NBA Mock Draft 2019

(Image courtesy of Clutch Points).

No trades! This is based on my big board found here.

I wrote this prior to the draft, but am publishing afterwards. I can’t be bothered doing the rest of the second round – besides, any player worth $5 mil or less (who would be taken in the mid to late second round in my mock) will need dramatic improvement to have a lasting place in the league, so it’s not as interesting to figure out where they would be drafted.

1. New Orleans Pelicans – Nassir Little. Yep, no Zion. Nasty Nas can guard 1-5, shoot the ball and attack closeouts.

2. Memphis Grizzlies – Sekou Doumbaya.

3. New York Knicks – Darius Bazley. The Knicks need playmakers – Bazley is the best in the draft in terms of handles and passing, and at his height, he’s worthy of that top 3 pick.

4. New Orleans Pelicans – Naz Reid. They already have big Jahlil Okafor at the 5, but Reid can guard 4s, which would create huge mismatches in this wing-as-a-four era due to rebounding and interior sealing opportunities.

5. Cleveland Cavaliers – Jarrey Foster. The Cavs already have ball handlers in Jordan Clarkson and Collin Sexton, and have shooting wings and bigs in Cedi Osman and Kevin Love, so taking Cam Reddish or Luka Saminic here makes little sense. That’s why Jarrey Foster, who has similar value to those guys, is a great fit. He can be the defensive stopper the Cavs need, and can set the tone offensively with team-first play including spacing the floor and cutting backdoor for lobs and dunks.

6. Phoenix Suns – Cameron Reddish. The Suns pick another 6’7″ wing who can defend multiple spots.

7. Chicago Bulls – Luka Saminic. Saminic has a similar game to Bull Lauri Markennen, but he is the best player on the board.

8. Atlanta Hawks – Bol Bol. They need a center, and Bol is the best available. He can perfectly complement John Collins’ effectiveness on the glass, as Bol can play on the perimeter where he causes huge mismatches as a shooter who can put the ball on the deck. He’ll block a ton of shots too.

9. Washington Wizards – Brandon Clarke. They have a need at the four if Jabari or Portis aren’t brought back.

10. Atlanta Hawks – Romeo Langford. They need good distributors, and guys who are physically capable of defending more than one position..

11. Minnesota Timberwolves – Tyler Cook. This is a tough one, the preceding few guys all fit needs for the Wolves. But Cook gets the edge as a bruising rebounder and shot blocker who can be in the mold of Ben Wallace, while Karl Anthony Towns can go to work offensively and not worry so much about impacting the glass.

12. Charlotte Hornets – Justin Wright-Foreman. I think Kemba is a lock to sign elsewhere, as he’ll command a big contract and the Hornets have limited space, and have little room for improvement due to the contracts of Nic Batum and Marvin Williams. Taking Wright-Foreman eases the blow of losing Kemba however, as he too is a dynamite scorer who can knock down threes over you and provide Rucker-style entertainment with slick passing and short-guy dunks.

13. Miami Heat – Darius Garland. The Heat have solid wings and bigs who can score, but they need setting up. Garland is a perfect fit for them in that regard, and provides some spacing if Justice Winslow and James Johnson are given some point forward duties.

14. Boston Celtics – Kerwin Roach. A splitting image of Terry Rozier stylistically, Roach is a freak athlete who can play with and without the ball. Regardless of what happens in free agency with Kyrie Irving and Rozier’s willingness to re-sign in doubt, Roach provides good depth at the one and two.

15. Detroit Pistons – Kyle Guy. The Pistons need shooters to give their stud front two of Blake Griffin and Andre Drummond space. Guy brings that, as well as athleticism to get easy fast break buckets. Reggie Jackson can ease the load of defending the bigger shooting guards.

16. Orlando Magic – Jah Morant. They already have Markelle Fultz who is a similar player, but it doesn’t hurt to have depth behind him. Morant would bring some star power to the oft-neglected Magic, who had one of the quietest playoff-drought breaks in NBA history, I would gather.

17. Atlanta Hawks – Kris Wilkes. Can be a Swiss army knife as a wing defender who can shoot a bit and bring energy as a fast break threat.

18. Indiana Pacers – Jared Harper. A backcourt of Harper and Oladipo would be intimidating to dribble against, as both are fierce defenders. Harper is well suited to getting the ball to Oladipo in the right spots.

19. San Antonio Spurs – Bruno Fernando. The Spurs need big bodies, and Fernando fits the bill. He is mobile enough and sound enough in decision making to fit the Spurs system too.

20. Boston Celtics – Deandre Hunter. They need a big presence with the threat of losing Al Horford, and Hunter can switch onto smaller guys, which the Celtics love. Imagine a starting five of (mystery point guard,) Jayson Tatum, Gordon Hayward, DeAndre Hunter and Jaylen Brown. That is some versatility!

21. Oklahoma City Thunder – Deividis Survydis. The Thunder could use some rebounding help behind Steven Adams, but Survydis is better than anyone else available who fits that bill.

22. Boston Celtics – Keldon Johnson. Another 6’7″ wing who can shoot? The Celtics love ’em.

23. Memphis Grizzlies – Myles Powell. The Grizz acquired this pick in the Mike Conley trade (which was an absolute steal for them – Jae Crowder and Grayson Allen alone are worth more than Conley, and his contract is a liability! The Grizz get a hardy wing scorer. (NOTE: Powell returned for his senior year at Seton Hall, but changing the mock now would be too hard).

24. Philadelphia 76ers – Armoni Brooks. The relative unknown out of Houston, Brooks is a lights out shooter who has solid size to defend wings. He is insurance as an off ball shooter if JJ Redick leaves.

25. Portland Trail Blazers – Mfiondu Kabangele. Fits the Blazers scheme well as a pick and pop big. Compares to Al Farouq Aminu, who could leave in free agency.

26. Cleveland Cavaliers – Zion Williamson. The Cavs need more athleticism on the wing and he could fit nicely at shooting guard as a ball handler and passer next to the shooting and cutting Jarrey Foster.

27. Brooklyn Nets – Jordon Varnado. They need a banger inside to complement Jarrett Allen and Varnado can do that, and the Nets will be stacked at guard assuming that DeAngelo Russell is brought back.

28. Golden State Warriors – Luke Maye.

29. San Antonio Spurs – Tako Fall.

30. Milwaukee Bucks – Goga Bitazde

Round two.

