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On The Clock: 2019 RCF NFL Mock Draft

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With the 128th pick in the RCF NFL Mock Draft
the Dallas Cowboys Select...
Bryce Love, RB Stanford



HEIGHT 5'9"
WEIGHT 200 lbs
ARMS 29 3/8'
HANDS 9 1/8'


Player Bio
Love has taken advantage of great athletic genes (father and uncle played college football), first as one of the best young track stars in American history. In fact, he earned the nickname "Baby Bolt" after setting U.S. records for 11-year-olds in the 100- and 400-meters and winning the 200-meters at the U.S. Track and Field Junior Olympics. Love also starred on the high school football field, rushing for more than 5,300 yards and 71 touchdowns, averaging 10.5 yards per rush. The four-star recruit contributed quite a bit as true freshman (29-226-7.8, two TD rushing; 15-250-16.7, one TD receiving) and was the No. 2 back behind Christian McCaffrey in 2016 (111-783-7.1, three TD rushing; 8-83-10.4, one TD receiving). Once McCaffrey went to the NFL, Love earned his own trip to New York as a Heisman Trophy finalist, ranking second in the nation with 2,118 rushing yards, fourth with 8.1 yards per carry, and fifth with 19 rushing touchdowns. The Doak Walker Award winner and Pac-12 Offensive Player of the Year set a FBS record with 15 straight games with a rush of 30-plus yards. His senior year did not go as planned, however, as he rushed for 739 yards and six touchdowns on 166 carries (4.5 average) and caught 20 passes for just 99 yards (5.0 average) in 10 starts. He was an honorable mention All-Pac-12 selection. Love skipped his team's bowl game to get "completely healthy" and prepare for the draft but only later was it announced that he suffered a torn right ACL in the Cardinal's regular-season finale.

Overview
Frenetic runner with explosive engine that was grounded in 2018 due to lingering injury and substandard run-blocking. Love lacks the desired size of a volume runner, but his sudden burst and top-end speed offer home-run potential that is unlikely to be ignored by teams looking to add a big-play option into their offense. Love could find his calling in a time-share situation, but his ceiling as a pro might rest on his ability to run with decisiveness and threaten as a pass-catcher..

Strengths
  • Character considered an A+ by scouts
  • Highly intelligent and quick to process new information
  • Willing to play through pain
  • Keeps feet moving through his reads
  • Quick, controlled steps provide balance and on-demand acceleration
  • Wins foot races around the corner against linebackers
  • Burst and top-end speed to turn 16 yards into 60
  • Runs feet through contact as interior runner
  • Able to get skinny and squeeze through tight creases
  • Slides and pivots around big bodies littering his path
  • Rare ability to stay square in his lateral movements away from tacklers
  • Better pass-catching option than numbers would indicate
Weaknesses
  • Tweener size might hinder both rush volume and draft value
  • Excessive stutter-and-gather in his downhill approach
  • Running style is more frantic than fluid
  • Will need to run with better trust and anticipation as a pro
  • Somewhat average in setting up defenders before his cuts
  • Field vision and recognition of backside opportunities is average
  • Lacks size to prolong NFL runs after contact
  • Could struggle to hold his ground in blitz protection
  • Looks less confident in gap-scheme than zone
Sources Tell Us
"He got hurt early on and kept re-aggravating it when he was trying to gut it out and help his team. His blocking stunk this year so you can basically just write him off of last year's (2017) tape. He’s an explosive player." -- West Coast scout for NFC team

https://www.nfl.com/prospects/bryce-love?id=32194c4f-5604-4766-ac8b-19be320b56b7

Why?
Zeke is a terrific back but in today's NFL you need depth at the position. Love had an off year last year but battled some injuries. 2 years ago he was a Heisman finalist with a bright future. He's a different runner than Zeke as he's quick to the edge and can turn up field in a hurry. Being the 2 in the 1-2 punch behind this offensive line makes it a perfect landing spot for Love. Dallas' offense will have a lot more options as well with Love at their disposal.
 

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@blommen is up and I PMed him, he may take until this evening to pick since he is in a very different time zone.

@TopGun is on deck, @CosmoKramer in the hole.
 

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With the 129th pick in the NFL Draft the Oakland Raiders select...

