QBs Head Two Round Mock Draft

Two Round Mock Draft for the NFL Draft 2018 – 5.0
Quarterbacks Highlight First Round with Five #1 Selections

Frank Coyle/ Head Scout
          * underclassmen – April, 2018

First Round
#       Team                                     Player /            Position /     School
1 Cleveland                                  * Sam Darnold                QB       Southern Cal
2 NY Giants                                * Saquon Barkley             RB        Penn St
3 NY Jets (Indianapolis)            * Josh Rosen                  QB       UCLA
4 Cleveland (Houston)               * Minkah Fitzpatrick     S          Alabama
5 Denver                                      * Josh Allen                      QB       Wyoming
6 Indianapolis (NY Jets)            Bradley Chubb              DE       NC St
7 Tampa Bay                              * Quenton Nelson            OG       Notre Dame
8 Chicago                                   * Denzel Ward                   CB        Ohio St
9 San Francisco                        * Derwin James                S          Florida St
10 Oakland                                Marcus Davenport           DE       UTSA
11 Miami                                   * Tremaine Edmunds       LB        Virginia Tech
12 Buffalo (Cincinnati)              Baker Mayfield              QB       Oklahoma
13 Washington                          * Jaire Alexander            CB        Louisville
14 Green Bay                            * Roquan Smith               LB        Georgia
15 Arizona                                Mike McGlinchey             OT        Notre Dame
16 Baltimore                             * Calvin Ridley                 WR       Alabama
17 LA Chargers                        Vita Vea                              DT        Washington
18 Seattle                                * Connor Williams             OT        Texas
19 Dallas                                  * D.J. Moore                      WR       Maryland
20 Detroit                                 * Derrius Guice                RB        LSU
21 Cincinnati (Buffalo)           * Da’Ron Payne               DT        Alabama
22 Buffalo (Kansas City)        Isaiah Wynn                     OG       Georgia
23 New England (Rams)       * Leighton Vander Esch  LB        Boise St
24 Carolina                               * Mike Hughes                 CB        Central Florida
25 Tennessee                            * Sam Hubbard               DE       Ohio St
26 Atlanta                                 * Taven Bryan                  DT        Florida
27 New Orleans                         Rashaan Evans              LB        Alabama
28 Pittsburgh                            Mason Rudolph              QB       Oklahoma St
29 Jacksonville                         * Courtland Sutton         WR       SMU
30 Minnesota                            Will Hernandez              OG       Texas-El Paso
31 New England                        * Kolton Miller               OT        UCLA
32 Philadelphia                         Christian Kirk                WR       Texas A&M

Second Round
33 Cleveland                            D.J Chark                      WR       LSU
34 NY Giants                           Lorenzo Carter              LB        Georgia
35 Cleveland (Houston)            * Carlton Davis              CB        Auburn
36 Indianapolis                         * Harrison Phillips          DT        Stanford
37 Indianapolis (Jets)                Dallas Goedert              TE        South Dakota St
38 Tampa Bay                         Sony Michel                  RB        Georgia
39 Chicago                              Anthony Miller              WR       Memphis
40 Denver                                * Josh Jackson             CB        Iowa
41 Oakland                              Mike Gesicki                 TE        Penn St
42 Miami           `                       * Ronnie Harrison          S          Alabama
43 New England (San Fran)       Harold Landry              LB        Boston College
44 Washington                          * Justin Reid                  S          Stanford
45 Green Bay                           * Arden Key                  DE       LSU
46 Cincinnati                            Billy Price                      C          Ohio St
47 Arizona                                James Washington        WR       Oklahoma St
48 LA Chargers                        * Lamar Jackson           QB       Louisville
49 Indianapolis (Seattle-Jets)     Tyrell Crosby               OT        Oregon
50 Dallas                                 * Mark Andrews             TE        Oklahoma
51 Detroit                                Maurice Hurst               DT        Michigan
52 Baltimore                            * Tim Settle                   DT        Virginia Tech
53 Buffalo                                * James Daniels            C          Iowa
54 Kansas City                         * Rasheem Green          DL        Southern Cal
55 Carolina                               Austin Corbett               OL        Nevada
56 Buffalo (LA Rams)                * Ronald Jones II           RB        Southern Cal
57 Tennessee                            Uchenna Nwosu            LB        USC
58 Atlanta                                 * Deon Cain                   WR       Clemson
59 San Fran (New Orleans)       * Isaiah Oliver                CB        Colorado
60 Pittsburgh                            Ogbonnia Okoronkwo    LB        Oklahoma
61 Jacksonville                         B.J. Hill                         DT        N.C. St
62 Minnesota                            * Brian O’Neill                OT        Pittsburgh
63 New England                        * Hayden Hurst              TE        South Carolina
64 Cleveland (Phil)                    Da’Shawn Hand            DE       Alabama




Tremaine Edmunds and Lorenzo Carter Head Outside Linebackers

Outside Linebackers – Grade B

Positional Overview: This year’s class of outside linebackers is a very good group that should provide many starters for both pro schemes. With half the clubs playing the 3-4 scheme, this position may supply as many as 20+ defenders for that set. The top two, Tremaine Edmunds and Lorenzo Carter are late developing prospects who had outstanding final performances that continued through the postseason. Both checked off all the boxes which probably earns them mid to late 1st round selections. Edmunds impressed at every event and fits both pro schemes. Carter had an equally impressive final season that elevated him to the top of the class. He could also hear his name at the end of the first round. Seniors, Harold Landry and Uchenna Nwosu are highly regarded defenders coming strong final performances. Both carry solid late first early/second day consideration. Malik Jefferson and Ogbonnia Okoronkwo were playmakers and look to be selected on the 2nd day of the NFL Draft process. Rising prospects Shaquem Griffin, Jerome Baker and Fred Warner have drawn strong attention from pro scouts off strong finishes to their careers. They figure as top 100 bubble prospects. Griffin is the best story of any draft class, overcoming a hand deformity and subsequent amputation to excel as D1 defender who earned Conference Player of the Year honors. His NFL Combine performance will be the standard for outside linebackers for years to come. Hercules Mata’afa and Marquis Haynes fit the 3-4 clubs well. They are slipping through the cracks and have starting ability as 3-4 backers. Darius Leonard and Andrew Ankrah are small college defenders who completed excellent careers. Leonard finished with an excellent Senior Bowl. Ankrah has fallen through the cracks, but carries a starting grade for the outside in a 3-4 set. They have the makeup of premier special teams’ performers and figure in the 3rd day. This position will probably provide 8-10 prospects in the top 100 selections. Expect approximately 15 chosen in the top 150 picks with this group providing many defenders rated with starting grades. There should be as many as 20+ players chosen over the 7 rounds. This class also includes many ‘tweener types who specialize in rushing the QB and good fits for the 3-4 set, though a highly risky position. Oren Burks and Leon Jacobs are two fast underrated gems and projects to the pro 4-3 scheme and early special teams’ demons.

NFL Teams in need:

    1. Steelers      5. Cowboys
    2. Lions           6. Bills
    3. Ravens        7. Raiders
    4. Packers       8. Vikings

Draft Insiders’ – 2018 NFL Draft Yearbook – over 300 In-depth Scouting Reports –                    Order Today Online

      Positional Traits
Best Athlete – Lorenzo Carter
Best Run – Uchenna Nwosu
Best Pass Cover – Shaquem Griffin
Best Tackler – Tremaine Edmunds
Best Pass Rush – Harold Landry
Best Pursuit – Darius Leonard
Best Intangibles – Shaquem Griffin
Ball Instincts – Tremaine Edmunds

  NFL Premier Player
         Von Miller
Blue Chip – Tremaine Edmunds
Blue Chip – Lorenzo Carter
Red Chip – Harold Landry
Rising – Uchenna Nwosu
Falling – Ogbonnia Okoronkwo
Underrated – Fred Warner
Overrated – Jerome Baker
Sleeper – Darius Leonard
Boom/Bust – Malik Jefferson
Ready to Play – Harold Landry
Long Term Gem – Lorenzo Carter
Hidden Gem – Andrew Ankrah
Over drafted – Harold Landry

        Top Outside Linebackers 

1 * Tremaine Edmunds – Virginia Tech
2 Lorenzo Carter – Georgia
3 Harold Landry – Boston College
4 Uchenna Nwosu – USC
5 * Malik Jefferson – Texas
6 Ogbonnia Okoronkwo – Oklahoma
7 Darius Leonard – South Carolina St
8 * Jerome Baker – Ohio St
9 Fred Warner – Brigham Young
10 Oren Burks – Vanderbilt
11 Shaquem Griffin – Central Florida
12 * Hercules Mata’afa – Washington St
13 Marquis Haynes – Mississippi
14 Leon Jacobs – Wisconsin
15 Andrew Ankrah – James Madison




2018 Yearbook – Complete Mock Draft

Draft Insiders’ – 2018 NFL Draft Yearbook

Draft Insiders.com – 27th Season –
Published by NFL scout Frank Coyle & staff

www.draftinsiders.com
“The NFL Draft Publication Pro Scouts Buy”

Seven Round Mock Draft for the NFL Draft 2018

   Yearbook Edition – * underclassmen – April, 2018

       ‘From a Trojan Horse to a Spartan Warrior’

# Team                                         Player /             Position /   School
First Round
1 Cleveland                              * Sam Darnold                 QB     Southern Cal
2 NY Giants                            * Saquon Barkley             RB     Penn St
3 NY Jets (Indianapolis)      * Josh Rosen                    QB     UCLA
4 Cleveland (Houston)         * Minkah Fitzpatrick       S        Alabama
5 Denver                                  * Josh Allen                      QB     Wyoming
6 Indianapolis (NY Jets)      Bradley Chubb                 DE      NC St
7 Tampa Bay                          * Quenton Nelson            OG      Notre Dame
8 Chicago                                * Denzel Ward                  CB      Ohio St
9 San Francisco                     * Derwin James                 S        Florida St
10 Oakland                             Marcus Davenport            DE     UTSA
11 Miami                                 * Tremaine Edmunds       LB     Virginia Tech
12 Buffalo (Cincinnati)         Baker Mayfield                 QB     Oklahoma
13 Washington                      * Jaire Alexander              CB       Louisville
14 Green Bay                          * Roquan Smith                LB       Georgia
15 Arizona                               Mike McGlinchey             OT       Notre Dame
16 Baltimore                           * Calvin Ridley                 WR      Alabama
17 LA Chargers                       Vita Vea                             DT       Washington
18 Seattle                                 * Connor Williams          OT       Texas
19 Dallas                                  * D.J. Moore                     WR      Maryland
20 Detroit                               * Derrius Guice                 RB       LSU
21 Cincinnati (Buffalo)         * Da’Ron Payne                DT       Alabama
22 Buffalo (Kansas City)      Isaiah Wynn                     OG       Georgia
23 New England (Rams)     * Leighton Vander Esch  LB        Boise St
24 Carolina                             * Mike Hughes                 CB        Central Florida
25 Tennessee                          * Sam Hubbard               DE        Ohio St
26 Atlanta                               * Taven Bryan                  DT        Florida
27 New Orleans                     Rashaan Evans                LB         Alabama
28 Pittsburgh                         Mason Rudolph               QB        Oklahoma St
29 Jacksonville                      * Courtland Sutton         WR       SMU
30 Minnesota                         Will Hernandez               OG       Texas-El Paso
31 New England                     * Kolton Miller                OT        UCLA
32 Philadelphia                      Christian Kirk                 WR       Texas A&M

Second Round
33 Cleveland                               D.J Chark                        WR       LSU
34 NY Giants                              Lorenzo Carter               LB        Georgia
35 Cleveland (Houston)           * Carlton Davis               CB         Auburn
36 Indianapolis                          * Harrison Phillips        DT         Stanford
37 Indianapolis (Jets)               Dallas Goedert               TE         South Dakota St
38 Tampa Bay                            Sony Michel                    RB         Georgia
39 Chicago                                  Anthony Miller               WR        Memphis
40 Denver                                   * Josh Jackson                CB         Iowa
41 Oakland                                  Mike Gesicki                   TE         Penn St
42 Miami `                                  * Ronnie Harrison          S          Alabama
43 New England (San Fran)     Harold Landry               LB         Boston College
44 Washington                            * Justin Reid                  S           Stanford
45 Green Bay                               * Arden Key                    DE         LSU
46 Cincinnati                               Billy Price                       C          Ohio St
47 Arizona                                    James Washington       WR       Oklahoma St
48 LA Chargers                           * Lamar Jackson           QB         Louisville
49 Indianapolis (Jets-Seattle)  Tyrell Crosby                OT        Oregon
50 Dallas                                       * Mark Andrews            TE        Oklahoma
51 Detroit                                      Maurice Hurst                DT       Michigan
52 Baltimore                                * Tim Settle                     DT       Virginia Tech
53 Buffalo                                     * James Daniels              C          Iowa
54 Kansas City                             * Rasheem Green            DL      Southern Cal
55 Carolina                                   Austin Corbett                 OL       Nevada
56 Buffalo (LA Rams)                * Ronald Jones II            RB       Southern Cal
57 Tennessee                               Uchenna Nwosu              LB       USC
58 Atlanta                                     * Deon Cain                     WR     Clemson
59 San Fran (New Orleans)      * Isaiah Oliver                  CB      Colorado
60 Pittsburgh                               Ogbonnia Okoronkwo   LB      Oklahoma
61 Jacksonville                             B.J. Hill                            DT      N.C. St
62 Minnesota                               * Brian O’Neill                OT      Pittsburgh
63 New England                          * Hayden Hurst              TE      South Carolina
64 Cleveland (Phil)                     Da’Shawn Hand              DE     Alabama

Third Round
65 Buffalo (Cleveland)                 Nathan Shepherd                  DT      Fort Hays St
66 NY Giants                                 Frank Ragnow                        C        Arkansas
67 Indianapolis                             Rashaad Penny                      RB      San Diego St
68 Houston                                    Martinas Rankin                   OT      Mississippi St
69 NY Giants (Tampa)                * Jessie Bates                          S         Wake Forest
70 San Fran (Chicago)                DaeSean Hamilton                WR     Penn St
71 Denver                                      Braden Smith                          OG      Auburn
72 NY Jets                                    * Equanimeous St. Brown     WR     Notre Dame
73 Miami                                      Anthony Averett                      CB      Alabama
74 San Francisco                        Nick Chubb                               RB     Georgia
75 Oakland                                   * Orlando Brown                    OT      Oklahoma
76 Green Bay                               Dante Pettis                             WR     Washington
77 Cincinnati                               Duke Ejiofor                             DE     Wake Forest
78 Kansas City (Wash)             * Kevin Toliver                         CB      LSU
79 Arizona                                   * Donte Jackson                      CB      LSU
80 Houston (Seattle)                * Nyheim Hines                       RB      North Carolina St
81 Dallas                                      * Tarvarus McFadden            CB      Florida St
82 Detroit                                    * Jerome Baker                       LB      Ohio St
83 Baltimore                              Kemoko Turay                         DE      Rutgers
84 LA Chargers                         Chukwuma Okorafor              OT      Western Michigan
85 Carolina (Buffalo)               Michael Gallup                         WR     Colorado St
86 Kansas City                           * Malik Jefferson                     LB      Texas
87 LA Rams                               Kyzir White                                S        West Virginia
88 Carolina                                * R.J. McIntosh                       DT      Miami
89 Tennessee                            Fred Warner                             LB      Brigham Young
90 Atlanta                                  Jaylen Samuels                        TE      NC St
91 New Orleans                        Kyle Lauletta                             QB     Richmond (Va)
92 Pittsburgh                            Armani Watts                            S       Texas A&M
93 Jacksonville                        Darius Leonard                         LB      South Carolina St
94 Minnesota                           Oren Burks                                LB       Vanderbilt
95 New England                      * Josh Sweat                              DE      Florida St
96 Buffalo (Phil)                      Isaac Yiadom                            CB       Boston College
97 Arizona (comp)                  * Trent Thompson                    DT      Georgia
98 Houston (comp)                * DeShon Elliott                        S         Texas
99 Denver (comp)                   * Josh Adams                            RB      Notre Dame
100 Cincinnati (comp)           Mike White                                QB     Western Kentucky

Fourth Round
101 Green Bay (Cleve)                * Terrell Edmunds        S      Virginia Tech
102 Tampa (Giants)                    Shaquem Griffin           LB   Central Florida
103 Houston                                 M.J. Stewart                  CB    North Carolina
104 Indianapolis                         * TreQuan Smith           WR   Central Florida
105 Chicago                                   Brandon Parker            OT    North Carolina A&T
106 Denver                                    Josey Jewell                   LB    Iowa
107 NY Jets                                    Andrew Brown             DE    Virginia
108 NY Giants (Tampa)              Duke Dawson               CB    Florida
109 Wash (Denver-San Fran)    * Mark Walton             RB    Miami (Fl.)
110 Oakland                                   Mason Cole                   OL    Michigan
111 LA Rams (Miami)                   Wyatt Teller                 OG    Virginia Tech
112 Cincinnati                                Ade Aruna                     DE    Tulane
113 Denver (Wash)                       * Rashaan Gaulden      S      Tennessee
114 Cleve (Green Bay)                  Tony Brown                  CB    Alabama
115 Chicago (Arizona)                  Daniel Carlson              PK    Auburn
116 Dallas                                       * Simmie Cobbs Jr.      WR   Indiana
117 Detroit                                      Durham Smythe           TE     Notre Dame
118 Baltimore                                * Will Clapp                   OL     LSU
119 LA Chargers                           * Bo Scarbrough            RB     Alabama
120 Seattle                                      Deadrin Senat               DT    South Florida
121 Buffalo                                      Allen Lazard                  WR    Iowa St
122 Kansas City                             Marcus Allen                  S       Penn St
123 Miami (Cleve-Carolina)        Ian Thomas                   TE     Indiana
124 Kansas City (Rams)               Scott Quessenberry      OC     UCLA
125 Tennessee                                Royce Freeman             RB     Oregon
126 Atlanta                                    * Breeland Speaks          DE    Ole Miss
127 New Orleans                            Siran Neal                        S      Jacksonville St
128 San Francisco (Pitt)               Godwin Igwebuike         S      Northwestern
129 Jacksonville                           * Korey Robertson         WR    Southern Miss
130 Phil (Minn)                            * Kendrick Norton         DT     Miami
131 Miami (N.E.-Phil)                   Derrick Nnadi               DT     Florida St
132 Philadelphia                             Jamarco Jones             OT     Ohio St
133 Green Bay (comp)                   Justin Jones                 DT    N.C. St
134 Arizona (comp)                       * Jeff Holland               DE    Auburn
135 LA Rams (Giants-comp)        Leon Jacobs                 LB     Wisconsin
136 LA Rams (New Eng-comp)   J’Mon Moore               WR    Missouri
137 Dallas (comp)                           Jayln Holmes               DE    Ohio St

Fifth Round
138 Green Bay (Cleve)                     Colby Gossett                         OG      Appalachian St
139 NY Giants                                   * Michael Dickson                  P        Texas
140 Indianapolis                               P.J. Hall                                   DL      Sam Houston St
141 Seattle (Houston)                      Davontae Harris                    CB       Illinois St
142 Washington (Denver)               Luke Falk                                QB      Washington St
143 San Fran (NY Jets)                    Marquis Haynes                    LB      Mississippi
144 Tampa Bay                                  Darius Phillips                       CB      Western Michigan
145 Chicago                                        Joseph Noteboom                 OT      TCU
146 Seattle (Oakland)                      Chris Herndon IV                  TE       Miami
147 New Orleans (Miami)              * Quenton Meeks                    CB       Stanford
148 Pittsburgh (San Fran)              Andrew Ankrah                      LB       James Madison
149 Denver (Washington)              Will Richardson                      OT      NC St
150 Cleve (Green Bay)                     * John Kelly                             RB      Tennessee
151 Cincinnati                                    Troy Fumagalli                       TE      Wisconsin
152 Arizona                                        Parry Nickerson                      CB       Tulane
153 Detroit                                          Quin Blanding                         S         Virginia
154 Baltimore                                     Bilal Nichols                            DT       Delaware
155 LA Chargers                                Alex Cappa                               OT      Humboldt St
156 Seattle (Phil-Seattle)                 Cedrick Wilson                        WR      Boise St
157 NY Jets (Dallas)                          * Geron Christian                   OT       Louisville
158 Cincinnati (Buffalo)                  * Holton Hill                            CB       Texas
159 Oakland (N.E-Cleve-K.C.)        Marquez Valdes-Scantling    WR     South Florida
160 Denver (LA Rams)                    * Keke Coutee                           WR      Texas Tech
161 Carolina                                        Tyler Conklin                           TE       Central Michigan
162 Tennessee                                    * Ryan Izzo                               TE       FSU
163 Wash (Denver-Atlanta)            * Deontay Burnett                   WR     Southern Cal
164 New Orleans                                John Franklin                          DE      Stephen F. Austin
165 Pittsburgh                                     Genard Avery                          LB       Memphis
166 Buffalo (Jacksonville)                Micah Kiser                              LB      Virginia
167 Minnesota                                     Justin Lawler                          DE       SMU
168 Seattle (New England)               Cole Madison                          OG      Washington St
169 Philadelphia                                 *Jordan Whitehead                 S        Pittsburgh
170 Cincinnati (comp)                       Sean Welsh                              OG      Iowa
171 Dallas (comp)                               Chad Thomas                          DE      Miami
172 Green Bay (comp)                       Andre Chachere                      CB       San Jose St
173 Oakland (Dallas-comp)             KC McDermott                        OG     Miami
174 Green Bay (comp)                       Dane Cruikshank                    DB     Arizona

Sixth Round
175 Cleveland                                     Dalton Schultz                      TE     Stanford
176 LA Rams (NY Giants)               Dimitri Flowers                    FB     Oklahoma
177 Houston                                       * Hercules Mata’afa             LB     Washington St
178 Indianapolis                                Marcell Ateman                   WR    Oklahoma St
179 NY Jets                                         Kylie Fitts                              DE      Utah
180 Tampa Bay                                  Avonte Maddox                   CB      Pittsburgh
181 Chicago                                        Natrell Jamerson                  S        Wisconsin
182 Arizona (Denver)                      David Wells                           TE      San Diego St
183 LA Rams (Miami)                     * Dorance Armstrong          DE      Kansas
184 San Francisco                            Tyquan Lewis                        DE      Ohio St
185 Oakland                                      Lowell Lotulelei                    DT       Utah
186 Green Bay                                  Jaleel Scott                             WR      New Mexico St
187 Buffalo (Cincinnati)                 Kalen Ballage                         RB      Arizona St
188 Cleveland (Wash)                    * Joel Iyiegbuniwe                LB       Western Kentucky
189 New Orleans (Arizona)           Levi Wallace                           CB       Alabama
190 Baltimore                                   JaVon Rolland-Jones          LB       Arkansas St
191 LA Chargers                               Taron Johnson                      CB      Weber St
192 Dallas (Oak-Seattle)                Nic Shimonek                        QB     Texas Tech
193 Dallas                                          Mike McCray                         LB      Michigan
194 LA Rams (Detroit)                    Skyler Phillips                       OG     Idaho St
195 LA Rams (Buffalo)                    Ito Smith                               RB      Southern Miss
196 LA Rams (Kansas City)            Robert Foster                        WR    Alabama
197 Carolina                                       Jordan Chunn                       RB`    Troy
198 New England (LA Rams)         Zach Crabtree                       OT      Oklahoma St
199 Tennessee                                  * Trey Quinn                          WR     SMU
200 Atlanta                                       * DJ Reed                               CB      Kansas St
201 New Orleans                             * Toby Weathersby               OT      LSU
202 Tampa Bay (Pittsburgh)          Dylan Cantrell                      WR     Texas Tech
203 Jacksonville                               Timon Parris                        OT       Stony Brook
204 Minnesota                                  Daurice Fountain                 WR     Northern Iowa
205 Wash (Cleve-New Eng)           * JC Jackson                          CB      Maryland
206 Philadelphia                               Matthew Thomas                 LB      Florida St
207 Green Bay (comp)                     Jarvion Franklin                  RB      Western Michigan
208 Dallas (comp)                            Kentavius Strong                 DE     N.C. St
209 Miami (Rams-K.C-comp)       Maea Teuhema                     OG     SE Louisiana
210 New England (Oak-comp)       Folorunso Fatukasi             DT     Connecticut
211 Houston (comp)                          Marcell Frazier                    DE     Missouri
212 Oakland (comp)                         * Antonio Callaway              WR    Florida
213 Minnesota (comp)                     JK Scott                                  P        Alabama
214 Houston (comp)                        Tony Adams                          OG     N.C. St
215 Baltimore (comp)                      Tanner Lee                            QB     Nebraska
216 Oakland (comp)                         Arrion Springs                     CB     Oregon
217 Oakland (comp)                         Riley Ferguson                     QB     Memphis
218 Minnesota (comp)                     Dejon Allen                          OG     Hawaii

