Agonizing hours of work over these past nine months have finally culminated in a full on Top 300 big board from me. Corresponded by round grades, descriptions, player comparisons, and Kent Lee Platte’s RAS (Raw Athletic Score) that is rated on 1-10 scale, with 10 being elite and 1 being terrible, for each prospect involved. RAS is calculated from combine testing or pro day numbers from each prospect and historically has been a great indicator for just about every position but Center and QB. None of these are projections of where the prospects will go, but merely by how they graded out in my grading scale.
Round 1 Grades
1. IDL Quinnen Williams, Alabama
Quinnen would have been a lot harder to put at one if he just wasn’t a game changing wrecking ball every time he steps on the field. Much respect to everyone that comes after the man, but Williams is the closest thing to Aaron Donald we have seen since Donald came out. Williams is explosive, has fantastic pad level and hand usage, can win with speed or power, and all the while is still a fantastic run defender. It was no brainer to put him at one, just check out the LSU game.
RAS: 9.84 Player Comparison: Fletcher Cox
2. EDGE Nick Bosa, Ohio State
The reason why Nick Bosa is two is pretty simple — he just isn’t a fantastic mover in space. He is good, but not great there with some slight hip tightness. Otherwise Bosa is an athletic freak with everything I want from a guy who will play from a three-point stance. He has the best counters in the draft, period. His arsenal is incredibly vast and he has an incredible first step to pair with it. He is going to be elite, just wait, and don’t overthink it.
RAS: 9.43 Player Comparison: Joey Bosa
3. EDGE Brian Burns, Florida State
The NFL is breaking my heart by not being high on Burns at all. I don’t get it. Burns has a slightly slender frame but fits everything a team could want in an OLB other than that frame. His bend is the best in the class by a wide margin and he has an elite range of moves and counters, including a sweet spin. A 7.01 3 cone and 36” vertical are nice adds to the resume, too.
RAS: 9.89 Player Comparison: Aldon Smith
4. IDL Ed Oliver, Houston
There doesn’t need to much said here. Oliver has been scrutinized because of his size, but he was misused so badly as a NT at Houston that he was often triple teamed and still won due to elite explosiveness, athleticism, pad level, and violent hands. He always was an elite prospect and that hasn’t changed one bit. He should go Top 10 with everything taken into account.
RAS: 9.88 Player Comparison: Geno Atkins
5. OT Jonah Williams, Alabama
Williams has a length issue, that is very, very well known, but there are not many guys that are as technically sound as Williams. He is a high IQ player who varies his pass sets and picks up stunts well. More importantly, he has great, violent hands, and smooth footwork with good pad level. He should be a very good OT, even if he has limitations.
RAS: 5.71 Player Comparison: Ronnie Stanley
6. TE T.J. Hockenson, Iowa
Hockenson is so good at everything he does. The one true weakness in his game is that he doesn’t have elite long speed, but the guy runs great routes, blocks better than some lineman in this class, and is a menace at the catch point. He is as sure of a thing that you could get at the TE position to me.
RAS: 9.15 Player Comparison: George Kittle
7. WR D.K. Metcalf, Ole Miss
There is certainly concerns with his agilities, but he plays with plenty foot speed and explosion laterally to where it makes me believe in D.K. Metcalf. As a big vertical threat that can win off of elite releases and absurd athleticism, Metcalf is a fantastic X receiver. His athleticism gives off the impression that he should be a solid route runner at the next level, too. Metcalf is fantastic.
RAS: 9.65 Player Comparison: Andre Johnson
8. CB Byron Murphy, Washington
Murphy isn’t a spectacular athlete, but his rare combination of ball skills, insane fluidity, and elite instincts make him a guy who will make an immediate impact and as he grows into his frame and can develop as a press man guy, a truly top corner. Murphy can slide inside to the nickel or play outside, and with his skill set, that is invaluable.
RAS: 6.28 Player Comparison: Chris Harris Jr.
9. IDL Jeffery Simmons, Mississippi State
Yep, he tore his ACL, but Simmons is a virtual wrecking ball and the strongest DL in the class by a wide margin. His bull rush is absolutely incredible. As a guy who can work as a fantastic two-gapper up front, Simmons is going to be excellent wherever he goes. He could develop his hands a bit more, but they are already plenty violent.
RAS: N/A Player Comparison: Cam Heyward
10. OT Cody Ford, Oklahoma
Ford is just a mauler. He didn’t test like a great mover in space, but on film, his feet are fantastic and he glides into the second level with ease. This the classic guy you want on the line. He brings the nasty mentality with him, has the violent hands, and can play along the line at different spots. I am a big fan.
RAS: 6.17 Player Comparison: Brandon Scherff
11. TE Noah Fant, Iowa
Fant is a Tight End who moves like a receiver. The guy is a gazelle in the open field. A 4.51 40 will help establish that as an even stronger sentiment, no doubt. Fant is not a bad blocker either, he developed well in that area and is well on his way to becoming a very good TE in the NFL, and will be an immediate producer for any team.
RAS: 9.89 Player Comparison: Jermichael Finley
12. OT Jawaan Taylor, Florida
For some, he might be too low here, but Jawaan Taylor is a beast who showed fantastic progression throughout the season. His feet and strength are elite, there is no doubt about that. Add in good length and solid pad level and you have a guy who should be a future pro bowler, even if he his hands are raw right now.
RAS: N/A Player Comparison: Jermey Parnell
13. IOL Garrett Bradbury, NC State
Bradbury is an absurdly good mover in space, and has probably the best feet out of any OL in the draft. He is just a natural athlete and a high IQ player that was built to play Center every day of the week. Reach blocking is nothing for him. His suspect anchor can drive him down the board a bit, but as long as he bulks up in the gym, Bradbury has future pro bowler all over him.
RAS: 9.95 Player Comparison: Jason Kelce
14. S Chauncey Gardner-Johnson, Florida
Versatility is the name of the game for Gardner-Johnson. He has the range and speed to play single-high, the length and fluidity to man up in the slot, and the instincts and aggressiveness to play in the box or be a dimebacker. He is the definition of a versatile chess piece and creates splash with good ball skills as well. He is worth a first round pick every day.
RAS: 8.06 Player Comparison: Kareem Jackson
15. EDGE Josh Allen, Kentucky
Allen in many ways had an under the radar combine. Nothing jumps out at you until you look at how well-rounded his testing was, and with the tape showing a good athlete and a guy who can move in space, Allen might have the potential to move off-ball too. He is not overly bendy as an EDGE guy, but he certainly has good hand usage and the first step to win every day.
RAS: 9.83 Player Comparison: Anthony Barr
16. OT Dalton Risner, Kansas State
Risner could stay at OT even with deficient length and clunky footwork, I suppose, but if you kick him inside, his ability to move well in space and take advantage of his hand usage and pad level will be maximized. Risner is highly intelligent as a player and should be a very solid player at the next level.
RAS: 6.93 Player Comparison: Cody Whitehair
17. EDGE Clelin Ferrell, Clemson
Ferrell is a bit more divisive than I thought he would be, but as a 4-3 DE that has the strength, hand usage, pad level, and overall technique to win, I want him on Day 1. Ferrell is a fantastic run defender in addition to that. Bending was never his thing, but Ferrell has a lot of Carlos Dunlap in his game.
RAS: N/A Player Comparison: Carlos Dunlap
18. IOL Erik McCoy, Texas A&M
He has alligator arms but McCoy uses everything else he has to the fullest extent. The nastiness in his game is enthralling from the start of his tape, and combined with good functional strength, hand technique, and fleet footwork, McCoy has the tools to be a fantastic player on any team right away.
RAS: 8.91 Player Comparison: Maurkice Pouncey
19. IOL Chris Lindstrom, Boston College
Lindstrom just really moves, man. I mean he will fly down the field and be the one blocking into the third level at times. He is incredibly consistent and just straight up solid in everything that he does. Most prospects have a fatal flaw, but I just can’t find anything that would suggest Lindstrom to have anything other than perhaps a limited ceiling.
RAS: 9.82 Player Comparison: Rodger Saffold
20. WR Deebo Samuel, South Carolina
Deebo Samuel is very, very similar to a RB playing WR. I don’t know how else to say that, but that is certainly where his elite YAC ability comes from. Samuel can move outside or play inside and run a diverse amount of routes and do them incredibly well. He’s quick and he’s tough to bring down. The guy is just a dynamic player through and through.
RAS: 7.75 Player Comparison: Golden Tate
21. IDL Christian Wilkins, Clemson
Wilkins has the power, first step, and pad level to be a really great 3-tech in the NFL. He moves well in space to range over and has one of the best motors in the class. His hand usage can use some work, but I have no concerns with a guy who is this athletic and high character panning out.
RAS: 8.49 Player Comparison: Akiem Hicks
22. ILB Devin Bush, Michigan
Bush is a missile that is playing LB honestly. He is the most polished and complete LB in the class with good athleticism and elite instincts at the LB position. He does have some issues block shedding, but when Bush is on the field, he is a difference maker in coverage and in the run game.
RAS: 9.41 Player Comparison: Eric Kendricks
23. WR Hakeem Butler, Iowa State
I understand people that are low on Butler due to his drops and lack of separation, but he is such a physically imposing force and great athlete that he is going to get his due at the next level no matter how you slice it. He runs routes better than people will give him credit for too, and that 4.48 40 is all so sweet.
RAS: 9.92 Player Comparison: Plaxico Burress
Round 2 Grades
24. RB Josh Jacobs, Alabama
Jacobs is an absolute tank of a Running Back. He has the burst necessary to get around the corner, he is a strong, physical runner and has elite contact balance, he is just a ferocious blocker, and he is one of the best receiving backs in the draft this year. My issues more so are long speed than anything, because Jacobs is a complete RB and should be very good in the NFL.
RAS: 5.66 Player Comparison: Chris Carson
25. IDL Charles Omenihu, Texas
Bully. Omenihu is just a bully up front. There might not be a more violent DL in the class, especially with their burst and hand combination that create that violence. Omeinhu’s real value is in his versatility where he can move all along the line and be a sub-package extraordinaire, however.
RAS: 9.86 Player Comparison: Tre Flowers
26. EDGE Montez Sweat, Mississippi State
Another one of those 4-3 DE types that has insane athleticism in a straight line, although laterally on tape he is a bit stiff. Sweat has never been a bendy guy, and he is more so about his strength and how well he uses his hands. He could stand to expand that arsenal to take a real next level step as a player.
RAS: 9.89 Player Comparison: Robert Quinn
27. S Darnell Savage, Maryland
Similar to Chauncey Gardner-Johnson, Savage ia a chess piece but is much better used in the box where his elite closing speed and aggressiveness is taken advantage of fully. Savage has awesome ball skills and instincts to complement all of that too. Savage can be used as a sub-package chess piece in any defense.
RAS: 9.25 Player Comparison: Patrick Chung
28. CB DeAndre Baker, Georgia
Baker has significant long speed concerns, but outside of that, I don’t have that much to worry about with Baker. He is physical in man, has gorgeous footwork and mirrors in off-man, and has instincts and ball skills to take advantage of errant throws in zone coverage. Baker might get burnt every now and then, but he is going make life difficult for a lot of receivers.
RAS: 4.71 Player Comparison: Antrel Rolle
29. WR Kelvin Harmon, NC State
Harmon is so physical at the catch point it is unreal. That is his game, winning at the catch point but still being able to deceive you with better run routes than you’d think. I think his ceiling is somewhat limited because he is not super technically refined or a great athlete, but I love him as a good number 2 in an offense
RAS: 4.92 Player Comparison: Amani Toomer
30. TE Irv Smith Jr., Alabama
Smith did not test well at all, but he certainly plays better on film than what he tested at in Indianapolis. He has to get better in his routes, but his releases and contested catch ability are already very, very good. However, as a run blocker, Smith is powerful and makes pancakes pretty often out there.
RAS: 4.71 Player Comparison: Eric Ebron
31. S Nasir Adderley, Delaware
Perhaps Adderley is the best pure single-high in the class simply because of how well he plays when he is ranging and his above-average ball skills. On the back end, he is that stabilizer and communicator you want. His instincts and fluidity are fantastic too. All in all, this is a player who starts from Day 1 and makes a splash on defense.
RAS: 6.98 Player Comparison: Marcus Williams
32. WR Emanuel Hall, Missouri
Hall might be considered a one-trick pony by some as a deep threat with just blazing speed, but nothing about foot speed, snappiness, or attention to detail off the line say that he should not be a very good route runner as he expands his route tree. Hall has a lot of potential to an exception number two receiver that can take the top of the defense and do a lot after the catch too.
RAS: 9.86 Player Comparison: Mike Wallace
33. ILB Blake Cashman, Minnesota
Alligator arms and shoulder surgery bump Cashman down the rankings, but he has little else to knock him on. Cashman has fantastic range as a LB, elite instincts, and is a sure tackler in the open field. In the middle of the field, he just makes a huge world of difference whenever you watch the guy play.
RAS: 9.55 Player Comparison: Jake Ryan
34. QB Dwayne Haskins, Ohio State
Haskins is a very odd type of QB, but he is a good one at that. He has quick, and precise processing to all levels of the field. Post-snap and pre-snap that is where he absolutely thrives. The short and intermediate areas are where he lives and breathes too. He has mechanical deficines that stop him from airing it out deep, but somehow he can improve there, I can see a much higher level player.
RAS: 3.12 Player Comparison: Jimmy Garoppolo
35. EDGE Christian Miller, Alabama
This dude can play. Miller is super bendy and has a great first step off the edge. That is a combination that I’d love to have in a pass rusher. He needs to add power to his game and more moves, specifically counters, but he is a guy who can contribute from Day 1 and grow from there honestly.
RAS: N/A Player Comparison: Harold Landry
36. ILB Devin White, LSU
I know this is going to be low for a lot of people, but White doesn’t know how to read a key, nips at ankles for tackles, and struggles to sift through the trash very well. I understand he is elite in coverage and has incredible athleticism with a great ceiling, that is why he is here, but to say he is a first rounder and a Top 20 guy is crazy to me. Still, he is good, let him progress, he just isn’t a Day 1 producer.
RAS: 9.30 Player Comparison: Jarrad Davis
37. EDGE Jachai Polite, Florida
I totally get the character concerns, and that is not why he is here, he is here simply as a byproduct of that terrible testing. It is not my place to judge a guy who I have not formally interviewed, but with that explosive first step, great moves and counters, and a good amount of bend, Polite might still be a very good player. I would take a shot on Day 2 any day.
RAS: 3.59 Player Comparison: Dee Ford
38. S Deionte Thompson, Alabama
Thompson’s athleticism is the question mark of this draft cycle it seems. What exactly is he? I see a single-high with more than enough range because of fluidity, instincts, and ball skills. Thompson is not the elite prospect we once thought he was, but he can be a very nice starter who will create splash on the back end of a defense.