31. Brooklyn Nets – Daniel Gafford. Need more depth at center.

32. Phoenix Suns – Jordan Bone.

33. Philadelphia 76ers – Lagerald Vick.

34. Philadelphia 76ers – Tremont Waters

35. Atlanta Hawks – Matt Coleman

36. Charlotte Hornets – RJ Barrett

37. Dallas Mavericks – Killian Tillie. They badly need perimeter scoring, and Tillie is big enough to guard the forward spots and spell Maxi Kleber.

38. Chicago Bulls – Kenny Wooten.

39. New Orleans Pelicans – Mike Parks

Grading every team’s haul in the 2019 NFL draft

I am basing these team grades on their individual picks. My grade on Day One, Day Two and Day Three are hyperlinked, which provides the reasoning for the grade on each pick in further detail.

A GRADE

Rams

Taylor Rapp F, Darrell Henderson C, David Long B, Bobby Evans B, Greg Gaines A, David Edwards A, Nick Scott F, Dakota Allen A

They got their starting slot corner, two starting offensive tackles of the future that can play guard in the short term, a starting nose tackle to help Aaron Donald wreak havoc and provide depth with Michael Brockers, an inside linebacker that can bring big time run stuffing ability from day one, and a running back with home run speed to give Todd Gurley some rest. That’s an A from me.

B GRADE

Cardinals

Kyler Murray F, Byron Murphy A, Andy Isabella F, Zach Allen F, Hakeem Butler A, Deionte Thompson A, Keesean Johnson D, Laimont Gaillard F, Michael Dogbe A, Joshua Miles D, Caleb Wilson A

Murray is a good player but I wouldn’t have taken him first, especially considering they already had Rosen. But he has big time weapons now, with Wilson and Butler the top tight end and receiver on my board respectively. Their defence is now one of the best young group in the league with Thompson at free safety, Byron Murphy at corner and Michael Dogbe at defensive tackle. Their offensive line will still be below average, but Miles brings some depth.

Jets

Quinnen Williams F, Jachai Polite A, Chuma Edoga B, Trevon Wesco F, Blake Cashman A, Blessaun Austin F

They get a great edge defender in Jachai Polite, who was considered a top 10 talent before the combine. He’s just like Arden Key in this respect – their talent is undeniable, but number crunchers see their poor 40 times and their stock falls. But they can PLAY! Chuma Edoga fills a much needed hole at tackle, where Kelvin Beachum or Brandon Shell can be used inside where the Jets desperately need a center. And Blake Cashman, while low on the depth chart now compared to CJ Mosley and Avery Williamson, can bring a Pro-Bowl level of play from day one at the linebacker spot. He or Williamson could even line up on the edge opposite Polite if the Jets opt for a 3-4 front.

C GRADE

Panthers

Brain Burns F, Greg Little B, Will Grier F, Miller F, Jordan Scarlett B, Dennis Daley B, Terry Godwin F

The Panthers get great value o-linemen in Greg Little and Dennis Daley. Jordan Scarlett can be a great option running between the tackles to complement Christian McAffrey’s outside game.

Bills

Ed Oliver F, Cody Ford B, Devin Singletary F, Dawson Knox B, Vosean Joseph C, Jaquan Johnson D, Darryl Johnson A, Tommy Sweeney F

They get a starting tackle in Ford and a pass catching tight end for Josh Allen to throw to. They get a top 5 steal in the draft in relative unknown defensive end Darryl Johnson, who can play replace Jerry Hughes long term to create a great edge tandem with Shaq Lawson.

Patriots

N’Keal Harry F, Joejuan Williams A, Chase Winovich F, Harris C, Yodny Cajuste A, Hjalte Froholdt F, Jarrett Stidham F, Byron Cowart D, Jake Bailey F, Ken Webster F

They got a corner who can play in nickel packages and eventually replace Jason McCourty in Joejuan Williams, a starting left tackle with Hall-of-Fame potential (once he recovers from his ACL injury) in Yodny Cajuste, and a three down running back in Damien Harris who can make up for the reach on Sony Michel last year. NOTE: Michel had good numbers last year, but he did rely on an awesome offensive line. I have him valued at $3 mil a year, as he had fumbling issues in college and is a bit stiff laterally, so he’s only good for short yardage plays running straight into a hole, in my opinion.

Ravens

Marquese Brown B, Jaylon Ferguson C, Miles Boykin F, Justice Hill B, Ben Powers F, Iman Marshall F, Daylon Mack F, Trace McSorley C

They got some receiver help that they desperately need in Brown, a pass catching gadget back in Justice Hill, a quarterback who I believe is already better than Lamar Jackson in Trace McSorley, and a developmental edge rusher to help replace the loss of Terrell Suggs and Zadarius Smith in Jaylon Ferguson.

Washington 

Dwayne Haskins F, Montez Sweat F, Terry McLaurin C, Bryce Love B, Wes Martin F, Ross Pierschbacher F, Cole Holcomb A, Kelvin Harmon B, Jordan Brailford D

They get the premier edge defender who can also help in off-ball linebacker duties in Cole Holcomb, an absolute steal at receiver in Kelvin Harmon who can mesh beautifully as a possession receiver alongside the more finesse and deep-ball oriented Josh Doctson, and a third receiver in Terry McLaurin who can also provide a deep threat and YAC ability. They also get Bryce Love, who can replace injury-prone Chris Thompson to make an incredibly versatile 1-2 punch with Derrius Guice from last year’s draft, who will return from an ACL injury.

Dolphins

Christian Wilkins F, (Josh Rosen F), Michael Deiter B, Andrew van Ginkel F, Isaiah Prince A, Chandler Cox F, Myles Gaskin B

They plug the ridiculously large holes on the offensive line left by Josh Sitton and Jawuan James with Deiter and Prince, the latter of whom can be a Pro-Bowler immediately. They get a dynamic playmaker out of the backfield in Miles Gaskin as well.

Browns 

Greedy Williams C, Sione Takitaki C, Sheldrick Redwine A, Mack Wilson C, Austin Seibert F, Drew Forbes D, Lewis F,

They replace Jabrill Peppers and Derrick Kindred at strong safety with Sheldrick Redwine. They also improve their linebacker depth with Sione Takitaki and Mack Wilson, and potentially save money, as they might subsequently release Christian Kirksey and let Joe Schobert walk in free agency. They also get a starting corner in Greedy Williams, and a guard who might have to start in Drew Forbes if Austin Corbett disappoints there.

Cowboys

Trysten Hill C, Connor McGovern A, Tony Pollard F, Michael Jackson A, Joe Jackson F, Donovan Wilson F, Mike Weber F, Jalen Jelks F

They complete their status of having the best offensive line in the league by getting Connor McGovern at left guard, so that Connor Williams can play his more natural position of right tackle. They get a much needed corner in Michael Jackson, and a defensive tackle to replace David Irving (if he truly quit the NFL) in Trysten Hill.

