2019 Picks #241-245
NFL Draft Scout
#241 Cowboys - Jalen Jelks, EDGE, Oregon
OUTLOOK: Looks like a stunt double for the 1981 film, "Condorman" with an imposing 82 5/8" wingspan and athletic, v-shaped frame. Shows good initial quickness upfield as a speed rusher, exhibiting both burst and timing. Stronger at the point of attack than he looks, keeping his butt down to maintain leverage and showing at least functional upper body strength for playing at the line of scrimmage. Possesses awareness, timing in his leaps and good hand-eye coordination to disrupt passing lanes while playing along the defensive line as a junior in 2017, generating seven of his 11 career passes defensed. Active, powerful hands to break the wrists of would-be blockers, ripping himself free on his way to the ball. Breaks down well surprisingly well for a big man, bending at the knees and using his length to create a wide tackle radius that runners can either choose to attempt to run through or around. Appears to lack the frame to add much extra weight, already boasting a rocked-up upper body but possessing relatively narrow hips and corn stalks for legs. Too easily moved off the line of scrimmage, especially when his pad level rises. Doesn't appear to have a consistent plan as a pass rusher, failing to coordinate his upper and lower bodies effectively and too often simply rushing blindly upfield. Quicker than fast, showing just average straight-line speed upfield, as well as in pursuit. Perhaps anticipating that he'd be asked to move to linebacker in the NFL, Jelks switched positions in 2018 opting to play linebacker as a senior after enjoying a breakout junior campaign in which he set career-highs with 59 tackles, 15.5 tackles for loss and seven sacks. He saw action at both linebacker and at defensive end at the Senior Bowl, flashing disruptive potential but falling short of regenerating the momentum he'd created a year earlier.
#242 Chargers - Cortez Broughton, DT, Cincinnati
The Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde career of Broughton will keep scouts up at night trying to figure out if they are getting the interior pass-rusher that we saw flashes of in 2016 (five tackles for loss) and explosive at times in 2018 (18 tackles for loss) or the inconsistent player in 2017 (three and a half tackles for loss), where he was a non-factor for most of the season. His Bearcats career got off to a tough start, enduring a season-ending injury in 2015. Broughton possesses very active hands His versatility has allowed Cincinnati to move him around the line more frequently this season and a strong bowl game can help create some momentum heading into draft season, as Broughton will suit up as a participant in the East-West Shrine Game next month. He currently sits as a Day 3 type prospect with upside.
#243 Rams - Nick Scott, S, Penn State
#244 Saints - Kaden Elliss, LB, Idaho
#245 Giants - Chris Slayton, DT, Syracuse
OUTLOOK: Chris Slayton has been an impact player for the Syracuse defense for most of his career, as he has started every single game along the defensive line his last three seasons. Slayton demonstrated versality while at Syracuse, but his most natural position is defensive tackle, as he was able to control the line of scrimmage with his brute strength. This would consistent of requiring double teams which would open holes for his other teammates to make plays. Slayton is a gap eater but also exhibits great strength. Whether his quickness is natural, or he just understands offensive snap counts, Slayton looks explosive at the snap of the ball. Slayton doesn’t have natural, fluid athleticism and seems to get fatigued at times during games. Had a very productive career and stood out numerous times at Syracuse as an underrated defensive lineman. Slayton has the tools to become a solid rotational player in the NFL, but whose ceiling may be capped due to lack of athleticism.