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2018 Yearbook – Defensive Tackles

Draft Insiders’ – 2018 NFL Draft Yearbook

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Defensive TacklesGrade: A

Positional Overview:
This year’s tackle class is a very strong group after an average draft class last spring. It is especially deep overall through the top 100-125 prospects, though not an especially top-heavy position. Vita Vea and Da’Ron Payne are two highly rated prospects who figure to go in the top 15 selections. Both are NFL ready and should press for rookie starting roles. Harrison Phillips, Taven Bryan, Maurice Hurst and Tim Settle are first round bubble prospects. Phillips and Bryan are tweener linemen and scheme diverse to play inside and outside. Hurst worked out well on his pro day after some medical heart issues arose at the NFL Combine. He is a high level three technique tackle with an early starting grade. Settle is a huge lineman who fits the zero and one technique to become an anchor in the middle. He is expected to be selected in the top 40 overall choices. They could see 8 to 10 chosen from the middle of the first round through the top 100 picks. The highest rated prospects are all graded from the mid-1st through the 3rd round area. Juniors head this class with seven of the top ten prospects underclassmen. B.J. Hill and Nathan Shepherd are fast rising defenders with some scheme flexibility and well-rounded talent who figure in the 2nd day. Shepherd is an impressive small college prospect with an excellent skill set to play inside and outside. He is the highest rated small college defender in this class and ranks in the top 100 prospects. Hill is a fast rising prospect who had an impressive final performance which has him rising in the early rounds. Juniors R.J. McIntosh, Trenton Thompson and Kendrick Norton have NFL starting talent and are fine middle round additions. Small college prospects, Bilal Nichols and P.J. Hall were impressive vs top competition and performed well in workouts. They have moved into the middle rounds in this deep class. This tackle group should provide many 3rd day selections who can become good value choices – like Justin Jones and Greg Gilmore. All carry starting grades and expected to be available in the 3rd day. As many as 15 prospects chosen in the top 150 overall picks. Expect as many as 25 DTs chosen over the 7 rounds.

    NFL Teams in need:

  • 1 Cowboys       5. Browns
  • 2 Patriots        6. Jets
  • 3 Colts              7. Bengals
  • 4 Dolphins     8. Broncos

NFL Premier Player
   Aaron Donald
Blue Chip – Vita Vea
Blue Chip – Da’Ron Payne
Red Chip – Harrison Phillips
Rising – Nathan Shepherd
Falling – Derrick Nnadi
Underrated – Justin Jones
Overrated – Folorunso Fatukasi
Sleeper –  P.J. Hall
Boom/Bust – Trenton Thompson
Ready to Play – Da’Ron Payne
Hidden Gem – Nathan Shepherd
Over drafted – Tim Settle

Positional Traits
Best Athlete – Vita Vea
Best Pass Rusher – Maurice Hurst
Best Run Stuffer – Vita Vea
Pursuit – Taven Bryan
Shed Blocks – Da’Ron Payne
Recognition – Maurice Hurst
Best Intangibles –  Harrison Phillips
Ball Instincts – Taven Bryan
Strongest – Da’Ron Payne
Toughest – Harrison Phillips
Most Developed – Vita Vea

Top Defensive Tackles
1 * Vita Vea – Washington
2 * Da’Ron Payne – Alabama
3 * Harrison Phillips – Stanford
4 * Taven Bryan – Florida
5 * Tim Settle – Virginia Tech
6 Maurice Hurst – Michigan
7 B.J. Hill – North Carolina St
8 Nathan Shepherd – Fort Hays St. (Ks)
9 * R.J. McIntosh – Miami
10 * Trenton Thompson – Georgia
11 Deadrin Senat – South Florida
12 Justin Jones – North Carolina St
13 * Kendrick Norton – Miami
14 Derrick Nnadi – Florida St
15 Lowell Lotulelei – Utah
16 Bilal Nichols – Delaware
17 P.J. Hall – Sam Houston St.
18 Folorunso Fatukasi – UConn
19 Greg Gilmore – LSU
20 John Atkins – Georgia

Tackles

 1 * Vita Vea #50 – Washington  6-4      345    Sp. 5.10     
    Player Comparison: Haloti Ngata                                  Rating 91
Huge wide body nose tackle declared for the NFL Draft after an excellent 2017 season for the talented Huskies’ defense. Stout with powerful base and hips along with thick legs that translate well for either front to hold up vs the double team blocks. Rare interior athlete with HS time also at running back along with a basketball history. Very active, flexible tackle has been a valued part of a tough Huskies’ front. Incredibly strong and it translates very well to the field where his amazing pure strength translates to top functional field power to stack vs double team blocking. Plays with excellent leverage to fully utilize his natural strength. His game is based on power, quickness and penetration with similar skill set of Haloti Ngata. Explodes off the ball and displays the ability to use his punch and quick feet. Needs some technique development to take his game up a level and earn three down duty. Mobile space eater with shorter than ideal arms (32 5/8”) though that is not a big liability for him. Quick instincts and initial burst to penetrate a gap and be very difficult to move off his spot. Hands are active and strong. Shows a good bull rush with improving moves to counter and win late on the down. Can be very effective on stunts and twists where he uses impressive lateral quickness and above average straight-line speed to move along the line and wreak havoc. Fine acceleration with the flexibility and alertness to avoid cut blocks and close. Good motor, showing the willingness and ability to pursue outside the box. Strong force vs the run where his low center of gravity allows him to hold the point well with consistently sound leverage and hip explosion to use his powerful frame. At times, he is able to split the double team and penetrate into the backfield. Needs work to improve his redirect. His weight room strength ranks among the best in recent years and will allow him to play both pro fronts inside. Though shorter than ideal, he holds the point well even vs double teams and rarely driven off the line. Depends on his power and quickness to consistently defeat the phone booth hogs. As a junior, he started 13 games and made 44 tackles with 5.5 TFL, 4 PBU and 3.5 sacks, earning Pac-12 first team honors. He was the anchor in the Huskies’ nationally ranked defense. As a sophomore, he started 14 games and posted 39 tackles, 6.5 TFL, 2 QB hurries and 5 sacks. At the NFL Combine, he came in at 6’4”, 347 lbs. with short 32 5/8” arms and 10” hands. Ran a fine 5.10 time and did 41 reps to complete a very good short workout. Similar to Haloti Ngata and Dontari Poe in size, AA and explosiveness. Prospect with big game experience and high production to become a rookie starter. Body type and AA to man the one, two and three technique spots in either scheme. Good fit for the 49ers, Packers and Chargers. Top 15 prospect with an NFL ready starting grade and probably goes in the mid-1st round. Talent to be a nice rookie fit for line rotation before becoming a starter. Tough nose tackle to become an anchor to a front line.
Draft Projection: 1st Round

2 * Da’Ron Payne #94 –            Alabama          6-2       311       – Sp. 5.0     
     Player Comparison: Kawann Short                                                Rating 90
Stout wide body true junior has been a force on the inside of the Tide’s defensive front over the past three seasons. Five-star recruit in 2015 and earned Freshman All-American honors on a line which produced many high draft selections since his arrival. Earned first team SEC and 2nd team All-American honors in 2017 and 2nd team SEC honors as a sophomore. Fine all-around athlete was a very coveted recruit entering Bama. Excellent overall size with a big bubble butt, and thick thighs and calves. Fine balance, agility and footwork to get the most from his imposing physical talent. Very little unnecessary weight on his thick frame and moves well for his size. Keen instincts and plays with a good motor with the ability to chase hard outside the tackle box and make plays. Well-schooled in the Nick Saban brand of defense and technique. Stands his ground very well versus double teams and works hard to maintain gap integrity. Able to fend off angle blocks and fights back to play side. Holds the point exceptionally well even vs two blockers that has allowed Bama backers like Reuben Foster and Rashaan Evans to run to the ball and finish. Good instincts and awareness vs zone read or spread offensive rushing attacks. Aware to sniff out misdirection and constraint plays. Shows raw power in his bull rush and can walk interior linemen back to the QB. Works his hands to get past blockers and can close on the QB and make the big play. Gets under a blocker’s pads, forcing them to retreat and fight to contain his push. Stacks and sheds very well in the hole with active hand usage and sound play recognition. Finds the ball quickly and gives good effort moving laterally and stays clean to make plays down the line. Rarely gets pushed off the point Shows good effort as a pass rusher with an excellent combination of explosiveness and power, though needs technique development. His career sack totals do not reflect his ability as he was rotated often among many highly regarded future pros over the past three draft classes. As a pass rusher, he needs more moves to separate and win late on the down. Very effective run-stuffer and quickly comes on the snap with good pad level and savvy instincts to locate the ball. Extends his long arms consistently to keep blockers off his frame and disengages quickly to get into the play. Fine blend of power and quickness and could fit on defenses that play either three or four-man fronts. In 2017, he started all 14 games and posted 53 tackles, 1 TFL, 8 QB hurries,1 sack and 3 PBUs, earning 1st team SEC. Earned first team All-American from DraftInsiders.com. He was instrumental in their title victory over Georgia and semi-final victory. In 2016, he had 36 tackles, 3.5 TFL, 1.5 sacks, 1 PBU and 8 QB hurries. Over his career, had 102 tackles, 5 TFL and 3 sacks in 44 games with 30 starts. Similar to Kawann Short in body type, AA and development. At the NFL Combine, he came in at over 6’2” and 311 lbs. with 33” arms and 9 3/8” hands. He did 33 reps and ran a 4.95 time with a 28 1/2” VL and an 8’11” BJ. He added 4.71 shuttle and a 7.58 three cone. Tough developed three down tackle with the ability to push the pocket consistently, though needs further technique on his counter moves to disengage. NFL ready tackle to tackle run stuffer with nice durability and scheme diverse. Powerfully quick with the physical tools to start as a rookie in the right setting and may be best suited for three technique role. Top 15 prospect with developed skills and extensive big game experience. Clubs like Redskins, Bengals, Dolphins and Ravens interested. Future Pro Bowler.
Draft Projection: 1st Round

3 * Harrison Phillips #66 – Stanford      6-3       305 – Sp. 5.15      
      Player Comparison:  Kyle Williams                                    Rating 88
Intense fourth year junior improved significantly over his final seasons while recovering from an ACL injury that occurred in the opening game of 2015. Declared for the NFL Draft after showing a dominant performance in 2017. Marked improvement as 2016 progressed. Finished with a very good postseason where he performed well at the Senior Bowl. Entered Stanford as the highest recruit from Nebraska. Played very well as a sophomore when he made 49 stops with 9.5 TFL and 6.5 sacks, earning Pac-12 honors. Good size and athleticism with an incredible motor that maximizes his fine skill set. Thoroughly prepared athlete with a keen understanding of hand use, balance and leverage. Very coordinated movement between hands and feet. Excellent functional strength when combined with his quickness makes him very difficult for one blocker to contain. Plays generally the Zero or one-technique. Often double-teamed and therefore ties up two blockers and clogs the middle. Savvy to tie up two blockers that frees up his teammates to finish. As a pass-rusher is able to walk a single interior blocker right back into the QB’s lap. Despite the double-teams he so regularly faces, he is able to spin away with decent frequency and make stops along the line. Shows very good hustle and motor, and never quits on a play. Will fight, scrap and claw from snap to whistle. Very strong, especially for being only around 300 lbs. He holds his ground as if he were 40 lbs. heavier. Able to defeat double-teams at times and make tackles for little or no gain. Best features are his Herculean strength and incredible motor. Combines quick feet and good body control with sound leverage and core strength. Able to use his sudden initial push and developed hand usage to rip and pull past blockers. Possesses fine first step to generate movement at the point to disrupt blockers. Great motor with raw strength to dominate his opponent in close quarters. Holds the point vs double-team blocks and is very difficult to uproot. His counter moves have improved, but are still a work-in-progress and he can struggle if his initial step is contained. At times, he overruns the pocket and needs to stay under control in tight spaces. Scheme diverse and good versatility. Disruption skills make him an interesting 3-technique possibility for a standard 4-3 alignment. In 2017, he started 14 games and recorded 102 tackles, 16.5 TFL, 2 FF, 6 QB hurries and 7 sacks, earning Pac-12 first team honors. In 2016, he started 12 games and recorded 46 tackles with 9.5 TFL, 3 QB hurries and 6.5 sacks. Two-year starter with great majority of production during those seasons. At the NFL Combine, he came in at over 6’3” and 307 lbs. with 33 7/8” arms and 10 3/8” hands. He ran a 5.21 time with 42 reps, a 32” VL and 8’7” BJ. He added a 4.50 shuttle and a 7.28 three cone to complete a very good workout. Underrated prospect gives the 4-3 clubs a top line rotational defender. Similar to Kyle Williams in body type, AA, temperament, development and also in scheme and technique diversity. Combination of quickness and power to be a penetrating force especially in a three-technique role. Shows a good work ethic, smarts and dedication to get the most from his athleticism. Quick strong tackle with the physical tools to start fairly early and an excellent addition. Rising top 30 prospect to be a fixture in the right setting. One of the gems in this excellent class and a first round bubble prospect.
Draft Projection: 1st Round

4 * Taven Bryan #93 –  Florida             6-5       295       – Sp. 4.95         
   Player Comparison:  Malik Jackson                                 Rating 88
Athletically gifted redshirt junior is one of the most interesting and biggest enigmas in this draft class. Considered the #1 recruit out of Wyoming, he chose Florida over other SEC and Pac-12 clubs. Only started three games entering 2017 yet provided impact along the Gators front this past season. Tweener size with long athletic frame and lean body with less than ideal arm length (32 ¾”). Shows impressive flashes of dominance as an interior pass rusher. Potential to be one of the top defenders in this draft class despite only one season at a high level. Capable of being scheme diverse, though very limited time in both schemes. He is very quick off the snap and consistently gains good penetration when he is one-gapping. Often uses an arm over, swim or rip move to work past blockers. Draws a lot of attention from offensive blocking schemes due to ability to create havoc with his quickness and athleticism. Regularly double-teamed no matter where he lines up along the front, and the Gators had him playing various techniques from play to play. Very effective bringing pressure up the middle on passing plays. Never quits working, capable of stringing moves together and forces offensive linemen to hold him. One of the fastest, most active three-technique tackles to come along in several years. Possesses an athletic and naturally powerful skill set for a player of his dimensions. Verified this with a very impressive NFL Combine workout. Divided his time between defensive end and defensive tackle and capable of playing three and five techniques in either pro front. Provided impact for the Gators’ defense in 2017 and was a disruptive force despite marginal talent around him. Outstanding physique with the ideal frame for five-technique. Carries no excess body fat and has power through his hips, thighs and calves. Very impressive movement ability and runs well laterally quickly with fine foot speed to get outside. Possesses good explosion, balance and range. Reliable effective tackler around line and wraps up well. Usually wins crossing the face of blockers. Improved performance at point of attack and able to be a one-gap penetrator early. Despite special attention, he was a noticeably improved pass rusher in 2017 with a developed spin move and good use of his power to get past interior blockers. Developing raw talent and athleticism, though his production was excellent over final season. At times, he can lose sight of the ball and raise his pads which negates his quickness and footwork.  Inconsistent counter moves after his initial pass rush move is stalled and needs to improve his pass rush repertoire. In 2017, started 11 games and made 40 tackles with 6 TFLs, 3 QB hurries and 4 sacks and earned first team SEC honors. In 2016, he started 2 of 13 games played with 17 tackles with 3 TFLs, 2 FF, 1 sack and 1 PBU. At the NFL Combine, he came in at 6’5” and 291 lbs. with 32 3/4” arms and 9 3/4” hands. He ran a 4.98 time and did 30 reps, 35” VJ, a 9’11” BJ and 4.48 shuttle and 7.12 three cone. Excellent overall performance. Similar to Malik Jackson in size, quickness and scheme fit as a versatile technique defender. Displays fast developing AA with an explosive burst to make big plays. Late 1st round or early 2nd round. One of the biggest boom or bust prospects in this class. Huge ceiling, but also a low floor and one of the biggest ranges on player evaluation over recent years. Possible rookie starter with the nice combination of AA and versatility. Blue-chip athlete with limited big game experience, though productive. Inside/outside lineman and flexible for either front. Teams like Eagles, Falcons and Jaguars interested. Top 30 talent.
Draft Projection: 1st-2nd Round

5 * Tim Settle #4 –         Virginia Tech               6-3       330 – Sp. 5.35  
   Player Comparison:  Vince Wilfork                                          Rating 87
Massive wide body interior run stuffing tackle was an unsung performer on the Hokies’ defensive front. As a redshirt sophomore, he earned ACC honors in 2017 and decided to enter the NFL Draft. Former five-star HS recruit who earned Freshman All-American honors in 2016. Physical two-gap tackle fits the 3-4 front where his huge girth, agility, powerful base and work ethic fits well. Naturally thick defender with massive thighs and a wide base, though average (33”) arms. Nice agility to be effective within the tackle box and shows a powerful hand punch that will be lethal if he uses it consistently. Thick athlete and fits well in zero or one-technique roles with the mobility to get outside. He plugs the middle and will neutralize double-teams but needs consistent hand technique to separate effectively. Reminiscent of a young Vince Wilfork. Brutally strong and incredibly quick, especially for his size. Comes off the snap in a flash. Tosses blockers aside like they were rag dolls. Even for double-teams, trying to move him off the ball is like trying to move a brick wall. Can cover short areas of turf like a blur. When he hits a ball carrier, they go down as if hit by a Peterbilt. Carries a little extra weight around the midsection, but it does not seem to negatively affect him. Besides his powerful bull rush, he is able to pressure the passer using accomplished swim, arm-over, or rip moves. Gets into a QB’s face in a flash and is not just a tackle box area disruptor. Hustles very well in long pursuit and will make tackles far down the field at times. Though not generally mentioned in the same breath with Vea and Payne, he will often show reasons why he should be.  Started since early in his freshman season. He will disappear from games at times and endurance is a concern. Good initial quickness on the snap, relies on power to win, though is heavy-legged and can struggle consistently to make plays outside the box. Gets a powerful push in the middle to force teams to double team him when he plays with a low pad level. Inside he can push the pocket, though he has a limited array of moves and gets wired too often to blockers. Strictly an interior defender who is capable of starting at nose tackle and being a space eater that can clog the inside, allowing backers to stay clean and finish. Stays on his feet well and has the ability to move down the line. As a sophomore, he started 13 games and made 36 tackles with 12.5 TFL, 2 QB hurries and 4 sacks, earning ACC first team honors. As a freshman in 2016, he played in 14 games and made 17 tackles with 7 TFL and 2 QB hurries. Reliable ironman participating in 27 games over his short career. More effective if he could lose a few pounds and stay under 330 lbs. where he can be a force. Needs to work on improving his pass rush especially his hand punch and counter moves and overall technique. At the NFL Combine, he was just under 6’3 and 329 lbs. with 33” arms. 9 1/8” hands and 79 7/8” wingspan. He did not lift and ran a 5.37 time and added a 23.5” VJ and an 8” BJ. Capable of starting in the 3-4 on the nose. Similar in skill set, body type and athleticism to Vince Wilfolk and Haloti Ngata, but not in rookie level of development. Good early role defender for a line rotation in package defenses. Possible early starting NT. Tough defender with nice production at a high level. Rising top 50 prospect with huge upside potential if he continues to refine his awesome physical skills.
Draft Projection: 2nd Round

6 Maurice Hurst #73 –  Michigan                      6-1       292       4.95     
  Quick mobile senior interior player was one of the best performers in the Big Ten over his final season. One-year starter produced a dominant 2017 campaign where he earned consensus first team All-American honors. Earlier in his career, he was a key rotational defender from his freshman season on the highly regarded Wolverine defense. Strong and explosive and able to deliver a powerful surge in the middle. Wide base and plays with excellent leverage to hold the point very well or fight off the combo block. Lacks great size for the inside, though he graded out high there and certainly appeals to the 4-3 clubs in a three-technique role. Best suited for the one-gap three-technique where his initial quickness and fine functional strength are ideal. Moves very well for his size with the diverse skill-set to be effective in both rush and run defense. Instincts and anticipation are very good and he developed keen recognition skills facing double team blocking often. Explosive quickness off the snap to penetrate and get a shoulder past blockers. Shoots gaps and disrupts blocking angles and a very active worker who can win late on the down. Strong hands keep blockers off his body and allows him to string out plays down the line. Makes it difficult for linemen to get angles on him to lock on and sustain due to his lateral agility and quickness. Fast development in his technique may be the key reason for his impressive late career improvement. When his initial rush is thwarted, he has developed an assortment of moves to counter effectively and get off blockers. Fine ability to change directions and can chase down runners on the perimeter. Works well through trash with a nice combination of balance, vision, agility and power. Despite his marginal size, he combines the core strength and technique to stack and hold his ground at the point of attack. Uses his strong hands to tie up blockers and separate quickly. Gets in on a lot of tackles due to effort, quickness and lateral agility. Consistently able to beat single blocks. Hard hitting tackler who drives through runners to finish. NFL ready in many respects with the developed instincts and recognition skills after facing many double team situations. Alert for draws and screens and always flows well to the ball. Fluid mover for an interior defender with the skill set to overcome marginal size. In 2017, started all 13 games and recorded 61 tackles, 14.5 TFL, 3 QB hurries and 5 sacks, earning 1st team Big Ten honors. In 2016, started 12 games and totaled 33 tackles, 11.5 TFL, 7 QB hurries and 4.5 sacks. In 2015, started 13 games and had 35 tackles, 6.5 TFL and 3 sacks. Similar to Mike Daniels in body type, AA, development and also in scheme and technique diversity. At the NFL Combine, he came in at under 6’2” and 292 lbs. with 32” arms and 9 1/2” hands. Did not workout due to a heart condition discovered at the event’s physical. Medical exam discovered heart irregularities that terminated his NFL Combine workout. At his pro day in April, he ran a 4.97 time with 29 reps. Added a 31” VJ and an 8’8” BJ with a 4.62 shuttle and 7.74 three cone. It was an excellent effort.  Combination of quickness and power to be a penetrating force especially as a pass rusher with good technique and instincts. Best suited and maybe limited for the three-technique role. Physical tools to start early in the right setting and fine 2nd day addition, though maybe not more than a #3 early. Falling top 50 prospect after the medical red flag. Great value on 2nd day if healthy. Teams like the Giants, Bucs, Lions and Bengals interested.
Draft Projection: 2nd-3rd Round

7 B.J. Hill #98 –             North Carolina St                     6-3       311 – Sp. 5.0          
  Stout fourth-year senior was a key defender on the talented NC St. front four starting since midway of his true freshman season. Earned ACC honors his final two seasons. Good height, naturally strong and very coordinated. Projects as a three-technique tackle in a 4-3 alignment or possibly a five-technique end in the 3-4. Fine combination of size, quickness, strength and motor to defeat blocks and penetrate the backfield. Good movement skills to make plays outside the tackle box with sound technique and fine play recognition. One of the pound for pound, strongest defensive linemen in this draft. Very impressive functional football strength, as well as weight room strength. He does a fine job of absorbing blockers, tying up double-teams and messing up blocking schemes. Able to create a big roadblock in the middle of the line. As a pass-rusher, he shows a good bull rush, by keeping his legs driving and pushing the blocker back into the pocket. When he cannot get home, he is alert to get his hands up and working to deflect the pass. Displays very active hands and overall, generally good usage to keep blockers from tying him up and disengaging. Motor and effort in long pursuit appears inconsistent at times, especially later in games. Though he is certainly capable of making plays outside the tackle box area. Reminiscent of former Bama DTs A’Shawn Robinson and Jarran Reed who are now playing regularly in the NFL  Formidable force when he plays with leverage and uses his long arms to keep blockers off his body. Slow to locate the ball when raising his pads and gives blockers good angles to get into his core. If his initial quickness or rip move is stymied by the blocker, struggles to disengage and can let runners get past him. Tendency to raise his pad level negates his natural strength and gets sealed inside and washed out of the play. Good snap quickness and plays with the field speed out of his stance to make plays outside the box. Good motor with consistent effort, seldom off his feet with the talent to play a few techniques on both fronts. Best inside in a 4-3 set to play three technique, he also projects to five-technique where his long arms, base and mobility fits as a possible starter with development. As a senior, he started 13 games and made 57 tackles with 5.5 TFL, 1 FF and 3 sacks, earning first team ACC honors. As a junior, he started 13 games and made 39 tackles with 2 TFL, 1 FF, 1 FR and 1 sacks. For his career, totaled 186 tackles, 26.55 TFL, 9 sacks, 2 FF, 1 FR and 10 PBUs in 51 games. At the NFL Combine, he came in over 6’3” and 311 lbs. with 33” arms and 10 5/8” hands. He did 35 reps and ran a fine 4.99 time with a 26.5” VL and an 8’5” BJ. Added a 4.53 shuttle and 7.28 three cone to complete an excellent workout. Shows the measurables and career development to be one of this class’s real hidden gems. Similar to A’Shawn Robinson in body type, AA and development. Shows raw explosiveness for a 300 lb. athlete and can be a solid inside/outside lineman. Most effective at the three-technique or a five technique after improvement in both. Fine 3rd round addition capable of filling a key role in a line rotation and physical skills to provide a reliable early backup. Rising top 100 prospect with NFL starting talent and interesting potential. Best football ahead of him and a kid with the talent a defensive coordinator would like to work and develop further.
Draft Projection: 3rd Round

8 Nathan Shepherd #97 –  Fort Hays St (Ks)     6-4       315       – Sp. 5.10
    Powerful senior defender has been a key performer on the FH St. front, starting since midway of his freshman season. Earned back to back D2 All-American honors and was three-time MCAA first team.  Big well-built athlete with muscular frame and the fine mobility and natural athleticism and agility to play either pro front line. Over his late career, he impressed the Senior Bowl staff that earned him an invitation to Mobile, Al in January. Thick frame and strong lower unit and capable of holding the point nicely, even vs the double team blocks. Proved this at the Senior Bowl where he was impressive in his only action at two practices before breaking his hand which terminated his playing time. Possesses the athletic package NFL scouts seek in an interior three-technique or zero, one or five-technique lineman. Three technique is probably his best position. Combines quick hands and footwork with the speed to make plays sideline to sideline. Flashed big play ability vs NFL caliber linemen in limited time at Senior Bowl, relying on his initial power and quickness to jolt blockers. Shows the burst to gain penetration and beat blockers early on the down. Active defender and strikes with fast hands to get past blockers and foot speed to close on the ball. Counters well with an array of maneuvers to move along the line with the ability to stay clean and find the ball. Big bulky frame with average arms to keep blockers off his body. Stacks well at the POA and anchors vs the double team blocks. On the snap, he can defeat blockers with fine leverage, balance to gain penetration into the backfield with a good short area burst. His fine COD skills allow him to pursue down the line and make tackles outside the box. Speed to work in space and avoid the double team. As a pass rusher, he wins on both power and quickness with developing technique, though usually wins early on the down. Transfers his skill set well to the field with very good speed and power for a huge athlete. Plays with sound pad level and is effective in gaps, gaining nice experience as both a three and zero technique defender. Relies on active hands to rip and stay clean. Strong bull rush using fine leverage and functional strength. Very good three-technique tackle using strength and initial penetration that puts him in a position to make plays. For a D2 prospect, shows a high level of development combined with the athletic skill set especially agility and good functional power to be an early factor in any line rotation. During the 2017 season, he started 12 games and totaled 38 tackles with 12.5 TFL, 4 sacks and 4 QB hurries, earning 1st team D2 All-American honors. During the 2016 season, he started 12 games and posted 61 tackles, 9.5 TFL and 3 sacks, earning 2nd team D2 honors. At the NFL Combine, he came in at just under 6’4” and 315 lbs. with 32 3/8” arms and 10 1/8” hands. He did not lift, but ran a fine 5.09 time with a 31” VL, 9’4” BJ and a 4.53 shuttle and 7.50 three cone for an excellent effort. Similar to Packers’ former #1 pick, Kenny Clark in size, scheme versatility, AA and explosiveness. As a five-technique end, he also compares to Muhammad Wilkerson in many respects. He can explode off the ball and displays the ability to use his punch and quick feet. Needs further technique development to take his game up a level. Body type and AA to man the three-technique spot in the 4-3 scheme and a good fit for the Bucs, Seahawks, Giants and Lions defense. Rising top 100 prospect with talent and versatility to give all 32 coordinators many options along front lines. Early line rotation defender with fast developing talent to push for rookie time. Fine interior addition with the complete makeup to become a core front line starter within a short period and a very high ceiling for a small college defender.                                 Draft Projection: 3rd Round

9 * RJ McIntosh #80 –               Miami (Fl)         6-4       295       – Sp. 5.2          
    Explosive stout true junior has been a rising performer for the Hurricanes, earning ACC honors his final two seasons. Started in his sophomore season and became one of the emerging playmakers on the program during his final two seasons. Well-built athlete with a tapered frame strong punch and good arm length (33 7/8”). Shows nice burst and uses his hands well to separate from blockers. Understands leverage well and shows fine torque to utilize his terrific functional strength. Incredibly quick off the snap and able to split double-teams. His game is all about being a disruptive penetrating thorn for blockers. Lacks bulk compared to other DT’s in the draft, but very strong and athletic with a high ceiling. Shoots gaps well to get ball carriers immediately after they would get the handoff. Pursues from sideline to sideline and possesses an outstanding closing burst. Played on a talented front wall and was able to take advantage of offenses not always being able to make him the primary focus of their blocking schemes. He uses a quick get off to shoot gaps and create tackles for loss, though is only adequate vs double-teams and must prove he can hold his ground in the NFL. High motor defender uses his initial contact to gain a fast advantage and follow with good power to get consistent movement. Possesses a big strong angular frame and base and carries his weight well. Usually the quickest off the snap and able to penetrate well when he gets on the edge of the blocker. He needs to play with good pad level to win and allows his pads to rise at times and usually fails to separate to finish. Developing into a solid interior pass rusher, evidenced by his sacks and QB hurries over his final two years. Able to bull rush well, discard the blocker and make plays. Gets under a blocker’s pads and can walk him back to the QB and collapse the pocket. Late in his career, he added more moves and began to use his long reach to be disruptive. Needs to find the ball more quickly at the snap and flow to the ball sooner. Hands are strong and quick and his usage is developing. Once he engages a blocker, he uses his long arms well to control, direct and react to the play. Good motor and once clear of the blocker, he shows good acceleration to close on the ball. On outside runs, he can move well laterally down the line and make stops outside the box. Quick and active feet to become a three-down defender. Strength and athleticism makes it tough for single blockers to handle well with any consistency. Improving his limited array of pass rush moves which can allow him to finish better. Wins by overpowering blockers with his quickness and strength. During the 2017 season, he started 13 games and made 52 tackles, 12.5 TFL, 4 QB hurries, 2.5 sacks, 1 FR and 1 FF in a solid performance that earned him ACC 2nd team honors. As a sophomore, he started 13 games and made 47 tackles with 9.5 TFL and 2.5 sacks. At the NFL Combine, he came in over 6’4” and 286 lbs. with 33 7/8” arms and 9 3/8” hands. He did not workout due to a groin strain. Similar to Cam Hayward as a five technique and Gerald McCoy in size, quickness, AA and scheme fit as a three technique. Displays fast developing AA with a burst and sound instincts to make plays, though not fully refined to start in the NFL. Will most likely come off the board in the mid-2nd day and is a rising top 60-75 prospect. Needs the right set and best suited to play three or five technique roles. Versatility to fill roles in sub packages. Intriguing prospect with the skills, production and experience to be a playmaker. Durable warrior with a nice combination of athleticism and upside potential to start in time and be a valuable rotational defender. Best suited for the 4-3 front with Jaguars, Bucs and Eagles interested.                                 Draft Projection: 3rd Round

10 * Trenton Thompson #78 – Georgia                 6-4       295       – Sp. 5.10           
     Strong quick true junior has been a solid performer on the tough Bulldog defense since his sophomore season. Super blue chip five-star HS recruit entered Georgia as one of the nation’s top freshmen. Two-year starter earned SEC honors during the 2016 seasons with that performance clearly his best effort. His final season was slightly disappointing after the huge sophomore campaign that culminated with an MVP award in the Georgia bowl win over TCU. He registered 3 sacks in that bowl victory and looked forward to the 2017 season. Sustained a MCL sprain early in his final season which limited his production especially as a pass rusher. Long limbed muscular athlete with little fat on his strong frame.  Very impressive athleticism and movement skills. Built more like a large linebacker than your typical defensive tackle. He has the lateral quickness and change-of-direction of a linebacker. Very quick off the snap and works hard to create penetration. Lined up as both a five-technique end and a three-technique tackle from play to play and often the focus of offensive blocking schemes. Drew more than his fair share of double-teams. Outstanding in long pursuit and was often seen chasing down ball carriers far down field and from sideline to sideline. Possesses a fine motor and makes a lot of his plays from sheer hustle. Played hurt through much of his college career and while his willingness to play with pain is impressive, it also affected his production. Participated in just 35% of the defensive snaps in 2017. Career injuries besides the aforementioned MCL sprain, included both ankles and a shoulder injury after his sophomore campaign that required surgery. Fine skill set to be a better pro than collegian after flashing good playmaking ability at times. Angular body plays high at times and allows his pads to rise and natural leverage to utilize his strong base. Shows explosiveness on the snap with good initial quickness to shoot the gap. Fine penetrator with the burst to be disruptive and create blocking problems from an inside position. Usually the first to move off the snap with good explosion and fine body flexibility to upset timing. Stays under control in space like a smaller athlete and smooth when breaking down in space. Thick base and quick hands and can shed single blocks in a blur. Gets good arm extension and works to squeeze his run gap. Developed hand usage when utilized with an effective swim and arm-over move. Good in pursuit and can run down ball carriers in the tackle box, though only marginal instincts and needs to trust his eyes better and respond more naturally. When he wins early, he needs to use good counter moves to finish. Good lateral quickness for stunts and twists in his pass rush. Most effective as a one-gap, three-technique on early downs. Limited ability to counter on passing downs and needs to use his long arms more often to disrupt passing lanes. His up the field charge makes it a chore for guards to recover if beaten early. Some experience at NT, but is much better in three technique. Similar to Nick Fairley is size, AA and as an active undersized penetrator, best suited for 3-technique in a 4-3. In 2017, played in 13 games and recorded 38 tackles, 3.5 TFL, 1 QB hurry and no sacks. Earned 2nd team SEC honors in 2016, started 13 games and totaled 56 tackles, 9.5 TFL, 1 QB hurry and 5 sacks. Over his career, he totaled 119 tackles, 15.5 TFL, 4 QB hurries and 5.5 sacks. At the NFL Combine, he came in at just under 6’3” and 288 lbs. with 34” arms and 10 5/8” hands. He ran a 5.06 time with a 32.5” VL and 9’3” BJ. He added a 4.56 shuttle and a 7.68 three cone. Talent and AA to give a line rotation an immediate boost. Combination of quickness and power to be a penetrating force especially on passing situations, though technique is not ready for reps in that role. Must settle into a position and best suited for three-technique. Flashes playmaking ability as a penetrator. Quick angular tackle with the physical tools to start in the right setting and 2nd day gamble. Top 75 prospect to be a surprise in time.
Draft Projection: 3rd-4th Round

11 Deadrin Senat #10 –   South Florida       6-0       314       – Sp. 5.15
 Explosive mobile interior senior has been a disruptive force on the SF front over his three starting seasons. Two-time AAC honors with his final season a 1st team nominee. May be played his best career game in his finale vs Texas Tech when he recorded 3 sacks in the SF 38-34 victory. Quick penetrator excelled despite double team blocks regularly over his late career. Thick low based defender brings a well-rounded skill set and NFL ability to the table. Legitimate NFL starter in a three-technique role with development. Despite his short arms, he has a strong thick base to explode through gaps and get into the backfield consistently. Finishes with strong tackling, including on the perimeter. Uses his lack of ideal height to his advantage with natural leverage to get under blockers, penetrate and separate. Shows very good initial quickness to threaten gaps and use his strong powerful punch to jolt blockers and penetrate. Able to use his strong hands to counter and push off big blockers with his initial thrust. As a pass rusher, he wins on his initial charge and totaled 7 sacks over his final two seasons. At times, gets wired to blockers when his initial burst is contained and he can struggle to get sacks late in the down. Displays fine flexibility and the ability to stay low, use leverage and move his opponent off the line of scrimmage. Understands hand usage and capable of controlling an opponent when he uses sound inside placement. Very light on his feet and is able to adjust and redirect to finish. Reliable wrap up tackler and capable of exploding to the ball carrier with the range to make plays outside the box. After extensive playing time and facing much double blocking, he has developed sound instincts and awareness for draws, misdirection and screens. Good sense of timing to peel off blockers to get to the ball. Relies on his initial quickness and natural leverage to defeat blocks, but can also be overwhelmed by sheer mass and power when a blocker locks on. Works hard to rush the passer, but needs additional moves. Well suited to play the three-technique role in a 4-3 front that focuses on playing one-gap and penetrating. As a senior, he started 11 games and had 66 tackles with 10.5 TFL and 6 sacks. Earned 1st team AAC honors. As a junior, he started 12 games and registered 49 tackles along with 7 TFL, 1 sack and 1 FF. At the NFL Combine, he came in at 6’ 314 lbs. with 31 5/8” arms and 9 3/4” hands. He ran a 5.16 time and did 35 reps. Added a 26” VL 8’4” BJ, 4.79 shuttle and 7.77 three cone. Similar to Jurrell Casey in size, AA and quickness to play tackle in a 4-3 scheme. Progressed nicely learning his position. Contributes early in a line rotation and can a key factor as a situational pass rusher. Early rotational tackle presents a fine change of pace to starters. Good early 3rd day selection with upside to surprise and be a quality starter in time. Top 120 prospect here, though may fall beyond the top 125 picks on the 3rd day and one of the best bargains of the entire draft.
Draft Projection: 4th-5th Round

12 Justin Jones #27 – North Carolina St          6-2       310       – Sp. 5.10         
 Mobile senior has been a reliable unsung performer, starting every game over his final two seasons. Part of the best front four in recent college football with four seniors expected to be drafted in April starting with top five pick Bradley Chubb. Earned some ACC honorable mention, though other teammates earned the high accolades, his relentless performance was vital to the NC St success. Emerged as an inside force his final two seasons, playing mainly as a 3-technique defender. Possibly also, projects as a five-technique end. Comes with low pad level off the snap and usually gains leverage advantage over his opponent. Uses his strong lower body and heavy-hands to strike blockers. Wide base to stack at the point and plays with nice leverage to get under an opponent. Developing in twists and stunts with effective quickness to come off a pick and close quickly. Strong burst to finish when he separates. Keen sense for angle blocks and shows fine technique to negate combo blocks. Struggles controlling the point of attack if he loses early. Improving pass rusher with burst to get through gaps and close on the passer. Wins with both speed and power, though he needs additional moves to be a three-down defender. Good instincts and reacts quickly to what he sees to utilize his speed to gain an advantage. Consistent recognition skills to help compensate for average size for the interior. Offenses have been able to run at him, when he allows upright pad level and tendency to get wired to blockers. In 2017, he started 13 games and recorded 33 tackles, 8.5 TFL and 2.5 sacks, earning ACC honorable mention. In 2016, he started 13 games and recorded 43 tackles, 6.5 TFL and 3 sacks, earning ACC honorable mention. For his career, he played in 49 games and totaled 115 tackles, 21.5 TFL, 8 QB hurries and 7.5 sacks. At the NFL Combine, he came in under 6’3” and 309 lbs. with 33 1/2” arms and 10” hands. He ran a 5.09 time with 24 reps, a 29” VL and 8’8” BJ. He added a 4.74 shuttle and a 7.82 three cone. Tenacious lineman flashes playmaking ability. Talent to give 4-3 fronts a high level rotational lineman with the ability to play in sub packages. Combination of quickness and power to be a penetrating force especially in a three-technique role. Quick strong tackle with the physical tools to start in time in a 4-3 scheme. Early situational defender. Top 125 prospect with good tools to be a factor in line rotation and eventually start. Best inside in the three-technique spot.
Draft Projection: 4th-5th Round

13 * Kendrick Norton #7 – Miami (Fl)    6-3       315       – Sp. 5.25          Rating 75
Strong true junior tackle has been a playmaker over his short Hurricane career, starting his final two seasons. Formed an awesome interior with R.J. McIntosh in a program with a great legacy for developing top NFL linemen. Earn ACC honors his final two seasons with honorable mention in 2017 after a 2nd team honoree in 2016. Athletic prospect with fine skill set to start in the NFL in time. Displays the agility and quickness to fit at a few positions. Good strong frame with the footwork to easily change directions and move laterally. Uses his quick initial burst, arm length and agility to penetrate the backfield. Disruptive force inside to gain a fast advantage with the burst to finish. Shows big play ability when he is technically sound and utilizes quickness and power to penetrate gaps. Mobile defender who makes plays outside the box and has the talent to move along the line and play different techniques. On the snap, he can gain a fast advantage, relying on his quick first step and strong hands consistently to continue to separate and finish. Needs development on additional moves to counter more consistently. As a pass rusher, he shows a burst to pressure the pocket from the interior. Flashes explosiveness on the inside with the hip flexibility to move easily down the line to finish. Developing athlete can succeed as a three-technique where he made most of his plays and is best suited for as a pro. In that position, he is very effective when isolated in single matchups where he wins early often and can use his power and quickness to penetrate. Struggles to push the pocket when he faces double team block despite fine lower body strength. Relies on his initial quickness to win on the down. Gets wired to blockers if his initial move is thwarted and can struggle shedding later on the down. Needs to develop his instincts and vision to recognize and react sooner. Must run his motor consistently. During the 2017 season, he started the 13 games and made 26 tackles, 6.5 TFL, 2 sacks and 1 PD. As a sophomore in 2016, he played in 13 games and totaled 39 tackles with 10 TFL, 1 FF and 2 sacks, earning ACC honorable mention. At the NFL Combine, he came in at 6’2” and 314 lbs. with 33 3/4” arms and 10 ¾” hands. Ran a 5.25 time and did 25 reps. Similar to Tim Jernigan in size, quickness, AA and scheme fit as a three-technique one-gap defender. Active defender flashed the ability to shoot gaps and be a disruptive interior force. Likely gets drafted on the early 3rd day and marginal top 150 pick. Fast developing prospect with big upside in time, though still raw and maybe only a #3 early. Quality three technique starter. Underrated gem in this deep class.

14 Derrick Nnadi #91 –  Florida St        6-1       315 – Sp. 5.35              Rating 75
Naturally powerful senior has been a full-time starter on the Seminoles talented defensive line since his true freshman season. Three-year starter and two-time ACC honoree with 1st team accolades in 2016. Short wide body tackle fits both schemes, yet best for the nose tackle role in the 3-4 front. Thick muscular legs and calves with powerful core and good flexibility and balance. Space eating nose tackle with fine natural strength and flexibility to anchor well in the middle, occupy two blockers and neutralize them consistently. Clogs up and controls the middle of the line and rarely uprooted. Displays the raw power to simply rag doll undersized centers who try to single block him. Redirects well showing foot quickness and flexibility to adjust to fakes and misdirection plays within the tackle box. Shows he can gobble up double teams and stonewall the interior. Fine instincts and reactions to close the hole on backs trying to come through his gap. Flashes the athleticism to be a decent inside pass-rusher, though mainly a bull rusher. Carries some excess weight in the midsection, though did not tend to get fatigued in full time starting duty. Limited range for an interior player. Lack of foot speed and fails to make tackles on the flanks. Limited moves as a rusher to win late on the down. His power would be even more effective with more consistent hand usage. As a senior, he started 13 games and recorded 53 total tackles with 10 TFL, 3.5 sacks, 1 FF and 1 PBU. Earned 2nd team ACC honors. In 2016, he started 13 games and made 49 tackles with 10.5 TFL, 6 sacks, 1 PBU and 1 FF. Earned 1st team ACC honors. At the NFL Combine, he ran a 5.38 time and did 25 reps with a 27” VL and an 8” BJ. Added a 5.02 shuttle and an 8.15 three cone. Hard-nosed tough defender with starting talent. Limited to a two-down defender initially and may be never more than that role. Needs to stay fresh to play his best and be most effective. Developed run stuffer with strong frame and capable of projecting to either scheme. Good addition with the physical skills to develop and play a key role in a line rotation and probably start for 3-4 clubs in time. Marginal top 150 prospect.

15 Lowell Lotulelei #93 –  Utah        6-2       315       – Sp. 5.25        Rating 70
Powerful thick senior started since his freshman season when he earned All-American honors. Younger brother of Star Lotulelei who was a #1 pick of the Panthers. Lowell is a naturally strong athlete with the frame and base to matchup with strong interior blockers and hold the point consistently. Understands and uses good leverage with the strong hands to contest blockers and stack two blockers. As a senior, his performance regressed as he was out of shape which cut down on his ability to react quickly on the interior and limited him to plays only between the tackle box. His conditioning was a critical issue and the main culprit in his reduced production. Usually plays with a low center of gravity and uses his natural strength fairly well. Displays a proportioned frame with the girth to stack inside, though he carried too much bad weight in 2017 which effected his quickness and overall performance. He has enough length to extend and control blockers when he uses good technique. Very strong athlete with good burst into gaps with the balance and body control to stay on his feet. Good snap quickness and plays with adequate field speed out of his stance. His inconsistent motor must be addressed to take the next step to the NFL, though he has the skill set to develop into a pro starter. Seldom off his feet with the talent to play a few techniques on both fronts. Best inside in a 4-3 set where he can play three-technique and under tackle positions. Also, has graded out high in a zero-technique alignment where his base and mobility project him as a nose tackle. Good in pursuit when he reads the play properly. Racked up good career tackle totals (103 stops) for an interior lineman with sound instincts and play recognition to be an anchor. Natural leverage technician with good footwork in the tackle box. Forces teams to combo block him often as he protects inside lanes for linebackers to run to the ball. Tough guy needs to commit to conditioning and details to ever realize his potential. As a pass rusher, he mainly wins with power and forces teams to double him to maintain a clean pocket. As a rusher, he needs more technique to separate quicker. Shows the brute strength and bulk to consistently hold the point and stuff the run, but lacks quick twitch ability to be effective outside the box. As a senior, he started 13 games and posted 16 tackles with 3.5 TFL and 1.5 sacks. As a junior, he played in 12 games and posted 28 tackles with 8.5 TFL, 1 QB hurry and 3.5 sacks. Similar to Star Lotulelei in body type and AA, but not in development and temperament. At the NFL Combine, he came in under 6’2” and 315 lbs. and 33” arms and did not run. Added 28 reps and stopped workout due to an injury. Strong prospect and interesting addition with talent and production, but several inconsistencies in his game. Clubs will consider him off his skill set, strength, technique, experience and production. Capable of being a good backup initially as a run stuffer who can give the starter a breather for periods. Solid tackle with the physical tools to start in the right setting, though a huge boom or bust prospect. Falling defender off a lackluster late career. Marginal top 150-200 prospect.

16 Bilal Nichols #92 –   Delaware         6-4      310       – Sp. 4.95        Rating 70
Long powerful two-year starting defensive tackle has been an anchor in the middle of the Blue Hens’ defense. Highly active prospect improved annually, earning CAA honors his final three seasons. That earned him invitations to the East-West and Senior Bowl all-star games. Big frame with growth potential and long arms (33 3/8”) that projects him both inside and at five-technique in a 3-4. Flashes fine functional strength when he plays with proper pad level and uses his powerful hand punch. High cut athlete failed to add weight or muscle earlier in his career. At times, struggles bending his knees consistently which allows blockers to get into his long frame. Shows the ability to penetrate and can beat blockers using his charge and good athleticism. Only average laterally, showing the effort to pursue vs the run, though slow to read plays and blocking angles. While his stats are somewhat average, he was constantly facing double-teams on the nose or under tackle role. As a pass rusher, he has improved nicely, though still inconsistent in his technique especially trying to push the pocket and finish. Inconsistent getting off blocks to win late on the down and needs to improve hand usage and arm extension to separate and win with his secondary moves. Will surprise an opponent with his initial burst, showing quickness to shoot gaps, though fails to counter well consistently. Shows the flexibility and balance to re-direct laterally in pursuit. Able to sometimes use his power to stack and shed when he plays with good knee bend. At times, he will play with high pad level, hurting his ability to hold up well especially vs double teams. Best in three-technique, though could project to the five-technique. Shows the potential to be an above-average run stuffer and should be effective in either pro front. As a senior, he started 11 games and posted 56 tackles, 6.5 TFL, 1 FR, 4 PBU, 1 BK, 1 interception and 5.5 sacks. Earned first team CAA. In 2016, he started 9 of 10 games played and posted 25 tackles with 7.5 TFL, 1 FF, 5 PBUs, 1 safety and 5 sacks. Over his career, he started 21 of 44 games with 104 tackles, 17.5 TFL, 3 FF, 2 interceptions, 10 PBU and 10.5 sacks. Earned three CAA honors including first team in 2017. At the NFL Combine, he came in at just under 6’4”, 306 lbs. with 33 3/8” arms and 10 1/4” hands. He ran a 4.95 time and did 29 reps. Stopped workout due hamstring pull in forty. Combination of length, power and agility gives him a chance to make it as a quality backup in either set. Consistent motor, though still raw in his technique development. Fits the two-down run stuffer role and goal line defender. Capable of being a backup early with the potential to develop and realize his natural talent. Good 3rd day gamble with the skills to improve especially as a pass rusher. Marginal top 150 prospect with upside and possible starter with the necessary technique development.

17 P. J. Hall #92 –     Sam Houston St     6-0  305      – Sp. 4.55         Rating 70
Quick, undersized, rotational three-technique tackle was a key part in SH St success over his fine career. Earned first team Southland honors all four season with two Defensive Player of the Year awards. Compact physique and a low center of gravity that helps him play with natural leverage. Shows marginal height and weight with average arms and strong hands. Fires off at the snap very quickly, showing good pad level and nice natural power. Displays sound hand usage and the ability to split gaps and usually shows good alertness and quickness to get to the ball. He can prove to be a difficult for linemen to handle in single matchups and he often wins on the snap. Displays adequate core and lower unit strength. Smooth coordinated movement skills when in space and an active hustler in pursuit. Possesses adequate size for the NFL, though smallish frame with little growth potential. Shows the quickness with the strength to succeed in the NFL, especially in a rotational situation as a 3-technique tackle in a 4-3 front. Penetrating and disrupting with the ability to close. Needs improved hand technique and add extra moves to counter once his initial move is controlled, though he developed a good punch. Can be engulfed if blockers get their hands on him and contain his initial moves. He can be a disruptive presence in the middle, but needs to develop a better swim and rip moves. Improved footwork to counter and worked stunts well along the front. As a senior, he started 12 games and finished his career as a three-time Southland performer. He made 60 tackles with 19 TFL, 6 PBU, 1 FF, 1 pick and 6 sacks. Earned 1st team honors. At East-West Shrine week, he flashed explosiveness and the ability to penetrate. As a junior, he started 13 games and totaled 56 tackles with 24.5 TFL, 3 QB hurries, 7 PBU, 3 FF and 13 sacks and DPY in the Southlands. Over his career, he earned first team honors three times along with Freshman of the Year honors. For his career, he started 56 games and posted 284 tackles with an incredible 86.5 TFL, 42 sacks and 9 FF and 1 FR. He did not attend the NFL Combine. At his pro day in April, he came in at just under 6’1”, 308 lbs.  He ran a 4.83 time and did 36 reps. Added a 38″ VL and a 9’8″ BJ to compete an outstanding performance.  Factor in a line rotation probably as a pass rusher. Fast rising top 200 prospect. Interesting talent with good motor and talent to be a factor in package defenses. Explosive burst and natural leverage performer overcomes marginal size for the inside. Sleeper with make it grade as later pick for sub packages. Situational pass rusher.

18 Folorunso Fatukasi #93 –   UConn    6-4       318       – Sp. 5.30          Rating 65
Big powerful physical three-year starting defensive tackle has been an anchor in the middle of the Huskies’ defense. Highly recruited prospect and played immediately while starting his final three seasons, earning honorable mention AAC in 2017 and 2015. Huge frame with long arms (34 1/8”) and wide base to project to both inside and also five-technique in the 3-4 scheme. Flashes fine functional strength when he plays with proper pad level and uses his powerful hand punch. Powerful bull rusher with extension to walk guards back to the QB. While his stats may appear fairly average, he was constantly facing double-teams as the offenses focused on neutralizing his presence. Displays the ability to penetrate and can beat blockers using his charge and good athleticism. Only average laterally, showing the effort to pursue, though slow to read plays and blocking angles. He can raise his pads and expose his big frame to blockers and must be disciplined in his technique to be effective. Will sometimes surprise an opponent with his initial burst, showing quickness to shoot gaps, though fails to counter well on a consistent basis. Lacks the flexibility and balance to re-direct laterally in pursuit. Able to use his power to stack and shed at the line. At times will play high, hurting his ability to hold up well vs double teams. Limited as a pass rusher with inability to consistently counter and finish. Inconsistent getting off blocks to make tackles and needs to improve hand usage and arm extension to control the line of scrimmage and play up to his size. Shows the potential to be an above-average run stuffer and should be effective in either an odd or even front. At the East-West week, he displayed interesting skills with versatility and physical talent to intrigue scouts. As a senior, he started 12 games and posted 45 tackles, 7.5 TFL and 4 sacks. In 2016, he started 12 games and posted 43 tackles with 2.5 TFL and 2.5 sacks. At the NFL Combine, he came in just under 6’4”, 318 lbs. with 34 1/8” arms and 10 1/4” hands. He ran a 5.29 time and did 33 reps. He added 30” VL, a 9’4” BJ, 4.53 shuttle and 7.44 cone. His massive size creates problems in the middle and is an anchor that is difficult to uproot even with multiple blockers on him. His combination of power and bulk gives him a chance to make it as a quality backup in either set. This is a prospect with developing skills as a run stuffer to be an anchor in the middle, though little other than a bull rusher. Still raw in his technique and suspect football IQ. Fits the two-down run stuffer role and goal line defender. Capable of being a backup with the potential to develop his natural talent. Good later round gamble with the skills to improve and make it. Marginal top 200 prospect with some upside, though a boom or bust prospect.

19 Greg Gilmore #99 – LSU          6-4       320       – Sp. 5.35          Rating 65
Tough, aggressive fifth senior has been an important part of the Tigers’ front wall, starting at times when healthy. Hard working tackle with good base and arm length (33 7/8”) utilizing his underrated athleticism to grade out well vs SEC talent. Gritty battler with the technique and functional strength to make plays. Shows good effort and technique that coupled with his bulk and mobility allowed him to grade out high vs SEC blockers. He can anchor against the run, using his natural leverage and his ability to consistently get under an opponent’s pads. Alert and aware, and able to locate the ball quickly. Strong to hold his ground, disengage from blockers and latch on to runners coming through gaps. Showed this at the Senior Bowl practices. Good tackler and finishes consistently between the tackles. Plays with a high motor, showing fine effort in pursuit, though range is limited to inside the box. Adequate off the snap and able to stun blockers with his strong punch. Refuses to remain blocked and fights to get free and make plays. Possesses heavy hands that combined with his lower unit strength, enables him to neutralize the combo blocks. Shows adequate COD in pursuit. Improving as an interior pass rusher with additional moves other than a power bull rush. He needs better hand usage especially late on the down to separate. Needs to do a better job of working the edge of a blocker. Tends to stay squared up and can get engulfed at times. When his initial push is stalled, he often stops moving his feet. Pursues acceptably down the line. Hard worker is tough and scrappy to move at the point of attack. Though not a quick-twitch type athlete, he could be a solid part of a defensive tackle rotation especially on running downs. As a senior, he started all 13 games at nose tackle and made 53 tackles with 10 TFL, 1 FF and 7.5 sacks. Earned invite to Senior Bowl where he performed well especially vs the running game. In the 2016 season, he started all 12 games and made 34 tackles with 1 PBU and 1.5 sacks. Over his career, he started in 26 of 43 games with the final 25 contests consecutive. He totaled 104 tackles, 13 TFL and 10 sacks. He did not attend the NFL Combine. At the LSU pro day, he came in at 6’4” and 320 lbs. with 33 7/8” arms, 9 3/8” hands and ran a 5.35 time with reps and 27.5” VJ and an 8’9” BJ. Added 4.50 shuttle and a 7.55 cone. Rugged tackle with a definite make it grade to win a roster spot and play in a line rotation. Physical skills and intangibles to surprise and be a key serviceable lineman. Prospect with nice experience to develop further. Fine power and instincts can be a disruptive presence to win a backup nose role while he learns the system. Possible three-technique tackle and fine marginal top 200 prospect. Major college sleeper who is coming on.

20 John Atkins #97 –    Georgia    6-3       320  – Sp. 5.35                   Rating 65
Wide body interior run stuffing tackle has been an unsung performer on the Bulldogs defensive front, starting since late in his redshirt sophomore season. Sixth year senior went JC route at Hargrave Military for one year before a redshirt 2013 season. Physical two-gap tackle who is at home in the 3-4 front where his fine strength and tough attitude fits well. Naturally thick defender with strong thighs, wide base and long arms (34”). Adequate agility to be effective within the tackle box and shows a powerful hand punch to jar an opponent. Thick and fits well in zero or one-technique roles with the mobility to move along the line. Plugs the middle, though struggles to neutralize double-teams and needs consistent hand technique to separate effectively. Good initial quickness on the snap, relies on power to win, but is heavy-legged and can struggle making plays outside the box. Gets a push inside, though fails to counter and disengage to finish. At times, gets engulfed by bigger linemen and will disappear from games. At times, he plays with a high pad level that stops him in his tracks. Inside he can push the pocket, though he has a limited array of moves and gets wired far too often to blockers. Wears down late in the game and needs better conditioning, though he has top weight room strength. Space eater interior defender capable of playing nose tackle and being a cog who allows backers to finish. Fine balance and stays on his feet fairly well and has the ability to make tackles.  As a senior, he made 38 tackles with 3 TFL and 2 sacks, starting 14 of 15 games. As a junior, he made 22 tackles with 1.5 TFL, no sacks and 2 PBU, starting 9 of 13 games. Reliable defender with big game experience and play making. Needs to work on improving his pass rush, especially his hand punch and overall technique to be more than a run stuffer. At the NFL Combine, he was just under 6’3” and 321 lbs. with 34” arms and 9 1/4” hands and ran a 5.38 time. Did not lift and added a 24” VL, 7’5” BJ, 4.75 shuttle and a 7.95 three cone. Later addition capable of filling a backup role and possibly surprise to earn a starting NT job. Tough grunt defender with production and durability at a high level. Marginal top 250 prospect with some athletic limitations. Good rotational nose and serviceable tackle. Late pick or high priority FA.

21 Taylor Stallworth #90 – South Carolina        6-2       310   – Sp. 5.25    Rating 62
Agile strong senior tackle has been a playmaker on the inside for the Gamecocks’ defense the past two seasons, earning SEC honorable mention in 2017. Started since midway of his sophomore season. Low based athlete with average arms (32 1/2”) and the natural ability to create problems from the inside. Good size with wide base and fine functional strength and the ability to bend his knees to effectively to anchor. When he comes off the ball quickly, he presents a force on the inside and difficult for blockers to move. When technically sound, he displays inside penetration to disrupt blocking schemes and can be a force vs. the run. As a pass rusher, he creates inside pressure with a quick burst and a few moves that allow him to harass the passer. Relies on his strong bull rush to get past blockers, but can get wired if he fails to win early on the down. Shows a quick hand punch with nice initial power to jar blockers, but needs to use it more consistently and show he can counter to win late on the down. Flashes quickness when he reads the play properly and comes off the snap with good pad level. Anchors fairly well and occupies blockers when he uses his hands early to separate. Learned to better read blocking schemes and recognize plays with experience. Needs development on his hand and counter technique to further improve especially as a pass rusher. Stout at the point of attack can earn him a roster spot. Good balance and agility within the tackle box. Only average change of direction and foot speed to get to the perimeter. Quick power move may allow him to see time in rotation especially short yardage situations. His endurance over the course of the game has been questioned. At times, his technique becomes sloppy and he gets easily wired to blockers. As a senior, he started 12 games and recorded 29 total tackles with 2.5 TFL, 9 pass pressures. In 2016, he started 13 games and made 41 tackles, 3 TFL and 1 sack in a fine yet unheralded performance. At the NFL Combine, he came in at 6’2” and 312 lbs. with short arms (32 ½”) and big hands (10 1/4”). He ran a 5.28 time and did 18 reps with a 23.5” VL and an 8’5” BJ. He added a 4.75 shuttle and a 7.95 three cone to complete a good workout. Carries a make it grade, though he may not be better than a #3 tackle in a 4-3 scheme. Needs to get stronger to be stout at the point of attack to help in run support. Hot and cold defender with talent and experience to surprise with further refinement. Weak supporting cast around him. Top 200 prospect with the skills to fill a #3 tackle role and possibly push for starting time at some point. Marginal athlete with make it grade and early rotational run stuffer.

22 James Looney #9 – California         6-3       290   – Sp. 4.90     Rating 62
Athletic tackle has started his three seasons with the Bears, earning Pac-12 honorable mention his final two years. Transferred from Wake Forest after one season. Smallish frame with fine athleticism that played out at the NFL Combine workout. Active athlete with speed, quickness and agility to be a factor along a pro front line. Mobile quick defender has started since the second game in his sophomore season and flashed playmaking ability as a three-technique tackle. Penetrates the interior on the snap and capable of gaining a fast advantage in single blocking matchups. Displays nice inside penetration to disrupt blocking schemes and can be a force vs. the run. Creates inside pressure by relying on his initial burst to penetrate with the functional strength to gain an advantage. Quick hand punch with nice initial power to beat blockers, though fails to counter to sustain that advantage. Flashes quickness and comes off the snap with good pad level. Good at clogging the interior when he reads the play properly and gains an early advantage. Sound technique is vital to win early on the down. Usually plays with good leverage to utilize his smaller frame. His game is quickness and gaining an edge on blockers with fast reads. Active at the point of attack, though can be engulfed by bigger blockers or combo blocks. Fires off the ball with good burst and displays nice leverage, smooth footwork and good short area quickness. Shoots gap nicely to wreak havoc and force adjustments inside. Shows the ability to play on the other side of the line. Effective defending the run with strong active hands to separate and stay alive. Good lateral footspeed to go down the line. Struggles to anchor in the middle and raises his pads too often which gets him washed out. May surprise with some pass rush ability and earn time as an inside rusher. Must show consistently good technique and use his strong hands often to overcome some physical limitations. As a senior, he started all 12 games and made 41 tackles with 9.5 TFL, 1 FF, 2 FR and 3.5 sacks. In 2016, he started 12 games and totaled 54 tackles, 8 TFL, 1 FF and 3.5 sacks. Make it grade off his final two seasons. At the NFL Combine, he was just under 6’3” and 287 lbs. with 32” arms and 10 1/2” hands and ran a fine 4.89 time. Did 28 reps in the lifting and added a 35.5” VL, 9’5” BJ, 4.37 shuttle and a 7.32 three cone. Later addition capable of filling a backup role and possibly surprise to earn playing time. Quick defender with production and durability at a high level. Marginal top 250 prospect with some athletic limitations. Good rotational and serviceable tackle. Good late gamble but must continue to make strides in strength, technique and instincts to play in the NFL. Limited backup with make it grade.

23 Poona Ford #95 –     Texas               5-11      305   – Sp. 5.00      Rating 60
Squatty mobile senior tackle came on strong over his final two seasons, earning some Big 12 honors. Wide body athlete with bubble butt and the ability to anchor fairly well on the inside. Fires out decisively at the snap and strikes with a strong though inconsistent punch to gain an advantage. Locates the ball with good instincts. and shoots through gaps. Displays good agility and balance for the position and plays on his feet, relying on a low center of gravity and strong leg drive to maintain leverage. Can be very disruptive off the snap. Needs additional hand power to separate better vs stronger linemen. As a pass rusher, he gains an early edge and keeps working to collapse the pocket, though a limited array of moves. High-revving motor, works hard and pursues in the box. Shows good effort from play to play, though marginal size and skill set. Lacks ideal size and length and may be limited to the nose spot as a backup. Good strength to perform well and hold up as a two-gap tackle. Can get wiped out by down blocks or double-teams. In a scheme playing a one-gap system, he can line up as a three-technique tackle. Able to penetrate and disrupt with the tenacity and tools to be effective. May also be able to handle the nose as a shade 1-technique too. Needs extra rushing moves and improve his ability to separate from blockers. Wired to blockers too often if his bull rush is contained. As a senior, he made 34 tackles with 8 TFL, 1 FF and 1.5 sacks, starting 13 games, earning 3rd team Big 12 honors. As a junior, he made 54 tackles with 5.5 TFL and 0 sacks, starting 12 games. He did not attend the NFL Combine. Pro day, under 6′ and 306 lbs. Ran a 4.96, did 36 reps with a 29.5” VJ and an 8’4” BJ in a good workout. Though he may never be more than a backup in the NFL, he can be part of a line rotation and effective as a run stuffer. Late addition with the physical skills to make it and give a club a serviceable rotational defender. Definite make it grade and top 250 prospect with skill set and temperament to surprise.

24 * Kahlil McKenzie Jr. #99 – Tennessee    6-3     315    – Sp. 5.15         Rating 60
Athletic true junior became a mainstay on the Vols’ defensive line over his final season. Limited to one start by various nagging injuries earlier in his career. Despite the injury plagued down year in 2016, he returned and had a respectable 2017 effort playing in 11 games and becoming a factor in the box. Surprisingly decided to declare early for the draft, though the firing of HC Butch Jones was a big factor. Son of current Raiders’ GM Reggie McKenzie. Thick muscular legs and calves. When he was healthy, showed he could clog up and control the middle of the line. Displays the raw power to simply rag doll undersized centers that try to single block him. Shows he can gobble up double teams and stonewall the interior when he plays with leverage. Developing instincts and reactions to close up shop on running backs trying to come through his gap. Flashes the athleticism to be a decent inside pass-rusher. Carries no excess weight in the midsection and tends to move easily along the front. Struggles with blockers if they get their hands on him early on the down. Needs work to string hands and feet moves together especially countering if his first move is contained. His power would be even more effective with more consistent hand usage. At the NFL Combine, he came in just under 6’3” and 314 lbs. with 31 ½” arms and 10 1/8” hands. He ran a 5.15 time and did 26 reps with a 29 1/2” VL and an 8’9” BJ with a 4.68 shuttle and a 7.94 cone. In 2017, he played in 11 games and recorded 35 tackles with 3.5 TFL and 2 sacks. In 2016, he made 12 tackles in six games before his season ended with a pectoral tear vs Alabama in his first career starting assignment. Played in 13 games as a true freshman. Raw athlete with range and functional strength for an interior player. Needs to improve his technique and strength to play up to his athleticism. Young talent with good size frame and capable of projecting to a three-technique role. Good late addition with the physical skills to develop and play a key role in a line rotation in time. Late addition and ideal PS candidate to refine his natural talent.

25 Mike Ramsay                          Duke                    6-2      290       – Sp. 5.1            Rating 60
26 Jamiyus Pittman                   Central Florida   6-1      285       – Sp. 5.2            Rating 60
27 Mike Hughes Jr.                    UNLV                  6-2      305       – Sp. 5.2            Rating 60
28 Zaycoven Henderson           Texas AM            6-1      300       – Sp. 5.15          Rating 60
29 Christian LaCouture             LSU                     6-4      290       – Sp. 5.2            Rating 60
30 Will Geary                              Kansas St            6-0      305       – Sp. 5.1            Rating 58
31 Matt Dickerson                     UCLA                    6-5      295       – Sp. 5.1             Rating 58
32 Joshua Frazier                      Alabama               6-4      320       – Sp. 5.3            Rating 58
33 * DuVonta Lampkin             Oklahoma           6-3      335       – Sp. 5.4            Rating 58
34 Henry Mondeaux                  Oregon                6-3      280       – Sp. 5.0            Rating 58
35 Curtis Cothran                      Penn St                6-5      290       – Sp. 5.1             Rating 58
36 Nathan Bazata                      Iowa                     6-2      290       – Sp. 5.0            Rating 58
37 Michael Hill                           Ohio St                6-2      320       – Sp. 5.3            Rating 58
38 Nifae Lealao                          Vanderbilt           6-4      310       – Sp. 5.2            Rating 58
39 Tony Guerad                         Central Florida   6-3      305       – Sp. 5.2            Rating 58
40 Filipo Mokofisi                     Utah                     6-3      295       – Sp. 5.1             Rating 58
41 * Eddy Wilson                       Purdue                 6-3      300       – Sp. 5.4            Rating 58
42 Bruce Hector                        South Florida     6-2      300       – Sp. 5.3            Rating 58
43 Frank Herron                        LSU                     6-3      310       – Sp. 5.1             Rating 58
44 DeQuinton Osborne            Oklahoma St      6-0      305       – Sp. 5.3            Rating 56
45 Scott Pagano                         Oregon                6-3      295       – Sp. 5.2            Rating 56
46 Parker Cothren                     Penn St               6-3      295       – Sp. 5.2            Rating 56
47 Drew Bailey                           Louisville            6-5      295       – Sp. 5.1            Rating 56
48 * Courtel Jenkins                 Miami (Fl)          6-0      315       – Sp. 5.3            Rating 56
49 * Travonte Valentine            LSU                     6-3     356       – Sp. 5.6            Rating 56
50 Tracy Sprinkle                       Ohio St                6-2     295       – Sp. 5.1            Rating 56
51 Kendal Vickers                      Tennessee           6-2      295       – Sp. 5.0            Rating 56
52 Matt Elam                             Kentucky              6-6     360       – Sp. 5.6            Rating 56
53 Josh Fatu                              Southern Cal        6-2     315       – Sp. 5.4             Rating 56
54 Jeremiah Taleni                  Florida Atlantic   6-1      285       – Sp. 5.1            Rating 56
55 Sebastian Joseph                Rutgers                 6-3      305       – Sp. 5.3            Rating 56
56 Dee Liner                             Arkansas St          6-2      335       – Sp. 5.4            Rating 56
57 Steven Richardson              Minnesota           6-0      292       – Sp. 5.1            Rating 56
58 Jamal Stadom                      Troy                      6-1      280       – Sp. 5.1            Rating 56
59 Tyler Lancaster                    Northwestern     6-3      315       – Sp. 5.0            Rating 56
60 DeAsian Richardson           Louisville            6-3      326       – Sp. 5.4            Rating 56
61 Bijhon Jackson                     Arkansas             6-0      339       – Sp. 5.4            Rating 56
62 Kellen Soulek                       South Dakota St  6-4     320       – Sp. 5.2            Rating 56
63 Nick Thurman                      Houston               6-3     295       – Sp. 5.0            Rating 56
64 Jon Cunningham                 Kent St                 6-0     295       – Sp. 5.1            Rating 56
65 Jay Woods                            Vanderbilt            6-2     285       – Sp. 5.4           Rating 56
66 Chris Johnson                     W Kentucky         6-1      285       – Sp. 5.1            Rating 56
67 Tony Mekari                        California             6-1      290       – Sp. 5.3            Rating 56
68 Tashon Smallwood            Arizona St            6-0      280       – Sp. 5.4            Rating 56
69 Arie Anderson                     Idaho                    6-0      302       – Sp. 5.2            Rating 56
70 Teko Powell                        Alabama-Birm     6-2      320       – Sp. 5.3            Rating 56

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2018 Yearbook – Outside Linebackers

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Outside Linebackers – Grade B

Positional Overview: This year’s class of outside linebackers is a very good group that should provide many starters for both pro schemes. With half the clubs playing the 3-4 scheme, this position may supply as many as 20+ defenders for that set. The top two, Tremaine Edmunds and Lorenzo Carter are late developing prospects who had outstanding final performances that continued through the postseason. Both checked off all the boxes which probably earns them mid to late 1st round selections. Edmunds impressed at every event and fits both pro schemes. Carter had an equally impressive final season that elevated him to the top of the class. He could also hear his name at the end of the first round. Seniors, Harold Landry and Uchenna Nwosu are highly regarded defenders coming strong final performances. Both carry solid late first early/second day consideration. Malik Jefferson and Ogbonnia Okoronkwo were playmakers and look to be selected on the 2nd day of the NFL Draft process. Rising prospects Shaquem Griffin, Jerome Baker and Fred Warner have drawn strong attention from pro scouts off strong finishes to their careers. They figure as top 100 bubble prospects. Griffin is the best story of any draft class, overcoming a hand deformity and subsequent amputation to excel as D1 defender who earned Conference Player of the Year honors. His NFL Combine performance will be the standard for outside linebackers for years to come. Hercules Mata’afa and Marquis Haynes fit the 3-4 clubs well. They are slipping through the cracks and have starting ability as 3-4 backers. Darius Leonard and Andrew Ankrah are small college defenders who completed excellent careers. Leonard finished with an excellent Senior Bowl. Ankrah has fallen through the cracks, but carries a starting grade for the outside in a 3-4 set. They have the makeup of premier special teams’ performers and figure in the 3rd day. This position will probably provide 8-10 prospects in the top 100 selections. Expect approximately 15 chosen in the top 150 picks with this group providing many defenders rated with starting grades. There should be as many as 20+ players chosen over the 7 rounds. This class also includes many ‘tweener types who specialize in rushing the QB and good fits for the 3-4 set, though a highly risky position. Oren Burks and Leon Jacobs are two fast underrated gems and projects to the pro 4-3 scheme and early special teams’ demons.

