2020 NFL Draft: Top 100 Prospects

Listed below are my personal Top 100 Prospects for this year's NFL Draft. The top 50 have write-ups describing the player, while the rest are listed. In all, I watched about 150 players this off-season. Some players I knew about in the fall required less work, while others required more extensive research and games. The info I've gathered is a culmination of work I've done at PFF combined with my own independent study and information gathering. Without further ado, the top 100 prospects in the draft:


(Note: I didn't give offensive linemen pro comparisons. I haven't been studying the OL long enough to effectively compare prospects, so rather than do it poorly - I decided not to give them comps.)


1) CB Jeff Okudah, OSU


Pro Comp: Patrick Peterson


When you watch Okudah play, you can almost feel the dependability he exudes. A 5-star recruit out of Texas and the top CB in his high school class, he’s carried that through his collegiate career. Despite not even starting a game because of a loaded roster in front of him, Okudah still tied for the team lead in pass breakups (PBU) before leading the team with 3 picks and 9 PBU’s in 2019. He isn’t necessarily at the top at any singular physical trait, yet he’s elite in all categories when it comes to height, weight, length, and speed. Combine that with his on-field dominance, and I think he’s the best player in the draft. His technique is impeccable, and he’s remarkably polished for as little football as he’s played. The only area where he could’ve been a little better is out of his breaks when receivers snap off their routes. Otherwise, he’s not getting beat over the top, he is an excellent man-to-man corner that can play both off and in press, and he has the physical tools to be a top-5 corner in all of football with some experience at the next level.


2) EDGE Chase Young, OSU


Pro Comp: Jadeveon Clowney


Forget about the suspension in college for accepting a loan; it’s not a concern. Young is by far the most dominant edge rusher in a draft that is below average at the position this year. Because of how effortlessly he rushes the passer, you can almost brush off his dominance if you’re not careful. The guy had 16.5 sacks in 12 games this past season, after racking up 10.5 in 2018. He’s a true 3-down player that has the physical talent to play both the run and the pass in the NFL. He’s a no-brainer top-5 pick and likely would be in any draft in recent memory. The only question with Young is whether he can keep the ball rolling in the NFL. The only person who can really get in the way of him becoming a dominant edge at the next level is himself, because he’s a physical freak (6’5, 264) and has already proven to be a man amongst boys at the collegiate level.


3) QB Tua Tagovailoa, ALA


Pro Comp: Drew Brees


The looming concern is obviously the hip, and the general public will get a good sense of what the NFL thinks of him come draft night. All medical reports since the injury have been overwhelmingly positive, and if your team doctors pass him, I’m not sure how he isn’t a top-5 pick. He’s been nothing short of spectacular at Alabama, displacing a school legend and national champion in Jalen Hurts as the starter. He’s a little undersized, and isn’t your prototypical NFL passer, but he reaches the 6’0 benchmark, and as we’ve seen with Kyler Murray and Lamar Jackson; if you can play, you’ll get drafted high. He shows great movement in the pocket buys time for his wide outs to come open – to a fault. In fact, the play he got injured on was a case where he held the ball too long trying to buy time for his receivers to get open, because he didn’t want to give up on the play. He’s already demonstrated the toughness necessary to play QB in the NFL, and he makes all the throws. He’s a fast processor and makes good, efficient decisions. He is at his best throwing underneath in the middle of the field, but his accuracy doesn’t waver much on the deep stuff either. Some think he’ll be pigeonholed into an RPO or spread offense, which is the trend in the NFL anyway, but Tua could likely find a way to be successful in any NFL offense, assuming the right coaching is there.


4) WR Jerry Jeudy, ALA


Pro Comp: Amari Cooper


At the deepest position in the draft, who tops them all? He wears 4 for ‘Bama. The debate between Jeudy and OU wide out CeeDee Lamb has been palpable, but Jeudy is such a complete receiver. He’s the best route runner in the class, something I noticed in their bowl game against Michigan – which is important, because it’s something that will only improve and give his career longevity when his physical traits start to wane. His technique is very clean, and he is very polished. He isn’t the freakiest player athletically (6’1, 190), but he still checks all the boxes in those areas. Because of his route running, his 4.45 speed seems even faster, and he explodes out of his breaks. He’s great at running routes underneath and is pretty good after the catch – better than he gets credit for. Because of his speed, he runs away from defenders after catching underneath balls and if he gets behind the defense it’s over. He projects as a clear number one receiver in a passing attack and has a high floor. Hard to envision him catching less than 70 balls for 1,000 yards per year.


5) LB Isaiah Simmons, CLEM


Pro Comp: Derwin James


Simmons is a truly intriguing prospect, and the comparisons drawn have been pretty outlandish. They aren’t however, without good reason. Simmons is an incredibly rare human. He stands 6’4, 238 lbs and ran a sub 4.4 at the NFL combine. Incredible. That’s almost a whole tenth faster than Jeff Okudah ran, who plays corner (usually the quickest position at the combine). When you watch him play, he sticks out like a sore thumb. The raw talent and athleticism are astounding. That said, he could be tough to place at the next level. Coming up with a comp for him is tough because we truly haven't seen a player quite like Simmons. Don’t read the ‘LB’ next to his name and assume he’s the typical linebacker; he’s not. He’s a chess piece, and he’ll need to be used as such to be successful in the NFL, because he truly doesn’t fit a single position on the defense. He isn’t smooth enough in coverage to play safety and cover NFL wide outs, but he isn’t dominant enough against the run to just stick him at middle linebacker. His best trait on tape was blitzing off the edge. I think he’ll be most successful as the sub linebacker or the third safety in nickel and dime packages, where he can match up and easily take away tight ends and even most backs. You can play him down in the box and draw up fancy blitzes with him and he’s big enough to hang with the big boys versus run. In base, I’d play him as the backside WIL and just let him run through gaps, at least early on until he declares himself more with development. Either way, he’s probably the freakiest player in the draft this year, and if he fails at the next level, it’ll be because his defensive coordinator hasn’t used him correctly.


