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2019 NFL Draft recap, pick-by-pick: NFC West

    Murray (No. 1 pictured) was often tasked with finding passing lanes behind a mammoth offensive line in school.

 

Arizona

Cardinals

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.
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1 (1) Kyler Murray QB/

Oklahoma

17/1st Round 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.
2 (33) Byron

Murphy

CB/

Washington

24/2nd Round 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.
2 (62)

Acquired from Miami in the Josh Rosen trade

Andy

Isabella

WR/UMass 137/3rd Round 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.
3 (65) Zach Allen DE/Boston College 190/3rd Round 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. 
5 (139) Deionte Thompson S/Alabama 66/2nd Round 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. 
6 (174) KeeSean Johnson WR/Fresno State 175/3rd Round One of the draft’s best route runners, Johnson plays a game that doesn’t rely completely on long speed.  He is adept at changing his speeds to achieve separation at the top of routes.  His ball skills are above average.
6 (179) Lamont

Gaillard

OL/Georgia 51/2nd Round 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.
7 (248) Joshua Miles OL/Morgan State 227/4th Round Not many 314-pounders notch 36-inch vertical jumps.  This is a mere additive for the former Morgan State left tackle.  He became the first player from the school drafted since Visanthe Shiancoe in 2003 and just the second since 1982.
7 (249) Michael Dogbe DL/Temple 235/4th Round 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.
7 (254) Caleb Wilson TE/UCLA 207/4th Round 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.
Collier (No. 91 pictured) had 14.5 quarterback sacks and 20.5 tackles for losses in 42 career games.
Seattle Seahawks 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.
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1(29)  L.J. Collier DE/TCU 125/3rd Round 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. 
2 (47) Marquise Blair S/Utah 58/2nd Round 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?
2 (64) D.K. Metcalf WR/Ole Miss 37/2nd Round 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?      
3 (88) Cody Barton LB/Utah 177/3rd Round Although Barton presents a tad bit of stiffness, he often corrects his angles of pursuit.  Barton projects as a Will linebacker.  The former high school DB has awareness in coverage and can contribute in sub-packages.
4 (120) Gary Jennings WR/West Virginia 116/3rd Round 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. 
4 (124) Phil Haynes OL/Wake Forest 165/3rd Round 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.
4 (132) Ugo Amadi All-Purpose/Oregon 271/4th Round 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. 
5 (142) Ben

Burr-Kirven

LB/

Washington

200/4th Round 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. 
6 (204) Travis Homer RB/Miami (Fla.) 170/3rd Round The team values special teams production and it doesn’t get much better than Homer’s 22 career tackles.  In-between running down at the gunner spot or on kickoff coverage, Homer used his 4.4 speed to rush for over 900 yards in back-to-back seasons. 
6 (209)

Compensatory pick acquired via Minnesota

Demarcus Christmas DL/Florida State 254/4th Round There is still a place for Christmas on an NFL roster.  While most point to his lack of sack production, it is worth noting that he broke up 13 passes in his career. 
7 (236)

Acquired from Jacksonville via Baltimore

John Ursua WR/Hawaii 413/5th Round 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.
Bosa, pictured, did 29 reps at 225 pounds at the 2019 NFL Combine and recorded a 4.14 20-yard short shuttle.

 

San

Francisco 49ers

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.
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1 (2) Nick Bosa Ohio State 3/1st Round 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?
2 (36) Deebo Samuel All-Purpose/

South

Carolina

69/2nd Round 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. 
3 (67) Jalen Hurd WR/Baylor, Tennessee 97/3rd Round 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.
4 (110)

Acquired from Cincinnati

Mitch

Wishnowsky

P/Utah 451/5th Round 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.
5 (148)

Acquired from Denver

Dre

Greenlaw

LB/Arkansas 186/3rd Round 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.
6 (176) Kaden Smith TE/Stanford 241/4th Round 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.
6 (183)

Acquired from Cincinnati

Justin Skule OT/Vanderbilt 389/5th Round 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. 
6 (198)

Acquired from Cincinnati via Dallas

Tim Harris CB/Virginia 226/4th Round 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.

