The 2020 NFL Draft has been upon us since Rudy Gobert got the Rona. Here is the Official Joshbobdotcom Top 100 Prospects as well as some late-round sleepers and specialist rankings for the 2020 NFL Draft.
1. Chase Young, Edge, Ohio State (JR, 6′ 5″, 264 pounds)
He’s the best player in this draft. Better than both Bosas and will be a true game-wrecker. Young has a variety of effective pass rush moves and the strength to overpower NFL tackles. He’s an athletic freak that can make up for the occasional over pursuit but also understands the game enough to not lose contain when the play isn’t there to be made.
Player Comparison: JJ Watt
2. Jeff Okudah, CB, Ohio State (JR, 6′ 1″, 205 pounds)
Jeff Okudah will be the steal of this draft if he falls past Detroit. There are so few lockdown corners in the NFL and he’s a guy you can leave on an island. His run defense is tremendous and his tackling is not a concern. He’s the complete package and NFL ready.
Player Comparison: Patrick Peterson
3. Joe Burrow, QB, LSU (R-SR, 6′ 3″, 221 pounds)
Joe Burrow had one of the greatest seasons in college football history and is riding that into the top selection in the NFL Draft. Joe Brady’s passing scheme sent Burrow into another stratosphere and his deep ball accuracy makes him the obvious top pick for a Bengals team desperate for its savior. A great competitor and coach’s son he checks all the boxes on and off the field. With all that being said I don’t think he’s an immediate game-changer in the NFL, although he should become a franchise quarterback.
Player Comparison: Phillip Rivers
4. Ceedee Lamb, WR, Oklahoma (JR, 6′ 2″, 198 pounds)
Lamb is a future All-Pro. He’s got great size and ball skills to make him an option at slot or wideout. As more team’s shift to three wide receiver sets his versatility locks him in as a primary target for both deep balls and underneath routes. He’s a guy you can’t target often enough and will have no trouble producing big plays in the NFL.
Player Comparison: Julio Jones
5. Isaiah Simmons, LB, Clemson (R-JR, 6′ 4″, 238 pounds)
An absolute freak who will need to find a system that allows him to go out and be athletic. He’s too versatile to just rush off the edge. Let him get his sacks, but he can drop into some zone coverage and I’d let him run with some tight ends. He can do everything you need. I think his best fit is at safety, but he has the tools to play linebacker depending on where he lands.
Player Comparison: Derwin James/Bobby Wagner
6. Derrick Brown, DT, Auburn (SR, 6′ 5″, 326 pounds)
I always like defensive lineman who wears a single-digit number in college. Derrick Brown is a physical gap filler. He’s not going to be a double-digit sack guy, but he’ll collapse pockets and stuff the run allowing edge guys to feast.
Player Comparison: Ndamukong Suh
7. Tua Tagaviloa, QB, Alabama (JR, 6′ 0″, 217 pounds)
He’s the best quarterback in this draft. A true athlete with a cannon. He has injury concerns and might need a year to get fully healthy especially with a limited in-person off-season schedule due to COVID-19. He’s a mobile quarterback with a talented arm, but he’s not going to be a run-first guy. He’s going to be a dynamic game-manager which is exactly what you want from a quarterback.
Player Comparison: Russell Wilson
8. Jedrick Wills, OT, Alabama (JR, 6′ 4″, 312 pounds)
A tremendous athlete with the length to play tackle in the NFL. Played RT in college to protect Tua’s blindside, but he can move to LT with some work. He played for Alabama so you know he’s mentally prepared for the NFL.
Player Comparison: Joe Thomas
9. Tristan Wirfs, OT, Iowa (JR, 6′ 5″, 320 pounds)
The only knock on Wirfs is he’s not a left tackle. He’s a day-one starter at guard that can be a dominant RT with some seasoning. He’s going to be a guy NFL film-junkies fall in love with. Draft him as your starting RT or OG for the next decade and leave it alone.
Player Comparison: Lane Johnson
10. Jerry Jeudy, WR, Alabama (JR, 6′ 1″, 193 pounds)
Jeudy’s biggest strength is his ability to get open. He’s fast and shifty. He has a bigger catch radius than his size would indicate because of his ability to adjust his body. His route running will translate to the next level seamlessly.
Player Comparison: Amari Cooper
11. Henry Ruggs III, WR, Alabama (JR, 5′ 11″, 188 pounds)
Henry Ruggs is twitchy. He has elite speed that will take the top off a secondary and he’s tough enough to go over the middle. His route running needs fine-tuning, but his speed will allow him to play WR and contribute on special teams right away.
Player Comparison: Desean Jackson
12. Patrick Queen, LB, LSU (JR, 6′ 0″, 229 pounds)
Queen might have been my favorite tape to watch. He’s all over the field both rushing the passer and dropping into coverage. He’s got a true linebacker’s frame and can be used for blitzes, but I wouldn’t line him up on the edge as a pass rusher in a 3-point stance. His coverage ability and ability to accelerate to the point of attack on run plays will keep him in the league for a long time.
Player Comparison: Patrick Willis
13. Javon Kinlaw, DT, South Carolina (SR, 6′ 5″, 324 pounds)
There’s a risk here. Kinlaw has all the tools to be a dominant presence inside but needs to improve his technique at the NFL where he won’t be able to physically dominate as consistently. He can be great if he takes to NFL coaching but needs to adjust his approach to translate his physical gifts to NFL success.
Player Comparison: Michael Brockers
14. CJ Henderson, CB, Florida (JR, 6′ 1″, 204 pounds)
A press-man corner that can start day one in the NFL. He’s physically ready but needs to improve his tackling to become an All-Pro caliber player. He also needs to improve at the point of the catch before he’s a true ball hawk.
Player Comparison: Marcus Peters
15. K’Lavon Chaisson, EDGE, LSU (JR, 6′ 3″, 254 pounds)
This ranking requires some physical projecting. Chaison only had one productive year at LSU, but after three years of college at just 254 pounds, he’s going to get a lot stronger. His upside is too much to pass up and his physical tools combined with NFL coaching should make Chaisson a force off the edge.
