Former Southern Miss defensive back Tarvarius Moore went from an unheralded first-year starter to third round pick by the San Francisco 49ers in the 2018 NFL Draft (95th overall). His combination of speed (4.3, 40-yd) and movement ability could eventually land him a spot as a cover safety in the team's schemes. It wouldn't be out of the question for them to even give him time at the cornerback spot. We go deep inside his game in our video spotlight on the former Golden Eagle.
Former Memphis wide receiver Anthony Miller was ranked 43rd overall on DraftNasty's 2018 Big Board. The Chicago Bears took him with the 51st overall pick (2nd Round) of the 2018 NFL Draft. The second-team All-American went over the 1,400-yard mark in 2017 (1,462) after topping the 1,200-yard mark as a junior. His ability to play in the slot or on the outside made him one of the draft's most attractive targets.
Notable pick: Brown could make this a home run in the draft. If his pre-draft workouts were any indication, a simple uptick in work ethic may be in order to match his impressive on-field play. Hurst and Andrews extend the middle of the field from Day 1, as does former New Mexico State high-riser Scott.
|Player||School||DN Big Board
|South Carolina||39 (2nd Round||Smooth. He even spent a game tracking punts in 2016 (Georgia). Underrated run after the catch skill.|
|1 (32) Trade from Philadelphia||Lamar
|Louisville||10 (1st Round)||Underrated as a passer, Jackson will make tacklers miss in the NFL…too.|
|Oklahoma||158 (3rd Round)||Brown’s barrel-chested approach extended itself into the fourth quarters of games.|
|Oklahoma||92 (3rd Round)||Andrews has the ability to run routes from a flexed position and is strong enough to make contested catches.|
|Alabama||206 (4th Round)||Averett’s uncle Bryant McKinnie once played for the Ravens.|
|UCLA||187 (4th Roiund)||Young’s coverage ability is reminiscent to former UCLA LB Jayon Brown (Titans).|
|New Mexico St.||208 (4th Round)||Scott’s one-hand grab vs. Arizona State in 2017 was just one of many spectacular on-ball adjustments he made as a senior. Catch radius (34-inch arms) helps his cause.|
|UCLA||259 (4th Round)||Lasley is a smooth receiver who balanced concentration lapses with an ability to roll speed cuts.|
|Texas||115 (3rd Round)||Elliott has some stiffness, but he reacts well breaking downhill on the ball. His eyes have been undisciplined. He has potential as a special teams cover guy.|
|Wagner||434 (5th Round)||Senat brings an 84-inch wingspan and a look reminiscent to former Boise State Bronco Charles Leno coming out of school. Leverage issues need to be corrected.|
|Alabama||482 (6th Round)||More of a position than drive blocker, Bozeman uses his size to win as a run blocker. A lack of foot speed is evident.|
|Ferris State||N/A||Wins during the second phase of downs. His combination of size and strength could help him land a roster spot.|
Notable picks: Price has to be able to create more forward movement for what has been a stagnant rushing attack. In addition, his line calls will be important for a unit that struggled giving up sacks. Bates III and Jefferson will have a tough time earning playing time with a number of veterans currently on the roster. The Bengals added quality depth at a number of spots on the defensive side of the ball. Harris may be the surprise of the group.
|Player||School||DN Big Board
|Ohio State||37 (2nd Round)||Price’s addition will help a unit that averaged just 3.6 yards per rushing attempt in 2017.|
|Wake Forest||18 (2nd Round)||Bates III’s eye speed is elite and his ball skills are above average. His range could enhance the Bengals’ coverage packages.|
|Ohio State||50 (2nd Round)||Hubbard has impressive change of direction (6.88 3-cone) at 270 pounds. Needs to work on developing more speed-to-power as a pass rusher.|
|Texas||88 (3rd Round)||Jefferson- an underrated blitzer- improved his key-and-diagnose in DC Todd Orlando’s schemes.|
|Miami (Fla.)||148 (3rd Round)||Walton’s ability to break tackles is aided by an ability to run routes out of the backfield.|
|Illinois State||98 (3rd Round)||This is a player who impressed at every stop of the postseason process. He will challenge for playing time either outside or inside due to his physicality.|
|Virginia||125 (3rd Round)||Brown never quite lived up to his pre-collegiate hype, but he still produced 26.5 tackles for loss in his career.|
|Western Michigan||190 (4th Round)||Phillips, an all-purpose maestro, scored 14 touchdowns five different ways in school. He needs work on his coverage techniques at corner.|
|Toledo||402 (5th Round)||Woodside’s proclivity for the big stage shined when facing teams like Miami (Fla.) in 2017. His efficiency, athleticism and moxie make for a good combination.|
|Ole Miss||111 (3rd Round)||Taylor has started at LT, RT and RG in school. He projects inside but could be a backup at a number of spots.|
|FSU||239 (4th Round)||Tate led the ACC in touchdown receptions as a senior (10), but there are questions surrounding his ability to create separation in short areas.|
|Cleveland Browns||Notable pick: The Browns may have found their new lockdown cornerback in Ward (No. 12 pictured). Could he be an even better version of former Browns Pro Bowler Joe Haden? The team has now created quality depth at the cornerback spot with Ward, Howard Wilson, Boddy-Calhoun, Taylor and recent signee Travis Carrie.|