6) DI Derrick Brown, AUB


Pro Comp: Akiem Hicks


If you had to describe Derrick Brown in one word it’d be dominant. He dominates his opponents on the interior defensive line and has done so throughout his career. The amount of times he fires off the ball and drives a 300+ lb. human 3-4 yards into the backfield is astounding. He’s powerful and strong, however he can get lost sometimes with his eyes. He’s immovable against a single block and even against combos and double teams he does a pretty good job of keeping the offensive line off the linebackers and doesn’t give much ground. He won’t post crazy sack numbers in the NFL and will probably be fairly average in that department, which will concern some teams considering taking him high. He’s a high floor prospect that should have a solid NFL career. I’ve had colleagues express concern they don’t think he’ll be as powerful and dominant against NFL guards and centers, but I’m not sure I agree. Brown played against SEC competition and dominated against several o-line players also in this draft class (Damien Lewis, Lloyd Cushenberry, Shane Lemieux, and Jake Hanson). Furthermore, he has the physical frame and ability to play all three downs on the interior and contribute for 10+ years to his drafting team if he can stay healthy.


7) WR CeeDee Lamb, OU


Pro Comp: Davante Adams


Lamb has been a household name at OU for a long time, and he’s about to become one in the NFL too. I mentioned the debate between Jeudy and Lamb, and while I’d ultimately choose Jeudy, it really boils down to which style you like better. Jeudy is the polished route runner, but Lamb is the playmaker. If you’re looking for someone to take a 3-yard slant to the house, Lamb is your guy. He’s great at the catch point and plays very aggressively. He’s been the top target in Lincoln Riley’s potent offense for three years now, catching balls from Baker Mayfield, Kyler Murray, and Jalen Hurts – all very different players, and he’s had huge success with each of them. Lamb can run the whole route tree and effects the game at all three levels of the defense. He’s not a blazer, but plenty fast enough to gain separation and knock the top off if you don’t play him carefully. He’ll be a welcome relief to whatever receiving corps he finds himself in.


8) QB Joe Burrow, LSU


Pro Comp: Alex Smith


How do you project someone who projected as a mid-to-late round pick after transferring schools and playing good-not-great his first season as a starter, who then turned in literally the best season in college football history? That’s what NFL teams are going to have to figure out, namely the Bengals. Burrow coming into 2019 was certainly on the draft radar, but the names talked about heading into 2019 were Tua and Herbert. That was before Burrow stormed over the college football landscape. Now, he’s the consensus first pick in almost every mock draft, and I think everyone would be shocked if Cincinnati doesn’t call his name on April 23rd. That said, how does he project? Burrow is excellent and reading and reacting in the pocket. He can time and time again go through his progression, escape, keep his eyes up, and deliver the ball accurately. He plays with great poise from the pocket and is an underrated athlete. The arm strength isn’t ideal, but he can make all the throws – and he’s accurate on short throws and deep balls alike. He can make plays by extending, but he’s much better in the functionality of the offense when he can throw in rhythm. He can be trusted to manage the offense at the next level and put his team in a position to win games. He might not be the superman of the offense like Mahomes is for the Chiefs or Wentz is for the Eagles, but he can be the straw that stirs the drink and his ability to escape and create coupled with his vision, accuracy, and rhythm could make for an award-laden career if developed correctly.


9) OT Tristan Wirfs, IOWA


While you could make an argument that certain tackles may have a higher upside than him, none combine the versatility and skill of Wirfs. At the start of the process, I actually wrote him down as a guard. He plays very quick and has next-level explosiveness off the line of scrimmage, so I feel like he’d be a no-brainer pro bowler if kept at guard. When you watch him, it’s easy to see how effective he’d be pulling on power and trap plays. However, because of positional value, it became clear as the process droned on that he’s just too good to be kicked inside and will be drafted as a tackle for someone in desperate need. He tested well at the combine, and barring something unforeseen he’ll be drafted in the top-10. He may not be the first tackle off the board depending on the needs/wants of the drafting team, but someone will fall in love with him drafting high.


