Reiding Between the Lines: Scouting Journal — April 26

Reiding Between the Lines: Scouting Journal — April 26

Climbing The Pocket
Climbing The Pocket
Reiding Between the Lines: Scouting Journal — April 26

It is finally here!

We made it to draft day. The 2018 NFL Draft is upon us and there are lots of events that have happened that have led up to this point. The draft is one of the most highly viewed events of the sports calendar year.

What makes the draft so unique? It is the one event that unites fans from every team and it gives them the allusion of hope. I compare it to Christmas Day, as every team is going to get new presents, but you have no idea what it may be or what it will become in future years down the road.

With that being said, this weeks “Reiding Between the Lines” scouting journal is jam packed with a multitude of draft information. I give four bold predictions, the latest draft news and rumors from around the league, my final first-round mock draft, and we end it with a 6-pack of final thoughts.


Four Bold NFL Draft Predictions

  • Mason Rudolph will be drafted ahead of Lamar Jackson

It’s hard to get a gauge on Rudolph’s draft stock. If you ask five different evaluators, you most likely will get five different opinions on him. They’re reportedly are teams that have him graded as a first-rounder, while some others have him as an early Day 3 pick. Lately, there seems to be some steam about him going on the first night of the draft. Teams highly covet that fifth-year option in rookie contracts and it could become essential, especially with a quarterback like Rudolph, who’s considered a developmental prospect.

  • Roger Goodell will mispronounce Vita Vea’s name at the podium

There seems to be at least one name a year that Goodell completely butchers. The worst came in 2015, when he destroyed Titans quarterback Marcus Mariota’s last name. The Commissioner later on called and apologized to Mariota for the mistake. Vita Vea seems like a simple name, but there are lots of different ways that you could pronounce it if you don’t know the proper way to say his name.

The proper pronunciation is Vita (VEET-uh) Vea (VAY-uh).

  • Orlando Brown won’t be drafted until Day 3

Arguably the most disappointing story of the pre-draft process was Brown’s performance at the NFL Combine. It was historically bad and something that no one seen coming. The team that drafts him is really going to have to trust the tape with him because his testing results were extremely poor. He improved upon those numbers at his pro day, but they still were among the lower percentiles of the entire offensive line crop. Brown’s film is very good and you saw an offensive tackle that was dominating as a pass protector and as a run blocker, but will his lack of strength and flexibility translate to the NFL? That’s something that I can’t wait to see.

  • There will only be two offensive lineman drafted tonight

This is an extremely bold prediction, but hey, that’s why we’re doing this. I’m going out on a limb here and predicting that a pair of Notre Dame offensive lineman will be the only two prospects to hear their names called on the first night of the draft. Mike McGlinchey and Quenton Nelson are considered to be the two top players at their respective positions. Nelson is projected to go within the top-8 picks, while McGlinchey’s stock has risen quite a bit over the past month and he is now firmly in the top-20 discussion, even as high as No. 10 overall to the Oakland Raiders.

Latest Draft Notes/Rumors

  • Billy Price’s injury is not a concern anymore

Great news came out about former Ohio State center Billy Price. The latest from states that his surgically repaired pectoral is no longer a concern and he is expected to make a full recovery by training camp, where he will not have any limitations. Prior to his injury prior at the Combine, he broke the school record, starting 55 consecutive games.

  • Frank Ragnow’s stock is soaring

There hasn’t been a prospect in this draft that has seen his stock improve more within the past month than Ragnow. After being seen as a Day 2 selection following ankle surgery, which sidelined him for the latter half of the 2017 season, he is now firmly in the first-round discussions. Keep an eye on the Bengals (No. 21), Panthers (No. 24), Saints (No. 27) and Vikings (No. 30). Those teams have been linked as ideal landing spots for the former Razorback.

