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  • Following the 2019 Orange Mane Mock Draft,

    the CINCINNATI BENGALS sign:

    CB RYAN PULLEY, ARKANSAS


    Ryan Pulley is #147 on my Top 300 Big Board.



    CB RYAN PULLEY ARKANSAS

    Auburn (2018): Playing RCB. Off man, big cushion, intermediate out route, QB had to throw ball away. Came up and made nice wrap up tackle on RB on sweep play for short gain. Press man, missed his one handed jam attempt, WR sliced inside off the snap, had a step and inside position on a slant route but QB checked it down due to pressure. Off man, corner fade in end zone, Pulley essentially mugged the WR but the ball was uncatchable. Off man, crossing route along the back of the end zone, Pulley with decent coverage, QB scrambled on play. Blitz from boundary CB for a sack, speed looked pretty good, came right in and slung the QB down. Off man, huge cushion, stop route, immediate tackle, 5 yard gain. They must be worried about the deep ball or are hiding Pulley’s speed because he is mostly playing press bail, off man and bailing on the snap, or zone with a huge cushion. Trips formation, bubble screen, Pulley tried to charge in but was walled off outside by one of the blocking WRs, result was a chunk gain. Arkansas trying to recreate that screen play, Pulley getting walled off by the WR again and on another screen he was knocked down by the FB. Swing pass to RB in the flat on misdirection, Pulley was the only guy that could make the play on 3rd and short, able to get over and shove the RB out of bounds prior to the first down. Continues to play with a monster cushion, free five yard gains at any time, Stidham keeps going to other WRs though. Has primarily played zone this game. Off tackle run, RB went right by him, Pulley content to just lean on the WR and not get involved. A little early to be giving up even if they are down big. Off tackle run, this time Pulley able to shove the WR into the RB as he went by, that knocked them both down. Still not trying to get off the block, but I’ll take it. Off man, deep post, some freshman WR named Schwartz, not sure how fast he is but Pulley was faster and had dynamite coverage on the play, chopped through catch point on the bomb and pass fell incomplete. Thought the tape was fine, didn’t really like how he was used, but he flashed enough throughout the game that I feel comfortable with his speed and coverage ability. Less comfortable with how he plays the run.

    Alabama (2018): Playing RCB. Solid hustle play chasing down the TE down the middle of the field, caught up to him and stripped the ball out, Alabama able to recover, but excellent play by Pulley. Plays gunner on the punt coverage team. RB sweep, walled off by the other RB lead blocking. Aggressive two handed jam on the WR in press man, really jolted him, showed a close up of it even. Zone coverage, did a solid job in his zone and then drifted back as the TE was on a deep out route in the end zone, able to get some depth and take away a low throw, safety able to come over high and force the incompletion. Good tandem coverage in zone. Zone coverage, WR on crossing route coming his way, able to make nice wrap up tackle and prevent the TD. Off tackle run, Pulley came up and got trucked by RB Harris who lowered a full speed shoulder on him, Pulley did break down and try and wrap him up though. Not afraid. Might be now. Press bail, inside slant, easy 15 yard catch and run. Pulley did not transition well from back pedal to coverage. Press man, great coverage on inside slant, QB went elsewhere First guy down the field as gunner on punt coverage, speed looks good. Nice job picking up the inline TE on a drag route, good coverage, QB went elsewhere. Press man, strong one handed jam, instantly transitioned into bail technique, Go route up sideline, solid coverage, ball went elsewhere. Off man, bubble screen to his guy, LT kicked out and leveled him, big chunk gain up the sideline. Off tackle run, Pulley really tries to strip that ball, kind of let the RB bull him down the field a bit while doing it, but eventually shoved him out of bounds. Has been a little more gun shy about coming up on the RB since he got that shoulder to the face early in the game. Thought this was good tape. Flashed at times in press coverage, where I think he looks best, has a nice one and two handed jam that he doesn’t use enough. Also looked capable in zone. Biggest issue I saw was his transition from his back pedal to drive on a route, that’s not overly smooth, can use some work there. Thought his long speed was fine, looked good covering punts. Probably a wash at best in the run game, he’ll make the play sometimes if it comes at him, but it’s hit or miss. Has been on both tapes so far.

    Mississippi (2018): Playing RCB. Press man, Go route by WR Metcalf, tight coverage by Pulley, ball a little underthrown, Metcalf with blatant two handed push off that somehow wasn’t called and made the catch for a 50 yard gain. Pulley completely robbed on that play, he’s pissed there was no flag. Press man, one handed jam, tight coverage on vertical route up sideline, QB went elsewhere. Off man, big cushion, top route by WR Sanders, Pulley able to drive forward and smash the WR dislodging the ball at catch point. That looked good. Press bail on outside WR, Ole Miss had two vertical routes going, Pulley’s man up the sideline and WR Brown going up the numbers. Ta’amu with a moon ball on the Go route to Brown, Pulley drifted off his guy and was able to high point the ball in the end zone for an INT. At some point his man stopped, but Pulley had already seen the ball coming out deep. Really nice heads up play, a bit of a freelance, but it paid off. The other CB was beaten badly on the paly too, that would have been a TD. Press man, nice jam, WR couldn’t get a release against him, QB sacked on play. Metcalf is out with a boo-boo, getting most of his reps against Sanders, which is disappointing, but he’s completely shutting him down at least. Lots of press man in this game, definitely the best technique for Pulley. Pulley also comes off the edge on field goal tries. Nice physical press coverage on intermediate dig route, took the WR forever to get into his break, QB looked his way but had to go elsewhere. Zone coverage on 3rd and 10, Pulley stuck between a WR in the flat and the outside WR on a slant, slant settled in soft spot of zone for the conversion. I think Pulley is getting annoyed they won’t throw in his direction, giving the Ole Miss bench chicken wing signs. I think I kind of like that. Always the first down the field on punt coverage. Press bail, 10 yard come back route, Pulley hit him at catch point but WR held on. Pulley congratulated him afterwards on the catch, that was WR Lodge. They haven’t matched up often. Swing pass to RB, Pulley walled off by WR. Press man, Go route, tight coverage, that was QB’s primary read, saw it was covered and took off scrambling. Pulley able to finally get off WR block and make tackle to save a long TD. Largely shut down tape by Pulley, shame Metcalf got injured early, did get some reps against Lodge in the 4th though and shut him down outside the one short catch. Brown stayed in the slot, Pulley never saw him.


    TLDR:
    Overall, I think Pulley is a stud press man CB, has good speed, plays smart, gambles at the right time, shuts down average to above average WRs with ease. Struggled a little with Ruggs against Alabama, but that’s man coverage against 4.3 flat speed on slants. That’s fine. Each game showed different styles of coverage, loved his aggressive, cocky press man approach against Ole Miss. He dared them literally to throw at him and they did not. Missed 2017 with a torn pec, but looks fully healed now. Suspended for season finale due to flirting with Missouri’s cheerleaders prior to the game. Unless there’s more to it, like he whipped his junk out, that’s seems crazy excessive. I think this is a very good press man CB. Not very useful in the run game, more miss than hit, but he’s good in coverage. (Ran a terrible 40 time at the Combine, not worried about that at all, it’s not accurate, he’s plenty fast enough).

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    • Following the 2019 Orange Mane Mock Draft,

      the CINCINNATI BENGALS sign:

      OG NATE HERBIG, STANFORD


      Nate Herbig is #149 on my Top 300 Big Board.


      OG NATE HERBIG STANFORD

      USC (2018): Playing RG. Big, thick man. Lots of drive blocking, he’s moving people, not a lot, but certainly enough. Does a good job so far staying square and centered, not letting the DL fall off his blocks. Good leverage in pass pro, will shoot his feet out behind him and has good forward lean. Doing a number on the LBs, took Cam Smith and rode him back about twenty yards into the secondary. Nice job against the outside swim, DT went over him, but Herbig just stays so centered on his body that he went with the move and didn’t give an inch. Don’t really see OGs do that very often. He’s pancaking some of these mammoth DTs, Pili tried to swat his hands, he yanked them back, the DT got off balance and he put him in the dirt. DT tried to do an outside spin redirect on him, he shoved his right hand in his ribs and wouldn’t let him spin. That’s a counter to that move I don’t usually see. Good pull around the RT to kickout on the DE on sweep. Tough guy to bull rush apparently. Not so good when leading screens, he’s big and not overly athletic, the LB slowed down to redirect and it took Herbig a while to shift down his own gear, LB long gone at that point. Just blocked three guys like a pinball in about two seconds on an inside draw, think his original block was able to make the tackle though. Good enough athlete to get position on reach blocks, a little surprised on that. Does a great job in space on the DBs when asked to pull and lead sweeps. He’s just a surprisingly good athlete for his size, just has zero stop start ability which is normal. Pulled around the LT, able to somewhat get an inside seal on the OLB, did his job at least, wasn’t smooth though. Does a geat job on blitzes in his gap area, he’s huge and he shows good awareness, tough to get by him, same thing with stunts. Continues to be extremely good at mirroring the DT. Feet are pretty average, probably good for a huge guy, does a solid job of shuffling and shoving the DT wide when he tries to run around him outside. Pulled around the LT, inside seal block on the OLB again, this time was smooth, he turned his guy and walled off the edge. Nice play. When he’s asked to drive block, he’s been pretty successful. Pulled around LT, inside seal on OLB once again. Does a great job picking up blitzes, he just stones anyone that tries to run near him. Showing some nasty with some of these pancakes, good aggression, always blocks through the whistle, seems to try and embarrass his guy by blocking him well off the ball. Nice jump cut block where he jumped back and went around the OC to lead an inside run. Did that again and killed LB Cam Smith. This was a flawless performance, he won every rep.

      Oregon (2018): Playing RT and RG. Not sure why he’s at RT, but ok, lets see what hes got. Looks ok, mostly just running the ball, he’s moving back and forth between RG and RT. Not sure what this is about. Stoned DE Jelks with his punch, once he gets those mitts on you, you just stop. Beaten inside on a stunt while at RT, still was able to maintain the block long enough for the QB to get the ball out. Doesn’t kickslide at all, just gets straight to his shuffle to gain depth. Kind of looks like Dalton Risner. He’s doing ok so far with his RT reps. Nice job picking up the stunt that time. He’s so wide, these quicker DEs still aren’t able to get around him. He’s a good athlete for a big man, this shows off his feet more than at OG, and he he’s serviceable as a RT. Plays with really good forward lean in pass pro, master of leverage, and generally always gets to full arm extension. LB Hollins tried an arc rush on him and it wasn’t even close, Herbig slides extremely well and he’s really long in terms of length. Continues to do a good job getting out on the LBs at second level even as a RT. OLB Wilson smoked him on an outside in move, just got underneath him and jetted inside for a pressure. Quickness and being able to shift his weight is his main drawback, which is why he’s an OG prospect. Did a nice job mirroring Jelks on the same outside in move and shutting it down. Looks like he’s back at RG following half time. Showing good push at the line in short yardage. Tried to pull him around the RT to kickout on the OLB, but Hollins was crashing down and got underneath him before he could make the block, stuffed the run on 3rd and short. Made up for it on 4th and short when he drove multiple DL off the ball. Has mostly been very stout against the bull rush, one of the DTs moved him back a bit in overtrime, but still was able to hold the block and not let him make the play. This was really interesting tape to see him play each half at a different position. I thought he was actually serviceable as a RT, especially in a run first scheme, but once he was back at RG, he was almost unbeatable. He’s just a wall in pass pro and in the running game, does a good job changing between drive blocking and positional blocking as the playcall demands. I really like him as a RG in the NFL in any type of scheme.

