NFL Free Agency 2019 – Top 50 Free Agents – Unrestricted

NFL Free Agency 2019 – Top 50 Unrestricted Free Agents  

  Frank Coyle – Head scout

Exclusive Franchise Players – None

Franchise Non-exclusive Players
DeMarcus Lawrence            DE           Cowboys
Dee Ford                               DE/LB      Chiefs
Jadeveon Clowney               DE/LB      Texans
Frank Clark                           DE           Seahawks
Grady Jarrett                         DT           Falcons
Robbie Gould                        PK           49ers

Transitional Players – None

2019 Salary Cap Per Team – $188.2M

Top 50 Unrestricted Free Agents

Player                        Position   Age     Old Team  
1 Le’Veon Bell                       RB           27            PIT
2 Trey Flowers                      DE           26            NE
3 Earl Thomas                       FS           30            SEA
4 Nick Foles                          QB           30            PHI
5 Tyrann Mathieu                  FS           27            HOU
6 Tyrell Williams                    WR          27            LAC
7 Landon Collins                    FS           25            NYG
8 Anthony Barr                      OLB         27            MIN
9 C.J. Mosley                        ILB           27            BAL
10 Trenton Brown                   LT            26            NE
11 Sheldon Richardson          DT           28            MIN
12 Preston Smith                    OLB         26            WAS
13 Ja’Wuan James                  RT           27            MIA
14 Za’Darius Smith                 OLB         26            BAL
15 Adrian Amos                       FS           26            CHI

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16 Ronald Darby                      CB           25            PHI
17 Malik Jackson                    DT           29            JAC
18 Mitch Morse                        C             27            KC
19 Teddy Bridgewater            QB           27            NO
20 Ndamukong Suh                 DT           32            LAR
21 Ezekiel Ansah                     DE           30            DET
22 Mark Ingram                       RB           29            NO
23 Golden Tate                        WR          31            PHI
24 Darqueze Dennard             CB           27            CIN
25 Justin Houston                   LB           30            KC
26 Daryl Williams                    RT           27            CAR
27 Jordan Hicks                      ILB           27            PHI
28 LaMarcus Joyner                FS           28            LAR
29 Matt Paradis                       C             29            DEN
30 Alex Okafor                         DE           28            NO
31 K.J. Wright                         OLB         30            SEA
32 Kareem Jackson                S             31            HOU
33 Ryan Kalil                           C             34            CAR
34 Henry Anderson                DE           28            NYJ
35 Cedric Ogbuehi                  LT            27            CIN
36 Chris Conley                       WR          26            KC
37 Muhammad Wilkerson      DT           30            GB
38 Rodger Saffold                    G             31            LAR
39 Malcom Brown                   DT           25            NE
40 Devin Funchess                  WR          25            CAR
41 Allen Bailey                         DT           30            KC
42 Donte Moncrief                  WR          26            JAC
43 Adam Humphries              WR          26            TB
44 Bryce Callahan                   CB           27            CHI
45 Tevin Coleman                   RB           26            ATL
46 Deone Bucannon                ILB           27            ARI
47 Jamison Crowder              WR          26            WAS
48 Justin Coleman                  CB           26            SEA
49 Danny Shelton                   DT           26            NE
50 Benson Mayowa                 DE           28            ARI




NFL Draft and Free Agency Interview with scout Frank Coyle

NFL Draft 2019

NFL Draft and Free Agency Interview with scout Frank Coyle of DraftInsiders.com for GreenRewind.com

  Analyzing the NY Jets strategy for NFL Free Agency and NFL Draft 2019
by Frank Coyle of draftinsiders.com

#1 Knowing the Jets have $99+ million in cap space and their weaknesses, where and on who would you spend the money on?

Jets have many needs going forward. GM Mike Maccagnan did a good job cutting cap problems in recent years to put them in the current situation. Their top priorities are edge pass rushers, a true feature back and #1 receiver, offensive tackle, defensive linemen and cornerbacks. They need to add a few top starters prior to the NFL Draft 2019. Most FA additions will probably come on the offensive side of the ball with selected defensive additions. With tags starting being used this week, edge defenders like DeMarcus Lawrence, Jadeveon Clowney, Preston Smith, Dante Fowler, Dee Ford, Trey Flowers and Shane Ray could come off the FA board soon. All these edge rushers are just entering their prime. Lawrence, Clowney, Smith, Flowers, Fowler and Ford will be expensive, but they bring the hot commodity the Jets need – edge pass pressure. Smith may not get the publicity of the others, but is an emerging impact edge defender that can make a difference. Flowers would be a coup to wrestle away from the Patriots. Always around the ball and makes plays. Jets will have to compete for the top FA prospects here or use a high draft selection. With no #2 pick currently, they may have their choice of any edge prospect other than Bosa. Josh Allen of Kentucky is a stud and the most complete edge defender in this draft class. The Jets will entertain moving back in top ten for a #2 selection. I love DE/LB Montez Sweat from Mississippi State. He strikes and brings explosiveness and power and has impact talent. He figures off the board by the middle of the first round. With $99 million in free agency available and the #3 overall selection, the Jets could address this area with two edge rushers and elevate this unit significantly with premier defenders like DL Leonard Williams and safety Jamal Adams inline already.

