Top-50 2020 draft watch-list

Clemson’s Isaiah Simmons will likely be a top-20 pick

My top-50 prospects at the moment… this will change.

#1 Grant Delpit (S, LSU)
Delpit has the range and tenacity to play safety and the ball-skills, recovery speed and athleticism to play corner.

#2 Andrew Thomas (T, Georgia)
Supremely balanced and consistent — Thomas looks the part of a NFL left tackle. His footwork is superb and he anchors brilliantly.

#3 Jeff Okudah (CB, Ohio State)
He will destroy the combine and was a 142.56 athlete at SPARQ. Sticky in coverage but packs a punch as an open-field tackler.

#4 Dylan Moses (LB, Alabama)
Suffered an ACL injury before the season started but he’s in the Devin White and Roquan Smith mould.

#5 Jerry Jeudy (WR, Alabama)
Lean and sudden with YAC ability and downfield talent. He jumped a near 38-inch vertical at SPARQ.

#6 Derrick Brown (DT, Alabama)
A physical, tone-setting defensive lineman with the size, stoutness, quickness and ability to penetrate with speed or power.

#7 Justin Herbert (QB, Oregon)
Tall, mobile and with a strong arm. Herbert has all the qualities teams look for in a quarterback.

#8 Tua Tagovailoa (QB, Alabama)
Very consistent and accurate but a little robotic and lacks the size/improvisation of Love and Herbert.

#9 Trevon Diggs (CB, Alabama)
Incredibly competitive cornerback who does an excellent job tracking the ball and breaking up passes. Has an injury history. Stefon Diggs’ brother.

#10 Chase Young (EDGE, Ohio State)
Leads the nation for sacks and while there are concerns about his run defense, he’s a superb pass rusher.

#11 Isaiah Simmons (S, Clemson)
Will be valued for his leadership. Reportedly he can jump a 40-inch vertical, an 11-0 broad and run in the 4.4’s.

#12 Jordan Love (QB, Utah State)
Capable of making all sorts of throws on the run and has the arm/mobility that will appeal to teams looking for the next Mahomes or Murray.

#13 Javon Kinlaw (DT, South Carolina)
He’s +300lbs but carries minimal body fat. He dominated Alabama’s O-line a few weeks ago.

#14 Raekwon Davis (DT, Alabama)
Very physical and athletic — he’s 6-7 and 305lbs defender and his best football is still to come.

#15 Prince Tega Wanogho (T, Auburn)
He’s 6-7 and 310lbs but reportedly runs a 4.95 and can jump 32-inches in the vertical. He can squat 560lbs and bench 415lbs.

#16 Isaiah Wilson (T, Georgia)
He’s 6-7 and 340lbs but carries it very well. Great length and power at the point of attack and capable of creating big running lanes.

#17 J.K. Dobbins (RB, Ohio State)
The 2016 SPARQ king with an overall score of 146.76. Dobbins is lightning fast, highly explosive, tough and productive.

#18 Shaun Wade (CB, Ohio State)
Former 5-star recruit who is excelling in the slot but could easily play outside. Great athlete, excellent cover corner and he hits too.

#19 Henry Ruggs (WR, Alabama)
He’s being tipped to run a 4.2 at the combine. Great catching technique — he extends his arms to catch the football away from his body.

#20 DeVonta Smith (WR, Alabama)
Broke Amari Cooper’s Alabama record for yardage against Ole Miss. Unstoppable on slants, wins at the red line and is incredibly sudden to create easy separation.

#21 Jalen Raegor (WR, TCU)
Raegor ran a 4.41 at SPARQ but reportedly is capable of a 4.29 now. He also jumped a 38.5 inch vertical and can squat 620lbs.

#22 Kristian Fulton (CB, LSU)
Big, physical cornerback who tracks the ball almost as well as Trevon Diggs. Despite his size Fulton does a job kicking inside to cover the slot.

#23 Jonathan Taylor (RB, Wisconsin)
Some of his cuts have to be seen to be believed. He finds a crease and is capable of going through the gears to turn a big play into a scoring play.

#24 Tee Higgins (WR, Clemson)
Like all Clemson receivers he’s well coached, understands his routes and he competes every single snap.

