DraftNasty sat down with former Miami (Fla.) placekicker/punter/kickoff specialist Matt Bosher over nine years ago to talk about his plan for attacking the NFL. At the time, the three-time All-ACC kicker was still figuring out what NFL position he would play full-time.
It turns out he has become a pretty good punter/kickoff specialist for the Atlanta Falcons. He has a career 55-percent touchback percentage on kickoffs and has averaged nearly 46 yards (45.7) per punt. Bosher has ranked in the Top Five for punting average five times in his nine-year career. In the process, he has posted an impressive 28 tackles, which was something he discussed in our sit down with the former Hurricane.
Iowa’s Ihmir Smith-Marsette took his second kickoff return of the season to the house and scored touchdowns three different ways in the team’s 49-24 victory over the USC Trojans in the 2019 SDCCU Holiday Bowl. Along with Holiday Bowl Defensive MVP A.J. Epenesa’s 2.5 quarterback sacks, the Hawkeyes went on a 21-0 run to end the contest.
4 Stanley at the top of his release point
Iowa's Nathan Stanley completed 18-of-27 passes for 213 yards and two touchdowns in the team's victory. Stanley, 6'5 240, passed for 68 touchdowns in his Hawkeyes career.
6 Smith-Marsette BEST SHOT of him spinning vs USC KO coverage
Iowa's Ihmir Smith-Marsette (No. 6 seen spinning on USC's Isaiah Pola-Mao) finished fifth nationally in kickoff returns this past season (29.6 yd/avg, 2 TDs). His 2019 Holiday Bowl Offensive MVP performance featured three touchdowns (KR, REC, RUSH) and nearly a fourth on a near touchdown pass.
73 Jackson attempting to turn his hips vs 94 Epenesa on turn-out block
USC's Austin Jackson (No. 73 pictured) gave up a sack and some quarterback pressures versus Iowa's A.J. Epenesa (No. 94 pictured), but he used his immense athleticism and strength to thwart him on occasion.
94 Epenesa uses outside arm-over after pull-through maneuver
It was Epenesa's superior technique, however, that ultimately proved to be the difference in the much-anticipated matchup between the two all-conference performers. On this repetition, Epenesa uses an outside arm over and pull-through maneuver to cross Jackson's feet.
74 Wirfs bends back 26 Mauga
The Iowa Hawkeyes also have two offensive tackle prospects that will be playing on Sundays. Right tackle Tristan Wirfs' (No. 74 seen pictured blocking USC sophomore linebacker Kana'i Mauga, No. 26 pictured) power was evident for much of the night. He was effective pulling in space and displayed agility on outside reach blocks in their variety of offensive run schemes.
Ferentz thankful he's receiving the MVP trophy
Iowa head coach Kirk Ferentz won the ninth bowl game of his tenure in Iowa City. The Hawkeyes won its third consecutive bowl game.
Louisiana Tech head coach Skip Holtz won his sixth consecutive bowl game for the Bulldogs and did so in dominating fashion. His Bulldogs shutout the Miami (Fla.) Hurricanes 14-0 in what turned out to be a dominating defensive performance. The Hurricanes managed just 74 yards on the ground and accounted for 227 yards overall. Walk-On’s Independence Bowl Defensive MVP Connor Taylor had nine tackles and 1.5 tackles for loss.
2 Taylor BEASTING on KO cover
2019 Walk-On's Independence Bowl Defensive MVP Connor Taylor (No. 2 pictured) not only contributed nine tackles, 1.5 tackles for loss and one pass break-up, but he also showed up on this kickoff cover vs. Miami's K.J. Osborn (No. 2 pictured).
55 Quarterman gets off block to fill vs 33 Henderson
Miami (Fla.) LB Shaquille Quarterman (No. 55 pictured) may be the Hurricanes' most consistent leader. While many of his teammates sat out the game to prepare for the 2020 NFL Draft, Quarterman -who led the team in tackles (107) and ranked second in tackles for loss (15.5) - tallied 11 tackles in his final career game. Despite his efforts, Louisiana Tech junior running back Justin Henderson (No. 33 pictured) finished with 95 yards on 22 carries. Henderson (1,062 rushing yards, 16 total TDs in 2019) earned 2019 Independence Bowl Offensive MVP honors.
5 Sam THROWS 2 Osborn out of the club
With Louisiana Tech All-American CB Amik Robertson sitting out the bowl game to prepare for the draft, senior corner Michael Sam (No. 5 pictured) was out to send a message early in the game. This physical tackle on Miami (Fla.) senior wide receiver K.J. Osborn (No. 2 pictured) set a tone. Sam had 46 tackles, three interceptions and seven pass break-ups in 2019.
15 Rousseau gets off of 77 Stallworth to inside hip
Miami (Fla.) freshman defensive end Gregory Rousseau (No. 15 pictured) had a size challenge versus Louisiana Tech senior OT Gewhite Stallworth (6'8, 320). Rousseau's slippery nature proved to be tough for Stallworth at times. Rousseau is draft-eligible for the 2021 NFL Draft and this season proved to be a breakout. He finished with 54 tackles, 15.5 quarterback sacks (second nationally), 19.5 tackles for losses (seventh nationally), two forced fumbles and one pass break-up.
Holtz estatic with team and emotional holding up the trophy
Louisiana Tech head coach Skip Holtz quietly won his sixth consecutive bowl game for the Bulldogs. During his time in Ruston, Holtz has three nine-win seasons and one 10-win campaign.
Silver Bluff High School head football coach De’Angelo Bryant stresses fun, competition, excitement, instruction, leadership and fundamentals in his youth football camps. His second annual camp featured intense campers being led by detailed coaching. DraftNasty went behind the scenes to take an in-depth snapshot.
