2020 NFL Mock Draft: Post-combine mock with trades

With the combine officially over, it’s time for another mock draft. Let’s make this one a fun and chaotic one. For the first time in preparing for the 2020 draft, I am allowing trades! I am also predicting a couple of the big time free agent decisions for this offseason to help guide some of the decision making here. Before we dive into the mock itself, let’s review a couple of the biggest moves and all the trades.

Projected free agent signings:

Colts sign Jadeveon Clowney

Chargers sign Teddy Bridgewater

Patriots sign Tom Brady, Amari Cooper

Buccaneers sign Philip Rivers, Jack Conklin, tag Shaq Barrett

Projected Trades:

Dolphins send 1.5 and 1.26 to Lions for 1.3

Colts trade 1.13, 2.44 and 2021 first to Giants for 1.4 and 6.164

Buccaneers send 1.14, 3.76, 2021 first and 2021 fourth to Chargers for 1.6

Giants send 1.13, 2.44 to Cardinals for 1.8

Chargers trade 2.37 and 4.109 and 2021 fourth (from TB) to Titans for 1.29

Eagles trade 2.53, 3.85, 4.124 and 5.168 to 49ers for 1.31 and 6.210

Chiefs tag and trade Chris Jones to Seattle 2.59

Ravens tag and trade Matt Judon to Detroit for 3.67

Lions trade Darius Slay to Broncos for 3.77

Bengals tag and trade A.J. Green to Raiders for 3.91

This is obviously far from an exact science, but it helps guide the discussion a little bit and certainly makes for a very interesting mock draft. With tons of movement coming in draft stock for players following the combine, let’s get into this wild mock draft!

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1. Cincinnati Bengals – Joe Burrow, QB, LSU
Don’t overthink this one, Cincinnati needs a franchise quarterback to build around. Burrow has great pocket mobility, a strong enough arm and none of the injury questions facing Tua Tagovailoa.

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2. Washington – Chase Young, EDGE, Ohio State
There is a bit of buzz about the potential Washington will target Tagovailoa, but Young is the safer bet. He becomes a headache opposing offenses right away. Ron Rivera would love to get that type of player.

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3. Miami Dolphins via Detroit Lions – Tua Tagovailoa, QB Alabama
First trade of the draft here. Miami needs to find its quarterback of the future and Tagovailoa should be an excellent option. He needs to answer those injury concerns, but he comes into a great situation to sit behind Ryan Fitzpatrick for a year before he takes over as starter. Sending the 26th pick in the draft ensures the Dolphins get their guy.

Colts logo4. Indianapolis Colts via New York Giants – Justin Herbert, QB, Oregon
The Giants said they are open to trading down. That is an opening the Colts should pounce on. With lots of draft capital to work with, Indy can send a pair of first round picks and it second second rounder of the year to New York to sign its quarterback of the future. Herbert showed out at both the Senior Bowl and combine. I think he should be locked in as the third quarterback taken.

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5. Detroit Lions via Miami Dolphins – Jeffrey Okudah, CB, Ohio State
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. Especially with Darius Slay getting traded in this scenario, the Lions would be wise to find his potential replacement. Detroit drops two spots, lands pick 26 and still gets their guy.

Buccaneers logo6. Tampa Bay Buccaneers via Los Angeles Chargers – Jordan Love, QB, Utah State
Tampa Bay might have signed a veteran quarterback in Philip Rivers, but that is a short-term fix. Love could be the future at the position. He has a strong arm and Bruce Arians will be determined to bring out his 2018 form, when he had a better supporting cast. With Mike Evans and Chris Godwin, Love should have plenty of talent to work with.

Panthers logo7. Carolina Panthers – Isaiah Simmons, LB/S, Clemson
Luke Keuchley retired, perhaps a bit earlier than most expected. As it turns out, Carolina has the best linebacker in the class fall into its lap. Now Simmons is not a perfect replacement for Keuchley, but he has the same nose for the football. He would be a difference maker Matt Rhule can build his defense around.

