2018 NFL Draft: Chubb sets bar in edge group

2018 NFL Draft: Chubb sets bar in edge group
By Reuters

17/04/2018 at 04:48Updated 17/04/2018 at 04:51

1.

Bradley Chubb

NC State

6-4, 269, 40 time: 4.65

Projection: First Round

OVERVIEW

Breaking major college football program records for sacks and tackles for loss
is impressive. It is even more impressive for Chubb, who passed former No. 1
overall draft pick Mario Williams (Houston Texans, 2006) in each of those
categories, finishing his Wolfpack career with 26 sacks and 60 tackles for
loss.

Chubb arrived in Raleigh as a moderate high school recruit, but improved each
season and went from borderline first-round talent to surefire top-10 pick
with a strong senior campaign. In 12 games in 2017 (sat out the bowl game), he
collected 26.0 tackles for loss and 10.0 sacks to earn ACC Defensive Player of
the Year honors and won the Bronko Nagurski Trophy, which is awarded to the
nation's top defensive player. Chubb might not go No. 1 overall like Williams,
but there is a legitimate chance he lands in the top five.

ANALYSIS

With an ideal build to be an NFL defensive end with large, physical frame and
34-inch arms, Chubb also knows how to use his natural ability. He understands
how to use his long levers, leaning into blockers with violent hands and
moving bodies with brute strength. He continues to pepper blockers mid-rush
and his ability to counter with power might be his best trait.

Although he isn't a silky-smooth speed rusher off the edge, Chubb is able to
patch together an efficient pass rush to pressure the quarterback. He is also
an above-average run defender with the competitive makeup that will translate
well to the NFL game. Chubb isn't on the same level as Myles Garrett
(Cleveland Browns, No. 1 pick) a year ago, but he is this draft's top pass
rush threat and an immediate NFL starter.

2. Marcus Davenport

UTSA

6-6, 264, 40 time: 4.58

Projection: First Round

OVERVIEW

Davenport grew up on the hardcourt, spending most of his time on his first
love of basketball. But the football coaches at Stevens High School saw
unbridled potential for him on the football field, convincing Davenport to
join the team as a wide receiver. Davenport eventually moved to pass rusher
and while he still impressed on the basketball court (district player of the
year as a senior), it became clear his future would be on grass.

Tipping the scales at only 200 pounds when he arrived at UT-San Antonio,
Davenport was an ideal candidate for a redshirt year, but he was needed on the
field, showing steady improvement each of the past four seasons. Davenport
finished strong with 17.5 tackles for loss and 8.5 sacks in 2017 to earn
Conference-USA Defensive Player of the Year honors.

ANALYSIS

If you drew up an example of what an NFL defensive end looks like, the picture
would look something like Davenport with his filled-out, long frame. He uses
those long arms and his upper-body strength to force his way through blocks,
converting his initial momentum to power. Davenport is still patching together
his pass rush sequence, but his aggressiveness at the point of attack is
enough to overwhelm blockers, leading to holding calls.

Even more impressive than Davenport's strength is his athleticism, especially
for his size. While muscle bound, he isn't tightly-wound, displaying the loose
body control needed in an edge rusher. With his hoops background, Davenport
looks comfortable on his feet and is at his best rushing from a two-point
stance. While he isn't the most technically refined pass rusher (yet),
Davenport has all the tools NFL teams covet at the position, making him worthy
of top 15 overall consideration.

3. Sam Hubbard

Ohio State

6-5, 270, 40 time: 4.78

Projection: Second Round

OVERVIEW

Hubbard is a former high school lacrosse standout who bulked up more than 70
pounds since committing to Urban Meyer and his program.

He made a quick impact, replacing suspended teammate Joey Bosa - first-round
pick of the San Diego Chargers -- in the starting lineup as a redshirt
freshman in 2015. By season's end, he tallied 6.5 sacks, an interception and a
forced fumble to earn Freshman All-American status. He provided a steadying
influence over the next two seasons as he combined for 10.5 sacks, two forced
fumbles and 25 tackles for loss.

ANALYSIS

Hubbard is a smart, hard-nosed edge rusher who competes on every play.
Conditioning is excellent, and size translates to NFL. Plenty of experience --
and production -- competing against stout offensive linemen in the Big Ten.
Respected by teammates.

