By Max Liebel
NIAGARA UNIVERSITY, N.Y.- The NFL Draft is fast approaching and to the casual viewer this draft class may seem relatively underwhelming compared to last year where four quarterbacks were taken in the top ten. But this year is full of prospects that teams can build a steady foundation with, mostly being offensive lineman and defensive front seven players. With that being said here are some players to consider going into this years draft:
DT Ed Oliver, University of Houston
Oliver measures in at six feet three inches weighing 281 pounds and runs a 4.81 forty yard dash. Those measurements alone are enough to attract scouts but what really draws the eye of NFL teams is Olivers athleticism and versatility. With his size and speed he can play anywhere on the line and showed in college he has no trouble taking on double, and at times, triple teams something that is at a premium in today’s NFL.
OL Jonah Williams, University of Alabama
Before the collegiate season ended, Jonah Williams was touted as a once and a decade player by scouts and pundits alike. Williams was an unanimous All-American in 2018 and has drawn comparisons to future Hall of Famer Joe Thomas. Williams will most likely find himself going in the top ten and is a day one starter for any team that decides to draft him.
QB Kyler Murray, University of Oklahoma
The biggest question mark in this years draft is Heisman Trophy winner Kyler Murray. Murray led Oklahoma to a NCAA Playoff game and is projected on many draft boards to go first overall to the Arizona Cardinals. Murray is a versatile threat, he possesses elite arm ability as well as elite mobility. His 5’10” frame is in question, but size seems to be becoming less and less of a necessity at the position in today’s offenses that mostly consist of shotgun formations and RPOs (Run-Pass Options) offenses. Which is something Cardinals head coach Kliff Kingsbury is very familiar with.