10) WR Henry Ruggs III, ALA


Pro Comp: Tyreek Hill


The speed demon of the draft. Obviously, he’s ranked here as the 3rd best WR in this draft, but if you polled opposing defensive coordinators on who they’d least want to plan for in a game, the answer would probably be Ruggs. His speed is just a flat-out problem. The only pro comp you can make for him is Tyreek Hill, and it’s not even an irresponsible one. Speed guys haven’t always worked out in the past, and everyone will cite the Bengals drafting John Ross 9th overall as reasons not to take a risk on Ruggs. However, the noted difference between the two is how obvious the speed is when you watch him play. I never really saw that with Ross at Washington, but it’s easy to see with Ruggs – just like with Tyreek Hill. His entire game is predicated on it, and it gave SEC defenses fits. He’s explosive after the catch, but he also combines his speed with good hands and good route running ability. He only had one drop this past fall. Usually, speed of his caliber comes in a smaller package. But Ruggs, who stands 6’0 tall, should easily make a living as an outside receiver. If John Ross went 9th overall, it stands to reason Ruggs could rise even higher than that.


11) EDGE A.J. Epenesa, IOWA


Pro Comp: Arik Armstead


Iowa has churned out many reliable pros in recent years, further proof of how awesome Kirk Ferentz is. Epenesa should be the latest in a growing line. He’s a hand in the dirt, 4-3 defensive end that will play on all three downs. He has hulking size at 6’6 and his strength because of it shows. He’s a good pass rusher that relies often on power, not speed. I don’t think he’ll be a player that will post ridiculous sack numbers but pencil him in for eight per year once he gets going. He’s well-balanced and should be a solid player in the league for years as a steady presence on the edge.


12) OT Jedrick Wills, ALA


He’s very close to Wirfs. In fact, I think he’ll end up getting drafted before him. I ended up going with Wirfs for where I see his ceiling, but Wills is the better player right this second and it’s not all that arguable. The knock on Wills heading into 2019 was his run blocking ability, but he improved his grade in that area per PFF to 90.1 this past fall. He’s a technician in pass protection, and without question the best pass protector in the class. He has very clean technique and shows a lot of polish for a college lineman. He’s much closer to a finished product than many of the other tackles in the draft. He’ll help on day one. He did play right tackle in college, but remember ‘Bama had Tua, who was left-handed – so Wills protected his blind side. If he’s comfortable, I’d be inclined to keep him at right tackle. The blind side tackle isn’t what it once was, and there are plenty of elite tackles that play on the right side in today’s NFL.


13) RB Johnathan Taylor, WISC


Pro Comp: Shaun Alexander


Taylor is the best runner in this draft. He stands an inch under 6’ and has great size for a back. Sometimes you can get tricked into thinking he’s not all that quick when you watch him because of it, but the athleticism is there, and he shows it on his longer runs. He likely won’t be the first back off the board because he won’t be much of a factor in the passing game – but call me crazy, I think the most important trait of a running back is to run. More and more NFL offenses are going to committees and Taylor fits perfectly as the lead dog. 3rd down backs are a dime a dozen and therefore Taylor’s lack of ability in the pass game shouldn’t be a huge negative. Not enough to outweigh his exceptional contact balance, durability, and flat-out dominance he displayed at Wisconsin.


14) DI Javon Kinlaw, SC


Pro Comp: Leonard Williams


While he’s the second DI in the draft, he could end up being the better pass rusher of the two between himself and Brown. So many times at South Carolina his rush led to either a deflected pass or an interception. Kinlaw isn’t very refined and sometimes doesn’t have a plan when rushing. He would bowl over the weaker interior linemen in college, but it’s hard to envision him doing that in the pros. His game is more built on speed and athleticism. He has a pretty good swim move and he’ll work great on stunts at the next level. While power wasn’t his angle always in college, he has the frame to combine his speed with some power rush moves. He’s 6’6, and basically weighs the same as Brown, who is all power when rushing. In summary, he has dominant physical traits, inconsistent tape, was a 3-year starter at SC after transferring in from JUCO, had hip surgery in ’18, and his best season last fall (6 sacks in 12 starts). He doesn’t have great get-off and could wind up as a 3-4 DE.


15) RB Deandre Swift, UGA


Pro Comp: Josh Jacobs


Swift is the most complete back in the draft and he’ll probably be the first to come off the board. He’s the only back in the class that possesses both elite running ability as well as the ability to gash defenses as a receiver. He has the physical tools to be a lot like McCaffrey or Kamara at the next level, and his athleticism doesn’t come at a cost – meaning he can still run between the tackles, make defenders miss in a phone booth, and fall forward to create extra yards out of nothing. He played in a zone running scheme at Georgia, but they ran that zone scheme from under center – something that’s practiced by a lot of NFL teams. He’s solid in pass protection, although I’m not sure why you’d keep him in to block. He’ll exploit linebackers and even safeties. The key for him will be ending up with a creative offensive coordinator that can use his diverse skill set.


16) CB C.J. Henderson, UF


Pro Comp: Darius Slay


Henderson is the second corner in the draft behind Okudah and the gap between him and the 3rd corner is large. He has elite speed as demonstrated at the combine and a rare combo of speed and length. The has prototypical size and could project as a lockdown corner at the next level if he can develop. He will work well in the modern NFL as he can play bump and run man coverage and still be able to keep pace with receivers while also possessing the height to jump with them down the field.


17) LB Patrick Queen, LSU


Pro Comp: Thomas Davis


Queen is very young in a football sense. He sat behind Devin White and even this past fall split time with Jacob Phillips. He’s a little light in the pants but because of that he’s unbelievably quick for a linebacker. He is exceptional running from sideline to sideline and can finesse his way around blockers to make impressive plays on a consistent basis. Perhaps his most valuable trait however is his ability to cover. It’s essential for linebackers these days, especially as sub packages become the new base. To stay on the field as a linebacker you must cover, and Queen can do that while also providing explosive disruption in the run game.