#25 C.J. Henderson (CB, Florida)
His tackling is inconsistent but he’s a 4.3 runner in coverage. At SPARQ he ran a sensational 3.92 short shuttle. Could be best used in the slot.

#26 Tristan Wirfs (T, Iowa)
He can lift 450lbs in the hang clean (breaking the Iowa record by Brandon Scherff). He’s also jumped a 35-inch vertical and a 9-5 broad.

#27 Trey Adams (T, Washington)
A prototype left tackle who could go very early if it wasn’t for his injury history. Combine checks will determine his stock.

#28 Laviska Shenault (WR, Colorado)
We’ve not seen him anywhere near his best so far but he’s a swiss-army knife who can score points as a runner, receiver or returner.

#29 D’Andre Swift (RB, Georgia)
A big play threat with the power to get the hard yards. He looks like Dalvin Cook but with more explosive power and quicker acceleration.

#30 Tyler Biadasz (C, Wisconsin)
He leans too much and defenders often jump back so he loses balance. When he locks on he can control linemen.

#31 Walker Little (T, Stanford)
Ran a 4.40 short shuttle at SPARQ and scored an overall 107.25 (the top score by an offensive lineman in 2016).

#32 Jake Fromm (QB, Georgia)
He’s very measured without having the fantastic physical skills. Throws with patience and accuracy.

#33 Joe Burrow (QB, LSU)
There’s a bit of ‘TBD’ about Burrow because there’s some tough games on the horizon. However, so far he’s been excellent this year.

#34 Hunter Bryant (TE, Washington)
Was the #3 SPARQ tight end in 2016 after running a 4.35 short shuttle. He’s making as many explosive plays as the top receivers in college football.

#35 Julian Okwara (EDGE, Notre Dame)
He was shut down by Georgia and he’ll need to test well. However, as he showed against Virginia he can impact games as a pass rusher.

#36 Willie Gay (LB, Mississippi State)
What a playmaker. Jumped a 39-inch vertical at SPARQ, ran a 4.26 short shuttle and a 4.53 40-yard dash. Highly underrated.

#37 Jabari Zuniga (DE, Florida)
Got off to a good start this season but left the game against Kentucky with an ankle injury. Can run a 7.03 short shuttle and has 7.5% body fat.

#38 CeeDee Lamb (WR, Oklahoma)
Tall, lean and highly productive. He will need to test well and there is some doubt after a so-so SPARQ performance.

#39 Damon Arnette (CB, Ohio State)
Decent size, consistent and he can deliver a jarring hit from time-to-time. Not far behind the two other Ohio State cornerbacks.

#40 Yetur Gross-Matos (DE, Penn State)
Has too many disappearing acts in games but his hand-usage is very good and he can work to disengage and create pressure.

#41 Lucas Niang (T, TCU)
Too upright and his footwork is poor leading to off-balance sets. However, he flashes athleticism and he recovers well.

#42 Marvin Wilson (DT, Florida State)
Ran a 4.56 short shuttle at SPARQ at 6-4 and 332lbs. Combines short-area quickness with extreme power. Excellent one-tech prospect.

#43 Anthony McFarland (RB, Maryland)
Former 4-star recruit who ran a 4.04 short shuttle at SPARQ. Diminutive but has great agility and a decisive runner.

#44 Nate Landman (LB, Colorado)
Plays every game with real intensity. Jumped a 37.5 inch vertical at SPARQ and ran a 4.44 short shuttle.

#45 Travis Etienne (RB, Clemson)
Highly explosive running back with a similar running style to C.J. Spiller minus the elite track speed. Can be a X-factor.

#46 Terrell Lewis (EDGE, Alabama)
He’d be higher without the injury history but it has taken some toll. He has two sacks this year and four TFL’s.

#47 Tyler Johnson (WR, Minnesota)
He’s a bit of a body catcher at times but you do see high-pointing too and he’s adept at creating subtle separation on routes.

#48 Jalen Hurts (QB, Oklahoma)
Can he rise higher than this? Sure. He’s in the ideal place to make a vault up boards just like the last two Oklahoma quarterbacks.

#49 Eno Benjamin (RB, Arizona State)
Tough, physical runner with some shiftiness, the ability to finish runs and lead a running attack.

