A final look at how the 2020 NFL Draft class shapes up on the Top 250 Big Board.
With the 2020 NFL Draft just one day away, we thought we’d take a stab at creating a big board of our top 250 players in this year’s draft. With the COVID-19 virus keeping everyone at home this will surely be a one of a kind draft day experience.
Stuck at home, Kevin Lanigan and I have poured hours upon hours over the last month watching tape, taking notes, analyzing stats, and determining our takes on these players. Below are the 250 players we had the chance to watch this year, and our takes on the top 200.
Overall, we view this as an incredible wide receiver and cornerback class, with some top-end tackle talent, great mid-round running backs, a couple of fantastic quarterback talents, and Chase freaking Young. For those that want safeties, defensive linemen, or interior offensive linemen there are several interesting but flawed prospects. If you want a tight end……good luck.
Keep in mind that when we look at players, we tend to value players that can help a team pass, and defend the pass. I’m sure this board won’t age well, as none do, but we hope this helps give you the knowledge you need to follow your favorite teams draft players over the next 3 days.
To go along with the 2020 NFL Draft Big Board, here are a couple of mock drafts from a couple of our writers (these won’t age well either):
1. Joe Burrow – QB
[LSU] Height: 6’3 Weight: 221
In 2019, Joe Burrow had one of the most incredible seasons in the history of college football. While he is somewhat of a “one-hit wonder”, that criticism is the only real knock on a prospect who demonstrated the underwhelming-but-requisite arm strength, incredible accuracy to every level of the field, elite processing skill, and functional mobility to become an elite quarterback in the NFL.
2. Chase Young – EDGE
[Ohio State] Height: 6’5 Weight: 264
Though there is no such thing as a sure thing, Chase Young is about as close as I’ve seen. We’ve seen physical freaks before, but not with the same polish in hand usage and pass rush moves that he possesses. He wins with speed and power, has an elite first step, and has dominated in every way you hope for a top 5 pick. The only reason Joe Burrow is ahead of him is positional value, pure and simple.
3. Jeffrey Okudah – CB
[Ohio State] Height: 6’1 Weight: 205
Another Ohio State product, Jeffrey Okudah has a whole lot going for him as a prospect. He has the size, length, and elite movement skills to stick in the NFL as a CB1. He has the alpha mentality I like to see in a cornerback and isn’t afraid to get physical with receivers. Despite this physical style and his tendency to stay glued to receivers in man coverage, he had zero penalties for holding or PI this past year. His zone instincts are great, making him a truly scheme-proof prospect. If you need a cornerback in the 2020 NFL Draft, Okudah is your best bet. He isn’t a sloppy cornerback.
4. Tua Tagovailoa – QB
[Alabama] Height: 6’0 Weight: 217
Tua Tagovailoa is a tricky prospect as we aren’t sure whether he will be able to stay healthy at the next level. If he can, the team that drafts him will be getting quite the prospect in the 2020 NFL Draft. From the end of 2017 until his injury in 2019, Tua was being heralded as a top 10 draft prospect. He has had two very productive years against top SEC competition (75 touchdowns to 9 interceptions from 2018-2019 in 24 starts). He throws with great zip, touch, and has the ability to make every NFL throw. From his mobility to extend plays, to his proficiency in the timing throws, he has a game very translatable to the NFL. Outside of the very real injury concerns, the only real knock on him is that he played with one of the greatest supporting casts in college football history. This led him to have mostly open throws to receivers that he could trust to make plays even when they weren’t open. He also had an offensive line that kept him from being pressured often. If I am a GM and he passes my medical tests, I’m very comfortable making Tua my franchise quarterback in the NFL Draft.
5. Isaiah Simmons – LB
[Clemson] Height: 6’4 Weight: 238
Isaiah Simmons‘s otherworldly athleticism and his ability to play almost any position or role on defense help him transcend the typically lesser value of the traditional linebacker. His ability to affect the passing game in both pass rush and coverage is unmatched in this linebacker class. He can eliminate tight ends and running backs in the passing game and is a force against the run. His ceiling is completely dependent on how creative a team wants to be with him. There isn’t much else that needs to be said about Isaiah Simmons. He’s one of the best players in the 2020 NFL Draft.
6. CeeDee Lamb – WR
[Oklahoma] Height: 6’2 Weight: 198
CeeDee Lamb‘s combination of ball skills, proficient route running, and elite ability after the catch makes him the top wide receiver prospect in this class. He should step in and be the lead receiver for a team immediately, and projects to be a force at all levels of the field, despite his average athleticism and slighter frame. He projects to be the type of player that an offense can run through and is the best wide receiver in the 2020 NFL Draft.
7. Jerry Jeudy – WR
[Alabama] Height: 6’1 Weight: 193
Though Jerry Jeudy‘s elite route running has many projecting him to play primarily as a slot receiver, his ability to beat the press on the boundary and his speed to win down the field allows him to play both inside and out. Long thought to be the clear-cut top receiver in the NFL Draft, many have soured on him as the top wide receiver in the class. However, his ability to separate, create yards after the catch, and win down the field project him as a versatile and complete wide receiver at the top of the NFL Draft with the potential to transform a passing attack.
8. Tristan Wirfs – T
[Iowa] Height: 6’5 Weight: 320
Tristan Wirfs is one of the freakiest athletes in the NFL Draft (4.85 40-yard dash at 320 pounds), but that’s not all he brings to the table. He comes from an Iowa program that is a seemingly endless pipeline of well-coached NFL talent, and it has shown up in his massive improvements each year at Iowa. He plays with incredible power and leverage in the run game, but also has the quick feet to thrive as a pass blocker. His balance is elite, which is a must-have at the NFL level, but he doesn’t have the length that many teams look for in their tackles. In addition to this lack of length, he played mostly right tackle at Iowa, and the combination of these two facts may lead some teams to view him as a more of a guard than a tackle. Whichever spot a team decides to play him at, Wirfs is an elite traits lineman whose continued improvement bodes well for his NFL development.
9. Jedrick Wills – T
[Alabama] Height: 6’4 Weight: 312
Jedrick Wills Jr. improved greatly from his 2018 to 2019 season, dominating as both a run-blocker and pass-blocker as a 2-year starter at Alabama. Viewed as a high-IQ player, he has a gift for making in-game adjustments after learning the tendencies of the pass rusher across from him. He is both explosive and agile, has an incredible motor and the mean streak you want from a stud offensive tackle. Like Wirfs, he thrives on his light feet and balance in pass protection, with mauling strength in the run game. Also, like Wirfs, Wills played right tackle for Alabama, but it’s worth noting that this was actually Tua’s blindside. The only real consistent flaws on tape were his tendency to cheat outside, giving up the inside move, and a habit of mistimed punches. In a seemingly top-heavy tackle class, Jedrick Wills Jr. is an elite prospect for an NFL team looking to add a well balanced offensive tackle with a high ceiling in pass protection and run blocking in the 2020 NFL Draft.
10. Andrew Thomas – T
[Georgia] Height: 6’5 Weight: 315
Andrew Thomas is a slightly more difficult evaluation than Wirfs or Wills, but he has some elite traits that are hard to ignore. At 6’5 315 and over 36 inch arms, this man is the prototypical size for an offensive tackle in the NFL. He is a 3-year starter (at both left and right tackle) for an elite Georgia program in the Elite SEC conference and became a top talent by 2019. The main criticisms lobbied against Thomas are his issues with balance in both run blocking and pass protection, but his recovery footwork, blocking technique, and insanely strong initial punch led him to give up just 5 sacks in 41 games. That’s the production I’ll bet on, especially when combined with his unteachable traits. If he can be coached up to shore up some of his fixable issues, he may very well be the best tackle in the NFL Draft.
11. Henry Ruggs – WR
[Alabama] Height: 5’11 Weight: 188
Henry Ruggs is an excellent route runner with good hands and solid releases that has the benefit of being an absolute burner. His speed will affect the way that defenses game plan and design their coverages, and his ability as a traditional wide receiver should help him take advantage of that. His production profile is severely lacking after spending time in Alabama’s loaded wide receiver room, but the traits and tape are hard to ignore and has the potential to be one of the biggest game-changing talents in the 2020 NFL Draft.
12. Kristian Fulton – CB
[LSU] Height: 6’0 Weight: 197
In one of the best cornerback classes in recent memory, LSU cornerback Kristian Fulton ranks 2nd on our board. Fulton is one of my favorite scheme-versatile corners in this class and has been a very productive leader in LSU’s secondary the last 2 years. He has great instincts and has the elite closing ability on any routes breaking in front of him. His size/speed/explosiveness combo is stellar for the position and his ability to turn that into excellence in both zone and man coverage impressed me on tape. Not without flaws, he did tend to struggle to get his head around on deeper routes, limiting his ability at the catch point. He also sometimes opens his hips early running downfield, causing him to get beat on comeback routes on tape a couple of times. In this year’s NFL draft, you’d be hard-pressed to find a corner with his movement skills, instincts in zone coverage, and consistent 2-year SEC success.
13. C.J. Henderson – CB
[Florida] Height: 6’1 Weight: 204
While CJ Henderson is a spot lower on the board, he has the elite movement skills that are rare in any NFL player. He is incredibly smooth turning his hips and is about as sticky as it gets in man coverage. There are some plays on tape where it’s easy to see how he could be viewed as the top corner in the draft. If you just watched his 2018 tape, there is a strong argument for that. Unfortunately, his 2019 tape is riddled with mental errors, missed tackles and big plays were given up in his coverage. Sometimes he trusts his physical traits too much and gives up too much space, trying to bait quarterbacks into throws in zone coverage. He is at his best when zoning in on his man in man coverage, using length and athleticism to win at the catch point and shows flashes of a true shut-down corner. In a scheme that is heavy on man coverage, Henderson can step in and has the potential to be a shut-down corner at the next level.
14. Xavier McKinney – S
[Alabama] Height: 6’0 Weight: 201
Xavier McKinney is a versatile safety prospect that excels at all levels of the defense. He has the zone coverage abilities to play deep, the man coverage abilities to line up in the slot, and is a strong run defender that isn’t afraid to lay down a hit when coming downhill, allowing him to excel in the box as well. An instinctual coverage player with good ball skills that can line up all over the field. While he lacks elite speed and explosive qualities, his instincts and smooth movement more than makeup for it. He is the favorite to be the first safety off the board in the 2020 NFL Draft
15. Grant Delpit – S
[LSU] Height: 6’3 Weight: 203
Grant Delpit‘s instincts in coverage, coupled with his elite range, his ball skills, and his length, make him potentially the best coverage safety in this class. He projects to be an immediate playmaker in coverage. His abysmal tackling is a clear negative to his game, but his ability to erase entire parts of the field and his propensity to make game-changing plays keeps him firmly near the top of the NFL Draft.
16. Trevon Diggs – CB
[Alabama] Height: 6’1 Weight: 205
Trevon Diggs was one of my favorite players to watch in this year’s NFL Draft. He battles with physicality and alpha-mentality that is common in star cornerbacks in the NFL. He has great size, length, and is a dominant player at the catch point. In press coverage, he is excellent at using his length and excellent play-strength to bully receivers at the line of scrimmage. He has improved every year, and his instincts were top-notch this past year. The primary reason Diggs sits a little lower on the board than the other corners is his lack of long speed, which leads him to get handsy downfield. In general, his footwork is a little sloppy and he isn’t as sticky on crossing routes as you’d hope. However, you can do worse than a confident, disruptive press corner, who possesses the ball skills and instincts to be dominant in the right scheme.
17. Javon Kinlaw – IDL
[South Carolina] Height: 6’5 Weight: 324
If you are wanting a potentially elite pass-rushing player on the defensive interior, Javon Kinlaw is the top option in this year’s NFL Draft. His length, explosiveness, and power are a rare combination that showed to be very effective in his tape this year. He can win with a powerful bull-rush and has the elite quickness to penetrate via shooting gaps. While he is still raw and inconsistent from a technique and pass-rush move standpoint, the elite traits are undeniable. While calling Kinlaw raw may make him seem risky, the fact is that he is still able to win with the tools he has today. If you are looking for a big flaw in Kinlaw’s game its that he tends to play high, hurting his leverage on his bullrush, and limiting his anchor in run defense. With that said, pass rush is king on the defensive line, and interior defensive lineman in the NFL Draft projects better at that than Kinlaw.
18. Antoine Winfield Jr.– S
[Minnesota] Height: 5’9 Weight: 203
Antoine Winfield Jr. is a natural cover safety with the range and instincts to play deep and the ball skills to make impact plays. He is a plus run defender, effective at attacking running plays at the line of scrimmage and makes big hits on the ball carrier, stopping them in their tracks, despite his smaller frame. Lack of length can show up at the catch point from time to time, and season-ending injuries in 2018 and 2019, coupled with his already smaller frame for the position create concerns about his durability that keep him from being higher up the board. If he can stay healthy, he is firmly in the conversation for the best safety prospect in the NFL Draft.
19. Derrick Brown – IDL
[Auburn] Height: 6’5 Weight: 326
I’m sure some will be surprised to see Derrick Brown this low, especially below Javon Kinlaw. While I view him as an incredibly talented run-defender, and a mammoth of a man in general, I just don’t see the pass-rushing upside that you want in a highly drafted interior defender. I love Brown’s ability to extend his arms, controlling linemen at the point of attack. He is better than any prospect I’ve seen at holding a player with one arm and using his other arm to reach out and make a tackle. His tackle radius is simply ridiculous. He has a very effective bull-rush, playing with great leverage to push the pocket back into the quarterback. With that said, most of his pass rush value came from pushing the pocket rather than penetrating. The other issue with his pass rush is that he doesn’t have the speed to win in pursuit, so even when he beat his man, he struggled to finish reps. The other big issue was that he had too many reps where his rush died on impact as his motor seemingly wore down. While I’m not as high on him as most, I view Brown as an elite run defender with the anchor to eat up double teams and provide some pocket push in pass-rush.
20. Justin Herbert – QB
[Oregon] Height: 6’6 Weight: 236
Justin Herbert is one of the more interesting, and polarizing prospects in the 2020 NFL Draft. First, I’ll lay out the positives. Herbert has the elite size and arm strength that is coveted by NFL teams. He has above-average athleticism. He has not only high-end reps but entire games where he dominates and it seems like he would be a top pick. He excels throwing down the seam, on crossing routes, and comeback routes. He has 43 power-5 starts and has an elite high-light tape. Now let’s take a look at the negatives. He never really improved after his promising sophomore year. He has erratic footwork that leads to bouts of inaccuracy to every level of the field. He struggles to throw with any amount of touch, looking uncomfortable throwing to running backs, throwing fly routes, and making throws that go over linebackers and under safeties. While he appears to be smart, he seems to lack confidence in his reads sometimes, hesitating and missing his window. There were entire games where he looked completely undraftable. With all this said, there are some notable excuses. He had a brutal supporting cast full of receivers that couldn’t separate and that he couldn’t trust in contested situations. He also had to play in various systems, never really allowing him to find any sort of rhythm. In general, if he pans out, he can turn around a franchise. I see his value later than some due to the various red flags on his tape.
21. K’Lavon Chaisson – EDGE
[LSU] Height: 6’3 Weight: 254
K’Lavon Chaisson is a very intriguing traits-dominant prospect. His movement skills are incredible, sporting the best first step in the class and the fluid hips and flexibility to drop into coverage and bend around the edge in pass-rush. Now if I stopped there, you’d think I was talking about a top-10 prospect. There are some questions, however. His production consistently left a lot to be desired and was truly puzzling on tape at times. I watched him absolutely dominate Alabama and then completely disappear against Utah State. He currently relies almost exclusively on his speed to win but has the length and coordination necessary to develop at the next level. As a pure traits prospect who is still very young (20), this seems like the right place in the NFL Draft to gamble on an unlimited upside.
22. Jaylon Johnson – CB
[Utah] Height: 6’0 Weight: 193
This past year, Jaylon Johnson was a key part of what was an incredible secondary for Utah. He has good size and length, but just average athleticism for the position. Johnson’s game is all about instincts. He has some incredible reps on tape where he runs the route for a receiver or breaks on a zone route early to make a play on the ball. He’s an absolute playmaker. He has improved every year and is great on reps with everything in front of him. He is great at recognizing route combinations and reading the eyes of the quarterback. When he can keep the receiver and quarterback in view, he is a beast. The big issue, however, is that sometimes he is so focused on the quarterback, that receivers get past him. Once they get past him, he doesn’t quite have the deep speed to catch up, so his discipline will have to improve in the NFL. He is a good run defender, is physical, and doesn’t give up YAC. If you draft Jaylon Johson in the 2020 NFL Draft, you are getting a tough, instinctive playmaker who is solid at the catch-point but has the bad habit of giving up space deep.
23. Denzel Mims – WR
[Baylor] Height: 6’3 Weight: 207
Denzel Mims‘s unique combination of size, speed, ball skills, and body control make him a threat as an outside receiver that projects to excel both down the field, and in the red zone, two of the most valuable places to be able to attack. He has a large frame and knows how to use that to his advantage on the boundary. Despite his limited route tree at Baylor, Mims showed at the senior bowl that he was a more polished route runner than his college scheme allowed him to showcase. He projects to be a potential top target for an offense, and his ability in the valuable areas of the field offers a team tremendous upside.
