The Bills could use multiple additions on the inside of their defensive line. Marcell Dareus was traded away, while Kyle Williams is nearing the end of a very good career. Star Lotulelei was brought in, but he is a limited nose tackle and Carolina allowed him to leave because he isn't very good. Here's a difference-maker for Buffalo who offers a lot of disruption up front and would fit as a three-technique in their scheme.
This season, Oliver has 18 tackles with four tackles for a loss and a pass batted. He was all over the field against Rice in the season opener, recording 13 tackles - 8 solo - with 3.5 for a loss.
In 2017, Oliver totaled 73 tackles with 16.5 tackles for a loss, 5.5 sacks, three passes batted and two forced fumbles. The 6-foot-1, 290-pounder dominated at the point of attack in 2016, starting from his debut game against Oklahoma. All season, the freshman overwhelmed offensive linemen with his quickness, athletic ability, and physicality. He totaled 66 tackles with 22.5 tackles for a loss, five sacks, three forced fumbles and nine passes batted on the year.
Oliver is going to see a ton of double teams for the rest of his college career, but he is good enough to produce even with the extra attention. Like Dexter Lawrence, Oliver looks like a future top prospect for the 2019 NFL Draft.
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The Colts grab a three-technique to build their defense around.
Brown has six tackles with one sack so far in 2018. Washington sent consistent double teams Brown's direction in the 2018 season opener, but he had three tackles and did a good job of stuffing runs to limit Myles Gaskin. Brown also had some pressures.
Brown (6-5, 316) had an impressive 2017 season, playing well down the stretch when Auburn made a run into the SEC Championship. He totaled 56 tackles with 3.5 sacks, nine tackles for a loss, one pass broken up and two forced fumbles on the year. The 6-foot-5, 316-pounder has a lot of upside to grow. Team sources who have done advance work on the 2019 class are high on Brown and think he definitely has first-round potential.
The Jets could use an elite edge rusher to go next to Leonard Williams.
Bosa has nine tackles with five for a loss and three sacks in 2018. He dominated Oregon State in the season opener, needing to only play one half to notch two sacks, two fumble recoveries, one touchdown and four tackles.
Bosa totaled 34 tackles, 8.5 sacks, two passes batted and one forced fumble in 2017. He was the Buckeyes' best defensive end last season, even though he rotated with Sam Hubbard and Tyquan Lewis. Bosa could explode as a junior with the departure of those latter two for the NFL, which should leave him playing every down. The 6-foot-3, 265-pounder played well for Ohio State in 2016, too, recording 29 tackles with seven tackles for a loss and five sacks.
Many expected the Dolphins to draft a linebacker upgrade last April, but they took Minkah Fitzpatrick instead. Here is a difference-maker for the middle of Miami's defense.
Through two games, White has 19 tackles with one for a loss and one forced fumble. The 6-foot-1, 255-pounder is a big inside linebacker who possesses excellent instincts. He has good athleticism with the ability to cover in the passing game while also being a stout run defender.
In 2017, White totaled 133 tackles, 14 tackles for a loss, 4.5 sacks, three passes broken up and one interception. It was a breakout sophomore campaign for White, and if he could have entered the 2018 NFL Draft, he would have graded out similarly to Virginia Tech's Tremaine Edmunds or Georgia's Roquan Smith.
Robert Nkemdiche has to break out this year or he will be entering bust status for Arizona. Even if Nkemdiche does show progress, the Cardinals could look for a true replacement for Calais Campbell to go with Nkemdiche.
Davis has six tackles with one for a loss in 2018. Following the example of Jonathan Allen and Da'Ron Payne, Davis looks like he is a future top-20 prospect as well.
The 6-foot-7, 306-pounder had an excellent 2017 season for the Crimson Tide. He totaled 69 tackles with 10 tackles for a loss, 8.5 sacks and an interception for his breakout sophomore campaign. Davis has a versatile skill set with a ton upside. He can play a variety of techniques up front and is a force as a run defender or in the pass rush.
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The Cowboys need a No. 1 receiver for Dak Prescott.
