The NFL is like any other business — it falls into patterns, makes mistakes and has to start over.

Every year, the draft comes around and guys start to shoot up boards when they run a freakish 40-yard dash or put up 40 reps on the bench press.

Evaluators in the NFL are just like us, they fall for window-dressing and pick based on recency bias rather than trusting what their eyes saw on the football field months before the combine.

So, who are the players this year who pundits are saying should go high but probably should not?

Here are five overrated prospects in the 2019 NFL Draft:

 

Drew Lock, QB, Missouri

Lock is big (6-4, 227 pounds), has a huge arm, has tons of collegiate starts (46) and has had very good success in a conference known for its defense in the SEC (99 touchdowns, 39 interceptions).

Here is the thing though — and this really, really matters — he is not accurate. Just really not at all. In four years, basically all starting, at Missouri, he never completed more than 62.9 per cent of his passes in a season and only eclipsed the 60-per cent mark once. He did that despite having favourable offenses to do it in, good talent around him and, honestly, a weaker division to exploit.

The SEC East has had very good teams in recent years, but it also has Tennessee, Vanderbilt and South Carolina, and Kentucky were not particularly good until recently. Lock is soaring up boards now that teams are seeing him in shorts and a t-shirt and he is throwing against air. Could he be really good? Absolutely. He has all the tools to do so. But the fact is the NFL does not get easier. It gets more difficult and Lock's accuracy probably will not improve in a tougher environment with more complex defenses.

 

Dexter Lawrence, DL, Clemson

Again, there is a lot to like about Lawrence: he has wonderful size, he moves very well for his girth (342 pounds and a 5.05 40-yard dash) and he anchored one of the best defensive lines in the country. But even though he is predicted to go in the first round by just about everyone, the consensus around draft circles is he probably should not.

One AFC general manager told Bleacher Report: "It's nothing against the kid, but teams should know better than to draft a nose tackle early. He's Vita Vea. He's Danny Shelton. These guys are never worth the early pick."

The Draft Network's Jon Ledyard echoed the same sentiment: "In short, Lawrence is a good run-stuffing prospect with enough upside and athleticism to not be a complete dud on passing downs, which would be awesome in the middle of day two/early Round three portions of the draft. The problem is he's been getting top-10 hype for two years now, and there is just no way he belongs in the Round one discussion."

Now, Lawrence appears to be slipping down boards slightly as he is getting looked at more in the 15-30 range rather than top 10 at this point. Still, today's game is about getting pressure up the middle with defensive tackles and that's just not Lawrence's game, and to spend a first-round pick on a run stuffer might not be prudent.

 

Parris Campbell, WR, Ohio State

Campbell's stock took a big jump this year when he came out and ran a 4.31 40-yard dash at the combine.

That is all well and good and has some teams now considering him as a day two prospect, and if Al Davis were alive he would probably go in the top 10. But his issue was never his speed. His issue has always been whether he could catch. And spoiler alert, he is not Michael Thomas.

Campbell has had big problems with drops in his career and had he not had those issues at Ohio State, there is a good chance the Buckeyes would not have had to come back against Penn State this year. That game got Dwayne Haskins rattled and probably is a spot many scouts will point to demonstrate why they have some questions about the Ohio State QB. But we digress.

The point is, Campbell has questions about both his hands and his route-running as the Buckeyes did not run a traditional route tree under Urban Meyer. If he gets up into the early second round, that will probably be too high of a selection and one that was made because a team fell in love with what they saw on the stopwatch rather than what they perceived on tape.

 

Daniel Jones, QB, Duke

Jones is the classic case of quarterbacks being drafted before they should be, and he will be, mark our words. Assuming Kyler Murray goes number one — which honestly may be a pretty big assumption — quarterbacks will start to come off the board quickly like they always do. If Murray goes first, we could very well see Jones go off the board at number 15 to the Washington Redskins and that is just too high.

While Gil Brandt compared Jones to Peyton Manning, which might be a bit of an overstatement, the Hall of Famer did give an exact evaluation of who Jones is — he is a big guy (6-5), who does not have great arm strength and features pretty darn good mobility. Those are all great traits, but unless Jones falls to the perfect spot, it may not matter.

Jones is a developmental player who has a good amount of starts (36), but not a ton of passes thrown and kind of flew under the radar so he did not have a ton of pressure on him. If a team take him high, they will have to start him pretty soon and that is not the best recipe for him. Now, if he gets drafted by the New England Patriots at the end of the first round that is another story, but if he goes in the top 20 or even the top 15, he could have a rough go of it.

 

Rashan Gary, DE, Michigan

This one is more of a question mark than it is a pure overrated statement. Again, Gary is a guy who checks all the boxes: He is 6-5, 283 pounds as a defensive end, he is crazy fast for that size running a 4.58 40-yard dash and shows flashes of dominance off the edge at Michigan.

