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NFL Lighting season is in full swing. Public misdirection and private discussions help set the table for April's draft in Nashville, Tennessee.
There is no reason to believe what an organization or one of its representatives says between now and the event. Every step and the public statement comes from a franchise working at an angle.
This makes it possible to analyze the team's interest in the prospects so much fun. Competitive advantages are achieved and lost daily in terms of talent evaluation and acquisition. Squad's jockeying to be able to sign, act or draft specific individuals.
The process started during the offseason's all-star game and will ratchet up on February 26-March 4 combine in Indianapolis.
The game is in progress.
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San Francisco 49ers was able to choose a first round defensive lineman for the fourth time in the last five drafts.
Franchises are not happy to allocate so many resources to a position group. to do so based on circumstances.
The 49ers, for example, are expected to compete for a playoff spot in 2018, but they earned the second overall election after major damage to quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo and backing Jerick McKinnon
There is an opportunity to choose an elite view.
Ohio State's Nick Bosa is the best non-quarterback class class. The 6 ", 4", 263 pound defensive end didn't make it through the first month of the collegiate season until he suffered a core injury that required surgery. He is now healthy and ready to compete in the combination, by Matt Maiocco in NBC Sports Bay Area
Like his brother Joey, Bosa is a complete edge defender with ample power at the point of attack, athletics to hurry the pass and polished technique, his shooting in the 49ers series would allow him to play the rush end while Solomon Thomas can return to the base ending in early downs.
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New York Jets hired Adam Gase as their main coach to develop and maximize last year's third overall pick, quarterback Sam Darnold.Darnold needs help, but it doesn't come with this year's third overall choice. The upcoming class is filled with defensive talent, especially at the top.
New York has not presented a fantastic edge runner in anything n time Calvin Pace was the last to record 10 bags and did so during the 2013 campaign.
In the defense, Gase Gregg Williams filed a co-ordinator. A transition will occur during the ultra aggressive player. But he made great use of two standout defensive linemen, Myles Garrett and Aaron Donald, at his last two stops.
Jetsne already has Leonard Williams along the interior. Kentucky's Josh Allen can enter the lineup and help Williams with a talented interior-exterior combination to create pressure. Allen earned the SEC Defensive Player of the Year honors after registering 17.0 sacks and 21.5 tackled for losses.
The collegiate outside linebacker will put his hand in dirt or work as a standup defensive end.
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Alabama defensive tackle Quinnen Williams can make a strong case to become the No. 1 overall pick. How high he goes depends on how organizations value internal defenders over other positions.
Williams is the complete package. The 6 ", 4", 295-pound-defensive tackle led all internal defenders with 52 stops and ended first among SEC defenders with 55 quarterback presses according to Pro Football Focus. ] "I'm just not thinking about going # 1, # 2," said Williams at SiriusXM NFL Radio (via Pro Football Talk's Josh Alps). "I just want to be the best player I can be for the team I am on and just create my craft. "
Oakland Raiders face a franchise-defining draft with three first-round picks after they traded Khalil Mack and Amari Cooper. Head coach Jon Gruden and new director Mike Mayock cannot afford to miss any of these
Williams would give Raiders a potentially dominant inner force to mate with Maurice Hurst and the chance to build the team's foundation around two highly disturbing and pocket-shaped defensive tackles. 19659042] 5 of 32
Michael Woods / Associated Press  The fifth overall election is likely to serve as a critical time for the rest of the top 10 and possibly the entire first round.
The quarterback-needing New York Giants own the sixth pick, so Tampa Bay Buccaneers has a lot of leverage over other organizations that want to jump through the hunters to pick a signal caller.
If Bucs is clapping, an offensive tackle will protect Jameis Winston be crucial when Bruce Arians & # 39; employ as head coach. Arian's offensive approach requires that the quarterback regularly take seven-step drops without maximum protection.
In addition, the left tackle Donovan Smith will be a free agent. A right hand side, Demar Dotson joins the last year in his contract and becomes 34 years old in October.
Alabama's Jonah Williams doesn't quite fit the form some teams will have in the left tackle, but his technique and consistency in protecting the blind side is undeniable. According to Pro Football Focus Williams allowed only one sack and three quarterback hits over the past two seasons.
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Giantsne must find Eli Manning's heir apparently. Ohio State's Dwayne Haskins, a New Jersey native, wants to play for Big Blue.
