2019 NFL Mock Draft - Charlie Campbell





* Walt taking 2014 and 2018
Charlie Campbell, Senior Draft Analyst
Last update: Thursday, April 25, 2019. Round 7 added.
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33. NFL Team Logo for Cardinals Arizona Cardinals: D.K. Metcalf, WR, Ole Miss

The Cardinals grab a No. 1 receiver for Kyler Murray and an understudy for Larry Fitzgerald.

After seven games in 2018, Metcalf (6-4, 230) went out for the year with a neck injury. Prior to that, he was playing well, exploiting a lot of man coverage with teams focused on stopping A.J. Brown. In 2018, Metcalf totaled 26 receptions for 569 yards and five touchdowns. He recorded 39 receptions for 646 yards and seven touchdowns in 2017.

The 6-foot-3, 228-pound wideout has mismatch size and is a red-zone weapon for the NFL. He should have returned to Ole Miss for 2019, but he decided to enter the 2019 NFL Draft. Even though he had an amazing 40 time at the combine - 4.33 seconds -, his medical exam and his route-running in pre-draft workouts are going to be very important for his draft grade. Metcalf has a great skill set with speed and size, but his limited route-running experience and not running the entire route tree are concerns with a few sources.


Click links to see the Cardinals' picks across all rounds:
Rd: 1 Pk: 1  |  Rd: 3 Pk: 1  |  Rd: 4 Pk: 1  |  Rd: 5 Pk: 1  |  Rd: 6 Pk: 1  |  Rd: 6 Pk: 6  |  Rd: 7 Pk: 34  |  Rd: 7 Pk: 35  |  Rd: 7 Pk: 40

34. NFL Team Logo for Colts Indianapolis Colts: Deebo Samuel, WR, South Carolina

Devin Funchess was only signed to a short-term contract, and the Colts could use more receiving long-term talents for Andrew Luck. Here's a great fit.

Samuel totaled 62 receptions for 882 yards and 11 touchdowns in 2018. The 5-foot-11, 214-pounder is a speedy prospect who also has a solid build to him along with soft hands and great athleticism to make difficult catches. He also can turn routine receptions into big plays. Samuel was incredible to start the 2017 season. He recorded 15 receptions for 250 yards with three receiving touchdowns, one rushing touchdown and two kick-return touchdowns before a leg fracture sidelined him in the third game of the year. He totaled 59 receptions for 783 yards and a touchdown in 2016. Because of his running back build, Samuel might end up being more of a slot receiver in the NFL.

Click links to see the Colts' picks across all rounds:
Rd: 1 Pk: 26  |  Rd: 2 Pk: 27  |  Rd: 3 Pk: 25  |  Rd: 4 Pk: 27  |  Rd: 4 Pk: 33  |  Rd: 5 Pk: 26  |  Rd: 6 Pk: 26  |  Rd: 7 Pk: 26

35. NFL Team Logo for Raiders Las Vegas Raiders: Trayvon Mullen, CB, Clemson

If the Raiders don't land Alabama running back Josh Jacobs in the first round, I think Memphis running back Darrell Henderson could be their second-round pick. Also, if Boston College guard Chris Lindstrom gets to this pick, I think he would be Oakland's choice, but he's off the board in this mock. This is a reach for many teams, but the Raiders need another corner to go with Gareon Conley. Oakland likes players with size and speed, and Mullen has a great skill set with good enough character to appease the Raiders.

Mullen totaled 36 tackles, four tackles for a loss, three passes broken up and two sacks 2018. He put together a solid 2017 season, totaling 42 tackles with three interceptions and seven passes broken up. Mullen has a great skill set with athletic upside. The 6-foot-1, 199-pounder runs the 40 in 4.46 seconds, so his combination of size and speed is tremendous. However, a number of sources were disappointed in his play over 2018. Multiple teams have told me they graded Mullen in the mid-rounds, and some think he belongs on Day 3 of the 2019 NFL Draft. Others said they graded him in the second round and expect him to go there given the demand for corners around the NFL. Some second-round players will go in Round 1, and Mullen has a first-round skill set.


Click links to see the Raiders' picks across all rounds:
Rd: 1 Pk: 4  |  Rd: 1 Pk: 24  |  Rd: 1 Pk: 27  |  Rd: 4 Pk: 4  |  Rd: 5 Pk: 2  |  Rd: 7 Pk: 4  |  Rd: 7 Pk: 21

36. NFL Team Logo for 49ers San Francisco 49ers: A.J. Brown, WR, Ole Miss

The 49ers need to improve their receiving targets, and A.J. Brown would be a good fit in Kyle Shanahan's offense. He would provide a bigger, more physical receiver to go with Dante Pettis and Marquise Goodwin.

