Senior Writer Nat L. Faybian and Editor Douglas Love try their hand at alternating picks in this three round Version 4.0 Mock. This time Nat will pick first.
Nat: Ok, we have sixty-four picks in the books. Let’s add the Compensatory Picks at the end of round three.
1. Arizona Cardinals: Devin Singletary, RB, Florida Atlantic (Nat L. Faybian)
I think the Cardinals have more pressing needs, like on the offensive line. But, Singletary is too good to pass up here. The guy was an absolutely touchdown machine in college. He’s got that short-area shiftiness that helps him score all of those touchdowns. And to top it off, he ran for almost 2,000 yards last year. A good running game can help take some of the pressure off the quarterback.
2. Pittsburgh Steelers (via Oak): Jerry Tillery, DT, Notre Dame (Douglas Love)
Tillery would move to end in a 3-4. He can push the pocket. He shows good burst off the line. Uses his length to his advantage; uses his hands to shed blocks. Had 7 sacks last year, so he can get after the quarterback.
3. San Francisco 49ers: Riley Ridley, WR, Georgia (NLF)
Riley Ridley is the younger brother Atlanta Falcons’ WR Calvin Ridley. Riley is considered the best route runner in the 2019 NFL Draft class. He sells his routes and gets in-and-out of his cuts smoothly.
4. New York Jets: Yodney Cajuste, OG, West Virginia (DL)
He’s a big guy that can get momentum in the run game. Has a great burst off the ball, and he might go higher than this because of that. Strong upper body, benched 225 lbs. thirty-two times at the Combine. Has long arms with a strong punch.
5. Jacksonville Jaguars: Joe Jackson, DE, Miami (NLF)
Jackson has been largely, and wrongly, overlooked in this deep D-line class. Here’s a guy that had 22.5 sacks and 35.5 tackles-for-loss at Miami. He also had five forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries. Don’t overlook Joe Jackson.
6. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Jamel Dean, CB, Auburn (DL)
Bruce Ariens said he wanted to add speed to the defense. Dean has the 4.3 speed, and the Buccaneers needs to be able to run with divisional opponents like Julio Jones (Atl), Alvin Kamara (NO), and Christian McCaffrey and Curtis Samuel (Car). Dean is a former teammate of Bucs starting CB Carlton Davis.
** New York Giants ** Selection forfeited during the 2018 Supplemental Draft.
7. Denver Broncos: Garrett Bradbury, OC, NC State (NLF)
Bradbury was the 2018 Rimington Trophy award winner, recognized as the best center in college football. Bradbury will fit best in a zone blocking scheme where his light feet and short-area quickness can be best utilized.
8. Cincinnati Bengals: David Long, CB, Michigan (DL)
Long is best in press. He gets his hands on the receiver, turns his hips, and runs. He is quick in transition. He trusts his eyes and plays the ball well. Shows excellent closing speed.
9. New England (via Det): Kahale Warring, TE, San Diego State (NLF)
The Patriots take Kahale Warring from San Diego State. They need to replace Gronk, and Warring has similar size and speed. He’s raw, but the Patriots take players like Warring and turn them into household names.
10. Buffalo Bills: N’Keal Harry, WR, Arizona State (DL)
Arizona State threw him a lot of short passes, allowing Harry to use his athleticism to gain yards. He can also help in the return game. He’ll make the circus catch, and then drop a pass when he’s running wide open. That’s why he’s available in round three.
11. Green Bay Packers: David Montgomery, RB, Iowa State (NLF)
Montgomery has excellent balance and generally gets past the first tackler. While he has a nice burst, he’s not really a homerun threat. He’s reliable; he’ll get you positive yardage; and he can catch the ball out of the backfield. If some other team falls in love with him, he could go in the second round.
12. Washington Redskins: Dru Samia, OG, Oklahoma (DL)
Washington was unlucky enough to lose two quarterbacks last year. They need help on the offensive line. Samia is a passionate, fiery, kind of player that Washington could use as a tone setter for the OL. And maybe they run the ball more next year – especially if they draft a new QB in round one.
