With the college football season nearing the end of its season’s regular season, and in addition to that, the NFL getting a bit past midseason, a top 100 big board is not out of the question. After thoroughly scouting a myriad of players, I am ready to reveal my first big board of the season.
(Note: This is ranked based off of my evaluations, NOT where I believe they will go.)
- EDGE Nick Bosa, Ohio St
Bosa is better than his older brother, Joey, and I am certainly confident in that. He is so polished yet has an extremely high ceiling. His cross chop, rip, swim, spin and any other moves he has are just as lethal one another. The explosiveness and strength are there, and most importantly, his hands are top notch. He is my clear number 1 guy.
- IDL Quinnen WIlliams, Alabama
Yes, I have Williams above Oliver, and I’ll tell you it is because of his athleticism and size combination, but most importantly, his hands. His hands are the best of any pass rusher, EDGEs included, in the draft. There is no one with more violent hands than Williams. He really does have flashes of Geno Atkins and Gerald McCoy in there as I watch him. His explosiveness off the line is just fantastic, too. He is an absolute menace, and if not for an elite prospect like Bosa, he would be at one.
- IDL Ed Oliver, Houston
However, even though Williams is above Oliver, Oliver is an elite prospect as well. He is more explosive than Williams and is just not quite up to the level of pass rusher that Williams is. However, I think Oliver is a better run defender and gets the same penetration that WIlliams gets. Oliver is that rare IDL as well, and is just an athletic freak.
- ILB Mack Wilson, Alabama
Mack Wilson is the exact prototype of an elite modern NFL ILB. His athleticism allows him to cover sideline-to-sideline and he just mans that middle like a trooper. His coverage is easily the best in the class and he just takes away the middle of the field. He is the exact type of ILB (ex: Shazier, Jones) that any NFL can have on their team to change the dynamic of a defense.
- S Deionte Thompson, Alabama
Thompson has impeccable range at safety. It is impressive how easily he can track a ball and close on it. His angles are fantastic and man does he ever have some elite ball skills. Thompson is stout in run defense too, and just a high IQ safety who processes everything in front of him.
- CB Greedy Williams, LSU
With elite length and athleticism, Williams continues to show me why he is a top 10 prospect and by far the best CB in the draft. His press technique needs work, but with his elite trail technique and fluid hips, I won’t worry much about Greedy giving up too much separation.
- EDGE Brian Burns, Florida St.
Inject Brian Burns into my veins. The explosiveness off the edge, his hands, the flexibility in his hips that allow him to bend, and the pad level he plays with all make me excited about him. His pass rushing ability gives him the opportunity to truly be elite at the next level.
- IDL Jeffery Simmons, Mississippi St
Simmons is one strong man. His bull rush and penetration off of it alone are extremely impressive. Couple that with violent hands and a relentless motor and you have got yourself a rather elite IDL prospect.
- IDL Raekwon Davis, Alabama
Davis, from the first time I watched him on tape, proved to be an elite run defender. His strength in the gap and gap discipline are just elite. He is a quick processor and explodes off the line with low pad level and active hands. It is time to give Davis some more respect.
- EDGE Jachai Polite, Florida
The athleticism Polite possesses is elite and turns the explosiveness off the line into a fantastic speed-to-power combination. He has fantastic bend to couple with that great first step, and with his hands getting more active, he is starting to really hit his stride as a top EDGE prospect.
- OT Jonah Williams, Alabama
The nimble-footed Williams is a fantastic run blocker and will continue to be ranked among the best run blockers in the class due to great footwork and hands. He is raw in pass protection, but his constant effort and the timing of his punches leave him to be a solid pass protector, but it does need work.
- EDGE Montez Sweat, Mississippi St.
Sweat’s hands have been his biggest area of improvement this season and he finally has counters. That, combined with his already great first step and bend, allow Sweat to really shine as a pass rusher. He moves in space well too, so that is just a bonus.