RAS: N/A Player Comparison: Bradley McDougald
39. QB Kyler Murray, Oklahoma
Kyler can play, no doubt about it. He is a gunslinger and is small, but he can air that ball out better than just about anyone else in this draft. He is far more accurate than people will give him credit for too. His speed will make him dynamic, but I do worry about his anticipation and his lackadaisical mechanics at times.
RAS: N/A Player Comparison: Russell Wilson
40. WR N’Keal Harry, Arizona State
Harry is beloved in the analytics community and for good reason. He has a great profile there, and on the field it becomes clear that this guy can is a great contested catch guy and fantastic after the catch, but everything before the catch is an issue. He is never the best release guy and he is a lazy route runner. I have my concerns here.
RAS: 9.04 Player Comparison: Eric Decker
41. OT Andre Dillard, Washington State
Again, perhaps to many I am lowballing a guy who should be higher, but Dillard is far more raw than he is being advertised as currently. I see a guy who has fantastic feet and good pad level, but his hands are a mess and he has a soft anchor. That is not exactly the best thing for a first round guy. Thus, he does not have a Round 1 grade.
RAS: 9.82 Player Comparison: Jason Spriggs
42. IOL Michael Deiter, Wisconsin
Another guy who really doesn’t have good length but will be a menace inside because they move so well. Like so many Wisconsin OL, Deiter is just a straight up mauler. With athleticism and the anchor, the only thing holding Deiter back is some footwork issues and some hand placement inconsistencies.
RAS: N/A Player Comparison: La’el Collins
43. TE Jace Sternberger, Texas A&M
A pure tank. While Sternberger is far from the greatest blocker in the world, he is a fantastic athlete and has the softest hands of any TE in the draft. He is a complete bulldozer after the catch too. I see no reason why Sternberger should not be a very good TE at the next level.
RAS: 5.15 Player Comparison: Vance McDonald
44. CB Greedy Williams, LSU
Man, if Williams didn’t have those lackadaisical moments or effort issues, he would probably be a top ten guy in the draft, but there is no way you can defend that now. He simply is a horrid tackler as well. However, he is an elite press man cornerback, has good mirroring skills, and most importantly, the best ball skills in the draft by a country mile.
RAS: 8.68 Player Comparison: Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie
45. RB Darrell Henderson, Memphis
Henderson is getting a lot of love for what he does as a pure runner. I love that too. He has clear long speed, elusiveness and cutting ability as good as anyone in the class, and decisive vision. I still think he is a far more underrated receiver than people think he is, and that he showed that when he worked out of the slot. Pass protection needs work, but he is great.
RAS: 7.75 Player Comparison: DeAngelo Williams
46. TE Kahale Warring, San Diego State
Hello athleticism and route running. Warring has those two in spades and then some. His receiving ability right now is incredibly polished to the point where he should be an immediate contributor in the passing game. As a blocker, he needs to be far more nasty and not flat footed, but he has TE1 potential.
RAS: 9.4 Player Comparison: Hunter Henry
47. EDGE Chase Winovich, Michigan
Winovich can play man. He is probably maxed out in terms of his development, but it is not like he needs much more anyways. He has an arsenal so vast that it will rival Nick Bosa’s, plays with great pad level, moves a mile a minute, and is a violent player. He is not a great bender, and that plus his ceiling throw him down here, but he is really good.
RAS: 8.68 Player Comparison: Vinny Curry
48. WR A.J. Brown, Ole Miss
Brown is going to be just super solid. The receiver with the highest IQ in the draft by far and he does well in running his routes. I think he has shown more than enough ability to win on the outside to at least get some looks out there. Brown is solid, I don’t think he is ever your main guy, but as a compliment I like him a lot.
RAS: 8.99 Player Comparison: Quincy Enunwa
49. CB Sean Bunting, Central Michigan
Don’t you dare get off this hype train. Bunting has the length to be a great press man corner, even though he is a bit raw in his jabs and footwork right now, but he is fantastic in zone coverage and off-man coverage. It is partially because of his instincts and ball skills, but also because of great closing speed and athleticism. I really like him Day 2.
RAS: 9.62 Player Comparison: Kyle Fuller
50. S Juan Thornhill, Virginia
Thornhill is a freakin ballhawk. The guy lives and breathes intercepting footballs back there. He showed he had the range and athleticism to play the single-high and I think that is where he is put at the next level due to his fluidity and instincts. He even has the length to possibly move outside to CB.
RAS: 9.78 Player Comparison: Glover Quin
51. S Taylor Rapp, Washington
He had a rough testing day at his pro day and that is what bumped him down a bit, but Rapp can play man. He is a versatile chess piece that can play the slot, dimebacker, or up at strong safety. I do see his speed being somewhat of an issue as he did get cooked a few times due to that lack of lateral quickness and recovery speed, but his aggressive play and instincts are too much to bump him down too far.
RAS: 4.99 Player Comparison: Eric Weddle
52. IDL Khalen Saunders, Western Illinois
Khalen Saunders is an athletic freak for his size. His playing weight is up near 320 and he can just fly. Saunders has leverage issues, just like it seems like all these athletic IDL have, but his power and counters allow him to have the ability to re-establish himself off of that. He converts that athleticism especially well to power, even if his arsenal is not too vast right now. Really good player.
RAS: 8.61 Player Comparison: Jurrell Casey
53. CB Amani Oruwariye, Penn State
There’s a lot to not like about Amani Oruwariye’s game, including the fact that he should be a good press man corner with his length, but that clunky footwork and inconsistent mirroring mitigate that advantage. However, Oruwariye has fantastic instincts and ball skills that keep me loving his tape. In off-man and zone, he shows those off often. While slightly raw, he can certainly play from Day 1.
RAS: 8.45 Player Comparison: Pierre Desir
54. IDL Jerry Tillery, Notre Dame
He tested elite with a torn labrum, and Tillery, while lower on board than most boards, is going to be a really good player. His Stanford game might have been the best game I watched of any prospect in this year’s class. He was just dominant. His quickness and explosion were apparent. He is just very inconsistent with his pad level and hand usage, thus, he is thrown down into the R2 board.
RAS: 9.73 Player Comparison: Stephon Tuitt
55. TE Dax Raymond, Utah State
Dax Raymond is a fantastic receiver at the position. He is a really great mover in space, has physicality at the catch point, and does a lot after the catch to do work in space. As a blocker, it is clear that while he has the mentality, his leverage and hand usage needs a deal of work. Add in the fact that he has to run routes better and Raymond is good, but not great as a TE prospect.
RAS: 5.9 Player Comparison: Trey Burton
56. RB David Montgomery, Iowa State
I know some are down on Montgomery, but he has elite contact balance and much better short area burst than given credit for. Add in the fact that he can catch the ball out of alignments and pass protect well, and he is a 3-down RB with dynamic ability. I am not in love with his vision, and I would not be shocked if he works better out of a council, but the guy is still a good player.
RAS: 3.22 Player Comparison: Mark Ingram
Round 3 Grades
57. OT Greg Little, Ole Miss
I hated Little’s 2017 tape, but he really fixed himself up this season. As a technical guy, his hands absolutely were much better. They were inside far more often than they were in 2017. He still has a leverage problem even with his improvements, and he gets overpowered because of it, but the man moves about as well as anyone else in the class.
RAS: 4.18 Player Comparison: Eugene Monroe
58. ILB Mack Wilson, Alabama
Here is a polarizing player that you won’t know what to do with. Wilson is an elite coverage LB, there is no doubt about that. He has rare ball skills and instincts in coverage for the position, but his ability to sift through blocks, get off of blocks, and process in general are big questions about his game. I like him, I just hope he can be more than a sub-package LB.
RAS: N/A Player Comparison: Kenny Young
59. WR Marquise Brown, Oklahoma
Electric player that is far more than just speed. Brown beats press through pure quickness and great releases off the line. He is quick and fast, while also being an explosive route runner. His frame at 166 pounds is a big concern, there is no doubt about that, but his game has far more finesse than pure speed, I think he pans out.
RAS: N/A Player Comparison: Desean Jackson
60. IDL Dre’Mont Jones, Ohio State
Jones needs to live in the weight room because man, his strength is a big, big issue. The good news is everything else looks incredibly solid. Jones plays with a lot of juice right off the snap and has a wide array of moves to use with those good hands. His pad level could improve, but Jones is a solid player that can be scheme diverse.
RAS: 6.95 Player Comparison: Dominique Easley
61. S Amani Hooker, Iowa
Hooker’s athleticism concerns were all answered at the combine and for a guy that has great instincts and ball skills, seeing him test well was a big joy for me. He can line up down in the box and slot, and while he can play single-high, and probably do it well, he just isn’t quite fluid enough for me to put him there. That little bit of hip tightness deters.
RAS: 8.99 Player Comparison: Damarious Randall
62. WR Antoine Wesley, Texas Tech
Wesley is a wiry son of a gun at 6’5” and only 200 lbs, but for his size, he moves incredibly well and runs his routes with precision. There’s a lot of body catches, which does make me worried for his future a bit, but that doesn’t mean he is not physical, because he really is a physical player. Wesley can really play.
RAS: 5.97 Player Comparison: Kenny Golladay
63. CB Rock Ya-Sin, Temple
Ya-Sin lives up to the “Temple Tough” motto because he is such an intense and fiery player. Whether that be sticking his nose right into the run game or giving jabs in press and doing it really, really well, Ya-Sin has my admiration. The icing on top is ball skills. If he can iron out some instincts and his footwork, he going to start for a long time.
RAS: 6.14 Player Comparison: Ronald Darby
64. TE Dawson Knox, Ole Miss
As slightly raw as Knox may be, his blocking and athleticism combination are going to work favorably in the NFL. When he was deployed in a largely flawed Ole Miss system, Knox was a great mover in space and a natural pass catcher, although he needs to get far more polished with route running. He has upside to be very, very solid.
RAS: 9.09 Player Comparison: Chris Herndon
65. RB Devin Singletary, Florida Atlantic
The man known as ‘Motor’ can really play. He’s overly fast, but he is incredibly shifty as a player. Singletary’s contact balance and cuts are freakishly good, especially for his less than admirable athleticism. He is unknown as a receiver, but when he was used, he was impressive with natural hands and the ability to do moves in succession.
RAS: 4.33 Player Comparison: Devonta Freeman
66. CB Julian Love, Notre Dame
I was never a fan of Love’s footwork, but he is a solid football player. He doesn’t get burnt, has high IQ, and most importantly is solid while creating splash plays. I’d love to see him get far more involved in the running game than he actually does, but his play strength is very good either. Love is scheme transcendent, too.
RAS: 7.63 Player Comparison: Desmond King
67. IOL Dru Samia, Oklahoma
Another guy that just had to kick inside because his length is so bad it can honestly still get him in trouble. Samia, however, is a nasty OL who moves really well in space. In space, he is a fluid and smooth operator. Samia packs a real punch with his hands and they are well placed as well. He has some footwork lapses, but he usually has quick feet.
RAS: 7.53 Player Comparison: Laurent Duvernay-Tardif
68. CB Nik Needham, UTEP
Needham is the sleeper of the draft and my main guy who I discovered less than a month ago. No one is talking about him, but he is a physical guy who shows off ball skills all the time on his film. His recovery speed is some of the best in the draft that I have seen and he loves to stick his nose in the run game. Needham is a straight up baller, and deserves to be up here.
RAS: N/A Player Comparison: Quentin Jammer
69. EDGE Maxx Crosby, Eastern Michigan
Length for days is the name of the game for Crosby. He isn’t overly bendy or even overly powerful, but he is quick, twitchy, and precise off the line. His hands move fast and quick, there is no better double swipe move in the draft than Crosby’s at the moment. He is also a good mover in space, so I think he has the versatility to play in both schemes.
RAS: 9.64 Player Comparison: Mario Addison
70. WR Terry McLaurin, Ohio State
McLaurin really came on at the Senior Bowl, but that honestly is not where he put himself over, it was on his tape where he won me over. His deep speed was apparent, and with the ability to win with releases off the line that easily, I knew I would like him. There are issues with McLaurin, such as drops and I think his football IQ could really serve to improve, but there is an undeniable fact that he can be an excellent complement.
RAS: 9.53 Player Comparison: Nate Burleson
71. IDL Dexter Lawrence, Clemson
Lawrence can move man. He’s very athletic and explosive off the line as a true NT, that much is very clear. I think he is a great gap stuffer and who will be a dang good run defender too. I just have serious questions about his hand usage and often times, pad level too. The R1 talk is crazy, but that doesn’t mean the guy won’t be good.
RAS: 9.81 Player Comparison: Linval Joseph
72. CB Mark Fields, Clemson
He had limited playing time, but when he was playing, Fields was really, really good. The guy can fly and has clear long speed and instincts at the CB position. If he just had more tape out there, he might be higher, but in the limited tape, he had some issues with small arms in press and inconsistent ball skills. His natural, fluid athleticism and aggressive temperament is a joy, though.
RAS: 7.25 Player Comparison: Darqueze Dennard
73. WR Jakobi Meyers, NC State
Meyers is a dominant slot guy. He is a good, solid route runner for the time he has played the position, and more importantly, the guy has incredible contested catch skills and is physical, so I think he can play outside a little bit. He is a converted QB, but has some really nice YAC to him as well. This is the one under the radar guy who should not be overlooked.
RAS: 6.27 Player Comparison: Mohamed Sanu
74. ILB Jahlani Tavai, Hawaii
I can’t speak enough about how tenacious Jahlani Tavai is out there in the open field. He has a nonstop motor and some of the best processing in the class that help make up for some natural athletic deficiencies. His athleticism is not that bad, and it is in the fact that he is a fluid athlete that he showcases himself to be a much better coverage LB than you’d think. He’s underrated and has a future in this league.
RAS: N/A Player Comparison: Kyle Van Noy
75. RB James Williams, Washington State
Williams is the best pure receiving back in the draft. Just a natural, three-down back with great contact balance and shiftiness in the open field. I loved Williams’ tape when I jumped into it. He presses the line incredibly well too. Pass protection sure did bump him down, as did some vision concerns, but the kid can play.
RAS: 6.24 Player Comparison: James White
76. WR J.J. Arcega Whiteside, Stanford
Arcega-Whiteside is a physically imposing force on the outside as a really big red zone threat or contested catch guy, but he knows how to run routes way better than people will give him credit for. I think he needs to get the nuances down, especially footwork and releases, but he will easily carve out a role for himself.
