Underrated’s 2020 NFL draft big board – James Smith-Williams and Ryan Agnew top the list

Another year, another list. I must have watched tape on at least 1000 prospects this year, and found some hidden gems. Who else has James Smith-Williams, Ryan Agnew and Kyle Horn as their top prospects? I’ve only listed players I believe to be worth at least $6 million per year. It’s been a big year for scouting for me so I haven’t gone into detail on some players, so you’ll have to forgive me.

These are positional rankings. Some players are worth the same, but some may have a slight edge over the other by a few hundred thousand dollars a year, but for these rankings it doesn’t matter too much. * denotes a player who is more valuable at a different position but still holds value at the position they are categorised under. A player listed in brackets denotes a player who is returning to school. The number next to their names indicates their value in millions of dollars per year. 

Some players I’ve rated based on 2018 footage as I couldn’t be bothered finding recent footage on them. Them making the list indicates they’re worthy of being drafted anyway. Some players I’ve only watched limited recent tape on and have written “watch more” next to their name.

Sorry special teamers, but I would never draft you. Your value compared to your peers can never exceed a player who is above their peers in the starting 22, from what I’ve seen. I’m willing to be surprised, however. Hopefully I find the holy grail of long snappers one day.. Some players I have written using their first or last name only, as any draft pundit will know their name. Yes, I just wrote a sentence telling you this when I could’ve written their name out in full. That’s how lazy I am, at times. 

QB 

  1. Ryan Agnew 26 – throws to only where his receiver can get the ball. Will always keep his team in the game as he can execute long passes or audible at line to change a play according to the defensive front. Understands where safety helps is weakest and is an expert at lofting the ball so that his receiver can make the downfield catch, or come back to ball. Great throwing action, has a high release point and great rotation through torso. Has enough zip on passes to hit his receivers all over field. Holds ball with two hands and has great footwork, keeps eyes up-field but has a great internal clock, can scramble some and is solid enough to take hits. Great spatial awareness to know where pressure is coming from, as well as where lurking defenders are. I’d use him primarily as a pocket passer but he is nimble enough to be used on bootlegs on occasion. Can throw while running but not his greatest strength. Is really good at selling play action, has Aaron Rodgers level of confidence in hiding the ball and then being able to find open spaces with arms and legs as play develops. Is smart enough to know every route his receivers will run to release ball before his receiver is even open. 
  2. Khalil Tate 10 – has a huge arm, can fit the ball through tight windows and can hit receivers from almost anywhere. Is also a huge threat with his legs, and is big enough to take hits as a runner, so he can be a legit read-option quarterback. He had a lot of run pass option plays at Arizona which can translate to the NFL. 
  3. Hurts 10 – has great composure in the pocket and holds the ball firmly with two hands, so he isn’t a huge fumble risk (inside the pocket, he usually scrambles with one hand on ball, big no no!). He has a good enough arm to make throws outside the numbers, and keeps his eyes up to scan the field for possible weaknesses in coverage. He is a huge threat with his legs, and is able to take hits due to his sturdy frame and power. 
  4. James Morgan 10 – one of the best arms to enter the draft in years. Accuracy is sometimes affected with how hard he throws it but he usually throws it to where only his receiver can grab it. Activity as far as footwork in the pocket could improve and sometimes he throws just with his upper body, but his arm talent means he can make off-platform throws a la Patrick Mahomes. Can sense pressure and know where the safety help is weakest, so he’s a downfield throw threat, although he could improve his lower body mechanics to get more power behind the ball on those deep throws. 
  5. Ross Bowers 8 – he had a negative touchdown to interception ratio last season, but put up a quality yards per reception rate of 7.4. I like him as he has Drew Brees’ level of footwork in his drops, and holds the ball firmly with two hands. His pocket presence isn’t great, but he can step up in the pocket and deliver passes all over the field. He can find where safety help is weakest and deliver deep balls. You shouldn’t draw up running plays for him but he has sufficient burst to scramble for a few yards now and then. 
  6. Herbert 7 – he is a big play threat both with his legs and his arm. Hard to bring down. Can throw on run extremely well so getting him in space with bootlegs and drifts like the Chiefs like to do with Mahomes would be a good game plan for Herbert. 
  7. Burrow 7 – he did have an amazing support cast around him in winning the Heisman, with fellow potential draftees in Justin Jefferson and Thaddeus Moss as receivers as well as stud offensive tackle Saadiq Charles protecting his blindside, but Burrow can play. He reminds me of Daniel Jones with his size and scrambling ability, and has a quality throwing motion to make throws all over the field. I question his pocket presence at times, but he should be a solid quarterback for atleast nine or so years. 
  8. Anthony Gordon 6 – has a beautiful throwing motion and a quick release, and can move outside the pocket and throw on the run. 
  9. Justin McMillan 6 – has received basically no hype, but is graduating from Tulane with a top 50 yards per reception rate at FBS level last season, as well as 745 yards on the ground in 13 games. Has the arm strength to hit receivers over the middle, needs to have a more compact form to throw outside numbers. Is skinny but can outrun most front seven players. 

HB

  1. Anthony McFarland 16 – has the big play ability of Tyreek Hill, with the vision of the best running backs in the game today. Unprecedented agility and base to evade tacklers, great hands. 
  2. Michael Warren II 16 – not as explosive as McFarland but just as shifty and stouter in pass protection.
  3. Darius Anderson 13 – extremely hard running, can deliver blows both with the ball and in pass protection. Good burst and footwork to find holes in blocking scheme. Can run basic routes after assessing need for pass protection. Solid breakaway speed. You can basically rely on him gaining atleast three yards on the ground with his power and desire to keep upright. 
  4. Jonathon Taylor 10 – nimble, fast, tough, strong, savvy. 
  5. Deandre Swift 7 – one of the best dead leg jukes I’ve seen, doesn’t lose much momentum doing so. More of a make-you-miss back than a power back, has some nice footwork on routes but can lack urgency to get open. Has big play speed.
  6. Benjamin 7 – a power back who can find the tiniest of holes in the defense and make solid gains from them. Can make catches, effort to get open not great. Can pass protect some. 
  7. Zack Moss 6 – is stout in pass protection and at 220 plus pounds can pick up NFL blitzers. Isn’t overly explosive but is quite shifty. 
  8. Kennedy McCoy 6 – is good at finding space as a pass catcher and has high awareness for where defenders are around him to make them miss tackles. 
  9. (Isaiah Spiller 6)

TE

  1. Kyle Horn 24 – Horn might be eligible for a sixth year of college ball as he missed all of 2016 due to an ACL tear and redshirted his 2015 season. If he does leave for the NFL, you could be getting the next Gronk. Horn played for a bad UMass team (1-11 record last season), but Horn was a true bright spot. He only played in six games (missing one due to a missed curfew, alongside five other players) but averaged 13 yards per reception and had three touchdowns in those games. As a receiver he shows urgency in getting open against man and has solid enough hands to make catches in traffic, tucking the ball when he knows a defender is near and shielding his torso from big hits, which will improve his longevity and ability to shrug off tackles. He has wheels too, top speed isn’t awesome but has great short area quickness for a 6’5”, 245 pounder (as listed on ESPN.com). I think he stands to be able to gain more weight too, as he has a skinny torso. This doesn’t stop him from being a dominant and nasty run blocker, where he gets low and drives defenders back, whether they be defensive ends or defensive backs. He understands blocking angles well, knowing when to advance from one block to another, and can drive you into the dirt. On top of all of this, he has a good understanding of route concepts in getting behind linebackers and sitting in zones, as well as being shifty to make defenders bite on his head fakes in man coverage. He wants the ball, from what I saw, waving his arms when open in zones. 
  2. *Rashod Berry 12
  3. *Tee Higgins 11
  4. Albert O 9 – great downfield threat with his elite speed and can make catches in the end zone. Solid blocker, needs to improve balance to hold blocks but initial contact is usually good. Solid footwork to get open on short routes but could add some urgency to separate from defenders. 
  5. Stephen Sullivan 9
  6. Brycen Hopkins 8 – great burst off line of scrimmage, not many LBs will be able to keep up with him. Solid run blocker, really good pass blocker. 
  7. Jake Breeland 8 – really good blocker, keeps defenders engaged. Can find gaps in coverage as a receiver, solid upfield speed. 
  8. Dominick Wood-Anderson 7 – had a lot of reps blocking, in which he usually did a great job, driving the defender off the ball and legitimately creating big plays on the edge for his running backs. Not overly explosive in his routes but his top speed is pretty good. 
  9. Giovanni Ricci 7 – has really good burst to separate, shows solid leverage when blocking. Sound route runner. 
  10. Pinkney 6 (2018 tape) – built low to the ground so he’s a YAC threat as he’s hard to bring down. 
  11. Tua 6 – in my opinion, Tua’s greatest strength is his legs and ability to shrug off tacklers. He was aided immensely by a solid offensive line, and has had some of the best receiving groups ever, which has boosted his time-to-throw and big play ability. I am unsure about his pocket presence, ability to scan the field, and decision making. Since he is a great athlete, and he has a strong frame, I can see him being a pass catching tight end who can come inline and crack a few unsuspecting linebackers, but can mostly be used as a short yardage tight end with potential for yards after catch. 

