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The College season is finally wrapping up with a few games still to play. This year has been very exciting to watch and also is loaded with talent from many different positions. I personally think that this is the best draft class their has been in a very long time. Drafting a future star in the NFL might not be that hard next year. There are way more than 100 great players to choose from, but these are the players that make the list. I am going to go position by position on both sides of the ball for a total of 100 players.

Top 100

QB

  1. Baker Mayfield, Oklahoma- Baker Mayfield is the Heisman trophy winner and that is well deserved. He lead the Sooners to a playoff spot and played very well vs. Georgia. He has a great arm and can make all of the throws in the playbook with very good accuracy. He is also very mobile and can scramble around to make plays. On the field Mayfield is incredible, but there are some off the field concerns that come with Baker. If he can just focus on football and continue what he has been doing on the field, he can be a very special player. He has what so many people call the ”it” factor. That is something you can’t teach but some people are just born with. He is able to put the team on his back and do as much as he can to help them succeed. If I was a GM in need of a quarterback I am taking him one hundred percent. He will probably fall to the middle of the first round and I think he will be a great leader and player in the league for a while.
  2. Sam Darnold, USC- Sam Darnold has been a very good quarterback for the Trojans. He is a great pocket passer and often throws receivers open which is a very good skill to have. Darnold can also make very good adjustments at the line of scrimmage which shows he plays the game smart too. Darnold has had a few bad games here and there but has mostly been a very relible player. I don’t think that Sam Darnold is a plug and play player meaning he will be able to step right in and play at a high level. I do think that if he had time to get to know the NFL team’s system and gets advice from the starter, he can eventually be an elite player in the league. He could also do better on holding onto the ball more securely.
  3. Josh Rosen, UCLA- Josh Rosen is the leader of the Bruins and is proving he can do the same in the NFL. Josh Rosen has the most arm strength this year in my opinion. He is not afraid to take deep shots down the field. He is also very accurate in the intermediate and short passing game. Josh Rosen is also one of the more mobile quarterbacks so he can escape the pocket at times and make plays down the field. He showed this year at UCLA that he can lead a team back like he did versus Texas A and M. The only knock that I have on Rosen is that  because he is not afraid to make certain passes, sometimes he can make a few careless throws which results in turnovers, I think that with the right NFL coach and time to develop Rosen can bea good player in the NFL.
  4. Lamar Jackson, Louisville- Lamar Jackson along with Baker Mayfield is a Heisman trophy winner. Jackson is a dual threat quarterback and forces the defense to stack the box which opens up passes. Lamar Jackson has a very talented arm but is recognized for his running ability. In my opinion he is a very underrated passer. He is one of the most accurate passers in the country and also can throw the ball very far. My favorite thing about Lamar Jackson is that he can score the ball very quickly which can be the difference between a win and a loss. At Louisville he would constantly put points up on the scoreboard whether that be running or through the air. The only problem with Jackson in my opinion is that because he is such a talented runner, sometimes he will look for the run first and the pass second. I think that under the right system Lamar Jackson can be a successful quarterback at the next level.
  5. Mason Rudolph, Oklahoma State- Mason Rudolph has everything necessary to be a good quarterback prospect. He is very poise in the pocket and has good mobility as well. Rudolph also uses good mechanics and has a general good feel for the position. He consistently throws his receiver open which allows them to get a lot of yards after the catch. He is very good at stepping up in the pocket and holding on to the ball until he finds a receiver. Rudolph is the most NFL ready quarterback in my opinion because he is very polished at playing the position. Sometimes he will hold on to the ball a little too long which results in sacks and forced fumbles. Overall, Mason Rudolph is a NFL ready player and I believe he can be a very good player.
  6. Josh Allen, Wyoming- Josh Allen is coming out of a small school but is playing outstanding. He has kept Wyoming in games regardless if they win or lose. Some people do not like Josh Allen because Wyoming has had a mediocre record and blame it on Allen. I think Wyoming wouldn’t win a game if it wasn’t for him and he is doing the best he can do on an average team. Josh Allen is another great pocket passer with a very strong arm. He is accurate and throws a fast tight spiral that rarely gets intercepted. The style that he plays reminds me of Matthew Stafford of the Lions because of the good pocket presence and a strong arm. I think that Allen will possibly being an early second round pick and can be the steal of the draft potentially.
  7. Luke Faulk, Washington State- Luke Faulk is a very talented player that had a ton of production for the Cougars. He has above average arm strength but will be able to make all of the throws in a NFL playbook. Although he could improve on his accuracy he has been doing better on his ball placement. He excels in the intermediate and short passing game. When a receiver is not open he doesn’t force a pass, instead he finds a check down which moves the chains for a first down. Another area that he could work on is that he holds the ball under his chest which slows down his release time and could cause a fumble. Like every other player there are somethings that Faulk can work on to get better but he has the potential to be a good quarterback in the NFL. I don’t see him going in the 1st round of the draft but might be taken in the 2nd or 3rd round.
  8. Jarret Stidham, Auburn- Jarrett Stidham is a dual threat quarterback that can both run and pass effectively. He has a decent arm but is very good at short and medium throws. Jarrett Stidham is also capable of leading his team to big wins like he did against Alabama. He is very good when he does the play-action pass because he is also a running threat. Stidham does sometimes overthrow his receiver which results in interceptions. I don’t think Stidham is a 1st round prospect, but he will be probably taken in day two or day three of the draft. I think Stidham will have to take time to develop in the league but he can eventually turn into a much better player.
  9. De’ondre Francois, Florida State- De’ondre Francois was projected to be one of the best quarterbacks going into this year. His season was ended with a fractured patella in the season opener against Alabama. He will have a harder time getting drafted because he didn’t play this year so the scouts won’t have a enough film on him to know what kind of player he is. When he showed that he has good arm strength and can extend plays with his legs. He also is good at running and has above average accuracy. He could work on his accuracy down field. It is a bummer we couldn’t watch him this season because in his freshman season he had an incredible year leading most stats. the reason why he is this low on the list is because we haven’t seen him play in a while, but I think he will end up being a good pro quarterback.
  10. Riley Ferguson, Memphis- Riley Furguson has had a very successful season this past year at Memphis. Every single game he was putting up a high number of points and lead Memphis to the 24th rank at the end of the season. He is also one of the best running quarterbacks this year which gives the defense something to worry about. He has a huge arm but could work on his accuracy. He also is not afraid to make big throws down the field which sometimes can result in a turnover. His style of playing reminds me of Patrick Mahomes from last year. I think that he will be one of those quarterbacks that has to be a backup and learn for a while before he can take over a starting role in the NFL.

