181 Bears: DE Kylie Fitts
Fitts possesses a power-packed frame with broad shoulders and a thick core, giving him more of a "tank-like" build than most defensive ends. When healthy, he shows impressive initial quickness for his build, challenging the outside shoulder of tackles and showing good balance and agility to counter back inside. He is a very physical, passionate defender who takes his role in run containment seriously, showing good strength to lock out, as well as the knee bend to anchor and set the edge. Perhaps Fitts' best attribute is his awareness, including his ability to get his hands up in passing lanes and swiping at the ball as he attempts tackles, recording 10 pass breakups and four forced fumbles in his one healthy season at Utah (2015). He locates the ball quickly and pursues it with passion, including downfield, showing enough swivel in his hips and acceleration for some to project him as a stand-up rusher. Fitts generates impressive speed as a hitter, creating big collisions which can knock the ball free. -- Rob Rang 12/27/2017
Built more like an inside linebacker than a traditional defensive end (or outside linebacker) with a relatively stocky frame, including arms which look shorter than ideal... Saw time as a two-gap defensive end in 2017 and while both strong and competitive, he does not possess the length and strength to continue in this role in the NFL. Too reliant upon his quickness to get around offensive tackles, needing to develop better hand technique to disengage. Struggles with injuries (and decision to leave UCLA after just one season) require thorough investigation. - Rob Rang 12/27/2017
COMPARES TO: Sam Montgomery, Bengals. Montgomery entered the NFL as a third round pick by Houston in 2013 but was never able to duplicate the success he enjoyed at LSU, where the 6-3, 260 pounder showed disruptive ability due to his physicality and athleticism. Questions about his schematic fit, durability and other off-field concerns ultimately knocked out Montgomery out of the league after stops in Oakland and Cincinnati. Hopefully, Fitts will enjoy more success.
IN OUR VIEW: Though injury prone the past two seasons, Fitts is a passionate, physical player who could "surprise" in the NFL, showing enough burst, awareness and potential upside as a disruptive edge rusher to warrant a Day Three selection.
182 Cardinals: CB Christian Campbell
STRENGTHS: Looks the part with above average height and arm length for the position…physical at the top of routes…foot quickness to match patterns from press coverage…displays lower body explosive traits…takes away inside position at the line of scrimmage…adequate ball skills to make plays on the balls he should…uses his length and “my ball” mentality to crowd the catch point and make plays over the receiver…competes with the mental toughness required at cornerback…forceful blitzer, blowing through blocks and disrupting the pocket timing…led the team in passes defended (13) as a senior, his first as a full-time starter.
WEAKNESSES: Questionable deep speed…lacks a secondary burst to recover once receivers gain a step vertically…panics once beat, grabbing and making it easy on officials to throw the flag…finds his feet tied up when attempting to quickly redirect…needs to better locate down the field…late to sniff out and react to route combinations…caught out of position due to late reads, limiting his opportunities to make plays…not an urgent run defender with only eight of his 45 tackles as a senior coming vs. the run…missed five games as a sophomore and didn’t play in the 2018 Senior Bowl due to a back injury (Jan. 2018) – didn’t participate at the 2018 Scouting Combine…only one season of starting experience.
SUMMARY: A one-year starter at Penn State, Campbell became the starting boundary cornerback as a senior (after a season-ending injury to John Reid), playing mostly press-man and often following receivers across the formation. The Nittany Lions’ secondary was loaded with senior talent in 2017 (Marcus Allen, Grant Haley, Troy Apke), but it was Campbell who led the team in passes defended. He is a big, physical athlete who uses his measureables to slow routes and disrupt the catch point. He stays light on his feet and flashes twitch, but long speed is a question mark. He has a background at safety, but his inconsistency as a run defender could keep him from making that transition. Overall, Campbell has the length and competitive spirit that NFL teams covet in a press corner, but his awareness will need to improve to make up for his average play speed.
183 Broncos: OG Sam Jones
STRENGTHS: Coordinated athlete…smooth lateral agility to pull across the formation…alert in his set-up and quickly gets into position…resets after first contact to anchor at shallow depth…unlocks his hips and looks comfortable blocking away from the line of scrimmage…eager punch with a quick recoil…takes pride in his antagonistic finishing skills…keeps his head on a swivel to react to stunts/loops…plays with a nasty edge to his game and is always looking for work…graduated with a degree in criminal justice (Dec. 2017)…starting experience at three different positions, starting 19 games at left guard the last two seasons.