In 2018, Brown totaled 85 receptions for 1,320 yards and seven scores. He notched 75 receptions for 1,252 yards and 11 touchdowns in 2017. Brown had a strong debut in 2016 with 29 receptions for 412 yards with two touchdowns.

The 6-foot, 226-pounder is dangerous run-after-the-catch receiver, but he lacks speed and some teams are very down on him because they don't believe he will be able to separate in the NFL. With quality route-running and strong, reliable hands, Brown is a chain mover who does the dirty work in the short to intermediate part of the field. He is dangerous with the ball in his hands. He uses his well-built frame to break tackles and is very difficult for a lot of defensive backs to get to the ground. As a pro, Brown is going to have to win on contested catches because he won't generate separation. He has shown the ability to win 50-50 passes and outfight defensive backs using his thick frame and strength to get the better of them.


Click links to see the 49ers' picks across all rounds:
Rd: 1 Pk: 2  |  Rd: 3 Pk: 3  |  Rd: 4 Pk: 2  |  Rd: 6 Pk: 3  |  Rd: 6 Pk: 39

37. NFL Team Logo for Giants New York Giants: Justin Layne, CB, Michigan State

The Giants have a big need at cornerback, and Layne would be a good fit for their defense.

Layne started out his collegiate career as a wide receiver before being switched to cornerback. As a junior, he totaled 72 tackles with 15 passes broken up and an interception in 2018. He recorded 40 tackles with eight breakups and an interception in 2017. The 6-foot-1, 192-pound Layne has quality speed to go with his size.

Click links to see the Giants' picks across all rounds:
Rd: 1 Pk: 6  |  Rd: 1 Pk: 17  |  Rd: 3 Pk: 31  |  Rd: 4 Pk: 6  |  Rd: 4 Pk: 30  |  Rd: 5 Pk: 4  |  Rd: 5 Pk: 5  |  Rd: 5 Pk: 33  |  Rd: 6 Pk: 7  |  Rd: 7 Pk: 18  |  Rd: 7 Pk: 31

38. NFL Team Logo for Jaguars Jacksonville Jaguars: Garrett Bradbury, C, N.C. State

The Jaguars double up on the offensive line. They could draft a center like Bradbury and move Brandon Linder to right guard.

Bradbury (6-2, 306) is a quick center who is athletic at the point of attack. He has steadily added weight since playing tight end in high school and could be a second-day pick in the 2019 NFL Draft. Bradbury broke into the starting lineup as a redshirt sophomore. Over the past few years, he was a good pass blocker for Ryan Finley, and in 2017, Bradbury had a good season opening holes for Nyheim Hines and Jaylen Samuels.


Click links to see the Jaguars' picks across all rounds:
Rd: 1 Pk: 7  |  Rd: 3 Pk: 5  |  Rd: 3 Pk: 34  |  Rd: 4 Pk: 7  |  Rd: 6 Pk: 5  |  Rd: 7 Pk: 22

39. NFL Team Logo for Buccaneers Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Nasir Adderley, S, Delaware

The Bucs grab a free safety upgrade to go with Justin Evans.

In speaking to multiple sources, they said that they liked Adderley and thought he could be a second-round pick in the 2019 NFL Draft. Adderley (5-11, 206) was on NFL team's preseason watch lists for having first- through fourth-round potential, and he played well in 2018. On the year, Adderley totaled 86 tackles with seven passes broken up and four interceptions.

Adderley is a true free safety to help in coverage downfield. He has a cornerback build, so he needs to get stronger to tackle in the NFL. He also brings added value on special teams, having returned kickoffs during his collegiate career.


Click links to see the Buccaneers' picks across all rounds:
Rd: 1 Pk: 5  |  Rd: 3 Pk: 6  |  Rd: 4 Pk: 5  |  Rd: 5 Pk: 7  |  Rd: 6 Pk: 35  |  Rd: 7 Pk: 1

40. NFL Team Logo for Bills Buffalo Bills: N'Keal Harry, WR, Arizona State

The Bills grab another receiving target for Josh Allen. A big wideout like Harry would go well with the speed receivers Buffalo signed.

Harry (6-2, 228) is a big wideout who was productive for Arizona State over the past couple of seasons. He totaled 73 receptions for 1,088 yards and nine touchdowns in 2018. As a sophomore, he had 82 catches for 1,142 yards with eight scores. Harry lacks twitch, explosiveness and suddenness. Thus, he is stiff and slow going in and out of breaks. Harry could struggle to separate from NFL corners.


