Oregon Football

NFL Draft Recap

April 28, 2019

One of the keys to future recruiting is being able to sell the dream of the NFL. It’s fairly simple, the more players you can put into the league, the more players want to come play for you. 

The Ducks have put some big-time players into the NFL including Titans quarterback Marcus Mariota.

This year Oregon was hoping to see a few early rounders from the squad. With Justin Herbert electing to stay at Oregon, that took off the Ducks’ most likely early round contender.

It was Oregon safety Ugo Amadi that got things cracking on Saturday with the Seahawks keeping Ugo in the Pacific Northwest. Fortunately he was not the only Duck selected. Here’s a recap of the picks below and some thoughts on each.

Ugo Amadi - Seahawks - Round 4 - Pick 132

Jhop’s Take: I love this fit for Ugo. Not only because it will give Oregon fans a chance at watching Ugo at the next level, but this is a great defense for him. The Seahawks feature a lot of nickel packages, a must in today’s pass-happy NFL. While I’m not slotting Amadi as a day-1 starter, I see him being able to contribute early and working his way up the ladder becoming a main-stay in that active defense. The Hawks love to bring pressure with their defensive backs as well, something Amadi did at Oregon. I could also see him contributing on special teams.

Justin Hollins - Broncos - Round 5 - Pick 156

I felt all along Hollins would be gone before Jelks. Which is not an indictment of Jelks by any means. I just felt his versatility was more valuable in today’s NFL defense. It probably helps his cause that defensive coordinator Vic Fangio has a relationship with Jim Leavitt already. Meaning his transition and fit should be pretty good. Hollins is a guy that could carve out a nice little career and contribute on special teams as well.

Dillon Mitchell - Vikings - Round 7 - Pick 239

Probably not where Mitchell had hoped to be drafted but at least he was drafted. Mitchell will walk into a pretty crowded wide receiver room with Stephon Diggs and Adam Thielen already carving out strong early careers. But that is a lot of experience Mitchell can pick up on and develop.

Jalen Jelks - Cowboys - Round 7 - Pick 241

Two picks later Jelks is off the board headed to the Big D. I felt Jelks was a guy that would have thrived much better in the defense Andy Avalos will now run at Oregon. But it wasn’t meant to be. Still he’s going to Dallas and hoping to soak up what some of those big-time defensive linemen can teach him. Jelks is a guy with surprising upside to outplay his draft spot IMO.

Tony Brooks-James - Falcons - Undrafted Free Agent

TBJ, a fan favorite will have a chance to play closer to his Florida roots in the NFL. The Falcons do tend to draft a lot of undersized backs and have often used them in the passing game. TBJ could also be valuable to the Falcons on special teams. If he can play fully healthy, something he hasn’t been able to do often, he could also carve out a nice little NFL career.

Kano Dillon - Redskins - Undrafted Free Agent

Mark my words, this guy is an absolute steal for the Skins. Had Dillon been healthy last season he would have been a big-time contributor at Oregon in his lone season. Unfortunately he was dinged up all last year and couldn’t get back on track. Dillon has the type of rare size and athleticism most guys dream of. He’s got a legit shot at being an every down tight end for the Redskins possibly even in year one. 


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