#50 Jake Ferguson (TE, Wisconsin)
Isn’t used much in the passing game but Ferguson has ideal size, he can block as you’d expect and he can ran a superb 4.15 short shuttle at SPARQ.

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  1. Kingdome1976

    I know I’m dreaming but I think Isaiah Simmons would be the perfect Seahawk.

    • Kevin

      I was looking for a safety in the late first round (or more likely early second after trading back). No such luck.

      Here is hoping you are right, but could also use a nickel corner in that range

  2. Ukhawk

    Looks like a solid first round. Nice to see a deep class at OL & DB.

  3. SC

    Curtis Weaver from Boise State?

  4. Sea Mode

    Thanks for the blurbs; I really like this format. Gives me lots of homework to do!

    I think I’m going to dive into the TEs. There are a lot of them and we are likely to grab one at some point, even if I’m not yet convinced it will be early.

    If anyone wants to join me, that would be cool as well to be able to compare notes as we go.

    • Trevor

      I would be up for that Seamode and will start on it this weekend. I think one of those day #2 picks we have could definitely be allocated to a TE.

  5. Gaux Hawks

    concerning, looks thin at safety and edge… that’ll influence the market price for arguably our biggest needs (obviously a lot can change). inversely, our deepest positions are showing up in your list (rb, wr, lb). hoping for another exciting offseason of pc/js magic.

    • Gaux Hawks

      …and thank you, rob. this is awesome for me… somebody who typically ignores the draft altogether.

    • D-OZ

      It is a nice class of edge rushers and Leo’s. There will be good value in round 2 and 3. Buy the way, My guy’s Winovich and Foster Moreau who could have been had on day three are flat out ballin man…

      • Kenny Sloth

        I don’t really see any promising pure Leos in the Cliff Avril mould. Perhaps some show up at the combine, but the guys I’ve been looking at have injuries, inconsistent tape or academic ineligibility

        • Rob Staton

          Studying this class has made me think even a decent, full season for Clowney could lead to a handsome extension. The options just aren’t there in this class.

          Of course if the price is too high then their hands are tied.

          Still think Everson Griffen would be ideal for 2020.

          • Madmark

            I really liked the idea of getting Calias Campbell next year also

          • Simo

            Not sure how much money the Hawks would have to commit to secure Griffen or Campbell, but probably only makes sense to do short term deals as both guys are in their 30s now. Fantastic players though!

            • Rob Staton

              Agreed — would have to be short term.

              But the team could use some veteran grit.

  6. Sea Mode

    Other teams are starting to monitor the Falcons ahead of the trade deadline, with a few young guys in contract years in their sights—defensive end Vic Beasley, linebacker De’Vondre Campbell and tight end Austin Hooper among them. Given owner Arthur Blank’s stated displeasure with where things are, at 1-4, how GM Thomas Dimitroff and coach Dan Quinn handle the deadline will be interesting.

  7. RWIII

    I am hoping that Marquise Blair can get into the lineup. I am hoping that Blair is the long-term solution. The Seahawks NEED to find out if Blair is the answer.

    Question: Is Blair not playing because of injury or is it because he is not ready?

    • Rob Staton

      Because he isn’t ready. And there’s really no rush at all.

      Kam had a redshirt year. Sherman didn’t start as a rookie. Frank Clark needed time. They all worked out fine.

      • Stephen Pitell

        Sherman wasn’t a day one starter but was by the end of the year.

        • Rob Staton

          Yes — because Trufant and Thurmond got injured.

          No doubt if Tedric & Lano get hurt, the same situation will arise.

  8. charlietheunicorn

    #17 J.K. Dobbins (RB, Ohio State)

    Something about this feels right for the Seattle offense. They will need another guy to fill out the RB group, no matter what in 2020. Homer might be a nice #3, but they still need a 3rd “explosive” player to team up with Carson and Penny. I am assuming CJ is gone after 2019.

    I could also get behind #34 Hunter Bryant (TE, Washington) selection in the late 1st round. Imagine having 3 TEs that are competent to explosive in the passing attack. Willson, Bryant and Dissly. Not a bad trio of TEs to have in the stable.

