The Ringer's 2021 NFL Draft Guide

With scouting reports by Danny Kelly

Welcome to The Ringer’s 2021 NFL Draft Guide. This is a one-stop shop for all of your draft needs from now through the first round on April 29. It includes Danny Kelly’s Big Board, with in-depth scouting reports on his top players and breakdowns of why they could rise and fall. It has a regularly updating mock draft, with projections for who could be an ideal target for each team. And the features keep on coming: There are newly designed badges to signify each prospect’s key attributes, and a section that assesses each franchise’s biggest needs will soon be unveiled.

Is Trevor Lawrence the best quarterback prospect since Andrew Luck? Is Justin Fields or Zach Wilson more likely to go at no. 2? Will DeVonta Smith or Ja’Marr Chase be the top receiver off the board? And what comes next? 

Make sure to check out the guide’s full suite of offerings, from our sort-by-position tool to the embedded videos and links. It’s the best way to keep track of the chaos.

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Big Board By Danny Kelly

You’re reading Danny Kelly’s Big Board, his ranking of the top available prospects in the 2021 class. This list was assembled by incorporating factors like physical traits, college production, and skills that seem translatable to the next level.

1

Trevor Lawrence

Quarterback Clemson
Year Junior
Age 21
Height 6'6"
Weight 220
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2020 STATS
Based on 10 games played
  • Touchdowns
    24 TDS
  • Interceptions
    5 INTS
  • Yards
    3153 YDS
  • Yards Per Attempt
    9.4 YPA
  • Passer Rating
    169.18 RTG
Video: Trevor Lawrence Scouting Report

Smooth, athletic signal-caller who throws with accuracy and plays with a polished, natural feel for the position

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SCOUTING REPORT

Lawrence is one of the most hyped and highly anticipated draft prospects of the last decade. He was widely anointed as the future top pick back in 2018 after leading Clemson to the national championship as a true freshman―an unbelievable season (he threw 30 touchdowns and four picks) that he capped with a sterling performance in the team’s 44-16 title-game win over Alabama. The Tigers’ star fell back to earth ever so slightly in 2019 (he finished with 36 touchdowns and eight interceptions), particularly during the College Football Playoff, in which he posted subpar passing lines in matchups against Ohio State and LSU (the latter a loss in the national championship game that snapped Clemson’s 29-game winning streak). But Lawrence bounced back and then some in 2020, throwing 24 touchdowns and five picks in 10 games while setting career marks in both yards per attempt (9.4) and passer efficiency rating (169.2). He finished his Clemson career off with 400 yards and two touchdowns in a loss to Ohio State.

Lawrence is tall with a long-limbed, sinewy frame. He has a savvy feel for the position and always appears to be in command. He reads the whole field and has shown a knack for picking apart opponent blitz schemes. Lawrence has a tight, whip-like release and throws with good touch; he varies his velocity, ripping a pass into tight quarters on one play and feathering one downfield on the next. He’s always balanced when he drops back to pass, working his feet and torso in concert to make off-platform or cross-body throws. And while he plays with a loose, relaxed demeanor, he’s decisive and sudden in his movements, showing the burst to knife through gaps in the offensive line. The former Clemson standout is a gazelle as a runner, capable of boosting his team’s ground game. (He rushed 16 times for 107 yards and a touchdown against the Buckeyes in 2019, and carried the ball 14 times for 90 yards and a touchdown against Notre Dame this season, for example.) Despite his slim frame, he’s tough as hell. Lawrence is fearless on the field, whether he’s standing in the pocket or carrying the rock. 

There are a few areas in which Lawrence will need to continue to improve. His ball placement on throws to the outside can be erratic―there were times he hit receivers on the inside shoulder when he should’ve led them to the outside, and he leaves deep passes a bit short, or puts too much air under them, on occasion. Lawrence’s receivers did plenty to help him out when his accuracy was off, but his margin for error will shrink at the next level. 

WHY HE COULD RISE

Lawrence is a near lock to go no. 1. He has the tools to emerge as a franchise quarterback early in his career.

WHY HE COULD FALL

He won’t fall, but Lawrence has sporadic accuracy issues and a relatively thin frame. Teams will have to account for how much of a boost he got from surrounding talent at Clemson.

Read the full scouting report.
2

Justin Fields

Quarterback Ohio State
Year Junior
Age 21
Height 6'3"
Weight 228
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2020 STATS
Based on eight games played
  • Touchdowns
    22 TDS
  • Interceptions
    6 INTS
  • Yards
    2100 YDS
  • Yards Per Attempt
    9.3 YPA
  • Passer Rating
    175.56 RTG
Video: Justin Fields Scouting Report

Rugged, efficient passer with a big arm, pinpoint ball placement, and the elusiveness to stress defenses on the ground

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SCOUTING REPORT

Fields is a sturdy, muscular signal-caller with a dynamic skill set. The Buckeyes passer throws with good velocity and a tight spiral, and is capable of delivering frozen ropes on deep outs and downfield bombs. He’s accurate on the run, and consistently puts excellent touch on the ball, hitting his receivers in stride or leading them away from coverage. He’s not afraid to stare down pressure, and looks like he’s made of granite when playing in the pocket, evoking images of a mini–Cam Newton in the way pass rushers just slip off him when trying to get a sack. Fields is adept at strafing behind the line to stay clean and get into throwing lanes, and uses explosive jukes to avoid oncoming rushers and buy himself time to make a throw. The former five-star recruit, who started his career at Georgia before transferring to Ohio State, posted a ridiculous 41-to-3 touchdown-to-interception ratio for the Buckeyes in 2019, adding 10 rushing touchdowns on the ground. He followed that up with a 22-touchdown, six-interception line in eight games in 2020. He showcased his toughness in the blowout win over Clemson in the College Football Playoff, when he took a brutal hit in the ribs and not only stayed in the game, but threw four more touchdowns (he finished with six total)

Fields is icy cool, even when the pocket is falling apart around him, but that’s a bit of a double-edged sword. He has a bad habit of stopping his feet in the face of pressure, leading to a few too many unnecessary sacks. And too often, he locks on to a predetermined target and fails to move through his reads before protection collapses. Fields seemed to struggle with reading defenses at times in 2020, and there were moments when he tried to do too much, particularly against Indiana when he channeled his inner Carson Wentz and threw two picks with defenders draped on his shoulders (plus a third pick where he wasn’t pressured). He was almost completely ineffective against Northwestern this past season, too, tossing two more interceptions and zero touchdowns in that win. He needs to learn to not only just take a sack and live to see another down, but also to speed up his processing and get the ball out on time.  

Fields is powerful as a runner and is tough to slow down when he has a full head of steam. Arm tackles just don’t work on him, and he’s got some open field moves to evade defenders. Fields rushed for 867 yards and 15 scores in the past two seasons.

WHY HE COULD RISE

With a big, accurate arm and explosive athleticism, Fields has the skill set to become a top-tier dual-threat quarterback. He’s tough as hell and earned high praise for his leadership at Ohio State.

WHY HE COULD FALL

He played in a highly schemed offense that produced lots of easy throws to wide-open receivers, and logged just 22 starts at Ohio State.

Read the full scouting report.
3

Ja’Marr Chase

Wide Receiver LSU
Year Junior
Age 20
Height 6'1"
Weight 200
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2019 STATS
Based on 14 games played
  • Yards
    1780 YDS
  • Yards Per Reception
    21.2 YPR
  • Touchdowns
    20 TDS
  • Receptions
    84 REC
  • 20-plus Yard Plays
    34 20+

Physically dominant catch-point bully who plays angry on every snap. A savvy route runner who separates late in his routes, can make plays at all three levels of the field, and is a load to bring down after the catch.

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SCOUTING REPORT

Chase is a well-built pass catcher with long arms and a powerful lower half. The former four-star recruit out of Harvey, Louisiana, opted out of the 2020 season to prepare for the draft, but was a unanimous first-team All American and the Biletnikoff Award–winner in 2019 after catching 84 passes and leading the country in yards (1,780) and touchdowns (20) for the national champion Tigers. He uses his size and physical nature to dictate matchups, treating every rep like a battle. 

After the catch, Chase is slippery, shrugs off tackles, and has top-end burst to destroy pursuit angles. He tracks the ball naturally and is a big-play threat who reeled in 24 passes of 20-plus yards in 2019, per PFF, most in this class. He’s not an elite separator, but he’s savvy in his ability to create just enough space before the ball arrives. And he’s strong at the catch point, going up to attack the ball in the air. The Tigers star understands spacing and how to sit down in an open spot. He can play all over the formation.

Chase is a little unrefined early in his routes, using brute strength more than technique to get off the line, but he brings natural talent and an alpha mentality that should make him a quarterback’s best friend early in his career. He lacks elite top-end speed, but he’s sudden in the short area and has excellent body control.

WHY HE COULD RISE

Chase is a tough, physical receiver with the skill set and competitive fire to contribute from Day 1; he’s a touchdown machine who thrives in contested catch situations and is hard to bring down with the ball in his hands.

WHY HE COULD FALL

He posted just one season of elite production; he has a few concentration drops on tape.

Read the full scouting report.
4

Kyle Pitts

Tight End Florida
Year Junior
Age 20
Height 6'6"
Weight 239
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2020 STATS
Based on eight games played
  • Yards
    770 YDS
  • Yards Per Reception
    17.9 YPR
  • Touchdowns
    12 TDS
  • Receptions
    43 REC
  • 20-plus Yard Plays
    15 20+

Athletic, versatile joker tight end who can line up all over the formation; he wins at the catch point with elite body control, strong hands, and rare length. 

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SCOUTING REPORT

Pitts is tall with an athletic build and long arms. The Gators star has a huge catch radius and is a flexible mover with excellent body control to leap up in the air and pluck the ball or go low to scoop a pass down by his feet. He’s a catch point dominator who regularly comes down with the ball in traffic. He’s a smart route runner, is very quick in the short area, and strong runner after the catch. Pitts uses his length to administer strong reverse-stiff arms, reaching back to reject trailing defenders after the catch. He lines up all over the formation―in-line, in the slot, wing-back, or out on the wing on Y-iso looks. He has speed up the seam, and once he gets rolling he can cover a lot of green in a blink of an eye. Pitts is a mismatch threat in the red-zone who’s too big for corners and safeties and too fast for linebackers. He was basically unstoppable against single coverage at Florida, notching a national-best 98.9 receiving grade against single coverage, per PFF. He didn’t drop a pass in 2020. 

The Mackey Award winner, Pitts was also the first-ever tight end to be named a finalist for the Biletnikoff Award (given to the most outstanding receiver in college football) and the first tight end to finish in the top-10 (10th) in Heisman voting since 1977. He caught 43 passes for 770 yards and 12 touchdowns in 2020 (second most from a TE in SEC history), and finished his season strong, reeling in seven passes for 129 yards and a touchdown in the SEC Championship Game against Alabama. He missed three games with a concussion.

As a blocker, Pitts puts in effort to wall off and seal defenders, but he isn’t going to move anyone off the ball and can’t be used to block pass rushers off the edge.

WHY HE COULD RISE

Pitts is an athletic mismatch nightmare and touchdown maker who can line up anywhere in the formation and beat coverage.

WHY HE COULD FALL

Lacks the mass and technique to be counted on as a blocking, Y tight end; Purely a move tight end at this point in his career.

Read the full scouting report.
5

Penei Sewell

Tackle Oregon
Year Junior
Age 20
Height 6'6"
Weight 325
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2019 STATS
Based on 14 games played
  • Games
    14 GMS
  • Starts
    13 STARTS
  • Sacks Allowed
    0 SK ALL

Big, physical trench dominator; a plug-and-play left tackle who excels both as a pass protector and as a run blocker

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SCOUTING REPORT

Sewell has a wide, well-built frame with massive legs and plays with incredible consistency and fundamental technique. The Ducks star opted out of the 2020 season but earned All-American honors in 2019 while becoming the first offensive sophomore to win the Outland Trophy, awarded to the nation’s most outstanding interior lineman. He’s a skilled pass protector, utilizing a balanced, wide base and light feet to effortlessly mirror pass rushers. He has a strong upper body and a strong grip, and can generate torque to rag doll opposing pass rushers. Sewell gets his hands inside and latches on; defenders are not going to get free when he lands his punch. He shows incredible recovery skills—even when he looks beat early in the down, he has the balance and power to re-anchor, rally, and save the block. He’s a smart player who’s aware of stunts, and rarely gets caught sleeping. Sewell allowed just one sack over 1,376 snaps in his last two seasons, according to Oregon’s official website, and did not allow a pressure, hurry, or hit on the quarterback in nine full games. 

