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2019 NFL Draft/Dynasty Rookie Draft Preview -- THEIR Top Three Defensive Tackle Prospects
Looking ahead to the 2019 NFL Draft/Dynasty Rookie Draft, etc., prospects. We’re going position by position (except OL) and looking at the top 3-5 expert consensus prospects (not my top 5). I’m doing an abbreviated study of a couple game tapes and review the performance numbers through 2017 and giving my initial impressions on these prospects.
Scouting with just eyes is dangerous. I’d like to have my computer scouting models helping me, but we cannot use that tool until the pre-draft measurables, etc., are recorded. I’m a pretty decent talent evaluator of just tape after all the years, but not without flaw.
So, with that – here’s my first impressions of spending a little time with each prospect. I’m going to rank them from worst-to-best of the group and assign a school letter scouting grade as well.
Raekwon Davis, Alabama (Early Prospect Grade: C-)
Has the size you’re looking for at 6’6”/300 (estimate), but on the tape I watched, he seemed very slow on the draw. I watched him against Auburn primarily and it was not good. He was a touch better in the other games I watched, but still nothing special. He’s an Alabama prospect; so he’ll get plenty of love, but I didn’t see ‘it’ in 2017.
Rashan Gary, Michigan (Early Prospect Grade: B)
Undersized DT at 6’4”/280…he played some DT on the tape I saw, but mostly works as a 3-4 DE -- and he was a menace as a 3-4 DE. Very quick. Doesn’t have the body optics you want in a DT, and he needs work in the weight room but has the ‘country strong’ body that can work in the league. He can play -- the question is whether to leave him as a 3-4 DE or bulk up to be a radical 285-290 pound DT.
Ed Oliver, Houston (Early Prospect Grade: A+)
My scouting of Oliver can be summarized in one word…’wow’. He’s a freak. 6’2”/280 playing DT and he’s virtually unblockable. He looks and moves like a power tailback or a sweet middle linebacker but he’s a legit DL. He does drop back into playing like a linebacker occasionally, but he’s a DL prospect for sure.
Oliver is not just good, he’s potentially great…like #1 pick in the draft great, possible an “Aaron Donald” kind ofgreat. 138 tackles and 38.5 TFLs his first two college seasons (24 games).
He’s doubled all the time so it’s hard to really see how great he is just from the numbers. Although they’re nice, they could be crazy good numbers without all the extra blocking. He could have a monster 2018, unless doubled and tripled all the time. Oliver is a freak of nature prospect, potentially.