But with guys like that, stats do matter a touch. Like with Mississippi State defensive end Montez Sweat, while people may not have known him when he ran a 4.40 40-yard dash, it is easy to match up that speed with his production as he tallied 23.5 sacks with the Bulldogs in his career and 22.5 in his last two years there. His measurements match his production. With Gary, that really is not the case.

Gary tallied 9.5 sacks in three years at Michigan. He is a physical freak, how does that happen? Now, he was surrounded by gobs of talent with the Wolverines so that could have held down his numbers, but he could not tally more than 6.5 sacks in a season with his talent? That might be a red flag. We will see if his talent turns into production in the pros, but like with Lock, the NFL does not get easier. So, Gary might not all of a sudden become a sack artist the team that take him expect him to be.

The NFL Draft is nearly here, and to say a number of teams have a lot riding on their impending decisions would be an understatement.

Here are five teams with the most to gain or lose in the aftermath of the 2019 NFL Draft:

 

Cardinals

The Arizona Cardinals hold the number one pick, and the biggest story leading up to the draft is centred around dual-sport star Kyler Murray.

The former Oklahoma quarterback and Heisman Trophy winner was selected ninth overall by the Oakland Athletics in the 2018 MLB Draft but opted to pursue a career in football instead.

Given that the Cardinals already have Josh Rosen, who was picked 10th overall in 2018, there has been speculation over whether Arizona will draft a top-10 quarterback for the second straight year.

The Cardinals finished last season with a league-worst 3-13 record and missed the playoffs for the third straight year. They have not had a winning season since 2015 when they went 13-3 and won the NFC West under Carson Palmer, who retired at the end of 2017 and left a void Rosen just could not fill in 14 lacklustre games as a rookie.

 

Raiders

The Oakland Raiders have four of the first 35 picks, followed by four selections in rounds four through seven (Numbers 106, 140, 218 and 235).

However, head coach Jon Gruden and general manager Mike Mayock are reportedly on their own in making final decisions on the team's draft prospects after sending their scouts home over feelings of distrust. Considering how they acquired the picks in the first place — remember Khalil Mack and Amari Cooper? — the Raiders are bound to do something reckless.

While Gruden and Mayock have reiterated their support for Derek Carr, it is not out of the question for the Raiders to pull a surprise quarterback pick early, among other questionable moves.

 

Giants

Things are a mess in New York, but the Giants have a chance to turn things around and start the season fresh on a positive note.

The New York Giants have two picks in the first round at number six and 17, and it might make the most sense for the team to take a potential successor to Eli Manning with the latter selection. But general manager Dave Gettleman has his own way of doing things, which is evident by his willingness to trade Odell Beckham Jr. to the Cleveland Browns and his unapologetic approach to the event.

New York have reportedly met with multiple quarterbacks, including Ohio State's Dwayne Haskins, Missouri's Drew Lock and Murray, and Manning expressed confidence the Giants will draft a player at that position. He was inconsistent last season as the Giants missed the playoffs for a second successive year and his contract is set to expire after next season.

 

Patriots

Speaking of quarterbacks, the New England Patriots have to be thinking about Tom Brady's impending retirement and who will take his place under center when he decides to call it quits.

Brady turns 42 in August, yet has remained insistent he will play into his mid-40s. Still, the Patriots have to anticipate his decision and allow time for his successor to learn from him, like they did with long-time backup Jimmy Garoppolo before he was traded to the San Francisco 49ers.

Then again, New England have other needs that require addressing sooner, specifically at tight end following the retirement of Rob Gronkowski. The Super Bowl champions could also use a defensive end and eventually a receiver considering Julian Edelman is 32 and newcomer Demaryius Thomas is 31.

 

Redskins

The Washington Redskins are another team in search of a long-term quarterback solution following the departure of Kirk Cousins and Alex Smith's horrific leg injury.

The Redskins still have Smith under contract even though he will not play in 2019 and traded for Case Keenum as insurance, but Washington are reportedly open to the idea of taking a quarterback with their 15th overall pick.

However, there is competition in the picks ahead of Washington. With only four potential first-round quarterbacks up for grabs, the Redskins could be prompted to move up the board by opening the door to prospective trades.

This might not be the flashiest of NFL drafts, but a bunch of teams can get a whole lot better at spots of need in the first round.

While there are not a lot of great quarterbacks — some pundits are saying none would go among the top three taken last year — there are offensive linemen and interior defenders galore this season.

Those names will not incite riots in football towns, but they will make teams better where they need to be.

Here are five great fits in the first round of the 2019 NFL Draft:

 

Oakland Raiders, Number four: Josh Allen, OLB/DE Kentucky

Allen might just be the best player in this draft. He has got good size (6-5, 262) and even better production (31.5 sacks, 17 in 2019).

