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News and more from the annual player selection meeting.

    The 49ers use the No. 9 pick on Notre Dame tackle Mike McGlinchey.
    Here's our scouting report on McGlinchey: Senior captain for the Irish and first cousin of Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan, McGlinchey may need to add mass to his frame but moves well, is technically sound, and can play and the left or right.
    Rachel G Bowers, Producer 4/27/2018 1:05:09 AM
    A closer look at McGlinchey, via STATS Inc.:
    Overview: A first cousin of Atlanta Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan, McGlinchey comes from a football family and proved himself repeatedly at Notre Dame. A reserve as a freshman, he started full-time at right tackle in 2015 before moving to the left side in 2016 after Ronnie Stanley’s departure, starting 25 games on the blind side over his final two seasons and earning second-team All-America honors as a junior.
    Analysis: The most experienced and polished tackle in the draft, McGlinchey uses active feet, precise technique and plus play strength to repeatedly beat the man opposite him. He’s at his best in the run game, routinely kicking out edge defenders or washing tackles down the line on double-teams and enveloping linebackers at the next level. He rarely whiffs on blocks or takes holding penalties, and he often sustains long enough to steer his defender. In pass protection, he forces rushers to run the loop outside and uses his feet and punch to guide them too far upfield. He also shows excellent recognition for blitzes and stunts.

    McGlinchey isn’t elite, however, particularly in pass protection. His punch misses or gets swatted away too often, and gifted speed rushers can turn the corner on him at times. He also shows susceptibility to speed-to-power moves, allowing defenders to get underneath him as he kick-steps to take away the speed rush. Still, few players have as much good tape against quality opponents at multiple positions, making McGlinchey a relatively safe prospect who should be a steady pro.
    Rachel G Bowers, Producer 4/27/2018 1:06:35 AM
    The Raiders trade the No. 10 pick to the Cardinals.
    What the Cardinals get: pick 10. What the Raiders get: picks 15, 79, and 152.
    Rachel G Bowers, Producer 4/27/2018 1:11:33 AM
    And with the 10th pick, Arizona selects UCLA QB Josh Rosen.
    Here's our scouting report on Rosen: A very durable player; started all 30 games of his Bruins career. He may look like a surfer dude but he’s a very smart player who processes information and hits targets quickly. Threw for more than 400 yards five times last season.
    Here's a closer look at Rosen, via STATS Inc.: 
    Overview: Rosen, the top prep recruit in the country coming off of a high school state title, signed with UCLA and was first true freshman in school history to start the season opener at quarterback. After a promising first season, Rosen started the first six games as a sophomore before suffering a season-ending tear in muscle in his throwing shoulder. He returned in 2017 and had an up-and-down junior season during which head coach Jim Mora Jr. was fired. Rosen was second-team All-Pac-12 despite missing the bowl game and a regular-season contest with Kansas State due to concussions.

    Analysis: Rosen looks the part and is very natural as a pocket passer. Has a set-up, footwork and throwing mechanics, moving very efficient from snap-to-throw. Was a nationally ranked youth tennis player and footwork reflects that training. Rosen has enough arm to spin balls to all levels of the field and excels when adding touch to his throws. Because of some talent gaps, carried much of the offense on his right shoulder which prompted overaggressive decisions and poor mistakes.

    Bright and has natural football instincts, the ability to read defenses and deliver dimes in tight coverage. Some have questioned his mindset and Rosen will need to sell himself to a franchise to be given the keys to an offense.

    The greater concern is the past injuries, most notably multiple concussions in 2017 that took him off the field. Just 21 years old, Rosen (Feb. 10 birthday) could take an NFL redshirt and benefit from learning the ropes as a pro. Some red flags suggest Rosen has a bust factor. He rates as the top pure pocket passer in the 2018 draft class.
    Rachel G Bowers, Producer 4/27/2018 1:13:41 AM
    Cardinals trade up to No. 10 and take Josh Rosen. First time in NFL history that four QBs go in the top 10 picks

    This is the first time four QBs have been taken in the top 10, but the 1999 draft had five in the top 12

    The Dolphins use pick No. 11 on Alabama DB Minkah Fitzpatrick.