18) EDGE K’Lavon Chaisson, LSU


Pro Comp: Whitney Mercilus


That LSU defense is robust with explosive athletes, with Chaisson maybe being the most explosive of them all. He’s been a name to know in the Bayou for some time now and if you flip on a few of his highlights you’ll see why. Some worry about how he’ll project to the NFL because the production in college doesn’t necessarily match what you see with him athletically. He’s been comped to Barkevious Mingo in that way, but for every Mingo who doesn’t live up to the first-round hype, there’s also a Tyrann Mathieu that does. Chaisson will bring versatility to the NFL with his ability to play off the edge, but also drop back off the ball if need be.


19) OT Mekhi Becton, UL


Back in 2018, I personally loved Orlando Brown out of Oklahoma. He was massive, stood 6’8, but ran a slow 3-cone and so teams worried about his athleticism. The Ravens took him in the 3rd round and he’s been worth a first rounder. Imagine Brown if he could run a 5.1 forty-yard dash – that’s Mekhi Becton. Becton is a mountain, but he doesn’t move like one. He’s an athletic freak that stands 6’7. You can’t get through him, so the only hope for edge rushers is to beat him with speed. But Becton seemingly has that too. He isn’t the cleanest with his technique, but he can afford it because of how imposing he is physically. He’s truly a rare physical prospect that only comes around once every few years. How he develops his polish is up to his drafting team.


20) LB Kenneth Murray, OU


Pro Comp: Jaylon Smith


Murray has been the leader on the OU defense for years. It’s a unit that’s been highly criticized, but that’s to no fault of Murray, who is asked to do a ton for the Sooners. Whoever drafts him will put the green dot in his helmet almost immediately and nobody can stop talking about how much of a leader he is off the field. He’s a terror on it. Murray possesses the sideline to sideline speed necessary for a linebacker to garner first round consideration and the strength to take on linemen against the run. He isn’t the best when it comes to reading and sifting through the trash. He would therefore benefit from a good defensive line to give him clear sight lines; something he didn’t have at OU, where the rest of the defense was short on talent. Murray should stick for years in the league.


21) WR Justin Jefferson, LSU


Pro Comp: Keenan Allen


He hasn’t been put in the same conversation as Jeudy, Ruggs, and Lamb, but when it’s all said and done, he very well could be. Jefferson combines speed with length and gashed SEC defenses all year from the slot. However, just because Joe Brady and the Tigers decided to use him in the slot doesn’t mean he’s limited to it. While I don’t really see him as the backside X receiver, he could certainly play the Z on the front side of the formation, especially in trips. He has excellent hands and is another player that associates just rave about. Jefferson can work all three levels of the defense as well as knock the top off. He’s a very safe player to draft as it’s hard to see him not being productive.


22) QB Justin Herbert, ORE


Pro Comp: Jared Goff


This is the toughest evaluation at any position in the draft. Scouts will love him or hate him depending on which game they watched. He makes the top 50 for his truly rare physical characteristics, but what he’s displayed so far has done little to bury doubters. Against teams like ASU, Cal, and Auburn, Herbert made decisions that were baffling. Turn him on against Colorado or Wisconsin, and you see why he could change an NFL franchise. He has elite arm talent, prototypical size, and sneaky athleticism. But he also looks like a disaster at times on tape and is very inconsistent. At times, like against Colorado – he’s in rhythm and can do no wrong. Other times he’s processing too slow, afraid to trust his read, or pre-determining where he’s going with the throw before the snap. He’s a little like Mitch Trubisky in the sense they are both one-read QB’s at times. Trubisky is far more guilty of this than Herbert, but he absolutely has displayed this at times too. The concerning thing is Herbert isn’t football young. He’s been a four-year starter at Oregon, and while he’s seen coaching change during his time there – he’s a mature football player. His drafting team will need to trust the physical tools and coach him up. His landing place and offensive coaches will be crucial to his career, as well as his willingness to work – and by all accounts he seems like a good person and teammate.


23) OT Andrew Thomas, UGA


Maybe the most NFL-ready lineman aside from Wills, Andrew Thomas is a classic left tackle. He’s traditional in the sense that he’s big, sturdy, and strong. He’s an excellent run blocker, something not all left tackles are known for. He’s constantly at the second level of the defense annoying linebackers. In pass protection he’s great as well. Fromm didn’t hit the deck very often and when he did it rarely came from his blind side. Thomas doesn’t quite have the ceiling that maybe Wirfs or Becton have, but he’s solid. You can draft Thomas and rest easy at night knowing the QB is safe for years, whereas the former two have a much higher chance of busting out of the league.


24) RB J.K. Dobbins, OSU


Pro Comp: David Montgomery


Not many true freshmen start at RB for the Buckeyes. That’s without question the most important position on their offense and Dobbins took the reigns in immediate and dominant fashion as a freshman. Since then, all he’s done is produce and score touchdowns. Unlike his predecessor Zeke Elliott, Dobbins is versatile. He projects to the league better because of it and comes with far fewer off-field concerns. Is he as electric of a runner as Zeke was during his OSU days? No. But he’s a completely different back. He can catch the ball out of the backfield and is obviously an accomplished runner. He’s shifty but also sneakily powerful the way he finishes runs. He is built to head an NFL backfield and could be considered the budget version of players like Kamara, McCaffrey, or Swift in this draft class.


