After a week off, I am back breaking down all things NFL draft. With the Senior Bowl and Super Bowl behind us, draft season is officially underway. It time to recap the week in Mobile and discuss who helped their draft stock and who could have had a better week. Plus, a little preview of some future episode topics. Listen to the latest episode now on Spotify, Apple Podcasts or wherever you get your podcasts. https://anchor.fm/theaftermath
That’s all she wrote! The NFL season came to a thrilling conclusion that for once didn’t involved Tom Brady. Patrick Mahomes proved he truly is the golden boy and delivered Kansas City’s first Super Bowl title in 50 years. With that, the draft order is officially set and now the offseason begins. As a Jets fan, I am used to being more excited about the offseason than the actual season because it means my team can finally start to fill the glaring holes on the roster. Browns and Buccaneers fans should know what I am talking about. With the next major event on the NFL calendar being the scouting combine in Indianapolis, every team now shifts its attention to the NFL draft.
On the heels of the Senior Bowl, which led to some major movement in my latest big board, this new mock draft should look very different than my last one. With player declarations behind us and the combine still to come, this is how I think things will go down in Vegas when draft day finally rolls around. Quick notes: no trades were allowed (but I will be rolling out some mock drafts with trades in the coming months) and the draft order is according to Tankathon with compensatory picks calculated by Over The Cap.
1. Cincinnati Bengals (2-14) – Joe Burrow, QB, LSU
This is pretty much solidified at this point. But then again, I never would have thought that Kyler Murray or Baker Mayfield would be the top pick at this point in the past two drafts. Joe Burrow has the accuracy and mobility to be a Pro Bowl quarterback.
2. Washington (3-13) – Chase Young, EDGE, Ohio State
Regardless of position, Chase Young is the best player in this draft. He is an elite pass rusher who excels against the run as well. He is a plug-and-play option with Hall of Fame potential.
3. Detroit Lions (3-12-1) – Jeffrey Okudah, CB, Ohio State
With Detroit not able to trade down in this mock, Jeff Okudah fills a huge need and is the best player available. His closing speed is impressive and he can fit into either a man or zone scheme.
4. New York Giants (4-12) – Isaiah Simmons, LB/S, Clemson
New York desperately needs an infusion of talent on the defensive side of the football. Isaiah Simmons brings an incredible blend of versatility and playmaking. He has lined up at outside corner, slot corner, linebacker and safety for Clemson. Play him wherever you like.
5. Miami Dolphins (5-11) – Tua Tagovailoa, QB Alabama
This pick will remain Tua Taogovailoa until further notice. Miami has a veteran quarterback in Ryan Fitzpatrick to help the transition for Tua as he recovers from his hip injury. When healthy, his accuracy is the best in the class.
6. Los Angeles Chargers (5-11) – Justin Herbert, QB, Oregon
Justin Herbert answered some questions about his ability to lead at the Senior Bowl. With reports surfacing that Philip Rivers has severed ties with Los Angeles, this franchise needs to identify its quarterback of the future. Herbert has the talent to develop into just that.
7. Carolina Panthers (5-11) – Andrew Thomas, OT, Georgia
Could Jordan Love go in the top 10? It’s not out the question, but Carolina has a trio of potential options, so adding a top-tier offensive lineman feels like a more pressing need. Andrew Thomas has impressive play strength. He has some room for development as a pass blocker.
8. Arizona Cardinals (5-10-1) – Javon Kinlaw, DL, South Carolina
Following a dominant week at the Senior Bowl, Javon Kinlaw has himself in the top 10. He showed out as a pass rusher in Mobile and showed the potential he flashed at South Carolina. Slot him into a terrible Arizona defensive line and he should make an immediate impact.
9. Jacksonville Jaguars (6-10) – Jerry Jeudy, WR, Alabama
Gardner Minshew is set to be the quarterback for 2020 in Jacksonville and he will need some targets to throw to. DJ Chark and Chris Conley feel like nice complementary pieces, whereas Jerry Jeudy would be a true No. 1 receiver. He is the best route runner in the class and with sneaky good athleticism.
10. Cleveland Browns (6-10) – Jedrick Wills, OT, Alabama
Meet the most polished pass blocker and the answer to Baker Mayfield’s prayers. Cleveland struggled to keep Baker clean this year and needs a player like Jedrick Wills to fix that. Wills should be a day one starter.
11. New York Jets (7-9) – Tristan Wirfs, OT, Iowa
While the hype around Mekhi Becton has continued to build, Tristan Wirfs is a more polished version of him. He has the size and power to transition well to the NFL. He also fills a major need for the Jets.
12. Las Vegas Raiders (7-9) – CeeDee Lamb, WR, Oklahoma
Rumors are swirling that the Raiders are interesting in a certain veteran quarterback with six Super Bowl rings. Regardless of who is at quarterback, they need a top-tier receiving option. CeeDee Lamb is a menace after the catch and shows up whenever you watch Oklahoma play.
13. Indianapolis Colts (7-9) – Derrick Brown, DL, Auburn
While fans are desperate for a new quarterback, I don’t see Indianapolis moving for Jordan Love. Instead, they snag a run stuffing interior lineman that fills a huge need in what has been a run-heavy division. Derrick Brown will be an upgrade on the inside.
14. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (7-9) – Jordan Love, QB, Utah State
Tampa Bay does not want to pay Jameis Winston this offseason. Instead, they draft Jameis Winston 2.0 in Jordan Love. He has all the arm talent in the world, but his decision making is rough. Love has loads of potential, but he could end up as a gunslinger just like Winston as well.
15. Denver Broncos (7-9) – Henry Ruggs, WR, Alabama
With a speedster like Henry Ruggs on the board, Denver can pair him with Courtland Sutton and give Drew Lock a great tandem at receiver. Ruggs is the fastest player in this draft, but his game is more diverse than that. He could have a Tyreek Hill-type impact on the offense.
16. Atlanta Falcons (7-9) – A.J. Epenesa, EDGE, Iowa
A.J. Epenesa fits the mold of a disruptive 4-3 defensive end. Atlanta is in desperate need of pass rushing help, which Epenesa should provide plenty of. He is a steal at this spot.
17. Dallas Cowboys (8-8) – Kristian Fulton, CB, LSU
Dallas seems set to franchise tag Dak Prescott, which means Amari Cooper and Byron Jones could hit free agency. With a ton of depth at receiver in this class, the Cowboys opt to bolster the secondary with the physical and aggressive Kristian Fulton.
18. Miami Dolphins via Pittsburgh Steelers (8-8) – Mekhi Becton, OT, Louisville
With the quarterback position set, Miami needs to protect its investment. Mekhi Becton is a bit of a project, but his potential is massive, literally. He is 6’8″ and 365 pounds. That frame is exactly what offensive line coaches want to work with.
19. Las Vegas Raiders via Chicago Bears (8-8) – Kenneth Murray, LB, Oklahoma
Las Vegas can double dip on Sooners. The defense needs more speed up the middle. Kenneth Murray fits to modern day mold at linebacker. He is quick and explosive. He reacts fast to plays in front of him and should help with the Raiders’ continuing defensive remodel.