 

Henderson (No. 8 pictured) averaged 8.9 yards per carry for the Tigers in 2018 and scored 25 touchdowns.

 

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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2 (61) Taylor Rapp S/

Washington

94/3rd Round 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.
3 (70) Darrell

Henderson

RB/

Memphis

154/3rd Round 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).
3 (79) David Long CB/Michigan 79/2nd Round 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.
4 (134)

Acquired from New England

Greg Gaines DT/

Washington

106/3rd Round The nimble Gaines can translate speed-to-power when pushing the pocket and is underrated as a two-gapping force.  Gaines has even stood up to rush from the edge.
5 (169) David

Edwards

OT/

Wisconsin

288/4th Round 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.
7 (243) Nick Scott S/Penn State 438/5th Round 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. 
7 (251) Dakota Allen LB/Texas Tech 218/4th Round 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.

Los Angeles Rams vs. Chicago Bears, 12-9-18: In-game report

Chicago used a physical defense and excellent special teams play to defeat the Los Angeles Rams on Sunday Night Football.  The Bears topped the Rams, 15-6, and are on the doorstep of winning the NFC North.  DraftNasty’s Troy Jefferson gives his impressions in this in- game report:

Tarik Cohen

The Sunday night showdown was largely about the defensive efforts of the respective teams but running back Tarik Cohen left his mark on the contest. Head coach Matt Nagy is as creative a playcaller as there is in the NFL, he follows his mentor, Andy Reid’s philosophy of getting your best players the ball in space.  Cohen can make plays in the passing game, the running game and through his return ability. Cohen (5’6 179) is one of the smaller players in the league but he is built well and has very strong legs. The back isn’t afraid to lower his shoulders and run behind his pads and between tackles. Coupled with his acceleration, Cohen is a hard cover. His running back mate, Jordan Howard, runs most of the power running plays between the tackles but Cohen can run the same concepts but at a lower rate. The former North Carolina A&T running back makes his money on the outside and in space.  The Bears running back finished with 111 all-purpose yards, and the team as a whole put up 336. 

Bears defense 

A mark of a good defense is the ability to make the opposing offense uncomfortable and force them to find new ways to score. Chicago forced Rams quarterback Jared Goff to throw four interceptions and held Los Angeles to 214 yards of total offense. The pocket was rarely clean for Goff, who was sacked three times and when it was clean, he rushed throws and made errant reads.  Chicago didn’t do much better than the Rams offensively (294 total yards) but the Bears have the type of defense that can carry its football team. Khalil Mack stirs the drink but the Bears possess playmakers at all three levels of the defense. 

Rams play calling 

The Rams rank in the top five in scoring per game, passing yards per game and rushing yards per game but looked ordinary against the Bears.  Sean McVay is a Coach of the Year candidate and the honor is warranted but his play calling was suspect on Sunday night.   The Rams best player offensively, Todd Gurley, carried the ball just 11 times and he finished with just three receptions despite being targeted seven times in the passing game. The passing numbers aside, Gurley should’ve seen more touches in the running game.  On 2nd and 15 to start the third quarter, McVay opted for a shotgun set when his team was on its own five-yard line.  Bears defensive lineman Eddie Goldman capitalized and sacked Goff for a safety. 

“Really, consistently over and over I continue to put our players in bad spots,” McVay said during the postgame press conference. “Certainly a humbling night, but it’s one you get a chance to look at yourself critically, find a way to get better and move forward accordingly and that’s exactly what we’re going to do and that’s all I know how to do.  And I have to be better for our football team.  This loss is on me.  I didn’t do a nearly good enough job for us today.  I trust we will respond the right way.” 

The Rams coach accepted blame for the loss. Look for Los Angeles to establish the running game early in their next game against the Eagles. 

