The one aspect I’m most looking forward to seeing from each NFL team in the ’19-20 season

Washington – see Derrius Guice return from injury and gain 2000 total yards in his first healthy year.

Jets – see Jamal Adams turn into a top 10 player in the NFL.

Giants – see the resurgent offensive line run all over the NFC East.

Titans – see Derrick Henry steamroll his way to 1600 rushing yards behind a top 5 offensive line.

Jaguars – continue to see the Jaguars defensive line wreak havoc.

Pats – watch veterans like Michael Bennett and Devin McCourty do their thing.

Cowboys – watch Leighton van der Esch destroy dudes from the linebacker spot.

Eagles – see the offense set records for passing yards.

Raiders – watch Lamarcus Joyner direct traffic and show his elite coverage skills from the free safety spot.

Packers – watch the new recruits on defence (eg Adrian Amos, Preston Smith, Rashan Gary, Darnell Savage).

Steelers – see if Juju Smith-Schuster can become that go-to option for the offence after Antonio Brown’s departure.

Seahawks – watch Chris Carson show flashes of Adrian Peterson as he runs over and hurdle front-flips defenders.

Browns – see Joel Bitonio and JC Tretter hold up a shaky offensive line.

Bears – watch Khalil Mack and Eddie Jackson duel for the defensive player of the year award.

Broncos – watch Philip Lindsay carve up the league after going undrafted (and he still lives in his parents basement!).

Niners – see the young blokes trample the opposition (eg Garoppolo to Kittle and Samuel, Dee Ford and DeForest Buckner double sack the QB on a stunt).

Vikings – see Everson Griffin return from mental health problems and regain his high performance levels.

Dolphins – watch the Dolphins have an up-and-coming offense with Laremy Tunsil and Isaiah Prince protecting Josh Rosen’s sides, while Devante Parker and Kenyan Drake make some serious yardage.

Chiefs – see what Andy Reid comes up with next with the inevitable departure of Tyreek Hill.

Cardinals – watch the stud rookie class show why they shouldn’t have been drafted so late (I’m looking at you Hakeem Butler, Deionte Thompson, Michael Dogbe, Byron Murphy and Caleb Wilson).

Saints – continue to watch Drew Brees and Michael Thomas link up for a masterclass of football smarts.

Lions – watch Jesse James prove he can be a good starting tight end.

Bills – see Tredavious White become one of the league’s best cornerbacks.

Colts – continue to see the great draft class of 2018 go to work (Quenton Nelson, Braden Smith and Darius Leonard).

Rams – watch the cornerback trio of Marcus Peters, Aqib Talib and rookie David Long make it extremely hard to get a completion.

Ravens – watch Earl Thomas bring the boom.

Falcons – see if Vic Beasley can return to his Pro-Bowl self.

Panthers – watch Christian McAffrey prove that size doesn’t matter.

Texans – watch DeAndre Hopkins and Will Fuller destroy opposition secondaries.

Bengals – watch Andy Dalton prove he’s an above average quarterback.

Chargers – watch the defence eviscerate all that comes before them.

Bucs – watch Mike Evans, OJ Howard, Cam Brate and Chris Godwin combine for a lethal offense.

 

Grades for rounds two and three for 2019 NFL draft

33. Arizona Cardinals – CB Byron Murphy. A. I would’ve targeted Murphy with the first pick (obviously trading down to get him), so this is an absolute steal for the Cards. Murphy and Patrick Peterson (assuming he’s with the team, there’s been trade rumours) will make an epic cornerback duo.

34. Indianapolis Colts – CB Rock Ya-Sin. F. Ya-Sin isn’t overly athletic, instinctive or flexible in the hips. I like the positional choice, but I have 26 corners ahead of him.

35. Jacksonville Jaguars – T Jawaan Taylor. F. Love the positional pick, do not like the player. Taylor has terrible pad level, hand usage, balance, which are key traits for a tackle. I actually have an undraftable grade for Taylor.

36. San Francisco 49ers – WR Deebo Samuel. B. Hakeem Butler is better, but Samuel will be a Pro Bowler from day one. Extremely good after the catch, but super underrated with route running and creating separation. He won’t be a jump ball guy, and compares to Golden Tate, but expect 1200 yards or so from Samuel in year one. Garoppolo gets that go-to receiver next to George Kittle.

37. Carolina Panthers – T Greg Little. B. They already have studs in Taylor Moton and Darryl Williams at tackle, but either of those guys can be moved inside to make way for Little, who has Hall-of-Fame ability. Yodny Cajuste is slightly better than Little, but great pick nonetheless.

38. Buffalo Bills – T Cody Ford. B. The Bills are bolstering their offensive line, which I love. Of course, they could’ve just kept Cordy Glenn, but they now have a great young tackle duo in Ford and Dion Dawkins. Josh Allen will have some time to throw, and LeSean McCoy might have a resurgent season.

39. Tampa Bay Buccaneers – CB Sean Bunting. F. I have a similar grade for Bunting as Ya-Sin. Bunting is athletic but you can tell he hasn’t played the position for long – any receiver with some nuance in their routes will make him get out of position. He has deep ball speed and some explosiveness, but give me Joejuan Williams or Kris Boyd. The Bucs need secondary help more than anyone in the draft, and they just whiffed.

40. Oakland Raiders – CB Trayvon Mullen. C. A day-one starter. Fills a position of need. There were better guys available though.

41. Denver Broncos – T Dalton Risner. B. They need more offensive linemen, and Risner fits the bill. He can be a long term option at tackle to replace Jared Veldheer, who has some injury problems, or he can play guard, or even center! They lost Matt Paradis, so the Broncos need to do some shuffling along that line.

42. Denver Broncos – QB Drew Lock. F. They need an improvement at QB, but Lock shows little ability other than his rocket arm.

43. Detroit Lions – ILB Jahlani Tavai. F. The Lions need an ILB, but Blake Cashman and Khalil Hodge are superior players. Tavai doesn’t have the strength nor instincts to be close to sniffing starter potential.

44. Green Bay Packers – C Elgton Jenkins. F. A powerful dude but not very mobile. Justin Falcinelli and Nick Linder at center or Yodny Cajuste, Nate Davis and Connor McGovern are better at guard.

45. New England Patriots – CB Joejuan Williams. A. The best corner available. He, Gilmore and McCourty are now the best cornerback trio in the league.

46. Cleveland Browns – CB Greedy Williams. C. The Browns need more corner depth and Greedy can start right away. They need to bolster the o-line, so Cajuste or the guards I mentioned like Davis and McGovern would’ve been better. They also need a strong safety after they puzzlingly let go of Derrick Kindred, so Juan Thornhill or Nasir Adderley would’ve been good options also. Morgan Burnett can’t produce forever.

47. Seattle Seahawks – FS Marquise Blair. B. They have their free safety to replace Earl Thomas. I would’ve gone for Deionte Thompson or Thornhill though.

48. New Orleans Saints – C Erik McCoy. B. The Saints fill a hole at center with McCoy.

49. Indianapolis Colts – OLB Ben Banogu. F. I’m doubtful of Banogu’s agility, hand usage, speed and coverage ability if asked to play LB in a 3-4 scheme. Lacks technique to play 4 tech.

50. Minnesota Vikings – TE Irv Smith Jr. C. They need more offensive linemen, but Smith is a solid blocker and field stretcher from the tight end spot. I have Caleb Wilson and Donald Parham ahead of him though. This could be the end of Kyle Rudolph in Minneaopolis, as the Vikings also have a good flex tight end in Tyler Conklin from last year’s draft, and they need some breathing room in terms of cap space.

51. Tennessee Titans – WR AJ Brown. D. Corey Davis and Adam Humphries are a good one-two punch at receiver, so that position was not one of need. I would’ve liked them to go offensive guard or edge defender, as Cam Wake is freaking 38.

52. Cincinnati Bengals – TE Drew Sample. F. They got injury-riddled Tyler Eifert back who is awesome when healthy, and signed CJ Uzomah, so I’m not sure this was a position of need. Sample is also nowhere near good enough in the receiving game to deserve game time yet.

53. Philadelphia Eagles – RB Miles Sanders. D. I don’t think he’s a big improvement on Corey Clement, who could split time with recently acquired Jordan Howard.

54. Houston Texans – CB Lonnie Johnson. F. I have an undraftable grade on Johnson. Very limited explosiveness or deep speed and struggles to locate ball in air.

55. Houston Texans – T Max Scharping. F. I like the positional selection, as Scharping can play tackle and guard (although I think Martinas Rankin can be a beast at tackle from last years draft), but Scharping lacks leverage, power and agility to be even an adequate backup.

56. Kansas City Chiefs – WR Mecole Hardman. B. Hardman is a weapon. Nice route runner. With Tyreek Hill unlikely to play anytime soon, Hardman is a good option. Hakeem Butler is better though, but I understand wanting to draft a guy like Hardman who has a similar skillset to Hill, to keep the scheme the same.

57. Philadelphia Eagles – WR JJ Arcega-Whiteside. F. A jump ball guy, but not great at change of direction to create separation. I understand the positional choice if they trade Nelson Agholar, but even then I would just stick with a lineup of Alshon Jeffery, DeSean Jackson, Zach Ertz and Dallas Goedert as the base lineup. So receiver was not a need, and cornerback still needs to be addressed.

58. Dallas Cowboys – DT Trysten Hill. C. They desperately need a safety and Juan Thornhill and Deionte Thompson are still on the board. But Hill is a good run stopper on the interior with some mobility and technique to get to the QB.

59. Indianapolis Colts – WR Parris Campbell. B. A very nice receiver with good yards after catch ability and deep speed.

60. Los Angeles Chargers – SS Nasir Adderley. C. With Adrian Phillips and underrated stud Kyzir White from last year’s draft at free safety, I think o-line would’ve been a better pick. However, Adderley is a great player and can play free safety, although I think strong safety is his best bet as a ball hawk and big hitter, so Derwin James or White can be moved to linebacker or even corner at times. That o-line needs help or Philip Rivers’s body might crumble. 

61. Los Angeles Rams – SS Taylor Rapp. F. Rapp is a sure tackler, but shows little ability outside of that, other than some good instincts against the run. I have atleast 10 safeties in front of Rapp. They could’ve gone interior o-line too after they lost Rodger Saffold in free agency. John Johnson and Eric Weddle are solid at safety anyway.

62. Arizona Cardinals – (traded Josh Rosen for this pick. What a waste of a pick for the Cards to move up and get Rosen last year, and besides, the Dolphins have a stud in Luke Falk). Andy Isabella. F. Isabella is fast but will be destroyed at the line of scrimmage and will have difficulty making contested catches. I don’t mind the receiver group of Larry Fitz, Kevin White (who can be a good player if healthy) and Christian Kirk, so interior o-line or linebacker would’ve been better.