NFL Teams in need:

  • 1 Steelers      5. Cowboys
  • 2 Lions          6. Bills
  • 3 Ravens       7. Raiders
  • 4 Packers     8. Vikings

  NFL Premier Player
          Von Miller
Blue Chip – Tremaine Edmunds
Blue Chip – Lorenzo Carter
Red Chip – Harold Landry
Rising – Uchenna Nwosu
Falling – Ogbonnia Okoronkwo
Underrated – Fred Warner
Overrated – Jerome Baker
Sleeper – Darius Leonard
Boom/Bust – Malik Jefferson
Ready to Play – Harold Landry
Long Term Gem – Lorenzo Carter
Hidden Gem – Andrew Ankrah
Over drafted – Harold Landry

    Positional Traits
Best Athlete – Lorenzo Carter
Best Run – Uchenna Nwosu
Best Pass Cover – Shaquem Griffin
Best Tackler – Tremaine Edmunds
Best Pass Rush – Harold Landry
Best Pursuit – Darius Leonard
Best Intangibles – Shaquem Griffin
Ball Instincts – Tremaine Edmunds

     Top Outside Linebackers 
1 * Tremaine Edmunds – Virginia Tech
2 Lorenzo Carter – Georgia
3 Harold Landry – Boston College
4 Uchenna Nwosu – USC
5 * Malik Jefferson – Texas
6 Ogbonnia Okoronkwo – Oklahoma
7 Darius Leonard – South Carolina St
8 * Jerome Baker – Ohio St
9 Fred Warner – Brigham Young
10 Oren Burks – Vanderbilt
11 Shaquem Griffin – Central Florida
12 * Hercules Mata’afa – Washington St
13 Marquis Haynes – Mississippi
14 Leon Jacobs – Wisconsin
15 Andrew Ankrah – James Madison
16 Davin Bellamy – Georgia
17 Dorian O’Daniel – Clemson
18 Peter Kalambayi – Stanford
19 Matthew Thomas – Florida St
20 Javon Rolland-Jones – Arkansas St
21 Skai Moore – South Carolina
22 Mike McCray – Michigan
23 Garret Dooley – Wisconsin
24 Antonio Simmons – Georgia Tech
25 Pat Afriyie – Colgate

Outside Linebackers

1 * Tremaine Edmunds #49      Virginia Tech    6-4      255            – Sp. 4.55
Player Comparison: Justin Houston     Rating 91
Angular true junior is one of the blue-chip athletes available in this deep draft class. Sinewy, ultra-lean athlete with little body fat and just touching the surface of his elite talent. Young 20-year-old combines outstanding height/weight/speed/athleticism ratio. Possesses natural quick-twitch, body control and flexibility. Displays fine balance, very quick initial burst and fine speed to chase down runners. Explosiveness off the edge to be a game changer with outstanding read-react skills. He is one of three sons of former Miami Dolphins Pro Bowl TE Ferrell Edmunds to carry on the football playing legacy. Tremaine and his brother Terrell were both key cogs on the Hokies’ defense in the past couple of seasons. The youngest, Tremaine, is the best pro prospect among the siblings. Multidimensional talent, capable of lining up all across the defense and impacting the game. From down to down, he may be seen lining up at MLB, or on either side of the line at OLB, or walked out in coverage over the slot receiver. He is solid to exceptional in all facets. When he is lined up inside, he attacks the run between the tackles with a vengeance. Read-reacts very well and fills the hole. Able to either discard or avoid blockers and finishes with decisive wrap up tackling. In man coverage, shows good ability to mirror the receiver with good ball awareness to either bat it away or dislodge it at the catch point. As a pass rusher, he blitzes well from the inside, where is often able to apply pressure to the QB. From the edge, he displays the upfield burst to run the arc and effect the passer from the outside. His speed and ability to close on a ball carrier are elite. Coming from the inside vs outside runs, he is able to shoot through a gap and close before the runner has a chance to turn upfield. Exceptional in backside pursuit and can also be seen tracking down the ball-carrier far down the field or at either sideline. Uses his athleticism and quickness to disengage from blocks and run down plays in a flash. Can stop on a dime and change directions quickly in the open field. Uses height, reach and quickness to extend playing radius. Movement skills are awesome when scraping down the line to follow the direction of the ball. Closes seamlessly off his scrape. Very explosive speed and quickness to beat running backs to the corner. Engages blockers with forceful punch and fine extension to control. Quickly able to diagnose and react. Uses his fluidity and body control to slip past blocks or leap over them. In coverage, runs stride for stride with big fast tight ends and wins in most matches where his great speed and length are unique. Exciting prospect, that can be every down backer in either a 4-3 or 3-4 and become a huge difference maker. Racked up 226 career tackles with 215 of them over his last two seasons. In 2017, he totaled 109 tackles, 14 TFL, 5.5 sacks, 2 PBU, 4 QB hurries and 3 FF. Earned first team ACC honors. In 2016, he totaled 106 tackles, 18.5 TFL, 4.5 sacks, 3 PBU, 1 interception and 1 FF. Earned ACC first team honors At the NFL Combine, he came in over 6’4”, 253 lbs. with 34 1/2” arms and 9 3/8” hands. He ran a 4.54 time and did 19 reps along with a 9’9” BJ. Competitive young defender with the desire and talent to excel and be great. Similar to Von Miller or Julian Peterson in body type, rare scheme and position versatility, pass rushing skills and overall demeanor. Future Pro Bowl performer with impact ability and a defender you build a defense around in a 3-4 scheme. Versatile three down backer with big play explosiveness. Rising off a strong final performance and impressive effort at the NFL Combine. Top 10 selection earmarked for the 49ers, Raiders and Dolphins. Capable of being one of the best players in this class.
Draft Projection: 1st Round – Top 10 Pick

2 Lorenzo Carter #7     Georgia             6-5      250         – Sp. 4.50  
  Player Comparison: Leonard Floyd                                    Rating 90        
Rangy athletic multi-talented senior is an intriguing prospect in the Leonard Floyd and Jamie Collins mold. Selected to 2nd Team All-SEC in 2017. Highly coveted five-star HS recruit was slow to produce his first two seasons. Ideal blend of overall length, including 34” arms, and natural athleticism. Outstanding movement skills with the speed to go sideline to sideline. Coordinated and smooth in his change of direction, especially considering his high cut leggy build. Shows the burst in pursuit and quick-twitch to come from wide on the backside to get in on the action off tackle front side, if unaccounted for in the blocking scheme. Displays fine agility in the open field to dip around and avoid blockers and cut through trash chasing the play. As an edge rusher, explodes off the line and eats up ground quickly, getting to top speed in just a few steps. Bends really well, especially for his height and length, with the flexibility necessary to dip and come arm under with a rip to the upfield side of the offensive tackle and complete the arc. Displays underrated functional strength. Among the more developed pass rushers in this draft with a good repertoire of moves to reach the QB. Shows a fine inside counter off his initial upfield burst, using his lateral agility and a swim or club move to clear the tackle. Dangerous on stunts to the inside, twists and blitzes underneath. Able to get skinny coming through gaps as a blitzer. The Bulldogs used him all over the field. Inside backer in a 3-4, outside backer standing up on the line and with his hand in the dirt as a DE in passing situations. Underrated power at the point of attack vs the run. Flashes explosive hand use to keep disengaged from blockers attempting to lock on. Played in 56 games and pretty much remained injury free at Georgia. Frame to add muscle and looks lean at 250 lbs. Showed power to strike in 2017 which has enamored defensive coordinators this offseason. His functional strength was questioned for the pro game prior to 2017. Lacks a strong push at the point of attack or convert speed to power. His game is to burst to the ball and finish. At times, he can be controlled when trying to set the edge and can get washed out if he doesn’t properly use his long arms to stay clean. In 2017, he started 15 games and recorded 61 tackles, 7.5 TFL, 4.5 sacks, 17 QB hurries, 3 FR and 3 FF, earning 1st team SEC honors. Great game vs Oklahoma in the national semi-final when he recorded 10 tackles and blocked a kick in overtime to help seal the Bulldog victory. Untapped ability to block kicks is added impact talent. In 2016, he recorded 44 tackles, 6 TFL, 5 sacks, 13 QB hurries, 2 FF and 1 FR. At the NFL Combine, he came in at just under 6’5”, 250 lbs. with 34” arms and 10 3/8” hands. Ran a 4.46 time with a 1.56 ten yard split and did not lift. Added a 36” VL and a 10’10” BJ. Athlete with the skills to be a very good rush backer. Packers, Cardinals, Browns and Colts interested. Similar skills as former Bulldog Leonard Floyd who was a #1 pick of Bears and showed big play ability prior to shoulder injuries. Blue chip late developing talent with huge upside potential. Rising top 40 prospect with the AA to become a playmaker. Fine edge rusher with big play and developing talent. Impact ability and best suited for the 3-4 scheme, though needs to refine his pass rushing moves. Possible surprise late 1st round pick with Patriots, Steelers and Saints.
Draft Projection: 2nd Round

3 Harold Landry #7      Boston College            6-2       250        – Sp. 4.65
  Player Comparison: Jerry Hughes                                                    Rating 88
Quick-twitch athlete has been an impact edge rusher for the BC defense over his three starting seasons. Earned ACC honors since his sophomore season playing both up and down during his tenure. Solid well-built physique with the burst on the snap to gain a fast advantage over tackles. Needs to add some additional muscle to couple with his explosive initial movement off the snap. Displays a fine closing burst to finish and make big plays. Basically, he is a one-dimensional edge rusher, though in that regard is able to be very impactful. Displays the first step explosiveness like he was shot out of a cannon. Comes upfield and attacks the edge with abandon. He is able to really bend and run the arc, while getting very low and ducking under the offensive tackle’s attempts to block him. Offenses can limit his effectiveness by coming back inside the area he vacates when he attacks hard upfield. His game is not based on power and he must really fight to hold his ground when running plays come right at him. Never quits on a play though and will work to disengage and get involved in the tackle. Shows a very good motor and has the speed to run down ball-carriers in backside pursuit, or far down the field. At times, he will be dropped into short zone coverage, where he shows good awareness and reactions. In run support, he utilizes a good mix of speed and power to surprise ball-carriers, evidenced by 10 career forced fumbles. Offers fine versatility as an edge rusher. Able to be equally effective rushing from either a two-point or with his hand on the turf. Supplies a nice repertoire of pass rush techniques. Uses his speed to beat tackles wide as well as come initially with power, create space with good extension, then use a rip move to penetrate the pocket. Good vision to quickly find the ball and can make himself skinny to get through gaps. Against the run, likes to establish a base, combined with good knee bend, but struggles holding the point of attack and set the edge against outside running plays. Displayed sufficient balance, agility and awareness to read plays with good reaction time. Looked like a fine defensive end for the college game, but at this point, he lacks the necessary mass and power to line up there full-time in the NFL. Lacks a plan to counter when his initial rush is shut down. Usually depends on his fine initial burst and hand pop, often failing to break free if blockers are able to latch on. Best pro position to become a starter will likely be 3-4 outside linebacker where he can use his fine initial burst off the edge to combine with good flexibility and awareness to play in coverage. In 2017, he totaled 38 tackles, 8.5 TFL, 5 sacks, 2 QB hurries and 1 PBU for 2nd team ACC honors. In 2016, he posted 51 tackles, 22 TFL, 16.5 sacks, 4 passes defensed, 7 QB hurries, 7 FF and 1 interception for 1st team ACC honors. At the NFL Combine, he came in at just over 6’2”, 252 lbs. with 32 7/8” arms and 9 3/8” hands. He ran a 4.64 time with a 1.59 ten yard split and did 24 reps. He added a 36” VL, a 9’11” BJ and performed well in the positional or agility drills with impressive times of a 6.88 three cone and a 4.19 in the short shuttle. He looked sharp in the positional drills. Quick athlete with the skills to be a good every down attack backer. Browns, Steelers, Ravens, Colts and 49ers interested in the 2nd round. First round bubble defender with Patriots and Jaguars interested. Similar skills as tweener Jerry Hughes displayed prior to being a #1 pick. Top 40 prospect with upside and the AA to become an edge playmaker.
Draft Projection: 1st-2nd Round

4 Uchenna Nwosu #42             Southern Cal    6-2       250        – Sp. 4.65    
      Player Comparison: Jamie Collins                                                        Rating 86
Relentless, edge tweener has been a vital cog in the Trojans’ fine defense over the past two seasons, culminated with a first team Pac-12 honors. Two-time Pac-12 with a 2nd team honors in 2016. Strong powerful frame to match up with defensive ends as well as tight ends and hold up vs the run. Attack backer with versatile skill set to line up at a few spots in a front and capable of being a three-down defender early. Fine first step explosiveness and speed to run the arc with the flexibility, body control, balance and power to flatten out. His game includes power and is able to stack and disengage consistently vs bigger athletes. Solid on setting the edge and able to close down the outside runs while being able to work off contact and pursue. Big play specialist. Perhaps the best front seven defender in the country and uncanny for batting down passes along the line. He has an incredible knack for reading the passer and timing his jump. Shows the ability to elevate and extend his arms. Besides his speed off the edge, he is also very effective pressuring the passer by stunting up the middle, where is often able to sense the soft spots in the pass protection. Works hard from snap to whistle and makes a lot of plays late in the down due to his unwillingness to stay blocked. Displays fine lateral quickness and change-of-direction. As an edge rusher, possesses a fine understanding of hand placement and leverage and comes low off the ball with natural knee bend to prevent blockers from locking on without losing momentum. Very difficult to block in space and always keeps his feet moving. Able to cross the face of blockers and use lower body quickness to get through trash. Good ability to change directions and complete tough 90-degree turns with fine hip flex to turn and run in pass coverage. Able to drop and cover in short zones with highly developed ball awareness. Strong hands, wrists and forearms. Can track on aggressive angles and arrive with explosiveness to light up runners. Plays sound assignment football with optimal effort. Highly competitive with an outstanding motor that doesn’t stop from opening kickoff to final gun. Versatile with experience in both two and three-point stances, though best lining up on the outside. Raw pass rusher with all his sacks over final two seasons. Work in progress in that key area. Rarely engulfed at the point by power in the run game. Good movement skills along with being a quick-twitch athlete. Displays sound tackling technique with the ability to strike opponents. As a senior, he started 14 games and finished with 75 tackles with 11.5 TFL, 9 QB hurries, 13 PBU, 1 FR, 1 interception and 9.5 sacks. Earned Pac-12 first team honors. As a junior, he made 53 tackles with 7.5 TFL, 5 PBU, 2 QB hurries,1 FF, and 3 sacks, starting 13 games. At the NFL Combine, he came in at over 6’2”, 251 lbs. with 33 5/8” arms. He ran a 4.65 time with a 1.63 ten-yard split. Added a 32” VL and a 9’11” BJ along with 20 reps on the bench. Underrated player will warrant an early selection on overall AA, big play ability and potential. Needs to improve on his initial reads and learn to trust his eyes to react quicker. Clubs like the Jets, Patriots, Colts and Bears hoping he slides to the 2nd day. Top 60-75 prospect with the skills to become a solid starter with fine intangibles and experience. Best in the 3-4 set where he possesses starting impact ability with some development. Power playmaker with nice upside.                                                                               Draft Projection: 2nd-3rd Round

5 * Malik Jefferson #46            Texas               6-2       235        – Sp. 4.50    
    Player Comparison: Alec Ogletree                                                  Rating 85
Athletic, speedy true junior has been a versatile defender for Texas lining up at a few positions over his short career. Elite HS recruit has been slightly disappointing after huge expectations entering the Big 12. Fast versatile backer with good agility and surprising power for his size. Flashed impact in his time and led the club in tackles for periods. Long limbed fluid mover either forward or laterally. Freshman All-American and a three time Big 12 honoree including first team and Co-Defensive Player of the Year in 2017. Shows top overall athletic ability, which includes exceptional closing speed and surprisingly strong, violent hands to get off blocks and finish. When he reads the play properly, he can fill the hole quickly and aggressively to finish. His instincts have been inconsistent and he would benefit from extensive film work to pick up his keys sooner to utilize his athleticism. Projects as a starting Will or Mike linebacker in a 4-3 where he can develop into a three-down starter. Displays a strong well-proportioned physique with little growth potential. Feet are light and quick and allow him to turn quickly and open up in coverage and run with receivers. Plays with an aggressive attitude and will strike ball carriers. Plays a physical brand of defense, though at times has broken down with upper body injuries. Finds the ball consistently and take proper angles and maintain leverage across the field. Shows good lateral agility to slip past blockers and close with a burst. Shows sound hand-eye coordination and the technique to separate to run and finish. In pass coverage, he displays fine agility and is able to read and recognize angles and will work to stay between his man and the QB. Limited reps in that role, though has the skill set to match up with backs and tight ends. At times, he attacks too aggressively and allows the runner an open cutback lane or leaves the edge exposed. Reliable form tackler especially in space. In run support, struggles over a tight end at times and can be engulfed by big offensive linemen if he fails to read the play quickly and take the proper angle. Athletic and productive and best suited to play the weak side in a 4-3 defensive scheme. Probably won’t be taken before the middle rounds, though has the potential to develop into a solid early NFL starter with some refinement. As a junior, he started 13 games and finished with 110 tackles with 10 TFL, 5 QB hurries and 4 sacks as Co Defensive PY. As a sophomore, he started 9 of 11 games and made 62 tackles with 8.5 TFL, 3 PBU, 1 FF and 5.5 sacks. Over his career, he posted 233 tackles with 25.5 TFLs ,12 sacks, 14 QB hurries, 2 FF and 1 FR, but no interceptions and just 6 PBUs. At the NFL Combine, he came in over 6’2”, 236 lbs. with 32” arms, 9 5/8” hands and did 27 reps. He ran a 4.52 time with a 1.59 ten-yard split, a 36” VL and a 10’2” BJ. He looked sharp in the positional drills with the ability to flip his hips and retain speed. Natural talent, though must improve his initial reads to react quicker and not hesitate responding to plays. Despite his experience, he must learn to trust his eyes especially on play action and roll outs to his side of the field. Shows the athletic ability to play well in reverse with reliable tackling in space but must read the QB and routes better to be a three-down defender. Athlete with the skills to be a good early Will backer. Needs to show better reads in coverage. Similar skills to new Giant Alec Ogletree in versatility, talent and upside. Displays great range and strong tackling, though must make more plays on the ball to become a three-down starter with impact ability. Top 100 prospect with upside and the AA to become a very good starter. Fine run and chase defender and rising talent with possible impact ability. Most effective when covered up and a raw emerging playmaker. Defender with talent to be core performer and possibly special, though must take his preparation up a few levels.
Draft Projection: 2nd-3rd Round

 6 Ogbonnia Okoronkwo #31  Oklahoma         6-2  250             – Sp. 4.65  
                                      Rating 80
Physical intense senior tweener has had an impressive late career performance, earning Big 12 first team honors during that period. Athlete with well-developed skills after playing both down and up on the outside of the tough Sooners’ defense.  Powerfully built backer with the speed, quickness, instincts and intangibles to be a three-down defender in either pro front. Made incredible progress at Oklahoma and continued his rise with a strong final season. Playmaker with the ability to rush the passer, chase to the opposite sidelines and attack the line of scrimmage. Strong athlete with good muscle and well-proportioned frame combined with keen instincts and the easy movement to make impact plays. Possesses a burst off the edge with body control and flexibility. Displays fine balance, quick initial burst and fine speed to chase down runners. Impressive explosiveness and fast read-react transition in forward motion. Finds the ball quickly and has the burst to close on the ball carrier. As an edge rusher, shows a good get off and follows with his powerful hands and power to punch and disengage. Can change directions quickly to counter and come underneath. Movement skills are good when scraping down the line to flow in the direction of the ball. Closes seamlessly off his scrape with power to strike ball carriers. In run support, he engages blockers with a forceful punch and fine extension to control and separate. Quickly able to diagnose and react. Field speed is good for the Sam spot in the 4-3 or attack backer in the 3-4 scheme. Raw in man coverage with zero career interceptions and only 5 PBUs. Rarely required to handle tough man coverage assignments, his game is in forward motion attacking the line. He shows the physical skills to drop, change directions, open his hips and mirror receivers, though very raw in that role. At the Senior bowl practices, he moved adequately in coverage, though allowed separation from backs or tight ends. After a career where he mainly rushed the passer, he should be an effective NFL blitz defender. Displays the frame and core strength necessary to stack and control at the point of attack when over big blockers. Eventually can be an every down backer in either set. In 2017, he started all 14 games and totaled 76 tackles, 17.5 TFL, 8 sacks, 2 PBU, 6 QB hurries, 3 FF and no interceptions. Earned first team Big 12 honors. In 2016, he started 12 games and totaled 71 tackles, 12 TFL, 9 sacks, 7 QB hurries, 3 PBU and 2 FF. Earned 2nd team Big 12 honors. Racked up 29.5 TFL and 17 sacks over his last two seasons. At the Senior Bowl week, he passed the eyeball test in front of scouts, showing good power at the point with adequate movement skills. He also displayed his fine instincts and his ability to strike an opponent quickly. At the NFL Combine, he came in at just under 6’2”, 253 lbs. with 33 3/4” arms and 9” hands. He ran a 4.77 time and did 27 reps. Added a 38” VL and a 10’1” BJ to complete a good workout. His positional drills were good, showing average change of direction skills to match up in coverage. Similar to Melvin Ingram in body type, scheme versatility, pass rushing skills and overall demeanor. Competitor with the desire and talent to excel. Solid performer with impact ability, though maybe not a three-down backer until he makes critical development in coverage. Falling early round talent. Situational difference maker for either scheme.
Draft Projection: 3rd Round

7 Darius Leonard #10  South Carolina St        6-2       235        – Sp. 4.65        
                                               Rating 80
Athletic, active, senior finished his small college career with incredible consistency as an every down defender. Earned MEAC honors annually, completing his career with an impressive Senior Bowl week. Long rangy defender with fine field speed to make plays at the opposite sideline and drop in coverage. Lean frame and probably has maxed out at the 235 lb. level. His athleticism, quickness, toughness and consistent effort vs a high level of competition stand out on film. Good movement skills with good instincts and fluid hips. Top instincts and quick reactions to use his fine speed and athleticism to make plays. Fiery on-field character with explosive closing speed and able to cover a lot of ground quickly in pursuit. Flashes burst to close on the ball especially in close quarters. Powerful tackler and really brings his pads on contact and consistently able to finish. Good initial quickness off the snap to read plays and defeat blocking angles. Able to contort his body to dip around a block and drop ball-carriers. Holds point fairly well with adequate functional strength. Above average change-of-direction allows him to redirect in space and stay with receivers. Developing cover man with improving ball skills to compete for the Will position in the NFL. That is his best position. Very experienced and effective on all special teams’ coverage units where his sure tackling ranks him as one of the premier special teams’ defenders in this class. High level of self-motivation and excellent competitive drive. Outstanding quickness makes it tough for blockers to get a good fit and compensates for marginal size. Moves laterally well and keeps blockers off his body to flow to the ball. Well-developed backfield vision and usually on time recognizing route concepts. In 2017, he had 114 tackles with 12 TFL and 8.5 sacks, 10 QB hurries, 1 FF, 1 PBU and 2 interceptions. Earned 1st team MEAC honors. In 2016, started 11 games and posted 124 tackles with 14.5 TFL, 3.5 sacks, 4 FF, 3 PBU and 2 interceptions. Earned 1st team MEAC honors. Good early part time defender and special teams’ performer from his true freshman season. Over his career, recorded 394 tackles with 22 sacks, 53 TFLs, 8 FF, 3 FR, 6 interceptions and 7 PBUs. At the NFL Combine, he came in at 6’2”, 234 lbs. with 34 3/8” arms. He ran a 4.70 time with a 1.67 ten-yard split and did 17 reps.  He was average in the positional drills. Lack of ideal size causes concern about durability. Best fit as Will backer. Many of the same skills as Thomas Davis with keen instincts, big play talent and good work habits. Rising top 100 prospect with upside and the AA to become a playmaker in a 4-3 set. Fine run and chase defender and rising talent with early starting ability. Needs work in coverage for nickel role, but displays the skills to start there in time. Outstanding special teams’ ability earns him a roster spot. Top three small college prospect to be a fixture in a 4-3 set. Probable Will starter with some coverage work.
Draft Projection: 3rd Round

8 * Jerome Baker #17  Ohio St            6-1       229                   – Sp. 4.55
              Rating 80
Athletic, speedy true junior has been a fine Will linebacker for the nationally ranked Buckeyes’ defense, starting the past two seasons. Earned Big Ten honorable mention both years. Fluid mover with safety type speed and an ideal ‘Will’ backer for the pro game. He has fine overall athletic ability including top closing speed and surprisingly strong hands to get off blocks. Sudden in short areas to defeat blockers, run to the ball and finish. Displays a compact, well-proportioned physique with room to add more muscle mass. Feet are very light and quick, which allow him to turn on a dime and accelerate. Plays with an aggressive demeanor and enjoys the physical aspects of the game. Instincts have progressed nicely over his two starting seasons, though not completely natural in his response in certain situations. Once he reads the play properly, is able to take proper angles with good lateral agility to slip past blockers to get home. Will close with a purpose while delivering powerful hits. Shows sound hand-eye coordination and the technique and alertness to rip at the ball when the opportunity arises. In pass coverage, he displays fine agility and is able to read and recognize routes and easily drops in coverage. He can overrun plays and be too aggressive in space. Needs to learn to trust what he sees and respond. Slips blocks fairly well, though can still struggle over a big tight end. Lacks the patience to allow the runner to commit and will instead attack a gap and leave a cutback lane open. Usually he is a reliable form tackler, though will at times try to knock a runner down by throwing a shoulder into him. Ran the 4th best 40 for a linebacker at the NFL Combine. Athletic and productive outside backer, best suited to play the weak side in a 4-3 defensive scheme. Probably needs a little time to develop further, especially his instincts and technique for stacking and dropping in coverage. Potential to develop into a solid NFL starter in a relatively short time. As a junior, he started 13 games and finished with 72 tackles with 8 TFL, 1 FF, 2 QB hurries, 3 PBU and 3.5 sacks. As a sophomore, he made 83 tackles with 9.5 TFL, 1 FR, 2 interceptions and 3.5 sacks, starting 13 games. At the NFL Combine, he came in at 6’1”, 229 lbs. with 31 1/2” arms. He did 22 reps, ran a blazing 4.53 time with a 1.62 ten-yard split, a 36.5” VL and a 10’6” BJ. He looked very sharp in the positional drills with the ability to flip his hips and retain speed. Must improve his initial reads and details to continue to develop his natural talent. He must learn to trust his eyes to react to plays and schemes quicker that would put him in position to make more plays. Well-rounded skill set and the ability to play well in reverse with reliable tackling in space to become a three-down defender. Athlete with the skills to be a good every down Will backer, though definite positional limitations due to size. Bengals, Giants and Lions interested. Many of the same skills as Kwon Alexander with big play talent and good workout habits. Top 100 prospect with upside and the AA to become a playmaker. Fine run and chase defender and rising talent with early starting ability.
Draft Projection: 3rd-4th Round

9 Fred Warner #4         Brigham Young                       6-3       235        – Sp. 4.65    
                            Rating 80
Mobile rangy senior completed an excellent career with three highly productive seasons in which he earned All-Independent first team. Highly regarded HS four-star recruit has been a fixture in the Cougars’ defense since early in his career. Very productive since his sophomore season and highly developed in many aspects of play to project as a three down NFL outside backer. Highly intelligent player with good instincts for the game and able to read plays and schemes quickly to put himself in position to make plays. Senior captain and dedicated in his preparation and one of the hardest workers in both the film and weight rooms. Possesses an athletic lanky frame with long arms and excellent agility to move along the line. He has very quick feet, fine balance, lower body explosiveness and strength. Decisive in his reads and can find a gap and close to the ball. Delivers some power when he tackles, though he is more a drag down tackler. Exhibits fine awareness in coverage when dropping into zones. Shows the ability to read the QB and react to the ball. Displays good hands when he has an opportunity to make a play on the ball. Uses his fine length well to matchup with tight ends and displayed the ability to cover into the deeper zones and make plays on the ball. Best position in the pros will be the same as his best position in college, the outside in a 4-3 scheme. Ideal for the ‘Will’ backer role where he can run to the ball and finish. Fine matchup vs the tight end, though must prove better stack at the ‘Sam’ position to be a regular there. Plays sound assignment football and plays within the framework and concepts of the defense. His instincts and read-react ability are considered good. Was invited to the Senior Bowl where he had a good week while showing developed coverage skills and the ability to go sideline to sideline. Possesses well-rounded skills and outstanding character to be a solid choice in the mid rounds with a good chance to make a roster and earn a starting assignment fairly early on. As a senior, he started 13 games and finished with 87 tackles with 9 TFL, 1 pick, 1 FF, 5 PBU and 1 sack. As a junior, he made 86 tackles with 10.5 TFL, 6 PBU, 1.5 sacks, 2 FF and 3 interceptions. Over his career, he totaled 264 tackles with 32 TFL, 7 interceptions, 13 PBU and 6.5 sacks. At the NFL Combine, he came in at over 6’3”, 236 lbs. with 32” arms. He did 21 reps, ran a 4.64 time with a fast 1.55 ten-yard split. He added a 38” VL and a 9’11” BJ. Also posted times of a 6.90 three cone and a 4.28 in the shuttle. Looked sharp in the positional drills that validated his agility drill times. He shows many of the characteristics of DeAndre Levy with the speed, power and aggressiveness to play either outside role in the 4-3 set. Athlete with a good skill set to win a situational role and ultimately start outside. Rising marginal top 100 prospect. Early starter and rookie defender in sub packages and special teams. Talented playmaker with fast improving skills.
Draft Projection: 3rd-4th Round

10 Oren Burks #20       Vanderbilt                    6-3       233        – Sp. 4.60  
                                       Rating 78
Rangy instinctive technician has posted outstanding production since starting as a redshirt freshman, first at safety before moving to linebacker. Four-year starter with final two seasons at both ‘Star’ outside and inside linebacker. Savvy backer and a tackling machine who is rarely out of position. Understands defensive schemes well after playing three positions at a high level in the SEC. Two-time captain with the ability to be a coach on the field and lineup teammates. High IQ defender for the game with the short area quickness and sound technique to respond to what he sees. His instincts and read-react skills are at the very top in this class. Displays fine agility as linebackers go, with the quickness, balance and flexibility to get around blocks as well as being able to handle his responsibilities in coverage with fine agility in reverse. His safety background is apparent when watching him in coverage. Among the better backers in the class when it comes to man to man pass coverage. He has the change-of-direction, short area quickness, instincts and awareness to cover nearly any RB or TE. He is also aided by his fine lower body explosiveness and is able to get off the ground and elevate with the best of them. Pursues well from sideline to sideline. Uses his lateral quickness to avoid blocks and make plays in the tackle box. Sets the edge hard and slips blockers very well. Strong wiry, well-proportioned frame with good knee bend to take on blockers and hold the edge consistently. Finds the football very quickly and shows good field speed and outstanding effort in pursuit. Very willing and able to attack gaps when he sees the chance to make a play behind the line. Able to scrape and sift through traffic and close nicely. Fluid movement skills, change of direction and acceleration within short zones in pass coverage. Also, shows good awareness and ball-skills. Fine form tackler and wraps up securely. Depends on instincts and quickness to keep blockers at bay. Slides laterally to get into play with sound angles to the ball. Key part of a tough defense that supplies NFL starters annually. Average burst off the edge as a pass rusher with only 4.5 career sacks. Based on performance and production, he is a starting Will backer in the 4-3. As a senior, he started 11 of 12 games, made 82 tackles, 7 TFL, 1 sack, 1 FR, 3 PBU and 1 pick. As a junior, he made 59 tackles with 6.5 TFL, 6 PBU and 3.5 sacks, starting 10 of 13 games. Over his career, he started 40 of 45 games with 236 tackles, 15.5 TFLs, 4.5 sacks and 5 interceptions. At the NFL Combine, he came in at over 6’3”, 233 lbs. with 33 3/8” arms and 9 1/8” hands. He did 18 reps, ran a 4.59 time with a 1.59 ten-yard split. He had a 39.5” VL and a 10’11” BJ. Added a 4.15 shuttle and a 6.82 three-cone. His positional drills were very good. He displays many of the same skills as backer Telvin Smith with big college production, versatility and well-developed talent. Savvy backer with experience at a high level of play at a few positions in a 4-3 set and also inside in a 3-4 front. Well-rounded skills to be a three-down defender. Top 125 prospect with a nice LOD to be a quality starter fairly early in his career. Great value selection with high LOD to compete for early starting role and key sub package starter. Top special teams’ defender from day one.
Draft Projection: 4th-5th Round

11 Shaquem Griffin #18           Central Florida              6-0      227       – Sp. 4.40
                                    Rating 78
Active, instinctive, safety-linebacker hybrid has been a key playmaker during his three seasons as a Golden Knight. Probably the best story of any draft prospects I have ever scouted during my 27 years publishing Draft Insiders. Twin brother of the Seahawks’ corner Shaquill Griffin who was a 3rd round selection in the NFL Draft 2017. Overcame a birth defect of a deformed hand that had to be amputated as a child. That did not stop him from attempting to play sports and he earned accolades at both the HS and college levels. He is a top athlete and set the pace at the NFL Combine with a blazing 4.38 sprint. Three-time AAC honors including a two-time Defensive Player of the Year award. Nonstop bundle of perpetual energy. His throttle is always wide open. Very fast, extremely quick, and superb change-of-direction. He is as developed at avoiding blocks as any defender in recent memory. Despite his size, he will step up and take on a block to successfully hold his ground at the point of attack. He has a knack for making big plays at critical points in a game. The rest of the UCF defense fed off his energy. Possesses a nice array of pass rushing moves that he developed over the course of his final season. Will use his impeccable lateral quickness when rushing the passer to dip inside and avoid the attempted block by the tackle. Closing speed is as good as it gets. Alert, aware and instinctive and able to chase down ball-carriers from sideline to sideline. Despite the lack of a left hand, he is usually a reliable wrap up tackler. Plays bigger than his size. Best pro position is likely Will backer in a 4-3. Natural football player with all the traits one could want in a 4-3 Will backer. Fine football intelligence, keen instincts, with mental and physical toughness. Very comfortable working around the heavy traffic near the tackle box, as well as in coverage at any depth down the field. Proved able to handle quite well full-time role as a Will. Good ball athlete with fine hand-eye coordination. Displays the skills to control a blocker, stay square to the play, get free, and finish. Loves to attack the run, showing excellent read-react, fine ability to close and take down ball-carriers. Consummate team player and very versatile defender for all the sub packages and special teams. Reads routes well, with fine awareness in zone coverage, skill to stay with tight ends in man and also is an effective blitzer. Instant upgrade to anyone’s special teams’ coverage units. At times, he over commits to a lane and leaves the cutback open for runners with good vision. In 2017, he totaled 74 tackles, 13.5 TFL, 7 sacks, 9 QB hurries, 1 pick, 2 FF, 1 FR and 3 PBU. Earned 1st team honors. In 2016, he posted 92 tackles, 20 TFL, 11.5 sacks, 6 PBU, 1 pick and 2 FF. At the NFL Combine, he came in just over 6’, 227 lbs. with 32 1/8” arms and 9” hands. He ran the best forty time at the event with a 4.38 time including a fast 1.54 ten-yard split. He did 20 reps and added a 9’9” BJ. Looked sharp in the positional drills. Well-developed skill set and the ability to play well in either forward or reverse with sure reliable tackling in space to become a three-down defender. Athlete with the skills to be a good every down Will backer, though definite skills to be a key sub package defender. Top 125 prospect with the AA to become a fine coverage and run and chase defender with playmaker ability when covered up. Premier special teams’ performer and top nickel backer in impact abilities.
Draft Projection: 4th-5th Round

12 * Hercules Mata’afa #50       Washington St             6-2       255        – Sp. 4.65         Rating 75
Quick compact defender has lined up at several positions in a front including playing up and down on the edge along with inside at tackle. Fine burst on the snap and able to convert his quickness to power in the arc and finish with sacks. Earned All-American and 1st team Pac-12 honors in 2017 after 2nd team as a junior. Playing both with his hand on the ground and a stand-up position, he was a disruptive force off the edge with a quick burst to pressure the passer. Stocky build with short 31.5” arms and wide lower body to convert his speed to power. Active strong hands to keep blockers off his frame with smooth movement skills to get to the ball. Good hustler with a fine motor and sound initial reads with quickness off the snap to get through narrow openings. Comes on the snap quickly with a developed spin move to avoid blockers and flatten out to the passer. Able to turn the corner well when pass rushing from a wide alignment. Able to use his agility and lateral quickness to avoid or run around blockers without losing sight of the ball. Good functional strength, though needs to be technically sound to minimize his short reach. Uses a hard upfield charge as a rusher to strike blockers with the technique to counter quickly if his initial move is contained. At the point of attack, will hold his ground with the technique and functional strength to stack. Setting the edge is a strong suit. Good read-react ability despite positional changes. Possesses good lower body explosiveness for his size and just needs to translate it to the field more consistently. Limited understanding of coverage and playing in reverse and shows no career plays on the ball. In 2017, started 13 games and recorded 45 tackles with 22.5 TFL, 10.5 sacks with 5 QB hurries and 2 FF. In 2016, started 13 games and recorded 47 tackles, 13.5 TFL and 5 sacks. At the NFL Combine, he came in at over 6’2”, 254 lbs. with 31.5” arms. He ran a 4.76 time and did 26 reps. Added a 31.5” VL, a 9’ BJ and adequate positional drills. Good times of a 7.24 three cone and a 4.37 in shuttle. Edge rusher with playmaking ability, but currently one dimensional. Situational defender and 3rd day pick who needs to settle into a 3-4 scheme and dedicate to learning positional nuances. Top 150 athlete with talent to start and interesting long-term project. Needs to improve his overall technique and coverage ability. Versatile role defender for sub packages to fill a key position.
Draft Projection: 4th-5th Round

13 Marquis Haynes #38            Mississippi                  6-2       235        – Sp. 4.65         Rating 75
Rangy senior has been one of the premier defenders in the SEC since his true freshman season when he earned All-American honors. Lean athlete with narrow frame and good movement skills and the speed and instincts to make plays. Four-year starter has played both down and up and been most effective more in forward motion than the full array of backer responsibilities. Good burst off the edge and has totaled 32 career sacks in that role, but early will be a limited to a situational edge defender. Needs an attack backer role in a 3-4 set to be a regular. From a size/speed perspective, he fits the Will backer role also, though he is underdeveloped in his ball skills with only 1 career interception and just 7 PBUs. Good run and chase skills though his ability to matchup in pass coverage is very raw. As an outside linebacker, he is on the slender side with thin lower body. As a pass rusher, displays an aggressiveness off the edge and the hand technique to counter. Shows impressive speed when pass-rushing with fine initial burst off the snap, bend and the agility to flatten out. Fine quickness to read-react vs the run, flying downhill and regularly causing blockers to whiff. His frame and overall build looks too narrow to hold up as an OLB, though he slips blockers fairly well. Hitter and technically sound tackler who wraps up consistently. Though very durable despite slender frame, he needs to line up in space at the Will spot. In 2017, recorded 45 tackles, 11 TFL, 7.5 sacks, 0 PBU, 3 FF, 5 QB hurries and no picks, earning SEC honorable mention. In 2016, started 12 games and totaled 53 tackles, 11 TFL, 7 sacks, 8 QB hurries, 3 PBU, 3 FF, 1 FR and 1 pick for 2nd team SEC honors. Played in 50 games with 172 tackles, 47.5 TFL, 32 sacks, 7 PBU and just 1 interception. At the NFL Combine, he came in at over 6’2”, 235 lbs. with 33 1/4” arms. He ran a 4.67 time with a 1.66 ten-yard split and did 23 reps. He added a 32” VL and a 10’3” BJ. He looked good in the positional drills and had times of a 7.14 three cone and a 4.45 in the short shuttle. Athlete with production at a high level in the SEC. Premier special teams’ defender. Starting Will and possible attack backer if he shows the power to hold up on the edge in that set. Show the length and speed to match up with the big tight ends in the NFL, but needs extensive coverage development. Top 125 athlete with upside to start at Will backer. Interesting long-term potential, though needs to be cover up in base defense to be effective.
Draft Projection: 4th-5th Round

14 Leon Jacobs #32     Wisconsin        6-1       245     – Sp. 4.50         Rating 70  
Athletic, explosive senior came on over his late career in his most extensive action in his career. Quick athlete with raw talent to develop into an NFL linebacker. Strong frame with long arms and the natural athleticism to play the outside spots in the 4-3 front. Added muscle annually to play a few positions in the Badger scheme. Developing his ability to read-react and flow to the ball. Diagnoses plays better with game experience and learning to take proper angles to pursue the ball. Fine range, speed and athleticism. Fine body flex helps him with tight pursuit angles. Unlocks hips with fine acceleration to close. Field speed is premier for the Will or Sam spots. Developing in man coverage with the ability to matchup when he reads the route properly. Later in career, he was required to handle tough man coverage assignments and usually came through well. Shows ideal foot quickness and agility of an NFL Will backer. Good change-of-direction and long speed. At times, shows tight hips to turn and run in coverage. Very effective in space when he is clean and can run to the ball. Quick-twitch athlete, though instinctively very raw with reading routes or blocks which leaves early developmental issues. Able to get skinny and slip through gaps on the line of scrimmage. Can show some force in his hand punch with the ability to lock out and keep blockers off his body, though needs more consistency. Closes quickly and can be a physical tackler. Sets the edge well using his long arms and fine functional strength to grade out high. Consistently productive and should contribute as a rookie on special teams. In 2017, he tallied 60 tackles, 9.5 TFL, 3.5 sacks, 1 FR, 1 FF and 2 interceptions. In 2016, he made 37 tackles, 1 TFL, 1 sack and a 1 pick. Over his career, he started only 18 of 57 games with his 2015 season interrupted early after 4 games. Totaled 142 tackles with 15.5 TFL, 6.5 sacks, 3 interceptions and 3 PBU. At the NFL Combine, he came in over 6’1”, 246 lbs. with 33 1/2” arms. He ran a fine 4.48 time with a 1.58 ten split and did 26 reps. He added a 34.5” VL, a 10’2” BJ and looked sharp in the drills with impressive 7.14 three cone and 4.44 in the shuttle. Fast rising defender comes off a strong finish that could elevate him to the middle rounds. Ideal Will backer and three down player for all packages. Talent to improve further with his best football in front of him. Playmaker needs time with the skill set to start when he shows he reads more instinctively. Rising defender with starting talent. Good 3rd day addition.                                                                                            Draft Projection: 4th-5th Round

15 Andrew Ankrah #93             James Madison           6-3       250        – Sp. 4.80         Rating 70
Versatile athletic senior has been highly productive over his four starting seasons in the CAA, earning first team honors over his final three seasons. Earned CAA Defensive Player of the Year award in 2017 along with first team FCS All-American honors. Hybrid defensive end/linebacker has been a difference maker in the tough CAA that has provided many NFL players over the past decade. Strong athletic frame with long arms and good footwork to move laterally as well as attack the line. Impressive all-around backer with fine athleticism to fill a number of roles. Strong frame with good footwork and fluid movement skills to be a three-down defender. Shows the ability to stack at the point and pursue across the field. Knows how to maintain low pad level and play with leverage when taking on blockers. Fine instincts with the ability to read-react when defending the run or dropping in coverage. Seldom see him overrun a play and his pursuit angles are usually sound. Reads the play and locates the ball well, flying decisively through gaps, avoiding blockers and closing down the run. Displays sound textbook tackling form with pretty consistent face up and wrap up efforts. Good pursuit speed and effort when on the chase with consistently impressive tackle numbers. Speed and agility to drop in coverage and matchup with tight ends and backs in the short zones. Quick burst to be an effective blitzer. Coverage ability is an area that needs development. Shows route anticipation, but limited experience in man coverage down the field. His frame is best suited for outside at the Sam or attack role in the 3-4 set. In 2017, he started 15 games and made 59 tackles with 15.5 TFLs, 8.5 sacks, 4 QB hurries, 2 FF and 2 FF. Earned All-American honors, finalist for the Buck Buchanan award and his third straight CAA first team honors. In 2016, he started 15 games and made 44 tackles with 6 TFL, 3.5 sacks, 4 QB hurries, 1 FF and 3 PBUs. Over his career, he started 53 games and made 177 tackles, including 36 TFL, 8 FF, 3 FR, 26 sacks and 4 PD. Incredibly, he was not invited to the NFL Combine. Core special teams’ performer with the talent to develop into a solid role player early especially as a situational rusher. Hard working defender with well-rounded skills to continue to improve. Surprise starter in time and quality role defender with upside to develop and possibly become a three-down starter with development. Top 200 prospect and solid late addition. Major sleeper with NFL starting talent along with the intangibles to make the jump.

16 Davin Bellamy #17  Georgia                        6-4       255       4.75       – Sp. 4.65         Rating 65
Long rangy tweener defender the past three seasons in the talented Bulldog defense that will provide several high draft selections in April. Earned some SEC honorable mention his final two seasons. Ripped lean athlete with long arms (33 1/4”) and a 4.75 forty time translated into a consistent sack artist. Shows some quick twitch rushing skills using his long reach to keep blockers off his frame. Good overall body definition with long arms and active hands to fight off blockers. Comes hard at the snap, displaying a burst with fluid hips and the awareness to be an effective edge rusher. Shows quickness and athleticism to dominate lesser tackles. Good downhill attacking defender who spends a lot of time in the opponent’s backfield. Displays only marginal instincts and strength whether to convert speed to power as a rusher or to set the edge in run defense. Added weight in college to reach 255 lbs. with little growth potential. Gets wired to blockers too easily despite the effort to separate and finish. Shows a fine burst up field as rusher and fires out of stance with a low pad level. Able to turn and dip his shoulders as he gets around the corner. Fluid and capable of stringing moves together. Ability to change directions in space with the speed to pursue down the line. Equally effective rushing the passer up or down. Lacks bulk for full time duty as a weak side end with his best chance of starting up as an attack backer in a 3-4 set. As a senior, he started 15 games with 34 tackles, 7.5 TFL, 5 sacks, 8 QB hurries and 2 FF. During his junior season, he totaled 51 tackles with 5 sacks and 9 TFL while starting 13 games. At the NFL Combine, he came in at 6’4” and 255 lbs. with 33 1/4” arms and 9 1/2” hands. He did not run. He did 15 reps and no other drills. He improved his numbers at pro day with a 4.73 forty, 30.5”VL and 19 reps. Role defender with positional concerns, though attack backer in a 3-4 set is his best fit. Playmaking ability in the right setting, though marginal strength. He will wait until the 3rd day to be drafted. Defender needs to find a role in the package defenses and on special teams to earn time. Burst off edge to play as situational rusher. Sleeper top 150 prospect with the talent to be a key role defender in package sets and possibly starting backer in 3-4 set, but only after critical strength and technique development.

17 Dorian O’Daniel #6              Clemson                      6-1       225       – Sp. 4.80          Rating 65
Quick senior defender was a highly productive starter for the Tigers from his redshirt freshman season and earning ACC honors his final two years. Smallish defender with tweener backer/safety size and the movement skills to fill the Will backer spot in addition to sub package roles. He is a competitive, instinctive defender who leaves it on the field every week. Good first step and shows a quick burst to defeat blocking angles early on the down. He pursues sideline to sideline and takes precise angles to the ball with the hitting power to finish plays consistently. Relentless in pursuit and is a good run and chase defender. Best suited for a Will position that protects him and allows him to flow to the ball. Lacks bulk and can get bounced around at the POT at times, getting easily engulfed by bigger blockers. Struggles to shed blocks on plays directed at him and he needs further strength to hold up in run support. Fluid in his drops in pass coverage with fine change of direction skills with the speed to match up in man situations. Smooth in transition with good flexibility to open his hips and drop into coverage. In zone coverage, he can react to balls with good timing when engaging receivers. Made nice improvement in coverage in 2017 and will compete for nickel backer role early in his career. Despite good playing strength he can struggle to shed blocks after engagement to hold the edge. He is inconsistent when playing over the tight end and struggles with a height disadvantage especially on jump balls. Sound key and diagnose skills, though needs to keep blockers off his legs especially in traffic with only marginal ability to punch and shed blocks. Over his senior season, he started all 14 games and made 88 tackles, 11.5 TFL and 5 sacks that earned him 2nd team ACC honors. Over his junior season, he started 13 games and made 54 tackles with 10 TFL, 2.5 sacks. Over his career, he totaled just 3 interceptions and 7 PD. Earlier in his career, he was a backup linebacker and a special teams ace. At the NFL Combine, he came in at under 6’1”, 223 lbs. with 31 1/8” arms. He ran a 4.61 time with a 1.64 ten yard split and did 21 reps. He added a 32” VL and a 9’11” BJ. He looked very sharp in the positional drills and had impressive times of a 6.64 three cone and a 4.07 in the short shuttle. He looked very sharp in the positional drills. Consistently runs in the sub 4.60 range with fine agility to change directions and retain his speed. Underrated Will backer with the skill set to become a value special teamer and challenge for the nickel ‘backer role and possibly compete for the weakside spot. Quick tackler can surprise and be a top special teams’ defender and nickel backer.  Probable late pick and a quality early role defender with some upside to move up to the Will role in time. Late steal.

18 Peter Kalambayi #34           Stanford                      6-3       250       – Sp. 4.80          Rating 62
Big rangy defender has been a core performer in the Cardinal front seven the past two starting seasons. He is an inside/outside backer tweener who shows the physical ability to play over a tight end and the power to play inside. Long athletic frame and carries over 250 lbs. well. Hard-nosed athlete who is well schooled in the basics on pro style defenses with the versatility to play inside or outside. Fine combination of power and agility to lineup over a tight end or an attack defender. He can play in either scheme and fits best in the 4-3 scheme, though he could also be an inside defender in a 3-4 set. Strong frame with long arms and sound technique to stack at the point or hold the edge. He uses his hands well to separate from blockers and locates the ball with adequate speed to close. As a pass rusher, he needs further technique development to earn pro starting time, though he made progress late in his career. Needs to come off the ball quicker to utilize his length and power to pressure the edge. Must use his  hands better to control more quickly disengage from blockers. Shows the ability to stay on his feet, locate the ball and finish with strong tackling. Good balance and is able to work his way through trash and use his power to make plays at the point. Average straight-line speed and limited flexibility that hinders him both as a rusher and coverage defender. Made progress on keys, reads and responsibilities to develop and become NFL ready. Versatility allows him to fit in the 3-4 scheme, though fits the Sam spot best in the 4-3 set. He must improve his coverage technique to play over a tight end. He is much better moving forward than in reverse and needs development in his drops and turns before being ready to matchup with tight ends. Lacks good route recognition and needs work on his drops and ability to sit in zones or matchup in man. As a senior, he appeared in 14 games with 61 tackles with 7 TFL, 1 PBU and 4 sacks that earned Pac-12 honorable mention. As a junior, he totaled 45 tackles with 6 TFL, 2 FF, 2 PBU and 3.5 sacks in 13 starts. At the NFL Combine, he came in at under 6’3” and 253 lbs. He ran a 4.57 time with a 1.59 ten-yard split. He did 19 reps with 34” VL, 10’1” BJ with 4.36 shuttle and a 7.13 three cone. Two-time captain. Experienced prospect with average AA who could challenge for playing time. Improved as a pass rusher, but lacks the big burst to be a consistent factor with limited creativity. Best suited for 4-3 teams and may be limited to a Sam role as a run defender. Late round pick with AA to fill a few roles. Top 250 prospect with marginal starting grade, but only in the right situations. Needs to impress on special teams.

19 Matthew Thomas #6            Florida State                6-3       230       – Sp. 4.80          Rating 62
Athletic, speedy senior has been a fine Will linebacker for the Seminoles earning ACC honors twice over his three starting seasons. Angular wiry frame with fine speed and instincts with the deceptive suddenness to defeat blockers and close to the ball. Well-rounded athlete with the speed necessary to start on the outside at the Will position. Fine developed overall athletic ability, which includes good closing speed and strong hands to get off blocks and finish. Quick and aggressive with the ability to flow and scrape laterally and use his fine vision to focus on the ball carrier. Relies on his quickness to beat blockers early on the down. Maxed out frame with long arms and little room to add mass. He can struggle if blockers get their hands on him early and needs further hand technique to disengage. Projects as a starting Will linebacker in a 4-3. Feet are very light and quick, which allow him to turn on a dime and accelerate. Run and chase defender needs to stay clean to be effective. His instincts improved with playing time and is able to find the football and take proper angles with good lateral agility to slip past blockers to get home. Will close with a purpose while delivering good hits. Shows sound hand-eye coordination and the technique and alertness to rip at the ball when the opportunity arises. In pass coverage, he displays fine agility and is able to read and recognize routes and will work to stay between his man and the QB. His aggressive nature may take him out of position at times and make the defense vulnerable to surrendering the big play. Lacks the patience to allow the runner to commit sometimes and will instead just attack a gap and leave a cutback lane open for a savvy ball-carrier to take advantage of. Usually he is a reliable form tackler, but will at times try to knock a runner down by throwing a shoulder into him. Struggles if he hesitates and engages big linemen. Needs improved technique and strength to get reps next fall. As a senior, he started 12 games and finished with 85 tackles with 10 TFL and 2 sacks. Earned ACC honorable mention. As a junior, he started 12 games and made 77 tackles with 11 TFL, 1 FF and 1 sack, earning ACC honorable mention. At the NFL Combine, he came in at under 6’3”, 232 lbs. with long 33” arms. He did not lift, but ran a 4.58 time, a 41.5” VL and a 10’11” BJ. He also posted a 4.28 in the short shuttle and 6/85 three cone time. He also looked sharp in the positional drills with the ability to flip his hips and retain speed. Must improve his initial reads and overall strength to play up to his natural talent. Trust his eyes well with little or no hesitation to react to plays. Well-rounded skill set and the ability to play effectively in reverse with reliable tackling in space and potentially a three-down defender. Good showing at the East-West Shrine week. Athletic and productive Will backer for the 4-3 scheme and eventually possibly start. Talented fast rising top 150 prospect with definite upside to become a playmaker. Fine run and chase defender for special teams. Hidden gem in this class with versatility.

20 JaVon Rolland-Jones #11  Arkansas St     6-2       250     – Sp. 4.80            Rating 62
Aggressive rush defender had an impressive career earning Sun Belt first team honors for four seasons and setting a conference career sack record. Tweener athlete played multiple positions in college, both up and down from the outside. Burst off the edge to get after the passer and was a difference maker in the Sun Belt. Tests out only as an average athlete, though his production is off the charts. Strong frame with quickness on the snap to pressure the edge and the ability to dip and get around the blocker. Shows top closing speed to finish at his level, though questions in that area vs high quality blockers. Over his late career, he showed further improvement on his initial reads and overall strength to be a more physical player than he was earlier. In run support, he needs to get stronger to stack and hold the POA, especially if he expects to compete over NFL tight ends or tackles. Shows fine use of his hands to shed and disengage with the ability to read the play well. As a tackler, he has good form, though at times he does not break down well in space and will miss in the open field. In pass coverage, he is very raw in most aspects of play. Marginal speed to run with backs and tight ends, though he can be a little stiff and struggle when asked to open his hips and change directions. Struggles in man coverage due to his lack of flexibility and foot quickness. Experienced defender with adequate instincts, an aggressive temperament and effective mainly in forward motion. Edge rusher with playmaking ability to carve a niche at the pro level. As a senior, he posted 56 tackles with 19 TFLs, 13 sacks, no interceptions, 3 FF and 6 QB hurries, starting 12 games, earning his 2nd Defensive Player of the Year award along with his 4th straight 1st team honors. As a junior, he made 57 tackles, 21 TFL, 1 FF, no interceptions, 7 QB hurries and 13.5 sacks and conference Defensive Play of the Year award. Over his career, he totaled 43.5 sacks with 65.5 TFL, but 1 interception and 3 PBU. At the NFL Combine, he came in at just under 6’2”, 253 lbs., with 32 3/4” arms. He did 23 reps, ran a 4.88 with a 1.71 ten yard. His best chance will most likely be as a situational rusher and special teams’ defender as he learns a base defense. His marginal speed may limit him on coverage units and needs a strong showing in camp to find a niche. Adequate instincts, though he lacks the flexibility and agility to play in space. Situational edge rusher with the makeup of a special teams’ performer. Developmental prospect needs reps, strength program and strong coaching to get up to NFL standards. One dimensional defender and long-term project with make it grade.

21 Skai Moore #10       South Carolina                        6-2       225      – Sp. 4.80           Rating 62        
Aggressive, undersized fifth year senior has been a fine consistent playmaker for the SC defense over his career. He returned for his senior year in 2017 after sitting out the entire 2016 campaign due to surgery on a herniated disk. Earned SEC honors twice in 2017 and 2015. Reliable, consistent playmaker possesses keen awareness, flexibility and closing burst, allowing him to flow to the ball consistently. Fine sense for reading the snap count and can often beat blockers with his initial burst. Lean frame with little growth potential. Good speed and instincts to get to the ball and beat blocking angles. As a pass rusher, he was effective especially at the delay blitz with the ability to hit an opening to the passer. Reads plays quickly to put himself in position to make plays. Takes proper angles to the ball. Displays sound awareness and fine lateral quickness in coverage and projects to nickel backer role. Fine development in his read-react ability, breaking down well and arriving under control though with power to finish. Shows good field speed whether in coverage, pursuit or as a rusher. High energy backer and a natural for special teams’ coverage defender. Questions concerning his size and durability after missing all of 2016 season. Good snap anticipation and the elusiveness to avoid blockers. Struggles facing blockers at the point and strictly a Will backer. Gets engulfed when a blocker gets their hands on him. Smooth dropping in coverage with the skills to matchup and totaled 14 career interceptions. In 2017, started 13 games and totaled 93 tackles, 2 sacks, 3 interceptions and 8 TFL. In 2015, started 13 games and totaled 111 tackles, 6.5 TFL, 2 sacks, 4 PBU, 4 interceptions and 3 FF. In 2014, started 12 games and totaled 93 tackles, 2.5 TFL, 1 sack and 3 picks. At the NFL Combine, he was 6’2”, 226 lbs. with 32” arms. Ran a 4.73 time with 36” VL and a 9’9” BJ. Good backup backer with the talent to become a core special teams’ defender and compete for the nickel ‘backer role. Possibly challenges for the starting Will spot in the right scheme. Instinctive tackling machine and wins a roster spot on special teams’ value and nickel backer skills. Possible late pick and a role defender if healthy. Best suited for package defenses and special teams. Marginal top 200 prospect and limited role defender.

22 Mike McCray #9       Michigan                      6-1       240        – Sp. 4.80         Rating 60    
Physical senior defender had a productive Big Ten career settling into the linebacker position with fine two-year production. Above average athlete and a competitive, instinctive defender who shows the versatility to fill a few roles in a pro defense. Strong frame and good feet with the first step to move to the ball and take proper angles. Shows a burst to defeat blocking angles early on the down. Plays downhill and hits a ton to finish. Pursues sideline to sideline and takes sound angles to the ball with enough speed to finish. Nice effort in pursuit but is not a run and chase defender. Best suited for a Mike or Sam position near the line of scrimmage. Plays with leverage and has fine functional strength to hold up at the POA. Relies on his early reads to gain an advantage and put himself in position to make plays. Gets easily engulfed by bigger blockers when he fails to read the play properly. Usually good to shed blocks on plays directed at him, relying on his fine playing strength to hold up in run support. Tight hipped playing in reverse and needs work on his drops in coverage where his average change of direction skills and speed can be exploited in matchups. Struggles in transition with tight flexibility to open his hips. In zone coverage, he can react to the pass with good timing when engaging receivers. Marginal ability in coverage vs tight ends in package defenses. Fine playing strength to shed blocks after engagement and can set the edge well. Consistent playing over the tight end in run support. Sound key and diagnose skills, though needs to keep blockers off his legs especially in traffic and must improve his ability to shed. Over the 2017 season, he started 13 games and made 84 tackles, 17 TFL, 1 FF, 1 PBU and 5 sacks. Over his junior season, he started 13 games and made 76 tackles with 13 TFL, 1 FF, 2 picks, 6 PBU and 4.5 sacks. Over his career, he played in 37 games with 160 tackles 31 TFL, 9.5 sacks and 7 PBUs. At the NFL Combine, he came in 6’1”, 243 lbs. with 32 5/8” arms. Ran a 4.76 time and did 16 reps. Added a 31.5” VL, a 9’11” BJ, a 4.25 shuttle and 7.09 three cone. Consistently runs in the 4.75 range with only adequate agility to change directions and retain speed. Underrated backer with the skill set to become a good special teamer and challenge for the Sam or Mike role. Sure tackler and a good special teams’ ace. Probable late pick and a quality role defender. Versatility helps him make a squad.

23 Garret Dooley #5     Wisconsin                    6-2       248       – Sp. 4.80          Rating 60
Physical tweener has been a versatile playmaker on the very tough Badgers’ defense over his career, winning three Big Ten West titles. Strong frame with average arm length (32 1/2”) and leverage to pressure the pocket. Earned Big Ten honors as a senior off a fine effort. Plays both up and down with marginal size to line up with his hand on the ground regularly. Possesses only average overall athleticism with a smaller than ideal body type for a 4-3 end spot. Relies on strong, active hands to fight off blockers to gain an advantage. Comes hard at the snap, displaying a fairly quick first step to pressure the outside. Relies on his adequate flexibility to bend the edge and get a shoulder past tackles. Shows good power to strike an opponent and continue his rush. Shows the physicality to be consistently effective against bigger blockers. Good attacking defender who spends a lot of time in the opponent’s backfield. Wins a lot of plays late on the down through a relentless effort. Displays good strength to set the edge with the tenacity to get off blocks and finish. Shows a decent burst up field as pass rusher with a low pad level, but needs to time his charge properly to consistently to be effective. More effective playing down than up and his speed is better in a three-point stance. Physically may be never more than a situational pass rusher in the 4-3 set, though limited moves. Stacks well to hold the point vs tackles over the course of the game. Gets by on his fine effort and non-stop motor, then natural talent. Capable of stringing moves together, though his ability to change directions is only average. As a senior, he started all 14 games with 41 tackles, 12 TFL and 7.5 sacks and earned 2nd team Big Ten honors. During his junior season, he started just 2 of 14 games with 40 tackles, 3.5 sacks and 6 TFLs. At the NFL Combine, he came in at 6’2”, 248 lbs. and did 21 reps. He ran a 4.80 time with a 33” VL, 10’01” BJ and did a 4.28 shuttle. Situational defender with margin size and positional fit concerns. Conversion to a 3-4 scheme is a possibility. Lack of speed and coverage experience will limit his playing time. Some playmaking ability as an edge rusher. Needs to find a role in the sub packages and special teams to earn time. Marginal top 250 prospect with make it grade.

24 Antonio Simmons           Georgia Tech            6-3      245             – Sp. 4.50             Rating 60
25 Pat Afriyie                         Colgate                      6-1          235         – Sp. 4.85               Rating 60
26 Jacob Pugh                       Florida St                  6-4          246         – Sp. 4.75              Rating 60
27 Keishawn Bierria            Washington               6-0          230         – Sp. 4.80             Rating 60
28 Joel Lanning                    Iowa St                       6-1          232         – Sp. 4.75              Rating 60
29 Darius Jackson               Jacksonville St          6-2          242         – Sp. 4.85              Rating 60
30 Tre Williams                   Auburn                        6-2          238         – Sp. 4.80              Rating 58
31 Chris Covington              Indiana                        6-2          245         – Sp. 4.75              Rating 58
32 Travin Howard                Texas Christian        6-0          215         – Sp. 4.60              Rating 58
33 Corey Thompson             LSU                            6-1          228         – Sp. 4.60              Rating 58
34 Deshawn Downey           Massachusetts          6-3          230         – Sp. 4.75              Rating 58
35 Chris Frey                         Michigan St               6-1          238         – Sp. 4.75              Rating 58
36 Anthony Winbush          Ball State                    6-1          249          – Sp. 4.75             Rating 58
37 Richard Jarvis                 Brown                         6-2          236         – Sp. 4.75              Rating 58
38 James Hearns                 Louisville                   6-2          239         – Sp. 4.80            Rating 58
39 C.J. Johnson                   East Texas Baptist    6-2          240         – Sp. 4.75             Rating 56
40 Parris Bennett                 Syracuse                    6-0          222          – Sp. 4.65            Rating 56
41 Ben Niemann                  Iowa                            6-2          230         – Sp. 4.75              Rating 56
42 Emmanuel Beal              Oklahoma                 6-0          218          – Sp. 4.65             Rating 56
43 Matthew Oplinger          Yale                            6-2          242         – Sp. 4.80             Rating 56
44 Jayd Kirby                       Kansas St                  6-1          222         – Sp. 4.75               Rating 56
45 Demarquis Gates           Mississippi                6-2          212         – Sp. 4.65              Rating 56
46 Bo Bower                         Iowa                           6-1          235         – Sp. 4.80              Rating 56
47 Greer Martini                  Notre Dame             6-2          236         – Sp. 4.85             Rating 56
48 Ty Schwab                       Boston College        6-0          229         – Sp. 4.75              Rating 56
49 Emmanuel Ellerbee       Rice                           6-0          235         – Sp. 4.80             Rating 56
50 Mike Tyler                       Stanford                   6-4          236         – Sp. 4.75             Rating 56
51 D.J. Palmore                   Navy                          6-2          240         – Sp. 4.80             Rating 56
52 Jonathan Petersen         San Diego                6-0          226         – Sp. 4.85             Rating 56
53 KeShun Freeman           Georgia Tech           6-2          250         – Sp. 4.75             Rating 56
54 Donnie Alexander         LSU                            6-1          230         – Sp. 4.65             Rating 56
55 Cayson Collins              North Carolina           6-1          230         – Sp. 4.75             Rating 56
56 Anthony Ellis                Charleston Southern   6-0          245         – Sp. 4.85             Rating 56
57 Mike Needham              Southern Utah             6-3          210         – Sp. 4.60             Rating 56
58 James Crawford           Illinois                           6-1          238         – Sp. 4.80             Rating 56
59 Airius Moore                 North Carolina St       6-0          235         – Sp. 4.75             Rating 56
60 Danny Ezechukwu       Purdue                          6-1          250         – Sp. 4.85             Rating 56
61 Alani Latu                        Arizona St                   6-2          248         – Sp. 4.85             Rating 56
62 Jonathan Celestin          Minnesota                   6-1          232         – Sp. 4.75             Rating 56
63 Bobby Jones IV              Northern Illinois        5-11        225         – Sp. 4.85             Rating 56
64 Darrian Bass                   Missouri Western      6-2          222         – Sp. 4.75             Rating 56
65 Tae Davis                         Chattanooga               6-1          220         – Sp. 4.75              Rating 56
66 Connor O’Brien              Washington                6-2          224         – Sp. 4.80             Rating 56
67 Tobenna Okeke               Fresno St                    6-2          245         – Sp. 4.85              Rating 56
68 Raymond Davison III    California                   6-1          235         – Sp. 4.75               Rating 56
69 Anthony Shegog             Virginia Tech             6-1          230         – Sp. 4.70              Rating 56

     Frank Coyle & Pro Scouting Staff of Draft Insiders.com – 27th Season  /




2018 Yearbook – Inside Linebackers

Draft Insiders’ – 2018 NFL Draft Yearbook

       Draft Insiders.com – 27th Season –

Published by NFL scout Frank Coyle & staff

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Inside Linebackers – Grade: B

Positional Overview:
This critical changing position should provide as many as three #1 picks in Smith, Vander Esch and Evans all coveted defenders. Each are potentially three-down defenders with scheme diversity. Despite being a core part of a pro defense, this spot has become a two-down position in many cases with most players a one-dimensional run stuffer. Both Smith and Evans are capable of being early starting defenders and probable top 10-25 selections. Vander Esch had a huge 2017 season to go with prototypical skills for the position which may earn him a late first round selection. Kizer was a productive interior thumper who graded out highly in the ACC. Avery is a middle round prospect and coming off very productive 2017 performance including a strong effort at the NFL Combine. Josey Jewell was one of the most productive defenders in the Big Ten over his career and can play a few positions in a base defense. This is an above average group with several very intriguing prospects at the top. Joel Iyiegbuniwe and Tegray Scales are expected to go on the 3rd day and have the makeup to be high quality special teams’ defenders. This year’s group is a top heavy class with the first three expected within the top 30 overall selections. Expect 6-8 starters in time, though this position could provide as few as 8-10 draft choices or less over the three-day event.

  NFL Teams in need:

  • 1 Steelers          4. Broncos
  • 2 Raiders          5. 49ers
  • 3 Cowboys        6. Giants 

NFL Premier Player
    Luke Kuechly
Blue Chip – Roquan Smith
Blue Chip – Leighton Vander Esch
Rising – Rashaan Evans
Falling – Micah Kiser
Underrated – Genard Avery
Overrated – Josey Jewell
Sleeper – Nick DeLuca
Boom/Bust – Azeem Victor
Hidden Gem – Joel Iyiegbuniwe
Over drafted – Leighton Vander Esch

Positional Traits
Best Athlete – Roquan Smith
Best Run – Rashaan Evans
Best Pass Cover – Roquan Smith
Best Tackler – Leighton Vander Esch
Best Pass Rush – Rashaan Evans
Best Pursuit – Roquan Smith
Best Intangibles – Josey Jewell
Best Instincts – Roquan Smith

Top Inside Linebackers
1 * Roquan Smith – Georgia
2 * Leighton Vander Esch – Boise St
3 Rashaan Evans – Alabama
4 Micah Kiser – Virginia
5 Josey Jewell – Iowa
6 Genard Avery – Memphis
7 Azeem Victor – Washington
8 * Joel Iyiegbuniwe – Western Kentucky
9 Tegray Scales – Indiana
10 Nick DeLuca – North Dakota St
11 Jack Cichy – Wisconsin
12 Andre Smith – North Carolina
13 Shaun Dion Hamilton – Alabama
14 Kenny Young – UCLA
15 Chris Worley – Ohio St

Inside Linebackers

1 * Roquan Smith #3                Georgia            6-1       236        – Sp. 4.65    
  Player Comparison: Ryan Shazier                         Rating 90
Fast mobile true junior completed outstanding final two seasons on the tough nationally ranked Bulldog defense. Earned 1st team All-American and SEC honors those two seasons, along with the prestigious Dick Butkus award. Athletic leader was the catalyst for Georgia earning the final four championship finals and semi-finals in 2017. Strong compact frame with adequate size, top instincts and very good speed to make plays all over the field. Moves easily to the sidelines with the suddenness to hit gaps and make big stops. Highly productive over his final two seasons and took advantage of the Georgia talented front line to excel in a stacked position which allowed him to flow to the ball. He was a wide receiver back in HS and displays rare athleticism for an inside backer. In some schemes he may be better off on the outside. When he is kept clean, it is nearly impossible for a running back to beat him to the outside and turn the corner. Smooth and instinctive in pass coverage, where he moves and reacts as well as many safeties. Able to stick with most any running back in coverage, all over the field. He is very disciplined and seldom fooled by constraint plays. Sniffs out screens and shuts them down. He does not hesitate or get slowed from dropping into coverage by play fakes. Shows the suddenness to get to the ball and beat blocking angles. Uses his hands well to stay clean and can scrape efficiently along the line with the burst to finish consistently. Dedicated in his preparation and a hard worker in both the film and weight rooms. Decisive in his reads and finds a gap to close downhill. Usually shows reliable textbook form tackling, wrapping up ball-carriers securely with both arms. Exhibits fine awareness in coverage when dropping into zones. Shows the ability to read the QB, route and react to the ball. No career interceptions and needs reps improving his hands. Will make a play on the ball and is usually in good position in coverage, though needs further development there especially matching up with backs on wheel routes. Best position in the pros can be the Mike or the Will in a 4-3 scheme. Plays well within the framework and concepts of the defense. His instincts and read-react ability are well developed and considered NFL ready. As a junior, he started 15 games and finished with 137 tackles with 14 TFL, no picks, 8 QB hurries, 2 PBU and 6.5 sacks. Earned first team SEC honors. As a sophomore, he made 95 tackles with 5 TFL, 2 FF, 1 PBU, no sacks or interceptions and 2 QB hurries, starting 13 games. Spent the first season there as a situational role defender with 1 starting assignment while performing on special teams. At the NFL Combine, he came in at just under 6’1”, 236 lbs. with 32 3/8” arms. He ran a fast 4.51 time with a 1.58 ten-yard split. Shows many of the characteristics of Ryan Shazier with the speed, power and aggressiveness to play either Mike or outside role in the 4-3 set. Blue chip athlete with a very good skill set and high LOD to start day one in the right situation. Top 10-12 prospect and talented playmaker with fast improving skills to realize his potential.                                                                  Draft Projection: 1st Round

2 * Leighton Vander Esch #38        Boise St        6-4       255        – Sp. 4.65   
    Player Comparison: Brian Urlacher                                            Rating 89
Explosive dynamic 4th year junior completed his career with an impressive breakout performance after a limited earlier performance in Boise. Excellent combination of size, speed, athleticism and tenacity. Took his game up a few levels in 2017 where he more significantly increased his production and developed his full game. He instinctively picks up schemes, blocking angles and the ball to respond naturally and quickly. Big athletic frame and the movement skills to attack the line or move laterally or in reverse. One of the most diverse linebackers in years with the big play talent to be an attack linebacker or a dominant force inside. Usually lined up inside for the Broncos’ defense. Displays sound instincts and read-react vs both the run and the pass. Showed steady improvement as the season progressed, with his best games being the MWC Championship vs Fresno St and their Las Vegas Bowl win against Oregon. Attacks the inside runs between the tackles very decisively and not afraid to mix it up in the trenches. He has the speed and range to track down the ball-carriers from sideline to sideline. Early in the year though, he was less consistent with taking good angles of pursuit. Guards who were able to get a clean shot on him at the 2nd level were usually able to slow him down. In pass coverage, he nearly always played zone, with fairly basic responsibilities of dropping into the short middle. He has the athleticism to be sound in man coverage, though was seldom asked to do so in the Broncos’ scheme. Often able to pressure the passer when called upon to blitz inside. Though he did not get many sacks (5 career), he made marked improvement over his final season. Big and strong enough to be a load for most backs in pass protection. Tough physical defender who strikes with a powerful punch to get blockers off balance and use his good speed to make his move. Though not a refined quick twitch edge athlete, he can win with speed. Emerged as one of the rising prospects after an excellent final season with the best technique development in this class. Quick burst off the ball often gets tackles off-balance and allows him to cross their face. Displays flexibility to avoid their reach and turn the corner with good closing speed. Possesses a balanced spin move to counter inside and a better than expected bull rush. Projects best to the backer role in the pro 3-4 scheme. Powerful defender with broad shoulders and impressive upper body development. Shows he can get hands under the tackle’s reach and walk much bigger pass-blockers back. Good pursuit speed, with the instincts and determination to chase down ball-carriers from behind. Explosive tackler and just learning to dislodge the ball on impact with all his forced fumbles in his final effort. Shows good ball awareness, often ripping and tugging when he gets the chance. At the point vs the run, he can anchor well vs big tackles and picks up the ball with the ability to separate and chase. At times, he takes on blockers too high and gets washed out of the play. Sets the edge very well vs the run with the girth to hold his ground and functional strength to neutralize tackles or tight ends even in combo blocks. Projects as an OLB in either front best, though could be a 4-3 Mike backer like Brian Urlacher. As a junior, he started all 14 games and had 141 tackles, 8.5 TFL, 4 sacks, 1 QB hurry, 4 FF, 3 picks and 4 PBU. Earned MWC Defensive Player of the Year along with 1st team honors. In 2016, played in 6 games due to injuries and made 27 tackles, 3.5 TFL, 1 sack and 1 interception. At the NFL Combine, he came in over 6’4”, 256 lbs. with long 33 7/8” arms and 9 3/4” hands. He ran a 4.65 time with a fast 1.56 ten-yard split and did 20 reps. He added a 39.5” VL, a 10’4” BJ and looked very sharp in the positional drills and had excellent times of a 6.88 three cone and a 4.15 in the short shuttle. Best suited for the inside backer role in a 3-4 defense where his sideline to sideline playmaking ability can be featured. Fast rising prospect jumped into the early rounds off a big postseason following a breakout 2017 effort. Power and fine burst with positional versatility. Similar to Brian Urlacher and Clay Matthews in body type, rare scheme and position versatility, pass rushing skills and overall demeanor. Rising hard-nosed defender with the intangibles to get the most out of his fast-developing skill set. Flying up the board and a top 30 pick off his impact ability. Steelers, Saints and Patriots interested. 1st round bubble prospect.
Draft Projection: 1st-2nd Round

3 Rashaan Evans #32   Alabama         6-2      235       – Sp. 4.75                     
    Player Comparison: C.J. Mosley                          Rating 88                 
Athletic, explosive senior completed an outstanding career following in the long line of Bama backers to the NFL. Earned 2nd team SEC twice. Made a strong impression right from his true freshman season in 2013, showing sideline to sideline speed and the power to finish in sub packages. Highly developed defender with the level to be a three down NFL starter from day one. Top athlete with good strong frame and fine movement skills to play any position in the 4-3 set. At the Mike position, he can be dominant when protected and allowed to run to the ball. Performed well when asked to cover, blitz and consistently play in space. Keen instincts with the physical skills to respond to reads, beat blocking angles and get to the ball to finish. He is a devastating and decisive wrap up tackler. When he arrives at the scene, there is seldom any yards after contact by the ball-carrier. Passion for bringing pain with him. Shows a strong hand punch with the ability to lock out and keep blockers off his body, though needs more consistency. Physical tackler, even from close quarters with the ability to jolt a runner. Very physical when taking on blocks at the point of attack. Able to stone blockers, stack, shed, and engage the runner trying to follow. Displays fine use of leverage and keeps his feet moving. Outstanding football intelligence, coming from a football family. His father was a running back at Auburn. Agile and fast enough to stay with backs and tight ends in pass coverage. Fine pass rush instincts. Effective as a blitzer, inside or outside. Times them up very well and finds soft spots in pass protection. Also has ability as an edge rusher and could be lined up there to go after the QB in nickel or dime package defenses. Somewhat unsung as a one-year starter for the Tide, but could be as good a pro as any linebacker from that storied program in recent memory. Though he usually diagnoses plays well and takes sound angles in pursuit, he comes downhill too aggressively at times and can get trapped inside. Very good range, speed and athleticism, though at times overruns plays due to being overzealous when scraping laterally. Fine body flex helps him with tight pursuit angles. Unlocks hips with good acceleration to close. His COD and playing speed are better than advertised. Smooth hips to turn and run in coverage. Interesting NFL matchup potential with tight ends in the sub packages where his good awareness and speed can be very effective. Most at home and excels in space where he reads and moves to the ball. Shows quick-twitch pass rushing skills over his final two seasons and has real upside in that role as a pro. Good timing and adept at blitzes, stunts and twists and totaled 14 career sacks. Displays a great deal of self-confidence with a competitive edge that transcends to the field. In 2017, he started 12 games and tallied 74 tackles, 13 TFL, 6 sacks, 1 FF, 1 FR, 7 QB hurries and 3 PBU. Earned 2nd team SEC honors by coaches, though All-American by national services. He missed two games with a groin injury. In 2016, he started 2 of 14 games and tallied 53 tackles, 4.5 TFL, 4 sacks, 6 QB hurries, 2 PBU and 1 FF. Earned 2nd team SEC honors for a fine overall performance. At the NFL Combine, he came in at just under 6’2”, 232 lbs. with 32 1/4” arms. Did not run or lift. Added a 30” VL and 9’8” BJ. Added a 4.36 shuttle and 6.95 three cone. Athlete with similar skill set and versatility as former Bama backer C.J. Mosley and capable of filling any role in a front. Versatile backer and three down player for all packages. Talent to improve further with his best football in front of him. Clubs like the Patriots, Giants, Bills, Saints and Browns interested in late 1st/early 2nd rounds. Early impact and big play explosiveness. Just touching the surface as a blitz defender. Type to be every down defender as a rookie. Top 30 playmaker.
Draft Projection: 1st-2nd Round

4 Micah Kiser #53                    Virginia            6-0      238       – Sp. 4.65          Rating 80
Powerful old school inside thumper has been a fixture on the Cavaliers’ defense, starting since his redshirt sophomore season. Earned ACC honors as a senior and junior, lining up inside in a 3-4 front. As a sophomore, he started at Mike in a 4-3 set, the first of three straight 100+ tackle performances. Strong muscular frame with evenly distributed mass and thick core and thighs to develop powerful stops. Coordinated movement skills with good burst to make some plays outside the box, though tightly wound with limited flexibility. Adequate speed to get to the sidelines or cover down the field. Shows good movement skills and awareness at the line of scrimmage to work through the trash, stay clean and finish. Highly effective between the tackles, where he read-reacts and attacks downhill very well. Adjusts to blocking schemes and attacks the back in the hole, making many stops for little or no gain. Leading tackler in the nation over the past three combined seasons. Text book form tackler. Leads with his shoulder, wraps up and finishes. Can be a good blitzer too. Finds soft spots in the protection, and able to slither through the smallest openings to affect the passer. Knows how to deliver from behind his pads for some bone crushing hits. Effective as a tackle to tackle downhill thumper vs the run game. Shows plenty of natural power and quick-twitch in his hands. Holds his ground at the point of attack. Sheds and finishes well and totaled over 400 stops during his career. Only adequate range to cover ground at the sidelines, despite showing good efforts in pursuit to close. Instincts and play recognition are good with the ability to recognize blocks and leverage his gap. Shows some stiffness in his thick frame. Less than ideal quickness when called upon to scrape laterally and can struggle in the race to gain positioning vs backs. Limited effectiveness in pass coverage. Drops into the short middle zones with awareness and recognition, though limited suddenness to mirror in man coverage. Lacks consistent speed to the flanks from the middle to be effective. Could play the strong inside backer in a 3-4 on running down and distance situations. Shows the agility to avoid blocks, good vision to locate the ball and stuff the run within the box. As a pass rusher, he was effective in that role where he totaled 19 sacks with 6 QB hurries over his career, all in the final three seasons. Relies on timing and a straight-line bull rusher. Strong punch and hands allow him to stay clean and alive on plays. In 2017, totaled 145 tackles, 9.5 TFL, 5 sacks, 2 QB hurries, 4 PBU and 1 FR. In 2016, totaled 134 tackles, 10 TFL, 6.5 sacks, 2 QB hurries, 5 FF, 1 interception and 7 PBU. At NFL Combine, he came in at 6’ and 238 lbs. with 32” arms. He ran a 4.66 time with a 1.62 ten-yard split. He had a 35.5” VL 10’1” BJ, 4.24 shuttle and 7.05 three cone. Savvy backer will have to prove up to the test from a speed perspective on the inside. Falling marginal top 150 prospect. Tough defender with development and intangibles, though maybe only a two-down player and special teams’ performer. Productive at a high level, but his average speed limits him to situational packages. Quality special teams’ defender.

5 Josey Jewell #43       Iowa                             6-1       235       – Sp. 4.75          Rating 80
Savvy, gritty, productive leader of the Hawkeyes’ defense, starting since midway of his freshman season. Three-time Big Ten honors with first team in 2017 and 2nd team in 2016 and 2015, each season with over 124+ tackles. Intelligent student of the game and an extension of coach on the field and able to line up his unit. Team captain with superb instincts that allows him to overcome middle of the road athleticism. He reads plays quickly and is able to hit the hole with a burst and change directions on a dime. Winner of the Lott IMPACT Trophy as the college defensive player having the biggest influence on his team. Also named Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year for 2017. Outstanding vision. He has immediate ability to read-react at the snap. No hesitation whatsoever in his play. Flows to the ball as well as any linebacker, always looking to attack downhill. May not have the ideal measurables but his production cannot be denied. His change-of-direction and lateral quickness help make him like glue in pass coverage. Needs to be covered up inside to run to the ball and finish. Displays top instincts and reactions, able to read and diagnose in a heartbeat. With his agility and athleticism, he keeps offensive linemen from getting their hands on him. Consistent, technically sound open-field tackler, dependably breaking down and wrapping up ball-carriers. Possesses good closing speed and supplies the ability to deliver sure hard hits. When dropping into coverage, displays balance and smooth change of direction skills, and route recognition, though average speed to close. Struggles down the field in man situations and fits best in zone coverage. Carries out his responsibilities and assignments well, leads by example and plays team defense. Plays with the mentality to contribute well to special teams. Lacks ideal bulk and struggles to anchor consistently when blockers get on him. Best when he can slip or avoid blocks rather than take on and shed. Possesses the characteristics of an NFL backer, though needs to be covered up inside to be effective. Enough athleticism, instincts and toughness to succeed in the right setting. In 2017, he started 12 games and totaled 136 tackles, 13.5 TFL, 4.5 sacks, 3 QB hurries, 2 picks, 11 PBU and 1 FF. In 2016, he started 13 games and totaled 124 tackles, 6 TFL, 1.5 sacks, 9 PBU, 1 FF and 5 QB hurries. Over his career, he played in 50 games and totaled 435 tackles, 28 TFL, 9.5 sacks, 6 picks and 26 PBUs. At the NFL Combine, he weighed in at 234 lbs., 6’1” with 32” arms. Ran a 4.82 time with 18 reps, a 33” VL, 9’9” BJ, a 4.27 shuttle and 6.80 three cone drill. Mobile backer will have to settle into the right scheme. Starting Mike or Will in 4-3 set. Top 150 prospect with the development and intangibles. Warrior mentality could keep him on an NFL roster as a special teamer. Fine early middle round value with the physical and mental package to surprise.