25) S Grant Delpit, LSU


Pro Comp: John Johnson


It’s almost a guarantee come draft night that when his name gets called, the draft show will play a highlight package of Delpit missing a bunch of tackles. It’s a problem, and one that needs to be rectified in the league. He isn’t a box safety to begin with though, and there is precedence in place for players to improve their tackling. Take Trae Waynes for example. Delpit will play the high free safety and has elite range and athleticism. He can quarterback the back end of the defense and has led the LSU defense for years. He does a good job of recognizing route combinations and getting where he needs to be. He plays instinctively and a big reason for that is because of the invaluable playing experience he’s had at LSU covering the nation’s best playmakers in the SEC. He may not be the top-15 pick many thought he’d be a season or two ago, but he’s still a good football player that will have a positive impact.


26) EDGE Yetur Gross-Matos, PSU


Pro Comp: Ziggy Ansah


When teams evaluate edge rushing talent, they typically sort the prospects into two categories; speed and power. Gross-Matos doesn’t really fit into either of those, which is unusual for an edge rusher garnering first round consideration. He has elite length and seems to win with his fluid style. He’s very smooth. He doesn’t explode off the ball how you’d like, and he doesn’t try to win with power, but he’s a smart rusher. He has pretty good technique and has good instincts for the position. He can feel when an offensive lineman is unbalanced and take advantage, like when he flat-backed 6’6 Alaric Jackson (who’s also in the draft) for a sack against Iowa. He may need some time to put it together at the next level, and there’s a chance he won’t, but if he does, he could become the best edge rusher in the class.


27) CB Kristian Fulton, LSU


Pro Comp: William Jackson III


Another mainstay of the LSU defense, Fulton has been starting for the Bayou Bengals for a while. He seemed to lose a little bit of shine through the 2019 season, partly due to how awesome his new teammate, true freshman Derek Stingley was. The bottom line though is Fulton is a very good cover corner. He’s solid when asked to come up and make tackles, and he’s forced the highest incompletion rate (29%) since 2017 – the best in college football. He’ll be a solid corner at the next level because of his man coverage ability and a safe pick that can fit within multiple schemes. Fulton may not have the ceiling of others, but he comes ready-made. He’ll be able to play from day one and will require a shorter learning curve than others.


28) WR Jalen Reagor, TCU


Pro Comp: Christian Kirk


Reagor played outside for the most part at TCU, but he’ll likely play in the slot in the NFL. Years ago, that would mean at most he wouldn’t go higher than a day two draft pick. Rightfully so, that isn’t the case anymore. Reagor is a bit of a tough study because of how poor his QB play was while at TCU. There were a lot of targets he really had no shot to catch, but he was still able to make a huge impact for the Horned Frogs. His speed killed Big 12 defenses and it made him borderline uncoverable in that conference. He’s fantastic in space, and he should be used heavily on screens and jet sweeps in the NFL, much like Deebo Samuel is used by the 49ers. Reagor is probably the second fastest wide out in the class behind Ruggs, and will be a nightmare for defensive coordinators at the next level.


29) WR K.J. Hamler, PSU


Pro Comp: Tavon Austin


He didn’t run at the combine and because of the Coronavirus pandemic, there isn’t an official 40 time for Hamler, but if there was – he’d be the only one with a realistic shot at catching Reagor or Ruggs. Hamler has next-level speed and it made him the primary playmaker on offense for Penn State in 2019, which is an impressive feat for a wide receiver playing in a run-heavy system that’s produced Miles Sanders and Saquon Barkley recently. Hamler will provide value both in the slot and in the return game in the NFL. Offensive coordinators will covet his speed and while he’s likely limited to a complimentary role in the passing game, meaning he won’t play outside as a true number one receiver, he can have the impact of a number one if used correctly. The worry is his size and the durability concerns that come with that. He’s only 5’8 and with the physicality of the league wondering how he’ll hold up is a valid concern – especially since he fought through nagging injuries at Penn State.


30) OT Austin Jackson, USC


One of the youngest players in the draft, Jackson is another true tackle in this year’s draft. He wasn’t completely healthy coming into this season having donated bone marrow in the off-season, but as he started to regain his strength, he had a great second half of the season for USC. Jackson is just 20 years old and projects as a solid NFL starter for years. His value is borderline first round with what he’s displayed on tape, but because of his youth and skill set, in addition to positional value, he’s likely to be selected within the top 32.


31) WR Brandon Aiyuk, ASU


Pro Comp: Terry McLaurin


One of the more meteoric risers throughout the pre-draft process, Aiyuk possesses rare physical traits for a player of his size, and it shows on the field. He displayed ridiculous measurables for reach at the combine, meaning his catch radius will be absurd. He showed a fantastic ability to separate in his routes at ASU and more importantly finish plays. He helped pad their freshman QB’s stats a ton with his ability to break long runs after the catch. He isn’t an overly big wide receiver, but still projects as an outside receiver that has the ability to play in the slot, much like Terry McLaurin a year ago.