RB

  1. Saquon Barkley, Penn State- Saquon Barkley had an amazing season but was not a Heisman finalists. He is still the best all around back this year in my opinion. He has good size and speed for the position. He is very good at jump cuts and has the potential to score any play from anywhere on the field. He has also showcased this year that he can be an elite pass catcher as well. He also was in the Big Ten confrence which shows that he is able to run effectively in any weather. I think he will be a high draft pick and can have a huge impact on the team he joins. His running style reminds me a little bit of Ladaimian Tomlinson.
  2. Bryce Love, Stanford- Bryce Love also had a huge year this season breaking records. He is a very explosive runner that has the most speed out of any running back in this year’s class. He is also one of the smaller running backs in the class but uses his sixe to an advantage and beats people with pure speed. He was a Heisman finalists and came up 2nd in the voting. What makes him such a great player in my opinion is how reliable and tough he is. He has rushed for a lot of yards in each game when some games he was literally playing on a broken ankle. He makes great juke moves in open space and is very hard to bring down. He also plays the game smartly when he reads the running lanes and bounces outside at the appropriate times. He will be a great NFL player I think and will help out a team that needs help running the ball.
  3. Derrius Guice, LSU- Derrius Guice was Leonard Fournette’s backup in 2016 and he runs with a very similar style. Guice is a very “angry runner”. That means he is a power back that does not go down after contact and likes to have very powerful runs. Even though trucking defenders is his go to move, he also has very good speed for his size. He is a very versatile runner which comes in handy in the NFL because he can adapt to any NFL playbook. He also has an act for always finding a way to score on much needed plays. If he could use more of a juke move, he would be the number one back this year. U think that the way he runs the ball, he can have a great rookie season and a good career in the NFL.
  4. Kerryon Johnson, Auburn- Kerryon Johnson is a very elusive and shifty running back. I think that he has the best juke moves and agility in this years draft class. He is a smaller running back but he plays like a giant. He is very good at running powerfully for short yardage situations and can also make a huge run on any play by bouncing outside.  What he does best is making defensive endsmiss him and cuts upfield to the next level. He had a very good year but really exploded onto the scene towards the end of Auburn’s season. He also was battling injuries this year but is very tough and showed how reliable he is to NFL teams. I think Kerryon Johnson can go in the late first round or early second round. I think that he will eb the steal of the draft just because how dynamic of a runner he is and the impact he can have.
  5. Ronald Jones, USC- Jones is a very fast and talented runner. He showcased his speed at USC and how he has potential to score on every play. Ronald Jones also is not the type of running back that goes down after contact. He keeps fighting for extra yards and gets away from defenders that way. He was also a very reliable passing target for Sam Darnold doing different types of short passes. He could work on his moves at the line of scrimmage to really improve his game. Since he is so fast, sometimes he relies on his speed to just get the ball and out run all of the defenders. That won’t work at the next level, but If he can work on that he will be a much more dynamin runner. In the NFL I don’t think he will eb a lead back, but I do think he will be a part of a good one two punch that gives the defense different looks. That is similar to Dalvin Cook, Christian McCaffery, Alvin Kamara, and D’onta Foreman.
  6. Arkum Wadley, Iowa- Arkum Wadley is a a very shifty and quick type of running back. He has good height, weight, and speed to be a pro running back. He has good vision and is patient enough to wait for an opening to appear. He has very good moves at the line of scrimmage to get to the next level. He can also put his shoulder down and power through for tough much needed yards. His running style reminds a little bit of a younger Le’Veon Bell. Wadley could work on using more of a variety of moves such as a stiff arm or a spin move because sometimes making juke moves don’t fool the defenders. I think he will be a prospect that you can draft on day one or two in the draft and can make an impact on offense and special teams.
  7.  Damien Harris, Alabama- Damien Harris is the most NFL built prospect this year. He isn’t the tallest but he has a good size to go along with above average speed. He has maintained a good yards per carry average at college which shows that he is reliable and durable. Since he has good size, he can bully his way forward for big runs. He well occasionally bounce it outside and beat the outside linebackers with pure speed. Alabama didn’t use him in the passing game that much so I am curios to see if he can also be a pass catching factor at the next level. To really up his game he could use more types of juke moves and other ways to make defenders miss. In college he was able to just bully defenders at the line of scrimmage or just outrun the, that won’t work in the NFL so it would be nice to see him develop that skill set. I think that he will end up contributing to a team with a struggling running game and unlike other prospects this year, I think he can be a lead back on a team and take majority of the carries as well.
  8. Royce Freeman, Oregon- Royce Freeman is one of the smaller backs this year but that does use that as a disadvantage. Like every other Oregon running back, he is quick and very shifty. He also provided for Oregon through the passing game. Since he has such great speed, he can have a big run on any play. He is also able to get hard fought much needed yards which van decide games. Since he isn’t the biggest back in size he could work on his blocking, but that shouldn’t be a huge problem going forward. I don’t think he will be a back that takes 35 or 40 carries a game in the NFL, but I do think he will provide a good combination of running styles getting the ball 15 to 20 times a game. If he is used correctly at the next level, he can be a very explosive young player.
  9. Nick Chubb, Georgia- Nick Chubb is the biggest back in this class but that doesn’t just restrict him to being a power back. Yes he primarily runs the ball straight down the middle through the defensive line, but he can do other things. At Georgia this year he showed how he can also bounce outside when the line is clogged up. When the Georgia offense was inside the five yard line, he was almost unstoppable from getting into the end zone. It would be nice to see him do more out of the passing game, but that’s not what he was asked to do at Georgia. I don’t think he will be a go ahead starter from day one, but eventually in the future I can see him being the lead back for a team. His running style is very similar to Eddie Lacy in the way he can power through the line of scrimmage and once in awhile bounce it outside for a big gain.
  10. Rashaad Penny, San Diego State- Rashaad is another very dynamic runner. He is very fast and is very hard to bring down in open space. He has great acceleration in open space so once he gets going he is gone. He also did a lot for San Diego State catching balls out of the back field. He did have a little bit of a problem holding on to the ball at college, and that could be a bigger issue if he does not correct that. His running style is sort of like Darren Sproles from the Eagles. He will one of the backs that will be drafted in the later rounds and will contribute to team through offense and special teams.

