Pre-Senior Bowl Top 100 Big Board

With the Senior Bowl coming up and many declarations being made, I will be constructing my pre-Senior Bowl Big Board. Rodney Anderson will be omitted for injuries.

  1. IDL Quinnen Williams, Alabama

Quinnen Williams was the most dominant player in the NCAA this year and it wasn’t close. His pad level, hand usage, first step, and all the technical aspects are just perfectly down down for Williams. He is one of those rare defensive lineman that can change games from the middle of the defense, and he could have a similar Aaron Donald-like impact.

  1. EDGE Nick Bosa, Ohio State

An array of pass rushing moves from a rip, club, spin, cross chop, among others, Bosa lives up to the hype of his name. Not only is he incredibly strong and use that strength in conjunction with great pad level, but he is also an incredibly smart player. He consistently got his hands up whenever it was possible, for example. The gap between him and Williams is paper thin.

  1. IDL Ed Oliver, Houston

An absurd athlete for an IDL, Oliver has proven to be a divisive player with his “attitude”, but it hardly matters when his talent level is this high. An explosive player who is a fantastic pass rusher and run defender, Oliver only has to worry about his size, but outside of that, he is the closest thing you will get to a can’t miss prospect.

  1. EDGE Brian Burns, Florida State

Bend, bend, bend. Burns has fantastic hands along with pad level to go with his bend, and while not overly explosive off the line, his counters and hands are lightning quick to the point where very few OTs can stop him. The biggest knock is easily his frame and how it inhibits his ability to bull rush, but when you can beat them just about any other way, does it matter that much?

  1. CB Byron Murphy, Washington

My CB1, Murphy is ridiculously fluid, and with impressive ball skills, it creates a rather deadly combination that allows him to make plays on any ball thrown his way. He has the processing to play in zone and yet the physicality to still man up against shifty receivers. That scheme versatility will make Murphy extremely appealing.

  1. OT Jonah Williams, Alabama

Williams is a franchise LT all the way. His feet are nimble, he has great hand timing and placement, and his pass sets are differentiated to not give opposing EDGE rushers any clue of what he may do. His pad level is great, although it does have lapses, but he shut down just about everyone he went up against this season.

  1. WR D.K Metcalf, Ole Miss

An absolute monster who has everything but the desired NFL route tree, Metcalf looks to be a future #1 receiver. He has the contested catch skills, fantastic route running, catch radius, body control, any of that, he has it. Add in being a pretty decent blocker as well as an artist after the catch, and Metcalf has all the desired traits of a WR.

  1. EDGE Jachai Polite, Florida

Polite is absurdly explosive off the edge and his great first step allows his bend to not matter as much. While he does showcase bend, it is not fantastic, and with his hands coming on well, as well as some counters starting to present themselves, Polite looks to be a future perennial EDGE rusher.

  1. CB Greedy Williams, LSU

Lackadaisical? Sure. But with fluidity and exceptional length, Greedy Williams is still an elite CB prospect. His fantastic ball skills only add to that validity, so, as an evaluator I would not caution too much against him. He is legit.

  1. S Deionte Thompson, Alabama

He struggled near the end of the year, but you simply do not discount the elite range that Thompson has showcased and in addition to that, fantastic ball skills. Before the past two games his processing was great, and he is comfortable coming down to play the run too. There are just not many guys that can do that at a high level

  1. IDL Jeffery Simmons, Mississippi State

Crazy strong, Simmons has the anchor of a strong offensive lineman, but it allows him to maybe have the best gap discipline in the draft. In addition, he has one made bull rush and can use his pad level to rip right around IOL. He might be the least talked about top prospect, but he is a monster.

  1. EDGE Josh Allen, Kentucky

Allen’s hands and pad level have gotten so much better to the point where he could be off the board right after Nick Bosa, but it’s the development of his explosive first step and bend that really allows him to rise up this high. He doesn’t have many counters as of yet, but he is still a great prospect at EDGE.

  1. S Nasir Adderley, Delaware

Adderley has some incredible range to his game. His twitchy processing skills combined with unreal ball skills have proven to show Adderley could be a top single-high safety at the next level. He is also a superb run defender, so he can move around as a hybrid as well. Not many safeties like this one come around often folks.