As a run blocker, Sewell uncoils out of his stance with suddenness and physicality. He’s shown the foot quickness and agility to cross and reach play-side defenders and seal them. He’s a smooth mover on combo blocks and when getting to the second level. And he looks to bludgeon defenders on down blocks. He throws his weight around and was credited with a team-best 58 knockdowns in 2019, according to Pro Football Focus. Sewell’s big, strong, and talented; he even caught a pass on a screen play against Utah in the Pac-12 championship game. He doesn’t turn 21 until October. 

Sewell does get caught lunging when blocking at the second level at times. And after sitting out the 2020 season, he has just two years of starting experience.

WHY HE COULD RISE

Sewell uses his massive frame, good length, and quick feet to win rep after rep after rep; he has the skill set and demeanor to start from Day 1.

WHY HE COULD FALL

With just 20 starts under his belt, his lack of in-game experience could be a concern.

Read the full scouting report.
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Rashawn Slater

Tackle Northwestern
Year Junior
Age 21
Height 6'3"
Weight 305
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2019 STATS
Based on 11 games played
  • Games
    11 GMS
  • Starts
    11 STARTS
  • Sacks Allowed
    0 SK ALL

Well-built, athletic left tackle who’s a technician as a pass blocker, dependable as a run blocker, and capable of manning multiple spots on the line

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SCOUTING REPORT

Slater has a powerfully built base to go with good balance and quick feet. The son of Reggie Slater, who played eight seasons in the NBA, Rashawn inherited some power-forward-style traits from his dad: He’s rugged and physical but is also a smooth, athletic mover who expertly mirrors pass rushers, uses his hands to control the rep, and grapples with opponents, showing the upper body torque to latch on and sustain blocks while holding his ground. He knows how to gather his feet to reset if driven off his spot initially, and plays with a calm, collected demeanor. Slater went toe-to-toe with future no. 2 pick (and 2020 Pro Bowler) Chase Young when Northwestern played Ohio State in 2019, and more than held his own in the contest. In fact, Slater performed well against pretty much every top-level pass rusher he faced. Slater manned the right tackle spot his first two seasons for the Wildcats before moving to left tackle in 2019, allowing zero sacks and just six quarterback pressures in 11 games. He opted out in 2020. 

In the run game, Slater has forklift power to uproot defenders and control blocks. He runs his feet in the ground game, creating movement at the point of attack. And he showed the ability to execute backside blocks consistently, and move to the second level to reach and seal defenders. 

Slater is susceptible to over-setting at the snap and letting a pass rusher get back inside at times, and his lack of prototype length for the left tackle position could mean some teams see him more as an interior lineman.

WHY HE COULD RISE

Slater is a battle-tested technician at offensive tackle, possessing nimble feet, strong hands, and the potential to play at multiple spots on the line.

WHY HE COULD FALL

Some teams might dock him for a lack of elite length.

Read the full scouting report.
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Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah

Linebacker Notre Dame
Year Senior
Age 21
Height 6'2"
Weight 215
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2020 STATS
Based on 12 games played
  • Tackles
    62 TKLS
  • Tackles For Loss
    11 TFL
  • Sacks
    1.5 SACKS

Extraordinarily explosive hybrid defender with a versatile skill set; can cover, blitz, and tackle from wherever he lines up on the field

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SCOUTING REPORT

Owusu-Koramoah has a lean, muscular frame with pythons for arms. The playmaking defender, who manned the “rover” position for the Fighting Irish (a hybrid linebacker-safety), plays with twitchy athleticism, rare suddenness, and a ferocious demeanor; he’s easy to find on tape because he’s clearly the most electric player on the field. Playing over the slot, in the box, or even sometimes off the edge, he ranges from sideline to sideline and flies around like a bat out of Hades, showing no regard for his own safety or for the laws of physics. He looks like he was shot out of a cannon when he comes in as a blitzer, and he screams through gaps to make tackles in the backfield.

Owusu-Koramoah is instinctive in coverage—he keeps his head on a swivel to identify receivers coming into his area, and can change direction easily to keep pace with pass catchers. He strikes hard at the catch point, and looks to bat down or rake the ball away when it arrives. He can deliver licks to receivers or tight ends running crossing routes. Owusu-Koramoah is a ball of energy on the field; he’s not just a high-motor player, but is constantly hyping up his teammates after every play. He should also contribute on special teams from Day 1. The winner of the 2020 Butkus Award (awarded to the nation’s top linebacker) and unanimous first-team All American racked up 62 tackles, 11.0 tackles for a loss, 1.5 sacks, three pass breakups, three forced fumbles, and an interception in 12 games. He started 13 games in 2019, notching 13.5 tackles for loss, 5.5 sacks, four passes defensed, and two forced fumbles. 

Owusu-Koramoah is undersized for the linebacker spot and some teams may see him as a player without a defined position. His lack of mass means he can get run over or washed out by big offensive linemen. He slips off tackles at times.

WHY HE COULD RISE

Owusu-Koramoah is an explosive, versatile, and tone-setting playmaker who plays full throttle at all times.

WHY HE COULD FALL

He may be viewed as a tweener without a real NFL position.

Read the full scouting report.
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Micah Parsons

Linebacker Penn State
Year Junior
Age 21
Height 6'3"
Weight 245
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2019 STATS
Based on 13 games played
  • Tackles
    109 TKLS
  • Tackles For Loss
    14 TFL
  • Sacks
    5 SACKS

Long, athletic, and versatile off-ball linebacker with pass-rushing chops; a three-down player who can fill multiple roles on a defense

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SCOUTING REPORT

Parsons is a well-built linebacker with good length, powerful legs, and a tapered, muscular upper half. A former five-star recruit who was a pass rusher in high school but switched to off-ball linebacker for the Nittany Lions, Parsons offers sideline to sideline speed with the size to take on multiple roles in a defense―from running in coverage, playing the run, blitzing, or rushing off the edge. He’s a rangy defender who keeps his head on a swivel in zone coverage and is hyperaware of crossing routes. He has a good sense for playing in space, and the length to get his hands into passing lanes and shrink target windows. Against the run, he sifts through the trash at the second level, avoiding blocks while keeping his eyes on the runner. He’s a strong, reliable wrap-up tackler, and plays an aggressive style, shooting gaps to try to make tackles in the backfield. 

As a situational pass rusher, he’s a good blitzer with an explosive first step and top-end closing speed; he’s clearly got a natural feel for playing on the edge, capable of dipping and ripping past offensive linemen into the pocket. He could be a featured player in nickel looks. Parsons was a consensus All American as a sophomore in 2019, posting 109 tackles, 14.0 tackles for loss, 5.0 sacks, five pass breakups, and four forced fumbles. He opted out of the 2020 season.

Parsons’s aggressive nature is a double-edged sword at times, as he’ll occasionally overrun gaps. He’s relatively raw at his position, and is still developing a feel for taking on blocks and locating the ball. He has the athleticism to play in man coverage but didn’t get many reps at it in 2019 (just 64 snaps, per PFF).

WHY HE COULD RISE

Parsons has a hard-to-find combination of size, speed, and playmaking instincts.

WHY HE COULD FALL

He’s a bit raw at the position and needs to learn to play a little more disciplined at the next level.

Read the full scouting report.
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DeVonta Smith

Wide Receiver Alabama
Year Senior
Age 22
Height 6'1"
Weight 175
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2020 STATS
Based on 13 games played
  • Yards
    1856 YDS
  • Yards Per Reception
    15.9 YPR
  • Touchdowns
    23 TDS
  • Receptions
    117 REC
  • 20-plus Yard Plays
    30 20+

Slender, long-limbed pass catcher with incredible ball skills and natural playmaking talent―but a worrying lack of bulk

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SCOUTING REPORT

Smith has a slim, sinewy frame with a lanky lower half and long, go-go-gadget arms. His lack of bulk will make him a much-debated prospect―not many guys his size put up numbers in the NFL―but all the dude does is make plays. After posting a 68-catch, 1,256-yard, 14-touchdown line in 2019, Smith put together one of the best seasons in college receiver history, becoming the first receiver to win the Heisman in 29 years after leading the nation in catches (117), yards (1,856―over 600 more than the next closest receiver), and receiving touchdowns (23) while adding a pair of additional scores, one on the ground and another on a punt return (he also won the Maxwell Award, the Walter Camp Award, the Biletnikoff Award, and the Hornung Award—the first player ever to win all five awards in the same season). Smith not only produced prolific numbers in his four-year career at Alabama, but always seemed to show up big under the brightest lights: In the 2018 national championship game against Georgia, he was on the receiving end of one of the greatest single throws in college football history, grabbing the game-winning touchdown bomb from Tua Tagovailoa. He bookended that performance with another one for the ages in the 2021 national championship blowout over Ohio State, grabbing 12 catches for 215 yards and three touchdowns in just over two quarters of play.   

Smith has quick feet with a smooth, effortless gait—he accelerates quickly and he looks like a speed skater when he glides down the field. He can take the top off a defense and has excellent ball-tracking skills. He wins at the catch point with a combination of body control, strong hands, and springy leaping ability. He attacks the football rather than wait for it to arrive, and comes back to his quarterback when things break down. He notched just nine drops in his career. He gears down quickly to change direction as a route runner. The Crimson Tide star won’t offer much as a blocker. Smith may struggle to match up with bigger, strong corners at the next level.

WHY HE COULD RISE

Smith has undeniable playmaking talent and a natural feel for the position; he just knows how to get open and win with the ball in the air.

WHY HE COULD FALL

Few prospects his size have gone on to post big numbers in the NFL, and teams may fear his lack of bulk could affect both his ability to line up against physical defenders and stay healthy.

Read the full scouting report.
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Zach Wilson

Quarterback BYU
Year Junior
Age 21
Height 6'3"
Weight 209
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2020 STATS
Based on 12 games played
  • Touchdowns
    33 TDS
  • Interceptions
    3 INTS
  • Yards
    3692 YDS
  • Yards Per Attempt
    11.0 YPA
  • Passer Rating
    196.43 RTG
Video: Zach Wilson Scouting Report

Confident, aggressive passer who throws with touch, ball placement, and style. He toggles between over-the-shoulder and sidearm releases and thrives in out-of-structure sandlot situations.

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SCOUTING REPORT

Wilson has an athletic, slender build, a baby face, and a live, elastic arm. Following an injury-marred, mostly nondescript 2019 campaign, the BYU star had a meteoric rise in 2020, posting an incredible 33-to-3 touchdown-to-interception ratio and averaging an impressive 11.0 yards per attempt. Wilson’s quick-snap release and ability to throw both off-platform and from multiple sidearm angles is what first jumps off the tape, as does his pinpoint accuracy on deep passes downfield. The Cougars quarterback loves to test defenses with well-placed rainbows up the seam or on “honey hole” shots between the corner and safety, and is a big proponent of the back-shoulder throw. He can hit targets while on the run, and while some coaches might discourage them, Wilson is adept at cross-body throws, when he leans on his natural arm talent and ability to twist and contort his torso to find open receivers on improvisational plays. He has a good feel in the pocket and is not afraid to rip a pass into tight coverage. Wilson’s not quite Kyler Murray as a scrambler but he has enough quickness to scoot past defenders and avoid would-be tacklers. He scored 10 rushing touchdowns in 2020. 

Wilson will need to continue to develop his timing from the pocket. He’s late to deliver passes at times and trusts his arm a bit too much at others. He’s undersized by NFL standards. He didn’t face much top-tier competition in college.

WHY HE COULD RISE

Wilson’s combination of deep-ball accuracy, playmaking moxie, and athleticism as a runner fits the mold of a modern NFL quarterback; his ability to play out of structure and throw off-platform is a nice bonus. 

WHY HE COULD FALL

Wilson has produced just one season of elite production, and that came against subpar competition.

Read the full scouting report.
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Trey Lance

Quarterback North Dakota State
Year RS Sophomore
Age 20
Height 6'2"
Weight 225
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2019 STATS
Based on 16 games played
  • Touchdowns
    28 TDS
  • Interceptions
    0 INTS
  • Yards
    2786 YDS
  • Yards Per Attempt
    9.7 YPA
  • Passer Rating
    180.6 RTG
Video: Trey Lance Scouting Report

Big, dynamic signal-caller who throws with accuracy and beats defenses with his legs―but has just one season of starting experience at the FCS level.

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Lance is an athletic, well-built quarterback who combines good size, top-tier arm-strength, and speed as a runner. With just 17 starts at the FCS level under his belt, the North Dakota State star lacks experience against top tier competition―but he passes eye test when it comes to both his feel for the pocket and his touch as a passer. The numbers back that up, too: Lance led the Bison to a perfect 16-0 record and an FCS national title as a redshirt freshman in 2019, a season in which he passed for 2,786 yards and 28 touchdowns against zero (!!) picks while running for another 1,100 yards and 14 scores on the ground. But he got just one chance to play in front of scouts in 2020, a showcase game against Central Arkansas in which he struggled as a passer, completing 15-of-30 passes for 149 yards, 2 touchdowns and a pick, while gaining 143 yards and 2 touchdowns on the ground. While Lance’s overall body of work at the college level is lacking, his talent is apparent. 