Titans

Jonathon Simmons C, AJ Brown D, Nate Davis A, Amani Hooker D, Deandre Walker F, David Long F

The Titans have one of the best offensive lines in football with Davis filling the hole at right guard. They take Simmons when they had other needs, but he can be a force on the interior of the d-line immediately. They get a third receiver to play with Corey Davis and Adam Humphries in AJ Brown, and get a versatile safety or linebacker in Amani Hooker.

D GRADE

Packers 

Rashan Gary D, Darnell Savage B, Elgton Jenkins F, Jace Sternberger F, Kingsley Keke F, Dexter Williams F, Ty Summers F

They get a starting free safety in Darnell Savage and a versatile defensive linemen in Rashan Gary, whose selection I would’ve graded higher if he wasn’t going to have to play behind established players in Preston Smith, Zadarius Smith, and the bevy of good defensive tackles the Packers already have.

Texans 

Tytus Howard B, Lonnie Johnson Jr F, Max Scharping F, Kahele Warring F, Charles Omenihu D, Xavier Crawford F, Cullen Gillaspia F

They get a much needed boost at the tackle spot – in fact, I think Howard and Martinas Rankin from last year’s draft can be a strong offensive tackle pair for years to come. Charles Amenihu can be a nice sub in at defensive end to spell JJ Watt, Jadeveon Clowney and Whitney Mercilus.

Giants 

Daniel Jones C, Dexter Lawrence D, Deandre Baker C, Oshane Ximines F, Julian Love A, Ryan Connelly F, Darius Slayton F, Corey Ballentine F, George Asafo-Adjei F, Chris Slayton F

They get two solid starters at corner from day one in Julian Love and Deandre Baker, so the Giants secondary is much improved. They get a solid quarterback in Daniel Jones who should contend with Eli for a starting job. They get an elite defensive tackle in Dexter Lawrence , who I would’ve graded higher if they didn’t already have adequate starters in Dalvin Tomlinson and rookie steals from last year in BJ Hill and RJ McIntosh.

Bengals 

Jonah Williams F, Drew Sample F, Germaine Pratt F, Ryan Finley C, Renell Wren F, Michael Jordan F, Trayveon Williams F, Deshaun Davis A, Rodney Anderson B, Jordan Brown F

Deshaun Davis can be a starting level linebacker from day one, and Rodney Anderson can provide a nice bell cow style of running compared to a more speed-oriented style of incumbent Joe Mixon. They also get a good backup QB in Ryan Finley who projects as a starter to eventually replace the ageing Andy Dalton. They still left their secondary and offensive line with gaping holes, however.

Niners

Nick Bosa F, Deebo Samuel B, Jalen Hurd F, Mitch Wishnowsky F, Dre Greenlaw F, Kaden Smith C, Justin Skule D, Will Harris F

They get a top 3 receiver in the draft in Deebo Samuel, which filled a huge need. They get some offensive line depth with Justin Skule, and Smith can come in for two tight end sets or spell George Kittle at times. Bosa will be a solid player, but I had a third round grade on him, as you can read here.

Buccaneers

Devin White F, Sean Bunting F, Jamal Dean A, Mike Edwards F, Anthony Nelson F, Matt Gay F, Scott Miller F, Terry Beckner A

They found a corner in Jamal Dean, who will patch up the worst secondary in the league. They also got a good defensive tackle in Terry Beckner Jr, who could replace Gerald McCoy long term. Devin White will be ok from the linebacker spot, but he was a reach.

Broncos

Chargers

Jerry Tillery F, Nasir Adderley C, Trey Pipkins B, Easton Stick F, Emi Egbule F, Cortez Broughton F

Pipkins can start immediately at right tackle and Adderley can be the starting free safety, but they didn’t address their porous offensive line any further or bring in more depth at receiver.

Seahawks

LJ Collier F, Marquise Blair B, DK Metcalf F, Cody Barton F, Gary Jennings Jr F, Phil Haynes A, Ugo Amadi F, Ben Birr-Kurven F, Travis Homer C, Demarcus Christmas F, John Ursua F

Haynes will start at guard, Blair will replace Earl Thomas at free safety and Homer can spell Chris Carson and Rashaan Penny, but every other pick was a huge reach.

F GRADE

Raiders

Clelin Ferrell F, Josh Jacobs F, Jonathan Abram F, Maxx Crosby D, Isaiah Johnson F, Foster Moreau F, Hunter Renfrow C, Mike Bell F

Crosby can be a rotational edge defender and Renfrow can be a rotational receiver, but every other player was a massive reach.

Jaguars

Josh Allen F, Jawaan Taylor F, Josh Oliver C, Quincy Williams F, Ryquan Armstead C, Gardner Minshew F, Dontavious Russell F

Oliver can beat out the other tight ends in Jacksonville for the tight end job, and Armstead can spell Leonard Fournette, but every other pick was a reach.

Lions

TJ Hockenson D, Jahlani Tavai F, Austin Bryant D, Amani Oruwiye D, Travis Fulgham D, Ty Johnson F, Isaac Nauta F, PJ Johnson F

Hockenson can compete with Jesse James or play with him in a two tight end formation, while Bryant, Oruwiye and Fulgham can give spot minutes at their respective positions.

Vikings

Garret Bradbury F, Irv SMith Jr C, Will Harris F, Alexander Mattison F, Cameron Smith F, Armon Watts F, Epps F, Udoh D, Boyd A, Mitchell F, Olabisi Johnson F, Austin Cutting F

Kris Boyd was a steal in the last round of the draft and creates a hellish secondary for defences to pass against. It might also allow the Vikings to attempt to trade Xavier Rhodes which would free up considerable cap space for the cap space-poor Vikings, as they already have Mike Hughes and Trae Waynes as good corners with upside. Minnie also drafted Irv Smith Jr who can play with Kyle Rudolph or replace him and his hefty contract, as they do already have a nice flex tight end from last year’s draft in Tyler Conklin. They also got Oli Udoh, who would ideally be a developmental guy at guard but might have to play immediately since their o-line is so weak.

Eagles

Andre Dillard D, Sanders D, JJ Arcega-Whiteside F, Shareef Miller D, Clayton Thorson F

Dillard can be the tackle of the future once Jason Peters retires, or could play left guard right away. Miles Sanders is a nice change of direction back who can receive a little bit, so that’s an ok complement for recently acquired Jordan Howard. Shareef Miller can be a nice developmental player at the edge on passing downs or at linebacker against the run.