  1. OT Cody Ford, Oklahoma

Maybe not the top Tackle in the class, but a dang good one. Ford’s nimble footwork and rockstar hands are one the most impressive traits at the position this class. He understands how to work his positioning and reach well in run blocking too. He pops up at times, but with a strong anchor, it usually doesn’t signal disaster.

  1. WR Riley Ridley, Georgia

The production is severely lacking, but Ridley has almost everything else you would want as a WR. His routes progressed heavily, he can make unbelievable contested catches, and has some of the most insane body control I have seen in a long while. The nuanced and technical parts of his game are just so incredibly impressive.

  1. EDGE Clelin Ferrell, Clemson

The bend is meh, but the hands, leverage, and first step send those good vibes right on over. Ferrell will never be the flexible guy around the bend, but he uses his body so well to progress himself around the edge with his length. With an awesome chop-rip move and a spin move in his arsenal as well, Ferrell will be a very good EDGE rusher.

  1. IOL Garrett Bradbury, NC State

After Tyler Biadasz went back to school I had a hard time convincing myself that Bradbury was not IOL1, and he is. His nimble-footed footwork allow him to deal with even athletic IDL and reach the second level. The only issue is his play strength but he has incredible hand placement and timing as well, so a lot of this is offset.

  1. TE TJ Hockenson, Iowa

A TE who can block anyone out of the house and yet somehow still catch anything in his area, Hockenson really does remind me of George Kittle a ton. This guy goes up and grabs anything in the area and will pancake someone to open wide open lanes. Hockenson is easily TE1, and will be a great WR.

  1. WR Kelvin Harmon, NC State

A supreme vertical threat WR who seemingly adjusts to any ball on the fly and with relative ease. It is rather insane how easily he does it, too. Add in being as fluid of a route runner as there is out there, and Harmon has WR1 potential for sure.

  1. CB Amani Oruwariye, Penn State

Long, fluid, and extra smart, Oruwariye’s appeal is more than just how well he plays in press, but in off man and zone, he can excel. That makes him an extremely scheme versatile player, and with ball skills, he will excel. He just needs to tackle better now.

  1. ILB Mack Wilson, Alabama

The surprise declaration of the draft, but I have more than fine to name him LB1. Wilson has native athleticism that allows him to cover sideline-to-sideline and with him sifting traffic well, it is often maximized. Add in the fact that he is an elite coverage LB, and you have the best ILB prospect in the draft.

  1. WR N’Keal Harry, Arizona State

He is incredibly explosive after the catch which makes him a demon in the quick passing game, but N’Keal Harry really flourishes once you put him right into the vertical passing game. Sure, he doesn’t get much separation, but when you use your frame as well as he does to go up and grab balls, it really is irrelevant.

  1. IDL Christian Wilkins, Clemson

There are not many people who can take over a game by just being a wrecking ball but Christian Wilkins is that guy. He did that in the National Championship and does it on his tape often too. Strength and leverage are the foundation of it, and he continues to impress on tape.

  1. QB Dwayne Haskins, Ohio State

You can talk about all the dumb inconsistencies he has in processing or just throwing mind numbing interceptions, but Haskins has a fantastic arm, can fit any ball into any whole, and is super smart pre-snap, even with the lapses. His pocket presence could use some improvement, but it certainly is not bad by any means. QB1.

  1. CB DeAndre Baker, Georgia

The long speed is concern here for Baker is valid, but with everything else in account, he can be a future #1 CB. I mean perfect processing skills, ball skills, great footwork, and even a pretty good run support CB. Baker is a technical monster, even if he will never be an athletic one.

  1. QB Kyler Murray, Oklahoma

He is small, yea, but that isn’t too big of an issue when you think at the rest of his game. He shows that live arm we all love, his underrated accuracy is appealing, and whew can he ever work in and out of structure. His ability to extend plays is absolutely amazing. He is not foreign to the pocket either, so this is a good mobile QB.