- CB Byron Murphy, Washington
Murphy is a fluid athlete, period. His change of direction and closing speed are elite, and his man coverage skills continue to show themselves as a great tool. His tracking and ball skills also show improvement. All those are important as the guy is just plain sticky in coverage.
- IOL Tyler Biadasz, Wisconsin
The fleet-footed Biadasz is such a fun player to watch. He reaches to the second level with ease and executes double teams with great footwork and IQ. I love his athleticism too, so he is great a pulling. His pass protection is still very good too, although he occasionally gets a narrow base.
- TE Noah Fant, Iowa
Fant is a field stretching tight end who can plays from every place on the field. He is a fantastic red zone threat and contested catch receiver. However, if that was not enough, his blocking is outstanding too. Fant is a complete TE and should be a first round lock.
- EDGE Clelin Ferrell, Clemson
Ferrell has cooled on me due his stiff hips that don’t allow him to bend as well as you would like. However, he is still an elite run defender and as very good hands. He gets pressure due to that and a decent first step. He may continue to cool on me, but he is always a high IQ player.
- CB Amani Oruwariye, Penn St.
An excellent press defender, Oruwariye continues to show me how aggressive he likes to get. I love aggressiveness in my DBs, and he embodies that. His ball skills, combined with his mirroring skills, make me super excited for him at the next level.
- OT Dalton Risner, Kansas St.
Risner is not a great athlete, but he is a sound technician. His hands are fantastic and are always inside, he can still reach due to his quick footwork, and most importantly, he is incredibly strong, which allows him to really dominate up front.
- WR Hakeem Butler, Iowa St.
Butler is an insane player. He makes a big deep play every week. No one is a better jump ball guy in this class than him, and more importantly, he has the nimbleness to work out of the slot. The guy will give you a threat everywhere, and it is no question why he is my WR1.
- ILB Devin White, LSU
Devin White has that sideline-to-sideline elite run defender ability that I love in linebackers. He is not as polished as Mack WIlson, as he is still a raw processor, but he can fly and take away the middle of the field by being a fantastic coverage ILB. He can also change a defense, much like Wilson.
- EDGE Rashan Gary, Michigan
The explosiveness of Gary’s first step, and his quickness laterally and around the edge allow him to be this high. He is raw, but he has added more moves to his arsenal and his hands are showing some real improvement. I suspect he will continue to climb up my board.
- WR N’Keal Harry, Arizona St.
Harry may not be a fantastically smooth guy, but man he is just a fantastic contested catch and leverage guy. I think he should test better than many think and his body control is absolutely insane. I love both him and Butler to be the two best WRs from this class.
- IDL Gerald Willis III, Miami
Willis is a freakish athlete that just explodes right off the snap. He continues to play with great pad level, and man is his block shedding ever fantastic. I need to see more out of his hands, but I like the way Willis plays. His motor is amazing.
- S Jaquan Johnson, Miami
Johnson is a true alpha male on the defense. He is an enforcer up there at safety and lays the boom. In man coverage, he justs busts the receiver in their chops and is consistently sticky. He can play in the box and in the slot, and his coverage in zone is not bad at all either. I think he is a pretty complete safety as a whole.
- TE Albert Okwuegbunam, Missouri
Whew, Albert O is a fantastic jump ball receiver. I mean this guy is a cheat code in the red zone and wins all over the field. He may not be all that loose in his hips but he still somehow creates enough separation with his elite physical attributes. He is a vertical and big play threat all the time.
- OT Yodny Cajuste, West Virginia
Cajuste plays low and uses his hands well all the time. He uses that huge frame to bully guys consistently. His footwork is so technically sound, and he reach just fine with it. He does have to work on his hand placement, even if he has strong hands, it gets him into too many holds.
- WR Kelvin Harmon, NC State
Harmon is quick and fluid in all of his routes and breaks. I think he is a superb route runner that leaves guys in the dust are fantastic double moves. He is a great contested catch guy, but not elite. His release skills are outstanding and press has to be perfect in order to affect him. His body control and thin frame are two bigger issues, though.