I also like free agent OTs, JaWuan James, Cedric Ogbuehi, Jake Fisher or Donovan Smith. Tackle pickings are generally thin after a few prospects with several teams have already resigned before the FA period even starts. There could be a few released veterans, but that is usually limited at best. That might put the burden on the NFL Draft 2019 where LT Jonah Williams, Greg Little and Andre Dillard are expected to be off the board probably by middle of first round. Quality offensive linemen get gobbled up quickly with 6 prospects in each of the first two rounds last April, including 10 of the first 39 selections. In the top 100 selections in the NFL Draft 2018, twenty draft choices were used on offensive linemen.

Jet corners Morris Claiborne (29) and Buster Skrine (30) are up as free agents. At $7 million for Claiborne and $6+ for Skrine, both would be costly to resign especially with veteran Tremaine Johnson (29) signed for a $12 million cap charge with an $8 million cash layout. Jets might want to resign one of the veterans with Skrine more versatile. Johnson signed a $72 million dollar contract thru 2023 with $34 million guaranteed. Veteran corners Jimmie Ward, Darqueze Dennard, Ronald Darby and Bradley Roby are second contract defenders will NFL starting skills to couple with Johnson and form a top tandem. Ward is a high-quality starter and though an expensive fit, capable of being a key missing piece almost immediately. Jets might also look to couple their starters with a developed rookie addition with starting talent.

#2 The talk here in NY is that the Jets may pursue Le’Veon Bell in free agency. Is this a good move?

Bell would be a good addition but only on certain terms and conditions. Does he sign for anything near his $14 million former contract that he refused to sign through the fall of 2018. The Steelers will not tag him with Franchise or Transitional labels. He is a complete back who is only 27 years old and coming off sitting out the entire 2018 season. He should be primed for a big 2019 performance and an excellent compliment to young Sam Darnold. His presence takes pressure off Darnold and could convert the Green offense a 60-40 run to pass. Bell makes Darnold and the Jets defense 20% better just by his annual average production. I think he probably costs at least a 3 year deal for in the $50 million area.

#3 Is this year a strong NFL Draft?

This NFL Draft class is very strong on defense especially the line and top edge defenders. GM Maccagnan faces a key question at the 3rd overall pick. Select premier defenders, LB Josh Allen, DL Quinnen Williams or Rashan Gary or corner Greedy Williams. Moving back in the first round may allow them to address two positions with the addition of a #2 draft choice. Maccagnan wisely retained the #1 pick this year by refusing to part with it in the move up last April in the first round. Jets moved from the 6th overall pick to the 3rd overall selection for three #2 selections, a month before the NFL Draft 2018. The trade closed the Bills, Dolphins and Cardinals out of the top three selections. Maccagnan put them in position for the 2nd QB and they were pleasantly surprised to land Sam Darnold with the selection. Darnold can be the franchise QB missing for the Green for decades.

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#4 The Jets have tons of holes to fill especially at: offensive line, edge pass rusher, wide receiver and cornerback. How do these positions rank as far as strength in this year’s draft?

There is high quality and depth along defensive line while cornerback and offensive tackles will be positions where top talent will fall quickly. OT begins to slide after the top 4-5 prospects especially on the leftside. FA is also weak at LT. Edge rushers is always a critical but dicey position and a top priority for the Jets. The top edge rushers may be tagged in FA. Prospects, Josh Allen, Montez Sweat, Jachai Polite and Brian Burns will probably fall in that order after Nick Bosa goes before the Jets 1st round selection. I love both Allen and Sweat and think they are great fits for the Jets and rookie starters.

Wide receiver is a deep group with a few top prospects considered true #1 receivers. I like N’Keal Harry best with AJ Brown and DK Metcalf next, though none belong before the mid first round or later. Cornerback is a quality group with Greedy Williams and Deandre Baker the top two prospects who are expected to come off the board in the top selections. Corner will be a high priority for Jets especially if two FAs leave in the offseason. Greedy Williams would be an excellent fit and probably comes off the board in the top 5 picks. The corner class is deep and should see many future starters come from the middle round.

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#5 Things may change but right now, give Jets fans 3 players in each round that the Jets should consider knowing where they pick?

1st round (#3 overall) – LB Josh Allen, DT Quinnen Williams, DL Rashan Gary, CB Greedy Williams

2nd round (no pick)

3rd round (two picks, own & New Orleans)
OLB DeAndre Walker, CB Rock Ya-Sin, WR Riley Ridley, LB Germaine Pratt, CB Kendall Sheffield, RT Kaleb McGary,  OL Elgton Jenkins and RB Benny Snell.

4th round
LB Ben Banogu, OT Max Scharping, WR Emanuel Hall or DT Dontavius Russell,

5th round
DT Daylon Mack, CB Alijah Holder, DE Jonathan Ledbetter or CB David Long

6th round (no pick)

7th round
CB Sean Bunting, WR Preston Williams, OT Derwin Gray or RB Wes Hills

#6 Everyone is looking for the next Brady situation getting a steal in the late rounds. What players are teams overlooking who are slated as late round picks or un-drafted free agents?

RB Rodney Anderson of Oklahoma and OLB Porter Gustin of Southern California were rated higher but have fallen off injury concerns. If they check out medically, late steals with definite upside potential. Linemen, OT Derwin Gray of Maryland and OG Lanard Bonner of Arkansas St are falling through the cracks and both carry starting NFL grades in time. Gray is very intriguing for the outside. Wideouts DaMarkus Lodge of Mississippi and Emmanuel Butler of Northern Arizona have talent to compete for the possession receiver role. Both have size and starting talent, though need to settle into a system. Definite late steals with real upside.

