LaConfora. I recall some draft geek measured last years mocks and JLC had the most accurate one. He's going purely on what he hears. He wrote the article last year back how Ryan Anderson could go higher than people think, late first, early 2nd and quoted an anoynmous source raving about him -- in retrospect that source to me looked like could have been from the Redskins based on what was said.
I say this because of him tying Bryan to the Redskins as a possibility. Ironically, the football outsiders guy the other day on the radio mused about whether the Redskins would be intrigued by Bryan because his flashes are really good and if you teamed him up with Tomsula -- watch out.
Frank Ragnow climbing draft boards
Continue to hear Ragnow (Arkansas) is the top center in this draft and the people in the know realize it. As I reported a few weeks back, he's someone who is in no one's mock drafts at the start of the month who will be going quite high. I don't think he makes it past the Bengals in most logical scenarios.
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Baltimore would prefer not to take a tight end at 16, and look for them to explore trading down, too. I just don't know who moves up. Regardless, if they could drop down 5-7 spots they'd covet South Carolina tight end Hayden Hurst I'm told. I don't see many tight ends going in the first round, but if Hurst is there when the Saints pick that looks like a natural match.
Tremaine Edmunds, at just age 19, is a lock to go in the top 10 from everything I am hearing and I wouldn't be shocked if he went as high as sixth overall depending on who else comes off the board. His stock has continued to soar through this process.
Evaluators I trust believe that Maryland's D.J. Moore is the best receiver in this draft and should absolutely be taken ahead of Calvin Ridley (Alabama) or Courtland Sutton (SMU), who are the only other receivers I hear real first-round potential on.
Ultimately, maybe none of them go in the top 32, but don't be surprised at all if Moore is the first off the board.
I could see Taven Bryan (Florida) going just outside the top 10, which would be substantially higher than many projected before the combine. He's not a perfect fit for everyone, and he doesn't fit some defensive tackle stereotypes (he likes to build computers in his spare time), but the potential is robust and he could be an impactful pass rusher from the inside, sorely lacking in this draft. I could see Washington taking him, and I think the worst-case scenario for him is the Falcons at 26th overall. They are among the teams that love him.
Since first writing about Florida State defensive lineman Josh Sweat a few weeks back – and how projections of him going in the third or fourth round are way off base, I have heard nothing to the contrary. Some teams prefer him to Harold Landry, his knee is not as big a concern now as it was for some clubs before the combine, and he has some freakish ability and metrics. I wouldn't guarantee he goes in the first round, but top of the second round is a very safe bet, and if a team like Seattle dropped down a few spots as it is apt to do, Sweat would be a strong potential target.
NFL teams may be systematically ignoring Eric Reid for some now-obvious reasons unrelated to football, but his brother is getting a lot of attention. Stanford safety Justin Reid has a legit shot at going in the first round, and the Titans have done a lot of work on safeties. Reid or Ronnie Harrison(Alabama) could be the pick there depending on how things break.
And for as much attention as Tremaine Edmunds is garnering late, keep a very close eye on his brother, safety Terrell Edmunds. Teams love his make-up and athleticism more than is being let on, and the projected grades on him in the 4th/5th round are going to look way low. I keep hearing it's possible he sneaks into the late first round, or certainly second round. The Panthers, Titans and Steelers could be a fit.
Haven't seen Georgia edge rusher Lorenzo Carter mocked in the first round much, but it's a real possibility. So little pass rush available and so many teams in need.