The main concern at the NFL level is overall athleticism. Hubbard does not
show elite burst off the snap, which could be exposed at next level. Some
scouts also question his speed in pursuit (he opted not to run the 40-yard
dash at the Combine). Fundamentally sound and physically strong but fits
classic mold of "high motor" edge rusher rather than freakish, nightmare
matchup across the line.

Could become an NFL starter but must show coaches that he consistently can
shed blocks and pressure the pocket.

4. Arden Key

LSU

6-4 7/8, 238, 40 time: 4.68

Projection: Second Round

OVERVIEW

Key arrived on LSU's campus as a four-star recruit and lived up to the hype
during his first two seasons. He registered five sacks and was named as a
Freshman All-American in 2015. His sophomore campaign was even more dominant
as he set LSU's single-season record with 12 sacks to go along with 56
tackles, three forced fumbles and a fumble recovery. Some red flags emerged
last season, which started with him arriving overweight to spring practice and
included him taking a leave of absence for personal reasons.

ANALYSIS

Key is a gifted athlete who could thrive as a hybrid edge rusher in a 3-4
defensive scheme. Excelled against top-tier offensive linemen in SEC and could
contribute quickly in NFL on likely passing downs. Special combination of
length and agility can confound blockers trying to stay in front of him.

Off-the-field concerns could cause him to slip out of the first round.

Some scouts question his discipline after he walked away from LSU teammates
last spring. Production sagged his junior season as he finished with four
sacks and battled injuries to his shoulder and finger. Must prove to coaches
that he can avoid distractions of NFL lifestyle and harness his talent on
every snap.

5. Rasheem Green

Southern Cal

6-4 1/4, 275, 40 time: 4.73

Projection: Second Round

OVERVIEW

Green announced that he would forego his senior season after a stellar 2017
campaign in which he earned All-Pac-12 recognition. He finished the year with
12.5 tackles for loss and 10 sacks, which ranked second in the conference. He
also blocked two field goals and forced a pair of fumbles. That followed an
emergent sophomore campaign in which he tallied 6.5 tackles for loss and a
team-leading six sacks.

ANALYSIS

Green already has imposing size as a possible base end in either a 4-3 or 3-4
defensive scheme, and some scouts expect him to bulk up even more with a year
or more of NFL training. He showed consistent improvement as a college player,
and his rising career arc will appeal to plenty of teams looking for help with
their pass rush. His quickness and burst at the line of scrimmage help set him
apart.

Although Green's size and athleticism hints at a likely future starter in the
NFL, it's fair for warn that his development could require patience on the
part of coaches, teammates and fans. He boasts outstanding raw ability but
needs to fine-tune his rush technique in order to be more consistent at the
point of attack. Developing a strong counter-move should be an area of focus
as a rookie.

6. Da'Shawn Hand

Alabama

6-3 5/8, 297, 40 time: 4.83

Projection: Third Round

OVERVIEW

Hand was considered by some recruiting experts to be the No. 1 player in the
Class of 2014 as a dominant high school player out of Virginia. He committed
to Alabama over other top programs such as Michigan and Florida, but his
success at the prep level did not correlate to college dominance.

Hand was good -- but not necessarily great -- as he tallied two sacks as a
freshman, three sacks as a sophomore, two sacks as a junior and three sacks as
a junior. He was used mostly as a rotational player on the defensive line
before starting nine games in his final season.

ANALYSIS

It might be unfair to judge Hand against his lofty expectations out of high
school. The fact of the matter is that he turned into a solid defender for one
of the best teams in the country. He has long arms and a muscular, lean frame
despite nearly tipping 300 pounds on the scale. Offensive linemen will have
their work cut out for them to knock Hand off his center of gravity.

However, lingering questions remain. Why didn't Hand produce better results
during his time in Tuscaloosa? Based on his role in college, some scouts
envision more of the same -- a reserve, rotational defender at the next level.
Hand did not help his draft stock when he was arrested for driving under the
influence last July.

7. Jalyn Holmes

Ohio State

6-4 7/8, 283, 40 time: 4.82

Projection: Third Round

OVERVIEW

Holmes signed with Ohio State as a top-100 recruit out of Virginia, but it
required hard work and patience before he could crack the Buckeyes' starting
lineup. He performed well in his first three years as a rotational reserve
player, and he earned nine starts as a senior in 2017.

