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Alex Simpson’s 2020 NFL Draft Top 100 Big Board

The 2020 NFL Draft Top 100 Big Board brought to you by Alex Simpson of Overtime Heroics.

The 2019 college football season has been over for a few months now. We made it through the entire season. We witnessed the incredible Senior Bowl week that Jim Nagy and that incredible group put together every year. The combine is now two months in the past. And the NFL Draft is almost here!

The last year of evaluating the NFL Draft class of 2020 is coming to an end. Soon, many of us, including myself, will be focusing our attention on the next batch of prospects. In one week, the dreams of 255 athletes will come true. Everything they worked so hard for will finally become reality.

I’ve put together a list of my top 100 players that I’ve studied and evaluated. There are some games I’ve seen two-dozen or more times — I’m looking at you Alabama and LSU. I feel strongly about each and every player I’ve watched. I could talk about this class for hours. But instead, I’ll sum it all up as briefly as I can.

Here we go!

1. Chase Young, EDGE, Ohio State

Aug 31, 2019; Columbus, OH, USA; Ohio State Buckeyes defensive end Chase Young (2) during the first half against the Florida Atlantic Owls at Ohio Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Joe Maiorana-USA TODAY Sports

Chase Young is one of the best players to come out in the last decade. He was a Heisman finalist, despite missing two games and playing on the defensive side of the ball. This is as close to a sure thing as you can get.

2. Joe Burrow, QB, LSU

The Heisman-winning, national champion quarterback arguably had the greatest season in college football history at his position. Joe Brady coming to LSU as the offensive coordinator was instrumental in helping Burrow find this level of success. Burrow is one of the fiercest competitors I’ve ever seen and I expect him to turn any team around in year one.

3. Jeff Okudah, CB, Ohio State

Okudah plays one of the premier positions in football at an elite level. He shut down every receiver he faced and remained disciplined throughout his time at Ohio State. He’s a true shutdown corner who can mirror the best of them. This is a Pro Bowl-caliber corner for years to come.

4. Isaiah Simmons, LB, Clemson

Simmons is perhaps the player with the highest ceiling in this draft class. Much of his success will depend upon how his coaches use him. This swiss army knife’s best trait is versatility. He can drop back in coverage, stop the run, and rush the passer among the best of them. This is a kid you send out there to make plays. He has the size (6’4, 238 pounds), speed (4.39 40-yard dash), and instincts to play just about any position on defense.

5. Tua Tagovailoa, QB, Alabama

If not for lengthy injury history, Tagovailoa would be in the conversation for number-one overall pick. The question with Tua is not his talent, but his durability. The medical reports on his hip are coming back positive, however, it’s the frequency and severity of his injuries that concern me. Two ankle surgeries, a traumatic hip injury, and a handful of others that he has accrued during his time in Tuscaloosa. If he can stay healthy, one franchise is getting a steal. But that’s a big “if”.

6. CeeDee Lamb, WR, Oklahoma

Oct 12, 2019; Dallas, TX, USA; Oklahoma Sooners wide receiver CeeDee Lamb (2) reacts after scoring a touchdown against the Texas Longhorns at the Cotton Bowl. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports

I struggled with the “wide receiver #1” debate for quite some time. In the end, Lamb edged out Jeudy by the slimmest of margins. What it ultimately came down to for me is the higher ceiling for CeeDee Lamb. He is a solid route-runner, makes contested catches with ease, and is tremendous after the catch. The former Oklahoma Sooner should find plenty of success in the pros.

7. Jerry Jeudy, WR, Alabama

Jerry Jeudy is one of the more polished route-runners to ever step onto a college football field. Due to his exceptional ability to create separation, Jeudy’s transition to the NFL will be seamless. He’s a very explosive, quick-twitch player who can leave defenders grasping at air when they try and tackle him.

8. Derrick Brown, IDL, Auburn

Brown was a man amongst boys at Auburn. Often commanding double teams, Brown was still able to leave quite the mark in the SEC. He powers through opposing lineman in pursuit of the quarterback and is even better at stopping the run. Defensive tackle is often an overlooked position. But with Brown, you can’t miss him. Every time I watched tape on other players, I always found my eyes wandering over to the big man in the middle.

9. Jedrick Wills Jr, OT, Alabama

This offensive tackle class is shaping up to be a good one. At the very top, sits Jedrick Wills Jr. from Alabama. Wills was tasked with protecting Tua Tagovailoa’s blindside for the last couple of seasons. While there, Wills developed into one of the most impressive offensive tackles in college football.

