2019 NFL DRAFT SCOUTING COMBINE PREVIEW

QUARTERBACKS:

  • Kyler Murray conversation is going to be all the rage. I don’t anticipate him working out, but his measurements–height and weight–will be very important to monitor.
  • Dwayne Haskins is reportedly, going to go through a complete workout. We know what Haskins is at this point, I don’t expect him to do anything extraordinary at the Scouting Combine, don’t expect him to move the needle one way or the other.
  • If Drew Lock throws, I expect him to come off as impressive. The velocity out of his hands will look different to everyone else throwing.

RUNNINGBACKS:

  • Joshua Jacobs is universally considered the top RB prospect in this class. I do not expect him to run the gambit at the Scouting Combine.
  • I’m fascinated to see if anyone can emerge from the Combine as the clear-cut #2 RB. My money is on either Darrell Henderson or Devin Singletary.
  • The Scouting Combine is for some of the under-hyped prospects to emerge and gain some good pub for themselves. High on my list that fit the bill here are Miles Sanders, James Williams, and Trayveon Williams.

WIDE RECEIVERS:

TIGHT ENDS:

OFFENSIVE LINE:

EDGE PASS RUSHERS:

  • Nick Bosa and Josh Allen highlight this class and could potentially go #1 and #2 overall. I’m not sure how much, if anything that these two are going to do.
  • The Scouting Combine is tailor-made for athletic dynamos like Jachai Polite, Brian Burns, and Montez Sweat. Now only will their 40 time and drills be important, but how they weigh in, especially Brian Burns, will play a large factor in their evaluation.

INTERIOR DEFENSIVE LINEMAN:

  • Quinnen Williams is the star of this group. I’d love to see how he performs, but no word as of yet to his level of participation.
  • Ed Oliver and Rashan Gary should light up the Scouting Combine. Both players are fantastic athletes. Oliver has been as productive as any defender over the last few seasons. Gary does not have the level of production, but his skill set is one that has GMs and coaches salivating.
  • The Clemson defensive tackle duo should do well for themselves at the Scouting Combine as well. Christian Wilkins is going to win people over with his athleticism, intangibles, and in the interview process. Dexter Lawrence is going to wow with his size to speed combination that you rarely see.

LINEBACKER:

  • A very weak Linebacker class has a few standouts to get excited about. Devin White is the headliner, and like Christian Wilkins, should win over NFL personnel with his intangibles, leadership, and in the interview process.
  • This is an opportunity for Devin Bush to step up and put his name back into the late 1st round conversation.

CORNERBACKS:

  • Most in the scouting community have Greedy Williams, Byron Murphy, and Deandre Baker as their top 3 CB in some order. I’m expecting Greedy and Murphy to show very well. Deandre Baker’s athleticism and fluidity has been called into question. Performing well at the Scouting Combine would go a long way in squashing this notion.
  • I actually have Joejuan Williams ranked #1, and the Scouting Combine will be very important for him to show off enough fluidity in the on the field drills to keep his positive momentum going.
  • Many in the know think that Kendall Sheffield is going to look tremendous at the Scouting Combine, and may run the fastest 40 time of any of the participants.
  • Jamel Dean is another under the radar type of prospect to keep an eye on. The 6’2 210 Jr. has all of the physical tools that you could want in a CB at the NFL level.

SAFETIES:

  • I’m falling in love with this group the more I evaluate the film.
  • There’s a Big 5 in my opinion: Nasir Adderley, Chauncey Gardner-Johnson, Johnathan Abram, Taylor Rapp, and Deionte Thompson.
  • Personally, I have Nasir Adderley in a tier to his own, a Top 10 prospect in this draft, a special talent. Many other’s in the scouting community evaluate these guys relatively similarly, so seeing how well they perform at the Scouting Combine will be imperative to their overall evaluation.

STACKING THE 2019 NFL DRAFT

Annually we look at draft boards and mock drafts. We evaluate prospects and put them in Big Boards. This year, I wanted to take a look back and evaluate the 2019 class and what I feel about our current prospects, versus how I felt about previous prospects in previous drafts.

This exercise was actually cathartic as it allowed me to review how I rated previous draft classes and remember the evaluations that I was on the mark on, those that I can be proud of, and also those that I whiffed on.

I have ranked the prospects over the last 5 years at their position. Enjoy.

QUARTERBACKS:

  1. Carson Wentz- 2016: Eagles 1(2)
  2. Marcus Mariota- 2015: Titans 1(2)
  3. Jameis Winston- 2015: Buccaneers 1(1)
  4. Josh Rosen- 2018: Cardinals 1(10)
  5. Deshaun Watson- 2017: Texans 1(12)
  6. Jared Goff- 2016: Rams 1(1)
  7. Baker Mayfield- 2018: Browns 1(1)
  8. Sam Darnold- 2018: Jets 1(3)
  9. Josh Allen- 2018: Bills 1(7)
  10. Mitch Trubisky- 2017: Texans 1(2)
  11. Patrick Mahomes- 2017: Chiefs 1(10)
  12. Dwayne Haskins- 2019: Ohio State
  13. Drew Lock- 2019: Missouri
  14. Kyler Murray- 2019: Oklahoma
  15. Lamar Jackson- 2018: Ravens 1(32)

