The Ravens could use some receiving upgrades to go with Jeremy Maclin.
Kirk has 14 catches for 141 yards and two touchdowns in 2017. He also has produced some big kick and punt returns. Kirk is seeing a lot of double coverage his direction.
Kirk played well in 2016 despite inconsistent quarterback play from the Aggies. He had 83 receptions for 928 yards with nine touchdowns while splitting targets with wideouts like Josh Reynolds and Ricky Seals-Jones. Kirk is a fast, explosive play-maker. Some scouting sources have said their nickname for Kirk is "Baby Beckham" in reference to Odell Beckham Jr.
Kirk (5-11, 200) had an outstanding freshman debut for Texas A&M and earned playing time over more veteran receivers who had previously produced for the Aggies. In 2015, Kirk caught 80 passes for 1,009 yards with seven touchdowns. He averaged only 19.3 yards per kick return, but averaged 24.4 yards per punt returns and took two for touchdowns.
The Redskins' top needs are quarterback - unless Kirk Cousins re-signs, which is unlikely -, defensive line talent, and safety. Of those needs, adding a difference-maker on the back end is the top value.
Scouts who have been through Northwestern have told me that they were impressed with what they saw from Thorson (6-4, 225) on tape and in practice. Thorson has shown that he has pro potential in terms of his skill set. He can throw the deep out with a fastball that can be fit into tight windows. Thorson has quality mechanics with a quick delivery. Scouts say that he has a super strong arm, is smart, athletic, and has improved as a junior.
Scouts say that they anticipate giving Thorson a second-round grade, unless he falls off with his play. But they think he could rise in the lead up to the 2018 NFL Draft. The reason for that is he a good leader who gets along well with all of his teammates. While he is a devout Christian, he knows how to be one of the guys and get along with the different groups in the locker room. Thorson is super smart and will impress teams with his intelligence along with his character. They think that evaluators could fall in love with him during the interview process, driving him into being a first-round pick in the 2018 NFL Draft.
In 2017, Thorson has completed 64 percent of his passes for 842 yards with four touchdowns and three interceptions. He had a rough game against Duke in Week 2, but bounced back last week against Bowling Green. As a sophomore, Thorson completed 59 percent of his passes as a junior for 3,182 yards with 22 touchdowns and nine interceptions. According to sources, Thorson is likely to return for his senior year unless he grades out as a first-rounder.
The Titans could use some young edge-rushing talent. Brian Orakpo and Derrick Morgan have played well thus far in 2017, but they didn't finish last season all that well, so age with wear-and-tear adding up has to be considered. Here's a good fit for Tennessee.
In 2017, Landry has 12 tackles with two tackles for a loss, one sack 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.
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.
The Lions could use a young interior disruptor to go with A'Shawn Robinson.
Wilkins has 12 tackles with 2.5 tackles for a loss and two sacks this season. Both sacks came in an impressive performance against Auburn. 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.
The 6-foot-4, 310-pounder has a nice skill set with upside and could also fit as a 3-4 defensive end.
Sources have told me that the Buccaneers have had preliminary contract-extension talks with left guard Kevin Pamphile, which is wise of Tampa Bay general manager Jason Licht because Pamphile is an underrated player and there will be an expensive guard market next year in free agency. I think Ari Marpet is going to be an excellent center for Tampa Bay, and J.R. Sweezy should lock down right guard. However, Donovan Smith has been somewhat inconsistent and Demar Dotson, who turns 32 this coming season, wasn't as good last year. If the Bucs' tackles don't play well this year, the team could take a left tackle in the 2018 NFL Draft and move Smith to the right side to upgrade two spots. Dotson has a cheap contract and could still be a valuable as a swing tackle backup. Getting a young tackle makes sense considering before too long Tampa Bay will be investing well over $100 million into an extension for Jameis Winston.
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. McGlinchey has excellent feet 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. His performance in 2016 protecting DeShone Kizer is evidence that McGlinchey is a future starting left tackle in the NFL and a first-round pick.
McGlinchey (6-7, 310) is a tough run blocker and has been part of a good Notre Dame line for years. In 2015, he showed well as a right tackle and had a more physical style of play than former Notre Dame left tackle Ronnie Stanley. The one area that McGlinchey really needs to improve is his repeated problem with false starts.
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The Cowboys tried to sign Joe Haden, and they could use a third corner to go with their 2017 second-day picks.
Marshall has 18 tackles with four passes broken up in 2017. The 6-foot-1, 200-pounder has good size and has played well for the Trojans over the past two seasons. As freshman, he totaled 67 tackles with nine breakups and three interceptions. In 2016, he made 51 tackles with eight breakups and three interceptions. With Adoree' Jackson in the NFL, Marshall should be the No. 1 corner who draws the best receivers as a junior. Team sources have said that Marshall has a first-round skill set.
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The Raiders could use a disruptor on the inside to pair with Eddie Vanderdoes.
Thus far, Thompson has totaled 12 tackles with three for a loss in 2017. He was a tough defender for Georgia in 2016, too, recording 56 tackles with 9.5 for a loss and five sacks. The 6-foot-4, 295-pounder could have produced more, but was part of a rotation. He could fit well as a 3-4 defensive end or as a defensive tackle in a 4-3 defense. Scouting sources have said that Thompson has a first-round skill set. He is very fast at the point of attack with the potential to be an interior pass-rusher in the NFL.
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Miami could use a No. 1 corner to go with Xavien Howard and Cordrea Tankerlsey.
