In this exercise, Andy @Atrainliner and Jibbs @JibberJabberin draft teams in a snake style, two-person draft from exclusively this NFL Draft class. The results reflect teams with a cohesive direction with players that fit the scheme and initiative.
QB: Kyler Murray, Oklahoma
Oh, Kyler. You perfectly sized QB for 2019 or any other year. Kyler is my QB1, a dynamic and accurate play-maker who can take his baseball skills and convert them into some insanely fun and productive throws. Kyler is what happens when swagger and performance have a baby.
RB: Josh Jacobs, Alabama
Backup Alabama RB’s are really good at football. Alvin? Alvin? ALVINNNNNN!! Like Kamara, Jacobs has limited usage and high upside. He’s a complete back but his vision and cutting ability is what gets me excited. He’s a perfect back for today’s NFL, as he can run in the box and is a very good receiving back.
WR: D.K. Metcalf, Ole Miss
We get it, dude is jizacked. The thing is, he’s unusually smooth for that size. I see him similar to Josh Gordon, who when on field was a top 5-10 guy. Metcalf is the most likely guy in the draft that can get to the Julio Jones/AJ Green type levels. With great speed and ball skills, he’s more than just a tall drink of water, although Offensive Coordinators in the NFL will be thirsty for the DK.
WR: Riley Ridley, Georgia
But Andy his market share…ENOUGH! How was Adam Humphries’ market share? Oh, basically none? Cool. Riley Ridley is a great route runner with solid hands. Is he going to be a superstar? Probably not, but dude is going to be a very productive WR, similar to that of Sterling Shepard. Stay sleepin’, but I’m #woke on Riley.
SLWR: Hollywood Brown, Oklahoma
Hollywood! I go for family of NFL guys again with Antonio’s cuz. Hollywood is straight up electric, boogie woogie woogie! Seriously, he’s young DeSean Jackson. I’m unconcerned with his size when it’s hard to even tackle him in 2-hand touch. If used correctly, he can have a Tyreek Hill type impact for a team.
TE: T.J. Hockenson, Iowa
I’m usually not pro-TE in rd 1, after initially whiffing on my love for Eric Ebron, but I make exceptions for TE’s who can block as well as they can receive. Hock is that dude, much like OJ Howard was. You hate to say he’s similar to one of the greatest TE’s to ever do it, but I can understand the Rob Gronkowski comps when watching him. He’s certainly worthy of a top 15 pick.
LT: Jawaan Taylor, Florida
Someone call Rob Thomas cuz this man is so Smooooooooth. After watching his day at the combine, and watching his tape, I now understand why he’s a probable top 10 pick. His feet are special for that big of a man. He’s also tough as hell. He came into the Combine with a hamstring injury and still tore it up. This was my favorite rep of the day from an o-lineman; it features a crazed Risner going full spin cycle and Taylor mirroring like he’s the King of Pop in 1988.
LG: Cody Ford, Oklahoma
Look, Cody Ford didn’t blow the combine up, but he is a damn good player with damn good hair and a damn good beard. He’s powerful, he’s nasty, and he’s gonna get the job done with great effort. Plug him in and be happy. Thank you, next.
C: Garrett Bradbury, North Carolina State
This man is not only one hell of a player but hilarious. NFL Network’s Daniel Jeremiah told a story of how Bradbury in practice would pee his pants before Ryan Finley came under center. Well played, Mr. Bradbury. While he may have a leaky valve, he fills the hole very well. The former TE has the ability to pull and has extremely good feet. He was also a former baseball player and his athleticism certainly shows as he ripped the combine up. Draft this kid and get a Pro-Bowl C for the next 10 years.
RG: Chris Lindstrom, Boston College
Forty times don’t matter for linemen, but a 4.91, 1.7 10-yard split says you’re getting an athlete in Lindstrom. He’s another Rob Thomas smooth player that I believe can sneak into the first round. He has great versatility and can play multiple positions. Call me Miss Cleo ’cause this man is going to be a Pro-Bowl Patriot for years.
RT: Andre Dillard, Washington State
The dancing Bear rounds out my line. His shuttle was stupid good. Posted a 4.40 20-yard shuttle putting him the rarefied air of Nate Solder and Anthony Costanzo. I think that’s a good look. He needs to work on his run blocking, but in a league obsessed with the passing game, he may be the best pass protector in the draft.
