2019 NFL draft: running backs

By Lisa Johnson // @LJ1303

This week we will cover two of the top running backs in the 2019 NFL draft.

Without question, this class lacks the fervor that last year’s top running back prospect Saquon Barkley commanded.  I’m also seeing many mock drafts that don’t even have a running back getting drafted day 1.

That being said,  the first running back coming off should be Alabama’s Joshua Jacobs.

Listed at 5’10”, 220 pounds, Jacobs is being talked about as one of the most physical of the backs entering the draft. With his ability to line up in the flat and his blocking skills, he instantly becomes the front runner.  Despite that,  Jacobs did not participate in this years NFL combine, because he was nursing a sore groin.

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2019 NFL Regional Combine

Dayna O’Gorman
Senior NFL Reporter

By Dayna O’Gorman // @DaynaOG

Kansas City and the KC Chiefs played host to this year’s NFL Regional Combine. 30 college football players from all over the country came to show their skills to NFL scouts. While it may not have had the flash as the one in Indianapolis, it had the same goal.

The Regional Combine is much the same as the main combine in Indianapolis. The same drills, tests, and measurements, just on a smaller scale with fewer players. The Regional Combine often showcases players from smaller colleges or players who may have been under the radar during the regular season.

Speaking with many of the players, the same sentiment was stated over and over. They felt lucky to have been invited, even though it wasn’t the large combine in Indianapolis. Fredrick Jones, DT from Florida state said “It’s an opportunity that God has given me to show what I have and to give it my all. I’m blessed to have the opportunity.”

He wasn’t alone in his feelings of being lucky. Bowie State quarterback Amir Hall also was excited to be in Kansas City. “It was exciting. Getting able to perform, because some scouts may not be at my Pro Day… That was big for me.”

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NFL Draft by position: Offensive Line

Lisa Johnson
Senior Sports Reporter

By Lisa Johnson // @LJ1303

The 2019 NFL Draft seems to be very defense heavy. As we dive deeper into the draft, the next most important question for the team is: Who is gonna be on the line to block all these pass rushers and linebackers?

According to many, Alabama’s left tackle Jonah Williams should be the first linemen to come off the board. Where the 6’5 301 pounder lands is anyone’s guess, but he is considered to be the best blocker in the draft.

Early in his college career, 2016 Williams played as a true freshman at right tackle earning two all American freshmen teams, as well as all American SEC team. He moved to left tackle his sophomore year and declared for the NFL draft this year following his junior year.

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20 years later, the impact players of the 1999 draft

Dayna O’Gorman,
Senior NFL Reporter

By Dayna O’Gorman // @DaynaOG

Currently, there are hundreds of articles about the upcoming NFL Draft. Mock drafts, team’s draft needs, draft surprises, the topics are endless. Well, I’m here to add another one to the list! However, I’m not talking about this year’s draft. Today, I’m going to take you back twenty years to 1999.

The Denver Broncos, led by quarterback John Elway, had just beaten the Atlanta Falcons in Super Bowl XXXIII 34-19. You may remember that was the year when everyone was buzzing about Elway confronting his former coach, Dan Reeves, about comments he had made stating new head coach Mike Shanahan and Elway had conspired to have Reeves fired. Oh, the drama!

But when the new season started, all eyes were on the 1999 draft. The NEW Cleveland Browns had the first pick. It marked the first year, since 1995, the city of Cleveland had a football team. It was no surprise they went with a quarterback, selecting Tim Couch.

While Couch did manage to take the Browns to the playoffs during his 5 injury ridden years on the team, it was other players picked in that draft who would go on to make huge impacts, not only for their teams but in the NFL.

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Why the Lions need to nail this draft

Sonja Greenfield, OTFB Reporter

By Sonja Greenfield // @Mom23RN

The Detroit Lions will be picking 8th in this year’s draft. It will be the 2nd draft for head coach Matt Patricia and the 4th for general manager Bob Quinn. And while it’s “early” in the Patricia/Quinn era, they need to hit big.

Lions fans have been chomping at the bit for the team to be regular Super Bowl contenders, and always in the playoff mix.  When it was announced that Quinn was to be the general manager, most were hopeful that the Patriot Way was coming to Detroit. Throw in Matt Patricia and some of us Lions fans were thinking we’re the Patriots West and on the road to winning multiple Super Bowls.

Then reality set in and the Lions had a “disappointing” season.  They finished 6-10 and last in the NFC North. The team is at a sort of crossroads.

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