10. Tristan Wirfs, OT, Iowa

Tristan Wirfs put on a clinic at the combine back in February. The 6-foot-4, 320-pound tackle broke the combine record for an offensive lineman with a vertical jump of 36.5 inches, tied the record in the broad jump with a distance of 10-feet-1-inch. He also ran a 4.85-40 yard dash. He is an athletic freak with the ability to play tackle and guard on both sides of the line.

11. Henry Ruggs III, WR, Alabama

You know someone is fast when they can run a 4.27 40-yard dash, only 0.05 seconds off the record, and leave people disappointed. Ruggs is a burner but many fail to realize that he is much more than that. He is good at creating space with his routes, possesses great hands and can gain plenty of yardage after he catches the ball. It wouldn’t surprise me if he was the first receiver selected in this year’s draft.

12. Javon Kinlaw, IDL, South Carolina

The South Carolina standout is already a good player, but he hasn’t even started to scratch his ceiling. Kinlaw is able to dominate lineman with his strength and speed. Guys with his size don’t tend to move as well as he does. I think he brings as much to the table as a pass-rusher, if not more, than most of the more recent first-round defensive tackles.

13. Kenneth Murray, LB, Oklahoma

Oct 5, 2019; Lawrence, KS, USA; Oklahoma Sooners linebacker Kenneth Murray (9) reacts to a play against the Kansas Jayhawks during the second half at David Booth Kansas Memorial Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jay Biggerstaff-USA TODAY Sports

Murray is one of my favorite players in this class. If your team needs a rangy, run-stuffing, high-motor tackle machine, you’re in luck. This kid is as competitive as they come. Murray is more than capable of rushing the quarterback, but there is room for improvement in coverage. I’m higher on Murray than most but I think this is a special player for a long time to come.

14. K’Lavon Chaisson, EDGE, LSU

K’Lavon Chaisson is a prime example of why you look at traits and potential over production. Chaisson wasn’t the most productive in college but there are things that he can do that most pass rushers can’t. The bend and burst off the edge is very apparent with Chaisson. His ability to get off the line at the snap is among the best. If he ever reaches his ceiling, he can be a double-digit sack artist year in and year out.

15. Xavier McKinney, S, Alabama

This safety class isn’t talked about as one of the more loaded position groups in this year’s class. However, that doesn’t mean there aren’t talented players at the position. Xavier McKinney is the most complete all-around safety in 2020. He’s a physical guy that can play in the box or drop into coverage.

16. Andrew Thomas, OT, Georgia

Just a few months ago, many were saying Thomas would be a top-five pick. With the emergence of a few other tackles, Thomas has found himself sliding down team boards. Talent isn’t a question with him. He’s more than capable of stepping in for any team and starting from day one. The biggest knock on the former Bulldog is his ceiling. He appears to be somewhat of a finished product. Nonetheless, Thomas can come in and solidify the left side of any team’s offensive line for a long time.

17. D’Andre Swift, RB, Georgia

Another Georgia Bulldog, Swift may be the most complete back in his class. Not only is he a great runner, but he is also a great receiver out of the backfield. Teams won’t have to take him off the field on third down. Swift also had a low carry total throughout his time in Athens, leaving many to love how much tread is left on the tires.

18. C.J. Henderson, CB, Florida

C.J. Henderson is arguably the most athletic cornerback prospect that will hear his name called next week. He’s fast, possesses quick feet, and has plenty of length to make plays on the ball. Henderson may even have the highest ceiling of the cornerbacks (yes, even higher than Okudah). The biggest knock on Henderson is his tackling ability or lack thereof. It’s not even so much that he can’t tackle, but his appeared disinterest in tackling. However, if you can leave him on an island to shut down opposing receivers, he may not have to tackle.

19. Justin Herbert, QB, Oregon

Oct 11, 2019; Eugene, OR, USA; Oregon Ducks quarterback Justin Herbert (10) throws a pass against the Colorado Buffaloes during the second half at Autzen Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Troy Wayrynen-USA TODAY Sports

Justin Herbert has seen his stock soar since the Rose Bowl against Wisconsin. He took home Senior Bowl MVP honors prior to having a great performance at the combine and his pro day. Herbert has one of the strongest arms in this class but plays quite conservatively. If he’s able to go out and just cut it loose, he could become one of the top ten quarterbacks in the league.

20. Yetur Gross-Matos, EDGE, Penn State

This Penn State product flashes when you watch him play. He has a very high motor and is exceptional at rushing the quarterback. Gross-Matos is still a bit raw, but the ceiling with him is high.

21. Grant Delpit, S, LSU

Delpit may be the most polarizing player in my top 100. Heading into the 2019 season, Delpit seemed like a top-ten lock. 2018 Delpit and 2019 Delpit appeared to be two very different players. The biggest concern was his struggles when trying to tackle. He’s still one of the more rangy deep safeties who, if able to return to his old form, may become one of the best players from this 2020 class.

