R.J. White of CBSSports.com offers a full 7-round Mock Draft.
This is his first round, with the Raiders making the Peter King trade to get KYLER MURRAY:
PICK TEAM PLAYER
1 OAK f/ARI* QB Kyler Murray, Oklahoma
2 SF DE Nick Bosa, Ohio State
3 WAS f/NYJ* QB Dwayne Haskins, Ohio State
4 ARI f/OAK* DT Quinnen Williams, Alabama
5 TB OLB Josh Allen, Kentucky
6 NYG ILB Devin White, LSU
7 JAC OT Jawaan Taylor, Florida
8 ATL f/DET* DT Ed Oliver, Houston
9 BUF DE Montez Sweat, Mississippi State
10 DEN QB Drew Lock, Missouri
11 CIN ILB Devin Bush, Michigan
12 CAR f/GB* DL Rashan Gary, Michigan
13 HOU f/MIA* OL Jonah Williams, Alabama
14 DET f/ATL* TE T.J. Hockenson, Iowa
15 NYJ f/WAS* OLB Brian Burns, Florida State
16 GB f/CAR* G Cody Ford, Oklahoma
17 NYG f/CLE OLB Clelin Ferrell, Clemson
18 MIN OT Andre Dillard, Washington State
19 TEN NT Dexter Lawrence, Clemson
20 PIT TE Noah Fant, Iowa
21 KC f/SEA* C Garrett Bradbury, NC State
22 BAL WR D.K. Metcalf, Ole Miss
23 MIA f/HOU* DT Jeffery Simmons, Mississippi State
24 OAK f/CHI CB Greedy Williams, LSU
25 CIN f/PHI* QB Daniel Jones, Duke
26 IND DT Christian Wilkins, Clemson
27 ARI f/OAK* WR N’Keal Harry, Arizona State
28 LAC OT Kaleb McGary, Washington
29 SEA f/KC* CB Byron Murphy, Washington
30 GB f/NO WR Marquise Brown, Oklahoma
31 LAR G/C Erik McCoy, Texas A&M
32 NE WR A.J. Brown, Ole Miss
Here is his explanation for Oakland.
RD OVERALL PLAYER NOTES
1 1 QB Kyler Murray, Oklahoma from ARI*
1 4 to Arizona
1 24 CB Greedy Williams, LSU from CHI
1 27 to Arizona from DAL
2 35 to Denver
2 41 RB Josh Jacobs, Alabama from DEN*
4 106 TE Josh Oliver, San Jose State
4 125 LB David Long Jr., West Virginia (to OAK) from DEN*
5 140 to New Orleans from NYJ
5 168 LB Gary Johnson, Texas from NO*
6 177 TE Caleb Wilson, UCLA from NO*
7 218 DT Daniel Wise, Kansas
7 235 to Denver from SEA
DE Jason Pierre-Paul (from Tampa Bay)
Raiders fans can keep shouting from the rooftops that there’s no way the team would take Murray when it has Derek Carr, but there’s definitely smoke here with the attention they’ve shown to the talented Oklahoma quarterback. The 49ers could get out of Jimmy Garoppolo’s contract in 2020 just like Carr, while the Bucs don’t have a QB on the books after Jameis Winston’s contract runs out this year, but neither team has shown any attention to Murray, unlike the Raiders.
So I’m going to bet Jon Gruden falls head over heels with Murray and moves up to No. 1 for him, an easy sell for ownership with the star power he can bring to Vegas in 2020 after the team trades Carr next offseason. It costs just one other first-round pick (No. 27) plus offensive tackle Kolton Miller as a “first-round value” player who can help the Cardinals and is likely bumped from the blindside by the big-money addition of Trent Brown in Oakland. Of course, the Raiders could just stay put and take Quinnen Williams, or even trade back and pick up an edge rusher. All options are on the table.
The Raiders use their remaining first-rounder on the top cornerback in this class in Greedy Williams, a fast and athletic cover corner with tackling issues but someone who can make plenty of plays as well. The team then trades back slightly in the second round before juicing up the rushing attack with Jacobs. That gives them the top player in this class at three different positions (QB, CB, RB).