Will Grier, QB, West Virginia



Why Grier?
At this point the entire Raiders draft staff is completely out of it from huffing glue and drinking umbrella drinks in Mark Davis' secret underground lair, so I figured I would just pick the handsome boy who looks like a non threatening Khal Drogo.

PROS: Seamless technique in his drops. Smooth operator. Has the ability to read the defense and deliver the ball with a quick release. Possesses the necessary arm strength and generates enough torque to fit the ball through intermediate windows and holes in the defense. Can throw with touch to all areas of the field. Accurate in the short and intermediate ares of the field. Aware of leverage and can hit back shoulder throws. Thrives driving the ball up the seam. Mobile in the pocket and has the athleticism to move out of structure. Off-platform throws or on the run throws are still accurate. Can offer an additional dynamic with his above average athleticism and mobility. Passionate leader.

Cons: Doesn't quite have an NFL build, and could stand to add some thickness. On the shorter side for QB's, and isn't full of strength. Accuracy can come and go on deep balls. Plays in an offense that affords him the opportunity to make a lot of throws against man coverage, and hasn't really shown the ability to manipulate zone coverages. Though he's able to make throws while off base, sometimes he puts himself in that situation by floating away from cleaner pockets.

In case Derek Carr catches on fire midway through the season Grier is stabile enough that he should be able to not shit himself too hard and while he isn't the biggest QB in the room, he should still be big enough to beat up an out of control Antonio Brown.
 

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With the 91st pick in the 2019 NFL Draft, the LA Chargers select:

Dawson Knox, TE, Mississippi.



Why:
Hunter Henry missed all of 2018 with an ACL tear, and Antonio Gates is not immortal, so something needs to be done to shore up the TE position for the Chargers. Knox doesn't have a ton of college production as a receiver, but he should have the athleticism and technical ability to contribute at the NFL level in other areas while he develops his route running and pass catching.


Route-Running - Very basic routes at Ole Miss, quick outs, hitches, verticals, the occasional option route. Attention to detail is minimal, no nuance or deception to his footwork. Clean canvas with few bad habits, but does not currently possess the route running skills to give man coverage a run for its' money. Often just asked to run to space without any true structure to his play.

Ball Skills - One of the first things that caught my eye with Knox. Natural adjustments to the football and strong hands to go outside his frame and reel in passes. Dug out low throws in minimal opportunities. Has a big radius and can go up and get it in the few instances he was given the chance to do so. Still, so few targets or high degree of difficulty catch opportunities in college that banking on him hard in this area feels like a big risk.

Speed - The one thing I know Knox can do is run. Good explosiveness off the line of scrimmage and the ability to give safeties a run for their money deep. Consistently asked to get down the seam for Ole Miss and was a challenge for linebackers to carry. Often asked to run wheel routes in which his speed made him difficult to switch on to, even for defensive backs.

Run Blocking - Above-average blocker with room for improvement. Has the size, length and strength, but is still developing technically. Gets his hands inside with authority early in the rep, but needs to latch on and drive his feet through contact more consistently. Falls off blocks too often, although he typically gets enough of his opponent initially to do his job. Occasionally late with his hands and can get push-pulled. Can overshoot his target and drop his eyes when on the move. If he hits you as a split zone blocker, he can take you places, but too inconsistent in approaching his target under control. Loses his target on split zone at times. When he finds a leverage point as a down blocker, he'll run the defender out of the gap, not settling for stalemates.

Contested Catch - Finished the majority of opportunities he had to make catches with a defender over his back. Almost never asked to go up and high-point a 50-50 ball over an opponent. Never thrown to in the red zone, 1 target in that area all season. Zero career touchdowns. Never got to see him on fades. Largely an unknown in this area, but has the size, strong hands and fearlessness over the middle to translate to NFL.

YAC - In 2017, this was one of the weakest areas of his game. In 2018 the man touched the ball 15 times and averaged 19 yards per catch, showing a little wiggle to make a defender miss on 1-2 occasions. Still, lacks creativity in the open field and could stand to be a little nastier in his demeanor with the ball in his hands.

Separation Quickness - Has the burst and athleticism to detach from man coverage at all levels of the field. Routes were easy to predict based off tape study and alignment, allowed defenders to mirror him with more ease. Better technique and footwork will help with separation, and Knox has terrific tools to develop in this way.