Lance plays with a spring in his step; he’s always balanced in the pocket and throws the ball in rhythm. He is accurate deep and has great touch, regularly dropping the ball softly into his receivers hands. He’s experienced playing from under center, where he’s asked to drop back and turn his back to the defense on play-action fakes. He jukes and strafes well to avoid pass rushers in the pocket, and he’s comfortable throwing on the move. He’s efficient distributing the ball and his decision making is strong—evidenced by just one career interception at NDSU. He’s always poised and calm: He does a good job of hanging tough in the pocket to go through his reads, and typically only scrambles as a last resort. He reminds me of Josh Allen primarily because of his combination of size and arm strength, but also in how he can frustrate a defense with his legs, picking up chunk yards even when his opponent has done almost everything else right. Lance is physical, tough, and fast as a runner, and he can break away from the defense when given the window. He’s well-versed in the read-option game and makes good reads on when to pull the ball and run. 

Lance’s lack of experience, particularly against top-level competition, remains the big question mark as he transitions to the NFL. He may need some time to adapt to the speed, complexity, and physicality of the pro game. He played in a run-heavy offense for North Dakota State, attempting more than 23 passes just twice.

WHY HE COULD RISE

Lance has all the traits to develop into a very good pro quarterback: Size, arm strength, accuracy, poise, and athleticism.

WHY HE COULD FALL

He lacks experience and played against sub-par competition at North Dakota State.

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Patrick Surtain II

Defensive Back Alabama
Year Junior
Age 20
Height 6'2"
Weight 202
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2020 STATS
Based on 13 games played
  • Tackles
    38 TKLS
  • Tackles For Loss
    1 INTS
  • Pass Breakups
    12 PBU

Stingy, disciplined cornerback with rare length, good ball skills, and a competitive nature

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Surtain has a sinewy, slender build with very long arms. The son of former 11-year NFL veteran and three-time Pro Bowl corner Patrick Surtain Sr., the Crimson Tide star earned unanimous All American honors in 2020 and was named the SEC Defensive Player of the Year after notching nine passes defensed, 3.5 tackles for a loss, and a pick in 13 games. Rarely targeted and even less frequently beaten, Surtain allowed 25 yards receiving or fewer in nine games last year. In his career, Surtain tallied four picks, 27 passes defensed, and four forced fumbles in 41 appearances. 

Surtain lines up both in press and off-coverage looks and has experience on both the defensive right and left sides (and while it’s not his forte, he got some reps over the slot too, and held his own). He is patient at the snap, avoids committing to opening his hips too early, and is balanced in his backpedal. He’s explosive in his click-and-close, changing direction in the blink of an eye to break on the ball or close on a receiver. Surtain shows awareness of assignments and is disciplined in passing off and picking up routes in and out his area. He knows how to use the sideline as leverage, and his combination of body control and length make it tough to drop passes in behind him on sideline throws. He looks for the ball in trail position. He uses his long arms to get his hands into passing lanes, and shows timing and body control to leap up and bat away passes. Surtain is a wrap-up tackler, and for a tall player, he knows how to get low at contact. 

Surtain’s height could make him vulnerable against some of the NFL’s shifty, speedier receivers. He struggled to keep up at times against whip routes.

WHY HE COULD RISE

Surtain has a shutdown cornerback’s skill set, combining length, athleticism, and innate ball skills.

WHY HE COULD FALL

He gets a bit handsy at the catch point, which could lead to penalties at the next level. Though rarely tested in college, teams may have questions about his deep speed.

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Jaylen Waddle

Wide Receiver Alabama
Year Junior
Age 22
Height 5'10"
Weight 182
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2020 STATS
Based on six games played
  • Yards
    591 YDS
  • Yards Per Reception
    21.1 YPR
  • Touchdowns
    4 TDS
  • Receptions
    28 REC
  • 20-plus Yard Plays
    8 20+

Big-play pass-catcher with drag racer acceleration and toughness at the catch point; dangerous as a return man.

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Waddle has a compact frame and twitched up athleticism. He’s a big play creator, both on vertical routes downfield and as a tackle-breaker after the catch. The former Crimson Tide playmaker averaged 19.1 yards per reception in his career (103 catches for 1,965 yards), including a 22.3-yard average in 2020, and has scored a touchdown on one of every six catches (17 total). He runs away from coverage on crossing routes, tracks the ball well, and is fearless over the middle, showing incredible ball skills to go up in traffic and come down with it. Waddle is shifty in space and has turbo-boosted acceleration to make people miss after the catch. In 2019, he was the only wide receiver in the country to average at least 12 yards after the catch per reception, according to Pro Football Focus, and has a natural, almost running back-like feel for letting blocks develop in front of him. 

Waddle racked up 591 yards and four touchdowns in five games for Alabama this year (going over 100 yards in each of the first four) but his season was cut short by a broken ankle. He’s been one of the best punt returners in the nation over the past three years, and averaged 19.3-yards per return while taking a pair to the house. Drops were a slight concern in 2019, however, and Waddle lacks experience—he was a part-time player in 2019 and lost half of his 2020 season to an ankle fracture. He will have to refine his route-running at the next level.

WHY HE COULD RISE

Waddle has the uncoachable explosive speed that every team covets; a dangerous field-stretching receiver who can also create after the catch.

WHY HE COULD FALL

He lacks size and logged just one-half season as a full time player for Alabama.

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Caleb Farley

Defensive Back Virginia Tech
Year RS Junior
Age 22
Height 6'2"
Weight 207
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Based on 11 games played
  • Tackles
    20 TKLS
  • Tackles For Loss
    4 INTS
  • Pass Breakups
    12 PBU

Long, playmaking cornerback with quick feet, fluid athleticism, and excellent ball skills

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Farley is a tall, long-limbed cornerback with good balance and quick-twitch acceleration. A dual-threat quarterback in high school (who scored 124 touchdowns in his career), Farley started out as a receiver at Virginia Tech before converting to cornerback after a redshirt season. The Hokies star has nimble feet and lightning-fast closing speed, is smooth in his transition from backpedal to trail position, and is fluid and effortless in his movement. He’s strong in press, and has no problem turning his hips and carrying receivers downfield. He’s also comfortable in half-turn technique, where he can keep his eyes on both the receiver and the quarterback. He shows good awareness of routes in zone coverages, with a knack for spacing. And he has excellent ball skills: He tracks the ball downfield and does a good job of swiping or raking the ball out of the receiver’s hands when the pass arrives. Farley opted out of the 2020 season but racked up 12 pass breakups and four picks in 11 games in 2019, earning first-team All ACC honors. 

There were a few times on tape when Farley failed to look back for the ball and resorted to grabbing the receiver and drawing a flag. Like many taller, bigger corners, he may struggle to match up with smaller, more explosive receivers (Miami’s Jeff Thomas got behind him on a corner route in 2019). He suffered a torn ACL in 2017 and missed two games in 2019 with back spasms.

WHY HE COULD RISE

Farley has the skill set to start from Day 1, combining length, ball skills, agility, and speed.

WHY HE COULD FALL

He’s still relatively raw at the position and could be vulnerable against smaller speed guys at the next level.

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Christian Darrisaw

Tackle Virginia Tech
Year Junior
Age 21
Height 6'5"
Weight 314
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2020 STATS
Based on nine games played
  • Games
    9 GMS
  • Starts
    9 STARTS

Burly, athletic left tackle with nimble feet, good length, and consistent technique

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Darrisaw is a big, well-built left tackle with light feet and long arms. The Hokies star is a powerful technician who understands positioning and angles as a blocker. A knee-bender who plays out of a low, compact stance, Darrisaw is always balanced and ready to strike. He mirrors well, is a skilled hand-fighter, and begins or ends as many reps as he can with a forceful punch to his opponent. He uses his long arms to keep pass rushers off his body and can use both his inside and outside arm to control reps. Darrisaw gave up zero hits or sacks on 293 pass-block snaps in 2020, per Pro Football Focus, and he’s no slouch in the run game, as evidenced by his elite 94.5 run-blocking grade last year. With the big left tackle anchoring the line, Virginia Tech averaged 240 rushing yards per game.  

Darrisaw can really get rolling in space; he has the speed and reactive athleticism to lead block downfield, target defenders, and make key blocks. He locks horns with defenders and keeps his feet moving to either create movement or seal them off from the play. His ability to block on the move would make him an ideal fit for a zone blocking scheme. Darrisaw became a starter as a true freshman and started all three seasons for the Hokies, finishing his college career with 34 starts on his résumé. The big left tackle does shoot his hands wide at times, so he’ll need to tighten up his strike zone and get his hands inside opponents pads.

WHY HE COULD RISE

Darrisaw brings the ideal combination of size, athleticism, and physicality; he should be a Day 1 starter.

WHY HE COULD FALL

He needs to refine his hand use and continue to get stronger.

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Kwity Paye

Edge Rusher Michigan
Year Senior
Age 22
Height 6'4"
Weight 272
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2020 STATS
Based on four games played
  • Tackles
    16 TKLS
  • Tackles For Loss
    4.0 TFL
  • Sacks
    2.0 SACKS

Big, powerful edge rusher with a twitchy get-off, strong hands, and a nonstop motor; a strong run defender with scintillating pass-rush tools

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Paye has a thick, muscular build with good length and flexibility. The Wolverines star lines up in a low stance and uncoils at the snap to fly upfield. His first-step burst immediately jumps off the tape and is the foundation for his pass-rush repertoire; he’s got pistons for feet, giving him a powerful bull rush, and he utilizes a good cross-chop move and an effective inside counter, which frequently catches tackles off balance and too wide in their pass set. Paye, who showed up at the top spot on Bruce Feldman’s iconic Freaks List column for 2020, boasts rare short-area quickness, and that’s most apparent in his incredible closing speed. He does a good job of keeping his eyes on and mirroring the movement of the quarterback, and he regularly chases down scramblers, often from the backside of the play. 

Paye, who was born in a refugee camp in Guinea during the first Liberian Civil War before immigrating to the United States with his mother and older brother when he was 6 months old, is a former three-star recruit out of Warwick, Rhode Island. In 2020, the senior pass rusher notched 2.0 sacks and four tackles for a loss in four games, and in his career he totaled 11.5 sacks and 23.5 TFL in 28 games for Michigan. He’s a strong run defender, too, and isn’t easy to move off his spot. He sets a mean edge and forces ballcarriers back inside on plays to his side. 

Paye is a bit unrefined in his techniques, relying more on burst and power than pass rush moves, and his production hasn’t fully matched his athleticism. But he’s brimming with potential, and could expand his game with more opportunities to play inside in nickel situations in the pros.

WHY HE COULD RISE

Paye boasts a rare combination of size and quickness; he’s a three-down defender who is just scratching the surface of his potential.

WHY HE COULD FALL

His sack totals don’t stand out and he still must develop his repertoire of pass-rush moves.

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Azeez Ojulari

Edge Rusher Georgia
Year RS Sophomore
Age 20
Height 6'3"
Weight 240
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Based on 10 games played
  • Tackles
    30 TKLS
  • Tackles For Loss
    11.5 TFL
  • Sacks
    8.5 SACKS

Explosive edge rusher with a quick first step and bendy agility; brings versatility to play in multiple schemes

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Ojulari has a rugged, muscled-up frame with long arms. Playing out of both two- and three-point stances, he has a quick first step off the line, can turn the corner, dip his shoulder, and bend to the quarterback. He plays with excellent balance and agility and has a varied arsenal of pass-rush moves, including an effective pull-rip move and a bounding cross-chop/club move, like he used on his game-winning sack-safety in the Peach Bowl against Cincinnati (a game in which he had three sacks and was named the defensive MVP). He has a strong motor and always plays to the whistle. Ojulari is experienced dropping back and playing in space in zone coverage, and even runs with pass catchers in man at times. He’s alert to get his hands up into passing lanes (two pass deflections in 2020), and has a knack for dislodging the ball from offensive players (four forced fumbles last season). He finished with an SEC-best 8.5 sacks and 12.5 tackles for a loss in 2020, leading his team with 35 QB pressures. He grabbed 5.5 sacks and a forced fumble in 2019. 

Ojulari is a disciplined run defender. He stacks offensive linemen and keeps his eyes in the backfield to maintain his leverage and stay in position. He strings runs out and holds the edge, pushing the runner back inside and to his help. He’s smart and shows awareness of screens. The Bulldogs standout is versatile, and capable of rushing with his hand in the dirt or standing up. He always plays with great effort and to the whistle. Ojulari is a bit undersized and needs to develop a few more counters to his outside rush. He’s such a good threat to the outside that he could really make some hay with a few more inside moves.

