2020 NFL Draft Round One Winners/Losers

Nothing makes you feel better than your team knocking it out of the park with a possible cornerstone franchise player in the first round. On the flip side, nothing will make you want to throw your chair across the room that reaching for a guy that Mel Kiper has a third-round grade on. Here are who we think are the winners and losers of the 2020 first round:

WINNERS

Broncos

They were able to get Jerry Jeudy, arguably the top receiver in this class, without having to move up from 15 after weeks of rumors that they were trying to do so. Jeudy steps in and becomes the starter next to Courtland Sutton, giving Drew Lock a few weapons to play with now. Watch out AFC, the Broncos have arrived.

Browns

The Browns actually made the right pick? Is this the Twilight Zone? No it’s not and it seems that the new front office has it figure out. They knew their weakness was at the offensive line and drafted Jedrick Wills, a tackle with tons of experience against elite competition. No excuses for Baker Mayfield now.

Cowboys

How ’bout them Cowboys?!?!?! By selecting CeeDee Lamb, they now have the leagues best wide receiving group and could have the best offense too. They are set up nicely for the future and while they still have needs on the defensive side of the ball, if you’re going to score 40 points a game you might not need much defense to win games.

Vikings

After the loss of Stefon Digs, the Vikings had a massive hole at receiver. So they got the silky-smooth Justin Jefferson. Last season, one of their biggest weaknesses was corner. So, they got the Jeff Gladney, an alpha male, while also trading back a few slots. This was the perfect combination of getting the best player available while also addressing a need. Vikings look primed for another playoff appearance.

America

We finally got some sports during these terrible times. Thank you NFL for doing this event and making us forget what’s going on for a few hours.

LOSERS

Seahawks

They got Jordyn Brooks which 1) did not address a pressing need 2) puts him at the same position as their best defender, Bobby Wagner 3) they could have easily traded down and got him in the second. Knowing the Seahawks, Brooks will be a solid player but this one is a head-scratcher to me.

Eagles

Jalen Reagor isn’t a scrub, the man should become a starter sooner rather than later. They are losers in this because their rival, the Dallas Cowboys, got a stud receiver just four picks ahead of them. Eagles had the draft picks to move up ahead of the Cowboys to pick CeeDee Lamb and decided not too. Now they have to face him twice a year.

Packers

For Jordan Love’s sake, this was a great fit. For the Packer’s short-term, this was a terrible fit. They are in win-now mode and should build around Rodgers, not get his replacement. Rodgers also isn’t the ideal mentor and there will surely be conflict between Love and Rodgers. Get your popcorn ready, fireworks will be happening in Green Bay.

Raiders

The Raiders always make a head-scratching pick every season. They drafted Henry Ruggs at twelve, which to some is a slight reach due to the other receivers that were still on the board, but he should be a productive player early. However, it was their second selection of the first in Damon Arnette that’s a surprise. Arnette is a late-second at best prospect and will struggle early. Mahomes is going to continue to torch this defense.

Falcons

It was no secret that the Falcons wanted a corner and their were rumors of them trying to move into the top-ten for CJ Henderson. That didn’t happen so they drafted a borderline first-rounder at 16. Wait, what? Yes, they could have drafted down and gotten more picks while drafting AJ Terrell, or a player of similar or better quality, later in the draft. This does not help them this season, when head coach Dan Quinn is on the hot seat and in need of a playoff appearance.

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2020 Second Round Mock

A little second round mock to get you ready for another day of the NFL Draft! Just a reminder, I’m not intentionally trying to screw over your team. Enjoy!

33. Bengals- Josh Jones, Houston OT

34. Colts- Denzel Mims, Baylor WR

35. Lions- Marlon Davidson, Auburn DL

36. Giants- Yetur Gross-Matos, Penn State EDGE

37. Patriots- AJ Epenesa, Iowa DL

38. Panthers- Kristian Fulton, LSU CB

39. Dolphins- D’Andre Swift, Georgia RB

40. Texans- Trevon Diggs, Alabama CB

41. Browns- Xavier McKinney, Alabama S

42. Jaguars- Tee Higgins, Clemson WR

43. Bears- Chase Claypool, Notre Dame WR

44. Colts- Jalen Hurts, Oklahoma QB

45. Buccaneers- Jonathan Taylor, Wisconsin RB

46. Broncos- Ezra Cleveland, Boise State OT

47. Falcons- Zack Braun, Wisconsin LB

48. Jets- Robert Hunt, Lousiana OL

49. Steelers- Michael Pittman, Jr., USC WR

50. Bears- Grant Delpit, LSU S

51. Cowboys- Jaylon Johnson, Utah CB

52.Rams- Lucas Niang, TCU OT

53. Eagles- Jeremy Chinn, Southern Illinois S

54. Bills- JK Dobbins, Ohio State RB

55. Ravens- Julian Okwara, Notre Dame EDGE

56. Dolphins- Lloyd Cushenberry, LSU OL

57. Rams- Curtis Weaver, Boise State EDGE

58. Vikings- Ross Blacklock, TCU DL

59. Seahawks- Terrell Lewis, Alabama EDGE

60. Ravens- Jonah Jackson, Ohio State OL

61. Titans- Justin Madubuike, Texam A&M DL

62- Packers- KJ Hamler, Penn State WR

63- Chiefs- Amik Robertson, Lousiana Tech CB

64- Seahawks- Raekwon Davis, Alabama DL

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2020 Final Big Board

The final big board is here!!! After months of studying film, here is the top 100 players in this years draft. Whether you love it or hate it, I appreciate the support as always!

