2019 Picks #86-90
NFL Draft Scout
#86 Texans - Kahale Warring, TE, San Diego State
OUTLOOK: A mismatch one-on-one due to his size, athleticism and great hands. Warring arrived to San Diego State as a walk-on with just one year of playing experience in high school, while excelling at basketball, water polo, cross country, swimming and tennis. He has bulked up with 30 pounds of muscle since his freshman season but remains a raw prospect. He missed 10 games in 2016 due to a foot injury. Warring would show up to offensive line meetings to help improve his blocking and remains a developmental prospect. There’s a chance he hears his name called on Day 3 due to the great amount of upside to his game.
#87 Patriots - Damien Harris, RB, Alabama
OUTLOOK: Harris consistently got the job done for one of the most talented teams in the country. The powerful runner has proven to be an effective all-around back and while he didn’t post earth-shattering testing numbers, his body of work makes him an early round pick. A complete back with a proven resume, Harris can gash defenses for big chunks of yardage on the ground or line up in the slot and beat opponents via the air.
#88 Seahawks - Cody Barton, OLB, Utah
OUTLOOK: A senior leader for the Utah Utes defense, Cody Barton had his best season last year, contributing in many different areas as a middle linebacker. What Barton lacks in athletic ability, he makes up for with his instincts, motor, and sure tackling ability. Barton does a great job diagnosing plays and being in the right spot and seems to never get flustered by quick play action. Barton also takes good angles when tackling the ball carrier which makes him tough to elude or run over. A clear leader on his defense, Barton understands offensive concepts, and is able to make the correct adjustments to mirror the offense. While Barton is an instinctual linebacker, he is a step slow athletically. Sometimes Barton diagnoses a play correctly, but athletically can’t compete with the offensive player and gets left in the dust. While Cody Barton has 3 down ability as a middle linebacker, his coverage skills along with his athletic limitations may hind him to a back up role, and he may need to rely on a special team’s role to make an NFL roster.
#89 Colts - Bobby Okereke, ILB, Stanford
OUTLOOK: Unusual build for an inside linebacker, sporting a lanky, high-cut frame that belies a physical, no-nonsense playing style. Shows zero hesitation in taking on fullbacks in the hole, proving considerably stouter than his leggy frame suggests, dropping his hips and pads to sprawl and effectively anchor. Delivers a jolt to would-be blockers, using his exceptionally long arms and powerful hands to stack and shed. Coordinated athlete showing balance and agility shuffling and sliding off blocks to pursue laterally and downfield or when turning to drop in coverage. Just average instincts, too often getting sucked up in play-action or blindly rushing upfield only to watch the back escape on the draw. Lacks ideal body armor for inside linebacker with a relatively narrow shoulders and hips that could limit his ability to add and maintain much more weight. Earns high marks for intangibles as an Eagle Scout with a Masters (media studies) and undergraduate degree (management, science and engineering) already under his belt. Though a three-year starter and two-time Honorable Mention All-Pac-12 pick, Okereke finished with 227 career tackles (20 for loss), 10.5 sacks, eight pass deflections, three forced fumbles and an interception in 44 career games. Long-levered and twitchy (but a bit undisciplined), Okereke isn't your traditional Stanford front seven defender but there is reason to believe that his best football might still lie ahead of him.
#90 Cowboys - Connor McGovern, OG, Penn State
OUTLOOK: His maximum value will be at guard at the next level, with the potential to thrive in a zone blocking scheme, which makes him an early round target. McCovern anchored an offensive line that was more productive in 2018 than it was the previous year, despite the loss of Saquan Barkley (Giants), as the Nittany Lions rushed for 38 yards more per game and averaged 5.2 yards per carry (up from 4.9 the year before). Started 34 of his 39 career games, including nine games at left guard as a freshman, before moving to center as a sophomore and switching to primarily right guard as a junior.