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Scouts Inc.'s Todd McShay called UCLA edge rusher Anthony Barr's game against Arizona "a little disturbing."

Our own Josh Norris has ranked Khalil Mack over Anthony Barr for some time, and expect the national evaluation to move that way the closer we get to the draft. Barr will put up great numbers at the Combine, but he is not as far along in his development as given credit for. He still wins with great speed off the edge, but it is apparent that Barr has only spent two seasons on the defensive side of the ball.
Mon, Jan 27, 2014 12:39:00 PM

Panthers selected Maryland WR D.J. Moore with the No. 24 pick in the 2018 NFL Draft.

Carolina added Torrey Smith and Jarius Wright in free agency and should get 2017 second-rounder Curtis Samuel back healthy, but they still needed to add some playmakers. Moore certainly fits the bill. Moore (6’0/210) turned pro as a true junior after starting all three years for the Terps, logging a career 146/2,027/13.9/7 receiving line and earning 2017 Big Ten WR of the Year in a breakout, 80-catch, 8-TD season. Moore shredded the Combine with 97th-percentile SPARQ results, including 4.42 straight-line speed and an explosive 11-foot broad jump. Comfortable and tough over the middle and a post-catch tackle breaker, Moore profiles on the Pierre Garcon-Golden Tate spectrum as a versatile wideout capable of winning at multiple receiver positions.
Apr 26 - 10:52 PM

Patriots selected Georgia OT Isaiah Wynn with the No. 23 overall pick in the 2018 NFL draft.

Wynn (6’3/313) made 41 starts on the Bulldogs’ offensive line, moving from left guard as a junior to left tackle as a senior, where Wynn earned second-team All-American and allowed just five QB pressures in 15 games. Wynn dominated at guard during January’s Senior Bowl but was announced as a tackle during Thursday night's draft. The Patriots likely view him as a replacement for left tackle Nate Solder, who defected to the Giants in free agency. Athletic and powerful, Wynn profiles as one of the safest picks in the draft.
Apr 26 - 10:46 PM

Titans traded up with the Ravens to select Alabama LB Rashaan Evans with the No. 22 overall pick in the 2018 NFL draft.

The Titans traded the Nos. 25 and 125 picks for Nos. 22 and 215. Evans (6’2/232) began college as a situational edge rusher before taking over as Alabama’s starting weak-inside linebacker for his final two seasons, earning first-team All-SEC as a senior and finishing his career with 21.5 tackles for loss and 14 sacks. Evans’ lone deficiency came in coverage, where he remains a work in progress and may not be ready to play on all three downs. Still a relentless, violent, and explosive off-ball linebacker, Evans projects as a plus starter with uncommon pass-rush versatility for his position. He compares to Lawrence Timmons coming out.
Apr 26 - 10:36 PM

Lions selected Arkansas G/C Frank Ragnow with the No. 20 overall pick in the 2018 NFL draft.

Ragnow (6’5/312) made 33 starts for the Razorbacks before suffering a high ankle sprain severe enough to end his season last October, still earning third-team All-American and allowing zero career sacks. After converting from right guard to center, Ragnow earned PFF College’s highest 2017 center grade in the nation despite missing time. Ragnow won with toughness and consistency in the SEC and is an exceptional size-adjusted athlete with sub-five-second speed (4.99) and a 33 ½-inch vertical. Ragnow has a chance to be a long-term solution at guard or center.
Apr 26 - 10:23 PM

Cowboys selected Boise State LB Leighton Vander Esch with the No. 19 overall pick in the 2018 NFL Draft.

Receiver might be the Cowboys' biggest need following the release of Dez Bryant, but linebacker was a major area of concern as well. Vander Esch (6’4/256) earned 2017 Mountain West Defensive Player of the Year honors as a redshirt junior, tallying 10 career tackles for loss, four sacks, and three forced fumbles. PFF College credited him with 2017’s most run stops (57) and highest run-stop percentage (15.9%) among draft-eligible linebackers. Vander Esch drew comparisons to LaVar Arrington and Brian Urlacher before the draft, posting the highest SPARQ score (96th-percentile) in this year’s off-ball linebacker class. Supremely athletic with long arms (33 ¾") that help in coverage, Vander Esch is built to play on all three downs. As long as his health cooperates -- he was reportedly flagged for a neck issue by some teams -- Vander Esch should be a quality addition.
Apr 26 - 10:19 PM

Packers traded up with the Seahawks to select Louisville CB Jaire Alexander with the No. 18 overall pick of the 2018 NFL Draft.