Seventh Round
219 New England (Cleveland)          Brandon Silvers                 QB    Troy
220 Pittsburgh (NY Giants)              Greg Gilmore                     DT    LSU
221 Indianapolis                                  Jamil Demby                      OT    Maine
222 Houston                                        Tegray Scales                      LB    Indiana
223 San Fran (Miami -Tampa Bay) Kurt Benkert                       QB    Virginia
224 Chicago                                          Justin Jackson                    RB    Northwestern
225 Minnesota (Denver)                    Michael Joseph                  CB    Dubuque
226 Seattle (NY Jets)                          Brandon Facycon               CB    Virginia Tech
227 Miami (San Fran)                        * Jordan Akins                   TE    Central Florida
228 Oakland                                         Will Dissly                          TE    Washington
229 Miami                                            * Eddy Pineiro                    PK     Florida
230 Jacksonville (Cincinnati)           Logan Woodside               QB    Toledo
231 Washington                                  * Audon Tate                      WR    Florida St
232 Green Bay                                     * Zach Sieler                       DE    Ferris St
233 Kansas City (Arizona)                 Elijah Nkansah                  OT    Toledo
234 Carolina (LA Chargers-Buff)     Tray Matthews                   S      Auburn
235 NY Jets (Seattle)                          Davin Bellamy                   LB    Georgia
236 Dallas                                             Skai Moore                         LB    South Carolina
237 Detroit                                            Jaryd Jones-Smith           OT    Pittsburgh
238 Baltimore                                      David Bright                       OT    Stanford
239 Green Bay (Buffalo)                    * Nick Nelson                     CB    Wisconsin
240 San Fran (Kansas City)              Jake Wieneke                     WR   South Dakota St
241 Washington (LA Rams)              Donnie Ernsberger           TE     Western Michigan
242 Carolina                                         Jeremy Reaves                  DB     South Alabama
243 Kansas City (Tenn)                      * Kamryn Pettway            RB    Auburn
244 Atlanta                                           Desmond Harrison           OT    West Georgia
245 New Orleans                                 Deon Yelder                       TE     Western Kentucky
246 Pittsburgh                                     Darrel Williams                 RB    LSU
247 Jacksonville                                  JaMarcus King                   CB    South Carolina
248 Seattle (Minnesota)                    Darren Carrington            WR    Utah
249 Cincinnati (New England)        Azeem Victor                      LB     Washington
250 Phil (Sea-Phil-Sea-NE-Phil)     J.T. Barrett                         QB    Ohio St
251 LA Chargers (comp)                    Kameron Kelly                   CB    San Diego St
252 Cincinnati (comp)                       * Byron Pringle                  WR   KSU
253 Cincinnati (comp)                       * Olasunkanmi Adeniyi    DE    Toledo
254 Arizona (comp)                            * Jack Cichy                        LB    Wisconsin
255 Tampa Bay (comp)                     Cam Serigne                        TE    Wake Forest
256 Atlanta (comp)                            Brett Toth                            OT    Army

Draft Insiders’ Digest – 27th Season www.draftinsiders.com
      “The NFL Draft Publication Pro Scouts Buy”
Published by NFL scout Frank Coyle and staff




2018 Yearbook – Top 300 Pro Prospects

Draft Insiders’ – 2018 NFL Draft Yearbook

Draft Insiders.com – 27th Season –
Published by NFL scout Frank Coyle & staff

www.draftinsiders.com
“The NFL Draft Publication Pro Scouts Buy”

Top 300 Pro Prospects for the NFL Draft 2018

Yearbook Edition Rankings –
* underclassmen – April, 2018

      Pro Prospect             Position             School
1 * Saquon Barkley                  RB                    Penn St
2 * Sam Darnold                      QB                    Southern Cal
3 * Josh Rosen                        QB                      UCLA
4 Bradley Chubb                      DE                    NC St
5 * Minkah Fitzpatrick              S                     Alabama
6 * Quenton Nelson                 OG                   Notre Dame
7 * Josh Allen                           QB                     Wyoming
8 * Denzel Ward                      CB                     Ohio St
9 * Roquan Smith                    LB                      Georgia
10 * Derwin James                   S                      Florida St
11 * Tremaine Edmunds         LB                    Virginia Tech
12 Baker Mayfield                    QB                   Oklahoma
13 Vita Vea                                 DT                   Washington
14 * Connor Williams              OT                    Texas
15 Marcus Davenport               DE                   UTSA
16 Mike McGlinchey                OT                    Notre Dame
17 * Calvin Ridley                     WR                  Alabama
18 * Leighton Vander Esch     LB                    Boise St
19 * Da’Ron Payne                    DT                   Alabama
20 Christian Kirk                     WR                   Texas A&M
21 Rashaan Evans                     LB                    Alabama
22 * Taven Bryan                      DT                    Florida
23 * Jaire Alexander                 CB                    Louisville
24 * Kolton Miller                     OT                    UCLA
25 * Mike Hughes                     CB                    Central Florida
26 * D.J. Moore                         WR                   Maryland
27 * Joshua Jackson                CB                     Iowa
28 * Courtland Sutton             WR                  SMU
29 * Sam Hubbard                    DE                  Ohio State
30 Lorenzo Carter                    LB                    Georgia
31 * Derrius Guice                    RB                   LSU
32 D.J Chark                             WR                   LSU
33 Isaiah Wynn                         OG                   Georgia
34 * Carlton Davis                     CB                   Auburn
35` * Ronnie Harrison               S                     Alabama
36 Dallas Goedert                     TE                    South Dakota St
37 Will Hernandez                     OG                  Texas-El Paso
38 * Arden Key                          DE                    LSU
39 * Harrison Phillips                DT                  Stanford
40 * Lamar Jackson                  QB                   Louisville
41 * Isaiah Oliver                      CB                    Colorado
42 Mason Rudolph                   QB                   Oklahoma St
43 Maurice Hurst                      DT                    Michigan
44 Uchenna Nwosu                  LB                    USC
45 Tyrell Crosby                       OT                    Oregon
46 Sony Michel                         RB                    Georgia
47 Harold Landry                      LB                   Boston College
48 Billy Price                            C                       Ohio State
49 * Justin Reid                         S                      Stanford
50 * Rasheem Green                DL                   Southern Cal
51 Frank Ragnow                      C                      Arkansas
52 Mike Gesicki                         TE                    Penn State
53 * Brian O’Neill                       OT                   Pittsburgh
54 * Ronald Jones II                 RB                   Southern Cal
55 James Washington              WR                  Oklahoma St
56 * Mark Andrews                   TE                    Oklahoma
57 Ogbonnia Okoronkwo           LB                  Oklahoma
58 Anthony Miller                      WR                  Memphis
59 * James Daniels                    OL                   Iowa
60 Braden Smith                      OG                    Auburn
61 * Tim Settle                         DT                     Virginia Tech
62 Austin Corbett                      OC                   Nevada
63 Kemoko Turay                      DE                   Rutgers
64 Nathan Shepherd                 DT                   Fort Hays St
65 * Hayden Hurst                     TE                   South Carolina
66 * Jessie Bates                        S                       Wake Forest
67 B.J. Hill                                  DT                    N.C. St
68 * Kerryon Johnson              RB                   Auburn
69 Martinas Rankin                  OT                   Mississippi St
70 Da’Shawn Hand                    DE                   Alabama
71 Rashaad Penny                    RB                     San Diego St
72 * Donte Jackson                   CB                    LSU
73 * Deon Cain                          WR                   Clemson
74 Nick Chubb                           RB                    Georgia
75 Anthony Averett                   CB                    Alabama
76 * Nyheim Hines                    RB                    North Carolina St
77 Duke Ejiofor                          DE                    Wake Forest
78 * Orlando Brown                  OT                    Oklahoma
79 * Malik Jefferson                  LB                    Texas
80 Dante Pettis                         WR                    Washington
81 * R.J. McIntosh                     DT                    Miami
82 Jaylen Samuels                    TE                     NC St
83 * Jerome Baker                     LB                    Ohio St
84 * Trent Thompson                 DT                   Georgia
85 DaeSean Hamilton                WR                  Penn St
86 * Josh Sweat                        DE                     Florida St
87 Darius Leonard                     LB                    South Carolina St
88 * Equanimeous St. Brown      WR               Notre Dame
89 Oren Burks                           LB                     Vanderbilt
90 Michael Gallup                      WR                  Colorado St
91 * Kevin Toliver                      CB                     LSU
92 Chukwuma Okorafor            OT                    Western Michigan
93 Duke Dawson                       CB                     Florida
94 Fred Warner                         LB                     Brigham Young
95 * Breeland Speaks                DE                    Ole Miss
96 * TreQuan Smith                   WR                  Central Florida
97 Kyzir White                           S                        West Virginia
98 * Tarvarus McFadden            CB                  Florida St
99 Shaquem Griffin                    LB                    Central Florida
100 * DeShon Elliott                 S                        Texas
101 * Josh Adams                     RB                      Notre Dame
102 * Michael Dickson               P                      Texas
103 Mike White                         QB                    Western Kentucky
104 * Rashaan Gaulden             S                      Tennessee
105 * Terrell Edmunds              S                      Virginia Tech
106 M.J. Stewart                       CB                    North Carolina
107 Ade Aruna                           DE                      Tulane
108 * Simmie Cobbs Jr.           WR                 Indiana
109 Royce Freeman                  RB                   Oregon
110 Isaac Yiadom                      CB                     Boston College
111 Kyle Lauletta                       QB                     Richmond (Va)
112 Deadrin Senat                     DT                    South Florida
113 Brandon Parker                  OT                    N. Carolina A&T
114 Armani Watts                      S                       Texas A&M
115 Allen Lazard                       WR                    Iowa St
116 * Mark Walton                    RB                    Miami (Fl.)
117 Durham Smythe                 TE                    Notre Dame
118 Siran Neal                            S                        Jackonville St
119 * Kendrick Norton             DT                  Miami
120 Daniel Carlson                   PK                   Auburn
121 Ian Thomas                        TE                     Indiana
122 Andrew Brown                   DE                  Virginia
123 Mason Cole                        OL                    Michigan
124 Darius Phillips                   CB                   Western Michigan
125 Jayln Holmes                     DE                   Ohio St
126 Godwin Igwebuike            S                     Northwestern
127 Josey Jewell                       LB                     Iowa
128 Justin Jones                       DT                    N.C. St
129 * Will Clapp                        OL                    LSU
130 Marquis Haynes                 LB                  Mississippi
131 Tyquan Lewis                     DE                    Ohio State
132 * Bo Scarbrough                RB                   Alabama
133 Andrew Ankrah                 LB                    James Madison
134 Wyatt Teller                       OG                    Virginia Tech
135 J’Mon Moore                     WR                   Missouri
136 Leon Jacobs                       LB                    Wisconsin
137 * Jeff Holland                    DE                   Auburn
138 Marcus Allen                      S                      Penn St
139 Luke Falk                            QB                    Washington St
140 Tony Brown                        CB                    Alabama
141 Derrick Nnadi                     DT                    Florida St
142 Jamarco Jones                   OT                    Ohio St
143 Cedrick Wilson                  WR                   Boise St
144 Tyler Conklin                      TE                    Central Michigan
145 Scott Quessenberry           OC                   UCLA
146 Davontae Harris                CB                    Illinois St
147 Colby Gossett                     OG                   Appalachian St
148 Micah Kiser                        LB                    Virginia
149 * Korey Robertson            WR                   Southern Miss
150 P.J. Hall                              DL                    Sam Houston St
151 * Quenton Meeks               CB                    Stanford
152 * Hercules Mata’afa          DE/LB              Washington St
153 Jordan Chunn                    RB`                   Troy
154 Parry Nickerson                 CB                    Tulane
155 Marcell Ateman                 WR                   Oklahoma St
156 * John Kelly                        RB                    Tennessee
157 Justin Lawler                      DE                   SMU
158 Dalton Schultz                   TE                    Stanford
159 Kalen Ballage                     RB                    Arizona St
160 Will Richardson                OT                    NC St
161 * Keke Coutee                    WR                   Texas Tech
162 Joseph Noteboom             OT                    TCU
163 Bilal Nichols                       DT                    Delaware
164 Alex Cappa                         OT                    Humboldt St
165 Genard Avery                     LB                    Memphis
166 * Deontay Burnett            WR                   Southern Cal
167 *Jordan Whitehead           S                      Pittsburgh
168 Cole Madison                     OG                   Washington St
169 * DJ Reed                           CB                    Kansas St
170 Quin Blanding                    S                      Virginia
171 Davin Bellamy                     LB                   Georgia
172 Troy Fumagalli                     TE                 Wisconsin
173 Marquez Valdes-Scantling  WR              South Florida
174 * Ryan Izzo                             TE                FSU
175 John Franklin                        DE                Stephen F. Austin
176 * Joel Iyiegbuniwe                LB                 Western Kentucky
177 Chris Herndon IV                 TE                  Miami
178 Michael Joseph                    CB                  Dubuque
179 Lowell Lotulelei                   DT                  Utah
180 Kurt Benkert                        QB                   Virginia
181 Chad Thomas                       DE                   Miami
182 Justin Jackson                     RB                   Northwestern
183 * Holton Hill                        CB                   Texas
184 * Eddy Pineiro                     PK                    Florida
185 David Wells                         TE                     San Diego St
186 Andre Chachere                  CB                   San Jose St
187 Riley Ferguson                    QB                   Memphis
188 * Geron Christian               OT                   Louisville
189 Dane Cruikshank                CB                    Arizona
190 * Trey Quinn                       WR                   SMU
191 Kylie Fitts                             DE                      Utah
192 Dorian O’Daniel                  LB                    Clemson
193 Brandon Facycon               CB                     Virginia Tech
194 JaVon Rolland-Jones         LB                   Arkansas St
195 Mike McCray                        LB                     Michigan
196 JK Scott                                P                        Alabama
197 Tegray Scales                       LB                     Indiana
198 * Audon Tate                       WR                   Florida St
199 Akrum Wadley                    RB                    Iowa
200 Dimitri Flowers                  FB                    Oklahoma
201 Chase Litton                        QB                   Marshall
202 Steve Ishmael                     WR                   Syracuse
203 Ito Smith                             RB                    Southern Miss
204 Brandon Silvers                 QB                   Troy
205 Dylan Cantrell                    WR                   Texas Tech
206 Azeem Victor                      LB                    Washington
207 Jaleel Scott                          WR                   New Mexico St
208 * Sam Jones                        OG                   Arizona St
209 * Dorance Armstrong        DE                   Kansas
210 * Jordan Lasley                   WR                   UCLA
211 * JC Jackson                        CB                    Maryland
212 Skyler Phillips                     OG                   Idaho St
213 * Antonio Callaway            WR                   Florida
214 KC McDermott                   OG                   Miami
215 Will Dissly                            TE                    Washington
216 Folorunso Fatukasi            DT                    Connecticut
217 Zach Crabtree                      OT                    Oklahoma St
218 Levi Wallace                       CB                    Alabama
219 Darrel Williams                 RB                    LSU
220 Jamil Demby                      OT                    Maine
221 Matthew Thomas               LB                    Florida St
222 David Bright                        OT                    Stanford
223 Arrion Springs                    CB                    Oregon
224 Timon Parris                       OT                    Stony Brook
225 Jeremy Reaves                   DB                   South Alabama
226 * Byron Pringle                   WR                   KSU
227 Kentavius Strong                DE                   N.C. St
228 * Nick Nelson                      CB                    Wisconsin
229 Marcell Frazier                   DE                   Missouri
230 Darren Carrington             WR                   Utah
231 * Kamryn Pettway               RB                    Auburn
232 Tanner Lee                           QB                   Nebraska
233 Natrell Jamerson                S                      Wisconsin
234 Greg Gilmore                      DT                    LSU
235 Robert Foster                     WR                   Alabama
236 Avonte Maddox                  CB                    Pittsburgh
237 Brett Toth                           OT                    Army
238 Tony Adams                       OG                   N.C. St
239 Kameron Kelly                    CB                    San Diego St
240 Jake Wieneke                     WR                   South Dakota St
241 Skai Moore                          LB                    South Carolina
242 Maea Teuhema                   OG                   SE Louisiana
243 Taron Johnson                   CB                    Weber St
244 Shane Wimann                   TE                    Northern Illinois
245 Nick DeLuca                        LB                    North Dakota St
246 JaMarcus King                    CB                    South Carolina
247 Rashard Fant                       CB                   Indiana
248 Daurice Fountain               WR                   Northern Iowa
249 Desmond Harrison            OT                    West Georgia
250 Darius Jackson                   LB                    Jacksonville St
251 Sean Welsh                          OG                   Iowa
252 Elijah Nkansah                   OT                    Toledo
253 Cam Serigne                        TE                    Wake Forest
254 *Zach Sieler                         DE                   Ferris St
255 Jarvion Franklin                 RB                    Western Michigan
256 Janarion Grant                    WR                   Rutgers
257 Deon Yelder                          TE                    Western Kentucky
258 * Richie James                    WR                   Middle Tenn St
259 Donnie Ernsberger             TE                    Western Michigan
260 Toby Weathersby               OT                    LSU
261 Davon Grayson                   WR                   East Carolina
262 Nick Bawden                      FB                    San Diego St
263 Chris Streveler                    QB                   South Dakota
264 Chase Edmonds                 RB                    Fordham
265 Jalen Davis                         CB                    Utah St
266 Jeremiah Briscoe                QB                   Sam Houston St
267 Dejon Allen                         OG                   Hawaii
268 J.T. Barrett                         QB                   Ohio State
269 Logan Woodside                QB                   Toledo
270 * Jordan Akins                   TE                    Central Florida
271 Nic Shimonek                     QB                   Texas Tech
272 Deatrick Nichols                CB                    South Florida
273 Cam Phillips                       WR                   Virginia Tech
274 Jaryd Jones-Smith            OT                    Pittsburgh
275 Poona Ford                         DT                    Texas
276 Bryce Bobo                         WR                   Colorado
277 Mike Basile                         S                      Monmouth (NJ)
278 Ebenezer Ogundeko         DE                    Tennessee St
279 Jordan Thomas                  TE                    Mississippi St
280 Phillip Lindsay                   RB                    Colorado
281 Trayvon Henderson           S                      Hawaii
282 Chris Jones                         CB                    Nebraska
283 Johnny Townsend              P                      Florida
284 Cody O’Connell                   OG                   Washington St
285 Blake Mack                          TE                    Arkansas St
286 Christian Campbell            CB                    Penn St
287 Tray Matthews                     S                      Auburn
288 Mike Hughes Jr.                  DT                    UNLV
289 Danny Johnson                   CB                    Southern U (La)
290 * Olasunkanmi Adeniyi     DE                   Toledo
291 Michael Hill                          DT                    Ohio St
292 Justin Crawford                  RB                    West Virginia
293 Joe Ostman                         DE                    Central Michigan
294 Ryan Yurachek                   TE                    Marshall
295 * Jack Cichy                         LB                    Wisconsin
296 Bradley Bozeman               OC                   Alabama
297 Michael Badgley                 PK                    Miami
298 Jordan Thomas                  CB                    Oklahoma
299 Joel Lanning                       LB                    Iowa St
300 Garret Dooley                     LB                    Wisconsin

   Sign up for Twitter service through the NFL Draft 2018   

          By Frank Coyle & Pro Scouting Staff of DraftInsiders.com 27th Season




2018 Yearbook – Kickers and Specialists

Draft Insiders’ – 2018 NFL Draft Yearbook

Draft Insiders.com – 27th Season –
Published by NFL scout Frank Coyle & staff

www.draftinsiders.com
“The NFL Draft Publication Pro Scouts Buy”

Special Teams

Placekickers, Punters, Return Specialists, Long snappers & Gunners

    Placekickers – Grade B+

1 Daniel Carlson          6-5        215       Auburn                        Rating 80
Big kicker with a powerful leg with 13 kicks over 50 yards for over 60%. Set SEC career record for placekicks with 92 kicks. As a kickoff specialist, he had 156 touchbacks. Subpar 2017 placekicking season with a conversion rate (23-of-31 field goals for 74%). Missed FG in Senior Bowl under 50 yards. Hit 88% of his place kicks from inside the 50 over his final three seasons. Three-time Lou Groza Award finalist. Needs technique work on his mechanics where his approach is inconsistent. Huge effort in 2016 with 28 of 32 kicks.  Made 92-of-114 career field goal attempts in the tough SEC environment. Three-time 1st-team SEC. Perfect on career extra points. Quick approach and good from either hash mark. Ball explodes on impact with excellent trajectory. Top 150 pick with Pro Bowl talent with huge leg.

2 Eddy Pineiro             5-11      185       Florida                         Rating 65
Junior two-time ACC first team honors in his only time as a placekicker. Former soccer player had a career FGs 38 of 43 attempts for an excellent 88%. Made 17 of 18 FG in 2017. Made 29 of his last 30 FGs. Lou Groza Award winner. Kickoffs were average. Accurate from 50 yards and a reliable kicker with starting talent, though needs work on his mechanics. Adequate distance. Late choice with experience only in a warm climate. NFL starter with work.

3 Michael Badgley       5-10      180       Miami
4 Drew Brown              5-11      200       Nebraska
5 Griffin Oakes            5-10      200       Indiana
6 Matthew McCrane     5-10      165       Kansas St
7 Mike Weaver             6-1        190       Wake Forest
8 Matt Anderson          6-0        195       California
9 Austin MacGinnis      5-10      185       Kentucky
10 Aidan Schneider       6-3        235       Oregon
11 Tyler Davis               5-11      190       Penn St
12 Gary Wunderlich       6-0        185       Mississippi
13 Jason Sanders         5-11      190       New Mexico
14 Cole Murphy              6-3       225       Syracuse
15 Aaron Medley           6-2        200       Tennessee

Punters – Grade A

 1 * Michael Dickson     6-3        205                   Texas                           Rating 85
Powerful junior Aussie punter performed brilliantly over his three season, including winning the Ray Guy award in 2017. Very strong leg with outstanding distance and hang time. Career punting average 45.3 yards per kick and none blocked. Nice placement with 89 career punts inside the 20-yard line. Of his 84 punts in 2017, returners fair caught 33 kicks with another 42 inside the 20-yard line. Snap to toe time is very good. Excellent leg strength and hang time, though can outkick his coverage. Needs development as a directional punter. Did not kickoff. Averaged 47.4 yards per punt his final two seasons. Best punter since Pro Bowler Johnny Hekker. Very consistent over his career. NFL skills, athleticism and leg strength to be drafted fairly early. Defensive weapon to pin opponent back and tilt the field. Won Texas Bowl MVP award for impact on game. Pro Bowl punter in time. Top 100-125 prospect with huge upside.

2 J.K. Scott                  6-5        204                   Alabama                      Rating 75
Senior four-year starter as punter and kickoff specialist. Over his career, he punted 243 times for a 45.6-yard average with 108 inside the 20-yard line. Three career blocked punts. As a senior, he had had 27 of 54 punts inside the 20-yard line with the other 27 punts fair caught. Punter 17 over 50 yards. Good extension and hang time. Gets his punts off too slowly and needs to improve his hand to toe time. Experienced punter with NFL ability with late grade. Probably not a kickoff man. NFL starting punter with technique work.