Silver Bluff High School hosted its second annual Gridiron Golf tournament at the Midland Valley Golf Club in Graniteville, South Carolina on June 28, 2019. Here is a look at some of the images from the weekend.
Notable picks:The team traded its 10th overall pick, yet still got the draft’s 21st player overall at Pick 20.In addition, the team nabbed our 32nd-ranked player in Risner early in the second round. Although Lock was deeper on our board (54th overall), we don’t think the Broncos could have waited any longer to pull the trigger on the third-best QB in the draft.Of the team’s undrafted free agents, Nevada’s Malik Reed has the most suddenness and could have easily been a draft pick.For the second consecutive year, John Elway added solid players to an underrated nucleus.Ultimately, however,this draft’s eventual grade will come down to the development of Lock.
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1 (20) Traded its first round pick (10th overall) to the Pittsburgh Steelers for the team’s
Although his teammate T.J. Hockenson won the 2018 John Mackey Award, it was Fant who earned first-team All-Big Ten honors as voted on by the coaches. Fant’s 4.5 speed will be a welcome addition down the seams for new quarterback John Flacco.
It doesn’t take long to understand the value of Risner, who despite having natural lateral quickness, needs to close off the bottom of the pocket more consistently as an outside tackle.If he moves back into the center position (where he started in 2015), then we think he’ll challenge for a starting spot.
Acquired from Cincinnati
Lock can challenge all parts of the field with range that is comparable to Joe Flacco, the man he is asked to backup initially in Denver.We felt that the former Tiger needed a bridge quarterback and Flacco fits the bill.
Winfree has unique route-running skill and underrated field speed.The former Terrapin rarely has to idle himself into patterns.The Broncos struck gold by staying in-state a year ago with UDFA Pro Bowler Phillip Lindsay and hope to do so again with its sixth-round pick.
Notable picks: The Chiefs went into the draft looking to add pieces as opposed to having to fill them.One position of note that the team didn’t address until Day 3 is cornerback.Heading into the 2019 campaign, they have a rather unproven group of outside cornerbacks.They will likely have to depend on Kendall Fuller to give them some reps on the flanks after the loss of underrated CB Steven Nelson. In addition, the team is probably depending on Emmanuel Ogbah, who has quietly posted 17 pass break-ups in his career, to be a serviceable left defensive end opposite the recently acquired Frank Clark.
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Acquired from Los Angeles via New England via Chicago
It doesn’t take long to determine where Hardman is inclined to work.He can become a serious contender for playing time in the slot if he can show increased ball skills and awareness. His biggest strength is the ability to accelerate through the reception, but he left some passes on the field.We think he is one of the top return threats in the draft. `
Acquired from Los Angeles
Thornhill, a former corner at Virginia, doesn’t mind mixing it up in coverage.His biggest weakness came when routes broke away from him (either at safety or corner).The former high school basketball star uses outstanding leaping ability to supplement first-rate instincts.He was used in somewhat of a hybrid role in 2018.
Acquired from Seattle
Saunders has some traits that are similar to former Texas DL and current New Orleans Saints DL Malcom Brown.An above average athlete, he was a tough block for guards or tackles.Stamina is a bit of a question mark.
Have you ever seen a player who may not look as fast as he really is?This is the case for Fenton, who shined as a kickoff returner at various points of his career.His quick-footed nature and overall toughness means he could get looks at the nickel back spot.
An explosive Pro Day forced evaluators to go back to the tape for Thompson.What they found was a patient runner with enough speed to bounce runs outside.A season that featured a 15.3 yards per reception average proved he can catch too.
Acquired from San Francisco
The former Illini two-time team captain started 36 straight games to end his career. We feel the right guard position gives him the best chance to earn a roster spot. Why?He shifts his weight on opponents as well as any guard in this year’s draft.
Notable pick: Newly-hired GM Mike Mayock selected potential core players who add substance to the roster.Ferrell and Jacobs both played large parts in each of their respective team’s national championship runs. Although Abram represented a personality pick, how different is he from former West Virginia safety Karl Joseph?The selection of Crosby means the team now has a number of edge rushers to throw at teams, even if none of them would be described as a dominant game changer. Mullen, Johnson and college free agent Keisean Nixon join a cornerback group suddenly filled with young talent and depth.
Ferrell averaged 17 tackles for loss per year over the course of the last three seasons.His ability to finish on the quarterback is undeniable.The big knock on him was a relative lack of natural bend off the edge.He is long enough to compensate.
Jacobs’ running style and receiving skill largely mirrors that of the runner who started for the Raiders the last two seasons, Marshawn Lynch when he came out of school.He is just not as fast as Lynch was coming out of school.
Somewhat of a Donte Whitner-type (Bills, 49ers), Abram could become a complement to fellow safety Karl Joseph.The former Georgia Bulldog has covered the slot effectively, but we don’t think that’s a role he will be asked to man consistently in the NFL.He will, however, be asked to lock down tight ends.
The former high school WR has positive hand-eye coordination and timing. During his two years as a starter, he displayed a keen sense of handling man or zone assignments.At 6-foot-1, 199 pounds, he is an adequate tackler.
Crosby’s gangly, unorthodox style conjures up images of former Buffalo Bills star Bryce Paup.For him to make it, he has to play with more sand in the pants.
Johnson’s ability to win in zone coverage comes from his receiving background.In addition, he is one of the top gunners in the 2019 NFL Draft.Standing 6-foot-2, 208 pounds, the former wideout will find playing time in some capacity in Year 1.
