The Jets could use a rusher to go next to Leonard Williams. Here's a player who could be a quarterback hunter off the edge.
Sweat was very productive against Stephen F. Austin, Kansas State and Kentucky to open this season. On the year, he has 24 tackles, 10 for a loss and 7.5 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. Last year was his first year of playing time, so he has upside to develop.
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The Packers need multiple young edge rushers to upgrade their defense.
In 2018, Allen has 37 tackles with 10.5 tackles for a loss, six sacks, two forced fumbles and three passes batted. Prior to dominating South Carolina, the senior was phenomenal in leading Kentucky to upsets over Florida and Mississippi State.
The 6-foot-4, 250-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 they 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.
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19.Pittsburgh Steelers:Amani Oruwariye, CB, Penn State
Joe Haden is aging and declining. Here's a replacement for Artie Burns.
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 the first two games of the 2018 season. To go along with the picks, Oruwariye has broken up nine passes and has 24 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.
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The Dolphins moved on from Ndamukong Suh and Jordan Phillips. Here's some more young talent for their defensive line.
In 2018, Wilkins has 20 tackles with 5.5 for a loss and two sacks.
Wilkins is disruptive at the point of attack, showing the speed to create havoc behind the line of scrimmage. He 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.
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Tennessee added to its linebackers in the 2018 NFL Draft, and I think the team should use the 2019 NFL Draft to add more young talent to the defensive line.
Tillery was excellent in the 2018 season opener, notching a sack against Michigan and causing a ton of disruption. Against Stanford, he turned in one of the best games of the year from any player in college football, dominating the Cardinal with four sacks, six tackles and a forced fumble. Tillery has 21 tackles with seven sacks and three forced fumbles on the season.
Over the past few years, Tillery has played well for Notre Dame and has been active at the point of attack. For 2017, he totaled 47 tackles with nine for a loss, 4.5 sacks and a forced fumble. Tillery had 37 tackles with three tackles for a loss in 2016. The sophomore played better than the numbers illustrate and caused some havoc in the backfield.
Tillery (6-6, 310) has a good skill set with size, speed, and athleticism to develop. In the pass rush, he has displayed excellent strength to shed blocks, technique to get under the pads of offensive linemen, power to bull rush, and speed to close on the quarterback. He also is a stout run defender who is sound to hold his gap.
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The Vikings could use more offensive line upgrades to protect their investment in Kirk Cousins and open holes for Dalvin Cook.
While Ford starts at right tackle for the Sooners, he projects to guard in the NFL. Ford has been phenomenal in 2018 and has created a buzz with scouts going through Norman. The 6-foot-4, 338-pounder is strong at the point of attack with good athleticism for his size. Ford broke into the starting lineup in 2016 before a broken leg ended his year early. In 2017, he was banged up, yet played in every game, making some starts. Ford has taken his game to another level as a senior and is dominating on the field.
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The Raiders grab a long-term back for Jon Gruden's offense.
In 2018, Harris has averaged 6.5 yards per carry for 423 yards and four touchdowns. He also has 12 receptions for 149 yards. Harris averaged 7.4 yards per carry in 2017 for 1,000 yards with 11 touchdowns. He also had 12 receptions for 91 yards. On only 145 carries in 2016, Harris averaged 7.2 yards per carry for 1,040 yards with two touchdowns. He had 14 receptions for 99 yards, too.
Harris' strong 2017 season saw him show off both enough speed to break off long runs and the physicality to run through tackles and pick up yards after contact. He also has some blocking and receiving ability for the passing game. In 2018, Harris has picked up where he left off and looks like a complete back with three-down starting potential for the NFL. Sources told me that they were grading the 5-foot-11, 221-pound Harris on the second day for the 2018 NFL Draft if he had decided not to return to school. They compared him to the good version of Doug Martin.
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The Bengals could use more offensive line talent. Here's a road-grader for Joe Mixon.
Lamar has 42 tackles with 3.5 for a loss and two sacks in 2018. As a sophomore, he flashed with 50 tackles, four sacks and a forced fumble.
Lamar 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 possesses length, size and speed. His initial projection from teams is that he has late first-round to early second-round potential if he continues to improve.