Brown has 15 receptions for 251 yards and three scores in 2018.
Last season, Brown totaled 75 receptions for 1,252 yards and 11 touchdowns. He was injured in 2017's game against California on his first target and missed the rest of the contest. Brown had a strong debut in 2016 with 29 receptions for 412 yards with two touchdowns. The 6-foot-1, 225-pound freshman showed some play-making potential, and it wouldn't be surprising if he puts together a big season in 2018.
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Reggie McKenzie has blown a lot of picks on bad defensive players. The most recent draft class has some promise with Arden Key, P.J. Hall, Maurice Hurst and Nick Nelson, but a lot more help is needed. The Raiders are probably going to have a terrible defense this season. Here's an end to go with Key. This would be a great fit for Oakland/Las Vegas.
In 2018, Ferrell has five tackles with three sacks, one pass batted and a forced fumble.
Clemson has a defensive line that is comprised of future first-round picks, and some sources think that Ferrell created some of the big plays for the other Clemson defensive linemen in 2017. On the season, he totaled 66 tackles with 18 tackles for a loss, 9.5 sacks, one pass batted and two forced fumbles. Fellow defensive end Austin Bryant spent 2017 playing himself into being an early-rounder, but Bryant did well at cleaning up a lot of scrambling quarterbacks running away from Ferrell. The 6-foot-5, 250-pound Ferrell has superb speed with athleticism and the ability to bend around the corner. He looks like a future first-round pick in the 2019 NFL Draft.
Vinny Curry is a limited player, while Jason Pierre-Paul would be better off as a designated pass-rusher as he ages. The age factor and the toll of a lot of injuries are also creeping into consideration with Gerald McCoy. Here's a three-down starter who can play inside or outside to go with Vita Vea.
In 2018, Gary has 12 tackles with 1.5 for a loss and one sack. He opened the season by consistently burning Notre Dame's offensive tackles and putting steady hits on quarterback Brandon Wimbush.
In 2017, Gary notched 65 tackles with six sacks, one forced fumble and 12 tackles for a loss. The 6-foot-5, 287-pounder is a rare athlete who could turn into a dominant defender. Scouting sources say Gary has high first-round potential if he puts everything together. That could definitely happen during his junior season. Gary has a tremendous skill set with rare athleticism, speed and versatility. His upside is off the charts.
The Ravens grab a young difference-maker for the point of attack.
In 2018, Simmons has 5.5 tackles for a loss and eight tackles. The 6-foot-4, 301-pounder is a special player with an excellent combination of speed, athleticism, size and strength. As a sophomore, he totaled 60 tackles with five sacks, 12 tackles for a loss, one pass batted and two forced fumbles.
In the leadup to whichever draft he enters, Simmons will be very polarizing because of off-the-field issues. In a video that is reminiscent of Joe Mixon, Simmons is seen beating a woman in a street fight, throwing multiple punches. Some teams that don't consider players with a history of domestic violence will immediately remove Simmons from their draft boards.
The Giants grab their replacement for Eli Manning.
In 2018, Herbert has completed 64 percent of his passes for 531 yards with nine touchdowns and two interceptions.
Sources who have already completed advance work on the 2019 NFL Draft's class say Herbert has big-time potential. He only played in eight games during 2017, but completed 67 percent of his passes for 1,750 yards with 13 touchdowns and three interceptions. The sophomore also ran for five touchdowns. As a freshman, Herbert completed 64 percent of his passes for 1,936 yards with 19 touchdowns and four interceptions. The 6-foot-6, 225-pounder has a good skill set and could have a big junior year.
Little showed a ton of potential as a freshman starter. He was up and down as a sophomore, but possesses plenty of upside. The 6-foot-6, 325-pounder has improved as he has gained experience and should only get better as a junior. Little could end up being a really good left tackle prospect if he works hard and makes the most of his immense potential.
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12.Cleveland Browns:Amani Oruwariye, CB, Penn State
The Browns could use a left tackle, a defensive tackle or a wide receiver, but there aren't good options available at any of those needs. Thus, Cleveland grabs a cornerback who could form a tremendous tandem with Denzel Ward.