Click links to see the Bills' picks across all rounds:
Rd: 1 Pk: 9  |  Rd: 3 Pk: 10  |  Rd: 4 Pk: 10  |  Rd: 4 Pk: 29  |  Rd: 5 Pk: 9  |  Rd: 5 Pk: 20  |  Rd: 6 Pk: 8  |  Rd: 7 Pk: 11  |  Rd: 7 Pk: 14

41. NFL Team Logo for Broncos Denver Broncos: Tre Lamar, ILB, Clemson

Devin White probably won't get to Denver's first-round pick, but the team needs more linebacker talent. Tre Lamar or Mack Wilson would be nice values in Round 2.

In 2018, Lamar totaled 80 tackles with 5.5 for a loss, three sacks, one pass broken up and one interception. As a sophomore, he flashed with 50 tackles, four sacks and a forced fumble. Lamar is another Clemson defender with first-round ability. Sources have told me that Lamar has a ton of potential and athletic upside. The 6-foot-3, 253-pounder possesses length, size and speed. He is a tough in-the-box run defender.


Click links to see the Broncos' picks across all rounds:
Rd: 1 Pk: 10  |  Rd: 3 Pk: 7  |  Rd: 4 Pk: 23  |  Rd: 5 Pk: 10  |  Rd: 5 Pk: 18  |  Rd: 6 Pk: 9  |  Rd: 7 Pk: 23

42. NFL Team Logo for Bengals Cincinnati Bengals: Drew Lock, QB, Missouri

I think the Bengals could trade back into the first round to get their quarterback of the future, much like Baltimore did last year with Lamar Jackson. Lock is Taylor's kind of quarterback, and Lock could sit behind Andy Dalton for a year before taking over as Cincinnati's starter.

Lock completed 63 percent of his passes in 2018 for 3,498 yards with 28 touchdowns and eight interceptions. He set an SEC record with 44 touchdown passes as a junior while completing 58 percent of his passes for 3,964 yards and 13 touchdowns.

There is no doubt that Lock (6-3, 228) has a powerful arm and can pick apart a defense. He wisely returned to school for the 2018 season because he needed to improve his accuracy and footwork before going pro. He showed some strides there but still has room for growth. Sources have told me that Lock has a quiet personality similar to Eli Manning and is not a vocal team leader. That could hurt him with some pro evaluators who want their quarterback to provide a commanding leadership presence. Some scouts have said that Lock has the physical skill set of Jay Cutler.


Click links to see the Bengals' picks across all rounds:
Rd: 1 Pk: 11  |  Rd: 3 Pk: 8  |  Rd: 4 Pk: 8  |  Rd: 5 Pk: 11  |  Rd: 6 Pk: 10  |  Rd: 6 Pk: 25  |  Rd: 6 Pk: 37  |  Rd: 6 Pk: 38  |  Rd: 6 Pk: 40  |  Rd: 7 Pk: 9

43. NFL Team Logo for Lions Detroit Lions: Irv Smith Jr., TE, Alabama

The Lions could use a receiving tight end.

The 6-foot-2, 242-pound Smith is a dangerous receiving threat with mismatch athleticism, quickness, and route-running ability. He was excellent for Alabama in 2018, catching 38 passes for 648 yards and seven touchdowns. Smith has upside to improve as he gains playing experience. His father was a first-round pick out of Notre Dame by the Saints in the 1993 NFL Draft. Irv Smith Jr.'s uncle, Edward Smith, also played tight end in the NFL with the Atlanta Falcons.


Click links to see the Lions' picks across all rounds:
Rd: 1 Pk: 8  |  Rd: 3 Pk: 24  |  Rd: 4 Pk: 9  |  Rd: 5 Pk: 8  |  Rd: 6 Pk: 11  |  Rd: 6 Pk: 31  |  Rd: 7 Pk: 10  |  Rd: 7 Pk: 15

44. NFL Team Logo for Packers Green Bay Packers: Dre'Mont Jones, DT, Ohio State

The Packers grab a disruptor for their defensive line.

Jones was excellent throughout the 2018 season, including a hot start with huge plays to help lead Ohio State to wins over Oregon State and TCU. He totaled 8.5 sacks, 40 tackles, 13 tackles for a loss, two passes batted, one forced fumble and a 28-yard pick-six on the year. In 2017, Jones recorded 20 tackles with five for a loss, one sack and two passes broken up. The 6-foot-2, 281-pounder was very disruptive for Ohio State. He earned a starting job as a redshirt freshman in 2016 and totaled 52 tackles.