6 Genard Avery #6       Memphis                      6-0       248       – Sp. 4.60          Rating 75
Consistent, dependable backer excelled over his final two seasons earning AAC first team honors. He is a thick mobile athlete who has a quick burst that allows him to play downhill and attack the line and pursue the passer. Physical backer with the power to strike an opponent and counter to separate. He plays hard to the whistle and makes plays late on the down often. Underrated athlete with the speed to pursue, the agility to move laterally and the power to win one on one situations. He has a physique that is as if sculpted from granite. State champion Class 6A powerlifter in HS and it shows. Outstanding lower body explosiveness with rare leaping ability for one so thick and squarely built. Very fine pass rusher. Big strong hands that he is able to use well to disengage and discard blockers. He has the instincts, quick-twitch and change-of-direction to be able to really apply pressure on the passer. He has been schooled on his pass rush by former Tennessee great and NFL All-Pro DE Chuck Smith and it shows. Second all time for sacks in Memphis history. Downhill attacker, who can sniff out gaps and shut down backs behind the line with regularity. Versatility to play inside or outside in either front. His strength and lateral quickness make him ideal for setting the edge as a Sam backer. Displays a surprising level of burst when needed. Functional range sideline-to-sideline. Good but not great athleticism downhill and laterally. Good agility and COD ability downhill, laterally and in tight spaces. Plays with a great center of gravity and behind his pads. Reliable run-plugger does a plus job of stopping runs before they can turn into positive yardage. Displays good vision including peripheral and decisive in his read/react ability. Due to his fine play recognition ability he is able to get off blocks quickly and consistently using the push/pull technique. At his best with the play in front of him where he flows well and methodically hunts the ball. Maintains properly spread feet, bent knees, and shoulders over toes, always balanced and ready to react, allowing him to play faster than he times. Consistently squares himself up to ball carriers, offering greater surface area with which to create an impact and make the tackle, even when moving laterally. Prefers to stick his nose into the action and is frequently around the ball. Sifts well through trash and tough to get off his feet. Prefers to proactively attack blockers rather than wait for them to get on him. Willing to blow up blockers and plays to allow teammates to make the play. Limited to zone and short area in coverage. Can be a liability with the play behind him or when asked to turn and run with average instincts, awareness, body control, and transition ability. Potential to be exploited by taller, faster TE’s up the seam. Offers some lateral range but isn’t a prototypical sideline to sideline back. Can be exploited by speedy backs in space when asked to cover ground. Potential to become a quality starting ILB in time. As a senior, he totaled 80 tackles, 22 TFL and 8.5 sacks, starting 13 games. As a junior, he totaled 81 tackles, 11 TFL, 2 interceptions and 5 sacks, starting 13 games. At the NFL Combine, he weighed in at 248 lbs. and under 6’1” with 31” arms. He ran a 4.59 time with 26 reps and had a 36” VL, 10’4” BJ and did a 4.36 shuttle and 6.90 three cone. It was an excellent workout. Heady player with good understanding of assignments. Savvy backer and top 150 prospect with fast development and intangibles to make it as both a starter and special teams performer initially. Rising sleeper defender.
Draft Projection: 5th-6th Round

7 Azeem Victor #36      Washington                 6-1       240       – Sp. 4.70          Rating 70
Productive, physical three-year starter in the middle of the Huskies’ defense flashed big play ability at times. In 2016 and 2015, earned Pac-12 honors including first team as a junior. Possesses broad shoulders and a well-proportioned athletic physique. Tenacious run defender who comes downhill hard, willing to take on blocks at the point of attack. Coordinated athlete with good balance, agility and flexibility, able to avoid, slip past or spin off potential blockers. Dependable, consistent tackler in the open-field, wrapping up runners using his powerful arms and hands. Displays the route recognition and mobility to be effective in pass coverage. Fluid and smooth change of direction skills. Usually shows good vision to find the ball and closes with good acceleration. Traditional 3-4 inside power backer who can consistently take on guards, shed and stuff the play at the line. Somewhat lighter than preferred at the inside spots. At times may struggle working his way through the trash and can be late to recognize the play and take risky angles. As a tackler, he attacks aggressively hitting through his target. Possesses good speed to catch backs trying to turn the corner when he takes precise angles. Fast enough to cover tight ends running the seam. Limited experience and effectiveness to rush the passer. Lacks the moves or agility to get around blockers or ability to bull rush. Can close fairly well if in a delay blitz call. Impressive workout indicates he may also be suited outside and the versatility can only increase the interest. In 2017, posted 30 tackles, 2 TFL, 2 sacks and 3 PBU. Played in 9 of 13 games with 5 starts. In 2016, he started in 10 of 10 games before a broken leg ended his season. He made 67 tackles, 3 TFL, 1 FF, 1 FR and 1 PD. One of the best defenders in the Pac-12. In 2015, started 11 of 13 games and totaled 95 tackles, 9 TFL, 1.5 sack, 2 FF, 1 FR, 1 pick and 6 PBU. At the NFL Combine, he weighed in at 240 lbs. and over 6’2” with 33” arms. He ran a 4.72 time with 19 reps and had a 32.5” VL, 9.7’ BJ and 4.40 shuttle and 7.20 three cone drill times. Chiseled athlete with some injury and off the field issues which hurts his final grade. Physically talented for the inside with better skills attacking the line than dropping in coverage. Top 200 prospect with the development to start, though only a two-down player and special teams’ performer initially. Must find a niche to earn roster spot and probably proves coverage teams is his ticket to the NFL. Starting talent must mature and prove healthy with the skill sets to be a huge steal if he settles into a pro defense and refines his skill set. Boom or bust prospect who must pass the interview.

8 * Joel Iyiegbuniwe #4            Western Kentucky       6-1       230 – Sp. 4.60   Rating 70
Mobile, undersized 4th year junior has held down the starting backer job for the past two seasons, earning C-USA honors each year. Possesses a compact frame with good athleticism, outstanding mobility and field speed for an inside backer. Very capable in pass coverage, showing good awareness, flexibility, and fluidity. Fast and agile enough to cover tight ends and running backs man-to-man. Reads and anticipates routes fairly well. Despite his lack of mass and power, he is fairly effective between the tackles, using quickness and agility to avoid blockers and help shut down the run in the tackle box area. Displays functional speed for the position, enough lateral quickness and closing burst to beat ball-carriers to the corner. Tenacious effective tackler with good hand-eye coordination with the ability to wrap up and get the ball-carrier on the ground, though not a big hitter. Closes with a good burst and will deliver a big hit. He has been very durable during his career despite the obvious size concerns. Though not a true thumper, he is a sure tackler and may need to be moved outside to the Will spot in the NFL. He has the athleticism and ability to play in space and cover and would be a good fit there. Finesse player, lacking ideal power and strength, which limits the schemes he’ll fit in. Depends on agility and quickness to avoid blockers to be effective and struggles to shed once a blocker gets into his body. Lacks the frame to carry much more muscle mass. Sometimes will fail to maintain sight of the ball, over pursue and leave a cutback lane open. Will close decisively and create some impressive tackles, but struggles to stop downhill power runners between the tackles.  In 2017, recorded 116 tackles, 11.5 TFL, 2 sacks, 2 FF, 1 FR, 2 QB hurries and 1 PBUs. In 2016, started 14 games at outside linebacker and recorded 64 tackles, 10 TFL, 3.5 sacks, 1 FF, 5 QB hurries and 3 PBUs. At the NFL Combine, he weighed in at 229 lbs. and 6’1” with 32 5/8” arms. He ran a 4.60 with a 1.60 ten yard split and did 19 reps. Added a 35” VL, a 9’9” BJ, 4.28 shuttle and 7.06 three cone. Fast, instinctive, productive, high-energy player, who flies all over the field making tackles. Will need to play in a scheme where he is protected to be effective as a pro. Good foot quickness, speed and agility. Competes well and should be a top special teams’ coverage defender. Savvy backer will have to prove up to the test physically on the inside. Needs to be covered up. Marginal top 200 prospect with the development and intangibles to start, though only a two-down player and top special teams’ performer initially. Physical and mental package to make roster.

9 Tegray Scales #8      Indiana             6-0       230 – Sp. 4.70          Rating 65
Productive, physical four-year starter in the middle of the Hoosiers; defense. Earned Big Ten honors his final two seasons, totaling 325 career tackles. Wiry undersized backer with a well-proportioned athletic physique. Smallish frame with little growth potential. Savvy run defender who is aggressive and instinctive and reads plays quickly to put himself in position to finish. Coordinated athlete with good balance, agility and flexibility, able to avoid, slip past or spin off potential blockers. Dependable, consistent tackler in the open-field, wrapping up runners using his powerful hands. Displays the route recognition and mobility to be very effective in pass coverage. Fluid and smooth change of direction skills. Shows good vision to find the ball and closes with good acceleration. He is not the traditional inside power backer to consistently take on guards, shed and stuff the play at the line. Lighter than preferred with thin base for the inside spot. At times may struggle working his way through the trash. Often allows ball-carriers to initiate the contact and drive through him, rather than attacking and aggressively hitting through his target. Possesses sufficient speed to catch backs trying to turn the corner. Fast enough to cover tight ends running the seam. Effective rushing the passer with 18 career sacks. Lacks the moves or agility to get around blockers or ability to bull rush. Can close fairly well if blitzing against air. Skill set indicates he may be better suited outside as a ‘Will’ backer. In 2017, posted 89 tackles, 12.5 TFL, 6 sacks, 1 PBU, 2 picks, 2 QB hurries and 1 FR. In 2016, totaled 126 tackles, 23.5 TFL, 7 sacks, 1 FF, 1 pick, 4 QB hurries and 2 PBU. At the NFL Combine, he weighed in at 230 lbs. and over 6’ with 30 3/4” arms. He ran a 4.77 time with a 1.65 ten yard split and 27 reps. Savvy backer will have to prove up to the test physically on the inside. Top 250 prospect with the development and intangibles to possibly start, though maybe only a nickel backer early along with being a special teams’ performer. Must find a niche to earn roster spot and probably improves coverage teams and becomes a good role defender.

10 Nick DeLuca #49     North Dakota St           6-3       250       – Sp. 4.65          Rating 65
Tough, instinctive leader of the Bisons’ defense in recent seasons, earning FCS honors following the 2017 and 2015 campaigns. Big frame athlete with the power to stack the inside and adequate speed to get to the flanks. Struggled through an injury terminated 2016 season when he played in only 3 games due to a shoulder injury. Huge 2015 season when he registered 135 tackles and a leader on their championship club. Old school tackle to tackle downhill thumper. Student of the game. Studies film and knows his keys. Due to his outstanding read-react, is still able to get far outside and make stops, despite average speed. Underrated in pass coverage. Alert, aware, and reads the eyes of the QB. Able to get into passing lanes and negatively affect plays. Shows very good change-of-direction when operating in middle zone coverages. Strong core special teams’ performer. Constantly around the ball and gets in on a lot of tackles covering punts and kickoffs. Lacks quick-twitch athleticism and has only middling first step quickness. Though not a flashy athlete, he is steady and productive. Shows good vision to find the ball and play direction quickly. Willing to take on and eliminate blockers, allowing teammates to make the tackle. Also, does a good job of using his hands to slip past or move laterally to get around them and shut down the ball-carrier in the hole. Plays faster on the field than his 40 time would indicate, because of his instincts, play recognition and precise angles. Decisive when attacking downhill and packs pop behind his pads as a tackler. Drives ball-carriers backwards when he is able to face them up and lay a clean hit. As a pass rusher, made nice progress over his career and used more in that capacity with 6.5 sacks as a senior. Shows good timing to blitz with the power to defeat blockers and push the pocket. Displays adequate ability in coverage in the short zones with good awareness and route recognition. Lacks good speed or agility in coverage and may struggle when trying to cover NFL running backs and tight ends due to limited athleticism. Lacks good hip flexibility, and at times attempts to compensate by lunging and grabbing to make a stop. His instincts and effort are a plus, but maybe a two-down defender as run stuffer, though may have upside as a pass rusher. In 2017, he totaled 74 tackles, 10.5 TFL, 6.5 sacks, 3 FF and 1 picks. In 2015, he totaled 135 tackles, 10 TFL, 3 sacks, 2 picks and 6 PBU. At the NFL Combine, weighed in at 251 lbs. and under 6’3” and ran a 4.85 time. Added 18 reps and had a 29.5” VL, 9’4” BJ and a 4.23 shuttle and 7.09 three cone. Physical backer will have to prove up to the test to be more than a two-down player. Top 250 prospect with the development and intangibles to help on special teams. Late round or priority FA with tools and make a roster.

11 Jack Cichy #48                    Wisconsin        6-2       235 – Sp. 4.80               Rating 65
Tough, instinctive backer for the Badgers’ defense during his injury riddled career. Struggled with season ending injuries the past two seasons, missing the 2017 campaign due to an ACL injury. Saw his 2016 season terminated with a torn pectoral which limited him to 7 games. Strong frame with a quick reaction to plays and the burst to fill. Though not a flashy athlete, he is steady and productive. Read-reacts well, shows good vision to see the ball and sound technique to make stops. Consistent and reliable in all aspects of linebacker play. Coming into the league under similar circumstances as Alex Anzalone last year. Able to step up and take on blocks on inside runs, shed and make tackles. Good play recognition and very difficult to fool, with draws, screens, play-action, etc. Stays under control when he flows to the ball and does not often leave an open cutback lane. Lacks top notch lateral movement skills or quick-twitch athleticism. He will likely struggle if asked to play much man-to-man coverage. Consistent and productive special teamer who makes his share of plays in kick/punt coverage. Good job of using his hands to slip past or move laterally to get around them and shut down the ball-carrier in the hole. Plays faster on the field than his 40 time would indicate, because of his instincts, play recognition and consistently taking good angles. Decisive when attacking downhill and packs some energy behind his pads as a tackler. Drives ball-carriers backwards when he is able to face them up and lay a clean hit. Lacks good speed or agility in coverage and may struggle in coverage vs backs and tight ends due to limited athleticism. Lacks good hip flexibility, and at times attempts to compensate by lunging and grabbing to make a stop. His instincts and effort are a plus, but his athleticism is only average along with his injury history. In 2016, he started 7 games and totaled 60 tackles, 7 TFL, 1.5 sack, 2 PBU, 1 FF and 2 QB hurries. In 2015, he started 4 of 13 games and totaled 60 tackles, 8 TFL, 5 sacks and 4 PBU. At the NFL Combine, he weighed in at 238 lbs. and over 6’2” and did not run. He did 18 reps and no other drills. Limited backer will have to prove up to the test to be more than a two-down player. Top 250 prospect with the development and intangibles to help as a special teams’ defender. Late round or priority FA with tools and make a roster.

12 Andre Smith                         North Carolina               6’          235       – sp. 4.65          Rating 65
13 Shaun Dion Hamilton        Alabama                         6-0       228       – Sp. 4.75          Rating 60
14 Kenny Young                        UCLA                             6-1         236       – Sp. 4.60          Rating 60
15 Chris Worley                        Ohio St                           6-1         238       – Sp. 4.85          Rating 60
16 * Christian Sam                    Arizona St                     6-1         244       – Sp. 4.75          Rating 60
17 Devante Downs                    California                      6-2        245       – Sp. 4.80          Rating 60
18 Jermaine Carter Jr.             Maryland                      5-11      230       – Sp. 4.80          Rating 60
19 DJ Calhoun                           Arizona St                     5-11      245       – Sp. 4.65           Rating 60
20 * Frank Glinda                     San Jose St                   5-11      245       – Sp. 4.80          Rating 58
21 Jason Cabinda                      Penn St                         6-1       240       – Sp. 4.80           Rating 58
22 Niles Morgan                        Notre Dame                 6-1       235       – Sp. 4.80          Rating 58
23 Quentin Poling                     Ohio                              6-0       240       – Sp. 4.85          Rating 58
24 Brett Taylor                          Western Illinois           6-1       230       – Sp. 4.80          Rating 58
25 Auggie Sanchez                   South Florida                6-1       245       – Sp. 4.80          Rating 58
26 Dejuan Hines                        Houston                       6-0       230       – Sp. 4.75          Rating 56
27 Eric Boggs                           Appalachian St              6-2       235       – Sp. 4.85           Rating 56
28 Johan Bentley                       Purdue                         6-2       245       – Sp. 4.80          Rating 56
29 Courtney Love                      Kentucky                      6-1       240       – Sp. 4.85          Rating 56
30 Al-Rasheed Benton            West Virginia               6-0       235       – Sp. 4.80          Rating 56
31 Myles Pierce                         Citadel                           5-11      225       – Sp. 4.85          Rating 56
32 Roderick Hoskins                Florida St                      6-2       240       – Sp. 4.85         Rating 56
33 Kevin Palma                         Stanford                        6-1       245       – Sp. 4.85          Rating 56
34 Aaron Tiller                          Southern                        5-11      255       – Sp. 4.85         Rating 56
35 Anthony Want                     Florida International   6-0       230       – Sp. 4.80        Rating 56
36 Reggie Carter                       Georgia                           6-1       230       – Sp. 4.70         Rating 56
37 Stacy Thomas                      Louisville                        6-1       240       – Sp. 4.80         Rating 56
38 Junior Joseph                      Connecticut                   6-0       230       – Sp. 4.85         Rating 56
39 Jaylyn Minor                        Cincinnati                     6-0       235       – Sp. 4.80          Rating 56
40 Robert Spillane                    Western Michigan       6-1       220       – Sp. 4.75          Rating 56
41 Chad Whitener                     Oklahoma State            6-0       245       – Sp. 4.85         Rating 56
42 Ed Shockley                         Villanova                         5-11      235       – Sp. 4.85         Rating 56
43 Dalton Herrington               New Mexico State        6-2       230       – Sp. 4.85         Rating 56
44 Jerod Fernandez                  North Carolina St         6-0       225       – Sp. 4.80         Rating 56
45 Zaire Franklin                       Syracuse                         6-0       235       – Sp. 4.80         Rating 56
   

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2018 Yearbook – Defensive Ends

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Defensive Ends – Grade: B

Positional Overview:
This year’s defensive end class is a strong group which could produce as many as four #1 picks. There are several quality blue chip prospects at the top and at least 3 should go in the top 20 selections. There could be as many as 10-12 in the top three rounds with as many as 15 thru the middle rounds. Bradley Chubb is the best defender in this class and could be a top five overall pick. Marcus Davenport is a probable top 10-15 first round choice and fits every front. Sam Hubbard and Arden Key figure in the mid to late first round. Both fit the two pro fronts, Hubbard down and Key up as an attack backer. Rasheem Green and DaShawn Hand fit a five-technique role and will likely come off the board in the 2nd day. Green has a high ceiling to be a three down five technique defender. Edge rushers are a premium with many going in the early rounds off big play potential. Duke Ejiofor and Kemoko Turay figure in the top 100 picks and fit the edge rusher role. Turay appeals to all clubs with his ability to play down and up off the edge. There should be an expected run throughout the top 150 picks especially from the 3rd thru the 5th rounds. Breeland Speaks, Ade Aruna and Josh Sweat will probably be chosen on the early middle rounds. Speaks is highly underrated and moving up the charts with most 3-4 defensive clubs very interested. Our highest rated small college prospect is John Franklin-Myers who had a strong postseason at the NFLPA All-Star week and NFL Combine.  With the huge demand for rushers, clubs will draft into this group for tweener prospects. Expect approximately 25+ prospects chosen over the three-days with the importance of rushers playing a huge part in teams’ strategy. This is a top heavy and deep class through the middle rounds. Late April workout ACL injury to Kentavius Street leaves his draft status highly questionable pending medical exam.

NFL Teams in need:

  • 1 Seahawks     4. Dolphins
  • 2 Eagles           5. Panthers
  • 3 Packers        6. Cardinals      

  NFL Premier Player
         J.J. Watt
Blue Chip – Bradley Chubb
Blue Chip – Marcus Davenport
Red Chip – Sam Hubbard
Rising – Kemoko Turay
Falling – Kentavius Street
Underrated – Breeland Speaks
Overrated – Dorance Armstrong
Sleeper – John Franklin-Myers
Boom/Bust – Arden Key
Long term Gem – Rasheem Green
Overdrafted – Da’Shawn Hand

     Positional Traits
Best Athlete – Marcus Davenport
Best Rusher – Bradley Chubb
Best Run Stuffer – Sam Hubbard
Best Pursuit – Marcus Davenport
Shed Blocks – Arden Key
Recognition – Bradley Chubb
Best Intangibles – Sam Hubbard
Ball Instincts – Bradley Chubb
Strongest – Kentavius Street
Most Developed – Bradley Chubb

    Top DE Prospects 
1 Bradley Chubb – North Carolina St
2 Marcus Davenport – UTSA
3 * Arden Key – LSU
4 * Sam Hubbard – Ohio St
5 * Rasheem Green – USC
6 Da’Shawn Hand – Alabama
7 Duke Ejiofor – Wake Forest
8 Kemoko Turay – Rutgers
9 * Breeland Speaks – Ole Miss
10 Andrew Brown – Virginia
11 Ade Aruna – Tulane
12 * Josh Sweat – Florida St
13 * Dorance Armstrong – Kansas
14 Jalyn Holmes – Ohio St
15 Kylie Fitts – Utah
16 Chad Thomas – Miami
17 Tyquan Lewis – Ohio St
18 John Franklin-Myers – Stephen F. Austin
19 Justin Lawler – Southern Methodist
20 Kentavius Street – North Carolina St
21 * Jeff Holland – Auburn

Defensive Ends                                                         

1 Bradley Chubb #9 –  North Carolina St         6-4       270       – Sp. 4.65 
     Player Comparison : DeMarcus Ware                                         Rating 92
Quick athletic junior tweener declared early for the draft after completing his career with an outstanding final season. As a junior, he earned 1st team All-America and ACC honors and is one of the elite prospects in this draft class. Strong lanky frame with long arms and the change of direction skills to play both up and down in the pro schemes. Comes out of his stance with explosiveness to get around the edge. Powerful hands to strike an opponent and separate consistently to get an immediate advantage off the corner. Looks like the complete and total package for what teams want in a 4-3 DE. Lined up on either end of the line with equal effectiveness. Exceptional get off and burst at the snap. Quick and active hands that he knows how to use to keep blockers from getting a hold of him. Gets to the top of the arc on his pass rush like a blur and can club, rip or swim his way past the OT with the ankle flexibility to bend the edge. Able to coordinate his hand usage, footwork and head fakes very well with a good slap-rip technique. Displays an effective bull rush too that he can use as a changeup. Also, able to counter or spin back inside when his upfield charge may be thwarted. Never stops moving. Never stops coming. Relentless in his chase and effort. Pursues from sideline to sideline and far down the field, where he is able to run down much smaller, quicker players regularly. Reads his keys and is outstanding at shooting gaps vs the run and taking down ball carriers as soon as they take the hand off. Reminiscent to DeMarcus Ware when they were coming out of college. One has to really dig to find any faults in this player’s abilities. If it were not for the loaded QB class and the need by many teams at that position, he has the look of the top overall pick. Commands special attention weekly and consequently moved around on a front to create mismatches. As a pass rusher, he explodes off the line with a good first-step, speed and the ability to transfer it into power. Shows amazing flexibility and balance to cut under the tackles’ outside shoulder and close on the QB. Uses his powerful hands to jolt blockers and follows with very good technique. His counter moves include a quick inside jab-step with very good instincts to locate the ball and reads angles and make fast adjustments. Outstanding read and reaction ability and shows a great motor and desire to pursue hard. Tough minded and plays with an edge on every snap. Base defense position was weak side end, though sometimes plays up and rushes from a two-point stance effectively. Though outweighed usually by at least 50 lbs., he will work hard and use leverage to hold his ground at the point in run defense. His overall body strength and quickness combine to make him very frustrating for a tight end to try and block. Capable of stringing out plays and keeping containment on the edge. Sometimes asked to drop into coverage in certain zone blitz packages and looked comfortable in limited experience. Occasionally will charge upfield so suddenly that he allows a running lane to open up to his inside. Overall though, his weaknesses are quite minimal and he plays 60 minutes with an all-out total effort. Potential to be a top drawer pro pass rusher and a future Pro Bowler. Athletic enough to play OLB in a 3-4 front and strong enough to remain at his college position as a 4-3 RDE. Over his final season, he had a strong performance starting all 12 games with 73 tackles with 25 TFL, 3 FF and 10 sacks that earned 1st team ACC honors. In 2016, he started all 13 games and made 57 tackles with 21.5 TFL, 3 FF and 10 sacks, earning ACC honors. Over his career, he started three seasons and had 203 tackles with 58.5 TFL, 26.5 sacks, 24 QB hurries and 9 FF. At the NFL Combine, he came in at 6’4” and 269 lbs. Ran a 4.65 time and did 24 reps. He added a 36” VL, a 10’1” BJ, a 4.41 shuttle and a 7.37 three cone. Capable of being a very good pro pass rusher, though must get stronger overall and develop additional moves to counter. Gives a great effort and will bring top work ethic to the NFL to fully develop from a technique and strength standpoint. Rookie starter at the weak side end in a 4-3 set, but only after some key development to hold up better vs the run. Compares well to Ware in body type and AA and versatility. Playmaker with a top 5 grade. Giant, Colts and Dolphins covet in the top selections.
Draft Projection: 1st Round

2 Marcus Davenport #93 –        Texas-San Antonio      6-5       265       – Sp. 4.60
Player Comparison :  Jason Taylor                   Rating 90
Fast edge rushing junior has been a disruptive force for the UTSA program earning first team C-USA honors over his three starting seasons. In 2017, he won Defensive Player of the Year award which earned invitations to the Senior Bowl and NFL Combine. Long wiry frame and physique of an NFL player. High cut with long legs and very flexible hips to bend the edge easily with a very quick first step. Hardworking and relentless. Usually played from a two-point stance on the end of the line, either side. Elite quick twitch first-step at the snap. Often able to quickly put the offensive tackle on his heels and at a disadvantage. Very impressive converting speed to power. Much stronger than he initially appears, considering he is almost all arms and legs. Adept at hand fighting and keeping blockers off his body. Able to run the arc very effectively and shows very good ankle flex to turn the corner and close on the QB. Pursues all over the field with reckless abandon. Makes big plays at key moments. As a run defender, despite his length, is able to use leverage to stack and hold his ground at the point of attack. Sets the edge well on the outside runs, stringing them effectively all the way to the sideline. Fine change-of-direction and lower body explosiveness. Reminiscent of a young Jason Taylor, but actually a little heavier than the former Akron star was coming out of college and launching his Hall of Fame career. Despite his slender frame, he plays with both his hand on the ground and from a two point stance. Excellent mixture of speed, length, and power. Above average 33 5/8” arms and 9 1/8” hands. Fine lower body explosiveness. Difficult for any offensive lineman to redirect him in the run game. Able to consistently use his good hand strength to disengage from any blockers who try to lock on. Comes off the snap with very good initial quickness to get past the tackle’s shoulder. Able to bull rush at times, though relies on his rip and spin to get past blockers. In run defense, he can get engulfed at times and lose contain and has only a marginal anchor to hold the point. Excellent hip flexibility and good athletically to be a difference maker as an edge rusher. Motor in pursuit runs at full throttle. Looks alert and aware in space when called upon to drop and cover, though limited experience in reverse. In 2017, he recorded 55 tackles, 17 TFL, 8.5 sacks, 4 PD, 3 FF and 1 FR while earning 1st team C-USA honors. In 2016, he was also impressive with 68 tackles, 10 TFL, 6.5 sacks, 1 PD, 1 FR and 1 FF and C-USA 2nd team honors. At the NFL Combine, he came in at 6’5” and 264 lbs. with. He did 22 reps and ran a 4.58 time with a 33.5” VL, a 10’4” BJ and a 4.41 shuttle, a 7.20 three cone and good positional drills. Compares to Jason Taylor in size, positional flexibility and AA. Mobile tweener plays with improving instincts and a very good burst off the edge to change games. Intriguing prospect with the potential to start early with some technique and strength work. Rising 1st round prospect made fast progress, combining instincts and physical talent to be a three-down starter. Capable of playing up or down and give a team a flexible front seven guy to create mismatches. Teams like the Cowboys and Ravens have on their mid-1st round short list.
Draft Projection: 1st Round

3 * Sam Hubbard #6 –               Ohio St             6-5      270       – Sp. 4.75
    Player Comparison:   Carlos Dunlap                                            Rating 88
Big framed athletic junior comes off an impressive 2017 performance and earned 2nd team Big Ten honors. Announced he was turning pro after a dominant display in the Buckeyes’ Cotton Bowl win over USC when he sacked QB Sam Darnold three times. Earned Defensive MVP honors for his effort. Well-built defender came on strong late in his career, making continuous key improvements in his technique and play recognition. Outstanding effort and results in big games and definitely a three-down defender in time with scheme versatility. Big frame and surprising quickness for an athlete of his dimensions with the flexibility and quickness to break down well in space. Backed up Joey Bosa early in his career. Sometimes also rotated with him. In many ways there was little drop off in overall effectiveness for the Buckeyes’ defense, though Sam will not be selected anywhere nearly as high. Came to Columbus as a safety, where he grew into linebacker size and later defensive end. Yet still retains change-of-direction ability equal to most defensive backs. Fine all around two-way performer who is just as much a force when it comes to stuffing the run as he is chasing down opposing QBs. Strong enough to stand in there vs most offensive tackles, using power and leverage to hold his ground when teams run at him. Able to shed and make his share of stops on running plays as well. At times, changes up by using his fine lateral short area quickness to avoid an offensive lineman and leave them flailing at air. He looks very impressive in this regard. Motor runs constantly and he will never quit or even let up on a play. Outstanding character, and makeup to be a team leader both on the field and in the locker room. Tailor made for the 4-3 strong side end position. Locates the ball quickly and works to get in on the action. Uses his long arms to keep blockers off and uses his footwork and strength to stay alive, disengage and make plays. With experience, he showed awareness to recognize screens, draws and play action. Uses strong, quick hands to tear past blockers with the long arms to consistently wrap up runners. Developed the discipline and patience to keep contain on the backside, set the edge and shut down runs to the outside. Learned to fight through the combo block to his side and has the talent to be a top strong side base end. Muscular physique with frame for growth potential. Powerful and quick burst upfield with the needed bend and flexibility to turn the corner along with fine hand technique and timing. Possesses the length and leverage to become an effective speed to power pass rusher, though not a quick-twitch athlete. Lacks exceptional pure quickness. Needs to maintain balance better when penetrating gaps. Inconsistent hand use converting speed to power. Limited set of pass rush moves and needs to add to his arsenal to defeat blockers. In 2017, he started 13 games and recorded 42 tackles, 13.5 TFL, 7 sacks and 2 FF earning 1st team Big Ten honors. As a sophomore, he started in 13 games and registered 46 tackles with 8 TFL and 3.5 sacks. Over his short career, he totaled 116 tackles with 29.5 TFL, 17 sacks, 3 PBU and 3 FF. At the NFL Combine, he came in at 6’6” and 277 lbs. with 34 1/4” arms and 9 3/4” hands. Did 25 reps and ran a 4.76 time with 35” VL and 9’8” BJ with a 4.32 shuttle and a 6.84 three cone with good positional drills. Compares to Carlos Dunlap in size, versatility and AA. Fast rising physical specimen with the skill set to carry a top 20 grade off upside potential. Well-rounded athlete to start and play a key early role in line rotation. Capable of being a difference maker in time and maybe as good a three-down end as there is in this class. High ceiling as he gains experience and learns finer points of the position. Fits both pro schemes very well. Possibly slides to the early 2nd round and one of the great values in the draft class.
Draft Projection: 1st Round

4 * Arden Key #49 –      LSU                  6-5       240       Sp. 4.70 
    Player Comparison: Vic Beasley                                       Rating 88
Quick twitch edge rusher completed an erratic career and declared for the NFL Draft after a disappointing final season. Final campaign was interrupted by injuries including two surgeries, one of his shoulder and other to a pinky finger. Earned SEC first team honors in 2016 when he displayed elite edge speed pass rushing talent. Relentless defender with an explosive first step and very long arms to separate and defeat blockers. The premier pure pass rusher in this draft class when healthy and also scheme diverse to play up or down off the edge. Lean tweener frame with long arms (33 1/2”) and the quick feet to change direction and shoot a gap. Tapered physique with thin legs and long arms and definite growth potential. Very scheme diverse and will be sought after by both 3-4 and 4-3 teams. Type with special rushing skills for a DC to scheme around. He was the most effective pass rusher in the SEC in 2016 with top pick Myles Garrett in his final season with A&M. He fell back to the pack due to injuries and missed time in 2017. When healthy and 100% in 2016, he reminded of former Missouri and 49ers DE/OLB Aldon Smith, on the field, but last season was more reminiscent of Barkevious Mingo. At his best, his game is all about speed and quickness. Possesses a wicked upfield burst from which is often able to turn the corner and close on the QB in an instant. Shows an array of pass rush moves and is able to string them together. Hand use is a plus and is often able to keep OT’s from locking on. Uses his fine athleticism vs the run and change-of-direction to avoid blockers and make plays rather than standing his ground to stack and shed. Can get pushed back on straight ahead runs when a blocker is able to lock on. Power and physicality are not his strong suits. Displays a pretty consistent motor though and uses his best traits of quick-twitch movement skills to keep working till the whistle and negatively affect plays. Needs to develop a strong punch and better arm extension to control bigger blockers and set the edge. He can shock and discard blockers and has the hand quickness to stall attempted blocks. Fires low off ball using fine forward lean for his pass rush. Bends the edge very well and dips his shoulder to pressure the outside consistently. Lacks core strength while wins with quickness and needs technique to fight off combo blocks. Very positive instincts and reactions. Uses his heavy hands to separate well. Displays lower body fluidity to help maintain leg drive with smooth change-of-direction. Outstanding to leverage edge blocks, using upper-body strength and flexibility to run the arc. Tough mentality and wants to be the best player on the field. Effective when setting the edge, disengaging from blocks on the outside to finish in open space. Must focus on maintaining low pad level to utilize leverage advantage and not get washed out. Ideal ability to bend in the upper body to be a naturally consistent edge rusher. Could benefit from a more developed repertoire of pass rush moves. In 2017, started 8 games and recorded 33 total tackles, 5.5 TFL, 4 sacks, 8 QB hurries and 1 FF. As a sophomore, he registered 56 tackles with 14.5 TFL, 12 sacks, 3 PBU and 3 FF. Over his three-year Tiger career, he totaled 130 tackles with 26.5 TFL, 21 sacks and 4 FF. At the NFL Combine, he came in at over 6’4” and 238 lbs. He did not lift or run at the event. He added a 31” VL and 9’9” BJ with a 4.25 shuttle and 7.16 three cone drills. At LSU pro day, he ran a poor 4.85 time. Compares to LB Vic Beasley and end Olivier Vernon in size and AA and for 3-4 set. Definite top 20 overall in this draft and could go there off a strong finish to his career. Late injury issues clouded his ranking. Falling prospect. Well-developed athlete to start, make a difference and set the pace on a front seven in his career. Flexible front seven defender with the ability to play well both up and down to create mismatch situations. Impact edge rusher needs the right scheme. Difference maker if healthy and focused.
Draft Projection: 1st Round

5 * Rasheem Green #94 –         Southern California     6-4       275       – Sp. 4.70
    Player Comparison: Michael Bennett                                                  Rating 85
Athletic true junior earned first team Pac-12 honors this past season as an emerging impact defender. One of the rising athletes in this class and a physical specimen who has started the past two seasons after playing a key role as a true freshman season. Long angular frame with good arm length (33 3/4”), the footwork and speed to get up the field. Usually plays with good leverage and has very good functional strength to play several positions, though he is best suited for either the strong side end spot in the 4-3 scheme or the five-technique role in the 3-4 set. Learning to use his arms to keep blockers off his body and separate. Possesses good edge quickness to get after the passer with the ability to bend the corner and accelerate through the arc. In college, he usually lined up at LDT playing three-technique in a 4-3 front. Comes off the snap with pretty good initial burst and quickness. Keeps working and gives good effort to disengage and penetrate. Uses a rip or swim move most frequently to get free from blockers. Really struggled against the formidable Notre Dame offensive line, even though he was usually not across from Nelson and McGlinchey. Though to be fair, the entire Trojan defense did not look their best that day. Able to clog the middle and hold his ground pretty well vs running plays coming at him and will pursue down the line with good effort on the wider runs. Playing the pass, he can beat his man with the initial move and displays a fine burst to close on the QB. Redirects very well, showing a fine motor to keep working to the ball and making plays late on the down. He was somewhat of a surprising declare for this draft and may have well been a top 1st round pick had he went back for his final year. Still growing into his frame strength wise and though he may not start as a rookie, could pay fine dividends down the road. Improved annually and was a flexible defender in the diverse Trojan scheme where he was used both inside and outside the front. Runs very well for a long angular athlete. His closing speed allows him to go down the line and pursue from the backside to make tackles. Very quick on the snap with hand use and footwork to win early on the down and use his fine functional strength to strike and separate from blockers. When he uses his hands to keep blockers at bay, it allows him to quickly separate and flatten out to the passer. Tough at the POA where he anchors well and plays with natural leverage and balance. Usually shows the ability to locate the ball and stay alive on the play. Development to be a diverse edge defender whose flexibility gives any scheme an impact defender. Can win late on the down and moves along the line like a linebacker to stay clean. Athlete with good COD and the ability to recover and redirect, though needs further development of his hand usage and more pass rush moves to fully realize his blue-chip talent. Quality edge three down defender, but needs overall technique work especially with his hands to use his powerful rip and swim moves. As a junior in 2017, he started 12 games and posted 43 tackles with 12.5 TFL, 10 sacks and 1 FF that earned 1st team Pac-12 honors. As a sophomore, he started 13 games and posted 56 tackles with 6.5 TFL and 6 sacks to earn Pac-12 honorable mention. At the NFL Combine, he came in at 6’4” and 275 lbs. and 33 3/4” arms. He ran a 4.73 time, a 32.5” VJ, 9’10” BJ and did not lift. Also, added a 7.24 three cone and 4.39 shuttle to complete an excellent workout. Three-down playmaker with incredible upside potential. As a pass rusher, he has a developing first step and functional strength to win with both speed and power. Similar to Michael Bennett in speed, body type and overall AA. Needs development on his swim maneuver and extra moves to have a complete game to combat double-teams and recover if his initial move is contained. Playmaker and rising top 60 prospect with early starting talent. Smart scheme diverse defender with top skill set to become even a better pro.
Draft Projection: 2nd Round

6 Da’Shawn Hand #9 – Alabama                       6-4       295       Sp. 4.85 
  Player Comparison: Cam Heyward                                                 Rating 85
Mobile powerful senior defender had a consistent career as part of Bama’s talented front seven and defense which will produce several high draft picks in April. Earned 2nd team SEC honors over his final season after performing as a key rotational defender in the incredibly deep Tide front four. One of the most versatile linemen with fine production in several roles along the front which prepared him for NFL duty on both pro fronts. Scheme diverse with rare combination of quickness and power, though too many periods of inconsistent play. Capable of playing base end in a 4-3 or five technique, as well as 3-technique tackle in the 4-3 set on certain downs. The strong side end role is his best position where his skill set can be most effective. Good arm length (34 3/8”) to line up effectively also as a 5-technique end in a 3-4 alignment. Uses his arms and powerful hands (9 3/4”) to keep blockers off his body. Coached up well and shows fine awareness when battling big opponents with quick reaction to read plays and schemes. He was considered the #1 HS recruit in 2014, ahead of more familiar names, such as Garrett, Fournette, and Watson. He was also a state HS wrestling champion and has been able to translate the use of leverage and balance to the gridiron. Usually played strong side 4-3 defensive end as part of a big powerful line that Alabama fielded in 2017. While he has the size and strength to play inside on most teams, to get all the best players in the lineup he was asked to play DE. Fits inside in a nickel package. Loaded with muscle from head to toe, and often simply able to impose his will on most offensive tackles. His vise like hands and long powerful arms may be his best traits. Able to usually get full extension, keep blockers off his body, and dispose of them. He does not have the up-field speed and closing burst of most of the other top ends in this class. His game is primarily about power. He can hold the point well vs double-teams, stack and shed, and shut down runners trying to come though his gap. Teams usually tried to run away from him, because he is most effective when in the middle of the action rather than in backside pursuit. Uses good arm extension to stay clean and the acceleration to transition to power and is often able to force linemen back to collapse the pocket. Powerful, agile and flexible which allows him to establish position underneath an opponent or quickly change direction. Shows good balance to recover and maintain course when walled off by blockers. Comes on the snap with a burst that gains a fast advantage and shows improving hand technique to counter and continue his assault. Good change of direction skills and instincts with the range to make plays outside the box. Allows his pads to rise at times that exposes him to blocks. Shows a strong punch, but needs to use it more often especially when countering. At times, he’s too easily stood up and lets his pads rise and can struggle to separate. Aggressive but can overrun plays and needs to improve his angles to the outside vs the run. Strong pass rusher with a good initial burst, though not a quick twitch athlete to often command double team blocks. Can get wired to blockers if his initial charge is contained. Shows good effort and needs sound technique to win both early or late on the down. Lacks consistent hand usage and struggles at times to string pass rush moves together. Best fit for teams as a 4-3 end, though versatility to spot in other roles. Capable of penetrating and disrupting in a variety of ways from multiple alignments. Possesses the talent to live up to his potential and wants to make the big play. Needs some improvement on his first step off the ball to win more often early on the down. During his final season, he started 10 games and made 27 tackles, 3.5 TFL, 1 PD and 3 sacks, earning some SEC honors. In 2016, he started 15 games and recorded 21 tackles with 3.5 TFL, 1 FF and 2 sacks. Over his career, he played in 48 games and made 71 tackles with 15.5 TFLs, 1 FF and 10 sacks. Athletic frame to carry in the 290 lbs.+ range. Holds the edge well to stretch plays out with the speed to make plays at the sidelines. Capable of being an early three-down defender with positional flexibility. At the NFL Combine, he checked in 6’4” and 297 lbs. with 34 3/8” arms and 9 3/4” hands and did 28 reps. He ran a 4.83 time with a 31.5” VL, 9’3” BJ and a 4.62 shuttle and a 7.98 three cone. Similar to Cam Heyward and Cameron Jordan in size, AA, positional versatility and potential. Mobile athlete with developing pass rushing skills and capable of being a fine early starter with potential in either set. Similar to recent Bama high picks, Robinson, Reed and Allen with possibly more talent except for Allen. Top 75 prospect with huge upside and rare versatility.
Draft Projection: 2nd-3rd Round

7 Duke Ejiofor #53 – Wake Forest                 6-3       270    Sp. 4.80         
Player Comparison: Adrian Clayborn                                 Rating 82
Fluid disruptive power player earned ACC honors over his final two seasons. Three-year starter at weakside end in a four-man front. Athletic frame with the strength and physique of an NFL player. His game is about technique and power along with a non-stop motor. Equally effective lining up at either left or right end with his hand on the ground, but in some passing situations will rush from a two point. Good mixture of speed and power with the ability to get off blockers and convert speed to power consistently. Good lower body explosiveness with long arms (34 7/8”) and difficult for any offensive lineman to redirect him. Comes off the snap with nice explosiveness and good initial quickness with the tenacity to win late on the down. Able to consistently use his fine hand strength to disengage from any blockers who try to lock on. Shows the speed to get past the tackle’s outside edge and run the arc, though has to get off the snap early. His game is more about technique and fundamentals than exceptional speed and quickness. Appears best suited for the strong side DE position in a 4-3. Lacks quick twitch ability off the snap, but shows good understanding of angles, hand use and avoiding blockers. Keeps working relentlessly toward the ball and appears to have a plan for the best way to get there. He has less length than most DE’s but does have relatively long arms to help make up for lack of height. Strong and physical, and able to hold his ground on running plays coming his way. Also, effective pursuing down the line and making plays from the backside. Played through pain and injury for a good part of 2017, with a torn labrum, that he waited till February 2018 to have repaired. With a 4-5 month recovery time, he should be ready by training camp, but will not be able to do any complete workouts before the draft. Capable of a good bull rush and knows how to rip and spin to get past blockers. In run defense, is able to use his power to hold his ground at the point of attack. Uses good technique to anchor vs big tackles despite only adequate size. Average hip flexibility and change of directions skills. Hard worker and good film room work to read plays quickly. Great motor and the speed in pursuit to make plays across the field. Alert and aware in space when called upon to drop and cover, though only marginal skills there. In 2017, when he recorded 43 tackles, 16.5 TFL, 6.5 sacks, 1 PBU and 2 FF, earning 2nd team ACC honors. In 2016, he was also impressive with 50 tackles, 17 TFL, 10.5 sacks, 4 PBU and 2 FF and 1st team ACC honors. At the NFL Combine, he came in at 6’3” and 264 lbs. with 34 7/8” arms and 9 3/4” hands. He did not workout rehabbing from the surgery. Compares to Adrian Clayborn in size, flexibility, intangibles and AA. Mobile fluid defender plays with developed instincts and technique to be disruptive. Prospect with the upside potential to start with some technique and strength work. Top 75 prospect off a good late career. Combines intangibles, instincts and physical talent to be a three-down performer. Best playing down with the ability to provide a flexible defender to create mismatches.
Draft Projection: 3rd-4th Round

8 Kemoko Turay #58 – Rutgers 6-4, 250    – Sp. 4.65
     Player Comparison: Anthony Spencer                                Rating 82
Slender athletic edge pass rusher completed an injury riddled career with a good performance at the Senior Bowl and NFL Combine. Failed to duplicate his initial burst on the Big Ten scene when he earned Freshman All-American and conference honors in 2014. Missed games annually especially in 2016 when he played in just 8 contests. Played 12 contests in 2017 to reestablish himself as a highly rated prospect. High energy versatile senior has been a valuable playmaker with the burst off the edge to get after the QB. Long lean frame with long arms (33 3/8”) and good speed and change of direction skills. Usually lined up with his hand on the ground and best suited for the weak side spot. Highly productive playmaker with a constantly high motor when healthy. Average effective use of hands with inconsistent initial punch to strike blockers. Gains quick advantage on the snap, though must convert speed to power better to be a factor as a pro. Shows the ability to redirect off his initial move with a good motor to win late on the down. Effective in back­side pursuit against the run and comes hard when moving laterally down the line. Fires out of his stance with a top burst off the edge when pass rushing. Maintains good pad level and forward lean. Shows he can run the arc very well with a speed rush and can close on the QB. At times, he can disengage from blockers with quick active hands and rip away. Needs to learn how to counter or spin back to the inside to get clear. Lacks overall power and struggles to anchor vs tackles. This may limit him to a situational pass rushing role initially. At times, struggles to separate from linemen late on the down. Wins on his initial quickness with good change-of-direction ability. Long frame that could support more muscle mass to project as a three-down player with the length, core strength and athleticism. In 2017, he started 12 games and recorded 65 total tackles, 7 TFL, 1 FF, 4 sacks, 6 QB hurries and 1 PBU. In 2016, he started just 8 games and totaled 3 tackles, 2 TFL and 2 sacks. At a freshman in 2014, he made 26 tackles with 8.5 TFLs and 7.5 sacks, earning All-American honors. At the NFL Combine, he came in at just under 6’5” and 253 lbs. with 33 3/8” arms and 9 5/8” hands. He ran a 4.65 time and tweaked his hamstring. He compares to former Cowboys’ #1 pick, Anthony Spencer in size, intangibles and AA. Mobile defender plays with great motor and fine instincts and the burst off the edge to change games. Intriguing prospect with the upside potential to start and rising marginal top 100 prospect. Possible attack backer with development. Early situational edge rusher.
Draft Projection: 3rd-4th Round

9 * Breeland Speaks #9 –    Mississippi      6-3       285  – Sp. 4.85       Rating 75
Stocky powerful junior defender had a breakout 2017 season, earning SEC 2nd team honors over his final season. Strong frame with good weight room strength which translates well to the field. Moved outside in early 2017 and his production improved significantly. Average height with good arm length (33 3/4”) and a solid wide base to be a three-down defender at both the strong side position in 4-3 set as well as a five-technique role. Deceptively quick off the edge and translates to power with fine technique to win vs bigger athletes. He has good instincts, versatility and toughness to play either basic fronts. He has the skill set to be effective in run support and a quality pass rusher. Underdeveloped prospect with good functional strength and adequate speed. Displays strong quick hands to keep blockers off his body and separate to gain penetration. Shows strength and leverage to hold the point with the quickness and flexibility to chase in pursuit and breaks down well in space. As an edge rusher, he has deceptive quickness to rush the passer with the functional strength to win late on the down. Holds the point of attack with sound leverage and hand usage, though struggles when facing combo blocks. Needs further work on his play recognition and hand technique where he is still raw. Limited growth potential, but is a fluid athlete who can stack vs 300 lb. tackles when sound. He shows the quickness to move along the line and make plays while keeping clean of blockers. Shows some initial speed on the snap and can also counter back inside. Shows a burst to the ball once he frees himself from blockers with the agility and flexibility to redirect and chase from the backside. Needs to better utilize his strong hand punch to gain an advantage and to develop more moves. As a pass rusher, he relies too much on his initial power move and needs more development on his swim and rip maneuvers to win. Lacks acceleration at the top of his arc. Good short area burst along the line in pursuit. Shows some ability to counter and redirect to the inside when his initial move is contained. As a junior, he started 12 games and totaled 67 tackles with 8 TFL, 1 FF and 7 sacks, earning 2nd team SEC. As a sophomore, he started at tackle and made 28 tackles with 1.5 TFL and 1 sack starting 7 of 12 games. At the NFL Combine, he came in just under 6’3” and 283 lbs. and did not lift. He ran a 4.87 time and had a fine 32.5” VL and 9’2” BJ with a 4.65 shuttle and a 7.63 three cone. Raw football player with versatility to start at a few positions and both sets including inside in the sub package. Good rising prospect 9with talent to be a possible starter if he settles into the right scheme and learns the finer points of technique. Top 150 prospect. Scheme versatility and serviceable defender for either front and capable of 25+ snaps weekly. Very good 3rd day value and rotational backup defender with fine intangibles to start in time.
Draft Projection: 3rd-4th Round

10 Andrew Brown #9 –   Virginia        6-3       295       – Sp. 5.05         
    Player Comparison: Derek Wolfe                                        Rating 80
Long versatile lineman combines several key skills to start either inside or outside in the NFL. Athletic frame with good movement ability to play in either pro fronts and may be project to the five-technique role for the 3-4 set. Five-star HS recruit was slow to produce vs ACC talent. Dedicated player with drive and talent figures to play in multiple packages and move inside to a three-technique role in sub packages as a pass rusher. Named honorable mention ACC in 2017 despite playing for a struggling program. Combines quickness, strength and motor to defeat blocks and penetrate the backfield often winning late on the down. Holds his ground at nose tackle like a much bigger man. Possesses broad shoulders, a trim midsection and even distribution throughout his frame. Deceptively quick off the ball, displaying a fine burst to shoot through gaps, as well as very good lateral movement skills and balance. Naturally strong with fine upper-body strength and the good leg drive to bull rush blockers when he gets under their pads. Played 4-3 strong side end, which best suits his skill set. Good arm length and fine upper-body strength. Comes quick off the snap and gets good push. Fights, claws and scraps to free himself from blocks and get in on the play. Sets a hard edge on outside runs coming his way. He is not a quick-twitch athlete, nor does he possess a good closing burst. But, he is a hardworking battler with a fine motor who never lacks in effort. He has good size for defensive end and is very strong, which combined with his relentless approach, can help a defense shut down the running game. He is nothing special as a pass rusher from the edge though, and in passing situations would likely need to move inside or be subbed out. Could start due to his tough, never say die approach, and the size and strength to fill in at several positions. Lacks dynamic athleticism, though effective at a high level of talent and a fluid mover along the line. Locates the ball well and is naturally strong and very coordinated. May project as a 3-technique tackle in a 4-3 alignment or a five-technique end in the 3-4. If his initial quickness or rip move is stymied by the blocker, struggles to disengage and may let runners get past him. At times shows a tendency of raising his pad level off the snap, which negates his natural strength. As a senior, he started 13 games and made 46 tackles with 10.5 TFL and 3.5 sacks earning some ACC honors. As a junior, he started 10 of 12 games and made 38 tackles with 13 TFL and 6 sacks. For his career, totaled 94 tackles, 26.5 TFL, 10.5 sacks, 1 FF and 4 passes defensed in 41 games. At the NFL Combine, he came in over 6’3” and 296 lbs. with 34 1/2” arms and 9 3/8” hands. He ran a 5.03 time with 31 reps in the lifting. Added a 28” VL, an 8’5” VL, a 4.48 shuttle and a 7.51 three cone. Similar to Derek Wolfe in body type, AA, development and temperament. He shows explosiveness for a 295 lb. athlete and cNHHan be a solid inside/outside lineman. Most effective at the five technique with improvement on his reads and technique. Fine early 3rd day addition capable of filling a role in a line rotation and surprise in time to claim a starting job. Physical skills to make it and provide a reliable early backup. Marginal top 100 prospect with NFL starting talent and interesting potential.
Draft Projection: 3rd-4th Round

11 Ade Aruna #1 –        Tulane             6-5       265       – Sp. 4.60 
Player Comparison : Danielle Hunter                                  Rating 78
Long agile senior has started since early of his sophomore season and displayed big play ability off the corner. Raw high cut athlete has improved annually after only one season playing football in HS. Named AAC honorable mention in 2017 that earned invitations to NFLPA All-Star game and NFL Combine. Angular frame to continue to add muscle with long arms (34”) and big hands (10 5/8”) and eventually be a three down NFL defender. Started 34 games over final three seasons with 44 games over his career. Ideal 4-3 end with the potential size for base end and early time as a weakside end. Possesses the physique of an NFL defensive lineman with broad shoulders, v-shaped torso, long arms and legs. Room to add even more muscle to his frame to hold up better vs the run. Possesses untapped potential, though needs further work. At Tulane, he got well-rounded experience with snaps playing different techniques, including playing up on the outside. Shows good athleticism with fine initial quickness, impressive agility and above average closing speed. Needs to use his fine length and strength to set the edge more consistently and keep runners contained inside. Gives good effort in pursuit to the sidelines or downfield. Impressed many scouts during the NFLPA practice week. He is starting to realize his potential as he grows into his body. Good motor and fine effort from play to play. His fine overall length and lateral movement skills expands his playmaking talent. Learning to use his huge wingspan well and separate from blockers. While running the arc, he needs further strength and technique to close on QB and counter inside. Gets wired and fails to counter and convert speed to power to finish. Though quick at the snap, he is just developing into an edge threat and how to use his athleticism more consistently. Can get caught up in the trash inside the tackle box area and still learning how to protect his lower body. Instincts have progressed nicely with development, though still needs to find more of a nastiness to his demeanor. In 2017, he started 11 of 12 games and totaled 25 tackles, 3 TFL, 3 sacks, 3 QB hurries and 1 FR with 2 PBU. In 2016, he started 12 games and totaled 43 tackles, 10 TFL and 5 sacks. Still a work in progress and has further upside. At the NFL Combine, he came in at just under 6’5” and 266 lbs. with 34” arms. Did 18 reps and ran a 4.60 time and had a 38.5” VL and 10’8” BJ with a 4.48 shuttle and a 7.53 three cone to complete a very good overall effort. Athlete with talent to start in time and early nickel edge rusher. Rising top 125 prospect with further upside. Defender, I have scouted extensively and see as a huge sleeper with big time potential with development. Capable of playing in rotation and early middle round steal. Probable starter with work.                                                                     Draft Projection: 4th Round

12 * Josh Sweat #9 –   Florida St                     6-4       250       – Sp. 4.55
   Player Comparison : Bruce Irwin                                       Rating 78
Quick athletic senior end had a good career with the Seminoles, earning ACC honorable mention the past two seasons. Former #1 edge defender in the country entering FSU. Athletic frame with very good arm length (34 5/8”) and quick footwork to push for starting duty at some point of his career. Moves well along the line, combining speed, quickness and change of direction skills. Long arms that keeps blockers off his body and allows him to separate when used properly. Developed better play recognition instincts with experience that allowed him to use his first step to gain an advantage. He improved his moves to counter after his initial charge is contained with more developed hand and arm usage. Needs to convert speed to power through the arc to be effective. Fits the tweener label and has played both up and down on the edge with equal success and limitations. Long frame with narrow lower body and can be engulfed at the point too often with only average instincts finding the ball. Needs to add muscle, counter quicker and develop additional moves to ever become a three-down defender. High motor edge defender can beat tackles with an outside move and ability to counter back underneath. Late in his career, he made definite improvement in run support to earn full time position with the ability to sink hips and anchor. With improved strength and better recognition skills, he can develop into a full time weak side end. Lacks quick twitch edge ability and must use his long arms well to keep blockers off his body and use his quick strong hands to jolt blocker to win consistently. Average get off fails to give him an early advantage to accelerate through the arc and finish. Adequate lower body strength must improve to hold the point better in run support. That liability may limit him to a situational rush role. Plays with a good pad level that takes advantage of his frame to be disruptive within a short area. Needs to develop further hand use both in his initial punch and his ability to add more moves. Shows a fine rip maneuver that he uses well, but must develop better overall moves. Most effective with his hand on the ground on the weak side in a standard 4-3 front. May be better suited for the attack backer role in a 3-4 where his good COD and pursuit skills could make that conversion. Struggles in reverse in coverage. Faces further learning curve to play up in the 3-4 scheme where his limited experience makes him a project. As a junior, he started 12 games with 56 tackles, 12.5 TFL, 5.5 sacks and 3 PBUs, earning 3rd team ACC honorable mention. As a sophomore, he started 10 of 12 games and made 41 tackles with 11.5 TFL and 7 sacks. At the NFL Combine, he ran a 4.53 time with a 10’4” BJ, 39.5” VL and a 4.28 shuttle in an excellent performance. Double knee surgery in HS and prior to 2016 season. Despite fine athleticism fails to bring consistent pressure on the QB to finish. May never be more than a situational defender but must improve as a pass rusher. Valuable part of a nickel package. NFL starter with further development in technique. Big play ability and overall production could command top 125 attention. Likely goes on the early 3rd day despite good triangle numbers, production, big play ability and LOD. Talented overrated prospect with the skills to succeed as a situational rusher and eventually a possible starter. Good early role defender and a prospect with big play ability.   
Draft Projection: 4th Round

13 * Dorrance Armstrong Jr. #2 –         Kansas           6-4       255       – Sp. 4.80
    Player Comparison  : Nick Perry      Rating 78
Long athletic true junior edge defender had a fine career, earning Big 12 honors over his final two seasons, playing in the obscurity of the struggling Jayhawks program. Performed better in 2016 when he earned Big 12 first team honors for a dominant performance. His big play ability off the edge can be a difference maker in a game. Lean strong frame with good weight room strength that translates very well to the field. Very good height and arm length (34 3/4”) with a thin base which has allowed him to play both down and up on the outside. Projects as a three-down defender at both the weak side end position in 4-3 set or up in the 3-4 scheme. Very good burst off the edge which can transfer to power with further technique to win vs bigger athletes. Outstanding first-step quickness at the snap. Fine ability to accelerate, run the arc and bend the edge. Also, able to come back inside after taking the offensive tackle up the field. Closes on the QB with suddenness. Was used in more of a read-react role in 2017, rather than just always pinning his ears back and charging up field. Though his sack numbers plummeted from 10 to 1.5, he still played an effective all-around game with 3 forced fumbles, 4 pass breakups and 7 hurries. Played on one of the worst FBS teams that managed only 1 win in 2017 and it was easier for offenses to avoid him without much of a supporting cast. Probably the most underrated edge defender in this year’s draft. His exceptional quickness and change-of-direction made him tough to block in the running game too. He pursued very well, chasing down ball carriers all over the field, while displaying impressive closing speed. This is one player who will almost definitely be a better pro than he was a college player. Basically, a one-man gang on a weak Kansas defense. It boggles one’s mind to think of the kind of damage he could have done had he been part of a top defense like Georgia or Alabama, where he would not have been consistently the center of attention for opposing offenses. Good instincts, versatility and toughness to play outside spot in either front. Displays strong quick hands to keep blockers off his body and separate to gain penetration. Shows strength and leverage to hold the point with the speed and flexibility to chase in pursuit and break down well in space. Struggles when facing combo blocks. Fluid flexible athlete who can stack vs big blockers when technically sound. Shows the quickness to move laterally and make plays with strong hands to disengage from blockers. Combines very good initial burst with flexibility and ankle flex to bend the edge. Good raw ability to redirect and chase from the backside with a good short area burst. As a pass rusher, he relies too much on his initial burst to win and must convert his speed to power thru the arc. Needs more development on his swim maneuver to win. As a junior, he started 12 games and totaled 63 tackles with 9 TFL, 3 FF, 4 PBUs and 1.5 sacks, earning 2nd team Big 12 honors. As a sophomore, he made 56 tackles with 20 TFL and 10 sacks starting 12 games and earned 1st team Big 12 honors. At the NFL Combine, he came in at 6’4” and 257 lbs. and did 20 reps. He ran a 4.87 time and had a 30” VL and 9’10” BJ with a 4.23 shuttle and a 7.12 three cone to complete a good overall effort. Athlete with versatility to start at a few positions and both sets. Edge prospect with talent to be a top defender and probable starter if he settles into the right scheme and learns the finer points of technique. Rising top 75 prospect with upside to start. Similar to Nick Perry in many ways including speed and schematic versatility. Impact defender and  capable of top situational rusher early. Good 2nd day value and early starter.
Draft Projection: 4th-5th Round

14 Jalyn Holmes #11 –  Ohio St     6-5      280        – Sp. 4.85          Rating 75
Long athletic senior end started one season for the Buckeyes earning Big Ten honorable mention in 2017. Prototypical physique for the base end position, but sat behind talented defenders until his final year. Key contributor in 2016 with a breakout effort. Long levered athlete with excellent length and base along with good arm length (34”) and the footwork to become a better pro than collegian. Played both the three-technique tackle and the strong side end. Has the physical package to possibly project best to a five-technique alignment, though no experience. Good agility and functional strength to become a three-down defender with interesting skill set and figures to fight for time in a few roles on a front line. Earned an invitation to both the Senior Bowl and NFL Combine. Big wingspan with a quick first-step to shoot a gap and penetrate the line. Able to use his strong hands and technique to keep blockers off his frame and readily disengage to make plays in the backfield. Possesses broad shoulders and a fine physique with the room to add more muscle mass without losing any movement skills. Generates good power out of his stance, with sound knee bend that allows him to play with leverage and set the edge. As a run defender, he shows fairly good instincts, awareness and vision. Holds the edge and seals off the outside often to force the runner inside. Struggles with the combo block and needs to develop better hand and lower body functional strength to anchor better vs. double teams and avoid getting washed out. As a pass rusher, shows some bull rush ability, as well as some ability to win early on the down. Limited production with only 5 career sacks. His lacks of moves are a concern and shows marginal ability to counter and separate if his initial move is contained. In run support, he can raise his pads and fail to anchor and hold up vs big blockers. When asked to pass rush, he shows strong initial punch but only adequate speed and balance. Will pursue hard, but not a quick-twitch athlete and won’t often beat blockers around the edge on pure speed. NFL starter on the hoof, but needs more overall strength especially technique to maximize his quality athleticism. Despite some liabilities, he is a physical prospect with potential that could develop into a starter for the strong side. As a senior, he started in 9 of 14 games and had 29 tackles with 3 TFL, 1 FF and 2 sacks. As a junior, he played in 13 games and had 33 tackles with 8.5 TFL and 2 sacks. At the NFL Combine, he came in at 6-5, 283 lbs. with 34” arms and 10” hands. He ran a 4.82 time with a 32” VL and 25 reps. Frame to be a physical lineman with the package to start in time, but needs clear technique and strength development. Good serviceable rotation defender with the skill set to play eventually in either scheme. Type to be very effective in a 6-7 man rotation. Marginal top 125 prospect with the talent to surprise in a rotation and be a good 3rd day steal. Type to be over drafted off good triangle numbers. Upside talent with development, though huge boom or bust prospect.

15 Kylie Fitts #11 –       Utah       6-4       265       – Sp. 4.65          Rating 70
Aggressive defensive end/linebacker had an excellent career operating off the edge for the Utes after transferring from UCLA. Missed time the past two seasons with injuries after an impressive 2015 season. Sat out the 2014 season due to transfer rules after playing only on special teams for UCLA as a true freshman. Earned Pac-12 honors in 2015 showing impact as an edge rusher and tackler. Strong frame with the instincts and the footwork to flow along the line. Good burst off the edge and uses his powerful fast hands to get into opponents and separate to pressure the pocket. Classic tweener body type best suited for the end spot in the 4-3 set. On the snap, strikes an opponent with a powerful punch and excellent leverage to jar blockers. Shows above average quickness off the edge and plays with good leverage to utilize his fine functional strength. Early on the down, jolts an opponent to get under the pads to get movement on the bull rush. Despite missing three games, his senior performance earned him an invite to the Senior Bowl and NFL Combine where he showed promise as a situational defender. As a senior, he continued to hone his skill set as a key edge rusher. Above average athlete with adequate size and frame with good arm length (33”) and footwork to play in the NFL in a 4-3 set. As a pass rusher, he has the necessary average suddenness in his play to be effective off the edge, though needs to be technically sound and persist to also win late on the down. Shows the strength and savvy to hold the POA fairly well vs. the run despite marginal size. On the snap, he uses his strong hands to shed to get a shoulder past to pursue. As a pass rusher, he combines an upfield burst and power to gain an advantage. Must improve his rip, swim and counter rush moves. When locked up vs big tackles, he gives up about 40 lbs. and can get engulfed, though battles to separate to keep his feet in traffic. Size for a weak side 4-3 end with the work ethic to be a situational defender. As a senior, he started 8 games with 23 tackles, 3 TFL and 3 sacks. As a junior, he started 2 games before a broken foot end this season. As a sophomore, he made 41 tackles with 8 TFL, 4 FF and 7 sacks. He has shown the ability to play the run well and is also fits playing up in the 3-4 scheme. At the NFL Combine, he came in at 6’3” 263 lbs. with 33” arms. He ran a 4.69 time and added a 9’9” BJ, 32.5” VL, 4,19 shuttle, 6.88 three cone and 31 reps in a solid performance. Unheralded tweener with tools to develop and contribute as a role defender with versatility and potential. Good 3rd day addition with skill set to develop and quality backup for line rotation. Good talent, though must prove healthy. Nice triangle numbers, AA and production to be serviceable defender for package defenses. Top 200 prospect with the talent to make it.

16 Chad Thomas #9 –  Miami (Fl)         6-5       280       – Sp. 4.90          Rating 70
Long senior base defensive end has started since midway of his sophomore season. Played in both East-West Shrine and Senior Bowl games. Impressed at E-W week which got invite to Mobile where he was only average. Fine physique with the frame to get bigger. Thin base and average arms (33 1/2”) arms for his height. Strictly a strongside end and lacks base for a five-technique role. Fairly good movement skills to continue to progress, though suspect instincts where he is slow to react to plays and can be fooled easily. Makeup of a power defender, though does not always play up to his physical skills with only adequate strength and agility to take on blockers at the point of attack. Gets washed out vs the combo block with stiff hips and marginal ability to recover and get into the action. Displays suspect instincts to read plays and blocking angles to fill gaps. Relies too much on his initial move to win and fails to counter quickly late on the down. Adequate functional strength, though good hand and arm technique to set the edge. As a pass rusher, he provides marginal pressure with a power move his most successful maneuver with little creativity to counter. Lacks the quick twitch and the technique to separate and convert speed to power to close. Shows adequate foot speed and agility to stay alive and pursue from the backside. Adequate in run support where his functional strength and long arms allow him to hold the POA fairly well. Needs to improve his initial reads to better penetrate gaps and more reps to be effective vs bigger NFL athletes. Good size, thin base and adequate speed to carry a make it grade. He can push the pocket, but needs additional moves, relying mainly on power. Needs sound technique to stay clean and separate. Physical talent to be a solid addition and capable of eventually playing in a line rotation. Marginal 1st step lacks explosiveness and needs further development with his hand and arm technique. Holds the edge to contain from the strong side. Gets wired to blockers too often and struggles to disengage. Stiff athlete with marginal flexibility and COD that probably limits him as a run stuffer on early downs. As a senior, he started 13 games and made 41 tackles with 12.5 TFL and 5.5 sacks. As a junior, he started 12 games and made 37 tackles with 11 TFL and 4.5 sacks. At the NFL Combine, he came in at 6’5” and 281 lbs. and ran a 4.92 time. He did not lift, but added a 29” VL, 9’8” BJ. Ability to play the run and fits the base end role with potential to play in 4-3 front. Mid 3rd day addition and marginal top 200 grade with the skills to develop further. Quality backup for rotation to continue to refine technique. Disappointing late addition with make it grade.

17 Tyquan Lewis #59 –   Ohio St        6-3       270       – Sp. 4.75          Rating 70
High motor defender has started since early in his sophomore season, flashing playmaking ability throughout his career. Two time Big Ten honoree including 1st team in 2017. Athlete with good natural skills combining fine functional strength with quickness and instincts. Tightly wound muscular physique with strong base and the long arms (33 3/4”) and strong hands to be a pro three down defender. Aggressive, active hands to disengage and jolt a blocker with the technique to be a physical, reliable wrap up tackler. Holds up well vs the run with strong hands and the ability to shed and separate quickly. Good footwork and agility to make plays down the line and at the opposite sidelines. Though he lacks the elite burst for the weak side position in 4-3 front, he is an aggressive edge rusher with 24 career sacks. He is a relentless, high motor, effort player who makes up for a lack of elite athleticism, through sound technique. Comes hard at the snap, with strong hand use and leg drive. Possesses an array of rush moves and can swim and rip besides bull rush. Urban Meyer includes him as one of the three toughest players he has ever coached, along with John Simon and Tim Tebow. Lofty praise indeed. He has superb lower body explosiveness, but merely average flexibility, and change-of-direction. His consistent interest in long pursuit is open to question too. Sometimes he shows it, but just as often he does not. Possesses an NFL frame with a good wingspan and violent hands to set the edge and control blockers. Plays with fine intensity and will mix it up and battle in the trenches. Capable of holding the point of attack in run defense and can stack and shed blockers with fine arm extension and heavy active hands. Good quickness for the next level, but needs to better break down in space. Combines the physicality and competitiveness needed for a strong side NFL defensive end. Shows an adequate burst with some quickness to gain the edge, though fails to translate to power and finish. Only average at bending the edge as a rusher and a little stiff in the hips and limited change of direction. While he is sound and effective versus the run, he is limited as a pass rusher and not likely to stay on the field currently in the nickel package defenses. Though lacking mass, he is a capable strong side run stuffer who has the potential to play in a base defense. Pushes the pocket and gets a strong bull rush when he plays with proper leverage, though needs to counter better. Needs to develop more moves especially the rip and swim maneuvers. Shows fine functional strength despite average weight room numbers. In run support, he gives up size and needs to prove his strength and overall athleticism can handle big pro tackles. As a senior, he started 14 games and totaled 20 tackles with 9.5 TFL, 3 QB hurries and 7 sacks. As a junior, he started 13 games and made 29 tackles, 8 sacks, 3 FF, 5 QB hurries and 10.5 TFL. At the NFL Combine, he came in over 6’3” and 269 lbs. with 33 3/4” arms. He had a 35.5” VL and a 10’2” BJ. Similar to William Hayes in body type, AA and development. At the Senior Bowl week, he pressured the tackles on many one on one situations. Needs to get stronger at the POA where he gets washed out at times vs. big tackles. Likely earns a middle round grade after showing improving ability over his career especially in a few big game situations. Above average AA and skill set with fine intangibles to be a solid pro. Top 125 prospect to be effective in a line rotation day one.

18 John Franklin-Myers #13 –   Stephen F. Austin   6-4       280 – Sp. 4.75  Rating 65
Strong mobile senior defender completed an excellent career with a strong performance at the NFLPA All-Star week that has raised his stock quickly. Long powerful end with average arm length (32 7/8”) and a strong base to support the run. Three-time All-Southland honors with 2nd team in 2017 and 1st team recognition in 2016. High cut athlete with good initial quickness and footwork. Fits a base end position in a 4-3 set where his physical skills and power gives him a chance to play with development. Though he is not a quick twitch athlete, he showed strength and power to win off the edge. Good functional strength has allowed him to be an effective bull rusher with a nice hump move. Shows a violent punch to jolt tackles and gain an early edge when used properly. He was simply too much for Southland Conference to handle on a regular basis, and often looked like a man among boys going up against him. When he went against a step up in competition at the NFLPA Collegiate Bowl, he showed it was not too big a stage and he fit in well. He was at least as talented as any edge defenders in attendance. On the field, he works very hard, and never quits coming. Possesses a nice blend of size, strength, and quick-twitch athleticism. Capable of defending the run at a high level. Versus the pass, he shows a quick first-step, and fine upfield explosiveness. To succeed as a pro, he will need to develop more pass rush moves and learn to separate from blockers quicker. He passes the eyeball test and is an athlete with a strong physique and base. Intriguing prospect could develop further. Best suited for strong side end in a 4-3 set with the ability to play the run fairly well. He can play with a narrow base at times that compromises his power, balance and ability to counter effectively. Lacks flexibility to change directions with limited recovery. Functional strength to anchor and has the talent to contribute early in a line rotation and challenge for a starting job at some point. Defender with upside as a pro, though he clearly needs time to develop key areas to realize his talent. Quickness laterally to go down the line and make plays away from him. Needs work on counter moves and translate his burst into power. Strong performance at the NFLPA week when he consistently pushed the pocket and harassed the QB. During the 2017 season, he started 13 games and totaled 55 tackles with 13.5 TFL and 3.5 sacks. As a junior, he started 9 of 11 games and totaled 32 tackles with 14.5 TFL, 4 FF and 8 sacks for 1st team Southland honors. At the NFL Combine, he ran a 4.75 time, 26 reps, a 33” VL and 9’5” BJ. He did 4.48 shuttle and 7.36 three cone. Needs work on his hand usage and overall strength to improve to separate from blockers quicker and more consistently. Considered a good prospect with definite upside. Nice value for line rotation and quality serviceable backup with tools to develop. Probable mid-3rd day pick with pro skill set. Shows many of the physical traits clubs covet, though must settle into a system and improve to earn playing time. Good later pick could surprise within a few seasons to refine his solid skill set.

19 Justin Lawler #99 –  Southern Methodist     6-4       260   – Sp. 4.85      Rating 65
High motor, undersized edge defender has been one of the most productive defensive players at the AAC over the past few seasons. Earned AAC first team honors in 2017 and a three-year starter with 21 career sacks. Relentless edge rusher makes up for average athleticism with good technique, game preparation and nonstop motor to make plays late on the down. Active pass rusher with fine edge speed, able to dip his inside shoulder, trim the edge and close on the QB. Able to avoid pass blockers, displaying good agility, lateral quickness, balance and change of direction skills. Displays quick, active hands and knows how to use them to swipe and swim past blockers with an array of techniques. Rushes the passer from either end position, both up and down. He has very good first-step quickness when rushing the passer and is able to work his hands and run his feet in unison consistently. Shows he can run the arc with effectiveness, but his ability to use secondary moves and counter back inside, are about as good as any of the pass rushers in this draft. Versus the run, he generally reads the direction of the ball and the play almost instantly at the snap and attacks his gap with energy and enthusiasm. He is able to set a hard edge on outside runs coming his way and pursue to either sideline or well down the field on a regular basis. May get somewhat overlooked in this deep and talented class of edge defenders. Has a well-developed tight spin move he can use effectively from either side. Mentally tough and shows fine instincts and the quick reactions to find the ball, stay alert for double-teams and pursue. Strong compact frame with average arm length. Needs to build and develop his functional strength. Shows a relentless effort, though needs to better develop secondary moves to counter when first move is contained. Good flexibility to bend the edge at the snap, though needs some refinement to improve his leverage and maintain balance running the arc. As a tackler, he is tenacious with improving shed technique to help him at the POA to stack and set the edge. In 2017, he started 12 games and posted 74 tackles, 15.5 TFL, and 9.5 sacks with 2 PBU and 2 FF and first team AAC honors. In 2016, he made 65 tackles, 15 TFL, 6 sacks and 1 FR. He did not attend the NFL Combine. At his pro day, he came in at 6’4” and 264 lbs. and ran a 4.98 time and had an 8’10” BJ with a 7.32 three cone. Tough athlete with versatility to start at a few positions and both sets. Developed prospect and probable role defender if he settles into the right scheme. Top 200 prospect with some upside. Serviceable and projects for either front and capable situational end or outside backer roles. Good late round gamble with tools to develop further.

20 Kentavius Street #35 – North Carolina St.     6-2,   280  – Sp. 4.95 Rating 65
Mobile instinctive senior defender had a strong finish to his career, earning some ACC honors over his final seasons. Excellent performance at the East-West Shrine game moved him up the charts. One of the most versatile linemen to come out in years with fine production both inside and outside in a 4-3 scheme and capable of lining up in all the techniques along the front. Exceptionally strong with a recorded 600 lb. squat which translates well to the field with his ability to stack at the point vs the run. Possesses fine speed for his strong, compact frame. Usually played 4-3 end on the strong side for the Wolfpack the past two seasons, because that was where he was most needed. As a sophomore though, he played mostly DT. He has the combination of power and quickness to also project to a three-technique tackle in a 4-3 at the next level. He is really an inside-outside tweener, in that he lacks the desired bulk to be inside full time yet lacks the length most teams look for in a starting defensive end. He is a really good athlete though, with impressive lateral quickness and change-of-direction. When he gets the ball carrier in his sights, he can really accelerate to close and wrap up with secure tackling. He is not likely to ever be much a pass rusher at the next level though. His best path for an extended NFL career may be to add 20 lbs. and move inside full time. Short 4-3 ends with short arms who start or play much in the NFL are few and far between. Scheme diverse with rare combination of quickness and power to fit in sub packages. Capable of playing base end in a 4-3 or five technique, as well as 3-technique tackle in the 4-3 set. The inside in a three-technique role is his best position where his skill sets can be most effective. Short arm length may limit his effectiveness as a 5-technique end. Powerful active hands to keep blockers off his body. Shows fine vision, awareness and patience when battling taller opponents with quick reaction to read plays and schemes. Uses good acceleration that he is able to transition to power and is often able to force linemen back to collapse the pocket. Agile and flexible which allows him to establish position underneath an opponent or quickly change direction. He shows good balance to recover and maintain course when walled off by blockers. Comes on the snap with a quick burst that gains a fast advantage and shows improving hand technique to counter and continue his assault. Fine change of direction skills and instincts displays the range to make plays in pursuit. Shows a strong punch but needs to use it more often especially when countering. At times, he’s too easily stood up and lets his pads rise initially. Aggressive but can overrun plays and needs to improve his angles. His pass rush can get wired to blockers if his initial charge is contained. Shows good burst, though not a quick twitch rusher and needs sound technique to win both early and late on the down. Lacks consistent hand usage and struggles at times to string solid pass rush moves together. Good fit for teams as either scheme and is capable of disrupting in a variety of ways from multiple spots. Needs some improvement on his first step off the ball to win more often early on the down. During his final season, he started all 13 games and made 38 tackles, 6.5 TFL, 3 PBU, 1 FF and 3.5 sacks while earning some ACC honors. Performed well at the East-West practices with a dominant effort. In 2016, he started 13 games and recorded 30 tackles with 9.5 TFL and 5.5 sacks. Over his career, he started for three seasons and totaled 121 TFL with 20 TFLs, 7 PBU and 9.5 sacks. Tweener lineman with athletic frame to carry in the 290 lbs.+ range. Holds the edge well to stretch the play out with the speed to make plays at the sidelines. At times, he can have difficulty getting off blocks when over tackles and needs additional hand use development to separate. Capable of being a three-down defender with positional flexibility. At the NFL Combine, he checked in over 6’2” and 280 lbs. with 32 7/8” arms and 10 1/4” hands. Ran a 4.87 time and did 28 reps. Mobile athlete with developing rushing skills and capable of being a three-down starter with potential in either set. Top 125 prospect with great strength (600 lb. squat), motor and nice versatility. Solid addition for line rotation. Tore ACL in April workout with the Giants which leaves his draft status very questionable. It could cost his rookie season and push him to the rookie free agent group.

