014, mainly at Madison Square Garden and Radio City Hall. Since 2015, the league decided to moved the three day event to different NFL locations around from year to year, holding the annual event in Chicago in two seasons and Philadelphia for one year last spring.




QB Jimmy Garoppolo Signs Record NFL Extension with Niners

QB Jimmy Garoppolo Signs Record NFL Extension with Niners

Frank Coyle 

San Francisco signed QB Jimmy Garoppolo to a five-year contract worth up to $137.5 million, the richest in NFL history. The 49ers acquired Garoppolo in a 2017 mid-season trade with the New England Patriots. He was set to become a free agent this March. The 49ers were 1-10 prior to acquiring Garoppolo and started him the final five games of the year where he went 5-0 after taking over team leadership. He was the leading free agent QB ready to hit the open market in March. The 49ers made him the top paid NFL player only weeks before he become a free agent. His short 5-0 record and excellent performance made him the highest priority for the 49ers who have struggled annually for a return to the NFL playoffs. The 49ers surrendered a second round pick (#47) for the young veteran. He has a perfect 7-0 record as a starter after going 2-0 in his only action as a starter backing up veteran Tom Brady in New England. He was a potential high profile player in a strong free agent market that has seen both Garoppolo and veteran Alex Smith change teams in the past few months. Smith had one year remaining on his contract before signing a new contract with the Washington Redskins for a #3 pick in April and corner Kendall Fuller.

Photo – QB Jimmy Garoppolo – 49ers

The Niners reintroduced Garoppolo to the media and fan base as the NFL’s highest-paid player in terms of average annual value. Both general manager John Lynch and head coach Kyle Shanahan were excited to land a cornerstone QB just entering his prime after a four year playoff drought in San Francisco. They were intent of getting Garoppolo into the fold to address their biggest pending issue this postseason. He signed a five-year extension for $137.5 million, including a record $86.4 million guaranteed in the first three years. The total payout of $42.6 million in the first year if he hits all roster and workouts bonuses ($37 million of which will count against the 2018 salary cap) and $48.7 million fully guaranteed at signing.

 

His huge deal impacts the league’s remaining free agent QBs, including Kirk Cousins, and three Viking QBs, Case Keenum, Sam Bradford and Teddy Bridgewater. With Garoppolo’s contract a done deal, the 49ers well-positioned to build around him with salary cap space that they can still be aggressive in the free agency market. They hold five top 75 selections in April, including three #3 picks after the trade. They will draft either 9th or 10th overall after the coin flip with the Raiders at the NFL Combine in a few weeks.

 

“Once we first got Jimmy, we knew exactly how we felt about him,” Shanahan said. “But where we were as a team at that time, where Jimmy was in his situation, I thought it was going to be hard for him to go in there and really get enough time to where he could show us and himself a deal where we would be comfortable. We didn’t really think about it too much because you always had that franchise tag.

Frank Coyle and staff of DraftInsiders.com has updates & in depth Senior Bowl Game & Practice info are in the early Feb Newsletter (15 pgs) along with East- West Game – Top 100 Prospects and 2 Round Mock DraftAvailable Now – NFL Combine 2018 List available this week

“We knew Jimmy was a guy we wanted here badly. When he did get his opportunity and how he started out versus Chicago then versus Houston, Tennessee to Jacksonville to the Rams, each week kind of got better. The more Jimmy was here, the more comfortable he was, the better he played and I thought the guys around him played better. I think our team got tighter.

 

“We always felt very strongly about his talent, but when you get to be with a guy for that long and you have that success and the guy is the same every single day, you get a better idea of how he will be long term and how he would be with a bunch of money and things like that. It always starts with talent, but when it comes to things like this, character and who he is as a man is everything.”

 

With Kirk Cousins expected to be in high demand, Garoppolo’s highest paid NFL designation may be short lived with both the Broncos and Jets expected to be among the top players for the veteran QB who has worked the past three years on one year deals with the Franchise label.




Top 50 Pro Prospects for the NFL Draft 2018

Top 50 Pro Prospects for the NFL Draft 2018

* Declared Underclassmen – February, 2018 – Pre NFL Combine Rankings 

Pro Prospect  / Position / School /   Ht /Wt

1 * Saquon Barkley      RB                   Penn State        5-11      225

2 * Josh Rosen            QB                  UCLA                6-4        220

3 * Sam Darnold          QB                  Southern Cal     6-4        225

4 Bradley Chubb          DE                  NC State           6-4        275

5 * Minkah Fitzpatrick  S                     Alabama           6-1        205

6 * Quenton Nelson      OG                  Notre Dame      6-5        330

7 * Josh Allen              QB                  Wyoming          6-5        235

8 * Roquan Smith        LB                   Georgia            6-1        225

9 Baker Mayfield         QB                  Oklahoma         6-0        215

10 * Connor Williams     OT                   Texas               6-6        320

Photo – QB Josh Rosen – UCLA

11 * Derwin James        S                     Florida State     6-3        210

12 * Courtland Sutton    WR                  SMU                 6-4        215

13 * Tremaine Edmunds LB                   Virginia Tech     6-5        240

14 * Da’Ron Payne        DT                   Alabama           6-2        310

15 * Denzel Ward          CB                   Ohio State        5-10      190

Frank Coyle and staff of DraftInsiders.com was at the Senior Bowl for the week long practices. Scouting info including updates & in depth Senior Bowl Game & Practice info are in the early Feb Newsletter (15 pgs) along with East- West Game – Top 100 Prospects and 2 Round Mock Draft Available Now – NFL Combine 2018 List available this week

16 * Orlando Brown       OT                   Oklahoma         6-8        360

17 * Arden Key              DE                  LSU                  6-6        240

18 * Lamar Jackson      QB                  Louisville          6-3        200

19 * Calvin Ridley          WR                  Alabama           6-1        190

20 Vita Vea                   DT                   Washington       6-5        345

21 Marcus Davenport    DE                  UTSA                6-6        260

22 * Joshua Jackson     CB                   Iowa                 6-1        195

23 Rashaan Evans        LB                   Alabama           6-3        235

24 * Carlton Davis         CB                   Auburn              6-1        205

25 * Ronnie Harrison      S                     Alabama           6-3        215

26 * Sam Hubbard         DE                  Ohio State        6-5        265

27 Mike McGlinchey      OT                   Notre Dame      6-8        315

28 * Harrison Phillips     DT                   Stanford           6-4        285

29 Martinas Rankin        OT                   Mississippi St    6-5       305

30 * Derrius Guice         RB                   LSU                  5-11      215

31 * Isaiah Oliver           CB                   Colorado          6-1        190

32 * Taven Bryan           DT                   Florida              6-5        295

33 Chukwuma Okorafor OT                   Western Michigan 6-6    330

34 Maurice Hurst           DT                   Michigan           6-2        285

35 * Mark Andrews        TE                   Oklahoma         6-5        255

36 Christian Kirk            WR                  Texas A&M       5-11      200

37 Isaiah Wynn             OG                  Georgia            6-2        305

38 Mason Rudolph        QB                  Oklahoma St     6-5        230

39 Anthony Miller           WR                  Memphis           5-11      190

40 Uchenna Nwosu       LB                   USC                 6-2        240

41 Tyrell Crosby            OT                   Oregon             6-5        320

42 Harold Landry           LB                   Boston College 6-3        250

43 Billy Price                 C                     Ohio State        6-4        310

44 * DeShon Elliott        S                     Texas               6-2        205

45 * Ronald Jones II      RB                   Southern Cal     6-1        195

46 * James Daniels        OL                   Iowa                 6-4        300

47 * Equanimeous St. Brown  WR          Notre Dame      6-5        205

48 Ogbonnia Okoronkwo LB                  Oklahoma         6-1        240

49 Braden Smith            OG                 Auburn              6-6        305

50 * Malik Jefferson       LB                  Texas               6-3        240




NFL Draft 2018 – First Round Mock Draft – Four QBs in Top Dozen Selections

NFL Draft 2018 – First Round Mock Draft

* Underclassmen –   Selection order prior to Super Bowl game

Pre NFL Combine – after East-West Shrine and Senior Bowl Games

x – Division winner / y – Wild card team / z – coin flip at NFL Combine determines order                      

1st Round   

  1 Cleveland – 0-16 – * Josh Rosen                     QB                  UCLA                6-4        220

  2 NY Giants – 3-13 – * Saquon Barkley               RB                  Penn State        5-11      225

  3 Indianapolis – 4-12 – * Quenton Nelson           OG                 Notre Dame      6-5        330   

  4 Cleveland (Hous) – 4-12 –* Minkah Fitzpatrick  S                   Alabama           6-1        205

  5 Denver – 5-11 – * Josh Allen                            QB                  Wyoming          6-5        235

  6 NY Jets – 5-11 –  * Sam Darnold                      QB                  Southern Cal     6-4        225

   Photo – RB Saquon Barkley – Penn St

7 Tampa Bay – 5-11 – Bradley Chubb                 DE                  NC State           6-4        275

  8 Chicago – 5-11 – * Connor Williams                 OT                  Texas               6-6        320

  9 z – San Francisco – 6-10 – * Arden Key            DE                  LSU                  6-6        240

10 z – Oakland – 6-10 – * Orlando Brown               OT                  Oklahoma         6-8        360