Baltimore Ravens vs. Kansas City Chiefs, 12-9-18: In-game report

In a matchup between mentor and mentee, the mentor bested his understudy.  Andy Reid’s Kansas City Chiefs defeated John Harbaugh’s Baltimore Ravens, 27-24, to remain in first place in the AFC.  DraftNasty’s Troy Jefferson gives his impressions in this in- game report:

Travis Kelce

When Kelce is rolling, the Kansas City Chiefs offense is rolling. Teams that have defeated the Chiefs have not been able to completely stop Kelce but have been able to limit his productivity or force him and his team to use more targets to get his catches.  The Los Angeles Rams defeated the Chiefs and even though Kelce had 10 catches for 127 yards, it took him 15 targets to post those numbers.  The Patriots were the Chiefs only other loss this season, they double teamed and chipped Kelce all night and held him to five catches on nine targets for 61 yards.  Against the Ravens, Kelce caught two passes on the first possession of the game and forced a holding call on cornerback Marlon Humphrey that resulted in a touchdown.  For the game, he caught seven passes on nine targets for 77 yards and one touchdown. The Chiefs second-ranked scoring offense and No. 3 ranked passing game are a direct reflection of Kelce’s productivity.  If a team hopes to stop the Chiefs offense, then they must prioritize defending Kelce. 

Ravens defense

Despite giving up catches to Kelce early, Baltimore held the Chiefs to 27 points, tied for their lowest output of the season.  The Ravens forced Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes to drive the length of the field and kept everything in front of them by always keeping a safety deep.  Ravens defensive coordinator Don Martindale also switched up blitz schemes which kept Mahomes off balance and resulted in three sacks.  The Chiefs still managed 92 rushing yards and 347 passing yards but the chunk plays were minimal. The fourth down 48-yard heave across the field from Mahomes to Tyreek Hill was a back breaker for the Ravens. However, besides that play and a screen pass to Spencer Ware, the Ravens didn’t give up a play of more than 25 yards defensively.  Look for the Chiefs division rival, the Los Angeles Chargers, to try and replicate the Ravens defensive game plan when the two teams meet on Thursday.  

Lamar Jackson

The former Louisville quarterback has struggled with turnovers and accuracy issues (58 percent completion percentage, three interceptions and eight fumbles) since he has been under center. However, Jackson has given the Ravens offense a spark because of his running ability and quick passing ability.  Baltimore has went to a more run-pass option attack and one-read passing concepts with Jackson.  Against the Chiefs, the Ravens used their tight end as a motion man to get involved as the lead blocker in power running plays and as a safety option for Jackson in the short passing game. Jackson completed 13-of-24 passes for two touchdowns and ran for 71 yards.  As he gets more comfortable, look for the playbook to expand, but for now Jackson has been productive and has put the Ravens in positions to win.

Los Angeles Rams vs. Seattle Seahawks, 10-7-18: In-game report

Missed tackles and poor special teams play was enough to cost the Seahawks against the Rams. Los Angeles defeated Seattle, 33-31, to remain undefeated.  DraftNasty’s Troy Jefferson gives his impressions in this in-game report:

Seahawks secondary 

Prior to his season-ending injury, Thomas, pictured, had already posted 22 tackles and three interceptions for the Seahawks.

The Seahawks secondary was dealt another blow last week when Earl Thomas broke his left leg.  The losses in the secondary have been noticeable as the Seahawks now rank in the middle of the pack in terms of completion percentage against and yards per attempt, categories where they normally hover around the top of the league. Seattle has also struggled tackling on the back end, which caused them precious yards after the catch against the Rams.  A bright spot for the Seahawks has been rookie cornerback Tre Flowers (6’3, 194), a converted safety out of Oklahoma State, who against the Cardinals forced a fumble and then broke up a pass against the Rams that led to a Frank Clark interception.  Head coach Pete Carroll got his start as a defensive backs coach and he will have to continue to mold the young players in the secondary if Seattle wants to return to its defensive glory. 

Rams depth at receiver 

Rams second-year wide receiver Josh Reynolds contributed two receptions for 39 yards and rushed for a 10-yard gain on his one carry this past Sunday.