Analysis: What you’ll see immediately is that I am down on the 2019 QB class…I have Haskins, Lock and Murray evaluated as 3rd round talents…looking back, Carson Wentz, Marcus Mariota, and Jamies Winston were far and away the top Quarterbacks I have evaluated in the last 5 years, and make up their own tier…I liked Carson Wentz early on and that only continued to the point I evaluated him to the point that he was my top evaluation since Andrew Luck…Mariota and Winston were neck and neck in 2015 for many teams’ and I was no different…Josh Rosen had my highest grade in 2018 and it wasn’t close…I still believe in Rosen long-term and I hope the Cardinals surround him with help at receiver and along the offensive line…people my criticize my evaluation of Baker Mayfield—rightfully so…I had a 2nd round grade on Baker, and I’ve been proven to be wrong here, he looks legit…in 2017, I gave the edge to Deshaun Watson over Mitch Trubisky and Patrick Mahomes…it looks foolish now that Mahomes walked away with the 2018 NFL MVP trophy…I wasn’t a fan of Lamar Jackson’s evaluation coming into the 2018 NFL Draft, and after watching him play in the league, I still have my doubts..

RUNNINGBACKS:

  1. Saquon Barkley- 2018: Giants 1(2)
  2. Ezekiel Elliott- 2016: Cowboys 1(4)
  3. Leonard Fournette- 2017: Jaguars 1(4)
  4. Christian McCaffrey- 2017: Panthers 1(8)
  5. Todd Gurley- 2015: Rams 1(10)
  6. Derrius Guice- 2018: Redskins 2(27)
  7. Dalvin Cook- 2017: Vikings 2(9)
  8. Joe Mixon- 2017: Bengals 2(15)
  9. Joshua Jacobs- 2019: Alabama
  10. Sony Michel- 2018: Patriots 1(31)
  11. Nick Chubb- 2018: Browns 2(3)
  12. Melvin Gordon- 2015: Chargers 1(16)
  13. Darrell Henderson- 2019: Memphis
  14. Devin Singletary- 2019: Florida Atlantic
  15. Derrick Henry- 2016: Titans 2 (13)
  16. Alvin Kamara- 2017: Saints 3 (3)
  17. Rashaad Penny- 2018: Seahawks 1(27)
  18. David Montgomery- 2019: Iowa State
  19. Kerryon Johnson- 2018: Lions 2(11)
  20. Jay Ajayi- 2016: Dolphins 5 (18)
  21. Ameer Abdullah- 2015: Lions 2 (22)
  22. Elijah Holyfield- 2019: Georgia
  23. Ronald Jones II- 2018: Buccaneers 2(6)
  24. T.J. Yeldon- 2015: Jaguars 2 (4)
  25. Royce Freeman- 2018: Broncos 3(7)

Analysis: At the RB position, the cream really does rise to the top…Saquon Barkley has had the highest grade I’ve given a RB since Adrian Peterson and he makes up his own tier…Zeke and Leonard Fournette had equal grades for me and make up the 2nd tier…there was no doubting Todd Gurley’s talent coming I out of Georgia, but remember, he was coming off of an injury that setback his evaluation a degree…I had Derrius Guice as a Top 10 talent in the draft a year ago—loved his tape…I was a big believer in the 2017 RB class—so much so that even 2nd round picks Dalvin Cook and Joe Mixon find their way into this Top 10 list…Joshua Jacobs is the clear-cut top RB in the 2019 Draft class and I see him on a similar tier as Sony Michel, Nick Chubb, and Melvin Gordon…some may be surprised to see Darrell Henderson and Devin Singletary ranked where they are…for starters, I do have a high evaluation on them…secondly, I did not have as high an evaluation as I should have on Derrick Henry and Alvin Kamara…I never had a high grade on Ronald Jones III or Royce Freeman and so far this evaluation has proven to be accurate…

WIDE RECEIVERS:

  1. Amari Cooper- 2015: Raiders 1(4)
  2. D.K. Metcalf- 2019: Ole Miss
  3. Kevin White- 2015: Bears 1(7)
  4. DeVante Parker- 2015: Dolphins 1(11)
  5. Corey Davis- 2017: Titans 1(5)
  6. Mike Williams- 2017: Chargers 1(7)
  7. Kelvin Harmon- 2019: NC State
  8. Marquise Brown- 2019: Oklahoma
  9. D.J. Moore- 2018: Panthers 1(24)
  10. John Ross- 2017: Bengals 1(9)
  11. Josh Doctson- 2016: Redskins 1
  12. Corey Coleman- 2016: Browns 1
  13. Laquon Treadwell- 2016: Vikings 1
  14. Breshard Perriman- 2015: Ravens 1
  15. N’Keal Harry- 2019: Arizona State
  16. Calvin Ridley- 2018: Falcons 1(26)
  17. Anthony Miller- 2018: Bears 2(19)
  18. Riley Ridley- 2019: Georgia
  19. Courtland Sutton- 2018: Broncos 2(8)
  20. A.J. Brown- 2019: Ole Miss
  21. Michael Thomas- 2016: Ohio State 2
  22. James Washington- 2018: Steelers 2(28)
  23. Dorial Green-Beckham- 2015: Titans 2
  24. Deebo Samuel- 2019: South Carolina
  25. Christian Kirk- 2018: Cardinals 2(15)
  26. JuJu Smith-Schuster- 2017: Steelers
  27. J.J. Arcega-Whiteside- 2019: Stanford
  28. Hakeem Butler- 2019: Iowa State
  29. Sterling Shepard- 2016: Giants 2
  30. Will Fuller- 2016: Texans 1