WHY HE COULD RISE

Ojulari brings bend and burst as a pass rusher, and is a three-down player who can also make an impact against the run.

WHY HE COULD FALL

He’s undersized and needs to expand his arsenal of pass-rush moves.

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Jaycee Horn

Defensive Back South Carolina
Year Sophomore
Age 21
Height 6'1"
Weight 200
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Based on seven games played
  • Tackles
    16 TKLS
  • Tackles For Loss
    2 INTS
  • Pass Breakups
    6 PBU

Aggressive and physical cover corner with fluidity in coverage and excellent ball skills

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Horn sports a tall, tapered build with long arms. The son of former NFL receiver Joe Horn, Jaycee has quick feet and the fluid athleticism to turn and stay in phase with receivers, transitioning quickly from backpedal trail position. He plays a physical style of ball, never backing down from bigger or stronger opponents. He is deft at anticipating a receiver’s route and running it with them. Horn knows how to look for the ball when it’s in the air, regularly getting his hands into passing lanes or raking receivers’ arms at the catch point. Horn tallied 23 passes defensed in three seasons at South Carolina, and he picked off two passes in 2020. Opposing quarterbacks avoided the junior corner for the most part last year―he averaged a national-best 27.4 converge snaps per catch allowed, surrendering just eight catches for 116 yards from 24 targets in seven games, per PFF

Horn is tough to shake in man coverage, showing twitchy agility and the ability to change direction with little wasted movement. He has no trouble “plastering” to his opponent when quarterbacks break the pocket. He played both on the outside and in the slot, and in off-coverage and press, and is not afraid to mix it up as a tackler. 

Horn does have a habit of getting a bit grabby at opposing receivers’ route stems, tugging on an opponent’s jersey or wrapping his arms around their back a little too obviously. He’ll have to clean that up, or at least hide it better, in the pros.

WHY HE COULD RISE

Horn has speed, length, and ball skills; he plays a supremely confident, aggressive brand of coverage.

WHY HE COULD FALL

He’s a bit too grabby at times and could attract flags early in his career.

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Gregory Rousseau

Edge Rusher Miami
Year RS Sophomore
Age 20
Height 6'7"
Weight 265
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2019 STATS
Based on 13 games played
  • Tackles
    54 TKLS
  • Tackles For Loss
    19.5 TFL
  • Sacks
    15.5 SACKS

Tall, athletic edge defender with rare length and tremendous closing speed; still raw in his techniques but boasts limitless upside

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Rousseau has a long, athletic frame with vines for arms. A former wide receiver and safety who didn’t play the edge spot until his senior year of high school, the Hurricanes star is a bit unrefined and lacking in experience, but it’s tough to ignore his extraordinary size and movement skills. He uses his reach effectively, striking opposing linemen and holding on to control the rep, converting speed to power on bull rushes, or using pull-rip moves to shoot past opponents. Rousseau has excellent closing speed; he covers ground like a gazelle to make a sack or chase down the ballcarrier or quarterback. 

Rousseau lines up all along the defensive line, though he primarily plays on the edge. He’s effective and disruptive as a nickel rusher both from the three-technique and nose-tackle spots, showing the quickness to bound from gap to gap on stunts and the ability to swim- or rip-move into the backfield. Interior offensive linemen struggle to match up with the Hurricanes star’s first step, and it’s tough to get into his chest and stalemate him because of his length. Rousseau is a pain in the ass at read-option mesh points―where the combination of his huge wingspan and cobra-strike short-area burst help him play both the give and the keep. He makes things difficult for teams who leave him as the unblocked option on the back side of run plays. 

A second-team All American in 2019, Rousseau racked up 15.5 sacks (second nationally) and 19.5 tackles for a loss. He opted out of the 2020 season. The Miami playmaker plays with maximum hustle but needs to expand his repertoire of moves at the next level. There are times when he locks horns with opposing linemen but struggles to disengage or make a second move. He plays with good leverage, but he’s very tall and could struggle to anchor well against powerful interior linemen in the NFL.

WHY HE COULD RISE

Rousseau has all the traits to develop into a dominant pass rusher at the next level, combining a long frame with athleticism and a motor that runs hot.

WHY HE COULD FALL

He’s a work in progress as a relative newcomer to the position, and may need time to develop in the pros.

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Christian Barmore

Interior Defensive Lineman Alabama
Year RS Sophomore
Age 21
Height 6'5"
Weight 310
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Based on 12 games played
  • Tackles
    37 TKLS
  • Tackles For Loss
    9.5 TFL
  • Sacks
    8.0 SACKS

Massive, dynamic defensive lineman with strong hands and quick feet; he’s slippery and disruptive as a pass rusher but has just one season of starting experience

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Barmore is tall with a burly frame, long arms, and plenty of people-moving mass. Lining up from multiple spots on the line, he boasts incredible upper-body power, swinging haymakers into opponents’ shoulders and arms to clear space and shoot into the pocket. He brings a strong, effective punch and is incredibly slippery as a rusher, using Mr. Miyagi–style clubs and swipes to keep offensive linemen off his body; would-be blockers are constantly lunging and falling off of Barmore. The Crimson Tide star has an explosive first step and throws his weight around while bull rushing. He has a devastating long-arm stab move. And he’s quick in the short area with the ability to bend and flatten to the quarterback. Barmore gets his hands up into passing lanes, and notched five career pass knockdowns. He also registered 8.0 sacks, 9.5 tackles for a loss, and three forced fumbles in 10 starts in 2020. 

Against the run, Barmore looks for contact and strings runs out, showing good hustle to stay with the play. He stays active trying to keep fighting through double-teams. But he’s a little too aggressive at times and runs himself out of or past plays. There are snaps when he lacks leverage and gets pushed off the line. He ran a little hot and cold at times in 2020, notching just 2.0 sacks in the team’s first five games before racking up 6.0 sacks in the final six. While he was highly productive in a limited role in 2019, he’s notched just one season as a full-time starter. He’s still developing his pass-rush arsenal.

WHY HE COULD RISE

Barmore is big, long, and strong, bringing a quick first step and heavy hands from the interior.

WHY HE COULD FALL

He lacks experience and needs to be more consistent and disciplined against the run.

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Najee Harris

Running Back Alabama
Year Senior
Age 22
Height 6'2"
Weight 230
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2020 STATS
Based on 13 games played
  • Yards
    1466 YDS
  • Yards Per Carry
    5.8 YPC
  • Touchdowns
    26 TDS
  • Receptions
    43 REC
  • 20-plus Yard Plays
    13 20+

Powerful, old-school runner with quick feet, sudden jukes, and a talent for making defenders miss; a natural playmaker in the passing game

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Harris has a huge frame with tree-trunk legs and a muscular upper half. He runs like a freight train, sending would-be tacklers flying off the track, but has surprisingly nimble feet. He uses a stutter-step juke to freeze defenders like deer in headlights, and he leans on an effective spin move to slide off tacklers. The Crimson Tide standout is taller than most NFL backs but runs with excellent balance and good lean to rip through arm tackles and push the pile. He can get skinny through the hole and slalom through the defense at the second level. He’s not a home-run hitter but he’s an impressive accelerator who picks up chunks of yards when he cuts upfield or gets to the edge. The former five-star recruit racked up 1,224 yards and 13 scores in 2019, adding 27 catches for 304 yards and seven touchdowns through the air, and rushed for 1,466 yards and 26 touchdowns last season with 43 catches for 425 yards and four scores. He led the country with 30 total touchdowns in 2020 and his 57 career touchdowns is the most for a non-quarterback in Crimson Tide history.

Harris is a natural pass catcher: He understands spacing and how to uncover for his quarterback, and has a good feel for letting blocks set up on screens. He has incredible balance and body control to go up high and attack the ball in the air. He caught a leaping, twisting back-shoulder touchdown vs. LSU in 2019 and caught three touchdowns in the SEC championship game against Florida this season. His ability to create mismatches in the passing game should make him a dynamic backfield weapon for the team that drafts him.

WHY HE COULD RISE

Harris is a physical grinder who can shoulder a heavy workload but also factor in the passing game.

WHY HE COULD FALL

He lacks high-end speed and his numbers have been boosted running behind a bunch of future NFL linemen at Alabama.

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Alijah Vera-Tucker

Tackle USC
Year RS Junior
Age 21
Height 6'4"
Weight 315
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2020 STATS
Based on six games played
  • Games
    6 GMS
  • Starts
    6 STARTS

Smooth, versatile offensive lineman with nimble feet, excellent balance, and strong hands; could play on the blind side or at guard

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Vera-Tucker has a low-cut, sturdy frame with tree-trunk legs and a power-generating base. He’s athletic and versatile, a 13-game starter at left guard in 2019 (a season in which he allowed just seven pressures on 590 pass-blocking snaps, according to PFF) who moved out to the left tackle spot for the Trojans in 2020. The USC standout moves easily and mirrors well; he loses his anchor at times and gets driven backward, but he’s athletic enough to chop his feet and salvage the block. He looks for and finds stunts and line games, and effortlessly switches to pass rushers coming into his area. 

Vera-Tucker is a natural fit for zone- or movement-based schemes, a smooth operator who can move his feet and get to the second level with ease. He brings incredible awareness and vision as a blocker, plays with good leverage, and is capable of getting under defensive tackles’ pads and putting them on their heels. He has an innate feel for moving from one block to the next. He’s graceful and quick when pulling, and he’s got a little nasty to him; he looks to finish plays and pancake defenders. 

Versatility could be Vera-Tucker’s calling card in the pros, but there may be some teams who downgrade him a bit because of his lack of elite length. Some teams may prefer that he plays on the interior only. He gets pushed back on the edge at times, and he shoots his hands to the outside of pass rushers’ pads; he’ll need to continue to improve his hand placement and technique.

WHY HE COULD RISE

Vera-Tucker is a reliable and athletic offensive lineman with a rugged frame, quick feet, and the versatility to play multiple spots on the line.

WHY HE COULD FALL

He may lack the length to play at left tackle in the pros and some teams may view him as a guard.

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Trevon Moehrig

Safety TCU
Year RS Junior
Age 21
Height 6'1"
Weight 209
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2020 STATS
Based on 10 games played
  • Tackles
    47 TKLS
  • Tackles For Loss
    2 INTS
  • Pass Breakups
    9 PBU

Phenomenally versatile defensive back with a scintillating blend of length, instincts, and ball skills

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Moehrig has a long and lean, tapered frame and is a good athlete who flies around the secondary. The winner of the Jim Thorpe Award (given to the country’s best defensive back) and second-team All-American honors, the Horned Frogs star is a big-play machine: He notched nine passes defensed, two picks, and 47 tackles in 10 games for TCU in 2020, and his biggest play may have been his clutch interception in the end zone in the team’s 29-22 win over Oklahoma State. His performance last season capped a career in which he racked up a total of 21 pass deflections, seven picks, two forced fumbles, and 125 tackles in three seasons. 

Moehrig lines up in two-high looks and over the slot for TCU. He shows instincts in coverage, anticipating routes and jumping passes. He’s fluid, capable of changing direction on a dime, keying routes and firing downhill, or flipping his hips to carry routes up the seam; he had an incredible play against Oklahoma State in 2019 when he lined up against a slot receiver and, after taking a false step against a sluggo route, flipped his hips, closed the gap in coverage, turned his head, and picked off the pass. 

Moehrig is a solid tackler in space. He chops his feet to keep from overrunning plays, and wraps up and finishes tackles. He’s extremely physical and aggressive against downfield blockers, and looks to blow up screen plays with pure tenacity. 

While he has a knack for positioning himself to make plays on the ball, he doesn’t always time his break or jump quite right―I saw him undercut a few routes and allow the quarterback to feather a pass over his outstretched hands. He’s slight for a box safety and may not have the speed to play single-high coverage at the next level.

WHY HE COULD RISE

Moehrig fits the modern NFL thanks to his versatile, athletic skill set; he boasts instincts and ball skills in coverage, is ferocious playing the run, and can line up and play multiple roles in the secondary.

WHY HE COULD FALL

He’s a bit slight for the position and may lack the speed to play single-high coverage in the NFL.

