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Bengals selected Washington TE Drew Sample with the No. 52 overall pick in the 2019 NFL Draft.

This is a reach for a tight end who caught 46 passes TOTAL in his college career, but it is possible there is some untapped upside. Sample (6’5/255) started all four years for the Huskies, never earning higher than honorable mention All-Pac 12. He mainly generated scout plaudits for his blocking; an old-school, in-line "Y" tight end, PFF College graded Sample as one of the nation’s best run blockers in 2018, and he dropped 0-of-25 catchable targets. Sample tested better than expected in the forty (4.71) and three-cone (7.15) at the Combine, suggesting he may have untapped potential as a receiver. His ceiling is probably in the Jack Doyle range.

Apr 26, 2019, 6:45 PM

 

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Steelers selected Toledo WR Diontae Johnson with the No. 66 overall pick in the 2019 NFL Draft.

Johnson (5’11/183) turned pro as a redshirt junior after starting at wideout for two years at Toledo, leaving school with a career 137/2,276/24 (16.6 YPR) receiving line. A better special teams than wide receiver prospect, Johnson also scored four times in the return game, twice on kickoffs and twice on punts. His 19.9 yards per punt return average over the past two seasons led the nation. Unfortunately, Johnson underwhelmed in the forty (4.53) and three-cone drill (7.09) at the Combine and is a "trust the tape" prospect with below-par measurables across the board.

Apr 26, 2019, 7:44 PM

 

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Jaguars selected San Jose State TE Josh Oliver with the No. 69 overall pick in the 2019 NFL Draft.

Oliver (6’5/249) made 36 starts for the Spartans, logging a career 98/1,067/7 (10.9 YPR) receiving line and earning first-team All-Mountain West as a senior after spending time with four coordinators and three position coaches in college. Mainly a slot tight end at SJSU, Oliver helped himself in Indy with 4.63 speed and 22 bench-reps after measuring in with long arms (33 ½") and huge hands (10 ¾"). Oliver is a work in progress as a blocker but shows a willingness to get physical and checks boxes as a reliable pass catcher with NFL-caliber size and speed.

Apr 26, 2019, 7:51 PM

 

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Packers selected Texas A&M TE Jace Sternberger with the No. 75 overall pick in the 2019 NFL Draft.

Sternberger (6’4/251) went pro as a redshirt junior after transferring from Kansas to Northeast Oklahoma A&M and finally Texas A&M for his final year, where Sternberger erupted for 48/832/10 (17.3 YPR) receiving. Sternberger led all SEC tight ends in first-down catches (37) in 2018; 77.1% of his receptions moved the sticks. He aligned all over the formation at TAMU, from in-line tight end to slot, H-back, and outside receiver. Sternberger’s 4.76 forty and 7.19 three-cone time were mediocre in Indy, but his college tape reveals a sticky-handed plus route runner with a Dallas Clark-like game.

Apr 26, 2019, 8:10 PM

 

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Texans selected San Diego State TE Kahale Warring with the No. 86 overall pick in the 2019 NFL Draft.

Warring (6’5/252) turned pro as a redshirt junior after playing high school football for only one year, walking onto the Aztecs’ team, and tallying a 51/637/8 (12.5 YPR) receiving line across three seasons. A star prep basketball and water polo player, Warring helped himself with 79th-percentile SPARQ results in Indy, including a 4.67 forty and 36 ½-inch vertical. Sure handed and known for his tireless work ethic, Warring especially popped on game tape for his run blocking as an in-line tight end, and his arrow is still pointing up as a pass catcher. Warring is a sleeper to develop into a Kyle Rudolph-level pro. Although he'll likely spend his entire frosh campaign developing, Warring joins a subpar tight end group led by default starter Ryan Griffin.

Apr 26, 2019, 8:44 PM

 

A favourite sleeper TE of mine from the 2019 draft class.

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Bills selected Ole Miss TE Dawson Knox with the No. 96 overall pick in the 2019 NFL Draft.

Knox (6’4/254) turned pro as a true junior despite managing 39 career catches for 605 yards and zero touchdowns in only 18 college games. SEC coaches didn’t even award Knox honorable mention in his final year. His main role was to block as an offset H-back while A.J. Brown, D.K. Metcalf, and DeMarkus Lodge caught balls. NFL evaluators saw more receiving upside in Knox, however, and he showed why with a 4.58 forty, 34 ½-inch vertical, and 7.02 three-cone time in pre-draft workouts. Knox has a chance to become a better pro tight end than he was in college. He has a clear path to playing time in Buffalo.