  • Maurice Hurst may slip to Day 3

It was a story that surfaced at the Scouting Combine during the medical testing portion where Hurst was found to have some complications with his heart. It proved to be a genetic trait that his father, Maurice Hurst Sr., also tested positive for during his NFL playing career with the Patriots. Hurst is currently my No. 16 ranked player overall and I think he’s a special talent, but any issues centering around a heart condition is a very serious matter. We saw a similar situation happen with Star Lotulelei during the 2013 draft, but he still ended up being the 14th overall pick by the Carolina Panthers. On the opposite end of the spectrum, we saw Nick Fairley’s career come to a close because of a similar heart situation. Even though he was cleared by Michigan’s training staff, it’s a huge risk taking Hurst early on in the draft because of his situation. If he does go on to have a long career where the heart condition doesn’t effect him, he will be a huge steal for the team that selects him.

  • Antonio Callaway failed drug test at the NFL Combine

Coming into this process, Callaway already had a laundry list of off-the-field issues and some that prevented him from playing during the 2017 season. He did not help himself at all by testing positive for marijuana at the Combine. This just adds another red flag to a resume that already had multiple negatives on it. Many believe that he has early round talent, but his off-the-field antics make it very hard for teams to trust him. It would not surprise me one bit if he ends up being undrafted, but there will be a huge bidding war for his services as soon as the last pick of the draft is announced.


Mock Draft: 3.0

1. cleveland-browns-logo Cleveland Browns: QB/Sam Darnold  USC

Needs: QB, CB, OT, S, WR

It is time for the Browns to find “their guy” at quarterback. Everyone knows the awful history of draft selections that they have made in years past, but with general manager John Dorsey now at the helm and already having a bunch of draft capital in his back pocket, this is the year where he has to select the signal-caller to stamp his early tenure with in Cleveland. Sam Darnold possesses upside, as he already has the intangibles, leadership, and mobility needed to succeed, but he has some mechanical flaws and decision making issues that he needs to correct. Sitting a handful of games behind the already entrenched starter in Tyrod Taylor will help him and his development going forward. Only being 20 years old, he has plenty of time to learn and development his overall game.


2. new-york-giants-logo New York Giants: RB/Saquon Barkley  Penn State

Needs: QB, OL, RB, EDGE, WR

With a new regime in town, Dave Gettleman and Pat Shurmur are faced with the first big decision of their tenure. They seem like they are all in on Eli Manning and maximizing the last few years of his career, but it is not often that you have a top-5 pick in a draft that’s loaded with quarterbacks. Gettleman has no problems taking a running back early on in the draft, as he just did it just a year ago with Christian McCaffrey. He repeats it again and adds Barkley to the core of Manning, Odell Beckham Jr, Evan Engram and Sterling Shepard.


3. new-york-jets-logo New York Jets: QB/Baker Mayfield Oklahoma

Needs: QB, EDGE, OG, OT, WR

The Jets made a trade with the Indianapolis Colts to jump up to the No. 3 overall pick. The trade came surprisingly early, but they wanted to ensure that they got one of the top quarterbacks in this draft. They signed Josh McCown to continue to be the veteran leader and taking a swing on Teddy Bridgewater, who’s still recovering from a knee injury that he suffered prior to the 2016 season. There still isn’t a potential long-term answer at the quarterback spot. Mayfield had the personality, swagger and playing-style that welcomes the limelight and it is easy to see how he could potentially succeed in the bright lights of New York.


4. buffalo-bills-logo Buffalo Bills (Trade w/CLE): QB/Josh Allen Wyoming

*Trade Details: Buffalo trades two first-round picks (No. 12 and 22), a second-round (No. 53) and a fourth-round pick (No. 121) to Cleveland

Needs: QB, OL, WR, S, LB

After signing A.J. McCarron during free agency, there’s still plenty of questions surrounding their situation under-center. It’s no secret that the Bills are targeting a quarterback in this draft. After making an early trade with the Bengals, swapping Cordy Glenn and first-round picks, they previously held the No. 12 overall pick. They elect to make another trade with the Browns and ahead of the Broncos to lock up one of the top choices on their board in Allen. There have been lots of pre-draft talk of Allen landing here and it seems to be the most logical fit for both sides.