24. Mekhi Becton – T
[Louisville] Height: 6’7 Weight: 364
Mekhi Becton is the largest man in the last few NFL drafts, but you wouldn’t guess it based on how he moves. He is explosive, has quick feet, and has incredible power in his punches. He may have more highlight-worthy plays than any offensive lineman in the 2020 NFL Draft but has some issues. The first is that he seems a little clumsy sometimes, and this may become more of an issue in pass protection at the next level with better competition. The other thing is that while he pass-protected well this year, Louisville’s passing attack used mostly quick drops, play-action, roll-outs, and RPOs that make a lineman’s job much easier. There’s a chance Becton ends up the best lineman in the 2020 NFL Draft, but it’s tough to have the same level of confidence in him that I have in the linemen higher up on the board.
25. Curtis Weaver – EDGE
[Boise State] Height: 6’2 Weight: 265
Curtis Weaver was a really fun player to watch, with relentless hand-usage, pass rush moves, and a motor that gave offensive linemen fits in 2019. While this was against a lower level of competition in the MWC, its rare to see the type of polish he regularly demonstrated with his technique. He was consistently productive, with 34 sacks and 46.5 tackles for loss in 41 games, and showed an ability to win in multiple ways. While he doesn’t bend in the traditional sense, he keeps linemen from getting a hand on him and uses top-notch change-of direction to cut back to the quarterback. More quick than fast, he may have issues handling more athletic quarterbacks on the edge. The main criticism against him is the obvious bad weight he has on his frame. He doesn’t have the look or the length of an NFL prospect, but its tough to argue with his production and polish.
26. A.J. Terrell – CB
[Clemson] Height: 6’1 Weight: 195
A.J. Terrell is a 2-year starter for Clemson and has been very productive in both seasons. He has great size, length, and athleticism for the position, and plays with an encouraging toughness. He is a smooth mover, mirroring receivers to the catch point, where he does a good job turning his head back to the ball. My biggest issue with Terrell is his struggles at the catch point. He was so frequently in been in the perfect position to make a play but allowed the receiver to make the catch anyway. He also lacks some of the physicality and play-strength that make you worry he could get bullied by bigger receivers at the NFL level. Overall, he has good ball skills, elite movement, great height and length, and the mirror ability to develop into a solid starter at the NFL level.
27. Laviska Shenault – WR
[Colorado] Height: 6’1 Weight: 227
Laviska Shenault is among the most dangerous players in this class with the ball in his hands. His strong frame and athleticism allow him to win with both power and elusiveness and has a nearly unlimited arsenal at his disposal to win in the open field. While the number of routes he’s run consistently is somewhat limited, he has shown good separation skills and good hands at the catch point. He isn’t a traditional wide receiver, may require some refinement, and he has had several injuries over his college career, but his athleticism, unique versatility, and ability to make plays in a variety of ways with the ball in his hands make him a valuable addition to an offense.
28. Jalen Reagor – WR
[TCU] Height: 5’11 Weight: 206
Jalen Reagor is among the fastest, most explosive wide receivers in the NFL Draft and couples his natural athleticism with plus route running and ability after the catch. He has the speed to erase angles and take the ball to the house on any play. He excels at tracking the ball down the field and will aggressively attack the ball in the air, utilizing his explosive jumps to high point the ball. His hands in the short-to-intermediate area are not very reliable, and he can let the ball into his frame too often, but his speed, RAC ability, and separation skills all make him a potential focal weapon of an NFL offense.
29. Ashtyn Davis – S
[California] Height: 6’1 Weight: 202
Ashtyn Davis is among the best coverage players in the NFL Draft. HIs ridiculous range and zone instincts allow him to cover wide ranges of the field and make plays on the ball. His ball skills and ability at the catch point are excellent, and he rarely makes mistakes in coverage. He is sticky in man coverage and can be the counter to most things an offense throws at you. He is an older prospect at 24 years old, and he doesn’t offer much in run defense. Still, his ability to affect the passing game in meaningful ways on an every-down basis make him a valuable addition to any defense.
30. Josh Jones – T
[Houston] Height: 6’5 Weight: 319
Josh Jones is the last tackle that we view as worthy of a first-round pick after his dominant 2019 performance for Houston. In terms of pass protection, he looks sloppy often on tape, but still barely ever got beat. This could be because of the level of competition, but pass protection is more about avoiding disastrous reps than making splash plays, and no one got beat less than Jones. Run blocking is a little worse at this point. While run blocking, he sometimes loses balance and doesn’t have elite strength to make powerful blocks, but he always does his job. If he can improve his leverage in the run game, and his footwork in pass protection, he could become a high-end starter.
31. Brandon Aiyuk -WR
[Arizona State] Height: 6’0 Weight: 205
While Brandon Aiyuk only has good-not-great top-end speed, he is an explosive athlete that can create separation out of his breaks consistently and is a nightmare to defend once he has the ball in his hands. He is both elusive and tough as a runner and consistently generates yards after the catch. His catch radius is bigger than you would expect for 6’0 and he can elevate and make plays above the rim. His ability to attack vertically and maximize his short to intermediate passes with his ability after the catch makes him a threat all over the field. He struggles in press coverage, but his frame and explosiveness suggest that this is an area that he can improve on at the NFL level.
32. A.J. Epenesa – EDGE
[Iowa] Height: 6’5 Weight: 275
A.J. Epenesa is a big, long edge defender in the NFL Draft who excels in run defense, and wins with power and nuance in his pass rush. He tanked the combine, which pushes him down the board a little, but speed was never his game. He controls the edge with his length and is ferocious at shedding blocks to make run stops. While Epenesa may not have the highest ceiling as some of the other players in this class, he has a high floor and is very good at what he does. I see him as a great run defender who can also get 6-8 sacks a year, which could be quite valuable in the right system.
33. Patrick Queen – LB
[LSU] Height: 6’0 Weight: 229
Patrick Queen has the athleticism and traits to project to be an impact linebacker at the next level. His instincts are still unrefined, and he doesn’t seem to have a natural feel for zone coverage yet, but he comes into the league at only 20 years old and has the positive traits to stick while he develops the mental part of the game. He is a smooth-mover and, while he struggles sifting through traffic, he does well getting off one-on-one blocks and is a strong open-field tackler. His smoothness in his zone drops indicate that he should excel in coverage if he can improve the mental part of his game.
34. Justin Jefferson – WR
[LSU] Height: 6’1 Weight: 202
Justin Jefferson found his role in the slot this past season and made the most of it. His top-notch route running was on full display and his ridiculous hands and functional catch radius were showcased regularly. His projection to the slot, lack of true elusive qualities, and his inconsistency tracking the ball down the field (as shown more regularly in 2018) may limit his ceiling as a true playmaker in the NFL, but his ability to separate and catch the football, without a care for defenders or ball placement, make him one of the safest projections at the wide receiver position in the 2020 NFL Draft.
35. Cameron Dantzler – CB
[Mississippi State] Height: 6’2 Weight: 188
Cameron Dantzler is a 2-year starter in the SEC, and might be the most productive of any of the SEC corners in the NFL Draft. This past year Dantzler was targeted 29 times, generating 10 passes defended and 2 interceptions. That is an absurd rate of ball production that is even crazier when you consider that he only gave up 1 touchdown on 96 targets over his career in the toughest conference. While it seemed like a right of passage for every SEC corner to get torched by Ja’Marr Chase this past year, Dantzler effectively shut him down. His flaws are very real, however. For a very physical corner, being 6’2 188 pounds is ridiculously skinny. Combine this with his 4.64 40-yard dash at the combine, and there are some red flags. At his video pro day, he clocked another 40-yard dash at 4.38, which can’t plausibly be accurate, but it’s worth noting that it was extremely rare for any receiver to get a step of separation on him deep this past year. Overall, he may end up lacking the necessary size and athleticism, but I can’t bet against someone with his playmaking, skills at the catch point, physicality, instincts, and pure press coverage skills.
36. Julian Okwara – EDGE
[Notre Dame] Height: 6’4 Weight: 252
Like K’Lavon Chaisson, Julian Okwara is another player that has all of the physical traits to succeed, but is still working on getting the production. The really tantalizing thing about him is his ability to turn speed to power and truly dominate with the bull-rush. This, combined with his length, and ability to bend around the edge and you have some skills to bet on. He has some very real struggles in run defense, and doesn’t really project as someone who will “set the edge”, he does have good play-strength and should be able to improve in this aspect. In terms of pure pass-rush talent, it’s tough to find someone with more potential in the 2020 NFL Draft than Okwara.
37. Jeff Gladney – CB
[TCU] Height: 5’10 Weight: 191
Jeff Gladney is a feisty Big-12 cornerback from TCU (42 starts) who was tested often this past year and almost always rose to the occasion. The biggest knock on him is his lack of size, but he makes up for in large part with his speed and ability to stay glued to the hip of receivers down the field. He has quick feet, but struggles with his change of direction at times, leading him to get penalized a number of times. The toughest game for him was against Texas, where he was asked to man cover 6’6 Collin Johnson for the entire game. This truly was not a recipe for success and he was torched. At the NFL level it’s a little easier to mix and match corners to account for this, but it still hinders your value a little. His alpha mentality, aggressiveness, and ball skills, and speed are important skills however, so he has the upside to become a solid corner at the NFL level.
38. Michael Pittman Jr. – WR
[USC] Height: 6’4 Weight: 223
Michael Pittman is among the most physical receivers at the catch point in this class. His ball skills and understanding of his frame and how to use it are among his best weapons, and he is able to use his strength and physicality to create separation at all stages of his routes. After checking the “speed-box” at the combine, Michael Pittman‘s primary limitation becomes the fact that he isn’t the most explosive route runner, despite his technical ability, and that he doesn’t offer much after the catch. While his ability to be a reliable target, threaten vertically, and challenge defenses in the red zone make up for his lack of true dynamic trait, it is his ball skills elevate him in this talented wide receiver class. Our writer Joey took a look at Michael Pittman Jr. as a fantasy prospect.
39. Jordan Love – QB
[Utah State] Height: 6’4 Weight: 224
Jordan Love is a big, strong-armed quarterback in the 2020 NFL Draft who has shown the ability to make every throw and has stretches of NFL level play on tape. He has demonstrated the ability to make jaw-dropping dimes on back shoulder fades, flys, and posts. The issues are the amount of truly horrifying reps on tape. It appeared sometimes that he forgot that there was a defense on the field at times, throwing passes directly at Linebackers. He had a troubling lack of consistency, struggled under pressure, and didn’t seem to play with anticipation. That said, he was in a similar situation as Herbert in that he had no one to throw to and had multiple coaching changes during his time at Utah State. Overall, there are enough flashes that he is worth a long look, and could massively improve with better coaching, but there is a very low floor as well.
40. Bryce Hall – CB
[Virginia] Height: 6’1 Weight: 202
After 2018, Bryce Hall was viewed as one of the best cornerbacks in college. In 2018, Bryce Hall was targeted 72 times, with 24 passes defended and 2 interceptions. This is incredible production, and that type of talent can’t just disappear. Battling through injuries this past year, he looked like a totally different player, lacking speed and struggling with false steps and losses at the catch point. In terms of zone cover instincts, you can’t do better than Hall in this class. He is scheme-limited at the next level so I have him lower than others on the board, but in the right system, his elite ball skills and zone instincts could make him a very good NFL cornerback.
41. Cesar Ruiz – IOL
[Michigan] Height: 6’3 Weight: 307
Cesar Ruiz has started 31 games for Michigan over the last 3 years (5 at Guard, 26 at Center). On the field and as an athlete he isn’t the type of player who immediately stands out, but doesn’t lose that often in pass protection. In pass protection, he has improved each year and is very good at keeping defenders engaged and has a strong anchor. When run-blocking he lacks play strength, which causes him to lunge and lose balance sometimes. At only 20 years old, play strength is something that very much can be improved. Pass protection is the most important thing for offensive linemen, and Cesar Ruiz is on a great trajectory toward being a quality starter out of the 2020 NFL Draft class.
42. Kenneth Murray – LB
[Oklahoma] Height: 6’2 Weight: 241
Kenneth Murray is a rangy explosive linebacker that excels when attacking downhill and playing in the opponent’s backfield. He is a proficient blitzer and has flashed coverage ability, despite his very limited responsibilities in this area. His aggressiveness can lead to poor pursuit angles and missed tackles, but his playmaking ability and potential in coverage give him a ton of upside at the next level. Our writer Joey took a look at the IDP value of some of the top linebackers in the NFL Draft.
43. Zack Baun – LB
[Wisconsin] Height: 6’2 Weight: 238
While Zack Baun played primarily EDGE at Wisconsin, his lack of length and size probably dictates that he moves to off-ball linebacker or a hybrid role at the next level. His pass-rushing prowess is evident on tape and should remain an asset to NFL defenses through blitzes and pass rush reps. Despite playing primarily EDGE at Wisconsin, he’s shown good instincts in zone coverage and smooth hips in his drops. He is a solid tackler and is simply an instinctual player that doesn’t make mistakes. Baun has shown plenty of traits to project well to an off-ball role in the NFL, and his ability as a pass rusher is going to be a lot of fun for creative defensive coordinators.
44. Willie Gay Jr. – LB
[Mississipi State] Height: 6’1 Weight: 243
Willie Gay Jr. is among the most talented linebackers in this class, displaying an absurd combination of size and athleticism for the position with excellent coverage skills, blitzing ability, and general playmaking skills. While he isn’t the most stout defender between the tackles, his range to chase players sideline to sideline is a valuable asset to every defense. The primary concerns surrounding Willie Gay Jr. are some off the field issues as well as the mind-boggling fact that he saw very little of the field at Mississippi State, despite his obvious talent level. There are certainly risks with Willie Gay Jr., but his on-the-field talent is undeniable. He is probably going to fall further in the NFL Draft than his talent says he should.
45. Jonah Jackson – IOL
[Ohio State] Height: 6’3 Weight: 306
Jonah Jackson has played Center and both Guard spots over the last 3 years for Rutgers (2017) and Ohio State (2018-2019). Despite being moved around every year, he has given up just one sack over that span of time. He doesn’t have the strength to be a mauling run-blocker but has the agility to work in a non-power blocking scheme. The real draw to Jackson is that he has consistently avoided bad reps over a large sample size in a pro-style offense in a power-5 conference.
46. Clyde Edwards-Helaire – RB
[LSU] Height: 5’7 Weight: 207
Clyde Edwards-Helaire has among the best combination of lateral agility and contact balance in this talented running back class. He can make players miss with ease and does an excellent job of maintaining his balance through contact. His vision is exceptional, but where he really brings value is in the passing game. His receiving skills are top-notch and he can threaten defenses down the field, rather than just offering ability on swings and screens. While he isn’t the fastest player in a straight line, he is incredibly explosive and wins in short areas. The primary concern with CEH is that LSU’s offense allowed him a lot of space to operate, and he didn’t have to face many stacked boxes or defenses that were focused primarily on him. Still, the passing game is king in the NFL, and Clyde Edwards-Helaire brings a lot to the table in this department and should be one of the first running backs off the board in the 2020 NFL Draft.
47. D’Andre Swift – RB
[Georgia] Height: 5’8 Weight: 212
The 2020 NFL Draft has a lot of talent at the running back position. While Clyde Edwards-Helaire brings a little more wiggle in the open field, D’Andre Swift has a wider arsenal at his disposal and wins more effectively with power. Swift brings value to the receiving game as a natural hands catcher that can be a mismatch against linebackers at the second level. Swift’s diverse ways that he can win, and his receiving ability will bring value to an NFL offense and his vision and feel for a defense should help him make the most of his rushing opportunities.
48. Jordan Elliott – IDL
[Missouri] Height: 6’4 Weight: 302
Jordan Elliott is a disruptive pass rusher at the defensive tackle position who lacks the flash of some of the buzzier names, but is very consistent in his technique and has an elite first step. With his burst and size, he is very difficult to beat when he shoots gaps or uses his bull rush. Not a great athlete, he tends to get by on burst that is rare for his size. He can play a little high at times but is good at fighting with heavy hands and using his length to keep offensive linemen from getting an advantage on him. In run defense he is more flash than discipline, tending to shoot gaps rather than controlling the line of scrimmage like a Derrick Brown. Overall, he doesn’t quite have the athletic tools to have an incredibly high ceiling but has more than enough going for him to become impactful as an interior pass rusher.
49. Noah Igbinoghene – CB
[Auburn] Height: 5’10 Weight: 198
Noah Igbinoghene is a raw, talented cornerback from Auburn who has a whole bunch of upside but is primarily traits at this point. He has the movement skills that can’t be taught, and I love how physical he is in both coverage and run defense. At 20 years old, being raw may actually be a strength of his, given how well he still did this year. He has all the physical tools but is missing the instincts, anticipation, and play at the catch point that you want in a high draft pick. The biggest concern I have with him is that he didn’t really seem to improve from 2018 to 2019 the way you would hope a player as young and talented as he is would. I wouldn’t hate too much on a team that takes him early in the 2nd round of the NFL Draft given his immense upside as long as they don’t expect him to come in and be a viable starter in year 1.
