1. Chase Young EDGE, OSU
It is clear to anyone who watches that there are few human beings on planet earth built like Chase Young, he just plays football. What’s incredible about Young is that unlike these freaks that have come out before (Garrett, N. Bosa, Clowney), Young has outproduced them by a mile. A legit Heisman contender, he has elite power and special speed. Not just his physical tools, on tape his instincts stick out as much as his physical presence. You don’t always get to have the sacks, but almost every play Chase Young has affected it by blowing up the line in some way.
2. Joe Burrow QB, LSU
There is no denying it anymore, Burrow is the clear-cut QB1. He has great arm talent and exceptional instincts, but what really impresses me is his ability to escape the pocket and extend plays while keeping his eyes down the field. His arm isn’t Wentz’s or Allen’s but I have a higher grade on Burrow than them because he is such a good player. He is not some once in a generation type freak in terms of arm strength, but his decision making, pretty good arm strength and instincts in the pocket along with his usually overrated [in prior drafts] success in college make him a clear can’t miss QB prospect.
3. Jerry Jeudy WR, Alabama
When scouting WRs you rarely find someone with as much upside with the polish of Jerry Jeudy. If Jerry played in the NFL this year he could be one of the 10 best route runners in football. His motions are just too fluid, and his good speed and amazing RAC ability make him a nightmare in college and a special weapon in the pros. Jerry Jeudy will likely receive the highest grade I have ever given a WR, and it will be the highest since his fellow Tide Amari Cooper.
4. Jeffrey Okudah CB, OSU
Last year I went out on a limb and said that Greedy Williams was the best CB since Jalen Ramsey to come out of college. I still stand by that opinion and the jury remains out on that, but there has not been a true shut down clear-cut top 5 pick corner since Ramsey. Okudah might be better. His ELITE speed and quick hips pop on the screen. There is rarely a receiver or route that he is not all over. Ohio State puts him on an island and in a Big 10 where there is amazing receiver play, he is without a doubt the best CB in this class and perhaps the Gold Standard for the position.
5.Derrick Brown DL, Auburn
I thought last year Derrick Brown made a mistake going back to college and not declaring last year. I thought he could only hurt his stock returning for another year. I was wrong, he has shown he can be a mauler as well as a pass rush specialist. You can line up Derrick Brown everywhere and he could be a monster on the line. Derrick Brown is one of those prospects this year I have ZERO questions about.
6. Justin Herbert QB, Oregon
I love Justin Herbert. I think his lower ranking on other boards is another example of the QB loss fallacy. I’m sure some saw the losses to Auburn and ASU as huge problems, but I don’t see why Herbert is to blame for those losses. To me when I look at Herbert I see one of my favorite QBs in the last 5 years. If he had came out last season he would have been the first pick. His ability to throw on the run and off balance is the best in this class and that is what attracts me to him. His mobility and rocket arm makes him my favorite (if not the best) QB in this class.
7. Isiah Simmons LB, Clemson
Although he plays safety in college he will likely play LB in the NFL, and with his size and hitting ability he could be something special. He has an amazing nose for the ball and some elite coverage skills when he guards TE. He is one of the more intriguing prospects and with more time to analyze tape and measure his measurables, he is a guy I have pegged to like more in the process.
8. Tua Tagovailoa QB, Alabama
When talking about Tua Tagovailoa you talk about three things: his touch on the deep ball, his running ability and his injury. His ability to have touch downfield is remarkable and his running ability is really impressive, but the injury is not my only question mark. In fact, I barely factor it in to my assessment. I see Tua sometimes miss the intermediate throws too many times for a guy who might not have the requisite zip I look for. I do question his pure arm strength, and I don’t think it is due to the injury. His accuracy is stellar but his potential is limited because of arm talent but still a future stud QB in the NFL if healthy.
9. Henry Ruggs III WR, Alabama
You wanna talk about a burner? Henry Ruggs may be one of the best straight line speed guys I have seen in a while. His ability to fly by defenders and hit bombs is incredible. And his route running isn’t bad either. He is smoothe on his route running and his size is surprising for a man his speed. I know it says 6 foot but it looks more like 6’2”. I think this guy will be a stud in the NFL.
10. AJ Epenesa EDGE, Iowa
This man is a true EDGE setter. The power he is able to put on a tackle is mind blowing. I watch this guy time and time again do the little things to blow up a play. Whether he puts the O linemen out of position and forces a change of direction to the running back or plowing down blockers to get to the QB. This man is a stud and a near perfect replication of Cameron Jordan.
