2019 NFL mock draft April 28

The 2018 NFL Draft is wrapped up and it is never too early to look ahead to next year’s draft. A lot will change from now until the 2019 Draft, but let’s take a look at who could be selected in the first round. The draft order is decided by current Super Bowl Odds.

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1. New York Jets- Trey Adams, OT, Washington

The Jets just selected Sam Darnold, so they will want to protect him. The offensive line is a position of weakness right now and Adams. Adams could have declared for the 2018 NFL Draft, but decided to go back to school for one more year. He now could be the first overall selection.

2. Chicago Bears- Nick Bosa, DE/OLB, Ohio State

One area that could be improved is the defensive front of the Bears 3-4 scheme. Bosa could fit in and give them another good pass rusher. There will be those who question if Bosa can play in the scheme, but his brother Joey is fitting in nicely in the same scheme for the Chargers.

3. Miami Dolphins- Shea Patterson, QB, Michigan

If the Dolphins are selecting this highly, Ryan Tannehill will definitely need to be replaced. Patterson is athletic and has a talented arm. He was just cleared to play at Michigan this season after transferring from Ole Miss.

4. Cincinnati Bengals- Ed Oliver, DT, Houston

The Bengals will not want to give up on Andy Dalton most likely. When the Bengals were at their best, they had a great defensive line. Oliver might be the best player in the class and can create a crazy good defensive tackle combo with Geno Atkins.

5. Cleveland Browns- Devin White, LB, LSU

Cleveland has tried to do a good job of filling needs in the NFL Draft. This could be an offensive lineman if Austin Corbett doesn’t move stick as a tackle. White can help the Browns fill their biggest area of need after the 2018 NFL Draft.

6. Buffalo Bills- A.J. Brown, WR, Ole Miss

Whoever is the quarterback, either A.J. McCarron or Josh Allen, will need more than just Zay Jones to throw to at the receiver position. Brown is athletic and has potential, but likely won’t have the best quarterback play or team around him this season for Ole Miss.

7. Arizona Cardinals- Jonah Williams, OT, Alabama

The offensive line is still not great after the 2018 NFL Draft. They need to clear some room for David Johnson and keep Josh Rosen clean.

8. Washington Redskins- Drew Lock, QB, Missouri

Lock still has a little bit to prove as a prospect, especially with his accuracy. The Redskins just got Alex Smith, but he won’t be around for much longer.

9. Tampa Bay Buccaneers- David Edwards, OT, Wisconsin

Donovan Smith has been given long enough to figure out the tackle position. Jameis Winston needs to be protected for the future and Edwards can aid that.

10. Indianapolis Colts- Dexter Lawrence, DT, Clemson

Lawrence is one of the many talented defensive tackles in this class. The Colts need to improve the defense and Lawrence can help stop the run and rush the passer, making him valuable.

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11. New York Giants- Rashan Gary, DE/DT, Michigan

The Giants got a running back and quarterback for the future but could use someone who can get after the passer. Gary was a highly rated recruit, who should have a breakout year this season.

12. Tennessee Titans- Collin Johnson, WR, Texas

Tennessee needs to get the offense going. The defense was improved in the 2018 NFL Draft and now they can give Marcus Mariota more receiver help. Johnson is a big receiver who will need to run a fast 40 yard dash time to keep his value up.

13. Detroit Lions- Christian Wilkins, DT, Clemson

Wilkins has been on the draft radar for a while but decided to finish out his career at Clemson. The Lions didn’t address the offensive line enough in the 2018 draft, so they need to do so in 2019.

14. Baltimore Ravens- Clelin Ferrell, DE, Clemson

Terrell Suggs is another player who is aging and needs to be replaced. Even with him the Ravens need to generate more of a pass rush. Ferrell would need to fit the 3-4 scheme, but he can get after the passer.

15. Seattle Seahawks-Raekwon Davis DE/DT, Alabama

Seattle is starting to re-tool a new defense, but is still thin up the middle. Davis can fit in the middle of their 4-3 scheme.

16. Los Angeles Chargers- Greg Little, OT, Ole Miss

Little was a highly rated recruit and will likely be selected in the first round of the 2019 NFL Draft. The Chargers focused on defense in this year’s draft and need to get some protection for Phillip Rivers next season, before finding his eventual replacement.

17. Denver Broncos- Connor McGovern, OG, Penn State

The Broncos ignored the offensive line early in the 2019 NFL Draft and can’t afford to do it again. A developmental quarterback may also be needed.

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18. Oakland Raiders- DeAndre Baker, CB, Georgia

Baker had a great season for Georgia in 2017 and will be one of the first corners selected. He may have to start off in the slot, but has the potential to become a number one corner.

19. Kansas City Chiefs- Greedy Williams, CB, LSU

The Chiefs traded Marcus Peters away and need to get a replacement.

20. Houston Texans- Michael Deiter, OT, Wisconsin

Houston has to make sure they protect Deshaun Watson or their team will have to struggle without a quarterback yet again.

21. Jacksonville Jaguars-Ahmmon Richards, WR, Miami

D.J. Chark was selected, but they need players to step up to help cope with the loss of Allen Robinson and Allen Hurns.

22. Carolina Panthers- Austin Bryant, DE, Clemson

The Panthers need to replace Julius Peppers and didn’t address the pass rushers early in this draft. Bryant is one of many great Clemson defensive linemen.

23. San Francisco 49ers- Bryce Love, RB, Stanford

Love let up the college football world this season and decided to go back to college. The 49ers currently have Jerrick McKinnon and Matt Breida as their top running backs.

24. Green Bay Packers (via NO)- Joe Jackson, DE, Miami

The Packers really addressed the secondary this year with their selections. They need to get some pass rushers, as Clay Matthews isn’t the same player he was a few years ago.

25. Atlanta Falcons- Dre’Mont Jones, DT, Ohio State

Jones is another prospect who could’ve come out this year but went back to school. The Falcons need to get some help in the middle of their defense.

26. Dallas Cowboys- Taylor Rapp, S, Washington

Dallas is very thin at safety and needs to address the issue.

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27. Los Angeles Rams- Josh Allen, LB, Kentucky

Allen can play the role of rushing linebacker or play in the middle. The Rams need some pass rushing and linebacker help, so Allen would be a solid choice.

28. Minnesota Vikings- Andre Dillard, OT, Washington State

The Vikings’ offensive line was improved a little through this draft with the addition of Brian O’Neill. They need to add more.

29. Pittsburgh Steelers-Anfernee Jennings, LB, Alabama

Pittsburgh took care of the safety position in this draft and can then move on to the inside linebacker position. Ryan Shazier won’t be playing for at least a year and may never be the same player again.

30. Green Bay Packers- Rodney Anderson, RB, Oklahoma

Anderson will be the featured player in Oklahoma’s offense this season. The Packers need to find a running back that can be consistently relied on.