McFadden totaled five tackles in the 2017 season opener. He was up and down in 2016, 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 as 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 his consistency as a junior in 2017.
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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 traded away Sammy Watkins, so they could use a No. 1 wide receiver for their offense.
The 6-foot-4, 220-pound Cobbs is a physical force as a receiver. He has mismatch size to go with good quickness, route-running, solid hands, body control, and the ability to win 50-50 passes. In 2017, Cobbs has 16 receptions for 211 yards with two touchdowns. He missed the 2016 season with an ankle injury. Cobbs average 17.3 yards per reception in 2015 while totaling 60 receptions for 1,035 yards and four touchdowns.
The Eagles made some moves to give Carson Wentz receivers for 2017, but they could use some long-term play-makers for their young quarterback.
St. Brown has seven receptions for 99 yards and a touchdown in 2017. The 6-foot-4, 205-pounder had a quality 2016 season with 58 receptions for 961 yards and nine touchdowns.
Scouts who have done advance work on the 2018 class have told me they really are intrigued with St. Brown. They say he is a super-polished route runner with tremendous speed, athletic ability, body control, and hands. They said they think St. Brown could be more gifted and talented than the three wideouts who went as top-10 picks in the 2017 NFL Draft, but he gets fewer opportunities.
This is the pick that the Browns received from the Texans to trade up for Deshaun Watson. Cleveland could use more receiving talent across from Corey Coleman, and the regime running the Browns likes explosive athletes.
Thus far in 2017, Sutton has 11 catches for 185 yards with five touchdowns. He totaled 76 receptions in 2016 for 1,246 yards - a 16.5-yard average - with 10 touchdowns. The 6-foot-4, 215-pounder has size to him, and in 2015, he showed big-play ability by averaging 17.6 yards per catch. For the year, the redshirt freshman totaled 862 yards and nine touchdowns on 49 receptions.
Scouting sources really like Sutton and think he is a mismatch weapon. One playoff general manager said they loved Sutton and thought he could end up becoming the best receiver from his draft class. Another scouting director told WalterFootball.com that, in studying up on players before hitting the road for college training camps before the 2016 season, Sutton's tape really stood out, and he continued to impress them in 2016. Sutton is a long-strider, and sources say his speed is comparable to TCU's Josh Docton, who the Redskins took in the first round of the 2016 NFL Draft.
The Falcons could use more youth on the inside of their defensive line. Jack Crawford is just a stop-gap solution for 2017. Atlanta could use more disruption and pass rush next to Grady Jarrett. Additionally, Dontari Poe is entering free agency after this season.
Brown has seven tackles with tackles for a loss and a forced fumble in 2017. Last season, he was at his best playing inside as a three-technique working to get upfield. He totaled six sacks, 13 tackles for a loss and 38 tackles in 2016. Brown is a great athlete with excellent speed to fire past linemen. He can be a real threat at the point of attack to knife into the backfield. Brown could use more strength and improvement at holding his gap when runs come at him.
Entering the 2017 season, scouting sources said that Brown has a first-round skill set, but they have concerns about his dedication to football and why he played so little as a freshman and sophomore when he was clearly more talented than the players ahead of him. The 6-foot-4, 285-pounder could be a base end in a 4-3 who moves inside in passing situations. He also could be a three-technique defensive tackle full time, and adding weight for that role would make sense. The senior has the length to be a five-technique in a 3-4 as well.
The Steelers could use a safety to pair with Sean Davis.
In 2017, Harrison has 18 tackles with an interception and a sack. 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 type 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.
The Seahawks have Cliff Avril entering the final season of his contract, and Michael Bennett is on the wrong side of 30. Here's a young edge rusher for Seattle.
Against Alabama to open 2017, Sweat recorded five tackles with a sack. The junior has a lot of talent and was starting to flash as a sophomore in 2016. He totaled seven sacks, 11.5 tackles for a loss, 41 tackles and one forced fumble last year.
Sources say the 6-foot-5, 250-pounder has a first-round skill set, but teams have major concerns about baggage aroung a knee injury. Florida State has tried a variety of methods to treat the lingering knee injury, which happened during Sweat's senior year of high school, but the injury hasn't healed and he has instability in a few areas. He labors through the knee issue and hopes to play as long as possible. Thus, sources say that Sweat is planning on entering the 2018 NFL Draft to play to maximize his career. He could be a one-contract player as a pro.
31.Green Bay Packers:Parris Campbell, WR, Ohio State
Jordy Nelson is aging, Davante Adams could leave in free agency, and injuries seemed to have reduced the explosiveness of Randall Cobb. In short, the Packers could target some young receivers and a future No. 1 for Aaron Rodgers during the 2018 NFL Draft.
In 2017, Campbell has 15 nine passes for 217 yards and a touchdown. He made only 13 receptions for 121 yards in 2016, but sources from multiple teams told me that Campbell has big-time ability and believed he was going to break out in 2017. They also think Campbell has No. 1 receiver talent for the NFL. The 6-foot-1, 208-pounder is put together with explosive speed to take any catch the distance.
The Patriots have cut Kony Ealy, and will have Derek Rivers returning from a torn ACL. Here's a third end to go with Rivers and Trey Flowers.
Hubbard has 10 tackles and two sacks 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.
The 6-foot-5, 266-pounder could explode as a senior due to his early round skill set. Hubbard has a serious combination of size, speed, and athletic ability. Some team sources feel that Hubbard has been an underachiever who hasn't produced up to his skill set.
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