Apr 26, 2019, 9:15 PM

 

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Panthers selected West Virginia QB Will Grier with the No. 100 overall pick in the 2019 NFL Draft.

The Panthers needed to find a quality backup behind Cam Newton, and Grier should be just that. Grier (6’3/217) transferred from Florida to West Virginia for his final two seasons, where he went 15-7 with a 66% completion rate at 9.4 yards per attempt and a 71:20 TD-INT ratio. Excelling in Mike Leach disciple Dana Holgorsen’s Air Raid spread, Grier cleared 300 yards in 19-of-22 starts. As a 66th-percentile SPARQ athlete, Grier offers plus mobility and standout accuracy, and he clocked 59-MPH ball velocity on the Combine radar gun, the best mark of all quarterbacks in Indy. Knocked by some as a "system quarterback," Grier’s college tape reveals an aggressive gunslinger with some similarities to Tony Romo.

Apr 26, 2019, 9:23 PM

 

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Pretty much watched zero football this year, but I have my rookie drafts coming up soon, so it's time to dive in and form some opinions on this class now that the dye has been cast on the important rounds of the draft. We'll see who impresses me and maybe find a couple bandwagons to join. :drive:

I took Josh Jacobs as a dev player in one league a few years ago, so it's cool to see him be the first RB picked. Always satisfying when you get it right. I took Damarea Crockett in another league this past year and he hasn't been selected yet, while two of my other candidates there (Darrell Henderson and Noah Fant) went high. Woops. Crockett is somebody I'll be watching on day three, as I think he is worth a look around the late 4th-5th range. Ajayi has been my best comp for him, though Crockett put up a crazy 40 at his pro day.

 

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Vikings selected Boise State RB Alexander Mattison with the No. 102 overall pick in the 2019 NFL Draft.

Mattison (5’11/221) turned pro after starting for two of his three seasons at Boise, amassing a career 581/2,829/33 (4.9 YPC) rushing line with 60/511/1 (8.5 YPR) receiving. Not an explosive, big-play back, Mattison ran 4.67 at the Combine and didn’t stand out in the three-cone drill (7.13), and just nine of his 302 carries last season gained 15 yards or more (3%). Mattison’s smooth passing-game skills enhance his outlook, but he is a plodding grinder on the ground. With Latavius Murray gone, Mattison will slot in as the top handcuff to Dalvin Cook,

Apr 26, 2019, 9:27 PM

 

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Patriots selected Auburn QB Jarrett Stidham with the No. 133 overall pick in the 2019 NFL Draft.

Stidham (6’2/218) bounced from Baylor to community college to Auburn for his final two seasons, where he went 18-9 with a 64% completion rate at 8.1 yards per attempt with a 36:11 TD-INT ratio. Viewed as a potential No. 1 NFL pick entering his final college year, Stidham took a 2018 step back in all phases, from in-pocket confidence to ball placement and a worrisome tendency to drop his eyes and stare at the rush. A la Matt Barkley, Connor Cook, and Aaron Murray, Stidham is a classic example of a once-hyped quarterback whose NFL prospects shrank the more his college sample size grew.

Apr 27, 2019, 11:41 AM

 

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Jets selected West Virginia TE Trevon Wesco with the No. 121 overall pick in the 2019 NFL Draft.

Wesco (6’4/267) spent three seasons as a Mountaineer after transferring from JUCO, tallying a career 28/373/2 (13.3 YPR) receiving line and earning first-team All-Big 12 in 2018. He showed viable but lower-end athleticism in Indy, running 4.89 with a 7.18 three-cone time and 31-inch vertical. Competing for Will Grier’s targets with David Sills and Gary Jennings, Wesco was largely a passing-game afterthought in college but earned scouting raves for his in-line and lead blocking with dominant flashes on tape. Wesco projects as a Nick Boyle-level pro as a probable No. 2 tight end. His selection is bad news for Eric Tomlinson.

Apr 27, 2019, 11:07 AM

 

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Seahawks selected West Virginia WR Gary Jennings with the No. 120 overall pick in the 2019 NFL Draft.