Holmes earned honorable mention All-Big Ten honors as a junior and senior,
finishing his college career with 84 tackles, 14 tackles for loss, five sacks
and three forced fumbles.

ANALYSIS

As a true senior and team captain of a top-tier program, Holmes could provide
plenty to like for a team drafting in the middle rounds. Appeared in 51
collegiate games, including four bowl victories. Contributed to Buckeyes' 2014
national championship squad as a freshman. Flashed in final game with a sack
and forced fumble in 24-7 win over USC in Cotton Bowl.

Size demands respect, but teams must decide whether he fits better in 4-3 or
3-4 defensive schemes. Some scouts question effectiveness of rush ability at
NFL level because of lesser speed and quickness. Strength is clear as he is
able to win battles at line of scrimmage, but repertoire is limited to a bull
rush.

Experience and versatility, including comfort level as inside rusher,
justifies Holmes' status as a mid-round pick for team looking for depth and
potential.

8. Duke Ejiofor

Wake Forest

6-3 1/8, 267, 40 time: 4.80

Projection: Third Round

OVERVIEW

Ejiofor earned second-team All-ACC honors after finishing fourth in the
conference with 14.5 tackles for loss as a redshirt senior in 2017. The former
Houston preps standout, whose family hails from Nigeria, tied for third place
in school history with 23.5 career sacks. He was a high jumper in high school
and earned a spot on the honor roll.

Productive in each of his final three seasons with the Demon Deacons, Ejiofor
racked up 4.5 sacks as a sophomore, 10.5 sacks as a junior and 6.5 sacks as a
senior to establish himself as one of the leaders on Wake Forest's defense.
Added 41 tackles for loss in career, including 17 as a junior and 14.5 as a
senior. Finished with four forced fumbles, including two as a junior and two
as a senior.

ANALYSIS

Durability could concern some teams. Injuries cost him nine games, including
first five games in 2015 because of a concussion. Underwent shoulder surgery
after senior season but expected to be healthy for training camp. Athleticism
is not top-tier - appears to have only one speed and frame is maxed out in
terms of growth potential -- but he generates strength from his hands at the
point of attack.

Powerful defender and steady tackler whose rush ability is not considered to
be high end at next level.

9. Kemoko Turay

Rutgers

6-4 5/8, 253, 40 time: 4.65

Projection: Third Round

OVERVIEW

Turay was a late bloomer as a high school senior in Newark, N.J., where he led
the state with 19 sacks. Despite his dominant performance, Rutgers and James
Madison were the only two schools to offer him a scholarship.

He provided the Scarlet Knights with steady production as he finished his
four-year career with 15.5 sacks, 20.5 tackles for loss, three fumble
recoveries and one forced fumble in 44 contests. Turay's final game against
Michigan State was one of his best as he tallied 10 tackles and 5 sacks.

ANALYSIS

Turay has explosiveness off the snap, the primary tell for scouts he has
potential to contribute as an edge defender. Quickly can close the distance on
a running back or quarterback thanks to his lean, athletic frame and top-tier
speed. As a member of the 2017 Academic All-Big Ten team, he is smart and
easily coachable. Pays attention to fundamentals and rarely allows a
ballcarrier to slip through a tackle.

Impressed observers during Senior Bowl practices. Although speed is terrific,
often rushes with an upright, front-facing style that is easier for opponents
to block because he exposes his chest plate and cannot detach. Lean frame
means he can be knocked off his pass rush and forced to try a different route.
Shoulder injuries limited him at times during college career.

10. Tyquan Lewis

Ohio State

6-3 1/4, 269, 40 time: N/A

Projection: Third Round

OVERVIEW

Lewis committed to coach Urban Meyer's program as a coveted, four-star recruit
out of Tarboro, N.C. After playing as a reserve during his freshman year in
Columbus, he came on strong to register 23 sacks and 34 tackles for loss in 40
games during his final three years.

He also notched five forced fumbles and five pass break-ups. He earned
first-team All-Big Ten honors as a senior while playing alongside fellow NFL
prospects Sam Hubbard and Jalyn Holmes.

ANALYSIS

Lewis caught the attention of scouts with refined interior pass rush moves and
the ability to beat guards off the snap. Hand strength also stellar as he
competes at line of scrimmage.