Compensatory pick acquired from Atlanta
Although he wasn’t featured as a receiving tight end at LSU, Moreau contains underrated athleticism and will be a fine on the move or hand in the dirt Y-tight end.It would not be a surprise to see his receiving skills expand at the NFL level.He can create separation at the top of his routes.
Acquired from Dallas via Cincinnati
The operative thinking is that Renfrow turns into a multi-year contributor at the slot wide receiver position and you’re done with it…right?What about special teams production for a receiver weighing in the 180-pound range?Despite showing up at the gunner spot (ex: Russell Athletic Bowl ’15), he posted just four career tackles.He did, however, serve as the team’s emergency punter.
Acquired from Atlanta
Prairie View A&M
Bell averaged 13.6 yards per catch before transitioning to defense in 2018.He responded with 7.5 quarterback sacks and 10 tackles for losses.He’s bulked up in weight while still maintaining his explosiveness (41 1/2-inch VJ).
Notable picks: Tillery’s unique athleticism (4.33 20-yard short shuttle) and heavy hands (10 5/8”) offsets an inconsistent pad level. Adderley’s range belies his timed speed.Pipkins has a skill-set and profile that closely mirrors incumbent right tackle Sam Tevi.Stick may be used in a surprise role for the team and Broughton can play multiple positions.Tranquill’s foot speed and safety experience could earn him a role in sub-packages, but we expect him to star on special teams immediately.
Tillery has all of the tools to be a multi-purpose defensive lineman in the NFL.His style lends itself to somewhat of an Arik Armstead-type (San Francisco 49ers).Both players were bunch producers in school.
Adderley’s timed speed does not accurately represent the speed that really matters….his eye speed. His ability to read the quarterback’s body language really was unparalleled in this year’s draft class.His major key will be finding a balance when it comes to making open field tackles consistently in space.
He displays positive bend, impressive mobility and an element of finish necessary to compete on Sundays.His short lateral kick-slide will have to deepen if he is going to stay outside.We went into how his outstanding NFL Combine workout would be the final factor in swaying NFL coaches and personnel.
The former safety uses his 4.5 speed to make plays all over the field.His stock stayed steady due to his ability to return from a couple of freak ACL injuries during school.It didn’t stop him from finishing his career with 292 tackles and 25 tackles for losses in 52 career appearances.
QB/North Dakota State
His 4.6 40-yard dash time opens eyes, but maybe not even as much as his blistering 6.65 time in the three-cone drill.It is a big reason he rushed for 41 TDs in school.He doesn’t have former Bison QB Carson Wentz’s arm, but he does have even more impressive athleticism.The Chargers will find a way to incorporate it on a deep team.
His defensive coordinator Mark D’Onofrio said of Egbule, “he’s our most versatile player in space.”It will be imperative for him show these traits for scouts during training camp to earn a roster spot.
In a deep 2019 defensive tackle class, it probably isn’t a surprise that Broughton was one of the overlooked prospects.Aside from notching 16.5 tackles for losses in 2018, he also put together a pretty good week at the 2019 East-West Shrine Game. Icing on the cake for Broughton came on Cincinnati’s Pro Day, where he notched an impressive 33 1/2-inch vertical jump at 293 pounds.
Notable picks: Williams could be a chess piece when the team has to defend the Travis Kelce-types at tight end and the A.J. Green-types at wide receiver.Cajuste has more talent than his draft position indicates, and it wouldn’t be a surprise to see him push for playing time.Bailey will challenge incumbent Ryan Allen in one of the training camp battles to watch. Harry’s size is similar to Josh Gordon.
Harry won’t be asked to take the top off of defenses, but he will be tasked with adjusting to a variety of passes outside the numbers.We think some of his best work came in the slot, where his superior run after the catch skill comes into full focus.His overall style fits the offense and adds a bit of pizzazz.
Williams will be able to match up with bigger WRsone week and then can cover the TE the next week, if needed.While his 40-yard dash times didn’t impress in the postseason, he did demonstrate strength and explosion.He was arguably the SEC’s most competitive corner in 2018.
Harris will have a role in this offense but it may be according to game plan.The Patriots continue to evolve into a team capable of running the ball to take pressure off of Brady.He will compete for snaps with Rex Burkhead behind 2018 rookie sensation Sony Michel.
Compensatory pick acquired from Los Angeles via New England
If not for his injury issues, Cajuste likely would have challenged for a spot in the second round.Many of the DL we talked to said Cajuste was the best tackle they faced in the Big 12.He provides insurance at the outside tackle spots, particularly if Isaiah Wynn is not fully recovered from his knee injury.
Froholdt’s mobility ranks as one of his strengths, as does his upper body strength and ability to latch.The former DL’s lack of length is the one reason he lasted this long, but he has experience at both guard and center.
Cowart’s dramatic improvement after transferring to Maryland came after the former five-star recruit didn’t have a lot of success with the Auburn Tigers.His size affords him the team the flexibility to line him up at the zero, one, two, three or four-technique DL spots.He is an ideal scheme fit for the team.
Bailey -our top-ranked punter- pinned opponents in school, never had a punt blocked and flipped the field with directional punts that still produced hang time averages in the 4.8-to-5.0-second range.In addition, he may be able to handle kickoff duties if needed.
The knee injury from 2016 lingered into other ailments but Webster seemed to recover slowly in 2018.At his best, he is an explosive athlete capable of challenging WRs in press-man.Could he be a late-round find for the team?