RAS: 8.82 Player Comparison: Jordy Nelson
77. RB Damien Harris, Alabama
Harris is a little mix of everything. He is a jack of all trades but a master of a few, honestly. He is far more elusive than you’d think, has fantastic vision, showcases natural hands, and actually has a rather sturdy anchor in pass protection. There aren’t many holes in his game other than his athleticism, thus I like him a lot.
RAS: 4.04 Player Comparison: Fred Jackson
78. S Marquise Blair, Utah
Blair is an aggressive player who is best playing downhill, but due to his limitations of getting off blocks and his impressive range, is absolutely best suited to play single-high. He didn’t show a ton of production with INTs in college, but ball skills are definitely there on tape. Some team should get a guy who can start right away and really grow into something more.
RAS: 8.86 Player Comparison: Sean Davis
79. OT Yodny Cajuste, West Virginia
Cajuste is a powerful man with violent hands. His hands are the exact type of power I want to see from an OL. He stuns pass rushers and can drive them into the ground when his hands are perfectly placed, although he has serious concerns as for where those hands are placed. His sets and kick slides need to be way more consistent and efficient as well. I think he’s far more nimble than you’d think and that will certainly help him at the next level.
RAS: N/A Player Comparison: Donovan Smith
80. EDGE Ben Banogu, TCU
Banogu has some pep in his step. His testing was awesome, and while he has false steps in his game and I don’t think he has great bend, Banogu can beat you inside or outside with a wide arsenal of moves, and if he can just get more twitchy off the snap, will have a great first step to pair with his tools already. Banogu is at his floor, a rotational guy.
RAS: 9.5 Player Comparison: Matt Judon
81. WR Riley Ridley, Georgia
Ridley is far more of a technician than he is anything else. From his foot speed helping him snap off routes in an instant to playing to his leverage and winning contested catch situations through physicality, Ridley has the ability to separate and win in jump ball situations. It’s just that athletically and after the catch there’s…..not much. Add in that he has a restricted route tree and there are worries with Ridley, but he projects to still be at least a WR3.
RAS: 4.49 Player Comparison: Allen Hurns
82. IOL Nate Davis, Charlotte
Davis is just all nasty. I have a crush on guys that play like Davis, they are all up in your face and will drive you straight into the turf. Davis has amazing hand usage and moves extremely well for a guy his size. He definitely has some technical issues with a narrow base which softens his anchor a bit too much, but Davis is going to be a starter in this league.
RAS: N/A Player Comparison: Ali Marpet
83. IOL Elgton Jenkins, Mississippi State
Jenkins is stronger than just about every man on the field, but he just does not impose that strength with the aggressiveness to back it up. He lacks that ‘killer instinct’ that I want to see my offensive lineman have, but he’s a smart player who moves well in space. His hands are an issue as well for me, but the timing is there, it’s just all placement. Obviously, there are some serious things to work on, but Jenkins is a solid prospect at Center.
RAS: 9.2 Player Comparison: Graham Glasgow
84. IOL Ben Powers, Oklahoma
The Oklahoma OL was an undeniable force this season, and Ben Powers was no exception to that dominance. Is the tightness in the hips and lack of mobility concerning? Yes, and that is why he is down here, but it is undeniable that Powers has some of the most ferocious whistle-to-whistle play among the OL and with good technique. For a guy that is not overly athletic, his feet move well and even more so, his hands are extremely polished. I want him on my team.
RAS: N/A Player Comparison: Kendall Simmons
85. WR Keesean Johnson, Fresno State
Where’s the flashy numbers and athleticism for Johnson? Where is the overly highlight reel plays that make you jump out of your chair? They’re really nowhere to be found, but Johnson is a technician at heart who is as savvy as a veteran out there. He is a fantastic route runner and runs a ton of routes. Overall, a classic possession guy who is nothing flashy, but he’s as solid as they come.
RAS: 3.13 Player Comparison: Mario Manningham
86. WR Stanley Morgan Jr, Nebraska
Perhaps the best route runner in the class period, Morgan might just have the ability to make some of the biggest splash right away out of any WR in the draft this year. His foot speed, DB manipulation, and releases are all top notch. He only falls down this far because his ceiling doesn’t appear overly high due refinement and athletic limitations on his game, but he is a very good player.
RAS: 8.52 Player Comparison: Antonio Bryant
87. ILB Joe Giles-Harris, Duke
I know, his speed is not great and he doesn’t have the range I want, but there is no one as technically proficient as Giles-Harris in this draft. Perfect angles, great tackler, fantastic processor, and even a surprisingly good zone coverage LB. Giles-Harris is an absolute baller, but athletic limitations will come back to bite him at times.
RAS: 2.76 Player Comparison: Alex Anzalone
88. RB Darwin Thompson, Utah State
For a 5’8” RB,Thompson has insane contact balance and strength. It is clear his work ethic is incredibly strong just based off of the build of his game, and adding in the fact that he can catch the ball extremely well and still break the big one, and we are talking about a fun prospect here. Thompson wishes he had a bit more long speed to him, but with his traits and unique skill set, he should be more than fine.
RAS: N/A Player Comparison: Dion Lewis
89. QB Brett Rypien, Boise State
Rypien is insanely accurate. He has the best ball placement in the class by far and it’s not particularly close in that regard. He’s a smart QB with a decent arm, but it’s more than enough to do what he needs to make the NFL level throws. He’s so polished I think he can grow into a starter, but at the very least, he’s a great backup.
RAS: 5.84 Player Comparison: Kirk Cousins
90. WR Darius Slayton, Auburn
I was sold on Slayton once I saw him burn Greedy Williams with his excellent releases, quick footwork, and savvy route running ability. Slayton wasn’t uberly productive largely due to Stidham in some regards, but his hands drop him down here a little bit. Regardless, he’s an absolutely electric player.
RAS: 9.57. Player Comparison: DJ Chark
91. EDGE Anthony Nelson, Iowa
Nelson is stiff and not a supremely fluid mover in space, and that might be what drives him down, but his hands are absolutely fantastic. He could absolutely have more burst off the snap, but his pad level and myriad of moves allow him to overcome that shortcoming. He might just need to get more twitchy off the snap to show some explosiveness, anyways.
RAS: 9.47 Player Comparison: Aaron Kampman
92. CB Justin Layne, Michigan State
Layne is rawer than people would have you believe but the man can play. His natural athleticism and length is not to be forgotten, but his overzealous jabs and shoddy footwork are big issues I have with his game. Why is this high then? Ball skills and instincts are absolutely there and I think he has a lot of potential that can be harnessed.
RAS: 8.97 Player Comparison: Isaiah Oliver
93. WR Mecole Hardman, Georgia
Genuinely Hardman is the fastest receiver in the draft. His explosiveness and true long speed combined with his savvy and quick route running makes his ceiling as a complement extremely high. His hands and frame are issues, but Hardman is a dynamic speedy receiver who’s more than just speed.
RAS: 8.18. Player Comparison: Tyler Lockett
94. WR DaMarkus Lodge, Ole Miss
Lodge is not an athletic demon, but man Lodge can do some mean releases and is far more physical at the catch point than any other Ole Miss receiver. His YAC leaves a lot to be desired and I don’t think he is a overly fantastic route runner, just a solid one. However, his acrobatic catches and ability to simply go up and grab anything is what makes him a future WR2 at his ceiling.
RAS: 4.11 Player Comparison: Brandon Lloyd
95. IDL Zach Allen, Boston College
In many ways, Allen is a poor man’s Omenihu. He has the same versatility up and down the line and is strong and a very solid pass rusher. He isn’t as mobile and I think he’s stiff and not nearly as explosive, which really inhibits him and that is why he is down here, but his hands and pad level are extremely solid. He should be an instant contributor built for sub-package football.
RAS: 4.8 Player Comparison: Cory Redding
96. WR Anthony Ratliff-Williams, North Carolina
He might be a sleeper for whatever reason, but Ratliff-Williams is the type of Day 3, or as my grade indicates, Late Day 2, receiver that I want to take a shot on. He probably profiles as a Z at the next level, but his physicality at the catch point, off the line, and after the catch are why I love his game so much. He can grab any ball and turn any play into more than what it should be. He is a raw route runner, that is no doubt, but Ratliff-Williams is a baller.
RAS: 7.04 Player Comparison: David Moore
97. RB Rodney Anderson, Oklahoma
If it weren’t for durability issues and no complete athletic profile, I think Anderson would have been in the top 50. Talent wise, Anderson is missing little to nothing in terms of the true profile that the NFL and I would like to see from a starting RB. His speed, blocking, and pass catching ability are all top notch. He could be more patient and press the line more, but if he stays healthy, Anderson is a steal.
RAS: N/A Player Comparison: Deuce Mcallister
98. OT Tytus Howard, Alabama State
Howard is such a good mover man. Footwork is great and smooth, his reaches are easily done, and he has power, strong hands. Those hands are not always inside and he can pop up a bit more than I’d like for my Tackle to do. I’m also worried about his overall pass sets and ability to vary them more so than just stick to one, methodical set, but I like his game.
RAS: 6.3 Player Comparison: Marcus Gilbert
99. S Will Harris, Boston College
Aggressive and ball skills are two things that I love in my safeties and Harris as both of those in paramounts. Harris has some instinct issues, but he is reading things at the very well. A little brushing up with the playbook and some studying should do him well, but Harris has the ability to be a great dimebacker and eventually, starter on a team with great traits.
RAS: 9.65 Player Comparison: Duron Harmon
100. TE Donald Parham, Stetson
Parham is a 6’8” tight end that has some of the best releases in the tight end class period. He has surprising quickness off the snap that allows him to do that. Of course, he is great at the contested catch point and a 4.67 40 time is exactly what he needed at his pro day. He can really move, and as raw of a route runner and blocker he is, Parham at the very least is a red zone menace. I like him a lot.
RAS: 9.17 Player Comparison: (Bigger) Julius Thomas
Round 4 Grades
101. EDGE Oshane Ximines, Old Dominion
Give me this man’s repertoire of pass rushing moves any dang day of the week. His hands are some of the best in the class period, but Ximines has some serious issues. He is not explosive off the line, he doesn’t move overly well in space, his bend is nothing great, and overall athletically, he is just okay. But his hands, power, and pad level elevate him up the board no matter how you slice it. Ximines will find a role in this league.
RAS: 6.65 Player Comparison: Jeremiah Attaochu
102. IDL Rashan Gary, Michigan
Gary is so, so low on this list and for many of you I am sure this is absolutely appalling, it is okay, I get why. Athletic traits are big, they are absolutely huge, that is not a denying factor that I will not admit. Gary’s ceiling is absolutely high, I won’t deny that either. But when his entire game is predicated off of that explosiveness and athleticism, especially when he should be kicked inside, I have a real question about what we are doing here with Gary. Gary is a project who needs to put moves into his arsenal, fix his pad level, and his quicksand-stuck feet. Again, I see why he is alluring, but there’s just a lot to work on, and landing spot is everything here.
RAS: 9.94 Player Comparison: Ziggy Ansah
103. RB Justice Hill, Oklahoma State
Whew, Hill is the shiftiest back in the class. That is probably not an exaggeration considering just how deadly his jump cuts are in combination with his numerous stutter step moves and other moves he has based off of his quick and efficient footwork. He will never carry the load and has some vision concerns, but Hill should be a contributor in the NFL.
RAS: 9.32 Player Comparison: Tarik Cohen
104. WR Andy Isabella, UMass
Isabella is the best all-around athlete in this class honestly. He is primarily a deep threat with savvy routes and solid releases. It is no shock as to why he is so hyped up as a deep threat and the next Brandin Cooks, but his body catching tendencies, shoddy ball skills, iffy contested catch ability, and an extremely tiny catch radius are legitimate, big concerns for him.
RAS: 8.15 Player Comparison: John Brown
105. OT Bobby Evans, Oklahoma
Maybe he simply is not as flashy as most the OL in this draft, but Bobby Evans is a super solid prospect that I think should be viewed as a potential starter in the future. Evans has good feet and a solid anchor, but his hands have to be fixed. He has solid stun power and nice grip strength, but his technique leaves far too much to be desired. That and popping up get to Evans a bit too much.
RAS: 7.94 Player Comparison: Jamon Brown
106. RB Devine Ozigbo, Nebraska
Ozigbo is incredibly savvy as a runner. His footwork and ability to scan the field is as good as anyone’s in this draft. That will at the very least take him far and he shows good burst in addition to solid, but not elite contact balance. Ozigbo will need to show off better receiving ability and pass protection at the next level to be an every down guy, though.
RAS: 8.99 Player Comparison: Michael Turner
107. IOL Lamont Gaillard, Georgia
If you had to describe a junkyard dog who just loves to get nasty, I think Gaillard might just be that guy. Gaillard needs to have better mobility and you wish he did, but his footwork and hands are awesome. Gaillard probably can’t start right away due to some leverage concerns I have in pass protection, but I like him in year two or three to be a plug and play.
RAS: 4.79 Player Comparison: Stefen Wisniewski
108. ILB Germaine Pratt, NC State
A former safety who doesn’t move as fluidly as I’d like for a former safety, but Pratt is still a pretty dang good coverage ILB. Also, he has some of the best ball skills at ILB in the draft. In run defense, he can slice well, but getting off of blocks and some genuine tackling gaffes really do knock him down for me. I wish I liked him more, and while I can see a starter in the future, there are genuine questions I have about him.
RAS: 9.17 Player Comparison: Daryl Smith
109. WR Miles Boykin, Notre Dame
I don’t even know what to say about Boykin. He tested extremely well but doesn’t play like it on tape. His speed should give make him a deep threat but he doesn’t separate because his releases aren’t creatyve and he doesn’t vary them. However, he is physical and win by stacking and simply playing to leverage. He is a decent receiver, but there is a lot of refine if he wants to become more than a WR3.
RAS: 9.93 Player Comparison: Chris Conley
110. RB Miles Sanders, Penn State
Vision issues and a lack of proving that he could truly be a great receiver knocked down Sanders for me. He showed off good traits to be a receiver but there is nothing that screams he might be elite there yet. I like Sanders’ elusiveness and cutting ability, but it might be a year before we truly see Miles Sanders unleashed.
RAS: 9.5 Player Comparison: Cadillac Williams
111. TE Foster Moreau, LSU
If the definition of solid came up in the form of a TE, Moreau would probably be that guy. He’s athletic and has a real mean streak up front as a blocker. Those might be his main calling cards, but he has way more potential as a receiver than I believe people realize currently. He has good hands and while his routes and releases are obviously raw for a guy who hasn’t done a ton in the passing game, Moreau has the semblance of being a much better receiver at the NFL level.