Analysis: Some may try and forget, but both Amari Cooper and Kevin White received very high grades leading up to the 2015 NFL Draft…this should illustrate how high I am on D.K. Metcalf…I know the production isn’t there to support him, but I trust the tape and talent that I see…I am also very high on Kelvin Harmon and Marquise Brown—I have solid 1st round grades on them as I did the likes of Devante Parker, Corey Davis, and Mike Williams…I may be a tad low on N’Keal Harry—the more I watch, the more I am beginning to like and he may receive a bump up depending on how he does at the Scouting Combine…I’m ashamed of my evaluation on Michael Thomas coming out of Ohio State—but I don’t know many who had a 1st round grade on him…Dorial Green-Beckham—man it’s fun to look  back isn’t it…thought he could become a difference maker at the NFL level—was not meant to be…J.J. Arcega-Whiteside and Hakeem Butler are both physical specimens who also need to show well at the Scouting Combine…

TIGHT ENDS:

  1. O.J. Howard- 2017: Buccaneers 1(19)
  2. T.J. Hockenson- 2019: Iowa
  3. Dallas Goedert- 2018: Eagles 2(17)
  4. Hunter Henry- 2016: Charges 2
  5. Noah Fant- 2019: Iowa
  6. David Njoku- 2017: Browns 1(25)
  7. Mike Gisecki- 2018: Dolphins 2(10)
  8. Irv Smith- 2019: Alabama
  9. Evan Engram- 2017: Giants 1(23)
  10. Hayden Hurst- 2018: Ravens 1(25)
  11. Jace Sternberger- 2019: Texas A&M
  12. Maxx Williams- 2015: Ravens 2
  13. Dawson Knox- 2019: Ole Miss
  14. Mark Andrews- 2018: Ravens 3(22)
  15. Clive Walford- 2015:
  16. Devin Funchess- 2015:
  17. Ian Thomas- 2018: Panthers 4(1)
  18. Isaac Nauta- 2019: Georgia
  19. Austin Hooper- 2016: Falcons

Analysis: Looking back at the TE position was a fun review also…I loved O.J. Howard something terrible in the 2017 NFL Draft…I could not explain why he fell to 19th overall as I had a Top 5 grade on him…T.J. Hockenson is the truth—he’s only the 2nd TE to have a Top 10 evaluation from me…I had a very high grade on Dallas Goedert and still think his upside is immense…I’d put Howard, Hockenson, and Goedert in the 1st tier…Noah Fant finds himself in the Hunter Henry, David Njoku, and Mike Gisecki tier…some may be surprised to Evan Engram and Hayden Hurst this far down—but I viewed them similarly—non blocking, finesse TE—hit or miss here thus far…what I noticed was the tier drops are much more significant at this position than others…if you want an impact TE, better get your guy early…

OFFENSIVE TACKLES:

  1. Laremy Tunsil- 2016: Dolphins
  2. Ronnie Stanley- 2016: Ravens
  3. Jawaan Taylor- 2019: Florida
  4. Cody Ford- 2019: Oklahoma
  5. Mike McGlinchey- 2018: 49ers1(9)
  6. Cam Robinson- 2017: Jaguars
  7. Jonah Williams- 2019: Alabama
  8. Dalton Risner- 2019: TCU
  9. Yodny Cajuste- 2019: West Virginia
  10. Andre Dillard- 2019: Washington State
  11. Ereck Flowers- 2015: New York Giants
  12. Ryan Ramczyk- 2017: Saints 1(32)
  13. Andrus Peat- 2015: Saints 1
  14. Taylor Decker- 2016: Titans 1
  15. Garrett Bolles- 2017:  Broncos 1(20)
  16. Greg Little- 2019: Ole Miss
  17. David Edwards- 2019: Wisconsin
  18. D.J. Humphries- 2015: Cardinals 1
  19. Kolton Miller- 2018: Oakland 1(15)
  20. Bobby Evans- 2019: Oklahoma

Analysis: A couple strong takeaways from the offensive tackle breakdown…first, this has NOT been a very strong position as of late…some of our better evaluations as of late have been at offensive guard…secondly, I think we are in for a nice bounce back in 2019 as 6 of the offensive tackles in this class find themselves in my Top 10 at the position…some may point to the fact that some of these prospects may kick in to offensive guard—to that I would say, fair enough…2016 had the makings of a great offensive tackle class with my top 2 evaluations—Laremy Tunsil and Ronnie Stanley along with Taylor Decker who also went in the 1st round…I’m fascinated to see the 2019 class at the Scouting Combine and during individual workouts—some are going to emerge—I’m just not sure who…I was not very high on prospects the likes of Ereck Flowers, Garrett Bolles, and D.J. Humphries—and so far, these evaluations have proven spot on…

INTERIOR OFFENSIVE LINEMAN:

  1. Quenton Nelson- 2018: Indianapolis 1 (6)
  2. Brandon Scherff- 2015: Redskins 1 (5)
  3. Ryan Kelly- 2016: Colts 1
  4. Garrett Bradbury- 2019: NC State
  5. Will Hernandez- 2018: New York Giants 2(2)
  6. Forrest Lamp- 2017: Los Angeles Chargers 2(6)
  7. Cameron Erving- 2015: Browns 1
  8. La’el Collins- 2015: Cowboys (Undrafted)
  9. Isaiah Wynn- 2018: New England 1(23)
  10. Josh Garnett- 2016: 49ers 2
  11. Chris Lindstrom- 2019: Boston College
  12. Billy Price- 2018: Cincinnati 1(21)
  13. Frank Raganow- 2018: Detroit 1(20)
  14. Connor Williams- 2018: Dallas 2(18)
  15. Michael Deiter- 2019: Wisconsin
  16. Cody Whitehair- 2016: Bears 2
  17. Erik McCoy- 2019: Texas A&M
  18. Dru Samia- 2019: Georgia
  19. Connor McGovern- 2019: Penn State
  20. Hroniss Grasu- 2015:
  21. Nick Martin- 2016:
  22. Dan Feeney- 2017: Chargers
  23. Ben Powers- 2019: Georgia
  24. Elgton Jenkins- 2019: Mississippi State
  25. Beau Benzschawel- 2019: Wisconsin

Analysis: We have been very fortunate as of late, in regards to interior offensive lineman…Quenton Nelson was a dynamo that we just haven’t seen—and he gets his own tier…funny, two of the top three on this list were selected by the Indianapolis Colts (Nelson and Kelly)—these selections are paying off in a big way…Garrett Bradbury is clearly the top interior offensive lineman in the 2019 draft class…I would place him on the Scherff/Kelly tier…Chris Linstrom, the next interior lineman in this class receives a very similar evaluation as three 2018 draft picks—Billy Price, Frank Raganow, and Connor Williams…the key here is the outstanding depth for the 2019 draft class…9 of the top 25 prospects are projected from this class—that’s simply outstanding…

DEFENSIVE ENDS:

  1. Nick Bosa- 2019: Ohio State
  2. Myles Garrett- 2017: Cleveland 1(1)
  3. Joey Bosa- 2016: Chargers 1(3)
  4. Bradley Chubb- 2018: Denver 1(5)
  5. Josh Allen- 2019: Kentucky
  6. Jachai Polite- 2019: Florida
  7. Brian Burns- 2019: Florida State
  8. Clelin Ferrell- 2019: Clemson
  9. Montez Sweat- 2019: Mississippi State
  10. Shane Ray- 2015: Broncos 1
  11. Dante Fowler Jr.- 2015: Jaguars 1(3)
  12. Randy Gregory- 2015: Cowboys
  13. Shaq Lawson- 2016: Bills 1
  14. Derek Barnett- 2017: Eagles 1(14)
  15. Bud Dupree- 2015: Steelers 1
  16. Harold Landry- 2018: Tennessee 2(9)
  17. Charles Omenihu- 2019: Texas
  18. Marcus Davenport- 2018: New Orleans 1(14)
  19. Charles Harris- 2017: Dolphins 1(22)
  20. Zach Allen- 2019: Boston College
  21. Takkarist McKinley- 2017: UCLA 1(26)
  22. Kevin Dodd- 2016: Titans
  23. Taco Charlton- 2017: Michigan 1(28)
  24. Emmanuel Ogbah- 2016: Browns 1
  25. Owa Odighizuwa- 2015:

Analysis: I absolutely love Nick Bosa…he gets the top grade of any edge rusher that we’ve seen in the last 5 years…he combines the athleticism of Myles Garrett with the tenacity and technique of his brother Joey Bosa…speaking of, Nick and Joey Bosa along with Myles Garrett and Bradley Chubb make up the top tier of edge defenders…the next five, yes FIVE prospects on this list come from the 2019 class…if you’re keeping score at home—that’s 6 of our top 9 and 8 of our top 20 edge defenders projecting to come from the 2019 draft class—this is why the 2019 defensive line class is receiving the hype…

DEFENSIVE TACKLES:

  1. Quinnen Williams- 2019: Alabama
  2. Leonard Williams- 2015: Jets 1(6)
  3. Ed Oliver- 2019: Houston
  4. Solomon Thomas- 2017: San Francisco 1(3)
  5. Jonathan Allen- 2017: Washington 1(17)
  6. Sheldon Rankins- 2016: Saints 1
  7. Robert Nkemdiche- 2016: Cardinals
  8. Rashan Gary- 2019: Michigan
  9. Vita Vea- 2018: Tampa Bay 1(12)
  10. Danny Shelton- 2015: Browns 1
  11. DeForest Buckner- 2016: 49ers 1
  12. Christian Wilkins- 2019: Clemson
  13. Taven Bryan- 2018: Jacksonville 1(29)
  14. Malcom Brown- 2015:
  15. Da’Ron Payne- 2018: Washington 1(13)
  16. Dexter Lawrence- 2019: Clemson
  17. Malik McDowell- 2017: Raiders
  18. Eddie Goldman- 2015: Raiders
  19. Dre’Mont Jones- 2019: Ohio State
  20. Jeffery Simmons- 2019: Mississippi State
  21. Jordan Phillips- 2015:
  22. Arik Armstread- 2015: 49ers 1
  23. Jarran Reed- 2016:
  24. Chris Jones- 2016: Chiefs
  25. Grady Jarrett- 2015: Falcons