11 Miami – 6-9 – * Roquan Smith                          LB                  Georgia            6-1        225

12 Cincinnati – 7-9 – Baker Mayfield                    QB                  Oklahoma         6-0        215

Frank Coyle and staff of DraftInsiders.com has scouting info including updates and in depth Senior Bowl Game and Practice evaluation, Top 100 Prospects in the February Newsletter (19 pages) Available Now

13 Washington – 7-9 – * Derwin James                S                    Florida State     6-3        210

14 Green Bay – 7-9 – * Tremaine Edmunds           LB                  Virginia Tech     6-5        240

15 Arizona – 8-8 –  * Lamar Jackson                    QB                  Louisville          6-3        200

16 Baltimore – 9-7 – * Calvin Ridley                      WR                 Alabama           6-1        190

17 LA Chargers – 9-7 –  Mike McGlinchey             OT                  Notre Dame      6-8        315

18 Seattle – 9-7 – * Joshua Jackson                      CB                  Iowa                 6-1        195

19 Dallas – 9-7 –  * Courtland Sutton                     WR                 SMU                 6-4        215

20 Detroit – 9-7 – Marcus Davenport                    DE                  UTSA                6-7        255

21 y Buffalo – 9-7 – * Denzel Ward                       CB                  Ohio State        5-10      190

22 Buffalo (x Kan City) -10-6 – * Vita Vea            DT                  Washington       6-5        345

23 x LA Rams – 11-5 – * Ronnie Harrison              S                   Alabama           6-3        215

24 y Carolina – 11-5 –  * Carlton Davis                 CB                  Auburn              6-1        205

25 y Tennessee – 9-7 – * Isaiah Oliver                  CB                  Colorado          6-1        190

26 y Atlanta – 10-6 – * Harrison Phillips               DL                  Stanford           6-4        295      

27 x New Orleans – 11-5 – * Da’Ron Payne          DT                  Alabama           6-2        310

28 x Pittsburgh- 13-3 – Rashaan Evans              LB                  Alabama           6-3        235

29 x Jacksonville – 10-6 – Mason Rudolph           QB                  Oklahoma St     6-5        230

30 x Minnesota – 13-3 – Anthony Miller               WR                  Memphis           5-11      190

31 x New England – 13-3 – Martinas Rankin         OT                  Mississippi St    6-5       305

32 x Philadelphia – 13-3 – * Derrius Guice            RB                  LSU                  5-11      215




2018 Newsletter – February

NFL Draft 2018 – February Newsletter

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Index
Important Dates 2017                pgs. 1-2                                  All-star Games- Rosters & Evaluation
NFL Combine Info                      pg. 2                                               Senior Bowl                             pgs.  6-11
Two Round Mock Draft             pgs. 3-4                                           East-West Shrine Game             pgs. 11-15
Top 100 Pro Prospects               pgs. 4-6

All-Star Games 2018 Postseason

     **** East-West Shrine Game
Jan 21, St. Petersburg, Florida 3 pm, NFL Network

NFLPA Collegiate Bowl
Jan 21, Carson, California – FSN 4 pm est
Roster: http://collegiate.nflpa.com/roster/

** Senior Bowl Classic
          Game – Jan 28, Mobile, Alabama           Kickoff 2:30 pm, NFL Network
Practices – Monday Jan 23th thru Thursday Jan 26th

Important NFL 2018 Dates

                     Feb 5 – **** Super Bowl LII **** U.S. Bank Stadium, Minnesota.

February 20 – First day for clubs to designate Franchise or Transition Players.

Feb 27-March 5 – NFL Combine Timing and Testing, Lucas Oil Stadium, Indianapolis, In.

March 6 – Prior to 4:00 p.m., NY time, deadline for clubs to designate Franchise or Transition Players.
March 12-14 – During the period beginning at 12 noon, New York time, on March 12th and ending at 3:59:59 p.m., New York time, on March 14th, clubs are permitted to contact, and enter into contract negotiations with, the certified agents of players who will become Unrestricted Free Agents upon the expiration of their 2017 player contracts at 4:00 p.m., New York time, on March 14. However, a contract cannot be executed with a new club until 4:00 p.m., New York time, on March 14.

During the above two-day negotiating period, no direct contact is permitted between a prospective unrestricted free agent and any employee or representative of a club, other than the player’s current club.

March 14 – The 2018 League Year and Free Agency period begin at 4:00 p.m., New York time.
The first day of the 2018 League Year will end at 11:59:59 p.m., New York time, on March 14. Clubs will receive a personnel notice that will include all transactions submitted to the League office during the period between 4:00 p.m., New York time, and 11:59:59 p.m., New York time, on March 14.

March 14 – Trading period for 2018 begins at 4:00 p.m. est time, after expiration of all 2017 contracts.

March 25-28 – Annual League Meeting, Orlando, Florida.

April 2 – Clubs that hired a new head coach after the end of the 2017 regular season may begin offseason workout programs.

April 16 – Clubs with returning head coaches may begin offseason workout programs.

April 20 – Deadline for Restricted Free Agents to sign Offer Sheets.
April 25 – Deadline for prior club to exercise Right of First Refusal to Restricted Free Agents.

                       **** NFL Draft 2018 – April 26-28 ****

                      Thursday through Saturday – Dallas will host at ATT Stadium in Arlington Texas

 NFL Draft 2018 Selection Order – The Browns are ‘On the Clock’!

               Super Bowl game determined final positions
               y – Coin flip to break tie

#     Team                   W-L     Opp Win %
1 Cleveland                   0-16      .520
2  NY Giants                  3-13      .531
3 Indianapolis                4-12      .480
4 Cleveland (Houston)   4-12      .516
5 Denver                       5-11      .492
6 NY Jets                      5-11      .520
7 Tampa Bay                5-11      .555
8 Chicago                     5-11      .559
y   9 San Francisco        6-10      .512
y 10 Oakland                 6-10      .512
11 Miami                       6-10      .543
12 Cincinnati                 7-9        .465
13 Washington              7-9        .539
14 Green Bay                7-9        .539
15 Arizona                    8-8        .488
16 Baltimore                 9-7        .441
17 LA Chargers             9-7        .457
18 Seattle                     9-7        .492
19 Dallas                      9-7        .496
20 Detroit                     9-7        .496
21 Buffalo                    9-7        .492
22 Buffalo (Kan City)     10-6      .492
23 LA Rams                  11-5      .504
24 Carolina                   11-5      .539
25 Tennessee                9-7        .434
26 Atlanta                     10-6      .543
27 New Orleans             11-5      .535
28 Pittsburgh                13-3      .453
29 Jacksonville             10-6      .434
30 Minnesota                13-3      .492
31 New England            13-3      .484
32 Philadelphia             13-3      .461

Team tie-breaking procedure for the NFL Draft
If two or more clubs are tied in the selection order, the strength-of-schedule tie breaker is applied, subject to the following exceptions for playoff clubs:  The Super Bowl winner is last and the Super Bowl loser next-to-last. Any non-Super Bowl playoff club involved in a tie shall be assigned priority within its segment below that of non-playoff clubs and in the order that the playoff clubs exited from the playoffs. Within a tied segment a playoff club that loses in the Wild-Card game will have priority over a playoff club that loses in the Divisional playoff game that in turn will have priority over a club that loses in the Conference Championship game. If two tied clubs exited the playoffs in the same round, the tie is broken by strength of schedule. If any ties cannot be broken by strength of schedule, the divisional or conference tie breakers, when applicable, are applied. Any ties that still exist are broken by a coin flip.

NFL Combine 2018   February 27-March 5: – Indianapolis, In.

The NFL Network channel will televise the NFL Combine 2018 event again for several days. Over 300+ college players and over 700 NFL front office personnel will attend the six-day event. Players will go through a week long extensive testing on their athletic, intellectual and psychological abilities by the 32 staffs of each NFL club. Extensive front office personnel including GMs, coaches, directors, scouts and medical personnel will represent each NFL team. Each club will interview up to 62 players over the six day event. Top draft 2018 prospects will be put through a series of tests both physical and mental in the biggest sports job market in the business. Once again, some prospects are expected to avoid the workout, opting for the friendly confines of their school’s track on a pro day in March or April. The NFL Combine gives players a chance to impress pro scouts on a level playing field vs most of their top competitors. The entire workout will be held at Lucas Oil Stadium where a fast running surface has improved the speed over recent years. The NFL has added several regional Player Combines in different nationwide locations from late January thru April to accommodate more players and special situations.  