Pass Protection - Mixed bag. Gets caught catching and doesn't strike with a confident base in pass protection. Mistimes his strikes, but has excellent athleticism to recover and run defenders up the arc past the quarterback. Again, inconsistency mars him in this area.

Competitive Toughness - High character prospect on and off the field. Committed in the weight room and carries that workman-like mentality over onto the field. Toughness won't be questioned.

Athleticism/Size - Elite size, strength and length for the position. Pro-ready build and should test like one of the top athletes in the class at his position.

BEST TRAIT – Athleticism/Size

WORST TRAIT – Route Running

RED FLAGS – None

What exactly are we supposed to do with 39 career catches, including a 22-target, 15-catch redshirt junior season? Not much. Dawson Knox is a highly talented tight end with size, speed and natural hands, but was hardly ever utilized in Ole Miss' unique offense, so there are a lot of things we just don't know about who he is as a player.

All of the traits are there to be a no. 1 tight end for a team in the NFL, but the only area Knox really improved in this past season was blocking, and his skill set as a receiver still needs considerable work. Knox's landing spot is critical to his pro outlook as he has only spent two seasons at the tight end position, and in the pre-draft timeframe, trust will be a big part of the evaluation. A la George Kittle, Knox has the tangible and intangible traits you take a risk on developing in the 40-70 range of the draft despite his lack of usage as a receiver in college.

@CosmoKramer and the Buffalo Bills are on the clock.
 

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@Stark gave me the #132 pick for the Giants. They want secondary help. Watch this 5'11, 175 pound bastard go:


https://thedraftnetwork.com/articles/5-play-prospect-jmu-cb-jimmy-moreland

It was 1st & 10 late in the second quarter on the Robert Morris 25 yard line. James Madison had just scored yet another touchdown to increase their already commanding lead. Looking at the scoreboard, and judging how much time was remaining, you knew it had to be a pass -- Jimmy Moreland knew it, too. Colonials quarterback George Martin dropped back, he looked at his target, and he let it go. But, just as was the case so many times before, it was a JMU player who was on the receiving end of things, and not only did he take it away, he took it to the house.

"Jimmy MF'in Moreland, man."

You won't hear that nickname being said on the game broadcasts, but if you go on Twitter or search any JMU football message board, that's the name fans use to reference a cornerback who now holds their school's record for most interceptions in a career (18) and most pick-6's in a career (6) -- it was only right that Moreland added to both stat columns when he broke the interception record.

At 5-foot-11, 175 pounds, Moreland faces a challenge on every snap. Most wide receivers he goes up against outweigh him by about 30 pounds and are taller than him by at least a few inches. But Moreland doesn't care; he never has. If you watch his tape, which we'll get into here soon, you'll see a scrappy player who not only fights every play to erase what most would call an easy physical advantage for the offense, but he overcomes it and wins battles so much more than you'd think. And the best part is, he'll make sure to chirp at you and let you know that you're getting locked down by a small corner, too.

That's all in his nature, likely because fighting to play the game is something he's had to overcome both on and off the field.

Coming out of high school, Moreland originally committed to Coastal Carolina, but after visiting JMU’s campus, he knew that was where he wanted to be. Moreland started all but one game in his freshman season of 2014. In that first season, Moreland was a two-time Colonial Athletic Association rookie of the week. He ended up starting 12 games and recorded 47 tackles, three interceptions, two fumble recoveries and 12 pass breakups in the process.

But the following March, Moreland and two teammates were charged with petit larceny of less than $200 dollars. But the dollar amount in the crime didn't matter, and the fact that it happened led to the dismissal of each player involved later that June.

That included Jimmy Moreland.

Moreland had to watch JMU's football team as just a fan in the stands instead of a player on the field. It was a sad state knowing a player of his talent couldn't help his team and his teammates, but looking back Moreland says that pain was the best thing for him, on and off the field.

“It really hurt sometimes,” Moreland said. “Some nights I cried. But, you know, I had to get over it. Even though I had to sit out, I got better in my technique. Got better in all my stuff. Got a little bigger. And I just focused in on becoming more mature.”

JMU went through a coaching change in 2016, as Everett Withers went from James Madison to Texas State. When Mike Houston was hired to replace Withers, he went to the team's cornerbacks coach and asked him all about Moreland; who he was as a player and a person. After seeing Moreland stay in school and continue to work on his craft without football, they decided he had earned himself a second chance.

The rest, as the JMU record books will tell you, is history.

