(23) Tytus Howard, OT, Alabama St
(54) Lonnie Johnson, CB, Kentucky
(55) Max Scharping, OT, Nothern Illinois
(86) Kahale Warring, TE, San Diego St
(161) Charles Omenihu, DE, Texas
(195) Xavier Crawford, CB, Central Michigan
(220) Cullen Gillaspia, RB, Texas A&M
I correctly had the Texans taking OT Tytus Howard in my mock draft...but not in the 1st round. It's a sure reach but if Howard plays reasonably well, it's obviously a good pick. They came back quickly with another potentially blue chip OL in Scharping. Both will be slated to start early on. CB Johnson is an elite athlete but doesn't know how to play CB. He's a significant boom or bust candidate.
TE Warring fills a need and has a lot of upside. He's a complete TE that is raw but could grow into a rock solid starter. DE Omenihu is a solid mid round pick that adds depth and insurance upfront. Late round CB Crawford might be a better player than 2nd rounder Johnson. He's another solid developmental prospect. UDFA RB Higdon is a guy I'd wager becoming one of the biggest steals of the draft. He's a sturdy guy with vision and short area explosion that should find a role in the backfield on the 53.
(34) Rock Ya-sin, CB, Temple
(49) Ben Bangogu, OLB, TCU
(59) Parris Campbell, WR, Ohio St
(89) Bobby Okereke, LB, Stanford
(109) Khari Willis, S, Michigan St
(144) Marvell Tell, S, USC
(164) E.J. Speed, OLB, Tarleton St
(199) Gerri Green, OLB, Mississippi St
(240) Jackson Barton, OT, Utah
(246) Javon Patterson, OC, Ole Miss
WR Penny Hart, Georgia State
RB Aeris Williams, Mississippi State
CB Jamal Peters, Mississippi State
WR Justin Mcinnis, Arkansas State
LS Owen Gilbert, Marian
OL Shakir Carr, Central Michigan
WR Ryheem Malone, Louisiana-Lafayette
OL Tanner Farmer, Nebrask
TE Hale Hentges, Alabama
DT Jordan Thompson, Northwestern
WR Ashton Dulin, Malone
CB Shak Taylor, Kansas
S Corey Turner, Louisiana-Lafayette
I liked the Colts depth at CB going into this draft so I'm a little puzzled at the Rock Ya-Sin pick. The Temple CB is a ready to play press corner prospect but the Colts ran a lot of zone last year and have decent depth already at the position. There also in a division that's dominated by formidable running attacks and mobile QBs, not necessarily high powered pass offenses.
OLB Bangogu was one of the most overrated prospects in this class, imo. He's a workout warrior that feasted as a clean up guy at TCU. WR Campbell brings much needed chunk play ability besides Hilton but he's still a project as a complete WR. He's essentially an all purpose threat until he tightens up his route running and ball skills.
LB Okereke's a solid mid rounder that could push for a bigger role early. DB's Willis and Tell are pro caliber athletes but marginal pro prospects. I think both were overdrafted here. LB's Speed and Green are decent developmental types. OL Barton and Patterson are camp material late fliers. Of the UDFA's I was a fan of RB Williams and WR Hart. Williams is a solid complete RB but just lacks a lot of speed. Hart has more than enough speed but sketchy hands.
(7) Josh Allen, OLB, Kentucky
(35) Jawaan Taylor, OT, Florida
(69) Josh Oliver, TE, San Jose St
(98) Quincy Williams, S, Murray St
(140) Ryquell Armstead, RB, Temple
(178) Gardner Minshew, QB, Washington St
(235) Dontavius Russell, DT, Auburn
WR Tyre Brady, Marshall
WR Michael Walker, BC
CB Saivion Smith, Alabama
OG Bunchy Stallings, Kentucky
OT Donnell Greene, Minnesota
S Zedric Woods, Ole Miss
LB Joe Giles-Harris, Duke
CB Brandon Watson, Michigan
TE Carson Meier, Oklahoma
DT Roderick Young, North Texas
WR Jeff Smith, BC
LB Connor Strachan, BC
DL Shane Bowman, Washington
WR Dredrick Snelson, UCF
The Jaguars planned to play rookie Josh Allen on the edge where he excelled as a senior, rotating with starters Ngakoue and elder vet Campbell, but the announcement by WLB Telvin Smith might change up that plan. Allen's a versatile defender in the mold of LB Jamir Miller or LB Jamie Collins and played plenty off ball LB at Kentucky but wasn't a top ten pick because of his play in space. OL Taylor was a good scheme fit and a good value in the 2nd. I feel he might be better suited for OG, but the Jags could use improvement at either position.
Receiving TE Oliver is an intriguing talent. His mobility and ball skills are top notch but he wasn't a go to force at Fresno and his blocking at times was embarrassing. I thought the Jags sorely needed playmakers out of this draft and Oliver isn't enough. S Quincy Williams is a swing for the fences pick. He's a one year wonder undersized LB with pro traits but wasn't considered much more than a priority free agent by most.
RB Armstead is a physical fast runner with average vision. He's a solid back up RB prospect. I was a huge stan for QB Minshew after his breakout year at WSU. He's easily a better back up than Cody Kessler and I guy I'd wager outplaying his draft position. DT Russell was a steal in the 7th. UDFA's CB Smith, WR Brady and OG Stallings are solid bets to make the roster.
(19) Jeffery Simmons, DE, Mississippi St
(51) A.J. Brown, WR, Ole Miss
(82) Nate Davis, OG, North Carolina-Charlotte
(116) Amani Hooker, S, Iowa
(188) David Long Jr, LB, West Virginia
DE Amani Bledsoe, Oklahoma
WR Anthony Ratliff-Williams, UNC
OLB Derick Roberson, Sam Houston St.
CB Taj-Amir Torres, Boston College
WR Isaac Zico, Purdue
S JoJo Tillery, Wofford
CB Hamp Cheevers Boston College
T Cody Conway Syracuse
S Jonathan Crawford (Indiana
T A.T. Hall Stanford
NT Braxton Hoyett Mississippi State
DT Isaiah Mack Tenn. Chattanooga
Simmons essentially becomes another 1st rounder next season after a likely redshirt this year. The consensus top ten pick would 've been long gone if not for his injury. The character incident in his past apparently wasn't a deal breaker for most teams; since that incident and video surfaced it seems he's been a model college citizen.
WR AJ Brown in the second was an ideal fit. He's a move the chains guy and a yard after the catch performer that that offense absolutely needed. He could easily become the #1 WR as a rookie. OG Nate Davis was a bulldozer of an interior guard prospect. He fits the offense especially well. S Hooker is a well rounded defender that's comfortable as a single high safety, slot defender, or in the box.
LB Long Jr was a big time value in the 6th. He's a quick, explosive linear player that plays much faster than he timed. He's a see it, destroy type that needs better discipline and functional strength. I was a fan of UDFA's RB Alex Barnes and WR Isaac Zico. Barnes is a size/speed back with good upside and Zico is a quick chain mover that can be a factor after the catch.