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News and more from the annual player selection meeting.

    At least two of Lamar Jackson, Harold Landry and Rashaan Evans will be left when the Patriots pick at No. 23. (Unless they trade it for like 142 sixth-round picks, obv.)
    22nd pick has gone from Buffalo to KC to Baltimore to Tennessee twitter.com/jeffzrebiecsun…
    The Ravens trade the 22nd pick to the Titans.
    Rachel G Bowers, Producer 4/27/2018 2:27:39 AM
    What the Titans get: picks 22 and 215. What the Ravens get: picks 25 and 125.
    Rachel G Bowers, Producer 4/27/2018 2:28:38 AM
    Mike Vrabel knows Harold Landry well. His son is going to BC, and he's been up there multiple times over the past few months, including to visit a spring practice that Landry also attended.
    And at No. 22, the Titans select Alabama LB Rashaan Evans.
     
    Here's our scouting report on Evans: Like most Crimson Tiders, Evans is smart and instinctive. He diagnoses plays in a flash and will explode to the ball. He’s effective covering runners out of the backfield. Occasionally will overpursue and miss tackles.
    Rachel G Bowers, Producer 4/27/2018 2:30:18 AM
    Patriots are on the clock.
    Titans trade up right in front of the Patriots, and take LB Rashaan Evans. Seems like Jon Robinson and Mike Vrabel knew something.

    The Patriots are on the clock...
    A closer look at Evans, via STATS Inc.: 
     
    Overview: The top linebacker recruit in the nation in 2014, Evans grew up in Auburn, Ala. but surprised many by choosing the rival Crimson Tide over the Tigers.
    He spent three seasons primarily as a backup and special teamer but still managed 63 tackles (9.5 for loss) and 8.0 sacks from 2015-16. He became a full-time starter as a senior and racked up 74 tackles (13 for loss) and 6.0 sacks, earning second-team All-SEC honors.

    Evans declined his Senior Bowl invitation and participated on a limited basis at the NFL Scouting Combine and his pro day due to a nagging groin injury.

    Analysis: Next up in Alabama’s NFL linebacker assembly line, Evans waited his turn and thrived when it came. He’s toolsy, with good size, a strong build and excellent burst and fluidity. He diagnoses well and attacks downhill in the run game with physicality and relentlessness, and shows smooth movement and patience in coverage. He also thrives as an add-on blitzer and even earned sub-package rushing opportunities.

    With just one year starting for the Tide, Evans’ instincts are not fully developed, and he needs some refinement. He overruns plays at times, and despite showing a willingness to take on blocks, his shedding technique needs work. He also can play a bit out of control and miss some tackles, and there is some concern about his history of groin issues.

    Ultimately, Evans shows the traits and production to play all three downs from Day 1, with his development in coverage likely to determine his ceiling. He would fit best as an inside ’backer in a blitz-heavy 3-4 defense.
    Rachel G Bowers, Producer 4/27/2018 2:32:06 AM

    With the 23rd pick, the Patriots take Georgia OL Isaiah Wynn.

    A closer look at Wynn, via STATS Inc.:

    Overview: Wynn started all 15 games at left tackle for Georgia in 2017 after cross-training at guard and tackle his first three seasons. Wynn was second-team All-SEC pick as a senior but NFL coaches likely view him as a guard because of his height and frame.

    Analysis: A natural mover with good knee bend and overall flexibility, Wynn could be a tackle but his height will be prohibitive in the NFL. Wynn shows bounce in his feet to effortlessly slide and mirror edge rushers. He is always in a ready position with his hands, staying relaxed before extending to punch and control the point of attack. In the run game, he’s quick to attack and run his feet to move bodies from the hole.

    While he played primarily left tackle at the college level, Wynn has a guard body with his shorter stature and average arm length. But with 19 career starts inside at left guard, teams won’t need to guess what Wynn will be as a position projection. He could potentially move back outside in the NFL as a quick band-aid, but similar to Zack Martin and other college tackles who moved inside for the pro game, Wynn’s skill-set is ideally suited for the guard position where he is a plug-and-play starter.

    Rachel G Bowers, Producer 4/27/2018 2:38:37 AM
    With the No. 23 pick, the #Patriots take Georgia G Isaiah Wynn.
    Patriots pick Georgia OL Isaiah Wynn. Can play guard or tackle. Another former Bulldog heading to New England. 6-foot-3, 313. Long arms for his height.
    by Nora Princiotti via twitter edited by Rachel G Bowers, Producer 4/27/2018 2:40:32 AM
    With the 23rd pick, the Patriots select ..... Georgia OL Isaiah Wynn. He's 6-2, 313 pounds, usually the size for a guard. But started 15 games at left tackle in 2018, so maybe he's Nate Solder's replacement
    Wynn started 21 games at left tackle and 16 games at left guard in three seasons at UGA twitter.com/BenVolin/statu…

    Isaiah Wynn's @mockdraftable chart showing physical measurements. Numbers are percentiles vs. other iOL. Length is notable since his other numbers would be more in line with a guard than a tackle. https://pbs.twimg.com/media/DbwbYIxW0AAqREp.jpg

    The Panthers use the 24th pick on Maryland receiver D.J. Moore.
     