With no edge talent in their haul through two rounds, the Raiders swap a 2020 third for a 2020 fourth and Pierre-Paul, who doesn’t seem like a great fit for Tampa Bay’s move to the 3-4. Oakland added players like Luke Willson and Vontaze Burfict this offseason but still needs a talent injection at both tight end in linebacker, so they double up those positions in the next four picks. Oliver and WIlson can compete for targets as pass-catching tight ends, while Long and Johnson provide speed and athleticism at linebacker. Wise isn’t big but he’s tenacious on the interior and capable of playing an immediate role.
And his flip side for Arizona
RD OVERALL PLAYER NOTES
1 1 to Oakland
1 4 DL Quinnen Williams, Alabama from OAK*
1 27 WR N’Keal Harry, Arizona State from OAK*
2 33 CB Deandre Baker, Georgia
3 65 FS Darnell Savage, Jr., Maryland
3 93 OLB D’Andre Walker, Georgia from NYJ*
4 103 to New York Jets
5 139 C Lamont Gaillard, Georgia
6 174 to New York Jets
6 179 DT Albert Huggins, Clemson from TB
7 248 to New York Jets
7 249 LB Sione Takitaki, BYU
7 254 RB Darwin Thompson, Utah State
OT Kolton Miller (from Oakland)
Ever since Kyler Murray fully committed to the NFL, I’ve had the Raiders moving up to No. 1 to get him, and I’m not changing that here. The Cardinals benefit by moving down a few spots and still getting a guy at a clear position of need in Williams, who’s talented enough to be taken No. 1 overall. With the other pick in the Raiders package, which also includes offensive lineman Kolton Miller as someone who can upgrade the left tackle spot if he develops, the Cardinals go local to land an excellent receiving weapon in Harry, a big weapon with excellent ball skills who’s often open even when he’s not.
The Cardinals start Day 2 by ending the slide of Baker, who is thought by some to be the top corner in this class but was hurt by a poor showing at the combine. He’ll join free-agent acquisition Robert Alford to give the team an impressive trio of corners after struggling to find any consistency in the starting lineup with Patrick Peterson in recent years. Safety isn’t the biggest need remaining, but Savage is a great value in Round 3 who can serve as D.J. Swearinger insurance. Rather than wait around until Day 3, the Cardinals package three of their remaining picks to go up and get an edge rusher in Walker who could easily come off the board in Round 2.
The move up for Walker leaves the Cardinals with just four Day 3 picks, and they use the first on a literal Bulldog who can compete for snaps immediately at center or guard. Next up is Huggins, a nose tackle prospect who can be groomed to take over for Corey Peters in 2020. Takitaki can be a special-teams ace while competing for snaps inside at linebacker, while Thompson is a borderline draftable backup running back who will likely never be capable of a starter’s workload but can carve out a role in the NFL.
You can read his analysis for all 32 teams here.
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Here’s another Mock Draft, this from Daniel Jeremiah of NFL.com. In a tweet, Jeremiah said he was now only 60% confidence that QB KYLER MURRAY goes first overall to Arizona. He reflects that in his comments here. In other big news, Jeremiah has Daniel Jones all the way up to #6 for the NYG:
With the 2019 NFL Draft just a little more than a week away, here’s my third look at how teams will draft when Round 1 begins in Nashville, Tennessee, on April 25.
To see every draft pick each team holds in the 2019 NFL Draft, click here.
1 – ARIZONA
Kyler Murray – QB
School: Oklahoma | Year: Junior (RS)
I’m not as confident as I once was that Murray will be the pick here because of all the team visits Murray is taking, but I still think he ends up being Arizona’s selection.
2 – SAN FRANCISCO
Nick Bosa – Edge
School: Ohio State | Year: Junior
There’s a lot of talk about Quinnen Williams going to San Francisco with this pick. I don’t think the Niners could go wrong with either him or Bosa.
