Hogs Haven takes a look at 2019 NFL Draft

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Hogs Haven takes a look at 2019 NFL Draft

Postby zhangzk » Wed Nov 20, 2019 10:31 pm

Redskins"Jamel Dean , CBSchool: Auburn | Conference: SECCollege Experience: RS Junior | Age: 22?Height / Weight: 6-1 / 206 lbsProjected Draft Status: 3rd RoundNFL Comparison: Daryl WorleyCollege ExperiencePlayer OverviewJamel Dean was a 4-star prospect from Cocoa, Florida who started his career at Ohio State. Dean who had suffered several knee injuries in high school arrived to Columbus ready to contribute but was medically disqualified by the Ohio State staff. It is the position of some of Dean’s supporters that this was done because Ohio State had more player commitments than they had scholarships and thus Dean was pushed out due to this revelation. Its a claim former Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer denies. The way the situation was handled really rubbed Dean the wrong way and he decided to voluntarily transfer from the program before he ever stepped foot on the field. Then in a cruel twist Dean injured his knee again and had to sit out the entire 2016 season. He finally started his college career for the tigers in 2017. When healthy it’s clear that he is a talent at the position. He put together two impressive seasons at Auburn by way of impact and production. Where he really shined though was his performance at the Combine. He was able to post 40, vertical, and broad jump numbers that made scouts and coaches turn their head especially when you consider his ideal size at the position. With this year’s WR class being dominated by height / weight / speed prospects it makes sense that some teams will get a height / weight / speed corner to match those abilities. Dean has starting ability and may prove to be a good value down the line. StrengthsExcellent size, speed, and length for the position.He can play press man coverage well and gets physical in the rep early and and often. Uses size, speed, and length to pinch receivers on the boundary. Has good enough burst and short area quickness to stick with receivers moving laterally as well. Balance, footwork, and change of direction skills are good he doesn’t get shaken often shows good recovery skills.Takes his assignment out of the equation and makes the QB focus elsewhere. When he is thrown to he anticipates well and uses his length to make plays on the ball.WeaknessesGets swallowed by blocks and doesn’t have the strength or technique to disengage. Doesn’t offer much as a tackler. Would like to see a lot more effort as a tackler in in pursuit from him.Ball skills leave something to be desired. History of knee injuries.Limited abilities cause of the above will limit his ceiling. Let’s see his work:More Jamel Dean videosHow He Would Fit On The RedskinsAs it so happens MockDraftable shows that Fabian Moreau and Jamel Dean are closely related due to their size and testing numbers. Moreau who was a press man corner coming out of college was drafted by the Redskins in the 3rd round of the 2017 draft. I think it stands to reason that the team may have Dean rated in a similar range. The question is if his grade will beat out others on the board when it comes time to pick (twice) in the third round. Of course his value, along with every other man corner on them team including Moreau may be limited because of the types of zone coverage the Redskins run. Dean has another thing against him with his finesse in run support and as a tackler overall. Still I think he could have some nice upside especially if he can remain healthy (which he has since 2016). He needs some time improving the nuances of his technique and will the jug machine but if he can become more consistent at creating turnovers he could be quite a valuable coverage corner though not well rounded. It’s quite possible that the Redskins division rivals and the NFL overall will be getting bigger and more athletic at WR after this draft. The Redskins already have good size at the position but adding a guy like Dean couldn’t hurt from a physical matchup perspective. If he’s around in the 90s we just may see how much the Redskins like him. Hogs Haven takes a look at 2019 NFL Draft prospects who could contribute to the Redskins"WhiteFanposts Fanshots Sections Looks Like Someone Has A Sixpack Of The MondaysDaily SlopRedskins RecapsEDTShareTweetShareShareKhalen Saunders Offers Starter Potential at Defensive Tackle.Should a High Draft Pick Be Used on Him?Mike Granse-USA TODAY SportsKhalen Saunders , DTSchool:Western Illinois University | Conference:Missouri Valley Football ConferenceCollege Experience: RS Senior | Age: 22Height / Weight: 6’0” / 324 lbsProjected Draft Status:3rd - 4th RoundPlayer Comparison:Poona FordCollege StatisticsData courtesy of HERO Sports.Player OverviewIt wasn’t necessarily football that put Khalen Saunders on the map. It was a video of him, a 320-pound man, doing a backflip that went viral.However, Saunders deserves attention on the football field.The high school football player,wrestler, and shot putter from St. Louis made an immediate impact at Western Illinois in his redshirt freshman year by playing in all 13 games. After a productive junior year with 7.5 sacks and 12 tackles for loss, Saunders saw a ton of double teams his senior year.No matter, Saunders was still named an FCS All-American this past season.Invited to the Senior Bowl, Saunders held his own against superior competition and was named a Defensive Player of the Week.Spending the week in Mobile meant missing the birth of his first child, but family is important to Saunders.He sees football as his opportunity to take care of his family.Though his combine numbers aren’t eye-popping, Saunders has a rare blend of power , quickness, and agility for a man his size.StrengthsGreat athleticism that he uses it to exploit gaps or beat blockers in space.Western Illinois even rushed him off the edge from a two point stance, ran him on the goal line, and threw him a touchdown pass.Powerful upper body.Can be seen throwing offensive lineman aside to pursue the ball carrier or quarterback.Shows good burst to close on ball carriers.Has a high motor and chases plays sideline to sideline and down the field.WeaknessesTechnique needs work. Can win with swim move, but doesn’t have a feel for how to use moves.Becomes ineffective if he can’t win with power or quickness.Despite being short, can play too high, lose leverage, and allow blockers to get there hands on him. Couple that with short arms and he has trouble getting off those blocks.Has trouble anchoring and needs use his lower body to generate more power.Doesn’t snap his hips and drive through offensive linemen.Looks fatigued late in games.Could be conditioning, but it might be because coaches don’t take him off the field given his impact.Let’s go to the video tapeHow He Fits On The RedskinsIt’s easy to look at the defensive line and think it’s set:two first rounders in Johnathan Allen and Da’ron Payne and a gem of a 5th round pick in Matt Ioannidis.But, the depth behind them can be improved.Settle showed promise in the preseason, but did not have much impact during the regular season.McGee and Brantley are both expendable.It’s possible we look for a veteran in free agency to add to the group or target a prospect in the draft , maybe both.Saunders is short for the position and needs to be better and more consistent with his technique.But if there is a coach out there that can marry his physical abilities with proper technique, it’s Jim Tomsula.If we continue to play nickel the majority of the time and have a one-gap front, Saunders could fit the scheme nicely.His athleticism would be complementary to our starters and allow them to come off the field and stay fresh.Not too mention that if he can master the fundamentals of the position, he could become a starter.Because of that, some project he’ll be drafted in Round 2.To answer the question in the title, Round 2 is early for me and while I think he’ll go in Round 3, I think we have too many holes in the roster to draft defensive line before Day 3.If the team believes in a true best player available philosophy, Saunders is a prospect to consider to enhance the defensive line.

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