The Raiders are completely without pass-rushing talent (ahem…Khalil Mack) tallying just 13 sacks as a team in 2018, which was 17 less than any other roster in the NFL.

Allen both fits a need — and if he is on the board at number four — he will likely be the best talent available. It is a win-win.

 

Detroit Lions, Number eight: Jonah Williams, OT/OG Alabama

Matthew Stafford is the sixth-highest paid quarterback in the NFL, but he is getting protected like he is expendable (40 sacks in 2018, 47 in 2017, 37 in 2016). His contract has two more years before a potential opt-out, and the Lions better protect him if they want to keep him.

Williams would do just that, whether it is at guard or tackle. He is physically gifted and highly productive as well, earning third-team All-American honours in 2017 and first team in 2018.

This is the man to protect Stafford.

 

Denver Broncos, Number 10: Dwayne Haskins, QB Ohio State

John Elway loves his big pocket quarterbacks and Haskins is just that.

The Ohio State quarterback struggles to move a bit, especially when he gets pressured up the middle, but no QB likes pressure up the middle, so that is not too big of a deal.

Joe Flacco has three years left on his deal through 2021, but Haskins could be great insurance if the veteran gets hurt or simply does not produce. The Broncos need a quarterback of the future and Haskins would be exactly what Elway would want.

 

Carolina Panthers, Number 16: Brian Burns, OLB/DE Florida State

For a team with a defensive coach who really bases much of their identity off toughness and stopping opponents' offenses, the Panthers struggled making opposing quarterbacks uncomfortable last season.

Carolina tallied just 35 sacks on the year, which was 27th in the NFL, and they need some help with the pass rush off the edge. And with the move to a more hybrid system which needs some versatility, Brian Burns would give it just that.

Burns can play outside linebacker or defensive end and would give the Panthers a pass rusher they can likely rely on early.

 

Indianapolis Colts, Number 26: Marquise Brown, WR Oklahoma

This is where both a prisoner-of-the-moment situation could come into play as well as drafting for need when a team probably should not. The Colts will probably be incredibly tempted to take D.K. Metcalf in this situation but it is just too high. He is stiff in his route-running and is not the quickest guy in the world. Add that to his injury history and this is simply too soon to take him.

Brown, on the other hand, gives Andrew Luck another reliable weapon that not even he can out-throw, and in Frank Reich's offense he would be a good fit as well. Add that to the fact he is valued in the late first round rather than the early second, and he is a perfect fit for Indy.

Robbie Gould is trying to force a trade from the San Francisco 49ers with negotiations over a long-term deal appearing to have broken down.

The veteran kicker, who went 33 for 34 on field-goal attempts for the 49ers last year, was franchise tagged in February.

However, Gould has cut off negotiations with San Francisco and has told the team he wants to be traded, he told ESPN on Tuesday.

"The bottom line is, I'm unsure if I want to play there anymore," Gould said. "At this point, I have to do what's best for me and my family back home [in Chicago]."

Gould has been with San Francisco for two seasons and is 72 of 75 on field-goal attempts and 55 of 59 on extra-point attempts.

The 37-year-old spent the first 11 years of his career with the Chicago Bears before going to the New York Giants for one year prior to landing with San Francisco.

He has made 87.7 per cent of his career field goals and 97.1 per cent of his extra points.

The 49ers signed kicker Jonathan Brown to a two-year deal for depth in March.

The Los Angeles Rams have exercised the fifth-year option on quarterback rookie Jared Goff's contract.

The move comes as no surprise considering Los Angeles drafted Goff with the number one pick in 2016 and relied on him as the starter in Super Bowl 53 against the New England Patriots. 

He is not scheduled to become a free agent until 2021, so the Rams could focus on more pressing matters until then.

"Jared's obviously extremely important to us," Rams coach Sean McVay said last month. "But those are things that, we know we want to get him done at some point.

"Whether it happens this year, next year, those are things we haven't really gotten into in depth about yet."

Goff, 24, threw for 4,688 yards and 32 touchdowns last season en route to his second consecutive Pro Bowl selection. He got off to a rough start as a rookie, posting a 63.6 passer rating and 0-7 record, but has since improved to a 100.8 passer rating after going 24-7 the last two years.

The Rams hold seven picks in the upcoming NFL Draft, which runs from Thursday through to Saturday in Nashville, but appear to be set under center.

Seattle Seahawks defensive end Frank Clark has reportedly been traded to the Kansas City Chiefs.

Seattle will receive a first-round draft pick in 2019 and a second-round pick in 2020, and the teams also will swap third-round picks this year.

In order to facilitate the deal, the franchise-tagged Clark has agreed to a new five-year, $105.5million contract with $63.5m guaranteed, according to ESPN.