WR

  1. Calvin Ridley, Alabama- Calvin Ridley is a big time play maker. He is extremely fast and has good ball tracking skills down the field. He is an exceptional route runner and makes great moves in open space. Even when he doesn’t get the ball he takes the top of the defense which helps out the team. He can turn around a game so quickly with one big play. He isn’t the tallest receiver so he doesn’t get all of the 50/50 passes but that is not a problem at all. Their are plenty of amazing receivers in the league that aren’t the tallest players. He will be a relatively high draft pick and I think can have a big impact from day one. H e really reminds me of former Alabama receiver Amari Cooper. Overall I think he will be a great addition to a struggling offense.
  2. Courtland Sutton, SMU- Courtland Sutton is a big body receiver that gets all of the 50/50 passes. Although he is freakish in size doesn’t mean he is just a possession catcher. Plenty of time this year he burnt cornerbacks deep down the field. He is also a very good route runner and creates space for a pass to get through. He will provide a very reliable target to a quarterback that needs help. A quarterback knows that he can just lob the ball up and Sutton will go up and snatch it out of the air. He is the most NFL built receiver in this class. Honestly I don’t know if there is anything he can do better because he is such a well balanced player. Him and Calvin Ridley should both be tied for number one receiver but Calvin Ridley makes more big plays. Sutton reminds me of a younger Dez Bryant or Alshon Jeffery. He will most likely be drafted in the middle of the first round and will be a great addition to any offense in the NFL.
  3. Christian Kirk, Texas A and M- Christian Kirk is another very well balanced out receiver that is in this class. He is very fast and is a good catcher nut really impresses me in his route running ability. He is great at getting open down field and doing something after he gets the ball which usually results in a big gain if not a touchdown. He can also beat you by just outrunning you but he is more polished at the position so he doesn’t have to do that. He is so reliable because he shows up every single game and plays at a very high level each game. He also has good footwork and gets his feet in bounds either being a toe tapper on the sideline or a touchdown. With some of the other prospects at the position there is a high risk high reward that comes with drafting that player. Christian Kirk is the most NFL ready player in my opinion and I personally don’t see him being a bust in the league. I see him going in the middle to late of the first round and making a big impact right away on offense and special teams returning the ball.
  4. Anthony Miller, Memphis- Similar to Calvin Ridley, Anthony Miller is a big time play maker. He has good height weight and speed to play the position He also has amazing ball tracking skills down the field. After he catches the ball he adds an additional 30 yards because of his running ability. He also is capable of jumping very high to catch contested passes. When Memphis got in the red zone he was their number one target and got most of the catches in that part of the field. He showed how reliable he really is by his on field production each game. I also think he will be very explosive return man at the next level because he is so fast and can make defenders miss in open space. His style of playing reminds me of a milder version of Antonio Brown. Hw will most likely be drafted in the late first round and will add depth at the position but he can also be a day one impact starter.
  5. Simmie Cobbs, Indiana- Simmie Cobbs is a very versatile type of receiver. He has above average speed and has really good hands. He is also a good route runner and has good agility to make defenders miss. What he does most that impresses me is when he catches the ball he uses a very effective stiff arm to create separation from the defensive back. He is really good at getting off the line of scrimmage when the corner is pressing him and can make all types of contested catches down field. He is also a very good blocker on run plays because of his size. I see him being drafted in the early second round of the draft to a team that needs depth. I don’t see him being an immediate contributor to a tea but I do see him easing his way in and adding depth on a team which can make an offense so much more versatile. His playing style is familiar to Marvin Jones of the Lions in my opinion. Overall Simmie Cobbs has all of the talent in the world and for sure has potential to eventually be a star in the league.
  6. James Washington, Oklahoma State- James Washington is a really fast deep threat down the field. He has good height and weight to go along with elite speed. He had a lot of production this year at Oklahoma State caching most of Mason Rudolph’s passes. He is also is a good route runner especially making a move that allows him to go deep. I would like to see him do more routes besides the deep route but that’s all he was asked to do in college. He also was penalized a few times this year for pushing off to catch passes, but other than that he is outstanding. Since he has good height he is able to go up and catch the 50/50 passes as well. He could be a first round pick but I see him falling down to the late second round in the draft. I think he will have the opportunity to start immediately on both offense and special teams. Overall I think in the right system he can really shine as a pro.
  7. Allen Lazard, Iowa State- Allen Lazard is a very well balanced out receiver. He runs good routes and pretty much catches anything thrown his way. He also has good speed and poses a deep threat to defenses. He can jump high to catch contested passes and really excelled at the medium passes during college. In my opinion he is one of the more polished receivers in this years class. He could work on his blocking because he did struggle doing that in college. I think he will be drafted somewhere in the third round. I also think that he can start right away but could use some time to develop until he really becomes an elite receiver.
  8. Michael Gallup, Colorado State- Michael Gallup is a big high risk high reward player. Even though he played in a smaller conference, he still can take over a game. Who you play against doesn’t matter in my opinion, if you can play, you can play it is as simple as that. Gallup is a big physical player that plays the game with passion. He has good hands and has an act for hand moves to create separation from the cornerback. My favorite thing he does is that he is an outstanding blocker. Even though he is a big receiver, once he starts running in open space he is very hard to catch up to and bring down. He did showcase a lot of natural born talent at college, but I would like to see him really become a more polished receiver to really take that next step. Gallup might be one of my favorite players this year just because the way he plays the game and the type of player he can be. Gallup will be a player that might be picked in the fifth or sixth round and that would be a huge steal. I am excited to see what his future is because his ceiling is very high.
  9. Deion Cain, Clemson- Deion Cain is also another high risk reward prospect. Cain has so much talent but there are some of the field concerns because he was suspended at Clemson. He has great speed and can really take the top off a defense. He could do a better job of tracking the ball down the field when it isn’t thrown perfect. He didn’t run much or any short routes during college so I would like to see how he contribute there. I think that he is a second round talent that may end up being a fourth or fifth round pick due to off the field concerns. I don’t think he will be featured on the offense regularly, but I do see him contributing on special teams as well. Deion Cain has the potential to be a great player but I don’t see it yet.
  10. D.J Moore, Maryland- D.J Moore is a very dynamic and explosive playmaker. He is a smaller receiver but has great speed and catching ability. He runs great routes and makes a play after he catches the ball. He can take the top off a defense and can make a big catch down field once and a while. What he does best is after he catches the ball he is able to make the corner miss him and run to the next level where then he has momentum and is very hard to tackle. Since he is a smaller receiver, I would like to see him work on his blocking especially against bigger cornerbacks. Moore contributed at special teams as well as offense at Maryland. Moore might be picked in the fifth sixth or seventh round but he will still add depth at receiver and will compete to get reps as a returner on special teams.

