Rivers was a big fish in a small pond, but he has the athleticism that will ensure his pocket-collapsing edge rush remains potent at the next level. Plus, with two seasons under Bo Pelini on his resume, scouts know he’s used to getting screamed at repeatedly. With pass rushing at a premium in the NFL, he’s in line for a premium pick in the NFL draft — though don’t sleep on Kupp or Kpassagnon. – Christian D’Andrea
It’s not a good draft class for teams in need of a quarterback for the future. Still, the next few years will really decide if Mitchell Trubisky, Deshaun Watson, DeShone Kizer or Patrick Mahomes II are the savior some franchise is looking for. But at least for now, it doesn’t look great.
It’s certainly not like 2012 when Andrew Luck and Robert Griffin III went off the board with the first two picks, followed by Ryan Tannehill later in the top 10 and then Russell Wilson early in the third round. It’s not even like the last two years when quarterbacks went No. 1 and 2.
The best of the group is Youngstown State alum Derek Rivers. Rivers, a 6’4, 250-pound pass rusher, was a third-team All-American last winter after recording 14 sacks and helping lead the Penguins to the FCS Championship Game. His legend only grew at the NFL Combine, where he ranked among the top defensive linemen in four quite different events — the 40-yard dash (4.61 seconds!), bench press, vertical leap, and Cheap Football Practice Jerseys three-cone Wholesale Jerseys From China drill.