20. Jacksonville Jaguars via Los Angeles Rams (9-7) – CJ Henderson, CB, Florida
After landing the top receiver in the class, Jacksonville turns to the other side of the ball. CJ Henderson won’t fill the void Jalen Ramsey left, but he has the size and athleticism to develop into a high-end starter.
21. Philadelphia Eagles (9-7) – Xavier McKinney, S, Alabama
With Henderson and Fulton off the board, Philly bolsters its porous secondary in another way. Xavier McKinney is a heat-seeking missile who should add some much needed playmaking to the back end of the defense.
22. Buffalo Bills (10-6) – Tee Higgins, WR, Clemson
Buffalo has some good depth at receiver, but needs a No. 1 option. Tee Higgins is the perfect complement to John Brown and Cole Beasley. He has excellent body control and excels on jump balls. He has to work on generating separation, but he should be an immediate boost to the red zone offense.
23. New England Patriots (12-4) – Yetur Gross-Matos, EDGE, Penn State
Will Tom Brady be back? That question will dictate the Patriots’ offseason plans. Assuming he returns to New England, the defense needs an infusion of young talent. Yetur Gross-Matos can stand up or play with his hand in the dirt. That type of versatility is something this team will love.
24. New Orleans Saints (13-3) – Laviska Shenault Jr., WR, Colorado
Much like the Patriots, the Saints face the similar quarterback conundrum. If Drew Brees returns, New Orleans will be eager to find him another receiver to play across from Michael Thomas. Laviska Shenault’s versatile skill set would be fun to watch in Sean Payton’s offense.
25. Minnesota Vikings (10-6) – Bryce Hall, CB, Virginia
Minnesota lacked consistency at the cornerback position all season long. Bryce Hall should rise up some draft boards if he can test at the combine. He has the size and technique that should turn some heads.
26. Miami Dolphins via Houston Texans (11-5) – Terrell Lewis, EDGE, Alabama
No one had fewer sacks in 2019 than the Dolphins. Terrell Lewis bounced back well after injury kept him out for all of 2018. He will likely need to bulk up a little bit, but he should serve well as a pass rushing linebacker.
27. Seattle Seahawks (11-5) – Bradlee Anae, EDGE, Utah
The only team that finished with fewer sacks than the Seahawks last season was the Dolphins. Bradlee Anae looked like an NFL-ready pass rusher in the Senior Bowl. He showcased a full arsenal of pass rushing moves in Mobile.
28. Baltimore Ravens (14-2) – K’Lavon Chaisson, EDGE, LSU
Baltimore does not have a ton of needs after a fantastic regular season. Matthew Judon could be gone next season though, so finding another edge rusher has to be a priority. K’Lavon Chaisson has a good blend of power and speed. He has a long way to go as a run defender.
29. Tennessee Titans (9-7) – Tyler Biadasz, C, Wisconsin
Tennessee made a remarkable run in the postseason, but still has some room for growth. The interior of the offensive line could use an upgrade. Tyler Biadasz is an old school road grader. He fits the type of player the Titans want in their power run scheme.
30. Green Bay Packers (13-3) – Justin Jefferson, WR, LSU
There is no question Green Bay’s passing offense took a huge step back this year. Davante Adams missed some time and Green Bay desperately needs someone to play across from him. Justin Jefferson tore up opposing secondaries this year. He has the size and speed to be an effective weapon for Aaron Rodgers.
31. San Francisco 49ers (13-3) – Josh Jones, OT, Houston
San Francisco capped off a great season with a Super Bowl appearance. In order to return, the 49ers need to prep for the future. Joe Staley only has a few years left in his playing career and Josh Jones could the 49ers’ next left tackle. He is physical and powerful, but needs a bit of refining.
32. Kansas City Chiefs (12-4) – Patrick Queen, LB, LSU
The Mahomes Magic will end with a trip to Disney! Kansas City’s defense took major steps in 2019, but still needs some more playmaking. Patrick Qeuen’s speed alone should help.
33. Cincinnati Bengals (2-14) – Michael Pittman, WR, USC
With a new quarterback in the mix, he will need players to throw to. Michael Pittman is a possession receiver with great size and hands. He can quickly become a quarterback’s best friend.
34. Indianapolis Colts via Washington (7-9) – Jacob Eason, QB, Washington
Jacoby Brissett did not lock up the starting role this year. Jacob Eason is not pro ready, but he has a huge arm. He isn’t very mobile, but he would be playing behind one of the best lines in the NFL.
35. Detroit Lions (3-12-1) – Curtis Weaver, EDGE, Boise State
They missed out on Chase Young, but Curtis Weaver is a solid edge rusher to integrate into the defense. He was extremely productive in college.
36. New York Giants (4-12) – Julian Okwara, EDGE, Notre Dame
New York should continue to retool its defense. Julian Okwara is a high-upside 4-3 defensive end who can rush the passer.
37. Los Angeles Chargers (5-11) – Austin Jackson, OT, USC
LA needs some new blood along its offensive line. Austin Jackson is big and raw, but could develop into Justin Herbert’s blindside blocker.
38. Carolina Panthers (5-11) – Neville Gallimore, DL, Oklahoma
The Panthers are in a weird state of flux and need to rebuild in the trenches. Neville Gallimore will provide a boost to a terrible Carolina run defense.
39. Miami Dolphins (5-11) – J.K. Dobbins, RB, Ohio State
Miami had a revolving door at running back this season. J.K. Dobbins’ combination of power and speed should provide some consistency at the position.
40. Arizona Cardinals (5-10-1) – Trevon Diggs, CB, Alabama
After trade rumors swirled last year regarding Patrick Peterson and his contract up after 2020, Arizona can get ahead of the curve by drafting Trevon Diggs. He is a big-body corner who looks the part of a future starter.
41. Cleveland Browns (6-10) – Grant Delpit, S, LSU
Damorious Randall is set for free agency. If he doesn’t come back, Grant Delpit should be a starting option right away. He needs to clean up his technique and tackling, but he has the tools of a playmaker.
42. Jacksonville Jaguars (6-10) – Ross Blacklock, DL, TCU
Jacksonville finished in the bottom five in rushing yards allowed and yards allowed per carry. Ross Blacklock moves well and should help plug up the middle.
43. Chicago Bears via Las Vegas Raiders (7-9) – Matt Hennessy, C, Temple
While many point to Mitchell Trubisky’s struggles, Chicago fell apart trying to run the ball. Matt Hennessy is an excellent zone run blocker who should help open some holes.
44. Indianapolis Colts (7-9) – Brandon Aiyuk, WR, Arizona State
Whoever is under center next year, they need someone else to throw to other than T.Y. Hilton. Brandon Aiyuk and Paris Campbell should round out a dynamic trio.
45. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (7-9) – Prince Tega Wanogho, OT, Auburn
Tampa Bay could use a rework of the right side of the line. Prince Tega Wanogho is impressive as a pass blocker. He is battle tested as well coming from the SEC.
