The Mock Draft Version 3.0: Round 3

Round 3

65. Cincinnati Bengals: Malik Harrison, ILB, Ohio State

66. Washington Redskins: Saahdiq Charles, OT, LSU

67. Detroit Lions: Jack Driscoll, OT, Auburn

68. New York Jets: Laviska Shenault, WR, Colorado

68. Carolina Panthers: Robert Hunt, OG, Louisiana

70. Miami Dolphins: Jason Strowbridge, DE, North Carolina

71. Las Angeles Chargers: Khalid Kareem, DE, Notre Dame

72. Arizona Cardinals: Jeff Gladney, CB, TCU

73. Jacksonville Jaguars: Neville Gallimore, DT, Oklahoma

74. Cleveland Browns: Terrell Lewis, DE/LB, Alabama

75. Indianapolis Colts: Brandon Jones, S, Texas

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QB | RB | WR | TE | OT | OG | OC

Nat L. Faybian’s NFL Draft Players Position Rankings

DE | DT | OLB | ILB | CB | S | ST

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76. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Cam Akers, RB, Florida State

77. Denver Broncos: Troy Dye, LB, Oregon

78. Atlanta Falcons: Julian Okwara, LB/DE, Notre Dame

79. New York Jets: Josh Uche, LB/DE, Michigan

80. Las Vegas Raiders: John Simpson, OG, Clemson

81. Las Vegas Raiders: Jalen Reagor, WR, TCU

82. Dallas Cowboys: Bryce Hall, CB, Virginia

83. Denver Broncos: Troy Pride, CB, Notre Dame

84. Las Angeles Rams: Reggie Robinson, CB, Tulsa

85. Detroit Lions: Zack Moss, RB, Utah

86. Buffalo Bills: A.J. Green, CB, Oklahoma State

87. New England Patriots: Jacob Eason, QB, Washington

88. New Orleans Saints: Willie Gay, LB, Mississippi State

89. Minnesota Vikings: Chase Claypool, WR, Notre Dame

90. Houston Texans: Devin Duvernay, WR, Texas

91. Las Vegas Raiders: Michael Pittman, WR, USC

92. Baltimore Ravens: Damien Lewis, OG, LSU

93. Tennessee Titans: Ben Bartch, OT, St. John’s-Minn.

94. Green Bay Packers: Matt Peart, OT, Connecticut

95. Denver Broncos: Terrell Burgess, S, Utah

96. Kansas City Chiefs: Dane Jackson, CB, Pittsburgh

Compensatory Picks

97. Cleveland Browns: Jonathan Garvin, DE, Miami

98. New England Patriots: James Lynch, DT, Baylor

99. New York Giants: Geno Stone, S, Iowa

100. New England Patriots: Jordan Mack, LB, Virginia

101. Seattle Seahawks: Trey Adams, OT, Washington

102: Pittsburgh Steelers: K.J. Hill, WR, Ohio State

103: Philadelphia Eagles: J.R. Reed, S, Minnesota

104: Las Angeles Rams: Jonathan Greenard, DE/LB, Florida

105: Minnesota Vikings: Trevis Gipson, DE, Tulsa

106: Baltimore Ravens: Tyler Biadasz, OC, Wisconsin

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The 85th NFL Draft will take place from April 23-25, 2020, in Las Vegas on the iconic Las Vegas Strip.

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Sun Bowl – Dec 31, 2019: Arizona State vs Florida State

Arizona State Sun Devils (7-5) vs Florida State Seminoles (6-6)

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ARIZONA STATE SUN DEVILS | PAC-12 CONFERENCE

Coach: Herm Edwards

Arizona Players to watch:

Senior WR/RS Brandon Aiyuk (6-1/195)

Aiyuk was tabbed a Pac-12 All-Conference first team choice at receiver in one of the elite conferences in the nation at the position. He was additionally selected as a Pac 12 all-first team choice return specialist.

As a receiver, Aiyuk recorded 1,192 yards this season, the fifth-most in ASU single season history. He is within 18 of fourth place on that list and 56 yards of third. 

At 1,870 all-purpose yards this season, he is fourth in ASU history and within 195 yards of Wilford White’s long-standing school record of 2,065 set back in 1950.

*Junior RB Eno Benjamin (5-10/201)

For Eno Benjamin, it was the second-consecutive season in which he has earned Pac-12 All-Conference first team honors. For the second consecutive season, Benjamin was a key part of the Sun Devil offense and takes home the Wilford White Outstanding Running Back Award.

He has 2,867 rushing yards in his career and now sits in seventh-place on the school’s all-time rushing list. His 576 rushing attempts are the sixth-most in school history.