Colts

Rock Ya-Sin F, Ben Banogu F, Parris Campbell B, Bobby Okereke D, Khari Willis F, Marvell Tell F, EJ Speed F, Gerri Green F, Jackson Barton D, Javon Patterson F.

Parris Campbell can give spot minutes behind TY Hilton, Devin Funchess and a steal from last year’s draft in Deon Cain, who was out all of last year with an ACL injury. He also provides insurance for the ageing Dontrelle Inman, and could contribute heavily on punt returns. Bobby Okereke is a versatile linebacker who can play on the edge or behind the line of scrimmage, but is best as a developmental prospect at this stage, as is Jackson Barton at guard.

Bears

David Montgomery F, Riley Ridley D, Duke Shelley F, Kerrith Whyte F, Stephen Denmark D.

Riley Ridley can develop behind Allen Robinson, Cordarelle Patterson, Anthony Miller and Taylor Gabriel with a view on starting in a few years time. Stephen Denmark can eventually replace Prince Amukumara at corner, as Prince is 30.

Steelers

Devin Bush F, Diontae Johnson F, Justin Layne F, Benny Snell B, Zach Gentry F, Isaiah Buggs F, Ulysees Gilbert F, Derwin Gray F

Benny Snell can give James Connor some rest. Devin Bush can be a good defender in space but he was a big reach in my opinion, as he lacks the size to defend the run in the box against blocking linemen.

Falcons 

Chris Lindstrom F, Kaleb McGrary C, Kendall Sheffield F, John Chominsky F, Qadree Ollison F, Scott Miller F, Marcus Green F

McGrary will replace Ryan Schroeder at right tackle. Every other player had a grade of being worth $3 mil or less per year, so they’re all players who will be below average unless they’re given serious time to develop.

 

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Summary of my 7-round mock draft prior to 2019 NFL draft

A link to how I would’ve drafted if I was every single team (with no trades) is here. Note that this was made prior to the draft so the Josh Rosen trade hadn’t happened yet, which shook up team needs. This mock used my big board 2.0, not the big board I’ve ended up with after scouting the players who were drafted that I missed, which can be found here. I drafted based on my big board, as well as team needs, which I gathered from my own understanding of the talent at each position on each roster, as well as draftnetwork.com’s player needs tool in the mock draft builder on their site.

  • Tytus Howard would have been drafted by the Texans at 23, which is what happened in real life.
  • Damien Harris of Alabama would’ve been drafted at 24th by the Raiders, not his Alabama running back teammate Josh Jacobs. I would’ve taken Jacobs in the fifth round – he can undoubtedly run at holes with speed and lay the boom, as well as get into the backfield and make catches, but he has little change of direction to make guys miss, so I think he’s a limited power runner.
  • Quinnen Williams, who many tagged as the best player in the draft, would’ve gone late in the first round to the Seahawks at 29.
  • TJ Hockenson would be a mid-second round pick going to the Packers at 44.
  • Daniel Jones would’ve been the second QB off the board, just like in real life – only, he would’ve gone 50th to the Vikings (assuming that I’d swiftly trade Kirk Cousins and his ludicrous contract). That is extremely late for the second QB to be drafted, but I honestly feel that every other team has more urgent needs at different positions – apart from the Jets, who would take Taylor Cornelius at 3, as I doubt Sam Darnold’s ability. Otherwise QB needy teams, such as the Buccaneers (sorry Jameis), Broncos, Ravens (Lamar Jackson is best as a receiver!), can fill other positions and take lesser known guys later on who still have starter ability in Tanner Mangum and Jordan Ta’amu. Note that I leave out the Dolphins on the QB-needy list, as I think undrafted Luke Falk is on par with early picks from last year’s draft in Baker Mayfield and Josh Rosen with his pocket presence and arm.
  • Kyler Murray goes 58th to the Cowboys. Dak’s rookie year was crazy, but he is too turnover prone to be my starting QB. Kyler is my QB2 alongside Jones. I picked Jones for the Vikings over Murray because he’s more of a pocket passer and can more reliably get the ball to weapons such as Stefon Diggs and Adam Thielen, whereas Murray can be more of a playmaker with his legs for a more depleted Cowboys receiving group (outside of Amari Cooper).
  • Nick Bosa goes 72nd to the Bengals, Christian Wilkins goes 73rd to the Patriots, Ed Oliver goes 89th to the Colts, Josh Allen goes 90th to the Cowboys to play safety, and Clenin Ferrell goes 100th to the Panthers. This makes them third round picks. You can read why I don’t love those players on my big board. They were pegged as dominant defensive linemen going into the draft, but more talent was out there – Wilkins and Ferrell’s Clemson teammate Dexter Lawrence is an elite presence at nose tackle, while under the radar guys like Cole Holcomb and Darryl Johnson on the edge or Michael Dogbe, Terry Beckner Jr and Greg Gaines provide more value on the interior. All of those latter guys were picked on day three.
  • Devin Bush would go 101st to the Patriots in my mock. He’s a great defender in space but I think he’ll be overpowered in a “phone booth”, or when guards target him on run plays. That’s why, like Josh Allen, I have him as a strong safety.
  • Dwayne Haskins, Devin White, Garret Bradbury, and Jonah Williams all have fourth round grades.
  • Brian Burns would go 141st in the fifth round, when he went 16th to the Panthers in real life. He relies on speed only, and can be pushed off the ball on run plays, but cannot change direction enough to play off the ball or at safety, so he’s stuck being a mediocre outside edge rusher.
  • The Patriots may have thought that they got their guy in receiver N’Keal Harry at the end of the first round, but I have him going 143rd to the Giants in the fifth round. He can win contested balls but I doubt his athleticism and route running to create separation. They also took edge defender Chase Winovich in the second, but I had a seventh round/undraftable grade on him.
  • DK Metcalf would go to the Seahawks..in the fifth round.
  • Chris Lindstrom, picked 14th by the Falcons, would be taken 168th by the Saints. Lindstrom has some mobility and bulk to run block in space and pass protect, but I think he plays with poor leverage and balance.
  • Max Scharping, taken in the sixth round, was drafted by the Texans in the second round in real life.
  • Drew Lock, drafted by the Broncos in the second round, would go in the late sixth.
  • The Rams won the draft in terms of picking talent at their later spots, but they took Taylor Rapp in the late first round, when I would’ve taken him in the sixth.
  • Notable undrafted players include: Jawaan Taylor (taken 35th by the Jaguars in real life); Jerry Tillery (taken 28th by the Chargers); and EJ Collier (taken 29th by the Seahawks).
  • Looking back on the mock, I probably would’ve taken stud defensive end Darryl Johnson with the Seahawks pick at 21 or the Ravens pick at 22, as both teams lost talent at that position during free agency. That would’ve altered the board somewhat, as although I though Bryce Love was in the top 16 players in the draft, he’d likely fall to the Raiders at 24 based on team needs, which would subsequently make Damien Harris fall, and so on.

