The Cowboys could use a third corner to go with Chidobe Awuzie and Jourdan Lewis.
Ward has 26 tackles with 11 passes broken up and an interception in 2017. In the season opener against Indiana, he notched an interception, four tackles and five passes broken up. Ward also was beaten for a touchdown and some other receptions by big Indiana receiver Simmie Cobbs Jr. While primarily a backup in 2016, Ward (5-10, 191) totaled 23 tackles with nice passes broken up.
While Ward has some hype suggesting he's as good as his former teammates Marshon Lattimore and Gareon Conley, he's significantly smaller than them and had issues with a big wideout in Cobbs. In the NFL, Ward might get placed as a nickelback.
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The Lions grab a player who should transform their offense from being one-dimensional.
Chubb is averaging 5.9 yards per carry in 2017 for 894 yards with 10 touchdowns. Last season, he averaged 5.0 yards per carry on his way to 1,130 yards with eight touchdowns. He had five receptions for 86 yards and a touchdown as well. In 2016, Chubb didn't quite have the speed and explosion that he had before his 2015 knee injury. Considering it was only about a year since he was hurt, that was understandable.
Prior to his season-ending knee injury in 2015, Chubb had picked up where he left off as a freshman. The sophomore averaged 8.1 yards per carry for 747 yards and seven touchdowns in his shortened 2015 season. In 2014 while splitting time with Todd Gurley, Chubb averaged 7.1 yards per carry for 1,547 yards with 14 touchdowns. He also caught 18 receptions for 213 yards and two scores.
Chubb is akin to a human bowling ball, rolling over tacklers and and being a physical force in the SEC. The 5-foot-10, 220-pounder is a powerful runner who also has the quickness to rip off yards in chunks. He also is an explosive track competitor.
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The Packers could use more pass rush off the edge.
Scouting sources have told me they felt that Bryant has been playing his way into being a first-round-caliber prospect this season. He has been a dynamic speed rusher and a pass-rushing force for one of the best defenses in college football. In 2017, Bryant has 7.5 sacks with 43 tackles, 14.5 for a loss, one interception and two forced fumbles. He added to his sack total against Boston College and was a key contributor to Clemson limiting the Eagles to only seven points. The 6-foot-5, 265-pound Bryant is on his way to a massive junior year that could have his name being called on the opening night of the 2018 NFL Draft.
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The Falcons could use more youth on the inside of their defensive line, and Jack Crawford is just a stop-gap solution for 2017. Atlanta could also use more disruption and pass rush next to Grady Jarrett. Additionally, Dontari Poe is entering free agency after this season.
Vea has 30 tackles, three sacks and three passes batted so far in 2017. The 6-foot-5, 332-pounder was a load at the point of attack for Washington in 2016. He totaled 39 tackles with 6.5 tackles for a loss, five sacks, one force fumble and two passes batted on the season. Vea has a serious combination of size, length, strength, and quickness at the point of attack. He is a heavy nose tackle who is a rock against the run and can occasionally collapse the pocket in the pass rush.
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The Bills could use a corner to replace Ronald Darby, particularly one with some size.
Davis (6-1, 203) is a good corner who has size, length, and press-man ability. He has nice quickness in the short part of the field and can battle big wideouts. Davis is a physical defender who really competes, but he does struggle with deep speed.
The junior has 26 tackles with 10 passes broken up and an interception in 2017. As a sophomore, he totaled 46 tackles, 10 passes broken up, one forced fumble and zero interceptions. Davis recorded three interceptions as a freshman with 56 tackles and eight passes broken up.
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Jacksonville could use an upgrade at right tackle over Jeremy Parnell. Cam Robinson might be better off on the right side in the NFL, and McGlinchey would upgrade the Jaguars' run blocking for Leonard Fournette.
As a senior, McGlinchey has blocked well for Notre Dame overall minus a few rough plays versus Miami and Georgia. The 6-foot-7, 310-pounder is a tough run blocker and has been part of a good Notre Dame line for years. He has good enough feet and athletic ability to get depth in his kick slide and cut off speed rushers. As a run blocker, McGlinchey can get movement at the point of attack. He flashes heavy hands to push defenders out of their gaps and open holes for his back. McGlinchey also has a nice ability to bend at the knee, and that in combination with his feet, keeps him from having to reach after edge rushers. He uses his strength to sustain blocks and has developed good hand placement. His performance in 2017 and 2016 protecting Notre Dame's quarterbacks is evidence that McGlinchey is a future starting left tackle in the NFL and a first-round pick.