      Notre Dame (2018): Playing RG. Solid at getting to the second level and picking up the LBs, people keep stepping on his feet and making him fall down as he starts to block though. Pancake on LB that time on inside run. That’s what happens when his own guys quit stepping on him. Nice battle with DT Tillery, both guys look strong, Herbig getting the better of it so far. OL doing a good job of handing people off on all the stunts ND is throwing at them. Sprinted out, ran about ten yards, and absolutely murdered a DB on an outside toss play, not sure who it was, but he absolutely went splat, I heard it. Key blitz pickup on safety on inside draw for a 20 yard TD, that sprung a lane for the RB. Really nice blitz pickup. Tillery beat him for a QB hit, just went outside, swatted down Herbig’s hands, and got around him. Tillery tried the same move the next drive, this time Herbig was able to keep his hands on him and rode him wide of the QB. He’s generally controlling Tillery in the run game, moving him out of the lane. Tillery beat him for a sack, did the outside move like before but quickly shifted inside and caught Herbig off balance with his punch, QB moved up in the pocket right into him. Nice job pulling around the RT, picking up the safety and sealing him inside so the RB could get the edge. Tillery starting to get the better of him in the second half, he’s not beating him, but he’s getting some good push and the QB keeps stepping up right into it. Out in front to lead screen, unable to change direction quick enough to keep the LB from slicing inside and stuffing the play. This second half of this game was a step down from his previous tape for sure. He still mostly held his own and did his job against some serious talent, but he had a few plays where he was beaten clean. Would say in the end, it was about a split, maybe even advantage Tillery in their battles. Herbig tended to win in the run game, Tillery was able to push him back and penetrate in the passing game. Though, some of that was due to the OTs getting destroyed and the QB having to climb way up in the pocket.


      TLDR:
      Overall, he has decent athleticism for his size, he’s a very capable run blocking asset at OG or RT. I thought he was actually serviceable as a RT, especially in a run first scheme, but once he was back at RG, he was almost unbeatable. He can hold his own 1v1 against power and speed reliably. I feel like he’s one of the better power RG prospects in this draft. Has to test well though, every year I love one of these power guys and they don’t get drafted due to athleticism (Did not test well at all. Great tape, poor testing, nice size, we'll see what happens).

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      • Following the 2019 Orange Mane Mock Draft,

        the NEW YORK JETS sign:

        DT BYRON COWART, MARYLAND


        Byron Coward is #152 on my Top 300 Big Board.


        DT BYRON COWART MARYLAND

        Texas (2018); Playing RE in a 34 defense, LDE in 43 looks. Stack and shed on LT, able to stuff off tackle run for no gain. Decent rip move to disengage from LT. Bull rush on RT for a QB pressure. Decent job holding contain and then falling off underneath to help tackle inside run. Walled off inside by the RT on off tackle run. Cowart is a pretty aggressive grappling type, tough to wall him off for long. Inside swim on RT to beat him off the line for a QB pressure, Cowart doesn’t really change directions well and kind of run in the open field a little out of control, so QB easily able to scramble away from the sack. Still, the move off the line was quick and showed solid burst. Solid effort player, will try and spin off and work through double teams instead of just shutting down. Inside stab step on RT for a QB pressure, able to get him to commit inside and then just raced around him, that was from the 43 DE spot. This is a pretty good athlete, he definitely looks more like a DE than an inside DT, has some good lateral agility and can hop outside the OTs with a jump cut type move that is fairly effective. Continues to struggle with playing controlled in open space, QB scrambled, Cowart read it and raced over to try and tackle him, QB once again just kind of stopped and let him over run the play while flailing wildly. I like the effort and intense play, but that’s kind of when you have to dial it back and play a little more in control. Solid arc rush for a QB pressure, gave the RT an inside deke and then just ran the arc which the RT was able to mostly mirror, at the top of the arc rush Cowart gave him an inside spin that allowed him to get by and put pressure on the QB. He was two feet away, QB saw him and started to scramble away, for a good couple seconds they were fairly close to each other until the QB finally pulled away from him. My issue here is that Cowart didn’t dive, he easily had a sack if he dove coming out of the spin move. Split the RT and RG double team, bull rushed the RT, kind of just ignored the RG, and put heavy pressure on the QB. Relentless to the last whistle of the game, he gets sub’d out a fair amount, so he’s rested, but when he’s in the game he never stops working towards that QB. Put big pressure on the QB and forced him into an INT late while Texas was driving to seal the win for Maryland. Rock solid tape, he’s good on the edge and solid when used inside. Would compare him to Corey Liuget. I think his future is as a 34 DE.

        Ohio State (2018): Playing LE in a 34 defense, plays RDE in a 43 defense. Stack and shed on RT Prince, able to help make tackle on RB on inside run. Solid job playing contain on read option, forced QB to keep it and run inside. Stack and shed on LT, nice job shuffling down the line and making tackle on RB on inside run. Stacked up the RT and shoved him into the center of the line on short yardage play, RB got all clogged up and teammates able to make tackle. Cowart looks really strong and stout. I haven’t seen him moved around much at all by anyone. Walled off outside by LT and LG double team on off tackle run. Even when he has two guys pushing on him, he barely gets moved. Sliced inside with a big bull rush on the RG to get penetration, play was a RB sweep to his side though and the RB got around the edge for a chunk gain. I think just bad luck going with that move against that play call. Good penetration slicing inside the LT at the goal line. Good effort player, will chase screen plays far down the field. Again, he gets rested a lot, entire series at times, so he probably has the energy to go full speed when he’s in the game. Continues to do a good job with contain, works up the field and then back in which generally keeps forcing the RB to turn back inside. Athletic enough to fall off his blocker and make plays on the RB if he gets too close. Solid effort play to work through the LT and LG to tackle the QB when he started to scramble up the middle. Inside swim on RT for a QB pressure. Unblocked off edge, able to make tackle from behind on RB on inside run. Sliced inside the LT at the goal line, helped to clog up middle and stuff RB. QB pressure where he just kind of ran over the RG but got picked up by the RB. Walled off by the LT and TE double team, tried to reach around them in like a giant bear hug to tackle the RB who was right behind them on off tackle run, actually had all three of them for a moment but couldn’t quite pull it off. That’s the type of strength and stoutness we’re dealing with here though. This guy is not normal. Caught crashing down on 3rd and short, ran a RB sweep around him for a first down. Pretty big mistake there. Outside swim on LG, was lined up inside at DT in 43 front, able to get minor pressure on the QB only because he tripped running past the lineman. Completely trucked the LT bursting through the line, but unable to tackle RB on off tackle run to the other side. Sliced inside the RT, mostly went through the RG, and able to help tackle the RB on the goal line from one yard out. Tried the same thing the next snap, this time the RT down blocked on him and the QB snuck through his spot for the TD. Crashed inside on read option and smashed the RB, problem was the QB kept the ball and went around him for a 5 yard TD. A couple times now in this game he has gambled crashing inside to make a tackle, and both times that has really hurt his team. It’s too bad because the majority of the game he played very disciplined with contain. Seems like he gets amped up and tries to play Superman in key moments. As it was, Maryland still should have won this game, QB had it on a 2 point in overtime, but blew it with a bad throw to a wide open WR. This was a good college football game.

        Penn State (2018): Playing LE in a 34 defense, LDE in 43 looks. Not much happening early in this one, PSU generally running up the middle, Cowart is mostly playing contain. Very boring. Designed QB sweep outside, Cowart played it well, but lacked the speed to race with the QB to the sideline and he was able to turn it up the field for some yards. Stacked up the LT and then fell off the block to chase the RB down the field and make a tackle. You’d like to see him power the LT back in that situation, that was a very passive play by guy that has mostly been very aggressive. It is raining though, so maybe the footing is an issue. Bull rush on the RT for a QB pressure, took him right into the QB who had to scramble to escape. Arc rush around the LT for a pressure, got his hands up in the process and made the QB overthrow the WR at the pylon. That’s it for the first half, not a lot of excitement. Probably played half the snaps, maybe a tad more. Most of the plays went away from him. Not much of a factor in that first half. Absolutely nothing in the 3rd quarter to report. Maryland had the ball a good chunk, Penn State kept running up the middle, Cowart was sub’d out the majority of that drive. Penn State doesn’t allow for many substitutions, so Maryland mostly has to play with who they have on the field. I think that’s what is impacting Cowart, but he is playing far less snaps than the previous two games. Stack and shed on LT, trying to play contain, QB able to just scramble around the outside and pick up chunk yardage. He can be effective as a 34 DE, but he doesn’t have the athleticism to play contain to the sideline, but he should have an OLB to help him with that, for whatever reason, Maryland is not doing that. In 43 looks when he plays DE, he has primary contain, but he’s out of position there. He has good athleticism, but not compared to what real NFL caliber DEs in a 43 defense look like. Played very few snaps at 43 DT in these games, but no reason he couldn’t be effective in that role, he has solid athleticism and good strength. I still think 34 DE is his sweet spot, but it needs to be closer to a one gap system and he needs outside help. This game has been horrendous. He’s either just standing up playing contain, due to the style of the Penn State offense and athletic QBs, and largely doing nothing OR he’s losing contain because they are too fast and just zip around him. Penn State got up big and just ran the ball down their throats the entire game, mostly up the middle or away from Cowart. Very few chances to impact the passing game or sack the QB.


        TLDR:
        Not an elite player, maybe not even very good, but he’s solid in the trenches. I think he’d be a very steady option as a 34 DE or inside at DT in a 43 defense. Not sure he has the quickness for the 3 technique, but definitely has the stoutness and strength for nose tackle. Would compare him to Corey Liuget. I think his future is as a 34 DE.

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        • Following the 2019 Orange Mane Mock Draft,

          the NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS sign:

          OT TYLER JONES, NORTH CAROLINA STATE


          Tyler Jones is #160 on my Top 300 Big Board.


          OT TYLER JONES NC STATE

          Boston College (2018); Playing LT. Short guy, squatty, looks a little like Isaiah Wynn of Georgia from last draft. He’ll do well if he plays like him. Rock solid kick slide, smooth and gets good depth. Has a little bit of gumby bend to him as well. Nice job on DE Ray, strong one arm punch and then steered him wide. Nice job getting to second level and sealing the OLB on off tackle run. Looks to have solid mobility. Does a fine job blocking laterally while on the move, gets good position, slides, holds his angle. Stunned DE Ray on a kickout block on off tackle run, initial punch and leverage just rocked him back. Excellent cut block on DE, quick and effective. Not as good on the next attempt, DE able to essentially step over him, he tipped it too soon and dropped too soon. Nice drive block on DE Allen, worked him off the line several yards on inside run. Solid job picking up and absorbing LB blitz, stoned him cold. Appears to have just enough athleticism to be effective with reach blocks, keeps tripping over the LG though. Excellent job riding DE Ray wide around the QB, might have an arm length issue, Ray is using his reach to get an angle on Jones, has done this several times now. Outside seal and drive block on Ray on offtackle run. First half has largely been Jones dominating a solid DE. Kickout block on Ray on short TD run, just twisted and sealed him outside. OLB tried to dip and bend on the blitz, Jones with a solid mirror and shut that down. Really impressed so far. Excellent cut block on LB at second level, chopped him down on off tackle run. Handled outside stunt by LB, handled blitz off edge by safety. Taking on all comers at this point, nothing is working. Pancake on DT Smith, just downblocked him with the LG. LB able to get around him outside but the play was a RB sweep the other direction, no impact. Still, that’s as close to being beaten as he’s been all game. Nice job sealing DE Allen inside on off tackle run. I’m not typing it anymore, but he’s continuing to destroy DE Ray on any and all running plays, mostly sealing him outside. I thought this was really good tape, he does need to work on not being on the ground so much, he trips and falls down a lot, his forward balance could be better.