11. Grant Delpit S, LSU
I am going out on a limb because by all measures Grant Delpit disappointed this season. He was supposed to be a sure fire top 5 players now he is looking like a top 15 player. However, what made him special IS there. I see the amazing coverage skills and athleticism and he is still as great a hitter as ever. I used to believe he had the best instincts in college football now that is his major question mark. He gets burned often because he picks the wrong route to cover and takes too many risks. But you want a S who is willing to take risks, especially as your center fielder. He has superstar potential and that is enough to give him a potential top 10 ranking.
12. Ceedee Lamb WR, Oklahoma
One of the safer prospects in this year’s class and in any other class he would probably be a top 2 receiver. I like to call him baby Jeudy because that is exactly how I see him. He has the same elite route running skills, just not as elite as Jeudy; he has the same elite catching ability, just not as elite as Jeudy; he has the same elite RAC ability, just not as elite as Jeudy; he has elite speed, just not as elite as Ruggs. I think Lamb will be a stud receiver in this league (will be a theme of this class), and whatever team gets him will get their No.1 receiver for many years.
13. CJ Henderson CB, Florida
I have been burned on these calls before (I remember fellow Gator Hargreaves all too well). I tend to like fast corners with great press skills, and that has burned me before. But I like Henderson and his potential. His potential is Okudah level but he could also flame out due to his major flaw. He is bad against the elite route runners in shorter routes. That is where a lot of NFL offenses have their roots. I worry about his instincts, but his ability to stay with receivers and cover is what has me thinking he has sky high potential.
14. Andrew Thomas OT, Georgia
Easily the best in what once seemed to be a generation defining Tackle class. Andrew Thomas has amazing footwork and is rarely beaten by opposing pass rushers. He has necessary measurables outside his height T 6’5”. He has good technical skills and uses his hands quite well. He could be a high floor guy, but my question for him would be is he able to be an elite Tackle in the NFL. He may have been a mauler in college but can he do it against NFL size freaks, that remains to be seen.
15. Tee Higgins WR, Clemoson
Tee Higgins is a factory made stud receiver. His speed and jump ball ability are plain to see to any first time viewers of his tape. What I enjoy is watching him after the ball is in his hands. His patience and use of his many gifts is incredible. He is a quiet RAC machine who can take a slant to the house on any given play coupled with the fact that he is of prototype size should make him an attractive commodity in the draft. If he could smoothe out some stiffness in his route running he could be a top 10 guy in this class.
16. Kenneth Murray LB, Oklahoma
Talk about nose for the ball. There is rarely a play where Murray is not immediately at the point of attack. He is a tackling machine and has the burst to shoot any gap on. Equally as impressive is his ability as a blitzer, when he shoots up a gap he is almost always unguarded (Big 12 Football disclaimer). However, he could improve his coverage instincts. He could be a future leader in the NFL in tackles but he needs to get better in his coverage and if he does he would be something special.
17. Jonathan Taylor RB, Wisconsin
This man is a bowling ball. He bounces off defenders routinely and never goes down of the first hit. His quick first step is also what makes him near impossible to stop. Taylor is a true bell cow back with phenomenal first cut quickness and deceptive speed. Not to mention he is a true pro as a pass catcher. His only knock is tread on his tires. Can he last past his first contract? If he can, he might be a true superstar in the NFL.
18. Tristan Wirfs OT, Iowa
This man is a classic Iowa Tackle. Built to maul and be a road grader. A true anchor on the line in the NFL he is a BIG boy who is especially talented in the run game using his impressive leverage skills. He could be a possible Pro Bowler at either position but his possible better aptitude for RT may propel him down people’s boards.
19. De’Andre Swift RB, Georgia
A true modern day RB. Possesses an amazing scat ability while having the perfect wiggle and speed to be able to score on any play. His ability to run between the tackles is also impressive. He possesses an unreal ability to come out of scrums unscathed. He is almost a carbon copy of the mold his previous Georgia counterparts.
20. Kristian Fulton CB, LSU
Fulton is TOUGH, like really tough. Like the opposite of Greedy last year. Where Greedy was a great tools guy who was elite at coverage skills, Fulton is an amazing press guy who is a great tackler and has amazing instincts. He has played through an injury all year so that may affect the scouts’ opinion of him. However, he is a great CB prospect and will most likely have a full first round grade from me.