#7 I am hoping that the Jets trade back with one of the teams looking for a quarterback. What do you see the chances of that happening and how do you rate this year’s QB class?

Trading back in top half of first round keeps Jets in range of top defensive players and probably earns a #2 pick. It would be a wise move. This years’ QB class is not equal to last year. Two high prospects Dwayne Haskins and Kyler Murray are only one year starters. Teams like the Jaguars, Bengals, Giants, Redskins and Dolphins are interested in moving up. Broncos appear out after the trade for Joe Flacco. Redskins hold the 15th overall pick in first round and want to land a top QB. Jets would certainly have to get a #2 pick plus future high picks to move to middle of the round.

Raiders could be a Wild card here with three #1 picks including #4 overall plus two late #1 picks. Moving back to the Jaguars would be ironic moving from the 3rd overall to the 6th overall choice after doing the opposite last year to move up with the Colts to land Darnold. Maybe Jaguars Tom Coughlin is willing to part with three #2 picks like the Jets did last year. Great dream for Jet fans.

#8 Are there any division 2 or 3 players the Jets should look at?

CB Corey Ballantine of Washburn (Ks) and RB Wes Hills of Slippery Rock (Pa) are two D2 prospects I like. Both showed well at the All-star weeks and helped their cause. They both need to follow up with strong NFL Combine workouts.

#9 Do you see any players especially QBs that might have a chance at another position in the NFL?

Murray is definite wild card – QB, running back and wideout like Tyreek Hill. Limited other QBs, but maybe Eric Dungey of Syracuse could apply his athleticism to a deluxe role weapon.

#10 When do you think Kyler Murray will be picked? Round and what # pick?

Murray is a wild card. The game has changed and several teams will value him high, probable top ten pick. His size leaves a lot of questions for taking 60+ snaps a game at QB. I would have real difficulty taking him in the first round without a super plan in an offense. He came in today at over 5’10” and 207 lbs. Game is changing and he probably goes early like top 10 selections maybe higher.

Optional:Add any thoughts on the NY Jet situation and how they should proceed?

With the 3rd overall pick, a few hot prospects will emerge and give the Jets a few options moving back in the first round. Jacksonville with 6th overall pick is a natural landing spot, just a question of the price Maccagnan can extract from the Jaguars. That would be the best situation for Jets. At 6th pick, they still get a blue-chip defender and probably their pick of any offensive linemen or skilled position players. Teams build on top 100 draft choices and adding a few this year could be vital to any turnaround, especially if their FA strategy lands 3 to 4 prime additions.

#11 Additional for you Frank:
What are your thoughts on the coaches that Adam Gase hired?

I really like the signing of HC Adam Gase. It wouldn’t be the first coach who failed in his first assignment. He is an excellent fit for young QB Sam Darnold and I would expect his career to take off with strong coaching from Gase. New offensive coordinator Dowell Loggains reunites with Gase after time in both Chicago and Miami. Loggains is a fine addition to staff. It is important in a few key areas, experience together and success in many respects. It’s important also that Gase does not have to coach the coaches on offense. That helps Darnold immensely.
New defensive coordinator Gregg Williams will bring his aggressive approach to the game and will give this unit a definite boost. He has made impact at several stops and can give the Jets defense new life. He does need some edge rushers and good cover man to implement his system.  He brings a tough mentality that was slipping recently despite some highly regarded prospects.

Frank Coyle is a long-time scout with nationwide ties with NFL and college coaches, scouts and player agents. He has published draftinsiders.com for 28 years including a 250-page NFL Draft Yearbook with over 250 in-depth scouting reports. Long-time scouting consultant for the Senior Bowl, the nation’s premier postseason All-star game and member of the FWAA and voter in College player awards – Heisman, Outland, Nagurski, Lombardi, Thorpe, Biletnikoff etc for the past 25+ years. 

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NFL Draft 2019 – Offensive Line Position Rankings

NFL Draft 2019 – Offensive Line Position Rankings

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NFL Draft 2019 – Offensive Line Positions Lack Blue Chip Prospects

   Rankings prior to the NFL Combine 2019

Offensive Tackles
1 * Jonah Williams                    6-5        305       Alabama
2 Greg Little                                6-6        325       Mississippi
3 Andre Dillard                          6-5        310       Washington State
4 * Jawaan Taylor                      6-5        320       Florida
5 * David Edwards                     6-7        315       Wisconsin
6 Dalton Risner                          6-5        310       Kansas State
7 Chuma Edoga                         6-4        300       Southern Cal
8 Yodny Cajuste                        6-4        315       West Virginia
9 Mitch Hyatt                             6-5        310       Clemson
10 Kaleb McGary                       6-6        325       Washington
11 * Bobby Evans                       6-5        305       Oklahoma
12 * Prince Tega Wanogho      6-7        310       Auburn
13 Isaiah Prince                         6-6        310       Ohio State
14 Max Scharping                     6-6        315       Northern Illinois
15 Tytus Howard                       6-5        320       Alabama State