  1. TE Irv Smith, Alabama

Hockenson but just a little less of a blocker but more athletic. Smith moves unbelievably well for a TE and can run routes like a receiver while blocking like an offensive tackle. I don’t know about you, but I want this guy.

  1. WR DaMarkus Lodge, Ole Miss

Perhaps the most overshadowed WR in the entire draft, Lodge had to play next to two future very good NFL receivers in DK Metcalf and AJ Brown, but he proved that he was a fantastic vertical threat who could make plays in the intermediate game as well. The guy is a complete receiver and will be a steal for someone.

  1. WR Deebo Samuel, South Carolina

Simply the ultimate chess piece. Samuel saw snaps out of the slot, outside, out of the backfield, and everywhere around the field. His versatility translates to a dynamic YAC skillset and the ability to run any route and do it well. Samuel is either going to be the ultimate compliment to your #1 receiver or become that guy himself.

  1. S Juan Thornhill, Virginia

A straight up ballhawk, Thornhill is likely a single-high. He doesn’t have the impressive range of a Nasir Adderley but he is just as fluid and smart as Adderley is. Thornhill can also play down in the box if he wants to and does not shy away from laying the lumber. He is a future starter.

  1. RB Josh Jacobs, Alabama

Jacobs is an all around running back. There really is nothing that he cannot do. He runs violently and lays the boom, he is shifty to avoid you, he can catch the ball absurdly well, he can pancake guys as a blocker, and his vision is great. When you have a RB like this, watch out, he will be unbelievable in the NFL.

  1. WR Hakeem Butler, Iowa State

When you are 6’6” and can single handedly take over a game to the point where your team wins easily, you have my attention. Hakeem Butler has some issues with separation, but man in jump ball situations he is just a cheat code. Good luck getting that ball away from him. This dude is a game changer, period.

  1. TE Noah Fant, Iowa

Fant is not as good of a blocker as some of the other TEs, but he is the best pure receiving TE in this draft. Diverse route tree, fantastic contested catch abilities, and a knack for nuanced route running allow Fant to be an absolute monster for all defenses to handle.

  1. EDGE Montez Sweat, Mississippi State

Absolutely fantastic strength and hand usage from this edge rusher allows him to be a stout run defender while still being able to swipe right inside of any OL. His bend is not exceptional, but his long arm certainly allows him to get around the edge just fine. A very good 4-3 DE is what Sweat will be.

  1. IOL Dru Samia, Oklahoma

Samia moves incredibly well for a man of his size and reaches to the second level effortlessly. He is a mauler and strong, and even if he is short-armed, his technical advantages in great leverage and footwork allow him to cover up the shortcomings.

  1. OT Yodny Cajuste, West Virginia

Cajuste might be slightly raw in terms of his footwork, as his base does narrow up at times, but whew, this dude is an athletic hoss who will plow you right over since he plays so low. Cajuste is going to be a very good starter in the league and could become a top OT if he progresses along.

  1. ILB Germaine Pratt, NC State

A former safety, Pratt is extremely fluid in coverage and can run with some slot receivers and has natural ball skills. His run defense could get better, especially in terms of getting off blocks, but he has already learned how to process the position well and sift through traffic. Pratt has a huge ceiling, regardless.

  1. RB Darwin Thompson, Utah State

This little stick of dynamite can actually dream of being the next Tarik Cohen or Dion Lewis, and for only being 5’8”, Thompson has absolutely crazy contact balance. Obviously, he is a natural receiver and has impressive burst to his game, but man, if he can just shore up the blocking part of his game, this man will be a very good RB.

  1. IDL Renell Wren, Arizona State

Strong as heck and playing low? That is a deadly combination for a pass rusher, and Wren has all of those traits and more. While his hands are rather raw, he still has more than enough at his disposal to wreck the middle of the field. Wren has an uber-high ceiling, and at the very least, will be a great 3 tech.

  1. EDGE Christian Miller, Alabama

He flashes brilliance but was finally putting it together at the end of the season. Miller’s hands set him up well to decrease the surface area the OTs can get on him and flashes great bend. He doesn’t have a good bull rush due to less than optimal strength, but as a pass rusher, he has most of things you would like.

