Evaluating an entire draft class worth of prospects is a lengthy process. I’ve spent the last eight months watching film on every single player ranked here. The biggest pieces of the puzzle have been revealed. The Pro Day circuit is nearing its end. My board has taken shape.
I will continue to evaluate all prospects throughout the next few weeks, but I don’t expect to make any major changes. Please keep that in mind as I reveal my Top 50 Big Board here. I’ll continue to expand this rankings list to 100, 150, 200 and more in the coming weeks.
50. Rondale Moore | WR | Purdue
Moore is a shifty and exciting receiver after the catch. Purdue made it a priority to manufacture touches for him, and it’s easy to see why on tape. He’s a threat to score every time he has the ball. Moore is undersized at just 5-foot-7, and there aren’t many examples of successful NFL players at that height. But what Moore lacks in size, he makes up for in breathtaking ability.
49. Alex Leatherwood | OT | Alabama
A tough, hard-nosed offensive tackle, Leatherwood is going to make an NFL team very happy. If he hears his name called on Day 2, which many are projecting to be the case, a franchise will be getting a starting calibre offensive tackle outside the Top 32 picks. Leatherwood is an aggressive blocker that does his best work in the run game.
48. Mac Jones | QB | Alabama
Many are projecting Jones to get drafted inside the Top 5. There are whispers that Jones is who the San Francisco 49ers are targeting at third overall. I don’t buy that. I’m not as high on Jones as some other people in the industry are. I do understand why Jones is considered a first-round pick when taking positional value into account. He’s a clean thrower of the football and he rarely makes mistakes. His football IQ may be his best asset. I have concerns that his arm strength and inability to make plays outside of structure will limit his upside.
47. Elijah Molden | DB | Washington
Molden is one of the most fun players to study in this class, regardless of position. A nickel cornerback who also saw reps at safety, Molden is going to be a fun chess piece for an NFL defense. Instincts and ball skills are the name of the game when watching Molden on film. He was coached by the wonderful Jimmy Lake, and you can tell that Molden soaked up every word.
46. Christian Barmore | DT | Alabama
The sample size is relatively small, but the sky is the limit for Barmore. I don’t have him ranked inside my Top 32 like many others do, but I can see why a team may use a first-round selection on him. Barmore possesses a tremendous amount of raw power. If he reaches his full potential, he’s going to cause havoc in the backfield. The arrow is very much pointing up for this player.
45. Baron Browning | LB | Ohio State
I’ve seen some big boards that rank Browning inside the Top 25. I’m a tad hesitant to place him that high. Browning is an athletic freak. His tape is littered with exciting, flashy plays. It’s littered with inconsistencies as well. For now, Browning is a prospect that relies on his athletic traits more than anything.
44. Levi Onwuzurike | DT | Washington
Onwuzurike moves incredibly well for his size. He’s an excellent athlete that has some juice as a pass rusher. He’s also a solid run defender. Watching Onwuzurike on tape is a clean and easy process. This is a player that should be able to play a three-down role relatively early in his NFL career.
43. Carlos Basham Jr. | EDGE | Wake Forest
Basham ran a 4.64 in the 40-yard dash at 274 pounds. A man shouldn’t move that well at his size. On tape, Basham is a smart player that understands the game at a high level both as a pass rusher and as a run defender. He was incredibly productive at Wake Forest and plays the game with a tremendous amount of effort. Some may view him as a tweener without a true position. This is probably true of all prospects, but Basham’s pro success will largely depend on his landing spot.
42. Pat Freiermuth | TE | Penn State
Freiermuth is a big tight end prospect that does an incredible job attacking the ball in the air. He’s dominant at the catch point. He’s going to be a match-up nightmare for NFL defenses. Freiermuth runs incredibly crisp routes for a man of his stature. This is a player that feels like a lock to be a good one at the next level. Tight ends are rarely major contributors as rookies, but it wouldn’t shock me to see Freiermuth hit the ground running in Year 1.