32) DI Ross Blacklock, TCU


Pro Comp: Sheldon Richardson


He was a consistent disruptor at TCU. There are some injury concerns, as he suffered an achilles injury back in 2018, but he’s put some distance between that injury as well as some good tape so it shouldn’t impact his draft status too much. He’s instinctive along the interior and does a nice job of finishing after getting off blocks. He displays a lot of strength and often played both gaps when he was able to get extension into the body of the offensive lineman. He can shrug and when he gets to the ball carrier he doesn’t usually miss. He could be a factor in the pass game, as he displays some rush ability. But a lot of his value will be tied to the run. He has good athleticism and once he learns a wider array of pass rush moves could prove very valuable on stunts and games.


33) OT Josh Jones


He had the lowest percentage of snaps that resulted in a QB pressure among draft-eligible tackles with just 1.2%. He is another tackle like Andrew Thomas that comes basically pro-ready. He has a few technique things to clean up, but other than that projects well to the NFL. He’s played in a pass-heavy Houston offense and has a lot of reps on the left side protecting. Higher floor, lower ceiling type of player. He won’t change your life offensively, but he’ll be a solid starter.


34) WR Laviska Shenault, COL


Pro Comp: D.K. Metcalf


He’s really fallen out of favor as of late due to some injuries but make no mistake – he’s a rare football player. Colorado lined him up as the x receiver, in the slot, in the backfield, as a tight end/wing back. He was everywhere, and he was incredible. He’s an elite physical player that the NCAA simply doesn’t produce very often. He’s a raw prospect in a sense, and that hurts him a tad in a field that’s very deep at receiver. He is strong at the catch point and has the speed to beat defenders down the field. He also has great change of direction, which is rare for someone of his size. If his drafting team can get over the injury concern, the talent alone is first round quality.


35) QB Jordan Love, USU


Pro Comp: Josh Allen


Another player with dominant physical traits. Love had an incredible 2018 before falling apart in 2019. Part of this is due to the turnover within the program, but he isn’t just absolved of his play. He made head-scratching decisions that will single-handedly lose games in the NFL. Not all interceptions are created equal, and he threw some truly ugly ones. However, he’s also been through adversity in his life and seems to have it between the ears, which gives his drafting team hope of development. He could make strides similar to the ones players like Lamar Jackson and Josh Allen have made – significant improvements to both decision making and passing accuracy. Love’s accuracy while inconsistent, isn’t bad, like his popular pro comparison Josh Allen’s was coming out. A good example of this is the Michigan State game in 2018. Love has above average NFL arm strength that enables him to place the ball in very tight windows – something he did often in the MSU game. He isn’t NFL ready and needs to end up in a situation where he can be the backup and develop. Something that’s easier said than done, sure, but if his drafting team displays patience, he could easily out-perform his draft slot and some of the QB’s taken before him.


35) RB Cam Akers, FSU


Pro Comp: Dalvin Cook


He’s been a draft crush of many, suffering from an abysmal coaching staff and program at FSU. Had Akers been at FSU maybe five years ago, he’d likely be in first round contention. You never know, someone could pull a Seahawks and still select him, but he’s been viewed as one of the darlings of the second round so far. He fits the position very well for how it’s valued today. He’s effective in the passing game and can pass protect, and also has the size and rushing ability to be an early down back. He’s a pretty big guy for someone who’s as agile as he is – nearly 6’ and over 200 lbs. His pro comp is his predecessor Dalvin Cook, who had similar draft value and traits at the time he was drafted. You could say FSU has a type when recruiting RB’s.


37) QB Jake Fromm, UGA


Pro Comp: Kirk Cousins


Much was made about Fromm’s hand size at the combine and his lack of arm strength. As one scout put it – they’re the same hands that beat out two potential first round QB’s, took Georgia to three SEC East titles, won a CFP semifinal game, and nearly beat Alabama for the National Championship. Say what you will, but Fromm has some very intriguing characteristics. He’s one of the more accurate passers in the draft, which is one of if not the most important trait when it comes to QB’s. He ran a lot more of a pro-style offense than did the other QB’s coming out and has plenty of experience under center. Fromm is good in rhythm and runs the RPO scheme well. He lacks arm strength but when you watch his game footage it doesn’t hurt him all that much. He throws the deep ball just fine and after all – how many times are you going to ask or want your QB to throw the ball 50+ yards in the air? Fromm isn’t a high end QB prospect because at the end of the day he is limited, but he absolutely has a higher floor than Herbert or Love. You can win with Fromm and he won’t lose his drafting team many football games. He just can’t be the sole reason his team wins, like the high end QB prospects have the capability of being.


38) IOL Cesar Ruiz, MICH


A year or two ago, Ruiz wasn’t considered much of a pro prospect. But all he’s done at Michigan is put good tap on top of good tape. He’s been the long-time center at Michigan in the middle of one of the more rush-heavy offenses in college football. He’s very powerful at his base and has a shockingly strong lower half for a college center. He’s also athletic enough to get out in space on pull leads and be effective. His snaps in the shotgun were accurate for the most part and he plays with great instincts when picking up blitzes and stunts. His tape and physical traits aren’t to the point where you’d consider him a future pro bowler or all-pro, but he projects as a solid starter at the next level.