63. Kansas City Chiefs – SS Juan Thornhill. A. They have a good starter in Daniel Sorenson, but Thornhill is an upgrade, and will make a bunch of All-Pro teams with his ridiculous athleticism. He can also play at corner, which the Chiefs need.

64. Seattle Seahawks – WR DK Metcalf. F. HAKEEM BUTLER IS AVAILABLE. Metcalf is fast and has YAC ability, but struggles to get separation laterally or expose holes in a zone.

65. Arizona Cardinals – DE Zach Allen. F. The Cards could use an edge defender to take over from Terrell Suggs long term, but give me Cole Holcomb, Jachai Polite or Nate Harvey over Allen. Allen could play inside, but even then a Michael Dogbe or Terry Beckner Jr can fit that role to a higher level. They still have a large hole at left guard, assuming Mason Cole can live up to my grade on him at center from last year’s draft.

66. Pittsburgh Steelers – WR Diontae Johnson. F. HAKEEM BUTLER IS AVAILABLE. They need a receiver, but Johnson is undraftable IMO. He doesn’t display any outstanding skill.

67. San Francisco 49ers – WR Jalen Hurd. F. Another receiver?! Dante Pettis, Marquise Goodwin and Deebo Samuel aren’t enough?! Besides, Hurd shows little ability other than making tough short yardage.

68. New York Jets – OLB Jachai Polite. A. The Jets nail another third round pick after getting Nathan Shephard in last years draft. Polite fills a huge need at outside linebacker who can dominate on the edge.

69. Jacksonville Jaguars – TE Josh Oliver. C. The Jags have a bunch of average tight ends, and while Oliver doesn’t move the chains much at that spot, he does have some big-time ability as a rotational tight end from day one. YODNY CAJUSTE IS STILL ON THE BOARD AND THEY DESPERATELY NEED AN OFFENSIVE TACKLE THOUGH!!

70. Los Angeles Rams – RB Darrell Henderson. C. Absolute road runner with big play ability and toughness between the tackles. They do need running back depth behind Todd Gurley, but edge defence and interior o-line is a big need still.

71. Denver Broncos – DT Dremont Jones. F. The Broncos have good 3 techs in Derek Wolfe and Adam Gotsis, and they might move to a 4-3 base D if they commit to Bradley Chubb, who simply can’t cover in a 3-4 scheme. They really need an upgrade at QB – Joe Flacco is overpaid and past it, and as I wrote about Drew Lock, he’s gonna be another Broncos QB bust. Give me Taylor Cornelius, Jordan Ta’amu or Tanner Mangum.  They could use a good safety too, like a Deionte Thompson.

72. Cincinnati Bengals – ILB Germaine Pratt. F. A big dude who will destroy you in the run game, but nowhere near mobile enough to cover or defend in space. They have All-Pro level player in Malik Jefferson already, so they should’ve gone o-line again or safety.

73. Chicago Bears – RB David Montgomery. F. Montgomery is ok with some shiftiness, but there were better backs on the board like LJ Scott and Bryce Love.

74. Buffalo Bills – RB Devin Singletary. F. They already have LeSean McCoy, Frank Gore and newly added TJ Yeldon. Singletary is pretty good, but I’d prefer LJ Scott and Bryce Love over him. And they need more cornerback depth, as well as linebacker as I think they whiffed on Trumaine Edmunds last year.

75. Green Bay Packers – TE Jace Sternberger. F. Caleb Wilson and Donald Parham are still available and superior at that position.

76. Washington – WR Terry McLaurin. C. The W’s need receiver help next to Josh Doctson so a nice pick here, I cannot fathom why they wouldn’t draft Hakeem Butler here though, he has fallen hard in this draft. They need corner, free safety and o-line help as well.

77. New England Patriots – OLB Chase Winovich. F. Sigh. Kyle van Noy and Donta Hightower play at this spot, and they’re pretty good. Give me Blake Cashman or Cole Holcomb here. Winovich just doesn’t blow you away with speed, strength or agility.

78. Miami Dolphins – G Michael Deiter. B. Big body who fills a need for Dolphins on interior.

79. Los Angeles Rams – CB David Long. B. I like the pick – a dude who can start in nickel packages from day one with Aqib Talib and Marcus Peters, and can take over from Talib long-term.

80. Cleveland Brown – ILB Sione Takitaki. C. Love his physicality, can move some in coverage. This might mean they’re moving on from Christian Kirksey.

81. Detroit Lions – FS Will Harris. F. The Lions need help at safety since they let Glover Quin go, but I’m not sure what they see in Harris.

82. Tennessee Titans – G Nate Davis. A. Holy smokes, the Titans have the best offensive line in the league now!

83. Pittsburgh Steelers – CB Justin Layne. F. Derrick Baitty, Mark Fields and Julian Love are all still on the board and are superior at that position. They still need help at linebacker (assuming Devin Bush plays safety) and some youth on the interior of o-line, so I would’ve liked to see Connor McGovern go here, or Yodny Cajuste, WHO IS STILL ON THE BOARD.

84. Kansas City Chiefs – Khalen Saunders. F. I like Michael Dogbe, Greg Gaines or Terry Beckner Jr at defensive tackle. They need interior o-line help too so Cajuste or Connor McGovern would be nice there.

85. Baltimore Ravens – OLB Jaylon Ferguson. C. Fills a huge need at linebacker since they lost Terrell Suggs, Zadarius Smith and CJ Mosley, so not a bad pick. I like Cole Holcomb, Nate Harvey and Blake Cashman more though. They could also get more interior o-line help too.

86. Houston Texans – TE Kahale Warring. F. Warring can certainly get upfield but doesn’t show any hugely impressive skill in blocking, understanding where space is within zones or creating separation in man to man coverage. Give me Caleb Wilson or Donald Parham at that spot.

87. New England Patriots – RB Damien Harris. C. I love the player, confused by the pick seeing as they have James White, Rex Burkhead and Sony Michel already.

88. Seattle Seahawks – ILB Cody Barton. F. They already have Bobby Wagner, an aging KJ Wright, and even Shaquem Griffin can play at off-ball LB. Barton didn’t show much agility or play recognition when I scouted him.

89. Indianapolis Colts – OLB Bobby Okereke. D. A hybrid linebacker who is probably best on the outside to use his solid dip on pass rush. Didn’t they already take Banogu at that spot?

90. Dallas Cowboys – G Connor McGovern. A. Ok, the Titans have some rivalry for best o-line in the game. Tyron Smith, Connor McGovern, Travis Frederick, Zack Martin and Connor Williams is ridiculous. McGovern deserved to be picked in the early first round, as he’s a huge interior presence, nimble and strong enough in the run game and almost impeccable in pass protection.

91. Los Angeles Chargers – T Trey Pipkins. B. They need a tackle opposite Russell Okung badly, and Pipkins is good enough to get some starter reps. The word Cajuste might ring through the Chargers’ ears for years to come, however..

92. New York Jets – T Chuma Edoga. B. Fills a big need, as I have Brandon Shell and Kelvin Beachum as backup-level players. Cajuste was on the board though. Cajuste is hurt with a torn ACL but if you have some patience, you’ll get a Hall-of-Fame level linemen. Edoga is massive and nimble enough to pass protect, big enough to crush smaller guys in run game.

93. Baltimore Ravens – WR Miles Boykin. F. He can be a jump ball target but has a poor release from LOS and poor top speed. I like Jakobi Myers more, and Hakeem Butler. They could always move Lamar Jackson to receiver? Thats a hot take but his YAC ability would be insane, and he’d have deep ball ability and can create good separation due to to elite change of direction. Imagine the trick plays you could execute with his arm also!

94. Tampa Bay Buccaneers – CB Jamel Dean. A. Cannot be beaten down the field and twitchy enough to cover well in zone.

95. New York Giants – OLB Oshane Ximines. F. Great numbers in college but not outstanding in any facet.

96. Buffalo Bills – TE Dawson Knox. B. Can be a long term starter for the Bills. A good vertical threat at the tight end spot. Josh Allen has some weapons. I like the Bills offseason so far!

97. Los Angeles Rams – T Bobby Evans. B. Great pick considering they need a guard (Havenstein could be kicked inside until Whitworth retires?).

98. Jacksonville Jaguars – ILB Quincy Williams. F. The strangest pick of the draft. I don’t think he was on anyone else’s radar. I watched tape on him, and he is a missile in run defence, but I don’t see any other traits to make him such an in-demand prospect that you want in the third round. 

99. Tampa Bay Buccaneers – FS Mike Edwards. F. Deionte Thompson is still available! So is Terrill Hanks, who played linebacker but is such a fluid athlete he can play at safety also. Mike Bell would also have been good as a true strong safety out of Fresno State. The Bucs do have MJ Stewart at FS already, but Edwards is not the answer next to him.

100. Carolina Panthers – QB Will Grier. F. Da heck?! You’re spending such a high pick on a backup for Cam Newton, who still has plenty of gas in the tank? I like Grier, but this pick makes no sense when they still need cornerback and safety help. 

101. New England Patriots – T Yodney Cajuste. A. The Pats just got the steal of the draft. They have Isaiah Wynn at left tackle already from last year, but Cajuste is an upgrade. He can also be a long term answer once Marcus Cannon gets long in the tooth.

102. Minnesota Vikings – RB Alexander Mattison. F. Has ok burst and isn’t shy of contact, but vision and change of direction not elite. There was a swathe of backs available, like LJ Scott, Bryce Love and Elijah Holyfied (yes, the 4.70 40 yard dash dude – watch his tape, he plays fast!). The Vikes do need more depth behind Dalvin Cook, but I don’t think they got their guy.