3 – NEW YORK JETS
Ed Oliver – DT
School: Houston | Year: Junior
Gregg Williams coached Aaron Donald during his time as Rams DC and could easily find a way to utilize Oliver in the Big Apple.
4 – OAKLAND
Quinnen Williams – DT
School: Alabama | Year: Sophomore (RS)
With needs all over the field, the Raiders should take the best player available.
5 – TAMPA BAY
Josh Allen – Edge
School: Kentucky | Year: Senior
I could see this as a trade-down spot if a team wants to move up for a QB. However, if the Bucs stay here and Allen is still available, he’d be too tempting to pass up.
6 – NEW YORK GIANTS
Daniel Jones – QB
School: Duke | Year: Junior (RS)
If the Giants want a QB, it makes more sense to secure him at No. 6 than leave it to fate and wait until they’re on the clock again at No. 17.
7 – JACKSONVILLE
Jawaan Taylor – OT
School: Florida | Year: Junior
Taylor is a DNA match with how the Jaguars want to play. He’s a physical player.
8 – DETROIT
Jonah Williams – OG
School: Alabama | Year: Junior
Detroit has spent a lot of draft capital on the offensive line, but I could see the Lions going back to the well one more time.
9 – BUFFALO
T.J. Hockenson – TE
School: Iowa | Year: Sophomore (RS)
Hockenson would quickly emerge as the best friend of Josh Allen and LeSean McCoy. He helps in both the passing and running games.
10 – DENVER
Devin White – LB
School: LSU | Year: Junior
I know the Broncos have done a lot of homework on the quarterbacks in this draft, but I just can’t envision them taking a QB here before they get a chance to see what Joe Flacco looks like in this offense. Instead, they go with the top LB available.
11 – CINCINNATI
Dwayne Haskins – QB
School: Ohio State | Year: Sophomore (RS)
New coach and a new era at QB. Haskins would create a spark in an organization that desperately needs one.
12 – GREEN BAY
Devin Bush – LB
School: Michigan | Year: Junior
I think Bush could go much earlier than many people expect due to the combination of his talent and the lack of depth at his position.
13 – MIAMI
Rashan Gary – Edge
School: Michigan | Year: Junior
The Dolphins did not pick an offensive or defensive lineman last year. This draft will be heavy in both for them.
14 – ATLANTA
Greedy Williams – CB
School: LSU | Year: Sophomore (RS)
The Falcons need an upgrade in their secondary. Williams offers an intriguing mix of size and playmaking ability.
15 – WASHINGTON
Brian Burns – Edge
School: Florida State | Year: Junior
I still have Washington as the likely landing spot for Josh Rosen, which would take the ‘Skins out of the quarterback derby. So, their pass rush took a hit with the departure of Preston Smith. Enter Burns.
16 – CAROLINA
Andre Dillard – OT
School: Washington State | Year: Senior (RS)
I can’t see Dillard going much later than this spot. Carolina needs help on the O-line.
17 – NEW YORK GIANTS (from Cleveland)
Montez Sweat – Edge
School: Mississippi State | Year: Senior
The Giants end up with their edge rusher and quarterback — but in the opposite order from what’s been expected. Sweat could go later than some anticipate.
18 – MINNESOTA
Garrett Bradbury – C
School: N.C. State | Year: Senior (RS)
Bradbury was made to play in this Gary Kubiak-style offense. The Vikings will move Pat Elflein to guard to clear a spot for the rookie at center.
19 – TENNESSEE
Christian Wilkins – DT
School: Clemson | Year: Senior
Wilkins will help the interior pass rush and be a perfect complement to Jurrell Casey.
20 – PITTSBURGH
Lonnie Johnson Jr. – CB
School: Kentucky | Year: Senior
This is higher than I have Johnson rated, but he’s catching a lot of buzz right now and the Steelers have a need at the position.
21 – SEATTLE
Jeffery Simmons – DT
School: Mississippi State | Year: Junior
He did suffer an ACL tear in February, but I would not be surprised if, five years from now, Simmons is viewed as the best player from this draft class.
