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2019 NFL Draft Preview

The 2019 NFL Draft is just one day away and multiple former Seminoles are hoping to hear their names called at the podium so their professional dreams can finally be realized. Three of those players attended the combine: Brian Burns, Demarcus Christmas, and Nyqwan Murray. Burns showed off his athleticism at the combine and is a bonafide First-Round pick while Christmas and Murray could go later in the draft.

Guys like Alec Eberle, Jacques Patrick, AJ Westbrook, Derrick Kelly, Jon Vickers, Arthur Williams, Fredrick Jones, Wally Aime are longer shots to get drafted. They weren’t invited to the combine but they’ve been participating in workouts and visits with teams. Westbrook recently visited Jacksonville while Eberle and Patrick have also drawn some interest from prospective NFL teams.

These are where the 11 former ‘Noles are currently projected to go and what the top analysts are saying about them.

Brian Burns

Position: EDGE

Measurables: 6-foot-5, 249 pounds

College stats: 123 total tackles, 38.5 tackles for loss, 23 sacks, 7 forced fumbles

Combine results: 4.53-second 40-yard dash, 36-inch vertical jump, 129-inch broad jump, 7.01-second three-cone drill

Scout’s outlook: “Long, thin pass-rush specialist who possesses elite get-off and stride length to simply outrun overmatched tackles around the rush arc and into the backfield. Burns’ edge speed and varied rush approach should translate to the league, but his skinny frame and lack of play strength are absolutely concerns moving forward. While some view him as a pass rusher only, it might be a waste not to utilize his blue-chip athletic ability in space as a hybrid linebacker.” – Lance Zierlein, NFL.com

NFL Comparison: Leonard Floyd

Draft projection: First Round


Demarcus Christmas

Position: Defensive Tackle

Measurables: 6-foot-3, 294 pounds

College stats: 106 total tackles, 11.5 tackles for loss, 3.5 sacks, 1 forced fumble

Combine results: 5.08-second 40-yard dash, 25.5-inch vertical jump, 101-inch broad jump, 8.13-second three-cone drill, 5.07-second 20-yard shuttle, 22 bench press reps

Scout’s outlook: “A backup-caliber defensive tackle on the next level with good size and power but a disappointing lack of consistency as a run defender. Christmas can improve at the point of attack with better hand usage and technique, but his average instincts and get-off won’t do him any favors in the race for early positioning in the trenches. Christmas has the ability to crank up an occasional pressure, but it is unlikely to be on passing downs as a pro.” – Lance Zierlein, NFL.com

NFL Comparison: Angelo Blackson

Draft projection: Third-Fifth Round


Nyqwan Murray

Position: Wide Reciever

Measurables: 5-foot-10, 191 pounds

College stats: 127 catches, 1854 yards, 12 touchdowns

Combine results: 4.63-second 40-yard dash, 34-inch vertical jump, 113-inch broad jump, 7.2-second three-cone drill, 4.4-second 20-yard shuttle, 8 bench press reps

Scout’s outlook: “Skilled slot receiver with good quickness and sure hands. Murray’s urgency and attention to detail with his routes can waver, but he has the tools to tighten that area up. Inconsistent quarterback play impaired his overall production in the last two seasons. He has the talent to become a diverse slot target with the ability to expand the route tree with a more accurate signal-caller throwing him the ball.” – Lance Zierlein, NFL.com

NFL Comparison: Jamison Crowder

Draft projection: Seventh Round-Priority Free Agent


Alec Eberle

Position: Center

Measurables: 6-foot-4, 300 pounds

College stats: 50 appearances, 44 straight starts

Combine results: DNP

Scout’s outlook: “Eberle was a terrific center at the college level but has size and strength limitations that hamper his chances at the next level.” – Draftanalyst.com

Draft projection: Sixth Round-Priority Free Agent


Jacques Patrick 

Position: Running Back

Measurables: 6-foot-3, 231 pounds

College stats: 366 attempts, 1790 yards, 17 touchdowns

Combine results: DNP

Scout’s outlook: “A physical downhill runner, Patrick sees the field cleanly and knows how to work off his blocks. He excels in one cut situations and runs with good pace and timing. A decisive runner, Patrick attacks gaps as the open and rarely yields a negative play.” – Joe Marino, thedraftnetwork.com

Draft projection: Seventh Round-Priority Free Agent


A.J. Westbrook

Position: Defensive Back

Measurables: 6-foot-0, 190 pounds

College stats: 147 total tackles, 3.5 tackles for loss, 1.5 sacks, 2 interceptions, 15 pass deflections

Combine results: DNP

Scout’s outlook: N/A

Draft projection: Priority Free Agent


Derrick Kelly

Position: Offensive Tackle

Measurables: 6-foot-5, 320 pounds

College stats: 34 appearances, 28 starts

Combine results: DNP

Scout’s outlook: N/A

Draft projection: Undrafted


Derrick Kelly

Position: Offensive Tackle

Measurables: 6-foot-5, 320 pounds

College stats: 34 appearances, 28 starts

Combine results: DNP

Scout’s outlook: N/A

Draft projection: Undrafted


John Vickers

Position: Tight End

Measurables: 6-foot-1, 241 pounds

College stats: 29 rushes, 158 yards, one touchdown, 1 catch, 9 yards, 1 touchdown

Combine results: DNP

Scout’s outlook: N/A

Draft projection: Undrafted


Arthur Williams

Position: Offensive Guard

Measurables: 6-foot-4, 320 pounds

College stats: 12 appearances, 5 starts

Combine results: DNP

Scout’s outlook: N/A

Draft projection: Undrafted


Fredrick Jones

Position: Nose Tackle

Measurables: 6-foot-2, 304 pounds

College stats: 67 total tackles, 8 tackles for loss, 2.5 sacks

Combine results: DNP

Scout’s outlook: N/A

Draft projection: Undrafted


Walvenski Aime

Position: Defensive End

Measurables: 6-foot-5, 270 pounds

College stats: 50 tackles, 3 tackles for loss

Combine results: DNP

Scout’s outlook: N/A

Draft projection: Undrafted


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