    Here's our scouting report on Fitzpatrick: Intelligent and versatile, he was a dominating force and linchpin of the Crimson Tide defense. Collected 60 tackles, 1 INT, and 8 pass breakups in 2017. He’ll be a force in the NFL for the next decade.
    Rachel G Bowers, Producer 4/27/2018 1:19:04 AM
    Where are all those Dolphins fans who yelled at me that they weren't going to take a cornerback
    Here's a closer look at Fitzpatrick, via STATS Inc.:
    Overview: Fitzpatrick won a national title in Pop Warner, state title at St. Peter’s Prep in New Jersey and leaves Alabama with a pair of rings. His coaches universally laud Fitzpatrick’s leadership and ability as a reason his teams have been of championship caliber.

    A versatile defensive back who played cornerback and safety, plus running back and wide receiver, in high school, Fitzpatrick started 38 games at Alabama and was a two-time All-SEC and All-American pick for the Crimson Tide. He also was named the Chuck Bednarik Award winner and Jim Thorpe (best defensive back) winner in 2017 despite playing through a tender shoulder, recording 60 tackles, 8.0 tackles for loss, 1.5 sacks and declaring early for the NFL draft.

    Analysis: Fitzpatrick is a football-loving sponge who spent extra time learning his role and the responsibilities of others on the Alabama defense. He can fit at cornerback if the scheme is right but because of his instincts, vision and experience as a hybrid defensive back, versatility should be viewed as an asset and not a detriment.
    No moment is too big for Fitzpatrick, who returned four of his nine interceptions at Alabama for touchdowns and also blocked a pair of kicks. He flips his hips and runs any direction with ease, smoothly tracking receivers without locking eyes with the quarterback. Plays bigger than the program lists and wants all the responsibility coaches will give, including blitz packages and aligning at linebacker in sub defenses. Never outworked and when he makes a false step, Fitzpatrick makes up for it with his wingspan.

    Scouts picking nits to come up with a weakness point to his smallish frame and possible durability concerns, but others praise his hyper-aggressive playing style.
    Rachel G Bowers, Producer 4/27/2018 1:20:22 AM
    Tension inside the @BostonGlobe room at Gillette after I said how much I love Josh Rosen and @BenVolin made a disparaging comment about millennials. May come to blows.
    With the 12th pick, the Bucs take Washington DT Vita Vea.

    Here's our chatter line on Vea: Former high school running back is an exceptional athlete for his size; bench-pressed 225 pounds 41 times at the combine.
    A closer look at Vea, via STATS Inc.: 
    Overview: At 270 pounds in high school, Vea was an impressive defensive lineman, recording 89 tackles as a senior at Milpitas High School in California. However, it was when he took snaps at running back that he really got to show off his light feet, averaging 12.3 yards per carry and scoring 11 touchdowns in 2012.

    Vea committed to Washington, but was forced to grayshirt due to academic issues, which was followed by a redshirt in 2014. He was a part-time starter the next two seasons before becoming the lead singer of the Huskies’ defense in 2017. Although the stat sheet (5.5 tackles for loss, 3.5 sacks) doesn’t reflect it, Vea went through dominant stretches his junior season, which earned him the 2017 Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Year and Morris Trophy.

    Analysis: Vea is one of the few defensive linemen capable of stacking and splitting double-teams on one snap, followed by his ability to chase down ballcarriers near the sideline on the next snap. He is built like a refrigerator with the upper body power to grapple and dispose of bodies in his way. However, his game lacks polish with the effort and technique running hot-and-cold throughout the course of a game.

    Players the size of Vea aren’t supposed to be able to move like he does. And players that move like Vea aren’t supposed to be as strong as he is. Basically, Vea is rare. There aren’t many humans on the planet with his size/athleticism/strength profile. However, those raw traits don’t always equal football production and that is the question with Vea: as talented as he is, can he use those traits in unison to be a consistent disruptor in the NFL?
    Rachel G Bowers, Producer 4/27/2018 1:25:08 AM
    Vita Vea and Gerald McCoy will be a load to handle

    A few guest speakers at tonight's Draft Party. #PatsDraft

    Gucci pocket square. Freaking love Lamar Jackson.
    At pick No. 13, Washington selects Alabama DT Da’Ron Payne.
    Here is our scouting report on Payne: Had only three sacks in as many seasons at Alabama, but he’s a run-stuffer with good size and comes from a defensive powerhouse.
    A closer look at Payne, via STATS Inc.: 
    Overview: As a freshman in high school, Payne weighed 300 pounds and could dunk a basketball. He grew into a 350-pound five-star recruit as a senior and steadily cut weight without losing strength at Alabama.