Senior OC Cohl Cabral (6-5/291)

Cohl has started all 38 games of his career consecutively, starting every game from the beginning of his sophomore season. He showed his versatility and selflessness by briefly moving to left tackle, before finishing the year as one of the top centers in the conference. Credited with just one sack allowed this season, tied for 29th among FBS centers and second in the Pac-12.

**Sophomore P Michael Turk (6-1/220)

A semifinalist for the Ray Guy Award, Michael Turk’s 46.0 yards per punt average on 59 punts was 11th in the FBS and led the Pac-12.  He pinned 32 of those 59 punts inside the opponent 20-yard line (54.2 percent), a total that was second in the nation. 

rSenior LB Khaylan Kearse-Thomas (6-1/230)

Kearse-Thomas enjoyed a breakout senior season, wreaking havoc in opposing backfields.  He led the team in tackles-for-loss with 11 – the most among non-edge rushing linebackers in the Pac-12 – and finished with 57 total tackles.

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FLORIDA STATE SEMINOLES | ATLANTIC COASTAL CONFERENCE

Coach: Mike Norvell

FSU Players to watch:

**Sophomore WR Tamorrion Terry (6-4/203)

Terry has 51 receptions for 1,023 yards and eight touchdowns, posting the 13th 1,000-yard receiving season in school history and the first since 2014. His yards total is tied for second in the ACC, while his average of 20.06 yards per reception ranks third. The redshirt sophomore from Ashburn, Georgia, who is averaging an NCAA-best 53.75 yards per touchdown reception in 2019, has five receptions of at least 60 yards, which is the second-highest total in the NCAA since at least 2010.

*Junior RB Cam Akers (5-11/212)

Akers has gained 1,144 yards with 14 touchdowns on the ground, caught 30 passes for 225 yards and four touchdowns and completed 4-of-6 passes for 50 yards. His 18 total touchdowns are tied for the fourth-highest single-season total in program history, while his rushing yards total ranks sixth on FSU’s single-season list and his rushing touchdowns are tied for seventh. The junior from Clinton, Mississippi, leads the ACC with an average of 10.0 points scored per game and 18 touchdowns scored. 

**Sophomore CB Asante Samuel Jr. (5-10/178)

Samuel has 47 tackles, 1.0 for loss, one interception and 12 pass breakups in 11 games this season. He is tied for the ACC lead and for 15th in the NCAA in pass breakups and is the only player in the conference with 12 pass breakups and more than 40 tackles.

*Junior DT Marvin Wilson (6-5/314)

Wilson started the first nine games before a season-ending injury and recorded 44 tackles, including 8.5 for loss with a team-high 5.0 sacks, one forced fumble, one fumble recovery, four pass breakups and two quarterback hurries. At the time of his injury, his tackles total led all ACC defensive linemen. 

*Junior S Hamsah Nasirildeen (6-4/215)

Nasirildeen has recorded 101 tackles, including 2.0 for loss with 1.0 sack, two interceptions, three forced fumbles, three pass breakups, one fumble recovery and one quarterback hurry. He’s the fourth Seminole since 2000 with 100 tackles in a season and leads the team in tackles for the second straight year. His three forced fumbles are tied for second in the ACC and for 13th in the NCAA, and his average of 8.4 tackles per game is sixth in the conference.

It was thought Nasirildeen might declare early, but with a leg injury he suffered in the loss to Florida in the regular season finale, there’s no way to know how that could impact his potential draft status for 2020.

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Tony the Tiger Sun Bowl
Arizona State 20, Florida State 14
Sun Bowl
El Paso, TX
Dec 31, 2019 | 2 p.m. | CBS 

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2018 Hyundai Sun Bowl
Stanford 14, Pittsburgh 13

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Running backs/2020

Updated April 19, 2020. Pre-Draft.

2020 NFL Draft:  Top Rated RBs

Photo: Jeff Sentell|DawgNation

1. D’Andre Swift*, Georgia, 5-8/212

A blue chip recruit from St. Joseph’s Prep in Philadelphia. Swift rushed for 1,218 yards and seven touchdowns this season. He’s an everydown back with a nice blend of power and speed. He also has 73 career receptions to his credit.

2. Jonathan Taylor*, Wisconsin, 5-10/226

Taylor ran for over 6,000 yards in three seasons. No running back in this draft class is better at hitching himself to an offensive lineman’s hip and sliding through the crease. Taylor scored 50 touchdowns in 41 career games. The knock on him is his 18 fumbles – that’s about one every other game. That’s the only thing keeps him from being the top running back in this class.

Taylor helped himself by running a 4.39 at 226 lbs.