Notable picks: The Dolphins draft is required to add Josh Rosen, who they traded their 62nd overall pick in the second round for while giving up a 2020 fifth-round pick.Add Wilkins and Deiter, two potential starters, and you have a pretty good start to the proceedings.The two final picks, Cox and Gaskin, both have questions to answer about their potential contributions on special teams.
Van Ginkel is an above average blitzer with solid flexibility.There are still questions regarding his efficiency as an exchange linebacker.We think he can be a core special teams player in Year 1.It may be his road to earning a roster spot.
Prince’s length (35 1/2-inch arms) allowed him to cover up for a number of technique errors on the perimeter in school.Consistency is the word that comes to mind when evaluating whether or not he can earn a roster spot. His best work comes as a run blocker.
Aside from question marks surrounding his size, Gaskin’s high volume (945 career carries) in school likely caused him to slide into the seventh round.Despite weight in the 205-pound range, Gaskin has contact balance. He did 24 repetitions at 225 pounds.
Notable picks: The first two picks, Oliver and Ford, chart a direction for the team.Both players have a physical presence at their respective positions.If Singletary gives the team the juice expected as a backup, then the rest of the draft could simply be evaluated for the purposes of depth.With that said, Knox could become a starter in due time.Of their Day 3 picks, it could be argued that Johnson has a chance to become the best of the group.
Ford’s finish drew high marks from several evaluators, but the injury history is rather extensive. The Bills may end up slotting him opposite left tackle Dion Dawkins or they could decide to move him to the guard spot.He’s started at either spot in school.Playing lower will only help his development.
Singletary’s low center of gravity and short area change of direction draws comparisons to the Pro Bowl running back in front of him, LeSean McCoy.Learning the nuances of the game as a smaller back from an All-Pro will likely aid the former Owl’s development.
Compensatory pick acquired via Washington
A quick glance at Knox’s statistics don’t take into account that he had three receivers with significantly more targets.He runs in the low 4.6-range and plays at a fast clip.At 254 pounds, he can line up with his hand in the dirt or flex-out (as he did quite a bit at Ole Miss) for the Bills.
Johnson was dinged for his lack of timed speed, but he generally played faster than his teammates on Saturday afternoons.Something to ponder is whether the hamstring injury that forced him to miss time in 2018 lingered over into the postseason.His instincts and special teams contributions in school only add to his overall value.
DE/North Carolina A&T
Johnson didn’t stand out against ECU tackle and 2020 NFL prospect D’Ante Smith, but even in that game he displayed his long nature.The MEAC Defensive Player of the Year finished with 10.5 QB sacks and 19 TFLs in 2018.
Sweeney’s portfolio dates back to the 2016 campaign, when he was used as a Swiss army knife.He can align as a FB, Y-tight end or H-back depending on formation.He will likely end up getting snaps on the punt unit, where he will have to prove capable of running down effectively in coverage.
New York Jets
Notable picks: The Jets needed to come out of this draft with a legitimate pass rusher after Jordan Jenkins and Henry Anderson tied for the team lead in sacks a year ago.There has been talk of Gregg Williams sticking with the 30-front scheme that has fit the Jets for the better part of over a decade.Expect to see elements of his 4-3 background, but most of the remaining parts and additions suggest elements of the 3-4 defense will be in play.At offensive tackle, Edoga will have the opportunity to challenge for playing time.
Polite uses a combination of inside posts with clubs, dips his weight and can take his surface area away from tackles.Nevertheless, his power component is largely unearthed at this stage of his development.In 2018, he posted 17.5 tackles for loss while forcing six fumbles because he is tough to grasp.
Acquired from the Minnesota Vikings
Edoga’s disposition on the field is probably a bit more erect than what you’d expect from a 6-foot-3-inch tackle, but his light-footed nature draws high marks.His profile matches the team’s current starting left tackle Kelvin Beacham.
The former high school QB has all of the intangibles to continue to improve as a receiving threat.His 267-pound frame was often used as an insert blocker in the Mountaineers rushing attack.
Cashman’s breakout year came at just the right time, as he forged his way into the NFL Draft.We think he is one of the top kickoff cover men in the 2019 NFL Draft.His instincts either off the ball or when rushing downhill are solid.
Acquired from Oakland via Chicago Bears
The Jets didn’t travel far to grab the former New York high school product.Despite two consecutive years of knee injuries, he still finished his career with four interceptions and 19 career pass break-ups. Few cornerbacks get their hands on wide receivers with the efficiency of Austin.If he can return to full health, he’ll have a chance to earn playing time.
Notable picks: First-year GM Eric DeCosta did a very good job of adding layers to the Baltimore offense.Brown’s challenge will be to hold his weight at the 175-pound mark while not losing his decisive speed.Ferguson has more pressure to produce than most third-rounders because of the loss of Terrell Suggs in free agency. Boykin will compete with holdovers Jaleel Scott, Chris Moore, and Jordan Lasley for playing time.Powers helps improve the depth of the interior line.Will Marshall move to safety? The addition of Hill provides the team with a home run threat at the running back position.He will, however, have to fight for playing time.
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Acquired this pick from the Philadelphia Eagles for its 22nd overall pick
Brown has a chance to become dynamic in the Ravens offense in a different type of way than he was at Oklahoma.Expect to see him used on fly sweeps, seam routes, shallow crossers, nine routes and post patterns.Will he be a fit with fellow Florida native Lamar Jackson? Physical cornerbacks have competed well against him in the past.
After a subpar postseason, Ferguson saw his stock slide despite breaking former Ravens’ OLB Terrell Suggs’ all-time NCAA sack record.Ferguson plays even longer than his size would indicate and he may have to bully tackles early on. He has a 10-yard burst.
