Miller Post Combine Big Board
1) Nick Bosa EDGE, OSU
- Elite Twitchy athleticism
-Quick power rusher
-Elite ability to convert speed to power
-High-motor player, plays aggressive
-Slight injury history, should be fine
The clear-cut No.1 prospect in this class. Nick Bosa is an elite prospect on the same plane as Myles Garrett, Jadeveon Clowney, etc. No matter what team selects him at No.1, he should be a pro-bowler year 1.
Pro Player Comp: Danielle Hunter DE, Vikings
2) Quinnen Williams DT, Alabama
-Elite run stuffer
-Great at gap Penetration
-Good interior rusher
-Great production at Alabama; normally a school not well know for production at DT
Outside of Bosa, I would say that Williams is the safest pick in this draft. Whoever picks Williams will get one of the most solid and polished players with a ton of upside to boot. I don’t want to give the impression that Williams is a high-floor, low-upside stereotype. He is high-floor, high-upside. He is the best DT prospect I personally have ever scouted.
Pro Player Comp: Sheldon Rankins DT, Saints
3) Josh Allen EDGE, Kentucky
-Bend around the end is underrated
-Elite ability to convert speed to power
- Great Coverage Skills
-Plays with chip on his shoulder
-Great production in the SEC when he was the main focus for better teams
The draft’s biggest riser, Josh Allen, allows for a team to get the last of the truly elite prospects in the draft. His high motor and ability to convert speed to power should be enticing to NFL teams, as well as his lack of weakness to his game. Outside of Bosa any of the 2-6 players could be in any order.
Pro Player Comp: Justin Houston EDGE, Chiefs
4) Greedy Williams CB, LSU
- Elite man-to-man skills and instincts
-Long and lengthy
-Untested ball skills, teams rarely threw his way
One of my personal man-crushes of the entire class. I think he has shutdown corner written all over him. With elite athleticism he could very well be one of the best shots at a guarantee of a star from this class. His potential is best CB in the league, his goal should be generation defining corner.
Pro Player Comp: Stephon Gilmore CB, Patriots
5) Ed Oliver DT, Houston
-Ideal size for the position
-Men his size should not be as fast and quick as he is
-Freshman tape was Heisman level good
-Lack of production at Houston during sophomore season
*Probably due to the triple teams he received
-Public disputes with HC Major Applewhite
* Will have to answer at combine and team interviews
Ed Oliver was one of the most sought after DT recruits in the nation. Choosing to be, “loyal to his soil” may have cost him in his production. He is still one of the elite prospects in this draft class. There has not been a DT with this much hype since Ndamukong Suh.
Pro Player Comp: Gerald McCoy DT, Bucs
6) Devin White LB, LSU
-Impressive Coverage skills
-Plays with a high-motor
-Unexpectedly exceptional Pass Rush skills
One of the most impressive players in this class, Devin White, will be the leader of any teams defense he is drafted in to. The only question is, will a team draft a LB in the top 5? If there was ever an LB to be worth that selection it would be Devin White.
Pro Player Comp: Myles Jack LB, Jaguars
7) Jonah Williams OT, Alabama
-Great Pass Blocking skills
-Exceptional Run blocking skills
-4 year starter at Alabama
-Can and has played all over the line
-Incredible recovery skills
-Do NFL teams want him at Tackle?
Jonah Williams is easily the best lineman in this class, and probably the best Line prospect other than Quenton Nelson in a while. While we knew that Nelson would be playing Guard, it is a little unclear with Williams. Some draft gurus will tell you he is a guard because of his 6’5” height, but in my opinion he is undoubtedly a Tackle in the NFL. If a team doesn’t see him as a Tackle, I’m sure he can be just as good a Guard or even center.
Pro Player Comp: Duane Brown OT, Seahawks
8) Rashan Gary DL, Michigan
Alleged 4.53 speed
- Great size for position
- Great Penetration skills
-Hard to analyze tape
*Double/Triple teamed often
-Played out of position at Michigan
Rashan Gary is more than a traditional “upside pick.” He has the athletic ability to play all over the line. He can be a great interior penetrator as well as play the end if he’s asked. Many will question his production, but the moment he hits the NFL combine, he should be a top 10 lock. Teams will be unable to pass on his athleticism.