31. Philadelphia Eagles-Marlon Davidson, DE, Auburn

The Eagles have a lot of good pass rushers, but some of them are aging. They can afford to take the best player available.

32. New England Patriots- Jarrett Stidham, QB, Auburn

Tom Brady can’t play forever and the Patriots need to find a new, young developmental quarterback.

 

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Best prospects left for day 3 of the 2018 NFL Draft

Three rounds of the NFL Draft are now over, but more quality players still are without a team. Who are some of the best prospects still waiting to find out where their pro career will start?

Maurice Hurst, DT, Michigan

Hurst was a borderline first-round prospect and still has not been selected. He did have a heart issue that was found at the NFL Combine, which must be what is holding him back. Doctors in Michigan said that he was cleared to play, but team doctors could have found something different that is making them hesitate to pick him.

Although Hurst is a little undersized for a defensive tackle he is disruptive and has a good motor. He can be an impact player in the NFL if he is healthy. Look for Hurst to be selected early in day three if there aren’t more reports that come out about his heart condition.

Equanimeous St. Brown, WR, Notre Dame

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Equanimeous St. Brown (Photo by und.com)

St. Brown is better than a few receivers that have already been selected. He didn’t have consistent quarterback play at Notre Dame last season and fails to run routes well, but the latter is coachable and the former is out of his control.

The Notre Dame product is a good combination of size and speed, which would lead people to believe he should already be selected. He made acrobatic catches and is good after the catch as a receiver. In the right system, and possibly playing with the right quarterback, St. Brown can develop into a star.

Josey Jewell, LB, Iowa

Jewell doesn’t have all the athletic traits that teams want out of a linebacker at the NFL level. He also ran a 4.82 40 yard dash time, which means he will have to react to plays much quicker in order to make plays on the ball, as he doesn’t have the speed to get there. Since he isn’t the biggest linebacker either, he has fallen down draft boards.

His instincts and awareness made him a great college player and will be what he has to rely on in the pros. He has a good motor and plays physically. Despite his physical limitations, a coach would love to have Jewell on their team because he works hard and has a high football IQ.

Tim Settle, DT, Virginia Tech

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The Edmunds brothers are off the board now, but there is another Virginia Tech defender who will get drafted on day three in Tim Settle. He is likely in this position due to a poor combine and the tape shows a player who needs to add more moves to get around blockers. Settle can also be a better hand fighter, which will help him be successful at the NFL level.

Settle is huge and can fit in the middle of a team’s 3-4 defense as the nose tackle. For a player that size, Settle has surprisingly light feet and quickness. He is decently fast at the snap of the ball and should be able to take on multiple NFL blockers. Teams with a 3-4 scheme will want to get him sooner rather than later.

Duke Ejiofor, EDGE, Wake Forest

The best edge rusher left is Duke Ejiofor. He isn’t the most athletic edge rusher but was able to be an impact player in college. He was on the NFL Draft radar dating back to last year and likely thought he would be drafted by now.

What Ejiofor lacks in athleticism he makes up for with great hands that he uses to disrupt an offensive tackle’s blocking technique. He also provides some versatility as he can rush the passer from both the inside and out, which is more important now in the NFL as edge rushers now move inside sometimes on passing downs.

Other notable players still available: Dalton Schultz TE, Trenton Thompson DT, Da’Shawn Hand DE, Anthony Averett CB, Shaquem Griffin LB, Kyle Lauletta QB 

 

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Eagles trade back out of the first round

The first round of the NFL draft is in the books. While the Philadelphia Eagles didn’t make the flashiest choice, trading out of the first was the best way to maximize value. The second round will be tonight which will be when the Eagles finally make their first selection.

What did Philadelphia get out of the trade?

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Philadelphia’s remaining 2018 picks. Photo from Philadelphia Eagles

The Eagles gave up their 32nd and 132nd overall picks to acquire the Baltimore Raven’s 52nd and 125th overall picks as well as next years second round choice. So in essence, the Eagles moved down 20 spots to move up five spots in the fourth round and receive Baltimore’s second round pick next year.

Why would the Eagles make this trade?

Philadelphia clearly was not in love with any of the prospects that are in line to be chosen at the beginning of the second round. In addition, they saw that they could move back and still draft a player with a similar grade and acquire the Ravens second-round pick in 2019 as well.

This year’s draft is considered unusually strong. This means that the difference between a third rounder and a second rounder, or even a late first-round selection is not as large as usual. The Eagles knew this and used it to their advantage. They leveraged the final pick in the first round to gain a second round pick next year. Lamar Jackson still being available also helped to increase the return in the trade. Now, if the Baltimore Ravens struggle next season, the Eagles could have a very valuable early second round pick.

Who could the Eagles select in the second?

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The Eagles should be expected to be in the market for a running back, tight end, safety, offensive tackle or linebacker. The Eagles are such a strong team that they can wait until their pick and choose the best available prospect. That being said, offensive picks to look out for are: tight ends Dallas Goedert or Mike Gesicki. Offensive tackle Connor Williams and running back Darrius Guice will also be targeted. As for defensive picks, corners Isaiah Oliver and Donte Jackson, as well as saftey Justin Reid could be the pick.

At the end of the day, the person the Eagles pick will be the best player still available at 52nd.

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NFL Draft Day sliders and risers

NFL Draft Day sliders and risers

With the NFL Draft beginning later today, all of the rumors of the the last few months will finally be shown to be either true or false. Today we cut through the noise and misdirection employed by many of the NFL’s teams and give a reasonable summary of some things to expect in this upcoming draft. To be more specific, who could slide and become a bargain, and who could be selected earlier than expected?

Sliders

Josh Rosen

Josh Rosen is the most pro-ready quarterback in this draft, playing in three separate pro-style offenses at UCLA. He knows much of the terminology used in the NFL as a result.

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Josh Rosen (Photo from AP)

However, with Sam Darnold the likely first overall pick in the draft and Baker Mayfield looking like he may have jumped up to be the second quarterback selected, Rosen could be left in a bit of a free fall. In addition to all of this, if a team becomes enamored with Josh Allen, he could be selected before Rosen. Therefore, it is not out of the question that he could fall all the way until the Miami Dolphins take him at the 11th pick.

Look for a team like Arizona to trade up to 10th to get ahead of the Dolphins if Rosen does slide. Overall, a slide on draft day might work out in Rosen’s favor. This is because he could end up on a team with a much higher talent level. For example, the Miami Dolphins and Arizona Cardinals are much better than a team like the New York Jets.

Antonio Callaway

News recently broke about Callaway testing positive for marijuana in his combine drug test. Callaway was considered a high upside day-2 pick. However, now he could be a late-round pick or even undrafted.

Callaway has the talent of a first-round prospect. This is offset by the fact that he has a poor reputation. He has already faced significant concerns off the field regarding a sexual assault allegation and drug misdemeanor charges. Although he was eventually cleared of wrongdoing in the sexual assault case, many people worry because the investigator looking into the incident was also a Gators football booster.