He has been successful at every level of the game. His winning background,
combined with leadership traits displayed as a two-time captain at Ohio State,
could set him apart for NFL teams looking to add depth in the middle rounds.

Some concerns exist about athleticism, which does not jump off tape. Needs to
work on becoming more of a fluid pass rusher and cutting down on wasted motion
that can drain energy. Explosiveness and ability to change direction
considered good but not great. Could struggle against talented tackles.

1 Josh Sweat

Florida State

6-4 3/4, 251, 40 time: 4.53

Projection: Fourth Round

OVERVIEW

Some analysts considered Sweat the No. 1 high school prospect in his class and
almost every college in the country knocked on his door with a scholarship
offer before a knee injury - dislocated knee and torn ACL in his left knee in
Sept. 2014 -- ended his senior season at Oscar Smith High School in
Chesapeake, Va.

He opted for Florida State over Ohio State and Georgia and recovered quickly
enough to start nine games as a freshman in Tallahassee, 10 games as a
sophomore (41 tackles, 15 tackles for loss) and 12 games as a junior in
2017.

He finished with 138 tackles, 24 tackles for loss and 16 sacks -- maybe not
elite production expected from a top-10 recruit, but steady work nonetheless
with skills that translate to the next level.

ANALYSIS

Sweat is fast and lean, built on an NFL frame with the body type that fits
well as a stand-up rusher in a 3-4 defensive scheme. Quickly changes direction
and fully capable of dropping back in coverage when necessary. Foot speed and
long arms gives him above-average range to chase down and wrap up
ballcarriers.

History of knee injuries could scare away some teams. Despite overall speed,
scouts take note of his slow first step off the snap. Needs good coaching to
help him develop better recognition at start of play. Must build better
lower-body strength or risk being overpowered by more physical blockers. He
relies too heavily on his natural ability. Other players in middle rounds
might be safer picks, but his high-ceiling, low-floor variance will be worth
the risk to someone.

12. Andrew Brown

Virginia

6-3 3/8, 296, 40 time: 5.03

Projection: Fourth Round

OVERVIEW

Brown was a heralded high school recruit who was named 2013 Gatorade National
Player of the Year and earned first-team Parade All-America honors as a
senior. A five-star recruit with numerous offers from powerhouse programs, he
chose to stay in-state to play for Virginia, which has produced Chris Long,
Chris Canty and other notable pass rushers.

After starting only one game during first two seasons, he emerged as an
upperclassman for the Cavaliers with 84 tackles, 23.5 tackles for loss and 9.5
sacks over his final two years while lining up all over Virginia's hybrid
front.

ANALYSIS

At nearly 300 pounds, Brown might be suited best as an interior lineman in a
3-4 defensive scheme. Scouts love his tenacity and work ethic, which pays
dividends at the line of scrimmage as he wins battles on second and third
efforts. He lacks outright speed but makes up for it with great snap
recognition and ability to beat opponents off the ball. Ended college career
on upward trajectory.

Some concerns exist about Brown's ability to rush the passer with consistency.
He is viewed more as a run stopper than pass rusher, which does not jive well
with today's pass-heavy pro game. Brown needs to work on developing better
lateral movement, and might never have the burst to chase down opponents with
ease. Size and willingness to work give him a chance to succeed.

13. Chad Thomas

Defensive End, Miami (Fla.)

6-5, 281, 40 time: 4.92

Projection: Fourth Round

OVERVIEW

With asthma and a heart murmur, Thomas started football late but emerged as a
five-star recruit. He chose his hometown Hurricanes in part because of the
acclaimed Frost School of Music - he plays nine instruments and is a hip-hop
producer, going by "Major Nine" (his jersey number).

After playing sparingly as a true freshman, he tallied 18 tackles (5 for
loss) and 0 sack in 13 games (eight starts) in 2015. A full-time starter
from 2016-17, he tallied 78 tackles (23.5 for loss) and 9.0 sacks in that
span.

He shined at the East-West Shrine Game and got a late Senior Bowl call-up but
quickly suffered a groin injury. Among defenders under 285 pounds at the NFL
Scouting Combine, he finished last in the 40-yard dash (4.92 seconds) and
second-to-last in the vertical jump (29").