22 – BALTIMORE
Clelin Ferrell – Edge
School: Clemson | Year: Junior (RS)
Ferrell fits Baltimore’s profile. He’s physical, tough and has a high floor.
23 – HOUSTON
Cody Ford – OT
School: Oklahoma | Year: Junior (RS)
With their pass-protection woes, the Texans have to take the best available offensive lineman.
24 – OAKLAND (from Chicago)
Noah Fant– TE
School: Iowa | Year: Junior
Fant would be an upgrade over Jared Cook, the tight end they just lost in free agency.
25 – PHILADELPHIA
Marquise Brown – WR
School: Oklahoma | Year: Junior
It would make sense for the Eagles to add a receiver because I don’t think DeSean Jackson’s a long-term solution and they could lose Nelson Agholor next year, as he’s due to hit free agency.
26 – INDIANAPOLIS
Johnathan Abram – S
School: Mississippi State | Year: Senior
Selfishly, I would just love to see him play opposite Malik Hooker in Indy. Abram could play in the box and allow Hooker to make plays over the top.
27 – OAKLAND (from Dallas)
Chris Lindstrom – OG
School: Boston College | Year: Senior
GM Mike Mayock gets a year pass on donating to his alma mater by taking a fellow Eagle! All jokes aside, Lindstrom is highly regarded and has a good chance of being picked in the 20s of Round 1.
28 – LOS ANGELES CHARGERS
Rock Ya-Sin – CB
School: Temple | Year: Senior
There are other needs here — safety and defensive tackle among them — but it was apparent that the Bolts need to add some talent on the outside based on their performance against the Patriots in the Divisional Round of last season’s playoffs.
29 – KANSAS CITY
Byron Murphy – CB
School: Washington | Year: Sophomore (RS)
This would be a no-brainer. Kansas City takes the best defensive back still available and gets good value.
30 – GREEN BAY (from New Orleans)
Drew Lock – QB
School: Missouri | Year: Senior
The Packers have been doing a lot of homework on quarterbacks this draft season. They once spent a first-round pick on a QB who’d become the eventual replacement for a 35-year-old future Hall of Famer, and they repeat history here.
31 – LOS ANGELES RAMS
Elgton Jenkins – OG
School: Mississippi State | Year: Senior (RS)
Jenkins is another player who’s made his way into the first-round conversation. Teams love his strength and power inside. He can play any of the three interior positions.
32 – NEW ENGLAND
Dexter Lawrence – DT
School: Clemson | Year: Junior
While the rest of the league moves away from massive DTs like Lawrence, the Patriots see the value in a dominant run defender who can push the pocket on passing downs.
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Rob Rang of NFLDraftScout.com offers this list of sleepers:
A tradition since 2004, my list of hidden gems – including at least one per position NOT invited to the Combine.
Anyone can get lucky and draft a Pro Bowler in the first round. It takes an ability to find “diamonds in the rough” in the middle and late rounds to stick as a scout in the NFL, however.
Below is a list of players who for whatever reason haven’t yet received the attention their physical abilities warrant. Some starred at a lower level of competition, just like Kareem Hunt (Toledo) and Cooper Kupp (Eastern Washington) – both prominently featured in this article two years ago – did prior to leading all NFL rookies in rushing and receiving yards in 2017.
Others played at relative FBS powerhouses but injuries, suspension, a lack of preferred size or talent ahead of them on the depth chart kept them relatively overshadowed. That was the case with Phillip Lindsay, who rushed for 1,037 yards for the Denver Broncos and was the first undrafted offensive player in NFL history to be voted to the Pro Bowl as a rookie after going undrafted. Lindsay, you may recall, was even more successful for the Colorado Buffaloes against quality Pac-12 competition, but he fell out of last year’s draft presumably because scouts didn’t think the 5-07, 185-pounder could duplicate his success against the greater size and physicality of the NFL.
