1. Chase Young, Edge, Ohio St.
|6047, 264, Jr||Age: 21.03|
|PFF: 96.5||SackSEER: 30.7 #1|
Background: HS transfer to powerhouse DeMatha Catholic in Md.. 2016 state champs, 118 tackles, 37 TFL, 19 sacks. Post Defensive player of the year. No. 7 ranked player in class. On same basketball team as Markelle Fultz.
College stats: Fr. 3.5 sacks, so. 10.5, second-team Big 10, led team in sacks; Jr. 16.5 sacks led nation, unanimous all-american, Bednarik and Nagurski awards, Big Ten POY. Two-year starter.
Combine: Did not work out by choice.
According to Footballoutsider’s SackSeer stats, Chase Young is the sixth most productive edge rusher since 1998. Rushed from both sides, occassionally kicking inside on passing downs.
Grown man, long and athletic. Get-off excels, power, initial quickness. Heavy hands with solid DL coaching from Larry Johnson at OSU. Fluid in space. All-Pro talent in the mold of Julius Peppers and Mario Williams. Daniel Jeremiah ranks behind Joey Bosa and ahead of Nick Bosa, two other OSU teammates. Was more productive than both in college. Didn’t have stats vs. Clemson, but still had disruptive plays. Suspended two games for improper loan. Nickname: The Predator. PFF called him the best defensive end they have scouted. Room for improvement in getting off blocks in run game. Day one starter who should be a premier edge in the league quickly. Lance Zierlein noted he still only has a couple pass rush moves and has room to improve with more technique. Range and agility are tough to counter, but will need to be less predictable in the pros.
2. Joe Burrow, QB, LSU
|6034, 221, rSr||Age: 23.37|
|PFF: 94.9. Highest QB grade since 2014||QBase: 759 #1|
Two-time Gatorade Player of the Year in Ohio. Father Jimmy was defensive coordinator for Frach Solich. All-state point guard who had multiple basketball offers. Spent two years at Ohio St, 39 total passes. Lost job in 2018 to Dwayne Haskins and transferred.
Had possibly the greatest passing season in college history. 60 TDs most ever, 76.3% passing second best ever, 12.5 AYPA fourth best. Ran for 368 yards as well. In the SEC. Faced seven top 10 teams. Throwing to two first-round caliber WRs in Justin Jefferson and Ja’Marr Chase. Only two years of starting experience. Age 23. Jr year was 57.8%, 7.6 YPA. Success Metrics: 99% in QBR and Pick Projection. Miss for breakout age. Did not run 40 or do agility. Won Heisman, Maxwell, Walter Camp, O’Brien Awards.
Did not work out at combine. 09 hands may be a concern for some.
Solid Size. Operated almost exclusively out of the gun 540 of 548. Smooth in drop back and processes quickly Throws with anticipation. Does not have superior arm strength, relies more on timing/touch. Aggressive with downfield throws. Can slide and climb pocket with feet/awareness. Occasionally climbs before pressure necessitates. Capable runner, not great. Has a combination of poise, accuracy and toughness. Can make plays outside of structure. Understands hi-low vs. zone and throws away from safeties well. Precise deep ball. High-level traits, except for arm strength. Calm, but competitive. Turn-it-loose mentality. Arm limitations may be a factor on deep outs. A level of scheme fit will be necessary. College scheme created a lot of open reads and easy one-on-one throws. Skillset between Andy Dalton and Tony Romo. LSU ran a ton of pro-level passing concepts: double posts/crosser, post/in, floods, etc. Self-assured. Players gravitate toward him. The Alpha.
3. Jeffrey Okudah, CB, Ohio St
|6011, 205, Jr||Age 23.23|
|PFF: 83.5.||Sparq: x99%|
Background: son of Nigerian immigrants. Four-year starter on both sides at South Grand Prairie. No. 1 CB recruit in 2017, No. 8 overall. Graduated HS early to attend OSU. Unanimous all-american, Thorpe finalist. Led team in passes defended 2x.
4.48 40, 41 vertical, 11-3 broad. No shuttle or 3-cone.