The move comes a little over a month after the Chiefs traded defensive end Dee Ford to the San Francisco 49ers for a 2020 second-round pick. 

Clark, 25, was selected by the Seahawks in the second round of the 2015 draft and was slated to earn $17m on the franchise tag in 2019.

He is coming off his most productive season in which he registered a career-high 13 sacks.

Amari Cooper has a strong relationship with Dallas Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott.

The 24-year-old wide receiver was sent from the Oakland Raiders to the Cowboys in late October in exchange for a first-round pick.

Cooper said he instantly clicked with Prescott.

"I feel like the only way to go is up with me and Dak," Cooper said, via the Dallas Morning News.

"We just have a natural chemistry. That's rare, because you can't just combine two players, a receiver and a quarterback, and say, 'Hey, just go out there and have a good game.'

"It takes the quarterback and the receiver, their skill-set has to match. And it just happened like that."

Cooper caught 53 passes for 725 yards and six touchdowns during his nine regular-season games with the Cowboys. He also added 13 receptions and a score in the playoffs.

He said his connection with Prescott has improved in the offseason.

"We've been practicing. We've been throwing," Cooper said. "I know him a lot more. I know how he likes to throw the ball. He knows how I like to run my routes. I feel like we're getting better."

Cooper and Prescott will both be free agents after 2019. Dallas owner and general manager Jerry Jones said last week the team are having "active discussions" about extending both players.

"Certainly, if there are opportunities there that make sense, then we'll progress," Jones said. "I think pretty much everybody's on it pretty good that there's some pretty active discussions now with Dak and Amari.

"But it doesn't mean that some can't pick up in short order with other players that we have on our roster that we certainly want to keep here in Dallas and have them remain Cowboys in the future."

The Cowboys originally selected Prescott in the fourth round of the 2016 draft. They have recorded a 32-16 record in Prescott's starts and reached the playoffs in two of his three seasons.

Unless you have been living under a rock, you could probably guess dual-sport star Kyler Murray will be the top pick of the upcoming NFL Draft.

Other notable names expected to be called early include Nick Bosa, Quinnen Williams, Devin White and Josh Allen.

But what about the up-and-coming players whose names are not mentioned as frequently? After all, some of the league's all-time greats, including Bart Starr (17th round), John Stallworth (fourth round) and Tom Brady (sixth round) were selected late.

Here are five sleeper prospects to watch for ahead of the 2019 NFL Draft:

Montez Sweat, DE, Mississippi State

Sweat saw his stock dip in February when his pre-existing heart condition was revealed at the NFL combine, but that does not mean he should be counted out.

Despite his health concerns, which doctors deemed to be low-risk, Sweat remains a sought-after prospect. He impressed at the combine, setting a 40-yard dash record for a defensive lineman by running a 4.41 at 6-5 and 260 pounds. Not to mention he racked up 19 sacks and 98 total tackles in his two seasons with the Bulldogs in addition to back-to-back selections to the first team All-SEC squad.

He will not go as early as initially predicted and a first-round selection was even reported to be a stretch at this point, but that could make Sweat all the more intriguing.

Jalen Hurd, WR, Baylor

Hurd got his start as a running back at Tennessee before transferring after the 2016 season. He sat out all of 2017 and later converted to wide receiver as a senior, a move that ultimately paid off as he led the Bears with 69 receptions for 946 yards in his lone season at the position. He managed 1,288 yards rushing his sophomore campaign with the Vols.

His 40-yard dash time of 4.64 seconds at the combine was not great, though his recovery from a knee injury could have been a factor, and he made up for it by hitting 35.5 inches on his vertical jump and over 10 feet on his broad jump. At 6-4 1/2 and 228 pounds, Hurd has both power and speed working in his favour.

Given his experience and ability to contribute in the backfield, Hurd is sure to be a valuable asset wherever he lands.

James Williams, RB, Washington State

Williams' name is not commonly found on mock boards, though he possesses the qualities worth seeking out in a reliable rusher.

In his three seasons with the Cougars, Williams became one of the most productive offensive players in the program's history. He tallied 16 touchdowns last season, just one short of matching the single-season record set by Steve Broussard in 1989, and added a career-high 81 catches, which was the most receptions among running backs at the FBS level.

Williams ended his college career with 2,976 all-purpose yards and 27 touchdowns.

Lamont Gaillard, C, Georgia

Gaillard is not among the most coveted players at his position, but his resume proves he should be included in the discussions.

He measured in at 6-2 5/8 and 305 pounds at the combine, much heavier than he was during his time in Athens in which he started 42 of 44 games played. He also boasts 10 3/8 inch hands, 33 1/2 inch arms and an 81-inch wingspan, all of which he put to good use as he packed powerful punches to pummel defenders.