Jennings (6’1/214) was a four-year contributor and two-year starter in the Mountaineers’ wideout corps, graduating with a career 168/2,294/13 (13.7 YPR) receiving line as West Virginia’s vertical-slot receiver with Will Grier at quarterback. Jennings showed NFL-level athletic chops in Indy, blazing 4.42 with 83rd-percentile cumulative SPARQ results. Able to create separation and outrun defensive backs, Jennings was clocked as one of this year’s fastest Senior Bowl invitees by the NFL’s new Zebra technology after being unfairly stereotyped as a product of Mike Leach disciple Dana Holgorsen’s Air Raid scheme. It makes sense the Hawks prioritized adding another rookie playmaker to their receiver room given Doug Baldwin's rumored retirement that came to light Friday evening. Jennings has a chance to compete with David Moore as the team's No. 3/4 pass-catcher.

Apr 27, 2019, 11:04 AM

 

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Redskins selected Stanford RB Bryce Love with the No. 112 overall pick in the 2019 NFL Draft.

Love (5’9/200) changed the pace for Christian McCaffrey early in his career before erupting for one of the most prolific rushing lines in NCAA history as a junior (263/2,118/8.1/19) to win the 2017 Doak Walker and Lombardi Awards as the nation’s top running back and overall player. Unfortunately, his yards per carry plummeted from 8.1 to 4.5 as a senior, and Love tore his ACL in Stanford’s regular season finale, preventing him from testing before the draft. Built like a smallish scatback with limited passing-game experience after catching just 49 passes in four seasons, Love was a great college runner who may best transition as a Tevin Coleman-level complementary player. Leading up to the draft, reports indicated Love has continued to experience knee stiffness stemming from the ACL tear. Ian Rapoport speculated this could be an investment for 2020, not 2019, if the medicals remain an issue. As we all know, Derrius Guice returns from a knee injury after missing his entire rookie season.

Apr 27, 2019, 10:41 AM

 

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Bengals selected NC State QB Ryan Finley with the No. 104 overall pick in the 2019 NFL Draft.

Cincinnati gave up the 110th, 183rd, and 198th picks to move up. Finley (6’4/213) started three years for the Wolf Pack after transferring from Boise State, finishing his college career with a 64.2% completion rate, 7.6 YPA, and 63:30 TD-to-INT ratio with a 25-14 record at NC State specifically. Finley overcame mediocre arm strength with accuracy and poise in NC State’s pro-style offense, but his gangly build and general shortage of playmaking ability render Finley’s ceiling a likely long-term backup in the league. He’s also much older than most draft prospects, turning 25 in December. With Andy Dalton nearing the end of his deal and no better than an average starter, the Bengals should be looking for a long-term option at quarterback, but Finley is unlikely to be it.

Apr 27, 2019, 10:15 AM

 

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Raiders traded up with the Cowboys to select Clemson WR Hunter Renfrow with the No. 149 overall pick in the 2018 NFL Draft.

In exchange for trading down, the Cowboys will receive picks No. 158 and 218. Renfrow (5’10/184) arrived at Clemson as a walk-on went onto start all four years in the slot for Dabo Sweeney’s Tigers, tallying a career 186/2,133/15 (11.5 YPR) receiving line. In 2018, PFF College charged Renfrow with just one dropped pass on 50 catch-able targets. Renfrow’s limitations showed up in Indy, where he ran 4.59 and measured in with tiny arms (29 1/8") and hands (7 7/8"). On college tape, Renfrow won with instincts, short-area quickness, and a knack for making tough catches. He profiles as an Adam Humphries-level pro.

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Apr 27, 2019, 12:20 PM

 

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Raiders selected LSU TE Foster Moreau with the No. 137 overall pick in the 2019 NFL Draft.

Moreau (6’4/253) was a two-year starter in Baton Rouge, managing a career 52/629/6 (12.1 YPR) receiving line as a possession tight end in the Tigers’ run-first offense. Although Moreau’s strength on college tape is his physical run blocking, he hinted at potential for more by tearing up the Combine with the No. 3 SPARQ score among tight ends behind only far more highly-touted T.J. Hockenson and Noah Fant. There is a hint of George Kittle on Moreau’s profile with a chance to become a better pro than college player. The Raiders needed to address tight end after losing Jared Cook in free agency.

Apr 27, 2019, 11:48 AM

 

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Falcons selected Pitt RB Qadree Ollison with the No. 152 overall pick in the 2019 NFL Draft.