Player Comparison: Chandler Jones
16. Andrew Thomas, OT, Georgia (JR, 6′ 5″, 315 pounds)
I like Thomas here over Becton because he requires a lot less projecting as a starting tackle. He dominated at Georgia and is physically ready. He’ll need some technique adjustments, but he should start as a rookie and become a long-term solution at tackle for whatever team picks him.
Player Comparison: Terron Armstead
17. Justin Jefferson, WR, LSU (JR, 6′ 1″, 202 pounds)
Jefferson is not a huge body but makes up for it with his vertical leap. He’s fast after the catch, but his route running needs work because he was open due to scheme a lot at LSU in ways that won’t happen in the NFL. He’s a day 1 starter with Pro Bowl upside but not in the same class as the top 3 receivers in this draft.
Player Comparison: Calvin Ridley
18. Mekhi Becton, OT, Louisville (JR, 6′ 7″, 364 pounds)
At 364 pounds, Becton ran a 5.11 40-yard dash at the combine. He’s the epitome of a physical specimen. He’s got a great punch on initial contact and covers a lot of ground with his footwork. He’s not quick with his feet, but his movements get him where he needs to be on time. His weight is my big concern and what kept him out of my top 10. He has all the potential to be a long-term solution at tackle but could be a guy who doesn’t see a second contract if his conditioning prevents him from staying on the field.
Player Comparison: Leonard Davis
19. Kenneth Murray, LB, Oklahoma (JR, 6′ 3″, 241 pounds)
Murray flashes big-play ability but can get caught cheating with his eyes enough to be punished. He needs a lot of coaching to maximize his physical tools. His tendency to run through guys rather than wrap up needs to get corrected. His speed and size make him a great fit at WLB in the NFL.
Player Comparison: Kiko Alonso
20. Jordan Love, QB, Utah State (R-JR, 6′ 4″, 224 pounds)
Jordan Love is an upside pick. I don’t think he’s a year one starter, but his physical tools make him a potential franchise quarterback. If he can sit for a year or two and learn an NFL offense without being thrown into the fire he will stick. He’s accurate on the run and has the ability to mix up his velocity as necessary. He’s going to make mistakes and take ill-advised chances, but he’s got too much arm talent and quickness to not find a scheme that works for him.
Player Comparison: Alex Smith
21. Austin Jackson, OT, USC (JR, 6′ 5″, 322 pounds)
As if he were molded out of clay by an offensive line coach creating a left tackle, Jackson looks the part. His frame is perfect and his upside is the best in this draft class but he needs a lot of technique work. His footwork was inconsistent and his upper body strength is lacking. He’ll likely be drafted in a position where he’ll have to learn and improve as a rookie starting LT and that can be a recipe for failure. He needs time to develop and I could see him slip past teams not looking to invest the effort on a guy who won’t be ready week 1.
Player Comparison: DJ Humphries
22. Brandon Aiyuk, WR, ASU (SR, 6′ 0″, 205 pounds)
Brandon Aiyuk is a chunk yardage specialist. He has the ability to rack up yards after the catch, but I envision his NFL role as a 10-15 yard reception machine. He’s an ideal fit as a number-two receiver somewhere to load up on yards if he’s not getting jammed at the line. He’ll need to get stronger to get open against the physicality of NFL cornerbacks.
Player Comparison: Chris Godwin
23. Jeff Gladney, CB, TCU (R-SR, 5′ 10″, 191 pounds)
Jeff Gladney is a fun cornerback to watch. He’s a pest and loves to play press-man at the line of scrimmage. He’s always trying to make the big play and can get caught trying to jump the wrong route. His size will turn some people off, but he plays bigger than he is especially at the high-point of the ball. He’s a day-one starter.
Player Comparison: Jaire Alexander
24. Yetur Gross-Matos, EDGE, Penn State (JR, 6′ 5″, 266 pounds)
Gross-Matos’ tape jumps out because of his size. He looks long and should fill out into a physical freak as a 4-3 defensive end. He should add more muscle during his rookie contract and has the potential to be a Pro Bowl-caliber player if he can put it all together.
Player Comparison: Everson Griffen
25. Cesar Ruiz, C, Michigan (JR, 6′ 3″, 307 pounds)
Ruiz is a very smart player. He won’t be overwhelmed by NFL blocking schemes and his IQ will allow him to play center or guard at the pro level. He plays with great leverage and patience, but his athletic upside limits his ability to block at the second level. He’s a longterm center and can start week one in three different spots on an offensive line.
Player Comparison: David Andrews
26. Josh Jones, OT, Houston (SR, 6′ 5″, 319 pounds)
He’s raw, but Jones wants to be a mauler. He’s got the frame of a left tackle, but he’ll need a lot of coaching to become a franchise blindside protector. He’d benefit from a redshirt year to learn, but his athleticism gives him too much upside to fall out of the first round.
Player Comparison: Duane Brown
27. Ezra Cleveland, OT, Boise State (R-JR, 6′ 6″, 311 pounds)
Cleveland will need to spend a lot of time in the weight room. He doesn’t have the arm musculature of a starting NFL tackle yet, but he has the frame to put on muscle and get rid of his remaining baby fat. He should become a quality swing tackle if he can grow into an NFL body.
Player Comparison: Jack Conklin
28. Zack Baun, LB, Wisconsin (R-SR, 6′ 2″, 238 pounds)
Baun is an animal. He covers a lot of ground at OLB and can fit in either a 3-4 or 4-3 base with his physical traits. He comes from an OLB factory at Wisconsin and could easily prove to be the steal of the draft if he falls out of the first round. He will stick on an NFL roster for a decade with All-Pro potential.