Gaillard has already had formal interviews with the Los Angeles Rams, Oakland Raiders and Minnesota Vikings in addition to talks with at least five other teams, so clearly his competitive nature and leadership qualities have garnered attention.

Terronne Prescod, G, N.C. State

Prescod's stock took a dive after he failed to draw an invite to the combine and posted lacklustre numbers at the school's pro day.

Nonetheless, the 6-5, 334-pound prospect is a powerful run blocker who moves well considering his enormous size and is a terrific anchor in pass protection. He gave up only six quarterback hurries in 342 pass-blocking plays last season.

Despite dealing with nagging injuries throughout his college career, Prescod is primed for the pros.

The NFL Draft is upon us, which means the surprises will be peppered throughout  eventful first night.

There are a slew of questions that fans and teams alike will have to wait for until the draft kicks off, but there are some predictions, while outlandish, could very well happen.

Here are five first-round surprises that could occur when the event kicks off on Thursday.

Kyler Murray doesn't go No. 1

Many think because of his ties with new Arizona Cardinals coach Kliff Kingsbury, combined with current quarterback Josh Rosen's rookie season woes, former Oklahoma quarterback Kyler Murray will be selected by Arizona with the top pick. However, Murray's size, the fact that Rosen only has one year under his belt - which was with fired coach Steve Wilks - and the team's need for a stronger defensive line makes it plausible that they do not go for a quarterback. Do not be surprised if defensive end Nick Bosa or even tackle Quinnen Williams end up being selected with the top pick.

Speaking of quarterbacks...

Let's talk about the other three quarterbacks who have received a lot of hype heading into the draft. Ohio State's Dwayne Haskins, Missouri's Drew Lock and Duke's Daniel Jones are all predicted to be taken at some point in the first round, but do they all have the clout that NFL teams are looking for? Despite the hype that Haskins and Lock have received, Jones has quietly moved up the draft board in several mock projections. This could become a reality, especially with the New York Giants in need of a young, versatile quarterback. Jones fits that bill, and has developed a relationship with current Giants QB Eli Manning, who trains at Duke during the offseason. Since the Giants are hanging on to Manning for 2019, it makes sense that they draft a quarterback who has built a rapport with him and can transition easily into that starting role.

DE Montez Sweat falls out of the top 10

Many have former Mississippi State defensive end Montez Sweat being selected No. 8 overall by the Detroit Lions, but his previously unknown heart condition has complicated matters a little. While the condition is considered minor, it could make teams think twice before selecting him. It is believed that several teams have decided to pass on Sweat altogether, likely causing him to tumble down the draft board. His size and talent (Sweat registered 22 tackles in two seasons at Mississippi State) still make him a first-round pick, but many teams do not want to have to worry about any cardiac issues or disciplinary issues (he was dismissed from Michigan State's team for undisclosed reasons).

Remember Quinnen Williams?

The former Alabama tackle was mentioned earlier as being a possible No. 1 pick. While that might be a stretch, Williams will be a top-5 pick for sure. He is giant, freakishly fast and was nothing but dominant with the Crimson Tide. At 6-3, 303 pounds, he ran the 40 at the NFL combine in 4.83 seconds and registered 18.5 tackles for loss in addition to seven sacks last season. No matter how good an NFL team's defense is, adding Williams would not be a waste. If anything, the Oakland Raiders should be licking their lips looking at Williams, especially after they traded Khalil Mack away and were left hurting on defense all of last season. For the record, the Raiders currently have the No. 4 pick.

D.K. Metcalf falls out of the top 20

Yes, the former Ole Miss receiver who went viral over his ripped physique and miniscule amount of body fat will not be taken in the first 20 picks. Why? Lack of experience and injuries. While there is no doubt Metcalf is talented when fit, he played in just two games in 2016 and seven last season due to various injuries. Those injuries mean he had one good season, and is that enough for NFL teams to invest in? There is also the issue of Metcalf's drop issues and his lacklustre shuttle and three-cone times at the combine. While he has been projected to go reasonably high in the draft, there are too many questionable points that make him a questionable choice for many NFL teams. He will still go in the first round, but not as high as many people think.

There has been a lot of attention on a dynamic group of wide receivers from Ole Miss in the lead up to the NFL Draft, but DaMarkus Lodge could be forgiven for feeling like the forgotten man. 

Lodge, having decided to play his college football in Mississippi – the state of his birth – rather than staying in Texas where he played in high school, enjoyed a productive career at Ole Miss and racked up 1,575 yards and 11 touchdowns in his final two seasons.

He then enjoyed a dominant week of practice after being invited to impress NFL scouts at the East-West Shrine Game but, while fellow Rebels receives D.K. Metcalf and A.J. Brown are regarded as potential first-round picks, Lodge has been the recipient of comparatively little hype.

Lodge, though, feels that focus on Metcalf and Brown has helped him gain favour with those will make the decisions in this week's draft.