41. Gregory Rousseau | EDGE | Miami
It’s been a rough few weeks for Rousseau. He’s been a popular prospect to discredit. His Pro Day results unfortunately didn’t do him any favors. Despite the lackluster numbers, I’m still somewhat high on him as an NFL prospect. In a conversation with pass rushing coach Chuck “Dr. Rush” Smith, I was told that, up close, Rousseau’s body and build reminds many of Myles Garrett when he entered the league. Rousseau has some things to clean up technique-wise, but you can’t teach length, which he has in abundance. It’s something he should be able to use in an effective manner at the next level.
40. Elijah Moore | WR | Ole Miss
A.J. Brown’s best friend is a popular prospect in Tennessee right now. Moore was absolutely electric at his Pro Day, scoring a 4.35 in the 40-yard dash, a 6.67 in the three-cone and a 4.00 in the 20-yard shuttle. All three of those results place him in the 90th percentile (or better) among all wide receivers according to RAS. Moore is more than a workout warrior. On tape, he’s a dynamic receiver that is a threat to score every time he touches the ball. Ole Miss manufactured touches for him. This is the type of player that puts a tremendous amount of stress on a defense. He’s going to make a living in the slot (and in the end zone) at the next level.
39. Joe Tryon | EDGE | Washington
Tryon was made in a lab. At 6-5, 259, Tryon has an 82-inch wingspan, 34-inch arms and ran the 40-yard dash in a mesmerizing 4.65 seconds. When I began scouting this class back in the summer, Tryon was one of my favorite and most surprising tape studies. I was confused regarding why I hadn’t heard more about him. It’s been nice to see the rest of the nation wake up to his talent in recent months.
38. Jalen Mayfield | OL | Michigan
I list Mayfield as an “offensive lineman” because his NFL position will depend on which team drafts him. Mayfield played right tackle for the Wolverines, but many view him as a prospect that needs to kick inside at the next level. His Pro Day results did nothing to quiet that chatter. If you look at Mayfield as an offensive tackle prospect, the testing results were quite poor. If you look at him as a guard however, the results were a lot better. That doesn’t mean he’s definitely a guard at the next level. Some teams will still view him as a tackle. It’ll be interesting to see which position he ends up playing.
37. Nick Bolton | LB | Missouri
Bolton is a physical linebacker prospect that led the SEC in stops in 2019 and 2020. On tape, he’s a tough finisher that punishes ball-carriers and would-be blockers alike. I have some questions about his ability to play in pass coverage, and there are some size concerns (5-11, 237) here as well. Bolton did a great job answering the speed question at his Pro Day with a respectable time of 4.60 seconds in the 40. He’s going to make an NFL coaching staff very happy with his traditional skill-set.
36. Joseph Ossai | EDGE | Texas
An aggressive linebacker with a ton of upside, Ossai had an incredibly explosive showing at Texas’ Pro Day, highlighted by an impressive 41.5-inch vertical and nearly 11-foot broad jump at 256 pounds. He’s raw as a pass rusher, and he spent a lot of time playing as an off-ball linebacker at Texas, but Ossai has all the tools to turn into a sack artist at the next level. Outside linebacker coaches will be pounding the table for him on draft day.
35. Dillon Radunz | OT | North Dakota State
Radunz didn’t get to play much football in 2020 due to the impact COVID-19 had on the season, but he went down to the Senior Bowl back in January and had an excellent showing against some of the best players in the nation. That performance did a lot to quiet the competition concerns. Radunz is an excellent athlete on tape and he tested like one. His 7.26 time in the three-cone and 32-inch vertical are elite numbers for the position he plays. He possesses great length for an offensive tackle and is a physical, tough player. Radunz is going to be a steal on Day 2.
34. Javonte Williams | RB | North Carolina
Williams is undersized at 5-9, 212 pounds, but was one of the most dynamic running backs in all of college football this past season. He may be considered “small” by many, but he plays big. He is tough to bring down and has a ton of production after initial contact. Williams can also catch passes and is relatively polished in pass protection. Williams’ exciting three-down skill set should get him on the field quickly.