Offensive Scheme: Air-“Reid” Offense
So I’m kinda making this up but it should be a thing. Andy Reid runs West Coast mixed with Air Raid, Spread, Pistol and RPO. He takes from all of it and allows his QB to use his creativity and arm to his best ability. If a QB is more comfortable in the shotgun, why put him under center. The Chiefs snapped from shotgun 78% of the time this past season. This is how you handle Kyler Murray. Do not force him into an offense but work your offense around his skill-set, which is similar to that of Mahomes. Combine that with a freak like D.K., the speed of Hollywood, a TE like Hock who can do Kelce type things and you have got something exciting going.
DE: Nick Bosa, Ohio State
“Safe” and “edge” usually don’t go together, but that’s what you get with Baby Bosa. This man really doesn’t have a weakness and I actually believe he’s got a higher ceiling than his brother, Joey. His technique is top notch, and he’s a day one difference maker.
DT: Quinnen Williams, Alabama
This 6’3” 300 lb mammoth of a man is a certified sneakerhead and that’s appropriate. He’s into fresh kicks since he’s been kicking ass all year long. In addition to sneakers, he’s a certified film junkie, which only makes him even scarier. Jonah Williams referred to Q as a 300-pound bar of soap because he’s so hard to get a hold of. Pause. Take that time to imagine trying to block a man with power, quickness, technique and an understanding of what the other team is trying to do. This bar of soap is about to clean up in the league.
DT: Jeffery Simmons, Mississippi State
This dude is about to be crazy value for a patient team. It sucks that he tore his ACL, but when he was on the field he was super disruptive. He has a great motor and good burst. He’s going to be a guy that gets that coveted inside pressure that’s so hot right now in the NFL.
DE: Brian Burns, Florida State
Get my man-crush board out cuz I’ve got it bad and I’m about to let it Burns. Burns has the skill set of Jason Bourne, as he has a variety of moves he can beat you with. Oh, what’s that? You like bend? Well this dude can bend like Beckham. Seriously. If you’re looking for a pass rusher who can get to the QB right away, Burns is your guy. I think the Jason Taylor comp is very accurate. Burns’ favorite movie is Training Day so to quote Denzel, “You gotta be a wolf to catch a wolf.” Brian Burns is the wolf you want on your squad.
OLB: Devin Bush, Michigan
I go from one man-crush to another. I like Bush. He’s a guy you can play inside or outside and his speed really shows on tape. In this draft I chose to line him up outside. He flies to the ball, and will light you up like the Christmas tree at Rockerfeller Center (Man, that’s so appropriate cuz he will Rock-a-feller. Sorry Hov but it felt right). He’s an asshole on D who straddles the line which is what I like out of my defenders. He also has the ability to drop back in coverage, and is an extremely instinctive player. While I love the man that rides horses, the gap is not as big as some may think. Bush is a top 20 player in this class.
MLB: Mack Wilson, Alabama
Mack is my LB3, but he’s no slouch. I love the top of the class at LB this year. He’s tough, physical, and despite Saban wanting him to come back to school, he’ll be a top 40 pick. It could actually benefit him as he could end up going to a good team in the late 20’s. He’s very good against the run, and will be fine in pass coverage as he had six picks in his final two years at Alabama.
OLB: Terrill Hanks, New Mexico State
Did someone order breakfast, ’cause this man is yolked! Hanks is one of my favorite prospects in the draft, and my 4th LB behind White, Bush, and Mack. While he looked to be a day 3 player, he’s worked himself into day 2 consideration. The former safety had a big Senior Bowl week and showed off his ability to diagnose a play quickly. He’s able to use his great closing speed to strike like Randy Johnson did that poor bird. He’s a day two guy all day for me.
CB: Byron Murphy, Washington
What I love in Byron Murphy is his ability to adapt to just about anything. If you’re taking Greedy you should let him line up man-to-man. Murphy has a high floor and can play in any scheme. He’s a heady player who is extremely fluid in his hips and displays great ball skills. My man is also a huge hitter.
CB: DeAndre Baker, Georgia
Deandre Baker did not allow a TD after the 2016 season. Yep, like him. I think that covers everything.
