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Updated On: April 22, 2019, 2:06 am ET

This is the 11th and final installment of my NFL Draft deep-dive scouting series, following quarterbacksrunning backstight endswide receiversguardscenterstacklesinterior DLEDGE and linebackers. Check back for my top-400 big board and final mock draft on Wednesday!

The spider web of each prospect's test results from the NFL Combine comes courtesy of MockDraftable. SPARQ composite scores are provided by Zach Whitman. All players’ ages are calculated as of September 2019.


1. Greedy Williams (LSU) | 6’2/182

Age: 21.7

SPARQ percentile: 68.6

Comp: Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie (Stephen Ruiz)


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Andraez by birth, Greedy got his nickname as a kid because he had an appetite that wouldn’t quit. His father in-and-out of jail, Greedy learned to fend for himself early. He adopted a take-what’s-mine attitude that would later suit him so well on the field.

The moniker fits, his there-are-no-receivers-with-the-ball-in-the-air-only-people attacking play style so well you’d think a coach thought of it. He’s extremely aggressive but not a reckless gambler with the ball in the air, making calculated decisions and going up with authority on balls he thinks he can come down with.

Greedy and LB1 Devin White were not only teammates at LSU, but in youth football. White was a part-time contributor as a true freshman, while Greedy begrudgingly redshirted due to LSU’s (“DBU”) absurd cornerback depth that year. They ascended concurrently, both making second-year leaps. 

That year, Greedy led the SEC with six interceptions and was named a Third-Team All-American. Last season, as offenses smartly threw Greedy’s way less and less, his counting stats dropped but he was named a Second-Team All-American anyway. At that point, Greedy and Devin both opted into the draft. Each will be top-20 picks.

A long press corner who covers with an air of defiance, Greedy jams out at the line and uses the sideline like he’s tilting a bowling lane toward the gutter. He makes sure he’s always on your mind. He gets his hands on you, applies the adhesive with a combination of 4.37 wheels, effortless backpedal, smooth transitions and length, and then gets in your ear when he swats a ball out of the air.

Greedy leaves college with eight interceptions and 28 passes defensed in 25 starts (1.3 per game) over two campaigns. PFF charted him No. 4 among corners in the draft class in forced incompletions over the past two seasons. Greedy surrendered a passer rating of just 38.7 in college and held opposing receivers to 0.84 yards per cover snap.

Greedy boasts great length but is skinny as a poll, having bulked up considerably from the 155 pounds he toted to Baton Rouge as a freshman but probably close to topping out already at 182. He can also get too handsy at times, and he isn’t the guy who’s going to crash down hard on rushing attempts. He’s also not much of a tackler, weak and only quasi-willing in general.

Tape guys have raised those concerns. In addition, the analytics community is slightly suspicious. My colleague Hayden Winks ranked Greedy CB4, the No. 49 overall prospect on his top-300 analytics big board. “Size for corners matters more than I thought … and being too thin has been a really bad sign,” he wrote. “That's potentially bad news for Greedy Williams, who is 6-foot-2 and 185 pounds.”

All of that stuff should be noted, but I remain on CB1 Greedy Island. I’m sorry, but I saw this kid shut down too many stud receivers in the SEC. Against top-competition, Greedy surrendered only 27 career completions on 74 targets, and he was often lined across from the opposing team’s No. 1 receiver.

You wanna get a good indoctrination of the Greedy Experience, find the cut-up of his game against Ole Miss in September. Greedy sets the tone in the Tigers’ 45-16 beatdown, absolutely shutting down D.K. Metcalf, who finished with a 2-21-0 line on seven targets. 

It was the wafer-thin Greedy, and not the Hulkian D.K., who was the bully. Greedy made it clear that he wasn’t going to be beaten long. Greedy essentially challenged D.K. to prove he could beat him in the intermediate sector, and when the Rebels tried to oblige, he easily sniffed out the labored telegraphing of D.K.’s intentions to turn each catch-point situation into a party at Greedy’s. 

Greedy will start outside on Day 1 and stick in the back-pockets of the opponent’s best receiver. I’ll work around the run game stuff. This kid is going to be a real pest for all No. 1 NFL receivers regardless of size and play style, and I can’t say that with assurance about any other prospect in this corner class.