3 Joseph Davidson     6-7        230                   Bowling Green
4 Johnny Townsend     6-1        205                   Florida
5 Ryan Winslow           6-6        225                   Pittsburgh
6 Shane Tripucka        6-3        220                   Texas A&M
7 Michael Carrizosa     5-10      225                   San Jose St
8 Trevor Daniel            6-1        225                   Tennessee
9 Ryan Anderson         6-0        205                   Rutgers
10 Joe Zema                 6-2        210                   Incarnate Word
11 Keith Wrzuszczak      5-11      200                   Eastern Kentucky
12 Kaare Vedvik           6-3        210                   Marshall

Returners – Grade A  

   Kickoff Returners – Grade A

1. Christian Kirk                         Texas A&M
2. Dante Pettis                          Washington
3. Saquon Barkley                     Penn St
4. Nyheim Hines                        North Carolina St.
5. D.J. Moore                            Maryland
6. Rashaad Penny                     San Diego St
7. Darius Phillips                       Western Michigan
8. Evan Berry                             Tennessee
9. Anthony Miller                     Memphis
10 Antonio Callaway               Florida
11. Quadree Henderson           Pittsburgh
12. Janarion Grant                    Rutgers
13. D’Ernest Johnson               South Florida
14. D.J. Chark                            LSU
15. Byron Pringle                       Kansas St

     Punt Returners – Grade A

1. Christian Kirk                      Texas A&M
2. Nyheim Hines                     North Carolina St.
3. Dante Pettis                         Washington
4. Darius Phillips                     Western Michigan
5. Donte Jackson                     LSU
6. D.J. Moore                           Maryland
7. Jaire Alexander                   Louisville
8. Mike Hughes                       Central Florida
9. Antonio Callaway                Florida
10. Quadree Henderson         Pittsburgh
11. Janarion Grant                   Rutgers
12. Chase Edmunds                 Fordham (N.Y.)
13 Richie James                       Middle Tennessee St.
14. D.J. Reed                            Kansas St
15. Blaise Taylor                       Arkansas St

Gunners:  Grade B
1 * Ronnie Harrison – Alabama
2 Justin Reid – Stanford
3 Kyzir White – West Virginia
4 * Terrell Edmunds – Virginia Tech
5 Siran Neal – Jacksonville St
6 Godwin Igwebuike – Northwestern
7 Troy Apke – Penn St
8 Joshua Kalu – Nebraska
9 Natrell Jamerson – Wisconsin
10 Mike Basile – Monmouth University
11 * Jordan Whitehead – Pittsburgh
12 Marcus Allen – Penn St
13 Tarvarius Moore – Southern Miss
14 Trayvon Henderson – Hawaii
15 Tracy Walker – Louisiana-Laf

Longsnappers – Grade C
1 Tanner Carew           6-1          240         Oregon
2 Ike Powell                  6-3          240         Auburn
3 Hunter Bradley        6-3          240         Mississippi St
4 Drew Scott                6-2          215         Kansas St

         By Frank Coyle & Pro Scouting Staff of DraftInsiders.com 27th Season




Yearbook 2018 – Safeties

Draft Insiders’ – 2018 NFL Draft Yearbook

 Draft Insiders.com – 27th Season –
 Published by NFL scout Frank Coyle & staff
 
www.draftinsiders.com
 “The NFL Draft Publication Pro Scouts Buy” 

Safeties – Grade: B

Positional Overview:
This year’s safety group is an excellent class at a critical position that has become more important with the focus on the passing game. Several highly-regarded prospects figure in the top rounds with Minkah Fitzpatrick and Derwin James probable high 1st round picks. Both are fine blue-chip prospects with the skills to play in all the packages and start day one. Fitzpatrick is one of the readiest NFL defenders in years and capable of playing several secondary positions at a high level. He projects to a top 5-10 selection. James is just starting to realize his potential and is expected to go in the top 10-15 selections with a rookie starting grade. Ronnie Harrison, Justin Reid and Jessie Bates are other underclassmen with the skill set to be early NFL starters. All are moving into the top 75 selections. Rashaan Gaulden is a defender with maybe the most upside in this class. He has lined up at safety and corner and shows fast developing skills to play at a few positions and become a three-down starter. Seniors Kyzir White and Armani Watts are coming off good final performances. Terrell Edmunds is versatile and plays a few key positions in the base and package defenses. He could surprise and be selected in the early middle rounds and carries a starting grade with experience. Juniors, DeShon Elliott and Jordan Whitehead figure to go in the middle rounds. Both are good well-rounded athletes who have moved up off strong final seasons. Godwin Igwebuike, Marcus Allen and Quin Blanding are highly rated off fine career production vs top competition and are early middle tier prospects. Troy Apke and Natrell Jamerson had good senior performances in the Big Ten and were among the best ‘Workout Warriors’ during the NFL Combine. Both figure in the 3rd day off strong career finishes. Siran Neal and Mike Basil are highly regarded small college kids with potential and rising up the charts. There could be as many 12-15 prospects selected in the top 150 choices. This class may produce 20+ safeties drafted and another 20 high priority FAs.

NFL Teams in need:
1 Cowboys         5. Rams
2 Dolphins       6. Colts
3 Chargers        7. Browns
4 Cardinals      8. Titans

NFL Premier Player
   Landon Collins
Blue Chip – Minkah Fitzpatrick
Blue Chip – Derwin James
Red Chip – Ronnie Harrison
Rising – Jessie Bates
Falling – Marcus Allen
Underrated – Armani Watts
Overrated – Quin Blanding
Sleeper – Siran Neal
Boom/Bust – DeShon Elliott
Hidden Gem – Rashaan Gaulden
Over drafted – Justin Reid

Positional Traits
Best Athlete – Minkah Fitzpatrick
Man Cover – Minkah Fitzpatrick
Zone Cover – Justin Reid
Run Support – Ronnie Harrison
Best Tackler – Kyzir White
Best Hands – Jessie Bates
Best Intangibles – Minkah Fitzpatrick
Ball Instincts – DeShon Elliott
Most Developed – Minkah Fitzpatrick

Safeties
1 * Minkah Fitzpatrick – Alabama
2 * Derwin James – Florida St
3 * Ronnie Harrison – Alabama
4 * Justin Reid – Stanford
5 * Jessie Bates – Wake Forest
6 * Rashaan Gaulden – Tennessee
7 Kyzir White – West Virginia
8 * Terrell Edmunds – Virginia Tech
9 * DeShon Elliott – Texas
10 Armani Watts – Texas A&M
11 Siran Neal – Jacksonville St
12 Godwin Igwebuike – Northwestern
13 * Jordan Whitehead – Pittsburgh
14 Marcus Allen – Penn St
15 Quin Blanding – Virginia
16 Troy Apke – Penn St
17 Natrell Jamerson – Wisconsin
18 Mike Basile – Monmouth University
19 Kameron Kelly – San Diego St
20 Tray Matthews – Auburn
21 Tarvarius Moore – Southern Miss
22 Trayvon Henderson – Hawaii
23 Jeremy Reaves – South Alabama
24 Joshua Kalu – Nebraska
25 Tracy Walker – Louisiana-Laf

  Top Safety Prospects

 1 * Minkah Fitzpatrick #29        Alabama           6-0        205       – Sp 4.45                      
    Hindu Theory: Charles Woodson                                       Rating 94
Instinctive, versatile true junior free safety enjoyed an impressive short career with the Tide, earning SEC first team honors his final two seasons. Athletic defender has cornerback size, experience and talent as well as a free safety skill set. Plays the game fast and physical and able to get into the action in both pass coverage and run support. Good speed for a safety and able to transition quickly with natural footwork and smooth lateral movement. Easily opens his hips to retain coverage. Very likely the safest defensive selection in the upcoming draft. This young man lives, eats and breaths football 24/7. He is like a coach on the field and would bring an immediate positive culture change to most any locker room. Capable of playing any secondary position, though free safety is where he fits best. The Tide moved him all over the place in the back seven and he was outstanding wherever he lined up. Made the secondary calls too, a rare occurrence for an underclassman on a Saban coached team. Comes from a solid blue-collar background with that type of work ethic. His father is a truck mechanic. Jersey five star recruit. The 2017 winner of the Chuck Bednarik (nation’s top defender) and Jim Thorpe (nation’s top defensive back) awards. He is just the third player to ever win both in the same season, along with Charles Woodson and Patrick Peterson. Very lofty company. He has the instincts and athleticism to be a fine starting NFL corner, as well as the size, range, diagnostic and ball skills to be an excellent safety. He has top initial quickness, extremely fluid hips and fine change-of-direction. In coverage, often seems like a mind reader, in that he knows where the receiver is going before the receiver himself does. His instincts are finely honed, and his read-react ability is instantaneous. Reads routes very well and breaks on the ball quickly to break up the play. As a run defender, he is very solid. He is a textbook tackler who breaks down well in space, sees his target, wraps up consistently and minimizes yards after contact. Very tenacious and goes full speed constantly. Moves well and maintains leverage to the sideline with good closing speed. Shows natural athletic instincts with great vision, sound awareness and anticipation and rarely gets fooled by play action or counter plays. Very good range to make up ground to make plays on the ball. In pass coverage, he is skilled at jumping routes, reading the QB and baiting throws. Plays single high safety like a veteran and drops over the slot receiver naturally after corner experience. Plays bump and run well to jam and mirror in coverage. Strong frame and plays bigger and tougher than his size with the ability to matchup with top receivers or take down big running backs. Ideal makeup for free safety and very effective in zone coverage where he has the ability to read and react and use his excellent closing speed to track the ball. At free safety, he shows very good range, catch-up speed, sound transitional skills and the leaping ability to make plays. His level of development probably earns him a rookie starting role. As a junior, he started 13 games and made 60 tackles with 8 TFL, 1 pick and 8 PBU, earning first team SEC. As a sophomore, he started in 15 games at safety and made 66 tackles with 5 TFL, 1 sack, 1 FF, 7 PBU and 6 interceptions with 2 TDs. Earned first team SEC. At the NFL Combine, he came in at 6’ and 206 lbs. with 32 1/4” arms. Ran a 4.46 time with a 152 ten yard split, 14 reps, 33”VL and 10’1” BJ. Shows smooth hips, easy transition while dropping in coverage with the range to track the pass. Fast rising young athlete has moved into the top 10 selections. Complete skill set and intangibles to be a rookie starter. Ideal contributor in the nickel and dime package. Smooth defender with a high LOD and top ball skills. Rising top 5-10 prospect and high ceiling to rank among the best free safeties. Pro Bowl skill set and immediate impact defender.
Draft Projection: 1st Round – Top 5-10

2 * Derwin James #3       Florida St                  6-2        215       Sp. 4.45                      
     Hindu Theory: Sean Taylor                                                Rating 90
Big, fluid experienced redshirt sophomore made a successful return to the field in 2017 after missing most of the prior year with an early knee injury. Earned ACC honors in both 2017 and 2015. Fine physique and height with very long 33” arms and solid frame. Terrific athlete and effective as either the box or high safety. He fits the prototype for what teams want these days in a very versatile safety. He is a fine blend of size, speed, quick-twitch movement skills and instincts to fill a number of roles in the back seven of a pro defense. The Seminoles lined him up all over the place with consistent success and ability to impact. From snap to snap, he may be lined up anywhere from deep safety, to slot corner, buck linebacker, or on the end of the line as a standup pass rusher playing 9 technique with equal effectiveness. He has supreme confidence in his abilities, and should be an alpha male, locker room leader, wherever he ends up being drafted. He is in constant motion after the snap. Sees the play develop quickly and can close on the ball like a flash. He is very nimble and flexible and does a fine job of avoiding blocks. He has the cover skills, speed and instincts to run with most any receiver. Wraps up well in space and consistently limits yards after the catch. Times up his pass rush attempts very well and explodes off the edge. His sack totals are not great, but he is constantly harassing the QB and negatively effecting the play. Very aggressive in pursuit and closes downhill hard. Displays the start/stop quickness to recover and change directions easily. Fairly smooth in coverage and closes to the ball well. Strong hands and flexibility to adjust to the ball and pick it off. With the increasing need in bigger safeties, he fits the role to handle tight ends in coverage or support the run at the line. Fine fluidity in the open-field with the ability to finish with bone crushing tackles. Good backpedal and flexible hips to open up and run with tight ends and backs. Smooth change of directions with the ability to close. Able to turn, run and recover when the ball is in the air. Reads routes well and dependable in coverage and seldom out of position. Exceptional playing zone coverage with good eyes and capable of finishing with big hits. Covers tightly and will pinch down throwing lanes. Average to plant and drive on throws, though arrives with a physicality that forces turnovers. As a run defender, plays with a sense of urgency, taking precise pursuit angles to track high to low. Physical thumper when tackling and drops ball carriers in their tracks. Carries out his assignments with a good football IQ and rarely takes a penalty. As a sophomore, he made 84 tackles, 5.5 TFL, 2 picks, 1 sack and 11 PBU, starting 12 games. Earned first team ACC honors. As a freshman, he started 13 games and made 91 tackles, 8 TFL, 3 sacks, 2 FF, 2 FR, 4 PBU and 0 picks and first team ACC honors. Over his three-year career, he made 186 tackles with 12 TFL, 3 sacks, 15 PBU, 2 FF and 3 picks. At the NFL Combine, he came in 6’2”, 215 lbs. with 33” arms and 21 reps in the lifting. He ran 4.47 time with a fast 1.55 ten yard split. He added a 40” VL and an 11’ BJ. He did well in the positional drills for an outstanding overall workout. Compares well to former Pro Bowler Sean Taylor in size, AA along with his strengths and impact on a game. Displays good recovery speed for the next level and can be effective in either a man or zone scheme. He has the size/speed ratio to be an intriguing prospect with rookie starting time after a strong ACC career. Plug and play three down safety. Shows the mental toughness to take on leadership roles. Probable top 10 pick off his talent, production and upside. Starter with a high ceiling in the right setting. Future Pro Bowler with early impact ability.1
Draft Projection: 1st Round – Top 10-12

3 * Ronnie Harrison #15           Alabama          6-2        210       Sp. 4.54     
    Hindu Theory: Reshad Jones                   Rating 85
Big, physical, hard-hitting safety has been among the most productive defenders in the country during his final two seasons. Earned SEC 2nd team honors in 2017 after honorable mention in 2016. Ideally built for safety with a big chiseled frame and overall muscle development and definition. Former HS quarterback and used that background knowledge to help better read the field generals, he faced weekly in the SEC. Tall, athletic, and muscular with long arms that fit the prototype of what NFL teams are looking for at the position. Used his fine athleticism, instincts, and football intelligence to help him stay with most any tight end or back in coverage. Over the course of his two seasons as a starter, he was a tackling machine for the Tide, including leading the team in that regard in 2017. As a run defender, he sees the plays develop very quickly and closes on the ball carrier like a heat seeking missile. He can be a technically sound face up, wrap up tackler, but at times looks to intimidate and will just lead with his shoulder and drive through the runner. He has an extensive amount of experience on special teams too and can be a big help covering kicks and punts, while he works his way into the starting lineup. Though that may come to pass fairly early in his NFL career. Somewhat overlooked and underrated, being part of a talent laden Tide secondary. Displays good speed with long powerful strides that give him a fine range. Usually aligned near the line of scrimmage where he is an explosive hitter and finisher. He developed further in coverage responsibilities to cover the deep middle. Shows a high backpedal with decent hip flexibility to transition and change directions, though raw in his overall coverage technique. Usually closes decisively and can deliver some impressive hits that drops ball-carriers or receivers in their tracks. Despite having good range, he is learning to trust his eyes more in coverage. Most effective in close quarters. At times, on the 2nd level, seems to let the receiver come to him and gets caught flat footed in route recognition. His read-react ability is just average and he needs to process what he sees quicker to use his athleticism. At times, he can be slow to key and diagnose and fails to anticipate plays well. In coverage, his mediocre instincts effect his range. At times, tends to look in the backfield too long and will allow receivers a chance to separate. Developing in coverage, though needs to improve his reads and reaction time. In 2017, he started 14 games and totaled 74 tackles, 4.5 TFL, 4 PBU and 3 interceptions, earning SEC 2nd team honors. In 2016, he started 15 games and totaled 85 tackles, 1.5 TFL, 2 picks, 2 FR and 7 PBU. Earned SEC honors. At the NFL Combine, he came in at 6’2” and 207 lbs. with 33 3/8” arms and did not run or lift. Added a 34” VL and a 10’ BJ and no agility drills. Compares to Dolphins’ Reshad Jones in size and as an athlete and hitter. Aggressive developed safety with huge upside after refinement on his coverage skills. Consistently physical when playing the run, coming downhill with power behind his pads. May be an in-the-box safety early at the next level. Very physical player with a nasty demeanor on the field and punishing intimidator. Premier special teams’ coverage defender. Fast rising top 50 prospect with the developing skill set to start early as a pro, though may be only a two-down defender until further coverage development. Big time hitter with impact ability.
Draft Projection: 2nd Round

4 * Justin Reid #8                     Stanford           6-0        205       Sp. 4.40
     Hindu Theory: Malcolm Jenkins                  Rating 85
Rangy athletic junior really stepped up for the Cardinal over his final two seasons which led to him declaring for the NFL Draft. Earned Pac-12 honors with 1st-team in 2017 and honorable mention in 2016. Earned invitation to the NFL Combine where he performed very well. Long safety with the frame and arms to matchup in coverage. Lacks bulk to be physical vs the run, though he is a consistently effective tackler. Easy movement skills with the agility to slide laterally and make adjustments in coverage with the foot speed to make up ground. Experienced and effective playing the high safety role. Athletic versatile prototype safety and brother of former LSU star and 1st round pick Eric Reid. He mostly played over the slot receiver or in the box for the Cardinal where his quickness, change-of-direction, instincts and awareness helped him be effective in those roles. He has the speed, diagnostic and ball skills though to be a very good free safety prospect. Besides his fine speed, he has fluid hips and instant acceleration. He has big 9 3/4” hands and is able to get off the ground and high point the ball very well. As a run defender, he does not hesitate when closing downhill to get in on the action. Adept at avoiding or playing off blocks and will wrap up and secure the ball carrier with sound textbook tackling. Very mentally aware and can make all the secondary calls. Experienced versatility with time at every corner and safety spot in the Cardinal defense. Very capable in pass coverage with the range and ball skills to become a top NFL free safety. Closing speed to make plays on the ball with intriguing matchup talent vs tight ends. Good vision, reads the QB and routes well with the athleticism to match up in either man-to-man or in zone. Shows fine awareness to recognize routes, anticipates well and displays a fine closing burst to contest the pass at the catch point consistently. Excellent hand-eye coordination to compete well on jump-balls and totaled 6 interceptions with 5 over his final season. His coverage ability could allow him to compete for the dime package day one if he doesn’t win a starting role as a rookie. Will benefit from spending more time in the weight room and building additional core and upper body strength. Also, needs to become more consistent in his tackling technique. In 2017, he started 14 games and totaled 99 tackles, 6.5 TFL, 5 picks, 6 PBU, 1 sack and 2 QB hurries, earning 2nd team Pac-12 honors. In 2016, totaled 57 tackles, 4 TFL, no picks and 7 PBU, earning Pac-12 honorable mention. At the NFL Combine, he came in at 6’ and 205 lbs. with 31 5/8” arms. He did 16 reps, ran a 4.40 time with an impress 1.52 ten yard split time. Added a 36.5” VL and 10’8” BJ with a 4.15 shuttle and 6.65 three cone with very good positional drills. Centerfielder came on strong over his late career. Fast progress in coverage responsibilities and ball skills with the size and speed to matchup with TEs has raised his stock significantly. Rising top 60 prospect with developing skill set to start early. Fixture to be a three-down defender in a secondary with fine versatility and intangibles.                                                                                     Draft Projection: 2nd Round

5 * Jessie Bates III #3               Wake Forest     6-1        200       Sp. 4.50
    Hindu Theory: Harrison Smith                   Rating 83
Fluid rangy redshirt sophomore has been the leader of the Wake Forest secondary for the past two seasons. Stepped in as a full-time starter in 2016 as a redshirt freshman and named Freshman All-America. Earned back to back ACC honors. Long athlete with good movement skills including fine speed, quickness and fluid athleticism to be a three-down defender with the versatility to lineup at a few spots in the packages. Ideally, he fits free safety spot with the keen instincts the position demands. Though not a violent hitter, he is a savvy sure drag down tackler with excellent range and has the ability to breakdown well in space to finish. Fine job of timing whether in run support or coverage. Displays an awesome closing burst, arriving with good pad level to maintain leverage and breakup passes. He has good read-react ability and attacks with an aggressive manner and a motor that knows only one speed. Drives through his target upon contact and able to finish. Lined up in a variety of ways, usually the high safety or slot corner in different alignments. Very effective single-high safety with excellent range to make up ground and get to the ball. In coverage, he reads his keys well with the athleticism to cover ground and make plays on the ball. Covers the back quarter well and can cover speed merchants in the vertical game. Fine size and flexibility, plus good ball skills to compete for early time in the NFL. Shows the speed, quickness and athleticism to play cornerback with natural coverage skills and technique to play over the slot receiver at the NFL level. Shows a good nose for the ball and the tenacity to make sure tackles in space. Plays all facets of the game with a strong sense of urgency. He has ideal size, especially for a heavy diet of playing over a tight end and able to run in the deep seam. In 2017, started 11 games and had 79 tackles, 5.5 TFL, no sacks, 1 picks, 5 PBU, and 1 FR. Earned first team ACC honors. In 2016, played in 13 games and made 100 tackles, 3.5 TFL, 5 picks and 4 PBU. For his career, he started 20 of 24 games and totaled 179 tackles with 9 TFL, 6 picks and 9 PBU. Best suited for playing single high scheme. Fine athleticism to be a three-down defender. At the NFL Combine, he came in at 6’1” and 200 lbs. with 31 5/8” arms. He ran a 4.50 time with a 1.58 ten yard split. He did not lift, but added a 35.5” VL and a 9’9“ BJ with 4.26 shuttle and 6.78 three cone. He has the speed, quickness and ball skills to be an early starter and compares to Harrison Smith in development, AA and versatility, though not as big. Shows flexible hips and quick footwork with the instincts to continue to improve in coverage. Talent to be a difference maker if coupled with a quality strong safety. High quality athlete with experience to compete for time in different packages and an excellent addition. Probable early starting ability with nice versatility. Fast developing talent and a three-down defender. Rising marginal top 75 selection with early starting talent. Teams like the Dolphins, Cowboys and Chiefs have on their short list in the mid-2nd day.
Draft Projection: 2nd-3rd Round

6 * Rashaan Gaulden #7          Tennessee        6-1      200       – Sp. 4.60  
    Hindu Theory: Morgan Burnett                    Rating 80
Rangy, fourth year junior has been a key contributor on the Vols’ defense the past two seasons. Stepped into the starting lineup early in 2016 after missing the 2015 season with a foot injury. Wiry physique with good movement skills and overall athleticism. Aggressive alert playmaker with fine range and field speed that clubs seek in a centerfielder. Displays fine read-react ability on underneath routes. Recognizes routes as they are developing. Displays good vision for reading the QB and is a student of the game with good work ethic and the film work to know his opponent’s tendencies. Decisive downhill attacker who does not shy away from contact despite only adequate frame. Shows the agility to slip through the trash and take down the ball-carrier as well. Good awareness and ball-skills with the quickness to close on the ball at the catch point. Fine body control with some impressive acrobatic diving plays. Flexible in the lower body and moves easily in the secondary with quick change of direction skills. Flips his hips quickly with the ability to mirror down the field. At times, looks high in his pedal, though he accelerates nicely out of his breaks and loses little in transition when his initial reads are proper. In run support, he can at times use too sharp of pursuit angles and miss runners. Gets out of control sometimes when breaking down to tackle on the move. Despite good catch up speed, he can be put at a disadvantage if he takes many false steps. Sometimes keeps his eyes on the QB too long and loses a step in coverage. Possesses the length, reach and speed to turn and cover deep with his back to the QB. His matchup skills with tight ends probably gets him over drafted. The tendency to be overly aggressive causes him to give up some big plays, but his playmaking and ball skills help him rack up his share of big highlight plays too. Currently, he may be too inconsistent to start off as single-high free safety, though he makes plays on the ball that interests defensive coaches. In 2017, started 13 games and totaled 65 tackles, 3 FF, 3 FR, 1 pick and 5 PBU. In 2016, he totaled 68 tackles, 6 TFL, 1 FF, no picks and 4 PBU. At the NFL Combine, he came in at 6’1” and 197 lbs. with 30 3/4” arms. He ran a 4.61 sprint and did 8 reps. Added a 30” VL, 9’11” BJ and a 4.33 shuttle and a 7.16 three cone. Finished with good positional drills. Maintains sound positioning to play the back quarter with the skills to be a starting free safety. This is an aggressive developing centerfielder who can drop over the slot receiver and matchup with tight ends. Needs refinement in his decision making to become a starting centerfield safety. Rising marginal top 125 prospect with well-rounded skill set to start in time. Very good for early package defense as a coverage matchup. Hidden gem in this group.
Draft Projection: 4th Round

7 Kyzir White #8                       West Virginia   6-2        215       Sp. 4.55                  
   Hindu Theory: Shawn Williams                                            Rating 75
Physical senior earned Big 12 honors annually in his two year W.Va career. The brother of current WVU receiver Ka’Raun and former WVU receiver, Chicago Bears 1st-round pick Kevin. Big frame with plenty of muscle, and room to carry more. Good arm length at 31 5/8” and large 10 1/8” hands. When he plays in the box or on the end of the line, he is very active as a run defender. Closes downhill quickly and can either avoid blocks with quickness, or take them on and shed to make a play on the ball-carrier. When he plays deep safety, he shows the coverage instincts and range to go sideline to sideline and make plays on the ball. Very reliable when working over the top and as the last line of defense. While he may not have true raw speed or great athleticism, his diagnostic skills and read-react ability help make up for it. Seldom fooled by play-action and maintains coverage responsibilities. Able to stick tight to most tight ends in man coverage. Tough in the box defender who uses his muscular well-built physique and good movement skills like a Will backer. Aggressive run defender who will attack downhill with reckless abandon. Sound dependable open-field tackler who finishes. Shows speed with a linebacker’s mentality. Fine hybrid versatility after time at safety and backer type roles. Good instincts and vision and a developed sense of timing and route recognition. Improving technique in coverage and learning to read routes. Able to use his athleticism and aggressiveness to out-position the receiver at the catch point. Displays average hands to pluck the ball with good height which can be a liability in matchups. Shows adequate hip flexibility and change-of-direction skills, which hinders him vs quick slot receivers or fast tight ends. Though not a quick twitch defender, shows good initial quickness and possesses adequate speed in coverage. Good vision and strong hands with a sense of breaking on the ball, but his size limitations hurt him in matchups with tight ends. Speed has limits vs fast receivers and can be beaten over the top. In 2017, he stared 13 games and made 94 tackles with 7.5 TFL, 1 sack, 2 FF, 4 PBU and 3 interceptions. Earned 2nd team Big 12 honors. In 2016, started 12 games and totaled 58 tackles, 7 TFL, 3 sacks, no picks, 2 FF and 5 PBU. Earned 2nd team Big 12 honors. At the NFL Combine, he came in at 6’2” and 218 lbs. and did 21 reps. He did not run in a short workout. Added a 35.5” VL and a 9’5” BJ. At times, he can get beaten deep, though usually maintains fine deep responsibility. Some deficiencies in coverage, though the mental and physical toughness to be a special teams’ defender. Capable of winning a role in package defenses once he settles in. Marginal top 125 prospect and underrated athlete with above average measurables and good production. Top special teams’ performer with impact on coverage units. In time, a quality starter with fairly developed skills to continue to improve and may be a big surprise in a right scheme. Strong safety limitations currently.
Draft Projection: 4th Round

