2021 NFL Draft Top 200 Big Board

@Lanny1925 puts out his final rankings for the 2021 NFL Draft with reasoning for his placement.

It’s been a really long year, as I’m sure you all know. This is the culmination of all of the work that my brother Kevin and I did looking at the incoming prospects in the 2021 NFL Draft. It’s a draft unlike any other. We have less information than we have ever had. We have less guidance on how the NFL feels about all of these players. More than any other year, this draft is going to be wild. We didn’t have the time to write about as many guys as we wanted to this year, because my brother had to be selfish and go and have back surgery the week of the draft (he’s doing fine). So unfortunately, I had to do most of the write-ups myself this year. If a player isn’t on the board, it’s not necessarily because we think they are bad. We just didn’t get around to watching them.

Luckily, @JoeyTheToothIDP decided that he wanted to jump in on the action and contribute some of his thoughts on some of these players. The board is not reflective of his opinions, but he wanted to make sure that he got some analysis in.

This is a board based on the NFL Draft, not fantasy football. Thus, we value positional value, positional scarcity, rare skill sets, athletic traits, age-adjusted production, etc. Here’s the board and our best shot at justifying the rankings that I’m sure is going to get some hateful comments from the readers. Enjoy.

1. Trevor Lawrence – QB – Clemson

There’s no such thing as a perfect prospect, especially at the QB position, but Trevor Lawrence is about as close as it gets. This is a no-brainer as the top QB on the board. He’s got the mental aspect down, and all the physical tools to be a top five quarterback in the NFL for years to come. The primary criticisms of his game are that he can be overconfident in his arm and his receivers and that his accuracy can be inconsistent from time to time. Even so, he is still a very accurate quarterback, and it’s a minor concern going forward. The most likely path to failure for Trevor Lawrence is organizational failure, not individual.

2. Zach Wilson – QB – BYU

Wilson has the best arm talent in this draft class in my opinion. As much as I like Justin Fields, I am just consistently wowed by Zach Wilson’s combination of arm strength, arm angles, accuracy and ability to make off-platform throws. He doesn’t have Fields’ mobility but it is just hard to ignore what Zach Wilson can do with the football and how he can do it. I think it is incredibly close between Wilson and Fields, and I think that it is much closer between Wilson, Fields, and Lawrence than many care to admit. That said, it will be a significant step up in competition from BYU to the NFL, but his arm talent is unmistakable and that isn’t going to change when he makes the next step.

3. Justin Fields – QB – Ohio State

One of the most controversial prospects in this year’s NFL Draft. It seems there is no middle ground with the takes on Justin Fields. I think that there is nuance and balance to be found in his evaluation. Does he hold onto the ball too long? Yes. Is he the fastest processor we’ve seen at the quarterback position? No. Does he process fast enough to be a successful NFL quarterback? Absolutely. There are flaws to Justin Fields’ game, but he is still a very good quarterback prospect. His blend of athleticism, toughness, anticipation and accuracy should be highly coveted by the NFL, and he could be an absolutely lethal weapon for an NFL offense.

4. Trey Lance – QB – NDSU

Trey Lance has a special blend of arm talent and athleticism, but his accuracy issues and inconsistent mechanics keep him a tier below Lawrence/Wilson/Fields for me. His combination of size, speed, running ability, and pure arm strength is unmatched, but he struggles with some of the baseline things that you expect from a quarterback. His processing is slower than you’d like. His accuracy is questionable at best. There is very little tape of him after opting out of 2020. He has the same level-of-competition concerns that Wilson does. Lance isn’t an investment so much as he is a lottery ticket. He may never be able to put his special tools together into a meaningful career but, if he does, the result would be franchise changing. That’s easily worthy of a top five pick. Getting the quarterback position right can cover up a whole lot of other roster holes for over a decade. You just can’t pass on that chance if you don’t have an elite quarterback.

5. Penei Sewell – OT – Oregon

I really like Rashawn Slater but, as with several other players that I have at the top of their position groups this year, I think that putting any tackle in this class above Sewell is overthinking it. He’s projected to go top five in this draft class and the last tape we have of him was from when he was 19 years old. Watching his tape knowing that he is physically destroying defenders as a 19 year old should put it in a different perspective. His athleticism, footwork, and agility at 331 pounds is simply impressive. The primary concern with him is a decent injury history with a limited career length thus far. I think that’s really the most likely route to failure for Sewell in the NFL.

6. Kyle Pitts – Unicorn – Florida

I don’t really care how you classify Kyle Pitts at the next level. Is he a tight end? Is he a wide receiver? I don’t really care. He’s a good football player. He’s dominant at the catch point. He’s an exceptional athlete. He’s got a giant wingspan. He dominated college football. He’s really good. He’s 20 years old. He’s not a great blocker, and I don’t really care. If an offensive coordinator is counting on him to be a run blocking tight end, that offensive coordinator needs to be fired. Pitts is immediately going to be a dominant red zone threat, immediately going to be a mismatch that cannot be accounted for and is probably going to immediately be a top three tight end in the league. Anyone that complains about the positional value of tight end is overthinking it. There aren’t many true difference-makers at the position. Kyle Pitts is as close to a lock to be one as any tight end to come out in a very long time.

7. Ja’Marr Chase – WR – LSU

There was a brief period of time a couple of months ago when I was debating between Ja’Marr Chase and Jaylen Waddle as the top QB in the NFL Draft. In the end, I came to my senses. His dominant 2019 season came when he was only 19 years old. He was out there roasting current NFL talent all over the field at 19 years old. As with all prospects, there is bust potential, but I think that having anyone over Chase at the wide receiver position might just be overthinking it at this point. He’s a physical monster, cleared up speed “concerns” at his pro day, is ridiculously strong at the catch point, and dominates the deep game. No he isn’t the most polished route runner. No he isn’t all that tall. No he isn’t elusive. I don’t think it matters. The things that he can do should translate, and he wins down the football field, which is the most valuable place to win.

8. Rashawn Slater – OT – Northwestern

I’m not ready to get aboard the “better than Penei Sewell” train, but I think that Rashawn Slater is a damn good consolation prize. With the quarterback talent, the wide receiver talent, and Kyle Pitts, someone is going to have a potential franchise tackle fall right into their lap far later than Slater has any business falling. He’s got the agility, footwork, and power to deal with anything that NFL rushers throw at him, but he just doesn’t have the frame that NFL teams usually look for. His 33 inch arms are right on the threshold of what evaluators look for, and some teams may view him as a guard. Personally, I’m not worried about his arm length in his evaluation. I think that you try him at tackle, and if his arm length shows to be a problem, he has the versatility to kick inside to guard. You’re either getting your franchise left tackle or a very good guard. Is a very good guard worth a top 10 pick? Not often, but it’s a nice floor to have when your ceiling is a very good player at an exceptionally valuable position.

9. Jaylen Waddle – WR – Alabama

No one in this class moves like Jaylen Waddle. No one in last year’s class moved like Jaylen Waddle. I don’t think anyone in next year’s class will move like Jaylen Waddle. Yes, he is fast, but he’s more than that. His ability to maintain speed through his breaks, ability to explode off the line, ability to stop on a dime, ability to make sharp cuts at top speed are all unmatched. Waddle just moves differently. He’s just a freak. He’s going to be a different kind of weapon than Ja’Marr Chase, and he’s not going to be as traditional, but Waddle’s skill set is going to be a weapon for an offensive coordinator in the NFL. He isn’t immune to the occasional drop, and can struggle with physicality in his routes, two things that likely won’t be fixed at the next level, but the assets he brings to the table far outweigh the flaws.

10. Patrick Surtain II – CB – Alabama

Patrick Surtain II comes in as the top defensive back on my board. I think Caleb Farley is probably the better player, and he would have been above Surtain, but the medicals are concerning there. Surtain is a physical corner with great size, length, and explosiveness. He wasn’t out muscled in college and I don’t think he’s going to get out muscled at the next level either. He’s just got a rock solid frame and knows how to use it. He plays run defense like a safety, has excellent ball skills and has smooth hips and nice footwork at the line of scrimmage. He’s not a perfect prospect obviously. Route technicians can toast him on some of the underneath stuff, he is exceptionally grabby and he doesn’t have the long speed that you hope for out of a top corner prospect, but overall he projects very well to the NFL. Top tier corners are always in high demand, hard to find, and expensive to retain, so even though he may not have the incredible upside that you’d hope for, he remains a lock in the middle of the first round.

11. Micah Parsons – LB – Penn State

The off the field issues are concerning. I’m not going to spend much time on that, but I do think that if I was running a team (I’m not just so you know), I would absolutely let some other team take Parsons. That said, as a player, Parsons is easily the best linebacker in this class. He wins in the valuable ways. While he struggled in impossible zone coverage responsibilities, he played really well in man coverage, rushed the passer very effectively, and was an elite run defender. Couple that with elite athleticism, and you have an elite linebacker prospect. He plays a low value position that really isn’t necessary for the success of the defensive unit, and I don’t think that’s insignificant. I don’t think I could get on board the top 10 hype, despite his talent, even without the character concerns. If those didn’t exist, this is where I’d feel comfortable drafting him.

Joey – Micah Pasons has a unique blend of size, speed and athleticism. At 244 lbs. he has true sideline to sideline speed. He has great snap timing which shows up mostly during his blitz attempts. Blitzing may be one of his best traits, he uses his speed to blast past offensive lineman on the edge and has also shown solid bend as well as a beautiful spin move. Parsons does a great job navigating through traffic to get the ball carrier. He does a great job filling gaps and hits the holes harder than running backs. He understands zone coverage and has a smooth pedal with decent hip transition. He changes direction very nicely and does a nice job shedding blocks at the second level. Parsons could get better at his pre-snap diagnosis as he is caught out of position far too much for a man of his talents. He gets baited to easily into play action and needs to play the man more than the QB. I would like to see Parsons be more aggressive when tackling. He waits for the ball to get to him instead of exploding to the ball carrier. Parsons can play the MIKE but will best be suited as a WILL and used often in blitz situations. Parsons will likely land on a team in the 1st round who is desperate for a playmaker on defense. Whether he ends up an edge rusher or WILL, Parsons should be productive day 1.

12. Kwity Paye – EDGE – Michigan

I hate trying to evaluate Michigan EDGE defenders. Their defensive scheme is not good at showcasing what an EDGE prospect is capable of at the next level. You end up having to do a lot more projecting than you do with prospects from other schools. Here’s what we know. Kwity Paye is an insane athlete. He has an elite first step. He is a good run defender and knows how to set an edge. He’s got a really nice bullrush and can convert speed to power. That’s what we know for sure. That’s a good start. What I would have liked to see is a wider arsenal of pass rush moves and the flexibility to bend the edge. Those are things that we didn’t see a whole lot of in Michigan’s defense. What his agility numbers were supposed to be suggest that flexibility to bend the edge and corner was not going to be an issue for him. He can develop a pass rush arsenal, though it doesn’t always come quickly. My primary concern at this point is his length. Length doesn’t usually present the same kind of issues in college as it does in the NFL when you are going up against offensive tackles that have an arm length threshold. It’s a different animal. I still think that Paye’s floor is being a good run defender, and his ceiling is absurdly high. While I don’t think that he put the best play on tape this past year, I think that he has the most favorable range of outcomes of any EDGE in a 2021 NFL Draft that has no “sure thing” prospect at EDGE as we have in years passed.

Joey: Kwity Paye has some potential but is not as polished as many gush about. He has great foot speed and solid footwork. He plays real low with great leverage to get under the pads of offensive lineman. Has strong hands and does a good job hand fighting to keep lineman off his chest and has an above average swim move. I really like the motor of Paye, does not take plays off. Multiple times where you could see him slide inside and has the size capable to do it on a limited basis in the NFL. He sets the edge strong and holds the point of attack, doing a great job stacking the line. Teams drafting him to be a pass rusher may be sorely mistaken. He is a much better run defender. He lacks length and has short arms which shows when he tries to shed blocks. When lineman get their hands on him first he has a hard time fighting them off. He has not shown much bend off of the edge and lacks and real creativity in his pass rush moves. He sticks to mainly a bull rush and swim move. Paye is a beast athletically and is one of the strongest edge rushers in the draft. Some see him as a day 1 candidate though i see him going into the 2nd round.

13. Christian Darrisaw – OT – Virginia Tech

This man has some power. This is your prototypical power tackle. He has elite levels of physicality in the run game and has a monster frame. If Christian Darrisaw wants to move you, he is going to do it. You’re not going to run through him, so you better be able to run around him. That’s where some of Darrisaw’s issues show up. He isn’t the most flexible or agile player despite his adequate footwork. He lacks the killer instincts that you look for as a finisher, especially one of his massive profile. He just has a few more holes in his game than Sewell and Slater, and I think that as a pass protector, Darrisaw has more questions that remain unanswered. As a run blocker, I feel confident in his ability.

14. Devonta Smith – WR – Alabama

This is an absolutely impossible evaluation, and perhaps an even more hotly-debated player than Justin Fields. Devonta Smith had an absolutely historic season last year. He torched everyone. No one could stop him. He brought some of the most well balanced tape of this entire wide receiving class. He has soft hands, runs really nice routes, excels at the catch point, has some wiggle after the catch, and releases well at the line of scrimmage. His tape from last year is absolutely exceptional. That’s what he was, but that isn’t necessarily what he is going to be. His late breakout age is a red flag. Weighing in at 166 pounds is a problem. Is it a deathblow? We don’t know, but it is definitely a problem. Does that mean that he won’t be good? No, but it means that he likely won’t be able to win in all the same ways that he won in college. His dominance at the catch point is going to take a hit against physical corners. His ability to stay on his route against bigger more physical corners is going to take a hit. There will be durability concerns. All of these things can be true while still believing that Devonta Smith can still be a very good WR. There are a lot of WRs that struggle with physical corners and don’t make their living on contested catches down the football field. Devonta Smith wins in enough other ways that I think he can still project to be a good WR in the NFL. I think this is a much riskier pick than the two WRs that I have ahead of him, and I think that the upside is significantly lower, but I still think that he can be a good WR in the NFL.

Joey: I love Devonta Smith, my WR1. He has soft hands and an ability to attack at the high point with more aggressive strong hands. He has electric footwork and short area quickness that creates super separation. Even when pressed his footwork keeps defenders off of him. He is terrific at yards after the catch and easily turns a 10 yard slant into a huge gain. He is super hard to take down in the open field and is very elusive. Smith has great body control and contorts his body for tough catches as well as moving in the open field. He has crisp breaks and uses his footwork to force false steps and changes direction on a dime. He is 100% a hands catcher and is terrific catching away from his body. I like how he comes back to the football and attacks it in the air as opposed to waiting for its arrival. Smith has long strides and good speed to get behind the secondary. Though he has a smaller frame he shows zero fear with contact and coming across the middle of the field. His thin frame may leave a bit to be desired though it has not shown to be an issue at the collegiate level. He is a very willing blocker and has solid technique though can be moved off of his blocks at times, the only place his lack of strengths shows. Has not shown a huge route tree but I believe this is more Alabama usage than a deficiency. Smith is a sure fire `1st rounder for me, though his stock is likely going to drop after weighing in at only 166 lbs. His ability though should not let him fall past the middle of the 1st round.