22. Justin Jefferson, WR, LSU

Jefferson had a phenomenal year at LSU, developing a strong rapport with his quarterback Joe Burrow. After playing most of 2018 on the perimeter, Jefferson played almost exclusively in the slot in 2019. He has proven that he can line up anywhere and be a tremendous asset.

23. Jonathan Taylor, RB, Wisconsin

The Doak Walker award-winning running back saw his stock rise after posting a 4.39 40-yard dash in Indy. Taylor’s vision is unparalleled. He finds the slimmest of holes and uses his track speed to burst through them and outrun the next level of defenders. If Taylor can avoid fumbling the ball in the NFL as he did in college, and become a solid three-down back, he may become one of the best backs in the league.

24. Mekhi Becton, OT, Louisville

Guys this big shouldn’t be able to move this well. Becton is an absolute mammoth of a man. At 6-foot-7 and more than 360 pounds, Becton is a dancing bear. He has a long way to go in his development but that high ceiling may allow him to become the first tackle off the board. This is the first of my boom or bust prospects.

25. Jordan Love, QB, Utah State

Now on to my second boom or bust prospect. Jordan Love enamored talent evaluators during his time at Utah State. In 2018, he showed the flashes that led some to believe that this kid can become the next Patrick Mahomes. Unfortunately, 2019 was a bit of a disappointment. Love’s entire coaching staff and all but one of his starters on offense departed. That left Love with a whole lot of question marks and a new system to learn. Despite throwing 17 interceptions last year, he still has the physical traits that make people fall in love.

26. Patrick Queen, LB, LSU

Patrick Queen is one of the more polished coverage linebackers. He’s also an athletic freak and does well in the run game. He only has one season of great production but he really came into his own in the second half of 2019.

27. Jalen Reagor, WR, TCU

When people talk about Henry Ruggs, they like to compare him to Tyreek Hill. To me, Jalen Reagor is more similar to Hill than Ruggs is. He has plenty of straight-line speed and is quicker than he is fast. Reagor can make you miss in a phone booth, and for a smaller receiver, he has the ability to high-point the football very well.

28. J.K. Dobbins, RB, Ohio State

The former Buckeye became the second-leading rusher in Ohio State history, trailing two-time Heisman winner Archie Griffin. Dobbins is fast, has good vision, and has developed into a solid pass catcher. If he lands with the right team, he could become the most productive back from this 2020 class.

29. Tee Higgins, WR, Clemson

Higgins is an imposing threat on the perimeter. He is the true definition of an “X receiver” at the next level. Throw the ball in his general direction and he will use that enormous catch radius to go up and make a play.

30. Damon Arnette, CB, Ohio State

If I had to bet on one corner becoming the best in this class, it wouldn’t be Arnette. But if I had to bet on one that is a sure thing and will not bust, it’s this former Buckeye. He does a phenomenal job making plays on the ball, despite not testing well athletically. Arnette is a true technician that will be a solid starter for a long time.

31. A.J. Epenesa, EDGE, Iowa

There is no way to deny the talent of Epenesa. The biggest concern is where do you slot him on the line. He may not be athletic enough to be a good pass rusher off the edge in a 4-3 base scheme and he’s not big enough to clog the middle. If a team with a 3-4 defensive front takes him and slots him at defensive end in that scheme, he may become a Pro-Bowl caliber defender.

32. A.J. Terrell, CB, Clemson

NEW ORLEANS, LOUISIANA – JANUARY 13: A.J. Terrell #8 of the Clemson Tigers celebrates against the LSU Tigers in the College Football Playoff National Championship game at Mercedes Benz Superdome on January 13, 2020 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)

This is one of my favorite players in this draft. I know Ja’Marr Chase put him on the football equivalent of a “poster” in the national championship game. However, Chase did that to everybody and was the best receiver in college football. Terrell has the length, size, and speed to develop into a big-time playmaker. Get him into the right scheme and coach him up, this kid becomes one of the best in the NFL before his rookie contract is up.

33. Jeff Gladney, CB, TCU

Gladney was on Big 12 receivers like glue in 2019 (unless your name is Collin Johnson). He’s not a big corner but you wouldn’t know that by looking at the way he plays. His ball skills are solid and it’s going to be hard to beat him on a regular basis at the next level.

34. Josh Jones, OT, Houston

Josh Jones did a good job during his time at the University of Houston. He wasn’t always tested with the best competition but he dominated. There’s still some development that needs to happen with his pass sets and consistency but you can see the kind of athlete he is.