Player Comparison: Ryan Kerrigan
29. Antoine Winfeild Jr., S, Minnesota (R-SO, 5′ 9″, 203 pounds)
Winfield Jr. is one of my favorite players in the draft. He’s a ball-hawking safety with great skills with the ball in the air. He can make contested catches against receivers and reads quarterbacks so well from deep in the secondary. He covers a lot of ground with his deceptively fast game speed. I wouldn’t be surprised with him earning future All-Pro recognition due to his understanding of the game. The injury concerns are what keeps him out of the top 15 for me because he missed a lot of time during his 2017 and 2018 seasons with the Gophers.
Player Comparison: Earl Thomas
30. Jonathan Taylor, RB, Wisconsin (JR, 5′ 10″, 226 pounds)
Taylor has everything you want in a running back, but his impressive body of work is his biggest downside. He ran the ball a lot at Wisconsin and there’s a lot of risk in drafting a guy with over 900 carries during his college career. He can do everything you want in a tailback and has all the ability to be a 3-down back.
Player Comparison: Joe Mixon
31. KJ Hamler, WR, Penn State (R-SO, 5′ 9″, 178 pounds)
Hamler is a weapon out of the slot. He’s a matchup nightmare that can’t be covered by linebackers or safeties. His ability to track down deep balls makes him the perfect vertical threat, but he can make a living turning underneath routes into homerun plays too. His size raises concerns about his durability, but get him the ball in space and let him run from contact towards the endzone.
Player Comparison: Tyler Lockett
32. AJ Epenesa, EDGE, Iowa (JR, 6′ 5″, 275 pounds)
AJ Epenesa has great size for an edge rusher and fits both a 3-4 and 4-3. His technique needs work for him to be an effective rusher in the NFL and he has college tape where he is erased by good tackles. His effort is there for him to find a way to contribute, but he’ll need to improve his rush moves and quickness to succeed against NFL caliber lineman.
Player Comparison: LaMarr Woodley
33. Xavier McKinney, S, Alabama (JR, 6′ 0″, 201 pounds)
He doesn’t do anything exceptionally well but does everything consistently. He’s boring in the way you want safeties to be. He should be able to contribute on special teams and be a solid starter in the secondary. He’s not fast but has the prototypical size of an NFL safety and was an overlooked All-American.
Player Comparison: Eddie Jackson
34. Trevon Diggs, CB, Alabama (SR, 6′ 1″, 205 pounds)
Diggs has the combination of size and athleticism to be a shutdown corner but can get burned trying to do too much. His lack of discipline is the biggest concern but he has the tools to be left on an island against top receivers. He also can be used as a punt returner with the ability to contribute as a gunner in punt coverage early in his career too.
Player Comparison: Xavier Rhodes
35. Denzel Mims, WR, Baylor (SR, 6′ 3″, 207 pounds)
Mims is everything you want in a dominant outside receiver. He’s 6-3, 207 and ran a 4.38 40-yard dash at the combine. His route running needs work for him to become a dominant player but he has all the tools to get there. He needs to play with more urgency in his routes and at times effort looks questionable on plays not designed for him. He has too much to like for a team to let him fall out of the early second round.
Player Comparison: Josh Gordon
36. D’Andre Swift, RB, Georgia (JR, 5′ 8″, 212 pounds)
Swift has a case for being the top running back in this draft. He’s quick more than fast with the ability to break a tackle, but he’s not a punishing runner. He’s not a home run threat on any given carry. He’s consistent and can make guys miss with his shiftiness, He is not a third-down back and looks to bounce when lanes aren’t clean limiting his potential.
Player Comparison: Devonta Freeman
37. Lloyd Cushenberry, C, LSU (R-JR, 6′ 3″, 312 pounds)
He’s exclusively a center with a sturdy frame but his slower speed limits his ability to block in the run game. He’ll do his job from the middle of the offensive line, but he’s not going to go out and block someone in space. He’ll take care of what in front of him and can start in the NFL for a long time.
Player Comparison: A.Q. Shipley
38. Jaylon Johnson, CB, Utah (JR, 6′ 0″, 193 pounds)
Johnson is a physical defensive back with the ability to be a number-one corner in a press-man defense. He breaks on the ball well and is willing to hit. He always looks like he’s playing with his hair on fire which can get him into trouble when he doesn’t stick to his keys and his lack of top-end speed could be a problem against deep threats in certain zone concepts.
Player Comparison: Jason McCourty
39. Tee Higgins, WR, Clemson (JR, 6′ 4″, 216 pounds)
Higgins has great size and is built to be an outside wide receiver. He lined up everywhere at Clemson and will be able to complement whatever receivers he’s around but I think his ceiling is limited due to his struggles against more physical cornerbacks. It’s tough to envision him becoming a true number one receiver but he will flourish as a solid number two.
Player Comparison: Alshon Jeffery
40. Jeremy Chinn, S, Southern Illinois (SR, 6′ 3″, 221 pounds)
His field awareness is his biggest weakness and limits Chinn’s potential to play all three downs. He’ll do well as a bigger nickel corner and can match-up well against more athletic tight ends, but needs to understand the game better to make up for the mental lapses he had at the FCS level. Chinn needs some seasoning to become an NFL starter.
Player Comparison: Kam Chancellor
41. Marlon Davidson, DT, Auburn (SR, 6′ 3″, 303 pounds)
Davidson plays really hard. He lined up on the edge a lot at Auburn and certainly benefited from playing next to Derrick Brown, but Davidson could be a great interior defensive lineman at the next level. I’d move him inside in a base 4-3 despite the majority of his college success coming lined up outside the tackle. I think he could prove to be an interior disruptor if he finds the right scheme to maximize his strengths.
Player Comparison: Jurrell Casey
42. Josh Uche, LB, Michigan (SR, 6′ 1″, 245 pounds)
Uche is a tweener that I think projects best as a 3-4 OLB. He’s better in coverage than expected and has enough pass rush moves to be a serviceable stand-up edge rusher. His versatility could be a downside if he can’t find a positional fit in the NFL, but he’s got enough rushing talent to find a role even if it’s not on all three downs.
