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Studs and Duds from 1st round of 2015 NFL draft

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Dec 16, 2018; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Los Angeles Rams running back Todd Gurley (30) carries the ball aPhiladelphia Eagles during the first half at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

The 2015 NFL Draft was filled with so much promise. There were headliners at the top of the draft with quarterbacks Jameis Winstonand Marcus Mariota, a blue-chip pass rusher in Dante Fowler and the mean and nasty interior offensive lineman, Brandon Scherff.

Let’s not forget Leonard Williams, too. The standout defensive lineman from USC was considered by many to be the best overall football player in the class yet he slipped to the New York Jets at No. 6 overall.

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Tiki Barber says QB Daniel Jones will be a star in NY

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May 20, 2019; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants rookie quarterback Daniel Jones (8) during organized team activities at Quest Diagnostic Training Center. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports

Former New York Giants running back Tiki Barber has never been one to shy away from expressing his opinion. He became a pretty harsh critic of the organization and QB Eli Manning after retiring from the game in 2006.

Maybe it was all in an effort to become a big-time media personality (which failed), but regardless of the motive, he’s back to offering his takes on Big Blue and their newest quarterback, Daniel Jones.

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Scouting the 2020 NFL Draft: Jonathan Taylor, RB, Wisconsin

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Dec 27, 2018; Bronx, NY, USA; Wisconsin Badgers running back Jonathan Taylor (23) runs with the ball against the Miami Hurricanes during the second quarter in the 2018 Pinstripe Bowl at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Rich Barnes-USA TODAY Sports

In the latest installment of our ‘Scouting the 2020 NFL Draft‘ series, we focus on one of the most productive running backs in college football over the last two seasons, Wisconsin’s Jonathan Taylor.

The 2019 college football season will offer NFL draft fans with several high-end skill-position prospects on offense, including at running back where we could end up having multiple first-round picks for the first time since 2017.

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Where does Jake Fromm rank entering the 2019 college football season?

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Apr 20, 2019; Athens, GA, USA; Georgia Bulldogs quarterback Jake Fromm (11) passes the ball during the Georgia spring game at Sanford Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports

Georgia QB Jake Fromm is considered one of the top quarterback prospects for the 2019 NFL Draft, but are those expectations warranted? His questionable arm strength may rear its head once the draft process rolls around.

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Texans OT Tytus Howard adjusting to speed of NFL

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Houston Texans rookie tackle Tytus Howard speaks during a press conference after an NFL football practice Tuesday, May 21, 2019, at the team practice facilities in Houston. (AP Photo/Michael Wyke)

The Houston Texans took a chance on Alabama State offensive tackle Tytus Howard in the first round of the 2019 NFL draft because of the big jump he’s making from Alabama State to the speed and power of NFL defenders. He’s doing his best to acclimate to that speed during the teams OTAs.

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Drew Lock impressing WR Courtland Sutton at OTAs

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May 20, 2019; Englewood, CO, USA; Denver Broncos quarterback Drew Lock (3) during organized team activities at the Pat Bowlen Fieldhouse at UCHealth Training Center. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports

Denver Broncos second-round pick Drew Lock is off to a good start in his pro career, according to WR Courtland Sutton, who said the young quarterback is doing what he’s supposed to do after two rounds of offseason team activities.

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Colts’ Parris Campbell is one of NFL.com’s favorite picks of 2nd round

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Jan 1, 2019; Pasadena, CA, USA; Ohio State Buckeyes wide receiver Parris Campbell (21) makes a catch for a touchdown against the Washington Huskies in the first quarter in the 2019 Rose Bowl at Rose Bowl Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports

The 2019 NFL draft is slowly becoming ancient history, but that doesn’t mean reviews and recaps of team performances aren’t still flowing in.

One of the industry’s best analysts, NFL.com’s Lance Zierlein, recently published his three favorite pics from every round and he highlighted the Colts’ second-round pick, WR Parris Campbell, as one his favorites from Round 2.

“After finishing my study of his tape, I realized that it was not unreasonable to put a first-round grade on Campbell, even though he was unlikely to be picked that early,” Zierlein wrote. “He has great size, tremendous speed and offers value as a return man. The Colts can use him as both a field stretcher and a catch-and-run target near the line of scrimmage for Andrew Luck. He has the deep speed to force some safety focus away from T.Y. Hilton in that offense.”

It’s hard to argue with any of Zierlein’s analysis. Campbell was unfairly knocked throughout the draft process because he was viewed as a guy with a limited route tree and questionable hands, and while he certainly had more drops than desired from a highly coveted prospect, the whole route-running thing was blown way out of proportion. You can’t knock a guy for doing what he was asked to do by his college coaches, and in Campbell’s case, he was targeted quickly and at or near the line of scrimmage to get the ball in his hands and let him make a play.