8 * Terrell Edmunds #22          Virginia Tech   6-0        215       Sp. 4.50           
   Hindu Theory: Patrick Chung                                               Rating 75
Athletic safety had an unheralded career in the ACC, starting since early in his true sophomore season. Earned some ACC honorable mention after his senior season, culminating with a fine bowl performance vs Maryland. Good size and above average speed with reliable tackling ability and improving coverage skills to challenge for an NFL starting job. He is the brother of top LB prospect Tremaine and son of former Dolphins Pro Bowl TE Ferrell Edmunds. Fine physical specimen with ideal size for the safety position including long 32 ¾” arms and large 10 ½” hands. Experienced all over the secondary having arrived on campus as a corner and played there on the scout team while redshirting. Moved to Rover for the next two seasons, before taking over as free safety in 2017. When he played Rover, he lined up in several places for the Hokies. Often on the end of the line, where he showed the ability to hold the point and set the edge vs the run. Almost big enough to be a stack Will backer. He lined up over the slot on passing downs where he displayed the speed and awareness to play tight coverage. In all aspects, he was usually a dependable, wrap up, head up form tackler. After moving to free safety, he generally played deeper and off the ball, rather than in or near the box. He displayed the speed to run with most receivers. Usually able to play tight coverage, but was at times slow to get his head around and locate the ball, allowing catches when it appeared he was in position to breakup the pass. In run support, he reads the play nicely and uses his arms well to get off blockers and finish. As a tackler, he reads to react and gets proper positioning to make stops. Powerful frame to deliver big hits and can be a downhill thumper in the strong safety mold. He has key areas to improve in pass coverage to compete for a starting role. Good speed and range to make plays at the sidelines. In pass coverage, he can retain well in transition, though better in zone situations than man coverage. He has tightness in his hips and need better reads and learn to trust his eyes better to succeed in man situations. At times, he gives too much separation and lacks the recovery speed to make up for mistakes. In man coverage, he can be exploited by fast receivers especially with multiple moves. Still raw in route and overall play recognition and needs better technique and footwork to plant and drive on the ball. Needs reps in reading the QB and routes better to be ready to compete for time in dime package. As a junior, he started 10 games, made 59 tackles, 2.5 TFL, 2 picks and 4 PBU. As a sophomore, he started 13 games, made 89 tackles, 2.5 TFL, 4 picks and 3 PBU. At the NFL Combine, he came in at 6’ and 217 lbs. and did not lift due to shoulder injury. He ran a 4.47 forty with a 41.5” VL and 11’2” BJ. He stopped workout due to cramps. Makeup to compete for a role as special teams’ defender where his speed and tackling should earn time. Good tools to develop especially in coverage and play the box safety role. Ball skills need work and reps to learn the finer aspects of coverage. Good 3rd day addition with skills to produce on special teams where he excelled over his career. Fine versatile prospect with natural talent to continue to improve in deficient areas. Top 150 prospect with starting talent over time.
Draft Projection: 4th Round

9 * DeShon Elliott #4                Texas               6-1        210       – Sp. 4.55
    Hindu Theory: Glover Quin                                                  Rating 75
Athletic ball hawking junior completed a solid short career, starting only his final season at Texas. Earned Big 12 honors in 2017 while showing good ball skills and big play ability. Athletic frame with fine physique and good arm length and huge 10 ½” hands. Rangy safety with smooth footwork and change of direction skills to match up in coverage. Smart, instinctive and aware with good ball skills. Even though he was only a one-year starter, he made the coverage calls for the Longhorn secondary and made sure everyone was lined up correctly. Around the ball frequently, with 6 picks and 9 pass breakups in his only season as a starter. While he has the diagnostic skills, instincts and range to play deep, he also has the physicality and downhill attacking mentality to play in the box. Closes well on plays in front of him. He seems to make his share of big hits and forced 3 fumbles. He may not have the ideal deep speed to play free safety though, despite his other attributes and his tough, physical nature could be more conducive to the strong safety.  Shows 4.55 timed speed often which translates well in coverage to make plays on the ball. Made nice progress in man situations after being exposed to the high-powered Big 12 passing attacks. Displays the body control and coordination to make plays in coverage. Equally effective with the play in front of him, crossing routes or the deep quarter. Some limitations when he has to turn his back to the ball, though his instincts, agility and ball skills make him a quality deep defender. Shows the range to get to the ball near the boundary. He has the fluid hips to turn and cover receivers tightly downfield when his reads are sound. Able to close and effect throws at the catch point. His range is among the best in this class and can matchup with fast tight ends. Though not a physical tackler, he has improved and breaks down better at the line to finish. Effective keeping contain and leveraging in space. Aggressive to the ball, displaying fine confidence in his ball skills. Shows the body control and coordination to make the play. Above average speed to recover if he over commits with good hip flip and footwork to play tight man coverage downfield. Lacks dynamic athleticism, though instincts allow him to be in proper positioning. Needs better jam technique when playing near the line and must be more consistent to finish once he makes contact. Ball skills and closing burst of a NFL free safety, but lacks the physicality to be an in the box type at strong safety. His range and speed are above average and he can be fine in matchups with fast receivers, though needs further development there. As a junior, he started 12 games and made 63 tackles with 8.5 TFL, 9 PBU and 6 picks, earning 2nd team Pac-12 honors. As a sophomore, he played in 12 games and made 30 tackles with 3 TFL, 4 PBU and 1 pick. At the NFL Combine, he came in at 6’1” and 210 lbs. with 31 1/2” arms and 15 reps in the lifting. He ran 4.58 time with a 36” VL and 10’1” BJ. He had good positional drills to complete a fine workout. Compares to Grover Quin in size, mobility and ball skills. Good quickness, speed and savvy to run and cover tight ends, though needs improvement to match up in coverage. Vulnerable to multiple moves and must show he can retain coverage in the deeper zones. Probably goes on the early 3rd day after a good NFL Combine. Talent to challenge for playing time in a few roles especially the dime package with improvement. Top 125 prospect with starting ability in time.
Draft Projection: 4th Round

10 Armani Watts #23    Texas AM         5-11      205       Sp. 4.50            Rating 72
Talented all-around veteran safety has been a key part of the Aggie defense, starting all four seasons. Earned 2nd team Big 12 honors his final two seasons. Despite marginal size, he has shown remarkable  toughness and play making. Smallish physique for the safety position, though shows athletic skills to be very effective in both run and pass defense. Shows good field speed often which translates well in coverage to consistently make plays on the ball. Made nice progress in man situations after being exposed to many high powered passing attacks. Very experienced starter, but smaller than ideal. Better in coverage than against the run. Reads the quarterback’s eyes well and gets into passing lanes. Good range and instincts with fluid hips and lateral quickness. He covers the back end all the way to the sidelines. As a run defender, his tackling in general, needs work. Though not a big hitter, he misses too many tackles and fails to wrap up consistently. Many of his stops are low wrap up tackles. In coverage, he is reliable and effective with a good pedal when over the slot and able to open his hips easily and break on the play. His tackling one on one in the open-field must improve to earn time in package defenses. Used in both high and low alignments, though looked comfortable at high safety. Displays impressive range and good speed with an extra gear when necessary in pursuit. He has a smooth backpedal, with decent ability to transition with receivers on deep routes. Very alert and aware defending the underneath zones. Reads the QB and displays fine route recognition. Good burst to close out of his plant. Versus the run, he is a willing wrap up tackler. Fine instincts, read-reacts, closes on the plays quickly and decisively. Smooth in his ability to change directions with lateral quickness to make plays sideline to sideline. Needs to do a more consistent job of tracking the deep ball. His ball skills and playmaking ability are more prevalent on the short to intermediate routes. Good overall ball skills with 10 career interceptions, 18 PBU and 6 FF. In 2017, totaled 86 tackles, 2 FF, 2 FR, 10 TFL, 4 picks and 5 PBU earning 2nd team Big 12 honors. In 2016, totaled 56 tackles, 2 picks, 2 FR, 3 PBU and 2 FF. At the NFL Combine, he came in at 5’11” and 202 lbs. and did 13 reps. He did not run. Added a 35” VL, 10’ BJ and added a 4.37 shuttle and 7.25 three cone with good positional drills. Defender will have to make roster on his ability to fill a role in the package defenses. Coverage skills need to develop further for time there. Underrated prospect falling through the cracks. Good well-rounded defender to surprise and fine 3rd day value.

11 Siran Neal #5                       Jacksonville St            6-0        205 –     Sp. 4.55           Rating 72
Lanky athletic senior has played both safety and corner during his three seasons as a regular starter and key member of the talented JSU defense. Instinctive centerfielder has been a fixture in this secondary lining up at several positions which may earn him early time in package defenses in the NFL. Developed corner cover skills with a safety mentality, which makes him a fine fit for the dime packages. Moved to cornerback for 2017 and earned 1st team All-American honors and was a key performer on their defense. Earned an invite to the Senior Bowl off his late career performance. Possesses a long wiry athletic physique with fine 31 1/8” arms. Reliable run stopper, though not a hard-hitter. Wraps up well and drives through the ball-carrier. Fiery and intense player with good instincts and developing ball skills to play a few positions. Displays fine initial quickness to react to plays and is a fluid mover in space who plays under control in the open-field. Steady consistent effort, displaying nice range and ball instincts to make plays. Solid read-react ability in coverage and quick closer after the catch. Lined up everywhere in the secondary which will help him earn early time in dime packages. Exhibited development playing over slot receiver along with the deep middle in coverage. Needs to tackle more consistently and improve his pursuit angles. Looks like an eventual NFL starter after he becomes more disciplined. In the meantime, he should be a special-teams’ asset. In 2017, started 12 games at cornerback and totaled 39 tackles, 1 TFL, 1 FF, 1 pick and 11 PBU. Earned first team Ohio Valley and 1st team All-American honors. In 2016, started 12 games at nickel/safety and totaled 80 tackles, 11.5 TFL, 1 pick, 4 PBU and 1 FF. Earned first team OVC. At the NFL Combine, he came in at 6’ and 206 lbs. with 31 1/8” arms. He ran a 4.56 time and did 17 reps with a 40” VL, 10’2” BJ, 4.28 shuttle and 7.0 three cone. He moves well in the secondary with good initial reads and the ability to flow and play sound positioning. Physical and mental skills teams want in a safety, though he needs some development in man coverage before challenging for playing time. Lacks the recovery speed to match up with fast receivers which could hinder him from certain matchups. Good COD necessary for coverage and is a reliable tackler at both the line and in space to be effective for the dime package. Savvy versatile defender brings a few good qualities to a unit. Marginal top 150 prospect with skills to start, though maybe needs time to adjust to the pro game and more sophisticated schemes. Possibly falls to the 3rd day, though a starting safety with development. Athleticism, experience and versatility to probably challenge for an NFL roster. Deluxe utility defender with skills to play in all the packages plus gunner skill set.

12 Godwin Igwebuike #16        Northwestern    5-11      215       Sp. 4.45           Rating 72
Physical active box safety has been a valuable part of the Wildcats’ deep patrol since starting midway of his freshman season. Impressive physical specimen who is a little shorter than ideal, but very well put together. Displays fine speed along with a tough aggressive nature. He has the range, diagnostic skills and instincts which allowed him to be a top box safety. Shows the raw athleticism to be a solid single high free safety, though his coverage skills need further work. Shows the physicality and willingness to close quickly coming downhill that make him a very good run defender. Displays consistently fine tackling form. Can lay a big hit, but rarely fails to wrap runners. Good vision and instincts to be in position to finish. Gets off blockers well and is an excellent reliable last line of defense. He is a good ball athlete and from the deep safety position, shows he can read the quarterback fairly well and get good breaks on the ball. Good speed, though only adequate movement skills with some tightness in his hips to change directions. Adequate length to matchup with big receivers especially tight ends running the deep seam. Tough demeanor for the position and lines up best in the box as almost an extra linebacker. Displays good initial quickness off the snap. Anticipates well and moves up across from an inside gap just before the snap and fires across the line. Good timing when to attack the line and read-reacts very well. Chases and closes on the ball with nice acceleration to cover short-areas. Plays the run well in all facets with consistently sound tackling. In coverage, he shows improving instincts and awareness, especially on underneath and intermediate routes when the play is in front of him. Less effectiveness covering the deeper portions. Looks alert and aware and can diagnose quickly, though needs to trust his eyes. Must improve his initial read to get into proper positioning. Needs a zone scheme to be effective to take advantage of his sure tackling and adequate recovery speed. Defender you do not want isolated in man-coverage on a scat back type. Shows a good sense and feel in zone coverage. Tough to fool in a cover two set with play-action. Adequate hands for interception opportunities. Plays cautiously in coverage when in two-deep responsibilities. Focuses on the route and misreads the QB’s eyes. Hard-hitting physical tackler is best on plays in front of him. In 2017, he led the team with 78 total tackles with 1.5 TFL, 1FF, 1 FR, 2 picks and added 9 PBU for 2nd team Big Ten honors. In 2016, he started 13 games and made 108 tackles, 6 TFL, 7 PBU and 2 picks. Earned 2nd team Big Ten honors. At the NFL Combine, he came in at 5’11” and 213 lbs. with 31 1/4” arms. He ran a 4.44 time, did 19 reps and added a 35.5” VL and 10’8” BJ. Added a 4.12 shuttle and 6.56 three cone to finish a top effort. Needs development to be ready in coverage for the dime package. Good ball skills with the burst to matchup with pro receivers. Probable middle round addition with starting talent. Top special teams’ coverage defender and probable starting gunner.

13 *Jordan Whitehead #9      Pittsburgh       5-10      200      4.60       Rating 70                              
Aggressive, physical strong safety has been an unsung starter as part of the underrated Panther defensive unit. Well-built defender has been consistently productive since starting as a true freshman when he totaled over 100 tackles. He arrived at Pitt as the #1 recruit in the state of Pennsylvania and was one of the most heavily recruited cornerbacks in the country. Also played offense and was an outstanding return man in HS. Comes with an NFL pedigree as the cousin of Darrelle Revis. During his time at Pitt, he played free safety, strong safety and corner while also logging significant snaps on offense at RB. He does not possess ideal size for strong safety, but has fine instincts and ability to read-react. More effective playing in the box than he is as a deep safety. He has the light quick feet and overall movement skills of a corner. As a run defender, he has the mentality and toughness to come downhill with reckless abandon and is not afraid to mix it up in congested quarters. Ranges from sideline to sideline to make plays. Plays faster than he times on a track, and bigger than his size. So far, has gotten by on his natural football ability and needs work on his coverage responsibilities. Usually takes good angles and finishes with sound technique. Though undersized, he possesses a solidly-built physique with good overall muscle development. In run support, shows the determination to take on and shed blockers with a fine burst to split gaps. Gets a strong jam on receivers as they attempt to release and is effective re-routing, though inconsistent in that technique. Needs work on route recognition and hesitates to react which puts him in bad position to finish. Marginal size and speed limits him in coverage matchups, though he can win his share of contested passes. Overly aggressive with grabby hands at times when he loses contact in coverage and reaches to catchup. Plays the man rather than the ball and loses sight while competing for position with a receiver. Aggressive defending the run, but can get engulfed at the line by bigger blockers. May over pursue at times, leaving cut-back lanes open. In the box safety, with marginal ball skills, speed and matchup development. As a junior, he started 9 games while missing three with a team suspension. He made 60 tackles with 0 TFL, 1 interception and 4 PBU. As a sophomore, he totaled 65 tackles with 1.5 TFL, 1 pick and 2 PBU. Over his career, he totaled 234 tackles with 7.5 TFL, 2 FF, 3 FR, 3 picks and 12 PBU. At the NFL Combine, he came in at 5’10” 198 lbs. and did not workout due to a hamstring strain. He did 21 reps. Prospect will have to make roster as special teamer and backup defender. Limited coverage skills better suited for zone and needs development there for time in package defenses. His development in coverage will determine if he can win roster spot #3 safety until he improves coverage skills. Few plays on the ball. Good special teams’ defender and decent later addition with skills to develop.

14 Marcus Allen #2                  Penn St            6-2        215       – Sp. 4.60         Rating 70
Physical defender was a key part of the Penn St. defense, starting since midway in his true freshman season. Strong frame with fairly good straight-line speed and the explosiveness to finish with powerful tackles. Good size and strong lower unit to be a force in run support. Displays good field speed, explosiveness and physicality with the instincts and smarts to challenge for a starting job early as a pro. Possesses enough range to play single-high safety, as well as the strength and agility to man up in press at the line. Tough hitter to come down into the box and play the run. Possesses the explosiveness to drive through runners when he is sound in his technique. Adequate lateral agility to avoid blockers at the point of attack. Shows the power to fight blockers and use his hands properly. Very experienced and does not allow many big plays to be completed behind him when he is in single high coverage. Also he does not make many plays on the ball. Very few passes defensed and only one career pick despite being a part time starter as a frosh and a full time starter since then. He made less than one pass defensed per four games during his career. He basically has more of a strong safety or box safety mindset, because he likes to attack downhill hard vs the run and is not afraid to mix it up in close quarters. Very hard hitting forceful tackler as well as very reliable run defender who reads his keys, plays within the scheme and fulfills his responsibilities. Rarely takes poor angles to the ball and does not overrun plays and leave his gap unattended. Still developing as a cover safety, though he has the skills to run with most college tight ends. Similar in many ways to former Eagles safety Nate Allen. (No relation). He shows good instincts to key and diagnose well to be in position to make plays. Good sense of timing when to attack the line or adjust in coverage. Awareness in zone coverage with good closing speed when he reads keys properly. Plays the ball only adequately and needs work on his reads. Shows good hip flexibility but lacks acceleration for man-to-man coverage. Over his career, he had high production that ranked among the top safeties. On plays in front of him, he has a nose for the ball and a desire for playing physical football. He has some limitations in coverage and might have to be protected by scheme. Tenacious working around the line of scrimmage and can help on special teams’ coverage units immediately. As a senior, he started 13 games and made 72 tackles with 4 TFL, 1 pick, 2 FF and 3 PBU. As a junior, started 14 games and totaled 110 tackles with 6 TFL, 1 FF, 2 FR, no picks and 3 PBU. Over his career, he played in 52 games with 321 tackles, 17 TFL, 5 FF, 3 FR, 1 interception and 11 PBU. At the NFL Combine, he came in at 6’2”, 215 lbs. with 32 3/4” arms. He did 15 reps and added a 10’7” BJ and 37” VJ with a 4.32 shuttle. At pro day, he ran a 4.63 time and 7.13 three cone. He had decent positional drills for a solid overall effort. Initially the makeup to be a top special teams’ defender and backup defender for dime package. Physical defender with necessary development in both run and pass coverage to eventually compete for starting time. Good 3rd day gamble to produce on special teams and dime defenses. Falling top 125-150 prospect.

15 Quin Blanding #3       Virginia       6-2       210      Sp. 4.60        Rating 70                                   
Savvy centerfielder has been a four-year starter and first team ACC performer his final two seasons. Experienced, resilient, and productive. Played as the deep safety most of the time, though was rolled up into the box on occasion. Rare four-year starter and was a consistent tackling machine for the Cavaliers with 115+ tackles each season. Relentless and never lets up or gives less than his best on a play, even though he toiled on mediocre teams for his entire career in Charlottesville. Fine size with keen instincts, but only adequate speed. While he racks up a big volume of tackles, he does not make many impact plays. Lacks ideal range to remain on the back end in the NFL. Reads his run fits early on the down and comes downhill to fill a lane pretty well. Knows his responsibilities as a deep safety and works to not let anyone get behind him. Somewhat offsets his pedestrian track speed by taking sound pursuit angles. Extremely durable and played on 98% of the defensive snaps during his college career. Earned invitations to the Senior Bowl and NFL Combine weeks and performed fairly well. Average height/weight/speed triangle numbers. Decisive and relentless when attacking downhill in run support. Drives through the ball-carrier on contact. His fire and motor elevates the intensity of his teammates on defense. Experienced, effective and competent as either a free or strong safety. Good initial quickness with the change-of-direction to get into position to make plays. Makeup to be a good special teams’ defender. Plays the run well and rarely fooled by play-action fakes to maintain his zone. Shows the lateral movement to change directions and recover to get to the ball. His adequate size is a concern as a box safety. His speed will be challenged at the free safety spot. Fine character and leadership qualities. In 2017, he started 13 games and totaled 137 tackles, 3.5 TFL, no sacks, 4 picks and 2 PBU. Earned first team ACC his final two seasons. In 2016, he started 12 games and totaled 120 tackles, 2 TFL, 6 PBU and 2 picks. At the NFL Combine, he came in at 6’2” and 207 lbs. and did not lift. Ran a 4.63 with a 31.5” VL and 10’2” BJ. Workout ended when he pulled a hamstring. Type that will have to make roster as special teamer and backup defender. Man coverage skills need to be developed further for time in package defenses. This will determine if he can earn playing time. High level special teams’ defender with makeup of a gunner. Good late addition with skills to surprise and find a niche in the pro game. Top 200 selection with talent to be a serviceable defender.

16 Troy Apke #28         Penn St                        6-1        200       Sp. 4.35             Rating 65
Inexperienced one-year senior starter who at this point epitomizes the term “workout warrior” more than pure football player. His overall NFL Combine workout may have been the most impressive at this year’s event. Borderline NFL pedigree though, as his father, Steve, was a starting LB for the Pitt Panthers and a replacement player during the 1987 strike season. He is worth taking a chance on with a late pick, because he is at least highly experienced on special teams and could be a key contributor on all four units involving kicks and punts, especially as a gunner. In addition, with his pure speed and quickness he should be an effective rusher on the FG and PAT block team from the end of the line. As a safety, he generally is very raw after converting from receiver earlier in his career. Plays it safe, especially against the pass and does not trust his eyes to get his hands on many throws. He tends to keep plays in front of him and tries to minimize chunk plays. Willing downhill attacker vs the run. Sometimes gets too zealous though, comes in out of control and misses more tackles than he should. Long strider with inconsistent tackling technique especially dropping his head and failing to wrap up consistently. Attempts to be physical at the line in run support, though can take poor angles and fail to separate from blockers. Hesitant read-react and diagnostic ability vs both the run and pass. Core strength and leverage to take on blockers, though needs hand technique work to disengage more readily. Displays fine long field speed and impressed at the NFL Combine. Very inconsistent in his angles of pursuit, both coming downhill or chasing toward the sidelines. Possesses a high backpedal and hip flip to matchup in coverage and better suited for a zone scheme that allows him a cushion and time to read the route. Can plant and drive out of his pedal on underneath stuff, closing with strong hits when using sound technique. At the NFL Combine, he came in at 6’1” and 200 lbs. and ran a blazing 4.34 time with a 1.48 ten yard split. He added 16 reps with a 41” VL, 10’11” BJ, 4.03 shuttle and 6.56 three cone. That athleticism currently does not transfer well to the field. Large frame with 32 3/8” arms and looks the part of an NFL strong safety. Looks like he has the right demeanor for special-teams’ coverage units, though needs more discipline in his game. Gets too cautious at times when closing on routes. Lacks playmaking with few plays on the ball. In pass coverage, does not have the short-area initial quickness one would expect. Takes him a few strides to hit high gear. In 2017, totaled 55 tackles, 3 TFL, 1 pick and 4 PBU. Will have to make roster as special teams’ defender and backup. Limited man coverage experience and better suited for zone. Needs to develop much further in coverage for time in package defenses. His development in coverage will determine if he can win playing time. Probable late pick with NFL physical skills to develop, but still very raw for safety.