Ollison (6'1, 228 pounds) blew up for a 212-1,121-11 line filling in for James Conner as a freshman in 2015, but he took a backseat over the next two seasons before again coming to the forefront with 194-1,213-11 as a senior. The production is nice, but Ollison tested like an 11th-percentile athlete at the Combine, running a 4.58 with a measly 29.5-inch vertical, 114-inch broad, and horrific 7.53 three-cone. Better suited as an undrafted free agent, Ollison is a reach in the fifth.

Apr 27, 2019, 12:28 PM

 

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Panthers selected Florida RB Jordan Scarlett with the No. 154 overall pick in the 2019 NFL Draft.

Scarlett does weigh over 200 pounds, but he might lack NFL athleticism with a profile that puts him in the 3rd percentile. Scarlett lost his entire 2017 season due to a credit card fraud scheme but went on to start 12 of 13 games in 2018, rushing for 776 yards and five scores on 131 carries and adding 10 receptions. The Panthers do not have a firm backup to Christian McCaffrey, so perhaps Scarlett can compete for that role.

Apr 27, 2019, 12:34 PM

 

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Chargers selected North Dakota State QB Easton Stick with the No. 166 overall pick in the 2019 NFL Draft.

Stick (6’1/224) took over the Bison offense as a redshirt freshman when Carson Wentz broke his wrist and went on to go 49-3, setting school records in passing yards (8,693) and touchdowns (88). Stick completed 61% of his career throws at 8.87 yards per attempt, and offers legitimate dual-threat skills after rushing for a whopping 41 college TDs, averaging 5.9 yards per carry, and testing as a 94th-percentile athlete with 4.62 speed. Although Stick’s height and arm strength fall short of NFL ideals, his pro-style experience, athleticism, and smarts are enough that Stick warrants a long look as a quality backup prospect with an outside chance to become a low-end starter. He will certainly work behind Tyrod Taylor as the Chargers No. 3 quarterback.

Apr 27, 2019, 1:04 PM

 

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Eagles selected Northwestern QB Clayton Thorson with the No. 167 overall pick in the 2019 NFL Draft.

The Eagles had been slated to draft four slots earlier but wound up trading the 163rd pick to New England for picks 167 and 246. Thorson (6’4/222) made a school-record 53 starts at Northwestern, engineering a 36-17 record but completing just 58% of his career passes at 6.33 yards per attempt with a 61:45 TD-to-INT ratio and 27 rushing scores. Thorson tore his right ACL in the 2017 Music City Bowl, then returned to start the Wildcats’ 2018 opener and never looked fully healthy during his final year. Thorson offers an ideal stature and sound fundamentals, but his on-field production was severely lacking in the Big Ten, and he threw far too many picks for a game-manager style quarterback. His likely ceiling is a long-term No. 2 clipboard holder in the Matt Cassel mold. The Eagles needed a backup for Carson Wentz after former Super Bowl MVP Nick Foles defected to Jacksonville in free agency.

Apr 27, 2019, 1:06 PM

 

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Giants selected Auburn WR Darius Slayton with the No. 171 overall pick in the 2019 NFL Draft.

Slayton (6’1/190) turned pro as a redshirt junior after logging a career 79/1,605/11 (20.3 YPR) receiving line as a starter in all three years. Slayton blazed 4.39 with springy vertical (40 ½") and broad (11’3") jumps at the Combine, confirming on the track the vertical explosiveness to Slayton’s on-field game. Slayton’s ball skills are too inconsistent for early-impact comfort, but his 98th-percentile athleticism and ascending game give Slayton high-end No. 2 wideout potential in the Marvin Jones mold.

Apr 27, 2019, 1:17 PM

 

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Cardinals selected Fresno State WR Keesean Johnson with the No. 174 overall pick in the 2019 NFL Draft.

The 6'2", 200-pound Fresno State product posted back-to-back 1,000-yard seasons in his final two collegiate years. Although he turned off scouts following a sluggish 4.6 40-time at the combine, Johnson bounced back with stellar numbers on his Pro Day. He's the third rookie wideout new coach Kliff Kingsbury has added to the receiver room in Arizona thus far, joining slot-specialist Andy Isabella and fifth-round specimen Hakeem Butler as new additions in Arizona's forthcoming Air Raid offense.

Apr 27, 2019, 1:24 PM

 

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49ers selected Stanford TE Kaden Smith with the No. 176 overall pick in the 2019 NFL Draft.