    After a year as a true freshman backup, Payne started 29 games from 2016-17, collecting 89 tackles (4.5 for loss), 2.5 sacks and six passes defensed over that span. He dominated in the 2018 College Football Playoff, including an interception and receiving touchdown in a span of eight plays in the Sugar Bowl.

    He stood out at the NFL Scouting Combine with a 4.95-second 40-yard dash at 311 pounds.
    Analysis: Don’t let the modest production mislead the evaluation of Payne, who progressed during his three years into a highly disruptive player who should only get better. Asked primarily to eat blocks, he anchored against double teams and squelched opposing run games with discipline. He’s extremely well built and country strong but carries his weight well with nimble movement for his size.

    The biggest question is whether Payne can rush the passer at the next level. He’s explosive enough to do so but didn’t penetrate often in college, showing a limited array of pass-rush moves and hand techniques. He also plays a bit too high off the snap, undermining his burst and ending some rushes early.

    Payne should be a stud run defender from Day 1. Despite minimal results, he flashes in this regard, and with his developmental arrow pointing up, he should be a better rusher as a pro.
    Rachel G Bowers, Producer 4/27/2018 1:31:50 AM
    The Packers trade the No. 14 pick to the Saints.
    What the Saints get: pick 14. What the Packers get: picks 27, 147, and a 2019 first rounder.
    Rachel G Bowers, Producer 4/27/2018 1:33:46 AM
    And with the 14th overall pick, the Saints draft UTSA DE Marcus Davenport.
    Here's our chatter line on Davenport: Has the long, tall frame teams look for, and is fast and explosive. 
    Rachel G Bowers, Producer 4/27/2018 1:39:03 AM
    Here's a closer look at Davenport, via STATS Inc.:
    Overview: Davenport grew up on the hardcourt, spending most of his time on his first love of basketball. But the football coaches at Stevens High School saw unbridled potential for him on the football field, convincing Davenport to join the team as a wide receiver. Davenport eventually moved to pass rusher and while he still impressed on the basketball court (district player of the year as a senior), it became clear his future would be on grass.

    Tipping the scales at only 200 pounds when he arrived at UT-San Antonio, Davenport was an ideal candidate for a redshirt year, but he was needed on the field, showing steady improvement each of the past four seasons. Davenport finished strong with 17.5 tackles for loss and 8.5 sacks in 2017 to earn Conference-USA Defensive Player of the Year honors.

    Analysis: If you drew up an example of what an NFL defensive end looks like, the picture would look something like Davenport with his filled-out, long frame. He uses those long arms and his upper-body strength to force his way through blocks, converting his initial momentum to power. Davenport is still patching together his pass rush sequence, but his aggressiveness at the point of attack is enough to overwhelm blockers, leading to holding calls.

    Even more impressive than Davenport’s strength is his athleticism, especially for his size. While muscle bound, he isn’t tightly-wound, displaying the loose body control needed in an edge rusher. With his hoops background, Davenport looks comfortable on his feet and is at his best rushing from a two-point stance. While he isn’t the most technically refined pass rusher (yet), Davenport has all the tools NFL teams covet at the position, making him worthy of top 15 overall consideration.
    Rachel G Bowers, Producer 4/27/2018 1:40:41 AM

    Man, thought I was gonna look really smart. Saints trade up, but for pass rusher Marcus Davenport. Fascinating

    Two top tackles off the board quickly. Raiders take Kolton Miller at No. 15. Miller was thought of as one of the top options for the Patriots at No. 23.
    The Raiders select UCLA tackle Kolton Miller with pick No. 15.
    Here's our scouting report on Miller: Miller has drawn Nate Solder comparisons because of his height and athleticism. He protected Bruins quarterback Josh Rosen’s blind side for all 13 games last season and was second-team All-Pac-12, but his tape is up and down.
    A closer look at Miller, via STATS Inc.: 
    Overview: Miller started five games as a redshirt freshman and five more in 2016, almost all at right tackle, before suffering a season-ending foot injury. He was moved to Josh Rosen’s blind side in 2017 and responded by earning second-team All-Pac-12 honors. Miller tore up the NFL Scouting Combine, finishing first among offensive linemen in the broad jump (121 inches) and 10-yard split (1.67) and third in the 40 (5.67), short shuttle (4.49) and 3-cone (7.34).