 

 

 

Grades for each first round pick in the 2019 NFL draft

  1. Arizona Cardinals– QB Kyler Murray. F. They already have Josh Rosen. They have huge holes in the interior of their offensive line. Murray isn’t even the best QB in the draft, Taylor Cornelius is (see my big board). They used a bunch of picks to get Rosen last year and they’ll trade him for 30c on the dollar a year later. What a waste.
  2. San Francisco 49ers – DE Nick Bosa. F. They do need help on the opposite edge to Dee Ford but Bosa isn’t even in my top 5 of edge protectors, and if the Niners want to best utilise their former #3 pick Solomon Thomas, they’d make him a 3 gap player and thus have a 5 or 7 tech player opposite Ford who can cover a bit, unlike Bosa.
  3. New York Jets – DT Quinnen Williams. F. Williams will be a Pro-Bowler but the Jets are already stacked at defensive tackle – they have Leonard Williams, Nate Shepherd, Henry Anderson and Steve McClendon there already, two of whom they just signed to new contracts. They need starting a starting quality center and tackle, cornerback help, and QB help considering my extremely low grade on Sam Darnold. Stacking up at one position is not the answer to these needs.
  4. Oakland Raiders – DE Clelin Ferrell. F. I have a similar grade on Ferrell to Bosa – a starting level player but nowhere near the difference maker you want as a top 5 pick. The Raiders need some more offensive line help having lost Donald Penn and Kelechi Osemele, need more secondary help, and more impact players in the front seven. With them loaded at defensive tackle I would’ve thought they’d run a 3-4 D, where Arden Key is best used, so getting Ferrell who has no proven coverage ability doesn’t make sense there.
  5. Tampa Bay Buccaneers – ILB Devin White. F. White is a great athlete, but lacks in tackling technique and the quick diagnosis of plays. He’s a borderline starter level player, but again, you need a Hall-of-Fame level player at this spot.
  6. New York Giants – QB Daniel Jones. C. Jones is my QB2 alongside Kyler Murray, and the Giants need not only an upgrade on Eli in the short term, but a long term answer. So that’s why this gets a C grade.
  7. Jacksonville Jaguars – SS Josh Allen. F. Yep, I have Allen as a safety. He doesn’t have great dip nor any rush to power, so good offensive linemen will know he’s either speed rushing, or using his hands to get inside. That lack of diversity means he’s best used as a defender in space who can blitz every now and then. The Jags need secondary help after letting go Tashaun Gipson and Barry Church, but there were better players available. They’re still already stacked in the front seven anyway with guys like Calais Campbell, Abry Jones and Yannick Ngakoue.
  8. Detroit Lions – TE TJ Hockenson. D. The Lions could use a two-tight end base lineup with Hockenson and Jesse James, which combined with Kenny Golloday and Marvin Jones on the outside could be pretty deadly and create huge mismatches considering the run blocking potential of that group. But the Lions need secondary help in a bad way, they need an edge defender opposite Trey Flowers since Ziggy Ansah seems to be unlikely to return there, they need interior linemen since TJ Lang retired and Frank Ragnow hasn’t proven to be reliable there, and even inside linebacker needs stocking up.
  9. Buffalo Bills – DT Ed Oliver. F. Oliver is extremely athletic but has limited moves. So unless he bursts through a hole in the line or defends in space, he cannot be a high impact player. He has some strength to disengage from blocks in the run game but for a top 10 pick, he’s not worth it.
  10. Pittsburgh Steelers – SS Devin Bush. F. Another college linebacker who is best in the secondary. Bush is fast as hell and can cover some, and is pretty reliable tackling, so is best used as a Landon Collins-esque safety. The Steelers do need help there since they reached on Terrell Edmunds at that spot last year, and they needed a fast linebacker to replace Ryan Shazier long-term, but Bush ain’t the dude. And they traded up for him!
  11. Cincinnati Bengals – T Jonah Williams. F. I like the positional selection, but not the player. Jonah Williams cannot move his feet nor get good enough leverage to be a starting tackle in the NFL right now. The Bengals need o-line help but he won’t provide that.
  12. Green Bay Packers – DE Rashan Gary. D. Gary is a weapon who will make Pro-Bowls, but the Packers already invested $27 million per year in two edge defenders in Preston Smith and Zadarius Smith in the offseason. So unless they want to put Gary at 3 tech where Mike Daniels, Kenny Clark and Dean Lowry already split time, this pick is strange.
  13. Miami Dolphins – DT Christian Wilkins. F. I like Wilkins but the Phins have the worst offensive line in the league right now, and I have Dexter Lawrence, Greg Gaines and Terry Beckner Jr as better players at DT still on the board at this point.
  14. Atlanta Falcons – G Chris Lindstrom. F. They need a guard, but Lindstrom just doesn’t have the strength nor pad level to be worthy of this pick. Nate Davis and Connor McGovern, and even kicking Yodny Cajuste inside, would be better picks there.
  15. Washington – QB Dwayne Haskins. F. I understand Washington fans might want a long-term option at QB, but Case Keenum can hold down the fort until Alex Smith comes back. They need an edge rusher and offensive line help outside of Trent Williams and Brandon Scherff.
  16. Carolina Panthers – OLB Brian Burns. F. Burns is not strong enough to hold up against the run and too unrefined to get to the QB reliably.
  17. New York Giants – DT Dexter Lawrence. D. I love Lawrence, but they had a chance to get their starting right tackle or franchise cornerback in Byron Murphy. BJ Hill, RJ McIntosh and Dalvin Tomlinson already made up a solid defensive tackle rotation. The Giants must be missing SNACKS!
  18. Minnesota Vikings – C Garret Bradbury. F. Bradbury’s teammate Terrone Prescod is a better prospect than Bradbury. Bradbury is undoubtedly athletic, so he can block smaller dudes in space and get to the second level, but his poor balance and pad level will make him a liability in the trenches.
  19. Tennessee Titans – DT Jeffery Simmons. C. The Titans are going ok at defensive tackle with Jurrell Casey, DaQuan Jones and a ton of rotational pieces (eg Bennie Logan, Austin Johnson) so going at this position is a bit strange, but I love the player.
  20. Denver Broncos – TE Noah Fant. F. They already have young tight ends Jake Butt and Jeff Heuerman who aren’t dominant but do the job.
  21. Green Bay Packers – FS Darnell Savage. B. I like the choice of position, and while I would’ve gone Deionte Thompson, Nasir Adderley or even Terrill Hanks at that position, Savage is pretty good too.
  22. Philadelphia Eagles – T Andre Dillard. D. I know they’re looking at life after Jason Peters, but the Eagles desperately needed help at cornerback, and Dillard isn’t even a top 5 tackle IMO.
  23. Houston Texans – T Tytus Howard. B. Love the choice of position. Yodny Cajuste, Greg Little, Isaiah Prince and Cody Ford are all better than him, but Howard will still come in and contend for Pro Bowls from day one.
  24. Oakland Raiders – RB Josh Jacobs. F. They desperately need a running back after Marshawn Lynch announced his retirement. But I have 13 running backs ahead of Jacobs. He can run hard with solid burst and can catch passes in the backfield some, but he’s not nearly dynamic enough laterally to be worthy of such a high pick.
  25. Baltimore Ravens – WR Marquise Brown. B. The Ravens need help at WR badly (although that would be mitigated if they move Lamar Jackson to wide receiver :O) so Brown is a great option. Not awesome though, because Hakeem Butler, Jakoby Meyers and Deebo Samuel are still available.
  26. Washington – OLB Montez Sweat. F. Washington do need an edge rusher to replace Preston Smith, but Sweat ain’t the dude. He’s fast but very unrefined with hand usage, leverage etc.
  27. Oakland Raiders – SS Jonathan Abram. FF. Yep. Double F!! The Raiders already have thumping safety in Karl Joseph, who they picked high a couple of years ago. Abram is a presence in the box, but the Raiders needed to go offensive line, edge or cornerback here.
  28. Los Angeles Chargers – DT Jerry Tillery. F. The positional choice is ok, but Tillery is extremely overrated, even by the dudes over at PFF – he is going to get blown off the ball most snaps due to his terrible pad level and balance. He is the Taven Bryan of this year’s class – tall and athletic, but too unrefined.
  29. Seattle Seahawks – DE LJ Collier. F. I get they want to replace Frank Clark, but couldn’t they get a Nate Harvey or Cole Holcomb in the later rounds? The tape on Collier isn’t very convincing.
  30. New York Giants – CB Deandre Baker. C. I like Baker. I think he can come in and be a solid starter from day one. I have seven corners ahead of him though.
  31. Atlanta Falcons – T Kaleb McGrary. C. They needed to replace Ryan Schraeder and they’ve done so to an extent with McGrary. He’s a big dude who can move pretty well, but again, Cajuste and Little were still available.
  32. New England Patriots – WR N’Keal Harry. F. As good as the Pats are, they have not been good at drafting lately. Sony Michel in the first last year, when they could’ve gotten Derrius Guice, Nyheim Hines or Nick Chubb, was a blunder. And now they went Harry, who is strong as a receiver but doesn’t show the well-rounded game that the aforementioned Butler, Meyers or Samuel have. The Pats need a receiver, but he ain’t it.

 

2019 NFL draft big board 2.0

I’ve scouted over 350 guys, having watched tape on them, and have evaluated them based on key factors such as athleticism, instincts, play smarts, hands (catching, blocking, pressing etc) and other factors I explain in their bios. I’ll probably scout some more dudes with the draft a couple of weeks away still, but these are the most prominent guys at the moment.

Dollar value is in millions, denotes how much I’d be prepared to pay the dude to play for me per year. This system makes it easy to evaluate how good a player is relative to another player, including those already on an NFL roster.

Also, players in brackets are dudes I’ve scouted, but have opted to return to school. It gives an idea of how good they might be after next season.

Positions are the player’s best positions in my opinion, but they can have value at other positions. For example, I think Yodny Cajuste’s value as an offensive guard is around $11 million, yet his best position is at tackle, where his value is $14 million.

Guys in italics are players I’ve scouted more recently since I made my previous big board post here.

$14 mil

  • Yodny Cajuste T – fundamentally sound, great footwork, good pad level, isn’t physically dominant but can move people in the run game and seal edge.

  • Byron Murphy CB – extremely explosive getting to the ball and hits like a safety. Great hip flexibility in man coverage. Good downfield speed to keep up with receivers, has athleticism to win jump balls.

$13 mil

  • Greg Little T – absolutely massive human with great agility. Not quite as refined as Cajuste but still highly effective as a pass protector, is immune to bull rushes and has good hand usage and wingspan to fend off spins and swim moves.

  • Taylor Cornelius QB – a bit like Cam Newton with his height and speed. Great patience in pocket, good footwork to make multiple reads, has athleticism to escape pocket and run like the wind, has size to take hits and shrug off pass rushers, strong and reasonably accurate arm.

$12 mil

  • LJ Scott RB – just like LeVeon Bell. Big body, patient, can stiff arm, truck and juke dudes. Can be flexed out wide in passing game.

  • Dexter Lawrence NT – can collapse pocket just with sheer size and strength on interior.

$11 mil

  • Juan Thornhill SS – great in coverage with good speed, discipline in zones, strength and length to press guys. Not afraid to do dirty work against run either.

  • (David Dowell SS)

  • Jeffery Simmons DT – elite swim move and agility off the snap make him a compulsory double team.

  • Blake Cashman ILB – like a corner out there with his ability to move in space and sink hips for change of direction. Instinctive in traffic to make run stop plays. Sideline to sideline.

$10 mil

  • Bryce Love RB – home run speed with toughness and ability to read running lanes between the tackles. Can catch some and make guys miss in space too.

  • Hakeem Butler WR – big body, good hands, good at dragging feet to stay in bounds, can change direction well.

  • Deionte Thompson FS – definitely a single high coverage safety who can run sideline to sideline and cover in slot or closer to the line of scrimmage if needed.

  • Khalil Hodge ILB – great against the run as he stands blockers up and lets other men mop up. Fast enough to track guys down out wide. Sinks hips on coverage to change direction swiftly. Plays with intensity.

