The Giants grab their replacement for Eli Manning.
In 2018, Herbert has completed 63 percent of his passes for 1,613 yards with 17 touchdowns and five interceptions. Sources who have already completed advance work on the 2019 NFL Draft's class say Herbert has big-time potential. He only played in eight games during 2017, but completed 67 percent of his passes for 1,750 yards with 13 touchdowns and three interceptions. The sophomore also ran for five touchdowns. As a freshman, Herbert completed 64 percent of his passes for 1,936 yards with 19 touchdowns and four interceptions.
The 6-foot-6, 225-pounder has a good skill set and could have a big junior year. He has a strong accurate arm with pocket presence and mobility. Of the 2019 NFL Draft quarterback prospects, Herbert has the best skill set with the most positive buzz in the scouting community.
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The Colts grab a defensive lineman who can cause disruption at the point of attack while also helping them defend against the power rushing attacks of Jacksonville and Tennessee.
Williams has been a breakout player for Alabama this year. Raekwon Davis and Isaiah Buggs received more preseason hype, but Williams has been the most consistent play-maker and disruptor on the Crimson Tide's defensive line. In 2018, Williams has 29 tackles with 7.5 tackles for a loss, 1.5 sacks and one pass batted, but he has caused more disruption than the numbers indicate.
Williams is very fast at the point of attack with the ability to fire a gap and cause havoc in the backfield. The redshirt sophomore is listed at 6-foot-4, 289 pounds. If those measurements are legit, he could be a good fit as a three-technique in a 4-3 defense or a five-technique in a 3-4. Sources tell me they here that Williams is planning on putting in paperwork with the NFL Draft Advisory Board and that hearing a high grade could cause him to jump into the 2019 NFL Draft despite his limited experience at Alabama.
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Solomon Thomas has been benched for Cassius Marsh, and unless Thomas shows signs of progress this year, the 49ers should consider adding more pass-rush talent to go with DeForest Buckner. Here's a dynamic edge rusher for San Francisco.
Bosa dominated early in the year before going down with a core-muscle injury. In mid October, he announced his decision to leave Ohio State and prepare for the 2019 NFL Draft. Bosa totaked 14 tackles with six for a loss, four sacks and one forced fumble in roughly two games worth of playing time spread out over three contests in 2018. Bosa dominated Oregon State in the season opener, needing to only play one half to notch two sacks, two fumble recoveries, one touchdown and four tackles.
Bosa totaled 34 tackles, 8.5 sacks, two passes batted and one forced fumble in 2017. He was the Buckeyes' best defensive end that season, even though he rotated with Sam Hubbard and Tyquan Lewis. The 6-foot-3, 265-pounder played well for Ohio State in 2016, too, recording 29 tackles with seven tackles for a loss and five sacks.
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The Cardinals may trade Patrick Peterson, but even if they keep him, they need an upgrade on the other side.
Diggs took his game to another level this season before going down with a broken foot that has him out indefinitely. He flashed in 2017, but still was developing at cornerback after starting his career playing both offense and defense. Diggs was able to focus on corner in 2017, and now this year, his play took a huge jump. He totaled 20 tackles with six passes broken up and one interception before the broken foot.
As a freshman, Diggs had 11 receptions for 88 yards and a touchdown. He also brings added value as a punt and kick returner after doing that during his first two seasons at Alabama. In his junior year, Diggs totaled 13 tackles with five breakups and an interception. He was buried on the depth chart behind Anthony Averett, Levi Wallace and Tony Brown. Diggs is listed at 6-foot-2, 199 pounds and has excellent speed and athleticism.
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Reggie McKenzie has blown a lot of picks on bad defensive players. Thanks to Jon Gruden and the great staff he brought in, the most recent draft class has some promise with Kolton Miller, Arden Key, P.J. Hall, Maurice Hurst and Nick Nelson, but a lot more help is needed. The Raiders are going to have a terrible defense in 2018, so here is a play-maker to go across from Key. This would be a great fit for Oakland/Las Vegas. Gruden should just take the best defensive player regardless of position.
In 2018, Ferrell has 20 tackles with six sacks, eight tackles for a loss, two passes batted and a forced fumble. Clemson has a defensive line that is comprised of future first-round picks, and some sources think that Ferrell created some of the big plays for the other Clemson defensive linemen in 2017. On the season, he totaled 66 tackles with 18 tackles for a loss, 9.5 sacks, one pass batted and two forced fumbles. Fellow defensive end Austin Bryant spent 2017 playing himself into being an early-rounder, but Bryant did well at cleaning up a lot of scrambling quarterbacks running away from Ferrell.