21 Jeff Holland #4 –      Auburn     6-2       250       Sp. 4.80             Rating 65
Powerful strong junior end had a breakout season in his only full year as a starter. Unsung and very productive performer for the Tigers front playing the ‘Buck’ position vacated by Bengals DE Carl Lawson. Jeff earned 1st team SEC honors in 2017. Tweener size with good quickness and instincts to penetrate and plays with leverage to use his strong compact frame and maximize his power. Locates the ball quickly using his fine vision to sniff out the play and close down the line to finish. Good motor that never quits and allows him to win late on the down. Displays fine use of his quick powerful hands to prevent blockers from locking on to him, though inconsistent there. Possesses fine lower body strength and combined with good leverage is difficult to move at the point of attack. “Sensei Mud”, as he is known, came out of nowhere to lead Auburn in sacks in 2017. Off season martial arts training helped him improve and develop his hand usage, both as a pass rusher and in run defense. Personifies the term “tweener”, because he is undersized for being a regular down DE in a 4-3 and does not have the quickness and lateral movement skills ideally desired in an outside linebacker. Forward attacks as a pass rusher, showing fairly long powerful strides with quick feet that never stop moving. He has shown he can run the arc and bend the edge with an extra gear to close on the QB once he gets on the upfield shoulder of the offensive tackle. Hardworking, relentless high motor player who will not be denied. Though under 6’2”, he has relatively long arms (33 ½”) and is some ways looks like a larger version of Elvis Dumervil. Major college sleeper what with only one starting season and the type one may say has his best football ahead of him. Effective pass rusher on the strong side, but may not have enough athleticism or size to have that carry over to starting at the next level. Undersized for a base strong side end in the NFL and while he is able to stand up against the run at the college level, it may be a bigger struggle at the pro level. In 2017, he started 14 games and totaled 45 tackles, 13 TFL and 10 sacks with 22 QB hurries and 4 FF. In 2016, he 13 tackles, 3 TFL, 2 sacks and 7 QB hurries. At the NFL Combine, he came in at over 6’1” and 249 lbs. with 33 1/2” arms. He ran a 4.79 time with a 9’8” BJ and did not lift. Fine later addition with skills to improve and surprise in right setting. Underrated improving rotation defender projects as a situational outside pass rusher. Best for four-man fronts. Serviceable defender and marginal top 200 prospect.

22 * Olasunkanmi Adeniyi #9 –   Toledo     6-2       250    – Sp. 4.75         Rating 62
Quick strong senior end has been an unsung productive performer for the Toledo front. Earned 2nd team MAC honors his final season. Explosive and instinctive to penetrate and plays with leverage to use his frame and maximize his power. Locates the ball quickly using his fine vision and can close down the line to finish. Good motor that never quits and allows him to win late on the down. Displays fine use of his quick powerful hands to prevent blockers from locking on to him, though inconsistent there. Possesses fine lower body strength and combined with good leverage is difficult to move at the point of attack. Effective pass rusher, but must show he has enough athleticism or size to have that carry over to the next level. Undersized for a weak side end in the NFL and while he is able to stand up against the run at the college level, it may be a bigger struggle at the pro level. Two-year starter. In 2017, he totaled 66 tackles, 20 TFL and 8.5 sacks with 3 FF. In 2016, he 49 tackles, 8 TFL, 4 sacks and 8 QB hurries. At the NFL Combine, he came in at over 6’1” and 248 lbs. with short 31 3/4” arms. He ran a 4.83 time with a 31.5” VJ, a 4.28 shuttle, 7.21 three cone and did 26 reps. Late addition with skills to improve and surprise in right setting. Underrated improving rotation defender projects as a situational outside pass rusher. Best for four-man fronts. Serviceable defender and marginal top 250 prospect.

23 Abdullah Anderson #40 – Bucknell U (Pa) 6-4   295  –    Sp. 5.0              Rating 62
Athletic small college defender was a playmaker over his Bucknell U career, earning Patriot League honors his final three seasons. Started all 43 games of his career. Cut frame with good base and the arm length which gives him the components of a five-technique end. Lined up mainly inside in a four-man front, though projects outside to base end or five technique pro schemes. Started at a few positions and has filled in at nose and defensive tackle along with strong side end in different fronts. Long limbed athlete moves smoothly and naturally to fit the tweener label and will get strong consideration from all NFL clubs late in the draft process. Shows explosiveness on the snap and moves well laterally to pursue down the line. Displays a fine motor to chase down plays with the natural quickness to be effective in both run and pass defense. Uses his long arms and strong hands well to disengage from blockers. Finishes well with the ability to hold the edge and contain. Played mainly inside in college, but may fit best on the outside in the 3-4 fronts. His fine length would allow him to add weight if he stays at end. Burst is good to push the pocket, though he needs work on his technique and further development on his ability to separate with additional moves. At times, he raises his pads and plays too high and loses leverage. Moves well laterally with the ability to make stops outside the box. In 2017, started 10 games and totaled 24 tackles, 9 TFL and 2.5 sacks. In 2016, started 11 games totaled 55 tackles, 13.5 TFL, 8.5 sacks and 2 BK. At his pro day, he did not workout due to the leg injury. He did not attend the NFL Combine. Fine late addition or priority FA with skills to improve and surprise in right setting. Prospect that I have scouted several times and see him as one of the small college sleepers with a big upside with time in a pro setting. Underrated rotational defender projects as a situational pass rusher. Ideal PS defender with raw talent. Intriguing kid with natural skills to mold, though may need a few seasons to settle into a pro scheme. Good addition with interesting potential and serviceable rotational lineman.

24 * Zach Sieler                   Ferris St                         6-5       290       – Sp. 4.85           Rating 62
25 Trevon Young                Louisville                       6-4       260       – Sp. 4.80          Rating 62
26 Ebenezer Ogundeko     Tennessee St                 6-2        245       – Sp. 4.75          Rating 62
27 Marcell Frazier              Missouri                         6-4        260       – Sp. 4.70          Rating 62
28 Bunmi Rotimi                Old Dominion               6-4       275       – Sp. 4.95           Rating 62
29 Andrew Trumbetti        Notre Dame                   6-3      265       – Sp. 4.85            Rating 62
30 * JoJo Wicker                Arizona St                      6-2       295       – Sp. 5.10            Rating 60
31 Joe Ostman                    Central Michigan          6-2       250       – Sp. 4.85           Rating 60
32 Demetrius Cooper        Michigan St                    6-4       250       – Sp. 4.85          Rating 60
33 Chikwe Obasih              Wisconsin                        6-2       275       – Sp. 4.80          Rating 60
34 Brian Womac                Rice                                   6-2       250       – Sp. 4.75          Rating 60
35 Paul James III               Auburn                             6-2       260       – Sp. 4.75         Rating 60
36 Kendall Donnerson     SE Missouri St                  6-2       245       – Sp. 4.45         Rating 60
37 Mat Boesen                    Texas Christian                6-3       240       – Sp. 4.85        Rating 60
38 Aikeem Coleman           Idaho                                  6-1        270       – Sp. 4.85       Rating 60
39 Alec James                     Wisconsin                          6-3       270       – Sp. 4.85       Rating 60
40 Sione Teuhema             Southeastern Louisiana  6-3      255       – Sp. 4.75         Rating 60
41 Conor Sheehy               Wisconsin                            6-3       290       – Sp. 4.95        Rating 60
42 D.J. Ward                       Oklahoma                         6-1       260       – Sp. 4.75         Rating 60
43 K.J. Smith                       Baylor                               6-1       260       – Sp. 4.85         Rating 60
44 Jacob Tuioti-Mariner   UCLA                               6-2       280       – Sp. 4.95          Rating 60
45 Sharif Finch                   Temple                             6-4       250       – Sp. 4.85         Rating 60
46 * Jalen Wilkerson         Florida St                         6-4       275       – Sp. 4.90          Rating 60
47 Dalton Keene                 Illinois St                         6-3        280       – Sp. 4.95        Rating 60
48 Mike Love                      South Florida                  6-3        265       – Sp. 4.85         Rating 60
49 Naashon Hughes          Texas                                6-3        250       – Sp. 4.85         Rating 58
50 J.D. Waggoner             Iowa St                              6-2         250       – Sp. 4.90       Rating 58
51 Eric Cotton                   Stanford                            6-5         260       – Sp. 4.85    Rating 58
52 Gelen Robinson            Purdue                             6-1         280       – Sp. 4.80          Rating 58
53 Jarrett Johnson           Texas AM                         6-3        265       – Sp. 4.80          Rating 58
54 Wendell Dunn              Wake Forest                   6-3        250       – Sp. 4.85          Rating 58
55 Jeremy Smith               Tulsa                               6-4        265       – Sp. 4.85       Rating 58
56 Trent Harris                 Miami (Fl)                      6-2        250       – Sp. 4.85         Rating 58
57 Patrick Choudja          Nevada                            6-3        250       – Sp. 4.80          Rating 58
58 Jacob Martin               Temple                           6-2        250       – Sp. 4.85          Rating 58
59 John Nassib                Delaware                        6-6        268       – Sp. 4.85          Rating 56
60 Xavier Thigpen           Southern Miss             6-5        224       – Sp. 4.85           Rating 56
61 Jesse Brubaker          Tulsa                               6-3        270       – Sp. 4.90          Rating 56
62 Tee Sims                       Appalachian St            6-2        265       – Sp. 4.85          Rating 56
63 Qualen Cunningham Texas AM                     6-3        245       – Sp. 4.75           Rating 56
64 Colby Isbell                 Missouri St                   6-3        253       – Sp. 4.80          Rating 56
65 Greg Gooch                 Indiana                         6-2        250       – Sp. 4.90          Rating 56
66 Jonathan Wynn          Vanderbilt                   6-4        265       – Sp. 4.85          Rating 56
67 Tanner Wood              Kansas St                     6-4       260       – Sp. 4.75          Rating 56

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2018 Yearbook – Wide Receivers

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Wide Receivers – Grade: B

NFL Teams in need:
1 Ravens             5 Jets
2 Cowboys         6 Lions
3 Giants              7  Cardinals
4. Rams              8 Titans

Positional Overview:
This year’s group of receivers is a quality class that is not top heavy with blue chip prospects. It does not rank with the recent groups over the past decade, though is a deep position that will provide many NFL starters and playmakers. The addition of numerous underclassmen enhances this class significantly with many of the top 15 players from that group. This class should produce starters into the 3rd day of the NFL Draft. Calvin Ridley and Christian Kirk are blue chip prospects who probably come off the board from the middle of the first round. They will begin a run of at least 10-12 prospects chosen in the top 100 overall choices. D.J. Moore, D.J. Chark and Courtland Sutton could hear his name called late in the 1st or early 2nd rounds. James Washington, Anthony Miller, Deon Cain and Equanimeous St. Brown are solid 2nd day players. This especially deep group should also provide many return specialists, such as Kirk and Dante Pettis. Possibly 20-25 receivers from this position in the top 200 overall picks. The underclassmen will once again play a huge factor for this position with many of our top 150 prospects from that designation. There are a few fast rising prospects like Deon Cain, Tre’Quan Smith and DaeSean Hamilton moving up quickly off impressive postseasons. Highly regarded relatively unknown prospects like Korey Robertson and Marquez Valdes-Scantling will probably go in the early part of the 3rd day and capable of becoming pro playmakers. There will probably be at least 30-35 chosen over the three-day event in another strong deep receiving class.

Wideout Rankings

1 Calvin Ridley – Alabama
2 Christian Kirk – Texas A&M
3 * D.J. Moore – Maryland
4 Courtland Sutton – Southern Methodist
5 D.J. Chark – LSU
6 James Washington        – Oklahoma St
7 Anthony Miller – Memphis
8 * Deon Cain     – Clemson
9 * Equanimeous St. Brown – Notre Dame
10 Dante Pettis     – Washington
11 * Tre’Quan Smith – Central Florida
12 Michael Gallup – Colorado St
13 DaeSean Hamilton – Penn St
14 * Simmie Cobbs –  Indiana
15 J’Mon Moore – Missouri
16 * Antonio Callaway – Florida
17 Allen Lazard – Iowa St
18 Cedrick Wilson – Boise St
19 * Keke Coutee – Texas Tech
20 Marcell Ateman – Oklahoma St
21 * Korey Robertson –        Southern Mississippi
22 * Auden Tate – Florida St
23 Marquez Valdes-Scantling – South Florida
24 Dylan Cantrell – Texas Tech
25 * Deontay Burnett – USC

   NFL Premier Player
      Odell Beckham
Blue Chip – Calvin Ridley
Blue Chip – Christian Kirk
Red Chip –  D.J. Moore
Red Chip – Courtland Sutton
Rising – D.J. Chark
Falling – Simmie Cobbs
Underrated – Michael Gallup
Overrated – J’Mon Moore
Sleeper – Korey Robertson
Boom/Bust –  Antonio Callaway
Longterm Gem – Tre’Quan Smith
Hidden Gem – Deon Cain

Positional Traits
Best Athlete – Christian Kirk
Best Hands – Calvin Ridley
Fastest – D.J. Chark
Quickest – D.J. Moore
Run After Catch – Christian Kirk
Route Runner – Calvin Ridley
Deep Threat – Deon Cain
Catch In Traffic – Courtland Sutton
Blocker – Courtland Sutton
Adjustments /Routes – D.J. Moore

Wide Receivers

1 * Calvin Ridley #3 – Alabama             6-1       190       – Sp. 4.45
   Player Comparison: Amari Cooper                      Rating 91
Smooth sure handed junior was the go-to guy for the Bama program since his freshman season, on his way to setting several new school records. Consensus Freshman 1st-Team All-American and AAC and named Biletnikoff Award finalist after the 2016 season. Deceptively fast on deeper routes and has the nuances as a route-runner to separate from coverage at the route stem. Long arms with good lean muscle development and adequate functional strength, but could benefit from adding more mass to his frame. He is not as highly regarded as fellow former Crimson Tide WR Amari Cooper was coming out, nor is quite so much a workout warrior. On the field, he looks like a better all-around wide receiver. Though he is by no means slow running the 40, his field speed is even more impressive than his track speed. He runs crisp and precise routes and is outstanding at creating separation coming out of his breaks. He does extremely well at using nuanced body language, as well as ability to change speed, to set up defensive backs. His hands are soft, strong, and natural. He can seamlessly pluck the ball at full extension, whether using one or two hands. In the clutch, such as 3rd down, or red zone, he just never seems to drop passes one would reasonably expect him to catch. Yes, he can make the acrobatic or contested catch with regularity, but just as important, he gobbles up the routine ones too like clockwork. Shows good elusiveness as runner after the catch with efficient footwork to create space. Tough after the catch, but lacks the overall strength to break many tackles. Outstanding hand-eye coordination and able to elevate and high point the ball. Very strong hands and usually able to maintain control of the ball while taking big hits. Able to maintain concentration on making the catch and tapping his toes in bounds at the sidelines. Very alert and aware and works his way back to pass. Reads zone coverage well and knows how to find and settle in the soft spots. High character individual who is well respected and liked. Committed to the program and willing to sacrifice for the team. Good effort as a blocker both in the run game and in the secondary for his fellow receivers.
The Numbers: As a junior, he caught 63 passes for 967 yards for a 15.3 average and 5 TDs while starting 15 games. Earned SEC first team honors. As a sophomore, he started 15 games and had 72 catches for 769 yards with a 10.7 yard average and 7 TDs. He earned SEC 2nd team honors. As a freshman, he started 15 games and had 89 catches for 1045 yards with an 11.7 yard average and 7 TDs. Earned All-American honors. For his career, he totaled 224 catches for 2781 yards and 19 scores. At the NFL Combine, he came in at 6’1” and 189 lbs. and did 15 reps. He ran 4.43 time and had a 31” VL and 9’2” BJ with a 4.41 short shuttle and 6.88 three cone. It was an excellent workout. Similar to former Tide wideout Amari Cooper in size, speed, body type, AA and development.
The Skinny:  Highly developed receiver with definite playmaking ability to be a weapon in three wideout sets immediately. Pro #1 receiver who will go over the middle. Top 20 prospect and could go earlier in the round with the demand at the position. Solid addition with the tools to start as a rookie in the right situation. Playmaker with the intangibles to bring it all together.
Draft Projection: 1st Round

2 * Christian Kirk #3 – Texas A&M         5-11      200       – Sp. 4.45         
    Player Comparison: Odell Beckham               Rating 90
Explosive fast playmaker was among the most dynamic wide receivers/returners in college football over his three seasons. Finalist for the 2017 Fred Biletnikoff Award as the nation’s top wide receiver. Also named 1st-team SEC. Strong compact frame with elite speed, quickness and running skills to be the best playmaker in this class. Despite his size, he is a very tough athlete and among the most productive receivers/returners in years. He has lined up both in the slot and outside and should be able to do the same in the NFL. His run after the catch ability is the best since Odell Beckham entered the league in 2014. His receiving numbers are good considering the erratic Aggie QB play over his short career. Very aggressive off the line and able to accelerate to top speed and eat up a corner’s cushion. Able to shift gears and separate in the deep game to be the best home run hitter in this class. He is learning to use his speed and set up cover men in the intermediate zones where he gets open consistently. He explodes out of his breaks and loses little in transition to create a fine target for his passer. After the catch, he has fine footwork and elusiveness in the open field, with the burst of speed to accelerate and outrun the fastest defenders. Extremely dangerous with the ball in his hands. Lacks ideal size and is not likely to add any additional muscularity to his frame. He can out leap many defensive backs and win many contested passes with acrobatic catches. Ran an abbreviated route tree in the Aggie spread offense and faces a clear learning curve in a pro offense. Very dangerous on the crossing, bubble screens, hitches, and go routes. Very good at jet sweeps and moving in short areas and capable of creating space to break plays. Highly athletic with the ball in his hands anywhere on the field, making him a dangerous big play threat.
The Numbers:  As a junior, he caught 71 passes for 919 yards for a 12.9 average and 10 TDs while starting 14 games. He earned 1st team SEC honors. As a sophomore in 2016, he started 13 games and caught 83 passes for 928 yards and 9 TDs. Also an impact weapon returning kicks. Totaled 6 career TDs as a punt returner and 1 TD as a KOR. Over his three-year career, he totaled 234 receptions for 2856 yards, a 12.2 yard average and 26 TDs. At the NFL Combine, he came in over 5’10” and 201 lbs. and did 20 reps and ran a 4.45 time. Added a 35.5” VL and 9’7” BJ with a 4.45 shuttle and a 7.09 three cone. Looked sharp in the positional drills especially adjusting the pass. Similar to Odell Beckham in speed, body type, AA and development, in addition to return skills.
The Skinny:  Fast developing athlete ranks with Saquon Barkley as the best playmakers in this class. Legitimate deep threat and sudden quick to make big plays underneath. Dangerous to bump and run. With some development, he can start early and has just tapped the tip of his potential at receiver. Top 20 prospect and should easily go in the first round. Solid addition with the tools to start eventually in the right situation. Speedy playmaker and impact weapon, best for the slot role and returner. Mid-1st round pick with Bills, Rams, Titans Eagles and Jaguars interested. Plugin big play weapon. Best returner since Devin Hester.
Draft Projection: 1st Round

3 * D.J. Moore #1 – Maryland                6-0       210       – Sp. 4.45
  Player Comparison: Percy Harvin                           Rating 90
Fast compact true junior wideout/returner has been one of the most dangerous playmakers in the nation over recent seasons. Athletically gifted prospect confirmed his talent at the NFL Combine where he put on one of the best overall workouts in recent years. With a deceptively strong frame combined with rare quickness and speed, he is a playmaker as a receiver, runner and returner. Three-year starter earned Big Ten honors his final two seasons in each role. Followed wideout Stefon Diggs at Maryland whom we loved in the NFL Draft 2015 and teams allowed to slide to the 5th round. That won’t happen here as D.J. has risen to a definite top 50 and possible first round pick. Over the 2016 season, became the Terps’ primary and most reliable playmaker in many roles. Capable of playing outside or in the slot, in addition to lining up in the backfield where he ranks as dangerous 3rd down back. His return skills are very good and he can be an immediate difference maker both on punts and kickoffs. Very instinctive and intelligent athlete developing quickly to run the full route tree. Gets off the line quickly with crisp footwork that allows him to run precise routes and retain his speed well at the breakpoint. Displays a fine burst out of his cuts to create consistent separation. Well-rounded complete athlete who is gaining a nice understanding of multiple positions to provide a very unique weapon for a pro offense. Knows to adjust, improvise and work back to his QB when under pressure. Shows the instincts and feel for finding the soft spots in zone coverage and presenting a good target for the passer. Always looking to run after the catch with the burst to create immediate space from defenders. Used in a number of ways, including jet sweeps, bubble screens and third down back situations, though he only tapped the surface of his playmaking ability with the Terps. Soft natural and reliable hands to extend, pluck and secure the ball. Both quick and fast with the suddenness in small areas to create space to break plays. As a receiver, he is a deep threat who can blow the top off a defense at any time. Short strides allow him to cut on a dime and get behind safeties to make big plays. Possesses good playing strength to battle bigger, press pro corners who may cause problems initially. He was very effective working out of different formations and attempted to create single matchups as defenses continuously rotated coverage toward him especially in 2017. Ran the full route tree and proved he can hold up physically working over the middle to take big hits. As a blocker, he has been effective in this area, but needs technique work.  Very dangerous as a punt returner where his short area suddenness, long speed and tackle breaking skills make a difference. Natural openfield runner and very good at setting up blocks with the vision and burst to cut back against the grain. Can eat up the corner’s cushion quickly and come out of his breaks with sharp cuts and retain his top end speed to separate consistently. Good cutting skills to change directions and maintain speed. As a runner, he has the ability to take the simple slip screen for big plays. Emerging athlete with highly-developed overall skill set and capable of playing significant roles as a rookie.
The Numbers:  As a junior, he started 12 games and totaled 80 receptions for 1033 yards, a 12.9 yard average and 8 TDs. Carried the ball 5 times for 61 yards and 1 TD. Earned first team ACC honors. As a sophomore, he started 13 games and caught 41 passes for 637 yards, a 15.5 yard average and 6 TDs, earning ACC honorable mention. Over his career, he had 146 receptions for 2027 yards, 17 TDs and an average of 13.9 yards per catch. Worked with marginal QBs over his three seasons. Excellent returner and ranks with the top specialists in this class. At the NFL Combine, he checked in at 6’ and 210 lbs. He did 15 reps and ran a blazing 4.42 time with a 1.54 ten yard split. He did a 39.5” VL and an 11’ BJ. Added a 4.07 shuttle and 6.95 three cone. Very good positional and agility drills to complete an outstanding overall workout.
The Skinny:  Talented versatile playmaker with impact ability in a few roles. Developed receiving skills and suited well for the slot or outside roles. Top return skills and a difference maker for field position. Big play ability should earn him early time. Reminiscent of NFL playmaker Percy Harvin in size, speed, running style and versatility. Capable of fitting into a few positions in any type of offense. Well-rounded athlete with speed and natural running skills to be an impact weapon. Game changer and first round bubble prospect and marginal top 40 athlete with the talent to give an offense a boost and difference maker early as a pro.
Draft Projection: 2nd Round

4 * Courtland Sutton #16 – SMU            6-3        220       – Sp. 4.55 
  Player Comparison: Mike Evans                                              Rating 88
Big agile junior completed a strong career and earned first team AAC honors over his final three seasons. He is a strong, physical specimen with very large and natural hands. Former tight end and safety in HS who made the transition to receiver at SMU. While he may lack outstanding straight-line speed, he does have very fine short area quickness with which he is able to separate from defenders, and very good lower body explosiveness, which he can use to get high off the ground and corral those kinds of passes. He displays consistent ability to make the catch with a corner draped all over him, though the questionable level of competition he faced at SMU has to be considered too. Works the sidelines as well as anyone, knowing where the chalk is. He keeps his toes in the green while extending far outside to haul in wider throws and secures them properly before going to ground. His run after the catch ability is like that of most running backs. At times, the Mustangs would line him up as a Wildcat QB, taking the direct snap, with very positive effect. Finalist for the Biletnikoff Award for the nation’s outstanding receiver. Very long arms and big strong hands to give him a nice large catch-radius. Uses his hands to naturally pluck the ball anywhere within his radius and capable of snatching the ball. Awesome ability on contested passes, with exceptional body control, concentration, footwork and hand/eye coordination. Despite the lack of pure raw speed, his long decisive strides allow him to be deceptively fast with effective field speed. Able to drive up field, sink his hips and explode strongly out of his breaks. After the catch, he uses his fine natural strength to be a dangerous runner and it often takes more than one defender to bring him down. His strength and athleticism make him a dangerous runner on bubble screens and slant routes. Still developing as a route runner. Good speed for the position, though not a burner and lacks the extra gear to stretch the field or run away from fast defenders. Despite his strong natural hands will drop an easy one periodically. Tough willing blocker. Physical and athletic mismatch for most corners. Limited big game experience with the development to step in and eventually become a premier #1 receiver once he settles into a pro offense.
The Numbers:  As a junior in 2017, he had his best season with 68 catches for 1085 yards, a 16.0 yard average and 12 TDs. Earned first team AAC and All-American honors. As a sophomore, he started 12 games and had 76 catches for 1246 yards, a 16.4 yard average and 10 TDs. For his career, totaled 195 catches for 3220 yards for a 16.5 yard average and 31 TDs. At the NFL Combine, he came in at 6’3” and 218 lbs. with 32 3/8” arms and 9 3/4” hands. He ran a 4.54 time with a 1.52 ten yard split and did 18 reps and added a 35.5” VL and 10’4” BJ. Added a 4.11 shuttle and a 6.57 three cone. He did well in the positional drills. Efficient route runner with soft hands in drills.
The Skinny: Blue chip playmaker with impact ability in a few roles. Well-developed receiving skills with a good sense of coverage. Similar to NFL playmakers Mike Evans and Alshon Jeffery in size, speed, running style and versatility. Capable of earning a starting receiver job day one and could compete for a #1 role in time. Well-rounded talent with size/speed and natural receiving skills. Impact weapon and game changing ability in the red zone. Marginal top 20 athlete with talent to be a difference maker in time with an expanded route tree and overall refinement. Clubs like the Cowboys, Ravens and Titans are interested in the mid first round.
Draft Projection: 1st Round

5 D.J. Chark #7 – LSU                      6-3       200        – Sp. 4.35            
   Player Comparison: Will Fuller                                         Rating 88
Smooth agile senior has been a productive big play receiver for the Tigers over the past two seasons. Ranked a five-star recruit HS All-American entering LSU. He possesses a very rare combination of height, reach, and blinding straight-line speed. To make him even more impressive, he also possesses fine short area lateral quickness with the ability to stutter step and change directions on a dime. Shows fine vision and RAC ability while weaving through traffic. His ability to stretch the field as a receiver, though is his best trait. He can outrun nearly any DB trying to cover him. He is even more challenging for the defender is when he has to slow down a bit to adjust to the pass and make the back shoulder catch. He displays a subtle ability to use his long arms to keep the cover man at bay without trying to climb all over him. Even though he may look like a beanpole, he has impressive strength, and is a handful when it comes to fighting for the ball on contested throws. His lower body strength and explosiveness is superb and besides being so tall, he can really reach the rafters with his leaping ability. While he may not fit the typical stereotype, size wise, as a punt return man, LSU used him in that role. He was very effective and took two to the house in 2017. His production was limited throughout his career mainly due to poor QB play and the presence of premier backs Leonard Fournette and Derrius Guice. Smooth, easy strides and much faster than he looks. Fine suddenness initially off the line to drive on the defender. Can be really tough on end zone fades. Positions himself well and uses good timing to high point the ball over the defender. Inconsistent hands and can double or body catch too many passes. Needs to pluck the ball more and extend not to let the ball get into his body. Effective on shallow crossers and bubble screens. After the catch, gets north-south in an instant and racks up nice yards after the catch. Shows some wiggle as a runner in the open field and is often able to juke a defender and make him whiff. Lacks power as a runner, though makes nice yardage after contact. As a long strider, he possesses deceptive separation speed to use an extra gear as a consistent deep threat. Slender frame and needs some additional muscle to help withstand the more physical pro game. Needs work on his route tree and in particular going over the middle. Can make the tough catch, high point, take a hit and maintain possession. Competes well as a blocker to wall off effectively.
The Numbers: During the 2017 season, he started 13 games and caught 40 passes for 874 yards and 8 TDs and a 21.9 yard average while earning SEC honorable mention. As a junior, he had 26 catches for 466 yards, 17.9 average and 3 TDs. For his career, he played in 36 games and made 66 receptions for 1340 yards and 6 TDs and an impressive 20.3 average. At the NFL Combine, he came in at 6’3” and 199 lbs. He ran a 4.34 time and did 16 reps. Added a 40” VL and a 10’9” BJ with no agility drills. Good effort in the positional drills. Similar to NFL playmaker DeAndre Hopkins in size, speed, running style and versatility
The Skinny:  Smooth fluid athlete with well-developed skill set. His combination of size, speed and athleticism gives him the tools to be a difference maker in the right offense. Big play production and potential ranks with the top receivers in this and recent classes especially from yardage per reception standpoint. His big play ability will demand special attention and probably a late first round pick. Major factor after the catch and in the red zone where his combination of leaping ability and speed gives him a huge advantage. Similar to DeAndre Hopkins from a development standpoint. High quality triangle numbers with the physical talent to become a top pro in time, though must improve catching the ball and work a full route tree to be a true #1 receiver. Enormous upside potential, but also a huge boom or bust prospect. Clubs like the Chargers, Saints and Jets are all interested.
Draft Projection: 1st-2nd Round

6 James Washington #28 – Oklahoma St         5-11      210       – Sp. 4.55
  Player Comparison: DeAndre Hopkins                                         Rating 85
Smooth, gliding, all-around athlete has been the primary weapon for QB Mason Randolph during his four starting seasons for the Cowboys. Earned Big 12 honors since his redshirt freshman season with three straight first team accolades including Offensive Player of the 2017 season. He was also the 2017 recipient of the Biletnikoff Award presented to the nation’s top receiver. He is built more like a RB than he is like most typical wide receivers. He has very big, very strong, natural hands. He is a consistent hands catcher that plucks the ball out of the air like second nature. His speed is sort of middle of the pack, but good enough to be a deep threat and set up corners with his ability to change speeds. Sneaky build up speed, can consistently get deep and pressure the defense over the top. He really stands out with being able to track and adjust to passes far down the field, to the limit of the arm strength of his QB. To see him in this regard is a beautiful thing, somewhat reminiscent of Willie Mays tracking down fly balls at the deepest reaches of the old Polo Grounds. His RAC ability is another big plus. With his powerful lower body and core strength, he is often able to gobble up chunks of yards after the catch, running through arm tackle attempts and swatting away the defender’s hands when they try to grab on to him. He accelerates off the line and gets into his routes well. Crisp, precise route-runner. Able to sell his fakes very well with subtle moves. Explodes out of his breaks to retain speed well. Possesses a strong frame with fine functional strength and power to shield off cover men and make plays as a runner. Fights well for extra yardage, showing power and a good straight arm. Good speed to pressure a secondary and learned how to deal with double coverage late in his career. Runs a limited route tree currently. He is especially dangerous running the nine route and crossing patterns. Good blocker though needs some hand technique work to become more consistent and effective in the secondary. Weapon lining up as a flanker or split end and also in the slot to create mismatches.
The Numbers: As a senior, he caught 74 passes for 1549 yards for a 20.9 average and 13 TDs while starting 13 games. He earned Big 12 first team honors. As a junior, he started 13 games and had 71 catches for 1380 yards for a 19.4 yard average with 10 TDs and 1st team Big 12 honors.  Over his four-starting seasons, he totaled 225 catches for 4467 yards for a 19.9 yard average and 39 TDs. Started all 52 games of his career. At the NFL Combine, he came in at 5’11” and 213 lbs. and ran a 4.54 time and did 14 reps. Added a 34.5” VL, 10’ BJ, a 4.32 shuttle and a 7.11 three cone.
The Skinny:  Highly developed receiver showed dominant skills at the D1 level over his long career. Definite playmaking ability to be a weapon and earn a starting rookie job in camp. Similar to Will Fuller in size, speed, body type, AA, toughness and development. Legitimate #1 receiver with big play talent. Strong hands and big receiving radius. Top 50 prospect with a high level of development and a dangerous red zone weapon. Solid addition with strong sure hands and positional skills to start day one in the right situation. Long term gem with well-rounded skill set and capable of being a difference maker. Teams like the Titans, Cardinals, Browns and Ravens interested.
Draft Projection: 2nd Round

7 Anthony Miller #3 – Memphis             5-11     190       – Sp. 4.50
           Player Comparison: Emmanuel Sanders                              Rating 85
Speedy senior has been an outstanding big play receiver for the Tigers over his two starting seasons, earning AAC first team honors. One of the best runners after the catch in this class with the versatility to line up both in the slot and the outside position. He is extremely competitive, hard working and highly productive. Among all the wideouts in this draft, he has the most receptions and yardage over the past two seasons combined, working with the highly accurate Riley Ferguson at QB. Displays superb concentration on the deep passes and contested catches. Tracks deep passes as well as most any WR in recent memory and will make some catches with a defender all tangled up with him. He sports a pair of huge hands which are among the biggest of any WR in this draft class. Sometimes though, he loses a little concentration on the shorter, easier attempts where he is wide open, and at times will juggle or double catch the ball before securing it. He is top notch in all facets of play and does not have to rely on any one thing to be productive. He works the sidelines with the best of them, where he uses supreme body control, footwork, and his big strong hands to make some spectacular efforts seem routine. Plays with an edge and a chip on his shoulder, both as a blocker and receiver. Leads by example. Runs with short quick strides and is very adept at changing and adjusting his speed to set up defenders. Explodes off the snap and can quickly eat a corner’s cushion and put them on their heels. Displays outstanding hands and ball security. Able to maintain fine body control plucking the ball. Combines speed and quickness to pressure a cover man. Shows fine awareness when covered closely and has the ability to secure the catch with a corner draped all over him. Seldom faced press coverage in college mainly due to defenders fearing his speed. Some questions related to his ability to get off physical corners and is an area he will certainly get tested on in the NFL. Outstanding weapon after the catch and able to use his acceleration, change-of-direction and quickness to pressure defenders. Slight of build and not likely to overpower anyone or get yards after contact with concern how well he can hold up to the more physical pro game. Less effective on routes in heavy traffic over the middle and won’t make his living that way. On shallow crosses though, when he gets the ball in stride, he is always a threat for chunk yardage. Lacks the physicality to be a strong blocker, but he does give good effort to seal off defenders.
The Numbers:  As a senior, he caught 96 passes for 1462 yards for a 15.2 average and 18 TDs while starting 13 games. He earned 1st team All-American and AAC honors. As a junior, he started 13 games and had 95 catches for 1434 yards for a 15.1 yard average with 14 TDs. For his final two seasons, he totaled 191 catches for 2896 yards, 15 average, and 32 TDs. At the NFL Combine, he came in 5’11”, 201 lbs. with 31 5/8” arms and big 10” hands. Added 22 reps. No workout coming off a foot injury.
The Skinny:  Fast developed receiver with definite playmaking ability to be a weapon in three wideout sets immediately. Similar to Emmanuel Sanders in speed, body type, AA and development. Legitimate deep threat with run after the catch ability. Sneaky quick with short area suddenness. One of the most exciting big play guys in this draft. Falling marginal top 60 prospect off questions about his foot and holding up in the NFL, especially getting off the line and catching over the middle. Probably goes on the 2nd day. Must prove durable and consistent as a pass catcher. Playmaker with impact to hit the home run, but needs to run the full route tree and prove durable.
Draft Projection: 2nd-3rd Round

8 Deon Cain #8 – Clemson                  6-2        202       – Sp. 4.48
    Player Comparison: Jeremy Maclin                                   Rating 80
Athletic junior wideout finished his career with strong back to back performances after a slow start in Happy lley. Over his final two seasons, he flashed playmaking ability especially in key situations. He possesses prototype triangle numbers and is a complete physical specimen. Adonis-like physique. He is very fast and is able to reach top speed quickly. With his raw speed, and ability to defeat press coverage, he must always be respected as a big play deep threat. At times, he can be difficult to bring down after the catch, will fight for extra yardage and is a threat to rack up chunk plays. Once he secures the ball, he turns upfield quickly and becomes a dangerous runner in the open field. He displays elusiveness and has a respectable stiff arm. His hands are inconsistent. He will adjust to off line throws sometimes, contort himself and make an acrobatic catch. Whereas other times he will look to run before securing the ball and drop an embarrassingly easy one. His hands are good though, and his drops are purely about focus. Combination of speed and overall AA with the skills necessary to become a starting receiver. Burst to get open and the leaping skills to go up for the ball in a crowd and make plays. He is ready, willing and able to compete hard as a blocker to help the ground game on the outside.  Gets off the line quickly and into his routes with the ability to sink his hips and separate coming out of his breaks. He needs further route development especially being more consistent and sharper in his cuts to be ready for playing time. Skill set to be a fine deep threat with route work and defensive recognition. F1ights through the bump and run and stays on his routes fairly well, though needs definite strength development and improved hand technique. Explosive runner after the catch with the elusiveness and burst of speed to run away from tacklers.
The Numbers: During the 2017 season, he started 14 games and had 58 receptions for 734 yards for a 12.7 yard average and 6 TDs. Earned ACC honorable mention. As a sophomore, he started 15 games and caught 38 passes for 724 yards, a 19.1 yard average and 9 TDs which earned 2nd team ACC honors. Over his career, he totaled 130 catches for 2040 yards for a 15.7 yard average and 20 TDs. At the NFL Combine, he came in at 6’2” and 202 lbs. and did 11 reps. He ran a 4.43 time with a 33.5” VL, 9’7” BJ and did a 4.34 shuttle and a 6.71 three cone drills for a fine workout. He did well in the positional drills.
The Skinny:  Huge upside potential, though not completely there yet from a route running and defense recognition standpoint. Vertical threat with impact ability, though most of his game is still currently outside the hashes. Sudden quickness to create space. Developing prospect came on with experience, though still a raw receiver who needs reps in his route running and overall catching to continue to progress. Needs to read coverage better and know where the openings are and settle into zones. Good skill set to improve further and surprise with development. Rising top 75 prospect with definite upside if he improves his reads and route tree. Tough athlete made further strides in 2017 and shows the level to come in and play in three wideout sets day one. Fine early 2nd day addition with high ceiling if he progresses in key areas. Upside to be a better pro than collegian. Player on the come to be a difference maker.
Draft Projection: 2nd-3rd Round

9 * Equanimeous St. Brown #5 – Notre Dame    6-5        215  – Sp. 4.50
          Player Comparison: Martavis Bryant                                          Rating 80
Tall long limbed athletic junior has been a playmaker in the Irish run oriented offense over his two starting seasons. Smooth big wideout with fluid movement skills and a huge receiving radius to develop into a starting receiver. Late in his career, he showed fast development with a better understanding of coverage and route running. Long strider with deceptive speed to get behind coverage. Tough matchup over the middle or in the red zone where he uses his great length and leaping ability to win consistently.  Shows soft hands and body control to become a solid NFL performer. Possesses a long frame and leaping skills to be dangerous especially in the red zone. Deceptive speed to get deep and the quickness to get open and separate. Good run after the catch ability to take the short hitch pass the distance. Though he lacks elite speed, shows the burst to separate and get behind the secondary. Learned to set up defenders, relying on his cutting ability and good reads to create separation. Runs fairly good routes and comes out of his cuts, showing the ability to retain his speed well and adjust to coverage. At times, he can round his cuts on routes and needs further discipline in his patterns. Fine ball skills with the body control, strength and hands to make the difficult catch over the middle or at the sidelines. Wiry strong frame, though he must prove durable vs NFL caliber corners and the weekly pounding. Must improve his overall strength, though shows the ability to beat the jam and battle for the ball. As a runner, he has some tackle breaking ability along with good speed to make plays. Improving fluid receiver with natural AA and the body control to adjust to the errant pass and catch outside the frame. Over the middle, he shows some toughness with the ability to go up and make plays. Hands have been inconsistent at times with too many drops and a tendency to double catch. As a route runner, he retains his speed adequately at the break point, but must improve his footwork there and at the sidelines to make the tough catch.
The Numbers: As a junior, he caught 33 passes for 515 yards for a 15.6 average and 4 TDs while starting 14 games. As a sophomore, he started 12 games and had 58 catches for 961 yards for a 16.6 yard average and 9 TDs. Over his career, he totaled 92 receptions for 1484 yards a 16.1 yard average and 13 TDs. At the NFL Combine, he came in at almost 6’5” and 214 lbs. and did 20 reps. He ran 4.48 time, but stopped the workout due to a knee sprain. Similar to the Steelers’ Martavis Bryant in body type, AA, development and upside potential.
The Skinny: Productive playmaker with vertical speed to get behind the secondary consistently. Developing receiver with definite natural ability to be a weapon in multiple wideout sets. Good #2 receiver and a deceptive deep threat, plus the ability to go over the middle and make the tough catch. With some development, he can start on the outside. Adequate production despite annual QB changes. Top 60 prospect with fast improving level of development to compete early. Talent to start eventually in the right situation. Playmaker and a nice addition on the mid 2nd day.
Draft Projection: 3rd Round

10 Dante Pettis #8 – Washington          6-0       195       – Sp. 4.45
      Player Comparison: T.Y Hinton                                           Rating 80
Wiry all-purpose athlete finished an excellent career, earning Pac-12 honors as both a receiver and return specialist. Big play performer with natural running skills to be dangerous from anywhere on the field. His thin wispy build would lead one to be concerned about durability, but he has a knack for avoiding the big hit and has held up very well from a physical standpoint. He is a record setting punt returner and one of the very best in college football history. His 4 TD returns in 2017 helped him set the career college record with 9. He comes with a professional sports pedigree, as his father, Gary Pettis, played for 11 seasons in major league baseball and won 5 Gold Glove Awards. His cousin, Austin Pettis, played WR at Boise St and a few seasons recently with the Rams. As a return man, he is able to get to full speed almost instantly. At times, will appear to be corralled in by the punt coverage team, yet will break out through the tiniest of creases. Once in the open field he displays fine elusiveness and vision, with lateral and stop-start quickness. As a receiver, over the course of his career, he has shown he can handle any role. When he was paired with speedster and deep threat John Ross, Pettis took care of being the short and intermediate threat who helped move the chains, while using much of the same traits that make him a great punt returner. Once Ross left for the NFL, Pettis proved he can be a fine deep threat in his own right, showing deceptively good speed, fine hand-eye coordination, and premier ability to track the ball while in the air. No doubt reminiscent to how his father did it while playing centerfield in baseball. Possesses excellent speed with very quick feet into and out of his breaks. Creates separation before, during and after the catch. Good target with a nice overall catching radius and sure hands with few drops in his game, displaying outstanding concentration. After the catch, he is a big play threat in open space. Quick twitch athlete with the suddenness and decisive feet to sell his routes. Fine speed to stretch the field and take the top off a defense which allows him to get open regularly on the shorter underneath routes. Corners always have to give him a soft cushion or risk him blowing past them. He is quite dangerous on double moves, comebacks and back shoulder throws since the corners have to be so respectful of his deep threat. Very high level of football intelligence and good film study habits. While he does not possess the physical package scouts seek in top receivers, he has the tools to be among the class’s most productive. His slight build could turn off some teams and big physical corners in press coverage may bother him, though risky because of his speed to separate.
The Numbers:  As a senior, he started 13 games and caught 63 passes for 761 yards for a 12.1 yard average and 7 TDs. As a junior, he started 14 games and caught 53 passes for 822 yards for a 15.5 yard average and 15 TDs. Over his career, he proved durable and played in 53 games and totaled 24 TD passes on 163 receptions and 2256 yards. He returned 9 punts for TDs, an NCAA record. At the NFL Combine, he came in at 6’1” and 186 lbs. with 32 ½” arms and 9 ½” hands. He did not workout due to an ankle injury. Similar to T.Y. Hilton in size, AA, LOD and as a returner.
The Skinny:  Explosive playmaker with big play ability as a receiver, runner and return specialist. Type with the natural running skills to become a good player in a few roles including immediate impact in multiple sets and the return game. Quick with the suddenness to create running room and hit an opening. Fine athlete with the talent to become a starting slot receiver where his natural open field running abilities gives his club an added dimension. Fast playmaker to be an impact role player. Marginal top 100 selection.
Draft Projection: 3rd Round

11 * Tre’Quan Smith #4 – Central Florida           6-2  205    – Sp. 4.50             
       Player Comparison: Michael Crabtree                                          Rating 80
Strong physical true junior was a consistently productive receiver over his three starting seasons, earning AAC honors in 2017. Good size with long arms (33 3/8) and big hands (9 1/2”) with good built up speed to be a vertical threat. Thick athlete with good muscle tone throughout and his fine functional strength translates well to the field. Nice height and weight for the position and he uses his strong frame to gain consistently good position. Shows excellent hand-eye coordination and is able to extend and pluck the ball away from his body. Possesses above average speed with the ability to separate in the deep game. Wins much of the time on contested passes where he is able to use his size, strength and determination to overpower most defensive backs. His deceptive speed makes him dangerous after the catch. He is difficult to bring down due to his size and strength. Very effective in the red zone where he can use his height and leaping ability to get above most defenders, track the ball and make a play. Shows the tools to be a very physical blocker on the perimeter for outside runs. Can lock on initially, though does not consistently sustain. Learned to execute a more diversified route tree, though he is a work in progress currently. He runs the fade route and executes it quite well to be a major factor in the red zone. With route development, he has the ability to be a tough matchup in the intermediate zones and a guy who can move the chains consistently. With some overall refinement and learning to read coverage and make adjustments in his route running he has the development to become a productive possession type #2 receiver in a pro offense.
The Numbers: As a junior, he caught 59 passes for 1171 yards for a 19.8 average and 13 TDs while starting 13 games. He earned 1st team AAC honors. As a sophomore, he started 13 games and had 57 catches for 853 yards for a 15.0 yard average with 5 TDs. Over his three-year career, he totaled 168 receptions for 2748 yards, a 16.4 yard average and 22 TDs. At the NFL Combine, he came in at 6’2” and 203 lbs. and did 12 reps. He ran 4.49 time and had a 37.5” VL and 10’10” BJ with 4.50 shuttle and 6.97 three cone agility drills. Overall, a fine effort and showed sure hands in the positional drills.
The Skinny:  Big strong possession receiver with definite playmaking ability to challenge for an early starting job. Similar to Michael Crabtree and Muhammed Sanu in body type, AA and development. Though he is not a consistent deep threat, he can be deceptively fast and get behind cover men. With some development, he can start early with immediate time in three wideout sets. Marginal top 100 prospect. Solid #2 receiver with starting talent and possibly early. Rising playmaker with improving skills.
Draft Projection: 3rd-4th Round

12 Michael Gallup #4 – Colorado St       6-0      205       – Sp. 4.50                   
      Player Comparison: Victor Cruz                                              Rating 80
Agile athletic senior had a strong two year career for the Rams earning MWC honors both seasons after a JC stay.  Two-time  MWC first team honors, providing game to game consistency despite double coverage often. Good size and receiving skills with high production at the D1 level. Displayed fast developing skills operating in the Rams’ spread passing game, working with QB Nick Stevens which earned him an invitation to the NFL Combine. Good speed with the hands to made the tough catch. In coverage, shows a burst to separate and excel last fall vs D1 corners. His deceptive speed allows him to get open in the deep game with the leaping ability and body control to make acrobatic catches. Made many big plays with the burst to get behind the secondary. Tough over the middle with good leaping skills and the concentration to focus on the ball and make the catch. Sure hands and big receiving radius to track and adjust nicely to the ball. Savvy athlete who is competitive and wants the ball in big situations. As a receiver, he has run after the catch ability with the power to break tackles along with the elusiveness and field speed to break plays. Excellent on bubble screens and will make his living working the middle intermediate zones. Show the toughness to catch the ball and retain possession even after taking strong hits. Good route runner with consistent separation to provide a fine target. Good run after the catch ability to make plays and the playing strength to stay on his routes, break tackle and battle defenders for the ball. He will have to prove he can get off the line vs NFL corners to win a role in three wideout sets. As a senior, he started 13 games, caught 100 passes for 1413 yards for a 14.1 average and 7 TDs, earning 1st team MWC honors. As a junior, he started 13 games and caught 76 passes for 1272 yards for a 16.7 yard average and 14 TDs. At the NFL Combine, he came in at 6’1” and 205 lbs., ran a 4.51 time and added 10 reps. Followed with a 36“ VL and a 10’2” BJ. Good efforts in drills with a 4.37 short shuttle and a 6.95 three-cone. Finished with strong positional drills especially routes and catching. Though he has sure hands and runs fairly good routes, he does not show the complete route tree currently. With development, he can surprise and fit a #2 starting role, though may need some time in three wideout sets initially. Warrants an early middle round pick and should be able to contribute. Needs to learn how to use his speed in route running and to set up corners. Developing receiver with a nice skill set and AA to surprise and probably a #2 wideout. Breakout performer was highly productive in a passing conference. Solid addition and an underrated prospect with the talent to be a steal and the LOD to contribute soon if he improves his overall game. Early weapon for multiple sets. Top 125 selection.
Draft Projection: 3rd-4th Round

 13 DaeSean Hamilton #5 – Penn St      6-1       202       – Sp. 4.55
      Player Comparison: Marquise Lee                                        Rating 80              
Productive reliable senior started all four seasons for the PSU offense, earning Big Ten honors in 2017. Lean agile athlete with a burst to get deep and track the ball and make a big play. A high percentage of his targets were on shallow crosses, hitches or bubble screens in the short flats where he was able to get open consistently and be creative with the ball in his hands. With his slender build, there is concern about his durability, though he played in 53 games vs Big Ten talent. Over his career, he developed nicely as a route runner especially going over the middle and catching the ball in a crowd. Possesses quick feet and fine acceleration to reach full speed in just a few strides. Displays soft natural hands with which to extend and pluck the ball away from his body. Adjusts well to poorly thrown passes with the body control to make some impressive receptions. Shows fine ability to read zone coverages and finds soft spots to create a clear throwing lane for his QB. Lacks the top end speed to be a consistent vertical threat, though he has a deceptive burst and can get over the top if a corner commits too much on the underneath routes. Refined route runner and one of the best in this class and does an excellent job of consistently selling corners on routes while proving he can beat press coverage. His best traits as a receiver are his reliable hands, developed route running, quick feet, and impressive body control. Makeup of a solid pro pass catcher and NFL ready as a #3 or #3 with a good training camp. As a senior, he started 13 games and caught 53 passes for 857 yards for a 16.2 yard average and 9 TDs and earned 1st team Big Ten honors. As a junior, he started 14 games and had 34 receptions for 506 yards for a 14.9 yard average and 1 TD. For his career, he had fine production and finished with 214 receptions (Penn St record) for 2842 yards for a 13.3 yard average and 18 TDs. At the NFL Combine, he came in at 6’1” and 203 lbs. and did not lift and did not run. He added a 34.5” VJ and a 9’10” BJ. Added 4.15 shuttle and 6.84 three cone to finish an excellent workout. Ran a 4.52 time at pro day. Fast developing prospect with a developed skill set after four years starting. Though he lacks top speed to hit the home run, his game in the short and intermediate routes gives a club a solid early starter. Played in a pro style attack that will help his ability to play early in multiple sets. Components to be a good slot receiver where he gets open and is a difficult matchup. Productive pass catcher despite the presence of Saquon Barkley. Quality performer for multiple sets and possible rookie starter. Marginal top 100 pick and fine value.
Draft Projection: 3rd- 4th Round

14 * Simmie Cobbs Jr. #1 – Indiana                  6-3       220 – Sp. 4.60
    Player Comparison: Jordan Matthews                                           Rating 80
Big long-limbed fourth year junior declared for the NFL Draft after a successful return from a 2016 knee injury. Earned Big Ten honorable mention for 2017 season flashing big play ability in the vanilla Hoosier offense. Earned invitation to the NFL Combine off two impressive seasons during his limited career. Possesses a big muscular athletic frame, especially in the upper body. He has only adequate speed, but good overall athleticism with the natural talent to develop into an NFL starter. Long strider with deceptive deep speed and fine leaping ability. Needs route running development especially at the breakpoint where he can gather at times, allowing cover men to close on the ball. Agile receiver can adjust nicely to the ball and make the circus catch. Though he lacks the suddenness to get to top end speed quickly, he is an efficient athlete who plays with discipline and awareness. He does a good job of selling the deep route before breaking it off and separating underneath. Long strides can create separation problems if his footwork is not efficient and consistent.  Displays big, soft, natural hands and is able to extend and pluck the ball away from his body. Effective after the catch and has the power to break tackles. Knows how to work the sideline and shows the ability to get his feet down in bounds. Looks smooth in his running style and has deceptive speed. Though not a true speed burner, he can get deep through route discipline. Shows himself to be a willing blocker, though not as dominating in that role as his size would indicate. Lacks explosiveness in his routes and needs development and efficient footwork to separate consistently. Shows the size and leaping ability to out jump defenders and shield them from the ball. Dangerous red zone threat with 12 career TDs over short time. Lacks the quick acceleration and elite speed to run away from defenders after the catch, though possesses above average speed and quickness for his size. Learning how to work back to the QB to make the catch when necessary. Developing with experience to run the entire route tree which may limit his early playing time. Productive vs a high level of competition and came up big in key games despite marginal QB play.
The Numbers:  As a redshirt junior, he caught 72 passes for 841 yards for an 11.7 yard average and 8 TDs which earned Big Ten honorable mention. Redshirted in 2016 with an early knee injury. As a sophomore in 2015, he played in 13 games and made 60 reception for 1035 yards for a 17.3 yard average and 4 TDs. At the NFL Combine, he came in 6’3” and 220 lbs. with 32” arms and 9 1/4” hands. He did 11 reps and ran a 4.64 time with a 30” VL and a 9’5” BJ. He added a 4.32 shuttle and 6.70 three cone. Similar to Jordan Matthews in body type, AA and development.
The Skinny:  Large physical athlete with the hands and leaping ability to start in time after settling into a system. Talented middle round pick with some upside to become a quality pro with some time to refine his skill set. Marginal top 100 prospect with the skills to help early in packages. Raw physical developing receiver with the skill set to start in the NFL and probably be a solid #2 wide out. Quality long term addition with the ability to have solid NFL career. Fine possession receiver and good gamble can pay huge dividends over time. Major surprise in the pro game to give an offense a solid weapon opposite a fast #1 receiver.
Draft Projection: 3rd-4th Round

15 J’Mon Moore #6 – Missouri                   6-3        210       – Sp. 4.55             
      Player Comparison: Terrance Williams                                   Rating 80
Big tough athlete had impressive final two seasons with the Tigers, earning SEC honors both seasons with back to back 1000 yard receiving efforts. Strong frame with good movement and leaping skills that translates well to the field. Ideal physical package that pro teams look for in a #2 WR. Very good height, big strong body and wide catch-radius. Quality possession receiver to move the chains type. Possesses deceptive speed with the burst to surprise coverage. Tracks the ball well in the air and able to comfortably make the over the shoulder catch. Used on short routes to be allowed to create in space. Often thrown to on tunnel screens and can move upfield and make yardage after the catch. Adequate line release and needs to develop better hand usage to get into his routes quicker. Built up speed and at times gathers at the breakpoint. Strong decisive runner with the ball in his hands. Dangerous in the red zone to physically out battle defenders and able to use his big body and long reach to get the ball. At times, he will drop a fairly easy throw, due to lack of focus. Needs reps on the Jugs machine to catch with his arms extended and avoid body catches. Allowed corners to gain positioning for contested passes on occasion. Good blocker with the ability to reach to the 2nd level and fit on defenders well. Finished among SEC leaders in receptions, yardage and TDs the past two seasons. As a senior, he caught 65 passes for 1082 yards, 16.6 yard average, and 10 TDs, earning 2nd team SEC honors. As a junior, he caught 62 passes for 1012 yards, 16.3 yard average, and 8 TDs, earning 2nd team SEC honors. At the NFL Combine, he came in at 6’3” and 207 lbs. and did 21 reps. He ran a 4.60 time and did a 38“ VL and a 10’ BJ. Added a 4.04 shuttle and 6.56 three cone. It was a fine workout with little fanfare. At his pro day, he looked sharp in his positional drills. At the Senior Bowl week, he displayed good skills, though suspect separating vs top cover men. His impressive two-year Tiger career helped his cause and he made a strong showing as a possession receiver. Despite his big frame, he moves smoothly and extended easily for the pass with a big receiving radius. Needs to show he will catch more consistently and prove he can separate at the NFL level. Similar to Terrance Williams in size and skill set. Boom or bust prospect with skill set to surprise and earn time in multiple sets with the necessary development.

 16 * Antonio Callaway #81 – Florida       5-11     200       – Sp. 4.45
    Player Comparison: Tyreek Hill                                                 Rating 78
Explosive athlete completed a checkered college career, combining both big play ability on the field and several off the field issues. Flashed elite talent at times during his short two year career. Sat out the 2017 season due to a season long suspension by Florida for several pending criminal charges. He is a dynamic, electrifying playmaker who can provide big plays as a receiver, runner, or return man. Threat to take it to the house anytime he gets the ball in his hands. Quick-twitch athleticism with excellent change-of-direction and explosiveness. He possesses a vast array of moves with which to elude, as well as unexpected strength, power and balance to break tackles. Nearly impossible to press effectively. Maintains his fine speed well, throughout his routes. Explodes out of his breaks and can get wide open versus man coverage. Few if any defenders can stay with him on crossing routes. Possesses supreme confidence in his abilities. He is so dangerous after the catch, with his fine vision and being able to set up and follow his blockers. He is a bit on the short side, but is thick, solid and muscular. He has reliable hands and is able to extend and pluck well outside the framework. Clutch performer, who will seldom let you down with the game on the line. He is the 21st player in FBS history to score a touchdown in 5 different ways. As a sophomore on 2016, he started 12 games and caught 54 passes for 721 yards, 13.4 yard average and 3 TDs, earning SEC honorable mention. As a freshman in 2015, he played in 14 games and caught 35 passes for 678 yards, 19.4 yard average, and 4 TDs, earning some Freshman All-American. At the NFL Combine, he came in at 5’11” and 200 lbs. and did not lift. He ran a 4.41 time and did a 34“ VL and a 10’1” BJ. It was a fine workout with little fanfare. At his pro day, he looked sharp in his positional drills. Over his short SEC career, he displayed big play skills separating vs top cover men. His impressive two-year career helps his cause. Pending legal issues cloud his pro career. Proven he can separate vs NFL caliber level cover men. Similar to Tyreek Hill in size and elite talent, though immaturity issues. Boom or bust prospect with several teams taking off their draft board. Playmaker with the skill set to be a difference maker. Impact performer if he can get his life right.

17 Allen Lazard #5 – Iowa St                6-5       227       – Sp. 4.55
  Player Comparison : Kelvin Benjamin                                Rating 78
Big agile senior receiver has been a key part of the Cyclones’ receiving corps over his four starting seasons while earning some Big 12 honors each year. Tall physical wideout with long arms and strong hands. Fast developing skills to become an NFL starter within time and highly productive over his career despite the ever changing QB position. Long gait with a deceptive gliding running style. Shows reliable hands with the ability to snatch the ball and protect consistently. Combines good size and adequate speed with sure hands to be one of the most intriguing prospects at this position. Shown fine improvement on the key points of the game, especially pass catching, route running and overall defensive awareness. Fine production vs top talent and that played out again at the Senior Bowl practices. Strong high cut receiver with good ball skills to be a pro starter if he continues to develop the finer points. His ability to separate in the deep game is suspect as he lacks the suddenness to get to top end speed quickly. He has developed as a route runner with the ability to change speeds and use multiple moves on a defender. Eats up a cornerback’s cushion adequately and comes out of his cuts fairly well for a tall receiver to create separation. Finds holes in coverage and is especially dangerous on the intermediate crossing and sideline routes. Runs good routes with the ability to recognize coverage and zone schemes to make adjustments. Size and agility to fight off the jam and the separation to get open in zones with good run after the catch ability, relying on power to break tackles. Shows development to adjust nicely to the ball with the ability to catch outside the frame and is especially dangerous on the fade pattern. Shows developing hands to make the tough catch in traffic. At the sidelines, he uses his height and leaping skills to create matchup problems. Needs to use his hands better vs. corners to avoid the jam and stay on his routes, in addition to better discipline on his footwork at the breakpoint. Fine body control to adjust quickly with the ability to track the ball. As a route runner, he shows the ability to make cuts and retain his speed which helps him to separate to provide a good target. As a senior, he started 13 games and caught 71 passes for 941 yards, a 13.3 yard average and 10 TDs that earned 1st team Big 12 honors. As a junior, he started 12 games for 69 catches for 1018 yards, a 14.8 yard average and 7 TDs for 1st team honors. At the NFL Combine, he came in at almost 6’5” and 227 lbs. and did 17 reps. Ran a 4.55 time and added a 38” VL and a 10’2” BJ. No agility drills. Performed well in positional drills showing sure hands and good radius to complete a good overall performance. Similar to Kelvin Benjamin in size, speed, AA and playmaking ability. Developed possession receiver with starting talent. Good LOD to play in multiple sets. Player with the athleticism to surprise and become a solid #2 receiver in time. Tough prospect with the skills to be a steal off his LOD and potential. Marginal top 125 prospect with talent to continue to improve and solid addition for multiple sets with starting talent in time.

18 Cedrick Wilson #1 – Boise St             6-2       194       – Sp. 4.55               
      Player Comparison: Stefon Diggs                                            Rating 75              
Fast athletic receiver has provided impact in the Broncos’ offense since arriving after an All-American JC career at Coffeyville. Explosive off the line with fine acceleration into routes with long strides to eat up a corner’s cushion. Shows a fine burst out of his breaks with outstanding concentration on deep passes. Long lean receiver with top leaping skills and body control to elevate and make the toughest catch. Displays the agility and hand-eye coordination to win on many contested passes, though he needs strength development. Dangerous runner after the catch. Always a threat to take it the distance and shows good separation in the vertical game. The go-to receiver and highly effective in the Broncos’ offense, though he does not work the full route tree currently. Used often on bubble screens where he could then use his elusiveness in space. Shows the extra gear to get deep and stretch the defense where all he needs is a small crease to go the distance. Lean frame needs muscle for him to develop further and go over the middle and make the difficult catch in traffic. Also, any added muscle will assist him releasing from the line vs NFL corners. He will be tested by big press corners until he proves he can get into his routes consistently vs that technique. As a senior, he started 14 games and caught 83 passes for 1511 yards, 18.2 average and 7 touchdowns. Earned 1st team MWC honors. As a junior, he started 5 of 13 games and caught 56 passes for 1129 yards, 20.2 average and 11 TDs. Earned MWC honorable mention. During his two-year Boise St career, he started 19 of 27 games and totaled 139 receptions for 2640 yards and 18 TDs. At the NFL Combine, he came in at over 6’2” 197 lbs. and did 9 reps. He ran a 4.55 time and did a 37“ VL and a 10’1” BJ. Added a 4.23 shuttle and a 6.89 three cone. Looked sharp in the positional drills. At the Senior Bowl week, he had a nice showing and helped his cause as a vertical receiver. Son of former Steeler wideout Cedrick Wilson. Deep speed to get behind a secondary with big play ability, though not a finished prospect currently. Must get stronger to win at the line and needs to read coverage better and make quicker savvy adjustments more consistently to earn a starting role. Nice upside potential with development and a prospect with a definite starting grade, though his game is not complete. Very similar to Stefon Diggs in size, body type, AA and playmaking potential. Durability is a concern and needs strength work to hold up to the rigors on the NFL. Top 150 prospect and falling through the cracks to be a major steal. Boom or bust must prove up to the physicality of the game. Needs some glass in his diet.

19 * Keke Coutee #20 – Texas Tech        5-9       180       – Sp. 4.50 
     Player Comparison: Jakeem Grant                                        Rating 60
Fast true junior completed an impressive close to his career with continuous improvement and big play production over his final two seasons. Undersized burner shows big play ability once he gets his hands on the ball.  Shows the suddenness to get into his routes with soft hands and the explosive run after the catch to be dangerous with the ball on his hands. He possesses an outstanding combination of legitimate deep speed and dynamic short area quickness. He gets up to full speed almost instantly at the snap. Corners may try to play press or jam him will be taking a big risk. Always a threat on any given play to take the top off a defense. Explodes out of his breaks, creating fine separation most of the time with the ability to retain his speed. When there is a defender close though, he has excellent concentration and usually makes the catch. His run after catch ability is so dangerous, the Red Raiders often focused on getting him the ball in space. He was used a lot on jet sweeps and was often able to convert no more than a 1 yard shovel pass into a big gain. Also was very effective making chunk yardage on bubble screens. With his exceptional vision, quickness, and ability to stack move after move with the ball in his hands, he was a huge threat to turn any short pass into a long gain. Probably the only real concern with this player is his very spindly build and how well he may hold up in the more physical pro game. Also, he is among the very best kickoff return men in this draft, averaging over 30 yards per return in 2017. As a junior, he started 13 games and caught 93 passes for 1429 yards, 15.4 average and 10 touchdowns. Earned 1st team Big 12 honors. As a sophomore, he played in 12 games and caught 55 passes for 890 yards, 16.2 average and 7 TDs. Earned Big 12 honorable mention. During his three-year career, he totaled 159 receptions for 2424 yards and 17 TDs. At the NFL Combine, he came in at 5’10” 181 lbs. and did 14 reps. He ran a 4.43 time and did a 34.5“ VL and a 9’5” BJ. Added a 4.15 shuttle and a 6.93 three cone. Looked sharp in the positional drills. Durability is a concern and needs strength work to get off press coverage.  Top 150 prospect and falling through the cracks to be a nice addition as a slot receiver. Quality playmaker, though limited to package offenses.

20 Marcell Ateman #3 – Oklahoma St                6-4        215       – Sp. 4.60 
  Player Comparison: Quincy Enunwa                                                Rating 75
Stout solidly built possession type receiver was a key component in the Cowboys’ explosive passing attack during his starting time. Earned Big Ten 2nd team honors in 2017 and 2015. Made successful return to the field in 2017 after losing the 2016 season with a broken foot. Big strong athlete with fine core strength and the frame to take hits. Runs adequately, but not a burner. Shows the leaping ability to win in a crowd and secure the pass. High points the pass well and has progressed quickly in the Cowboys’ potent offense. Very adept at working to get open in the underneath zones. Displays good ball skills and hand strength and is able to out battle defenders for the catch. Knows how to go and get the ball and not wait for it to come to him. Makes good cuts at the break point, though needs to change speeds and learn how to set up cover men better. During his final season, he initially dropped too many passes working off the rust from a year of inactivity. Fine body control and able to catch the ball outside the frame and also snatch in stride and run after the catch. Physical and not afraid to mix it up in tight quarters and will not get intimidated working in the middle zones. Despite lacking top notch deep speed, he is adept at tracking the deep ball. Willing to put in a lot of extra hours working on timing with passers. Prototypical #2 receiver with improving level of development after quick progress vs a high level of competition. Physical run blocker and gives fine effort. As a senior, he caught 59 passes for 1156 yards for a 19.6 average and 8 TDs while starting 13 games. Earned 2nd team Big 12 honors. Missed the 2016 season with a broken foot. As a junior, he played in 13 games and had 45 catches for 766 yards with a 17 yard average and 5 TDs. Over his career, he totaled 146 receptions for 2466 yards, a 16.9 yard average and 13 TDs in 51 games. At the NFL Combine, he came in at 6’4” and 216 lbs. and did 13 reps. He ran 4.62 time and had a 34” VL and 10’1” BJ. Added a 4.25 shuttle and a 7.07 three cone drills. Similar to Quincy Enunwa in body type, AA and development.

21 * Korey Robertson #18         Southern Miss  6-1       210       – Sp. 4.55           
    Player Comparison: Davante Adams                                                    Rating 75
Physical athletic junior entered the NFL Draft after a breakout season for the Eagles, earning C-USA first team honors in the process. Former four-star HS recruit improved annually over his career with developed skills and better production. Wiry strong frame with good movement and nice speed to challenge for an NFL roster and eventually a starting spot. Displays fluid though limited route running and reliable hands with run after the catch ability to hit the home run. Plays faster than his timed speed with good separation at the top of the route to get open in the deep game. Developing a good understanding of coverage with the ability to adjust his routes and improvise on the move. Shows the burst to separate and extend in the deep game to make big plays. Needs work on his ability to sit in holes and provide a good target. Started since late in his freshman season, though only minimal production until last fall with inconsistent QB play a key reason. Displays fast developing skills operating in the Eagles’ balanced offense. Aggressive athlete with good hands and body control help him to adjust to the pass. Tough competitive athlete who wants the ball in big situations and will take a hit and hold on. Fine playing strength to battle defenders for the ball or release from the line vs. the jam. Needs technique work to better utilize his strength and athleticism. As a receiver, he shows run after the catch ability with good speed to break plays. Adjusts well to thrown balls and can catch outside the frame. Needs to work the middle intermediate zones better, catch the ball and retain possession. His good speed at the top of his routes will increase his value, though his limited route tree is a concern for early pro playing time. Effective vs top competition which should enable him to push for playing time in camp in three and four wideout sets. As a junior, he caught 76 passes for 1106 yards for a 14.6 average and 12 TDs. Earned first team C-USA honors. As a sophomore, he caught 37 passes for 437 yards for an 11.8 yard average and 3 TDs. At the NFL Combine, he had a strong performance. He came in at 6’1” and 212 lbs. ran a 4.56 time and did 13 reps, a 34“ VL and a 10’3” BJ. Good positional drills with quick footwork and the ability to adjust to the ball. Needs development in most areas of receiving skills. Though he shows usually reliable hands, he must prove he can run good routes with discipline and the ability to adjust quicker. Raw developing receiver who warrants an early 3rd day selection. Can contribute in three wideout sets at some point in the right setting. Learning to use his speed in routes to set up corners, though most of his game is currently outside the hashes. Similar to Davante Adams in body type, AA and development Starting skill set to continue to improve and surprise, but probably needs critical time to refine them. Aggressive prospect with talent to be a late steal with improvement if he continues to work on reading coverage and better footwork. Boom or bust prospect with playmaking ability, though still raw in key aspects of play. Rising top 150 grade with a high ceiling to surprise in time.

22 Auden Tate #18 – Florida St            6-5       225       – Sp. 4.65
     Player Comparison: Kelvin Benjamin                                  Rating 70

Large, physical standout has been a dominant performer at times for the Seminoles’ offense where his unique skill set creates major mismatches. Defines the term ‘Tweener’ for his hybrid receiver/tight end skill set and fits that role for the NFL game. Athletic specimen with huge wingspan that helps him to make difficult catches in crowds. Possesses tweener size and large catch-radius that combined with leaping ability should help him as a dangerous red zone threat at the next level. Long strider with deceptive quickness, though not overly fast. Good hands and is able to extend and pluck the ball on high throws. Often tends to body catch or double catch on passes inside his frame. With his HS basketball background, is quite adept at boxing out defenders on contested throws. Due to his height, girth and overall body strength is often basically open even when he’s closely covered. After the catch, he is a powerful determined runner that can be hard to bring down. Shows a nose for the end zone with the ball in his hands. Used a lot on fades, hooks, and comebacks. Fearless when working over the middle and will go get the ball with defenders draped on him. Must prove he can separate from NFL corners and will be tested at the line in press coverage. Good blocker, both on outside runs and blocking for other receivers after the catch. Very physical. Will lock on, get some push and usually sustain till the whistle. Probably the best blocking wideout in this class. Also showed the ability to effectively block on the move often and does project to H-back. Especially dangerous in that role as a red zone threat. As a junior, he played in 12 games with 40 receptions for 548 and 10 TDs, earning ACC honorable mention. As a sophomore, he played in 13 games with 25 receptions for 409 and 6 TDs. For his career, totaled 65 catches for 957 yards and 16 TDs. At the NFL Combine, he came in at 6’5’ and 228 lbs. with 33 3/4” arms and 9 3/8” hands. He did not lift and ran a 4.68 time, a 31“ VL and a 9’4” BJ. At the East-West week, had a nice showing and helped his cause as a receiver. Similar to former Seminole Kelvin Benjamin in size, skill set and positional versatility, though not in development or production. Limited experience vs top competition and will be tested in coverage, especially releasing off the line and separating. Tweener receiver with NFL talent, but needs development in key areas of routes and reading defense. Must be with a creative coach and in an offense with an H-back and flex type of playbook to maximize his talent.

23 Marquez Valdes-Scantling #11 – South Florida 6-4   205       – Sp. 4.45
  Player Comparison: Sammie Coates                                                     Rating 70  
Slender speedster has been a playmaker for the USF offense over his short two year stay after transferring from North Carolina St. Fast, agile pass catcher with fine acceleration to get to top speed quickly. Possesses the quickness to get a clean line release with the extra gear to get behind the secondary. After the catch, he has the burst in the open field to be a threat to make a big play. Raw prospect entering USF after limited playing time at NC St. Big frame with the length and speed to be a matchup nightmare for corners. Over his career, he made continuous improvement in all phases of receiving. He expanded his route tree with reps and showed more defensive recognition. Shows good balance and lateral mobility to change directions and create space. Marginal strength and toughness in heavy traffic and needs to prove he will go over the middle. In open space, he has the ability to use another gear and separate to run away from most defenders. Needs to learn to use his speed better and set up corners. Needs extensive reps as a pass catcher and better working the sidelines. Shows the ability to be very effective in the vertical game and run the nine route. Most of his receiving game is outside the hashes. Needs work on blocking to effectively wall off defenders. Can struggle clearing press coverage and faces a test in the NFL in that area. Short area quickness is good, though he is inconsistent at times to get open from tight man coverage. Hands are usually reliable, but at times he will body catch more than he should. As a senior, he caught 53 passes for 879 yards, a new USF record, along with 6 TDs for first team AAC. As a junior, he caught 22 passes for 415 yards and 5 TDs. At the NFL Combine, he came in at 6’4” and 206 lbs. with 32 1/4” arms and 10” hands. He ran a 4.37 time and did 15 reps. Added a 30.5 VL and a 10’4” BJ. It was a terrific workout that an unheralded performer needs to draw scouts back to his film. Fast receiver with definite playmaking potential after scoring 12 TDs in his two college stops. Needs development in key areas of receiving and faces a definite learning curve to prove more than a workout warrior. With key improvement and overall development, he can surprise with the upside to play in multiple sets. Good late value in this class off his speed and size. Prospect with the upside to be a much better pro than collegian. Top athlete with the talent to continue to improve and eventually challenge for starting time. Rising top 150 prospect with high ceiling if he refines his game.

24 Dylan Cantrell #14 – Texas Tech       6-3        225        – Sp. 4.60 
    Player Comparison: Chris Hogan                                         Rating 70         
Big athletic fifth year senior completed his career with a good 2017 performance to earn Big 12 honors. Top HS recruit who puts up big workout numbers with good speed and top leaping ability along with fine production. Played in the Tech potent spread passing game where he provided an excellent target in the middle zone routes. Ideal height and frame for the possession receiver role. Comes off the line to drive hard toward the corner to indicate a deep route and hook or come back for wide open catches. Shows the ability to use his height and reach to extend for impressive high-point catches. Able to use his size to box out defenders on crossing routes and skinny posts and is able to often complete the contested catches. Can extend and make tough catches on passes using his big radius. Works the sidelines well with good extension and fine footwork to make the tough catch. Shows built up speed in the open field with the size and leg strength to fight for tough yards after the catch. Willing and able to block in the secondary or at the line. Hands have been consistent most of the time and he will extend and pluck with his soft hands. Benefited from the Tech passing attack where he developed nicely as a route runner and learned to work the cover men. Must tighten up his cuts on route-running where he tends to round off at the breakpoint. Could be considered on the come and a raw prospect with starting type skill set. In 2017, started games and made 71 catches for 816 yards, and 7 TDs for Big 12 honorable mention. In 2016, started 10 games and made 58 catches for 673 yards, and 8 TDs. Missed the 2015 season due to leg injury. At the NFL Combine, he checked in at just under 6’3’ and 226 lbs. and ran a 4.59 time with 18 reps. He had a 38.5” VL, a 10’10” BJ, a 4.03 shuttle and a 6.56 three cone to complete an awesome workout. Though he lacks ideal speed, he combines overall size height/weight to press for a possession receiver starting role fairly early in his career. Similar to Chris Hogan in size, AA and receiving skill set. Type with definite upside potential in time, but must improve key areas like route running and reading coverage. Underrated prospect despite nice production. Probable 3rd day pick with the talent to surprise.

25 * Deontay Burnett #80 – Southern Cal       5-11      170     – Sp. 4.45    Rating 70
Shifty fast junior receiver declared for the NFL Draft after a strong performance that earned him Pac-12 first team honors. He has a very slender build with skinny arms and legs. He wins with exceptional quickness and superb route running ability. In 2017 worked together well with Sam Darnold and was his favorite target. He runs crisp, precise routes, and shows a fine burst coming out of his breaks to create separation. Comes off the line quickly to eat up a corner’s cushion with the good cutting skills to retain his speed at the breakpoint. Despite having really small hands, they are very reliable and he is capable of making some very acrobatic catches. Will make the catch while he is fully extended parallel to the ground and usually secures the ball before landing. Shows fine awareness working the sidelines and is great at dragging his toes or tapping them down just inside the chalk as he is simultaneously securing the catch. Due to his slight frame, will likely be limited to slot receiver only in the NFL. Capable of being highly productive in that role however. Very adept at reading coverages, finding soft spots in zones, settling there and providing a good target for his QB. He does not have the strength or power to win on many 50-50 balls, which is another thing that limits him to being more of an underneath receiver for the next level. As a junior, he started 14 games and caught 86 passes for 1114 yards and 9 TDs. Earned Pac-12 first team honors. As a sophomore, he played in 13 games and caught 56 passes for 622 yards and 7 TDs. At the NFL Combine, he came in under 6’ and 186 lbs. with tiny 8 5/9” hands and did not workout due to a hamstring injury. Effective in the intermediate zones getting open, though concerns related to win the contested balls over the middle. Needs a lot of reps in a pro-style offense with critical work on his line release, route running, especially going over the middle and better footwork at the break point. Well-developed on his ability to adjust to the ball and catch outside the frame. He has the speed to separate deep, though he needs to use it to get open and stay on his routes. Needs to get more physical in the middle zones and show he can catch in a crowd consistently to win a role in three wideout sets. Maybe challenges for a slot role early where his run after the catch and speed can be best utilized. With strength improvement and hand technique, he can increase his route tree to be a more complete receiver. With time to settle into an offense and a position, he can be a nice factor in an offense. Good slot receiver with talent and playmaking ability. Middle round pick with skill set to improve.