3. J.K. Dobbins*, Ohio State, 5-10/208

Dobbins rushed for an Ohio State-record 2,003 yards this season, including 174 yards against Clemson in the College Football Playoff semifinal loss to Clemson. Dobbins was at his best down the stretch as he keyed OSU wins against Penn State, Michigan and Wisconsin.

Combine: Dobbins only lifted. Waiting for his Pro-Day – which didn’t happen.

4. A.J. Dillon*, Boston College, 6-0/247

I like A.J. Dillon more than other mock drafters. He seems like a Leonard Fournette / Derrick Henry type of runner. He’s going to fit well with a team that likes to run the ball. I’m not as concerned as others about his receiving skills. I always say, “If Ricky Watters could learn to catch the ball…”

Dillon has 38 touchdowns in 35 career games. He’s a old-school north-south runner. Not a typical bruiser, running people over, Dillon is looking to take it to the house on every play. He played I-back in a two tightend set, so his success was somewhat scheme specific. For a big back, he has the ability to get skinny when he needs to squeeze through a crease.

Dillon increased his stock by running a 4.53 at 247 lbs. He also had the best Vertical (41) and best Broad Jump (131) among the running backs.

5. Cam Akers*, Florida State, 5-10/217

Akers has been the best player the last couple of years on a struggling FSU team. He is a long-strider than glides in open space. He’s got soft hands and can be a threat in the passing game. Sixty-nine career receptions, physical build looks more like a wide out.

Combine: Akers looked sharp, quick, and feet of foot.

6. Antonio Gibson, Memphis, 6-0/228

I like this guy more-and-more the closer we get to draft day. Some have Gibon listed as a WR, some at RB. He is so versatile, he can do it all. His 4.39 at 228 lbs is going to make him a very attractive to any team that wants to open up the field.

7. Zack Moss, Utah, 5-9/223

Moss broke six school records in 2019: including career rushing yards, 4,167; career 100-yard rushing games, 18; and career rushing touchdowns, 38. He’s a big physical back that can pound the rock. He’s good in pass protection which will help his stock.

Combine: Moss hurt his stock by clocking 4.7 on his first run and then only hitting 4.65 on his second run.

8. Clyde Edwards-Helaire*, LSU, 5-7/207

I’m not as sold on Edwards-Helaire as some others. I wasn’t as high on Josh Jacobs, last year, as Daniel Jeremiah was.

Edwards-Helaire has a breakout senior season with 1,414 yards and 16 touchdowns. Possesses a low center of gravity, quickness, and good balance. Has 40 kick returns in his career for 877 yards. Also has 69 career receptions. Is he big enough to be an every down back, that is the question.

Combine: Edwards-Helaire ran a modest 4.61, but his did post a 39.5 Vertical.

9. Darrynton Evans*, Appalachian State, 5-10/203

Evans looked very good at the Combine. He ran a 4.42 and posted a 125 Broad Jump.

10. Anthony McFarland*, Maryland, 5-8/208

A bit of a surprise that McFarland declared after only two seasons in College Park. He’s been plagued by injuries, and that might have played into his decision to come out early. Instant acceleration and long speed are trademarks of his game.

Combine: McFarland’s game and reputation have been build around speed. He ran a decent, but not outstanding, 4.4. He tested at the bottom of his RB class in the Vertical and near the bottom in the Broad Jump.

11. James Robinson, Illinois State, 5-9/219

Big and strong between the tackles with enough long speed to take it to the house. Robinson really helped his cause with a phenomenal East-West outing. He had a 63-yard run for a touchdown and a 46-yard reception. He showed he can play with the big boys. One concern, he has 12 career fumbles in 46 games: five this year.

Combine: The negative, Robinson ran a 4.64. The positive, he had the top Vertical in his RB class (40), and tested near the top in the Bench Presss (24), Broad Jump (125), 3-Cone drill (7.03), and 20-Yard Shuttle (4.19).

12. Eno Benjamin*, Arizona State, 5-8/207

Benjamin had a decent week at the Combine. He had the best 3-Cone Shuttle in his RB class, clocking in at 6.97. His forty was clocked at 4.57.

13. Javon Leake*, Maryland, 6-0/215

Some people have Leake going ahead of teammate Anthony McFarland. Leake’s 4.64 forty didn’t help him any. He did post a 125 Broad Jump. We’ll check back on him after Maryland’s Pro-Day.

14. DeeJay Dallas*, Miami, 5-10/217

Sleeper prospect. Excellent athleticism with natural balance, strength to break arm tackles and speed to take it to the house. Potential is the key word with Dallas as he didn’t have a outstanding career at Miami: looks to be a better pro prospect.

Combine: Dallas didn’t test especially well, turning in marks in lower half of his RB class with a the Broad Jump of 119 and a 3-Cone of 7.18.