FS: Deionte Thompson, Alabama
Thompson was one of my favorite guys to watch all year. A couple missed assignments and subpar playoff games do not change that fact that he is a stud. Go back and watch the Louisville and Ole Miss games. The dude has range and can be a ball-hawk at the next level. He will also come up and end your life.
SS: Johnathan Abram, Mississippi State
Speaking of safeties ending lives, Abram will end you and end this draft for me. He actually ended a Mississippi State spring game after a hit on a teammate. He’s got an aggressive style that you’ll need to try and pull in, but he has competitive toughness, a relentless attitude and can be a great in the box safety. Abram brings the same type of swagger as I did to this article.
Defensive Scheme: Tampa 2
I gotta go with a nod to my boys in Tampa. Quinnen and Simmons can be my Booger and Sapp while at DE I go from Simeon Rice to Bosa and Burns. With Bush, Mack, and Hanks we have fast, athletic LBs who can drop in coverage and pull off the Brooks/Quarles roles. Murphy and Baker are fantastic CB’s for this scheme and be the Brian Kelly/Ronde Barber combo I’m looking for. Lastly, John Lynch has recently gone out of his way to praise Abram so it only makes sense to fill his role while Deionte becomes my Super Bowl MVP replacement for Dexter Jackson. We’re going to be fast, physical, and nasty on D while creating turnovers and setting up Kyler and crew for greatness.
QB: Will Grier, West Virginia
Grier is my #2 QB in this class, and there’s not much else to say about him after Vance’s fantastic breakdown. He is polished mechanically, can make all throws, and has demonstrated the moxie to step up in the most critical of moments.
RB: David Montgomery, Iowa State
No running back in college football has broken more tackles over the past two seasons. Montgomery’s balance through contact is elite. Sprinkle in capable hands out of the backfield too? I’m sold on him as an every down back.
WR: N’Keal Harry, Arizona State
Harry is my #2 overall WR prospect in this class at the moment. He possesses the long speed of a legitimate outside threat, but his real danger comes after the catch. Good luck to opposing corners trying to bring him down.
WR: Hakeem Butler, Iowa State
Butler, like Harry, thrives with his moves after the catch. He is much rawer as a route runner, but his height, arm length, wingspan, and hand size all came in at the 98th percentile or higher during this week’s Combine measurements. NFL teams will be salivating at what they can accomplish by putting a Velociraptor outside the numbers.
Slot WR: Deebo Samuel, South Carolina
It remains to be seen if Deebo will be limited to the slot role at the next level, but at this juncture it’s certainly where he wins best. His athleticism, combined with his ability to find open space and create missed tackles after the catch, make him the must-have slot receiver in this class.
TE: Noah Fant, Iowa
Fant is my #1 TE in this class, as he is for many other draftniks. His pass-catching ability is top tier, but what separates him from the rest of the class is his strength in contested catches. He may not be the best blocker in this year’s class; however, his immediate red zone impact makes him invaluable.
LT: Yodny Cajuste, West Virginia
Though the video of Cajuste avoiding a punch and immediately squaring up in a perfect boxing stance is quite humorous, it’s also an excellent insight into what makes him an ideal NFL left tackle. His footwork, hand usage, and size (that Texas Tech player is probably glad his punch didn’t land) translate to a day one starter at the next level.
LG: Michael Deiter, Wisconsin
The 2018 Big Ten Offensive Lineman of the Year started in 54 consecutive games for the Badgers. That’s 2nd all-time in the B1G to Billy Price’s 55 starts for Ohio State. Deiter has the accolades and technique to continue his consecutive games started streak into the NFL.
C: Elgton Jenkins, Mississippi State
At 6’4″ 310 lbs, Jenkins is the perfect blend of power and brains for the center position. He was an industrial technologies major and two-time SEC Academic Honor recipient. Bulldogs coach Joe Moorhead called him the “eyes, ears and brain of the offense“.
RG: Dalton Risner, Kansas State
Risner is the ultimate all-around offensive lineman. He can pull and has functional strength to boot. Partner that with his size and versatility, teams should be all over Risner as a potential first round target.
RT: Jonah Williams, Alabama
Jonah, not the biblical version, had some of the best tape for a right tackle I’ve ever seen. Before Cam Robinson was drafted, #DraftTwitter was all over Jonah as a future first round prospect. However, these types of prospects seem to go through the machine and come out on the wrong side of things. Jonah is still the ideal RT in the NFL in my opinion.