5.denver-broncos-logo Denver Broncos: G/Quenton Nelson Notre Dame

Needs: CB, EDGE, OL, TE, WR

Case Keenum is the present and John Elway has already made it clear that the “fifth overall pick is for sale”. After shipping Trevor Siemian to the Vikings, there’s a sense that the organization still believes in Paxton Lynch and his future development going forward. With that being said, Elways opts to provide protection up-front and takes the best offensive lineman in the draft. The Broncos have now invested their last two first-round picks (Garett Bolles) on rebuilding the offensive line.


6. miami-dolphins-logo Miami Dolphins (Trade w/IND): QB/Josh Rosen — UCLA

*Trade Details: Miami traded a first-round (No. 11), second-round (No. 42), fourth-round (No. 131) and a 2019 third-round pick to Indianapolis

Needs: DL, LB, QB, TE, CB

We have a trade! Miami has moved up to the Colts spot to get their quarterback of the future. There’s lots of reasons why this pick makes sense. Everyone has reported that the Colts are looking to move back again because of the lack of talent and depth on their roster. There’s various rumors about Josh Rosen slipping outside of the top-5 and I believe them. His personality isn’t for everyone and it seems to be rubbing lots of teams the wrong way. He must be paired with a young offensive coordinator who can relate to him. Ryan Tannehill is turning 30 years old this summer, coming off an ACL tear and there isn’t any more guaranteed money left on the 4-year/$77 million extension he signed in 2016. Rosen gives a face-lift to a franchise that has lost lots of talent this off-season and a backup plan for Tannehill just in case things go south.


7.tampa-bay-buccaneers-logoTampa Bay Buccaneers: EDGE/Bradley Chubb NC State

Needs: RB, CB, EDGE, S, OL

This is a best player available scenario situation for Tampa Bay and a player that they never dreamed would still be on the board at this spot. The Bucs finished last in the NFL in sacks a season ago (22). They have made improving their talent off of the edge an emphasis this off-season, as they acquired Jason Pierre-Paul from the Giants and signing Vinny Curry to a 3-year/$23 million deal, but the contract is essentially for 1-year/$6.5 million. This is why I think Chubb would still be in play here and it continues to strengthen one of the teams biggest weaknesses from a year ago. Loading up on pass rushers is solid for the Bucs, especially being in the NFC South, which is a division that is filled with talented quarterbacks and high powered offenses.


8. chicago-bears-logo Chicago Bears: LB/Tremaine Edmunds Virginia Tech

Needs: CB, OL, EDGE, DL, ILB

The Bears have had a terrific off-season adding lots of talent on offense. They have surrounded Mitchell Trubisky with a full arsenal of weapons and they have now positioned themselves to truly take the best player available on their board. Danny Trevathan is a solid piece in the middle of Vic Fangio’s 3-4 defense, but I would like to see them upgrade and find some more speed at the spot alongside him. This is a great spot for Edmunds. He would be a nice addition and fits the young, full of potential type of roster and culture that Ryan Pace is piecing together.


9. san-francisco-49ers-logo San Francisco 49ers: LB/Roquan Smith Georgia

Needs: EDGE, OG, CB, WR, TE

One of my favorite picks of the entire first-round is this.. The 49ers have arguably had the best off-season of any team and finding their potential franchise quarterback in Jimmy Garoppolo has expedited their rebuild process. With the disappointing news about Reuben Foster coming about and still with many other hurdles to clear, it is time for John Lynch to find his replacement. They can’t depend on Foster ever playing for them again even if he is cleared of all charges. They need to prepare as if he won’t return because if it were to happen again, they would already have his replacement in-house. Smith gives them a perfect replacement and a potential face of the franchise type of talent for their defense for the foreseeable future.