26 Daurice Fountain #10 – Northern Iowa          6-2        210       – Sp. 4.50             Rating 65 
Physical hard working wideout earned back to back Missouri Valley honors over his final two seasons, including first team honors as a senior. Three-year starter earned an invitation to the East-West Shrine game where he elevated his stock further with an impressive performance. Strong frame with good initial quickness to release at the line and get into his routes. Good size and agility to run crisp routes with the footwork to create separation at the breakpoint. Works back to the passer well to adjust nicely to coverage and provide a target. Shows good leaping skills to go up and adjust to the ball and catch outside the frame. Inconsistent hands are a clear issue and one that hurts his final grade. Allows the ball to get into his body too often. Lacks concentration to look the ball into his hands, though definite improvement over his final season. Good production over final two seasons against top FCS competition. Makes tough catch over the middle. Focus needs discipline. Able to elevate with leaping ability and body control to catch the high balls. Wins his share of contested throws. Good initial quickness. Still needs further development on route running and more reps catching the ball. Can get into and out of his breaks without changing speeds. Deceptive deep speed. One area where he improved was too many drops on relatively easy catches especially in the early 2016 season. Focus and concentration needs better discipline to be effective. As a senior, he started 13 game and had 66 receptions, 14.3 average and 12 TDs. Earned MVC 1st team honors. As a junior, he had 33 catches for 413 yards, 12.5 average and 5 TDs. He did not attend the NFL Combine. At his pro day, he ran a 4.46 time and did 14 reps. He added a 42.5“ VL and an 11’2” BJ. Probable 3rd day selection with the talent to surprise, though needs to make some improvement on route running and catching the ball to see playing time. One of the better sleepers in this group off a good postseason. Marginal top 150 prospect.

27 Darren Carrington II #9 – Utah                      6-2        205       – Sp. 4.50         Rating 65  
Slender senior has been a playmaker at two different stops during his career with Utah and Oregon. One-year Utah wideout had his best season there in 2017 after leaving the Oregon program due to a second offense on a failed test. Agile pass catcher with fine acceleration to get to top speed quickly. Possesses the fine quickness to get a clean line release and has the extra gear to get behind the secondary. He definitely passes the eyeball test with very good height, muscularity, long arms and gigantic hands. The latter of which are among the biggest of any player in this draft, regardless of position. Those big, sticky paws and outstanding body control make him a constant threat to win on contested passes, where he can just use his physical advantages to create a mismatch versus most defensive backs. Displays sound skills as a route runner, where he is able to adjust his stride to set up defenders. Smooth into his routes with the ability to change speeds. Rarely tested in press coverage and must prove he can get off NFL corners. Above average field speed when going deep and shows good ability to track the ball and high point it. Works the sidelines well, keeps his feet in bounds, and does a fine job of controlling the ball as he goes to the ground. Very effective on comeback routes and back shoulder fades where again he can use his physicality to make the catch going against the corners he faced in college. Shows good balance and lateral mobility to change directions and create space. Marginal strength and toughness in heavy traffic and needs to prove he will go over the middle. In open space, he has the ability to use another gear and run away from most defenders. Needs work on blocking to effectively wall off defenders. Short area quickness is good, though he can struggle at times to get open from tight man coverage. As a senior at Utah, he caught 70 passes for 980 yards for a 14 average and 6 TDs. As a junior at Oregon in 2016, he had 43 catches for 606 yards with 5 TDs. He did not attend the NFL Combine. Fluid mover with definite playmaking potential, though needs some development and faces a learning curve. With the necessary improvement, he can surprise with the potential to play in multiple sets. Needs to impress in camp and prove his history is behind him. Prospect with the talent to be a much better pro than collegian. Boom or bust prospect.

28 Javon Wims #6 – Georgia          6-3        215  – Sp. 4.55        Rating 65       
Agile senior receiver has been a solid factor in the Bulldogs’ high-powered offense the past few seasons, earning SEC honors in 2017. Lanky frame with reliable hands that allow him to pluck the ball consistently in the intermediate areas. His speed is only average before and after the catch with limited big play ability. Above average separation at the break point that draws attention by corners. Physical catcher and shows the ability to make plays on most of the 50/50 chances. Uses his frame to shield the defender away from the pass, though can body catch at times. Strong hands and adjusts well to off target throws and is able to go up and high point the ball. Aggressive attacking and fighting for the ball on contested throws. Releases well off the line and gets into his routes with decent speed. Learning to read zone coverage, find the soft spots and make a reliable target. Tough willing blocker with good understanding of angles and technique to be effective on the 2nd level. Must prove he can overcome his average speed and quickness to separate well at the next level. As a senior, he started 14 games and caught 45 passes for 720 yards, 16.0 average and 7 TDs. As a junior, he played in 12 games and caught 17 passes for 190 yards for an 11.2 average and 1 TD. His first two seasons were at the JC level. At the NFL Combine, he ran a 4.53 time and came in at 6’3’ 215 lbs. and did not lift due to a shoulder injury. He added a 33.5“VL and a 9’5” BJ with a 7.00 three-cone time. His impressive final season has him moving up the charts after key questions were answered related to his development. Despite nice production at a high level, his skill set is only average and with no return skills value will be pressed to win a roster spot. Probable late round pick who could surprise in the right setting. Possession receiver with little special teams’ value. Skill set to be a factor in multiple sets. Marginal top 150-200 prospect with talent to make a roster, though must prove healthy and refine a few key deficient areas. Developing athlete with definite receiving ability to be a weapon in three wideout sets and possible starter in time. Must work on his separation and retain his speed coming out of his breaks. With some refinement, he can start with possible time in three wideout sets. Good late production and marginal top 150 prospect with talent to continue to improve and learn the position. Underrated playmaker and a fine receiver with experience in a passing game.

29 * Trey Quinn #18 – Southern Methodist  5-11      200   – Sp. 4.55    Rating 65     
Compact junior slot receiver was one of the best weapons in the nation over his only season for the Mustangs’ in 2017. Smallish frame though well-built quick athlete with good speed and hands to make plays. Played at LSU where he saw little time in 2015 after a good effort in 2014. Projects to a slot receiver role where he displays top hands along with good route running to be a factor early in his pro career. Plays much faster than he times. Actually, he is more quick than he is fast, though not elite suddenness. Shifty in the open field with good stop-start quickness. Capable of stringing moves together as a runner, getting every possible yard out of each opportunity. Dangerous running the ball, such as on a jet sweep or bubble screen. Displays excellent vision and hands and able to read coverage and find soft spots in the secondary. Excellent soft hands and the agility to make catches outside the frame. Good elusiveness and deceptive strength as a runner and rarely goes down by an arm tackle. Dangerous as a slot receiver which is where he will have to make a living in the NFL. Able to run a variety of routes and his after the catch running talent make him a threat. Capable of making key receptions and moving the chains. In 2017, in his only season at SMU, he had 114 catches for 1236 yards, 10.8 average and 13 TDs, earning 1st team AAC. Sat out 2016 due to transfer rules. In 2015 at LSU, caught just 5 passes for 83 yards and no TDs. At the NFL Combine, he checked in at over 5’11’ 203 lbs. and rans a 4.55 time with 17 reps. Added a 33.5” VL, a 9/8” BJ, a 4.19 shuttle and 6.91 three cone. Though he lacks ideal overall size height/weight with average arm length (30 3/4”), he has good hand size (10’1/8”). Good role player with nice level of development to start as a slot receiver, though probably limited to that role as a pro. Capable of playing in three and four wideout sets early in his career. Underrated prospect with the talent to surprise and carve a niche in a pro passing game. Good late addition and similar to former Patriot Danny Amendola with definite make it grade.

30 * Byron Pringle #9 – Kansas St      6-1        205       – Sp. 4.45      Rating 65   
Athletic junior declared for the NFL Draft after a fine effort, showing playmaking ability as both a receiver and returner. Strong frame with good movement skills to get into his routes easily and run with the ball after the reception. He is a fine combination of size and speed and has the highest average in this class with over a 24-yard average. Among the best kickoff return men in the nation over the past two seasons which probably earns him time in the NFL. Two-time Big 12 honors as both a receiver and kickoff returner after a JC career. Possesses deceptive build up speed and gets on top of corners quickly. He is adept at not allowing corners playing press to get a jam on him. He does a fine job of gathering and exploding out of his breaks without a loss of speed, to help create separation. Very physical and will compete hard for 50-50 balls. He shows the ability to adjust in midair to off line passes with good success. He shows good alertness and football intelligence, in that he consistently knows when to work back toward the quarterback when the play breaks down. While he is already above average in speed, when he is tracking the ball in flight, he shows an extra gear to run under it. Tough matchup for most college corners with his triangle numbers and physicality. His kickoff return skills are very likely to translate well to the NFL level too. In 2017, he totaled 30 catches for 724 yards receiving and 6 TDs. In 2016, he started 13 games and caught 39 passes for 631 yards and 4 TDs. At the NFL Combine, he checked in at 6’1’ 203 lbs. and ran a 4.46 time with 15 reps. Added a 33.5” VL, a 10’ BJ, a 4.40 shuttle and 6.87 three cone. Good overall size height/weight with nice arm length (32”). Solid role player with nice level of development to start as an outside receiver and kickoff return, though probably limited to that role as a pro. Capable of playing in three and four wideout sets early. Prior off the field problems earlier in career. Underrated prospect with the talent to surprise and carve a niche in a pro passing game. Good late addition with special teams’ value as both a returner and gunner. Boom or bust with definite talent to make it.

31 Jaleel Scott #16 – New Mexico St          6-5      215    – Sp. 4.55     Rating 65  
Big sure handed senior started his only two seasons for the Tigers with moderate success. Large frame with good hands and leaping ability to fit the NFL possession receiver role. Production improved over his two seasons that earned him an invitation to the Senior Bowl and NFL Combine. Displays sure powerful hands and the leaping ability to make the tough catch. Knows how to pluck the ball with very few dropped passes. Possesses a large frame, though only marginal toughness in the intermediate zones with the ability to win in a crowd. Lacks top speed and quickness and relies on built up speed to get deep. Needs to learn to use his physical talent and strength before and after the catch. Able to block for the running game and is capable and effective both at the LOS and on the 2nd level. Able to overpower corners on slants and hitches, though struggles to separate and create a clear target for passers. Uses his frame to shield and out-muscle smaller corners. As a route runner, he has to throttle down going into his breaks, and does not consistently gain separation coming out. Best features are his hands and body control with big receiving radius. Able to contort his frame and adjust to off target passes and secure the ball in a crowd. After the catch, his power and aggression enable him to break tackles and make some yardage. When playing on the outside, his strength and physicality allow him to consistently beat the jam. As a senior, he started 12 games and caught 76 passes for 1079 yards, a 14.2 yard average and 9 TDs. Earned first team Sun Belt honors. As a junior, he played 12 games and caught 23 passes for 283 yards, a 12.3 yard average and 5 TDs. At the NFL Combine, he came in at 6’5” 218 lbs. and ran a 4.56 time and did 16 reps. He added a 34.5” VL, 10’4” BJ, 4.40 shuttle and 7.20 three cone times. Falling player off marginal separation speed and limited route tree development. He needs improved route running, overall discipline and work at the breakpoint. Top 200 athlete with tools to surprise if given time and reps in key areas of play. Possession receiver in the intermediate zones where his hands, height and leaping ability make him a difficult matchup. Must improve separation speed to earn NFL playing time. Lacks special teams’ skills and return talent that limits his contribution. Talent to be a late steal if he refines his game. Skills to surprise in package sets and possible red zone weapon.

 32 Robert Foster #1 – Alabama   6-2   195 – Sp. 4.45  Rating 65 
Athletic physical senior never lived up to his HS All-American status over his Bama career. Entered the Tide program as their potential go-to receiver following Amari Cooper. Only started three games before sustaining a shoulder injury in 2015 that set him back. In the Bama run oriented offense he fought his way into starting time, but was never the featured receiver. He completed his college career with an impressive workout at the NFL Combine. Big athletic frame with fine movement skills and the separation speed to be dangerous in the vertical game. Possesses good size and strength for the position and knows how to use it. Developing route-runner with his best pattern the nine route to get deep. Effective on skinny posts, shallow crosses, and in cuts, where he could secure the catch and gain yardage after the reception. As a runner, he shows good speed with the power to fight for yardage. Tough and reliable on contested throws, able to use his broad shoulders and frame to box out fairly well. Strong, reliable hands (9 ¼”) and able to extend and snag passes outside the framework of his body. Can track the deep ball well, even in tight coverage. Still raw as a receiver though, with limited opportunities to run a full route tree. Usually alert to work his way back toward the QB and present an available target. His field speed is good and combined with his athleticism and toughness could earn him a gunner role on special teams. After the catch, he gets yardage on speed and running ability to break tackles. Shows the burst to take the top off of coverage, but raw in sophisticated passing attacks. Very reliable blocker after performing in the Bama power ground attack. Alert to turn into a blocker at the line or 2nd level. Good initial quickness and deliberate off the line and into his routes and usually needs a few strides to reach full speed. Adequate getting separation, though better at the sidelines and over the middle. Shows big receiving radius with the ability to pluck the ball and make the tough catch. In 2017, made just 14 receptions, 174 yards and 1 TD. In 2016, he registered 5 catches for 55 yards and no TDs. At the NFL Combine, he came in at 6’2’ 196 lbs. and did not lift. He ran a 4.41 time and did a 31“ VL and a 9’8” BJ. He did a 4.20 shuttle and a 6.90 three cone. At the Senior Bowl week, he had a nice showing and helped his cause to challenge for a pro receiving role. Aggressive attacking the ball and left a strong impression vs top cover men. Rising sleeper prospect with untapped potential and definite make it grade. Top 200 value with skills to become a huge surprise, though needs time to refine his raw talent.

 33 KaRaun White #2 – West Virginia    6-1    205  – Sp. 4.50   Rating 60  Lanky athletic senior receiver had a strong 2017 performance to finish his career, earning Big 12 honorable mention. Two year starter made nice improvement which warrants a late selection in the NFL Draft. Brother of former Bears #1 pick, WR Kevin White.  Displays good size, speed and the athleticism that NFL scouts seek in a pro prospect. Lean athlete with the burst to make big plays and displays some natural talent to be a deep weapon with development on his route running and reading coverage. Burst to separate and run away from defenders, though lacks a good understanding reading coverage. Separation speed to get open in the deep game with average strength to fight off the jam and stay on his routes. Inconsistent hands and route running pushed him down the rankings. Needs reps in all the basic positional traits plus average playing strength to run the full route tree. In the Big 12, he was rarely challenged at the LOS with the bump-and-run and will have to prove he can consistently release at the line. Shows a good burst off the line and gets to top speed quickly. Shows good straight-line speed, but needs to retain it better at the breakpoint and shifting gears in his routes. Needs a better understanding of body positioning to shield off defenders going up for the ball. As a receiver, possesses run after the catch ability with some elusiveness and speed to break a play. As a senior, he started every game and caught 61 passes for 1004 yards and 12 TDs for honorable mention. As a junior, he played in 11 games and caught 48 passes for 583 yards and 5 TDs. At the NFL Combine, he came in at 6’1” and 206 lbs. and did 24 reps and ran a 4.52 time with a 33.5” VL and 9’10”. He added a 4.57 shuttle and 7.16 three cone times with average positional drills. Needs a lot of reps in a pro-style offense with critical work on his line release, route running, especially going over the middle and better footwork at the break point. Must improve his ability to adjust to the ball and catch outside the frame. His built-up speed shows the ability to separate deep, though he needs to learn how to use it better on shorter routes. Some upside off his natural talent with the athleticism to surprise in time, though maybe not more than a #5 receiver initially. Big play potential, but needs time to settle into an offense and learn the finer points of the position. Good long term project and backup developmental player.

 34 * Jordan Lasley #2 – UCLA   6-1   203    – Sp. 4.55    Rating 60           Junior wideout declared for the NFL Draft after a strong performance over the 2017 season. He has ideal size, fine field speed, and can be extremely explosive after the catch. Josh Rosen’s primary go-to guy in 2017. Works well at all three levels as a receiver. He is able to run crisp routes, come out of his breaks at full speed, and create instant separation. Catches the ball well in full stride, turns up immediately after securing the throw and is among the best wide receivers in this draft compiling yards after the catch. He has good core strength and readily powers through arm tackles. Threat to go the distance anytime he gets some room in the open field with the ball in his hands, displaying fine elusiveness, change of direction, and juke ability. He shows superb concentration when competing for the ball with a defender draped all over him. Adjusts very well to off target throws. Too often can resort to being a body catcher though and has a disturbingly high drop rate over the past two seasons. Inconsistent with his effort and effectiveness when it comes to blocking. As a junior, he played in 11 games and caught 69 passes for 1264 yards and 9 TDs. Earned Pac-12 honorable mention. As a sophomore, he played in 11 games and caught 41 passes for 620 yards and 5 TDs. At the NFL Combine, he came in at 6’1” and 203 lbs. and did 8 reps and ran a 4.50 time with a 34.5” VL and 9’4”. He added a 4.19 shuttle with average positional drills. Effective in the intermediate zones getting open, though concerns related to win the contested balls over the middle. Needs a lot of reps in a pro-style offense with critical work on his line release, route running, especially going over the middle and better footwork at the break point. Well developed on his ability to adjust to the ball and catch outside the frame. He has the speed to separate deep, though he needs to use it get open and stay on his routes. Needs to get more physical in the middle zones and show he can catch in a crowd consistently to win a role in three wideout sets. Maybe challenges for a slot role early where his run after the catch and deceptive speed can be best utilized. Needs time to settle into an offense and a position. Good backup developmental player with tools to continue to improve. Late pick with skill set to continue to improve.

35 * Richie James                     Middle Tennessee     5-10       175         – Sp. 4.45        Rating 60
36 Davon Grayson                    East Carolina          6-0        200       – Sp. 4.50           Rating 60
37 Jake Wieneke                       South Dakota St        6-4        215        – Sp. 4.65        Rating 60
38 Steve Ishmael                      Syracuse             6-1        210        – Sp. 4.55        Rating 60
39 * Ray-Ray McCloud           Clemson                     5-9        180       – Sp. 4.45         Rating 60
40 Cam Phillips                        Virginia Tech      6-0        200      – Sp. 4.55             Rating 60
41 Trent Sherfield                     Vanderbilt         6-0        205       – Sp. 4.45          Rating 60
42 * Quadree Henderson        Pittsburgh                5-08     190       – Sp. 4.45             Rating 60
43 Vyncint Smith         Limestone College (S.C.)    6-2       195       – Sp. 4.45                Rating 60
44 Steven Mitchell Jr              Southern Cal       5-11      190       – Sp. 4.45              Rating 60
45 Jester Weah                         Pittsburgh      6-2        215       – Sp. 4.55           Rating 60
46 Russell Gage                          LSU          6-0         185       – Sp. 4.50           Rating 60
47 Steven Dunbar              Houston        6-1        210        – Sp. 4.55                      Rating 60
48 Ricky Jeune                   Georgia Tech  6-2        210        – Sp. 4.55                     Rating 60
49 Janarion Grant             Rutgers               5-9        180       – Sp. 4.45             Rating 60
50 Jeff Badet                       Oklahoma      5-11       185       – Sp. 4.50                      Rating 60
51 Saeed Blacknall             Penn St           6-2         215       – Sp. 4.45                       Rating 60
52 Justin Watson                 Pennsylvania    6-3          215       – Sp. 4.60                     Rating 60
53 Armanti Foreman              Texas           5-11        200       – Sp. 4.50                     Rating 60
54 Braxton Berrios                    Miami (Fl) 5-9     180       – Sp. 4.55                      Rating 60
55 * Tavares Martin Jr.        Washington St        6-0         185       – Sp. 4.55                      Rating 60
56 Jaelen Acklin                Western Illinois        6-1         190       – Sp. 4.45               Rating 60
57 Bryce Bobo                  Colorado              6-2        200      – Sp. 4.55                  Rating 60
58 Theo Redding                       Bowling Green  6-00        180       – Sp. 4.50         Rating 60
59 Jonah Trinnaman                BYU                 6-0        190       – Sp. 4.35              Rating 60
60 Devonte Boyd                       UNLV           6-1    180       – Sp. 4.55                   Rating 60
61 Jazz Peavy                            Wisconsin                        6-0        190       – Sp. 4.50                        Rating 60
62 Ervin Philips                         Syracuse                          5-11       180       – Sp. 4.50                        Rating 60
63 Chris Lacy                             Oklahoma St                   6-3        205       – Sp. 4.55                       Rating 60
64 John Franklin III                Florida Atlantic              6-0        185       – Sp. 4.45                  Rating 58
65 Nick Holley                           Kent St                            5-10      200       – Sp. 4.55           Rating 58
66 Shay Fields                           Colorado                         5-10       185       – Sp. 4.50                       Rating 58
67 Allenzae Staggers                Southern Miss               6-0        190       – Sp. 4.55                      Rating 58
68 Taj Williams                         Texas Christian              6-3        195       – Sp. 4.50                  Rating 58
69 Linell Bonner                        Houston                         6-0        200       – Sp. 4.55                      Rating 58
70 Donald Gray                         Mississippi St                5-9        200       – Sp. 4.50                      Rating 58
71 Reggie Bonnafon                 Louisville                       6-2        210       – Sp. 4.55                Rating 58
72 Cam Sims                               Alabama                        6-4        205       – Sp. 4.55            Rating 58
73 Corey Willis                           Central Michigan        5-10      175        – Sp. 4.50             Rating 58
74 Jordon Gandy                       Murray St                      6-2        210       – Sp. 4.60            Rating 58
75 Garrett Johnson                   Kentucky                       5-11      175        – Sp. 4.55             Rating 58
76 Arren Andrews                     UCLA                             5-10      195       – Sp. 4.50              Rating 58
77 * Matt Fleming                     Benedictine (Il)            5-11      180       – Sp. 4.45                Rating 58
78 Brandon Shed                       Hobart                          6-2        190       – Sp. 4.60                       Rating 58
79 Charles Nelson                      Oregon                         5-8        170       – Sp. 4.50                       Rating 56
80 Eldridge Massington           UCLA                            210        – Sp. 4.60                      Rating 56
81 James Clark                          Virginia Tech               5-10      185        – Sp. 4.55                      Rating 56
82 Adonis Jennings                   Temple                         6-2        195        – Sp. 4.55                       Rating 56
83 DaMari Scott                         Fresno St                     6-0        204       – Sp. 4.55                      Rating 56
84 Matt VandeBerg                    Iowa                             6-1        195        – Sp. 4.55                       Rating 56
85 Kalib Woods                         Florida Atlantic            6-2       190       – Sp. 4.60                      Rating 56
86 Devin Gray                            Cincinnati                     6-0       192       – Sp. 4.50                       Rating 56
87 Mikah Holder                        San Diego St                6-0       185       – Sp. 4.60                      Rating 56
88 Brandon Powell                    Florida                          5-8        185       – Sp. 4.50                      Rating 56
89 Wyatt Demps                        Nevada                         6-2        200       – Sp. 4.55                      Rating 56
90 Keith Kirkwood                     Temple                         6-2        215       – Sp. 4.55                      Rating 56
91 Thomas Owens                     Florida International    6-1      240      – Sp. 4.60                     Rating 56

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2018 Yearbook – Running Backs

Draft Insiders’ – 2018 NFL Draft Yearbook

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Running Backs – Grade: A

      Positional Overview:
This year’s running back position is an excellent group with a super blue-chip junior in Saquon Barkley at the top of the class. Barkley is a premier NFL feature back who can be an elite pro player early in his career. We rank him higher than Zeke Elliott or Leonard Fournette both of whom were difference makers from their first season. Underclassmen will once again dominate this quality class, though there are several senior prospects with early NFL starting grades. This senior class grades out above average in one of the better classes over the past decade. This class should supply at least two #1 picks with Derrius Guice expected to go late in the round. There should be possibly 8-10 prospects in the top 100 picks. There should be one top five selection this April in Barkley. He is a super blue-chip runner who can be an immediate difference maker and a workhorse three down power back with breakaway speed. Rashaad Penny is a well-rounded runner who is ready for NFL starting duty. Sony Michel is one of the most complete and versatile backs in years with impact ability in a few roles. Teammate Nick Chubb is an honest back with NFL starting talent to surprise. Junior backs Nyheim Hines, Josh Adams and Mark Walton all figure in the top 100-125 selections. Hines is a playmaker who can provide impact in a few key roles. His talent translates very well to the NFL game. Royce Freeman is a highly-underrated prospect with the talent to be a three-down workhorse and one of the surprises of this class. This class should produce as many as 10-12 quality feature backs with a few at the top of the class capable of becoming early pro starters. Another hidden gem is Jordan Chunn who we scouted extensively and he has the skills to be a quality starter with the athleticism to be a better pro than collegian. Chase Edmonds is our highest rated small college prospect. He fits the all-purpose role and can have an NFL career as a 3rd down back. This is a deep class of backs and there could be 15 selected in the top 150 picks. This position will also provide many return specialists and 3rd down backs. This group will provide approximately 20-25 picks overall.

NFL Teams in need:

  • 1 Panthers       4. Lions
  • 2 Bu1cs            5. Steelers
  • 2 Patriots        6. Giants

NFL Premier Player
     Le’Veon Bell
Blue Chip – Saquon Barkley
Red Chip – Derrius Guice
Red Chip – Rashaad Penny
Rising – Sony Michel
Falling – Bo Scarbrough
Underrated – Royce Freeman
Overrated – Mark Walton
Sleeper – Jordan Chunn
Hidden Gem – Ito Smith
Boom/Bust – Ronald Jones
Longterm Surprise – Josh Adams

      Positional Traits
Best Athlete – Saquon Barkley
Inside Runner – Saquon Barkley
Outside Run – Derrius Guice
Goal line Runner – Saquon Barkley
Best All-purpose – Nyheim Hines
Best Hands – Sony Michel
Best After Catch – Nyheim Hines
Best Blocker – Darrel Williams
Most Durable – Rashaad Penny
Best Instincts – Saquon Barkley
Best Intangibles – Saquon Barkley

  • Top Running Backs
    1 * Saquon Barkley – Penn St
    2 * Derrius Guice – LSU
    3 Rashaad Penny – San Diego St
    4 Sony Michel – Georgia
    5 * Ronald Jones – USC
    6 * Kerryon Johnson – Auburn
    7 * Nyheim Hines – North Carolina St.
    8 Nick Chubb – Georgia
    9 * Josh Adams – Notre Dame
    10 Royce Freeman – Oregon
    11 * Mark Walton – Miami
    12 * Bo Scarbrough – Alabama
    13 Kalen Ballage – Arizona St
    14 Akrum Wadley – Iowa
    15 Darrel Williams – LSU
    16 Justin Jackson – Northwestern
    17 Jordan Chunn – Troy
    18 * John Kelly – Tennessee
    19 Ito Smith – Southern Miss
    20 * Kamryn Pettway – Auburn
    21 Chase Edmonds – Fordham
    22 Justin Crawford – West Virginia
    23 Gus Edwards – Rutgers

Running Backs

1 * Saquon Barkley #26 – Penn St        6-0       230 – Sp. 4.45              
   Player Comparison : LaDainian Tomlinson                 Rating 96        
Dynamic powerful junior is the most physically gifted back to arrive in the NFL since Adrian Peterson. Strong compact frame with very quick feet and the explosive burst to go the distance from anywhere on the field. The complete package to become a top NFL feature back with rare skills to be an instant impact three down player as a rookie. Difference maker the past two seasons at Penn St. and produced impressive numbers despite weekly special attention in the Big Ten. Earned first team Big Ten his final two seasons. Great team leader with smarts, instincts and leadership. Possesses an ideal NFL body with a well-developed muscular frame with the natural ability to drop his pads and square up when attacking the line. Shows great lateral quickness with the burst to get outside consistently and go the distance. Displays the initial burst to hit an opening with the cutting skills of a smaller back and the power to break and bounce off tacklers. Very good lower body strength (squats 600 lbs.+) to run through tacklers and carry a big load weekly. As a runner, shows natural vision and balance with the power and toughness to consistently get the most of each attempt. Reads his initial blocks very well with a feel for finding an opening with the speed to hit a hole and run away from defenders. Patient runner allows play to unfold with the burst to create. Faced eight in a box often and put up huge numbers vs Big Ten talent in key games with conference and national impact. Shows the power to run through creases with rare lateral quickness and long speed to stick-and-go out of his cuts. Displays the patience to follow blockers and the ability to shift his weight very well and string multiple moves together. Soft hands as a receiver out of the backfield and capable of a big play in space where his speed and power are a dangerous combination. Strong hands to protect the ball well. Needs work on his blocking especially in blitz situations. Shows the toughness and athleticism to face up with backers, but needs the practice time to progress in that key area. Good route running and defense recognition. Elite combination of speed and power to provide early impact as a pro feature runner. Very strong lower body with good straight arm and can sink his hips and explode to come downhill. Extremely tough to tackle inline or in space. Sets up cut-back lanes exceptionally well with the body lean to get much yardage after contact.
The Numbers:  As a junior, he started 13 games and rushed for 1271 yards on 217 carries for a 5.9 average and 18 TDs. He added 54 receptions for 632 yards and 3 TDs. For the 2016 season, he started 14 games and rushed for 1496 yards on 272 attempts for 5.5 yard average and 18 TDs. He added 28 receptions for 402 yards and 4 TDs. As a freshman in 2015, he rushed for 1076 yards on 182 carries for a 5.9 average and 7 TDs and added 20 receptions for 161 yards and 1 TD. Over his career, he rushed for 3843 yards on 671 attempts for a fine 5.7 average and 43 TDs plus totaled 102 receptions for 1195 yards and 8 TDs. At the NFL Combine, he came in at 6’ and 233 lbs. and ran a 4.40 time. He did 29 reps in the lifting with a 41” VL and a 4.24 shuttle. In the mold of premier breakaway power backs like LaDainian Tomlinson, Adrian Peterson and Zeke Elliott in body type and style, he is similar yet superior to Todd Gurley with the speed and power to be the best in the game. Major early impact weapon.
The Skinny:  Fast physical downhill thumper with the long speed to be a game breaker. Rookie impact feature back who becomes his own blocker. Rookie three down starter with developed receiving skills. As a blocker, he shows quick reactions and toughness to face up to use his strong frame and agility, though needs to prove he can square off with blitz defenders. Natural runner and early difference maker. Faced NFL caliber defenders weekly and carried a full load with great production despite special attention. Very well rounded back and excellent skill set to be an impact player. Super blue-chip athlete and my #1 prospect since September 2017 with no need to change that grade. Top 2 prospect with elite talent to be among the league’s best runners immediately.
Draft Projection: 1st Round – Top 2

2 * Derrius Guice #5 – LSU                   5-11      224       – Sp. 4.50         
     Player Comparison: LeSean McCoy                                     Rating 89        
Shifty elusive junior tailback put up an excellent final season, earning first team SEC honors in 2017. Backed up former Tiger All-American Leonard Fournette his first season and filled in very well in 2016 when the former LSU back was injured and earned All-American honors himself. Compact strong frame with fine flexibility and natural running skills to become an NFL feature back. Instinctive runner and deceptively strong with compact build and fine lower body power to break tackles. Excellent cutting skills and the patience to allow blocks to develop. Shows good forward lean to go with a naturally low center of gravity. Nice short area suddenness to create openings and very effective on jump cut and change-of-direction while maintaining speed. Able to get through traffic well laterally maintaining good balance and footwork to explode once he gets to the 2nd level. Shows nice vision and natural feel for the soft spots in a defense. Able to power through arm tackles and get yardage after contact. Showed he could be a valuable receiving threat out of the backfield, displaying reliable hands and the ability to turn upfield after the catch. Needs route work and to read coverage more instinctively. Capable of further impact there and a three-down starter in time. As a blocker, he needs development. Able to usually make initial contact on blitzers, though fails to consistently sustain. Needs hand technique work to improve in this area. Speed to be a consistent big play threat and yet a feature back that can carry 20+ times a game on a weekly basis. Needs to add additional muscle weight to prove durable to become a week to week NFL feature back.
The Numbers: As a junior, he started 12 games and rushed for 1251 yards on 237 carries, 5.3 average and 11 TDs. Added 18 receptions for 124 yards and 2 TDs.  As a sophomore, he gained 1387 yards in 12 games on 183 carries, 7.6 average and 15 scores. Added 9 receptions for 106 yards and 1 TD. During his career, he gained 3074 rushing yards on 471 carries for a 6.5 average and 29 TDs. He caught 32 passes for 250 yards and 3 TDs. At the NFL Combine, he came in over 5’10” and 224 lbs. He ran a 4.49 time and did 15 reps and added a 31.5” VL. At the LSU pro day, he did positional drills only and looked sharp operating from a few positions and displayed excellent hands and the ability to adjust to the ball. Capable of being a high-quality back similar to LeSean McCoy in size, speed, style and power.
The Skinny:  Explosive well rounded runner with the skills to be a rookie starter. Quick workhorse with fine breakaway speed to change games. Gliding style with the ability to shift gears and hit an opening. Combines speed, suddenness and power to run inside and outside. Makes the corner consistently to go the distance. Limited college career with only 471 carries behind Fournette most of career. His best football should be ahead of him and initially a very good change of pace back to give a club a huge boost. Fine talent and marginal top 20 prospect. Excellent addition with the talent to start as a rookie and provide impact.
Draft Projection: 1st Round – Top 20

3 Rashaad Penny #20 – San Diego St   5-11      224       – Sp. 4.50                     
  Player Comparison: David Johnson                                                          Rating 86                 
Athletically gifted, fast, multidimensional weapon has been a valuable part of the Aztec offense the past three seasons. Rushed for over 2000 yards in 2017 following former teammate Donnel Pumphrey who accomplished the magic 2000 yards rushing in 2016. Earned first team MWC honors and an invitation to the Senior Bowl. Shows well rounded skills to rank among the premier backs in this class. He has the size and speed to run inside and the burst to go the distance. Well-built athlete with strong lower body and fine combination of speed, quick feet and versatility. Natural running talent to be a game to game feature back. Fine receiving skills and also, one of the premier kickoff returners in this class. As a receiver, he can run a wide array of routes and if the defense sends a linebacker over him it is a total mismatch. Good initial quickness off the line and fine speed to separate deep. Used on various routes out of the backfield in an effort to get him the ball in space. As a runner, shows quick footwork and nice change of directions skills at 225 lbs. Jump cuts to fake defenders, making it difficult for them to get a clean hit on him. Reads blocks well, and when he sees an opening, shows the burst to explode through it. Always a threat to go the distance on any play, whether as a runner or receiver. Shows more than enough speed to turn the corner regularly on outside plays. When the inside looks too congested, his fine lateral quickness allows him to bounce very effectively. As an inside runner, shows a burst and power through the hole to make much yardage after contact. Strings multiple moves together to leave defenders flatfooted. As a receiver, he has outstanding hands with good route running and defense awareness to play day one in a 1A type/3rd down role. Most of his best football is still left after a short career sharing time with Donnel Pumphrey over his first two seasons. Talent to be an every down back in the pros and a fine change-of-pace weapon to fill roles.
The Numbers:  As a senior, he played in 13 games and rushed for 2248 yards on 289 carries for a 7.8 yard average and 23 TDs. He caught 19 passes for 135 yards and 2 TDs, earning MWC Offensive player of the year. Outstanding kickoff returner and maybe the best in that role in this class. As a junior, he played behind Pumphrey in 14 games, combining over 3000 yards as an amazing duo. Penny rushed for 1018 yards on 136 carries for a 7.5 yard average and 11 TDs. He caught 15 passes for 224 yards and 3 TDs. For his career, he rushed for 3656 yards on 488 carries for a 7.5 average and 38 TDs. Totaled 42 career receptions for 479 yards and 6 TDs. Scored 7 career TDs as a kickoff returner and ranks only behind Christian Kirk and Saquon Barkley in that role. At the NFL Combine, he came in 5’11” and 220 lbs. Ran a 4.46 time with a 1.58 ten-yard split. He did 13 reps, a 32.5” VL and a 10’ BJ. No agility drills. Similar to David Johnson in size, speed, style and power.
The Skinny: Fast slashing back with well-rounded skills to be an early 1A type. Playmaker with breakaway speed to change games. Well-rounded game with his fine versatility and big play capability. Shifts gears well to follows blockers and the burst to hit an opening. Surprising quickness and power to run between the tackles. Talent to go on the 2nd day of the process. Capable of being a high quality 1A type before eventually winning feature back role and a difference maker fairly early in his career.
Draft Projection: 2nd-3rd Round

4 Sony Michel #1 – Georgia                  5-11      215        – Sp. 4.50
Player Comparison: Isaiah Crowell                                 Rating 86                       
Talented multi-dimensional all around back has been an impact performer for the Bulldogs the past three seasons. Earned SEC honors in 2017 after an excellent overall performance. Tough natural low based runner shows quick feet with good size and speed to be an NFL feature back. Slides nicely laterally and runs with a wiggle to string multiple moves together. Gets to top speed quickly with the ability to adjust his speed and change gears well. On the 2nd level, he has a burst to run away from defenders. Displays good lower body power and is able to make consistent yardage after contact. Keeps his pad level down to run over defenders. Developing receiver comes out of the backfield quickly into his routes. Shows reliable hands and capable of making the tough catch. In space, he knows what to do with the ball and shows the burst to take the play the distance. Very effective on screens and shorter routes, though only a limited route tree and needs some further development. Displayed the ability to run inside and outside, though not a physical downhill power back between the tackles. As a pass blocker, he’s alert, aware and competent at picking up the blitz. Keeps his feet well and shows good balance and functional strength. Explosive when he sees a crease and is capable of making huge yardage. Good vision and awareness to keep drives alive. Versatile talent to give an offense a unique weapon to command special attention in every situation and high level 1A type.
The Numbers:  As a senior in 2017, he shared time with Nick Chubb and played in 14 games and rushed for 1227 yards on 156 carries for a 7.9 yard average and 16 TDs. He caught 9 passes for 96 yards and 1 TD. As a junior, he rushed for 840 yards on 152 carries for a 5.5 average and 4 TDs. He caught 22 passes for 149 yards and 1 TD. As a sophomore, he rushed for over 1000 yards with 8 TDs and 26 receptions and 3 TDs. Over his career, he rushed for 3638 yards on 591 carries for 6.2 yard average with 33 rushing TDs and 64 catches with 6 TDs. At the NFL Combine, he came in at 5’10”, 214 lbs. and ran a 4.54 time. He did 22 reps, a 4.21 shuttle and no other events. At the pro day, he looked sharp in drills, catching the ball and looking smooth in routes.
The Skinny: Natural runner and receiver with good speed to change games. Nice combination of speed, power and cutting skills. Combines the size, quickness and strength to get into the end zone. Well-rounded with the suddenness to get outside and make the corner with the burst to hit the home run. Rising talent probably goes in the top 50-60 prospects and capable of being a quality feature back similar to rookie sensation Alvin Kamara who we were very high on last year. Kamara’s YB Scouting Report is on web site. Also, Frank Gore and Isaiah Crowell in size, style and speed. Fine addition with starting talent to be a three down back, though more a complete 1A type and nice asset for any backfield.
Draft Projection: 2nd-3rd Round

5 * Ronald Jones II #25 – Southern Cal            5-11      205       – Sp. 4.60         
      Player Comparison: Jamaal Charles                                          Rating 82         
Lean quick well-built true junior gained put back to back 1000 yard seasons together for the Trojans prior to declaring for the NFL Draft. Explosive runner capable of taking any play the distance. Slashing style of runner with definite breakaway ability. Fine combination of short area quickness and long speed. Capable of starting and stopping on a dime, as well as being able to string multiple moves together. Despite his lanky frame, he is not easy to get on the ground either, when defenders are able to get their hands on him. He has a good stiff arm that he will use to keep tacklers at bay. His cutback is simply outstanding. When running wide, he can turn in a heartbeat, plant his foot, and explode back against the grain. Defenders have to have the discipline to stay in their lanes and protect against the cutback. He has the uncanny ability to juke a potential tackler out of his jock and create space. He seldom fumbles, despite his increasing heavy career carry load. His lean physique may not hold up as well in the NFL, if expected to be a workhorse. He is not the best at pushing the pile in short yardage and most of his tackle breaking is when he has already hit high gear in the open field. Shows nice determination as a runner, finishes his runs and usually falls forward getting extra yards after contact. Shows fine vision and balance to read blocks and explode through to the 2nd level. Weaves through traffic with good field speed when he sees a crease. As a receiver, he has sure hands though limited opportunities catching the ball. Upside as a receiving threat and among the best in this class. Marginal in pass protection with raw technique and only adequate strength. Needs clear development there to challenge for the 3rd down role. Overall, very consistent runner due to his natural ability to read blocks, find cutbacks lanes and avoid tacklers. Able to carry the load as a complete back though not a workhorse type.
The Numbers: As a junior, he started 13 games and rushed for 1550 yards on 261 carries, 5.9 average and 19 TDs. He had 14 receptions for 187 yards and 1 TD. As a sophomore, he gained 1082 yards in 13 games on 177 carries, 6.1 average and 12 scores. He caught 11 passes for 76 yards and 1 TD. For his career, gained 3619 yards on 591 carries, 6.1 average and 39 TDs. He added 32 receptions for 302 yards and 3 TDs. At the NFL Combine, he came in 5’11” and 205 lbs. and ran a 4.65 time. He did a 36.5” VL, but no other events due to a hamstring pull from the sprint.
The Skinny: Elusive hard charging runner with developing skills to be a good 1A type. Quick back and proven workhorse with the long speed to change games. Ability to shift gears and follow blockers. Despite adequate size, has proven very durable runner who combines quickness and power to run between the tackles regularly. Burst to get outside and make the corner and break plays. Underrated receiver with sure hands and good awareness with the burst to make plays after the catch. Initially, a good change of pace runner with playmaking talent to give a club a boost and compliment the starter. Top changes directions skills. Good ball security. Marginal top 50 prospect and capable of being a feature back similar to Jamaal Charles in size, speed, style and versatility. Solid addition with the talent to surprise. One of the hidden gems in this class and top 2nd day value.
Draft Projection: 2nd-3rd Round

6 * Kerryon Johnson #21 – Auburn                  5-11      215       – Sp. 4.45
     Player Comparison: Frank Gore                                                   Rating 80         
Tough workhorse junior became a big factor in the Tigers offense over his final two seasons, earning 2017 SEC first team honors. Rushed for his first 1000-yard season and was the linchpin of their power ground attack. Consistent game to game production over past two years. Strong muscular build and the mentality to use it as a downhill runner between the tackles. Capable of holding up under a heavy workload. Fast burst with very coordinated and balanced footwork. Outstanding initial quickness to get to the edge and pressure a defense. Shows good patience and allows blocks to develop. Extremely good vision and awareness once he sees the soft spots or running lanes develop. He hits top speed almost instantly, exploding up to the 2nd level and into tacklers. At times, he was used as a Wildcat QB and took direct snaps. Very good decision maker when used in that formation. Though he does not have great track speed, he has good field speed to get outside and turn the corner. Able to take it the distance once he reaches the 3rd level. He has some injury concerns though and never had a season at Auburn where he remained completely healthy throughout. In 2017, he struggled through a shoulder injury, though his production remained consistently high. He shows fine toughness and willingness to play through pain. As a receiver, he was used very infrequently, but displayed soft natural hands when called upon. He must learn to read coverage better. High cut body type and somewhat of an upright runner, though he still shows good ability to powerfully finish his runs and lower his pads. Needs to be more patient with blocks and change gears better in the process to allow openings to develop. Makes defenders miss regularly with his ability to stutter step and jump cut. Tends to break outside too often and run laterally allowing defenders to take good angles to get to the edge. Shows some lower body strength and can drive forward for extra yards. Seldom gets knocked backwards and attempts to dish out punishment when finishing his runs. When he sees a crease, is able to accelerate to top speed in a flash. Alert blocker who reads and picks up blitzes adequately.
The Numbers:  For his career, he ran for 2494 yards on 519 carries, 4.8 avg and 32 TDs. As a receiver, he caught 55 for 478 yards and 2 TDs. As a junior, he rushed for 1391 yards with 18 TDs on 285 carries. Averaged 4.9 yards per carry and added 24 receptions for 194 yards and 2 TDs. As a sophomore, he finished with 895 yards and 11 TDs on the ground and another 125 yards receiving and no TDs. At the NFL Combine, he came in at 5’11” and 213 lbs. and did not run. He did 11 reps with a 40” VL and a 10’6” BJ, a 4.29 shuttle and a 7.07 three cone. Looked good in the positional drills. Ran a 4.52 time at his pro day.
The Skinny: Tough slashing back with fast developing skill set. Health issues need to be thoroughly checked. Needs work on his reads and continue to develop his receiving skills before earning NFL playing time. Workhorse qualities with good speed, quickness and power to run between the tackles on a game-to-game basis. Quick decisions and fine burst allows him to get outside and make the corner regularly. Downhill thumper with developed talent to probably go in the top 75 prospects. Capable of being a high quality 1A type back and probably challenge for the feature role with some development. Hardnosed back gives you all he has. Definite starting talent.
Draft Projection: 3rd Round

7 * Nyheim Hines #7 – North Carolina St          5-8       198       4.40 – Sp. 4.55 
     Player Comparison: Darren Sproles                                                      Rating 80
Highly versatile explosive athlete had an impressive 2017 season, leading the ACC in all-purpose yardage in 2017 season. Possesses a solidly built smallish physique with fine overall development especially in the lower half. Elusive slashing style runner displays a very quick burst to dart through narrow openings. Patient with elite quickness once into the 2nd level and a threat to go the distance on any given play. A Wolfpack sprint star, he has fine game breaking speed to be a consistent long threat. Short muscular back possesses excellent sprinter’s speed and a true home run hitter. He had 4 long TD runs of between 48 and 83 yards in 2017. Very versatile and used in a variety of ways. He can play slot receiver very effectively due to his outstanding change of direction, short area quickness and fine hands. One of the best kick and punt returners in the country over his career and it helped him to lead the ACC in all-purpose yards in 2017 despite playing from midseason on with a bum ankle. As a runner, he shows fine instant quickness, stop-start ability and rare acceleration. Wicked on screens where he is often able to explode through the tiniest of creases for good chunks of yardage. As a runner, shows savvy with the ability to use his skills to set up blocks very well and outrun defenders. Shows the burst to get through openings before they close with the lateral quickness to get outside and run to daylight. Excellent weapon as a receiver, possessing soft hands and refined route running. Marginal pass blocker and needs better hand usage. He picks up his keys well to protect his QB. Early potential to be a three-down back in the pros. Experienced in a pro-style offense which will help his transition to the next level. Solid frame, though not a feature back to carry a consistent weekly workload. His rare versatility including top kickoff and punt return ability plus the natural running and receiving skills will afford him probably 15 touches a game.
The Numbers: As a junior, he started 13 games and rushed for 1112 yards on 197 carries for a 5.6 yard average and 12 TDs. He caught 26 passes for 152 yards and no TDs. Earned 1st team ACC honors. In addition, had another fine effort in the return game while leading the ACC in all-purpose yardage with 143.7 yards per game. As a sophomore, he played in 12 games and rushed for 44 yards on 13 carries for a 3.4 yard average and no TDs. Caught 43 passes for 525 yards and no TDs. Over his career, he rushed for 1399 yards on 258 carries for a 5.4 yard average with 13 rushing TDs and 89 catches for 933 and 1 TD. At the NFL Combine, he came in at 5’9 and 198 lbs. He ran a fine 4.38 time and did not lift. Added a 35.5” VL and a 9’11” BJ with a 4.35 shuttle and 7.18 three cone. He had excellent positional drills. Similar to Darren Sproles in size, speed, running style and versatility.
The Skinny:  NFL ready utility back with well-developed skills despite limited playing time. Top burst and natural hands to become a rookie 3rd down back. Shifts gears very well to get the most of each attempt. Combines the speed, quickness and enough power to run inside. Talented athlete to provide impact in a number of roles. Very elusive in space with sharp cutting ability and top vision to make sound decisions. Well-rounded skills to be an early three down back and dual returner. Capable of dropping into the slot role on the play clock to give an offense a unique type weapon. Probable 1A role in time to handle 15 touches a game. Speed to get outside with the burst to hit the home run. Well-rounded talent and a probable top 75 prospect. High quality 1A type back with big play talent and his best football ahead.
Draft Projection: 3rd Round

8 Nick Chubb #27 – Georgia                 5-11      225        – Sp. 4.55        
  Player Comparison : Doug Martin                                             Rating 80                      
Strong compact honest senior made an excellent return from a 2015 knee injury to rank among the best in this talented class. Bell cow in the deep Georgia backfield following Todd Gurley in the rich Bulldog history of running backs. Thick runner with strong lower body to run through tacklers. Shows fine vision, natural running skills and quickness through the hole to get to the 2nd level and use his deceptive speed. Physical power runner uses his strong frame and fine strength to run inside and be an effective goal line back. Earned SEC honors during three seasons with the last two coming after his knee injury. Set new Georgia career rushing marks after starting since his freshman season. Pure muscle from head to toes and runs with that kind of expected power. Runs through arm tackle attempts like a hot knife through butter. Frequently, he requires more than one defender to get him on the ground. Among the best getting yards after contact. Fine balance after first contact, though lacks the same explosion he had before the knee injury suffered as a sophomore. Multiple ligament tears but not the ACL. His long speed is solid, but not great. He displays outstanding vision and instincts as a runner. Senses the soft spots and does very well in the open field weaving through traffic, milking every possible yard out of every attempt. Disciplined runner who follows his blocks and will only bounce plays outside as a last resort. Usually a one cut and go downhill runner and also rarely ever fumbles. Could be a bell cow back or share carries as part of a committee. Seldom used as a receiver after his freshman season, so somewhat of an unknown in that regard with only 31 career receptions over four seasons. Maintains a low center of gravity and runs behind his pads very well with fine vision and good patience. When he sees an opening, he makes quick decisions and shows no hesitation to trust his eyes. Fights and scraps for every possible yard. Shows lateral quickness to get outside and move to the 2nd and 3rd levels. Easily changes directions multiple times on some runs. Understands pass-protection responsibilities and will step up, but needs hand technique work to be ready for 3rd down situations.
The Numbers: For his career, gained 4769 yards on 758 rushing attempts, 6.3 average, 44 TDs, plus 31 receptions for 361 yards and 4 TDs.  As a senior, he ran for 1345 yards for a 6.0 yard average and 15 TDs. Added 4 receptions for 30 yards and no TDs.  His best performance came as a freshman when he rushed for 1547 yards on 219 carries and a 7.1 yard average with 14 TDs. Added 18 receptions for 213 yards and 2 TDs. At the NFL Combine, he came in just under 5’11” and 227 lbs. He ran a 4.52 time with 29 reps, a 38.5” VL and a 10’8” BJ. Added a 4.25 shuttle and a 7.09 three cone. He performed well in the positional drills to complete a very good workout. Similar to Doug Martin in size, speed, running style and versatility.
The Skinny: Underrated slashing runner has proven to be a tough workhorse. Good size and power with deceptive speed and quickness to run between the tackles. Quality short yardage performer with strength to get into the end zone. Underrated talent probably goes in the top 100 prospects where he could turn out to be fine value. Major steal if he falls to the early 3rd day. Starting potential and a fine pro to be the next Bulldog pro tailback.
                                                Draft Projection: 3rd Round

9 * Josh Adams #33 – Notre Dame       6-1       225       – Sp. 4.50
    Player Comparison :  Eddie Lacy                                         Rating 80                    
Physical big-play north-south runner is moving on to the next level after an outstanding 2017 season for the Irish. True high cut junior earned honors in his final two starting seasons. Strong thick frame with muscle definition throughout his body. As a runner, he has a physical style and uses his fine body strength to lower his shoulder and power through defenders and arm tackles. Tough, aggressive finisher is a downhill thumber and usually falls forward for extra yards. Big, powerful, muscular and physical one cut type. There is not much wiggle in his game and looks to dish out punishment. He makes defenders feel it when they are trying to tackle him and would rather try to run through would be tacklers than try to evade them. Finishes well and makes yardage after contact and is constantly falling forward after impact. He does have adequate lateral quickness to bounce it outside when he is able to cut back against the grain. His field speed is deceiving and much better than one may expect, considering his size and build. When he gets into the 2nd and 3rd levels, he is able to find some extra burst and make it difficult for any back seven defender to catch him from behind. He does not have great initial quickness off the snap though and needs a few steps to build up some speed. As a pass receiver, his hands are barely average, and he does not offer a lot as a dual-purpose threat. Limited experience as a receiver and needs reps and route development to become more polished. His ability to block is also something that needs further development. He was aided by running behind an exceptional run blocking offensive line, featuring the best blocking left tackle, left guard, and tight end in this draft class. Fine balance and the ability to change speeds and directions, though primarily a one cut runner. His run vision is good as he properly reads blocks, sees the opening and keeps his pads square to the line. Aggressive and somewhat effective in pass protection, though needs to learn better hand usage to sustain blocks. Durability and toughness are big pluses, as he’s been able to play through minor injuries. Faced a lot of eight-man fronts and was still able to be very effective. The main weapon in an inconsistent offense and shows fine endurance and wants the ball in key situations. Once he got through the initial contact, he was a potential home run. Ultimately, a three-down back with development as a receiver and in protection.
The Numbers: As a junior, he started 13 games and rushed for 1430 yards on 206 carries for a 6.9 yard average and 9 TDs. He caught just 13 passes for 101 yards and no TDs. As a sophomore, he rushed for 933 yards on 158 carries for a 5.9 average and 5 TDs. He caught 21 passes for 193 yards and 1 TD. Over his career, he rushed for 3198 yards on 481 carries for a 6.6 yard average with 20 rushing TDs and 41 catches with 2 TDs. At the NFL Combine, he came in at 6’1” and 213 lbs. He did 18 reps and did not run. Limited by a foot injury. Similar to Eddie Lacy and Karlos Williams in size, style and power.
The Skinny: Tough specimen with developing skills to be an NFL feature back. Upright runner has proven to be a tough workhorse with strong lower unit and the speed to change games. One cut straight line back with the ability to shift gears, follow blockers and break plays. Combines the size, speed, quickness and power to run between the tackles and the agility to get outside. Athlete with enough quickness to make the corner and the burst to make plays. Durable talent probably goes in the top 100 prospects and capable of being a quality feature back. Fine middle round addition with starting talent and potential. Good short yardage back.
Draft Projection: 3rd-4th Round

10 Royce Freeman #21 – Oregon         5-11      230       – Sp. 4.55         
     Player Comparison: Jonathan Stewart                           Rating 78            
Strong downhill runner has been instrumental in the Ducks’ high-powered offense. Earned Pac-12 honors over two seasons. Thick between the tackles power runner with a nose for the end zone. Well-built with strong lower unit and body lean to get the most of each attempt. Shows the power to run inside and the quickness to get through the hole and to finish well. Thick compact frame that allows him to run through tacklers for nice yardage after contact. As a runner, he displays good vision and reads his blocks well. Good lateral quickness and a decisive decision maker. When he sees a crease, he does not hesitate and hits the hole with an impressive burst. Willing to initiate contact when he finishes his runs. Usually falls forward for an extra yard or two when tackled. Honest runner and takes what is there. Displays good enough speed on outside runs. Whether sweeps or zone stretch plays. When he sees an opening outside, he generally explodes through it. Ideal physical package and capable of being a workhorse. Needs work as a pass protector and was not used to a great extent as a receiver, though he totaled 79 career receptions. His hands look pretty good though when given the chance. Combines balance with power and short area quickness to be a strong inside runner. One cut back runs in a north/south style with a quick powerful burst and a good stiff arm. Usually displays good pad level and fine ball security in the process, though can run too upright at times. As a receiver, developed over time with fairly reliable hands to catch the ball, though he needs extensive work on his route running and reading coverage. Shows only marginal elusiveness and speed to be a playmaker after the catch. As a blocker, he can face up with a backer and currently gives a good effort, but struggles to sustain.
The Numbers: As a senior, started 12 games and rushed for 1475 yards, a 6.0 yard average and 16 TDs. He had 14 receptions for 164 yards. Set new Oregon career rushing mark with 5621 yards along with an impressive 5.9 yard average for 60 TDs and 79 receptions for 814 yards and 4 TDs. As a junior, he started 11 games with some minor leg injuries. He rushed for 945 yards on 168 attempts with 9 TDs and 23 receptions for 144 yards and 1 TD. Earned 2nd team Pac-12 honors in 2017. As a sophomore during the 2015 season, he ran for 1836 yards on 283 carries a 6.5 yard average and 17 TDs and 26 catches. At the NFL Combine, he came in at 5’11” and 229 lbs. and ran 4.54 time with 17 reps, 34” VL, 9’10” BJ, 4.16 shuttle and 6.90 cone. Capable of being a surprise quality feature back similar to Jonathan Stewart in body type, overall style, deceptive speed and power.
The Skinny:  Fine middle round addition with potentially starting talent. Physical specimen is one of the more underrated players with the skill set to be a good short yardage back. Effective goal line runner, combining some elusiveness and power to move the pile. Skills to be a fine 1A power type. Needs to make progress as a receiver and blocker. Well-rounded back, and good middle round pick with the talent to surprise.
Draft Projection: 4th Round

11 * Mark Walton #1 – Miami (FL)         5-09      205       – Sp. 4.50
       Rating 78                     
Compact strong true junior chose to leave for the NFL early after sustaining a broken ankle early in the 2017 season. Short frame with thick lower body that allowed him to run through many tackles. As a runner, he uses a slow slung crouching style with good forward lean. He follows his blocks very well and takes what the defense gives him. He has some tackle breaking ability and gets some yards after contact due to his lower body power. Once he is in the open field, has a good extra gear to break some longer runs for chunk yards. He displays a nice burst through the hole and in the open field, he can be very elusive. He can juke, sidestep, spin, or use a limp leg to evade would be tacklers. He is capable of stringing multiple moves together. His track speed is rather mundane and does not measure up to his field speed. He shows that he is willing and able to be a good pass protector. He will step up into the hole and stop blitzing DB’s or LB’s in their tracks. He was not used elaborately as a receiver, usually just as a safety valve or check down, but his hands are good as a pass catcher in those roles. Though he lacks great speed, he has the quickness and fine agility and lateral movement skills to be very effective. Shows excellent vision as a runner, reading and following his blocks well. Fine peripheral vision, constantly seeing the cutback lane and able to change directions and string multiple moves together. Uses his fine quickness to gain the edge outside and turn the corner. Limited experience as a receiver and needs extensive reps catching the ball and reading coverage. Tough runner with good ball security. Despite lack of great size, he runs with fine forward lean, keeps driving his legs after contact and looks to finish strong. Though, he is not a pure power runner, he shows tackle breaking consistency. Makeup to be a good #2 back. In 2017, he started 5 games and rushed for 56 yards on 428 carries and 3 TDs. Also caught 7 passes for 91 yards and no TDs. In 2016, he started 13 games and rushed for 1117 yards on 209 carries and 14 TDs. Added 27 receptions for 240 yards and 1 TD. At the NFL Combine, he came in just under 5’10” and 202 lbs. and ran a 4.60 time and did 18 reps in the lifting. He added a 31.5” VL and a 9’10” BJ. Developing underrated tailback who is falling through the cracks. Though he has the overall talent to be a feature back, he must develop further especially as a blocker and receiver. He has proven to be an effective goal line runner with nice success in that role. Good middle round pick with talent and toughness to surprise and have a niche as a solid 1A type back. Tough honest runner, though must prove durable.

12 * Bo Scarbrough #9 – Alabama        6-1       230       – Sp. 4.55                      
                             Rating 78
Huge, downhill junior had a strong career for the Tide that was limited by their deep and talented running back position.  Big natural runner is in the mold of guys like LeGarrette Blount and Brandon Jacobs. Came up huge in big games especially at the end of the 2016 season, though failed to finish strong in 2017. Punishing runner with good forward lean who hits the hole with force. He is very difficult for one defender to get on the ground, especially once he hits the 2nd level. Shows a good burst and adequate long speed once he sees daylight. More than just an inside runner. As a runner, he plays with a physical, punishing mindset. Bears some similarities to former Alabama back Derrick Henry. Built like an Adonis, with a tapered muscular physique. He runs with an upright style that can give tacklers a target to get him to ground, but otherwise he is like a runaway locomotive when he gets a head of steam. He has excellent lower body explosion and displays surprising lateral quickness. He can effectively bounce runs outside and make yardage. He is not merely a battering ram either. Besides his lateral quickness, displays good change of direction, and fine leaping ability to elude tacklers too. As a receiver, he shows soft hands, though limited reps overall and needs work on his route running and coverage awareness. Appears to be a reliable weapon where the Tide liked to get him the ball on swing passes in the open field, forcing corners and safeties to come up and try to tackle him as he came barreling down the field. He is nearly impossible to tackle if the defender goes too high. He displays the ability to be an effective one cut and go, downhill runner on outside zone stretch plays. As a pass protector, he has the ability to step up and really thump would be blitzers. He does not mind doing the dirty work. Shows quick reactions and toughness to face up with defenders and use his strong frame and agility. Carries significant medical red flags, having suffered a knee injury as a freshman and a broken leg in 2016, as well as several less serious dings that may have reduced his effectiveness. Shows good vision, follows his blockers well with the ability to change speeds and burst at the proper time to reach the 2nd and 3rd levels. Type of runner that needs an initial crease with limited creativity on his own. In 2017, he played in 14 games and gained 596 rushing yards on 124 carries, for a 4.8 yard average and 8 TDs. Added 17 receptions for 109 yards and no TDs. In 2016, he had his best season when he rushed for 812 yards, on 125 carries, 6.5 average and 11 TDs along with 4 receptions. Over his career, he rushed for 1512 yards on 267 attempts for a fine 5.7-yard average and 20 TDs plus totaled 21 receptions for 131 yards and no TDs. Despite being a huge back, he never carried 20 times or more over his Bama career. At the NFL Combine, he came in at 6’1” and 228 lbs. and ran a 4.52 time and did 14 reps. He did a 40” VL, a 10’9” BJ and a 4.34 shuttle. He had good positional drills to complete a very good workout. Leader with the intangibles to get the most of his good skill set. Though he can be a downhill thumper, he needs to show more consistency. Talent to be an immediate 1A type and short yardage/goal line back. His receiving skills need development and he must continue to improve. Natural skills to make roster and surprise in a few roles. Fine middle round addition with the skill set to find a niche.

13 Kalen Ballage #7 – Arizona St          6-2       228       4.49 – Sp. 4.50 
                                                  Rating 75
Big versatile tailback has been a consistent performer over his career, though never claimed the #1 role. Slashing lanky back with fine change of direction skills and reliable hands and the speed to be a good 1A type pro runner. Shifty, fluid back shows some creativity with excellent vision and lateral quickness. Fine balance, change-of-direction and agility. Reads and follows his blockers very well. Fine anticipation and able to jump cut to avoid tacklers. His game is well rounded inside and outside running with sure hands to be a factor in the passing game. Combines power with making tacklers miss with sharp cuts, limp leg, or stutter step. Shows fine acceleration to burst through an opening. Able to make one cut and go, or string moves together. High cut lean athletic physique. At times, he can run a little high which negates his ability his power to drive through or break many tackles. He must show the ability to face up with a linebacker. Gives good effort in pass-protection, but lacks the anchor to do much more than temporarily slow down blitzing backers. Used fairly often in the passing game with good results, though his 2017 production fell. Able to run the typical routes expected of a back, such as swing passes, wheel routes and screens. Good awareness of coverage and dangerous in the open field.
The Numbers:  In 2017, he rushed for 669 yards for a 4.3 average and 6 TDs and added 20 receptions for 91 yards. In 2016, he gained 536 yards rushing for a 4.3 average, 14 TDs and added 44 receptions for 469 yards and 1 TD. For his career, he ran for 1984 yards on 450 carries, a 4.4 average and 27 TDs. He caught 82 passes for 684 yards and 2 TDs. At the NFL Combine, he came in at just under 6’2” and 228 lbs. He ran a 4.46 time with 15 reps, a 33.5” VL and a 10’2” BJ. Added a 4.35 shuttle and 6.91 three cone.
The Skinny:  One of the more well-rounded backs in this class with a nice level of development to fill a few roles as a rookie. Big back with developed skills, though needs work on his strength and reads before earning a 1A type back role. Productive runner shows playmaking qualities with deceptive speed and power, though somewhat an underachiever. Good one cut runner with a nice burst through the hole to get to the 2nd level. Follows blockers well to get the most of each attempt, though needs to keep his pads low. Less effective as a short yardage inside power back, though he combines the size, speed and quickness to run between the tackles. Talented back with the quickness to make the corner and the burst to hit the home run. Probably goes in the top 150 prospects and capable of being a high quality 1A type back in time if he refines his game especially blocking and receiving. Good kickoff returner and middle round addition with upside to surprise if he proves he wants it.
Draft Projection: 4th5th Round

14 Akrum Wadley #25 – Iowa                5-10      195       – Sp. 4.55         
                          Rating 70
Shifty low based compact senior completed a fine late career with strong well-rounded performances. Very productive and consistent and a tough between the tackles with the quickness and enough speed to get to the 2nd level and make yards after contact. Good short yardage and goal line runner, displaying power and elusiveness with sound decision-making. As a receiver, he shows reliable hands with the ability to make things happen on the perimeter. Talent to be a pro back, though only adequate size and speed, but with deceptive power and cutting skills. Shows the vision, quick footwork and the natural skills that allow him to hit the hole with authority. Quick slashing style helps him finish with good body lean and power. Explodes through the hole and uses his compact frame, combining elusiveness, balance and strength. Whether he can win on power in the NFL is suspect with marginal size and physical limitations. As a receiver, displays reliable hands with good development as a route runner. After the catch, sets up defenders and follows his blockers well in the open field with the burst to make things happen, though only average long speed. As a blocker, shows the toughness and instincts to grade out adequately, though his short arms and smaller frame makes it difficult especially when attempting to anchor. Needs definite hand technique work and must show improvement to sustain his blocks longer. During the 2017 season, he started in 9 games and rushed for 763 yards on 170 carries for a 4.5 average with 8 TDs and added 20 receptions. During the 2016, he rushed for 1081 yards on 168 carries, 6.4 yard with 10 TDs and 36 receptions and 3 TDs. Over his career, he totaled over 2526 yards rushing for a 5.6 yard average and 26 TDs with 63 receptions and 6 TDs. At the NFL Combine, he came in at just under 5’10” and 194. He ran a 4.54 time with 12 reps and added a 32” VL. Hard-nosed competitive productive back with the talent to continue to improve. Capable of being a surprise quality feature back similar to James White in body type, overall size, style, deceptive speed and power. Shows developed skill set to win a key role in time. Aggressive runner lacks outstanding features and needs development especially as a blocker. In the passing game, he has limited speed with a small radius, though reliable hands and good run after the catch ability. As a receiver, he has upside despite some physical limitations. Size leaves questions about NFL durability despite being a very tough college runner. Late round pick with the skills to surprise if he proves durable. Probable 1A role if he improves as a blocker. Toughness and talent to challenge for a role initially. Marginal top 150 prospect with skills to surprise.

15 Darrel Williams #28 – LSU               6-0       225       – Sp. 4.60                Rating 70
Big physical downhill runner had an unheralded career for the Tigers, backing up Leonard Fournette and Derrius Guice. Despite being a four-star recruit and a top 12 running back nationally coming out of high school, the former QB spent most of his time as a top-level reserve behind the more critically acclaimed backs. In the mold of big backs like LeGarrette Blount, Derrick Henry and Brandon Jacobs, though not as talented. As a runner, he is like a battering ram much of the time, with his thick powerful build and outstanding core strength. He is built to dish out punishment, as well as absorb hits from would be tacklers with often seemingly negligible effect. Displays outstanding balance. He keeps his pads square to the line and uses his good lateral quickness to slide up and down the line, finding the best hole to press. He has a really good lateral jump cut with which he can frequently make the first man miss. He runs behind his pads very well with desirable forward lean. He is very difficult for one defender to get on the ground, especially once he hits the 2nd level. Despite his modest track speed, he had 6 offensive plays of 35 or more yards in 2017. In contrast, Guice only had two, even though he touched the ball 87 more times. As a runner, he plays with a physical, punishing, though an upright style that give defenders a big target. As a receiver, he has very reliable hands and was an effective weapon for LSU as a safety valve or outlet option. He averaged over 14 yards per receptions, a very impressive statistic. He is not a creative runner though, or one who can make something out of little or nothing. He needs good blocking to get going, and the Tigers’ line was among the best in college football last year. He is basically a north-south downhill bruiser with fine vision who will give an offense a workhorse or good second option. Excellent ball security along with strong lead blocking. During the 2017 season, he started in 4 of 13 games and rushed for 820 yards on 145 carries for a 5.7 average with 9 TDs and added 23 receptions for 331 yards an impressive 14.4 yard average. During 2016, he rushed for 233 yards on 52 carries, 4.5 yard with 3 TDs and 5 receptions. Over his career, he totaled 1651 yards rushing on 321 attempts for a 5.1 yard average and 19 TDs along with 38 receptions for 462 yards and no TDs and a 12.2 yard average. At the NFL Combine, he came in at almost 6’ and 225 lbs. and ran 4.72 time. He did 22 reps, 32” VL, 9’1” BJ with a 4.21 shuttle to complete a very good workout. Well-rounded back with the talent to win a key role. Aggressive back with good athleticism and the ability to provide an offense a quality change of pace player to fill a 1A type/ short yardage role. Also, he projects to fullback where he has a starting skill set. Needs some development as a blocker and receiver, though performed well in those roles and is a quick study. Nice 3rd day selection with the talent to make it. Versatile backup and the talent to surprise and challenge for a role. Marginal top 200 prospect with the potential to be a quality role performer.

16 Justin Jackson #21 – Northwestern             5-11      200        – Sp. 4.50                 Rating 70
Shifty compact senior completed a fine career with four consecutive 1000 yard seasons for the Wildcats. Earned Big Ten honors each season, including first team in 2016. Very productive and consistent. Elusive between the tackles with the quickness and enough speed to get to the 2nd level and make yardage after contact. As a collegian, he was a good short yardage and goal line runner, displaying elusiveness with sound decision-making. As a receiver, he shows reliable hands with the ability to make things happen on the perimeter. Talent to be a pro back, though only adequate size and speed with deceptive power and cutting skills. Shows good vision, quick footwork and the running skills that allows him to hit the hole and make yardage. Quick slashing style helps him finish with good body lean. As a runner, he has a burst through the hole, along with the ability to put a few moves together. As a receiver, displays soft hands with sound route running. After the catch, he moves well and follows his blockers in the open field to make things happen. As a blocker, shows the toughness and instincts to grade out adequately, though must improve his hand technique to sustain blocks better. During the 2017 season, he started 13 games and rushed for 1311 yards on 287 carries for a 4.6 average with 11 TDs and added 44 receptions. During 2016, he rushed for 1524 yards on 298 carries, 5.1 yard with 15 TDs and 35 receptions. Over his four years, he totaled over 5,440 yards rushing for a 4.8 yard average and 41 TDs along with 122 receptions for 858 yards and 1 TD. At the NFL Combine, he came in at just under 6’ and 199 and ran 4.50 time. He did 13 reps, 38.5” VL, 10’2” BJ with a 4.07 shuttle and 6.81 three cone. Well-rounded back with the talent to win a key role. Aggressive back lacks elite skills, though has the ability to provide an offense a change of pace player to fill a 1A type role. Needs development especially as a blocker. In the passing game, he has a nice level of development to compete for time. Good ball security. Nice 3rd day selection with the skills to make it. Lacks return skills which hurts his final grade and probably limits him to a backup role initially. Talent to surprise and challenge for a role. Marginal top 150-200 prospect with skills to be a quality role performer.

17 Jordan Chunn #38 – Troy                5-11      235       – Sp. 4.65                      Rating 70
Powerful, instinctive senior has been very productive for the Troy offense over his final two seasons, earning Sun Belt honors in 2017 and 2016. Strong north-south back is a battering ram who gets the tough yardage to move the chains. Thick strong frame with huge thighs to run through most arm tackles. Exceptional leg drive and can really push the pile in short yardage. Runs with toughness and an attitude and gets low when anticipating contact and delivers the blow rather than absorbing it from the defender. When he keeps his pad level down, it can be a nightmare for defenders in the open field. Deceptively quick with fine balance and vision to get the 2nd level and make a play. Hits long gainers fairly regularly. Good running instincts and reads and follows blockers well to make sound cuts and hit a seam at the right time. Once he gets into the open field, uses powerful deceptive strides to get down the field faster than anticipated. Knows how to finish and always falling forward for an extra yard or two. Agility is adequate, can make a defender miss in the hole sometimes. As a receiver, shows sure hands and is a fine outlet option. He is learning the various routes and reading coverage with nice strides over his final two seasons. His final season 2017, he missed three games, though still totaled 774 yards on 154 carries and 10 TDs and 28 receptions. As a junior in 2016, started 13 games and ran for 1288 yards on 279 carries for a 4.6 yard average and 16 TDs. Added 30 receptions for 228 yards and 1st team Sun Belt honors. Good ball security. Willing and effective in pass-protection where he uses his powerful thick frame to face up with backers. Uses his strong lower body to anchor and stop blitzers in their tracks. Needs to be in good condition and stay in the 230 lb. range to be effective. Running style brings concern with his durability. Needs receiving and blocking development, though shows talent to execute. Major college sleeper who is falling thru the cracks with a definite make it grade. Ability to win a short yardage back role. Great late value off his production when right and a good gamble. Underrated tough power and goal line runner with skills to surprise.

18 * John Kelly #4 – Tennessee            5-09      205       – Sp. 4.50                      Rating 70
Short compact one-year starter hopes to build on a late career performance to be an even better pro runner. Low based back produced over his final two seasons after sharing time in 2016 with rookie sensation Alvin Kamara. Good initial quickness with the speed to hit a hole and get outside. Good vision and knows how to read and follow his blocks with sound decision making. Limited ability to jump cut and mainly a one cut runner. Marginal lower body power to break tackles. Speed through the hole, though rarely outruns defenders. Struggles to break tackles and goes down at first contact often on the 2nd level with little body lean to make extra yardage. Displays reliable hands as a receiver and improved immensely in 2017 with more reps with Kamara in the NFL. Limited route runner currently and runs only a few patterns. Effective on screen passes and moves decisively up field after securing the catch. Needs to read coverage better to sit in zones better and become a primary outlet receiver. Maxed out frame and probably as big as he is going to get. Average 9 3/8” hands and short 31 3/8” arms. Adept at seeing even a small crease and slipping through it quickly. Capable of handling a lot of touches. Size may be a negative when it comes to pass protection at the NFL level. Definitely tough enough to make the step up, but his shorter stature can be a liability. In 2017, he started 11 games and ran for 778 yards on 189 carries, 4.1 average and 9 TDs. He caught 37 passes for 299 yards. Missed a few games during 2016 season due to leg injuries. In 2016, he ran for 630 yards on 98 carries, 6.4 average and 5 TDs. He caught 6 passes for 51 yards. At the NFL Combine, he came in at just under 5’10” and 216 lbs. He chose not to run. He did 15 reps with a 35” VL and a 10’ BJ. Added a 4.51 shuttle and 7.13 three cone times in the agility drills. Nice late career production. Shows good top end speed with the quick acceleration to get to the 2nd level. Limited creativity and tackle breaking skills. As a receiver, shows developing skills to press for 3rd down role. Raw receiver and suspect blocker. Probably top 150-200 prospect and capable of being a quality 3rd down back if he continues to improve like 2017. Falling 3rd day addition with some talent to make a roster.

19 Ito Smith #25 – Southern Miss         5-09      200       – Sp. 4.50                      Rating 70
Water bug elusive tailback provided impact for the Eagles over his three 1100 yard+ seasons, earning C-USA honors annually. Short compact frame and flashes power to break tackles despite carrying only 200 lbs. He has the natural instincts of a runner including fine vision, sound decision making and excellent suddenness in a short area. Displays fine change-of-direction, able to make smooth lateral cuts and often strings together move upon move in the open field. An undersized, dual-purpose, durable workhorse. One of the most underrated, underappreciated offensive dynamos in the country. As an all-around performer, he did it all for Southern Miss. As a runner, he uses good patience, stays somewhat hidden behind the offensive blockers, till he sees a tiny crease, then has the incredible burst to exploit it. His endurance is through the roof and never seems to wear down no matter how many times he is fed the ball. With his surprising power, he can be very effective between the tackles and despite his size is not usually easy to knock off his pins. His outstanding quickness, vision and ability to elude tacklers means he does not take many squared up shots. When he goes down it is often from glancing blows, or shoe top lunging tackles. As a receiver, his hands are extremely reliable. After the catch, he gets to top speed and north-south almost instantaneously. He is also among the best kickoff return men in this draft and a threat for a big play in that role at any time. Finished with just short of 6000 rushing and receiving yards with 49 TDs during his career. As a senior, he rushed for 1415 yards on 248 carries for a 5.7 average and 13 TDs. Added 40 catches for 396 and 2 TDs. Earned 1st team C-USA honors his final two seasons. As a junior, he rushed for 1459 yards on 265 carries for a 5.5 average and 17 TDs. Added 43 catches for 459 and 2 TDs. He did not attend the NFL Combine. At his pro day, he came in at under 5’9” and 205 lbs. and ran a 4.45 time with 22 reps, 37.5” VL with no agility drills. Quality KOR. Hard-nosed tough smaller back can provide both a kickoff returner and 3rd down back whose talent should translate to the NFL. Probable top 200 player and capable of being a high-quality role performer, though mainly limited to those spots in the NFL. Heavy load in college and concerns about pro career. Good later 3rd day addition with big play ability as a returner and 3rd down back.