Jones has ton of physical talent with speed at the point of attack. He is very fast with an excellent burst off the snap to fire his gap and cause disruption in the backfield. In the NFL, he would be a great fit as a three-technique in a 4-3.

Click links to see the Packers' picks across all rounds:
Rd: 1 Pk: 12  |  Rd: 1 Pk: 30  |  Rd: 3 Pk: 11  |  Rd: 4 Pk: 12  |  Rd: 4 Pk: 16  |  Rd: 5 Pk: 12  |  Rd: 6 Pk: 12  |  Rd: 6 Pk: 21  |  Rd: 7 Pk: 12

45. NFL Team Logo for Falcons Atlanta Falcons: Julian Love, CB, Notre Dame

The Falcons could use more cornerback talent after losing Robert Alford.

In 2018, Love totaled 63 tackles with 16 passes broken up and an interception. He played really well for the Fighting Irish and was an unsung hero of their defense. Love also had a strong 2017 season for Notre Dame, totaling 68 tackles with three interceptions and 20 passes broken up. Because of his size, Love (5-10, 195) might fit as primarily a slot corner. He is quick with impressive ball skills and instincts.


Click links to see the Falcons' picks across all rounds:
Rd: 1 Pk: 14  |  Rd: 3 Pk: 15  |  Rd: 4 Pk: 15  |  Rd: 4 Pk: 35  |  Rd: 5 Pk: 14  |  Rd: 5 Pk: 34  |  Rd: 6 Pk: 13  |  Rd: 7 Pk: 16

46. NFL Team Logo for Redskins Washington Redskins: Parris Campbell, WR, Ohio State

The Redskins could use more receiving threats for their offense.

Campbell notched 90 receptions for 1,063 yards and 12 touchdowns in 2018. He totaled 40 receptions for 584 yards and three touchdowns in 2017. Campbell made 13 receptions for 121 yards in 2016.

Sources from multiple teams told me that Campbell has big-time ability and that they thought he would break out in 2017 if Ohio State had committed to getting him the ball. The passing limitations of J.T. Barrett held back Campbell and Ohio State's other wideouts that season. Those sources also think Campbell has serious big-play talent for the NFL. The 5-foot-11, 205-pounder is well put together with the explosive speed to take any catch the distance. The knocks that team sources have on Campbell are dropped passes and concern about his hands for the NFL. He also is viewed as a gadget player by some. Hence, he is likely to go on Day 2, similar to former Buckeye Curtis Samuel.

Click links to see the Redskins' picks across all rounds:
Rd: 1 Pk: 15  |  Rd: 3 Pk: 12  |  Rd: 3 Pk: 32  |  Rd: 5 Pk: 15  |  Rd: 5 Pk: 35  |  Rd: 6 Pk: 33  |  Rd: 7 Pk: 13  |  Rd: 7 Pk: 39

47. NFL Team Logo for Panthers Carolina Panthers: Greg Little, OT, Ole Miss

The Panthers could use a left tackle to replace free agent bust Matt Kalil.

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 was inconsistent. The junior blocked well in some games, but against Alabama, he was bull rushed into the pocket routinely and gave up pressure to the inside. There is no doubt that Little has excellent size with athleticism and agility. The 6-foot-5, 310-pounder could end up being a really good left tackle if he works hard and makes the most of his immense potential, but that didn't happen in college, so he could be a boom-or-bust prospect with a significant lethargy risk once he gets a multi-million dollar contract.


Click links to see the Panthers' picks across all rounds:
Rd: 1 Pk: 16  |  Rd: 3 Pk: 13  |  Rd: 3 Pk: 36  |  Rd: 4 Pk: 13  |  Rd: 5 Pk: 16  |  Rd: 6 Pk: 14

48. NFL Team Logo for Dolphins Miami Dolphins: Ryan Finley, QB, N.C. State

The Dolphins grab a potential future starting quarterback.

In 2018, Finley completed 67 percent of his passes for 3,928 yards with 25 touchdowns and 11 interceptions. He was a good game-manager for the Wolfpack in 2017, completing 65 percent of his passes for 3,518 yards with 17 touchdowns and six interceptions. He made good decisions and protected the football well. In 2016, Finley completed 60 percent of his passes for 3,055 yards with 18 touchdowns and eight interceptions.

