NFL Draft

Recapping the 2019 NFL Draft:

Another draft is in the books and once again there are all these grades being handed out and experts criticizing what teams did. While I don’t think you can properly evaluate prospects until they turn into actual player on the field and even then it takes some time, I do believe we can look at how these teams stuck with the principle of “best player available”, if they reached to fill needs and how their draft picks could help them out going forward. Not only that, we can also look at specific players or coaches and how these selections will impact them directly. Therefore, I listed my biggest winners, losers, steals and reaches from draft weekend, considering the information we have at this moment and the rankings I had put together.


Biggest winners:


Kliff Kingsbury and Kyler Murray Cardinals

I could have taken the Arizona Cardinals in general here, because I thought they their third day selections were absolutely amazing, but I went with the team’s new dynamic head coach-quarterback-duo. Coach Kingsbury got his will with a guy he has been looking to work with for about five years now and they added an arsenal of weapons for Murray – UMass speedster Andy Isabella who they selected with the pick they acquired via the Josh Rosen trade to Miami, my number three ranked receiver in Iowa State’s monster Hakeem Butler with the first selection on day three, another wideout who I liked quite a bit in Fresno State’s KeeSean Johnson with the first pick of the sixth round and even Mr. Irrelevant, Caleb Wilson, who I had as my fifth-ranked(!) overall tight-end. The UCLA TE might not jump off the screen to everybody, but he has that ability to set up defender at the top of his routes and like I said in my positional rankings, he reminds me of Antonio Gates after the catch. You could certainly argue that offensive line should have been more of a priority for the Cards, but they grabbed one of my top 100 overall prospects in first-team All-SEC center Lamont Gaillard from Georgia with a sixth-rounder they acquired earlier. Suddenly one of the most boring and least creative offenses in the league could turn into one of the most exciting ones with that Kingsbury version of the Air-Raid and pass-catchers all over the place. Adding to that, they also got some excellent defensive pieces with my number one corner in Washington’s Byron Murphy with the 33rd selection, a versatile big D-linemen in Boston College’s Zach Allen in the third round and one of my top true center-fielding safety in Alabama Deionte Thompson.


Buffalo Bills Bills

If you want to know why I have the Bills here, just look at where they picked their guys on the first two days and where they were on my board: Ninth pick Ed Oliver (DT, Houston) – 4 on my board, 38th pick Cody Ford (OT/G, Oklahoma) – 15, 74th pick Devin Singletary (RB, FAU) – 52, 96th pick Dawson Knox  (TE, Ole Miss) – 85. All four of these guys were excellent value picks and they all fit really well with this team. Oliver is the perfect 3-tech defensive tackle to replace Kyle Williams, Ford gives them position flexibility on the O-line and should start at right tackle straight away, Singletary I already called a mini LeSean McCoy to eventually replace Shady in Buffalo and Knox should be their starting tight-end rather soon, because he has all the talent in the world but didn’t get many opportunities in that Ole Miss offense. I also love the Bills’ sixth-round pick Jaquan Johnson (S, Miami), who I had slightly outside my top 100, and Boston College tight-end Tommy Sweeney in the seventh is a good blocker and security blanket as a TE3 at the very least. The one position they didn’t address was cornerback, but I think the guy who would have really fit their scheme in Washington’s Byron Murphy was the first pick in the second round already. Other than that, they filled a lot of needs while also getting some of the best players on the board at that point. With all the guys Buffalo brought in via free agency and this crop of rookies combined with a second-year gunslinger in Josh Allen, this team could surprise some people when you look at what the defense did already last season when the offense was somewhat capable.


Washington Redskins fans Redskins

Finally, the Redskins have a quarterback they are really excited about again. Not since 2014 when Robert Griffin III was really banged up and replaced by Kirk Cousins has Washington had a guy everybody could rally behind, considering the front office never wanted to give Cousins that long-term contract he was seeking for. Dwayne Haskins could have gone as early as sixth overall and probably should have considering which quarterback the Giants actually went with, but the ‘Skins watched the Broncos, Bengals and Dolphins pass on him, which led to the former Buckeye sliding all the way to 15 and no moves needed to be made to get the second-best quarterback in this draft. You could see it in the reactions of all their fans, that this was what everybody wanted, instead of going into the season with Case Keenum and Colt McCoy running the show in the absence of Alex Smith. However, not only did Washington find their franchise signal-caller, they also got him one of his favorite weapons at Ohio State with Terry McLaurin in the third round, a 2017 Heisman finalist in Stanford’s Bryce Love who is joining an already strong running back room and two offensive linemen on day three in Indiana’s Wes Martin and Alabama’s Ross Pierschbacher to add depth to an O-line that always seems to be banged up. Oh, and they grabbed my sixth-best wide receiver with the 206th freaking pick – Kelvin Harmon from N.C. State, who could be a starting wideout week one. Add to that the selection of Mississippi State edge rusher Montez Sweat at 26th overall after trading back into the first round and a seventh-round steal in nickelback Jimmy Moreland from James Madison and these Redskins fans should be really happy with what their team did after some disturbing reports of how owner Dan Snyder “taking over the first round”.