"Those guys are getting the attention that they deserve, they worked hard for it every single day," Lodge told Omnisport. "I saw the time and work put in, those guys deserve everything that they're getting. 

"The attention that they're getting is also bringing attention to me too, I might not get talked about as much but, when those coaches come up and see those guys and see them work out, I'm right there with them so without those guys and all the attention they have, I probably wouldn't have all the opportunities to impress these coaches like I did."

Despite the presence of Lodge, Metcalf and Brown in the receiving room, Ole Miss have struggled in recent times and won just 16 games across the last three seasons.

However, Lodge still believes his time there was beneficial.

"I put a lot of time and thought into my decision and obviously I went with my heart," he added. "Whatever I do I always think hard and long about it so I never regret it.

"I think it was a great decision for me, I got to compete with some of the best guys in the country, couple of first-round draft picks at receiver and a couple future first-round draft picks at receiver. I got to learn from all the guys, I don't regret at all."

Combine numbers that Lodge admits were disappointing, and an Ole Miss offense in which he was largely limited to running straight-line downfield routes, may not have helped his cause. Yet Lodge is confident he can quickly adapt to the full requirements of an NFL playbook.

"I've always trained and worked on every route that I can think of," he explained. "So I don't think I'll have a problem transitioning to it, because I think I'm really smooth and I can run every route pretty well. 

"Due to the limited route tree at Ole Miss, I didn't get to run those routes and a lot of coaches were concerned about that, and I think we got to show them that we can actually run routes at our pro day. I think it'll be a pretty smooth transition, and I actually think it'll be better for me than running downfield and catching fades and posts all game so I'm excited for it."

Lodge's self-belief is well-placed. Though he did not test like he expected at the Combine, on the field he has demonstrated an ability to use his footwork to separate from defenders at the start of routes and make the most of his 6ft 1in and 202-pound frame to haul in highlight-reel leaping catches near the sideline and get both feet in bounds.

It is a skillset he has honed from watching some of the best in the NFL at the receiver position, with Lodge keen to avoid being regarded as a one-dimensional talent.

"It's a couple that I pick and choose from, there's so many good receivers around the league you can't just choose one and try to model after them," said Lodge when asked who he models his game after.

"Michael Thomas, he's so strong and physical he's going to go up and high-point the ball, no matter where it's at, his catch radius is dang good. I take my releases, the top of my routes, from Odell Beckham, kind of get the toe-tapping thing from AB [Antonio Brown].

"So it's a lot of guys around the league that you can pick and choose from, you never just want to put yourself in one box."

Jim Irsay's most recent purchase is "guaranteed to raise a smile".

The Indianapolis Colts owner on Saturday proudly tweeted that he is the new owner of the piano used to compose songs for The Beatles' "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band" album.

The piano, which dates back to 1872 and resided in two homes where John Lennon lived in England, was auctioned on GottaHaveRockandRoll.com to a lone bidder and closed with the final bid of $575,000 after being estimated to sell for $800,000-$1.2 million.

"I'm elated to now be the steward of John's "Sgt. Pepper" upright piano. It's a responsibility I take seriously, with future generations in mind," Irsay wrote on Twitter, adding hashtags #GettingThemBackTogether and #Beatles.

The piano was said to be Lennon's favourite and was used to compose other notable songs, including "A Day in the Life" and "Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds".

Irsay, an avid Beatles fan, owns several other instruments used by the band. He bought a Gibson SG electric guitar used by George Harrison for an undisclosed amount in 2013 and purchased Ringo Starr's drum set for $1.75million in 2015.

He also owns guitars previously owned by Prince, Bob Dylan and Grateful Dead frontman Jerry Garcia.

Producing successive Heisman Trophy-winning quarterbacks and likely consecutive number one NFL draft picks is no easy feat, but it helps if you have one of the best offensive lines around.

In 2017, Baker Mayfield played behind an Oklahoma Sooners O-Line that featured Orlando Brown – a third-round selection by the Baltimore Ravens in 2018 – Dru Samia, Ben Powers and Bobby Evans en route to winning the Heisman and becoming the top pick for the Cleveland Browns in the 2018 NFL Draft.

Samia, Powers and Evans all returned last year when the Sooners allowed just 19 sacks, providing the foundation for Kyler Murray to win college football's highest individual honour and become the favourite for the first overall pick.

Omnisport spoke to NFL-bound guard prospects Samia and Powers to find out the secret to their success.

How did you find the Senior Bowl and working with the San Francisco 49ers coaching staff?

Samia: "It was really awesome, finally got to get into a little of an NFL playbook. I know we only just scratched the surface of the plays that they run, but getting an idea for the vernacular and the vocab that they use as far as communication and the calls that we're making and the different schemes they run, it was really fun, that was the first taste of actually playing NFL football."