Ideal strength and size, length and fluid movement. Effective in press and off coverage. Has agility to mirror receivers. Can stick his foot in the ground and drive after plant. Average instincts in zone, but clean tape. Did not perform well at the combine, struggling in field drills before falling and hitting his head. Good reputation off the field. 35 tackles, nine passes defensed and three INTs. High floor prospect. Could be first CB taken in the first three picks since Shawn Springs in 1997. Lined up on both sides and over the slot. Can travel with receivers. High-end work ethic. Has traits that could make him one of top shutdown corners in the league. Rapid-fire foot quickness, crowds receivers, still not beaten over the top often. Nothing special in run support.
4. Tua Tagovailoa, QB, Alabama
|6000, 217, Jr.||Age: 22.14|
|PFF: 91.8 #2||QBase: 653 #3|
12.8 AYPA as a sophomore, third highest # ever. 13.4 as Jr before injuring hip. No QB has played with more NFL talent in final year of college. Three other offensive players in top-20 this year, and two more next year. 60% higher teammate talent than #2 on list, 1997 Danny Wuerffel. Manziel, Burrow and Leinart also in top five. Missed two toughest opponents (Auburn, Michigan). Two-year starter. Hit 3/3 success metrics (QBR, Draft Projection, Breakout Age). Did not due 40/agility drill.
Good athlete, efficient executor of well-schemed passing attack. Ball placement and time are good enough. Greg Cosell: “programmed passer who did an excellent job defining reads and throws.” Ran a ton of RPOs, will need to be that in the NFL. Not a great deep ball. Lacks ideal height, but quick feet. Primarily gun. Quick to setup, spins it well. Not overpowering, but can fit windows on most throws. Serious hip injury, medical unknown. Pocket awareness and twitchy, with touch. Takes hits too often, toughness not a question. Had surgery on both ankles as well as hip. Surgery on finger as well. Has the passing instincts. Has escape ability to continue plays and make chunk plays. Willing to sit in pocket and scan. Good on play action.
Grew up in Hawaii, groomed to be QB. Same high school as Marcus Mariotta. Stat champs senior year. 8158 career HS yards, surpassing Timmy Chang’s record. #1 dual threat in 2017 class. Career 69.3# passer. Offensive MVP of championship game his freshman year. 87-11 TD/INT ratio for career. All-american Soph year. Should be Alabama’s first QB taken in first round since 1976. Lance Zierlein comparison: Mark Brunell.
5. Isaiah Simmons, LB, Clemson.
|6035, 238, rJr.||Age: 21.74|
|PFF: 84.4 in run defense, 81.1 as pass rusher, 88.2 in coverage||Sparq: 98%|
Combine: 40–4.39, 39-vertical, 11-0 broad. 81 7/8 wingspan.
Track kid, won state in long jump twice, ran 22.02 in 200. All-state on both sides of the ball playing in Kansas. 3-star recruit out of high-school, No. 25 safety in class. Father ran training facility for track athletes, brother played DB at Kansas. Ran track at Clemson his redshirt year. Unanimous all-american as Jr with 107 tackles, 16 TFL, 8 sackes, 13 PDs and 3 Ints. ADD Defensive POY, Butkus Award, Team captain. Zero games missed last two years, leading team in tackles both years. Versatility in numbers not seen since Khalil Mack.
Does not have a set-in-stone position. Played 100 snaps on line, in box, at slot and at safety. Range and versatility. Can be one of fastest LBs in league, or a big safety. Comfortable flipping hips and running with receivers. A Swiss Army knife in the mold of Derwin James. Has speed and agility to match top tight ends and running backs. Speed allows him to chase down running backs from backside of play. Can overpower RBs in pass protection. Can play tall and at weakest when run right at. A unique four-down defender to deploy in a myriad of situations. He is the queen of the chess board.
6. Derrick Brown, DT, Auburn
|6045, 326, Sr.||Age: 22.02|
Played HS in Atlanta area. 42 tackles for loss, 13 sacks, all-american Sr. Year, also played Wildcat QB and TE. 5-star recruit in 2016, No. 9 nationally. Mom played college basketball. Younger brother Kameron plays LB at Auburn now. Has 1-year-old kid with high school girlfriend.
Second team SEC jr year, SEC Defensive player of year Sr. Year. Lott Impact trophy. Had 48-plus tackles three years in a row. 13 career sacks.