Lamar Jackson Ravens

Man, this Ravens offense will look completely different this season. Last year they started the season with Joe Flacco under center, Alex Collins in the backfield and Michael Crabtree as the number one receiver on the outside. That might have been the least dynamic trio in all of football – and I’m not saying those guys weren’t good players, but they just don’t scare anybody with speed or elusiveness. Inserting former Heisman trophy winner Lamar Jackson into the starting lineup completely transformed that Baltimore offense, making them easily the most run-heavy and most productive rushing attack in the league. However, keeping up with that approach of letting Jackson run 15 to 20 times a game can’t be the long-term solution and this team needed to surround their QB with playmakers, as the only guy who really got the job done in big spots was Willie Snead in the slot. Therefore Eric DeCosta, who had an outstanding first draft in general, went into last weekend with the focus of adding speed to the field. After trading back three spots in the first round, the Ravens got the biggest deep threat in the draft with Oklahoma’s Marquise Brown at 25. Then in the third round they added one of the best size/speed wideouts in Myles Boykin from Notre Dame and the most explosive running back in Oklahoma State’s Justice Hill with their final pick on day two. They would go on to grab mauling guard in Oklahoma’s Ben Powers, who I thought was the sixth-best interior offensive linemen and with the 197th pick they selected Penn State signal-caller Trace McSorley, who certainly won’t be a threat to Jackson’s starting spot, but brings a winning mentality and can give Lamar a breather every once in a while, plus you could see both those guys on the field at the same time occasionally.


Los Angeles Rams Rams

The Rams jumped all over the board and added some excellent value prospects. They started Thursday night with the 31st pick but traded back twice and didn’t make their selection until 61 when they grabbed my fifth-highest ranked safety in Washington’s Taylor Rapp, who should be a perfect fit in LA with his secure tackling skills and ability to run the alley. With those moves they added two third-round selections and a fifth. However, they would exchange two picks in the late 90s to come back up in that third round to grab running back Darrell Henderson at 70th overall, who was a big-play machine at Memphis and can take some pressure off a banged-up Todd Gurley. The next pick was Michigan cornerback David Long, who might not have the measurements NFL teams are looking for but has all the feistiness and physicality you could ever wish for. In another trade which was made possible by exchanging fourth- and fifth-round picks with the Patriots, the Rams moved up four spots for their final day two selection to grab Oklahoma tackle Bobbie Evans, who I had right around that 100 range and could be the eventual replacement for veteran left tackle Andrew Whitworth, while they also have Joseph Noteboom from last year’s draft. They would make one more trade with New England on Saturday, when they flipped two fifth-rounders they had already acquired to grab a shade nose tackle in Washington’s Greg Gaines, who will be a rock against the run for them and allow Aaron Donald and those guys to get upfield even more. With the fifth-rounder they had left they grabbed another developmental tackle in Wisconsin’s David Edwards, who I really am intrigued by, and in the seventh they got another guy in Texas Tech linebacker Dakota Allen, who I think could end up playing a major role for them. No team moved around more and some of those picks were excellent.



Other drafts I liked:


Denver Broncos

Jacksonville Jaguars

Los Angeles Chargers

Minnesota Vikings

Tennessee Titans



Biggest losers:


Giants fans Giants

This wasn’t very hard. I think it is a little over the top how everybody is crapping on the Giants for selecting Duke quarterback Daniel Jones, when most people probably never even studied his tape, but still Daniel Jones at 6?! I have nothing against the kid, and I want him to succeed in the league, because from what I’ve heard he is really hard worker and does it the right way – but I didn’t even think he was a top six quarterback in the draft. I actually had him right after that, in between Boise State’s Brett Rypien and Buffalo’s Tyree Jackson, who both went undrafted. And I understood, if he is your guy, you go grab him in first round, but there are two things I certainly don’t agree with. First of all, when you have two guys in Kentucky edge rusher Josh Allen and Houston defensive tackle Ed Oliver on the board (who I had three and four on my board), you grab one of those special prospects and figure out how to still get Jones. And secondly, GM Dave Gettleman said he “knew for a fact that two teams were going to take him”. Not only is that a big claim when you never have definitive answers around draft time with everybody using smoke screens, but when you think of who the teams could have been there was the option of still trading up from 17 in front of those teams. It couldn’t have been anybody in the top ten and you saw how willing the Broncos were to trade out of that tenth spot before the next QB-needy team in the Bengals was on the clock. This all just doesn’t make sense. Neither does the selection of Clemson D-tackle Dexter Lawrence, who I think moves in a special way for a 340-pounder, but the Giants just drafted Dalvin Tomlinson as a nose tackle in the second round two years ago and another guy next to him in B.J. Hill last year. Heck, with them trading back into the first to grab Georgia cornerback DeAndre Baker, they could have still gotten Missouri signal-caller Drew Lock, who would be a much better fit as a developmental QB behind Eli, who Gettleman said himself might play for another three years (which is ridiculous). If you take a player at six overall instead of some really special guys, that guy better be perform – and not a few years down the road.


Joe Flacco Broncos

This has to feel like déjà vu for Flacco. A year ago, the Ravens added the dynamic Lamar Jackson, trading back up into the final spot of last year’s draft, Flacco got hurt leading into the team’s bye week and from then on it was the Lamar show. Therefore, trading him to Denver made a lot of sense for Baltimore, gave the Broncos an upgrade over Case Keenum with the type of big-body strong arm QB John Elway likes and Flacco would return to be a starter. While I still believe the veteran signal-caller will be under center week one, if he gets banged up or has a couple of bad games, the fans and Elway will want to see the new kid – Drew Lock from Missouri, who fell to the Broncos in the second round, as they traded up to pick him Kansas State offensive lineman Dalton Risner back-to-back. The young man is certainly way more athletic and at this stage of their careers might have a stronger arm than Joe, who came into the league with quite a howitzer. Flacco even said that he was all for drafting a quarterback with him understood as the starter and while Lock is “only” a second-round pick, I can’t really see how the rookie will stay on the bench all year long. Lock might be a bit of a project and would benefit from a season of refining his mechanics and learning how to let the game slow down for himself. Therefore, a year of seasoning would definitely help the youngster and give Flacco a chance to convince the team of being more than a one-year starter, but there is definitely a lot of pressure on him now and he could lose his job mid-season once again.


Deionte Thompson Alabama

This kid was projected to be a first-round pick by around the middle of the college football season, but he wound up being the 15th safety of the board as the first selection of the fifth round. This was reportedly largely due to questions about a degenerative knee condition, but I think the way his play tilted the wrong way towards to the end of the year was a reason that he fell. There is a heavily overblown playoff run for Thompson, highlighted by being crossed up in the open field by Clemson freshman Justyn Ross in the National Championship game, which really hurt his draft stock and he had no chance of helping himself in the pre-draft process because of a hand injury, which left questions about his speed. When you combine that with the medical reports on his knee, you have a talented guy like this fall. Thompson probably lost millions of dollars due a few bad plays and the fact he couldn’t do anything on the field leading up to the draft. If his knee checks out fine a few years down the road and he can play with the confidence he did for most of 2018, the Cardinals could have a huge steal at their hands. The one-year starter at Alabama has the combination of range and instincts to be a true playmaker as a free safety. I could see him play in that single-high role with D.J. Swearinger in the box and Budda Baker in the slot. However, he will not see the money he should for his services until his rookie contract runs out and at that point those medical issues could actually be a problem for him. I’m definitely rooting for this young man and I could see him excel in a secondary that suddenly looks outstanding.