Callaway should still be selected. An NFL team would be hard-pressed to overlook the talent of a prospect who, minus the character concerns, could have been a day-1 selection.

Minkah Fitzpatrick

Minkah Fitzpatrick is a very talented defensive back. The issue that could cause him to slide is that teams may value Derwin James over Fitzpatrick. This is because James is more athletic and versatile. This is supported by the fact that Fitzpatrick may have been a little overhyped as a top-10 lock, especially when not many teams in the top 10 are looking for a defensive back. There also may be a rush for quarterbacks in the top 10, forcing top prospects at other positions to slide back.

Risers

Josh Sweat

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Josh Sweat (Photo from Glenn Beil of USA Today)

Pass rushers are valued at a premium in the NFL. The only position considered more important by evaluators is quarterback.

Josh Sweat went to Florida State as a five-star prospect and has all the athletic tools to become a dominant pass rusher. He stands at 6-foot-5 with long arms and a 4.53 40 time, which projects well for his ability at the next level. Main concerns about Sweat are his thin frame and injury history.

If we have learned anything in the last few drafts, it is that teams are willing to overlook some problems. Recent years of the draft have shown us many teams reach for a guy whose potential they believe in. In 2014, the Philadelphia Eagles selected Marcus Smith in the end of the first round despite his thin frame. In last year’s draft, the Dallas Cowboys selected Taco Charlton at the end of the first round regardless of concerns about him. This year could be similar with Josh Sweat sneaking into the end of the first round.

Baker Mayfield

Over the last few weeks, we have seen Heisman winner Baker Mayfield rise from being projected in the mid to late teens. Now he is seen as a potential top-five pick. Originally, many thought he would not be selected early due to his size and character concerns. However, rumors have recently surfaced that Mayfield was being considered by the Browns at first overall. Plus, many well-informed insiders have been projecting him to be drafted in the top five or top 10.

Courtland Sutton

Alabama receiver Calvin Ridley has been considered the top receiver in this year’s draft for the most part. After a middling combine performance that failed to build hype, concern has been voiced about Ridley’s size and athleticism.

In addition, Courtland Sutton had a very nice combine performance and has prototypical size at 6-foot-3, 218 pounds. This means that he could rise up and surprise as the first receiver selected in the NFL draft. He has even been endorsed by the all-time best receiver Jerry Rice through a tweet on April 23.

Justin Reid

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Justin Reid at the NFL Combine. (Photo by Pats Pulpit)

Reid is an athletic playmaker at the safety position. He is able to play a center fielder type role as well as cover the slot. He could actually be the best center fielding safety in this whole draft.

Teams will see this, and a team who needs a cover safety as opposed to an enforcer type box safety could draft him towards the end of the first. At that point in the draft, many teams are looking to grab players they think will not last through the beginning of the second round. Teams to look out for are the Tennessee Titans, Pittsburgh Steelers, New England Patriots and Philadelphia Eagles.

In the end, just like every year, this draft is sure to have some major surprises that no one saw coming. It will be interesting to see who will rise and fall this year.

 

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2018 NFL mock draft April 26

The 2018 NFL Draft is today! All NFL teams will be looking to bolster their rosters for the 2018 NFL season and here is how it could go down. Check back for updates throughout the day.

1. Cleveland Browns- Sam Darnold, QB, USC

The Browns have smoke-screened so much, that they may not even know what they are doing with this pick. Josh Allen and Baker Mayfield are supposedly the favorites for this pick, but Allen has accuracy issues and now twitter problems. Darnold struggled this season with his decision-making which led to a lot of turnovers. He also has a flawed throwing motion. Although he went to the NFL Combine, he didn’t compete on the field and just interviewed with teams. Some have Darnold as their top quarterback, but his decision-making and ball security need to improve. Hue Jackson also has ties to USC and may be familiar with Darnold.

2. New York Giants- Saquon Barkley, RB, Penn State

If Darnold is off the board, it is likely the Giants select Barkley. This is a little earlier than running backs usually go, but he is a transcendent talent. He can do a little bit of everything at the position and the Giants can use him to have some semblance of a running game.

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3. New York Jets- Baker Mayfield, QB, Oklahoma

Mayfield has defied all the critics who have mentioned his size as a reason not to draft him. He can make all the throws and is athletic enough to avoid pass rushers. His main calling card is his accuracy, which is the best in this draft class. He said as much in his interviews with the media at the NFL Combine. The Jets have been tied to Mayfield and will want to scoop up a quarterback to develop.

4. Cleveland Browns- Bradley Chubb, DE/OLB, N.C. State

Chubb is a great pass rusher who has 10 sacks in each of the past two seasons. He displayed a good combination of size and speed at the combine. He is the best defensive player in the class and can be a cornerstone for the defense. The Browns could go Barkley if he’s available, but if he’s not they will likely select Chubb. Hue Jackson has publicly praised him and would be a good pair with Myles Garrett.

5. Denver Broncos- Quenton Nelson, OG, Notre Dame

Denver is in a prime position to get the fourth best quarterback in the class, Quenton Nelson or trade down to other teams seeking quarterbacks. C.J. Anderson was just released, so they could be looking to draft Barkley, but he’s off the board. If they stay at this pick and John Elway isn’t enamored with the remaining quarterbacks, he will select Nelson. Nelson is one of the best players in the class and will be drafted early despite playing a position that doesn’t usually get talked about this soon. He has Hall of Fame potential.

6. Indianapolis Colts- Denzel Ward, CB, Ohio State

The Ohio State product is a good cover corner, who isn’t afraid to get physical. He is a little slight and will need to put on some weight. The Colts top corner is Quincy Wilson and they’ll need to get some defensive help.

7. Tampa Bay Buccaneers- Derwin James, S, Florida State

He is athletic but doesn’t necessarily have a set position, which is turning some teams off. He ran a 4.48 at the combine and has great size for a defensive back, making him valuable. Tampa Bay can continue to play Justin Evans at free safety and get James to play strong safety.

8. Chicago Bears- Tremaine Edmunds, LB, Virginia Tech

Edmunds does just about everything on the football field well, as a good cover linebacker, rusher and run stopper. He is also big and athletic. The Bears miss out on Ward to improve their secondary, but can get a linebacker that can develop into a great linebacker.

9. San Francisco 49ers- Minkah Fitzpatrick, S/CB, Alabama

Jimmie Ward is at best an average NFL safety, so the 49ers can fill out a solid secondary with this pick. He likely fits in best as a safety in the NFL, but can also play corner. Whichever he needs to play, he will excel at. His 4.47 40 yard dash time at the combine was right in line where he should have run.

10. Oakland Raiders- Vita Vea, DT/NT, Washington

Vea can play both defensive tackle and nose tackle, depending on the scheme a team runs, which is valuable. He has great size at 6’5″ and 340 pounds, which makes him disruptive. Vea did suffer a hamstring injury at the combine. Oakland needs to get someone on the interior of the defensive line to stop the run and take some of the blockers off of Khalil Mack.