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Jaelan Phillips

Edge Rusher Miami
Year RS Junior
Age 21
Height 6'5"
Weight 266
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2020 STATS
Based on 10 games played
  • Tackles
    45 TKLS
  • Tackles For Loss
    15.5 TFL
  • Sacks
    8.0 SACKS

Big, athletic, and versatile pass rusher with tantalizing traits and upside

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Phillips is a tall, well-built pass rusher with an athletic frame and very good length. His route to the NFL has been a circuitous one: The former no. 1-ranked defensive recruit in the country (per the ESPN 300 Class of 2017) started his college career at UCLA but appeared in just 11 games before medically retiring after two injury-plagued seasons (he was hit by a car while riding a scooter, suffering a severe wrist injury and a head injury, and then later dealt with concussions). After spending a few months away from football, Phillips unretired, transferred to Miami, and emerged in 2020 as a big-impact playmaker. Filling in for another top defensive end prospect in Gregory Rousseau (who opted out due to COVID concerns), Phillips earned second-team All-American honors for the ’Canes, racking up 8.0 sacks, 15.5 tackles for a loss, three pass deflections, and a pick in 10 games. 

Lining up in both two- and three-point stances, Phillips uses his length to punch and shock offensive linemen, getting into opponents’ chests to put them on their heels and hold them at bay. He rushes the passer with excellent burst and bend, and can turn the corner exceptionally well for a guy his height. He also typically plays with good leverage. He converts speed to power on his bull rush, utilizes an effective swim move, and has a strong inside counter move. He throws his elbows around as a natural boost to his spin move, and looks to bat down passes in the quick game. He has the quickness to give interior linemen trouble when he rushes inside. Phillips plays with good hustle, frequently chasing plays down from the backside and sticking with a play downfield. Against the run, Phillips shows good vision, keeping his eyes in the backfield before slipping off blocks to move down the line to make the tackle. He creates penetration and re-sets the line of scrimmage on stretch runs to his way, forcing running backs to take the long way around or cut back into traffic. 

Phillips can get off balance and lunge out over his skis at times. Offensive linemen can use his height against him, getting under his pads and lifting him onto his heels. He’s produced only one season of high-end production, and his injury history is concerning.

WHY HE COULD RISE

Phillips has an ideal combination of athleticism, length, and power; he’s an ascending pass rusher with star potential in the NFL.

WHY HE COULD FALL

He has a long injury history and just one season of elite production.

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Travis Etienne

Running Back Clemson
Year Senior
Age 22
Height 5'10"
Weight 205
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2020 STATS
Based on 12 games played
  • Yards
    914 YDS
  • Yards Per Carry
    5.4 YPC
  • Touchdowns
    14 TDS
  • Receptions
    48 REC
  • 20-plus Yard Plays
    19 20+

Big-play touchdown-maker with rare burst and elusiveness in the open field; brings utility in the passing game

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Etienne is an explosive playmaker with extraordinary juice. He runs with sensational balance, deflecting contact and spinning away from would-be tacklers, and has nitrous oxide boosters in his feet―when he hits the gas, he gets to top speed almost instantly. The Clemson star is not a battering ram, but he can run inside when asked to. When he sees a sliver of green, he exploits it, sticking his foot in the ground to fly through the gap. Etienne destroys pursuit angles with pure speed and uses an effective hesitation move to lull defenders to sleep before blowing right past them. He’s dangerous in the screen game, showing the patience to let his blocks set up in front of him before accelerating into space. Whether he’s taking a handoff or catching a pass, he has breakaway, home run potential every time he touches the ball. Etienne scored a ridiculous 78 touchdowns (70 on the ground, eight through the air) in four seasons for the Tigers.

Etienne may lack the bulk to handle a heavy workload in the pros and logged more than 20 carries in a game just two times in his career. He’s struggled at times with drops in the passing game.

WHY HE COULD RISE

Etienne has what every team is looking for: hot, nasty, badass speed.

WHY HE COULD FALL

He lacks bulk and has never handled a three-down workload.

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Zaven Collins

Linebacker Tulsa
Year RS Junior
Age 21
Height 6'4"
Weight 260
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2020 STATS
Based on eight games played
  • Tackles
    53 TKLS
  • Tackles For Loss
    11.5 TFL
  • Sacks
    4.0 SACKS

Athletic linebacker with old-school size and a new-school skill set; a dynamic run defender, coverage man, and pass rusher who can wear several different hats for a defense

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Collins has a well-built, burly frame with long arms. The first-team All-American linebacker and winner of the Bronko Nagurski Trophy (awarded to the nation's best defensive player) plays all over the defensive formation for the Golden Hurricane, lining up at strong-side linebacker, on the weak side, in the middle, and pretty much everywhere in between. A high school linebacker, safety, and quarterback (who led his team to the Oklahoma Class A state title his senior year while racking up 1,600 passing yards and 23 touchdowns and another 1,520 yards and 27 scores on the ground), Collins is a smooth, athletic mover who plays with good instincts and anticipation. He’s often moving in the direction of the play even before the snap, showing an awareness of tendencies and schematic tells. He’s fluid and natural dropping back into zone coverages, and has a good feel for spacing and how to position himself in passing lanes. He even rushes off the edge at times. Collins grabbed four picks in 2020, two of which were game-sealing plays―a late one against SMU and a 96-yard return for a touchdown against Tulane in overtime. The three-year starter racked up 235 tackles, 29.0 TFL, 7.5 sacks, five picks, eight pass deflections, and three forced fumbles in his career at Tulsa. 

Collins brings old-school size and stopping power to the position, and can square up and stonewall running backs in their tracks. He shoots through gaps and into the backfield with lightning speed. He’s tough to beat to the outside when he’s the contain man, and has incredible closing speed on ballcarriers. He stacks defenders and holds his ground, and works his way through traffic to avoid getting sealed out of the play. 

Collins covers a lot of ground but may lack the elite speed to range sideline to sideline in the pros. Teams could have some questions about his best fit in the pros, either as an off-ball linebacker, strong-side linebacker, or possibly nickel pass rusher. His pass-rush plan is underdeveloped, and he relies mostly on speed and burst in that area.

WHY HE COULD RISE

Collins is a big, athletic, and hyper-versatile playmaker who can cover, play the run, and get after the passer.

WHY HE COULD FALL

It’s not clear what his best fit in the NFL will be.

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Nick Bolton

Linebacker Missouri
Year Junior
Age 20
Height 6'0"
Weight 232
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Based on 10 games played
  • Tackles
    95 TKLS
  • Tackles For Loss
    8.0 TFL
  • Sacks
    2.0 SACKS

Tone-setting off-ball linebacker who hits like a ton of bricks; rangy in coverage and aggressive against the run

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Bolton is a compact, muscled-up linebacker with coverage instincts and a ferocious demeanor against the run. The Tigers star brings explosive burst when coming downhill, slicing through the line to hit the ballcarrier for a loss. He’s savvy at keying blockers and has good field vision, showing anticipation to slip through gaps in the line. He blows up stretch runs and outside zone looks, and is made of cement as a hitter, regularly sending opponents flying off their feet. He always looks to separate the football from the ballcarrier. 

Bolton has strong instincts when patrolling the second level in coverage. The second-team All-American is comfortable dropping back into zone looks (he tallied eight forced incompletions in 2019, tied for second among linebackers in college football, per PFF). He grabbed five passes defensed in 2020, adding 95 tackles, eight tackles for a loss, and two sacks in 10 games. He’s a high-effort player whose intensity is contagious to his teammates. 

Bolton is undersized and lacks length for the position, a variable that sometimes shows up when he slips off tackles or fails to wrap up. He could struggle matching up against taller tight ends in man coverage. And while he has the athleticism to flow with the ball, he’s not a true burner with elite speed.

WHY HE COULD RISE

Bolton is a souped-up ball of energy at the linebacker position, flying around the field and laying big hits on opponents. His instincts are outstanding.

WHY HE COULD FALL

His lack of size and length could be a factor for some teams.

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Carlos Basham Jr.

Edge Rusher Wake Forest
Year RS Senior
Age 23
Height 6'5"
Weight 285
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2020 STATS
Based on seven games played
  • Tackles
    28 TKLS
  • Tackles For Loss
    5.5 TFL
  • Sacks
    5.0 SACKS

Big, burly edge defender who’s tenacious against the run and consistently creates disruption against the pass; could play multiple spots on the defensive line

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Basham has a large frame, with a powerful lower half, a tapered torso, and long arms. He’s built for battling in the trenches and plays with a physical, tenacious style. “Boogie,” who landed at no. 2 on Bruce Feldman’s Freaks List―both for his rare explosiveness (he jumped 36 inches in the vertical) and power (he benches more than 400 pounds and squats more than 700)―has experience playing out of both two- and three-point stances and brings the versatility to be a factor in any scheme and from multiple spots on the line. Basham brings high-end first-step burst and very good closing speed; he’s not very bendy rushing from the edge, but he gets to the quarterback in the blink of an eye when he’s able to slice through the line on a spin or inside-counter move. He brings a powerful cross chop and an effective swim move. He’s all hustle, going full tilt from every snap, and has powerful hands, forcing four fumbles in the past two seasons. He shows awareness of screens and the quick-passing game, with eight pass deflections in his career. 

Basham tallied 5.0 sacks in just seven games in 2020, adding 4.5 tackles for a loss. He notched 18 TFL and 11 sacks in 2019, with 11 TFL and 4.5 sacks in 2018. His sack numbers are strong, but his ability to apply consistent pressure is even more impressive. (PFF charted him with 112 quarterback pressures in 25 games in 2018 and 2019, for example.) In the pros, Basham’s lack of bend off the edge may limit his ability to rack up big numbers in the sacks department, but his combination of size, athleticism, and power makes him a good bet to be a productive pocket-disruptor. He also has experience lining up inside, showing the quickness to knife through gaps. 

Basham loses track of the ballcarrier occasionally, and could improve his hand use against the run, too often defaulting to dropping his shoulder and trying to spin away from blocks. If he doesn’t get a good first step at the snap, his rush stalls out and he looks a bit stiff and sluggish going to his second move.

WHY HE COULD RISE

Basham brings a prototypical frame and high-end athleticism to the position; he plays with his hair on fire and is a factor against both the run and the pass.

WHY HE COULD FALL

He’s a bit stiff rushing off the edge.

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Rashod Bateman

Wide Receiver Minnesota
Year Junior
Age 21
Height 6'2"
Weight 210
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2020 STATS
Based on five games played
  • Yards
    472 YDS
  • Yards Per Reception
    13.1 YPR
  • Touchdowns
    2 TDS
  • Receptions
    36 REC
  • 20-plus Yard Plays
    8 20+

Big, crafty pass-catcher with quick feet and top-tier body control; a technician off the line who’s both fearless over the middle and dangerous down the sideline. 

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Bateman is a tall, long-levered playmaker with burst, big mitts, and a wide catch radius. The Gophers star is quick and decisive off the line, varying his tempo and chopping his feet to beat defenders and get them moving in the wrong direction. He’s sudden in the short area, is fearless catching the ball in traffic, and makes hay on slants and crossing routes. He strides it out after the catch, breaks arm tackles, and can pick up chunks of yards in the open field. Bateman is strong on outside routes as well, showing an innate awareness of the sideline and incredible ball-tracking skills; against Purdue, he ran a slot fade and basically did a limbo-type back-bend at a full-sprint to reel in a slightly under thrown pass. He knows how to use his length to gain leverage and catch the ball away from his frame. 

Bateman averaged 20.3 yards per reception in 2019 playing mostly on the outside, catching 60 passes for 1,219 yards and 11 touchdowns in 13 games. He notched another 36 receptions for 472 yards and 2 touchdowns in five games in 2020, operating both both outside and in the slot. And while he isn’t quite as explosive as a receiver like DK Metcalf, he’s polished and looks ready to contribute early in his career.

WHY HE COULD RISE

Bateman’s got no. 1 receiver traits with prototype size, quickness, and body control; he’s a wily route-runner who can win at the catch point.

WHY HE COULD FALL

Has build-up speed to make plays downfield but isn’t explosive. He has some drops on tape that he’ll need to clean up at the pro level.

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Terrace Marshall Jr.

Wide Receiver LSU
Year Junior
Age 20
Height 6'4"
Weight 200
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2020 STATS
Based on seven games played
  • Yards
    731 YDS
  • Yards Per Reception
    15.2 YPR
  • Touchdowns
    10 TDS
  • Receptions
    48 REC
  • 20-plus Yard Plays
    10 20+

Long, silky-smooth pass catcher with both the speed to get behind a defense and the physicality and body control to dominate in the red zone

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Marshall has a tall, athletic build and long arms. The LSU star glides off the line, using quick footwork to beat press and accelerate into his route. He has good balance and body control for a player his height―he stays low when cutting or running after the catch and he’s graceful when elevating at the catch point, twisting and turning to gain position over a defender. He has the speed to take the top off a defense on go routes and post routes, and he separates late, creating space at the catch point with subtle push-offs or last-second gearshifts. Marshall tracks the ball naturally downfield and presents a huge strike zone for his quarterback, regularly reaching out to pull in slightly overthrown passes or going low to scoop up throws that come right at the turf. He shows good concentration to reel in passes under duress, and isn’t afraid to play physical. The versatile pass catcher lines up all over the formation and is a dangerous red-zone weapon. He’s explosive after the catch.  

