Cleveland needs a defensive tackle so they get someone very similar to Danny Shelton their former first round pick at 17. The 6-5 350 lb Dexter Lawrence has 7.5 tackles for a loss, and 7 quarterback hurries in 2018. Lawrence has some issues, but he's too talented to slip out of the top 20.
Dexter Lawrence had one of his best games versus Duke. That isn't saying much though. I'd like so see some film cuts against opponents that had high NFL draft grades.
Sheldon Richardson only got a one-year deal. The 6-4 300 lb Jeffery Simmons had 17 tackles for a loss and 7 quarterback hurries in 2018. With Raekwon Davis returning, to Alabama, Jeffery Simmons is an ideal candidate for Minnesota to draft a 18. Most had Simmons going higher then this, but he will miss the 2019 NFL Combine because of a former domestic violence incident. Also, Simmons did tear his ACL. This will be the last time I put Simmons at 18. I need some time to brainstorm some candidates to replace Simmons so I'm gonna slot Simmons to Minnesota one last time just for the hell of it.
Here is a game of Jeffery Simmons versus Alabama. This wasn't one of Simmons best games on tape though.
Tennessee gets a pass rusher to compliment Harold Landry. The 6-5 235 lb Brian Burns had 31 solo tackles, 21 assisted tackles, 52 total tackles, 15.5 tackles for a loss, 10 sacks, 8 quarterback hurries, 3 deflections from pass breakups, 3 forced fumbles, and 1 fumble recovery.
Brian Burns struggled against Northern Illinois left tackle Max Scharping. At the same time, he dominated Boston College left tackle Anthony Montiero which is one reason why he could get picked in the first round.
Pittsburgh needs a 3-4 middle linebacker. Devin White is an absolute steal at 20. There are other teams that could take White, and he's someone I may move back up after Senior Bowl week. For now, Pittsburgh pounces on the opportunity to land Devin White at 20.
The 6-1 240 lb Devin White can rush the quarterback, stop the run, or drop back into coverage at a Pro Bowl level. White had 37 solo tackles, 96 assisted tackles, 133 total tackles, 14 tackles for a loss, 5 quarterback hurries, 4.5 sacks, and 3 deflections from pass breakups in 2017. White had 62 solo tackles, 61 assisted tackles, 123 total tackles, 12 tackles for a loss, 8 quarterback hurries, and 6 deflections from pass breakups in 2018.
Devin White is still my top middle linebacker. White missed some tackles against Georgia running back DeAndre Swift. While White is clearly a blue chip middle linebacker, I don't think his upside is as high as someone like Roquan Smith or Tremaine Edmunds who were both projected top 10 picks who both went in the top 15 of the 2018 NFL Draft.
Seattle has a good cornerback tandem in Shaquem Griffin and Tre Flowers. They need to retool at safety after hitting on Flowers after losing Richard Sherman. Seattle is lucky that Griffin stepped up for Sherman while Flowers excelled. That kept Seattle from entering a rebuild.
The Seattle Seahawks use this pick to re-tool at safety with Kam Chancellor likely retiring and Earl Thomas being a Free Agent, they go after Alabama safety Deionte Thompson who showed the versatility to play free safety or strong safety. Thompson is no Earl Thomas, but he's the best Seattle can do if they want to get younger at safety in the NFL Draft.
The 6-2 196 lb safety had 48 solo tackles, 31 assisted tackles, 79 total tackles, 6 deflections from pass breakups, 3.5 tackles for a loss, and 2 interceptions. His numbers don't really appear to be that impressive on the surface. The irony is he has the best tape of any of Alabama's defensive backs.
Lil John on Draft Twitter who edits On The Clock is a huge Panthers fan. He's the fourth member of the Draft Twitter Film team that I'm networking with Daily for the 2019 NFL Draft. He did a film session on Deionte Thompson and I'm posting Thompson's tape here.
Baltimore gets the 6-4 280 lb Zach Allen as a 3-4 left end to replace Brent Urban. Zach Allen had 15 tackles for a loss, 11 quarterback hurries, 7 deflections from pass breakups, and 6.5 sacks in 2018. He complimented Harold Landry in 2017 too with 15.5 tackles for a loss, 6 quarterback hurries, and 6 sacks in 2017. Allen was one of the best players in Mobile during the 2019 Senior Bowl.