"I would love it," said Haskin, per. Newsday s Tom Rock. "I grew up seeing Eli Manning back when he had [Jeremy] Shockey and [Amani] Toomer and Plaxico [Burress]. I loved that team."
It's a perfect match. Unless it's not. Haskins is not guaranteed to be available with the sixth pick. Giant's goal is simple: Do what is required to land their quarterback of their choice.
Whatever the price, it's worth it. Maybe New York is fortunate enough to get Haskins to fall into the lap. Can it really take that risk even?
Haskins is much in the conversation as the top quarterback prospect along with Oklahoma Kyler Murray. A number of teams would prefer 6 "3", 218 pound signal calls after he put Big Ten records with 4,831 passing yards and 50 passing touchdowns.
A backfield with Haskins and back drives Saquon Barkley would have a chance to evolve into the league's best.
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What Jacksonville Jaguars does on the quarterback when the organization releases Blake Bortles, by the NFL Network's Ian Rapoport will define their offseason.
With Oklahoma's Kyler Murray and Ohio State's Dwayne Haskins out of the table, the Jaguar has two options: Take the second best quarterback view, even if he is not considered top 10 talent or pursue other opportunities to improve roster
The latter is the more logical choice. Jacksonville can go for opportunities like Nick Foles or Teddy Bridgewater while improving his front five – that was separated into si last season.
Jawaan Taylor started playing left and right tackle as a member of the Florida Gators and flourished on the strong side as a junior. The 6 ", 5", 328-pounder is extremely powerful and plays its angles well as a passing block.
Jermey Parnell already loses the strong side for the Jaguar, but he gets 33 years before the campaign 2019 Jacksonville can free the veteran for free , per Spotrac, or it can move Taylor to the left tackle if it is not comfortable with Cam Robinson's progress.
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As defensive New Coordinator England Patriots, Detroit Lions Head Trainer Matt Patricia leaned on defensive line maker Trey Flowers to create opportunities as a versatile chess piece, flowers can play every position along the defense front and exploit weaknesses.
Lions defense lacks such a player. Rashan Gary has the ability to promote the same kind of flexibility. "" I feel like the best player in the draft, defensive and offensive, "Gary told reporters." I'm the best game is in the draft. "
Gary may be the best & # 39; best player, but he is not yet aware of his huge potential. At 6 & 5; and 283 pounds, 2016 # 1 started total recruitment per. 247Sports at the base of Michigan Wolverines. He can do the same for Lions in a three-man front or slip into the 3-technique
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Defense Sean McDermott rode to become Buffalo Bill's feature featured a first round 1 technique, Star Lotulelei and an explosive, needy 3 technique, Kawann Short.
The Billeres signed the Lotulelei last offseason, so McDermott's defensive unit requires a disruptive counterpart, especially after Kyle Williams' retirement.
Buffalo is extremely thin along its interior. Apart from last year's third round elections, Harrison Phillips, Robert Thomas and Kyle Peko combined to play two games in the season.
Houston's Ed Oliver is undermined by traditional standards. He is listed at 6 "and 3" and 292 pounds, and how much he actually weighs will be a very discussed topic in the combination.
Oliver is a lack of mass with extraordinary gearing, speed and lateral agility. more like a linebacker, but he spent most of his career in one technique, his skill set means that he would be better suited as a 3-way with a two-way approach.
Even against constant double-hold, Oliver generated 25 quarterback pressure and a 14.5 percent pass-rush win rate per Pro Football Focus .
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Denver Broncos general manager John Elway did Right or wrong, Joe Flacco will be the starting quarterback when the proposed trade by Adam Schefter by ESPN, with the Baltimore Ravens becomes official at the start of the league.
Flacco's acquisition will not prevent broncos from adding a quarterback prospect, but the need to make it became less urgent. Denver is now Flacco's team. To move to not become a complete disaster, the 34-year-old will need some pieces around him.
Broncos already has two young and talented backs in Phillip Lindsay and Royce Freeman. Emmanuel Sanders, Courtland Sutton and DaeSean Hamilton form a solid, wide receiver corps. Tight end is the missing piece.
Two of Flacc's best seasons coincided with Dennis Pitta's best performances. The new offensive coordinator Rich Scangarello also brings an offensive system with a very tight end-use.