20 * Kamryn Pettway #36 – Auburn       6-0      235       – Sp. 4.65                      Rating 65
Physical big tailback declared for the NFL Draft after his career terminated in mid 2017 with a shoulder injury. Huge power back has struggled his last two seasons with injuries. Earned SEC first team in 2016 despite a knee sprain that limited him to just 10 games, he rushed for over 1200 yards. In 2017, he lost time to Kerryon Johnson who had a breakout performance and also declared for this draft class. Kamryn possesses an aggressive, physical demeanor with a good mixture of size, straight-line speed and power. Passes the eyeball test immediately with a tapered, thick frame. Average burst to get to the corner. Displays adequate speed and cutback skills with good power, steadily improving vision and decision making. Possesses adequate feet and ankle flex with the ability to make one cut and change directions. Straight-line runner with good forward lean and the physicality that makes him really difficult to get on the ground once he gets rolling. Usually a decisive one-cut runner on inside zone plays who makes yardage after contact. Raw receiver with only 6 career receptions. Very limited route runner and understanding of coverage and finer points of being an outlet receiver. Good effort in pass protection with a fullback mentality. Blocks with leverage and physicality on the move. Falls forward when tackled and uses low pad level to move the pile. Effective runner between the tackles which is where he will make a living. Must be effective on special teams and can be a physical, aggressive blocker and hitter. With limited two years of experience, his overall running instincts have room for development. Much more effective running inside than outside. Lacks initial quickness with marginal lateral agility and speed to get outside. Between the tackles, he gains momentum and uses his strong lower body. At times, he can be too hesitant outside with average quickness and instincts. Good body lean uses his power and ability to break tackles. When he runs behind his pads, he shows power and finishes strong. Potential to be solid goal line performer. As a junior, he started 5 games and rushed for 305 yards on 76 carries and 6 TDs. Added 3 catches for 32 yards and no TDs. Over the 2016 season, he started 10 games and rushed for 1224 yards for a 5.9 yard average and 7 TDs. Added 2 catches for 14 yards and no TDs. At the NFL Combine, he came in at over 5’11” and 233 lbs. and did 22 reps. Ran a 4.74 time and added a 33.5” VL and 9’8” BJ. No other events due to a hamstring strain. Tough athlete with the talent and skill set to surprise. Strong runner will earn playing time in several roles especially short yardage and goal line situations. Aggressive downhill back with one dimensional skill set. Top 250 prospect and capable quality backup. Frame and toughness to convert to fullback. Decent late 3rd day addition.

21 Chase Edmonds #22 – Fordham (N.Y.)  5-09    205  – Sp. 4.55                      Rating 65
Quick elusive senior has been very productive at the FCS level, earning conference honors all four seasons. Compact build with excellent cutting skills, suddenness and long speed to fill a few key roles in the NFL. Possesses a smallish chiseled physique with strong thighs that allow him to run through most arm tackles. Good leg drive for a back of his size. Runs with a quick burst to get to the 2nd level and make plays. Runs in a crouched style and keeps his pad level down. Excellent balance and vision with fine short area suddenness to display darting type skills. Over his career, he displayed fine durability and great production until some senior leg injuries. Shows top lateral quickness to get outside with the speed to break a play. Hits the hole with the burst to get to the 2nd level and hit a seam. Deceptively strong frame to run through tacklers and got the most from each carry at the FCS level. Puts several moves together to pick and slide easily and show the elusiveness and creativity to make plays. Fine natural skills, such as vision, balance and change of direction ability. Reads and follows blockers well to cut off them at the right time. Fine speed and rarely caught from behind. Good ball security and willing and effective in pass-protection. Ideal 3rd down back type plus a quality returner. Concern with his durability at the next level. Quality role player with skill set to provide impact in those roles. For his career, he gained 5862 yards on 938 carries for a 6.2 yard average and 67 TDs. He added 86 receptions for 905 yards and 7 TDs. As a senior, he started 7 games and rushed for 577 yards on 136 carries for a 4.2 yard average and 5 TDs. Added 11 receptions for 129 yards and no TDs. As a junior, he started 11 games and rushed for 1799 yards on 257 carries and 19 TDs. Added 25 receptions for 272 yards and 1 TD. At the NFL Combine, he came in at 5’9” and 205 lbs. He ran a 4.55 time with 19 reps, a 34” VL, a 10’2” BJ and did a 4.07 shuttle and 6.79 three cone drills. Very effective 3rd down back and kickoff returner to win those roles early, possibly as a rookie. Good late pick with talent to surprise and have a niche as a solid 1A type back. Elusive playmaker with a high level of play as a change of pace and 3rd down back. Must prove durable. Fine role player with impact.

22 Justin Crawford #25 – West Virginia   5-11 200       – Sp. 4.50                      Rating 65
Stocky senior runner completed an unheralded career with fine two seasons in the Big 12 after an impressive JC stay. Thick frame with powerful thighs that allows him to run through tacklers consistently. Carries 200 lbs. well as an inside runner with solid weight on his frame. Good footwork with the quickness to move laterally. Reads blocks fairly well with the ability to finish his runs strongly relying on his lower power. Shows fine quickness into and through the hole. Displays good vison, balance and a burst through the hole to get to the 2nd level. Shows sharp cuts to elude with good power to run through arm tackles. Uses his strength and natural leverage to make yards after contact. One glaring flaw is his propensity to fumble. It has been a problem over his two-year D1 career and must be addressed in training camp for him to survive the roster cuts. Capable and willing pass protector who is technically sound and understands protection schemes. As a receiver, he totaled only 25 receptions and raw in many aspects of play. Adequate timing in his release as an outlet receiver and shows fairly reliable hands, but is still underdeveloped in that role. One dimensional back with some playmaking ability to fill a 1A type role in time especially in short yardage and goal line situations. Limited receiving skills and reps and will not compete for an early 3rd down role. Effective blocker with the toughness and power to sustain, but needs work on his technique to grade out more consistently. As a senior, he started all 12 regular season games and ran for 1060 yards on 191 carries for a 5.5 yard average and 7 TDs. Added 8 receptions for 38 and no TDs. He opted not to play in the WVa bowl game to prepare for the NFL Draft. As a junior, started 4 of 13 games and gained 1184 yards on 163 carries for a 7.3 yard average and 4 TD’s. Also, caught 14 passes for 68 yards. Earned Big 12 Newcomer of the Year. Excellent earlier JC career at NW Mississippi including winning the JC National Championship. At the NFL Combine, he came in over 5’11” and 199 lbs. and ran a 4.64 time with 11 reps. Added a 33.5” VL and 10’2” BJ. Shifty power back with good skills and adequate size to be an effective NFL runner. Shows deceptive inside power and good quickness to get to the edge. Ability to hit the 2nd level and run through defenders. Raw receiver with makeup of a 1A type in time. Needs more reps to refine his route running and reading coverage. Development as a blocker will determine playing time. Make it talent probably goes beyond the top 200 prospects off his fumbling issue and capable of being a huge surprise as a change of pace back.

23 Gus Edwards #13    Rutgers            6-1       235       – Sp. 4.60                      Rating 62
Strong fifth year graduate was a valuable part of the Rutgers’ offense in his only starting season with the club. Transfer from Miami who graduated in May and did not sit out a season to finish with an impressive final campaign. Possesses a muscular physique with fairly long legs and runs with a deceptive gliding power style. Shows good vision and patience to let his blocks develop, then makes sound decisions where to run with the football. Will run between the tackles very effectively with enough speed and quickness to bounce it outside and turn the corner. Shows good awareness for the cutback lane, when the play is jammed up front side. Mainly a one cut runner who runs in a slashing style of a true power back and will lower his pads, drive his legs and finish with authority. Alert and aware in pass-protection and will face up with a blitzing backer to keep the QB clean. Adequate as a pass-catcher out of the backfield, though very limited reps and all his receptions as a senior. Effective thrown to short in the flats or over the middle where he will fight for yardage. As a senior, started 12 of 12 games and ran for 713 yards on 164 carries for a 4.3 yard average and 6 TDs. Added 13 receptions for 103 and 1 TD and earned Big Ten honorable mention. As a junior in 2016 at Miami, gained 290 yards on 59 carries, 4.9 average and 1 TD. Sat out the 2015 season after breaking his foot in training camp. He did not attend the NFL Combine. At the Rutgers pro day, he came in at 6’1 and 229 lbs. and ran a 4.52 time. Did 17 reps, a 34.5 VL, a 10’3” BJ along with a 4.24 shuttle and 7.22 three cone. One dimensional power back with toughness between the tackles to give a club a fine 1A type and short yardage and goal line runner. Must prove durable in the NFL after a limited and injury riddled career. Capable of surprising in camp if he proves durable after missing time with earlier foot injury. Quality hard-nosed backup and good short yardage power type. NFL body with good natural instincts to find a niche. Top 250 prospect with make it grade. Late steal as high priority FA signee.

24 Jordan Wilkins                      Mississippi                    6-0       215       – Sp. 4.60          Rating 62
25 Roc Thomas                           Jacksonville St             5-10      195       – Sp. 4.55          Rating 62
26 Jarvion Franklin                  Western Michigan        6-0       235       – Sp. 4.60          Rating 62
27 * Chris Warren III               Texas                               6-1       250       – Sp. 4.65          Rating 60
28 Keith Ford                            Texas AM                       5-10      215       – Sp. 4.55          Rating 60
29 Trenton Cannon                   Virginia St                     5-10      185       – Sp. 4.45          Rating 60
30 * Ryan Nall                           Oregon State                 6-2       235       – Sp. 4.65           Rating 60
31 Ryan Green                           Florida St                      5-10      190       – Sp. 4.45           Rating 60
32 Phillip Lindsay                    Colorado                         5-07      185       – Sp. 4.50          Rating 60
33 Demario Richard                Arizona St                      5-08      220       – Sp. 4.65          Rating 60
34 Kyle Hicks                            Texas Christian             5-10      210       – Sp. 4.50          Rating 60
35 Lavon Coleman                   Washington                   5-11      215       – Sp. 4.60           Rating 60
36 Ralph Webb                         Vanderbilt                     5-09      200       – Sp. 4.50         Rating 60
37 D’Ernest Johnson               South Florida                5-11      205       – Sp. 4.55           Rating 60
38 Martez Carter                      Grambling St                 5-07      205       – Sp. 4.55          Rating 60
39 Ray Lawry                            Old Dominion               5-09      205       – Sp. 4.55          Rating 58
40 Dalyn Dawkins                   Colorado St                    5-07      180       – Sp. 4.50          Rating 58
41 Quinton Flowers                 South Florida                5-10      210       – Sp. 4.60          Rating 58
42 Terry Swanson                    Toledo                            5-09      205       – Sp. 4.60          Rating 58
43 Jeffrey Wilson                     North Texas                  5-11      195       – Sp. 4.55            Rating 58
44 Kani Benoit                          Oregon                          5-09      210       – Sp. 4.65          Rating 58
45 Larry Rose III                      New Mexico St             5-11      195       – Sp. 4.55           Rating 58
46 Nick Wilson                         Arizona                         5-10      210       – Sp. 4.55           Rating 58
47 Boston Scott                        Louisiana Tech            5-06      205       – Sp. 4.45          Rating 58
48 DAngelo Brewer                 Tulsa                              5-09      190       – Sp. 4.55          Rating 56
49 Corey Avery                         Sam Houston St          5-09      195       – Sp. 4.50          Rating 56
50 Ty Isaac                               Michigan                        6-2       225       – Sp. 4.65          Rating 56
51 DeLance Turner                  Alcorn St                       6-0       215       – Sp. 4.60          Rating 56
52 Detrez Newsome                Western Carolina        5-09      205       – Sp. 4.55          Rating 56
53 JaQuan Gardner                 Humboldt St                5-06      200       – Sp. 4.50         Rating 56
54 David Williams                    Arkansas                      6-0       225       – Sp. 4.60          Rating 56
55 Dontrell Hilliard                  Tulane                          5-11      205       – Sp. 4.60          Rating 56
56 Diocemy Saint Juste           Hawaii                          5-07      195       – Sp. 4.50          Rating 56
57 Anthony Philyaw                 Howard                        6-0       200       – Sp. 4.60          Rating 56
58 James Butler                        Iowa                             5-08      205       – Sp. 4.60          Rating 56
59 Cardon Johnson                 James Madison           5-09      205       – Sp. 4.65          Rating 56
60 Kendrick Foster                  Illinois                          5-09      190       – Sp. 4.55           Rating 56
61 Jamal Morrow                     Washington St             5-09      205       – Sp. 4.55          Rating 56
62 Justin Stockton                    Texas Tech                  5-09      205       – Sp. 4.50          Rating 56
63 Ish Witter                              Missouri                       5-09      200       – Sp. 4.55         Rating 56
64 Jordan Huff                          Northern Illinois        5-09      215       – Sp. 4.60          Rating 56
65 Osharmar Abercrombie      Coastal Carolina        5-09      210       – Sp. 4.60          Rating 56
66 Dorian Brown                       Ohio                             5-10      210       – Sp. 4.65           Rating 56
67 Semar Smith                        Harvard                        5-09      205       – Sp. 4.60          Rating 56
68 Gerald Holmes                    Michigan St                 6-0       230       – Sp. 4.60           Rating 56
69 Shaun Wilson                      Duke                             5-09      185       – Sp. 4.55           Rating 56
70 Mike Boone                          Cincinnati                    5-09      205       – Sp. 4.60         Rating 56
71 Doroland Dorceus               Memphis                      5-09      215       – Sp. 4.60          Rating 56
72 Alex Gardner                        Florida Inter               5-09      195       – Sp. 4.60          Rating 56
73 Lawrence Pittman               Wingate                       5-11      225       – Sp. 4.65           Rating 56
74 Chris Robinson                    Delta St                        5-08      195       – Sp. 4.55          Rating 56
75 Aaron Duckworth                Idaho                            5-07      205       – Sp. 4.65         Rating 56
76 Gregory Howell Jr.              Florida Atlantic         6-0       215       – Sp. 4.60           Rating 56
77 Stacey Bedell                        Stony Brook                5-09      195       – Sp. 4.55          Rating 56
78 Arkeel Newsome                 Connecticut                5-07      185       – Sp. 4.50          Rating 56
79 Jarred Craft                          Louisiana Tech           5-11      220       – Sp. 4.65          Rating 56
80 Sherman Badie                   Tulane                           5-11      205       – Sp. 4.65          Rating 56

Fullbacks – Grade: B

   Positional Overview:

Fullback has become a secondary position in most pro offenses and a two-down position in many cases. This position has become a hybrid spot with the ability to also fill the H-back or tight end roles vital to making a roster. The fullback spot is usually manned by one-dimensional players with blocking skills for early downs. This class features several potential prospects that will potentially compete for starting jobs in all the backfield sets. Jaylen Samuels and Dimitri Flowers will probably be drafted in the middle rounds and top 125 selections. Samuels is a complete back who can fill the running back, fullback, H-back, wideout and tight end roles. Flowers is a classic big back for single backfields with inside power and strong lead blocking. He shows nice experience at move tight end. Several prospects are versatile enough to fit the H-back role. There may be as few as two FBs selected with many rookie UDFA and one-dimensional performers. This is an above average FB class that has been minimized significantly with most clubs limiting their roster to one player with versatility.

NFL Teams in need:
1. Bears             4. Cowboys
2. Ravens          5. Bucs
3. Steelers         6. Vikings

NFL Premier Player
     Kyle Juszczyk
Red Chip – Jaylen Samuels
Red Chip – Dimitri Flowers
Rising – Garrett Dickerson
Falling – Khalid Hill
Sleeper – Daniel Marx
Underrated – Nick Bawden
Overrated – Austin Ramesh

     Positional Traits
Best Athlete – Jaylen Samuels
Inside Run – Dimitri Flowers
Outside Run – Jaylen Samuels
Goal line Runner – Dimitri Flowers
Hands – Khalid Hill
Blocking – Nick Bawden
Intangibles – Nick Bawden
Instincts – Jaylen Samuels
Receiving – Jaylen Samuels

    Top Fullback Prospects
1 Jaylen Samuels – North Carolina St
2 Dimitri Flowers – Oklahoma
3 Nick Bawden – San Diego St
4 Khalid Hill – Michigan
5 Daniel Marx – Stanford
6 Garrett Dickerson – Northwestern
7 Austin Ramesh – Wisconsin
8 Nick Sharga – Temple
9 Henry Poggi – Michigan
10 Joe Protheroe – California Poly
11 John Lovett – Princeton
12 Dallas Rivers – Vanderbilt
13 Ray Hudson – California
14 Drew Van Maanen – Wyoming
15 George Frazier – Colorado

Fullbacks

1 Jaylen Samuels #1 – North Carolina St 6-0 225 – Sp. 4.55
    Hindu Theory: Karlos Williams                             Rating 80
Athletic versatile senior was a valuable cog in the NC St. resurgence over the past few seasons, earning ACC honors his final two years. Big back with powerful frame which has allowed him to line up at several positions and perform at a high level. Deluxe ‘Swiss Army’ knife with natural skills and good overall athleticism. Fairly tall as runners go with good well-proportioned weight. All around performer who, during his NC State career, lined up one time or another at every offensive position other than the line. One of the most versatile and talented performers to come along in many years. He was used as a runner near the goal line. Very effective as a zone scheme runner from anywhere on the field. Showed the ability to be an effective lead blocker. Lined up wide as a receiver, or in the slot. Sometimes used as an inline Y tight end. Displayed fine power as a runner, to break tackles, whether taking handoffs or after the catch. At times, he can run too straight up which negates his power to make maximum yardage after contact. Reliable power runner when he keeps his pads down and a good short yardage and goal line back. Fine initial quickness with very good vision and also a fine stiff arm he uses effectively at times. On bubble screens, showed the juke ability to make the first man miss often with fine acceleration to take the ball and head upfield. As a receiver, he displays good hand-eye coordination and the body control to adjust and snare off line passes. Turns upfield after the catch to get nice yardage Field speed is better than track speed and he was able to make many big chunk yardage plays as a receiver or runner for the Wolfpack. Very effective on shovel passes when coming back inside from a TE position. Outstanding hands as a receiver, no matter where in the formation he lines up from. Goes up and plucks high throws or takes them off his shoe tops and secures them. Dynamic weapon on the jet sweep in the Wildcat, or at times taking a direct snap. The ACC even created an “all-purpose” category on their postseason all-conference team to fit a player with Samuels’ skill-set. Reads and follows his blocks well and displays enough lateral quickness to bounce runs outside and gain the edge.
The Numbers: For his career, he gained 1107 yards on 182 carries, 6.1 average and 28 TDs. Caught 201 passes for 1738 and 19 TDs. As a senior, he rushed for 407 yards on 78 attempts with 12 TDs and caught 59 passes for 480 yards and 4 TDs. In 2016, he rushed for 189 yards on just 33 attempts for a 5.7 yard average and 5 TDs with 55 catches for 565 yards and 7 TDs. At the NFL Combine, he came in at over 5’11” and 225 lbs. He ran a 4.54 time and did 18 reps, a 34.5” VL and a 10’1” BJ. Added a 4.28 shuttle and 6.93 three cone. Did well in the positional drills showing reliable hands.
The Skinny: Hard-nosed unique versatile performer with high grades as fullback/running back, tight end, H-back and slot receiver. Highly productive in those roles vs quality D1 competition. Short yardage back with strong leg drive between the tackles. Shows the ability to get the tough yardage and is a good goal line runner who seldom goes down on initial contact. As a blocker, he gained valuable experience in a pro set and showed the toughness to contain backers. Marginal top 100 prospect and one of the more underrated backs in this class. Good production with skills to be a fine change of pace runner and deluxe utility performer. Must be used properly by coach in an offense that features his versatile skill set. Fine short zone receiver.
Draft Projection: 3rd-4th Round

2 Dimitri Flowers #36 Oklahoma 6-2 248 – Sp. 4.80
   Hindu Theory: Mike Tolbert                              Rating 75
Hardnosed tough senior fullback has been instrumental in the Sooners’ potent attack. Earned Big 12 honors over his final two seasons. Shows the ability to break tackles and finish. Instrumental in the success of this ground attack playing both fullback and tailback with equal success. Projects to the pro fullback role in the two-back set where his developed receiving and sound lead blocking skills are best suited. Smart athlete with developed skill set to fill a West Coast fullback position. He is a multi-talented Swiss Army knife type of player. He is able to handle many roles at a high-level. As a blocker, he is outstanding in all facets. Whether it is leading a back through the hole, sealing the back side while on the move, or in pass protection, where he can stonewall pass rushers like an extra offensive lineman. As a receiver, he has very strong and reliable hands. When he plucks the ball out of the air, he is able to withstand some wicked hits and still hang on to it. He was effective working vertically up the middle of the field, on crossing routes, both shallow and medium depth, and also was sneaky enough to get deep at times, despite rather pedestrian speed. As a runner, he has good vision to follow his blocks and hit the right holes. Also, he has good power to break through arm tackle attempts, or push the pile. Can be an effective goal line runner for his team too. His only drawbacks are he is not fast at all, and only average as an athlete. Ability to control an opponent at the POA, displaying both agility and power to grade out high. Moves well and blocks effectively on the move to handle linebackers and safeties. Shows developed skills with quickness, power and sound technique, using his strong frame effectively. For his career, he gained 151 yards on 36 carries, 4.2 average and 4 TDs. Caught 54 passes for 886 and 13 TDs. At the NFL Combine, he came in at under 6’2” and 248 lbs. He ran a 4.83 time and did 17 reps, a 30.5” VL and a 9’1” BJ. Added a 4.53 shuttle and 7.45 three cone. Did well in the positional drills showing reliable hands. Technically sound and deliberate to the line and strikes a defender with good hand placement and pad level. Starting potential as a traditional FB with prototypical size for the role. Physical tough prospect with the AA to become a solid lead blocker. Marginal top 200 prospect and nice addition with talent to start. Developing prospect with talent to start in two back set. Physicality to impress and start on special teams, in addition to winning the fullback and H-back role.

3 Nick Bawden #15 San Diego St 6-2 244 – Sp. 4.85
  Hindu Theory: Anthony Sherman               Rating 70
He is a former quarterback, turned fullback, who has the distinction of being lead blocker for the nation’s leading rusher each of the past two seasons. Donnel Pumphrey in 2016 and Rashaad Penny in 2017. Both backs went over the 2000 yard rushing mark, a unique accomplishment. This may be unprecedented. As a run blocker, he is more athletic in his movement skills than most fullbacks his size. Therefore, he is able to adjust when necessary, get good fits and hold his block long enough for the runner to scoot past. He can move well enough laterally that he is tough for a defender to avoid when blocking in the open field. As a pass protector, he has good peripheral vision, and does well spotting blitzers and cutting them off. He is not afraid to stand up to bigger defenders when protecting his QB and is willing to get his nose dirty if need be. As a pass-catcher, his hands look consistently reliable enough for him to be an outlet or check down option for the offense. He is a blue collar, lunch pail worker who does the grunt work. Probably land with a club with a two backfield set. Versatile athlete may warrant time on special teams on both the return and coverage units. Good late addition or high priority free agent with make it grade.

4 Khalid Hill #80 Michigan 6-1 265 – Sp. 4.85
   Hindu Theory: Rhett Ellison                    Rating 70
Physical hammering old-school fullback/H-back brought a tough mentality to the Wolverines’ offense. Strong lead blocker with the versatility to line up in the backfield along with a move performer H-back or inline tight end. Uses fine technique as a blocker, getting low, and uncoiling with fine hip snap. Strikes linebackers with a powerful punch when lead blocking. After making his initial block, he moves his feet, sustains and finishes well. Hard-nosed effective blocker also performed best lining up as a move H-back. And able to fit on backers and safeties well, displaying good leverage and power. Rarely used as a runner, though a reliable pass receiver despite limited opportunities. Essentially a versatile performer who fits the traditional fullback role and a good movement H-back type with strong blocking skills. As a senior, he had 17 rushing attempts for 34 yards and 3 TDs along with 5 receptions. As a junior, he played in 13 games and had 25 rushing attempts for 39 yards and 10 TDs along with 16 receptions for 118 yards and 3 TDs. For his career, he started only 11 games with 29 receptions for 288 yards and 3 TDs. Fairly reliable receiver in the short zones. He did not attend the NFL Combine. Similar to Rhett Ellison in size, power and AA and skill set. Best suited for a two-back set where his receiving and blocking could earn him starting time. Physical tough prospect with the AA to become a solid lead blocker. Quality special teams’ performer with talent for both coverage and blocking units. Marginal top 250 prospect and possible late pick with starting talent. Developed well rounded athlete with the ability to be a starting complimentary fullback and H-back performer. Prior 2014 ACL injury along with lost time in 2017 due to leg injuries.

5 Daniel Marx #28 Stanford 6-1 251 – Sp. 4.90 R: 65
Blue collar senior fullback was instrumental in the breakout performance by 2000 yard runner Bryce Love in 2017. Strong frame with quickness on the snap to get to the hole and fit on defenders. He was used almost exclusively as an all-around blocker and at that he excelled. He was the 3rd highest rated FB coming out of high school. For his entire college career, he had only 5 rush attempts for 7 yards and 6 pass catches for 59, and no TDs at all. He was called upon to toil in anonymity for the most part, leading the way as a blocker for the Cardinal’s pro style rushing attack. He also displayed fine ability and awareness as a pass protector. Nothing flashy about this player. He is just a rugged, lunch pail worker who sacrifices for the team and does the grunt work. Winning teams need those kinds of guys and he will probably land with a club with a two backfield set. Some earlier experience at linebacker may earn time on special teams on both the return and coverage units. Core four performer. Good late addition or high priority free agent with make it grade.

6 Garrett Dickerson Northwestern 6-3 240 – Sp. 4.80 R: 60
7 Austin Ramesh Wisconsin 6-1 250 – Sp. 4.85 R: 60
8 John David Moore LSU 6-3 235 – Sp. 4.80 R: 60
9 Nick Sharga Temple 6-1 240 – Sp. 4.80 R: 60
10 * Austin Roberts UCLA 6-1 230 – Sp. 4.80 R: 58
11 Elijah Wellman West Virginia 6-1 240 – Sp. 4.85 R: 58
12 Christian Payne Georgia 6-1 245 – Sp. 4.90 R: 58
13 Marcus Martin Slippery Rock (Pa) 6-1 245 – Sp. 4.70 R: 58
14 Henry Poggi Michigan 6-3 245 – Sp. 4.90 R: 58
15 Vic Enwere California 6-0 245 – Sp. 4.70 R: 58
16 Drake Kulick Iowa 6-0 240 – Sp. 4.85 R: 56
17 Harrison Jordan Nebraska 5-10 240 – Sp. 4.80 R: 56
18 Dallas Rivers Vanderbilt 6-0 225 – Sp. 4.70 R: 56
19 Drew Van Maanen Wyoming 6-0 240 – Sp. 4.80 R: 56

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2018 Yearbook – Guards & Centers

   Draft Insiders’ – 2018 NFL Draft Yearbook

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Guards – Grade: B

      Positional Overview:
This year’s guard class has a few highly-regarded prospects who will be drafted in the early rounds. Three prospects, could be selected the in top 50 selections. Quenton Nelson has been our highest rated guard prospect all year and has risen into the top 10 overall selections. We scouted him since his HS days at Red Bank Catholic and he is a dominant interior blocker with a Pro Bowl skill set. Isaiah Wynn is a first-round bubble prospect after an impressive effort at left tackle vs SEC talent. He is NFL ready to win a starting rookie job in camp. Will Hernandez is rising prospect who figures in the 2nd/3rd round. He impressed at the Senior Bowl which may warrant a top 50 selection. Austin Colbert is one of the fast risers in this class and could be selected on the mid 2nd day after a strong final effort and Senior Bowl. Braden Smith is a versatile unheralded blocker who graded out and tested high over the season and postseason. He has the talent to start and ranks among the most developed blockers in this entire class. Several guards are intriguing as 3rd day prospects, like Wyatt Teller, Tony Adams, Skylar Phillips, Sean Welsh and Cody O’Connell. All had long college stays and graded out high. They can be diamonds in the rough who step up in an NFL camp. Colby Gossert and Maea Teuhema are fast developing small college prospects who made nice impressions in 2017 and present interesting skill sets and possible starting potential inside. Overall there will probably be at least 12-15 prospects chosen with 10 possibly becoming starters. The top 6-8 guards will be in strong demand in the top 150 selections.

NFL Teams in need:
1 Panthers       4. Vikings
2 Dolphins      5. Bengals
3 Giants           6. Rams

NFL Premier Player
     Zack Martin
Blue Chip – Quenton Nelson
Red Chip – Isaiah Wynn
Rising – Will Hernandez
Falling – Sean Welsh
Underrated – Braden Smith
Overrated – Taylor Hearn
Sleeper – Colby Gossert
Boom/Bust – Skyler Phillips
Hidden Gem – Maea Teuhema

Positional Traits
Best Athlete – Quenton Nelson
Best Run – Quenton Nelson
Best Pass – Isaiah Wynn
Best Pulling – Austin Corbett
Most Developed – Quenton Nelson
Toughest – Will Hernandez
Adjusts Best – Dejon Allen
Strongest – Braden Smith

Top Guards
1 * Quenton Nelson – Notre Dame
2 Isaiah Wynn – Georgia
3 Will Hernandez – Texas-El Paso
4 Austin Corbett – Nevada
5 Braden Smith – Auburn
6 Wyatt Teller – Virginia Tech
7 Taylor Hearn – Clemson
8 Tony Adams – North Carolina St
9 * Maea Teuhema – SE Louisiana
10 K.C. McDermott – Miami
11 Colby Gossert – Appalachian St.
12 Skyler Phillips – Idaho St
13 Dejon Allen – Hawaii
14 K.J. Malone – LSU
15 Cody O’Connell – Washington St.
16 Sean Welsh – Iowa
17 Sam Jones – Arizona St.

Guards

1 * Quenton Nelson #56            6-5        330                   Notre Dame – Sp 5.20 
    Player Comparison : Zack Martin                                                   Rating 95
Physical athletic junior lineman has started 35 of 36 career games over his Irish career, earning first team All-American honors his final two seasons. Powerful technician with very strong quick hands and good footwork along with leadership and intangibles to rank as the most ready NFL prospect in this entire draft class. I scouted him often since his HS All-American career at Red Bank Catholic where he earned a 5-star recruit label by major services. Formed an awesome Irish leftside with LT Mike McGlinchey that was instrumental in the outstanding 2017 season by tailback Josh Adams. McGlinchey is expected to be a latter first round selection in April. Nelson has great bulk and arm length (33¾”) with very strong hands (10 3/8”) to carry out his blocking assignments with flawless consistency as both a drive blocker and pass protector. Allowed only 2 career sacks and none over his final two seasons. Pro Bowl guard at the NFL level, though he can fill in at tackle on an emergency basis. Awesome physical specimen and ranks with the best guards in the past 20 years. May best compare to HOF guard Mike Munchak. Shows fine ability to slide laterally in pass protection with very good arm extension, using his strong hands to lock on and control most rushers. Naturally bends his knees to convert his strength well to the field. Moves well in space with a deliberate style and is able to eliminate linebackers on the 2nd level often. In big game situations, he graded out highly, especially vs top competition. Definitely the #1 offensive lineman in this average group. Displays fine functional strength, especially in his hands, and is able to lock on and control his man consistently. Good natural balance and rarely ends up on the ground with the ability to roll his hips and destroy defensive tackles. Anchors well against bull rushers and very effective vs the quicker defensive tackles. Better and higher rated than former ND guard Zack Martin who has gone on to a Pro Bowl career. At the NFL Combine, he came at over 6’5” and 325 lbs. with 33 3/4” arms and 10 3/8” hands. He ran a 5.23 time with 35 reps in the lifting and a 26.5” VL and an 8’9” BJ. He added a 4.62 shuttle and 7.65 three cone. Physical powerful technically sound blocker with consistency to utilize his naturally developed skills. Super blue chip mauler with definite rookie starting grade. Shows discipline in his complete game and committed to conditioning and technique details. Highly developed technician and top 10 pick. Plug and play starter at guard with early Pro Bowl skill set.
Draft Projection: 1st Round

2 Isaiah Wynn #77                    6-2        310                   Georgia – Sp 5.20 
Player Comparison : Trai Turner                                          Rating 88
Agile three-year starter has been a stalwart on the Bulldogs’ line, earning SEC honors his final two seasons. Strong square built, stout and fairly long arms with powerful hands and good footwork while grading out high vs top SEC edge rushers. Complete guard that would fit well in any blocking scheme. Played left tackle as a senior, though his future in the NFL is at guard. He has the footwork of a top-flight left tackle, but just lacks the length to remain there in the pros. Georgia usually ran behind him in key situations using their dynamic duo of Nick Chubb and Sony Michel. Displays fine ability to lock on and sustain. Shows good base and balance with the ability to naturally bend his knees. Effective at drive blocking as well as being able to wall off and influence block. Reaches the 2nd level with relative ease. Comes off the snap with good force and knows how to roll his hips on contact. Initial quickness is outstanding. Usually the first lineman to fire out on the snap, other than the center. Able to drive his man off the line, or turn them and wall off both very well. Very strong hands. When he locks on to the man, he usually shuts them down. Stays squared up and keeps his hands inside, showing good placement. Keeps his head on a swivel and looks for work until the whistle. Blocks well in space or on the move. As a pass protector, sets up quickly, and consistently grades out high at walling off his man and sustaining. His strong squatty build serves him well when it comes to stopping the bull rush, in addition to quick feet and agility to handle speed and quickness. Complete guard that would fit well in any blocking scheme. Natural power in lower-body makes him nearly impossible to bull rush. Combo blocks well and shows good timing for coming off the initial block and working to the next level. Runs well enough in the open field to get out in front on short or long pulls. Looks like an early day two plug and play starter at guard with a nice level of development after facing talented SEC edge defenders. Probable early round choice and a marginal top 40 prospect and possible surprise 1st round selection. At the NFL Combine, he came in at 6’3” 313 lbs. with 33 3/8 arms and 10 1/4” hands. He did not workout. Also, did not workout at Georgia pro day due to injury.  Agile blocker combines sound technique and good functional strength to utilize his natural skills. Rising prospect with potential to become a top-flight NFL guard and highly developed prospect to be a rookie starter. One of the pure all around guards in this class. 1st round bubble pick and could be a valuable addition to either a zone or man scheme. Plug and play guard with high level of development.
Draft Projection: 2nd Round

3 Will Hernandez #76                6-2        330       Texas-El Paso – Sp 5.15      
  Player Comparison: Richie Incognito                                             Rating 85
Physical wide body guard displayed fine talent over his career with the Miners, earning three consecutive first team C-USA honors. Completed 49 consecutive starts at guard (4 seasons). Wide body frame with strong hands and average arms. Shows the agility to slide nicely and move laterally to very effectively block in all areas and the nasty demeanor to gain control and retain it throughout the play. Also played DT in high school, and still plays with the aggressive demeanor of a defensive lineman. Very athletic, considering his size. Impressive initial quickness out of his stance. Thick and very powerful. Able to lock on and move defenders off the line with relative ease. Displays fine initial pop and looks to dominate. Despite his massive size, also shows light feet and good lateral movement both when called upon to block in space and pass protect. Fast rising prospect with natural talent to start fairly soon. Possesses good movement skills with a well-developed slide and mirror technique and fine use of his long reach. Displays a fine physique, featuring broad shoulders, strong hips, and wide base. Fast rising prospect with natural talent to start fairly soon. Possesses good movement skills with a well-developed footwork to execute pulls and traps. Displays a wide body physique, featuring broad shoulders, strong hips and wide base and looks to lock on and roll his hips to bury an opponent. Consistently plays with good knee bend and easily shuffles to mirror. Shows the strength to anchor well against a bull rush and can handle big linemen in single assignments. Shows very good upper body strength to consistently get movement as a drive blocker. Moves well to the 2nd level, but at times can struggle to use his athleticism to eliminate backers. At times is overly aggressive with his initial punch, gets off balance and leaves himself susceptible to inside counters. Shows a good heavy handed punch, though needs to recoil more consistently to be effective. While he has much raw ability and pure athleticism, his inconsistencies and somewhat questionable endurance could cause him to drop to the 2nd day, though he is a top talent. In the NFL, his hand placement can draw flags and must refine his technique and ability to counter. At the NFL Combine, he came in at 6’2” and 327 lbs. with 32” arms and 9 7/8” hands. He ran a 5.15 with 37 reps with a 24” VL an 8’8” BJ and a 4.70 shuttle and 7.59 three cone. He compares to Richie Ingonito in physical skills. All the components to become a high-quality pro with further refinement of his natural athleticism. Probable mid-2nd day pick with early starting grade, though needs to commit to technique development and overall conditioning to be effective. Tough physical talent faces a fast learning curve and has one of the highest ceilings of any guard prospect in this class. Marginal top 50 prospect with big time talent and core blocker. High-quality guard with early starting grade to have a long career.
Draft Projection: 2nd Round 

4 Austin Corbett #73                6-4        315                   Nevada – Sp 5.15      
   Player Comparison: Justin Pugh                                                    Rating 80
Aggressive agile tackle has been a mainstay on the Wolfpack’ line the past four seasons, earning MWC honors his final three seasons. Started all 48 games of his career with most at left tackle. High-cut long frame, length and agile footwork to move inside after playing well with all of his experience at tackle. Shows the aggression and drive to be effective to move inside after starting at left tackle. Asked to pass block against many quick edge rushers, he held up well consistently. Comfortable blocking in space with the footspeed to get out on screen passes. Technically sound as a pass blocker. Has a quick and accurate hand punch and recoils nicely with good consistent hand power. Good kick slide and has the lateral agility to effectively mirror rushers. Maintains his base and does not over commit and retains good hand extension when blocking speed rushers. Solid frame can add more muscle and strength and would greatly benefit from an NFL level weight training program if he moves inside vs power tackles. Tough alert blocker and quickly recognizes stunts and twists to adjust. Works hard to sustain and finish his blocks, showing a mean streak. Easily moves to reach the 2nd level to get good fits backers. As a run blocker, he can wall off quicker smaller defenders and handles quickness well. On some run plays looks very effective down blocking, where he can get good movement. Consistently can redirect to multiple moves and reset. Shows overall athleticism and a physical style that fits ideally for the interior. Good core strength that translates well to the field. Adequate to anchor, though needs to improve when facing a strong bull rusher especially his technique to play with his knees bent and pads down. As a pass blocker, he displays above average kick-slide, lateral quickness and balance to recover. Uses his hands well when in pass pro to lock on and control an opponent. Strengths appear to slide in pass protection and walling off and using his bulk. Needs to finish more consistently as a run blocker. Could be a solid pass blocking guard and perhaps fairly capable run blocking in any scheme. At the NFL Combine, he came in at 6’4” and 313 lbs. with 33 1/8” arms, 10 1/2” hands and did 19 reps. He ran a 5.15 time with a 28” VJ, an 8’10” BJ and good agility drills with 4.50 shuttle and a 7.87 three cone. He is similar to former tackle and current NFL guards Joel Bitonio and Justin Pugh in size, versatility and development. Good all-around athleticism and should be able to move inside. Probable 2nd day pick with definite starting grade. Must work on his technique development to realize his talent. Physical prospect with pro skill set and a high LOD. Marginal top 100 prospect with a NFL starting talent at guard.
                                                            Draft Projection: 3rd-4th Round

5 Braden Smith #71                  6-6        315       Auburn – Sp 5.20
  Player Comparison : T.J. Lang                                                         Rating 80
Tall, powerful versatile lineman has been a fixture on the Tigers’ offensive line for the last three seasons. Earned SEC honors the past two seasons and graded out highly at both guard and right tackle for both drive and pass blocking. Highly regarded coming out of high school. Rated the #1 OG by some services, and the #3 OL by most. Also, the HS shot put and discus champion for the state of Kansas. Possesses fine natural strength and plays up to his strength. Long strong arms and thick powerful core. As a run blocker, inline, when he locks on with leverage, is able to move most defenders backwards a few yards. Very tenacious and plays with an edge. Muscles and mauls defenders and does not let up before the whistle. Sometimes gets overextended blocking straight ahead and ends up on the ground. Seems to be a little top heavy, with a long trunk relative to leg length. Capable on short-pulls and is able to block smaller quicker defenders in the open field. Able to get to the 2nd level and eliminate linebackers or defensive backs. As a pass blocker, appears nearly impossible to bull rush, especially when he plays with leverage. Even when he gets too tall coming out of his stance, interior pass rushers have trouble moving him back with just their raw power. Seems alert and aware to stunts and blitzes and will come across the formation to pick off a blitzer on the opposite side. At times, quick tackles lined up in the A gap can penetrate on him if he too slow moving off the snap. His game is all about power and best suited when he can use his natural strength to maul defenders in close quarters. Basically able to handle all facets of run blocking. Very strong, durable and dependable. Inline, he can overpower defensive tackles, but is also highly effective when called upon to climb to the 2nd level and eliminate linebackers. Displays consistent effort until the whistle. Quick off the snap, and seldom whiffs on initial contact and show good timing when to disengage and asked to combo block. Feet appear quick enough to handle inside and outside zone stretch plays. Pulls very well both long and short. Does a fine job of getting out in front of screens and picking off defenders. If you want a phone booth mauler he can give you that, but definitely not limited to that role. Shows good arm extension both run and pass blocking with good hand strength to stay engaged. Sometimes gets overextended and can get off balance, though recovers well. If he has a weakness it would be handling quickness in pass protection. Defensive tackles have their work cut out for them if they try to bull rush or overpower this man, but those with good quickness, swim and spin moves can make him look bad at times. Fires off the ball, locks on with strong hands and good arm extension. Runs his feet on contact and never lets up before the whistle. Shows a nasty demeanor, plays with an edge. Quick interior pass rushers can give him trouble at times when he fails to lock on early in the down. Good arm length and wingspan for his size and build, which he can use to slow down the pass rush. Probable early middle round choice and a marginal top 75 prospect with a quality skill set. At the NFL Combine, he came in at 6’6” 315 lbs. with 33” arms and 9 7/8” hands. He ran a 5.20 time with 35 reps in the lifting and a 33.5” VL and a 9’5” BJ and added a 4.77 shuttle. Similar to T.J. Lang and Alex Boone in power and skill set. Powerful blocker is usually sound with his technique to utilize his natural power. Potential to start inside early and needs to settle into a strong side right guard role. Should be selected on mid 2nd day and a very likely early starter at RG for a team that uses a man-power run blocking scheme. Fine value and early NFL starter with skill set to push outside to right tackle.
Draft Projection: 3rd Round

6 Wyatt Teller #57                     6-5        315       Virginia Tech – Sp 5.25                           Rating 75         
Physical wide body guard has performed very well since starting since midway of his sophomore  season after converting from the defensive line. Earned ACC first team honors his final year that placed him in the Senior Bowl in January. Big strong powerful build with good arm length at 33 7/8”, huge 10 1/8” hands and good weight room strength that translates well to the playing field. Virginia HS defensive player of the year as a senior. Totaled over 120 tackles, including 11 sacks, and 4 forced fumbles that season. Possesses a lean well defined muscular physique with little if any flab around the midsection. Coordinates his wicked hand punch quite well with his smooth footwork. Able to slide left or right while maintaining good balance. Very quick out of his stance as a run or pass blocker. Fires out straight ahead with nice power and is usually able to move defenders off their spot. Shows fine ability to lock on and sustain and control. Seldom meets his match, strength wise. Uses his lateral quickness very well when leading to the outside and has the athleticism to get good fits on smaller, quicker defenders in the open field. As a pass blocker, he gets good arm extension and uses his strong heavy hand punch to stagger pass rushing defensive linemen. Performed much better as a junior in 2016 and did not impress nearly as well in 2017. Possesses all the physical tools one would want in a guard in either scheme. Road grader with strong surge to get consistent movement at the point and often buries the man. Creates a surge straight ahead and quick off the ball. Effective in space in the open field and can eliminate defenders on the 2nd level. Impressive raw natural strength that he uses to wear down defensive tackles over the course of a game. Defenders grow weary of dealing with his non-stop motor and all-out effort by the 4th quarter. As a pass blocker, he keeps a wide base, shows good balance and lateral quickness. Stays alert and aware for stunts and delayed blitzes. Stones bull rushers when technically sound. Consistently gets movement to drive a defender off the line. Effective in pass protection when he uses his good hand punch to lock on and control a defender with his strong hands. Similar to J.R. Sweezy in size, mobility, power and technique, in addition to a defensive line conversion. Probable middle round choice and a marginal top 125 with a nice skill set. At the NFL Combine, he came at 6’4” 314 lbs. with 34” Arms and 10 1/4” hands. He ran a 5.24 time with 30 reps, a 29” VL and a 9’6” BJ. Added a 4.84 shuttle and 7.45 three cone. Strong all-around blocker with good technique and leg drive to utilize his skills. Blue-collar type prospect with starting potential and definite make it grade. Likely goes in the early 3rd day area with starting talent.
Draft Projection: 4th-5th Round

7 * Taylor Hearn #51                 6-4        320       Clemson – Sp 5.45                     Rating 70
Wide body veteran three-year starter at both guard and tackle for the Tigers declared as a fourth-year junior for the NFL Draft.  Named third team ACC honors in 2017. Physically, he has the package teams look for in a guard – good base with strong frame, nice arm length, adequate footwork and hands. Must improve his balance and understanding of leverage on the field. Lacks ideal athleticism, but can be quick out of his stance and looks fluid when asked to short-pull. Personifies the term phone-booth blocker. As a run blocker, uses his size, reach, and natural strength to muscle and maul defensive tacklers. Held his own, power vs power, when going up against ‘Bama’s Payne, one of the top DT prospects in this draft class. Ideal for a man blocking power scheme when he can fire out straight ahead most of the time. The farther he has to run, the worse he looks. As a pass blocker, he holds up very well overall. Fairly quick into his pass set. Displays a stout anchor and does not get bull rushed easily. While his ability to move laterally is mediocre, his long reach helps compensate, making it tough for defenders to beat him with quickness on his edges. Not likely to be drafted very high, but has the physical package and success against top competition to lead one to expect he can become a workmanlike, blue-collar interior player at the next level. Can jar a defender when making first contact and shows he can get to the 2nd level, though inconsistent in both of those roles. Appears to have fine core and lower-body strength. When he locks on with his hands, is very difficult to shed. As a pass blocker at right tackle, his kick-slide is smooth, though somewhat deliberate. Performs well at staying perpendicular to the line and not allowing a rusher the outside edge. Very strong as a forward drive blocker when technically sound and keeps his feet moving on contact. Locks on with good extension and seldom gets off balance. Fast inside pass rushers may be tough for him to handle on a consistent basis. At the NFL Combine, he came in at 6’4” and 320 lbs. with long 32 ½” arms and 8 3’4” hands. Did 18 reps, ran a 5.45 time with a 24” VJ, an 8’6” BJ and added an 8.0 three cone. Durable versatile lineman with good size and functional strength, though he needs to be sound technically to ever start. Marginal top 200 prospect falls to the late 3rd day off average athleticism. Talent to make roster with potential to start with refinement of his quality skills. Good late addition, though needs time to refine his skill set. Late pick only with positives to possibly surprise once he gets in an NFL camp.

8 Tony Adams #50                    6-2        305       North Carolina St – Sp 5.40                    Rating 70
Tough, gritty, throwback type guard has been a regular starter for the Wolfpack since arriving in Raleigh. Stocky lineman with extensive experience inside and graded out high vs a top level of competition, especially his own front four. Despite lacking ideal athleticism and overall talent, he displays sound technique, good core strength and instincts to win consistently. Named ACC 2nd team honors his final two seasons. Comes from a wrestling background, with his father, Carl Adams, the Boston U wrestling coach for over 30 years. An all-around athlete, he began playing competitive tennis at age 2. Displays a low center of gravity with thighs like tree trunks and a bubble butt. Outstanding balance and plays the game on his feet. Seldom ever ends up on the ground, unless it is to cut block. As a run blocker, is effective in all facets. Quick out of his stance, locks on and sustains very well. Understands leverage very well and uses it to his advantage. Fine functional football strength. He can move defenders out of the hole, or wall off and lock on, as necessary. As a pass blocker, with his low center of gravity and strong legs he is extremely difficult to bull rush. With his strong grip and hand punch, once he locks on it is usually all over for that particular play. Also quick enough in his lateral movement ability to handle speed rushers. No excess body fat on this player. Very strong throughout. Technically sound both as a run and pass blocker. Shows no quit and consistently battles till the whistle. Wins most battles when it is one-on-one power vs power. Able to consistently get movement inline. Shows he can work up to the 2nd level and pick off linebackers. Deliberate in his movements with good balance and knee bend. Alert and aware in pass protection with smooth lateral movement skills in a small area. Able to use his pure raw strength to impose his will on defensive linemen. Appears to have the necessary tools and desire to be a workmanlike middle tier guard at the next level and reliable starter. Played in the East-West Shrine game and was as impressive as any OL there during the game. Played all the interior positions at the EW week and looked comfortable. Shows fine brute strength and is best when mauling in close quarters, though shows he can make short-pulls. Very disciplined and quick out of his stance when setting up to pass block. Keeps a sound base, displays a really heavy hand punch and usually keeps his hands inside the framework of a defender. At his pro day, he came in at 6’1” and 302 lbs. and 33 1/2” arms and 9 1/8” hands. He did 21 reps, ran a 5.47 time with a 25.5” VJ and an 8’4” BJ. He added a 4.89 shuttle and 8.13 three cone. Average athlete with toughness, sound technique, discipline and attention to detail. Type with the makeup to surprise and physical talent and the intangibles to get the most out of his abilities. Battle tested tough blocker finds a way to ultimately start inside.

9 * Maea Teuhema #75              6-4        315       Southeastern Louisiana – Sp 5.20          Rating 70        
Huge junior lineman became a fixture on the SE Louisiana line over his only season after transferring from LSU. Earned Freshman All-American honors at LSU after entering the program as a five-star recruit. Dominant blocker with the power and technique to roll his hips. Started 21 games during his two-year LSU stay before being suspended for breaking team rules just prior to the 2017 season. As a run blocker, displays the power and agility that allowed him to dominate opponents at times. As a pro, likely projects to guard only where his base, reach and strength would be best utilized. Huge frame and long reach with the natural strength that makes him very difficult for most DL to handle. Powerful push when he plays with leverage and bends knees properly. Able to lock on, move his feet and deposit a defender several yards down field. LSU runners Fournette and Guice both made many huge yardage plays running behind him. As a guard, would be an effective phone booth blocker, but with the quickness out of his stance to reach defenders outside the box. Displays adequate balance and agility to adjust to counter moves with strong hands to sustain. Played left tackle in 2017 after transferring to SLU, but that was merely because he was their best offensive lineman. His home in the NFL will be inside. Due to the suspension and transfer, some may be overlooking him, but that would be a mistake. He has the tools to compete well at the next level at either guard spot. In pass protection, he has adequate initial quickness with the arm length and girth to force rushers wide of the pocket most of the time, though Is not quick enough in his kick-slide to handle speed at the pro level. Definitely strong enough to stop most bull rushers in their tracks. His power and agility allowed him to dominate opponents at times. Those skills translate very well to the offensive line positions where he made fast progress over his short career. Huge frame and long reach with the girth that makes him very difficult to get around. Powerful push when he plays with leverage and bends knees properly. As a pass blocker, anchors well with strong base and long reach to keep rushers at bay. In pass protection, he has adequate initial quickness with the arm length and girth to force rushers wide of the pocket and redirect. Played right tackle and guard over his career. Ultimate phone booth blocker. Displays adequate balance and agility to adjust to counter moves with strong hands to sustain. Key part of the LSU success vs top SEC defenses. Went on to win the starting job in 2016 where he graded out higher weekly. Did not attend the NFL Combine. Physical lineman with the skill set to play inside. Rising top 200 prospect with huge potential. Project as a starter after critical development, including agility and technique work. Wide body lineman with the talent to surprise and fine value as a role player initially before claiming a starting job. Maybe the highest ceiling in this guard class.

10 K.C. McDermott #52             6-6        310                   Miami – Sp 5.30                         Rating 68
Long mobile four-year veteran starter has been a key component on the Miami offensive line during his time there. Durable and reliable, ending his career with a string of starts at right guard, right tackle and left tackle with most NFL teams projecting inside to guard. Lacks top athleticism, though has fine length and technique to get full use of his good footwork and functional strength. Savvy blocker with good understanding of angles and assignments. Solid versatile specimen with experience at multiple positions vs tough ACC talent. Comes off the ball well and maintains good pad level. More of a finesse or wall off type blocker rather than a true road grader. Keeps his man out of the play most of the time. Kick-slide and lateral quickness as a blind side pass protector are above average and gained valuable experience at left tackle in 2017. Runs his feet and stays with his blocks fairly well to be an effective run blocker on zone stretch plays. May not have the lower-body strength to anchor well inside as a pass blocker and will need to rely on sound technique and leverage. Moves well in the open field and is able to get fits on linebackers on the 2nd level. Runs deliberately when leading on outside runs, though usually lands a hit on defenders. Comes out of his stance well when run blocking and can move defenders out, while also being able to get to the 2nd level in space. As a pass blocker, is able to set quickly and shows the ability to mirror and slide and keep pass rushers at bay. At the NFL Combine, he came in at 6’6 and 311 lbs. with 32 1/2” arms and 9 3/4” hands. He ran a 5.31 time with 26 reps in the lifting and a 23.5” VL and an 8’1” BJ. He added a 4.82 shuttle and 7.72 three cone. Three technique rushers with speed can give him problems due to his lack of quickness. Needs to be aware and use his hands quickly and strike an opponent to gain control. Blocker with sound technique and good footwork to challenge for starting time inside. Underrated prospect with a definite make it grade. Discipline in technique details is essential. Refined battle tested prospect with the ability to fill in at tackle in a pinch though inside starter. Late round steal falls to the 3rd day of the draft. Great value there.

11 Colby Gossett #70               6-5        310       Appalachian St – Sp 5.20                       Rating 68
Huge versatile senor has been a stalwart as a three-year starter for the App St, dividing time between guard and tackle. Earned Sun Belt honors at both positions. Large blocker with good arm length and bulk to control defenders. Good build for a right tackle/guard, though lacks ideal tackle quickness and too heavy footed for left tackle. Long upper torso with relatively long arms. Gritty battler who never quits on a play. May not always look textbook as a run blocker, but gets the job done, and was a big part of the App St success running the ball, especially between the tackles. Good arm length, and very strong hands and has learned to use a punch effectively. Once he locks on, he is very difficult to disengage from. Effective blocker on screen plays and can make blocks in the open field. Knows when to come off a combo block inline and work up to the 2nd level where he is able to generally get good fits on backers. Deliberate off the ball and very effective on short-pulls and counters. As a pass blocker, he handles bull rushes very well. Shows good hand punch and can handle power well. Quick tackles or fast edge rushers with an array of moves can give him trouble. Mobility to get out on sweeps and traps. Keeps his head on a swivel and picks up stunts and twists, displaying good awareness to pick up stunts and twists. Road grader capability as a run blocker. Able to get movement straight ahead or cave in the line on down and angle blocks. Shows good effort and hustle and plays hard to the whistle consistently. Uses his strong hands well to lock on, sustain and stay in control throughout the play. Good balance and seldom on the ground. Lacks ideal lateral quickness to handle speedy edge rushers if he stays at tackle. Probably best on the inside where he can use his natural brute strength and nasty attitude to clear lanes for the running game and have less area to cover laterally in pass protection. At the NFL Combine, he came in at 6’5” and 311 lbs. and ran a 5.20 time with 32 reps in the lifting and a 25” VL and an 8’7” BJ. He added a 4.83 shuttle and 7.60 three cone. Powerful blocker with good technique and functional strength. Versatile prospect with potential at both right tackle and guard. Needs continued discipline in his complete game and show he is committed to technique details. Possesses fine football character and good functional overall strength, technique and demeanor. Eventual starting guard. Probable early 3rd day selection and good value there. Big upside with NFL starting skill set.

12 Skyler Phillips #71               6-3        315       Idaho St – Sp 5.10                      Rating 68         
Physical senior interior blocker has been a fixture on the Bengals’ offense for four seasons, earning first team Big Sky honors as a senior. Burly versatile blocker is capable of handling any interior position after experience at every line position during his injury prone career. Displays sound technique and footwork to get the most of his average athleticism that should help him compete for pro time at both guard and center. As a run blocker, he is quick out of his stance and utilizes a powerful punch. Looks heavy footed and somewhat of a plodder. Does not lock on and sustain consistently well. Lacks really good balance and gets overextended forward too often and ends up on the ground. ISU used wide line splits as part of their spread offense and Skyler’s skill set looks to be more conducive to a traditional pro-style offense with a power blocking scheme. His strength is his strength. Needs to do a better job of staying home on stunts and twists in pass protection. Lacks good vision and awareness in that regard. Able to anchor well vs the bull rush. Slides okay laterally as a pass blocker. Displayed this ability at left tackle as a junior. Though he is far too short to ever play there at the pro level on a regular basis. He usually plays with sound leverage which allows him to show good drive blocking skills with the ability to get movement at the POA. In pass protection, he can slide, adjust and control an opponent with the functional strength to anchor vs the bull rush. Best suited for the guard spot though projects as a reserve center. Uses his hands fairly well and is able to contain defenders with technique, footwork and good functional strength to sustain. As pass blocker, he mirrors with adequate lateral movement skills and the ability to lock and steer. As run blocker, displays above average functional strength and the ability to roll his hips and the nasty demeanor to finish. Struggles when beaten early on the down. Tough, savvy and strong with the talent to surprise in camp. Gets to the 2nd level and fits on backers and is adequate when asked to pull to outside. Adjusts to stunts with good footwork for short pulls and traps. Package to possibly start on the inside and also projects as a reserve center. At the attend the NFL Combine, he came in at 6’3” and 318 lbs. with 33 1/8” arms and 10 ¾” hands. He ran a 5.09 and did not lift. Added a 29” VL and an 8’8” BJ with 4.69 shuttle and 7.95 three cone. He needs to be technically sound to compensate for his average AA. Toughness, smarts and intangibles with the skill set to surprise. Savvy kid with talent to challenge for roster spot. Probable 3rd day pick with make it grade and possible starter after a few seasons to develop in a system.

13 Dejon Allen #50                   6-3        295       Hawaii – Sp 5.0                          Rating 65         
Aggressive mobile lineman has started all four seasons, earning MWC honors in 2016 and 2017. Well-built agile athlete with power and footwork to eventually start in the NFL. Former high recruit from California who started two years at guard before lined up at left tackle during his final two seasons. Good base with the ability to get into an opponent and move his feet well and control with overall technique. If he were 2 inches taller, and 20 lbs. heavier, you’d be looking at a high round left tackle prospect. His lack of ideal size for the outside in the NFL is the only negative feature about this player. Reminiscent in many of ways of former 49ers left tackle Derrick Deese, who was an effective starter at the position for multiple seasons, despite being just 6’3” and less than 300 lbs. As a run blocker, Allen is outstanding in every way. Able to lock on and drive MWC defensive ends back on straight ahead power plays. He has the footwork and fluid movement skills to get out and block effectively on the edge or on the 2nd level. On play after play, he locks on, sustains and simply eliminates his man from snap to whistle. As a pass protector, he is quick out of his stance, with a fine kick-slide, and lateral movement skills. Gets good arm extension, showing a solid punch, with the ability to reload and keep punching. Keeps himself between his man and the QB. He is very difficult to bull rush. On the few occasions where his outside edge is threatened by speed, he recovers immediately, and steers the defender wide of the pocket. Played RG as a freshman and sophomore and for those two seasons combined, allowed just one sack. Moved to left tackle for his final two seasons, and during that time, allowed no sacks on drop-back pass plays. Simply a joy to watch for anyone who appreciates top-flight offensive line performance. Flashes good initial quickness, with a very powerful punch. Mauler as a run blocker and able to roll his hips. Mobility to work well to the 2nd level. Very effective when asked to short-pull. Imposing toughness and can strike with authority early and often and highly effective when asked to block a man whose right on his nose. Shows good instincts to peel off blocks and pick up stunts and blitzes consistently. Understands how to work in tandem and despite his athletic limitations usually finds a way to get his job done. At his pro day, he came in at 6-2, 295 lbs with 32 5/8″ arms . He ran a 4.97 time with a 1.77 ten yard split. He did 29 reps, 30.5″ VL, 9’1″ BJ, 4.82 shuttle and 7.63 three cone. It was a very good workout. He did not attend the NFL Combine. Physical blocker with the makeup to start inside at some point after development. Marginal top 200 pick on physical skills, experience and potential. Fine package to become a starting pro guard.

14 Sean Welsh #79 -6-3 305  Iowa – Sp 5.30                            Rating 65
Aggressive senior lineman graded out fairly high over his Big Ten career, starting since early in his freshman season and earning conference honors each season. Earned first team Big Ten honors in 2017. Average frame with good base and the footwork to slide well with the speed to be effective in space. Primarily a guard, this veteran has seen time at tackle and may best project to the pivot in the NFL. Undersized, quick, zone blocking type. Relies on sound technique and footwork. As a run blocker, he can consistently make reach blocks whether inside or outside zone runs. Cut blocks fairly often with success. Sudden off the snap and worked well in coordination with center James Daniels. Much more effective down blocking or angle blocking than he is when he has a power player over his nose. Will most likely be sought after by a team that uses zone run blocking almost exclusively. Lacks the mass or power to fit well in a blocking scheme that runs a lot of iso-lead, or straight ahead man on man blocking. In pass protection, he sets up quickly, maintains good knee bend to take advantage of his natural leverage. Gets as much arm extension as he is able, but does not have long or ideal arm length. Many guards have been successful with similar reach however. Average athleticism, good footwork and the agility to mirror defenders. Developed nicely with his footwork, balance and technique to get the most from his athleticism. Displays fairly good speed and coordination on the move. Used a lot very effectively on short-pulls and inside counters. Gets good fits on the linebackers when he leads up through the hole. Sound awareness and lateral quickness in pass projection and able to lock on and control pass rushers. More of a finesse blocker who is most effective walling off or mirroring his man. Good hand technique to utilize his base and get strong push at the LOS. Able to use good timing coming off the first block inline and climb to the 2nd level and pick off a backer. Plays with natural knee bend consistently to get a good surge. In pass protection, he gets into his set adequately, displays good initial balance and kick slide to mirror, but breaks down poorly when asked to adjust and handle counter moves. At times, he loses balance and struggles to maintain positioning and redirect an opponent. Lacks flexibility to recover. Displays the footwork to mirror and contain rushers if he gets his hands on them early. At the NFL Combine, he came in at 6’3 and 306 lbs. with 32” arms and 10 1/4” hands. Ran a 5.39 time and did 20 reps. Added a 25” VL and an 8’7” BJ with 4.81 shuttle and 7.90 three cone. Earned 2nd team Big Ten in 2017. Marginal top 200 prospect. Savvy blocker with power and skills. Later round pick with definite make it grade and possible the versatility to also start in the pivot.

15 K.J. Malone #63                   6-4        305       LSU – Sp 5.30                            Rating 65         
Physical wide body senior was starting lineman in the SEC the past two seasons, earning some conference honors. Projects to a hog guard role with ideal size and long arms after experience at virtually every line position in a pro-style offense. Four star recruit out of Louisiana. Son of NBA HOF Karl Malone. Missed time in 2017 with a leg injury that cost him critical game action. Comes quick off the snap and is efficient getting into his pass set with good balance and is able to shuffle side to side well to mirror pass rushers. Uses his girth to engulf defenders and can get consistent movement as a drive blocker. At times, plays with a narrower than ideal base and can get knocked off balance. Sometimes is slow off the snap and allows the defender to get underneath him. Tough to separate from once he gets his hands on an opponent early and can be difficult to get around him in pass protection due to his size and reach. Occasionally, appears to lack a sense of urgency or the nasty streak in his play. Lateral and overall foot quickness is adequate along with his ability to sustain blocks. Needs to make better use of his hands to lock on and control. Wins consistently early on the down when he uses hand technique. As a blocker, his initial contact is inconsistent with a shoulder or forearm rather than firing out and locking on with his hands creates problems. Adequate foot speed in the open field, though always looking for the next defender. Sound technique allows him to overcome average tools. Marginal flexibility, though plays with sound knee bend. Deceptive blocker to effectively and consistently gets the job done. Has strong quick hands that enable him to lock on and control defenders. Learning to use his powerful frame and basic technique. Better suited in a zone blocking scheme. Powerful blocker lacks technique at times and fails to utilize his natural skills. Underrated prospect with potential and definite make it grade, though needs time to further discipline his game and show he is committed to conditioning and technique details. At the NFL Combine, he came in at 6’4” and 319 lbs. with 33 1/2” arms and 9 1/4” hands. He ran a 5.29 time with 15 reps in the lifting and a 29.5” VL and a 8’7” BJ. Probable later round choice and a marginal top 200 prospect with a NFL skill set. Powerful blocker graded out highly over his short SEC career. Handled some top ranked DL in games and team drills consistently with sound technique and the ability to anchor. Prospect needs basic work to realize his potential. Sleeper late choice with skills to surprise. Discipline in his complete game along with good conditioning and technique details. Fine late round addition.

16 Cody O’Connell #76             6-9        355       Washington St – Sp 5.60            Rating 65
Massive wide body senior guard graded out nicely over his career, starting his final two seasons while earning Pac-12 honors those years. Tall thick phone booth blocker fits inside where he projects best in the NFL. His incredible size earned him the college nickname ‘Continent’ for his huge frame. Mainstay and linchpin of the Wazzou OL. Consistently did his job despite regular offensive line failures all around him. Only member of the Cougars’ OL to hold his own vs the tough Washington Huskies defensive front. The Huskies wisely seldom lined their top DT Vita Vea up against him. Instead, Vea blew through double teams on the right side for play after play. As a run blocker, Cody walled off well and sustained. He was able to block on the 2nd level and be effective, though barely marginal footspeed. Pass blocking is his best feature. Quick into his pass set, gets good extension with his long arms and doesn’t allow his man to gain penetration very often. Somewhat lumbering and plodding in his movement skills, but still able to use his size, strength, wingspan and balance to be effective in all aspects of offensive guard play. If he gets into the right situation, where he is surrounded by some better talent, he is very likely to be a more effective pro than he was a collegian. Average footwork and the agility to utilize his massive size and functional power to carry out most assignments. Shows solid skill set, including balance and strength to start. Periods of inconsistencies and sloppy technique hurts his final grade. Carries his weight well for such a big man and looks solid for his size and is not fat. Possesses Herculean functional strength. On straight ahead power plays, can sometimes drive his man 5-6 yards down field. Able to reach the 2nd level, stay under control and get fits on backers. Handles his assignments as a pass protector sufficiently well. Could be well suited for either guard spot and be a starter fairly early in his career. His feet appear quick enough, and his coordination and balance good enough that he should be able to work well in a zone blocking scheme. When he uses good hand technique, he can roll his hips and use his strong wide frame to get a powerful push. At times, his technique is sloppy with marginal hand use that makes him vulnerable to counter moves. When he uses leverage, he is a powerful run blocker who gets impressive movement at the POA. In pass protection, he gets into his set nicely, displays good initial balance and kick slide to mirror pass rushers and anchor. At times, breaks down poorly when asked to adjust and handle counter moves. Shows the footwork to mirror and contain rushers if he gets his hands on them early, though must be technically sound to sustain. Anchors well vs the bull rush and utilizes his good functional strength. As a drive blocker, gets a strong push, though can fall off blocks. He did not attend the NFL Combine. At his pro day, he came in at 6-9, 352 lbs with 35 1/2″ arms . He ran a 5.63 time with 28 reps, 23″ VL, 7’5″ BJ, 5.08 shuttle and an 8.01 three cone. It was an average workout. Powerful blocker lacks natural footspeed and inconsistent technique at times. Falling prospect with potential and definite make it grade, but needs time to discipline his complete game and show he is committed to technique details. Probable later 3rd day choice and a marginal top 200 prospect with a boom or bust label.

17 * Sam Jones #76                  6-5        305                   Arizona St – Sp 5.30                   Rating 65         
Athletic versatile, experienced three-year starter with extensive time at guard and tackle through his career, earning Pac-12 honorable mention in 2017. Started since midway of his redshirt freshman season with most of his time inside at guard. Long athletic frame with nice arm wingspan. Moves easily and wins often on pure athleticism which gives him an early advantage on the down. Blocker made huge strides in 2017 that influenced him to declare for the NFL Draft 2018. Reportedly chose to come out early due to the firing of beloved head coach, Todd Graham. His game is all about technique, finesse, and athleticism. As a run blocker, shows good balance, tenacity, and effort to stay with his blocks. Moves well, with light feet, and is often used on short-pulls and counter trey type action. Blocking straight ahead, despite lacking a lot of pure raw strength, he can be surprisingly effective. He will run his feet and usually sustains till the runner is past him. Best suited for a zone blocking scheme though, where he can utilize his quickness to make reach blocks and use angles, rather than man-power type blocking schemes. Frame to carry more muscle and should be able if he dedicates himself in an NFL weight program. Among the most effective pass blockers in the country in 2017, allowing no sacks or hits on the QB. He does a good job of punching out, keeping his arms extended, and staying squared up to his man in pass protection. Bends his knees and uses leverage well to offset his lack of pure brute strength. Over the 2017 season, he displayed good consistent performances with nice grades from snap to whistle on each and every down. Good length and overall size teams seek in an NFL guard. Able to generate movement in the run game with good balance, base, and technique to wall off and sustain. Picks up and switches off well and usually very effective in pass protection, mirroring and sliding. Quick active hands and stays between the defender and passer. Functionally strong with good balance and seldom falls off blocks. Moves well in the open field with a deliberate stride to get to the 2nd level to gets fits on backers. Stays under control getting into his blocks vs both run and pass. Locks on with a short set using fine arm extension and a good wide base and knee bend. Uses his strong hands well to steer and control an opponent. At the NFL Combine, he came in at 6’5” 305 lbs. with 31” arms and 9 1/2” hands. He ran a 5.32 time and did 28 reps. Added a 27” VL, an 8’5” BJ and a 4.86 shuttle and 7.92 three cone. Good overall workout. Likely a 3rd day selection, but could have a surprisingly steady career as a starting NFL guard. Emerging top 200 prospect. Major sleeper with talent and intangibles to take the next step and move up quickly within a pro system.

18 Brendan Mahon #70             6-4        315       Penn St – Sp 5.30                       Rating 60
Strong senior lineman has been a fixture on the Nittany Lions’ line, starting since early in his redshirt freshman season. Earned Big Ten honors over his final two seasons. Thick agile lineman with a strong lower unit produces fine power and projects him as a potential starting NFL guard after time at both tackle and guard. Strong frame with good arm length translated into high grades weekly where he flashes hand power initially on the down with the ability to get consistent movement using sound technique. Lone stabilizing force on an otherwise inexperienced, undermanned 2017 unit made up of many first year underclassmen. Muscle and maul phone-booth guard only at the next level. Shows good strength and fine size, but not really any other distinctive positive characteristics. Try hard type who does give good effort. Shows somewhat above average ability to sustain once he locks on, but lacks good balance and ends up on the ground too often. Though he played both left and right tackle as an underclassman, he lacks the necessary lateral quickness and kick-slide to have any future there at the next level. As a pass blocker, can be hard to bull rush, as he does have good strength and ability to anchor, but can struggle vs quick tackles that have an assortment of pass rush moves. Likely to be drafted late, if at all, and may have a chance at guard in the right situation. Usually plays with good leverage, though needs to develop more consistent hands to effectively use his functional strength and technique. As drive blocker, gets good movement once he locks on with strong hands and the tenacity to finish. Gains quick position and can sustain throughout the play when he bends his knees properly. He shows the ability to flash power on his punch, though inconsistent. Adequate mobility to pull outside or on short traps. Skill set to make progress with a sound understanding of angles and hand usage. At times, he struggles with speed rushers and lacked the ability to recover if beaten early on the down. He did not attend the NFL Combine.
At his pro day, he came in at 6’4” and 307 lbs. with 31 7/8” arms and 9 3/8” hands. Ran a 5.47 time with 24 reps and a 23.5” VL, a 7’10” BJ and agility drills of 4.70 shuttle and 7.96 three cone. Can be overmatched vs top talent who beat him with both power and speed. Phone booth blocker with developing technique, but an unsung performer in Saquon Barkley’s incredible success. Physical ability to make it, but he needs time to refine his skill set. Marginal late pick and top 250 prospect with make it grade.

19 Archie Lewis #74                 6-3        300       Boise St – Sp 5.20                      Rating 60         
Agile aggressive senior lineman has been a fixture on the Broncos front since early in his sophomore season. Athletic frame with extensive experience in a pro type passing attack at both tackle and guard. Displays good power and footwork while earning MWC honors over his late career. Graded out high, showing fine technique and functional strength as both drive blocker and pass protector. Average height with fine length and physical skills to be highly effective and uses his strong 300 lb. frame well to win often vs the best MWC edge defenders. Feisty blocker who gives good effort with the athleticism to move inside. Lacks the length to remain at tackle at the pro level. Powerful inline due to technique and functional strength. Aggressive and fairly quick on the snap with big strong hands with which to lock on and steer vs some of the better college edge defenders. Capable of walling off and sustaining blocks both inline and on the 2nd level. As a pass protector, shows quick hands, smooth footwork and good technique to control defenders. Uses his functional strength and natural leverage well to stymie the bull rush. Displays sound positioning and hand use to help him anchor. Sets up well and is alert to pick up stunts and blitzes to keep rushers at bay. As a pass protector, developed quick hands to gain a fast advantage and utilize footwork and sound technique to control defenders. Uses his functional strength well to holdup vs the bull rush, relying on positioning and hand usage to anchor effectively. Tenacious blocker gives good effort that will interest NFL line coaches despite average type athleticism. Fairly quick on the snap, though needs to use hands better to lock on and steer vs pro caliber athletes. Adept at walling off and sustaining blocks both inline and on 2nd level. As a pass blocker, sets up well and is alert to pick up stunts and blitzes to keep rushers at bay. Vulnerable to secondary moves at times and needs to be technically sound early to gain position. In pass protection, he needs to sit consistently to anchor, though must improve to counter better vs speed rushers. As a drive blocker, he is powerful inline due to technique and good functional strength. Needs to be technically sound with more developed hand usage. Good understanding of angles to succeed in matchups, though only marginal in space when asked to pull and change directions. He did not attend the NFL Combine. At this pro day, he came in at 6’3” and 309 lbs. with long 34 5”/8 arms and 10” hands. Did 21 reps, ran a 5.36 time with a 27” VJ, an 8’6” BJ and added a 4.73 shuttle and 8.13 three cone. Durable lineman with adequate size and good technique and functional strength, though he needs to be sound from the snap to develop into a starter. Marginal top 200 prospect falls to the late 3rd day off limitations. Talent to make roster with potential to start with refinement of his good basic talent. Good late addition, though needs time to refine his skill set.

20 Salesi Uhatafe #74               6-5        310       Utah – Sp 5.40                            Rating 60         
Huge guard has been a fixture on the Utes line since his redshirt freshman season, earning Pac-12 honors as a senior. Started 38 of 52 games at guard. Big wide body guard with strong base and good arm length to effectively run and pass block. Moved to LG for the Utes in 2017, taking over for Isaac Asiata, who’d departed for the NFL. As a pro, projects to either guard position, where his strength would be best utilized. Huge frame and long reach with the above average girth, which makes him very difficult to get around. Powerful push when he plays with leverage and bends knees properly. As a pass blocker, anchors well with strong base and long arms, though marginal mobility to move outside a restricted area. Ultimate phone booth blocker with marginal quickness out of his stance to reach defenders outside the box. Displays adequate balance and agility to adjust to counter moves with strong hands to sustain. Marginal athlete, but able to be physical as a drive blocker. On the snap shows good initial quickness and can move a defender off the line. He will have to make clear improvement in his technique and overall conditioning to be NFL ready. Key part of the Utes’ offensive success on their run thru the Pac-12 and annual bowl appearance. Well respected by both teammates and coaches and willing to pay the price to win. Marginal athlete and able to be physical as a drive blocker. On the snap shows good initial quickness and can move a defender off the line. At the NFL Combine, he came in at 6’5” and 310 lbs. with 33” arms and 10 1/4” hands. Ran a 5.39 time with a 28” VL, 9’1” BJ, a 4.90 shuttle and a 7.70 thee cone. Physical wide body lineman with the skill set to play inside. Marginal top 250 prospect with potential if in right setting. In time, he could project as a starter after critical development including agility and technique work. Skill set to surprise and win a roster spot initially.

21 Rod Taylor #73                    6-3        321       Mississippi – Sp 5.25                 Rating 60         
Experienced strong senior lineman has been a versatile member of a solid veteran Ole Miss unit. Experience at left and right tackle and guard may warrant a late selection in April. Better suited for guard with good body type for inside at just under 6’3” and 320. Quick off the ball with a solid punch and sound handle placement. Possesses the size and strength to overpower most opponents. Gets good initial control, but needs to sustain better. Possesses fine lower-body explosiveness that contained SEC edge rushers. He has the upper body strength to muscle and maul on the straight-ahead power runs, but is light enough on his feet to work in a zone scheme, pull on outside runs, or to get up on the 2nd level. His lower-body strength, he appears top heavy. Most of his experience has been at RT, though he lacks the length to remain there at the next level. Defensive linemen with good quickness and developed moves can get around him. Fights and scraps throughout the play and will do what he has to do to get the job done, even though it may not look classic and textbook at times. His best pro position could be guard where he can surprise. Well-schooled in fundamentals and possibly a 3rd day draft pick. Strong quick hands and is able to lock on and control a defender. Knows how to stay squared and mirror his man, keeping him out of the play. He did not attend the NFL Combine. At the Ole Miss pro day, he came in 6’6” and 329 lbs. with 34” arms and 9 7/8” hands. He did 25 reps and ran a 5.04 time. Added a 28” VL and an 8’6” BJ. He also had agility drills with a 4.90 short shuttle and a 7.85 three cone drill. Needs some technique development to utilize his wide frame to the maximum. Mental makeup to overcome adequate athleticism and win a roster spot and settle into a system. Will need some refinement at the next level before challenging for a starting job. Very coachable and a soldier who marches for the team. Good late addition with interesting upside to surprise and find a way to win a starting job.

22 Tyrone Crowder #55            6-1        340       Clemson – Sp 5.40                     Rating 60         
Tough three year starting guard has been a fixture on the Tigers’ line since late in his freshman season. Earned three ACC honors, back to back 1st team ACC honors as a junior and senior. Squat wide body guard with strong base and adequate length and footwork to execute the sweeps and trap plays. Carries some excess weight, though a powerful blocker with a thick lower unit. Short arm length makes it imperative he wins early on the down and gains control of an opponent. As a run blocker, when he can lock on, he is able to use his natural leverage advantage and overall strength to get good movement on straight ahead power plays. Short arms can make it difficult to consistently sustain however. Can handle the short-pulls and traps with decent success. In pass-protection, usually takes a short set, where he can be nearly impossible to bull rush. Handling speed rushers inside with multiple moves are his liability. Works hard to stay with his blocks and keep his width between defender and QB, but it is an ongoing battle. Must be quick to address counter moves where he can be beaten if not alert and use quick hands. Shows the power to execute, especially in a man-power blocking scheme. Comes out of his stance with good initial quickness. Bends his knees well and keeps good balance and agility to mirror and kick-slide in pass protection. Shows fine power to stop the bull rush with strong hands to anchor, lock on and control. Able to use lateral quickness with his good punch to slow down speedier rushers. Sustains his run blocks well most of the time. Critical part of fine Tigers high powered offense. Struggles to climb to the 2nd level and pick off backers and shows lumbering movement on the perimeter. He did not attend the NFL Combine. Could be overlooked in this class and capable of surprising to push for playing time. Graded out well vs a steady diet of talented ACC defenders. Decent late addition and marginal top 250 prospect with the skill set to surprise and possibly start with development.