Starting receivers Brandin Cooks and Cooper Kupp are currently in the concussion protocol after suffering concussions against the Seahawks on Sunday during the first half.  Head coach Sean McVay has impressed early in his coaching tenure because of his ability to put his skill players in positions to be successful. Second-year receiver Josh Reynolds and rookie KhaDarel Hodge combined to fill in for 53 yards on three catches.  The Rams should be fine in the short term because as running back Todd Gurley showed in the first quarter, he can take a swing pass and pick up 17 yards to convert 3rd down and long.  Gurley is a workhorse running back who draws so much attention that it will force the opposing defenses to cater to him leaving room for the receivers on the outside to work.  If Kupp or Cooks miss Sunday’s game against the Broncos, look for the Rams to run the ball early and often as McVay finds more creative ways to get Gurley the ball in the passing game. 

Seahawks running game 

Russell Wilson’s dual-threat ability is the foundation of the Seahawks offense.  However, in order to truly be successful on the offensive end, Seattle needs production at running back. Chris Carson and Mike Davis have stepped up over the last two weeks. Carson rushed for 116 yards on 19 carries against the Rams and Davis added 68 yards on 12 touches after rushing for 101 yards against Arizona a week before.  The Seahawks rely on bootlegs, RPOs (run-pass options) and play actions but in order to draw the defense in, the Seahawks have to establish a threat from the running back position.  Currently sitting at 2-3, the team will have to continue to groom its running backs in order to enter the playoff conversation by December. 

2018 NFL Draft recap, pick-by-pick: NFC West

NFC West

Arizona

Cardinals

Campbell (No. 1 pictured) was a big factor for the Nittany Lions on both special teams and at corner during 2017. The former high school safety brings an aggressiveness to the Cardinals secondary.

Notable Pick: The choice of Edmonds could provide the Cardinals with a deadly one-two punch in the backfield. This would take pressure off of incumbent Sam Bradford. The team may have gotten one of the steals of the draft in the 6-foot-1, 192-pound Campbell.

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1 (10) Josh

Rosen

QB-6’4 226

UCLA 15 (1st Round) Rosen’s toughness complements elite anticipation. In order for him to show both, he’ll need to stay available.
2 (47) Christian

Kirk

AP-5’11 200

Texas A&M 29 (2nd Round) DraftNasty’s top-ranked all-purpose player, Kirk averaged 19 yards per punt return in 2017. A year prior in 2016, he averaged 21.7 yds/PR with three TDs.
3 (97) Mason

Cole

OC-6’4 307

Michigan 74 (3rd Round) Cole began his career at left tackle and ended it there (2017). In-between, he was a factor at the center spot.
4 (134) Chase

Edmonds

RB-5’11 205

Fordham 120 (3rd Round) Edmonds- the Patriot League’s all-time leading rusher- was the best running back at the 2018 East-West Shrine game.
6 (182) Christian

Campbell

CB-6’1 203

Penn State 82 (3rd Round) Campbell was dinged for being a one-year starter despite NFL starting traits (4.5 speed, 41 ½” VJ, 11’2” BJ, 4.18 20-yd SS).
7 (254) Korey

Cunningham

OT-6’5 311

Cincinnati 335 (5th Round) Cunningham morphed into a starting left tackle in the AAC after putting on 90 pounds while in school. He maintained his athleticism despite the added weight (4.9 40-yd, 35 ½” VJ, 9’11” BJ).

 

Seattle

Seahawks

Penny (No. 20 pictured) returned eight kicks for touchdowns during his career (one punt return TD). In addition, he eclipsed the 2,200-yard mark (2,248) as a rusher in 2017.

Notable Pick: Despite getting drafted in the first round, Penny may still be undervalued. He can take the top off the defense as a kickoff returner, catch the ball and run in-between the tackles. His pass blocking will have to improve to get on the field.