    Here's our scouting report on Moore: Big Ten Receiver of the Year who set a school record with 80 receptions in 2017. His short-area quickness is better than his pure speed and he could move to the slot in the NFL. 
    Rachel G Bowers, Producer 4/27/2018 2:45:56 AM
    Welcome to my dawg @iwynn77 so proud and happy for you brother. Now let’s go to work. Oh yeah dinner is on you!
    At No. 25, the Ravens select, South Carolina TE Hayden Hurst.
     
    Here's our scouting report on Hurst: Hurst is a polished player with a versatile game. The former minor league pitcher is a well-rounded athlete, but his two-year baseball detour does mean he’ll enter the NFL at age 25.
    Rachel G Bowers, Producer 4/27/2018 2:53:22 AM
    Ravens draft TE Hayden Hurst. Orioles could use him, too
    Of course the Patriots draft Isaiah Wynn to play LT! @BigDuke50 has been telling me for weeks that even though he's… twitter.com/i/web/status/9…
    The Falcons use the 26th pick on Alabama WR Calvin Ridley.

    Here's our scouting report on Ridley: Consensus top pick of the receivers with great speed and ability to separate. Only major knock is that his thin frame can get pushed around.
     
    A closer look at Ridley, via STATS Inc.: 
     
    Overview: The top receiver recruit in the nation, Ridley chose Alabama and thrived as a true freshman despite not enrolling until fall of 2015, totaling 1,045 yards and seven scores on 89 catches in 15 games (11 starts).

    His production dipped a bit from 2016-17 (135 catches, 1736 yards, 12 TDs in 29 games) as the Tide threw less and ran more, but he averaged 15.3 yards per catch in 2017 (up from 11.7 in 2015,10.7 in 2016) and earned first-team All-SEC honors.
    He tied for sixth among wideouts at the NFL Scouting Combine in the 40-yard dash (4.43 seconds) but did very poorly in the vertical (tied third-to-last at 31 inches) and broad (last with 110 inches) jumps.

    Analysis: Despite fewer opportunities from 2016-17, Ridley is a polished all-around receiver with big-play explosiveness. He has easy speed (4.43-second 40-yard dash) and fluidity, and runs a full route tree with precision, making every route look the same off the line. When throws are off, he can track the ball and adjust for the catch. He lined up everywhere and grew mentally during college.

    Ridley’s biggest concern is a lean frame and lack of play strength, which is most concerning against press coverage. He must get stronger or develop better tricks in his release, or production will be inconsistent. His lack of strength also shows up at the catch point, and while he’s elusive, he’s not a tackle-breaker. He also had 20 college drops.

    Ridley turns 24 in December, but he’s mature and should start from Day 1. His progress against press will determine his ceiling.
    Rachel G Bowers, Producer 4/27/2018 2:58:12 AM
    Wynn watched the draft from home. Said he talked to the Patriots at the combine, but that was pretty much it in terms of pre-draft contact with the team.
    by Nora Princiotti via twitter edited by Rachel G Bowers, Producer 4/27/2018 3:03:15 AM
    We learn yet again that pre-draft visits and workouts mean nothing with the Patriots twitter.com/NoraPrinciotti…
    Wynn was asked how it feels to go to the Patriots. Mid-answer he started cackling with glee. Seems pretty psyched.
    by Nora Princiotti via twitter edited by Rachel G Bowers, Producer 4/27/2018 3:05:27 AM
    With the 27th pick, the Seahawks take San Diego State RB Rashaad Penny.

    Here's our scouting report on Penny: An exceptional return man, he finally got his chance to start at RB as a senior and terrorized the Mountain West. Has very light feet and slipperiness, especially for his size. Possesses the power to pulverize defensive backs.
     
    A closer look at Penny, via STATS Inc.: 
     
    Overview: It is uncommon to lose one 2,000-yard rusher and replace him with another one. But that’s what happened at San Diego State, with Penny stepping into the spotlight to replace FBS all-time leading rusher Donnel Pumphrey.

    Pumphrey improved his production every season, even rushing for 1,005 yards and 11 touchdowns as a junior despite starting only one game. With Pumphrey in the NFL last season, Penny led the FBS with 2,248 rushing yards and 2,974 all-purpose yards, which earned him a top-five finish for the Heisman trophy.

    He finished his college career with a staggering 7.5 yards per carry average and 38 touchdowns, earning consensus All-American honors and conference Offensive Player of the Year as a senior.

    Analysis: Penny might not be elite in any one area, but he is solid across the board - vision, patience, balance, inside toughness. He finds slivers of daylight and hits them, bursting to the second level with force. Penny trusts the play design and doesn’t waste time in the backfield.