Combine: 40–5.16, VJ–27, BJ 9-0. BP–28.
A large, powerful man. Quick first step, gets into blockers with violence. Resets line of scrimmage. Holds point of attack against run well. Consistent effort and solid punch to seperate. Planet Theory–only so many of these guys walking around the planet. Can be Suh-like at times with dump truck rush up the gut. Long arms, good flexibility. College production did not match talent level, playing mostly nose in 4-3 and absorbing double teams. Scheme diverse with traits and motor. Will need to develop as a pass rusher. Can play anywhere from 0 to 5 technique. Overall athleticism is lower third for DT.
7. Jerry Jeudy, WR, Alabama
|6010, 193, Jr.||Age: 21.00|
|Playmaker: 668 #2||Sparq: 21.1.|
|Market Share: 26.1%|
South Florida prep star, followed friend Calvin Ridley to Alabama. Second team all-american senior year.
Did not lead Tide in receiving. That was Devonta Smith, who did not come out. Reasonably productive among absurd talent. Two-time all-american at Alabama and 1,000-plus twice. 26 career TDs, 17.2 YPC career.
Combine: 40–4.45, VJ: 35. BJ 10-0. SS: 4.53.
Elite routes, good body awareness. Little undersized. Steady Eddie type. Upside is a Marvin Harrison-type. Snaps at route breaks, sudden. Clean footworks and shifts gears smoothly. Had some drops. 7 of 8 in middle of field. Not a huge catch radius and did not have many contested balls, partly because he got separation so often. Elusive after the catch, but not a tackle breaker. Not athletic for position, will rely on route running and hope he can still separate against better athletes. Short shuttle was worse than Jake Fromm’s. Doesn’t block much and not a special teams guy. Meniscus surgery in 2018. Lined up inside and out as H receiver in Sarkisian offense.
8. CeeDee Lamb, WR, Oklahoma
|6015, 196, Jr||Age: 21.04|
|Playmaker: 690 #1||Sparq: 70.5|
|Market Share: 31.9%|
Born in Louisiana, displaced by Katrina and moved to Houston. Record-breaking senior year at Foster High, 98 catches for 2,032 yards (fourth most in state history) and 33 TDs (second most in state history). All-American. No. 24 receiver in 2017 class.
At Oklahoma, freshman all-american, HM Big 12 as soph and then consensus all-american as junior. Led Big 12 in TD catches. 32 career TDs, 14 as Jr. 3,292 career yards in 3 seasons.
Combine: 4.50 40, 34.5 VJ, 10-04 BJ. No shuttle or 3-cone.
Long target with 76 5/8 wingspan. Wins contested catches with mid-air body control. Can run away from defenders after catch. One of two WRs with 11.0 YAC per reception with 40-plus catches. Natural explosion. Fearless over middle. Consistently breaks tackles. Returned punts. Eager blocker. More fast than quick, build-up speed. Lined up inside and out.
9. Jedrick Wills Jr., OT, Alabama
|6042, 312, Jr.||Age: 20.93|
Played basketball until breaking foot sophomore year in HS. 3-year starter at Lafayette HS in Lexigton, KY. Back-to-back 6A championship appearances. 4-star recruit, no. 7 OT in country. At Alabama, second-team all-american as junior. Started 29 games total.
Combine: 83 1/2 wing, 5.05 40, 34 1/2 VJ, 9-5 BJ, 4.84 SS. Same vertical as CeeDee Lamb.
Played RT at Alabama, Tua’s blindside. Excellent pass blocker and mauling run blocker. Natural bend and move. In run game, excels in getting to next level. Solid balance, rarely goes to ground. Nasty competitor. Average height and a little extra weight on frame. Quick enough to protect edge. Quick hand resets. Coaches noted how much he studies game, the “how and why”. Can get beat with quick spins inside. Had 3 false starts vs. Auburn. Can he transition to LT?
10. Tristan Wirfs, OT, Iowa
|6047, 320||Age: 21.25|
|Sparq: 99.1% #1 OL|
Baseball, football, track and wrestling. Won both shot and discus three straight years in Iowa. Raised by single mom. Won wrestling state as senior. First freshman to start at OT in Kirk Ferentz era. HM Big 10 as soph. All-American as Jr. Played 29 games at RT, 4 at LT.