50. Darrell Taylor – EDGE
[Tennessee] Height: 6’4 Weight: 267
In a pretty weak EDGE class in the 2020 NFL Draft, Darrell Taylor is a guy that I view as a fairly solid bet to become solid, if unspectacular at the next level. The biggest issue with Taylor is that he doesn’t have the consistency or the bend you traditionally want from a pass rusher at the edge position. What stands out is how good his burst is, and how good he as at turning speed to power, giving him a lethal bullrush. He was very productive the last 2 years at Tennessee, with 21 tackles for loss and 16.5 sacks in 22 starts. He doesn’t have enough pass rush moves at this point, but he is strong in run defense and has enough flashes of pass-rushing prowess in each game to bet on his potential.
51. Terrell Burgess – S
[Utah] Height: 5’11 Weight: 202
Terrell Burgess is an athletic safety with plus coverage skills. He showed very well in the slot, showcasing his abilities in man coverage and, despite his struggles to get off blocks showed solid ability as a tackler around the line of scrimmage. His ability in zone coverage and his athletic traits should allow him the versatility to play deep safety more often than he did in Utah’s loaded defense. His play strength is questionable at times, and he isn’t always consistent at the catch point, but his stickiness in both man and zone coverage, his versatility, and his ability around the line of scrimmage should make him an easy fit for NFL defenses early in the 2020 NFL Draft.
52. Yetur Gross-Matos – EDGE
[Penn State] Height: 6’5 Weight: 266
Yetur Gross-Matos is an interesting prospect in the NFL Draft because of the massive discrepancy between his high-end games and his low-end games. His game against Ohio State this past year was absolutely incredible, flashing a dominance that had me wanting to put him really high on the board. Then I watched him against Minnesota, Michigan, Michigan State, and Iowa where he failed to notch a sack for 4 straight games. Not only was he not winning, but his motor seemed cold, he had dead pass-rushing reps where he didn’t even attempt a move, and he was utterly invisible. With a limited variety of pass-rushing moves and inconsistent effort overall, he seems to be more of a boom or bust prospect to me than some of the other option at EDGE in the NFL Draft.
53. Neville Gallimore – IDL
[Oklahoma] Height: 6’2 Weight: 304
Neville Gallimore is an Oklahoma interior defender that has an incredible combination of size and speed for the position, running a 4.79 40-yard dash at over 300 pounds. This burst shows up when he shoots gaps, but he struggles to push the pocket due to his tendency to stand straight up on the snap. He lacks a quality bull rush and semms to lose his anchor sometimes against the run. With that said, he uses his hands effectively and flashes a number of quality pass rush moves that are admittedly raw at this point. With his physical traits and coordination with his hands, theres a chance Gallimore could end up a better NFL player than college player.
54. Jalen Hurts – QB
[Oklahoma] Height: 6’1 Weight: 222
Jalen Hurts is a quarterback who, after starting in 2016 and 2017 for Alabama before losing the job to Tua, transferred to Oklahoma. There he proceeded to have a year that would have been Heisman-worthy were it not for the show Joe Burrow put on this past year. Hurts put up roughly 5,200 yards and 52 touchdowns threw the air and on the ground this past year. He improved his stock at the NFL combine with a 4.59 40-yard dash that showed his running ability is not a fluke. In general, Hurts is much more accurate than people give him credit for. He rarely misses throws from a clean pocket, showing off excellent ball placement to all levels of the field. He is solid with pre-snap reads, often finding the open receiver and throwing with anticipation. The problems come in when the circumstances aren’t perfect. He struggles a lot under pressure, as he is generally slow through his projections. He gets happy feet in the pocket and tends to bail after his first read, even if he still has time. He doesn’t always feel the pressure and takes way too many sacks. Overall, he has the makings of someone who is a much better college quarterback than an NFL one. Defenses only get more complex at the NFL level, so quarterbacks with poor anticipation, pocket presence, and ability to move through progressions don’t typically work out. The accuracy and running ability is enough that he is worth taking a shot at in the 2020 NFL Draft.
55. Troy Dye – LB
[Oregon] Height: 6’4 Weight: 224
At 6’4, 224 pounds, Troy Dye has an incredibly thin frame for a linebacker, but elite range to threaten passing windows. He’s shown plus ability in his zone responsibilities and flashes fluid hips. Despite the variety of responsibilities that he had in Oregon’s defense, Dye showed excellent instincts across all of his roles and has shown a high football IQ. His ability as a blitzer, in coverage, and his excellent ball-skills bring immediate value in the passing-game, and that should find him a role early and often. Against the run, Dye isn’t nearly as strong. There are questions around his play strength, his discipline as a run defender, and his ability to consistently get off blocks. Additionally, his tape is inconsistent on a game-to-game basis. Troy Dye’s upside as a pass defender brings clear value to an NFL defense, but he may be a liability at times against the run. Ultimately, value against the pass trumps value against the run and that should make him one of the early linebackers off the board in the NFL Draft.
56. Tee Higgins – WR
[Clemson] Height: 6’4 Weight: 216
Tee Higgins is a contested-catch artist. He has the elite ability to make catches through contact, with defenders draping over him. He has excellent body control and can contort himself to maximize his already-impressive catch radius. Despite his frame and his ball skills, his strength at the catch point could stand to improve, and he doesn’t always use his size to play physically through his routes to create separation. He is an adequate route runner, but isn’t explosive out of his breaks and lacks overall elite athleticism. The questions surrounding his ability to separate at the next level are legitimate, and he doesn’t have the long speed to consistently threaten defenses down the field. Higgins certainly has calling cards, and has ways that he can win, but contested catches are a naturally unreliable trait, so the way that he wins is more unreliable than those of many of his peers in the NFL Draft.
57. Ross Blacklock – IDL
[TCU] Height: 6’3 Weight: 290
Ross Blacklock is an undersized, but explosive defensive tackle that was very disruptive this past year at TCU. He shows good burst and agility, plays with great leverage and flexibility and has a great motor. He has explosive hand usage, and a great first step that was effective shooting gaps and on stunts. The issue is that TCU defensive linemen are incredibly hard to project given that their system rarely has linemen match up one-on-one with offensive linemen. The concern with him is his play strength and lack of pass-rushing moves and technique. This wasn’t relevant in their defense, which allowed him to frequently attack at angles or get a full head of steam on linemen, hiding potential deficiencies. This isn’t to say he can’t do those things, its just difficult to project an undersized player when he has very few reps to prove he can overcome it.
58. Damon Arnette – CB
[Ohio State] Height: 6’0 Weight: 195
Damon Arnette is a cornerback from Ohio State who may be one of the safer projections as a player in this class. With that said, the potential for a CB1 is somewhat limited by his lack of playmaking traits and high-end athleticism. He has a very good all-around game, showing great discipline in zone responsibilities, and physical, fundamentally sound technique in man coverage. This past year he showed some moxie playing at a high level while wearing a cast on his arm. While he rarely gives up the big play, he doesn’t have the explosiveness to break on balls in front of him. He is a player that is very NFL ready, with great instincts, technique, and discipline. You have to just accept that he won’t necessarily be a playmaker.
59. Justin Madubuike – IDL
[Texas A&M] Height: 6’3 Weight: 293
Justin Madubuike is a very athletic and productive interior defender for Texas A&M. He is undersized, but makes up for it by playing with great leverage, and always initiating the first contact. He was effective with his bull rush, using his burst and length to pack a powerful initial punch, and driving linemen backward. He was successful at anchoring, but is more of a one-gap player than a two-gapper. He has shown the ability to dominate shooting gaps, but that is the extent of his pass-rushing ability, He has no real moves to speak of, doesn’t use his hands effectively, and has an inconsistent motor. While his potential as a pass rusher is sky high, he is an average run defender who is still has a ways to go as a pass rusher.
60. JK Dobbins – RB
[Ohio State] Height: 5’9 Weight: 209
JK Dobbins is a plus athlete that plays with good contact balance and excellent vision. He will maximize what an offensive line gives him with his vision, and will maximize what a defense gives him with his contact balance, which makes him a very efficient runner. He has excellent long speed and can be a big-play threat, as well as adequate wiggle to make defenders miss in space and minimize solid hits from defenders to accentuate his contact balance. His real value comes in his ability to catch passes naturally, attack defenses beyond the first level as a pass catcher, and utilize his speed and ability in space to make the most of his targets. He may not be the flashiest runner in the NFL Draft, but he adds value in the passing game and will be efficient in the running game, while also adding big-play potential with his long speed.
61. Ben Bartch – T
[St. Johns] Height: 6’6 Weight: 309
Ben Bartch is on offensive tackle prospect from division 3 school St. Johns. Playing on the offensive line for the first time in 2018, it is incredible the strides that Bartch made on the way to his stellar Senior Bowl performance this year. A big reason he has been able to adapt so quickly is his naturally athletic feet. He moves quickly with great balance and has a high football IQ. While he lacks the ideal arm length for the position, he is very calculated in his hand usage and stays in control of his encounters more often than not. He has an explosive lower body that shows up in his run-blocking, but doesn’t quite bring him to mauler status. It’s worth noting that with a 6’6 frame and the development his body has gone through the last two years, Bartch has proven more than willing to put the work in to make his body as NFL ready as possible. While adjusting to the NFL level, Bartch will need to improve his anchor and his leg drive. He is a highly coachable prospect who has come an incredibly long way in a short amount of time and is hard not to bet on in the NFL Draft.
62. Akeem Davis-Gaither – LB
[Appalachian State] Height: 6’1 Weight: 224
Akeem Davis-Gaither is one of the more intriguing linebackers in the NFL Draft. He’s an excellent athlete that has very little trouble getting off blocks and making plays against the run, while also showing very good ability in zone coverage. He can turn and run with tight ends and running backs, he can rush the passer, shows excellent instincts, and plays with relentless pursuit and motor. He is a little undersized at 224 pounds and, despite his stellar motor, it showed up with inconsistent play-strength, even against lower-level competition. He rarely played as a true linebacker, and instead played and overhang role in the defense, which isn’t a direct translation to any specific NFL position. Davis-Gaither’s plus traits in both run defense and pass defense, coupled with his athleticism and instincts, project him well to the NFL level.
63. Tyler Johnson – WR
[Minnesota] Height: 6’1 Weight: 206
Tyler Johnson is a polarizing wide receiver in the NFL Draft. He’s going to be a slot receiver in the NFL and has nice size for that role. He is an excellent route runner, separating with ease in man coverage, and is adept at locating holes in zone-defense, sitting in them, and making himself available to the quarterback. He has an alpha mentality at the catch point and will attack the ball in the air, away from his frame and utilizes his frame to shield defenders from having a clean shot at the ball. He doesn’t bring much to the table after the catch, he appears to be a poor athlete, and he struggles with stretches of focus drops, but the ways in which Tyler Johnson wins should be translatable. His football IQ, ability at the catch point, body control, and separation ability should make him a solid contributor in an NFL offense. By the sound of it, Tyler Johnson is likely to slide in the 2020 NFL Draft and, since none of us really know what is going on behind the scenes, I’m willing to bet on the talent.
64. Terrell Lewis – EDGE
[Alabama] Height: 6’5 Weight: 262
Terrell Lewis is an Alabama Edge prospect in the NFL Draft that has a whole lot of potential, but some big red flags as well. He has great size, bend, and length. He is explosive, with great agility and flashes inside counters, but is so raw with his moves in general. He seemed ready to break-out but has struggled to stay on the field consistently with various injuries throughout his career. He never wins with power, which tends to be the most projectable, and really struggled when he faced the better tackles this year. Overall, he is a project with a very high ceiling, but will take a good deal of coaching and will need to stay healthy.
65. Netane Muti – IOL
[Fresno State] Height: 6’3 Weight: 315
Netane Muti is one of the more fun players in the NFL Draft to watch, with elite ability on the interior that is hampered mostly by his extensive injury history. He redshirted in 2016 due to a right achilles injury, missed all but 2 games of 2018 with a left achilles injury, and missed all but 3 games in 2019 with a Lisfranc injury. If you work under the assumption that he will be healthy, he is significantly higher on this list. His talent is special, and undeniable. He is a mammoth with power behind his punch that is simply unfair. He put up 44 reps on the bench at the combine this year at 315 pounds, and it shows when he plays. He is an absolute force when drive blocking, moving massive men with ease. His biggest weakness is his ability once you get him out in space. His lack of agility and movement skills show in space and he can look like he’s moving in sand at times. As a prospect, he is a risk, but could very well be worth it. He is a top-end talent with uncoachable physical traits and the ability to dominate at the line of scrimmage.
66. Jonathan Taylor – RB
[Wisconsin] Height: 5’10 Weight: 226
The best pure runner in the NFL Draft, Jonathan Taylor brings elite contact balance, ability to manipulate his frame to minimize contact, elite top-end speed, exceptional vision, power, and enough wiggle to make guys miss. The problem is that he brings almost no added value in the passing game, and ability in the running game alone brings very little value to an NFL team. He is capable of catching the ball, but it doesn’t come naturally to him, he isn’t going to consistently threaten defenses in the deep or intermediate parts of the field, and isn’t a refined route runner for the position. His value in the passing game comes from his ability in space, but with projected shorter depths of targets, he has to win at absurd rates to actually add value to a passing game. Still, his ability as a runner and his home-run potential make him one of the highest backs on the board. Our writer Cody wrote about Jonathan Taylor’s value as a fantasy running back.
67. Adam Trautman – TE
[Dayton] Height: 6’5 Weight: 255
Adam Trautman is a Tight End from Dayton who was very productive this last year (70 reception for 916 yards and 14 touchdowns) and has some serious talent. His lack of top-end speed limits his value as a downfield threat, but he has a great blend of size, length, agility, and explosiveness. He is a smooth mover that shows up on tape in his route-running and his NFL quality releases off the line of scrimmage. He regularly beats man coverage, and he does it in a variety of ways. He has good reliable hands, fights through traffic, and can extend out away from him to make plays with his large catch radius. The real question is whether these same traits will translate to the NFL coming from a lower level of competiton. The 2020 NFL Draft is severely lacking in tight end talent, and Adam Trautman is a candidate to come off the board early to a team that is desperate for help at the position.
68. Ezra Cleveland – T
[Boise State] Height: 6’6 Weight: 311
Ezra Cleveland started for 3 years at Boise State at Left Tackle, showing to be proficient in both run and pass blocking. He is a great athlete with all the natural movement skills you want. This shows up with his ability to get out in space as a zone blocker, and in his pass protection footwork, which is very advanced. The biggest flaw in his game is his lack of play strength. He struggled to dominate anyone in the run game and could effectively mirror offensive tackles, but couldn’t always anchor against their bull-rush. He has the lower body skill and athleticism to be a reasonable pass-protector but could become a stud if he is able to add more muscle to his frame.
69. Trevis Gipson – EDGE
[Tulsa] Height: 6’3 Weight: 261
Trevis Gipson out of Tulsa is one of the most exciting players in the NFL Draft, flashing elite pass-rushing potential, but given so few opportunities to develop it. He has great size, length, play strength, and freaky athleticism. He was inexplicably asked to play in between the tackles for a large percentage of his reps, but when he got opportunities on the edge he thrived. He has some insanely high reps on tape, demonstrating burst, flexibility, and a rare level of bend. He showed a willingness to try a wide variety of different pass rush moves, with mixed results. He is an elite athlete with incredible traits and the potential to turn into the steal of the NFL Draft if he even gets close to his potential.
70. Geno Stone – S
[Iowa] Height: 5’10 Weight: 207
Geno Stone‘s excellent instincts in zone coverage give him adequate range, despite his below-average straight-line speed. He has good ball skills and, despite the lack of flashiness, is really solid in coverage. He he’s a good tackler and drives through his tackles physically, but isn’t the most aggressive player at attacking quickly downhill. He doesn’t have any major flaws in his game and is overall just a really solid safety that brings value in both pass defense and run-defense with the added benefit of having plus ball skills. He’s a cerebral player that understands where he needs to be to affect plays on a regular basis with the excellent short-area burst and agility to get there. He’s one of the most underrated secondary players in the NFL Draft.
71. Troy Pride – CB
[Notre Dame] Height: 5’11 Weight: 193
Troy Pride is a cornerback from Notre Dame that has some great traits but is lower on my board because of a few specific weaknesses. He is a little undersized at 5’11 193 with shorter than ideal arms but is an excellent athlete overall. He has all the movement skills you could ask for, breaks on routes at an elite level, and has really natural cover skills, especially in off-coverage. Where I am really concerned is at the catch point where he loses way more than you would want, really struggling to find the ball. He’s sticky in man coverage, but has below average play strength and got bullied by larger receivers and his lack of length really showed. Like Igbinoghene, he’s a bit of a project at this point, but at 22 he’s not likely to get a whole lot stronger.