46. Denver Broncos (7-9) – Jeff Gladney, CB, TCU
Chris Harris is not likely to return. Bryce Callahan should finally suit up, but Jeff Gladney will round out the group. He is a bit undersized, but his ball skills make up for that.
47. Atlanta Falcons (7-9) – D’Andre Swift, RB, Georgia
Devonta Freeman can’t stay on the field and there is not a clear successor to him. D’Andre Swift can be used in the passing game as well. Keep the Bulldog instate.
48. New York Jets (7-9) – Lloyd Cushenberry, C, LSU
Sam Darnold needs time to throw. Lloyd Cushenberry should be the next step for the Jets rebuilding their offensive line.
49. Pittsburgh Steelers (8-8) – Zach Baun, LB, Wisconsin
There are needs for this Steelers team across the board. Zach Baun is not overly athletic, but he is versatile as a coverage linebacker and edge rusher.
50. Chicago Bears (8-8) – Cole Kmet, TE, Notre Dame
For most of the year, I was unable to identify most of the players starting at tight end for the Bears. Cole Kmet should stop the carousel. He can create separation and give Trubisky another target to work with.
51. Dallas Cowboys (8-8) – Ashtyn Davis, S, California
The Cowboys can continue their secondary makeover by adding the speedy and rangy Ashtyn Davis. He is a bit raw, but he was a track athlete at Cal.
52. Los Angeles Rams (9-7) – Cesar Ruiz, C, Michigan
Jared Goff struggled a lot more this season without a proven offensive line in front of him. Cesar Ruiz can step in and play any spot along the interior of the line right away.
53. Philadelphia Eagles (9-7) – Jalen Reagor, WR, TCU
Give Carson Wentz a healthy receiver and see what happens. Jalen Reagor struggled with drops in 2019, but his speed makes him electric. He can play the slot right away.
54. Buffalo Bills (10-6) – Marlon Davidson, DL, Auburn
Buffalo has a lot of talent on that defense, but they can continue to build depth and build for the future. Marlon Davidson can line up all over the defensive line and should provide some power.
55. Atlanta Falcons via New England Patriots (12-4) – Damon Arnette, CB, Ohio State
After an impressive national semifinal game, Damon Arnette should hear his name called by the end of round two. He could develop into a player to start across from Desmond Trufant.
56. Miami Dolphins via New Orleans Saints (13-3) – Donovan Peoples-Jones, WR, Michigan
Donovan Peoples-Jones is almost something of a luxury pick for Miami. After addressing a number of key positions, the Dolphins add a high-upside receiver to grow with their rookie quarterback.
57. Houston Texans (11-5) – Jonathan Taylor, RB, Wisconsin
With just one pick in the first 100 selections, spending that on a running back might feel odd. However, Jonathan Taylor is a powerful runner who can help Houston in the short term with Carlos Hyde set for free agency. Taylor does need to take care of the football though.
58. Minnesota Vikings (10-6) – Leki Fotu, DL, Utah
For what he lacks in stamina, Leki Fotu makes up for in explosiveness. Minnesota can add another disruptive defensive lineman to make it a clear strength.
59. Seattle Seahawks (11-5) – Noah Igbinoghene, CB, Auburn
After nabbing an edge rusher, Seattle can continue to add depth to the defense by adding a raw corner. Noah Igbinoghene has a lot of potential, but will need some work to clean up his technique.
60. Baltimore Ravens (14-2) – Denzel Mims, WR, Baylor
Looking at this roster, Baltimore needs to continue to surrounding Lamar Jackson with playmakers. Denzel Mims has excellent body control and routinely finds soft spots in zone coverage.
61. Tennessee Titans (9-7) – Jonathan Greenard, EDGE, Florida
While the Titans defense was fierce this season, it still lacks edge rushers. Jonathan Greenard has the tenacity to rush the passer and handle facing the run.
62. Green Bay Packers (13-3) – Malik Harrison, LB, Ohio State
After addressing its need at receiver, Green Bay needs to find a future middle linebacker. Blake Martinez will be a free agent and Malik Harrison can take his place. He is a bit rough around the edges, but he plays downhill.
63. Kansas City Chiefs via San Francisco 49ers (12-4) – Josh Uche, EDGE, Michigan
Kansas City went after Terrell Suggs for a reason. They need to find more edge rushers. Josh Uche brings tons of the speed to the position and should help out as a rotational rusher right away.
64. Seattle Seahawks via Kansas City Chiefs (13-3) – John Simpson, G, Clemson
Seattle wants to run the football a lot and needs to beef up his offensive line. John Simpson was an All-American for a reason. He has some raw power to work with.
65. Cincinnati Bengals (2-14) – Matt Peart, OT, UConn
Cincinnati will get 2019 first round pick Jonah Williams back this year. Adding another tackle to develop could turn this line around.
66. Washington (3-13) – Trey Adams, OT, Washington
If he is able to get back to full health, he could be their future franchise tackle. However, there are so many red flags with injuries that Trey Adams will likely find his way into the third round.
67. Detroit Lions (3-12-1) – K.J. Hamler, WR, Penn State
With Kenny Golladay locked in as the top receiving option, K.J. Hamler would be a great option out of the slot.
68. New York Jets via New York Giants (4-12) – Jaylon Johnson, CB, Utah
There are a ton of holes on this Jets roster. Cornerback is one of the highest priorities to address. Jaylon Johnson plays like a shutdown corner, but has a long way to go in his development.
69. Carolina Panthers (5-11) – Jared Pinkney, TE, Vanderbilt
Greg Olsen will not be back as a Carolina Panther. Whoever is playing quarterback will need a target to find across the middle. Even with Ian Thomas, Jared Pinkney is a worthy add in round three.
70. Miami Dolphins (5-11) – Ben Bredeson, G, Michigan
NFL games are won in the trenches. Miami snagged Mekhi Becton in the first round, but could use some depth along the interior. Ben Bredeson could slide into either guard spot.
71. Los Angeles Chargers (5-11) – A.J. Terrell, CB, Clemson
Playing in a division with Patrick Mahomes means your secondary has to be ready to drop into coverage a lot. A.J. Terrell has the technique to develop into a solid No. 2 corner.
72. Arizona Cardinals (5-10-1) – Devin Duvernay, WR, Texas
Devin Duvernay seems like the type of crafty route runner with decent speed to help move this offense along. He has the makings of a great slot receiver.
73. Jacksonville Jaguars (6-10) – Troy Dye, LB, Oregon
Telvin Smith probably isn’t coming back, so adding another quick, aggressive linebacker feels like a necessary move.
74. Cleveland Browns (6-10) – Justin Madubuike, DL, Texas A&M
Cleveland needs to seek out talented players that can make a difference in the next year or two. Justin Madubuike should be a rotational option who can develop into a starter.
75. Indianapolis Colts (7-9) – Kenny Willekes, EDGE, Michigan State
Kenny Willekes might not have eye-popping measurables, but he is a high-motor difference maker. He had a very productive career at Michigan State and should fit well as a tone-setting 4-3 end.
76. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (7-9) – Clyde Edwards-Helaire, RB, LSU
Tampa Bay had absolutely no running game to lean on this season. Clyde Edwards-Helaire would provide a versatile option with good power. He lacks elite speed, but he can still pick up chunk plays.
77. Denver Broncos (7-9) – Lucas Niang, OT, TCU
Lucas Niang has some raw ability and size to work with. Denver will count on their ability to develop offensive linemen in drafting him.
78. Atlanta Falcons (7-9) – Raekwon Davis, DL, Alabama
Raekwon Davis has tons of potential, but he has failed to improve in either of his past two years at Alabama. Atlanta is willing to take a chance on helping him take the next step.
79. New York Jets (7-9) – Ben Bartch, OT, St. John’s
If you watched the Jets play this season, you know that there probably is no such thing as too many picks invested on the offensive line. Ben Bartch will need some time to acclimate, but he showed at the Senior Bowl he can be brought up to speed quickly.
80. Las Vegas Raiders (7-9) – Cameron Dantzler, CB, Mississippi State
Even after hitting with Trayvon Mullen last year, Las Vegas still needs secondary help. They shipped out Gareon Conley after all. Cameron Dantzler is a bit of a project, but his physical skill is enticing.
81. Las Vegas Raiders via Chicago Bears (8-8) – Kyle Dugger, S, Lenoir Rhyne
Pairing Kyle Dugger with Johnathan Abram should give Las Vegas an exciting safety combo. Dugger showed he can hang with the big boys at the Senior Bowl despite coming from a small school.
82. Dallas Cowboys (8-8) – Adam Trautman, TE, Dayton
Jason Witten played well in his return from retirement, but the fact that he was their top option makes tight end a need. Adam Trautman has the size and dependability needed to make the transition. He caught 110 passes over his past two seasons.
83. Denver Broncos via Pittsburgh Steelers (8-8) – Troy Pride, CB, Notre Dame
Denver’s wealth of picks allows them to double up at corner and find a player to develop. Troy Pride has the speed to be an elite corner, but needs some seasoning before he is ready to contribute.
84. Los Angeles Rams (9-7) – Isaiah Wilson, OT, Georgia
They might have needs elsewhere, but this team is going to struggle until it rebuilds the offensive line. Isaiah Wilson can slot in at right tackle or possibly kick inside to guard given his size.
85. Philadelphia Eagles (9-7) – A.J. Green, CB, Oklahoma State
Philadelphia desperately needs some swagger in its secondary. Xavier McKinney should bring that and so should A.J. Green. His long frame and physical play style make him an intriguing prospect.
86. Buffalo Bills (10-6) – Dane Jackson, CB, Pittsburgh
Buffalo does not have a whole lot of proven options at corner opposite Tre’Davious White. Dane Jackson should come in and compete for a spot. If not, he will provide some much-needed depth.
87. New England Patriots (12-4) – Jake Fromm, QB, Georgia
Who is the heir apparent in New England? It might be Jared Stidham, but his brief audition this year led the Patriots to sign Cody Kessler. Jake Fromm is the type of quarterback that can succeed in this offense, bringing poise, accuracy and high football IQ to the position.
88. New Orleans Saints (13-3) – Logan Stenberg, G, Kentucky
Part of the Saints’ success in recent years has been the play of the offensive line. Adding Logan Stenberg provides a future starter, especially if Andrus Peat leaves in free agency.
89. Minnesota Vikings (10-6) – K.J. Hill, WR, Ohio State
Between Adam Thielen and Stefon Diggs, Minnesota has a great one-two punch. However, the depth at the receiver position is non-existent. K.J. Hill could work out of the slot right away.
90. Cleveland Browns via Houston Texans (10-6) – Robert Hunt, OL, Lousiana
After grabbing some defensive playmakers, Cleveland returns to addressing the offensive line. Robert Hunt has good power. He could potentially play at tackle, but could also end up at guard.
91. Las Vegas Raiders via Seattle Seahawks (11-5) – Chase Claypool, WR, Notre Dame
Even after spending a first round pick at receiver, the Raiders can afford to grab another. Plus, this is their third pick of the round. Chase Claypool is a jump ball winner who can separate downfield. He should carve a nice role in Vegas.
92. Baltimore Ravens (14-2) – Jordyn Brooks, LB, Texas Tech
In a league where mobile quarterbacks are becoming increasingly common (see: Jackson, Lamar), finding a player who can effectively spy on them is useful. Jordyn Brooks has the speed and savvy to limit scramble opportunities.
93. Tennessee Titans (9-7) – Cam Akers, RB, Florida State
Derrick Henry is a free agent. Even if the Titans bring him back, they could use a complement in the backfield. Cam Akers is elusive with plenty of pass catching experience.
94. Green Bay Packers (13-3) – Brycen Hopkins, TE, Purdue
Jimmy Graham is 33 and Green Bay could use a more reliable option at tight end. Brycen Hopkins is one of the best receivers in this class.
95. Denver Broncos via San Francisco 49ers (13-3) – Larrell Murchison, DL, NC State
With uncertainty about the futures of Derek Wolfe and Shelby Harris, Larrell Murchison feels like an important add. He looked sharp at the Senior Bowl and could be a solid interior option for Denver.
96. Kansas City Chiefs (12-4) – Damien Lewis, G, LSU
I had initially gone with a running back here, but Damien Williams and eventually Darwin Thompson should be able to hold down the backfield. Instead, Kansas City adds someone to block for them and keep Patrick Mahomes upright in Damien Lewis.
97. New England Patriots (12-4) – Van Jefferson, WR, Florida
It is no secret the Patriots need help at receiver. Van Jefferson showed in Mobile that he can make contested catches and create windows to throw into.
98. New York Giants (4-12) – Nick Harris, C, Washington
He struggled in Mobile, but Nick Harris has some impressive film to fall back on. The Giants should continue to invest in building an offensive line, especially after going defense with their first two picks.
99. New England Patriots (12-4) – Hunter Bryant, TE, Washington
Keep adding weapons to this offense. Hunter Bryant is a great receiving tight end. He is limited as a blocker though. I could see that being a hang up for New England, but he is the best available option here.
100. Seattle Seahawks (12-4) – James Lynch, DL, Baylor
James Lynch tore up the Big 12 this season. He is a little small for a true defensive tackle, but Seattle could find some use moving him around the line as a situational pass rusher.
101. Houston Texans (10-6) – Darrell Taylor Jr., EDGE, Tennessee
In terms of raw physical athleticism, Darrell Taylor is up near the top of the class. He gives Houston an edge rusher to develop.
102. Pittsburgh Steelers (9-7) – Gabriel Davis, WR, UCF
This front office loves drafting receivers in the middle rounds and turning them into starters. Pittsburgh struggled to find a secondary option after Juju Smith-Schuster. Gabriel Davis should be able to work his way into the mix pretty quickly.
103. Philadelphia Eagles (9-7) – Evan Weaver, LB, California
With Nigel Bradham a potential salary cap casualty, adding Evan Weaver makes a ton of sense. He is a proven tackler who can contribute on special teams.