McGlinchey was very impressive at left tackle for the Fighting Irish in 2016. He looked natural in pass protection, and one wouldn't have thought that he wasn't playing the position before last season. In 2015, McGlinchey showed well as a right tackle and had a more physical style of play than former Notre Dame left tackle Ronnie Stanley. The main area that McGlinchey really needed to improve was his repeated problem with false starts as a junior. McGlinchey seems to have fixed that as a senior.
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The Seahawks could use some young edge-rushing talent, especially if Cliff Avril retires.
In 2017, Armstrong has 53 tackles with eight for a loss, one sack, three forced fumbles and three passes batted. A NFC general manager told me that Armstrong continues to impress them. He was a big presence for Kansas in 2016 as he totaled 10 sacks with 20 tackles for a loss, 56 tackles and three forced fumbles. The 6-foot-4, 241-pounder could use more weight for the NFL to be an edge rusher against pro offensive tackles. That would help him to get off blocks. Armstrong is extremely quick and athletic, but could use more strength. He would be a great fit as a 3-4 outside linebacker as well.
Carolina could use a young pass-rusher to replace Julius Peppers.
Hubbard has 30 tackles, two sacks, 7.5 tackles for a loss and a forced fumble in 2017. Last year, he collected 46 tackles with eight for a loss, 3.5 sacks and two passes batted. While rotating into the game as a sophomore, he showed his potential with 6.5 sacks. Hubbard also had 28 tackles with an interception that season.
The 6-foot-5, 266-pounder has a great skill set, but doesn't produce up to it. Hubbard has a serious combination of size, speed, and athletic ability that should help him to rise during the pre-draft workouts, however. Some team sources feel that Hubbard has been an underachiever and should have had a lot more production over his collegiate career.
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The Titans could use a safety upgrade next to Kevin Byard.
The 6-foot-1, 204-pound Reid has played really well in 2017, impressing NFL scouts. Sources who are tough graders said they thought Reid had first-round potential for the 2018 NFL Draft. They say that Reid doesn't have Earl Thomas-like range as a free safety or Kam Chancellor-like size as a strong safety, but he does everything well. Reid is a good free or strong safety with the ability to run and tackle. They say that he is a polished, clean, good all-around safety similar to HaHa Clinton-Dix coming out of Alabama. In 2017, Reid has 67 tackles with three passes broken up and five interceptions. He totaled 57 tackles with seven breakups in 2016. The junior is the younger brother of 49ers safety Eric Reid, a first-round pick out of LSU in 2013.
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This is the Chiefs' first-round pick traded to Buffalo when Kansas City moved up to pick No. 10 of the 2017 NFL Draft for Pat Mahomes. The Bills moved on from Marcel Dareus, and Kyle Williams is aging. Here's some young talent for the interior of Buffalo's defensive line.
Wilkins has 44 tackles with 7.5 for a loss and four sacks this season. He has been disruptive at the point of attack, showing speed to create havoc behind the line of scrimmage. Wilkins is a great athlete for his size and has the versatility to play a variety of techniques. The 6-foot-4, 310-pounder has a nice skill set with upside and could also fit as a 3-4 defensive end.
Wilkins played well for Clemson in 2016 as part of a tough defensive line that controlled the point of attack. The sophomore had 48 tackles with 13 tackles for a loss, 3.5 sacks and 10 passes batted on the year. Because of injuries, Wilkins played a lot of defensive end. He showed nice athleticism and versatility, but is at his best on the inside, using his mismatch speed against guards. Wilkins made 33 tackles and two sacks as a freshman in 2015.
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After losing Janoris Jenkins and then trading away E.J. Gaines, the Rams could use a corner upgrade across from Trumaine Johnson.
McFadden has totaled 26 tackles and five passes broken up across Florida State's 2017. Overall, he has played well, but was beaten for the game-winning touchdown by Miami in the final seconds of the fourth quarter.