15. Jaelan Phillips – EDGE – Miami

When I talk about range of outcomes, I don’t think there is a wider range than Jaelan Phillips. Phillips is in contention for the best tape in 2020 at the EDGE position and has a much more well-rounded profile heading into the NFL as far as projectable traits. That said, Jaelan Phillips could be one bad concussion away from retiring from football, something that he was already forced to do once. He’s an elite athlete with a wide variety of pass rush moves, albeit underdeveloped ones, and has shown the ability to win with speed, power, moves, hand fighting, you name it. He’s got all of the tools to be an excellent EDGE defender in the NFL, and he would be the top player of this position group if it wasn’t for the medical concerns. I’m not a doctor, and I don’t have any insight on his medicals or how concerning they are for his long term health, so I’m not going to move him too much, but I have to move him to the back of the group of similarly talented players, because the risk is just so much greater than any questions we have about the other players in this class.

Joey: Jaelen Phillips is the best defensive lineman on this Miami team. More so than Gregory Rosseau and Quincy Roche. He has excellent length at 6’6″ and is able to transfer power from his legs to upper body by playing with excellent leverage. He has an explosive first step and has showcased some elite speed and athleticism off the edge. He has good bend off of the edge and has a vast array of pass rush moves from spin, to bend, to grip and dip, stunt and his best, the swim move. His swim move is the best in the class hands down. Phillips does a good job in setting the edge in run defense and has great patience. He rarely over-pursues and is rarely out of position and possesses a very high motor, almost chased down RB Lynn Dixon for Clemson from behind. A healthy Phillips is the DL1 in this class easy. His only issue is his health. His first two collegiate years were marred by injury from an ankle, to wrist to concussion issues. Only played 10 games his first two years and a total of 20 for his collegiate career. The sample size is small but the potential is eye popping. He should be a day 1 pick.

16. Teven Jenkins – OT – Oklahoma State

Teven Jenkins is a tier below these other top tackles in this class. He’s got the power that you look for, and it shows up in both run blocking and pass protection. He dominated the competition last year at Oklahoma State. He couldn’t be bull-rushed last year. These are all things that make you think that you have a franchise tackle in Teven Jenkins. Unfortunately, there are a whole lot of question marks, or red flags, depending on how you want to classify them or how worried you are about them. He’s an older prospect. This is particularly concerning given the shape of his profile. He dominated everyone physically, but that is far less impressive when you are an older prospect playing against players that haven’t had the time to develop physically. He played in the Big 12, a conference notorious for putting straight garbage on the football field on defense. He barely passed the 33 inch arm threshold that you look for in a prospect. This is more concerning because of his profile again. He wins with power, with his arms, if those arms are hindered by their length at the next level, that takes a large chunk of your advantage away. Here’s the thing: None of those concerns have come to fruition yet. Those are all things that you worry about, but the chance to land a franchise left tackle outweighs those concerns at this point on the board, especially after he tested off the charts and proved that he’s a special athlete at the position.

17. Azeez Ojulari – EDGE – Georgia

An incredibly explosive athlete with a diverse arsenal of pass rush moves, Azeez Ojulari probably has the best tape from 2020. He gets off the line in a hurry and has insane flexibility to bend the edge. He’s got a killer instinct and lays down big time hits in small spaces. The explosiveness just pops off the tape. He couples that with active, heavy hands and uses his length to control all of his interactions with offensive linemen. I’ve got no qualms with anyone that has Azeez as their top ranked EDGE defender in the 2021 NFL Draft. Why isn’t he top of the class for me? I think it’s far easier to have your tape look as good as it did for Ojulari when you’re playing on a limited work load. He never had to grind out an entire game and deal with the fatigue that came with it. That’s a minor concern. The more major concern is his frame. Offensive tackles are going to be stronger and more athletic in the NFL. He isn’t going to win as easily with speed in the NFL as he did in college, and his inconsistent play strength and middling weight will probably show him trouble against stronger offensive linemen. You rarely saw Ojulari effectively bull rush in college, and that’s something that you expect an EDGE rusher to be able to do against lesser athletes. If he can’t do that in the NFL, it is much easier to neutralize a pass rusher when you know that they can only win with speed and bend. The athleticism and pass rush arsenal still keeps him firmly in the first round.

Joey: Azeez Ojulari has a solid array of pass rush moves and does not rely solely on any single one. His best are his swim move where he effectively uses his hands to get around offensive lineman and keep them off his chest as well as an outside faint and then burst inside. He has great bend off the edge with good leverage as well. Ojulari plays with a super high motor and on more than one occasion has come up with the tackle in pursuit on the tail end of the play. He shows scheme versatility as he plays both with his hand in the dirt and standing up. Ojulari has shown that he has the ability to drop in coverage as well and play the screen game. When Ojulari shows patience, he does a great job reading the play and getting into the backfield. His athleticism shows up on every play. Needs to work on setting the edge better in run defense, he gets funneled inside too much opening up the outside for the running back to bounce. His reaction to run plays is a little late as well showing that his pre-snap reads need improvement. Could use some addition of strength, larger offensive tackles seal him off too easily and is pretty lean at 240 lbs.

18. Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah – LB – Notre Dame

JOK for short, because I’m not typing that name again. Similar to Micah Parsons, JOK wins in the valuable ways a linebacker can win. He excels in coverage and can rush the passer. He’s an excellent athlete with fluid hips and can run with whoever you have him covering. He’s sticky in man coverage, likes to hit hard and is a human highlight reel. His struggles are in his tendency to fail in his run defense responsibilities, his lack of ideal size, and his poor tackling. Traditionalists will hate his skill set, but in the modern NFL, passing is king and linebackers are terrible in coverage. If you can make one less player on your defense a liability, take the W and move on. JOK successfully excels at not being a liability in coverage. The run defense concerns don’t concern me.

19. Alijah Vera-Tucker – IOL – USC

If you’re looking for very solid, dependable guard play that you can count on to not be a disaster. Alijah Vera-Tucker is your guy. Despite spending 2020 at tackle, he’s going to be a guard in the NFL, though the versatility to perhaps play tackle in a pinch is a nice little bonus. AVT is a smooth mover for someone of his size and doesn’t lack in the power category either. He’s not flashy and isn’t your Quenton Nelson highlight reel type guard, but he’s just never a liability. That’s exactly what you look for out of a guard in the NFL. If he’s not a liability, he’s an asset. That’s pretty much AVT in a nutshell. The interior of the offensive line isn’t a particularly valuable position, but when you’re sitting there late in the first round looking at a whole lot of players with a whole lot of question marks, I think you could do a lot worse than a player that is going to remove concern from one of the five spots along the offensive line, even if you could chase more upside elsewhere.

20. Rashod Bateman – WR – Minnesota

Rashod Bateman is quietly one of the least offensive prospects in the 2021 NFL Draft. I don’t think I’ve seen a single person that dislike’s Bateman’s tape. Not everyone is wowed by it, but everyone pretty much agrees that he’s a good football player. He’s a good separator that plays physically and shows ability after the catch. He tracks the ball well downfield and can win vertically. He has positional versatility. These are all things that you look for in a starting WR. He has some issues with drops from time to time, but I don’t think it’s enough to be a concern. He’s just a really solid WR prospect, and I think that’s a safe play at a valuable position in the first round. It is concerning to me that we haven’t heard much hype, or really any hype, about him in the first round from the people with sources in front offices, and it makes me wonder if Bateman will fall in the draft. It’s possible, but I think that drafting good players is generally just good business. Bateman is a good player.

21. Caleb Farley – CB – Virginia Tech

I think Caleb Farley is probably the best cornerback in the 2021 NFL Draft, but his injury history is scary. As I have said before, I’m not a doctor, I don’t have access to medical reports, and I wouldn’t know what to do with them if I had them, so I’m not going to drop him too far, but I am putting him behind similar talents, despite believing that, if he remains healthy and recovers from his current injury fully, he is the best cornerback in this class. He has an awesome combination of size, length, and speed that is uncommon among cornerbacks. He might be the best mirroring corner in this class in man coverage. His combination of closing speed and ball skills makes him incredibly dangerous when the ball is in the air and he has great instincts. His true weaknesses, beyond his medicals, are few. He can be undisciplined and over aggressive at times, and he’s a bad tackler. I don’t care about the tackling, and I think that the pros far outweigh the cons. Farley is a really good cornerback. Is he a healthy one? Can he remain a healthy one for a long career? Those are questions that I don’t have answers to, and I think those largely will be the determining factors in his career trajectory. For now, let’s assume it’s somewhere in the middle. This is where he lands on the board.

22. Elijah Moore – WR – Ole Miss

An undersized WR prospect, Elijah Moore boasts excellent route running, hands, elusiveness, and separation ability. His catch radius is limited, and he struggles with contact, but he does most of what you look for in an elite slot receiver. While many label him as a pure slot guy, I’m not certain that he couldn’t play outside in the NFL. We’ve seen very little of his ability to release against press coverage, leaving that as the primary question mark for his projection outside, but I think it’s feasible that his nifty feet project well to beating press at the line of scrimmage. Slot wide receivers are starters in the NFL. Their skill set isn’t as rare as outside wide receivers but, while not as scarce, they are comparably valuable to the success of an offense in my opinion. I think it’s worth trying Moore out on the outside and kicking him in to slot if he struggles with physicality at the line of scrimmage in the NFL. A very good slot wide receiver is a nice floor to have as a first round pick in the 2021 NFL Draft.

Joey: Elijah Moore is a productive prospect though far from polished. His straight line speed is excellent and is how he gains separation on his deep routes. He is electric with the ball in his hands and routinely lined up in the backfield for flip passes and wide receiver screens just to get the ball in his hands. Moore has strong hands, some of the best in the class, and does not have many drops. For a man of his stature he also does a good job holding onto the ball through contact and does not shy away from it. Moore seems to have a great release though it did not show up consistently enough. Moore is modest at best when attacking 50-50 balls and does not high point well, mostly due to size and lack of jump ball situations. He has a tough time gaining separation on his short to intermediate routes. His deep pass separation comes from straight line speed more than winning at the line. Moore ran a more than limited route tree at Ole Miss, leaving his route running truly a question mark. Moore almost disengages completely when put into blocking situations. Moore showcased some great release and footwork at his pro days, though this should not be a tell all of his ability. Still Moore is likely to be a 2nd or early 3rd round pick in my eyes.

23. Greg Newsome – CB – Northwestern

Greg Newsome is an interesting evaluation. He is really sticky in coverage, plays safe, doesn’t make many mistakes, has quick feet, is a smooth mover, and is excellent at the catch point. That covers almost everything you look for in an elite cover corner, and he has done it in a variety of different coverages consistently. I worried about his athleticism heading into his pro day, and then he tested off the charts. I don’t know what to do with this information, because the athleticism just doesn’t pop off the tape the way that you’d hope. His play speed just isn’t the same as his tested speed. Additionally, when we talk about not being a complete disaster against the run, we are talking about not being Greg Newsome. He is completely disinterested in run support and frankly looks like he is actively avoiding participation at times. It’s really rough to watch. It’s not enough for him and his coverage skills to tumble out of the first round, but I debated it many times. It’s not so much to run defense itself that worries me. It’s the mentality. He doesn’t have that alpha competitor mentality that you hope for and see in some of the other top defensive backs in the class. Still, coverage skills trump all at the cornerback position.

24. Jayson Oweh – EDGE – Penn State

Jayson Oweh is one of, if not the, freakiest athlete in the 2021 NFL Draft. He is the type of rare, special athlete that you just can’t let fall out of the first round, even if his technical abilities are lacking. Someone with his ridiculous explosive traits has the potential to be dominant in the NFL IF he can refine his skills. That’s a very big “if”. We just haven’t seen the freaky athleticism translate to production in college, and the NFL is more equipped to handle his skill set. He didn’t register a single sack in 2020. You’d think that he’d get at least one, at least by accident or something. The production never came because he really is that raw. He’s tentative, with inactive hands, and is completely devoid of a pass rush arsenal. He doesn’t have counters. He doesn’t have a plan. He basically purely has his athleticism. The good news: Athleticism is a really good thing to have. He improved as the year progressed, showing that his lack of refinement may simply be a lack of experience. This is another guy with a very large “range of outcomes”. It’s entirely possible that Oweh never develops technical skills and never makes the transition from athlete to football player. What you’re betting on here is what his athleticism looks like if he does make that transition. The payoff is too great to let fall out of the first round, despite his complete lack of refinement.

Joey: Jayson Oweh has mouth-watering potential with his athletic profile. He ran a 4.39 second 40 yard dash at 260 lbs. Oweh wins purely off his strength and athleticism and always seemed to be a step to late getting to the quarterback. If Oweh can work on his technique, those near misses can easily turn into big sacks. Teams will still be drafting him based off of potential, and the lack of sacks (0 in 2020), will be a cause for concern. He is a project though will likely be a second round selection.

25. Asante Samuel Jr.– CB – Florida State

Just as slot receivers are starters in today’s NFL, slot corners are starters as well. Asante Samuel Jr. is almost certainly going to be limited to the slot at the next level. He just doesn’t have the size and his play strength isn’t going to translate against the bigger stronger athletes in the NFL. That’s ok. He’s going to be a really good slot cornerback in the NFL. If you can land a really good starter at the back end of the first or early part of the second, you should probably do it. Looking at him as a slot corner, he’s got just about everything you look for. His instincts at the position might be the best in this class. His mirror and movement skills are elite. He’s got the alpha mentality you look for. He’s a smooth athlete that can flip his hips run with anyone. He’s an aggressive tackler that is active in run defense. He’s excellent at the catch point. Really the primary concern with him is that his lack length may hurt him more in the NFL against some of the big-slot types that he may end up facing. That’s a fairly decent concern, but a player that can provide elite instincts and coverage skills in the slot while also being a solid run defender (far more important for a slot corner) is deserving of going higher than where I think a lot of people have him graded.

26. Jaycee Horn – CB – South Carolina

I called Patrick Surtain II a little “grabby”. Jaycee Horn is exponentially more so. He’s a big, physical athlete that isn’t afraid to use his frame and play strength to his advantage. That’s not going to fly in the NFL. If he doesn’t change some things about the way he interacts with wide receivers, he is going to be a penalty nightmare in the NFL, where they are far less lenient about contact through a route. That said, the tools are here. His size/speed/length/explosiveness combination, coupled with the alpha competitor nature that you look for in cornerbacks make him a very exciting prospect for the next level. While his hands really aren’t that good, his overall ball production is. It’s a strange combination but, while you’re not going to expect the game changing interceptions that you might hope for, he’s very good at getting his hands on the ball at the catch point. His tackling ability is severely lacking, but I’m sure you know by now that tackling isn’t a major sticking point for me. Overall, he’s definitely a flawed prospect, and his mirror and movement skills aren’t among the best in the class, but he’s got enough traits that there are definitely defensive schemes that will mask the weak parts of his game and allow his length, ball skills, and athleticism to thrive.

Joey: Horn is one of the most physical corners in coverage in the draft. At 6’01” and 205 lbs he has a great match of size and athleticism and can cover the toughest of receivers. Horn is incredibly disruptive with great ball skills and he high points better than any corner in this draft. Horn has that alpha mentality and is super competitive and does take being challenged lightly. He played primarily in the slot in 2018 and outside in 2019 and 2020, thriving in each role. Though Horn is very physical in coverage, it does not show up as much when tackling. His technique is poor and he does not deliver the type of hits you would hope to see with his physical nature. Missed tackles have marred Horn for most of his career. With that said horn is one of the better cover guys in this draft and should here his name called on day 1.