11. Miami Dolphins- Roquan Smith, LB, Georgia

Smith was the best linebacker in college football this year and does a little bit of everything well. He is especially fast, which is crucial for his coverage and tracking down of ball carriers. The Dolphins have Raekwon McMillan and Kiko Alonso, but McMillan got injured before his impact could be seen. They will still need a third linebacker.

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12. Buffalo Bills- Josh Rosen, QB, UCLA

Reports are that Rosen is falling. No major questions about Rosen arose from the NFL Draft Combine interviews, which is good news for him. Rosen had to carry UCLA and ended up having a successful season. He needed to have a good year to clear up any doubts about his shoulder injury he suffered during his sophomore season.The Bills are reportedly not looking to move up anymore, but can still get a solid quarterback at pick number 12 and would get a steal here.

13. Washington Redskins- Da’Ron Payne, DL, Alabama

Washington’s interior of the defensive line can be improved, as they allowed the most rushing yards per game in the NFL. Payne’s stats aren’t eye-popping, but he often gets double teamed. He is very athletic for his size and even played some offense in certain situations for Nick Saban at Alabama.

14. Green Bay Packers- Denzel Ward, CB, Ohio State

The Packers are reportedly looking to trade up to get an impact player and may need to do so to get Ward if everything doesn’t go their way. Green Bay needs secondary help badly and can fill a need here. The Ohio State product is a good cover corner, who isn’t afraid to get physical. He is a little slight and will need to put on some weight.

15. Arizona Cardinals- Josh Allen, QB, Wyoming

Josh Allen falls a bit in this mock, but teams will likely trade up to get him before this point. While Allen certainly has flaws in his decision-making and accuracy, he does have a strong arm and is athletic. He competed in all the drills at the combine and got some audible cheers when he displayed his arm strength.

16. Baltimore Ravens- Calvin Ridley, WR, Alabama

Ridley is the best route-runner in the class and only lacked production in college because of the system he played in and inconsistent quarterback play. The Ravens signed Michael Crabtree, but still need a lot of receiver help, which they can fill with this selection.

17. Los Angeles Chargers- Mike McGlinchey, OT, Notre Dame

The Chargers’ offensive line is not good at all. If they want Phillip Rivers to play much longer, they need to protect him better. Orlando Brown had a rough combine, while Connor Williams has some questions about his length. McGlinchey might be the safest pick because even if he can’t be a great left tackle, he can move over to the right and be successful.

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18. Seattle Seahawks- Joshua Jackson, CB, Iowa

Jackson turned into an All-American corner at Iowa this season and has shown the ability to make acrobatic interceptions. Seattle needs to replace Richard Sherman and find someone to play across from Shaquill Griffin.

19. Dallas Cowboys- Rashaan Evans, LB, Alabama

Evans is a quick, run stopping linebacker that can help out right away. He can fit in next to Jaylon Smith and Sean Lee. With Lee’s injury history it wouldn’t be a bad idea to have another linebacker ready to step in as well.

20. Detroit Lions- Isaiah Wynn, OG/C, Georgia

Detroit needs to have a better run game in order to have a more balanced offense. Running back is a position they will likely address in this draft, but can start by improving the interior offensive line play. Wynn played well in the Senior Bowl and the College Football Playoff for Georgia. He played tackle in college and will move inside for the NFL.

21. Cincinnati Bengals- Billy Price, OG/C, Ohio State

Cincinnati got Cordy Glenn with their trade down to this pick, but their offensive line is still very weak. Price has tons of experience at guard and center for Ohio State and will start right away.

22. Buffalo Bills- James Daniels, C, Iowa

When Eric Wood had to retire, the Bills lost a great player. They also traded Cordy Glenn to Cincinnati and need to upgrade their offensive line. Daniels has risen up draft boards lately and can immediately fill in for Wood. This pick may be traded if they move up higher to draft a quarterback.

23. New England Patriots- Mason Rudolph, QB, Oklahoma State

The Patriots just traded for this pick by giving the Rams Brandin Cooks. Having two first-round picks is an odd territory for New England to be in. They are reportedly interested in Rudolph and have brought him in for a visit. Brian Hoyer is the current backup, but the Patriots need another young quarterback after trading Jacoby Brissett and Jimmy Garoppolo.

24. Carolina Panthers- Marcus Davenport, DE/OLB, UTSA

Davenport has the build of a great pass rusher and can rush from the outside linebacker position, but reports are the media like him more than NFL teams do. The Panthers signed Julius Peppers, but he won’t last much longer and they aren’t very deep at defensive end.

25. Tennessee Titans- Harold Landry, DE/OLB, Boston College

Tennessee has Brian Orakpo and Derrick Morgan but can use a young pass rusher as well. Landry had a great 2016 season that put him on the map but is a little undersized for the position.

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Jaire Alexander (Photo by stripehype.com)

26. Atlanta Falcons- Jaire Alexander, CB, Louisville

Alexander is a fast and physical corner that will likely go in round one. Atlanta needs another corner to pair with Desmond Trufant and should try to take one early.

27. New Orleans Saints- Lamar Jackson, QB, Louisville

The buzz surrounding Jackson is that he will go in the first round and be selected in the first half of the round. He is the most dynamic athlete at the position since Michael Vick. Drew Brees needs a successor.

28. Pittsburgh Steelers- Leighton Vander Esch, LB, Boise State

Vander Esch has been moving up draft boards. With Ryan Shazier not playing next year, the Steelers signed Jon Bostic. He and Vince Williams will start, but that leaves a lot to be desired.

29. Jacksonville Jaguars- D.J. Moore, WR, Maryland

The Jaguars have a decent crop of young receivers but could use some more help at the position after the loss of Allen Robinson and Allen Hurns. D.J. Moore is a late-riser on big boards and mock drafts everywhere. He put up good production without great quarterback play at Maryland.

30. Minnesota Vikings- Orlando Brown, OT, Oklahoma

Brown had a bad combine, which may hurt his stock a little, but his game tape is great and shows a mauler. He may not have the athleticism to play left tackle in the NFL but could be a great right tackle. The Vikings’ offensive line is much better than last year, but can still be improved. With a good offense and defense, they can afford to make a good unit better.

31. New England Patriots- Mike Hughes, CB, UCF

With Malcolm Butler leaving, the Patriots need more help at corner. Hughes is a good cover corner but has some off the field concerns.

32. Philadelphia Eagles- Connor Williams, OT, Texas

They just won the Super Bowl with a backup quarterback and have a very solid roster. This pick could depend a lot on the health status of left tackle Jason Peters. If he isn’t healthy they’ll need a tackle. Williams’ draft stock has been all over the place, going from early first round to third round back into the first round.

