Final 2019 Mock Draft

1.Arizona Cardinals – QB Kyler Murray, Oklahoma
2.San Francisco 49ers – DE Nick Bosa, Ohio St.
3.New York Jets – DT Quinnen Williams, Alabama
4.Oakland Raiders – DT Ed Oliver, Houston
5.Tampa Bay Buccaneers – LB Devin White, Louisiana St.
6.New York Giants – LB Josh Allen, Kentucky
7.Jacksonville Jaguars – OT Jawaan Taylor, Florida
8.Detroit Lions – TE T.J. Hockenson, Iowa
9.Buffalo Bills – WR D.K. Metcalf, Mississippi
10.Denver Broncos – LB Devin Bush, Michigan
11.Cincinnati Bengals – OT Jonah Williams, Alabama
12.Green Bay Packers – OT Andre Dillard, Washington St.
13.Miami Dolphins – DE Montez Sweat, Mississippi St.
14.Atlanta Falcons – DT Christian Wilkins, Clemson
15.Washington Redskins – QB Dwayne Haskins, Ohio St.
16.Carolina Panthers – LB Brian Burns, Florida St.
17.New York Giants – QB Daniel Jones, Duke
18.Minnesota Vikings – OT Cody Ford, Oklahoma
19.Tennessee Titans – DE Clelin Ferrell, Clemson
20.Pittsburgh Steelers – CB Rock Ya-Sin, Temple
21.Detroit Lions (from Seahawks) – DE Rashan Gary, Michigan
22.Baltimore Ravens – WR Marquise Brown, Oklahoma
23.Houston Texans – CB Deandre Baker, Georgia
24.Detroit Lions (from Raiders) – CB Greedy Williams, Louisiana St.
25.Philadelphia Eagles – OG Chris Lindstrom, Boston College
26.Indianapolis Colts – DT Jeffery Simmons, Mississippi St.
27.Oakland Raiders – RB Joshua Jacobs, Alabama
28.Los Angeles Chargers – DT Dexter Lawrence, Clemson
29.Seattle Seahawks – DB Darnell Savage, Maryland
30.Denver Broncos (from Packers) – QB Drew Lock, Missouri
31.Tennessee Titans (from Rams) – OG Garrett Bradbury, North Carolina St.
32.New England Patriots – TE Noah Fant, Iowa

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2019 NFL Draft Scouting Reports

QUARTERBACK:

  1. Clayton Thorson, Northwestern
  2. Daniel Jones, Duke*
  3. Drew Lock, Missouri
  4. Dwayne Haskins, Ohio St.**
  5. Jarrett Stidham, Auburn*
  6. Kyler Murray, Oklahoma*
  7. Ryan Finley, North Carolina St.
  8. Trace McSorley, Penn St.
  9. Tyree Jackson, Buffalo*
  10. Will Grier, West Virginia

RUNNING BACK:

  1. Benny Snell Jr., Kentucky*
  2. Bryce Love, Stanford
  3. Damien Harris, Alabama
  4. Darrell Henderson, Memphis*
  5. David Montgomery, Iowa St.*
  6. Devin Singletary, Florida Atlantic*
  7. Devine Ozigbo, Nebraska
  8. Dexter Williams, Notre Dame
  9. Elijah Holyfield, Georgia*
  10. Jalin Moore, Appalachian St.
  11. Jordan Scarlett, Florida*
  12. Joshua Jacobs, Alabama*
  13. Justice Hill, Oklahoma St.*
  14. Karan Higdon, Michigan
  15. L.J. Scott, Michigan St.
  16. Mike Weber, Ohio St.*
  17. Miles Sanders, Penn St.*
  18. Myles Gaskin, Washington
  19. Rodney Anderson, Oklahoma*
  20. Ryquell Armstead, Temple
  21. Tony Pollard, Memphis*
  22. Travis Homer, Miami (FL)*
  23. Trayveon Williams, Texas A&M*

WIDE RECEIVER:

  1. A.J. Brown, Mississippi*
  2. Andy  Isabella, Massachusetts
  3. Anthony Johnson, Buffalo
  4. DaMarkus Lodge, Mississippi
  5. Darius Slayton, Auburn
  6. David Sills V, West Virginia
  7. Deebo Samuel, South Carolina
  8. Dillon Mitchell, Oregon*
  9. D.K. Metcalf, Mississippi*
  10. Emanuel Hall, Missouri
  11. Gary Jennings, West Virginia
  12. Hakeem Butler, Iowa St.*
  13. Hunter Renfrow, Clemson
  14. Jakobi Meyers, North Carolina St.
  15. J.J. Arcega-Whiteside, Stanford
  16. KeeSean Johnson, Fresno St.
  17. Kelvin Harmon, North Carolina St.*
  18. Lil’Jordan Humphrey, Texas*
  19. Marquise Brown, Oklahoma*
  20. Mecole Hardman, Georgia*
  21. Miles Boykin, Notre Dame
  22. N’Keal Harry, Arizona St.*
  23. Parris Campbell Jr., Ohio St.
  24. Penny Hart, Georgia St.*
  25. Preston Williams, Colorado St.*
  26. Riley Ridley, Georgia*
  27. Stanley Morgan Jr., Nebraska
  28. Terry McLaurin, Ohio St.
  29. Tyre Brady, Marshall

TIGHT END:

  1. Alize Mack, Notre Dame
  2. C.J. Conrad, Kentucky
  3. Dawson Knox, Mississippi
  4. Dax Raymond, Utah St.*
  5. Drew Sample, Washington
  6. Foster Moreau, Louisiana St.
  7. Irv Smith Jr., Alabama*
  8. Isaac Nauta, Georgia*
  9. Jace Sternberger, Texas A&M*
  10. Kaden Smith, Stanford*
  11. Kendall Blanton, Missouri
  12. Noah Fant, Iowa*
  13. T.J. Hockenson, Iowa**
  14. Tommy Sweeney, Boston College
  15. Zach Gentry, Michigan

OFFENSIVE LINE:

  1. Andre Dillard, Washington St.
  2. Andre James, UCLA*
  3. Beau Benzschawel, Wisconsin
  4. Ben Powers, Oklahoma
  5. Bobby Evans, Oklahoma*
  6. Chris Lindstrom, Boston College
  7. Chuma Edoga, Southern California
  8. Cody Ford, Oklahoma
  9. Connor McGovern, Penn St.*
  10. Dalton Risner, Kansas St.
  11. David Edwards, Wisconsin*
  12. Dennis Daley, South Carolina
  13. Dru Samia, Oklahoma
  14. Elgton Jenkins, Mississippi St.
  15. Erik McCoy, Texas A&M*
  16. Garrett Bradbury, North Carolina St.
  17. Greg Little, Mississippi*
  18. Isaiah Prince, Ohio St.
  19. Jawaan Taylor, Florida*
  20. Jonah Williams, Alabama*
  21. Kaleb McGary, Washington
  22. Lamont Gaillard, Georgia
  23. Martez Ivey, Florida
  24. Max Scharping, Northern Illinois
  25. Michael Deiter, Wisconsin
  26. Michael Jordan, Ohio St.*
  27. Mitch Hyatt, Clemson
  28. Nate Herbig, Stanford
  29. Paul Adams, Missouri
  30. Ross Pierschbacher, Alabama
  31. Ryan Bates, Penn St*
  32. Tyree St. Louis, Miami (FL)
  33. Tytus Howard, Alabama St.
  34. Yodny Cajuste, West Virginia

DEFENSIVE TACKLE:

  1. Armon Watts, Arkansas
  2. Christian Wilkins, Clemson
  3. Daylon Mack, Texas A&M
  4. DeMarcus Christmas, Florida St.
  5. Dexter Lawrence, Clemson
  6. Dontavius Russell, Auburn
  7. Dre’Mont Jones, Ohio St.*
  8. Ed Oliver, Houston*
  9. Gerald Willis III, Miami (FL)
  10. Greg Gaines, Washington
  11. Isaiah Buggs, Alabama
  12. Jeffery Simmons, Mississippi St.*
  13. Jerry Tillery, Notre Dame
  14. Khalen Saunders, Western Illinois
  15. Kingsley Keke, Texas A&M
  16. Quinnen Williams, Alabama*
  17. Renell Wren, Arizona St.
  18. Terry Beckner Jr., Missouri
  19. Trysten Hill, Central Florida*

DEFENSIVE END:

  1. Anthony Nelson, Iowa
  2. Austin Bryant, Clemson
  3. Ben Banogu, Texas Christian
  4. Brian Burns, Florida St.*
  5. Carl Granderson, Wyoming
  6. Charles Omenihu, Texas
  7. Chase Winovich, Michigan
  8. Christian Miller, Alabama
  9. Clelin Ferrell, Clemson*
  10. Jachai Polite, Florida*
  11. Jalen Jelks, Oregon
  12. Jamal Davis, Akron
  13. Jaylon Ferguson, Louisiana Tech
  14. Joe Jackson, Miami (FL)*
  15. Jordan Brailford, Oklahoma St.*
  16. Josh Allen, Kentucky
  17. L.J. Collier, Texas Christian
  18. Maxx Crosby, Eastern Michigan*
  19. Montez Sweat, Mississippi St.
  20. Nick Bosa, Ohio St.*
  21. Oshane Ximines, Old Dominion
  22. Porter Gustin, Southern California
  23. Rashaan Gary, Michigan*
  24. Shareef Miller, Penn St.*
  25. Zach Allen, Boston College

LINEBACKER:

  1. Andrew Van Ginkel, Wisconsin
  2. Ben Burr-Kirven, Washington
  3. Blake Cashman, Minnesota
  4. Bobby Okereke, Stanford
  5. Cameron Smith, Southern California
  6. Chase Hansen, Utah
  7. Dakota Allen, Texas Tech
  8. D’Andre Walker, Georgia
  9. David Long Jr., West Virginia*
  10. Devin Bush Jr., Michigan*
  11. Devin White, Louisiana St.*
  12. Drue Tranquill, Notre Dame
  13. Germaine Pratt, North Carolina St.
  14. Jahlani Tavai, Hawai’i
  15. Khalil Hodge, Buffalo
  16. Mack Wilson, Alabama*
  17. Otara Alaka, Texas A&M
  18. Ryan Connelly, Wisconsin
  19. Terrill Hanks, New Mexico St.
  20. Te’von Coney, Notre Dame
  21. T.J. Edwards, Wisconsin
  22. Tre Lamar, Clemson*
  23. Vosean Joseph, Florida*

CORNERBACK:

  1. Amani Oruwariye, Penn St.
  2. Blace Brown, Troy
  3. Byron Murphy, Washington**
  4. David Long, Michigan*
  5. Deandre Baker, Georgia
  6. Greedy Williams, Louisiana St.**
  7. Hamp Cheevers, Boston College*
  8. Iman Marshall, Southern California
  9. Isaiah Johnson, Houston
  10. Jamel Dean, Auburn*
  11. Joejuan Williams, Vanderbilt*
  12. Jordan Brown, South Dakota St.
  13. Julian Love, Notre Dame*
  14. Justin Layne, Michigan St.*
  15. Kendall Sheffield, Ohio St.*
  16. Kris Boyd, Texas
  17. Lonnie Johnson Jr., Kentucky
  18. Michael Jackson Sr., Miami (FL)
  19. Montre Hartage, Northwestern
  20. Rock Ya-Sin, Temple
  21. Saivion Smith, Alabama*
  22. Sean Bunting, Central Michigan*
  23. Trayvon Mullen, Clemson*

DEFENSIVE BACK:

  1. Amani Hooker, Iowa*
  2. Chauncey Gardner-Johnson, Florida*
  3. Darius West, Kentucky
  4. Darnell Savage Jr., Maryland
  5. Deionte Thompson, Alabama*
  6. Jaquan Johnson, Miami (FL)
  7. Johnathan Abram, Mississippi St.
  8. Juan Thornhill, Virginia
  9. Khari Willis, Michigan St.
  10. Lukas Denis, Boston College
  11. Marquise Blair, Utah
  12. Marvell Tell III, Southern California
  13. Mike Bell, Fresno St.*
  14. Mike Edwards, Kentucky
  15. Nasir Adderley, Delaware
  16. Sheldrick Redwine, Miami (FL)
  17. Taylor Rapp, Washington*
  18. Will Harris, Boston College

Projected Top-100 Selections (By Position) (Final)

Below is my best guess as to which players will come off the board within the top 100 picks. Click on a player’s name for their scouting report.