33. Asante Samuel Jr. | CB | FSU
One of my personal favorites in this class, Samuel is, simply put, a good football player. The NFL bloodlines are strong here. As you probably know, Samuel Jr. is the son of 2x Super Bowl champion Asante Samuel. Studying Samuel’s tape is a treat. It’s easy to see that he grew up around the game. He is a natural corner that has a great feel for playing the position. Ball skills were a question mark coming into 2020, but he did a great job quieting those concerns with three interceptions in just eight games this past season. Samuel reminds me of a bit of Antoine Winfield Jr. last year. He may be small, but like Winfield, I’d be shocked if he doesn’t become a very good NFL player.
32. Terrace Marshall Jr. | WR | LSU
Marshall has terrific measurements (6-2, 205) and he pairs it with speed and strength. He understands how to use his size to his advantage. Marshall is a big pass catcher that can really move. Marshall ran a ridiculous 4.38 at LSU’s Pro Day. He also posted a ridiculous 39-inch vertical jump. A bully at the catch point, Marshall was a nightmare assignment for cornerbacks in both 2019 and 2020. He’s played both inside and outside and is an excellent route runner. His ball skills are outstanding. This is a first-round player on film.
31. Trevon Moehrig | S | TCU
My No. 1 ranked safety in the class, Moehrig can play all over the field. He can line up as a single-high safety and get his hands on the football (seven career INT’s and 21 PBU’s), or he can line up in the slot and play man coverage against tight ends and wide receivers. He’s a smart player who has a great feel for passing concepts and how quarterbacks are trying to attack the field.
30. Landon Dickerson | C | Alabama
It’s impossible not to love this player. Dickerson has a fun and goofy personality off the field but is all business when he puts the pads on. Studying Dickerson’s tape will have you believing that he has a 10-year NFL career in front of him. A smart blocker that excels at moving his man from Point A to Point B, Dickerson should be able to step into a starting role immediately.
29. Kadarius Toney | WR | Florida
An electric playmaker with the ball in his hands, Toney is one of the most fun offensive players in this class. He lacks great size for the position at 5-foot-11, 193 pounds. Toney is incredibly slippery after the catch. His abilty to make something out of nothing is truly special. Florida didn’t ask Toney to run a full route tree, and some may question whether or not he can make a successful transition to a more traditional role, but Toney is way too intriguing of an all-around weapon to pass up.
28. Eric Stokes | CB | Georgia
I’m a big fan of this player and may have him higher than most. I haven’t paid super close attention to where other analysts rank Stokes, but he’s a first-round talent in my books. Cornerbacks that have great size, production and are excellent athletes simply don’t last long on draft weekend. Stokes has good size at 6-0 and 194 pounds, ran a ridiculous 4.25 in the 40-yard dash and also posted a 38.5-inch vertical. On tape, he plays with great instincts and has the ability to mirror his man in coverage. A former track star, his 40 time wasn’t surprising or questionable. He showcases an ability to open up his hips and run on film. There have been some ball production concerns associated with his name, but four interceptions in nine games in 2020 plus 22 career PBUs alleviate those concerns for me.
27. Zaven Collins | LB | Tulsa
Collins is a unicorn on the defensive side of the ball. He can rush the passer, stop the run and drop in coverage. What more do you need? He’s a fluid defender with sideline-to-sideline ability. There aren’t many 260 pound linebackers that move like Collins can. He’s a terrific athlete that will be a fun weapon for an NFL defensive coordinator to mold. Some see Collins as an EDGE player in the NFL, but he tells me that he personally sees himself as a SAM or WILL at the next level. Wherever he plays, he’s going to impact the game.