27. Terrace Marshall – WR – LSU

Going to be honest here, I don’t love Terrace Marshall’s tape. I really don’t. He is here on the board based purely on projection for me. He’s got the size you want from an X receiver. He’s got elite athleticism. He’s got an awesome catch radius. He’s been productive at a young age. He’s not even 21 years old yet. I don’t like his down to down effort, his drop rate of over 10%, or his only adequate route running. He’s a player that I absolutely would not be surprised if he busts, but the bigger athletic wide receivers are at a premium in the NFL, very scarce in this particular draft class, and the metrics suggest that there is something here. I’m going with the data on this one and hoping that he can put the tools together into a more promising product in the NFL. He projects better as an outside wide receiver with the ability to attack vertically than he does as a slot wide receiver, the role he played in 2019. Chris Simms comped him to Justin Jefferson. This is an inaccurate comparison.

28. Mac Jones – QB – Alabama

I’ve gone back and forth on where to put Mac Jones on this board. He just doesn’t have the tools to be an elite quarterback in the NFL in my opinion. I think that if everything works out for him, and he reaches his ceiling, we are looking at a quarterback that is slightly above league average. I’m of the opinion that average QB play can destroy a franchise. You’re better off having poor quarterback play to get a better chance at a better quarterback in the draft than you are having a quarterback that is good enough to perpetuate mediocrity. There is so much roster turnover each year in the NFL, that it is tough to keep a roster strong over any sustained period of time. Strong quarterback play is what keeps teams contending as the strength of a roster fluctuates year after year. I think that Mac Jones is accurate enough and throws with enough anticipation that you could contend with if your roster is very strong. I don’t think he’s the type of quarterback that you’d want to build around. That’s why I kind of settled him in at the back end of the first round. If he lands on a team with an already established roster, that team could contend with Mac Jones given the savings on his rookie contract. I wouldn’t want to put him on a team that isn’t close to contending.

29. Dyami Brown – WR – North Carolina

Chris Simms proclaimed that Dyami Brown (along with Devonta Smith) “have a gear that no one else has”, sporting 4.3 speed and “maybe faster”. He ran a 4.44 at his pro day. That said, Dyami Brown doesn’t need 4.2 speed to be a really good wide receiver in the NFL. He ran mostly a vertical route tree at North Carolina and he was incredibly successful doing so. His nuance in his deep routes, his use of deception, his tracking ability, and his ability to stack defenders made him one of the best deep threats in college football. All of those things translate to the vertical routes in the NFL. While he wasn’t used in the short to intermediate range all that much, he flashed excellent route running and separation ability. He’s got great hands and is elusive after the catch. On the flip side, He struggles to come away with the ball in contested situations and his frame is very lean. If Devonta Smith didn’t exist, people would probably be asking the same questions about Brown’s frame that they are asking about Smith’s. I think Dyami Brown is one of the more well-rounded wide receivers in this class, and he wins vertically, which is valuable in the NFL. His frame certainly is concerning, and his issues catching the ball through contact could be compounded by that at the next level. There’s a definite path to failure here, but the ways that he wins are too valuable to ignore. Yes, I know that I am high on him. No, I wouldn’t necessarily want to spend a first on him. I just think that the talent in this area of the board is all kind of similar. There isn’t much drop off in this area.

30. Zaven Collins – LB – Tulsa

A legitimate physical monster, Zaven Collins stands 6’5 at 260 pounds and runs a 4.67 40-yard dash. He’s big, explosive and attacks the line of scrimmage like a missile. He’s a great blitzer, has decent zone instincts, great ball skills, and a relentless motor in pursuit. He ticks the boxes of valuable skill sets with his coverage and pass rushing ability, which should translate nicely to the NFL. He struggles with missed tackle issues and can be guilty of over-pursuit in run defense. Overall, I don’t think run defense is as important as it’s viewed. As long as you hit a baseline of competence in this area and aren’t a complete disaster, I think there isn’t a ton of difference in value between a good run defender and an average one. Zavem Collins meets that baseline threshold of not being a complete disaster in run defense. With his valuable skill set, his combination of ridiculous size and athleticism, he should be valued highly by NFL teams.

31. Kadarius Toney – WR – Florida

Kadarius Toney is not going to be for everyone. He’s not your typical wide receiver and I’m not sure that he is likely to succeed as your typical wide receiver. To be honest, I’m not as high on him as where my ranking has him. I’ve got him graded as an early second round pick, but there simply wasn’t enough talent at the back end of the first to push him into that range. Toney is electric after the catch, has excellent contact balance to break tackles and create yards after contact. He’s got burner speed and explosive acceleration to erase angles and create chunk yards after the catch. The problem, from a tape perspective, is that he lacks refinement in the technical aspects of playing the position. His releases at the line of scrimmage need work. His routes are completely unrefined. He hasn’t been tested much in contested situations and true press-man coverage, and his route tree is limited. From an analytics perspective, he was never incredibly productive, had a late breakout, and is a little bit older of a prospect. The tape and analytics raise a lot of red flags indicating that he will not be an incredibly productive typical receiver. He shouldn’t be drafted to be a typical receiver. He would fit perfectly in Kyle Shanahan’s offense if they didn’t already have Aiyuk and Samuel and if they hadn’t already mortgaged the future to potentially draft the next Jimmy Garoppolo.

32. Trevon Moehrig – S TCU

Trevon Moehrig, the top safety in this class (in my opinion) possesses decent size and adequate athleticism. His game is centered around his instincts, closing speed, and his excellent ball skills. He’s not great as a run defender, takes poor angles to the ball, struggles to shed blocks, and has below average play strength against the run, but you’re not drafting Moehrig to play the run. His instincts in coverage and ability to make plays on the football are exceptional, and this is the more valuable aspect of the position. This is why you draft Trevon Moehrig. I don’t think I’m as high on him as some others, but I think that he is the best safety in this class and has the most favorable projection to the next level due to the value of where his strengths are.

33. Alex Leatherwood – OT – Alabama

I have him listed as a tackle, but I think that most of the flaws in his game can be fixed by moving him to guard. I do think that it’s worth trying him at tackle to see if you can get something out of him at a more valuable position, but he probably is better off at guard, and I think he’d be a very good one, setting a very strong floor for his range of outcomes. Leatherwood has great size, length, strong hands and sound technique. His issues arise when facing speed on the edge. He isn’t a stellar athlete, and isn’t as flexible as you want from your tackles. Azeez Ojulari absolutely dominated him in their matchup. He’s going to see far more athletes like Azeez at the next level. If you kick him inside to guard, his flexibility and athleticism are masked by the smaller spaces that he is working in. Overall, I’m not confident in his ability to play tackle in the NFL, but I think it’s worth a shot and, if it doesn’t work out, I’m confident in his ability to be a really good guard.

34. Dillon Radunz – OT – NDSU

You’re chasing upside here. Radunz has elite athleticism, the necessary arm length, the movement skills, the competitive fire, and the hand technique that you look for in an offensive tackle in the NFL. The problems? He has a lean frame that shows up in his play strength, he’s 23 years old, and he hasn’t played against any EDGE talent worth noting. What is he going to look like in the NFL? There’s a lot of projection in that answer. I don’t think I’m comfortable gambling a first round pick on this profile, but I do think that the upside is tremendous and he may be able to fill out his frame and add play strength in an NFL weight room. The fact that this is what he looks like at 23 years old puts a bit of a damper on those hopes, but the upside is there. I think in the second round, I feel very comfortable betting on a player with his athletic traits and competitive fire.

35. Payton Turner – EDGE – Houston

Payton Turner has a ton of things to really like about him, and a lot of really big red flags. At 6’5, 270 lbs. with 35 inch arms and freaky athletic testing, Payton Turner is a rare athlete at the position. You just don’t see players with his combination of size, length, and athleticism very often. He’s got heavy hands, a wide variety of pass rush moves, versatility across the defensive line, and has showed a really nice bull rush. The problem is that he also hits the trifecta of red flags. Turner has an injury history, he’s an older prospect, and he played a lower level of competition. Additionally, while he showed improvement throughout his career, there’s a very small sample size of dominant tape. So what do you do with that? The red flags are certainly concerning, and there aren’t many prospects that I’d feel comfortable risking at this spot with those concerns, but what Payton Turner is from a physical and athletic perspective is just rare. You don’t find that in the second round. You’re not going to find that in the third round. In a part of the draft where everyone has question marks, I want to spend my capital on a rare talent that you don’t usually get a chance at with the draft capital you’re spending.

36. Elijah Molden – CB – Washington

Elijah Molden is too small to play outside corner in the NFL. That’s ok. Slot corners are starters. Elijah Molden is a really good slot corner. He has awesome movement skills, ridiculous ball skills, he’s an awesome run defender from the slot. He does basically everything that you want out of a slot corner. He’s just so small. At 5’9, height and length at the wide receiver position could give him trouble at the next level. He plays strong, but I don’t know how well his play strength translates to the next level, given his size against bigger and stronger athletes in the NFL. Molden’s size is a concern, but he just does too many things well for me to believe that he can bust with the number of positives across his profile. His upside may not be tremendous, but you’re going to get a good player in Elijah Molden.

Joey: Elijah Molden is a super heady player with great football IQ. He thrives in zone coverage and has terrific break on the football. His route awareness allows him to anticipate breaks and beat wide receivers to the spot. Molden also does a good job baiting quarterbacks to throw inside where he plays at an elite level. Molden is likely going to be a slot corner in the NFL, it is where he mostly lined up in college, though he has lined up on the outside and at safety. He has good short area quickness and does a great job staying with tight ends in coverage. Molden has great ball skills and attacks the catch point being very disruptive. He is a super physical cornerback and plays with an exceptional motor. Molden is probably the best tackling cornerback in the 2021 draft and is superb in run support. He wraps up very well and is a sound tackler. Molden lacks elite athleticism which will limit him to slot cornerback duties, though it is where he thrives. He lacks high end speed and burts to cover ground when he falls behind. Good route runners can bait and beat Molden with double moves, especially if he lines up outside. Molden will be best suited as a slot corner or safety at the next level. I see Molden going as a mid 3rd round pick.

37. Joe Tryon – EDGE – Washington

Joe Tryon has a good blend of size, length in athleticism. He is an aggressive player, with competitive spirit and has a really nice combination of decent bend and excellent bull rush. He has the versatility to play inside, outside, and drop into coverage. He can do everything you want along the defensive line. He shows explosion and serious play strength. The problem is that his pass rush moves are raw, hasn’t been consistently productive, and we didn’t see him after he opted out in 2020. There’s a lot to like about his game, but his lack of a 2020 season really leaves a lot of questions about his development unanswered after really just seeing the tools in 2019. He showed up and tested well at the pro day, showing that he wasn’t just taking the year off. As far as his technical development, we will see, but the tools and mentality are evident.

Joey: Joe Tryon is a very edge defender that plays with great urgency. He has a high speed motor and does not stop working at any point of the down. He is an excellent hand fighter and does a good job to swipe offensive lineman’s hands off his chest in his pursuit for the quarterback and also has a decent swin move. His first step and timing are very good and possesses very nice burst coming off of the edge. Tryon plays with good leverage and leg drive when he performs his bull rush. He has shown a knowledge of dropping back in zone coverage but I would never ask him to drop back in man coverage. He has lined up all over the formation, off the edge, in the middle of the offensive line or as a blitzing off-ball linebacker. Tryon has had some trouble in his pass rush. He lacks any significant counter when he gets stacked up by offensive lineman and gets taken out of the play too easily. If he does not get good leverage he seems to have less than average functional strength to take on tackles. His inside pass rush, though attempted,was less than stellar. He seemed to have a lack of success and was constantly stacked up. Tryon also has a tough time setting the edge in run defense and can get moved off of his block too easily. He will likely be a pass rush specialist in the NFL though needs to work on counters and being more creative in his rush moves to land a volume snap role. He should see his name called somewhere in the 4th or 5th round.

38. Joseph Ossai – EDGE – Texas

Another explosive athlete at the EDGE position, Joseph Ossai has one of the best first steps in the class. He comes screaming off the edge and plays with one of the most ridiculous motors in the class. He has the killer instinct, the relentless pursuit, and the athleticism to capitalize on those things. He didn’t do the agility tests at his pro day, and I have a suspicion that it’s because he wasn’t going to test well in those drills. His bend around the edge and flexibility are above average, but not special, and his change of direction does not match his explosiveness. He struggles to set the edge in run defense, but he does a nice job shedding blocks with active hands and is good at controlling the interaction with the blocker. He doesn’t have the desired arsenal of pass rushing moves. Still, he switched from off ball linebacker last year and has only one year of experience at EDGE. He hasn’t had time to develop his technique and his moves. Those are things that I expect to come. The primary concern is his play strength. I don’t know that it will ever be a plus trait for him. He’s going to have to get by with speed and moves. Right now, he has one of the two. This is a high upside bet. I feel a lot more comfortable betting on the guys with athletic traits when they show on-the-field effort and competitiveness. There may not be a higher-effort player in the 2021 NFL Draft.

Joey: Joseph Assai may be my favorite edge prospect in the 2021 draft. His versatility is unmatched by any other prospect. Assai lined up all over the field, mainly the edge and at weakside linebacker. Has terrific speed and athleticism for an edge and posseses a very bendy frame and hips. His hands are incredibly strong and uses a great grip and rip as well as a solid swim move. Assai has a terrific motor and never takes any plays off. His foot speed is off the chain and his snap timing is excellent. Assai also has a huge tackle radius and long arms which help aid in his block shedding. Though impressive he is still quite raw. right now I project him as an outsidee linebacker in a 4-3 base, mainly because his inexperience in coverage shows. Shifty slots and tight ends can easily force him into missteps. He can be a bit overaggressive in his pursuit overplaying the ball at times. In all his tools are tantalizing and if he can continue to improve his coverage skills should fit in any system. I would love to see him end up as a WILL in a 4-3 that can be used vitally blitzing as well. Ossai has great versatility and should be a 2nd round pick.

39. Richie Grant – S – UCF

Richie Grant is an aggressive downhill player that has great ball skills. He plays explosively to the line of scrimmage while remaining in control and not over pursuing. He’s a quality blitzer that loves to hit the ball carrier with power. His closing speed is explosive and he’s got a ridiculously high motor. His primary knocks are that he is an older prospect, comes from a small school, and isn’t a sound wrap-up tackler. His instincts in zone can be a little inconsistent as well. I’m not certain that he doesn’t have the most impressive tape in the class, but you can’t ignore the combination of being an older prospect from a small school. You expect that tape to be dominant. He should still end up somewhere in round two, but there are just too many knocks from a projection standpoint to consider him to be on par with Moehrig in this class, despite the excellent tape.

40. Christian Barmore – DT – Alabama

This evaluation was a tough one for me. On one hand, you’ve seen very high end play against elite competition. You know that he can dominate good players. You’ve seen him do it. On the other hand, he had games where he was a non-factor, completely disappeared, and looked like a different player entirely. Not comparing their skill sets, but it’s very similar to the roller coaster of Jerry Tillery tape from a couple of years ago. With Tillery I was convinced that if he can just bring that high end play on a more consistent basis, he could be dominant in the NFL. Through two years, that high end play hasn’t materialized and he looks like a wasted first round pick. I’m not saying they are the same player, but when I see players that have the game to game inconsistencies like what we see in Barmore’s tape, you have to ask the question: Will he be able to put it all together on a consistent basis at the next level. The obvious answer is that I don’t know. Interior defensive lineman is not a very valuable position unless you are a true game changer at the position as a pass rusher. Barmore looks like there is a possibility that he can be that, though I think that it’s unlikely. He has active hands, a variety of pass rush moves, excellent play strength and he is slippery, quick, and aggressive. Those are a lot of traits that you look for in a pass rusher on the interior. As a run defender, he can get pushed around a little bit and doesn’t set a strong anchor at the point of attack. So we are looking at a player that is inconsistent, but could potentially be an impactful pass rusher on the interior if he can put it all together, but you’re also looking at a player that doesn’t have the floor of a strong run defender. As much as I harp about caring far more about pass rush than run defense, I think that, especially in the interior, being a solid run defender is an important floor to have. Overall, I think that this range of outcomes at a position that isn’t particularly valuable keeps him out of the first round conversation for me. I recognize that I am lower on him than most.