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Senior Bowl week was awesome as we got to see some excellent standout players shine and others we weren’t familiar with take the big stage. Projected first round picks like Justin Herbert, Javon Kinlaw and Terrell Lewis showed up. Unheralded prospects like Kyle Dugger, Ben Bartch and Dane Jackson showed they were more than ready for the NFL. Overall, it was a great opportunity to evaluate these players in a different setting and see them put to the test against many others they are competing against to be drafted.
Between the College Football Playoff, East-West Shrine Bowl and Senior Bowl, a lot has changed since my last big board. While there are still plenty of questions left following the week, we now have a much better sense for where each player stands heading into the combine. There will be plenty more to learn and dissect following week-long event, but as we stand, here is my latest top 100 prospects.
- Chase Young, EDGE, Ohio State
Unquestionably the best prospect in the draft. About as polished as you could hope for as a pass rusher entering the league. Young does an excellent job against the run as well.
- Jeff Okudah, CB, Ohio State
The more I watch Jeff Okudah, the more I love what I see. He mirrors receivers so well and shows excellent closing speed to disrupt passes. He seals it with being a proven tackler as well.
- Jerry Jeudy, WR, Alabama
This is one of, if not the best receiver class ever. It is headlined by Jerry Jeudy, who has showcased the speed, ability to separate and awareness to be an elite NFL receiver. He has had a few drops, but it looks like a fixable problem.
- Isaiah Simmons, LB/S, Clemson
You could start Isaiah Simmons in a lot of places. He could be an excellent off-ball linebacker or a ball hawking safety. His speed, instincts and football IQ make him an elite defensive prospect.
- Joe Burrow, QB, LSU
After an incredible senior season, Joe Burrow will likely be the first overall pick. He has incredible mobility and excels at making plays outside the pocket. He doesn’t have the strongest arm, but he can still make plays down the field. His intermediate accuracy is scary good.
- CeeDee Lamb, WR, Oklahoma
If you want a player who can make something out of seemingly nothing, CeeDee Lamb is for you. Put on the film against Texas and you will see him simply willing himself to the end zone. He will have to prove he can generate separation at the next level, but his playmaking skill makes him an immediate starter.
- A.J. Epenesa, EDGE, Iowa
I list A.J. Epenesa as an edge player, but he could also kick inside as a five technique tackle. That versatility makes him an intriguing option for any team needing a disruptive defensive linemen. He played exceptionally well over his final few college games.
- Tua Tagovailoa, QB, Alabama
Were it not for the injury, Tua Tagovailoa would push Joe Burrow for the top quarterback taken in 2020. As it stands, there are major red flags regarding Tua’s durability. When healthy, he reminds many of a southpaw Drew Brees.
- Andrew Thomas, OT, Georgia
When you turn on tape of Andrew Thomas, you see someone with the power to be an high-level starter in the pros. He struggles at times with speed rushers, but he has the frame and technique to start right away.
- Henry Ruggs, WR, Alabama
Meet the fastest player in this draft. One of the most exciting things about the upcoming combine will be if Henry Ruggs threatens the 40-yard dash record. He is a complete receiver and decent size given his explosiveness.
- Derrick Brown, DL, Auburn
I’m not as high on Derrick Brown as most. He has shown flashes of being a game-wrecker, but he is too inconsistent as a pass rusher for me. However, he might be the best interior lineman against the run in this class.
- Javon Kinlaw, DL, South Carolina
Javon Kinlaw essentially ran unchecked through Mobile. He bolstered what already an impressive draft stock and proved he is a great interior rusher. If he measures well at the combine and shows some good agility in the three cone drill, he could move ahead of Brown.
- Tee Higgins, WR, Clemson
The biggest knock on Tee Higgins is his inability to separate. I think that has been overblown and his catch radius should limit those concerns anyway. There might not be a better jump ball player in this draft.
- Tristan Wirfs, OL, Iowa
I think Tristan Wirfs projects best as an interior lineman, but he does have some experience at both tackle positions. He moves well for a player his size. He is a more polished version of Mekhi Becton.
- Jedrick Wills, OT, Alabama
While he might not be as physically imposing as the other tackles projected in the first round, Jedrick Wills is the best pass blocker of the bunch. He isn’t a mauler, but he is technically sound and pro ready.
- J.K. Dobbins, RB, Ohio State
Few running backs have the blend of speed and power J.K. Dobbins possesses. He will likely go a lot later than this on draft day, but he is that talented. Position value will just cause him to slide.
- Kenneth Murray, LB, Oklahoma
The NFL continues to trend towards smaller, faster linebackers. Kenneth Murray fits the mold of the new prototype. His speed alone makes him an impact player. He wraps up well and with a little refining in coverage, he should be a three-down player.
- Laviska Shenault Jr., WR, Colorado
Laviska Shenault gets lost in the shuffle of the big name receivers in this draft. Prior to a banged up 2019 season, Shenault dominated the Pac-12 in 2018. He is athletic and has some interesting positional diversity. Colorado used him as a wildcat quarterback just to get the ball in his hands more.
- Justin Jefferson, WR, LSU
No player benefited more from Joe Burrow’s Heisman season than Justin Jefferson. He thrust himself into the first round conversation with an incredible statistical season. He has the size and physical skills to be a No. 1 receiver in the NFL.
- Justin Herbert, QB, Oregon
There are still some questions regarding Justin Herbert, but he showed he could be a leader at the Senior Bowl. He showcased his arm talent once again. His mobility makes him a dynamic option who could develop into a Pro-Bowl-level quarterback.
- Tyler Biadasz, OL, Wisconsin
Teams looking for a plug and play center will be doing their homework on Tyler Biadasz. He is a grinder and has put together some excellent tape. He had hip surgery at the end of the year, which is certainly a red flag. How he tests at the combine could solidify his first round status or drop him out of the top 50.
- Yetur Gross-Matos, EDGE, Penn State
Yetur Gross-Matos put together another solid season following an impressive 2018 campaign. He has the size to play as a 4-3 or a 3-4 outside linebacker. He should be a situational pass rusher from Day 1.
- Grant Delpit, S, LSU
In terms of diagnosing plays and putting himself in position to succeed, Grant Delpit is a great player. He struggles to always make those plays though. A clear inability to wrap up showed up on film this year and he needs to improve his angles downfield.
- Kristian Fulton, CB, LSU
Often overshadowed by Derrick Stingley Jr., Kristian Fulton has the physical tools to develop into a No. 1 corner. He tracks the ball well in the air and will make some plays in coverage. He still has to iron out some inconsistencies and show he can handle the pressure of being picked on.
- Xavier McKinney, S, Alabama
For teams looking for an aggressive safety, Xavier McKinney checks a lot of the desired boxes. He measures in well and he can play up near the line. He is comfortable stepping into the slot occasionally as well.
- Mekhi Becton, OT, Louisville
Mekhi Becton is a behemoth. He is 6’7″ and roughly 365 pounds. His power in absolutely incredible. He is also incredibly raw. His potential is huge, but he definitely needs a decent amount of work before he can be trusted as a starter.