Iowa's T.J. Hockenson is a completely tight end view. The reigning John Mackey Award winner could work the stitch and serve as the Flacco's safety rug. He is also a creepy block and will help in the ongoing game.
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Cincinnati Bengals has not yet recruited a defensive coordinator. Nevertheless, Devin White is an easy projection as the best linebacker view in class.
White is not a shit-specific player and is elite in this year's class despite playing a devalued position.
The reigning Butkus Award winner did not even get argument from LSU Tiger's defensive coordinator Dave Aranda when he asked for advice to declare early.
"His greatest pitch was me," D, if you were another round pick, I would tell you to come back and improve your draft store, "White said, by lawyer s Brooks Kubena. "But you're so tall, it's hard to tell you to come back because you're so tall. And next year you can only go down, it is so high you are. ""
The Bengals could not even be able to choose white. If they are, 6 "1", 240-pounder fits the definition of "no-brainer. "
White is a physical downhill defender against races and when he attacks the quarterback. He is also comfortable working in space and has the speed to handle the sidelines to the sidelines.
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The green packages are well placed to meet two major needs with a few first round picks being the best possible combination of players.
A pass rusher or defensive lineman is the place to start since it incoming class is loaded Green Bay will not be able to choose one of the elite perspectives, but the Mississippi State's Montez Sweat has top 10 potential thanks to an impressive combination of upfield burst, flexibility to turn and flatten the edge, length and athleticism. 19659004] At 6 "and 6" and 252 pounds with 35 "arms, the Sweat has the perfect body type to be an outside linebacker and edge rusher in Mike Pettine's sc heme.
All-SEC- the practitioner in the two-t The first team took two impressive campaigns with 29.5 tackles for losses and 22 bags after transfer from junior college (Sweat began his collegiate career in Michigan State).
Mike Daniels and Kenny Clark are excellent interior players, but Packers lacks a consistent edge presence that offenses should account for from below. Sweat can join Clark, Daniels and Kyler Fackrell to form a versatile and impressive defense front.
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Former feature Adam Gase tried and changed to change the Miami Dolphins & # 39; culture. A year ago, the organization Jarvis Landry, Ndamukong Suh and Mike Pouncey organized and brought older veterans with winning pedigree hoping to jump on a turnaround.
Gase received a pink slip after a 7-9 campaign. The team hired Brian Flores to take over and has not been shy about his plans to rebuild the "right road" by Miami Herald 's Armando Salguero.
The highest priority of the dolphins should be to acquire the right people. Clemson defensive tackle Christian Wilkins is a cultural exchange.
"He's interested in a million things. Football is right here, a tiny part of who he is," said Tiger's chief consultant Dabo Swinney, pr. NFL.com's Chase Goodbread. "It is important to him and no one works harder, but he is a very diverse person. He must either be president or he will know him."
The unanimous All-American and William V. Campbell Trophy wins for academic success, football performance and community leadership) is an excellent football player who can play defensive end and tackle on various fronts.
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An investment in Oklahoma product Cody Ford is not only an opportunity to improve an offensive line. His addition will lead to a change of attitude.
Ford does not just want to block a defender; he plans to bury him.
Some organizations are okay with positioners who get the job done. Sometimes a much needed boost is needed in physical play. The Atlanta Falcons need some of Ford's ilk and are well aware of their flaws in the trenches.
"I'm comfortable in the middle and left tackling the same way you said" said chief consultant Dan Quinn at Dan Quinn Coaches Vis (via 92.9 The Game's Knox Bardeen). "First, you scrub every part of it."
Ford started seven games on guard during his redshirt freshman and sophomore campaigns before moving to the right as a junior. He can take over either the inner place or replace Ryan Schraeder.
With the new offensive coordinator Dirk Koetter, Falcons is to implement more of a flow method instead of a zone-heavy blocking system.
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What Should Washington Redskins Do? They can't enter the season with Colt McCoy and Josh Johnson as their only quarterback options as Alex Smith may not be returning from his leg injuries, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport .
McCoy and Johnson are long-term backups and travelers. It is also not good enough to keep Washington competitive in the NFC East and help outline Jay Gruden retains his job beyond the 2019 campaign.
Missouri's Drew Lock has the greatest potential except for Oklahoma's Kyler Murray and Ohio State & # 39; s Dwayne Haskins. Locking efficiency is irregular, but the Gruden can adapt its system and meet the young signal-driving forces.
