This is after the 2019 NFL Combine, but the big boards haven’t been updated, but we do have a lot more info on these guys raw data. The trade today very realistic, so no concerns there.
These are not intended as a prediction of what will happen, they are merely a vehicle to look at different players that the front office may be looking at. With that, I will probably change who I draft just about every time, just to take a little bit closer look at more players at different levels of the draft at different positions. I will also trade out of the 1st every time I publish one of these. There are plenty of other places where you can learn about the first round and even the top of the second, here we want to look at all the other guys. In the end, we may find some draft “crushes” and know more names throughout the draft.
Big Board Order
I use a different big board just about every time. None of them is perfect and I realize that none of them match. Some guys will go higher and some guys will go lower. The point is that we take a look at lots of guys, so don’t get too hung up on where someone is drafted.
Today’s was from Matt Miller of Bleacher Report.
I use fanspeak to simulate the drafts. I paid for the premium edition, so it lets me do trades. I realize that many trades aren’t realistic, but based on my wish to look at more possible players, I don’t care either.
I am not a scout, nor do I pretend to be. I will give my thought process on drafting a guy, but will link and copy to other scouts and give you what they think of him, which is probably much higher quality than what you would get from me.
Here is my draft for today. I am super happy with it:
Seattle sends picks 1:21 to CAR for picks 2.15, 3.13, 3.36 and 4.13
That is 800 draft points to 799 draft points, so a very even trade.
R2.15: N’Keal Harry, WR, ASU
R3.13: Kahale Warring, TE, SDSU
R3.20: Gary Johnson, LB, Texas
R3.36: Anthony Nelson, DE, Iowa
R4.13: Darnell Savage Jr, FS, Maryland
R4.22: Jordan Miller, CB, Washington
R5.21: Renell Wren, DT, ASU
Seahawks at pick 2.15 (from CAR) select: N’KEAL HARRY, WR, ASU
Measurements: 6-2 228, 33” Arms, 9.5” Hands
Testing: 4.53 40, 27 bench, 38.5” vert, 122” broad
You thought I would only take high end defenders in this area? The run on edge and other defenders up until this point will allow some really high end talent guys to drop. Harry is a potential #1 WR, something we don’t really have right now.
Back-shoulder boss who thrives with contested catch opportunities outside the numbers but lacks explosive traits. Harry’s ability to body-up opponents and win with ball skills is undeniable, but his inability to find a threatening top gear or shake loose from tight man coverage must be accounted for within his new employer’s scheme. His experience playing inside should help and teams will love his impact as a run-blocker. His competitiveness and ability to come down with the ball could make him a productive member of wide receiver trio in short order.
Seahawks pick at 3.13 (from CAR): KAHALE WARRING, TE, SDSU
Measurements: 6-5 252, 32.75” arms, 9.75” hands
Testing: 4.67 40, 19 bench, 36.5” vert, 122” broad, 7.21 3-cone, 4.35 SS, 11.72 LS
Still developing TE with the perfect combination of size, skill and work ethic.
One of the biggest “‘arrow pointing up” prospects in the class, San Diego State’s run-heavy offense utilized Kahale Warring sparingly, but when he did get opportunities, the former water polo and basketball standout was highly impressive.
Warring has the quickness and speed of a big wide receiver, but the length of a tight end and the biceps of a greek god. His routes and releases are already surprisingly polished, and while he can improve a bit as a blocker and continue to sharpen his ball skills, the work ethic and football character attributed to him at San Diego State bodes well for him reaching his high ceiling. Time this man gets the love he deserves as a top 100 prospect.
Seahawks select at 3.20: GARY JOHNSON, LB, TEXAS
Measurements: 6-0 226, 31.25” arms, 10.25” hands
Testing: 4.43 40, 16 bench, 33.5” vert, 121” broad, 7.15 3-cone, 4.57 SS
Speed and effort LB who will need time to develop into a SAM or WILL and overcome his lack of size.