          Clemson (2018): Playing LT. DE Ferrell beat him clean on an inside rip move for a QB pressure. Play was a quick screen on 3rd and long, so possible Jones was just letting him go to get upfield. Pancake on Ferrell on off tackle run. Solid push on DT Lawrence on inside run. Tried to have him downblock DT Lawrence on a 3rd and 1 play, that didn’t work at all, Lawrence shot the gap and stuffed the run. First quarter has been hit or miss, but largely has done his job against a talented defensive front. Called for a false start. Nice inside seal on DE on RB sweep. Inside seal on Ferrell on off tackle run for decent gain. Bull rush by DE Bryant shoved him back and Bryant able to stuff the run as well, clearly lost that battle. Easily handled Bryant’s uppercut move on arc rush attempt, mirrored him and shoved him wide. Barely able to keep Ferrell from bending the edge during the two minute drill before halftime, it’s taking every ounce of athleticism that Jones has, Ferrell still getting close enough to cause some pressure though. Beaten inside by Ferrell for a QB pressure, just gave him the outside deke and slashed inside, that guy is really quick though and one of the best players in the draft. Jones is mostly holding his own against a top shelf talent 1v1. Finley is getting the ball out quick though, so that helps as well. Nice job climbing to second level on inside run. Decent enough block on Lawrence on short yardage draw, ended up tripping and falling down again though. Jones has a nice kickslide, he’s pretty good at defending the arc, his ability to react and shift back inside is in question though. Nice job defending arc rush on Ferrell that time, kind of sold out off the snap and got plenty of depth. Ok, so he did his kickslide outside, Ferrell did his outside deke and sliced inside, Jones was able to shift back inward with the mirror and wall him off on pass rush. That was an important rep. Lawrence able to shove Jones back with a straight bull rush for a pressure. Scrubs in already in the 3rd quarter in this blow out, Jones has been pretty solid in the running game, mostly walls his guy outside. Quality outside seal block on Lawrence on off tackle 10 yard TD run the other direction. Could stand to work on his cut block attempts. Mostly decent tape, thought he held up well overall, won the vast majority of his battles. He’s not the second coming of Isaiah Wynn, but he’s a solid prospect that is going to be drafted probably to play LT if his length checks out.

          Texas AM (2018): Playing LT. Solid job absorbing power arc rush by DE Durham. DE Brown able to shoot the inside gap and almost make the tackle on RB sweep. DT Madubuike with a nice rip move, Jones largely able to offset and mirror as the DT tried to go inside. For the third game in a row, his cut blocks need work, he just does them too short and bounces off the ground in front of the D-lineman. Inside seal on DE Keke on RB sweep. Excellent job with outside seal on DE on off tackle run for chunk gain. Finally, a solid cut block on the DT on inside run. LB with a twist inside, able to get the inside gap for a QB hit, Jones looked a little confused on who to block. Straight bull rush by Madubiuke that walked Jones into the QB and DT was able to pressure him into an INT and deliver a big QB hit. Pretty big loss on that play by Jones, dude just jacked him up and drove him back. Great outside seal on Durham to spring RB on off tackle run for chunk gain. Excellent outside seal on DE Keke on off tackle run. Jones is a beast as a positional blocker in the run game. Sat out most of the 4th quarter for the reserves in this blowout loss. Thought this was mostly strong tape, had the one glaring bad rep that led to the INT, but would give his run blocking an A+ and his pass blocking a solid B.


          TLDR:
          Overall, Jones should be able to stay at LT in the NFL, he has a good kickslide and does a great job defending the arc. He isn’t an incredibly twitch athlete, so redirects and fakes can give him some trouble. Generally is pretty stout, plays with a low base, good knee bend. Strength looks decent, flashes the ability to drive block at times. Is an excellent positional run blocker. If he does have to move inside to OG due to length issues, I think he would be fine, the big question would be mobility and balance for pulling. He was on the ground a fair amount in these games and didn’t look overly athletic when trying to cut block. Still, I think he can stick at LT or possibly play a super reserve type role where he could play any position on the OL. I like him pending length and athletic results.

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          • Following the 2019 Orange Mane Mock Draft,

            the CHICAGO BEARS sign:

            LB RYAN CONNELLY, WISCONSIN


            Ryan Connelly is #163 on my Top 300 Big Board.

            LB RYAN CONNELLY WISCONSIN

            Iowa (2018): Playing ILB in 34 defense. Decent lateral chase on outside sweep form far hash, worked his way through the middle of the field and helped tackle RB near the sideline. Speed looks pretty average. No problem crashing into the hole and going kamikaze on the lead blocker. Charged into the pile on a 4th and 1 play from the goal line to stop the QB sneak and force a turnover on downs. Read, react, shot through the hole and tackled RB for big loss at handoff point. Really nice play, showed some burst. Solid job in coverage in the flat on the RB, did a nice job avoiding a pick to start that play as well, recognized it coming and jumped sideways to avoid it. Read, react, stuff off tackle run for minimal gain. I like that he attacks the line aggressively, does not wait for the RB to come to him. Whiffed on tackle on inside draw, ducked his head and went for the big hit, RB side stepped it. Able to mostly run with TE Hockenson up the seam in man coverage. Blitz off edge for QB pressure. Driven off the line about ten yards by the LT on off tackle run. Hasn’t dealt with the OL at the second level much at all so far, that wasn’t promising to see. Read, react, run outside the lead blocker and stuff the RB on an outside sweep. Blitz up middle, able to side step FB, ran through the outer shoulder of the OC for a QB pressure. Insanely good read and react play on 3rd down near the goal line to stuff the RB for a five yard loss. Connelly read the sweep, bent around the RT from his ILB position dove over the lead blocker FB into the RB for the tackle. It was flawless and prevented a TD. That’s a pretty athletic play as well. Lined up in press man coverage on the RB in the slot, wheel route up the sideline, nice hip pocket coverage. Starting to feel like Connelly is a better than average athlete. He’s looks good as a 34 ILB, has the benefit of the big NT and style of defense to keep blockers off of him. That’s part of the evaluation in how would he do without that protection. Something to try and decipher going through the rest of these tapes. In terms of instincts and playing the run, he’s a plus. In terms of coverage on TEs and RBs, he’s at worst decent, possibly even good. Definitely can play at the NFL level, now it’s about if he has any draft value, and if so, where.

            Michigan (2018): Playing ILB in 34 defense. OC tried to get on him at second level, Connelly ran around him, kind of took himself out of the play in the process. Have Connelly spying the Michigan QB, as soon as he starts to leave the pocket, Connelly flies up and tackles him. Fast enough to make sure the QB can’t get the corner when they race laterally to the sideline. Read, react, stuff on RB on inside run, nice job squeezing through the line on that one, wasn’t a wide open hole to shoot through. Absolutely roasted on a read option where he crashed down on the RB, the QB kept it got to the edge and ran 80 yards down to the goal line. Connelly able to stay stride for stride with him, but not able to gain, they are roughly the same speed, whatever that is. Blitz up the middle, handled by the OC. Charged up on off tackle run, pancaked by the OC. Inside blitz, bounced it around the right end, TE picked him up and pushed him wide, that spooked the QB to leave the pocket the other direction, Connelly able to redirect and crash down on him for a strip sack. That was a mix of high effort and a coverage sack. QB draw he bounced outside, Connelly able to chase laterally and force him out of bounds for minimal gain. Blitz up the middle, unblocked, good speed and forced QB to throw it away to avoid the sack. TE with a chip block at second level knocked him down. Good man coverage on TE on crossing route. Read end around, good lateral chase to cut WR off on the far sideline for five yard gain. Stacked up the TE and RG, RB got clogged up and tackled for minimal gain. Blitz up middle, picked up by the LG, Connelly able to redirect and bounce around the LG for a QB pressure. Read off tackle run, flew into the hole and took out the LT, or vice versa depending on your point of view, RB able to get a big gain as nobody was behind Connelly to clean it up. Read inside draw, charged in but the OC shoved him out of the play, RB big gain up middle. Stack and shed on TE, helped stuff RB for short gain. RG blew him off the line in short yardage run. I think it’s safe to say Connelly struggles with blockers, he does need the protection up front to be effective. Continues to struggle a little bit with the read option and overreacting to the initial play fake. Long game to evaluate, Michigan had the ball almost the entire game. Thought Connelly showed well as a blitzer in this game, seemed rock solid in coverage though limited reps there since he was spying the QB so much. Mostly solid in the run game, over eager on playaction and misdirection, and can get pushed around by the OL. I think he’s pretty much limited to a 34 defense as an ILB, might be able to play as a SAM in a 43. Athleticism continues to look above average for the position.

            Penn State (2018): Playing 34 ILB. Charged up and tackled QB on read option run up the middle for short gain. LG able to get on him at second level on off tackle run, able to roll off that block but unable to make diving tackle on RB in the hole. Blocker held him just long enough. Doing a good job cleaning up tackles on quick passes in his zone coverage drops. Has decent range on the field, can get to most plays. No impact as goal line, OL got good push and he was unable to penetrate. Double ILB blitz up the A gap, Connelly went second and after the OC blocked the first ILB, he had a free route to the QB for the sack. Nice job quickly turning sideways and avoiding the LG charging out at him at the second level, then was able to charge through the hole and tackle the QB on designed run for no gain. That was a nice job avoiding the OG. Solid read, react, stuff on inside run. Did a nice job showing patience and sneaking in under the TE trying to block. Blitz up middle, ran over RB, flushed QB from pocket for pressure. Swim move on the OC to avoid block at second level, able to stuff RB for a loss. Doing a little better this game with avoiding blockers at the second level. Showing some counter moves and good agility to avoid or get off the blocks. Pancake by OC on run up the middle, dude just threw him down. A little bit of stat padding on inside runs late with PSU running clock.


            TLDR:
            Ok, so overall, what is Connelly? He’s generally a well-rounded 34 ILB, might be able to play 43 SAM, that struggles when he’s not protected against the OL at the second level. This suggests he needs to go to a two gap style defense. When he’s free to roam and play north south, he’s very effective as he’s a plus athlete for the position. He showed ability to cover TEs and RBs in man coverage and played effectively in zone. Appears to have enough speed and athleticism to easily handle half field range, maybe even approach sideline to sideline range. Best when attacking north south, not afraid to slam into lead blockers. Would probably compare him to Blake Martinez. He’s solid and should play in the league a long time.

