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NFL Draft Off the Clock (Picks 15-20): Dwayne Haskins, Brian Burns, Dexter Lawrence, Garrett Bradbury, Jeffery Simmons, Noah Fant
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29 Apr 2019 02:05 PM EST

-by Daniel Mogollon, Staff Writer; Image: Ohio State quarterback Dwayne Haskins attempts pass. (Image Source: Getty Images)

Here’s a breakdown of picks 15-20 of the 2019 NFL Draft (Picks: 1-4, 5-8, 9-14):

15. Washington Redskins: QB Dwayne Haskins, Ohio State

It seems media members and—if reports are to be believed—at least one NFL owner are bigger fans of Dwayne Haskins than scouts. Many media types had the OSU product as the top QB prospect in this class and it’s believed this pick was made by Dan Snyder not the personnel people. That must make Washington fans all warm and fuzzy inside. This is not to say that the local product doesn’t have talent. He does. Haskins has excellent size with a very strong arm and is an accurate passer. With Alex Smith’s career in doubt, Washington needed to look towards the future and the presence of Case Keenum means they can show patience with Haskins.

16. Carolina Panthers: OLB Brian Burns, Florida State

While the Panthers have a pair of solid ends, both Mario Addison and Bruce Irvin are scheduled to be free agents following the season, which made getting an edge rusher a need heading into the draft. That’s presuming Carolina will make Brian Burns a defensive end, although some have speculated his best position might be off linebacker. An elite athlete with a tremendous wingspan and excellent length, the only piece he lacks is bulk, which could come into play in the trenches. At FSU, Burns excelled as a pass rusher and the Panthers struggled in the sack department in 2018.

17. New York Giants: NT Dexter Lawrence, Clemson

Nose tackles don’t grow on trees which is why the G-Men threw a ton of money at Damon Harrison as a free agent a couple of years ago. Harrison was traded last season and their run defense subsequently suffered. At 342 pounds, Dexter Lawrence has the size needed to man the middle. He’s not just massive, Lawrence has the type of long arms, upper-body strength, and big hands to really flourish battling in the trenches. The addition of Lawrence should allow Dalvin Tomlinson to shift back to the 5-technique.

18. Minnesota Vikings: C Garrett Bradbury, NC State

Kirk Cousins took most of the blame, but the offensive line was the big problem in Minnesota last season. The run game was non-existent and pass protection was inconsistent. Ideally, Garrett Bradbury takes over at center with Pat Elflein shifting outside to guard. The Remington Award winner is a plus athlete, especially when compared to other interior linemen. He flourishes in pass protection. Not just athletic, Bradbury is also a technician, strong, and tough. Great pick.

19. Tennessee Titans: DT Jeffery Simmons, Mississippi State

Had Jeffery Simmons not tore his ACL in February, had he not had any off-field concerns (incident from when he was a high schooler), it’s very well possible he could have gone in the top five. Some believe Simmons was the top talent in this class. He doesn’t fill a pressing need and may not contribute much as a rookie, but his high ceiling was too much for the Titans to pass up at this point in the draft. He has a good frame, excellent length, plays strong, with one-gap quickness, as well as pass-rush potential.

20. Denver Broncos: TE Noah Fant, Iowa

The Hawkeye is probably the most athletic tight end in this class. Noah Fant can run like a receiver, change directions like a running back, with superb explosiveness and leaping ability. That’s a good thing, because he’s basically a super-sized wide out. Look for Fant to do most of his work lined up outside or in the slot, but don’t expect him to be a traditional in-line tight end or make much of an impact as a blocker. He can stretch the field, is smooth with the football, and can make the tough catch. Consistency can be an issue, as he drops the easy ones from time-to-time.

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: danmogollon@gmail.com.

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