2019 NFL Draft Stock – Week 17

This section highlights which players have improved or worsened their 2019 NFL Draft stock as the draft approaches.

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2019 NFL Draft Stock Up

Deshaun Davis, LB, Auburn
At 5-foot-11, Davis is a shorter linebacker, but he is put together like a Mack truck, checking in at 246 pounds. The senior has 107 tackles with 14 tackles for a loss, 2.5 sacks and two passes batted this year. Davis notched 82 tackles in 2017 and 63 stops the previous year. His height is a problem for mismatches in coverage in the NFL, so he needs to show coverage skills at the Senior Bowl to help his draft stock.

Antoine Wesley, WR, Texas Tech
Wesley was one of the breakout players in 2018. As a sophomore in 2017, he had only 10 receptions for 137 yards, but he exploded as a junior for 1,410 yards and nine touchdowns on 88 receptions. The 6-foot-5, 200-pounder tore up the weak Big XII and has size-mismatch skills for the NFL. Wesley needs to run fast times at the NFL Scouting Combine to help his draft grade because teams have serious speed concerns about him. In speaking with team sources, Wesley did enough as a junior to make himself draft-able, and they think he could be a late-round pick.

Alex Wesley, WR, Northern Colorado
The 2019 NFL Draft is not very strong at the wide receiver position, so some under the radar receivers could move up in the lead up to the draft. Wesley has the potential to be one of those players after recording 57 reception for 1,050 yards and four touchdowns as a senior. He had 55 catches for 1,010 yards and six scores in 2017. Wesley (6-0, 184) earned an invitation to the Senior Bowl and could rise with a strong week in Mobile.

Travis Fulgham, WR, Old Dominion
Oshane Ximines was the Old Dominion player who has some draft buzz entering the season, but as scouts went to watch Ximines, Fulgham helped himself enough to earn an invitation to the Senior Bowl. Fulgham totaled 63 catches for 1,083 yards with nine touchdowns in 2018. That was a huge jump in production over his junior (30-394-1) and sophomore seasons (29-478-8). The 6-foot-3, 215-pounder has good size with a developed frame. It would really help him to show the ability to separate from corners in Mobile at the Senior Bowl.

Alec Ingold, FB, Wisconsin
Fullback may be a disappearing position in football, but a few NFL teams still utilize one. Due to the relative rarity, a college player has to be pretty good at that position to land an invitation to the Senior Bowl. Ingold is one of those prospects and comes from a running-oriented school, so his lead blocking should not be a question. As a senior, he has 21 carries for 132 yards with five touchdowns. He also has five catches for 93 yards. Ingold (6-2, 242) will need to impress on special teams in Mobile to help his chances of being drafted.

Drew Sample, TE, Washington
Sample is not a dynamic receiving threat, but he is a polished tight end who could end up being a quality backup in the NFL. As a senior, he has 23 receptions or 251 yards and two touchdowns. The 6-foot-5, 251-pounder could fit as a Y – blocking – tight end in the NFL.

Dax Raymond, TE, Utah State
Raymond totaled 27 receptions for 345 yards and two touchdowns as a senior, but he impressed enough to earn an invitation to the Senior Bowl. Raymond did more damage as a receiver in his junior year, hauling in 41 passes for 456 yards and a score. If Raymond can show mismatch potential as a receiving weapon in Mobile, he could become a sought-after prospect.

Darrell Henderson, RB, Memphis
Henderson decided not to take a shot at 2,000 yards rushing, skipping his bowl game to prepare for the 2019 NFL Draft. The junior averaged 8.9 yards per carry in 2018 for 1,909 yards with 22 touchdowns. He also caught 19 passes for 295 yards with three scores. Henderson showed some receiving ability as a sophomore (24-226-2) and freshman (20-237-3) as well. The 5-foot-9, 200-pounder is undersized for the NFL, but he could interest teams as a rotational speed back.

2019 NFL Draft Stock Down

Deondre Francois, QB, Florida State
In speaking to some team sources, they have heard rumors while visiting Florida State that quarterback Deondre Francois could leave college early for the NFL. Those sources say that would be a mistake as Francois would probably be a late-round pick and could go undrafted. While he has a rocket arm, he does not have ideal height, had a serious injury that cost him the 2017 season, and played inconsistently in 2018. It would be best for Francois to improve his play before going pro.

CeCe Jefferson, DE, Florida
Jefferson was a highly recruited player coming out of high school, but lesser-known recruits in Jachai Polite and Jabari Zuniga proved to be better players in college. In his senior year, Jefferson was relegated to being a rotational backup behind those two edge defenders, and there was a noticeable dip in play for Florida when Jefferson rotated in for either of those two. Team sources say that Jefferson is just a guy and think he will be a late-round pick and could easily go undrafted.

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