  1. Chase Young, Ohio State EDGE
  2. Joe Burrow, LSU QB
  3. Tua Tagovailoa, Alabama QB
  4. Jerry Jeudy, Alabama WR
  5. Isaiah Simmons, Clemson LB
  6. Jeff Okudah, Ohio State CB
  7. Tristian Wirfs, Iowa OT
  8. Derrick Brown, Auburn DL
  9. Jedrick Wills, Alabama OT
  10. CeeDee Lamb, Oklahoma WR
  11. Mekhi Becton, Louisville OT
  12. Henry Ruggs, Alabama WR
  13. Andrew Thomas, Georgia OT
  14. K’Lauvon Chaisson, LSU EDGE
  15. Antoine Winfield, Jr., Minnesota S
  16. Yetur Gross-Matos, Penn State EDGE
  17. Javon Kinlaw, South Carolina DL
  18. CJ Henderson, Florida CB
  19. Xavier McKinney, Alabama S
  20. Justin Herbert, Oregon QB
  21. Noah Igbinoghene, Auburn CB
  22. Cesar Ruiz, Michigan IOL
  23. Justin Jefferson, LSU WR
  24. AJ Epenesa, Iowa DL
  25. Grant Delpit, LSU S
  26. Jordan Love, Utah State QB
  27. KJ Hamler, Penn State WR
  28. JK Dobbins, Ohio State RB
  29. Tee Higgins, Clemson WR
  30. Kenneth Murray, Oklahoma LB
  31. D’Andre Swift, Georgia RB
  32. Patrick Queen, LSU LB
  33. Laviska Shenault, Colorado WR
  34. Bryce Hall, Virginia CB
  35. Ross Blacklock, TCU DL
  36. Kristian Fulton, LSU CB
  37. Jeff Gladney, TCU CB
  38. Denzel Mims, Baylor WR
  39. Trevon Diggs, Alabama CB
  40. Cole Kmet, Notre Dame TE
  41. Jonathan Taylor, Wisconsin RB
  42. Malik Harrison, Ohio State LB
  43. Justin Madubuike, Texas A&M DL
  44. AJ Terrell, Clemson CB
  45. Brandon Aiyuk, Arizona State WR
  46. Jake Fromm, Georgia QB
  47. Marlon Davidson, Auburn DL
  48. Brycen Hopkins, Purdue TE
  49. Jalen Raegor, TCU WR
  50. Raekwon Davis, Alabama DL
  51. Chase Claypool, Notre Dame WR
  52. Jeremy Chinn, Southern Illinois S
  53. Austin Jackson, USC OT
  54. Clyde Edwards-Helaire, LSU RB
  55. Michael Pittman, USC WR
  56. Curtis Weaver, Boise State EDGE
  57. Damon Arnette, Ohio State CB
  58. Jacob Eason, Washington QB
  59. Josh Jones, Houston OT
  60. Jaylon Johnson, Utah CB
  61. Zack Braun, Wisconsin EDGE
  62. Adam Trautman, Dayton TE
  63. Jonah Jackson, Ohio State IOL
  64. Julian Okwara, Notre Dame EDGE
  65. Kyle Dugger, Lenoir-Rhyne S
  66. Devin Asiasi, UCLA TE
  67. Davon Hamilton, Ohio State DL
  68. Lynn Bowden, Jr., Kentucky WR
  69. Neville Gallimore, Oklahoma DL
  70. Isaiah Wilson, Georgia OT
  71. Terrell Lewis, Alabama EDGE
  72. Troy Dye, Oregon LB
  73. Jordyn Brooks, Texas Tech LB
  74. Tyler Biadasz, Wisconsin C
  75. Lloyd Cushenberry III, LSU IOL
  76. Matt Hennessy, Temple IOL
  77. Van Jefferson, Florida WR
  78. Robert Hunt, Louisiana IOL
  79. Jalen Hurts, Oklahoma QB
  80. Cameron Dantzler, Mississippi State CB
  81. Ben Bartch, St. John’s IOL
  82. Ezra Cleveland, Boise State OT
  83. Darrynton Evans, Appalachian State RB
  84. Thaddeus Moss, LSU TE
  85. Zack Moss, Utah RB
  86. Hakeem Adeniji, Kansas OT
  87. Prince Tega Wanogho, Auburn OT
  88. Bryan Edwards, South Carolina WR
  89. Jonathan Greenard, Florida EDGE
  90. Ashytn Davis, Cal S
  91. Donovan Peoples-Jones, Michigan WR
  92. Collin Johnson, Texas WR
  93. K’Von Wallace, Clemson S
  94. Nick Harris, Washington IOL
  95. Eno Benjamin, Arizona State RB
  96. Akeem Davis-Gaither, Appalachian State LB
  97. Darrell Taylor, Tennessee EDGE
  98. Michael Ojemudia, Iowa CB
  99. Isaiah Hodgins, Oregon State WR
  100. Jordan Elliot, Missouri DL

Instead of including a highlight or two for every prospect, I’d thought I’d share some of the best game tape I saw in some of this years prospects. Don’t watch highlight compilation to judge a prospect, find a way to watch an entire game!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iDEilANMT-E

Best/Worst Case Scenario for Draft Prospects

Where a prospect is drafted can make or break a career. Some talented players fall victim to poor scheme fit that derails their career before it even gets started. Here are a few best/worst case scenario for some top prospects:

Joe Burrow, QB LSU

Best: Miami Dolphins

Rumor has it that the Dolphins view Burrow as their top quarterback and trying to find a way to move up and get the LSU product. Burrow would have the chance to learn from a veteran quarterback in Ryan Fitzpatrick and would be with a rebuilding team that will allow him to be patient in his development. With several high picks this year and next year’s draft, Burrow could be surrounded by a lot of young talent on both sides of the ball. Also, Brian Flores seems to be a promising head coach in a division with no clear-cut favorite anymore. 

Worst: Cincinnati Bengals

Yes, the most likely scenario for Burrow is absolutely the worst-case scenario for him. It makes for a good story that the Ohio native is returning home to try and lead a struggling franchise to the top. But, in reality, that’s where the positivity ends. The Bengals might be the NFL’s least talented team, especially on the offensive line, and historically are unwilling to spend money in free agency. Add in the fact that you’re playing in the AFC North which is stacked now and the first few seasons will be tough for Burrow and the Bengals. 

Tua Tagovailoa, QB Alabama

Best: Los Angeles Chargers

The Chargers are a franchise in need of an identity (and fans) and need a quarterback after longtime face of the franchise Phillip Rivers joined the Colts. Also, the Chargers have one of the more talented rosters in the league and aren’t too far off from being a playoff team. Tua would have plenty of targets and a strong running game to help him and the AFC West lacks an elite defense. A team trying to establish itself in a big market and a new stadium needs a player of Tua’s caliber and Tua would fit best with a team as talented as the Chargers. 

Worst: Cincinnati Bengals

I swear, I’m not picking on the Bengals on purpose. They’re just a poorly run franchise and would destroy a quarterback’s chance to thrive. Most of the reasons I listed why it’s a bad fit for Burrow applies for Tua as well, but another reason would be Tua’s lack of arm strength. Playing in a cold weathered city like Cincinnati and with the lack of supporting cast around him, Tua would struggle with the Bengals.

AJ Epenesa, DL Iowa

Best: Seattle Seahawks

Once a top-ten pick, Epenesa just hopes to go in the first round now and the best way to show his value is by playing in a defense that will allow him to line up at multiple spots across the line. The Seahawks run a hybrid 4-3 scheme that would ideally line up Epenesa as a big end in a base formation and then inside on passing downs, almost how Michael Bennett lined up for them during the legion of boom era. Also, being drafted at the end of the first round might help Epenesa as the more talent that surrounds him, the less double teams he’ll face.

Worst: New York Giants

While the Giants won’t draft him at four, there’s a good chance that they’ll target an edge rusher at the top of the second. While Epenesa would immediately be one of the best defensive linemen for the team, he’s not what they need. They need a speed edge rusher crashing in off the edge, which is not what Epenesa is best at. He will line up on the edge, he will do his best pass rushing off of stunts and playing inside. Giants already have Leonard Williams who they just franchise tagged that already does that for them. 

Laviska Shenault, WR Colorado

Best: Chicago Bears

As the weeks go by, the more it looks like Shenault is going to drop out of the first round. However, this might just work out best for him as the best fit is the Bears who own the 43rd and 50th pick and need a receiver. Whoever is the quarterback for them this year needs a target besides Alson Jeffrey and a versatile one like Shenault can go a long way. He’ll line up best in the slot but if you utilize him like how the 49ers do with Deebo Samuel, you might see some similar results. A creative play-caller like Matt Nagy can make a player like Shenault a star. 