RAS: 9.48 Player Comparison: Owen Daniels
112. WR Hunter Renfrow, Clemson
I am not really sure how Renfrow does it. He isn’t very athletic, he is short, has a limited catch radius, small hands, and subpar size, and yet, Renfrow is perhaps one of the sturdiest and most sure-handed guys in the class. If there is one thing you know you will get with Renfrow, it is that he is going to be a fantastic route runner and release receiver. His set of releases and ability to make sharp cuts while running routes is why he can get by his athletic limitations. Also, he might have the best hands in the class period, he doesn’t drop anything.
RAS: 2.88 Player Comparison: Adam Humphries
113. RB Ryquell Armstead, Temple
There is so much more to Armstead’s game than just his aggressive demeanor while running, but it is probably the most alluring part of his game. His reckless abandon can compromise his vision, that is obvious on tape, but with his burst, contact balance, and shiftiness in the open field, Armstead still just make his own magic happen by his own merit alone. If he can prove to be a better receiver at the next level, I think Armstead will have a very good career.
RAS: 8.11 Player Comparison: Maurice Jones-Drew
114. EDGE Malik Reed, Nevada
Reed has starting potential, and I think he can reach that potential. When you have his blend of burst and bend, especially in a 3-4, you are going to have a big shot at being productive and getting quality snaps for your team. However, his hands and frame are absolutely issues. He’s small and projects as a 4-3 SAM due to it, but while I think he projects as a great situational guy, there is potential to be way more here.
RAS: 5.29 Player Comparison: Genard Avery
115. IDL Renell Wren, Arizona State
Speaking of potential, Wren has it all folks. The power he has and explosiveness that is combined with it is so of the best stuff to watch in this class. His inconsistencies in pad level and hand usage absolutely bump him down for now, but his potential probably warrants a late Day 2 selection, even with the Round 4 grade he was given by me.
RAS: 9.67 Player Comparison: Muhammad Wilkerson
116. CB David Long, Michigan
He’s a PFF darling and has gotten some real love recently, and I totally see why there is genuine love for David Long. I don’t share the whole same enthusiasm that many do, especially because he too timid for my liking, although he has good technique in press and ball skills, and I do like that. It is that lack of aggressiveness and really raw instincts that dropped him down for me, but it is not like he cannot become a starter in the league with his skillset.
RAS: 9.17 Player Comparison: Patrick Robinson
117. WR Jalen Hurd, Baylor
For only playing one year at receiver, Hurd is an exceptionally polished wide receiver. He projects as a big slot at the next level and has to learn more nuances of the position, but his route running and physicality at this stage is fantastic. Obviously as a former RB, he has all the YAC skills necessary. It is his rawness that drops him down this far, but Hurd has a ceiling that is higher than most of the class.
RAS: 7.72 Player Comparison: Equanimeous St. Brown
118. QB Drew Lock, Missouri
If you get Lock into a vertical passing game and let him go gung ho, I have no objections to what you are doing with him. That is where he can flourish and do it pretty well honestly. His mental game needs work, especially pre-snap and recognizing alignments, but he shows good DB manipulation and superb deep ball traits. Is he ever more than a middling mid-tier QB? That is the question, but surrounded by the right cast, sure.
RAS: 9.35 Player Comparison: Derek Carr
119. TE Josh Oliver, San Jose State
As a pure receiver, I love what Oliver does. He is aggressive at the catch point and plays up to his athleticism every single bit on tape. There isn’t a way to understate that fact. However, as a blocker, Oliver is all over the place, and I don’t see him running the best of routes at all on tape. As much as I want to love him, I simply just like him right now. He is an immediate TE2 but upside.
RAS: 8.18 Player Comparison: Tyler Higbee
120. WR Parris Campbell, Ohio State
A speedster who is not really a deep threat, but he sure is dynamic after the catch and has RB-like abilities to pair with that speed. His hands are probably made of stone and he really is not a great route runner either, but he has the ability to gain separation because of his release set. That is going to give him a big boost at the next level. As a ceiling, he is a very good gadget type of player, perhaps a WR3.
RAS: 9.77 Player Comparison: Cordarrelle Patterson
121. ILB Ben Burr-Kirven, Washington
Short arms, limited tackling radius, and not exactly a world beater athletically, that is where I can make serious provocations that Ben Burr-Kirven might not be very good……until I really watch how this guy plays. He’s smart, adept in coverage, which is huge, physical, and an alpha male. There is nothing that screams leader more than the way that he plays the game. Burr-Kirven shapes the defense around him, and in the NFL, has starter upside.
RAS: 8.94 Player Comparison: Justin Durant
122. RB Tony Pollard, Memphis
As a RB-WR hybrid, Pollard is one of the more interesting prospects in the class. He is not on Curtis Samuel’s level of good when he was coming out, but Pollard is cut from a similar cloth. He is a threat to break the play any time he has the ball in his hands and naturally runs absurdly crisp runs for his hybrid position. He is the type of guy who might be a three-down player by virtue of the type of player he is in the correct scheme.
RAS: 7.59 Player Comparison: Dexter McCluster
123. NB Ugo Amadi, Oregon
Amadi might have played safety in college, but his fluidity, aggressiveness, and lateral quickness bode well for him being a really solid nickel corner in the NFL. He has clear ball skills in his game and tracks well at the catch point. Amadi is not the type to be overly aggressive in press, he instead will let the fluidity and skills at the catch point do the talking.
RAS: 4.6 Player Comparison: E.J. Gaines
124. CB Xavier Crawford, Central Michigan
Crawford is good too, just like Sean Bunting. He is not getting the love he deserves as a guy who is fluid and a good press man corner. He is a really bad run support guy and needs to really play up with more aggressiveness, but I like his aggressiveness at the catch point. Where are his exuberant ball skills like Bunting’s good ones? He just is not nearly as good in that area and it is why he was bumped down a few notches.
RAS: 7.09 Player Comparison: Ken Crawley
125. ILB Emeke Egbule, Houston
Egbule was used in a weird fashion, but the most important fashion he was used is as a sub-package extraordinaire that was trusted in coverage over the middle. He really showed out there with good fluidity and carried TEs well. I view him as a 4-3 SAM with upside as a situational pass rusher. In a 3-4, I think he just slides in and can be used as a rotational guy off the edge.
RAS: 7.67 Player Comparison: Tyus Bowser
126. TE Trevon Wesco, West Virginia
Wesco has just absolutely killed this pre-draft process and his tape ain’t too bad either. He is far better as a receiver than what West Virginia projected him as with limited usage in that offense. Wesco can move well and has some of the best blocking ability of any TE in the class, but his polished skill set indicates that he probably doesn’t have the upside I need to see from a higher graded guy, but regardless, Wesco can ball.
RAS: 5.85 Player Comparison: Matt Spaeth
127. S Khari Willis, Michigan State
He’s not a splash play guy but has all the aggressiveness and tackling ability in the world for a box safety. Willis is not exactly going to change your defense, but he brings a certain edge and character to the back end that you want on your team. As a man coverage guy, he is lethal. He shut down TEs all year long and might just function as a fantastic dimebacker early on in his career.
RAS: 6.32 Player Comparison: Bacarri Rambo
128. CB Michael Jackson, Miami
He ain’t that bad, and his tape was a thriller…..okay I’ll stop, but Jackson is a long, aggressive press man corner that does what he does well. He might be raw but he is a step up from some of the other press man guys because I like his discipline at the line much better. He is a twinge more patient and plays to his leverage better, but the hip tightness is an issue and instincts are still only okay. If you can work with his rough edges, you might have something.
RAS: 8.81 Player Comparison: Rasul Douglas
129. RB Wes Hills, Slippery Rock
Hills is probably a bit too high for most of you, but he is such a savvy runner of the football that I have to love his game. His patience of the line, footwork, messing with angles, pressing the line….all of the subtle nuances in a Rb he has. Obviously, his pass protection, receiving ability, and fumble issues are big red flags, but Hills’ game is very translateable to the NFL no matter which way you dice it up.
RAS: N/A Player Comparison: Marion Barber
130. CB Isaiah Johnson, Houston
He is long and has the size everyone wants in a CB, but Johnson, as a converted WR is raw, and pretty darn raw at that. While I really want to love what he does more, his ball skills and tackling sour him for me a ton. He is a great Cover 3 CB and has awesome instincts in zone, but it doesn’t nearly take advantage of his length like I want it to do.
RAS: 10.0 Player Comparison: Ahkello Witherspoon
131. OT Chuma Edoga, USC
Edoga moves really, really well. With his length, I love that combination. It is not footwork that needs work and that will be huge in getting him on the field earlier. Obviously, his hands are an issue since he gets far too wide far too often and also has an extremely suspect anchor. It is not due to his functional strength, it is more so that he just needs to bulk up in the weight room.
RAS: 6.55 Player Comparison: James Carpenter
132. CB Jimmy Moreland, James Madison
Love this dynamo of a prospect. Jimmy Moreland has ball skills and more so, his aggressive temperament for his size is something I have fallen in love with as the process has gone on. Moreland could be far more higher if his hips weren’t going every which way and he kept them square, which causes him to get burnt a bit too much, but regardless, I like how the guy plays.
RAS: 7.22 Player Comparison: Mike Hilton
133. S Johnathan Abram, Mississippi State
Abram is a living missile. His play speed is a mile and minute and as much as I love that aggressiveness, his lack of ball skills and the fact that he is overpowered in man coverage and yet not overly instinctual in zone coverage really does bump him down a lot for me. I see a third safety here, and possibly a starter down the line, but there are serious issues to work out here.
RAS: 7.52 Player Comparison: Michael Griffin
134. OT David Edwards, Wisconsin
When your footwork is this bad, it is gonna take you a lot to move up in my rankings. Edwards is somewhat of a train wreck technically with a false step, awkward kick slide, and odd short-stepping things as he’s reaching in space. His hands are powerful and he is strong, and I mean really strong, but that simply does not change footwork concerns.
RAS: 5.15 Player Comparison: Jeromey Clary
135. ILB Drue Tranquill, Notre Dame
His knee injuries have sapped some of his athleticism and yet, Tranquil is still a dang good athlete as an ILB. Laterally, he has much more trouble than I envisioned and I don’t think he is ever a great coverage LB, although he is not a bad zone coverage ILB. His blitzing ability, aggressiveness, and alpha male mentality really spark him up for him.
RAS: 9.87 Player Comparison: Micah Kiser
136. CB Joejuan Williams, Vanderbilt
The polarizing Joejuan Williams, I wish I was a bigger fan of him, but his issues are too much for me. His hips are really bad, they are serious tighter than a war drum. His long speed is not great either, so once he’s burnt, well, he’s burnt. With him being overzealous at the line, this isn’t a ringing endorsement. However, he is a smart player who loves to get dirty and shows off decent ball skills. Thus, as a mid-rounder, Williams can fit this mold more than fine.
RAS: 8.05 Player Comparison: Sean Smith
137. IDL Daylon Mack, Texas A&M
Mack is hit and miss, but when he hits, he hits big. Mack is explosive and powerful with his large, stout frame. Albeit, pad level issues and hand usage that leaves a lot to be inspired absolutely knock him down quite a few pegs unfortunately. I like Mack’s role as a rotational guy at the next level, but his inconsistencies make me question if he truly ever is a starter. .
RAS: 7.71 Player Comparison: Malcolm Brown
138. EDGE L.J. Collier, TCU
Collier is missing quite literally every element of the burst and bend combination that I want from an EDGE prospect, and that does knock him down. I do wonder if he could move inside due to good leverage and strong hand usage, but I think he stays on the edge because he moves a little too well out there. He can move up and down the line, though, and that is a big thing for his skill set.
RAS: 3.65 Player Comparison: Breeland Speaks
139. QB Daniel Jones, Duke
I am still not sure what Jones really is here in this draft. He will be drafted in Round one and yet he has business even sniffing that realm of the draft. He has to work out of a structured quick passing game, and I just do not see how that is remotely alluring to most teams. The mobility is nice and all, but Jones at best is a mid-tier guy and puts you into QB purgatory.
RAS: 7.93 Player Comparison: Ryan Tannehill
Round 5 Grades
140. S Evan Worthington, Colorado
Worthington has no mean streak in his game, and I genuinely mean that. He hates playing up against the line by his tape, but that’s fine when you consider his range and length. He has the fluidity and ball skills to be a single-high guy at the next level, that is not a question. He can come down and man up guys, too, and that is where his value will be, but I have questions about where that aggressiveness or semblance of getting dirty is in his game.
RAS: 4.99 Player Comparison: Thomas DeCoud
141. WR Xavier Ubosi, UAB
Ubosi is a very, very slept on receiver in this class but the man can ball. He’s a contested catch artist and red zone threat first, but as the year went on, his routes started showing far more nuance. He began to separate far more often and was a deep threat for UAB this year. His releases are not what they should be and he still isn’t a great technical route runner, but Ubosi has special teams upside first and then more upside as he develops.
RAS: 8.96 Player Comparison: Mack Hollins
142. RB Elijah Holyfield, Georgia
Holyfield had an all-time bad 40 yard dash and while I want to ignore it because he plays with better burst on tape, you simply cannot. He has good vision and cutting ability, but his long speed and inefficient footwork really are big knocks on him. I believe he can carve out a role in the NFL simply by virtue of his skillset, but the testing absolutely soured him for me.
RAS: 4.19 Player Comparison: BenJarvus Green-Ellis
143. WR Greg Dortch, Wake Forest
Dortch is a good wide receiver. He is far more dynamic than his testing would indicate, and that is a big boon to his stock for me. His releases and ability to separate are awesome in addition to his YAC ability. However, he is just restricted to the slot and doesn’t have great contested catch ability at all. Take it for what you will, he can be a good slot guy, but perhaps never great.
RAS: 3.06 Player Comparison: Jamison Crowder
144. CB Trayvon Mullen, Clemson
Close to being the rawest of the truly raw press man corners and it is because his technique is all a mess. He’s too aggressive at the line, his hips aren’t square, and his mirroring is off due to inefficient footwork. I like his length, ball skills, and instincts, but Mullen will have to learn a lot around the bush to truly grow more as a player.
RAS: 7.45 Player Comparison: Drayton Florence
145. IDL Trysten Hill, UCF
There are a lot of athletic IDL that flash in this draft but can’t put it together, and HIll is another one of those guys that is simply too inconsistent to be anything more than a Day 3 guy. I like his game and his explosiveness in confident, but I fail to see his plan before the snap and it shows when he doesn’t use his hands. His motor runs red hot all game, though, and Hill has upside to his game that I love.
RAS: 8.77 Player Comparison: Bilal Nichols
146. S Malik Gant, Marshall
When you play with reckless abandon and are simply a solid player overall, you might just make a fan of me. Malik Gant is the classic catch point disruptor who plays faster than anyone on the field. He was born to be a strong safety, there is no doubt about that one.
