Imagine thinking Draft Szn is over. Could not be me. It’s always draft season at TDN.
That said, we’ll spend the next few weeks recapping the 2019 NFL Draft before turning the page to the 2020 crop. This week’s 6-Pack is all about my favorite late Day Three picks, of which there were many.
I hope that this column has become a staple for you each week, but just in case you are new, 6-Pack Thursday is my weekly brain dump on six football-related things that involve the NFL, College Football or NFL Draft.
Let’s crack this thing open!
Arizona Cardinals - Pick No 179: Lamont Gaillard, IOL, Georgia
I’ve developed a few connections with the University of Georgia program and it’s been encouraging to hear them talk so positively about Gaillard. Those rave reviews of Gaillard where echoed by literally EVERY Georgia prospect I spoke with along the all-star circuit and Pro Day. I don’t recall every hearing a teammate garner so many ringing endorsements in terms of energy, leadership and work ethic.
Gaillard is a touch undersized but he has outstanding functional strength, mobility and consistency with execution. He has some weight distribution issues to cleanup, but Gaillard seems like the type of presence that any locker room would love to have. He has experience playing every spot on the interior offensive line which is critical for Day Three offensive line prospects. I love his fit with the Cardinals, a young football team in need of foundational pieces of the roster moving forward. Gaillard can be that guy, even though he was a sixth-round pick.
Los Angeles Chargers - Pick No. 200: Emeke Egbule, LB, Houston
The Chargers defensive personnel is among the most intriguing in the league. Loaded with versatile defenders with outstanding athletic profiles, the multiplicity of the unit could be among the most diverse of any in the league. Adding a skill set like Egbule’s continues building an exciting young defensive nucleus that can be deployed in a variety of ways.
One of my favorite sleeper prospects in the class, Egbule, filled a number of roles in college for Houston. He’s proven able to defend the run from numerous alignments and features the athletic ability to excel in coverage and rush the passer. There is some work to do in terms of mental processing, but I love the upside of his selection at pick No. 200.
Washington Redskins - Pick No. 206: Kelvin Harmon, WR, NC State
How did this happen? There’s no way you can watch Harmon’s tape and think he shouldn’t have been selected at least 120 spots higher. I’ve taken six scouting trips to Raleigh for NC State games over the last two years and Harmon is a player that is easy to love with how he dominates on the field.
One of the ACC’s most prolific receivers over the last two seasons, Harmon has elite play strength and ability to clear press coverage. I love his nuance as a route runner and he’s dynamic with his alpha mentality and ball skills at the catch point.
Kansas City Chiefs - Pick No. 214: Darwin Thompson, RB, Utah State
This is a perfect match and I trust Andy Reid to maximize Thompson’s skill set. While I have concerns over his field vision and spatial awareness, the creative Reid knows how to best utilize his available talent in the proper capacity.
Thompson is a dynamic athlete who thrives with touches in space. Asking him to be the focal point of the offense with heavy between-the-tackles carries is a misappropriation of his talent. Complementing powerful runners Damien Williams and Carlos Hyde, Thompson rounds out the Chiefs stable of backs with a more elusive and explosive weapon. While I think the value of his selection at Pick No. 214 is appropriate, it’s his fit on this offense that makes me excited for him to maximize his potential.
Washington Redskins - Pick No. 227: Jimmy Moreland, CB, James Madison
From top to bottom, it’s hard not to really like what Washington was able to accomplish in the 2019 NFL Draft. Moreland is a player I was first introduced to in St. Petersburg at East-West Shrine Week, and it quickly became clear that he was one of the premier talents at the event. Showcasing terrific man coverage ability and ball skills, Moreland earned a call up to the Senior Bowl the following week in Mobile.
Reviewing his film, you will find an instinctive cover corner who isn’t afraid to mix it up at the line of scrimmage and attack the football. I believe Washington has found its future at slot corner in Moreland, who brings a ton of energy and playmaking upside to the Redskins’ defense.
Los Angeles Chargers - Pick No. 242: Cortez Broughton, DT, Cincinnati
The Chargers put together my favorite 2019 Draft haul, with Broughton in the seventh round being the icing on the cake. A standout at East-West Shrine Week, Broughton has a nice ceiling as an interior pass rushing presence.
With Darius Philon and Corey Liuget no longer in the mix and Brandon Mebane aging, Los Angeles needed to re-tool its interior defensive line group. Hitting a homerun with its selection of Jerry Tillery in the first round, Broughton’s value to get after the passer almost at the end of the draft could end up being a steal.