 

NFL Draft 2018 – Two Round Mock Draft

   * Underclassmen –   Selection order prior to Super Bowl game
  Pre NFL Combine – after East-West Shrine and Senior Bowl Games
   x – Division winner     y – Wild card team      z – coin flip at NFL Combine to determine order

1st Round   

  1 Cleveland – 0-16 – * Josh Rosen             QB      UCLA                6-4        220
  2 NY Giants – 3-13 – * Saquon Barkley         RB         Penn State        5-11      225
  3 Indianapolis – 4-12 – * Quenton Nelson       OG     Notre Dame      6-5     330   
  4 Cleveland (Hous) – 4-12 –* Minkah Fitzpatrick  S  Alabama           6-1        205
  5 Denver – 5-11 – * Josh Allen             QB                  Wyoming   6-5        235
  6 NY Jets – 5-11 –  * Sam Darnold           QB           Southern Cal     6-4        225
  7 Tampa Bay – 5-11 – Bradley Chubb         DE            NC State        6-4        275
  8 Chicago – 5-11 – * Connor Williams          T           Texas        6-6        320
  9 z – San Francisco – 6-10 – * Arden Key      DE    LSU        6-6        240
10 z – Oakland – 6-10 – * Orlando Brown         OT          Oklahoma         6-8        360
11 Miami – 6-9 – * Roquan Smith                 LB       Georgia            6-1        225
12 Cincinnati – 7-9 – Baker Mayfield               QB     Oklahoma         6-0        215
13 Washington – 7-9 – * Derwin James               S    Florida State     6-3        210
14 Green Bay – 7-9 – * Tremaine Edmunds           LB     Virginia Tech     6-5        240
15 Arizona – 8-8 –  * Lamar Jackson QB  Louisville 6-3        200
16 Baltimore – 9-7 – * Calvin Ridley              WR       Alabama           6-1        190
17 LA Chargers – 9-7 –  Mike McGlinchey           OT        Notre Dame      6-8        315
18 Seattle – 9-7 – * Joshua Jackson               CB           Iowa     6-1        195
19 Dallas – 9-7 –  * Courtland Sutton             WR         SMU         6-4        215
20 Detroit – 9-7 – Marcus Davenport             DE           UTSA         6-7        255
21 y Buffalo – 9-7 – * Denzel Ward                             Ohio St        5-10      190
22 Buffalo (x Kan City) -10-6 – * Vita Vea         DT         Washington    6-5        345
23 x LA Rams – 11-5 – * Ronnie Harrison              S         Alabama    6-3        215
24 y Carolina – 11-5 –  * Carlton Davis          CB       Auburn           6-1        205
25 y Tennessee – 9-7 – * Isaiah Oliver     CB             Colorado          6-1        190
26 y Atlanta – 10-6 – * Harrison Phillips      DL     Stanford  6-4  295      
27 x New Orleans – 11-5 – * Da’Ron Payne          DT          Alabama       6-2        310
28 x Pittsburgh- 13-3 – Rashaan Evans              LB         Alabama      6-3        235
29 x Jacksonville – 10-6 – Mason Rudolph           QB         Oklahoma St     6-5       230
30 x Minnesota – 13-3 – Anthony Miller        WR            Memphis           5-11      190
31 x New England – 13-3 – Martinas Rankin     OT           Mississippi St    6-5       305
32 x Philadelphia – 13-3 – * Derrius Guice      RB       LSU                  5-11      215

 2nd Round   

33 Cleveland – Tyrell Crosby                   OT        Oregon             6-5        320
34 NY Giants – * Sam Hubbard                   DE       Ohio State        6-5        265
35 Cleveland (Hous) * Equanimeous St. Brown WR       Notre Dame      6-5        205
36 Indianapolis – * Taven Bryan           DT          Florida              6-5        295
37 NY Jets – James Washington               WR            Oklahoma St     6-0        205
38 Tampa Bay – Maurice Hurst                 DT         Michigan           6-2        285
39 Chicago – * Mark Andrews                   TE          Oklahoma         6-5        255
40 Denver – * Malik Jefferson              LB              Texas         6-3        240
41 Oakland – * Jaire Alexander               CB          Louisville          5-11      190
42 Miami – Isaiah Wynn                        OG         Georgia            6-2       310
43 New Eng (San Fran)* Leighton Vander Esch LB           Boise St            6-4        240
44 Washington – * Christian Kirk  WR   Texas A&M 5-11   200
45 Green Bay – Will Hernandez                       OG       Texas-El Paso  6-3        330
46 Cincinnati – Billy Price                         C      Ohio St     6-4        310 47 Arizona – Chukwuma Okorafor                     OT       Western Michigan 6-6    330
48 LA Chargers – Uchenna Nwosu                    LB        USC          6-2        240
49 NY Jets (Seattle) * Mike Hughes                   CB      Central Florida 5-11      190
50 Dallas – * Audon Tate                       WR              Florida St   6-5   220
51 Detroit – Derrick Nnadi                     DT              Florida St  6-1 315
52 Baltimore – * Justin Reid                   S               Stanford   6-1        205
53 Tennessee – Harold Landry                  LB              Boston College 6-3        250
54 Buffalo – * James Daniels                  OL              Iowa          6-4        300
55 Kansas City – * DeShon Elliott             S         Texas       6-2        210
56 Atlanta – * Kevin Toliver                  CB               LSU         6-2      205
57 Jacksonville – Braden Smith                OG               Auburn     6-6        305
58 Carolina – Dallas Goedert                  TE             South Dakota St 6-4      260
59 San Fran (New Orleans) – * Kolton Miller    OT          UCLA            6-8        310
60 Buffalo (LA Rams) – * Kerryon Johnson     RB         Auburn              6-0        215
61 Pittsburgh – Lorenzo Carter               LB           Georgia            6-6        245
62 Minnesota – Duke Ejiofor                 DE            Wake Forest     6-4        270
63 Cleveland (Phil) – * Rasheem Green        DL            Southern Cal     6-5        280
64 New England – Ogbonnia Okoronkwo          LB            Oklahoma         6-1        240

 

Top 100 Pro Prospects for the NFL Draft 2018

       * Declared Underclassmen     Feb, 2018 – Pre NFL Combine Rankings   

    Pro Prospect     Position       School               Ht  /      Wt
1 * Saquon Barkley      RB                 Penn State        5-11      225
2 * Josh Rosen            QB                  UCLA                 6-4        220
3 * Sam Darnold          QB                 Southern Cal    6-4        225
4 Bradley Chubb          DE                 NC State           6-4        275
5 * Minkah Fitzpatrick  S                  Alabama           6-1        205
6 * Quenton Nelson      OG               Notre Dame     6-5        330
7 * Josh Allen              QB                  Wyoming          6-5        235
8 * Roquan Smith        LB                   Georgia            6-1        225
9 Baker Mayfield         QB                  Oklahoma        6-0        215
10 * Connor Williams     OT               Texas              6-6        320
11 * Derwin James        S                     Florida State     6-3        210
12 * Courtland Sutton    WR               SMU                 6-4        215
13 * Tremaine Edmunds LB               Virginia Tech     6-5        240
14 * Da’Ron Payne        DT                  Alabama           6-2        310
15 * Denzel Ward          CB                  Ohio State        5-10      190
16 * Orlando Brown       OT                Oklahoma         6-8        360
17 * Arden Key              DE                   LSU                  6-6        240
18 * Lamar Jackson      QB                  Louisville          6-3        200
19 * Calvin Ridley          WR                Alabama           6-1        190
20 Vita Vea                   DT                   Washington       6-5        345
21 Marcus Davenport    DE                  UTSA                6-6        260
22 * Joshua Jackson     CB                   Iowa                 6-1        195
23 Rashaan Evans        LB                   Alabama           6-3        235
24 * Carlton Davis         CB                   Auburn              6-1        205
25 * Ronnie Harrison      S                     Alabama           6-3        215
26 * Sam Hubbard         DE                  Ohio State        6-5        265
27 Mike McGlinchey      OT                   Notre Dame      6-8        315
28 * Harrison Phillips     DT                   Stanford           6-4        285
29 Martinas Rankin        OT                   Mississippi St    6-5       305
30 * Derrius Guice         RB                   LSU                  5-11      215
31 * Isaiah Oliver           CB                   Colorado          6-1        190
32 * Taven Bryan           DT                   Florida              6-5        295
33 Chukwuma Okorafor OT                   Western Michigan 6-6    330
34 Maurice Hurst           DT                   Michigan           6-2        285
35 * Mark Andrews        TE                   Oklahoma         6-5        255
36 Christian Kirk            WR                  Texas A&M       5-11      200
37 Isaiah Wynn             OG                  Georgia            6-2        305
38 Mason Rudolph        QB                  Oklahoma St     6-5        230
39 Anthony Miller           WR                  Memphis           5-11      190
40 Uchenna Nwosu       LB                   USC                 6-2        240
41 Tyrell Crosby            OT                   Oregon             6-5        320
42 Harold Landry           LB                   Boston College 6-3        250
43 Billy Price                 C                     Ohio State        6-4        310
44 * DeShon Elliott        S                     Texas               6-2        205
45 * Ronald Jones II      RB                   Southern Cal     6-1        195
46 * James Daniels        OL                   Iowa                 6-4        300
47 * Equanimeous St. Brown  WR      Notre Dame      6-5        205
48 Ogbonnia Okoronkwo LB              Oklahoma         6-1        240
49 Braden Smith            OG                  Auburn              6-6        305
50 * Malik Jefferson       LB                  Texas               6-3        240
51 James Washington    WR                Oklahoma St     6-0        205
52 Will Hernandez           OG                Texas-El Paso  6-3        340
53 * Leighton Vander Esch LB            Boise St            6-4        240
54 * Kerryon Johnson     RB                  Auburn              6-0        215
55 Duke Ejiofor              DE                  Wake Forest     6-4        270
56 Lorenzo Carter           LB                  Georgia            6-6        245
57 Dallas Goedert         TE                   South Dakota St 6-4      260
58 * Justin Reid             S                     Stanford           6-1        205
59 * Rasheem Green     DL                   Southern Cal     6-5        280
60 * Mike Hughes          CB                   Central Florida 5-11      190
61 * Audon Tate            WR                  Florida State     6-5        220
62 Derrick Nnadi            DT                   Florida State     6-1        315
63 * Jaire Alexander      CB                   Louisville          5-11      190
64 * D.J. Moore             WR                  Maryland           5-11      210
65 Mason Cole              OL                   Michigan           6-5        305
66 Da’Shawn Hand         DE                  Alabama           6-4        280
67 * Tarvarus McFadden CB                  Florida State     6-2        195
68 * R.J. McIntosh          DT                   Miami               6-4        290
69 * Jerome Baker         LB                   Ohio State        6-1        225
70 * Tim Settle               DT                   Virginia Tech     6-4        325
71 * Kevin Toliver          CB                   LSU                  6-2        205
72 Royce Freeman        RB                   Oregon             6-0        235
73 * Deon Cain              WR                  Clemson           6-1        210
74 Nick Chubb              RB                   Georgia            5-10      225
75 Michael Gallup          WR                 Colorado St      6-1        200
76 Mike Gesicki             TE                    Penn State        6-6        255
77 Rashaad Penny        RB                    San Diego St    5-11      220
78 * Kolton Miller           OT                  UCLA                6-8        310
79 * Trent Thompson      DT                Georgia            6-4        300
80 Sony Michel              RB                   Georgia            5-11      215
81 Frank Ragnow          C                      Arkansas          6-5        310
82 Kemoko Turay           DE                 Rutgers             6-4       255
83 Ian Thomas              TE                   Indiana              6-5        250
84 * Jessie Bates          S                       Wake Forest     6-2        195
85 B.J. Hill                    DT                    N.C. St             6-3       315
86 * Will Clapp              OL                   LSU                  6-5        300
87 D.J Chark                 WR                  LSU                  6-3        195
88 * Hayden Hurst         TE                 South Carolina  6-5        250
89 Jeremy Reaves         DB                 South Alabama 5-11      205
90 Jayln Holmes            DE                 Ohio State        6-5        280
91 Jaleel Scott              WR                   New Mexico St. 6-5        215
92 * Brian O’Neill           OT                 Pittsburgh         6-6       300
93 * Josh Adams           RB                  Notre Dame      6-2        225
94 * Hercules Mata’afa  DE                 Washington St   6-2        255
95 * Nyheim Hines         RB                 North Carolina St 5-9     190
96 Anthony Averett        CB                 Alabama           6-0        185
97 Armani Watts            S                     Texas A&M       5-11      205
98 Dante Pettis             WR                  Washington       6-1        195
99 Lowell Lotulelei         DT                 Utah                 6-2        320
100 Jaylen Samuels      TE                    NC State           5-11      225

