I wasn't a fan of Jabrill Peppers a year ago because I saw his frequent issues in pass coverage. Those problems led to him really struggling as a rookie. Cleveland could use two safeties as typically teams play three of them, plus the new regime may not like Peppers as a long-term contributor.
Bates (6-2, 195) had a respectable 2017 season with 79 tackles, five passes broken up, and an interception. His 2016 was more impressive with five interceptions, 100 tackles, and four passes broken up. For the NFL, the redshirt sophomore could use more strength and weight on his frame to help him tackle. Bates could rise with a strong performance in the pre-draft workouts.
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99.New York Giants:Daurice Fountain, WR, Northern Iowa
Brandon Marshall was not a long-term signing for the Giants, and Fountain could be a good possession receiver to go with Odell Beckham Jr. and Sterling Shepard.
At the East-West Shrine, Fountain (6-2, 208) was the star of the East practice with impressive performances on all three days. He had scouts buzzing across the league. His name was being passed along to scouts, directors, and general managers who weren't in St. Petersburg to check out his tape - teams split their college scouting staffs between the East-West Shrine and the NFLPA all-star game. Fountain was very good in one-on-ones showing the quickness, body control, and route-running to get separation from the cornerbacks. He also made plays in the team scrimmage while impressing in the red zone. Surprisingly, Fountain did not receive a combine invitation. For 2017, he totaled 66 receptions for 943 yards and 12 touchdowns.
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Some sources felt that Senat was the best of the offensive linemen at the East-West Shrine. The 6-foot-7, 300-pounder has strength and surprising movement skills. As one scout described him, "Senat is a fire hydrant that can move." After playing at Wagner, Senat has shown the skill to make the jump in competition this week, and those tests will continue with a NFL team after the 2018 NFL Draft.
Toth (6-6, 305) has NFL size and was impressive at the East-West Shrine. His strong play earned him a lot of interviews from teams. Similar to Greg Senat, Toth has size and athleticism to compete on either side of the line. Toth could try to make a roster as a swing tackle backup with developmental potential.
102.Chicago Bears:Chukwuma Okorafor, OT, Western Michigan
The Bears could use more tackle talent.
There have been some reports in the media about Okorafor (6-6, 330) as an early-round tackle prospect. After speaking with some team sources, they weren't enthusiastic about Okorafor. Some sources felt that while Okorafor has some athletic ability, he is a very soft offensive lineman, and they think he is going to get pushed around in the NFL. Those team sources were grading Okorafor on the third day of the 2018 NFL Draft and were against their teams selecting him.
The Broncos could use another talent to develop as a bookend across from Garett Bolles.
Weathersby played well for LSU. He helped the Tigers break in some new linemen during 2017. Weathersby is a better run blocker than pass protector. Moving to right tackle or inside to guard could be the best plan for him in the NFL. Weathersby was a solid right tackle at times for for the Tigers in 2016.
The Jets could use a few edge-rushing candidates for their defense.
Nwosu (6-2, 240) enjoyed a good 2017 season for the Trojans to help his draft grade. He had 75 tackles with 11.5 tackles for a loss, 9.5 sacks, 13 passes batted and an interception for the year. Nwosu has some speed and athleticism off the edge with good instincts and feel. In the ground game and in the pass rush though, he can struggle with the length and strength of offensive tackles, leading to him getting covered up. Nwosu is a pursuit outside linebacker for the NFL and would fit best as a 3-4 outside linebacker.
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105.Tampa Bay Buccaneers:Rashaad Penny, RB, San Diego State
The Bucs could move on from Doug Martin this offseason, and they clearly need more talent in the backfield.
Penny (5-10, 224) ran well as a senior, using his size to roll over a lot of weak opponents. He averaged 7.8 yards per carry for 2,248 yards with 23 touchdowns, plus made 19 receptions for 135 yards and two scores. As a junior, Penny averaged 7.4 yards per carry for 1,005 yards with 11 touchdowns. He caught 15 passes for 224 yards and three scores that season as well.