Pro Player Comp: Cam Jordan DL, Saints
9) Dwayne Haskins QB, OSU
-Good not great Arm Strength
-Average physical tools
Haskins has slowly impressed me more and more throughout this process. I’m impressed with his accuracy, leadership, and decision making. Watching his tape, it is rare than Haskins fails in his field vision, and could be a great QB in the league. Leaving the season I doubted that there was a QB worth drafting in the first, now I see maybe two really good options.
Pro Player Comp: Kurt Warner QB, Retired
10) Josh Jacobs RB, Alabama
-Bounces off defenders almost always
-good first gear
-good game speed
-never goes down with first hit
-always gets another 2 yards
-great in the passing game
-He is not elite fast and did not run a 40
Josh Jacobs has rose to be the best RB in this class by a significant margin. A 2-star recruit, he emerged as the lead back in a loaded Bama RB core. His persistent and high character has to be intriguing in a league that has seen the revitalization of the running back position.
Pro Player Comp: Kareem Hunt RB, Browns
11) Clelin Ferrell EDGE, Clemson
-Great production at Clemson
-Great off the snap
-Does not project as a potential top 10 pass rusher
Clelin Ferrell has safe written all over him. He projects as a regular 10 sacks a year guy, but may not have the uber athleticism to be one of the NFL’s elite pass rushers.
Pro Player Comp: Mario Williams EDGE, Retired
12) Montez Sweat EDGE, Miss St
-Bull Rushing technique is exquisite
-Ridiculous speed (4.41)
-Great at converting speed to power
-Off Field incidents
Yet another Miss St prospect with a questionable past. This situation will again rely on a team’s belief in him as a person. If his background checks out he could be a really good EDGE rusher and a possible steal late in the draft. He projects as a good No.1. His blazing speed should be intriguing for any NFL. His locker room etiquette is in question.
Pro Player Comp: Yannick Ngakoue EDGE, Jaguars
13) Devin Bush LB, Michigan
-Speed, elite speed
-Top level Instincts
-Great at dissecting plays and attacking
-Great tackler, defenders rarely break tackles
-Coverage of TEs is suspect at the next level
Devin Bush was the leader of the elite Michigan defense and impressed all year. Many thought he was too short to be an impact player at his position at the next level. At the beginning of the season there was talk that he might play safety in the NFL. That all evaporated when he showed off his ability at the position and blazing speed. He could excel as a go get em linebacker at the next level. No one outside Devin White is a better cleanup linebacker. At the combine Devin Bush was able to squash all worries about his height. He is a top tier LB prospect.
Pro Player Comp: Deandre Levy LB, Retired
14) Byron Murphy CB, Washington
-Great Ball Skills, best in class
-Great man and zone cover skills
-Undersized for the position
-May be limited to slot
-Ran a disappointing 40 time (4.55)
Washington corners recently have had a reputation of being massive raisers in the draft process with excellent tape to boot, but have underperformed in the NFL for one reason or another. It may stand to question how will Murphy change his fortunes, especially with the size concerns that the other corners didn’t have. You have to draft the player not the helmet. The player, has some of the best tape in this class and could be one of the surprise stars of the class.
Pro Player Comp: Jason Verrett CB, Chargers
15) Noah Fant TE, Iowa
-Incredibly fast for his size (4.5 40)
-Huge size, will be a mismatch in the NFL
-Amazing route runner, would be high in that trait amongst WRs
-Great production at Iowa
-Untested blocking skills
*Have to imagine at Iowa you can be tough and block.
-Another Iowa TE may have been the bigger star there
Noah Fant is in fact the best TE prospect I’ve ever scouted. He beats out the recent favorites like Ebron and OJ Howard, for his elite size and speed at the position. He could be a legit star the moment he steps on the field. In the league he will be a matchup nightmare for any linebackers and safeties that try to cover him, and he posses the route running skills to evade slot corners. I think this kid is special.
Pro Player Comp: George Kittle TE, 49ers
16) T.J. Hockenson TE, Iowa
-Great speed (4.7)
-Precise route runner
-Mackey Award winner
When it comes to the two Iowa TEs it really is a pick your poison type deal. In this process it will be common to say that the one you don’t prefer is overrated, but that simply is not true. I have no questions about Hockenson and think he will be every bit of a star that Fant is. Fant to me is just the superior athlete and I like that in where the position is going. Hockenson is still an elite athlete and prospect.