Senior Bowl 2018 All-Star Game – Mobile, Alabama

      Frank Coyle has been a long time scouting consultant for the Senior Bowl
        Weigh-in Jan. 23rd – Practices – Jan. 23rd-25th – Game Sat, Jan. 27th, Ladd Peebles Stadium – Mobile, Al              

Game and Practices – Monday Jan. 23th to Game day on Jan. 28th 

QB Josh Allen – Wyoming – 6-5, 233 was one of the more discussed players at the event. He settled into the pro set offense and made progress over the week. He shows nice development in the basic skills especially his mobility and arm strength, though needs work on his footwork when under center. He combines athleticism with a live arm, smarts, toughness and good intangibles to make the step up to a pro system in time. He shows a strong arm and touch with the understanding of directing an offense. QB Baker Mayfield – Oklahoma, 6-1, 218 had a good week in many respects and displayed accuracy and a quick release in practices. He looks to impress at the NFL Combine and Pro Day workouts to move into the top 5-10 selections. He comes off a strong Heisman Trophy 2017 season and has some intriguing qualities for the position. QB Mike White – Western Kentucky – 6-4, 220 displayed a good strong arm with sound decision making and mobility in the pocket. He showed quick footwork and ball handling with sound overall mechanics and nice accuracy. At the practices, he displayed a nice delivery and sound decision making. He finished the week with an impressive game that has been moving up the charts quickly. QB Kyle Lauletta – Richmond – 6-4, 215 was an unknown prospect in many respects after a FCS career. He settled into the pro set offense and made impressive progress over the practices. He had a good  week and shows development in the basic skills, combining athleticism, smarts, toughness and good intangibles. He shows a live arm and an understanding of directing an offense. He won the game MVP award. QB Luke Falk – Washington St – 6-4, 225 showed good command of the offense with accurate passing in short zones with enough mobility to be effective outside the pocket. He had a good week in the practice sessions and showed the ability to make most of the throws from the pocket despite his most extensive playing time from under center. He did not play in the game due to a funeral after a tragedy related to a Cougar teammate. QB Mason Rudolph – Oklahoma St. – 6-5, 230 showed up for the weigh-in and interviews, but was unable to practice or play in the game due to a foot injury. He expects to participate in the NFL Combine in early March.

RB Rashaad Penny, 5-11, 224 – San Diego St had a good week of practices in his first postseason playing time. He hit the hole with authority and shows quick cutting skills to change directions and get to top speed. Showed the ability to cut back and find an opening to make plays. Displayed soft hands as a receiver to be a factor on the perimeter. He has the toughness as a blocker to impress, though he needs development there to win a starting job. RB Akrum Wadley, 5-109, 188 – Iowa showed a burst to the hole with nice cutting skills. He caught the ball fairly well during the practices, but needs to show more ability as a blocker. He had a decent week as both a runner and receiver that helped his grade. RB Ito Smith, 5-9, 201 – Southern Mississippi displayed fine cutting skills, combining both quickness and speed with natural running skills. He showed very reliable hands catching the ball out of the backfield with sound route running. RB Darrel Williams, 5-11, 229 – LSU is a tough honest runner who combines balance, power and quickness. He hits the hole quickly and finishes with a good lower body surge. He also looked adequate in passing and blocking situations. He caught the ball adequately over the week with the ability to make yardage after the catch. RB Jaylen Samuels, 5-11,223 – North Carolina St showed a burst to the hole with only average cutting skills. He caught the ball well during the practices and showed willingness as a blocker, though he needs development there to play a role as a pro. He had a decent week as both a runner and receiver that gained notice as a very versatile type. RB Kalen Ballage, 6-2, 222 – Arizona St was a physical performer and showed the power to make yardage after contact. He is a slashing one cut type of back with the talent to be a 1A and short yardage back. He displays reliable hands, power and technique with the toughness the position demands. FB Dimitri Flowers, 6-02, 253 – Oklahoma is a savvy lead blocker who combines technique, quickness and power. He is a straight-line runner and a reliable receiver who can also fill an H-back role in certain situations. He enters the NFL Combine as the top fullback prospect. He is a tough inside runner who will square up well with linebackers and showed good technique to sustain.

            WR D.J. Chark, 6-3, 196 – LSU showed good separation ability with the deep speed to hit the home run. He had a good week and helped his stock especially showing the ability to play outside or in the slot, in addition to big play abilities.  WR Tre’Quan Smith, 6-2, 202 – Central Florida displayed very good hands and the separation speed and the burst to get open against tight coverage. He beat several highly-rated corners and has the ability to change a game with his deceptive deep speed. He is a developed route runner with good speed and the ability to adjust his routes. WR Allen Lazard, 6-4, 227 – Iowa St performed well in the practices with good hands and the ability to adjust to the ball. He lacks explosiveness into his routes and run after the catch ability. He helped his cause though, with a fine overall performance, showing the ability to run his routes and compete for the ball. WR DaeSean Hamilton,6-1, 202 – Penn St was quick off the line and ran very good routes with fine separation speed and the ability to adjust to the high pass. He displayed soft hands and the body control to adjust to the ball nicely. WR Justin Watson,6-3, 213 – Penn lacked an explosive burst to separate in coverage, but displayed reliable hands and good route running skills. He had a strong overall effort, though needs to have a big NFL Combine to establish himself as a rising prospect. WR Marcell Ateman, 6-4, 216 – Oklahoma St displayed average separation speed vs tight coverage. He struggled vs several highly rated corners and needs to run better routes and show better footwork at the breakpoint. He needs work on his route running and reading coverage. WR Jaleel Scott, 6-5, 216 – New Mexico St displays the strength to get off the line with the ability to go over the middle and make the tough catch. He shows average sudden speed to separate in the vertical game. He displayed good hands over the week, though he has the athleticism to develop further. WR Cedrick Wilson, 6-2,194 – Boise St showed the ability to get off the line with good separation and cutting skills in his patterns. He caught the ball well with nice run after the catch ability. He showed he belonged with a good week. WR Michael Gallup, 6-1, 198 – Colorado St displayed fine athleticism with the burst to create space and separate in coverage. He showed good hands and fine body control to go up for the ball. He runs good routes and runs the full route tree to be ready to play in multiple sets in the NFL. He is a prospect to watch at the NFL Combine. WR Braxton Berrios, 5-9, 177 – Miami had an impressive performance over the practices where he displayed quickness into his routes and body control with sure reliable hands catching the ball. He showed nice run after the catch ability and the ability to get deep occasionally, though he lacked top separation. WR Byron Pringle, 6-1, 201 – Kansas St displays good strength getting off the line and the ability to go over the middle and make the tough catch. He has deceptive speed to separate in the deep game and be a threat. He displayed only average hands over the week with too many drops. WR J’Mon Moore, 6-3, 209 – Missouri ran consistent routes and the ability to adjust to coverage. He shows soft hands and body control to compete for the ball in a crowd. He helped his cause overall.

