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Decided to try my hand at the whole drafting thing. I havent done a ton of research but follow college ball pretty closely. This is what I ended up with:

16 K'Lavon Chaisson EDGE LSU

Best Trait - Explosiveness

Worst Trait - Production

Best Film - Alabama (2019)

Worst Film - Utah State (2019)

Red Flags - 2018 ACL tear

Player Summary - K'Lavon Chaisson is a dynamic threat off the edge — he possesses elite versatility, explosiveness and a prototypical build to play a hybrid EDGE. Chaisson is still developing as a pass rusher but his effectiveness in speed rushes and inside stunts will afford him a pathway to early disruption. Chaisson is a high end run defender with length and heavy hands — a true natural in that regard. The sky is the limit. Chaisson, with more rush versatility, can be a cornerstone defender.  

47 Jeff Gladney CB TCU

Pros: He brings very good reactive athleticism to the CB position. In the run game he is a willing tackler against RBs and TEs. He also displays good tackling efficiency on the perimeter, where he rarely misses. In the passing game he's extremely good. In soft press he displays very strong foot quickness to stay on top when he doesn't get a good reroute. He displays good play speed upfield and easily stays in phase on 9 routes. In off-man he displays very good footwork and hips in coverage. He is usually efficient at the top of the route in his transition. He then displays good closing quickness and ball skills to get his hands on the football. In coverage he does a good job mirroring the WR, putting himself in good position to finish the play with ball in his hands. He clearly understands leverage from the cornerback position and is rarely outflanked on the edge against the run. He projects well as an inside/outside corner who will also excel as a vice/gunner on special teams. 

Cons:He has good length, but should be a better rerouter at the line of scrimmage. When he's in cover 2 from an off position, he also needs to reroute better and limit the pressure he puts on his safety. He displays good balls skills, however, I’d like to see him take advantage of offensive mistakes more often with more interceptions and less PBU's. He's usually in good position, but has a few instances of panicking when the ball is in the air. He can also get a little grabby downfield and will need to be cognizant of this at the next level. 

55 J.K. Dobbins, RB Ohio State

Best Trait - Vision

Worst Trait - Pass Protection

Best Film - Wisconsin (2019)

Worst Film - Michigan (2018)

Red Flags - None

Summary - J.K. Dobbins is a future feature back. Dobbins' vision will allow him to thrive in a gap heavy rushing system, he's masterful in his press of the LOS and short area agility to cut and work to daylight based on defensive flow. Dobbins brings three down value as a feature back and his natural hands make him a threat for a top RB role in the years to come. Dobbins consistently wins his footraces to the end zone and teams needing life on the ground shouldn't hesitate to prioritize him. 

78 Leki Fotu, IDL Utah

 Leki Fotu is a late Day 2/early Day 3 candidate for a team looking for a penetrating 1-technique rusher. Fotu has excellent explosiveness for a player of his size and can accordingly win quickly off the snap when aligned in a gap or head-up on the center, with strong hand usage in his rush moves and enough quickness/tackle radius to finish in the backfield. His stiffness and uprightness, however, limit him as a two-gap player despite having the ideal length/strength, and his struggles to cross face and work into backside gaps limits him to a penetrating role in the NFL. Fotu is ideally a rotational player in Year 1 with the ability to take over a starter's role by Year 3 as he continues to develop a pass-rush profile.

109 Brandon Jones, S Texas

Brandon Jones projects as a potential starter at Strong Safety, but more so as an early down defender who can serve as an asset in run defending and zone coverage inside of 10 yards of the line of scrimmage. Jones' length, linear burst, physicality and tackling skills are all quality traits and in the right opportunity can yield a starter. Jones' coverage skills are best in zone and in shallow spaces, wouldn't consider him a high end option in deep portions of the field. 

139 Kamal Martin, LB Minnesota

 

205 Jared Hilbers, IOL Washington

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