Scouts who did advance work for the 2019 NFL Draft were impressed with what they saw from Finley. There is a lot to like about him translating to the NFL. The most important trait for any quarterback is accuracy, which Finley has. Consistently, he demonstrates good ball placement to complete passes and keep the ball away from the defense. Finley (6-4, 213) makes good decisions and shows impressive ball security. He is adept at avoiding interceptions and rarely makes mistakes from being overly aggressive. Finley improved his deep-ball passing as a junior and made some beautiful throws downfield. There are still a few things that Finley could stand to improve. Field vision is an issue for the next level, as he can lock onto his primary read. Finley needs to move his eyes and work through progressions. He has enough physical talent to start, but he has some physical limitations that make him more of a second-day quarterback. Finley is similar to a less-athletic version of Alex Smith.

Click links to see the Dolphins' picks across all rounds:
Rd: 1 Pk: 13  |  Rd: 3 Pk: 14  |  Rd: 4 Pk: 14  |  Rd: 5 Pk: 13  |  Rd: 7 Pk: 19  |  Rd: 7 Pk: 20

49. NFL Team Logo for Browns Cleveland Browns: Khalen Saunders, DT, Western Illinois

The Browns grab some more interior defensive line talent.

Every year, the Senior Bowl is a great opportunity for some small-school prospects to show they have legit NFL potential, and Saunders (6-0, 324) was the small-school star of the 2019 Senior Bowl. He was very quick at the point of attack, showing the speed to dart by guards and pressure the quarterback. Saunders also has strength with a short, quick, and thick build that makes him tough to block. He could be a good fit as a three-technique tackle in a 4-3 defense or a nose tackle in a 3-4. Saunders was very productive in 2018, totaling 72 tackles with 13 tackles for a loss, 6.5 sacks, one forced fumble and a pass batted. He notched 7.5 sacks as a junior.


Click links to see the Browns' picks across all rounds:
Rd: 3 Pk: 16  |  Rd: 4 Pk: 17  |  Rd: 5 Pk: 6  |  Rd: 5 Pk: 17  |  Rd: 5 Pk: 32  |  Rd: 6 Pk: 16  |  Rd: 7 Pk: 7

50. NFL Team Logo for Vikings Minnesota Vikings: Elgton Jenkins, C, Mississippi State

The Vikings grab some interior offensive line talent. Jenkins could help them at guard or center.

Jenkins (6-4, 310) is an athletic and quick interior blocker who was very impressive for the Bulldogs over the past two seasons. Sources who did some advance work for the 2019 NFL Draft said that Jenkins impressed them and possesses early-round potential. Jenkins has good size to be a starting center in the NFL and handled the change in offense under the new Mississippi State coaching staff well. Jenkins also could be a candidate to move to guard.


Click links to see the Vikings' picks across all rounds:
Rd: 1 Pk: 18  |  Rd: 3 Pk: 17  |  Rd: 4 Pk: 18  |  Rd: 6 Pk: 17  |  Rd: 6 Pk: 36  |  Rd: 7 Pk: 33  |  Rd: 7 Pk: 36

51. NFL Team Logo for Titans Tennessee Titans: Erik McCoy, OG, Texas A&M

Tennessee signed Rodger Saffold, but could use more guard talent. Additionally, Ben Jones is entering the last year of his contract and is not very good. McCoy has played some guard and could play there as a rookie before replacing Jones in 2020.

Some team sources think that McCoy is a better prospect than Frank Ragnow or Billy Price were last year, so he could end up going higher than expected. McCoy (6-3, 303) played well for Texas A&M in 2018, including impressive game tapes against Alabama and Clemson. Depending on the team that drafts him, he could be a plug-and-play starter.

McCoy has strong hands and is able to control defenders when he latches on to them. He has decent feel and awareness, plus is athletic. McCoy is smart to adjust and is quick to get out in space with the agility to hit blocks in the open field. In the ground game, McCoy is not a powerful pile mover and does not generate a lot of movement in the run game. Hence, he should add more functional strength for the NFL, but he is very quick and athletic. That was visible at the combine, where he put together a great workout. McCoy started at guard and center for the Aggies during the 2017 season after being the starter at center during his freshman year. He could play guard or center in the NFL, but center would be his best position.


Click links to see the Titans' picks across all rounds:
Rd: 1 Pk: 19  |  Rd: 3 Pk: 18  |  Rd: 4 Pk: 19  |  Rd: 5 Pk: 19  |  Rd: 6 Pk: 15

52. NFL Team Logo for Steelers Pittsburgh Steelers: Mack Wilson, ILB, Alabama

Pittsburgh could use more talent at linebacker, and this is a nice fit with Wilson's coverage skills and his ferocity as a hitter.