Unlock the college's toughest conference with its ability to drive the ball downfield and complete the tight window case. The 6 "4" 225-pounder shows a huge armament that helped him put a SEC record with 44 touchdown passes in 2017.
If Washington takes a quarterback with the 15th election, it would help On two fronts, a talent upgrade would make the offense better in the short term. Secondly, a promising rookie campaign would help stabilize Gruden's job security.
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Roger Steinman / Associated Press  For the first time since the 2001 campaign, the Carolina Panthers will not be able to rely on Julius Peppers or Charles Johnson as their primary pass-rusher (s).
The transition started last season when Mario Addison took over Peppers with a leading nine bags. tied to the team led in sacks each of the last three seasons, but he turns 32 before the start of the 2019 campaign.
The Pantheres can stay within their geographical footsteps to find Peppers' replacement.  Clemson's Clelin Ferrell has been standing since he entered the tigers lineup and performed at his best in the greatest moments. The defensive end recorded 50 career tackles for losses and 27 sacks in three seasons. He added 56 total prints and 30 total stops in his last year on campus, per year. Pro Football Focus .
The 6 ", 4", 265-pound early participant is a polished pass-rusher with exceptional speed in the first step. But he is a linear defender as he lacks any bend and shutter speed to consistently turn the edge. Ferrell is far from perfect, he is only 21 years old and has consistently found ways to produce.
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Finally, Cleveland Browns is building something after years of varying reconstruction. 7-8-1 record showing roster is far from complete.
With Baker Mayfield now in the fold, Cleveland can concentrate on other important areas.
Despite having one of the league's best offensive interiors, either Greg Robinson is a free agent who leaves the blind side unprotected, Chris Hubbard may have started 16 games last season, but he struggled to get some ground and anchor in passport protection. $ 4.1 miles ve by releasing the right tackle.
In both cases, Ole Miss & # 39; Greg Little fits into a potential needs area.
The former 5-star recruits may not have fully met expectations for him, but his ability to move is good enough to still address the power of 6 & 6; and 325 pounds to improve the strong side. no matter which side Little ultimately plays because he is an immediate starter in Cleveland
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The offensive line from the Minnesota Vikings requires an infusion of attitude and toughness.
"You can look at many statistics. But I think, quite frankly, that this football team in the four years I had been here had the ugly we are able to win-not-what-what-situation-is mentality "main player Mike Zimmer told reporters after the Vikings' 8-7-1 campaign was completed. "I don't know we had this year."
Zimmer wants a physical team, I haven't got the last season from The offense .Playing became part of the reason behind the change.Inconsistent games from the offensive front did not help.
Guard is especially a problem since Nick Easton and Tom Compton are free agents.
Kansas State's Dalton Risner started three years in the right tackle after playing center as a freshman. Risner dominated. According to Pro Football Focus 5 ", 300 pounds blockage finished second in overall class among offensive tackles last season.
Risner is hard to beat in passport protection, but his unpleasant disposition in the running game is what the Vikings need. The team can slide him in to protect to build a strong left side with tackle Riley Reiff and center Pat Elflein.
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The incoming broad receiver class is quite interesting. The group is talented and deep, but lacks a true top-end view. Ole Miss D.K. Metcalf is the closest thing, but he does not reach A.J. The Green / Julio Jones standard was needed to become a top 10 pick.
This plays in Tennessee Titans & # 39; favor.
Corey Davis has not developed into anticipated levels with a career high 65 receptions for 891 yards in his second season. Meanwhile, the offense has no other consistent external threat.
Titan's crime is limited, and Metcalf's addition can open the whole scheme. 6 "4", 230 pounds (and possibly larger ) wide receiver is a true vertical threat that consistently gains by jams and can bypass defensive back.
The physical tools are clearly present but a neck injury ended his last collegiate season, and his scattered physics might have some wondering if he gets too big. Both of these question marks must be answered by the combination.
If they are and the Titans are able to Choose the best receiving prospect, no more excuses can be made for quarterback Marcus Mariota.
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Pittsburgh Steelers offseason should be built around a tenet: The organization must find and acquire the best possible corner of cover, it can.