41. Rondale Moore – WR – Purdue

What do we do with Rondale Moore? The production metrics are awesome. The tape is awesome. The height is not as awesome. There simply aren’t many receivers that succeed at 5’7 in the NFL. He would absolutely be an outlier in that regard. So what do we do with him? I’m going to trust the production metrics and tape, and while I don’t have a true first round grade on him, he’s one of 32 most talented players in the 2021 NFL Draft. He’s got a rocked up frame, burner speed, and has absolutely filthiness to his game after the catch. He’s an explosive receiver that can get out of his breaks without losing momentum to create separation. In the slot, he’s going to be able to do a lot with catch and run balls, but also should be effective at attacking the seam with his long speed as well. He’s a really good prospect with one really concerning issue. At this point, all of these players have concerns, and I’m willing to bet on the pure talent that Rondale Moore has proven that he has.

42. Quinn Meinerz – IOL – A Really Small School in Wisconsin called Wisconsin-Whitewater

As it turns out, there isn’t a whole lot of Wisconsin-Whitewater tape floating around, so I’m not super confident in this evaluation. I’ve found basically one game and the 1 on 1s from the senior bowl. The good: He’s an absolutely elite level athlete, dominated the competition that he faced, dominated the senior bowl, has the competitive fire that you look want, and the fact that he is this well-developed coming from such a small school is very encouraging for his development trajectory. The bad: aside from the senior bowl, we haven’t seen him face anyone meaningful. Yes he can only block who is put in front of him, but we have no idea how he is going to handle the things that the NFL throws at him. The types of players that he is going to face are things that he has never seen before. There’s a ton of projection here, but those athletic traits, and the fact that he dominated the only quality competition that he’s had the opportunity to face, coupled with the fact that he did that without having power-5 coaching? I’ll bet on that.

43. Landon Dickerson – IOL – Alabama

Dickerson is a first round talent when he is healthy. It looked like maybe he had finally put the injury woes behind him after finishing two full years with a clean bill of health, but then came the SEC Championship game where he tore his ACL. I just don’t know how much his body can take at this point. The tape is phenomenal. He’s aggressive, competitive, powerful, smart, everything you want from your interior linemen, but what kind of capital are you willing to spend on a player that can’t stay healthy that isn’t playing a high value position? If he played tackle, this would be a different conversation, but all of the risks that come with prospects busting apply to Dickerson with the additional concerns that Dickerson may not be the same player after tearing his ACL, with the additional concerns that, even if he is healthy, he may not be able to stay that way. On top of that, even if that all pans out, you’re getting an interior offensive linemen. That’s just too much risk to spend first round draft capital on for such a moderate payoff. He’s a great player, but the injuries are a very real concern.

44. Samuel Cosmi – OT – Texas

When you’re looking at prospects that have played significant snaps in multiple years of college ball, you’re looking to see them improve consistently every year. This instills confidence that a player can continue to improve and hasn’t reached their full potential. Samuel Cosmi is a perfect example of this. He’s played three years, has improved every year, and turned in a very fine season at offensive tackle for the Texas Longhorns in 2020. He’s got the size and athleticism to excel in the NFL, good football IQ, and decent footwork. He’s still a work in progress, and he tends to play higher than you would want from an offensive tackle that is going to be bull rushed far more often and effectively at the NFL level, but he’s got some nice tools to work with. He’s not in the same tier as some of the other top tackle prospects because he has two flaws that really won’t get fixed. He barely meets the NFL threshold for arm length, and he lacks the flexibility that you hope for from an offensive tackle in the NFL. Will he continue improving his craft? His trajectory so far says yes. How high is his ceiling? I don’t think it’s as high as the other tackles.

45. Jamin Davis – LB – Kentucky

Jamin Davis is one of the best athletes, from a pure athletic standpoint, that the linebacker position has seen. A 4.47 40-yard dash and a 42 inch vertical is a ridiculous combination of speed and explosiveness for the position. That shows on tape. He flies around the field. His range, coupled with a ridiculous 6’8 wingspan gives him a ridiculous tackle radius, and he doesn’t allow many broken tackles. He’s more of a passive tackler than an aggressive one and he isn’t going to lay down power or stick someone in their tracks, but he gets the job done. Those are the things you’re betting on. Athleticism, physical make-up, and tackling. The rest is kind of a mess. He doesn’t seem natural reading the play, often a step late in his reads. He has a smaller frame and gets pushed around by offensive linemen. He doesn’t offer much as a pass rusher, and is very raw in coverage. From a more general sense, he just wasn’t a difference maker in college. Davis doesn’t check either of the high value boxes for the position, coverage and pass rush ability, and we simply haven’t seen dominant play from him. Someone is going to fall in love with his athleticism, and I don’t blame them, but I think that Jamin Davis is almost entirely projection at this point, at a position that isn’t all that important. Still, you’re getting a player with sideline to sideline range with a ridiculous wingspan, who is a solid tackler. That’s a decent floor for a linebacker.

46. Liam Eichenberg – OT – Notre Dame

I’m going to probably be lower on Liam Eichenberg than most. I think there are a lot of things that he does very well that are very important in the NFL, and he plays one of the most important positions in football. He has nice footwork and technically sound hands. He has excellent play strength and won’t get bullied, despite his somewhat leaner frame. He’s technically sound. From a physical perspective, he’s got some issues. His arms are under the NFL threshold, and it shows up on tape. He’s going to be facing longer athletes in the NFL, and his arms aren’t going to be getting any longer. He’s an older prospect who will be turning 24 later this year. Despite his solid agility testing, his tape doesn’t show a smooth athlete for the tackle position. I think Eichenberg’s ceiling is probably an adequate starter at left tackle that will struggle at times with better athletes. I think in the early second round, where many have him ranked, I’d be shooting for more upside. There are just too many red flags with his profile for someone that doesn’t have world class potential. Still positional value and technical skill lands him here.

47. Creed Humphrey – IOL – Oklahoma

Creed Humphrey is an experienced interior offensive lineman, and it shows up on tape. He has high football IQ, has very technically sound and powerful hands. He plays competitively and has excellent play strength, and is a powerful run blocker. He isn’t exactly a fluid athlete and this can cause him some trouble in pass protection and out in space, but he shows overall adequate athleticism to play guard in the NFL. He doesn’t have tremendous upside, and he can play with his pads a little too high a little too often, but I think he projects well to the NFL on the interior. If you think a guy can start for your team, he’s worth a second round pick, even if you aren’t sure that he’s ever going to be a dominant player at the next level. He’s good enough that he won’t be a liability, and with so many teams with so many liabilities starting on the offensive line, this is a value in the second.

48. Wyatt Davis – IOL – Ohio State

Davis is interesting. He’s very athletic, very technically sound in his pass protection, has excellent length for the position, has powerful hands and has the desired competitive fire that you want, all very nice things to have. The problem is that after a dominant 2019 season, his 2020 tape was a bit of a mess. He just looked lost out there in a way that he didn’t in 2020. I don’t have any idea what happened or whether this is something that is a legitimate problem, a bad sample, or if it is fixable, but there were so many broken plays that could be attributed to his complete lack of awareness. It legitimately looked like you’re playing madden with a player with 35 awareness and people just run right by him. You’re screaming at your TV that it could never happen in real life. 2020 Wyatt Davis is proof that it can and does happen in real life. That said, it wasn’t a problem in 2019. I’m not sure that the miscommunications were entirely on him. The traits were still there in 2020. The Technical skills were there in 2020. I’m not sure exactly what went wrong from a mental aspect for Wyatt Davis last year, but there is reason to believe that he can clean up the mental mistakes, return to form, and be a very good interior offensive lineman in the NFL.

49. Levi Onwuzerike – DT –Washington

In a defensive tackle class that simply isn’t that good, Levi Onwuzerike has shown some high end play that is intriguing in the barren wasteland of this year’s defensive interior. His quick first step, overall athleticism, length, quick hands, and strong punch led to a lot of early wins on tape, as well as a number of highlight reel plays. His traits are rare, and they show up in those early wins. The problem is that, if he doesn’t win early, he usually doesn’t win at all. His play strength is inconsistent. He ends up on the ground too much. He disappears for entire stretches of games. His leverage is inconsistent. His hand usage is good when active but, once again, inconsistent. Everything about his game is frustratingly inconsistent. At 23 years old, it’s very likely that he is never going to be able to iron out those issues, and at 290 pounds, his issues with play strength probably aren’t going to work themselves out either. You’re betting on the high end tape here. High end matters at a position like the defensive interior, and we’ve seen it from Levi. Are we going to get it at the NFL? I don’t know, but if I’m gambling on this defensive tackle class, I’m gambling on the players that have shown the high end and players with traits. Levi Onwuzerike checks both of those boxes.

50. Eric Stokes – CB – Georgia 

Eric Stokes turned a lot of heads with a 4.29 second 40-yard dash at the Georgia pro day. It is nothing if not ironic then that his movement skills are the biggest question mark with him. He’s a very linear athlete who falls in the rare air of players who ran a faster 40-yard dash than his shuttle run (4.36 seconds). He just looks a little more stiff in his hips than you’d like, and it allows receivers to get easy separation on crossing routes. He also has a little tentativeness to his game attacking underneath routes and contributing in the run game. I always put a lot of stock in the alpha mentality of top end corners, so that it is a little concerning that Stokes is so passive. Now I know this is overtly negative, so I want to make sure I’m clear about the obvious talent he also possesses. You can’t be a bad player and be a 3 year starter in the SEC for Georgia. He often shadowed receivers, following them across the formation and even into the slot. He plays with patience but turns on the physicality when the ball is in the air. Unlike his teammate Tyson Campbell, Stokes is at his best when playing down the sideline at the catch point. Opponents avoided him in a noticeable way. It’s these qualities that push him slightly above Campbell for me, but his stiffness and absence of alpha qualities make him firmly a day 2 guy.

51. Jabril Cox – LB – LSU

The first thing that stands out about Jabril Cox when I turn on his tape is his fluidity and length. He glides around the field effortlessly and changes direction with the flow of the play seamlessly. Cox started for NDSU for 3 years, leading them in tackles all three years and was an all-american twice. He then transferred to LSU and was immediately their captain, which says a lot about him in my opinion. Jumping from the FCS to the SEC is no small task, but he was instantly very productive. His productivity in multiple schemes is very appealing to me, and this versatility showed up frequently in his game. His spatial awareness is excellent, and combined with his length and range to make him a stellar zone coverage weapon. HIs ball skills are very good and he has had good ball production in each of the last 4 years. His biggest weakness is his tackling, where he tends to let the play come to him rather than attacking downfield. Overall, he is the best coverage linebacker in this class and has the tools to continue developing as a run defender.

Joey: Jabril Cox had a very good collegiate career starting at North Dakota St. He garnered the 2018 Missouri Valley Conference Defensive Player of the year and a two-time FCS All-American. He transfered to LSU to face stiffer competition and showed he belonged. Cox has the coverage ability the NFL covets, both man and zone scemes. He can cover tight ends and slot receiveres while also sniffing out the screen game famously. Though undersized, Cox still thrived when lining up off the edge and getting to the quarterback. He has great range with sideline-to-sideline mobility with a super high motor that shows in pursuit off the back end of plays. His play strength in run defense is the biggest area of concern for him where he has a tough time shedding blocks and playing through contact. Cox is a 3rd round selection in my book.

52. Ar’Darius Washington – S – TCU

A feisty, undersized safety, Ar’Darius Washington is probably not going to be drafted as high as I have him ranked here. He’s a tough player that takes excellent angles in run defense and is a solid tackler, especially for his size. He has a high motor and great instincts, a true read-and-react safety that sees the field as well as anyone. He can struggle getting off blocks, as his size would indicate, his play strength isn’t going to translate as well as you would hope, and he is just going to be small in the NFL. That’s his first knock. His second knock is that, despite his explosive tape, he tested poorly. The combination of undersized and poor testing is usually a deathblow. I’m going against the odds here and siding with the tape. I know that the odds are against Washington. I know there are red flags. I know that players like him are an absolute longshot. The tape is good. I’m siding with the tape. I may regret it, but man, it is tough tough watch him play and think that he is not a good football player.

Joey: Ar’Darius Washington is an undersized safety though don’t let his stature fool you. He hits much harder than his frame leads you to believe. To add to this Washington has very good tackling technique and wraps up well, rarely missing tackles. Washington will make his bank on his coverage and playmaking ability. When in coverage he is incredibly fluid. His back pedal is effortless and his hip flip is smooth when forced to turn and run with the receiver. Washington has terrific ball skills and attacks the high point very well forcing pass break-ups. Washington has shown an ability to line up as a slot corner, especially during red zone duties and has been very effective in limiting tight ends. His react skills are excellent and he makes very strong breaks on the football. Washington also thrives at reading the quarterback’s eyes where he can bait the quarterback into poor decisions. Washington needs to work on his ability to read plays pre-snap and early in the play. There are many cases where his play diagnosis is late which then showcases his react skills having to play catchup. He is a bit too aggressive when reading run plays, he bites far too often on play action passes. Washington also has trouble sorting through traffic in run support. This is the one place where his lack of size shows as he has trouble shedding blocks at the second level. He has day two written all over him though his size will likely drop him a bit, likely around the 4th round.

53. Ronnie Perkins – EDGE – Oklahoma

Perkins is a player that looks good on tape, and has some of the traits you look for, but just doesn’t have the upside. He’s an average athlete, and unless you’re a dominant technician, average athlete doesn’t normally translate to a particularly high ceiling. He’s really solid in run defense, and that sets a nice floor for him at the NFL level. He has a nice bull rush and converts speed to power. That’s a promising thing for a player that’s about to go up against much more physical athletes. He’s got flexibility, bend, instincts, cornering ability, and he wins early in reps. These are all things that are the makings of an elite pass rusher at the next level. The problem is that he just doesn’t have the juice. He lacks an elite first step. He struggles in space. He was only dominant in a limited sample size after a couple of years of average tape. That stuff is bad. That indicates that he had advanced beyond college athletes after having a few years of experience against them. That doesn’t necessarily suggest a strong upward trajectory. That said, EDGE is an important position in the NFL. We have a player that flashed competence and absolute dominance in his final season. That should matter. I may be a little higher on Perkins than most, but rushing the passer is one of the most important things in the NFL, and if Perkins has some room to grow and can show some of the high level play that he has shown us, he’s worth this draft slot.

54. Jevon Holland – S – Oregon

Jevon Holland, an opt out in 2020, is a smooth athlete at the position and boasts excellent ball skills. He has good length, competitive fire, and adequate tackling skills. His instincts are excellent, but he can tend to be too confident in his instincts from time to time, and his over aggressiveness in coverage can get the best of him sometimes. He’s the kind of player that is going to make plays, but is also going to give up some big plays. There just isn’t a whole lot of down to down consistency to his game. You’re chasing upside with Holland. If his testing numbers can start showing up in his closing speed and range, and if he can play more under control and eliminate some of the mistakes, he very well could end up as the best safety in this class. He just wasn’t there yet in 2019, and we didn’t get to see what the next step looks like for him in 2020.