FB

  1. Rashod Berry 18 (need to watch more tape) – missed most of last season due to “undisclosed injuries” (according to rotoworld.com), but from what I’ve seen, Berry can become one of the best fullbacks ever. Has been listed as a tight end but is so good at blocking I think he’s best as a fullback, very long arms, balance and drive make him very difficult to beat. Can get upfield to make more than one block, and understands blocking angles extremely well. A perfect example of Berry’s ability is here (he’s number 13), where he pushes the defender five yards off the ball into another defender, and he seamlessly changes the blocking assignment for the Fields touchdown. Shows some savvy, change-of-direction ability, and explosiveness in getting open, can make catches (high level basketball ability, as shown from his YouTube mixtapes, suggest his ball skills and athleticism). Strong legs, wicked stiff arm and quickness make him extremely difficult to bring down. 
  2. *James Smith-Williams 10
  3. AJ Dillon 7 – despite having the most rushing yards in Boston College’s history, I see Dillon as a fullback in the NFL. He has tremendous short area burst but I think he lacks the shiftiness or vision to be a primary ball carrier. He could put his 240 pound frame to use as a lead blocker, and he’s shown a solid base when blocking in space in the limited reps I’ve seen. He can leak out and make some catches too. 
  4. *Dominick Wood-Anderson 6
  5. Xavier McKinney 6 – McKinney is highly touted as a safety but I haven’t seen enough play recognition for him to be reliable there. He is a great athlete and has great form on tackles, so I think those skills could translate to playing fullback. He’d have to add weight (he’s played at 200 pounds at 6’1”) but I think he has the physicality to make it work, and he has the agility to get out of the backfield and make a few catches. 

WR

  1. Tee Higgins 17 – you cannot deny that a reason for Trevor Lawrence’s college football success has been that he can just wait for Higgins to get open, and even if he doesn’t, just throw it up and let the 6’4”, 220 pound former basketball standout (he received numerous offers from big time colleges to play basketball out of high school) go up and get it. Higgins combines elite measurables with impeccable savvy as far as getting open with his routes, including in the end zone, as well as making a catch and rotating to be able to survey the defense ahead of him to gain yards after the catch.  
  2. Collin Johnson 12 – 6’6” with great body control to make tough catches, can take hits too. Solid speed for a big man, isn’t awesome off line of scrimmage but can still scoot away from corners at times. Safe hands. 
  3. *Anthony McFarland 12
  4. Kendrick Rodgers 11 – big target, sound route runner, strong after the catch to break tackles, strong as a run blocker.
  5. Henry Ruggs 11 – despite short stature can get off line fo scrimmage well due to footwork and hand usage. Sub 4.3 speed means he’s a downfield threat but can also evade tacklers with good spatial awareness, and can be a quality gadget player with jet sweeps etc. Can find creases in defense on routes, including in end zone. Reliable hands. 
  6. Kai Locksley 10 – he played quarterback at UTEP, but had a similar amount of rushes to pass attempts last season, and gained a total of 535 yards on those runs in 11 games (all of which were UTEP losses!). At 6’4” and 210 pounds (according to ESPN), I wouldn’t be surprised if Locksley runs a sub 4.4 forty yard dash time, he is that quick. He shows nimble footwork and toughness to run between defenders, making me believe he could catch passes across the middle of the defense. Can juke very well for a man his size. 
  7. Tylan Wallace 9 – great contested catch receiver, has enough burst to separate from defenders vertically. Pretty refined first step off line of scrimmage. 
  8. Jaelen Raegor 9 – is very similar to 2019 draftee Deebo Samuel as a short but powerful runner with the ball with incredible burst and speed, meaning he can be a downfield threat as well as a great gadget player. Is pretty proficient with routes as well, can get off line of scrimmage and freeze defenders. Hands a little bit inconsistent at times. A big play target. 
  9. KJ Hill 9 – great hands. Very twitchy, will be tough to guard one on one, has enough downfield speed to make tough deep catches, but best at separating and coming back to ball. Sometimes has trouble identifying weaknesses in zone, and lacks urgency to turn and get to ball in air on short curls (as seen when K’Von Wallace nearly picked off Justin Fields when Fields was targeting Hill in the college playoffs). 
  10. Jeudy 8 – quality run blocker, great burst off line of scrimmage. Is sometimes one step too slow in his breaks which can interrupt timing of throws and allow defenders to recover. Physical and strong after the catch, has some breakaway speed and has a nice dead leg juke. Solid hands. 
  11. Laviska Shenault 7 – solid route runner who knows how to sit in zones, solid breakaway speed. 
  12. Keith Mixon 7 – great YAC target, serious breakaway speed and shiftiness. Solid enough hands and can catch through contact. 
  13. Denzel Mims 7 – great physical traits and solid hands. Needs to improve urgency in routes, especially when he’s not the number one target. Very strong in run blocking, overpowers smaller defenders. 
  14. (Damontie Coxie 6)

T

  1. Isaiah Wilson 12 – impossible to bull rush and nimble enough to keep up with most speed rushers. First step is scarily explosive, holds blocks well and plays nasty. 
  2. Saadiq Charles 11 – very nimble and disciplined. Strong enough to hold up against most defenders. Can block in space. Skills translate to guard as well.
  3. Prince Tega Wanogho 11 – massive edge protector who can move multiple people in run game. 
  4. Wirfs 10 – great first step and a real people mover. Will pancake a defender but then miss a block due to imbalance. Strong in pass pro one on one but could be more aware of multiple blitzers. Nimble enough to be a force on blocks upfield. 
  5. *Cordel Iwuagwu 10
  6. Liam Eichenberg 9 – adequate agility to deal with speed rushers, good hand placement and strength to deal with power rushers and inside moves. Not overly forceful in run game but can hold position. Good awareness to pick up blitzers. 
  7. Andrew Thomas 9 – prototypical size for an offensive tackle, can keep up with speed rushers a la Klaivon Chaisson. Long arms keep rushers away from him, can’t be bull rushes easily. Needs to show more awareness in picking up blitzers as he locks in to his target block too much, needs to keep eyes up and one arm ready to punch away multiple blitzers. Can be very unbalanced in run game. 
  8. Joshua Alabi 8 – played sparingly at Ohio State, initially recruited as a defensive line prospect. Played well enough to earn offensive player of the game for Ohio State against Nebraska in 2019, after he was pegged to possibly be a backup to Brandon Bowen. Alabi has good size for the tackle spot and can move his feet well.  
  9. McKivitz 7 – picks up twists and stunts well, adequate agility with long arms, initial contact is good on run blocks but could engage for longer. 
  10. Tarik Adams 7 (2018 footage) – out of Marshall University, Adams plays with solid balance and agility. Hand placement is good and has long arms to keep rushers away. 
  11. Mekhi Becton 7 – can only really be beaten in pass protection by multiple blitzers entering his blocking zone, as he can lock in on one block a bit too much at times. In run game, he could show more balance, but he can still move people with ease. I’d be comfortable running the ball off of him atleast eight times a game, to put his ability in perspective. The elite left tackles might garner 15 or so runs to their side, however. 
  12. *Jonah Jackson 7
  13. Blake Brandle 6 – graduating redshirt senior out of Oregon State. Good drive on run plays, needs to improve leverage. Keeps hips square to rushers in pass pro well. 