TE

  1. Mark Andrews, Oklahoma- Mark Andrews is a very athletic and well balanced tight end. He is quick and has good route running but is also is a great blocker. He is a very dynamic player when he gets the ball in open space. He also showed how reliable of a player he is. Andrews was Baker Mayfield’s number one target to throw to. He did a great job in college running medium inside routes which he usually would catch for a big gain. He really reminds me of Travis Kelce from the Kansas City Chiefs because of their athletic ability and their versatility. I think Mark Andrews will be drafted in the middle of the first round and will add another weapon to an offense.
  2. Mike Gesicki, Penn State- Mike Gesecki is a big tight end that has a lot of potential. Mike is a great route runner and is good at creating separation to catch passes. He also is great at catching and I never saw him drop a pass that he should have caught. He has good ball tracking skills down field and is a vertical threat to a defense. Since he is a big player, he is also an outstanding blocker and can block quick defensive ends or blitzing outside linebackers. The route that he ran the most at Penn State was the deep corner route and I think he will continue to succeed running that route in the NFL. He is such a versatile player because he is a great blocker and can run any route in the NFL playbook. He reminds me of Hunter Henry from the Chargers. I think Gesecki will be drafted in the late first round or the early second round.
  3. Dallas Goedert, South Dakota State- Dallas Goedert is the biggest tight end I have seen ever. He is a big target for the quarterback to throw to. For his size, he is a very athletic. He runs good routes and catches anything coming his way. He can run all of the short routes and can also be a big vertical threat down the field. He is a great blocker at times can struggle against quicker defensive ends. He can really elevate his game by working on his blocking because in the NFL the pass rushers are only going to get better. He is still a very well balanced tight end because how versatile he is. He lets the offensive coordinator get creative with his play calls because of the versatility at the position. He reminds me of Zach Ertz of the Eagels because of the size and athleticism. I think Goedert will be drafted in the middle of the second round or late second round and will have the opportunity to come in and start right away.
  4. Troy Fumagalli, Wisconsin- Troy Fumagali is another big body tight end that is very versatile. Troy is a great blocker and is very reliable when he is blocking. He doesn’t have great speed like other prospects in this class but still provides as a reliable pass catcher. He is great at creating open space on routes and catches almost all passes. He mostly ran short and medium routes in college so I am curios on how he will do with more complex routes in the NFL. When the offense runs a pass play it seems that he always finds a way to get open which is a very important thing that tight ends can do. He reminds me of a younger Jason Witten because of the size and being so reliable on a daily basis. I think Troy will be drafted somewhere in the second round.
  5. Hayden Hurst, South Carolina- Hayden Hurst is the ideal NFL tight end. Hurst is a top blocker in this class and is very solid at doing that. He rarely lets his man beat him to either get to the quarterback or running back. He also has good speed and is an exceptional route runner. He ran mostly quick out routes during college and it was very effective. He didn’t run much other routes than quick routes in college so I wonder if he will be able to run other routes in the pros. Sometimes in college he tried to catch with his body instead of his hands which resulted in dropped balls. I think that if an NFL team wanted to draft him they will be doing it because he has a lot of potential and can be eventually a great player. I think Hurst will be drafted in the early third round of the draft.
  6. Jalen Samuels, NC State- Jalen Samuels is the most athletic and dynamic tight end prospect this year. He has great speed and can run any route that you ask him to do. He is great at catching and is a good elusive runner when he gets the ball in his hands. He creates a huge matchup problem because he is to fast for a linebacker to guard and to big for a corner to cover. I would like to see him improve on his blocking because that is the weakest part of his game. He allows the offensive play caller to really open up the playbook because he adds another play maker on the offensive side of the ball. He really reminds me of a younger and faster Delanie Walker from the Titans. I think he can be as high as a second round pick but realistically I see him being a early to middle third round pick.
  7. Adam Breneman, UMASS- Adam Breneman is a big reliable target that can prove what he did in college can be done at the next level. Breneman has good height, weight and speed to play the position. He is a great blocker and is very good at blocking safeties and corners down the field. He is very athletic so he can block bull rushing defensive ends and speedy 3-4 style defensive ends. He runs good quick routes and has very good hands. He is very tall so catching contested passes isn’t a problem for him. He did struggle with tracking deep balls down field but he can for sure improve that in his game. When their offense was in the red zone he was their number one target to throw to for a good reason. He manages to find away to get open in the end zone or he will catch the ball and make a good move to score. I think Breneman can be picked in between the fourth round and the sixth round, but I think he is a second round talent and will help out a NFL offense by adding a another big target for the quarterback to throw to.
  8. Dalton Shultz, Stanford- Dalton Shultz is a big and physical tight end. He isn’t the biggest in size but is a outstanding blocker both at the line of scrimmage and in the secondary of a defense. Shultz did not run much passing plays during college but the times he did he looked decent. He has above average speed and is a good catcher. What he did best at college is catching the short and intermediate passing routes for much needed first downs. He did struggle running deeper routes like corners and posts. I think that Shultz can be picked in the fourth round or be undrafted. I do think because of his size and his great blocking I wouldn’t be surprised if a team drafted him to be a fullback. This scenario as happened plenty of times before and mostly worked out. Overall I think Shultz will be a multi- position player in the NFL and can be a very important asset on a team.
  9. Marcus Baugh, Ohio State- Marcus Baugh is another big bodied tight end that is very well balanced. He is good at run blocking because he uses his pure strength and aggression. On the other side when he isn’t running routes he did struggle to block faster defensive ends. Most of the times when he gets beat he will hold the defender which causes a penalty. He also doesn’t have great speed but can still create separation by running great routes. He does get caught sometimes pushing off to get open. He is a big red zone threat because of his size and the way he catches almost everything thrown his way. Baugh is a high risk high reward player in my opinion because at times he shoes amazing potential and at times he will look very bad. But the times that he is doing good really stands out among other tight ends in this years class. I think that Baugh will be drafted in the fifth round of the draft and will provide depth at the position before it is his turn to start.
  10. Durham Smythe, Norte Dame- Durham Smythe has good size and speed to be a good NFL tight end. Similar to Marcus Baugh in many ways because he has very high moments and very low moments. He is a good blocker on both run and pass protection. He is a good route runner and creates matchup issues for defenses because of his size. He can run almost any route you ask him to do and draws attention from a defense when he is running. The issue with him is that sometimes he will drop very catchable passes that would result in a first down. He has also made very impressive catches at college as well. But sometimes he will take his eye of the ball because he is bracing for a hit. I see him being drafted in the sixth or seventh round of the drat. He has amazing potential but could work on some more aspects of his game to be a elite tight end.

 