A former five-star recruit, Marshall caught 46 passes for 671 yards and 13 touchdowns in 12 games for the national champion Tigers in 2019, solid numbers considering he was playing behind (current Vikings star) Justin Jefferson and Ja’Marr Chase (my top-ranked receiver in this class). When Chase opted out this season, Marshall took up the mantle as LSU’s top receiver and reeled in 48 catches for 731 yards and 10 scores in just seven games before opting out himself. 

Marshall is too passive as a blocker and got rag-dolled by defenders on a few occasions this season. He did have a handful of drops in his career, and was guilty of failing to watch the ball into his hands.

WHY HE COULD RISE

Marshall is a touchdown maker who combines size, speed, and catch-point prowess.

WHY HE COULD FALL

Drops and inexperience could be a concern. Teams who value blocking at the receiver position may look elsewhere.

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Teven Jenkins

Tackle Oklahoma State
Year RS Senior
Age 22
Height 6'6"
Weight 310
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Based on seven games played
  • Games
    7 GMS
  • Starts
    7 STARTS

Big, powerful right tackle who plays with a finisher’s mentality and offers versatility to play multiple spots on the line

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Jenkins is a tall, burly offensive lineman with a low-cut frame and powerful legs. The Cowboys standout is a glass-eater at right tackle who looks to bury opponents on every play, playing to and through the whistle to finish blocks with a flourish. Jenkins always plays with a wide-set, firm base. He works his hands and feet in concert, using a strong punch and inside arm to control the rep while effectively mirroring opponents. He shows good awareness to pick up stunts and players coming into his area. He drops a heavy anchor against bull rushes. Jenkins started primarily at right tackle for the Cowboys but also got reps at left tackle and guard. 

In the ground game, Jenkins has the strength to create movement up front. He plays low, unlocks his hips to uproot defenders, and looks to punish the guy in front of him. He has tremendous upper body strength and regularly tosses defenders to the ground. Jenkins is a good grappler who locks on and doesn’t let go. He moves his feet to reach and seal defenders on the move, and has a good feel for timing and angles on combo blocks, where he helps the guy next to him and then moves downfield to seal off another defender. He engulfs second-level defenders and seals them out of the play.

Jenkins relies a little too much on his upper-body strength and his technique gets sloppy. He lunges occasionally, and can get caught too upright and driven back into the pocket at times.

WHY HE COULD RISE

Jenkins is big, tough, and physical; he plays with an ass-kicking mentality that every offensive line coach covets.

WHY HE COULD FALL

He’s prone to lunging at times, and is not an elite athlete.

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Mac Jones

Quarterback Alabama
Year RS Junior
Age 22
Height 6'3"
Weight 214
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Based on 13 games played
  • Touchdowns
    41 TDS
  • Interceptions
    4 INTS
  • Yards
    4500 YDS
  • Yards Per Attempt
    11.2 YPA
  • Passer Rating
    203.06 RTG

Efficient, quick-processing pocket passer who throws with accuracy and touch but lacks top-tier physical traits

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Jones is a tall, long-levered signal-caller with a sturdy frame. The Heisman Trophy finalist and consensus first-team All-American emerged as one of the most prolific and efficient passers in college football in 2020, leading Alabama to a national championship on the back of 41 touchdowns and four interceptions. He led the nation in passer efficiency rating (203.1), completion percentage (77.4), and yards per attempt (11.2). The Crimson Tide star, who started four games in place of an injured Tua Tagovailoa in 2019 (throwing 13 touchdowns to two interceptions in those games), fits the mold as a traditional pocket passer, standing tall in the pocket and throwing from a balanced base. He isn’t especially fleet of foot but is an effective mover in the pocket, deftly sliding away from pressure to avoid contact. Jones has an over-the-top throwing motion and feathery touch, and he consistently puts the ball where it needs to be. He shows good timing on crossing routes and leads his receivers so they have a better chance of catching the ball in stride and picking up yards after the catch. He’s a quick processor who is―and I mean this in a good way―good at checking the ball down, showing that Philip Rivers–esque ability to quickly go through his reads and get the ball out rather than try to force a pass that isn’t there or hang on to it too long. He’s typically calm and collected.  

While Jones passes with accuracy and touch, he’s not a drive thrower and lacks top-tier velocity on deep shots and passes from off-platform angles. He has a concerning tendency to fall away from throws in the face of pressure. He does not offer much as a runner. And he benefited from playing in a smartly schemed system that featured a dominant run game and multiple high-end receivers.

WHY HE COULD RISE

Jones has size, throws with accuracy, and has shown he can be highly efficient in structure, capable of distributing the ball from the pocket.

WHY HE COULD FALL

He lacks top-tier arm strength and was buoyed by an elite offensive line, run game, and receiver corps.

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Levi Onwuzurike

Interior Defensive Lineman Washington
Year Junior
Age 22
Height 6'3"
Weight 293
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Based on 13 games played
  • Tackles
    45 TKLS
  • Tackles For Loss
    6 TFL
  • Sacks
    2 SACKS

Stout, versatile defensive lineman with an intriguing combination of length, first-step burst, and block-shedding power

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Onwuzurike is a tall, athletic defensive lineman with massive legs and long, powerful arms. The Washington star’s sudden first step and overall core strength are the first things that jump off the tape; he shoots out of his stance and generates incredible torque when locked up with opponents, wrenching offensive linemen off their feet―sometimes even tossing them out of the way. He’s undersized, but capable of taking on double-teams, and he’s tall, yet able to play with sumo wrestler leverage. He gets low, gets inside opponents’ pads, and controls reps, leaning on swim and pull-rip moves to get into the pocket. He never stops working his hands, clubbing away at opponents even when locked into double-teams. He’s a pocket-collapser who can get skinny and slice through the line and into the backfield. And his feet are like pistons, constantly firing to power his bull rush. Onwuzurike frequently played nose tackle at Washington but could fit best as a three-technique or five-technique in the pros. 

Against the run, Onwuzurike does a good job of stacking offensive linemen while keeping his eyes in the backfield. He strings out runs while holding the line, and shows awareness of screens and hustles to run the play down. 

He can be a bit undisciplined and crude in his pass-rush plan at times, and runs into and ricochets bounces off opponents and his own teammates on some plays. He’s inconsistent, and when his first move doesn’t work, he too often gets stalemated by his opponent. Onwuzurike opted out of the 2020 season but won first-team All-Pac-12 honors in 2019, totaling six tackles for a loss and 2.0 sacks. He notched another 6.5 TFL and 3.0 sacks in 2018.

WHY HE COULD RISE

Onwuzurike has a rare combination of first-step explosiveness, body control, and power. He’s a versatile defensive lineman who can play on three downs.

WHY HE COULD FALL

His production hasn’t yet matched his potential. He needs to continue to develop a stronger arsenal of moves as a pass rusher.

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Jayson Oweh

Edge Rusher Penn State
Year RS Sophomore
Age 22
Height 6'5"
Weight 255
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2020 STATS
Based on 7 games played
  • Tackles
    38 TKLS
  • Tackles For Loss
    6.5 TFL
  • Sacks
    0 SACKS

Explosive pass rusher with elite physical traits and unrivaled upside, but uneven sack production

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Oweh has a low-cut, chiseled frame with a powerful base, tapered torso, and long arms. The Nittany Lions star boasts a springy first step and rare athletic talent; he’s reportedly been timed at 4.33 seconds in the 40-yard dash, per The Athletic’s Bruce Feldman, to go with a 36-inch vertical jump, a 380-pound bench press, and a 365-pound power clean. Those explosive traits show up on the field. Oweh uncoils out of his stance and flies off the edge. He has incredible quickness to knife inside on stunts, and knows how to use his speed advantage to create a powerful bull rush. He keeps his feet churning, and is strong with his hands, swatting at offensive linemen’s punch attempts to keep himself clean. He has an effective cross-chop move. 

Against the run, he has more than enough speed to string runs out to the sideline, making it tough for runners to get to the edge. Oweh stacks offensive linemen to keep the ballcarrier in view, and is a strong tackler. He wraps up and brings some vinegar as a hitter. 

Oweh is a relatively inexperienced player who didn’t take up football until his junior year of high school. He can be a bit too reliant on physical talent, and needs to develop a more complete pass-rush repertoire. And his production doesn’t yet match his athletic potential: Oweh tallied 5.0 sacks in 13 games in 2019 and zero sacks in seven games in 2020. He’s disruptive, but will need to improve his finishing skills at the next level.

WHY HE COULD RISE

Oweh has the combination of size, explosiveness, and power that makes him worth betting on; he may offer the highest ceiling of any pass rusher in this class.

WHY HE COULD FALL

While generally disruptive as a defender, his zero sacks in 2020 could give teams pause.

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Javonte Williams

Running Back North Carolina
Year Junior
Age 20
Height 5'10"
Weight 220
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2020 STATS
Based on 11 games played
  • Yards
    1140 YDS
  • Yards Per Carry
    7.3 YPC
  • Touchdowns
    19 TDS
  • Receptions
    25 REC
  • 20-plus Yard Plays
    20 20+

Physical, tackle-breaking running back with innate burst and balance; bring the whole team when you’re trying to take this guy down

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Williams has a thick, compact build and runs with physicality and burst. A former three-star recruit who got just one FBS offer, the Tar Heels star won second-team All-American honors in 2020 after rushing for 1,140 yards and 19 touchdowns, adding 305 yards and three scores through the air (his 22 total touchdowns ranked fourth in the country). Williams’s defining trait is his ability to break tackles―he averaged more broken tackles per rush attempt (0.48) last year than any other FBS running back since 2014, according to PFF―and he does so with a combination of foot quickness and off-the-charts contact balance. Rarely brought down by the first guy who tries to corral him, he’s a slippery runner who powers through arm tackles and knows how to use stiff-arms to keep defenders off him; even when would-be tacklers can get their hands on him, he locks horns with them, stays upright, and churns his feet to pick up valuable extra yards. 

Williams shows an innate feel as an anticipatory runner, picking up his feet or chopping his steps to avoid ankle tackles. He has good patience to let blocks set up in front of him, and he has plenty of juice to bounce runs outside and get to the corner. He’s not a burner but can create big plays by cutting downhill and leaping over defenders. Williams was a playmaker for North Carolina in the passing game, where, you guessed it, he broke oodles of tackles, too. 

Williams did have a few drops in the passing game, and while he runs with the ideal combination of physicality and effort, there could be questions about his ability to shoulder heavy workloads at the next level. He carried the ball 20-plus times just four times in his 35-game career.

WHY HE COULD RISE

Williams is a creator on the ground, capable of breaking tackles or leaping over defenders to find yards that most backs would miss.

WHY HE COULD FALL

He’s posted just one season of high-end numbers and may lack the ability to take on a heavy workload in the NFL.

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Greg Newsome II

Defensive Back Northwestern
Year Junior
Age 20
Height 6'1"
Weight 190
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2020 STATS
Based on six games played
  • Tackles
    12 TKLS
  • Tackles For Loss
    1 INTS
  • Pass Breakups
    9 PBU

Long, playmaking cornerback with balance, ball skills, and instincts in coverage

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Newsome has an angular, sinewy frame with go-go-gadget arms. A former three-star recruit, the Wildcats standout locked down opponents during the shortened 2020 season, posting nine pass breakups and a pick. Newsome showed off his ball-hawking skill in three seasons with the team, tallying a total of 24 passes defensed.

Newsome got a handful of reps in the slot but primarily aligned on the outside. He plays in a low, balanced stance that helps him react quickly and change direction on a dime. He’s very reactive in coverage and regularly runs opposing receivers routes for them. He has a smooth backpedal and quick feet, and doesn’t lose any speed or balance when he flips his hips to run with opponents. He is a natural in half-turn technique, where he can keep his eyes in the backfield and get an early break on routes. And Newsome is very stingy deep; he gave up just one reception of 10-plus yards on 15 targets in 2020, per Pro Football Focus. He uses his length at the catch point and is adept positioning himself to get his hands on the ball to knock it down. He’s an aggressive, wrap-up tackler who’s not afraid to deliver a hit. 

Newsome played in a zone-heavy defense at Northwestern. He’s physical at the catch point—at times, a little too physical.

WHY HE COULD RISE

Newsome combines ideal length, quickness, and ball skills in coverage; he anticipates routes and stays over the top down the field.

WHY HE COULD FALL

Durability could be a concern for some teams; Newsome missed eightgames as a freshman, three more as a sophomore, then left Northwestern’s game against Ohio State with a groin injury.