Deshaun Watson and the Houston Texans Texans

The Texans went into this draft needing to put some protection around their young quarterback and they did – under any condition. They were sitting at 23rd overall and almost had the right guy fall to them. However, the Eagles traded up one spot in from of them to grab Washington State offensive tackle Andre Dillard, who everybody knew they wanted. While it is unfortunate for them to be jumped by a single pick, I think their front office should have understood the board a little better – the Ravens didn’t have any other pick inside the top 100 and really wanted to trade back and acquire some selections on day two and the Seahawks were more than willing to move back, as they exchanged picks for the Packers, who acquired Maryland safety Darnell Savage. In the end Houston was stuck with no true left tackle prospect whose value would fit that range and even though I really like Alabama State’s Tytus Howard, he is definitely more of a developmental tackle prospect and so is 55th overall pick Max Scharping out of Northern Illinois, as I had them both ranked around 50 spots lower than when they were actually drafted. I thought the price was right for Kentucky cornerback Lonnie Johnson at 54 overall, I like San Diego State tight-end Kahale Warring and even Central Michigan corner Xavier Crawford, who didn’t get any love because his teammate Sean Bunting was a top 40 selection ultimately, but both those guys were first-team All-MAC selections. With that being said, the main focus on this draft was to get quarterback Deshaun Watson offensive line help right now and they reached on a couple of guys, who might not be able to play right away after all or will struggle at the very least.


Cam Newton Panthers

If you are Cam and you came into this draft, you thought your team would grab at least one impact contributor on the offensive and at least one playmaker on the outside. However, the Panthers selected just one offensive linemen within the first five rounds in Ole Miss tackle Greg Little, who I really liked when it comes to potential but needs to come into an NFL training program and with an O-line coach who will push him into being more aggressive, and the only receiver they selected came in the seventh round in the form of Georgia’s Terry Godwin. Newton can only hope that Little is ready to start right away, and Taylor Moton makes a smooth transition inside, because I don’t think a lot of casual names know the name Greg Van Roten, who seems to be slotted in at left guard at this moment. With that being said, what should scare the 2015 league MVP even more is the 100th overall selection in West Virginia signal-caller Will Grier. I really liked Grier in my pre-draft evaluations, and I could seriously see him push Cam for the starting job in a year or two, especially with how banged up Cam has been in recent years. The kid is a local hero in Charlotte after what he did in high school and he is guy a team and the fans can rally behind. So, the combination of not getting a lot of help around him and the Grier pick really made this a bad weekend for Newton, who I had critized quite a bit for years now.



Biggest steals:


Ed Oliver, DL, Houston 9th pick to Bills

The Bills were rumored to potentially trade up into the top three to pick one of the defensive tackles (Quinnen Williams or Ed Oliver) because the had such a desperate need at 3-tech after the retirement of Kyle Williams. Instead they stayed put and had maybe the most talented, highest upside player in the entire draft fall in their lap. Not only is he a perfect fit in Buffalo, he was also clearly the number one guy on the board at that point.


Jawaan Taylor, OT, Florida 35th pick to Jaguars

No question, the Jaguars came into this draft in need for a right tackle. I thought they would grab Florida’s Jawaan Taylor with their seventh overall selection already, but when Kentucky edge rusher Josh Allen was still on the board, they had to go with the best player available. Fortunately for them, NFL teams were scared by reports about his knees and so the Jags could trade up a few spots to grab Taylor early in the second round.


David Montgomery, RB, Iowa State 74th pick by Bears

The Bears didn’t have a first- or second-round pick in this draft because of the Khalil Mack trade, which they should feel pretty good about. Despite that, they made their first selection count by grabbing my number two running back in Iowa State’s David Montgomery, who I had a late first-round grade on. This kid was the most elusive guy at the position available and should be a huge upgrade over recently traded Jordan Howard.


Hakeem Butler, WR, Iowa State 103rd pick by Cardinals

Man, I didn’t see this one coming. From what I heard and how I had this rated, I really thought Butler had a chance to sneak into the late first round. They Cardinals made him the first selection of day three when I thought he was a more talented big-bodied pass catcher than N’Keal Harry, who the Patriots made their first round pick out of Arizona State. Butler might have some troubles with drops at this point, but he also makes several spectacular grabs and can actually play any receiver spot.


Julian Love, CB, Notre Dame 108th pick by Giants

I suspected that this kid might fall a little because he doesn’t quite have NFL measurements, but Love was my fifth-highest ranked cornerback in the draft, and I thought he should go early on day two for sure. The former Irish DB is such a feisty competitor and is as good as anybody in this class at driving on the ball from off-coverage. He is smart, physical and gets the job done. A shimmer of light in this Giants draft class.


Riley Ridley, WR, Georgia 126th pick by Bears

To think Chicago didn’t jump into this draft before the third round, their front office must be pretty stoked with who they have added with those first two picks. They already had my RB2 in David Montgomery and then they came back late in the fourth round and grabbed another one of my top 50 prospects (actually right at that number) in UGA’s Riley Ridley. He is an excellent route-runner, who will get off the line with his releases right away, and a very natural pass-catcher.