  • Cole Holcomb OLB – used primarily as an inside linebacker at North Carolina but he’s too good at pass rushing not to be put on the edge to get to the QB and make plays in the backfield, although he can cover also so he can be an off-ball LB in a 4-3 scheme. Awesome play sense who can diagnose run plays and demolish blockers to make a stop. Great hand usage and strength to shrug off blockers to get to QB and has good dip to speed rush. Athletic enough to get anywhere on the field to make tackles. Plays with immense passion. Not invited to combine despite leading Tar Heels in tackles last three years and ended up putting up ridiculous numbers at his pro day, like a 4.51 40. He’s this year’s Joe Ostman. Shout out to Dane Brugler for highlighting him in his piece on risers from Pro Days around the NFL landscape on The Athletic.

  • Connor McGovern G – extremely strong, once his hands grip you in pass pro it’s generally over. Swift enough to manage stunts etc in interior pass pro. Good physicality in run game.

  • Nate Davis G – swift footed in pass pro, plays extremely hard and keeps defenders in his grip on run plays, plays to whistle. Is shorter than normal as a tackle but is swift enough to keep up with edge rushers anyway.

  • Isaiah Prince T – great size and agility.

$9 mil

  • Cody Ford T – great foot-speed to keep up with pass rushers. Good enough strength to wall off guys in run game, and mobile enough to be used to pull on run plays too. Good wingspan to stop spin and swim moves. Projected by some as a guard but why not utilise his pass protection skills on edge.

  • JoeJuan Williams CB – great in man to man coverage, keeps receiver on his hip almost always. Not overly explosive to ball in zone. Can stand blockers up to make plays against the run. Best used on Y receiver out wide.

  • Jakobi Meyers WR – great size and wingspan, good hands, so great jump ball ability. Even shows burst on WR screens.

  • Deebo Samuel WR – awesome YAC ability, solid hands and foot dragging on sidelines. Return game A+.

  • Caleb Wilson TE – awesome athlete, vertical threat as a tight end who can block well too. Led TEs in receiving yards for UCLA as a junior (by a mile).

  • (Ian Book QB)

$8 mil

  • (Tyler Biadasz C – great strength and balance to push guys off the ball in run game. Has agility to get to second level and block linebackers. Good awareness on blitz pickups in pass game and can stand up a pass rusher. Doesn’t have lightning-quick agility to find extra work in pass game.)

  • Rashan Gary DE – a Jadeveon Clowney level athlete. Not elite bend but still can be effective as an edge rusher through sheer athleticism and strength.

  • Kris Boyd CB – enough downfield speed to pressure catchers deep, good at pressing and moving his feet against slants. Good reading of blocks to run assist.

  • Quinnen Williams DT – extremely tough to block on interior, hyped as a top 3 prospect but lack of elite play strength and ability to stand guys up in run game limits him.

  • Michael Dogbe DT – elite strength and agility to hold up double teams to run stop and burst through holes to sack the QB. Can play on edge as he has some bend also. 
  • Jachai Polite OLB – best as an outside linebacker due to his ability to move laterally in coverage from time to time, not elite get off but he can turn the corner well and has strength in run game.

  • Nasir Adderley SS – more of a box safety despite size due to his coverage skills not being elite, but holy smokes can he get to the ball.

  • Damien Harris RB – an all purpose back – toughness between tackles, speed to get outside in space, can catch and pass block.

  • Tytus Howard OT – good footwork to keep up with speed rush, good hands to bat away swim moves, solid but not great leverage on run block.

  • Garret Brumfield G – huge dude who can really move, can pull and be a lead blocker and seal off guys in run game. Can also get to next level, and can demolish defenders on weak side blocks. Sturdy in pass protection.

  • Donald Parham TE – awesome athlete for a 6’8″ dude with YAC ability. Sometimes whiffs on blocks but shows good hand placements and drive with legs in run game. Can flex him out wide for jump balls. Has some route running ability. Huge mismatch. 
  • Keelan Doss WR – very nuanced route runner with good hands. Has a good release from the LOS. Knows where to run into soft spot of zones. A big enough target to win jump balls. 

$7 mil

  • Daniel Jones QB – huge frame that can take hits and see the field, strong arm with solid accuracy, some mobility in pocket.

  • Darrell Henderson RB – home run speed, reads angles extremely well.

  • Andre Dillard T – good size and hand usage.

  • Chuma Edoga T – great size, extremely underrated.

  • (Liam Eichenberg T)
  • TJ Hockenson TE – good athlete, can catch pretty well and block some.

  • Johnnie Dixon WR – elite speed and solid size, can create separation with change of direction and has some YAC ability.

  • Kyler Murray QB – electric running with the ball, good patience and doesn’t panic when scrambling, good arm to hit targets but needs to improve accuracy. Can read defensive play calls well ie picks up blitzes and blown coverages.

  • Elijah Holyfield RB – slow but holy hell can he get yards after contact. Play speed is better than track speed as he can run through people. Sturdy in pass protection.

  • Julian Love CB – twitchy athlete who plays to whistle.

  • Terrill Hanks FS/anywhere on defence – extremely fluid athlete who can play at free safety in a Harrison Smith role in the box or play linebacker, where he can cover and blitz the passer. Not elite at any one thing but a swiss army knife on defence.

  • David Long CB – big corner who can press you, and has fluid enough hips to keep up with you.

  • Mark Fields CB – scrappy corner who can beat you in press man coverage and recover quickly.

  • Derrick Baitty CB

  • Nate Harvey DE – undersized at defensive end but knows all the tricks in the book to get to the QB.

  • Greg Gaines DT – a nose tackle who is extremely strong, can push guys out of the way well.

  • Terry Beckner Jr DT – powerful hand usage to split blockers and can use spin move to get into teeth of blocking scheme. Plays hard.

  • Justin Falcinelli C – a sturdy blocker who can get to second level on run plays. Diagnoses movement in pass rush well (eg stunts etc).

  • Nick Linder C – extremely mobile, can be used as lead blocker outside of tackles, and can manage twists and stunts etc quite well with that mobility.

  • Terrone Prescod G – moves very well for a big dude, solid pad level and drives with his legs. Agile in pass pro. 

$6 mil

  • Kelvin Harmon WR – not a giant receiver but very strong, so a good jump ball target. Can run block well. Good polish in making toe tapping sideline catches. Could be best in slot for easy check-down passes, and can take hits inside. Has enough change of direction to get separation on curl routes, and can make contested catches.

  • Mecole Hardman WR – extremely quick and has YAC potential.

  • LilJordan Humphrey WR – makes tough catches, big target.

  • Darnell Savage FS – can be single high safety with great speed.

  • (Derrick Brown DT – great size and get off but minimal hand usage limits him.)

  • (Raekwon Davis DT)

  • Dakota Allen ILB – big linebacker who can get back in coverage well and has good instincts to find gaps in blocking scheme to make tackles.

  • Marquess Brown WR – electric YAC threat with some nuance to route running.

  • Michael Walker WR

  • David Edwards T

  • Christian Wilkins DT

  • Nick Bosa DE – a starter level NFL player but not a top 5 talent as everyone says. Lacks bend, consistent get off to be elite edge player, but hand usage and ability to fight through traffic for tough TFLs still attractive.

  • Wyatt Ray DE

  • Cece Jefferson DE

  • Mark McLaurin FS

  • Marquise Blair FS

  • Sheldrick Redwine SS – fast to the ball, can man up in slot one on one with good hip mobility. Solid size and hands. Can bend a bit on pass rush. Tackling a bit so so.

  • Greedy Williams CB – good athlete with elite wingspan but isn’t very physical and fundamentals can be lacking at times.

  • Zedrick Woods CB

  • Nate Brooks CB

  • Dalton Rosner T

  • Noah Fant TE – great athlete, deep ball and YAC threat at TE, but hands an issue.

  • Irv SMith Jr TE

  • Keenen Brown TE

  • Sione Takitaki ILB

  • Jeffrey Allison ILB – really good at reading holes and taking on blockers against the run. Can sink hips and move laterally in coverage. Tackling is an issue – he can get to the ball, but he doesn’t’t wrap up very well and lets defenders get yard after contact. Would also like ot see him play a bit harder and run sideline to sideline to impact receivers hwne they get the ball out wide.

  • Erik McCoy C

  • Michael Deiter G

  • Phil Haynes G

  • Nate Herbig G

  • Michael Jackson CB

  • Bobby Evans T

  • Jordan Ta’amu QB – good pocket passer with some escapability.

  • Tanner Mangum QB – ridiculous agility in the pocket and good footwork, fast mind can process blitzes quickly. Arm mechanics not great.

  • (Damonte Coxie WR)

  • Justice Hill RB

  • Rodney Anderson RB – a really good between-the-tackles back. Good at reading holes and quite elusive for a big guy. Has some burst through holes and solid top speed as well, can catch a little bit on passes out wide. 

$5 mil

  • AJ Brown WR – not much urgency in getting open at times on short throws. Good change of direction to create space and good hands.

  • Kaleb McGrary T

  • Alex Bars G
  • Hunter Renfrow WR

  • Terry McLaurin WR

  • Jazz Ferguson WR – for his height he can really move vertically. Solid step to create separation and plays with intensity to beat press coverage. Shows willingness to run block but needs to show better balance and pad level.

  • Tyre McCants WR – one of the most interesting prospects around. A 5’11” 230 pound receiver?! He’s been listed as a full back on draft boards. He has good enough hands and speed to be a receiver though. Could be used a bit like Cordarrelle Patterson was used by the Pat’s?

  • Dawson Knox TE

  • Dax Raymond TE – good hands and burst to get open and make tough catches. Solid size to block but needs to improve leverage. 
  • Miles Sanders RB

  • Sutton SMith OLB 135

  • Mitch Hyatt T

  • Daniel Cooney T – huge dude who can move a bit. Would like to see more aggression in run game and really destroy dudes. Can keep up with edge rushers and shows solid hand usage, can get imbalanced however.

  • Calvin Anderson T

  • Dennis Daley T
  • Yosuah Nijman G – good run blocker as he has good pad level and drives with his legs, hits hard. Not great with pass pro against speed rushers though, so kick him inside to guard. 
  • Devin White ILB – pegged as top 5 pick, but lack of instinctiveness, ability to diagnose run or pass play and tackling ability a problem.

  • Vosean Joseph ILB

  • Darius Harris ILB – can read where run is headed and get into backfield. Best used as a run stopper as seems a bit clueless in coverage. 
  • Ed Oliver DT – quick but hand usage and strength not ideal.

  • Clenin Ferrell EDGE

  • (Khaleke Hudson ILB)

  • Drue Tranquil ILB

  • Josh Allen SS – yup, best as a box safety. He can best use his coverage ability and athleticism there. He had great sack numbers in college, but I do think think he’s overly refined or has elite bend to rush passer.

  • Mike Bell SS

  • Amani Hooker ILB

  • Parris Campbell WR

  • DeAndre Baker CB

  • (Trey Adams T – great size and strength to hold up bull rush, needs to improve hand usage to avoid spins and swim moves.)