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1 (27) Rashaad

Penny

RB/KR-5’11 220

San Diego St. 12 (1st Round) The three-time MWC Special Teams Player of the Year can affect a game in a number of ways.   His experience under former NFL assistant Jeff Horton could ease his professional transition.
3 (79) Rasheem

Green

DE-6’4 275

USC 67 (3rd Round) Green has the look of New England Patriots 2017 fourth-round pick Deatrich Wise. He can move up-and-down the defensive front as a mismatch player.
4 (120) Will

Dissly

TE-6’4 256

Washington 460 (6th Round) Dissly may need more repetitions, but he has enough size to become an effective in-line blocker. The Academic All-Pac-12 selection impressed with his hand-eye coordination during the 2018 NFLPA Collegiate Bowl.
5 (141) Shaquem

Griffin

LB-6’0 227

UCF 106 (3rd Round) The 2016 AAC Defensive Player of the Year and former safety actually looked decent changing directions in defensive back drills prior to the draft. The team will have a plan for his diverse skill-set.
5 (146) Tre

Flowers

S-6’3 207

Oklahoma St. 262 (4th Round) The All-Big 12 selection can produce positive angles when breaking on routes that go towards the sidelines. His ability to cover ground gives him high special teams upside.
5 (149) Michael

Dickson

P-6’2 208

Texas 271 (4th Round) His first step goes forward when receiving the snap and he can get balls to travel 70 yards in distance with hang time (70 yards, 4.75 hang, TCU ’17, downed at -10-yd L). He can control field position.
5 (168) Jamarco

Jones

OT-6’4 299

Ohio State 326 (5th Round) Jones didn’t play with as much venom in 2017 as he had in 2016. He has enough pop to potentially get looks inside at guard.
6 (186) Jacob

Martin

OLB/DE-6’2 236

Temple 382 (5th Round) Martin –a second-team All-AAC selection- lined up at both end spots for the Owls. His reactionary speed (4.59) off the snap helped him produce 8 QB sacks and 11 TFLs in 2017. He has the look of former Seahawk Bruce Irvin (Raiders) when he came out of West Virginia.
7 (220) Alex

McGough

QB-6’3 218

FIU 602 (7th Round) McGough’s precision was a big reason the team finished first in the nation in Red Zone offense.

 

San

Francisco

49ers

Warner (No. 4 pictured) finished his career with seven interceptions (2 for TDs) while at BYU.

Notable Pick: Warner was BYU’s field linebacker for much off his career but was also used off the edge on occasion. He began to overcome his angular build in 2017 with more force at the point of attack. He has a chance to increase the team’s speed in nickel situations and will be a special teams contributor from Day 1.

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1 (9) Mike

McGlinchey

OT-6’8 311

Notre Dame 4 (1st Round) Finds his spots and angles as both a run and pass blocker.   Can bend to be 6-foot-8.
2 (44) Trade from Washington Dante

Pettis

AP-6’0 186

Washington 113 (3rd Round) Multi-dimensional receiver who may have more to give as a slot option. Arguably the draft’s best return option.
3 (70) Fred

Warner

LB-6’3 236

BYU 52 (2nd Round) He spent a lot of time in school matching slot WRs. Improved in the briar patch in 2017.
3 (95) Tarvarius

Moore

DB-6’1 199

Southern Miss 81 (3rd Round) Moore has a unique combination of length and athleticism. Improved his play speed and recognition in 2017.
4 (128) Kentavius

Street

DE-6’2 280

NC State 202 (4th Round) Street is a bully on the field with his combination of power and strength. He was drafted despite tearing his ACL in pre-draft workouts.
5 (142) D.J.

Reed

CB-RET-5’9 188

Kansas State 123 (3rd Round) Reed offers major potential in either the punt or kickoff return game (2nd nationally in both categories).   His tenacity at the CB spot was evident vs. Charlotte (2017) in cross-field pursuit.
6 (184) Marcell

Harris

S-6’1 208

Florida 601/7th Round Harris is yet another player the 49ers drafted that may not be available right away. He was on par with former Gator safeties Marcus Maye and Keanu Neal for a stretch in Gainesville.
7 (223) Julian

Taylor

DT-6’4 295

Temple N/A Taylor put it all together as a senior with 10 tackles for losses but he did not post a sack. He will be a one-gap penetrator.
7 (240) Richie

James

WR-5’10 183

MTSU 157 (3rd Round) Despite a disappointing senior year marred by injury, James still produced two 100-catch seasons in school (2015-16).   He offers a quickness disposition supported with 4.48 speed.