10. oakland-raiders-logoOakland Raiders: S/Derwin James Florida State

Needs: LB, CB, S, OT, DT

When you think of Jon Gruden’s coaching style and team identities from years past, you think of a tough, no nonsense, and gritty type of situation. The Raiders haven’t had an identity on defense for multiple years for many reasons. With James, he immediately brings a physical presence and attitude that’s reminiscent of Gruden’s teams in years past. Their secondary needs an upgrade on the back-end. James brings that and much more as soon as his name is called on draft night.


11. indianapolis-colts-logoIndianapolis Colts: CB/Denzel Ward Ohio State

Needs: EDGE, LB, OL, WR, DT

After trading back and collecting picks, the Colts are now in firm position to stock their roster with talent and depth. For a roster that is one of the worst in the NFL, hitting on multiple picks is vital. There’s many ways that they could go with this pick, but they opt to add to their secondary and find someone opposite of Quincy Wilson. Adding Ward to the secondary that already includes Wilson and Malik Hooker would have the makings of a very nice and young back-end of the future.


12. cleveland-browns-logo Cleveland Browns (Trade w/BUF): OT/Mike McGlinchey  Notre Dame

*Trade Details: Buffalo traded two first-round picks (No. 12 and 22), a second-round (No. 53) and a fourth-round pick (No. 121) to Cleveland

Needs: QB, CB, OT, S, WR

After collecting multiple picks from the Bills, who traded up for Josh Allen, the franchise is once again in position to make multiple first-round selections. The stalwart, Joe Thomas, announced his retirement, but the team went and signed Chris Hubbard to a 5-year, $37.5 million deal. The teams starter at left tackle is currently Shon Coleman. They need an upgrade there. This would be a great spot for McGlinchey. Landing in a situation where he could immediately be the teams solution at left tackle.


13. washington-redskins-logo Washington Redskins: S/Minkah Fitzpatrick  Alabama

Needs: DT, LB, CB, OG, QB

Safeties D.J. Swearinger and Montae Nicholson were surprise positives in the Redskins secondary a season ago, but they still could look to get a higher end talent at those spots. They need help in the middle of their defense, and you could argue that Vita Vea would be a great pick here. Fitzpatrick is just too good to turn down though. There’s mixed opinions, but many evaluators consider him a blue-chip type of talent. The Redskins getting him to replace Kendall Fuller would be a fantastic pick. He provides value as a safety, nickel corner, and blitzer in multiple packages. Green Bay Packers: EDGE/Harold Landry  Boston College

Needs: CB, EDGE, OT, WR, ILB

It is arguable that the team could look to upgrade their secondary, but the player that they really wanted went a pick prior to their selection. Clay Matthews will be 32 years old next season and entering the final year of a 5-year, $66 million extension that he signed in 2014. It would be wise for the team to draft an edge rusher at this spot. Landry fits in perfectly with new defensive coordinator Mike Pettine’s scheme. The talented edge rusher provides most of his value as a pass-rusher. He could come in and be an immediate solution to the teams pass rushing woes of previous seasons.


15. Image result for dallas cowboys logo pngDallas Cowboys: WR/D.J. Moore Maryland

*Trade Details: Cowboys traded a 4th-round pick (No. 137) to Arizona

Needs: WR, DT, LB, OG, TE

The Cowboys have lots of holes, but luckily there’s plenty of talent in this class in the spots that they need to fill. Left guard and defensive tackle are two of their positional needs. The Dez Bryant saga has come to a close and it’s believed that they will be in hot pursuit to fill the huge hole that they have at wide receiver. Their love for Courtland Sutton has been well documented, but reports are that they see him as more of a second-round prospect. Similar reports have them keyed on Leighton Vander Esch, Vita Vea, and D.J. Moore with this pick. With all three available, they move up ahead of the Ravens to ensure that they get the top receiver on their board.


16.baltimore-ravens-logo Baltimore Ravens: WR/Calvin Ridley Alabama

Needs: WR, TE, ILB, OL, QB

After drafting C.J. Mosely and Marlon Humphrey, Ozzie Newsome’s love for former Alabama players and his alma mater continue. This pick makes a lot of sense because it fills their biggest position of need and gives them talented youth to a part of the depth chart that desperately needs it. Ridley quickly becomes a weapon for Joe Flacco opposite of Michael Crabtree.


