Today, tomorrow and Saturday, I’ll be doing a liveblog to provide updates and discussions surrounding the NFL Draft. Most of my focus, obviously, will be on the MAC players that may or may not have their names called during the festivities. Feel free to join in on the fun with me in the comments and/or on Twitter.
7:00 p.m.: The MAC Prospectus Draft Liveblog is, well, live! I’ll add updates to this as the night goes on.
While I don’t think anybody out of the MAC will get picked today, there’s still a slight, outside chance that Sean Bunting can be picked if anybody’s that high on him. His stock has only gone up ever since he announced that he’d be leaving CMU after his junior season, and comes in at No. 29 on Dane Brugler’s Top 100 prospects list on The Athletic. As smart people like you and I know: that does not mean Bunting’s should or will to be a late-first rounder, but we can still see that being a possibility.
7:19: My top three guesses for Pete Carroll’s draft clues tweet: Rashan Gary, Byron Murphy, Diontae Johnson [sic].
7:49: Tyreek Hill news is dropping right now — that an 11-minute audio tape has been released. In it, well…
8:24: Kyler Murray is officially the first overall draft pick. We were told this thing was going to start twenty-four minutes ago. Coffee?
8:44: Murray-Bosa-Williams. Now the draft starts to get good.
9:17: My favorite NFL team, the Lions, just picked Iowa TE T.J. Hockenson and, well, sure. Whatever. Ed Oliver is still out there.
9:20: HAHAHAHAHA JK NO HE’S NOT.
9:33: The Steelers traded up to get Devin Bush, and it didn’t come cheap. To get the No. 10 pick from Denver, Pittsburgh traded the No. 20 pick, No. 52 pick, and a third-round 2020 pick.
9:54: I guess now an hour and a half has officially passed since the draft started, and we’re only at pick No. 15. I’m not surprised that this is this long because that’s just the way it’s been lately, but did we have to wait until 8-something to finally get going?
At least Scot Loeffler’s still up for the occasion.
10:46: A couple of trades have been made for the draft now, not counting the one I just mentioned. First, Packers traded up to get Terps safety Darnell Savage while the Seahawks got the 30th, 114th, and 118th picks.
Then, the Eagles traded up a few spots (and traded away fourth and sixth-round picks) to get Wazzu lineman Andre Dillard.
10:58: No MAC guys off the board, let alone a wide receiver or running back, but there have been two (2) Iowa tight ends taken in the draft already, and now we’ve got an FCS player off the board.
11:54: N’Keal Harry is off the board, and the draft ended before midnight. Barely.
Tomorrow should be much more fun for the MAC. We could have a handful of MAC players drafted in the second and third rounds, so Friday night should be a fun one. The night begins at 7 p.m. tomorrow.
MAC players to watch (alphabetical)
Of course, these guys aren’t expected to have their names heard today, but here’s a list of 30 of the top MAC prospects that could make their way to the NFL between now and a couple days from now:
- Jamauri Bogan (RB, WMU)
- Kyron Brown (CB, Akron)
- Sean Bunting (CB, CMU)
- Xavier Crawford (CB, CMU)
- Maxx Crosby (EDGE, EMU)
- Jamal Davis II (EDGE, Akron)
- Malik Fountain (MLB, CMU)
- James Gardner (WR, Miami)
- Ulysees Gilbert III (OLB, Akron)
- Chuck Harris (EDGE, Buffalo)
- Khalil Hodge (LB, Buffalo)
- Ka’Dar Hollman (CB, Toledo)
- Tyree Jackson (QB, Buffalo)
- Diontae Johnson (WR, Toledo)
- Jon’Vea Johnson (WR, Toledo)
- Brad Koenig (LB, Miami)
- Joe Lowery (OT, Ohio)
- Junior McMullen (LB, Miami)
- Scott Miller (WR, BGSU)
- De’Andre Montgomery (CB, Miami)
- James O’Hagan (OC, Buffalo)
- A.J. Ouellette (RB, Ohio)
- Jordan Rigg (OG, Miami)
- Kyle Ritz (OG, Akron)
- Max Scharping (OT, NIU)
- Sutton Smith (EDGE, NIU)
- Cody Thompson (WR, Toledo)
- Jameson Vest (K, Toledo)
- Papi White (WR, Ohio)
- Kenny Young (RB, Miami)
San Francisco 49ers
|Nick Bosa||EDGE||Ohio State|
|1-3||New York Jets||Quinnen Williams||DT||Alabama|
Tampa Bay Buccaneers
New York Giants
|1-8||Detroit Lions||T.J. Hockenson||TE||Iowa|
|1-9||Buffalo Bills||Ed Oliver||DT||Houston|
Green Bay Packers
|1-13||Miami Dolphins||Christian Wilkins||DT||Clemson|
|Chris Lindstrom||OG||Boston College|
|Dwayne Haskins||QB||Ohio State|
|Brian Burns||OLB/DE||Florida State|
New York Giants
|Garrett Bradbury||OC||NC State|
|Jeffery Simmons||DT||Mississippi State|
|1-21||Green Bay Packers||Darnell Savage Jr.||S||Maryland|
|1-22||Philadelphia Eagles||Andre Dillard||OT||Washington State|
|Tytus Howard||OT||Alabama State|
|Montez Sweat||DE||Mississippi State|
|Jonathan Abram||S||Mississippi State|
Los Angeles Chargers
|Jerry Tillery||DT||Notre Dame|
New York Giants
New England Patriots
|N’Keal Harry||WR||Arizona State|