Player Comparison: Elvis Dumervil
43. Jalen Reagor, WR, TCU (JR, 5′ 11″, 206 pounds)
Reagor plays bigger than his 5-11 listing suggests. He’s a leaper capable of high-pointing the football. He’s shifty and fast with blazing speed, but the offense for TCU asked him to find open space more so than run routes to get open. He’ll need to learn route running and improve his ball skills at the next level, but has all the ability to be a long-term starting receiver.
Player Comparison: James Washington
44. Jordan Elliot, DT, Missouri (R-JR, 6′ 4″, 302 pounds)
Elliot has a ton of upside with great bend and technique using his leverage to penetrate as a defensive tackle. He’s a mechanic with refined hand-fighting that should translate to the NFL. He’s going to become a quality NFL starter and can fit in either a 4-3 or 3-4 base. He could be one of the steals of the draft if he falls out of the top 50 picks.
Player Comparison: Larry Ogunjobi
45. Isaiah Wilson, OT, Georgia (R-SO, 6′ 7″, 350 pounds)
Isaiah Wilson is a mountain of a man. He’s got the ideal tackle frame, but his footwork and technique probably will require a lot of work to turn him into a left tackle although he got better at RT as the season progressed at Georgia. He plays a bit upright and his drop step is a liability against speed rushers in pass protection. He doesn’t cover a lot of ground and the lack of fluidity in his movement limits his zone-blocking potential.
Player Comparison: Trent Brown
46. AJ Terrell, CB, Clemson (JR, 6′ 1″, 195 pounds)
Terrell doesn’t play with the balance to stop and start on a dime which limits his ceiling as an NFL cornerback. He can be a more than capable starter, but it’s hard to envision him developing into a shutdown cornerback given his size and technique. He doesn’t move fluidly enough to not have a size advantage on the wide receivers he’ll line up against in the NFL.
Player Comparison: Bradley Roby
47. JK Dobbins, RB, Ohio State (JR, 5′ 10″, 209 pounds)
JK Dobbins has plays where he really flashes. He’s built like a tank and runs with speed, but doesn’t have that make-you-miss wiggle to beat a linebacker in a tight space. He can outrun guys who take bad angles, but will not pull away from the secondary in space. He can catch passes but his size and running style keeps him from being an every-down back.
Player Comparison: Austin Ekeler
48. Kyle Dugger, S, Lenoir-Rhyne (SR, 6′ 1″, 217 pounds)
Dugger plays with a style that is going to turn heads in training camp in the preseason. He searches for contact and plays with a reckless abandon that will cost him in coverage if not corraled. His speed will keep him in the league for a while and he should contribute immediately on special teams on kick coverage and as a punt returner. He physically overwhelmed at the Division II level but will need to improve his awareness to become a starting safety in the NFL.
Player Comparison: Jaquiski Tartt
49. Terrell Lewis, LB, Alabama (R-JR, 6′ 5″, 262 pounds)
Lewis has the frame of an elite pass-rusher but needs to get a lot bigger and stronger. Injuries prevented him from shining at Alabama but he will benefit greatly from an NFL weight room and added physical maturity. His potential versatility as a stand-up OLB or hand-in-the dirt rush end will appeal to a lot of teams and if he can stay healthy he should develop into a starter.
Player Comparison: Whitney Mercilus
50. Damon Arnette, CB, Ohio State (R-SR, 6′ 0″, 195 pounds)
Arnette is a junkyard dog at cornerback. He’s a willing tackler who thrives with physical coverage. He wants to bump and run with receivers but lacks the make-up speed to recover on routes run by him. His ceiling is a quality NFL starting cornerback, but his upside is limited without the athletic traits needed to be left on an island in single-coverage consistently.
Player Comparison: Malcolm Butler
51. Cole Kmet, TE, Notre Dame (JR, 6′ 6″, 262 pounds)
Kmet is a hulking figure but didn’t use that to his advantage as a run-blocker in college. He has good, not great hands but can catch in traffic and has a decent-sized catch radius. He needs to improve his blocking to become a tight end that stays on the field long term but amongst a weak tight-end group he’s the most NFL ready.
Player Comparison: Jesse James
52. Akeem Davis-Gaither, LB, Appalachian State (R-SR, 6′ 2″, 224 pounds)
Davis-Gaither is a tweener. He was extremely productive at Appalachian State but it’s tough to project where he’ll fit in the NFL. He plays smart and hard so he’ll stick around on special teams if nothing else, but he did so many things well that he can find a way to start at the NFL level. He’s a football player’s football player.
Player Comparison: Mack Wilson
53. Ashtyn Davis, S, California (R-SR, 6′ 1″, 202 pounds)
Davis is a really smart football player. He isn’t quick to react yet, but he clearly understands what’s happening in front of him. His speed is impressive and he’s willing to be physical when needed, but his wrap-up tackling needs work. He’ll contribute on special teams right away, but once his football instincts improve he’s going to start in an NFL secondary.
Player Comparison: Andrew Sendejo
54. Adam Trautman, TE, Dayton (R-SR, 6′ 5″, 255 pounds)
Trautman is not a finished product. He’s a converted quarterback that physically dominated at the FCS level but will need to improve his route running and blocking technique to become an NFL starter. He showed good hands and the ability to make catches in traffic with a lot of upside given his physical tools.
Player Comparison: Vance McDonald
55. Neville Gallimore, DT, Oklahoma (R-SR, 6′ 2″, 304 pounds)
Gallimore plays with all-out effort, but his leverage is concerning. He gets upright too quickly and his size limits him to a rotational 4-3 defensive tackle. He can be pushed over easily and is susceptible to losing track of where his block is coming from. He needs to improve his technique a lot but his effort and physical tools should allow him to find a role.
Player Comparison: Justin Jones
56. Kristian Fulton, CB, LSU (SR, 6′ 0″, 197 pounds)
His recovery speed isn’t fast enough to make up for his late reactions to multi-breaking routes, but his size and focus on making plays on the ball should keep him around the NFL with a good chance at earning a starting role as an outside cornerback as he improves his mental approach and coverage techniques.
