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Oregon Football

Ducks Loaded with NFL Draft Potential

April 28, 2019

The NFL draft has concluded on Saturday afternoon. With six Ducks signing contracts of some kind for the NFL, the Ducks will have a strong group with NFL potential next year.

Of course Oregon was headlined by the returns of Justin Herbert and Troy Dye. Both figured to be solid draft targets with Herbert being widely regarded as a first-rounder. 

However Oregon will see a massive group of offensive linemen earning draft grades throughout this season. We take a quick look at the potential for this team and a very important key to recruiting, sending players to the league. 

Justin Herbert - Early Round Potential

It won’t surprise me to see Justin Herbert as the first quarterback taken in the NFL draft. I won’t pretend to know where he’ll land, heck who knows, maybe the Cardinals will draft a third straight first-round quarterback. Joking aside, he might end up being the draft’s first player taken.

Shane Lemieux - Early Round Potential

While most of Oregon’s O-line will probably get drafted, I think it’s Lemieux with the highest upside. He’s a nasty interior lineman and one of the best in the run game. It won’t surprise me to see the Steelers or another rock-pounding team take him early.

Calvin Throckmorton - Early to Mid-Round Potential

I love the versatility of Throckmorton and I know NFL GM’s will too. This is a guy you can bring in and use him at guard or tackle. He’s also a high IQ guy so I could see the Patriots or someone coveting his qualities.

Jake Hanson - Mid to Late Round Potential

At 6-5, 300 pounds, he’s not the biggest mauler on the line but Hanson is durable and doesn’t miss many snaps. His consistency will likely earn him a spot somewhere although he will probably need to improve his overall power. 

Dallas Warmack - Mid to Late Round Potential

War Daddy Warmack has that kind of raw power that could make him a solid interior lineman in the NFL. I don’t think he’ll jump up into the early rounds but I do think he could sneak in late in the third round or fourth round with a strong senior year.

Troy Dye - Mid Round Potential

I would love to see Dye climb up into the early rounds but I do think size is going to be an issue. He has the potential for someone to maybe go on him in the third round but I think that’s his ceiling and likely part of the reason he came back this season. Dye seems like a guy the Seahawks or Chargers would covet in their rushing-style defenses that isn’t based solely on size. 

Bryson Young - Late Round Flier

I will say this, this is a reach based on his production so far. But I’m counting on Black Hawk to put it all together this year and then up his stock at the NFL combine with his adonis-like frame. Staying healthy and some big plays are going to be critical to this happening for Young.

Juwan Johnson - Unknown

Too tough to say. Athletically this is a guy that could be an early round guy. Not many people can do what he can and I believe if he’s healthy and can put drops behind him, he’s got a real chance. As such, right now it’s best to consider him a mid to late round guy with upside. 

Other Notables:

La’Mar Winston Jr - Might be undersized but it’s hard to believe he’s already a senior. Might be a late-round flier for someone if he plays big this season.

Jordon Scott - It will be his junior season and he could go. If he does, he could end up being a mid-round guy for someone IMO.

Deommodore Lenoir - Also his junior season and he could go. If he can improve this season like he did last year, might end up being a very strong mid round guy or better. I do see early round potential in him if he continues to improve.

Thomas Graham - Again, another junior who really upped his game this past season. Another strong season will put him in some NFL talk. I don’t know if either Graham or Lenoir will leave after this season, I imagine it would be a case of both going or both returning. We’ll see. 

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