Boykin is an upside pick after just one year of high-level production, but he did draw as many pass interference calls as any receiver in this year’s draft.Can he build on his breakout final year in school?
If Powers can sustain blocks with more efficiency, then his ability to gain position can be effective in the NFL.He excels with hand placement initially and passes off line games well. His experience gives the team comfort he can translate to the next level.
The former five-star recruit’s big knock didn’t revolve around power or explosion at 330-plus pounds.It basically comes down to endurance.We think he can give the team a solid 20 snaps a game if needed and those snaps can be impactful.
We felt McSorley was one of the better quarterbacks in this year’s draft, but his final year at Penn State included a knee injury that affected his accuracy.While most expect him to play a variety of roles for the team, we think he can be productive under center in at least a backup capacity.
Notable picks: The Bengals were fixated on finding more competition along its offensive line and Williams will be asked to move back to his original spot in college, right tackle.Sample is underrated as a receiver, but his true value comes as a blocker for a team intent on running the ball effectively.Pratt’s foot speed will give him an opportunity to compete for a spot in DC Lou Anarumo’s schemes. Can Finley’s experience and maturity actually challenge Andy Dalton?
Sample amplified his draft stock when he ran in the low 4.7-range at 255 pounds.He is getting better at the little things when it comes to running routes (sinking his weight, using his size, etc..).He can play multiple spots.
If Pratt -a former safety- can improve his stack-and-shed, we think he can compete early for a spot.He has had some shoulder issues in the past, but is a fine blitz threat with good ball skills to finish interception opportunities.
Jordan will get the opportunity to move back to the guard spot and play alongside former Buckeye teammate and Bengals center Billy Price.It could prove to be a winning combination for the Bengals.
It is hard to find players who rush for over 1,700 yards available in the sixth round, but there were questions surrounding Williams’ true change of direction after ordinary postseason workouts.A closer look reveals a back capable of slipping in-and-out of tight quarters with burst and power packed into a 206-pound frame.
Davis is an instinctive linebacker who fits, wraps and seeks to inflict pain on opponents.He got knocked for a bit of stiffness in pass coverage.He finished his career with 266 tackles and 29 tackles for losses.
Anderson’s talent has never been in question, but his injury history is concerning.He is a pick that could reap major rewards if he is able to stay unscathed over the next year and a half.The former Sooner has soft hands and is good in pass protection.
Notable picks: Williams and Takitaki both have question marks surrounding different aspects of their games.Redwine has a load of talent and the former cornerback should be able to operate effectively in man coverage versus tight ends.Mack Wilson’s eye control will determine his ultimate place on the roster, but his kickoff coverage ability will be a bonus while he develops.An uncertain kicking situation led to the pick of Seibert, who hasn’t had a number of pressure-packed kicks on his resume’.Forbes’ selection indicates the team is still looking for competition on the flanks of its offensive line.
Although his space tackling is an issue, he did improve in pass coverage slightly as a senior.The Browns linebacker corps features a ton of speed, hard hitters and undervalued prospects coming out of the college ranks.Takitaki fits the bill, but his discipline in pass coverage will ultimately determine whether he can find a role.
Despite starring in pass coverage in 2017, Wilson’s inconsistent eye control caused a precipitous fall on draft weekend.His pad level needs to improve stacking-and-shedding OL (see SEC Champ ’18).We think he is one of the best kickoff cover guys in the entire 2019 NFL Draft class.
Acquired from New England
Seibert carries a slight right-to-left drift on some of his shorter field goals in the NFL’s extra point range (33-yd GW FG miss, Army ’18).In addition, he has left some returnable kickoff opportunities for opponents (TCU ’18).On the plus side, he connected on 80-percent of his career field goal attempts, has range up to about 60 yards and can even be an effective punter in a pinch.He placed 65 punts inside the 20-yard line during school.
SE Missouri State
Forbes ran in the 4.9-range, pumped out 28 reps at 225 pounds, and posted a 30 1/2-inch vertical jump on his Pro Day.His footwork may give him an opportunity to play the tackle spot, the position he played at in school.
Lewis was one of the more active cornerbacks in the AAC over the last two seasons.He routinely challenged WRs in man coverage. Postseason injury issues caused him to fall in the draft. He also has experience covering in the slot.
Notable picks: GM Kevin Colbert and his scouting department apparently came into this draft looking to increase the team’s speed at the linebacker spot and on special teams.Bush, Gilbert and Smith go a long way towards reaching that goal. For the second straight year, the team drafted an Alabama defensive lineman on Day 3 of the draft process.Justin Layne adds a long corner to a group really devoid of size on the edges.If Johnson can duplicate former WR Antonio Brown’s younger years as a punt return specialist, it could amplify his role within the offense.
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Acquired in a trade from the Denver Broncos that sent them the 20th overall pick in the first round
Bush, our top-ranked linebacker, brings 4.43 speed and plenty of explosion to the Steelers defense.The Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year’s mentality brings a tone-setting edge to the team’s defense.
Acquired from Oakland
Johnson’s instant nature gives the team the hope that they may have found yet another gem from the MAC.We think he offers major upside in the return game.The 2018 MAC Special Teams Player of the Year averaged 18.5 yards per punt return as a junior and 20.2 yards per punt return in his career (2 TDs).He also returned two kickoffs for scores while in school.
The fourth quarter finisher will compete with James Connor to finish off games. Snell’s attitude and energetic style will be a complement to the team’s running back by committee-approach.He finished his career with 48 touchdowns. Controlling his emotions will be a big key.