2. Byron Murphy (Washington) | 5’11/189

Age: 21.6

SPARQ percentile: 46.1

Comp: Brent Grimes (Lance Zierlein)


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Murphy has the slick feet and deviously crafty game of his father’s cousin Mike Bibby, the former NBA All-Star. And also Bibby’s non-ideal stature. Murphy is close with Bibby, who went to the University Arizona and lives in Phoenix. Murphy grew up in Scottsdale.

During his youth in Arizona, Murphy was close friends with WR N’Keal Harry, who joins him in this draft class. But while Harry decided to stay local and play for the Sun Devils, Murphy elected to sign with Washington, a school quickly becoming an NFL defensive back factory to rival anything north of Baton Rouge. 

Like Greedy, Murphy redshirted as a freshman, dominated for two years, and then declared. But while Greedy’s play dropped off a bit (80.5 PFF grade) following a sensational 2017 season (88.2), Murphy built on a stellar debut (86.6) by utterly dominating as a redshirt soph (92.0).

He’s a my-ball corner who is willing to sacrifice his body in run-support (*cough* unlike Greedy *cough*). Murphy was a menace in the 20 games he started in college, posting seven interceptions and 20 breakups in just 87 targets with a 47.7% completion percentage against and 17 forced incompletions. Pro Football Focus graded him as the best corner in the country last season.

Murphy thrived as a boundary corner in a zone scheme at Washington. He’s not a scheme-specific player — his game will translate -- but Murphy is a matchup-specific player. He needs to be assigned to shorter, shifter receivers who do most of their work in the short-to-intermediate sectors. He wiped those guys out in college. 

Murphy is undersized and doesn’t have great length to compensate. Size can give him issues and that’ll be of more concern at the next level. He also has long speed concerns, running a 4.55 forty with an uninspiring 46th-percentile SPARQ showing. 

But he’s extremely twitchy and sticky, a joystick who gets his hands on a ton of balls. Murphy would excel in the slot. But he’ll also likely be capable of starting long-term on the outside in the NFL. I’d just want a longer corner — like Greedy! — starting opposite him so teams with lanky outside burners couldn’t eat my lunch over the top all afternoon.

And while Murphy’s height is a negative datapoint but not a disqualifier outside, it needs to be mentioned that his skillset is going to allow him to slide from the slot to the outside depending on matchup. That could make him a sort of Joker card for his next defensive coordinators, able to tend to the most dangerous threat he’s capable of containing (i,e. size permitting) no matter where the confrontation is destined to occur.

Murphy absolutely dominated as a redshirt sophomore. He won’t turn 22 until near the end of his rookie season. He has an extremely advanced instincts and feel for the game and a river current’s fluidity to stick with receivers. All of that hints at more development to go, as well as a very high floor. 

But Murphy’s poor size/athleticism combination can’t be ignored — it limits the number of receivers he can be assigned, and it requires his team to pair him with a specific kind of boundary corner if it intends to regularly play him on the opposite side. I like Murphy a lot, but I couldn’t quite get there with the CB1 Byron movement because of these reasons.


3. Julian Love (Notre Dame) | 5’11/195

Age: 21.5

SPARQ percentile: 60.8

Comp: Ronde Barber (Charlie Campbell)


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A Chicago native and lifelong Notre Dame fan, Love earned his Fighting Irish scholarship via a dominant two-way high school career. The Fighting Irish made him a cornerback full-time. And unlike Greedy and Byron, Love not only was active as a true freshman, but he actually cracked the starting lineup for the final eight games of the campaign.

For all the love Murphy gets at 5’11/189 with 4.55 speed and a 46th-percentile SPARQ score, Love has gotten criminally overlooked in part because of a focus on his 5’11/195 build with 4.54 speed and a 60th-percentile SPARQ score. While Murphy was putting up PFF grades of 86.6 in 2017 and 92.0 in 2018, Love was producing grades of 81.8 in 2017 and 90.4 during Notre Dame’s playoff run in 2018.

Love’s leap got less ink, but it served noticed that he needs to be considered near the top of this cornerback class. Love earned All-American honors and a Thorpe finalist nomination for his work in 2018, which saw him finish in the top-10 of the nation with 16 pass breakups.

PFF charted him with 21 forced incompletions in 2018, No. 6 in the country, and listed him No. 10 with 14 coverage stops. In all, Love broke up 32 passes the last two seasons, high-level stuff.