    • Rob Staton

      I can’t see them drafting another RB high. Carson is the starter, they’ve invested in Penny. Even if Prosise moves on, there’s no real need to spend a high pick there again.

      • Kingdome1976

        I would maybe disagree a bit here Rob. We do want to be the #1 rushing team in the league like last year I suppose and since Carson has had injury woes as well as taking so many punishing hits every game I’m not sure we would we be ok if he happened to get injured and all we had is Penny to get us through. I still have some hopes for Penny but I think we can all agree he’s not Carson.

        I could be stretching it here but it would be nice considering how we run our offense to have another Carson-like RB on the team if possible.

        • Rob Staton

          That still doesn’t mean you have to spend another R1 pick on a RB though.

    • CHawk Talker Eric

      I don’t see Hunter Bryant as a Day 1 (or even a Day 2) prospect. I can name several TEs I’d rather have than him. Isn’t he really more of a WR than a TE anyway? I’ve never really seen him block.

      • Sea Mode

        Was just going to ask this. Is he really that good to put him in R1-R3, let alone in the top 50? We’re talking a Hockenson, Engram, or at least Njoku level talent in order to go in R1.

        I guess I’ll have to look for myself now that I will be going over the TEs.

        • charlietheunicorn

          In todays NFL TEs that can stretch the field and catch passes are over valued and drafted. I think he would be a really solid #2 TE complimenting Dissly, Willson and whoever else they have in the TE stable in 2020.

          We should definitely talk TEs, since that is a position I could see getting an upgrade in the offseason. I think we forgot what a true all around TE was like to have on the roster… after the Graham sort of debacle and how a willing blocker can also be a devastating middle of the field receiver.

          So long story short, if Bryant happened to be available in the 3rd or 4th round, might have to pull the trigger on that one. I personally think he will go in the low 2nd round or high 3rd… which lines up with top 50 talk from Rob.

    • Matt

      I don’t understand the Hunter Bryant hype. He’s not the athlete people make him out to be. Also, take away his games against Hawaii and EWU and he looks like a totally different player. He completely gave up against Stanford – it was a shockingly poor effort, which has been a trend when playing good teams (bad against Cal and USC, as well).

      I don’t mean to keep beating this drum, but he’s going to run in the 4.7s with a long injury history. I think the earliest he goes is R3. People want him to be Evan Engram, but he’s not. Totally cool with him in late R3 or 4, but he’s going to need a very niche role.

      • Rob Staton

        Hunter Bryant was one of the top SPARQ performers. Have a look at his short shuttle. He’s an excellent athlete.

  9. JimQ

    The CB with the best career stats of all the other likely CB prospects isn’t in your top 50?

    CB-Bryce Hall, 6-1/200, Virginia, – Currently #6-overall @
    –Career to date: 41-games, 153-tkls, 9.5-TFL, 4.0-sacks, 5-INT, 38-PD, 2-FR, 3-FF
    (The career 38 passes defended is about double of any other CB’s that will likely enter the draft.)

    Also other ball hawk type guys I like.
    CB-C. J. Henderson, 6-1/202, Florida, – Currently #11-overall @
    –Career to date: 24-games, 64-tkls, 5.0-TFL, 3.0-sacks, 6-INT(2-TD’s), 14-PD, 2-FF

    CB-Paulson Adebo, 6-1/190, Stanford, Currently #140-overall (and under valued?)
    –Career to date: 18-games, 83-tkls, 5.0-TFL, 5-INT, 22-PD, 1-FF

    • Rob Staton

      Yes — I have watched Bryce Hall and currently do not see a top-50 prospect.

      I know a lot of other websites have him going early. They also have A.J. Epenesa in their top-10’s which I don’t see at all.

    • Awsi Dooger

      I’ll get a live look at Bryce Hall on Friday night when the Canes host Virginia. I hope he guards Jeff Thomas, who is Miami’s best wideout and probably underrated on all of these lists. It would also help if N’Kosi Perry plays quarterback for the Canes. At least he can get the ball down the field, unlike Jarren Williams.

      Bryce Hall was a very low rated recruit. I am always reluctant to move guys like that too high up the list.

      I was impressed that Booty Cheeks Adebo didn’t show up late in the top 50.