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 Guards
1 * Cody Ford                            6-3        340       Oklahoma
2 * Connor McGovern             6-4        320       Penn State
3 Dru Samia                              6-4        305       Oklahoma
4 Chris Lindstrom                    6-4        310       Boston College
5 Michael Deiter                       6-5        330       Wisconsin
6 * Michael Jordan                  6-5        310       Ohio State
7 * Nate Herbig                         6-3        335       Stanford
8 Beau Benzschawel                6-5        325       Wisconsin
9 Damian Prince                      6-2        315       Maryland
10 Ben Powers                          6-3        310       Oklahoma
11 Alex Bars                               6-6        315       Notre Dame
12 Terronne Prescod               6-5        330       NC State
13 Oli Udoh                               6-6        355       Elon
14 * Ryan Bates                        6-4        300       Penn State
15 Hjalte Froholdt                    6-4        310       Arkansas

Centers
1 Elgton Jenkins                        6-3        315       Mississippi State
2 Garrett Bradbury                   6-3        305       North Carolina State
3 * Erik McCoy                          6-4        315       Texas A&M
4 Ross Pierschbacher               6-3        305       Alabama
5 Jesse Burkett                          6-4        310       Stanford
6 Lamont Gaillard                    6-2        310       Georgia
7 Sam Mustipher                      6-2        305       Notre Dame
8 Alec Eberle                             6-3        295       Florida State
9 Tyler Gauthier                       6-5        305       Miami
10 Nick Linder                          6-3        310       Indiana

Frank Coyle is a long-time scout with nationwide ties with NFL and college coaches, scouts and player agents. He has published draftinsiders.com for 28 years including a 250-page NFL Draft Yearbook with over 250 in-depth scouting reports. Long-time scouting consultant for the Senior Bowl, the nation’s premier postseason All-star game and member of the FWAA and voter in College player awards – Heisman, Outland, Nagurski, Lombardi, Thorpe, Biletnikoff etc for the past 25+ years.




NFL Draft 2019 – Underclassmen Head Skill Positions

NFL Draft 2019 – Underclassmen Head Skilled Positions
Pro Prospect Rankings – Wide Receivers and Tight Ends

   Frank Coyle – head scout

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Wide Receivers
N’Keal Harry, Kelvin Harmon, Marquise Brown & AJ Brown Top Young Group of Receivers

1 * N’Keal Harry                         6-3        215       Arizona State
2 * Kelvin Harmon                    6-2        220       North Carolina State
3 * Marquise Brown                 5-11      165       Oklahoma
4 * AJ Brown                              6-1        225       Mississippi
5 * DK Metcalf                           6-4        230       Mississippi
6 Deebo Samuel                        5-11      215       South Carolina
7 JJ Arcega-Whiteside              6-3        225       Stanford
8 Parris Campbell                      6-0        210       Ohio State
9 * Riley Ridley                          6-2        200       Georgia
10 Andy Isabella                        5-10      195       UMass
11 Anthony Johnson                  6-1        210       Buffalo
12 David Sills                              6-3        205       West Virginia
13 * Lil’Jordan Humphrey       6-3        225       Texas
14 * Hakeem Butler                   6-5        225       Iowa State
15 Emanuel Hall                        6-2        200       Missouri
16 Terry Godwin                        5-11      175       Georgia
17 Keelan Doss                           6-3        210       UC-Davis
18 * Mecole Hardman              5-11      185       Georgia
19 * Greg Dortch                       5-8        170       Wake Forest
20 Stanley Morgan                   6-0        195       Nebraska

Underclassmen Dominant Emerging Tight End Class
Tight Ends

1 * Irv Smith                              6-4        245       Alabama
2 * TJ Hockenson                      6-4        250       Iowa
3 * Noah Fant                            6-5        245       Iowa
4 * Alize Mack                           6-4        250       Notre Dame
5 * Kaden Smith                        6-5        255       Stanford
6 * Zach Gentry                         6-6       245       Michigan
7 * Jace Sternberger                  6-5        250       Texas A&M
8 Dawson Knox                         6-4        260       Mississippi
9 * Caleb Wilson                       6-3        235       UCLA
10 Josh Oliver                           6-4        254       San Jose State
11 CJ Conrad                            6-4        245       Kentucky
12 Drew Sample                        6-4        260       Washington
13 * Dax Raymond                    6-5        250       Utah State
14 * Isaac Nauta                        6-4        240       Georgia
15 * Matt Bushman                    6-4        245       BYU

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, Outland, Nagurski, Lombardi, Thorpe, Biletnikoff etc for the past 20 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

 




QB Kyler Murray Announces Commitment to NFL over Major League Baseball

QB Kyler Murray Announces Commitment to NFL and Combine Training

Kyler Murray dispelled all concerns related to his dual-sport aspirations with a bold announcement on Twitter.

 Monday via Twitter, Kyler Murray committed to pursuing a career as an NFL quarterback.

“Moving forward, I am fully and firmly committing my life and time to becoming an NFL Quarterback.”

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Murray was selected ninth overall by the Oakland Athletics in the 2018 MLB Draft, but was allowed to play his final season of football at Oklahoma. With the Sooners in his only season as a starter, he won the Heisman Trophy in 2018 following Baker Mayfield with back to back Oklahoma winners for the prestigious award. This success demanded him to reevaluate his future as a two sport athlete or which sports profession to select.

Kyler Murray would be the first athlete to be selected in the 1st round of the both the MLB and the NFL Drafts. Many consider him a first round selection. Draft Insiders‘ ranks him currently as a Top 50 Prospect entering the NFL Combine 2019.