For the NFL, Penny is a one-cut downhill runner. He has a nice build, but runs upright and could stand to improve his knee bend to run behind his pads. Penny may not have special speed or power in order to be a starter in the NFL. He could still be a rotational backup, but he will need to improve his pass protection. Penny did not impress at the Senior Bowl.
The Broncos grab a third edge rusher to rotate with Von Miller and Shane Ray.
Holland (6-2, 249) impressed team sources this year with a strong season as an edge rusher for Auburn. He doesn't have good size for the NFL, but he has some speed and athleticism on the edge with a nose for the quarterback. In 2017, Holland collected 45 tackles with 13 tackles for a loss, 10 sacks, four forced fumbles and a pass batted. He made some clutch sacks for Auburn. For the NFL, Holland could fit best as a 3-4 outside linebacker. In a 4-3 defense, his role might be limited to being a situational pass-rusher, given his size.
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The Raiders could use many upgrades to their front seven.
Lewis had 20 tackles, seven sacks, 9.5 tackles for a loss, two passes batted and two forced fumbles in 2017. He was part of a rotation at defensive end with Sam Hubbard and Nick Bosa. Lewis is a solid player, although sources view him as stiff and heavy-legged. He had a solid week at the Senior Bowl and looked good as a sub package pass-rusher for lining up at defensive tackle over guards. Gaining some weight to be a three-technique could be the best fit for Lewis in the NFL. In 2016, he totaled 29 tackles with eight sacks, three forced fumbles, 10.5 tackles for a loss and two passes batted.
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108.Miami Dolphins:Kentavius Street, DE, N.C. State
Cameron Wake can't play forever, so the Dolphins grab a defensive end to go across from Charles Harris.
Street has a thick build with speed and athleticism. Sources say that the 6-foot-2, 282-pounder is going to impress in the pre-draft workouts as they hear he could be a workout warrior. Street had a strong week at the East-West Shrine to help his draft grade. In college though, he didn't produce up to his skill set despite having Bradley Chubb getting double teams on the other side. Street also had talent next to him in the form of two future NFL defensive tackles. In 2017, Street totaled 3.5 sacks, 38 tackles for 6.5 tackles for a loss and three passes batted. He had 5.5 sacks with 30 tackles and nine for a loss as a junior.
The Bengals could use more safety talent, and the position has never been as productive for them since Reggie Nelson left.
In 2017, Watts had 87 tackles with five passes broken up, four interceptions and two forced fumbles in 2017. While Watts doesn't have good size or speed, he is an instinctive defender who comes up with a lot of big plays. Watts (5-10, 191), however, struggles in man coverage, so he has limitations for how he can be used in the NFL. In 2016, Watts made a lot of clutch plays for the Aggies. He had 56 tackles with six for a loss, two forced fumbles, three passes broken up and two interceptions on the year. Watts totaled 126 tackles with two passes broken up and one interception in 2015.
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110.Washington Redskins:Luke Falk, QB, Washington State
The Redskins add a backup quarterback competitor to develop behind Alex Smith.
Falk completed 67 percent of his passes in 2017 for 3,593 yards with 30 touchdowns and 13 interceptions. Some team sources are intrigued with Falk (6-3, 214) because they like his pocket-passing potential and accuracy. In speaking with scouts, they say that Falk has an above-average arm, but his accuracy is his best strength. Falk has some issues seeing coverage and will throw into it. Falk is also considered a thin-framed player who will need to add weight for the NFL. He lacks escapability and mobility, but sources compared Falk to Redskins quarterback Kirk Cousins.
Falk completed 70 percent of his passes in 2016 for 4,468 yards with 38 touchdowns and 11 interceptions. In 2015, Falk completed 69 percent of his passes for 4,561 yards with 38 touchdowns and eight interceptions. As a freshman, he completed 64 percent of his throws for 1,859 yards with 13 touchdowns and seven interceptions.