55. Carlos Basham – EDGE – Wake Forest

Carlos Basham is a classic case of mismatched skill set. He is a speed and finesse rusher trapped in a power rusher’s body. Here’s the thing. He has all the traits to be a successful power rusher in the NFL, but he almost never utilizes any of it. He’s got adequate length, is well versed on his pass rush moves, has the power to set the edge when he wants to, has good speed and is explosive off the the live. I just wish he’d use his play strength and throw his weight around. He doesn’t go into his pass rushes with a plan. He doesn’t have counters. He doesn’t play with the ferocity that you want. He just hasn’t put it together. At 24 years old, as an older prospect, that’s concerning. He’s got the tools, but I just don’t know that I see how he puts it together without totally changing his mentality. It’s possible, and the result, if that happens, is what you’re betting on.

Joey:  Carlos Basham has enjoyed a productive 4 year career, 173 tackles, 35.5 for a loss and 19.5 sacks and 7 forced fumbles. He has great run defense off the edge doing a good setting the edge. He is incredibly patient and has good play recognition, not always just blasting into the backfield. He drops a bit and is active with his hands batting down passes. Has shown the ability to play with his hand in the dirt as well as standing up. Basham has a great motor, shows good pursuit when the play is past him. He has an incredible swim move and strong hands. Big tackles seal him off to easily in run defense. He is not overly bendy off of the edge and does not seem to be overly athletic in his pass rush. He needs to show a little more variety in his pass rush moves and relies too much on his strength and swim move. Needs to learn to play with better leverage and leg drive. Has good size for the position and his versatility in scheme should allow him to be effective in the NFL. He should be selected somewhere in the 2nd or 3rd round.

56. Kelvin Joseph – CB – Kentucky 

Kelvin Joseph is a guy I get excited about, especially for a guy that has only 9 starts after a suspension and subsequent transfer from LSU to Kentucky. He has the requisite size and length, and has an exciting blend of explosiveness and aggressiveness. He is a fun watch partially because of his willingness to get downhill in a hurry to make plays in the run game. Playing outside corner for Kentucky, he was frequently tasked with playing zone coverage, where he was a bonafide play maker with 4 interceptions in those 9 starts. When tasked with man coverage he demonstrated great fluidity and balance but lacked discipline which led to a number of big plays for opponents. While I don’t have details, there are various reports of maturity issues, which could cause him to fall. His talent level is that of a day 1 player, but with maturity issues, a lack of experience, and inconsistent instincts, he lands as more of a mid day 2 guy for me.

57. Nick Bolton – LB – Missouri

Bolton was a fun, if tricky evaluation. He attacks every play with a contagious ferocity, frequently laying big hits without being reckless. He is a natural playmaker in run defense and is very adept at weaving through traffic like a magnet to the ball carrier. He has a really strong build, but is short without ideal length. This shows up in his occasional struggles to get off blockers once engaged and in zone coverage, where he doesn’t shrink passing windows. I have some concerns about his change of direction ability. Once he ramped up, he struggles to readjust, making every false step a much trickier situation. He has just average awareness in zone coverage, but his run defense instincts are so polished that I have hope he can figure this out. He is a natural playmaker and it shows up all the time. It’s hard to watch the tape for more than a minute without him standing out as the best player on the defense. On run plays, it sometimes looked like the rest of his team was moving in slow motion. Overall, I love the idea of him as the general of my defense, and he is almost certainly going to make big plays, even if he isn’t going to be a guy you want in man coverage.

58. Gregory Rousseau – EDGE – Miami

Perhaps the greatest faller of the 2020 opt outs, Rousseau went from potentially the top EDGE in the class to falling out of the first round completely for many, myself included. At 20 years old, Rousseau put together a really good season, and his trajectory looked really good. He showed good length, the ability to control the edge, good instincts for such a young player, a quick first step, and had some absolutely dominant performances (though that Florida State game was an absolutely laughable performance by the offensive line). He didn’t really have a developed set of pass rush moves. He played undersized in 2019, which you would expect for a 19 year old. The expectation was that his body would develop, and he would be able to maintain his athleticism that he showed with the smaller frame. Unfortunately, that’s not how his story went. Gregory Rousseau showed up to his pro day after adding 22 pounds from his 2019 season. The athleticism disappeared. Rousseau absolutely bombed his pro day, and since we have no 2020 tape, we don’t know what that looks like on the football field. So then he ends up looking like a tweener. If he can’t maintain athleticism at the weight he bulked up to, he’s either going to be undersized, or unathletic. That’s not a good problem to have. With underdeveloped pass moves, there just isn’t a whole lot to get on board with in the first round anymore, and I don’t know that his trajectory looks as promising now that we have a clearer picture of his limitations and his ceiling isn’t left up to our imagination.

Joey: Gregory Rousseau is a polarizing edge prospect coming in at 6’6 1/2″ and 266 lbs with 11″ hands. Sure his size and 2019 statistics were impressive, he has much to imporve on. For a man with such length he has a tough time establishing first contact, offensive lineman get there hands on him first far too often. Rousseau also lacks any sort of pass rushing polish, it is mainly using his pure size to handle tackles. In the NFL this will not be easy to do. Rousseau needs to refine his pass rushing techniquew as well as setting the edge. He is listed so high on many draft boards because you cannot teach size. Rousseau with be a developmental pick for whoever drafts him. I could see him going in the 3rd or 4th round to a team that will not need him to be a 3-down player and enter into a rotation.

59. Najee Harris – RB – Alabama

The top running back on our board, Najee Harris is a powerful back with soft hands and nifty footwork. He has elite contact balance, leg drive and power, rarely goes down on the first hit and consistently generates yards through contact. He has a surprising amount of lateral agility given the rest of his profile and as a receiver, he has soft hands and rarely drops passes. While he doesn’t have the top end speed, he can make defenders miss and break tackles in space. He has excellent body control, is deliberate in all his movements and has very little wasted movement. Harris has excellent vision and pacing at the line of scrimmage, flashing a good blend of patience and aggressiveness. Najee Harris rarely makes the wrong cuts and works through traffic extremely well. He lacks top end speed to be a true home run threat and that limits his upside as a runner. He lacks elite burst and doesn’t explode through the hole the way you’d hope for a top running back. Harris takes some time to get up to his modest top speed. For a running back to provide true value to an NFL team, you want to see ability as a receiver, ability to break long runs, and the tendency to limit negative plays. Najee Harris checks two of those boxes. He doesn’t have the true home-run speed, but he has enough other tools to believe that he will still be able to make big plays in the NFL.

60. Javonte Williams – RB – North Carolina

Javonte Williams’ calling card is definitely his excellent contact balance. He keeps great pad level and has the desired short stocky, bowling ball frame. While speed is not an asset for him, it shouldn’t be a liability for him at the next level. He breaks a ton of tackles and rarely goes down on first contact. His vision is adequate, though he can sometimes be too patient at the LOS. Williams is incredibly uncreative in the open field. He will rarely attempt to make a move on a defender and will generally just pick a trajectory, commit to it, and take what he can get. Javonte Williams is a body catcher and he just never really worked downfield, with almost all of his receiving yards coming after the catch. Williams contact balance, power, and ferocity make him an excellent prospect as a runner, but he simply hasn’t added anything to the receiving game, and there isn’t much about his profile to suggest that he will improve in that area. Adding value in the receiving game is important for running backs, and I just don’t think that Williams is going to do that. Still, his balance and power as a runner should be his trump card as a runner.

61 . Walker Little – OT – Stanford

Everyone is guessing on this one. We’re all betting on youth, inexperince, athletic traits. We haven’t seen any meaningful tape in years. This is a straight up wild card. To be totally honest, I have no Idea what to think of Walker Little, but if he can develop into a franchise left tackle, he’s a steal in this part of the draft. There isn’t going to be a pick that is more completely off the wall than Walker Little. We just don’t know. We won’t know before the draft. Honestly, if NFL teams draft him highly, I trust them. If he falls, there is probably a good reason. Not knowing any of that? I’m just betting on potential at a valuable position.

62. Milton Williams – DT – LA Tech

Milton Williams is a prodigious athlete who played all across the defensive line for LA Tech over the last couple years. He is 6’3 285 with 31.5’ arms, which puts him firmly in tweener territory. He doesn’t have prototypical bulk to play the interior, but his lack of lack hinders his ability to play on the edge. While this would be a big problem for most players, most players can’t do what Milton WIlliams can do. HIs pro day numbers are bonkers.

40 time – 4.63, Vert – 38.5, Broad – 121, Cone – 6.96, Bench – 34

These are elite numbers for a Tight end, let alone a defensive tackle. He improved a lot as the season went on but is extremely raw. He has a really explosive first step, but plays too high and loses leverage frequently. He has heavy hands and can land some punishing punches when he gets control of interactions with offensive linemen. His tape is littered with special splash plays, but he goes quiet too often. When he gets in open space it’s ridiculous how fast he closes on his target. He has a high motor and played over 50 snaps a game. He has the versatility and athleticism to play everywhere on the line of scrimmage. He was a beast at his pro day but still has a ways to go to reach his immense potential. There isn’t a clear role for him yet and his technique is still mostly a mess, but he could be a very very good player.

63. Aaron Robinson – CB – UCF

Nearly 24 years old, Aaron Robinson is one of the older cornerback prospects in this class. Despite this, his instincts and versatility make him a much more polished projection. He has quick reflexes, ball skills, and closing speed to handle plays in front of him. He’s excellent in run defense and translates that aggressive mentality to the catch point. I love the way he bullies wide receivers on the line of scrimmage, but I’m a little concerned about his tendency to lead receivers toward space. His mentality and skill set are that of a safety, which is the versatility you love to see for a guy with limited size and length. HIs versatility, aggressiveness and ball skills excite, but his age, coverage ability downfield, size, and level of competition muddle the projection. I’d be more than happy with him at the top of round three. I just never understood the round one hype that he was getting earlier this draft season.

64. Andre Cisco – S – Syracuse

Andre Cisco is coming off an ACL injury in 2020, and while injury rehabilitation is certainly better than it used to be, there are still no guarantees how a player is going to look when he comes back, so there is a little more projection with Cisco than there is with some of the other players at the position. He is a plus athlete and a playmaker with smooth hips and excellent ball skills, all things you look for in an elite coverage safety in the NFL. In run defense, he’s inconsistent due to his frustrating tendency to go for the big hit rather than be a sure wrap-up tackler. The run defense isn’t much of a concern for me. I’m far more concerned about his instincts. Cisco just doesn’t seem to have the read and react ability that you can trust in a safety. He is far too over aggressive and gets beat deep far more than is acceptable for a safety in the NFL. He can sometimes look lost in coverage and play himself out of position to make a play on the ball. He’s still only 21 years old, so there’s hope for development in this area, but you need to see significant progress there to see a quality starter in the NFL. Still, his athletic traits and ball skills are worth betting on.

65. Travis Etienne – RB – Clemson

We may be lower on Travis Etienne than most, but it’s not because we don’t like him or think he’s a talented back. I think the top three backs in this class are mostly a matter of preference. He has the killer speed to absolutely erase angles, paired with excellent contact balance. He has an arsenal of moves, including an effective spin move. Etienne keeps free hand incredibly active to help keep defenders off him, which helps him gain yards at the end of runs while working to the sideline. A very dangerous back in space, Etienne is a threat to house any run with the ball in his hands once he gets into space. Despite excellent contact balance, Travis Etienne lacks traditional power and won’t move the pile or carry defender. I think his receiving ability is a little overrated. He’s mostly a body catcher, but has shown the ability to catch outside his frame, albeit inconsistently. The primary issue I have with his game is that he has below average vision, doesn’t always recognize cutback lanes and can miss the hole more often than you’d like. He has poor anticipation at the point of the handoff, and often misjudges incoming penetration. His pacing when approaching the LOS can be too tentative or too aggressive on any given snap, lacking a consistent feel for pacing. Etienne falls into the mold of a running back that can break a big time play any time he touches the ball. The issue is that his down-to-down consistency, especially in his vision, is concerning for his NFL projection. While he is an adequate pass catcher, I’m not sure that he adds real value above replacement to an NFL team in this area. He’s not going to be the best pass catcher in any NFL team’s backfield.

Joey: Etienne has elite speed with blurring acceleration. He is shifty through tight spaces when not given much by the offensive line. He is explosive in the open field and is a legit threat to take it to the house on any given carry. He has shown instances where he can catch away from his body, though not often, and is terrific in space working well in the screen game. Has very good contact balance and does a great job breaking tackles. Shows a nice stiff arm when breaking outside. Has good lateral agility though rarely uses it to make defenders miss. He runs too upright at the line of scrimmage and would like to see him compact his frame a little more. Though he has broken off huge gains, he is not very creative in the open field and often just uses his speed to beat defenders. He is also always at 100 mph. Its go or no and shows little patience behind the line, often missing holes and lanes that take a little to develop. Etienne will be the second RB off of the board and has a great opportunity to be a productive back year one. I see him being selected as an early second round pick.

66. Brady Christensen – OT – BYU

Brady Christensen is a good football player. He probably can’t be a good tackle in the NFL with his short arms, but in college, he was a good football player. He’s a fantastic athlete, a sound technician, and dominates the competition that he faces. The problem is that he’s not really built for the tackle position, he has faced low level competition, and he’s going to be 25 years old by the time he starts his first NFL game. It doesn’t matter how good a player is. You just can’t draft a 25 year old interior offensive lineman in the second round. To be honest, I may be too high on him. I love the skill, but that’s bad value. Additionally, at 25 years old, dominating your competition isn’t nearly as impressive. It’s expected.

67. Baron Browning – LB – Ohio State

Baron Browning is a traits linebacker who is more moldable clay than polished player at this point. He has phenomenal size (6’2, 245lb, 33.5’ arms), Speed (4.55), agility (Cone-6.78) and explosiveness (vert-40’, Broad-130). These are ELITE measurables, and it is absolutely visible on tape. He has the fluid movement skills to mirror in man coverage, the bend to rush on the edge, and the closing burst to be a playmaker in run defense or in coverage. While these are all very valuable qualities, it rarely turned into pure production on the field. Browning only started 9 games in 4 years, never had more than 43 tackles in a season, and only defended 3 passes in his career. Most of this can be chalked up to poor instincts and technique. His run fits are rough, he’s frequently fooled by misdirection, and he really struggles to shed blocks. His late recognition leads him to get engaged frequently at the 2nd level, removing him from the play. Overall he has elite tools and is a good tackler, but everything else is a work in progress. He may not contribute much at first, but he could be a very valuable lottery ticket for a team committed to developing a role for him.

68. Jackson Carman – OT – Clemson


69. Jamar Johnson – S – Indiana


70. Paulson Adebo – CB – Stanford

Adebo has got adequate athleticism and good size (6’1 198). He is a classic feast or famine cornerback, allowing way to many receptions in his coverage but having an absurd amount of ball production (38 passes defended and 8 interceptions in 21 starts). He started two years for Stanford, beginning with his redshirt freshman season and was 1st team all Pac-12 in both seasons. With that kind of playmaking ability and such an early breakout, he is very easy to get excited about. His weaknesses, however, will be difficult to completely fix at the NFL level. He is a really choppy mover, especially in his backpedal, and it showed in some man coverage struggles. He is much better in zone coverage, reading the field in front of him. One of the key concerns was the 129 targets teams fired his way those 2 years. When a team is worried about you they don’t target you that frequently. They just weren’t scared of him. HIs physical talents and playmaking abilities make him a solid day 2 pick for a team that can put him in the right situation.