Pro Player Comp: Rob Gronkowski TE, Patriots
17) Kyler Murray
-Great Arm Talent and flexibility
-+ Arm strength
- He is 5’10”
-Drafting him there is risk he may bolt for the MLB if his long term health is spooked
-Having to help him with his contract with the MLB
It feels like we just had this conversation last year, for someone of his size (no matter the traits). I have been burned on this before (having Baker as my No.5 QB in 2018), but this feels worse. I do not know if he is tall enough for the NFL, and he looks smaller than 5’10” on film. I love everything about this guy except his height, and as much as it sucks height is a trait. It will be THE factor in his evaluation. I know I slept on Baker, but I am more worried about Kyler (who is my height) getting tackled by Myles Garrett coming at him full speed. It takes an elite athlete to pull it off and Kyler certainly is one, I just have my doubts.
Pro Player Comp: Russell Wilson QB, Seahawks
18) Jeffery Simmons
-Big mammoth of a man who still has room to grow
-Ridiculous production for his position
-asked to do a lot and consistently delivers
-eats up a lot of space and opposing lineman rarely win matchups
- Before he entered college there is video of him assaulting a woman (allegedly he was breaking up a fight)
- Torn ACL injury
Jeffery Simmons should be one of the safest picks in this entire draft class, but an off-field incident will be enough for teams to put him completely off their boards. Not only that, he has torn an ACL in the draft process. According to many in the media, he has completely turned his life around. He is a big physical penetrator who pops off screen when you watch his film. Any team should be glad to have him, as he can play all over the line and dominate regardless. If a team can get past his medicals and him possibly not playing this year, they will have a true stud on their hands.
19) Brian Burns EDGE, FSU
-Huge physical athlete
-Ability to convert speed to power is extraordinary
-Special physical traits
-Inconsistent production at FSU
-Elite talent on defense yet little to show for it overall
-Off Field incidents
Brian Burns is an uber athletic EDGE prospect with some off field concerns. His prospectness reminds me a lot of Randy Gregory with less concerning off-field issues and less amazing player traits. He could be off a bunch of team’s Draft Boards. Could be a steal later on, if a team believes in him as a person.
Pro Player Comp: Dee Ford EDGE, Chiefs
20) Andre Dillard OT, Washington St.
-Mammoth human being
-Great production at Senior Bowl
-Great pass blocking skill
-Not the best footwork but can be fixed
Andre Dillard is a typical good NFL tackle. He has the ability to go and start right away and should be able to consistently hold off opposing rushers. His size at 6’ 5” should be the same amount of issue that it is for Williams. I like Dillard as a starting Tackle but not anything more.
Pro Player Comp: Donovan Smith OT, Bucs
21) D.K. Metcalf WR, Ole Miss
-Size, like IDEAL SIZE
-Quick and twitchy athlete
-Rarely gets tackled in the open space on the first hit
-amazing overall combine
-Major injury concerns
-Little YAC potential
-Horrid 3 cone
If it were not for the injury concerns, D.K. would easily be my No.1 WR and a top 15 player in this class. Of all the receivers in this draft, he is the only one with star potential. He is a rare mismatch of speed and size, and great in the open field. However, his injury this year was a major one. The combine was his place for him to show the injury is behind him, and it certainly looks like it. This freak put up 27 reps and a 4.33 40. However his terrible 3 cone (which I think is the only event that really matters) shows me that there is little potential for YAC yards, which is a huge knock.
Pro Player Comp: AJ Green WR, Bengals
22) N’Keal Harry WR, ASU
-Elite YAC ability
-Ideal 6’3” size
-Best catch radius
-Quick change of direction
-Average NFL Speed
N’Keal Harry is someone I am going to stick my neck out for. He is one of my man-crushes in this class. Coming in there were questions about his speed. He ran a 4.54 which is fine for the NFL. HE has the ability to catch that few have, and many players in this class would die for his ability to catch balls like him. He is special with his catch radius. If you throw a ball at Harry it is in his wheelhouse to catch it. His ability to make people miss in open space is also elite. The only question is his refined route tree that will need polishing in the NFL. Personally I really love this kid.
Pro Player Comp: Demaryius Thomas WR, Free Agent
23) Deandre Baker CB, Georgia
-Decent ball skills
-Great in Zone coverage
-May be limited to a Zone defense
-A tad undersized
-Ran a slow 40 time
One of the more well recruited players coming out of High School, Deandre Baker was able to successfully keep up that success at college. With good ball skills and natural instincts for the position he should be a starter in for a team on any secondary. May be scheme versatile, he has the speed to play man to man.
Pro Player Comp: Josh Norman CB, Redskins
24) Irv Smith Jr. TE, Alabama
-Best Blocker in the class
-Amazing Route runner
-Good Size for the position.