Giants Logo8. New York Giants via Arizona Cardinals – Jedrick Wills, OT, Alabama
Let’s get weird and have the Giants start wheeling and dealing. Unlikely with Dave Gettleman calling the shots, but one can pretend. Not wanting to miss out on the top tackles in the class, New York can send the second round pick it got from Indianapolis to Arizona to land their favorite of the group. I expect it will be Wills, who faced great competition and has the movement skills to be a starting left tackle.

Jaguars logo9. Jacksonville Jaguars – Jerry Jeudy, WR, Alabama
Jacksonville has a lot of questions to answer this offseason. If they can hang on to their top free agents, they can target a player to help Gardner Minshew. Jeudy would complete a solid receiver core with D.J. Chark and Chris Conley. He is dynamic and about as polished as it gets when it comes to route running.

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10. Cleveland Browns – Mekhi Becton, OT, Louisville
Protecting Baker Mayfield is the top priority for this team. I think Cleveland will fall in love with the upside Mekhi Becton brings to the table. He is very raw, but his physical skills are incredible given his size. It might take him a year or so to get fully acclimated, but he has the potential to be one of the best tackles in the league with the right coaching.

Jets logo11. New York Jets – Tristan Wirfs, OT, Iowa
The run on tackles should continue with the Jets picking at 11. They have made it no secret they want to rebuild this offensive line in front of Sam Darnold. Wirfs is a powerful prospect who could start in a couple different positions. He has the size and mobility to play tackle, which makes him worth taking here. He should also also help Le’Veon Bell be a bit more effective.

Raiders logo12. Las Vegas Raiders – CeeDee Lamb, WR, Oklahoma
I really debated the Raiders going after Jordan Love here or getting aggressive and trading up for Isaiah Simmons. Instead, Vegas should stand pat and let the draft come to them. Nabbing CeeDee Lamb gives them a dynamic playmaker on the outside that should open up the offense a lot more for Derek Carr.

Arizona_Cardnals_logo_(1994-2004)13. Arizona Cardinals via New York Giants Indianapolis Colts – Javon Kinlaw, DL, South Carolina
Arizona pulls a savvy move here by trading down and landing a player I thought they might take at number eight. The interior of the Cardinals defensive line was awful in 2019. Javon Kinlaw has flashed incredible pass rushing ability and dominated at Senior Bowl week. I think he should make an immediate impact.

Chargers logo14. Los Angeles Chargers via Tampa Bay Buccaneers – Andrew Thomas, OT, Georgia
Los Angeles adds a ton of draft capital by moving down and still manages to land one of the top tackle prospects. Thomas is a proven run blocker who struggles occassionally with speed rushers. He should be able to develop into a solid starter on the left side of the line. Thomas will be tasked with keeping Teddy Bridgewater upright.

Denver_Broncos15. Denver Broncos – Henry Ruggs, WR, Alabama
Courtland Sutton and Henry Ruggs would form a formidable duo for Drew Lock to work with. His speed in off the charts and he showed it by running a 4.27 40 at the combine, but he brings more than that to the table. He needs to develop his route running, but he should make an instant impact.

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16. Atlanta Falcons – Derrick Brown, DL, Auburn
While Atlanta needs an edge rusher, I don’t think K’Lavon Chaisson fits this defense or is as well-rounded as some in the draft community. Brown could step in next to Grady Jarrett and create a huge strength on that defense. He moves really well for his size and could develop into a solid interior pass rusher.

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17. Dallas Cowboys – Justin Jefferson, WR, LSU
Receiver, really? I think so. My guess is Dallas will franchise tag Dak Prescott and lock up Byron Jones to a big deal. That could leave Amari Cooper on the open market, where the Cowboys could get priced out. Instead, Jerry Jones can find an immediate replacement with tons of big-game experience and impressive physical tools in Jefferson.

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18. Miami Dolphins – K’Lavon Chaisson, EDGE, LSU
I personally think Chaisson has a long way to go as a run defender, but he has the chops to be a solid pass rusher. He is a bit undersized, but he is explosive and brings the physical tools scouts want to see. After finishing last in the league in sacks last season, this is a no-brainer for Miami.

