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PostPosted: Mon Apr 23, 2018 9:55 am 
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It's NFL Draft time again, which means it's time for my annual post on our draft chances. The last few years have been relatively good to us in terms of players drafted. We've had four players drafted in the last four years after having a five year drought between 2009 and 2014. Last year, of course, Tanzel Smart went to the Rams in the 6th round.

This year Tulane has a few players that might see their name called. In the past I've used CBS sports to predict which guys have the best chance of getting picked, but unfortunately their broader prospect coverage has gone significantly downhill since last year. According to them, our best 2018 prospects include:

Parry Nickerson - 19th ranked CB, projected 4th-5th round (CBS)
Ade Aruna - 23rd ranked DE, projected 7th round (CBS)

Along with Parry and Ade, I've seen Jarrod Franklin's name on some early draft boards (though he isn't on them now). We also know that Dontrell Hilliard had a great pro-day and is probably on some teams' radar now. For those in the know, are there any other guys that have a good chance to be drafted/signed as free agents? As always, feel free to pull in things from other draft sources as CBS is pretty limited.


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PostPosted: Mon Apr 23, 2018 10:47 am 
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It's NFL Draft time again, which means it's time for my annual post on our draft chances. The last few years have been relatively good to us in terms of players drafted. We've had four players drafted in the last four years after having a five year drought between 2009 and 2014. Last year, of course, Tanzel Smart went to the Rams in the 6th round.

This year Tulane has a few players that might see their name called. In the past I've used CBS sports to predict which guys have the best chance of getting picked, but unfortunately their broader prospect coverage has gone significantly downhill since last year. According to them, our best 2018 prospects include:

Parry Nickerson - 19th ranked CB, projected 4th-5th round (CBS)
Ade Aruna - 23rd ranked DE, projected 7th round (CBS)

Along with Parry and Ade, I've seen Jarrod Franklin's name on some early draft boards (though he isn't on them now). We also know that Dontrell Hilliard had a great pro-day and is probably on some teams' radar now. For those in the know, are there any other guys that have a good chance to be drafted/signed as free agents? As always, feel free to pull in things from other draft sources as CBS is pretty limited.

I'd be shocked if Hilliard doesn't at least sign as a FA and make a squad. He is the prototypical RB in today's NFL. Reminds me of a young Pierre Thomas or Tevin Coleman.

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PostPosted: Mon Apr 23, 2018 11:02 am 
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if you're a successful team with late round draft picks, Donte would be someone I would target. A team like the Patriots who can afford to take a player with potential and groom him into a productive part of their team

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heard a number of "experts" opine that the two most impactful positions in the NFL are QB and end pass rusher. So I'm still hopeful that a guy like Aruna gets picked in the 5th or 6th Round as a "project". Saw that he Patriots went for a RB in the first round so they must think that's a position of need for them, hopefully they'll take a shot at Donte Hilliard as a cheap gamble that with Pro Coaching and development, he can blossom in their system.

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PostPosted: Fri Apr 27, 2018 11:19 am 
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I'm hoping the Viking draft Dontre Hilliard. They need a pass catching RB.


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The man's name is Dontrell!!!

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PostPosted: Fri Apr 27, 2018 10:18 pm 
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Through 3 rounds and no Tulane player drafted. Parry would have been the only one potentially this high, but no dice.

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I think we'll see Parry go in the first half of today with Ade going later in the day.

There are some other draft implications so far involving former Tulane RBs. The Giants took Saquon Barkley which can't be good for Orleans Darkwa. Likewise for Robb Kelly after the Redskins took Derrius Guice. By the nature of their high picks, both Guice and Barkley will get lots of touches early on.


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tulaneoutlaw wrote:
I think we'll see Parry go in the first half of today with Ade going later in the day.

There are some other draft implications so far involving former Tulane RBs. The Giants took Saquon Barkley which can't be good for Orleans Darkwa. Likewise for Robb Kelly after the Redskins took Derrius Guice. By the nature of their high picks, both Guice and Barkley will get lots of touches early on.



The Giants didn’t resign Darkwa. He is currently a free agent. Somebody will pick him up. He had a productive year especially considering the Giants has no offensive line and no threat of a passing game.

Washington already had a crowded backfield with Thompson, Perine, Kelly and Marshall. I’m surprised they haven’t tried to trade one of them.


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PostPosted: Sat Apr 28, 2018 12:57 pm 
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Still nothing through 4 rounds

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Parry is the highest graded CB remaining according to NFL.com. but then half a dozen guys graded lower have been drafted

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gerryb323 wrote:
Parry is the highest graded CB remaining according to NFL.com. but then half a dozen guys graded lower have been drafted


False he's number 2... Aruna is highest left at DE

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Kiper and NFL.com have different rankings.


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Nickerson to the Jets

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Nickerson to the Jets


frick... that sucks I’m sorry Parry.


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Nickerson to the Jets


frick... that sucks I’m sorry Parry.


Always love when a Tulane player gets to play in the Meadowlands. I’ll be seeing him in September.


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Give me Aruna to the Pats at 198 and I can turn off the draft for the day.


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Ade has been in Kiper's Top 10 since midway through the 4th. Hope he gets picked soon.

Congrats to Parry! Hope he tears it up in NY.


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beantownwave wrote:
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Nickerson to the Jets


frick... that sucks I’m sorry Parry.


At least he's not stuck in the middle of nowhere Wisconsin

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NJwave wrote:
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Nickerson to the Jets


frick... that sucks I’m sorry Parry.


Always love when a Tulane player gets to play in the Meadowlands. I’ll be seeing him in September.


Aggressive use of the word play when in conjunction with the JETS

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Tanner Lee to the Jaguars. Lol. Sad that he went before Ade though.


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Tanner Lee to the Jaguars. Lol. Sad that he went before Ade though.


This post should NOT be in this thread. Lee is not a Tulane alum and abandoned us.

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I don’t wish ill of anyone but Tanner going before Ade is just crazy on so many levels

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I agree Windy I was just being lazy not digging up the Lee thread. Mods can move it if they feel like it.


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tulaneoutlaw wrote:
I agree Windy I was just being lazy not digging up the Lee thread. Mods can move it if they feel like it.


Dude it was like 4 threads under this one. There's lazy and then there's not even trying :coolshades:

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