Murray decided to walk away from his $4.33 million contract with the Athletics, which called for him to report to big-league camp at the end of February. He’ll have to return $1.29 million of the $1.5 million he received in a signing bonus from the Athletics in 2018. He will forfeit the remaining $3.16 million of his contract if he fails to continue his career and report to spring training camp later this month.

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, Outland, Nagurski, Lombardi, Thorpe, Biletnikoff etc for the past 20 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 2019 – Pro Prospects – Wide Receivers & Tight Ends

NFL Draft 2019 – Pro Prospects – Wideouts & Tight Ends

Post Senior Bowl and East-West Shrine Weeks
Frank Coyle / Head Scout

  Juniors, A.J. Brown, N’Keal Harry and Kelvin Harmon Top Young Group of Receivers

Wide Receivers
1 * AJ Brown                             6-1        225       Mississippi
2 * N’Keal Harry                       6-3        215       Arizona State
3 * Kelvin Harmon                   6-2        220       North Carolina State
4 * Marquise Brown                 5-11      165       Oklahoma
5 * DK Metcalf                           6-4        230       Mississippi

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6 Deebo Samuel                        5-11      215       South Carolina
7 JJ Arcega-Whiteside              6-3        225       Stanford
8 Anthony Johnson                   6-1        210       Buffalo
9 Parris Campbell                      6-0        210       Ohio State
10 * Lil’Jordan Humphrey        6-3        225       Texas
11 * Hakeem Butler                   6-5        225       Iowa State
12 * Riley Ridley                        6-2        200       Georgia
13 David Sills                             6-3        205       West Virginia
14 * Preston Williams              6-3        210       Colorado State
15 Terry Godwin                        5-11      185       Georgia

  Underclassmen Dominate Emerging Tight End Class

Tight Ends
1 * Noah Fant                            6-5        245       Iowa
2 * Irv Smith                              6-4        245       Alabama
3 * TJ Hockenson                      6-4        250       Iowa
4 * Kaden Smith                        6-5        255       Stanford
5 * Caleb Wilson                       6-3        235       UCLA
6 * Alize Mack                           6-4        250       Notre Dame
7 CJ Conrad                              6-4        245       Kentucky
8 * Zach Gentry                         6-5       245      Michigan
9 * Jace Sternberger                  6-4        250       Texas A&M
10 * Isaac Nauta                        6-4        240       Georgia
11 Josh Oliver                           6-5        245       San Jose St.
12 Drew Sample                        6-4        260       Washington
13 * Dax Raymond                    6-5        250       Utah State
14 * Matt Bushman                    6-4        245       BYU
15 Tommy Sweeney                  6-4        255       Boston College

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, Outland, Nagurski, Lombardi, Thorpe, Biletnikoff etc for the past 20 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 CBS Sports, 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

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Senior Bowl 2019 Game Day – Players to Watch

Senior Bowl 2019 Game Day

Frank Coyle – Head scout Draft Insiders’

  The 2019 Senior Bowl game is here with an interesting roster of pro prospects who completed the week of practices, physicals and interviews.

 QB Will Grier of West Virginia is primed for a big game after a strong week of practices. He gets the advantage of working with his two top receivers, David Sills and Greg Jennings in this game. This trio put up incredible numbers over their careers in the pass happy Big 12 Conference. Grier is prepared for this game and has the makings of an MVP candidate. QB Trace McSorley also came ready to play and is focused on this game to prove he belongs with the top prospects. He is a smart savvy leader who can be a difference maker in this All-star event.

Look for wideouts Deebo Samuel, Travis Fulgham and David Sills along with runners Dexter Williams and Wes Hills to be featured in their offenses with chances to be impact playmakers Saturday.

The NFL Draft 2019 is a class dominated by defensive front seven prospects and this game features several impact pass rushers. Look for edge rushers Montez Sweat, Oshane Ximines, L.J Collier and Ben Banogu to provide impact as outside rushers to be difference makers in this game. Linebackers, Hanks, Pratt and Coney showed speed, instincts and playmaking ability this week after fine careers. Look to them to be in the action throughout the contest to be the stars on their units. This will be the final real football action in these prospects for the year with the offseason workout portion of the NFL Draft process hitting full stride next week.

Senior Bowl Players to Watch

Offensive Players
Will     Grier               QB      West Virginia           6024   218
Daniel Jones             QB      Duke  6052   220
Trace McSorley        QB      Penn St.        6002   200
Ryan  Finley             QB      North Carolina St.  6040   208
Drew  Lock               QB      Missouri        6036   223
Tyree Jackson         QB      Buffalo          6070   249
Dexter Williams      RB      Notre Dame  5112   215
Wes    Hills               RB      Slippery Rock         6005   209
Karan Higdon          RB      Michigan       5090   203
Tony  Pollard           RB      Memphis       5115   200
Deebo Samuel         WR     South Carolina        5114   216
David Sills V            WR     West Virginia           6030   210
Jaylen Smith            WR     Louisville      6020   221
Travis Fulgham       WR     Old Dominion          6023   210
Terry  McLaurin      WR     Ohio St.         6000   205
Penny Hart               WR     Georgia St.   5080   180
Gary   Jennings       WR     West Virginia           6010   213
Anthony Johnson   WR     Buffalo          6021   211
Andy  Isabella          WR     Massachusetts       5087   186
Andre Dillard            OT      Washington St.       6047   310
Kaleb McGary           OT      Washington 6067   321
Max    Scharping      OT      Northern Illinois      6057   320
Chuma Edoga           OT      USC   6036   303
Tytus Howard          OT      Alabama St. 6050   322
Elgton Jenkins         C         Mississippi St.        6043   314
Chris  Lindstrom      OG      Boston College       6036   303
Beau  Benzschawel  OG      Wisconsin    6062   307
Ben    Powers            OG      Oklahoma     6037   310
 