Recently in the Hot Press, we surveyed team scouts on who impressed them during fall training camp, and Oruwariye was one of players mentioned. He has taken that strong practice performance to the field, making interceptions in back-to-back games to open the 2018 season. To go along with the picks, Oruwariye has broken up two passes and has 10 tackles. The 6-foot-1, 203-pounder has excellent size for the NFL. With his hot start to the season, Oruwariye could end up being one of the top corner prospects for the 2019 NFL Draft.
Oruwariye formed a tough cornerback tandem for Penn State in 2017 with Christian Campbell. Oruwariye was impressive with 28 tackles, eight passes broken up and four interceptions on the year. It was a big jump in ball production as he had one interception, one breakup and 23 tackles over the previous season.
Tennessee added to its linebackers in the 2018 NFL Draft, and I think the team could use more young talent on the defensive line.
Sweat was very productive against Stephen F. Austin and Kansas State with nine tackles, 5.5 for a loss and three sacks.
Sweat (6-6, 241) had an excellent 2017 season and was dynamic defender for the Bulldogs. He totaled 48 tackles with 15.5 tackles for a loss and 10.5 sacks. Sweat has a fast first-step with functional strength and some natural feel as a pass-rusher. 2017 was his first year of playing time, so he has upside to develop.
The Seahawks lost Sheldon Richardson to free agency and Malik McDowell to injury. Here's an interior disruptor, which they need.
Thus far in 2018, Lawrence has five tackles with one for a loss.
Lawrence totaled 34 tackles with 2.5 sacks in 2017. While his numbers were down over his freshman season, he helped create a lot of sacks for those around him. Team sources who have done advance work on the 2019 prospects said Lawrence wasn't the same player as a sophomore, and they theorize he was playing with an injury that was not disclosed.
The 6-foot-5, 340-pounder was a tremendous freshman to help Clemson win the 2016 season's National Championship. NFL sources were raving about Lawrence in the 2017 preseason, as he was impossible to ignore in 2016. Lawrence was an All-Freshman selection all over the nation, plus was named the ACC Rookie of the Year. He totaled 63 tackles with 9.5 tackles for a loss, seven sacks and a pass batted for 2016. One national scout for an NFC team told me that they thought Lawrence was among the two most disruptive defensive linemen that season - along with Alabama's Jonathan Allen.
15.San Francisco 49ers:Zach Allen, DE, Boston College
The 49ers need one more edge rusher to finish off their defensive line.
Allen has five tackles with one sack and 2.5 tackles for a loss in 2018. He totaled 100 tackles with 15.5 tackles for a loss, six sacks, three passes broken up and an interception in 2017.
Allen (6-5, 285) didn't receive the hype of teammate Harold Landry, but Allen is the better pro prospect and could easily be picked earlier in the 2019 NFL Draft than Landry was in 2018. Allen is a tough run defender who is strong to hold his ground at the point of attack. He anchors well and is tough to move. As a pass-rusher, Allen has an impressive first-step and burst out of his stance for a heavy defensive end. He has strength to achieve pressure on the bull rush and speed to close. Allen could still use more pass-rushing moves for the NFL. With his size and strength, it would be nice to see him add a club or rip move. In the NFL, he will be an asset as a run defender playing end in a 4-3 or 3-4 defense.
Even if Ziggy Ansah is retained, the Lions could use an upgrade with an edge pass-rusher on the other side.
In 2018, Jackson has four tackles and .5 sacks. He is a dangerous edge defender with a nose for the quarterback. Jackson has excellent speed off the edge to go along with length and size. The 6-foot-5, 258-pounder could grow into a solid base end for a 4-3 defense.
In 2017, Jackson totaled 59 tackles with 11.5 for a loss, 6.5 sacks, two passes batted and one forced fumble. He was impressive in his play against Notre Dame left tackle Mike McGlinchey, the ninth-overall pick in the 2018 NFL Draft and one of the 49ers' starting tackles. As a freshman, Jackson made 8.5 sacks.
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