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The Packers wisely moved on from Martellus Bennett and also have Richard Rodgers entering free agency. Even if Rodgers comes back, Green Bay could use more tight end talent.
Gesicki totaled 57 receptions for 563 yards and nine touchdowns in 2017. He played well as a receiver and was a dangerous red-zone target with an excellent ability to high point the ball. Gesicki was a poor blocker for Penn State. He turned in an impressive 2016 season with 48 receptions for 679 yards and five touchdowns. The 6-foot-5, 242-pounder played well at the Senior Bowl as a receiver and could have starting potential for the NFL if he can improve as a blocker.
Coutee (5-11, 180) was extremely productive in the Red Raiders' spread offense. The junior is a fast receiver who gets separation through his quickness and route-running. In 2017, he caught 93 passes for 1,429 yards with 10 touchdowns. With Pat Mahomes under center in 2016, Coutee snatched 55 receptions for 890 yards and seven scores. He projects to the NFL as a slot receiver and could use more strength to his frame.
The Cowboys grab some linebacker depth and competition.
Baker recorded 72 tackles, eight tackles for a loss, 3.5 sacks, one forced fumble and three passes broken up in 2017. Entering the season, there was a lot of media hype about Baker (6-1, 225), but in speaking with scouts who did advance work on the 2018 class, they weren't overly impressed with him. They said that Baker runs around more blocks than he takes on and has the speed to get away with that against average offensive lines in college. They thought was more of a second-day- to early third-day-level player. They said Baker is a good player, but not complete and not anything exceptional. They felt Baker was a good, solid, instinctive guy, who in the right system, will play in the NFL, but over time, is a dime a dozen.
After Darron Lee was taken in the first round of the 2016 NFL Draft, Baker won the job to be Lee's replacement as Ohio State's fast run-and-chase linebacker. He had a quality debut with 83 tackles, 9.5 tackles for a loss, 3.5 sacks and two interceptions.
Baker is a highly athletic linebacker with sideline-to-sideline speed. His fit comes as a Will (weak side) linebacker in a 4-3 defense or being a run-and-chase inside linebacker in a 3-4.
The Lions could use more defensive end talent across from Ziggy Ansah.
It isn't easy to get snaps and playing time on the Ohio State defensive line because it is so loaded with future NFL talent. Holmes (6-4, 279) fell into that issue as defensive ends Nick Bosa, Sam Hubbard and Tyquan Lewis played more than he did. However, Holmes did well enough on a rotational basis to earn an invitation to the Senior Bowl, where he had a solid week of practice.
Holmes had 29 tackles with two sacks, one forced fumble and three passes batted in 2017. He also had two sacks in 2016. Holmes has good size and speed. His best football is ahead of him, and he could end up being a much better pro than college player.
115.Baltimore Ravens:Dallas Goedert, TE, South Dakota State
The Ravens could use more talent at tight end.
Goedert (6-4, 260) was a dangerous receiving threat over the past two seasons for South Dakota State. The senior amassed 72 receptions for 1,111 yards and seven touchdowns in 2017. He put up even better production as a junior with 92 receptions for 1,293 yards and 11 touchdowns. Goedert has size and some athletic ability. Team sources said that they were grading Goedert in the fourth round and have medical concerns with him.
116.Los Angeles Chargers:Kyzir White, S, West Virginia
The Chargers could use more safety talent.
White (6-2, 216) has good size to him to be a strong safety in the NFL, plus had a solid 2017 season. The senior totaled 94 tackles with four passes broken up, two forced fumbles, one sack and three interceptions. As a junior, he had 58 stops with five breakups, three sacks and zero picks. White's strong play earned him an invitation to the Senior Bowl, and he had a solid week of practice in Mobile.
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117.Seattle Seahawks:Kameron Kelly, CB, San Diego State
The Seahawks could use more cornerback talent. Richard Sherman is coming off a serious injury, and Seattle tried to trade him last year. Even if Sherman stays in the short term, the Seahawks could use more young corner talent to go with Shaq Griffin.