 

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NFL draft trades

Intriguing NFL draft-day trades

All the waiting and anticipation is almost over. Only one more day until the 2018 NFL Draft begins and all our questions are answered. That is why today, we will be listing some potential NFL Draft trades that you should look out for once the draft comes around.

Denver Broncos trade the fifth overall pick to the Buffalo Bills, Miami Dolphins or Arizona Cardinals

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Four of the quarterbacks projected to go in the first round of the 2018 NFL draft. (Photo from Sporting News)

All of these teams could trade up to draft their signal caller of the future, especially if Josh Rosen from UCLA or Baker Mayfield from Oklahoma are still available, as at least one should be. The Buffalo Bills possess the 12th and 22nd picks in this year’s first round, which is very valuable ammunition. Those firsts and a second or two could make this trade very persuasive for the Broncos.

Conversely, maybe the Dolphins or Cardinals first rounders this year and next will be considered more valuable. They could feel this way because the chances of the Dolphins or Cardinals having a first-round pick lower than 22nd next year are pretty likely.

In the end, it probably depends on how Denver feels about the prospects in this year’s draft versus next years.

Philadelphia Eagles trade the 32nd pick for a couple of day-2 selections

The Philadelphia Eagles lack a selection in the second and third rounds. This, compiled with the fact that teams often like to trade into the end of the first round, means that there will most likely be suitors should the Eagles want to trade back. Teams like to trade into the last spot because it secures the extra fifth-year option in the rookie contracts of the player they draft. Therefore, if a player a team loves is left on the board at 32nd, they could be tempted to make the trade.

In addition, Philadelphia has the luxury of not having large holes on their roster, which means they can draft the best player available. Therefore, if the Eagles have similar grades on a few prospects at 32nd, it would not be surprising for them to trade away the pick and add some picks later on in the draft.

New England Patriots trade up for Lamar Jackson

NFL Draft trades

Lamar Jackson (Photo from Chowder and Champions)

After Lamar Jackson’s visit with New England  it was reported that the Patriots were intrigued and impressed by the former Louisville quarterback. That being said, it would not be surprising if the Patriots move up a few spots to secure Jackson. The Patriots have two first-round selections and two second-round picks, so if he is still on the board into the teens, New England could move up to draft him.

The Baltimore Ravens trade back, potentially with the Patriots

The Ravens have the 16th pick in the draft. This position lines up very well with where Lamar Jackson is expected to be drafted. The Ravens, on the other hand, have holes at the playmaking positions on offense. Due to the potential flood of quarterbacks selected early in the draft, much of the offensive skill players could slide. This means that Baltimore could trade down and gain some additional draft capital while still being able to take a premier wide receiver like Calvin Ridley, D.J. Moore or Courtland Sutton at New England’s 23rd pick.

Philadelphia Eagles trade Mychal Kendricks on day 2 for a pick in the third or fourth round

NFL draft trades

Mychal Kendricks and Jalen Mills celebrating. (Photo by Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports)

Mychal Kendricks had a bounce-back year last season. That means this could finally be the year this trade happens. Kendricks filled in admirably for Jordan Hicks, who was lost for last season with an Achilles tear. A team could have interest in Kendricks to fill a weakside linebacker role for a second-day selection.

Kendricks has two years left on his contract, both with a cap hit of around $8 million. That is pretty expensive, which limits his value as a trade chip. However, a  team trading a third or fourth for the speedy linebacker is not out of the question.

New York Giants trade left tackle Ereck Flowers for a late-round draft pick

Ereck Flowers has been largely a disappointment after being selected ninth overall by the Giants in 2015. The Giants signed left tackle Nate Solder this year and are expected to trade Flowers. A trade could be the best option for both the team and Flowers, who could benefit from a fresh start. A team could be interested enough to part with a late draft pick because he still has the athleticism that made him a top-10 selection in 2015.

 

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2018 NFL mock draft April 24

It is NFL Draft week! A lot will come and go by Thursday night, but here are how the draft could look. Check back for updates throughout the week.

2018 NFL mock draft April 24

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1. Cleveland Browns- Josh Allen, QB, Wyoming

The Browns have smoke-screened so much, that they may not even know what they are doing with this pick. While Allen certainly has flaws in his decision-making and accuracy, he does have a strong arm and is athletic. He competed in all the drills at the combine and got some audible cheers when he displayed his arm strength. When general manager John Dorsey was with the Chiefs last year, he drafted a risky, strong-armed quarterback in Pat Mahomes and may take a similar risk this year, being that he has Tyrod Taylor behind center.

2. New York Giants- Saquon Barkley, RB, Penn State

As far as rumors go, the Giants taking Barkley at pick number two is the biggest one going. It is earlier than running backs usually go, but Barkley is the best player in the class and fills a need. He can do a little bit of everything at the position and the Giants can use him to have some semblance of a running game.

3. New York Jets- Sam Darnold, QB, USC

The Jets fans get who they’ve wanted for over a year now. Darnold struggled this season with his decision-making which led to a lot of turnovers. He also has a flawed throwing motion. Although he went to the NFL Combine, he didn’t compete on the field and just interviewed with teams. Some have Darnold as their top quarterback, but his decision-making and ball security need to improve. He can learn behind Teddy Bridgewater and Josh McCown for the time being if he can’t beat them out for the job.

4. Cleveland Browns- Bradley Chubb, DE, N.C. State

With Barkley gone, the Browns would likely take Bradley Chubb. Head coach Hue Jackson has publicly praised Chubb and he is one of the best players in the class. Chubb is a great pass rusher who has 10 sacks in each of the past two seasons. He displayed a good combination of size and speed at the combine. He and Myles Garrett could be a great pass-rushing tandem for years to come.

5. Denver Broncos- Quenton Nelson, OG, Notre Dame

Denver is in a prime position to get the fourth best quarterback in the class, Quenton Nelson or trade down to other teams seeking quarterbacks. C.J. Anderson was just released, so they could be looking to draft Barkley, but he’s off the board. If they stay at this pick and John Elway isn’t enamored with the remaining quarterbacks, he will select Nelson. Nelson is one of the best players in the class and will be drafted early despite playing a position that doesn’t usually get talked about this soon. He has Hall of Fame potential.

6. Indianapolis Colts- Denzel Ward, CB, Ohio State

With Chubb off the board, the Colts will definitely explore trading down again. Since this mock doesn’t predict trades, Ward would be the pick. Quincy Wilson is currently slotted as the number one corner. He had a decent rookie season, but the Colts don’t have much behind him. The Ohio State product is a good cover corner, who isn’t afraid to get physical. He is a little slight and will need to put on some weight.

2018 NFL mock draft April 24

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7. Tampa Bay Buccaneers- Derwin James, S, Florida State

He is athletic but doesn’t necessarily have a set position, which is turning some teams off. He ran a 4.48 at the combine and has great size for a defensive back, making him valuable. Tampa Bay can continue to play Justin Evans at free safety and get James to play strong safety.