- WR J.J. Arcega Whiteside, Stanford
The burst JJAW has at his size is pretty insane. Combine that with some of the best contested catching ability in the draft, AND with impressive body control, I think he can be a future focus of an offense. I think he can work on his route running, but he really has been great.
- EDGE Josh Allen, Kentucky
Allen has done so much to help his draft stock. He has shown exceptional bend and a lethal cross chop and rip combo. His first step might be the biggest improvement, and combine that with his ever improving hands, Allen is certainly a guy to watch. Also, my goodness does he ever move well in space.
- CB Bryce Hall, Virginia
The length and aggressiveness Hall showcases every time he is on the field is amazing. His hands and hips are so strong and fluid that is tough to beat the guy deep. In addition to that, fantastic ball skills make him a ballhawk too. He has the possibility to really rise into the first round.
- TE T.J. Hockenson, Iowa
Whew, Hockenson is a complete Tight End. He is not only a great receiver who moves well in space, but also a menace while run blocking. His hips are fluid and he knows how to contort his body perfectly to just make tough catches. The toughness he shows over the middle really separates him from other tight ends, though.
- QB Justin Herbert, Oregon
Herbert is a future franchise QB who can sling the ball with precision. His ball placement can be a thing of beauty to watch. His processing is something to work on, as his decision making under pressure, but Herbert’s arm talent really shows just how good of a QB he could be.
- WR Antonio Gandy-Golden, Liberty
AGG is the one receiver that is not getting enough respect at all right now. Not only is he just a fluid athlete, but he is an elite jump ball guy. In combination with his body control, AGG is a menace in the deep passing game and red zone. He can work on his route running more, but his breaks are more fluid than you would think.
- S Taylor Rapp, Washington
Rapp has some incredible closing speed. He is another aggressive player who wraps up well and hits guys hard. He can work out of various alignments and still press the heck out of slot receivers. I think his agility is a huge question mark, but fluid hips do help mitigate that.
- WR Riley Ridley, Georgia
Ridley is such a precise route runner that he has to be high on the WR totem pole. He creates consistent separation and even when he does not, he has some sneaky good jump ball skills. The guy never lets the ball come to him, he goes to the ball and goes to get it. His body control is fantastic, and the only thing I wish was that he filled out his frame a bit more.
- CB Lavert Hill, Michigan
Hill plays with a certain swagger I love about him. Aggressive, swagger-filled CBs are a big craving of mine in drafts. Hill has great ball skills to combine with all that. The trail technique is a speciality of his, as his hips and recovery speed are really good. His length is not great, but his speed can overcome that.
- WR Deebo Samuel, South Carolina
The YAC monster himself, Samuel sometimes really reminds me of Golden Tate. His route running is just so nuanced and he has an incredibly extensive route tree. For being only 5’11”, Samuel makes some really nice catches in traffic that he should not make, but his high pointing abilities really help him ascend up a level.
- RB David Montgomery, Iowa St.
Montgomery is not a fantastic athlete and he does not have great burst, but his power and contact balance are just amazing. Contact balance is just so important for a RB, and Montgomery has the best in the class. Add in that he has soft hands and skill in pass protection, and you have RB1.
- IOL Chase Lindstrom, Boston College
Lindstrom is another one of the nimble lineman that can just move. His second level reaches and pulls are just effortlessly done. He has great strength and plays pass protection aggressively, which can be a downfall if he gives up the inside track.
- CB DeAndre Baker, Georgia
Baker has had a really nice campaign this season and it is no shock. He is a sticky man coverage corner that mirrors well. His ball tracking skills are really good for someone of his size. His hips get stiff, so I worry about him in zone coverage, but he really has progressed to a loosen his hips this season.
- ILB Troy Dye, Oregon
Talk about a blur, Dye is the best athlete at the ILB position in this year’s draft. His hips are so fluid and just allow him to change direction easily. He is an elite coverage ILB and man, he can from sideline-to-sideline. I have serious questions about his processing, but that can improve over time.