  1. WR Keesean Johnson, Fresno State

Maybe the biggest sleeper of the draft at WR, Johnson is essentially a Sterling Shepherd clone and can run a diverse amount of routes and run them exceptionally well. His main calling card is the vertical threat ability he withholds, but his game is so nuanced he is an instant starter.

  1. OL Dalton Risner, Kansas State

Clunky footwork and lack of length will force Risner to kick inside to guard where his footwork will be less prominent. His hands are used well and he plays low with good strength, so the transition from T to G should not be too hard for this guy.

  1. CB Rock Ya-Sin, Temple

A riser on my board, Ya-Sin has fantastic ball skills and press-man skills. For 6’1” he is extremely fluid and smart. Even in run support he shows great effort, and the main area of concern is his mirroring, as he needs to keep his hips more square, but he is likely a starter right away.

  1. ILB Devin White, LSU

For many of you, he will be too low here, but White has severe processing issues. However, other than that, White has an incredible ceiling. His athleticism is unbelievable and when he reads the play it is done. If he got his processing down, he would be an elite coverage LB, but when he does stay back there, he is a ballhawk.

  1. RB David Montgomery, Iowa State

The Kareem Hunt clone of the class, Montgomery’s shiftiness, receiving ability, and absurd contact are exactly those of Hunt’s, but with just a twinge less burst on him. However, I do think he has more fluid vision and runs harder, so he makes it up more than enough there.

  1. S Darnell Savage, Maryland

As my fellow DFF writer @AJDraftScout told me, this guy is Patrick Chung’s clone. A heat-seeking missile who will come and lay the wood in the box, man up your slot guy or TE and do it well, or drop back into a cover 2 zone, process it well, and use his ball skills to pick it off. Darnell Savage is exactly the S the modern NFL loves.

  1. OT Jawaan Taylor, Florida

Taylor is an improved product from a year ago, and it all started with his leverage and hands. Last year, he popped up too much and his hands were placed too far outside so he could either get toyed with or get beat and hold, but not this year. Aside from so base issues, Taylor become a fantastic technical OT and looks to be good at the next level.

  1. RB James Williams, Washington State

Literally James White in every way but the fact that Williams has better contact balance. He is a fantastic receiver and a dynamic who runner who can boast anything for a big play due to impressive second level burst. A true 3 down RB who may end up a future Patriot.

  1. ILB Devin Bush, Michigan

Athletic and a good processor, but hampered from some inability to sift through traffic well enough, Bush will be a good starting ILB at the next level, but his ceiling might be limited, it will just depend on how nuanced he becomes.

  1. S Taylor Rapp, Washington

Much like Savage, Rapp is a versatile player but does not have much of the range for the deep safety role. He can dimebacker, nickelback, or box safety, and you can bet he has some crazy ball skills on him as well.

  1. TE Donald Parham, Stetson

Parham is 6’8”, moves like a WR and can still pancake guys with relative ease. He might be one of the most alluring prospects in the fact that he is really nothing like what we have right now in the NFL. I wish he ran his routes better, sure, but he will be a dominating force at all junctures.

  1. OT David Edwards, Wisconsin

He has just some nasty footwork, but man he is a classic mauler who just dominates guys with strength and leverage. His hands are also rather satisfactory, especially once he gets inside of guys, good luck getting off him at that point.

  1. TE Dawson Knox, Ole Miss

For some reason Ole Miss did not target Knox more, but he is an athletic TE of the same breed that Evan Engram came from. Rawer as a blocker due to play strength issues, but man can he ever run routes well and go up to get passes.

  1. WR AJ Brown, Ole Miss

He might be slightly low, but Brown is just such a smart football player. This guy is going to be a good receiver and can play out of various alignments. It is incredible how high IQ he plays at, as he finds open zones consistently and is a master of the scramble drill with Ta’Amu. Regardless, Brown will be very good.

  1. RB Darrell Henderson, Memphis

Henderson is not just a scat back, he is a dynamic change of pace back who can break the big play whenever he feels like it. He is incredibly explosive and catches the ball well out of the backfield to boot. If you are looking for that big play guy, Henderson is a good start.