8. Chicago Bears- Tremaine Edmunds, LB, Virginia Tech

Edmunds does just about everything on the football field well, as a good cover linebacker, rusher and run stopper. He is also big and athletic. The Bears miss out on Ward to improve their secondary, but can get a linebacker that can develop into a great linebacker.

9. San Francisco 49ers- Minkah Fitzpatrick, S/CB, Alabama

Jimmie Ward is at best an average NFL safety, so the 49ers can fill out a solid secondary with this pick. He likely fits in best as a safety in the NFL, but can also play corner. Whichever he needs to play, he will excel at. His 4.47 40 yard dash time at the combine was right in line where he should have run.

10. Oakland Raiders- Vita Vea, DT/NT, Washington

Vea can play both defensive tackle and nose tackle, depending on the scheme a team runs, which is valuable. He has great size at 6’5″ and 340 pounds, which makes him disruptive. Vea did suffer a hamstring injury at the combine. Oakland needs to get someone on the interior of the defensive line to stop the run and take some of the blockers off of Khalil Mack.

11. Miami Dolphins- Roquan Smith, LB, Georgia

Smith was the best linebacker in college football this year and does a little bit of everything well. He is especially fast, which is crucial for his coverage and tracking down of ball carriers. The Dolphins have Raekwon McMillan and Kiko Alonso, but McMillan got injured before his impact could be seen. They will still need a third linebacker.

12. Buffalo Bills- Josh Rosen, QB, UCLA

Reports are that Rosen is falling. No major questions about Rosen arose from the NFL Draft Combine interviews, which is good news for him. Rosen had to carry UCLA and ended up having a successful season. He needed to have a good year to clear up any doubts about his shoulder injury he suffered during his sophomore season.The Bills are reportedly not looking to move up anymore, but can still get a solid quarterback at pick number 12 and would get a steal here.

13. Washington Redskins- Da’Ron Payne, DL, Alabama

Washington’s interior of the defensive line can be improved, as they allowed the most rushing yards per game in the NFL. Payne’s stats aren’t eye-popping, but he often gets double teamed. He is very athletic for his size and even played some offense in certain situations for Nick Saban at Alabama.

14. Green Bay Packers- Joshua Jackson, CB, Iowa

Jackson turned into an All-American corner at Iowa this season and has shown the ability to make acrobatic interceptions. The Packers don’t have much at corner and will need to improve the pass defense to keep up in their division.

2018 NFL mock draft April 24

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15. Arizona Cardinals- Baker Mayfield, QB, Oklahoma

Mayfield has defied all the critics who have mentioned his size as a reason not to draft him. He can make all the throws and is athletic enough to avoid pass rushers. His main calling card is his accuracy, which is the best in this draft class. He said as much in his interviews with the media at the NFL Combine. The Cardinals will need a quarterback for when Sam Bradford gets injured.

16. Baltimore Ravens- Calvin Ridley, WR, Alabama

Ridley is the best route-runner in the class and only lacked production in college because of the system he played in and inconsistent quarterback play. The Ravens signed Michael Crabtree, but still need a lot of receiver help, which they can fill with this selection.

17. Los Angeles Chargers- Mike McGlinchey, OT, Notre Dame

The Chargers’ offensive line is not good at all. If they want Phillip Rivers to play much longer, they need to protect him better. Orlando Brown had a rough combine, while Connor Williams has some questions about his length. McGlinchey might be the safest pick because even if he can’t be a great left tackle, he can move over to the right and be successful.

18. Seattle Seahawks- Marcus Davenport, DE/OLB, UTSA

Davenport has the build of a great pass rusher and can rush from the outside linebacker position, but reports are the media like him more than NFL teams do. The Seahawks lost Michael Bennett and Cliff Avril may not be the same player with his neck injury. They will need to make up for the loss in production.

19. Dallas Cowboys- Rashaan Evans, LB, Alabama

Evans is a quick, run stopping linebacker that can help out right away. He can fit in next to Jaylon Smith and Sean Lee. With Lee’s injury history it wouldn’t be a bad idea to have another linebacker ready to step in as well.

20. Detroit Lions- Isaiah Wynn, OG/C, Georgia

Detroit needs to have a better run game in order to have a more balanced offense. Running back is a position they will likely address in this draft, but can start by improving the interior offensive line play. Wynn played well in the Senior Bowl and the College Football Playoff for Georgia. He played tackle in college and will move inside for the NFL.

21. Cincinnati Bengals- Billy Price, OG/C, Ohio State

Cincinnati got Cordy Glenn with their trade down to this pick, but their offensive line is still very weak. Price has tons of experience at guard and center for Ohio State and will start right away.

22. Buffalo Bills- James Daniels, C, Iowa

When Eric Wood had to retire, the Bills lost a great player. They also traded Cordy Glenn to Cincinnati and need to upgrade their offensive line. Daniels has risen up draft boards lately and can immediately fill in for Wood. This pick may be traded if they move up higher to draft a quarterback.

2018 NFL mock draft April 24

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23. New England Patriots- Mason Rudolph, QB, Oklahoma State

The Patriots just traded for this pick by giving the Rams Brandin Cooks. Having two first-round picks is an odd territory for New England to be in. They are reportedly interested in Rudolph and have brought him in for a visit. Brian Hoyer is the current backup, but the Patriots need another young quarterback after trading Jacoby Brissett and Jimmy Garoppolo.

24. Carolina Panthers- Harold Landry, DE/OLB, Boston College

The Panthers signed Julius Peppers, but he won’t last much longer and they aren’t very deep at defensive end. Landry had a great 2016 season that put him on the map and followed it up with a solid season this year.

25. Tennessee Titans- Sam Hubbard, DE/OLB, Ohio State

Tennessee has Brian Orakpo and Derrick Morgan but can use a young pass rusher as well. Hubbard lacks elite athleticism, but can get after the quarterback and stops the run well for and edge rusher.

26. Atlanta Falcons- Jaire Alexander, CB, Louisville

Alexander is a fast and physical corner that will likely go in round one. Atlanta needs another corner to pair with Desmond Trufant and should try to take one early.

27. New Orleans Saints- Lamar Jackson, QB, Louisville

The Saints signed Tom Savage, but that’s not going to solve their issue after Brees retires. Taysom Hill is a backup they reportedly love, but he wasn’t highly thought of out of BYU. Jackson will likely go higher than this with a team trading up for him.

28. Pittsburgh Steelers- Leighton Vander Esch, LB, Boise State

Vander Esch is another player that has been moving up draft boards. With Ryan Shazier not playing next year, the Steelers signed Jon Bostic. He and Vince Williams will start, but that leaves a lot to be desired.

29. Jacksonville Jaguars- Courtland Sutton, WR, SMU

Sutton is a great outside receiver, who produced a lot at SMU. He does have some questions as to if he can produce against NFL competition. The Jaguars have a decent crop of young receivers but could use some more help at the position after the loss of Allen Robinson and Allen Hurns.