35. Zack Baun, LB, Wisconsin

Baun is one of the best defenders to come through Wisconsin. He lined up on the edge and as an off-ball linebacker in college but I think he’s best suited off the ball. He has a nose for the football. Let him play five yards back where he can use his instincts to make plays.

36. Brandon Aiyuk, WR, Arizona State

Aiyuk is one of the more exciting players after the catch. He spent time at corner earlier in his career, which gives him a better understanding of how to get beat a defensive back. You can use him as a return man in addition to being a very good receiver. The NFL is much higher on Aiyuk than the media. Don’t be surprised if he goes in the first round.

37. Clyde Edwards-Helaire, RB, LSU

When Joe Burrow was asked who the best athlete he played with at LSU was, he answered Clyde Edwards-Helaire. He was able to run through and around defenders of every shape and size. Edwards-Helaire also brought a lot to the table as a receiver, often lining up split out wide. Maurice Jones-Drew 2.0?

38. Denzel Mims, WR, Baylor

Denzel Mims really shot up draft boards after a great Senior Bowl week and combine. He shocked the world when he ran a 4.38 40-yard dash. The former Baylor Bear didn’t run a full route tree in college but it wasn’t needed for him to excel. He’s great at the jump ball and is the most physical blocker in this draft class.

39. Cesar Ruiz, IOL, Michigan

This interior offensive line class is likely the weakest position group in 2020. Cesar Ruiz is at the top of this respective group. He has the experience and talent to play at center or guard. He held up in pass pro and was a great run blocker. Immediate upgrade for just about any offensive line.

40. Laviska Shenault Jr, WR, Colorado

Despite the durability concerns, I am a big fan of Shenault. He’s built like a running back and can be used in a variety of ways. The problem with Shenault is you can’t expect him to create separation with his route running. He will need a creative coach and play-caller to design touches that go to him. His career success is largely reliant on the team that ends up selecting him.

41. Terrell Lewis, EDGE, Alabama

Lewis has the “get off” that I love to see in premier pass rushers. He anticipates the snap and bursts off the line before the tackle is into his kick slide. Get him in a 3-4 scheme at outside linebacker and watch him work.

42. Kyle Dugger, S, Lenoir-Rhyne

Lenoir Rhyne’s Kyle Dugger works out for scouts as the South squad runs drills during practice for the Senior Bowl Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2020, in Mobile, Ala. (AP Photo/Butch Dill)

It doesn’t matter where you play your college ball. All that matters is that you can play. During Dugger’s time at Lenoir-Rhyne, he stuck out like a sore thumb in the best of ways. He’s a big safety who may drop down into the box and play some linebacker in the NFL. Dugger was used as a return man in college and performed well. He’s a bit of a “tweener” but in this newer version of the NFL, you need versatility all over the field.

43. Ross Blacklock, IDL, TCU

Blacklock has the power, length, athleticism, and motor to become a dominant force on the interior for an NFL franchise. If he can work on some of the more technical aspects of winning at the line of scrimmage, he will be a dangerous weapon in any scheme.

44. Antoine Winfield Jr, S, Minnesota

Winfield is one of the more dynamic defensive backs in this year’s class. He is an exceptional ball hawk, intercepting seven passes in 2019. Injuries played a big factor in his time at Minnesota. He plays very physical, despite having a smaller build than most at the position. He could play a Tyrann Mathieu-like role in the NFL with his ability to do it all.

45. Kristian Fulton, CB, LSU

Fulton was targeted often when opposing quarterbacks learned not to test his freshman counterpart, Derek Stingley. Fulton is good in press coverage and is pretty sticky in man coverage. He has to get better at finding the ball in the air. If he doesn’t, an accurate quarterback with good ball placement can beat him, no matter how good the coverage is.

46. Jeremy Chinn, S, Southern Illinois

If you like big, physical safeties that can lay the boom, look no further. While at Southern Illinois, Chinn was always the best player on the field. He tested like a freak for his size and soared up many draft boards. He may even play some linebacker at the next level with his knack for stopping the run.

47. Josh Uche, EDGE, Michigan

Josh Uche is a poor man’s K’Lavon Chaisson. His skill set is what I look for in a 3-4 outside linebacker. He’s quick off the snap, using his speed and bend to beat tackles. If you look up surface reduction in the dictionary, you will find a picture of this Michigan alum. The only knock on Uche is he may be seen as more of a pass-rushing specialist than an every-down player. If he can earn a three-down role, he’s going to create problems.

48. Justin Madubuike, IDL, Texas A&M

Madubuike is an excellent gap penetrator who plays with outstanding leverage. His motor seems to fluctuate at times but the talent is there. He is a capable pass rusher who doesn’t give up when chasing the quarterback. His reach isn’t great, which allows him to get slowed at the point of attack by longer lineman.