72. Kyle Dugger – S
[Lenoir-Rhyne] Height: 6’0 Weight: 217
Kyle Dugger has an absolutely insane combination of size, explosiveness, and overall athleticism. He’s one of the most interesting players in the 2020 NFL Draft. A small school player out of Lenoir-Rhyne, Dugger has a thick frame and uses it to lay big hits on the ball carrier. He’s a smooth athlete and uses his explosiveness to make quick breaks on the ball and plays aggressively downhill against the run. His instincts are very underdeveloped and he had exceptionally low competition in college. While his aggressive style can sometimes force him to take bad angles, lose balance, or miss tackles, it complements his excellent ball skills, big-hitting tendencies, and athleticism extremely well. Despite his stellar performance at the senior bowl, the low-level of competition leaves a lot left to be seen in terms of his projection and his development path, but his raw traits are among the best of the safeties in the 2020 NFL Draft.
73. K’Von Wallace – S
[Clemson] Height: 5’11 Weight: 206
K’Von Wallace probably projects to play more of a slot corner role than a true safety role in the NFL. He doesn’t have the range to play deep safety on a regular basis and can struggle with his reads in run defense, hurting a box safety projection. He wins primarily in the slot where his smooth movement, coverage instincts, physicality, and ability at the catch point can truly be maximized. Despite his struggles with his reads in run defense, he is a sure tackler that can still make a lot of plays around the line of scrimmage and is explosive enough in short areas to make plays in the backfield. His physicality allows him to bully smaller wide receivers and match tight ends. Wallace’s ability to run with any slot player that an NFL offense throws at him, ability to make plays at the catch point, while not being a liability against the run from the slot position makes him an easy fit for NFL teams. He is already 23, but his skill set is well focused on a specific role, which should make his transition easier than most. Where he is selected in the NFL Draft depends largely on how much NFL teams are willing to forgive his lack of true versatility.
74. Amik Robertson – CB
[Louisiana Tech] Height: 5’8 Weight: 187
Amik Robertson is one of the more fun players in this year’s NFL Draft. He is a tiny individual at 5’8, 187 and one of the highlights on tape this year was watching him battle one-on-one with 6’6 Texas WR Collin Johnson. At this size, he will almost certainly have to play slot corner and has the skills to make that happen. He has absurd ball skills with 48 passes defended and 14 interceptions the last 3 years. He is really quick but seems to lack long-speed. He has excellent instincts and is quick to break on short routes and plays bigger than his size in run defense. He can be an elite player as a slot corner if he is not asked to carry larger receivers deep.
75. Devin Duvernay – WR
[Texas] Height: 5’10 Weight: 200
Devin Duvernay was one of the most productive receivers in all of college football for Texas last year with 105 receptions for 1,392 yards and 9 touchdowns. Playing exclusively out of the slot, he made his living catching passes over the middle and down the seam then trucking through people for extra yards. This guy turns into a power running back the second he touches the ball and absolutely punishes defensive backs. He has excellent hands, dropping only 3 passes last year. He doesn’t have elite route running, but has great burst, speed, and is great at finding holes in zone coverage to make himself available to catch passes. As a slot only receiver, he won’t have the same value as someone who can be a mismatch across a formation, but if you are looking for an athletic receiver with reliable hands and special ability after the catch, Duvernay is your guy. He is one of our favorite slot receivers in the 2020 NFL Draft. Our writer Joey took a look at Duvernay’s potential fantasy value.
76. KJ Hamler – WR
[Penn State] Height: 5’9 Weight: 178
KJ Hamler has among the most electrifying speed and explosive traits in the NFL Draft. He can burn just about anybody you man-up on him and can threaten a defense in a variety of ways. His explosiveness out of his breaks is among the best in the class and he is refined in his route running. He should be able to consistently create good separation at the NFL level. Once he has the ball in his hands, Hamler is a menace. His combination of pure, blazing speed and elusive traits make him one of the best RAC threats in the NFL Draft. Hamler’s frame is a problem though. He can get bullied by physical press corners, is easily redirected in his routes, and doesn’t consistently win at the catch point. He makes a small target for his quarterback, and his small frame is compounded by his inconsistent hands and his propensity to make himself an even smaller target by struggling to catch outside his frame. KJ Hamler’s value comes from the fact that defenses will have to adjust to his speed in the deep portions of the field, and his ability to make plays after the catch. Offenses may have to manufacture touches for him more often than they’d like, but he can be a legitimate weapon if deployed properly.
77. Zack Moss – RB
[Utah] Height: 5’9 Weight: 223
Zack Moss‘s contact balance and power are ridiculous. He is easily the toughest running back to take down in the NFL Draft. There’s no other way to put it. His ability to run through arm tackles, bounce off would-be tacklers, keep a low center of gravity, and consistently create yards after contact on a play-to-play basis is absolutely his calling card. These skills show up consistently between the tackles, but in space as well. When matched up one-on-one with a defender, he wins regularly. He has excellent hands to catch the ball out of the backfield and excels at turning and running once he has the ball in his hands. His top-end speed is severely limited, and while the ever-valuable “big plays” won’t be numerous for Moss, his ability to beat defenders should yield plenty of 10-20 yard gains that add significant value to an offenses rushing attack. His combination of rushing prowess, ability in space, and soft hands should make him a nice addition to an NFL offense.
78. Jeremy Chinn – S
[Southern Illinois] Height: 6’3 Weight: 221
Like Kyle Dugger, Jeremy Chinn is a small school safety in the NFL Draft with insane athletic traits. His size, length, speed, and explosiveness is among the best in the NFL Draft. He is smooth in coverage with excellent abilities to jar the ball free at the catch point, excellent ball skills when afforded the opportunity, and the burst to break on the ball that just explodes off the tape. He is an adept blitzer and can be used in a variety to different ways to cause problems for an offense. His level of competition was low, and he didn’t seem to develop high football IQ or instincts. This leaves a major question mark in his projection. It’s possible that with NFL coaching and higher competition this will improve drastically and he can capitalize on his many positive traits. It’s also possible that he just simply isn’t an instinctual player. Chinn’s upside is tremendous, but instincts and football IQ are such a big part of the safety position that there is a lot of projection in his success at the NFL level.
79. Davon Hamilton – IDL
[Ohio State] Height: 6’4 Weight: 320
Davon Hamilton is your classic run-stuffing, pocket-pushing defensive tackle that could slot in as a nose tackle at the next level. He has good size, length, and play strength for the position. He has above-average burst and agility for his size but doesn’t have enough juice to really threaten the passes. He has an incredibly strong anchor, fights well with his hands and keeps his eyes in the backfield to stop the run. His big flaws are that he isn’t a penetrator, and struggled with his motor despite limited snaps. At 23 already, he lacks elite upside but is an easy projection for a good rotational defensive tackle with great run stuffing traits and a little more juice than you’d expect.
80. Cam Akers – RB
[Florida State] Height: 5’10 Weight: 217
Cam Akers is on of the toughest running back evaluations in the NFL Draft. He is a violent runner with a large arsenal of ways to beat defenders. He can win with power or adequate elusiveness, utilizes a nice stiff arm and spin move, and has really strong contact balance. He’s an excellent athlete with enough speed to outrun defenders at all levels of the field. He is an adequate receiver but doesn’t look natural or developed with his hands or in his routes, so he brings very little value above replacement in this area at the moment. The true question around Akers is his vision. Due to the absolutely abysmal offensive line play at Florida State, Akers had a tendency to panic, make poor reads, bounce runs outside, and just generally have some poor decision making at the line of scrimmage. It is unclear whether this is something that will change when he plays behind a more competent offensive line or not. For now, this is simply a major question mark, rather than a true negative. Cam Akers offers good ability as a runner, with the potential to add value in the receiving game, as well as improved as a runner with more consistent vision and decision making in a better situation. His landing spot is going to be among the most interesting of the running backs in the 2020 NFL Draft.
81. Antonio Gibson – RB
[Memphis] Height: 6’3 Weight: 228
Antonio Gibson is a playmaker with the ball in his hands. It is unclear where he is going to play at the NFL level. He played primarily WR at Memphis, and saw limited touches at both WR and RB, but he made plays with the ball in his hands with regularity. Gibson isn’t a refined enough route runner to be a plug-and-play WR in the NFL, but his routes are above average for a running back, and he would be a matchup nightmare against linebackers. He is an explosive athlete that is tough to bring down. He’s mostly a projection at the position, but as a running back, his contact balance, elusiveness, ability in space, prowess in the receiving game, and elite athletic traits for the position should translate nicely to the next level. He has the potential to be one of the most explosive playmakers in the 2020 NFL Draft, but coaches may need to be creative with him early in his career.
82. Davion Taylor – LB
[Colorado] Height: 6’0 Weight: 228
Davion Taylor is an athletic linebacker with a hot motor and sure tackling abilities. He has the range to play sideline to sideline and won’t give up on plays. He’s quick to diagnose screen passes, tosses, and plays to the flat where he can utilize his burst to get to the sideline and make plays on the ballcarrier. While he is inexperienced in zone coverage, he’s shown the ability to play sticky in man coverage against running backs and tight ends. He’s a little slow at reading gaps and sifting through traffic and can struggle to get off blocks. What is so appealing about Davion Taylor is that he is a very raw and inexperienced football player, but it rarely shows up on tape. He has immense room for growth, but he’s an impressive player already. He’s going to have to become a little more instinctual and he is going to have to prove that he can transition to more zone coverage, but there is a lot to like about his game immediately.
83. James Lynch – IDL
[Baylor] Height: 6’4 Weight: 289
James Lynch is a bit of a tweener but was incredibly productive last year for Baylor (19.5 tackles for loss and 13.5 sacks). The trouble is that he’s not athletic enough to play edge at the NFL level, but he might be too small to play inside (289 pounds). Despite these red flags, I’m still willing to bet on his potential due to his polished pass-rushing moves, great first step, and a strong leveraged bull rush rare for his size. He also possesses an insane motor that led him to play a ridiculous 860 snaps last year, and never once looked tired on the field. At some point, you have to buy into the effort, IQ, and polished game. He probably isn’t going to be highly coveted, but his skill set and polish should warrant interest on day two of the 2020 NFL Draft.
84. Cole Kmet – TE
[Notre Dame] Height: 6’6 Weight: 262
Cole Kmet is a big-bodied, productive Tight End from Notre Dame who has some good physical traits but lacks the special qualities teams typically want in a top tight end. His good catch radius and burst make him a weapon down the seam, but his lack of agility shows up in his mediocre route running. He rarely beats one-on-one coverage but he has the smarts to find space in zones and the strong hands to bring passes in through traffic. He has the requisite ability to block inline, but it is definitely not a strength of his. He projects as a low-end starter at the position who can line up in multiple spots, be a reliable receiver and blocker, but won’t be a weapon as either. The 2020 NFL Draft is barren in terms of tight end talent. Cole Kmet may be the first one off the board, and it may be sooner than most expect.
85. Kenny Robinson – S
[West Virginia] Height: 6’2 Weight: 205
Kenny Robinson has the unique story of transitioning from the XFL to the NFL rather than college due to eligibility issues. That shouldn’t be a concern with his profile, and may actually be a positive. While we don’t have combine numbers to confirm, his tape shows an explosive safety with range and ball skills. He breaks on the ball quickly and closes passing windows in a hurry. His college tape showed a number of instances of misreads and overaggressiveness, but he looked far more instinctual and natural in coverage after transitioning to the NFL. The vast improvement he showed helped round out his game as a cover safety. He still struggles as a tackler and doesn’t have the best play strength, but he is willing to get downhill and attack the ball carrier with mixed results. Robinson needs to work on breaking down more effectively rather than lunging, but his coverage ability gives us a lot to like about his projection to the NFL.
86. Austin Jackson – T
[USC] Height: 6’5 Weight: 322
Austin Jackson is a 2-year starting left tackle from USC who has the mobility you look for in a starting tackle, but is still a fairly raw prospect. I big reason for the optimism with Jackson is that he is just 20 years old. He has the size, length and quickness to be a good pass rusher fairly early on, but he will have some significant struggles with his run blocking. He has a distinct lack of physicality to his game that, in addition to his lack of good play strength, will make that part of his game more projection at this point. Luckily for him, Pass blocking is more important in this league so his ability there gives him some solid value on day two of the NFL Draft.
87. Lucas Niang – T
[TCU] Height: 6’6 Weight: 315
Lucas Niang is a 3-year starter at right tackle for TCU, combining great length with light feet in pass protection. He has a strong base and plays with good leverage and a powerful punch. He has a couple significant issues, one being the fairly serious hip injury he suffered this past year, and the other being his very sloppy footwork that has a tendency to get him on his heels at times. With NIang, teams will have to accept that he is a bit of a project, but with some coaching up he could really thrive at the NFL level.
88. Matt Hennessy – IOL
[Temple] Height: 6’4 Weight: 307
Matt Hennessy is one of the better Center prospects in this year’s NFL Draft, coming out as a 3-year starter from Temple. He is a very cerebral player, frequently using his technique and ability to diagnose to overcome his lack of length and strength. In power run schemes this could be an issue, but in more of a zone scheme, he could thrive. He is a very efficient mover, quickly finding his way to a leveraged angle on his target. He is an expert at maintaining run blocks with his hands, body control, and relentless effort. While not a particularly great size or athleticism for the position, Centers can be successful in the league without those skills, particularly if they are as smart and technically sound as Hennessy.
89. Bradlee Anae – EDGE
[Utah] Height: 6’3 Weight: 257
Bradlee Anae is an exciting and productive edge rusher from Utah, but he is lacking traits that are very important when projecting to the NFL. He is one of the best in the class at fighting with his hands, he is a really high effort player who battles through the whistle, and he has some really solid polished pass-rush moves (including a filthy spin move). The problem is that there are very few edge rushers in the modern NFL who can succeed with a 4.93 40-yard dash at only 255 pounds and 32-inch arms.
90. Lloyd Cushenberry III – IOL
[LSU] Height: 6’3 Weight: 312
Lloyd Cushenberry III was a 2-year starter at Center for LSU this past season. He is a very difficult evaluation as he didn’t test at the combine, and played in two wildly different schemes. Watching his tape in 2019, I had a very difficult time seeing why people are so high on him. He seemed to get beat very frequently, and he was often the cause for Joe Burrow having to run for his life. He seems to lack quickness off the snap, and the linemen with quick first steps abused him this year. When watching 2018 however, you see a different player. It isn’t a different skill-set, just a different usage. He didn’t have to play in space as often, had tighter splits in pass protection, and worked in a power running scheme that allowed him to play downhill. At the NFL level, Cushenberry could be successful if placed in the right scheme, but he put too much bad on tape this year for me to put him too high on my board.
91. Logan Wilson – LB
[Wyoming] Height: 6’2 Weight: 241
Logan Wilson is an instinctual linebacker with a nice combination of size, length, and athleticism. He is simply a natural playmaker. He has excellent ball production, great instincts in zone coverage, and a nose for the football. He has shown ability as a blitzer, and can terrorize passing plays in a variety of ways. Against the run, he plays a little too conservative. While he’s good at using his quickness to get off blocks in a hurry, he lets plays come to him too often, doesn’t play downhill consistently, and doesn’t play in the opponent’s backfield with any level of consistency. He doesn’t miss many tackles, and is an average open-field tackler, but has the tendency to end up around the ankles or attack ball carriers too high, with poor leverage. Overall, the positives far outweigh the negatives. While you’d like to see an aggressive downhill player in the run game, the knack for making big plays, ability in coverage, and the lack of glaring game-changing weaknesses yields a really nice profile.
92. KJ Hill – WR
[Ohio State] Height: 6’0 Weight: 196
KJ Hill isn’t the flashiest player in the NFL Draft, but he’s just a really solid, polished slot receiver. He’s a technician in his routes and has reliable hands. He isn’t the most explosive athlete, and isn’t electric after the catch, but can be counted on to be a productive slot receiver at the next level. His upside isn’t through the roof but, what he does well, he does really well, and is an easy projection to find a role on an NFL roster.
93. Damien Lewis – IOL
[LSU] Height: 6’2 Weight: 327
Similar to my evaluation of Lloyd Cushenberry, Lewis was a victim this past year of a scheme change that didn’t match with his particular skill set. Damien Lewis is a strong, mauling run blocker with great size for the position. The LSU system he played for left him with one of the toughest blocking jobs in college football, especially in the SEC. If you’ve seen the highlight of Derrick Brown fork-lifting an offensive lineman 5 yards back into the quarterback, that was Lewis. While he struggled at times with his balance and is a below-average athlete, the anchor shows up on tape every so often. This, combined with his excellent performance in the one-on-ones at the Senior Bowl and I am encouraged that he will be able to shore up some of his deficiencies at the next level.