71. Benjamin St. Juste – CB – Minnesota

At 6’3, 202 lbs and nearly 33’ arms, he has surprising quickness. His length and quickness (6.63 3-cone!!) make him an ideal press/zone corner, especially with the quality of his hand usage at the line of scrimmage. Watching him disrupt routes was fun, but his closing burst and run defense were top notch as well. He fared great in the 1-on-1s at the Senior Bowl giving me some hope for his man coverage skills at the next level. The downside is his lack of long speed (4.52 40-yard dash) and his struggles tracking the ball downfield. At his size, you’d really hope that he would get his hands on more passes. With his hand coordination in press, I would think he’d be able to polish up his skills at the catch point, but at 24 years old, how much more can he develop? Overall I’m a big fan of St. Juste in the right system, but a lack of speed and ball skills limit his versatility.

72. Alim McNeil – DT – NC State

Alim McNeill has good size and athleticism. He has a very explosive first step that is evident right away when you turn on the tape. He is strong as hell and always has the best leverage out there. As good as he is at holding his ground, his best asset is his stellar bull rush that simply collapses the pocket. He has a ridiculous motor with very few wasted reps. He’s still 20 years old and has the potential to keep improving physically. He doesn’t offer much in terms of pass rush moves, but his powerful active hands he shows in run defense bode well for his potential. He is an absolute road block in run defense. He isn’t necessarily a two gapper, but he is adept at controlling at the point of attack. I feel incredibly confident about his ability to be a plus run defender and pocket pusher. Development in his pass rush moves could make him a stud.

73. Tyson Campbell – CB – Georgia

Tyson Campbell begins a very difficult but fascinating tier of cornerbacks. He has the size, length, and athleticism of a top end corner in the NFL. He also has these smooth, fluid hips that allow him to shadow wide receivers but is sort of a disaster at the catch point. When he looks back to the quarterback, it’s as if he becomes allergic to the WR and completely loses track of him. For someone with his physical gifts, you’d hope he would have more ball production (11 passes defended and 1 interception in 24 starts). This is something I tend to value very highly in a prospect, making him firmly a middle of day 2 prospect for me.

74. Robert Rochell – CB – Central Arkansas

Rochell is an interesting prospect whose tape is full of big time plays and obvious flashes of elite athleticism. HIs has the twitch to mirror off the line of scrimmage and absurd closing burst when the ball is in the air. At Central Arkansas he was often out of position and relied on his physical gifts to turn potential disasters into turnovers. At 23 years old, he is still incredibly raw. He has no idea how to use his hands and lacks technical polish in almost every facet of his game. These issues are all fixable at the next level, especially with the makeup speed to hide his deficiencies. The real question mark is his play strength. He was frequently bullied by wide receivers that will simply not be in the NFL which is a big red flag. The positives are plenty to take a chance on him in the 3rd round.

75. Tylan Wallace – WR – Oklahoma State

Joey: Tylan Wallace may only be 5’11” and 193 lbs but he is one of the best receivers in contested catch situations in this class. He high-points the ball with aggressiveness and has very strong hands to snatch the ball and secure it. He has very few drops with terrific hand eye coordination. Wallace does a solid job creating separation on intermediate routes though he was not asked to do much in the air raid offense he was a part. He had limited responsibilities in college, though he was very productive. Given more repsonsibilities in the NFL, Wallace could be even better. Unfortunately for him this is a very deep wide receiver class, likely landing him in the 2nd or 3rd round.

76. Tommy Togiai – DT – Ohio State

Tommy Togiai is someone I would consider one of “my guys” in this draft class. He lacks the ideal defensive tackle build (6’1, 296) but makes up for it with a quick first step, explosive hands, and the ability to consistency play with leverage. He benched 40 times, which is absurd especially for an undersized tackle. He also has phenomenal agility, which shows up frequently on tape. He is adept at utilizing a strong bull rush to push the pocket and has the quickness to shoot gaps to disrupt in run defense. While his gap shooting can pull him out of position at times, his change of direction ability allows him to recover quickly. At his size he isn’t going to hold up against double teams, kick outside, or 2-gap, and this lack of versatility is the biggest knock on his value. As a pure 3-tech he has a lot of potential to develop into a really disruptive player. He needs to improve his hand usage and learn how to utilize a pass rush plan more often to elevate into a 3-down player, but has flashed these things on tape. Overall, Togiai is a player that I’m very excited to see play in the NFL. While his size makes him risky, the ways he wins are translatable and his athleticism gives me hope that he can continue to grow.

77. Pat Freiermuth – TE – Penn State

Freiermuth’s calling card is his ability after the catch. He’s a load to take down and is going to provide whatever team that drafts him a good amount of YAC yards, one of the more valuable parts of the position. He’s a bit of a throwback tight end, and I’m not sure how valuable his skill set is in today’s NFL. He’s a solid blocker and plays physically in all aspects of his game, but he doesn’t have the elite athletic traits that would project him to be a potential top-5 tight end in the NFL. His hands, while inconsistent, are generally solid, and he does a decent job separating, despite his average athleticism. Freiermuth is almost certainly an immediate starter in the NFL, but it is unlikely that he will be a focal point of an offense. How valuable is that? What kind of draft capital would you want to spend on a tight end that probably projects to be around league average? I’m not certain I’d want to spend a second round pick on that, especially at a position where the monetary savings from a rookie deal are minimal.

78. Amon Ra St. Brown – WR – USC

Despite being the brother of current Packers wide receiver Equinameous St. Brown, he couldn’t be a more different player. While he played outside receiver as a junior this past year, he really projects as more of a slot receiver in the NFL. There was a lot of hype for St. Brown coming into this year after his stellar sophomore year and unfortunately he was one of the most disappointing prospects. When moved outside his lack of elite physical traits came to the forefront and he struggled mightily to separate against man coverage. In 2020 he struggled greatly on the deep route tree, failing to stack corners or box out on the sideline. He looked like a completely different player than the fierce competitor we saw in 2019. As a projected slot receiver, he checks many of the boxes you want to see. His explosiveness and quickness get him early separation in the short parts of the field. HIs stout build (5’11, 200lbs) and strong hands give him ideal possession skills. He has above average play strength, is a very aggressive blocker, and is adept at catching the ball away from his frame. He plays big and isn’t afraid to take hits over the middle. Overall he is an easy and confident projection to be an above average possession slot, but his value is hampered by his lack of versatility and absence of dynamism on tape.

79. Ifeatu Melifonwu – CB – Syracuse

Melifonwu was one of the more frustrating watches this year. His combination of size (6’2 205) and explosiveness (41.5’ vertical) are ridiculous, but it was frequently undermined by his lack of physicality. He is a smooth mover, and has the ball skills and length to erase the deep areas of the field. He is adept at limiting windows in zone coverage, but was a liability after the catch. He lacks the instincts to challenge routes underneath, and is a really awful and unwilling tackler. This lack of physicality shows up in his struggles to disrupt receivers in press or get off blockers defending against the run. In general, he is a smooth, talented, explosive athlete capable of being a playmaker downfield. The real question is whether he can be taught the physicality that he body type and strength teases.

80. Tre Brown – CB – Oklahoma

Tre Brown is a prospect I am higher on than most people, but he simply has the qualities I really covet in a slot corner. He plays with the alpha mentality of someone twice his size and does not relent ever. He played outside corner for Oklahoma, leaving him stranded man to man against much bigger receivers frequently. At a shade under 5’10 with only 30’ arms, he struggled at the catch point against larger receivers. With that said, his fluidity and quickness had him glued to their hip pocket on every single route. He has great ball skills and was very productive as a 3-year starter for Oklahoma. His quickness leads me to believe that he could be much more successful after a move to slot. In the senior bowl 1-on-1s he picked off 2 passes by boxing out receivers and running their route for them. That takes rare ability that I’m willing to bet on. The biggest thing keeping outside the 2nd round for me is the amount of penalties he drew this past year, which was frankly absurd. My hope is that matchups against slot receivers will mitigate this enough for him to be productive. In round 3, I feel really solid about that skillset.

81. Kellen Mond – QB – Texas A&M

Hello. This is Kevin Lanigan high-jacking Sean’s evaluation of Mond. While he has him as a day 3 prospect, I feel strongly that he is a strong consolation prize for a QB needy team that misses out on one of the top 5 prospects in the first round. I think teams like the Bears, Patriots, and Football Team would be wise to throw a 2nd round dart and see what they can make of him. He has all the requisite physical tools that NFL teams covet. He has an above average arm, prototypical size, and very good athleticism (4.59 40-yard dash). He operated a successfull NFL style Texas A&M offense for each of the last 3 years despite them being devoid of other talent on offense (outside of Jace Stermberger his Sophmore year). He’s certainly not a perfect prospect. He goes through progressions, but doesn’t throw people open. He has the habit of waiting to see a receiver open before throwing which leads to a lot of late throws. His ball placement falls apart when he is off balance, which showed up consistently when he was under pressure. His deep ball was also frequently off the mark by a good amount. He had a tendency to play way too passive this past year, settling for way too many check downs. While these aren’t great qualities, many of them remind me of things we saw with Herbert last year. Last year I had issues with his ball placement, late decision making, and deep accuracy and he looked totally different in a different situation. I think there is a non-zero chance that if you put Mond in an NFL offense with NFL receivers, he could look like a different player. When Mond was throwing in rhythm to open receivers he had impeccable accuracy. I think when he has players that are running the proper routes he may trust them more and use his physical gifts. While he has all the question marks that would keep him out of the first round….I wouldn’t have any problem with a team taking a stab at a player with Mond’s talent and experience in the 2nd round.

82. Dayo Odeyingbo – EDGE – Vanderbilt

Odeyingbo is a massive, long individual (6’5, 285, 35.25′ arms) who sports a 7’2 wingspan. A 3-year starter at Vanderbilt, he is a very strong athlete who demonstrated the burst, quickness and power to play inside or outside. He will likely be coveted as a 3-4 end for most team, though he has the frame to add weight and play inside if he wants. His long-arm move is devastating, as is his inside counter. While he is coordinated with his hands he does struggle with his leverage. He flashes bend on the edge and has been successfull shooting gaps but he demonstrates high end play inconsistently. He gets gassed and shows little effort in pursuit at times. Sometimes he is content to simply hold a lineman in place rather than making an attempt to pass rush. He gets away with this because his absurd length affects passing windows and forces incompletions regularly. Overall he projects as a 3-4 end who is better in rotational bursts but whose high end plays are very impactful.

83. Kendrick Green – IOL – Illinois

84. Trey Smith – IOL – Tennessee

85. Josh Palmer – WR – Tennessee

86. Rashod Weaver – EDGE – Pittsburgh

Rashad Weaver is one of my guys and I’m not sure we aren’t too low on him. He has decent size (6’4, 260, 33.5′ arms) and very good agility (6.96 cone) but is otherwise a below average athlete. The lack of burst shows when trying to finish his pass rushes and the lack of speed shows in his deficiencies in pursuit. Despite this, there are a lot of things to really like about his game. He is great at using his length to control offensive linemen when defending the edge. He has some of the most advanced hand usage in the entire draft class. He uses these tools to shed blocks like they are nothing. He has just so many ways that he can win. He successfully utilizes a bull rush, duck under, spin, swim, rip and uses them like a vet. His pass rush plan is polished and includes various quality counters. He is instinctive and consistently puts himself in a position to make plays. He was very productive even against quality competition. At 24 years old the fear is that he is maxed out, and with his athleticism the fear is that he lacks the ceiling of other prospects. Overall I feel really good about him seeing snaps early and finding a way to be an impact in both run defense and in the pass rush. At the NFL level I could see athletic QBs being a nightmare for him, which lowers his projection for me.

87. Divine Deablo – S/LB – Virginia Tech

Easily the best name in the draft, it seems NFL teams are interested in moving Divine Deablo to LB, a move that I think would significantly benefit his game. As it stands, at 226 lbs., he’s a bit of a tweener. If he can add weight without sacrificing his athleticism, I think he’s a much better fit at linebacker than safety. He’s a great tackler, has excellent ball skills and the explosiveness to close on a play. He plays with a high motor and displays consistent competitive toughness. The issue with his projection to linebacker is that, despite the tackling ability and high effort, he just didn’t seem to show a natural feel for the run game. His instincts in general were lacking, but with a move to linebacker, the lack of run-defense-IQ would be a far more severe issue than it was at safety. As an older prospect at nearly 23 years old, you’ve got to question how much better he will get at processing what he’s seeing, especially when the game speeds up at the next level.

88. Amari Rodgers – WR – Clemson

A 3-year starter at Clemson, he really took on a major role this past year as Trever Lawrence’s favorite target. He is built like a running back (5’9, 212) and it showed in his toughness after the catch. He doesn’t have special athleticism, but he has the ability to maintain speed through contact which leads to more big plays than you’d expect. He looks very smooth as a route runner, but lacks the efficiency and nuance in his footwork. This leads him to struggle separating against man coverage. He also has below average strength in his hands, losing frequently at the catch point. I think my favorite thing about him is his contact balance and vision, exhibiting running back qualities the second he gets the ball in his hands. At the senior bowl, he demonstrated improved route running, but I still don’t trust him anywhere outside of the slot. For him to maximize his potential a team must lean heavily into his versatility. If he is used as a hybrid running back/wide receiver, he can become a mismatch problem for defenses. Having a wide receiver that can motion into the backfield changes the math for defenses and will lead to either fewer stacked boxes on running plays or favorable matchups against linebackers in the slot. In general I don’t love his talent as a pure receiver, but the right team could make him into a problem for defenses.

89. Cameron Sample – EDGE – Tulane

Cameron Sample was a 3-year starter for Tulane, and plays with his hair on fire. While he has tweener size (6’3, 267), he has solid length and is very adept at using it. While he has the ability to situationally kick inside, his best place is on the edge. He doesn’t have fantastic straight line speed (4.79), but he has the heavy hands and quickness to make up for it. He is great at using his length to control at the point of attack to set a hard edge in run defense. While his height is a negative, it does allow him ease in getting leverage on his bull rush. He lacks ideal bend but is a smooth mover at his size. He is a solid initial pass rusher, but his lack of counters keeps him from being a good finisher. He played against a low level of competitition, so I wish he would have been more dominant, but his elite senior bowl performance makes me feel better about his projection. Overall I see him as a quality run defender who can offer something as a pass rusher, but will need significant development in that area. The only reason I don’t have him higher is his production concerns.

90. Chazz Surratt – LB – North Carolina

Chazz Surratt arrived at North Carolina planning on playing quarterback, but after his freshman year was changed to being a linebacker. He is undersized at 6’2 230 and has short arms (30 inches) but has good athleticism and has proven to be a very fast learner. Despite being the epitome of raw, Surratt had an incredibly productive college career with 207 tackles, 22.5 tackles for loss, 12.5 sacks, 8 pass deflections, and 2 interceptions in just 29 starts. While numbers aren’t everything, these ones are frankly jaw-dropping for someone who had never played linebacker. He improved a lot from 2019 to 2020, but he still lacks the instincts you would see from a vet. His tackling needs some work and his lack of length certainly doesn’t help matters. He was good at reading and reacting in zone coverage, but his movement didn’t always look particularly natural. He rarely was tasked with man coverage, so that is pure projection at this point. I love his aggressive play style, his range, his motor and his ability to be patient without seeming tentative. Overall, he is a very promising developmental project with really strong movement skills, intangibles, and who has shown the ability to pick things up quickly. He may not be a starter right away, but I wouldn’t bet against him.