Player Comparison: Kevin Toliver
57. Grant Delpit, S, LSU (JR, 6′ 3″, 213 pounds)
Delpit wore the coveted #7 in LSU’s secondary and took home the Jim Thorpe Award as college football’s top safety in 2019. His tape shows a physically imposing safety, but one that’s liable to take poor angles to the ball and tackling inconsistency that has to be fixed for him to become a long term NFL starter. He runs hard, but not fast limiting his coverage ability as a deep safety.
Player Comparison: Terrell Edmunds
58. Malik Harrison, LB, Ohio State (SR, 6′ 3″, 247 pounds)
Harrison is one of my favorite players in this draft. The biggest knock against him is he’s not a fast, fluid mover. He’s got all the instincts I want in a linebacker and has the skills to start in the NFL. He has coverage limitations but has a nose for the football and the strength to get through blocks. He’s aggressive and deliberate with his movements and has the special teams experience to flash during his debut preseason.
Player Comparison: Sean Lee
59. Robert Hunt, OG, Louisiana (R-SR, 6′ 5″, 323 pounds)
Hunt plays with good leverage for his size, but his length and footwork likely move him inside. He could eventually become a starting RT. He struggled at times to keep creative edge rushers in front of him, but I think he has the physical tools to start at guard as a rookie given his experience in college and his natural athleticism.
Player Comparison: Laken Tomlinson
60. Curtis Weaver, Edge, Boise State (R-JR, 6′ 2″, 265 pounds)
He doesn’t have the athleticism that will allow him to physically dominate against NFL lineman. He has a knack of getting around the edge and works hard enough to be productive in the right situation. His motor will keep him on a roster long enough to refine his technique and become a more efficient pass-rusher.
Player Comparison: Alex Okafor
61. Willie Gay Jr. LB, Mississippi State (JR, 6′ 1″, 243 pounds)
Gay is an upside prospect. He played several linebacker responsibilities at Mississippi State but doesn’t project to MLB in the NFL. His instincts and football IQ need work because he’s slow to react, but his athleticism is impressive and he’s physically mature. His speed will help him contribute on special teams with the potential to become an NFL starter.
Player Comparison: Ben Gedeon
62. John Simpson, OG, Clemson (SR, 6′ 4″, 321 pounds)
Simpson has great technique but he’s slow out of his breaks and his lateral quickness was a liability against faster defensive tackles. He recognizes blitz pick-ups well and knows where he needs to be, but doesn’t always get there fast enough. I think he can start in the NFL, but he needs to improve his mobility to have a long term career. His strength is a huge asset that makes him ready for bull rushers at the next level.
Player Comparison: Gabe Jackson
63. Justin Madubuike, DT, Texas A&M (R-JR, 6′ 3″, 293 pounds)
Madubuike projects as a rotational interior tackle in a 4-3 scheme. He plays with great leverage and will need to because he’s undersized by NFL standards. There were too many plays on tape where he failed to fill his gap and was blocked out of his lane trying to get into the backfield. He has great technique but with size limitations, his ceiling is lower than other DTs in this draft. He plays hard enough to be turned into a valuable rotation piece if his assignment discipline improves.
Player Comparison: Rodney Gunter
64. Michael Pittman, WR, USC (SR, 6′ 4″, 223 pounds)
Pittman has all the skills necessary to be a solid wide receiver in the NFL. His lack of top-end speed limits his ceiling but his size allows him to make contested catches against smaller cornerbacks. He’s not going to take the top off a defense, but he’s a guy you can feel good about lobbing a 50-50 ball to. He’s built to last as a special teams gunner and has all the traits to stick around in the League for a while.
Player Comparison: JJ Arcega-Whiteside
65. Cam Akers, RB, Florida State (JR, 5′ 10″, 217 pounds)
Akers is fast with a good build and enough wiggle to make guys miss in the open field. His ball security is a concern but his home run threat is too much to pass up beyond the second round. He’ll have to improve as a receiver to become a consistent three-down back but he’s built to improve in pass protection and has the physicality to earn the tough yards to keep him in any running back rotation.
Player Comparison: Aaron Jones
66. James Lynch, DT, Baylor (JR, 6′ 4″, 289 pounds)
Lynch is a physical force but can get lost in the wash trying to do too much. He overwhelmed college tackles with his bull rush but will need to develop different rush moves to get to the quarterback at the next level. I think Lynch projects best as. DT in a 4-3 scheme. If he develops better discipline at the next level he can be a quality starter in the NFL.
Player Comparison: Jonathan Allen
67. Matt Hennessy, C, Temple (R-JR, 6′ 4″, 307 pounds)
Hennessy is a technician at the center position but lacks the physical traits to have much upside beyond a serviceable starter. He’s not a road grader who can bully defensive lineman or and you won’t see him reaching the second level effortlessly, but his technique is so good that I think he’s a rookie starter with a chance to improve as he gets stronger.
Player Comparison: Nick Martin
68. Raekwon Davis, DT, Alabama (SR, 6′ 6″, 311 pounds)
Davis is a hole plugger limiting his upside. He’ll take on double-teams holding his ground, but he’s not a guy who will slip blocks and make a play in the backfield. His lack should lead to some batted balls at the line of scrimmage, but his production won’t show up on the stat sheet as much as it will in film. He’ll be drafted to fill an important role in the trenches, but not as a primary playmaker.
Player Comparison: Derek Wolfe
69. Bryce Hall, CB, Virginia (SR, 6′ 1″, 202 pounds)
Hall is an NFL built cornerback but lacks the top-end speed to be left on an island. He might project better at free safety long term. A broken ankle cost him the end of his season and significant predraft physical preparation. He’s shown the tools to develop into an NFL cornerback but doesn’t have the speed to warrant a selection before round three especially with the injury concern.