Offensive Scheme: Pro-Style
I built this offense to deploy a more traditional, pro-style attack. With Fant at TE as a willing and capable blocker, the offensive line possesses the muscle and brains to gash opposing D-lines and create running lanes for David Montgomery. Specifically, the combination of Risner and Williams on the right side of the O-line will allow for opportunities to pull and create misdirection in the running game. With Harry and Butler as the outside receiving threats, and Grier’s great deep ball, the passing game will focus around play action off of the run game to open up deep opportunities down the field.
DL-5 Tech: Ed Oliver, Houston
Andy was definitely going to hate me now after my selection of Oliver. Ed “Porky” Oliver has the potential to be a generational talent on the defensive line. It’s no stretch to say we have yet to see this combination of size and athleticism.
NT: Khalen Saunders, Western Illinois
Back-flipping over the offensive line is probably illegal in the NFL. That’s okay. Saunders possesses plenty of relevant athleticism, as well as functional strength, to impress NFL teams outside of his gymnastics. At 324 lbs, Saunders can play nose tackle as well as shift around the lane. This makes his fit in a 3-4 scheme ideal.
DL-5 Tech: Christian Wilkins, Clemson
Speaking of ideal 3-4 prospects, Wilkins is the epitome of a player you can drop anywhere on the d-line. He was asked to play in virtually every position on the line at Clemson, and his consistent production did not suffer in the least. Put on the Duke tape and watch him bulldoze a double team from the 5-tech en route to sacking likely first round pick Daniel Jones.
LB: Josh Allen, Kentucky
As leader of the #JoshAllenIsAJackLinebacker movement, I felt obligated to make sure I drafted him in this exercise. This defense should provide enough different looks to take advantage of his pass rush and coverage abilities. His all-around skill set is one of the rarest in recent memory.
ILB: David Long, West Virginia
The correct David Long is an aggressive pursuer of the football. Put on the tape and he is always around the ball. He might be undersized, but that’s why I like him in a 3-4 with help on the back end.
ILB: Devin White, LSU
Devin and his seven horses have the potential to be a top-10 linebacker in the league. The concerns about his game are nitpicked at best. He is an aggressive tackler who wins in space and isn’t afraid to ride horses. That’s a win-win in my book.
LB: Christian Miller, Alabama
Please continue to sleep on Christian as a pass rusher. The Bills would appreciate it in the second round as a Lorenzo Alexander replacement. Miller is insanely athletic and has the bend and consistent strength to make Brady’s aging life a living Hell.
CB: Greedy Williams, LSU
‘Greedy’ is perhaps the best name a corner has ever had given the role is to ‘steal’ from the quarterback. With 8 career INTs and 20 passes defensed in just two seasons, you certainly don’t want to get ‘greedy’ when throwing at him.
CB: Amani Oruwariye, Penn State
I’ve had the privilege of seeing Oruwariye play in person three times now. His game is consistent and sound: physical in man coverage, plays the ball in the air, and has no problem sticking his nose in the run game.
FS: Chauncey Gardner-Johnson, Florida
CGJ is the most versatile, and possibly the most talented safety in this class. He is a willing and capable tackler in addition to his experience lining up in a variety of spots for coverage. This makes him an instant plug-and-play regardless of schematics.
SS: Taylor Rapp, Washington
Rapp is the ideal modern safety given the swift advancement of the nickel package in the NFL. His excellent tackling and hard hitting make him best fit as a downhill safety in the box. However, his range sideline-to-sideline is unparalleled in this class. Partnered with capable coverage skills, Rapp’s skillset translates nicely to the modern game.
Defensive Scheme: Multiple 3-4
I built this defense around versatile players to allow for a 3-4 base with the ability to shift into many different looks and fronts. Greedy and Amani will play mostly press man coverage, as that is where they best win, but the versatility of CGJ and Rapp at the safety positions open up the opportunity to deploy a single high safety and throw exotic blitzes at opposing offenses. The pairing of David Long, a great diagnostic linebacker, with Devin White, allows for White to play more downhill and take away from some of his issues diagnosing the play. The coverage versatility of Josh Allen as well as the pass-rushing consistency of Christian Miller offers great protection for the back-end of the defense. Finally, the unlimited versatility possessed by Oliver, Wilkins, and Saunders on the D-line set the tone for a truly complex defense.