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NFL.com's Bucky Brooks believes an argument can be made for a team selecting UCLA senior OLB Anthony Barr over South Carolina junior DE Jadeveon Clowney.

"If you are weighing the two, it comes down to what is the scheme and what is the best fit for what you want to do," Brooks writes. The former NFL scout compared Jadeveon Clowney to Julius Peppers and Anthony Barr to Von Miller, noting the latter can alternate as a stand up rusher next to a three man front and a edge rusher on a four man. "When you really think about his versatility and what he brings to the table, I think you can make an argument that (Barr) may be a guy that is more worthy of being selected at the top of the board than Jadeveon Clowney based on what we have seen on the tape on the field," Brooks added.
Source: NFL.com
Fri, Sep 27, 2013 10:42:00 AM

Redskins selected Alabama DT Da’Ron Payne with the No. 13 overall pick in the 2018 NFL draft.

Payne (6’3/311) was a two-year starter and three-year contributor at nose tackle for the Crimson Tide, managing five career tackles for loss, three sacks, and one forced fumble. His role was to eat blocks and control gaps rather than fill the box score in Nick Saban’s 3-4. A 63rd-percentile athlete with superb size-adjusted straight-line speed (4.90), Payne did flash playmaking ability when given chances, creating 50 QB pressures over his final two seasons. Payne is ready to defend the run in the pros and offers sneaky bull-rush upside.
Apr 26 - 9:37 PM

Bucs selected Washington DT Vita Vea with the No. 12 overall pick in the 2018 NFL draft.

The Bucs picked at No. 12 after trading down with the Bills. Vea (6’4/347) earned 2017 Pac 12 Defensive Player of the Year, piling up 41 QB pressures and finishing as PFF College’s No. 2-graded run-defending interior defensive lineman. In three years as a Husky, Vea tallied 15 tackles for loss and 9.5 sacks. Vea draws Haloti Ngata comparisons for his gargantuan size and powerful bull rush, but his get off is much less explosive, and Vea played only 62% of Washington’s 2017 defensive snaps. Still, Vea’s tape shows light feet for a big man, position flexibility, and an ability to create space for linebackers behind him to run free.
Apr 26 - 9:26 PM

Dolphins selected Alabama DB Minkah Fitzpatrick at the No. 11 overall pick in the 2018 NFL draft.

Fitzpatrick (6’0/204) earned the 2017 Thorpe Award as the nation’s top defensive back, capping his three-year career with nine INTs, 16 tackles for loss, 4.5 sacks, and an Alabama-record four pick sixes. Used in the versatile "star" role by Nick Saban, Fitzpatrick has experience at slot corner, safety, and nickel linebacker, aced the Wonderlic (30), and is a dangerous blitzer. PFF College credited Fitzpatrick with a stingy 59.9 passer rating allowed when targeted the past two years. Less experienced on the boundary – he played only 13 snaps at outside corner last year -- Fitzpatrick’s playmaking ability would be best put to use in a Tyrann Mathieu-like role.
Apr 26 - 9:22 PM

Cardinals traded up with the Raiders and selected UCLA QB Josh Rosen with the No. 10 overall pick in the 2018 NFL draft.

Arizona gave up pick Nos. 15, 79, and 152 to get their quarterback of the (very near) future. Sam Bradford will likely start Week 1 but obviously has a laundry-list injury history. Rosen (6’4/226) made 30 starts as a Bruin, going 17-13 and completing 60.9% of his passes at 8.0 yards per attempt with a 59:26 TD-to-INT ratio. UCLA ran a pro-style offense wherein Rosen made anticipation throws and ran traditional play-action plays, so he is advanced conceptually. His tape reveals a mechanically-sound technician with picturesque footwork and delivery, albeit with passing efficiency that dipped sharply on downfield throws and risk-taking tendencies that hurt his consistency. Rosen missed time with a throwing-shoulder injury as a sophomore and two concussions as a junior. Ideally, 21-year-old Rosen will get stronger and iron out his decision making. Long term, Rosen has drawn comparisons to Eli Manning and Trent Green.
Apr 26 - 9:17 PM

49ers selected Notre Dame OT Mike McGlinchey with the No. 9 overall pick in the 2018 NFL draft.

This is something of a surprise with the 49ers fairly set at tackle, but Joe Staley is entering his age-34 season. McGlinchey (6’8/309) was a three-year starter for the Irish, playing right tackle as a sophomore before guarding the blind side as a junior and senior. McGlinchey earned PFF College’s No. 2 offensive tackle grade in 2017, and No. 1 in run blocking. He also logged the highest Wonderlic score (37) among draft-eligible tackles. McGlinchey’s below-average core strength shows up versus bull rushers, however, and Notre Dame coaches reportedly believed right tackle was always his best position. McGlinchey does offer left tackle length (34-inch arms) and was a consistent executor throughout college. NFL.com O-Line guru Lance Zierlein compared him to Jared Veldheer.
Apr 26 - 9:12 PM

Bears selected Georgia OLB Roquan Smith with the No. 8 overall pick in the 2018 NFL draft.