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Grading every pick from Day Three in the 2019 NFL draft

As a reminder, here’s a link to my big board to understand where I’d draft guys, with a more detailed explanation of my grade on them. 

I have mostly not commented on picks that fall below an A or B, as I consider them players who have a value of $3 million a year or less, which considering there would be players available who have a value of atleast $6 million per year, makes them a bust.

ROUND FOUR

4.103 Cardinals – WR Hakeem Butler A – absolute steal. Butler is the best receiver in the draft. He has some Randy Moss about him. A freak athlete for his size, he has good understanding of how to exploit space, and can make tough catches.

4.104 Bengals – QB Ryan Finley. C. Finley will be a great backup with starter potential, so while the Bengals could’ve addressed another position, this might be a sound investment to either play understudy to Andy Dalton, who is 31, or trading him for a QB needy time like they did with AJ McCarron.

4.105 Raiders – DE Maxx Crosby D

4.106 Bucs – DE Anthony Nelson F

4.107 Giants – CB Julian Love A – Love was on of the best corners on the board, and the Giants desperately needed help there after puzzlingly trading away former top 10 pick Eli Apple to the Saints. They also need tot hink about life after Janoris Jenkins.

4.108 Colts – SS Khari Willis F

4.109 Niners – P Mitch Wishnowsky F

4.110 Falcons – CB Kendall Sheffield F

4.111 Washington – RB Bryce Love B – Washington are stacked at running back in my opinion. They took the top one in the draft last year in Derrius Guice, who is recovering from an ACL tear but will make some waves this season I expect. They also have an elite receiving back in Chris Thompson when he’s healthy, and of course the steamroller Adrian Peterson who still brings some punch. Love is a Pro-Bowl candidate from day one, so he’s great value at this point in the draft, but I would’ve looked at another position first. For instance they need more interior o-line help.

4.112 Ravens – RB Justice Hill B – a little undersized to be an every down back but while Mark Ingram breaks down the defence between the tackles, Hill can come in and run away from them.

4.113 Vikings – G Dru Samia F

4.114 Panthers – ILB Christian Miller F

4.115 Titans – ILB Amani Hooker D

4.116 Lions – OLB Austin Bryant D

4.117 Pats – G Hjalte Froholdt F

4.118 Browns – SS Sheldrick Redwine A – Redwine is a starter – level player from day one, and the Browns needed a strong safety badly.

4.119 Seahawks – WR Gary Jennings F

4.120 Jets – TE Trevon Wesco F

4.121 Steelers – RB Benny SNell B – Snell is a big dude who can move really well, and will be a nice complement to James Connor.

4.122 Ravens – G Ben Powers F

4.123 Seahawks – G Phil Haynes A – I have Haynes as a top 10 guard in the draft who can start from day one. The Seahawks desperately need him on the interior too.

4.124 Bengals – DT Renell Wren F

4.125 Bears – WR Riley Ridley D

4.126 Ravens – CB Iman Marshall F

4.127 Cowboys – RB Tony Pollard F

4.128 Raiders – CB Isaiah Johnson F

4.129 Chargers – ILB Drue Tranquil C

4.130 Washington – G Wes Martin F

4.131 Seahawks – FS Ugo Amadi F

4.132 Pats – QB Jarrett Stidham F

4.133 Rams – DT Greg Gaines A – it’s these kind of picks that make me think the Rams are on top of things in a big way. Gaines will be an elite A gap player while Aaron Donald tears it up out wide. Gaines is strong against the run and can rarely be pushed off his spot, and has some good hand usage to get into backfield.

4.134 Falcons – DE John Chominsky F

4.135 Bengals – G Michael Jordan F

4.136 Raiders – TE Foster Moreau F

ROUND FIVE

5.137 Cardinals – FS Deionte Thompson A – holy smokes, the Cards are making up for taking Murray and Isabella so early. Thompson is the best free safety in the draft, with single high coverage range, and despite his lean frame can bring the boom against the run. That Cardinals secondary, with Thompson and Budda Baker deep, and Byron Murphy and Pat Pete at corner, is scary good now.

5.138 Jags – RB Ryquell Armstead C – a back who can give Leonard Fournette some rest, as he plays with a similar physical style.

5.139 Steelers – TE Zach Gentry F

5.140 Seahawks ILB Ben Birr-Kurven F

5.141 Giants ILB Ryan Connelly F

5.142 Colts FS Marvell Tell F

5.143 Bucs K Matt Gay F

5.144 Lions – CB Amani Oruwiye D

5.145 Bills – ILB Vosean Joseph C

5.146 Niners – ILB Dre Greenlaw F

5.147 Raiders – WR Hunter Renfrow C

5.148 Packers – DT Kingsley Keke F

5.149 Dolphins – OLB Andrew van ginkel D

5.150 Falcons – RB Qadree Ollison F

5.151 Washington – C Ross Piersbacher F

5.152 Panthers – RB Jordan Scarlett B. McCaffrey might’ve seen basically every snap for the Panthers last season, but they still might need a strong runner to ease he and Cam Newton’s workload. Scarlett brings it, with Jamaal Charles level top speed and solid vision.

5.153 Browns – ILB Mack Wilson C. Man, the Browns were certainly in “best player available” mode with this pick, as they already took Sione Takitaki at the position earlier, and they have Pro-Bowler Joe Schobert and highly paid Christian Kirksey already on the roster in a sub-package heavy league. The Brown could look to move on from the later two with these picks. I don’t like doubling up at the same position with needs elsewhere, but Brown is a very mobile linebacker with some bulk to make an impact against the run.

5.154 Broncos – ILB Justin Hollins F

5.155 Jets – ILB Blake Cashman A – hoowee, the Jets are killing it. They’re already stacked at linebacker with CJ Mosley, Avery Williamson and former first round pick Darron Lee. But Cashman is worth it as the best linebacker in the draft. he has true sideline to sideline coverage, has strength to shed blocks against the run, and can cover extremely well. With Lee such a fast dude, they could move him to safety in sub packages, while Williamson might be traded just one year into his deal.