G

  1. Cordel Iwuagwu 17 – is so quick that sometimes it’s hard to find him on run plays. Can get to second level with ease and shows good understanding of how to make initial contact and move forward, creating lanes while changing blocking assignments. In pass pro, can get pushed backwards by a bull rush, but has long arms and good enough base not not allow rushers to get straight to quarterback. Is very nimble in pass pro and keeps arms up to ensure he can meet blitzers and stunts well. Plays hard, usually knows when to stop plugging a gap in pass pro and look for work, leading to delicious pancakes. 
  2. Marquell Harrell 14 – dominant at line of scrimmage, can push most defenders back, incredible anchor to stop any penetration. Can move in space too. Could improve motor and hold blocks as long as possible as plays break down.  
  3. *Saadiq Charles 9
  4. *Isaiah Wilson 8
  5. *Tyler Biadasz 8
  6. Jonah Jackson 8 – reminds me a bit of Rodger Saffold with how immovable he is, but can move a bit to make blocks in space. 
  7. Patrick Osterhage 8 (2018 footage) – made first-team all-decade at Wake Forest at right guard, so that’s how much they like him. 
  8. Hakeem Adeniji 7 – has played a lot of tackle but I think he’s best used inside, as he is very explosive off the ball and has the mass to be a force in the run game. 
  9. John Molchon 7 (2018 footage)
  10. Clay Cordasco 7 – redshirt senior out of Oregon State, can be a dominant run blocker and one-on-one pass blocker, but REALLLYY needs to improve ability to disengage from a block if a blitz is coming. He locks into blocks and does not keep head up or one hand out to disrupt multiple rushers. 
  11. *Simon Stepianak 7
  12. Drew Richmond 6
  13. Lemuix 6 – a big body who can’t really be bull rushed who shows enough anchor to move defenders off the ball a yard or so. Should not be asked to move too much in pass pro due to lack of elite quickness.
  14. *Becton 6
  15. *Hanson 6

C

  1. Tyler Biadasz 12 – supremely athletic, can move to second level with ease. Can also pancake guys in the trenches with great core strength. Sometimes a little unbalanced and ends up on the ground. Understands blocking angles to give space to his running back. Pass protection is good, keeps hands and eyes up to pick up rushers, can sometimes overcommit a little bit unnecessarily. Plays to whistle, not afraid to bury someone in the ground. Can become a top center in the league from day one. 
  2. *Saadiq Charles 10
  3. (Josh Myers 8 – Ohio State, 2019 junior).
  4. Trystan Colon-Castillo 7
  5. Jake Hanson 7
  6. Simon Stepeniak 7
  7. Matt Hennessy 6
  8. Sean Pollard 6
  9. *Hakeem Adeniji 6
  10. James O’Hagan 5 (2018 footage) – Buffalo Bulls center. 

FS

  1. Terrell Burgess 15 – does not allow runners to get outside of him, but can disengage and make the stop once the defender does run inside. Does miss some tackles due to less than ideal technique. Outstanding range, doesn’t overcommit, slows down to make sure he makes sufficient contact on the ball carrier. Can be a good corner as well due to loose hips and speed. Can be a ballhawk if he makes sure he gets his head around in time. 
  2. *David Dowell 12
  3. Kamren Curl 10 – his positioning is usually immaculate, and he doesn’t over commit on run plays that could leave the field open for deep passes. He knows where to go most of the time, but he sometimes lacks the urgency to make the tackle – he can see it, but he can be a bit lazy. He is a refined tackler so I’m not sure he’ll miss many tackles. 
  4. *Vildor 8
  5. *Samuels 7
  6. Delpit 7 – very explosive, has true single high safety speed and can be a big hitter against ball carriers. Is a boom or bust tackler however – he often over commits to a certain angle, and puts his head in incorrect positions. He also overcommits to tracking receivers running to the flat when runs might be going between the tackles, limiting his impact on those plays. 
  7. Harrison Hand 6 – played a lot of corner, but might lack the twitchiness needed to change direction like corners require. He is disciplined in his stance, has long arms, and can sniff out run plays quite well however, so I think he’s best as a safety.
  8. Mykelti Williams 6 – not very highly touted but showed up in the tackle count for college football in 2019, as he was top five for safeties in the country. Plays hard and hits hard, sometimes with poor technique which could contribute to injuries, but is worth having as a threatening presence against the run and lurking for tipped balls. 
  9. *Simmons 6
  10. *Arnette 6

SS

  1. David Dowell 14 – awesome at diagnosing plays, very quick in short areas to find the ball against run and pass. Very good tackler, could add a little strength but usually wraps up and brings down runners well. Can shed blocks due to his twitch. Can keep up with most receivers in space and make plays on the ball. 
  2. *Terrell Burgess 12
  3. *James Smith-Williams 10
  4. *Kamren Curl 9
  5. Javin White 8 (need to watch more) – had 54 solo tackles, 3 picks and two forced fumbles in 12 games last season. Best as a safety to utilize his ability to get to the ball and make catches downfield. Shows some man coverage skills, can flip hips somewhat, so at 6’3” and 200 pounds can be used to mark up on tight ends (he shows ability to beat blocks with power) or receivers. The versatile chess piece that Isaiah Simmons is billed to be. 
  6. K’Von Wallace 7 – good in man coverage, not so good in zone as he doesn’t stay in low stance, isn’t overly quick in play recognition. Plays to the whistle and keeps his eyes up, meaning he could be an interception threat at the next level. Can run sideline to sideline. 
  7. Javonte Moffat 7
  8. Joey Banks 7 – not ideal tackling technique as he sometimes puts his head in prone positions, but a very strong hitter and sufficient burst to close on the ball. 
  9. Allijah Halliburton 6 – led FBS safeties in tackles. 
  10. *Samuels 6
  11. *Bradley 6

CB

  1. Kindle Vildor 14 – extremely agile so that he can keep up with most receivers in any direction. Great ball skills. Sound in protecting edge on run plays and can tackle well.
  2. *Terrell Burgess 11
  3. *Dowell 10
  4. Thakkarius Keyes 10 –  a bigger corner who has good arm length and strength to push receivers off their routes and can keep up with receivers downfield as well. Could improve smoothness in footwork and flipping hips but has sufficient burst to close on ball. Great ball skills and is unafraid to attempt picks in traffic. 
  5. Grayland Arnold 10 – very athletic, can change direction and keep glued to receivers well. Can contain edge on run plays. Usually keeps feet when tackling so could end up being forcing some fumbles from ripping ball out, needs to develop strength to really drive ball carriers back and blow up blockers though. 
  6. Stanford Samuels 9 – great, fast feet all over the field. Overshoots tackles some and doesn’t wrap up. Smart against run, usually doesn’t allow play to bounce outside. Long arms to interrupt receivers at line of scrimmage. 
  7. Essang Bassey 8 – plays with good awareness, effective in run support. Can stay with most receivers, could use hands more to direct receivers off their routes. Good athleticism means he can compete on jump balls with taller receivers. Tackles the ball so could be a forced fumble threat. Can recognise routes and jump the pattern at times, and has sufficient burst to get to where he wants to go. 
  8. Jeff Okudah 7 – generally does not wrap up tackles properly. Can be thrown off the receiver at the line of scrimmage due to overcommitment to receiver’s set up. Can be lackadaisical in not keeping tight on receivers the longer the plays develop. Other than that he’s a long, explosive athlete who can stay glued to receivers most of the time, so is worthy of a day one or two pick. 
  9. *Kamren Curl 7
  10. *James Smith-Williams 7
  11. Kristian Fulton 7
  12. Chandler Kryst 7 – showed up on my radar due to high pick count in his senior year at Coastal Carolina. Good burst to ball, solid downfield speed and ball skills. 
  13. Brandon Ezell 7 – out of San Jose State, good ball skills, a returner so good footwork and athleticism. Solid tackler. 
  14. AJ Terrell 7
  15. Ceedee Lamb 7 – he is considered by many as the top receiver in the draft, but I don’t see it – he has solid yards after the catch ability, but I think he lacks the route running savvy and explosiveness to get open consistently. He does have long arms? And is physical, however, so I think he can make an impact at corner. 
  16. Damon Arnette 6
  17. Keith Washington 6
  18. Javelein Guidry 6 – can stay with almost any receiver with 4.3 speed, is bulky enough to shed blocks and sift through traffic to make tackles. Footwork and hand position is less than ideal. 
  19. Isaiah Simmons 6 – is clearly a special athlete, but lacks play recognition, motor and size to take on blocks. I’d utilise his speed and wingspan at corner.