ANALYSIS

As "body beautiful" as they come, Thomas has prototypical size (6-5, 281
pounds), length (81 ½-inch wingspan) and muscularity. He shows good foot
speed and redirection to bother quarterbacks on stunts and flashes
speed-to-power ability. He also sets a physical edge and tracks the ball well
in the run game.

Thomas' tools simply didn't translate into enough production. He's unrefined
as a rusher, lacking diverse moves or proper hand use. He plays too high at
times and had issues finishing, missing tackles and struggling to flatten his
path to quarterbacks. While a fluid mover, he's not twitchy, showing some
lateral sluggishness.

An underachiever in college, Thomas has tools to be a better pro, but there is
also bust potential. With a lack of explosiveness, he profiles best as a
strong-side 4-3 end or perhaps even a 3-4 end.

14. Breeland Speaks

Ole Miss

6-2 7/8, 283, 40 time: 4.87

Projection: Fourth-Fifth Round

OVERVIEW

Speaks moved from middle linebacker to defensive end as a high senior and
became a four-star recruit. He joined teammate Rod Taylor (late-round 2018 OL
prospect) by staying in-state with the Rebels.

After a redshirt year, Speaks spent two seasons as a part-time starter,
totaling 60 tackles (7.0 for loss) and 2.0 sacks from 2015-16 before breaking
out with 61 tackles (8.0 for loss) and 7.0 sacks in 2017.

At the NFL Scouting Combine, he tied for fourth in the 40-yard dash (4.87
seconds) and vertical jump (32.5") among defenders over 280 pounds.

ANALYSIS

Speaks sports an impressive combination of size (6-2 7/8, 283 pounds), length
(33 3/4" arms) and athleticism, leading to some outstanding plays on film. He
carries his weight well and shows good burst and heavy hands. As his tackle
numbers indicate, he finds and pursues the ball well, giving great effort and
finishing with a physical edge. He also lined up all over the Rebels' D-line.

Speaks has a long way to go. Long-legged, he usually plays too high, letting
blockers into his chest and lacking hand techniques to shed quickly. He shows
poor discipline against the run at times and gets washed out of lanes. As a
rusher, he mostly ad-libs and relies on physical traits. Other concerns
include borderline-dirty play, practice habits and off-field decisions (DUI
arrest in March 2016).

Very raw, Speaks shows enticing flashes amid far too many negatives plays. He
projects as a boom-or-bust 3-4 end or strong-side 4-3 end who moves inside on
passing downs.

15. Kylie Fitts

Utah

6-3 ¾, 263, 40 time: 4.69

Projection: Fifth Round

OVERVIEW

A four-star high school recruit, Fitts committed verbally to Southern Cal but
backed out when the Trojans didn't want him to enroll early. He chose UCLA but
transferred to Utah after one year.

After sitting out 2014, he tallied 40 tackles (7.0 for loss), 7.0 sacks, four
forced fumbles and 10 passes defensed in 2015. A foot injury ended his 2016
season after two games and he battled other ailments in 2017, totaling 27
tackles (6.0 for loss) and 4.5 sacks in 12 games over those two years.

After an up-and-down Senior Bowl week, he starred at the NFL Scouting Combine.
He finished ninth among edge defenders in the 40-yard dash (4.69 seconds) and
tied for first in the 3-cone drill (6.88 seconds) and short shuttle (4.19
seconds). His 31 bench-press reps tied to lead all participants under 300
pounds.

ANALYSIS

Fitts looked like a future early-round pick while hounding quarterbacks in
2015, with measurables to match. He has a great combination of size (6-3 3/4,
263 pounds), length (33" arms), power, speed and quickness. His lower body is
twitchy, and he shows active hands to beat offensive tackles and to bat
passes.

Injuries are Fitts' primary concern, as he has an extensive list of ailments,
many of them recent. He is a tad stiffer than testing indicates, lacking great
fluidity despite his suddenness. He also must strengthen his lower half to set
a better edge and needs better awareness against the run.

The best version of a fully-healthy Fitts could be great, but holes in his
game and medical concerns make for a low floor.

16. Dorance Armstrong Jr.

Kansas

6-3 3/8, 257, 40 time: 4.87

Projection: Fifth Round

OVERVIEW

A three-sport athlete who gave up baseball but won a state title in
basketball, Armstrong Jr. attracted interest from Michigan State, Kentucky and
multiple Texas schools. He committed to Kansas as a 220-pound pass rusher when
the Jayhawks promised the Houstonian he could remain a defensive end.

