2019 Picks #96-102
NFL Draft Scout
#96 Bills - Dawson Knox, TE, Mississippi
OUTLOOK: A former walk-on quarterback, Knox possesses great size, athleticism and hands, however, his blocking remains a work in progress. An ankle injury cost him his senior year of high school ball and he played just 18 games in four years with the Rebels, so it was a bit of a surprise to see him declare early. As you know, the Mississippi offense had many mouths to feed with their start studded cast, but Dawson Knox possesses critical factors that you want to see in a complete tight end at the next level.
#97 Rams - Bobby Evans, OG, Oklahoma
OUTLOOK: Evans took over for an All American in Orlando Brown, he manned the left tackle position on an offensive line that won the Joe Moore Award in 2019 and he has started 40 consecutive games over the past three seasons. A consistent performer, he plays a real physical brand of ball and flashes a violent nature to his hand punches. The son of former Oklahoma basketball player Bobby Joe Evans, and brother of former Oklahoma linebacker Tay Evans, his proven resume and strong bloodlines make him a candidate to hear his name called early on Day 2.
#98 Jaguars - Quincy Williams, SS, Murray State
Brother to Quinnen Williams.
#99 Buccanerrs - Mike Edwards, FS, Kentucky
OUTLOOK: Edward's proven track record against SEC competition is the real reason scouts are intrigued, of course. A four-year starter, Edward racked up more than 300 tackles with 20+ tackles for loss against the elite talent in college football, demonstrating the instincts, grit and versatility to handle the NFL jump. While shorter than ideal, Edwards is not small, surprising opponents with his physicality and core strength. He is a fearless run defender, eluding and fighting through would-be blockers near the line of scrimmage despite giving up over 100 pounds to many of them and pursuing with passion. When under control, Edwards is a generally reliable open-field tackler, delivering solid shots to ball-carriers and wrapping his arms securely. He shows good quickness in coverage, including in man to man when asked to drop down and cover slot receivers and at least passable straight-line speed. Edwards is an instinctive defender who trusts his eyes and isn't afraid to take risks, resulting in 10 career interceptions, including two he returned for touchdowns. Comes in too hot as a tackler, at times, flying in out of control and swiping at the legs of ball-carriers - resulting in some highlight reel stops but too many missed tackles, as well. Gambling mentality also shows up in coverage, where Edwards can be fooled with double-moves and lacks top recovery speed. An All-SEC choice each of the past three seasons, few safeties enter the 2019 NFL Draft with more fanfare than Edwards. While his production speaks for itself, Edwards does not come with ideal size or speed and some believe his best fit in the NFL is at nickel cornerback.
#100 Panthers - Will Grier, QB, West Virginia
OUTLOOK: A highly productive college quarterback, Grier is a system quarterback that will need to have an offense catered to his skill-set in order to succeed at the next level. He will benefit greatly from a strong running attack and a scheme that allows him to improvise outside of the pocket. The Florida transfer had the luxury of an extremely talented group of skill players around him in Morgantown and was able to get the ball out quickly to his playmakers, a key component to his success. He threw for 300 or more yards in a school-record 19 games at WVU and had multiple-touchdown games 20 times. While he was highly consistent at West Virginia, Grier struggled at the Senior Bowl and was frequently off the mark, while holding onto the football too long. It could’ve been the unfamiliarity working with new receivers but it had at least a few scouts begin to question whether his skill-set translates to the NFL. A mature leader on and off the field, he is already married and has one daughter. Asking Grier to start may be more than he can handle at this point in time but it’s a role he can possibly grow into with the right coaching and scheme.
#101 Patriots - Yodny Cajuste, OT, West Virginia
OUTLOOK: An intriguing blend of athleticism and strength, Cajuste continues to develop his overall game, as he has progressed each season as a four-year starter at West Virginia after playing just one year of high school football. One of the most athletic lineman in this year’s draft, the Miami native was a basketball standout growing up and it shows by the way he tests. Opponents are in for a long day when they are matched up against Cajuste, all game long. His upside may be the most appealing aspect of his talent. It wouldn’t be surprising to see him outperform some of the players chosen ahead of him at his position in the long run.
#102 Vikings - Alexander Mattison, RB, Boise State
OUTLOOK: Mattison is a one-cut and go type runner that runs low to the ground, shows the ability to absorb hits and does a good job of protecting the football. He was a track stand out in high school which shows up in his open field quickness and he is a capable pass-catcher out of the backfield, as he will also line up out wide as a receiver on occasion. His vision and his durability are his best traits, as he understands play flow and times up his burst well but truly has a knack for contact running with his ability to shed would be tacklers for extra yardage.