At Lakewood High in New Jersey, Russell played quarterback, running back and linebacker. He’s a good athlete that could carve out a role for a Buccaneers team that is searching for answers on defense to pair with their newest offensive weapons.
Toohill will likely make the switch to defensive end in the Eagles’ 4-3 defensive scheme. He finished his Stanford career with 14 career sacks. His senior year, Toohill had 11½ tackles for loss and eight sacks. He earned second-team All-Pac 12 honors.
“What he did best was work against tight ends," NFL Network analyst Daniel Jeremiah said.
Toohill thrived off the field as well as on the field. He was named a finalist for the William Campbell Trophy, which is awarded to a football player that combines academic, athletic and leadership success.
Wanogho was a second-team All-SEC tackle in his final season. At 6-7, 305 pounds, he has prototypical size for the tackle position, but he is raw at this stage in his development. He also had arthroscopic knee surgery in January.
Wanogho is one of the most interesting stories in the draft. He is a prince, literally. His grandfather is the king of an African village. He grew up in Nigeria and moved to America at 16 years old while pursuing basketball, but he turned out to be a better football player.
Watkins played three years at Southern Miss and averaged 18.4 yards per catch last season. He ran a 4.35 40-yard dash at the NFL Combine.
At this point, the Eagles are going to be able to send four wide receivers deep and let Carson Wentz throw it just to see who tracks the ball down first. If Howie Roseman’s emphasis on adding speed to the receiver position wasn’t clear before, it should be now.
Draft day is an exciting day for players, and the Eagles’ latest additions have shown their excitement on social media. John Hightower shared a special moment with his grandmother and K’Von Wallace reached out to Jalen Hurts.
Driscoll has excellent height at 6-5, but his 33-inch arms best projects him as an inside guy.
His 26 starts in the SEC against talented pass rushers is a good litmus test for the NFL. Driscoll passed the test. According to PFF, he only allowed four quarterback hits in 1,690 career pass-blocking snaps at Auburn.
His versatility allowed him to line up all over the field as a senior, which led to 72 tackles, two interceptions and two sacks. He played in the National Championship in the last two seasons.
Wallace matched up with LSU first-round pick Justin Jefferson in the championship game. Jefferson had nine catches for 106 yards, but he was kept out of the endzone after having a playoff-record four touchdowns in the semifinal against Oklahoma.
Wallace has the potential to be an effective blitzer from the safety and nickel positions, but he has had tackling issues. His experience of being a two-year starter, playing on the biggest stage in college and going against a talented Clemson offense everyday in practice should help his transition to the NFL.
Trent Williams was a road block on the Redskins’ offensive line, but a year-long holdout fractured their relationship beyond repair. The left tackle got his wish and was traded to the San Francisco 49ers for a 2020 fifth-round pick and 2021 third-rounder.
Finally: The #Redskins have agreed to terms on a trade of LT Trent Williams to the #49ers, per me, @TomPelissero & @MikeGarafolo. It took until Day 3 of the Draft, but Washington gets it done, and SF gets help at a position of need. It’s for a 5th this year and 3rd next year.
Williams made seven consecutive Pro Bowls from 2012-18 before holding out last season. The Redskins couldn’t come to terms on a long-term extension with Williams.
The addition of Williams upgrades an already imposing San Francisco offensive line that helped the team run its way to the Super Bowl last season.
Shortly after the trade was announced, it was reported that 49ers six-time Pro Bowl tackle Joe Staley announced his retirement due to health concerns. Staley’s retirement frees up cap space for a future deal for Williams, if he is extended.
Here’s what helped set into motion the Trent Williams’ trade: six-time Pro Bowl and All-Decade OT Joe Staley is expected to retire due to health concerns, per league sources. The 35-year-old Staley wanted to inform the 49ers in a timely way to help find a replacement. They have.
Drafting is never easy, but the further you go along, the harder it becomes to find starters and valuable pieces. That is what makes Day 3 so special.
The players are there, but it’s not like the first round, where future starters are littered across the board. It’s not like the second and third rounds, where you will at least draft a player that will contribute and almost certainly make the team.
Fourth through seventh round picks have to fight their ways onto rosters. This is what separates the good GMs from the great ones. The great front offices will find players that will add depth and become valuable pieces to their teams.
Ohio State wide receiver K.J. Hill headlines the list, but quarterbacks Jacob Eason and Jake Fromm aren’t too far behind.