17 Natrell Jamerson #12       Wisconsin      5-11      200       Sp. 4.40            Rating 65                    
Versatile senior defender was a key contributor for the Badgers defense, lining up at both safety and nickel corner during his career before a breakout final season. Good physique for the safety position with solid frame and athleticism to fit into a pro package defense. Hitter with the power to deliver and finish. Best at plays in front of him and runs the alley nicely with sure tackling. Good movement skills with the lateral agility to go sideline to sideline. Displayed his versatility by playing nickel corner earlier in his career. Developed as a cover man lining up over the slot receiver and made nice progress, though not really a fit for the nickel role in the NFL. Able to handle coverage in the short zones. Route reading capability picked up from playing nickel helps him with safety keys and when to come from high to low. Little tight in the hips and loses space in transition vs quick receivers and best suited to sit in zone coverage and read the play. Uses good angles to the ball and will tackle through the ball-carrier at impact. Displays toughness for dealing with schemes and shifts after experience at a few spots in the secondary. Good speed and overall athleticism, though needs it to translate to the field more and make more plays. Needs to be technically sound in coverage. Reads routes and drives on the ball fairly well to defend vs the pass. Improving in his backpedal and ability to transition. Lacks ideal burst and explosiveness and would benefit by improving his initial reads. Also, he could react quicker supporting the run. Shows good zone cover skill, but lacks the suddenness and man-on-man vs fast quicker receivers. Athleticism and playing speed are comparatively good. Improved with experience especially with strong final effort. Appears to have average feet and slower twitch than ideal for a high-risk position. Stiff in the lower body and needs quicker change of direction. Still developing instincts for single-high safety. Versatile safety with improving instincts. As a senior, he started 14 games and made 51 tackles with 3.5 TFL, 2 picks, 1.5 sacks and 10 PBU. Earned Big Ten honorable mention. Played in 47 games with 16 starts, 14 of the starts in 2017. Earned the East-West Shrine game Defensive MVP award. At the NFL Combine, he came in at 5’11” and 201 lbs. with 32 5/8” arms and did 25 reps. He ran a 4.40 time with a blazing 1.53 ten-yard split. Added a 35.5” VL and a 10’ BJ. Competitive defender with experience to fill a few roles in dime package that will enhance his roster value. Athlete with developing skills to become a good role defender and kickoff returner with marginal starting grade. Top 200 grade, though needs to find a role in coverage to earn playing time. Talent to surprise on special teams’ value and starting gunner.

18 Mike Basile #30           Monmouth (NJ)        5-11      200       Sp. 4.55            Rating  62        
Rangy versatile safety has been a very productive defender for the Hawks secondary, starting all four seasons and earning Big South plus All-American honors. Strong athletic frame with adequate size and good speed, instincts and ball skills to play either safety role and eventually be a three-down defender. Range to go sideline to sideline and matchup in coverage, though needs work on his reads especially in the deep game. At his best on plays in front of him, where he sees plays developing instinctively and takes sound angles to the ball with the ability to finish with sure tackling. Plays a traditional high safety role with good overall ball skills in coverage to continue to develop. Aware and able to read the eyes of passers and get a jump on the ball because of his fine instincts. Better field than workout speed and gets in the right place at the right time. Usually a dependable open-field tackler with good hitting ability. In coverage, he times his leap well and displays good hands and body control. Shows the agility and speed preferred for single-high safety role in the NFL. Depends on reading the QB’s eyes and closing on the ball and has difficulty recovering if he guesses wrong. In coverage, he lined up at times over the slot receiver and graded out adequately. Against the run, he may come up and fill the hole and wrap up with sure tackling. Often lined up over a slot receiver and shows the quick footwork to mirror off the line well with the closing speed to break up passes. Sometimes he drops down into the box and blitzes off the edge. As a senior, he made 126 tackles with 9.5 FF, 1 pick, 2 BK and 4 PBU, earning first team FBS All-American honors. As a junior in 2016, he started 11 games, totaled 110 tackles with 9 TFL, 1 FF, 3 FR. 2 sacks, 3 BK, 1 interception and 1 PBU, earning 1st team Big South honors. Over his career, he totaled 433 tackles with 29.5 TFL, 3 FF, 3 FR, 8 interceptions, 7 sacks, 6 BK and 14 PBU in 45 games. He did not attend the NFL Combine. At the pro day, he ran a 4.53 time and added a 9’6” BJ, 34.5” VJ with a 7.02 three cone and 4.32 shuttle. Under the radar defender with talent to help in package defenses. Must prove capable of helping on special teams to earn roster spot. Terrific special teams’ performer at his level which included 6 career blocked kicks. His sure tackling and legitimate 4.50 speed can earn him time on coverage units. Development in coverage will determine if he plays in package defenses. Possible dime defender with nice LOD. Late addition or high priority FA with talent to develop further, but needs to impress in camp. Top 250 prospect. Talent to be a good role performer and probable key special teams’ defender.

19 Kameron Kelly                      San Diego St                 6-2       195       – Sp. 4.60          Rating 62
20 Tray Matthews                      Auburn                          6-1        210       – Sp. 4.55          Rating 62
21 Tarvarius Moore                   Southern Miss               6-1        195      – Sp. 4.55          Rating 62
22 Trayvon Henderson            Hawaii                            6-0        210       – Sp. 4.60         Rating 62
23 Jeremy Reaves                     South Alabama             5-11      205       – Sp. 4.50          Rating 60
24 Joshua Kalu                          Nebraska                       6-0        205       – Sp. 4.55          Rating 60
25 Tracy Walker                        Louisiana-Laf                6-1        205       – Sp. 4.50          Rating 60
26 Secdrick Cooper                   Louisiana Tech              6-0        210      – Sp. 4.65          Rating 60
27 Chucky Williams                  Louisville                       6-2        205       – Sp. 4.60          Rating 60
28 Jamar Summers                  Connecticut                   5-11      195       – Sp. 4.55           Rating 60
29 Tre Flowers                           Oklahoma St                 6-3        200      – Sp. 4.45          Rating 60
30 Cole Reyes                            North Dakota                6-1        215        – Sp. 4.60          Rating 60
31 Sean Chandler                      Temple                          5-10      205        – Sp. 4.65          Rating 60
32 Damon Webb                       Ohio St                          5-11      210        – Sp. 4.60          Rating 60
33 Trey Marshall                       Florida St                     5-11      205        – Sp. 4.55          Rating 60
34 Steven Parker                       Oklahoma                    6-1        205        – Sp. 4.60          Rating 60
35 Hootie Jones                        Alabama                       6-1        210        – Sp. 4.60          Rating 60
36 Asantay Brown                    Western Michigan      6-0        215       – Sp. 4.65          Rating 58
37 Max Redfield                        Indiana (Pa)                6-1        205        – Sp. 4.65          Rating 58
38 Marcell Harris                     Florida                          6-1        215        – Sp. 4.60          Rating 58
39 Donnie Miles                       North Carolina            5-11      210        – Sp. 4.60          Rating 58
40 Stephen Roberts                 Auburn                          5-11      185       – Sp. 4.55          Rating 58
41 Ryan Neal                             Southern Illinois         6-2        190       – Sp. 4.50          Rating 58
42 Foyesade Oluokun              Yale                               6-2        225       – Sp. 4.55          Rating 58
43 Kamari Cotton-Moya         Iowa St                          6-1        200       – Sp. 4.60          Rating 58
44 Nick Orr                                Texas Christian            5-10      190       – Sp. 4.55          Rating 58
45 Afolabi Laguda                    Colorado                        6-0        205       – Sp. 4.65          Rating 58
46 * Van Smith                         Clemson                         5-11      185        – Sp. 4.60          Rating 58
47 Jordan Martin                     Syracuse                         6-2        205      – Sp. 4.55          Rating 58
48 Chris Hawkins                    Southern Cal                 5-11      190        – Sp. 4.60          Rating 56
49 Dominick Sanders             Georgia                           5-11      195        – Sp. 4.65          Rating 56
50 Raven Greene                      James Madison            5-11      200       – Sp. 4.55          Rating 56
51 Nick Washington                 Florida                            6-0        200      – Sp. 4.55          Rating 56
52 Travon Blanchard               Texas AM-Commerce   6-2        210      – Sp. 4.55          Rating 56
53 Johnathan Alston                North Carolina St         6-1        205      – Sp. 4.60          Rating 56
54 Josh Cox                               Central Michigan           5-10      195      – Sp. 4.65          Rating 56
55 Will Johnson                        Oklahoma                       5-10      185      – Sp. 4.70          Rating 56
56 Devin Abraham                   South Florida                 5-09      190      – Sp. 4.55          Rating 56
57 Robert Taylor                       Washington St               5-09      190      – Sp. 4.50          Rating 56
58 Jaleel Wadood                     UCLA                               5-10      165       – Sp. 4.50          Rating 56
59 Ramon Richards                  Oklahoma St                  5-11      190        – Sp. 4.65          Rating 56
60 Kieron Williams                   Nebraska                       6-0        195       – Sp. 4.70           Rating 56

     DraftInsiders.com – 27th Season – “The NFL Draft Publication that Pro Scouts Buy” 

 




NFL Draft – Radio Show with Frank Coyle and host Andy Gresh

NFL Draft 2018 – Radio Show with Frank Coyle and host Andy Gresh

 Draft Insiders’ 2018 Yearbook –

NFL Draft Radio Broadcast with Pro Scout Frank Coyle and host Andy Gresh –

NFL Draft 2018 – Pro Prospects  TIME FOR GRESH COYLE 46Audio Player

NFL Draft Radio Show on Pro Prospects for the Upcoming NFL Draft 2018
Go to DraftInsiders.com for NFL Draft Info

Sign up for Twitter and Free Email Thru the NFL Draft 2018

Draft Insiders’ 2018 Yearbook – Available Now –
       Over 300 in-depth Scouting Reports – 
       Order Online or Call (732) -842-4749

NFL Team Report 2018 (36 pages) – mid April – Every NFL Team broken down to Roster, Team Needs & Free Agency additions. In-depth Evaluation of All Team Needs and Draft Projection

NFL Draft Update Report – available Wed April 25th
Complete 7 Round Mock Draft – Final Top 300 Value Board – Top Small College Prospects

Frank Coyle is a long-time scout with nationwide ties with coaches, scouts and player agents. He is a long-time member of the FWAA and voter in College player awards – Heisman, Biletnikoff, Thorpe, Outland, Nagurski, Lombardi etc for the past 25 years. He writes College Football Mondays weekly during the season. He is a longtime scouting consultant for the Senior Bowl, the nation’s premier postseason All-star game. He does sports radio shows for ESPN, Fox Sports and Sporting News on a year-round basis related to College Football especially during the postseason team and All-star Bowl time. He has worked for CBS Sports, NBC Sports, Yahoo and Rivals sports publications and web sites




NFL Draft 2018 – Blue Chip DE Bradley Chubb Heads Defensive Class

Blue-Chip DE Bradley Chubb Heads Defensive Class

   Defensive Ends – Grade: B

    by Frank Coyle / Head Scout
        Positional Overview:
This year’s defensive end class is a strong group which could produce as many as four #1 picks. There are several quality blue chip prospects at the top and at least 3 should go in the top 20 selections. There could be as many as 10-12 in the top three rounds with as many as 15 thru the middle rounds. Bradley Chubb is the best defender in this class and could be a top five overall pick. Marcus Davenport is a probable top 10-15 first round choice and fits every front. Sam Hubbard and Arden Key figure in the mid to late first round. Both fit the two pro fronts, Hubbard down and Key up as an attack backer. Rasheem Green and DaShawn Hand fit a five-technique role and will likely come off the board in the 2nd day. Green has a high ceiling to be a three down five technique defender. Edge rushers are a premium with many going in the early rounds off big play potential. Duke Ejiofor and Kemoko Turay figure in the top 100 picks and fit the edge rusher role. Turay appeals to all clubs with his ability to play down and up off the edge. There should be an expected run throughout the top 150 picks especially from the 3rd thru the 5th rounds. Ade Aruna, Breeland Speaks and Josh Sweat will probably be chosen on the early middle rounds. Our highest rated small college prospect is John Franklin-Myers who had a strong postseason at the NFLPA All-star week and NFL Combine.  With the huge demand for rushers, clubs will draft into this group for tweener prospects. Expect approximately 25+ prospects chosen over the three-days with the importance of rushers playing a huge part in teams’ strategy. This is a top heavy and deep class through the middle rounds. Late April workout ACL injury to Kentavius Street leaves his draft status question.

Draft Insiders’ – 2018 NFL Draft Yearbook

      Over 300 In-depth Scouting Reports – available Now
Draft Insiders.com – 27th Season –
Published by NFL scout Frank Coyle and staff

       NFL Teams in need:
1. Seahawks          4. Dolphins
2. Eagles               5. Panthers
3. Packers            6. Cardinals

  NFL Premier Player
           J.J. Watt
Blue Chip – Bradley Chubb
Blue Chip – Marcus Davenport
Red Chip – Sam Hubbard
Rising – Kemoko Turay
Falling – Kentavius Street
Underrated – Breeland Speaks
Overrated – Dorance Armstrong
Sleeper – John Franklin-Myers
Boom/Bust – Arden Key
Long term Gem – Rasheem Green
Overdrafted – Da’Shawn Hand

Positional Traits
Best Athlete – Marcus Davenport
Best Rusher – Bradley Chubb
Best Run Stuffer – Sam Hubbard
Best Pursuit – Marcus Davenport
Shed Blocks – Arden Key
Recognition – Bradley Chubb
Best Intangibles – Sam Hubbard
Ball Instincts – Bradley Chubb
Strongest – Kentavius Street
Most Developed – Bradley Chubb

Top Defensive End Prospects 
1 Bradley Chubb – North Carolina St
2 Marcus Davenport – UTSA
3 * Arden Key – LSU
4 * Sam Hubbard – Ohio St
5 * Rasheem Green – USC
6 Da’Shawn Hand – Alabama
7 Duke Ejiofor – Wake Forest
8 Kemoko Turay – Rutgers
9 Andrew Brown – Virginia
10 * Dorance Armstrong – Kansas
11 Ade Aruna – Tulane
12 * Josh Sweat – Florida St
13 * Breeland Speaks – Ole Miss
14 Jalyn Holmes – Ohio St
15 Kylie Fitts – Utah
16 Chad Thomas – Miami
17 Tyquan Lewis – Ohio St
18 John Franklin-Myers – Stephen F. Austin
19 Justin Lawler – Southern Methodist
20 Kentavius Street – North Carolina St
21 * Jeff Holland – Auburn




2018 Yearbook – Cornerbacks

Draft Insiders’ – 2018 NFL Draft Yearbook

 Draft Insiders.com – 27th Season –

     Published by NFL scout Frank Coyle & staff

 www.draftinsiders.com
         “The NFL Draft Publication Pro Scouts Buy” 

Cornerbacks – Grade: B+

Positional Overview:
This year’s cornerback class is another excellent group of cover men which is both exceptionally deep and top heavy. There are a few blue chips expected to go at the top of the 1st round, with many through the top 50 overall selections. Six juniors head our  rankings with Denzel Ward and Jaire Alexander at the top of the class. This is an exceptionally strong group of underclassmen which improved the overall quality of this class They will probably be selected in the top 10-25 overall picks. Ward is also the best athlete at the position and has the skill set and versatility to start immediately. He is another in a long line of Buckeye corners to enter the NFL recently with most highly successful early in their careers. Alexander is a well-developed cover man with an early starting grade. He will probably be selected in the top 15-20 choices. Mike Hughes, Carlton Davis and Josh Jackson could all go in the top round or early 2nd round. Isaiah Oliver, Anthony Averett and Donte Jackson are highly regarded corners and probable mid-2nd day picks off strong 2017 performances. Averett comes off an excellent final season which probably earns him a top 50-60 selection. This is a deep group that will supply many NFL starters well into the 3rd day of the process. There could be at least 10-12 prospects selected in the top 100 choices. There will probably be 15-18 prospects selected in the top 150 picks. There should be a run on corners from the mid-1st round through the early 3rd day. This class has exceptional depth and will provide a number of middle round steals like Duke Dawson, M.J. Stewart and Isaac Yiadom. This position has annually provided the most overall selections and should once again. This class could supply as many as 35 total prospects and another 40+ high priority FA. Small college defender, Davontae Harris is highly regarded from the lower level and carries a potential starting grade. This deep crop of corners will supply a huge group of big corners with some versatility to also slide to safety in the nickel and dime packages.

NFL Teams in need:
1. Colts                   5. Giants
2. Redskins           6. 49ers
3. Cowboys           7. Bears
4. Seahawks         8. Chiefs

NFL Premier Player
   Patrick Peterson
Blue Chip – Denzel Ward
Blue Chip – Jaire Alexander
Red Chip – Mike Hughes
Rising – Donte Jackson
Falling – Tarvarus McFadden
Underrated – Anthony Averett
Overrated – Isaac Yiadom
Sleeper – Davontae Harris
Boom/Bust – Holton Hill
Biggest Upside – Isaiah Oliver
Hidden Gem – Tony Brown
Over drafted – Kevin Toliver

    Positional Traits
Best Athlete – Denzel Ward
Best Man Cover – Jaire Alexander
Best Zone Cover – Mike Hughes
Best Run support – Carlton Davis
Best Tackler – Anthony Averett
Hands – Joshua Jackson
Best Intangibles – Anthony Averett
Ball Instincts – Mike Hughes

      Top Cornerbacks  

1 * Denzel Ward – Ohio State
2 * Jaire Alexander – Louisville
3 * Mike Hughes – Central Florida
4 * Joshua Jackson – Iowa
5 * Carlton Davis – Auburn
6 * Isaiah Oliver – Colorado
7 Anthony Averett – Alabama
8 * Donte Jackson – LSU
9 * Kevin Toliver – LSU
10 Duke Dawson – Florida
11 * Tarvarus McFadden – Florida St
12 Tony Brown – Alabama
13 M.J. Stewart – North Carolina
14 Davontae Harris – Illinois St
15 Isaac Yiadom – Boston College
16 Dane Cruikshank – Arizona
17 * Quenton Meeks – Stanford
18 Darius Phillips – Western Michigan
19 Avonte Maddox – Pittsburgh
20 Perry Nickerson – Tulane
21 Brandon Facyson – Virginia Tech
22 * Holton Hill – Texas
23 * D.J. Reed – Kansas St
24 * Nick Nelson – Wisconsin
25 * J.C. Jackson – Maryland

Cornerbacks

1 * Denzel Ward #12     Ohio St                        5-11      185       – Sp. 4.35 
     Hindu Theory:  Brent Grimes                                               Rating 90
Talented true junior showed the ability over his final two season that made him a five-star recruit entering Ohio St. Earned 2nd team Big Ten in 2017 after playing behind two high draft choices Lattimore and Conley in 2016. Explosive athlete with blue chip skills to play both inside and outside. Adequate height and frame for the corner spot with good muscle development. Excellent initial quickness and back pedal with the ability to flip his hips easily and shadow receivers. Exceptional range and fine closing speed. Uses his short-area quickness and lateral movement skills to mirror receivers off the line. Maintains his speed well and does not allow separation and able to run stride for stride down the field. Instant accelerator and can reach top speed quickly. Fast footwork to mirror through the transition stage whether in the underneath or deep routes. He is a super quick, energetic, somewhat undersized cover man who gets away with an awful lot of grabbing at the college level. Needs to correct that flaw and will be far more likely to draw a flag in the NFL. Even though the Buckeyes play him on the boundary, his size and skill set appear more conducive to slot in the NFL. His best trait as a pass defender is being able to mirror and match with quick receivers and he can ride their hip all game long. He times it up pretty well closing on the underneath stuff coming out of his plant. Gets his hands on a lot of balls in those situations. His lack of height is noticeable when going against taller more physical receivers though. He can struggle at times on 50-50 balls where even though he may be in tight coverage, taller receivers can out jump him, extend and high point passes out of his reach. They can also box him out in those situations especially in the red zone. Also, the end zone fade routes vs bigger receivers often puts him at a disadvantage. As a run support player, the best thing one can say is he does try hard. He is willing to attack forward on outside runs, but if he wraps up above the knees and especially anywhere in the upper body area, he can get taken for a short ride before the ball carrier is on the ground. At times, the more powerful backs shrug him off with seemingly little effort. His lack of strength really works against him in this regard. When he wraps low, between the knees and ankles is more successful at limited yards after contact. Needs to learn to use the sideline as an extra defender and win from a trail position. Uses his outstanding change-of-direction ability to react very well to routes and jump the route for big plays. Lack of height is minimized with his exceptional leaping ability. Explosive closing burst to plant and drive aggressively to break up passes. Smallish frame and needs to add muscle which would help him improve his strength to get off blocks and finish. Looks to make the big play and has fine anticipation skills. Smooth and natural when he flips his hips to turn and run. #1 corner in this deep class. Quick smooth movement to change directions and maintain position with close coverage. Track speed with quick twitch reactions to blanket in man situations whether over a slot receiver or in the vertical game. Capable of gathering and breaking down while on the move, displaying fine developing instincts and the footwork to adjust quickly. In 2017, he finished with 37 tackles, 2TFL, 2 picks and a team-high 15 PBUs, earning first team Big Ten honors.  In 2016, he made 23 tackles with 9 PBUs, playing in a corner trio with two #1 picks Lattimore and Conley. At the NFL Combine, he checked in at just under 5’11” and 183 lbs. and did 16 reps. He ran a 4.32 time with a 39” VJ and an 11’4” BJ. Similar to Brent Grimes in natural skills, AA and development. Instinctive fast corner with quick feet, flexible hips and quick COD. Fast developing corner possesses a high ceiling. Rookie starter in most schemes. Prototypical slot corner can provide impact in package defenses. Clubs like the Colts, Bears and Cowboys interested. Probable Pro Bowler with development of his natural skills. Potential shutdown cover man.                                                                                 Draft Projection: 1st Round – Top 10 Selection

 2 * Jaire Alexander #10            Louisville         5-10      195       – Sp. 4.40  
     Hindu Theory: Asante Samuel                                               Rating 90
Naturally talented shutdown cover corner earned back to back AAC honors his final two years. Started since late as a true freshman. Impressive NFL Combine established him as one of the premier corners in this deep class. Outstanding quick-twitch athleticism, fine balance and light feet with a top closing burst on the ball. Fine route-recognition and instincts to be in position to make plays consistently. Wiry solid frame with average arm length and the fluidity and easy movement skills to shadow receivers. Good strength to tackle or jam at the line, though he can be overpowered by bigger receivers. Reliable drag down tackler with consistent open-field tackling skills. He has the tools to play all types of coverage. Strong enough to handle press with a powerful quick punch. Looks smooth dropping into coverage, with exceptional change-of-direction ability and the speed to stay stride for stride down the field with receivers. Very tough playing man off coverage, using his fine vision to read the QB and outstanding reaction skills to drive on the ball and cause breakups. Average height and arm length, though his fine leaping ability and body control allows him to win more than his share of jump balls. Quarterbacks were reluctant to attack his side of the field the past two seasons. Shows ball hawking skills and reliable hands for the interception when challenged. As a tackler, he will get into trouble if he tries to take on too high and fails to wrap-up properly. In coverage, he is very aggressive and can sometimes get fooled by double moves. The bigger more physical receivers can cause him some problems at times and stem him. He possesses an extremely rare combination of blinding speed, with fine quickness and change of direction to overcome mistakes down the field. Plays man coverage as well as anyone in the country. Seems to have eyes on the back of his head. Awareness and peripheral vision are off the charts. Exceptionally good hands for the pick and has made some spectacular highlight reel plays in this regard. Versus Clemson in 2016, he had two interceptions. Took one ball away from Mike Williams by undercutting the route in the end zone, coming up with a diving grab and the other came later when he got in front of Deon Cain on a vertical route and went up in the air to get it. He also forced a fumble after a catch that a teammate recovered. All in all, he showed that he can stand up to the very best in competition. When the ball is in the air, he closes on it as well as anyone. He reminds me of Asante Samuel in this regard, as well as in his all-around ball hawking skills. He also displays a significant willingness to come up strong and force the run. He goes low and chops the legs out from under the runner, or wraps them up showing consistently reliable tackling. Also will bring to the lucky team that drafts him absolutely supreme punt return capability. His toughness and dedication are exemplified by how he came back from an opening week knee injury in 2017, to get back on the field late in the season and them culminate things with a totally wicked NFL Combine workout performance. In 2017, he started 6 games due to a broken hand and a knee injury. He totaled only 19 tackles, 15 TFL, 1 pick and 4 PBU. In 2016, he started all 13 games and made 39 tackles, 1 TFL, 5 picks and 9 PBU, earning first team ACC honors. At the NFL Combine, he came in at 5’10” and 196 lbs., with 31 1/8” arms. He ran a 4.38 time and added a 35” VJ and a 10’7” BJ. He had a 3.98 shuttle and 6.71 three cone and finished with very good positional drills. Possesses fine overall talent with good size, ball skills and confidence. Shows discipline and maturity on the field and in practice. Definite 1st-round ability and well rounded, but needs work on his technique and reads to be NFL ready as a starter. Complete corner with some refinement of his reads and coverage skills. His high level of development indicates he can either start or play the nickel corner role immediately. Similar to Asante Samuel in size, AA, break on the ball and natural coverage skills. One of the best pure cover men in this class. Blue chip prospect with marginal top 25 grade. Fast developing skill set and high-level NFL starter.
Draft Projection: 1st-2nd Round

