We made it. The 2019 NFL Draft - all seven rounds of it - have concluded. Our watch is over, right? Not so fast my friend! The Philadelphia Eagles and the rest of the NFL teams still have to open up the Rolodex and find the hidden gems of the hidden gems.
All but eight players have been selected from my top 100 big board. It’s pretty bare bones in the next set as well. That doesn’t mean there aren’t players out there that can make a roster, as undrafted free agents do every year.
Some players fell out of the draft not because of on-field talent, but off-field concerns. For instance, teams shied away from Miami defensive tackle Gerald Willis III despite 18.0 tackles for loss and 4 sacks. He was seen by many by at least a top 100 selection. Events surrounding his dismissal from the Florida Gators in 2015 may have a role in his availability.
The highest player left on my personal big board is North Dakota State running back Bruce Anderson, who I had a mid-to-late third round value on. Coming into the draft I saw him as a good chance to be selected in day three. But alas, my draft crush remains jobless, at least regarding the NFL.
If you’re looking for a pass-catcher, you could do worse than Texas Tech’s Antoine Wesley and Missouri’s Emanuel Hall. For Hall to blaze a 4.39 40-yard dash at the NFL Combine and still remain is one of the bigger mysteries to this point. He agrees with that sentiment.
Believe me when I say that I don’t need no more motivation. Who ever gets me this fall is getting a dog https://t.co/UNFQhP6bsd— Emanuel Hall (@emanuelhall) April 27, 2019
The best quarterback remaining on the board is a darling of The QB Scho Show, Boise State’s Brett Rypien. Lacking high end tools, Rypien still brings high football intelligence, accuracy, and experience. In four years as a starter, Rypien amassed 90 touchdowns with only 29 interceptions while completing 64% of his passes.
On the defensive side of the ball, some developmental linebackers should get a call. Duke’s Joe Giles-Harris had poor testing tank his stock, which forced this situation upon him. New Mexico State’s Terrill Hanks tested much better, but he’s a safety convert with a long way out from what he could be at his new position.
Two other names on the defensive side of the ball include Marshall safety Malik Gant and Kansas defensive tackle Daniel Wise. Gant’s tape is among the most fun in the class as it’s filled with aggressive downhill tackles and chipped paint with wide receivers. As fun as his tape was, the testing was a real bummer. Wise was a Shrine Week standout, dominating all week.
Marshall $ Malik Gant (Combine Invite) - Dude comes like a missile when filling vs the run and is pesky vs underneath routes - pic.twitter.com/XyZypMawyN— Michael Kist (@MichaelKistNFL) February 5, 2019
The story isn’t over for these gentlemen, who will have to take this shot to the gut and pick themselves up in time for the next opportunity. Look for these names coming to a training camp near you.