49. Michael Pittman Jr, WR, USC

Pittman turns 50/50 balls into 80/20 balls. He has enough vertical speed to succeed but has little to no juice laterally. He separates with size more than route running. The former Trojan is your prototypical “X receiver”. Throw the ball his way and let him do the rest.

50. Trevon Diggs, CB, Alabama

The younger brother of Stefon Diggs, Trevon is a former receiver who switched to corner while playing at Alabama. You can see he understands the game from a receiver’s point of view with his ability to anticipate routes and make plays on the ball. He has good length and does a fantastic job in press coverage, but he still has a ways to go in development.

51. Cam Akers, RB, Florida State

If you watched Florida State this year, you noticed two things — how bad their offensive line was and how Akers was able to generate as many yards as he did because of that offensive line. His footwork is among the best and he’s slippery through contact. Akers was a decorated recruit coming out of high school and he will finally get a chance to show it. I expect him to be more productive in the NFL than he was in college.

52. Devin Duvernay, WR, Texas

Now it’s time for two of the most underrated players in this entire draft. Devin Duvernay is a very reliable pass catcher who plays physical and is outstanding after the catch. He ran a 4.39 40-yard dash and reminds me of Deebo Samuel. I don’t care how you use him in your offense, just get him the ball and let him make plays.

53. Van Jefferson, WR, Florida

If I had to pick one player to be the steal of this year’s draft, it’s Van Jefferson. The son of a former NFL receiver, Jefferson is one of the most polished route runners coming out of college. He attacks blind spots and uses different releases to beat his man. He’s out there playing chess while the corner is playing checkers. In five years, when Jefferson is one of the best receivers in the NFL, I will be happy to refer back to this.

54. Cole Kmet, TE, Notre Dame

Kmet should be the most pro-ready tight end in this class. He’s a pretty safe prospect where you know what you’re getting. My favorite thing about Kmet is his ability to find the soft spot in zone coverage and sit. He’s not going to impress you much after the catch. He reminds me of Jason Witten.

55. Akeem Davis-Gaither, LB, Appalachian State

Davis-Gaither is the first of two Appalachian State players in my top 100. He’s a rangy linebacker who can drop back into coverage or stop the run. His frame is a little lean but he looks like he can add the necessary weight. Best suited as a weak-side linebacker that can read and react.

56. Donovan Peoples-Jones, WR, Michigan

Please don’t look at stats when forming your opinion on Peoples-Jones. He is a former five-star recruit that was severely hindered by his quarterback. The athleticism is off the charts (44.5 inch vertical) and he has very good hands. I expect him to be much more productive in the NFL.

57. Bryce Hall, CB, Virginia

The former Virginia standout had his senior season cut short due to an ankle injury. Up until that point, he had solidified himself as one of the premier corners in college football. He’s not an elite level athlete but he has great ball skills. He plays physical for his size and will be at his best in zone coverage.

58. Lucas Niang, OT, TCU

Another player who dealt with injuries in college, Niang was as reliable as they came in pass protection in the Big 12. I never saw him allow a sack in college. I’m not saying it never happened but I never saw one. If his hip heals well, Niang should become a solid starter at right tackle.

59. Noah Igbinoghene, CB, Auburn

The former track star has come a long way in his two seasons at cornerback but he still has more room to grow. His burst and recovery skills are top-notch. If he can learn to play the ball in the air and eliminate the false steps, he will flourish. Igbinoghene was also a very good return man at Auburn and could be used on special teams early in his career.

60. Willie Gay Jr, LB, Mississippi State

This kid can flat out play football. With that being said, nobody has seen much of him on the field, only having started six games. He’s been suspended a few times — once for cheating on a test, once for hitting his quarterback in the face, and once for accumulating two personal fouls in a single game. On the field, Gay is an assassin. He will hit anyone and everyone with everything he’s got. If he’s able to stay out of trouble, this kid can wreak havoc.

61. Neville Gallimore, IDL, Oklahoma

This Canadian-born playmaker is an athletic nightmare for guards and centers. Gallimore has plenty of short-area juice and speed, making him ultra-explosive at the line of scrimmage. He didn’t quite have the production to match his traits but you can see the potential. If he’s able to become a more finished product, Gallimore will be a nice addition to any team.

62. Adam Trautman, TE, Dayton

Trautman dominated the FCS competition at Dayton. He was a great blocker and receiver, but it was always against lesser competition. Trautman did perform well at the Senior Bowl against better players so that was a huge victory for him. He checks all the boxes but he will need to transition to a much faster and more physical NFL.

