Is this a sign that the draft stock of QB DWAYNE HASKINS is sinking? Michael David Smith of ProFootballTalk.com:
The NFL revealed the names of the players who will attend the NFL draft, and the most noteworthy name missing was that of Ohio State quarterback Dwayne Haskins.
We don’t yet know the reasons that Haskins is not attending, but it may be another indication that his draft stock is sinking. Players don’t like long waits on draft night, and if Haskins and his camp haven’t sensed that any of the teams with high picks are high on him, they might think it’s wiser to stay home and enjoy the draft with family and friends, without the constant pressure of live looks at them sitting their awkwardly waiting for the phone to ring.
Three other quarterbacks — Kyler Murray, Drew Lock and Daniel Jones — will be in attendance. Until recently, Lock and Jones were widely viewed as behind Haskins on most draft boards. That may no longer be the case. No one should be surprised if Haskins’ name is the fourth quarterback called.
Other top prospects not attending the draft include Michigan defensive end Rashan Gary, North Carolina State center Garrett Bradbury and Clemson defensive end Clelin Ferrell.
If Haskins is sinking is it for valid reasons? Or will he be the 2019 version of DeSHAUN WATSON?
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How about a Mock from Ric Seritella of NFLDraftScout.com:
As many as a dozen defensive linemen could be selected in the first round. On the opposite end of the spectrum, it’s possible that running backs are shut out of the first round entirely this year. Meanwhile, quarterbacks will always be a hot commodity, with four being selected in version 2.0. Be sure to check back for exclusive updates leading up to the draft!
1. Arizona – QB Kyler Murray, Oklahoma: The worst kept secret in the NFL is that the Cardinals are all in on Murray, whose decision to play football pays off in the short-term.
2. San Francisco – DE Nick Bosa, Ohio State: While the 49ers have stacked their defensive line, Bosa is too good of a talent to pass up and could wreak havoc lined up opposite of Dee Ford.
3. NY Jets – DT Quinnen Williams, Alabama: The Jets need to continue to add blue chip players such as Sam Darnold and Jamal Adams—Williams serves as a cornerstone type of talent.
4. Oakland – DT Ed Oliver, Houston: What a fit, Oliver appears tailor-made for the new-look Raiders, as Jon Gruden, along with GM Mike Mayock continue to churn the roster.
5. Tampa Bay – DE Montez Sweat, Mississippi State: Reports have indicated that the heart condition discovered at the combine was minor, paving the way for the Bucs to pair Sweat with JPP.
6. NY Giants – OLB Josh Allen, Kentucky: While many needs exist, securing a potential impact pass-rusher seems like another offering that’s too good for GM David Gettleman to refuse.
7. Jacksonville – OT Jonah Williams: With big money invested in new quarterback Nick Foles, making sure he is well protected should be the Jaguars top priority entering the draft.
8. Detroit – CB Greedy Williams, LSU: The selection of Williams instantly makes him the best player in the Lions’ secondary, which seems to never get repaired properly; Greedy will make an impact immediately.
9. Buffalo – TE T.J. Hockenson, Iowa: If quarterback Josh Allen is to succeed, surrounding him with weapons will be critical. Hockenson not only upgrades the passing attack but also the run game due to his blocking.
10. Denver – ILB Devin White, LSU: This is a volatile spot in the draft, as many options exist such as a quarterback or a trade. However, the smart thing to do would be to select White, who brings instant stability on defense.
11. Cincinnati – QB Dwayne Haskins, Ohio State: New head coach Zac Taylor deserves a new franchise quarterback if this Bengals organization is ever going to get over the hump.
12. Green Bay – ILB Devin Bush, Michigan: The loss of one fiery leader, Clay Matthews, via free agency, is replaced with another emotional fireball in Bush, who wears his passion on his sleeve.
13. Miami – QB Drew Lock, Missouri: Nobody keeps a seat warm better than “Fitzmagic.” With the newly acquired Ryan Fitzpatrick already in tow, the Dolphins can afford to bring Lock along at his own pace.
14. Atlanta – DE Rashan Gary, Michigan: With more beef needed up front and an underwhelming Vic Beasley entering the final year of his contract, Gary presents an upgrade.
15. Washington – QB Daniel Jones, Duke: The Redskins acquired Case Keenum, so the fact that Jones isn’t forced to start right away is paramount, as the cerebral Duke signal-caller learns the complex playbook of Jay Gruden.
16. Carolina – DE Brian Burns: Should this scenario play out, it would be a match made in heaven for the Panthers, who are in dire need of pass-rush help and Burns, who is a rare talent.
17. NY Giants (from Cleveland) – OT Andre Dillard, Washington State: Coming off his 15th season, quarterback Eli Manning has never been sacked more than he was a year ago, an alarming 47 times.