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The Redskins have Preston Smith entering free agency, and Ryan Kerrigan is aging. Here, Washington grabs a young pass-rusher who fits Doug Williams' style of pure football players who are physical and tenacious.
Jelks has 31 tackles with four for a loss, 2.5 sacks, one forced fumble and one pass batted so far in 2018. He is a tough edge defender who had an impressive 2017 season that saw him rack up 59 tackles with 15 tackles for a loss, 6.5 sacks and seven passes batted. 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.
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Carolina could use a young defensive end to replace Julius Peppers.
Polite has been a force on the edge for Florida in 2018. The junior has an odd body type, but he could be a good rotational edge rusher in a 4-3 and would fit well as a 3-4. On the year, Polite has seven sacks with four forced fumbles, 26 tackles, 8.5 tackles for a loss and three passes batted. He has natural feel as a pass-rusher with speed, athleticism, moves, and natural feel as a pass rusher. The 6-foot-2, 260-pound Polite is a bit of tweener in that he has the height of a tackle but the weight of a defensive end. Polite has good speed and athleticism at the point of attack. In 2017, he totaled 22 tackles with 5.5 tackles for a loss, and two sacks. Polite had two sacks as a freshman.
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Jones has been awesome to start out the 2018 season, notching huge plays to help lead Ohio State to wins over Oregon State and TCU. He has 5.5 sacks, 21 tackles, 8.5 tackles for a loss, one pass batted, one forced fumble and a 28-yard pick-six on the season.
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. He earned a starting job as a redshirt freshman in 2016 and totaled 52 tackles.
Jones has ton of physical talent with speed at the point of attack. Sources believe that he possesses a first-round skill set. He is very fast with an excellent burst off the snap to fire his gap and cause disruption in the backfield.
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The Ravens could use more speedy receiving talent.
Thus far in 2018, Brown has 33 receptions for 675 yards and seven touchdowns. As a sophomore, he averaged 19.2 yards per reception for 1,095 yards on 57 catches with seven touchdowns.
Brown is a fast wideout who is a threat to score anytime he catches a pass. The 5-foot-11, 162-pounder 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.
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29.New England Patriots:Parris Campbell, WR, Ohio State
The Patriots grab a young speed receiver for Tom Brady.
Campbell has 43 receptions for 557 yards and seven touchdowns so far in 2018. He totaled 40 receptions for 584 yards and three touchdowns in 2017. Campbell made 13 receptions for 121 yards in 2016.
Sources from multiple teams told me that Campbell has big-time ability and that they thought he would break out in 2017 if Ohio State committed to getting him the ball. The passing limitations of J.T. Barrett held back Campbell and Ohio State's other wideouts that season. Those sources also think Campbell has serious receiver talent for the NFL. The 6-foot, 205-pounder is well put together with the explosive speed to take any catch the distance. Teams' preseason data had Campbell running the 40 in 4.35 seconds.
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The Packers could lose HaHa Clinton-Dix in free agency. Here's a replacement.
Thompson has been one of the breakout players in the early going of 2018, and multiple team sources are raving about him. They say that a first-round buzz is building around Thompson. In 2018, the senior has two interceptions, five passes broken up, one forced fumble and 40 tackles. Thompson was a backup to Minkah Fitzpatrick and Ronnie Harrison as a junior. In limited playing time last season, Thompson had 25 tackles, a pass breakup and an interception. The 6-foot-2, 196-pounder has a big-time skill set and could be a fast riser during the 2019 NFL Draft process.
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Kansas City needs a No. 1 corner to replace Marcus Peters.
Mullen has five tackles and a sack so far in 2018. He put together a solid 2017 season, totaling 42 tackles with three interceptions and seven passes broken up.
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. He could have a big 2018 season and be one of the top cornerback prospects in the 2019 NFL Draft.
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The Rams only signed Ndamukong Suh to a 1-year contract. Given what they paid Aaron Donald, Todd Gurely and Brandin Cooks, they probably won't be able to sign Suh to a longer-term deal. Additionally, the Rams have to account for Jared Goff's extension. Here's a tackle to replace Suh.
Thus far in 2018, Lawrence has 12 tackles with one for a loss. He totaled 34 tackles with 2.5 sacks in 2017. While Lawrence's numbers were down over his freshman season, he helped create a lot of sacks for those around him. Team sources who did 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.
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