 3 * Mike Hughes #19                Central Florida             5-10      190    – Sp. 4.50       
     Hindu Theory:  Kyle Fuller                                             Rating 88
Gambling true junior cornerback and return specialist earned AAC 2nd team conference honors in his only season with the Knights. Began his career at North Carolina, though left after one season due to after off the field issues. Entered JC level in 2016 before entering Central Florida. Blue chip athlete and big play punt returner with explosive suddenness and the long speed to break plays. Smaller physique for cornerback who plays big in both run and pass defense. Possesses a solid, somewhat compact, well-proportioned muscular physique. Superb ball hawk and lightning quick with explosiveness out of his breaks in coverage or returning punts. Very good agility, smooth light feet to matchup and mirror receivers. Maintains a low backpedal and easily flips his hips and transitions very well to ride a receiver down the field. Keeps sound positioning using his natural athleticism and smooth movement skills to maintain coverage. Likes to play very tight coverage and is capable of doing so at a high level. Very good diagnostic skills when playing man off coverage. Able to read-react well to plant and drive on the ball and make an interception. He can be physical in run support and plays with a tenacious attitude. When playing with his back to the ball, does a good job of reading the receiver and keying to time his jumps. Natural ball athlete who plays the ball like a receiver at the catch point. Very alert and aware and uses his exceptional vision to see the field and read the QB. Sound football intelligence, always working to perfect his skills. Though there are some durability concerns, he shows up weekly and plays on several units. At times, his gambling style has been a liability when he guesses wrong and give up an early advantage. Still needs development in route recognition. More frequently plays the ball than the receiver, though needs consistency at turning to locate the ball. Limited press coverage experience. Gets grabby down the field and is vulnerable to interference calls. Will overplay the deep routes and be susceptible to back shoulder throws and stop routes. When the pass has been thrown, he takes on the mentality of a receiver and just figures the ball belongs to him as much as anybody. Once he has the ball in his hands, takes on the persona of a running back. Follows his blocks, weaves well through traffic and is a threat for a long return. One his best traits is the ability to jam a receiver in press coverage. Works hard to contain their release off the line and uses his hand punch and aggressive nature to not let them get into their routes at all sometimes. Often completely messes up the timing between passer and receiver. The only questions are being just a one-year starter at the major college level, and therefore just has a small sample size for teams to judge him by. Also brings to a team his supreme talents as both a punt and kickoff return man. His averages on both were outstanding and he took 2 kickoffs and one punt to the house. He became the first player in UCF history to return a punt, kickoff and interception for a touchdown in one season. He did very well against top QB-WR duos too, such as Memphis’ Riley Ferguson and Anthony Miller. Mike picked off one pass, broke up two others and helped limit the very talented Miller to just 3 catches for 37 yards and no scores. In 2017, he had 49 tackles, 4 picks and 11 PBU, earning 2nd team AAC honors. In 2015 at North Carolina, he had 11 tackles, no picks and 3 PBU. Smallish frame will be a concern for holding up to the physicality of the NFL. His cover skills, athleticism and competitiveness give him an early starting grade especially as a nickel. At the NFL Combine, he came in at 5’10” and 189 lbs. with 30 7/8” arms. He ran a 4.53 time and added a 35.5” VL and a 10’7” BJ. Added a 4.13 shuttle and 6.70 three cone along with fine positional drills. Comparable coverage skills to Kyle Fuller and Jason Verrett. Off the field issues need to be closely examined. In zone coverage, he recognizes routes quickly and can help in a cover 2 scheme. Natural man corner with limited experience vs top competition. Quick-twitch ball hawker and 1st round bubble player to make a difference. Keen instincts to be fine playmaker and early defender in either scheme or package defenses, though he must temper when to gamble and when to stay with the receiver.
Draft Projection: 1st-2nd Round

4 * Josh Jackson #15  Iowa                             6-0       195        – Sp. 4.45  
     Hindu Theory:  Aqib Talib                                     Rating 87
High cut athletic redshirt junior corner had an incredible 2017 for the Hawkeyes, earning Defensive Back of the Year along with first team Big Ten honors. One-year starter with only 1 starting assignment prior to the 2017 season, though he saw extensive action in the Iowa package defenses. Finished with a strong 2017 performance that elevated his status. He has the athleticism and physical package for corner, combining speed, length and instincts to be NFL ready. Possesses natural athleticism with fine size to matchup with big receivers and win most jump ball situations. Light feet, sound instincts and outstanding change of direction  and lateral quickness. Able to play press coverage well and shows he can jam and reroute most WR’s he faces. Looks comfortable playing zone too and that he understands the concepts and his responsibilities in this type of coverage. Knows angles and displays sound route recognition to keep positioned between QB and receiver. Anticipates routes and breaks nicely on the ball in zone coverage. Used in press coverage and was successful in that technique, though needs further work. Fine acceleration to run stride for stride with receivers and use his length and leaping skills to shut down the deep game. Possesses the agility and confidence to compete for early snaps on defense. Very good vision, reads routes and finds the football consistently. Shows excellent hand-eye coordination and soft hands to make the most of interception chances. Breaks down adequately in space to wrap up and secure ball-carriers and can be a very physical defender. Big receivers rarely post him up especially in the red zone. Good range, lateral agility and balance. Instinctive pass defender with good size and instincts make up for slightly above average speed. Possesses requisite ball skills and anticipation for the corner position with a refined overall skill set. His acumen as a ball hawk is obvious in his play on the field. He attacks the ball with the seeming mentality that each one is his and he has as much right to it as the offensive player. The Iowa coaches allowed him to cover the opponent’s top WR no matter where he lined up, late in the season, after his outstanding performances against top ten teams Ohio State and Wisconsin. This is something they did not do with former DPOYs Micah Hyde and Desmond King, which speaks well of the confidence they developed in Jackson. His ball awareness and the physicality he possesses and plays with could mean some teams may have their eyes on him as a free safety too. As a junior, he started 13 games and had 48 tackles with 1 TFL, 18 PBU and 8 picks which led the nation. Earned All-American and Big Ten honors. As a sophomore, he started 1 of 12 games and had 10 tackles with 4 PBU and no picks. At the NFL Combine, he came in at over 6’ and 196 lbs., with 31 1/8” arms and 18 reps. He added a 38” VL, 10’3” BJ, ran a 4.48 forty with a 4.03 shuttle and 6.86 three cone. Interesting top 30 prospect with fast developing talent and early starter especially in a cover two scheme. Similar to Aqib Talib in size, length and skill set. Figures in the mid-late 1st round with definite upside as a pro. Fast developing cover man comes off a major breakout season he hopes to continue earning a rookie starting role. Excellent value if lost in deep class and falls to early 2nd round. Fast level of development allows him to play immediately and possibly start.
Draft Projection: 1st-2nd Round

5 * Carlton Davis #6                 Auburn             6-1      205       – Sp. 4.50 
     Hindu Theory:  Xavier Rhodes                                            Rating 88
Big physical true junior has been an all-star corner for the Tigers since earning Freshman All-American honors. Chose to declare early for the NFL draft. Named 1st team SEC for 2017 and 3rd team in 2016. Fine height, athletically built with long 32 3/4” arms. Ideal size for the position to matchup with both size and speed. Smooth footwork in transition and able to play tight coverage down the field. Shows a good backpedal and able to mirror his man in coverage, though his pedal can get high at times. Matches up well in press coverage, knowing how to use his length and power to disrupt receivers getting into their routes. Excellent functional strength to redirect receivers and also use the sidelines to leverage them off their pattern. Aggressive and competes hard at the point of the catch. He is not a quick twitch defender with only average short-area ability to close in coverage. He can be physical and play bump and run, though needs further refinement there. He did extremely well in 2017 against top receivers like Kirk and Ridley. Low interception totals are partly because he is seldom challenged. Very alert and aware. Sees plays develop quickly and attacks and closes hard. Displays very good hip flex, able to turn and run with most receivers and knows his to use the sideline to crowd them down the field. Uses his long strong arms to rip through a receiver’s arms and break up the catch. He is not shy when it comes to defending the run. Shows steady improvement technique wise during his short career. Tough mentally and plays a physical brand of football and graded out high vs SEC talent. Refocuses quickly after a negative play and became a fixture in the tough Tiger defense gained valuable experience over past two seasons. Best suited for a cover two scheme. Powerful tackler in run-support and wants to attack the line or drop runners in the open field. Plays hard and usually maintains outside contain. Mirrors well downfield and maintains technique at the top of routes to use his length well in jump ball situations. His initial reads are usually sound and plays a disciplined game. Good at playing the ball and using his fine length to win on contested passes. Strong hands to jam in press to throw off route timing. Lacks the quick-twitch to close suddenly from his plant and drive when playing man off coverage. Above average closing speed with the leaping ability and arms to win most jump ball situations. At times, he struggles reading route adjustments and loses contact on the double move through the middle routes. He has been very durable, with only one game missed in three seasons. He does have small hands (8 7/8”) and has not gotten many interceptions, with only 4 in three years. His lone pick in 2017 came on a pass tipped by a teammate in the game against Missouri. In 2017, started 13 games and totaled 36 tackles, 11 PBU and 1 interception. In 2016, started 12 games and totaled 46 tackles, no picks and 10 PBU. At the NFL Combine, he checked in at 6’1” and 206 lbs. with 32 3/4” arms. He ran 4.53 time with 1.59 ten-yard split and did 16 reps in the lifting. Added a 34” VL and 10’4” BJ. At his pro day, he improved his forty time from the Combine to 4.44, with a 4.21 shuttle and a 7.30 cone. Stood on his Combine numbers for the rest. Similar to Xavier Rhodes in size, athleticism, playmaking abilities and overall LOD. At times, he tends to get too high and slow to open his hips that delays his reaction time, particularly vs quicker receivers. Probable early starter and package defender. Could go as high as the mid-1st round. Graded out highly facing top receivers and performed well in big game situations. Rising cover man with fast developing skills. Top 30-40 talent with early starting ability. Clubs like the Bills, Colts, Cowboys and Jets interested.
Draft Projection: 1st-2nd Round

6 * Isaiah Oliver #26           Colorado                6-0       200       – Sp. 4.50       
    Hindu Theory: Stephon Gilmore                                          Rating 87
Tall, athletic true junior has been a shutdown corner for the Buffaloes over his final two seasons. Earned Pac-12 honors in 2017 after being a nickel starter in the CU trio of corners in 2016 along with Chidobe Awuzie and Ahkello Witherspoon. Two sport star playing on the CU track team and a Pac-12 Decathelon honoree. At Colorado, he won the 100-meter (10.82), 400-meter (48.15) and long-jump (24-1) at the 2017 Pac-12 Championships. Fine height, athletically built with very long 33.5” arms and large (9 3/4” hands). Ideal size/speed ratio for the position. For a big corner, he has fairly smooth footwork in transition and able to play tight coverage down the field. Comes cleanly out of his backpedal and able to mirror his man. Matches up well in press and is learning how to use his length and reach to disrupt receivers. His back pedal can be high at times and needs some work. Flips his hips well and usually doesn’t open up too soon and receivers can seldom get him turned around coming off the line. Outstanding ability to anticipate, read-react, with the closing burst to match. His ball skills rank as highly as any corner in this class, where he has been very productive getting his hands on the ball. He has the size and strength along with the skills to play press coverage. Consistent in his ability to jam the receiver at the line and slow his release considerably. For a big cover, he displays fine short-area quickness to play close in man coverage. Strong to redirect receivers and push them off their routes. Very aggressive and competes hard at the point of the catch. Steady improvement in technique during his time vs top NFL caliber QBs. Plays a physical game with the strength and discipline to play all the techniques. Consistent in run-support to maintain outside contain and a sure open field tackler. In coverage at times, he gets too grabby downfield and his technique breaks down especially when he loses track of the ball. In bail technique, he sometimes opens up too soon and does not read routes as well.  Needs to read routes quickly because he lacks the quick-twitch to close suddenly from his plant and drive when playing man off coverage. Needs to learn to trust his technique and not play as hands on in the NFL. In 2017, totaled 26 tackles, 13 PBU and 2 interceptions, earning 1st team Pac-12 honors. In 2016, he started 2 of 13 games with over 400 snaps. He totaled 34 tackles, 1 pick and 8 PBU and was a value defender in their package defenses. Needs a little time at the next level to be coached up in technique while continuing to develop understanding of the game, though at a high level currently. Talent to develop into a fine all around corner. Work on his backpedal will improve his reaction time, particularly with quicker receivers. Probable early package defender. Should go as high as the mid-1st to early 2nd round. At the NFL Combine, he checked in at over 6’ and 201 lbs. with 33.5” arms. He ran 4.50 time and did not lift. he has the length and leaping ability (36.5” VJ at his Pro Day) to compete well for 50-50 balls. Also brings to the table very fine skills as a punt returner, where he was a very productive weapon for the Buffs as a sophomore in 2016. Displays fine footwork and smooth hip flexibility. Similar to Stephon Gilmore in size, athleticism, playmaking abilities and overall LOD. Graded out high facing top Pac-12 receivers and performed well in many big game situations. Big rising young corner with developing skills. Top 60 talent with shutdown ability in time to rank among the best in this class, though currently still young and wins on rare athleticism. Clubs like the 49ers, Colts, Giants, Chiefs and Cowboys interested.           Draft Projection: 2nd Round

7 Anthony Averett #28             Alabama          5-11      185        – Sp. 4.40       
   Hindu Theory: A.J. Bouye                                                     Rating 86
Talented former high recruit redshirt senior was a two-year starter in the incredible Bama secondary. Sat behind future #1 pick corner Marlon Humphrey among other quality cover men earlier in his career. Excellent track athlete as a youth with a 25’ long jump, high jumper and sprinter in high school. Outstanding complete skill set for the position and started every game his final two seasons. Two-year starter earned first team All-American by DraftInsiders.com after a fine 2017 overall performance. Lean athletic frame with very good movement skills for the position, though needs strength work. He is a highly gifted all-around athlete, and the fastest member of a very talented Crimson Tide secondary that is loaded with NFL prospects. His well-balanced football acumen was evidenced by his being a three-year two-way starter in HS at QB and DB. He is among the very best athletes among this year’s corner group. As a cover man, his instincts, quickness and ability to close are to off the charts. Coached up well by Bama staff. Very underrated among the Alabama contingent and among the corners in this class in general. Mirrors and matches as well as anyone. Stays on a receiver’s back pocket, stride for stride and uses his fine ball skills and awareness to swat the pass away at the catch point. With his anticipation and blazing speed, it is very difficult for any wide receiver to get deep on him. Fine tackler in the open field. Breaks down, keeps his eyes on the target and wraps consistently well. His speed and ability to time it up, makes him an effective blitzer off the edge too. Totaled 2 career sacks. Smaller than ideal for the outside though, with short arms (30 1/4”) and small hands (8 1/2”) which means many, if not most teams, may see him as a slot/nickel corner only, or primarily. Over his career, he was exposed to several techniques especially man situations and is at a nice level of development. Displays a fine combination of speed, fluidity and physicality to be a top pro corner with further development. Shows outstanding open-field tackling ability with sound technique and hand use to get off blockers. Very good at the line when coming up to take on blockers and finish the play. Willingness to stick his nose in the middle of the action and fights off blocks to finish. Able to effectively handle press coverage and very adept at bump-and-run using his strong hands to deliver a powerful punch. Uses his strength to reroute receivers off the jam. Opens his hips smoothly with the ability to retain his fine speed and tight coverage. Shows the ability to turn, run and close and stay tight on inside or outside releases. Will get on top of vertical routes, blanketing his man while maintaining very good speed down the field. Displays the good vision, balance, timing and ball skills to break up passes. Finished with only 1 career interception and 16 PBUs, all in his final 2 seasons. Fine instincts and awareness to adjust to plays outside his zone. Decisive tackler in open field with the elite speed to make up ground quickly. Most effective when asked to play man coverage, though grades out high in zone schemes. Raises his game against tougher opponents with nice focus. Displays ability to play on an island with confidence and has a short memory. Can be effective covering outside or in the slot and could possibly start early in career. As a senior, he started 14 games and made 48 tackles, 4 TFL, 1 sack, 1 pick and 8 PBU, earning first team SEC honors. As a junior, he started 15 games and made 48 tackles, 3 TFL, 2 FF, no picks and 8 PBUs. At the NFL Combine, he checked in at over 5’11” and 183 lbs. with 30 1/4” arms. He ran a 4.36 time and did 13 reps in the lifting. Added a 31.5” VL and a 9’11” BJ and a 4.40 shuttle and a 6.93 three cone drill. Performed well in big game situations which improved his grade. Strong week at the NFL Combine and Senior Bowl. With some muscle and further technique development, he carries an early starting grade. The talent to be among the best corners in this draft. Savvy highly talented and developed prospect. Early starter with the skills to be a factor in multiple packages immediately. Similar to A.J. Bouye in natural skills, AA, development and hitting power. Blue chip addition with a high LOD, though still a work in progress on finer points of coverage. Savvy technician with developed skill set to play immediately. Top special teams’ performer. Rising top 75 prospect with early impact.           Draft Projection: 2nd-3rd Round

8 * Donte Jackson #1               LSU                 5-10      175       – Sp. 4.30      
    Hindu Theory: Jason Verrett                                                Rating 85
Cat quick true junior is one of the fastest players in this class, in addition to top overall athleticism. Two-year starter after being a valuable nickel corner as a freshman in the Tigers’ talented defensive backfield. Earned 2nd team SEC honors over his final season which included a few starts at safety. He is short, very skinny, not very strong or physical, but possesses blinding speed and outstanding athleticism. The Bayou Bengals played him on the boundary, but most likely lacks the necessary physicality and size to remain there in the NFL. State title holder as a HS sprinter (10.2 in 100 meters) and that kind of speed shows up when watching him play. As a cover corner, his instincts are no better than average, but this is partly offset by his rare recovery speed. Definite quick-twitch, with very fluid hips and instant change-of-direction capability. He averaged one pass defensed per game started while at LSU. Over his career, he showed lock down corner skills with the athletic talent teams seek in a pure cover corner. Rare speed with the instincts of a cat burglar to jump routes and make big plays. Explosive out of his backpedal with exceptional closing speed and timing. As a tackler, he is well below average though, due to his lack of strength and short arms. Big powerful receivers can run right through him if he does not wrap up low. As a run defender, he shows the ability to get low and wrap up which is the only way he can get most backs to the ground. His interest and zeal to play the run is inconsistent however. In 2017, he started 12 games and totaled 49 tackles, 3.5 TFL, 1 pick and 10 PBU and SEC 2nd team honors. In 2016, he played in 12 games and totaled 39 tackles, 2 picks and 8 PBU. At the NFL Combine, he checked in over 5’10” and 178 lbs. with 29 1/2” arms and did only 7 reps. He ran a blazing 4.32 forty with a 1.55 ten-yard split. Added a 10’4 BJ, but stopped workout due to leg cramps. It was an excellent sprint time. Similar to Jason Verrett in size, athleticism, playmaking abilities and overall LOD. Elite quickness to help in the nickel packages immediately. He can shutdown quick slot receivers. Rising prospect off his NFL Combine performance. One of the class’s biggest boom or bust prospects. Needs critical development in his overall technique, play recognition and tackling. Top 75 prospects and one of the gifted cover men in this class.
Draft Projection: 3rd Round

9 * Kevin Toliver II #2  LSU                              6-2       204       4.52  – Sp. 4.40    
     Hindu Theory: Darius Slay                                               Rating 82
Tall athletic junior started since early in his true freshman season, playing the boundary corner position. Long athlete with average arms and good speed and quickness the position demands. He arrived at LSU as a 5-star recruit and the #1 HS corner in the land. His stay in Baton Rouge therefore would have to be considered relatively disappointing, because he did not come close to measuring up to that standard. Long, lean well sculpted specimen with good arm length and very good hand size. Physically, he fits the mold for a boundary corner. He is adept at press coverage and likes to get physical when jamming his man, knock them off their routes and mess up their timing. He has the movement skills to mirror and match with very close coverage. He has supreme confidence in his ability to play tight and really fights to contest any pass. He does not show the speed necessary to consistently run deep with the faster receivers, unless he can jam them at the snap. In run support, he is a willing participant and will close quickly and drive through the ball carrier with his shoulder. He has been injured a lot at LSU and suspended multiple times for rules violations. Further clouding his future potential. As a corner, shows good balance, acceptable hip flip and good acceleration in coverage. Quick to close in run support and against underneath routes and can tackle in the open-field. Fluid mover with fine range to track the ball and pursue runners to make plays. Shows poise in coverage with deceptively quick feet and long strides to cover ground. Uses size and physicality to jam receivers at the line, though inconsistent in that technique. Uses good arm extension in his jam and possesses good coordination and balance in transition. Nice acceleration and good straight-line speed to remain at corner. Able to disrupt passes before the catch, though needs better hand technique and footwork to be in position to make more plays. Average physicality playing the run, though at times struggles disengaging from blockers. Average drag down tackler needs to take his game up a level. Could struggle covering deep in the NFL with more build up speed than sudden acceleration. Only good functional recovery speed and strength in coverage. Change-of-direction is still raw in close quarters which may limit him initially to scheme-specific sets. Not as effective mirroring slot receivers in man-to-man. Some teams will see him as more of a zone cover than a man matchup corner. As a junior, he started 5 of 12 games and made 28 tackles with 2 TFL, 10 PBU and 1 pick. As a sophomore, he started 5 of 7 games and made 21 tackles with no picks and 1 PBU. At the NFL Combine, he came in at 6’2” and 192 lbs. with 30 1/8” arms. He did not run. He did 10 reps with a 33” VL and a 10’ BJ. Did not do a full workout by choice. At his pro day, as with the Combine, he chose not to run. Instead repeating the same three events he completed at the latter. BJ of 9’11”, VJ: 36.5″, with 14 reps on the bench. This is somewhat disconcerting. Size, speed, quickness and instincts will allow him to match up in zone coverage where he needs refinement in his recognition skills to play up to his athleticism. Falling top 100 prospect with body type, coverage skills and LOD similar to Darius Slay in positional athleticism, but never realized that type of level of play. Long corner with good matchup skills with big receivers, though disappointing in many respects. Boom or bust prospect with high ceiling.
Draft Projection: 3rd Round

10 Duke Dawson #7     Florida              5-11     200       – Sp. 4.45                     
     Hindu Theory: Chris Harris                                            Rating 82
Scrappy experienced senior corner completed a nice career with first team SEC honors in 2017. One-year starter with good speed and adequate size and length with fine production. During his career, he was a key defender in the Gators nickel package which is basically a starting defender. Somewhat shorter than ideal, but has a solid muscular physique. Experience during his career at all the backfield positions, as well as being a solid special teamer. He has the hip flex, anticipation and change-of-direction to handle slot corner very well. Also, he has shown to be capable playing on the outside. He uses good balance, strength and hand punch to consistently jam receivers. Mirrors very well in coverage and is able to stay with some of the fastest receivers far down the field. He shows good ball skills, reactive quickness and sound hand-eye coordination. As an open field tackler, he is able to break down well, stay under control and wrap up with good consistency. He is not shy about taking on blockers and getting involved in run defense. Fluid athlete with good movement skills and experience in both man and zone coverage. Very efficient backpedal with flexible hips to open, turn and matchup in coverage. Shows the recovery speed to mirror receivers and use his instincts to jump routes. Compact build with well-distributed muscle mass and good overall athleticism. Coordinated with a natural short stride. Tries to attack the throw as much as possible, though can be overpowered on contested balls. Sure hands to make big plays with composure when the ball is in the air. Experienced in press, off-man and zone coverage with the smarts to absorb schemes easily. Remains under control in coverage, showing the ability to anticipate routes and close quickly. Footwork is very efficient at the breakpoint. As a tackler, he is reliable in the open field. Does his share of grabbing and mauling downfield which will draw flags more often in NFL. Savvy functionally good corner with ball skills who must refine his game to compete for NFL starting duty. Suited for zone cover two scheme. As a senior, he started 10 games and made 37 tackles with 2 TFL, 9 PBU and 4 picks. Earned SEC first team honors. As a junior, he played in 12 games, mainly as the nickel corner and made 24 tackles with 3.5 TFL, 7 PBU and 1 pick. At the NFL Combine, he came in at 5’11” and 197 lbs. with 31 1/2” arms. Ran 4.46 time with a 1.57 ten yard split  along with 15 reps. He did not workout. He has the body type, coverage skills and LOD similar to Chris Harris in positional athleticism. Good athlete with the speed, quickness and instincts that allow him to match up with quick slot receivers day one. Marginal top 100-125 prospect with a potential starting grade in the right system. Early nickel corner and developed skill set to continue to improve. Corner with nice level to play as a rookie. Prospect with playmaking skills in the right scheme.
Draft Projection: 3rd-4th Round