Player Comparison: Tre Flowers
70. Chase Claypool, WR, Notre Dame (SR, 6′ 4″, 238 pounds)
Claypool has the right combination of size, speed, and athleticism to be a match-up problem for smaller cornerbacks. He uses his body to his advantage but doesn’t quite have the 50-50 ball skills to elevate his ceiling to that of a #1 receiver. He’s a polished route runner but will have a hard time separating from NFL cornerbacks because he’s more fast than quick. He’ll need to improve his ability to secure contested catches.
Player Comparison: Devin Funchess
71. Noah Igbinoghene, CB, Auburn (JR, 5′ 10″, 198 pounds)
Igbinoghene jumps off the tape for his physicality. He’s built to play press-man at the line of scrimmage. He’s got great straight-line speed for vertical route coverage and is a more than willing participant in run support. His athleticism and physicality will allow him to contribute on special teams right away and as his route recognition improves he could develop into a quality starting cornerback.
Player Comparison: Adoree’ Jackson
72. Logan Wilson, LB, Wyoming (R-SR, 6′ 2″, 241 pounds)
Logan Wilson is a good football player. He’s built for MIKE or SAM at the NFL level and has the instincts and football IQ to compete in the NFL on special teams right away and eventually earn a starting role. His limited speed and athleticism lower his ceiling, but he’ll find a way to be productive.
Player Comparison: Jarrad Davis
73. Terrell Burgess, S, Utah (SR, 5′ 11″, 202 pounds)
Burgess could player either nickel or safety at the next level. He’s a good athlete but doesn’t have the prototypical size to play safety in the NFL. I think he’ll be a quality rotational piece in an NFL secondary.
Player Comparison: Damarious Randall
74. Darnell Mooney, WR, Tulane (SR, 5′ 10″, 176 pounds)
Mooney has limitations because of his 5-10, 176-pound frame but he’s a freak athlete. He’s got a good vertical for his size, but its his speed that shines. He can make guys miss in space or just run by them. He might fall into day three, but he’s too dangerous with the ball in his hands to not find a productive role in the NFL. He has traits that can’t be coached and if he were two inches taller he’d be a lock for the first two rounds.
Player Comparison: John Brown
75. Van Jefferson, WR, Florida (R-SR, 6′ 2″, 200 pounds)
Van Jefferson is a long-stride runner. He’s not quick or shifty but has the ability to run past guys in coverage. His ball skills aren’t great and that’s reflected in his lack of production at Florida. He’s a project and will need to refine his approach at the point of the catch, but he has the build and athletic upside of a quality NFL receiver.
Player Comparison: Michael Gallup
76. Harrison Bryant, TE, FAU (SR, 6′ 5″, 243 pounds)
Bryant is built like a big receiver but looks like he enjoys blocking. He’s not going to be a hand-in-the-dirt tight end but can block downfield and is willing to chip a defensive end before taking out a linebacker. He’s a vertical passing threat and runs fast enough to be a match-up problem for linebackers. He jumps out as the ideal modern NFL tight end that lacks the crisp route running he’ll need to develop to maximize his physical gifts.
Player Comparison: Austin Hooper
77. Justin Herbert, QB, Oregon (SR, 6′ 6″, 236 pounds)
There’s something there with Herbert. Physically he has the appearance of a potential franchise quarterback. My concerns are with his footwork and his rigidity. He never looks quite comfortable in the pocket and does not play with confidence when flushed out of the pocket. There are flashes of the next Carson Wentz and he certainly has that potential, but his final college season playing on a good Oregon team in a bad conference left a lot to be desired from the presumptive best NFL QB prospect heading into this past fall. His ceiling is high, but his floor could have him out of the league before a second contract.
Player Comparison: Blaine Gabbert
78. Clyde Edwards-Helaire, RB, LSU (JR, 5′ 7″, 207 pounds)
Pass-protection is Edwards-Helaire’s biggest question mark. If he can pass-pro he’ll develop into a three-down back. He’s a comfortable route runner and has good hands. He runs with a low pad level and his short stature makes him susceptible to go down easy at times given his low center of gravity. He’s shifty but has good straight line speed but isn’t going to win that extra yards running in the trenches.
Player Comparison: Darren Sproles
79. Jonathan Greenard, EDGE, Florida (R-SR, 6′ 3″, 263 pounds)
Greenard has the versatility to play in either an even or odd front scheme. He has injury concerns from a wrist injury in 2018. He’s got a good frame but needs to work on his technique and develop some rush moves to get around NFL tackles. He plays hard and is a guy willing to put in the work to develop into a quality NFL rusher, but he’s not ready to contribute as a rookie.
Player Comparison: Trey Flowers
80. Davon Hamilton, DT, Ohio State (R-SR, 6′ 4″, 320 pounds)
Hamilton project at a quality 4-3 tackle who will fit in well in an NFL rotation. He’s a good athlete for his size but isn’t a disruptor who is going to wreak havoc in the backfield. If he can develop an effective pass rush technique he could become a quality NFL starter. He was a 5th year senior so he’s entering the league as strong as he’s likely going to be.
Player Comparison: Grover Stewart
81. Amik Robertson, DB, Louisiana Tech (JR, 5′ 8″, 187 pounds)
Robertson’s size is his biggest flaw. At 5-8 it’s tough to see him as a starting outside cornerback in the NFL. He plays bigger than he looks and will surprise with his ability in run support. He gets off blocks to make tackles on bubble screens and has the ability to get vertical to make plays on the ball. You can’t line him up against a 6-4 receiver but he’s a starting nickel cornerback who can play consistently with the right match-ups.
Player Comparison: Kenny Moore II
82. Jalen Hurts, QB, Oklahoma (SR, 6′ 1″, 222 pounds)
Jalen Hurts has a lot of aspects to his game I like. He’s a good athlete and has enough thickness that I’m not as concerned about his ability to hold up through a season of NFL hits. He’s built like a running back but has the accuracy to develop into a quality starting quarterback. I think his coverage recognition needs work but he has the qualities you want of a guy who may need to sit and learn for a season or two before he’s ready to lead your franchise. He’s won at two elite college programs and is worth selecting for a franchise with an aging quarterback.