At the end of his career, Moreland recorded 18 career interceptions, six returned for touchdowns and 63 pass deflections. In his senior season alone, Moreland had 56 tackles, 7.5 tackles for loss, five interceptions and three pick-6's. That was enough for him to be named CAA Defensive Player of the Year, and warranted the first Senior Bowl invite ever for a JMU player.

So you know the story and the stats, now it's time to get into the tape. Let's see what this small school standout has to offer the NFL with the 5-Play prospect formula.

...and it goes on from there... read it and watch the highlights yourself. May end up the best slot corner in the draft. Browns hosted him for a workout recently as well.

@SuperSurge on the clock.
 

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Tennessee Titans, still paying attention to this damn draft.

And, of course, still posting pictures of our new franchise quarterback.

However, this one is a different message. His wife, Kelly Hall, has unfortunately been diagnosed with a brain tumor. Best wishes to the whole Stafford family as they deal with something much more real than a fake RCF Draft Day Trade.






OK, on with the pick....








With the 134th pick in the 2019 RCF NFL Draft, the Tennessee Titans select:



Jahlani Tavai, Linebacker, University of Hawai'i


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What they're saying:



From Dane Brugler at The Athletic-
Out of sight, out of mind.

Unfortunately for Hawaii linebacker Jahlani Tavai, that has been the theme of his football career the last six months.

Hawaii traveled to Colorado State to kick off the 2018 college football season on Aug. 25 (“week zero”), a full week before most season openers. Several NFL scouts were scheduled to attend. However, Tavai was suspended for the opener due to an incident over the summer (more on that later).

Tavai played in the next eight games – and played very well, leading the team with 82 tackles. But he suffered a right shoulder injury in mid-October that required surgery. His rehab and healing process ended his season and kept him from participating in the Senior Bowl.

The shoulder injury, which was a “grade 3” sprain of the AC joint, is close to healed, but it will also sideline Tavai for the scouting combine. He is expected to work out pre-draft at a pro day later this spring.

“The shoulder is feeling great,” Tavai told The Athletic. “I have full range of motion back, I just need to strengthen it. I’m doing some running, but no contact yet. So far, so good.”

Tavai was raised in Southern California in a family of athletes. Several of his brothers played college football, including his older brother, J.R., who was a two-year starting linebacker at USC and spent time with the Tennessee Titans. Growing up, Jahlani played any sport he could, including baseball, volleyball and track. But he credits his experience playing rugby for his development on the football field.

“It helped me with open field tackles and how to target the hip,” Tavai said. “As a rugby player, you have to be explosive, not only as a tackler, but also carrying the ball. My tackling ability really increased the last four years.”

In 20 games the last two years, Tavai was one of the most productive tacklers in college football, averaging 10.3 tackles per game. He is a physical, knockback player at the point of attack, using his length to wrap and finish.

A nose guard in high school, Tavai made the transition to linebacker at Hawaii and learned under six defensive coordinators, which was a blessing and a curse. His ability to adapt and play different roles shows on tape. Tavai was the starting Mike linebacker and patrolled the middle of the field but was just as likely to rush off the edge or drop in coverage.

Tavai won’t be working out in Indianapolis, but the combine interviews will be an important step, especially after he was arrested last summer following his role in a bar fight. He was defending his group of friends against a drunken individual, who sucker punched a teammate and his teammate’s fiancée. Tavai’s actions are defendable, but NFL teams will need to be convinced that it won’t happen again.

Although he isn’t the same type of athlete as Leighton Vander Esch, Tavai fits a similar mold at the next level as a hybrid linebacker capable of playing the run, blitzing and covering the seam. He needs to mature his anticipation, but he has true three-down ability with inside-outside versatility.

Tavai seems to be flying under the radar publicly, but not with NFL scouts. His tape and traits say he is a top-100 draft pick and could be drafted as early as the second round.

Why for the Titans? Well, to us, this is best player available. While we like our linebacking core of Wesley Woodyard combined with young 'backers in Rashaan Evans and Jayon Brown, we believe the addition of Jahlani Tavai as a high-motor player is going to push the unit. He has long-term starter potential, is fiery on the football field, and will make an impact on Special Teams from Day 1. He also spent time on the Edge at Hawai'i, which we love hybrid linebackers in our scheme. This brings something different to the table of this position group--think Genard Avery.