Joey: Surratt is a former QB turned LB with 2020 being his second year at LB. He had 115 tackles in first season as an LB. Surratt is very athletic with good closing speed. He has great read an react skills showing good presnap recognition. Surratt shows out in coverage, has good pedal, fluid hips, and can run with tight ends covering the slot and backs out of the backfield. He shows excellent understanding of zone coverages and reads the QB very well, where I believe the knowledge of the QB position aids him. He is a high motor guy and is in on most plays. He doesn’t bring the boom in his tackling but is incredibly disruptive and squares up well. He needs to show more consistent urgency when blitzing. There are times where he looks like he is blitzing just because of playcall and not actually looking to make the play. Surratt needs to add strength to his frame as well. He is rangy but offensive tackles dominate him at the second level and Surratt has a tough time shedding blocks. He needs to show more patience in run defense, too often he shoots the wrong gap opening up the middle for chunk gains. Looks the part, just needs more experience at the position, likely a weakside linebacker in the NFL. I could see him land with a team somewhere in the 3rd round.

91. Jaelon Darden – WR – North Texas

At a shade under 5’8 and only 175 pounds, his build would make his success an outlier, which is always a tricky proposition. At North Texas he was a dominant force this past year, virtually unstoppable in the screen game and as a deep threat. He is ridiculously elusive and shifty, regularly putting opponents on skates. Despite his size his releases are a plus. His quickness allowed him to beat press with ease and get him even with corners in the blink of an eye. HIs route-running is solid, using his speed, balance and sideline awareness to create separation downfield. While this skills are tantalizing, there are some real question marks in his game as well. At North Texas he was always the best athlete on the field. With only 4.44 speed, will he still be as dominant against NFL competition? He struggled mightily with contact and played scared across the middle, dropping passes regularly. Overall he has phenomenal upside but his flaws have the potential to sap him of all productivity if he can’t improve his game.

92. Thomas Graham Jr.– CB – Oregon

Thomas Graham Jr. was a 3-year starter for Oregon and was incredibly productive due to his combination of quicks, aggressiveness and top-notch instincts. He is somewhat limited physically (5’10 with a 4.48 40-yard dash) and it shows in a number of instances where he gave up plays deep. This is unfortunately not something that he can improve on. On shorter routes however, he is an absolute beast. On a massive sample, he is a great tackler (182 tackles) in open space. He was a cheat code to shutting down the screen game and was a nuisance against curls and slants. While his reflexes and instincts are great, he was always a risk to get stacked due to his hip stiffness. When he could stick with wide receivers he showed the rare body control to figure out how to consistently contest at the catch point. Overall, I worry that his lack of size and movement skills may tank him at the next level. With that said, in a zone scheme I could see him becoming a valuable piece, and regardless he plays with the kind of fire that you want in a player.

93. Derrick Barnes – LB – Purdue

Derrick Barnes is a versatile, but raw prospect. He shows potential in both run defense and coverage but is at his most successful in base defense. In base, he could fully use his strength and explosiveness between the tackles. He has a great build, with really good length. He has outstanding play strength and is adept and taking on and shedding blocks. He switched from edge (where he was very productive but undersized) to LB this past year and showed some promise. He is athletic and will be a threat to blitz day 1. HIs pursuit angles will need work and his coverage skills are missing, though the movement skills are there. He is a really interesting project in early day 3 that some team may jump on earlier.

94. Stone Forsythe – OT – Florida

95. Tommy Tremble – TE – Notre Dame

Tommy Tremble is a young and athletic prospect out of Notre Dame that has shown excellent skill and physicality as a blocker. He’s got good size and an excellent wingspan that he uses to snatch balls outside his frame. He’s raw as a route runner and doesn’t seem to have an inate feel for sitting down in holes in zone coverage, but his athleticism suggests that he should be able to improve his ability to separate from defenders and create windows at the next level. He hasn’t been very productive as a receiver, but has flashes that you want to bet on at the next level. Overall, I think a young, athletic tight end prospect that has shown the ability to be a strong, physical blocker has a nice floor at the NFL level.

96. Osa Odighizuwa – DT – UCLA

The first thing you notice about Odighizuwa is his ridiculous length (34 inch arms). This length is absolutely functional. He is very adept at keeping offensive linemen from getting their hands on him. He has really quick, relentless hands and is an absolute chore to block. He has good strength in his lower body and knows how to control at the point of attack. He is very versatile and has the ability to play and win from various alignments. He is absolutely a tweener and doesn’t have the quicks or bend to win on the edge or the raw power to win with a bull rush. He is purely a finesse player at this point who projects as a solid run defender in a 3-4 base end.

97. Nico Collins – WR – Michigan

Nico Collins is a very puzzling wide receiver prospect from Michigan. At his pro day he showed that he may have the most elite combination of size (6’4, 215, 34’ arms) and athleticism (4.45 dash, 37.5 vert, 6.79 cone). Despite this, he was one of the worst separators on tape and lacked production over 22 college starts. His production concerns can somewhat be explained by the disaster of a quarterback in Shae Patterson, but there is not really an excuse for his route running. At the senior bowl he demonstrated improved (but still not great) route running, but it is still a major weakness to his game. On the positive side, he was a stud in contested situations, played with really high-level play strength, and was truly a threat in the red zone. In general there are more questions than answers, but he is worth taking if we assume his athleticism can be molded into something productive.

98. Cameron McGrone – LB – Michigan

Cameron McGrone was a 5-star recruit out of high school and was a 2-year starter at linebacker for the wolverines. He is one of the younger prospects, still 20 years old. He is a toolsy prospect with great athleticism, length and fluidity. He absolutely flies around the field with a knack for taking the perfect angles to the ball. HIs play strength isn’t very good and it showed up in a bunch of “die-on-impact” pass rushes. He was All-BIg 10 both years as a starter with fantastic production both years. He is a very efficient tackler, which is even more impressive given his throttle downhill mentality. He is very adept at keeping blockers off of him, always finding his way to the ball. HIs big struggles are in coverage. I watched a number of games and couldn’t find a single good coverage rep from him. HIs movement skills are fine but he seems to freeze up with uncertainty every time he realizes it’s a pass. He is frequently caught moving out of his zone chasing the QB’s eyes just to get beat straight through his zone. How much you value McGrone depends on how much you believe he can shore up his coverage skills. With the remarkable instincts he possesses in run defense, I wouldn’t be shocked if he figured it out.

99. James Hudson – OT – Cincinnatti

100. Jaylen Mayfield – OT – Michigan

Somebody is pulling a prank on the draft community right? Is everyone but me in on it? I’m supposed to buy into Jalen Mayfield at the top of the second because of potential and the idea that he’s an athletic project? Everyone saw his testing numbers right? This is not a raw player with uber-athleticism and upside. This is a player that is just not technically sound. He’s 20 years old, so yes, he is still developing, and I do expect improvement in his game, but I don’t understand the narrative that he’s a “traits” guy who just needs to refine his techniques to become an elite tackle at the next level. He’s under the 33 inch arm threshold, and his best fit may be at guard. His best work is with his power, and it will probably translate better on the interior. This is about where I’d be willing to gamble on his combination of youth and physical strength, but I just can’t get on board with the early second round hype.

101. Ben Cleveland – IOL – Georgia

102. Cade Johnson – WR – SDSU

103. Josh Myers – IOL – Ohio State

104. Shakur Brown – CB – Michigan State

105. Jamien Sherwood – S – Auburn

106. Pete Werner – LB – Ohio State

107. Deonte Brown – IOL – Alabama

108. Dwayne Eskridge – WR – Western Michigan

109. Spencer Brown – OT – Northern Iowa

110. Daviyon Nixon – DT – Iowa

111. Michael Carter – RB – North Carolina

The other North Carolina RB, Carter is slippery in open field, displaying excellent lateral agility, He’s just a truly shifty runner. Carter shows good vision at the line of scrimmage, but isn’t super creative in this area of the field and struggles to anticipate penetration. His hands have been inconsistent, but he’s very effective as a receiver once he gets the ball in his hands in space. There isn’t a ton of power to his game, and his contact balance is just adequate. He’s a finesse runner and probably doesn’t project to be more than that. His running style would be much more valuable if he was a more prolific receiving threat, and his lack of long speed limits what you’d expect from him as a big play threat in the NFL. His elusiveness is a plus trait, but I think this style of back that isn’t a plus receiver may be a tough sell for a lead back in the NFL.

112. Rodarius Williams – CB – Oklahoma State

113. Hamsah Nasrildeen – S – Florida State

114. Jay Tufele – DT – USC

115. Aaron Banks – IOL – Notre Dame

116. D’ante Smith – OT – East Carolina

117. Kyle Trask – QB – Florida

118. Brevin Jordan – TE – Miami

119. Patrick Jones – EDGE – Pittsburgh

120. Shaun Wade – CB – Ohio State

Jahan Dotson from Penn St. Needs better technique in press coverage, too often a move at the line forces Wade to whiff on the WR. He needs to be more aggressive attacking the ball in the air. gets beat at the high point. Needs more reps on outside, greast slot corner but needs to show more to be an outside cornerback. His poor showing on the outside should see him fall aournd the 4th round.”}” data-sheets-userformat=”{“2″:769,”3”:{“1″:0},”11″:4,”12″:0}”>Joey: Shaun Wade has all the tools to be a successful cornerback in the NFL. He has great size and speed for the position. Very fluid hips shown specifically in the slot. Has a smooth transition from pedal to running with receiver. Has experience in both slot and outside cornerback. Strong in run support and sound tackler. Does a great job sniffing out the screen game. Shows a gerat understanding of zone coverage, depths of drops with good anticipation. Very physical cornerback. Strong WR win against him, most notable Jahan Dotson from Penn St. Needs better technique in press coverage, too often a move at the line forces Wade to whiff on the WR. He needs to be more aggressive attacking the ball in the air. gets beat at the high point. Needs more reps on outside, greast slot corner but needs to show more to be an outside cornerback. His poor showing on the outside should see him fall aournd the 4th round.

121. Hunter Long – TE – Boston College

I just don’t see what everyone else is seeing with Hunter Long. He’s got a nice combination of size and speed and has soft hands, but I’m not seeing what everyone else is loving about the rest of his game. I think that his routes lack polish and he doesn’t show much deception in his breaks. He is solid in contested catch situations, but he doesn’t always play with the physicality that you would hope for at the position. I don’t think he offers a ton after the catch and is a decent-but-not-dominant blocker. I’m seeing a lot of people project him in the middle of Day 2, and I’m just not sure that I’d want to spend that kind of capital on a player of his profile.

122. Davis Mills – QB – Stanford

123. Monty Rice – LB – Georgia

124. Dax Milne – WR – BYU

125. Bobby Brown – DT – Texas A&M

126. Marco Wilson – CB – Florida

127. Marvin Wilson – DT – Florida State

128. Marlon Tuipulotu – DT – USC

129. James Wiggins – S – Cincinnatti

130. Patrick Johnson – EDGE – Tulane

131. Caden Sterns – S – Texas

132. Kenneth Gainwell – RB – Memphis

Kenneth Gainwell is electric in space and an elite receiver out of the backfield. He’s an excellent route runner for a RB and shows the ability to consistently create separation from linebackers. Gainwell has excellent vision and does a great job of setting up his blocks at the line of scrimmage. In the open field, he does an excellent job of using his blockers to maximize yards. Gainwell lacks power, has only mediocre contact balance, and may not be a huge factor between the tackles at his size. Excellent burst through the hole and accelerates with ease. The primary concerns are that Gainwell is severely undersized and lacks the frame to be a full-time back in the NFL. Additionally, his agility scores at his pro day were puzzlingly poor. When you are undersized, and win primarily with your ability in space, poor agility testing raises some concerns. Still, his ability as a pass catcher is valuable, and he has the ability to immediately contribute in this area.

133. Trill Williams – S – Syracuse

134. Elerson Smith – EDGE – Northern Iowa

135. Trey Sermon – RB – Ohio State

Trey Sermon is an asset in the passing game. He’s adequate pass blocker with good hands and is a solid route runner. While he tested like an elite athlete at his pro day, that athleticism rarely pops up on tape. It shows in his change of direction ability, but he simply doesn’t look as explosive as his testing indicates. His build isn’t ideal for an NFL running back. He’s upright runner with poor pad level, which contributes to his lack of adequate contact balance and elusiveness in the open field. He has good vision and solid body control between the tackles to get skinny and manipulate defenders at the line of scrimmage, meticulously working his way through traffic, but he can be too tentative at the line of scrimmage and isn’t powerful enough to drive defenders from a stand-still or explosive enough to get momentum quick enough to take advantage when lanes open up. I think his ability as a receiver plays well at the NFL level, and he isn’t a disaster of a runner, but I think that his lack of true power or elusiveness limits how well you can project him as more than a rotational player at the next level.

136. Seth Williams – WR – Aurburn

137. Chauncey Golston – EDGE – Iowa

138. Dylan Moses – LB – Alabama

139. Robert Hainsey – OT – Notre Dame

140. Joshua Kaindoh – EDGE – Florida State

141. Shi Smith – WR – South Carolina

Joey: Shi Smith is a very athletic and shifty slot receiver. He has terrific burst in his routes and after the catch. While running his routes Smith has crisp breaks which he mixes with good head movement to create separation in his routes. His head movement shakes his defenders just enough so Smith can break off his route. Smith has good footwork at the line which he could use to beat press though he was rarely pressed in college. The Senior Bowl showed some great repetitions against more coverage at the line of scrimmage. Smith can be a yards after the catch monster. He has a number of moves to shake opposing defenders and his speed can burn almost anybody. He is a willing blocker with solid technique. For a player who is likely projected to be as a slot receiver, Smith has many traits that go against him. As I mentioned in his strengths he has crisp breaks and head movement though he takes poor angles and depths when running his routes. This allows cornerbacks to recover and contest the throw. Smith also suffered from too many drops his senior year due to lack of concentration and looking downfield too early. He lacks good functional strength and it shows when he blocks in the run game. Though his technique is good, his strength does not allow him to hold his blocks very long. He has a tough time coming down with 50-50 balls and also has a tough time holding onto the ball through contact. Shi Smith is an exciting prospect with his athleticism and has some signs that he can be a good route runner. He needs to get good coaching on how to run better routes so it allows his speed and footwork to create the separation it warrants. Ultimately Smith will line up in the slot though he will have to battle his rookie season to see the field. Where he might make his biggest impact is as a kick and punt returner where he can use his speed and elusiveness to his advantage. Smith should be a 3rd round pick, though he is being overlooked and likely falls to the 4th or 5th.

142. Tay Gowan – CB – UCF

143. Chris Evans – RB – Michigan

144. Camryn Bynum – CB – California

145. Cornell Powell – WR – Clemson

146. Janarius Robinson – EDGE Florida State

147. Tyree Gillespie – S – Missouri

148. Austin Watkins – WR – UAB

149. Simi Fehoko – WR – Stanford

150. Ernest Jones – LB – South Carolina

151. Dazz Newsome – WR – North Carolina

152. David Moore – IOL – Grambling State

153. Tyler Shelvin – DT – LSU

154. Quincy Roche – EDGE – Miami

Joey: Quincy Roche has a plethora of pass rush moves, most effectively his swim move and hand usage. He has very good bend off the edge with good flex in his hips to get around offensive lineman. He has a good outside faint ot inside move as well. Roche is a sound tackler and wraps up well. Has shown that he can play both with his hand in the dirt and standing up showing good positional versatility. While standing up he has shown plays where he is able to drop in coverage on running backs out of the backfield. His snap timing is inconcsistent and is a little slow to come off of his block. Roche can be a nice fit in a pass rush rotation though he needs to wrok on some of his footwork and being quick off of his block. Roche should see his name be called around the 4th round.