Artie Burns has been a major disappointment after the front office chose the corner parcel with a 2016-round option, in fact the 23-year-old defensive back was back in the last season n for Coty Sensabaugh, who is a waiting free agent
Joe Haden, as the defense invokes as No. 1 corner, becomes 30 in April when he enters the last year of his contract.
Realistically, the Steelers could start from scratch outside the corner rather than later.
Georgia's Deandre Baker will not fail for the biggest or most physical defensive back. The ruling Jim Thorpe Award winner is listed at 5 "and 11" and 185 pounds. But make no mistake: He is the most liquid coverage corner in this year's class.
According to Pro Football Focus allowed Baker a 40.2 quarterback rating in its coverage and only 0.46 yards per coverage snap.
Baker and Mike Hilton are the ideal building blocks for a renewed secondary.
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Donald Page / Getty Images  Bottom of Rushers, which lacks length, usually does not cause much excitement, Florida's Jachai Polite is different.
The defensive end is listed at 6 & 2; 2 & 242 pounds, but he is less than ideal scale with blazing-fast speed off the edge, flexibility and pillow level for lifting offensive tackles, relentlessness and a nose for football.
Polite led Gators with 11 sacks and big college football with six forced fumbles.
"He's really explosive from the end," said chief consultant Dan Mullen, pr. Sports Illustrated s Andy Staples. "I've been around guys who had some different offers of power and length. [Former Gator] Carlos Dunlap had an incredible length. I had Preston Smith [at Mississippi State] who had a great length of explosion, but not just the sheer speed and the outbreak. .. as I've seen with polite. "
Frank Clark's detention is the Seattle Seahawks primary offseason target. Although the defensive end is re-enacted or franchised, Seahawks lacks a complementary edge rusher.
Polite can be used as Bruce Irvin once was on "Otto" linebacker, as he is athletic enough to work in space and act as a pass-rush specialist.
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Florida State's Brian Burns has not come close to realizing its potential even after a 10-case campaign.
& # 39; & # 39; His departure and his swing reminds me of Myles Garrett, & # 39; & # 39; Seminoles defensive ends coach Mark Snyder said before the 2018 campaign, by Associated Press & Bob Ferrante . & # 39; & # 39; It's the only guy I've been around that can do what Brian can do in the quarterback.
Cheats comparison is not removed. Burns led FBS with 69 total quarterback pressures, per Cover 1 Jordan Reid .
The difference between Garrett and Burns is bulk. Florida lists Burns at 6 & 5; and 227 pounds. By that weight he is not a defender.
As edge-rusher continues to evolve and emphasize, the Baltimore Ravens The perfect landing site because he will not be rushed in the lineup.
Terrell Suggs is planning to play in 2019, according to NBC Sports Washington's Lisa Redmond, Ravens will have to sign the 36-year-old veteran. leading expert, Za & Darius Smith, in the free bureau, but Matthew Judon is in place to get his seat.
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Washington State Left tackle Andre Dillard Houston Houston is the easiest projection to make. The reasoning is quite simple.
Defenses sank Houston Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson a league-high 62 times, while Dillard is the best pure pass-by-block in this year's draft class.
Head coach Bill O & # 39; Brien would not call the team's offensive line during his press release in 2018.
"We will certainly look at any position and that is … every year is different," ] Brien told journalists . "So we assess each position. But the one thing again is that there are many things that go in a sack. I've said that, and that's the truth."
] Texan's offseason approach does not have to be complicated. Left tackle Julie & # 39; n Davenport showed some improvement over Houston's last four games, but he allowed the second-largest sacks, most quarterback hits and most overall prints at that point, per second. Sports Cards Jayson Braddock . His failures make the whole offensive line worse. Davenport may not be the only problem along the front five, but his performance is the most sharp.
Dillard plays with patience, remains square to his task and mirrors most edge-rushers in his careers. Han kommer ikke til at blive overvældet efter at have startet tre sæsoner for en Cougars-gruppe, der forsøgte 1.904 passerer i løbet af denne periode.
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Som den filosofiske debat om en løbende tilbage skal vælges i den første runde raser på, er Oakland Raiders på stedet for at vælge den bedste udsigt på positionen, hjælpe deres fornærmelse og ikke bekymre sig om det, siden organisationen har flere første runde valg.
Da Darren McFadden løb for 1.157 værfter i løbet af 2010-kampagnen, fremhævede Raiders en anden 1000-yard rusher, da Latavius Murray forstørrede mærket fem år senere.