1.QB Ryan Finley, North Carolina St.
2.QB Will Grier, West Virginia
3.QB Dwayne Haskins, Ohio St.
4.QB Daniel Jones, Duke
5.QB Drew Lock, Missouri
6.QB Kyler Murray, Oklahoma
7.RB Damien Harris, Alabama
8.RB Darrell Henderson, Memphis
9.RB Joshua Jacobs, Alabama
10.RB David Montgomery, Iowa St.
11.RB Miles Sanders, Penn St.
12.RB Devin Singletary, Florida Atlantic
13.WR J.J. Arcega-Whiteside, Stanford
14.WR Miles Boykin, Notre Dame
15.WR A.J. Brown, Mississippi
16.WR Marquise Brown, Oklahoma
17.WR Hakeem Butler, Iowa St.
18.WR Parris Campbell, Ohio St.
19.WR Emanuel Hall, Missouri
20.WR Mecole Hardman, Georgia
21.WR Kelvin Harmon, North Carolina St.
22.WR N’Keal Harry, Arizona St.
23.WR Andy Isabella, Massachusetts
24.WR Terry McLaurin, Ohio St.
25.WR D.K. Metcalf, Mississippi
26.WR Riley Ridley, Georgia
27.WR DeeBo Samuel, South Carolina
28.TE Noah Fant, Iowa
29.TE T.J. Hockenson, Iowa
30.TE Dawson Knox, Mississippi
31.TE Irv Smith Jr., Alabama
32.TE Jace Sternberger, Texas A&M
33.OT Yodny Cajuste, West Virginia
34.OT Andre Dillard, Washington St.
35.OT Tytus Howard, Alabama St.
36.OT Greg Little, Mississippi
37.OT Kaleb McGary, Washington
38.OT Jawaan Taylor, Florida
39.OT Jonah Williams, Alabama
40.OG Beau Benzschawel, Wisconsin
41.OG Michael Deiter, Wisconsin
42.OG Cody Ford, Oklahoma
43.OG Michael Jordan, Ohio St.
44.OG Chris Lindstrom, Boston College
45.OG Connor McGovern, Penn St.
46.OG Dalton Risner, Kansas St.
47.OC Garrett Bradbury, North Carolina St.
48.OC Elgton Jenkins, Mississippi St.
49.OC Erik McCoy, Texas A&M
50.DT Dre’Mont Jones, Ohio St.
51.DT Dexter Lawrence, Clemson
52.DT Ed Oliver, Houston
53.DT Khalen Saunders, Western Illinois
54.DT Jeffery Simmons, Mississippi St.
55.DT Jerry Tillery, Notre Dame
56.DT Christian Wilkins, Clemson
57.DT Quinnen Williams, Alabama
58.DT Renell Wren, Arizona St.
59.DE Zach Allen, Boston College
60.DE Nick Bosa, Ohio St.
61.DE L.J. Collier, Texas Christian
62.DE Jaylon Ferguson, Louisiana Tech
63.DE Clelin Ferrell, Clemson
64.DE Rashan Gary, Michigan
65.DE Christian Miller, Alabama
66.DE Joe Jackson, Miami (FL)
67.DE Anthony Nelson, Iowa
68.DE Montez Sweat, Mississippi St.
69.DE Chase Winovich, Michigan
70.DE Oshane Ximines, Old Dominion
71.LB Josh Allen, Kentucky
72.LB Brian Burns, Florida St.
73.LB Devin Bush, Michigan
74.LB Jachai Polite, Florida
75.LB Germaine Pratt, North Carolina St.
76.LB D’Andre Walker, Georgia
77.LB Devin White, Louisiana St.
78.LB Mack Wilson, Alabama
79.CB Deandre Baker, Georgia
80.CB Jordan Brown, South Dakota St.
81.CB Sean Bunting, Central Michigan
82.CB Jamel Dean, Auburn
83.CB Isaiah Johnson, Houston
84.CB Lonnie Johnson Jr., Kentucky
85.CB Justin Layne, Michigan St.
86.CB Julian Love, Notre Dame
87.CB Trayvon Mullen, Clemson
88.CB Byron Murphy, Washington
89.CB Amani Oruwariye, Penn St.
90.CB Greedy Williams, Louisiana St.
91.CB Joejuan Williams, Vanderbilt
92.CB Rock Ya-Sin, Temple
93.DB Johnathan Abram, Mississippi St.
94.DB Nasir Adderley, Delaware
95.DB Chauncey Gardner-Johnson, Florida
96.DB Amani Hooker, Iowa
97.DB Taylor Rapp, Washington
98.DB Darnell Savage Jr., Maryland
99.DB Deionte Thompson, Alabama
100.DB Juan Thornhill, Virginia