  • Mack Wilson LB – good at shedding blocks, some mobility in coverage

  • Myles Gaskin RB – great burst through holes. Good top speed to make big chunk plays. Good change of direction to make guys miss. Solid hands. Good vision and decision making to bounce runs outside.

  • Trayvon Mullen CB

  • Trysten Hill DT

  • (Lorenzo Neal DT)

  • Jaylon Ferguson OLB

  • (Deonte Brown G)

  • Bobby Okereke LB

  • Kaden Smith TE

  • Josh Oliver TE

  • Benny Snell RB

  • Ryquell Armstead RB

  • Travis Homer RB – good pass protector and good at sudden change of direction when rushing and running routes. Needs to improve balance and strength to break tackles. Solid top line speed. 
  • Jordan Scarlett RB
  • Jamel Dean CB

  • Devin Bush SS – yep another LB who I think is best at safety. He has the physical tools to do so. This will maximise his ability to cover and tackle in space.

  • Joe Giles-Harris ILB

  • Maxx Crosby OLB

  • Trace McSorley QB – playmaker, can extend plays with legs and make solid passes in pocket.

  • Ryan Finley QB

  • Brad Mayes QB – can really whip it.

  • Dwane Haskins QB – great arm, anticipates routes and throws guys into space. Not great at blitz pickup or moving his feet to evade pressure.

  • Will Grier QB $5 mil – Russell Wilson-esque escapability, but inaccurate at times.

$4 mil

  • Jonah Williams T – footwork and agility not great for tackle spot.

  • Ethan Greenidge T

  • Winston Dimel FB

  • Andrew Beck TE – good blocker, moves people in run game. Can get upfield a bit and catch. 
  • Alize Mack TE – great release and can get upfield and make tough catches. Lacks bulk to block effectively. 
  • Jaquan Johnson FS

  • Gary Johnson FS – played ILB at Texas but is best used as a free safety due to elite speed (4.43 40 yard dash exemplifies this). 
  • Ryan Bates G

  • Oli Udoh G

  • Riley Ridley WR

  • Keesean Johnson WR

  • Travis Fulgham WR

  • DK Metcalf WR – good deep ball and YAC target but ability to separate a problem.

  • Spencer Schnell WR

  • Laimont Gaillard C

  • Charles Omenihu DE

  • Brian Burns OLB- great athlete but hand usage etc not great. Not big enough to hold up against run.

  • Derick Roberson DE (need more footage)

  • N’Keal Harry WR

  • Josh Jacobs RB

  • Devine Ozigbo RB – uniquely, is best as a receiving back as he has some quickness, but is also best as a short yardage back as he has solid size and burst. He just lacks the lateral ability make guys miss or read blocking lanes well. Might even be used as a fullback. 
  • Amani Oruwiye CB

  • Chris Westry CB (need more footage)

  • Stephen Denmark CB

  • Sean Bunting CB

  • Kyle Shurmur QB

  • Devin SIngletary RB

  • Dre’Mont Jones DT

  • Carl Granderson edge

  • Garret Bradbury C – has snapping issues. Poor pad level and balance when blocking. Undoubtedly athletic so he can block at second level but needs to improve blocking ability in the trenches, 

  • Garrett Brumfield C

  • Nick Fitzgerald QB

  • David Blough QB

  • Gerald Willis DT

  • Austin Bryant OLB

  • Jordan Brailford DE

  • Byron Cowart DE

  • Shareef Miller OLB

  • Kaden Ellis OLB

$3 mil

  • Chauncey Gardner-Johnson CB

  • Hamp Cheevers CB

  • Isaiah Johnson CB

  • Donnie Lewis CB

  • Nik Needham CB

  • Jordan Brown CB

  • Kadar Hollmann CB

  • Xavier Crawford CB
  • Anthony Nelson DE

  • Ronheen Bingham DE

  • Malik Carney OLB

  • Chase Winovich OLB

  • Landis Durham OLB – solid in coverage and has patience to dislodge himself from blocks and make run stops. Solid bull rush to get to QB. 
  • Isaiah Buggs DT

  • Daylon Mack DT

  • Demarcus Christmas DT

  • Armon Watts DT
  • Jeremy Cox RB
  • James Williams RB
  • Jalin Moore RB
  • JJ Arcega-Whiteside WR

  • Darius Slayton WR

  • Jeff Thomas WR

  • Zach Allen DE

  • Johnathan Abram SS

  • Elgton Jenkins C

  • Bunchy Stallings G

  • Taylor Rapp SS

  • Lukas Denis CB

  • Jordan Miller CB
  • TJ Edwards ILB

  • Max Scharping G/T

  • Derwin Gray T

  • Ugo Amadi FS

  • Mike Edwards FS
  • Ross Pierschbacher C

  • JoJo McIntosh SS

  • Joe Jackson OLB

  • Jace Sternberger TE

  • Drew Sample TE

  • Alec Ingold FB
  • CJ Conrad TE

  • Martez Ivey G

  • Jacob Dolegala $3 mil

  • (Darryl Williams G)

  • Jalen Jelks ILB

  • Tyrel Dodson ILB
  • Drew Lock QB $3 mil. – Major accuracy issues on simple throws, does have arm strength to fit ball into tight windows. Pocket awareness ok, but holding ball in one hand could be an issue with fumbles.

  • (CeeDee Lamb WR – not blazing fast, solid route runner and good jump ball ability.)

  • Chris Lindstrom G – good enough mobility and vision to pass protect and identify movement in blocking requirements. Can be pushed backwards sometimes due to lack of leverage.

  • Montez Sweat OLB

  • Alec Eburle C

  • Michael Jordan C

  • Tyree Jackson QB

  • Easton Stick QB

  • Jahlani Tavai ILB

  • DeAndre Walker ILB

  • Christian Rector DE

  • Andy Isabella WR

  • EJ EJiya ILB

  • Drew Lewis ILB 
  • Cole Tracy K – strong leg and clutch. 

$2 mil

  • Tre Lamar ILB

  • Cameron Smith ILB

  • Ben Birr-Kurven ILB

  • Christian Miller ILB

  • Antoine Wesley WR

  • (Anthony Ratliff Williams WR)

  • Emanuel Hall WR

  • Demarkus Lodge WR

  • Beau Bezschawel G

  • Trevon Tate G

  • Deion “Shaq” Calhoun G
  • Tyler Roemer T
  • Jessie Burkett C

  • Darius West FS

  • Andrew Wingard FS

  • Brett Rypien QB

  • Rock Ya-Sin CB

  • Germaine Pratt ILB

  • Lonnie Johnson CB

  • Brian Peavy CB
  • Jamal Peters CB
  • John Chominsky DE

  • Corbin Kaufusi DE

  • LJ Collier DE

  • Marquise Copeland DE

  • Kyle Phillips OLB – would be a huge linebacker but has good agility so can cover a little bit and catch running backs in space. 
  • Kevin Givens DT

  • Albert Huggins DT

  • Khalen Saunders DT

  • Ricky Walker DT

  • Chris Slayton DT

  • Olive Sagopolu DT

  • Ben Banogu OLB

  • (Innis Gaines CB)

  • Saivion SMith CB

  • Gary Jennings Jr WR

  • DJ Bailey DE

  • Delvon Randall FS

  • Renell Wren DT

  • Chris Johnson FS

  • Tony Pollard RB

  • Dexter Williams RB
  • Jalen Hutton WR

  • Trevon Wesco TE

  • Jimmy Moreland CB

$1 mil

  • Clayton Thorson QB

  • Cole MacDonald QB

  • Jerry Tillery $1 mil – terrible pad level will mean he’ll get driven off ball consistently.

  • Jonathon Ledbetter DE

  • Daniel Wise DT

  • Ed Alexander DT

  • Terry Beckner Jr DT

  • Shareef Miller DE

  • TreVon Coney ILB

  • Jawann Taylor T – blocks upright. so can be tossed aside fairly easily. Hand usage poor so swim moves will beat him, and he can’t keep a spin move in front of him. Only promise is that he has good burst on run blocks, but he doesn’t get his pads low enough for blockers to be stuck in his block.

  • Andre James T

  • (Trevor Lawrence QB – has a hitch in his throwing motion that will hinder accuracy. Can still hit targets with arm strength and can throw on run.)

  • Justin Layne CB

  • Oshane Zimines OLB

  • Justin Hollins ILB

  • Porter Gustin OLB

  • Cortez Broughton DT

  • Matt Nelson DT
  • Marvell Tell FS

  • Ulysees Gilbert SS
  • Khari Willis SS
  • Malik Gant FS
  • Joel Blumenthal WR

  • Preston Williams WR – good suddenness out of routes. 
  • Tyre Brady WR – good release. 
  • Karan Higdon RB

Nil

  • Chase Hansen ILB

  • BJ Autry G

  • Kingsley Keke DT

  • PJ Johnson DT

  • Jalen Hurd WR

  • Nick Easley WR

  • Dontavious Russell DT

  • Daylon Mack DT
  • Khairi Clark DT

  • Blace Brown CB

  • Will Harris FS
  • Dioante Johnson WR

  • Penny Hart WR
  • Dillon Mitchell WR

  • Jonvea Johnson WR
  • Montre Hartage CB

  • Jalen Young FS

  • Mike Weber RB

  • Trayvon Williams RB

  • Foster Moreau TE

  • Greg Dortsch WR

  • Jeff Smith WR

  • Stanley Morgan WR
  • Cody Thompson WR
  • Tommy Sweeney TE

  • Malik Reed OLB

  • Tim Ward DE
  • Dre Greenlaw ILB

  • Tre Watson ILB

  • Cody Barton ILB
  • Emeke Egbule ILB
  • Sterling Sheffield OLB

  • Luke Gifford OLB
  • Olive Sagopolu DT

  • Mitch Wishnowsky P

Unscouted due to lack of film:

  • Jonathan Harris DT

 

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NFL draft big board 2019 (post free agency 1.0)

I’ve scouted over 250 guys, having watched tape on them, and have evaluated them based on key factors such as athleticism, instincts, play smarts, hands (catching, blocking, pressing etc) and other factors I explain in their bios. I’ll probably scout some more dudes with the draft a couple of weeks away still, but these are the most prominent guys at the moment.

Dollar value is in millions, denotes how much I’d be prepared to pay the dude to play for me per year. This system makes it easy to evaluate how good a player is relative to another player, including those already on an NFL roster.

Also, players in brackets are dudes I’ve scouted, but have opted to return to school. It gives an idea of how good they might be after next season.

Positions are the player’s best positions in my opinion, but they can have value at other positions. For example, I think Yodny Cajuste’s value as an offensive guard is around $11 million, yet his best position is at tackle, where his value is $14 million.

$14 mil

  • Yodny Cajuste T – fundamentally sound, great footwork, good pad level, isn’t physically dominant but can move people in the run game and seal edge.