94. Marlon Davidson – IDL
[Auburn] Height: 6’3 Weight: 303
Marlon Davidson was an edge rusher for Auburn this past year but is expected to bump inside to play as an interior defensive lineman in the NFL. I’m always wary of positional changes for players as it leaves way more holes in any evaluation and Davidson is no different. He has good agility for his size, good length that he puts to good use, and he was a very good run defender on the edge last year. He seems a little sluggish on his first step, struggled when he faced good competition, and has heavy hands, but not quick hands. Whether he can anchor in the middle is a pure projection and his pass-rushing is raw, but with his physical traits and strong upper body, there are some pieces to work with.
95. Lynn Bowden – WR
[Kentucky] Height: 5’11 Weight: 204
Lynn Bowden is going to be a fascinating case in the NFL. He is a raw prospect as a wide receiver, but wins with the ball in his hands and has shown excellent athletic traits. He has an incredible feel for the defense and exceptional vision with the ball in his hands. His contact balance and elusive traits are pluses, and he can beat defenders in a variety of ways. He was forced into the quarterback position after several injuries on the depth chart and lost out on some valuable development at the wide receiver position. With underdeveloped routes and technique vs the press, that extra development was much needed. Still, he should have value with manufactured touches early in his career and has the potential to be a legitimate weapon for an NFL offense with development or creative deployment.
96. Tyler Biadasz – IOL
[Wisconsin] Height: 6’4 Weight: 314
The first thing you notice with Wisconsin NFL Draft prospect Tyler Biadasz is ability to find and maintain blocks in an incredibly efficient rushing attack. He understands his job, makes his pre-snap calls, and quickly gets to the proper spot. While he is a plus run blocker, he has severe issues with balance in pass protection, which keep me from projecting him as an immediate starter at the NFL level. Without a great anchor, his footwork and balance will be tested early and often by defensive linemen. If he can figure it out, he’ll be a solid starter. If he can’t, a liability in pass blocking is a detrimental flaw for an offensive lineman. With great technique in many areas and a good understanding of blocking schemes, I wouldn’t bet against him.
97. Jordyn Brooks – LB
[Texas Tech] Height: 6’0 Weight: 240
Jordyn Brooks is a run-stopping monster. He brings very little in against the pass, a liability in both man and zone coverage, but against the run, Brooks is a stellar defender. His athleticism allows him to make plays to the sideline, He can take on blockers at the point of attack and drive them back to blow up a play and also is adept at shedding blockers and getting his hands on the ballcarrier. He’s a sure tackler and a solid hitter, bringing basically everything you want in run defense. His coverage responsibilities will have to be limited to prevent the offense exposing his glaring hole in that area, but he should be a stout defender against the run.
98. Jack Driscoll – T
[Auburn] Height: 6’5 Weight: 306
Jack Driscoll is an interesting Right Tackle prospect in this year’s NFL Draft as a 4-year starter (2 for Massachusetts and 2 for Auburn). On an athletic level, he is well above average for a tackle. The issues start with his below-average length and lack of play strength for the position. This year he held up pretty well in pass protection, having the quickness, technique, and balance to mirror speed rushers. Where he struggled was against the better power rushers. Unfortunately, the NFL is filled with essentially the most powerful college edge rushers. In the run game, he does a good job getting to his landmarks, but isn’t really a difference-maker, rarely providing impactful blocks. There is room on his frame to add some muscle, and he can do a better job making sure he is initiating first contact. There are schemes that can hide his lack of elite power in the run game, and his consistent success for top-level talent leads me to believe he has a chance to keep improving his game.
99. Matt Peart – T
[Connecticut] Height: 6’7 Weight: 318
Matt Peart is a developmental tackle prospect in this year’s NFL Draft who tested poorly in the agility drills at the combine, but he also showed up with a 7’2 wingspan, which is insanity. While early in his career he struggled mightily with his run blocking due to bad play strength, this has improved every year. Having the necessary athleticism, the build (with room to add more muscle), and continuous improvement across his college career, he is a very promising prospect. With very raw technique and mediocre strength, he will need some time before he is able to see the field.
100. Josh Uche – LB
[Michigan] Height: 6’1 Weight: 245
Like Zack Baun, an EDGE rusher in college, Josh Uche‘s size probably restricts him to a hybrid or off -ball role in the NFL. He’s a good athlete, with good length for an off-ball role. He is very inexperienced in coverage due to his role at Michigan, but flashed ability in coverage at the Senior Bowl. He’s a reliable tackler with good instincts, traits that should translate well in a transition to linebacker. As a pass rusher, Uche’s pass-rushing arsenal was underdeveloped, but he was excellent as a blitzer and did really well converting speed to power. This fits really well with a move to linebacker full time. There’s certainly projection here, but the outlook is optimistic.
101. Jonathan Greenard – EDGE
[Florida] Height: 6’3 Weight: 263
Jonathan Greenard has freakish length (35-inch arms) for his height and knows how to combine that with good hand usage to make him a strong player against the run. He knows how to set the edge while keeping his eyes in the backfield, sniffing out screens and plays to the flats. He has good agility and a couple of strong inside moves but is very limited in his pass-rushing due to his lack of burst and bend. He could be a fundamentally sound piece on the edge who can be strong vs the run but won’t be a plus in the pass rush department.
102. Nick Harris – IOL
[Washington] Height: 6’1 Weight: 302
Nick Harris was a 4-year starter at Washington, playing both guard and center, but he is viewed primarily as a center by evaluators. He lacks the measurables that teams typically look for in an NFL draft pick, but at the center position, there is a premium on football IQ, ability in space, and leadership skills. Despite starting 42 games, he still seems raw in his technique, relying instead on his excellent movement skills and his ability to play with great leverage. Given his improvement every year in college and his reputation for being a great leader on the field, I have high hopes for his development as the NFL level. He was absolutely torched in the one-on-ones at the Senior Bowl, so there may still be a ways to go before he is ready to step in as a starter.
103. Anthony Gordon – QB
[Washington State] Height: 6’2 Weight: 205
Anthony Gordon hails from the same Washington State program that graced the world with man, myth and legend Gardner Minshew III. He was crazy productive, but the system was designed to focus on quick passes and reads so it was tough to evaluate his arm strength. He showed to be very accurate in the short passing game, throws with anticipation and above average ball placement. He throws with good touch, understanding vertical passing windows. He makes reads quickly and pulls the trigger with confidence. He is tough, can make all the throws and is willing to take hits. When given a clean pocket, he looks like an NFL quarterback. When playing out of structure, things tend to fall apart. He has really sloppy footwork that really shows when he has to navigate the pocket or evade pressure. He resorts to check-downs very quickly, and is prone to making the silliest decisions imaginable when under pressure. He rarely threw the ball into tight windows, picking the easy throw instead. He was the focal point of a highly productive offense with no supporting cast. It’s tough to project his style or this system to the NFL, but his accuracy is worth taking a flier on.
104. Isaiah Wilson – T
[Georgia] Height: 6’6 Weight: 350
Isaiah Wilson is a 2-year starter at Georgia and is a Right Tackle prospect in this year’s NFL Draft. Over this time he made 24 starts, missing 2 games in 2019 with an ankle sprain. Wilson is a massive individual with an elite combination of size, length, play strength, and burst. The only physical trait missing from his otherwise fantastic physical profile is agility. He is an exciting downhill player who dominates with his physicality and great first-step but is lacking in many of the fundamentals that he will need to be successful. He struggles sometimes maintaining leverage at the point of attack and will need to improve his hand usage to keep edge defenders from bull-rushing him. He is actually better as a pass blocker than run blocker, having the tendency to lean into blocks, making him lose balance. In general, he has trouble with his footwork and hands, leading me to believe he is nowhere near his ceiling as an NFL player. That in and of itself makes him a very interesting project in the 2020 NFL Draft.
105. Brycen Hopkins – TE
[Purdue] Height: 6’4 Weight: 245
Brycen Hopkins has good athleticism for his size but offers nothing as a blocker. As a route runner, he is smooth and was consistently a mismatch when covered by linebackers. He fights through contact, is good when contested and tracks the ball well enough to be a threat downfield. He dropped a number of passes and is inconsistent against zone coverage, but size and athleticism will always be coveted at the tight end position.
106. Isaiah Hodgins – WR
[Oregon State] Height: 6’4 Weight: 210
Isaiah Hodgins combination of size, smooth movement, deliberate and deceptive route running, ability at the catch point and natural hands make him an enticing prospect in the NFL Draft. He doesn’t project to be an electric playmaker or flashy, but his ability to create throwing windows, separate, and catch everything in his vicinity gives him a really nice NFL profile. Our writer Joey took a look at how that profile may translate to fantasy football.
107. Jacob Eason – QB
[Washington] Height: 6’6 Weight: 231
Jacob Eason is a quarterback from Washington with great size and a rocket for an arm. While he has some “wow” throws in almost every game, but his arm fails him under pressure, as he tends to throw off his back foot. He is a statue in the pocket and will force throws rather than evade pressure. When clean, he can be very accurate in the short passing game and will zip the ball into very tight windows, leading receivers on crossing routes. He rarely attacks the intermediate part of the field, opting to either chuck it deep, check it down or throw a screen pass. His worst tendency is to stare down receivers, leading to a lot of dangerous throws that he shouldn’t have attempted. In general, his immobility and struggles under pressure keep him lower on the list than other quarterbacks.
108. Raekwon Davis – IDL
[Alabama] Height: 6’6 Weight: 311
Raekwon Davis of Alabama was once heralded as the next elite talent from Alabama after his phenomenal freshman year. The problem is that his size and physical traits never translated to improvement on the field. He has great size, length, play strength and burst but is inconsistent play to play. He played rotationally this past year and still seemed worn out very often, with a buch of pass rush reps that died on impact. When his motor is running hot he is an immovable, long run-stopping mammoth who can use length to shed blocks and swallow up run lanes. He has also shown a very strong, violent bull rush that made him look elite at times. Its troubling to see how raw he still looks as a pass rusher after 4 years in an alabama program famous for developing nuance for interior defensive linemen. With a limited motor, and stalled development, its hard to bet he’ll be anything more than a rotational defensive tackle.
109. Van Jefferson – WR
[Florida] Height: 6’1 Weight: 200
Van Jefferson is an interesting prospect, his traits are far better than his production, and he’s already an old prospect at 24 years old. He’s one of the better route runners in the class and has soft hands, but his lack of true YAC ability and his lack of ability to threaten down the field keep him from being a very high upside prospect. His profile is similar to Isaiah Hodgins in that way, but his already advanced age and lack of production make his profile a little less optimistic, despite the better athleticism and route running.
110. Malik Harrison – LB
[Ohio State] Height: 6’2 Weight: 247
Malik Harrison is a high motor linebacker with a good combination of size and short-area quickness and burst. While he lacks the long speed to really run sideline to sideline with consistency, he has the necessary short-area athleticism to do whatever he is asked to do between the tackles. He is a punishing tackler that lays big hits on the ball carrier, plays with relentless pursuit and is quick to get downhill and attack the line of scrimmage. His aggressiveness sometimes leads to missed tackles and his coverage abilities are limited. He is adequate in short zones where he can keep the play in front of him, but struggles in man coverage and wasn’t effective at flipping his hips and dropping into deeper zones or making plays on targets behind him. He can be an effective player at the NFL level if his coverage responsibilities are simplified and minimized and he is allowed to play downhill and attack the football.
111. Devin Asiasi – TE
[UCLA] Height: 6’3 Weight: 257
Devin Asiasi is a productive, long tight end for UCLA that played as the focal point of their passing attack, which I value in a player. He is an okay blocker, but really excels when he is able to go find someone in space. He has a knack for finding space in zone coverage and rarely dropped passes. He is great at extending to bring in off-target throws but isn’t great at using his body to box out. In general, his route running needs some work. They are not particularly crisp, and he can telegraph routes with occasionally laborous cuts. He got better and better as the year went on and he saved his best production for his most difficult opponents. This is very encouraging to me when projecting him to the NFL.
112. Anfernee Jennings – EDGE
[Alabama] Height: 6’2 Weight: 256
Jennings is a little short for the edge position, but is built, and has good length. He doesn’t appear to be a great athlete, but he is great at timing the snap, leading him to gain a step fairly frequently. He is obviously well-coached, uses his hands effectively, keeping opponents off his frame, and has very good discipline in run defense. He has a very high motor which shows up in pursuit and in a number of clean up sacks over his career. He is great at keeping his eyes in the backfield, knowing when to get his hands up, defending 18 passes the last 2 years. He has great instincts as well. Unfortunately, he lacks explosion, is already 23, and may already be maxed out ability-wise. He is very smart and NFL ready, which are good qualities.
113. Bryan Edwards – WR
[South Carolina] Height: 6’3 Weight: 212
Bryan Edwards is a very productive wide receiver that a lot of the analytics and advanced metrics community really likes. Despite being an advanced route runner, he struggles to create consistent separation and often has to make receptions with the defender in his hip pocket. He doesn’t appear to be the most explosive wide receiver on tape, and will likely continue to struggle to create space vs man coverage in the NFL. His hands are soft and he shows really nice attention to detail. Despite his separation struggles he consistently was able to produce in the SEC, and just found ways to win. While there is certainly the chance that his struggles to separate plague him greatly in the NFL, there is a lot to like about the film and production that he’s put out.
114. Khalid Kareem – EDGE
[Notre Dame] Height: 6’4 Weight: 268
Kareem is a physical specimen, big and long with plus agility for his size. While he has great instincts in run defense and can use his length to maximize his tackle radius, he lacks the explosion to be an effective pass rusher. When he rushes he tends to do so without a plan, instead burying his shoulder into linemen, rendering his length useless. He has a few pass rush moves, but are not as effective as they could be because he doesn’t time them well and is slow to counter. He has a decent floor with his ability as a run defender, but he has very little potential as a pass rusher.
115. James Proche – WR
[SMU] Height: 5’11 Weight: 201
James Proche is a stellar route runner from the slot with excellent hands and a good feel for when and where to sit down against zone coverage. He has consistently good separation skills, despite his limited athletic profile and figures to be a nice possession, slot addition to an NFL offense. He doesn’t bring a ton of value after the catch, so his upside will be limited, but his polish as a route runner and reliability as a pass-catcher project to be easily translatable to the next level.
116. Chase Claypool – WR
[Notre Dame] Height: 6’3 Weight: 238
Claypool is a tough projection to the NFL level. As a wide receiver, he probably shouldn’t be this high on the board. As a tight end, he should probably be higher. Athleticism was a concern, and it seemed almost certain that he was going to make the transition to tight end after putting on weight and getting closer to tight end level size. Then he blew everyone’s minds and tested off the charts at the NFL combine. His tape doesn’t show advanced route running or polish as a wide receiver, but his combination of size and speed would be an absolute nightmare manned up against linebackers and safeties. He’s a projection either way. He’s not a refined wide receiver, and he hasn’t shown the baseline blocking skills to take on even the simplest of tight end responsibilities, but the upside here is exciting.
117. Kee’Shawn Vaughn – RB
[Vanderbilt] Height: 5’10 Weight: 214
Kee’Shawn Vaughn is an explosive, bursty runner that should excel as a one-cut back in a zone scheme. He has a really nice balance of skills with good short-area burst, lateral agility, a blend of elusiveness and contact balance and above-average receiving ability. He isn’t the flashiest running back, but he brings a lot of above-average traits to the table without any debilitating weaknesses that would hinder his transition to the NFL.
118. Robert Hunt – T
[Louisiana] Height: 6’5 Weight: 323
Robert Hunt is an NFL Draft prospect who has made 22 starts at guard and 23 starts at tackle over the last 4 years for the Louisiana Ragin’ Cajuns. While he played at tackle the last 3 years, he will almost certainly have to play guard at the NFL level due to his lack of length. He is a fantastic athlete, has great feet, and strong hands. At guard, he has all the required size and strength to be a force, but he will have to learn how to play with better leverage if he wants to hold up against better competition. He has a great competitive attitude coaches love in a lineman, but he needs to learn how to balance his aggressiveness with better control to hold his blocks longer. He projects as a very good developmental prospect in the NFL Draft, but his transition from a small school combined with a position change might make this a tougher road than most.
119. Leki Fotu – IDL
[Utah] Height: 6’5 Weight: 330
Leki Fotu is a big, big man. At 6’5 330 pounds and over 34-inch arms, he has the perfect body to play nose tackle in the NFL. He has a very good anchor and is disciplined vs run defense, but has only shown flashes of being disruptive. He has an incredibly strong upper body, but he is too often the high man in conflicts at the line of scrimmage, ruining his leverage. He has above average quickness and speed for his size and has had success battling double-teams throughout his career. Unfortunately, with his lack of flexibility, he will likely never be much of a pass-rusher and instead be a long run stuffer.
120. Harrison Bryant – TE
[Florida Atlantic] Height: 6’5 Weight: 243
Harrison Bryant is a tight end from Florida Atlantic who tested as a below-average athlete but was very productive last year. He is a very physical player who has had success as a downfield threat and in contested catches. He struggled as an inline blocker but does a decent job when blocking from the slot. With his below-average arm length and limited athleticism, his catch radius is smaller than you’d think. He has questions about drops, level of competition and athleticism, but has been an elite target through contact over the middle of the field. If you take Harrison Bryant in the NFL Draft you are getting a tight end that will spend most of his time in the slot, has great toughness, and can make catches all over the field.