RAS: 2.93 Player Comparison: Mike Mitchell
147. WR Cody Thompson, Toledo
The Toledo WRs are a group of guys who can ball, that I know, and Cody Thompson is the best of them. His acrobatic catches are nice and all, but it’s his athleticism and DB manipulation that causes me to swoon as to why I like this guy so much. He is going to be a guy that separates and when he doesn’t, he can still go up and grab the ball. He really needs to work on his release set, though.
RAS: 8.51 Player Comparison: Austin Collie
148. NB Mike Edwards, Kentucky
Man coverage and zone coverage is a whole different flip side story tale for Mike Edwards. His man coverage is dang near elite with his mirroring ability and ability to get his hands on guys and divert them. In zone, he is lost and does not have the range necessary to truly be a single-high. I would rather take advantage of his man coverage skills and move him down to nickel corner, where he should be pretty dang good.
RAS: N/A Player Comparison: Nate Hairston
149. IDL Daniel Wise, Kansas
What else can I say….inconsistent again but he has awesome flashes. Pad level is an issue although he is a bit less explosive and has more of a pass rush plan with his hands. Wise wins with that explosiveness and is a really solid depth guy in the future, no matter which way you slice it.
RAS: 8.19 Player Comparison: Tyson Alualu
150. OT Kaleb McGary, Washington
I love McGary’s strength and mean streak, that type of stuff is always awesome to have in my offensive lineman, but McGary has some serious issues that he needs to fix. His footwork is slow and not adept at getting him to his pass set spot. McGary also doesn’t particularly move all that well and combining that with hands that are less than inspiring and I have my concerns about McGary.
RAS: 9.83 Player Comparison: William Beatty
151. WR Diontae Johnson, Toledo
Johnson is one of the best pure route runners in this class period. His foot speed and quickness in and out of breaks and the sharpness he has in his stems is fantastic for a guy who is graded this late, and he is a Day 3 steal, but his athletic testing dropped him like a log. I think he plays better on film, but that is certainly a bit of a concerning element to me. He also needs to expand his route tree, so I am not quite sure how easy the transition will be for him/
RAS: 4.25 Player Comparison: Peerless Price
152. IOL Alex Bars, Notre Dame
Technically, Bars is a really solid player. His footwork is good, albeit not great since I don’t see him as an entirely smooth operator in space, but his hands and anchor are incredibly solid. That at the very least gives Bars a big bump for me. His durability knocked him down a bit for me, however, his technical ability means he could be an absolute steal.
RAS: N/A Player Comparison: Eric Wood
153. WR Keelan Doss, UC Davis
For his size there is a lot to like about Doss. He has hands made of iron because he makes some of the best catches through contact I have seen in this class. His body control and spatial awareness are top notch too. He simply lacks that extra gear and I was not overly impressed with him as a technical route runner with all the nuances that I’d love to see from a top tier guy.
RAS: 7.47 Player Comparison: Cedrick Wilson
154. S Mike Bell, Fresno State
Bell had horrific testing numbers. I mean historically horrific that means I should drop him from my board entirely. I didn’t because Bell has top 100 tape with good instincts and a knack of making a play on the ball, but I couldn’t ignore how bad his testing day was honestly. It was also just not enough to overcome the deficiencies of his athleticism that were already present on tape, anyways.
RAS: 1.4 Player Comparison: Dashon Goldson
155. IDL Isaiah Buggs, Alabama
Another name melted down by athletic testing, but the worst part is that Buggs has clear athletic limitations on tape. His burst and first step are just not there even with his good hand usage and clear repertoire that he wields. He clearly also simply does not have the plan before going into a play and simply hacks away when looking for a way to counter being locked up.
RAS: 1.81 Player Comparison: Caleb Brantley
156. WR Terry Godwin, Georgia
Godwin is savvy and stuck out at the Shrine Game like a sore thumb. It was clear that he was simply a step above that level of competition and with his short area quickness and clear route running prowess it is no shock as to why he stuck out. That should grant him separation at the next level even though his speed leaves much to be desired. As a slot guy who can potentially make a team, I see him as a worthy Day 3 selection.
RAS: 4.91 Player Comparison: Eli Rogers
157. IOL Phil Haynes, Wake Forest
Haynes is an absolute house on the move. His functional athleticism is impressive and he can reach and pull with ease and fluidity. His strength and anchor will never be questioned either, the man plays like a bull. His hands, however, are another issue, and prompted with the issue of suspect pad level too, and Haynes might just have to be a backup for a few years, but he has upside.
RAS: 9.09 Player Comparison: Jermaine Eluemunor
158. S Sheldrick Redwine, Miami
He is indeed the best Miami Safety in the draft and Redwine has some legitimate range in his game. He’s quick and can go sideline-to-sideline rather quickly with solid burst and long speed to his tape as well. As far as ball skills go, though, he has suspect hands and needs to track the ball way better. That could also go with his instincts as well, as he is somewhat a step late too often. Redwine’s true value is found in his excellent man coverage skills, though.
RAS: 9.55 Player Comparison: Reggie Nelson
159. RB Trayveon Williams, Texas A&M
I really liked Williams’ tape, especially his cutting ability and high IQ runs with the ability to read a defensive flow well. His drawbacks are simply his frame, long speed, and overall patience behind his offensive line. I want him to be more patient and press the line, but he seems to eager to hit the hole, even if it is a good choice with solid vision. He has potential, but for now, he is a council back.
RAS: 4.56 Player Comparison: Ahmad Bradshaw
160. RB Bruce Anderson, North Dakota State
Anderson runs with a physicality that is just hard to not love. He runs with that reckless abandon and flattens guys due to his strength and elite contact balance as well. However, he seems to miss holes, doesn’t manipulate angles like he should, and doesn’t have much of the nuances down as a RB. I want to like him a lot more, but he is too trigger-happy with his play currently.
RAS: 5.77 Player Comparison: Kenneth Dixon
161. ILB Vosean Joseph, Florida
Joseph’s tape was legitimately the most frustrating LB tape of the entire draft season. You saw the physicality, the athleticism, and the coverage ability when he had it all together, but his processing was a train wreck and he seemed to get washed out of plays far too much for a guy of his athletic caliber. This is a raw guy who will be a core Special Teamer at the least, but to reach his ceiling has strides to go.
RAS: N/A Player Comparison: Stephone Anthony
162. ILB Bobby Okereke, Stanford
Another frustrating case of a guy who is a raw processor and doesn’t sift through the trash as well as he should. When I saw Okereke, I loved his sideline-to-sideline ability and his aggressiveness and in many ways saw a similar player to Joseph, but Okereke is just a smidge down the ladder in coverage. He has some tightness that rears its head and holds him back from being more.
RAS: 8.21 Player Comparison: Jon Bostic
163. TE Isaac Nauta, Georgia
I simply did not expect Nauta to test this poorly. His testing, again, was in the tier where you know he is below every historical threshold and has an uphill battle to succeed, but there are things you like on tape. His toughness, ability to catch balls in traffic, and solid blocking ability are why he should stick around. Is he really anything more than a TE2, though?
RAS: 1.34 Player Comparison: Ben Koyack
164. WR / RB Olamide Zaccheaus, Virginia
He is a straight burner and I love Zaccheaus as another one of those hybrids that can seemingly break the game open at any instant. It is those type of players that you look for as a KR or PR and as someone who you can deploy in different packages or on third down. Zaccheaus is a solid route runner but really is dynamic in the open field, which will give him value no matter where he goes.
RAS: N/A Player Comparison: Austin Ekeler
165. S Jah’Shawn Johnson, Texas Tech
Johnson has amazing ball skills and that is what hallmarks his game. He is a splash play guy who thrives in his role as a man coverage specialist with range to still be a single-high. His size doesn’t bode all too well physically and it does hold him back a lot. His hit power is nothing special and overall, Johnson can simply be outgunned, but his splash plays make him a worthy pick.
RAS: N/A Player Comparison: Eric Murray
166. OT Dennis Daley, South Carolina
Footwork is all over the map with Daley. He has a false step and instead of being patient to hook up guys, Daley instead overextends and leaves himself open to being beat. His leverage and hands are incredibly solid and give him the backup swing tackle upside that a team will look for on Day 3.
RAS: 3.91 Player Comparison: Jahri Evans
167. ILB Ulysees Gilbert III, Akron
Gilbert can absolutely fly around the field. His 4.51 speed is not hard to see on film since he is around plays even when he processes wrong. The issue is he processes wrong so often that he is often out of position and can blow assignments even in coverage. Still, that athletic upside is hard to pass up on anyone.
RAS: 8.19 Player Comparison: Kevin Pierre-Louis
168. TE Keenan Brown, Texas State
As a former WR, Brown has some really nice routes and contested catch ability on the outside and in the slot. However, his releases and blocking ability leave a lot to be desired. He is simply not a great enough athlete to win with separation, either. He can be a good second tight end, but I just don’t see an overbearing upside to him.
RAS: 3.9 Player Comparison: Jonnu Smith
169. CB Tim Harris, Virginia
This is a late round sleeper who I love as an immediate special teamer with all the upside in the world. Harris is an athletic freak with good fluidity and ball skills to his name. He is this low because of his technical mess in press and less than average instincts in zone coverage. He gets caught looking in the back field a bit too much as well. His run support is nothing to truly write home about either.
RAS: 9.86 Player Comparison: Aaron Ross
170. IDL Kingsley Keke, Texas A&M
Another one of those inconsistent defensive lineman with all the explosiveness off the line I’d want but he plays higher than the Burj Khalifa and has minimal hand usage. Keke needs to be more violent and let his motor run much hotter, as well. I see what he can be, but he is a frustrating study.
RAS: 7.95 Player Comparison: R.J. McIntosh
171. WR Jazz Ferguson, Northwestern State
Ferguson flies at his height, and it is a joy to watch on film. He can burn guys while still be able to beat you at the catch point due to his size and high pointing ability. However, Ferguson’s routes are not what they should be and he fails to separate like he should because of it. His releases leave much to be desired as well, but he has upside to his name.
RAS: 7.52 Player Comparison: Michael Floyd
Round 6 Grades
172. IOL Connor McGovern, Penn State
His hands might be all over the place and doesn’t finish plays often, but McGovern’s athleticism and toughness are things I love about his game. This a guy who can straight up move in space and reach in the second level with ease. As a backup with high football IQ, McGovern is a worthy investment.
RAS: 9.07 Player Comparison: Wyatt Teller
173. ILB Tre Watson, Maryland
Watson is a highly intelligent player who I had the opportunity to interview a while back and I was impressed with how he played the game. His physicality is a highlight in his game and he disrupts lanes underneath despite athletic limitations. Those limitations will hurt him big time, but he can carve out a role as a solid contributor on running downs.
RAS: N/A Player Comparison: Mason Foster
174. CB Hamp Cheevers, Boston College
Cheevers will have to slide inside no matter how he wants to slice it. His quickness and size are beneficial in the slot but are not nearly as useful outside where he will be bodied as a mismatch and does not play with the physicality necessary to win outside. He has some solid ball skills, sure, but Cheevers is a special teamer who might need to do far more to find his way onto the field.
RAS: 2.93 Player Comparison: Jabari Greer
175. WR Dillon Mitchell, Oregon
I want to like Mitchell a lot more than I actually do. There’s clear quickness and route running that allow him to dust guys deep, but there aren’t nuances, a good release set, or versatility in his game right now. I think he needs at least a year to sit and develop his game to see what he can become, but there are a lot of concerns on someone who I view as decently raw right now.
RAS: 7.98 Player Comparison: Marlon Brown
176. ILB Terrill Hanks, New Mexico State
Hanks is the classic athletic specimen who plays fast on tape but simply cannot tackle and cannot read a play worth the life of him. I liked him a good deal back near the Senior Bowl because he flashed coverage ability and his athleticism, but on second watch, there was so much to work with on Hanks that he is going to need some serious time to just develop himself if he can ever get to that level.
RAS: N/A Player Comparison: Matthew Thomas
177. EDGE Jaylon Ferguson, Louisiana Tech
I will never get the hype behind Jaylon Ferguson as anything more than a rotational guy. No, it is not his horrific 3-cone, albeit that was terrible, but it is more so his tape that showed….not much. He didn’t have great burst, he’s not a great mover in space, and his bend is nonexistent. He won solely with his hands and that won’t give him everything at the next level. Ferguson is only okay.
RAS: 5.45 Player Comparison: Hauoli Kikhaka
178. IDL Michael Dogbe, Temple
I love Michael Dogbe’s explosion and unlike some other DL, he actually knows what to do with his hands. The issue? He is sometimes lost and doesn’t see where the ball is so his shedding time is off, and even more so, he just seems to take some plays off. He has those traits to be a good two-gapper, but Dogbe will have to develop himself far more to be that.
RAS: 9.02 Player Comparison: Ziggy Hood
179. WR Penny Hart, Georgia State
Who knows what Penny Hart really truly is? His athletic testing was horrific when on tape he appeared far quicker and shifiter than you would think he would be. His route running is where he wins mostly and he can separate, although on film he is not overly fast, especially once you put him on the NFL plane. If he can be anything more than a decent slot guy, I would shocked.
RAS: 1.81 Player Comparison: Trent Taylor
180. IOL Trevon Tate, Memphis
Tate played a good deal of tackle at Memphis but will have to kick inside due to his natural deficiencies in addition to his superior performance there in college. Tate has upside to be a guy who can move well and just be solid. He is not overly nasty or vicious, but the guy is a solid player technically who will have to improve footwork and hand usage, but has that upside needed to make a roster.
RAS: N/A Player Comparison: B.J. Finney
181. ILB Cody Barton, Utah
Barton’s gotten a lot of love lately and I see it with the athletic profile, it is enticing and shows up on film too. I just don’t think he is instinctive enough or the above the head stuff yet. His coverage ability is there but still a big work in progress. He is a draft now and hope for a starter down the road type of guy if you can invest the time into him.
RAS: 9.35 Player Comparison: L.J. Fort
182. IDL Cortez Broughton, Cincinnati
Broughton is one strong man. His strength and gap penetration ability is what gets him right in this slot. His explosion is only average and that shows up in his first step, and while his hands are incredibly violent, his pad level swells far too often for my liking. Still, he has the upside you want to see in his game overall in a Day 3 guy.
RAS: 8.17 Player Comparison: Eddie Vanderdoes
183. S Saquan Hampton, Rutgers
Athletically, it all lines up for Hampton. He has the range and closing speed to come down from his should be single-high spot in the NFL and still disrupt things at the line and he has the instincts to take advantage of his range. However, I was not impressed with his skills at the catch point or ball skills. He can give up catches that he is in position for with literally no other reason than lack of physicality, which absolutely bumped him down.