Zach Allen got the best of Mitch Hyatt. You can take a look at this film session if you don't believe me.
The Houston Texans need a starting left tackle to protect Deshaun Watson's blindside. Julie'n Davenport isn't getting the job done neither is their starting right tackle.
The 6-4 310 lb Andre Dillard had a strong week in Mobile. He did well versus Jaylon Ferguson. He is someone who could draw late first round consideration here and gives Watson a premium blindside. He did an good job in pass protection for both Luke Falk and Gardner Minshew II at Washington State in both 2017 and 2018. He has longer arms then Jonah Williams, but doesn't maintain blocks as long as Williams or Kansas State right tackle Dalton Risner.
Here is tape of Andre Dillard versus Wyoming. This is the only film cut of Dillard at the moment. I may try to find a different game where Dillard faced someone more challenging then Carl Granderson.
The 5-11 222 lb Devin Bush had 39 solo tackles, 63 assisted tackles, 102 total tackles, and 9.5 tackles for a loss as a sophomore. Devin Bush only had 38 solo tackles, 41 assisted tackles, 79 total tackles, 9 tackles for a loss, 6 deflections from pass breakups, and 5 sacks in 2018 despite dealing with injuries. One of my friends called Devin Bush the best Michigan prospect they have seen in the last ten years.
Oakland can pair Clelin Ferrell their fourth pick at right end with a middle linebacker to anchor the defense in Devin Bush as the Oakland Raiders re-tool their defense by getting a middle linebacker at 24.
Philadelphia reaches for a blindside in hopes of finding a successor to Jason Peters at left tackle assuming they want to keep Lane Johnson at right tackle. The 6-6 320 lb Max Scharping got the best of Khalil Hodge in the MAC Championship game. The four year starter has an exceptional football IQ along with versatility to play both left tackle and right tackle. He only allowed one sack in the past three seasons versus Iowa in 2018. Scharping held his own versus teams like Boston College, Florida State, Ball State, Buffalo, and Central Michigan. Brian Burns who I mocked to Tennessee at 19 had problems versus Scharping which is my main reason for mocking Scharping in the first round.
Max Scharping has the pass blocking, run blocking, and zone blocking down. you want to see him improve his cut blocking, pull blocking, and reach blocking. His leg drive is also inconsisent so that may be why some people have a third round grade on Scharping.
I really wish there were more film cuts for Max Scharping. Here is Northern Illinois offensive line versus Utah. His tape versus Utah and Iowa in 2018 was lackluster for a left tackle, but the Philadelphia Eagles are one team that could groom Scharping for the future so that Carson Wentz has stability on the offensive line after Jason Peters retires.
Andrew Luck needs another receiving target next to T.Y. Hilton. The 6-2 190 lb Dillon Mitchell had 75 receptions, 1,184 receiving yards, and 10 receiving touchdowns in 2018. Mitchell had a big year with some signature games against California cornerback Camryn Bynum which I have film on and another big game against Washington cornerback Byron Murphy.
Oakland uses this pick from Dallas to get another pass rusher to replace Khalil Mack. The 6-4 256 lb Jaylon Ferguson had 37 solo tackles, 27 assisted tackles, 64 total tackles, 26 tackles for a loss, and 17.5 sacks. Jaylon Ferguson had a huge year. Jaylon Ferguson dominated in Mobile, but he won't get an invite to the 2019 NFL Combine. That's why I'm pondering over changing this pick. I'll wait until after the NFL Combine to decide what to do with this pick.
Los Angeles gets a new starter at left tackle. The 6-6 311 lb Greg Little dominated as a right tackle in High School. He's struggled as a left tackle at Ole Miss though. The Chargers can save $10-million in cap space if they cut left tackle Russell Okung. They could draft Little as a blindside and then get a new right tackle in the second round by doubling up at offensive tackle similar to how they doubled up at guard in 2017 by landing the top two guards Forrest Lamp and Dan Feeney.
Kansas City franchise tagged Dee Ford. Their pass rushing tandem of Dee Ford and Justin Houston will be back next season.