ILB

  1. *James Smith-Williams 18
  2. Shaun Bradley 12 – just like Kamren Curl, he has great play recognition but sometimes doesn’t have the motor to get to the ball. It’s almost as if he can’t be bothered. They might play up to competition at the next level, but you can’t rely on that. What Bradley can do is fly all over the field, yet have the strength and power to crush blockers and make run stops. He can legitimately play as a mike linebacker in a Tampa 2 defense and cover the deep middle of the field he’s that rangy. He could use a bit more leg drive in tackles as he misses some as he doesn’t wrap properly. Can be a savage pass rusher.  
  3. Justin Strnad 10 – extremely quick, so he’s good in coverage, but can also stack blocks and make tackles in traffic. True sideline to sideline speed but needs to wrap up tackles more, can’t just lead with shoulder all the time, particularly for his own longevity. 
  4. Shaq Quarterman 8 – this play is emblematic of Quarterman’s style – in the 2018 season he hit 2019 draftee Foster Moreau so hard that his mouthguard fell out. He can shed blocks well and is built low to the ground so he usually has good leverage. Can move about the field but might need to improve motor a bit, against aFlorida he stood and watched as a receiver broke multiple tackles and scored on a huge play when Quarterman could’ve gotten there to mop up. Solid change of direction ability in coverage and can sink hips to move around. 
  5. Willie Gay Jr 7
  6. *Jordan Mack 7
  7. Cole Kmet 7 – played as a tight end at Notre Dame and is considered by many to be the best tight end in the draft. He has great size, but it’s apparent to me that he hasn’t played that much football, based on his understanding of coverages and blocking ability – he also played baseball until his junior college season, which would’ve limited the amount of time he could dedicate to football. I would use him as an inside linebacker who can chase down receivers and blow up some blockers. 
  8. Khaleke Hudson 6
  9. Javahn Ferguson 6 (2018 tape)
  10. *Josh Uche 6
  11. *Burgess

3-4 Edge

  1. *James Smith-Williams 24
  2. *Cedric Wilcots 14
  3. Jordan Mack 11 – has played mostly off the ball but boy can he rush the passer. He is quick to the ball but doesn’t over-commit and run past the ball carrier, so he can close on many hurries for a potentially high sack count. He sniffs out runs very well, and can cover a bit, although my placing of him on the edge indicates he’s best closer to the line of scrimmage and only covering occasionally. 
  4. Chase Young 11 – I prefer him as an outside linebacker as he is so twitchy that he can cover in the short areas of the field. Is also potent as a rusher, gets off the ball almost as fast as Von Miller. Isn’t overly bendy, but has good power to drive blockers back and has a solid motor. 
  5. *Shaun Bradley 9
  6. *Rashod Berry 9 – yes, fullback Rashod Berry is so athletic that I think he can be a Pro-Bowl level edge defender. He had a few snaps there at Ohio State due to injuries, indicating he has the ability, and was recruits a potential edge defender there. Has long arms and bulk to swipe away and drive through blockers to get to the ball, has great play sense.
  7. AJ Epenesa 7 – a very unique prospect as he has the size to play as a defensive tackle and the athleticism to play in coverage. I haven’t listed him as a quality option at 4-3 DE, as he can’t be relied upon to contain an edge, as he commits too early to incorrect running lanes. As a result he’s best used to shrug off blockers and make tackles in one gap, cover in the short areas of the field, or just straight power rush. Any higher-level decision making is not in his tool bag, in my opinion. 
  8. *Darrell Taylor 7
  9. Josh Uche 7 – great motor, has some spin and swipe moves and dip to get to QB, can beat you with speed also. Won’t push a lineman over but can hold up in run game. Sometimes overcommits, leaving holes for QB or RB to run through. Has agility to cover in space when asked. 
  10. Ledarius Mack 7 – I’m surprised no-one has talked about him as Khalil Mack’s younger brother at Buffalo. Has his brother’s quickness, can dip inside on the pass rush, very active hands. Has strength to stand blockers up. Tackling form needs work, needs to wrap up more as sometimes ball carriers slip out of his tackles. Solid motor.  
  11. Gross Matos 7
  12. Divinity 7
  13. Bryce Huff 7 
  14. Trevis Gipson 6
  15. *Shaq Quarterman 6
  16. *Galaei 6
  17. Carter Coughlin 6
  18. Terrell Lewis 6

4-3 edge

  1.  James Smith-Williams 27 – can be a top defender in the league from day dot. Is a low-profile prospect due to a litany of injuries throughout his career, playing in just 29 games over the course of his five year career at NC State. Nonetheless, when healthy, he can be dominant. His healthiest year was in 2018 when he had 36 tackles, 9 TFLs and six sacks in just 11 games. The injury history is something you’d have to look into, but I think he has the work ethic to bounce back – he gained 70 pounds of muscle during his college career, and was studious enough to earn an internship and job guarantee from a high profile technology company……He tested similarly to legendary edge rushers like Whitney Mercilus and Ryan Kerrigan at the combine, as he was above the 90th percentile in the board jump and vertical jump for defensive lineman, as well as posting 28 reps on the bench. This kind of pedigree makes me think the injuries were just ill fortune, or understandable growing pains for carrying more weight. His talent is so overwhelming that I’d still take him with my top pick….He protects the edge with aplomb, doesn’t over-commit to rush, keeps blocker away with long arms and shed blockers to make tackles extremely well. Pass rush move is primarily a bull rush, but he can dip or pull at the right moments and when he knows where the QB is trying to get to with their feet. Will draw plenty of holds because he has good bend as well, which will surprise many linemen as he sets them up with power beforehand. Great get-off, speed to power is incredible. Can sink into coverage on occasion and keep hips low and hands up for potential picks or batted balls.
  2. Cedric Wilcots 16 – has a filthy spin move, which is a counter off of a filthy speed rush. Can use hands to bat away blockers’ arms too. Can beat run blockers with pure effort and solid base despite a slender frame for a 4 tech. Needs to put shoulders into tackles more but is usually strong enough to wrap up tackles anyway. 
  3. *Ross Blacklock 11
  4. *Chase Young 9
  5. Darrell Taylor 8
  6. (Jaquan Bailey 7)
  7. *Broderick Washington 7
  8. Tipa Galaei 7
  9. Javon Kinlaw 7 – incredible get off for a man at 300 pounds, can really swipe away blockers and move around them. I prefer him on the edge so that he’d just have to get after the quarterback and pull down rushes to the edge, as his wingspan will allow him to take up more space than normal for the position. Play recognition not great. 
  10. *Rashod Berry 7
  11. Khalid Kareem 6 – play recognition isn’t great, can overshoot to the outside on inside run plays a lot. Awesome traits, great get off and wingspan, shows promise on swipe moves inside and outside but needs to improve bend and motor in driving linemen back. 
  12. *Bryce Huff 6

DT

  1. Ross Blacklock 17 – can become one of the best defensive tackles in the league from day one. Built like Fletcher Cox, has great get off, instincts as to where the holes are to close up runs or where to penetrate on pass rush, can beat double teams with ease due to drive in legs, brute strength and efficient hand usage. Keeps head up and can utilise spin move to take down QB or runner. Needs to clean up discipline, was kicked out of his final? game for TCU for helmet to helmet contact on quarterback. 
  2. *James Smith-Williams 16
  3. Broderick Washington 11 – absorbed a lot of double teams at Texas Tech but still managed to shrug blockers off and find the ball. Crazy first step and top speed for a 300 pounder and good motor, needs to improve tackling form as he misses some at times. Main pass rush move is bull rush with an occasional swipe – he could improve leverage on those moves – but will still get a handful or so sacks a year just from motor and keeping eyes up. 
  4. Rashard Lawrence 8 – extremely stout against the run, can anchor against a double team to allow fellow defenders to clean up. Solid get off, needs to develop more pass rush moves but does have solid swipe, but doesn’t have that much burst to get upfield. 
  5. Demerick Gary 7 – was top 5 in tackles for seniors at the defensive tackle position last college season, and you can see why – he is up there with Kinlaw for how explosive he is off the ball, and has sufficient bulk to not let many blockers stop him from making forward progress. 
  6. Raekwon Davis 6 – plays with a great motor. Doesn’t overcommit to attacking a gap at expense of run play in another direction, but also struggles to keep his eyes up when engaging blockers, which limits his play recognition. Doesn’t really have pass rush moves but can drive linemen back a few yards, creating pressure that way. Is nimble enough to line up outside the tackles at times. Strong enough to disengage most blocks and has solid tackling form, with sufficient size to bring down most ball carriers. 
  7. Lorenzo Neal 6 – is stout in holding up blockers in the run game, using one hand to hold them off while keeping his eyes up to see where run plays are headed. He has a good motor, but his lack of burst means he sometimes can’t close on the runner. 
  8. *AJ Epenesa6
  9. *Kinlaw 6

K

  1. Cooper Rothe – it’s hard to find highlight footage of kickers on YouTube, but I like Rothe because he doesn’t stab at the ball – he has a consistent follow through that indicates good leg flexibility. This means he can drive his foot through the ball in any weather condition and suggest he has great range. 