Doug Martin og Marshawn Lynch -af hvem afventer gratis agenter – er ikke ved at skære det.
Alabama's Josh Jacobs udviklede sig aldrig til en heltidsstarter og kørte kun 1.491 meter hele sin Crimson Tide karriere, men han er den øverste løbende udsigt, fordi 5'10 ", 216 pund kuglelejer er en afgørende og fysisk downhill runner med fremragende lateral agility.
"Jeg forsøger at blande det op," sagde Jacobs, ifølge ESPN.com's Alex Scarborough . "Jeg forsøger at køre folk over nogle gange og derefter juke dem. I want to keep them on their toes."
Jacobs doubles as a natural pass-catcher out of the backfield who can be used as more than a checkdown option.
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A team can never have too many cornerbacks, especially the Philadelphia Eagles after their secondary limped through an injury-plagued campaign.
But in the disappointing performance is a silver lining: Multiple young cornerbacks—Avonte Maddox, Sidney Jones and Rasul Douglas—received valuable playing time. Improvement from each should be expected this fall. Plus, Jalen Mills will return from a season-ending foot injury.
Even so, the Eagles could lose their top cover corner, Ronald Darby, to free agency. If they do, the position becomes pressing. The organization learned quality depth isn't easily found if a defensive back or two misses significant time.
The addition of ano ther quality cover corner could significantly help last season's 30th-ranked pass defense.
Washington's Byron Murphy is an excellent cover corner and a physical player at the line of scrimmage. His well-rounded play earned the highest grade of any collegiate cornerback last season, per Pro Football Focus.
Like Georgia's Deandre Baker, Murphy's slight frame (182 pounds) is a concern, but he plays much bigger than his size and presents outstanding ball skills with 20 passes defended during his two seasons as a starter.
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Quenton Nelson proved to be a game-changer along the Indianapolis Colts offensive line. The organization can once again tap the Notre Dame pipeline to find a wrecking ball for the defensive front.
Jerry Tillery fits the new breed of defensive lineman. His value is derived from an ability to collapse the pocket and rush the passer.
According to Pro Football Focusthe 6'7", 305-pound lineman finished first among interior defenders in pass-rush grade and fourth with 48 total pressures and a 14.3 percent pass-rush productivity. The defensive tackle tied for the team lead with eight sacks.
Tillery's senior season helped squelch concerns about effort and not realizing his potential.
"Jerry has been a consistent worker," Fighting Irish head coach Brian Kelly said, per the Chicago Tribune's LaMond Pope. "(It's) his consistency and approach day to day. He's here every day. Jerry does not miss anything. It's amazing. He doesn't take a day off."
Both of the Colts 1-techniques, Al Woods and Margus Hunt, are free agents. Tillery can play over center as an ideal complement to Denico Autry.
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Tight end Jared Cook led the Oakland Raiders and experienced a career year with 68 receptions for 896 yards and six touchdowns. Cook, who turns 32 years old in April, is a pending free agent.
"I just want to be happy," Cook said after an AFC Pro Bowl practice, per The Athletic's Tim Graham. "I think it's important where I'm at in my career to enjoy myself and continue to ball.
"Even though we was taking L's, I found a coach that utilized me. That was fun as hell."
Cook's latter point is critical. Jon Gruden's offense includes a heavy reliance on tight ends. With Cook's potential departure, the position must be addressed.
Fortunately, this year's tight end class is deep and talented.
Iowa's Noah Fant is arguably the most athletically gifted tight end prospect. According to The Athletic's Bruce Feldman, the 6'5", 241-pound target posted a 42-inch vertical, 1.48-second 10-yard dash and 3.95-second short shuttle prior to his final season on campus, which makes him even more athletic than Cook entering the professional ranks.
Fant is a natural receiver who can complement or replace the veteran tight end as a featured option.
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The Los Angeles Chargers need beef on both sides of the ball. The chance to maximize Philip Rivers' final few years takes precedence.
Defenders overwhelmed Sam Tevi once the Chargers inserted him at right tackle. An otherwise solid front five is weakened by the fact one of its parts can't consistently protect an immobile quarterback. Tevi can be a physical and effective run-blocker, but he lacks the mobility needed to consistently ward off athletic edge-rushers.