18. Minnesota – DT Christian Wilkins, Clemson: The presence of Wilkins in the middle of the defensive line would open up pass-rush opportunities on the edge for Danielle Hunter and Everson Griffen.
19. Tennessee – DT Dexter Lawrence, Clemson: With a big need up front, Lawrence brings plenty of size and athleticism to fill the void.
20. Pittsburgh – WR D.K. Metcalf, Mississippi: From AB to DK, the Steelers try their best to move on from the Antonio Brown fallout.
21. Seattle – FS Deionte Thompson, Alabama: The “Legion of Boom” is nothing but a memory, it’s time to rebuild up the secondary and that begins with Thompson at the safety spot.
22. Baltimore – WR Hollywood Brown, Oklahoma: This is an excellent complimentary piece to the offense, as Lamar Jackson possesses the arm strength to allow Hollywood to run underneath the ball and score touchdowns.
23. Houston – OT Jawaan Taylor, Florida: After a season in which quarterback Deshaun Watson was sacked a league-high 62 times, the Texans must plug up some holes on the offensive line at all costs.
24. Oakland (from Chicago) – TE Noah Fant, Iowa: Gruden hails from the Al Davis Raiders and can surely appreciate the “Fast and Furious” Fant. Along with AB and Tyrell Williams, Fant would be dynamite!
25. Philadelphia – OL Cody Ford, Oklahoma: The Eagles need to inject some youth into the offensive line, Ford could play inside for a season and eventually take over for Jason Peters.
26. Indianapolis – WR A.J. Brown, Mississippi: Adding an explosive playmaker such as Brown could be the luxury weapon that elevates the Colts offense into the upper-echelon.
27. Oakland (from Dallas) – CB Julian Love, Notre Dame: The Raiders allowed the most points in the league (467) last season, including a league-worst 36 touchdowns via air, Love works.
28. LA Chargers – OT Greg Little, Mississippi: This could be the final run for future Hall of Fame signal-caller Phillip Rivers; providing additional protection would be beneficial.
29. Kansas City – DE Clelin Ferrell, Clemson: New defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo will transition the Chiefs to a 4-3 scheme and Ferrell can help offset the loss of Justin Houston and Dee Ford.
30. Green Bay (from New Orleans) – OG Chris Lindstrom, Boston College: A feisty, pulverizing blocker who fits the Packers mold, Lindstrom would be an instant fan favorite amongst the Cheeseheads.
31. LA Rams – DT Jerry Tillery, Notre Dame: Picking up Tillery cancels out the loss of Ndamukong Suh and provides Aaron Donald with another dynamic tackle to dance with in the middle.
32. New England – DT Jeffery Simmons, Mississippi State: A projected top ten talent, Simmons could easily slide due to medical and character concerns; he would likely sit out his rookie campaign.
And here is a Mock from Charley Casserley who thinks DREW LOCK is going to be sitting around for the Patriots at #32. He also thinks Miami is going to stand aside and trade down with the Giants to let the Giants draft a quarterback. Wouldn’t New York want to get ahead of the Dolphins who need a QB?
1 – ARIZONA
Kyler Murray – QB
School: Oklahoma | Year: Junior (RS)
New Cardinals coach Kliff Kingsbury gets the quarterback to lead his Air Raid offense.
2 – SAN FRANCISCO
Nick Bosa – Edge
School: Ohio State | Year: Junior
The 49ers get a bookend to pair with Dee Ford, giving them a legitimate pass rush.
3 – NEW YORK JETS
Josh Allen – Edge
School: Kentucky | Year: Senior
The Jets need a pass rusher, but I wouldn’t be surprised if they traded out of this pick.
4 – OAKLAND
Rashan Gary – Edge
School: Michigan | Year: Junior
The Raiders’ only chance to get a premier edge rusher is here, not in the 20s.
5 – TAMPA BAY
Devin White – LB
School: LSU | Year: Junior
He’s an instinctive football player who can make plays from sideline to sideline.
6 – NEW YORK GIANTS
Quinnen Williams – DT
School: Alabama | Year: Sophomore (RS)
Giants GM Dave Gettleman stays true to his draft board and takes the best player available.
7 – JACKSONVILLE
Jawaan Taylor – OT
School: Florida | Year: Junior
The Jaguars want to be physical up front and run the ball, and Taylor allows them to do that. Look for them to address their tight end need later in the draft.
8 – CAROLINA
Montez Sweat – Edge
School: Mississippi State | Year: Senior
PROJECTED TRADE WITH LIONS. The pass rushers are flying off the board, and the Panthers need one.
9 – BUFFALO
Andre Dillard – OT
School: Washington State | Year: Senior (RS)
If I were the Bills, I’d move Dion Dawkins to right tackle and slide Dillard — the best pass blocker in the draft — in at left tackle.