Kelly (6-1, 195) is a big cornerback who had an impressive 2017 season for the Aztecs. He totaled 68 tackles with eight passes broken up, three interceptions and two sacks for the year. In 2016, Kelly impressed with five interceptions, six breakups and 38 tackles. He projects as a potential press-man corner in the NFL.
The Bills traded away Reggie Ragland, and they could use more young linebacker talent for Sean McDermott's defense.
Sources from multiple teams have told me that Burks (6-2, 228) impressed them in 2017. They like his combination of size, quickness and instincts. Burks recorded 82 tackles with seven tackles for a loss, one interception and three passes broken up in 2017. In 2016, he formed a potent linebacking tandem with Zach Cunningham. Burks totaled 59 tackles with 3.5 sacks and six passes broken up that season. He showed some coverage and ball skills throughout his career, having made six breakups as a sophomore and seven as a freshman.
119.Kansas City Chiefs:Martez Carter, RB, Grambling
The Chiefs could use a good backup to Kareem Hunt and some talent in the backfield in case Hunt gets injured.
In late September, team sources told me that Carter (5-9, 205) was a player who had really impressed scouts in the fall. One area scout said that Carter is a bigger Tarik Cohen and is arguably as good as Cohen was during 2016 in college. They also say that Carter impressed them in 2016, when he averaged 7.7 yards per carry for 906 yards with 11 touchdowns. Carter added 28 receptions for 351 yards and three scores that season, too. The senior averaged 5.1 yards per carry in 2017 for 854 yards and 10 touchdowns with 33 receptions for 449 yards and two touchdowns. If Carter impresses in pre-draft workouts, he could really help rise up draft boards as Cohen's success will also help Carter.
Pettis (6-1, 185) was excellent in 2017 with 62 receptions for 721 yards and seven touchdowns. He also notched three punt-return touchdowns during the season, making for nine in his career. That success meant Pettis surpassed DeSean Jackson to be the Pac-12's all-time leader in punt returns for a touchdown. Sources say that Pettis is a smooth receiver who is fluid, fast, quick-handed, and elusive after the catch. One scout said that Pettis reminds him of Isaac Bruce. Other sources don't like Pettis at all and have him graded well into the third day of the 2018 NFL Draft. Pettis was the Huskies' No. 2 receiver to John Ross in 2016 and was a solid contributor. Pettis totaled 53 receptions for 822 yards with 15 touchdowns for Washington that season.
The Rams gave Todd Gurley a massive workload last year. Los Angeles could use more talent behind him to protect his health, keep him fresh, and give the offense a good option to turn to if Gurley gets injured.
Adams (6-2, 225) ran really well in 2017 as the Fighting Irish fielded one of the best ground attacks in the nation. Behind a tremendous offensive line, Adams was a tough runner, and he has the size to be a downhill power back, yet possesses enough quickness to break off some chunk runs. The junior averaged 6.9 yards per carry for 1,430 yards with nine touchdowns in 2017. He had 13 receptions for 101 yards as well. Adams ran for 933 yards as a sophomore after putting up 835 yards as a freshman.
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The Titans could use more young edge-rushing talent.
Okoronkwo (6-1, 243) is a fast edge rusher who is adept at putting heat on the quarterback. As a senior, Okoronkwo racked up eight sacks with 76 tackles, 17.5 tackles for a loss, two passes batted and three forced fumbles. He broke out in 2016 with 71 tackles, 12 tackles for a loss, five sacks and two forced fumbles. Okoronkwo's best fit in the NFL would come as a 3-4 outside linebacker.
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Ricardo Allen is entering free agency, and Atlanta could consider another free safety option to go with Keanu Neal.
Webb (5-11, 195) had 61 tackles with five interceptions and three passes broken up in 2017. At the East-West Shrine, Webb put together a solid week of practice. He has some instincts and intelligence that keep him in good position while consistently being around the ball. Webb broke into the starting lineup for Ohio State in 2016 and had a solid season as the strong safety next to Malik Hooker. Webb totaled 57 tackles with three passes broken up and one interception on the season. Webb needs to add weight to his frame and get stronger for the NFL. Tackling pro backs could be an issue for him.