- S Juan Thornhill, Virginia
Thornhill plays aggressively and has fluid hips, which means he has some serious range and ball skills. His zone coverage is just fantastic, and boy does he ever read a QB’s eyes well. The guy is a ballhawk and playmaker.
- EDGE Chase Winovich, Michigan
Winovich has really turned a corner as a pass rusher. He always had the relentless motor and great run defender, but now that his hands are becoming more violent and he is showing some bend, Winovich is getting pressure of passing downs too. That, is mainly why he has run straight up the board.
- CB Julian Love, Notre Dame
Love is an impressive mirroring CB who excels from every type of coverage. The versatility and ball skills he brings from a defensive standpoint makes him a unique and valuable player. He will need stronger hands in press, but he is still incredibly sticky.
- WR Tyler Johnson, Minnesota
Johnson is not appreciated enough as a nimble, contested catch guy. His routes are incredibly crisp and he has jump ball catches all over his tape. The body control is there too, and I would like to see more explosiveness, but he knows all the nuances of the position.
- WR Collin Johnson, Texas
Johnson is a very fluid receiver. His breaks just go by so smoothy and he runs beautiful routes to create separation. I love his contested catch ability and his ability to use his 6’6” frame to consistently box guys out. He needs to work out more alignments, and in addition, as to get sharper at the end of his stems.
- CB Rock Ya-Sin, Temple
With elite press man skills and ball skills too, Ya-Sin has been straight lockdown for most of the season. Man is he ever a strong leverage corner that never gives up the inside or outside track to a receiver. He is raw in zone coverage and processing as a whole.
- CB Kris Boyd, Texas
Primarily man coverage based corners are everywhere in this draft, and Boyd is another one of them. I think he has some of the best jamming and mirroring skills in this corner class. I wish his hips were less stiff, but he makes up for it by being a great run support corner.
- IDL Jerry Tillery, Notre Dame
Tillery has some serious quickness and flexibility in his game. He has some great power here too and consistently gets penetration. The hands he has are massive and violent, which allow him to get sacks. However, he needs to play much lower than he is playing currently.
- TE Dawson Knox, Ole Miss
Knox is a field stretching tight end. That is exactly what he is and he wins with elite route running for a tight end. The adjustments he makes on jump balls are fantastic and he has great body control. He needs to become a better blocker, but he is a willing one.
- EDGE Zach Allen, Boston College
Allen has some violent hands, but if there is one thing that defines his play it is strength. That bullrush is always incredibly effective and the motor he has just never stops. His hips are tight, so he really does not bend that well.
- TE Jace Sternberger, Texas A&M
Sternberger is Vance McDonald all over again. He is a pure tank with strong hands. He just doesn’t go down after the catch. He consistently grinds out yards. Add on that he is a superb blocker and you have yourself a good player.
- EDGE Oshane Ximines, Old Dominion
Ximines has great hands and uses them to not only get pass rush, but also to counter incredibly well. He has great agility and shows it when he can get the inside track. However, he can’t bend as well as you would like him to due to stiff hips.
- RB Zack Moss, Utah
I love Moss’ running style. The guy always falls forward and grinds out every last yard he possibly can. His contact balance and second level burst are some of his best attributes. I think he is an underrated receiver and continues to progress as back.
- WR AJ Brown, Ole Miss
Brown is primarily a slot guy and I think he very well could rise on my board. I like his nuanced route running but his athleticism just does not allow for much separation. However, he is a better contested catch guy than lots of people give him credit for. I can never speak about how good his body control, because it is impeccable.
- TE Irv Smith, Alabama
Smith has shot straight up my board to due to being an freakish athlete that can make about any catch as TE. The guy can seriously move and has incredibly strong hands. He is not a fantastic blocker as is, but he plays low and has good hands, which shows lots of potential.