Love is a natural cover corner, agile, technically-elite and super smart with loosey-goosey hip joints. He has the almost exactly the same height and speed numbers as Murphy, and naturally comes with identical concerns -- but he also shares the scheme versatility and ball skills.

He’s not as skilled in the run game as Murphy is, but Love is willing to scrap. His length and strength limitations, as well as his projected struggles against elite burners, will render Love a matchup-specific player like Murphy. 

But I like Love for a lot of the same reasons I like Murphy, and I think he’ll be able to do 97% of the same things at a sticker price that’ll be cheaper than that. Love excelled on the perimeter in college but could shift into the slot either full-time or by matchup. But like Murphy, I think he could hang on the outside at the next level.

Another similarity Murphy and Love have is that they are young prospects. In fact, Love is younger by a month. He’s shown preternatural ability early, and I think his ascendance has just begun. 


4.David Long (Michigan) | 5’11/193

SPARQ percentile: 91.2

Comp: Malcolm Butler (Stephen Ruiz)


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Why is nobody talking about David Long?

He was a top-100 overall recruit coming out of the prep ranks in Los Angeles. He went to Michigan and was an utterly dominant corner in the Big 10 from the jump. He allowed just 18 catches over 595 coverage snaps in his entire career, and led the country last year with a 36.9 passer rating allowed.*

And then he went to the NFL Combine and — unlike Deandre Baker or Byron Murphy, for example — answered speed and athleticism concerns with a 4.45 forty and a 91st percentile SPARQ score at 5’11/193.

Of my top-six corners, Long had by far and away the best RAS score, a metric that is both size-adjusted and category-weighted (giving it more value than SPARQ). The highest-ranked player on my CB list who bested Long’s RAS score was Lonnie Johnson.

Per PFF’s metrics, Long also finished No. 1 in this class in yards per cover snap (0.14), snaps per reception (32.8), forced incompletion percentage 32.3%, first downs allowed (2) and completion percentage allowed (29.0%). And that was against the Big 10’s best receivers!

In that conference, Long was the boogey-man. You avoided his side of the field as best you could. Long was only targeted 60 times in three years. He gave up 18 receptions. And this smaller boundary corner never got burned — and I mean NEVER.

On 29 career targets 10-plus yards downfield, he allowed a 4-59-0 line with 13 breakups(!!!). He broke up 45% of the downfield throws he saw in college while giving up less than two yards per target. That’s insanity.

But despite all that, get this!: I’ve seen multiple national NFL Draft analysts out there rank Long outside of their top-25 corners in this class. WHAT?!?! And I’ve seen very few — outside of PFF itself — rank Long among their top-10 corners.

Long’s scouting reports consistently nitpick the heck out of his size and speed while concluding he doesn’t have the measurables for the perimeter or the slick feet to project as a slot star. But from my seat, Long has similar dimensions to Murphy, Love and Baker, performed as well as they did in college, and is clearly the best athlete of the four. 

He’s the only one with 4.4 speed, and not only that, he led his position group in the 3-cone and short shuttles. Whether you prefer SPARQ or RAS (or any other metric), Long is consensually a top-10 percentile NFL athlete at corner. After dominating on college’s biggest stage following a ballyhooed prep career and then blowing up the NFL Combine, he’s been criminally and shockingly overlooked.


5. Deandre Baker (Georgia) | 5’11/190

Age: 23

SPARQ percentile: 9.5

Comp: Tre’Davious White (Chris Trapasso)


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Georgia’s coaching staff had to coax the bulldog to come out of the shy Miami three-star, but he listened, refining at every suggestion. Baker first flashed in 2016 under Mel Tucker, made the leap in 2017, and capped off one of the great careers in Georgia history with First-Team All-American honors and the Jim Thorpe award in 2018. Baker was the first Bulldog to win the Thorpe, given to the nation’s premier defensive back. 

Baker possesses a clairvoyant understanding of his position and loathes ending up on the wrong side of highlights. A borderline genius of positioning and timing, Baker essentially erased whole sections of the field in 2018, with 10 first downs and zero touchdown allowed. He earned a second consecutive PFF grade over 90.0 (dominant). Whatever timidity he might have had early on, it’s gone, now.

He colludes with the sideline to cut off oxygen on routes and pushes his boundaries with the zebras as best he can. Baker doesn’t have the size or speed (4.52 forty, poor SPARQ) to be timid, and he plays with a physical edge in kind. Larger wide receivers can shed him, and faster ones can win a step on him. So he lives on the edge a little.