OL

  1. Connor Williams, Texas- Connor Williams is thought to be one of the best college prospects in a long time. He isn’t very tall but he is strong and really big. He is also very athletic for a lineman, he is surprisingly fast and has great footwork. He does a great job on both pass blocking and run blocking. He is very strong so on run blocks he just drives his man back five to ten yards. On pass blocking he shows off his great footwork and speed because he rarely got beat by a defender. He does a great job pulling and down field blocking on screen plays as well. He mainly played right guard in college but he is such a well rounded lineman that if a NFL team needs him to switch positions, he will still perform at a high level. I think Connor Williams will be a top five pick in the first round of the draft. He will end up being a great pro player and will help out a NFL offensive line.
  2. Quenton Nelson, Norte Dame- Quenton Nelson is a big and physical offensive lineman. He has pretty much the same body type as Connor Williams from Texas. He is also very athletic to go along with a lot of physicality. He is a very aggressive run blocker and is very composed when he is doing pass blocking. He has good footwork and has good lateral quickness. He did a very good job in college on blocking the defensive end and then moving up to the next level to block the linebackers. He didn’t pull much in college but when he did he looked very good at doing that. He reminds me of Marshal Yanda from the Ravens because of the physicality and being well rounded. I think that Nelson will be picked somewhere in the first round and will be a day one impact starter for a NFL team.
  3. Mike McGlinchey, Norte Dame- Mike McGlinchey is the biggest offensive lineman prospect there has been in a while. He is very tall and big and has amazing strength to just blow up defensive lineman. He has good footwork as well but has below average speed. On run blocks he just uses his size and strength to drive back defensive lineman and create openings for the running back. He rarely pulled much at college so he may have to work on that before he goes into the NFL. On pass protection for the most part he is very good. But on some plays when he is matched up against a much faster defensive lineman occasionally he will be beat. I don’t really have a comparison for him because I haven’t seen anyone as big or as strong as him. There are some areas of his game that he could work on but he has tremendous upside. This offensive line class is very deep but I still think that he will be drafted somewhere in the first round. I am very anxious to see how he will do in the pros and he can potentially have a great NFL career.
  4. Orlando Brown, Oklahoma- Orlando Brown is a very solid left tackle and does a great job at protecting the quarterback’s blind side. Orlando Brown is another massive lineman in this class. He is big and strong but has great quickness and athleticism to be a starting left tackle in the NFL.  On run blocking after he blocked the defensive end he would run up to go get the linebacker which is a very good quality to have for a lineman. He has a quick first step to create the pocket for the quarterback to step up in as well. A few times he would be beat by a speedy defensive lineman but he would usually correct it the next play after. Other Oklahoma teammates also said that he is a leader in the locker room which is something NFL scouts like to hear. Even though I put him at number four doesn’t mean anything bad. This year’s draft class has the most depth at offensive line their has been in a while. When I watch Brown’s college games he has very similar qualities as Redskins left tackle Trent Williams. I think that Orlando Brown will be drafted in the late first round or early second round and will start right away.
  5. Billy Price, Ohio State- Billy Price is a very versatile offensive lineman because he played almost every position for the Buckeyes. He has good height, weight and speed to be a pro offensive lineman. He is really quick and great at his footwork. He also is a powerful impact blocker and opens up huge running lanes for the running back. Billy Price was great at pass protection and created a good pocket to throw in. Sometimes he goes for a huge powerful block on run plays, he will miss and get beat and then hold the defender. Most of his penalties happened at the beginning of the season and he has seemed to fix all of those miscues as the season went on. Although he played multiple positions in college I think that he will be most successful playing either right guard or center in the NFL. I think that he will be drafted in the early of the second round and will start somewhere on a team’s offensive line.
  6. Martinas Rankin, Mississippi State- Martinas Rankin is a big and well balanced lineman. He is one of the more athletic lineman in this class but also might be one of the strongest. He is a very powerful and aggressive run blocker and is very composed during pass protection. Sometimes he would have a bad first step, but he has good enough speed to not get beat after that happens. Mississippi State used him a lot for pulling around to be a lead blocker and he did a very good job at doing that. He would occasionally get called for a false start but he played the game smart by not holding, blocking in the back, or putting his hands on the defenders helmet which are all penalties. I don’t think by adding him to a bad offensive line will fix all of the problems, but I do think he can be a very good contributor to a line that already has some more help. I see him being drafted in the middle of the second round and could possibly start but I see him adding depth at the position for a few years before he is really ready to start.
  7. Braden Smith, Auburn- Braden Smith isn’t the tallest lineman but he is very big and strong. He has a great first step on both protections which gives him an advantage against the defensive lineman. He has good footwork but does lack some lateral mobility on passing plays. On run plays he doesn’t just out strength the defensive lineman, he out smarts him by taking a good first step and attacks the defenders outside shoulder to open up a running lane. He does get beat on passing plays sometimes but once it happens once he will quickly correct it so it doesn’t happen again. Short term memory is a huge trait to have especially for a lineman. I think that Braden Smith will be drafted in the third round and will add depth at offensive line if he doesn’t start right away.
  8. Mitch Hyatt, Clemson- Mitch Hyatt has good size and speed to be a pro lineman. He has good footwork and is good at not allowing defenders to stuff the running lanes. He has very good speed for a lineman and can play multiple positions. What he can work on more is that sometimes he can be over powered by a much bigger and stronger defensive lineman. He does do a good job on pass protection because I rarely saw him get beat. He did not  pull outside much during college so he might have to work on that before he is drafted. Like all other lineman prospects there are many things that he can work on to improve his game. I think a NFL team will draft him in the third or fourth round because he has tremendous upside and can eventually be an elite starter for a team.
  9. Tyler Crosby, Oregon- Tyler Cosby showed a bunch of flashes this year at Oregon that for sure got scouts attention. He has good size to be an effective blocker in the NFL. On run blocks he takes a great angle to reach block the defender and really clearing out a passage to run through. His footwork can be a little sloppy at times which causes him to occasionally get beat. He pulled  pretty frequently at Oregon and was a very good lead blocker. I think the main reason he isn’t a top lineman prospect is because of the inconsistencies blocking. If he can maximize the time he is blocking well and minimize the time he gets beat he will really be a much better all around player. I think that he will be drafted in the fourth round of the draft and will add depth on a team’s offensive line and will be ready to step up when it is his time
  10. Trey Adams, Washington- Trey Adams is just a very solid offensive lineman. He doesn’t have great speed or insane size but he is just a very reliable player that has a good skill set. He isn’t that fast but he does have good footwork and good football IQ. He would get beat sometimes by a defensive lineman bull rushing him or a blitz from the inside linebacker. He exceled at pass protection because he takes a good first step and maintains the shape of the pocket for the quarterback. I have him at ten on my list because even though he is a good solid lineman some of the other lineman prospects have upside then he does. I think he will be drafted in the fifth round and I would be surprised that he impresses the coaches enough that he can be an effective starter.

LB

  1. Malik Jefferson, Texas- Malik Jefferson is a very powerful and fast outside linebacker. He has very good speed, size and strength to be a pro linebacker. He mainly played outside linebacker at Texas and was great at rushing the quarterback. He used the bull rush and the speed rush very effectively in college which shows he is a well balanced pass rusher. He also did a good job at covering tight ends and slot receivers. He is a great open field tackler that is also a big hitter and causes some turnovers. I think he will be drafted in the early or middle of the first round and I think he can have a breakout year in the NFL.
  2. Rashaan Evans, Alabama- Rashaan Evans is a very well balanced inside linebacker. He is very strong and has receiver type speed. He has good play recognition and always does his job. He is great at open field tackling because of his incredible speed and makes a high number of tackles per game. He did a great job in coverage because he could run with receivers down the field stride for stride. He did struggle at times when he went up against a much bigger tight end. He also was the leader of the defense at Alabama which is what a NFL team wants from their linebackers. I think he will be drafted somewhere in the first round and will be a great player even as a rookie.
  3. Raquan Smith, Georgia- Raquan Smith has great size and strength to be am elite linebacker. He is not only a reliable tackler but he is a big hitting linebacker. He would constantly cause turnovers by making a big hit on the ball carrier. He has decent speed but maintains to still make tackles on much faster running backs. He did struggle at times in coverage especially covering tight ends on short patterns. His playing style reminds me of Thomas Davis from the Carolina Panthers. I  think he will be drafted in at the end of the first round and will be a very impressive rookie.
  4. Uchenna Nwosu, USC- Uchenna Nwosu is a very well balanced out linebacker. He has good height, weight and speed and can do everything a pro linebacker cam do.m His speed allows him blitz very well and catch up to quicker running backs. He is very strong and he is a good open field tackler. He did struggle a little bit in coverage especially against covering running backs out of the backfield. He played both outside and inside linebacker for the Trojans. He played better at inside linebacker during college and I expect for him to also play that during the NFL. He reminds me of Denzel Perryman from the Chargers. I think he will be drafted in the beginning of the second round just due to there being more depth at other positions. I do think that he will end up being a terrific pro player.
  5. Kendall Joseph, Clemson- Kendall Joesph Is a playmaking inside linebacker that had a lot of success during college at Clemson. He has good speed and is a reliable tackler. He led the team in tackles and is also a big hitting linebacker. He is also very good in coverage because of his elite speed and he also had a couple of interceptions during Clemson. He did miss a couple of easy tackles which does hurt his draft stock a little but is not a big issue. The reason I have him at number five is not because he is a bad player but the depth at linebacker this year is very good. He reminds me of Deion Jones fro. the Atlanta Falcons because he is a good tackler and is good in coverage. I think he will be drafted in the early to middle of the second round and will eventually be a starter on a team.
  6. Tremaine Edmunds, Virginia Tech- Tremaine Edmunds is one of the bigger name prospects this year for a good reason. He is big and fast and is a very great tackler. He played outside linebacker at Virginia Tech but played like a defensive end because he mostly lines up on the defensive line. He is more of a bull rush type of pass rusher and is good at sacking the quarterback.   When he did go up against a more skilled offensive tackle he did struggle a lot. Since he played on the defensive line he didn’t cover at all which he may be asked to do at the next level. Overall He is a solid pass rusher but I would like to see him to do more that pass rush. He reminds me of a milder version of Jadeveon Clowney from the Texans. I think he has the potential to be a great player and will end up being drafted in the middle of the second round.
  7. Jerome Baker, Ohio State- Jerome Baker is the fastest linebacker in this class and is very dynamic. He is a smaller linebacker but has great speed and play recognition. He is very amazing in pass coverage and has the coverage skills of some corners. He is able to cover fast slot receivers and big tight ends. He also got bunch of interceptions at Ohio State. Since he is a smaller linebacker he could do a better job of tackling because he did give up some tackles that pro linebackers need to make. There is not a player I can think of that reminds me of him because he is a great coverage linebacker but could work on his tackling. I think he will be drafted during the end of the second round and will add depth at linebacker before getting his turn to start.
  8. Joesy Jewell, Iowa- Joesy Jewell is a great outside linebacker that has a ton of potential. He mainly played outside linebacker but lined up omg the defensive line often. He is good at pass rushing especially against slower tackles. He used a variety of moves to get to the quarterback and batted down a couple of passes. He didn’t cover much in college which he might be asked to do in the pros. I think he will be drafted in the beginning of the third round and will end up being a good defensive end prospect as well as a linebacker prospect
  9. T.J Edwards, Wisconsin- T.J Edwards is a inside linebacker that is NFL ready. He has good speed and size to go along with being a very good tackler. He has decent speed but sometimes would not be able to catch up to much faster running backs.In coverage, he covered tight ends well but struggled against fast slot receivers and running backs coming out of the backfield. I Think that he is a high risk high reward player that will end up being drafted in the beginning of the fourth round and can potentially be great NFL player.
  10. Cameron Smith, USC- Cameron Smith mainly played inside linebacker at USC. He was their reliable leader of the defense but has some areas of his game where he could work on. He needs to improve his coverage skills especially covering the shorter crossing routes. He does have good play recognition and gets his players where they need to be on each play. He does sometimes over run running backs and allows them to cut back. I think that he can possibly be a good leader in the NFL as inside linebacker and will end up being drafted in the middle of the fourth round.