26. Greg Newsome II | CB | Northwestern
This is another player that was one of my favorite studies in the entire class. I went into Newsome’s tape several months ago with low expectations. I’ll admit that I knew very little about him at the time. I was floored by what I saw. It’s been nice to see the media-hype-machine catch up to Newsome’s talent in recent months. He’s an exciting prospect with great size, length and ability. His ball skills (20 PBUs in 17 career games) jumped off the screen for me. You may read that and question me since Newsome only had one career interception at Northwestern, but INTs are a volatile stat, and any player that gets his hands on the ball as consistently as Newsome does is due for an increase in takeaways at the next level. There’s no questioning his athletic ability either. Newsome ran a 4.39 in the 40-yard dash and posted a 40-inch vertical. There are some durability concerns here. Newsome never played a full season in college, but he also hasn’t suffered any major injuries. It’s always been something small and nagging that caused him to miss time. That’s not enough for me to change my high opinion of him.
25. Jaelan Phillips | EDGE | Miami
This is a tough one. Phillips’ draft stock should be an easy one to figure out, except it’s not (this is likely true for general managers and scouts as well), and in fact Phillips may be the most polarizing talent in this entire draft class. It’s impossible not to love him on tape. He’s a natural pass rusher with excellent length, flexibility, speed and get-off. Phillips also blew up Miami’s Pro Day by posting a 4.58 40-yard dash (an incredible time at 260 pounds), a 4.18 in the 20-yard shuttle and a 36-inch vertical. What more could you want? If only it were that simple… Instead, medical red flags and questions about his love for the game have muddied up these waters, making them much murkier than the tape and talent would suggest. I can’t wait to see where he ends up on draft day.
24. Samuel Cosmi | OT | Texas
I promise you, if you ever get a chance to have a conversation with Cosmi, you’ll instantly fall in love with him as a prospect. The son of two hard-working parents that fled a communist state in search of a better life, Cosmi understands the value of hard work. So much so that he drove for DoorDash and Instacart during quarantine. This is a young man that has been raised the right way. But hey, lots of “good people” make bad NFL players. To that I say, turn on the tape. Cosmi is a freak of an athlete at the offensive tackle position. He moves incredibly well for his size, and he’s smart. Cosmi posted a perfect score of 9.99 on his RAS. I can see him getting drafted in the Top 15.
23. Travis Etienne | RB | Clemson
One of the more well known names in this class, Etienne has been on the NFL draft radar for years now. It was a shock when he decided to return to school for the 2020 season after he had an excellent 2019 campaign. True three-down bell-cows are becoming rare at the next level, but Etienne has the ability to be that guy. Etienne is a breathtaking runner with the burst, acceleration and elusiveness to outrun and outmaneuver defenders. What Etienne lacks in elite size (5-10, 215), he makes up for with great contact balance and the ability to fight through contact. He’s gotten better as a pass catcher over the years, and is great in pass protection as well. Etienne has every trait to be a true game-changer at the position.
22. Teven Jenkins | OT | Oklahoma State
Jenkins is one of the toughest players in this class. He also happens to be one of the most talented and athletic offensive lineman available. In a conversation that I had with Jenkins back in March, he told me that an offensive lineman has to “go out there and be a d*ckh**d.” When I asked him why he took such a big step forward in 2019 (he opted out of 2020), he responded, “My strength coach told me that I needed to start road grading motherf***ers. So that’s what I did.” Well then. Jenkins is more than a colorful personality. As you can probably put together after reading those quotes, he’s nasty, mean, physical and tough on tape. On the athletic front, Jenkins put up an astounding 36 reps on the bench press, an impressive 32.5-inch vertical and ran the 40 in 5.01 seconds (a 9.36/10 RAS score). I’m a huge fan of this player.
21. Najee Harris | RB | Alabama
It’s impossible to not be mesmerized by how Harris runs the football. His energy is infectious. He’s a natural-born leader. He’s also an excellent player and prospect. The phrase “plays through the whistle” is usually reserved for offensive lineman, but it absolutely applies to Harris as well. He’s an absolute nightmare for would-be tacklers in the open field (and possibly the best hurdler in college football history). Defenders often look like they want no part of his 6-foot-2, 230 pound frame. It’s hard to blame them. He’s also a good catcher of the football. The RB1 debate between Etienne and Harris has been a fun one to discuss. For me, Harris has the slight edge.