- Terrell Lewis, EDGE, Alabama
After a solid week in Mobile, Terrell Lewis is showing some depth to his game in addition to just being a pass rusher. He played some off-ball linebacker and flashed his athleticism. Testing well could see him crack the top 20.
- CJ Henderson, CB, Florida
At times, CJ Henderson looks ready to make the jump. At others, Henderson can look overmatched and out of position. He breaks well on the ball and uses his hands well to break up passes. He needs to improve his press coverage.
- D’Andre Swift, RB, Georgia
The hype around Georgia’s offense dipped in the second half of the year. Word is injury slowed down D’Andre Swift during the drop off. I want to see him compete at full health at the combine to see how dynamic he can truly be.
- Bradlee Anae, EDGE, Utah
This is my biggest draft crush at this point. Bradlee Anae jumped out on tape over the past month of the season and dominated the Senior Bowl. He showed out in the game and has a first round grade from me at the moment.
- K’Lavon Chaisson, EDGE, LSU
As a pass rusher, K’Lavon Chaisson is a speed rusher with decent power. The thing that bothers me is how bad he is against the run. He never keeps contain and will get dragged for extra yardage.
- Michael Pittman, WR, USC
Another Senior Bowl standout here. He sat out Saturday’s game with an ankle injury, but he balled out in practice. Michael Pittman lacks blazing speed, but he can still separate and projects as an excellent possession receiver.
- Bryce Hall, CB, Virginia
Prior to an ankle injury, Bryce Hall was playing like a first round pick for Virginia. If he can get healthy by the combine, he could work his way back into the first round.
- Trevon Diggs, CB, Alabama
Trevon Diggs has the size and speed that NFL teams love. However, he has some rough games on film. There were a lot of corners torched by LSU, but it still shows Diggs has some growing to do.
- Jordan Love, QB, Utah State
One of the most controversial prospects in this class, I think Jordan Love would be an excellent value in the late first round or early second round. His arm talent is impressive. His decision making and inability to move through his reads is concerning.
- Neville Gallimore, DL, Oklahoma
Few players bring the type of savvy Neville Gallimore has. He should be a high floor, starting option early in his career. He looked sharp during Senior Bowl week.
- Patrick Queen, LB, LSU
I still have a lot more film to break down on Patrick Queen after expecting him to return to school for most of the year. While I think he is currently being overhyped, showing up on a big stage is promising.
- Josh Jones, OT, Houston
One of the clear winners from Senior Bowl week, Josh Jones is now generating first round buzz. He solidifies himself in that second tier of tackles. His potential and grit are enticing.
- Brandon Aiyuk, WR, Arizona State
Unfortunately, Brandon Aiyuk was forced to sit out Senior Bowl week with an injury. His production from his senior year has some talking about him being a first round pick. He gets vertical and stacks defensive backs well to make big plays downfield.
- Curtis Weaver, EDGE, Boise State
One of the most consistent players in college football over the past three years, Curtis Weaver finished his junior year with 13.5 sacks and a career total 34. I’m eager to see him at the combine.
- Jalen Reagor, WR, TCU
Speedy playmakers that play above the rim are a commodity. Jalen Reagor had a dominant 2018 season before taking a step back this year. If he can clean up the drops at the combine, he should have enough physical skill to standout in a loaded draft class.
- Zach Baun, LB, Wisconsin
Zach Baun completely changed the scouting report on himself during Senior Bowl week. After spending his time at Wisconsin as an edge rusher, he showed his versatility and coachability by moving to linebacker. He could draw first round interest.
- Ashtyn Davis, S, California
As a track star at California, Ashtyn Davis could stand out at the combine. He missed out on the Senior Bowl with an injury. He still has some questions to answer about his ability to cover at the next level.
- Julian Okwara, EDGE, Notre Dame
After wrapping a solid if unspectacular career at Notre Dame, Julian Okwara is a player capable of making an early impact. He failed to take a step forward during his senior year, but he has some potential to develop into a consistent pass rusher.
- Ross Blacklock, DL, TCU
I am still in the early stages of breaking down film on Ross Blacklock. He has great size and holds his position well. More to come on him.
- Austin Jackson, OT, USC
Prior to his bowl game, there was some first round hype around Austin Jackson. That died down after he struggled to keep up with A.J. Epenesa. He has the physical tools to develop into a starting left tackle.
- Jonathan Taylor, RB, Wisconsin
From a talent perspective, Jonathan Taylor is near the top of the class. However, he has a ton of mileage on his legs and issues with fumbling. That makes it harder to justify picking him.
- Donovan Peoples-Jones, WR, Michigan
It is becoming more and more apparent that his lack of production was likely linked to Shea Patterson. He should be an intriguing option to improve in a new offense.
- Cole Kmet, TE, Notre Dame
I am still working on catching up on Cole Kmet film after he changed his draft decision. He shows good hands and has the size NFL teams want at the position.
- Matt Hennessy, OL, Temple
Matt Hennessey won’t overwhelm anyone with his power, but he fits well into any zone scheme. He has no problem sprinting out on reach blocks and picking up players in the second level.
- Jeff Gladney, CB, TCU
He doesn’t jump off the page from a measurable or statistical standpoint, but Jeff Gladney is consistent and crafty. He understands how to position himself well to make plays. Would love to see him come up with a few more interceptions.
- Cesar Ruiz, OL, Michigan
Projects as a starting center at the next level. Cesar Ruiz has the size you want for an interior linemen.
- John Simpson, G, Clemson
About as battle tested as they come. John Simpson played in back-to-back championship games and held up well against some very good competition.
- Marlon Davidson, DL, Auburn
I am still a little uncertain what Marlon Davidson’s best fit in the NFL will be. He lined up all over the place for Auburn. That type of versatility is something to work with.
- KJ Hamler, WR, Penn State
I am much lower on the Penn State speedster than most. I don’t see KJ Hamler as being much more than an average slot receiver. His speed is his best quality.
- Prince Tega Wangho, OT, Auburn
He was put through the ringer at times blocking in the SEC. He still has some room to grow, but I like his ability in pass protection.
- Jonathan Greenard, EDGE, Florida
He isn’t too flashy, but he works hard and understands his assignments. Greenard made a good impression after transferring from Louisville to Florida.
- Malik Harrison, LB, Ohio State
A downhill playmaker, Malik Harrison is a fun prospect. He made a lot of disruptive plays. He still has to grow as a block shedder and coverage option.
- Lloyd Cushenberry, OL, LSU
He struggled through the College Football Playoff, but put together a solid week in Mobile. He has some plug and play potential.
- Damon Arnette, CB, Ohio State
Clearly not as well known as Ohio State’s other corners, Damon Arnette played a solid final game of his college career. He can press well and could develop into an outside option.
- Leki Fotu, DL, Utah
He is a massive man playing in the middle of defensive lines. Leki Fotu has excellent burst off the line as a pass rusher. He has a ways to go with his technique and stamina.