39) LB Zack Baun, WISC


Pro Comp: Clay Matthews


Is he a linebacker or an EDGE? Does it really matter? Baun plays with a ton of energy and is one of the more tenacious and aggressive defenders in the draft. He doesn’t have the speed to go sideline to sideline or match up in man coverage, but he’s more than serviceable as a hook/flat defender. He’s very good on blitzes, can line up right on the edge, rush in obvious passing downs, and shut down the run. His versatility is where his value lies. He was the only edge with 100+ coverage snaps and received a grade of 86.9 in coverage per PFF (highest at position).


40) S Xavier McKinney, ALA


Pro Comp: Malcolm Jenkins


A lot of people prefer McKinney over Delpit and it really depends on your philosophy of the safety position. If you want a safety that has less speed and coverage ability, but sound fundamentals against the run and tackles well, you’ll like him. He plays smart but lacks the cover ability to be a high end safety prospect. He will play well down in the box and as that third hybrid safety so many defenses are moving to. For that reason, teams will covet him. He’s another prospect that should have a pretty high floor and at worst become an average starter for his drafting team.


41) CB Jeff Gladney, TCU


Pro Comp: Jaire Alexander


Some teams will have Gladney as high as their third-best corner, and other teams won’t value him due to his size. He’s undersized for an outside corner at 5’10 and he’s shy of 200 lbs. What he lacks in size however, he makes up for in aggression. He is an in-your-face player that has the mindset to play corner in the NFL. He plays press man coverage against anybody and everybody and plays without fear. He’s nasty at the line and will harass his man from start to finish. If he has to move inside his value will be capped, but he projects as an outside corner minus the height. He has contact courage and isn’t afraid to play the run and tackle.


42) CB Trevon Diggs, ALA


Pro Comp: Josh Norman


He’s had somewhat of a roller coaster ride throughout the pre-draft process. It surely didn’t hurt that Diggs was a multiple year starter for the Crimson Tide and his brother Stefon had a stellar 2019, but he’s a quality prospect in his own right. Pegging his value has been tough as he appeared in almost every mock draft back in February and hardly any at all now days before the draft. He provides a good combination of length and speed and has been a quality player on Alabama’s defense. Everyone shared the video of Jerry Jeudy roasting him in practice and he had his fair share of ugly moments, particularly against LSU. But every corner who plays long enough is going to get beat, and man coverage isn’t Diggs’ strength. He fits a zone scheme and has similar physical traits to Richard Sherman. Is he the same player as Sherman? Not by a long shot, but he plays a style akin to Sherman. He’ll work best in off zone coverage where he can keep the play in front of him and use his instincts and ball skills to make plays.


43) EDGE Julian Okwara, ND


Pro Comp: Leonard Floyd


He’s been a mainstay on the edge for Notre Dame and has some intriguing intangibles. Right now he’s a bit of a one-trick pony, but his one trick is a good one. He was consistently able to win with speed around the edge and bend back to pressure quarterbacks in college. He needs a counter at the next level if only to keep tackles honest. As it stands now, most smart tackles he faces will just over set at the snap and make it impossible for him to win outside. He’s poor against the run and therefore doesn’t profile as a day one starter on non-passing downs, but he has the frame to develop into one. Okwara does come with an injury concern as he broke his leg during the 2019 campaign, but it shouldn’t impact his draft status all that much.


44) RB Clyde Edwards-Helaire, LSU


Pro Comp: Maurice Jones-Drew


Scouts and media members alike love Edwards-Helaire. He may not look like much getting off the bus, but the guy can play. His production in 2019 was insane, and while teams were obviously more focused on stopping the air attack of LSU, Edwards-Helaire punished even the strongest SEC defenses. The way he walked into Tuscaloosa and dominated Alabama was eyebrow raising to say the least. He isn’t a testing freak and was average at the combine, but his short area quickness and burst are what makes him an elite back. He has exceptional contact balance and is a great two-way player who can hurt defenses catching it out of the backfield if they don’t game plan for him. He’s pretty much the last RB in the draft that has the potential to be a full-time starter and not one head in a committee.


45) WR Antonio Gandy-Golden, Liberty


Pro Comp: Kenny Golladay


He’s an excellent receiver. He’s been lost in the shuffle a little bit because of the depth of the class and his name doesn’t seem to pop up very much, but he can be an impact player in the NFL. When you watch his college games, he can remind you a lot of Kenny Golladay, another small school product who’s been amazing so far in his short career. Gandy-Golden is a big-bodied receiver that stands 6’4 and has the ability to go up and get it. He made plenty of circus catches while at Liberty and he was the best player on the field most of the time he was on it. The question with him, as with many small school products is how he projects against NFL talent. He also had a drop problem in 2018, so much so he likely wouldn’t have been chosen. But like Joe Burrow at the QB position, his improvement in this category from 2018 to 2019 was staggering. He just simply became a much better football player this past fall, and front offices are going to have to determine which version was a mirage.


46) WR Denzel Mims, BU


Pro Comp: D.J. Chark


There are a few diamonds in the rough down at Baylor that probably owe Matt Rhule a portion of their signing bonus for putting more eyes on them. Mims is one of those guys. He burst onto the scene this year, and his combine performance sealed the deal for him. He’s at worst a day two draft pick and with his 6’3 size and 4.38 speed, he’s created some first-round buzz that could bear itself out on Thursday. Mims is a long strider, and for all his speed, he struggles to separate against physical corners when you watch him. He’s a classic ‘traits’ prospect. The film doesn’t match what his athleticism would project him to be able to do. It’s possible he’s just not that good. You can be an exceptional athlete and a subpar football player. It’s also possible he puts his route running and technique together to become one of the better receivers in the draft. His floor is lower, but the potential is seemingly endless – especially if paired across from an already established number one receiver.