Combine: 4.85 40, 36 1/2 VJ, 10-1 BJ, 24 BP, 4.68 SS, 7.65 3C.
Top athlete in draft class at OT, via Sparq. Higher vert than both top WRs. Big and Powerful. Uses that vert power to launch into defenders. Sets well on edge, but can get beat with inside counters. Redirect is not strong. Can OL coach fix overstep? If he hits you though, it is over. On the ground more than you want from an OT. Some viewed him as guard before he tore up combine. Could be all-pro if moved inside. Freaky weight room numbers (No. 1 on Bruce Feldman’s Freaks List). Cleaned 450 pounds. DUI on a scooter in 2018, cited for underage drinking in 2019. Athleticism more than fundamentals as this point.
11. Javon Kinlaw, DT, South Carolina
|6051, 324, Sr.||Age: 22.56|
Moved around as a kid–DC, Mississippi, South Carolina. Homeless for a while. Raw high school player, also played basketball. 3-star recruit. Had grade and conduct flags. Enrolled in GED program before joining SC. Played one year at JuCo. Has one-year-old daughter.
Started 34 of 37 games in three years. 10 TFL, 4.5 sacks as Jr, 6 TFL, 6 sacks as Sr.
Combine: Did not work out (knee)
“Hulk”. Quick get-off, quick hands. Strong bull rush. Not a ton of other moves yet. An upside pick. Wins head-to-head, but can get erased by angle blocks and double teams. Played best against elite competition. Tall for a DT. Lost 40 pounds at SC, dedicated to weight room. Only 16 percent body fat. DL coach: “He makes you smile as a coach.”. Height leads to anchor issues some. Had torn labrum in hip in 2018. Knee tendinitis in draft process. Was dominant in early Senior Bowl practices, but left with knee. What teams will trust injury without access? Passes eye test easily with frame/length. If developed, could be another Chris Jones (KC). Scouts believe best football is ahead of him.
12. Henry Ruggs III, WR, Alabama
|5110, 188, Jr.||Age: 21.25|
|Sparq: x99%||Playmaker: 567 #4|
|Market Share: 16.8%|
Four-sport athlete at Robert E. Lee HS in Montgomery, AL. Basketball-first, that film is fun to watch with his acrobatic dunks. Didn’t play football as a sophomore. Played QB and WR as a senior. All-state as Sr. Started track as a senior and set 7A record in 100 (10.58).
Led Alabama in receiving TDs as a freshman (6). Never had more than 46 catches for 746 yards. Did have 24 TDs and 17.5 YPC. Averaged 1 TD every 4.1 catches. Third all-time at Bama in TDs (24) behind Amari Cooper and Jerry Jeudy).
Combine: 4.27 40, 42 VJ, 10-11 BJ. 10 1/8 hands.
Elite speed. Tyreek Hill kind of speed. Start/stop suddenness. Played outside and in slot. Ran lot of slants and go-routes. Will need to work on get-off against press, but how many teams will risk press coverage against that speed? Undersized at 188 pounds. Average hands and chest-caught a lot of balls. Will run away from anyone once catch is made. Jet sweeps and kick returns. Was gunner on special teams at Alabama. Charismatic and competitive. Missed one game as Jr. with bruised ribs and had concussion in bowl game.
13. Andrew Thomas, OT, Georgia
|6051, 315, Jr.||Age: 21.25|
Private school (Pace Academy) in Atlanta. Started every game of HS at LT. HS OL had five D1 commits. Won state championship in 2015. Also played nose tackle and was Army All-American.
Started 41 of 41 games at Georgia. 26 at LT last 2 years, 15 at RT as a freshman. Freshman all-american, second team all-american as a soph and then first team as a junior. Team captain.
Combine: 83 1/2 wing, 5.22 40, 30 1/2 VJ, 9-1 BJ, 21 BP.
Thick. Mediocre quickness and explosion, but powerful punch. Better in run block and pass. Drives with feet once latched onto defender. Has some balance issues from over extending. Some teams see as a guard, but has size to try at tackle first. Kirby Smart praised leadership.
