2019-04-30 15:54:001 Oct 2018 01:53 AM EST
-by Daniel Mogollon, Staff Writer; Image: Maryland safety Darnell Savage defends pass. (Image Source: Stacy Revere/Getty Images)
21. Green Bay Packers: S Darnell Savage, Maryland
At 5’11 and 198 pounds, Darnell Savage is an undersized safety and he isn’t very strong, even compared to other defensive backs. However, he makes up for it with elite speed and explosiveness. He really impressed with his 4.36 speed at the NFL Scouting Combine, as well as with his 39 ½” vertical and 10’6” broad jump. Savage is at his best when in attack mode. That means downhill to get to the ball carrier against the run, as well as taking risks in coverage to make plays on the football with the ball skills to following through. Adding Savage along with Adrian Amos, the Packers could have one of the top safety duos in the NFL.
22. Philadelphia Eagles: OT Andre Dillard, Washington State
Considered by many to be the top tackle in this class, the Philadelphia Eagles appeared to get a good value pick here even though it doesn’t fill an immediate need with Lane Johnson and Jason Peters at tackle. While Johnson is locked up for another three seasons, the 37-year old Peters is playing on a one-year deal. Andre Dillard is an experienced prospect who is also an elite athlete on the edge. With his agility and quickness, Dillard has the potential to be a top-notch pass blocker and blindside protector. The only concern is that he has short arms and small hands, which could be a problem against bull rushers.
23. Houston Texans: OT Tytus Howard, Alabama State
Many of you probably said, “who?” when this pick was made and while it was a bit of a reach, scouts were very well aware of this small school prospect who was projected as a second rounder. He’s small school, but Tytus Howard has very good size with large hands. While he’s athletic, there are concerns regarding Howard’s upper-body strength and agility, as he makes a major step up in competition. They've failed in keeping Deshaun Watson clean so addressing the O-line in Round 1 makes sense for the Texans.
24. Oakland Raiders: RB Josh Jacobs, Alabama
A backup at Alabama, Josh Jacobs flashed enough during his time in Tuscaloosa to impress scouts, as he established himself as the No. 1 runner during the draft process. He’s well built at 220 pounds with big, strong hands. In addition to his running ability, what makes Jacobs the first back off the board is his upside as a pass catcher and ability in pass protection. In today’s NFL, that’s a premium. Considering his all-around ability and the Raiders lack of a running game you can see the case for Jacobs here, maybe. Many believe a team with so many needs shouldn’t use a first rounder on a runner.
25. Baltimore Ravens: WR Marquise Brown, Oklahoma
They call him Hollywood because he can it light up and is a highlight waiting to happen. Marquise Brown is only 5’9” and tips the scales at just 166 pounds, so he’s not the prototype, but boy can he run. Brown might have been the fastest player in this draft, although we didn’t get to see him run at the combine do to a foot injury, which certainly didn’t help his draft stock. Not just a diminutive slot receiver or gadget guy, Brown is a legit deep threat who understands how to run routes, and when to use his speed with the ability to make plays after the catch.
26. Washington Redskins: OLB Montez Sweat, Mississippi State
Really love the value with this selection for Washington. At 6’6” with an 84 ¾” wingspan, Montez Sweat has the prototypical length for an edge rusher. If offensive lineman can’t get into his body, Sweat will beat them with his elite athleticism. His numbers at the NFL Scouting Combine were off the charts. The SEC product ran a 4.41 40-yard dash (that’s not a typo) with a 10’5” broad jump. Not just straight-line speed, Sweat is agile and explosive. A heart condition caused concerns and a drop out of the top 10.
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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