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19. Las Vegas Raiders via Chicago Bears – Kenneth Murray, LB, Oklahoma
In the 2019 draft, the Raiders stocked up on Clemson players. I could see them doubling up on Oklahoma standouts in 2020. Murray gives Las Vegas some much needed speed along the middle of that defense. He diagnoses plays well and is an effective tackler.

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20. Jacksonville Jaguars via Los Angeles Rams – Patrick Queen, LB, LSU
Telvin Smith is not coming back. Queen can step in to fill that void. He has a nose for the football and should be a three-down contributor from the moment he arrives in Jacksonville. There is no denying his big-game experience either after winning a national championship. This Jaguars roster looks a lot better with him and Jeudy.

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21. Philadelphia Eagles – Xavier McKinney, S, Alabama
While fans may be clamoring for a receiver, there are going to be a lot of talented ones available in the second round. Instead, Philly should look to patch a woeful secondary. Xavier McKinney has enough speed to be effective in coverage, but he is truly special making plays downhill. He tackles well and takes good angles to make plays in space.

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22. Buffalo Bills – Tee Higgins, WR, Clemson
Everyone wanted to see Higgins run at the NFL combine. We will have to wait for Clemson’s pro day, but he is a great fit in Buffalo. With solid possession receivers in Cole Beasley and John Brown, Higgins’ big play ability and size would make him an excellent complement. Josh Allen will love working with a player that has Higgins’ catch radius.

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23. New England Patriots – Yetur Gross-Matos, EDGE, Penn State
I expect Tom Brady back in New England. I also expect the Patriots to be aggressive in finding a receiver in free agency, landing Amari Cooper. That means New England can turn its attention to other needs. With no tight ends worth going in the first round, the Patriots tab Gross-Matos, who has a good motor and solid pass rush moves. He would immediately become a situational rusher in this defense.

Saints logo24. New Orleans Saints – Laviska Shenault, WR, Colorado
Laviska Shenault will have to undergo surgery, but I think his tape should keep in the first round. He is quick, athletic and reliable. Colorado did all sorts of things to get the ball in his hands. He would be able to line up across from Michael Thomas right away and hopefully give Drew Brees another dependable target.

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25. Minnesota Vikings – CJ Henderson, CB, Florida
After a tough season from its secondary, Minnesota should look to add another corner to its defensive backfield. Henderson had a great combine and should, hopefully, put injury concerns behind him. He was a bit inconsistent this year, but he has all the measurables. Give him a year with Mike Zimmer and he could be a great starting option.

Lions Logo26. Detroit Lions via Miami Dolphins and Houston Texans – A.J. Epenesa, DL, Iowa
Epenesa’s combine numbers solidified him as an interior lineman. He clearly does not have the necessary speed to play on the outside. He still has the size and strength to be a 4-3 defensive tackle or maybe even a 3-4 defensive end. He can still rush the passer, but Detroit would definitely be lining him up inside. After cutting Damon Harrison, the Lions definitely have a need there.

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27. Seattle Seahawks – Josh Jones, OT, Houston
Seattle could head in a few directions here, but I think bolstering the offensive line in front of Russell Wilson makes the most sense. Jones has been generating buzz since showing up big time at the Senior Bowl. He is a bit unrefined despite being a redshirt senior. I could see him growing into Wilson’s blindside protector down the line.

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28. Baltimore Ravens – Zach Baun, LB, Wisconsin
Now Baun is not a pure edge rusher, at least not anymore. He worked out as an off-ball linebacker at the Senior Bowl and thrived in the role. His versatility and speed should intrigue the Ravens. With Matt Judon gone, potentially along with Patrick Onwuasor as well, Baun fills a major need.

Chargers logo29. Los Angeles Chargers via Tennessee Titans – J.K. Dobbins, RB, Ohio State
After signing Bridgewater and drafting Thomas, Los Angeles needs to retool its offense around them. With Melvin Gordon and Austin Ekeler both slated for free agency, getting a young running back with game-breaking speed is a must. While the league values the position less than ever, spending a first round pick on a back gives the Chargers an extra year of control. Dobbins should give LA an exciting back to rely on.