Wilson recorded 71 tackles with five passes broken up, two interceptions and five tackles for a loss in 2018, but he only played one half in many games due to Alabama blowing out so many opponents. In 2017, Wilson collected 40 tackles with 2.5 tackles for a loss, two passes batted and four interceptions. Team sources say that Wilson (6-1, 240) has early-round potential for the 2019 NFL Draft. They love what he does in pass coverage with his rare instincts and ability to defend the pass. Inside linebackers with pass-coverage skills are always in demand, so there will be plenty of NFL teams hoping to land him.


Click links to see the Steelers' picks across all rounds:
Rd: 1 Pk: 20  |  Rd: 3 Pk: 2  |  Rd: 3 Pk: 19  |  Rd: 4 Pk: 20  |  Rd: 5 Pk: 3  |  Rd: 6 Pk: 2  |  Rd: 6 Pk: 19  |  Rd: 6 Pk: 34  |  Rd: 7 Pk: 5

53. NFL Team Logo for Eagles Philadelphia Eagles: Miles Sanders, RB, Penn State

The Eagles traded for Jordan Howard, but they could use a back who also contributes as a receiver. This could be a long-term three-down starter.

The night after the running back prospects worked out at the NFL Scouting Combine, WalterFootball.com caught up with two running back coaches, one from an AFC playoff team and one from a NFC playoff team. Independently, they both named the same three running backs as the players who impressed them during the field workout. Those three were Ohio State's Mike Weber, Penn State's Miles Sanders and Michigan State's L.J. Scott.

Sanders (5-10, 211) had a very fast 40 time of 4.49 seconds at the combine. The coaches also liked how he looked in the field work. Sanders showed athleticism and quick feet with cutting ability to go with his fast 40 time. After serving as the backup to Saquon Barkley early in his career, Sanders averaged 5.8 yards per carry as a senior for 1,274 yards with nine touchdowns. Following his strong combine performance, Sanders could end up being a second-day pick in the 2019 NFL Draft.


Click links to see the Eagles' picks across all rounds:
Rd: 1 Pk: 25  |  Rd: 2 Pk: 25  |  Rd: 4 Pk: 25  |  Rd: 4 Pk: 36  |  Rd: 5 Pk: 25  |  Rd: 6 Pk: 24

54. NFL Team Logo for Texans Houston Texans: Tytus Howard, OT, Alabama State

The Texans grab player who could become a potential left tackle of the future after he gets some development.

Last year, WalterFootball.com was first to report that North Carolina A&T offensive tackle Brandon Parker had impressed NFL scouts and was a legit pro prospect. Last fall, team sources told me that Howard could follow a similar track.

Howard has drawn positive reviews from area scouts, and that earned him an invitation to the Senior Bowl. He had some ups-and-downs in Mobile against the better competition but showed developmental potential. Howard (6-5, 322) is a good athlete with excellent size and length. He has the upside to develop into a starting left tackle.

Click links to see the Texans' picks across all rounds:
Rd: 1 Pk: 23  |  Rd: 2 Pk: 23  |  Rd: 3 Pk: 22  |  Rd: 5 Pk: 23  |  Rd: 6 Pk: 22  |  Rd: 7 Pk: 6

55. NFL Team Logo for Texans Houston Texans: Chauncey Gardner-Johnson, CB, Florida

Houston could use multiple upgrades in the defensive backfield. Aaron Colvin was a bust, and the Texans have zero long-term cornerbacks on the roster. They shown interest in Gardner-Johnson and could use a versatile nickel corner who can also play some safety.

Gardner-Johnson totaled 71 tackles, nine for a loss, three sacks, two passes broken up and four interceptions in 2018 while mainly playing slot cornerback for the Gators. He was a solid safety in 2017, helping in the run game and in pass defense. The sophomore totaled 58 tackles with seven passes broken up and two interceptions on the year. The 5-foot-10, 210-pounder flashed as a freshman in 2016 as a backup behind a secondary filled with NFL talent. Gardner-Johnson showed potential to also contribute in man coverage, recording three interceptions over the final three games of 2016.

Click links to see the Texans' picks across all rounds:
Rd: 1 Pk: 23  |  Rd: 2 Pk: 22  |  Rd: 3 Pk: 22  |  Rd: 5 Pk: 23  |  Rd: 6 Pk: 22  |  Rd: 7 Pk: 6

56. NFL Team Logo for Patriots New England Patriots: Riley Ridley, WR, Georgia

The Patriots could use a wide receiver play-maker, and Ridley would be a nice value in the second round.