Acquired from Oakland
The former New Mexico high school four-star QB recruit didn’t develop into a prized signal-caller, but he did become one of the best tight ends in the Big Ten working from the inside-out on pass patterns. Ordinary workouts likely caused a bit of a slide, but he averaged 16.1 yards per reception for the Wolverines in 2018.
Acquired from Oakland
Smith’s impressive work in terms of flexibility gives the team hope that he can develop into an exchange linebacker.With such a knack for rushing the passer off the edge, the hope for the Steelers is his knack for timing can develop from a number of spots.He finished his career with 30 QB sacks and 58 tackles for losses in just 39 games.
Buggs is an intense two-gap defender who relies on power, but he is actually more efficient with his angles as a pass rusher.He could line up as a three-technique in some of their fronts or the inside shade defensive end in others.He has value at this spot in the draft.
Compensatory pick acquired from Arizona
The Zips playmaker finished with 112 tackles in a breakout junior campaign but took a bit of a step back in 2018.He runs in the high 4.4-to-low 4.5-range and will get plenty of opportunities as a core special teams player.
Murray (No. 1 pictured) was often tasked with finding passing lanes behind a mammoth offensive line in school.
Notable Picks: Two-time executive of the year Steve Keim let the draft come to the team patiently.It is a big reason he picked up a center who we felt was one of the best overall players in the draft in Gaillard.He may be able to battle for a backup spot.Miles was an underrated athlete and collegiate left tackle with a legitimate six-inch punch.The trade of 2018 first-round pick Josh Rosen to the Miami Dolphins netted the team its second round pick (62nd overall), UMass WR Andy Isabella, and a fifth-round pick in 2020.Allen is a heck of a football player and may have to provide a presence as an interior pass rusher after the team didn’t pick up a true outside rusher in the draft.
Murray’s disciplined pocket approach is complemented by an ability to create once the pocket breaks down.Whether or not the team did enough to address its offensive line is to debate, but it could be argued that its starting five is already in place.
DraftNasty’s top-ranked corner has all of the tools to develop into a frontline starter. For this to be a value pick, he has to develop into at least an immediate starting nickel.
Acquired from Miami in the Josh Rosen trade
For better or worse, Isabella’s name will always be associated with Josh Rosen’s in terms of who got the better end of the deal.In an offense where slot wide receivers have had large degrees of success on fade routes from the slot, Isabella’s speed will put pressure on defenses. He has been inconsistent tracking the ball down the field.
Allen gets as many points for batting down footballs as he does putting the quarterback on the ground.In school he notched 14 pass break-ups, but he also tallied 40.5 tackles for losses. He is a feisty defensive end who excels at playing to half a man.
Although he is somewhat of a shoulder-block tackler, the 195-pound Thompson rarely runs away from contact.Injuries clouded his postseason and left scouts wondering about his durability.
We were bullish on Gaillard’s stock and certainly ranked him higher than most teams.We like the fact that the former four-star recruit has experience at both OG and OC.He has finishing DNA as a football player.
Dogbe translates perfectly as a four-technique DE for the Cardinals and his quick, slippery nature could get him looks at a three-technique position in Bear fronts.He can play a number of spots in obvious pass rush situations, but he is sound defending the run versus reach or angle blocks.
Mr. Irrelevant has 4.56 speed but limited thump as a point of attack blocker.He became more willing in this regard as a cross-blocker when at the fullback or U-off position, but he is at his best after the catch or when working the seams of the field.
Notable Picks: Fair or unfair, this draft may very well come down to a comparison between the team’s first-round pick L.J. Collier and the departed Frank Clark (Chiefs).It shouldn’t.GM John Schneider used the trade to pick up a 2020 second-round pick, swapped a third-rounder in 2019, and then traded its own first-rounder (21st overall) to the Green Bay Packers for its 30th pick in the first round and then picked up the 114th overall pick (4th round) and 118th overall pick (4th round).After that, the ‘Hawks traded the 30th overall pick in the first round to the New York Giants for the 37th overall pick (2nd Round), a fourth-round pick (132nd overall) and a fifth-rounder (142nd overall). They used that fifth-round pick to select Washington LB Ben Burr-Kirven. What did they do with the 37th overall pick?They traded it to the Panthers to get the 47th overall pick (Marquise Blair) and the 77th overall pick (3rd Rounder).They used their other draft capital to trade back up into the third round with the Vikings to select Barton 88th overall while receiving the 209th overall pick (Christmas). There were other trades and moves that allowed a team with limited selections to end up grabbing 11 players, but you get the point.
Collier was always a flex player for the Horned Frogs, but he arguably turned in his best season in 2018.His improved play defending the run complemented an improvement when it came to setting up his pass rush moves.He had two sacks, two tackles for loss and a forced fumble in the 2019 Senior Bowl.
It would not at all be a surprise to see Blair employed as a potential cornerback.We felt as if his fluidity could work at the position, much like the safety the Seahawks took a season ago in Tre Flowers.Blair, however, is unique in his skill at translating speed-to-power on contact as a tackler.Will his frame hold up with his violent playing style?
Metcalf’s lack of production can be attributed to a lack of repetitions due to injuries, some of them fairly major in nature.When healthy, the former Rebel has demonstrated range, power and tracking skill down the field.Can he put it all together as a route runner?
The Seahawks continue to load up on wideouts with the uncertain status of WR Doug Baldwin.Jennings impressed outside the numbers in the postseason after winning for most of his career in the slot with toughness and 4.4 speed.
Haynes competed well at the guard spot after initially playing the right tackle position earlier in his career.His length will serve him well as a backup at both guard spots initially, but he has starting potential.
Amadi’s ability to return punts is supplemented with an ability to cover the slot, contribute off the hash and as an eighth man in the box.