5.156 Cowboys – CB Michael Jackson A – fills a huge need next to Byron Jones at corner.

5.157 Pats – DE Byron Cowart D

5.158 Ravens – DT Daylon Mack F

5.159 Texans – DE Charles Omenihu D

5.160 Vikings – ILB Cameron Smith F

5.161 Pats – P Jake Bailey F – I like Bailey as both a punter and a kicker, but to take one so early, if at all, is ridiculous. The gap in talent between a good and a bad kicker or punter is far less than the gap in talent between a good corner and a bad corner. Kickers and punters are easier to find. So draft players who will make a larger impact!

5.162 Colts – ILB EJ Speed F

5.163 Cowboys – OLB Joe Jackson F

5.164 Chargers – QB Easton Stick F

5.165 Eagles – QB Clayton Thorson F

5.166 Titans – ILB Deandre Walker F

5.167 Rams – T David Edwards A – I think the Rams win this draft. Edwards can be a long term solution at tackle after Whitworth retires, or play at guard right away.

5.168 Browns – K Austin Seibert F

5.169 Giants – WR Darius Slayton F

5.170 Falcons – CB Jordan Miller F

5.171 Washington – OLB Cole Holcomb A – this selection salvages the draft for Washington. Holcomb compares to Von Miller with his elite speed off the edge, good strength despite his size (although I think Holcomb can continue to gain mass to improve as a run stopper), and has elite speed and fast twitch ability to cover a bit.

ROUND SIX

6.172 Cardinals – WR Keesean Johnson D

6.173 Steelers – OLB Sutton Smith C

6.174 Niners – TE Kaden Smith C

6.175 Saints – FS Saquon Hampton F

6.176 Jags – QB Gardner Minshew F

6.177 Cards – C Laimont Gaillard F

6.178 Giants – CB Corey Ballentine F

6.179 Bills – FS Jaquan Johnson D

6.180 Bengals – RB Traveon Williams F

6.181 Niners – G Justin Skule D

6.182 Lions – WR Travis Fulgham D

6.183 Packers – CB Kadar Hollmann F

6.184 Lions – RB Ty Johnson F

6.185 Broncos – WR Juwan Winfree F

6.186 Titans – ILB David Long F – well crap there’s two David Longs in the draft. The Rams got the better one.

6.187 Browns – G Drew Forbes D

6.188 Vikings – DT Armon Watts F

6.189 Vikings – SS Marcus Epps F

6.190 Steelers – DT Isaiah Buggs F

6.191 Vikings – G Oli Udoh D

6.192 Packers – RB Dexter Williams F

6.193 Texans – CB Xavier Crawford F

6.194 Jets – CB Blessaun Austin F

6.195 Ravens – QB Trace McSorley C – now move Lamar Jackson to receiver and the Ravens have a TEAM! McSorley is a good playmaker who can make some throws in the pocket as well.

6.196 Niners – FS Tim Harris F

6.197 Colts – DE Gerri Green F

6.198 Chargers – ILB Emi Egbule F

6.199 Chiefs – CB Rashad Fenton D

6.200 Dolphins – T Isaiah Prince A – the Dolphins had a very solid draft, and picking Prince this late is one of the steals of the draft. The Phons no longer have the worst o-line in the league.

6.201 Falcons – WR Marcus Green F

6.202 Seahawks – RB Travis Homer C – the Seahawks don’t really need more running back help but Homer is a good receiver, short yardage back and pass protector.

6.203 Bears – CB Duke Shelley F

6.204 Washington – WR Kelvin Harmon B – nice pick here to make a nice receiving core. Harmon was spoken about as a day one or two pick ,so nice job Washington. Harmon is a great possession guy who can make tough deep catches also despite a lack of top-line speed.

6.205 Steelers – ILB Ulysees Gilbert F

6.206 Bucs – WR Scott Miller F

6.207 Seahawks – DT Demarcus Christmas F

6.208 Bengals – ILB Deshaun Davis A – the Bengals could use another good linebacker outside of Malik Jefferson, and Davis brings it. He plays nasty, and can blow linemen up to run stop. Will need to get better in coverage but he has value as a run stopper alone.

6.209 Bengals – RB Rodney Anderson B – another nice pick, Anderson can be a bell cow back while Joe Mixon makes an impact outside the tackles.

6.210 Panthers – T Dennis Daley B – the Panthers have been rewarded in the past for investing heavily in linemen (eg their Super Bowl run had Andrew Norwell, peak Ryan Kalil, Trai Turner on the interior with adequate tackle players in Michael Oher and Mike Remmers). Bringing Daley gives insurance in case Darryl Williams goes down again.

6.211 Cowboys – S Donovan Wilson F

6.212 Chiefs – RB Darwin Thompson F

ROUND SEVEN

7.213 Bucs – DT Terry Beckner Jr A – the top defensive tackle remaining, and while they already have Vita Vea, Gerald McCoy and Beau Allen, Beckner provides depth and a replacement for McCoy if he is released or traded due to his heavy salary cap hit.

7.214 Chiefs – G Nick Allegriti D

7.215 Vikings – CB Kris Boyd A – the Vikings know how to draft corners, backing up Mike Hughes from last year with Boyd this year.

7.216 Cowboys – RB Mike Weber F

7.217 Steelers – T Derwin Gray F

7.218 Texans – FB Cullen Gillaspia F

7.219 Browns – CB Donnie Lewis F

7.220 Bears – RB Kerrith Whyte F

7.221 Bengals – CB Jordan Brown F

7.222 Lions – TE Isaac Nauta F

7.223 Bills – DE Darryl Johnson A – this guy was an unknown to me going into the draft, but having watched some tape, I think he’s the best true 4-3 defensive end in the draft, even in front of Rashan Gary. He played for small North Carolina A&T, but his blend of size (6’6″ with long arms, with potential to fill out more into his 250 pound frame), burst off the line of scrimmage, hand usage to knock away blockers in pass rush, a well-timed spin move, the leverage to move blockers against the run, and discipline to not bite on play action or read options make him a truly underrated prospect and another top 5 steal in the draft. Read this_ article that I made after the draft with my evaluations of players that were drafted but I hadn’t scouted prior to the draft.

7.224 Packers – ILB Ty Summers F

7.225 Washington – CB Jimmy Moreland F

7.226 Bills – TE Tommy Sweeney F

7.227 Lions – DT PJ Johnson F

7.228 Raiders – FS Quinton Bell F

7.229 Saints – TE Alize Mack D

7.230 Giants – T George Asafo-adjei F

7.231 Dolphins – FB Chandler Cox F

7.232 Dolphins – RB Myles Gaskin B – Gaskin is a bit like Justice Hill – a bit undersized to take too many hits between the tackles, but can be a great receiving threat from the running back position. He and Kenyan Drake can make a dynamic duo back there.