He’ll outsmart you and he’ll happily body you up, but just be ready for that rare false step. You can capitalize. More strangely for a player whose upside lies in his superior smarts, Baker came to the combine with an odd, lax attitude, more or less sloughing off the entire process. 

I had questions about his athleticism, but I didn’t expect to have to consider questions about his maturity. I just found it odd that a sharp player who had his athleticism questioned throughout his entire career didn’t show up prepared. And then he, you know, tested like crap.

Even so, I saw him shut the lights out on so many NFL receivers in the SEC that I know he's going to make it work at the next level, even if his ceiling is capped because his athletic limitations hurt against both shifty guys who force him to take extra steps to push off to gather momentum for a burst and burners who can test him deep.

6. Justin Layne (Michigan State) | 6’2/192

Age: 21.6

SPARQ percentile: 87

Comp: Eric Rowe (David Lambert)


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Layne arrived in East Lansing as a four-star wide receiver, but Mark Dantonio almost immediately sussed out his defensive upside and pushed him to corner before his freshman year was out.

The transition rewarded in short order, with Layne posting improved overall and coverage grades on PFF in 2017 and 2018 while learning to mold his receiving knowledge to his budding education in the defensive backfield. You can still see the wideout in him. 

Lazy opposing receivers will find themselves in a fight if they slop their routes, because Layne reads them like an FBI interrogator reads facial twitches.  He beats you to the spot and ask for you lunch money. 

While he is not a “wipe them out, all of them” lockdown technician in the mold of Deandre Baker, Layne’s tricks are fascinating to watch.  In 2018, Layne tied for the Big Ten lead with 16 pass breakups while posting PFF’s ninth-best coverage grade among FBS corners, thanks in large part to his unique ability to make false windows appear like a David Blaine magic trick.

He’ll vary his speed, take steps off, jerk his head in odd ways, a million little pieces to fool Shea Patterson into seeing an open DPJ in the back of the end zone. Don’t do it, Shea, it’s a trap!

Even as Layne’s gut rarely leads him astray, he still takes too many false steps and he has a troublesome bent toward guesswork. He’s also — how should we say this? — a hesitant tackler.

None of these weaknesses are deal-breakers, though, and he plays smart in ways that are very difficult to teach. And not for nothing: Layne saw 36 snaps at receiver in the fall. A creative coaching staff could no doubt figure out a way to cameo a fleet 6’2 athlete in sub-packages if it wanted to.


7. Rock Ya-Sin (Temple) | 6’0/192

SPARQ percentile: 58.5

Comp: Marlin Jackson (Jonah Tuls)


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Rock Ya-Sin is raw and lacking in tape against elite receivers, having played only one season of Group of 5 football in the AAC following his grad transfer from Presbyterian. He lacks, in addition to polish, high-end speed and athleticism. He’s going to have to get to work on the polish, because he can't do much about the speed or athleticism. 

But man does Rock (birth name: Abdurrahman) have sick balls. He's also a manically physical cornerback, as worthy of his nickname as Greedy is. He deleted AAC receivers, collecting 12 pass breakups en route to first-team All-Conference honors. 

Rock mugged and bullied those guys, and was not once brought to reckoning deep, an interesting datapoint in lieu of his speed concerns. Ya-Sin allowed zero completions on nine targets that traveled 20 yards downfield, and both of his interceptions were corralled in that nine-pass sample. 

The longest reception an opposing receiver got off Rock last year was 17 yards. All of that speaks to how well Rock is using his body and physicality downfield, as well as the skills he has when the ball has begun it descent.

He has a, ahem, rocked-up body that makes secondary coaches blush. Those coaches will be very important to Rock’s future, as he’ll need to sharpen his technique to unlock higher levels of play. Running a 4.52 forty at 192 pounds is far from ideal, especially because Rock has a tendency to get antsy and while running with his guy, losing his feet, and especially also because Rock faced very few receivers last year who could make him pay for his poor combination of speed and footwork.

But where Rock does show a good bit of skill is on the line at the snap, getting his hands into receiver’s chests like Champ Kind from Anchorman and tap dancing and skating with them early. But Rock’s lack of athleticism can bite him after the play’s infancy stage as receivers make their breaks. Rock’s lack of fluidity allows shifty, crafty receivers to get him rocking like a flat-back chair from Ikea.