11 * Tarvarus McFadden #4     Florida St         6-2       200       – Sp. 4.65       
     Hindu Theory: Daryl Worley                                                              Rating 78
Long fluid athlete completed an erratic short two year starting career with a disappointing final season. Earned first team ACC honors in 2016 after a huge overall performance. Lean athletic frame with good movement skills for the position. As a physical specimen, he has fine length, long 32 1/2” arms and huge 10 3/8” hands. Produced a very impressive sophomore season in 2016, when his 8 interceptions were 2nd most in FSU history. His victims included Lamar Jackson, Deshaun Watson, Chad Kelly and Brad Kaaya, meaning he played well against top competition. In 2017 however, he failed to pick off even one pass, an inexplicable drop off. He was a five-star recruit out of HS where he earned the Lockheed Martin Air Defender of the Year, which is given to the nation’s top prep defensive back. In 2016, he was 1st team All-American and won the Jack Tatum Award, given to the nation’s top DB. He appeared on the path to being a sure 1st rounder, till the significant decline in 2017. He still earned 2nd team All-ACC. As a cover man, he is very good at press coverage, with fine short area quickness, especially considering his size. He is able to usually get a good jam and continues to maintain tight coverage throughout the route. Uses his long arms well to help maintain spacing. On contested passes he usually does very well, given the physical advantages he brings to the table. He has fine ball skills and reads the receiver to know when to turn and locate the ball. He has upper echelon lower body explosion and can really get off the ground to compete well for high throws. Despite his very below average track speed and drop in production in 2017, he has consistently allowed a very low completion percentage. Able to effectively handle press coverage and very adept at bump-and-run. Uses his length and strength to reroute receivers off the jam. Opens his hips smoothly with the ability to retain his speed and tight coverage. Displays the ability to turn, run and close and stay tight on inside or outside releases. Will get on top of vertical routes and cover but struggles to maintain good speed down the field. Displays the good timing and ball skills to break up passes. With his size and ball skills, some teams may want to consider moving him to safety. As a junior, he started 13 games and made 30 tackles, no picks and 10 PBU. As a sophomore, he started 13 games and made 20 tackles, 8 picks and 6 PBUs, earning 1st team ACC honors. At the NFL Combine, he checked in at 6’2” and 204 lbs. with 32 1/2” arms. He ran a 4.67 time and did not lift. Added a 38.5” VL and a 10’2” BJ. Performed well in big game situations which improved his grade. Falling talented corner off a questionable final performance. Displays ithe skills for an NFL career, but needs to show his technique and defensive reads are ready to be a factor in multiple packages. Needs to do more film work and improve his route-recognition and anticipation ability to use his natural skills to the fullest. His fine initial quickness and short-area burst make it tough for any receiver to gain much separation, though must show play to play discipline to earn a role in the package defenses. Dropping off inconsistent performance, though a defender with a fairly high level of development and one of the better corners in this class when focused. More discipline to his game will determine if he realizes his natural talent.
Draft Projection: 3rd-4th Round

12 Tony Brown #2        Alabama                      6-0       200        – Sp. 4.40  
    Hindu Theory: Justin Gilbert                                                   Rating 78
Physical versatile athlete played several roles in the Bama secondary which will facilitate his early NFL playing time. He may be the most underrated member of the Crimson Tide secondary. He comes close to matching the speed of his former teammate Averett, though with less fluid hips or pass coverage instincts. He is extremely physical, with a muscular physique and long arms. The Tide lined him at nickel and from that spot he was a very stout run defender, almost like a nickel/OLB hybrid. Able to close quickly on runs to his side and show consistently reliable tackling ability. In pass coverage though, he was the weak link in the ‘Bama secondary. He has track speed and is super quick in drills, but lacks the instincts to play up to those abilities. Loses a little in his plant and drive out of his pedal and can give up a lot of underneath catches. Fine all around athletic ability including good straight-line speed which helped him succeed along with using his size and muscularity well. Good footwork with high backpedal that limits his ability to change directions quickly. Shows the ability to get a physical jam on receivers at the line, using good strength and arm extension. Some project him to starting inside at safety where he has the skill set to succeed. He usually displays sound technique and body control to be in position to grade out well, though needs work on his initial reads and responsibilities from the back patrol. He has the makeup to be a good blitzer, though needs development on his timing there. One other big plus with this player though would be his special teams’ ability. He will give you a solid consistent performance on all four units. In 2017, played in 14 games and totaled 31 tackles, 1 TFL, 2 PBU, 1 pick and 1 QB hurry. Over his career, he played in 38 games and totaled 79 tackles, 4.5 TFL, 3 picks and 7 PBU. Great special teams’ athlete with all the talent to be an immediate gunner and impact defender. At the NFL Combine, he came in at 6’ and 199 lbs. and 31 1/2” arms. He ran a 4.35 with 14 reps. Added 31.5“ VL, a 10’6” BJ and did a 4.11 shuttle and a 6.78 three cone for an exceptional overall performance. Can struggle finding the ball in the deep game when he gives up a step initially. In zone coverage, he needs development in his reads and responsibilities, though he plays the ball fairly well in front of him with good anticipation. He will benefit from the run at this position through the early rounds where he could be chosen in the top 125 picks. Upside to develop into a workman like starter. Good open field tackler with nice combination of technique and power. Tough prospect both physically and mentally. Confident in his abilities with a short-term memory to bounce back quickly after mistakes. Some mechanical flaws which creates inconsistency in gaining proper body position downfield. Sometimes allows too much cushion at the line and needs to improve his spacing. Still raw with jamming receivers at the line. At times, flips his hips too early and needs time to develop his backpedal. With technique improvement and better discipline, he has all the tools to become a NFL starter in time.
Draft Projection: 4th-5th Round

13 M.J. Stewart #6        North Carolina                5-11      200       – Sp. 4.55                  Rating 78
Physical savvy senior started two seasons for the Tar Heels, earning ACC honors his final two years. Named honorable mention each season. Strong frame with quick footwork and leaping skills to matchup with NFL caliber receivers. Agile athlete with fine instincts to use his ball skills and lead the team in PBUs his final two seasons, though no interceptions. He is an aggressive highly competitive corner and is very alert and aware to locate and decisively close on the ball. Possesses all the necessary skills to be effective in either press or zone coverage. Though not a quick-twitch corner, he has fine diagnostic skills, good reaction time and the athleticism to break on the ball. Fluid swivel hips, fairly smooth footwork with only average closing speed. Tough in run-support and does not shy away from throwing his body around. Depends on vision, timing and hand-eye coordination rather than pure speed to shut down opponents. May be a challenge for him to match up with the fast receivers at the next level. May struggle to recover after false steps, due to lack of top make-up speed. In run support, he gets off blockers on the perimeter and finishes with strong hits. Should be very effective playing the nickel in the NFL. Displays good reflexes, natural instincts and ball skills. Developed nickel corner with fine man coverage skills to matchup with quick slot receivers. Struggles riding a hip down the field and gives up too much space and some height advantage in matchup with big receivers. At times, he can be too grabby in coverage and has been penalized regularly. As a senior, he started 12 games and made 45 tackles with no interceptions, 2 sacks and 12 PBU that earned ACC honorable mention. As a junior, he started 13 games and made 66 tackles with 3.5 TFL, 11 PBU, and no picks for ACC honorable mention. At the NFL Combine, he checked in at 5’11” and 200 lbs. with 31 1/4” arms. He ran a 4.54 time, 18 reps and added a 35” VL, 9’10” BJ with a 4.28 shuttle and 6.90 three cone. Fine overall effort and looked good in the positional drills. Reacts well to the thrown ball with the range to close into the intermediate zones when beaten early on the down. His overall progress in coverage should allow him to fill the nickel corner role early. Quality cover man with the talent to start in time and be a good nickel, though he needs to refine his overall game. Marginal top 150 talent and a steal in the mid-3rd day. Make it grade for package defenses, though may be limited to those roles. Solid zone cover man falling in draft process and fine value.

14 Davontae Harris #10            Illinois St         5-11      205       – Sp. 4.45                      Rating 75
Well-built long aggressive corner started his final three seasons, earning 1st team MVC honors as a junior and senior. Strong frame with very good athleticism to fit the prototypical NFL starting corner role. Long press corner with good strength and hand usage to gain a fast advantage when jamming. Plays a physical game with the fire and athleticism to get the most out of his fine talent. Good movement skills with adequate flexible hips and the footwork to change directions and retain coverage. Impressive late career led to invitation to the Senior Bowl and NFL Combine where he performed well. Ideal physique for a zone corner at 5’11” and 205 lbs. with developed instincts to play in both man and zone schemes. Defender shows average quick twitch skills to blanket receivers in man situations. Better suited for a cover two scheme where he can sit in a zone and close on the ball. Smooth pedal with the hips to open and turn and ride a receiver downfield. He has the closing burst with the power to drive through the receiver. Quick footwork to plant and drive with sound zone awareness in coverage. Good speed to recover, though at times is suspect in the deep game. Picks up the ball well and makes plays on the high pass where his height, reach and leaping ability allows him to battle big receivers. His instincts and ability to read and react to routes needs some development. Loses too much at times in transition and must learn to read routes and the QB better. In run support, he tackles well with good technique and pop. Talent to excel in zone schemes in time, displaying the physical skills to be a defender who can matchup well in a few techniques. Athlete with nice coverage ability and is learning to use his length and athleticism. Matches up well with both fast and big receivers with the speed to cover deep, though he needs further work on his initial reads and positioning. Capable of converting to safety and possible dime defender there. As a corner, he has developed instincts that may earn him early playing time to package defenses and special teams. Good at coming up to support the run with aggressive tackling at the LOS or in the open field. Tough defender with good special teams’ value on coverage units. As a senior, he started every game and totaled 57 tackles, 2 sacks, 4.5 TFLs along with 2 picks and 12 PBU for first team Missouri Valley. He earned a Senior Bowl invitation. As a junior, he started 11 of 12 games and totaled 59 tackles,5.5 TFLs along with 2 picks and 13 PBU for first team Missouri Valley. At the NFL Combine, he checked in over 5’11” and 205 lbs. with 31 1/8” arms. He ran a 4.43 time with a 1/56 ten yard split and did 22 reps. Also had a 32.5” VL and 10’3” BJ with a 4.40 shuttle and 6.96 three cone with good positional drills. It was an outstanding workout that elevated his stock significantly. This verified his athleticism to carry a potential starting corner grade. Displays the makeup of a starting gunner where he can carve a niche. Marginal top 150 prospect with versatility to give a club depth at a few secondary positions. Talent to surprise in the right setting and probable starting zone corner in time. Nice upside, though needs refinement before ready for starting duty.

15 Isaac Yiadom #20                Boston College            6-1       190       – Sp. 4.50          Rating 75
Long athlete had a strong finish to his career earning invitations to the Senior Bowl and NFL Combine after a successful 2017 performance. Earned first team AAC honors in 2017 after extensive time as an underclassman. Tall slender specimen with long arms and the quick footwork to play at the next level. Though still raw in a few key areas, he has the size and movement skills of a starting corner. His performance has been erratic in a few areas, especially allowing big plays and committing penalties. Good height and length for the corner to matchup vs big receivers with the frame to add more muscle. Good backpedal with the ability to open hips and close on the underneath passes. Reacts well to routes with sound initial reads to trust his eyes better. Strong hands to jam at the line and effective at closing on plays in front of him. At times, he is an inconsistent wrap up tackler at line or in the open field and must improve there to see playing time. Good aggression in run support and does not shy away from contact. Needs work at reading the QB’s eyes and anticipating routes. Above average ball skills with ability to make plays and high point the ball vs big receivers. Uses full extension and nice timing to get his hands on the ball. Narrow hips, lean through the core and slender limbs, lacking prototypical physique and functional strength. Tight hips to open in coverage, though usually smooth in transition. At times, he struggles when he has to turn and recover in the deep game where he has produced penalties and allowed big plays. Lacks quick-twitch and can get beat off the LOS and doesn’t show top burst out of his breaks. Above average field speed with just a lone gear, taking too long to recover. Allows excessive space between himself and the receiver and must maintain better contact during the routes. Consistency in hand usage to gain control early on the down, though gives up too much space on some plays and can get flagged for being grabby downfield. When in proper position, he is a solid ball defender with good speed for the next level. Ability to tackle reliably and challenge receivers for the ball may make him a good fit for a cover-2 scheme. As a senior, he started 13 games and made 53 tackles with 2 picks and 9 PBU. As a junior and sophomore, he started 15 of 22 games and was very effective on the outside. In 2016, he started 8 of 13 games and made 26 tackles with 10 PBU and no picks. Played in 48 career games with 110 career tackles, 26 PBUs and 3 interceptions. At the NFL Combine, he checked in at 6’1” and 190 lbs. He ran a 4.52 time with 8 reps, a 10’ BJ and added a 4.18 shuttle. His career experience and progress in coverage plus measurables should allow him to fill roles in the nickel and dime packages. Fast developing corner with the talent to be a good pro, though he needs to refine his overall game. Rising defender and top 125 and 3rd day addition. Definite upside, though must improve his technique and reads to realize his potential. Slightly overrated off good final effort, though has starting skills.

16 Dane Cruikshank #9            Arizona                        6-1       210       – Sp. 4.45          Rating 72
Aggressive cornerback completed a fine two-year career starting all 25 games in his Wildcat stay after starting at the JC level. Outstanding physical specimen with ideal triangle numbers and works out like a banshee. He verified this with an excellent NFL Combine. He will likely get drafted for at least those reasons alone. He is a safety-corner tweener and where he gets tried first will largely depend on the team that drafts him. As a cover man, he is a big-time hitter, but inconsistent otherwise. If his instincts hold up, he does have the athleticism to handle slot receivers. When the ball is in his area, he reacts well and has good hands. He also has the willingness to hit and tackle that could make him a possibility as a box safety. He can be a wicked blitzer from that position. In 2016, the Wildcats played him at boundary corner and he struggled for the most part. He allowed many TDs and was flagged often. Double moves generally fool him too. If he does not succeed though, it won’t be due to lack of effort. If he can improve his instincts, he could make a fine press coverage corner. With his height/weight, speed and penchant for hitting and tackling, he has the look of at least being a top special teams demon. Nice size with good length and speed and the toughness to continue to man the position. Shows fluid movement skills and the flexible hips and footwork to continue to progress. Improving recognition and awareness to project to a defense that plays a heavy zone coverage scheme. Competitor with a nice combination of size, arm length, toughness and speed to earn time in the nickel and dime packages with development. Good athletic skills with intriguing special teams’ talent. As a corner, he displayed improving instincts while performing well weekly vs pro caliber D1 receivers and passers. Learning to make sound initial reads where his speed and quickness allows him to matchup. Though not a quick twitch athlete, shows the recovery speed to make up ground and use his reach, length and leaping ability to make plays. Experience in both man and zone coverage, though best suited for the cover two scheme. In run support, he can come up and support at the line and finish. Disciplined athlete, especially performing the bump and run and at a high level currently. In pass coverage, he has the hip flexibility to turn and run with above average footwork and smooth transition from his pedal to break on the ball. Adequate quickness and learning to trust his eyes more with each game. His ability to read the route and QB determines if he is in proper position. Moving up the rankings after a strong late career performance. As a senior, he started 13 games and made 75 tackles with 5.5 TFL, 3 picks and 5 PBU, earning Pac-12 honorable mention. As a junior, he started 12 games as boundary corner and made 60 tackles with 2 picks and 7 PBUs. Shows the makeup of a top flight special teams’ performer and projects as a starting gunner. At the NFL Combine, he checked in at 6’1” and 209 lbs. with long 31” arms. He ran a 4.41 time and did 25 reps and added a 38.5” VL and a 10’1” BJ. Added a 4.24 shuttle and a 6.89 three cone. Excellent workout and positional drills. Rising underrated defender with the ball skills to fit a cover two scheme and possibly start in time. Development to be a valuable backup in package defenses. Improving tough raw athlete and rising top 150-200 prospect with the talent and fine intangibles to help as a quality role player and probably surprise in the package defenses. Interesting developing corner with also a safety skill set to be a valuable serviceable defender for the nickel and dime at a few spots. Player on the come with his best football ahead of him.

17 * Quenton Meeks #24          Stanford                      6-1       197       – Sp. 4.60          Rating 72
Lanky true junior athlete is coming off a strong final season where he graded out well in the Cardinal defense. Started since midway of his freshman season Son of long time former NFL defensive coordinator Ron Meeks. Earned Pac-12 honors his final two seasons, including 2nd team in 2017. Possesses a compelling combination of size, short area quickness and decent, though not ideal speed. He has the size to play safety, the quick-twitch and change-of-direction to play slot corner and enough speed and pure coverage ability to play boundary corner with the latter probably his best position. He may need to be protected deep though, against some of the faster receivers. He has been technically sound since he arrived at Stanford. He does not get grabby and seldom draws flags. Also knows all about preparation and film study, largely due to the positive influence of his father. Due to his strength and attention to detail, he is a very sound and reliable tackler. Arrives with some force, sees his target, wraps up well, and minimizes yards after contact. As a cover corner, he is most effective on the underneath and intermediate routes, where he can usually stay on the hip of the receiver and mirror him. Rangy athlete with good size, reach and reactions, which will warrant consideration on the early 3rd day of the draft. Adequate hips with a little tightness in transition to recover and maintain leverage. When he reads the route properly, he can make plays with the ability to jump and get his hands on the ball. High backpedal with footwork to turn, though shows some stiffness. Jams well at the line, though needs further technique work there. Above average athlete who graded out fairly well at the NFL Combine. Savvy at times and positions himself to win in matchups. Physical cover man and a reliable tackler who comes up to support the run and get off blockers. In press coverage, he can be physical and play the bump and run, though hesitant at times and loses too much vs fast receivers. Matches up well vs big receivers where his speed and length allow him to blanket and fight for the ball. Plays best in a scheme that allows him either to press and reroute at the line or play off in cover two zone. As a junior, he started every game and totaled 65 tackles with 8 PBU and 2 picks for 2nd team Pac-12. As a sophomore, he played in 11 games and was credited with 22 tackles with 2 PBU and 2 interceptions. At the NFL Combine, he came at 6’1” and 209 lbs. with 31 3/4” arms. He did not run. He did 11 reps and a 39” VL and 10’8” BJ. Added a 4.23 shuttle and 6.72 three cone to complete a very good workout. Fits into the nickel and dime packages vs possession receivers where his agility, height and instincts may earn time. Savvy corner with the talent to fill a few key roles, though needs work on his reads and hand technique to retain coverage. Lacks the burst to recover when beaten and needs deep support regularly. Quality role performer and possibly a move to safety. Marginal top 150 prospect with talent, but probably only in a zone scheme. Serviceable defender with make it grade.

18 Darius Phillips #4    Western Michigan        5-10      195       – Sp. 4.50                      Rating 70
Stocky, compact athlete has been a very productive three-year starter, earning MAC honors annually as both a corner and return specialist. Quick twitch athlete with easy movement skills and keen instincts to make plays. Adequate size with long arms. Shows good balance, patience, and technique in coverage and is able to jam at the line and remain square to the receiver. Trusts his eyes and is quick to punch on the jam with fine read-react ability to close on the underneath routes. Anticipates routes and is seldom fooled by concepts. Shows very good ball skills, though his short size hinders him vs big receivers. He will compete for 50/50 passes and attempts to be physical at the catch point. Solid man and zone awareness and leverages well with smooth hips to flip and retain his good speed. Shows adequate strength and tenacity working off blocks. Needs to develop further as a run defender and must improve especially in the open field. Durable and started three seasons, including one of the nation’s best returners. Good sense of awareness on influence plays and misdirection. Hips and feet are very good when opening to turn and run from press coverage. Field speed is better than his track speed. Gives up little separation on crossing routes and is an ideal slot corner with an early starting grade. Backpedal is low and efficient with little wasted motion to easily transition. Most experience came in off coverage where he graded out well consistently. May lack the length some teams desire for the outside. Good football intelligence and overall toughness. As a senior, he played in 12 games with 40 tackles, 5 TFL, 10 PBU, and 3 picks that earned him 1st team MAC honors. During his junior season, he started 14 games with 40 tackles with 4 TFL, 9 PBU and 4 picks. Over his career, he scored 5 TDs on returns including kickoff TDs to open his final two seasons. HE played in 51 games with 128 tackles, 35 PBUs and 12 interceptions. At the NFL Combine, he checked in at 5’10” and 193 lbs., with 31 1/2” arms. He ran a 4.54 forty. He did not workout due to a knee and wrist injuries. Similar to corner Adam Jones in size, AA, LOD and speed. Top kickoff returner. The skill set to continue to improve as a cover man, though he needs further reps to progress and settle into a zone defense. Projects as an early starting nickel. Best in the nickel or dime packages and good middle round pick with upside in right setting. Improving slot corner and marginal top 150 prospect. Impact returner.

19 Avonte Maddox #14            Pittsburgh        5-09      185       – Sp. 4.40                      Rating 70
Quick twitch senior corner completed a fine career with the Panthers, starting since midway of his freshman season. Earned ACC 3rd team ACC honors in 2017 and honorable mention as a sophomore. Marginal size with a slender frame, though the speed and quickness to mirror the fast receivers. Very good low backpedal with the ability to plant and drive on the ball with the hitting power to wrap up. Displays the skill set clubs look for in a cover corner, combining good instincts and sound technique. He can play press man and has the agility to ride a receiver’s hip. Responds quickly to trust what he sees with the sound sure tackling. Moves easily with the ability to flip his hips and mirror receivers down the filed. Graded out well vs quality ACC receivers despite short frame. Picks up his keys quickly with the athleticism to react and make plays on the ball. Reads a QB well with the route recognition and the ability to adjust and take good angles to get his hands on the pass. Displays the speed to recover with above average movement skills and fine leaping ability. Struggles vs big receivers for contested passes and is vulnerable in those matchups especially in the red zone. Supports the run adequately with reliable tackling, though at times struggles to get off blockers at the line. Lines up at a few positions and projects best in the slot, which will help him make an NFL roster and see early playing time. Good timing on sacks with 7 sacks his final two seasons. As a senior, he started 10 of 12 games and had 11 PBU, 4 sacks, 3 FF and 2 picks, earning ACC 3rd team honors. Over his junior season, he started 9 of 10 games and made 49 tackles, 8.5 TFL, 8 PBU and 3 picks. At the NFL Combine, he checked in at 5’9” and 183 lbs. with short 29 1/2” arms and 13 reps. He ran a 4.39 time and added a 37” VL and 10’5” BJ with a 4.0 shuttle and 6.51 three cone. Fits the slot role very well and has the makeup to earn time in nickel package as a rookie. Good athlete with highly developed cover talent to fill a few key roles – nickel and cover two corner. Skill set to surprise and be a very effective nickel. Must prove durable after missing 5 games his final two seasons with an assortment of injuries. Rising marginal top 150 prospect with ability to fill a key role. Tough competitive attitude with good grades vs top competition. Fine 3rd day value in this deep class. Nice addition with the mental makeup to become a solid regular in pro defensive packages.

20 Parry Nickerson #17                       Tulane             5-10      185        – Sp. 4.35        Rating 70
Sudden athlete started four seasons for Tulane and earned AAC first team honors over his final two seasons. Ranks among the more underrated corners in this class. Earned an invitation to the NFLPA All-star game and the NFL Combine where he ran a 4.32 sprint before a hamstring strain ended his workout. Fast defender with some suddenness to close on the ball and a very good short area burst to recover. Savvy cover man who will jump routes and make plays when in zone coverage. Developed man coverage skills with keen instincts, though needs further reps and work. Adequate size with blazing speed and the overall athleticism to continue to improve. Can line up over quick slot receivers and mirror and ride them across the field. When he plays with good hand technique and sound route recognition, he also blankets receivers in the vertical game. Great top end speed allows him to matchup in the deep game, though his average length can create matchup issues. Needs strength work to be more effective in run support as a tackler. Also, must show he can get off blockers to make tackles at the line and in the openfield. Trusts his eyes when reading routes allows him to break on the ball suddenly and use his athleticism to the fullest. Needs to prove he can handle the physicality of the game especially tackling in the open field. Marginal ability to play bump and run and control receivers. Though little experience vs NFL caliber players, he shows advanced man cover skills along with good instincts to sit in zone and break on the ball. Makes a club as a nickel and possibly challenge for the starting role in his career. Carries a starting grade there and could be a good cover man once he settles into a defense. Limited experience in big games vs top caliber receivers. His game needs some discipline especially in tackling. As a senior, he started every game and posted 55 tackles, 6 picks and 8 PBU, earning first team AAC. As a junior, he started 11 games and made 29 tackles with 9 PBU and 4 picks for 1 TD. Over his career, he totaled 16 interceptions with 31 PBUs. Impressive at the NFLPA week, showing excellent man coverage skills. At the NFL Combine, he checked in at 5’10” and 182 lbs. He ran a 4.32 time and did 15 reps. Ended his workout due to hamstring pull on his first sprint. Fits with man and zone coverage clubs equally well and has the makeup to earn time in nickel and dime packages. Athlete with the skill set to surprise, though needs critical time to get comfortable in a scheme. Cover talent to mirror and close on the pass, though must develop on the finer points of positioning and hand usage. Top 150 prospect with an improving LOD and a good 3rd day steal for the club that is willing to give him time. Quality bargain with starting nickel potential and rising natural cover man.

