2019 NFL Draft Stock – National Championship

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

By Charlie Campbell.
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2019 NFL Draft Stock Up

Christian Wilkins, DT, Clemson
Wilkins ended his college career in style with a good performance against Alabama. In the first half, Wilkins caused a lot of disruption and put some pressure on the quarterback. He then helped clinch the win and end any hopes of a Crimson Tide comeback by making some splash plays to slam the door.

Early in the fourth quarter, Wilkins made a superb play that saw him submarine into the backfield on a third-and-goal to get a tackle for a loss. Shortly later, Wilkins used his speed to fire between the center and right guard, while using his power to churn through them, before chasing down Jalen Hurts for a sack.

This tape will help Wilkins to get selected in the middle to late portion of the first round of the 2019 NFL Draft. He fought through some double teams, held his ground against the run, and got after the quarterback. Wilkins looks a good fit as a three-technique tackle in a 4-3 defense.

Josh Jacobs, RB, Alabama
I know some scouts who rave about Jacobs and think he could have the best skill set of any of the running backs on Alabama’s roster. That is really saying something, and a lot of that is from watching the Crimson Tide in practice. The 5-foot-10, 216-pound Jacobs is a very physically gifted running back as he has good size and is fast. He possesses athleticism, agility, running instincts, balance, power, and quick feet. After being a rotational back for three years, Jacobs will be entering the NFL with very little wear-and-tear.

Javon Patterson, G, Ole Miss
Patterson was one of the last additions to the Senior Bowl roster. Senior Bowl director Jim Nagy remarked on Patterson showing massive improvement from his junior to senior year. Getting an invitation to Mobile is huge for Patterson and is a great opportunity to really rise. If he can be effective against a good group of defensive linemen and have success in the pass-protection one-on-ones, that could lead to Patterson really rising in the 2019 NFL Draft’s weak class of offensive linemen.

Sheldrick Redwine, CB, Miami
Redwine (6-1, 195) did not get the attention shown to cornerback Michael Jackson or safety Jaquan Johnson, but Redwine had a quality senior year that earned him an invitation to the Senior Bowl. He totaled 64 tackles with 3.5 for a loss, two passes broken up and three interceptions in 2018. Redwine notched two interceptions, 59 tackles, and six breakups as a junior. In the 2019 NFL Draft’s weak defensive back class, Redwine could rise off of a good week of practice in Mobile.

Amani Hooker, S, Iowa
Hooker was one of the top defensive players in the Big Ten in 2018 and continues Iowa’s line of NFL prospect defensive backs. He played strong safety and dime linebacker for the Hawkeyes in 2018, recording 65 tackles, four interceptions, 3.5 tackles for a loss and seven passes broken up for the season. In 2017, he totaled 56 tackles and two interceptions. The 6-foot, 210-pounder would fit best as a strong safety to start out his NFL career.

Jordan Brown, CB, South Dakota State
The 6-foot-1, 195-pound Brown has good size to match up against NFL wide receivers. He earned an invitation to the Senior Bowl, and if he shows the speed to run with wideouts in Mobile, and then runs well at the combine and in pre-draft workouts, he could rise in the lead up to the 2019 NFL Draft. Brown snagged three interceptions each as a senior and junior, plus another two as a sophomore. He totaled 71 tackles as a junior. Brown also had 12 pass breakups as a senior and nine as a junior. He is a sleeper corner to watch.

Lonnie Johnson, CB, Kentucky
In 2018, Johnson totaled 23 tackles with four passes broken up. He was better than the numbers indicate and did a nice job of limiting his receivers. The Wildcats fielded a good secondary, and Johnson was their best corner and reliable in coverage. His dependable play earned him an invitation to the Senior Bowl. The 6-foot-3, 206-pound Johnson has excellent size to match up on big NFL receivers.

Zack Moss, RB, Utah
Moss impressed evaluators as he carried the Utah offense on the Ute’s way to a 9-5 season. On the year, he averaged 6.1 yards per carry for 1,096 yards with 11 touchdowns. As a sophomore in 2017, Moss averaged 5.5 yards per carry for 1,173 yards with 10 touchdowns. He also notched 29 receptions for 243 yards that season. The 5-foot-10, 210-pound back has a good build with quickness.

2019 NFL Draft Stock Down

Deionte Thompson, S, Alabama
Team sources thought that Thompson had first-round potential after his hot start to the year, but over the course of the season, Thompson’s play cooled down and so did the feelings of NFL evaluators. In speaking to multiple team sources, they ended up grading Thompson on the second day of the 2019 NFL Draft. There were a few reasons why Thompson saw his stock go down. The first one was teams felt he stopped making plays on the ball. Another issue they saw was missed tackles. Finally, they worry about his a thin frame for the NFL. All of those problems could be seen against Oklahoma as he misread one play to lose a potential interception, dropped an easy interception, and was beat over the top for a long touchdown.

Those issues continued against Clemson. Early in the first quarter, Thompson made a terrible play, not moving his eyes to see a receiver running straight down the middle of the field. That allowed a wideout to get open deep down the field for a 62-yard gain. Thompson was the last line of defense and committed the cardinal sin of letting a wide receiver get behind him because of poor instincts, vision, and a mental mistake. On the next play, a Clemson running back powered through a tackle attempt by Thompson and got into the end zone for a rushing touchdown. In the third quarter, Thompson was juked in the open field and lost his footing as freshman receiver Justyn Ross broke downfield for a 74-yard touchdown.

Thompson looked like a future first-rounder early in the season, but over the back half of the year and the postseason, he looked like a mid-round pick who should go back to school rather than go pro.

L.J. Scott, RB, Michigan State
Entering the 2018 season, there were many evaluators that were excited about Scott. They loved his skill set and running ability, beleiving he had the potential to be a good three-down starter in the NFL. Unfortunately, injuries sidelined Scott, and when he did play he wasn’t the same runner as he was in 2017. At the start of his senior year, sources said they thought Scott could be a second-day pick in the 2019 NFL Draft, but now he could slide much lower. Still, teams feel he could be a massive steal if he can get healthy and return to his previous form.

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