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            • Following the 2019 Orange Mane Mock Draft,

              the BUFFALO BILLS sign:

              OG RYAN BATES, PENN STATE


              Ryan Bates is #170 on my Top 300 Big Board.


              OT RYAN BATES PENN STATE

              Ohio State (2018): Playing LT. Kind of looks like Forrest Lamp from a few years ago, squarish guy, not a great athlete, doesn’t seem like a LT. Might have arm length issues, he’s letting the DE get to his body too easily in pass pro, he sets pretty deep as well. Looks pretty spry pulling around the OC howver. Kickslide is average, feet are very average as well. Beaten inside, DE just sliced across his face for a pressure. Did a nice job on the next series when the DE tried the same move again, this time Bates shut it down. Solid quickness on cut block. Strength looks solid, has been good against the bull rush and with his positional blocks in the run game. I say that and then he gets beaten pretty badly on a bull rush by DE Young, who is really good. I’m going to go ahead and change my tune on the bull rush thing, he’s struggling with Young pretty badly. He can’t play OT, that’s for sure. Young is beating him around the arc with just speed and a dip, and he’s beating him inside because Bates is so worried about the arc rush. All of that keeps him off balance, and he’s getting beat with the bull rush as well. This is just ugly. Whiffed picking up a stunt, put his head down and lunged, just missed the guy completely for a QB hit. Inbetween these awful plays, he has been mostly steady, he has good leverage and is a strong blocker in the run game. Athleticism maybe a bit better than originally thought. I think he’s just out of position, looks like a LG, maybe even an OC. Does a decent job with combo blocks and getting on the LBs at the second level, not a good athlete, but good enough. This was just really bad tape. He was certainly out of position at LT going against a future Top 10 selection most of the game, but he was beaten every which way possible and thoroughly embarrassed.

              Iowa (2018): Playing LT. Solid pull around the OC. Nice kickout block on the DE on off tackle run. Looking much better than the OSU tape, kick slide is noticeably quicker and a little deeper, and he’s not setting so far back. Feet continue to look average, but probably good enough, he chops them and stays pretty square with the DE. He looks pretty good in the run game, gets to his spots, walls the DE off consistently. Nice pull around the OC where he picked up the MLB on a QB draw. Nice job sliding off his guy and picking up the safety blitz from the slot. Solid pull around the RG to lead an off tackle run. He’s not an amazing athlete for the position, but he does have mobility and some athleticism. Starting to hone in on him as a LG prospect, probably a little bit on the finesse end, just because he struggles with the bull rush, but he grapples well and turns his guy in the run game consistently. There is some strength and power here. Nice inside seal on DE on short TD run right behind him. Mostly going against DE Espenesa in this game, and he’s largely controlled him on the arc rush and on the bull rush. This is a far cry from the disaster that was Ohio State. Pretty solid job pulling all the way around the RT to lead an off tackle run, blocked multiple guys. Very active with his hands in this game, I didn’t see that as much against OSU, but he’s chopping and generally just throwing the DE’s hand off of him immediately. And he’s doing it almost every snap, it’s really standing out. I guess you can’t bull rush somebody if you can’t keep your hands on their chest. Doing a great job with mirroring the DE in pass pro. He’s looking good in this game, very competent. Still see a LG prospect, but it means something that he can play LT in a pinch and not be completely awful. Definitely need a 3rd game to see which version of Bates is the real one.

              Michigan (2018): Playing LT. Oh boy. First play, absolutely smoked by DE Gary around the arc for a hard QB hit. Play was a quick slant, and Bates set up to guard against the inside rush, but still, he has to slow Gary down. Nice kickout block on Winovich on off tackle run. Smoked by Gary around the arc for a sack. DE sliced inside for the sack, Bates overset to the outside to defend the speed rush. Here we go again. I guess Bates is the Ohio State version. Once he has to go against a legit speed threat on the edge, he starts oversetting, then they beat him inside, and next I predict we’ll have a bull rush since he’s so off balance. And Gary is destroying him with the one armed bull rush. The guy needs to play OG where he can hunker down and not worry about the edge. In the run game, he’s pretty good, shows good blocking ability on the move and good toughness grappling with his guy and walling him off. You put him at LG where all he has to worry about is power, and he’ll probably do fine. I think this is a Forrest Lamp situation, but he needs to test like Lamp and show that level of strength and potential. Gary and Winovich can beat him around the arc almost any time they want. Lets see how he tests at the Combine and then try and project that to OG or even OC.


              TLDR:
              The guy needs to play OG where he can hunker down and not worry about the edge. In the run game, he’s pretty good, shows good blocking ability on the move and good toughness grappling with his guy and walling him off. You put him at LG where all he has to worry about is power, and he’ll probably do fine. I think this is a Forrest Lamp situation, but he needs to test like Lamp and show that level of strength and potential (Tested extremely well).

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              • Following the 2019 Orange Mane Mock Draft,

                the CINCINNATI BENGALS sign:

                WR JAYLEN SMITH, LOUISVILLE


                Jaylen Smith is #172 on my Top 300 Big Board.




                WR JAYLEN SMITH LOUISVILLE

                North Carolina (2017): Playing outside WR and slot, both extensively. LWR, zone, short crossing route, QB went elsewhere. Thick guy, speed looks pretty average. RWR, off man , deep post route, looks like he has build up speed, had a half step on the CB all the way across the field, throw was a little off the mark and short, Smith maybe could have dove for it, but chose not to. Sometimes these big guys don’t have the agility or ability to lay out for the ball. Solid blocking down field on QB draw. Slot, zone coverage, inside slant for 20 yard gain. That looked pretty good in terms of speed and route, he double clutched on the reception, did do a nice job running over a LB for a few extra yards. RWR, zone coverage, intermediate out route, tackled on reception, 10 yards. RWR, zone, drag route, caught ball about three yards off the line and then got another 20 with YAC up the sideline. Shows good running ability with ball after catch, speed definitely above average, maybe even good. Runs physical, doesn’t go down easily. Slot, zone coverage, out route, decent route and crisp break, 10 yard gain. Slot, off man, deep post route, absolutely roasted 2nd round pick CB Stewart on the play for a long 80 yard TD, the last half just outrunning him to the end zone. Screen from slot, broke first tackle attempt, 10 yard gain. Slot, off man, intermediate out route, QB threw the ball into the bleachers. Slot, zone coverage, dig route, 10 yard gain. Kind of rounded off that route with nobody in man coverage. RWR, zone, intermediate curl route, QB bounced the throw. RWR, off man, deep out route, CB with inaccurate ball. LWR, zone, deep post, got behind the safety but QB with inaccurate ball again. That would have been a long TD. UNC can’t cover Smith. He doesn’t run the sharpest routes on the short stuff, doesn’t have great quickness at all, kind of telegraphs what he is about to do, but nobody can stop him. Slot, off man, corner route in end zone, open but QB threw it into the bleachers. Key block on DB on long off tackle run. Smith is very consistent and rock solid as a blocker. Definitely adds to his value. Thought this was good tape. Smith is a legit deep threat, kind of plays similar to DeMaryius Thomas where he’s not overly athletic and doesn’t dive all over the place, but wins with size and speed. Legit deep threat. Does good work outside and in the slot. Biggest concern is that he’s not quick in and out of his breaks, and he telegraphs what he is doing a little bit. Want to see him against a good man coverage CB. He destroyed zone when getting free release off the line.

                Mississippi State (2017): Playing outside WR and slot WR. Slot, off man, flashed some nice speed on deep corner route, QB went elsewhere. He really does remind me a bit of DeMaryiius Thomas, just a straight line size and speed guy. LWR, off man, double move where he faked a dig, broke down and went back outside. Thought that looks somewhat athletic. CB wasn’t fooled at all, but I’m interested to see if Smith can do anything other than run fast in a forward direction, that suggested maybe. RWR, zone, dig route, sharp enough that the DB actually fell backwards because he was worried Smith might really be going vertical, easy catch for 10 yards. Problem was that Smith broke the route off several yards short of the sticks on the 3rd down play for a mental gaffe. Press man, just ran right by the CB on outside release on Go route, had a step but QB with an inaccurate throw. LWR, zone, inside slant, great speed across middle of the field and up the sideline for 30 yards. Just ran away from the safety trailing after him. Slot, zone, stop route, two stiff arms to shove down two different DBs, solid YAC. Again, DeMaryius Thomas. Slot, zone coverage, really nice sharp out route at the sticks, he did that perfectly, had plenty of space to the sideline for the catch, and Jackson throws a crap ball way behind him for an INT. Slot, inside slant, QB started to scramble and then did a shovel pass to him instead, able to avoid diving tackle by safety for 10 yard TD. Slot, zone coverage, dig route, raced up far sideline and trucked the CB coming up for the tackle. 10 yard gain. Slot, zone coverage, stop route, Jackson with a high hard one, went right through Smith’s hands for an INT. Could have used more touch on that, but Smith has to catch that regardless. That also looked like DeMaryius Thomas at times. RWR, press man, Go route up sideline, 50/50 ball thrown a little too far inside, CB able to swat it away. Smith looked pretty good going up to try and high point it though. Good tape again. Athleticism looks good, looks like agility clearly not a strength, but looks sharp enough in his breaks to be effective on short and intermediate routes. Had no problem with the jam or press coverage in this game. An absolute bull with the ball in the open field. Continues to be solid as a blocker.

                Alabama (2018): Playing outside and slot WR. Slot, off man, out route, decent break, QB went elsewhere. Slot, zone coverage, deep post route, had the DB beaten by a step but QB underthrew the ball and CB able to swat it away. Smith was able to draw a PI call on the play though. LWR, press man, a little wiggle and a swim move to beat the jam and get a free inside release on Go route, QB laid it in accurately but too much air, safety drifted over and picked it off in the end zone. Legit route though and beat a good press CB in Smith off the line. A lower trajectory ball and that’s a TD. Smith showing good speed on his vertical routes, seems faster than in 2017. RWR, zone, inside slant, juked the LB in the open field with a lateral jump cut, and then powered ahead for a few more yards, decent YAC play. Speed looks pretty explosive, not elite, but good. Definitely not quick twitch though, on these press man routes with the jam, you can see how much quicker the CBs are than he is, they hit the jam and get right in position defending his route. Definitely a straight line size speed guy, doesn’t body up the DBs as much as you’d like to see with someone his size though. RWR, off man, double move corner into a slant, route looked quick and smooth, open but QB threw a ground ball he wasn’t able to snag. Smith is getting open deep on his post routes, he’s flashing some serious speed, but the pass rush is swarming the QB and he just doesn’t have time to sit and throw it deep. LWR, press man, got rocked a little bit by the CB’s jam, inside slant, CB still all over him, within five yards, incomplete pass. Looked like Smith maybe could have snagged that bullet, but CB was chopping at the ball as well. Crossing route, QB with really low throw again, Smith tried to one hand it below his knees, unable to bring it in. One thing that is very clear is that Smith doesn’t make low catches, if the ball is below his knees around his ankles, he’s not a guy that is going to slide or dig that out. Not that he should have to, but some WRs can make some crazy catches. Not Smith.



                TLDR:
                Nothing on the 2018 tape looked any different than the 2017 tape, infact he looked a little faster. The new QB was worse than Lamar Jackson throwing the ball in terms of accuracy, that really tells you something. Smith is going to be a steal in the draft because his production was so limited due to the QB play. He’s not the world’s best WR, he has his limitations, but he’s big, fast, has solid hands, and is a bull after the catch. DeMaryius Thomas, Brandon Marshall, he’s right in that type of WR prospect. Looks good outside or in the slot.