Smith (6’1/236) earned the 2017 Butkus Award as college football’s top linebacker, breaking out for a team-high 137 tackles (14 TFL) and 6.5 sacks. An instinctive, explosive off-ball linebacker who plays with more power than his size suggests, Smith missed just one tackle in all of 2017 and has immense value on passing downs, where he excels as a pass rusher and allowed just 5.7 yards per catch when targeted in his career (PFF). Smith is a cross between Lavonte David and Deion Jones with sideline-to-sideline speed (4.51) and an omnipresent playing style.
Apr 26 - 9:04 PM

Bills traded up with the Bucs to select Wyoming QB Josh Allen with the No. 7 overall pick in the 2018 draft.

Allen's tweet controversy did not lead to a prolonged slide. The Bills traded the Nos. 12, 53 and 56 (both second-rounders) picks for the right to move up five spots and select whom they hope is their quarterback of the future. They are also receiving pick No. 255 in return. Allen (6’5/237) spent three years at Wyoming after transferring from JUCO, completing just 56.2% of his passes with a 44:21 TD-to-INT ratio and 7.8 yards per attempt with a 16-9 record. In 2017, Allen was beaten out for first- and second-team All-Mountain West honors by Nick Stevens (Colorado State) and Brett Rypien (Boise State). Per PFF College, Allen’s 2017 passer rating (127.8) crashed to 58.5 when pressured, one of the nation’s worst marks. Nevertheless, Allen combines cannon arm strength with dynamic mobility and drew comparisons to Carson Wentz during the pre-draft phase, testing out as an elite 82nd-percentile SPARQ athlete. A boom-bust project, Allen also offers a Bollerian/Lockerian floor.
Apr 26 - 8:59 PM

Colts selected Notre Dame OG Quenton Nelson with the No. 6 overall pick in the 2018 NFL draft.

Nelson (6’5/329) made 36 starts at left guard for the Irish, wrapping 2017 as PFF College’s No. 1 rated-overall guard and No. 1-rated run-blocking guard. Nelson has plus arm length (33 ¾") for an interior lineman and repped 225 pounds 35 times at the Combine. After watching his tape, NFL Network’s Daniel Jeremiah deemed Nelson "the best run blocker I’ve ever evaluated." An intimidating, pancake-blocking presence who allowed just one QB hit last season, Nelson was compared to Hall of Famer Larry Allen by NFL.com offensive line guru Lance Zierlein.
Apr 26 - 8:50 PM

Broncos selected NC State EDGE Bradley Chubb with the No. 5 overall pick in the 2018 NFL draft.

Chubb (6’4/269) earned 2017 ACC Defensive Player of the Year in addition to the Nagurski Trophy and Hendricks Award, setting an NC State record in tackles for loss (26) as a senior after leading the nation in TFLs (22) as a junior. PFF College charted Chubb with 56 QB pressures in 2017, and he graduated with 26 career sacks. On tape, Chubb is a rich man’s Brian Orakpo with long arms (34") and 4.65 jets. Able to convert his speed into power, Chubb wins with physical strength and a relentless motor and projects as an immediate every-down edge player.
Apr 26 - 8:47 PM

Browns selected Ohio State CB Denzel Ward with the No. 4 overall pick in the 2018 NFL Draft.

This is a bit of a shock with NC State DE Bradley Chubb still on the board, but it is not a reach. Ward (5’11/183) rotated with Marshon Lattimore as a sophomore before exploding as a 2017 junior for first-team All-America honors with 17 pass breakups and two picks. Per PFF College, Ward allowed a stingy 35.1% completion rate in 2017 and 54.0 career passer rating when targeted. On tape, Ward showed dominant man-cover skills with fluid hips, lightning-quick feet, and blazing speed, and had a knack for forcing quarterbacks to make especially tiny-window throws to earn completions. He tested as a rare 98th-percentile SPARQ athlete in Indy, destroying the forty (4.32), vertical (39"), and broad (11’4") jumps. Be it in the slot or outside, Ward’s one-on-one matchup ability gives him the highest ceiling in this cornerback class.
Apr 26 - 8:40 PM

Jets selected USC QB Sam Darnold with the No. 3 overall pick in the 2018 NFL draft.

Darnold (6’3/221) turned pro as a redshirt sophomore after making 24 starts for the Trojans, going 20-4 and completing 64.9% of his throws with a 57:22 TD-to-INT ratio at 8.5 yards per attempt. A gunslinger cross between Matthew Stafford and Tony Romo, Darnold’s biggest college drawback was his turnover tendency, throwing 13 picks with nine lost fumbles in 2017. Darnold has an elongated release and shoddy footwork, and would be the youngest starting quarterback in league history if he gets the Week 1 nod. Long term, Darnold is a higher-variance prospect with top-ten quarterback upside.
Apr 26 - 8:32 PM




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