23 Matt Gono #71         6-4        315       Wesley College (DE) – Sp 5.30                          Rating 60
Agile experienced veteran started four seasons at tackle, earning first team D3 honors his final three years. Savvy blocker with good size and footwork to utilize his fine technique and understanding of the position. Graded out very well in a pro-style offense vs a low level of competition. Good physical package to work with as a backup/ practice squad performer to mold into an NFL starter. Technically sound with strong hands and natural knee bend. As a run blocker, he sustains well and rides his man wherever he wants to go, clearing nice holes. Dominant small college blocker and weight room strong that translates well to the field. Consistent in his ability to lock on and sustain. Uses his hands well and would benefit from a pro weight training program and coaching. Able to make initial contact and contain to the whistle. In pass protection, he comes out of his stance nicely and able to extend his arms and get into an opponent. As a run blocker, he is able to pull and lead in the open field to fit on backers and defensive backs. Good balance and effort with the athleticism and technique to continue to improve as a prospect. His fundamentals and technique were able to dominant at the lower level, but needs development along with strength conditioning to make it in the NFL. Recognizes and picks up stunts and twists early in the process and is able to seamlessly change off from his initial block to block the stunting rusher. Reacts well to whatever comes his way. Athletic footwork to come off his initial block and get to the 2nd level. Displays light feet and smooth lateral movement skills. Able to short-set and anchor well, or reset when facing counter moves. Good size to prevent defenders from getting into his body. Good movement skills to carry out assignments. He did not attend the NFL Combine. Lack of top notch core strength and consistent hand placement will hinder early at the next level. Possible late pick, but likely to go undrafted. Interior versatility is a plus. Ideal PS candidate.

24 * Nick Gates                          6-5        300                  Nebraska – Sp 5.10                       Rating 60
25 Hunter Bivin                         6-6        315                   Notre Dame – Sp 5.30                 Rating 60
27 Jacob Alsadek                       6-7        325                   Arizona – Sp 5.35                         Rating 60
29 Kenny Lacy                           6-4        310                   UCLA – Sp 5.20                            Rating 60
31 Kyle Bosch                            6-5         310                   West Virginia – Sp 5.35              Rating 60
32 Cory Helms                           6-4        310                   South Carolina – Sp 5.20           Rating 60
34 Jashon Robertson                6-3        300                  Tennessee – Sp 5.20                   Rating 60
35 Viane Talamaivao                 6-2        325                  USC – Sp 5.30                              Rating 58
36 Shamire Devine                    6-7        380                  Georgia Tech – Sp 5.50               Rating 58
37 Wilson Bell                            6-5         355                   Auburn  – Sp 5.40                       Rating 58
38 Larry Allen                            6-4        285                   Harvard – Sp 5.30                       Rating 58
39 Justin Lea                             6-4         290                   Jacksonville St – Sp 5.30           Rating 58
40 Gabe Kuhn                           6-4         295                   Memphis – Sp 5.30                     Rating 58
41 Matt Pryor                             6-7         355                   TCU – Sp 5.60                              Rating 58
42 Dyshon Sims                         6-4        290                  Georgia – Sp 5.20                         Rating 58
43 Evan Lisle                              6-7        310                   Duke – Sp 5.40                             Rating 58
44 Boone Myers                          6-5        310                   Iowa – Sp 5.30                             Rating 58
45 Connor Hilland                      6-6        305                  William & Mary – Sp 5.30          Rating 58
46 Trevor Darling                       6-4        300                  Miami – Sp 5.20                           Rating 58
47 Nick Haynes                          6-3        300                   Kentucky – Sp 5.30                      Rating 58
48 Beau Nunn                             6-4        305                   Appalachian St – Sp 5.35            Rating 58
49 Will House                            6-2        285                    Southern Nazarene – Sp 5.20     Rating 56
50 Maverick Morris                   6-4        300                   Clemson – Sp 5.20                       Rating 56
51 Lavonte Hights                      6-4        300                   Shepherd – Sp 5.40                      Rating 56
52 Jake Raulerson                     6-4        315                    Arkansas – Sp 5.30                       Rating 56
53 Khaliel Rodgers                    6-3        315                     North Carolina – Sp 5.40            Rating 56
54 Garrison Wright                    6-4        320                   Minnesota – Sp 5.30                    Rating 56
55 Dorian Miller                         6-2        300                   Rutgers – Sp 5.30                         Rating 56
56 Evan Plagg                             6-3        295                   Tulsa – Sp 5.20                              Rating 56
57 Gerrad Kough                       6-4        295                    Colorado – Sp 5.30                       Rating 56
58 Chris Durant                         6-4        310                   William & Mary – Sp 5.40            Rating 56
59 D.J. Park                                6-4        330                   South Carolina – Sp 5.50              Rating 56
60 Fred Lauina                          6-4        315                    Oregon St – Sp 5.40                      Rating 56
61 J.P. Quinn                              6-4        295                   Central Michigan – Sp 5.30          Rating 56
62 Frank Sutton                         6-3        305                   Louisiana-Monroe – Sp 5.40        Rating 56
63 Cameron Ruff                       6-3        320                   South Florida – Sp 5.40                Rating 56
64 Dwayne Orso-Bacchus        6-5        325                   Oklahoma – Sp 5.50                      Rating 56
65 Robert Burleigh                    6-5        325                   Tennessee-Martin – Sp 5.40        Rating 56

 Centers – Grade: B+

      Positional Overview:
This position is a very good class this year which features several prospects who figure to start early in the NFL. Billy Price is a blue chip pivotman who was injured at the NFL Combine which may cost him a first round selection. If healthy he can be rookie starter. Daniels is a proven versatile interior lineman who figure to be selected in the top 40-50 selections. Frank Ragnow is rising quickly off a strong late career. He could push into the top 40-50 selections off prototypical measureables and a high level of play in the SEC.  Mason Cole and Will Clapp are underrated middle round prospects with versatility to fill all the interior positions. Cole has the versatility to fill all the interior spots plus RT. Clapp covers all three interior spots. Scott Quessenberry is rising up the charts off a strong postseason. He carries an NFL starting grade and is a prospect advanced in a pro-style offense. He can surprise and should be fine 3rd day value selection. As few as 7 to 8 prospects could be drafted, though with as many as five or six pivot men with NFL starting grades

NFL Teams in need:
1 Chargers       4. Ravens
2 Jets               5. Cardinals
3 Giants          6. Dolphins

NFL Premier Player
 Alex Mack
Blue Chip – Billy Price
Red Chip – Frank Ragnow
Rising – Scott Quessenberry
Falling – Will Clapp
Underrated – Mason Cole
Overrated – Bradley Bozeman
Sleeper – Jack Bennett
Boom/Bust – Austin Golson

Positional Traits
Best Athlete – Billy Price
Best Run – Billy Price
Best Pass – Frank Ragnow
Best Pulling – James Daniels
Most Developed – Billy Price
Toughest –  Billy Price
Adjusts Best – Mason Cole
Strongest – Frank Ragnow

Top 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 Bradley Bozeman – Alabama
8 Coleman Shelton – Washington
9 Brian Allen – Michigan St
10 Jack Bennett – Colorado St
11 Austin Golson – Auburn
12 Austin Kuhnert – North Dakota St
13 Alan Knott – South Carolina
14 Erick Wren – Oklahoma
15 Alex Officer – Pittsburgh

Centers

1 Billy Price #54                       6-4        305       Ohio St – Sp. 5.20                    
   Player Comparison: Travis Frederick                                 Rating 90
Scrappy mobile senior has started since early in his redshirt freshman season, earning Big Ten first team honors his final two years. Started all four years, the first three at guard, including Freshman All-American honors. Rimington award winner in his only season in the pivot. Injured at the NFL Combine where he tore his pec in the lifting and out for four months. Displays fine technique, footwork and overall athleticism to compete for rookie starting time. Extremely strong and explosive. Outstanding quickness from snap to punch. Fires the shotgun snaps back with fine velocity and accuracy. Very quick with his hands and uses them well. Able to control defenders with the technique, footwork and strength to sustain blocks. Exceptional core strength and balance. He shows the ability to redirect and recover very well. He has fine knee bend and lower-body flex that along with his strength makes him a fine inline blocker. Very quick and coordinated when pulling to the outside. Very consistent with his use of leverage. Able to clear running lanes even when blocking much bigger defensive linemen. Tenacious with a consistently high revving motor. Works well in the open field or in tight quarters inline. As a pass blocker, he mirrors well with quick lateral movement and the ability to lock and steer. Anchors well and bends his knees. Most of his experience has been at guard and he is developed to cover all three interior starting positions in the NFL. Plays with sound leverage, good drive blocking skills and power to get movement at the POA. In pass protection, he can slide, adjust and control an opponent. Very good functional strength to anchor vs the bull rush despite marginal size and arm length. Shows the ability to recover if beaten early on the down relying on quick feet and strong hands. As a run blocker, displays quickness on the snap with good initial punch and fine functional strength to finish. Shows explosiveness to move a defender and adjusts quickly to stunts and with nice footwork for short pulls and traps. Savvy pulling center with good footspeed and ability to fit on backers on the 2nd level. At the NFL Combine, he is 6’4” 305 lbs. with 32” arms and 9 3/4” hands. He tore his pectoral muscle in the lifting and no other events. Technically sound to consistently maximizes his agility and power. Team captain with the smarts and intangibles and called line signals. Combination of agility, power and technique rates him a starting interior prospect at this vital position. Tough aggressive blocker who combines all the vital qualities to start in the pivot. Battle tested and type to earn a rookie grading job and have a long career. Similar to Travis Frederick in size, agility and intangibles. Well-rounded skills to surprise and good long-term prospect with the talent to win starting spot. Probably falls slightly off minor pec injury, though he should be ready by July 1st and able to prepare for camp at August 1st. Top 40 prospect with Pro Bowl potential.
Draft Projection: 2nd Round

2 * James Daniels #78                    6-3        305       Iowa – Sp. 5.25          
Player Comparison  : Rodney Hudson                       Rating 85                    
Mobile durable true junior has been the linchpin on the Hawkeyes’ line starting 25 games over his short career. Young pivotman turns 21 years old in September and earned 2nd team Big Ten honors in 2017. Components to start at center or guard and improves with each game. Displays excellent initial quickness with fine balance and lateral movement skills to get into an opponent quickly. Outstanding technique and use of leverage, relying on a strong base and long arms to gain an advantage and sustain through the play. As a run blocker, displays fine functional strength even when going up against larger defensive linemen. Good fit for a zone blocking scheme due to his athleticism, quick feet, and ability to block on the move. Gets to the 2nd level with ease, where he can lock on and sustain while engaging linebackers. Possesses a strong grip that he uses well to control a defender while keeping his hands inside. Sound pass blocker who keeps his head on a swivel and picks up blitzes and stunts very well. Tough to bull rush due to his ability to use proper leverage, though at times allows some of the bigger nose tackles to get under his pads. His strong, quick and active hands are among his best assets. Consistently alert and aware. Carries out his assignments reliably and efficiently. Moves very well when asked to pull, whether short-pull or long and effective getting a hat on a hat in the open field. Though not naturally strong or powerful, his all-around skill set more than makes up for it. Bends his knees well and moves quickly with good lower-body flexibility. Explosive at the point of attack when he is making angle or reach blocks. Plays with sound leverage to roll his hips and steer an opponent. Handles secondary moves and adjusts quickly with the ability to recover and redirect. Shows fairly good functional strength even when battling much bigger defensive linemen. Ideal fit for a zone blocking scheme with his good ability to block on the move. Shows strong hands and uses them well to control his man. Scrappy interior blocker with tough mentality to get consistent movement with sound positioning. Handles secondary moves and adjusts quickly with the ability to recover and redirect. Combative and feisty mentality while sustaining his blocks. At the NFL Combine, he came in at 6’3” and 305 lbs. with 33 1/4” arms and 9 ¾” hands. He ran a 5.24 time with 21 reps, 30.5” VL, 9’ BJ and 4.40 shuttle and a 7.29 three cone. Similar to Pro Bowl center Rodney Hudson in LOD, versatility and overall athleticism. Tough savvy pivotman performed well vs top competition. Fine technician and marginal top 30-40 prospect with the talent and the work ethic to get the most out of his athleticism. Versatile interior lineman for any zone scheme team and a likely early starter. High character player with leadership qualities. Smart well-rounded prospect. Clubs like the Bills, Dolphins and Giants interested.                                                                  Draft Projection: 2nd Round

3 Frank Ragnow #72                 6-5        315       Arkansas – Sp. 5.0       
   Player Comparison: Eric Wood                                          Rating 85         
Physical tough, three-year starter, earned SEC honors over his final two seasons at both guard and center. Strong steady power lineman has been a versatile performer on the Razorbacks’ hog line, starting since late in his freshman season. Versatile and experienced, he uses his big frame and long arms well to anchor in the middle where he has graded out high as both a run and pass blocker. Relatively light on his feet and able to get out in front on short-pulls and traps. Sustains very well when battling one-on-one inline. Equally effective whether blocking straight ahead, on an angle or when peeling off combo blocks and getting to the 2nd level. Also shows consistency getting into position on reach blocks so could also be effective in a zone blocking scheme. Displays nearly flawless technique to go with his wide base and long strong arms. Works and battles consistently from snap to whistle all game long. Talented enough to have a long pro career either at center, or at guard. Uses sound leverage, technique and fine functional strength to get the job done. Possesses an athletic frame to play every interior position. Despite his height and length, he shows fine knee bend and balance to use leverage to his advantage. Best feature is his strong hands with which he can lock on and control a defender. Shows fine hand placement to go with power. Light on his feet, moves well within the box and stays under control to bend and adjust. Consistently reaches the 2nd level to neutralize backers. Able to drive a defender off the ball and is suited for both blocking schemes where he can use his fine movement skills to seal and wall off an opponent. Handles big strong zero or 1 technique nose tackles as well as quicker more active tackles. Maintains leverage well and effective if left uncovered when tandem blocking with a guard and peeling off to the 2nd level. When pass blocking, shows a quick hand punch and set. Gets proper depth to be able to pick up stunts and twists. Shows the instincts and technique that allowed him to grade out consistently high. Considered a durable leader in the locker room and a high character individual. Physical talent to play all three interior positions with an early starting grade. Very possibly as a rookie. Sound consistent starter for the team that drafts him and allows him to settle into an interior position.  Responded well to line coaching with HC Bret Bielema having a long history especially at Wisconsin of developing NFL linemen. Works and battles consistently from snap to whistle all game long. Relies on leverage and technique to get the job done. Possesses an athletic frame to play every interior position. Shows fine hand placement to go with power. Moves well within the box and stays under control to bend and adjust. Able to drive a defender off the ball and is suited for both blocking schemes where he can use his fine movement skills to seal and wall off an opponent. At the NFL Combine, he came in at 6’5” and 312 lbs. with 33 1/8” arms and 9 3/8” hands. He did not run. He did 26 reps. At his pro day, he ran a 4.98 time and did 27 reps and added a 33.5” VL. Savvy lineman with the experience and talent to compete for a pro job as a rookie. Similar to Pro Bowl center Eric Wood in LOD, versatility and overall athleticism Rising marginal top 50 prospect and probably moves to the 2nd round where he would be fine value. Interior swingman and highly probable NFL starter within a short time. Good early 2nd day pick with rookie starting potential. Future Pro Bowler.
Draft Projection: 2nd Round

4 Mason Cole #52                     6-5        305       Michigan          – Sp 5.20   
Player Comparison : Cody Whitehair                                                 Rating 80
Tough reliable senior lineman has been a starter since late in his true freshman season, earning Big Ten honors his final two years. Bulky 6’5” frame with decent arm length and well suited for the inside at the next level after playing in a pro-style balanced offense. Likes playing a physical brand of football and mauling defenders inline as a run blocker is one of his stronger suits. At Michigan, he lined up at left tackle and center with equal success as both a run and pass blocker. He has the talent to play anywhere including right tackle, though projects best inside to any of the three positions. He would also rank as the #4 guard in this talented class. As a drive blocker, he comes off the ball nicely with good technique and strong hand usage to make initial contact. Shows the ability to gain control and sustain through the play, displaying a physical presence vs big lineman. His bulky frame allows him to wall off and effectively screen defenders, in addition to moving them off the line. Handles big strong zero or 1 technique nose tackles as well as quick three technique tackles. As a pass blocker, he sets up well with decent quickness. Shows good balance and awareness. Smooth kick-slide and is able to use his big strong hands to lock on and control defenders, though not always consistent in that regard. Appears to be a lumbering runner when blocking on the move such as getting to the 2nd level, though effective and usually carries out the assignment well. At the NFL Combine, he came in at 6’4” 307 lbs. with 35 1/4” arms and 10 7/8” hands. He ran a 5.23 time with 23 reps, a 23.5” VL and an 8’8” BJ. He added a 4.78 shuttle and 8.88 three cone. Powerful versatile blocker shows consistent technique to grade out highly in pass protection. Falling through the cracks, but a prospect that I love and feel he can start as a rookie anywhere along the line except left tackle. High ceiling and definite early starting grade inside. Shows commitment to technique details to grade out very high as a drive blocker. Probable early middle round choice and a marginal top 100 prospect with a quality skill set. Overall consistency rates him a quality prospect. His extensive experience at a high level affords him the potential to start early. Similar to center Cody Whitehair in LOD, versatility and overall athleticism Top blocking grades gives him a chance to start early in the right setting. Solid starter with refinement of his natural talent. Combines both the physical and mental aptitudes along with fine overall intangibles.
Draft Projection: 3rd-4th Round

5 Will Clapp #64                       6-5        310       LSU  – Sp. 5.35                                                 
   Player Comparison: Matt Slauson                                       Rating 75
Tall mobile junior lineman has started every game of his Tiger career the past three seasons at both center and guard. Captain earned first team SEC honors his final two years. Savvy blocker displays fine technique, footwork and power to get the most from his average overall athleticism. Despite his height, plays with sound leverage with good drive blocking skills and power to get movement at the POA. Overall, really has no glaring weaknesses. Solid in all aspects of interior line play. His snaps are consistently clean, accurate and crisp, and his initial snap to step quickness is very good. So quick that a zero technique nose presents no appreciable problem for him to handle. Bears some similarities in the pivot to former teammate and current Seahawk, Ethan Pocic, in his smooth movement skills are coordinated and shows the balance to nearly always play the game on his feet. As a run blocker, has the core strength and leg drive to get movement at the point-of-attack, and the flexibility to turn defenders out of the hole. Even though he has only played center for one season, his situational awareness and knowledge of assignments is that of one more experienced. Playing next to Pocic last season surely helped make the transition. Moves well in the open field and can reach the 2nd level and eliminate a backer with good consistency. Does very well leading the back on pulls to the outside and can lock up and take out a smaller quicker defender in the open field. In pass protection, he can slide, adjust and control an opponent with the functional strength to anchor vs the bull rush. Uses his strong arms and hands well and is able to control defenders with the technique, footwork and strength to sustain blocks. Mirrors quickly with good lateral movement and the ability to lock and steer. Displays the bulk and mobility to anchor well vs big nose tackles. Bends his knees and shows good punch and use of his hands. In pass protection, he can slide, adjust and control an opponent with the functional strength to stop the bull rush. Uses his strong arms and hands well and is able to control defenders with the technique, footwork and strength to sustain blocks. As a pass blocker, he mirrors quickly with good lateral movement and the ability to lock and steer. Covers all interior positions and possibly the tackle spot in a pinch. Also gained valuable experience at tackle and guard to develop well rounded skills. Anchors well and bends his knees and gets initial use of his hands. As a run blocker, displays quickness on the snap with above average functional strength and demeanor to finish. Shows explosiveness to move a defender and adjusts quickly to stunts with the footwork and balance for short pulls and traps. Good pulling center with adequate footspeed and ability to fit on backers and defensive backs on the 2nd level. At the NFL Combine, he came in at 6’5” and 311 lbs. with 31 1/4” arms and 9 5/8” hands. He ran a 5.39 time with 25 reps, 29” VL, 8’1” BJ and 4.92 shuttle and an 8.04 three cone. Technically sound, consistently maximizes his agility and power. Smarts and intangibles with the skill set to start in time. Performed well in 37 starts with 27 in the pivot. Combines agility, power and technique to rate him a starting interior prospect. Strong frame for inside and a tough aggressive blocker who combines all the vital qualities. Similar to Max Unger in size, agility, versatility and intangibles. Well-rounded skills to continue to improve and be one of the best value picks among this offensive line class. Good long-term prospect with the talent to start at any interior position. Probable late 2nd or early 3rd day pick and probable rookie starter with a good camp. Underrated top 100 prospect with upside potential. Developed versatile addition and one of the bargains in this class.
Draft Projection: 4th-5th Round

6 Scott Quessenberry #52        6-4        310       UCLA – Sp. 5.10 
  Player Comparison: Jeremy Zullah                                     Rating 70
Mobile versatile veteran trench warrior has been a vital part of the Bruins’ line for four starting seasons, earning Pac-12 honors three times. Extensive experience at center starting as a redshirt freshman in 2013. Captain started in the pivot and both guard spots. Good size with strong base and nice arm length and the agility to carry out assignments. Durable, dependable veteran finished out his career with 43 games started, his final two seasons in the pivot. Missed the 2015 campaign after starting as a true freshman from midseason 2014, earning conference honorable mention. Linchpin of the Bruins OL in recent seasons. Equally proficient as a pass or run blocker. Quick off the snap, into his blocks, walls off and sustains effectively. Snaps are accurate and acceptable in velocity. Comes off combo blocks inline, gets to the 2nd level and consistently eliminates linebackers. Able to block a man on his nose and hold up vs a bull rush. Stays square in his blocks and seldom overextends. Should have a good chance of developing into a pro starter at Center along with the skills to handle either guard spot too. Needs overall strength development to fill out his long frame. Shows the hand strength and quick punch to shock defenders, though needs to use it more consistently. Uses good hip roll, power and body control, but his height makes it difficult for him to always get good leverage. Raises his pads at times and allow defenders to get under him. Effective when pulling or leading on sweeps. Able to recover, redirect and gain control. At the NFL Combine, he came in at 6’4” and 310 lbs. with 34 1/4” arms and 10 1/4” hands. He ran a 5.09 time with 25 reps, 33.5” VL, 9’3” BJ with a 4.69 shuttle and a 7.50 three cone. Probably goes on the mid-3rd day of the process and similar body type of Jeremy Zullah and JC Tretter in size and versatility. Must develop further and show the ability to win a backup role and settle into a system. Ability to win a starting job on the interior in time if he continues to progress. Probable 3rd day pick with make it grade, but must prove he can win in single matchups vs nose tackles. Marginal top 150 overrated prospect.
Draft Projection: 4th-5th Round

7 Bradley Bozeman #75                        6-5        310       Alabama – Sp. 5.40       Rating 65
Tough, dependable two-year starter earned SEC 2nd team honors in 2017, culminating with a national championship. Massive blocker with short arms and adequate footwork to win in most single assignments. Backed up former #1 pick OC Ryan Kelly early in his career. Typical Bama lineman, big, physical and technically sound, though an average overall athlete. Battle tested vs SEC talent and showed he can line up vs big nose tackles. Despite just two seasons as a starter, he has plenty of experience, having played in 53 games during his time at ‘Bama with the size and strength to handle any of the three interior positions in the NFL. Scrappy, tough and competitive. Able to use his powerful grip strength to lock on sustain and control a defender throughout the play. Shows enough athletic ability to consistently get to the 2nd level and get good fits on quicker linebackers. He is a lumbering mover in the open field and finishes too many plays on the ground. Lacks smooth movement skills and not the most coordinated center in this class. He can muscle and maul with any of them and is able to get consistent movement at the point-of-attack. His fine natural strength and tenacity allows him to win an extremely high percent of his one-on-one matchups. Possesses outstanding use of leverage, largely due to his impressive strength and technique work. As a pass blocker, he is quick with his snaps and into his pass sets. Able to mirror and slide well in protection. Speedy blitzers can get past him at times, but when it is strength on strength he holds up very well. Highly durable reliable ironman in the middle of the Bama front, but he will be tested vs NFL interior defenders by both power and speed tackles. Never lets up before the whistle, fighting and scrapping to defeat his blocking assignment. Instrumental in the success of the Tide’s power ground game that has been vital to their run for national championships. Able to lock on and steer a defender to open holes for the ground game. Difficult for a defender to work free once he locks on. On the field, gives total effort at all times and seldom makes mistakes. Lacks outstanding athleticism and ideal flexibility, but his fine core strength and very strong hands allows him to grade out high weekly. High character, locker room leader with a resilient attitude. Type of player line coaches are going to fall in love with. He did not attend the NFL Combine.  Possible NFL starter in time, though must prove more than an interior backup. Marginal top 200 grade and blue-collar technician with intangibles.

8 Coleman Shelton #79                         6-3        295       Washington – Sp. 5.2    Rating 60                     
Physical dependable iron man for the Huskies, earning Pac-12 first and second team honors his final two seasons. Starter at center for two seasons with experience at both guard and left tackle. Shows a well-rounded blend of intelligence, durability, leadership, and sound performance. Possesses a squatty body, short arms (31.5”) and small hands (8.5”). He has good footwork and lined up at left tackle in a pinch despite his physical limitations. Best suited as an inline mauler. As a run blocker, his snaps are fast and accurate, whether shotgun or conventional. Gets his hands on the defender with fine quickness. Gritty and determined in his efforts to sustain. He has the quickness and footwork to handle short-pulls and can eliminate quicker smaller defenders on the outside. Climbs to the 2nd level pretty well but frequently does not get a hat on a hat to mirror, wall off and sustain. In pass-protection, he shows good awareness for blitzes, stunts and twists. Sustains pretty well whether blocking against power or quickness. Usually shows good balance and plays the game on his feet. Big strong zero or one technique nose tackles can bull rush him. Mediocre in his COD which can expose him with savvy interior pass rushers use a counter move. Despite above average bench press reps, is not a real power player. Can be effective on short pulls and inside traps. Gets his hands on the DT quickly and with good placement. Keeps a wide base under him with good balance. Rarely ends up on the ground, though lacks the overall physical capability to dominate much in one-on-one matchups. Gets good arm extension, but often does not stay engaged. Most effective when helping out the guards on combo blocks and cleaning things up. At the NFL Combine, came in at 6’3” and 292 lbs. with 31 1/2” arms. He did not lift. Ran a 5.21 time with a 26.5” VL and a 9’2” BJ. Shuttle of 4.59 and 7.62 three cone. Likely will not get drafted, though has good technique and intangibles to be a priority UDFA. Make it grade to surprise.

9 Brian Allen #65                      6-1        300       Michigan St – Sp. 5.30               Rating 60                     
Squatty finesse senior center has been a fixture on the Spartans’ line for the past four seasons. Earned Big Ten honorable mention the final two years. Started final 26 games of his career with 36 starts of 49 contests at all the interior positions. Relies on leverage and technique to win. Uses a low center of gravity and fine knee bend in single blocking. Best feature may be his very strong active hands that allow him to lock on and control defenders. Shows fine hand placement to go with power. Light on his feet, moves well and stays under control. He was a championship wrestler in high school, so he has the understanding of leverage and balance that often comes from that experience. Followed in the footsteps of his older brother, Jack, who was also a multi-year starter in the pivot for the Spartans. Uses his impressive core strength to rag doll defenders at times. In this very good center draft class, with fellow Big Ten performers like James Daniels, Mason Cole, and Billy Price getting most of the fanfare, Allen has been underrated while leading a young offensive line where he was surrounded by first year starters. Definitely has the tools and mental makeup to make it. Centers of his type, often last for years in the NFL. Very similar to his brother Jack Allen who was a UDFA in 2015 and made the Saints club. Fine movement skills and able to consistently reach the 2nd level and neutralize backers. Quick into his blocks off the snap with good balance and lateral quickness. As a pass blocker, handles inside quickness very well, showing good knee bend and hand placement. Shows he can handle a bull rush, though perhaps not quite as well as he does against quickness. Fighter with an all-out effort to the whistle. For a zone blocking team, he would be a good addition. While he can sometimes drive a defender off the ball, is best suited for a zone blocking scheme where he can use his fine quick movement skills to seal and wall off an opponent. Similar body type as David Andrews in size and intangibles. Light weight and short armed by NFL standards. Lacks ideal power and can struggle with leverage and gets handled at the point. Effective when left uncovered and can operate in combo blocking with guards. When pass blocking, shows a quick hand punch and set. Gets proper depth to pick up stunts and twists, but can be bull rushed by big tackles. High effort player who lacks ideal length, power and AA. Average athlete with physical limitations will likely cause him to fall in the draft. Struggled at Senior Bowl week vs power defenders. He did not attend the NFL Combine. at 6’1” and 298 lbs. with 32 3/8” arms and 9 1/4” hands. He did 27 reps and 26.5“ VL and an 8’3” BJ. Savvy experienced pivot to compete for a roster spot. Marginal top 250 prospect falls to the late 3rd day or FA where he would be fine value. Gritty blocker with make it grade.

10 Jake Bennett #77                 6-3        290       Colorado St – Sp. 5.2                Rating 60                     
Savvy senior pivot man displays fine technique and intangibles as a two-time MWC performer. Four-year starter became a fixture on the Rams line. Combines adequate size with quick hands and technique to win many matchups despite some athletic limitations. Solid grades as both a run and pass blocker with quick hand punch and nice knee bend. Combines the tools to become an interior NFL lineman with mobility and sound technique to win vs bigger defenders. Very competitive and determined. Leader on the Rams’ line. Snaps are good, clean and crisp and he gets into his blocks sufficiently well. However, he lacks in upper body strength and though he battles to sustain, power players can often fight through his blocks. He can get to the 2nd level and get a hat on a hat vs the linebackers, but there too, he seldom is able to sustain well. Try hard player with good football intelligence, but lacks in any particular redeeming physical traits. Combines agility and technique, though average arms and adequate footwork to move laterally. Shows the ability to bend his knees, utilizing his adequate quickness and foot speed to effectively pass protect or get to the 2nd level. Needs to play with sound hand placement and overall technique to get the most out of his average type athleticism. Consistently reliable pass blocker due to technique, positioning, balance and fine functional strength with sound efficient footwork. Struggles to match up with NFL type nose tackles and win consistently. Needs to develop a stronger punch to gain a quick advantage. Effective when asked to move in space, though limited range and speed. He shows the ability to pull and fit on backers and is effective within short areas where he can win most physical confrontations. He also projects inside to guard where that versatility might help compete for a roster spot. He did not attend the NFL Combine. Tough blocker with the talent to develop further, though must up to the challenge vs NFL interior defenders. He is not the prospect former Ram center and #2 pick Wes Richburg was coming out in 2014. Prospect with the physical tools and intangibles to challenge for roster spot. Blue-collar savvy lineman with athletic and size limitations. Shows the flexibility,  strength and technique to find a way to earn a roster spot and possibly start in time. Tough hard working prospect with an attitude to continue to improve and be a good late addition with the makeup to be surprise. Marginal top 250 prospect.

11 Austin Golson                                  6-5          310         Auburn – Sp. 5.3                                  Rating 60
12 Austin Kuhnert                               6-4          305         North Dakota St – Sp. 5.2                 Rating 60
13 Erick Wren                                       6-1          320         Oklahoma – Sp. 5.3                            Rating 58
14 Alex Officer                                      6-4          340         Pittsburgh – Sp. 5.4                            Rating 58
15 Alan Knott                                        6-4          290         South Carolina – Sp. 5.2                    Rating 58
16 Coleman Thomas                           6-5          305         Tennessee – Sp. 5.2                             Rating 58
17 Austin Schlottman                          6-6          300         TCU – Sp. 5.3                                      Rating 58
18 Nico Falah                                        6-4          285         USC – Sp. 5.3                                       Rating 58
19 Cameron Dillard                             6-4          310         North Carolina – Sp. 5.4                    Rating 58
20 Brad Lundblade                             6-3          300         Oklahoma St – Sp. 5.3                        Rating 58
21 Patrick Morris                                 6-3          300         TCU – Sp. 5.3                                       Rating 58
22 Eric Gallo                                         6-2          300         Virginia Tech – Sp. 5.4                      Rating 58
23 Patrick Kugler                                 6-5          305         Michigan – Sp. 5.3                              Rating 58
24 J.C. Hassenauer                             6-2          295         Alabama – Sp. 5.3                                Rating 56
25 Mason Hampton                            6-3          300         Boise St – Sp. 5.2                                 Rating 56
26 A.J. McCollum                                6-2          310         Arizona St – Sp. 5.3                             Rating 56
27 Jacob Ohnesorge                            6-2          290         South Dakota St – Sp. 5.2                  Rating 56
28 Andrew Marshall                           6-4          285         Georgia Tech – Sp. 5.3                       Rating 56
29 Andy Dodd                                      6-4          345         McNeese St – Sp. 5.5                          Rating 56
30 Jacob Judd                                     6-3          300         Western Illinois – Sp. 5.4                  Rating 56
31 Kyle Chung                                      6-3          300         Virginia Tech – Sp. 5.3                       Rating 56
32 Jonathan Huckins                         6-4          290         Colorado – Sp. 5.3                               Rating 56
33 Brad North                                      6-2          290         Northwestern – Sp. 5.4                      Rating 56
34 Austin Davis                                    6-4          290         Duke – Sp. 5.3                                     Rating 56
35 Aaron Mitchell                                6-2          305         Fresno St – Sp. 5.4                             Rating 56

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2018 Yearbook – Tight Ends

Draft Insiders’ – 2018 NFL Draft Yearbook

     Draft Insiders.com – 27th Season –
Published by NFL scout Frank Coyle and staff

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 Tight Ends – Grade: B 

   Positional Overview:
This year’s group of tight ends features several highly regarded players, such as Dallas Goedert, Mike Gesicki, Mark Andrews and Hayden Hurst who will come off the board in the early rounds. Goedert is our #1 prospect and has a top 40 ranking. He could be a surprise late first round selection and is an emerging blue-chip player. Gesicki may be the best vertical threat at the position with impact run after the catch ability. He is on bubble for the 1st round with advanced receiving skills. This class should see another 2-3 players selected in the top 100 selections. Mark Andrews has a fine physical skill set to win a starting role as a both a blocker and receiver. Hayden Hurst could move into a mid-2nd day selection. Hurst is an emerging receiver with an NFL starting grade.  The top four players are intriguing prospects and figure to help early in the passing game. There are as many as 8-10 future NFL starters in this class, along with another 6-8 fine #2 and H-back performers. Many tight ends are one-dimensional with an emphasis on receiving in today’s game. Chris Herndon and Tyler Conklin are prospects to watch and receivers who can make a difference in a pro offense. Small college athlete, Dallas Goedert is our highest rated prospect from the lower level in over ten years. He has impact ability with the skill set to be a complete player. This position could provide as many as 15-20 players drafted with most in the middle to late rounds. This position has recently played a big part in pro offenses with performers being used in hybrid roles.  Jordan Thomas is a huge sleeper with starting potential if he continues to develop and settles into an offense. Jordan Akins is an interesting prospect and a late developing player with a big upside after some time in a pro system.

 NFL Teams in need:
    1 Jets                     4. Patriots
2 Dolphins            5 . Steelers
3 Seahawks           6. Jaguars

NFL Premier Player
 Rob Gronkowski
Blue Chip – Dallas Goedert
Red Chip – Mike Gesicki
Rising – Hayden Hurst
Falling – Troy Fumagalli
Underrated – Durham Smythe
Overrated – Will Dissly
Sleeper – David Wells
Boom/Bust – Ian Thomas
Hidden Starter – Chris Herndon
Long Term Gem – Hayden Hurst

Positional Traits
Best Athlete – Mike Gesicki
Best Hands – Dallas Goedert
Fastest – Mike Gesicki
Quickest – Mike Gesicki
Best Runner – Hayden Hurst
Inline Blocker – Durham Smythe
Block on Move – Dallas Goedert
Run after Catch – Mike Gesicki
Ball Instincts – Dallas Goedert
Most Developed – Dallas Goedert

Top Tight End Prospects   
1 Dallas Goedert – South Dakota St
2 * Mark Andrews – Oklahoma
3 Mike Gesicki – Penn St
4 * Hayden Hurst – South Carolina
5 Durham Smythe – Notre Dame
6 Ian Thomas – Indiana
7 * Dalton Schultz – Stanford
8 Troy Fumagalli – Wisconsin
9 Christopher Herndon – Miami
10 Tyler Conklin – Central Michigan
11 Ryan Izzo – Florida St.
12 David Wells – San Diego St
13 Will Dissly – Washington
14 Marcus Baugh – Ohio St
15 Jordan Thomas – Mississippi St
16 Cam Serigne – Wake Forest
17 Deon Yelder – Western Kentucky
18 Shane Wimann – Northern Illinois
19 * Jordan Akins – Central Florida
20 Garrett Dickerson – Northwestern

     Adam Breneman – UMass – retired/medical

Tight Ends

1 Dallas Goedert #86 – South Dakota St       6-5       255       – Sp. 4.80 
  Player Comparison: Jason Witten            Rating 89
Long athletic physical specimen was a vital part of the SD St offense while starting during his final three seasons. Earned FCS All-American honors his last two campaigns. Big angular athlete with natural soft hands and fine agility to be a big factor in the passing game. Incredible production at the FCS level and defied double coverage in many key situations. The best average yards per reception for any tight end in the draft and indicative of his ability to stretch the middle of the field and make plays after the reception. Huge frame and long arms (34”) with natural hands and deceptive speed due to his long smooth strides. His height and long length plus his leaping ability allow him to extend for high passes and make him a tough physical mismatch for any defender. Played a variety of ways including inline, split wide or flexed out and H-back. Most diverse TE prospect in this talented group. Knows how to use his size well, whether it is blocking for the running game or using his wide wingspan as a receiver. Attacks the defender with his long strides, can explode out of his breaks and create separation and runs precise routes. Uses his big frame to shield defenders and snatch the ball in the air, relying on his large naturally soft hands. Lacks power as a drive blocker, but shows above average technique to effectively wall off a defender, sustain, and keep him out of the play. Slender athlete and would benefit from strength work and additional muscle to compete in the physical NFL game.
The Numbers:  As a senior, he started all 14 games and caught 72 passes for 1111 yards, 15.4 yard average and 7 TDs while earning 1st team All-American honors. As a junior, he started all 13 games and made 92 catches for 1293 yards for a 14.1 average and 11 TDs. Over his career, he totaled 198 catches for 2988 yards for an impressive 15.1 yard average and 21 TDs. He has the potential to be a nice NFL playmaker. At the NFL Combine, he checked in at 256 lbs. and 6’5” with 34” arms and 10” hands. He did 23 reps, but did not workout due to a hamstring pull. Similar to Jason Witten in size, mobility and overall skill set. Also, physically and athletically similar to Pro Bowler Rob Gronkowski.
The Skinny: Talented fluid well-rounded prospect with huge upside as a pro. Long receiver with the speed to stretch the seam in the vertical game and capable of surprising and becoming an early starter. Dangerous red zone receiver with impact ability. Developed prospect with the talent to become a major weapon. Rising top 60-75 prospect with developed receiving skills to give a team a different dimension. Nice upside as a blocker. Probable early 2nd round pick with a high ceiling for today’s game. Surprise late first round selection with Patriots interested.
Draft Projection: 2nd Round

2 * Mark Andrews #81 – Oklahoma                   6-4       255       – Sp. 4.55 
  Player Comparison: Hunter Henry                                             Rating 85
Productive fourth-year junior has been a dependable all-around tight end in the Sooners’ potent offense. Won the Mackey award, symbolic of the nation’s best tight end. Earned three consecutive Big 12 first team honors working with QB Baker Mayfield as his primary outlet receiver. Played in 40 games after converting from wide receiver and became one of the best red zone receivers in the nation during his career. Finished with 22 TDs receiving. Tall, muscular physique with good arm length and hands to be a big factor in a pro offense. Shows the natural tools to be much more of a receiving threat at the next level though with his big powerful frame, strong hands and ease of movement skills. Lined up all over the place, including inline, on a wing, as an H-Back, out wide or from the fullback spot. Runs crisp routes, extends for the ball well and is a natural hands catcher. Can pluck in stride, turn up field and run well after the catch. Will scrap for every yard after contact. As a blocker, he needs work especially technique to utilize his strong frame. Capable of being a good blocker, but fails to engage properly and use his strong frame. Effective blocking on the move and fits on backers well. Fails to lock on, sustain and keeps his feet moving when blocking inline. Often moves across the formation after the snap to seal off the outside linebacker. Coordinated movements and gets good fits blocking outside. Needs to develop his natural talent to grade higher as an inline blocker if he expects to win a starting job in the NFL. Fine prospect and physical specimen who has the package to be a complete starter, though not fully there.
The Numbers:  As a senior, he started 14 games and caught 62 passes for 958 yards, 15.5 yard average and 8 TDs that earned 1st team Big 12 honors. As a junior, he started 13 games and made 31 catches for 489 yards for a 15.8 average and 7 TDs. Over his career, he totaled 112 catches for 1765 yards, a 15.8 yard average and 22 TDs. Talented receiver with nice level of development in that area from a few alignments. He has the potential to be a better pro than collegian. At the NFL Combine, he checked in at 256 lbs. and 6’5” with 32 ½” arms and 9 ½” hands. Did 17 reps and ran a 4.58 sprint time. He did a 31” VL, 9’5” BJ, 4.38 shuttle and 7.34 three cone. He looked strong in the positional drills. Similar to Hunter Henry in size, mobility and skill set.
The Skinny:  Needs to show a blue-collar attitude as a blocker to earn the starting job. Capable of surprising and becoming an early starter. Contributor in a number of roles especially as a receiver. Eventually a complete performer with deceptive speed. Underrated addition with the talent to be a rookie starter. Top 50 prospect with well-developed receiving skills and upside to impress early and become a solid starter once he settles into an offense. Probable 2nd round selection and eventually complete prospect with blocking development.
Draft Projection: 2nd Round
                                                                                               
3 Mike Gesicki #88 – Penn St                        6-5       250       – Sp. 4.55 
Player Comparison: Jimmy Graham                                       Rating 85
Talented, athletic flex tight end has been a key part of the potent Nittany Lion offense since starting late in his freshman season. Earned All-American honors in 2017 and completed his career with a very impressive NFL Combine workout. As a pass receiver, displays soft natural hands and is very comfortable extending and catching away from his body. Adept at adjusting to off target throws and hauling them in. Smooth catching crossing routes in stride, even against very tight coverage and can be a fine runner after the catch. Reliable as a check down receiver in the flat, curls or crossing routes. Fine length and frame to add weight. Very good speed and leaping ability that creates difficult mismatches for any defense. Shows a nice feel for finding soft spots in the short and middle zones and knows how to slide laterally and give his QB an open target. Very effective weapon in the red zone with 14 of his 15 career TDs over the past two seasons. Frame to get bigger with his weight fluctuating from the mid 230s to mid 240s and appears lean in that weight range. Willing blocker, but marginally effective. Capable of turning his man out and mirror off on outside. Struggles drive blocking an opponent off the line, though able to lock often and keep the defender out of the play. Blocked effectively on the 2nd level when lined up at the flex spot or as a move H-back. Displays good extension and balance, but marginal strength to move defenders out of the hole.
The Numbers:  As a senior, he started 13 games and caught 57 passes for 563 yards for a 9.9 yard average and 9 TDs that earned 1st team Big Ten. As a junior, he started 14 games and made 48 catches for 679 yards for a 13.1 average and 5 TDs. Over his career, he totaled 129 catches for 1481 yards and 15 TDs. He has the potential to be a better pro than collegian. At the NFL Combine, he checked in at 247 lbs. and 6’6” with 34 1/8” arms and big 10 1/4” hands. He did 22 reps and ran a 4.54 sprint time. He did a 41.5” VL, 10’9” BJ, 4.10 shuttle and 6.76 three cone. He looked strong in the positional drills. Similar to Jimmy Graham in mobility and skill set.
The Skinny:  Smooth fluid mover with natural receiving skills. Contributor in a number of roles especially as an H-back performer with the movement skills to be a fine complimentary weapon. Blue chip athlete with highly developed receiving skills to be a difference maker in the pro game. Well-developed top 60 prospect with upside to start early in the right system that plays multiple sets and uses an H-back regularly. Probable 2nd day pick and one of the best receiving tight ends in this good draft class. Impact addition and significant red zone factor, though a one-dimensional performer currently.
Draft Projection: 2nd Round

4 * Hayden Hurst #81 – South Carolina            6-4       250       – Sp. 4.70
      Player Comparison: Tyler Eifert                                                          Rating 83
Athletic mobile overage junior flashed big play talent in 2017 that led to declaring for the NFL Draft. A former baseball player will be a 25-year-old rookie after being a walk-on at SC. Earned SEC first team honors. Set new school records for the position. Lined up more as a flex performer over his two starting seasons at South Carolina. Fluid athlete with top athleticism to press the middle of the field and naturally run the seam. Agile and flexible to change directions or go up for the ball. Natural hands catcher with run after the catch ability that is just being tapped into after only two starting seasons. Fast developing receiver with huge upside as a vertical threat. Angular specimen with growth potential which will help him improve as a blocker. Long arms (32 ¾”), footwork and agility to be an effective movement blocker with further technique work. Greatest asset is his raw playmaking ability. Early contribution as flex receiver and H-back with the receiving skills to become a difference maker. High grades for top overall development and receiving skills. Improving route runner with good instincts to read and adjust to coverage. Able to catch outside the frame with a huge receiving radius. Settles in the soft spots in zones to move the chains. Dangerous on crossing routes with fine run after the catch ability and speed to break a play. Must improve getting off the line and beating the jam to get a clean release. Needs work at the breakpoint to separate better and improve his footwork. Tough in the shorter zones on hooks, curls and underneath routes with good hands and the ability to adjust. Separates well and snatches the ball in a crowd. Difficult red zone receiver and a tough matchup in single coverage, though has a limited route tree. As blocker, he is quick on the snap with angular athletic frame, though only marginal hand usage with an inconsistent surge at the point of attack. Needs development blocking, including better hand placement, lower body power and footwork. In limited time inline, he graded out only marginal as a blocker, relying more on athleticism than sound technique and functional strength. Frame to fill out and be more an effective inline blocker. As a move blocker, gets into opponent on 2nd level and shows quickness to sustain. On the move, shows the talent to seal and neutralize with the agility to reach backers, though needs technique and strength work to grade out average.
The Numbers:  As a junior, he started 13 games and caught 44 passes for 559 yards, a 12.7 yard average and 2 TDs, earning 1st team SEC honors. As a sophomore, he started all 13 games and totaled 48 receptions for 616 yards and 1 TDs, earning SEC honorable mention. At the NFL Combine, he checked in at 250 lbs. and over 6’4” with 32 3/4” arms and 9 3/4” hands. He ran a 4.67 time and did not lift. Added a 31.5” VJ and a 10’ BJ with 4.37 shuttle and 7.19 three cone. Looked good in the positional drills with the agility to adjust to the pass. Similar to Tyler Eifert and Jordan Cameron in size, potential, AA and receiving radius.
The Skinny:  Mobile sure handed prospect with good athleticism to play in a multiple set attack with fast developing skills and LOD as a receiver. Nice addition with the physical talent to give an offense versatility and a playmaker. As a receiver, he has upside as a playmaker with soft hands, fine movement skills and good speed to stretch the seam. Versatile athlete and top 100 prospect and rising 2nd day addition with the talent to become an NFL surprise in the right offense, though one dimensional. Big play potential with route work and defense recognition improvement.
Draft Projection: 3rd Round

5 Durham Smythe #80 – Notre Dame                6-5       255       – Sp. 4.80         
     Player ComparisonAnthony Fasano                                                Rating 80
Strong fifth year senior was a dependable well rounded veteran who started two seasons for the Irish. Long strong frame with natural movement skills and the functional strength to be a complete NFL starter. Unfortunately, he played in the struggling Irish offense that relied on power ground game featuring Josh Adams. Tall, muscular physique with average 31 3/4” arms and 9 1/4” hands and capable of lining up inline, the flex role or H-back position with equal success. Gives an offense a highly developed versatile performer for a multitude of sets. Reliable weapon in the passing game with natural talent to give an offense a threat in the short, middle or deep seam. As a receiver, he was very underutilized with most of his responsibilities as a blocker. Irish passers have been very inconsistent over the past three seasons. Displays sure hands and the ability to extend and pluck the ball and secure it. Shows ability to find holes in coverage as well as separate and use his long frame to lay off or shield defenders. Though not an explosive performer, he gets off the line nicely and efficiently to get into his routes with fine footwork to create consistent separation. Big powerful frame, strong hands and ease of movement skills to continue to develop. Runs crisp routes, extends for the ball well and is a natural hands catcher. Can catch in stride, turn up field and run well after the catch and will fight for every yard. Very likely the best blocker in this class with further upside. Equally effective blocking on the move, inline, or in pass protection, where he is like a sixth offensive lineman. Locks on, sustains well and keeps his feet moving when blocking inline. Often moves across the formation after the snap to seal off the front side defensive end or outside linebacker. Coordinated movements and gets good fits blocking outside on the 2nd level consistently. Takes pride in his blocking ability also and it was vital to the balanced Irish attack. Fine all-around prospect and physical specimen with starting grade.
The Numbers:  As a senior, he started 13 games and caught 15 passes for 244 yards and 1 TD. As a junior, he started 12 games and made 9 catches for 112 yards for a 12.4 average and 4 TDs. Over his career, he totaled 28 catches for 381 yards and 6 TDs. He has the potential to be a much better pro than collegian. At the NFL Combine, he checked in at 253 lbs. and 6’5” with 31 3/4” arms and 9 1/4” hands. He ran a 4.81 time with a 31” VL and a 9’2” BJ. Added 18 reps along with 4.23 shuttle and a 7.17 three cone. Similar to Anthony Fasano in size, mobility, development and skill set.
The Skinny:  Blue-collar prospect who is capable of becoming a complete starter with development. Contributor in a number of roles especially as an inline blocker and short zone receiver. Eventually a two-way performer with above average type speed. Rated a top 100 athlete here, but not used properly to showcase his talent. Marginal top 125-150 prospect currently with well-developed skill set and the upside to become a solid starter once he settles into a system. Major steal for the patient club that gets him into system as a #2 and use him properly both inline and as a move performer. Highly underrated prospect with the complete package to be a fine NFL starter in time.
Draft Projection: 4th-5th Round

6 Ian Thomas #80 – Indiana                              6-4       260       – Sp. 4.65
   Player Comparison    Clive Walford                                                      Rating 78
Long athletic physical specimen was a vital part of the Hoosiers’ offense during his breakout 2017 season. Looks the part with an athletic frame, long arms and deceptive speed to continue to develop. Earned some Big Ten honors in 2017 that warranted an invitation to the Senior Bowl. His height and long length allow him to extend and pull down the high passes and make him a physical mismatch for most linebackers and defensive backs. Among the best average per reception for any tight end in the draft and indicative of his ability to stretch the middle of the field. Used mainly as a move tight end rather than inline and currently one-dimensional for his early NFL career. Learning how to use his size well, whether as a blocker for the running game or using his wide wingspan as a receiver. Runs good routes and eats up the cushion of the defender with his long strides. Comes out of his breaks to create separation, though needs work at the breakpoint to run disciplined routes. When the ball is in the air he knows how to go get it using his large sure hands to secure the catch. As a drive blocker, he is not as effective and displays inconsistent hand usage and shows only average functional power to get movement at the point. He can effectively wall off a defender, sustain, and keep him out of the play. Needs to use his muscular frame better to compete in the more physical NFL game.
The Numbers:  As a senior, he started 10 games and caught 25 passes for 376 yards, 15 yard average and 5 TDs while earning Big Ten honorable mention. As a junior, he started 1 of 13 games and made 3 catches for 28 yards and no TDs. He has the potential to be a nice NFL playmaker. At the NFL Combine, he checked in at 259 lbs. and 6’4”. He did not lift but ran a fine 4.65 sprint time. He did a 36” VL, 10’3” BJ, 4.20 shuttle and 7.15 three cone. He looked strong in the positional drills. He is similar to Clive Walford in size, mobility and overall skill set.
The Skinny:  Long receiver with the speed to stretch the seam in the vertical game. Capable of surprising and becoming a starter as a flex pass catcher. Dangerous red zone receiver. Rising middle round addition with the talent to be a weapon with definite upside as a pro. Top 125 prospect with developed receiving skills to give a team a different dimension in the middle. Probable early 3rd day pick with a high ceiling for today’s game, though still raw in many aspects of the game and needs time to develop.
Draft Projection: 4th-5th Round

7 * Dalton Schultz #9 – Stanford                       6-5       245       – Sp. 4.75 
     Player Comparison: Gary Barnridge                                              Rating 75
Lanky mobile fourth year junior hopes to follow a long history of Cardinal tight ends on to the NFL. Tall athlete with sure hands to be a two-way pro with further development. Long frame for the position with underdeveloped physique, though definite growth potential to add 10-20 lbs. Technically sound blocker with good extension and hand usage to gain control over a defender. Thin base with marginal power to drive an opponent off the line, though he is a battler with a sound technique. He was a key blocker in the success of tailback Bryce Love who had an incredible 2017 season. As a pass receiver, shows good movement and receiving skills. He uses his basketball background and leaping ability to get off the ground and compete for the ball at its apex. Effective at using his frame to box out defenders and secure the pass. Shows fine hands and the ability to adjust and haul in off target throws. Erratic catching the ball at times with only minimal opportunities. Possesses slightly better than average speed for the position, though he gets good separation from defenders with nice footwork at the breakpoint. As a run blocker, he shows sound technique and footwork with marginal strength for blocking in line. At times, he can struggle to lock on, control and sustain, lacking the power and core strength to move defenders off the line. Usually effective when called upon to seal the edge, though most of his experience was on the move. Struggles facing defensive ends. Usually aligned as an H-back move role that allows him to get into a route easily. Projects well as an H-back which minimizes his strength and physicality issues. When he has the ball in his hands after the catch though, he can be a powerful and determined runner. Uses a stiff arm to keep tacklers at bay and will lower his shoulder upon contact and drive for extra yardage. Aided by the versatility to line up effectively at either inline or H-back.
The Numbers:  As a junior, he made 22 catches for 212 yards for a 9.6 yard average and 3 TDs in 11 starts. As a sophomore, he started 13 games and made 23 catches for 222 yards for a 9.7 average and 1 TDs. For his career, he played in 38 games and totaled 55 receptions for 555 yards, a 10.1 yard average and 5 TDs. He has the potential to be a better pro than collegian. At the NFL Combine, he checked in at 244 lbs. and 6’5”. He did 15 reps and ran a 4.75 time and did a 32” VL and 10’ BJ with 4.40 shuttle and 7.0 three cone drills. Looked good in the positional drills. Similar to  in size, mobility, speed and skills.
The Skinny:  Falling prospect off average production and concerns related to inline blocking at the NFL level. Capable of surprising and becoming a quality early #2 performer. Contributor in a number of roles especially as an H-back and short zone receiver. Eventually with strength and technique development can become a solid pro inline blocker. Underrated 3rd day addition with the talent to improve. Top 200 prospect with developing blocking technique and improving receiving skill set. Upside to become a key role player once he settles into an offense. Good late addition with skills to be a two-way performer.
Draft Projection: 5th-6th Round

8 Christopher Herndon #23 – Miami (Fl)            6-4        250       – Sp. 4.65         
   Player Comparison: Eric Ebron                                                                     Rating 75
Mobile senior tight end with nice versatility and consistent production over two starting seasons. Final season ended with a late November 2017 knee injury which terminated any postseason workouts. His pro career will probably be delayed until early 2018. Displays fine receiving skills with sound routes, soft hands and keen understanding of roles. Lines up at multiple spots – wideout, inline, flex and the H-back roles with equal success. Displays the ability to catch outside the frame and body control to adjust for difficult receptions. Able to use his athletic frame, leaping ability and overall agility to shield defenders away from the ball. As inline blocker, gets good leverage with only marginal functional strength. Gets into an opponent quickly with an adequate hand placement and footwork to wall off an opponent. Lacks the leg strength to drive and get consistent movement. Seals the corner well and effective on the move. Developed receiver for package offensive schemes. Creates separation and provides a fine target especially in short and red zones. Good deceptive speed to get into deep seam, though mainly a threat in the short and intermediate zones with ability to settle into holes in coverage and provide a consistent target. Developing route tree and good movement skills to create a difficult matchup. Versatile weapon on the clock with ability to lineup at multiple spots vs set scheme.
The Numbers: As a senior, he started 11 games before a knee injury ended his Miami career. He caught 40 passes for 477 yards for an 11.9 yard average and 4 TDs. Earned 2nd team ACC honors. As a junior, he caught 28 passes for 334 yards and 2 TDs. Over his career, he totaled 86 receptions for 1048 yards and 7 TDs for over 12 yards per reception. At the NFL Combine, he came in at 6’2” and 231 lbs. with 33” arms. He did not workout other than adding 21 reps.
The Skinny:  Athletic developed receiver with soft hands and the separation speed to be a factor in a passing game. He is a good runner after the catch with the speed to break plays and make yardage. He will catch in traffic, as well as fight for yardage after the catch. Speed to stretch the field and a threat in the seam. Fine receiving skills gives an offense an added dimension. Natural pass catcher and a high-level H-back prospect and similar in many ways to Dwayne Allen in size, AA and receiving skills. Marginal top 150 prospect off his injury. One-dimensional performer with well-rounded receiving skills. Versatile playmaker with starting potential, especially as an H-back performer. Falling prospect off his MCL knee injury, though a late steal if he falls to the latter 3rd day.
Draft Projection: 5th-6th Round

9 Troy Fumagalli #81 – Wisconsin                    6-5       250       – Sp. 4.85 
   Player Comparison: Kevin Boss                                                         Rating 70
Lanky senior has been very productive over his Badger career, providing a consistent sure target in the short and intermediate zones. Performed well in their nationally ranked power ground game where he was an effective blocker, in addition to his fine receiving skills. As a receiver, he is a straight-line runner who gets off the line nicely and runs precise routes. He uses his tall frame to create a fine target especially in the short zones. Displays sure hands despite missing a left index finger from birth. Very reliable pass catcher who sits nicely in coverage with body control to snatch passes in a crowd. Working mostly in the short zones, he is a reliable pass catcher who moves the chains consistently. Able to use every inch of his size and reach to extend for errant passes or get down low and scoop them in at his shoe tops. Makes difficult catches look easy with some of the most spectacular and clutch receptions in recent memories. Long lanky frame with room to add some more muscle mass. Possesses only adequate speed, though savvy knowing openings in coverage. Enough speed to at least be a threat to challenge the seam. As a blocker, he is effective and competitive, but fails to show an explosive burst off the line to get consistent movement. Able to lock on to an opponent and keep his feet driving to fight defenders. Able to wall off and mirror edge defenders.
The Numbers: As a senior, he started 12 games and caught 46 passes for 547 yards with 4 TDs and an 11.9 yard average per catch, earning some Big Ten honors. As a junior, he started 14 games and caught 47 passes for 580 yards and 2 TDs. Over his career, he caught 135 passes for 1627 yards receiving and 7 TDs. At the NFL Combine, he checked in at 247 lbs., 6’5” with 32” arms. Did 14 reps and no other events due to a hip injury. Similar in many ways to Scott Chandler in size, speed, AA and receiving skills. Growth potential and the frame to carry in the 260 lbs. range.
The Skinny: Solid athlete with fast improving LOD to help immediately at either TE or H-back. Provides a reliable outlet target with wide receiver type catching skills to be a factor in a passing game. As a blocker, he needs development especially from an overall strength perspective. Knows where to break off routes and sit in holes. Probably slides into the middle of the 3rd day. Good prospect with well-rounded and developing talent to become a good #2 tight end in time and a possible NFL starter. Nice upside once he settles into an offense. Clubs like the Packers, Patriots and Jets interested. Marginal top 150 prospect.
Draft Projection: 5th-6th Round

10 Tyler Conklin #83 – Central Michigan          6-3       255       – Sp. 4.80         
     Player Comparison: Coby Fleener                                                        Rating 65
Aggressive senior tight end has been a force in the MAC the past three seasons, operating mainly as an H-back. Earned MAC honors following his final two seasons. Former basketball player with fine receiving skills to continue to develop at the NFL level. Made a nice conversion to the CM football team. Adequate size with fine mobility and natural hands and agility to fill all the roles of a pro H-back. As a blocker, he lacks strength with adequate technique to grade out only average during his career. Primarily used as a very effective H-back where he was a very reliable pass catcher with good run after the catch abilities. Shows quickness on the snap with proper hand position to gain early control of a defender though marginal strength and power to get movement and sustain. Effective on the 2nd level where he fits on backers consistently. As an outlet receiver or safety valve, he is especially dangerous on the shallow cross when he secures the ball and turns upfield. Shows he will fight for extra yardage with deceptively good power. Understands coverage and holes in zones with the ability to sit and provide a good target. Gains separation with good footwork at the breakpoint. Sure-handed weapon in red zone to beat single coverage and use his lanky frame to shield a defender from the ball. Blocking is a liability currently. Fires off the ball well, but needs further technique and strength work to get consistent movement. Uses his average frame, good footwork and arms adequately in space. Able to down block effectively and finishes well. Nice complimentary H-Back type. Can surprise blocking on the 2nd level.
The Numbers:  As a senior, his production fell due to a foot injury. Started 8 games and caught 35 passes for 504 yards, a 14.4 yard average and 5 TDs.  Earned MAC honorable mention. As a junior, he started 13 games and caught 42 passes for 560 yards and 6 TDs, displaying fine receiving skills while being used in a number of roles. Earned MAC 2nd team honors. At the NFL Combine, he checked in at 254 lbs. and 6’3” with 33” arms and 9 ½” hands. He ran a 4.80 time and did 18 reps. Added a 38” VL and a 10’ BJ with 4.23 shuttle and a 7.13 three cone agility drills. Similar to Coby Fleener in potential, mobility and receiving talent.
The Skinny:  Shows developed pass catching ability with good speed to make plays. Marginal functional strength, good footwork and improving technique to carry out the blocking assignments. Can develop into an adequate pro blocker after some work especially his hand usage. Impressive H-back and capable of surprising in camp and become a core role performer in an offense. Definite make it grade there if his foot checks out medically. Late steal as 3rd day addition to become a serviceable backup TE.
Draft Projection: 5th-6th Round

11 * Ryan Izzo #81 – Florida St                         6-5       255       – Sp. 4.90 
    Player Comparison: Luke Willson                                                Rating 65                                            
Competitive mobile senior has started since early in his sophomore season earning ACC honors his final two seasons. Highly rated HS recruit with well rounded skills especially blocking from a few alignments. Well-built deceptive athlete with good footwork and strong hands to be a very developed blocker who equally lined up inline or flexed out. Very aggressive and competitive effort as a blocker. Effective in that role and works hard to sustain, whether blocking inline or on the move. Strong quick hands with good extension to lock on with the agility and knee bend to move his feet. Able to keep his balance and mirror off well with a strong push to consistently get movement once engaged. As a receiver, he snatches the ball with reliable hands to secure it well. Instinctive for finding soft spots in zones to provide a good target, though his production was average working in FSU’s changing QB situation. As a pass catcher, he runs good routes in the short to intermediate areas, while showing fine concentration to extend and catch away from his body. Gives good effort as a runner and will fight for every yard, though only marginal speed. Multi-talented prospect with the skills to fill a few key roles immediately which enhances his value. Early high level #2 performer with versatility.  As a senior, he started 9 of 13 games and recorded 20 catches for 317 yards, 15.9 yard average and 3 TDs. Earned 2nd team ACC honors. Participated in the Senior Bowl after the season. Displayed reliable hands and body control at practices. Over the 2016 season, started 13 games and caught 19 passes for 227 yards and 1 TD. Most of his receptions went for first downs. At the NFL Combine, checked in at just under 6’5” and 255 lbs. with 32 1/8” arms and 9” hands. He did 18 reps and ran 4.94 time with a 33” VL and 9’2” BJ. Added a 4.43 shuttle and a 7.15 three cone. Tough prospect with fast developing skills and good understanding of passing game. Gets open consistently. Potential to be an early factor in two TE sets. As H-back performer, is efficient and productive. Uses his mobility and developed technique to grade out well as a blocker. Makes good initial contact at the line to be very effective in two TE sets. Mobile well-rounded prospect and top 200 pick with developing physical tools to become a key role performer. Underrated prospect and similar to Luke Willson in size, AA and receiving skills. Likely to hear his name called in the mid-3rd day area. Talent to flourish in systems like the Patriots, Chiefs and Giants. Quality underrated versatile role performer.
Draft Projection: 5th-6th Round

12 David Wells #88 – San Diego St                   6-5       255       – Sp. 4.75          Rating 65
Tall mobile prospect benefited from an invitation to the NFL Combine after a strong late career performance. Two-year starter and earned 2nd team MWC honors his final two seasons. Big body athlete with strong base and good arm length to become a two-way NFL performer. An NFL skill set with good movement skills and receiving talent. Performed well late in his career vs D1 competition. Nice hands with the ability to snatch the ball and make the tough catch. Strong base and nice reach with the functional strength and technique to show fine power especially lower body. Tough matchup where his height, reach and leaping ability gives him a clear advantage. Good functional strength to get consistent movement with nice footwork and technique to carry out blocking assignments. Effective agile wall off blocker and gets consistent arm extension to keep defenders out of the play. As a senior, he caught 9 passes for 133 yards and 2 TDs with outstanding blocking for 2000-yard rusher, Rashaan Penny. Earned 2nd team MWC. As a junior, he started in 14 games and caught 25 passes for 294 yards and 4 TDs, earning 2nd team honors. He was instrumental in the 2000-yard rushing performance of current Eagles’ Donne Pumphrey. At the NFL Combine, he checked in at 256 lbs. and just under 6’6” and 32 1/4” arms. He ran in the 4.75 time and did 20 reps. He added a 33” VL, 9’8” BJ, 4.59 shuttle and 7.50 three cone times. Looked good in the passing drills. Shows well-developed pass catching ability with marginal speed to make plays. Dangerous in the red zone where he provides a huge target. Development to be a quality inline pro blocker after some work especially his hand usage and improved lower body strength. Also, capable of making a roster on his receiving talent and potential. Two-way performer with fine blocking skills to be used in a number of roles. Carries a definite make it grade as a top #2 backup. Good late addition with interesting upside to become a versatile backup and a steal on the late 3rd day. Developing prospect with well-rounded talent to become a solid #2 tight end in time and a possible NFL starter. Nice upside once he settles into an offense. Marginal top 200 prospect.

13 Will Dissly #98 – Washington                      6-4       260       – Sp. 4.85          Rating 65
Physical senior tight end has good size and length to win a backup role as a pro. Two-year starter for the Huskies and used primarily as an inline blocker for their powerful ground game. Strong frame with good arm length (33 ¼”) and violent hands to be a very effective blocker. Wide base to get a powerful push at the line and drive an opponent off the line. He was instrumental in the Huskie relentless rushing attack that ranked nationally. More than a one-dimensional blocker and a deceptive athlete who tested out fairly well in the agility drills. Effective as an outlet receiver or safety valve on hooks and curls in the shorter zones. Can be dangerous on the shallow cross, especially when he turns up field and fights for extra yardage. Shows power, though has only average speed. Blocking is his best asset and is a prospect who was a key part in this balanced attack. Comes off the ball well and gets consistent movement. Uses big frame, good footwork, and long arms well at the POA. Able to down block effectively and can collapse one side of a line when he bends his knees. Capable when blocking on the 2nd level with efficient footwork to take proper angles. Good balance and able to lock on and wall off a backer to sustain and finish. Underrated complimentary #2 for a team with an athletic receiving H-Back type. During his two seasons, he caught only 25 passes mainly in the short zones. As a senior, he started 11 of 13 games and caught 21 passes for 289 yards and 2 TDs. As a junior, he started in 5 of 14 games and caught 4 passes for 47 yards and 1 TD, displaying fine blocking skills while being used in a number of roles. At the NFL Combine, he ran a 4.87 time and added 15 reps, with a 28” VL, 9’3” BJ, a 4.40 shuttle and 7.07 three cone. Shows reliable pass catching ability, though not a threat in the deep seam. Fine functional strength, footwork and technique to carry out all the blocking assignments. Can develop into a good pro blocker after some work especially his hand usage. Physicality inline will impress NFL coaches. Capable of being a surprise in camp. Definite make it grade as a blocking #2 TE. Steal as a 3rd day pick to become a serviceable backup TE.

14 Marcus Baugh #85 – Ohio St                        6-3        245       – Sp. 4.75          Rating 62
Athletic H-back receiving tight end has been a key performer for the Buckeyes filling a few roles in their balanced offense. Mobile performer with the skill set to compete at the next level, but is currently rehabbing 2018 shoulder surgery. Part of the Buckeyes’ four consecutive bowl victories. Quick on the snap and into his routes and can accelerate out of his breaks to gain separation. Natural hands catcher who extends and plucks with long arms. Willing to fight for the ball in a crowd. Receiving skills and physical tools to be a tough match up even vs safeties or linebackers. Well-built with very long arms (33 1/2”) and broad shoulders. Some RAC ability with skills after catch and will compete well for additional yardage. Tracks deeper passes well from all angles. More athlete than complete football player currently. Tools to be a developmental prospect at this point. Good pass catching skills with keen understanding of coverage and ability to get open and sit in holes. Can run deep seam and track ball over his shoulder. When lined up in the slot can create interesting mismatches. Well-rounded natural receiving skill set will allow him to fill H-back role, possibly as rookie. Runs good routes, though can round off his patterns at times. As blocker, needs extensive development and not accomplished especially inline. Marginal hand punch and technique to get into defender with average functional strength to sustain. Currently below average especially inline. Shows the quickness and agility to block on the 2nd level and wall off a defender, though needs further technique and strength development. Developing receiving prospect with good hands and the speed to stretch the field in the deep seam. Speed allows him to break plays that give an offense a dangerous H-back and #2 tight end in time. As a senior, he started 14 games and caught 28 passes for 304 yards a 10.9 yard average and 5 TDs. As a junior in 2016, he played 13 games and caught 24 passes for 269 yards and 2 TDs, earning Big Ten honorable mention. At the NFL Combine, he not lift. He checked in at 247 lbs. at over 6’3” with 10’ Hands. He ran a 4.81 time, 33” VL, 9’9” BJ and a 4.51 shuttle and 7.28 three cone. This is a quality movement player with the hands and running skills to be a factor especially in the red zone. Underrated backup TE and a high-level H-back performer, though he may be limited to that as a pro. Quality one dimensional player must pass the medical to play up to his talent. Marginal top 250 prospect.

15 Jordan Thomas #83 – Mississippi St           6-5       265       – Sp. 4.75          Rating 60
Huge raw athlete came on over his senior season seeing extensive action and showing the skill set to become an NFL starter. Only a one-year starter after a JC career where he was the #1 tight end prospect. Big frame with long arms (34 1/8”) and huge (11”) hands. He moves well for a player of his dimensions and was used at tight end and wide receiver. Agile tough versatile  tight end became a reliable performer over his short career, making nice late progress. Improved as an inline performer both as a blocker and getting off the line as a receiver. Good size and deceptive speed with further upside to become a potential NFL quality backup. Developing all around receiving skills to compete for time as a big H-Back or blocking #2 type. Quick on snap and uses long arms and technique to gain an advantage. Plays with leverage. Can be an effective blocker including inline or flexed, pass or run blocking. Adequate speed and acceleration with a burst off the line initially into routes to gain separation out of his breaks. Reliable route runner with dependable hands and footwork. Able to find soft spots in short zones and reads coverage fairly well and use his big body to shield off defenders. Lacks second gear to make yardage in open field. Emerging red zone threat with ability to wall off defenders and provide a fine target. Good body control to high point and use his length to adjust to the ball with reliable hands and concentration to make tough catches. Shows good lateral agility to block on the move and fill an H-back role. Adept at combo blocks on defensive ends and gets to 2nd level adequately with the ability to fit on backers. Good length, marginal base to anchor vs big defenders. Developing hand usage to control and adjust to secondary moves. Could use a year in weight program to add strength necessary to be effective pro blocker. As a senior, he started 5 of 13 games and caught 22 passes for 263 yards and 3 TDs. As a junior, he played in 12 games and had 9 catches for 48 yards and 1 TDs. At the NFL Combine, he ran a 4.74 time and did 16 reps with a 27” VL and 9’3” BJ. Added a 4.75 shuttle and a 7.50 three cone. Currently only an adequate blocker with developing receiving skills, though making fast progress. Developing talent to fill all the #2 roles. Moves fairly well for his size and movement skills to be effective. 4Good late round value as a high-level backup with the skill set to get better once he settles into an offense.

16 Cam Serigne #85 – Wake Forest                  6-2       240       – Sp. 4.75          Rating 62
Athletic H-back/tight end has been a two-time ACC performer while becoming the ACC and school’s all-time leader in receptions and receiving yardage. Mobile athlete with smallish frame and good movement skills to compete at the next level. Well-built athlete with average arms and broad shoulders. Quick on the snap and into his routes and can accelerate out of his breaks to gain separation. Natural hands catcher who extends and plucks outside the frame. Willing to fight for the ball in a crowd. Receiving skills and physical tools to be a tough match up for either safeties or linebackers. Good RAC ability with skills after reception and will fight for additional yardage. Dangerous outlet receiver who creates nice separation to provide his QB a fine reliable target. Runs crisp short and intermediate routes, especially crossing routes and outs that are vital to moving the chains. Tracks deeper passes well, though lacks top speed to be a consistent factor in that role. Well-developed pass catching skills with keen understanding of coverage and ability to get open and sit in holes. When lined up in the flex position, he moves well in movement as a hybrid H-back that creates interesting mismatches. Well-rounded natural receiving skills will allow him to fill H-back and fullback roles, possibly as rookie. Runs good routes and a fine fit for today’s NFL game with multiple sets often. As blocker, needs development and is not accomplished overall especially inline. Marginal hand punch and technique to get into defender with average functional strength to sustain. Shows the quickness and agility to block on the 2nd level and to wall off a defender, though needs further technique and strength development. Developed prospect with good hands and deceptive speed allows him to break plays and give an offense a dangerous #2 tight end. As a senior, he started 13 games and caught 44 passes for 556 yards a 12.6 yard average and 9 TDs. Earned 1st team ACC honors. As a junior, he started 12 games, missing the Florida St contest. He caught 30 passes for 426 yards, 14.2 yard average and 3 TDs, earning ACC 3rd team honors. Over his career, he set new ACC records for receptions with 174 catches and 2075 yards. Set school career mark for TD receptions with 21 scores. Performed well at the East-West practices filling all the movement roles. He did not attend the NFL Combine. At his pro day, he checked in at 240 lbs. at 6’2” and ran a 4.97 time. He did 17 reps and added a 32” VL and 9’1” BJ plus 7.09 three cone and 4.34 shuttle drills. High quality movement player with the hands and running skills to be a factor. Underrated backup TE and a developed H-back performer, though he may be limited to that as a pro. Good one-dimensional player with the talent to fill a key early role in an NFL offense. Marginal top 200 prospect and solid role performer.

17 Deon Yelder #19 – Western Kentucky          6-3       255       – Sp. 4.75          Rating 60
Athletic senior has been an unsung performer in the WK potent passing attack which has put up incredible numbers the past few seasons. Strong frame with good footwork to be effective as a two-way performer. Able to down block effectively and can collapse one side of a line when he does. Niftier than one would expect when blocking on the 2nd level. Good base and balance and able to lock on and wall off a backer when called upon to do so. Sustains and finishes well in all facets of blocking while playing to the whistle. Capable of rolling his hips and get consistent movement. Nice complimentary #2 to team with an athletic H-Back type. As a senior, played in 13 games and caught 52 passes for 688 yards and 7 TDs, earning C-USA honorable mention. As a junior, he played in 14 games and displayed fine blocking skills while being used in a number of roles. He had no receiving statistics. Made a huge blocked extra point in double OT vs Middle Tennessee which enabled them win the East division and go on to win the C-USA title. He did not attend the NFL Combine. At his pro day, he checked in at 254 lbs. and 6’4” and ran in the 4.74 time and did 18 reps and added a 33” VL.  Shows developing pass catching ability with deceptive speed to get into the seam and make a play. Fine functional strength and footwork with good technique to carry out blocking assignments. Can develop into a good #2 pro blocker after some work especially his hand usage. Physical inline blocking will impress NFL coaches. Capable of being a surprise in camp with progress as a short zone receiver. Prospect with definite make it grade as a blocker with improving movement skills. Fine late steal to become a serviceable backup and possible lining up at fullback at times. Makeup of a quality special teams’ performer especially blocking field goals.

18 Shane Wimann #35 – Northern Illinois         6-3       250       – Sp. 4.85          Rating 62
Mobile senior tight end with nice versatility and consistent production over his final two starting seasons. Displays fine receiving skills with sound routes and keen understanding of soft spots in coverage. Lined up at multiple spots – inline, fullback and H-back with equal success. Displays the ability to catch outside the frame with the body control to adjust for difficult receptions. Strong frame with nice agility and footwork to both catch and block in a few key roles. Plays with leverage and gets good use of his deceptive lower body strength. Shows soft hands and the developed receiving skills to be a huge factor in the passing game especially the red zone. He is very adept at getting open, displaying quick footwork and the ability to retain his speed at the breakpoint and separate in coverage. He was especially dangerous in the red zone where most of his TD receptions came from over his last two seasons. He uses his strong frame to shield off defenders with the ability to extend and catch the ball naturally. He comes out of a few spots in an offense that creates mismatches vs linebackers and safeties. As an inline blocker, gets good leverage with adequate functional strength. Gets into an opponent quickly with good hand placement and the footwork to wall off. Lacks the leg strength to drive and get consistent movement, though seals the corner very well. He is very effective on the move with the agility to get position on the 2nd level to fit on backers. Highly developed receiver for package offensive schemes. Creates separation and provides a fine target with deceptive speed to get into the seam. Real threat in the short and intermediate zones with ability to settle into holes in coverage and provide a consistent target. His versatility creates a difficult matchup and weapon on the play clock with ability to lineup at multiple spots depending on set scheme. As a senior, he started 12 games and caught 30 passes for 283 yards for a 10 yard average and 7 TDs that earned MAC first team honors. As a junior, he started 12 games and caught 24 passes for 254 yards and 6 TDs and MAC honorable mention. At the NFL Combine, he came in over 6’3” and 251 lbs. with 31” arms and 9 1/8’ hands. He runs in the 4.95 range with 19 reps, 30.5” VL, 9’3” BJ, 4.99 shuttle and 7.20 three cone. Athletic developed receiver with very reliable hands and the separation speed to be a factor in a pro passing game. Good runner after the catch with adequate speed to break plays. He will catch in traffic, as well as fight for yardage after the catch. Fine receiving skills gives an added dimension and a natural pass catcher and a high-level H-back prospect. Marginal top 200 prospect off strong late career production. One of the most underrated prospects in this class. Skills to be a red zone factor and versatile playmaker with starting potential, especially as an H-back.