17.san-diego-chargers-logo Los Angeles Chargers: DT/Vita Vea Washington

Needs: OT, ILB, DT, QB, S

There’s rumors about the Chargers potentially looking for the heir apparent to Philip Rivers, but that is a rumor that we hear every draft and the team has quickly brushed that off with their draft outcomes. With Rivers signed through the 2019 season, the team looks to keep loading up their defense with a huge plugger in the middle. With supremely talented edge rushers in Melvin Ingram and Joey Bosa, now adding Vea to the mix, it gives the team one of the better defensive fronts in the league.


18. seattle-seahawks-logo Seattle Seahawks: G/Isaiah Wynn  Georgia

Needs: OL, CB, DT, TE, S

Acquiring left tackle Duane Brown mid-season from the Texans was a step in the right direction as to finding protection for Russell Wilson. It still seems like a group that needs a lot of help though.  Ethan Pocic is an interior building block for the future and they signed D.J. Fluker this off-season, but he shouldn’t deter them away from looking to upgrade at guard. Adding Wynn would continue to improve one of the biggest weak spots on the roster.


19.arizona-cardinals-logoArizona Cardinals (Trade w/DAL): QB/Lamar Jackson Louisville

Needs: QB, OL, WR, CB, S

Signing Sam Bradford and Mike Glennon this offseason should be seen as a band-aid for the Steve Wilks regime. Everyone knows that you can not count on Bradford staying healthy for an extended period of time and there are clear talent upgrades in this draft class over Glennon. Insert Lamar Jackson and now you have a young and exciting player for the future. In Wilks’ time with the Panthers, he saw what a dynamic and dual threat signal-caller brings to the table. Jackson could bring that same type of ability, presence and command in one of the toughest divisions in the NFL.


20. detroit-lions-logoDetroit Lions: EDGE/Marcus Davenport  UTSA

Needs: EDGE, TE, RB, OG, LB

The Lions depth on the edges is very thin. With Ezekiel Ansah playing on the franchise tag for the duration of the 2018 season, and turning 30 years old this summer, there is no guarantee that his future in Detroit will extend past this upcoming season. Davenport gives them a Day 1 starter opposite of Ansah and he immediately provides a pass rushing presence off of the edge, which is what they have been starving for. Matt Patricia loves molding projects and this is the perfect pick and prospect for that.


21. cincinnati-bengals-logo Cincinnati Bengals: C/Frank Ragnow  Arkansas

Needs: OL, LB, CB, DT, QB

The Russell Bodine experiment at center has finally come to a close, as he signed with the Buffalo Bills this off-season. The Bengals now have huge holes on their interior offensive line at center and right guard. Ragnow provides an upgrade from Bodine in every category. Ragnow is very reliable and advanced in his technique and he without question could step in right away and give the Bengals the best center that they have had in a long time.


22.cleveland-browns-logo Cleveland Browns (Trade w/BUF): CB/Jaire Alexander  Louisville

*Trade Details: Buffalo traded two first-round picks (No. 12 and 22), a second-round (No. 53) and a fourth-round pick (No. 121) to Cleveland

Needs: QB, CB, OT, S, WR

After trading back with the Bills and picking up another first-round pick, the Browns make three first-round selections for the second consecutive year. They continue to stockpile talent at multiple positions. After inking cornerback T.J. Carrie to a 4-year/$31 million deal, he was signed to obviously be a starter, but opposite of him there remains a huge question mark. Reports have already surfaced that the team is prepared to move on from Jamar Taylor if they find an upgrade through the draft. That is exactly what they find here. Alexander brings swagger and confidence to a franchise and secondary that needs it. New England Patriots: OT/Kolton Miller — UCLA

Needs: CB, OT, QB, LB, S

This is one of those picks that just seems like it’s bound to happen. With Nate Solder now moving on to the New York Giants, the team now has a big hole at left tackle. After spending a third-round pick on Antonio Garcia a year ago, he didn’t see any action in his rookie season. Miller is a huge project, but his stellar performance at the Combine and due to the lack of depth in this tackle class, teams will be running to the podium to select the former UCLA offensive tackle because of his potential and upside.