In a special TE class, Irv Smith Jr. Separates himself from the class as the best Blocker and Route Runner in this entire class. In the NFL he will excel in a power run, but could also find success in traditional spread systems. He could be a dangerous option for any offense and should be able to play all over the field.
Pro Player Comp: Delanie Walker TE, Titans
25) Trayvon Mullen
- Good man to man instincts
- Quick change of direction ability
- Fluid Technique
- Good Ball skills
-Overshadowed in the Clemson defense
-Not incredibly challenged in his career
One of the more underrated prospects in this class, Mullen could fly up boards depending on what teams like his tape. He is a good man to man corner, and with a top-heavy corner class, he may just find himself a hot commodity for any team.
Pro Player Comp: Trae Waynes CB, Vikings
26) Deionte Thompson S, Alabama
-Decent speed pops on screen
- Instincts are some of the best I’ve seen in a while
-Can be a center fielder or a in the box safety
-Good but not blazing speed
For some reason the process has soured on Deionte Thompson. I still view him as one of the safer prospects in the class; Deionte Thompson brings an energy and sound play to the field and should do the same at the NFL level. He could be a pro bowler at the next level with little bust factor to his name.
Pro Player Comp: Eddie Jackson S, Bears
27) Mack Wilson LB, Alabama
-Excellent run defender
-Quick gap stopper
-Coverage Skills are not consistent enough
Mack Wilson is yet another good linebacker in this class who should go in the first round if all goes according to plan. He is a gifted play crusher, astute in the art of messing up easy run plays. If a Running back decides to run up the gut, they may find that Mack Wilson is there waiting for him.
Pro Player Comp: Brandon Marshall LB, Broncos
28) Taylor Rapp S, Washington
-Aggressive in box safety
-Not very rangy
-covering large distances is not his strength.
-Limmitted in pass coverage
Taylor Rapp is following in the lineage of top DB prospects to come out of Washington as of late. Watching Rapp tape, his explosiveness and instincts towards the ball really pops out. For me my questions remain in the pass coverage department. I am confident he can get better at his range, but there is a nonsignificant chance he may be limited to in box safety in the NFL.
Pro Player Comp: Jeff Heath S, Cowboys
29) Cody Ford OG, Oklahoma
-Power Blocker extraordinaire
-Ability to maul is impressive
-Nice Leverage skills
-Great Pass Protection Technique
-Broken Fibula in Soph yr
-Inconsistent footwork-will need refining
The best Guard in the draft is never a sexy-scout, but he seems so generally solid. I have no fear that he will be a successful guard in the NFL. He is all power and leverage, so he should be able to find plenty of success at the next level.
Pro Player Comp: Larry Warford G, Saints
30) Jawaan Taylor OT, Florida
-Size and Frame is ideal
-Great use of Hands
-Might be a RT in NFL
-Has issue with speed rushers
Jawaan Taylor has been a riser in this process, and I can certainly see why. His tape is solid, and his measurables are solid. I do not however see him as a Left Tackle in the NFL, and there aren’t enough elite traits that make me think he will be an elite Right Tackle. Still I think he has the tools to be a staple on any teams O Line.
Pro Player Comp: Derek Newton, Retired
31) Drew Lock QB, Missouri
-Great Arm Strength
-Did not meet expectations at Mizzou
-Major Accuracy Concerns
-Decision making concerns
Drew Lock is a complete upside gamble. He could just as easily flame out as succeed. While many will compare him to Pat Mahomes and Josh Allen, there was at least a lot of tape of Allen and Mahomes making unbelievable plays repeatedly. Also, I think Lock’s arm strength is a little overblown because everyone wants to compare him to the 2 recent freaks. His arm strength is as good as say a Russell Wilson which is amazing. He is not in the Matt Stafford, Aaron Rodgers, Josh Allen, or Pat Mahomes class. Still if a team loves him, he may be worth the gamble.
Pro Player Comp: Matt Stafford QB, Lions
32) Marquise “Hollywood” Brown
-Great route runner
-Great YAC receiver
-Amazing in open space
-Maybe Limited to slot role
-Foot surgery made him miss combine
Hollywood Brown brings a unique talent. His ability to RAC is incredible. I feel however that there is little superstar potential in Hollywood Brown. He is really good athletically but not special. He is really good at RAC, but not special. His route running is refined, but not completely polished. He would be a great No.2 option, but does not project as a lead WR.
Pro Player Comp: Emmanuel Sanders WR, Broncos