2018 NFL Mock Draft No. 5

2018 NFL Mock Draft No. 5
It is draft week. Josh Norris updates his mock draft with two teams outside of the top 10 moving up for quarterbacks.
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An anonymous NFL scout says Colorado State WR Michael Gallup offers "excellent speed and deep separation."

"Thing I liked most about him was run after the catch," he added. "Blocking was the only thing I had against him." Bob McGinn Football ranked Gallup as WR9 in its fabulous draft series. "We had him in the (interview) room," said another scout. "He may have the best hands in the draft but he can only play one position." Gallup struggled with academics in college, and BGF noted that there's a slight concern he'll have issues grasping an NFL offense. "Inconsistent," a third scout said. "Has pretty high-end traits. Needs a lot of route technique work. He’s a little bit rigid but has the size, the speed, the production and the strength that you want." Gallup is likely to go in Round 2. We'd disagree with the third scout in that Gallup is just about a sure-thing when you get the ball in his vicinity. He didn't drop a single catchable pass within 20 yards of the LOS last year, an astonishing stat (the next-closest player had a drop r
Apr 24 - 4:55 PM

An anonymous scout speaking with Bob McGinn Football said he sees some of former Dolphins WR Chris Chambers in Oklahoma State WRs James Washington.

"He’s got a chance," said the scout. "I think I see Chris Chambers a little bit. I know he didn’t run as fast but he’s got good length (32 3/8-inch arms). He can track it. Plays faster than he ran. Good timing, leaping (vertical of 39). He’s not dynamic after the catch." Washington posted a ludicrous 226-4,472-39 line in college. "He’s a running back playing receiver," said a second scout. "He’s a little tight. Can’t run routes." A third scout was even more pessimistic. "In college, he used his body against a lot of people to get separation," het said. "He’s not going to do that. They’re going to cover him up … blanket him in the NFL. It won’t translate. He can be a No. 4, or maybe a No. 3 on a bad team." Washington (5'11/213) is projected to go off the board on Day 2.
Apr 24 - 4:49 PM

An NFC Director of Player Personnel says Maryland CB J.C. Jackson is "nothing special right now but he'll get better."

"He's going to be a cover-2 and cover-3 guy," he said. "Nothing special right now but he'll get better. Don't underestimate the way he handles press because teams value physical cornerbacks." NFL.com's Lance Zierlein compares Jackson to Zach Bowman. "Jackson is a physical cornerback with quality size and an impressive ability to challenge and disrupt in press coverage," he wrote. "He doesn't have great long speed or short-area acceleration to match routes, but he's more than capable of handling bump-and-run coverage and all forms of zone. Jackson needs to improve his ball skills, but has eventual starting talent." Zierlein projects Jackson to go in Rounds 5 or 6. Rotoworld's Thor Nystrom ranks Jackson No. 145 overall -- an early fifth-round grade.
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Apr 24 - 4:39 PM

One anonymous scout speaking with Bob McGinn Football said he prefers Texas A&M WR Christian Kirk over Calvin Ridley.

"He’s a winning-type player," the scout said. "Does something after the catch because he has a real strong build down low. He’s got really good quickness and can gain separation easily on the inside. I see him stepping in Day 1 as a No. 3 slot receiver and being that for the next six, seven years. I like Kirk over Ridley." The 5-foot-10, 201-pound Kirk posted a 234-2,856-26 line over three years in College Station with generally poor quarterback play. "He fits Tom Brady’s offense," another scout said. "He wants somebody that can get down 10, 12 yards quick and then be alert. He’s courageous and gets up the field." A third scout wasn't nearly as high on him: "He is a slot but he’s not special. He’s just not as dynamic as you had hoped. He’s really raw. Pretty good hands. I thought he’d be a little better after the catch."
Apr 24 - 4:16 PM

Fanrag's Jon Ledyard reports that he's hearing that Miami TE Chris Herndon has a "chance to go in Round 3."

As most do, Ledyard expects Dallas Goedert, Mike Gesicki and Hayden Hurst to be first three tight ends off board, probably followed by Ian Thomas. But he's been hearing late steam on Herndon as a potential late Day 2 pick. "Teams love his versatility/upside and he cleared medical re-checks in Indy," Ledyard tweeted. The analyst specifically tossed out the Ravens and Eagles as potential suitors. Herndon visited both the Ravens and Eagles during his pre-Draft process, so both make plenty of sense as potential destinations.
Apr 24 - 4:04 PM

Alabama HC Nick Saban compares WR Calvin Ridley to Keenan McCardell "but probably with more speed."

"He reminds me of like Keenan McCardell but probably with more speed," said Saban. "He’ll make a lot of plays in the league." This is a pretty strong comp. McCardell was a very crafty route runner who came into the league with mediocre testing numbers (6'0/175 with a 4.55 forty and a vertical of 36 1/2). McCardell ranks No. 23 all-time in receptions (883), but he was never a dominant No. 1 receiver. Ridley (6'0/189), who likewise underwhelmed during the pre-Draft process, could be headed for the same career path.
Apr 24 - 3:50 PM

One anonymous NFL scout believes UCF WR Tre'Quan Smith "may have" been the best blocking wide receiver he saw in this class.

"He started off a little slow but he’s not a sleeper anymore," said the scout. "He ran like a scalded dog. He’ll catch in the middle and he will block. He may have been the best blocking wide receiver I saw. He’ll be there in the third day because nobody’s talking about him but will end up being a good, solid player." The 6-foot-2, 203-pound Smith has been compared to Tennessee Titans WR Taejae Sharpe by NFL.com's Lance Zierlein. "Strong, physical," a second scout said. "He’s a windup speed guy. Excellent downfield blocker. They used him more as a possession receiver. He was not the primary. No. 5 (Dredrick Snelson) was. He’s a nice project." Smith tested in the 64th percentile of NFL wideouts during the pre-Draft process.
Apr 24 - 3:40 PM

One anonymous scout speaking with Bob McGinn Football panned Maryland WR D.J. Moore as "not nearly as good as Mohamed Sanu."

Moore finished WR2 behind Calvin Ridley in McGinn's annual poll of NFL evaluators. "I didn’t think he’d run that well," said the scout of Moore's 4.42 40 time at the NFL Combine. "I thought he’d be 4.6. He’s a good little player. Good hands. I just thought he was really slow. You didn’t see a whole lot of quickness and speed. More of a third receiver, to be honest with you. Not nearly as good as Mohamed Sanu." Other scouts polled by McGinn were higher on the Terps star. "He earns your respect because he has excellent hands, he’s fast enough, he’s big enough and he’s a really good route runner," another scout said. "Plus, he doubles as an effective punt returner." Said a third: "He can go deep and catch over the shoulder. He’s really good at that. He will go over the middle and go get the football. He snatches it out of the air. Off the film he looks like a 6-2 or 6-3 kid."
Apr 24 - 3:24 PM
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