7.233 Jags – DT Dontavious Russell F

7.234 Seahawks – WR John Ursua F

7.235 Panthers – WR Terry Godwin F

7.236 Bears – CB Stephen Denmark D

7.237 Vikings – WR Dillon Mitchell F

7.238 Colts – G Jackson Barton D

7.239 Cowboys – ILB Jalen Jelks F

7.240 Chargers – DT Cortez Broughton F

7.241 Rams – FS Nick Scott F

7.242 Saints – OLB Kaden Ellis D

7.243 Giants – DT Chris Slayton F

7.244 Colts – G Javon Patterson F

7.245 Vikings – WR Olabisi Johnson F

7.246 Cardinals – T Joshua Miles D

7.247 Cardinals – DT Michael Dogbe A – I am extremely impressed with the Cardinals front office. Dogbe is a top 5 defensive tackle in the draft who has similar traits to Quinnen Williams, and they picked him up like 200 picks after Williams went. He is mobile enough to play 5 tech but strong enough to play on interior, which is perfect if the Cardinals revert back to a 3-4 scheme. But he can reduce inside and move guys around on the interior. The cardinals have no stand out dude at defensive tackle so this fills a need also.

7.248 Vikings – LS Austin Cutting F

7.249 Rams – ILB Dakota Allen A – the Rams are awesome. They have solid starters at inside linebacker, but Allen brings a big run stuffing presence and solid athleticism to cover a bit also.

7.250 Pats – CB Ken Webster F

7.251 Washington – DE Jordan Brailford D

7.252 Cardinals – TE Caleb Wilson A – the Cardinals picked up the best tight end in the draft class with the last pick. They have no stand out at tight end either, so Kyler Murray will have a lot of fun throwing to a dramatically improved receiving corps with Wilson and Hakeem Butler in the fold.

As I mentioned my big board can be found here and my grades from Day One and Two are here and here respectively. 

 

 

 

 

 

Updated big board 3.0 with guys I didn’t scout prior to 2019 NFL draft

As I did with version 1.0 and 2.0 of my big board, I scout a player based on their ability, and rank them according to my perceived value in dollar amounts. This helps in evaluating whether the player is an upgrade on whoever might else be on the roster.

Players I have most recently added to my big board, who were players that were drafted but I hadn’t scouted before the draft, are in italics.

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.

  • 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.

  • Darryl Johnson DE – from a small school (the same one Tarik Cohen went to), Johnson shows great burst off the line of scrimmage, and has sufficient hand usage and speed to make blocking him difficult. He can also diagnose run or pass plays well, so he can push linemen off the ball to make run stops. He’s very tall at 6’6″ but uses good leverage for extra power, will be able to fill out frame more. He plays to the whistle. Guards the edge well, making sure he doesn’t commit to potential run fakes in case the QB is running a read option. He has a spin move he sometimes uses to rush inside, I’d like to see more swim moves inside or just straight bull rushes on pass rushes, but maybe the footage I watched of him (the 2018 Celebration Bowl) was of him playing to a certain scheme to guard the edge.

  • 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.

  • Deshaun Davis ILB – epic run stopper, knows where to go and can destroy linemen. Plays NASTY! Can move a little bit in space for coverage duties.

  • 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

  • Justin Skule G – played tackle in college but best used as a guard due to explosiveness off the line and size, but also due to poor feet mobility.

  • Jackson Barton G – boasts good feet and size for a guard, maybe not so good at hand usage on pass pro to play tackle as best spot in NFL.

  • Nick Allegretti G – plays physical and is quite strong so once a guy is in his grip he can drive them off the ball, would like to see better pad level though. Pretty mobile. Needs to have more awareness in pass protection, tends to just block guy in front of him when he might be better deployed somewhere else if he’s already being blocked.

  • Joshua Miles T – long arms, mobile, good mobility to get reach blocks, can shuffle feet to avoid pass rush. Needs to bring fight to defenders at times, a bit passive.

  • 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

  • Rashad Fenton CB – I’m surprised by his poor combine numbers because he has great change of direction ability. Can get lost at times in zone coverage, but could be a solid backup from day one.

  • Andrew van Ginkel OLB – busy hands and knows what gaps to hit on run plays. Needs to develop strength and balance so he doesn’t get crushed as easily by bigger linemen.

  • 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,

  • 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
  • David Montgomery RB
  • JJ Arcega-Whiteside WR

  • Darius Slayton WR

  • Jeff Thomas WR

  • Marcus Green WR – solid route running and nice change of direction.

  • Zach Allen DE

  • Johnathan Abram SS

  • Elgton Jenkins C

  • Bunchy Stallings G

  • Taylor Rapp SS

  • Lukas Denis CB

  • Jordan Miller CB
  • Kendall Sheffield 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

  • Kahale Warring TE

  • Ben Powers G

  • 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

  • Alexander Mattison RB

  • Darwin Thompson RB – good balance and can actually lay the boom for a short player.

  • (Cole Macdonald QB)

  • Juwann Winfree WR – good catcher but not overly athletic or skilled with routes.

  • Miles Boykin WR – poor release from LOS and not great top speed, can be a physical jump ball target.

  • Scott Miller WR

  • Isaac Nauta T
  • Zach Gentry T
  • Dru Samia
  • Javon Patterson
  • Jake Bailey K/
  • Austin Seibert K

$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

  • 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
  • Qadree Ollison RB
  • Cullen Gillaspia FB
  • Wes Martin G
  • Terry Godwin WR
  • Gardner Minshew – just doesn’t move his feet or scan the field or pick up blitzes well, has ok arm but.
  • Saquon Hampton FS
  • Quincy Williams ILB
  • Ryan Connelly ILB
  • Ty Summers ILB – can cover OK, has solid size but doesn’t finish plays ie doesn’t wrap up tackles, turn head around for potential picks.
  • Quinton Bell FS – fast af but doesn’t show enough fundamentals.

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

  • Trayveon Williams RB – poor vision, has some agility in open field but poor between the tackles.
  • Ty Johnson RB
  • Chandler Cox FB
  • George Asafo-adjei T – not big enough or refined enough.
  • John Ursua WR
  • Olabisi Johnson WR
  • Marcus Epps SS
  • Nick Scott FS
  • Donovon Wilson FS – I have no idea why the Cowboys drafted him. Whiffs on tackles, not athletic enough to catch guys in space, not explosive in coverage.
  • Tim Harris CB
  • Duke Shelley CB
  • Donnie Lewis CB
  • Ken Webster CB
  • Gerri Green DE
  • Matt Gay K – I don’t like his form, doesn’t follow through, just jabs at it.
  • Austin Cutting LS
  • Jonathan Harris DT
  • EJ Speed
  • Corey Ballentine
  • Drew Forbes
  • Chris Westry
  • Derick Roberson

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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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The All-underrated team of the upcoming 2019 NFL draft

I’ve picked these guys based on how I value them compared to where they’re listed in mocks on the internet. It also shows how I think the pro bowl and All-NFL teams should be picked – have a base of positions as I’ve chosen, and then have a “flex” player which accounts for different schemes, like an extra cornerback, or an extra running back.