One player is featured per position with five others listed alphabetically who deserve honorable mention. In keeping with the true sleeper theme, at least one player per position was not invited to the 2019 Scouting Combine. These players are noted with an asterisk.*
Jacob Dolegala, 6-7, 242, 4.91, Central Connecticut State*
With even fewer “sure things” at quarterback in this draft than most years, savvy clubs willing to invest some time will want to take a look at Dolegala, a record-breaking four-year starter with prototypical size, arm strength and even NFL bloodlines. He was widely regarded as a D-I talent prior to tearing his labrum as a high school senior and fell through the recruiting cracks, getting his only scholarship offer from the Blue Devils, an FCS program. Despite leaving CCSU as the program’s all-time leading passer (8,129 yards, 48 TDs vs. 29 interceptions), Dolegala was not invited to any of the top all-star games or the Combine, perhaps because the Blue Devils’ run-heavy attack limited his statistics. However, he turned heads at the University of Buffalo Pro Day (competing alongside fellow Diamond Tyree Jackson) as well as his own subsequent on-campus workout.
Five Other Quarterbacks to Consider:
Taylor Cornelius, 6-6, 224, 4.70, Oklahoma State*
Tyree Jackson, 6-7, 249, 4.59, Buffalo
Gardner Minshew II, 6-1, 225, 4.97, Washington State
Brett Rypien, 6-1, 210, 4.91, Boise State
Easton Stick, 6-1, 224, 4.62, North Dakota State
Alexander Mattison, 5-11, 221, 4.67, Boise State
I’ve long argued that the most overrated element when evaluating running backs is 40-yard dash time, whereas the most underrated characteristics are balance through contact and the determination to truly finish runs. In many ways, Mattison reminds me of former Bronco and NFL standout Jay Ajayi with his competitive running. He was a three-year producer for Boise State – rushing for over 1,000 yards and a touchdown a game each of the past two seasons, including 1,415 yards and 17 scores (both career-highs) before opting to give up his final year of eligibility to make the NFL jump.
Five Other Running Backs to Consider:
Alex Barnes, 6-0, 226, 4.59, Kansas State
Damarea Crockett, 5-10, 225, 4.50, Missouri*
Jalin Moore, 5-10, 212, 4.53, Appalachian State
Tony Pollard, 6-0, 210, 4.52, Memphis
Darwin Thompson, 5-8, 200, 4.47, Utah State*
Andy Isabella, 5-9, 188, 4.31, Massachusetts
Given his size, skin pigment and New England roots, Isabella has been unfairly typecast as a “just” a slot receiver throughout much of his career. As his 40-yard dash time emphatically proves, however, Isabella possesses the straight-line speed to offer legitimate big play ability. Of course, savvy scouts already knew that after watching him outrun a talented Georgia defense for 15 grabs for 219 yards and two scores in the 2018 season opener, as well against top competition at the Senior Bowl. Further, while short by NFL standards, Isabella is well-built and tough, showing the courage to catch passes across the middle and the determination to pinball off would-be tacklers.
Five Other Wide Receivers to Consider:
Keelan Doss, 6-2, 211, 4.50, California-Davis
Jazz Ferguson, 6-5, 227, 4.45, Northwestern State (Louisiana)
Travis Fulgham, 6-3, 215, 4.58, Old Dominion
Jalen Guyton, 6-1, 212, 4.44, North Texas*
David Ungerer, 5-10, 170, 4.55, Idaho*
Kahale Warring, 6-5, 252, 4.67, San Diego State
One of the reasons why you can expect to hear plenty of other tight ends mentioned by anonymous scouts in the build-up to the 2019 NFL draft is that they may be trying to keep Warring – an ascending prospect who played just one year of high school football – a secret. Warring spent most of his prep career playing other sports, earning league MVP honors in basketball as a senior and previously all-league honors in water polo while also competing in swimming, tennis, and cross country. He caught just 21 passes (but for 548 yards) in his breakout 2018 campaign for the run-heavy Aztecs, showing off the physicality as a blocker and athleticism before, during and after the catch to suggest that his best football is still to come.
