The 2019 NFL Draft is just days away! Find out which Day 3 gems the AFC North teams are projected to select in Rounds 4-7.
Are you ready? The NFL Draft is only days away. The excitement is overwhelming.
The NFL Draft is where we separate the haves from the have nots. The contenders from the pretenders.
Let’s find out if any of the AFC North teams can do better than their picks from the last five years that I illustrated in History of AFC North Day 3 draft gems.
Draft Needs: WR, Edge, OLB, FS, RB
|4||113||Riley Ridley||Wide Receiver||Georgia|
|5||160||Rodney Anderson||Running Back||Oklahoma|
|6||191||Daniel Clooney||Offensive Tackle||University of San Diego|
|6||193||Gary Jennings||Wide Receiver||West Virginia|
The Baltimore Ravens need to give quarterback Lamar Jackson a real opportunity in the passing game. After selecting a wide receiver in the first round, they are astonished to find and select Georgia wide receiver Riley Ridley, who surprisingly drops to them in the fourth round.
Ridley, the younger brother of Atlanta’s Calvin Ridley, has the prototypical size for an NFL receiver at 6-foot-2 and 200 lbs. He is route savvy and is a YAC threat, not just for his speed but his ability to fight for yards. Ridley was held back at Georgia due to the offensive scheme. However, he projects to have a more productive professional career.
D’Andre Walker is a tweener who is more one-dimensional as an early down edge defender. The Ravens are in desperate need of linebackers after the mass exodus this past offseason. Walker has something to prove and with some development could become an excellent three-down player.
Rodney Anderson is a power back who suffered a torn ACL after only 11 carries into his senior season. In his four seasons at Oklahoma, three lost seasons due to injury! The oft-injured running back has the size and ability to be a productive back in the NFL, but can he stay healthy?
Daniel Clooney has a massive frame at 6-foot-8 and 315 lbs. The two-time FCS All-American is a bit of a project but has potential. Gary Jennings fell to the late rounds due to the vast amount of excellent receiver talent in this draft. He turned heads in the Senior Bowl and clocked in the mid-4.4 in the 40-yard dash. Jennings could be the steal of the draft.
Draft Needs: LB, OT, IOL, TE, QB, IDL
|4||110||Josh Oliver||Tight End||San Jose State|
|5||149||Yodny Cajuste||Offensive Tackle||West Virginia|
|6||183||Germaine Pratt||Linebacker||North Carolina State|
|6||198||Daylon Mack||Defensive Tackle||Texas A&M|
|6||210||Kevin Wilkins||Defensive Tackle||Rutgers|
|6||211||Uli Udoh||Offensive Tackle||Elon|
|6||213||Zedrick Woods||Safety||Ole Miss|
|7||223||Elijah Holyfield||Running Back||Georgia|
In a deep tight end class, Josh Oliver drops to the fourth round. He is 6-foot-5 and very athletic who has excellent ball skills. With Tyler Eifert always injured, the Bengals look to the former Spartan to help solidify the position.
Yodny Cajuste sees his draft stock plummet after learning that he had to undergo surgery to repair his quad muscle. His collegiate career was injury-filled and a red light for NFL teams. He was a stud pass protector at West Virginia, but will probably have to move inside in the NFL due to his limited footwork.
The Cincinnati Bengals have five 6th round picks because of being awarded three supplemental picks. Linebacker Germaine Pratt has the range and athleticism to play the position in the NFL. Daylon Mack is an old-school nose tackle who can learn from Geno Adkins. Kevin Wilkins is a versatile defender who can play any position on the defensive line. Uli Udoh is a massive offensive lineman that possesses the physical tools and skills to contribute in the NFL. Zedrick Woods stood out at the NFL Combine has all of the athletic tools but needs to improve his coverage skills.
Draft Needs: CB, S, IDL, LB, OT, IOL, EDGE
|4||119||Trysten Hill||Defensive Tackle||University of Central Florida|
|5||144||David Long||Linebacker||West Virginia|
|5||155||Michael Jordan||Guard/Tackle||Ohio State|
|6||189||Ugo Amadi||Defensive Back||Oregon|
|7||221||Tommy Sweeney||Tight End||Boston College|
Trysten Hill is a huge man at 6’3” and 308 lbs. He tested out as an exceptional athlete at the NFL Combine. His athletic composite score placed him in the 80.3rd percentile according to SPARQ. However, There are some character concerns after his battles with the UCF coaching staff.
David Long is an undersized linebacker a 5-foot-11 and 230 lbs. Long moves well in space and uses his athleticism to shed blocks. He finished his last season at West Virginia with over 100 tackles, 20 tackles for a loss and seven sacks. He will need to read defenses better and become a more fluid tackler to excel in the NFL.
Michael Jordan was named All-American at the center position in 2018 after earning first-team All-Big Ten honors as a guard in his sophomore season. His ability to play two positions on the interior will provide quality depth to the Browns’ offensive line.
Derrek Thomas is an exceptional athlete who ran a 4.44 in the 40-yard dash at the NFL Scouting Combine. Thomas, who transferred from Temple, is a converted wide receiver who has played only one season as a cornerback.
Oregon defensive back Ugo Amadi has been named one of the most underrated players in this draft class showed his versatility in playing cornerback, safety and returning punts. The 2018 Lombardi Winner has outstanding speed but lacks ideal NFL size at 5-foot-10, 197-pounds, so he will likely shift to safety in the NFL.
Tommy Sweeney is a throwback tight end who has a block first mentality. He has also shown the ability to catch and has good hands. Nothing fancy, but he will be a TE2 for the Browns.
Draft Needs: WR, LB, CB, EDGE, TE, S, OT, RB
|4||122||Jace Sternberger||Tight End||Texas A&M|
|5||141||Ben Banogu||Defensive End||Texas Christian|
|6||175||Derwin Gray||Offensive Tackle||Maryland|
|6||207||Isaiah Buggs||Defensive Tackle||Alabama|
Jace Sternberger is an ascending draft prospect who had an outstanding season when he caught 48 passes for 832 yards and ten touchdowns. He is an athletic move tight end who will look to take over the role that Jesse James possessed before he left for the Detroit Lions.
Ben Banogu registered back-to-back seasons of 8.5 sacks at TCU. An extreme athlete who could turn out to be a significant edge rusher in the NFL, but will need to build up to make a consistent impact with the Pittsburgh Steelers.
Derwin Gray started at left tackle for the Maryland Terrapins for the last two seasons. However, his best position in the NFL will be on the interior. At 6-foot-4 and 320 lbs, he has tremendous strength and girth which will be an ideal guard for the Steelers. Kris Boyd has the size (6-foot & 200 pounds) and speed (4.5 40-yard), with tons of experience playing cornerback. He is hard-nosed and physical who is good in run support. Isaiah Buggs is a massive brawler who will be limited to rotational play on early down situations. Akron Linebacker Ulysees Grant is a linebacker/safety tweener who is ultra-athletic and could surprise in the Steelers’ defense.
I have to say I like what the Baltimore Ravens could do on Day 3. Grabbing a steal in wide receiver Riley Ridley and a healthy Rodney Anderson could be something special. Add in another wide receiver in sleeper Gary Jennings, and the Ravens are ready to defend their AFC North division championship. I think rookie Ravens general manager Eric Decosta first draft would make Ozzie Newsome very proud.
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