2019 Picks #116-120
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#116 Titans - Amani Hooker, SS, Iowa
OUTLOOK: With two strong years of tape, Hooker opted to leave Iowa with eligibility remaining. Though he recorded "just" six interceptions in three seasons with the Hawkeyes, the instincts and sticky hands which helped him pick off an eye-popping 11 passes in a single season of high school ball stands out on tape and will certainly intrigue the pass-happy NFL. The Hawkeyes have produced a lot of instinctive defensive backs over the years but few who possess a more prototypical combination of size, agility and ball-skills. Former Tatum-Woodson winner and teammate Josh Jackson set the bar pretty high last year by getting selected 45th overall (by Green Bay), one spot later than Colts standout Bob Sanders was selected 15 years ago. Hooker could wind up beating them both.
#117 Lions - Austin Bryant, DE, Clemson
OUTLOOK: Perhaps the greatest statement about just how much talent has been playing along the defensive line for Clemson is the fact that the prototypically-built Bryant - and his 35 career tackles for loss, 20 sacks and penchant for making big plays in big moments - is expected to be selected fourth among the Tigers' fearsome front. And yet Bryant is viewed by some as a potential first round pick. He looks the part of an NFL edge rusher with broad shoulders, a tapered, athletic frame and long limbs. Flashes excellent initial quickness, timing his get-off with the ball to cross the face of right tackles and showing the quickness to counter back inside. Equally explosive off the ball out of the two or three-point stance, offering his future NFL team a great deal of schematic versatility. A flexible athlete with the agility, bend and closing speed to be very effective on twists and stunts. Accelerates quickly, generating impressive power as a tackler, creating some big collisions and forcing two fumbles in 2017. Uses his long arms to lasso ball-carriers in the open field, wrapping them up for the secure stop. Shows some awareness of passing lanes, getting his hands up and showing good timing on his leaps to hamper the view of quarterbacks. Lack of playing time is evident in how long it takes him to process the action, too often hesitating and reacting only after the ball is moving. Does not currently show a wide variety of pass rush moves and hand technique, relying mostly on pure speed, a counter back inside, a bull rush and the variety of twists and stunts utilized by the Clemson coaching staff. Has undergone surgery on both feet for the same injury (broken fifth metatarsal), which warranted further investigation at the NFL Combine. He possesses impressive initial quickness and agility for a man of his size and should only improve with greater strength and repetitions, offering big upside.
#118 Patriots - Hjalte Froholdt, OG, Arkansas
OUTLOOK: The Denmark native began playing football competitively in the United States during his sophomore year of high school as a foreign exchange student in Ohio (he can speak three languages: English, German and Dutch). He was later coached by former Florida State Heisman-winning quarterback Chris Weinke at IMG and arrived to Fayetteville as a defensive tackle before transitioning to offensive line during the Spring of 2016. He has since emerged as one of the top interior offensive lineman in the country and is expected to receive strong interest during the middle rounds of the draft.
#119 Browns - Sheldrick Redwine, FS, Miami (FL)
OUTLOOK: If developing camaraderie is as important in the secondary as they say, it should come as no surprise that former college and high school teammates Redwine and Jaquan Johnson are expected to hear their names called in the 2019 NFL Draft. Experienced at outside cornerback, nickelback and safety, Redwine's versatility is sure to attract plenty of interest on Day Three.
#120 Seahawks - Gary Jennings Jr., WR, West Virginia
OUTLOOK: Jennings is a quick release deep threat that made life possible for David Sills and his fifty-fifty balls, as Jennings took the top off the defense for the Mountaineers. The sleak receiver is capable of changing gears, stopping, starting and running away from corners. He was Big 12 All-Conference during his final season, a year where he turned into one of the more consistent receivers for Will Grier.