Analysis: Like Nick Bosa, I love me some Quinnen Williams…he receives the top grade at the defensive tackle position…he’s everything that you want a defensive line prospect…Ed Oliver comes in 3rd on this list—I tend to be a proponent of him despite the fact that I anticipate he’s underweight…I have Quinnen Williams and Leonard Williams on Tier 1, Oliver a tier below…Jeffery Simmons injury is unfortunate…he would have been in the same tier as Oliver, Solomon Thomas, and Jonathan Allen had he not gotten hurt…some are a bit higher on Rashan Gary than am I…I’m starting to come around though—he is a terrific talent, I just don’t like the lack of production…the two Clemson DT prospects could be virtually interchangeable depending upon what you’re looking for on your defensive front…

LINEBACKERS:

  1. Roquan Smith- 2018: Chicago 1(8)
  2. Reuben Foster- 2017: San Francisco 1(31)
  3. Myles Jack- 2016: Jaguars 2
  4. Jaylon Smith- 2016: Cowboys 2
  5. Tremaine Edmunds- 2018: Buffalo 1(16)
  6. Leighton Vander Esch- 2018: Cowboys 1(19)
  7. Devin White- 2019: LSU
  8. Eric Kendricks- 2015: Vikings 2
  9. Haason Reddick- 2017: Temple 1(13)
  10. Rashaan Evans- 2018: Titans 1(22)
  11. Darron Lee- 2016: New York Jets 1
  12. Denzel Perryman- 2015: Charges 1
  13. T.J. Watt- 2017: Steelers 1(30)
  14. Jarrad Davis- 2017: Lions 1(21)
  15. Zach Cunningham- 2017: Texans
  16. Devin Bush- 2019: Michigan
  17. Mack Wilson- 2019: Alabama
  18. Darius Leonard- 2018: Indianapolis 2(4)

Analysis: Linebacker, was another position where it was fun to look back on…I really liked Roquan Smith as season ago—I know he’s small, but he fits the modern NFL game…I had a Top 3 grade on Reuben Foster and was stunned watching him tumble down to pick #31…speaking of tumbling, the fascinating 2016 draft where both Myles Jack and Jaylon Smith fell to Round 2—I had Top 5 grades on both players leading up to the draft…Devin White is the prize at the LB position for the 2019 class and there is little question about that…I would put him on the 2nd tier with Tremaine Edmunds, Leighton Vander Esch, and Eric Kendricks…Devin Bush and Mack Wilson are both mid-2nd round values to me…

CORNERBACKS:

  1. Jalen Ramsey- 2016: Jaguars 1
  2. Marshon Lattimore- 2017: Saints 1(11)
  3. Jaire Alexander- 2018: Green Bay 1(18)
  4. Denzel Ward- 2018: Cleveland 1(4)
  5. Trae Waynes- 2015: Vikings 1
  6. Vernon Hargreaves III- 2016: Buccaneers 1
  7. Joejuan Williams- 2019: Vanderbilt
  8. Byron Murphy- 2019: Washington
  9. Greedy Williams- 2019: LSU
  10. Mike Hughes- 2018: Minnesota 1(30)
  11. Marcus Peters- 2015: Chiefs 1
  12. Deandre Baker- 2019: Georgia
  13. Gareon Conley- 2017: Raiders 1(24)
  14. Sidney Jones- 2017: Eagles 2(11)
  15. Eli Apple- 2016: Giants 1
  16. Mackensie Alexanders- 2016: Vikings 2
  17. Marlon Humphrey- 2017: Ravens 1(16)
  18. Josh Jackson- 2018: Green Bay 2(13)
  19. Tre’Davious White- 2017: Bills 1(27)
  20. William Jackson III- 2016: Bengals 1
  21. Isaiah Oliver- 2018: Atlanta 2(26)
  22. Adoree Jackson- 2017: Titans 1(18)
  23. Amari Oruwarikye- 2019: Penn State
  24. Kevin King- 2017: Packers 2(1)
  25. Jalen Collins- 2015:
  26. Donte Jackson- 2018: Carolina 2(23)
  27. Julian Love- 2019: Notre Dame
  28. Rock Ya-Sin- 2019: Temple
  29. Trayvon Mullen- 2019: Clemson
  30. Lonnie Johnson Jr.- 2019: Kentucky

Analysis: Jalen Ramsey is my #1 rated CB on this list and receives his own tier—I thought he was a future All-Pro and this has come to fruition…you may notice that I have Jaire Alexander above Denzel Ward—this is no accident…coming into the 2018 draft I had a Top 10 grade on Jaire Alexander so he received the nod, for me, over Ward…Vernon Hargreaves has become a bust, but most had a high grade on him coming into 2016—and I was no different…some have suggested that the 2019 CB class is a weak one, and I simply don’t agree—provided the context…3 of the top 9 and 4 of the top 12 projected to come from this class—I am significantly higher on these prospects than the masses…JoeJuan Williams being my #1 CB overall will grab your attention…I believe in his upside and I believe that his physicality will match up at the NFL level—these are questions I have for the likes of Byron Murphy and Deandre Baker…I enjoy the depth of this CB class as well…9 of the top 30 CB prospects—this is another position where the Scouting Combine is all too important…awaiting one of the Oruwariye, Love, Ya-Sin, Mullen and Johnson Jr. crowd to emerge and gain momentum…

