Norris: Top 150 Draft Board

Norris: Top 150 Draft Board
With the 2018 NFL Draft just days away, Josh Norris reveals his top 150 prospects (plus a few), including Derrius Guice landing in the top 10.
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An NFL scout told Bob McGinn Football that Oklahoma State QB Mason Rudolph reminds him of Atlanta Falcons QB Matt Ryan.

"He’s calm, cool, collected, accurate," the scout noted of Rudolph. He vehemently dismissed any notion that the 6-foot-5, 235-pounder had anything in common with Brandon Weedon outside of the school in which both played their college ball. If that Ryan comp is a bit too lofty, another evaluator who spoke with McGinn Football saw some similarities with Kirk Cousins, which feels more in the ballpark to us. Said that particular scout, "He’s not going to take everybody to the next level but he’s going to do the right thing and be a game manager." There's been recent buzz that the Patriots might be interested in Rudolph. They've been linked to several quarterbacks beyond the Oklahoma State signal-caller, too, with Lamar Jackson and Josh Rosen both batted around in rumor as potential picks for HC Bill Belichick and staff. At this juncture, we would be surprised if New England did not draft a quarterback relatively early when festivities boot up in Dallas later this week.
Apr 23 - 3:50 PM

Uncommitted five-star 2019 DE Zach Harrison took an official visit to Penn State on Friday.

Ohio State probably has the inside edge Harrison at this juncture, but Penn State had an opportunity to set the tone of his recruitment in hosting him for his first official visit of the spring over the weekend. The 6-foot-6, 240-pounder is an athletic freak who has run the 40-yard dash in a laser-timed 4.62 seconds and hit 39.5 inches in the vertical jump. Given that he could still have room to develop physically, his testing numbers down the road could end up off the charts. Harrison ranks as Rivals' No. 15 overall prospect in the 2019 class.
Source: Rivals
Apr 23 - 3:38 PM

An NFC regional scout told NFL Media's Lance Zierlein that UCF CB Mike Hughes could have benefitted from another year in college.

"He's just raw right now but he's got the ability to become a really tough ball challenger," the scout explained. Hughes (5'10/189) will be in the mix for a first-round selection come Thursday. NFL Media's Lance Zierlein compares him to Broncos CB Bradley Roby. Hughes has seen interest from -- among others -- the Panthers, Eagles, Vikings, Packers and Chiefs during the evaluating process.
Source: NFL.com
Apr 23 - 3:18 PM

An NFL scout told Bob McGinn Football that NFL defensive coordinators will be "scared to death" to face Louisville QB Lamar Jackson.

"The dynamic athletic ability doesn’t even need to be talked about," the scout said. "What he doesn’t get enough credit for is the type of passer he is and the (pro-style) system he runs. When he’s in the pocket he stays in the pocket." Another evaluator who dished on Jackson with McGinn doesn't see matters in quite the same light when it comes to the signal-caller's standing as a passer, telling him that "[h]e’s a one-read guy, his accuracy is inconsistent and he holds the ball forever." NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reported earlier on Monday that Jackson had an official predraft visit with the Patriots two weeks ago and that New England was "intrigued and impressed." Jackson is heading toward a likely top-20 selection on Thursday.
Apr 23 - 3:09 PM

NFL Network insider Ian Rapoport reports that "some NFL clubs have moved [Florida State edge rusher Josh Sweat' down their draft boards or in the case for some teams completely off the board" due to concerns over his health.

While the 6-foot-4, 251-pound Sweat rocked the NFL Scouting Combine with a composite testing score ranking in the 95th percentile of NFL edge rushers, it would appear that there's still real worry in some corners over his surgically-repaired left knee. Florida State coddled that knee by degrees this past season -- Sweat was not an everyday practice participant -- and Rapoport notes that "not being able to practice every day raises concerns." The Saints, Redskins, Giants and Titans all hosted the edge rusher for predraft visits this spring. Rotoworld's Thor Nystrom ranks him as the No. 26 overall prospect in the 2018 class even baking in those health question marks, while Nystrom colleague Josh Norris slots him in slightly more conservatively as the No. 45 overall prospect in the pool.
Source: NFL.com
Apr 23 - 2:57 PM

Scouts who spoke with Bob McGinn Football had vastly different opinions on the personality of Oklahoma QB Baker Mayfield.

"He’s not half-cocked. He’s humble. I think he’s an outstanding competitor," one scout said, an opinion which was not held in the least by another evaluator whom McGinn spoke with. That second source offered up that Mayfield is a "cocky little [expletive]" and believes that the quarterback is "a little bit too full of himself." Or as another scout put it, the signal-caller is "a little bit obnoxious." We've heard varying views on Mayfield's personality throughout the predraft process, so nothing here comes as a huge surprise. He very well may land as a top-five pick come Thursday.
Apr 23 - 2:42 PM

Ohio State junior RB Antonio Williams transferred to North Carolina.

Williams (5'11/212) enrolled with Ohio State as a four-star running back in the 2016 recruiting class. After playing sparingly as a true freshman, he came on to post 290 rushing yards (5.1 YPC) and three touchdowns while working backup duty behind J.K. Dobbins and Mike Weber. Buckeyes RB coach Tony Alford said prior to the team's spring game that Williams had "really, really improved his game from top to bottom" and that he had been been "very professional" about his role in the running backs rotation. He'll have to sit out the 2018 season with North Carolina, but will have two years eligibility remaining come the start of the 2019 campaign.
Apr 23 - 2:23 PM

A director of college scouting for an NFC team told NFL Media's Lance Zierlein that Ohio State DL Sam Hubbard is "going to end up being a good pro" with a few adjustments.

The scouting director doesn't believe Hubbard will be ripping down the universe right out of the NFL gates, but rather notes that the 6-foot-5, 270-pounder "just needs to add a little more muscle and find a go-to move that he can win with as a rusher." Hubbard has his fair share of fans in the evaluating community and a first-round pick cannot be ruled out for Thursday.
Source: NFL.com
Apr 23 - 12:44 PM
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