Five Other Tight Ends to Consider:
Keenan Brown, 6-3, 250, 4.75, Texas State
Dawson Knox, 6-4, 254, 4.55, Mississippi
Josh Oliver, 6-5, 249, 4.63, San Jose State
Donald Parham, 6-8, 240, 4.65, Stetson*
Dax Raymond, 6-5, 255, 4.73, Utah State
Tytus Howard, 6-5, 322, 5.05, Alabama State
Lost in all of the hype about this year’s dominant defensive line class is an above average crop of offensive tackles with Howard – a former high school quarterback and tight end as recently as 2014 – ranking among this year’s top sleeper prospects, not only among blockers but regardless of position.
Despite hailing from the talent-rich state of Alabama, Howard fell through the recruiting cracks while focusing more on basketball and wound up at Alabama State as a tight end. Four years and roughly 85 pounds later with stellar performances at Auburn, the Senior Bowl and the Scouting Combine, however, and Howard is well on his way to joining his former linemate Jylan Ware (a seventh round pick by Oakland in 2017) as an NFL draft pick and possibly the highest selection from the Hornets since another former quarterback – Tarvaris Jackson – was picked 64th overall by Minnesota back in 2006.
Five Other Offensive Tackles to Consider:
Brandon Hitner, 6-6, 305, 5.10, Villanova*
Devon Johnson, 6-7, 338, 5.16, Ferris State
Tyler Roemer, 6-6, 312, 5.21, San Diego State
Max Scharping, 6-6, 327, 5.29, Northern Illinois
Oli Udoh, 6-6, 323, 5.05, Elon
INTERIOR OFFENSIVE LINEMEN
Nate Davis, 6-3, 316, 5.23, Charlotte
Poor grades contributed to Davis winding up at Charlotte, where he was forced to sit out his first season to get his grades in order. Once he did so, however, Davis was a fixture in the 49ers’ starting lineup, spending the next three years at right guard before switching outside to right tackle in 2018. Like he did when his 49ers faced Temple (2016), Louisville (2016), Kansas State (2017) and Tennessee (2018) as out of conference opponents over the past three years, the power-packed Davis impressed me at the Senior Bowl. Despite his experience, Davis is fundamentally raw, with even his initial stance drawing criticism from offensive line gurus. The raw power and use of leverage is there, however, to project Davis as a future right guard in the NFL.
Five Other Interior Offensive Linemen to Consider:
B.J. Autry, 6-3, 337, 5.58, Jacksonville State*
Hjalte Froholdt, 6-5, 306, 5.20, Arkansas
Drew Forbes, 6-5, 308, 5.05, Southeast Missouri*
Ethan Greenidge, 6-4, 327, 5.47, Villanova
Iosua Opeta, 6-4, 301, 5.02, Weber State
Maxx Crosby, 6-5, 255, 4.66, Eastern Michigan
Crosby wowed during Combine workouts with his raw explosiveness (ranking third among all down defensive linemen with a 36” vertical jump) and change of direction and leading his position group in both the 3-cone drill (6.89) and short shuttle (4.13). Better yet, these numbers simply quantify what savvy scouts see on the field, where Crosby’s initial burst and lateral agility to elude made blocking him like trying to wrap your hands around smoke. There is no denying that he is raw. Physically-speaking, Crosby is still just a pup, needing to grow into his lanky frame before some of the tricks he pulled in the MAC are going to work against NFL-caliber blockers. His needs to get stronger and his hands need plenty of work, as well. But don’t be surprised if a club invests a Day Two selection in the hopes this pup grows into a pack leader.
Five Other Edge Rushers to Consider:
Jaylon Ferguson, 6-5, 271, 4.82, Louisiana Tech
Carl Granderson, 6-5, 254, 4.79, Wyoming
Daryll Johnson, 6-6, 253, 4.82, North Carolina A&T
Corbin Kaufusi, 6-9, 279, 4.89, BYU*
Oshane Ximines, 6-4, 253, 4.78, Old Dominion
Khalen Saunders, 6-0, 324, 5.01, Western Illinois
Saunders made quite the impression at the Senior Bowl, opting to compete in it while his wife delivered the couple’s first child (a little girl named Kambridge), turning heads with an impromptu gymnastics routine following practice in which the 320+ pound completed a dazzling over-head backflip and flashing the initial quickness and lateral agility which helped him earn a reputation as the “Aaron Donald of the FCS.” As his flip and eye-popping production (204 tackles, 34.5 tackles for loss, 18 sacks and four forced fumbles) suggest, Saunders is a fantastic athlete, projecting as a middle round prospect who may very well outplay some of the more traditionally-built defensive tackles selected ahead of him.