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30. Green Bay Packers – Donovan Peoples-Jones, WR, Michigan
Peoples-Jones had very pedestrian numbers in college playing at Michigan. I think that can mostly be blamed on the system and the quarterbac.  (Sorry Shea Patterson fans.) However, he put up some eye-popping numbers at the combine. Peoples-Jones the best vertical of any participant by 2.5 inches and ran a 4.48 40, which matched Jerry Juedy. If anyone can capitalize on that physical ability, it will be Aaron Rodgers.

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31. Philadelphia Eagles via San Francisco 49ers – Michael Pittman, WR, USC
Pittman had an excellent combine that went a bit under the radar. He does not have the same blazing speed as Henry Ruggs, but he ran a 4.52 40 which is really impressive at 6’4″, 223 pounds. He also finished top four in both the three cone and 20-yard shuttle. Across the board, he posted better numbers than a former USC standout by the name of Juju Smith-Schuster. He would give Carson Wentz a huge upgrade on the outside. San Francisco is lacking draft picks and all too happy to pick up a bounty of picks to move out of the first round.

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32. Kansas City Chiefs – Bryce Hall, CB, Virginia
It feels good to be on top. In order to stay there, Kansas City will need to rebuild its cornerback room. Kendall Fuller, Bashaud Breeland and Morris Claiborne are all free agents. Hall missed the second half of the season with an ankle injury, but looked the part of a shutdown corner prior to that. He has the size and speed to turn into a starter in the next few seasons.

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NFL Draft Podcast – AFC Free Agency Primer and Draft Implications

After breaking down the NFC last week, it is time to discuss which AFC free agents will impact the 2020 NFL Draft. The Patriots await Tom Brady’s free agent decision while the rest of the division hopes to close the game and patch up their offensive lines. Tennessee’s incredible run came courtesy of a number of players that are not under contract for 2020. Houston, Indianapolis and Jacksonville all enter free agency with at least one major player it needs to bring back. The reigning Super Bowl champs have to figure out what they will do with Chris Jones. Meanwhile, Los Angeles might need to rebuild its whole offense. In the North, the Ravens have some difficult decisions to make regarding Matt Judon and Michael Pierce. The Browns, Bengals and Steelers all need reinforcements in the trenches. Catch up on all the major pending free agents ahead of the scouting combine! Listen to the latest episode now on Spotify, Apple Podcasts or wherever you get your podcasts.
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NFL Draft Podcast – Senior Bowl Recap

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

NFL Draft Big Board: Top 100 Post Senior Bowl

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.

