The Raiders grab a difference-maker for their defensive line.
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 a NFC team told me that they thought Lawrence was among the two most disruptive defensive linemen that season - along with Alabama's Jonathan Allen.
The Bears signed Aaron Lynch, but he is more of a rotational backup. They could use an pass-rusher to go across from Leonard Floyd.
Jelks is a tough edge defender who had an impressive 2017 season. He totaled 59 tackles with 15 tackles for a loss, 6.5 sacks and seven passes batted on the year. The 6-foot-6, 252-pounder could be an outside linebacker in a 3-4 defense or add weight to play defensive end in a 4-3.
Carolina could look for an upgrade at left tackle over Matt Kalil.
Little showed a ton of potential as a freshman starter. He was up and down as a sophomore, but has plenty of upside. The 6-foot-6, 325-pounder has improved as he gains 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.
In 2017, Burns totaled 48 tackles with 13.5 for a loss, 4.5 sacks and four passes batted, but also put more pressure on the quarterback than the numbers indicate. The 6-foot-5, 218-pounder notched 9.5 sacks in his debut season for Florida State and finished 2016 in impressive fashion. Scouts have said that Burns has a ton of athletic ability and upside. He should gain weight as he ages and fill out to being a starting edge defender.
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Tennessee added to its linebackers in the 2018 NFL Draft, and I think the team could use more young talent on the defensive line.
In 2017, Wilkins made 60 tackles with 8.5 for a loss and four sacks. He was disruptive at the point of attack, showing the speed to create havoc behind the line of scrimmage. Wilkins is a great athlete for his size and has the versatility to play a variety of techniques. His speed and athleticism make him a fit for three-technique in a 4-3. He could also fit as a 3-4 defensive end and even play some nose tackle. The 6-foot-4, 310-pounder possesses a nice skill set with upside.
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.
22.Los Angeles Rams:Trayvon Mullen, CB, Clemson
Marcus Peters and Aqib Talib are risky players given their attitudes in the locker room. Here's a long-term corner for Los Angeles.
Mullen is a physical freak who has a ton of athletic upside. According to NFL team data, the 6-foot-1, 186-pounder runs the 40 in 4.45 seconds, so his combination of size and speed is tremendous. Mullen put together a solid 2017 season, totaling 42 tackles with three interceptions and seven passes broken up. He could have a big 2018 season and be one of the top cornerback prospects in the 2019 NFL Draft.
The Redskins grab a young quarterback to groom behind Alex Smith.
Patterson (6-2, 203) transferred to Michigan, and his game could really improve under Jim Harbaugh. In a tumultuous 2017 for Ole Miss, Patterson completed 64 percent of his passes for 2,259 yards with 17 touchdowns and nine interceptions before a season-ending knee injury. Scouting sources have told me that they think Patterson could be a stronger version of Johnny Manziel without all the off-the-field problems. Patterson completed 55 percent of his passes for 880 yards with six touchdowns and three interceptions in his three games of 2016. He has a good skill set and the talent around him to produce well in 2018.
The Texans could use some young cornerback talent. Jonathan Joseph and Kareem Jackson need to be replaced, while Kevin Johnson is nearing the end of his rookie contract.
Baker (5-11, 180) was very impressive as the No. 1 cornerback for Georgia in 2017. He showed good speed and athleticism to run with receivers and prevent separation. Baker totaled 44 tackles with nine passes broken up and three interceptions on the year. As a sophomore, he had two picks, five pass breakups and 31 tackles.
25.Jacksonville Jaguars:Drew Lock, QB, Missouri
The Jaguars extended Blake Bortles, but it wasn't a contract that marries them to him for many years to come. Before long, Jacksonville will probably be looking for an upgrade.
Lock 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 (6-4, 225) has some arm talent and can pick apart a defense. He wisely returned to school for the 2018 season because he could stand to improve his accuracy and footwork before going pro. While Lock's 2018 production might decline, he could end up becoming a better quarterback prospect for the NFL.