14. Mekhi Becton, OT, Louisville
|6073, 364, Jr.||Age: 21.01|
From Virginia, helping team to 14-1 5A state title in 2015 and 2016. Played center on basketball team. 3-star recruit. Started 33 games in three years, 21 at LT and 12 at RT. Switched from right to left as a sophomore. Second-team all-american Jr. year.
Combine: 5.10 40, 23 BP. No other drills.
Massive man mountain. 40-plus pounds heavier than any of the other top seven guys. 10 3/4 Gloves for hands. Gets wide with big lateral strides. Better flexibility than expected. Can do reverse dunk. Upside potential is Bryant McKinnie. Surprising feet, can steer defenders with his length and mass. Pancake collector in run game. Needs to improve awareness and working in space, but rare size/feet combination. Got away with dominating with size and will need to improve technique some. Missed one game last year with ankle injury. Ran stretch zone in Satterfield’s system.
15. Justin Herbert, QB, Oregon
|6062, 236, Sr||Age: 22.12|
|Sparq: 91.5 #2||QBase: 689 #2|
Grew up in Oregon, had season tickets. HS star is baseball, basketball and football. Was all-state baseball as a junior, state champs. Played in basketball state as well. Lost in football semis his Sr year. Missed most of Jr. year of HS with broken leg. Only 2 D1 offers–Nevada and Oregon.
First true freshman to start at Oregon since 1983. Finished with 43 career starts. 64% passing, 10,541 yards, 95-23 TD-Int. Rose Bowl MVP, Senior Bowl MVP. Best QB to throw at Combine.
Combine: 4.68 40, 35 1/2 VJ, 10-3 BJ, 4.46 SS, 55 MPH.
4/5 Success Metrics: 84% 40, 63% QBR, Proj. Round, 99% age. Just missed agility 48%.
Has the size, mobility and arm strength. Efficient 64%, just not uber efficient like Burrow and Tua. Big arm, quick delivery. Ball placement not always great. Comfortable throwing on run. Does not throw with anticipation. Could be hair late in NFL timing game, but can extend plays and create. Not an aggressive attacker on first read. Smoother moving than most 6-6, 240-pound QBs. Has put every throw on tape, but also left you scratching your head at some decisions. Needs to be both quicker and smarter with decisions. Oregon people have about him as a leader and and student.
16. C.J. Henderson, CB, Florida
|6006, 204, Jr.||Age: 21.56|
From Miami, played mostly offense in HS. All-american as senior RB/WR. Track standout ran 10.4 100 and 20.92 200, 48.48 400. Auburn offered him as RB. Initially committed to Miami, before Florida. Started five games freshman year, then all 22 last 2 years. First team SEC and second team all-american Jr. year.
Combine: 4.39 40, 37 1/2 VJ, 10-7 BJ, 20 BP.
Explosive and athletic, with decent size. Played ton of press man, has rare makeup speed if beat. Good breaks when ball is in front, not a ball hawk locator down field. Not much help in run game, misses tackles in coverage too. Understands coverages and plays to his help. Quiet, head down, worker bee. Not a natural with his back to the ball. Missed three games this year with left ankle sprain that required a boot. Played both man and zone in 3-4 scheme. Targeted just 4.2 times per game in 2019. Has the athletic traits to be a solid press-man.
17. K’Lavon Chaisson, Edge, LSU
|6030, 254, rSo||Age: 20.74|
|Sparq:||SackSEER: 18.5 sacks #3, but poor rating|
Quit football as freshman to play basketball. Rejoined football as a junior. Won state junior year, all-state as a senior. Got scholarship attening an LSU camp, before ever playing a varsity snap. 4-star recruit. Dad played LB at Baylor, then shot and killed in domestic issue.
Freshman all SEC, got hurt sophomore year, played just one game. Jr. year, 13. TFL, 6.5 sacks. Career 9.5 sacks.
Raw, very little tape or time on field. Did not participate at combine other than measurements. Stand-up rusher primarily. Good get-off speed, not a technician. Can run around blockers. Does not use length yet. Able to slip blocks in run game and disrupt. More athlete than technique at this point. Able to fire out of bend and go. Team captain at LSU as a sophomore, a leader. Very limited in off-ball situations. Tore left ACL in 2018. Missed two games in 2019 with right ankle. Twitchy athleticism that is still maturing. Kind of guy who can be different player in a year.
