2019 Picks #111-115
NFL Draft Scout
#111 Falcons - Kendall Sheffield, CB, Ohio State
OUTLOOK: When building a resume for the NFL, signing with Alabama out of high school, breaking a 23-year old record for speed and finishing up as a Rose Bowl winner for Ohio State is quite a start. Of course, when one possesses Sheffield's rare speed, getting off to a fast start is nothing new. He originally signed with Nick Saban and the Crimson Tide out of high school but opted to transfer after spending his first season redshirting. In 2016, he played defensive back and returned kicks for Blinn College in Brenham, Tx. and recorded 31 tackles, two interceptions and 11 pass break-ups, plus he scored touchdowns on both punt and kickoff returns. He was rated the No. 1 JUCO cornerback and a top five junior college prospect overall in 2017, signing with the Buckeyes and immediately stood out. He registered 40 tackles and finishing with nine passes defensed - second on the team only to 2018 No. 4 overall pick Denzel Ward, a rookie Pro Bowler for the Cleveland Browns. No longer the new kid on the block, teams were a bit more hesitant to challenge Sheffield in 2018 and his tackle (35) and pass breakups (six) dropped despite his starting all 14 games. The two interceptions he recorded in 2018 were the only two of his FBS career, perhaps some of the reason why he failed to earn even honorable mention all-conference honors from Big Ten coaches or media. That said, given his spectacular athletic upside, don't count on NFL teams to worry about Sheffield's lack of press clippings with a pick among the top 64 a very realistic possibility. Sheffield's reputation as a track star belies the fact that he's a physical and instinctive football player who immediately stood out amidst all of the talent at Ohio State (and quite possibly at Alabama, as well). In terms of all-conference honors and flashy statistics, Sheffield may not be as decorated as some of the other top cornerbacks in this year's class but that is not going to stop a smart NFL team from gambling on his obvious upside earlier than some expect with a Day 2 likely assured - if, that is, he makes it out of the top 32.
#112 Redskins - Bryce Love, RB, Stanford
OUTLOOK: Returning to school for his senior season earned Love a degree but cost him some major bucks in the draft, as an injury-plagued senior season damaged his draft stock. Evaluators will need to determine how much risk/reward value there is to Love, who is a game-breaker when healthy but has been categorized as a medical red flag. The team who selects Love would be wise to redshirt him his rookie season and let him get healthy, making him a gamble that could pay huge dividends.
#113 Ravens - Justice Hill, RB, Oklahoma State
OUTLOOK: Hills top-speed acceleration and ability to make defenders miss, make him a potential game-breaker capable of taking it the distance on any given play. For his career, he totaled 3,539 rushing yards on 632 attempts, plus 304 receiving yards on 49 catches and 31 touchdowns in 36 games played. The Oklahoma State spread attack operated from a shotgun formation and featured a lot of RPO plays. Hill missed the final two games of the regular season due to bruised ribs and skipped the Cowboys bowl game in preparation for the draft after announcing his intent to declare early.
#114 Vikings - Dru Samia, OG, Oklahoma
OUTLOOK: Samia (pronounced suh-MEE-uh) is one of the more accomplished offensive line prospects in the nation and owns an impressive resume, which includes 42 career starts. He started at right tackle as a true freshman, made the switch to right guard during his sophomore season (played 597 snaps that year without allowing a sack) and has remained there ever since. He was presented with the Don Key Award, the highest honor that an Oklahoma player can receive, and goes to the player who exemplifies Key’s qualities both on and off the field.
#115 Panthers - Christian Miller, OLB, Alabama
OUTLOOK: Boast an imposing frame with broad shoulders and long arms. Fires off the ball, showing impressive hip snap for an edge rusher of his height to generate an explosive burst upfield. Generates impressive straight-line speed when he has a runway. Good length to keep tackles at bay, showing the strength to walk tackles deep into the pocket with an explosive initial punch to break free. Stout at the point of attack in run support, showing strength and pad level to set an edge. Developing use of hands with a quick push/pull, cross chop and over-arm swim move among his go-to's as a rusher. High-cut and lacks ideal core flexibility, limiting his ability to change directions quickly. Vulnerable to cut blocks, showing just average awareness and agility to avoid them. Quits working his hands too early in the rep, resorting to playing patty cake with tackles. Underwent surgery and missed 10 games in 2017 for a torn bicep. One-year wonder who entered his senior season with just 22 career tackles and three sacks to his credit. Forced to bide his time behind future NFL Draft picks, Miller finally got his chance to shine in 2018, exploding for eight of his career 11 quarterback sacks. He set forth a tremendous amount of effort during the offseason getting stronger and more physical, bulking up 40 pounds during his time in Tuscaloosa and has the frame to pack on an additional 20 pounds if needed. The South Carolina native is an outdoorsman off the field and started ‘The Players Outdoor Club,’ which is featured on Instagram, so players can share their photos of hunting and fishing. However, his father Corey, who played eight seasons in the NFL with the Giants and Vikings, is assertive that Christian’s true love and passion is football. He is a long, linear athlete who rushes upfield with a similar one-cut downhill approach as many of the Tide's top running backs over the years, showing impressive speed and explosive power in a straight-line but lacking ideal balance and lateral agility.