Smith (6’5/255) turned pro as a redshirt sophomore after logging a career 70/1,049/7 (15.0 YPR) receiving line, starting both years at Stanford and earning second-team All-Pac 12 in 2018. A solid run blocker who is severely speed-deficient (4.92) and didn’t beat linebackers in man coverage in college, Smith is likely to max out as a No. 2 tight end in the Ryan Griffin mold.

Apr 27, 2019, 1:27 PM

 

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Jaguars selected Washington State QB Gardner Minshew with the No. 178 overall pick in the 2019 NFL Draft.

Minshew (6’1/225) bounced from JUCO to East Carolina and finally Wazzu, where he enrolled as a graduate student and quarterbacked Mike Leach’s Air Raid spread for one season, going 11-2 over 13 starts and finishing fifth in Heisman voting by completing 71% of his throws at 7.2 yards per attempt with a 38:9 TD-to-INT ratio and four additional rushing scores. An above-par athlete in the 52nd percentile, Minshew lacks ideal arm strength and velocity but showed NFL-level accuracy and pocket poise in college tape as a timing-and-rhythm passer. Long term, Minshew figures to max out as a backup but could become a pretty good one. Who knows if Minshew can push Cody Kessler for backup duties.

Apr 27, 2019, 1:33 PM

 

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Lions selected Old Dominion WR Travis Fulgham with the No. 184 overall pick in the 2019 NFL Draft.

Fulgham (6’3/215) went from walk-on to three-year starter at ODU, tallying 128/2,044/18 (16.0 YPR) career receiving and earning second-team All-C-USA as a fifth-year senior. After growing up overseas in a military family, Fulgham’s football experience was limited entering college, and he got better every year. Fulgham turned in 61st-percentile SPARQ results at the Combine, managing a 4.58 forty but showing short-area explosion with a 10-foot-6 broad jump. Well built with 33 ¾-inch arms, Fulgham’s general lack of dominant traits suggests he’ll max out as a No. 3 wideout in the Terrance Williams mold. Luckily, the Lions don't really have a third receiver on the outside behind Kenny Golladay and Marvin Jones.

Apr 27, 2019, 1:47 PM

 

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Lions selected Maryland RB Ty Johnson with the No. 186 overall pick in the 2019 NFL Draft.

Johnson was let loose in his sophomore season with the Terps, setting a school record with 9.1 yards per carry while accumulating a team-high 110/1,004/6 rushing. Despite following that up with another standout campaign as a junior (137/875/5), a calf injury and the arrival of Anthony McFarland set Johnson back in his final year. A straight-line speedster who burned a 4.45 40-time in Indy and finished with 7.0 YPC under his collegiate belt, Johnson has skills and fills a role in Detroit's backfield that neither Kerryon Johnson nor Theo Riddick bring to the table.

Apr 27, 2019, 1:55 PM

 

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Broncos traded up with the Panthers to Colorado WR Juwann Winfree with the No. 187 overall pick of the 2019 NFL Draft.

Not invited to the Combine (6'1/210), Winfree spent his college career on a merry-go-round, beginning at Maryland before suspensions forced him to JUCO. He eventually landed in Boulder, where he sat out in 2016 with a torn ACL. Injuries, including a 2018 high-ankle sprain, limited him to 15 games across 2017-18. Winfree flashed in college but is all projection due to his star-crossed collegiate career.

Apr 27, 2019, 1:55 PM

 

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Redskins RB Bryce Love (ACL) is aiming for a mid-training camp return.

This timeline is a lot more optimistic than previous reports. Leading into the draft, some teams were concerned with "stiffness" in his knee and were operating as if Love would be taking a medical redshirt as a rookie. Despite Love's optimistic timeline, the Redskins don't have a lot of incentive to rush him back with Derrius Guice, Chris Thompson and Adrian Peterson already on the roster, so it would be a big surprise if he was active early in 2019.

SOURCE: Pro Football Talk

Apr 28, 2019, 11:47 AM

 

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Cardinals GM Steve Keim said sixth-round WR KeeSean Johnson is "one of the better route-runners" in this year's class.

"The one thing that jumped out as I watched the tape, he’s one of the better natural route-runners I saw in this draft," Keim said. "Really good getting in and out of routes, extremely smooth. His playmaking ability jumped off for us." Johnson was drafted behind Andy Isabella (second round) and Hakeem Butler (fourth round), but he may be the most NFL ready. Johnson has the talent to push Chad Williams for an outside role.

SOURCE: Arizona Sports 98.7 FM

Apr 29, 2019, 8:54 AM

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