Samuel was incredible to start the 2017 season. He had 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. The 6-foot, 205-pounder is a speedy receiver who also has solid size to him. Samuel has shown soft hands and great athleticism to make difficult catches as well as turn routine receptions into big plays.
27.Atlanta Falcons:Dre'Mont Jones, DT, Ohio State
Atlanta grabs an interior disruptor who also can get after the quarterback.
In 2017, Jones recorded 20 tackles with five for a loss, one sack and two passes broken up. The 6-foot-3, 295-pounder was very disruptive for Ohio State. Jones has ton of physical talent with speed at the point of attack. He earned a starting job as a redshirt freshman in 2016 and totaled 52 tackles. Sources say that Jones possesses a first-round skill set.
Hopefully, Ryan Shazier is able to complete his comeback and return to the field for Pittsburgh. Even if he does, the Steelers could use an upgrade next to him. They also could use more edge rushing talent if Bud Dupree doesn't perform this season. Here's a player who could help them at both spots.
The 6-foot-5, 230-pound Allen was one of the top edge defenders in college football during the 2017 season. The junior totaled seven sacks along with 65 tackles, 9.5 tackles for a loss, two forced fumbles and three passes batted on the year. Allen produced well as a sophomore in 2016 with 62 tackles, 8.5 tackles for a loss, seven sacks and four forced fumbles. One national scout compared Allen to Leonard Floyd coming out of Georgia with Allen's ability to rush off the edge. That scout said Allen isn't as freaky of an athlete as Floyd was and that Allen was not worthy of a top-10 pick in the 2018 NFL Draft, but he did grade Allen as a future first-rounder.
Another director of college scouting said they had given Allen a high second-round grade for the 2018 NFL Draft, but thought Allen could have definitely ended up going in the first round if he had not returned to school. That director said Allen was an interesting player because he also can play inside linebacker, whereas Floyd was just an outside edge defender. That college director said that as an inside linebacker, Allen has similarities to current Texans linebacker Zach Cunningham in terms of his height, speed, length, and athleticism in the middle.
The Eagles missed out on Sony Michel, and Love has some similarities. He could be a huge play-maker in the Philadelphia offense.
Team sources say that Love is better than other smaller backs who have gone in the first round, like David Wilson or Jahvid Best. They think that Love is more on a par with Chris Johnson coming out of East Carolina, except Love isn't as straight-line fast as Johnson, but possesses more elusiveness and moves in the open field. While Love is extremely fast, he is a tougher running back than one would think given his size. He has excellent balance and is able to pick up yards after contact. Scouts have told me that they rate Love higher than Christian McCaffrey for the ability to run between the tackles in the NFL. Love has great vision that, combined with his speed, makes him deadly. One college director told me, "If the other nine guys do their job for a few seconds, this guy is gone."
In 2017, Love averaged a staggering 8.1 yards per carry for 2,118 yards with 19 touchdowns. He also caught six passes for 33 yards. Sources say Love has more receiving potential for the NFL than the numbers illustrate.
30.Los Angeles Chargers:Damon Arnette, CB, Ohio State
The Chargers grab an interior disruptor to go in between Joey Bosa and Melvin Ingram.
In 2017, Arnette totaled 44 tackles with eight passes broken up and two interceptions. He had a rough start to the season and really improved as the year progressed. Arnette is a big corner, and sourced data has him running a 4.40-second time in the 40-yard dash. With his size and speed, Arnette (6-0, 195) could become a hot prospect if he puts together a strong senior year.
The Patriots could use more young talent at receiver.
Brown is a fast wideout who is a threat to score anytime he catches a pass. As a sophomore, he averaged 19.2 yards per reception for 1,095 yards on 57 catches with seven touchdowns. Brown (5-11, 162) has a thin frame and needs to get stronger for the NFL. If he can maintain his speed while adding weight, he could be a dynamic wide receiver.
The Packers grab some linebacker talent to go next to Blake Martinez.
Here 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, 240-pounder has length, size and speed. As a sophomore, he flashed with 50 tackles, four sacks and a forced fumble. His initial projection from teams is that he has late first-round to early second-round potential if he continues to improve.