Worst: Miami Dolphins

The Dolphins need another receiver, no doubt about that but they would do best with a speed threat that can attack you on short routes and also take the top off of the defense. Shenault is not a deep threat, he’s used best when the ball is in his hands early on slants and screens. There’s just not a fit there in my eyes as Dolphins should target a player like KJ Hamler in the second, a speed demon who can open things up for Devante Parker. 

Justin Herbert, QB Oregon

Best: Los Angeles Chargers

Many of the reasons that the Chargers are a great fit for Tua make it also a great fit for Herbert. Good roster, good coaching, and the chance to be a star in a big market. However, there’s another reason why Herbert would fit best with the Dolphins and that’s Tyrod Taylor. While no one will ever mistake Taylor as a franchise quarterback, he’s a solid option to start for a season. Because of this, Herbert does not need to be rushed into the starting lineup and can spend time developing the mental aspect of the game while having a veteran ahead of him teaching him the ropes. 

Worst: Miami Dolphins

While they are a team on the rise, they are more inclined to draft a quarterback and have them play early. Herbert needs at least a season to sit and learn and Dolphins would be pressured to play him early. They do have Ryan Fitzpatrick and Josh Rosen, but both of those guys are so streaky and are always a quarter away from being benched. The Dolphins also have a poor offensive line which means that whoever is behind center will have to diagnose the defense much quicker and at this point, Herbert needs to refine the mental aspect of his game. 

Jordan Love, QB Utah State

Best: Green Bay Packers 

This might seem like an unlikely landing spot for Love, but listening to Colin Cowherd’s show the past few weeks, he brings up a lot of strong points as to why the Packers might draft a quarterback early. Rodgers isn’t getting any younger and showed some regression for the first time this past season. He has also has missed multiple games in his career to injury and a smart organization like the Packers always think ahead. Sit Love for two seasons, at which Rodgers will be 38, then give him the keys to the franchise. LaFleur is a young, bright offensive mind who can tutor Love and turn him into a star. 

Worst: Las Vegas Raiders

Gruden loooooooooooves a quarterback like Love. Athletically he can do it all and is the closest thing to Mahomes in this class. That being said, he needs time to develop and a creative offensive scheme. Gruden likes to run the ball and use that to take deep shots on play-action which should help a strong-armed quarterback like Love, right? People said the same thing about Jamarcus Russell and we know how that turned out. Early in his career, Love will need schemes that rely on getting receivers open with space to run. I don’t think the Raiders will do that for him. With Derek Carr and Marcus Mariota both on the team with uncertainty, I could see Gruden rushing a new face at quarterback to play to usher in a new era of football in Las Vegas. 

Henry Ruggs, WR Alabama

Best: Denver Broncos

The Broncos have a good running game, good possession receiving targets and a promising young quarterback with a strong arm. The missing piece? A speedy deep threat. There’s no better speed demon in the draft that Ruggs, who I project with being a DeSean Jackson type player. Also, Drew Lock has a strong arm and in a division that lacks top cornerbacks for the most part, he can let it rip and target a guy like Ruggs down the field for a splash play. Broncos also need offensive line help, but if Ruggs is on the board there’s no way they can pass on him. 

Worst: New York Jets

Adam Gase’s offense is more predicated on intermediate routes, which is not Ruggs’ strength. He’ll work best on go routes and quick screens that will use his speed best. Also, while I’m a huge fan of Sam Darnold’s game, at this point he doesn’t throw the best deep ball. The Jets would be best to target CeeDee Lamb or Jerry Jeudy at 11 as both of those receivers are tailored for this offense. 

Justin Jefferson, WR LSU

Best: New Orleans Saints

While the Saints signed Emmanuel Sanders in free agency, they still need to desperately find another pass-catching target to take advantage of their current super bowl window. Jefferson, who went to school not too far away from the Superdome, has good size and quickness that can allow him to attack on slants and dig routes while also being able to attack down the field on deep routes. Another key aspect of his game are his strong hands, something that is imperative in an offense that has no problem spreading things out. Since he is shooting up draft boards, I’m not sure he will last long enough for the Saints to sit back and wait so they might need to be aggressive to get a player who compares favorably to their current star receiver, Michael Thomas. 

Worst: Denver Broncos

I fully expect there to be a run on receivers with all three of the top receivers (Jeudy, Lamb, and Ruggs) to be gone by 13, which leaves the Broncos at 15 in a tough situation. They really need a receiver but could probably get a pretty good one in the second round. However, if they stay put, they could target a player like Jefferson. This wouldn’t be wise as he’s mainly a possession receiver, something that they already have with Courtland Sutton and Noah Fant. Not so much that Jefferson won’t be a successful pro, but rather this would limit his potential surrounded by players with the same skillset. 

JK Dobbins, RB Ohio State

Best: Miami Dolphins

While there is much dispute over who’s the top running back in this class, I think Dobbins will be the most productive early and possibly have the best career. The Dolphins current depth chart has Jordan Howard at the top, who at this point is considered a below-average starter, and then not much behind that. They could use a game-changer like Dobbins who has exceptional vision and at any point can break out a big play. Also, the Dolphins new offensive coordinator in Chan Gailey, one of the innovators of the spread offense in the NFL. Dobbins comes from a spread scheme in college and was at his best running out of the shotgun in a 5-6 man box where all he has to do is make one guy miss. Whoever is taking the snaps for the Dolphins next year will welcome a rusher of Dobbins talent. 

Worst: Washington Redskins

Redskins are a mess and are a team that has several experienced running backs yet none that you can count on. With new coach Ron Rivera who historically likes to run the ball, you can bet that they will target a running back early but Dobbins isn’t the fit for them. They’ll want to run a more physical and traditional offense which makes a player like Jonathan Taylor a better option. Also, Dobbins in college seemed to be a rhythm runner which means the more touches he got, the more productive he became. With a crowded running back room, Dobbins might be a guy next year limited to ten touches a game only. 

Kenneth Murray, LB Oklahoma

Best: Kansas City Chiefs

Chiefs need to draft defense, that much is tough to dispute. Their defensive line seems to be in great shape, but have massive holes at linebacker and cornerback. While they can’t go wrong with either, drafting Kenneth Murray would make the most sense. Murray is an aggressive sideline to sideline linebacker and would be able to track down ball carriers in a division that has some promising running backs. Murray fits best in a 4-3 scheme, which is something the Chiefs run and can help in the passing game guarding tight ends which would allow Tyrann Mathieu to help more in the slot. 

Worst: Detroit Lions

The Lions need help on defense and Matt Patricia is a defensive coach so this would make sense in the early second round. However, I don’t think Patricia will be patient as he’s on the hot seat and will want a more refined player. Murray is a player who plays very aggressively, which means he’s prone to mistakes and missing tackles. The Lions have a few veteran linebackers (Jarrad Davis, Jamie Collins, and Reggie Ragland) which means Murray might not see the field too much. A player like him will do best playing early and learning every game on how to improve. Won’t be a bust here, just will be limited by scheme and coaching.

Durgin’s Weekly Spiral Big Board 1.0, 41-50

This is it! The final part of the inaugural big board is here. We’ll drop another big board or two over the next few months, but this will be the most in-depth one we do most likely. As always, we appreciate you guys reading!