      However, overall I thought there were too many cornerbacks. That position is recently overvalued at the top. The return on investment among first round cornerbacks has been horrible over the past decade or so, among the worst of any position. Several analytics guys on various draft forums have pointed it out. Whatever criteria are being used to identify the first round cornerbacks, it has not been wise or successful. The Seahawks seem to be well ahead of the knowledge curve there.

      • Rob Staton

        My criteria for these CB’s being involved is watching them and noting they are good.

  10. Coleslaw

    Thanks Rob! I would love DeVonta Smith, he just pops out as a seahawks WR.

    Kinlaw is a stud, if he falls to us I would love to get him. I don’t care what happens this year, dude will be good in the NFL.

    I really like Shenault, he strikes me as a Sammy Watkins type who could maximize their targets in our scheme.

    WR, DL and OL seem to be good targets in the late first so far. I would like to see Smith or Shenault honestly. Give Russ all the weapons. Then go all defense lol.


  11. drewdawg11

    Do we dare get our hopes up for a first round db? I would love for us to get one of those interior monsters, honestly. If they can resign clowney and who knows, Reed as well, they’ll still need another space-eating monster who is athletic enough to create havoc. We DO have enough picks to move up for a Brown or someone similar. Also, and we don’t need him, but Jonathan Thomas is a beast. Love watching him run. I think our priorities are DL, OT. I can’t really justify taking anything else early unless they just luck out and a pass rusher falls and they don’t want to spend the money to keep the FA’s.

    • Rob Staton

      I wouldn’t get your hopes up on a DB early. The top two safety’s will go quickly. They haven’t drafted a cornerback earlier than late R3 and after 10 years there’s no reason to expect that to change now.

      They have picks to move up but if you’re aiming for someone like Derrick Brown then that means trading into the top-10 and eliminating your board and most of your 2021 board for one, unproven rookie. If they’re going to do that they might as well trade those picks for Jalen Ramsey. I don’t think either scenario is likely.

    • CHawk Talker Eric

      Who’s Jonathan Thomas?

      Wait, were you thinking of Jonathan Taylor Thomas?!?

  12. icb12

    Really like Marvin Wilson. Good to see his name here.

    • Sea Mode

      I checked him out briefly last week. Honestly, NT is one of those positions where, unless a guy totally dominates (which IMO he didn’t), I sometimes find it hard to appreciate all that he’s doing for a team. He definitely did impact plays and eat up space and blockers, so I guess that’s what one should be looking for at the position, not so much splash plays.

  13. Kenny Sloth

    DeKaylin Metcalf bought his mom a car for her birthday.

    • Sea Mode

      Saw that vid.

  14. Barry

    This isn’t me hating on a player but I haven’t been able to find any film on Walker Little (T, Stanford). I watched all the games last year I could find and if you have a good game vs good comp please post it. At least lead me to believe he’s got it.

  15. Kenny Sloth

    If Germain Ifedi gave up that sack to Myles Garrett seahawks twitter would insist he was trash, demand a jettisoned coaching staff, and try to burn Rashaad Penny at the stake.

  16. Kenny Sloth


    Hate em both lol

    • CHawk Talker Eric

      So much.

      But seriously, Mayfield is a terrible passer. He no touch at all. Every pass is a rocket sling, just throws it as hard as he can regardless of the situation.

    • mishima

      Ultimate bro-off.

  17. Nick

    Thanks for compiling this, Rob. It looks like there are a lot of quality tackles this year in the top 50. That’s excellent news for Seattle. I would assume we will draft at least one next year.

  18. Denver Hawker

    Thanks Rob- solid work here, can’t argue with this list at this point in the season.

    Too bad WR isn’t higher on the need list- lots of great options with that R1. Might be too tampering to pass up.
    Shy on interior lineman as well, here’s to hoping Pocic and Haynes develop.

    Given the projected draft positions with their 1st 3 picks and current needs, I’m leaning to trading picks for players by the deadline. Need doesn’t equal the draft strength.

    • DC

      Pete Carroll on Jamarco Jones’ play at RG last week,

      “It’s a remarkably good showing for him and for us going forward. As for our depth and all of that, he’s healthy and ready to go. We have a kid chomping at the bit to be part of it. Our coaches have always trusted him from the start. He has really good awareness and really good sense for the game. He’s a natural… You almost have to have some special savvy and qualities to be able to pull it off like he did.”

