Day 2 of the NFL 2019 Draft should see the pbad hunters fly off the shelves.
By Cam Mellor & bullet;
April 26, 2019September 1, 2018; Houston, TX, USA; Mississippi Rebels wide receiver A.J. Brown (1) celebrates his touchdown reception against the Texas Tech Red Raiders in the third quarter at NRG Stadium. Obligatory credit: Thomas B. Shea-USA TODAY Sports
The first round of the NFL Draft in 2019 came in an avalanche and made history with the selection of Kyler Murray of Arizona for the first time in the general. With a large number of defensive players captured (17 in total, the third most in the common draft era), that meant that an offensive position would certainly be excluded.
DRAFT LIVE ANALYSIS FOR THE 7 ROUNDS
Of the 15 offensive players selected, only four of them were pbaders and only two of them were wide receivers. Both closed ends of Iowa, Noah Fant and T.J. Hockenson heard that their names were called early, as predicted, but it was not until the 25th pick that the first receiver heard his name when the Baltimore Ravens selected Marquise Brown. N'Keal Harry of Arizona State completed the first round when he went to the New England Patriots on Pick 32, which indicates that the receivers' race could come just as the clock begins to set the pace of the Arizona Cardinals. Friday night with the Pick 33.
Therefore, with a furious race for the pbad receivers expected in Rounds 2 and 3, we describe who should, in all likelihood, hear their names called on Friday.
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Of our 15 main receivers heading to the draft, Brown and Harry represented our ranked players No. 5 and No. 8, respectively, and it is very likely that the run at the receivers will begin with the Ole Miss duo. D.K. Metcalf and A.J. Brown are the first two recipients remaining in our recruitment board. Metcalf has all the measurables to be a true "X" receiver despite the poor production of the university, and Brown can win in the field and dominate the slot with the Rebels.
After Metcalf and Brown, we have been extremely tall in J.J. from Stanford. Arcega-Whiteside throughout the off-season. His contested capture skills are second to none in the clbad. Andy Isabella is a talented small school who showed his prowess on the big stage when he dismantled Georgia High School while at UMbad. From there, our ranking begins to see players jump, as the great box of Hakeem Butler (6 feet-5, 227 pounds) and the ability to return Deebo Samuel should keep their names largely in conversation Front-end for Round 2.
The Ohio State receiver duo are also viable candidates for early picks on Friday night. Terry McLaurin has deep speed and crisp routes, and teammate Parris Campbell had the best 40-yard career time in the combine. Riley Ridley, of Georgia, may be the best road racer in the clbad, but lacks top-level speed, similar to his brother Calvin, while Toledo's Diontae Johnson suffered a quarterback loss during his last season in Toledo.
Kelvin Harmon, Miles Boykin and Emanuel Hall complete the rest of our top 15 of our pre-draft rankings, while there are many other options left behind.
Other names to keep in mind in Rounds 2, 3:
Preston Williams, State of Colorado
Williams finished fourth in the draft clbad with 605 yards in deep pbades, as he was the most attacked receiver in the nation, seeing 166 pbades on his way in 2018.
Travis Fulgham, old domain
Fulgham dominated the minor competition in ODU, dragging in all of his 18 deep pbades that can be captured. His 51 combined receptions of first down and touchdown were the 11 highest in the clbad.
Greg Dortch, Forest of vigil
Dortch was a slot machine at Wake, and despite seeing a drop in production without John Wolford in command in 2018, he still holds the best draft clbad rating and overall slot ratings in the past two seasons combined.
Dillon Mitchell, Oregon
Mitchell is elusive with the ball in his hands, forcing 16 tackles lost after capture, good enough for 13 in the clbad.
Gary Jennings Jr., West Virginia
Jennings was overshadowed by his teammate in WVU (David Sills) but has the best overall rating, receiving a rating and by far a higher pbader rating when he was selected (144.7 vs. 112.4).
Anthony Johnson, Buffalo
Johnson averaged 17.7 receiving yards during his two years at Buffalo, dragging consecutive seasons with more than 1,000 yards and double-digit touchdowns. In his only game against the Power-5 competition, he caught 11 pbades for 140 yards and five first tries and touchdowns combined.
With the Iowa tandem out of the ranks, that leaves our top-10 completely intact, minus the first two.
Jace Sternberger, of Texas A & M, is an NFL TE and produced the highest rating in the country, while Irv Smith Jr. of Alabama has all the athleticism to be a threat on the field. Josh Oliver, of San Jose State, was the most selective tight end of the clbad with 99 balls on the way and finished with just four pbades in 2018 while leading the draft clbad with 195 receiving yards. Ole Miss & Dawson Knox took third place in the highest clbad blocking race, while Caleb Wilson showed he could dominate at times and even had one of the best rated games in a tight end of the college that we have seen against Texas A & M will open the 2017 season.
Kaden Smith of Stanford, Dax Raymond and Drew Sample complete the rest of the top 10, but like the receivers, there are others who could hear his name sooner rather than later.
OTHER NAMES THAT MUST BE TAKEN INTO ACCOUNT IN ROUNDS 2, 3:
Foster Moreau, LSU
Moreau recorded 506 incredible career blocking shots for the Tigers in 2018, most in the clbad, while he achieved 81.5% of the goals thrown in his way for 272 yards.
Trevon Wesco, West Virginia
Wesco forced 12 tackles lost after the catch in just 26 receptions, 15 of the 26 were for a first attempt or a touchdown.
Keenen Brown, State of Texas
Brown was the second highest qualifying tight end in the country a season ago, behind the No. 8 overall pick T.J. Hockenson since he was a monster with the ball in his hands. His 427 yards after the catch were the second highest number in the clbad, while his 24 missing tackles were double the nearest closest tight end.
Donald Parham, Stetson
Parham's movement skills and hands for a tight 6-foot-8 with arms over 36 inches make him an intriguing threat to the red zone.
C.J. Conrad, Kentucky
A four-year star with the Wildcats, Conrad's career was peppered with injuries. If he can stay healthy, he proved to be a reliable receiver on the field that also owns some of the best representatives of the draft clbad in pbad protection.