121. Michael Ojemudia – CB
[Iowa] Height: 6’1 Weight: 205
Michael Ojemudia is a very interesting cornerback prospect out of Iowa in this year’s NFL Draft. Coming out of Iowa, he has been used primarily in zone coverage, which fits his athletic profile perfectly. He is big, tall, and has good length. He is a very fast, explosive, and agile athlete in general, but doesn’t have the smoothness to his movement that the top corners have. He has improved every year, has great ball skills, and rarely misses tackles. Turning hips to run deep can be tough with his stiff hips, so he is optimally used in off coverage. He is great at the catch point, has a really good feel for his landmarks in zone coverage, and has made some highlight-worthy interceptions on multiple occasions. Having very little experience playing press coverage, playing man coverage, he may have a bit of a learning curve at the NFL level. He also struggles sometimes breaking on underneath routes, giving too many easy completions. With stiff movement, scheme-specific, but advanced skills, and excellent ball skills, he is a great target for a zone heavy team looking for a plus instincts player.
122. Jauan Jennings – WR
[Tennessee] Height: 6’3 Weight: 215
Jauan Jennings is one of the toughest projections in the NFL Draft. The things that he is good at, he is really good at. The things that he struggles with are almost undraftable traits. His 4.72 40-yard dash and 29-inch vertical are not NFL caliber marks. They are bad enough that you wonder why he even considered testing. On top of that, he’s an older prospect. On the flip-side, Jennings is an absolute alpha on the field. He is one of the toughest players to bring down, his ability to run over and through defenders is unmatched in the NFL Draft. He has soft hands and attacks the catch point with a “my ball” mentality, extending away from his frame, boxing out defenders, catching the ball through contact, and being just generally physical with the ball in the air. He’s a clean route runner that knows how to use his strength to gain separation and somehow consistently did so, despite his obvious lack of explosive traits. You can survive in the NFL if you’re a poor athlete. The chances are much slimmer, but you can. At the wide receiver position, these players usually end up in the slot, with good hands, good route running ability, and ability to gain yards after the catch. Jennings checks all of those boxes.
123. Jake Fromm – QB
[Georgia] Height: 6’2 Weight: 220
Jake Fromm is a high-IQ quarterback who does all the little things well. He has good footwork in the pocket, he doesn’t put the ball in danger, has really smart ball placement, and generally finds the open man. The commonly discussed flaw in his game is the physical aspect. He is a bad athlete and severely lacks arm strength. A bigger problem, in my opinion, is that he’s simply not that accurate. He makes a “smart” throw in the sense that he’s safe, but my feeling is that sometimes the smart throw is a more aggressive throw downfield. He struggles outside of structure, and he comes from an offense that was run first, taking the pressure off him. When they were losing late in games it shined a spotlight on his limitations. Hew wasn’t able to stretch the field with his arm and score quick touchdowns. He has a good feel for the mental aspects of the game, but is physically limited and is a little slow to go through reads. With that said, offenses in the past have been altered to fit with quarterbacks like this, so he will certainly find a home on a roster.
124. Logan Stenberg – IOL
[Kentucky] Height: 6’6 Weight: 317
Logan Stenberg is a guard prospect in this year’s NFL Draft that made 39 starts for Kentucky over the last 3 years. He is one of the more fun prospects to watch, playing with a fierce mean-streak that has led to some highlight-reel plays but a ton of penalties as well. He is very tall for a guard, which shows up when he gets out-leveraged in pass blocking at times. This past year, however, he was nearly flawless in pass protection, rarely getting beaten by his SEC competition. He attacks run blocks with an aggressive style that can bury defensive linemen, but he is sometimes a little out of control in his movements. While his lack of discipline and below-average athleticism may scare some teams, playing as well as he did in the SEC is something I find very encouraging.
125. Hunter Bryant – TE
[Washington] Height: 6’2 Weight: 248
Hunter Bryant was puzzling to me. The athleticism he showed on tape simply did not mesh with what he showed at the combine. On tape, he is undersized but makes up for it with above-average athleticism and is a dynamic playmaker. At the combine, he tested very poorly and looked bigger. I think he may be stuck in the tweener range where he won’t be big enough to be a legitimate mismatch at tight end, or he won’t be athletic enough to work as a pure move receiver. As a pure receiver, he has good body control, is very physical and is solid after the catch specifically on crossing routes. On the other hand, he doesn’t have natural hands. He has a bunch of either drops or double-clutch catches on tape. He also seems to have a terrible feel for zone coverage, often sitting right next to a defender rather than finding the hole. He doesn’t make contested-catches, and I just have a tough time seeing where he wins. I keep him this high only because I have a feeling he tested poorly because he was putting on some bad weight to reach Tight End thresholds. With more time, he could maybe find a more suitable size that lets him maintain his athleticism that is apparent on tape.
126. Josiah Scott – CB
[Michigan State] Height: 5’9 Weight: 185
Josiah Scott started at outside cornerback for Michigan State for 29 games over the last 3 years, but his small stature will almost certainly require him to move to the slot at the NFL level. While he has limited snaps at slot, his smooth movement skills and elite athleticism should allow him to translate there quite easily. He is really instinctive, especially for being only 21 years old. He’s very physical and sticky, playing with a tenacious playing style that I love to see in a slot corner. He is electric when breaking to stop screens and has no qualms about being aggressive in run defense. The size limitations are really where the issues are with Scott. Even when he is in a great position (almost always), he struggles at the catch point. He is willing and aggressive in run defense, but he will almost certainly not get off a block once he’s engaged. He has a lot of experience playing in press-coverage but has not shown to be particularly skilled at it. There is a lot to love about Scott’s game, but his upside and role at the next level has a limited ceiling.
127. Jabari Zuniga – EDGE
[Florida] Height: 6’3 Weight: 264
Jabari Zuniga is a very talented athlete who has yet to see that athleticism shows up in his production. He tends to rely purely on his athleticism, dominating lesser offensive tackles, but getting shut down by quality opponents. He has zero pass rush moves to speak of, which is possible to develop. Unfortunately, he also can’t win with power because of his size and his really really short arms for the position (31-inch arms). He doesn’t use his hands effectively. Essentially, he either wins with pure speed around the edge, or he loses. He has some flashes on tape, but I’m not sure his deficiencies are fixable at the NFL level.
128. Ben Bredeson – IOL
[Michigan] Height: 6’5 Weight: 315
Ben Bredeson is an Guard prospect in this year’s NFL Draft who has played 46 games at guard as a 4-year starter for Michigan. Unlike some of the developmental prospects a little higher up the board, Bredeson strikes me as more of a “you get what you get” type of prospect. Over the last 4 years he has consistently struggled in run blocking, suffering a slow first step and little fuctional athleticism in space. In pass protection however, he has made great strides toward becoming one of the best protectors in the Big-10. He is about as technically sound as it gets and plays with great balance through contact. He has a high football IQ and does a good job picking up blitzes, stunts, and will find someone if he is left free. Overall, Bredeson can avoid being a liability in run blocking in a system that limits his work in space. I feel good about his skills as a pass blocker, though there’s a chance that quick interior linemen may be out of his league at the NFL level.
129. JR Reed – S
[Georgia] Height: 6’1 Weight: 202
JR Reed just isn’t a flashy safety prospect. That doesn’t mean that he isn’t a good one. He lives on his instincts and his football IQ. He puts himself in good positions to make plays and not get beat. He’s not an exceptional run defender, but he’s quick to pull the trigger and get downhill to the ball carrier. He is solid at the catch point and benefits from putting himself in good positions to break up passes. Despite being only an average athlete, Reed’s instincts just make everything happen quicker for him. His upside is limited, but his instincts should play better than most of the safeties in the NFL Draft.
130. John Reid – CB
[Penn State] Height: 5’10 Weight: 187
John Reid is an undersized, but athletic cornerback prospect who has started 40 games over the last 4 years for Penn State. He has had great ball production, with 37 passes defended and 7 interceptions over his career. He has a great aggressive style, but he can get a little bit handsy. At his size, he will almost certainly be used in the slot, where he played some last year. His 3.97 shuttle time was best at the combine, and his agility shows up on tape. He has quick feet and smooth movement skills to mirror receivers in man coverage. He has the versatility to cover both across the field and break quickly on plays in front of him. He is a solid, tough run defender that plays with a fearless edge. The major knocks on him are his size, his struggles contesting plays downfield, and the fact that he will turn 24 before the season starts.
131. McTelvin Agim – IDL
[Arkansas] Height: 6’3 Weight: 309
McTelvin Agim has good size length and athleticism, testing through the roof at the combine. Unfortunately, his play strength seemed to be significantly weaker than he tested, as he was frequently knocked off balance by down blocks. I loved seeing him use a variety of pass rush moves, even though they looked raw at best. He plays with a great motor and consistently plays with great leverage. He has a good feel for his length and is adept at using it to control linemen at the line of scrimmage. He is very explosive and dominated in the shrine bowl practices. The big issue is that he has the physical traits to be an interior rusher but is really raw, and he lacks the anchor to excel in run defense right now. As a one-gapper he could develop into a very disruptive player with size and quickness to give NFL guards fits.
132. Prince Tega-Wanogho – T
[Auburn] Height: 6’5 Weight: 308
133. Alex Highsmith – EDGE
[Charlotte] Height: 6’3 Weight: 248
Alex Highsmith out of Charlotte is a sleeper for many at the edge position in this year’s NFL Draft. It’s easy to see why with his explosive first step, his ridiculous motor, and his propensity for getting coverage sacks and making tackles on the other side of the field in pursuit. He also has ideal length for the position, which is important when projecting from a smaller school. The issues I have are his lack of bend, his lack of play strength, and his struggles in the run game, which showed up even against lower competition. If he can bulk up a little and develop some pass rush moves while maintaining his athleticism he could be a steal down the road. This is a BIG if, however.
134. L’Jarius Sneed – S
[Louisiana Tech] Height: 6’0 Weight: 192
L’Jarius Sneed is another small school uber-athlete safety prospect. He has the versatility to play man or zone coverage and has above average instincts in coverage with plus abilities at the catch point to jar the ball loose. His athleticism plays well against the run, but he is an inconsistent tackler and struggles to break down in the open field. Without improvement in his control and approach to the ball carrier, run-defense is not likely to be his calling card at the next level.
135. Donovan Peoples-Jones – WR
[Michigan] Height: 6’2 Weight: 212
Of all of the wide receivers in the NFL Draft, there may not be a player who is more of a projection than Donovan People’s Jones. He is an incredibly impressive athlete and has the potential to dominate defensive backs with that athleticism if he can refine some of the rough edges at the next level. He never really had the opportunity to showcase his abilities at the college level due to the atrocious quarterback play of Shea Patterson at Michigan. Donovan Peoples-Jones is explosive out of his breaks and displays his uniquely impressive leaping ability and body control with regularity when adjusting to poorly thrown balls. Despite his insane athleticism, DPJ isn’t a refined route runner, struggles against the press, has inconsistent hands, and can get thrown off by physical coverage down the field. He has the very real potential to be a big-time playmaker at the next level, but he has to show a lot of improvement in some of the fundamentals of the position.
136. Alohi Gilman – S
[Notre Dame] Height: 5’10 Weight: 201
Alohi Gilman probably has limited upside at the NFL level but can fill a role as a box safety that can excel in run defense. He had limited reps in man coverage but struggled to stick with his man, and his lack of length showed up in both man and zone at the catch point. He isn’t a very impressive overall athlete and doesn’t really have the range to play deep safety in the NFL and is a little stiff in his zone coverage. His playmaking and ball skills left a lot to be desired, and he wasn’t aggressive or explosive enough to be making plays in the opponent’s backfield. With that said, Alohi Gilman has good short-area quickness to make plays in the box, is a solid, wrap-up tackler, and is instinctive against the run, feeling where he needs to be to affect the play. While he isn’t going to offer much in coverage, he can be an asset against the run.
137. John Hightower – WR
[Boise State] Height: 6’1 Weight: 189
John Hightower has a really nice combination of height and speed, coupled with some strong RAC traits. He’s going to need some development in his routes, he needs to play with better play strength in his routes and at the catch point, and he has a bad habit of letting the ball into his frame, but he’s a little bit of a bigger target to help minimize that deficiency and he can utilize his speed and RAC ability on shorter targets. As a size/speed wide receiver, you’d like him to be able to threaten vertically consistently, but he has some struggles with tracking the football down the field. He can still attack the deep part of the field, but that’s certainly a hole in his projection as a deep threat in the NFL.
138. Justin Strnad – LB
[Wake Forest] Height: 6’3 Weight: 238
Justin Strnad doesn’t have the top-end athleticism of some of the other players in the class, but he brings good size and instincts to the table as well as adequate ability in zone coverage. He is a strong tackler and is good at breaking down and making the stop in open-field. His play strength is lacking, and he can get washed between the tackles, but his overall run defense is solid. Strnaud doesn’t have the same upside as some of the other linebackers in the 2020 NFL Draft, and he isn’t without his shortcomings, but he brings a nice blend of coverage, tackling, and instincts to the table.
139. Michael Onwenu – IOL
[Michigan] Height: 6’3 Weight: 344
Michael Onwenu is a massive human being and plays the position like one. He has exceptional strength do drive back defenders at the point of attack and has a heavy anchor against bull-rushes in pass protection. His athleticism is predictably questionable given his size and he may struggle at the NFL level dealing with secondary moves, sustaining extended pass-blocking reps and dealing with more savvy interior rushers. He will likely be limited to a scheme that allows him to play to his strengths with quick passes and power runs where he doesn’t have to operate much in space.
140. JJ Taylor – RB
[Arizona] Height: 5’5 Weight: 185
JJ Taylor is a really small running back in the 2020 NFL Draft. At 5’5, 185 lbs, it’s hard to not be concerned about how well he holds up at the NFL level, but his frame is rock solid and his talent is hard to ignore. His small size brings his center of gravity low to the ground and his contact balance is exceptional. He bounces off tacklers and isn’t afraid to take on contact. He has a good bit of wiggle, but not as much as you’d hope for from someone his size. His vision and anticipation are excellent at the first level and his blend of patience and aggressiveness work naturally for him at the line of scrimmage, He brings a nice skill set to the passing game and catches the ball naturally with crisp routes. The concerns are that his physical running style is going to further decrease the odds of his frame holding up at the next level and that he simply doesn’t have enough pure elusiveness to make up for it. His vision, contact balance, and receiving ability are enough to roll the dice
141. Joe Bachie – LB
[Michigan State] Height: 6’1 Weight: 230
Joe Bachie is a reliable, disciplined run defender that can make stops between the tackles. His tape didn’t really showcase the athleticism that he showed at the combine and it remains to be seen whether his play speed is just less than what he tested at or if his responsibilities restricted his athleticism. He doesn’t bring much to the table as a pass rusher or in coverage, and he wasn’t often asked to show his range sideline to sideline, but he can play solid run defense between the tackles with the upside to show some range if he can unleash his athleticism a little bit.
142. Thaddeus Moss – TE
[LSU] Height: 6’2 Weight: 250
Thaddeus Moss played Tight End for the national championship-winning LSU team this past year and is the son of legendary wide receiver Randy Moss. While he inherited none of Moss’s speed and fluidity, he does have incredibly soft hands and great body control. He honestly may have the softest hands of any player in the NFL Draft who catches footballs. He complements his possession ability with a physical play-style that shows up at the catch point, and in his blocking. He is a very good blocker inline, with crazy good play strength for his size. He is great at finding his block in the open space and will be solid at this as a TE2 at the next level. He has no real suddenness in his routes and rarely separates from man coverage, but he has the intelligence to beat zone coverage and the hands and body control to catch anything near him. He may never be a TE1 on a team, but he is easily projectable as a player that will see the field.
143. Saahdiq Charles – T
[LSU] Height: 6’4 Weight: 321
Listed at a shade under 300 during the season, Saadiq Charles showed up to the combine at 321 and still ran an impressive 40. He didn’t do any of the other tests, so it’s impossible to say whether the athleticism that popped off the tape at LSU would survive the massive addition of weight, but the 40 time was encouraging. His athletic traits are the primary draw to his profile. His hand technique and footwork are raw and he didn’t always keep a consistent anchor in pass protection and struggled at times to displace defenders in the run game. The athletic traits are there, but he needs to develop his technique and won’t be ready to hit the field for meaningful reps right away.
144. Darnay Holmes – CB
[UCLA] Height: 5’10 Weight: 195
Darnay Holmes is an undersized boom or bust cornerback prospect from UCLA who will likely have to play in the slot at the next level. He is the type of player you notice when watching any tape of a player going against UCLA. He has some incredible highlight reel interceptions that explode off the screen and demand that you look into his game further. What you find though is a player who is flashy, but deeply flawed. Over his career, he made a whole bunch of mental errors and struggled with his instincts in general. He has the bad habit of giving too much space underneath and prefers instead to play it safe. His instincts in zone coverage are below average, but he is real sticky working down the field with receivers on fly routes. He is a project, but if you are in the business of chasing physical traits and a few really high reps, Holmes is an option for you.