  1. WR Marquise Brown, Oklahoma

Antonio Brown’s cousin and the best pure deep threat in the class. Brown has legitimate 4.3 speed and can beat anyone with pure speed alone. In the screen and short passing games, Brown is also always a threat to break any ball he has in his hands for a big play. The NFL will need to watch out, because this guy is a monster.

  1. IDL Rashan Gary, Michigan

Rashan Gary should be playing inside and not on the edge. He has a good first step and some nice flexibility, but his leverage and hands are far more useful inside to disturb the QB up the middle than the edge. He can be a supremely athletic IDL.

  1. NB Chauncey Gardner-Johnson, Florida

CGJ suddenly learned how to tackle and with his fluidity and ball skills already in mind, he fits the role of nickel corner to a tee. He might get the Bryce Callahan comparisons and rightfully so, as he has that same feisty demeanor as well.

  1. IDL/EDGE Charles Omenihu, Texas

Omenihu is not a particularly fluid mover, but he is an explosive mover. The guy flies off the snap and is so strong he just obliterates lineman on multiple plays a game. He could sneak the way up the board further because he is a huge game changer .

  1. S Ugo Amadi, Oregon

If Amadi didn’t have run support issues, he would be a lot higher, but he does need to bulk up regardless of what happens. His natural ball skills and leverage play on the IQ combine with his physicality combine to make a guy who might just be the ideal nickel corner at the next level.

  1. CB Essang Bassey, Wake Forest

The best CB no one is talking about, Bassey has ball skills out the house and plays with a ferocious physicality that is infectious. Just as good as he is of a football player, he is here for incredible leadership and intangibles.

  1. WR Anthony Ratliff-Williams, North Carolina

Raw, yes, but still ARW is on stud status. He is a jump ball specialist and will high point balls effortlessly. He is a YAC machine and uses his frame well for contact balance. His routes are not crisp, but that is completely fine when you have what he has at his disposal right now.

  1. TE Kaden Smith, Stanford

He is so raw, but he has a ceiling that could be a top 5 NFL TE. Smith has some impressive athleticism, but is as raw of a route runner as you will see coming out, but he is an exceptional blocker. Still, Smith can grab any ball and run a variety of routes. He is a game changer, that is for sure.

  1. TE Isaac Nauta, Georgia

Nauta is just so solid. He can catch any ball in traffic and comes down with any ball as well miraculously. As a blocker, he does not drive guys into the dirt but he is just so solid in that regard. He can grow into a very nice, starting tight end for a team.

  1. TE Josh Oliver, San Jose State

Oliver is super raw, but his athletic tools are eye popping. You will not see guys that play TE be able to even get close to what his vertical will be, but many will be a much better blocker than Oliver will ever be. Right now, a good two that can grow into something special.

  1. EDGE Anthony Nelson, Iowa

Nelson lacks bend and probably is a 4-3 DE because of it, but it doesn’t matter that much there. With a nice first step and some of the most polished hands in the draft, Nelson will maybe not wow you, but he will get pressures and production on the QB often.

  1. CB / S Trayvon Mullen, Clemson

Mullen is long, but not overly fluid. His lack of leverage understanding draws into questioning if he can play outside. He has pretty good processing and ball skills and could fit into a dimebacker or safety role possibly. Start out at CB, but see how he progresses.

  1. EDGE Oshane Ximines, Old Dominion

Again, super polished, but where is the splash? His bend is lacking and I wish he was stronger on the edge as he gets blocked out of the gap at times. Ximines has good leverage and hands, especially counters, but those concerns with the polish signal a high floor, low ceiling.

  1. IDL Jerry Tillery, Notre Dame

He plays way too high! But who cares because his hands are extremely violent and combined with strength he just runs guys straight over .Tillery is a stout DL, but the leverage is concerning to say the least.

  1. ILB E.J. Ejiya, North Texas

Athletic, smart, and savvy in coverage, Ejiya is a small school sleeper who should rise up boards once people realize how much of a difference maker he is in the middle of a defense. His coverage ability is great too, as he can just man up against guys with pure physicality.