SAFETIES:

  1. Jamal Adams- 2017: New York Jets 1(6)
  2. Derwin James- 2018: Los Angeles Chargers 1(17)
  3. Nasir Adderley- 2019: Delaware
  4. Malik Hooker- 2017: Colts 1(15)
  5. Minkah Fitzpatrick- 2018: Miami 1(11)
  6. Landon Collins- 2015: Giants 2
  7. Justin Reid- 2018: Houston 3(4)
  8. Vonn Bell- 2016: Saints
  9. Budda Baker- 2017: Cardinals 2(4)
  10. Jabrill Peppers- 2017: Browns 1(25)
  11. Chauncey Gardner-Johnson- 2019: Florida
  12. Johnathan Abram- 2019: Mississippi State
  13. Taylor Rapp- 2019: Washington
  14. Deionte Thompson- 2019: Alabama
  15. Keanu Neal- 2016: Falcons
  16. Obi Melifonwu- 2017:
  17. Terrell Edmunds- 2018: Pittsburgh 1(28)
  18. Damarious Randall- 2015: Packers
  19. Su’a Cravens- 2016:
  20. Karl Joseph- 2016: Raiders 1

Anaylsis: I have Nasir Adderley as a Top 10 overall prospect…not many others do, but I’ll plant my flag on his potential as a prospect…I don’t have him on my Top tier at the Safety position however…that position is reserved for the duo of Jamal Adams and Derwin James—they have a slightly higher grade than what I am giving Nasir Adderley, who is on the Malik Hooker, Minkah Fitzpatrick, Landon Collins second tier…Justin Reid may seem out of place, but I had a really high grade on him a season ago, and was very surprised to see him fall all the way to the 3rd round…I am falling in love with this safety class…the class that the 2019 version reminds me of the most—2007: Laron Landry, Michael Griffin, Reggie Nelson, and Brandon Meriweather were 1st rounders that I really liked at the time…I have late 1st round grades on Chauncey Gardner-Johnson, Johnathan Abram, Taylor Rapp, and Deionte Thompson…

2019 NFL MOCK DRAFT

SECOND ROUND:

  • Arizona Cardinals- Byron Murphy CB Washington Huskies
  • Indianapolis Colts- A.J. Brown WR Ole Miss Rebels
  • Oakland Raiders- Greedy Williams CB LSU Tigers
  • San Francisco 49ers- D.K. Metcalf WR Ole Miss Rebels
  • Seattle Seahawks- Juan Thornhill S Virginia Cavaliers
  • Jacksonville Jaguars- Jawaan Taylor OT Florida Gators
  • Tampa Bay Buccaneers- Chase Winovich DE/OLB Michigan Wolverines
  • Buffalo Bills- Cody Ford OT/OG Oklahoma Sooners
  • Denver Broncos- Drew Lock QB Missouri Tigers
  • Cincinnati Bengals- Parris Campbell WR Ohio State Buckeyes
  • Detroit Lions- Rock Ya-Sin CB Temple Owls
  • Green Bay Packers: Dalton Risner OT/OG Kansas State Wildcats
  • Los Angeles Rams: Erik McCoy C Texas A&M Aggies
  • Indianapolis Colts: Taylor Rapp S Washington Huskies
  • Carolina Panthers- Will Grier QB West Virginia Mountaneers
  • Miami Dolphins- Greg Little OT Ole Miss Rebels
  • Cleveland Browns- Justin Layne CB Michigan State Spartans
  • Minnesota Vikings- Irv Smith Jr. TE Alabama Crimson Tide
  • Tennessee Titans- Elghton Jenkins C/OG Mississippi State Bulldogs
  • Denver Broncos- Amari Oruwariye CB Penn State Nitney Lions
  • Philadelphia Eagles- Deebo Samuel WR South Carolina Gamecocks
  • Houston Texans- Yodny Cajuste OT West Virginia Mountaneers
  • Houston Texans- Darrell Henderson RB Memphis Tigers
  • New England Patriots- Chauncey Gardner-Johnson S Florida Gators
  • Philadelphia Eagles- Nasir Adderley S Delaware Fighting Blue Hens
  • Dallas Cowboys- Deionte Thompson S Alabama Crimson Tide
  • Indianapolis Colts- Lonnie Johnson Jr. CB Kentucky Wildcats
  • Los Angeles Chargers- Hakeem Butler WR Iowa State Cyclones
  • Kansas City Chiefs- Andy Isabella WR Massachusetts Minutmen
  • New Orleans Saints- Riley Ridley WR Georgia Bulldogs
  • Kansas City Chiefs- Joejuan Williams CB Vanderbilt Commodores
  • New England Patriots- Jace Sternberger TE Texas A&M Aggies

THIRD ROUND:

  • Arizona Cardinals- J.J. Arcega-Whiteside WR Stanford Cardinal
  • Pittsburgh Steelers- Kelvin Harmon WR NC State Wolfpack
  • San Fransisco 49ers- Amani Hooker S Iowa Hawkeyes
  • New York Jets- Terry McLaurin WR Ohio State Buckeyes
  • Jacksonville Jaguars- Dawson Knox TE Ole Miss Rebels
  • Tampa Bay Buccaneers- David Montgomery RB Iowa State Cyclones
  • Denver Broncos- Mack Wilson LB Alabama Crimson Tide
  • Cincinnati Bengals- Christian Miller DE/OLB Alabama Crimson Tide
  • New England Patriots- Charles Omenihu DE/DT Texas Longhorns
  • Buffalo Bills- Jaylon Ferguson DE Louisiana Tech Rajun Cajuns
  • Green Bay Packers- Bobby Okereke LB Stanford Cardinal
  • Washington Redskins- Trayvon Mullen CB Clemson Tigers
  • Carolina Panthers- Max Scharping OT Northern Illinois Solukis
  • Miami Dolphins- Jachai Polite DE/OLB Florida Gators
  • Los Angeles Rams- Dre’mont Jones DT Ohio State Buckeyes
  • Cleveland Browns- Trysten Hill DT Central Florida Knights
  • Minnesota Vikings- Chuma Edoga OT USC Trojans
  • Tennessee Titans- D’Andre Walker DE/OLB Georgia Bulldogs
  • Pittsburgh Steelers- Ben Banogu DE/OLB TCU Horned Frogs
  • Kansas City Chiefs- Michael Dieter OG Wisconsin Badgers
  • Baltimore Ravens- Connor McGovern C/OG Penn State Nitney Lions
  • Houston Texans- Miles Boykin WR Notre Dame Fighting Irish
  • Chicago Bears- Miles Sanders RB Penn State Nitney Lions
  • Detroit Lions- Zach Allen DE Boston College Eagles
  • Indianapolis Colts-Khalen Saunders DT Western Illinois Leathernecks
  • Dallas Cowboys- Emmanuel Hall WR Missouri Tigers
  • Los Angeles Chargers- David Long CB Michigan Wolverines
  • Seattle Seahawks- Demarkus Lodge WR Ole Miss Rebels
  • New York Jets- Nate Davis OG Charlotte
  • Los Angeles Rams- Alexander Mattison RB Boise State Broncos
  • New York Giants- Anthony Nelson DE Iowa Hawkeyes
  • Washington Redskins- Mecole Hardman WR Georgia Bulldogs
  • New England Patriots- Kahale Warring TE San Diego Stat4e Aztecs
  • Jacksonville Jaguars- Renell Wren DT Arizona State Sun Devils
  • Los Angeles Rams- Will Harris S Boston College Eagles
  • Carolina Panthers- Blake Cashman LB Minnesota Golden Gophers
  • New England Patriots- Anthony Johnson WR Buffalo Bulls
  • Baltimore Ravens- Oshanne Ximinnes DE/OLB Old Dominion

Nate Davis Scouting Report

  1. Nate Davis 6’3 310 Charlotte (SR)

STRENGTHS: Nate Davis has the potential to develop into a dynamic run blocking offensive guard at the next level…Davis plays with a strong, solid base most of the time…good, strong hands…once Nate Davis latches on to you, rarely can you get away…moves better than you would think…has the ability to get to the 2nd level…very strong blocker…plays with a nastiness you like to see…

WEAKNESSES: Nate Davis has shown poor, sloppy footwork far too often…needs a lot of work to develop consistency…occasionally, allows himself to get too narrow…when he does, he gets beat with counter moves…Davis also has a tendency as a waist bender and gets his weight over his feet—another fundamental that needs to be cleaned up…

COMP: Josh Garnett

OVERALL: Nate Davis has found a home in the interior offensive line after initially struggling to find success at the offensive tackle position…Davis has a variety of skills and traits that are appealing to the scouting community—just need to mold them all together into one prospect…that being said, Nate Davis is far from a finished product and will need a great deal of refinement at the NFL level. My expectation is that Nate Davis is a third day prospect, and will be drafted somewhere around the 4th round of the 2019 NFL Draft.

Emmanuel Hall Scouting Report

STRENGTHS: Emmanuel Hall’s calling card is his element of speed…he is explosive in and out of his breaks and effects the game vertically and horizontally…his combination of speed and route running causes good separation…a plus athlete…Emmanuel Hall has the potential to be a plus-YAC…very shifty and elusive in the open field…Hall plays with great nuance and varies his game to keep opposing defensive backs off-balance…

WEAKNESSES: Emmanuel Hall needs to work on his pass catching…has shown inconsistent hands throughout his career at Missouri…Hall needs to improve his physicality in order to find consistent success in the NFL…must get stronger…does not do a good job playing through contact…given his lack of physicality—he does not project to be an asset as a run blocker…

COMP: Will Fuller

OVERALL: Emmanuel Hall is yet another receiver in this incredibly deep receiver class who is not receiving his due praise…Hall has the potential to develop into a complete WR…route running is great, acceleration off the line is top-notch, his route running has high-end potential…there truly is a lot to like here for Emmanuel Hall…I don’t foresee him becoming the most physical WR, but in the modern day NFL—a prospect like Emmanuel Hall can thrive…I like Emmanuel Hall in the mix of the 3rd-4th round of the 2019 NFL Draft.