      OT still makes sense as an early pick if the right guy is there. With Jones, Pocic & Haynes as the youth manning the OG spots & of course JJ can still play OT.

      • Madmark

        I like Jamarco Jones at right guard position I just think he would fit right in and gives us the big athletic guard we need and discount this guy who played for Alabama. Next year draft Isiah Wilson T, Georgia for RT spot.

  19. charlietheunicorn

    21-3 / Halftime!

    Wowza, the stat line doesn’t even reflect how big of blowout this really is…. 49ers missed 2 other opportunities to score points off turnovers. The Browns are living up to their name….

    Seattle is going to get a very tough test on the road next week, Browns should be motivated to play at home…. or imploded by then.

    • DC

      This 49ers roster looks as balanced & deep as any in the NFC. Jimmy G getting injured last year was a blessing in disguise for the longer term (Bosa). They’re back.

  20. DC

    I know I’m being ‘high maintenance’ with this request Rob. Being that we most likely pick twice in the later part of the 2nd round would you be willing to do ‘Top-64 2020 draft watch-list’-s from here on out? Then we can all daydream a little deeper.


  21. Denver Hawker

    Good point on Jones. He played well against a stout opposition and Pete was jazzed. Pocic likely gets that look though if healthy. Would love to see Jones at RT at some point this season though to see how his inside play translates outside. Strong Oline depth right now, but a lot of offseason work to be done.

  22. Aaron

    Are the Niners for real or Browns that mediocre?

    Also, the Browns got beat up tonight, giving up over 250 yards rushing and have to play us on a short week as we come off a TNF game. This should work to our favor. Pound the rock and get out of the factory of sadness with a win.

    • DC

      Their D-Line is for real. When you get consistent pressure rushing 4 the world opens up to you. That equals turnovers.

      • Aaron

        Yeah, their front four is legit. I don’t think we can replicate that on Sunday but I think we can impose our will on a Browns defense that was beaten up tonight by feeding our RBs.

        • Pickering

          2015 Armstead Rd 1 #17
          2016 Buckner Rd 1 #7
          2017 Thomas Rd 1 #3
          2019 Bosa Rd 1 #1

          • Ghost Mutt

            A 2nd rounder for Dee Ford too.

    • mishima

      I have the 49ers winning the NFC West.

  23. Kingdome1976

    Browns are going to want to destroy us next week and prove that the game tonight was just a turnover fluke of some kind. I seriously doubt it will be that easy to beat them on Sunday.

    Niners look pretty solid to me. Looks like we have the best division in football.

    • charlietheunicorn

      Browns were 2-0 on the road and 0-2 at home this season. Prior to tonight’s debacle.

  24. drewdawg11

    Prince is an athletic beast at left tackle. He’s probably going to be out of our range, which is a shame. Really impressive movement skills and he seems to be an aggressive player.

  25. Sea Mode

    Lol, true. Hopefully they at least learn what it can do to get pressure rushing 4…

    Gregg Bell

    As I mentioned earlier, Pete Carroll gave #Seahawks “a homework assignment” of watching the Browns play 49ers tonight.

    Now the coach has got to spend the rest of the week convincing his guys that Cleveland won’t be this bad against them on Sunday in Ohio.

    Oct 8, 2019

    • charlietheunicorn

      They mentioned they barely rushed the LBs last week during the game, so I expect them to dial up some LB blitzes to give Mayfield more things to think about. Slot and CB blitzes might also be dialed up a few times. Shut down the rushing attack of the Browns and you can contain them.

      This game was a preseason 50/50 for me…. I’m going more 60/40 Seahawks, but it is going to be tough. As PC said in press conference today, the Browns have some very explosive (game wrecker) players on both sides of the ball.