Deionte Thompson, S, Alabama 139rd pick by Cardinals

I already talked about Thompson being one of the losers in this drafted after being a projected top 50 draft pick, but the Cardinals won’t mind grabbing him in the fifth round. The former Tide safety has tremendous range, instincts and ball-skills. There certainly were a few bad moments on tape late in the year, but as a true free safety he could be an immediate starter if healthy.


Amani Oruwariye, CB, Penn State 146th pick by Lions

This might have been the biggest steal of the entire draft. Oruwariye was my fourth cornerback after the trio of Byron Murphy, Greedy Williams and DeAndre Baker. He has all the length and athleticism you could ever want from a corner and he had a lot of production at Penn State already. If you work on him on his press technique, he could end up being an outstanding cover-three/man-corners for Detroit. I saw him as an early second-rounder to be honest.


Kelvin Harmon, WR, N.C. State 206th pick to Redskins

And another guy who I had as a top 50 prospect. Harmon was right there with Georgia’s Riley Ridley for me. Like the former Bulldog, Harmon is a very detailed route-runner, who understands how to use his body and adjust mid-air. He won’t blow you away with pure straight-line speed, but he is good enough to be a threat, especially when you put the ball to his back-shoulder and let him work the sideline.


Caleb Wilson, TE, UCLA 254th pick by Cardinals

This year’s Mr. Irrelevant could end up as TE1 for Arizona. I kind of saw Wilson slipping a bit because he had some of the worst leaping numbers at the combine and doesn’t really pop of the tape. I already talked about this, but Wilson is really crafty at attacking the leverage of defenders and he kind of has that old-man game where he might not need to scare anybody over the top, plus he actually 4.56 at 240 pounds.





Josh Allen, Edge, Kentucky 7th pick to Jaguars

Byron Murphy, CB, Washington 33rd pick to Cardinals

Cody Ford, OT/G, Oklahoma 38th pick to Bills

Nasir Adderley, S, Delaware 60th pick by Chargers

D.K. Metcalf, WR, Ole Miss 64th pick by Seahawks

Justin Layne, CB, Michigan State 84th pick by Steelers

Ryan Finley, QB, N.C. State 104th pick by Bengals

Chauncey Gardner-Johnson, S, Florida 105th pick by Saints

Justice Hill, RB, Oklahoma State 113th pick by Ravens

Ben Powers, OL, Oklahoma 123rd pick by Ravens

Renell Wren, DL, Arizona State 125th pick by Bengals

Mack Wilson, LB, Alabama 155th pick by Browns

Blake Cashman, LB, Minnesota 157th pick by Jets

Joe Jackson, Edge, Miami 165th pick by Cowboys

D’Andre Walker, Edge, Georgia 168th pick by Titans

Lamont Gaillard, C, Georgia 179th pick by Cardinals

Trayveon Williams, RB, Texas A&M 182nd pick by Bengals

Isaiah Buggs, DL, Alabama 192nd pick by Steelers

Travis Homer, RB, Miami 204th pick by Seahawks

Rodney Anderson, RB, Oklahoma 211th pick by Bengals

Darwin Thompson, RB, Utah State 214th pick by Chiefs

Kris Boyd, CB, Texas 217th pick by Vikings

Jimmy Moreland, DB, James Madison 227th pick by Redskins

Myles Gaskin, RB, Washington 234th pick by Dolphins

Jalen Jelks, Edge, Oregon 241st pick by Cowboys

Michael Dogbe, DL, Temple 249th pick by Cardinals

Dakota Allen, LB, Texas Tech 251st pick by Rams



Biggest reaches:


Clelin Ferrell, Edge, Clemson 4th pick by Raiders

Alright, don’t get me wrong here – I really like Ferrell. I had him as a top 20 prospect ahead of Mississippi State’s Montez Sweat and I thought he was really disrespected in this pre-draft process. With that being said, number four overall was too high. Such high picks are reserved for special athletes, such as Kentucky edge rusher Josh Allen or Houston defensive tackle Ed Oliver. I understand wanting to build around leaders from big programs, but they had to find somebody to trade down with if this is your guy.


Daniel Jones, QB, Duke 6th pick by Duke

I want this kid to succeed and in no way am I wishing him anything bad, but this to me simply was the worst pick of the entire draft. I already mentioned that I don’t like how people, who never actually saw him play, are talking about Jones, but I watched enough on him to be certain that he was not the sixth-best player out there. Heck, he was my seventh-ranked QB and I had him slightly outside my top 100. I simply don’t see that special type of arm talent that would demand such a selection.