63. Jalen Hurts, QB, Oklahoma

Dec 7, 2019; Arlington, TX, USA; Oklahoma Sooners quarterback Jalen Hurts (1) throws a pass against the Baylor Bears in the first quarter in the 2019 Big 12 Championship Game at AT&T Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports

Transferring to Oklahoma from Alabama was the best business decision Hurts could have made. He shined in Lincoln Riley’s offense, making leaps and bounds as a passer. Hurts doesn’t have that elite athleticism like Lamar Jackson but he can certainly move. If Hurts ends up with the right team, he can become a solid starter in the NFL. Few men work harder.

64. Ezra Cleveland, OT, Boise State

Cleveland has the athleticism and upside to become a good starter in the NFL but he won’t do that in year one. He’s a ball of clay that still needs to be molded. He’s not going to make many mistakes but he also isn’t going to “wow” you with his strength.

65. Austin Jackson, OT, USC

Much like Ezra Cleveland, Austin Jackson will be drafted to grow and develop. They both have the athleticism that stands out on tape. Jackson is one spot lower than Cleveland because he had some bad games. A.J. Epenesa took him for a spin in their bowl game and it wasn’t the first time that happened to him. However, Jackson didn’t have much time to prepare for the season as he was donating bone marrow to save his sister’s life.

66. Lloyd Cushenberry III, IOL, LSU

Cushenberry was a valuable piece during LSU’s national championship run. He has a high motor and looks to help his teammates every chance he gets. Sometimes he gets too aggressive and misses, but overall, he can start anywhere on the interior in any scheme.

67. Jaylon Johnson, CB, Utah

Jaylon Johnson is a good press corner with great ball skills. If there is a play to be made, he will make it. He doesn’t have the long speed or recovery speed to make up for mistakes so he will have to rely on his press technique quite often. If he can avoid getting beat early in reps, he should be a solid starter.

68. Jacob Eason, QB, Washington

If arm talent was everything, Jacob Eason could have been the number-one pick. He has the strongest arm in this class and was the best quarterback in the country when he committed to Georgia out of high school. After suffering a knee injury during his sophomore year, Jake Fromm took the starting job and never looked back. Eason transferred to Washington and redshirted a year before becoming the starting quarterback in 2019. There are rumors that Eason failed to learn the new playbook during his redshirt season. Many question his work ethic and drive to become a great player.

69. Jake Fromm, QB, Georgia

Now to the quarterback that took Eason’s job. Fromm is the complete opposite of Eason. He’s a very hard worker, an exceptional leader, and prepares for every game as if it were his last. He makes good decisions, rarely putting the ball in harm’s way. The question mark with Fromm is arm strength. It doesn’t look like he has the power to drive the ball downfield or outside the numbers. NFL-caliber athletes will have time to jump some of his throws and make plays on the ball. If placed in the right situation, he will be the perfect game manager. He may not win you games, but he won’t lose them either.

70. Julian Okwara, EDGE, Notre Dame

Okwara is a pass rusher with plenty of explosiveness and speed. He uses his speed and penetration skills to get to the quarterback. He lacks the power to win at the point of attack and isn’t very good at setting the edge against the run. A broken fibula cut his 2019 season short but it shouldn’t set off any alarms going forward.

71. Brycen Hopkins, TE, Purdue

Hopkins is a good route runner who finds soft spots in zones and can make some good catches in traffic. The knock on him is concentration drops. Sometimes he will take his eyes off the ball and fail to make the grab. Hopkins offers much more as a receiver but he does show a willingness to help out in the run game as an in-line blocker.

72. Antonio Gandy-Golden, WR, Liberty

The Liberty graduate had a very productive career in Lynchburg, VA. Antonio Gandy-Golden is a physical receiver who excels with 50/50 balls. He fights through tackles and gains his yardage with power. At times, he will struggle to separate when facing press coverage so he has to use his size to high-point the football.

73. Darrynton Evans, RB, Appalachian State

Dec 21, 2019; New Orleans, Louisiana, USA; Appalachian State Mountaineers running back Darrynton Evans (3) is defended by UAB Blazers safety Will Boler (17) after a catch in the first half of the New Orleans Bowl at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Mandatory Credit: Chuck Cook-USA TODAY Sports

The other Appalachian State player to make my top 100, Darrynton Evans is a human highlight reel. He has the long speed (4.41 40-yard dash) to pull away from defenders. He’s done well on special teams as a returner and is best suited in a zone-blocking scheme where he can make one cut and go. If he lands on the right team, this a player to keep an eye on.

