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Sources see Washington LT Trey Adams as Top 2018 Talent

Updated July 24, 2017
By Charlie Campbell. Follow Charlie on Twitter @draftcampbell.

One of the unique parts of the 2017 NFL Draft was the lack of talent at the offensive tackle position. NFL teams always have a demand for edge blockers who can protect their franchise quarterbacks, and the 2018 class saw only two offensive tackles being selected in the first round. None were taken in the top half of the first round; both came off the board in the final 13 selections. The 2018 NFL Draft could be different as there are a few potential first-round offensive tackles. In speaking to scouting sources who have done advance work on the 2018 class, they think Washington left tackle Trey Adams could be a high first-round pick with franchise left tackle potential. 

Sources say that they think that Adams could emerge as one of the top talents for the 2018 NFL Draft. They compared Adams' size and athleticism to Taylor Lewan coming out of Michigan, and also that Adams has good technique to go with his impressive skill set. Scouts also like Texas left tackle Connor Williams and Notre Dame left tackle Mike McGlinchey. They think that the 6-foot-7, 309-pound Adams is bigger with better range than Williams and more athletic ability than McGlinchey. Another thing that impressed sources was how Adams played against Alabama in the first round of the college football playoff last year. They say that Adams shut down the Crimson Tide defenders anytime he was isolated on them. That Alabama defense featured three dangerous pass-rushers in the form of Jonathan Allen, Tim Williams and Ryan Anderson. 

Aside from Adams, sources say that Williams is legit. They think Williams has Thursday night potential for the 2018 NFL Draft. Sources from multiple teams have said they see a possible first-rounder with McGlinchey. One NFC team had McGlinchey graded as a top-25 talent prior to him deciding to return for his senior year, although there is more variety in opinions on McGlinchey as some scouts love him and others are not as enthusiastic. Thus between Adams, Williams and McGlinchey, the 2018 class has some tackle options with more candidates who could emerge, including Florida's Martez Ivey. 

There still is a long ways to go before the 2018 NFL Draft, so a lot of players will have their preseason estimates blown out of the water as prospects rise and fall during the 2017 season or during the leadup to the draft with the combine, pro days, and interviews. Right now, the 2018 NFL Draft has the potential to be much stronger at offensive tackle, with some team sources seeing a top-of-the-draft candidate and a potential franchise left tackle in Adams. 




North Dakota Safety Cole Reyes Has Mid-Round Buzz

Updated July 18, 2017
By Charlie Campbell. Follow Charlie on Twitter @draftcampbell.

In recent weeks, WalterFootball.com has heard from NFL sources about some under-the-radar players who have a positive buzz about them in the scouting community heading into fall training camp. In keeping that series going, North Dakota safety Cole Reyes is the latest small-school player who sources have said is on watch lists. Reyes is said to have received a 5.7 grade from National, and that translates to an estimation of a high fourth-round grade heading into his senior year.

Reyes had a productive 2016 season for the Fighting Hawks. He totaled three interceptions, two forced fumbles, eight passes broken up, 1.5 sacks, 6.5 tackles for a loss and 70 tackles on the year. Reyes is listed at 6-foot-2, 215 pounds, which is excellent size for a NFL safety. As a freshman and sophomore, Reyes started and was a solid contributor in those seasons.

With a grade of 5.7, Reyes has a mid-round projection. Sources say that preseason grades can be proven to be way too high or far too low as players evolve while maturing, but Reyes has played well enough to make watch lists as a prospect to scout this fall. Thus, a lot is still up in the air for Reyes.

Reyes won't see a lot of NFL competition on his 2017 schedule, but in the season opener, he will take on Utah, a talented power-five team. If Reyes' draft grade ends up being similar to his preseason estimation, he could easily be invited to participate in the Senior Bowl or East-West Shrine. Many small-school players have used those all-star games to improve their draft standings. With his preseason estimate of a having top-100 potential, Reyes already is a prospect to keep an eye on.




Kansas Edge Defender Dorance Armstrong Impressed Evaluators

Updated July 3, 2017
By Charlie Campbell. Follow Charlie on Twitter @draftcampbell.

Every year during the leadup to an NFL draft, there are some prospects for the years ahead who jump off the screen to NFL evaluators during film study. Even though teams are focused on the players for the upcoming draft, some prospects are so dynamic with how much they impact the game and how impressive their physical talents are, they can't not get noticed. In speaking with team sources, one of the 2018 or 2019 prospects who was impossible to ignore was Kansas defensive end Dorance Armstrong Jr. 

In 2016 as a sophomore, Armstrong had some serious production with 10 sacks, 20 tackles for a loss, 56 tackles, and three forced fumbles while being a First-Team All-Big XII selection. The 6-foot-4, 241-pounder has speed and athleticism with the frame to add weight for the NFL if his team desires. 

One general manager said they think Armstrong is a stud and they can't see him staying for his senior year rather than entering the 2018 NFL Draft. They believe Armstrong could be on a par or better than Boston College senior edge rusher Harold Landry. That general manager thought Landry would have been a late first- or second-round pick if he had entered the 2017 NFL Draft. Between LSU's Arden Key, Ohio State's Sam Hubbard, North Carolina State's Bradley Chubb, Florida State's Josh Sweat, Landry and Armstrong; the 2018 NFL Draft has the potential to be a strong year for edge defenders. Armstrong already has made a good impression on NFL evaluators heading into his junior season. 


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