April 11th Mock Draft

I wanted to try changing a few picks to see how things would unfold if a few teams went in a different direction. Here’s the result:

1.Arizona Cardinals – QB Kyler Murray, Oklahoma
2.San Francisco 49ers – DE Nick Bosa, Ohio St.
3.New York Jets – LB Josh Allen, Kentucky
4.Oakland Raiders – DT Quinnen Williams, Alabama
5.Tampa Bay Buccaneers – LB Devin White, Louisiana St.
6.New York Giants – DE Montez Sweat, Mississippi St.
7.Jacksonville Jaguars – OT Jawaan Taylor, Florida
8.Detroit Lions – DE Rashan Gary, Michigan
9.Buffalo Bills – DT Ed Oliver, Houston
10.Denver Broncos – QB Drew Lock, Missouri
11.Cincinnati Bengals – LB Devin Bush, Michigan
12.Green Bay Packers – TE T.J. Hockenson, Iowa
13.Miami Dolphins – DE Clelin Ferrell, Clemson
14.Atlanta Falcons – OT Jonah Williams, Alabama
15.Washington Redskins – QB Daniel Jones, Duke
16.Carolina Panthers – LB Brian Burns, Florida St.
17.New York Giants – QB Dwayne Haskins, Ohio St.
18.Minnesota Vikings – OG Cody Ford, Oklahoma
19.Tennessee Titans – WR D.K. Metcalf, Mississippi
20.Pittsburgh Steelers – CB Greedy Williams, Louisiana St.
21.Seattle Seahawks – DT Christian Wilkins, Clemson
22.Baltimore Ravens – WR Marquise Brown, Oklahoma
23.Houston Texans – OT Andre Dillard, Washington St.
24.Oakland Raiders – TE Noah Fant, Iowa
25.Philadelphia Eagles – OG Chris Lindstrom, Boston College
26.Indianapolis Colts – DT Dexter Lawrence, Clemson
27.Oakland Raiders – RB Joshua Jacobs, Alabama
28.Los Angeles Chargers – DT Jeffery Simmons, Mississippi St.
29.Kansas City Chiefs – OG Garrett Bradbury, North Carolina St.
30.Green Bay Packers – DB Johnathan Abram, Mississippi St.
31.Los Angeles Rams – CB Byron Murphy, Washington
32.New England Patriots – TE Irv Smith Jr., Alabama

Also considered: WR A.J. Brown, Mississippi; WR Parris Campbell, Ohio St.; OT Greg Little, Mississippi; DT Jerry Tillery, Notre Dame; LB Mack Wilson, Alabama; CB Deandre Baker, Georgia

April 4th Mock Draft

The first mock draft of the year; click on a prospect’s name to see their scouting report.

  1. Arizona Cardinals – QB Kyler Murray, Oklahoma
  2. San Francisco 49ers – DE Nick Bosa, Ohio St.
  3. New York Jets – LB Josh Allen, Kentucky
  4. Oakland Raiders – DT Quinnen Williams, Alabama
  5. Tampa Bay Buccaneers – LB Devin White, Louisiana St.
  6. New York Giants – DE Rashan Gary, Michigan
  7. Jacksonville Jaguars – OT Jawaan Taylor, Florida
  8. Detroit Lions – DE Montez Sweat, Mississippi
  9. Buffalo Bills – DT Ed Oliver, Houston
  10. Denver Broncos – QB Drew Lock, Missouri
  11. Cincinnati Bengals – LB Brian Burns, Florida St.
  12. Green Bay Packers – TE T.J. Hockenson, Iowa
  13. Miami Dolphins – QB Dwayne Haskins, Ohio St.
  14. Atlanta Falcons – DT Christian Wilkins, Clemson
  15. Washington Redskins – QB Daniel Jones, Duke
  16. Carolina Panthers – DE Clelin Ferrell, Clemson
  17. New York Giants (from Browns) – OT Jonah Williams, Alabama
  18. Minnesota Vikings – OT Cody Ford, Oklahoma
  19. Tennessee Titans – DE Chase Winovich, Michigan
  20. Pittsburgh Steelers – CB Greedy Williams, Louisiana St.
  21. Seattle Seahawks – CB Byron Murphy, Washington
  22. Baltimore Ravens – WR D.K. Metcalf, Mississippi
  23. Houston Texans – OT Andre Dillard, Washington St.
  24. Oakland Raiders (from Bears) – LB Devin Bush, Michigan
  25. Philadelphia Eagles – OG Chris Lindstrom, Boston College
  26. Indianapolis Colts – DT Dexter Lawrence, Clemson
  27. Oakland Raiders (from Cowboys) – TE Noah Fant, Iowa
  28. Los Angeles Chargers – OT Greg Little, Mississippi
  29. Kansas City Chiefs – OG Garrett Bradbury, North Carolina St.
  30. Green Bay Packers (from Saints) – LB Jachai Polite, Florida
  31. Los Angeles Rams – CB Deandre Baker, Georgia
  32. New England Patriots – TE Irv Smith Jr., Alabama