30. Minnesota Vikings- Orlando Brown, OT, Oklahoma

Brown had a bad combine, which may hurt his stock a little, but his game tape is great and shows a mauler. He may not have the athleticism to play left tackle in the NFL but could be a great right tackle. The Vikings’ offensive line is much better than last year, but can still be improved. With a good offense and defense, they can afford to make a good unit better.

31. New England Patriots- Mike Hughes, CB, UCF

With Malcolm Butler leaving, the Patriots need more help at corner. Hughes is a good cover corner, but has some off the field concerns.

32. Philadelphia Eagles- Connor Williams, OT, Texas

They just won the Super Bowl with a backup quarterback and have a very solid roster. This pick could depend a lot on the health status of left tackle Jason Peters. If he isn’t healthy they’ll need a tackle. Williams’ draft stock has been all over the place, going from early first round to third round back into the first round.

 

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Kansas City Chiefs 2018 NFL Draft profile

The 2018 NFL Draft is less than one week away, which means that Draftmas is back. Draftmas will take a look at each NFL team heading into this year’s draft, what their needs are and who they could be targeting. Draftmas continues today with the 2018 Kansas City Chiefs NFL Draft profile.

Summary

Kansas City Chiefs 2018 NFL Draft profile

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The Kansas City Chiefs won 10 games and the AFC West last season but lost in the first round of the playoffs to the Tennessee Titans. It was a good season for the Chiefs, but there have been and will be more changes to the roster before next season starts.

The offense ranked in the top 10 in both passing and rushing yards per game and sixth in points per game at 25.9. Alex Smith led the offense last year, but has been traded to the Washington Redskins. That means Patrick Mahomes will take over. The gun-slinging rookie passed for 284 yards and an interception in his only game of last season. He will have to step up big time in his second season.

Mahomes will have some of the fastest receivers in the game to throw to between Tyreek Hill and newly acquired Sammy Watkins. On the inside, Travis Kelce is one of the best tight ends in the game and should act as a safe set of hands for Mahomes to throw to. Kareem Hunt had a fantastic rookie season and will be back to provide a good running game and a solid receiver out of the backfield. The offensive line will need some bolstering before through the draft.

The defense was average last season ranking 15th in points per game allowed at 21.2. Through offseason moves, the defense will also look a little different next season as well.

Marcus Peters was traded for draft picks. Kendall Fuller and David Amerson were both acquired this offseason and will start at the corners. Eric Berry will return from his torn Achilles to play safety. It is difficult to come back physically from this injury so he’ll have to rely on his instincts more than ever. Outside of him there isn’t much safety talent on the roster.

Anthony Hitchens was brought in from Dallas to play one of the inside linebacker positions, while Reggie Ragland mans the other. Dee Ford and Justin Houston are good pass rushers from the outside linebacker spots. Chris Jones is a good 3-4 defensive end, but more is needed on the defensive line.

A lot has changed with the Chiefs, but with the right moves in the draft and new faces living up to their potential, they can make the playoffs once again.

Picks and Needs

The Chiefs have eight picks in the 2018 NFL Draft, but are without a first-round selection this year.

First round (0 picks):

Second round (1): 54

Third round (2): 78, 86

Fourth round (2): 122, 124

Fifth round (0):

Sixth round (1): 209

Seventh round (2): 233, 243

Offensive needs:

Guard- Zach Fulton is now a Texan and needs to be replaced. If they want Hunt to have another successful season, they need to find a good, physical guard in this draft.

Tackle- Eric Fisher hasn’t lived up to expectations after being the first overall pick in the 2013 NFL Draft. He likely won’t be replaced in this draft, but a developmental tackle might be selected to eventually take over.

Defensive needs:

Edge Rusher- Houston is aging and Ford didn’t have as good of a season as last year. Outside of these two there isn’t much in terms of a pass rusher on the roster.

Nose Tackle- Xavier Williams was signed, but if he doesn’t work out another nose tackle will be needed.

Safety- Berry is coming off the Achilles injury and the rest of the safeties on the roster aren’t great.

Targets

Kansas City Chiefs 2018 NFL Draft profile

Orlando Brown (Photo by Sbnation.com)

Second round: 

Pick No. 54: Orlando Brown, OT, Oklahoma

Brown had a bad combine, but his tape over the last few seasons at Oklahoma was good. He has been falling down most mock drafts, but if he falls to the Chiefs, they can select him and develop him into a solid left tackle. A good left tackle will be needed to protect Mahomes as he develops.

Third round:

Pick No. 78: Tim Settle, DT/NT, Virginia Tech

Settle is another prospect that didn’t have the best combine, but could be a steal in the draft. He is the perfect fit for the Chiefs’ 3-4 defense at nose tackle. With better technique and a little more quickness, Settle can become a solid player at the NFL level.

Pick No. 86: Frank Ragnow, C/G, Arkansas

Ragnow can play either guard or center, but can start right away in the right situation. This fits an area of need for the Chiefs and could pay off big time if he plays up to his potential.

 

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Logan Woodside NFL Draft profile

2018 NFL Draft profile: Logan Woodside

Logan Woodside has had to get past plenty of hurdles to get this far in his football career. Woodside was just a two-star recruit coming out of Franklin County High School in Kentucky. After receiving just a few Division I offers, Woodside decided to join the Toledo Rockets in the MAC Conference.

Woodside played in four games his freshman season, but Alabama transfer Phillip Ely put Woodside’s chances at being the full-time starting quarterback on hold. He did get to play 10 games in his sophomore season due to an injury to Ely. Toledo’s staff then decided to redshirt Woodside for the 2015 season in order to maintain his junior eligibility the following season while Ely manned the quarterback position.

Woodside did not disappoint when he finally got his chance. In his final two seasons, he won 20 games for the Rockets, throwing a combined 8,011 yards and 73 touchdowns while completing 67 percent of his passes.

Woodside also put his name in the Toledo record books and grabbed some accolades along the way. He set the school record for touchdown passes in a season (45), career passing yards (10,514), career touchdown passes (93) and career passing efficiency (162.87). That efficiency was good for 12th all time in the FBS. He was also named All-MAC first team twice, MAC Offensive Player of the Year, MAC MVP and helped lead the Rockets to their first MAC Championship victory since 2004.

Woodside has accomplished quite a bit after receiving little recognition coming out of high school. Now he is in a similar situation in the upcoming NFL Draft.

Logan Woodside NFL Draft profile

Woodside left his mark on Toledo’s football program. (Photo by Andrew Weber/Getty Images)

Part of the reason for that is due to his size. Woodside stands 6-foot-1, 213 pounds. He was the lightest quarterback at the NFL Combine, as well as the fourth-shortest. Size is usually the first knock on him in most scouting reports, but Woodside pointed out all the successful “undersized” quarterbacks in the NFL.