- Jacob Eason, QB, Washington
The strong-arm quarterback from Washington has more questions than answers. His lack of mobility is concerning, but Jacob Eason’s arm talent should see him go on Day 2.
- Troy Dye, LB, Oregon
A tough and fast linebacker, Troy Dye is a bit undersized even by today’s expectations. He fights through traffic well, but needs to up his play strength.
- Jared Pickney, TE, Vanderbilt
Jared Pickney is the most well-rounded tight end in this class. He is a solid blocker and showed his chops as a pass catcher. His play is consistently above average.
- Josh Uche, EDGE, Michigan
Much like Bradlee Anae, Josh Uche had an excellent showing at the Senior Bowl. He showed his speed off the edge consistently. Uche hasn’t shown a whole lot of other ways he can win though.
- Raekwon Davis, DL, Alabama
From a traits perspective, Raekwon Davis checks every box. From a production and reliability standpoint, Davis has been a did. He has gone backwards in his final two years at Alabama.
- Clyde Edwards-Helaire, RB, LSU
Maurice Jones-Drew 2.0 showcased his bruising running style en route to a national title. Clyde Edwards-Helaire can catch the ball out of the backfield as well. His top speed is average at best, but he has a clear role to play.
- Denzel Mims, WR, Baylor
Part of Baylor’s surprising resurgence this season, Denzel Mims proved he is a playmaker. He has excellent body control and seems to be improving as a route runner.
- Adam Trautman, TE, Dayton
Another riser from Senior Bowl week, Adam Trautman showed off some solid hands and decent blocking skills. He made some ground in this deepish tight end group.
- Ben Bredeson, G, Michigan
Ben Bredeson had an uneven week in Mobile, with a couple of poor reps in 1-on-1 drills. However, he also flashed some solid technique and could develop into a quality option.
- Justin Manduibuike, DL, Texas A&M
He showed up on tape for Texas A&M right away. He is relentless in his pursuit, but needs to improve at reading his keys.
- Devin Duvernay, WR, Texas
Pretty much every receiver had a good week in Mobile, but I am really starting to like Devin Duvernay. He looks like a quality slot receiver with good route running ability. His film over Texas’ final few games is impressive.
- Brycen Hopkins, TE, Purdue
My assessment of Brycen Hopkins is still very incomplete. At times, he looks like the best tight end in this draft. At others, he looks like a backup at best.
- Matt Peart, OT, UConn
Matt Peart might be the best of the project tackles in this class. His size and length make him a fun prospect to work with.
- Jake Fromm, QB, Georgia
A lack of arm strength limits Jake Fromm’s upside. He is very cerebral and poised, but lacks the zip to hit tight windows or stretch the field.
- Noah Igbinoghene, CB, Auburn
He is starting to generate some buzz. When I watch him, I see good speed and excellent use of the sideline to help him in coverage, limiting the space for receivers. He still has some work to do with his technique.
- Trey Adams, OT, Washington
When totally healthy, Trey Adams should be in the conversation with Josh Jones and Austin Jackson. A checkered injury history and shaky movement skills knock him down a lot.
- Lucas Niang, OT, TCU
Projecting as a right tackle, Lucas Niang has the size you want. He is pretty powerful, but still underdeveloped. He missed most of the year with an injury.
- Jordyn Brooks, LB, Texas Tech
This is someone I could see rising up my board. He has good speed and can run with backs out of the backfield. He is smart with how he attacks opposing quarterbacks.
- Jaylon Johnson, CB, Utah
While he has some better moments, it is hard for me to get past the film against USC. Jaylon Johnson has no interest as a tackler and is still developing in coverage.
- Cam Akers, RB, Florida State
Cam Akers is the type of player you can expect to improve in the NFL after getting out of that terrible Florida State offense. He should carve out a role early on with some potential to take over as a starter down the line.
- Kenny Willekes, EDGE, Michigan State
He won’t wow you with his athleticism, but he grinds down opposing offensive linemen and finds way to be productive. Kenny Willekes could end up being a steal.
- Cameron Dantzler, CB, Mississippi State
As a proven tackler, Cameron Dantzler will be on some teams boards for that reason alone. If he can refine his approach as a man corner, he will turn into a quality corner.
- KJ Hill, WR, Ohio State
KJ Hill had an excellent week in Mobile, showing his route running ability. He still needs to work on generating separation earlier in his routes, but he is crafty.
- A.J. Terrell, CB, Clemson
What is the opposite of recency bias? A.J. Terrell got torched in a variety of ways in the national championship game. He is definitely a project player with some upside.
- Evan Weaver, LB, Cal
Evan Weaver led the country in tackles this year. He has a nose for the football and contributes on special teams.
- Chase Claypool, WR, Notre Dame
With teams looking to find red zone specialists, Chase Claypool should draw some interest. He has a big body and adjusts well to balls in the air.
- Ben Bartch, OT, St. John’s
He came out to play with the big boys and did not disappoint. Ben Bartch has a steep learning curve ahead, but looks like a future starting tackle.
- Troy Pride Jr., CB, Notre Dame
As far as speed goes, Troy Pride showed at the Senior Bowl that he can run with anyone. Someone will take a chance on him with the hope of developing the rest of his game.
- Anfernee Jennings, LB, Alabama
I was surprised to see Anfernee Jennings listed as an inside linebacker on the Senior Bowl roster. I’m not sure how much upside I really see in a position switch for him.
- Dane Jackson, CB, Pittsburgh
He might not go to a small school, but Dane Jackson still came from way off the radar with his performance in Mobile. He made a really positive impression that is going to force me to watch some film on him.
- Van Jefferson, WR, Florida
This is much more of a traits thing than anything else. Van Jefferson didn’t have elite college production, but he showed in Mobile that he can make contested catches and find ways to create a window for quarterbacks to throw into.
- Larrell Murchison, DL, NC State
NC State seems to produce solid defensive linemen every year. Larrell Murchison should just continue the trend. He had a decent Senior Bowl week. I will be revisiting his film before the combine.
- A.J. Green, CB, Oklahoma State
Not to be confused with the injured Bengals receiver, A.J. Green made a name for himself at the Senior Bowl. He rose to the challenge of facing the incredible receivers in attendance and fared well.
- Kyle Dugger, S, Lenoir Rhyne
I don’t even know where Lenoir Rhyne is, but I can tell you Kyle Dugger is an NFL-caliber player. He had some really nice moments in Mobile and acclimated nicely to the speed.
- James Lynch, DL, Baylor
After a fantastic season where he was named Big 12 defensive player of the year, James Lynch still seems like a mid round player. His production was impressive, but his upside and measurables are less so.
- Logan Stenberg, G, Kentucky
He didn’t stand out as much during Senior Bowl week, but he did nothing to hurt his stock. Logan Stenberg has some solid film in the SEC to fall back on.
- Nick Harris, C, Washington
Pretty much everyone I have talked about had a good week in Mobile. Nick Harris did not. He got bullied in 1-on-1 drills. His tape is more promising, but this exposed some clear weaknesses.