WEAKNESSES: Lacks ideal body mass and doesn’t have a girthy frame…lack of length is evident from the start, allowing rushers into his frame…looks to incorporate his punch, but needs to load more ammo into his hands…doesn’t have the core strength to anchor vs. bull rushers…mistimed lunges and shifty players will give him trouble, stemming from his impatience…plays mean, but sacrifices balance when going for the kill shot, leading to mistakes…missed the final five games of his sophomore season due to a right foot injury (Oct. 2016).
SUMMARY: A three-year starter at Arizona State, Jones was recruited as a tackle and started outside as a redshirt freshman before moving inside to left guard where he started 19 games the past two seasons – he learned under three different offensive coordinators in his four seasons in Tempe. Jones didn’t post the testing numbers of an athletic player, but his tape shows a lineman with smooth movement skills and bounce in his steps. He competes with a nasty mentality, but his aggressive nature can be a double-edged sword and he needs to improve his discipline. Overall, Jones can be bullied by power, which is a red flag for the NFL, but if he can hone his masking techniques without losing his competitive edge, he can stick on a pro roster and push for playing time.
184 49ers: SSMarcell Harris
SUMMARY: A four-star recruit out of high school, Marcell Harris was an impact safety at Dr. Phillips, but missed the second half of his senior season due to a knee injury (Oct. 2012). Ranked as a top-10 safety recruit in the country, he received offers from all the major programs, signing with Florida where his father (Mike) was a standout defensive back (1994-97). Harris saw regular playing time as a junior, especially once Marcus Maye went down with an injury, finishing with a team-best 73 tackles. He returned for his senior year, but suffered a torn right Achilles tendon (July 2017) and missed the 2017 season. He has adequate read/react skills, but his mental process is easily influenced, taking himself out of position in coverage. While he flashes burst at contact and is always looking for work as a tackler, run plays in the middle of the field usually favor the ballcarrier. Overall, Harris has baseline traits to contend for a NFL roster spot, but his injury background is a red flag.
185 Colts: WR Deon Cain
Passes the eye test with an athletic frame, including an above-average musculature among receivers. Simply a different level of athlete than most at his position, showing the rocket-boosters for legs which help him fly past defenders and make it a risk to challenge him in press coverage. Defeats the jam quickly, showing excellent lateral agility and quick, coordinated hands (and an over-arm swim move) to slip free. Accelerates smoothly, possessing the straight-line speed and ability to track the ball over his shoulder to project as a legitimate deep threat in the NFL. Explosive out of his breaks, easily creating separation and is a threat after the catch, as well, showing the lateral agility to elude defenders as well as vision to set up blocks and the courage to run through traffic. Generally reliable hands, including the ability to pluck outside of his frame. Catches the ball with his hands and isn't afraid to leave his feet to make the diving attempt, showing good hand strength and flashing excellent concentration to make the circus grab. Good body control to make difficult receptions with defenders in close proximity and when pinned near the sideline. Offers some trick play potential due to his experience as a quarterback, completing the only pass of his college career (for a 35 yard gain). Shows good awareness and effort as a downfield blocker. Showed greater maturity over his final two seasons after hiccups in his first season on campus. -- Rob Rang 1/10/2018
Still has a ways to go in terms of consistency, dropping too many passes, including some easy ones in which it appears that he is looking to make defenders miss before securing the ball fully. Has a bad habit of needlessly hopping as he catches the ball, with the wasted motion robbing him, at times, of opportunities to create more yardage after the catch. Still a bit raw as a route-runner, too often varying his release and breaks, which could leave NFL quarterbacks frustrated on timing routes. No experience as a kick or punt returner at Clemson and lined up almost exclusively on the outside. Warrants a close look at his character after struggling with maturity early in his college career. Suspended twice (for a total of three games) as a freshman, including being sent home from Miami just two days before Clemson faced Oklahoma in the 2015 Orange Bowl - a suspension that reportedly was due to failing a drug test. -- Rob Rang 1/10/2018
COMPARES TO: Kenny Stills, Dolphins - It was character concerns and not a lack of talent or breathtaking plays at Oklahoma that pushed the 6-1, 195 pound Stills (who clocked a 4.38 at the 2013 Combine) into the fifth round, where the Saints nabbed the speedster. Stills may never develop the all-around game to earn a Pro Bowl nod but he is one of the league's most respected deep threats with 26 touchdowns over five seasons, including a career-high nine scores in 2016.
IN OUR VIEW: No school has produced better or more receivers over the past decade than Clemson and those close to the program believe that Cain is as gifted as any of his predecessors, which include recent first round picks Mike Williams (Chargers, 2017), Sammy Watkins (Bills, 2015) and DeAndre Hopkins (Texans, 2014). Cain is not as big as some of his predecessors but his lightning quickness and acceleration make him a big play threat whose best football may still lie ahead of him.