Player Comparison: Tyrod Taylor
83. KJ Hill, WR, Ohio State (R-SR, 6′ 0″, 196 pounds)
Hill is shifty but he’s not fast for a receiver. His ball skills are fantastic, but he wasn’t forced to make many contested catches in college. His production at Ohio State is eye-opening and while he’s not going to be a big-play threat, he can be a consistent chain mover who fills a valuable role in a receiver room.
Player Comparison: Golden Tate
84. Zack Moss, RB, Utah (SR, 5′ 9″, 223 pounds)
Moss runs with short, choppy steps. He lacks elite speed for a running back but plays with the physicality to be a nice piece in a runningback rotation. He’s a decent pass catcher with the ability to play all three downs but doesn’t have the home-run speed to break open the game. He’s an ideal complementary back for short-yardage situations.
Player Comparison: Royce Freeman
85. Prince Tega Wanogho, OT, Auburn (SR, 6′ 5″, 308 pounds)
Tega Wanogho is an extremely raw prospect. He didn’t grow up playing football and at times shows it. He has the frame of an NFL tackle and has the mobility to keep his quarterback protected. His run blocking needs work but I think that he’s a project that should turn into a quality starting tackle. He has room to put on more mass and there’s too much upside for him to be on the board day three. He’s not ready to start as a rookie but has the makings of a starting NFL left tackle with some more seasoning.
Player Comparison: Jake Matthews
86. Bradlee Anae, Edge, Utah (SR, 6′ 3″, 257 pounds)
Anae lacks the elite physical traits that wow you but he plays hard and finds a way to produce. I think he’s best suited as a 3-4 rush linebacker due to his frame. He’s not going to grow into an NFL defensive end, but he has enough pass rush moves to serve as a capable situational pass rusher. He doesn’t have the mobility to drop into coverage, but he’s crafty in how he gets into the backfield and can hold the edge when asked. He’s not going to make mistakes, but he doesn’t have the upside of a double-digit sack producer.
Player Comparison: Harold Landry
87. Laviska Shenault Jr., WR, Colorado (JR, 6′ 1″, 227 pounds)
Shenault is more quick than fast. He isn’t a true deep-ball threat who will burn by defenders but has a knack for finding open windows for his quarterback. He needs work on his route running and injuries are a concern. He has the tools to be a quality NFL receiver but his ceiling is limited by his speed and his floor is low because of his injury history.
Player Comparison: Breshad Perriman
88. Javaris Davis, CB, Auburn (R-SR, 5′ 8″, 183 pounds)
Davis’ size will keep him as a slot corner, but he has all the skills and athleticism to cover an NFL receiver. His speed is blazing and helps him recover when outmuscled by bigger receivers. He has the potential to develop into an every down cornerback, but the size limits his potential at the next level.
Player Comparison: Nickell Robey-Coleman
89. Jordyn Brooks, LB, Texas Tech (SR, 6′ 0″, 240 pounds)
Brooks is built like a prototypical linebacker but he doesn’t do anything that wows you on film. He’s a good athlete, but his instincts don’t allow him to take advantage of his straight-line speed and he’s not quick enough to blow up plays before they start. His lack of hip fluidity is a concern in coverage. He should be able to contribute on special teams but needs to understand the game better to become a starter in the NFL.
Player Comparison: Josh Bynes
90. Ben Bartch, OT, St. John’s (MN) (SR, 6′ 6″, 309 pounds)
Bartch is tough to evaluate from his game film because he was so physically dominant at the non-scholarship Division III level. He was a man amongst boys allowing him to maneuver pass rushers using his frame and lateral quickness. He’s a converted tight end still has that mobility as he grows into a tackle’s frame. He projects as a swing tackle as a rookie with the potential to develop into a full-time starter as he gains size and refines his blocking technique especially his punch.
Player Comparison: Terron Armstead
91. Lavert Hill, CB, Michigan (SR, 5′ 10″, 190 pounds)
Hill is a technically sound cover corner. He lacks the speed and size to be a dominant NFL corner and his limited quickness makes him a liability at nickel. He’s a solid press-man corner but that physicality is limited to jamming at the line and doesn’t translate into run defense. His lack of top-end speed might prevent him from ever being a consistent NFL starter, but his fundamentals are strong enough to earn him a late day 2 grade.
Player Comparison: Jourdan Lewis
92. Jacob Eason, QB, Washington (R-JR, 6′ 6″, 231 pounds)
Eason has the build and looks of a top-10 pick, face of the franchise quarterback. His play at first Georgia and then Washington left a lot to be desired. His floor is an above-average back-up which isn’t a bad thing, but he’s got everything you’d look for in a developmental project. He comes from a pro-style offense, but his lack of mobility doesn’t make him a fit in a lot of modern NFL offenses. This is a draft and stash player who could blossom into a good starting quarterback, but also good be a quality security blanket in your quarterback room.
Player Comparison: Brock Osweiler
93. Netane Muti, OG, Fresno State (R-SR, 6′ 3″, 315 pounds)
Muti is a physically imposing presence. He’s ready-made to play against NFL defensive tackles with a great upper body strength displayed in his tape where he can ragdoll defenders while keeping his hands inside. Muti would be higher on this board if it weren’t for his injury history. He played just 19 games in four seasons and despite his potential and his impressive work while healthy, I anticipate he could fall into day three.
Player Comparison: Richie Incognito
94. Michael Ojemudia, DB, Iowa (SR, 6′ 1″, 200 pounds)
Ojemudia has the physical traits of an NFL cornerback with the straight-line speed to avoid getting beat in a foot race. He struggles to transition out of his backpedal and can lose his balance at times playing the ball in the air downfield. His bail technique makes him susceptible to let guys run by him and his effort to get off a block and stop the run makes me question how much he’d contribute on special teams.