  26. Madmark

    My take on the Browns vs 49ers game tonight. The NFC West has 3 legit contenders for the playoffs as I watch what the 49ers did to the browns. What I saw from the Brown’s is the AFC North is not that good this year and I don’t think Seattle will have with Browns or the Ravens this year. I do see a renewing of the old rivalry with the 49ers and I’m excited about that.
    For those of us who watch the Seahawks thru the 90’s after Krieg left it was a nightmare until Paul Allen bought team. Holmgren got Hasselbeck and we got to a Super Bowl. PC/JS come in use Hasselbeck for a year and start there search for the next QB then they Hit It with 3rd round pick and got a Russel Wilson. This guy is playing lights out and leading this offense which is only going to get better. Looking at the league and the QB position we are so lucky to have an All-Pro QB in Russel Wilson. I’m actually really excited to see this team grow.

  27. GoHawksDani

    Based on your assessment:
    Seems stocked at secondary. Also at OT.
    WR is also OK. So does QB and RB
    Seems a bit thin at DT, but not too much.
    Really thin at EDGE/DE and TE
    OG and C also seems a bit weak
    LB is OKish, but maybe a bit weaker than in recent years

    This is actually pretty good for the Hawks. They need secondary playmakers and OT (RT).
    I’d try to get a solid DT if possible in the R1, but they’ll likely be top20 picks and long gone before the Hawks’ selection.
    If DT not available then I’d go for OT and target S/CB in the second round.
    This also means that DE will be a bit weaker in the draft, so I’d try to pump FA money to that position
    I think we also could use some DT help, but depending on how the Reed situation will shape, we might only need a proven vet, or if Reed goes we might need to target one high in the draft or prioritize in FA.
    OG might also be needed

    So a way early startegy for me would be:

    Re-sign Reed (between 12 and 18m)
    Re-sign Clowney (between 16 and 21m)
    Re-sign Kendricks (around 5-7m)
    Also Fant (5-8m)
    QJeff (5-6m)
    Luke Willson (2m)
    Jamar Taylor (2m)
    Prosise (if he can stay healthy and function as an outside runner, and pass catcher. If he’s finishing with 300+ rush yards and 200+ rec yards and 3 TD I’m sold. 1-2m)
    Moore (2-3m)
    Target OT and S (or CB) with first 2 picks
    Get one of these DEs: Quinn, Addison, Ngakoue, Ogbah, Armstead
    Get Scherff or Quinton Spain, Thuney or Ted Karras for OG
    If we still have $$$ maybe try and get Jack Doyle or Austin Hooper for TE
    But I think with Luke Willson and Dissly and maybe a young TE (2nd/3rd round) will be golden, so no need to really do anything rushed.

    Get a playmaker into the secondary, strengthen the DL, infuse youth and also experience into the OL (if Jones/Fant is better start the vet as RT and the rookie can learn from them). We could get another WR in the 3rd/4th to battle it out with Moore. Get a TE to compliment Dissly, Willson. And we’re pretty much set

    • Rob Staton

      WR is more than OK.

  28. GoHawksDani

    A bit offtopic, but just watched the niners game…
    Their D# is no joke 🙁 Stout against the run and pretty good at rushing the passer.
    When we play against them, we need to estabilish the run and use a quick pass game. Screens are not really working as their LBs are pretty fast. If their passrush kept in check they can be attacked with TE routes and some deeper routes. Their secondary is not that speedy (wink-wink Lockett and DK)
    On offense Breida and Coleman needs to be stopped, that’s clear #1. Garoppolo is OK, but nothing special…imo he’s on the Wentz level.

    And for the Browns…Pretty much the same for their O. Chubb needs to be stopped and need to pressure their QB. Mayfield can’t handle pressure. That part is simple. Get into Mayfield’s face and limit Chubb to rushes between minus 1-2 yards and 3-4 positive yards tops.
    Their defense is fast and pretty solid. I’d say go for the inside runs, probably easier to attack them there. If the pocket can hold up their secondary can be attacked

  29. Robeetle12

    What Cleveland team will the Hawks get???….Well, Seattle will have 10 days of rest before travelling while Cleveland will have less than 6 after getting their asses handed to them.

    Pretty hard to tell what kind of team they are. They allowed over 200 yards rushing to SF so I think we know a large part of the game plan.

    Regarding SF. Their d-line looks good (so far)….Albeit they level of competition is hard to make an accurate gauge on that except to say they are doing what they should be doing and gaining confidence as well. They look to be the main NFCW rival this year.