20. Rashod Bateman | WR | Minnesota
Bateman is a popular name ’round these parts. I’ve been driving the Bateman-to-Tennessee bus for a while now. Bateman is an exciting talent. He’s a natural when it comes to plucking the football out of the air. He runs good routes and does excellent work after the catch. I’ve said it time and time again this offseason, his run-after-catch ability may be his best asset as a prospect. He’s incredibly tough to tackle in the open field. Bateman lacks elite size at 6-0, 190 pounds, but he passes the eye test and was an excellent contested catch winner at Minnesota. He’s a great fit for an NFL passing offense that relies heavily on the play-action game with a quarterback that gets the ball out quickly. I’d love to see him a run a bunch of quick crossing routes across the middle at the next level.
19. Kwity Paye | EDGE | Michigan
Paye is an athletic freak that lacks great size for the position. His Pro Day times of 4.52 in the 40, 2.61 in the 20-yard split and a 1.54 in the 10-yard split are elite results. He didn’t run the three-cone because he opted to stand by a previously recorded video that had him running it in 6.37 seconds. We don’t necessarily blame him. It’s a result that would rank him No. 1 out of 1,032 defensive ends since 1987 for whom we have documented three-cone data on. On film, Paye is a pass rusher that generates a ton of power thanks to his excellent short area explosiveness (which the testing results confirmed). He’s not a guy that plays with great bend, and I wonder if he may be a better run stopper than pass rusher, but Paye has the traits and tools worth betting on.
18. Azeez Ojulari | EDGE | Georgia
Ojulari has been the top EDGE player on my board all along and I’ve seen nothing to change my mind. This class lacks an elite talent (a la Joey Bosa or Myles Garrett) at the position, but I believe Ojulari has the most upside to become a true sack artist at the next level. An exciting talent with a great first step and explosive get-off, Ojulari terrorized offensive tackles in 2020. His motto is, “Beat the hands, beat the man,” and he plays like it. His hands are incredibly advanced as far as draft prospects go. He uses a club-rip and quick-hand swipes to beat his man one-v-one. His poor 30-inch vertical and 7.27 three-cone raised some question marks, but I’m standing by what I saw on film here.
17. Alijah Vera-Tucker | OL | USC
A versatile prospect that can play both tackle and guard, Vera-Tucker is a great athlete that does his best work as a blocker in the run game. He’s an excellent mover that reaches the second level with ease. He played left tackle for the Trojans in 2020 after starting 13 games at left guard in 2019. I began this process thinking he would definitely have to kick inside at the next level, but now I’m not so sure. On one hand, he lacks great size and length to play on the outside. On the other hand, he’s a terrific athlete for the position. Whoever drafts him is going to get a good, versatile football player.
16. Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah | LB | Notre Dame
Don’t overthink it. Owusu-Koramoah lacks traditional size for the position, but simply put, he’s a good player. He weighed in at 221 pounds at his Pro Day, placing him in the one-percentile when it comes to weight for a linebacker… and that’s after he added weight. He played lighter than that at Notre Dame. Some see him as a safety. I don’t care where he plays. Just put him on the field. His rangy skill-set impacts the game. He has exciting sideline-to-sideline ability. This is a three-down player who can be a fun chess-piece for your defense. He can play as a WILL or he can come up in the slot and cover tight ends (which he did a bunch of in college).
15. Christian Darrisaw | OT | Virginia Tech
My OT3, Darrisaw is plenty long and athletic. He possesses excellent lateral quickness. Darrisaw earned a starting job as a true freshman for the Hokies, a truly rare feat. It means he has plenty of experience as he gets ready to enter the NFL. An expert vertical pass setter, Darrisaw gets to his spot and gets his hands ready for combat. He always keeps his feet moving. Darrisaw is a scheme-transcendent player. That’s one of the reasons I rank him so highly. He’s been exposed to outside zone and inside zone. This past year, they became a run-heavy offense. They ran a ton of passing plays in a spread look. He’s played in a gap scheme. Whichever team drafts Darrisaw can do so with the comfort of knowing he can slot right into their offense.