Part 1- https://weeklyspiral.com/2020/02/21/weekly-spiral-big-board-1-0-1-10

Part 2- https://weeklyspiral.com/2020/02/23/durgins-weekly-spiral-big-board-1-0-11-20

Part 3- https://weeklyspiral.com/2020/02/25/durgins-weekly-spiral-big-board-1-0-21-30

Part 4- https://weeklyspiral.com/2020/02/27/durgins-weekly-spiral-big-board-1-0-31-40

41. Tyler Biadasz, Wisconsin, IOL

A steady force at center for the explosive Badger run game, Biadasz was as important as anyone on that offense. Playing center and being a three-year starter, he made the line calls and audibles that propelled an absolutely dominating run game, an area where he thrived. An average athlete, Biadasz makes up for it with strength, toughness and a high football IQ. Honestly tough to judge him in pass protection due to the offense Wisconsin ran, but I would see no problems in him doing well in that area. Did have hip surgery late in 2019 which is worrisome. Scouts say his past year’s tape showed some regression and the hip injury could be to blame for that. Anytime a player, especially an offensive lineman, suffers an injury like this, it raises red flags. 

Pro Comp- Alex Mack

42. Brycen Hopkins, Purdue, TE

As the game evolves and looks for more speed, Hopkins is the ideal tight end for today’s NFL. While he’ll never be the in-line blocker you can run behind, he can essentially play as a big receiver who operates in the slot. Displays good route running ability and soft hands on both short and intermediate throws that will make him a quarterbacks best friend on third down. Displays good YAC abilities despite not being a true burner, he is tough to bring down due to his size. Could use another ten pounds or so of muscle that will help him both in the blocking game and getting off of the line against press coverage. Won’t be a fit for all teams, but a team that wants to throw the ball and operate from a spread formation will do wonders for Hopkins.  

Pro Comp- Mike Geisecki

43. Malik Harrison, Ohio State, LB

While Chase Young was the best player on the Ohio State defense, Harrison could be considered the heart and soul of it. A thumper in the run game, can quickly diagnose and attack run plays. Takes great angles to the ball which is needed as he isn’t a great athlete. Has a great motor and never quits on a play, sprints sideline to sideline. A leader of men that energizes his teammates with his hustle and big-play capabilities. While the effort is there, he isn’t great in pass coverage. He looked out of place too many times and struggled playing man against athletic tight ends. Early in his career might be just a two-down player, but in the right system that would lean heavily on him playing zone, he can be a starter in his rookie year and a very productive long term mike linebacker. 

Pro Comp- Blake Martinez

44. Trey Adams, Washington, OL

One of the bigger risks in this draft will be Adams, a polarizing prospect as when he is healthy he’s a one-man wrecking ball on the offensive line. The keyword is healthy as he suffered serious back and knee issues in college. Great size at 6-8, 320 lbs and pretty good agility for his size, Adams could play tackle at the pro level but will most likely be playing guard. Strong at both pass and run blocking and uses his arms well to get extension against defensive linemen and manipulates them to where he wants them to go. Very sound technically, as he should be as a five-year college player and does a good job of picking up on stunts and rarely gets outsmarted on the line. While a good athlete, not a great one so shouldn’t be tasked to pull as a guard or tackle. Should be an immediate starter and if he stays healthy, has a high ceiling. His health will scare off teams and could easily fall in the draft because of it. 

Pro Comp- Ryan Ramczyk

45. AJ Terrell, Clemson, CB

Terrell might be a project, but if given the appropriate time to develop then he can become a high-level player. Displayed good skills in both man and zone coverage with being athletic enough to play in man coverage but the eyes and anticipation to play well in zone. A three-year contributor at a high-level program that won a lot of games, which is something that can’t be undervalued. Strong at tackling for a corner, not afraid to get involved in run plays. Diagnoses screenplays quickly and can blow up the play before it gets going. Struggled in the national championship game against LSU and does not do well against bigger receivers. Lacks the physicality and strength in coverage and will need a year or two before he can be a starter in the league. I think will do best in the pros if he plays mostly in zone coverage if he is able to add the needed strength. 

Pro Comp- Jimmy Smith

46. Jaylon Johnson, Utah, CB

The swiss army knife of the Utes strong defense in 2018 and 2019, Johnson lined up all over the field (corner, safety, dime linebacker) and did whatever was necessary for his team to succeed. Does not have elite coverage skills at this point and may never get there, but has the physicality desired for a defense that mostly runs a zone scheme. Does well in that initial few seconds after the ball is snapped, but breaks down when the quarterback rolls out or has no pressure on him. Strong tackler and receivers tend to go down after he hits them. Sticks his nose in run support and doesn’t let ball carriers get outside of him. Will be a stud in special teams and going to be a productive gunner on the punt unit immediately. It would be best for him to be slowly worked into a role on defense and not have the pressure of starting right off of the bat. 

Pro Comp- James Bradberry

47. Jacob Eason, Washington, QB

Once seen as the future of Georgia football and a surefire first-round pick, Eason transferred after his sophomore season and ended up having a strong last season at the University of Washington, his home. A five star recruit out of high school, Eason exploded onto the scene as a freshman but was benched in favor of Jake Fromm. However, it appears that not much changed in terms of his strengths and weaknesses from the time he stepped foot on campus to the moment he declared for the draft. He has great size for a quarterback and has a laser for an arm that at times makes throws that not many people can make. Despite his natural ability, Eason struggles with his accuracy. Too many times he would have an open receiver that he would miss. Throws a good deep ball when given time to set his feet and throw but hen forced to scramble a bit, relies solely on his arm and doesn’t have the best technique. He is a work in process and needs to sit for a year or two before becoming a starter. Best suited for a vertical pass offense that relies on the run game to open things up. 

Pro Comp- Ryan Tannehill

48. Nick Harris, Washington, IOL

Games are won in the trenches and having positional flexibility goes a long way to becoming a coach’s favorite. Harris started four years at guard and center for the Huskies and was the anchor on the line during an era where Washington came back to national relevance. He might not be the mauler, he is a good athlete and operates best when on the move. Best suited to play center, but could without a doubt play either guard spot. Slightly undersized for a lineman, he needs to play in the right scheme, preferably a zone blocking one. Struggles with one on one blocking in the run game, but does a good job in pass protection against bigger opponents due to his footwork and technique. Will be a very good starter for the next decade-plus if put in the right situation, possibly the first few seasons at guard and then eventually at center. 

Pro Comp- Jason Kelce

49. Jake Fromm, Georgia, QB

The term “game manager” gets thrown around too often and is seen as a detriment, but in reality and in the right system it can lead to wins. Fromm future seems to be that of a game manager and essentially was that during his three years at Georgia, where they were consistently ranked in the top 10 and reaching the title game in 2018. He does not have a strong arm which limits him and his future as he won’t be able to stretch the field on deep throws. What he does well is making the right decision and getting the ball out quickly. He played in a pro-style offense that relied on running the ball a lot, so he was never tasked with having to win a game on his own. Another worrisome fact about Fromm is that he never got better over his three years as a starter and if anything, he regressed. Accuracy was down this past season as he tried to make more downfield throws. I think what you see is what you’ll get from Fromm. He’s never gonna blow you away with his tools, but he’s a high IQ quarterback who limits his mistakes and his teammates will go to war with him any day of the week. 

