We've officially entered the deep end of the pool, people. As my personal film assessments creep ever closer towards 250, it's a rarity to find a prospect that garners more than a mid-Day 3 grade. It's kind of just the nature of the beast, any talent pool only goes so far down before the "plug and play" ability just isn't there anymore.
Thank goodness for upside. I've watched a good deal of players over the course of the last week that had me saying "well, he's not good now. But if you get him in the right kind of scheme, with the right coach? Heck yeah I'd rock with this guy!"
And inspiration was born. Today I'm going to highlight the 2019 All-Upside team. If I haven't done a player's film, he's not eligible. Sorry.
Here's the criteria: If you got a grade from me ranging between Round 1 and Round 3, you're ineligible.
Day 3 grades only! Alright? Let's dig in.
Quarterback - Tyree Jackson, Buffalo
Jackson is unlikely to last into Day 3, we know of at least a handful of teams who are really enamored with his raw ability.
Running Back - Bryce Love, Stanford
If only Bryce could stay healthy. He's not very good with his vision or contact balance, so he's scheme specific and needs to get better reading the LOS. But when he's 100%, he's super dynamic.
Wide Receiver - Antoine Wesley, Texas Tech
Speaking of dynamic, Wesley has really enticing ball skills and vertical receiving ability. Everything else is pretty hit or miss, but he can run and attack the football. That's a nice mix.
Wide Receiver - Parris Campbell, Ohio State
SPEAKING OF DYNAMIC: Campbell will be way off the board by Day 3 in real life, but for me he's all upside. He's blazing fast and a natural with the ball in his hands. But his hands themselves and his ball tracking give me pause.
Wide Receiver - Jalen Hurd, Baylor
A former running back at Tennessee, Hurd has done well for himself to remodel his entire playing style as a receiver.
Tight End - Kahale Warring, San Diego State
Would have been great if San Diego State ever threw the football so we could really see what this kid can do. Instead, he's a plus athlete who enters the league with polished blocking skills.
Left Tackle - Tytus Howard, Alabama State
Athletic, long-armed. What's not to like? His technique, for starters. But jumping to NFL coaching should really bring the best out of him.
Left Guard - Tyler Jones, North Carolina State
Jones played left tackle for NC State and did well until he was asked to anchor. He's super mobile and will be a threat in the run game, though he needs to add to his core and lower body strength.
Center - Michael Jordan, Ohio State
Jordan continues the pipeline of Buckeyes to run from guard to center to the NFL. He's also by far the most raw Buckeye center to leave for the pros in recent memory.
Right Guard - Ryan Bates, Penn State
Tasked with playing all over the line, Bates never really settled into a position. But he's got requisite movement skills and functional strength to be an asset on the interior.
Right Tackle - Oli Udoh, Elon
This dude looks like he walked out of a lab, he's got prototypical build. The next step of course is getting him to learn how to use it.
EDGE - Shareef Miller, Penn State
A nice first step and necessary measureables, Miller has the goods to play EDGE in the pros. But he's not to developed with his hands yet and will need to get better at challenging blocks.
Defensive Tackle - Khalen Saunders, Western Illinois
I'm honestly ashamed of myself for having this low of a grade on Saunders. He's the most fun I've had in 2 weeks watching a player. But he's got a steep jump in competition and he had some lulls on film.
Defensive Tackle - Daniel Wise, Kansas
Wise was a Shrine Game standout who just begs to be used in a 3T penetration role.
EDGE - Maxx Crosby, Eastern Michigan
You get some T.J. Watt vibes watching Crosby in space. He's a great athlete. But he's soft on contact and will need to significantly beef up his rush arsenal.
Linebacker - Vosean Joseph, Florida
If you give Joseph one objective, he's going to crush it. If you ask him to read layers of a play, the processor overloads and he kind of shuts down.
Linebacker - Bobby Okereke, Stanford
This is what you want your linebackers to look like. But there's too many passive plays and tendencies that he's got to eliminate from his film.
Cornerback - Joejuan Williams, Vanderbilt
Big, long. Physical. I like plenty of Williams' game. But his footwork needs to improve and he plays too loose on the body of receivers as he turns and runs down the field.
Free Safety - Marvell Tell, USC
Tell is an elite athlete, but never really fully put things together at USC. His Combine testing is a testament to his upside.
Strong Safety - Marquise Blair, Utah
Blair has some booming hits, I like how he can prowl through the box, even at his size, and be a physical presence.
Nickel - Kendall Sheffield, Ohio State
Sheffield is fast as well. He's also not very instinctive, so he'll have to improve between the ears to get the most out of all that explosiveness and speed.
Cornerback - Isaiah Johnson, Houston
A former receiver, Johnson has only played defense for two years. His ball skills are phenomenal and he's a really loose mover...he just doesn't quite have all the fundamentals down.