TE Tyler Conklin, 6-3, 252 – Central Michigan moved well and showed fine separation and awareness in coverage to beat the best cover men consistently. Shows soft hands and a keen sense of openings with the run after the catch to break plays. Lacked power and limited blocker in drills. TE Ian Thomas, 6-3, 256 – Indiana had a good week especially catching the ball. He has an improving level of development with hands and potential as a strong inline blocker. TE Durham Smythe, 6-5, 253 – Notre Dame is a big receiver who graded out well as a pass catcher. He shows adequate speed and a sense of route running and coverage with only average speed to stretch the middle seam. He is an above average inline blocker with a long reach and good footwork, but lacks the physicality to get a consistent push at the line. TE Mike Gesicki, 6-5, 242 – Penn St displayed dependable hands and ability to get into his routes. He has a strong athletic frame with good movement skills. Needs work on his technique as an inline blocker where he is currently at a subpar level. He is more effective as a move H-back blocker where his footwork and sound technique allows him to seal the edge. TE Jordan Akins, 6-3, 246 – Central Florida was a consistent receiver with good hands and nice movement from a few positions. He was quick off the line and ran good routes and showed developed receiving skills. His hands were sound  over the practices. He moved up the charts off a good week of practices. TE Deon Yelder – 6-3, 251 – Western Kentucky was a late addition. He is a high cut athlete with long arms, big frame and athleticism to contribute early as a blocking TE pro prospect. He is a strong blocker who gets movement when he plays with leverage. He has reliable hands as a receiver with the ability to run after the catch. He has adequate speed to make a play, relying on power to make yardage. TE Troy Fumagalli, 6-5, 247 – Wisconsin had a fine week of practices. He gets off the line well to get into routes and impressed as a receiver with sure hands and good body control. As a blocker, he needs work on his technique to get better movement.

OT Brian O’Neill – 6-6, 298 – Pittsburgh is an athletic lineman with intriguing skills for the outside. He struggled with technique and strength which translated into inconsistent overall play. He moves well and displays long arms and quick hands to gain control early on the down, though struggled to sustain and anchor vs power moves. He needs time in the pro game. OT Alex Cappa – 6-6, 299 – Humboldt St was technically sound in his pro set and moves fairly well for such a big athlete. He struggled to adjust to moves, though improved daily over the week, displaying agility and balance with fine power. He needs further reps to use his power and improve his overall technique as a drive blocker. OT Tyrell Crosby – 6-5, 319 – Oregon was a physical blocker who lined up at both tackle spots with equal success. He is a developed blocker with sound technique and natural power that translates well to the field. He shows above average agility and slide. He has a nice skill set at either guard or right tackle initially and was highly impressive over the practices. OT Brandon Parker – 6-7, 303 – North Carolina A&T usually displayed sound technique and footwork. He mishandled the bull rush at times and allowed defenders to get into his body and under his long frame. He is effective when he gets his hands on a defender and bends his knees with the strength and technique to contain secondary moves. OT Jamil Demby – 6-5, 323 – Maine is a physical blocker and gets a powerful push at the POA. When he gets his hands on a defender early on the down, he shows the functional strength and leg drive to win in matchups. In pass protection, he has fairly good footwork with the ability to anchor, control and sustain his blocks. He helped his cause over the week and is rising up the charts. OL Brett Toth – 6-6, 303 – Army played both tackle and guard over the week. He needs development with his technique and hand skills to pass protect and countered better. He gets decent movement as a drive blocker when he plays with leverage to win on single assignments. He struggles vs highly rated speed prospects and is not ready for tackle. He was quick on the snap with the ability to use his hands to get movement or counter and recover. He moved well initially when pulling, though lacks top foot speed and balance on the perimeter. OT Joe Noteboom – 6-5, 306 – TCU usually displayed adequate technique and footwork. He mishandled the bull rush at times and allowed defenders to get into his body and under his long frame. He is effective when he gets his hands on a defender and maintains his base. He has only marginal footwork, strength and technique to contain secondary moves. OT Cole Madison – 6-5, 307 – Washington St had an inconsistent performance. He is a tall blocker with good hands and locks on quickly with defenders. When he gets his hands on a defender early on the down, he has the strength, agility and leg drive to sustain. In pass protection, he has limited footwork to slide and counter to control and steer rushers.

OL Austin Corbett – 6-4, 310 – Nevada displayed grit, power and versatility. He also showed sound positioning in protection along with good consistent movement as a drive blocker. He lined up at all positions, though was most effective at guard with good grades that helped his stock. OL Bradley Bozeman – 6-5, 317 – Alabama had a strong performance. He got consistent movement as a drive blocker using good technique and strong hand usage. He anchored fairly well in pass protection and contained defenders quickly. He uses his strong hands to direct an opponent, relying on them to counter effectively. He showed he can anchor vs nose tackles. OC Mason Cole – 6-4, 303 – Michigan was a sound technician over the week. He is a scrappy blocker who displayed strong hands and the footwork to gain position. He played with sound leverage over the practices and also showed adequate ability to pull to the outside. OG Will Hernandez – 6-3, 340 – UTEP was a physical blocker and was effective when he got his hands on a defender. He played with sound positioning, though his hand technique needs work to minimize holding calls at the next level. He utilizes his power well that translate early on the down with good footwork to handle speed rushers and steer and control. OG Wyatt Teller – 6-4, 311 – Virginia Tech displayed fine functional strength to use his bulk effectively as a drive blocker getting consistent movement at the POA. He showed the physical skills with the power and technique to handle speed rushers. His good functional strength allowed him to win in individual matches and he had a solid overall week. OG Skyler Phillips – 6-3, 314 – Idaho St displayed adequate power and footwork along with the ability to bend his knees to get the most of his strong frame. He needs to improve his ability to anchor and drive block, though he slides and adjusts well when asked to contain speed rushers on the outside. OG Taylor Hearn – 6-5, 319 – Clemson showed good technique and power vs top talent. He uses his technique well to be effective with the power that translates nicely to the field. He is a fine interior blocker and shows the ability to adjust to secondary moves. OL Colby Gossett – 6-5, 304 – Appalachian St lined up at both guard spots and performed fairly well. He was rarely beaten by power and anchored well. He needs improvement on his hand use and overall strength to take his game to a higher level. He has good mobility to gain positioning and gets nice movement at the point of attack, but can struggle if beaten early on the down. OC Scott Quessenberry – 6-4, 314 – UCLA displayed some power and good footwork with the ability to adjust quickly and gain control. He is a developing prospect with talent and the measurables and intangibles to improve further. OG Sean Welsh – 6-3, 296 – Iowa had an inconsistent week. He was over his head vs speed rushers and at times struggled vs power rushers. He lined up at guard and projects best inside at there. Marginal prospect.

DE Marcus Davenport – 6-6, 259 – UTSA had an interesting week, showing quickness on the snap and the speed to make plays as an edge rusher. He held up fairly well vs the run, though his hand technique and his ability to stack needs some work to improve his stock. He also took reps at both end and outside backer with the ability to be an impact pass rusher at either spot. DE Kylie Fitts – 6-4, 259 – Utah displayed fine athleticism and the speed off the edge to get after the passer. He had a good week and was impressive during the practices, showing sound instincts, though struggled to stack vs the run. He lacks the power to push the pocket. DE Tyquan Lewis – 6-3, 276 – Ohio St had a solid week of practices and helped his cause. He showed some speed off the edge to be a pass rusher, though he needs to display more power to counter inside. He has the long frame that may allow him to add weight and be an every down end in a 4-3 pro set. DE Da’Shawn Hand – 6-4, 282 – Alabama flashed quickness on the snap and made plays along the line. He is a physical specimen with fine length and agility. He held up well vs the run, showing quick hands and good counter moves which improved his stock. Displayed nice speed off the edge and pushed the pocket with good functional strength. He needs additional rush moves and better hand technique. DE Jalyn Holmes – 6-5, 279 – Ohio St performed fairly well during the practices. He showed some upfield speed off the corner to win early on the down with some power to counter inside. He displayed the speed to pursue at the opposite sideline. DE Justin Jones – 6-2, 311 – North Carolina St was quick on the snap and pressured the pocket with good power. He made plays along the line and held up well vs the run with a good overall effort that improved his stock. DT Andrew Brown – 6-4, 294 – Virginia flashed quickness on the snap and gained penetration often. He made plays along the line and held up well vs the run, showing quick hands and a good counter move which improved his stock. He pushed the pocket well, though needs additional rush moves. DE Kemoko Turay – 6-4, 252 – Rutgers displayed a burst off the edge and used his length well to keep blockers away. He struggled at the point of attack. He showed fine quickness off the edge and uses his hands well to separate and flashed a relentless attitude over the practices that helped his draft status nicely. He struggled to separate from bigger blockers.