  • Byron Murphy CB – extremely explosive getting to the ball and hits like a safety. Great hip flexibility in man coverage. Good downfield speed to keep up with receivers, has athleticism to win jump balls.

$13 mil

  • Greg Little T – absolutely massive human with great agility. Not quite as refined as Cajuste but still highly effective as a pass protector, is immune to bull rushes and has good hand usage and wingspan to fend off spins and swim moves.

  • Taylor Cornelius QB – a bit like Cam Newton with his height and speed. Great patience in pocket, good footwork to make multiple reads, has athleticism to escape pocket and run like the wind, has size to take hits and shrug off pass rushers, strong and reasonably accurate arm.

$12 mil

  • LJ Scott RB – just like LeVeon Bell. Big body, patient, can stiff arm, truck and juke dudes. Can be flexed out wide in passing game.

  • Dexter Lawrence NT – can collapse pocket just with sheer size and strength on interior.

$11 mil

  • Juan Thornhill SS – great in coverage with good speed, discipline in zones, strength and length to press guys. Not afraid to do dirty work against run either.

  • (David Dowell SS)

  • Jeffery Simmons DT – elite swim move and agility off the snap make him a compulsory double team.

  • Blake Cashman ILB – like a corner out there with his ability to move in space and sink hips for change of direction. Instinctive in traffic to make run stop plays. Sideline to sideline.

$10 mil

  • Bryce Love RB – home run speed with toughness and ability to read running lanes between the tackles. Can catch some and make guys miss in space too.

  • Hakeem Butler WR – big body, good hands, good at dragging feet to stay in bounds, can change direction well.

  • Deionte Thompson FS – definitely a single high coverage safety who can run sideline to sideline and cover in slot or closer to the line of scrimmage if needed.

  • Khalil Hodge ILB – great against the run as he stands blockers up and lets other men mop up. Fast enough to track guys down out wide. Sinks hips on coverage to change direction swiftly. Plays with intensity.

  • Connor McGovern G – extremely strong, once his hands grip you in pass pro it’s generally over. Swift enough to manage stunts etc in interior pass pro. Good physicality in run game.

  • Nate Davis G – swift footed in pass pro, plays extremely hard and keeps defenders in his grip on run plays, plays to whistle. Is shorter than normal as a tackle but is swift enough to keep up with edge rushers anyway.

  • Isaiah Prince T – great size and agility.

$9 mil

  • Cody Ford T – great foot-speed to keep up with pass rushers. Good enough strength to wall off guys in run game, and mobile enough to be used to pull on run plays too. Good wingspan to stop spin and swim moves. Projected by some as a guard but why not utilise his pass protection skills on edge.

  • JoeJuan Williams CB – great in man to man coverage, keeps receiver on his hip almost always. Not overly explosive to ball in zone. Can stand blockers up to make plays against the run. Best used on Y receiver out wide.

  • Jakobi Myers WR – great size and wingspan, good hands, so great jump ball ability. Even shows burst on WR screens.

  • Deebo Samuel WR – awesome YAC ability, solid hands and foot dragging on sidelines. Return game A+.

  • Caleb Wilson TE – awesome athlete, vertical threat as a tight end who can block well too. Led TEs in receiving yards for UCLA as a junior (by a mile).

  • (Ian Book QB)

$8 mil

  • (Tyler Biadasz C – great strength and balance to push guys off the ball in run game. Has agility to get to second level and block linebackers. Good awareness on blitz pickups in pass game and can stand up a pass rusher. Doesn’t have lightning-quick agility to find extra work in pass game.)

  • Rashan Gary DE – a Jadeveon Clowney level athlete. Not elite bend but still can be effective as an edge rusher through sheer athleticism and strength.

  • Kris Boyd, CB – enough downfield speed to pressure catchers deep, good at pressing and moving his feet against slants. Good reading of blocks to run assist.

  • Quinnen Williams – extremely tough to block on interior, hyped as a top 3 prospect but lack of elite play strength and ability to stand guys up in run game limits him.

  • Jachai Polite EDGE – best as an outside linebacker due to his ability to move laterally in coverage from time to time, not elite get off but he can turn the corner well and has strength in run game.

  • Nasir Adderley SS – more of a box safety despite size due to his coverage skills not being elite, but holy smokes can he get to the ball.

  • Damien Harris RB – an all purpose back – toughness between tackles, speed to get outside in space, can catch and pass block.

  • Tytus Howard OT – good footwork to keep up with speed rush, good hands to bat away swim moves, solid but not great leverage on run block.

$7 mil

  • Daniel Jones QB – huge frame that can take hits and see the field, strong arm with solid accuracy, some mobility in pocket.

  • Darrell Henderson RB – home run speed, reads angles extremely well.

  • Andre Dillard T – good size and hand usage.

  • Chuma Edoga T – great size, extremely underrated.

  • TJ Hockenson TE – good athlete, can catch pretty well and block some.

  • Johnnie Dixon WR – elite speed and solid size, can create separation with change of direction and has some YAC ability.

  • Kyler Murray QB – electric running with the ball, good patience and doesn’t panic when scrambling, good arm to hit targets but needs to improve accuracy. Can read defensive play calls well ie picks up blitzes and blown coverages.

  • Elijah Holyfield RB – slow but holy hell can he get yards after contact. Play speed is better than track speed as he can run through people. Sturdy in pass protection.

  • Julian Love CB – twitchy athlete who plays to whistle.

  • Terrill Hanks FS/anywhere on defence – extremely fluid athlete who can play at free safety in a Harrison Smith role in the box or play linebacker, where he can cover and blitz the passer. Not elite at any one thing but a swiss army knife on defence.

  • David Long CB – big corner who can press you, and has fluid enough hips to keep up with you.

  • Mark Fields CB – scrappy corner who can beat you in press man coverage and recover quickly.

  • Derrick Baitty CB

  • Nate Harvey DE – undersized at defensive end but knows all the tricks in the book to get to the QB.

  • Greg Gaines DT – a nose tackle who is extremely strong, can push guys out of the way well.

  • Justin Falcinelli C – a sturdy blocker who can get to second level on run plays. Diagnoses movement in pass rush well (eg stunts etc).

  • Nick Linder C – extremely mobile, can be used as lead blocker outside of tackles, and can manage twists and stunts etc quite well with that mobility.

$6 mil

  • Kelvin Harmon WR – not a giant receiver but very strong, so a good jump ball target. Can run block well. Good polish in making toe tapping sideline catches. Could be best in slot for easy check-down passes, and can take hits inside. Has enough change of direction to get separation on curl routes, and can make contested catches.

  • Mecole Hardman WR – extremely quick and has YAC potential.

  • LilJordan Humphrey WR – makes tough catches, big target.

  • Darnell Savage FS – can be single high safety with great speed.

  • (Derrick Brown DT – great size and get off but minimal hand usage limits him.)

  • (Raekwon Davis DT)

  • Dakota Allen ILB – big linebacker who can get back in coverage well and has good instincts to find gaps in blocking scheme to make tackles.

  • Marquess Brown WR – electric YAC threat with some nuance to route running.

  • Michael Walker WR

  • David Edwards T

  • Christian Wilkins DT

  • Nick Bosa DE – a starter level NFL player but not a top 5 talent as everyone says. Lacks bend, consistent get off to be elite edge player, but hand usage and ability to fight through traffic for tough TFLs still attractive.

  • Wyatt Ray DE

  • Cece Jefferson DE

  • Mark McLaurin FS

  • Marquise Blair FS

  • Greedy Williams CB – good athlete with elite wingspan but isn’t very physical and fundamentals can be lacking at times.

  • Zedrick Woods CB

  • Nate Brooks CB

  • Dalton Rosner T

  • Noah Fant TE – great athlete, deep ball and YAC threat at TE, but hands an issue.

  • Irv SMith Jr TE

  • Keenen Brown TE

  • Sione Takitaki ILB

  • Erik McCoy C

  • Michael Deiter G

  • Phil Haynes G

  • Nate Herbig G

  • Michael Jackson CB

  • Bobby Evans T

  • Jordan Ta’amu QB – good pocket passer with some escapability.

  • Tanner Mangum QB – ridiculous agility in the pocket and good footwork, fast mind can process blitzes quickly. Arm mechanics not great.

  • (Damonte Coxie WR)

  • Justice Hill RB

$5 mil

  • AJ Brown WR – not much urgency in getting open at times on short throws. Good change of direction to create space and good hands.

  • Kaleb McGrary T

  • Hunter Renfrow WR

  • Terry McLaurin WR

  • Dawson Knox TE

  • Miles Sanders RB

  • Sutton SMith OLB 135

  • Mitch Hyatt T

  • Devin White ILB – pegged as top 5 pick, but lack of instinctiveness, ability to diagnose run or pass play and tackling ability a problem.

  • Vosean Joseph ILB

  • Ed Oliver DT – quick but hand usage and strength not ideal.

  • Clenin Ferrell EDGE

  • (Khaleke Hudson ILB)

  • Drue Tranquil ILB

  • Josh Allen SS – yup, best as a box safety. He can best use his coverage ability and athleticism there. He had great sack numbers in college, but I do think think he’s overly refined or has elite bend to rush passer.

  • Mike Bell SS

  • Amani Hooker ILB

  • Parris Campbell WR

  • DeAndre Baker CB

  • (Trey Adams T – great size and strength to hold up bull rush, needs to improve hand usage to avoid spins and swim moves.)

  • Mack Wilson LB – good at shedding blocks, some mobility in coverage

  • Myles Gaskin RB – great burst through holes. Good top speed to make big chunk plays. Good change of direction to make guys miss. Solid hands. Good vision and decision making to bounce runs outside.

  • Trayvon Mullen CB

  • Trysten Hill DT

  • Lorenzo Neal DT

  • Jaylon Ferguson OLB

  • (Deonte Brown G)

  • Bobby Okereke LB

  • Kaden Smith TE

  • Josh Oliver TE

  • Benny Snell RB

  • Ryquell Armstead RB

  • Jamel Dean CB

  • Devin Bush SS – yep another LB who I think is best at safety. He has the physical tools to do so. This will maximise his ability to cover and tackle in space.

  • Joe Giles-Harris ILB

  • Maxx Crosby OLB

  • Trace McSorley QB – playmaker, can extend plays with legs and make solid passes in pocket.

  • Ryan Finley QB

  • Brad Mayes QB – can really whip it.

  • Dwane Haskins QB – great arm, anticipates routes and throws guys into space. Not great at blitz pickup or moving his feet to evade pressure.

  • Will Grier QB $5 mil – Russell Wilson-esque escapability, but inaccurate at times.

$4 mil

  • Jonah Williams T – footwork and agility not great for tackle spot.