24.carolina-panthers-logoCarolina Panthers: WR/Mike Hughes UCF

Needs: WR, CB, EDGE, OL, S

After the whole Bashaud Breeland failed physical mishap, the Panthers are in need of an upgrade at either cornerback spots. James Bradberry and Kevon Seymour are currently projected to be their starters. Hughes brings a high end talent that neither one of the projected starters brings to the table. He’s scheme versatile and fully capable of playing on the outside or in the slot, which gives them insurance in case the Captain Munnerlyn experiment takes a downturn. The former UCF standout also brings value as a return specialist, which is an added asset.


25.tennessee-titans-logo Tennessee Titans: LB/Leighton Vander Esch Boise State

Needs: EDGE, ILB, WR, DL, OG

The Titans made a surprising coaching change, firing head coach Mike Mularkey and bringing in Mike Vrabel, who has been known for his defensive prowess and ability to relate to players. After the departure of Avery Williamson to the Jets, the team has a huge hole right in the middle of their defense. With Vrabel being a defensive head coach, he’s going to want to replenish that side of the ball. Vander Esch brings a much needed presence to the middle of the Tennessee defense.


26.atlanta-falcons-logo Atlanta Falcons: DT/Taven Bryan Florida

Needs: DT, WR, TE, DE

The Falcons defense is filled with young stars on all three levels. Grady Jarrett, Deion Jones and Keanu Neal all seem to be franchise cornerstones for years to come, but Dan Quinn’s defense needs to find another penetrating interior defensive lineman opposite of Jarrett. With Dontari Poe moving on to the Panthers, they need someone that has the flexibility to play bothone and three-technique. Bryan fits their athletic profile and is exactly what they covet. New Orleans Saints: TE/Dallas Goedert South Dakota State

Needs: TE, WR, OL, EDGE, QB

A heartbreaking 29-24 loss to the Vikings ended the Saints season abruptly. Their offense is loaded and the 2017 draft class set the bar extremely high entering this offseason. With Alvin Kamara and Michael Thomas in place as building blocks for the future, there remains a huge hole at tight end. Goedert is a much needed upgrade there and would give Drew Brees yet another weapon.


28.pittsburgh-steelers-logo Pittsburgh Steelers: LB/Rashaan Evans Alabama

Needs: ILB, WR, RB, S, OL

With Ryan Shazier’s career in question, the Steelers have huge shoes to fill in the middle of their defense. Evans is one of those prospects that epitomizes what it means and looks like to be a Pittsburgh Steeler. He’s hard-nosed and plays extremely physical. The former Alabama standout would be a plug and play option. Evans would bring the attitude and mentality to that side of the ball, which needs it badly.


29.jacksonville-jaguars-logo Jacksonville Jaguars: G/Will Hernandez UTEP

Needs: OT, LB, WR, QB, CB

Tom Coughlin has copied the blueprint that helped him win multiple Super Bowls with the New York Giants. Developing a suffocating defense and a dominant running game. It has made the Jaguars roster quarterback proof and they are on their well to a very successful future after suffering a disappointing 24-20 loss to the Patriots in the AFC Championship game. They have a lot of money invested in center Brandon Linder and signing guard Andrew Norwell to a hefty 5-year/$66.5 million deal this offseason. Coughlin firmly believes that the teams running game could be even better. Adding Hernandez would be a perfect fit here in their man blocking scheme and it gives them an upgrade from right guard A.J. Cann.