Pro Comp- Kirk Cousins

50. Austin Jackson, USC, OT

He has the ideal look and play style that coaches want from a franchise tackle, but Jackson is still a few years away from getting to that point in his career. Physically gifted with great size and agility that shows when he is going up against speed rushers, which the NFL is full of. Does a good job and making that quick first step out and not letting the rusher get outside of him. On run plays, he is rather inconsistent and sometimes looks like an absolute beast and other times gets bullied too easily. Really struggles going up against complete pass rushers who can beat you in a few ways. Got abused all game against Iowa and A.J Epenesa which to me shows that Jackson has a long way to go. His technique is all over the place and struggles with stunts as well. Would struggle if forced to step in and play right away, so it would be smart for him to sit behind a veteran for a year in a zone-blocking scheme. 

Pro Comp- Andre Dillard

Honorable Mention (in no order):

Cesar Ruiz, Michigan, IOL

Brandon Aiyuk, Arizona State, WR

Raekwon Davis, Alabama, DL

Josh Jones, Houston, OT

Clyde Edwards-Helaire, LSU, RB

Lynn Bowden, Jr., Kentucky, WR

Troy Dye, Oregon, LB

Lucas Niang, TCU, OT

Collin Johnson, Texas, WR

Damon Arnette, Ohio State, CB

Michael Pittman Jr, USC, WR

Zack Braun, Wisconsin, EDGE

Damon Arnette, Ohio State, CB

Netane Muti, Fresno St, IOL

Durgin’s Weekly Spiral Big Board 1.0, 31-40

Getting down to the wire here. Fringe first round talents here, but lots of good value that will land in ideal situations by playing on better teams due to being drafted at the end of the first round.

Part 1- https://weeklyspiral.com/2020/02/21/weekly-spiral-big-board-1-0-1-10/

Part 2- https://weeklyspiral.com/2020/02/23/durgins-weekly-spiral-big-board-1-0-11-20/

Part 3- https://weeklyspiral.com/2020/02/25/durgins-weekly-spiral-big-board-1-0-21-30/

31. Antoine Winfield Jr, Minnesota, DB

A son of former NFL DB, Winfield Jr. helped lead the resurrection of the Minnesota football program to one of their best seasons in school history. A redshirt sophomore but academically a senior, he battled injuries in back to back seasons and didn’t get the chance to display his talent until 2019. A high IQ player, he is as versatile as they come for a defensive back as he could play free or strong safety and nickel corner. A true ballhawk, he had seven interceptions and two forced fumbles this past season. Plays as well in pass coverage as he does in the run due to his aggressiveness and competitive nature displays that no moment is too big for him. Played a lot of deep safety in cover two or three but came down into the box to guard tight ends and slot receivers. Not a great athlete and is injury prone but is a day one impact player. I think he projects best in a defense that allows him to play in a hybrid defense so he can be aggressive and not play in a scheme-specific role. If used properly, could be a multiple-time pro bowl player and possible all-pro. 

Pro Comp- Lamarcus Joyner

32. CJ Henderson, Florida, CB

There might not be a more aggressive, big-play seeking corner in this class than Henderson. He loves to jump routes and often makes the play which speaks highly of his football IQ and vision. Solid in both zone and man coverage which makes him ready to play in any system. Has the size and athleticism desired for the position and could have a strong performance at the combine. While he wasn’t targeted much this year and that might be responsible for his zero interception total, tallied six in his first two seasons which shows he does have a knack for the ball. The main concern with him will be his tackling and his risky play. Didn’t show much desire to tackle receivers and that hurt him on occasion which resulted in long gains for the offense. Because he’s so aggressive in coverage, can be prone to bite on double moves and that’s something pro teams will take advantage of if he doesn’t’ clean that up. 

Pro Comp- Greedy Williams

33. Jonathan Taylor, Wisconsin, RB

One of the most productive backs in college football history, Taylor looks to carry the success over in the pros but might be playing in the wrong era. A very patient runner, he displays good vision and acceleration to hit the hole once his offensive line opens things up for him. Has good size and is able to break tackles while keeping his feet moving. A north-south runner who loves the run in between the tackles while running over defenders. Was a bell cow back and has over 900 carries in his three seasons, which is something you rarely see anymore. Because of this, many fear that the wear and tear on his body may limit his longevity in the league. Also, he wasn’t asked to do much receiving in college and ran mostly screens which doesn’t bode well for him being a three-down running back. Fumbled quite a bit in his career which is worrisome but also had more carries than most running backs. Projects best in a power run, inside zone system where he isn’t relied upon much in the passing game.

Pro Comp- Mark Ingram

34. Terrell Lewis, Alabama, EDGE

Prototypical 3-4 OLB with impressive size and athleticism that will make him desirable to most teams. A bit of a late bloomer by not playing much until this past season but overcame an injury and NFL level players in front of him to finally get his time to shine. Has a quick get off and explosiveness off the snap which puts him in the backfield early. Solid in run defense and setting the edge but overall didn’t make too many impact plays there. Will need to develop more pass rush moves as now he relies mostly on athleticism and size to beat defenders. It worked in the SEC, the nation’s best conference, which is a promising size that it will translate but will need to refine his technique and get better at using his hands. Might not be productive right off the bat, but using him on passing downs early is the best way to use his talents.  

Pro Comp- Bud Dupree

35. Jeff Gladney, TCU, CB

An experienced corner who’s been apart of a great defensive scheme for four seasons, Gladney may not have the ceiling of some other corners but should be an impact player off the bat. At his best when in man coverage and using his speed and IQ to shut down receivers. He’s good at the line of scrimmage and battling with receivers to knock them off of their routes. Because of this skill, plays well in certain zone schemes. Does a good job of reading the eyes of the quarterback and most of his deflections and turnovers were because of this skill. Pretty quick in short spaces and seemed to run well on deep routes. Played against a lot of teams who throw the ball from the spread so it should be well adjusted at the next level. Is a fifth-year senior which limits his ability to get much better. What you see currently is what you get. Ready to play now and could be a solid 2 or 3 corner on a team for the next 5 years. 

Pro Comp- Marlon Humphrey

36. Cole Kmet, Notre Dame, TE

An all-around solid tight end prospect, Kmet may never be the big playmaker that we see with many of today’s top tight ends but figures to have a nice career that should last many years. He came to Notre Dame as a dual-sport athlete playing both football and baseball but decided to solely focus on the gridiron, which looks to be the wise decision. While not an explosive athlete, he moves well for his size and displays soft hands. Not afraid of contact and shows that running routes over the middle and oftentimes taking on tacklers head-on. Needs to add some more muscle but that will come as he’s never had a full off-season to just focus on football. Blocks pretty well and will only get better at that as he gets stronger. Notre Dame has developed several strong tight ends over the past few seasons and Kmet has the potential to be better than any of them. Low Floor prospect. 

Pro Comp- Kyle Rudolph

37. Justin Jefferson, LSU, WR

Behind every great quarterback is a supporting cast that deserves some love too. The best weapon that Joe Burrow had this year was his stud receiver, Justin Jefferson. Incredible hands, possibly the best in the class, Jefferson thrives in many contested catches and rarely lets the ball touch his chest which limits his drops. Runs solid routes and despite lackluster speed, he is able to get open deep. Lined up both in the slot and outside but doesn’t offer too much after the catch due to lack of speed. Could use some muscle on his tall and lanky frame but displays the physicality and toughness to battle with corners on blocks and on the line of scrimmage. Would do best on a pass-first team that will utilize him as a possession receiver and a quarterback whose not afraid to throw into tight coverage. May never be a top option on a good team, but can be a #2/3 right off the bat and provide stability to any quarterback. 