    He has improved as a receiver, but his primary flaw is exposed in pass protection, missing blitzers and getting his quarterback hit. However, his value on special teams (tied the FBS record with seven kickoff returns and eight total returns) will be appealing to NFL teams. Penny might not be overly flashy, but he is durable, reliable and the production speaks for itself and he projects as a potential starter at the next level.
    Rachel G Bowers, Producer 4/27/2018 3:06:42 AM
    Wynn had labrum surgery in January. Says he should be good to go for minicamp. @tomecurran points out he won’t be allowed to answer those types of questions much longer.
    by Nora Princiotti via twitter edited by Rachel G Bowers, Producer 4/27/2018 3:09:02 AM
    Rachel G Bowers, Producer 4/27/2018 3:09:09 AM
    Patriots' first round pick is coming off an injury twitter.com/NoraPrinciotti…
    Wynn: “I’m just always smiling...I’m a very lovable guy.”
    by Nora Princiotti via twitter edited by Rachel G Bowers, Producer 4/27/2018 3:10:27 AM
    The Steelers use the 28th pick on Virginia Tech S Terrell Edmunds.
     
    A closer look at Edmunds, via STATS Inc.: 
     
    Overview: One of three brothers to play for the Hokies, Edmunds was a three-star recruit of high school who wound up on the field as a redshirt freshman. He comes from a family of athletes with father, Ferrell a former third-round pick of the Dolphins and mother, Felecia, a college hurdler. Oldest broth Trey signed with the Saints after the 2017 draft. Brother Tremaine is a first-round linebacker prospect in 2018.

    Edmunds played at a different position each of his three seasons with the Hokies, moving from cornerback as a freshman to rover as a sophomore and free safety in 2017, when he made 59 tackles, defended six passes and intercepted two passes. Edmunds showed the ability to play in the tackle box as an eighth defender against the run, and for that reason, some scouts believe he projects as a strong safety in the NFL.

    Analysis: Because of limited suddenness and recovery speed, Edmunds could struggle in coverage, especially against savvy route-runners in space. He holds his own on long routes with building speed over distance. He acquired a reputation as a jack-of-all-trades in college leaves him as a master of none at the NFL level and more of a backup or special teams ace.

    However, his ability to play three positions as well as contribute to special teams will make him a nice value pick for someone. An ideal situation for him would be to land with a team that understands his strength is in helping support the run and plays a zone defense.
    Rachel G Bowers, Producer 4/27/2018 3:12:07 AM
    So great to see Ryan Shazier walking again. Best news of the night
    little dusty in our workroom here
    At No. 29, the Jaguars select Florida DT Taven Bryan.
     
    A closer look at Bryan, via STATS Inc.:
     
    Overview: SEC programs rarely spend time recruiting in Wyoming, but Bryan - or "Wyoming Wildman" as his Gator teammates call him - had the raw talent in high school to attract teams like Florida to the rural plains of Casper, Wyoming. The son of a Navy SEAL, Bryan was a standout offensive tackle and defensive tackle at Natrona County, leading the team to consecutive state championships as a junior and senior.
    The Gators lured him to Gainesville, where he redshirted and spent the next two seasons as a reserve. Taking over for Caleb Brantley, Bryan impressed with 37 tackles, 6.0 tackles for loss and 4.0 sacks as a first-year starter in 2017, drawing enough attention from NFL scouts that he left college early for the pros.

    Analysis: The Florida roster is full of top-tier athletes, but at 291 pounds, Bryan might have been the most impressive athlete in that locker room. He plays loose, with the lower-body explosion to surge off the ball and penetrate gaps. Bryan, who grew up working with his father’s construction business, has skilled hands to snatch blockers at the point of attack, disposing of them when he uses proper push-pull technique.
    While the highlights make you sit up in your seat, Bryan is also undeveloped in areas, most notably his subpar mechanics, relying on his natural gifts to get the job done. And while he loves to shoot gaps, he tends to do so at the expense of the run game, leaving gaping holes for runners to advance to the second level. Production isn’t always not an accurate indicator of on-field traits, but with Bryan, his 10.5 career tackles for loss illustrates that while supremely talented, he is also still developing. Nonetheless, teams want to work with his traits, possibly as early as the top 25.
     
    Rachel G Bowers, Producer 4/27/2018 3:17:26 AM
    The Vikings take Central Florida CB Mike Hughes with the 30th pick.
     
    Here's our scouting report on Hughes: Exceptional athlete with good quickness and suddenness. Has excellent recognition skills and doesn’t get burned often. One of the top kick returners in the draft. Started at North Carolina but was suspended after a fraternity-house ruckus.
    Rachel G Bowers, Producer 4/27/2018 3:22:39 AM

    The Patriots use their second pick of the first round to draft Georgia RB Sony Michel at No. 31.

    Here's our scouting report on Michel: An explosive runner who flashes initial quickness and sustained speed and power. Michel gets to the hole in a hurry and is a scoring threat from anywhere on the field. Must prove he can pick up the blitz at this level.

    Rachel G Bowers, Producer 4/27/2018 3:26:40 AM
    With the 31st pick, the Patriots select Georgia RB Sony Michel. Never thought I'd see Belichick draft a RB in the first round, but here we are...
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