RAS: 9.03 Player Comparison: Will Allen
184. RB Qadree Ollison, Pittsburgh
If you described Ollison as a virtual tank, you are probably right onto what he can be, honestly. Ollison has great contact balance, power, and solid pass pro skills, but his lack of receiving ability, burst, long speed, or the semblance of what the league would want in a modern RB is what drags him down here, even if he is good at what he does.
RAS: 4.83 Player Comparison: Wayne Gallman
185. RB Alexander Mattison, Boise State
Mattison is a solid player. He has the contact balance, receiving ability, and vision of an NFL RB, but his feet are slow and not quick, his long speed is horrific, and overall is a good power back at the next level. His value takes a shot because of that, but as a RB3, Mattison should stick a landing in the league.
RAS: 6.82 Player Comparison: Joique Bell
186. TE Alize Mack, Notre Dame
There is no denying the physical player Mack is overall. He plays physically and uses that combined with his athleticism to really stretch the field and separate. The main issue Mack has is that his hands are super suspect, his routes are not sharp, and I really do not love him as a blocker. Right now, he is an athletic TE3 that I believe can grow into that solid TE2 role.
RAS: 8.55 Player Comparison: Randall Telfer
187. RB Myles Gaskin, Washington
My precious. I love Myles Gaskin’s game overall. His frame, wear and tear on that frame, and durability concerns have me taken aback, however. His skill set is good with solid burst and admirable long speed and a complete skill set. However, how long will he be in the league with the wear and tear on his body already and can his contact balance improve with his frame? That will determine if he can be more than what he already is now.
RAS: 5.9 Player Comparison: Taquan Mizzell
188. IDL Gerald Willis III, Miami
I really want to like Willis a lot more than I do now, but his skill set just leaves a lot to be desired. He is not overly great at anything other functional strength and that is what draws him back for me. I want more of everything else, but the cupboard is pretty bare in terms of what I see on tape and that is why he is a Day 3 guy overall.
RAS: N/A Player Comparison: Lowell Lotulelei
189. TE Kaden Smith, Stanford
He’s a good blocker, but there is not much else to the profile I see with Kaden Smith. He doesn’t separate and the whole receiving side of his game is a technical mess that will have to be dealt with to truly elevate his playing ability. I see TE2 upside with him because of blocking ability, but he is going to need to work on his hands and routes to get to his potential.
RAS: 2.88 Player Comparison: Daniel Fells
190. IOL Terronne Prescod, NC State
His hands are powerful and usually well placed as well. Still, his grip strength is not what you want to see from a guy who moves as slowly as he does. He also has a weird habit of tripping over his feet, which doesn’t say good things about his footwork at all. Prescod’s anchor and violence is really what saves his overall game.
RAS: N/A Player Comparison: Will Clapp
191. WR Gary Jennings, West Virginia
Jennings is a vertical threat and kinda nothing else. He doesn’t run great routes but he has a nice release set to his name. He fights through contact well to the point where he can stick around as a good WR4 in the league, but as for anything else that he might be employed with, suspect hands and slow feet do not spell well for a great route runner.
RAS: 8.95 Player Comparison: Ricardo Louis
192. WR Rafael Araujo-Lopes, Pittsburgh
He is a late riser on my board because of his great pro day and even more so, his solid route running. Araujo-Lopes can separate but the offense at Pitt really held him back. As a slot guy at the next level, his hands will need work and he will need to work at the top of his stems better and show the ability work off of press better.
RAS: N/A Player Comparison: Bruce Ellington
193. CB Stephen Denmark, Valdosta State
The athleticism Denmark has at 6’2” is insane. A 10’10” broad jump is insane, but a 4.46 40 really showed him off to scouts. He just recently converted from WR and is as raw as can be, but his fluidity and ball skills are fantastic for where he is at. He’s also not overextending in press and is letting his hips follow. Despite that, instincts, footwork, and jams all need serious work no matter how you slice it.
RAS: 9.32 Player Comparison: Brian Allen
194. RB Travis Homer, Miami
Travis Homer can straight up fly once he hits the open field, there is no denying that very specific trait that he has in his game. In addition to that he runs with tenacity and has solid contact balance. However, Homer’s vision is subpar as he fails to read the defensive flow and he has not shown off much of the all-around skill set yet. Still, his home run hitting ability will be a draw.
RAS: 8.52 Player Comparison: David Wilson
195. QB Will Grier, West Virginia
Grier is a study of how to not read a defense post-snap. The mental game is just not there for Grier. He struggles recognizing disguises and forces balls into places where they should not be. I don’t love his arm and I think he could have a ways to go. But what is stopping him from being a decent backup? Mobility, accuracy, and ball placement are all there in his repertoire, so Grier certainly has those traits going for him no matter how you slice it.
RAS: 7.14 Player Comparison: Case Keenum
196. IOL Hjalte Froholdt, Arkansas
Froholdt’s athleticism and functional mobility are fantastic. He moves in space as well as anyone in this class and reaches easily. There is no doubt in my mind that he has all the upside in the world to his game, but Froholdt’s technical ability, aside from footwork have big things that I need to draw into question. He gets his hands far too outside and plays with his pads in the sky at times. As a developmental guy, though, he is one of my favorites.
RAS: 9.17 Player Comparison: Hroniss Grasu
197. EDGE Jamal Davis, Akron
Davis is an athlete and has a ton of juice coming straight off of the snap. That and pretty darn good bend and I like him as a rotational Day 3 guy. However, his frame is in need of bulking up and he doesn’t really come through with a plan. He won’t be able to win all the time with simply using his athleticism and will need to develop a far more expansive repertoire of moves.
RAS: 9.4 Player Comparison: Uchenna Nwosu
198. ILB Te’Von Coney, Notre Dame
Coney is a really bad athlete for a LB and just does not have the range I want necessary for an NFL linebacker. It shows in coverage where he is stiff and burnt far too often. He is a classic thumper and will be smarter than just about everyone out there on the field, but the liability he will be on passing downs is a really hard turn off from him.
RAS: 2.8 Player Comparison: Sean Spence
199. RB Jordan Scarlett, Florida
Scarlett has the speed, cutting ability, and elusiveness to be a really solid NFL running back but he needs to really brush up on the receiving side of things to become what he should be in the NFL. He was not used in many alignments in college, failed to truly become a natural receiver, and still has inconsistent vision when running the ball, too.
RAS: 4.69 Player Comparison: Elijah McGuire
200. OT Max Scharping, Northern Illinois
In terms of his athleticism and ability to move in space, Scharping has it down aside from the fact that his kick slide is clunky, he has a false step, and overall, there is nothing truly great about Scharping’s footwork and it absolutely nukes the guy’s talent level. His anchor is good and he plays with a mean streak, but his hands leave a lot to be desired as well. So, as much as I want to like him, there is just a lot of dirt of Scharping’s tape.
RAS: 8.78 Player Comparison: Jah Reid
201. CB Derrick Baity, Kentucky
Baity can become a really solid backup press man corner if he can keep progressing like he has. I love his feistiness and physicality even if there are obvious flaws to his game. Baity needs to reel in that aggressiveness, but he is a smart player no matter what way you slice his game. He simply needs to flash more ball skills and technique to become more than what he is.
RAS: N/A Player Comparison: Blidi Wreh-Wilson
202. ILB Deshaun Davis, Auburn
Davis is perhaps the smartest LB in the draft and as a late round special teamer who can perhaps develop into something more, I’d love him, but his athletic limitations are undeniable. He simply is not fast enough nor quick enough even though he is a fantastic processor. Davis is going to be a two-down guy unless he can truly become a great zone coverage guy.
RAS: 2.6 Player Comparison: Gerald Hayes
203. EDGE Jordan Brailford, Oklahoma State
Brailford might just have one of the nastiest spin moves of the entire draft. That is his go-to move overall, but his hands are not adept enough to do much other than a rip or double swipe. He is not overly bendy nor explosive, but as a rotational guy who can drop back into space, Brailford is not a bad player at all.
RAS: 8.46 Player Comparison: Ogbonnia Okoronkwo
204. QB Gardner Minshew, Washington State
I can’t scream good backup loudly enough from these rooftops. That is what Minshew is, and that is what he going to be. He is accurate, he is smart, and he has good mobility, but his arm strength, deep ball ability, and pocket presence are not what they should be for a guy who is going to be more than a backup. I like Minshew, but that is what he is and what he is going to be.
RAS: 5.32 Player Comparison: Taylor Heinicke
205. CB Clifton Duck, Appalachian State
This is a guy who you want on your special teams to set the tone. Clifton Duck is a missile who plays as fast as his body will let him go. I like his aggressiveness and how he plays to make up for his lack of size and length, and while his size is a big detriment to him, Duck is exactly the type of Day 3 guy you are looking for in that he can break the roster with Special Teams and still be quality depth.
RAS: N/A Player Comparison: Buster Skrine
206. WR Tyre Brady, Marshall
Brady is raw right now but is quick and has a good ceiling because of his quick feet and ability to play in the slot or along the boundary. He has the vertical ability to stack guys like I would want him to and shows good athletic traits on film. His big bodied style of play will help in jump balls as well, albeit overall, he is a lazy route runner and needs to expand his release set by a mile.
RAS: 5.85 Player Comparison: Brian Quick
Round 7 Grades
207. RB Darrin Hall, Pittsburgh
Hall is a physical runner with some good cuts to his game. His testing was big for him as he answered some legitimate questions about his long speed, albeit it does not show up on tape. Hall has good vision as well, and while he is solid, Hall is nothing more than that. He is likely a RB3 and I don’t see him being much more since he is not too dynamic and not a complete back.
RAS: 9.52 Player Comparison: Shane Vereen
208. CB Lonnie Johnson, Kentucky
The athletic traits are wowza to the eye, but Johnson’s tape does not match the athletic determinants that you would want to see from the combine. His press technique is a mess as his jams are weak and his hips move every which way and get turned around easily. Johnson has not shown great ball skills over the years and his mirroring ability is modest at best. He really is here because that athletic potential harnesses a starter-level ceiling no matter what you say about how he plays.
RAS: 9.39 Player Comparison: Artie Burns
209. ILB Sutton Smith, Northern Illinois
Yes, Smith is going to be sliding inside. That means a whole new transition for him and he will have to learn a whole new position. As a 4-3 SAM we will see what he can do, and many will be hoping for Joe Schobert 2.0, no doubt, but that is a difficult prediction and projection to make with a player. Sutton just simply doesn’t have the frame to be an OLB or EDGE guy anyways.
RAS: 5.53 Player Comparison: Tegray Scales
210. ILB David Long, West Virginia
There are some genuine David Long fans that won’t get how he is this low, and while he can fly, his instincts are poor, he struggles as a true tackler, and in coverage he is not disciplined or aggressive enough to be a true elite level coverage ILB. I want to like him a lot more than just as a Special Teamer, but Long has a mountain to climb over to really be a starting caliber guy in the NFL.
RAS: N/A Player Comparison: Jalen Reeves-Maybin
211. WR Travis Fulgham, Old Dominion
Similar to Tyre Brady, Fulgham is a physical, big-bodied WR that just lacks the versatility that Brady has, but he is the best blocking WR in this draft and it really is not close honestly. His speed is not what I’d like it to be, but at the catch point, Fulgham knows exactly what to do and can play.
RAS: 7.85 Player Comparison: Mohamed Massaquoi
212. WR David Sills V, West Virginia
Sills is a contested catch specialist that…..doesn’t catch that many contested catches. He has a ton on his highlight film because of the incredibly high volume targets he got from Will Grier with them, but his hands are not as strong as they should be to truly take on that role. His route running is only okay and he functions best as a big slot more than likely. Sills is a lethargic mover for a WR and lacks the true athletic tools I’d like to see for a guy who could win vertically. Still, Sills can be a red zone guy, no matter what you want to say about him.
RAS: 6.97 Player Comparison: Sam Aiken
213. CB Kendall Sheffield, Ohio State Sheffield can fly. His long speed is never going to be a question no matter how long he plays and he has the quickness and fluidity to follow that as well. After that, though, I just question what is there on his game. He doesn’t play physically, has odd, inefficient footwork, and moreover, doesn’t have great ball skills at all. As much as I want to like Sheffield, there just is not much to take him up on right now.
RAS: 9.81 Player Comparison: Jalen Myrick
214. RB Mike Weber, Ohio State
Weber is simply okay. That is who he is and he can make a roster as a RB3 for sure based off of decent burst and aggressiveness, but the vision and overall contact balance I want from a RB are not jumping off the tape like I wish it was. Weber’s receiving ability and pass protection ability are about as unproven as they could be, too.
RAS: 7.03 Player Comparison: Tashard Choice
215. WR JonVea Johnson, Toledo
Johnson is a burner with good deep speed and a nice set of releases, but he has a small catch radius, body catches, does not run routes with the detail he should, and is a one-trick pony that has some trouble against press. He is fast enough to be a KR and PR, which could save him for sure, but as a receiver, Johnson is limited.
RAS: 8.7 Player Comparison: Darius Reynaud
216. QB Tyree Jackson, Buffalo
If he could throw the ball accurately, I’d love Tyree Jackson with his mobility and strong arm but how can you with his atrocious accuracy and shaky post-snap processing. Too many times did he overshoot guys or throw it to a spot where he had absolutely no business throwing the ball to man. I love those raw tools, but again, Jackson has a good ways to go.
RAS: 9.95 Player Comparison: Paxton Lynch
217. RB Benny Snell, Kentucky
Snell is your old-fashioned grind’em out power back. His feet are slow and he doesn’t show much in terms of long speed or overall athleticism, but the man will not go down and he can run you right on over. His hands are probably far better than they are advertised, but he has not shown that he will be a high level contributor there at the next level.
RAS: 5.55 Player Comparison: Chris Polk
218. S Jaquan Johnson, Miami
Johnson is heat seeking missile that is going to hurt himself and draw a good deal of penalties, that I am sure of at this moment. Regardless, Johnson is not a great athlete, but he has the temperament and aggressiveness to thrive downhill in the box as a backup at safety. This is a guy I want on my Special Teams unit every day of the week though.
RAS: 2.5 Player Comparison: Nat Berhe
219. TE Drew Sample, Washington
Sample is a guy on tape who, athletically speaking, is quite impressive. As a blocker he uses his strength and explosiveness to really show out as well, but in the receiving game it honestly never has much of an impact. He is not able to separate because of poor routes and marginal releases. At this point, he is an athletic blocker.
RAS: 9.01 Player Comparison: Anthony Fasano
220. RB Bryce Love, Stanford
No, I am not really this low on Bryce Love. He probably would still have a Day 3 grade if his durability did not literally dip him down here, but he would easily be much, much higher. His elusiveness and speed have to caught for something. However, his vision, contact balance, and suspect hands are not what you want to see overall from a guy with that speed.