  • Winston Dimel FB

  • Jaquan Johnson FS

  • Ryan Bates G

  • Oli Udoh G

  • Riley Ridley WR

  • Keesean Johnson WR

  • Travis Fulgham WR

  • DK Metcalf WR – good deep ball and YAC target but ability to separate a problem.

  • Spencer Schnell WR

  • Laimont Gaillard C

  • Charles Omenihu DE

  • Brian Burns EDGE – great athlete but hand usage etc not great.

  • N’Keal Harry WR

  • Josh Jacobs RB

  • Amani Oruwiye CB

  • Sean Bunting CB

  • Kyle Shurmur QB

  • Devin SIngletary RB

  • Dre’Mont Jones DT

  • Carl Granderson edge

  • Garret Bradbury C

  • Garrett Brumfield C

  • Nick Fitzgerald QB

  • Gerald Willis DT

  • Austin Bryant OLB

  • Jordan Brailford DE

  • Byron Cowart DE

$3 mil

  • Chauncey Gardner-Johnson CB

  • Hamp Cheevers CB

  • Isaiah Johnson CB

  • Donnie Lewis CB

  • Nik Needham CB

  • Anthony Nelson DE

  • Ronheen Bingham DE

  • Malik Carney OLB

  • Chase Winovich OLB

  • Isaiah Buggs DT

  • Daylon Mack DT

  • Demarcus Christmas DT

  • Justice Hill RB

  • JJ Arcega-Whiteside WR

  • Darius Slayton WR

  • Jeff Thomas WR

  • Zach Allen DE

  • Johnathan Abram SS

  • Elgton Jenkins C

  • Bunchy STallings G

  • Taylor Rapp SS

  • Lukas Denis CB

  • TJ Edwards ILB

  • Max Scharping G/T

  • Derwin Gray T

  • Ugo Amadi FS

  • Ross Pierschbacher C

  • JoJo McIntosh SS –

  • Joe Jackson OLB

  • Jace Sternberger TE

  • CJ Conrad TE

  • Martez Ivey G –

  • Jacob Dolegala $3 mil

  • (Darryl Williams G)

  • Jalen Jelks ILLB

  • Drew Lock QB $3 mil. – Major accuracy issues on simple throws, does have arm strength to fit ball into tight windows. Pocket awareness ok, but holding ball in one hand could be an issue with fumbles.

  • (CeeDee Lamb WR – not blazing fast, solid route runner and good jump ball ability.)

  • Chris Lindstrom G – good enough mobility and vision to pass protect and identify movement in blocking requirements. Can be pushed backwards sometimes due to lack of leverage.

  • Montez Sweat OLB

  • Alec Eburle C

  • Michael Jordan C

  • Tyree Jackson QB

  • Easton Stick QB

  • Jahlani Tavai ILB

  • DeAndre Walker ILB

  • Christian Rector DE

  • Andy Isabella WR

  • EJ EJiya ILB

$2 mil

  • Tre Lamar ILB

  • Cameron Smith ILB

  • Ben Birr-Kurven ILB

  • Christian Miller ILB

  • Antoine Wesley WR

  • (Anthony Ratliff Williams WR)

  • Emanuel Hall WR

  • Demarkus Lodge WR

  • Beau Bezschawel G

  • Trevon Tate G

  • Jessie Burkett C

  • Darius West FS

  • Andrew Wingard FS

  • Brett Rypien QB

  • Rock Ya-Sin CB

  • Germaine Pratt ILB

  • Lonnie Johnson CB

  • John Chominsky DE

  • Corbin Kaufusi DE

  • LJ Collier DE

  • Marquise Copeland DE

  • Kevin Givens DT

  • Albert Huggins DT

  • Khalen Saunders DT

  • Ricky Walker DT

  • Chris Slayton DT

  • Olive Sagopolu DT

  • Ben Banogu OLB

  • (Innis Gaines CB)

  • Saivion SMith CB

  • Gary Jennings Jr WR

$1 mil

  • Clayton Thorson QB

  • Cole MacDonald QB

  • Jerry Tillery $1 mil – terrible pad level will mean he’ll get driven off ball consistently.

  • Jonathon Ledbetter DE

  • Daniel Wise DT

  • Ed Alexander DT

  • Terry Beckner Jr DT

  • Shareef Miller DE

  • TreVon Coney ILB

  • Jawann Taylor T – blocks upright. so can be tossed aside fairly easily. Hand usage poor so swim moves will beat him, and he can’t keep a spin move in front of him. Only promise is that he has good burst on run blocks, but he doesn’t get his pads low enough for blockers to be stuck in his block.

  • Andre James T

  • (Trevor Lawrence QB – has a hitch in his throwing motion that will hinder accuracy. Can still hit targets with arm strength and can throw on run.)

  • Justin Layne CB

  • Oshane Zimines OLB

  • Justin Hollins ILB

  • Porter Gustin OLB

  • Cortez Broughton DT

  • Marvell Tell FS

  • Joel Blumenthal WR

Nil

  • Chase Hansen ILB

  • BJ Autry G

  • Kingsley Keke DT

  • PJ Johnson DT

  • Jalen Hurd WR

  • Nick Easley WR

  • Dontavious Russell DT

  • Khairi Clark DT

  • Blace Brown CB

  • Dioante Johnson WR

  • Dillon Mitchell WR

  • Montre Hartage CB

  • Jalen Young FS

  • Mike Weber RB

  • Trayvon Williams RB

 

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2018 NFL draft big board – Orlando Brown first!!! And more.

I’ve watched YouTube videos of over 170 guys and here’s my big board. As a disclaimer, I place high value on offensive linemen and safeties. Reason being, they win rings. The Patriots have always had an elite offensive line and secondary. The Eagles have the best offensive line in the league. The Jags and Vikings have dominant secondaries. The Falcons made the Super Bowl last year cos they had a wicked secondary and line, but the line declined last season (and their offensive coordinator struggled), so they didn’t go far in the playoffs. Offensive linemen play every down, give the quarterback time to make throws and for receivers to get open, and create holes for running backs. Safeties can double as corners or linebackers, and give pass rushers time to get to the quarterback with tight pass coverage, and make run stopping plays. That’s why you’ll see multiple safeties and linemen in my first round, and many highly touted QBs and RBs in the later rounds – cos they’re easier to find than dominant linemen and secondary players. I’ll explain the more out there picks, and leave other ones to assumed knowledge (or for you to look them up). I’ve also listed the teams that each guy would go to as the draft order currently stands, so that you can see which team would get who. Scroll down to see some vids of me analysing players etc. So, here ya big board:

1. Orlando Brown T Browns – allowed 0 sacks for the best offensive line in the country, helping Mayfiled win the Heisman. Actually had a good combine because his 3 cone was good for a guy weighing 340 or so pounds, and his pro day results were pretty solid, so consider his bench press and 40 yard dash performance a blip. Wingspan makes him impossible to speed rush or spin move against. Fierce in run game. If you want a guy to hold down the left side of your line for a decade or so, he’s your guy.
2. Derwin James SS Giants – can play lone high, in the box, or cover. Can run-stop better than anyone in the league at the safety spot.
3. Mike McLingchey T Jets
4. Minkah Fitzpatrick FS Browns
5. Will Hernandez G Broncos – faster, quicker and stronger than Quenton Nelson.
6. Marcus Allen FS Colts – hits harder than everyone except James, flies to the ball, can shut down a rushing offense by himself, can cover outside guys as a corner if he’s in press man coverage too,
7. James Daniels C Bucs
8. DeShon Elliot SS Bears – just like Marcus Allen, except not quite as quick. Ridiculous wingspan makes him a good cover guy. Could play some LB too cos of his firey nature and ability to shed blocks.
9. Kolton Miller T Niners
10. Kyzir White FS Raiders – I love fast and hard hitting safeties, as you might have guessed. Lightning fast (brother of Kevin White after all) and can cover in space too.
11. DaeSean Hamilton WR Dolphins – a guaranteed catch if it’s thrown in his area. Not a mutant-like athlete but good get off from the line, great route runner and understands where space is in zones. All-time Penn State reception yards leader, and helps in run blocking. Almost on par with Antonio Brown with under-the-radar effectiveness.
12. Quenton Nelson G Bengals
13. Tarvarus McFadden CB Redskins – not that fast but 38″ vertical and wingspan make up for it. Play him in off man coverage and he’ll explode to ball and make plays. Josh Norman ran a so-so 40 and look where he is.
14. Connor Williams T Packers
15. Leighton van der Esch ILB Cardinals
16. Martinas Rankin T Ravens
17. Nathan Shepard DT Chargers – best get off in a 300 pound dude I’ve ever seen. Strong as well so he can be an elite pass rushing DT from day one, and will man handle guys to make run stops too.
18. Uchenna Nwosu OLB Seahawks – Von Miller-lite. Can pass rush, fill holes against the run, and cover guys in space.
19. Mark Andrews TE Cowboys
20. Byron Murphy CB  (returning to college) – I saw this guys highlights for Washington State and was blown away. Explosive and hard hitting, with a good wingspan and technique. The dude was a freshman though. So he aint entering the draft.
21. Will Clapp C – does his job. That’s all you need to have a starter quality center. Has strength to double as a guard.
22. Malik Jefferson ILB
23. Trenton Thompson DT – ridiculous wingspan and get-off with great hand usage. Best as 3 tech in 3-4 defense.
24. Joe Ostman DE – the biggest sleeper in the draft. Top 5 in sacks and tackle for loss in college last season, and his tape shows why – incredible hand usage from his champion wrestling days, insane athleticism and bend on a speed rush, and all the moves in the book as counters. Put him at weak side DE in a 4-3 and watch him get 8 or 9 sacks in his rookie year. Could cover in space as a former LB and TE if he’s in a 3-4 system, you want him strong side, so he has more opportunities at run stopping. Plays to the whistle so he can probably get 2 or 3 forced fumbles a season when assisting on tackles. Wasn’t invited to the combine, but showed freak athleticism at his pro day – 4.75 40 yard dash at 255 pounds, three cone of 7.06 is in 82nd percentile in this draft for edge players, 31 reps on the bench, and 36 inch vert (84th percentile). So just cos he’s a shortish guy from a small school, doesn’t mean he can’t dominate offensive linemen in the NFL too.
25. Braden Smith G-T-C – can play all over the line but best as a center at this stage.
26. Mike Hughes CB 
27. Joshua Jackson CB 
28. Mason Rudolph QB – yup, my top QB. The best fundamentals with the body to match. Led all college QBs in yards, and people criticise him for being in an “Air Raid” system, as though going for big plays is a bad idea. Beats dink and dunk any day. He can read a defense well too, which people criticise about Air Raid QBs.
29. Jessie Bates SS 
30. Dorance Armstrong OLB  – freak athlete. Played for a bad Kansas defense so was double teamed every play, but watch his tape and you’ll see he can get 6 or 7 sacks in his rookie year from the strong side of the 3-4 front.
31. Derrius Guice RB  – better than Saquon. Awesome between the tackles, can read holes well, and can receive. Borderline three down back (I don’t like having an RB a three down guy cos they take so many hits from gigantic linemen).
32. Isaiah Wynn G/C 
33. Luke Falk QB – good fundamentals, accuracy and decision making. Big enough to withstand hits in the pocket.
34. Scott Quessenberry C – another solid center. Nimble enough to move around and can get by strentth-wise in run game.
35. LJ Scott RB (declined draft) – returning for senior season, but has some similarities to LeVeon Bell (I know it’s easy to compare a Michigan State alumni, but still). 220 plus pounds with shiftiness, not elite speed but a true bell cow guy who can catch a bit too.
36. Arden Key EDGE 
37. Da’Ron Payne DT 
38. Rashaad Penny RB 
39. Jaire Alexander CB 
40. Rashaan Evans ILB 
41. Simmie Cobbs WR – great split end guy with good height and strength. Not blazing quick but physical enough to get room to make catches.
42. Hayden Hurst TE 
43. Calvin Ridley WR 
44. Ronnie Harrison FS – free safety, as not great at reading run plays so you don’t want him in the box. But is an elite athlete who can be lone safety and destroy guys running downhill.
45. Baker Mayfield QB – ok fundamentals, great accuracy, good escape artist, height a problem.
46. Saquon Barkley RB  – 230 pounds and 40 inch vert, but plays like Reggie Bush. Rarely gets yards after contact and can’t read holes well. Still a #1 back kinda guy cos of his explosiveness in space, but best as an outside power run, screen and receiver guy (although his route running leaves a lot to be desired).
47. Courtland Sutton WR
48. Bradley Bozeman C – solid center.
49. Isaiah Oliver CB 
50. Roquan Smith ILB – tabbed as top 10 pick but not great in run defense in a  phone booth due to lack of size. Great as Will LB due to coverage skills and run stopping on edge.
51. Chukwuma Orakofor T 
52. Josh Rosen QB 
53. Fred Warner ILB 
54. Justin Reid FS 
55. John O’Korn QB – yup, better than Darnold. Better mechanics, better decision making, calmer in the pocket, with similar size.
56. Dallas Goedert TE 
57. Skai Moore ILB 
58. Josey Jewell ILB 
59. Nyheim Hines RB – short but fast as hell, and can dish out hits. Can receive too.
60. Vita Vea NT – can plug a hole as DT but without good hand usage is he worth a first round pick? Nah.
61. Denzel Ward CB – can be a good slot guy but will be thrown around by bigger receivers.
62. Auden Tate WR 
63. Lorenzo Carter OLB 
64. Kamari Cotton-Moya SS 
65. Harrison Phillips DT 
66. Dalton Schultz TE – ok at run blocking but you’d like him to stop making cut blocks. Good route running, solid hands, ok burst. Keep him out there to boost ya run game and maybe a 4th option on offense.
67. Chase Litton QB  – great arm, size and pretty good footwork.
68. Sam Hubbard OLB 
69. Michael Gallup WR 
70. MJ Stewart FS 
71. Josh Allen QB – not consistent with accuracy or decision making, but hard to bring down and can throw on run, so he can be an ok starter, just not a top 12 pick.
72. Billy Price C 
73. Nick Nelson CB 
74. Jerome Baker OLB 
75. Riley Ferguson QB – bit lean but can still take hits, good arm and decision making.
76. DJ Moore WR 
77. Kerryon Johnson RB 
78. Dante Pettis WR 
79. Kevin Toliver CB 
80. Nick Chubb RB 
81. Deon Cain WR 
82. Wyatt Teller T 
83. Josh Sweat OLB 
84. Ogbonnia Okoronkwo LB 
85. Rashaan Gaulden CB 
86. Anthony Miller WR 
87. Jeff Holland ILB 
88. Durham Smythe TE 
89. Sam Darnold QB – wack mechanics, very hot and cold with accuracy. For every awesome dime there’ll be a complete miss, which led to his 26 TD to 13 pick ratio. Combined with 63% completion rate and only 8.6 Y/A, that’s late third round value.
90. Shaquem Griffin OLB 
91. Tyler Conklin TE – awesome catcher of the ball, flex tight end. Complete unknown as a blocker but great guy to throw out there to get a first down or red zone catch.
92. Brian O’Neill T 
93. ‎Holton Hill CB 
94. Geron Christian T
95. Duke Ejifor DE 
96. Maurice Hurst DT 
97. RJ Macintosh DT 
98. DJ Reed CB
99. Marquise Brown WR (returning)
100. JC Jackson CB 
101. Mike Gesicki TE – elite athlete but can’t block, run routes that well or be a sure thing with catching. Good as a jump ball threat, field stretcher or after-the catch threat, but that’s not first round value.
102. Ryan Davis WR  (returning to school)
103. Jonathon Taylor RB (returning?)
104. Harold Landry DE 
105. Carlton Davis CB 
106. Taven Bryan DT 
107. Jordan Whitehead FS
108. Greg Senat T
109. Lamar Jackson QB – good at throwing between the numbers but lacks touch on outside throws. Will have trouble taking big hits in NFL and you don’t want a run-first dude when you’re paying your receivers and linemen so much.
110. Marcus Davenport OLB
111. Christian Kirk WR
112. Troy Apke SS
113. Kyle Lauletta QB
114. Ian Thomas TE
115. ‎Jonah Trinniman WR – not much tape on this guy but from what I saw he’s a freak athlete who can stretch the field and shows some route running prowess. 4.30 40 yard dash and 12 foot broad jump is ridiculous and would’ve led the combine. That broad jump is 4 inches away from world record. I’d take a chance on the dude.
116. Devin Singletary RB
117. Brandon Parker T
118. Bradley Chubb DE – yup, a dude mocked in the top 7 is a late fourth round pick to me. He’s great off the snap but is not very refined after it. Shows poor bend as a speed rusher and bad hand usage. Straight bull rushed guys in college but won’t work as well against NFL linemen.
119. Foley Futukasi DT
120. ‎Matt Linehan QB
121. Tim Settle DT
122. Armani Watts FS
123. Darius Leonard ILB
124. Frank Ragnow G
125. Allen Lazard WR
126. ‎Anthony Averett CB
127. Rasheem Green DE
128. Hercules Maatafa ILB – a very unique prospect seeing as he was a 250 pound defensive tackle. I like him as a Will linebacker, where he can make plays off the ball as a good run stopper and has the athleticism to track some running backs in the backfield.
129. Mason Cole C
130. Derrick Nnadi DT
131. Desmond Harrison T
132. Bryce Love RB
133. Mike White QB
134. Micah Kiser ILB
135. Troy Fumugalli TE
136. John Kelly RB
137. Tremaine Edmunds ILB – a freak athlete with great measurables, but gives up big plays regularly as he doesn’t understand man coverage principles and lacks technique to shed blockers. Will fall for play action regularly. I get he’s young, but if you haven’t shown an ability to read the game well by the time you’re entering the NFL, I don’t think you ever will.
138. Donte Jackson CB
139. Joseph Noteboom T
140. Akrum Wadley RB
141. James Washington WR
142. Sony Michel RB – mocked in the first but I have him so late because he fumbles, which shows a lack of understanding of ball protection. Not very explosive – didn’t do vert or broad jump at combine, so he might have been avoiding a bad showing.
143. Dremont Jones DT
144. ‎kurt Benkert QB
145. Justin Jackson RB
146. Austin Corbett G
147. Christian Sam ILB
148. Will McBride QB
149. Terrell Edmunds S
150. Devron Davis CB
151. Quinton Flowers QB
152. Chris Herndon TE
153. Sutton Smith OLB
154. ‎Boston Scott RB
155. Ronald Jones RB
156. Chase Edmunds RB
157. Antonio Calloway WR
158. Equanimous St Brown WR – fast and tall, but isn’t big enough to play split end, isn’t shifty enough to play flanker, and doesn’t have the hands to play in the slot.
159. ‎Dimitri Flowers FB
160. ‎PJ Hall DT
161. DJ Chark WR
162. Byron Pringle WR
163. ‎Deangelo Brewer RB
164. ‎Logan Woodside QB
165. Tyrell Crosby T
166. Jordan Thomas CB
167. Quadree Henderson WR
168. Clelin Ferrell DE
169. Michael Dickson P
170. ‎Cedrick Wilson WR
171. ‎Marquis Haynes DE
172. ‎Tyler Rodgers QB
173. George Aston FB
174. ‎Royce Freeman RB

Thanks for reading – there’s a bunch of other guys I will scout but I haven’t got around to them yet. I have a YouTube channel that goes into more detail about my opinions on Orlando Brown and Saquon Barkley, and vids with my first two rounds explained (with some guys missing, because I added them later). I hope I’m right cos some dude on YouTube called me retarded after my Saquon vid.

How the Browns are misusing DeShone Kizer

Kizer’s strengths are his arm and his ability to escape the pocket. He needs years before he can make difficult reads. Therefore, designed plays should be vertical, bench, slants and crossing routes. If those fail, he can escape the pocket or run through solid protection that the Browns offensive line provides, or dump off to their talented RBs and TE Njoku, who’s great after the catch.

Furthermore, they need to rely on their running backs more. I think the ratio of runs to passes should be 50-50. Cleveland are 23rd in the league in run plays per game, despite having a young QB and a good line. They are 3rd in the league in pass plays at 39.4 per game, compared to 23.4 rushes per game. I know that some pass plays are dump offs to their RBs, but the Browns aren’t a great threat in the passing game yet, so use that line and bang the ball! This will open up deeper pass plays on play action passes too.

There’s an argument that the Browns pass so much because they’re always  trailing. They are always trailing, but I don’t think  that they should abandon the run because of this. I had a look at Pro Football Focus, and when trailing, theyve passed 157 times, compared to 72 attempts rushing. 29 of those pass attempts are when trailing with 4 minutes to go, which indicates that a bulk of those pass plays are called even when time isn’t a huge factor. As a result, a lot of unecessary pressure is put on the pass game, where they’ve only completed 58% with 9 interceptions when trailing, as opposed to a safer and more effective 7.45 yards per rush when when trailing. 

Ideally I think the Browns should run the ball on the 1st and second downs (with some play action passes to keep the defense honest). If it’s 3rd and more than 3 yards to go, get Kizer a pass towards the sideline or multiple vertical routes where there’s less chance of being picked off (as it’s harder for safeties to get there). He can also dump off to Duke Johnson where he can make plays.

I also think that plan should be implemented throughout the entire game, unless they’re leading, or there’s 6 minutes to go and they’re trailing by two or more possessions.

I’d also give Sammy Coates a go at being the #1 receiver. Kenny Britt and Corey Coleman aren’t reliable enough with their effort to be go-to to options, and they fit well as a #2 and #3 possession and slot receiver tandem anyway.  

Let me know what you think by commenting, or tweeting at me at @bskinnreports !