Rock’s got the physicality, length, quickness, fighter’s attitude and supreme confidence that you want from a boundary corner in a press scheme. My only concerns come with his aforementioned lack of polish in conjunction with his below-average combination of speed and agility. 

It would have been great if he’d signed with a Big 12 team so we could have seen him in space against athletes, but for now, it’s an opened-ended question in his evaluation. Temple’s staff fell in love with the kid immediately, and NFL evaluators and the media alike did likewise at the Senior Bowl. I just wonder if we’ve made too many logical leaps in his favor in this evaluation because the kid with the awesome name is so gosh darn likable. 


8. Lonnie Johnson (Kentucky) | 6’2/210

SPARQ percentile: 92.6

Comp: Chris McAlister (Matt Miller)


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Flip on any given Kentucky game last season and you were liable to see Johnson barking at somebody. Opposing wideouts, the referees, himself. He is the pitcher on the mound who curses his way through performances. It’s not an act.

A dogged competitor and notorious gym rat, Johnson doesn’t play with Jamel Dean-type speed (more Deandre Baker-type speed), but is as quick as they come when he needs to change course. At the combine, he notched the fifth-fastest 20-yard shuttle among cornerbacks, and that twitch shows consistently in games.

The difference between Deandre and Lonnie is that while both bring the same kind of straight-line speed, Baker makes the most of his by having a play and purpose on every play. That’s not in Johnson yet. Johnson takes bad lines on his tackles -- No. 135 PFF tackling efficiency -- and finds himself too often lost a beat late on plays, especially when the opposing offense looks to misdirect. 

His lack of mental ease on the field has a direct negative tangible impact on his game beyond the shoddy tackling. Johnson has the skills to put up ball production, but because he is too easily lost and too easily finds himself out of place, he is rarely in position to force turnovers. At Kentucky, he managed just one interception in two years.

If a pro coaching staff can clean up his diagnostics and help him to keep from getting turned around, he possesses starting upside. But he’ll need to be in a zone system to prevent getting eaten alive in man. And if he can't swing zone corner, you can always kick him back to safety.


9. Joejuan Williams (Vanderbilt) | 6’4/211

Age: 22.7

SPARQ percentile: 68.2

Comp: Ahkello Witherspoon (Miller)


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Need a big corner who can move? Williams might be your guy. Unfortunately, Joejuan waffles between intrigue and ignominy depending on game and moment, alternating a snarling attitude with the nervous uncertainty of a lost Uber driver. 

He can get lost on play action. He can get lost on eye misdirection from the quarterback. He can get lost on double moves and whisky heat speed. Play Williams smart and you can lose him.

Williams’ calling card beyond his skyscraper build and strong athletic profile is his physicality. He loves to scuffle with wideouts down the sideline, and he wraps up with full prejudice on tackles.

You’ve got to try Williams at corner first because of his ridiculous combination of size and length. A move to safety is the backup plan, and it can’t be ruled out given deficiencies in long speed (4.60 seconds) and technical floppiness in man-to-man.


10. Sean Bunting (Central Michigan) | 6’0/195

Age: 22.2 

SPARQ percentile: 94.7

Comp: Eli Apple (Kyle Crabbs)


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If Lonnie Johnson is still raw on the technical front, Bunting is outright bleeding. He can out-and-out fly down the field -- 4.42-second 40-yard dash -- and has the arm length to be a constant nuisance when he can execute the script and stay on point.

Far, far too often, he ends up flubbing his lines and trying to make up for his mental mistakes on pure athletic oomph. By PFF, both his coverage and overall grades took hits during the past season. And that was against MAC competition. At the NFL level, he'll confront clever wideouts who can trick him. 

Bunting’s athleticism and tools are worth a Day 3 shot -- there’s plenty to build on here -- but it’s going to take time and patience. In terms of strength and technical shading, this is a years-long project. Boom-or-bust proposition.

11. Jamel Dean (Auburn) | 6’1/206

Age: 22.9

SPARQ percentile: 97.6

Comp: Kevin King (Kyle Crabbs)


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A combine star with huge athletic upside, Dean can handle one-note speed receivers with ease. Wideouts with any sort of craft or guile will work him over, though, and he can get easily frustrated when they do.