  1. Ohio State LogoChase 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.
  2. Ohio State LogoJeff 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.
  3. Alabama LogoJerry 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.
  4. Clemson LogoIsaiah 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.
  5. LSU LogoJoe 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.
  6. Oklahoma LogoCeeDee 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.
  7. iowa_wordmarkA.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.
  8. Alabama LogoTua 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.
  9. Georgia LogoAndrew 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.
  10. Alabama LogoHenry 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.
  11. Auburn_Tigers_logoDerrick 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.
  12. South Carolina logoJavon 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.
  13. Clemson LogoTee 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.
  14. iowa_wordmarkTristan 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.
  15. Alabama LogoJedrick 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.
  16. Ohio State LogoJ.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.
  17. Oklahoma LogoKenneth 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.
  18. colorado_buffaloes_alternate_logoLaviska 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.
  19. LSU LogoJustin 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.
  20. Oregon logoJustin 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.
  21. Wisconsin logoTyler 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.
  22. Penn State logoYetur 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.
  23. LSU LogoGrant 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.
  24. LSU LogoKristian 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.
  25. Alabama LogoXavier 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.
  26. Louisville logoMekhi 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.
  27. Alabama LogoTerrell 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.
  28. Florida logoCJ 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.
  29. Georgia LogoD’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.
  30. Utah_Utes_logoBradlee 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.
  31. LSU LogoK’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.
  32. USC logoMichael 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.
  33. 800px-virginia_cavaliers_wordmarkBryce 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.
  34. Alabama LogoTrevon 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.
  35. 350px-utah_state_aggies_logo.svg_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.
  36. Oklahoma LogoNeville 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.
  37. LSU LogoPatrick 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.
  38. logo_of_university_of_houston_athleticsJosh 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.
  39. 237px-arizona_state_sun_devils_baseball_logo.svg_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.
  40. 1280px-boise_state_22b22_logo.svg_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.
  41. 250px-tcu_horned_frogs_logo.svg_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.
  42. Wisconsin logoZach 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.
  43. 300px-california_golden_bears_logo.svg_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.
  44. Notre Dame LogoJulian 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.
  45. 250px-tcu_horned_frogs_logo.svg_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.
  46. USC logoAustin 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.
  47. Wisconsin logoJonathan 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.
  48. MichiganWolverinesDonovan 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.
  49. Notre Dame LogoCole 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.
  50. 212px-temple_t_logo.svg_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.
  51. 250px-tcu_horned_frogs_logo.svg_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.
  52. MichiganWolverinesCesar Ruiz, OL, Michigan
    Projects as a starting center at the next level. Cesar Ruiz has the size you want for an interior linemen.
  53. Clemson LogoJohn 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.
  54. Auburn_Tigers_logoMarlon 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.
  55. Penn State logoKJ 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.
  56. Auburn_Tigers_logoPrince 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.
  57. Florida logoJonathan 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.
  58. Ohio State LogoMalik 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.
  59. LSU LogoLloyd 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.
  60. Ohio State LogoDamon 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.
  61. Utah_Utes_logoLeki 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.
  62. Washington Huskies logoJacob 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.
  63. Oregon logoTroy 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.
  64. vanderbilt_commodoresJared 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.
  65. MichiganWolverinesJosh 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.
  66. Alabama LogoRaekwon 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.
  67. LSU LogoClyde 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.
  68. Baylor logoDenzel 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.
  69. 320px-dayton_flyers_winged-d_logo_redAdam 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.
  70. MichiganWolverinesBen 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.
  71. Texas A&M logoJustin 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.
  72. Texas_Longhorns_logoDevin 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.
  73. 176px-purdue_boilermakers_logo.svg_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.
  74. uconn_logo1Matt 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.
  75. Georgia LogoJake 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.
  76. Auburn_Tigers_logoNoah 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.
  77. Washington Huskies logoTrey 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.
  78. 250px-tcu_horned_frogs_logo.svg_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.
  79. redraiderlogoJordyn 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.
  80. Utah_Utes_logoJaylon 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.
  81. Florida State LogoCam 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.
  82. Michigan State logoKenny 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.
  83. 1000px-mississippi_state_bulldogs_logo.svg_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.
  84. Ohio State LogoKJ 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.
  85. Clemson LogoA.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.
  86. 300px-california_golden_bears_logo.svg_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.
  87. Notre Dame LogoChase 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.
  88. 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.
  89. Notre Dame LogoTroy 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.
  90. Alabama LogoAnfernee 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.
  91. 320px-pittpanthersDane 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.
  92. Florida logoVan 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.
  93. 1000px-north_carolina_state_university_athletic_logo.svg_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.
  94. 512px-oklahoma_state_university_athletics_logo_28four_colors29.svg_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.
  95. 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.
  96. Baylor logoJames 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.
  97. Kentucky logoLogan 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.
  98. Washington Huskies logoNick 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.
  99. Georgia LogoIsaiah 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.
  100. 237px-arizona_state_sun_devils_baseball_logo.svg_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.

NFL Draft Podcast – Senior Bowl preview, East-West Shrine Bowl recap and Travis Etienne

It is suddenly very busy in the build up for the 2020 NFL draft. Dozens of seniors, scouts and coaches have descended on Mobile, Alabama for the Senior Bowl. I break down the players to watch at each position. Plus, catch up on the East-West Shrine Bowl and I discuss the impact of Travis Etienne’s decision to return to school. Listen to the latest episode now on Spotify, Apple Podcasts or wherever you get your podcasts. https://anchor.fm/theaftermath