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NFL free agents who could change teams this 2020 offseason

This list names players who I believe could move teams in free agency. It precludes some big names such as Tom Brady and Dak Prescott, so their emissions indicate that I think it’s likely they remain with their clubs. This list also gives some reasoning about why the new destination could be a nice fit for the player, gives precedence for contract value compared to previous contracts at the player’s position, as well as naming other teams who could be in the hunt for the player.

QB Philip Rivers – Colts (two years, $24 million).  

Indy could be the best fit football-wise, as a major reason they missed the playoffs last season was because of Andrew Luck’s retirement, so the Colts might value Rivers highly as they could see him as an upgrade over incumbent QB Jacoby Brissett. The Colts’ current offensive co-ordinator worked with Rivers in LAC, so he could fit right in, and the Colts might think of themselves as a win-now team with the amount of cheap talent they have along the offensive line.

The Colts have a whopping $86 mil in cap space. They’ll likely use some of it to re-sign players like Anthony Castonzo, Jabaal Sheard (even though I think he might leave for New England, read below!), Devin Funchess and even Eric Ebron (despite the team having a falling out after he placed himself on IR without consulting the team, and GM Chris Ballard has said “we’ll probably move on”), but that’s still plenty of space to use on Rivers.

I have listed the Jets as a possible destination as they have $50 mil in cap space and might consider making a playoff run that the 22 year old Sam Darnold might not promise them. While there has been a change in GMs since Maccagnan signed LeVeon Bell and CJ Mosley to big deals as marquee players in their primes, having a placeholder QB like RIvers might make sense to capitalise on the expenditure on marquee players. 

Similar deal: Ryan Fitzpatrick, 2 years and $11 mil at age 36, to either backup or start over whatever young QB the Phins picked up in the draft (which ended up being Josh Rosen). 

Other teams: Jets.

RB Melvin Gordon – Dolphins (three years, $24 million). 

The Phins have the cap space to outbid everyone else, with $89 mil in space if no roster changes are made (per OverTheCap). The market might not be overly strong for Gordon anyway, as he held out for four games last season and had 1.3 yards per rush less than his ‘18-’19 campaign, despite a similar number of carries. 

But this is a high upside play for the Dolphins, as Gordon will be just 27 once the season rolls around and was top 10 in both rushing yards and receiving yards for running backs per game for three straight years from 2016. The Chargers letting Gordon go would indicate they want to prioritise re-signing Austin Ekeler, who didn’t hold out for them, is younger (aged 24), and played well – he was second to Christian McCaffrey in receiving yards for Rbs with 60 yards per game, and threw in 4.2 yards per rush, which was top 30 among RBs as well. 

Similar deal: Mark Ingram, 3 years and $15 mil. 

Other teams: Steelers, Jaguars

RB Chris Thompson – Buffalo Bills (three years, $18 million). 

Wash are loaded at running back with Derrius Guice, Bryce Love and Adrian Peterson in the fold, so I think they would let Thompson walk if the Bills came in with an offer like this. The Bills have a young big play back in Devin Singletary who led the league in both 20+ yard rush rate and fumble rate for running backs last season, and Frank Gore and TJ Yeldon are free agents. They might like to add a proven pass catching back in Thompson to help mentor Singletary, and could even be used as a slot receiver, as the Bills could use Josh Allen in empty sets to spread the defense out and give him space to run. 

Similar deal: Latavius Murray, 4 years and $14 mil to help spell Alvin Kamara. 

Possible competing teams: most teams.

DE Dante Fowler – Giants (three years, $18 million). 

The Rams are cash strapped (just $14 million in cap space at time of writing) and might want to keep linebacker Cory Littleton over Fowler as the Rams pass rush is already solid with Aaron Donald, Samson Ebukam, Clay Matthews and potential young contributors in edge rusher Jachai Polite (if he can behave himself) and defensive tackle Greg Gaines. The Giants will hope to get Chase Young in the draft but the Redskins are ahead of them in draft order, and barring a big move, Young will be gone. Either way, Fowler is an upgrade over Lorenzo Carter and fellow free agent Markus Golden – the former of which can play off-ball in a 4-3 scheme if the need arises, the latter of whom can spot start anyway if they re-sign. 

Similar deal: Cameron Wake, 3 years and $23 million, after getting 6 sacks in 14 games the season prior, but with an expected decline at age 37. 

Other teams: Raiders, Phins, Jets.

CB AJ Bouye – Eagles (two years, $14 million). 

Every team could use Bouye, a Pro-Bowl caliber cornerback in his prime. But the Eagles might need him more than anyone, as they had to play eight different defensive backs due to injuries to starters Ronald Darby, Jalen Mills, Rasul Douglas and Avante Maddox. 

The team finished middle of the pack statistically as far as receiving yards and TDs given up, but if the Eagles want to capitalise on their dominant but ageing offensive and defensive lines, they might want to use some of their $40 mil in cap space on a quality corner like Bouye.

This could be a high upside play for Bouye to join a team who won the championship in 2017, with not too much roster change, that managed to make the playoffs with a losing record, indicating a weak division. 

$7 mil a year for a former Pro-Bowler in his prime age-wise is a below market rate, and the Eagles would hope his talent can help them get back to the promised land. 

Similar deal: Darryl Roberts, re-signed with Jets for three years and $18 million, at age 28. 

Other teams: most teams.

CB Jimmy Smith – Giants (two years, $14 million).

Smith is 32 but can still produce – he played in 405 snaps on a Baltimore team that gave up the sixth fewest passing yards in the league last season. The Ravens already have corners rostered on in Marlon Humphrey, Marcus Peters, Tavon Young and Brandon Carr, so I think Smith might feel he can get more playing time somewhere else. He could head up the road and play for the Giants, who took Deandre Baker and Julian Love as defensive backs early in the draft last season, but could use extra depth and mentorship, particularly after they released veteran cornerback Janoris Jenkins. 

Similar deal: Jason McCourty with the Pats, two years, $11 million at age 32. 

Other teams: Titans, Panthers

DT Derek Wolfe – Titans (three years, $12 million). 

I think Wolfe, having had a taste for a Super Bowl ring, will look to join a winning team, as Denver has an 18-30 record over the last three seasons. Tennessee already has a quality interior defensive rotation with Jurrell Casey, Jonathon Simmons and DaQuan Jones, but I think Wolfe will be ok with that, as he can make bank and take pass rushing snaps in the latter stages of his career. Denver might go into rebuilding stage and prefer bringing back younger defensive tackles Adam Gotsis and Shelby Harris. The Titans have not been shy to pay long-term deals to players past the age of 30, as they have gave 37 year old Cameron Wake a three year, $21 million deal last offseason. 

Similar deal: Mike Daniels, who got 1 year and $9 mil from the Lions. 

Other teams: Ravens, Falcons.

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Chargers safety Adrian Phillips in 2019. Photo courtesy of Joe C. Hong of Associated Press.

S Adrian Phillips – Dallas Cowboys (three years, $12 million). 

The Cowboys need safety help regardless of whether they bring Jeff Heath back. Phillips started for the Chargers when they had a top 10 defence in 2018 as far as yards allowed. The Chargers drafted Nasir Adderley in his position early on last season, and Kyzir White could take some of his snaps too, as will All-Pro Derwin James. Phillips is coming off a broken arm, but still notched 268 snaps last season, with 36 tackles and a TFL. Unfortunately for Phillips, the safety market is saturated with players like DJ Swearinger, Tre Boston, Karl Joseph and potentially Eric Berry, so he might not command the lucrative deal that Gipson got. 

Similar deal: Tashaun Gipson in 2019, 3 years and $22 mil after starting on AFC Divisional champion Jags. 