145. Dalton Keene – TE
[Virginia Tech] Height: 6’4 Weight: 253
Dalton Keene is a Tight End prospect out of Virginia Tech I will be interested to see perform at the next level. At 6’4 253, he is a little undersized but has good length. He is both explosive and agile, which showed up in his ability to gain tough yards after the catch. He has a very versatile skill set, lining up all over the field used in a number of ways. The most puzzling thing was the pure lack of usage this past year. When he was used it was on short drag routes and curls, rarely used on any other part of the field. Whether this was because of his ability or because of the quarterback or scheme is unknown, but it’s a big question mark. He showed well as a blocker inline, as an H-Back and as a slot, playing with physicality and effort. I love his style, and if he were used more frequently I’d almost certainly have him higher up the board.
146. Julian Blackmon – S
[Utah] Height: 6’1 Weight: 204
Julian Blackmon has a lot of positive traits at the safety position and has a knack for making big plays, but his role in the NFL is a little undefined. He plays really well with coverages that are in front of him, allowing him to read the quarterback and make plays on the ball, but can struggle when on the run in deep zones and in man coverage. He doesn’t seem to have the required quickness or smoothness to play consistently good man coverage in the NFL and can struggle to get off blocks in run defense. He may not have the range to play deep safety, may not have the quickness and fluidity to play in man, and may not have the chops in run defense to play box safety. That said, his ball production has been very impressive, he’s a big hitter, and he makes it a point to try and punch out the football on tackles. If a team can find a role for him, he could make plays in the NFL.
147. Kenny Willekes – EDGE
[Michigan State] Height: 6’3 Weight: 264
Kenny Willekes is an edge defender for Michigan State who is severely lacking length for the position. With that said, he tested with great agility and put up 32 reps on the bench, which is great at 264 pounds. He is a plus player in run defense because of his instincts and incredible motor, but that is all he really is at this point. He has very few pass rush moves utilized on tape and he has a distinct lake of juice in his first step, limiting his upside as a pass rusher. The real worry with him is that his length will be exploited in run defense at the next level, leaving him as a purely special teams player.
148. Darnell Mooney – WR
[Tulane] Height: 5’10 Weight: 176
Darnell Mooney is incredibly fast and explosive. That shows up time and time again when coming out of his breaks, and has no problem creating separation. He tracks the football really well down the field and can elevate and make plays in the air. He plays bigger than his frame suggests at the catch point. While he excels in contested catch situations and making plays in the air, he struggles with concentration drops and can let some plays get away from him, and while he is explosive out of his breaks, he isn’t very defined or deceptive in his routes and will have to get better to create consistent separation against corners at a higher level of competition. For now, he has a lot of impressive traits that project to be a deep threat at the next level. He could develop into more than that, but without development to other parts of his game, his drops may keep him off the field.
149. Jonathan Garvin – EDGE
[Miami] Height: 6’4 Weight: 263
Jonathan Garvin tested with great size, length, and explosion at the combine this year. At 20 years old, there is still plenty of room for him to develop and gain more functional strength. He lacks speed but has great bend and flexibility. He has a tough time turning the corner when trying to win with speed and frequently gets washed by offensive tackles. His pass rushes were predictable as he had nothing in terms of an inside counter and didn’t have a good bull rush. His first step is great, but it didn’t show up consistently and he didn’t excel at turning speed into power. He had some flashy plays and a fun highlight reel but was really inconsistent on a play to play basis. Overall, he has the length, body-type, bend, and splash plays, but lacks the discipline, consistency and pass rush moves to rank any higher than this.
150. Essang Bassey – CB
[Wake Forest] Height: 5’9 Weight: 191
Essang Bassey is a great athlete from Wake Forest who will likely play slot at the next level. He is explosive and agile, has solid instincts and has solid ball production when he plays in zone coverage. He was picked on frequently in the red zone and is a bad tackler in general. He consistently lacks physicality but has great smooth movement skills for the position. Watching his tape, you wouldn’t think he was as athletic as he tested, and it showed when he got dominated at the senior bowl. Overall he is very productive as a corner, but much of this came from his risky play-style. This play-style gets picked on more at the NFL level, but a change to slot could make him a solid player.
151. Danny Pinter – T
[Ball State] Height: 6’4 Weight: 306
A developmental guard prospect with all of the athleticism that you look for at the position. He lacks the functional strength to hold up against NFL defensive tackles, but has continually added weight and play strength each year without sacrificing his athleticism. His technique is still raw, and his athleticism won’t let him get away with things as easily at the professional level, but the traits are intriguing, and his continual improvement suggests that NFL coaching and professional weight training could help him reach his potential.
152. Shane Lemieux – IOL
[Oregon] Height: 6’4 Weight: 310
Shane Lemieux is a powerful interior offensive lineman that has the function strength in both his upper and lower body to move defenders at the point of attack. He can struggle to engage and sustain blocks at the second level due to lack of natural agility and quickness. His lack of agility shows up in his pass sets as well, and he has a tendency to overset, where his lack of premier length can become a problem. He needs to improve as a pass protector, but he could slot into a power running scheme immediately given his strong hands and ability to drive through defenders.
153. John Penisini – IDL
[Utah] Height: 6’1 Weight: 318
Penisini has good size and length for a defensive tackle but is simply not a good athlete. Playing for Utah, he was used to the best of his ability, focusing on his ability anchor at the line and move quickly up and down the line of scrimmage in run defense. He is a good, disciplined run defender who is adept at controlling the line of scrimmage and keeping his eyes in the backfield. He has a great motor, but no burst, no bullrush, and no pass rush moves. If you want someone with great run-stopping instincts and a strong anchor at the point of attack, Penisini is a good option.
154. Larrell Murchison – IDL
[North Carolina State] Height: 6’2 Weight: 297
Larrell Murchison is an undersized interior defensive lineman with great length, but an obvious lack of play strength. One of the big things I look for in a prospect is their ability to improve over time, and Murchison has been more stagnant over the last couple of years. He has great quickness and a strong motor but has very little juice off the line of scrimmage. His best quality is his ability to fight effectively with his hands, maximizing his length to keep linemen from getting inside on him. When he does this effectively, he can hide his play strength and allowed him to be pretty successful in run defense.
155. Darrynton Evans – RB
[Appalachian State] Height: 5’10 Weight: 203
Darrynton Evans has the speed to create big plays at the NFL level and knows how to use it in space. He varies his speed well at the line of scrimmage and the second level to minimize big hits and enhance his contact balance. His vision is adequate, though he can loop his cuts a little too much and waste space at the line of scrimmage. He has the ability to break more tackles than you’d expect for his size, and his elusiveness is an asset in open-field. With a little quicker processing at the line of scrimmage, he could excel in a zone scheme.
156. Eno Benjamin – RB
[Arizona State] Height: 5’9 Weight: 207
Eno Benjamin has a lot of traits to like, but has a unique running style that may not translate well to the NFL. He plays a little out of control for the position and can let it force him into too solid of contact as well as having too many reps running into his own linemen. He is not decisive at the line of scrimmage and his vision is inconsistent at best. His elusiveness and balance are excellent assets to his game, and he brings value to the receiving game with his ability in space. While receiving ability is one of the most valuable traits for a running back, his struggles with vision and decisiveness may keep him off the field too often for that skill set to really come to fruition, The traits are there, but it’s tough to project how they translate.
157. Hakeem Adeniji – T
[Kansas] Height: 6’4 Weight: 302
While Adeniji’s length is properly-suited to offensive tackle, he may end up moving inside to guard where his athleticism is more suited. He has some nice traits, but he isn’t a technically sound prospect at this point, and he hasn’t shown significant improvement over his four years as a starter to be confident that he will. A move inside to guard could play more to his strengths and help spark the development that has been lacking thus far.
158. Isaiah Coulter – WR
[Rhode Island] Height: 6’2 Weight: 198
Isaiah Coulter has a potent combination of size and speed and should be able to threaten defenses vertically without much further development. As a small school prospect, he is understandably underdeveloped in his route running, but his athletic traits suggest a high ceiling in this area. For now, his ability down the field should be his calling card. He has good top-end speed to win down the sideline, and the body control, high pointing ability, and tracking ability to win with the ball in the air. He hasn’t faced much upper-level competition, so there are likely going to be some growing pains, and he needs to get better against press coverage to play on the outside, but the traits that he has developed look very promising.
159. Antonio Gandy-Golden – WR
[Liberty] Height: 6’4 Weight: 223
Antonio-Gandy Golden is another player that has a lot of really nice traits that need a little bit of help to amount to more than just the sum of the parts. He is strong in contested catch situations, plays really well down the field and has the body control to excel on the sideline, and he has some really nice ability after the catch. Antonio Gandy-Golden doesn’t have the pure athleticism or polish to generate separation on a regular basis, which makes capitalizing on his ability after the catch difficult in many situations. He doesn’t have the pure speed to threaten defenses vertically. His hands can be inconsistent, so while he excels in contested catch situations, he can let some easy ones get away from him. There just isn’t an easy projection for where he wins in the NFL, but there are a lot of traits to hang on to.
160. JaMycal Hasty – RB
[Baylor] Height: 5’8 Weight: 205
JaMycal Hasty has an intriguing skill set as a pass-catcher with above average route running abilities, and impressive contact balance and elusiveness in the open field. He keeps good pad level and has a naturally low center of gravity that helps him create yards after contact. He certainly can bring value in the passing game and value in the running game with a little more decisiveness at the line of scrimmager. He’d be much more valuable with this skillset, but injury concerns, ball security concerns, and inconsistent vision are all big red flags for running backs. His skill set still warrants a shot on day three.
161. DeeJay Dallas – RB
[Miami] Height: 5’10 Weight: 217
DeeJay Dallas has some of the best contact balance in the 2020 NFL Draft. He has strong leg drive, good pad level, a good center of gravity, and the instincts to contort to minimize contact and lower his pads through hits to maintain his balance. He brings elusive traits in the open field, and adds value in the passing game. His vision and decision making are inconsistent and he doesn’t always make the most of what is presented to him. At a position that has a short shelf life in the NFL, running backs in need of development are not typically desirable, but his contact balance and ability in the passing game make him worth a day three pick in the NFL Draft.
162. Calvin Throckmorton – T
[Oregon] Height: 6’5 Weight: 317
Calvin Throckmorton has been a consistent quality starter for Oregon for four years and has played tackle, guard and center. He is a smart player that excels with his football IQ and can make up for some of his physical deficiencies with his smarts. He doesn’t have a great athletic profile, and his functional strength doesn’t make up for the areas he lacks in. He is however technically sound and the combination of his refinement, football IQ, and versatility should help him find a spot on a roster.
163. Cameron Clark – T
[Charlotte] Height: 6’4 Weight: 308
A small school prospect that likely is going to need an adjustment time before having any shot at seeing meaningful snaps at the NFL level, especially if he moves inside to guard. Cameron Clark has the requisite length to play in the NFL, the power to win in the run game and has already decent work with his hands, all to go along with an alpha mentality in the run game. His mobility and flexibility are limited, and he still needs some work on his processing and footwork, but with NFL coaching, his outlook is better than many of the developmental offensive linemen in the 2020 NFL Draft. He’s already an older prospect, which may limit how much he can develop before he hits his ceiling.
164. Tyre Phillips – T
[Mississippi State] Height: 6’5 Weight: 331
Tyre Phillips wins with power at the point of attack. That is his calling card. He lacks foot quickness and agility and is going to struggle if asked to work in space. While he has excellent length, he plays too high and gives up leverage too easily, too consistently. His skill set is going to be very limiting in the NFL, but his ability at the point of attack could be made use of by an NFL team, and his length and natural strength are enough to make a team want to try.
165. Gabriel Davis – WR
[UCF] Height: 6’2 Weight: 216
Gabriel Davis is a big target with excellent ball skills, physicality, and ability in contested catch situations. His speed is adequate, and he can win vertically because of his ability in the air, but he isn’t a speed threat that defenses are going to have to account for. He’s not particularly explosive out of his breaks, so his route running is going to have to improve to get separation in the NFL. For now, he offers value in the red zone.
166. Reggie Robinson II – CB
[Tulsa] Height: 6’1 Weight: 205
Reggie Robinson is an athletic cornerback from Tulsa that also has great size and length. While it was against poor competition, his ball production was still quite impressive (17 passes defended and 4 interceptions on 60 targets). My favorite stat for Robinson is that he blocked 4 field goals while at Tulsa. He is very good at carrying receivers downfield, but he had the tendency to get beat on comeback routes as well. He made some excellent plays in zone coverage, but he is at his best in press coverage. In zone coverage, he lacks discipline, which showed up in the ugly performances he had against the top teams he played. Overall, Robinson is a high-end developmental prospect with the ball skills and physicality to translate. His sloppy movement and inconsistent instincts make him a risky prospect best taken on day 3.
167. Derrek Tuszka – EDGE
[North Dakota State] Height: 6’4 Weight: 251
Derrek Tuszka is an Edge prospect from North Dakota State, and he dominated the competition exactly how you would want him to. That said, it was really, really bad competition. He is very undersized, with very short arms for an edge prospect, and relied too much on what worked on that level, rather than what he will need at the next level. He does have advanced hand usage for an FCS prospect, is relentless through the whistle, has great bend, and has a great first step. He can lack discipline in run defense, and it’s worth asking whether he will have enough length and play strength to be successful at the NFL level.
168. Brandon Jones – S
[Texas] Height: 5’11 Weight: 198
Brandon Jones is an aggressive safety, with a hot motor that plays well in run defense. He has plus tackling ability, breaks down and adjusts well in the open field, and knows how to cut off the runner from anywhere on the field. He is a bit of a weird projection to the NFL and may not naturally fit a specific role, because he may be too small to be a true box safety, not sticky enough to play in the slot, and not instinctive enough to play deep safety. He needs to develop to grow into a better fit for one of those roles, but plays well fundamentally and plays with a constantly running motor.
169. David Woodward – LB
[Utah State] Height: 6’2 Weight: 230
David Woodward was an insanely productive linebacker at Utah State that showed elite tackling ability, good ability to disengage from blockers, and great instincts. He can be a force between the tackles, but his athleticism limits him beyond that in the run game and in any zone coverage that requires him to cover much ground. He’s been effective as a blitzer, so he can contribute against the passing game, but his abilities in that area of the game are limited. His inconsistent play strength, lack of aggressiveness downhill, lack of athleticism, and injury concerns are all things that will hamstring his projection to the NFL level, but he brings enough in the run game to fill a role at the next level.
170. Tanner Muse – S
[Clemson] Height: 6’2 Weight: 227
Tanner Muse played safety for Clemson, but he likely doesn’t have the coverage instincts to stick at the position in the NFL and will likely have to make the move to linebacker at the next level. He’s an insane athlete for the safety position and will be even more athletic by comparison at the linebacker position. While he isn’t exactly the smoothest of athletes and appears to be stiff, even for a linebacker, he has the range to cover a lot of ground and is a big hitter and a solid overall tackler. He hasn’t been asked to take on blocks much, something that is going to be necessary with a position switch, and it’s yet to be seen whether he has a natural feel for the position, but the athletic upside at linebacker is ridiculous if a team can find a way to harness it.
171. Markus Bailey – LB
[Purdue] Height: 6’0 Weight: 235
Markus Bailey is another productive tackler that lacks top-end athleticism for the position. Despite his limitations as an athlete, he is good in zone coverage and stickier than you’d expect in man-coverage. He’s an excellent, wrap-up tackler and a proficient blitzer. He doesn’t have the speed to threaten ball carriers outside the tackles, but he will make a lot of plays if he can get clean to the hole. His short arms are an obvious problem for him and he struggles mightily to disengage from blocks and make plays on the ball carrier when blockers are able to reach him. This is going to be a bigger issue with bigger, more athletic, and more technical linemen at the next level, and his length may limit how much he can realistically improve in that area. He has had several ACL injuries, and injuries are a concern moving forward.
172. Alton Robinson – EDGE
[Syracuse] Height: 6’3 Weight: 264
Alton Robinson is a great athlete but doesn’t quite have the requisite length. He was most successful with his bull rush, which is encouraging when projecting to the NFL level. He has a great motor and firststep, and had the ability to take over games at times. He tries a variety of moves with mixed results. He has the bad habit of taking bad angles to the quarterback and getting washed by offensive linemen. He is below average at turning the corner when he wins the edge and has inconsistent play strength. While he flashes the ability to be disruptive, his struggles turning the edge and his inconsistent play strength project him as a day 3 talent.
173. Lamar Jackson – CB
[Nebraska] Height: 6’2 Weight: 208
Lamar Jackson was a playmaker this past year for Nebraska’s defense, and has the size and length that teams covet, but not the long speed. With that said, he has decent burst and uses it to shut down the short areas of the field. This past year he forced 5 turnovers and defended 12 passes. He was consistently disruptive at the catch point on shorter routes but struggled to keep players in front of him. He also tends to struggle with his tackling, often an unwilling participant in run defense. With his size and length, he has the makings of a press corner, but doesn’t yet have the refined technique, or the physical attitude necessary to be a force at the line of scrimmage.