Powers: "It was great working with the 49ers and their offensive line coach, it was a lot of fun seeing how an NFL coaching staff goes about teaching new material, working towards practice, the flow of practice, preparing for an opponent."

Having played in an offense that relies heavily on you being athletic, how difficult is it to be mobile as well as big and powerful?

Samia: "It involves a lot of conditioning, but I've spoken to other players at different programs, they just lift and get as strong as possible. But with the type of offense we run, we don't really have that luxury to specialise in either strength or speed, we need to be even across the board, which I feel is beneficial. Obviously there's some downsides, there's some players in the nation who are stronger but I doubt that there's any O-linemen in the nation that have the balance that we have at Oklahoma. The type of offense that we run just brings out the best in you in all areas."

Powers: "It's funny because there may be a blocking play that's tough and our O-Line coach is like, 'Figure it out, do it'. You just do it. You don't think about it, the job has to get done and this is how we're gonna do it."

Zone blocking appeared to be the dominant scheme used at Oklahoma. Are you confident you can fit into any scheme in the NFL?

Samia: "One hundred per cent. Coming into college - obviously in high school I didn't know too much - picked up on that offense pretty quick, started developing from there and I'm confident I can do it again, especially with the growth in my football knowledge, just having a better understanding of the game, it's just going to help the transition that much more."

Powers: "We were a big zone as well as gap scheme team, we only ran power in the endzone in the goalline. Zone and gap scheme, that's Oklahoma's bread and butter. Gap scheme is an aspect of our counter, our regular one-guard counter, and also our tackle counter you see us run. That's a play we love and it's really fun to run."

Four Oklahoma linemen are set to go pretty high in this year's draft. Is that a testament to [offensive line coach] Bill Bedenbaugh?

Samia: "We completely give all the credit to Coach B, he saw the potential in us, he was the one who cultivated it. We put in the hard work - there's no coach in the nation that can coach work ethic - but Coach B saw the potential that we had, cultivated it, taught us the techniques, the mentality and the nastiness that we need to play with, and we just took it from there."

Powers: "That's a testament to Coach B and the amount of work we put in. It's great because all four of us came to Oklahoma together. We all graduated high school in 2015, came in here and got so close together. It's special, we're such a close-knit unit and we're all such good friends."

Samia: "I know exactly what Cody [Ford] and Creed [Humphrey] are good at, what they need help with. They know my deficiencies and the things that I'm good at on the field. Just being able to know somebody so well and the way they play the game, it only makes it easier when you're out there on the field."

Powers: "We've played so much ball together that I know how Bobby is going to play a certain block and I think that was great. I know how Bobby's going to react to certain looks and this and that, and I think that's part of the reason we played so good."

What was the difference between Mayfield and Murray as leaders?

Samia: "Baker would technically be the more vocal person just on a day-to-day basis. Kyler was obviously a vocal leader, he was a great leader in my opinion, led by example perfectly. But Kyler didn't talk too much when it was unnecessary, and I feel like that led the team so, whenever Kyler spoke, people listened because it wasn't him just talking to talk, it was because we need a leader in this moment. Kyler would pick and choose his moments a little more carefully, whereas Baker was an all day, every day-type deal."

Powers: "They're both so calm under pressure and I think that just comes with being great. High-pressure situations come and you just know that they're built for this. Kyler is a better athlete but Baker's a better leader - with no disrespect to either one of them. They're both such great players and those are the only differences I could tell you between them."

Did Murray's ability as a scrambler help or hinder you?

Samia: "I'm not sure it makes it any harder. I felt with Kyler in the backfield he makes thing easy on us to a degree where if we mess up a block, Kyler can turn that into a good play or Kyler can break the pocket and make something out of nothing. I never sat back there and thought, 'Man this is tough to be moving around', I've only been grateful that we have a quarterback that's so fast and talented."

Powers: "It definitely helped because what he was doing was extending the play. As much as we were protecting him, he helped us get out of bad situations. We complemented each other so great. Was it tough to know who and when and where to block the defender? Yeah, but you just kind of do it."

Do you buy any of the criticism of Murray?

Samia: "As soon he gets into the building, if not already, these teams will fall in love with him. You know exactly what you're getting with Kyler. As far as the 'questions' that are surrounding him right now I feel like those are just talking pieces. When it's all said and done Kyler's going to be a baller in the league and that's just how it's going to be."

Powers: "I see so many different articles about Kyler and I'm tired of it because I talk to him on a daily basis, I know the guy. All these articles, they're just there to get people to click on them. It's just complete garbage."

How did you find the challenge of facing [Alabama defensive tackle and likely top-five pick] Quinnen Williams, in the College Football Playoff semi-finals?

