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  1. Three linebackers are likely to go in the first round: Isaiah Simmons, Patrick Queen and Kenneth Murray. I like Murray more so a second-round player. I don't see him as a complete player who will contribute on all three downs. He joins Malik Harrison, Markus Bailey and Willie Gay Jr. as my Day 2 grades at the position. Six players are in the first three rounds; it's just not a great class. Limited in terms of starters, and certainly in terms of Year 1 studs — for one of those, a team better draft Simmons or Queen. But for what the class lacks for in top-end talent, it makes up for in spades with depth. There are a lot of players I'd be comfortable in situational starting roles. For those who excel on passing downs, I'm willing to value those players near the end of Day 2. Three linebackers stand out to me as high-quality subpackage players with good developmental profiles and special-teams value — one has been in my top 10 for a while and two will be newcomers to the top 10 on my final update. Here are three of my favorite Day 3 linebackers in a thick group of potential value selections: 1. Mykal Walker LB, Fresno State Mykal Walker hasn’t been doing this for very long, but he’s done it well when it counts. As is the story with many quality defenders in the Mountain West, Walker was a product of the lower levels of football. He played with Division II Azusa Pacific for two seasons before jumping up to the FBS level. How Walker took such time to get FBS attention is a mystery to me. His frame is great. He has high-quality length and height for the position while still playing with enough mass to hold up in a phone booth. But because he’s a lighter player, his movement skills shine in space and he projects more so as an overhang/hybrid player in the league than a true stack linebacker. Consider another favorite of mine but a Day 2 talent is Appalachian State’s Akeem Davis-Gaither. He’s 6-foot-1, 224 pounds, with 31-inch arms. Walker is two inches taller, about five pounds heavier and has a couple of inches of wingspan as well. Both project to the same role, and while Davis-Gaither has better tape, Walker has the same developmental tools from the same level of competition. Walker is one of the first players that I’d like to see off the board at Day 3 for my team. He has clear special-teams ability and starting upside to boot. 2. David Woodward LB, Utah State We’re staying in the Mountain West once again — it churns out some good defenders. David Woodward has been a favorite of mine for much longer than I’ve liked Walker, and they have similar strengths for sure. Woodward is again an undersized player, tipping the scales at 230 pounds. While he didn’t test well at the NFL Scouting Combine, he wins in the tight spaces of the tackle box with quickness and contact balance. Woodward is a more compact player than Walker, and accordingly has better density and play strength when contact comes knocking as a stack linebacker. Woodward is only big enough to play on the weakside as a run and chase defender. With his range and play recognition, he does project as a solid developmental player at that position. Woodward is likely to remain a subpackage player who takes the field on third down and contributes on special teams but as an LB3 or LB4 — you could do a lot worse than that. 3. Logan Wilson LB, Wyoming I promise, I’m not just listing linebackers from the Mountain West — they’re just all good! Logan Wilson has a quality processor and that’s where he wins. His play recognition and short zone spacing are both starting caliber. With his toughness and play strength, he projects well as a SAM linebacker in the NFL. He will be able to quick-breaking routes from tight ends and slot receivers while filling against the run with success. Wilson definitely spends too much time thinking on his feet, and while I appreciate his cerebral style of play, he may need a quicker trigger to win playside. You do have to worry about Wilson’s transitional quickness in man coverage, which he rarely played at the college level. He’s a bit of a linear, downhill player who you don’t necessarily want flipping his hips and mirroring in space. The most exciting aspect about Wilson on Day 3 is that linebackers with his combination of physicality and instinct — they rarely make it that far! I wouldn’t be shocked to see Wilson on Day 2 at all, but if he’s available in Round 4, he’s a quality pick for sure.