Other teams: most teams.

QB Taysom Hill – Miami Dolphins (two years, $10 million). 

Hill has made it known he thinks he can be a franchise QB, and while his lack of sample size in throwing the ball, as well as his age (30), will limit the market on him, the Dolphins are in the position to take a flier on him. They already have: Josh Rosen, the former 11th overall pick in 2018; 37 year old Ryan Fitzpatrick, who is owed another $8 million in the 2020-2021 season; and the Phins own three first round draft picks in the 2020 draft, which they could use on a QB. This means that Miami can lure Hill with the potential for a starting job with substantial money, while still having solid fall back options. I don’t think the Saints will outbid them as I think they’ll prioritise a younger and more proven QB in Teddy Bridgewater, and they’ll be committing a fair chunk of cap ro re-sign Drew Brees. I also think they might take a QB in the first few rounds of the draft to give Teddy some competition beyond Brees.

Similar deals: Teddy Bridgewater, 1 year, $7.5 mil by the Saints. Like Hill, Teddy was considered a bit of a wild card, having started in just 1 game since his knee injury in 2016. FYI: I think the Saints re-sign Teddy. 

Other teams: nil.

DE Ronald Blair – Miami Dolphins (two years, $10 million). 

At age just 27 and providing 200 snaps and 3 sacks for an elite defense, Blair is an up and coming edge defender who might look for a payday and snap count that the Niners cannot provide, as they have $13 mil in cap space and might look to re-sign a bigger (literally) contributor in Arik Armstead at Blair’s position. The Dolphins don’t have anyone (!!) rostered on as an edge defender, and while they have 14 picks in the draft to potentially take a quality young pass rusher like AJ Epenesa or Yetur Gross-Matos, they can still promise Blair more snaps than the Niners can, and with $88 million in cap space, they can give him more money. 

Similar deal: Romeo Okwara, 2 years and $6.8 mil from the Lions, after getting 7.5 sacks in 716 snaps as a 24 year old the season prior. 

Other teams: nil.

WR Paul Richardson – Eagles (two years, $10 million). 

Just Like Bouye, Richardson was cut from his former team and could find a home in Philly that sorely needs him. The Eagles had a good receiving corps on paper last season but were crippled by injuries. Richardson is a flier just like 2019 signee DeSean Jackson but is five years younger, and could be deemed more reliable than Eagles free agent Nelson Agholar, who had a drop rate per target of 5.8% last season compared to Richardson’s 4.8%. 

Similar deal: Randall Cobb at age 29, 1 year and $5 mil from the Cowboys. 

Other teams: nil.

RB Matt Breida – Chargers (two years, $10 million). 

With Tevin Coleman and Raheem Mostert rostered on and former feature back Jerick McKinnon probably returning from injury, Breida might be the man left out in San Fran if he wants to command a decent salary. Breida will provide a discount over Melvin Gordon for LAC and can replace his ability to run between the tackles somewhat, giving a nice change of pace to a good pass catching back in Austin Ekeler.

Similar deal: Tevin Coleman, 2 years and $10 mil from the Niners after being a rotational back for the Falcons. 

Other teams: Bucs. 

DT Marcell Dareus – Colts (two years, $10 million).

The Colts need help on the defensive interior, with just three defensive tackles rostered on currently, the most notable of which being Margus Hunt. The Colts are an attractive free agent destination, as they have an abundance of cap space and draft picks (including Washington’s second round pick from the Montez Sweat trade in the 2019 draft), and have a high ceiling due to their young roster, and stud receiver TY Hilton possibly being back to full health. 

Similar deal: Margus Hunt in 2019, 2 years, $9 mil at age 32. 

Other teams: Packers, Raiders.

S Karl Joseph – Cleveland Browns (two years, $10 million). 

The Raiders drafted strong safety Jonathan Abram in the first round last season, and plays in the same role Joseph is suited to. I think the Raiders might move on from Joseph, and the Browns will snap him up, as incumbent Morgan Burnett is 31 and missed eight games last season. The Browns have been disappointing but I think Joseph will enjoy playing for a talented defence, particularly with Myles Garrett returning from suspension.

Similar deal: HaHa Clinton-Dix,1 year, $3.5 mil deal with Chicago after being traded from Packers to Washington midseason. 

Possible competing teams: Phins, Bucs.

DT Dontari Poe (potential cut by Panthers, would save them $9.8 mil in 2020) – Cincinnati Bengals (via trade, could give up 6th round pick for him). 

The only other defensive tackles on this list who I believe are available in free agency are Derek Wolfe and Marcell Dareus, neither of whom would be likely to sign with the struggling Bengals. That might leave Cinci in a position where they want to add talent to their defensive tackle rotation, but can’t get a proven starter. That’s where a trade for Poe would come in. The Panthers would save $9.8 mil in trading or cutting Poe, and getting a 6th rounder as compensation would be a bonus. Andrew Billings is also an option for the Bengals to re-sign, but he hasn’t shown the level of production Poe has, and adding both could be a nice defensive interior rotation anyway. The Bengals have plenty of cap space even if they keep a marquee free agent of theirs in AJ Green, so I think they could stomach taking on Poe’s contract. 

Similar deal: Miami traded defensive lineman Robert Quinn, on a $10 million a year salary,  to Dallas for a 2020 sixth round pick. 

Possible competing teams: Colts.

WR Nelson Agholar – Los Angeles Rams (two years, eight million). 

I think Agholar might be sick of his ill-treatment from Philly fans over his production and look for a fresh start. The Rams continue to use three receiver stes most of the time and might look to gain insurance in case Brandin Cooks or Cooper Kupp go down, which has happened in the past. Agholar still has room to grow at age 26, and could command Moncrief type money having had a multiple 700 yards-plus seasons when fully healthy.

Similar deal: Donte Moncrief, 2 years, $9 mil at age 26 after a 48 catch, 668 yard season. 

Possible competing teams: Ravens.

OLB Vic Beasley – Ravens (two years, six million). 

The Falcons have come out and said they won’t re-sign Vic Beasley in free agency. I think the Ravens might snap him up, as he suits their scheme as a pass rushing outside linebacker. They need help at the position as they might lose Matt Judon in free agency, and Jaylon Ferguson (2.5 sacks on 500 snaps) seemingly didn’t contribute enough to replace Zadarius Smith last season. Beasley’s stock is low and he is considered by some to have underperformed after being the 8th overall pick and a declining sack count after his sophomore season, but he still managed 8 sacks last season, and is just 27 years old. 

Similar deal: Mario Edwards, 2 years, $5 mil with Saints at age 25.

Other teams: Miami

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Edge defender Anthony Chickillo in 2019. Photo courtesy of Charles LeClaire of USA TODAY sports.

OLB Anthony Chickillo – Colts (two years, six million). 

The Steelers have $6 million in cap space at the time of writing despite being a non-playoff team. They have defensive MVP candidate TJ Watt on one edge, and potentially Bud Dupree on the other, if they can re-sign or franchise tag him in free agency. Chickillo could be the odd man out, as the team would save $5 million by cutting him. If he becomes available, the Colts might like to add him – he has versatility in rushing the passer and covering, and they might lose Jabaal Sheard in free agency.

Similar deal: Markus Golden,1 year and $3.7 mil with the Giants. 

Other teams: Ravens

RB Corey Clement – New York Giants (two years, six million). 

The Eagles ran with Miles Sanders, Jordan Howard and Boston Scott last season, as Clement was placed on IR in Week 2 with a shoulder injury, which should have healed by the time of writing. I think the Eagles would prefer to re-sign Howard, who provides a bell-cow style –  he had 2.4 yards after contact, 16th in the league last season, which contrasts nicely with Sander’s make-people-miss style. Clement is a championship contributor and might be an upgrade over Saquon Barkley’s backups in Wayne Gallman and Jon Hilliman last season. Clement provides a similar profile to Barkley anyway with his pass catching ability at his size (5’10”, 220 pounds, 25 targets for 192 yards in 2018, against 68 rushes and 259 yards the same season), which would make play calling easier if Barkley is out of the game. New York aint too far from Philly anyway! 

Similar deal: Mike Davis, 2 years and $6 mil to be a part of teh Seahawks running back rotation. 

Possible competing teams: Bucs, Jags.

DE Jabaal Sheard – Patriots (two years, six million). 