13. Carolina Panthers: Justin Layne, CB, Michigan State (NLF)
Carolina played the run well last year, but was only so-so against the pass, middle-of-the-pack. Layne plays the run well, so he’ll fit right in. He has shown light feet, smooth hips, and good change of direction. Would play best on the perimeter, close to the line of scrimmage.
14. Miami Dolphins: Te’Von Coney, ILB, Notre Dame (DL)
Coney is a sound tackler that likes to play downhill. Strong enough to shed linemen. His strength would be his ability to read and diagnose; and his ability to communicate to his teammates.
15. Atlanta Falcons: Isaac Nauta, TE, Georgia (NLF)
Nauta is a player on the rise. He was overshadowed by all that talent in Athens, and there just weren’t enough balls to go around. He’s a good inline blocker. He can catch. A former five-star recruit. Has plenty of game experience, he played in over forty games for Georgia. I think he’s a good fit in Atlanta.
16. Cleveland Brown: Dennis Daley, OT, South Carolina (DL)
Cleveland needs to improve on the offensive side of the ball. They were 21st in rushing and 24th in passing. They need line help, so Daley makes good sense here. He can play tackle or guard. He transferred to So. Carolina from Georgia Military College, so he’s disciplined and takes coaching well. A nice combination of size and athleticism.
17. Minnesota Vikings: Elgton Jenkins, OC, Mississippi State (NLF)
Jenkins’ versatility immediately comes to mind. He’s played tackle, guard, and center in Sharkville. He’s allowed only one sack in his last two years. He has a good football IQ and is a leader on the offensive line.
18. Tennessee Titans: Vosean Joseph, OLB, Florida (DL)
Joseph is a downhill player that flies to the ball. Has played in a variety of defensive schemes. Doesn’t let go once he gets his hands on the ball carrier. Can be used as a blitzer.
19. Pittsburgh Steelers: Christian Miller, LB, Alabama (NLF)
Athletic, fires off the ball, and can push the pocket. At 244 lbs., Miller is big enough and strong enough to hold the edge as a 3-4 linebacker. Still raw, but has plenty of potential.
20. Seattle Seahawks: Juan Thornhill, S, Virginia (DL)
Again, the top safeties in this class could go in any order off the board, depending on “fit” and who falls in love with a particular skill set. Thornhill posted great numbers at the Combine. His tape shows fluid movement, plenty of speed, and good ball skills. More of a free safety type.
21. Baltimore Ravens: Ryquell Armstead, RB, Temple (NLF)
Here’s a guy who has been quietly sneaking up draft boards. He has speed, quickness, and power. Runs hard and isn’t afraid to lower his shoulder. Can catch the ball out of the backfield. Best when running North-South.
22. Houston Texans: Oli Udoh, OT, Elon (DL)
Udoh had a good week at the Senior Bowl, proving the next level will not be too much for him. He’s got a massive wingspan. He’s 6′ 5″ and somewhere around 350 lbs., but looks well-built, not sloppy, not heavy. Might need some time to develop, but has a high ceiling.
23. Chicago Bears: Trayveon Williams, RB, Texas A&M (NLF)
The Bears are finally on the clock. They sent RB Jordan Howard packing because his style didn’t fit what HC Matt Nagy wants to do offensively. They have been interesting in pass catching running backs – and Trayveon Williams is the best in the class. Other RB on Chicago’s radar include Ryquell Armstead, and Notre Dame’s Dexter Williams.
24. Detroit Lions (via Phi): Isaiah Johnson, CB, Houston (DL)
This is a good value pick. The Lions can use some help in the defensive backfield. Johnson had a good week at the Senior Bowl and showed he can stay with most any receiver. Uses his long arms to his advantage.
25. Indianapolis Colts: Trey Pipkins, OT, Sioux Falls (NLF)
Pipkins was a finalist for the Gene Upshaw Award. Pipkins received rave reviews when he participated in the 94th annual East-West Shrine Game. Then was one of just five D II players invited to the Scouting Combine, where he turned plenty of heads.