|Player||School||DN Big Board
|Oklahoma||54 (2nd Round)||Mayfield’s mentality may be the juice that the Browns need as an organization. He will need to prove he can handle the elements.|
|Ohio State||9 (1st Round)||Ward brings immediate nickel potential from Day 1 with his level of footwork and quickness. He will need to improve playing with his back to the quarterback. Rare physical skill-set.|
|Nevada||42 (2nd Round)||Corbett- a college LT- can provide assistance at any of four offensive line spots. He is one of this draft’s smartest prospects.|
|Georgia||26 (2nd Round)||One of the SEC’s all-time best runners, Chubb will be a workhorse if he can remain healthy.|
|Miami (Fla.)||142 (3rd Round)||Thomas may eventually morph into a four-technique DE, but he already can be a factor inside on third downs for Gregg Williams’ multiple fronts.|
|Florida||163 (3rd Round)||Callaway has to become more consistent in his decision-making both on and off the field. Just as quick as he is fast.|
|Memphis||59 (2nd Round)||Powerball player who runs over opponents. Impressed scouts with his 4.5 speed in the postseason.|
|Texas A&M||405 (5th Round)||Ratley has 4.4 speed and is shifty after the catch. He will need to eliminate the concentration drops and speed up his release vs. bump-and-run.|
|Louisiana-Lafayette||625 (7th Round)||Off-and-on starter whose size allows him to recover down the field. His cousin, Marvin Bracy, was a two-time All-USA selection in track & field|
|Pittsburgh Steelers||Notable pick: Edmunds (No. 22 pictured) will challenge for playing time immediately and put pressure on whoever is in front of him at safety. He could very well play the role of former Steeler and current free agent Mike Mitchell.|
|Player||School||DN Big Board
|Virginia Tech||133 (3rd Round)||Edmunds has covered the slot, played in the box, and also contributed on special teams. Impressed the Hokies’ coaching staff with his toughness playing through a shoulder injury in 2017.|
|Oklahoma St.||48 (2nd Round)||Plays faster than he times in T-shirts and shorts. Has the length of an offensive tackle. Tracks the ball.|
|Oklahoma State||102 (3rd Round)||Rudolph goes into a situation where he can develop behind a quarterback who is similar in size.|
|Western Michigan||138 (3rd Round)||Okorafor actually played LT when Willie Beavers was in school but he will likely project to the right side for the Steelers. He may be a better run than pass blocker.|
|Penn State||119 (3rd Round)||One of college football’s best tacklers, Allen has to improve his ability to steal second base off the hash.|
|NC State||95 (3rd Round)||Samuels never seems to be going at a speed where he allows himself to get out of control. While it works offensively, he will need to play with more of a sense of urgency to contribute consistently on special teams.|
|Alabama||494 (6th Round)||Frazier exhibited a powerful long-arm to post back guards and centers. He is active but too often gets tied up losing to the spot.|
In Part II of McCutcheon's Climb, we go inside the training of former Tuskegee defensive back Jonah McCutcheon during his pre-draft training at D1 Mobile in Mobile, Alabama. His trainers -Rich Myers and Chris McNair- talk about his room for improvement. In addition, we go in the film room with the three-time All-SIAC and former BOXTOROW All-American to view the game through his lenses.
Wake Forest has never had a tight end to produce as much as the black and gold’s number 85, Cam Serigne. The Ashburn, Virginia native finished with 174 career catches and 21 receiving touchdowns. DraftNasty National Correspondent and former Demon Deacon De’Angelo Bryant gives a sneak peek of the pass-catching tight end in DraftNasty’s Bowl Prospect Radar.
Serigne is the prime example of a detached or non-traditional tight end because of the various formations he lines up in Coach Warren Ruggiero’s offensive sets. While he will show up as an in-line tight end on pro sets, you will mainly find him as an h-back, split in doubles (stacked or regular), or in trips formation (tight bunch or regular). Not to be mistaken, his alignment is not a smoke screen for opponents, as his 44 catches this season has proven he has to be accounted for in the field.
One of his best assets is catching the football. You rarely see him making body catches and he has shown he can extend to make the grabs that are out of his body frame. His hand/eye coordination is as good as they come in this year’s draft class.
The 6’2, 240-pound tight end is pretty nifty as a route runner and understands how to work in space. He is involved largely in the Demon Deacons RPO game, which requires him to read and replace on the run, based on the safety or linebacker's reactions to the run.
Blocking is a cause of concern. Although the willingness and effort is evident, his lack of strength keeps him from steadily maintaining his blocks. However, he is an adequate blocker on the perimeter.
Serigne may not be among the top tight ends in this draft class, but could be a late round addition to a team with a high passing percentage in the NFL. He could find a role similar to former nine-year veteran Jacob Tamme (Colts, Broncos, Buccaneers).