And guess what? The Colts may ask him to do much of the same as a pro. And if he’s anywhere as lethal as he was at Ohio State, Indianapolis’ offense is going to be really, really hard to stop.

Mel Kiper thinks these Day-2 players will make a huge impact in 2019

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Chicago Bears running back David Montgomery runs with a ball during the NFL football team's rookie minicamp at Halas Hall, Friday, May 3, 2019, in Lake Forest, Ill. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)

Most of the focus on any particular draft class is placed on the first-round picks, and for good reason. First-rounders embody hope for franchises desperate for foundational players, but with the success rate hovering around 50% for players selected in the top 32, it’s worth looking at some second- and third-round picks from the 2019 NFL draft who could make their mark this season.

ESPN draft legend Mel Kiper made his picks for the players who were drafted on Day 2 who he thinks will be big-time contributors.

He starts with Jaguars tackle Jawaan Taylor, who slid from a potential top-10 pick all the way into the second round. Injury concerns (knee) were the primary factor for his fall, but with a starter’s grade entering draft weekend, there’s no doubt he’ll be in contention to line up with Jacksonville’s first-teamers in Week 1.

Taylor started 33 games at Florida at right tackle, and Jacksonville has a gaping hole at right tackle. Taylor can be a plug-and-play starter there, and he was a steal at the top of Round 2.

Browns cornerback Greedy Williams, like Taylor, was considered a first-round prospect throughout the 2019 NFL draft process and was graded by some analysts as the top cornerback available. But his pre-draft process didn’t go well — he refused to take any team visits — and questions about his toughness as a tackler pushed him to a Cleveland team that just seems to be in the right place at the right time lately. Williams has a chance to start opening weekend alongside Denzel Ward to form one of the more intriguing and naturally talented cornerback duos in the NFL.

There was a lot of talk about what Williams didn’t do at LSU in 2018, and it was centered around his unwillingness to tackle. But what Williams did do was lock down pass-catchers; opposing quarterbacks completed just 33.8 percent of their passes against him, which ranked first in the FBS.

Titans wide receiver A.J. Brown was the first of the Ole Miss pass-catchers off the board (his teammate DK Metcalf went later in Round 2 to the Seahawks) and will give Tennesse QB Marcus Mariota the kind of big and physical intermediate target the offense has been missing in recent years. And while it usually takes receivers a few seasons to really develop into the player they’ll ultimately be, Brown has a chance to contribute as much as any rookie skill player in 2019.

While former No. 5 overall pick Corey Davis has shown flashes of his high ceiling, he has been inconsistent. Brown, who had 2,572 total receiving yards in the SEC over the past two seasons, could contribute as a rookie, as the Titans will use the season to evaluate quarterback Marcus Mariota in a make-or-break year

Another skill player with a huge opportunity to contribute in 2019 is running back David Montgomery, who was selected by the Bears with the 73rd pick. Chicago traded up for him, in fact, which is indicative of the role they expect him to play in the offense. The Bears traded Jordan Howard to the Eagles this offseason because of their desire for a more well-rounded running back who can be as equally effective as a receiver as he is a runner, and Montgomery fits the bill. He’s been compared to Kareem Hunt, who Matt Nagy coached to the rushing title in 2017.

Likely to be a dark-horse candidate for Offensive Rookie of the Year, Montgomery is a great fit for a Bears backfield that lost both Jordan Howard and Benny Cunningham this offseason.

Last but not least is Steelers cornerback Justin Layne, who’s still learning the position after converting from wide receiver at Michigan State. His ideal physical makeup (6-2, 192 pounds), good movement skills and above-average athleticism will help him challenge for a lot of reps immediately in his rookie season. Don’t rule him out as a potential starter, either.

Scouting the 2020 NFL draft: A.J. Epenesa, DL, Iowa

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Jan 1, 2019; Tampa, FL, USA; Iowa Hawkeyes defensive end A.J. Epenesa (94) reacts after a force to fumble the ball against the Mississippi State Bulldogs during the second quarter in the 2019 Outback Bowl at Raymond James Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Grading the 2019 NFL Draft: NFC East

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Apr 25, 2019; Nashville, TN, USA; Daniel Jones (Duke) is selected as the number six overall pick to the New York Giants in the first round of the 2019 NFL Draft in Downtown Nashville. Mandatory Credit: Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports

The NFC East featured some of the best storylines from the 2019 NFL draft, with none bigger than the New York Giants’ controversial selection of Daniel Jones at No. 6 overall.

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