19 * Jordan Akins #88 – Central Florida           6-3       245       – Sp. 4.90,                     Rating 62
Mobile athletic tight end has been a two-year starter and valuable part of the CF attack after a short baseball career. Earned first team AAC honors for the undefeated Knights. Agile athlete with nice movement skills and the fine length and the leaping ability to be a difficult matchup for defensive backs. Shows soft hands and good body control to become a hybrid tight end/wideout with quality skill set. Changed positions from wide receiver to tight end in the spring of 2017 to take advantage of his 6-3, 245 lb. frame and athletic potential as both a blocking and pass-catching tight end. Versatile to fill a few roles though most of his contribution will be as a receiver from different formations. As a receiver, he looks natural with soft hands and fine hand-eye coordination. Can catch the ball smoothly over his shoulder in full stride and able to adjust for off target throws and pluck the ball out of the air with ease. Effective on crossing routes where he can catch the ball, turn up field and make yardage with his long strides. His blocking needs work, though he is adequate on the move as an H-Back where he can motion behind the formation and strike a backer. As an inline performer, he is inconsistent to lock on and sustain with marginal movement most of the time. In 2017, he started 11 games and caught 32 passes for 515 yards, 16.1 yard average and 4 TDs, earning 1st team honors. In 2016, he started 7 of 13 games and caught 23 passes for 347 yards and 2 TDs. At the NFL Combine, he came in at 6’3” and 249 lbs. but did not workout due to a knee injury. Chance to compete at the next level if his injuries are behind him. Definitely talented as a receiver to become a factor in the multiple sets. Must continue to work on his blocking to become adequate in all areas. Good late gamble with upside potential. Projection to tweener with minimal experience in flex role, though has the hybrid physical skills to surprise.

20 Garrett Dickerson #9 – Northwestern          6-2       245       – Sp. 4.75          Rating 60
Athletic ‘Superback’ has been a valuable part of the Wildcats’ attack since midway of his sophomore season. Earned Big Ten honors his final two seasons. Good movement performer with the speed, hands and agility to become a factor in an NFL offense. Fluid player with good initial quickness off the line and the footwork to run routes and gain separation. Strong despite his average frame. Versatile and effective in all aspects of tight end play. Can block well on the move as an H-Back/fullback where he can motion behind the formation and seal the edge very effectively. Able to lock on and sustain inline and get some movement most of the time. As a receiver, he looks very natural. Possesses soft hands and fine hand-eye coordination. Can catch the ball smoothly over his shoulder in full stride. Able to adjust for off target throws and pluck them out of the air with ease. Effective on crossing routes where he can catch the ball, turn upfield and make yardage. Needs route and defense recognition work to see pro time in the offensive packages. Development to step in and provide a fine role performer for an offense especially as an H-back who can lineup out of the fullback role. In 2017, he started 13 games and added 37 catches for 401 yards and 4 scores for Big Ten honorable mention. In 2016, he started 12 games and added 34 catches for 318 yards and 5 scores for Big Ten honorable mention. For his career, he caught 87 passes for 9 TDs. He did not attend the NFL Combine. At his pro day, he checked in at 247 lbs. and 6’2” with 32” arms. He ran in the 4.75 time and did 17 reps. He added a 32” VL, 9’8” BJ, 4.47 shuttle and 7.09 three cone times. Versatile role performer with make it grade for two TE sets and H-back/fullback hybrid roles. Top 5-6 FB. Quality late addition with tools to surprise, though needs to prove effective blocking, master the offense quickly and find a niche.

21 Blake Mack #16 – Arkansas St                     6-2       225       – Sp. 4.70          Rating 60
Mobile prospect benefited from an invitation to the East-West Shrine game to improve his NFL grade. Tweener athlete with NFL skill set including good movement and natural receiving talent. Performed well vs a lower D1 level of competition. Nice hands with the ability to snatch the ball and big radius to make the tough catch. Deceptive speed to make a play after the reception and one of the sleepers at this position. As a blocker, he lacks a strong base and needs time in an NFL weight room to fill out and get better power especially lower body. Effective as a movement blocker with average footwork to wall off a defender. Needs hand technique work to sustain and be ready for playing time. As a receiver, he is a tough matchup where his height, reach and leaping ability gives him a clear advantage. As a senior, started 12 games and caught 48 passes for 618 yards and 7 TDs, earning first team Sun Belt honors. As a junior, he started 12 of 13 games played and caught 34 passes for 652 yards and 3 TDs, earning Sun Belt honorable mention. He did not attend the NFL Combine. At his pro day, he checked in at 229 lbs. and 6’2” and ran a 4.72 time. Shows developed pass catching ability with good speed to get into his routes and the ability to run the seam. Shows the ability to separate and track the ball with the savvy to get open and make plays. As a blocker, lacks good functional strength to get consistent movement with only adequate footwork and technique to carry out assignments. Lacks a strong punch and good hand placement to gain control, though has the agility to adjust and maintain leverage. Mainly a wall off blocker needs more power to finish better and to ever matchup vs NFL caliber defenders. Marginal size and maybe never more than marginal as a pro blocker. Capable of making a roster or PS on his receiving talent and potential. Prospect with definite make it grade as a backup. Good addition with interesting upside to become a versatile move H-back or flex performer.

22 DeAndre Goolsby #30 – Florida                   6-4       240       – Sp. 4.75          Rating 60                    
Agile senior was a valuable part of the Gators’ offense since his sophomore season when he was healthy. His final season was terminated by an injury that carried into the 2018 offseason. Long angular frame with soft hands and leaping ability to become a factor in a pro passing game. Displays sure hands and the agility to go up and make a difficult catch. As a receiver, only marginal production with one good season in 2016. Flashed some movement skills to operate from an H-back or flex role to provide a fine target. Thin frame lacks a strong base to get good movement blocking inline. Grades out poorly blocking inline. Adequate as a movement blocker where he can wall off an opponent, though has raw technique and marginal strength to be effective. His game is catching the ball with the leaping ability to be difficult to matchup with in coverage. Sure hands and body control to project to an H-back or Flex role in time. As a senior, played in all 11 games starting 2 games and caught 13 passes for 105 yards and 1 TD. As a junior, he started 13 games and caught 38 passes for 342 yards and 3 TDs, earning SEC honorable mention. Displays natural receiving skills while being used in a number of roles, inline, flex or H-back. He did not attend the NFL Combine. He had no pro day scheduled. He checks in at 240 lbs. and over 6’4” and runs in the 4.75-4.80 range regularly. Shows developing pass catching ability with adequate speed to make plays. Lacks functional strength, footwork and technique understanding to carry out the blocking assignments. Very raw as a blocker and needs extensive work especially his hand usage. Physical defenders will give him trouble even to wall off. Gets rag dolled by defensive ends. Capable of being a surprise in camp with progress in route running and making adjustments in coverage. Athletic prospect with make it grade as a receiving H-back hybrid type. Type may need a year on the PS to settle into an offense. Good late gamble to be a fine weapon for an offense.

23 Ryan Yurachek #85 – Marshall                     6-1       240       – Sp. 4.70          Rating 60
Mobile senior has been a productive weapon in the Thundering Herd’s program, starting the past three seasons. Earned back to back MAC honors his final two years. Adequate size with good movement skills and the sure hands to be a reliable target for his QB. Adept at finding openings in coverage and able to adjust nicely. Works the short and intermediate zones very well with deceptive speed to make a play after the reception. As a movement blocker, he can seal the edge and fit on backers on the 2nd level. Shows ability to wall off with adequate ability to sustain once engaged. Struggles inline especially over big backers or defensive ends. Gives good effort though his marginal size hinders him and he lacks a strong push to get movement at the point. As a senior, he started 13 games and caught 54 passes for 490 yards and 10 TDs. Earned 2nd team MAC. As a junior, he started in 10 of 11 games and caught 28 passes for 298 yards and 5 TDs. He did not attend the NFL Combine. At his pro day, he checked in at 240 lbs. and under 6’1” and ran in the 4.79 time and did 18 reps, 32.5: VL 9’5” BJ,  4.44 shuttle and 7.34 three cone. Shows highly developed pass catching ability with good speed to make plays. Separates well at the breakpoint and shows the body control to adjust easily to the pass. Lacks functional strength, only adequate footwork and technique to carry out the blocking assignments. Adequate pro blocker after some work especially his hand usage. Movement skills will impress NFL coaches. Capable of filling a few roles – mainly H-back, fullback to surprise in camp with development. Prospect with definite make it grade as a receiving/move type #2 TE. Fine redzone weapon to become a good backup role performer mainly as an H-back.

24 Donnie Ernsberger #85 – Western Michigan  6-3     240       – Sp. 4.75          Rating 60
Mobile senior athlete could fill multiple roles in a pro offense. Three-year starter earned MAC honors his final two seasons. Extensive playing time led to improving production while filling a number of roles in their offense. Impressive final season when he was used in a tight end/H-back/fullback role combining good blocking and sure hands as a receiver. Fluid movement skills for an NFL role. Shows good quickness to carry out duties of those positions. Undersized to be ideally suited inline. Has marginal bulk and strength. As a blocker, he is technically sound and very effective from a few alignments. Adequate speed for position, though shows the ability to find soft spots in middle zones. Effective running after the catch. Gets into routes quickly and comes out of breaks well to create separation. Runs precise routes with the ability to separate and the body control to adjust to the pass. Consistent hands and can catch outside frame with the ability to read coverage quickly and adjust his routes. Displays smaller type frame with limited growth potential. Decent athlete gets off the line into routes easily. Quick at the snap when blocking and bends knees to get leverage. More a finesse blocker with the agility and technique to wall off very well, though average power to get a strong push especially inline. Shows quick hands, technique and footwork as move blocker. Can control defenders, though at times struggles to sustain. Mobility to be immediate factor especially in short areas. Releases from line quickly. After the catch, he is tough for a single defender to bring down. Can make yardage on power and speed. Runs crisp routes, especially vs. man coverage. Reliable target working in zones and understands how to sit in the soft spots. As a senior, he caught 34 passes for 394 yards and 4 TDs, starting 12 games and earned 2nd team MAC honors. As a junior, he started 13 games and caught 9 passes for 112 yards and 1 TD. At the NFL Combine, he checked in at 241 lbs. and 6’3” and ran in the 4.78 time and did 15 reps. He added a 31” VL, 9’6” BJ, 4.34 shuttle and 7.09 three cone times. Athlete with skills to become a valuable role performer as an H-back hybrid. Developing receiver with the talent to fill a key role performer. Reliable blocker and good movement player with fine versatility. Top 250 prospect.

* Adam Breneman #81 – Massachusetts – 6-4            240       Sp. 4.75 – Retired due to health *                                                                  
25 Ben Johnson            Kansas                                     6-5       245       – Sp. 4.80          Rating 60
26 Damon Gibson        Minnesota St-Moorhead     6-4       250       – Sp. 4.80          Rating 60
27 Ethan Wolf               Tennessee                               6-6       248       – Sp. 4.85          Rating 60
28 Matt Flanagan          Pittsburgh                             6-5       260       – Sp. 4.85          Rating 60
28 Jake Roh –                Boise St                                   6-3       227       – Sp. 4.75          Rating 60
29 Ian Bunting –             Michigan                               6-6       252       – Sp. 4.85          Rating 60
30 Jeb Blazevich –         Georgia                                  6-5       245       – Sp. 4.80          Rating 60
31 Dalton Fackrell –       Colorado St                          6-3       240       – Sp. 4.85          Rating 60
32 Brandon Lingen –      Minnesota                           6-4       254       – Sp. 4.90          Rating 60
33 Andrew Vollert –        Weber St                              6-6       239       – Sp. 4.80         Rating 60
34 Garrett Hudson –       Richmond                           6-3       243       – Sp. 4.90          Rating 60
35 Nathan Marcus –       Vanderbilt                           6-5       242       – Sp. 4.85           Rating 60
36 Pharoah McKever –   Florida International       6-5       248       – Sp. 4.85           Rating 60
37 Andrew Caskin –       William & Mary                  6-4       240       – Sp. 4.80          Rating 60
38 Jason Reese –             Missouri                                 6-5       255       – Sp. 4.85        Rating 60
39 Charles Standberry – Louisville                           6-3       243       – Sp. 4.85           Rating 60
40 Nate Wozniak –         Minnesota                          6-9       280       – Sp. 4.95           Rating 60
41 Cole Hunt –                Texas Christian                  6-6       255       – Sp. 4.85           Rating 60
42 Ryan Smith –            Miami (Oh)                        6-3       265       – Sp. 4.90           Rating 60
43 Alec Bloom –             Connecticut                       6-5       253       – Sp. 4.80           Rating 60
44 Devin Pike –              Wake Forest                      6-5       250       – Sp. 4.80          Rating 60
45 Tommy Myers –        Connecticut                      6-5       245       – Sp. 4.85           Rating 60
46 Troy Mangen –          Ohio                                   6-5       256       – Sp. 4.90          Rating 60
47 Gabe Schrade           Texas St                               6-3       240       – Sp. 4.90         Rating 60
48 Tyler Cogswell          Cincinnati                         6-4       248       – Sp. 4.95          Rating 60
49 Steve Baggett           East Carolina                    6-4       245       – Sp. 4.80          Rating 60
50 Andrew Beck            Texas                                  6-3       255       – Sp. 4.85          Rating 60
51 Cole Cook                 North Carolina St             6-5       250       – Sp. 4.90          Rating 60
52 Greg Hart                 Kentucky                           6-5       245       – Sp. 4.80           Rating 60
53 Connor Wentz         North Dakota St              6-3       247       – Sp. 4.80           Rating 60
54 Shaq Williams         Texas-San Antonio         6-3       255       – Sp. 4.95           Rating 60
55 Kevin Rader             Youngstown St               6-4       250       – Sp. 4.80           Rating 60
56 Charlie Reid             Texas Christian              6-3       235       – Sp. 4.70           Rating 60
57 Dawson Bassett        Oklahoma St                  6-3       245       – Sp. 4.80           Rating 60
58 Connor Ketter           Nebraska                       6-5       245       – Sp. 4.80           Rating 60

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2018 Yearbook – Offensive Tackles

Draft Insiders’ – 2018 NFL Draft Yearbook

     Draft Insiders.com – 27th Season –
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 Offensive Tackles: Grade: B

NFL Teams in need:
1 Patriots            4. Cardinals
2 Jets                  5. Giants
3 Browns           6. Broncos

     Positional Overview:
This year’s tackle class is a solid overall group with the top two prospects expected to be mid first round selections. Mike McGlinchey and Connor Williams have left tackle skills and should be the first two off the board. There will probably be six to eight chosen in the top 100 selections with as many as 10-12 prospects selected in the top five rounds. Both McGlinchey and Williams have the physical skills and versatility to also play guard. Kolton Miler could be a later 1st or early 2nd round pick. He is a fast rising prospect with very good athleticism to play the outside and probably left tackle within a short time. Tyler Crosby is a premier right tackle and carries a top 50 ranking and early starting grade. Other probable early round prospects are Martinas Rankin and Brian O’Neill have left tackle skills, but probably line up at right tackle or guard early in their careers. They figure to go in the mid to late 2nd day. O’Neill has right tackle experience and should challenge for a rookie starting grade there. Orlando Brown is a fast falling tackle who had a terrible postseason. He projects to right tackle if in condition and has the prototypical skills for that spot. He probably goes in the late 2nd day. Brandon Parker might have as much upside as any player in this tackle class and our highest rated small college prospect. As many as 15-20 tackles could be chosen over the 7 rounds and probably at least 12 prospects in the top 150 picks. This class has marginal depth with the strength from the mid-1st round thru the top 125 prospects. Many highly-rated tackles such as Jamarco Jones and Chukwuma Okorafor project inside early as NFL starting guards. This class may furnish only a few starting left tackles in time with most 2nd tier prospects strictly rightside. This class may provide 15 potential starters.

NFL Premier Player
Joe Thomas
Blue Chip – Connor Williams
Blue Chip – Mike McGlinchey
Rising – Kolton Miller
Falling – Martinas Rankin
Underrated – Jamarco Jones
Overrated – Chukwuma Okorafor
Small College – Brandon Parker
Sleeper – Will Richardson
Boom/Bust – Orlando Brown
Long term Gem – Brian O’Neill

Positional Traits
Best Athlete – Kolton Miller
Best Run – Mike McGlinchey
Best Pass – Connor Williams
Best Pulling – Connor Williams
Toughest – Mike McGlinchey
Adjusts Best – Tyrell Crosby
Strongest – Mike McGlinchey
Most Developed – Mike McGlinchey

Top Tackle Prospects

1 * Connor Williams – Texas
2 Mike McGlinchey – Notre Dame
3.* Kolton Miller – UCLA
4 Tyrell Crosby – Oregon
5 * Brian O’Neill – Pittsburgh
6 Martinas Rankin – Mississippi St
7 * Orlando Brown – Oklahoma
8 Chukwuma Okorafor – Western Michigan
9 Brandon Parker – North Carolina A&T
10 Jamarco Jones – Ohio St
11 Zachary Crabtree – Oklahoma St
12 Cole Madison – Washington St.
13 * Geron Christian – Louisville
14 Alex Cappa – Humboldt St
15 Will Richardson – North Carolina St

Offensive Tackles

1 * Connor Williams #55           6-6        300       Texas – Sp. 5.0
    Player Comparison: Joe Staley                                        Rating 90
Long agile junior tackle returned from an early season knee injury to start two late 2017 games for the Longhorns. Earned first team All-American and Big 12 honors over his sophomore 2016 season which ranked him at the top of the tackle class. Also earned Freshman All-American honors in 2015. Nimble athlete displayed fast developing skills for the outside, including footwork, hand use and overall technique. Fine length and footwork that projects well to the outside at left tackle. Slides well with easy movement to adjust showing top balance and agility. As a run blocker, he is exceptional in all aspects. Physical and aggressive. Quick off the snap, fluid getting into position on his blocks. Stays centered while blocking, moves his feet and sustains very well. Comes off combo blocks inline and works up to the 2nd level with ease, where he gets very good fits on linebackers. He shows too athleticism for the left tackle position and projects there in the NFL. Looks smooth and comfortable moving in space. Able to lead block successfully to the outside on running plays or getting out in front of screens. In pass-protection, he shows very good kick-slide and lateral agility. Works hard to stay between his man and the quarterback. Shows very good hand punch, with the ability to lock on and sustain. Hard-nosed, blue-collar worker and considered a throwback to days of yore in the NFL. Nimble athlete with an interesting natural skill set to play the left side with size, arm length, foot speed and agility. Performed at a high-level vs Big 12 talent where he graded out among the league’s best blockers. Displays left side ability, including kick slide and knee bend to mirror. Shows quick strong hands to force rushers wide which was evident vs top Big 12 talent. Long-limbed specimen with the movement ability scouts seek in a left tackle prospect. As a drive blocker, he relies on his natural athleticism and finesse to wall off successfully. Though he can play too upright and lose leverage, he usually sustains fairly well. Shows very good lateral agility and flexibility to move in space. Long frame with good overall strength. His functional strength translates well to the playing field. On the snap, he engages defenders with a strong hand punch to gain early control. In pass protection, he shows good balance, flexibility to set up quickly and the ability to quickly adjust to counter moves. Matches up well athletically with speed rushers and is able to kick slide and use his good (33”) arm length to push defenders wide. Can be vulnerable to the bull rush when he lets his pads get high. Understands angles and technique and adjusts very well on the move to strike a defender. At the NFL Combine, he came in at 6’5” and 296 lbs. e ran a 5.05 time with 34” VL, 9’4” BJ and did 26 reps. Added a 4.63 shuttle and a 7.83 three cone. Prospect with the package to be the best left tackle in this class in time. Needs strength and technique work. Similar to Joe Staley in size, mobility and overall AA. Rising top 15 prospect with natural talent and size, but short resume and limited reps vs high competition. Top left tackle skill set and could be over drafted off clear upside potential. Blue chip project needs time to refine his game and may start initially at guard. High ceiling at a position of pressing need with many clubs. Clubs like Bills, Bengals, Raiders and Chargers interested.
Draft Projection: 1st Round 1

2 Mike McGlinchey #68            6-8        310                   Notre Dame – Sp. 5.25
    Player Comparison  Taylor Lewan                                              Rating 90
Physical senior technician performed well over his Irish career, forming a dominant left side with blue chip guard Quenton Nelson. Team captain and was a three-year starter at tackle with the final two years on the left side for the Irish, after converting there after being a HS four-star tight end. Great length and arms with a strong hand punch to gain a quick advantage. Slides well with the ability to maintain a solid base and play consistently sound position. As a run blocker, he shows consistently sound technique, with the size and strength to dominate. Despite his great height, he bends his knees very well and shows the ability to play with leverage. Gets a good push on his inline run blocks. Nimble enough to handle quicker smaller defenders on the 2nd level. Works hard to sustain and goes for the throat. Try hard, lunch pail type. In pass-protection, he has average lateral quickness, but knows how to use his reach and wingspan to make himself a chore to circumnavigate. Displays good balance in pass sets, controlled movement in his kick-slide and outstanding use of hands. May be best suited for the right-side, but looks very comfortable on the left.  Eventually projects to the starting left tackle role and performed very well vs both speed and power defenders. Graded out high as both a pass protector and drive blocker. Possesses ideal size and good overall strength. Shows fine awareness and displays sound technique especially an initial hand punch. As a pass blocker, he keeps a good base, moves well laterally, and stays under control. Edge rushers seldom find it easy to run the arc even though he doesn’t over-commit to the outside while remaining alert for inside counter and spin moves. Very hard to bull rush because he keeps his knees bent with the core strength to absorb defenders who try to run through him. Keeps his head on a swivel and always looking for another defender to block. Usually sustains well with good arm extension. At times lets defenders, get into his body and can get pushed back, but still works to maintain position. Neutralizes defenders initially with his punch that allows him to gain an early advantage. Shows very good balance and agility to adjust to counter moves. Despite his length and bulk, he is light on his feet for such a large tackle with the skill set to continue to progress and become a top-flight NFL starter. At the NFL Combine, he came in at 6’8” and 309 lbs. with 34” arms and 10” hands. He did 24 reps, 28.5 VL and 8’9” BJ and no other events. Clubs like the Cardinals, Patriots, Seahawks and Raiders are looking at him in the mid to late 1st round area. Physical fast tackle with the development to start as a rookie. Versatility allows him to project to every position except center. Rising top 25 prospect and plugin starter with total package. Worked hard this season and responded to strong coaching. Possible 1st overall tackle off the board and best left tackle. Physically similar to Taylor Lewan in natural talent and mental makeup. Aggressive technician with high LOD to start immediately either on the outside as a rookie.
Draft Projection: 1st Round

3 * Kolton Miller #77                6-9        310          UCLA – Sp. 4.90          
   Player Comparison: Andrew Whitworth                               Rating 88
Tall angular redshirt junior left tackle has been a starter since midway in his redshirt freshman season, earning 2nd team Pac-12 honors his final season. Fast developing blocker displays good physical tools and athleticism for the position with the toughness to carry out assignments. Protected the blindside for highly regarded junior QB Josh Rosen in 2017. Displays good balance and the ability to slide in protection and adjust to secondary moves. In pass protection, he usually bends his knees properly, though can play too high, leaving himself vulnerable to both speed and power rushers. As a run blocker, he bends his knees and use leverage fairly well, especially for one so tall. He shows good lower-body strength and leg drive. Works best in line with good flexibility and balance to redirect and roll his hips. When he locks on, he keeps his feet moving and can drive a defender off the line, while showing good ability to sustain. He is more a muscle and maul type rather than a finesse and wall off blocker in the run game. Though he can do either for that matter. Maybe a little slow and deliberate off the snap and into his pass-protection sets. Sound at sinking his butt and keeping his feet about shoulder width for a good base. Maintains good hand position and shows a strong punch. His grip is very strong and when he locks on, he is difficult for a defender to get free of. At times he will bend at the waist and get his weight too far forward, allowing a pass rusher to easily swim past him, though this is the exception, rather than the rule. Usually bends his knees to utilize his massive frame, though can raise his pads and play with a thin base at times. This causes him to get bull rushed and struggle to recover or counter. The Bruins often ran behind him in critical situations and he was usually able to get movement and create a lane. QB Josh Rosen got harassed often by the pass rush, but it was seldom due to any shortcomings by Miller. He was generally a bright spot, along with underrated center Scott Quessenberry. In the Pac-12, he faced NFL caliber pass rushers weekly and graded out highly, showing fast progress as a prospect. He combines a long reach (34 1/8”) with fairly good footwork and balance to maintain his position in protection. Good understanding of responsibilities with the skill set to handle edge pass rushers, though may need to move initially to the right side. He is surprisingly effective on the 2nd level for such a tall blocker – adjusts easily and fits on backers. Very good size and girth will enable him to start at tackle. Must prove he can be consistent in handling elite speed rushers to line up at left tackle. His game is position and technique that allows him to lock on, slide and uses his bulk and reach to contain edge defenders. Skill set to be a pro tackle in the mold of in power and athleticism. At the NFL Combine, he came in at 6’9” and 309 lbs. with 34 1/8” arms and 10 3/4” hands. He did 24 reps and ran a 4.91 time and added a 31.5” VL and a 10’1” BJ. He also had good positional and agility drills with a 4.49 short shuttle and a 7.34 three cone drill. Clubs like the Panthers, Broncos, Giants and Browns are looking at him in the early 2nd round. Agile aggressive developing tackle with the skills to start early in the NFL, though must be technically sound. Versatility allows him to project to either outside position. Rising top 40 prospect off a strong NFL Combine workout. Surprise late first round selection with Patriots and Vikings very interested.
Draft Projection: 1st-2nd Round

4 Tyrell Crosby #73                  6-5        310                   Oregon – Sp. 5.25
    Player Comparison: Orlando Franklin                                          Rating 80
Massive wide body tackle was a dominant performer in the Pac-12 over his senior season, earning first team Pac-12 honors and the Morris Award for the league’s best linemen. Versatile, agile specimen also played both right tackle and guard prior to left tackle in 2017. Long frame and arms that allows him to get his hands on an opponent early on the down. Components for the right-side tackle spot, showing the length, girth, agility and power to grade out high there. Projects early to either RT or guard at the next level. Very good size, arm length and strength that translates well to the field. Good athleticism to handle the outside. Looks smooth as a pass blocker – quick out of his stance with a sound kick slide and good balance to mirror speed rushers consistently. Possesses the quickness and athleticism to handle pass-protection duties at left tackle, but also has the aggression and demeanor to be a force as a drive blocker in the run game. As a run blocker, he plays with an edge. Likes to impose his will on defenders and at times will literally toss them aside like a rag doll. Delivers a jolting initial blow when run blocking and will keep his feet moving and drive his man back off the line. Quick powerful hands used effectively with the technique and strength to lock on and control a defender. Displays fine natural knee bend, which allows him to hold his ground vs a bull rush. When he comes off the snap high he allows his pads to rise that negates his strength.  Capable of handling short or long pulls and can get good fits when asked to block in space. Sound technician and uses his pure athleticism and power to grade out highly. The type of physical presence you want as your right tackle, but able to handle speed well in protection to line up on the left side. Also more than physical and strong enough to project to guard at the NFL level, depending on which team drafts him. At times, he can play with a narrow base that leaves him vulnerable to counter moves or a strong bull rush. Very capable on tandem blocks, able to peel off, reach the 2nd level and pick off a backer. Able to handle reach blocks on zone stretch plays. Relies on his arm length, movement and balance to wall off and influence defenders. Good movement skills on the snap and uses his bulk to gain sound positioning with good foot speed when pulling or blocking downfield. At the NFL Combine, he checked in at 6’5” and 309 lbs. with an arm length of 35 1/4” and 10 3/4” hands. He ran a 5.23 time and did 17 reps. He added a 30” VL and 8’9” BJ” with a 4.77 shuttle and a 7.89 three cone drill. He has drawn comparisons to tackle Orlando Franklin in power, agility and positional versatility. Probable rookie starter on the outside and one of the more versatile offensive line prospects in this draft. Developed durable prospect with the consistency to start after some technique refinement. Top 40 talent with the good skill set to surprise and become a fixture at right tackle or inside.
Draft Projection: 2nd Round

5 * Brian O’Neill #70                 6-7        300                   Pittsburgh – Sp. 4.80             
   Player Comparison: Anthony Castonzo                                        Rating 80
Tall redshirt junior athlete has performed well on the outside since his freshman season, earning ACC honors his final two seasons. Former HS tight end converted to the offensive line prior to his freshman season at Pitt. Started the final 37 consecutive games during his three seasons including 2017 at left tackle. Moves fairly well given his size and length. Natural strength and is just learning how to use it. As a pass blocker, he usually maintains good knee bend and keeps a wide base, showing good balance and hand usage. Still growing into his body with the frame to carry 310+ lbs. Put on 75 lbs. since converting from tight end. He is making nice progress with his technique, though can play high and thin based in protection which leaves him vulnerable to the power move. As a run blocker, is more the position and wall off type, rather than relying on brute strength to impose his will. His tight end background and athleticism, combined with his height and reach, could make him effective as a tackle eligible near the goal line. Looks smooth when asked to pull and block in space. Arrives under control and can lock on and eliminate a defender in the open field. As a pass-protector shows good balance and hip flexibility. Able to use his body control, balance and footwork to keep himself between pass rusher and QB. He has the kick-slide and lateral movement to run speed rushers wide at the top of the arc. Still a work in progress with only three years playing offensive line. Needs to get stronger and work on refining his technique. Seldom if ever ends up on the ground. His great wingspan makes him very difficult to beat him off the edge if initially sound. Able to get consistent movement on inline drive blocks with good technique and strong hands to steer and control an opponent. Capable of collapsing the entire side of the defensive line when he down-blocks. Shows good arm extension and looks to engulf defenders. Usually keeps his feet churning on run blocks, though at times slows down and just leans on a defender. As a drive blocker, he must keep his pads low to be effective and utilize his big frame. At the NFL Combine, he came in at 6’7” and 297 lbs. with 34 1/8” arms and 9 3/8” hands. He did 22 reps, ran a 4.80 time with a 29.5” VL and an 8’11” BJ. His agility drill times were a 4.50 short shuttle and a 7.14 three cone to complete an awesome workout for a tackle. Clubs like the Jets, Colts, Texans and Vikings are looking at him in the 2nd day area. Developing starting tackle with the skill set to continue to improve. Versatility allows him to project to play tackle or guard. Possible left tackle in the mold of Nate Solder and Anthony Castonzo, though needs to be technically sound consistently to handle elite edge rushers. Rising top 60 prospect and an eventual starter with package for either right tackle or guard.  Most likely gets taken somewhere on the mid-2nd day. Blue collar blocker with starting grade.
Draft Projection: 2nd-3rd Round 2

6 Martinas Rankin #55             6-4        310       Mississippi St – Sp. 5.15         
    Player Comparison: Derrick Sherrod                                             Rating 80
Agile, mobile, athletic left tackle started since his junior season and earned SEC 1st team honors over his final two years. Entered Miss St after an excellent JC career. Solid all around left tackle prospect drew notice over his early career that earned an invitation to the Senior Bowl. Combines fine length, mobility and quickness to rank among the better left tackle prospects. As a pass blocker, he sets up smoothly and slides easily to handle edge speed with the ability to recover and adjust to multiple moves. Uses his long arms well and is able to lock on and control. As a run blocker, he handles all phases with relative ease. Quick out of his stance on pass sets to engage, showing smooth steps, good knee bend and arm extension. Very effective when called upon to handle short pulls. Shows good athleticism and can cut block well with accuracy. When blocking inline, he can consistently get good movement. Able to climb to the 2nd level and eliminate quicker defenders. His ability to pull, and trap block indicate he may be even better at guard. As a pass-protector, he is quick into his sets and mirrors pass rushers well, with good arm extension and punch. Adjusts quickly to secondary moves and resets nicely maintaining his base. Can be bull rushed if not technically sound. He is a versatile athlete and will press for early starting time on an NFL roster next season. Offers several position flexibility on the offensive line. As a run blocker, gets good movement inline, especially when asked to down-block. Mobile to get up to the 2nd level and pick off backers. Long and slender with nice arm length and carries no extra body fat. Good strength to be a top inline drive blocker, combined with athleticism and quick feet to position and finesse a defender. Suited physically for left tackle and much more about finesse and athleticism than power. After a year of adding some muscle in an NFL weight room, capable of turning out to be one of the real gems out of this tackle class. Interesting prospect. At the NFL Combine, he came in 6’4” and 308 lbs. with 33 3/4” arms and 10 1/8” hands. He did 24 reps and no other events. Clubs like the Raiders, Panthers, Seahawks and Patriots are looking at him in the late first and early 2nd day. Agile developing tackle with the skill set to challenge for NFL starting time. Improving and fast rising tackle with the skills to continue to improve. Some versatility to project inside to guard. Rising top 40 prospect and definitely has the physical tools to work with, though risky. Lacks power and ability to anchor raises key questions related to run blocking and handling the bull rush in the NFL. Similar to former Bulldog LT Derrick Sherrod who was a disappointment as a #1 pick by the Packers. Early starting tackle with complete skill set, but must continue to improve.
Draft Projection: 2nd-3rd Round

7 * Orlando Brown #78             6-8        345                   Oklahoma – Sp. 5.70               
  Player Comparison: Phil Loadholt                                                          Rating 78
Huge physical true junior tackle has been a force on the balanced Sooner multiple offense over his three starting seasons. Earned All-American and Big 12 honors since his freshman season at tackle. Started all 39 career games at left tackle and instrumental in the success of Heisman Trophy QB Baker Mayfield and their powerful ground game that featured Semaje Perine and Joe Mixon over his tenure. Definitely looks the part with great overall length, long arms (35”) and well distributed muscle mass. Lacks elite nimble footwork, but uses sound positioning to utilize his massive frame. Can lock on and drive defenders back when run blocking inline and was very dominating in that role. Consistently shows instantaneous movement at the snap. Fine quickness and balance that belies his mountainous size. Plays the game under control both as a run and pass blocker. As an inline run blocker, he is very dominating and has the ability to create gaping holes. Blocks down very well, and also able to lock on and eliminate quick defenders in the open field. Effective on short pulls when the Sooners run their inside counter plays. As a pass-protector, he presents a foreboding task for pass rushers to try to get around. He has at least average lateral kick-slide, but his extreme reach help offset any lack of foot quickness. Must get his hands on speed rushers early with a strong punch to contain and utilize his power and girth. Possesses great core strength to stand up to bull rushers, though needs to be technically sound. Usually plays the game on his feet, but late in games, can appear to wear down a little and is less effective vs quickness and ends up on the ground at times. Bottom line though, is he has rare girth, length, and overwhelming strength that he is able to consistently use to his advantage. Reaches the 2nd level adequately though does not always breakdown well in space. Graded out highly on a weekly basis vs premier Big 12 talent. Challenged by elite edge rushers and must be fundamentally sound to contain. Can be beat off the edge if he does not come out of his stance quickly and use his reach properly. At the NFL Combine, he came in at 6’8” and 345 lbs. with 35” arms and 9 ¾” hands and did 14 reps. Ran a horrible 5.80 time and added a 19.5” VL, a 6’10” BJ, a 5.38 shuttle and a 7.87 three cone. Clubs like the Ravens, Bills, Patriots and Chargers are looking at him in the 2nd day area. Massive tackle with the skill set to continue to improve. Versatility allows him to project to both outside tackle positions. Falling top 80 prospect and probable early starter with an intriguing talent, though better suited for the right side than the left tackle spot. Mostly likely available on the 2nd day. The overall talent to be as good as the top prospects, though not as fully developed at this point and not an elite tackle. Road grader also projects as a rookie starting guard. Huge boom or bust prospect.
Draft Projection: 3rd Round

8 Chukwuma Okorafor #77      6-6        320                   Western Michigan – Sp. 5.30
   Player Comparison: Cordy Glenn                                                             Rating 75
Mountainous senior tackle has been an important part of the WM line the past three seasons, starting at left tackle his final two campaigns. Truly massive lineman and surprisingly coordinated and athletic for a man his size that projects to either tackle in time. Former five-star recruit lineman and a good basketball player started the final 39 games of his career. As a pass blocker, he has mass and the footwork to move easily along the line whether in pass pro or drive blocking.  His massive girth and very long arms to push speed rushers past the QB when he makes initial contact. Light on his feet and natural knee bender, should allow him to start at left tackle in the NFL. He has fine initial quickness, though needs to be more consistently aggressive. Tends to absorb blocks at times, rather than imposing his will. His rawness still shows, because at times he seems unsure whom to block and will hesitate when reaching the 2nd level and whiff. Rare combination of size, strength and athleticism, including the lateral quickness to remain at left tackle. Needs more football experience to refine his skills along with some glass in his diet. As a pass-protector, he shows good basic technique with sound knee bend, kick-slide and arm extension. His natural strength is impressive, because often when he locks on he stops opponents in their tracks. At times, a speed rusher will appear to beat him to the top of the arc, only to have Chukes recover and use his long reach to push the man past the pocket. As a run blocker, he comes off the snap with only adequate quickness and must use his hands early to gain control and use his mass and core strength.  Fails to fully utilize his bulk and athleticism to get the powerful push his talent suggests. Surprisingly agile when blocking on the 2nd level and can eliminate quicker defenders in space. Can get overextended in pass protection and can struggle to maintain balance and recover. Vulnerable to inside counters and needs extensive technique work on his setup and hand usage. May move to right tackle or inside to guard initially. When he gets his hands-on defenders early, he shows the power, balance, flexibility and strength to roll his hips and finish. Improved annually with further experience on the outside, though still a work in progress. Needs to play with sound hand technique to utilize his fine upper body strength to be ready for the next level. At the NFL Combine, he came in at 6’6” and 320 lbs. with 34 1/2” arms and 10 1/4” hands. He did 19 reps, ran a 5.31 time with a 23.5” VL and 8’6” BJ. Added a 4.80 shuttle and a 7.87 three cone. Draws comparison to Cordy Glenn in physical skills and positional versatility and overall potential. Young physical talent will allow him to compete for time at tackle or guard. Good 2nd day prospect with definite starting potential, though needs to commit to weight and technique work. Needs to play in the 320 lb. range to utilize his skills. Boom or bust prospect at the position with upside in time.
Draft Projection: 3rd Round

9 Brandon Parker #70   6-8      305                   North Carolina A&T – Sp. 5.35              ]
  Player Comparison : Terron Armstead                                           Rating 75
Tall athletic senior has been one of the best small college blockers in the past decade over his four starting seasons. Earned MEAC honors all four seasons with 1st team honors his final three campaigns. Started all 48 career games and did not allow a sack in helping the Aggies to two FCS championships. Earned an invite to the Senior Bowl where he held up well on the right side. Shows the versatility to play both tackle spots. Massive agile athlete displays sound technique and movement skills to develop into a top starting tackle. His current level of development may limit him to the right side tackle role early in his career. Needs to show more tenacity in his game to face NFL edge talent. As a pass blocker, displays good initial quickness, balance, and patience. Allows the pass rusher to come to him and does not over-commit. He appears to have the ideal physical package for left tackle in the NFL. He has rare height coupled with very long arms. He has a trim physique and does not appear to be carrying any excess baggage around the midsection. Quick and under control coming out of his stance. Smooth in his kick-slide and lateral agility. Displays an effective hand punch, with the ability to recoil and punch again. When he gets locked on to edge rushers at the MEAC level, it is generally all over. They do not get away from him. As a run blocker, he handles the various aspects all very well. He has the ability to drive block straight-ahead on power plays. Able to make the reach blocks and angle blocks on inside and outside zones. When asked to pull, he shows good quickness and coordination and gets good fits on 2nd level defenders, clearing the hole for backs. The only real question with Parker is how well he can handle the big step up to the NFL. Controls an opponent with a quick strong punch and hands to lock on. Usually bends his knees well with leverage to anchor and stop the bull rush. At times, plays with a thin base and gives ground when his technique falters. Very alert and aware to recognize stunts and twists. As a run blocker, he shows good strength, balance and agility when asked either to drive or pull. At times, speed rushers can give him trouble and he lacks top flexibility, elite balance and quickness in his kick slide. Shows the length and reach to man the outside with good movement and power at the POA. Frame, arm length and the footwork to mirror pass rushers will merit a long look at left tackle in time, though he must prove capable vs elite pro caliber edge rushers. At the Senior Bowl, he performed fairly well despite the huge jump in level of competition. At the NFL Combine, he came in at 6’8” and 305 lbs. with 35” arms and 9 3/4” hands. He ran a 5.37 time and did not lift. Added a 28.5” VL, a 9’5” BJ with a 4.68 shuttle and 7.82 three cone. He had good positional drills and had a solid overall performance. Developing small college tackle and could be over drafted on upside potential. Probable early middle round pick with starting grade, though needs development on his skill set, especially strength conditioning and technique work to realize his ability. Needs more glass in his diet and be consistently sound technically to earn a starting position. Talent to improve, though not currently ready for starting time and needs necessary maturation. Marginal top 100 prospect with high ceiling, though not ready to start early.
Draft Projection: 3rd-4th Round

10 Jamarco Jones #74                         6-4        300       Ohio St – Sp. 5.50
   Player Comparison:  Michael Oher                                               Rating 70
Huge veteran two-year starting left tackle earned Big Ten honors over his final two seasons including first team in 2017. Played a key backup role behind Taylor Decker his first two seasons before developing into one of the conference’s best blockers. Big framed athlete with base, arm length and footwork to play a more physical and nasty brand of football with development. Struggles at times with top edge speed due to mainly inconsistent technique and hand usage. May be best suited in the pros at right tackle initially. Keeps a wide base under him with a straight back and good knee bend. Hand usage needs development to utilize his functional power more consistently. Gets a good initial push in his run blocks when he comes off the ball with timing and sound hand usage. His straight-ahead power could be best used at right tackle, though probably gets looked at also as a left tackle. Moves well at the 2nd level to fit on backers. In pass-protection, he shows good athleticism in his footwork, with the ability to react to secondary moves. Usually handles speed rushers coming around the edge and shows alertness to react. As a run blocker, he maintains good pad level, keeps his feet moving and generally sustains very well. Considered intelligent and hardworking by the Buckeyes’ coaching staff. Durable tough blocker did not allow minor dings to keep him out of the lineup. Plays through pain if necessary. Most of the time when blocking though, he does not overwhelm anyone. Ties up defenders and creates stalemates, effectively walling off an opponent. Needs to improve his core strength to reach his potential at the NFL level. Moves early trying to compensate for less than ideal lateral quickness. Fails to punch out consistently to use his good arm extension. When he locks on to a pass rusher, he has the power and agility control them the full play. Tough to bull rush when he bends his knees and maintains his base. At the NFL Combine, he came in at 6’4” and 299 lbs. with incredible 35 1/8” arms and 9 ½” hands. He ran a 5.50 time and added a 24” VL, an 8’6” BJ and 4.99 shuttle and 8.32 three cone. He compares to Michael Oher in size, agility and inside/outside potential. Also, similar in inconsistent technique use especially his punch and ability to counter. Should be suited and effective in a pro-style offense after playing in the Buckeyes’ offense. Possesses all the physical tools to be as good as he wants, but needs extensive work on technique and strength to transfer his physical abilities into effectiveness on the field. Risky 2nd day pick with all the physical talent, but the type who can disappoint early if too much is expected. Eventual starter with critical development. Raw talent and boom or bust prospect.
Draft Projection: 4th-5th Round

11 Zachary Crabtree #60          6-6        315                   Oklahoma St – Sp. 5.30
  Player Comparison : Michael Schofield                                          Rating 70
Reliable four-year starter for the Cowboys’ offensive line, earning Big 12 honors over his final two years, including first team in 2017. Started since the early games of his redshirt freshman season at right tackle. Earned an invitation to the East-West Shrine Game, where he was probably the best offensive tackle in attendance. Played in a spread offense that helped him develop in pass blocking. Key protector for strong armed QB Mason Rudolph who put up incredible throwing numbers during his three seasons. Shows good positioning and hand usage early on the down to utilize his big frame to anchor. Sustains well in protection with the ability to adjust to multiple moves. As a run blocker, he is usually quick off the snap, though his time in a two-point stance limited his development. Engages his man with a strong initial jolt, keeps his feet moving well, and works hard to sustain. Able to get good movement on straight-ahead blocks against college edge defenders. Power to be very effective on down blocks, where he can collapse the entire side of defensive line. The Cowboys often ran behind him in key short yardage situations. As a pass-protector, he is adequate vs speedy edge rushers. Usually he can run his man up the field, and past the pocket, but it takes every bit of his foot quickness and reach to do so. Possesses an adequate kick-slide and lateral movement skills. If a pass rusher is able to jolt him, he can struggle to recover and maintain positioning. He can be more effective against a straight-ahead bull rush, where when he keeps a good wide base and bends his knees. Good skill set for the power right tackle role and difficult to drive back into the pocket. Adequate arms with strong hands and decent footwork and able to lock on and direct an opponent. Effectively able to influence block and wall off defender and gains sound positioning often. Able to punch out, reload and keep the pass rusher away from his QB. He did not attend the NFL Combine. At his pro day, he came in 6’7” and 317 lbs. with 34 1/8” arms and 9 1/8” hands. He did 25 reps and ran a 5.30 time with a 21.5” VL and a 7’2” BJ and a 4.91 short shuttle and 7.98 three cone.  Looks similar in many ways to Michael Schofield. Developing tackle with the skill set to surprise and possibly start if he continues to improve. Mainly a right tackle. Top 150 prospect and possible starter within time. NFL starter with refinement of his technique.

12 Cole Madison #61                6-5        315       Washington St – Sp 5.35                        Rating 65
Agile senior lineman started the past four seasons for the Cougars, including 47 starts the last three seasons at right tackle. Earned Pac-12 honors his final three seasons that warranted an invitation to the Senior Bowl. Former tight end with long athletic frame with good arm length and hands along with sound footwork and technique to line up outside vs edge rushers. Played in a pass heavy offense with relatively limited reps as straight ahead run blocker. He has light quick feet, which serve him well when walling off on running plays. His game as a run blocker is mostly about finesse than pure power. As a pass blocker, he is quick out of his stance and slides well laterally. Maintains good balance. Works hard at protecting his outside shoulder and does his best to not let speed rushers run the arc on him. Graded out nicely as pass protector, though struggled vs quality edge rushers. Punches out and locks on pretty well, keep his hands inside the frame work of the defender. Lacks a really strong ability to anchor though and can be bull rushed back into the pocket at times. Even when he gets walked back, he does not give up on a play and will do his best to consistently keep himself between his man and the QB. Lacks the raw strength to be an ideal convert to offensive guard, though can progress in that area. His future at the next level appears to be mainly right tackle. Uses hands to gain a quick advantage and the ability to control an opponent. Lacks a strong surge as a drive blocker and relies on finesse, technique and footwork to succeed. Adequate foot speed to get to the outside while effective in short traps and pulls. Good flexibility and balance that gains an advantage and adjusts quickly. With refinement of his technique and strength work, he figures to compete for a starting position in time. Displayed consistent and fairly sound technique along with durability to grade out well weekly. Shows the toughness to make the jump up to the NFL with a definite make it grade. At the NFL Combine, he came in at 6’5” and 308 lbs. with 32 1/4” arms and 10 3/8” hands. Ran a 5.33 time with 26 reps, a 28.5” VL, an 8’1” BJ with a 4.88 shuttle and a 7.86 three cone. Tough blocker with strong hands to finish when technically sound. Usually plays with good pad level to take advantage of his frame, AA and strength. Savvy blocker who plays with awareness to pick up blitzes and stunts with the ability to work combo blocks. Skills are suited for the right side and carries a marginal starting grade. He can surprise in camp with his good LOD and intangibles to make a roster and possibly push for starting time after a critical adjustment period. Good backup type initially. Marginal top 150-200 prospect and possible starter in time.

13 * Geron Christian #74       6-5    300  Louisville – Sp. 5.35      Rating 65         
Athletic junior tackle started since early in his freshman season, playing both sides at tackle. Earner ACC honors his final two seasons. Agile lean frame with growth potential and the good footwork to develop into an NFL starter. Long arms, strong hands and above average footwork to move laterally and adjust to moves. Over his last two seasons, faced quality ACC rushers weekly and developed nice technique. Started 37 consecutive games and 48 total contests over his short career. He is more natural at left tackle, but the Cardinals flip flopped their offensive tackles during the games, so he has experience on both sides. Former HS basketball player and he has the footwork and flexibility to prove it. Shows good quickness coming out of his stance and looks smooth in his kick-slide. Uses his very long arms to keep pass rushers off his body and can make it very difficult for speed to run the arc on him. Needs to play with sound hand placement and overall technique to get the most out of his athleticism As a run blocker, he maintains low pad level and can be explosive when engaging. Rolls his hips and keeps his feet moving to get a good push. May not have the ideal lateral agility to handle NFL quality edge speed. Relies almost totally on his length and natural strength, rather than refining his technique. Sometimes, gets out of balance by leaning too far forward and waist bending. Seems to finish too many plays on the ground. Projects to both tackle and guard where he shows an NFL skill set. Big hands and a strong punch gains a quick advantage, but must bend knees to be effective and sustain blocks. Effective when asked to move in space, though limited overall speed. He shows the ability to pull and fit on backers and is very effective within short areas where he can win most physical confrontations. Also projects inside to guard where he might compete for playing time. At the NFL Combine, he came in at 6’5” and 298 lbs. with 35” arms and 10 3/4” hands. Ran a 5.33 time with 19 reps. Agile blocker with the talent to develop further and an interesting prospect with the physical tools and intangibles to challenge for playing time and possibly start. Athletic savvy lineman with size, agility, flexibility, strength and technique to find a way to earn a roster spot and challenge for starting time. Good 3rd day addition and long-term prospect with the makeup to surprise and start at either right tackle or guard in time after critical development in his fine skill set. Marginal top 150 prospect.

14 Alex Cappa #71                    6-6        305       Humboldt St – Sp. 5.30
    Hindu Theory:  Doug Free                                                   Rating 70
Experienced four-year starter and first team D2 All-American performer over his final two seasons. Performed at left tackle and was a dominant blocker during his career. Physical lineman wins in close quarters once he gets his hands on an opponent. Lined up at left tackle, though projects to right tackle or guard in the NFL. Frame to add weight and displays excellent functional strength. Long athlete possesses broad shoulders with a well-proportioned physique. As a run blocker, he displays fine initial quickness and comes off at the snap with great force to create movement inline. Plays with good knee bend, which is critical at his height. Displays sound technique, though lets his pads get too high at times. His hand punch is violent and he uses a very strong grip to latch on to and control defenders in the GNAC. Keeps his butt down and seldom allows himself to get overextended. Good balance overall and rarely is on the ground at the whistle. Works hard to sustain his blocks and looks to bury defenders. He has the strength and physicality to move inside to guard as well. As a pass-protector, at the D2 level, he generally had his way with the best pass rushers they threw at him. May not possess the elite foot quickness and arm length to play at LT in the NFL with no experience at other positions. Made a strong showing during Senior Bowl week, going against the best pass rushers at that event. Played both tackle and guard over his week in Mobile, Alabama. Shows tackle length and mass with definite growth potential. Able to run block in line with success. Moves deliberately and uses his reach and bulk to get into a defender with the power and tenacity to finish. Gets overextended at times and fails to sustain, though will battle to recover. Gets into his pass set fairly well and can stalemate most bull rushes with good functional strength and hand technique. Top edge speed gives him trouble, especially off the snap where he can be beaten early on the down. Shows the kick-slide and lateral movement to mirror edge rushers and relies on his punch to recover. Better overall vs right side speed and capable of handling the power position. Quick pass rushers with inside spin moves are difficult for him to handle. Gets a strong push run blocking and can lock on and get movement. At the NFL Combine, he came in at 6’6” and 305 lbs. with 32 5/8” arms and 9 1/4” hands. He did 24 reps, ran a 5.35 time with a 26.5” VL and an 8’1” BJ. Ran a 4.84 shuttle and an 8.04 three cone. Fast developing tackle with the skill set to continue to improve. Hard working technician needs to be fundamentally sound to succeed. Top 150 prospect graded out well at the Senior Bowl, though still needs work and time. With improved technique, he may be able to compete at right tackle, though a move inside initially may be his best chance of early time. Good middle round pick with fine intangibles to get the most of his average skill set and earn starting right tackle or guard spot.

15 * Will Richardson #54       6-6      310       North Carolina St – Sp. 5.25     
Hindu Theory:      Jeff Allen                                                   Rating 70
Physical wide body tackle has been a mainstay on the Wolfpack’ line the past three seasons, starting since early in his redshirt freshman year. Earned 2nd team ACC honors in 2017 and decided to declare for the NFL Draft in April. Big long frame, arm length along with agile footwork to play as a tackle at the next level and equal experience at both tackle and guard. Shows the aggression and drive to effectively stay on right side after starting at tackle most of his career. Performed well against many elite speed rushers while playing vs ACC talent, in addition to facing the very talented NC St. front four during practice throughout his career. Helped form a powerful right-side of the offensive line, playing alongside RG Tony Adams, where they played an integral part of opening holes for Hines and Samuels. As a run blocker, he is very quick off the snap. Engages with force while playing with a wide base and good balance. Locks on and sustains well. Keeps his feet moving as a run blocker and tries to dominate his opponent. Despite his massive size, due to his surprising quickness, is able to make the reach and angle blocks necessary to be effective in a zone blocking scheme. Due to his impressive core strength and powerful hands, he possesses the sheer power also to be effective in a man on man blocking scheme. As a pass-protector, he was also very effective, where his long reach and lateral movement kept most edge rushers at bay. Overall, he moves well enough to remain at RT in the NFL with his core strength and physicality, but to also to move inside to guard. Adequate blocking in space, and gets out in front on screen passes, though only average foot speed. Technically sound as a pass blocker. Uses a quick hand punch and recoils nicely with good power. Good kick slide and has the lateral agility to effectively mirror rushers. Maintains his base, does not over commit with good hand extension when blocking speed rushers. Big frame and reach, but must commit to conditioning and will benefit from an NFL level training program. Quickly recognizes stunts and twists and works hard to sustain and finish his blocks, showing a mean streak. Moves efficiently to reach the 2nd level, though does not always get good fits on the backers. Struggles to change directions and redirect to multiple moves at times. Shows overall athleticism and a physical style that fits nicely for the right side. Able to anchor when facing a strong bull rusher and nice RT fit. Talent to start there with developed power when he plays with leverage. At the NFL Combine, he came in at 6’6” and 306 lbs. with 35 1/4” arms and did not lift. He ran a 5.22 time with a 31.5” VJ, a 9’ BJ and marginal agility drills with a 4.83 shuttle and a 7.80 three cone. Similar to tackle Jeff Allen size, versatility and development. Probable mid-3rd day pick with definite starting grade. A few off the field issues must be addressed and hurt his grade. Needs to be technically sound to realize his talent. Tough physical prospect with right tackle skill set and a fairly high LOD. Marginal top 150 prospect with a NFL starting talent at tackle or guard, though a definite boom or bust prospect. Sleeper and dancing bear lineman.

16 Jamil Demby #65                 6-5        320                   Maine – Sp 5.50              Rating 65
Physical dependable starter the past four years, earning CAA honors over his final two seasons. Started at right tackle as a true freshman before moving to left tackle his final two seasons. Probably moves to right tackle as a pro, though may line up early at guard. Good footwork with big body type and proportioned physique with good arm length, strong hands and broad shoulders. Very dedicated worker with tough mentality to play thru the whistle. Performed well at the Senior Bowl and showed the ability to adjust nicely to new situations including positional changes. Possesses all the desired tools to be a surprise starting pro guard. Big frame with nice mobility and technique to push for a roster spot and eventually a starting role. Graded out highly with fast improvement over his late career to earn an invite from the Senior Bowl. Possesses strong frame with good height, arm length and wingspan. Shows good balance in his pass set with average lateral quickness. Able to steer pass rushers wide with his reach. Speedy edge rushers can give him problems in pass-protection if he doesn’t get his hands on them early on the down. Displays the ability to win as a finesse blocker, though more a physical mauler. Played right tackle early in his career and projects there or guard as a pro. Plays a physical brand and uses sound technique and locks on consistently. Capable of rolling his hips and getting impressive movement when he bends his knees. Uses his size, bulk and reach to mirror pass rushers when he is successful. Fairly quick feet when asked to reach the 2nd level and block backers. Needs to improve bending his knees and better utilizing his weight room strength. At the NFL Combine, he came in at over 6’4” and 319 lbs. with 33 3/4” arms and 10” hands. He did 17 reps and ran a 5.58 time with a 23.5” VL and an 8’2” BJ. Developing lineman with the skill set to continue to improve. Versatility projects to both RT and guard. Four-year starter with good intangibles, durability and consistency. Top 200 prospect with make it grade. Good late round addition.

17 Joseph Noteboom #68         6-5        310      TCU – Sp. 4.95     Rating 65         
Agile three-year starter earned Big 12 honors over his final two seasons. Big frame with long arms (35 ½”) and surprising agility for such a specimen. Possesses the prototypical offensive tackle skills and physique. Incredible length, long arms and the girth to wall off defenders. Uses his bulk well in protection. On paper, he is the prototype left tackle with the tools and quickness to remain there in the pros, if he plays up to his potential. At times though, he has struggled more than he should with run of the mill edge rushers that one would expect him to stonewall with relative ease. At his best, he has very light feet, lateral agility and is very quick off the snap. His kick-slide is smooth and efficient and he shows he can do well when squared up with his man and staying between he and the QB. He shows good awareness and is usually alert to stunts, twists, and blitzes. He does not play with a fiery demeanor though. Nor is he really physically nasty or the type that looks to really bury his opponents. He is content to just steer them out of the play, or mirror and wall off. Possesses good movement skills. As a pass blocker, he shows good feet and is able to set up smoothly with a strong base and good knee bend. In protection, his technique is still a work in progress, but has all the tools to succeed. As a run blocker, he possesses the natural strength to get movement inline, but inconsistent using his hands to move a defender. Effective at peeling off his initial block and engaging another defender on the 2nd level. Shows awareness for blitzes and stunts when pass blocking. Displayed the ability to slow down his primary man and still get to the outside to knock off a blitzing defensive back. At the NFL Combine, he came in at 6’5” and 309 lbs. with 34 3/8” arms and 9 5/8” hands. He did 27 reps and ran a 4.96 time with a 24” VL and an 8’5” BJ. He also added good agility drills with a 4.44 short shuttle and a 7.65 three cone drill. Developing tackle with talent to continue to improve, though only a right tackle. Needs to play with more urgency. Top 150 prospect and possible starter with development. Good tools make him a prospect worth putting in the time with, though only a 3rd day addition. Good late gamble, though needs to turn up the volume to realize his physical talent.

18 David Bright #64                  6-5        310       Stanford – Sp 5.20                     Rating 62
Dependable, durable tackle has been holding down various starting spot along the Cardinal line over the past three seasons. Lined up mainly at right tackle, though started at left tackle and inside at guard in 2017, earning Pac-12 second team honors. Four-star recruit with academic Pac-12 honors and very durable with 53 career games. Thick throughout and possesses good core strength. Comes out of his stance with adequate quickness and uses his reach and wingspan well when pass blocking and is difficult to beat with speed or power. Feet are good enough in pass protection and usually contains the inside counter moves and difficult to bull rush. Lined up at both OT and guard positions during his career with the Cardinal, so brings some nice versatility to whichever team selects him. As a run blocker, he has experience in both man to man and zone blocking schemes. Possesses the quick feet and balance to handle zone assignments very well. Smart, alert and aware. Does not make many mental errors. Able to make the reach blocks on outside zone and is smooth and balanced when making short pulls on counter plays. In short yardage, he has the ability to get low, use leverage, and root out defenders on the line. Appears very well coached. In pass-protection, he is quick off the snap and into his pass sets. His kick-slide looks coordinated and clean. Displays a sound punch with good arm extension. He has only average arm length though for the OT spot in the NFL. Very underrated performer and brings the power and proper technique to beat an opponent. As a drive blocker, shows good surge and runs his feet well to consistently win at the point of attack. Understands angles and positioning and is able to wall off defenders and sustain. Adequate foot speed and balance to reach the 2nd level and fit on backers. Stiff through the hips and at times fails to bend his knees to get under an opponent’s pads and maintain good leverage. Initial lateral quickness is adequate and often effective on backside cutoff blocks. Plays better than he will test out. Zone blocker with nice functional strength. He did not attend the NFL Combine. At his pro day, he came in at 6’4” and 295 lbs. with 33 3/8” arms and 9 3/8” hands. He did 34 reps and ran a 4.81 time. Probably only a right tackle/guard, with potentially the talent to challenge for a starting job. Ability to sink his hips and anchor well with the feet and functional power to adjust. Size, feet, strength, technique and body control to compete. Tough lineman with a marginal starting grade and probable late 3rd day pick. Physical tools to be a mauler type and marginal top 250 prospect with potential, though needs clear refinement and time.

19 Timon Parris #71      6-6        315       Stony Brook (N.Y.) – Sp. 5.15     Rating 62        
Dominating performer at lower level of competition was a regular starter since his redshirt freshman season. Three-time CAA performer started 41 straight games before a broken leg injury late in the 2017 season ended his career. First team CAA in 2017 and 2016 after 2nd team honors in 2015. Tall blocker with bulk, length and strength that allowed him to dominate at the lower level. As a 5th year senior, he started at both left and right tackles. Also, projects to guard. Durable performer other than missing the late part of the 2017 season vs a high level of competition in the tough CAA. Possesses nice physique for an NFL right tackle and on the hoof bears resemblance for that role. Earned an invitation to the Senior Bowl All-star event but was not able to perform due to his broken leg not fully healed at that time. At the FCS level, he basically had his way with the undersized defensive ends he went up against, though tested by a few NFL caliber defenders in the CAA. Shows pretty good technique and comes off at the snap with fine initial quickness, keeps a wide base, with good balance and bends his knees. Long arms (33 7/8”) and big hands (9 3/8”) and gets good extension and is able to lock on and control defenders. Shows he can drive block well at his level and was able to move defenders off the line consistently. Capable of being both an influence blocker and a pure inline mauler. Good use of positioning to keep his man out of the play by locking on and walling off. At the NFL Combine, he came in at 6’6” and 312 lbs. with 33 7/8” arms and 9 3/8” hands. He did an impressive 27 reps, but left the rest for his pro day. Developing tackle with the physical skill set to continue to improve and the versatility to project inside to guard. Top 250 prospect with definite make it grade. Needs time to adjust to the speed of the NFL game, though he can win a roster spot and start in time after vital development.

20 Brett Toth #78      6-6        305                Army – Sp. 5.15             Rating 62
Long senior has been a fixture on the Black Knights’ line starting since midway of his true sophomore season. Starting time at right tackle where his girth and length was very effective. Earned an invitation to the Senior Bowl where he held his own vs edge rushers. Big strong frame with fine girth, average arm length and functional strength, adequate footwork and overall athleticism. Mainly right tackle where his power and footwork fit well. Flashes a strong, though inconsistent hand punch with the balance and lateral agility to perform short pulls and traps. Playing in Army’s run heavy triple option offense, he is extremely experienced as a run blocker and equally inexperienced in pass-protection. He has the tools and athleticism to be a good fit in an NFL zone blocking scheme. Light feet, quick off the snap, able to make the reach or angle blocks with great consistency. He can get outside and seal the edge very well. He can easily get to the 2nd level, where he shows the footwork and balance to get good fits on and eliminate linebackers or defensive backs in space. At the All-Star games, he was able to allay any concerns about his ability in pass-protection, where he impressed observers by displaying the agility, balance and technique.  Army had attempted a total of only 296 passes in the past three seasons combined, with only 65 of that total coming in 2017. He shows surprisingly good smoothness in his kick-slide, stays square to the man he is blocking and is able run them past the QB at the top of the arc. He has a two-year Army commitment though, but for a team willing to wait and be patient, he has the tools and work ethic to be a fine long-term contributor. Could project to either guard as well as his normal RT position. Average reach (33 5/8”) and strong hands helps him jar speed rushers in their tracks when he gets into them early. For a lineman of his size, he sets up adequately and must rely on his initial punch to gain control when protecting the outside. In pass pro, he comes off the ball with good hand use and arm extension with adequate footwork to slide. Limited flexibility to redirect within a short area. As a drive blocker, he gets strong movement when he uses leverage, but needs work on his technique and knee bend to utilize his power. Needs to be technically sound to take advantage of size and struggles when coming off the ball high. Shows some promising skills, though he needs strength and footwork to block on the 2nd level. Lacks the agility to redirect. Developing pass blocking skills with good power to anchor vs the bull rush. At the NFL Combine, he checked in at 6’6” and 291 lbs. with 33 3/8” arm length and 10 1/4” hands. He did not lift or workout due to foot injury. At his pro day, he did 16 reps and ran a 5.14 time. Compares to tackle Breno Giacomini. Carries a marginal top 250 grade and a possible late selection. Needs some time to develop further, though graded out well. Phone booth developed tackle, but needs key development to realize his potential to start at right side tackle.

21 * Toby Weathersby #66        6-4        315                   LSU – Sp. 5.35              Rating 62         
Huge junior started over the 2017 season and decided to declare for the NFL Draft despite limited playing time. Raw tall athlete with the package to develop into an NFL starter with a good blend of agility, power and technique. Big frame with strong hands and adequate footwork to move laterally. Over his last two seasons, faced quality SEC edge rushers at right tackle and developed better technique and positioning. Good base with the ability to bend his knees, utilizing his adequate quickness and foot speed to pass protect or get to the 2nd level. Possesses good, but not ideal size and length for tackle, but almost perfect size for guard. Performance at RT was very good in 2017 when he only gave up one sack. Displays good quickness out of his stance and adequate ability to mirror and slide in pass-protection. Will not over-commit to his outside edge and does well at remaining alert to the inside counter. He has the athleticism to recover if the pass rusher succeeds on his initial move. Displays a powerful punch and strong hands that can make him difficult to disengage from once he locks on. His sustainable is inconsistent however. Big hands and a strong punch gains a quick advantage, but must bend knees to be effective and sustain his blocks. Marginally effective when asked to move in space with limited speed. At times, struggles to pull and fit on backers, though is effective within short areas where he can win most physical confrontations. He is not a really fiery glass eater either, and sometimes must do better at maintaining a high-level of intensity. Seems to get dinged up a lot and missed games the past two seasons with various ankle, shoulder and knee issues. LSU’s offense sometimes required him to flip flop between right and left tackle during games, so the added experience could help him make a roster as a swing tackle and one with the added strength and mass to be able to cover a guard spot too. Needs to play with sound hand placement and overall technique to get the most out of his average athleticism. At the NFL Combine, he came in at 6’4” and 317 lbs. with 33 1/4” arms and 10 1/4” hands. Did 28 reps, ran a 5.34, added a 24.5” VL and an 8’10” BJ. Also had adequate agility drills with a 5.38 short shuttle and an 8.55 three cone. Talent can be developed further with the physical tools and intangibles to challenge for playing time. Needs to bring a disciplined attitude to continue to improve. Good long-term prospect with the makeup to surprise once he settles into a system. Marginal starter may move inside to guard.

22 Ike Boettger #75                  6-5        300                   Iowa – Sp. 5.10              Rating 60         
Lean tall redshirt senior was listed as the starting left tackle for 2017, but unfortunately tore his Achilles tendon in September that ended his final season. Earned Big Ten honors as a junior when he lined up at three positions, mainly right tackle for the Iowa program. Overall development and skill set projects to tackle or guard. Long frame with adequate footwork and good arm length and footwork. Sound technique allows him to sustain and not get overpowered by the bull rush. Uses length to battle edge speed. Looks very clean and well-rounded in all aspects of blocking. As a run blocker, in a zone scheme, he is at his best. Quick off the snap, and able to consistently make the reach block on inside or outside zone runs. As a drive blocker, he consistently gets movement, keeps his feet moving, sustains till the whistle and finishes. Coming out of Iowa, he is well versed in all the fundamentals and is very technically sound. In pass-protection, he is quick at the snap and into his pass sets. Keeps a nice wide base, usually bends his knees and sinks his hips. Shows good quickness in his kick-slide and is able to generally mirror and wall off all the pass rushers he faced in the Big Ten. Developed good skills, showing agility and flexibility to mirror in pass protection with improving hand punch to gain an early advantage. As a drive blocker, he needs strength improvement to finish more consistently. Sustain blocks well with strong hands to steer a defender. Flexibility to roll his hips and move defenders, though can struggle vs elite edge rushers. He has the potential to start in the NFL with quick hands, balance and footwork, but he must prove healthy that cost him most of the 2017 season. Shows fine his hand placement and the ability to adjust to counter moves. In pass protection, he has the ability to slide, though at times can play high and be vulnerable to power rushers. Needs overall strength to handle power with better pad level to fully utilize his skills. He did not attend the NFL Combine. At his pro day, he came in at 6’7” and 307 lbs. with 35 ¼” arms and 10 1/8“ hands. He did 15 reps and ran 5.12 time with a 28.5” VL and an 8’10” BJ with good positional and agility drills with a 4.64 short shuttle and a 7.40 three cone drill. Talent to succeed after being tested by NFL caliber defenders. Over his career, he graded out highly, though he needs to be fundamentally sound in his technique to succeed. Agile lineman with the talent to possibly start with development. Top 250 prospect here with starting potential, but clearly must prove ready to compete for a roster spot in camp. Adequate right tackle power and also projects inside to guard. Unheralded prospect with upside to surprise in time and challenge for a position. Sleeper at the tackle position.

23 Jaryd Jones-Smith #55        6-6        315                   Pittsburgh – Sp. 5.25     Rating 60
Massive powerful fifth year senior has been a valuable member for the Panthers over his injury riddled career. Started 9 of 12 games at right tackle in 2017 with 13 starts in 33 career games. Prototypical right tackle and projects there as a pro. Huge frame and strong throughout his body especially through his trunk with very long arms (36 1/4”) and wide shoulders. Uses his fine size and good raw strength to create movement when run blocking. Capable of driving defenders off the line when he plays with proper pad level, though sloppy in his overall technique especially as a drive blocker. Appears to have the ideal tools for left tackle, though played on the right-side due to the presence of fellow bookend Brian O’Neill, another prototypical left tackle specimen. Jaryd is able to use his size and reach to effectively mirror and wall off as a run blocker. Takes forever to get around due to his rare wingspan and quick feet. Shows good balance in his kick-slide and can take the speed rushers on past the pocket when they try to run the arc. When a pass rusher tries to bull rush him by converting speed to power, he has the core strength, knee bend and ability to anchor to usually keep them at bay. Improved as a senior when pass blocking, especially his footwork and awareness. Shows a wide base with decent footwork for his size. Slides fairly well laterally considering his size, but too often can let his pads rise in his setup. Needs to use his strength and power better. Must show he can sustain blocks and stop inside counter moves. Probably stays at right tackle at the next level. Handles power rushers on the right side when he bends his knees. At the NFL Combine, he came in 6’6” and 317 lbs. and had 36 1/4” arms and 10” hands. He ran a 5.22 time, did 16 reps with a 27” VL and a 9’1” BJ. Added a 4.94 shuttle and 8.10 three cone. As a drive blocker, he must bend his knees to effectively take advantage of his big frame and utilize his power consistently. When he comes off the ball high, he lacks a strong push at the LOS and can struggle to adjust and redirect when beaten early. With some development, he should settle into the right tackle spot and play there with key development. Marginal top 250 prospect with a potential and the package and intangibles to be a late bargain to take the next step up.

24 Desmond Harrison #68        6-6        290                   West Georgia – Sp. 4.90            Rating 60         
Athletic senior tackle completed a much-traveled career with an excellent sprint at the NFL Combine that improved his stock. Attended three schools, starting as a highly coveted recruit to Texas. Failed drug tests and other off the field issues related to testing at a CC. Saw action in 2013 at Texas, but did not play one down there in 2014. He did not play in 2015 and 2016. Returned at the D2 level and had a dominant 2017 performance at West Georgia that earned a Senior Bowl invitation. He was unable to perform due to illness and injury. Checked in at just 277 lbs. due to illness. Bulked up to 292 lbs. at 6’6” for NFL Combine where he ran a blazing 4.90 time. Big agile tackle had a fine senior season that justified his blue-chip label entering Texas. Mobile specimen has the physical package to develop into an NFL starter with ideal combination of agility, power and technique. Lengthy frame with long arms (34”) and quick footwork to move laterally. Over his last season, he played with the smaller D2 edge rushers. Combines long arms and good base with the ability to bend his knees, utilizing his good quickness and foot speed to very effectively pass protect or get to the 2nd level. Needs to play with sound hand placement and overall technique to get the most out of his athleticism. Consistently reliable pass blocker due to technique, positioning, balance and fine functional strength with sound efficient footwork. In the NFL, he projects to tackle where he shows nice athleticism. Must develop his hand punch more to gain a quick advantage. Needs to bend his knees to be effective and sustain blocks. Very effective when asked to move in space and shows the ability to pull and fit on backers on the perimeter or within short areas. Also projects inside to guard where he might compete for playing time. At the NFL Combine, he came in at 6’6” and 292 lbs. with 34” arms and 9 3/8” hands. He ran an impressive 4.90 time. He will do other drills at his pro day. Agile athlete with the fine talent to develop further. Interesting prospect with the physical tools to take the next step. Possesses the size, flexibility, footwork and technique to earn a roster spot. Talent to continue to improve and be a good late addition and a long-term prospect with the makeup to surprise for the patient club that gives him time. Possible starter in time with top skill set.

25 Greg Senat #72            6-6        300        Wagner (N.Y.) – Sp. 5.35            Rating 60
Long athletic senior has been a two-year starter, earning D2 honors his final two seasons at right tackle. Late developing prospect with an intriguing physical makeup and skill set to project to the outside. Started college as a basketball player where he played for four seasons. Lean tall frame with good footwork and impressive arm length. Started all 22 games on gridiron. Over his final season, he made nice improvement especially in pass pro with his kick slide and hand technique. Earned an invitation to the East-West Shrine game where he graded out fairly well vs quality edge rushers. Overall, he has developed good skills, showing agility and flexibility to mirror in pass protection with improving hand punch to gain an advantage. At times, struggles to sustain to control secondary moves and can be overpowered by bull rush. As a drive blocker, he is quick on the snap, but lacks a strong push and needs strength improvement and technique to finish more consistently. Needs to bend his knees more and get better use of his hands to sustain blocks. He has average strength in the lower unit that limits his functional power, despite the flexibility to roll his hips and move defenders. Struggle to sustain and finish and at times raises his pads and plays with a thin base and loses leverage. He has starting pro potential with quick hands, balance and footwork, but he needs extensive work, especially his hand placement and his ability to adjust to moves. In pass protection, he has the ability to slide laterally with good grades, though plays too upright and is vulnerable to power rushers and counter moves. Needs overall strength to handle power with better pad level to fully utilize his athleticism. At the NFL Combine, he came in at 6’6” and 302 lbs. with 34 7/8” arms and 9 7/8” hands. He did 19 reps and ran 5.37 time and added a 26” VL and an 8’10” BJ. He had solid positional and agility drills with a 4.71 short shuttle and a 7.41 three cone drill. Athletic package to succeed, though has been tested by few NFL caliber defenders. Graded out high, though he needs to improve his knee bend and overall skills. Raw agile lineman with the talent to possibly start in time, though needs extensive technique and strength development to realize his potential. Marginal top 250 prospect with potential, but clearly raw in critical aspects of play especially with his functional strength and basic technique. Intriguing unheralded lineman with upside to surprise, though clearly needs time.

  26 Jeromy Irwin             6-5        295                 Colorado – Sp. 5.15                                Rating 60
27 Elijah Nkansah           6-5        310                  Toledo – Sp. 5.10                                    Rating 60
28 Aaron Stinnie             6-5        310                  James Madison (Va) – Sp. 5.15           Rating 60
29 Jamar McGloster       6-7        310                  Syracuse – Sp. 5.30                                Rating 58
30 Bentley Spain            6-6        310                   North Carolina – Sp. 5.25                     Rating 58
31 Andrew Nelson          6-6        305                   Penn St – Sp. 5.20                                 Rating 58
32 Gerhard de Beer        6-7        320                  Arizona – Sp. 5.35                                  Rating 58
33 Jake Campos              6-8        300                   Iowa St – Sp. 5.25                                  Rating 58
34 Brett Kendrick           6-6        320                   Tennessee – Sp. 5.15                             Rating 58
35 Marcell Lazard           6-6        310                   Boston College – Sp. 5.25                     Rating 58
36 Rick Leonard              6-7        305                   Florida St – Sp. 5.20                              Rating 58
37 Sandley Jean-Felix    6-5        320                   Marshall – Sp. 5.35                                Rating 58
38 Christian DiLauro     6-5        300                   Illinois – Sp. 5.20                                  Rating 58
39 David Knevel              6-9        315                   Nebraska – Sp. 5.25                                Rating 58
40 Korey Cunningham   6-6        305                   Cincinnati – Sp. 5.30                            Rating 56
41 Zach Golditch              6-5        295                   Colorado St – Sp. 5.35                          Rating 56
42 Justin Evans               6-5        310                   South Carolina St – Sp. 5.25               Rating 56
43 Anthony Coyle            6-5        295                  Fordham – Sp. 5.20                               Rating 56
44 Aaron Cochran           6-8        350                  Oklahoma St – Sp. 5.50                        Rating 56
45 Justin Spencer           6-5        300                  Youngstown St  – Sp. 5.25                   Rating 56
46 Leon Johnson            6-5        325                   Temple – Sp. 5.35                                 Rating 56
47 Brandon Hodges       6-4        315                   Pittsburgh – Sp. 5.30                            Rating 56
48 Sunny Odogwu          6-7        315                   UCLA – Sp. 5.35                                    Rating 56
49 Jack English               6-5        305                  Virginia – Sp. 5.25                                 Rating 56
50 Brandon Smith          6-8        327                  East Carolina – Sp. 5.35                       Rating 56
51 Joshua Outlaw           6-6        310                  Louisiana Tech  – Sp. 5.40                   Rating 56
52 Layth Friekh               6-5        300                  Arizona – Sp. 5.25                                 Rating 56
53 Andrew Kirkland       6-4        320                  Washington – Sp. 5.30                         Rating 56
54 Kyle Meadows           6-5        300                   Kentucky – Sp. 5.15                               Rating 56
55 Matt Diaz                   6-6        295                   Wagner (N.Y.) – Sp. 5.30                      Rating 56
56 Aaron Evans              6-6        325                   Central Florida – Sp. 5.35                    Rating 56
57 Ty McCulley              6-5        310                   Colorado St-Pueblo – Sp. 5.30             Rating 56
58 NaTy Rodgers           6-5        300                   Houston – Sp. 5.25                                Rating 56
59 Kyle Saxelid              6-7        290                   UNLV – Sp. 5.25                                     Rating 55
60 D’Aquin Withrow     6-6        295                  Louisiana-Lafayette – Sp. 5.30            Rating 55
61 Jordan Rose              6-6        325                   Idaho – Sp. 5.40                                      Rating 55
62 Nate Velichko           6-7        305                   San Jose St – Sp. 5.35                            Rating 55
63 Gabe Brandner        6-6        285                   Duke – Sp. 5.20                                        Rating 55
64 Tommy Boynton      6-4        300                  Georgia Southern – Sp. 5.30                 Rating 55
65 Dennis Finley           6-7        310                   Michigan St – Sp. 5.35                            Rating 55
66 David Reese             6-7        300                    Montana – Sp. 5.40                               Rating 55
67 Reed Darragh           6-4        290                   Texas-San Antonio – Sp. 5.3               Rating 55

      By Frank Coyle & Pro Scouting Staff of DraftInsiders.com             /