- RB Elijah Holyfield, Georgia
Elusiveness and shiftiness is what Holyfield would be described as. In just another of the great RBs coming out of Georgia, Holyfield is just so hard to bring down in the open field. Combined with natural hands and some fantastic grit, I think he could be the first RB off the board.
- TE Kaden Smith, Stanford
Man, Smith is a natural athlete at TE and it shows. He has explosiveness and just shoots out of breaks, which grants him separation even if he is not a great route runner yet. He can go up and get any catch and has made some ridiculous catches in traffic that give hope for even more fleshed out catches in the future.
- IDL Dre’Mont Jones, Ohio St.
Jones has some impressive power and a great first step. He just dominates some offensive linemen due to that speed-to-power combination. His bullrush is elite and with great pad level, he makes consistent impact plays. He needs to work on getting more splash plays to truly be considered as an elite prospect
- OT David Edwards, WIsconsin
Edwards, like almost all Wisconsin OL, is an elite run blocker. He knows how to reach the second level and spring big runs consistently. His strong hands help him in all facets as he gets his inside constantly. His base is too wide and he needs to fix it in pass protection, or he will get beat by better pass rushers.
- RB Darrell Henderson, Memphis
Henderson is a stick of dynamite. He reminds me a bit of the Tarik Cohen type of RBs that just contributes in all facets of the game. He flies through holes and is a great receiving back. He can’t pass protect at all, but in all other areas, he is a big play threat.
- EDGE Anthony Nelson, Iowa
He can’t bend and is not explosive, but he has fantastic hands. He just rams his way through offensive tackles on his way to sacks. His run defense is fantastic, as he holds the edge well, and block sheds with his quick hands. Again, these types of limited bend guys have never-ending motors, and Nelson is no exception.
- IDL Javon Kinlaw, South Carolina
Kinlaw combines his explosive first step with amazing leverage and can win straight off the line if OL are not careful. His swim move is deadly with that, and he has the strength to hold his place and effectively run defend. He needs to process better and thus can be washed out of plays.
- ILB Devin Bush, Michigan
Bush is athletic and shows great range and tackling ability consistently. He can thus blitz and run defend rather well, but can fall short in coverage. He is capable in it, but his keys need to be trusted more. Nonetheless, he is an athletic freak that could be a 2nd round steal.
- RB Miles Sanders, Penn St.
Sanders is the best pure cutting RB in the draft. That, and his elusiveness set him apart from just about every other RB in the class. He needs to work on receiving the ball much better, and it is there, but he cannot work out of the slot yet. So, that will be a place to address.
- ILB Bobby Okereke, Stanford
He has amazing recognition skills and just flies into gaps. Okereke trusts his instincts and follows them wherever they lead him, for better or worse. He does not get stacked very easily at all. He pursues well, and flies sideline-to-sideline. Overall, raw in coverage and will need to work on zone discipline.
- IDL Dexter Lawrence, Clemson
Lawrence is someone with fantastic hands and good leverage, but he is raw in that he is not strong enough and needs to slim down to be more explosive. However, it is a huge plus that his processing is already at an elite level.
- RB Trayveon Williams, Texas A&M
Williams has some great cutting ability and vision as a runner, a combination that guarantees five yards anytime he gets decent blocking. His burst is great, and he shows decent contact balance. His receiving ability impresses on tape and has only gotten better.
- IDL Christian Wilkins, Clemson
Wilkins has loose hips and can slip through cracks created by solid hands and good first step, but he really needs to bulk up to penetrate better. He is a raw processor that needs to up his game greatly in that area. Wilkins also plays far too high, and it gets him blown back at times.
- QB Dwayne Haskins, Ohio St.
Haskins as all the arm talent in the world and get throw the ball where very few other guys can. His accuracy has improved as the season has gone, but his inexperience clearly shows. His processing will need to improve and some of horrid decision making as to get tightened up. Hopefully he stays another year at Ohio State.