  2. Sark had some boneheaded decisions, but he's still better than Dirk
  3. HEIGHT6' 4 "WEIGHT245 SPEED4.61
  4. I mean we could just sign a LB that's bad in coverage. Someone like Ragland comes to mind.
  5. Personally, I'm interested if Cavon Walker could play well for us. Could be in that DT/DE role.
  6. I'm thinking low end signings. Our splashes are probably done.
  7. Curious if we give any of these guys a shot. We are pretty thin at some positions. The first season of the XFL was canceled after the midway point of the regular season due to the coronavirus pandemic, which means players will soon be able to sign contracts with NFL teams. There was some initial confusion as to when players could sign, but that has been cleared up now. The XFL told its players on Friday that they can sign with NFL teams on March 23rd, according to reports. On that day you can expect plenty of XFL players to start signing contracts in the NFL. During training camp and the early part of the preseason, NFL teams are allowed to have 90-man rosters. So while many names might not end up on final rosters, there should be a lot of players who at least get opportunities. When the AAF shut down last year, more than 50 players ended up signing contracts with NFL teams. But when the 53-man roster cuts came down, only 18 players made rosters or practice squads. A few players made an impact such as Greg Ward Jr., who became a starting receiver for the Eagles near the end of the season, finishing 28-254-1 on the year As for the XFL, let's look at 10 players who could make an impact in the NFL in 2020. P.J. Walker, QB, Houston Roughnecks As the teams above suggest, it's unlikely Walker would just join an NFL team as a starting quarterback. Garrett Gilbert dominated the AAF but was relegated to third-string quarterback for the Browns last season. Walker could earn a job in the future, but don't expect him to get a starting role right away. Kenny Robinson, S, St. Louis BattleHawks Robinson is a special case, as he was the only player in the XFL with college eligibility remaining. (We spoke with Robinson recently and covered his story in more detail here.) As for his NFL prospects, Robinson is eligible for the NFL Draft and will likely get selected. The Atheltic's Arif Hasan told us Robinson is likely a Day 3 draft choice, and he likes Robinson's chances to be drafted, "particularly in the sixth round." Pro Football Focus' lead draft analyst Mike Renner tweeted he'd take Robinson "in the third (round)." Robinson finished his XFL season with two interceptions and a sack along with 17 solo tackles. Cam Phillips, WR, Houston Roughnecks Cam Phillips earned the XFL's "Star of the Week" award three times (out of five) as he continued to dominate defenses on a weekly basis. Outside of one bad game, Phillips produced ridiculous numbers in his five starts. Game Rec. Yards TD Week 1 4 67 1 Week 2 8 63 3 Week 3 8 194 3 Week 4 1 9 0 Week 5 10 122 2 He finished with 31 receptions, 455 yards and 9 touchdowns, leading the XFL in all categories. At just 24, Phillips is a promising young wideout. With 84-, 50- and 48-yard scores on the season, he should draw interest from teams looking for a deep threat receiver. Donald Parham, TE, Dallas Renegades Heading into the season, it seemed as if the XFL was severely lacking in talent at tight end. That was mostly true, as not many had success, but Donald Parham came out of nowhere to impress. Parham is an interesting player, standing tall at 6-8 but not much bulk at 237 pounds. He turned out to be a great receiving threat in Dallas, finishing fifth in the league in receptions (24), third in the league in receiving yards (307) and second in the league in receiving touchdowns (4). He was a reliable option, as 15 of his 24 receptions led to first downs. Storm Norton, OT, Los Angeles Wildcats Norton played in one game for the Vikings in 2018 and has bounced around some teams since 2017, but he hasn't quite been able to stay in the NFL. He was the top offensive lineman drafted in the XFL, and he proved his worth protecting Josh Johnson with the Wildcats. At 6-8, 308 pounds, the 25-year-old Norton was one of the best offensive linemen in the new football league. Don't be surprised if you see him signing with an NFL team in the near future. Honorable offensive line mentions: Terry Poole, Houston Roughnecks; Martez Ivey, Tampa Bay Vipers; Anthony Coyle, New York Guardians; Sebastian Tretola, Houston Roughnecks; Maurquice Shakir, Dallas Renegades. Lance Dunbar, RB, Dallas Renegades NFL 03/21/2020 Fantasy football owners likely recognize Lance Dunbar's name. He played for the Cowboys from 2012-16 before signing with the Rams in 2017. He has been good but has suffered from a number of injuries. Dunbar finally found a team willing to put him in a playing role, and he had a lot of success. He ranked third in the XFL in receptions (26) and third in yards per carry (4.87). An NFL team looking to add a receiving back should think about signing Dunbar, who's a bit up there in age (30) but showed enough promise in the XFL. Deatrick Nichols, CB, Houston Roughnecks We have a pair of offensive stars from Houston already on the list, but the team was undefeated because it also had a good defense. Nichols