    Analysis: With terrific length and athleticism, Miller has all of the tools you’d want at the position. He moves very well for his size, showing the ability to mirror in pass protection and climb to the second level with ease in the run game. He could be a weapon as a blocker in space on sweeps and screens. With long arms and strong hands, he flashes the ability to control defenders, and also shows good recognition of blitzes and stunts.

    Plenty of polish is needed, however. Miller has a terrible habit of taking a false first step in pass protection, forcing him to open his hips to catch speedy edge rushers. He often allows defenders to cross his face back inside, and he undermines his athleticism by stopping his feet on contact, failing to sustain blocks or redirect. With his height and tendency to play high, power is an issue, and it could be a major problem early in his career.
    Rachel G Bowers, Producer 4/27/2018 1:45:54 AM
    The Bills trade up again, this time with the Ravens for pick No. 16.
    What the Ravens get: picks 22, 65, and 154. What the Bills get: pick 16.
    Rachel G Bowers, Producer 4/27/2018 1:47:55 AM
    And with the 16th pick, Buffalo takes Virginia Tech LB Tremaine Edmunds.
    Here's our scouting report on Edmunds: Played mainly inside for the Hokies but with his size and athleticism he could play anywhere at the next level. Has great read and react skills and often lands the first blow. Has the speed to length to drop in coverage.
    Rachel G Bowers, Producer 4/27/2018 1:51:30 AM
    A closer look at Edmunds, via STATS Inc.: 
    Overview: The youngest son of former Dolphins Pro Bowl tight end Ferrell Edmunds and younger brother of Trey (2017 UDFA running back with Saints) and Terrell (2018 mid-round safety prospect), Tremaine was a four-star recruit.

    He spent his true freshman year as a backup for the Hokies before starting all 27 games from 2016-17, racking up 215 tackles (32.5 for loss), 10 sacks and six passes defensed in that span. He was named first team All-ACC along with earning numerous All-American honors and elected to forgo his senior season to enter the draft.
    Edmunds posted the fifth-fastest 40 (4.54) among linebackers at the NFL Scouting Combine despite carrying 15 pounds or more than virtually all of his peers.

    Analysis: One of the most gifted athletes you’ll see, few humans with Edmunds’ size and length (34 1/2-inch arms) can move the way he does. He bursts into the backfield for TFLs and shows terrific range, erasing blocking angles on perimeter runs with ease. He also shows tremendous fluidity in coverage, transitioning easily and flashing ability to handle slot receivers. He even threatens as a blitzer and edge rusher when given the chance.

    Edmunds is far from a finished product, though. He has a poor habit of taking false steps forward — even against dropbacks with no play-fake — and falls asleep in coverage occasionally. He also shows poor eyes and discipline in the run game, allowing big plays on cutbacks and misdirection, and misses some tackles he should make.

    The youngest player in the draft, Edmunds doesn’t turn 20 until May. Given time, he should develop into a star in any scheme, but significant growth is needed.
    Rachel G Bowers, Producer 4/27/2018 1:52:14 AM
    Patriots are 6 picks away.
    Some names left: Rashaan Evans, Derwin James, DJ Moore, Harold Landry, Josh Jackson, Hayden Hurst, Leighton Vander Esch.
    The Chargers use the 17th pick on Florida State DB Derwin James.
    Here's our scouting report on James: Excellent size and athleticism for the position. Can play either safety spot but excels as an extra defender in the box because of his size. Can cover big guys, but smaller guys can give him the slip.
    Rachel G Bowers, Producer 4/27/2018 1:56:45 AM
    A closer look at James, via STATS Inc.: 
    Overview: Natives of Central Florida have been telling tales of James and his rare abilities on the football field for the past 10 years. And it didn’t take long for the five-star recruit to show off his skills to a more national audience once he arrived at Florida State as one of the most hyped recruits in recent memory.