DT B.J. Hill – 6-3, 321 – North Carolina St played strong on the inside. He had an impressive week and showed he can be a force in the middle with the ability to stack and hold the point vs the double team and also to push the pocket. With similar results at the NFL Combine, his draft status will continue to rise. DT Poona Ford – 511, 306 – Texas was very quick on the inside and moved down the line well. He showed multiple moves to separate quickly with the mobility to pursue down the line. jhHe has the skill set to be a good tackle in either the 3-4 or 4-3 set and is an interesting defender with quickness and mobility. He has good quickness on the snap and uses his strength well. He needs to add more moves and develop a better counter to separate when his initial move is contained, though he is a developed prospect with further upside. DT Harrison Phillips – 6-3, 303 – Stanford displayed explosiveness from the inside and improved his ranking. He showed good quickness and top functional strength with the instincts to rush the passer and push the pocket. He was a force at the practices, but did not play in the game. DT Bilal Nichols – 6-4, 300 – Delaware was a late addition and showed power and quickness on the inside with the tenacity to win late on the down. He needs hand technique work to get off blockers quicker to finish better vs the double team blocks. He held up well in run support, showing the athleticism that improved his stock. DT Christian LaCouture – 6-4, 290 – LSU had a good week and flashed playmaking ability. He has a wide frame and good reach to keep blockers off his body with the quickness to come on the snap and pressure the passer. He has good functional strength to stack inside and occupy two blockers, though he can get wired to blockers too often. DT Greg Gilmore – 6-4, 318 – LSU was an anchor on the inside. Needs technique development. He projects best to the zero technique position for the 3-4 clubs.

LB Nick DeLuca – 6-3, 243 – North Dakota St showed athleticism and mobility. He has good size that allows him to stack effectively. He has adequate speed to run down plays at the sidelines and helped his cause. He shows fine overall instincts to read plays. Limited dropping in coverage and changing directions. LB Garret Dooley – 6-2, 248 – Wisconsin had a good week. He shows quickness on the snap and the speed to make plays along the line. He held up well vs the run, though his hand technique and his ability to stack needs work to improve his stock. His is developing in his drops in coverage and has the look of a starting Sam backer. LB Fred Warner – 6-3, 235 – Brigham Young is a tough mobile defender with the speed to make plays at the sidelines. He has the talent to drop in coverage and sit in zone areas. He helped his cause with interesting versatility. LB Ogbonnia Okoronkwo – 6-1, 243 – Oklahoma showed the ability to fill the hole, stack and finish with strong tackles. He lined up at both end and outside backer. He shows the speed to get outside, in addition to  make tackles in space. Needs development in his drops in pass coverage. LB Uchenna Nwosu – 6-2, 245 – USC had an outstanding week. He flashed power, in addition to quickness in run support when he plays over tight ends. He lined up at several spots and performed very well. He filled the hole quickly and made sure tackles, in addition to the speed to pursue the play down the line. LB Marquis Haynes – 6-3, 233 – Ole Miss had an erratic week. He shows quickness on the snap and the speed to make plays up field, but lacks the power to counter effectively. He held up only adequately vs the run and needs better hand technique to improve his ability to stack at the point. He is raw dropping in coverage. LB Mike McCray – 6-1, 241 – Michigan showed quickness and was effective in space. He can struggle  dropping in coverage and at times was washed out at the POA.

LB Shaquem Griffin – 6-0, 223 – Central Florida was the best story at the Senior Bowl overcoming a birth handicap without a hand. He moved well and displayed the burst on the snap to fill the hole. He has good COD skills and was able to redirect and pursue. He displayed fine instincts and mobility to be a tough tackler. LB Myles Pierce – 5-11, 227 – The Citadel had a good effort in showing the ability to read plays quickly and finish with sure tackling. He showed the speed to pursue to the sidelines. He struggled facing bigger linemen using his initial quickness to stay in the play. He had a good week in coverage especially the short zones. LB Ja’Whaun Bentley – 6-1, 252 – Purdue located the ball consistently well, working through traffic nicely to get to runners and finish plays. He holds the point well vs big blockers. He is also good in a run and chase mode and avoided getting engulfed between the tackles. He needs work on his ability to drop in coverage and currently limited to the shorter routes. LB Darius Leonard – 6-2, 229 – South Carolina St. moved well and displayed the burst on the snap to fill the hole. He has good COD skills and was able to redirect and pursue. He displayed only average power. His fine speed, mobility and sure tackling will interest the 4-3 defensive clubs. LB Dewey Jarvis – 6-2, 236 – Brown had a good effort after being a late addition. He shows the ability to read the play quickly and the speed to pursue to the sidelines. He held up well vs bigger linemen where he showed the ability to hold the edge. In practices, he showed good instincts and the agility and COD skills to avoid blockers and pursue the ball carrier. He had an average week in coverage and lacks top flexibility to counter or change directions in space and chase in the deep game.

CB Michael Joseph – 6-0, 186 – Dubuque shows nice length and the speed to play on the corner. He has a high pedal and can be slow to open his hips and recover. CB Siran Neal – 6-0, 206 – Jacksonville St. is a good athlete with both quickness and speed that translates well to the field. He can blanket receivers in coverage with fluid hips and the recovery speed to make up for mistakes. He needs to pick up the ball quicker to use his length and athleticism. Fine rising prospect in this draft class, but needs technique work and play recognition development. CB Duke Dawson – 511, 195 – Florida had a solid week of practice. He combines the instincts with the toughness to be a prospect that plays early as a slot corner. He held up well in key matchups over the week that improved his stock further, though he can gamble too much and get beat deep at times. He is capable of a strong workout at the NFL Combine to rank with the second tier of prospects at this critical position. CB Danny Johnson – 5-9, 182 – Southern displays good footwork in his basic technique, with a smooth backpedal and flexible hips. He was good in coverage and read routes properly with the reactions to close on the ball. He showed sure tackling skills, though needs to improve his ability to get off blockers. CB Kameron Kelly – 6-2, 195 – San Diego St combines good AA with the prototypical skill set for the position. He will battle receivers effectively for the ball when he reads the route properly and gains positioning. His initial reads and overall instincts need some development to put himself in position to play early as a pro. His recovery speed is good to match up in man situations in the deep zones. He is an intriguing prospect with a huge upside who could be a solid starter after some development. CB JaMarcus King – 6-0, 182 – South Carolina is a good athlete with length and agility. He will support the run and plays physical in coverage. He displays good range and instincts with the speed to recover in the deep game. He got to the ball consistently and was able to finish. CB Isaac Yiadom – 6-1,187 – Boston College was impressive and had a good week of practices. He has above average reactions to the ball and routes with the recovery speed to stay with fast receivers. He displayed good ball instincts when he read the play properly. He must show the ability to get off blocks in run support and made tackles and needs to impress on special teams. CB Taron Johnson – 5-11, 189 – Weber St reacted well to pass patterns and made some plays on the ball. He showed good overall athleticism and the coverage skills and the instincts to be a pro corner. He has the hips to turn and cover with good speed to match up in coverage, though needs to learn more nuances for the position. CB Levi Wallace – 6-0, 176 – Alabama shows good initial footwork with smooth hips and quick reactions to break on the ball. He reads routes well and has fine recovery speed to matchup in the deep game. CB M.J. Stewart – 5-11, 198 – North Carolina has good instincts that intrigues clubs. He is fairly quick in coverage and shows the ability to change directions and matchup in man situations. He also was a strong tackler in space and at the LOS. CB D’montre Wade – 5-11, 201- Murray St. is a strong athlete with length and agility. He will support the run and plays physical in coverage. He needs some work on his initial reads and overall instincts, but is an interesting prospect with definite upside with reps. CB Chandon Sullivan – 511, 190 – Georgia St shows good initial footwork with smooth hips and quick reactions to break on the ball. He reads routes fairly well with adequate recovery speed in matchups.

S Armani Watts – 5-11, 191 -Texas A&M is a quick agile athlete who moves well to the ball with the recovery speed to make up ground. He has good instincts with the ability to anticipate and make plays. He took good angles to the ball to finish with sure tackling. He needs development in man coverage. S Secdrick Cooper – 6-0, 208 – Louisiana Tech has good instincts and runs to the ball well. He is a hitter with sound angles and the speed and range to cover sideline to sideline. He made a few big plays and is a prospect to watch at the NFL Combine. S Jeremy Reaves – 511- 204 – South Alabama continued his impressive postseason. He moves well and has good speed and instincts to carry out all the assignments. He was tough in the box as a safety with good sure tackling. He displays fine athleticism to cover the middle zones with the COD to matchup in man situations. S Kyzir White – 6-2, 216 – West Virginia is a strong athlete who reacts well to ball on the underneath routes and in front of him with enough recovery speed to make up ground. He has good instincts and is tough in run support, but marginal in coverage and needs a zone scheme to be effective. S Quin Blanding – 6-2, 209 – Virginia moved well in run support with the ability to play off blockers and get to the ball to finish. He played both safety spots and showed decent instincts, though his limited coverage experience and overall skill set probably limits him to a zone scheme. He can struggle in match ups vs fast receivers with marginal development in man situations to break up passes, reroute receivers and recover in the deep game. S Trayvon Henderson – 6-0, 204 – Hawaii supported the run well with the strength and toughness to play in the box. He has adequate COD to play in coverage and can matchup with receivers, though best in a zone scheme. S Tray Matthews – 6-0, 209 – Auburn was one of the more underrated prospects in this group. He is a smart athlete who is tough in run support and finishes with sure tackling. He has only average recovery speed to matchup with wideouts. S Nate Andrews – 5-11, 204 – Florida St has good size and moves well with speed and instincts to carry out his assignments. Tough at the line of scrimmage with the range to pursue and finish with strong tackling. He displays fine athleticism to cover the tight end and a three down defender. Needs work on his man coverage skills and not ready for those situations at a pro level. Better zone defender currently.