Pro Comp- Tyler Boyd

38. Jordan Love, Utah State, QB

Another quarterback that has all the tools you want but not necessarily the polish ready to be an NFL starter. Love might have the widest range in terms of where he will get drafted. Some see him as a borderline top ten pick, others a second or third rounder. He has a strong arm and can be accurate at times, especially when given time to throw. After a strong 2018 season where he threw for 32 touchdowns and 6 interceptions, he regressed in 2019 throwing for 20 touchdowns and 17 interceptions. So the question every team is asking, will the real Jordan Love please stand up? He made a lot of very questionable decisions and rather than make the safe throw, he would try too hard to make a play that leads to turnovers. He needs to do a better job of letting the game come to him. Did not have a good supporting cast around him in 2019 which some people attribute to his struggles. A fantastic athlete who is a dual-threat and would thrive in RPO’s. Needs to sit for a year, but with a creative play-caller will be a starter. On the flip side, if he does not have the proper help around him, he will struggle to amount to much in the league. 

Pro Comp- Josh Allen

39. Julian Okwara, Notre Dame, EDGE

As polished as a player as there is in the draft and while never become a superstar, could be a solid contributor for many years. Okwara has strong pass rush moves and plays well on passing downs to get pressure on the quarterback. One thing that stands out is lack of strength. He needs to gain at least ten pounds of muscle and functional strength as too many times got bullied in the run game. Did not do well setting the edge, but displays a high motor crashing in from the weak side which shows me that the effort level is there. Dropped into coverage which makes him even more valuable as he can become a valuable piece for any defensive coordinator. A solid athlete who displays good quickness off of the edge and loves to utilize the dip move to get around tackles to force the quarterback to step up. Didn’t have eye-popping stats which furthers my belief of him being a solid player, never a superstar. 

Pro Comp- Jordan Jenkins

40. Patrick Queen, LSU LB

It’s tougher to imagine a better ending than being the defensive player of the game in the national championship and Queen achieved that. A quick linebacker whose game is textbook for today’s NFL, he operates best when he can use his quickness to track down ball carriers. Could operate as a MLB or WLB, he is a true sideline to sideline backer and has exceptional quickness and IQ to help him dissect plays properly. Might struggle to disengage lineman against a power run opponent, but if he has a free release then you best believe he is making a play. Mostly played in zone in pass coverage but looked pretty good against tight ends and running backs. Only a one-year starter but got better with every game that passed. Due to his athleticism and IQ at the linebacker position, he has a chance to be a productive player early in his career but needs to be prepared for the physicality at the next level.

Pro Comp- Eric Kendricks

Durgin’s Weekly Spiral Big Board 1.0, 11-20

Back again with the most anticipated sequel since the Godfather, part II. Lots of talented here, with many having the highest ceiling, but maybe a lower floor. These boom or bust type prospects can make a GM a hero or a villain.

Part 1 in case you missed it: https://weeklyspiral.com/?p=436

11. Jedrick Willis, Alabama, OT

Willis anchored the right tackle spot the past two seasons on a star-studded Alabama team. He has the ideal size and strength to be a long term starter at either tackle spot for the next decade. While some may look at the fact he was a right tackle, not a left tackle as a concern, he was still protecting the blind side of left-handed quarterback Tua Tagovailoa. This makes me believe he could play at either tackle spot at a high level. He won’t test off the charts athletically but is exceptional with his hands fighting off edge rushers. Has a strong and powerful frame and doesn’t get pushed back on bullrushes. In an NFL where protecting the quarterback on offense and getting to the quarterback on defense is the goal of every team, having a stud like Willis on the bookend is a luxury to any team. 

Pro Comp- Trent Williams

12. Tristian Wirfs, Iowa, OT

Possibly the strongest player in the draft, Wirfs is a mauler and downright nasty offensive lineman. A three-year starter at right tackle, Wirfs is a very physical run and pass blocker and moves his body well for a man standing at 6-5, 320 lbs. On tape, you can see him easily move blockers off the edge with quick feet on speed moves and just overpower linemen when they attempt a bull rush. He did have a few lapses on stunts being a step slow but typically was able to slow down rushers by utilizing his long arms. Never played on the left side could be concerning to teams, but at just 21 years old he will have plenty of time to develop. Suspended the first game of 2018 after an offseason arrest will surely be addressed when meeting with teams. 

Pro Comp- Lane Johnson

13. Grant Delpit, LSU, S

The leader of the Tigers defense, Delpit etched his name in stone as a top prospect after becoming a two-time All-American and Thorpe award winner in 2019. Lines up at strong safety typically but plays all around the field and profiles to play at either safety spot in the NFL. Looks like a natural against the run being able to diagnose plays and read where the ball carrier is going to go. Not afraid to line up close to the line of scrimmage and or blitz off the edge. Displays good coverage skills in man or zone and does a good job of playing against opponents tight ends. Has the speed to keep up with most pass catchers but won’t get outmuscled of boxed out on 50/50 balls. Statistically had a better 2018 season with 5 interceptions and 9 tackles for losses, but was battling an ankle injury this past season that could explain the dip in production. Projects best in a system that allows him to not be stationary and line up in a multitude of positions to confuse defenses.

Pro Comp- Harrison Smith

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d-EZc__jWqM

14. Javon Kinlaw, South Carolina, DL

Quite possibly the best player you’ve never heard of, Kinlaw skyrocketing up draft boards this season the more film there was out there of him. Kinlaw grew up homeless and didn’t qualify academically out of high school that forced him to play junior college for a season, but joined the Gamecocks as a Sophomore and showed improvement every season. Lining up at a three-technique, which should be his position in the NFL, Kinlaw is close to unblockable on the interior as you can get on both pass and run plays. Has a very quick get off and quick feet that forced him to be constantly double-teamed by opponents. Teams often would bring the center over to chip block him but more often than not Kinlaw was able to apply pressure on the quarterback. He doesn’t have the motor desired in a top prospect but that could be a result of not being in the best of shape to play a high number of snaps or possibly mentally checking out sometimes. Needs some coaching to diversify his pass-rushing abilities, but even if that doesn’t happen he’ll be a three-down player immediately. He has just the size and quickness that you can’t teach. 

Pro Comp- Cam Heyward

15. Xavier McKinney, Alabama, S

While Alabama’s defense struggled this past year, McKinney was by far the star and glue of the unit. He lined up at both safeties spots, linebacker and slot corner, but he projects best at playing either safety spot as he as the coverage abilities to guard tight ends or play deep in centerfield if needed. Was a big play machine racking up sacks, forced fumbles and interceptions in both years as a starter. Has a nose for the football and you can find him wherever the ball is. He does a great job of reading the eyes of the quarterback and breaking hard to the ball. Didn’t seem to be the elite in the run game and often would over pursues on his angles, but that is something that can be coached. May never be an All-Pro but looks like an overall safe prospect who can start right away and also produce on special teams. 