15. KeShawn Vaughn, Vanderbilt, 5-9/214

Vaughn hung 130 yards on LSU earlier this year. Spent his first two years at Illinois, but really came on once he transferred to Vanderbilt. Good at creating yards after contact. Rushed for over 2,000 at Vandy with 21 touchdowns. Has 66 career receptions.

Senior Bowl: Vaughn did not play in the Senior Bowl because of an undisclosed injury. He was available to meet with teams though.

Combine: Vaughn ran a decent 4.52, but did not flash.

16. JaMycal Hasty, Baylor, 5-8/205

Hasty had his moments in the Senior Bowl. At the Combine, it was more of the same. He flashed in the 20-Yard Shuttle, recording the best score in his RB class (4.03). His forty time was 4.55.

17. Rico Dowdle, So. Carolina, 5-11/213

Like Hasty, Dowdle had a pretty good Senior Bowl, followed by a pretty good showing at the Combine. Dowdle ran a 4.54 and posted a 125 Broad Jump.

18. Joshua Kelley, UCLA, 5-10/212

Has put up back-to-back 1,000 yard seasons and scored 24 rushing touchdowns in that time. He has “value add” with 45 career kick returns for 1,133 yards.

Senior Bowl: Kelley made plays all week long and really improved his draft stock. He was able to run outside and up the middle with equal success during the game. His stock is on the rise.

Much like Hasty and Dowdle, Kelley has been working to improve his stock. His 6.95 3-Cone was best in his RB Class. He has 23 reps on the Bench Press and ran a 4.5.

19. LaVonte Bellamy, Western Michigan, 5-8/192

Bellamy definitely helped himself by weighing in at 192, almost 20 lbs heavier than expected. And with the extra weight he still ran a 4.5. The question will be can he keep the weight on during the course of a 17-week season?

20. Raymond Calais, Louisiana, 5-7/188

Calais stays at number twenty in the ranking. He ran a 4.42 which will be enough to entice teams to take him as a receiving back or special teams star.

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OTHER PLAYERS TO KEEP AN EYE ON:

  • Lemical Perine, Florida, 5-10/216
  • Patrick Taylor, Memphis, 6-1/217
  • Brian Herrien, Georgia, 5-11/209
  • Michael Warren II*, Cincinnati, 5-9/226
  • Sewo Olonilua, TCU, 6-2/232
  • Salvon Ahmen*, Washington, 5-10/197
  • Jet (Darius) Anderson, TCU, 5-10/208
  • Adrian Killins, UCF, 5-7/164
  • Tavien Feaster, So. Carolina, 6-0/221
  • Rodney Smith, Minnesota, 5-11/210
  • Reggie Corbin, Illinois, 5-10/190
  • Tony Jones*, Notre Dame, 5-11/225
  • Jonathan Ward, Central Michigan, 6-0/200
  • Benny LeMay, Charlotte, 5-8/216
  • Scottie Phillips, Mississippi, 5-8/212
  • Cameron Scarlett, Stanford, 6-1/220
  • Jason Huntley, New Mexico State, 5-9/192
  • DeShawn McClease*, Virginia Tech, 5-9/190
  • Artavis Pierce, Oregon State, 5-11/202
  • Tre Minter, So. Alabama, 5-9/205
  • Tre Barnett, Georgia State, 5-10/185
  • James Gilbert, Kansas State, 5-9/198
  • Jordon Cronkite, USF, 5-11/204
  • Tre Minter, So. Alabama, 5-9/205
  • Xavier Jones, SMU, 5-11/215
  • Toren Young*, Iowa, 5-11/223
  • Gerald Bright, Utah State, 5-10/190
  • J.J. Taylor*, Arizona, 5-5/185
  • Ty’Son Williams*, BYU, 6-0/220

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SMALL SCHOOL PROSPECTS

  • A.J. Hines, Duquesne, 5-1/225
  • Julius Chestnut, Sacred Heart, 6-1/215
  • Pete Guerriero*, Monmouth, 5-10/190
  • Jordan Bentley, Alabama A&M, 6-1/195
  • Domenic Cozier, Holy Cross, 5-9/181
  • Billy McCrary, Abilene Christian, 5-11/200
  • Jordan Bentley, Alabama A&M, 6-1/195
  • Nate Gunn, MSU-Mankato, 6-2/220
  • Tabyus Taylor*, Virginia Union, 6-0/225
  • Wesley Schools, Grove City, 5-11/190
  • Dawonya Tucker, Prairie View A&M, 5-5/180

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*Denotes underclassman.

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QB | RB | WR | TE | OT | OG | OC

Nat L. Faybian’s 2020 NFL Draft Players Position Rankings

DE | DT | OLB | ILB | CB | S | ST