Also considered: RB Joshua Jacobs, Alabama; WR A.J. Brown, Mississippi; DT Jerry Tillery, Notre Dame; LB Mack Wilson, Alabama; DB Johnathan Abram, Mississippi St.

CB Jordan Brown, South Dakota St.

6’0” – 201 lbs. – 4.51
Was a wide receiver in high school. Redshirted, practicing at both receiver and cornerback, then appeared in eleven games the following year before taking over a starting job in 2016, retaining that role for three seasons and totaling eight interceptions over that span to conclude his collegiate career. Well-built cornerback who took snaps on both the left and right sides of the defense and both the field and boundary sides. Often backpedals out of off-man coverage, but will also press regularly as well. Backpedal itself looks very nice; demonstrates good balance and quick feet, giving him an advantage over many corners in this class who tend to turn and run out of press on the majority of their snaps. Looks good flipping his hips to turn and run with opposing receivers. Not the fastest or most explosive player, but overall speed and athleticism are pro-caliber. Has good reaction times to receivers breaking off their routes, which allows him to provide tight coverage through the stem. Puts himself in position to break up throws even if his plant-and-drive burst is nothing special. Has a little bit more trouble navigating the congestion in the middle of the field. Has good footwork to match opposing releases from press-man, but would like to see him be more physical with his arms to disrupt timing; temperament is a little bit finesse, especially for a bigger cornerback. Also doesn’t have much stopping power as a run defender; willing to stick his nose in, but doesn’t play with the sort of power or physicality you’d expect given his size. Misses some arm tackles and even some attempts to hit and wrap opposing runners. Needs to keep the play in front of him, as he lacks the recovery speed to chase down opponents when caught flat-footed. Silver lining is that he gets good extension and understands positioning when taking on blocks, allowing him to funnel opposing runners back inside to help. Comes from an FCS program, so he’ll be making a big leap up in terms of the level of competition he’ll be playing. Nonetheless, his combination of size, technique, quickness, and pattern recognition is intriguing enough that it’s hard to believe he’ll slip much past the mid-rounds. Surest route to working his way up the depth chart will be by improving the overall level of physicality in his game.

CB Hamp Cheevers, Boston College*

5’9” – 169 lbs. – 4.52
Appeared in six games on special teams as a freshman, then started the final three of twelve games played on defense the following year, posting 17 tackles and two interceptions. Took over a starting role this past year and intercepted seven passes before declaring for the draft. Undersized defensive back who lines up on both sides of the field, playing a combination of man and zone coverages from both press and off looks. Wasn’t really asked to backpedal much during the games reviewed but had controlled footwork on the snaps in which he was. Also demonstrates good footwork to match releases at the line of scrimmage, using his hands well to provide tight man coverage. Not a particularly fast or explosive mover, but has quick reaction times to routes breaking which allows him to put himself in-phase to go for the breakup or interception. Obviously doesn’t have the best wingspan but proved this past season that he can compensate for it by diagnosing and undercutting routes for the interception. Also somewhat makes up for his lack of size with impressive leaping ability, having recorded a 39” vertical and 10’2” broad jump at the Combine. In zone coverage, does a good job of staying over the top of route combinations in order to keep the play in front of him. Looks like he may be susceptible to double-moves, with some technique issues; see Kelvin Harmon’s double move on him early in the fourth quarter of the North Carolina St. game this past season. Really struggles to shed blockers in the run game, as might be expected given his physical profile. Willing to attack blockers but is most effective when he uses his quickness to try and slip past them, as he tends to either get glued to blocks or driven out of the play. Wraps up opponents but doesn’t have a wide radius or much stopping power. Size limitations may force him to slide down into the slot as a pro, where he could use his pattern recognition skills to break up or intercept throws over the middle; however, may never be the type of run defender teams look for in their nickel corner. On-ball production and solid workouts at the Combine should have put him on the radar in this year’s class, but probably more likely as a late-round candidate.