    As a true freshman safety, James finished second on the team with 91 tackles, 9.5 tackles for loss and four passes defended to earn multiple Freshman All-American honors. He was on the fast track to the NFL, but then injury struck as he suffered a torn lateral meniscus in his left knee early in 2016, missing almost all of his sophomore season.

    While he returned in 2017 with obvious rust, James started to shake the hesitancy and improved throughout the course of the season, finishing with 84 tackles, 5.5 tackles for loss and 11 passes defense and returning to the top of draft boards.

    Analysis: James is a freaky athlete for his size, displaying elastic joints and excellent foot speed to handle various responsibilities on the football field. For the Seminoles, he did everything, logging snaps at cornerback, linebacker and safety, showing off his range and versatility across the formation. He is also one of the best blitzers in this draft class with his initial burst and finishing acceleration.

    While the athleticism is what will get him drafted high, James still has room to grow as a football player with improved discipline and mental awareness needed, especially in coverage. He is rough around the edges in areas, but the natural athleticism and "want to be great" attitude are traits that NFL coaches want to work with on a daily basis. James will be one of the first defensive players drafted in the first round.
    Rachel G Bowers, Producer 4/27/2018 1:57:43 AM
    The Seahawks trade the 18th overall pick to the Packers.
    What the Packers get: pick 18, 248. What the Seahawks get: picks 27, 76, 186.
    Rachel G Bowers, Producer 4/27/2018 1:59:46 AM
    Chuck, man, they're twins. They can't both be the most overpaid.…

    And at No. 18, the Packers take Louisville CB Jaire Alexander.


    Here's our scouting report on Alexander: Very similar to Denzel Ward in terms of size and skill set. A very confident player (some might say cocky), and that’ll serve him well at this level. Could have an immediate impact as a punt returner. 

    Rachel G Bowers, Producer 4/27/2018 2:04:09 AM
    A closer look at Alexander, via STATS Inc.: 
    Overview: Alexander played wide receiver and cornerback — as well as punter and return specialist — in high school and has a detailed understanding of each position. He proved a natural at cornerback after switching high schools as a sophomore. If you’re looking for this year’s version of Marshon Lattimore, who helped turn around the New Orleans Saints’ perennially leaky defense after being the surprise No. 11 overall selection in the 2017 draft, Alexander is easy to spot.

    While he played just six games last year and skipped the Cardinals’ bowl game to be 100 percent for the combine, Alexander wowed many observers in 2016. He picked off five passes, including two against Clemson’s DeShaun Watson, and flashed game-breaking skills on punt returns. He was a second-team All-ACC choice. Even after knee and hand injuries sidetracked his 2017, Alexander was an honorable mention All-ACC pick.
    Analysis: Alexander’s greatest strength might also be his biggest weakness. He is aggressive, willing to jump a route and bet that he’ll be able to make the big play that turns a game. Every once in a while the risk bites back and he gives up a TD the other way.

    With that risk-taking mindset under consideration, some NFL team will is likely to land Alexander in the first round because of his athleticism and swagger. His light feet and hip turn more than make up for being slightly undersized.
    Rachel G Bowers, Producer 4/27/2018 2:05:04 AM
    Really? I’d think it would have felt like college.…
    I had Patriots getting Vander Esch and Kolton Miller at 23 and 31 in my mock draft. Both are off the board by 19
    The Cowboys use the 19th pick on Boise State LB Leighton Vander Esch.
    Here's our scouting report on Vander Esch: Instinctive, smart, and versatile enough to play multiple positions in a 3-4 or 4-3. Vander Esch has the upperbody strength to stack and shed and the foot speed to cover from sideline to sideline.
    A closer look at Vander Esch, via STATS Inc.:  
    Overview: Playing eight-man football in Idaho’s smallest high school classification, Vander Esch was the team MVP as the starting quarterback and linebacker, recording 66 total touchdowns. He led Salmon River to back-to-back state titles in football and basketball his junior and senior seasons, but not many college recruiters make the trip to Riggins, Idaho for a player with less than a dozen students in his graduating class.
    Vander Esch walked on at Boise State, where he redshirted, developed his body and waited his turn. In his fourth year in the program, he earned a starting linebacker job and finished top-five in the FBS with 141 tackles. He added four forced fumbles and three interceptions to become the first BSU player named Mountain West Defensive Player of the Year.