Alexander (5’10/196) converted from wide receiver and broke out for five interceptions as a 2016 sophomore before missing all but six games as a junior with a broken hand and recurring knee injuries. PFF College still charted Alexander with a 28.6% completion rate and 19.9 passer rating allowed in 2017, lowest among draft-eligible corners. A twitchy athlete with ballhawking flashes and sticky man-cover skills, Alexander blazed 4.38 in Indy and destroyed agility drills. His lone weakness on tape came in run support, where Alexander needs to improve as a tackler. Long term, Alexander offers high-end No. 2 or low-end No. 1 cornerback upside.
Apr 26 - 10:06 PM

Chargers selected Florida State S Derwin James with the No. 17 overall pick in the 2018 NFL draft.

James fell further than expected. James (6’2/215) missed all but two games as a 2016 sophomore due to a lateral meniscus tear in his left knee, then rebounded for second-team All-America honors as a 2017 junior with a team-high 49 solo tackles (5.5 TFLs), 13 pass breakups, three sacks, and two INTs. PFF College credited James with a stingy 48.1 passer rating allowed into his coverage last year. He destroyed the Combine, blazing 4.47 with freaky vertical (40") and broad (11’) jumps. Highly athletic with long arms (33"), James can match up to tight ends in man coverage and profiles similarly to Eric Berry.
Apr 26 - 10:00 PM

Bills selected Virginia Tech ILB Tremaine Edmunds with the No. 16 overall pick in the 2018 NFL draft.

Edmunds (6’5/253) made 29 starts in three years as a Hokie, earning first-team All-ACC in 2017 and finishing with 35 career tackles for loss, four forced fumbles, and ten sacks. Built like a throwback linebacker, Edmunds is also exceptionally young for a rookie (20 in May). An inside linebacker in Virginia Tech’s base 4-2 alignment, Edmunds shined on interior blitzes with 19 QB pressures on just 85 pass-rush snaps (PFF) last year and ran 4.54 in Indy, showing incredible size-adjusted speed. Edmunds needs to improve in coverage but long term offers a Dont’a Hightower-level ceiling.
Apr 26 - 9:54 PM

Raiders selected UCLA OT Kolton Miller with the No. 15 overall pick in the 2018 NFL draft.

Miller (6’9/309) made 26 starts in three seasons with the Bruins, moving from right tackle to Josh Rosen’s blind side a 2017 redshirt junior and earning second-team All-Pac 12 from the conference’s coaches. Although he was a quality starter in college, Miller’s mammoth height hurts him against lower pad-leveled rushers, and he has never been a big-time run blocker. Miller does have plus arm length (34 1/8") and tested as the top SPARQ athlete in this entire offensive line class. Immensely talented but inconsistent on tape, NFL.com’s Gil Brandt compared Miller to Nate Solder coming out of Colorado.
Apr 26 - 9:52 PM

Saints traded up with the Packers to select UTSA DE Marcus Davenport with the No. 14 overall pick of the 2018 NFL Draft.

New Orleans gave up a No. 27 overall, No. 147 overall, and their first-round pick in 2019 to move up. It is quite a haul for a non-quarterback, especially considering Davenport is something of a project. His upside is undeniable, however. Davenport (6’6/264) earned 2017 C-USA Defensive Player of the Year to cap a prolific four-year career in which he set school records in tackles for loss (38) and sacks (22), also forcing six fumbles. NFL Films’ Greg Cosell compared Davenport’s tape to Aldon Smith. Davenport predictably shined at the Combine, blazing 4.58 with 79th-percentile SPARQ results. A rangy pass rusher who operated as a stand-up linebacker for the Roadrunners, Davenport is a high-upside prospect who won on sheer athleticism at UTSA, and whose all-around game has room for further growth.
Apr 26 - 9:46 PM

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




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