While a long history of troubling knee injuries dating back to high school -- it's the reason he ended up at Auburn, with Ohio State's medical staff medically disqualifying him out of high school -- Dean is a high-ceiling lottery ticket who could flame or make good once and for all.


12. Trayvon Mullen (Clemson) | 6’1/195

Age: 21.9

SPARQ percentile: 48.3

Comp: Kevin Johnson (Zierlein)


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Mullen flashed huge in the title game against Alabama (six tackles, a sack, a pick and a forced fumble), but he doesn’t play that actively on a consistent basis. While more rock-solid athlete than football player at this point, he comes from an NFL pipeline and should take well to next-level coaching.


13. Isaiah Johnson (Houston) | 6’2/205

Age: 23.7

SPARQ percentile: 94.9

Comp: Rasul Douglas (Miller)


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A TNT mid-round corner. Either the game slows down for Johnson and suddenly his on-paper athleticism plays consistently up -- or his shoddy anticipation and technique lands him in the NFL graveyard of athletes who ran fast and went nowhere doing it. In his defense: Houston's coaching staff did Johnson and Ed Oliver no favors.


14. Amani Oruwariye (Penn State) | 6'2/205

Age: 23.6

SPARQ percentile: 54.9

Comp: Xavien Howard (Tuls)


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Negates his size and length upside with poor body control. While Aruwariye has the vision to see what’s happening, he too often does not know what to do with that information. Works best in zone because he can get shook in man.


15. Mike Jackson (Miami) | 6'1/210

Age: 22.6

SPARQ percentile: 90.7

Comp: Siran Neal (Zierlein)


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Jackson will let you know about it when he schools you. He seeks out contact and has straight-ahead scamper to him, but it comes with a rigid, searching quality. He can negate long speed but has issues with the shift guys. Jackson will need to overcome stiffness with nuance to become more than rotational piece.


16. Corey Ballentine (Washburn) | 5'10/196

Age: 23.4

SPARQ percentile: 95.5

Comp: Robert Alford (Tuls)


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One of my sneaky favorites in the Day 3 corner mix, Ballentine soaks up coaching like no other and should benefit immensely from a pro environment. He’ll need a close, patient mentor to help him with technique in press -- far too prone to lunging and tugging -- and teach him how to stay disciplined. For now, he is more potential energy than kinetic energy.


17. Kris Boyd (Texas) | 5'11/201

Age: 23

SPARQ percentile: 78.8

Comp: Darqueze Dennard (Miller)


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Boyd’s physicality and body control are on the money, and he’ll throw himself into run defense when called upon. Poor footwork, poor coverage technique and a susceptibility to fall for misdirection need to be shored up, but he has the tool belt for rotational and perhaps even starting work in time.


18. Jimmy Moreland (James Madison) | 5'10/179

SPARQ percentile: 47.7

Comp: Danny Johnson (Crabbs)


*Was not invited to the NFL Scouting Combine

Throwing the ball near the quick-footed Moreland -- who picked off 18 passes at JMU -- is a game of Russian Roulette. Of course, in Russian Roulette, there’s just one bullet.

Moreland’s overly-aggressive instincts will result in kill shots, but lots of blanks, too. Too slight to gamble against physical wideouts, Moreland needs to learn to play on script more often if he’s to translate his ball skills up a level.


19. Kendall Sheffield (Ohio State) | 6'0/189

Age: 23.3

SPARQ percentile: N/A

Comp: Corn Elder (Miller)


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Sheffield didn’t run the 40 at the combine due to a torn pec, but we already know that he’s fast. Too bad he doesn’t know where he’s running to half the time. And when he does stick with it, he plays with neither the technique or attitude to be a consistent tackler. A prime candidate to be overdrafted simply based on speed.

20. Mark Fields (Clemson) | 5'10/192

Age: 22.9

SPARQ percentile: 39.4

Comp: Mike Hilton (Zierlein)


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Mighty Mouse Mark packs a punch and has the confidence of Richard Sherman. Unlike Sherman, he lacks almost completely for anticipation. Until he improves his sense of the play, he will have issues breaking out beyond special teams work.


21. Xavier Crawford (Central Michigan) | 5'11/187

Age: 23.7

SPARQ percentile: 57.5

Comp: Rashard Fant (Crabbs)


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While he keeps his head in the game at all times, Crawford struggles to contain more physical receivers and figures to have issues rising above the practice squad given that his lack of athletic chops.