47) TE Cole Kmet, ND


Pro Comp: Hunter Henry


Playing tight end in a system like Notre Dame’s will undoubtedly help Kmet in the long run. The Irish play a pro style with a lot of in-line tight ends and Kmet was a pretty good fit for what they wanted to do. He’s been on the field there for a long time, starting out as that second tight end more responsible for blocking before blossoming into probably their best pass catcher in 2019. He’s a good-not-great blocker and should be able to get the job done in the NFL. He’s by no means on the level of George Kittle in terms of two-way players but he can get the job done. At least early in his career, he won’t be a Jimmy Graham type or Travis Kelce who are basically glorified receivers at this point. While Kmet is a two-way tight end, he hasn’t displayed dominance in any one area, whether that be as a receiver or a run blocker. He’s a balanced player who can help an NFL team likely as a number two tight end early.


48) LB Akeem Davis-Gaither, APP


Pro Comp: Myles Jack


Some people think Davis-Gaither will end up playing a type of safety in the NFL, and it goes to show his athleticism. He will still likely be a linebacker but he’s a speed and coverage specialist. He was excellent in coverage at App State and years ago likely wouldn’t be worth more than a day three pick but with the way the linebacker position has evolved and been shrunk down with sub packages, Davis-Gaither has a lot of appeal. He is undersized, as he weighs just 215 – hence why some think he’ll be forced to transition to a safety hybrid. He should however get a chance at being a true linebacker first, and if he can prove strong enough at the point of attack, his speed will be invaluable both in zone running schemes and the pass.


49) CB Noah Igbinoghene, AUB


Pro Comp: Tavon Young


Talk about a track star. Igbinoghene has incredible speed and won’t have a problem sticking with most NFL receivers down the field. He is a little undersized at just 5’10 so the question as always is will he be able to stick as an outside corner or will he be a nickel. He isn’t a bad tackler like you might think with an undersized corner. He could work on finding the ball in the air a little better and his technique. He’s so fast he didn’t really need much technique in college, but he will in the pros. There’s a little projection involved with Igbinoghene, but speed kills and his will be alluring come draft time.


50) S Ashtyn Davis, CAL


Pro Comp: Jessie Bates III


Davis has become a little forgotten about through the process. He’s a very good player that was a big part of Cal’s resurgence and notorious defense in 2019. Justin Herbert probably still has nightmares about what Davis was able to do against him in their matchup this past fall. He has range as a high safety and while his instincts are average, he can read things. The more comfortable he gets in his scheme, the faster and better he’ll play. He is a pretty freaky athlete with outstanding speed and a track background. Because of that, there’s been some chatter that he could turn into a corner. Overall, he’s a little raw and therefore boom or bust, but his intangibles alone make him an intriguing prospect.

51) LB Jordyn Brooks, TTU


52) IOL Lloyd Cushenberry III, LSU


53) TE Adam Trautman, UD


54) S K'Von Wallace, CLEM


55) CB Jaylon Johnson, UTAH


56) S Jeremy Chinn, SIU


57) LB Willie Gay, MSU


58) IOL Tyler Biadasz, WISC


59) TE Harrison Bryant, FAU


60) IOL Ben Bredeson, MICH


61) EDGE Anfernee Jennings, ALA


62) RB Eno Benjamin, ASU


63) IOL Netane Muti, FRES


64) CB Amik Robertson, LAT


65) WR Bryan Edwards, SC


66) CB A.J. Terrell, CLEM


67) OT Saahdiq Charles, LSU


68) OT Isaiah Wilson, UGA


69) WR James Proche, SMU


70) S Antoine Winfield Jr., MIN


71) WR Tee Higgins, CLEM


72) CB Bryce Hall, UVA


73) EDGE Kenny Willekes, MSU


74) LB Logan Wilson, WYO


75) WR Tyler Johnson, MIN


76) S Kyle Dugger, LENR


77) TE Albert Okwuegbunam


78) DI Justin Madubuike, TAMU


79) EDGE Curtis Weaver, BSU


80) RB Ke'Shawn Vaughn, VAN


81) RB Zack Moss, UTAH


82) TE Hunter Bryant, WASH


83) RB Darrynton Evans, APP


84) TE Jared Pinkney, VAN


85) DI Jordan Elliott, MIZ


86) IOL Tyler Stenberg, UK


87) QB Jacob Eason, WASH


88) S Terrell Burgess, UTAH


89) WR Kalija Lipscomb, VAN


90) Robert Hunt, ULL


91) LB Evan Weaver, CAL


92) EDGE Josh Uche, MICH


93) OT Alaric Jackson, IOWA


94) LB Joe Bachie, MSU


95) RB A.J. Dillon, BC


96) CB Darnay Holmes, UCLA


97) WR K.J. Hill, OSU


98) OT Matt Peart, UCONN


99) QB Jalen Hurts, OU


100) LB Troy Dye, ORE


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