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                • Following the 2019 Orange Mane Mock Draft,

                  the SEATTLE SEAHAWKS sign:

                  WR DEMARKUS LODGE, MISSISSIPPI


                  DeMarkus Lodge is #178 on my Top 300 Big Board.



                  WR DAMARKUS LODGE MISSISSIPPI

                  Arkansas (2018): Playing outside WR. RWR, off man, stop route, 5 yard gain. Lodge is a high cut guy, has long legs, a bit of a long strider in the open field. Great block on screen, squared up the DB and held the block for an extended amount of time. If he keeps that up, he’ll be in the discussion as a top blocking WR in this draft. RWR, off man, curl route, 5 yard gain. Not much for breaking tackles or even trying to, single CB just comes up and bear hugs him out of bounds every time. RWR, press man, Go route, tried a stab step inside, didn’t fool the CB who jammed him into next week, Lodge not able to get off the jam at all really. Press bail, out route, 10 yard gain. That was a really nice falling catch on the sideline, just had both toes on the edge, leaned over, and fell as he made the catch. Raining pretty good as well, so bonus points for that. Liking his hands so far. RWR, off man, Go route, has some build up speed like you might expect from a long legged guy, CB a little too physical and drew the PI flag. RWR, off man, out route, difficult contested toe drag catch in the rain on the sideline, but ball clanked off his hands for the drop. RWR, off man, comeback route, 10 yard gain, really nice diving catch where Lodge dug the ball out an inch off the ground. Initially ruled incomplete, but excellent catch. RWR, press man, back shoulder arrow route, 5 yard TD. Not sure why the CB didn’t jam him there, Lodge has struggled massively against the jam so far in this game. Outside screen for 5 yard gain. Lodge is just not much of a YAC guy, not seeing elusiveness or power to break tackles. Another outside WR screen, another 5 yards. RWR, off man, curl route, 10 yard gain. Several short receptions against off man coverage at both outside WR spots. Continues to be a monster blocker in terms of maintaining his blocks and walling defenders off. One of the better blocking WRs in this draft. Awesome lead block on TE screen to spring Knox for a huge gain. Lodge is going to get bumped up like an entire round just due to his blocking for some teams. A run oriented team like Baltimore for instance, he’s perfect for them. Solid tape, only concern is that he is flat out bad getting off the line against physical press coverage.

                  Texas AM (2018): Playing outside WR. Flawless block on TE screen. Lodge definitely the best blocking WR in this draft, his technique and ability to hold the blocks for extended periods make him even better than fellow stud blockers like Harmon. RWR, off man, intermediate curl route, able to spin away from the CB and race up the sideline for the 45 yard TD. That was great for evaluation purposes, he was going as fast as he could in a dead heat with the CB, there is no second gear, his speed is a tad above average, but he has to build it up a little bit. Athletically, he doesn’t look like an overly appealing WR option. Not bad, just very average for his size. RWR, press man, come back route on sideline for 10 yards, nice diving catch on the play. Whatever his original route was going to be, he was eaten up badly by the jam and some physical press coverage, so ended up improvising as Ta’amu bought time. RWR, press man, no jam, outside release, Go route, CB in his hip pocket entire route but Lodge able to high point the ball in stride with a great hands catch for a 50 yard gain. RWR, press man, inside slant, ball swatted away. Screen play, tackled immediately on reception for a loss. Lodge really struggles to separate when he changes direction on a scramble drill, he generally just struggles to separate anyway. Very reliant on his breaks to get a step on the DB. RWR, off man, hitch route, ball clanked off his hands. RWR, zone, out route, nice hands catch on the sideline for 5 yards and a 3rd down conversion. Lodge makes some flashy catches at times but his lack of athleticism makes him only marginally appealing. Hands are mostly good, but has had a few drops now on easy balls, so it’s a concern. Route running has been pretty limited so far as well.

                  Vanderbilt (2018): Playing outside WR. RWR, zone, shallow crossing route with about 15 yards of YAC up the far sideline, 20 yard gain. RWR, off man, Go route, CB able to cut the route short with physical coverage and ball ended up well overthrown. RWR, off man, inside slant, ball a little behind, nice hands catch but CB chopped it out at catch point. Lodge should have slowed down on that route, used his body to shield the CB and then cradle caught the ball for the score. RWR, off man, out route, 10 yard gain. Had a chance for some YAC on that play, was in space and trying to juke the CB, Lodge just has no wiggle or elusiveness. RWR, press man, Go route, unable to make adjustment to reel in the back shoulder throw. RWR, hitch route, big stiff arm on the CB into the dirt, 10 yard TD. RWR, press man, inside slant, did his thing where he spins away after the catch and ran up the sideline for some YAC, 30 yard gain. That move is about the only thing he does that works to get some extra yards. RWR, press man, they put CB Williams on him, hard jam, Lodge can’t even get off the line into his fade route. Continues to be the best blocking WR in this draft on a RB sweep. He is amazing, borderline flawless blocking in the run game. RWR, press man, against CB Williams again, hard jam, Lodge actually chopped down the arms and got an outside release, back shoulder fade throw, excellent twisting high point reception over the CB for the 10 yard TD. That entire play was awesome, but the catch was a spinning one handed grab complete with double toe tap in the corner of the end zone. One of the best catches of the year by any WR and against a legit CB prospect. That catch plus the blocking alone is going to get Lodge drafted. Press man, Go route, Williams with physical coverage and inside position, able to out jump Lodge in the end zone for the INT. RWR, press man, Go route, 10 yard gain on 3rd down for the conversion. That was also a catch that will get him drafted. Williams destroyed him with the jam and physical coverage, QB threw a back shoulder anyway, Lodge able to spin away and toe tap as he fell out of bounds, awesome hands catch. This game is going to get him drafted probably a round higher than he would have been otherwise. At least. LWR, press man, corner route, Williams with extremely physical coverage again, Lodge can’t get open, QB tried the back shoulder but CB able to swat it away. That play was the game loser in OT and really illustrated Lodge’s struggles against physical press coverage.



                  TLDR:
                  Overall, Lodge is a limited athlete but excellent #2 possession style prospect. He has excellent hands, makes extremely difficult and impressive catches on the sideline fairly routinely. Not overly elusive or fast, he’s not much of a YAC guy, but can spin out of a tackle from time to time and race up the field with his long legs and strides. Best attribute is that he’s one of the best blocking WRs I’ve ever seen and definitely the absolute best in this draft. He’s a complimentary outside WR, but one every team wants on their depth chart. Would expect him to be solid on special teams as well.

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                  • Following the 2019 Orange Mane Mock Draft,

                    the HOUSTON TEXANS sign:

                    S KHARI WILLIS, MICHIGAN STATE


                    Khari Willis is #181 on my Top 300 Big Board.



                    S KHARI WILLIS MICHIGAN STATE

                    Penn State (2018): Playing mostly cover two, but will line up over the slot and play a mix of man and zone as well, rarely single high. Press man on slot WR, no jam, WR easily got several steps on short drag route and then was able to get up the sideline for a decent gain. Walked up and blitzed off the edge, handled easily by RT, but QB scrambled up in the pocket, Willis able to redirect and slap the ball out for a strip sack. Nothing special about that play, but he did take advantage of the situation. Read quick out route to TE, charged up from cover two and made the tackle. Speed could be an issue, got a little sidetracked with the TE on a seam route before he realized the RB was heading up the field on an inside draw, chased the RB for about 40 yards and was losing ground the entire time. Not sure how fast Sanders is, but he’s faster than Willis. Press man on slot WR, again no jam, and again the WR easily to get right around him and wide open on a crossing route. Willis does a solid job coming up and cleaning up tackles in zone coverage, he’s clearly your stereotypical strong safety that does his best work in the box. The trick is figuring out if he has the athleticism and ability to help in the passing game. So far, he’s a total liability in man coverage. Shows a decent forward burst, might just be quick instincts and reaction, but he gets up and tackles these quick hitting out routes really fast. Has been an excellent, sure thing, wrap up tackler so far. Nice job reading QB and a fast break on an out route by the TE, able to get his hand in and knock the ball away. Surprisingly, Willis was rarely used in the box against this run oriented offense, MSU likes him in coverage, though he drives really well from back deep to come up in run defense as needed. Thought he was ok in zone, but once he has to run with WRs or cover any amount of range, he generally struggles. Definitely worried about athleticism.

                    Ohio State (2018): Playing mostly cover two, some zone in the slot at LB depth. Willis is being deployed as a deep cover two safety dropping back even further most of this game in the first half so far. Has come up and helped tackle a few inside runs, but he’s mostly just way back there trying to make sure no big plays happen in the passing game. Kind of sucks for evaluation reps. Big hit on WR on intermediate slant route to make the tackle, came charging up from deep safety. Press man on slot WR, no jam, but did try and jump the inside slant, which Willis did, but the QB put a really nice ball right on the hands of the WR for a decent gain. 10 yard curl route and reception by TE right in front of him, tackled immediately. Nice job coming off the edge at the goal line and grabbing the RBs feet just as he started to dive over the middle of the pile, yanked him down just short. Quick pass to WR in the flat, Willis came charging up from cover two and tackled him for a short gain. He really continues to do a good job as a sure tackler that cleans up some plays in the middle of the field. Big hit on WR on end around, read play and came charging to the sideline to lay the wood from deep at cover two. Big hit on RB on inside draw, came charging up from deep cover two depth with a big shoulder block. Has done a perfect job on these tapes so far of knowing when to wrap up, and when he can drop the hammer and flatten somebody. Flashed a little bit of lateral speed chasing down the RB once he bounced it outside. Still worried a bit about Willis’ speed, but I’ll be surprised if he’s slow, thinking more average for the position or even a smidge above. Willis very much an enforcer type strong safety. He has dropped a lot in pass routes now on these last two tapes, and he rarely makes any type of play on the ball. His approach is much more along the lines of let them catch it and then he hammers them a second later. Played deep the majority of this game, made quite a few tackles charging up in both the run and pass game. He can play, his value is kind of reliant on how many teams want a big enforcer at safety that’s not really going to make plays on the ball.

                    Oregon (2018): Playing cover two, rarely single high. Zone and man coverage in the slot at times. Lined up showing halves, drifted over for single high, Oregon QB went Go route up the sideline, Willis not even close to being able to range back over in time, luckily pass was incomplete. Playing a lot of zone coverage up at LB depth. Showed press man on the outside slot WR, fell back into shallow zone on the snap, QB was fooled and tried to hit the inside slot on an out route but threw it directly to Willis who had dropped in shallow zone. Willis dropped the gift INT. Nice job charging up and tackling RB on inside run from cover two depth. Has been very consistent as a run stopping force every game. Made an effort to pick off a tipped ball, just not quick twitch enough to get there in time. Press man on slot WR, again no jam, WR zipped right around him and roasted him up the seam, bad underthrow by the QB allowed Willis to catch up and knock the ball away. He never played or saw the ball, but he watched the WR and when the hands cupped up to body catch the pass, he stuck his paw in at that moment and broke it up. Came flying up from deep safety depth on a swing pass to the RB in the flat, just took a bad angle, RB kind of jigged him a little bit, and Willis went flying by him and whiffed on the tackle. First tackle I’ve seen him miss on these tapes. Single high, slot WR on intermediate seam route, Willis came up and delivered a big shot on the tackle. Cover two, go route up sideline, Willis not even close to even approaching the numbers on half field coverage. He is not a rangy guy. That play went for a TD. Inside draw to RB, Willis came charging up, RB spun away from him as he went in for a wrap up tackle, that’s two missed tackles now. That one though was just a nice move by the RB.