30.vikings_logo Minnesota Vikings: OT/Connor Williams — Texas

Needs: OL, DT, CB, TE, S

From top to bottom, there aren’t many needs on the Vikings roster. General manager Rick Spielman has done a solid job of drafting and filling the teams roster with talent throughout his tenure. One of the most glaring holes is at interior offensive line though. Luckily this is a very strong interior offensive line class. Minnesota takes Williams here in hopes of him playing at right tackle or right guard. Considered one of the best offensive lineman prospects in the draft, but he has some questions as to which position would be the best fit. Regardless, getting Williams here would be tremendous value at a clear position of need. New England Patriots: CB/Josh Jackson — Iowa

Needs: CB, LB, QB, OL, S

The divorce with Malcolm Butler was one of the more awkward story lines this offseason, but now it is time for the team to find a long-term solution opposite of Stephon Gilmore. There’s some concerns about Jackson’s technique and scheme versatility, but the Patriots getting him here at this spot in the latter half of the first-round would be a steal. Putting him opposite of Gilmore would give Belichick’s defense one of the better young tandems throughout the league.


32. philadelphia-eagles-logo Philadelphia Eagles: RB/Derrius Guice  LSU

Needs: TE, LB, RB, OL, WR

Guice has had a bit of an unfair and tumultuous pre-draft processes. There have been lots of false off-the-field rumors that have come up about him, but there hasn’t been one to be proven true. His story is phenomenal and slipping this far in the draft will only be another added chapter to it. Adding him to the trio of Jay Ajayi and Corey Clement gives the Eagles yet another three-headed monster in the backfield.



Six-Pack of Final Thoughts


1. Cool Announcement: KFAN Radio Appearance with Paul Allen (@PAOnTheMic)

A huge accomplishment for me in my short career is that I will be making an appearance with one of the best play-by-play announcers in the business in Paul Allen. He has given me the opportunity to join his radio show (KFAN 1003) today at 12 pm noon ET to discuss the Minnesota Vikings upcoming draft plans. It’s surreal being on a radio station that you use to listen to everyday for years.


Make sure to tune in: KFAN Radio 1003


2. Favorite Pre-Draft and Draft Day Rituals

Yesterday, I put up a question asking my Twitter followers what was their favorite draft day rituals. This one by Jake Johnson stood out the most and I thought it was unique, interactive and fantastic.

My favorite draft day rituals include watching Kevin Costner in the movie “Draft Day”. There’s mixed opinions about that movie, but I personally love it. Once the draft begins, I have two laptops in front of me. One is used for tracking the turned in picks and my big board, while another is used to start working on a post-draft article for all teams involved.

Exciting times!


3. “All or Nothing” series with the Dallas Cowboys

Back in 2016 when this series first aired with the Arizona Cardinals, it quickly caught my attention. Viewers get behind the scenes looks that we aren’t accustomed to and we get to see the ins and outs of every day life in the NFL throughout the duration of the season and into the post-season. The Cowboys never disappoint in the drama department and I can’t wait to watch this series. From some of the previews, it already looks as if it will be very entertaining.


4. My 2018 NFL Draft Guide 

My 2018 NFL Draft Guide is still available for purchase. For only $5, you get 175+ scouting reports, positional rankings, grades, and schemes, but most importantly your money is donated to charity.

Jordan Reid’s 2018 NFL Draft Guide

2018 NFL Draft Guide from @JReidDraftScout, including his big board, positional rankings, and scouting notes. *Draft Guide will be sent to the email address associated with your PayPal account unless otherwise noted*


All of the proceeds from this project will be donated to the Raleigh Rise Against Hunger Organization in Raleigh, North Carolina. This was designed to benefit both sides. You’re getting a wealth of draft information, but also donating to a great cause to fight the war against poverty and hunger.


5. Thank You

As another draft season comes to a close, there have been so many people that have helped me pursue my passion and get to this point. There’s multiple people that I could thank, including the people who constantly support my work. I genuinely thank you and everything that has transpired this draft season was great. The 2018 draft class was an awesome experience, but there obviously is plenty of work to be done and of course, there’s many special things planned for 2019 as well.


6. Weekly Podcast Links

Climbing the Pocket: Episode 88



For more NFL Draft news and analysis, follow J.R. on Twitter @JReidDraftScout

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