 

Los

Angeles

Rams

Noteboom (No. 68 pictured) started at both left tackle and right tackle during his time at TCU.

Notable Pick: Noteboom could eventually develop into a starter and has the ability to be groomed behind one of the NFL’s best in Andrew Whitworth. His 35 ½-inch arms increase his room for error.

Round,

Selection,

 

Player School DN Big Board

Rank/

Grade

‘Nasty’ Take:
3 (89) Joseph

Noteboom

OT-6’5 309

TCU 62 (2nd Round) Noteboom can immediately challenge for a starting spot if he gets his technique under control. Compares favorably to Washington OT Morgan Moses.
4 (111) Brian

Allen

C-6’1 300

Michigan State 387 (5th Round) Allen’s size would make one believe he is a center-only prospect, but some of the former state champion wrestler’s best work in school came at the LG spot in 2016.
4 (135) John

Franklin-Myers

DE-6’3 283

Stephen F. Austin 410 (5th Round) Franklin-Myers in strong in the upper body and plays with a heavy-handed nature. He controls the action vs. tight ends and has the look of a four-or-five-technique in Wade Phillips’ defenses.
5 (147) Micah

Kiser

ILB-6’2 239

Virginia 96 (3rd Round) Kiser’s instincts are top-notch. He impresses with his key-and-diagnostic skills. The Walter Camp second-team All-American posted 145 tackles and 5 QB sacks as a senior.   19 QB sacks in his career.
5 (160) Obo

Okoronkwo

OLB-6’1 253

Oklahoma 118 (3rd Round) Okoronkwo consistently affected the pocket for the Sooners in school. He plays fast and has some similarities to former Denver Broncos first-round pick Shane Ray. He’s longer and more refined as a pass rusher, however.
6 (176) John

Kelly

RB-5’10 216

Tennessee 72 (3rd Round) Kelly’s late season off the field issues turned off potential suitors. On top of that, he slowed down the second half of 2017.   Nevertheless, he has elite balance.
6 (192) Jamil

Demby

RB-6’4 319

Maine 166 (4th Round)B Demby looked the part at both the 2018 NFLPA Collegiate Bowl and Senior Bowl. His lack of foot speed caused a precipitous drop, but he plays with significant urgency.
6 (195) Sebastian

Joseph

DT-6’4 295

Rutgers 540 (6th Round) The 2018 College Gridiron Showcase MVP excelled in the classroom. Rutgers’ 2018 team MVP started at the three-technique and NG. Can crease the pocket vs. centers.
6 (205) Trevon

Young

LB-6’4 258

Louisville 194 (4th Round) After overcoming a serious injury in 2015, Young began to return to form in 2017 (12.5 TFLs).
7 (231) Travin

Howard

S/LB-6’1 213

TCU 424 (5th Round) Howard finished his career with 343 tackles, and 18 tackles for losses. He’s already been used quite a bit in coverage and he may rank as a position-flex player in Wade Phillips’ schemes.
7 (244) Justin

Lawler

DE-6’4 262

SMU 318 (5th Round) Since Lawler’s insertion into the SMU lineup in 2015, he’s lined up in a number of positions. He has stood up as an overhang LB and an inside shade DE.   A feisty run defender with a knack for blocking kicks (six blocks in school).

WVU’s Morgantown Shuffle: “Double-barreled”

West Virginia’s spectacular duo of WR-PR Tavon Austin and WR-KR Stedman Bailey put on spectacular performances in 2012.  The former Mountaineer teammates both heard their names called by the St. Louis Rams in the 2013 NFL Draft to become teammates one more time.  While they didn’t play long together in St. Louis, the images of their time in Morgantown may never be duplicated.