2018 East-West Shrine ClassicJan. 20, 2018 – St. Petersburg, Florida

The 92nd annual East-West Shrine All-Star game was played in St. Petersburg, Florida on January 20, 2018. The game has been played in St. Petersburg, Florida the past seven years. After short stays in Houston and San Antonio in January ‘06. The game was an institution on the West Coast in San Francisco prior to 2006 contest.

    Game and PracticesFor complete Rosters go to – http://www.shrinegame.com/Teams        

            QB Nic Shimonek – Texas Tech had a fine performance over the week and managed the game well. He has a nice arm with accuracy and the smarts the position demands. He improved his stock, combining athleticism, mobility, smarts and accuracy. He earned respect from scouts and an invitation to the NFL Combine. QB Riley Ferguson – Memphis has a good arm with the ability to drive the ball down the field. He threw the ball erratically though in the practices from the pocket and needs some development on his delivery, footwork and throwing motion. He usually makes sound decisions and is able to get rid of the ball quickly when under pressure. QB Jeremiah Briscoe – Sam Houston St displayed an above average arm and accuracy. He improved his stock and showed the ability to find secondary receivers and making accurate throws down the field. QB J.T. Barrett – Ohio St had a consistent week and showed the ability to get into a throwing rhythm. He is an experienced major college prospect who may warrant a later selection. QB Nick Stevens – Colorado St had a consistent week and showed an average arm with the ability to get into a throwing rhythm. He had a few good practices, though has only marginal NFL talent. He is an interesting prospect after a strong 2017 performance that improved his grade nicely. Quinton Flowers – South Florida is a mobile prospect with the positional skills to also develop as a 3rd down back or slot receiver.

            RB D’Ernest Johnson – South Florida showed a burst through the hole to gain yardage between the tackles with the ability to get to the 2nd level. He displayed natural running skills with developed receiving ability and route running to help his stock. RB Justin Jackson – Northwestern had a good week in workouts. He is a quick power runner who shows a burst through the hole with surprising power to finish. He has reliable hands and helped his stock over the week. RB Jordan Chunn – Troy had a solid week, showing well rounded skills to run inside and catch the ball. He showed the ability to make tough inside yardage, though basically he is a one cut runner. RB Phillip Lindsay – Colorado had a good game and week at practices. He is a tough back with quickness and cutting skills to utilize his fine natural skills. He has reliable hands and good goal line skills that helped his stock over the week. He needs some development as a receiver to fill a 3rd down role. RB Ralph Webb – Vanderbilt had a solid week, showing well rounded skills to run inside and outside and catch the ball. He has fine short area quickness and speed to break plays and helped his cause.

WO Jake Wieneke – South Dakota St displayed a nice skill set of size and athleticism. He has a big frame and good leaping skills to create problems in matchups. He caught the ball well, showing soft reliable hands and overall body control. WO Daurice Fountain – Northern Iowa was impressive over the week, displaying fine hands and the agility with the quick burst of speed to stretch the field. He has good RAC with a burst to separate in coverage and get open. He proved he can run good routes and make adjustments on the move vs NFL caliber corners, in addition to the toughness to go over the middle. WO Jester Weah – Pittsburgh had erratic hands over the week. He has the AA to develop into a NFL player, but is still raw in some key aspects for the position especially route running. WO DaeSean Hamilton – Penn St has fine hands with the quickness and ball skills make plays. He earned an invitation to the Senior Bowl. He is an interesting kid to watch at the NFL Combine. WO Bryce Bobo – Colorado had a solid week, displaying fine leaping along with quickness into his routes and run after the catch ability. He caught the ball well, showing sure hands and overall body control. WO Justin Watson – Penn is a big athlete with consistent hands and developed receiving skills. He has the AA to develop further. He needs work in most aspects of receiving, though has only adequate speed. WO Steven Dunbar – Houston displayed fine leaping skills along with good body control. He caught the ball well with enough speed to separate and make things happen after the catch. WO Cedrick Wilson – Boise St is a tough playmaker with reliable hands and good route running. He has drawn raves from scouts for his ball skills and route running. WO Jeff Badet – Oklahoma is a playmaker with natural running skills. He lines up at the slot, wideout and backfield positions and combines speed, quickness and running ability to make plays.

TE Ethan Wolf – Tennessee is a big sure handed receiver with fine route running ability and the agility to make the toughest catch. He has good separation speed with the ability to adjust to the pass. He is only a marginal blocker at the POA. He has the well-rounded skills to warrant a late selection. TE David Wells – San Diego St showed good speed to get into routes and displayed the ability to adjust to passes. He needs further work on his inline blocking, though he was effective on the move. TE Blake Mack – Arkansas St is a fast sure hand receiver with good movement skills and shows a keen awareness in coverage. He has the well-rounded skills to warrant a late selection. He displayed good hands to be effective in the short zones. TE Andrew Vollert – Weber St impressed with his natural big hands. He moved well to get in and out of his breaks. He lacked speed in the deeper zones. His blocking needs further development.

            OT Jamarco Jones – Ohio St is a big agile tackle who combines size, footwork with technique, strength and toughness. He had a good week at practice and played well in the game vs speed rushers. OT Greg Senat – Wagner was usually a good sound technician who uses his fine length and footwork to handle defenders. He struggled vs speed rushers when he didn’t get his hands on an opponent early and played with a narrow base. OT Joseph Noteboom – TCU was usually a good sound technician who uses his fine hand strength and positioning to contain defenders. He struggled when asked to move outside the tackle box. He needs to win early vs speed rushers and get his hands on an opponent to control his rush. OL K.C. McDermott – Miami is a tall lineman who relies on his reach, power and technique to win matchups. He has the ability to slide with adequate footwork in pass protection. He impressed off a strong performance over the week of practices. He is a player to watch at the NFL Combine. OT Zachary Crabtree – Oklahoma St was usually a good sound technician who uses his fine strength and positioning to handle defenders. He struggled vs speed rushers when he doesn’t get his hands on an opponent early on the down. He needs work on run blocking, though he impressed off a strong performance over the week of practices. OT Jaryd Jones-Smith – Pittsburgh was a decent technician who used his bulk and positioning to maintain his ground. He did well in one on one drills, but needs hand usage development. OG Dejon Allen – Hawaii flashed power in matchups and handles power better than quickness in single matchups. He has a strong wide frame that anchors well when he plays with leverage. OG Cody O’Connell – Washington St flashed fine power and the ability to finish when sound off the snap. He is a player to watch at the NFL Combine in drills. OG Tony Adams – North Carolina St has decent footwork to slide in protection. He can play too high at times that negates his power. OG Salesi Uhatafe – Utah maintained his position well, but struggled in space. He bends consistently to take advantage of his strong frame. Austin Kuhnert – North Dakota St is a savvy pivot man with good hand usage to gain an early advantage. OC Brian Allen – Michigan St displayed sound technique and good strength, though limited mobility. He finished his blocks well and helped his cause. OC Coleman Shelton – Washington was physical in the middle and played with sound positioning. He lacked the footspeed to get to the perimeter. OC Jake Bennett – Colorado St displayed fine technique and tenacity with a nice level of consistency over the week.

DE Kentavius Street – N.C. St is good looking athlete who combines quickness with developing technique to be a factor off the edge. He is very adequate in run support and a flexible versatile defender for a few roles. DE Chad Thomas – Miami is a big defender with the length scouts want in a strongside end or five technique prospect. He had a good week and shows a burst off the edge to rush the passer with the base to stack at the POA. He reads plays quickly to be in proper position, but needs technique and strength development to finish plays. DE Curtis Cothran – Penn St is a versatile defender who shows good initial quickness and some power to push the pocket to apply pass pressure. He is effective on the outside and had a good game that helped his cause. DE Marcell Frazier – Missouri is a quick versatile rusher who flashed playmaking ability. He wins on quickness, but lacks power to finish and win late on the down. He is a mobile tweener type with skills and needs his position defined.  DE Marcus Martin – Slippery Rock was effective rushing off the edge over the week. He made a good impression, displaying agility and power. He also projects to fullback. DE Joe Ostman – Central Michigan shows mobility and the speed to make plays as a situational rusher. He has only marginal flexibility and the skills to counter. DE Alec James – Wisconsin is a strong edge rusher who wins on his quickness and surprising power and tenacity. He can press for playing time in a line rotation as a rusher, but needs to have a big NFL Combine to further improve his stock. DE Justin Lawler – SMU displayed quickness on the snap and helped his cause. He was an active defender with the ability to make plays down the line and pressure the passer. He may be looked as an attack rusher.