18. Patrick Queen, LB, LSU
|6002, 229, Jr||Age: 20.69|
Football/baseball star in Louisiana. Four-year starter in both. Ran for 1487 yards senior year. All-state, just shy of 4,000 yards for career. 4-star recruit, No. 17 rated athlete in country. Had D1 baseball offers. Dad played corner at Nicholls State.
Zero starts freshman year, four starts as sophomore. Started 12 of 15 as junior. 85 tackles, 12 TFL, 3 Sacks Jr. year.
Combine: 4.50 40, 35 VJ, 10-5 BJ, 18 BP.
Undersized but good burst and quick instincts. Reads play well. Fluid in drops in pass pro. Shoots gaps. Can get taken out due to lack of size. High-tempo read & react guy. Lateral range and closes well in flat. A sideline-to-sideline type, not a gap stuffer. Must develop get-off from blocks. Played ILB in 3-4 scheme. One of youngest players in the draft. Essentially a one-year starter, with 16 career starts.
19. Xavier McKinney, S, Alabama
|6003, 201, Jr.||Age: 21.71|
All-state as Jr in Roswell, Ga. Georgia 7A defensive player of the year as a Sr. 4-star recruit. Two-year starter at Alabama. 73 tackles, 2 Ints as soph, Orange Bowl Defensive MVP. 95 tackles 3 Ints as Jr. Second-team all-american. Led team in tackles.
Combine: 4.63 40, 36 VJ, 10-2 BJ, 19 BP. No 3C, SS.
Instinctive. Played safety and nickel LB. Quickly reads keys and reacts. Solid tackler. Decent blitzer (6 career sacks). Intelligent and can be versatile in multiple formations. Played free safety in 3-4, playing two-high, single high and coming down into box. Can lose spacing on deep balls. Can be tight on flipping of hips and ran slow at combine. Range is function, not elite. A second round guy in a lot of drafts, but not many top tier safeties this year.
20. Kenneth Murray, LB, Oklahoma
|6024, 241 Jr||Age: 21.43|
Grew up in Houston, older brother of three siblings with special needs. Basketball-first athlete in HS. All-state as a senior in HS. 3-star recruit. Uncle played DB at W. Va.
Started all 42 games in three years at Oklahoma, 335 career tackles, 9.5 sacks, 37 TFL. Team captain as a sophomore and junior. 155 tackles as soph, 102 as junior.
Combine: 4.52 40, 38 VJ, 10-9 BJ, 21 BP.
Off-ball, run and hit chase guy. Explodes through tackles. Struggled when locked up by blocker and can get lost in traffic inside. Easily mirrors RBs in coverage. Best suited outside in NFL or a wide nickel LB. Elite athleticism and three-years of production. Played the Mike in a 3-3-5 base. Played 90% of snaps over three years and was playcaller all three years. Not as instinctive as Queen, but better athlete with longer track record.
21. D’Andre Swift, RB, Georgia
|5082, 212, Jr.||Age: 21.28|
|Sparq: 59.8||SpeedScore: 105.3|
|Backcast: +53.7% #4, RecIndex .14 #5|
St. Joe Prep in Philadelphia. 3x state champ. 1564, 34 TDs in 11 games senior year. 5-star recruit, #4 RB in country behind Najee Harris, Came Akers, Stephen Carr). Joined RBU.
Back-to-back 1,000-yard rushing seasons, 56 catches in last two years. Only 440 carries and 1 starts in crowded backfield.
Combine: 4.48 40, 35 1/2 VJ, 10-1 BJ.
Meets 4/5 success metrics: Missed college dominator 35% (again, crowded backfield).
Compact, patient, vision and balance. Not elite athlete, but versatile guy who can sift through holes and find open space. Miss-ability in tight space. Adequate speed at college level. May try to run to corner too much at NFL level. Similar skillset to Josh Jacobs. Used in passing game quite a bit, cradle catches low balls. Start/stop acceleration is above adequate. Plays tough and competes, More skill than athlete. Not a pile mover, stops in traffic. Had groin, toe and ankle issues as a sophomore. Surgery on both groins after freshman year. Ran pro-style offense at Georgia.