Pro Comp- Minkah Fitzpatrick

16. J.K. Dobbins, Ohio State, RB

The ultra-competitive back out of OSU showed great promise in his first two years but broke out his junior campaign rushing for over 2000 yards when he was called upon to be the main guy. Dobbins is a solidly built back that allows him to run in between the tackles, yet has the quickness required to run stretch plays. Hits the hole harder than any back I’ve seen this past season and was a great fit in the Ohio State spread offense that allowed him to read the hole then attack it. Displayed good hands that will allow him to be a third-down contributor. No glaring weaknesses in his skillset, but would work best in a balanced offense that has a quarterback to take the pressure off of the run game. 

Pro Comp- Todd Gurley

17. K’Lauvon Chaisson, LSU, EDGE

This guy get off is absolutely insane. Like seriously, you couldn’t watch any of LSU’s final three games and not immediately notice #18 coming off the edge in a hurry. Unreal timing and explosiveness. Add in great size and good pass rush moves and it makes you question as to why Chaisson only had 6.5 sacks, 4.5 of those coming in a three-game stretch, this past season. Often he would hit the quarterback and force them to throw the ball early or scramble outside the pocket but other times he would use that speed rush and then not come back with a counter move. Still, with the athletic ability he has, he will hear his name early in the draft due to the untapped potential he possesses. Another plus quality he has is his leadership ability. Despite only playing one full season (tore his ACL as a true sophomore that made him miss the entire season), he was voted as a team captain before the 2019 season which speaks to how highly he is thought of. 

Pro Comp- Dee Ford

18. Yetur Gross-Matos, Penn State, EDGE

A long, athletic rusher off the edge, Gross-Matos is the perfect fit for any team looking for a productive pass defensive end. He jumped into the starting lineup as a Sophomore and delivered two strong seasons for the Nittany Lions. He has an NFL ready body coming in at 6-5, 260 pounds and uses his body to his advantage. Jumps off the line with a quick get off and is able to use his long arms with rip and swim moves. His best trait however maybe his motor. He never gives up on a play and regardless of the down, gives maximum effort showing that he can be a three-down contributor. Would work best as a 4-3 end with the ability to play right over the tackle or in a wide 9 technique, but has the athleticism to be able to be effective as a 3-4 linebacker. It may take a year or two to become a legitimate starter, but with the right coaching, he will get there. Was one of the players named in a bullying/hazing lawsuit against the school, so teams will question his maturity and leadership abilities. 

Pro Comp- Robert Quinn

19. Trevon Diggs, Alabama, CB

The brother of Vikings WR Stefon Diggs, Trevon made a name for himself as a corner despite the fact he was recruited as a wide receiver coming out of high school. His body type resembles a receiver as he is long and lean without too much muscle on his frame. But because of his size, he is strong in press coverage and profiles as a strong boundary corner. Needs some work still against shiftier, smaller receivers but have to look at the big picture with Diggs. He has battled some injuries throughout his career, but stayed healthy his senior year which happened to also be his best season. For being a former receiver, his ball skills are elite for a corner which means he has the natural instincts to play the corner position. If he can get the right coaching, he has as high of a ceiling as any DB in the draft. 

Pro Comp- Josh Norman

20. Justin Herbert, Oregon, QB

The most polarizing prospect in the draft, Herbert returned for his senior year even though the consensus was that he would be a top 10 pick. While he still might go in that range, Herbert didn’t do much that changed my opinion of him as a prospect. Has the natural abilities that you’d want in a franchise quarterback: size, athleticism, arm strength. Despite this was never the most accurate of thrower and made quite a few questionable decisions with the ball every game. Also would have liked him to use his legs more as he is pretty mobile for a guy his size (6-6, 240), as he was fortunate enough to play behind the best offensive line in college in 2019. He needs to be in a quarterback-friendly system and paired with a coach that is willing to be patient with him. Ideally, he sits out his rookie year to study the game and develop his accuracy. There have been reports of lack of maturity and leadership which raises the questions if he can be the “guy”. Was the MVP of the Senior Bowl and helped his stock that week in Mobile. In my opinion, he is a classic boom or bust prospect; one that could easily be a Pro Bowler or out of the league in five years.

Pro Comp- Josh Allen

Durgin’s Weekly Spiral Big Board 1.0, 1-10

You’re probably wondering, how in the f*ck is this guy and why should I care about what he thinks? Very valid questions and to be honest, I’m just a fan like you who loves the NFL draft. For many years as a 49ers fan growing up (I just missed the glory years by a few years and endured seasons of J.T Sullivan and Troy Smith as my starting quarterback), all there was to look forward to was the draft. Every year, regardless of where my team was picking, I would study prospects and do my own mock drafts based on what I thought. Now due to the Weekly Spiral (go follow on all social media platforms if you haven’t yet), I get the opportunity with share my opinions and thoughts to all of you. Will you disagree with a lot of what I say? Of course. All I hope for is sharing my thoughts, you football fans will learn or thing or two about the upcoming draft. Whether you’re a Bengals fan or a Chiefs fan, there’s always the future to look forward too.

  1. Chase Young, Ohio State, EDGE

What happens when you mix a freak athlete with a polished pass rusher? You get Chase Young, the junior defensive end from Ohio State who many are calling a generational draft prospect. The past few seasons, Ohio State has produced top three selections in Nick and Joey Bosa and there’s a chance that Young ends up more coveted than both of them. Despite missing two games this past season, the Heisman semi-finalist finished with 16.5 sacks and six forced fumbles as a junior. A true technician of a pass rusher, he uses a variety of moves to get to the quarterback which with his athleticism is almost unfair. Does a good job in the run game as well, setting the edge and then disengaging with the blocker to get into the backfield with ease. He was suspended two games for violating NCAA rules, but was viewed highly by his teammates who raved about his work ethic. In short, he has no weaknesses who plays with an excellent motor to go along with his world-class athleticism. He’s an immediate plug and play 4-3 defensive end who should finish career with multiple All-Pro selections. 

Pro Comp- Myles Garrett

Somebody call the police, this is assault
  1. Joe Burrow, LSU, QB

The best story of the college football season was without a doubt Joe Burrow, the late-blooming redshirt senior who won a Heisman just a few seasons after transferring from Ohio State after being unable to win the starting job there. While he is old for a prospect (24) and doesn’t have the strongest of arms, he might be one of the most cerebral and intelligent quarterbacks in this years class. Very accurate with short and intermediate throws, he rarely makes the wrong read which limits his turnovers. Many times he threw his receivers open by putting the ball in only a spot where his guy could get it. Isn’t a true dual threat, but as he displayed in a few games throughout the season, he has some athleticism so it’s something you must account for. Handles pressure relatively well and has no problem stepping up in the pocket or rolling out to avoid pressure. When the pocket collapses on him, not afraid of getting hit and will stand in there and take a hit. Played in the SEC, which has the strongest competition year in and year out and was still able to put up statistically one of the best seasons in college football history. Some may look at him as a one year wonder, but he had tough competition to beat out at Ohio State and everyone at LSU has nothing but great things to say about his leadership abilities which has made him a cult hero with the Tiger faithful. 