  1. S Jontrell Rocquemore, Utah State

Rocquemore has crazy ball skills and will be a special type of safety because he has that but limited processing. He looks too much in the backfield, but with supreme ball skills and rockstar box skills, Rocquemore can find a home in the box.

  1. WR JJ Arcega Whiteside, Stanford

Tall, great red zone target, and some great characteristics of a big slot allow JJAW to really carve out a role and be productive at the next level. He might not be anything great, but he will be limited due to stiffness and no truly elite trait in his game.

  1. ILB Joe Giles-Harris, Duke

Athletic and able to sift through traffic as well as anyone in this draft, Giles-Harris is a virtual monster. I have concerns about his block shedding and some discipline issues in zone coverage, but the guy changes the dynamic of the defense with how smart he is.

  1. IDL Dre’Mont Jones, Ohio State

I wish he had a better first step and another pass rushing move, but I will take great leverage, strength, smarts, and awesome counters over some of those traits. He will need to add them to be truly an elite player, but he already looks like a good starter.

  1. WR Olamide Zaccheaus, Virginia

Zaccheaus might run a 4.3 and I would not be shocked one bit. He will be a slot guy at the next level at only 5’8”, but he is such a polished route runner and diversified route runner that I have no worry for him there. Oh, and watch out after the catch, he is kinda dangerous.

  1. CB Julian Love, Notre Dame

Love is just perfectly solid. He mirrors well, but his leveraging and eye discipline are not there. He gives too many easy receptions. However, he has good fluidity and major plus ball skills, so he is still incredibly solid.

  1. IDL Isaiah Buggs, Alabama

Buggs has an absurdly good first step and unbelievable hands for a DL, but leverage issues negate these somewhat and he doesn’t always have gap discipline. He is still a good player, but how good? I don’t know if his ceiling is all that high.

  1. IOL Michael Deiter, Wisconsin

This dude is good. His lack of length is an issue but that is why he isn’t playing tackle and is a IOL instead. His mobility and play strength will give you everything you need in an NFL starting guard, he is a darn good one.

  1. WR Stanley Morgan Jr, Nebraska

A gorgeous route runner who runs a diverse amount of them, Morgan is not a contested catch king but never has to be due to his quickness and separation ability. I would love to see more YAC out of him, but he has attributes to build on.

  1. S Jaquan Johnson, Miami

A living missile who I am worried will injure himself one day, Johnson has used that aggressiveness to create turnovers and has great ball skills to add on. He is an alpha male and has an amazing set of intangibles, but his processing and tight hips do drawback the otherwise glowing report.

  1. WR Hunter Renfrow, Clemson

Patriots prototype is the checkmark here, and Renfrow’s high IQ and fantastic route running ability will give any team more than enough to work with here. He is going to be a great slot receiver.

  1. QB Brett Rypien, Boise State

The progression on Rypien from a year ago is astounding. Rypien constantly drops balls right in the bucket of his receivers and throws into tight windows. He has fantastic post and pre-snap processing and his pocket presence has shown great improvement. He is likely a future starter in this league.

  1. IOL Chris Lindstrom, Boston College

Lindstrom is the super polished and will be a plug and play starter right away with fantastic hand placement, efficient footwork, and an anchor that is as strong as anyone else’s in the draft.

  1. EDGE Chase Winovich, Michigan

Polished, not very athletic, and stiff, but a very good use of his hands and leverage allow him to at the very least be a decent starter. Winovich is a natural born leader too, so that starter label will come with more to it.

  1. WR Kelvin McKnight, Samford

A 5’8” receiver who might actually be able to play outside just because of how quick he is off the line. His releases are incredibly good and he fights through press really well. McKnight is a great deep threat who will burn defenders often, and it is even very good ones.

  1. IOL Elgton Jenkins, Mississippi State

Fluid, strong, and technical, Jenkins has very little raw to his game and is very much game ready once he is drafted. Likely, he goes Round 2 and becomes a starter for an OL needy team, and they will get a good player.

  1. CB Derrick Baity, Kentucky

Long and sticky in press coverage, Baity really came on strong at the end of the season where he flashes his ball skills more than he ever did before. He could be a better processor, but he makes up for it with gorgeous fluidity in his hips.