played an important role with his league-leading three interceptions. He also added six pass deflections, three tackles for loss, one sack and one QB hit. Nichols was also one of just eight XFL players to have both an interception and a sack. The 25-year-old corner didn't get much attention from NFL teams due to his 5-10, 185-pound frame. He did play in two NFL games for the Cardinals but was used on special teams. His size is a legit concern, but his production in the XFL could make some teams think about signing him as a nickel corner. Cavon Walker, DT, New York Guardians The Guardians' defense kept them in most games, and leading the way up front was Walker. He is somewhat undersized at 284 pounds, but he kept finding his way in the backfield of opponents. He led the league with 4.5 sacks, recording at least half a sack in each game but one. He also added five tackles for loss and nine quarterback hits. If Walker does sign in the NFL, it'll be interesting to see if he stays at DT or moves to defensive end. Either way, he was disruptive enough to earn a camp tryout. Jordan Ta'amu, QB, St. Louis BattleHawks Ta'amu was one of our favorite quarterbacks to watch in the XFL. He was an efficient passer who finished with the highest completion percentage in the league (72.4). He also was extremely productive with the third-most passing yards (1,050) and the third-highest QB rating (101.3). But Ta'amu isn't just a great passer; he is a great runner, as well. He led all XFL quarterbacks in rushing with 217 yards, which was seventh among all players. His 5.29 yards per carry also led the league. Ta'amu is just 22 with limited playing experience, but after a strong showing in five XFL games, he should earn a camp tryout with an NFL team this season. DeMarquis Gates, LB, Houston Roughnecks Gates, a standout linebacker in the AAF, signed with the Redskins following the AAF fold but didn't stick on Washington's roster. He found a home in the XFL, where he was a star for the Roughnecks, filling up stats in box scores. He had 32 total tackles, two sacks, one interception and three fumble recoveries. Don't be surprised if he earns another camp tryout following another successful run in a spring football league. Honorable mentions As mentioned, the AAF had more 50 players sign NFL contracts in the offseason, so one can expect more than the 10 XFL players mentioned above getting attention from NFL teams. Below are some others that deserve attention. RB De'Veon Smith: He is a strong runner who led the XFL in rushing (365). He's only 25, so he should get some interest. RB Matt Jones: He finished second in the league in rushing (314 yards). He wasn't overly impressive, with just 3.9 yards per carry and one touchdown, but he already has NFL experience (1,341 yards), so he could find a home somewhere. QB Josh Johnson: Johnson was very impressive, leading the XFL in QB rating (106.8) and was one of just three quarterbacks with 1,000-plus yards. But he'll be 34 by the time the NFL season comes around. He could land as a reliable backup somewhere. WR Dan Williams: He ranked second in the XFL in receiving yards (338) and first in yards per catch (14.70) among receivers with 20-plus receptions. WR Tre McBride: He played in only three games due to injury but shined with a pair of 100-yard games. Despite playing in two fewer games than most receivers, he was still fifth in receiving yards (271). Plus, his 16.94 yards per catch on 16 receptions is notable. WR Nelson Spruce: He caught 20 of his 28 targets and averaged 89 yards per game, finishing with two touchdowns in three starts. He's a reliable option who may have led the league in some receiving categories had he not gotten hurt. LB Steven Johnson: He led the league in total tackles (49) as well as tackles for loss (6). He was a star in the AAF, as well. DT Anthony Johnson: He finished with 2.5 sacks, three tackles for loss and four quarterback hits. S Will Hill: He finished with two interceptions, two passes deflected, three quarterback hits and 33 combined tackles. P Marquette King: King was a second-team All-Pro punter in the NFL in 2016 before he fell out of the league. He looked good in the XFL, leading the league in punt yard average (45.7). K Austin MacGinnis: He went 10-for-10 on his kick attempts in the XFL. He had the most field goal attempts of all kickers in the league and was just one of two kickers to be perfect on the year. He also led the league in kickoff average (65.0) and touchbacks (4). He was the only kicker in the league with more than two touchbacks. (Getty Images) NFL
  8. Still hoping we sign a vet and draft one. Pretty thin on experience and talent. Remaining CBs Logan Ryan Prince Amukamara Aqib Talib Xavier Rhodes Pierre Desir Ronald Darby Trumaine Johnson Jimmy Smith Nickell Robey-Coleman Tramon Williams Daryl Worley Johnathan Joseph B.W. Webb Darryl Roberts. T.J. Carrie Rashaan Melvin Ross Cockrell Bashaud Breeland Brandon Carr Tramaine Brock P.J. Williams Morris Claiborne Neiko Thorpe Javien Elliott Jason Verrett Jaylen Watkins Mackensie Alexander Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie Aaron Colvin Ryan Smith Justin Bethel Akeem King Cyrus Jones Johnson Bademosi Marcus Sherels
  9. Way too expensive.