    Analysis: A right-place, right-time defender, Vander Esch is quick to diagnose, find the developing run lane and plant the running back in the hole. He moves extremely well for a player his size, scraping down the line of scrimmage and using his lateral quickness to mirror running backs across the formation. While tough vs. the run, he is even better in pass coverage, dropping into zones with a knack for finding the passing lane.

    Aside from all the physical characteristics, Vander Esch pushes himself in the weight room - he has gained 40-plus pounds since high school - and film room. For a player with only one season of starting experience in college, his blossoming football IQ is impressive, showing noticeable improvement with every game in 2017. An ascending player, Vander Esch has yet to hit his ceiling and should continue to improve with NFL coaching.
    Rachel G Bowers, Producer 4/27/2018 2:13:53 AM
    Rashaan Evans
    Harold Landry
    Josh Jackson
    Lamar Jackson
    Taven Bryan

    ...3 picks to go
    The Lions select Arkansas OL Frank Ragnow with the 20th pick.
    A closer look at Ragnow, via STATS Inc.: 
    Overview: Ragnow was a productive athlete at Chanhassen (Minn.) High School, twice earning all-state at offensive tackle and dabbling in shot put, discus and basketball. Ragnow was the No. 3 recruit in Minnesota for his class, and ultimately chose the Razorbacks over Florida State.

    Ragnow moved to center and played in nine games as a freshman. He played nearly every snap the next three years, starting at guard as a sophomore before moving back to center in 2016. At one point he had made 33 straight starts, playing 98.2 percent of the snaps over that span, but his senior season ended after seven games due to an ankle injury.

    He was Pro Football Focus’ highest-graded center in both 2016 and 2017. In his final three seasons with the Razorbacks, he didn’t allow a sack and allowed just seven quarterback hits. He was invited to both the Senior Bowl and NFL combine, but couldn’t participate due to injury.

    Analysis: Ragnow was as dominant as centers come in college football largely because of his hands. Ragnow consistently shows violence in his punch, and while he doesn’t wield off-the-charts athleticism for his position, he’s got enough to make him a versatile fit in many an NFL scheme.

    Ragnow is lauded for his mean steak and considerably high pain threshold, with the leadership qualities and mental makeup to fit in the NFL immediately. Ragnow found a way to get the job done over and over against the nation’s toughest competition for three years, and never looked overwhelmed.
    Rachel G Bowers, Producer 4/27/2018 2:20:26 AM
    Lions' first pick of the Matt Patricia era: G/C Frank Ragnow. Practical pick
    The Bengals use the 21st pick on Ohio State center Billy Price.
    A closer look at Price, via STATS Inc.: 
    Overview: Ohio State has an illustrious program, but no player in OSU history has played more games than Price, who started all 55 games over the past four seasons. But the ironman suffered a partially torn pectoral muscle while performing the bench press at the NFL Scouting Combine, requiring surgery that is expected to keep him sidelined until training camp. There is more than enough tape for scouts to understand exactly what they’re getting with the experienced pivot, who split his 55 career starts between left guard, right guard and center.

    Analysis: Price is efficient in his snap-to-step motion, keeping his knees bent and body centered to anchor vs. power. He is technically proficient with his hands to extend into defensive linemen and dictate the point of attack. Price gets in trouble when his initial surge misses the mark and his overaggressive nature leaves him hunched at the waist. Most often, Price maintains his balance through contact, utilizing his base and body angles to stymie defenders.

    Buckeyes coach Urban Meyer frequently praised Price for his mature leadership on the field and in the locker room, leading by example but also speaking up when needed. His impressive resume and position flexibility to play any interior line position will have all 32 teams interested - and with his Combine injury, he might be available at a slight discount in the draft.
    Rachel G Bowers, Producer 4/27/2018 2:24:34 AM
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