21. K’Lavon Chaisson EDGE, LSU
An injury riddled season in 2018 almost made him into a pure projection pick for the 2020 Draft. Arguably THE reason the LSU defense has been unstoppable, Chaison is leading the LSU defense and being nearly unblockable against good SEC opponents. Making life unbearable to Fromm and Thomas against Georgia cemented him in my mind as a First Rounder (barring injury). He is ideal as a 3-4 bender but if he gains a good amount of weight, he could be a beast off the EDGE.
22. Javon Kinlaw DL, South Carolina
I am not well versed in Kinlaw’s tape, a friend turned me on to him and I trust his opinion on these matters. I turned on the Georgia tape and the first thing I noticed was this mammoth in the middle if the Gamecocks defense. If you are wondering why Georgia lost that game, it is because this man plugged every inside rushing lane possible. I still have much more of his tape to watch, but I could see him moving far up in my rankings.
23. Jedrick Wilson Jr. OT, Alabama
This man played blindside tackle for Tua so technically he is a RT, but he is a man who was born to play NFL LT. His technical skills and footwork are exceptional as all Saban Lineman tend to be, but his use of his size to keep would be rushers at bay . One thing I would like to see from him is better use of his hands and possibly more leverage blocking.
24. Laviska Shenault Jr. WR, Colorado
Shenault if you had asked draft experts last year would have been a top 10 player if he was eligible. Yet he wasn’t and his team underperformed this year so he fell down boards. However, I still would have a potential top 15 grade on him. His ability to be a weapon from anywhere on the field is incredible matched up with his 6’2” size. He could be one of those guys down the line that scouts regret ever doubting
25. Travis Etienne RB, Clemson
There is not a single thing that Etienne does not do at an exemplary rate. He can catch, he has great vision, he hits his cuts fast, he can take a hit pretty well, and he has low tread. Sign me up, not much more to say about a guy I love in this class.
26. Tyler Biadasz IOL, Wisconsin
When Wiscosin had that monster O Line last year, there was little doubt that the star of that line was Biadasz. He is a massive man and a great mauler in the middle of a line. He is exceptional in leading the way for Jonathan Taylor and exceptional in picking up interior pressure. Biadasz may just be the best Center I have ever scouted.
27. J.K Dobbins RB, OSU
This man is fast. You don’t make guys with his level of breakaway speed that often. You also rarely see a man who is that fast and good in between the tackles. Over the true meat of OSU’s recent schedule, Dobbins has established himself as a special RB who is able to gash opposing defenses at any given moment.
28. Yetur Gross-Matos EDGE, Penn St.
A true end. This man is a dying breed in the NFL today. A true power edge setter who is able to bull rush the fenders and break the edge rather than finesse his way around it. That is not to mention his amazing moves and flexibility. I question some of his elite measurables as well as his ultimate potential however.
29. Dylan Moses LB, Alabama
Before he tore his ACL, Moses was heading for a top 5 overall place on my big board. He was special, incredibly gifted physically with a true mean streak and amazing instincts. He could have lined up everywhere and be dominate on the front 7. He could be a top EDGE rusher if he wanted but he truly is special as a LB. Even more impressive is his speed in hitting gaps. As a former RB, his speed pops off the tape and his awareness/ nose for the ball is evident on all his tape last season. However his injury for someone so athletic should be worrisome to anyone.
30. Donovan Peoples-Jones WR, Michigan
Perhaps the receiver with the best physical tools in the draft. I watch DPJ play and whenever he touches the ball, his kinesthetic ability to run with the ball in his hands leaps off the screen. He is a threat to take it to the house at any given moment. The moment he hits the combine, he should impress well enough to secure his round 1 spot. However, his lack of production does leave his hands in doubt. This was obviously due to porous QB performance but it is still a question mark. Peoples-Jones is perhaps a projection pick, but I think he could be a surprise steal of this draft.
31. Devonta Smith WR, Alabama
The third Alabama receiver to get a first round grade and he should not be overlooked. This man has the ability to fly by defenders and may perhaps be just as fast as Ruggs, even off a cut. His RAC ability remains my main question mark with him. He could be an amazing burner and has amazing hands, but his slightly average ability to make people miss without burning them is something I would keep my eye on.
32. Najee Harris RB, Alabama
I get the feeling that this guy could be the surprise stud of the class. Najee has sneaky speed and is clearly a physical specimen as a human, so it may be worth taking a closer look at his tape. He does need to drastically improve in the passing game, but he is more physically gifted than Derrick Henry was and was even better at trucking people than Henry as well. With even less tread on the tires, it will take a team to simply fall in love with him to get him to be a star in the NFL.