21 Brandon Facyson #31         Virginia Tech               6-1       200       – Sp. 4.55          Rating 68
Long senior has been a starter over his four seasons. Earned Freshman All-American honors, but struggled with injuries through the next four years including the 2014 season when granted a medical redshirt. Tall high cut athlete with fine overall size and leaping ability to matchup with big receivers. Developed talent facing a steady diet of ACC receivers where he was tested weekly. Closes on the ball with an adequate short area burst to recover. Physical cover man will press receivers and redirect them off the line. Will jump routes and shows developed coverage skills to break up plays. He should be able to handle the physicality of the pro game, including tackling at the line and especially in the open field. Tough playing bump and run with ability to control receivers, but needs definite work on hand technique and strength work to jam better at the line. Long arms (32 5/8”) to force receivers off their routes and maintain position well thru routes. He will be challenged by quicker and faster players at the NFL level. Held up well vs ACC performers, showing the instincts to matchup and grade out high. Type that will make a club initially as a backup and eventually become a good boundary corner within a zone coverage scheme if proves healthy. He could struggle lining up over quick slot receivers and mirror them down the field, though rarely beaten over his late career. Struggles to change directions quickly with some stiffness in his hips to break on the ball. Competes well and has learned to use the sidelines to pin receivers on the edge. In zone coverage, he knows down and distance with discipline in positioning for sound tackling. In his backpedal, he can be a little high and tight at times and somewhat slow to come out of his pedal to recover. He has the ability to mirror and retain leverage down the field. He comes out of his transition okay to plant and drive on the ball. In run support, he is a good tackler with good power to drop runners with the ability to slip blockers and make stops. He has proven a reliable open field tackler. As a senior, he started 13 games finished with 19 tackles, 2 TFL, no picks and 5 PBU. As a junior, he started 14 games and was credited with 48 tackles,4 TFL, 2 FF, 11 PBU and no interceptions. At the NFL Combine, he ran a 4.53 and did 16 reps. He stopped workout due to leg cramping. Grades out high vs the bump and run to direct receivers off their routes. Shows the agility and range to cover and make plays on the ball. Feisty corner with man-cover skills to fit in sub package defenses especially over possession receivers. Developing zone skills with the makeup to earn time in sets after settling into a scheme. Surprise starter with fine AA and nice experience, though limited to certain schemes. Field speed is better than his timed speed. Underrated athlete with the talent to win a backup role as #4 role initially. Good role performer with make it grade. Marginal top 200 prospect with potential, but may always be limited to package defenses. Possible safety conversion. Skills to surprise and find a niche in the NFL.

22 * Holton Hill #5                    Texas                           6-2       195       – Sp. 4.50          Rating 68
Big rangy athlete had a checkered career including fine performances vs top talent along with several suspensions that terminated his Texas stay. Fine length and athleticism to develop further. At the NFL Combine, he gave a strong overall workout. Prototypical triangle numbers with developing recognition skills and learning to trust his eyes when to break on the ball. Strong frame with high backpedal and the ability to turn and close on the pass. Physical at the line with the ability to jam and control the receiver. Only marginal playing off blockers to finish though with fairly reliable tackling. Fluid athlete with good length, footwork and overall athleticism to challenge for pro starting time. High cut specimen moves easily in the secondary. High pedal with choppy steps which cost him valuable time changing directions and breaking on the ball. Shows the skill set to develop into a starting cover man, though his basic pedal and reads must improved. Moves well with quick feet and fairly flexible hips to turn and cover in the deep game, though can lose track of the ball too often. Undisciplined in his responsibilities to make sound decisions off his keys. Speed, agility and ball instincts to become a quality corner with further development and consistency. Needs development in his basic technique and initial reads to realize his talent. Over his career, he showed the recovery speed to run stride for stride with top receivers. Combination of length, speed, quickness and agility to play press or zone. Best on underneath patterns where he is able to react quickly and use his physicality to break up passes. Needs work on his reads with better decisions and adjustment to routes and multiple moves. Needs to know when to gamble and when to maintain sound positioning. Fairly smooth movement skills for a bigger corner with the hip flexibility and footwork to transition. In his back pedal, he must show the ability to sink his hips more consistently to come out of his breaks quicker. His initial reads are improving with better route recognition and reading QBs eyes. Adequate COD for a big defender with the anticipation to jump routes. Displays good body control and is fluid coming out his breaks with the ability to recover. In zone coverage, he fits best with the ability to sit in an area and win on his skills. His range and catchup speed are good to recover and use his long arms to deflect passes. As a junior, he appeared in 9 games before a season ending suspension that ended his career. He made 51 tackles with 6 PBU and 2 picks. Against Maryland in the opener he returned both an interception and blocked kick for TDs. As a sophomore, he played in only 5 games with 21 tackles, 1 PBU and no interceptions. At the NFL Combine, he checked in at almost 6’2” and 196 lbs. with 32” arms. Did 14 reps and ran a 4.49 time with a 31” VL, 10’ BJ, 4.15 shuttle and 6.83 cone. Developing talent needs better overall discipline and hand technique to be ready for playing time. Falling though interesting prospect with NFL skill set and potential, but key questions related to his suspensions. Carried a top 50-75 grade before another team rules suspension. Later 3rd day gamble and one of the biggest boom or bust prospects. Young developing corner with clear upside, though one you hope matures and takes advantage of his natural talent. Needs to settle into a scheme. Early package defender with eventual starting grade.

23 * D.J. Reed #2          Kansas St               5-9       185       – Sp. 4.50             Rating 68                   
Aggressive smallish senior has been an unheralded performer in the Big 12, starting his only two seasons with the Wildcats. Earned conference honors each season. Quick sudden cover man with good ball skills, though only adequate long speed to go with marginal size. Despite his size, he is a physical defender who has developed good fundamentals for the position and will tackle at the line and in the open field. Shows keen instincts, good eyes and the quickness to close on the ball. Disciplined athlete who developed nicely over time. Plays with sudden reactions and toughness to utilize his good instincts to be in position to make plays. Capable of mirroring receivers down the field consistently. Smallish physical frame with limited growth potential. Talented corner with good speed which translates well in coverage. Good man corner with fine vision and instincts with only adequate tackling. Inconsistent tackling runners in the open field. Struggles getting off blockers at the line. Technically sound in his pedal with a low step and the ability to flip his hips and close. Keen eyes to read routes and make plays on the ball. In coverage, finds the ball and tracks it well. Top man-to-man coverage, though struggles vs big receivers. Quick change of direction skills to burst back on passes in front of him. As a senior, he started 11 of 11 games and totaled 47 tackles, 4 interceptions and 13 PBU, earning first team Big 12 honors. As a junior, he started 13 games and was credited with 75 tackles, 3 picks and 18 PBU. Earlier time in JC after starting at Fresno St. At the NFL Combine, he came in at 5’9” and 188 lbs. and ran a 4.51 time with a fine 1.58 ten-yard split. He also did a 36.5” VL and did 11 reps. Hip injury ended his workout. He can play man or zone off coverage. Shows the quick twitch skills and the agility and range to cover and make plays on the ball. Feisty corner with man-cover skills to fit in sub package defenses especially over slot receivers. Good zone coverage skills and has the makeup to earn early time in the nickel package once he settles into a scheme. Athlete with the talent to win a roster spot and good role performer with definite make it grade. Marginal top 200 prospect with starting nickel potential, though may always be limited to package defenses. More quick than fast, though the skills to surprise and find a niche in the NFL. Solid nickel in time with some development.

24 * Nick Nelson #11    Wisconsin                    5-11      200       – Sp. 4.50                      Rating 65
Feisty compact senior defender completed a fine one-year career at Wisconsin after starting at Hawaii his first two seasons.  Earned Big Ten honors in 2017 after an earlier JC career. Quick aggressive cover man who is an instinctive defender with developing playmaking ability and ball skills to compensate for adequate size. Smart competitive athlete who has a good nose for the ball and the quick reactions to make plays. Shows well-developed skill set to challenge for the nickel role and possibly a starting boundary corner. Despite his lack of ideal size, he plays much bigger and brings an aggressive style to the field in run and pass defense. Quicker than fast with good initial reaction skills to read routes and break on the ball. Sound technique with a low pedal, quick footwork and the closing burst to match up well in man or zone situations. Above average quick twitch burst and relies on fast reads and sound technique to be in position to make plays. Graded out well vs quality Big Ten receivers. He can press and redirect receivers at the line with the functional strength to control them. Shows good awareness in zones, combined with the speed, quickness and instincts to compete for playing time. Displays the ability to close on the ball in front of him with the toughness to tackle. Good flexible hips, range and COD with the ball skills to break up the pass. Only average deep speed, he can struggle vs fast receivers due to his lack of recovery speed in the vertical game. Developed at picking up the ball in the deep game and maintains leverage and positioning most of the time. During the 2017 season, he started every game and made 35 tackles with 21 PBUs and no interceptions. He sat out the 2016 season due to transfer rules. During the 2015 season at Hawaii, he started 13 games and posted 53 tackles with no picks and 15 PBU. Over his career, he played in 37 games with 124 tackles no interceptions and 42 PBUs. At the NFL Combine, he ran 4.52 time and did 17 reps with a 10’3” BJ. Savvy athlete with the ability to fit early in the nickel and dime packages. Good instincts and ball awareness with the recognition and foot quickness to react. Aggressive defender with the talent to possibly start in a cover 2 scheme and early nickel back, though needs protection deep. Falling prospect off a MCL tear in an early April workout. Marginal top 200 prospect with make it grade and fine late 3rd day value with ability to fill a key role in package defenses. May need time on IR to be ready to compete for roster and playing time.

25 * J.C. Jackson #7                Maryland           5-11     195       – Sp. 4.50                      Rating 65
Athletic redshirt junior corner has been a fixture in the Terps’ secondary, starting his two seasons. Transfer from Florida after off the field issues in early 2015 that lead to a move to the JC level the next fall. Started 23 of 24 games at Maryland and graded out high vs ACC talent. Short hard-nosed corner plays bigger than his size and graded out high weekly. Standout in coverage during big games with quick feet, fluid hip flip and good closing burst. Consistently undercuts receivers to bat the ball away and possesses the blend of quickness, strength and feisty demeanor scouts seek in a nickel corner. Stocky physique with active hands to jam receivers at the line. Focused and will not give away anything, playing with confidence and a competitive nature. Shows a second-gear to close on the ball and outstanding hand-eye coordination to make the tough interception. Effective playing the run well also, aggressively fighting off blocks and taking on ball-carriers. Maintains leverage and lane integrity to break down patiently to close and securely make the wrap-up tackle. Usually reads plays well and is in sound position. Gambler and vulnerable to double moves when he bites on the initial move. At times, he can get too grabby in man coverage and must develop better initial hand technique. Often, he can be too aggressive when battling receivers on deeper routes to get holding calls. Needs to use positioning and the sidelines better. Possesses fine short area suddenness with sure hands to make the interception. Accelerates smoothly with nice closing speed. Lacks length to effectively play in trail coverage regularly. Best suited for a nickel corner role and a cover-2 zone scheme. His best work is in off coverage when in a scheme where he is able to keep most plays in front of him. Good chance to earn an early starting nickel job with development jamming quick slot receivers. As a junior, he started 12 games and registered 40 tackles with 3 picks and 7 PBU, earning ACC honorable mention. As a sophomore, he started 11 of 12 games and made 40 tackles with 1 pick and 6 PBU. At the NFL Combine, he checked in at 5’10” and 201 lbs., with 31 1/2” arms, and did 14 reps. He ran 4.46 time and added a 35.5” VL and 10’ BJ. No further events. Shows the athletic talent for a starting grade with progression in his overall technique and reads. Good athlete with the AA to warrant a top 150 grade off his physical skills and LOD vs NFL caliber receivers. Quick twitch prospect and fine late value. Suspension problems hurt his grade. Risky late round pick with big upside with maturity. Capable of becoming a fixture in the package defenses. Possible starter in time and a high-level early nickel.

 26 Andre Chachere #21           San Jose St                 6-0       195       – Sp. 4.50          Rating 65
Nice sized senior is one of the more unheralded cover defenders in this class. He started the past two years, earning MWC first team honors in 2017 and 2016. Length and agility with experience as a press corner. Best suited for the cover two scheme that many pro clubs play. Jams well at the line and can turn and run with receivers, though lacks the top end speed to match up in the deep game. Though he lacks elite speed, he shows fluidity and coverage ability and has learned to use his fine length and athleticism to battle receivers. Matches up well with big receivers and is capable of making plays. Good footwork to plant and drive to the ball with nice zone awareness. His instincts allow him to read and react to routes with experience in a few coverages and good understanding of responsibilities. Relies on fine functional strength to reroute receivers and win jump ball situations. In run support, he needs to come up more aggressively when tackling at the LOS or in the open field. Takes good angles, though can struggle getting off blockers on plays at him. Improved on his ability to disengage and finish. Only marginal speed to recover in the deep game and lacks top quickness to open his hips and run in man situations vs premier receivers. Makes plays on the high passes where his height, reach and leaping ability allow him to aggressively battle big receivers. In coverage, he is rarely out muscled and his initial reads are usually sound. Size and agility allows him to play the bump and run technique with good grades. He can struggle playing off man coverage where his adequate short area quickness needs development. Overall his man technique is average and lacks the speed to outrun most of his mistakes. Skill set with the makeup of playing a cover two role and in package defenses. As a senior, he started 11 of 13 games and posted 49 tackles with 1 pick and 5 PBU, earning MWC honors. As a junior, he started 11 of 12 games, made 46 tackles with 14 PBU and 4 picks. Earned first team MWC honors. At the NFL Combine, he checked in at 6’ and 197 lbs. and 31 3/8“arms. He did 13 reps and ran a 4.49 forty. Added a 38” VL, a 10’3” BJ, a 4.07 shuttle and 6.78 three cone. High backpedal and adequate closing skills limited his ability to turn and run with slot receivers. Athlete with the skill set to help in multiple packages. Movement skills are developed and overall instincts are adequate to compete for time. Good late pick with definite make it grade and probable role package defender. Top 200 prospect needs further vital experience and technique development. Experienced corner with developing ball skills to warrant time in nickel and dime sets. His fluidity could put him in a zone-based defense. Rising talent off a good postseason and solid addition and possible starting zone corner.

 27 Michael Joseph #21            Dubuque (Ia)    6-1       185       – Sp. 4.50          Rating 60
Big agile savvy senior corner started his final three seasons, earning DIII honors annually. Invited to the Senior Bowl where he performed fairly well for a lower level prospect. Slender athlete with the prototypical skills which translates well to the corner position. Quick feet with fine short area suddenness and good long speed. Fine natural coverage ability with the athleticism to ultimately compete for a corner role in the NFL. Slight frame and lack of ideal physicality and small college competition are legitimate concerns. Aided by quick feet, athletic instincts and the ball-skills to mirror receivers and grade out highly on a game to game basis. No experience vs NFL caliber receivers until the Senior Bowl week. Shows natural playmaking skills and made fast progress with experience anticipating routes and making plays on the ball. Can mirror tightly in man coverage underneath. Shows fine patience and confidence and keeps balanced and under control in coverage. At the DIII level, he was rarely beaten deep with good speed and leaping skills to win in matchups. Displays nifty footwork and above-average twitch to plant and drive out of his backpedal. At the Senior Bowl, he showed a high backpedal at times which creates problems breaking on the ball. Inconsistent at reading the QB to anticipate when to jump routes. Displays good recovery speed when he reads routes properly. He can bite on play-action and fooled by double moves. Instincts are improving, though faced a simple level of play. Inconsistent tackling whether at the line or in the open field. Lacks top makeup speed and be slow to turn and find the ball. Needs improvement on tracking and adjusting to deep passes. Overall, he is a very alert, confident and instinctive corner who is usually sound at jumping routes. Good coverage ability on underneath routes, but at times allows too much separation on deeper throws. As a senior, he started 10 games and made 56 tackles with 8 PBU and 8 picks for DIII All-American honors. As a junior, he started 10 games with 68 tackles with 8 PBU, and 4 picks for All-American honors. At the NFL Combine, he came in at 6’1” and 187 lbs. with 30 1/4” arms and did 17 reps. He did not run due to a calf injury. He did a 34” VJ with a 4.20 in the shuttle with a 6.89 three-cone. Definite upside potential with work on his basics. Currently, his LOD is suspect after not being tested vs NFL caliber receivers. Shows a good closing burst that he uses well and could win a roster spot. Top 200 prospect after his strong final two seasons. Quality prospect probably fits in the late 3rd day. Displayed quality raw talent at the Senior Bowl to warrant a long look in camp. Initially only a backup corner with the skill set to continue to improve and surprise, though needs a few seasons to refine his talent vs top performers. Needs to be more physical to make it at the next level and earn playing time.

28 Arrion Springs                       Oregon                          5-11      205       – Sp. 4.55          Rating 60
29 Grant Haley                           Penn St                          5-09      190       – Sp. 4.50          Rating 60
30 Levi Wallace                          Alabama                        6-0       176       – Sp. 4.50          Rating 60
31 Taron Johnson                      Weber St                       5-11      189       – Sp. 4.50          Rating 60
31 Rashard Fant                        Indiana                          5-10      180       – Sp. 4.50          Rating 60
32 Jalen Davis                           Utah St                           5-10      185       – Sp. 4.50          Rating 60
33 Tremon Smith                       Central Arkansas       5-11      186         – Sp. 4.45          Rating 60
35 Danny Johnson                    Southern                       5-09      180       – Sp. 4.45          Rating 60
36 Jamarcus King                      South Carolina             6-1       185       – Sp. 4.60          Rating 58
37 Christian Campbell              Penn St                          6-1       195        – Sp. 4.55          Rating 58
38 Chris Jones                           Nebraska                       6-0       200       – Sp. 4.55          Rating 58
39 Priest Willis                          Texas AM                       6-1       205       – Sp. 4.50          Rating 58
40 Greg Stroman                       Virginia Tech               5-11      175        – Sp. 4.55          Rating 58
41 Deatrick Nichols                   South Florida             5-09      185       – Sp. 4.50          Rating 58
42 Dee Delaney                         Miami (Fl)                    6-0       195        – Sp. 4.45          Rating 58
43 Aaron Davis                          Georgia                         6-0       195       –  Sp. 4.55          Rating 58
44 Heath Harding                      Miami (Oh)                5-10      190       – Sp. 4.50          Rating 58
45 Ranthony Texada                 Texas Christian          5-10      175       – Sp. 4.40          Rating 58
46 Jordan Thomas                    Oklahoma                    6-0       185       – Sp. 4.60          Rating 58
47 D’Montre Wade                    Murray St                    5-11      200       – Sp. 4.60          Rating 58
48 Jermaine Kelly                      San Jose St                 6-1       195        – Sp. 4.55          Rating 58
49 Derrick Tindal                       Wisconsin                 5-11      180         – Sp. 4.50          Rating 56
50 Henre’ Toliver                       Arkansas                    6-0       185         – Sp. 4.60          Rating 56
51 Nick Watkins                         Notre Dame               6-0       205        – Sp. 4.55          Rating 56
52 Donovan Olumba                  Portland St                6-1       195         – Sp. 4.55          Rating 56
53 Chandon Sullivan                  Georgia St                 5-11      190         – Sp. 4.60          Rating 56
54 Kevin Richardson II             Arkansas                   5-11      185          – Sp. 4.50          Rating 56
55 Shaq Wiggins                         Tennessee                  5-09      170       – Sp. 4.40          Rating 56
56 Rico Gafford                          Wyoming                    5-09      175       – Sp. 4.55          Rating 56
57 Tre Dempsey                         North Dakota St        5-09      180       – Sp. 4.50          Rating 56
58 * Vosean Crumbie                Nevada                        6-0       195        – Sp. 4.55          Rating 56
59 * Juante Baldwin                  Pittsburg St                5-11      190       – Sp. 4.50          Rating 56
60 Mike Ford                             Southeast Missouri    5-11      190       – Sp. 4.55          Rating 56
61 Reggie Hall                            Jacksonville St            6-1       200       – Sp. 4.55          Rating 56
62 Shawun Lurry                       Northern Illinois       5-08      170       – Sp. 4.45          Rating 56
63 Tre Herndon                         Vanderbilt                  6-0       190        – Sp. 4.50          Rating 56
64 Kamrin Moore                       Boston College         5-11      200       – Sp. 4.55          Rating 56
65 Demetrius Monday               Kent St                       5-10      205       – Sp. 4.60        Rating 56
66 Justin Martin                         Tennessee                 6-1       185       – Sp. 4.55          Rating 56
67 Jaylen Dunlap                       Illinois                       6-0       185       – Sp. 4.50           Rating 56
68 Chris Lammons                    South Carolina         5-09      190       – Sp. 4.50         Rating 56
69 Blaise Taylor                         Arkansas St               5-07      170       – Sp. 4.45          Rating 56
70 Tolando Cleveland               Mississippi St            5-11      195       – Sp. 4.55          Rating 56
71 Ryan Carter                            Clemson                     5-09      180       – Sp. 4.55         Rating 56
72 Amari Coleman                     Central Michigan     5-10      185       – Sp. 4.55          Rating 56
73 Trumaine Washington        Louisville                   5-10      180       – Sp. 4.50         Rating 56
74 Mike Minter Jr.                    Middle Tennessee    5-11      175       – Sp. 4.50          Rating 56
75 Malik Reaves                         Villanova                   5-11      200       – Sp. 4.55          Rating 56
76 Charvarius Ward                  Middle Tennessee   6-0       190       – Sp. 4.55          Rating 56
77 Bryon Fields Jr.                     Duke                          5-11      185       – Sp. 4.50         Rating 56
78 Darius Allensworth              California                5-10      190       – Sp. 4.55          Rating 56
79 Lance Austin                         Georgia Tech           5-08      190       – Sp. 4.55         Rating 56
80 Linden Stephens                   Cincinnati               5-11      190       – Sp. 4.55          Rating 56

DraftInsiders.com – 27th Season – “The NFL Draft Publication Pro Scouts Buy”    

    




NFL Draft 2018 – Denzel Ward and Jaire Alexander Head Strong Class of Cornerbacks

NFL Draft 2018 –
Underclassmen Head Strong Cornerback Class 

Cornerbacks – Grade: B+
     Frank Coyle – Head Scout

  Positional Overview:

        CB Jaire Alexander – Louisville

This year’s cornerback class is another excellent group of cover men which is both exceptionally deep and top heavy. There are a few blue chips expected to go at the top of the 1st round, with many through the top 50 overall selections. Six juniors head are prospect rankings with Denzel Ward and Jaire Alexander at the top of the class. They will probably be selected in the top 10-25 overall picks. Ward is also the best athlete at the position and has the skill set and versatility to start immediately. He is another in a long line of Buckeye corners to enter the NFL recently with most highly successful early in their careers. Alexander is a well-developed cover man with an early starting grade. He will probably be selected in the top 15-20 choices. Mike Hughes, Carlton Davis and Josh Jackson could all go in the top round or early 2nd round. Isaiah Oliver, Anthony Averett and Donte Jackson are highly regarded corers and probable mid-2nd day picks off strong 2017 performances. Averett comes off an excellent final season which probably earns him a top 50-60 selection. This is a deep group that will supply many NFL starters well into the 3rd day of the process. There could be at least 10-12 prospects selected in the top 100 choices. There will probably be 15-18 prospects selected in the top 150 picks. There should be a run on corners from the mid-1st round through the early 3rd day. This is an exceptionally strong group of underclassmen which improved the quality of this class. This class has exceptional depth and will provide a number of middle round steals like Duke Dawson, M.J. Stewart and Isaac Yiadom. This position has annually provided the most overall selections and should once again. This class could supply as many as 35 total prospects and another 40+ high priority FA. Small college defenders, Davontae Harris is highly regarded from the lower level and carries a potential starting grade. This deep crop of corners will supply a huge group of big corners with some versatility to also slide to safety in the nickel and dime   packages.

NFL Teams in need:
1 Patriots             5 . Giants
2. Dolphins        6. Redskins
3. Cowboys         7. Bears
4 Seahawks        8. Chiefs

NFL Premier Player
Patrick Peterson
Blue Chip – Denzel Ward
Blue Chip – Jaire Alexander
Red Chip – Mike Hughes
Rising –  Donte Jackson
Falling – Tarvarus McFadden
Underrated – Anthony Averett
Overrated – Isaac Yiadom
Sleeper – Davontae Harris
Boom/Bust – Holton Hill
Biggest Upside – Isaiah Oliver
Hidden Gem – Tony Brown
Over drafted – Kevin Toliver

Positional Traits
Best Athlete – Denzel Ward
Best Man Cover – Denzel Ward
Best Zone Cover – Mike Hughes
Best Run support – Carlton Davis
Best Tackler – Anthony Averett
Hands – Joshua Jackson
Best Intangibles – Anthony Averett
Ball Instincts – Mike Hughes

 Top Cornerbacks

1 * Denzel Ward – Ohio St
2 * Jaire Alexander – Louisville
3 * Mike Hughes – Central Florida
4 * Carlton Davis – Auburn
5 * Joshua Jackson – Iowa
6 * Isaiah Oliver – Colorado
7 Anthony Averett – Alabama
8 * Donte Jackson – LSU
9 * Kevin Toliver – LSU
10 Duke Dawson – Florida
11 * Tarvarus McFadden – Florida St
12 Tony Brown – Alabama
13 M.J. Stewart – North Carolina
14 Davontae Harris – Illinois St
15 Isaac Yiadom – Boston College