Ridley totaled 44 catches for 570 yards and nine touchdowns in 2018. He is a nice wide receiver who was capable of producing a lot more, but the Bulldogs did not give him a lot of targets due to their running-based offense. Ridley (6-1, 199) is a quick, smooth wideout who can generate separation via agility and route-running. He also got good preparation for the NFL from Jim Chaney.

Click links to see the Patriots' picks across all rounds:
Rd: 1 Pk: 32  |  Rd: 2 Pk: 32  |  Rd: 3 Pk: 9  |  Rd: 3 Pk: 33  |  Rd: 3 Pk: 37  |  Rd: 4 Pk: 32  |  Rd: 6 Pk: 32  |  Rd: 7 Pk: 25  |  Rd: 7 Pk: 29  |  Rd: 7 Pk: 32  |  Rd: 7 Pk: 38

57. NFL Team Logo for Eagles Philadelphia Eagles: D'Andre Walker, 3-4OLB, Georgia

The Eagles grab some linebacker help who could also improve their edge rush.

Smith is a quality run defender who has worked hard to improve his pass-coverage skills. He is limited for coverage in the NFL, but he could be a solid rotational linebacker. Walker possesses a thick build to go with his speed. The 6-foot-2, 251-pounder recorded 45 tackles with 11 tackles for a loss, 7.5 sacks, four forced fumbles and three passes batted in 2018. He was a nice replacement for Lorenzo Carter. Georgia fielded a superb defense in 2017, and Walker was one of the impressive defenders in the middle of the field who helped make the Bulldogs so tough. He had 5.5 sacks, 13.5 tackles for a loss, 40 tackles and a forced fumble on the year.

Click links to see the Eagles' picks across all rounds:
Rd: 1 Pk: 25  |  Rd: 2 Pk: 21  |  Rd: 4 Pk: 25  |  Rd: 4 Pk: 36  |  Rd: 5 Pk: 25  |  Rd: 6 Pk: 24

58. NFL Team Logo for Cowboys Dallas Cowboys: Juan Thornhill, S, Virginia

The Cowboys need more talent at safety and have shown interest in Thornhill.

Thornhill has gone under the radar, but some team sources feel that he is the second-best safety in the 2019 NFL Draft and worthy of going early in the second round. The senior finished 2018 with six interceptions, 98 tackles and seven passes broken up. He had 13 career picks with 12 passes defensed as a junior.

Evaluators like Thornhill's instincts and his ability to make plays on the ball. They feel he can cover tight ends, has better than expected range, and could fit as a free safety in the NFL. The 6-foot, 205-pounder also has quality size. Teams don't think Thornhill will make it to the third round of the 2019 NFL Draft.


Click links to see the Cowboys' picks across all rounds:
Rd: 3 Pk: 26  |  Rd: 4 Pk: 26  |  Rd: 4 Pk: 34  |  Rd: 5 Pk: 27  |  Rd: 7 Pk: 27

59. NFL Team Logo for Colts Indianapolis Colts: Zach Allen, DE, Boston College

The Colts grab a tough defensive end who fits their revamped hard-nosed defense.

In 2018, Allen totaled 61 tackles with seven sacks, seven passes batted, one forced fumble and 14.5 tackles for a loss. He recorded 100 tackles with 15.5 tackles for a loss, six sacks, three passes broken up and an interception in 2017.

Allen (6-4, 281) 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. He is a strong defender and is a bully on the field. In the NFL, he will be an asset as a run defender playing end in a 4-3 or 3-4 defense.


Click links to see the Colts' picks across all rounds:
Rd: 1 Pk: 26  |  Rd: 2 Pk: 2  |  Rd: 3 Pk: 25  |  Rd: 4 Pk: 27  |  Rd: 4 Pk: 33  |  Rd: 5 Pk: 26  |  Rd: 6 Pk: 26  |  Rd: 7 Pk: 26

60. NFL Team Logo for Chargers Los Angeles Chargers: Kaleb McGary, OT, Washington

The Chargers grab a competitor at right tackle.

McGary (6-6, 321) is a polarizing prospect who some teams have graded well into the third round. Others, however, think he is probably a second-round pick and could even sneak into the end of Round 1. McGary's run blocking is ahead of his pass protection, but he was solid for the Huskies the past few seasons. He has good size at the point of attack and decent technique. Some sources said at the combine McGary's football I.Q. was a bit worrisome, but he has the ability to come in and compete to be a long-term right tackle. Some sources have compared McGary to Rams right tackle Rob Havenstein.

Click links to see the Chargers' picks across all rounds:
Rd: 1 Pk: 28  |  Rd: 3 Pk: 27  |  Rd: 4 Pk: 28  |  Rd: 5 Pk: 28  |  Rd: 6 Pk: 27  |  Rd: 7 Pk: 28

61. NFL Team Logo for Chiefs Kansas City Chiefs: Taylor Rapp, S, Washington

The Chiefs grab a safety to go with Tyrann Mathieu.