Sheard played two of his prime years in New England, and having earnt $41 million in his career, might look to return there to go ring chasing. The Pats have done ok after losing Trey Flowers in free agency in 2019, but could stand to add another edge rusher alongside John Simon and the versatile pieces of Kyle van Noy (who they will look to re-sign) and Dont’a Hightower. Sheard is 31 and might not garner many offers of a starting job, so a rotational role with New England could suffice. The Pats are closer to contending than the Colts with their already elite defence.  

Similar deal: Adrian Clayborn, 1 year, $2 mil at age 31, returning to his old team. 

Possible competing teams: most teams.

ILB Tahir Whitehead – Patriots (two years, six million)  

Whitehead is a cut candidate for Las Vegas, and he might suit what the Pats like in a linebacker – he’s over 240 pounds, which fits the size of other linebackers like Donta Hightower and Kyle Van Noy, who have versatility. Incumbent Elandon Roberts and off-ball linebacker has been used as a fullback, so adding WHitehead, who has had four consecutive 100+ tackle seasons, could be a wise move.

Similar deal: Zach Brown with the Eagles, one year, $3 million after being cut by Washington.

Other teams: Chiefs, Broncos.  

QB Case Keenum – Detroit Lions (one year, five million). 

I don’t think Keenum wants to play second fiddle to Dwayne Haskins, especially with Alex Smith potentially playing again in Washington. The Lions didn’t win a game after Matt Stafford got hurt, so they might look to give insurance in case that ahppens again, and Keenum has been a solid starter-caliber player since his remarkable playoff run with the Vikings in 2017. I don’t see any other team paying Keenum as much nor tempting him with a starting opportunity for less money. 

Similar deal: Blake Bortles in 2019, with 1 year and $1 mil from Rams, while getting paid $5.5 mil by Jags after being cut. 

Other teams: Packers, Bucs.

S DJ Swearinger – San Fran 49ers (two years, four million). 

The Niners have a solid safety rotation in Jimmy Ward and Jaquiski Tartt. Nonetheless the Niners could always use an elite talent in Swearinger. The knock against Swearinger is that he hates losing so much that he’s been booted off a couple of teams in the past for making critical comments about front office personnel. The Niners shouldn’t see a big drop-off from last year’s Super Bowl team, with key pieces like George Kittle and Jimmy G in their primes, so I think Swearinger will be attracted by that potential for playoff success. Ward can play slot corner and Tartt can play in the box as a sub linebacker on passing downs, so Swearinger might be able to see plenty of snaps anyway. 

Similar deal: Morgan Burnett, two years, $7.5 million. 

Other teams: Cowboys, Saints, Falcons, Bucs. 

DT Damon Harrison – Saints (two years, four million). 

The Saints have done well to add pieces here and there to address perceived weaknesses – Demario Davis and Kiko Alonso were good veteran pickups at linebacker, and Jared Cook was a quality tight end for them last season as well. Adding Harrison to help plug the middle while shiftier guys like David Onyemata (who they might re-sign as a quality young defensive tackle), Cam Jordan and possibly Marcus Davenport to get after the QB. Harrison ha sbeen an elite run stuffer in his prime, but age 31, a decline might be expected (which undoubtedly le=d to him being cut by the Lions, although his hefty salary would’ve contributed to that also). He still managed a 50 tackle, 3 TFL and 2 sack season last year, so I’d add him for cheap here to help in the defensive rotation. 

Similar deal: Steve McClendon, one year, $3 mil with Jets, got a one year, $3 million extension the season after.  

Other teams: most teams. 

ILB DeVondre Campbell – Saints (one year, three million). 

The Falcons have just $4 mil in cap space, and if they do manage to get more by restructuring contracts or releasing players, they might prioritise re-signing tight end Austin Hooper over Campbell. Campbell is 26 years old and provides versatility at the linebacker spot, where he can drop into coverage as well as rush the passer. The Saints have Demario Davis, Alex Anzalone and Kiki Alonso rostered on at linebacker, and they could re-sign Manti Te’o, but Campbell adds youth to that group. 

Similar deal: Deone Buchanon, 1 year and $2.5 mil with the Bucs, who is also know for his coverage abilities at linebacker. 

Other teams: Raiders, Jags. 

WR Taylor Gabriel – Cowboys (one year, three million). 

The Cowboys need some receiver help to take some attention off of Amari Cooper (who they’ll hope to re-sign), and Gabriel has the big play ability to stretch the defence and provide some gadget plays as well, which Mike McCarthy liked to do with prime Randall Cobb. He won’t cost too much due to his injury history (missed seven games last season, has had two reported concussions in NFL) but it’s a high upside play as he’s still just 29 and can be a big play target (he had 12.2 yards gained per reception, which was top 60 for receivers last season).

Similar deal: Randall Cobb, 1 year, $5 million with Cowboys as a 29 year old. 

Other teams: most teams.

T Demar Dotson – Kansas City (one year, three million). 

Dotson has been an above average right tackle for many years, but at age 34 he might struggle to command a large contract or starting role. Having played for the Bucs for 10 years and never making the playoffs, backing up Eric Fisher (who has missed eight games over the last season) and Mitchell Schwartz for the championship winning Chiefs might be an attractive option. 

Similar deal: Jared Veldheer, 1 year and $3.5 mil at age 32. 

Other options: most teams. 

ILB Sean Lee – CHiefs (one year, three million). 

Fellow free-agent and incumbent Chief Darron Lee didn’t play much after being acquired from the Jets last offseason (160 snaps), so they might look to upgrade at the linebacker spot, and provide extra depth behind the likes of Reggie Ragland and Anthony Hitchens. They might be able to add Sean Lee for a cheap price, as Lee has played his entire career in Dallas, but has had a winning percentage of around .500 during that time. The Chiefs are more proven contenders so they could be a more attractive option. Lee could sign a similar deal with the Chiefs Super Bowl rival, the Niners. 

Similar deal: Zach Brown (age 29), 1 year and $1.4 mil to provide depth to the Eagles, after being cut by the Redskins midseason. 

Other teams: most teams.

RB LeSean McCoy – Tampa Bay Bucs (one year, three million). 

McCoy barely played for KC, who seemingly want to prioritise the younger backs in Damien Williams and Darwin Thompson. The Bucs need running back help, and getting a legendary back in McCoy might help early round pick Ronald Jones in his development. 

Similar deal: Frank Gore in 2019, 1 year, $2 mil deal with bills at age 36. 

Other teams: Cowboys, Dolphins, Jets, 

CB Prince Amukumara – Niners (one year, three million). 

The Niners will love some DB depth, as starter Akhello Withrspoon missed eight games last season. Amukumara has been a key cog on some talented defences, such as the 2018 Bears, but was released by the Bears, as he’s aged 30 and saved the cash-strapped Bears $9 million in cap space. If the Niners or Chiefs can add bick time veterans like Amukumara, Dotson and/or Sean Lee, that is proof in itself that winning attracts!

Similar deal: Morris Claiborne,1 year, $2 million with Chiefs. 

Other teams: most teams.

S Eric Berry – Seahawks (one year, two million). 

Remember this guy? He was an All-Pro but has been injury riddled. The Seahawks like Tedric Thompson and Bradley McDougald, but Berry could provide insurance for them and potentially be a game-breaker if he is at full strength, at age just 31, Berry could have a similar career trajectory as legendary safety Earl Thomas, who still produced at age 30 last season with a similar pedigree (and leg injury!). The Seahawks gave Ezekiel Ansah a one year prove-it deal last offseason, and Sheldon Richardson one the year before that, so the front office is willing to give talented players whose stock is low another opportunity. 

Similar deal: Tre Boston, 1 year and $3 mil with Panthers.

Other teams: Cowboys, Lions, Colts.

TE Jordan Reed – Pats (one year, one million). 

Reed is a good player when available – he had a monster season in 2015-’16 with Washington when he had 952 yards receiving and 11 touchdowns in 14 games. He’s had multiple concussions and leg injuries, but he’s still just 29 and wants to keep playing after being cut by Washington, partly due to financial reasons. The Pats need a tight end to help replace Rob Gronkowski and bringing in a high-upside player like Reed for cheap could be a wise move. 

Similar deal: Tyler Eifert, one year, $2.2 million guaranteed, with $3.8 mil in incentives after missing a lot of snaps due to injury.

Other teams: Titans, Saints. 

QB Brett Hundley – Kansas City Chiefs (one year, one million). 