DT P.J. Hall – Sam Houston St did a good job filling the middle. He is a mobile wide body prospect with power and quickness to make plays. He had a solid week of practices that established him as a prospect. DT Bilal Nichols – Delaware showed fine mobility with overall athleticism. He moves well with the ability to slide laterally, stay clean and go down the line. He is still raw in his overall technique, though he has heavy hands and natural power. He needs coaching on his basic technique and play recognition skills to become an NFL defender. This kid is an interesting prospect, though one that needs some time and strong coaching. DT Jamiyus Pittman – Central Florida is a physical tough defender with experience in both fronts. He shows developing instincts to read plays and schemes. He is an athlete who holds the point well and can make plays down the line. DT Folorunso Fatakasi – UConn has the bulk to stack and hold the point of attack very well. He needs work on his ability to read plays and separate from blockers. He lacks a quick first step on the snap and relies on a bull rush to apply pass pressure. DT Deadrin Senat – South Florida did a good job filling the middle. He is a very quick mobile prospect with power and the speed to make plays. He had a solid week of practices that established him as a quality prospect.

LB Chris Worley – Ohio St showed fine power and the speed on the snap to fill the hole. He has sound instincts and the agility to move down the line and make plays. He helped his cause after a solid performance. LB Matthew Thomas – Florida St displayed quick reactions and the mobility and playmaking ability to make sure tackles. He is a versatile defender to play a few roles and has the makeup of a top special teams’ defender. He displays sound angles to the ball with the ability to finish with sure tackling. LB Ja’Von Rolland-Jones – Arkansas St is a fine looking athlete with size, speed and tackling ability to make the transition to playing outside as a pro. He moves well to pursue the run and needs to develop further in coverage. He shows natural pass rushing talent and instincts. LB Kenny Young – UCLA showed fine  speed on the snap to fill the hole, though has only average instincts and the agility to move down the line to make plays. He struggles in reverse and needs development to challenge for time in a base pro defense. He needs to prove effective on special teams. LB Tegray Scales – Indiana is a fine looking athlete with instincts, speed and tackling ability to make the transition to also play as a pro. He moves well in pursuit and needs to develop further in coverage. He shows natural run stuffing talent, though needs work on his overall strength, angles and hand technique. LB Joel Lanning – Iowa St was an active defender who made a few big hits. He displays precise angles to the ball with the ability to slip blocks and finish with strong tackles. He helped his cause with a strong week of practices and game. LB Leon Jacobs – Wisconsin displayed quick reactions and the mobility and playmaking ability to make sure tackles. He is a versatile defender to play a few outside positions. He is quick to avoid big blockers to finish plays, though gets engulfed at times.

DC Brandon Facyson – Virginia Tech had a good week and game to elevate his stock nicely. He shows fine ball skills with the recovery speed and toughness to mix it up with big receivers. DC Dane Cruikshank – Arizona had a strong week at practices, showing natural cover skills. He has fine speed, size, quickness and instincts that matched up well in coverage and also showed reliable tackling skills. He is a developing corner with good footwork and agility to match with fast receivers in man situations with smooth hips and ball skills. DC Davontae Harris – Illinois St showed strong tackling skills and good instincts for reading plays and picking up the ball. He has adequate speed to matchup in both zone and man situations with the recovery ability to ride a receiver’s hip. DC Grant Haley – Penn St had a good week of practice and shows reliable instincts and usually dependable ball skills with the recovery speed to match up in either man or zone situations. DC Deatrick Nichols – South Florida had a decent week and game to elevate his stock. He shows ball skills with the recovery speed and toughness to mix it up with receivers and make tackles. DC Dee Delaney – Miami had a solid week of practice with fairly smooth hips and quick reactions. He shows reliable instincts and usually dependable ball skills with the recovery speed to match up in either man or zone situations. DC Heath Harding – Miami (Oh) is a fine looking athlete with developing ball skills and instincts. He is fluid in coverage to matchup with receivers deep with recovery speed to close on the ball. DC Avonte Maddox – Pittsburgh has good range and sure tackling to cover the field. He shows good man coverage skills with nice experience matching up with top prospects in single assignments. He has the makeup to be a good slot corner defender to earn a pro roster spot.

DB Jeremy Reaves – South Alabama is a good athlete with developing coverage skills. When he reads the route properly, he shows good cover skills with the ability to close and matchup in the deep game. He needs to test out and run well at the NFL Combine to rise up the charts. SAF Damon Webb – Ohio St moves well and shows nice range to cover ground. He is a sure tackler with average size and better suited for zone coverage. SAF Godwin Igwebuike – Northwestern is a good looking athlete with the agility and speed to match up with receivers in pass coverage. He is more advanced in zone coverage than man responsibilities currently. He can fill at the line with sure strong tackling and has the makeup to be a fine special teams’ defender. SAF Secdrick Cooper – Louisiana Tech is a savvy athlete with the tackling power and the agility and speed to match up with TEs in coverage. He has nice range and strong tackling skills to cover the field. He has developing man coverage skills with experience matching up with top prospects in single assignments. SAF Cole Reyes – North Dakota is a strong athlete with the hitting ability to fill the hole. He has only average speed to match up with receivers in coverage. He is more advanced in zone coverage with limited man experience. His sure strong tackling makes him a candidate to be a fine special teams’ defender. SAF Trey Marshall – Florida St is a tough box safety. He shows good awareness in zone coverage and his strong sure tackling will allow him to compete for a key special teams’ position. SAF Jamar Summers – UConn is a savvy athlete with the instincts, tackling power and speed to match up with TEs in coverage. He has good range and sure tackling to cover the field. He shows good man coverage skills and has experience matching up with speed wideouts in single assignments.

Injured Players

  West Team

INJ          DE          Sheehy Conor     Wisconsin              6040 / 293

INJ          LB           Hearns   James    Louisville               6030 / 249

INJ          DC          Kalu        Josh       Nebraska               6010 / 195

  East Team

INJ          OT          Evans Aaron         Central Florida      6060 / 325

INJ          WO         Phillips Cam         Virginia Tech         6002 / 198

INJ          WO         Wims Javon          Georgia                 6040 / 215

INJ          OG          Falah Nico             USC                       6035 / 302

INJ          RB          Edmonds Chase Fordham                5090 / 210

INJ          OG          Helms Cory           South Carolina     6040 / 309

INJ          OG          Bosch Kyle            West Virginia        6050 / 298

INJ          OT          McGloster Jamar Syracuse               6070 / 309

INJ          TE           Serigne Cam        Wake Forest         6030 / 250

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NFL 2018 Player Award Winners – Tom Brady Wins His Third MVP Award

NFL 2018 Player Award Winners
Rams and Saints Win Double Player of the Year and Rookie Awards

Most Valuable Player: 
Tom Brady, QB, New England Patriots
Oldest Player (40) ever to win the MVP Award

Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year: 
J.J. Watt, DE, Houston Texans

J.J. Watt raised over $37 million for Hurricane Harvey victims

Photo – DE J.J. Watt – Houston Texans

Offensive Player of the Year
Todd Gurley, RB, Los Angeles Rams

Defensive Player of the Year: 
Aaron Donald, DT, Los Angeles Rams
First time two players from same team won Player of Year awards

Frank Coyle and staff of DraftInsiders.com has scouting info including updates and in depth Senior Bowl Game and Practice evaluation, Top 100 Prospects in the February Newsletter (19 pages) Available Now

Offensive Rookie of the Year: 
Alvin Kamara, RB, New Orleans Saints

Defensive Rookie of the Year: 
Marshon Lattimore, CB, New Orleans Saints
First time since 1967 Lions that two Rookies from same team earned Awards

Comeback Player of the Year: 
Keenan Allen, WR, Los Angeles Chargers

Deacon Jones Award: 
Chandler Jones, LB, Arizona Cardinals

Art Rooney Sportsmanship Award: 
Luke Kuechly, LB, Carolina Panthers

Coach of the Year: 
Sean McVay, Los Angeles Rams

Assistant Coach of the Year: 
Pat Shurmur, OC, Minnesota Vikings




Redskins Trade for Chiefs’ Alex Smith – Kirk Cousins to Test Free Agent Market

Washington Trades for Chiefs’ QB Alex Smith – Kirk Cousins to Test Free Agent Market

QB Alex Smith - Redskins
QB Alex Smith – Redskins

In an unofficial trade due to the trading deadline starting March 14th, the Washington Redskins acquired veteran QB Alex Smith from Kansas City for their 3rd round pick in the 2018 NFL Draft (78th pick overall) and young corner Kendall Fuller.
The veteran Smith had one year left on his contract and will sign a four-year extension for $91 million with $71 million guaranteed with the Redskins on the opening of the NFL year and trading period.

Smith will now be under contract for five years at $111 million. He led the NFL in passing efficiency this past season, but became expendable with the Chiefs after they moved up in the first round last April to select QB Patrick Mahomes. The trade cost them both last year and this year’s #1 picks in a deal with the Bills. The Redskins traded for Smith to replace free agent veteran Kirk Cousins who has been franchised the past three years and will test NFL Free agency this March. Negotiations with Cousins have been stagnant during his franchise label period with no progress related to any long term deal. He will be in high demand by several clubs including the Broncos, Jets, Jaguars and Bills.

The Chiefs added two year cornerback Kendall Fuller who had a breakout 2017 season and has the talent to win the corner spot opposite Pro Bowl corner Marcus Peters. It addresses a major need on the Chiefs defense. The Chiefs now have their own #2 and #3 picks, in addition to the Redskins #3 selection this April