- IDL Isaiah Buggs, Alabama
If it were not for limited tape I have watched on Buggs, I believe he would be higher. Buggs has violent hands and a great first step that just allows him to flash all the time. I do notice that he takes a bit to process the play and it will need to be fixed in order to truly be an elite level prospect.
- ILB Joe Giles-Harris, Duke
Giles-Harris is one of the best processors in the class. His range only adds a cherry on top to his fantastic instincts. Giles-Harris has proven to be one of the surest tacklers I have scouted. His hips can be a bit tight and it hurts him consistently in coverage.
- CB Levonta Taylor, Florida St.
Taylor is not a special player, but he is a solid one. His technique is all sound and his hands have proven to be incredibly disruptive. He mirrors easily and is lightning quick in all of his movements. His size will deter many from him, but he is a solid technician.
- WR David Sills V, West Virginia
Sills is another of the big bodied wide receivers that is a fantastic red zone threat and down field threat. He creates a great deal of separation and has a great release of the line consistently. He sometimes fails to catch tougher balls in traffic or drops open ones completely, which does drop his stock.
- QB Daniel Jones, Duke
Jones has incredible arm talent. His accuracy has truly improved this year and he hits guys downfield at a much higher rate than he did last year. I still have issues with his post-snap processing and decision making, but progressions are being made.
- ILB Deshaun Davis, Auburn
Davis is such a smart football player. He is not overly athletic, but the angles he takes on running plays and the instincts he has on him allow him to be a very solid player in coverage. His athletic deficiencies come to get him in his range, but he is a future starter in this league.
- WR DaMarkus Lodge, Ole Miss
His hands are great to just turn corners upfield and get separation. He has legitimate deep speed that can allow him to become the main decoy of an offense. His body control is absolutely elite. He will need to expand his route tree, but he has some big play potential.
- CB Michael Jackson, Miami
An athletic and physical outside corner who has some serious ball skills on him. He can be beat by quicker guys and needs to keep his hips square, as he gives inside leverage too often, but he has nice recovery speed to aid him in being on an island.
- EDGE Anfernee Jennings, Alabama
Jennings is an awesome processor and with his strength and violent hands, he can get pressure off the edge. His inside moves are pretty elite, as he likes a club-rip combo. He fails to bend at all and is not explosive right off the line.
- WR Marquise Brown, Oklahoma
An exceptional release receiver and his separation skills are fantastic. He knows how to get vertical but also be nuanced in his breaks. He can play anywhere and still be just as twitchy and deceptive. His weight is a big drawback as he cannot beat press well and sometimes has spotty hands.
- WR Denzel Mims, Baylor
Mimis is just blazing fast, and with an incredible catch radius too. He makes some ridiculous catches on the sideline that WRs should not be able to make. Mims thus is fantastic in jump ball situations. He separates well too, but like Brown, he struggles to beat press and he does need to expand his route tree.
- RB Rodney Anderson, Oklahoma
I love Anderson’s tape. He runs so hard and never goes down easily. He truly is a three down back that can do it all, including catching the ball. Yet, his injury history is just a big deterrent, no matter how you look at it.
- TE Josh Oliver, San Jose St.
Oliver is an extremely raw blocker, but he is an athletic freak that can make catches all over the field. He has great body control and goes up to get balls in unorthodox positions all the time. A sleeper TE who can make a huge difference.
- OT Tyree St. Louis, Miami
St. Louis is a great, long pass blocker that can block from just about any position. He is a rare position versatile guy, but he is more so a tackle. His processing skills and nimble feet allow him to be an excellent pass protector. His hand placement must improve to limit holding calls, however.
- CB Derrick Baity, Kentucky
Baity is a tad slow and does not have great tracking skills, but what he sure does is great press coverage skills. His hands are really strong and disrupt routes significantly. He can process incredibly fast and make plays on the ball in zone coverage, in which he is great at.
- RB Justice Hill, Oklahoma St.