RAS: N/A Player Comparison: Dri Archer
221. CB Corey Ballentine, Washburn
Ballentine is a good, scrappy player who has the ability to obviously be far more than what he is right now. His instincts and man coverage ability are things I like to see in his type of Cornerback, which is a fluid, aggressive type of guy. This is a Round 7 sleeper who can become a starter, but offers immediate Special Teams and depth help.
RAS: 9.5 Player Comparison: Will Blackmon
222. QB Jarrett Stidham, Auburn
Stidham could be a good backup if he really improves his processing, which was absolutely horrific last year. His poise in the pocket is even worse than that, as he runs for his life the second he feels a smidge of pressure. Stidham has nice touch on the ball and can make some nice throws for sure, but there are a lot of issues with his game.
RAS: 6.33 Player Comparison: Christian Ponder
223. WR Kelvin McKnight, Samford
He might be only 5’8”, but McKnight took Levonta Taylor to town and really was a savvy route runner. His size is going to bite him, especially against longer corners, but in the slot he has a legitimate shot to be a difference for a team early on his career with his polished style of play. McKnight’s real trait that stands out is his high IQ, as he has great awareness and makes plays for himself by manipulating DBs.
RAS: N/A Player Comparison: Jeremy Kerley
224. CB Jamel Dean, Auburn
Blazing fast and pretty long too, Jamal Dean should be higher on my board if he only he was not a technical disaster. Dean fails to truly showcase a proper press man skills, although he shows physicality, which is a great start to improving his play. His instincts are rawer than a Gordon Ramsay-cursed lamb and the ball skills are still coming along, but a quality Special Teamer.
RAS: 9.9 Player Comparison: Karl Paymah
225. CB Kris Boyd, Texas
Boyd might as well be filed under most disappointing prospect of the year. He should have been far better, but his press technique and hip discipline were somehow flushed straight down the toilet this year. He was cooked often and lost even some of the ball tracking skills he had and they became hit and miss. Boyd has large strides he will need to make to become a contributor.
RAS: 9.09 Player Comparison: Craig Mager
226. WR Alex Wesley, Northern Colorado
Wesley is a track star and complete burner, but other that, similar to Jonvea Johnson, he really is not much else. I want to really like his game as an all-around product that should produce more than just big plays, but he just doesn’t have that to his game. As far his releases, even those are lacking somewhat and could relegate him to a deep depth chart role.
RAS: 6.18 Player Comparison: Ryan Swope
227. QB Jordan Ta’Amu, Ole Miss
Ta’Amu is a guy who was hurt by his system. I like what he shows with his accuracy, but the mental makeup is disaster. He can be reading an entirely different coverage and misses drop defenders too much. He needs to read through the eyes of defenders and key off onto his hot routes more often as well. He’s a decent backup, but is he really much more than that with his mental issues?
RAS: 6.63 Player Comparison: Matt Flynn
228. EDGE Mathieu Betts, Laval
Betts doesn’t have bend, but he does have hand usage and speed-to-power working for him. This is as difficult of a projection to make, as this is a guy coming from Canada, but Betts’ film at least requires a draftable grade because of what he shows on film. His repertoire will need to expand and he needs to become more explosive, but he has promise.
RAS: 7.85 Player Comparison: Nate Orchard
229. TE Caleb Wilson, UCLA
Wilson does nothing particularly well. He is not a great athlete either, but he has some snappiness in his routes and solid body control. He is not a terrible player, he just leaves a lot to be desired in terms of his play. He will have to develop his game a lot more to jump from the TE3 echelon into something more.
RAS: 6.43 Player Comparison: Jacob Tamme
230. IDL Marquise Copeland, Cincinnati
Copeland is not as explosive as his teammate Broughton nor is he as strong, so he relies more on the ‘finesse’ of his game more so than the power part of his game. There are some nice moves in there, no doubt, and he can create pressure from those, but he is a developmental guy who probably doesn’t see the field year one. It is possible he is a practice squad guy.
RAS: N/A Player Comparison: Isaac Rochell
231. IOL Beau Benzschawel, Wisconsin
He has the strength and power, but outside of that there is not much I love on Beau Benzschawel. He is easily thrown off-balance due to bad footwork and awkward pass sets, his hands are nothing to be proud as they lack placement and timing, and his leverage is suspect and inconsistent. He has a lot to work on to truly be a good player in the NFL.
RAS: 7.33 Player Comparison: Kyle Murphy
232. TE Tommy Sweeney, Boston College
Sweeney is nothing special. He is your bargain bin Day 3 blocking tight end that makes the team as a third stringer and contributes through very solid blocking and simply doing his job. He can catch a few here and there but he is not the guy you want to rely on in really any situation. Just an unspectacular player overall.
RAS: 5.84 Player Comparison: Jake McGee
233. WR Emmanuel Butler, Northern Arizona
Butler is huge and has a big catch radius, but that is about it man. He doesn’t consistently high point the football oddly enough even with his imposing frame, and often fails to truly have consistent hands like he should for having those big mitts. He doesn’t offer much after the catch either.
RAS: N/A Player Comparison: Jordan Lasley
234. TE Zach Gentry, Michigan
Gentry has genuine stone hands on him. He drops the ball way to much when he is wide open, which unfortunately is not often due to mundane route running skills and trouble getting off of press. He is a decent blocker, but Gentry doesn’t make much of an impact of the field, or at least as much as you’d like from him.
RAS: 2.71 Player Comparison: Scott Orndoff
235. EDGE John Cominsky, Charleston
Cominsky is another one of those tough projections because of his level of competition. He has the power and hand usage, there is no doubt that those are clearly polished parts of his game that he uses to win with, but I would liked to have seen him dominate a bit more on his level of competition. Again, it is always a tough projection and he only had an okay senior bowl week on top of it.
RAS: 9.4 Player Comparison: Rasheem Green
236. CB Donnie Lewis, Tulane
Lewis was a playmaker on the Tulane defense when he was out there. His fluidity and surprising stickiness given his somewhat below average athleticism are surprising, but he has good mirroring ability. But that athleticism still gets him burnt and his instincts are not all too great to make up for that, either.
RAS: N/A Player Comparison: Ashton Lumpkin
237. WR Connor Niles, Morningside
Niles is the all-time leading receiver in the NAIA and I knew I had to check him out just for that. He is a savvy router runner who, while absolutely lacking desired athleticism, has the cuts and breaks needed to be an impact player in the NFL. The only issue is that he doesn’t have much skill against press and can get ousted if a cornerback plays his releases, which will need work, well enough.
RAS: N/A Player Comparison: Quadree Henderson
238. CB Nate Brooks, North Texas
Brooks is a ballhawk and a playmaker. He has that swagger on the back end of the defense that you love to see, but he also gets burnt a ton on film. He doesn’t have the long speed to truly recover and his hips absolutely display some tightness in them. As much as I love his demeanor, that is a significant thing to take notice of, even if the ball skills are there.
RAS: N/A Player Comparison: Channing Stribling
239. ILB Cameron Smith, USC
His lateral quickness is pure doo-doo butter. There is no burst and his hips are tight as heck. That inhibits his coverage ability, too, as he has been picked on over the middle multiple times with those lateral athletic limitations. He is instinctive and plays well downhill, but with those limitations, Smith is going to have to be far more twitchy off the snap.
RAS: 8.32 Player Comparison: Joel Iyiegbuniwe
240. IOL Ross Pierschbacher, Alabama
Pierschbacher has no real pop in his pads and doesn’t play with very good anchoring ability, power in hands or at the point of attack, or functional strength. He can get run right on over because of those limitations. He has all the experience in the world, but his feet are pretty heavy as well. He is best served as simply being adequate depth.
RAS: 4.96 Player Comparison: Nick Gates
241. CB Kemon Hall, North Texas
Hall, like Brooks, is a classic ballhawk that is waiting for his chance to make a play on the ball, the only issue is it burns him often. He gets overextended and while he naturally has the athleticism to catch up, his angles and length are not always good enough for doing that. His instincts are even rawer than Brooks’ and overall, he projects best as a special teamer.
RAS: N/A Player Comparison: Jayron Hosley
242. WR Nehari Crawford, Duquesne
As a local Pittsburgh product, Crawford has the blue collar tough mentality that the city he plays in does. His blocking is awesome and he goes all out while blocking. He is a solid deep threat as well, although he needs to learn how to stack DBs and manipulates DBs to gain more separation vertically to take advantage of that vertical prowess.
RAS: N/A Player Comparison: Mike Campanaro
243. RB Karan Higdon, Michigan
Higdon is a nice running back with some good contact balance, but his cutting ability and vision are lacking, as are his supporting tools that should make him a more complete running back and garner him a far more prominent role in the NFL. I want to like him more, but he simply is a limited player right now.
RAS: 8.32 Player Comparison: Steve Slaton
244. S Cua Rose, Arkansas Tech
Rose has the ball skills and instincts to play single-high at the next level, but with his 5’9” height, he likely shifts down into the slot, where he has been shaky at during his college career. He has the aggressiveness, but his press man technique will need work if he has to switch here. He is a playmaker, but the transition is incredibly iffy.
RAS: N/A Player Comparison: Antwuan Reed
245. WR Jalen Guyton, North Texas
Guyton can fly and uses his deep speed to what he does best, and that is win vertically. There is no doubt that Guyton has that vertical ability, but he is a one-trick pony with some issues of fighting through contact and separating at times due to him not stacking DBs properly after he wins off the release.
RAS: 9.87 Player Comparison: Amba Etta-Tawo
246. ILB Jeff Allison, Fresno State
Allison’s natural athleticism is really, really bad. He tested like it, and he plays it. He is not twitchy off the snap and doesn’t have fantastic instincts either. All that combine to a guy who needs to cut it out as a special teamer because he simply does not have the given, organic athleticism needed for the NFL.
RAS: 1.08 Player Comparison: Tyler Matakevich
247. S Marvell Tell, USC
Tell is timid out on the field. He shies away from contact and overall doesn’t have great physicality, but he is a demon at off-man coverage. It seems he might have to transition over to CB in which case his press technique will have to improve a great deal as well and he will be asked to get dirty in run support. Regardless, he will need time.
RAS: 9.19 Player Comparison: Rayshawn Jenkins
248. OT Joshua Miles, Morgan State
Miles made pancakes more than a few times on film when he put it all together, but that just was not often. He probably kicks inside at the next level with his mobility, but his hands, footwork, and anchor are all big, big things to watch as he develops. This is not an easy developmental project, but anyone can be fixed with some Munchak Magic (if he lands in Denver).
RAS: 6.13 Player Comparison: T.J. Clemmings
249. ILB EJ Ejiya, North Texas
Ejiya just does not have the athleticism either to make it as a full time starter in the NFL. As a depth piece, perhaps he has a shot, but Ejiya has tackling mishaps in addition to those range and native athletic concerns. He is a nuisance in coverage and that is going to a large hill for Ejiya to overcome.
RAS: N/A Player Comparison: Hardy Nickerson
250. QB Ryan Finley, NC State
I look for accuracy more so than arm strength, but Ryan Finley’s arm is really, really bad. There is not much to do with the deep ball and his accuracy struggles with it because he lobs it and underthrows guys far too much. Finley is mobile and reads the defense well, but the talent in his arm is just not there.
RAS: 7.77 Player Comparison: Connor Cook`
251. EDGE Jalen Jelks, Oregon
Jalen Jelks doesn’t do much out there on the field. He is quick as heck on film and shows off explosiveness, though, and he also has proven to be a good mover in space, which is why he has draftable grade. Everything as it pertains to pass rushing is so incredibly raw, counters, moves, pad level, you name it, it’s raw.
RAS: 4.82 Player Comparison: Will Clarke
252. CB Kyron Brown, Akron
Brown is an athletic player with the aggressiveness, swagger, and length to back up his play. Although there are serious questions about his ball skills, inherent press technique, and his incessant continuation of looking in the back field, Brown has upside to his game and I think will crack a roster with his style of player and athleticism.
RAS: 5.46 Player Comparison: Keenan Lewis
253. RB Jalin Moore, Appalachian State
Moore is one tough guy, but his injury history is not good and he has some issues outside of that anyways. He and cut and hit the gas when he wants to, but Moore goes down a bit too easily and his vision is only average at best. His pass protection has not been very good and he was not involved in the Appalachian State passing game that much at all.
RAS: N/A Player Comparison: Knowshon Moreno
254. WR Lil’Jordan Humphrey, Texas
Lil’Jordan Humphrey has all types of issues. Athletically, he profiled like a Tight End and has hit and miss ball skills for a guy who should be making all of the contested catches he is tasked in grabbing. He is a lazy route runner and does not have much of note in the releases department either. All in all, Humphrey is very underwhelming.
RAS: 3.08 Player Comparison: Auden Tate
255. ILB TJ Edwards, Wisconsin
Edwards has those same structured athletic issues as every other unathletic ILB this year. He really doesn’t have the athleticism necessary to even be a good zone coverage ILB at the next level. As solid as he is overall as a player, he is at best going to be a decent thumper, but even has had trouble block shedding, which is even more of a whammy now.
RAS: 2.67 Player Comparison: Steven Johnson
256. TE C.J. Conrad, Kentucky
There is some attention to detail in his routes and he has good, soft hands, but Conrad has nothing going for him after the catch, off the line release wise, and he rarely makes a true contested catch. As a blocker, he has good ways to go as well as he learns to block more flat-backed rather than extending out.
RAS: 1.23 Player Comparison: A.J. Derby
257. ILB Kendall Joseph, Clemson
Kendall Joseph’s game is one that will never not be odd, but he, like many other ILBs in this weak class, just does not have the native athleticism to make it in the league. He best hope to latch on as a special teamer. However, he doesn’t have the flexibility or range to be an effective mover in space anyways.
RAS: 0.5 Player Comparison: Raphael Kirby
258. S Delvon Randall, Temple
There’s ball skills and a sure tackler in Randall, but after that, the waters get murky. He gets caught up in traffic in the run game down near the box, he can be shuffled out easily as well with a slender frame, his instincts in coverage cause him to be a step late, and he is too aggressive in press coverage. Randall can be a good special teamer, but that is only worth a UDFA in this draft.
RAS: 5.13 Player Comparison: Jadar Johnson
259. RB Maleek Irons, Ohio
Irons has wiggle in his hips and some really solid vision with his decisiveness. However, I am not a big fan of his contact balance and as a receiver, his hands are shaky and his routes are uninspired. Irons wishes he was a much better athlete as well, even if he can be slippery in the open field.
RAS: N/A Player Comparison: DeShawn Wynn
260. RB Kerrith Whyte, Florida Atlantic
Kerrith Whyte is fast and can absolutely fly. The long speed is there and it is there is globs folks. Yet, he was far overshadowed by Devin Singletary and showed off bad decision making with as suspect vision as you can get. I wanted a lot more from Whyte, and he has a long way to go, but that speed might allow him to stay around for a bit.