The former high school track & field runner was often a blur running by his teammates on his way to an FBS-best 176 tackles.His segmented nature, however, does result in some misses in space.The former Husky reads the eyes of the QB well in zone coverage.
Ursua finished his career with 189 receptions and 24 TDs while averaging over 14 yards per catch.He has been an effective slot receiver and could add a different element of quickness in the slot.His injury history is a concern at just 178 pounds.
Notable Pick: Over the last three years GM John Lynch has put together a talented roster. His draft picks from this year continue to indicate he is intent on building it through the draft.Samuel and Bosa are the headliners, but both have extensive injury histories. They need to stay healthy.If he has as much success with his 2019 third round pick (Hurd) as he had with his 2018 selection (Fred Warner), this draft could land high marks in a couple of years.
Bosa has all of the tools to become a potent bookend at the DE spot opposite Dee Ford.We think he will provide matchup problems if aligned on the left side versus the tackles of the Rams, Seahawks and Cardinals. Can he stay healthy?
In 30 career games, Samuel scored 32 touchdowns.There was a marked difference when we viewed him early in the season as opposed to the postseason (due to past injury issues).He has had injury scrapes in each of his seasons on campus.If not, he may have been a Top 15 pick.
Hurd could have made an impact at the 2019 Senior Bowl, but was unable to participate due to injury. After starring as a running back early in his career at Tennessee, he impressed with his work in the slot at Baylor in 2018.The big question he faces is whether he can be as effective outside the numbers.
Wishnowsky has a wide repertoire of punts.From the running rugby-style (which he won’t use) version, he’s executed the now popular hook punt.We think he can perfect this and some of his other punts from a traditional punting platform, which he executed from on occasion with success.His highest hang times got up into the high 4-second range, but he was generally capable in the 4.6-range depending on the style of kick. He can also kickoff.
Acquired from Denver
The operative thinking is that Greenlaw will just provide depth as a fourth or fifth LB who could see time in sub-packages.However, we think he could challenge Malcolm Smith in due time.
Smith was one of the best tight ends in this year’s draft at making contested catches on seam passes.If he can overcome his pedestrian speed to earn a roster spot, he could allow Kyle Shanahan to incorporate some two tight end receiving sets.
Acquired from Cincinnati
Skule will have every opportunity to grab the third tackle spot behind Staley and McGlinchey.He’s probably best suited to backup McGlinchey, who he is nearly identical to in terms of size and quickness.He played LT as a senior at Vanderbilt, but he did start at RT in school.
Acquired from Cincinnati via Dallas
Harris is a developmental draft pick in the mold of former third-rounders Tarvarius Moore and Ahkeilo Witherspoon.Moore started two games in 2018 and Witherspoon has quietly started 21 games in two seasons. Harris’ durability question marks overshadowed 4.4 speed and decent foot quickness.
Los Angeles Rams
Notable Picks: Despite not having a first-round pick, many would argue that the Rams got better value than each of their picks in the first three rounds.We had Rapp ranked lower than some teams and Long earned a second-round grade from us.Grabbing Gaines in the third round had to feel like a coup for the team.The pick of Scott in the seventh round was the classic ode to special teams coordinator John Fassel, a future NFL head coach.Scott was Penn State’s best special teams player in each of the last two seasons.
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Rapp had a chance to go even higher had he put together a better 40-yard dash time (4.7), but he excelled in short area change of direction drills (3.99 20-yd SS, 6.82 3-cone).On the field, he is a player who carries his pads.He needs a lot of work timing his breaks when working off the hash marks.
We spotlighted the explosive Henderson early in the year when he was averaging an insane amount of yards per carry.In years past, the Rams have had bigger runners backing up Todd Gurley but this is a departure from that philosophy.Henderson is an underrated receiver out of the backfield (15.5 YPR in 2018).
The former high school wideout and U.S. Army All-American displays outstanding competitiveness in man coverage. He didn’t play quite as big as he measured in at during the postseason, but his flexibility is above average.
Edwards has some technique flaws but his hip flexibility and footwork are both adequate.The light-footed former TE battled through injury in 2018.He needs to play lower to earn a roster spot.
The pick of Scott in the seventh round was the classic ode to special teams coordinator John Fassel, a future NFL head coach.Scott was Penn State’s best special teams player in each of the last two seasons.In 2018, he began to find another gear in pass coverage as well.
Allen trusts his eyes and delivers on contact at a violent clip. The two-time team captain overcame off the field troubles to become one of the Red Raiders team leaders. His short area change of direction rivals that of many of the class’ top defensive backs.
Notable picks: While Burns will be expected to provide the team’s best pass rush threat in years, it is Little who could be tasked with protecting the franchise in QB Cam Newton.Grier will compete with Taylor Heineke and Kyle Allen for the backup job.Scarlett has a chance to earn repetitions as the team continues to look for a viable backup to workhorse Christian McCaffrey.Daley has starting tools if he can improve his hand placement.
It would be assumed that Little can step right in to start over incumbent Taylor Moton, who was more than serviceable as a right tackle in 2018.If Little can get it done on the left side, then Moton can move back to right tackle and expect Darryl Williams to slide inside to guard.
Grier, a Charlotte native, gets an opportunity to compete for a backup role and provides insurance if Cam Newton’s shoulder doesn’t return to form.Several teams were higher on Grier than even his draft position indicates, but we think he landed in a spot where he can improve his pocket presence.
Scarlett landed in a good spot because he is a very physical runner. Despite some stiffness, the team’s gap-schemed runs fit his playing style very well.He has above average balance and will compete with Cameron Artis-Payne for reps.