CB Sean Bunting, Central Michigan*

6’0” – 195 lbs. – 4.42
Started one of thirteen games played as a freshman, totaling 18 tackles and two interceptions. Took over a full-time starting role the following year, with 46 tackles, ten breakups, and five interceptions. Posted 37 tackles and two interceptions as a junior before declaring for the draft. Has good size and relatively long arms for a defensive back, which measured 31.75” in Indianapolis. Lined up on the left side of the Chippewas’ defense. Plays a lot of shuffle technique, with some press-man as well. Pretty light on his feet, although he wasn’t asked to backpedal during the games reviewed. Does a good job of using his length to stick with opponents in press-man, pinning them to the sidelines; can also crowd inside releases to create tough throws over the middle of the field. Has good quickness and uses his hands to provide pretty tight coverage through the route stem. Working in zone, demonstrates a pretty good feel for route combinations and play development; can break off of his original man to help on another defender or get upfield to attack screens, although his burst when planting and driving is good but not elite. Combines soft hands and the physical/athletic tools to contest passes, with good length and flexibility and explosive leaping ability, having recorded a 41.5” vertical and 10’6” broad jump at the Combine. However, needs to be quicker about getting his head around in order to locate the ball when targeted down the field. Not one of the more physical run defenders in run support; attacks blocks, but tends to struggle to disengage and put himself in position to make tackles. Too often walls himself off by trying to go around the outside shoulder of a receiver. Will wrap up opponents, but really lacks stopping power and functional strength and can often be taken for a ride by a running back with some leg drive. Generally considered a candidate to come off the board in the draft’s mid-rounds, he offers two years of starting experience as well as an impressive combination of length, flexibility, speed, and explosive leaping ability. However, in order to be a successful player at the pro level, he will have to improve his ability to defend the run, most importantly by getting stronger and improving his overall hand usage and positioning. Thus some time in a pro strength program may be necessary before he sees the field.

RB Travis Homer, Miami (FL)*

5’10” – 201 lbs. – 4.48

Played sparingly, predominantly in a special-teams capacity as a true freshman, then started the final nine of thirteen games played as a sophomore, posting 163-966-8. Was the full-time starter as a junior, enjoying a similar season of 164-985-4 before declaring for the draft. Team captain who’s a little bit smaller than your typical running back, although he has a muscular build. Did a lot of his work out of shotgun and pistol formations, mostly on attempts between the tackles. Despite explosive athletic testing at the Combine (39.5” vertical, 10’10” broad jump), doesn’t appear to have elite burst or speed on tape. However, does bring a tough approach to the position, with the ability to get behind his pads and fight for additional yardage after contact. Able to lower the shoulder and run over defensive backs in one-on-one situations. Demonstrates pretty good leg drive to push the pile once engaged. Needs some time to get going before his power kicks in; can be stopped near the line of scrimmage before he builds up momentum and wasn’t an automatic converter in short-yardage situations during the games reviewed. Can struggle to win the edge when faced with congestion or when running off-tackle, although he has pretty clean footwork when making cuts to bounce outside. Considered together with his smaller frame, style of running might cause him to absorb a lot of punishment/wear and tear. Ball security has been an issue; fumbled six times on just over 370 career touches, including four times on just over 180 touches this past season. Not afraid to stick his nose in as a blocker, and was often retained in pass protection rather than being sent out on a route. Doesn’t always get the best extension with his arms, but throws some physical chip blocks to buy time for his quarterback. Demonstrates solid lateral quickness to mirror once engaged. Wasn’t integrated that heavily into the team’s plans as a receiving option, most commonly running some releases into the flats off of play action, or catching screens. Does appear to have solid hands and is the type of runner you’d like to isolate against opposing corners. Plays the game with the type of toughness and physicality teams look for, but his smaller frame, lack of elite burst, and ball-security issues may relegate him to being more of a late-round pick or undrafted free agent. Past experience working on special-teams coverage units may help his cause.