Specifically, he's strong against the run, but is a better athlete in space than given credit for. He's a very heady linebacker who excels in shallow-to-mid zone coverage, and we're only going to ask him to do what he does best. The production was there as a Rainbow Warrior. He started as a redshirt freshman and proceeded to decimate the Mountain West to an entire trophy case of All-Conference accolades. He's a hybrid linebacker who can get after the quarterback, totaling 17.5 sacks in his playing career.

His senior year was cut short with a shoulder injury, which kept him out of the Senior Bowl and NFL combine participation. However, many believe that he's a Day 2 pick, with some projecting he goes in the 2nd round.

You can never have too many good linebackers--especially on a unit that ranked #3 in scoring defense last season, #8 in total defense--and we're going to use him in a variety of spots. We might get questioned by the police with this steal at #134.

Summary from NFL.com -- Jahlani Tavai (pronounced jah-lan-ee tah-VIE) is the third member of his family to play college football. One brother, Jordan, was a defensive lineman at Kansas while another, J.R., played linebacker at USC and for the Tennessee Titans. As a redshirt freshman, Tavai started 11 of 13 games played (56 tackles, five for loss, three sacks). He was a first-team All-Mountain West pick in 2016, starting all 14 games and leading the conference with 19.5 tackles for loss (129 total, seven sacks). He was a second-team all-conference selection in 2017, ranking 10th in the FBS with 124 tackles and leading his team with 11 tackles for loss and 5.5 sacks. In his senior season, he was suspended for the season opener due to a June arrest for assault at a Honolulu night club and then missed the last month of the season with a shoulder injury. Tavai was named honorable mention all-conference after recording 82 tackles (5.5 for loss, two sacks, forced fumble, blocked kick) in just eight starts.

Expert Take from Joe Marino -

Coverage - Holds his own as a short zone defender, illustrating good route anticipation. Sharply reads the backfield and works into throwing lanes. Limited mobility presents restrictions in man coverage.

Tackling - Outstanding contact balance and hitting power. Generally does well to square up when firing downhill and brings the thump. Has some issues coming to balance in space and he’ll whiff, leaving his feet behind.

Blocks - Has the functional strength and mass to take on blocks and plug gaps. Hands are heavy and he can stun opponents when he lands his strikes. Hands are busy as a pass rusher to grease angles.

Physicality - Has tone-settling qualities as a second level enforcer. Willing to stick his face in a fan and take on blocks with intent. Physical in coverage and will disrupt crossers in shallow zones.

Motor - Motor always runs hot and he consistently gives tremendous effort in pursuit. Regularly tasked with rushing the passer and he attacks the pocket with urgency. Controlling his speed is a challenge - not a smooth operator. Makes his share of plays on account of secondary effort.

Processing - He’s a patient processor, almost to a fault where some responses can be delayed. Can get sucked out of his run fits by play fakes and misdirection. Good feel in coverage, particularly defending shallow zones.

Range - Can make plays off tackle but that is the extent of his range. Makes plays on secondary effort which accentuates his range but he won’t be confused as a sideline-to-sideline guy. Would not trust him defending deeper zones.

Flexibility - Lateral mobility is modest. Change of direction skills are below average for a stand up role. Rushed off the edge and he requires extra snaps to corner.

Versatility - Asked to fill multiple roles for Hawaii, including some edge rushing duties. Has some restrictions in coverage and space. Modest pass rushing skill set gives him some appeal on every down.

BEST TRAIT - Motor

WORST TRAIT - Range

RED FLAGS - Missed 2018 season opener because of a June arrest at a night. 2018 shoulder injury cost him last quarter of the season and held him out of the Senior Bowl.

Tavai filled up the stat sheet for Hawaii and was used in a variety of ways, including rushing off the edge. While his versatility is intriguing, his modest athletic profile presents some restrictions in how he can be deployed at the next level. Tavai’s best ability is playing downhill into the line of scrimmage, taking on blocks and filling gaps. His range is below average and he’s inconsistent in space. He does have some appeal as a blitzer and defending shallow zones but man coverage and deeper drops are not ideal. Tavai projects as a special teams contributor and sub package player at the next level.

Round Grade - Mid Day 3


Some Highlights (in case he's a future Brown) -


Vrabel's jacked up about the pick.





AND, OF COURSE, THE LADIES REJOICE...