74. K.J. Hamler, WR, Penn State

Hamler is a player that I’m much lower on than most. He’s fast, agile, and can take any catch to the house. Unfortunately, he has been plagued with drops and has a small frame at 5-foot-9 and 178 pounds. Hamler is a good route runner that can create separation. When he finds himself in contested catch situations, he’s more likely to avoid the hit by falling away from the ball rather than going up and getting it.

75. Isaiah Wilson, OT, Georgia

Wilson is a dominant run-blocking tackle that will be drafted much earlier than where I am ranking him. He is very raw but has unbelievable movement skills for a man that big. At 6-foot-7 and 340 pounds, Wilson is a mauler that loves to run through opposing lineman. He’s Mekhi Becton-lite. A boom-or-bust player that will be drafted based on what he can be, rather than what he is currently.

76. Ashtyn Davis, S, Cal

Ashtyn Davis has grown from a track star into a football player. He walked on to Cal’s football team and quickly made a name for himself. He has had good ball production in the secondary and plays much bigger than he is. He’s fearless in the box. However, despite having track speed, Davis doesn’t have good range in the back end. He isn’t able to close on the football as well as others and he takes bad angles more often than you would like.

77. Curtis Weaver, EDGE, Boise State

Weaver is a technician that can use a wide array of moves to win at the line. He is best suited as a 4-3 defensive end due to his lack of agility and bend. Even though he isn’t a twitched up athlete, his get-off is really strong. He’s solid against the run but if he loses contain, he will be left in the wind.

78. Malik Harrison, LB, Ohio State

Malik Harrison is the perfect linebacker to have when defending the run. He reads the blocks, reacts to the ball carrier, and hunts him down. He’s able to penetrate gaps to stop the running back before he gets going. Harrison had some good plays in coverage but he doesn’t project well in that area of his game. He’s a sound tackler that rarely misses.

79. Jordan Elliott, IDL, Missouri

Elliott has a good amount of natural talent but his game hasn’t been refined at this point in his career. He’s a solid pass rusher when he gets off the line of scrimmage but always ends up a split second too late to the quarterback. With better technique and urgency, he has the tools to be a good player on the interior.

80. Bradlee Anae, EDGE, Utah

The production in college was very apparent with Anae. He was a monster when rushing the quarterback and is a finisher in the backfield. He has a very high motor and unlike many players his age, he has outstanding technique. There isn’t much room for growth for Anae due to his inability to move laterally and change direction. However, he will hunt you down in a straight line or if you’re a statue in the pocket.

81. Zack Moss, RB, Utah

The Pac 12 Offensive Player of the Year had a decorated career at Utah, finishing as the program’s all-time leading rusher. Moss is a physical, between-the-tackles runner with good contact balance. He doesn’t have breakaway speed but he’s tough to bring down.

82. Robert Hunt, IOL, Louisiana-Lafayette

Robert Hunt lined up at right tackle in college but is better suited at guard in the NFL. He’s a violent run blocker that loves to punish the man across from him. He missed some games in 2019 due to injury which may hurt his draft stock. If he ends up in a man-blocking scheme, I expect Hunt to start in his rookie year.

83. Antonio Gibson, RB/WR, Memphis

Gibson was a receiver for the majority of his college career until they started using him in the backfield. That’s where he found the most success. He wasn’t a great receiver but he has plenty of skills to do it out of the backfield. He was used in the same formation every time when allowed to run at Memphis but he did it very well. He’s a home-run hitter with plenty of speed and power to play running back at the next level.

84. Harrison Bryant, TE, Florida Atlantic

Sep 15, 2018; Boca Raton, FL, USA; Bethune Cookman Wildcats linebacker Marquis Hendrix (19) tackles Florida Atlantic Owls tight end Harrison Bryant (40) during the first half at FAU Football Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports

The 2019 John Mackey award winner played more as an H-back and split out wide than he did as a traditional in-line tight end. He showed that he could seal the edge on outside runs but didn’t do much against bigger guys in the middle. As a pass-catcher, he’s as reliable as they come. Bryant catches everything and is able to create separation in his routes.

85. Lamical Perine, RB, Florida

Perine is a north/south runner who wastes no time behind the line of scrimmage. He has enough speed in the open field and he finds his top gear quickly. He will invite contact before he tries to evade you. Perine showed enough ability as a receiver out of the backfield to be trusted on third down if needed.

86. Hunter Bryant, TE, Washington

Hunter Bryant is a bit of a tweener. He’s pretty solid in his routes but has dropped several easy passes. For a guy who is nearly 250 pounds, he has plenty of ability after the catch. He’s one of the best tight ends in this class when forced to make a guy miss. Bryant won’t be a great blocker at the next level but his pass-catching talent stands out.