22. Derrek Thomas (Baylor) | 6'3/189

SPARQ percentile: 83.6

Comp: Tre Flowers (Miller


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Thomas has the length to rock a large baby to sleep and destroys on a straight line, but his game lacks any sort of shading. But man: This is the kind of size/athleticism combination you bet on in Day 3. Guys like this -- long gifted athletes who couldn't put it together in college -- have a higher hit rate late than the small/slow guys who locked down college receivers.


23. Jordan Brown (South Dakota State) | 6'0/201

Age: 23.4

SPARQ percentile: 72.0

Comp: Chris Culliver (Zierlein)


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Brown lacks go-get-em motor and energy, frustrating because when his fire does light, he sparks hard with enough speed to stick. Brown was accustomed to being The Man at South Dakota State. He will now have to grind his way from the bottom. If he takes to that, he could surprise.


24. Stephen Denmark (Valdosta State) | 6'2/220

SPARQ percentile: 98.7


*Was not invited to NFL Scouting Combine

Denmark roared out to huge testing marks at his pro day after being snubbed from the combine. Aggressive, sizeable and lengthy, Denmark will require time on a practice squad while he adjusts to the speed of the NFL game in what figures to be a work-in-progress transition.


25. Ken Webster (Ole Miss) | 5'11/203

Age: 23.2

SPARQ percentile: 99.1

Comp: E.J. Gaines (Miller)


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Late Day 3/UDFA athlete alert! Webster made it through rehab from a 2016 torn ACL without losing any rounds in his athletic howitzer. Not much more than an athlete right now. View him as that woodworking project that your father swears he will finish by next Christmas.


26. Iman Marshall (USC) | 6’1/207

Age: 22.5

SPARQ percentile: 12.9

Comp: Gary Baxter (Crabbs)


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Some people have chips on their shoulders. Marshall might as well be the entire bag. Tenacious when the ball’s coming down in his direction.

While he won’t shortchange you on attitude, he is more bark than bite as an athlete and will struggle to contain more explosive wideouts. Don’t be surprised if his drafting team eventually moves him to safety.


27. Jordan Miller (Washington) | 6'1/185

Age: 22.5

SPARQ percentile: 22.4

Comp: Ken Crawley (Zierlein)


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Miller plays with a nice physical tempo, but his lack of sturdiness in tackling and his lack of general strength cap him as a likely special teams cog in the pros.


28. Blessuan Austin (Rutgers) | 6'1/198

Age: 23.1

SPARQ percentile: 25.5

Comp: Travis Carrie (Crabbs)


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Despite his fun, physical style of play, two ACL tears on Austin's ledger may flash enough of a red light for pro teams to hold off until undrafted free agency to give him a shot. Prior to those injuries, Austin was considered a Day 2 talent.


29. Saivion Smith (Alabama) | 6'1/203

Age: 21.8

SPARQ percentile: 10.4

Comp: Daryl Worley (Zierlein)


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Saivion’s imperfect instincts put him behind right off the snap, with shoddy technique -- a furious Nick Saban benched him at one point in 2018 -- compounding the issue.

When Smith isn’t getting turned around or taking false steps, he can lock into routes and stick. I just wonder if he has the athleticism and know-how to stick. Made a mistake in declaring.


30. Jamal Peters (Mississippi State) | 6'2/218

Age: 22.7

SPARQ percentile: 5.5

Comp: Keith McGill (Crabbs)


peters

Peters is plenty able to jostle for position on jump balls with his length and enjoys to play it rough, but too often needs an extra beat to recognize plays, resulting in late action. No feel on the blitz.


 

31. DeVante Davis (Texas)

32. Tim Harris (Virginia)

33. Hamp Cheevers (Boston College)

34. Brian Peavy (Iowa State)

35. Alijah Holder (Stanford) 

36. Ryan Pulley (Arkansas)

37. Montre Hartage (Northwestern)

38. Derrick Baity (Kentucky)

39. Rashad Fenton (South Carolina)

40. Blace Brown (Troy)

41. Clifton Duck (Appalachian State)

42. K'Dar Hollman (Toledo)

43. Tyler Horton (Boise State)

44. Donnie Lewis (Tulane)

45. Nate Brooks (North Texas)

46. Chris Westry (Kentucky)

47. Brandon Watson (Michigan)

48. Keisean Nixon (South Carolina)


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