Schrager also reports that Vanderbilt CB JoeJuan Williams, Boston College G Chris Lindstrom, Mississippi State OL Elgton Jenkins, Washington S Taylor Rapp, Maryland S Darnell Savage, and Mississippi DT Jeffrey Simmons are players with less buzz who have emerged as first-round candidates.
Schrager mentions that the Lions and Bills could be two teams to trade out of the top 10.
Schrager reports that three offensive tackles could be selected in the top 10 of the 2019 NFL Draft, including Florida State’s JawaanTaylor, Washington State’s Andre Dillard, and Alabama’s Jonah Williams.
Schrager writes that there is a “better chance” for teams trading into the top 10 for an offensive tackle rather than a quarterback.
NFL Media’s Lance Zierlein says three players to keep an eye on as potential trade-up targets are Houston DT Ed Oliver, Alabama RB Josh Jacobs and Washington State OT Andre Dillard.
According to Adam Schefter, the Patriots could be an option for TE Ben Watson if he chooses to unretire and play in 2019.
Reiss believes the Patriots might not bite on Clemson DT Dexter Lawrence in the first round after declining former first-round DT Malcolm Brown‘s fifth-year option. Both are two-down defensive tackles.
Reiss thinks the Patriots are more likely to target someone later like Arizona State DT Renell Wren.
A potential later-round linebacker target for the Patriots could be Missouri’s Terez Hall. (Reiss)
Reiss identifies safety as an underrated need for the Patriots, with Maryland’s Darnell Savage, Washington’s Taylor Rapp, Delaware’s Nasir Adderley and Mississippi State’s Johnathan Abram lining up well in terms of value and projected availability for the Patriots in the early rounds.
Miami RB Travis Homer and Memphis RB/WR Tony Pollard could be on the Patriots’ radar in the later rounds for their ability on special teams.
Reiss doesn’t see much of an opening for any newcomers to the Patriots at cornerback.