Five Other Defensive Linemen to Consider:
Ed Alexander, 6-1, 319, 5.26, LSU*
L.J. Collier, 6-3, 283, 4.91, TCU
John Cominsky, 6-5, 286, 4.69, Charleston
Albert Huggins, 6-3, 305, 5.12, Clemson
Renell Wren, 6-5, 318, 5.01, Arizona State
TRADITIONAL OFF-BALL LINEBACKERS
Kaden Elliss, 6-2, 238, 4.62, Idaho*
While I believe only two traditional off-ball linebackers (LSU’s Devin White and Michigan’s Devin Bush) are likely to crack the top 32 in the 2019 draft, the depth at this position is encouraging with several of the “other” linebackers listed below worthy of earning this featured position. Each of them, however, were invited to prominent all-star games, the Combine, or both, which Elliss was not despite posting impressive statistics (278 tackles, including 47 for loss, 17 sacks, six forced fumbles and five interceptions), as well as possessing an NFL frame, athleticism and bloodlines. Elliss won’t be the first player on this list to get drafted but make no mistake, he will be drafted. In fact, I believe he will be the first player selected this year who was not invited to the Combine, making him the unofficial captain of this year’s Diamonds in the Rough squad.
Five Other Off-Ball Linebackers to Consider:
Dre Greenlaw, 6-0, 237, 4.58, Arkansas
Terrill Hanks, 6-2, 242, 4.98, New Mexico State
Sutton Smith, 6-0, 233, 4.69, Northern Illinois
Sione Takitaki, 6-1, 238, 4.63, BYU
Jahlani Tavai, 6-2, 250, 4.86, Hawaii
Sean Bunting, 6-0, 195, 4.42, Central Michigan
Despite playing his prep ball in the football-loving state of Michigan, Bunting fell through the recruiting tracks, only earning a scholarship from CMU after showing up on campus to talk to coaches in person and forgoing offers from programs at lower divisions. He started off at safety and even saw some time at wide receiver during an initial redshirt season before committing to cornerback, where he proved a standout the past two seasons, earning the MAC’s Defensive Player of the Year honors in 2018 before answering any doubts about his size and athleticism at the Combine.
Five Other Cornerbacks to Consider:
Corey Ballentine, 5-11, 196, 4.47, Washburn
Blace Brown, 6-0, 194, 4.75, Troy
Jordan Brown, 6-0, 201, 4.51, South Dakota State
Joejuan Williams, 6-4, 211, 4.65, Vanderbilt
Jimmy Moreland, 5-10, 180, 4.49, James Madison*
Nasir Adderley, 6-0, 205, 4.49, Delaware
Among the first players announced this year as invited to the prestigious Senior Bowl, Adderley is viewed by many as the year’s elite “small school” prospect and I fully expect him to be the first player in this article to be selected in the 2019 draft. He started every game the past four seasons – the first two at cornerback, the final two at free safety – earning all-conference honors as a sophomore, junior and senior, as well as being honored as a finalist for the Buck Buchanan Award (the top overall player in this division of football) in 2018. Like several others on this list, Adderley has NFL bloodlines. His cousin, Herb Adderley, was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame as a cornerback in 1980, winning three Super Bowls with the Green Bay Packers and Dallas Cowboys.
Five Other Safeties to Consider:
Ugo Amadi, 5-10, 201, 4.50, Oregon
Marquise Blair, 6-1, 195, 4.48, Utah
Stephen Denmark, 6-3, 220, 4.50, Valdosta State*
Malik Gant, 6-0, 209, 4.63, Marshall
Andrew Wingard, 5-11, 214, 4.55, Wyoming