“Height only plays so big of a factor,” Woodside said. “You look at quarterbacks, obviously the ones that are really tall are successful. But man, there has been so many guys as of late that are smaller at the quarterback position that are successful. Drew Brees, Case Keenum, Derek Carr is not 6-5.”

Instead of dwelling on whether or not his height will prevent him from getting a shot, Woodside is focusing on what he can control.

“I’m not really worried about the height,” he said. “It’s something obviously I can’t control.”

Woodside showed off his athleticism at the NFL Combine, posting the second fastest 20-yard shuffle, third highest vertical jump, third fastest three-cone drill and fifth fastest 40-yard dash.

“I do think I have the quickest feet in the draft. I think my footwork, my timing, anticipation and accuracy is elite. I continue to work on that every day.

Woodside also believes NFL teams will appreciate his work ethic and his competitive nature.

“I’m a huge competitor,” he said. “Whatever team is going to get me, I’m going to give them all that I have for that organization and ultimately be successful and become a starter in the National Football League, which I think I can do.”

Logan Woodside scouting report

At 6-foot-1, 213 pounds, Woodside is on the smaller end of quarterbacks in this draft class. He will have to add weight to his frame to help prevent injury, but quarterbacks like Drew Brees and Russell Wilson have broken the mold before for shorter quarterbacks in the NFL.

After the ball is snapped, Woodside does a great job of reading defenses and is effective against zone or man to man coverage. Woodside feels the pass rush well and has decent mobility to get away from pressure. He also gets the ball out of his hands quickly, which gives defenses little time to react. His mechanics do need to be cleaned up a little, but there are no major issues.

His accuracy is his greatest strength, as he puts the ball on the money for most throws. He gives his receivers a chance to make a play on the ball with how he throws it. Woodside’s arm strength leaves a little to be desired, but he still does a lot of damage on deep throws.

His football IQ and awareness help him make good decisions. Pair that with his accuracy and he is a great fit for a system that is predicated on short throws, like the West Coast offense. With his skill set and some time to learn a team’s offense, Woodside could efficiently run an offense.

Full interview with Logan Woodside:

*Josh Burris interviewed Woodside, while Joe DiTullio provided the scouting report.

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Jacksonville Jaguars 2018 NFL Draft profile

The 2018 NFL Draft is over a week away, which means that Draftmas is back. Draftmas will take a look at each NFL team heading into this year’s draft, what their needs are and who they could be targeting. Draftmas continues today with the Jacksonville Jaguars 2018 NFL Draft profile.

Summary

Jacksonville Jaguars 2018 NFL Draft profile

Blake Bortles (Photo by usatoday.com)

Jacksonville has completed the franchise turnaround with a 10-6 record and an AFC South title. In the playoffs, they were able to beat the Bills and Steelers before falling to the Patriots in the AFC Championship Game. All things look good heading into 2018 for the Jaguars.

The defense was one of the best in all of football, as they allowed just 16.8 points per game, which ranked second in the NFL. They have stockpiled talent through the draft and free agency to be good on all three levels of the defense. The secondary features one of, if not the best corner pairings in the league with Jalen Ramsey and A.J. Bouye. Tashaun Gipson and Barry Church are solid safeties that can cover up any mistakes.

Paul Posluszny decided to retire, but the linebacking core still has Telvin Smith and Myles Jack, who were both fantastic last season. With a stacked defensive line, which includes Calais Campbell, Malik Jackson, Marcell Dareus, Yannick Ngakoue and Dante Fowler Jr., they have earned the nickname “Sacksonville”.

On offense, Blake Bortles has drawn a lot of hate but played well in the playoffs to earn his keep. Adding as much support to Bortles as possible would be a smart use of their draft picks. He will be without Allen Robinson and Allen Hurns, who left in free agency and will need some new targets to throw to this season.

Luckily, the running game was the best in the league last season with Leonard Fournette leading the way. The offensive line is solid and they even signed Andrew Norwell to play guard for next season.

With a great defense and a solid offense, the Jaguars should look to add players in this draft who can help them get over the top to win a Super Bowl.

Picks and needs

The Jaguars have seven picks in the draft. They traded their fifth-round pick to the Bills as a part of the deal to acquire Dareus. An extra seventh-round pick was added from Cincinnati.

First Round (1 pick): 29

Second Round (1): 61

Third Round (1): 93

Fourth Round (1): 129

Fifth Round (0): 

Sixth Round (1): 203

Seventh Round (1): 230, 247

Offensive needs:

Quarterback- The Jaguars signed Bortles to three more years. They clearly believe in him a little bit, but not enough to make him the franchise quarterback. Another quarterback should be taken to back him up and develop in case Bortles’ play falters. Currently, Cody Kessler is the only other quarterback on the roster.

Wide Receiver- Donte Moncrief was signed, but more is needed at the position. Robinson and Hurns departing leaves Moncrief with Marqise Lee, Keelan Cole, Dede Westbrook, Jaelen Strong and Rashad Greene. They need a true number one receiver as well as more playmakers. Supporting Bortles with better receivers is a good way to find out if he’s worthy of a longer deal.

Tight End- Austin Seferian-Jenkins and Niles Paul were signed, but they had fewer than 500 yards receiving between the two of them last season. This isn’t a high-priority need, but if they can snag a viable prospect in the middle to late rounds of the draft, it would benefit them greatly.

Offensive Line- Cam Robinson didn’t have the greatest season as a rookie left tackle. Hopefully, he can improve in year two, but if he can’t, he could be a candidate to move to guard. They either need a tackle or guard, but need to decide what they are doing with Robinson and make a draft selection accordingly.

Defensive needs:

Cornerback- Aaron Colvin left in free agency and D.J. Hayden was signed to be a slot-corner specialist. He hasn’t played the greatest the last few years, so a backup plan might be needed if he doesn’t work out.

Linebacker- With Posluszny retiring, Blair Brown will step into the starting lineup. He played decently last year when given the chance, but depth needs to be added behind him.

Targets

Jacksonville Jaguars 2018 NFL Draft profile

Courtland Sutton (Photo by windycitygridiron.com)

First round:

Pick No. 29: Courtland Sutton, WR, SMU

To address the wide receiver need, the Jaguars can take one at the end of the first round. Sutton is a bigger outside receiver who put up a lot of production at SMU. He uses his size to make plays on 50/50 balls and is a deep threat. He has struggled against good competition but didn’t get too many opportunities playing in the AAC.

Second round:

Pick No. 61: Martinas Rankin, OT, Mississippi State

The Jags already have the best rushing offense in the NFL, so when addressing the offensive line they can find a tackle that specializes in protecting the quarterback. Rankin can develop into a good left tackle, which could afford Robinson to move inside.

Third round:

Pick No. 93: Mike Gesicki, TE, Penn State

More support for Bortles comes in the form of an athletic receiving tight end. Gesicki had a really good combine and can be brought in to help Bortles, while developing into an all-around tight end behind Paul and Seferian-Jenkins.

 

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