Defensive Players

Montez Sweat          DE      Mississippi St.        6060   252
Oshane Ximines      DE      Old Dominion          6034   241
L.J. Collier                DE      TCU   6022   280
Byron Cowart          DE      Maryland       6033   297
Ben Banogu             DE      TCU   6034   247
Carl Granderson     DE      Wyoming      6046   246
Jalen  Jelks              DE      Oregon          6054   250
Khalen Saunders    DT      Western Illinois       6005   320
Daylon Mack           DT      Texas A&M   6010   327
Sutton Smith           OLB    Northern Illinois      6003   234
Terrill Hanks           OLB    New Mexico St.       6020   234
Germaine Pratt       ILB      North Carolina St.  6025   240
Te’Von Coney          ILB      Notre Dame  6007   244
Rock  Ya-Sin                CB      Temple          5116   189
Isaiah Johnson            CB      Houston        6022   207
Lonnie Johnson, Jr.   CB  Kentucky      6022   210
Nasir  Adderley          S         Delaware      5117   195
Jaquan Johnson        S         Miami (FL)    5103   186
Darnell Savage           S         Maryland       5110   199

 Frank Coyle is a longtime member of the FWAA and a voter for the Heisman Trophy, Outland Trophy, Bronko Nagurski, Jim Thorpe, Fred Biletnikoff and Eddie Robinson awards annually for 25 years. He was a 20 year Scouting consultant for the Senior Bowl.




NFL Office Releases Official List of Underclassmen for the NFL Draft 2019

NFL Office Releases Official List of Underclassmen for the NFL Draft 2019

 The list of college players granted special eligibility for entry to the 2019 NFL Draft was released by the NFL.

Each of the players granted special eligibility has met the league’s three-year eligibility rule and each has submitted a written application in which he renounced his remaining college football eligibility. The deadline for receiving applications was Jan. 14. Players had another three days to rescind their decision. No players again this year changed their intentions.

 The players granted special eligibility for the 2019 NFL Draft:
  alphabetically

103 Underclassmen Declared for the NFL Draft 2019
   Ed Alexander, DT, LSU
  Jeff Allison, LB, Fresno State
  JJ Arcega-Whiteside, WR, Stanford
  Mike Bell, S, Fresno State
  Amani Bledsoe, DE, Oklahoma
  Nick Bosa, DE, Ohio State
  Miles Boykin, WR, Notre Dame
  A.J. Brown, WR, Ole Miss
  Marquise Brown, WR, Oklahoma
  Sean Bunting, CB, Central Michigan
  Brian Burns, DE, Florida State
  Devin Bush, LB, Michigan
  Hamp Cheevers, CB, Boston College
  Damarea Crockett, RB, Missouri
 Maxx Crosby, DE, Eastern Michigan
 Tyrel Dodson, LB, Texas A&M
 Greg Dortch, WR, Wake Forest
 Clifton Duck, CB, Appalachian State
 Jovon Durante, WR, Florida Atlantic
 David Edwards, OT, Wisconsin
 Bobby Evans, OT, Oklahoma
 Datryan Evans, TE, Friends
 Noah Fant, TE, Iowa
 Jazz Ferguson, WR, Northwestern State
 Malik Gant, DB, Marshall
 Chauncey Gardner-Johnson, S, Florida
 Rashan Gary, DL, Michigan
 Zach Gentry, TE, Michigan
 Kevin Givens, DT, Penn State
 Jalen Guyton, WR, North Texas
 Mecole Hardman, WR, Georgia
 Kelvin Harmon, WR, N.C. State
 N’Keal Harry, WR, Arizona State
 Dwayne Haskins, QB, Ohio State
 Darrell Henderson, RB, Memphis
 Nate Herbig, OG, Stanford
 Justice Hill, RB, Oklahoma State
 Trysten Hill, DT, Central Florida
 T.J. Hockenson, TE, Iowa
 Joshuwa Holloman, RB, Eastern Michigan
 Elijah Holyfield, RB, Georgia
 Travis Homer, RB, Miami
 Amani Hooker, DB, Iowa
 Lil’Jordan Humphrey, WR, Texas
 Joe Jackson, DE, Miami
 Josh Jacobs, RB, Alabama
 Andre James, OT, UCLA
 Darryl Johnson, DE, North Carolina A&T
 Diontae Johnson, WR, Toledo
 Tyron Johnson, WR, Oklahoma State
 Michael Jordan, OG, Ohio State
 Vosean Joseph, LB, Florida
 Tre Lamar, LB, Clemson
 Dexter Lawrence, DT, Clemson
 Justin Layne, CB, Michigan State
 Greg Little, OT, Ole Miss
 David Long, CB, Michigan
 Julian Love, CB, Notre Dame
 Alize Mack, TE, Notre Dame
 Alexander Mattison, RB, Boise State
 Connor McGovern, OL, Penn State
 D.K. Metcalf, WR, Ole Miss
 Shareef Miller, DE, Penn State
 Dillon Mitchell, WR, Oregon
 David Montgomery, Rb, Iowa State
 Trayvon Mullen, DB, Clemson
 Byron Murphy, CB, Washington
 Kyler Murray, QB, Oklahoma
 Isaac Nauta, TE, Georgia
 Chidi Okeke, OT, Tennessee State
 Ed Oliver, DT, Houston
 Jachai Polite, DE, Florida
 Ryan Pulley, CB, Arkansas
 Taylor Rapp, S, Washington
 Riley Ridley, WR, Georgia
 Tyler Roemer, OT, San Diego State
 Miles Sanders, RB, Penn State
 Jordan Scarlett, RB, Florida
 Kendall Sheffield, DB, Ohio State
 Jeffery Simmons, DT, Mississippi State
 Devin Singletary, RB, Florida Atlantic
 Darius Slayton, WR, Auburn
 Irv Smith, TE, Alabama
 Kaden Smith, TE, Stanford
 Savion Smith, DB, Alabama
 Benny Snell, RB, Kentucky
 Dredrick Snelson, WR, Central Florida
 Jace Sternberger, TE, Texas A&M
 Jawaan Taylor, OT, Florida
 Darwin Thompson, RB, Utah State
 John Ursua, WR, Hawaii
 Kahale Warring, TE, San Diego State
 Mike Weber, RB, Ohio State
 Antoine Wesley, WR, Texas Tech
 Devin White, LB, LSU
 Kerrith Whyte Jr., RB, Florida Atlantic
 Greedy Williams, CB, LSU
 James Williams, RB, Washington State
 Joejuan Williams, CB, Vanderbilt
 Preston Williams, WR, Colorado State
 Quinnen Williams, DT, Alabama
 Trayveon Williams, RB, Texas A&M
 Mack Wilson, LB, Alabama
 