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124.New Orleans Saints:Marcell Frazier, DE, Missouri
The Saints grab an edge rusher to go across from Cam Jordan.
Missouri has been a factory for NFL defensive line talent in recent years, and Frazier is the Tigers' model for the 2018 NFL Draft. The senior recorded 40 tackles with 15.5 tackles for a loss, seven sacks, five passes broken up and a forced fumble in 2017. With Charles Harris on the other side, Frazier was able to do some damage as a junior. The 6-foot-5, 260-pounder came on strong at the end of the 2016 season. On the year, he notched 7.5 sacks with 33 tackles. Frazier had two sacks as a backup in 2015.
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125.San Francisco 49ers:Hercules Mata'afa, DE, Washington State
John Lynch said the 49ers need more edge rush. Here's a replacement for Elvis Dumervil.
The 6-foot-2, 255-pound Mata'afa played defensive tackle for the Cougars, but he should be a 3-4 outside linebacker in the NFL. Mata'afa has a nose for the quarterback with pass-rush ability, and team sources have been impressed with his tape. He lacks the height, length and weight to be a base end in a 4-3 defense, but his twitchy athleticism and speed will translate well to being a 3-4 outside linebacker. Evaluators like Mata'afa's pass-rushing ability as they think he has natural feel as a quarterback hunter. To start his NFL career, Mata'afa could be a designated pass-rusher in the sub package before developing into a starting outside linebacker. Sources see him as a good mid-round value.
In 2017, Mata'afa totaled 43 tackles with 21.5 tackles for a loss, 9.5 sacks and two forced fumbles. He had 47 tackles with 13.5 tackles for a loss and five sacks in 2016. Mata'afa notched seven sacks in 2015.
The Jaguars could use more talent on the inside of their offensive. Here's a blocker who could play guard, or Jacksonville could move Brandon Linder to guard and plug Quessenberry in at center.
Quessenberry (6-3, 314) was decent for UCLA in 2017. He is a an okay athlete, but could stand to improve his run blocking for the NFL. Generally, Quessenberry was a reliable pass protector for Josh Rosen.
The Dolphins continue to build up a young linebacking corps.
Jewell (6-2, 230) totaled 136 tackles with 4.5 sacks, 13.5 tackles for a loss, one forced fumble, two interceptions and 11 passes batted in 2017. He missed some time with injuries, but still produced well for Iowa. Jewell recorded 124 tackles with six tackles for a loss, nine passes broken up and one forced fumble in 2016. He is a good run defender who will need to get stronger for the NFL and develop pass-coverage skills.
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128.Philadelphia Eagles:Nyheim Hines, CB, N.C. State
LeGarrette Blount will be a free agent, and Philadelphia might target another back to go with Jay Ajayi.
Hines is a speedster back who produced a lot of big plays for N.C. State in 2017. The 5-foot-9, 197-pounder a broke out on the season, averaging 5.6 yards per carry for 1,112 yards with 12 touchdowns. He had 26 receptions for 152 yards as well. Hines didn't contribute much as a runner before 2017, but he did have 43 receptions for 525 yards as a sophomore. On special teams, Hines averaged 25 yards per kick return over three years with two touchdowns. He averaged 11.3 yards per punt return with a touchdown in 2017.
Hines would fit best in the NFL as a change-of-pace receiving back who also contributes as a returner. He could be a nice speed weapon for an offense.
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The Eagles may not re-sign Ronald Darby, and they could consider more corner talent even if he is brought back.
Brown totaled 19 tackles and one pass broken up in 2017. The 6-foot, 198-pounder played well for Alabama to close out the 2016 season as he formed a nice tandem with Marlon Humphrey. Brown totaled 32 tackles with two interceptions and looked like he was just scratching the surface. Brown was a backup in 2015, plus was suspended briefly for fighting with a teammate.