174. John Simpson – IOL
[Clemson] Height: 6’4 Weight: 321
John Simpson‘s functional strength as a blocker is enticing, but his poor pad level, flexibility and agility can make him a liability as a pass protector. Playing with his pads high and a natural stiffness keep him from really having a strong anchor and can create balance issues against bull rushes. He isn’t likely to sustain blocks for long in pass sets, and is likely limited to teams that prefer quick passes and power runs that allow him to win with his physical prowess,
175. Kalija Lipscomb – WR
[Vanderbilt] Height: 6’0 Weight: 207
Kalija Lipscomb projects as a slot receiver in the NFL due to his plus ability after the catch and his struggles to fight through press coverage. He’s not particularly fast or explosive, so the move to the slot, helps to minimize his lack of top-end athleticism. He has soft hands when he tries to catch outside his frame, but lets the ball get into his body too often and needs to extend his catch radius more often. He has flashed the ability to make plays in contested situations but is inconsistent in this area. Lipscomb’s ability after the catch may not translate well enough to be a plus trait because of his lack of explosive traits. If he can continue to be effective after the catch, Lipscomb can have a role at the next level. If not, he doesn’t offer much above replacement players in the slot.
176. Harrison Hand – CB
[Temple] Height: 5’11 Weight: 197
Harrison Hand is another traits-based cornerback, who rocked the combine with a 41-inch vertical and a 133-inch broad jump. In addition to his explosiveness, he has the size and length to play outside. He is somewhat lacking in deep speed, and is more comfortable keeping the play in front of him. In zone coverage he has above average instincts and excels at breaking on routes in front of him. As a zone corner he could be a playmaker. If forced to mirror receivers deep or follow them across the field he will struggle.
177. Jason Strowbridge – IDL
[North Carolina] Height: 6’4 Weight: 275
Jason Strowbridge is a bit of a tweener on the defensive line. He doesn’t quite have the size you want on the inside, but he doesn’t have the necessary burst to play the edge. With that said, he has some traits that lead you to believe he could still find a place in the NFL. He has a great first-step, and plays with leverage so that he doesn’t get bullied inside. He has a powerful punch with his hands to keep offensive linemen off his frame. He uses his hands effectively to find his way into gaps and disrupt plays. He wins with great quickness on the inside, but will certainly have to bulk up on the inside to translate his talents. With a 6’4 frame, there is probably some muscle to be added.
178. Jacob Phillips – LB
[LSU] Height: 6’3 Weight: 229
Jacob Phillips has a nice combination of size and straight-line burst with the ability to take on blocks, work through traffic, shed blockers and make solid, wrap up tackles. He doesn’t have the lateral agility (as confirmed by his testing) to deal with change-of-direction smoothly without losing leverage on a play. Despite his ability in the run game, his average instincts, compounded by poor change of direction, and his lack of ability as a blitzer and in coverage limit his upside at the next level. He could find a role as a rotational linebacker in run defense.
179. Joe Reed – WR
[Virginia] Height: 6’0 Weight: 224
Joe Reed has good speed to get downfield and is explosive in a straight line. He has good hands and added value after the catch. He’s built strong at 224 pounds and is a tough runner with the ball in his hands. His hands, RAC ability, struggles with tracking the ball downfield, and struggles against the press probably project him to a slot role in the NFL. His change of direction didn’t look smooth on tape, and he didn’t test his agility at the combine. While he probably projects to the slot, his lack of refinement as a route runner, limited experience in the route tree, and potentially limited change of direction ability all could hinder a successful transition to the NFL. His ability after the catch, reliable hands, and straight-line speed will help this transition if he can develop as a route runner.
180. Javaris Davis – CB
[Auburn] Height: 5’8 Weight: 183
Javaris Davis is an undersized slot cornerback from Auburn with elite athleticism. Despite his stature, he plays a physical brand of football, which allowed him to be a 4-year starter in the SEC. Running a 4.39 40-yard dash, he was able to run with anyone, but his size was a liability downfield at the catch point regularly. Watching his tape, he has the quick feet, and consistently good positioning to give him a shot in the slot. Unfortunately, he has major struggles in run-defense, and doesn’t have refined zone instincts. His movement also doesn’t quite seem as smooth as you’d hope for an undersized prospect.
181. Lavert Hill – CB
[Michigan] Height: 5’10 Weight: 190
Lavert Hill is a Michigan cornerback with great ball production (28 passes defended and 6 interceptions on 98 targets). He is a very smooth mover and is suprisingly physical for a smaller corner. He started for 3 years at Michigan and played inside, outside, and has experience in press coverage. He was bullied frequently in run defense, be he is more than willing to get after the ball carrier anyways. He’s not an incredible athlete and relied a lot on superior instincts to consistently make plays. Despite great ball production, his mediocre physical traits and tendency to draw flags may hinder his performance against NFL receivers.
182. Bravvion Roy – IDL
[Baylor] Height: 6’1 Weight: 332
Bravvion Roy has a stout build and had a very productive year with Baylor this past year. He has a quick first step, but lacks discipline and often uses that step to shoot the wrong gap in run defense. He has great play strength and a very disruptive bull rush on the interior. While his short arms aren’t ideal for the position, he is strong, and rarely misses tackles. When engaged with a blocker, he has a very difficult time shedding and can lack the vision to move his man to disrupt the play. Despite his stature, he actually has a pretty good pass-rushing toolbox at his disposal. He can shoot the gaps, duck under, and has a really great spin move that is absolutely worth a viewing. Overall, Bravvion Roy will shoot gaps and push the pocket, but struggles shedding blocks and maintaining gap discipline will hinder his run defense making his a pure space-eater, with a bit of pass-rush upside.
183. Collin Johnson – WR
[Texas] Height: 6’6 Weight: 222
Collin Johnson’s obvious trump card is his rare size for the position. H has excellent hands and absurd body control in the air for his size. He projects to be able to be a red zone target for an NFL offense. His lack of athletic traits, inability to create separation, even with physicality, and his lack of effort to use his size and physicality to his full extent keep him from having the upside that his size might suggest. If he can become more physical, both in his routes and at the catch point, he could be a dangerous weapon in the red zone, but he may never be a player that can be a true threat at all levels of the field.
184. Darius Anderson – RB
[TCU] Height: 5’10 Weight: 208
While he didn’t test exceptionally at the NFL Combine, Darius Anderson showed more than adequate speed on tape and had explosive traits on display when hitting the hole. His upright running style didn’t lend well to his contact balance, and his instincts were just average as a runner. Anderson has a good feel for space in the open field and has some elusiveness, but it isn’t enough to make him more than a late-round flier at the position, hoping that is athleticism is closer to what it appeared to be on tape than what it timed out as at the combine. Our writer Joey took a look at Darius Anderson’s fantasy value.
185. Josiah Deguara TE
[Cincinnati] Height: 6’2 Weight: 242
Josiah Deguara was a productive pass catcher in Cincinnati’s offense this past year, and improved every year he was there. While he’s undersized for the position, he is an above-average blocker, and frequently played off the line of scrimmage. He is a plus route runner and is an above-average all-around athlete. He has great burst to provide yards after the catch but is not much of a tackle-breaker. He has the ability to get open, make catches, deliver yards after the catch, and block out in space. He may end up as an H-back, but he will certainly find a way to make a roster.
186. Robert Windsor – IDL
[Penn State] Height: 6’4 Weight: 290
Robert Windsor is an explosive, high-motor interior defensive line prospect who is lacking size, and struggles against the run. He has great length and is quick enough to shoot gaps effectively, but is a liability against the run at his size. He tends to play high, which causes him to lose leverage at the line of scrimmage. He plays with active hands but is severely lacking in power for the position. He has a few pass rush moves, active hands, and a good first step, but his inability to win with power and his massive struggles in run defense will limit him to a role as a developmental situational pass rusher.
187. Michael Warren – RB
[Cincinnati] Height: 5’9 Weight: 226
Michael Warren has a stout frame and the contact balance that you would expect to go with it. He works well through traffic, can fight through arm tackles and bounce off defenders that don’t bother to wrap up. He’s an adequate pass catcher and, while he doesn’t actually add a ton of value over replacement in this area, isn’t a liability. He has a good feel for players in traffic and can work wonders behind his blockers in congested areas. Michael Warren lacks top-end speed and appears to have below-average overall agility and burst. His contact balance and vision warrant a late-round selection, but neither trait is enough to make up for his lack of top-end pass-catching traits and middling overall athleticism. He’s a well rounded back, and he could certainly be a contributor at the NFL level, but aside from his contact balance, there isn’t much that he brings to the table that isn’t easily replaceable. Warren is a solid running back, but there are other running backs in the NFL Draft that have more defined skill sets, with more standout traits. Being well rounded may not be enough for a team before late day three.
188. Anthony McFarland – RB
[Maryland] Height: 5’8 Weight: 208
Anthony McFarland is a smaller, stout runner that excels through contact and can pick up tough yards. He plods a little bit behind the line of scrimmage and doesn’t appear super explosive through the hole. His lateral agility is adequate, but not spectacular. He’s an above-average runner between the tackles, but lack of elite athleticism, pass-catching ability, and elusive traits keep him from separating from the pack, and durability concerns due to size and running style may limit his longevity and availability.
189. Shaquille Quarterman – LB
[Miami] Height: 6’0 Weight: 234
Shaquille Quarterman has the play-strength and ability to work through traffic to play between the tackles. He’s got good size and burst to the hole, but is stiff and appears to struggle with change-of-direction. His tackling ability is average, but not special, his coverage ability is below average, and his motor can run hot and cold. Quarterman doesn’t appear to project beyond a potential rotational role on running downs. The 2020 NFL Draft offers a lot of talented variety at the linebacker position, and Quarterman may not excel enough in any specific role enough to pique the interest of a team before the tail-end of the NFL Draft.
190. Kyle Murphy – T
[Rhode Island] Height: 6’3 Weight: 316
Kyle Murphy has the athletic traits that you need to play guard in the NFL, and his versatility is appealing as a depth piece, but his hands, footwork, and strength are all lacking, and it is unlikely that he shows enough improvement in all of those areas to be a starting-caliber player in the NFL. He will likely project as a versatile backup that can fill in at multiple positions.
191. AJ Dillon – RB
[Boston College] Height: 6’0 Weight: 247
AJ Dillon is an obvious fan favorite due to his absolutely insane combination of size, speed, and explosiveness. His vision is good, and he can wreck defenders with a full head of steam. He’s more elusive in the open field than you would expect at his size, and he consistently uses a stiff arm to pick up extra yards. He doesn’t have much in the way of lateral agility, and his speed is more build-up than it is burst. Dillon doesn’t bring any value to the passing game, and he needs a head of steam to really show off his power potential. The power and explosiveness just simply doesn’t show up on the field as consistently as you’d like. He’s sure to find a role at the NFL level, but without pass-catching ability and with the need for a clear runway, he may not offer any value over a replacement level running back. One of our writers, William Knight, looked at how he perceives his fantasy value.
192. Carter Coughlin – EDGE
[Minnesota] Height: 6’3 Weight: 236
While Carter Coughlin is listed as an EDGE, and played edge at Minnesota (ROW THE BOAT!), he will absolutely have to switch to linebacker if he wants to be successful at the NFL level. With his size, length, and play strength, there is just no road to success as an edge. With that said, he has demonstrated the movement skills over the last few years that he would need to be an effective linebacker. That, combined with his experience playing linebacker in high school, and the path seems clear. Coughlin is a high motor prospect with great athleticism and a high football IQ. These traits lead me to believe he could be a good gamble for a team looking for a late-round project with some floor value as a high effort special teams player.
193. Cheyenne O’Grady – TE
[Arkansas] Height: 6’4 Weight: 253
It’s difficult to evaluate O’Grady without mentioning the many off-the-field concerns surrounding him. Over his career at Arkansas he was suspended multiple times, culminating in his eventual removal from the team. These suspensions happened over multiple years with different coaching staffs. Without these issues, he would likely be 100 slots higher on the board, but they are impossible to ignore. He has great size and length, and he is very explosive off the line of scrimmage. He is an absolute beast after the catch, breaking arm tackles and getting upfield quickly. He doesn’t drop passes and will make catches through traffic regularly. He is a somewhat raw route-runner, and he was rarely used downfield. Potentially the most talented tight end in the 2020 NFL Draft, the off-the-field concerns will likely drive him into day three or later.
194. James Smith-Williams – EDGE
[North Carolina] Height: 6’4 Weight: 265
James Smith-Williams is an edge prospect from North Carolina with phenomenal athleticism, but serious injury concerns. He has had two season-ending injuries during his time at UNC and missed a significant amount of time this past year as well. He has great size and length, but plays high and doesn’t play with any bend on the edge. Smith-Williams is a traits-based project with high effort, length, and speed. If he can learn to play with more functional power and develop some pass rush moves, he could become a steal late in the NFL Draft.
195. Josh Metellus – S
[Michigan] Height: 5’11 Weight: 209
Josh Metellus has been a reliable, not spectacular safety at Michigan. He shows strong ability at the catch point to break up passes and plays physically through the receiver. He doesn’t miss many tackles, but he tends to end up around the ball carrier’s ankles too often, something that may not result in successful tackles in the NFL. He is an adequate athlete and isn’t particularly instinctive. If he can continue to play sound fundamental football, he may find is way into a role at the NFL level. I don’t think he is selected before day three of the NFL Draft.
196. Evan Weaver – LB
[California] Height: 6’2 Weight: 237
Evan Weaver is a thumper between the tackles that has good instincts, is a strong tackler, and takes consistently good angles to the football. He severely lacks in the athleticism department and is a liability if asked to make plays outside the tackles. While he is adequate in short, limited zone coverage, he doesn’t have the feel or athleticism to run with players in man coverage and doesn’t offer much as a blitzer. Weaver can be a hard-nosed player between the tackles and make the plays that you expect him to make, but he offers very little outside the tackles and in coverage, and that profile is more replaceable than it is valuable in the NFL. Still, his particular skill set could land him a role in a defense where his coverage responsibilities are limited and he isn’t asked to play sideline to sideline. Teams will likely value his ability in run support more tahn we do, and he will probably go far earlier than this in the NFL Draft.
197. Khalil Davis – IDL
[Nebraska] Height: 6’1 Weight: 308
Khalil Davis is the twin brother of fellow Nebraska interior defensive lineman and NFL Draft prospect Carlos Davis. Both are known primarily for dominating the combine. At 308 pounds, Davis ran a 4.75 40-yard dash, benched 32 reps, had a 32.5 inch vertical, and jumped 113 inches in the broad. If you don’t know, those are insane numbers at that size. The main issue with Khalil as a prospect is his lack of domination. If you have a prospect that is this physically superior to the competition and he is not succeeding, the first thought is that he’s just raw. Unfortunately, Khalil Davis is almost 24 years old and has yet to find a way to translate his physical talent into high-level production. On a pure-traits-basis, Khalil Davis is worth taking a flyer on late in the NFL Draft.
198. Austin Mack – WR
[Ohio State] Height: 6’1 Weight: 208
Austin Mack, like many of the Ohio State receivers recently, is a polished route runner that can create separation with his technical prowess. While he has usually reliable and soft hands outside his frame, he has suffered from focus drops. He’s good at finding holes in zone-defense and making himself available and can win in one on one situations in man. While those traits all could translate to a slot role in the NFL, his lack of production, lack of above average ability after the catch, lack of suddenness and explosiveness, and injury concerns keep him from being more than a late round flier. He’s not likely to improve his athletic traits, but if he can remain healthy and continue to hone his craft as a route runner, there may be a spot for him on an NFL offense.
199. Quartney Davis – WR
[Texas A&M] Height: 6’1 Weight: 201
Quartney Davis projects to be a slot receiver in the NFL. He has adequate quickness, inconsistent hands through traffic, and adequate ability after the catch. His route running needs refinement, but he doesn a good job of playing explosively through his breaks, even if his routes are underdeveloped. He struggled in the senior bowl drills and his inconsistent hands showed up on several occasions. Davis seems like he could elevate his game a good bit if he could just polish up some of the fundamentals, but he lacks the elite, stand-out traits to make that profile worth gambling on before the mid-to-tail of the NFL Draft.
200. Albert Okwuegbunam – TE
[Missouri] Height: 6’5 Weight: 258
Albert O has fantastic size, length, and straight-line speed (ran a 4.49 40-yard dash). He is physical after the catch and was able to hold his ground in the run game. While he has a great athletic profile, he is a very flawed prospect. Throughout his career, he had a number of drops and struggled to catch the ball in traffic. He lacks the body control to stick and drive his blocks in space, often taking the wrong angle toward his target. When he does stick a block, his feet stop on contact, making his blocks much less impactful. Despite his speed, he is simply not a smooth mover and looks labored at times in his breaks. It’s worth asking why he wasn’t featured in an offense that didn’t have many other weapons. It’s especially worth asking why they never tried to use him on anything deep.