Tennessee's Draft Haul:
1st Rd (#19) - Traded for Matthew Stafford, QB
2nd Rd (#51) - Drafted Irv Smith Jr, TE, Alabama
3rd Rd (#82) - Drafted Dru Samia, RG, Oklahoma

4th Rd (#134) - Drafted Jahlani Tavai, LB, Hawai'i

@daddywags is now on the clock.
 
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The Chiefs are back on the clock, and wasting no time..

Breaking News:
Chiefs receive: pick 135 overall
Colts recieve: Chiefs 2021 3rd rounder
..With the 135th pick, in the RCF Mock Draft, the Kansas City Chiefs select:
Josh Oliver | TE | San Jose State



Who's that man with big, soft, hands? It's Josh Oliver, and he's on his way to KC to catch muchas bolas from young gun Patrick Mahomes
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Why?
Demetrius Harris signed with Cleveland, and Travis Kelce is coming off ankle surgery. Shouldering some of that load will be veteran TE Blake Bell. Bell ranked as one of the better blocking TE's in football last year for JAX. Oliver compliments Bell nicely as a vertical, pass-catching threat. He lined up all over the field in college, and will be used similarly in Andy Reid's offense.


Pros

Proven vertical threat. Oliver has a lot of experience running deeper pass routes from inline, slot and flex TE spots. He gets to top speed quickly and has enough speed (4.63 in the 40) to run past most linebackers in coverage. Validated his burst off the line and ability to run past LBs during Senior Bowl practices.

Great hands. I did not see Oliver drop a catchable ball at any time in my watching. He reliably extends his arms out and seizes the ball from the air. Has a catch radius that extends well above his head and wider to the flanks than most of his peers this year.

Receiving IQ. Oliver innately knows where to go to get open vs. zone coverage, and he’s patient enough to stay there and present himself as a target. His route running can be leggy but he sets moves up well and times his breaks nicely, able to catch defenders off balance or out of system and has the speed and quickness to exploit that.

Cons

Inline blocking. Oliver has improved his physical strength and hand placement in blocking, but he still lacks the base strength and ability to sink his weight and anchor as an inline blocker. He’s much better when engaging blocking targets in space, though he will get his hands too wide and grab jersey unnecessarily.

Lack of proven production. His game really took off in 2018, but he was not much of a threat even in his junior season (35 catches at under 9 YPC). In his defense, he was targeted by passes from 5 different QBs over those two years on a team with 1 FBS-level win in two years.

Bad play ratio. There are a handful of plays every game where it’s painfully obvious Oliver is still learning how to play tight end. He’ll completely miss a blocking assignment, or not read the coverage and his adjustment properly fast enough.

Overall

Oliver is a rose from the tattered remains of a broken program at San Jose State, blossoming in his senior season despite chaos at QB and largely overwhelmed talent around him. He still managed to grow his game as both a blocker and a receiver, which is where his NFL bread will get a lot of butter. Proved during Senior Bowl week he’s capable of greater things than the losing culture at SJSU offered him. -Jeff Risdon, USA Today
Newest Chiefs:
Trade: WR Nelson Agholar
Pick 29: S Dieonte Thompson
Pick 38: CB Amani Oruwariye
Pick 63: DE Zach Allen
Pick 69: CB Justin Layne
Pick 92: OL Elgton Jenkins
Pick 135: TE Josh Oliver


Overview:
In just four rounds, the Kansas City Chiefs addressed six rather large holes in their depth-chart: WR3, starting FS, outside CB, Edge, starting C, and backup TE. The front-office worked diligently, moving up and down the draft board, to capitalize on value whenever it presented itself.

During the process, we spent a 2020 1st rounder, 2021 3rd rounder, and pick 167 overall...to go along with some other pick swaps.

Our "near-miss" of the draft, was when Dexter Lawrence went one pick before us, at 28. Our franchise viewed him as a generational talent, but faulty intel led to us not being able to draft him.

What's the word out of KC, Kevin?

"Dicks are all out, and on the table here at KC's underground, draft lab. No one's exactly sure why or what's happening, but they've been frozen this way ever since the Justin Layne pick."

TMZ's Woof McDoogle caught up with Coach Reid outside of a Subway restaurant, and when asked about the draft results, Reid had this to say: "I'm soo fuckin' hungry (for more championships)!"