CB 

  1. T.J Ward, Ohio State- Denzel Ward is a ball hawking corner that has great ball skills. He is very fast and can run with some of the fastest receivers stride for stride down the field. He is good at pressing the receivers in man to man coverage and even if he gets beat at the line of scrimmage, he has enough speed to catch back up to the. He is great at tracking the ball down field and making play on the ball. He also did a good job at college at coming up to make a tackle on a running back. I think that he will be drafted in the beginning of the first round or he could possibly fall to the middle of the first round. I think k that he will be a great player in the NFL and will have a great rookie season.
  2. Jaire Alexander, Louisville- Jaire Alexander is a very well balanced NFL prospect. He is very fast and strong which are two great traits to being an elite corner. He. has good pressing skills at the line of scrimmage but really did a great job during zone coverage. He is great at finding a way to get the ball in his hands and he also is good at catching. He could work on his tackling but towards the end of the season he did much better on open field tackling. I think that he will be drafted in the middle of the first round and will be an outstanding rookie and a great pro.
  3. Josh Jackson, Iowa- Josh Jackson is a very elusive and dynamic athlete playing corner. He has off the charts speed and has very good size as well. He struggled a little bit playing press man coverage but did very good in the zone defense. He is good in coverage because he has good hands and ball skills to go along with the athleticism to catch the contested passes. Once he got the ball in his hands he made a play with it probably being a return for a touchdown. He also contributed on special teams during college which he might be asked to do in the NFL. I think that he will end up being drafted in the end of the first round or the start of the second round and be a great role player.
  4. Tarvarus McFadden, Florida State-  Tarvarus McFadden is a very great college prospect. He has good speed and agility but isn’t the biggest cornerback in the world. He is very good in both press man coverage and zone coverage. He was also not penalized much in college which shows he plays the game smart as well. He did drop some catchable interceptions and could also work on his ball tracking skills down the field. He did a good job on coming up and tackling running backs and receivers. He reminds me of Darius Slay from the Lions because they both play the same way. I think he will be picked in the early or middle in the second round and will get the opportunity to start immediately and make an impact.
  5. Anthony Averett, Alabama- Anthony Averett is a player that showed a lot of flashes of being a top tier corner during college. He has above average speed and has very good strength. He struggles mostly in press coverage but works much better in a zone defense. He would sometimes get beat deep which happened a lot in the Auburn game. Although, for the most part of the season he was playing lockdown defense and getting interceptions constantly. He is a big and physical cornerback as well so he is not afraid to come up and make a big ht. I think he will be drafted in the third round and will compete for a starting job. He does have a lot of potential to eventually be a very elite NFL cornerback.
  6. Isiah Oliver, Colorado- Isiah Oliver has great height, weight and speed to be an NFL corner. He is one of the bigger corners in this draft but does still have good speed for a corner. He did a good job at pressing the receiver at the line of scrimmage and riding the receiver down the field. He was inconsistent in zone coverage often letting the receiver getting open in the intermediate passing game and deep passes. He still managed to get a lot of interceptions throughout the season. Since he has good size he also did a good job at making key tackles to stop a big gain. I think that he will end up being drafted in the start of the third round and will compete for a starting spot on a team.
  7. Levi Wallace, Alabama- Levi Wallace is a very solid and athletic cornerback. He is very fast and has good agility as well. He is a bigger cornerback which gives him a natural advantage going up against smaller receivers. He is good at pressing but did struggle when he was going up a receiver that was a good route runner. On some plays he would just simply lose the receiver in man coverage. He is better in zone coverage when he is allowed to play off of the receivers.  He has good ball tracking skills and is pretty good at making interceptions. I think that he is a high risk, high reward player that will be drafted in the middle to end of the third round. I think that based on the team he goes to, he will add depth for a while before he gets his opportunity to start.
  8. Quenton Meeks, Stanford- Quenton Meeks is a smaller cormerback but is very athletic and is a playmaker. He did not do much press man coverage because he is a smaller corner and would struggle when he goes up against a bigger receivers. He did do a very good job during zone coverage because he has good ball skills and does a good job at batting balls down.  He doesn’t get beat often but sometimes he will get beat from medium or short routes. He did also struggle at tackling running backs and especially bigger receivers. I think that he will be drafted in the end of the third round or the beginning of the fourth round. I think a team will draft him if the like the upside he has and can add depth for a while before the team will allow him to start.
  9. Darius Phillps, Western Michigan- Darius Phillips is a bigger and more athletic corner. He is good at pressing the receiver but does get called for holding calls sometimes. He was decent in zone coverage and rarely allowed the receiver to get open. He did drop some catchable balls but deflected a lot of passes as well. Since he went to smaller school there is a question about the level of competition he was going up against. I don’t think that is an issue at all but I do think it will affect his drat stock. I think he will be drafted in the middle to end of the fourth round and will have to sit on the bench before he gets his opportunity to start.
  10. Carlton Davis, Auburn-  Carlton Davis is a very athletic coverage corner. He has good size and is very physical with receivers which sometimes will draw a penalty. He played good in both zone coverage and msn to man coverage but was best in the zone defense. He was good at finding away to get the ball into his hands. I did see some inconsistencies in his coverage especially in the intermediate passing attack. His style of playing reminds me of a younger more inexperienced version of Brent Grimes from the Buccaneers. He could be a relatively high draft pick but I think he will fall to somewhere in the fourth or fifth round and has a lot of potential  to be an elite corner.

