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Top takeaways from Daniel Jeremiah’s pre-combine conference call

As has become a yearly custom, Daniel Jeremiah of the NFL Network hosted a lengthy conference call with the media in advance of the annual NFL Scouting Combine.

Jeremiah has been one of the network’s primary draft analysts and is a former NFL scout, as well as one of the hosts of the NFL’s coverage of the combine, which kicks off next week with on-field workouts beginning on Thursday, February 29th.

In two hours of questions, here are some of the more interesting answers and insights from Jeremiah during the course of the conference call.

QBs expected to go 1-2-3

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Jaylynn Nash-USA TODAY Sports

There is a presumption that quarterbacks Caleb Williams, Drake Maye and Jayden Daniels would be the first three picks of the draft in some order. Jeremiah certainly played to that premise with his answers on questions about the Cardinals pick at No. 4 overall and the Giants and Broncos potentially trading up.

He later dropped this nugget,

“I think when it’s all said and done, it feels like it to me that you’re going
to have the three quarterbacks go 1, 2, 3 when we get down to it, whether
that’s with New England taking one or either them or Washington trading out
and somebody coming up.”

Three stars at wide receiver

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Malik Nabers 8 as the LSU Tigers take on Texas A&M in Tiger Stadium in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, November 25, 2023.

Jeremiah really likes the three wide receivers at the top of the draft. In fact, he had this to say about Ohio State’s Marvin Harrison, Washington’s Rome Odunze and Malik Nabers from LSU,

“I think if you look purely off of grade and not positional value — I tweeted this out the other day — I think you could make a case those three highest graded players in this draft are the three receivers. They are outstanding. I think they’re all going to be No. 1 guys where they go.”

Enough said.

Brock Bowers is a top-10 talent that likely won't be drafted in the top 10

(AP Photo/John Bazemore)
(AP Photo/John Bazemore)

Bowers lit up the college football world at Georgia and Jeremiah notes, “he’s super easy to grade. He’s one of the 10 best players in the draft.”

But positional value, both in terms of football importance and economics, plays against the consensus top tight end.

“Everything he does, separate easy. He can go get it. He can climb the ladder
and go and get the ball, and really the run after catch stuff is what makes him
special,” Jeremiah said of Bowers.

“The challenge is then figuring out where does he go in the draft, and I think
when you look around the league and you see most of these top tight ends
that have come on day two or even beyond that, teams are now saying, okay,
we can find that other tight end. Maybe we don’t get the top guy, but we can
get a really, really good player who might end up being the top guy without
having to pay that premium.”

 

The price to trade up to get a top 3 QB looks massive

(Photo by Jonathan Bachman/Getty Images)
(Photo by Jonathan Bachman/Getty Images)

A couple of questions were asked about the idea of moving up into the top three to select one of the trio of quarterbacks at the top. What would the cost be?

Jeremiah cited the example of the Giants picking at No. 6 overall and moving up to No. 3 to get their desired quarterback from the New England Patriots slot. The cost estimate from Jeremiah:

  • No. 6 overall

  • No. 39 overall (Giants own 2nd-round pick)

  • No. 47 overall (Giants 2nd-round pick acquired from Seattle)

  • 2025 second-round pick

That’s three extra second-round picks to move up three spots in the first round. He also stated what he believed it would take the Raiders to move from No. 13 to No. 3 to get a QB,

“Here’s your cost for the Raiders to go up to three. It would be the 13th overall pick. It would be your first-round pick and third-round pick in
’25, and your first-round pick in ’26.”

He offered up a similar cost for the Vikings to move up from 12 to three,

“If you are looking at — if they wanted to trade up, if we put them into that
formula we were talking about to get up to number three, you’re talking about
the 11th pick, the first-round pick in ’25 and a first-round pick in ’26. That
would be the cost for them to get up to number 3 if you are the Minnesota
Vikings if they wanted to get one of the top three guys.”

7 offensive linemen graded in the top 20 overall

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. (Photo by Quinn Harris/Getty Images)

Jeremiah is very bullish on the offensive line class. He’s got a plethora of linemen in his top 20 overall players.

“…so that’s Alt, Fuaga, Fashanu, Latham, Fautanu from Washington,
Guyton, Mims. That’s the collection from me. I have all those guys in my top
20 players.”

Later, he also talked up having three centers — Jackson Powers-Johnson, Zach Frazier and Graham Barton — as “plug-and-play starters” who will rank in his top 50, too.

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Story originally appeared on Draft Wire