26. Dallas Cowboys: Jace Sternberger, TE, Texas A&M (DL)
Just because Jason Witten has returned to the team, doesn’t mean the Cowboys aren’t in need of a tight end. Sternberger has been rising on draft boards – a lot of teams have had him in for private workouts. He spent his first few college seasons blocking in Kansas before he transferred to A&M where he displayed his route running and pass catching abilities.
27. Los Angeles Chargers: Dawson Knox, TE, Mississippi (NFL)
Mississippi had D.K. Metcalf, A.J. Brown, and DeMarkus Lodge at wide receiver. There wasn’t much of a chance for Knox to show off his hands. He’ll be a better pro than collegiate player.
28. Kansas City Chiefs: Amani Oruawriye, CB, Penn State (DL)
Oruwariye has excellent length which he uses to his advantage against taller receivers. He’s a big bodied receiver with strong hand, good ball tracking skills and smooth change of direction. Could go higher than this.
29. New York Jets (via NO): Austin Bryant, DE, Clemson (NLF)
Bryant is a good pass-rusher with natural bend. His two sacks and six total tackles were one of the main sparks of a defensive effort that only allowed three points to a Notre Dame team that had averaged over 33 per game.
30. Los Angeles Rams: Nate Davis, OG, Charlotte (DL)
Athletic, hard-working, and keeps improving each season. Davis has a lot of teams looking his way. He had a good week at the Senior Bowl, followed up with a successful Combine workout.
31. New York Giants (via NE, via Cle): Zach Allen, DL, Boston College (NLF)
Allen’s strength is stopping the run. He could play left end or inside, depending on the down and situation. Showed at the Senior Bowl, he has limited tools, but can bullrush with the best of them. Has upside.
32. Washington Redskins: Tyler Roemer, OT, San Diego State (DL)
The Redskins took Dru Samia earlier in an attempt to add some nastiness to the offensive line. Roemer is tall with long arms. He is good at sealing off the edge. Plays with a run-first attitude and will take it to the opponent. Some off-field issues could cause some concern.
33. New England Patriots: Lamont Gaillard, OC, Georgia (NLF)
An All-SEC performer in 2018, Gaillard can play anywhere on the line. He had a very good week at the East-West Shine game. With only one year of experience in the middle, he has plenty of room to grow.
34. Jacksonville Jaguars (via LAR): Will Grier, QB, West Virginia (DL)
Jacksonville signed Nick Foles to a four-year deal during the offseason. Still, they are going to need someone behind him. Grier landing in a place where there’s no pressure to start right away will give him time to learn the nuances of running an pro-style offense.
35. Los Angeles Rams: Kerrith Whyte, RB, Florida Atlantic (NLF)
The Greatest Show on (Astro)Turf, was built on speed. Kerrith Whyte ran a 4.36 at his Pro Day. By comparison, Oklahoma State’s Justice Hill ran the fastest time for a running back at the Combine with a 4.4 forty. Whyte’s ability in the return game only adds to his value.
36. Carolina Panthers: Ben Banogu, LB, TCU (DL)
Banogu’s skill set may be best identified with Shaq Thompson – they aren’t the same player, but that’s how Banogu’s skill set would translate in Carolina. He could be a “jack” linebacker, doing a bit everything. In three years, he had 45 tackles-for-loss, 20 sacks, and forced seven fumbles.
37. New England Patriots: David Sills, WR, West Virginia (NLF)
Sills is a former quarterback with a natural feel for the game. He’s not the fastest, not the biggest, but succeeds on his football IQ. Sills had thirty-three touchdown catches in the last two years. Did not have a great week at the Senior Bowl. This might be a little bit of a reach, but he does strike me as a Belichick kind of guy.
28. Baltimore Ravens: Chase Winovich, DE/LB, Michigan (DL)
Tenacious, high-motor, high-effort kind of player. A downfield player, wouldn’t be of much help in coverage. Excellent backside pursuit player.
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