- Isaiah Wilson, OT, Georgia
The other Georgia offensive tackle, Isaiah Wilson is all about his traits. He has the size and frame to develop into a starting option. He faced good competition, but he never stood out.
- Eno Benjamin, RB, Arizona State
Eno Benjamin is a shifty running back I could see rising up boards at the combine. He played on a middling Arizona State team that didn’t get much press. He could start to work his way into the top five conversation with a good showing in Indianapolis.For more NFL Draft coverage, check out the Aftermath’s NFL Draft Podcast, with new episodes every Thursday.
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It’s time to get this pre-draft process truly underway. The East-West Shrine Bowl is an excellent opportunity to begin scouting players more in depth. Most of these players won’t hear their name called on Day 1 or maybe even Day 2, but there are always a few players who climb up draft boards with their performances in this game and the Senior Bowl. In 2018, Chase Edmonds, Phillip Lindsay, DaeSean Hamilton and Poona Ford all featured. 2019 had Cody Barton, David Blough and Jesper Horsted. These aren’t the stars of the draft, but plenty of these guys will be Day 3 picks come April. Additionally, the talk is this year’s roster is much better than last year’s.
Looking at this group, the offensive line group is particularly impressive. There are a few players I have third and fourth round grades on at this point set to play, including Calvin Throckmorton, Jack Driscol and Darryl Williams. Here are the players worth keeping an eye on Saturday January 18, at 3 pm on NFL Network.
Jack Driscol, OT, Auburn (6’5″, 296 lbs)
Driscol started all year at right tackle for Auburn. He would probably be best suited to stay on that side or even kick inside in the NFL. He has the length, but he will likely need to bulk up a little bit once he gets drafted. His movement skills have already been on display this week at practice.
Darryl Williams, C, Mississippi State (6’3″ 310 lbs)
Another lineman who started for an SEC school in need of some gym time here with Darryl Williams. His is technically sound, but definitely needs to improve his play strength. This is really clear in the run game because he doesn’t often generate a ton of drive off the line. Buzz at practice this week is he is looking stronger already.
Charlie Heck, OT, UNC (6’8″, 315 lbs)
This is a name I have seen popping up in mock drafts more frequently. Charlie Heck undoubtedly has the size to play tackle in the pros, but he flew under the radar a bit at UNC. His hand usage is pretty good and he actually held up pretty well when he played Clemson. A good showing here could push him up a lot of boards. He has NFL pedigree as well as his dad Andy was a former first round pick.
Shyheim Carter, S, Alabama (6’0″, 191 lbs)
He is nowhere near as polished or talented as his Crimson Tide counterpart Xavier McKinney, but Shyheim Carter could be a sleeper in this draft. He moved around a lot in the Alabama defense, showing some nice versatility. He might not be an immediate starter, but he could end up being a solid depth player right away.
Michael Divinity II, LB, LSU (6’2″, 242 lbs)
No one has had a more interesting season than Michael Divinity. Between academic issues and team rules violations, Divinity missed a solid chunk of LSU’s late-season games. However, he was cleared to play in the national championship game. He has the prototypical size of an NFL linebacker. He is talented enough to play in the NFL, where academic issues won’t follow him. Any team misconduct will be something teams will address during the combine.
Shaquille Quarterman, LB, Miami (6’1″, 241 lbs)
This was not the season expected of Miami entering the year. Shaq Quarterman and the defense were solid though despite the disappointing record. He topped 100 total tackles and showed flashes of playmaking ability. Size shouldn’t be a problem, so if he can play sideline to sideline again, he should be in good shape.
Alex Highsmith, EDGE, Charlotte (6’4″, 242 lbs)
Here is the list of players with more sacks than Alex Highsmith this season: Chase Young and Gregory Rosseau, potentially the top two edge players selected in the 2020 and 2021 NFL drafts. Highsmith obviously did it against much weaker competition. He will need to get stronger to truly compete in the NFL, but he reads his keys and has a good number of pass rush moves to go to.
Tavien Feaster, RB, South Carolina (6’2″, 221 lbs)
The former Clemson running back stayed in state and moved to the SEC. He likely fits as a complementary back at the next level, but he has some receiving work under his belt as well. He could be an interesting Day 3 prospect. His size could have teams interested in using him as a short yardage option.
Malcolm Perry, WR, Navy (5’9″, 190 lbs)
Malcolm Perry bounced all over the place at Navy and finally landed at quarterback. He mostly ran the ball for the Midshipmen, but this week, he will get a chance to show off his receiver skills. He could be a late-round flyer teams hope to develop into a receiver. The athleticism is definitely there. Reports are he has looked fairly comfortable this week running his routes. I’m excited to see how he handles this new role in a game.
Calvin Throckmorton, OT, Oregon (6’5″, 309)
Calvin Throckmorton was part of one of the best offensive lines in college football this year. He played right tackle, but his size could lead him to a future at guard in the NFL. He played all over the place in 2018, starting at every position but left guard. He will find a home somewhere and his versatility could make him appealing for teams looking to fill multiple depth positions with one player.
Binjimin Victor, WR, Ohio State (6’4″, 199 lbs)
Despite not getting as much press as the receivers that came before him Terry McLaurin and Parris Campbell, Binjimin Victor seems ready to stand out. His size and speed make him intriguing. Word is that he has impressed this week in practice as well. He likely won’t go before Day 3, but he could have an early impact.
Yasir Durant, OT, Missouri (6’7″, 330 lbs)
Entering this process as a massive prospect, Yasir Durant is a wild card in this tackle class. He started the past two years for Missouri at left tackle and put together some decent tape. The hype around Missouri died down without Drew Lock, but Durant’s size should be enough to keep teams interested. Some solid work here could help him be a mid-round selection.
Levante Bellamy, RB, Western Michigan (5’9″, 190 lbs)
One of my favorite sleepers in this year’s draft, Levante Bellamy is explosive. He was a great playmaker for Western Michigan this year. He is a bit undersized, but his speed should help him turn some heads. If given the right opportunity to shine here, he could find a home in the later rounds.
Kelly Bryant, QB, Missouri (6’3″, 225 lbs)
Two years ago, he was starting in the national title game. Now Kelly Bryant is hoping he can do enough to convince an NFL team to give him a chance. His mobility has never been an issue, but his accuracy and mechanics are questionable. He is one of the biggest profile players in Florida based on name-recognition. People will be talking if he can show some improvements.
Jon Runyan Jr., OT, Michigan (6’5″, 321 lbs)
Another offensive tackle to add to the mix. Jon Runyan, son of former Washington offensive tackle Jon Runyan, has reportedly looked solid all week at practice. He is very fundamentally sound and clearly understands how to play the position. If he can show some nastiness and consistency, his physical tools should he enough to pique someone’s interest.
Diondre Overton, WR, Clemson (6’4″, 210 lbs)
A late arriver after the Clemson-LSU game, Diondre Overton made an instant impression on Wednesday with one of the catches of the week. He had to play behind some really talented receivers at Clemson. I am excited to see how he does in a more prevalent position here. He is a big body target with production in the red zone. He could fit a role right away in the NFL.
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