Hill has always been a quick, shifty that back that is tough to bring down in the open-field. He is that still, but he has become a much better receiver this season. His vision is a bit suspect, as he can miss open holes, but it has shown growth.
- IOL Kaleb McGary, Washington
McGary has some tight hips and loses focus of the play on stunts, but he is a brutal blocker. Those hands are just plain violent and pancake guys with ease. His is incredibly strong and steamrolls guys over at will. He will reach the second level with ease as he is nimble footed.
- S Lukas Denis, Boston College
Denis is a super fluid athlete that has some really impressive ball skills back there. He is primarily a single-high player who needs to wrap up better, but his coverage skills as a single-high project him as starter at the next level.
- QB Brett Rypien, Boise St.
Rypien has proven to be an incredibly strong processor and has improved in accuracy this year. His ball placement is not precise enough to be great yet and he will still throw behind guys, but his mobility and ability to extend plays makes up a good deal for it.
- ILB Te’Von Coney, Notre Dame
Coney has never been a great athlete, but he has been a good processor. His weakness is absolutely in coverage where he is exploited. However, his ability to fight through traffic and make plays in the run game have been flashing all season long.
91.WR Anthony Ratliff-Williams, UNC
Ratliff-Williams works out of the slot primarily and is one of the most precise route runners in the class. He is a possession guy who creates separation over the middle and makes tough catches in traffic. He does not wow you as a vertical threat, but can flash the ability to actually work on the outside and make those catches.
- WR KJ Hill, Ohio St.
Hill is a pure vertical threat and speed demon. His release skills are great and he scoffs at press coverage. He needs to work on his deceptive skills, as he is incredibly quick out of breaks and could become a deadly receiver on all levels. He still can make tough contested catches too.
- ILB Kendall Joseph, Clemson
Joseph does not play through traffic or blocks well, but since he usually is not reached by them, it does not matter. He has such great processing skills that allow him to identify false keys easily that he is a solid playmaker. His fluid hips show a player that could become a good coverage LB.
- WR Kelvin McKnight, Samford
McKnight is a superb route runner that is fluid in and out of his breaks. However, he truly wins with his fantastic release skills. He wins deep often, and cooked Levonta Taylor earlier this season. His athleticism is not great and he needs to become a better contested catch receiver to ascend.
- QB Will Grier, West Virginia
Grier has shown to be clutch, and I love that about him. I think his arm and processing have shown promise, but his accuracy has been far too spotty for my liking. His ability to work out of a chaotic pocket also discourages me. I see a jittery QB back there that will make dumbfounding decisions at times.
- S Ugo Amadi, Oregon
Amadi can cover anyone he wants to. His hips are smooth and his press skills are fantastic. He can play in slot or up in single-high due to his processing. However, he is a rather weak run defender due to his thin frame and subpar tackling ability.
- RB Darrin Hall, Pittsburgh
Hall is a running back that does not have the burst you see in elite guys or even fantastic contact balance, but he has grit, vision, and receiving ability. This is the 3rd-4th round RB that NFL coaches love to get because he is so versatile and smart. Hall will get onto the field because he is so technically sound and can bust the big play.
- EDGE Jabari Zuniga, Florida
Zuniga has some nice speed off the edge and shows a good first step with some bend. His hands need a lot of work, but as it stands, he can win lots of times off the point of attack due to his explosiveness. His run defense is fantastic as well, so he can find snaps in his rookie year, likely.
- ILB Germaine Pratt, NC St.
Pratt is just flat out athletic. His range is great and I love his processing skills that allow him to just shoot the gap at will. Pratt is a great coverage ILB too. However, his frame is too thin and he works through traffic rather haplessly, which can lead to his demise on many plays.
- EDGE D’Andre Walker, Georgia
Walker is an insane athlete with some terrific burst straight off the line. He works extremely well in space and his hips are stupid fluid. He’s incredibly raw as a pass rusher, though. Thus, he will need to work on his pass rushing skills but his hands are already rather polished.
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