                    TLDR:
                    So, through all these tapes, Willis is not used in the box very often, really only when he drops in shallow zone off the slot. No run blitzes, doesn’t get walked up, MSU just likes dropping him in deep zone and letting him charge up if the RB gets down field at all. I really think they like him as an enforcer in the secondary that is a reliable tackler and delivers big hits. His range and ball skills are lacking. He is a traditional strong safety in every sense, might be one of the bigger hitters in this draft class. The big issues are going to be how limited his athleticism really is and which NFL teams actually want this type of safety in the modern age. Ronnie Harrison went relatively early last year, that’s about it, start the athletic comparisons there (Athleticism pretty solid, better than expected).

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                    • Following the 2019 Orange Mane Mock Draft,

                      the OAKLAND RAIDERS sign:

                      CB DERREK THOMAS, BAYLOR


                      Derrek Thomas is #185 on my Top 300 Big Board.


                      CB DERREK THOMAS BAYLOR

                      Oklahoma (2018); Playing boundary CB. Press man, no jam, Go route, WR able to get a few steps on him, had to reach out and yank the jersey to make sure it wasn’t a long completion, PI somehow wasn’t called though. Press man, tight coverage on Go route, QB went elsewhere. Calling out a lot of signals and trying to move people around from his CB spot. Getting frustrated with fellow DBs about their coverage responsibilities at times. Blitz from boundary CB, minor pressure. Thomas has some straight line speed to him, a bit of a long strider though. Not sure it translates yet when he’s moving directions other than forward. Drops in zone a fair amount, tips it off though because prior to the snap he’s pointing and going over with the other DBs which area of the field they are covering. Press man, one hand jam, inside slant, mostly missed his jam but still able to slow WR with his body, QB went elsewhere. Zone, crossing route coming towards him, unable to get off WR block for 70 yards as the WR turned up the sideline, ran through Thomas’ zone on the way to the score. He was either injured on that play, or benched, because for the last bit of the 3rd quarter and the entire 4th quarter, Thomas did not come back in the game. Nothing stood out on this tape, he’s kind of a coach on the field, which makes sense since he was a graduate transfer that followed the new coach to Baylor from Temple where he started as a WR before that coach moved him to CB. So, a lot of moving parts, not a lot of collegiate production, seems like a fairly raw prospect. Did not get a good feel for his skillset on this tape.

                      Texas (2018): Playing boundary CB. Solid one hand jam, good transition into coverage on vertical route, QB went elsewhere. Off man, quick curl route for 5 yards, tackled immediately. Doing his coach on the field thing where he’s lining everyone up again. Press man, jam, solid coverage on Go route up sideline, QB went elsewhere. Press man, jam, inside slant, solid coverage, QB went elsewhere. Press man, multi-punch jam, quick inside slant, 2 yard gain, tackled immediately. Press man, multi-punch jam again, Go route up sideline, nice tight coverage, the WR actually slapped his arm down, and somehow Thomas was called for PI. Good coverage, ball incomplete, bad call. This multi-punch jam thing is interesting, I haven’t seen this before. He looks like he’s boxing, give it the ol’ one-two punch. Off man, Go route down sideline, perfect coverage by Thomas, pinched the WR into the sideline and got ahead of him and ran the route slowing down a little bit to force the overthrow. Almost had a chance at the INT at the end. Good play all around. Press man, one handed jam, Go route up sideline, good coverage on WR Johnson, but WR got away with a pretty good push off at the end and QB dropped a dime for a 50 yard TD. Thomas actually pulled up and started yelling at the refs about the push off instead of tackling the WR short of the end zone. He had a legit gripe, but you gotta finish the play first. Press man, one hand jam, comeback route for 10 yards. This WR he’s going against is 6’6, 220lbs and he’s really physical, that was a push off again. Refs just letting them play, but Thomas is a bean pole and is getting cheated. RB sweep, Thomas able to cut it off with a hard tackle and knock the RB out of bounds to limit the gain. Solid wrap up tackle on RB well down the field on an off tackle run. Thomas seems willing and able to be useful in the run game, good form tackle. Zone, broke on inside slant, saw the QB start to throw a swing pass in the flat, tried to reverse directions and slipped down, able to pop up and run outside to make wrap up tackle on the RB for minimal gain. None of that looked very smooth, but Thomas was able to reverse course fairly quickly and make the play. Press man, inside slant to covert a 3rd and 5, just basically bodied up Thomas and the QB zipped it right to him. Not sure there is anything Thomas could have done to prevent that catch. Press man, Go route, solid coverage, QB went elsewhere. Tape was mostly solid, you can see the raw potential, he just lost some reps to a physically dominant WR that the refs allowed to push Thomas around. For most of the game, thought Thomas showed good physicality of his own, has three different jam techniques, pretty fluid for a big CB transitioning into coverage. Shows some refined technique and awareness of how to use the sideline to his advantage, especially on Go routes. Thought he was solid in the few chances he had in the running game, wasn’t hesitant to get involved and showed good form on his tackles. Kind of reminds me of Tre Flowers from last draft except definitely more physical. This should be the type of developmental guy every team is going to want. Seems to best as a physical press man CB.

                      Iowa State (2018): Playing boundary CB. Starting the game in off man and zone, huge cushions. Stop route for 5 yards, Thomas able to charge up and deliver big hit on WR. Press man, two handed jam, pretty good physicality but he’s going against another monster WR in Butler who is 6’6, 225lbs, and he just kind of muscled his way to inside position on a slant to convert the 3rd down with a 10 yard gain. Thomas is not going to win a physicality battle with someone that much bigger. Off tackle run, struggled to get off WR block. Could have given more effort on a QB scramble, kind of just watched as the QB eventually ran right by him for a long gain. He’s doing his multi-punch jam thing again, and it’s looking pretty good, the WRs are having trouble getting off the line against him. Zone drop, came up to clean up tackle on WR at the sideline. Charged in on a QB scramble, had a chance to tackle the QB for a loss but does seem to struggle to change directions fluidly. Saw that on the Texas tape as well. QB able to side step him and just run around for a decent gain. Off man, intermediate slant, tackled after 10 yard gain. Gave up a huge cushion on that play and backpedaled on the snap, I didn’t like that coverage at all. Press man, nice job with the jam on Butler, scramble drill, WR ran all the way to the opposite sideline where he snagged the ball for a chunk gain, Thomas was a step behind at most the entire time. Ruling on field was incomplete that WR bobbled the catch. Solid coverage on the play, would have liked to see him dive and try to swat the ball at the end though. Interesting tape due to the various ways Thomas was used. Good amount of off man and zone, and he was serviceable, but it was crystal clear that this is a press man CB that excels with being physical at the line. He’s really good with his jam, for the majority of this game, the WRs really struggled to get off the line when he was in press.



                      TLDR:
                      Overall, this is a Seahawks style CB, long with good physicality. He’s not nearly as raw as I thought after the first tape, he can probably play sooner than later even with the move from WR occurring in college. Has some advanced technique when play press, knows who to use his body and the sideline. Biggest issue is that he’s pretty slender, so can get bodied up and shoved around by the thicker WRs. Still, he went against two absolute studs in Johnson and Butler and did not completely embarrass himself in 1v1 coverage. This is not an elite talent, but he has some excellent traits that a good DB coach can develop. It’s also worth noting that he’s not afraid of contact and might actually be useful in the run game, biggest issue was that he struggles to get off WR blocks at times, but when he had a shot at the RB, he made the tackle. Interesting guy that I think will be in demand on Day 3 as a physical press man CB.

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                      • Following the 2019 Orange Mane Mock Draft,

                        the PITTSBURGH STEELERS sign:

                        S ANDREW WINGARD, WYOMING


                        Andrew Wingard is #191 on my Top 300 Big Board.


                        S ANDREW WINGARD WYOMING

                        Washington State (2018): Playing mostly cover two, some single high, and some man coverage in the slot. Solid job coming up from safety depth and making wrap up tackle on RB in the hole. Looks to have average speed and a little hip tightness when trying to quickly pivot and change directions. Whiffed on his tackle attempt trying to cut off the RB after bouncing a run outside, just took a poor angle. Walked up and blitzed coming around the end of the line untouched, decent burst and able to put a lick on the QB. Off man coverage on slot WR, inside slant, receiver able to get a few steps, but the pass went elsewhere. Blitz up the A gap, swim move on the OC to beat his block, heavy pressure on the QB. Speed looked ok on that rush. Solid job coming up and tackling QB on designed inside run. WR was blocking him down field on a screen play, Wingard took him and hip tossed him to the ground. Has a little bit of that enforcer mentality and play style. Comes up wanting to put a big hit on somebody, but knows when he needs to wrap up. Blitz off edge, ran through the RB’s pass block attempt to put pressure on the QB. Ran back into single high on the snap, QB went for a Go route up the sideline, Wingard showed enough range to get over and contest the throw, WR heard footsteps and didn’t make a play for the ball. Did get a flag on the CB though. Very next snap, same exact play with Wingard in single high again, showed good range and able to get all the way to the sideline, ball thrown out of bounds. Up at LB depth, blitz up A gap, QB pressure and made him throw ball away. Outside WR with a curl route, Wingard charged up from cover two to make tackle, WR able to juke him and get up the sideline. That seems to be where he struggles, against quickness and reacting to it. He’s mostly an enforcer type strong safety that showed some ability in the box and with his inside blitzing. Can bring the hammer in the secondary, but is generally a solid and consistent tackler. Primary concern is that he seemed to struggle changing direction and adapting his angles.

                        Missouri (2018): Playing cover two, but also an equal amount in shallow zones around LB depth. Charged up from cover two to make tackle on inside slant. Walked up to LB depth in the slot, read off tackle run on 3rd and 2, stuffed the RB in the hole for no gain to force a punt. Excellent play. Doing a good job of coming up in run support and chopping down the RB any time he gets through the line. Doing a little more in terms of exotic zone drops and masking coverage until just before the snap, he’s dropping back and running to spots all over the place. Came charging up from single high on an inside slant, WR saw him coming and just dove down to avoid any type of hit. Blitz off the edge, ran into his own DE to ruin that idea. Lock is picking the defense apart with a lot of quick hitting short throws. Wingard isn’t even getting a chance to be involved. He is, however, very involved in the running game, has made numerous good clean up tackles in the middle of the field on the RB. Does a good job of knowing when he can lead with his shoulder and knowing when he should just focus on wrapping up. Decent speed firing around the end of the line on a 3rd and short play, able to get the RB’s legs on an inside draw, but RB was able to just get the first down. Cover two, got sucked up on play action and then the QB hit the TE on a seam route for a long TD. Wingard completely blew that play, that TD was on him. Tried to chase down the TE, and made some ground, but not fast enough. I do think he has average speed at worst, he’s not a bad athlete. Got to seriously pad his stats in the 4th quarter as Missouri just ran clock with inside runs, he made a lot of those tackles. The only one really of note was Wingard came in hard on the RB and hit him in his shins, literally knocked him in a flip. Thought this was strong tape for tackling, Wingard had a lot of bites at the RB apple in this game and he ate up every opportunity he had. In the passing game, he had the one bad mistake on playaction and was generally just not involved after that. Wyoming moved him around a lot, it just seemed like when he was deep, Missouri threw short, and when he was in zone up at LB depth, they threw deep. Zero chance they were avoiding Wingard, he’s not that dynamic of a coverage guy, but it just worked out that he wasn’t tested very much.