Player Comparison: Quniton Dunbar
95. Tyler Johnson, WR, Minnesota (SR, 6′ 1″, 206 pounds)
Tyler Johnson is strictly a slot receiver in the NFL but plays with the strength necessary to succeed in that role. He has great body control going up for the ball but doesn’t have the height or leaping ability to win 50-50 balls consistently. His red-zone production at Minnesota shows what his ideal role could be in the NFL as a guy who picks on a team’s third corner where it matters most.
Player Comparison: DaeSean Hamilton
96. Gabriel Davis, WR, UCF (JR, 6′ 2″, 216 pounds)
Davis has great ball skills consistently catching the ball with his hands away from his body. He’s got good size but doesn’t run well enough to blow by guys purely with speed. He’s a project when it comes to route running because he rounds at his route breaks more than he cuts. He was able to produce in the AAC in UCF’s high-scoring offense but needs more physical development and refined route running to develop into a quality starting receiver in the NFL. His hands are what give me confidence he can do that.
Player Comparison: Zach Pascal
97. Dane Jackson, CB, Pittsburgh (R-SR, 6′ 0″, 187 pounds)
Jackson is a highly-competitive cornerback who lacks the top-end speed and athleticism to develop into a shutdown cornerback. He’s a willing run defender and shows good tackling technique, but in coverage, he can get too grabby. He’s got great instincts and has the ability to break up 50-50 balls, but his athletic limitations might prevent him from ever becoming a starting NFL cornerback. I can’t leave a corner out of my top 100 that tackles as well as he did in the open field.
Player Comparison: Shaquill Griffin
98. Darrell Taylor, EDGE, Tennessee (R-SR, 6′ 4″, 267 pounds)
Taylor has all the physical traits you’re looking for in an edge rusher. He’s big and strong, without an ounce of unwanted fat. He’s a project though and from a technique standpoint nowhere near ready to start in the NFL. He has to develop a quality arsenal of pass rush moves but is built to do it. He’ll struggle to get by NFL tackles with his current approach but should be able to implement whatever he’s taught by NFL coaches from a physical standpoint.
Player Comparison: Danielle Hunter
99. Julian Okwara, EDGE, Notre Dame (SR, 6′ 4″, 252 pounds)
Okwara has the traits of a quality OLB in a 3-4 scheme. He has the ability to drop into coverage, although it’s not a strength. He needs to develop a consistent repertoire of pass rush moves as well as get stronger to hold his own against NFL tackles. He showed enough production at Notre Dame to make him an enticing project that could develop into a versatile rotational piece in an NFL front seven.
Player Comparison: Harold Landry
100. Lucas Niang, OT, TCU (SR, 6′ 6″, 315 pounds)
He had a torn labrum repaired in November so his medicals are a concern but there’s a lot to like in Niang. He plays with good leverage and a sturdy base. His lower body is unimpressive and at times his stance is too wide for the type of bullrushes he’ll see in the NFL. He needs to get stronger in his legs and get medically cleared, but he’s more than capable of becoming a long time starting right tackle in the NFL.
Player Comparison: Braden Smith
Late-round favorites (alphabetical):
– Tyler Biadasz, C, Wisconsin
– Raymond Calais, RB, Louisiana
– Isaiah Coulter, WR, Rhode Island
– Kyle Hinton, G, Washburn
– Tanner Muse, S, Clemson
– Michael Pinckney, LB, Miami
– Tyshun Render, EDGE, MTSU
– James Robinson, RB, Illinois State
– Jon Runyan, G, Michigan
– Derek Tuszka, EDGE, NDSU
Top likely UDFA for each position (ordered by position/ranking):
– Case Cookus, QB, Northern Arizona
– J’Mar Smith, QB, Louisiana Tech
– Adrian Killins Jr., RB, UCF
– Reggie Corbin, RB, Illinois
– Josh Pearson, WR, Jacksonville State
– Chris Rowland, WR, Tennessee State
– Benjamin Victor, WR, Ohio State
– Stephen Sullivan, TE, LSU
– Sean McKeon, TE, Michigan
– Jake Benzinger, OT, Wake Forest
– Nick Kaltmayer, OT, Kansas State
– Oge Udeogu, OG, CMU
– Drew Richmond, OG, USC
– Jake Hanson, C, Oregon
– Luke Jurgia, C, WMU
– Oluwole Betiku Jr., EDGE, Illinois
– Bryce Sterk, EDGE, Montana State
– Breiden Fehoko, DT, LSU
– Auzoyah Alufohai, DT, West Georgia
– Jordan Glasgow, LB, Michigan
– Cam Gill, LB, Wagner
– Chris Orr, LB, Wisconsin
– Luq Barcoo, CB, San Diego State
– Kindle Victor, CB, Georgia Southern
– Manny Patterson, CB, Maine
– Kiante Hardin, CB, Pittsburgh State
– Jovante Moffatt, S, MTSU
– Shyheim Carter, S, Alabama
– Luther Kirk, S, Illinois State
– Jaylin Hawkins, S, Cal
1. Rodrgio Blankenship, K, Georgia (5th-6th)
2. Tyler Bass, K, Georgia Southern (7th)
3. Cooper Rothe, K, Wyoming (UDFA)
4. Samuel Sloman, K, Miami (Ohio) (UDFA)
5. Dominik Eberle, K, Utah State (UDFA)
1. Braden Mann, P, Texas A&M (5th-6th)
2. Tommy Townsend, P, Flordia (6th-7th)
3. Joseph Charlton, P, South Carolina, (7th-UDFA)
4. Alex Pechin, P, Bucknell (UDFA)
5. Jake Hartbarger, P, Michigan State (UDFA)
1. Steven Wirtel, LS, Iowa State (7th-UDFA)
2. Blake Ferguson, LS, LSU (7th-UDFA)
3. Liam McCullough, LS, Ohio State (UDFA)
4. Michael Pifer, LS, Navy (UDFA)
5. Richard McNitzky, LS, Stanford (UDFA)