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Al-Rasheed Benton, LB, West Virginia —
A two-year starter, the six-foot, 242-pounder tallied 110 tackles, including 13.5 for loss, as a senior. Benton wasn’t invited to the combine and posted below-average metrics at West Virginia’s pro day, including a 4.92-second 40-yard dash and a 28.5-inch vertical. In a pre-draft interview, he said he modeled his game after Baltimore Ravens Hall of Fame linebacker Ray Lewis.
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Amari Coleman, CB, Central Michigan —
A Flint native, the 5-foot-11, 188-pound Coleman defended 23 passes and intercepted seven in 23 games over the past two seasons. Coleman showed some serious lower-body explosion during his pro day – a trait Lions general manager Bob Quinn covets in his defensive backs – posting a 39-inch vertical. Coleman also offers some experience as a kick and punt returner. The Lions met with him at his pro day.
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Antwuan Davis, CB, Texas — A top high school recruit, Davis redshirted and spent five seasons with the Longhorns, appearing in 44 games and starting 10. He recorded 32 tackles, two interceptions and a forced fumble as a senior. He reportedly put up 28 reps on the bench at his pro day, which would have been the most of any defensive back at the combine this year.
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Josh Fatu, DT, USC — A junior college transfer, the 6-foot-2, 310-pounder played on the inside for the Trojans, recording 34 tackles and six sacks last season. He missed the game against Notre Dame with a concussion suffered in a car accident.
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Mike Ford, CB, Southeast Missouri — One of the more athletic cornerbacks in this draft class, the 6-foot, 194-pound Ford ran a 4.47-second 40 with exceptional results in the vertical and broad jumps, as well as the 3-cone drill, showcasing his explosion and agility. A high school running back, he made the switch to defense as a redshirt freshman in 2014. He recorded 32 tackles and 14 pass breakups as a senior and met with the Lions at his pro day.
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DeAndre Goolsby, TE, Florida — Goolsby was limited to six games last season, catching 13 passes for 105 yards. The previous year, as a junior, he hauled in 38 balls for 342 yards and three scores. At 6-foot-4, 240 pounds, he’s more of a receiving option than blocker. He’s compared his game to Washington’s Jordan Reed, another former Gator, who went on to earn a Pro Bowl nod in 2016.
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Chris Jones, CB, Nebraska — Standing 6-foot and weighing 200 pounds, Jones is a well-built cornerback with length. An offseason knee injury limited his playing time to four games in 2017, but he registered 38 tackles, three interceptions and 10 pass defenses as a junior.
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Kyle Lewis, WR, Cal Poly
A hybrid running back/wide receiver, the 6-foot, 207-pound Lewis was a versatile offensive weapon, rushing 150 times for 1,163 yards and 13 touchdowns, while catching 61 passes for 1,079 and 12 more scores during his college career. He also did some kick returning all four seasons.
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Chad Meredith, LB, Southeast Missouri —
Ford’s teammate, the 6-foot-4, 238-pounder was a three-year starter for the Redhawks. He earned the team’s defensive player of the year award in 2015 and 2016, and was also first-team All-Ohio Valley in 2016, recording 86 tackles, four sacks and five pass breakups. He missed time with a knee injury last season, but showcased high-end athleticism at his pro day with well-above-average speed, explosiveness and agility.
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John Montelus, OG, Virginia — Starting his college career at Notre Dame, Montelus transferred to Virginia, where he played his final season. He started 10 games in 2017 and measured at 6-foot-4, 316 pounds at the school’s pro day.
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Beau Nunn, OL, Appalachian State — A versatile lineman, he put on more than 50 pounds during his time as a four-year starter. He started out working as a guard, but finished as the Mountaineers’ starting right tackle, earning first-team All-Sun Belt honors as a senior. According to Pro Football Focus, he allowed just four quarterback pressures in 2017, the fewest among FBS tackles with at least 300 snaps.
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Brandon Powell, WR, Florida — A high school running back, Powell lined up in the backfield and the slot for the Gators, as well as occasionally handling kick returning duties. He tallied nearly 2,800 yards from scrimmage, scoring 20 touchdowns during his four years at Florida.
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Teo Redding, WR, Bowling Green — A bigger-framed wideout, the 6-foot-1, 181-pound Redding posted exceptional broad and vertical jump numbers as Bowling Green’s pro day. He saw his production increase each of his four seasons, peaking with 45 catches for 624 yards and eight scores last season.
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Ryan Santoso, P, Minnesota — Santoso can kick and punt, averaging 41.4 yards on his 144 punts, while converting 29 of 39 field goals, with a long of 52 yards, during his four years with the Gophers.
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Anthony Sherrils, S, Missouri — On the shorter side at 5-foot-11, Sherrils is stout (204 pounds) and strong (25 reps in the bench press). He also flashed good speed at his pro day, clocking in at 4.42 seconds in the 40-yard dash. He averaged 60 tackles the past three seasons, while snagging four interceptions and forcing a pair of fumbles during that stretch.
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JoJo Wicker, DL, Arizona State — Wicker lacks an ideal frame for the position at 6-foot-2, 296 pounds and shorter-than-average arms, but that didn’t stop him from making 81 stops, including 24.5 behind the line, the past two years. He played on the edge for the Sun Devils, but carries enough weight to play a variety of alignments.
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