NFL Network analyst Daniel Jeremiah updated his top 50 prospects for the 2019 NFL Draft on Monday, and also took part in a national conference call to talk about this week's start of the NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis.
Here are some of the highlights from that call:
1. Mississippi State defensive end Montez Sweat (6-6, 252) was really impressive at the Senior Bowl last month, and can further impress teams this week at the Combine.
Jeremiah thinks the conversation about where Sweat might be drafted starts with the Detroit Lions at No. 8. He also mentioned Green Bay at 12 and Carolina at 16.
"That's how you want to draw up a defensive end," Jeremiah said of Sweat. "That's what you want him to look like. He is tall, long and explosive. He has a unique ability to be able to bend and wrap at the top of his rush."
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2. Another edge rusher who could interest the Lions at No. 8 is Clemson defensive end Clelin Ferrell. When asked about Ferrell, Jeremiah said he's more effort than he is pure explosion, but that Ferrell's a player who can stay on the field every down because of his ability to rush and also set the edge and play well in the run game. Jeremiah loves Ferrell's motor and tenacity. He thinks he can be a 10-12 sack player, who never has to come off the field.
3. The Lions have been linked to Iowa tight end T.J. Hockenson with the No. 8 pick in some mock drafts. It makes sense. The Lions obviously have a need at the position, but if they skip tight end at No. 8 and look to bolster the position Day 2 of the draft, who might be a couple names that fit?
Jeremiah raved about the potential of San Diego State's Kahale Warring, who he says is going to impress at the Combine. Warring was late to football, but has a ton of athletic ability and upside. He could be a second-round pick.
Another name mentioned for Day 2 was Stanford's Kaden Smith, who Jeremiah said made the most contested catches of any tight end last year. Smith can play in-line and off the line of scrimmage.
4. Staying with tight ends, Jeremiah called Hockenson "the safest player in the draft," for his ability to help right away as a pass catcher and blocker in the run game.
5. LSU cornerback Greedy Williams has been one of the tougher evaluations for Jeremiah in this class. Jeremiah loves his height, length and ball skills, but questions his short area quickness and feistiness. He called Williams a liability in the run game because he doesn't play with an edge or physicality. Jeremiah said teams are all over the board with their evaluations of Williams.
6. The 2019 NFL Draft is all about the big guys along the defensive line, Jeremiah said in his opening statement of the conference call. He loves this class of defensive linemen, both on the interior and the edge.
7. He also talked about the tight end position being very strong. Hockenson (Iowa), Irv Smith Jr. (Alabama) and Noah Fant (Iowa) could all be first-round selections.
"One of the better tight end drafts we've had in a while with premier top-end guys as well as a lot of depth all the way through," he said.
8. Where is this draft light? Jeremiah believes it to be at the linebacker position, especially inside linebackers.
9. Theo Riddick is entering the final year of his contract. Could the Lions look to add depth to their backfield with a pass-catching runner? Three names that could make sense in the middle rounds of the draft, according to Jeremiah, are James Williams (Washington State), Miles Sanders (Penn State) and Bryce Love (Stanford).
10. Jeremiah sees Marquise Brown (Oklahoma) and D.K. Metcalf (Ole Miss) as the only receivers likely to be drafted in the first round.