Hundley brings a similar skillset to Pat Mahomes as far as extending plays with his legs – in the nine games he started in place of an injured Aaron Rodgers in 2017-18, Hundley rushed for 270 yards, or 7.5 yards per carry. If Mahomes goes down like he did for a few games last season, a similarly styled player as far as extending plays with his legs might be a better option that a pure pocket passer like incumbent (free agent) Matt Moore, but it might be wise to have three QBs on the roster anyway – look at the Jets QB situation last season! Darnold and Siemien went down, so Luke Falk was thrown into the fire. The Chiefs are obviously bigger contenders than Hundley’s former team in the Cardinals, so I think Hundley might move. 

Similar deal: Brett Hundley, 1 year, $1.8 mil with Cards as a projected backup behind Josh Rosen or a draftee. 

Possible competing teams: Cowboys.

WR Antonio Brown – Steelers (one year, $800k).  

The latest on AB is that the Steelers GM has publicly said he is not currently open to bringing Brown back on the team after a remarkable fall from grace, including recent sexual assault allegations. As the season winds on, I think some teams might be open to at least giving him a prove-it deal, and the Steelers are most familiar with him. He’s still just 31 and has been a relatively recent All-Pro. Steelers GM Kevin Colbert said “they have no business interest (with AB) at this time.” That doesn’t preclude them from bringing back their franchise stalwart from 2010 to 2018.

Similar deal: Josh Gordon, claimed off waiver in 2019 for $800k after failing multiple drug tests and barely playing for New England. 

Other teams: Packers, Niners, Panthers.

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.

 

Agree? Disagree? Leave a comment below or tweet at me at @bskinnreports.

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.

NFL draft big board 2019 (post free agency 1.0)

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

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

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

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

$14 mil

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

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

$13 mil

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

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

$12 mil

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

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

$11 mil

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

  • (David Dowell SS)

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

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

$10 mil

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • Isaiah Prince T – great size and agility.

$9 mil

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

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

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

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

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

  • (Ian Book QB)

$8 mil

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

$7 mil

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

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

  • Andre Dillard T – good size and hand usage.

  • Chuma Edoga T – great size, extremely underrated.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • Derrick Baitty CB

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

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

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

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

$6 mil

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

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

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

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

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

  • (Raekwon Davis DT)

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

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

  • Michael Walker WR

  • David Edwards T

  • Christian Wilkins DT

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

  • Wyatt Ray DE

  • Cece Jefferson DE

  • Mark McLaurin FS

  • Marquise Blair FS

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

  • Zedrick Woods CB

  • Nate Brooks CB

  • Dalton Rosner T

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

  • Irv SMith Jr TE

  • Keenen Brown TE

  • Sione Takitaki ILB

  • Erik McCoy C

  • Michael Deiter G

  • Phil Haynes G

  • Nate Herbig G

  • Michael Jackson CB

  • Bobby Evans T

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

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

  • (Damonte Coxie WR)

  • Justice Hill RB

$5 mil

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

  • Kaleb McGrary T

  • Hunter Renfrow WR

  • Terry McLaurin WR

  • Dawson Knox TE

  • Miles Sanders RB

  • Sutton SMith OLB 135

  • Mitch Hyatt T

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

  • Vosean Joseph ILB

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

  • Clenin Ferrell EDGE

  • (Khaleke Hudson ILB)

  • Drue Tranquil ILB

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

  • Mike Bell SS

  • Amani Hooker ILB

  • Parris Campbell WR

  • DeAndre Baker CB

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

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

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

  • Trayvon Mullen CB

  • Trysten Hill DT

  • Lorenzo Neal DT

  • Jaylon Ferguson OLB

  • (Deonte Brown G)

  • Bobby Okereke LB

  • Kaden Smith TE

  • Josh Oliver TE

  • Benny Snell RB

  • Ryquell Armstead RB

  • Jamel Dean CB

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

  • Joe Giles-Harris ILB

  • Maxx Crosby OLB

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

  • Ryan Finley QB

  • Brad Mayes QB – can really whip it.

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

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

$4 mil

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

  • Winston Dimel FB

  • Jaquan Johnson FS

  • Ryan Bates G

  • Oli Udoh G

  • Riley Ridley WR

  • Keesean Johnson WR

  • Travis Fulgham WR

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

  • Spencer Schnell WR

  • Laimont Gaillard C

  • Charles Omenihu DE

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

  • N’Keal Harry WR

  • Josh Jacobs RB

  • Amani Oruwiye CB

  • Sean Bunting CB

  • Kyle Shurmur QB

  • Devin SIngletary RB

  • Dre’Mont Jones DT

  • Carl Granderson edge

  • Garret Bradbury C

  • Garrett Brumfield C

  • Nick Fitzgerald QB

  • Gerald Willis DT

  • Austin Bryant OLB

  • Jordan Brailford DE

  • Byron Cowart DE

$3 mil

  • Chauncey Gardner-Johnson CB

  • Hamp Cheevers CB

  • Isaiah Johnson CB

  • Donnie Lewis CB

  • Nik Needham CB

  • Anthony Nelson DE

  • Ronheen Bingham DE

  • Malik Carney OLB

  • Chase Winovich OLB

  • Isaiah Buggs DT

  • Daylon Mack DT

  • Demarcus Christmas DT

  • Justice Hill RB

  • JJ Arcega-Whiteside WR

  • Darius Slayton WR

  • Jeff Thomas WR

  • Zach Allen DE

  • Johnathan Abram SS

  • Elgton Jenkins C

  • Bunchy STallings G

  • Taylor Rapp SS

  • Lukas Denis CB

  • TJ Edwards ILB

  • Max Scharping G/T

  • Derwin Gray T

  • Ugo Amadi FS

  • Ross Pierschbacher C

  • JoJo McIntosh SS –

  • Joe Jackson OLB

  • Jace Sternberger TE

  • CJ Conrad TE

  • Martez Ivey G –

  • Jacob Dolegala $3 mil

  • (Darryl Williams G)

  • Jalen Jelks ILLB

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

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

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

  • Montez Sweat OLB

  • Alec Eburle C

  • Michael Jordan C

  • Tyree Jackson QB

  • Easton Stick QB

  • Jahlani Tavai ILB

  • DeAndre Walker ILB

  • Christian Rector DE

  • Andy Isabella WR

  • EJ EJiya ILB

$2 mil

  • Tre Lamar ILB

  • Cameron Smith ILB

  • Ben Birr-Kurven ILB

  • Christian Miller ILB

  • Antoine Wesley WR

  • (Anthony Ratliff Williams WR)

  • Emanuel Hall WR

  • Demarkus Lodge WR

  • Beau Bezschawel G

  • Trevon Tate G

  • Jessie Burkett C

  • Darius West FS

  • Andrew Wingard FS

  • Brett Rypien QB

  • Rock Ya-Sin CB

  • Germaine Pratt ILB

  • Lonnie Johnson CB

  • John Chominsky DE

  • Corbin Kaufusi DE

  • LJ Collier DE

  • Marquise Copeland DE

  • Kevin Givens DT

  • Albert Huggins DT

  • Khalen Saunders DT

  • Ricky Walker DT

  • Chris Slayton DT

  • Olive Sagopolu DT

  • Ben Banogu OLB

  • (Innis Gaines CB)

  • Saivion SMith CB

  • Gary Jennings Jr WR

$1 mil

  • Clayton Thorson QB

  • Cole MacDonald QB

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

  • Jonathon Ledbetter DE

  • Daniel Wise DT

  • Ed Alexander DT

  • Terry Beckner Jr DT

  • Shareef Miller DE

  • TreVon Coney ILB

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

  • Andre James T

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

  • Justin Layne CB

  • Oshane Zimines OLB

  • Justin Hollins ILB

  • Porter Gustin OLB

  • Cortez Broughton DT

  • Marvell Tell FS

  • Joel Blumenthal WR

Nil

  • Chase Hansen ILB

  • BJ Autry G

  • Kingsley Keke DT

  • PJ Johnson DT

  • Jalen Hurd WR

  • Nick Easley WR

  • Dontavious Russell DT

  • Khairi Clark DT

  • Blace Brown CB

  • Dioante Johnson WR

  • Dillon Mitchell WR

  • Montre Hartage CB

  • Jalen Young FS

  • Mike Weber RB

  • Trayvon Williams RB

 

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