  1. ILB Deshaun Davis, Auburn

The rare un-athletic ILB that is actually good. The main reason is because Davis is stupid smart and quite literally makes up for his deficient athleticism with his brains. He is thus not much of a nuisance in coverage and instead is an impact player who can make a huge difference.

  1. WR Alex Wesley, Northern Colorado

The next Will Fuller but faster, Wesley went to the NCAA Championships in track last year and will at least run a 4.3 at the combine. He can go up and grab anything thrown his way and yet still absolutely just burn guys with ease. Wesley is the deep threat that every team needs.

  1. RB Elijah Holyfield, Georgia

Holyfield is not overly elusive, but he also finds a way to grind out yards and be an impact player due to that grittiness and his cutting ability. He has an unbelievable work ethic from all accounts and is a diverse RB that should be pretty impactful.

  1. NB Mike Edwards, Kentucky

A little stick of dynamite who plays with a fiery temperament, Edwards is a beast in run defense and shows off the wood a ton. In coverage he clearly has ball skills although he is raw just about everywhere else. He fits the nickel spot perfectly regardless.

  1. OT Tytus Howard, Alabama State

Raw, but the tools that are there are incredibly exciting. Howard has super strong and has awesome footwork but he pops up a bit too much and his hands are inconsistent, but when he puts the hands to use, like he did against Auburn, you should watch out.

  1. ILB Ben Burr-Kirven, Washington

A limited tackling radius sucks for Burr-Kirven, but he is a nimble and quick player in coverage who can run with slot receivers. That will not be common for many linebackers at all, but when you are smart at the position, it shows, and BBK has great plays that show off the IQ.

  1. TE Dax Raymond, Utah State

Raymond is a fantastic blocker who moves incredibly well in space. He has a bit of the injury bug on his resume, but his receiving ability grew this year as he flashed better run routes. Watch out for this guy folks.

  1. CB Blace Brown, Troy

Brown is a ball skills guy who can play in a zone or man scheme, but his change of direction and instincts are best used in zone schemes regardless. Brown mirrors well and understands the discipline of the position as it maintains to leverage.

  1. RB Ryquell Armstead, Temple

Armstead runs with a feisty demeanor and never goes down on first contact. He showed capable hands when he was involved in the receiving game. He had very good vision and thus his style works well, as he is incredibly decisive.

  1. TE Keenan Brown, Texas State

Brown moves so well in space and can break big gains because of how well he moves. He also blocks guys out of the house, but the nuances and technicalities are all raw right now. Regardless, if he grows, he has the ability to be Delanie Walker-level of good.

  1. EDGE Jaylon Ferguson, Louisiana Tech

Ferguson is all polish and has a low ceiling but a high floor. His bend is there and his hands are so active he just beats guys off the line easily. He is not gonna anything special by any means, but you should know that he will be a good starter.

  1. WR Andy Isabella, UMass

Isabella has ideal slot traits, but he is a nuanced route runner and can fight through physicality, so I believe he can be shifted inside and outside. He is extremely fast and was a deep threat all season at UMass. Watch out, Isabella could be a stud.

  1. WR Gary Jennings, West Virginia

Jennings is your classic possession receiver who can run multiple routes and do them well. He is not a dynamic player, but he is straight up solid and is always a great 2nd or 3rd option, especially on third down. Jennings has knack for getting open deep, though, so he does have a dynamic part of his game.


Hello, I’m Nick Farabaugh and I’m an aspiring Sports Jounalist / Broadcaster / Football Scout. You will notice that I love three things in football: The Pittsburgh Steelers, the Draft, and the backstory of everything possible in the sport. I’m in the Devy department and love the draft and scouting players. I try my best to get all evaluations correct but I’m never perfect. I also write for SB Nation’s Behind the Steel Curtain and Blitzalytics. On both platforms I write about things different than on here. BTSC is a Steelers site, so it’s all Steelers. And Blifzalytics is more analytically driven content. If you need contact me, find me on Twitter @FarabaughFB or at my email

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