Kansas City is moving from a 3-4 defense to a 4-3 defense after hiring Steve Spagnuolo. Kansas City seems contempt with Dee Ford at 4-3 right end, Chris Jones at 4-3 defensive tackle, Derrick Nnadi at 4-3 defensive tackle, and Justin Houston at 4-3 left end in this scheme.
Anthony Hitchens should be the 4-3 right outside linebacker in this scheme with Breeland Speaks moving to 4-3 left outside linebacker since he is working on losing weight and flipping his hips in coverage. Kansas City also seems pretty contempt with their safety situation involving Eric Berry and Daniel Sorensen.
This leaves middle linebacker and cornerback as the two main offseason needs for the Kansas City Chiefs. They got Kendall Fuller as their best corner, but that's not saying much with their top two cornerbacks set to be Free Agents.
They lose Orlando Scandrick and Steven Nelson to Free Agency. If only the Chiefs didn't trade Marcus Peters to the Rams, then maybe they'd be Super Bowl Champions. Kansas City will need multiple cornerbacks this offseason. Let's give Kansas City one of those corners at 29.
The 5-11 180 lb DeAndre Baker had 30 solo tackles, 14 assisted tackles, 44 total tackles, 9 deflections from pass breakups, and 3 interceptions in 2017. DeAndre Baker had 31 solo tackles, 9 assisted tackles, 40 total tackles, 10 deflections from pass breakups, 2 interceptions, 2 tackles for a loss, 1 quarterback hurry, and 1 forced fumble in 2018.
I know this film cut is before this season. DeAndre Baker gave Baker Mayfield fits in the College Football Playoff game where Georgia beat Oklahoma in double overtim leading up to the 2018 NFL Draft when Baker went first overall. DeAndre Baker played field cornerback in this game and dominated in the performance so Kansas City has to make ends meet with a DeAndre Baker and Kendall Fuller cornerback tandem for the time being.
Green Bay gets another 3-4 middle linebacker. Khalil Hodge has first round tape despite where most experts have him ranked. The fact that Khalil Hodge did not receive an invite to the 2019 NFL Combine does not alter my grade on him. I still believe Hodge has first round tape.
The 6-1 235 lb Khalil Hodge had 61 solo tackles, 62 assisted tackles, 123 total tackles, and 7 tackles for a loss as a true freshman. Hodge had 66 solo tackles, 88 assisted tackles, 154 total tackles, 6.5 tackles for a loss, 3 sacks, and 2 deflections from pass breakups in 2017. Hodge had 58 solo tackles, 87 assisted tackles, 143 total tackles, 7.5 tackles for a loss, 5 quarterback hurries, 3 deflections from pass breakups, and 1.5 sacks in 2018. Hodge can drop into coverage, stop the run, or rush the quarterback like Devin White and Devin Bush.
I posted Khalil Hodge's tape versus Ohio and he balled out in this game. Green Bay gets a new starting 3-4 middle linebacker next to Blake Martinez.
Los Angeles gets a 3-4 right outside linebacker that can get pressure on the opposing quarterback. That's where Jachai Polite comes into play here.
The 6-2 242 lb Jachai Polite is a 3-4 outside linebacker in the NFL who can play 3-4 right outside linebacker or 3-4 left outside linebacker with his versatility. He played in a 3-4 defense at Florida meaning he's a 3-4 only player. Jachai Polite had 27 solo tackles, 18 assisted tackles, 45 total tackles, 17.5 tackles for a loss, 11 sacks, 6 forced fumbles, 4 deflections from pass breakups, and 3 quarterback hurries in 2018.
Here is tape of Jachai Polite versus Kentucky. Polite may have first round stats, but this is not first round tape.
New England gets a pass rusher to anchor their defensive line at 31. The 6-5 274 lb Charles Omenihu had 32 solo tackles, 13 assisted tackles, 45 total tackles, 18 tackles for a loss, and 9.5 sacks in 2018. Omenihu reminds me of Chandler Jones coming out of Syracuse. He also did very well during the 2019 Senior Bowl week. He can cause more havoc then Trey Flowers.
Charles Omenihu dominated versus USC. He's someone who New England could take in the late first round.