Following 32 players under NFL rules notified the league office that they have fulfilled their degree requirements. Consequently, they are eligible for selection:
 
 Rodney Anderson, RB, Oklahoma
 Alex Barnes, RB, Kansas State
 Ryan Bates, OT, Penn State
 Venzell Boulware, OL, Miami
 Hakeem Butler, WR, Iowa State
 Xavier Crawford, CB, Central Michigan
 Jamel Dean, CB, Auburn
 Clelin Ferrell, DL, Clemson
 Cody Ford, OL, Oklahoma
 Youhanna Ghaifan, DT, Wyoming
 Joe Giles-Harris, LB, Duke
 Penny Hart, WR, Georgia State
 Tyree Jackson, QB, Buffalo
 Daniel Jones, QB, Duke
 Dre’Mont Jones, DL, Ohio State
 Dawson Knox, TE, Ole Miss
 David Long, LB, West Virginia
 Erik McCoy, OL, Texas A&M
 Jakobi Meyers, WR, N.C. State
 Anthony Nelson, DE, Iowa
 Tony Pollard, RB, Memphis
 Anthony Ratliff-Williams, WR, North Carolina
 Dax Raymond, TE, Utah State
 Quart’e Sapp, LB, Tennessee
 Cortrelle Simpson, WR, Richmond
 Sutton Smith, DE, Northern Illinois
 Jarrett Stidham, QB, Auburn
 William Sweet, OT, North Carolina
 Josiah Tauaefa, LB, UTSA
 Deionte Thompson, S, Alabama
 Jonah Williams, OT, Alabama
 Caleb Wilson, TE, UCLA
 
Following 9 players inquired about their draft status and are eligible
for selection without the need for special eligibility
 
 Sean Adesanya, DE, Central Michigan
 Blessuan Austin, DB, Rutgers
 Jordan Brailford, DE, Oklahoma State
 Keenen Brown, TE, Texas State
 Byron Cowart, DE, Maryland
 D’Andre Ferby, DE, Western Kentucky
 P.J.Johnson, DT, Arizona
 Daniel LaCamera, K, Texas A&M
 L.J. Scott, RB, Michigan State
 

NFL List of Official Underclassmen by Year
   Year Players Granted Special Eligibility
 
2019 – 103
2018 – 106
2017 – 95
2016 – 96
2015 – 74
2014 – 98
2013 – 73
2012 – 65
2011 – 56
2010 – 53
 




Draft Insiders’ Rookie Spotlight – RB Sony Michel – Patriots

Draft Insiders’ Rookie Spotlight – RB Sony Michel – Patriots

  By Frank Coyle

       Draft Insiders’ will post Rookie spotlight players regularly and their Scouting Report from our NFL Draft 2018 Yearbook. Scouting Reports are written from the fall into March annually.

Rookie runner Sony Michel has been one of the top impact first year players in the NFL this season. He has been a  difference maker for the Patriots current playoff run. In their opening playoff game victory over the Chargers, he rushed for 129 yards on 24 carries for 3 TDs and 1 reception for 9 yards. He was instrumental as their run to a 35-0 first half advantage that never relinquished.

For his rookie season, he rushed for 931 yards on just 209 carries for a 4.5 yard average and 6 TDs. He added 7 receptions. Over the season, he has split time with veteran James White to give the Pats a combo that averaged 4.5 yards per attempt.