McFadden was up and down in 2016, too, but he has a ton of talent to grow into a better player. Sometimes last season, he looked great, but other times, he seemed lost. McFadden still tied for the nation's lead in interceptions with eight, although part of that was because he had a lot of opportunities as teams targeted him. He also recorded 20 tackles and six passes broken up.
McFadden is a huge press-man corner. He is a similar prospect with similar strengths and weaknesses to David Amerson. At 6-foot-2, 198 pounds, McFadden has great size with upside to improve.
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The Vikings grab a Lavonte David-type linebacker to pair with Eric Kendricks.
Smith (6-1, 225) is a linebacker who has impressed some scouting sources, who have compared him to the Falcons' recent second-day picks of the LSU duo of Deion Jones and Duke Riley, except they say that Smith is better than Jones and Riley. They feel Smith is more on a par with Lavonte David coming out of Nebraska. There is no doubt that Smith is a fast and physical linebacker who flies around the field.
Smith has 82 tackles with 2.5 sacks, one forced fumble and two passes batted so far in 2017. Last season, he led Georgia in tackles with 95. Smith also had five tackles for a loss, one pass batted and two forced fumbles that year.
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The Steelers could use a safety to pair with Sean Davis.
In 2017, Harrison has 57 tackles with three interceptions, three sacks and two passes batted. He was impressive during the 2016 season, when he totaled 86 tackles with seven passes broken up and two interceptions.
Harrison (6-3, 216) is a tall safety with good length to cover big receivers and tight ends. He will probably fit as a strong safety in the NFL. Sources rave about Harrison's skill set and say that he is a first-round talent. The question will be if he produces enough and/or gets overshadowed by Minkah Fitzpatrick.
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The Saints could use a defensive tackle to replace Nick Fairley and a defensive end to go across Cam Jordan. Here's the latter.
In 2017, Landry has 38 tackles with 8.5 tackles for a loss, five sacks and two passes broken up. The senior was manhandled by Notre Dame, struggling against a freshman right tackle and, on a few snaps, against left tackle Mike McGlinchey. Landry was moderately better, but still underwhelming, against Clemson.
The 6-foot-3, 250-pound Landry had an impressive junior season as an edge rusher for Boston College, recording 16.5 sacks, 22 tackles for a loss, seven forced fumbles, four passes batted and 51 tackles. He contributed as a sophomore with 60 stops and 4.5 sacks. Landry would fit best as a 3-4 outside linebacker in the NFL.
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The Patriots have dangled Dion Lewis as trade bait, so they clearly are ready to move on from him. James White and Mike Gillislee are rotational backs, so New England selects a dynamic runner to help Tom Brady.
I had Love in my 2019 NFL Mock Draft because he is a first-year starter, but I hear he's likely to declare for the 2018 NFL Draft instead. Team sources say that Love is better than other smaller backs who have gone in the first round, like David Wilson or Jahvid Best. They think that Love is more on a par with Chris Johnson coming out of East Carolina, except Love isn't as straight-line fast as Johnson, but possesses more elusiveness and moves in the open field.
While Love is extremely fast, he is a tougher running back than one would think given his size. He has excellent balance and is able to pick up yards after contact. Scouts have told me that they rate Love higher than Christian McCaffrey for the ability to run between the tackles in the NFL. Love has great vision that, combined with his speed, make him deadly. One college director told me, "If the other nine guys do their job for a few seconds, this guy is gone."
In 2017, Love is averaging 9.0 yards per carry for 1,622 yards with 15 touchdowns. He has five receptions for 31 yards as well. Sources say Love has more receiving potential for the NFL than the numbers illustrate.
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The Eagles grab a play-making receiver for Carson Wentz.
St. Brown has 26 receptions for 357 yards and three touchdowns in 2017. His production and opportunities are getting killed by the lack of passing talent with Notre Dame quarterback Brandon Wimbush. St. Brown also sees lots of double teams. The 6-foot-4, 205-pounder had a quality 2016 season with 58 receptions for 961 yards and nine touchdowns with DeShone Kizer at quarterback.
Scouts who did advance work on the 2018 class told me they were really intrigued with St. Brown. They say he is a super-polished route runner with tremendous speed, athletic ability, body control, and hands. They still think that St. Brown could be a first-rounder even though he won't have significant production this season thanks to Wimbush playing quarterback. Other scouts aren't as high on St. Brown and grade him on Day 2 of the 2018 NFL Draft.