Dallas Cowboys are now on the clock. @Phills14
 

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With the 136th Pick in the RCF NFL Draft
The Dallas Cowboys Select...
Mike Edwards, S, Kentucky

Height: 5'10"
Weight: 205 lbs
Arms: 30 7/8"
Hands: 9 3/8"


Player Bio
Edwards made a name for himself in 2016 after intercepting Heisman Trophy quarterback Lamar Jackson twice in the in-state rivalry win over Louisville. He led all SEC defensive backs with 100 tackles that season, 5.5 of which went for losses, and he intercepted three passes while breaking up five others. Edwards nearly hit triple digits in tackles again in 2017, leading the team not only with 97 stops but also four interceptions with seven pass breakups. He started all 13 games, recording 82 tackles, nine for losses, two interceptions, six pass breakups, and one forced fumble. Edwards was considered a four-star prospect coming into college, and after a redshirt season, he turned into a starter for the final five contests of 2015 (39 tackles, two for loss, one interception, two pass breakups in 12 games).

Overview
Versatile defensive back with above-average instincts, awareness and toughness. Edwards has the instincts and range to become an eventual starter at safety, but some evaluators might view him as a big nickel with the size to handle bigger slot receivers and the toughness to get his nose dirty in run support. Edwards is a smart, tough and consistent player who could find early starting work if he tests well.

Strengths
  • Capable of transitioning from nickel cornerback to two-high safety in-game
  • Plus size to match with bigger slot receivers and to handle run-support duties
  • Aggressive slot blitzer
  • Triggers downhill to squeeze the edge as run defender
  • Courageous tackler who finds proper positioning before exploding through runner's thighs
  • Adequate feet as cornerback to adjust to receiver's release
  • Smart and instinctive from zone coverage
  • Plays with discipline and proper balance between targets as high safety
  • Uses quarterback's field scan to anticipate patterns and get early jumps on the throw
  • Above-average ball skills to swat and snatch passes at the catch point
  • Finds the football with 10 career interceptions
Weaknesses
  • Too handsy and grabby from off coverage
  • Lax in route redirection and will whiff on targets
  • Slow to ramp up acceleration when asked to turn and chase
  • Makeup speed in question when matched against speed
  • Click-and-close burst is just average
  • Needs to hit weights and add muscle if asked to move full time to safety
  • Inconsistent in punching and playing off of blocks near the box
https://www.nfl.com/prospects/mike-edwards?id=32194544-5733-7482-6117-be7ecaabc884


Cowboys Draft
#58 Jaylon Ferguson, DE
#90 JoeJuan Williams, CB
#128: Bryce Love, RB
#136: Mike Edwards, S
 
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With the 137th, and penultimate, Pick in the 2019 NFL Draft, the Atlanta Football Falcons select: Malik Reed, EDGE, Nevada.

Welcome to Atlanta! We don't have a great transit system, and our schools suck, but we spent a couple billion dollars on a new dome stadium and baseball park when the old ones were barely 20!




Atlanta could use an EDGE or OLB and Reed can do both. Reed is a sleeper pick to be sure. But his exploits for Nevada speak for themselves. With 22 career sacks and 38.5 tackles for loss, Reed is at the top, or near the top, of his peers in key statistics. Reed has a deceptive burst off the snap, good footwork and always seems to be in the right place at the right time.

He has a plethora of moves when speed or strength isn't enough. He doesn't stay blocked and plays every snap with intensity and passion working every mili-second of the play to get free and to close the distance. He hits hard and uses good form to ensure he bring his prey down.

Like every sleeper, Reed lacks the measurables people look for at the next level. He was not employed much in coverage and will absolutely have to improve in that area. Reed will have to bulk up and will benefit from NFL-level coaching.

Reed does not have prototypical size and speed, but his leadership, work ethic and instinct all add up to an intriguing prospect with a high ceiling.

View: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TxnyJxdxYyM


View: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xRhyXEVgcXI



HEIGHT/WEIGHT: 6-1.0 / 240 40: 4.83

Atlanta's Draft:

RD 1: T.J. Hockenson, TE Iowa
RD 2: Dre'Mont Jones, DL, Ohio State University
RD 3: Sean Bunting, CB, Central Michigan
RD 4: Malik Reed, EDGE, Nevada

Trade Acquisition: Duke Johnson




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