The 6-foot-5, 250-pound Ferrell has superb speed with athleticism and the ability to bend around the corner. He looks like a future first-round pick in the 2019 NFL Draft.
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Atlanta's defense needs a difference-maker for the interior of their defensive line.
Brown has 28 tackles with two sacks and six tackles for a loss so far in 2018. Washington and LSU sent consistent double teams at him, but he still managed to stuff runs and cause disruption.
Brown (6-5, 316) had an impressive 2017 season, playing well down the stretch when Auburn made a run into the SEC Championship. He totaled 56 tackles with 3.5 sacks, nine tackles for a loss, one pass broken up and two forced fumbles on the year. The 6-foot-5, 316-pounder has a lot of upside to grow. Team sources who have done advance work on the 2019 class are high on Brown and think he definitely has first-round potential.
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The Broncos' linebackers and defense haven't been the same since Danny Trevathan left in free agency. Here's an upgrade for the middle of the Denver defense.
White has 66 tackles with seven for a loss, three passes broken up, one sack and one forced fumble so far this season. In 2017, he totaled 133 tackles, 14 tackles for a loss, 4.5 sacks, three passes broken up and one interception. It was a breakout sophomore campaign for White, and if he could have entered the 2018 NFL Draft, he would have graded out similarly to Virginia Tech's Tremaine Edmunds or Georgia's Roquan Smith.
The 6-foot-1, 255-pounder is a big inside linebacker who possesses excellent instincts. He has good athleticism with the ability to cover in the passing game while also being a stout run defender.
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The Bills need a lot of help on the offensive side of the ball to give help to Josh Allen. Here's more talent for their offensive line.
Little showed a ton of potential as a freshman starter. He was up and down as a sophomore, but possesses plenty of upside. In 2018, Little has been inconsistent. He blocked well in some games, but against Alabama, he was bull rushed into the pocket routinely and gave up pressure to the inside.
Little has excellent size with athleticism and agility. The 6-foot-6, 325-pounder could end up being a really good left tackle if he works hard and makes the most of his immense potential, but that hasn't happened yet, so he could be a boom-or-bust prospect with a significant lethargy risk once he gets a multi-million dollar contract.
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Ben Grimes won't play forever, while Vernon Hargreaves has been a mild disappointment. Here's a long-term corner for Tampa Bay.
In 2018, Williams has 22 tackles, three passes broken up and two interceptions - one each against Auburn and Southeast Louisiana.
Williams broke out in 2017 with six interceptions, 11 passes broken up and 38 tackles. He showed good instincts, an ability to break on the ball, and impressive ball skills. One big problem for Williams (6-2, 175) is a very skinny frame, meaning he needs to add a lot of weight for the NFL.
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Even if Ziggy Ansah is retained, the Lions could use an upgrade with an edge pass-rusher on the other side.
In 2018, Gary has 22 tackles with 4.5 for a loss and two sacks. He opened the season by consistently burning Notre Dame's offensive tackles and putting steady hits on quarterback Brandon Wimbush. In 2017, Gary notched 65 tackles with six sacks, one forced fumble and 12 tackles for a loss.
The 6-foot-5, 287-pounder is a rare athlete who could turn into a dominant defender. Scouting sources say Gary has high first-round potential if he puts everything together. That could definitely happen during his junior season. Gary has a tremendous skill set with rare athleticism, speed and versatility. His upside is off the charts.
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The Browns grab an interior pass-rusher and disruptor to go with Myles Garrett.
I have Oliver going lower than the consensus, which stems from conversations with team sources who have seen Oliver in person. They say that he's weighing in at 275 pounds and has played as heavy as 282 recently. The Houston staff thinks that 285-290 pounds is too heavy for Oliver. Sources say that Oliver is not Aaron Donald and that such a comparison is completely off because Oliver doesn't have nearly the same strength as Donald. Donald has great strength, while Oliver lacks it. Sources say Oliver is a lot smaller than people think, and they feel general managers are going to pause when they see how light and short he is.
Oliver is extremely fast, and a very twitchy athlete with a good motor and the ability to get after the quarterback. However for the NFL, he is vastly undersized and really is the size of a defensive tackle designated pass-rusher (DPR). He could be limited to being a three-technique in a 4-3 defense due to not having the length or weight for a 3-4 defensive line position. Thus, some sources think Oliver could end up being a mid-first-round pick rather than a high first-rounder.