                        Boise State (2018): Playing single high. Single high, long Go route up the sideline, Wingard’s range was about to the numbers, so that’s mostly solid but not great. Good mix of usage in this game, plenty of cover two, single high, shallow zone , and even just in the box against the run. At LB depth, in the box on 3rd and 1, charged inside and stuffed the QB on a sneak to bring up 4th down which they were able to convert. Blitz off edge, unblocked, big hit on QB just after he threw the ball. Cover two, deep post from the far side of the field, Wingard recognized it early and was able to get deep enough to contest the pass and force an incompletion. It was actually a really good play and makes me think he might test better than expected. I’m not sure how fast WR Modster is though, but Wingard is about the same speed. Nice job coming up on the RB in run support and making some solo tackles. The Boise RB is a tough guy to get down, Wingard showing well. Press man on slot WR, got worked on a quick inside out double move to snag a short pass at the sideline, but Wingard with pretty impressive recovery was able to redirect and tackle him before the sticks to force a punt. That ability to react and change directions quickly like that, he hasn’t shown the ability to do that in the past. This time he was mostly stopped and not charging forward at full speed, but still it’s a sign pointing to better than expected agility. This was good tape just because of all the ways they lined him up and moved him around. He was everywhere and doing everything on this tape.


                        TLDR:
                        I like Wingard. He’s a stud in the run game, an enforcer at the second level, but it seems like he offers more range, athleticism, and versatility than most strong safety prospects. I think a creative DC can do a lot with him, he can play single high in a pinch, but his range is probably better in cover two. He can get around and off blocks up in the box in the run game, and he can also hold up somewhat well against slot WRs and TEs in man coverage. I did not see much in terms of ball skills though. Still, I think he’s a strong safety with solid athleticism and versatility.

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                        • Following the 2019 Orange Mane Mock Draft,

                          the ARIZONA CARDINALS select:

                          WR JAZZ FERGUSON, NORTHWESTERN STATE


                          Jazz Ferguson is #194 on my Top 300 Big Board.



                          No tape work on Northwestern State. Ferguson was a five star LSU transfer that had issues with drugs in this past. From all accounts, including his own and his current coaching staff, he got his crap together and has been a team leader and model citizen at his current program. Long and athletic with good hands, there's a mountain of upside here along with some risk.

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                          • Following the 2019 Orange Mane Mock Draft,

                            the CINCINNATI BENGALS select:

                            DE CORBIN KAUFUSI, BYU


                            Corbin Kaufusi is #201 on my Top 300 Big Board.


                            DE CORBIN KAUFUSI BYU

                            Arizona (2018): Playing spy LB. Starting the game at RDE in a 43 defense. They use various formations, he’s essentially a stand up edge defender, probably used closer to a 34 OLB, but they literally played him everywhere in this game. Read screen, broke on play and tackled RB in flat for minimal gain. Lost contain on edge, just not fast enough to chase down this QB to the sideline. Put him at ILB as a spy on the QB. He moves all over the place. Not seeing a lot of athleticism though. I mean, he looks pretty fluid for a guy his size for sure, and he can run around the field, but this is not a twitch type edge pass rushing threat. Shows solid power and stoutness, easily stacks and sheds the LT. Coverage sack where he just kept powering through the LTs block until the QB pretty much ran within grabbing reach. Outside swim on the LT to get by him. Good effort, will chase plays ten yards down the field and make diving tackle attempts. Has been used as a spy on the QB the entire first half, he just keeps reading and reacting to the play after reading the QB, lining up all over the defensive front 7. He’s a major nuisance in the passing game due to his size and he seems to be able to jump fairly well, he actively tries to swat passes and is generally jumping in front of lanes every chance he gets. QB has missed high at times just trying to get the ball out over top of him. Worked through down block by LT, stuffed RB on outside sweep. Dropped him back in zone coverage, read RB screen, able to run between the lead blockers and blow the play up. Really nice play. Not quick enough to get over from his LB spot and tackle the RB as he shot through the hole, but showed good effort chasing the play 20 yards down field and making the diving tackle from behind as the RB was slowing down to try and make some DBs miss. Stacked up the RT and RG from traditional DE position, that clogged up the lane and let the RB get tackled by teammate for no gain. Read and react from OLB off the edge on RB, unblocked, just came in and tackled him on inside run. Sealed inside by LT on off tackle run. Lacks any type of real quickness and change of direction ability, QB easily able to get around on 2 yard TD scramble. Nice job as spy, QB started to slip to the outside, he mirrored him, once he got close to the sideline, Kaufusi rushed in for a big QB hit and forced him to throw the ball away. Tried a speed arc rush on the RT, he’s not really fast, so his arc rush is more of try and get outside leverage and then power through the outside shoulder of the OT to get an angle to the QB. It’s fine, he’s just not any type of athletic sack threat. Walled off by the RT on a goal line plunge by the RB, that he might have been able to stop if he could have beaten that block. Main take away here is that he played out of position as a LB spy the vast majority of this game. It’s impressive he can actually pull that off at 6’9, 280 lbs without embarrassing himself, and he did. But he won’t be asked to do that in the NFL, still, it’s nice to know he has the versatility and enough athleticism to drop and play in space if needed on a particular play.

                            Wisconsin (2018): Playing DE and OLB. Starting off the game at RDE in a 43 defense. Solid stack and shed on RT Edwards on inside run play. Inside swim on RT to get some penetration, looked like he might have tipped the pass., he always tries to swat the throw. Read and react play from OLB in 34 look, just read inside run and crashed down to tackle the RB for a short gain. Beat the RT inside off the snap, just sliced through his inside gap and blew up the inside run in the backfield, unable to make the tackle but the penetration gummed it up and his teammates stuffed the RB. Stacked up the RT, RB ran up his back and teammates made the tackle. This looks a little more his speed than the Arizona LB spy stuff. He’s just kind of powering up on the edge, even getting some snaps at 5 Tech in 34 looks at times, which I think might fit him. He’s definitely more appealing as a run defending edge player. Stunt up the middle, OC picked him up and stone walled him easily. Decent power edge rush against the RT for a pressure. Stacked up the LT, which in turn stacked up the pulling RG, which in turn made the RB essentially stop in the backfield behind them on an outside sweep, which in turn allowed his teammates to make the tackle for loss. Outside swim move on RT for a pressure, able to eventually work all the way around the RT and got a sack with a diving foot slap on the QB who was scrambling around. Nice two handed rip move to get by the LT for a QB pressure. Inside swim on the RT to stuff RB in the hole, that actually had a little quickness to it, Edwards lunged forward and fell on his face. Kaufusi is having himself a nice first half, he’s kind of dogwalking a pretty good OL. Outside swim on LT for a minor pressure, quick pass limited impact. Smoked the LT with an outside swim on a speed rush for a QB pressure, QB able to side step him to avoid the sack, so that was disappointing. He came in about as fast as he can probably go, he doesn’t break down or change directions well at top speed apparently. Dodged the pulling LG, stuffed the RB for loss on inside run. One man wrecking crew in this game. Dropped him into zone coverage in the flat. Does show some legit edge penetration ability, zipped around the RT on a short yardage inside run and almost able to twist and dive back inside to make the stuff. That’s more than I thought he could athletically do. 3rd and 2 play, came off the edge, dove through the block by the FB and tripped up the RB for a loss. Tried an outside in stab step move, RT able to mirror him. Continues to use a very powerful rip move to disengage and get past the LT. Pretty strong tape. Played 43 DE with hand in dirt about half the time, had a few snaps where they kicked him inside a little bit to 5 Tech, and spent the rest of the time at OLB coming off the edge. Wisconsin’s power running game style fit exactly what he defends well. This is a 43 power end prospect, or a 34 5 Tech DE that could be used at OLB as an edge run defender. He’s not really a sack guy, but he can power through at times. He does have good athleticism for his size, just not a twitchy, change of direction type guy that can bend the edge.

                            Washington (2018); Playing DE. Starting the game at B in a 34 defense. Walled off inside by the TE on outside sweep. Able to peel off the TEs block to stuff off tackle run for minimal gain from OLB position. Heavy QB pressure on naked bootleg, was unblocked, didn’t crash down or get fooled by the play action at all, forced QB to just barely throw the ball away before sack. Solid hustle player, chased a slant play 10 yards down the field to help get in on the tackle. Dropped in coverage, showed he can back pedal and keep his balance. Getting a fair amount of run as an off ball OLB in this game, multiple coverage drops now as well. Not sure about this. Washington TEs are doing a good job sealing him off on running plays. They’ve got him playing off ball SLB a lot early on in this game, and I think it takes away all that he does well at the line. Two hand rip move on RT McGary to put him on the ground, that was pretty impressive. Able to jump over cut block attempt, decent athleticism. This is just the goofiest tape, he’s running around in coverage 15 yards down the field at times. Who came up with this game plan. Outside club move to get the edge and angle on the RT, RT had to tackle him to prevent a sack, got the flag. They aren’t lining up a lot against each other all that often, but McGary is one of the better RTs in this draft and he has his hands full. Solid stack shed on LT to help make tackle on RB. Lots of hustle plays in the 3rd quarter where he’s up the field on his pass rush, drops off and runs way down the field to tackle the RB or WR on screen plays. This guy is in good shape for sure. Spent the first half of the game primarily running all over the place as an off ball SAM LB. Now he’s mostly back at 43 DE in the 3rd quarter, but he’s still running full speed all over the place every play.


                            TLDR:
                            Endurance, effort, and versatility marks are off the page. This tape was interesting because you got to see what Kaufusi would look like if you wanted him to play a traditional OLB role. I don’t think anyone ever was leaning in that direction. It does show that he could absolutely play SOLB in a 34 defense. He could probably do some interesting things in any defense with a creative schemer, he’s a bit of a freak athlete for his size. What he is not though is a space player or twitch edge rusher. Clearly looked best to me playing at the end of the line as a DE or standup edge LB. I’d probably want him as a Strong Side DE in a 43 defense that could probably stay on the field for all three downs. He does win with power at times and is a menace with impacting passing lanes due to his length. I’m also intrigued by him as a 5 tech end in a 34 defense, specifically a one gap scheme.

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                            • Following the 2019 Orange Mane Mock Draft,

                              the DENVER BRONCOS sign:

                              CB JORDAN MILLER, WASHINGTON


                              Jordan Miller is #202 on my Top 300 Big Board.