14. Caleb Farley | CB | Virginia Tech
When watching his film, you would never guess that Farley played quarterback in high school and came to Virginia Tech as a wide receiver. He would eventually find his home at cornerback, where he looks like an absolute natural at the position. A back injury and procedure robbed us of watching Farley test at his Pro Day, and it’s a shame because I believe his numbers would have reflected the type of athlete we saw on tape. He has excellent click-and-close ability, he’s long, tough, physical and has great size. This is a player with elite physical tools. It’s a shame he didn’t play football in 2020 and didn’t get to test throughout his process. I can’t wait to see where he ends up. A draft-day slide isn’t out of the realm of possibility due to the question marks surrounding his back.
13. Jaycee Horn | CB | South Carolina
A big riser throughout this process, Horn first announced himself with quite the standout performance against Auburn this past season. Horn recorded two interceptions in that game in addition to several other impressive pass break-ups. You can say that his meteoric rise began then and he’s never looked back. He tested like the elite athlete he is with a 4.39 in the 40, 41.5-inch vertical jump and 11’1″ broad jump. He has great size at 6-0, 205 and is built to play press coverage at the next level. This is an elite cornerback prospect.
12. Micah Parsons | LB | Penn State
The consensus No. 1 linebacker available in this draft, Parsons is a special athlete for the position. Parsons is an explosive prospect that quickly finds the ball and gets on his horse. He possesses high-level instincts and quickly sifts through traffic en route to the ball-carrier. He is one of the easiest film studies in this entire class. There are some off field concerns/maturity question marks here, but I would be shocked if Parsons doesn’t get drafted in the top 15.
11. Zach Wilson | QB | BYU
I am fully expecting Wilson to be the second quarterback and player off the board, but he’s QB4 in my eyes. It’s not that I dislike him, but I personally have higher grades on Trey Lance and Justin Fields. But Wilson is today’s QB. Quarterbacks that can make plays outside of structure and evade pressure are all the rage after the success that Patrick Mahomes and Josh Allen have found in recent years. Wilson is that type of player. He cemented himself as the [big] Apple of NY’s eyes at his Pro Day, where he impressed with his ability to move around and make every throw from any platform.
10. Rashawn Slater | OT | Northwestern
Slater has been my OT2 throughout the entire process. There’s no reason for that to change now. Slater is a technically advanced blocker that moves exceptionally well laterally. He won’t meet the desired measurements for every team at just 6-4, 304, but plenty of teams would happily select him in the Top 10. His name first started making the rounds when he did an excellent job holding Chase Young in check during their meeting in 2019 (Slater didn’t play in 2020). You can go back and study that game right now and it still holds up. He leaves some to be desired in the size and arm length categories, but Slater was an easy evaluation for me. He’s an elite offensive tackle prospect.
9. Trey Lance | QB | North Dakota State
The sky is the limit for Lance at the next level. Lance is an incredible athlete for the position. He can escape pressure and make any throw from all platforms. He can take off and hurt you with his legs. COVID-19 held him to just one game in 2020, but he was incredibly productive in 2019. His release is quick and efficient. He’s an effortless thrower of the football. I understand the question marks here. He played in a friendly offense, didn’t have a 2020 season and there are some obvious competition concerns as well. He’s probably best sitting on the bench for a year or two while learning from a true veteran signal caller, but I would feel comfortable betting the house on Lance.
8. Patrick Surtain II | CB | Alabama
My CB1, Surtain checks every box. He features terrific size at 6-2, 208. He’s incredibly patient in coverage. You can tell that he grew up around the game. His father, Patrick Surtain Sr., was a terrific cornerback in his own right. Surtain’s hand placement is excellent. He understands how to use his hands to disrupt the timing of a receiver’s route. He has great ball-skills and the production to back that claim up with 24 career pass break-ups. He also tested like an elite athlete with a 39-inch vertical leap and 10-foot broad jump. He ran the 40 in an impressive 4.42 seconds. There isn’t much I would change about Surtain’s game. He should be the first cornerback off the board.