QB: Taylor Cornelius, Oklahoma State

Incredible arm, big body, awesome awareness, good footwork to that improves ability to make multiple reads. If you could build a QB in a lab, he’d be the result. The fact that dudes like Dane Brugler, who have scouted far more comprehensively than I, leaves him off his top 25 list for quarterbacks is astounding. He was top 10 in passing yards in college football last season. I just cannot comprehend why people are missing on him.

RB: LJ Scott

Big body who can take hits between the tackles, which happens rarely as he is still very shifty. Can be flexed out wide as a receiver he’s that good with routes and his hands. He is honestly like the second coming of LeVeon Bell considering he is from Michigan State and has great patience behind blocks, but has the burst and strength to break through into the second level. I’ve seen zero hype about this guy.

WR: Johnnie Dixon

There’s a reason why Dwayne Haskins had such ridiculous passing stats in college. He was passing to one of the best receiving corps in years. Dixon is the cream of the crop that included Parris Campbell and Terry McLaurin – he’s ridiculously fast and agile, can make tough catches and has great YAC ability.

WR: Jakobi Myers

He’s my WR2 behind Hakeem Butler and tied with Deebo Samuel in this draft as he can catch everything and is extremely proficient route runner. I’ve seen some hype about him on Twitter so he wasn’t my first option as being underrated player, but still, most boards I see him on have him in the later rounds, and I think he should be a first round lock. His NC State teammate Kelvin Harmon has gotten more attention (and he is a good player in his own right, which contributes to Ryan Finley’s good numbers also), but Myers is the man.

TE: Caleb Wilson

Led tight ends in receiving yards by a near mile last season as a junior. For a big time program. Supremely athletic so he can not only be a downfield threat, he can also run block you. He has some shiftiness to create separation and can catch. TJ Hockenson is seen as the top right end, and he is good, but Wilson is better in all facets IMO.

Flex: Bryce Love

A dude who can be played as a slot receiver due to elite shiftiness and speed, and can catch. But it’s his ability to read blocks and make defenders miss, and his toughness, that make him a three down back a la Ezekiel Elliot in the league. He played five years at Stanford so his hype has wained somewhat, but he’s still a freak talent.

Left Tackle: Tytus Howard

Very nimble for a big dude with long arms and strength to stop bull rush. Know how to play in terms of keeping hands out in case a stunt comes from the interior to the outside. This draft is stacked with good tackles and Howard should be picked in the late first or early second round.

Left guard: Garrett Brumfield

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.

Center: Justin Falcinelli

Just incredibly solid at the centre position. Very sturdy in pass protection, can move around a bit to deal with movement on defensive line, and can reach block well too. Clemson won the championship not just with their defensive ability.

Right guard: Nate Davis

Played tackle in college so you know he can pass protect, but he’s a beast in the run game too. Plays hard and disciplined, and wants to destroy you. Should be an early first round pick.

Right tackle: Isaiah Prince

Prototypical tackle with speed, size, agility and wingspan. Mocked in the late rounds but he’s a franchise tackle.

Safety: Juan Thornhill

His explosiveness jumps out on tape and, while I rarely take combine performance into consideration (unless a no-name dude dominates it and makes me want to take a look at them), Thornhill had one of the best combine performances ever. Check this out:

That is some generational athleticism. And while his measurables aren’t elite he makes up for it with his burst and play smarts. He can be a chess piece too as he can play at corner and even on the edge at times. For such a great athlete and former basketball star he gets his hands dirty too. My top rated safety.

Safety: Terrill Hanks

Pegged as a linebacker, I see him as a Harrison Smith-type free safety where he can threaten in the pass rush but also get into deep coverage responsibilities. He is such a fluid athlete for his size that I think he can play at interior linebacker and even edge defender where he mostly played in college, but it’d be a shame to not have him in coverage a lot. He has pterodactyl arms so getting a pass by him can be difficult when he’s staying with a receiver, which he can do as he is so agile. He’s not afraid to do the dirty work by making tough tackles either.

Cornerback: Joejuan Williams

Extremely tall and long and can man up with most receivers, with good athleticism and footwork to keep up with guys as they break. Vanderbilt ain’t a huge program but he deserves some first round attention, he’s my CB2.

Cornerback: Derrick Baitty

Extremely fast twitch dude who can play in zone as well as man. Good wingspan and downfield speed. Played on that Kentucky defense and outplayed more highly touted guys like Lonnie Johnson Jr. Deserves some late first round attention for cornerback-needy teams.

Linebacker: Khalil Hodge

Had a poor pro day and didn’t get invited to combine. But he’s extremely instinctive, and plays fast as hell on tape. Will punish blockers to make run stops, and can sink hips in coverage and move laterally well. A small-school stud. Can be a potential pro-bowler from day one.

Linebacker: Cole Holcomb

I see him best as an edge defender where his pass rush abilities can be on full display, but he’s mostly played at inside linebacker at North Carolina so he’s awesome there too. It was only after his pro day, where he proved he’s a ridiculous athlete, that he came on my radar.

Defensive end: Nate Harvey

Had awesome stats in college and you can see why. He’s athletic enough to surprise blockers with his get off and speed, and despite being underweight for the defensive end position, he can push blockers back and use his hands to brush them aside.

Defensive end: Cece Jefferson

Extremely active hands and good pad level against blockers to stand them up and make tackles. More of a bull rush guy than a speed end but can still move his feet some. That Florida d-line was nasty – having Jachai Polite on one end and Jefferson on the other was scary.

Defensive tackle: Greg Gaines

Incredibly strong guy who can not only bend the pocket with his push but can use his hands to defeat you also. Mocked as a late round pick but I’d pick him in the second round.

Defensive tackle: Terry Beckner Jr

Powerful hand usage to split blockers and can use spin move to get into teeth of blocking scheme. Plays hard. Haven’t really seen him mocked anywhere but I’d take him in the second round also.

Flex defender: Dakota Allen ILB

Phenomenal run defender who can blow interior linemen off the ball to make tackles. Can cover somewhat with some agility. Can play sideline to sideline despite a lack of insane speed as he can diagnose plays quickly.