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Wyatt Davis

Guard Ohio State
Year RS Junior
Age 21
Height 6'4"
Weight 315
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2020 STATS
Based on eight games played
  • Games
    8 GMS
  • Starts
    8 STARTS
  • Sacks Allowed
    1 SK ALL

Athletic interior brawler; he’s tough to move in pass protection and powerful in the run game

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Davis is a big, powerfully built interior lineman with keg-sized legs and long arms. The Buckeyes standout earned first-team All-American honors in 2019, surrendering zero sacks on the quarterback in 400-plus pass-pro reps, then followed that campaign with another sterling performance in 2020, giving up just one sack. Davis has a strong, accurate punch; he gets inside opponents’ pads and forklifts them off their spot. He shows natural upper body flexibility to bend and give but not cede ground with his feet. He grows roots at the point of attack and holds the line. He’s very aware, passing off and picking up stunts into his area. He’s rarely caught off guard or rocked back into the pocket.

As a run blocker, Davis generates movement at the point of attack using superior leverage and nonstop foot churn. He plays with a feisty demeanor, looking for people to hit. He’s a good finisher when he can get his hands on someone at the second level, sending poor, hapless defensive backs flying out of the screen. He has the agility to pivot and seal off the backside of the play. Davis should be scheme versatile, with the size and movement skills to play in either zone-blocking or man-based schemes. 

Davis struggles at times when targeting defenders at the second level, either whiffing or showing indecision on whom to block. He lacks the height to play at tackle and suffered knee injuries while at Ohio State, including one sustained in the national championship game loss to Alabama. A former five-star recruit out of Bellflower, California, Davis also played basketball in high school. He’s the grandson of NFL Hall of Famer Willie Davis.

WHY HE COULD RISE

Davis is a big, physical people-mover with an ideal blend of power and quickness.

WHY HE COULD FALL

He’s a bit inconsistent blocking at the second level and multiple knee injuries could be a red flag.

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Elijah Moore

Wide Receiver Mississippi
Year Junior
Age 20
Height 5'9"
Weight 185
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2020 STATS
Based on 8 games played
  • Yards
    1193 YDS
  • Yards Per Reception
    13.9 YPR
  • Touchdowns
    8 TDS
  • Receptions
    86 REC
  • 20-plus Yard Plays
    16 20+

Twitchy, versatile pass catcher who lacks size but plays big; he runs sharp routes, catches everything, and makes hay at all three levels

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Listed at 5-foot-9, Moore lacks height for the position, but has a sturdy frame with long arms and a muscular lower half. The Rebels star won first-team All-American honors in 2020 following a prolific pass-catching campaign, a season in which he averaged a national-best 10.8 catches and 149.1 yards per game (collecting 86 receptions for 1,193 yards and eight touchdowns in just eight games). Stepping up as the go-to guy in Ole Miss’s passing game, the former four-star recruit played primarily out of the slot but got some looks on the outside and occasionally as a de facto running back out of the backfield, where he showed vision and elusiveness with the ball. Moore plays a tough, physical brand of football; he’s fearless over the middle, showing no hesitation to go up to get the ball in traffic. He’s got sticky mitts, plucking off-target passes out of the air, at times with one hand. He notched just two drops in 2020, according to Pro Football Focus, with just 10 drops on 200 catchable targets in his three-year career. 

Moore is sudden and twitchy with the ball in his hands, and was frequently deployed on end arounds, jet sweeps, and screens, shaking off tackles to pick up yards after the catch. But he’s effective deep, too, utilizing mean double moves, head fakes, and shoulder shakes to create separation and beat defenders downfield. Moore is dangerous on the slot fade, where he eats up a cushion before getting over the top of a defense, and he tracks the ball well downfield. 

Moore was schemed up easy, automatic looks (like screens, swing passes, and quick slants, etc.) in Lane Kiffin’s offense, boosting his overall numbers, and must prove that he can line up all over the formation and beat press-man coverage at the next level. His lack of size may be a concern for some teams, and could pigeonhole him into a role as a slot receiver only.

WHY HE COULD RISE

Moore is a natural playmaking pass catcher with quickness, versatility, and reliable hands; his production speaks for itself.

WHY HE COULD FALL

He’s undersized and might be limited to running routes out of the slot at the next level.

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Tyson Campbell

Defensive Back Georgia
Year Junior
Age 20
Height 6'2"
Weight 185
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2020 STATS
Based on 10 games played
  • Tackles
    29 TKLS
  • Tackles For Loss
    1 INTS
  • Pass Breakups
    5 PBU

Souped-up cornerback with scintillating traits; boasts top-end speed, agility, and length

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Campbell has an angular, wiry frame with very long arms. A former high school state champion sprinter and five-star prospect (the no. 2 DB nationally), he started all 10 games for Georgia in 2020, tallying 29 tackles, 3.0 tackles for a loss, and five passes defensed (tied for the team high). Campbell’s high-end speed and twitchy change of direction skills are the first traits that jump off the tape, and he uses both to his advantage in coverage. The Bulldogs star is smooth and controlled playing in half-turn technique, and he flips his hips to stay in phase with little effort. He’s explosive in his click-and-close, and transitions from side strafe to cut downhill in the blink of an eye. He shows the ability to turn and find the ball in the air, and uses his length at the catch point, stretching his long arms to get his hands into the passing lane or knock the ball down. Campbell screams in on blitzes and could be more heavily utilized in that area at the next level. 

Campbell was not often targeted but his ball production was lacking. He notched just one interception in 33 games for Georgia. He is aggressive in coverage but can get a bit grabby downfield, and may need to clean that up at the next level to avoid penalties.

WHY HE COULD RISE

Campbell is an extraordinarily explosive athlete with quickness and length; his upside could rival any player in this draft.

WHY HE COULD FALL

Teams may question the lack of picks and passes defensed (10); he’s more of a traits-based projection than a complete product.

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Kadarius Toney

Wide Receiver Florida
Year Senior
Age 22
Height 5'11"
Weight 189
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2020 STATS
Based on 11 games played
  • Yards
    984 YDS
  • Yards Per Reception
    14.1 YPR
  • Touchdowns
    10 TDS
  • Receptions
    70 REC
  • 20-plus Yard Plays
    21 20+

Sudden, ascending playmaker with a hybrid skill set; can take the top off a defense as a receiver or create big plays from the backfield

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Toney has a slender, athletic frame and plays with an electrifying style defined by suddenness and fast-twitch change of direction―at times it’s like he can teleport on command to avoid tacklers. The former high school quarterback broke out in a big way in 2020, leading Florida receivers with 70 catches for 984 yards and 10 touchdowns while adding 161 yards and a score on the ground. The Gators star brings rare tackle-breaking talent to the field, both after the catch and when he takes a handoff out of the backfield, and he presents a big-play threat every time he touches the ball. 

Toney has an incredible ability to stay on his feet after taking hits, regularly spinning and twisting away to somehow keep moving downfield. But he’s more than just a gadget player, and has shown toughness over the middle, good concentration when catching the ball in traffic, skill in tracking the ball over his head, and the ability to leap up to attack the ball at its highest point. He runs a sick whip route; his hesitation step on double moves is devastating to defenders, often leaving them flat-footed and unable to recover; and he’s proved to be a vertical threat both from the slot and on the outside. Bottom line, safeties need to know where this guy is on the field at all times. Toney also returned 11 punts for 139 yards in 2020 (12.6 yard average), taking one to the house.

Toney is not afraid to mix it up as a blocker, but doesn’t have much sand in his pants to create movement or sustain blocks. He has a lot of work to do to refine his route running at the next level. And while his tackle-breaking is impressive, he can be chaotic (as opposed to smooth) in his movements both as a route runner and as a runner after the catch, often tripping or stumbling in the open field. Toney is sudden but may lack elite long speed.

WHY HE COULD RISE

Toney has explosive acceleration as a receiver and extraordinary elusiveness as a ballcarrier; he’s the type of playmaker opposing defenses have to game plan for. 

WHY HE COULD FALL

He has posted just one season of top-tier production; still raw as a route runner and may be limited to slot-only duties early in his career.

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Rondale Moore

Wide Receiver Purdue
Year RS Sophomore
Age 20
Height 5'9"
Weight 180
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2020 STATS
Based on three games played
  • Yards
    270 YDS
  • Yards Per Reception
    7.7 YPR
  • Touchdowns
    0 TDS
  • Receptions
    35 REC

Souped-up pass catcher whose rare athleticism and playmaking talent belies his diminutive size

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Moore has a short, compact build and plays with incredible foot quickness and explosive burst. The former four-star recruit broke onto the scene as a true freshman for Purdue in 2018, winning first-team All-American honors and the Paul Hornung Award (given to the nation’s most versatile player) after notching a 114-catch, 1,258-yard, 12-touchdown line. He struggled with injuries and played in just four games as a sophomore, though, tallying 387 yards and two touchdowns, then missed a handful more games in 2020 due to a hamstring issue, finishing the COVID-shortened season with 35 catches for 270 yards in three outings. Moore surely would’ve preferred to finish out his college career on a higher note after getting off to such a promising start, but NFL teams shouldn’t gloss over the dynamic impact he made in 2018―nor forget he’s one of the most explosive players, at any position, in this draft. 

Moore is a rare, spring-loaded athlete who could dunk the ball as a 5-foot-7 high schooler, ran a 4.33-second 40-yard dash at the Nike Opening, and was recently filmed jumping 42 inches in the vert. He boasts incredible foot quickness to beat press and get off the line, and he looks a little bit like a running back when the ball is in his hands. The Boilermakers schemed up ways to get Moore involved, deploying him on a combination of end arounds, sweeps, screens, out routes, and slants, where his talent as an after-the-catch runner and tackle breaker could be utilized. Moore is also dangerous down the field, whether he’s running deep down the sideline, on a crosser, or up the seams. He shows the speed to get over the top, and good tracking skills to run under it. He is also a dangerous return man. 

With just one full season (which came in 2018) under his belt, though, Moore is one of the draft’s big wild cards. His lack of size could be a concern for some teams, and others may question how much Purdue’s scheme boosted his production.

WHY HE COULD RISE

Moore is an ascending talent with the versatility, speed, and explosiveness every offensive coach covets.

WHY HE COULD FALL

He hasn’t played a full season in two years; his lack of size could limit his utility at the next level.

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Alex Leatherwood

Tackle Alabama
Year Senior
Age 22
Height 6'6"
Weight 312
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Based on 13 games played
  • Games
    13 GMS

Rugged, battle-hardened offensive lineman with ideal size, excellent power, and positional versatility

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Leatherwood is a big, burly offensive lineman with a power-generating lower half, a well proportioned frame, and long arms. A former 5-star recruit, he manned the right guard spot in 2018 before moving to the blindside for Alabama the past two seasons. He anchored the Joe Moore Award winning offensive line in 2020, allowing just two sacks on 832 snaps en route to winning the Outland Trophy and First-Team All-American honors. Leatherwood is as battle-tested as they come, with 48 career games―including 41 consecutive―under his belt. 

The former Crimson Tide stalwart plays with a cool, calm, and collected demeanor as a blocker, showing few wasted movements in his pass set. He uses his hands independently, punching and locking out one arm while grappling with the other. He utilizes his length well, making it very tough for defenders to get into his body. And he has very good recovery skills; Even when he gets knocked back two or three steps into the pocket he consistently re-anchors and finds his balance. Leatherwood shows great awareness on the edge, picking up stunts effortlessly. In the run game, Leatherwood creates movement at the point of attack, and he’s a freight train on down-blocks, clearing out huge run lanes. 

Leatherwood is a bit heavy-footed on the move, and misses his target, or comes in too high, at the second level. Push/pull moves work on him because he has the tendency to lean forward when trying to land his punch. Some teams may see his best fit at guard in the NFL.

WHY HE COULD RISE

Leatherwood is a big, powerful, and technically sound offensive lineman with excellent length and valuable positional versatility.

WHY HE COULD FALL

He lacks elite foot quickness and some teams may project him as a guard at the next level.

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Landon Dickerson

Center Alabama
Year RS Senior
Age 22
Height 6'5"
Weight 344
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Based on 12 games played
  • Games
    12 GMS

Big, barrel-chested interior lineman who plays with ballast and power―but has struggled to stay healthy

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Dickerson is an absolute unit, sporting massive legs, long arms, and a rotund, wide upper half. A former 5-star recruit who started his career at Florida State before transferring to Alabama, Dickerson is as versatile as they come, with starting experience at every spot on the offensive line. He played the majority of his snaps at center in 2020, though, winning First-Team All American honors and the Rimington Trophy (awarded to the nation’s top center), and projects as an interior lineman only in the NFL.   

Dickerson manned the middle of the line for an absolutely dominant Alabama offense in 2020, earning a reputation as a highly-respected leader. He plays with a sumo wrestler’s leverage and is a brick wall at the point of attack. He plays with a nasty temperament on the field, looking to dole out punishment to opponents who cross his path. And while he’s not exactly fleet of foot, he’s surprisingly smooth sliding out into the second level to wall off backside defenders. 