S

  1. Minkah Fitzpatrick, Alabama- Minkah Fitzpatrick covered from corner to safety this year and is having another fantastic season.He is both tall and strong and he is also very fast. He is great in all kinds of coverages and he uses some of his corner skills and applying it to the safety position. He has good down the field ball skills and got a lot of interceptions during college. He has good play recognition and is a very reliable player. He did a good job at coming up to make a tackle on a runner. I think that he will be drafted during the start of the first round and will start his rookie season. I think he Can add a great young piece to a secondary and really transform a team’s defense.
  2. Derwin James, Florida State- Derwin James is a ball hawking safety that is also a very well balanced player. He is undersized but is very fast and strong. He has great play recognition and that allows him to use his speed and make a play on the ball. He has good hands and catches most balls thrown his way. He is a great tackler and he led Florida State in tackles. He reminds me of Keanu Neal from the Falcons because they have good ball skills and are both good tacklers. I think he will be drafted in the beginning to middle of the first round and will make an impact as a rookie.
  3. DeShon Elliot, Texas- DeShon Elliot is a very reliable safety. He has above average speed, and he also has good height and weight to be an NFL safety. He played very well in zone coverage and that is where he got most of his interceptions. He did occasionally let a receiver open in man coverage but for the most part he was extremely reliable. He has good hands and caught a lot of contested balls. He also did a nice job coming up to make a hit on either a running back, receive er, or quarterback. I think he will be drafted in the beginning of the second round an will have the opportunity to compete for a starting spot.
  4. Ronnie Harrison, Alabama- Ronnie Harrison is a player that shows a lot of upside but still can  work on a few things before he goes pro. He is very tall in stature and is also decently fast. He did get beat sometimes in coverage in the Auburn games, but for the most part he played exceptional in coverage. He sometimes would miss his assignment but he does have very good play recognition. What he did best was making good tackles in open space that could possibly result in a big gain. I think that he has a lot of potential to be a star in this league but needs to work on a few things. I think he will be darted in the start to middle of the second round and have a great career.
  5. Marcus Allen, Penn State- Marcus Allen is a very athletic safety with great ball skills. He is great in all of the defensive schemes that the coaches called. He has amazing speed and always gets to his responsibility on time to make a play. He plays very tight coverage on the receiver which sometimes was called for a pass interference. He did a great job at coming up and making key tackles on advancing runners. What he does best is finding away to turn the ball over either being an interception or a forced fumble. He reminds me of Ha Ha Clinton Dix from the Packers because of the ball skills and being able to make tackles. I think he will be drafted in the end of the third round and will be a great rookie and a great pro player.
  6. Kyzir White, West Virginia- Kyzir White is another ballhawking safety that is a big hitting tackler. He is a little undersized but has great speed and strength. He is better in zone coverage because it allows him to roam free and get easier interceptions. He did get beat a few times in man coverage during college. He has great hands and is great at tracking the ball in open space to get a pick. He does miss a few tackles here and their, but when he makes a tackle it is usually a big hit. He is great at causing turnovers both through making a hit and getting an interception. I think he will end up being drafted in the beginning of the fourth round and eventually will get his opportunity to start and really showcase his skill set.
  7. Armani Watts, Texas A and M- Armani Watts is a player in college who showed a ton of potential. He has good size and strength and speed to be a well balanced pro safety. He played best in man to man coverage, that is where he also got most of his interceptions. He could work on his play recognition because sometimes he would read the play the wrong way. He is great at coming up to make a tackle and did a great job at doing that in college. I think anthem will draft him in the  middle of the fourth round because of all of the potential he has and what he does not only on defense, but on special teams as well.
  8. Godwin Igwebuike, Northwestern- Godwin Igwebuike is a freakish athlete that happens to playing safety. He has good size and amazing speed and is also very strong. He played better in zone coverage and could work on his man to man skills especially in open space. He did a great job at coming up and making tackles at the line of scrimmage and he led the defense in tackles. I think that he defiantly has the potential to be a very special player but I think he needs more time before he takes that next step becoming an elite safety. I think that he will be drafted in the middle to end of the fourth round and will add depth at a weakened secondary
  9. Justin Reid, Stanford- Justin Reid is a prospect that definitely showed a lot of flashes of a top tier safety during college. He is a little undersized but he still has good speed and decent strength. He played well in zone coverage because he just simply plays better when he can roam around in open space and get interceptions. He did do a good job at batting balls down but did struggle guarding the contested throws because of his height. He can also work on his tackling because it was a little inconsistent during his time at Stanford. Although he was a playmaker because whenever the Cardinal defense needed a play he was the one that made it. He will probably be ended up being drafted at the start of the fifth round and can possibly be the steal of the draft, but there are some things he can still work on.
  10. Jordan Whitehead, Pittsburgh- Jordan Whitehead never jumps of the rim but he is a very reliable player. He has good speed and weight and is also a little undersized. He was very reliable in all of the coverages but can work on his ball skills down the field. What he did best was making key tackles that prevents a big rush to happen. He is a high risk high reward player because his potential doesn’t have a limit but there are some things that can possibly limit him from being that special of a player.