155. Tutu Atwell – WR – Louisville

156. Demetric Felton – WR – UCLA

157. Tre McKitty – TE – Georgia

158. Javian Hawkins – RB – Louisville

159. Chuba Hubbard – RB – Oklahoma State

160. Chris Rumph II -EDGE – Duke

161. Jamie Newman – QB – Georgia

162. Jermar Jefferson – RB – Oregon State

Joey: Jermar Jefferson has tremendous lateral agility and short area quickness. Jefferson has great initial burst and he has an innate ability to make one cut and burst through the holes given. His sidestep and juke move are next level and he freezes defenders in their shoes who think they have him squared up. Jefferson has very good vision and does a great job finding cutback lanes showing great patience and allows blocks to open up. He is very good and elusive in the open field at the second level. He has strong legs and constantly keeps his legs going forward, usually finishing his runs falling forward. He is one of the best backs in the class at making positive runs, he rarely is taken down behind the line. Jefferson has very good contact balance and does not leave any yards on the field. Jefferson lacks true top end speed to pull away from defenders at the end of his runs. Jefferson does not seem to offer much in the receiving department. Though he showed decent ability to chip and leak out, he has not shown any semblance of route running. When he did make a receptionist was usually into his body. He is smaller in stature than some of the backs in this class and it shows when a true thumping linebacker comes downhill. They usually take him down on first contact. Jefferson should find his name called in the 4th or 5th round.

163. Briley Moore – TE – Kansas State

164. Talanoa Hufanga – S – USC

165. Ambry Thomas – CB – Michigan

166. Daelin Hayes – EDGE – Notre Dame

167. Ade Ogundeji – EDGE Notre Dame

168. Jaret Patterson – RB – Buffalo

Patterson, an undersized, small school prospect has adequate vision, but can be a little slow to process at times, and can be too patient at the line of scrimmage, sometimes getting caught flat footed. He lacks body control when trying to fit through holes and avoid traffic at the line of scrimmage. Patterson tends to dance too much in the backfield and has the tendency to create negative plays. Has nice wiggle in open field, but isn’t as explosive of an athlete as you’d like from a back of his size and style. While he’s a quick, short-stepper, which allows for quick change of direction ability, this doesn’t show up in the form of elusive qualities. He’s much tougher runner than you would expect for a player of his stature, but I’m not sure that this is something that you can realistically expect to translate to the NFL when moving up several levels of competition, especially given his size. He has decent long speed, but isn’t necessarily a burner. While he doesn’t have the strength to run through many tackles, he is “slippery” and uses his lateral agility to make it difficult to get a solid hit on him. He never really contributed much in the passing game, which is a shame given that his skill set in space would benefit greatly from the ability to catch the ball in space. Patterson is a tough projection to the next level. He has some intriguing traits, but coming from a small school, not contributing in the passing game, and lacking elite elusive traits as an undersized back are all legitimate concerns.

169. Charles Snowden – EDGE – Virginia

170. Khalil Herbert – RB – Virginia Tech

Khalil Herbert is an adequate overall athlete, though his above average agility scores are not indicative of the lack of lateral agility on tape. Herbert has good leg drive and functional strength, but is not a smooth mover, and can struggle to navigate traffic. In the passing game, Herbert struggles in pass protection and was uninvolved in the passing game throughout his 4 year college career. While he possesses above average contact balance, he doesn’t have the athleticism to consistently string together broken tackles. Herbert can be too tentative in his approach to the line of scrimmage. While his vision is above average, this would be far more of an asset if he was more decisive as a runner and spent less time in the backfield. Despite Herbert’s solid athletic testing, he just doesn’t possess the necessary traits as a runner to project well to the NFL level. His inconsistent approach and vision, paired with his lack of elusiveness and lack of involvement in the passing game really stifle the parts of the running back position that can add value to an NFL team.

171. Pro Wells – TE – TCU

172. DJ Daniel – CB – Georgia

173. Jordan Smith – EDGE – UAB

174. Elijah Mitchell – RB – Louisiana

175. Darius Stills – DT – West Virginia

176. Kylin Hill – RB – Mississippi State

Hill has good contact balance and above average power. He punishes defenders that take him on head on. His stout frame is accented by keeping good pad level. His vision and pacing are inconsistent. On occasion Hill can dance too much behind the line of scrimmage, but more often than not he is overly decisive and will over-commit to his path without allowing for the possibility of a cutback lane. He has had issues with concentration drops from time to time, but is an active contributor in the passing game and runs some really nice route. He has made some tough catches through contact and has made some plays down the field. He lacks the top end speed to be a big play threat, and his lateral agility is only average, though he does do a good job of using his lateral movement to force arm tackles when he hasn’t already committed to taking them on head on. Hill isn’t going to add a lot as a running back, but he can be a contributor in the passing game, even if this isn’t an area where I expect him to be a true weapon.

177. Brenden Jaimes – OT – Nebraska

178. Kenny Yaboah – TE – Ole Miss

179. Drew Dalman – IOL – Stanford

180. Jaylen Twyman – DT – Pittsburgh

181. Frank Darby – WR – Arizona State

182. Kary Vincent Jr.– CB – LSU

183. Sam Ehlinger – QB – Texas

184. Anthony Schwartz – WR – Auburn

185. Tre Walker – WR – San Jose State

186. Shaka Toney – EDGE – Penn State

Joey: Yetur Gross-Matos, yet he out-produced him. Then in 2020 it was Jayson Oweh who was supposed to be the stud, yet again it was Toney who was the more productive edge. Toney has a nice array of pass rush moves and take some of the tightest corners off of the edge in this class. He has plus athleticism to match as well. Toney’s downside is his size, or lack thereof. He checked in at only 245 lbs, quite small to be an edge defender. This seems to show up more when he is tasked with setting the edge in run defense. Though Toney out-produced Oweh, he is projected to be a later pick. Toney should hear his name called in the 3rd or 4th round. “}” data-sheets-userformat=”{“2″:769,”3”:{“1″:0},”11″:4,”12″:0}”>Shaka Toney si the overlooked edge defender from Penn State and has been for two years now. In 2019 he was playing across the super athletic Yetur Gross-Matos, yet he out-produced him. Then in 2020 it was Jayson Oweh who was supposed to be the stud, yet again it was Toney who was the more productive edge. Toney has a nice array of pass rush moves and take some of the tightest corners off of the edge in this class. He has plus athleticism to match as well. Toney’s downside is his size, or lack thereof. He checked in at only 245 lbs, quite small to be an edge defender. This seems to show up more when he is tasked with setting the edge in run defense. Though Toney out-produced Oweh, he is projected to be a later pick. Toney should hear his name called in the 3rd or 4th round.

187. Jonathan Adams – WR – Arkansas State

188. Isaiah McDuffie – LB – Boston College

189. Tyler Vaughns – WR – USC

190. Drake Jackson – Kentucky IOL

191. Jacob Harris – TE – UCF

192. Israel Mukuamu – CB – South Carolina

Joey: Isarael Mukuamu has great size as a cornerback prospect. He is listed a 6’4″ and has a terrific wingspan. Mukuamu has great athelticism for the position too and can cover a lot of ground. His versatility is what makes him so intruiging. He lined up at outside cornerback, slot cornerback, in the box as a safety as well as deep safety. He is very physical and his length helps him in press with quick punch at the line of scrimmage. Mukuamu also can take away mismatches with tight ends and linebackers by lining up in slot. His physicality allows him to match tight ends and not get bullied. His ball skills are excellent and he high points the ball and attacks forcing pass break ups. Mukuamu needs to sure up his tackling technique. He takes poor tackling angles which leads to too many missed tackles. He also needs to work on wrapping up, he usually is tackling way too high on his opponents frame focing him to easily be brushed off. His length is great but the downside is that it makes his hips a little stiff and his release and flip from his pedal are slowing then you would like. His versatility in the secondary and his length are not coachable which is what makes him more intruiging then some of the other corners with his skill level. Mukuamu should be able to catch the eye of scouts and will see his name called in the 3rd or 4th round.

193. Rhamondre Stevenson – RB – Oklahoma

Rhamondre Stevenson is a big back at 233 pounds and runs with excellent pad level and adequate contact balance. He has natural hands and is more than just a swing pass receiver, showing the ability to catch ballas away from his frame, while displaying the agility to believe that he could run more valuable routes at the next level. Already 23 years old, Stevenson is an older back, despite his lack of collegiate experience. His vision is inconsistent, and he doesn’t have the necessary elusive qualities to make defenders miss in space. Additionally, power just isn’t as much of an asset to his game as you would like from a player of his size. While his ability to catch the football is nice, he doesn’t have the athletic traits or the dominance as a runner to really project him to more than a bit role player that could capitalize on unexpected opportunities. As an older prospect, you’d like to see a clearer path to contributing.

194. John Bates – TE – Boise State

195. Feleipe Franks – QB – Arkansas

196. Garrett Wallow – LB – TCU

197. Jonathon Cooper – EDGE – Ohio State

198. Buddy Johnson – LB – Texas A&M

199. Darren Hall – CB – San Diego State

200. Tamorrion Terry – WR – Florida State

201. Zech McPhearson – CB – Texas Tech

202. Michael Menet – IOL – Penn State

203. Justin Hilliard – LB – Ohio State

204. Rachad Wildgoose – CB – Wisconsin

205. Tony Fields II – LB – West Virginia

Joey: Tony Fields II is a very athletic and rangy linebacker. He is a leader on defense and has a high football IQ, having been the playcaller on defense for two separate teams. He possesses great speed and athleticism and can run sideline to sideline. His burst downhill is explosive and can get to the ball carrier in a hurry. Fields is an efficient tackler and wraps up well, rarely missing a tackle when he gets his hands on the ball carrier. Fields is also a good blitzer. His snap timing and rush timing is excellent and he also provides a good array of pass rushing counters when he gets stacked at the line. He understands zone coverage and has the speed to stay with tight ends if he has to. Fields needs to work on his block shedding. When opposing offensive lineman get their hands on him he has a tough time swiping them clean. He also needs to show more urgency when attacking gaps. Too often he allows an interior blocker get to him at the second level as opposed to getting to the gap first. This shows an inconsistent presnap read, if he read the play from go he would beat the lineman to the spot. He needs to learn to stick to his zone on broken plays. When the play breaks down and the quarterback rolls, fields likes to come downhill and try to get to the quarterback opening his coverage zone for the completion. Fields also lacks length for a linebacker, showing a less than ideal tackle radius.

206. Khyiris Tonga – DT – BYU

207. Trevon Grimes – WR – Florida

208. Keith Taylor – CB – Washington

209. Victor Dimukeji – EDGE – Duke

210. Sage Suratt – WR – Wake Forest

Sage Surratt has great size for an outside receiver at 6’2″ and 215 lbs. He is an incredibly intelligent player and understands how to use leverage when creating separation. His footwork at the line of scrimmage matched with his strength allow him to beat press coverage at will. His frame as well as technique are superb when blocking downfield. Surratt excels in contested catch situations and is a great 50-50 ball winner. He has great body control when attacking the football in the air. Surratt also has very strong hands and attacks the ball at the high point. Surratt also tracks the ball well over his shoulder when runing deep routes. He has long arms that provide larger passing windows and a huge catch radius. Surratt can make his mark in the redzone where he is great winning back shoulder throws by using his big frame to box out defenders. Surratt is a below average athlete. He has long strides but lacks straight line speed as well as short area quickness. He runs a limited route tree, mostly fades, corner and out routes. Rarely stifles the opposition with a double move. When the play breaks down he does not seem to adapt well either and seems to give up on the play too early. Surratt’s lack of athleticism will see him fall in comparison to the other top receiveres in the draft and will likely end anywhere from the end of the 3rd to the 5th round.”}” data-sheets-userformat=”{“2″:769,”3”:{“1″:0},”11″:4,”12″:0}”>Joey: Sage Surratt has great size for an outside receiver at 6’2″ and 215 lbs. He is an incredibly intelligent player and understands how to use leverage when creating separation. His footwork at the line of scrimmage matched with his strength allow him to beat press coverage at will. His frame as well as technique are superb when blocking downfield. Surratt excels in contested catch situations and is a great 50-50 ball winner. He has great body control when attacking the football in the air. Surratt also has very strong hands and attacks the ball at the high point. Surratt also tracks the ball well over his shoulder when runing deep routes. He has long arms that provide larger passing windows and a huge catch radius. Surratt can make his mark in the redzone where he is great winning back shoulder throws by using his big frame to box out defenders. Surratt is a below average athlete. He has long strides but lacks straight line speed as well as short area quickness. He runs a limited route tree, mostly fades, corner and out routes. Rarely stifles the opposition with a double move. When the play breaks down he does not seem to adapt well either and seems to give up on the play too early. Surratt’s lack of athleticism will see him fall in comparison to the other top receivers in the draft and will likely end anywhere from the end of the 4th to the 6th round.

211. Marquez Stevenson

212. Dez Fitzpatrick

213. Hamilcar Rashed

Hamilcar Rashed Jr. was considered one fo the top pass rushers in 2019. He set single season school records for tackles for a loss (22.5) and sacks (14.5) Flash forward to 2020 and it is a completely different story. Where in 2019 Rashed Jr. flashed great footwork and burst matched with upper level athleticism, 2020 had him looking flat footed with a lack of technique to get around the corner. This resulted in zero sacks for 2020. He has shown to be very inconsistent and overmatched by technialy savy offensive lineman does not have the athleticism to use as a crutch the way some of the other prospects in this calss can. Rashed Jr. is still worth a flyer in the drfat though likely not unitl the 6th or 7th round. “}” data-sheets-userformat=”{“2″:769,”3”:{“1″:0},”11″:4,”12″:0}”>Joey: Hamilcar Rashed Jr. was considered one fo the top pass rushers in 2019. He set single season school records for tackles for a loss (22.5) and sacks (14.5) Flash forward to 2020 and it is a completely different story. Where in 2019 Rashed Jr. flashed great footwork and burst matched with upper level athleticism, 2020 had him looking flat footed with a lack of technique to get around the corner. This resulted in zero sacks for 2020. He has shown to be very inconsistent and overmatched by technialy savy offensive lineman does not have the athleticism to use as a crutch the way some of the other prospects in this calss can. Rashed Jr. is still worth a flyer in the drfat though likely not unitl the 6th or 7th round.

214. Pooka Williams

215. Cole Van Landen

216. Alaric Jackson

217. Adrian Ealy

218. William Bradley King

219. Paddy Fisher

220. Olijah Griffin

221. Trey Hill

222. Ben Mason

223. Grant Stuard

224. Ian Book

225. Shemar Jean-Charles

226. TJ Vasher

227. Some guy off the street

228. Paris Ford

I’m sorry Joey. I know you love this guy, but those testing numbers are simply un-draftable. That’s the end of the story. Your take is bad. Take the “L”. Move on.

Joey: Paris Ford packs a mean punch, hits like a linebacker. He is terrific downhill in run support and packs a huge pop. Ford has amazing closing speed to match with good anticipation to make great breaks on the football and does a great job forcing turnovers. Plays the screen game well and routinely gets to the ball carrier in the backfield. Ford does a good job keeping his eyes on the QB making good reads. Has enough speed and ball skills to play single high safety or cover 2. Ford takes great tackling angles when coming downhill. One thing Ford needs work on is squaring up when tackling in space. Too often is over aggressive and would rather drive a shoulder than wrapping up. He needs better recogintion of his zones, sometimes he can be too deep or shallow and be taken out of the play. Though he takes good angles downhill, when pressing the sideline he takes poor angles and uses his speed to make up for it. Though Ford has has great closing ability, I believe it is more of taking good angles downhill as opposed to actual speed. His athletic testing was a bit to be desired. Ford does have the playmaking ability teams will covet and should be off of the board around the 4th round.


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