                              CB JORDAN MILLER WASHINGTON

                              Utah G1 (2018): Playing RCB. Press bail, 5 yard stop route, was open, ball tipped at line. Showing a good mix of techniques, has a strong two handed jam, also fluid in bump and run coverage. Press man, Go route, two hand jam wouldn’t even let the WR get off the line, QB took a sack on the play. Blitz from boundary corner, pressure and hit on QB. Speed looked ok. Another blitz, RB picked him up. Zone, quick out route by slot WR, Miller came up and made tackle for very short gain. Press man, bump and run, inside technique on Go route, nice over the shoulder snag for an INT, ran the route better than the WR and pinched him into the sideline in the process. That was flawless, all of it. Press bail, curl route, WR had some separation but dropped the ball. Press man, bump and run, come back route for 10 yards. Miller struggles with that route, it’s pretty much a guarantee it seems like. Zone drop, short curl by outside WR, Miller charged up and popped the ball out for a fumble. Zone, picked up the slot WR on a seam route, showed good speed and able to strip the ball out at the catch point. Really nice coverage play. Press man in slot, tight coverage on inside slant, QB went elsewhere. Press man, jam, corner fade, between jam and pinching the WR, ball well overthrown. Charged up on underneath out route, has zero tackling technique, just ducks his head and throws a shoulder, missed that tackle. Press man, peeked back and saw QB throw short on quick out route, pretty big hit on the WR, but once again, just ducked and threw a shoulder, WR able to bounce off and keep going. Tape was mostly solid, he looks like a finesse cover CB that has experience with every technique and looks comfortable in both zone and man coverage. Thought he was at his best playing press man. Flashed excellent coverage skills in this game, also appeared to consistently struggle with comeback routes and driving on the ball.

                              Oregon (2018); Playing RCB. Press man, intermediate comeback route, coverage decent that time, ball thrown out of bounds. Press man, intermediate dig route, was inside the WRs pocket, flawless coverage, QB went elsewhere. Press bail, corner fade, perfect position QB had to throw it away. Off man, big cushion on slot WR, seam route, tight coverage, QB went elsewhere. Inside draw, charged up to help on tackle, sort of got ran over in the process and looked like his lower body got bent in the shape of a pretzel. Played one more snap, limped off and he was done for this game and the next four games. Shame, he started off strong in coverage.

                              Utah G2 (2018): Playing RCB. Playing mostly press man early, shows some quick hips when flipping to transition into coverage. Read end around and crashed into the back field to tackle the WR for a big loss. Off man, vertical route, QB wanted to throw down the sideline but Miller’s coverage was too good, even on the comeback route during scramble drill, QB ended up tucking and running. Press man, inside slant, solid coverage, QB went elsewhere. Clean up tackle on TE in middle of field after catching a curl and getting into space. Dropped in zone, covered up the TE on the curl route Utah had been hitting non-stop, QB had to pull ball down and was sacked. Press man in slot, dig route, Velcro coverage, QB went outside instead, Miller peeled off his guy to try and tackle that receiver but got juked for his efforts. Inside draw, Miller’s WR went in motion so he came charging in off the edge, able to wrap up RB for minimal gain on backside pursuit. Press man, bump and run, WR able to get a good release outside and got a step on Miller, QB dropped it in perfectly, Miller unable to swat it away, but WR dropped it as he went to the ground. Should have been a 35 yard completion, WR had beaten Miller clean. Now I’m a little worried about his long speed. Press man, WR with outside deke to get a step on inside slant, was open, had Miller beaten, but ball knocked down at the line. Zone coverage, scramble drill, WR able to run a comeback route and pick up 15 yards in front of Miller at the sideline. Biltz from boundary corner, picked up by LT. Press man, Go route, WR able to get Miller a little off balance and when he cut back inside Miller for inside position on Go route, Miller got flagged for holding him. Press man, bump and run, went right back to the same play, this time Miller was able to get out ahead of the WR and cut off his route pinching him to the sideline, QB threw it anyway and Miller was able to run under it for the INT. Just a nice job of understanding the route and running it better than the WR. Press man, intermediate slant, perfect coverage, QB went elsewhere. Miller did a nice job on Utah’s final drives of playing tight press man as well as mixing in some off man while bailing on the snap in the longer down and distances. QB never even tried his direction again after the INT. Tape was decent, he’s a finesse cover corner. Not perfect or elite, but fairly solid. A little bit of a long strider and probably projects as an outside guy only. Concern is speed. Hit or miss in the run game.

                              Ohio State (2018); Playing RCB. Came charging up from zone on quick pass to WR in flat, ducked his head and threw a shoulder, WR bounced off and able to get short gain. Should have been a tackle for loss but somebody doesn’t like to wrap up. Zone, picked up wheel route down the sideline which was the QB’s primary and apparently only read, was covered so he took off for minor gain. Helped tackle RB on off tackle run, just kind of let him run right into his arms and dropped a shoulder on him. Charged up on read option, unable to make diving tackle on RB on off tackle run. Press bail, inside slant, was wide open, but ball knocked down at line. Miller was playing the fade, had safety help inside. Swing pass to RB in flat, able to come up and grab a foot to tackle RB in space as he ran by. Not pretty, but effective. Solid job coming up on underneath out route to tackle WR for short gain. Off tackle run, tried to tackle RB by going at his legs but literally just bounced off him. Press man, Go route, 50/50 ball that was underthrown, Miller had inside position and tried to shield the WR and make the basket catch INT, but WR able to stick a hand in and bat the ball away. If Miller would have high pointed the ball, it would have been an INT. Dropped in deep zone down sideline, QB had to pull ball down and just throw it away. Blitz from boundary corner, pressure and hit on QB. Speed looked solid. Press man, deep corner route, WR able to get a couple steps on Miller, ball hung up a little bit and Miller ended up plowing into the WR as he stopped to come back to the pass and drew the PI. Off man, Go route, good coverage, QB threw it deep up the seam instead, Miller did a nice job floating over to that WR and tackling him short of the end zone. Came charging up and made solid wrap up tackle on RB on off tackle run in open space. That was probably his best tackle in any of these games. Up and down tape. Made a few plays in the run game which was nice, he’s not an absolute zero there, but it’s a wash at best.


                              TLDR:
                              Overall, Miller is a solid outside CB prospect, mostly a finesse type that shows good coverage, but also can get beaten deep by speed and short by quickness. I feel like he’s more of a #4 type CB with the upside to be a #2. What hurts him is that he’s not very physical and doesn’t tackle well, which means he’s not an option on special teams. Still, some team will take him for his outside cover skills.

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                                Texas (2018): Playing hback, inline, slot. He comes off the snap hard on these down blocks and just blasts the DE. Pretty muscular build, he’s moving people. Athleticism looks solid. Nice job in pass pro, has really long arms, uses good leverage and locks the DE out. Great lead block from hback on a sweep, got out on the safety quickly and turned him, giving RB a nice lane for a chunk gain. He’s mostly just a blocking type guy, comes out on all spread formations and passing downs. Pretty aggressive blocker, goes through the whistle and generally tries to shove his guy to the ground and flop on him. Solid job getting out and blocking on a screen, when he shoves people, they go flying. He looks superb in pass pro, the leverage and technique, very active hands, he’s pro ready there. Almost like an OT. He’s a beast in run blocking as well, has had a few pancakes now, mostly on downblocks, but he crushes people. Wheel route from inline for short gain, nice catch, showed some athleticism trying to spin out of the tackle. Kind of goofed up a 4th and 1 run, RB was going behind him, Wesco stopped in the hole to try and block a DB coming outside, gummed up the play, he needed to keep on going and hit the LB. Curl route for about ten yards from the slot, major push off, but wasn’t called. He has somewhere between five and ten pancakes lead blocking in the run game, he’s just a monster. Ridiculous dominating run block to road grade a lane for TD run late in the 4th to tie the game. In pass pro, he’s done a nice job when lined up against top talent like Omenihu. One of the more dominating performances I’ve seen from a blocking perspective. He wasn’t really used as a traditional inline TE very often, he was mostly an hback that focused on lead blocking. Appeared to be a very good athlete for his listed size. This guy is kind of an X-factor. You could play him at traditional TE, you could slim him down a bit and use him as a Kyle Juscyzk type hback, or you could even fatten him up and develop him as an OT.

                                TCU (2018): Playing hback, inline. Quick out route from hback, short gain. Not very quick to transition up the field after the reception. It’s been an interesting game so far. He’s showing well as a run blocker, but they are using him as a decoy, he’s smashing people one way, but the RB is almost always running to the opposite side. Continues to get a fair amount of pancake blocks in the run game. He’s absolutely KO’ing people in the hole from hback, delivers some massive blocks. Has played a bit more as a true inline TE in this game than against Texas, but still mostly lined up as an hback. Wheel route from inline up the sideline, for a 20 yard TD, was left completely uncovered. He looks pretty natural catching the ball, he’s a little underutilized in that aspect. Key lead block up the middle on 10 yard TD run from hback. Pretty good in pass pro against Collier, minimized his rush, though he’s a little slow to react to redirect. Still, for a TE, that’s excellent blocking. Seam route from inline, left uncovered again, chunk gain, showed some athleticism making the safety miss for some YAC. He’s mostly a big, somewhat lumbering type, but he has some speed and wiggle to him. Pretty hilarious pancake on Collier in pass pro, he just kept working him and working him until he was about ten yards away from the pocket, and then he shoved him down and flopped on him. Nice play on quick out from hback, juked the safety, broke an arm tackle by the CB, and got about 15 yards up the sideline before being shoved out. He flashes some athletic ability. Fun to watch him blast people in the hole, smashed a LB and knocked him back about five yards. This is just fun tape, runs a wheel route from inline, great catch on contested ball, and then nobody could tackle him as he dragged people for ten yards. That was a nice strong hands catch as well. He’s caught everything they’ve thrown at him so far in both games I’ve done. Sat out most of the 4th quarter in this blowout. This guy is a swiss army knife, he seems to do everything well. Not a game changer type, but he’s going to make a difference to whatever offense drafts him. There are some good blocking TEs in this draft, he’s the best easily. He’s not used as much as a traditional inline guy, so not sure if that helps or hurts him, but his athleticism as an hback and lead blocker certainly helps. In the passing game, he looks like a big-bodied possession type with good hands.

                                Oklahoma (2018): Playing hback, inline. Lots of lead blocking early from hback, continues to smash people in the hole. Seemed to have gotten annoyed at the RB for not following his lead block on one play. Seam route for chunk gain against zone coverage, rumbled over a few DBs before they finally got him down. Same play back to back, decent gain, tried to juke the safety, but he got him by the ankles. This guy is an ok athlete, nothing great, but for his size he can run and has some wiggle. I could see a scenario where he could develop into a solid receiving option at TE. Mashing people in the run game, he’s absolutely elite as an hback or full back type. Key block pulling across from hback on short TD run. Road grading the LBs out of the hole. Got rolled up on, stayed in game. Hitch route from inline for a short gain, broke the initial tackle again. Drag route from inline for chunk gain, was left uncovered. Continues to show soft hands and decent athleticism after the catch. He’s a possession guy, but he knows how to shield with his body and is a load to tackle. Big pancake pulling across from hback on TD run late in game, just smashed the guy.



                                TLDR:
                                Great blocker, probably the prototype for a FB or Hback. Can play inline TE effectively as well, almost like having another OT in the game. As a receiver, he’s mostly a possession type that works short yardage and the occasional seam route. Tough to tackle, gets good YAC, surprising athleticism for his size. Quality and versatile player.

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