Mecole Hardman Scouting Report

STRENGTHS: Mecole Hardman is one of the players in this draft, that when you put on the tape, his speed and acceleration jumps out to you…Hardman is truly electrifying with the ball in his hands…Hardman gained ground on the opposing defensive back with ease, and in many times, would blow right past them…fluid hips transitions in different directions with ease…incredibly shifty in the open field…Hardman’s double moves are exquisite…Hardman is a plus ball carrier who can be used on screens, jet sweeps, and as a returner…

WEAKNESSES: The most glaring weakness for Mecole Hardman is his lack of size and physicality…at just 185 lbs. you have to wonder how much of an impact he can have at the NFL level…potential durability concerns could derail his explosivesness…he will never be a big asset in run blocking due to his stature…

COMP: Tarik Cohen

OVERALL: Mecole Hardman and Parris Campbell are very similar prospects…both are unique, gifted athletes who can be utilized as weapons at the NFL level, but both have a long way to go to become a legit WR option…Hardman was not asked to run a diverse passing tree while at Georgia…Mecole Hardman is going to show off as we move through draft season…a gadget player to begin his career, Mecole Hardman has the traits to become more…I love a forward thinking offensive minded coach selecting Mecole Hardman in the 3rd-4th round range of the 2019 NFL Draft.

Antoine Wesley Scouting Report

STRENGTHS: Antoine Wesley is a terrific downfield WR option…uses his body well to ward off defenders…goes up and gets the football at it’s highest point…an above the rim performer who can out leap most defensive backs…excels in catching the football through contact…at 6’5 200, Wesley has outstanding length for the WR position…big, strong, good hands allows him to come up with the football…good long speed to catches defenders off guard…causes more separation on longer routes than you would originally expect…

WEAKNESSES: Antoine Wesley is wildly inconsistent in regards to virtually every part of his game…a lack of quickness is the most startling weakness in Wesley’s game…he allows the football to get into his body too many times…might struggle against press man coverage…has not shown the ability to play well with his hands at the line of scrimmage and get off of the jam and into his route cleanly…

COMP: Kenny Britt

OVERALL: Antoine Wesley broke on to the scene and on the consciousness of the NFL scouting community in 2018…1,400 yards receiving late and he is firmly in the NFL Draft conversation…only one year of production may be a concern to some…Welsey oozes with talent at 6’5 200—and he is just scratching the surface of his upside…has the looks of an outside WR who can make plays against any defense…ready for the rigors of the NFL game…Antoine Wesley is firmly in the 3rd-4th round range of the 2019 NFL Draft.

Parris Campbell Scouting Report

STRENGTHS: The first thing that shines on the film when you watch Parris Campbell is his unique speed and quickness…Campbell is a high-end athlete and it shows…dynamic weapon in the offense…will be effective after the catch…shifty in the open field…great field vision allows him to make defenders miss…fluid hips…able to switch gears with ease…

WEAKNESSES: Parris Campbell is going to need a ton of work as a traditional WR at the NFL level…his hands are also going to need a lot of work…more dropped passes than you would have liked to have seen…lacks the necessary physicality in his game to succeed in contested catches—a large concern heading into the more physical NFL…you have to question his full-time role due to a lack of blocking acumen…

COMP: Percy Harvin

OVERALL: Parris Campbell has legit, game-changing type of speed…originally, I like many, thought Campbell was a ‘Raw’ prospect due to the way he was used at Ohio State…Parris Campbell did a great job of alleviating those concerns by crushing the draft process, in particular showing very well in the drills at the Scouting Combine…NFL teams really like Parris Campbell and the way that they can use him in any myriad of ways…some believe he goes in the 1st round–I believe he falls into the 2nd round of the 2019 NFL Draft…

Preston Williams Scouting Report

STRENGTHS: Preston Williams possesses unique and special traits/athleticism for the WR position…outstanding long-speed…will threaten a NFL defense vertically the moment hesteps on the football field…Preston Williams projects to be a force after the catch and a YAC machine…smooth hands…physically imposing…there is no doubting the talent and we have just seen a sliver of what Williams can do…

WEAKNESSES: First and foremost, you need to address the elephant in the room…Preston Williams transferred from Tennessee to Colorado State and was forced to sit out the 2017 season due to suspension stemming from a misdemeanor assault charge…this is an issue that will keep Preston Williams away from the Scouting Combine and one in which he will have to address with NFL teams leading up to the NFL Draft…Preston Williams needs to use his length to his advantage…he lets the ball get in on his pads—this is unacceptable given the talent that he has to work with…the way he adjusts to the pass in the air is erratic in general…a very raw WR as it relates to his technical ability…will need a ton of work with NFL coaching…needs to play more physical at the point of contact…can be jammed and slowed at the line of scrimmage due to a lack of explosiveness off the line…his blocking is also all over the place…

COMP: Chris Henry

OVERALL: Preston Williams will be one of the more fascinating test studies heading into the 2019 NFL Draft…Williams has many red flags and is extremely raw…expecting initial impact from Preston Williams would be foolhardy…that being said, you don’t come across prospects like Preston Williams everyday…he is truly unique and extremely gifted…if you are looking for that mid-round, hype upside WR—look no further than Preston Williams…buyer beware…there is plenty of risk here, but there is also plenty of reward…given his red flags, his draft projection is significantly more fluid than most, but for the time being, I have him in the late 3rd-early 4th round range of the 2019 NFL Draft.