7. Jaylen Waddle | WR | Alabama
Let me start this off by saying that I’m incredibly high on all of the top receivers, as evident by this ranking for my WR3. What can I say about Waddle that hasn’t already been said? His game-breaking speed is absolutely electric. He’s a nightmare assignment in coverage. He has the deep speed to run past the best of the best. This isn’t a one-trick pony, though. He’s also an elite route-runner in the short to intermediate areas of the field, where he’s a tough cover when running slants and shallow crossers. He should also add a ton of value on special teams as a kick and punt returner. Waddle is the closest thing to Tyreek Hill in this draft class.
6. DeVonta Smith | WR | Alabama
Please don’t overthink it. No, DeVonta Smith doesn’t weigh a lot. Yes, DeVonta Smith is a very, very good football player. In fact, there wasn’t a better one in college football in 2020. Smith can line up ay any receiver position and punish a defense with his exceptional route running ability and soft hands. He can run every route to any and every area of the field with great success. This is a receiver that understands how to create separation. He’s incredibly nuanced and well-developed in this area. I understand the weight concerns, but he plays a lot stronger than he looks. NFL teams never cease to amaze me, but I’ll be a bit surprised if his weight pushes him down the board on draft day.
5. Justin Fields | QB | Ohio State
NFL draft season is always crazy as plenty of false reports and rumors make their rounds. With that said, I truly don’t understand why Fields isn’t universally regarded as the second-best QB in this draft. Fields is an incredibly natural thrower of the football. His arm talent is tremendous. From top to bottom, his throwing mechanics are clean and efficient. The ball jumps out of his hand with excellent zip. He can make every throw. He fits the ball into tight windows. He has every physical tool in the book. He was incredible at his Pro Day. He proved his toughness in the Sugar Bowl against Clemson. He can extend plays with his legs. He can get outside the pocket and run the ball. If he lands in the right place, Fields has the potential to light the league on fire as a rookie.
4. Penei Sewell | OT | Oregon
My OT1, Sewell is an incredibly advanced offensive tackle prospect. He’s quick to get out of his stance and take control of a rep. He especially fires off the ball in the run game where he can be described as “a people mover.” He has tremendous latch strength in his hands. Sewell hits the 33-inch arm threshold and should hold up just fine in pass protection at the next level. This is a young prospect who should only get better and better with each passing season.
3. Ja’Marr Chase | WR | LSU
Chase has always been my WR1. I never wavered on that. I never allowed recency bias to creep into my evaluation here. Chase didn’t play in 2020, but he did set the single-season SEC record for touchdowns and yards as a true sophomore in 2019. He was the clear-cut No. 1 option on a team that also had Terrace Marshall Jr. and Justin Jefferson as receiving options. Chase checks every box. His size, ball skills, route-running ability, release package and hands are elite. His skill-set is superior. He’s also an excellent athlete. I wouldn’t change a single thing about his game.
2. Kyle Pitts | TE | Florida
There isn’t much I can say about Pitts that you probably haven’t already read elsewhere. He’s the best tight end prospect I’ve ever scouted. He’s an absolute matchup nightmare at 6-foot-5. Pitts blew up social media by running a 4.44 in the 40-yard dash. 245-pound tight ends aren’t supposed to move like that. An NFL offensive coordinator would be wise to move him all over the field and take advantage of his advanced skill-set. I have no idea how linebackers and safeties are supposed to cover Pitts at the next level. His speed, frame, massive catch radius and route-running ability are uncanny at his position and size. Don’t you dare talk about positional value here. Just draft Pitts and prosper.
1. Trevor Lawrence | QB | Clemson
Lawrence has all the physical gifts to be an exceptional quarterback at the next level. He’s the best QB prospect since Andrew Luck. His size, arm talent, athletic ability and football I.Q. are A-plus traits. He reads defenses at an incredibly high level. He has excellent pocket awareness and can evade pressure while keeping his eyes downfield and delivers the ball well from both traditional and untraditional platforms. He is incredibly poised, calm and in control at all times. His throwing mechanics are perfect. Jacksonville can’t possibly screw this up… right?
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