RB Tony Pollard, Memphis*

6’0” – 210 lbs. – 4.52

Hybrid running back and wide receiver who also served as a dangerous return specialist. Redshirted, then received a total of sixty touches the following year, split almost evenly between rushing attempts and receptions. Had another sixty-six touches the following year, then rushed 78-552-6 and caught 39-458-3 in his junior campaign before declaring for the draft. Also returned a total of seven kick returns for touchdowns over the past three years. Lines up all over the formation; plays quarterback in the wild cat, runs out of the backfield, and takes snaps from the slot. Despite his success returning kicks, overall speed and burst are just good, not great. Does have enough juice to beat opposing defenders to the edge and get himself into space against smaller opponents; most of his runs were off-tackle. Smooth accelerator and overall mover who combines pretty good vision with solid cutting ability, allowing him to weave through traffic. Not the most powerful back, playing a little bit smaller than his listed size, but is capable of running through arm tackles when he gets going and doesn’t shy away from contact. Has pretty good ball security, with just three career fumbles on over three hundred touches, all of which came in his redshirt freshman season. Gives solid effort as the lead blocker in two-back sets, including out of the wildcat. Willing to get physical with opponents and does a good job of using his athleticism to successfully line up and engage opposing defenders in space. More competitive than powerful but still managed solid results during the games reviewed, a holding call negating a touchdown in the UCF game notwithstanding. As a receiver, caught a lot of tunnel screens and other shorter patterns: hitches, slants, etc. Was mostly used as a stalk blocker and decoy from the slot. Route running is a little bit rough at this point, looking like a back rather than a true receiver. Struggles to make adjustments to poorly-thrown balls, with two passes hitting his hands and falling incomplete in the Houston game. Was also retained in pass protection and is willing to get physical but needs to use his arms more instead of throwing chips. A fun gadget player who comes solid size and athleticism with dangerous ability as a return specialist, those traits should be enough to get him drafted, even if he’s not quite a master of either carrying or catching the ball on offense.

RB Jordan Scarlett, Florida*

5’11” – 208 lbs. – 4.47
Started eight of thirteen games as a true freshman, leading the team in rushing with a line of 179-889-6. Was suspended for his entire sophomore season after allegedly participating in a credit card fraud scam, then came back to start for the team once again, posting 131-776-5. Declared for the draft following the season. Has a pretty solid build for a modern running back. Despite running well at the Combine, is not the fastest or most explosive runner, but offers an impressive combination of flexibility, balance, elusiveness, and tackle-breaking ability. Demonstrated the ability to make something out of nothing, slithering out of the grasp of opposing defenders and bouncing runs outside for a few yards where a loss previously seemed all but certain. Able to juke and stutter-step his way past defenders in one-on-one situations when he gets to the edge. More of a chunk runner than someone who’s going to hit home runs, and despite being able to slip out of more than his fair share of tackles, can’t really be considered a power back either; survives rather than punishing opponents with a low pad level, and most of his better runs came off-tackle, either by design or by necessity. Ball security is solid, with just two career fumbles on just under 360 total touches. Struggled as a receiver during the games reviewed, letting a few passes slip through his grasp. Caught just fifteen passes over the course of his career, ten of which came this past season. Would line up on the outside as a receiver at times, but that tended to be just window dressing rather than an indicator of high-quality receiving ability. Showed more as a blocker, with a good level of physicality to take on opponents in blitz pickup or when leading the way on a rushing play. Does a good job of staying on his feet and knocking opponents off-balance with powerful shoves/chip blocks. A prospect who proved that he could produce at the SEC level over two seasons as a starting back, his size, speed, and power are nothing special, but he has a pretty interesting combination of tools which allow him to produce on the ground. Lack of value as a receiving back and season-long suspension in 2017 may relegate him to being more of a late-round pick or even undrafted free agent.