Armstrong started the final five games of the 2015 season and had 23 tackles
and 5.0 tackles for loss. He was first-team All-Big 12 as a sophomore with
20.0 tackles for loss and 10.0 sacks and earned second-team all-conference in
2017 with 63 tackles and 9.0 tackles for loss. Armstrong opted to skip his
senior season and enter the NFL draft.

ANALYSIS

With 29 career starts and 34.0 tackles for loss (142 total tackles), Armstrong
was undoubtedly productive, but finding an ideal fit at the next level is
complicated. He lacks ideal size and length to be a base defensive end in the
4-3 and isn't experienced in a 3-4 rush package. However, he has experience
dropping and was not a coverage liability in short zones.

His feet never stop and Armstrong uses his leverage to his advantage. Strong
enough to stack and shed to get to the ball going away from him and easily
bends to snap around blocks and pressure the pocket. Massive NFL blockers will
erase him easily, however, and playing from a wide set in a scheme such as the
Philadelphia Eagles or San Diego Chargers may prove the best fit.

17. Marquis Haynes

Ole Miss

6-2 3/8, 235, 40 time: 4.67

Projection: Sixth Round

OVERVIEW

Haynes committed to North Carolina out of high school, but low ACT scores
forced him to Fork Union Military Academy for the 2013 season before he
improved his grades and wound up at Mississippi.

He was a very productive defensive end in all four seasons in Oxford, with at
least 31 tackles, 9.0 tackles for loss, 7.0 sacks and three forced fumbles in
each campaign. He earned second-team All-SEC honors in 2015 (16.5 TFLs, 10.0
sacks) and 2017 (10 TFLs, 7.5 sacks).

He showed off explosiveness at the Senior Bowl before impressing at the NFL
Scouting Combine in the 40-yard dash (4.67 seconds, eighth among edge
defenders) and broad jump (10 feet, three inches, third).

ANALYSIS

Haynes thrives as a pass-rusher, producing 32.0 career sacks with first-step
burst, lateral quickness and flexibility to threaten the edge. He flashes the
ability convert speed to power with surprising effectiveness for his size (235
pounds). He hunts the ball (12 forced fumbles), is durable (played in 50
straight games) and was also a team captain in 2017.

Haynes is a one-dimensional player. With a scrawny lower half, he's not at all
prepared to hold up against NFL run games, regularly getting overpowered and
giving up the edge. His size suggests a move to linebacker, though he has no
experience dropping in coverage. He also needs more polish to regularly
threaten NFL tackles as a rusher.

Haynes profiles as a 3-4 outside 'backer, but he'll likely be just a
situational rusher until his play strength improves.

18. Kentavius Street

NC State

6-2 ¼, 280, 40 time: 4.87

Projection: Sixth Round

OVERVIEW

Street was the No. 2-rated high school prospect in the state of North Carolina
as a senior, but the self-proclaimed "momma's boy" chose NC State over other
big programs to stay near family.

A reserve defensive end in 2014, he moved to defensive tackle for 10 starts in
2015 before bumping back outside as a junior. In his final two seasons, he
tallied 69 tackles (15.5 for loss) and 9.0 sacks in 25 starts at end.

While three fellow Wolfpack D-linemen got Senior Bowl invites, Street did not,
but he looked like one of the best players on the field during East-West
Shrine week in St. Petersburg.

ANALYSIS

A weight-room animal, Street boasts a thick, muscular build. He translates
size into power as a bull rusher and at the point of attack, flashing the
ability to control blockers. He moves well for his size and occasionally
employs an effective spin move or counter as a rusher. Having played defensive
tackle and bumped inside on some third downs, he's also shown versatility.

Street's strength belies his inconsistency against the run. He has relatively
short arms (32 7/8 inches) and doesn't use them well, letting blockers into
his body. Without great height (6-2 1/4), he's often late to see the
ballcarrier and shed to make the play. He also lacks a plan as a pass-rusher
and doesn't regularly threaten the edge.

Surrounded by talent at NC State, Street's production wasn't ideal, but his
dominance at the East-West Shrine game is promising. He profiles as a
rotational strong-side 4-3 end with interior pass-rush potential.