  30. RWIII

    San Francisco has four VERY High first round picks.

    Joey Bosa was the number three overall pick in 2019.
    Solomon Thomas was the number three overall pick in 2017.
    Deforest Buckner was the number seven oveall pick in 2016.
    Arik Armestadt was the number 17 overall pick in 2015.
    Dee Ford was the number 23rd overall pick in 2014.

    49ers with 5 first round draft picks. Not one that was lower than a 23rd overall. Two were the number three overall picks. One a number 7, and one a number 17 overall pick.

    The 49ers are well stocked with talent on the defensive front line. Games are won/lost in the trenches. If you don’t believe me just ask the Cleveland Browns.’

    • Gaux Hawks

      How’d they get all that draft capital…? 😉

  31. RWIII

    GoHawks: I agree on having a DT. But round 1??? One thing about John Schneider he has been able over the years to find defensive tackles on the cheap in free agency. Case in point this year. Al Woods. Correct me if am wrong but the Hawks also have Bryan Mone on the practice squad. Woods/Mone are solid against the run. But they are not pass rushing material. If you to get a run stuffer who excells in pass rushing situations, good luck. Those guys are few and far and in between. They get snapped up early round one in the draft.

    Jarran Reed, Ziggy Ansah and Jadeveon Clowney are all free agents at the end of the year. It will be very interesting to see how these guys not only play out the rest of the year. But also what will their next contracts look like. Would love to have Clowney back. But I don’t think the Hawks will be able to afford Clowney. Also would love to have Jarran Reed and Ansah back. We will just have to wait and see what happens.

    • GoHawksDani

      Yeah…might be wishful thinking, but I’d love a DT who is great against the run and can also rush the passer effectively. Like Reed, but I’m still on standby about Reed if he’s really that good or just had an outstanding season.
      Can’t help feeling jealous about Aaron Donald. Basically no chance to steal a guy like him at the end of 1st round, but if we could trade up to mid 1st or stay and steal someone like him at the end while keeping Reed and Clowney, it’d elevate our D to crazy heights. It’d instant make our secondary much-much better and a line like that could keep opponents under 17 points. But yeah, guys like Donald don’t grow on trees.

      I think they’ll go OL. They trust this secondary, and pumped some resources into our DL already. They like our young WRs and RBs. Unless a really good TE falls into late R1, I think it’ll be an RT or LG pick

      • Rob Staton

        It’s still far too early to predict what they’ll target early in the draft next year. However, we need to remember the following:

        1. They have changed tactics on the O-line recently. They’ve sought to add veterans and then draft/develop. It seems pretty clear to me that after years of pain they’re not going to put rookies on the O-line. Now if they address all other needs, lose Fant and/or Ifedi and the best options are RT’s in the draft, that’s fair enough. But I think they’re much more likely to stick with their guys and fill any holes with veterans if possible. And it’s entirely possible Phil Haynes and Jamarco Jones are both starters next year.

        2. They’ve not actually invested much at all in the D-line. There are no resources pumped into the DL other than L.J. Collier. They’ve essentially just put a great big band-aid over the unit for 2019. Clowney and Ansah are on short term contracts. They haven’t re-signed Jarran Reed. Jefferson, Woods — both on short term deals. They will either need to re-sign these players or make major additions in the off-season.

        3. There will never be another Aaron Donald. Not even close unfortunately. He is a truly unique, generational player. There are big, athletic interior D-liners in this class. Nobody who’s a pass rusher like Donald though. Before the 2014 draft we were saying on here that he and Odell Beckham Jr might be the two best players in the draft. It ended up being an exceptional class with Clowney, Mack, Martin, Evans, Lewan and others. I don’t see any DL who could realistically be the top player in the 2020 draft.

  32. Bryce Giron Mathern

    I’m feeling Tristan Wirfs for either left tackle or right tackle.

  33. drewdawg11

    Marvin Wilson plays with some explosiveness and power. Limited sample size but he’s someone who could wreck an interior OL and possibly generate some push in the pocket. There is no way we are going to be able to pay everyone on the DL, so what’s harder to find? DT or Edge? Resign Clowney if you can and perhaps allow Reed to walk and get you a pick. A kid like Marvin could fit in nicely.

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