West Virginia's Yodny Cajuste wi ll have to make a switch from the left to right side, but his movement skills reflect his history as a basketball player.
Like Tevi, Cajuste is still a work in progress. The difference lies in long-term potential. Cajuste's continued growth portends a potential standout starter, whereas Tevi has athletic limitations. A few setbacks are likely to occur with a rookie at right tackle, but it's better than the alternative.
The possibility of moving Cajuste back to the blind side also exists when Russell Okung's contract ends after the 2020 campaign.
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Greedy Williams' evaluation may be the most interesting of this year's draft process.
The LSU cornerback displays the fluidity and coverage skills to be a top-10 pick, yet his short-area explosion is questionable and inconsistencies against the run can be problematic.
How teams project the 6'3", 184-pound defensive back in their particular schemes will ultimately determine how high Williams can go.
The physical tools are present, but the level of play to be a high first-round pick wasn't last season. According to Pro Football FocusWilliams didn't finish better than 30th overall in yards per coverage snap, snaps per reception, passer rating allowed, forced incompletion percentage, first downs allowed and overall grade.
The Kansas City Chiefs aren't afraid to take a chance on high-upside prospects with question marks like Marcus Peters and Chris Jones.
Cornerback is a major soft spot after the team finished 31st in pass defense in 2018. Steven Nelson and Orlando Scandrick are pending free agents. Kendall Fuller and Charvarius Ward are a solid starting point, but another outside corner with sticky coverage skills is needed.
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T he Tennessee Titans offense never got off the ground during Matt LaFleur's tenure as coordinator mainly because of a lack of playmakers in the passing game. He could face the same issues as the Green Bay Packers head coach if more talent isn't added around quarterback Aaron Rodgers.
Davante Adams is a true No. 1 target. Beyond that, the Packers don't have a consistent threat in the aerial attack.
The Packers still feature tight end Jimmy Graham, but the 32-year-old target isn't the same player he once was. Green Bay can add another offensive weapon by pairing Graham with a younger alternative.
Alabama's Irv Smith Jr. brings a pedigree and skill set perfect for the Packers offense.
"He's big like a tight end but he has skills like a receiver," Alabama teammate Mack Wilson said of Smith, per the Associated Press (via USA Today). "He's fast. He runs precise routes."
Smith, whose father played seven NFL seasons, is a versatile option able capable of playing in-line, H-back or lining up in the slot. The 20-year-old target broke Alabama single-season records by a tight end in 2018 with 710 receiving yards and seven touchdowns.
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Not a lot has gone right for Mississippi State defensive tackle Jeffery Simmons in the past few weeks.
First, he didn't receive a combine invite because of an ugly incident prior to arriving in Starkville, Mississippi. The defensive lineman then suffered a torn ACL while training.
Two things are abundantly clear when teams contemplate Simmons' future. First, whatever organization selects the defender must reconcile his past with the person he's become. Second, any potential suitor understands Simmons may not be available for the 2019 campaign.
Generally, a torn ACL needs nine to 10 months of recovery time before a player returns to the field. Based on the timing of the injury, Simmons could return by December.
Even if he doesn't, a team will bank on Simmons' upside. The 6'4", 300-pound first-team All-SEC performer has the potential to develop into a dominant force.
The Los Angeles Rams are in a position where the franchise can wait and eventually form a dynamic duo between Aaron Donald and Simmons, since Ndamukong Suh is 32 years old and a free agent.
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Who cares about a team's future at quarterback while enjoying yet another title? The New England Patriots do.
Obviously, Tom Brady can still play at a level where another championship run isn't out of the realm of possibility, even when he turns 42 years old later this year.
But head coach Bill Belichick prepares for every possibility. Eventually, Brady's skill set will deteriorate and the league's greatest dynasty will take a step back, unless an heir apparent is acquired and developed to address the inevitable.
Duke's Daniel Jones is a work in progress. However, his ski ll set meshes well with the Patriots' approach. The quarterback has the natural size (6'5", 220 lbs) and athleticism (17 career rushing touchdowns) to open up the scheme a little bit. Furthermore, he's highly intelligent as a three-time Academic All-ACC selection and mentored by the Manning family guru, David Cutcliffe.
Jones' understanding of concepts will allow him to absorb a complicated and ever-evolving system under Josh McDaniels' supervision.