Samia: "I learned that you gotta play physical and you've got to trust your technique at the same time because when you face someone like a Quinnen Williams, those are the type of guys you're going to be facing every single day in the league, so you can't overcommit one way to try to stop his power, you can't overcommit leaning forward to try to stop his power because he's going to swat you by and take advantage of that. Quinnen Williams is just the start of it, once we all get into the NFL, these players are too good, you can't give them any opening, you can't give them any advantage so just being more patient while remaining physical is going to be the key."

Powers: "I loved being challenged like that, it gets to show you how good you really are. If you're practicing or playing against guys that aren't the best then what's the point? Being able to play against the best is great. I love it, I look forward to it."

Elijah Holyfield's dad may have been an undisputed boxing world champion at two weight classes, but it is the lessons Evander taught his son away from sport that most resonate with the NFL hopeful.

"It's the way you carry yourself in public and stuff like that," Elijah Holyfield told Omnisport.

"Always being respectful off the field."

However, like most sportsmen, the Holyfields have a different mindset when it comes to approaching their chosen discipline.

Evander, still the only four-time world heavyweight champion, unified both the cruiserweight and heavyweight divisions in a career that included 44 wins and 29 knockouts.

And Elijah looked like a chip off the old block when he showcased a punishing running style in rushing for over 1,000 yards as a junior at Georgia last year.

"When it's time for showtime, he was probably the meanest man in the world," Elijah said of his dad. "I think I learned some of the stuff that I am now from him."

It is on the gridiron, rather than in the ring, that running back Elijah Holyfield hopes to establish his own legacy.

Though he fought in both taekwondo and boxing as a youngster, the NFL was his true passion and former San Diego Chargers running back LaDainian Tomlinson was his idol.

Holyfield enrolled at Georgia in 2016 but had to bide his time for two years while future NFL backs Sony Michel and Nick Chubb were on the roster.

With Los Angeles Rams star Todd Gurley, an MVP candidate last season, having also come through the same system, Georgia has established a reputation for producing fine NFL backs - a tradition Holyfield is keen to continue.

"I think it's a mindset," he said.

"We're all labelled as one thing when we come in. By the time we move out we become complete backs because you compete with guys who are better at certain things than you.

"There's no running back at Georgia that's the best at everything so you have to always continue to work on a different part of your game and by the time you leave you're a full-rounded back. I think the competition helps a lot."

That system may have prepared Holyfield for the on-field aspect of the NFL, but, by his own admission, he has had to learn to cope with the added off-field scrutiny.

A disappointing 40-yard dash time of 4.78 seconds at the NFL Combine raised concerns over a lack of breakaway speed - though that was not evident at college - and Holyfield has had to try and shut out the subsequent negativity.

"I've faced a lot of criticism over the last couple of months," he admitted.

"It's just trying to block everybody out. It's easier to block it out when you're playing on a team – it's criticism on a team so you can get with your team-mates and take it all together and bounce back together.

"Now it's you individually at this point. You don't really have anyone to lean on as far as somebody going through the exact same thing as you.

"I've talked to some of my old team-mates that have been through this process. I've spoken to my parents, but I feel like it's something that you really have to get through on your own because no matter what anybody says, if you're still reading the stuff and you let it get to you, you can't help them.

"You have to have an understanding of yourself and become mentally strong and move past that."

Ultimately, though, as his dad will no doubt tell him, it is actions that speak louder than words, and Elijah Holyfield will only get a chance to silence the naysayers once he sets foot on an NFL field.

"I wish the draft was yesterday," he said. "I do not like waiting like this! I'm ready to see what happens."

New England Patriots star Tom Brady has weighed in on Rob Gronkowski's latest stunt.

The Patriots revealed on Wednesday that Gronkowski dented the most recent Lombardi Trophy when the team threw out the first pitch at a Boston Red Sox game on April 9.

The 29-year-old used the trophy as a bat and damaged it while attempting to bunt a warmup toss thrown by Julian Edelman.

Brady took to Twitter shortly after the team released a video of the incident, shocked by Gronkowski.

Edelman also reacted to the news on his Twitter account.

"No comment," Edelman wrote.

Several of Gronkowski’s team-mates, including safety Duron Harmon, discussed the event in an interview with Patriots.com.

"You can't hide a baseball dent in there," Harmon said. "Everybody literally went to the trophy and saw it. I think Rob thought it was more funny than anything.

"The funniest thing about it all was it actually was a really good bunt. Like it was perfect technique. I don't even understand how he controlled the Lombardi. If the Red Sox had bunting practice, that would be teaching tape for them. He does everything perfect."

Meanwhile, Gronkowski announced his retirement on Instagram in late March. He spent all nine of his NFL seasons in New England.

Gronkowski finished his career with 521 regular-season catches for 7,861 yards and 79 touchdowns. He is the Patriots' career leader in touchdowns and is tied for the second-most receiving scores in playoff history.

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