RAS: 8.57 Player Comparison: Trey Williams
261. RB Nick Brossette, LSU
Brossette is a classic power back, but fumbles on top of all the limitations to the modern game. That is no bueno nowadays in the NFL. Brossette has to get better with his hands and perhaps slim down a bit to add some much needed burst to his game.
RAS: 2.11 Player Comparison: Silas Redd
262. EDGE Markus Jones, Angelo State
Jones had the production at his level and played well there, but his frame and hand usage might have a hard time holding up. He thrived off of an okay first step that mixed in some moves that would spell Jones as being far better at the lower level than where he’ll be at the NFL level. So, while I really want to root for the underdog, there are serious concerns.
RAS: N/A Player Comparison: Harvey Langi
263. RB L.J Scott, Michigan State
He has solid pop in his pads and will use that to grind out yards with his leg churn, but Scott has some issues in his game. His vision is not what you want it to be, it is simply inconsistent, and Scott has been injured more than he would have liked to be. He can be a supplement more so than a complement in a RB corps.
RAS: 6.59 Player Comparison: Jeremy Hill
264. ILB BJ Blunt, McNeese State
Blunt is a weird hybrid right now. I’d have to guess he will eventually transition over to safety with his frame and playing style and could be a steal of a dimebacker for a team late in the draft. Blunt is fast and hits hard, but his processing and overall concerns of play near the line are absolutely why he is this low on the scale.
RAS: N/A Player Comparison: Marcus Allen
265. RB Travon McMillian, Colorado
McMillan has the short area burst and contact balance I want to see from a guy who won’t be drafted but will have a shot at getting onto a roster because he has showcased potential to be the well-rounded back that could be in a council. There’s development to be done in all facets of his game, but McMillian screams practice squad.
RAS: N/A Player Comparison: Elijah Hood
266. TE Mik’Quan Deane, Western Kentucky
Deane is a feisty player. His toughness and effort are infectious on offense and really do set a tone, especially with his tenacity in blocking. His catching in traffic is not bad at all either, but Deane’s routes, technical blocking ability, and contested catch ability are huge question marks on his resume.
RAS: 6.37 Player Comparison: Cethan Carter
267. WR Scotty Miller, Bowling Green
Miller is just fast. He has turbo jets on him, that is for sure. He is not overly big and plays like a deep threat but has trouble getting off of press coverage and does not fight through physicality well at all. He can certainly grow into being a deep threat speed demon if he simply refines his routes and releases, though.
RAS: 7.63 Player Comparison: Phillip Dorsett
268. WR Preston Williams, Colorado State
Williams’ character issues, testing, and tape in general have him down here. He was hailed as a guy with a huge ceiling but I never saw it with him. He never was a consistent separator, he could not get contested catches like he should have, and his game was all flashes that simply did not warrant the risk associated with him.
RAS: 2.72 Player Comparison: David Nelson
269. EDGE Shareef Miller, Penn State
Miller has good first step quickness and has good range and fluidity in his hips when moving in space. However, his toughness and motor are not running hot and he lags behind far too often. His hands are just there in the area half the time as he has almost no idea how to counter pass sets.
RAS: 6.17 Player Comparison: Tashawn Bower
270. WR John Urusa, Hawaii
Ursua is a slot guy with not a chief skill other than solid hands. However, his route running, quickness, foot speed, and releases are all not very good. As a slot guy, that is going to hurt you a lot at the next level especially when you do not have the natural athleticism to overcome those very types of deficiencies.
RAS: N/A Player Comparison: Jeremy Gallon
271. RB Matt Colburn, Wake Forest
Colburn has that mean streak I love in his game. His running style is that he is always angry, but he misses so many open holes and lanes because of it. He doesn’t mess with the nuances of the position either such as playing with angles. As much as I like how he plays, Colburn is only okay as a true player.
RAS: N/A Player Comparison: Terrell Watson
272. RB Xavier Turner, Tarleton State
Turner has been receiving some serious buzz after his pro day where he ran a 4.52 and has a height, weight, speed guy, Turner has some upside to his game. He was a virtual bowling ball at times on his level of competition and could break the big play when he needed to do so. His vision, receiving ability, and pass protection are all marginal at best, however.
RAS: 8.0. Player Comparison: Kevin Barlow
273. IDL Amani Bledsoe, Oklahoma
Bledsoe is just there. He was lying on his back often during his time at Oklahoma and was forced to declare because of circumstances surrounding his eligibility at Oklahoma. Bledsoe has some explosion to his name and can deliver some nice hits, but I don’t see much upside with Bledsoe.
RAS: 5.04 Player Comparison: Kevin Dodd
274. TE Andrew Beck, Texas
Beck is, well, not very good. He is not a particularly good blocker nor is a dynamic receiver than can stretch the field or do much of note for you, however, Beck is a leader and has the intangibles a locker room wants. Not only that, but he plays whistle-to-whistle and has driven some guys into the ground because of it.
RAS: 8.81 Player Comparison: Ryan Malleck
275. ILB Josiah Tauaefa, UTSA
Tauaefa is a fun college player who, yet again, just does not have the athleticism to transition over into the NFL realm. He doesn’t move all that well in space either, though, so as much as I hope he can stick on special teams, the way he maneuvers and runs downhill does not offer too much hope in that regard either.
RAS: N/A Player Comparison: Jason Cabinda
276. TE Kendall Blanton, Missouri
Kendall Blanton was a fun prospect to watch, because a priority UDFA, you can see his path onto a roster is so clear cut and easy to predict. He’s a decent blocker who can move after the catch, so his path is as a TE3 with some upside to do a bit more than everyone else in the receiving department here. His game is entirely unpolished and developmental, but there are traits to say he could be something.
RAS: 5.27 Player Comparison: Crockett Gillmore
277. OT Tyler Roemer, San Diego State
I don’t get the love for Roemer really at all. Do I want to like him more because of his native quickness and decent sink to play with good leverage? Sure. I just can’t because his anchoring ability and functional strength are really not great. His hands are not all that great either and need to be entirely rehashed. As a developmental guy, though, he could be worth it with athletic traits.
RAS: 8.05 Player Comparison: Tom Compton
278. OT Martez Ivey, Florida
We can talk about how bad this year was for Martez Ivey. He doesn’t move particularly well, meaning a move inside probably won’t help him, his footwork is bad, he has a decent anchor, but his hands and pad level still get him run over often, and on top of that all, he is a clunky and slow operator in space. Ivey is a guy who needs an entire overhaul to sniff an NFL roster.
RAS: 0.58 Player Comparison: Cedric Ogbuehi
279. S Andrew Soroh, Florida Atlantic
Soroh plays fast and has a quick trigger on him, there is no doubt about that. However, limited playing time and the lack of splash plays in his tape are concerning. He doesn’t have the skill set to be a rangy guy or a man coverage guy and is a weird hybrid mold of S and ILB. A good Special Teamer, but where does he fit in?
RAS: 7.96 Player Comparison: Jordan Dangerfield
280. CB Jordan Wyatt, SMU
Wyatt was injured often at SMU and it shows. He lost a step of his juice from when he was a promising underclassmen, but there is absolutely still some intrigue there to his game. His man coverage ability and fluidity is there and gives him the ability to crack the roster as a depth guy. He will get burnt because of mirroring technique and suspect long speed, but I can see him being a solid depth guy.
RAS: N/A Player Comparison: Coty Sensabaugh
281. QB Easton Stick, North Dakota State
There is no doubt that Easton Stick is oddly athletic for a QB, the man can straight up move and has a pretty solid arm to boot. However, Stick’s mental game is not there and coupled in with erratic accuracy, Stick will have to really improve mentally to stay around in the NFL for the long haul.
RAS: 9.43 Player Comparison: Blaine Gabbert
282. RB Ty Johnson, Maryland
Anthony McFarland took Ty Johnson’s job and ran with it, but Johnson has absolutely blazing speed to boot onto his resume no matter what you say about his tape. Sure, the vision and contact balance department are lacking, but when you have the speed to break games open you always have a shot to stick around in the league no matter the other traits to surround the speed. Still, it will be an uphill battle.
RAS: 8.56 Player Comparison: Tyler Ervin
283. WR Jesper Horsted, Princeton
Horsted has good mitts. He can catch the ball and doesn’t drop all that much, and athletically speaking, Horsted is pretty dang solid too. However, his routes are as raw as anyone’s with not a large route tree or crisp routes. He has to run with pads over knees as well. The technical work is in need of fixing, however, he does have special teams value and solid footwork, which is huge.
RAS: N/A Player Comparison: Jake Kumerow
284. S Tyree Kinnel, Michigan
Kinnel doesn’t do that much well and has a ton of glaring holes in his game. That is why he is down this far, after all. As much as I wish I could amp up his leadership and hit power, there just is not enough of that to jack up his stock more. His instincts are not great and he has literally negative ball skills. I just have severe questions about his transition to the NFL.
RAS: N/A Player Comparison: Harlan Miller
285. QB Marcus McMaryion, Fresno State
McMaryion has some really pretty traits to his game. He can absolutely gun the ball deep and shows some nice ball placement. However, his poise in the pocket is severely lacking and his accuracy is not what it should be outside to the boundary. McMaryion can stick around as a third stringer, however.
RAS: N/A Player Comparison: Tyler Bray
286. S Jojo McIntosh, Washington
I want to like Taylor Rapp’s sidekick a lot more, but the athletic ability he displayed out on the field was not up to par to where it should have been. His motor is as hot as it could have been, but McIntosh’s horrid angles do not help matters. He is a solid tackler, though, which could mean special teamer.
RAS: N/A Player Comparison: Tigie Sankoh
287. RB Jordan Ellis, Virginia
Ellis’ main calling card is his short yardage ability both on the ground and in the receiving game. He does have some nice hands, but he just does not know what he is doing in the open field or pressing off the line right now. He has to see the field better and use that to create lanes where he can take advantage of his running style.
RAS: 5.46 Player Comparison: Tre Carson
288. WR Brody Oliver, Colorado School of Mines
Brody Oliver is a sleeper in the UDFA class. He is kinda the guy that is best served as a practice squad guy and then you see where he can go from there. Oliver is not a bad route runner, he can separate and has acceleration at the top of his stems, but suspect hands, clunky footwork, and a narrow release set sour him for me pretty quickly.
RAS: 5.31 Player Comparison: Jamari Staples
289. S Malik Warner, Wagner
Warner has a shot to stick around in this league because he has elite ball skills. That is not an exaggeration, those ball skills are awesome. He might move down into the slot because of his instincts and ability to man guys up, but I think he has a real shot to stick here. His athleticism is also very nice, so I see a Special Teamer at the least for sure.
RAS: N/A Player Comparison: Raven Greene
290. WR Felton Davis, Michigan State
Davis has the size and everything in that area, but his route running is borderline horrific in addition to his lack of body control. He uses his body physically, but doesn’t always make as many contested catches as he really should either. As much as he should be better, he is only okay.
RAS: N/A Player Comparison: Darren Carrington
291. EDGE Carl Granderson, Wyoming
Granderson is heavy on his feet, does not move well in space, probably has to slide inside but is not very explosive nor is he twitchy of the snap and yet, he still might get drafted. That is not talking about the character concerns or lack of bend he has, but Granderson’s calling card is hand usage and not much else.
RAS: 7.66 Player Comparison: Aaron Maybin
292. RB Aeris Williams, Mississippi State
Athleticism is just below average. Whether that is long speed, burst, or simply cutting ability, Williams really lacks all of that truly. He does not impact the game outside of running the ball at all, and even then, he is a one hole back who doesn’t grind out yards that well. He is a UDFA who will have to become a much better pass protector and receiver to make a team.
RAS: 3.26 Player Comparison: Devon Johnson
293. TE Ravian Pierce, Syracuse
Pierce is an odd UDFA who is all pass catching but almost no blocking. Even stalk blocking Pierce is inept at truly make an impact, he just does not have the want or will to do that. So, he does move well in space and has good hands, meaning he can stretch the seams, but as a TE3, that might not be the ideal skill set.
RAS: 6.51 Player Comparison: Clay Harbor
294. S Andrew Wingard, Wyoming
Wingard is not bad athletically, in fact, he is quite solid there and showcases good closing speed and aggressiveness on tape, but his inability to tackle, show of great instincts, and the lack of ball skills hurt him a lot for me. He also weirdly blows far too many assignments in basic coverages for my liking.
RAS: 7.13 Player Comparison: Ed Reynolds
295. WR Shawn Poindexter, Arizona
Poindexter is lethargic and lazy in his routes and it shows. I will not question his competitive toughness because he is a darn good blocker and his motor runs good there, but everything before the catch point is a question mark here. He needs to have far more nuance in his game before I can truly be on board with his game.
RAS: 5.69 Player Comparison: Korey Robertson
296. QB Devlin Hodges, Samford
Hodges and Kelvin McKnight was perhaps one of the best connections in the entire NCAA because Hodges needs that type of speed guy to compliment his play style. He is not a bad player by any means, that is for sure. He had his fair share of awesome throws that were darted right where they had to go, but technically, his feet and base need work. Still, this guy is a sleeper to at least watch.
RAS: N/A Player Comparison: Austin Allen
297. EDGE CeCe Jefferson, Florida
Jefferson has no real athletic ability to be great off the edge. His best trait is that he has some dip and cornering ability, but he does not move well in space, has a slow first step, and simply does not have the traits that you’d like it to see in someone that you might want to rush the passer or be on special teams.
RAS: 1.32 Player Comparison: Bryan Cox
298. S Chris Johnson, North Alabama
Johnson was supposed to really take a step forward this season but he never did. His hips are tight, that was known already, but his instincts looked painfully slow this year as well. He was picked on the whole year because he lacked those instincts and the athletic ability to make up for those poor instincts. I am not sure what Johnson can do at the next level honestly.
RAS: N/A Player Comparison: Jamarius Travis
299. OT Mitch Hyatt, Clemson
If you want to beat Hyatt, you can do almost anything. Bull rush him because he simply does not have an anchor, beat him with a speed rush because his pass sets are sloppy and he does not have the necessary footwork, or beat him with some finesse as he is beat, he does not recover well at all with his hands. Hyatt can move okay in space, and that is what is saving him.
RAS: 6.21 Player Comparison: John Wetzel
300. ILB Tre Lamar, Clemson
Lamar might have been the slowest ILB I have genuinely ever seen. His range is nonexistent and he was picked on in coverage every single play. Lamar does not even stick his nose in the throwing lanes to at least disrupt things underneath. His instincts are okay, but he does not have the explosiveness or downhill speed to take advantage of the ability to read the defense.
RAS: 4.58 Player Comparison: Ben Boulware