🥇🥈🥉NFL DRAFT PROSPECT LINEBACKER RANKINGS🥉🥈🥇
—I see no linebacker in this draft in being a generational talent while I don’t think any LB in this draft would be top three at their position in last year’s. However, there is some pro bowl potential at the number one spot
1) Devin White (LSU)
—At 6’0 and 240 pounds with a 4.42 40 yard dash (1st among all linebackers this year) and magnificent change of direction and open field twitch, White is a protype athletic specimen at outside linebacker. White has blazing pursuit and burst on the ball with magnificent play speed along with plus play strength as well. He also is constantly looking to make plays with active hands often knocking down passes and looking to tear the ball from runningbacks. However, White’s reaction time and speed to read the play is disappointing at times and looks average at best. Furthermore, White needs to do a better job with his hands of shedding blockers as well as wrapping up better on tackles to avoid broken tackles. If White can clean up his hand technique at the point of contact with blockers while doing a better job of driving through and wrapping up instead of grabbing and dragging, White’s insane athleticism and size along with blazing play speed makes him a high ceiling prototype outside linebacker (a la Myles Jack). He’s a raw prospect technique wise with exciting upside due to shocking athleticism and size combined with some desireable traits.
2) Devin Bush (Michigan)
—Bush overall is another athletic outside linebacker prospect with plus play speed and strength. However, Bush doesn’t have the size White does measuring at just 5’11. Bush’s smaller frame can lead to blockers swallowing him up at the point of attack and washing him out of plays while his steep pursuit angle leads to missed tackles. Bush tends to slightly under pursue and drag the ball carrier down from behind or the side leading to extra yardage after the contact and ball carriers slipping out of his grasp. However, Bush does a better job at navigating a route to the runningback in traffic whereas White can often end up on the wrong side of a block allowing himself to get blocked out of plays.
NFL DRAFT OVERVIEW: ST
P, Mitch Wishnowski
Big leg to flip the field. Also has the accuracy to pin teams deep in their own end. Has the ability to make tackles in coverage. I saw a video of him either at his pro day or at a camp where he was kicking field goals of up to 70 yards. The guy’s talent is amazing. He never kicked field goals in college (he did handle kickoffs for a year) but I wouldn’t be surprised if he gets an opportunity to in the NFL. Having someone to kick and punt would allow teams to save a roster spot. Teams do it in the CFL, and I’m kind of surprised that it hasn’t caught on in the NFL. The main issue with him is that he still reverts back to the Australian style sometimes, which takes longer to get the kick off. But he should be able to correct that.
K, Matt Gay
Has the ability to hit from 50+ accurately. Hit from 62 in a spring game. 71% of his kickoffs were touchbacks, which is impressive. Leg strength, however, doesn’t seem as good as the stats may say. Seems like he has to drive the ball more to get it far enough on long kicks. He did have 3 kicks blocked in 2018, so maybe that’s an indicator.
P, Jake Bailey
Very strong leg. Can flip the field with no problem. Has the accuracy to punt it in any direction. Also handled kickoffs. Only issue with him was his touch. Struggled with those shorter punts where he had to pin the other team deep. He had too many touchbacks in those situations.
K, John Baron
Decent leg with the ability to hit from beyond 50. Was good on kickoffs. Showed he could make kicks in big moments. Accuracy was ok but could have been better.
K, Casey Bednarski
By far the most upside of any kicker in the draft, IMO. Made 40/50 kicks in college. Booming leg. Nailed a 63 yarder with lots of room to spare. Also has experience punting. Very intriguing small school prospect who could likely be signed as an UDFA.
LS, Dan Godsil
Mostly reliable long snapper, with a few low snaps. Needs to improve velocity on snaps. Very good in coverage. Was more than willing to get downfield and make a tackle. Was invited to the Senior Bowl.
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To kick off our page, we have two NFL mock drafts. One draft will have no trades, and the other will include potential trades.
For our first draft, this will not include any trades, but simply the same order the teams would pick in if the first round did not change.
For the first round:
1. Arizona Cardinals- *Kyler Murray / QB
2. San Francisco 49ers- Nick Bosa / DE
3. New York Jets- Quinnen Williams / DT
4. Oakland Raiders- Josh Allen / LB, DE
5. Tampa Bay Buccaneers- Montez Sweat / OLB
6. New York Giants- Dwayne Haskins / QB
7. Jacksonville Jaguars- *Jawaan Taylor / OL
8. Detroit Lions- Noah Fant / TE
9. Buffalo Bills- Rashan Gary / Edge
10. Denver Broncos- Drew Lock / QB
11. Cincinnati Bengals- *Devin Bush / LB
12. Green Bay Packers- *Ed Oliver / DE
13. Miami Dolphins- Jonah Williams / OL
14. Atlanta Falcons- Brian Burns / Edge
15. Washington Redskins- Daniel Jones / QB
16. Carolina Panthers- Clelin Ferrell / Edge
17. New York Giants- Andre Dillard / OL
18. Minnesota Vikings- Cory Ford / OL
19. Tennessee Titans- *T.J. Hockenson / TE
20. Pittsburgh Steelers- Bryan Murphy / CB
21. Seattle Seahawks- D.K. Metcalf / WR
22. Baltimore Ravens- Erick McCoy / C
23. Houston Texans- Kaleb McGary / OT
24. Oakland Raiders- Justin Layne / CB
25. Philadelphia Eagles- Chauncey Gardner-Johnson / S
26. Indianapolis Colts- Jeffery Simmons / DT
27. Oakland Raiders- Josh Jacobs / RB
28. Los Angeles Chargers- Christian Wilkins / DT
29. Kansas City Chiefs- Garrett Bradbury / C
30. Green Bay Packers- A.J. Brown / WR
31. Los Angeles Rams- Dexter Lawrence / DL
32. New England Patriots- Marquise Brown / WR *=pictured