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5 Safe 2019 NFL Draft Picks - Derek Lofland
Marquise Brown (WR – Oklahoma): This may be a debatable pick and I am sure there are smart people that could make the argument that he is a risky player in this class. A lot of people will talk about how Brown is too short to be a safe prospect. I am not really sure that is the case; Brown has a famous first cousin that is a star NFL receiver in Antonio Brown.

Michigan CB David Long can overcome size concerns to be a steal in the 2019 NFL Draft - Michael Renner
In the small sample sizes we did get, we saw a player with innate instincts for the position. Even when he’s in man coverage, he flashed the read and react ability necessary to play in zone. Here he is in 2017 against D.J. Moore and Maryland. In man coverage, he reads the throw and falls underneath the corner route for a pick.

Sophomore standouts from the 2018 NFL season - William Moy
With health on his side and a full year of NFL experience under his belt, Williams took some big strides in 2018. The former first-round pick ranked 39th out of 107 qualifying receivers this past season with an average of 1.74 yards per route run, a year after he averaged just 0.70 yards per route run as a rookie. The former Clemson star hauled in 86.5% of the catchable targets thrown his way in 2018 compared to just 70.6% of his catchable targets in 2017, and he generated a 133.2 passer rating when he was targeted as an NFL sophomore compared to only a 41.0 passer rating when he was a rookie.

The most impactful draft-day trade for all 32 NFL teams - ESPN.com
Manning didn't want to play in San Diego and he got his wish, with Chargers GM A.J. Smith selecting him No. 1 overall and then shipping him to the Giants. In return, the Chargers received Rivers and part of a nucleus that led the Bolts to four straight AFC West titles from 2006 to 2009. Although Manning went on to win two Super Bowls -- and Rivers has yet to reach the NFL title game -- Rivers is 3-0 head-to-head against Manning.

Chargers' bad eggs: Worst games under GM Tom Telesco - Tyler Schoon
Then, it all fell off the rails. In front of an energized home crowd on prime time television, Mike McCoy watched as the Texans scored 24 unanswered points to stun his Chargers at home. Houston would out-gain the Chargers 449 yards to 263, and have nearly twice as many first downs as the Bolts.

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