87. A.J. Dillon, RB, Boston College

A 6-foot, 250 pound back should not be able to run as fast as “The Sauce”. Dillon will come right at you and force you to attempt to tackle him. He’s not Derrick Henry but he plays like him. He doesn’t offer much as a pass-catcher so I fully expect him to play a role that is exclusive to early downs and short-yardage situations.

88. Matt Hennessy, IOL, Temple

Matt Hennessy is a smart and athletic guy who can step in and start at center immediately for some teams. He is best suited in a zone-blocking scheme where he can use his athleticism to hit the second level. Has the IQ and technique to hold up very well in pass protection.

89. Gabriel Davis, WR, UCF

Davis didn’t run anything close to a full route tree at Central Florida. The “go route” was his specialty but he did it well. He has strong hands with a large catch radius that allows him to pluck balls away from his body. He should be a good red-zone weapon and jump-ball specialist.

90. Chase Claypool, WR, Notre Dame

Claypool had a combine to remember. He became the second player in combine history to be at least 6-foot-4, weight at least 235 pounds, and run a sub-4.45 40-yard dash. Calvin Johnson was the first. Although he is in elite company, Claypool isn’t Megatron. He didn’t display that incredible mismatch potential while at Notre Dame, but with those testing numbers, I’m intrigued.

91. Marlon Davidson, IDL, Auburn

I am much lower on Davidson than most. He didn’t have the production I would have liked for a guy playing next to Derrick Brown. Davidson saw his fair share of one-on-ones with Brown commanding double teams. He has plenty of functional strength but he hasn’t been able to shed blocks with any consistency.

92. Devin Asiasi, TE, UCLA

Devin Asiasi showed enough in 2019 to excite me. He only had the one season of real production but it was solid. The UCLA product was adequate as a blocker with enough promise to warrant a late day-two selection. He didn’t do well in contested catch situations but he shows the smarts to find open holes in the field and was fun to watch once the ball was in his hands.

93. Cam Dantzler, CB, Mississippi State

Cam Dantzler was the one person who seemed to have an answer for Ja’Marr Chase. He shows good length for the position and is able to bait the quarterback into making bad throws. However, he posted a time of 4.64 in the 40-yard dash. Few defensive backs have gone on to have solid careers at the next level with a time in that range. The college production was solid but the testing numbers send Dantzler into a downward spiral in my rankings.

94. Prince Tega Wanogho, OT, Auburn

Wanogho is a great example of raw potential. He didn’t start playing until high school so is he still relatively new to football. He moved to the United States from Nigeria with hopes of becoming a basketball player. That basketball background is displayed on the field with his natural athleticism.

95. Jordyn Brooks, LB, Texas Tech

Brooks is a thumping linebacker who lives in the backfield. He’s a big guy who is great at shooting gaps and making plays on the football. Despite all the tackling production, Brooks showed little to nothing in coverage. In a passing league like the NFL, you can’t have Brooks on the field until he can show you more when tasked in moving backwards, rather than forwards.

96. Quintez Cephus, WR, Wisconsin

Quintez Cephus is a physical guy who is a load to handle for the man across from him. He can catch passes in the middle of the field without worrying about a looming safety or linebacker. You don’t see dropped passes from Cephus, even in contested situations. The former Badger projects as a solid possession receiver who is a functional route-runner, but lacks speed and agility.

97. Bryan Edwards, WR, South Carolina

Edwards is built like a running back and plays like one as well. South Carolina’s all-time leading receiver is a physical receiver with strong hands. He can be used in the run game on jet sweeps and is solid in the screen game. He doesn’t create much separation so he will have to rely on his contested catch ability.

98. Ben Bartch, OT, St. John’s (MN)

Ben Bartch fed on lesser competition at St. John’s. He was able to bully smaller defenders and rarely allowed pressures on his quarterback. Bartch will face much tougher competition at the next level and will need to add some more strength to his frame. He held his own at the Senior Bowl so there is some promise. Very intriguing prospect that will have to adjust to life in the NFL.

99. Amik Robertson, CB, Louisiana Tech

Amik Robertson was as a nightmare for quarterbacks throwing his way. He was a ball hawk and fierce competitor in college. He’s not very big so he will likely play in the slot when he finds his new home. Even though he lacks size, he doesn’t show it, as he is a very willing tackler in the run game and will not shy away from bigger receivers.

100. Lynn Bowden Jr, WR, Kentucky

Lynn Bowden was an absolute playmaker at Kentucky. Whether he was at receiver, taking snaps at quarterback, or returning kicks, there was always a chance for a big play with Bowden. He was the most versatile athlete in 2019. Get the ball in his hands and let him do what he does best — make a play.


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