2019-04-28 12:00:221 Oct 2018 01:53 AM EST
-by Daniel Mogollon, Staff Writer; Image: Houston defensive lineman Ed Oliver makes tackle against USF. (Image Source: Brian Bianco/Getty Images)
9. Buffalo Bills: DT Ed Oliver, Houston
There range of the opinion in Ed Oliver’s upside is wide, as some believe he was in the conversation for top prospect in this class and others view his skills as replicable with players available later in the draft. Undersized (287 pounds) but strong, the Houston product is explosive with a very quick first step. He’s a one-gap lineman who should fit well as Buffalo’s three-technique where his athleticism can be taken advantage of.
10. Pittsburgh Steelers: ILB Devin Bush, Michigan
This is one of my favorite picks of the first round. Devin Bush is short at 5’11” but otherwise he has it all. A true modern linebacker. The Michigan man checks all the boxes. He covers sideline-to-sideline against the run, is agile in coverage, and has great timing when asked to blitz. He’s a top-notch athlete with off the charts numbers when it comes to measuring his speed, quickness, and explosiveness. More importantly, he’s a baller.
11. Cincinnati Bengals: OT Jonah Williams, Alabama
We get it. He’s light (302 pounds) and has short arms (33 5/8”) for an offensive tackle. But he can play! At Alabama, Jonah Williams showed the agility to take care of edge rushers, which is why talk of shifting him inside is premature. With the ability to anchor and the necessary knee bend, he deserves a chance to prove he can play tackle. The technique is there in pass pro, as is the power as a run blocker. Really like this pick.
12. Green Bay Packers: DE Rashan Gary, Michigan
This feels like a boom-or-bust pick for the Packers. The No. 1 recruit coming out of high school was good but not great at Michigan. Rashan Gary is blessed with elite speed and agility for a D-lineman. He’s quick and explosive. If Packers fans are looking for reasons why Gary will finally play up to his potential it’s positional. With his length, strength, and massive wingspan Gary’s best position might be as an interior lineman. He could flourish as a five technique.
13. Miami Dolphins: DT Christian Wilkins, Clemson
A powerful interior lineman, Christian Wilkins tips the scales at 315 pounds with excellent upper-body strength. However, he lacks ideal athleticism and didn’t test very well at the NFL Scouting Combine. Maybe not ultra-quick, but Wilkins is slippery. More importantly, he’s technically sound. The hope in South Beach is the ACC product can be plugged into their defensive line to improve one of the worst rush defenses in the NFL.
14. Atlanta Falcons: OG Chris Lindstrom, Boston College
A versatile lineman, Chris Lindstrom can play guard or tackle, with his home in the NFL probably along the interior of the line. A major position of need for the Falcons who struggled in pass protection last season. Lindstrom is undersized (6’ ¾”/308) but he has long arms and is extremely athletic for a guard. The BC man can really run and is explosive, with very nimble feet. His measurables are comparable to a D-lineman, which is why while this could be viewed as a bit of a reach at No. 14, his ceiling might warrant this slotting.
Daniel Mogollon is a member of the Pro Football Writers of America and the Football Writers Association of America. He is also a voter for the Thorpe and the Rotary Lombardi Award, as well as the Latino Sports MVP Awards. You can reach him via email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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