19. Ade Aruna

Tulane

6-5, 262, 40 time: 4.60

Projection: Sixth Round

OVERVIEW

A native of Nigeria, Aruna arrived in the United States to follow his dream of
playing basketball collegiately and professionally. However, once a football
coach convinced him to give football a try, Aruna attended various camps on
college campuses to learn a game that he had never played. The tall, sinewy
athlete eventually transferred to a high school in Northern Illinois that
offered both sports. Aruna starred in basketball and football as a senior and
chose Tulane over offers from Mississippi State and other FBS programs.

After redshirting to qualify academically and gradually progressing as a
player, he had his most productive season as a junior with 43 tackles, 10.0
tackles for loss and 5.0 sacks, setting the stage for an even bigger senior
year. However, Tulane implemented more of a 3-4 base defensive scheme, hiding
Aruna's talents as an outside pass rusher stuck inside or over the offensive
tackle.

ANALYSIS

Aruna can do some freaky things for a player his size. Lower body explosion?
Check (confirmed by his 38 ½-inch vertical). Initial speed? Check (59
10-yard split). Gliding speed to wrap the corner and finish? Check (4.60
40-yard dash). Along with this 34-inch arms, Aruna has the testing numbers
that teams covet at pass rusher.

However, his tape shows a very raw player who is still patching together how
to use all of his gifts in unison to consistently rush the passer. While he
isn't ready to help an NFL team right now, Aruna is an intriguing
developmental pick on day three who could grow into a big-time player.

20. John Franklin-Myers

Stephen F. Austin

6-4, 283, 40 time: 4.75

Projection: Seventh Round

OVERVIEW

Playing for a team (Greenville High in Greenville,Texas) that went 0-40 in his
high school career, Franklin-Myers drew little recruiting attention and wound
up with the Lumberjacks.

He had 43 tackles (9.5 for loss) and 6.0 sacks through two seasons as
primarily a reserve (19 games, four starts). In his final two seasons, he
collected 87 tackles (28.0 for loss), 15 sacks and five forced fumbles.

He was active at the NFLPA Collegiate Bowl (seven tackles, 0 for loss,
batted pass) and showed well all-around at the NFL Scouting Combine, finishing
top-10 among D-linemen in every drill but the bench press, including fifth in
the 40-yard dash (4.75 seconds).

ANALYSIS

Even without top-level production at a small school, Franklin-Myers wields
major physical gifts. He's big (6-4, 283 pounds) with a thick lower half,
showing anchoring power and heavy hands. He moves well for his size despite
playing near 300 in the past, flashing build-up speed and decent lateral
agility. He also has experience lining up in multiple spots, and coaches laud
his effort and character.

However, Franklin-Myers is still a project. He is gifted but not explosive and
might be best off bulking up to play 3-4 end. He's very raw, playing upright,
rushing without a plan and struggling to find the ball. Though he mashed
weaker opponents, he rarely uses his length to control blockers, and he gives
up more against the run than his strength would suggest.

With much more potential than polish, Franklin-Myers could be a nice
developmental piece, but he'll probably never be a dynamic rusher.

2 Marcell Frazier

Missouri

6-4, 261, 40 time: 4.77

Projection: Seventh Round

OVERVIEW

The latest pass rusher out of the Mizzou pipeline, Frazier took a twisting
road to Columbia. He signed with UNLV out of high school, but an issue with
one of his classes left him ineligible.

After a short stay at Iowa Western Junior College, Frazier spent the 2014
season at the College of the Siskiyous in northern California, using his one
season there to leap to the FBS, signing with Missouri. Often overshadowed by
Charles Harris with the Tigers, Frazier had his chance to shine as a senior in
2017 with 15.5 tackles for loss and 7.0 sacks.

ANALYSIS

Frazier looks the part with a large, well-constructed frame and pounces out of
his stance to quickly create his path to the quarterback.

He loves to drop his pads and barrel through edge blockers, extending into his
target with contact balance and pop to generate movement. Effort isn't a
question, but Frazier needs to add more to his bag of tricks as a rusher to
better counter and defeat blocks when his initial quickness or power isn't
effective.

Frazier won't be a first-round pick like the Mizzou rushers that came before
him (Harris, Shane Ray, Aldon Smith), but he will be picked on day three and
have a good chance to out-play his draft slot.

--Field Level Media

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