Rapp played well for Washington in 2018, recording 59 tackles with five sacks, five passes broken up and two interceptions. For the NFL, the 5-foot-11, 208-pounder would fit best as a strong safety and looks like he could be a starter. While he is not a thumper, Rapp has good instincts that turn him into a solid defender. His best attribute could be his blitzing, as he is very good at chasing down the quarterback. Rapp is a quality tackler and run defender who plays well near the line of scrimmage. As a pro, Rapp should be a solid run defender and eighth man in the box.

Sources say that Rapp has some limitations in pass coverage. While he is not a throwaway in coverage, he does not have good range downfield and should not play deep consistently. He could function for a play or two, but he could be a liability downfield in deep coverage due to his range limitations if he is asked to play there a lot. He has some tightness in the lower leg and is not a safety who can contribute in man coverage. Thus, Rapp is more of a strong safety. Teams love Rapp's intangibles and work ethic.


Click links to see the Chiefs' picks across all rounds:
Rd: 2 Pk: 31  |  Rd: 3 Pk: 20  |  Rd: 5 Pk: 29  |  Rd: 6 Pk: 28  |  Rd: 6 Pk: 41  |  Rd: 7 Pk: 2

62. NFL Team Logo for Saints New Orleans Saints: J.J. Arcega-Whiteside, WR, Stanford

The Saints grab a No. 2 receiver to go with Michael Thomas.

Arcega-Whiteside (6-2, 225) is a big target who has speed issues, but he has mismatch size and is very adept at winning 50-50 passes. On the year, the senior totaled 63 catches for 1,059 yards and 14 touchdowns. He recorded 48 receptions for 781 yards and nine touchdowns in 2017. One team source said they felt that Arcega-Whiteside was a poor-man's Mike Evans.

Click links to see the Saints' picks across all rounds:
Rd: 5 Pk: 30  |  Rd: 6 Pk: 4  |  Rd: 6 Pk: 29  |  Rd: 7 Pk: 17  |  Rd: 7 Pk: 30

63. NFL Team Logo for Chiefs Kansas City Chiefs: Jaylon Ferguson, DE, Louisiana Tech

The Chiefs traded for Emmanuel Ogbah to go across from Frank Clark, but Ogbah is in the last year of his contract and was a disappointment in Cleveland. Here's a long-term end to pair with Clark, and Kansas City has shown interest in Ferguson.

In 2018, Ferguson totaled 64 tackles with 26 tackles for a loss, 17.5 sacks, two forced fumbles and four passes broken up. He recorded 39 tackles with seven sacks and 9.5 tackles for a loss in 2017. After that season, sources told me that Ferguson didn't have a great year and should return to school for 2018. Ferguson put together a huge 2016 season, racking up 14.5 sacks, four forced fumbles, two passes broken up, 16 tackles for a loss and 49 tackles. Ferguson impressed as a freshman as well with six sacks, 35 tackles and two forced fumbles. Some sources are intrigued with Ferguson (6-4, 256), while others aren't high on him. He could stand to grow stronger for the NFL.

Click links to see the Chiefs' picks across all rounds:
Rd: 2 Pk: 29  |  Rd: 3 Pk: 20  |  Rd: 5 Pk: 29  |  Rd: 6 Pk: 28  |  Rd: 6 Pk: 41  |  Rd: 7 Pk: 2

64. NFL Team Logo for Patriots New England Patriots: Jace Sternberger, TE, Texas A&M

With Rob Gronkowski's retirement, the Patriots could use a receiving tight end for Tom Brady.

Sternberger (6-4, 251) was a surprise early-entry for the 2019 NFL Draft, but he had a big 2018 season for the Aggies that could have been tough to duplicate if he had returned for his senior year. In 2018, he totaled 48 receptions for 832 yards and 10 touchdowns. Sternberger did not play in 2017 after transferring to Texas A&M from Kansas.

Click links to see the Patriots' picks across all rounds:
Rd: 1 Pk: 32  |  Rd: 2 Pk: 24  |  Rd: 3 Pk: 9  |  Rd: 3 Pk: 33  |  Rd: 3 Pk: 37  |  Rd: 4 Pk: 32  |  Rd: 6 Pk: 32  |  Rd: 7 Pk: 25  |  Rd: 7 Pk: 29  |  Rd: 7 Pk: 32  |  Rd: 7 Pk: 38

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