10 – DENVER
T.J. Hockenson – TE
School: Iowa | Year: Sophomore (RS)
Joe Flacco loves throwing to tight ends, but I could also see the Broncos taking a quarterback here.
11 – CINCINNATI
Devin Bush – LB
School: Michigan | Year: Junior
Bengals fill a major need on defense with the athletic Bush.
12 – GREEN BAY
Cody Ford – OT
School: Oklahoma | Year: Junior (RS)
The Packers need an upgrade at right tackle.
13 – NEW YORK GIANTS
Dwayne Haskins – QB
School: Ohio State | Year: Sophomore (RS)
PROJECTED TRADE WITH DOLPHINS. The Giants jump ahead of the Redskins to get Eli Manning’s successor.
14 – ATLANTA
Ed Oliver – DT
School: Houston | Year: Junior
Pass-rushing defensive tackles are a major priority for the Falcons.
15 – WASHINGTON
Clelin Ferrell – Edge
School: Clemson | Year: Junior (RS)
The Redskins have been looking for a pass rusher to play opposite Ryan Kerrigan for years.
16 – DETROIT
Deandre Baker – CB
School: Georgia | Year: Senior
PROJECTED TRADE WITH PANTHERS. The Lions fill their biggest need and pick up some extra draft capital in the process.
17 – MIAMI
Christian Wilkins – DT
School: Clemson | Year: Senior
PROJECTED TRADE WITH GIANTS. Wilkins gives the Dolphins a playmaker on the inside of their defense.
18 – MINNESOTA
Jonah Williams – OL
School: Alabama | Year: Junior
The Vikings address one of their most glaring weaknesses by picking Williams, who can play left tackle or left guard.
19 – TENNESSEE
D.K. Metcalf – WR
School: Mississippi | Year: Sophomore (RS)
The Titans’ offense has a lot of pieces, but it’s still lacking a true speed receiver on the perimeter — Metcalf would give them that. They also need to address the interior O-line, but I think they can do that in Round 2.
20 – PITTSBURGH
Byron Murphy – CB
School: Washington | Year: Sophomore (RS)
Murphy is an excellent technician at the position, helping to bolster the Steelers’ secondary.
21 – SEATTLE
Brian Burns – Edge
School: Florida State | Year: Junior
The Seahawks add a pass rusher opposite Frank Clark, who’s currently set to play the 2019 season on the franchise tag.
22 – PHILADELPHIA
Greg Little – OT
School: Mississippi | Year: Junior
PROJECTED TRADE WITH RAVENS. The foundation of the Eagles’ recent success has been the strength of their O-line, so adding a quality player here helps now and for the future.
23 – HOUSTON
Rock Ya-Sin – CB
School: Temple | Year: Senior
The Texans lose out on an offensive lineman with the Eagles’ savvy trade, but rebound by selecting Ya-Sin to fill a need at CB.
24 – OAKLAND
Irv Smith Jr. – TE
School: Alabama | Year: Junior
Antonio Brown, Tyrell Williams and Irv Smith with Derek Carr! The Raiders have made a lot of moves this offseason to become a better football team.
25 – BALTIMORE
Marquise Brown – WR
School: Oklahoma | Year: Junior
PROJECTED TRADE WITH EAGLES. Ravens grab a WR who can stretch the defense and play in the slot.
26 – INDIANAPOLIS
A.J. Brown – WR
School: Mississippi | Year: Junior
Brown will fill the slot for the Colts, but he can also play outside, too.
27 – OAKLAND
Dexter Lawrence – DT
School: Clemson | Year: Junior
The Raiders continue to re-build their defensive line by taking the third Clemson Tiger in Round 1.
28 – LOS ANGELES CHARGERS
Daniel Jones – QB
School: Duke | Year: Junior (RS)
The Chargers find Philip Rivers’ heir by selecting the most pro-ready quarterback prospect in the 2019 draft class.
29 – KANSAS CITY
Garrett Bradbury – C
School: N.C. State | Year: Senior (RS)
The top defensive players are gone, so the Chiefs upgrade their O-line.
30 – GREEN BAY
Taylor Rapp – S
School: Washington | Year: Junior
Safety was a major problem for the Packers last year, but Rapp and free-agent pickup Adrian Amos are the solution.
31 – LOS ANGELES RAMS
Jerry Tillery – DL
School: Notre Dame | Year: Senior
The Rams take the best defensive lineman prospect left on the board. Michael Brockers can shift inside to play nose tackle, while Tillery lines up at defensive end.
32 – NEW ENGLAND
Drew Lock – QB
School: Missouri | Year: Senior
Tom Brady can play until he is 45 and then Lock will take over!