Pro Comp- Matt Ryan

Notice how he keeps his eyes down the field
  1. Jerry Jeudy, Alabama, WR

Jerry Jeudy came to Tuscaloosa as a five-star recruit and leaves there as when of the all-time greats to catch passes for the Crimson Tide. A 6-1 versatile receiver may not be the physical specimen Julio Jones was, but in terms of route running ability and YAC potential, Jeudy is in a class of his own as a prospect. With most successful offenses looking to get the ball out quickly to their skill players, Jeudy will make a killing off of slant and hook routes but does have the speed necessary to beat you over the top. No wasted steps in his routes, makes hard cuts that enables him to gain separation. A real weapon on screen passes and short throws because it allows him to use his agility. He did have the good fortune of playing around a talented offense, but whenever you watched an Alabama game the past two seasons, Jeudy would stand out. Isn’t the biggest receiver and could use a few more pounds of muscle, but not undersized by any means. Put him in any offense and from Day 1 he will become a quarterback’s best friend and a defensive coordinators nightmare. 

Pro Comp- Odell Beckam Jr

Get you a receiver that can do it all
  1. Isaiah Simmons, Clemson, LB

Simmons is a jack of all trades player whose versatility is unmatched. He came to Clemson as a strong safety and after playing there for two seasons, made the switch to linebacker and became the first player in school history to win the Butkus award, given to the nation’s top linebacker. A true three-down linebacker who could play strong safety in a pinch, he would shut down the middle of the field with his abilities to guard tight ends and running backs. In addition to his pass coverage abilities, Simmons had six sacks this past year which shows his ability to line up anywhere on defense. Not a thumper in the run game, but is a sideline to sideline player who will run down just about any running back. Has good instincts and can diagnose plays quicker than any college linebacker. Could be considered a postion-less player, but that’s not a bad thing. Line him up anywhere on a defense and he will succeed.

Pro Comp- A bigger Derwin James

That’s a 6-4, 230 lbs linebacker making a play like a defensive back
  1. Tua Tagovailoa, Alabama, QB

The Hawaiin native was the hero of the 2018 National Championship game, coming off of the bench to lead Alabama to a comeback win over Georgia. Since that moment, the legend of Tua has only grown. After a close second-place finish in the Heisman as a sophomore, he came into his junior year as the Heisman favorite but a career-threatening hip injury and ankle surgery have put his pro future into question. Assuming everything checks out health-wise, which is a big if, Tua might become a multiple Pro Bowler. While a little on the smaller side and a slight hitch in his throwing motion, his ability to put the ball where he wants it to go is elite. A good athlete, assuming his injury doesn’t change that, he can roll out and make throws on the run. Between the ears, his football IQ and ability to read defenses helps him anticipate throws and read defenses at a high level. Throws a pretty deep ball and while he doesn’t have the rocket arm of others in this class, his deep balls are insanely accurate.

Pro Comp- Drew Brees

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  1. Jeff Okudah, Ohio State, CB

A true lockdown corner, Okudah went Ohio State aka DBU and became a key contributor immediately for the Buckeyes. However, it was this past season that saw the junior defensive back break out to become an All-American and was widely viewed as the best corner in college football. He excels in man coverage due to his excellent athleticism and aggressive playstyle. At 6-1, 200 lbs he is able to tussle with bigger receivers yet able to keep smaller, quicker receivers in front of him in the slot. He does tend to get a little handsy at times but rarely got him in any trouble. Combine his coverage skills with his willingness to come up and be a physical run defender, in my mind sets him apart from a strong corner class. He will step in day one and be the alpha male and top corner for just about any team. Didn’t become a full-time starter until this year, but considering the talent he had in front of him as an underclassman, it’s tough to criticize him for that.

Pro Comp- Jalen Ramsey

  1. Derrick Brown, Auburn, DL

An absolute behemoth in the middle of the defensive line, Brown was considered a fringe first-round prospect after last season but made the wise monetary decision to come back for his senior season. The best attribute in Brown’s game might be his ability to play in multiple schemes on the defensive front. Realistically, he could line up anywhere in a 4-3 or 3-4 front with his ability to stop the run as well as rush the passer. Might be best suited as a 3 technique that would allow him to take up multiple blockers in the run or pass game. He might not be an amazing athlete, but his motor and quick get off make him a constant presence in the defensive backfield. Didn’t put forth amazing sack totals, but was able to push the pocket back and I fully expect him to become a 7+ sack producer for the years to come. 

Pro Comp- Chris Jones

  1. CeeDee Lamb, Oklahoma, WR

OU coach Lincoln Riley is known to many as a QB whisperer and because of that has produced back to back All-American receivers (Lamb and Hollywood Brown in 2018). While not the biggest receiver, Lamb is exceptional at finding ways to get open by using his speed and quickness. Some may attribute this to the spread system ran at OU, but Lamb showed the ability to make the contested catch in traffic and turning 50/50 balls, to 80/20 balls in his favor. Once the ball is in his hands, he can be quite shifty and hard to bring down. He turns into a human joystick after the catch and can make a quick cut and then outrun almost anybody. I’d like to see him add a bit of muscle to his frame and he didn’t play against the best defensive competition in the Big 12, I believe in Lamb’s ability to produce at a high level in the NFL. Not going to be an aggressive blocker, so I think a system where it’s going to be more spread focused and pass happy will be the best fit for him.

Pro Comp- De’Andre Hopkins

The human joystick
  1. Andrew Thomas, Georgia, OT

A mauling three-year starting left tackle during one of the best stretches in Georgia football history, Thomas displayed what every coach seeks in an offensive lineman. One of the best run blockers in the country, Georgia oftentimes ran behind him with much success. There’s nothing more demoralizing to a defense than knowing a running play is coming and being unable to stop it. With a bully on the line like Thomas, it’s possible to do that. For now, he’s a much stronger run blocker than pass blocker, but still limited sacks coming off of the blindside. You could line him up at either tackle spot, but personally, I’d put him on the right side for a few seasons to help clean up some technique before flipping him over to the left. Also, by playing in a pro system, he has an advantage over many of the college tackles these days who come from a spread system. Great size and athleticism for a lineman, he’s an immediate starter and could do wonders for a team that focuses on a good run/pass balance. 

Pro Comp- Trent Williams

Blue collar attitude who will knock you around all game
  1. AJ Epenesa, Iowa, DL

A versatile prospect with an NFL ready body, Epenesa was a stat sheet filler by dominating in both the run and pass game. In an era that is dominated by athletic defensive lineman, Epenesa is a throwback. Very strong and technically sound, he lines up at 4-3 defensive end for the Hawkeyes but has the versatility to play inside on passing downs and even as a three-technique in the right scheme. Ideally, he begins his career on the outside and then over time continues to get stronger and quicker to the point where he becomes an elite run defender lining up inside. He might not have the ceiling of some other prospects, but arguably has the highest floor. I can’t imagine him not being a productive player due to his versatility and ability to play all three downs. Despite having sound technique and a high IQ, he needs to diversify his pass rush moves. Currently, he has a devastating bull rush move but needs to develop a counter move off of that as offensive lineman will be quick to adapt to his go-to move. Has strong hands and good quickness for a guy his size and as he continues to develop his skills, he’s going to be a tackles worst nightmare.

Pro Comp- Cam Jordan

Strong hands that allows him to fight with linemen

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