Acquired from Denver via San Francisco
For years, the team has lacked depth at tackle.This pick could be a backup plan if Daryl Williams leaves in free agency in 2020.Daley was one of the more nimble pass protectors in the 2019 NFL Draft, but his hand placement is inconsistent.It led to concentration lapses in school.
Godwin’s dominant week of East-West Shrine practices ensured a draft slot but he could have gone much higher.The former four-star recruit is adept at running all of the required slot patterns with unique quickness and savvy.At just 185 pounds, is he big enough to contribute on special teams?
Notable picks: GM Thomas Dimitroff decided to remake the right side of the team’s offensive line with his first two picks.After allowing 42 sacks in 2018, can you blame him? Can Sheffield fill the role of a third or fourth corner?Green was one of the better return specialists in the draft and may challenge for playing time in that role alone.
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Lindstrom- our top-ranked guard-supplemented a stellar four-year career with outstandingwork during 2019 Senior Bowl practices.He provides positional versatility (started at RT in 2017) for an offensive line that struggled to protect the passer in 2018.
Sheffield’s ability to play press-man is unquestioned, but he does have a tendency to locate the ball a tick late.If he can harness his overall skill-set, the Ohio State 60-meter track indoor record holder could vie for a starting role down the road.
Standing 6-foot-5, 286 pounds, Cominsky’s ability to use his hands aids him as a solid run defender. If he can develop more counters as a pass rusher, he could become a keeper.Expect the team to work him more in base packages early as he transitions to an interior pass rush role for third downs.
The team had too many backs with the same profile and Devonta Freeman has missed time in recent years.Ollison will be the bruiser that they have lacked on the roster and he has underrated field speed.
Miller held his own against some of the Pac-12’s best but injuries were a factor in school.He is smooth, fast and fluid.Physicality is a question mark.The former high school triple jumper posted six interceptions in school.
Acquired from Los Angeles
It was surprising that a player who tallied nearly 5,000 all-purpose yards in school became a combine snub.Green, who excels with his 10-to-15-yard burst, ran in the 4.4-range and went 39 inches in the vertical jump on ULM’s Pro Day.
Notable picks: Jason Licht’s selections of Bunting and Dean serve notice to former high picks Carlton Davis and Vernon Hargreaves that competition is on the way.Bunting is a pick expected to challenge for a starting role early. Give Licht credit for not being apprehensive when it came to drafting another kicker.Gay was the draft’s best placekicker and has 62-yard range.
White’s sideline-to-sideline speed is a replacement for the speed of former Kwon Alexander, who went to San Francisco in free agency.Connecting the dots on a more consistent basis could allow him to play a step faster.
Bunting’s press-man or bump-and-run technique is as patient as any cornerback in this year’s class.The former high school hoops point guard can run too. His biggest weakness stems from a habit of ending up on the low shoulder versus wide receivers who use inside speed releases.
Dean’s mental toughness shined during school as he has gone through knee injuries dating back to his junior year in high school.He doesn’t play to his 4.30 timed speed but we do think he drops his weight better than given credit for.Auburn’s staff praised his ability to play different positions.
Nelson has some similarities to current Bucs defensive end Carl Nassib.He is perhaps even more physical defending the run.It would not be a surprise to see the team use him inside on passing downs because he is adept on line games and stunts.He was a good value pick in Round 4.
Miller lasted until the fifth round simply because of his 5-foot-9, 174-pound frame.What he brings to the table for the Bucs is 4.3 speed and hands (9 3/4”) that made him a terror in the MAC.The former high school track star totaled 215 receptions for 2,867 yards and 23 TDs in school and stood out against Power 5 competition.
Acquired from Arizona
Terry Beckner, Jr.
If not for two knee injuries that slowed him during school, we would likely be discussing the former five-star recruit as an early-round pick.He still produced 10 1/2 QB sack and 22 tackles for loss over his last two seasons in school.
New Orleans Saints
Notable Picks: Despite just two picks in the first 105 picks of the draft, we felt the Saints got two of the Top 40 players available in McCoy and Gardner-Johnson.Time will tell.One pick to monitor is Elliss in Round 7.His bend is unique and he has the type of experience in coverage to transition if he can pick up his play speed.
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Even though the Saints signed Nick Easton to a four-year deal, McCoy provides positional flexibility along their offensive front.The team’s rushing attack ranked sixth in the league a year ago, and the McCoy draft pick is an attempt to maintain that mentality along a strong offensive front.
Gardner-Johnson could have an immediate impact in sub-packages covering the slot. Versus certain formations, his flexibility could allow strong safety Vonn Bell to move into a LB-type spot.Gardner-Johnson ranks as a steal in the fourth round.
Acquired from N.Y. Jets
Hampton put it all together to become the Big Ten’s leader in passes defended.The team captain has enough foot speed to become a special teams contributor in Year 1 for the Saints.
Acquired from Cleveland
Mack has been used as a U-off blocker, Y-tight end and fullback in certain sets.If he can make the team, the Saints will use him in many of its two tight end sets as a stretch the field-type.The former All-USA Today prep level star was once ranked as the nation’s No. 1 tight end coming out of high school.
Elliss posted a cornerback-like time of 6.63 seconds in the three-cone drill and that bend shows up when rushing the passer.His father, Luther, was once a first-round pick by the Detroit Lions.The younger Ellis finished his overlooked Vandals career with 278 tackles, 17 QB sacks, 47 TFLs, 6 FFs, 4 FRs, 5 INTs and 8 PBUs.His frame matches that of fellow Saints LBs A.J. Klein, Demario Davis and Alex Anzalone.