DE

  1. Bradley Chubb, NC State- Bradley Chubb is the top defensive end prospect this year for a couple of reasons. He has great strength and speed for his size. He is very versatile when it comes to ways he can sack the quarterback. He has a great bull rush when he just moves the tackle into the quarterbacks lap. He also uses a variety of speed moves to quickly get around the offensive tackle. He did a good job at get tackles in the back field as well. His style of playing reminds me of Chandler Jones from the Cardinals because they are both big and physical  edge rushers. He will most likely be drafted in the top ten of this years draft because of his intangibles. Adding a dominant pass rush will help out the entire defense by creating sacks and turnovers, and that is exactly why he will be a top pick.
  2. Harold Landry, Boston College- Harold Landry has the potential to completely take over a game. He has good speed and great upper body strength. His footwork really helps him out in the pass rush and gives him a distinct advantage over slower lineman. He used the quick swim move most effectively in college and that got him most of his sacks. When he sacks the quarterback he does a good job at finding the ball and causing a strip sack. I think that he will end up being drafted in the middle of the first round and can be a part of a very successful pass rushing duo.
  3. Arden Key, LSU- Arden Key is arguably one of the best defensive lineman this year. He is undersized but has amazing strength and good quickness. He used the bullrush most during college and there wasn’t many offensive tackles that were strong enough to stop that. Even on the plays he wasn’t getting sacks, he was collapsing the quarterback’s pocket making it extremely uncomfortable to throw in. He reminds me of Justin Houston from the Chiefs because they are both about the same size and they both utilize the bullrush very effectively. I think he will be drafted anywhere in the first round based on the teams needs.
  4. OgBonnia Okoronkwo, Oklahoma- Ogbonnia Okoronkwo is the very talented pass rusher from Oklahoma. He has outstanding speed and probably the best speed out of all of the defensive lineman. He is great at making open field tackles from anywhere on the field. Since he has such great speed he was outstanding on blitzes because he got to the quarterback very quickly. He isn’t that tall in height of size so he relied more on speeding past the tackle which will be harder to do in the pros. He brings energy to a defense and has a high motor on every play. He is one of my favorite players to watch just because he is flying around everywhere making plays. I think he will be drafted during the end of the first round or the start of the second round. He clearly has the potential to be a Star in the league.
  5. Clelin Ferrell, Clemson- Clelin Ferrell is a pro ready player that has a bright future. He is one of the bigger defensive lineman but he still has good speed and outstanding strength. He is strong enough to knock the offensive tackles back and quick enough to get around them. That creates a huge matchup problem. What I am most impressed with is that when Clemson went up against a very talented runner he found a way to hold that runner in check. He didn’t;t get that many sacks during college but he got plenty of tackles for loss and caused many busted plays.mI would like to see him use a more variety of moves like a twin move or a spin move because in the NFL he won’t be able to just overpower lineman.
  6. Lorenzo Carter, Georgia- Lorenzo Carter is best known for that clutch filed goal against Oklahoma in the Rose Bowl but he does much more than block kicks. He is a explosive and speedy defensive end that is a reliable tackler. He is great at keeping contain and forcing the runner back to where he has help. He also is a sack artist because he always finds a way to make a sack in a big moment. He did occasionally get driven back by some stronger offensive lineman but he did a good job at limiting those plays. Just because I have him at number six doesn’t mean he isn’t going to be a future star, this draft just has way more depth. I think he has earned himself a pick in the second round but I would be surprised If he was picked on day one of the draft.
  7. Marcus Davenport, UTSA- I think that Marcus Davenport is a extremely underrated defensive end. He went to a smaller so not many people are familiar with him but he showed incredible potential during college. He is a bigger pass rusher but has decent speed for the position as well. He used the rip move mist effectively in college and it got him a lot of sacks and tackles. He has an incredible motor and will chase after a running back across the field until a tackle is made. On some plays he did get off to a bad first step which allowed the tackle to get their hands on him and that play was over for him. I think he will be drafted during the start of the third round but can possibly be a stud from day one if he can fix a few things.
  8. Hercules Mata Afa, Washington State- The more games I watch of Hercules Mata Afa, the more I like him. He is a much smaller player but plays with high energy and speed on all plays. He did a great job at not only sacking the quarterback but getting in the backfield and hitting the quarterback on every play he got the opportunity to. That makes the quarterback anxious to throw the ball and overall rushes his throws. He does a great job at stopping the run at the line of scrimmage and not allowing a big run. Since he is smaller, he did sometimes get held up in the offensive line and he would be able to get out until the play was over. I think he is a project player but can definitely be a good one. I see him being drafted in the middle of the third round.
  9. Chris Hubbard, Ohio State- Chris Hubbard is a player that showed many flashes especially during the end of the season. He is a bigger player that does lack some speed but makes it up in strength. He has a special act of knowing where the quarterback is on all plays and knowing how he can get to him in a short amount of time. He used a variety of pass rush moves which makes him unpredictable and hard to guard. I would like to see him defend the run better especially when running backs get that much better at the next level. He showed flashes of J.J Watt during college but he needs to be a little bit more consistent before really taking that next step.
  10. Dorance Armstrong Jr., Kansas- Dorance Armstrong is one of the more athletic pass rushers and is very versatile. He has great speed and strength and made quite a few sacks this year at Kansas. He is a great speed rusher and does a good job at also jarring the ball lose when he hits the quarterback. He played a little bit of outside linebacker as well which showed he has great versatility. He did not look good at all vs. Oklahoma and there was also a controversial hit on Baker Mayfield that worries me. He is a high risk high reward player in my opinion. He can really be a special player but there are a few things to address like any other player in this class. I think he will fall to the fourth or maybe fifth round but will can end up being a special player.

DL

  1. DaRon Payne, Alabama- DaRon Payne had two incredible playoff games to really top off an amazing season. He is a big and strong guy that is athletic for his size. He was great at shooting the gaps because he has that kind of speed. He does a good job at making move on the offensive lineman quickly and getting in the backfield to make plays. Even though he is a defensive lineman he did a great job at getting sacks. He is such a dominant force and reminds me of Aaron Donald form the Rams. I think he will be be drafted at the top of the first round and really bolster a teams defensive line.
  2. Maurice Hurst, Michigan- Maurice Hurst is the biggest defensive lineman in this class. He is not just big but he is very strong and has good footwork. He isn’t the type of defensive lineman that will constantly get sacks and tackles for loss. But what he does better that everyone else in this draft is clogging the running lanes for backs. He is great at forcing the running back to bounce outside to where he has help. He will occasionally get a tackle ion the backfield because he has outstanding strength to just blow by the offensive line. Unfortunately, because he doesn’t produce the best stats I think he will fall down to the second round but the team that picks him is getting a steal of a player.
  3. Christian Wilkins, Clemson- Christian Wilkins is one of my favorite pass rusher to watch. He has good size strength and speed but has insane athleticism. He played almost every position on the Clemson defensive line and played all positions well. He can beat a defender with speed around the edge or bull rushing his way into the backfield. He had a lot of production during college because he constantly got sacks and tackles for loss. I think he will be drafted in the later part of the first round and will be a day one starter.
  4. Vita Vea, Washington- Vita Vea is one of the more athletic and explosive defensive lineman in this class. Vea can really do it all. He is great at rushing the passer and blocking up the running holes. He is a little undersized height wise but has good strength and speed. His footwork and hand moves really separate him from others in this years class. He reminds me of a quicker Haloti Ngata from the Lions. I think he will be drafted somewhere in the second round and will compete for a starting spot.
  5. Harrison Phillips, Stanford- Harrison Phillips is a big and strong defensive lineman that can really hold his own. He has amazing strength but does lack some speed. He is a type of defensive lineman that will clog up the line making it nearly impossible to run through. When I was watching some of his games he seemed to not be able to be moved back at all. He is a dominant force that will really help out a team that struggles to stop the run. I think he will be drafted in the late of the second round or the early part of the third.
  6. Steve Richardson, Minnesota- Steve Richardson is considered by few to be the  best defensive lineman in this class. He is a huge player that does have decent athleticism. He can both stop the run and rush the passer effectively. I did see him sometimes take plays off which is sometime he absolutely can not dome the next level. He has a really high ceiling if he stays committed. I have no clue where a team will draft him but it will be interesting to see how he pans out into a pro.
  7. Dre’Mont Jones, Ohio State- Dre’Mont Jones is another undersized defensive lineman that is still one of the best. He is strong but doesn’t have the weight to deal with bigger offensive lineman. He has great speed and quickness rushing the passer. I thought he also did Avery well job at making tackles in the backfield. I think he will be drafted in the middle of the third round and will add a nice piece to a defensive line.
  8. Derrick NNadi, Florida Stae- Derrick NNadi is one of the bigger lineman that is very similar to Steve Richardson from Minnesota. He is a big body player that is very versatile at rushing the passer. He was also a great run stopper and allowed a few rushing yards per game. He did struggle with more athletic and quick offensive lineman but for the most part he held is own. I think he will be de drafted somewhere in either the third or fourth round of the draft.
  9. Da’Shawn Hand, Alabama- Da’Shawn Hand was another piece to a very talented Alabama defensive line. He has good size and speed to play the. position a the next level. He could work more at stopping the run more effectively. But he did a great job at speed rushing the quarterback causing sacks and bad throws. He played everywhere on Alabama’s defensive line showing his versatility. I think he will be drafted in the fourth round and has crazy potential.
  10. Taven Bryan, Florida- Taven Bryan is the smallest defensive lineman in this class by far but doesn’t play like it. He has outstanding speed especially coming off the edge. I would like to see him do a better job at stopping the run because that is something he struggled with in college. He reminds me of Connor Barwin from the rams because of the ability to sack the quarterback and having an high motor. I think he will be drafted in the fifth round and will compete for a spot.

Conclusion

Overall this is the best class there has been in a long time in my opinion. There is tons of depth at every position and will provide talent all throughout the draft. I am eager to see how these prospects will do at the next level and how they will impact their NFL teams.

 

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