Tytus Howard, OT, Alabama State 23rd pick by Texans

Man, the Texans were really desperate once their first pick rolled around. I already talked about this – I don’t feel sorry for them because they should have understood the board a little better and be more aggressive to get their franchise left tackle in Washington State’s Andre Dillard. Instead they were left with reaching for a guy, who should have been chosen as a future guy in the middle of day two.


Kaleb McGary, OT, Washington 31st pick by Falcons

Here’s another offensive tackle who was drafted too early. McGary was just outside my top ten tackles available and he ended up being the third one selected in the first round, plus the Falcons even traded back up for him from the middle of the third round. Assuming they will plug him and Boston College guard Chris Lindstrom in on the right side, you have to look at which right tackles were still on the board at that point – Florida’s Jawaan Taylor, Oklahoma’s Cody Ford and Kansas State’s Dalton Risner (depending on where you see him).


N’Keal Harry, WR, Patriots 32nd pick by Patriots

I will probably fall flat on my face for questioning a Bill Belichick draft pick, but I just don’t get what people really see in Harry. He is at his best with the ball in his hands, but he struggles to actually create separation to take advantage of that and he shows too much wasted motion when trying to break free. The Patriots hadn’t drafted a wide receiver in the first round since Terry Glenn back in 1996 and I’m like 90 percent sure they did try to trade out of that spot as well.


Jahlani Tavai, LB, Hawaii 43rd pick by Lions

I know this young man was a sleeper prospect for a bunch of guys studying guys for the draft, but I wasn’t one of them. I had Tavai outside my top 20 linebackers because I think he is too passive in his tackling attempts; he is not super explosive or have the closing speed to chase plays down. He also looked his best back in 2016 I thought. With the way Tavai moved around on that Hawaii defense Matt Patricia might look at him as his version of Kyle Van Noy, but I don’t see a top 50 player.


Ben Banogu, Edge, TCU 49th pick by Colts

Neither do I with this kid. Unlike Tavai, Banogu has the type of production in a Power-Five conference that would intrigue you. In his two years with the Horned Frogs, he recorded 17 combined sacks and 34.5 tackles for loss. However, he doesn’t nearly have the size to fully survive off the edge, is taken off his track as a pass rusher too easily and he missed 14 tackles last season. His D-line record broad jump and other explosive combine numbers definitely helped Banogu out.


Drew Sample, TE, Washington 52nd pick by Bengals

So I heard that NFL people were higher on Simple than most fans and draft analysts, but that doesn’t mean I would pick him as the fourth tight-end in the draft. I had Sample and West Virginia’s Trevon Wesco rated very similarly right outside of my top ten at the position. That would mean fourth round for me however, not the 52nd overall pick. I would have much rather had Ole Miss’ Dawson Know 44 spots later.


Quincy Williams, LB, Murray State 98th pick by Jaguars

I watched over 350 prospects this year and more than 30 linebackers in a very murky group – this guy wasn’t one of them. I am not going to say that this guy can’t play or act like I do, but I don’t believe he was worth a day two selection when I didn’t know him before. Unless all these NFL teams went crazy when they saw him at the NFLPA game, I don’t really get why you would grab him ahead of day three and it might be more about his brother being Alabama D-tackle Quinnen Williams.


Mitch Wishnowsky, P, Utah 110th pick by 49ers

I don’t want to hate on punters here. While I don’t mind selecting special teams’ aces in the middle rounds, to spend a fourth-round pick on a punter, for me that guy has to be really special. Here are some of the guys who were still available when the 49ers were on the clock – Oklahoma State running back Justice Hill, Georgia wide receiver Riley Ridley, Alabama edge rusher Christian Miller and both Oklahoma guards still available. He better boom those babies 70 yards in September.





L.J. Collier, Edge, TCU 29th pick by Seahawks

Sean Bunting, CB, Central Michigan 39th pick by Buccaneers

Trayvon Mullen, CB, Clemson 40th pick by Raiders

Max Scharping, OT, Northern Illinois 55th pick by Texans

Mecole Hardman, WR, Georgia 56th pick by Chiefs

Jalen Hurd, WR, Baylor 67th pick by 49ers

Cody Barton, LB, Utah 89th pick by Seahawks

Trey Pipkins, OT, 91st pick by Chargers

Alexander Mattison, RB, Boise State 102nd pick by Vikings

Jake Bailey, P, Stanford 163rd pick by Patriots


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