PROS: Extremely high effort player, hard pursuit who works as hard as anyone on the field. Good blitzer in space, closes pocket well. Pretty good lateral movement necessary for the linebacker position. Can side step potential blockers to avoid and continue attacking ball carrier. Aware player who can finish blitzes and play in space. Can block destruct and shed.
CONS: Needs to shed blocks in a more immediate way, and can be slower to react. Has a tough time sifting through the trash in pursuit. Doesn’t attack the line of scrimmage and plus gaps very well. Can take questionable paths to the ball. Will get stoned in pass rush and doesn’t have any counters. Can be too patient before reacting.
Seahawks select at 3.36 (from CAR): ANTHONY NELSON, DE, IOWA
Measurements: 6-7 271, 34 7/8” arms, 9 7/8” hands
Testing: 4.82 40, 18 bench, 35.5” vert, 118” broad, 6.95 3-cone, 4.23 SS, 3.12 TEF
A DE prospect who is still growing into his frame. A high floor and ceiling pick.
Promising 4-3 defensive end prospect with outstanding length, good quickness and a play motor that keeps humming from snap to snap. Nelson needs to add play strength and learn to leverage his length to unlock his intriguing potential as a pass rusher. Teams could be tempted to play him inside in odd fronts, but he might not have the strength or physicality to handle that early on. His areas of concern are mostly correctable for a traits-based prospect with the potential for rapid improvement as a future starter.
Seahawks select at 4.13 (from CAR): DARNELL SAVAGE JR, FS, MARYLAND
Measurements: 5-11 198, 31” arms, 9 1/8” hands
Testing: 4.36 40, 11 bench, 39.5” vert, 126” broad, 7.03 3-cone, 4.14 SS
Pure coverage FS that can blanket the whole back end with all of the instincts and speed necessary to be a starter.
Savage will offer an interesting litmus test for how teams value instincts, IQ and coverage quickness against size. He sports a compact frame with a muscular build, but lacks desired height for downfield challenges and size for volume tackling. However, his sticky cover skills and ability to close on throws from all areas of the field are valuable commodities that should not be undervalued. Savage could be targeted as a hybrid defender offering two-high zone or slot cover talent.
Seahawks select at 4.22: JORDAN MILLER, CB, WASHINGTON
Measurements: 6-1 186, 32 7/8” arms, 9 5/8” hands
Testing: 4.49 40, 6 bench, 37” vert, 125” broad
The prototype CB who is still recovering his speed and quickness from a dislocated ankle and broken fibula during his Junior year. Expect him to instantly fight for a starting slot CB spot when we can’t re-sign Coleman.
Miller looked like an all-conference performer for the first seven games of the 2017 season, starting each contest, posting 23 tackles and intercepting two passes. However, he injured his left leg at Arizona State, ending his season prematurely. Miller returned to start 12 contests in 2018, posting 26 tackles, two for loss, two interceptions, six pass breakups, and two forced fumbles. The All-San Diego Section pick and track star from Oceanside played as a reserve in all 13 games for the Huskies as a true freshman (five tackles, one interception) and all 14 games as sophomore (seven tackles, one INT).
Seahawks select at 5.21: RENELL WREN, DT, ASU
Measurements: 6-5, 318, 33 7/8” arms, 10” hands
Testing: 5.01 40, 30 bench, 32” vert, 118” broad, 7.65 3-cone, 4.53 SS, 3.45 TEF
A big developmental DT who could end up as a solid 3-tech.
Enticing prospect offering size, strength and athleticism to entice NFL general managers who covet elite traits over college production. Wren’s play was uneven while aligned on the nose in 2018, but he should benefit from a move to defensive tackle in an odd or even front as a pro. The cheat code in unlocking his ability and production might rest in a team’s ability to correct his hands and feet while improving recognition. With all things considered, “boom or bust” might be an appropriate tag for him.