Michel is an every down back and one of the most productive runners over an SEC career prior to this season. His well rounded talent translated quickly to the NFL and he has been an interchangeable part for all the Patriots offensive packages.

 Here is his Scouting Report from Draft Insiders’ Yearbook 2018 written March 2018

 Sony Michel #1 – Georgia                     5-11      215        – Sp. 4.50
   Hindu Theory: Isaiah Crowell                        Rating 60                                                                
Talented multi-dimensional all around back has been an impact performer for the Bulldogs the past three seasons. Earned SEC honors in 2017 after an excellent overall performance. Tough natural low based runner shows quick feet with good size and speed to be an NFL feature back. Slides nicely laterally and runs with a wiggle to string multiple moves together. Gets to top speed quickly with the ability to adjust his speed and change gears well. On the 2nd level, he has a burst to run away from defenders. Displays good lower body power and is able to make consistent yardage after contact. Keeps his pad level down to run over defenders. Developing receiver comes out of the backfield quickly into his routes. Shows reliable hands and capable of making the tough catch. In space, he knows what to do with the ball and shows the burst to take the play the distance. Very effective on screens and shorter routes, though only a limited route tree and needs some further development. Displayed the ability to run inside and outside, though not a physical downhill power back between the tackles. As a pass blocker, he’s alert, aware and competent at picking up the blitz. Keeps his feet well and shows good balance and functional strength. Explosive when he sees a crease and is capable of making huge yardage. Good vision and awareness to keep drives alive. Versatile talent to give an offense a unique weapon to command special attention in every situation and high level 1A type.

The Numbers:  As a senior in 2017, he shared time with Nick Chubb and played in 14 games and rushed for 1227 yards on 156 carries for a 7.9 yard average and 16 TDs. He caught 9 passes for 96 yards and 1 TD. As a junior, he rushed for 840 yards on 152 carries for a 5.5 average and 4 TDs. He caught 22 passes for 149 yards and 1 TD. As a sophomore, he rushed for over 1000 yards with 8 TDs and 26 receptions and 3 TDs. Over his career, he rushed for 3638 yards on 591 carries for 6.2 yard average with 33 rushing TDs and 64 catches with 6 TDs. At the NFL Combine, he came in at 5’10”, 214 lbs. and ran a 4.54 time. He did 22 reps, a 4.21 shuttle and no other events. At the pro day, he looked sharp in drills, catching the ball and looking smooth in routes.

The Skinny: Natural runner and receiver with good speed to change games. Nice combination of speed, power and cutting skills. Combines the size, quickness and strength to get into the end zone. Well-rounded with the suddenness to get outside and make the corner with the burst to hit the home run. Rising talent probably goes in the top 50 prospects and capable of being a quality feature back similar to rookie sensation Alvin Kamara who we were very high on last year. Kamara’s YB Scouting Report is on web site. Also, Frank Gore and Isaiah Crowell in size, style and speed. Fine addition with starting talent to be a three down back, though more a complete 1A type and nice asset for any backfield.

Draft Projection: 2nd Round

 




Quarterbacks/ Running Backs – Pro Prospect Rankings – NFL Draft 2019

NFL Draft 2019 – Pro Prospect Rankings – 

Frank Coyle – Head scout
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Pro Prospect Rankings
updated Jan 11th

Offense
Offensive Skilled Positions

Underclassmen, Dwayne Haskins and Daniel Jones strengthen average QB class
    Quarterbacks

1 * Dwayne Haskins 6-3 215 Ohio St
2 Drew Lock 6-4 225 Missouri
3 * Daniel Jones 6-5 220 Duke
4 Will Grier 6-1 223 West Virginia
5 Ryan Finley 6-3 215 North Carolina State
6 * Tyree Jackson 6-7 245 Buffalo
7 * Kyler Murray 5-10 190   Oklahoma
8 * Jarrett Stidham 6-3 215 Auburn
9 Clayton Thorson 6-4 225 Northwestern
10 Brett Rypien 6-2 205 Boise State
11 Nick Fitzgerald 6-4 230 Mississippi State
12 Gardner Minshew II 6-1 220 Washington State
13 Jordan Taamu 6-2 210 Mississippi
14 Eric Dungey 6-3 220 Syracuse
15 Drew Anderson 6-3 230 Murray State
16 Easton Stick 6-2 220 North Dakota State
17 David Blough 6-1 205 Purdue

Harris and Love Head Average Senior Group of Running Backs
   Running Backs
1 Damien Harris 5-10 220 Alabama
2 * David Montgomery 5-10 225 Iowa State
3 Bryce Love 5-9 200 Stanford
4 Myles Gaskin 5-9 195 Washington
5 * Justice Hill 5-10 190 Oklahoma State
6 * Benny Snell 5-10 225 Kentucky
7 * Trayveon Williams 5-8 200 Texas A&M
8 * Darrell Henderson 5-9 200 Memphis
9 * Devin Singletary 5-9 225 Florida Atlantic
10 Dexter Williams 5-11 215 Notre Dame
11 * Mike Weber 5-9 215 Ohio State
12 * Rodney Anderson 6-0 220 Oklahoma
13 Karan Higdon 5-9 202 Michigan
14 Josh Jacobs 5-10 215 Alabama
15 Nick Brossette 6-0 220 LSU
16 Qadree Ollison 6-1 225 Pittsburgh