The big worry for Dickerson, though, is his injury history. He’s suffered four season-ending injuries in five college seasons, the most recent injury (knee ligament damage) coming in the team’s SEC Championship win over Florida. Dickerson also tore his ACL in 2016, missed nine games to an ankle injury in 2017, and redshirted in 2018 because of another ankle injury.

WHY HE COULD RISE

Dickerson is a brawler on the interior, boasting the ideal combination of size, strength, and football I.Q. to man either guard spot or center.

WHY HE COULD FALL

His lengthy injury history could cause some teams to pass.

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Liam Eichenberg

Tackle Notre Dame
Year RS Senior
Age 23
Height 6'6"
Weight 300
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Based on 12 games played
  • Games
    12 GMS
  • Starts
    12 STARTS

Tough, no-nonsense tackle with an appealing combination of length, strength, and consistency as a blocker

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Eichenberg has a sturdy, well-built frame with a powerful lower half and long arms. A former four-star recruit, he was a three-year starter at left tackle for the Fighting Irish (logging 38 total starts) and won second-team All-American honors in 2020 at that spot. Eichenberg plays with a wide base and has a smooth, balanced pass set. He mirrors effortlessly, plays with good upper body torque, and has shown the ability to recover and re-set his feet when knocked back initially. He has good awareness as a blocker, keeping his head on a swivel to pick up stunts and twists. Eichenberg hasn’t allowed a sack since the 2018 season.  

In the run game, the Golden Domer is tough and physical. He fires into defenders, plays with good leverage, and runs his feet to create push. He has strong hands to grapple in the run game, and positions himself smoothly to wall off on the backside of runs. He’s a solid mover in space, and can really get rolling on screen plays. Eichenberg plays to the whistle and looks to light defenders up when he gets the chance.

He does struggle matching speed to the outside at times, and he can get caught lunging when he misses his punch.

WHY HE COULD RISE

Eichenberg is an experienced and reliable left tackle who brings consistency, snap in and snap out; he’s not flashy but offers starting potential at either tackle spot from Day 1.

WHY HE COULD FALL

He gets caught lunging at times, and may project best at right tackle in the pros.

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Jabril Cox

Linebacker LSU
Year Senior
Age 22
Height 6'3"
Weight 229
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2020 STATS
Based on 10 games played
  • Tackles
    58 TKLS
  • Tackles For Loss
    6.5 TFL
  • Sacks
    1.0 SACKS

Productive, playmaking linebacker with a natural feel in coverage and excellent ball skills

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Cox has an athletic, high-cut frame with long arms. A graduate transfer to LSU, he started his career at North Dakota State, where he was a two-time FCS All American and helped the team win three straight FCS national titles. Cox has been wildly productive for both of his college teams: He racked up 258 tackles, 32 tackles for loss, 14 sacks, six interceptions, and 18 pass deflections in three seasons for the Bison, and won the MVC Defensive Player of the Year award in 2018; and in 10 games for the Tigers last season, he totaled 6.5 tackles for loss, three interceptions, a pick-six, and five pass deflections, finishing as a semifinalist for the Butkus Award. 

Cox frequently played over the slot or in an overhang spot as an outside linebacker for LSU. He’s a smooth mover, capable of turning, flipping his hips, and staying in phase with route runners down the field. He’s sticky in coverage when matched up against tight ends and running backs, and is very aware in space; he keeps his eyes on both the quarterback and receivers to anticipate and jump routes. He’s patient when setting the edge. He plays the read-option mesh point well, splitting the difference to force the pitch then string the run out. He’s decisive at the second level, reacting instantly to runs as he flies downhill to slip through cracks in the offensive line, and he’s got outstanding closing speed. He’s an explosive downhill tackler who uses his athleticism and length to close the gap to the defender and make the stop. 

Cox lacks the bulk to really thump in the run game, and will need to improve his ability to get off blocks at the next level. He may need to turn his aggressiveness up a few notches in the NFL, as he was a bit tentative at times as a tackler, and didn’t always pursue from the back side with enough urgency.

WHY HE COULD RISE

Cox is a savvy, athletic off-ball linebacker with natural ball-hawking instincts and coverage chops.

WHY HE COULD FALL

He’s slightly undersized for the linebacker position and some teams may view him as a subpackage player early in his career.

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Joe Tryon

Edge Rusher Washington
Year RS Junior
Age 21
Height 6'5"
Weight 252
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2019 STATS
Based on 13 games played
  • Tackles
    41 TKLS
  • Tackles For Loss
    12.5 TFL
  • Sacks
    8.0 SACKS

Tenacious and powerful pass rusher with length, versatility, and a nonstop motor

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Tryon is built to play from Day 1, boasting a burly frame with long arms and a muscular base. The Washington standout opted out of the 2020 season but did enough in 2019 (8.0 sacks, 12.5 tackles for a loss, and a pass knockdown in 13 games) to make preseason watch lists for the Bronko Nagurski and Butkus awards. Frequently double-teamed in Washington’s defensive front, Tryon was still productive against both the run and the pass. He plays with a quick first step and a strong punch, skillfully converting speed to power on the bull rush. He administers a devastating long-arm stab, and has a very good push/pull move. During his rush he has active, forceful hands, and never stops slashing and chopping to disengage. He keeps his feet churning, and is always a moving target for offensive linemen to try to block. Tryon’s length shows up when he finishes, helping him reel in a quarterback who tries to sneak out of the pocket. And he has an effective inside counter move; he shoots off the edge, then puts his foot in the ground to cut back to the inside with speed that makes it tough for tackles to recover. 

Tryon has experience lining up at multiple spots on the line—both as a defensive end and as a standup linebacker—and showed speed and body control dropping back in space. Against the run, he stacks blocks and drops his anchor. He shows good strength to disengage and control the rep, and plays with good leverage. 

Tryon is more of a power player than an explosion-based speed rusher. He’s a little stiff when trying to bend the edge and has posted just one season of high-end stats.

WHY HE COULD RISE

Tryon is an ascending pass rusher with the size and skill set to be an early impact playmaker on the edge.

WHY HE COULD FALL

He posted just one productive season and lacks agility as a rusher.

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Daviyon Nixon

Interior Defensive Lineman Iowa
Year RS Junior
Age 22
Height 6'2"
Weight 306
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2020 STATS
Based on eight games played
  • Tackles
    45 TKLS
  • Tackles For Loss
    13.5 TFL
  • Sacks
    5.5 SACKS

Big bowling ball of a defensive lineman with a powerful first step and natural agility; a disruptor from the interior

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Nixon has a rotund, high-cut frame with a barrel chest and very long arms. A JUCO transfer from Iowa Western Community College, the Hawkeyes star built on a promising 2019 campaign (3.0 sacks, 5.5 TFL, and five pressures) with a breakout year in 2020, collecting 5.5 sacks, 13.5 tackles for loss, a forced fumble, and an interception―a 71-yard pick-six against Penn State. He won first-team All-American honors and the Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year Award. Nixon lines up at three-technique and nose tackle, where he uses a quick first step and deft change-of-direction skills to disrupt the pocket. He’s extraordinarily light on his feet for a big man but plays with good leverage, uprooting opponents with torque and power. He has an effective swim move and very active hands, which he uses to swipe and club away at offensive linemen―sometimes leaving them flailing. He shows awareness of screens and misdirection, and has the range to track down ballcarriers and make tackles in space. He’s a strong tackler who wraps up at the thighs and rolls. 

Nixon stops his feet when he’s locked up with blockers at times, causing his pass rush to stall. He occasionally loses track of the ballcarrier, and can get overwhelmed and pushed off his spot against double-teams.

WHY HE COULD RISE

Nixon combines size, power, and nimble grace on the interior defensive line. He has the skill set to contribute on all three downs early in his career.

WHY HE COULD FALL

He posted just one season with high-end numbers, and will need to continue to expand his pass-rush tool set at the next level.

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Asante Samuel Jr.

Defensive Back Florida State
Year Junior
Age 21
Height 5'10"
Weight 185
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2020 STATS
Based on eight games played
  • Tackles
    31 TKLS
  • Tackles For Loss
    3 INTS
  • Pass Breakups
    6 PBU

Ball-hawking cornerback with high-end athleticism and anticipation in coverage

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SCOUTING REPORT

Samuel has a compact, muscular build with long arms. He’s a dynamo athlete with twitched-up acceleration, sudden change of direction, and lighting-quick feet. The son of four-time Pro Bowler Asante Samuel, the former four-star recruit won first-team All ACC honors in 2020 after notching three picks, six passes defended, and a forced fumble on just 32 targets, per PFF. In three seasons at Florida State, Samuel racked up four interceptions, 29 pass deflections, and a forced fumble in 32 games. 

Samuel has experience lining up on both sides of the field. He has a low, balanced stance, and is comfortable in half-turn technique, where he can keep his eyes on the quarterback and on the routes developing in front of him. He shows excellent anticipation, and has the ball production to show for it. He breaks on routes aggressively, closes quickly, and gets his hands into passing lanes. Samuel has the balance and body control to make plays on the ball at the catch point, and can really elevate to disrupt 50-50 balls. He lacks bulk, but he’s not afraid to lay a hit against the run. 

Samuel can be a little late to get his head around at times, and he gets grabby downfield. He lacks size, and some teams may project him on the inside at the next level. 

WHY HE COULD RISE

Samuel is an explosive, twitched up playmaker with instincts in coverage and excellent ball-skills.

WHY HE COULD FALL

His diminutive size could be a factor for some teams.

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Jalen Mayfield

Tackle Michigan
Year Junior
Age 20
Height 6'5"
Weight 320
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2020 STATS
Based on two games played
  • Games
    2 GMS
  • Starts
    2 STARTS

Steadfast offensive lineman with light feet, the versatility to play multiple positions, and an aggressive demeanor

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SCOUTING REPORT

Mayfield is a sturdy, powerfully built lineman with a wide, muscular frame. The Wolverines standout appeared in three games at left tackle as a true freshman, then made 13 starts at right tackle in 2019 before finishing out his career with another two starts at that spot in 2020. Mayfield plays with easy movement skills. He’s smooth and balanced in his pass set, showing little wasted movement. He showed the ability to “ride the bull” and recover well enough to salvage his block even when knocked back initially. 

In the run game, Mayfield fires out of his stance, creates push, and annihilates dudes on down blocks. He can reach and seal on the edge, and is very quick when pulling or moving down to the second level. He targets defenders well and moves his feet to seal them from the play. He plays with the right amount of belligerence and he puts plenty of pancakes on tape. Mayfield looks to punish defenders who venture close enough to him when he’s blocking in space. He has the body type and athleticism to tackle or guard at the next level. 

Mayfield will need to tighten up his strike zone with his punch; too often, he shoots his hands high and wide, sometimes landing on opponents’ shoulder pads. He gets caught lunging at times. He logged a limited number of starts in his college career, playing just two games in 2020 after opting out, then opting back in.

WHY HE COULD RISE

Mayfield is an athletic, well-built, and versatile lineman with the blocking chops to contribute early in both the passing game and on the ground.

WHY HE COULD FALL

He’s relatively inexperienced, with just one full season as a starter.

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Jackson Carman

Guard Clemson
Year Junior
Age 21
Height 6'5"
Weight 345
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2020 STATS
Based on 12 games played
  • Games
    12 GMS
  • Starts
    12 STARTS

Beefy, battle-tested offensive lineman with ideal size, a physical style, and positional versatility

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Carman has a square, low-cut frame with tree-trunk legs and long arms. A former five-star recruit (and second-ranked offensive tackle in his class), Carman served as a rotational player as a freshman before taking over as the starter at left tackle as a sophomore, starting 27 games as Trevor Lawrence’s blindside protector in 2019 and 2020. Carman plays with physicality and a mean streak; he’s got a strong punch and heavy hands, helping him latch on to defenders and control his blocks. He clubs away at opponents’ arms to keep them from getting into his chest. And he’s balanced and measured in his pass set. 

Against the run, Carman is an easy mover in space, showing good burst as a blocker in space. He works his feet to reach and seal defenders in the run game, and moves smoothly from his first blocking assignment to finding and neutralizing the next. He offers positional versatility at both tackle spots, and potentially at guard, where his skill set would translate nicely. 

Carman can struggle with speed on the edge. He dominates the reps in which he’s able to get his hands inside, but too often shoots his punch wide, leading to lunging or blown blocks. He’s prone to getting out over his skis as a pass blocker and push/pull moves work too easily on him.

WHY HE COULD RISE

Carman’s a big, versatile lineman with an intriguing combination of size and athleticism; he brings the skill set to start early in his career.

WHY HE COULD FALL

He struggles with speed off the edge and may project best on the inside at the NFL level.

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