The 2019 NFL draft just concluded and there were a lot of quality players who fell down the board. I am going to hit on some players you might not know that can make an impact right away.
You can find the results from the 2019 NFL draft below.
Mike Weber, RB, Ohio State-218 to the Dallas Cowboys
Weber plays with good speed and above-average balance. He has a tendency to run upright and could get tough yards if he learns to drop his pad level. He’s got the speed to turn the corner on outside runs. If he gets into the second level he has a good chance of going all the way. Has a tendency to run a bit flatfooted, which keeps him from stringing together moves at the second level. With the right coaching, he could overcome some of the flaws and have a highly productive career. For now, he is a very poor mans Matt Forte.
Isaiah Buggs, DL, Alabama, 192 to Pittsburgh Steelers
Buggs has active hands as a rusher and when he does shed his guy he has the speed to close. He lacks ideal first step quickness though, looking to make up for it with high effort. Inconsistent play recognition and ball awareness. Against Ole Miss, he played most of the game on the edge and found himself glued to the LT. Against A&M he showed better by using the hand to stay free but was most effective from the inside. Buggs is a guy that will win with second and third effort. This is something he will need to develop some counters to be effective in the NFL. He possesses good closing speed which makes you wonder if you can convert that speed into a little more quickness off the ball. He teases you with athleticism, he just needs to put it all together to really shine.
Kerrith Whyte Jr., RB, FAU- 222 to the Chicago Bears
He runs a 4.36 40, 21 reps, 11 for broad jump and 42 inch vertical. Whyte is nifty footed and is a one-cut slasher. He won’t run anybody over but shows good balance when tackles go for his ankles. Can slip through small holes and will make the most of what is blocked. Will likely takeover return duties right away as he seems at his best in the open field, may see time at WR with Bears depending on how good his hands are.
Kahale Warring, TE, SDSU-86 to the Houston Texans
I love him, super athletic moving tight end. Has room to grow as a blocker but I think the worst case for him is that he will be a wall off kind of guy rather than move guys off the ball. If he can build an early rapport with Watson he could put up some impressive rookie numbers as a 2nd or 3rd option on that offense
Jimmy Moreland CB James Madison-227 to the Washington Redskins
The things that stuck out as positives, he is superfluid in his movement, everything from shadowing his guy to when he blitzes, just great body control. Tracks the ball very well which is why he is so productive with takeaways, whether it’s a tipped ball interception or a jumped route. Ran a 4.4 at his pro day with a 39 inch vertical, so he has some potential as a CB2 on the outside despite his 5’9 height.
His arms are a bit short so he may not win as many contested balls at the NFL level. And you will need to be wary of his matchup if he is on the outside because big receivers who can jump will quite simply pluck the ball out of the air over his head. That being said, he should be super productive from the slot as long as he isn’t asked to cover tight ends and should have value as a returner given his ability in the open field with the ball.
Kelvin Harmon, WR, NC St-206 to the Washington Redskins
Harmon had good college production bit fact is he ran a 4.6 at the combine at 6’2 if you 6’4 or 6’5 that is forgivable. The tape shows he struggles against man coverage as well, physical kinda guy that uses his size and physicality to make catches, that is harder to do in the NFL when you have LB that runs as fast or faster than you. His style also can lead to frequent offensive pass interference in the NFL.
Jordan Brailford, Edge, OK St. – 253 to the Washington Redskins
Brailford is a guy who showed steady improvement every year. He is gonna do his best work as a pass rusher, has good quickness, violent hands and a great motor. Kind of high effort guy that keeps working till he gets to the QB. Solid against the run but not great at tracking the ball on wildcat plays or sweeps, so susceptible to reverses and the like. His best fit is as a 3-4 OLB. I would expect to see him as a situational rusher if he gets playing time this year. Given his production and potential, 7th round was a steal.
Undrafted Free Agents I Like:
David Sills, WR, WVU- Buffalo-While Sills won’t blow you away with speed, he still possesses enough of it to get open over the top. He has work to do on his route running as most corners don’t seem to have much trouble staying on his hip. Fortunately, Sills has the size to match up against most corners and is a natural when snatching the ball out of the air and tracking it on deep throws. Throws straight into his body can be harder for him to corral but that’s fixable. Sills is also a willing blocker in the run game, where he is effective but still has room for improvement. If sills can sharpen his route running he should be able to carve out a solid WR2 role with WR1 potential.
Emmanuel Hall, WR, Mizzou-Bears– is a tall lanky speed merchant with good short-area quickness and violent shifty cuts on slants and out routes. Posted an impressive yard per reception in 2018 of 22.4 yards. Hall needs to work on securing the catch first to reduce forced drops.
He has a tendency to throttle down a little early when he has a step or two on his man resulting in a broken up pass but this could have been a result of poor QB play as well. Needs to better read coverage in order to keep safeties from gaining position on deep throws. Has a great deal of potential with work to do on the details, a groin injury that cut his 2018 short likely aided in him going undrafted.
Gerald Willis III, DT out of Miami-signed with the Ravens.
Karan Higdon, RB out of Michigan will likely latch on somewhere in a LeGarrette Blount type role. He is a 5’9 bowling ball. He has been linked to the Texans.
Te’Von Coney, LB out of ND is seen as a 2 down linebacker with average athleticism, explains his drop. However, I wouldn’t expect him to have gone undrafted. He signed with the Raiders.
Tyree Jackson, QB out of Buffalo signed with the Bills.
Terrill Hanks, LB out of New Mexico signed with the Dolphins.
Savion Smith, CB out of Alabama signed with the Jaguars.
Jazz Ferguson, WR out of Northwestern-St. signed with the Seahawks.
Kyle Shurmur, QB, Vanderbilt signed with the Chiefs.
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