Oliver has 46 tackles with 11.5 tackles for a loss, two sacks, one forced fumble and a pass batted on the season. In 2017, he totaled 73 tackles with 16.5 tackles for a loss, 5.5 sacks, three passes batted and two forced fumbles. The 6-foot-1, 290-pounder dominated at the point of attack in 2016, starting from his debut game against Oklahoma. All season, the freshman overwhelmed offensive linemen with his quickness, athletic ability, and physicality. He totaled 66 tackles with 22.5 tackles for a loss, five sacks, three forced fumbles and nine passes batted on the year.
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If the Texans don't win 10 games this year, they should fire Bill O'Brien and general manager Brian Gaine. There were a lot of obvious problems on the roster that they neglected last offseason, including backup quarterback, running back and cornerback. Gaine foolishly overpaid Aaron Colvin, and he was getting torched before suffering injuries. Kareem Jackson is pretty good at safety, but is a liability as a corner. Additionally, Jonathan Joseph can't cover any more, and while Kevin Johnson is talented, he is prone to injury. The Texans need multiple new cornerbacks for their defense. Here's a plug-and-play starter
In 2018, Baker has 27 tackles, eight passes broken up and two interceptions, one of which he dropped in front of the end zone on what should have been a 57-yard pick-six. The 5-foot-11, 180-pounder was very impressive as the No. 1 cornerback for Georgia in 2017. He showed good speed and athleticism to run with receivers and prevent separation. Baker totaled 44 tackles with nine passes broken up and three interceptions on the year. As a sophomore, he had two picks, five pass breakups and 31 tackles. Some sources feel that while other corners might go ahead of Baker because of a better size/speed combination, he could be the best pure cover corner to run the route and prevent separation in the 2019 NFL Draft.
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The Cowboys need a No. 1 receiver for Dak Prescott.
Brown has 50 receptions for 650 yards and four scores in 2018. Last season, he totaled 75 receptions for 1,252 yards and 11 touchdowns. Brown was injured in 2017's game against California on his first target and missed the rest of the contest. Brown had a strong debut in 2016 with 29 receptions for 412 yards with two touchdowns. The 6-foot-1, 225-pound freshman showed some play-making potential, and it wouldn't be surprising if he puts together a big season in 2018.
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14.Jacksonville Jaguars:Zach Allen, DE, Boston College
The Jaguars have Dante Fowler entering free agency. Here's an end to pair with Yannick Ngakoue.
In 2018, Allen has 36 tackles with 4.5 sacks, three passes batted, one forced fumble and 11 tackles for a loss. He totaled 100 tackles with 15.5 tackles for a loss, six sacks, three passes broken up and an interception in 2017.
Allen (6-5, 285) didn't receive the hype of former teammate Harold Landry, but Allen is the better pro prospect and could easily be picked earlier in the 2019 NFL Draft than Landry was in 2018. Allen is a tough run defender who is strong to hold his ground at the point of attack. He anchors well and is tough to move. As a pass-rusher, Allen has an impressive first-step and burst out of his stance for a heavy defensive end. He has strength to achieve pressure on the bull rush and speed to close. Allen could still use more pass-rushing moves for the NFL. With his size and strength, it would be nice to see him add a club or rip move. In the NFL, he will be an asset as a run defender playing end in a 4-3 or 3-4 defense.
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The Eagles grab an understudy for Michael Bennett.
Simmons has 26 tackles and 8.5 tackles for a loss and two passes batted on the season. As a sophomore, he totaled 60 tackles with five sacks, 12 tackles for a loss, one pass batted and two forced fumbles. The 6-foot-4, 301-pounder is a special player with an excellent combination of speed, athleticism, size and strength.
In the leadup to whichever draft he enters, Simmons will be very polarizing because of off-the-field issues. In a video that is reminiscent of Joe Mixon, Simmons is seen beating a woman in a street fight, throwing multiple punches. Some teams that don't consider players with a history of domestic violence will immediately remove Simmons from their draft boards.
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The Seahawks lost Sheldon Richardson to free agency and Malik McDowell to injury. Here is an interior disruptor, which they really need.
Davis has 27 tackles with three for a loss and .5 sacks in 2018. For the NFL, he projects as a nose tackle in a 3-4 or 4-3, or he could also play five-technique end in a 3-4 defense. His lateral anchor is rare and truly phenomenal. Teams just can't move him at all in the ground game. Davis' lower and upper body strength gives him a rare ability to handle bump blocks and double teams without giving up any movement in the ground game. Davis may not produce the big sack total that he did last year, but team sources say they still feel that Davis is worthy of going as top-20 selection in the 2019 NFL Draft.
The 6-foot-7, 306-pounder turned in an excellent 2017 season for the Crimson Tide. He totaled 69 tackles with 10 tackles for a loss, 8.5 sacks and an interception for his breakout sophomore campaign.
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