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DRAFT EXAMINER: FINAL 2021 MOCK DRAFT

  1. Jacksonville Jaguars – QB Trevor Lawrence, Clemson
  2. New York Jets – QB Zach Wilson, Brigham Young
  3. San Francisco 49ers – QB Mac Jones, Alabama
  4. Atlanta Falcons – TE Kyle Pitts, Florida
  5. Cincinnati Bengals – WR Ja’Marr Chase, Louisiana St.
  6. Miami Dolphins – WR Jaylen Waddle, Alabama
  7. Detroit Lions – OT Penei Sewell, Oregon
  8. Carolina Panthers – CB Jaycee Horn, South Carolina
  9. Denver Broncos – QB Trey Lance, North Dakota St.
  10. Dallas Cowboys – CB Patrick Surtain II, Alabama
  11. New York Giants – LB Micah Parsons, Penn St.
  12. Philadelphia Eagles – WR DeVonta Smith, Alabama
  13. Los Angeles Chargers – OT Rashawn Slater, Northwestern
  14. Minnesota Vikings – OT Alijah Vera-Tucker, Southern California
  15. New England Patriots – QB Justin Fields, Ohio St.
  16. Arizona Cardinals – LB Zaven Collins, Tulsa
  17. Las Vegas Raiders – DB Trevon Moehrig, Texas Christian
  18. Miami Dolphins – DE Kwity Paye, Michigan
  19. Washington Football Team – LB Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah, Notre Dame
  20. Chicago Bears – OT Teven Jenkins, Oklahoma St.
  21. Indianapolis Colts – DE Azeez Ojulari, Georgia
  22. Tennessee Titans – WR Elijah Moore, Mississippi
  23. New York Jets – CB Caleb Farley, Virginia Tech
  24. Pittsburgh Steelers – RB Najee Harris, Alabama
  25. Jacksonville Jaguars – DT Christian Barmore, Alabama
  26. Cleveland Browns – LB Jamin Davis, Kentucky
  27. Baltimore Ravens – WR Kadarius Toney, Florida
  28. Arizona Cardinals (from Saints) – CB Greg Newsome II, Northwestern
  29. Green Bay Packers – WR Rashod Bateman, Minnesota
  30. Buffalo Bills – RB Travis Etienne, Clemson
  31. Minnesota Vikings (from Ravens) – DE Jaelan Phillips, Miami (FL)
  32. Washington Football Team (from Buccaneers) – OT Christian Darrisaw, Virginia Tech
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DraftExaminer Projected Top 100 Prospects (FINAL)

Prospects are ranked alphabetically by position.

  1. QB Justin Fields, Ohio St.
  2. QB Mac Jones, Alabama
  3. QB Trey Lance, North Dakota St.
  4. QB Trevor Lawrence, Clemson
  5. QB Davis Mills, Stanford
  6. QB Kellen Mond, Texas A&M
  7. QB Kyle Trask, Florida
  8. QB Zach Wilson, Brigham Young
  9. RB Michael Carter, North Carolina
  10. RB Travis Etienne, Clemson
  11. RB Kenneth Gainwell, Memphis
  12. RB Najee Harris, Alabama
  13. RB Javonte Williams, North Carolina
  14. WR Tutu Atwell, Louisville
  15. WR Rashod Bateman, Minnesota
  16. WR Dyami Brown, North Carolina
  17. WR Ja’Marr Chase, Louisiana St.
  18. WR Nico Collins, Michigan
  19. WR D’Wayne Eskridge, Western Michigan
  20. WR Terrace Marshall Jr., Louisiana St.
  21. WR Elijah Moore, Mississippi
  22. WR Rondale Moore, Purdue
  23. WR Amari Rodgers, Clemson
  24. WR DeVonta Smith, Alabama
  25. WR Amon-Ra St. Brown, Southern California
  26. WR Kadarius Toney, Florida
  27. WR Jaylen Waddle, Alabama
  28. WR Tylan Wallace, Oklahoma St.
  29. TE Pat Freiermuth, Penn St.
  30. TE Brevin Jordan, Miami (FL)
  31. TE Kyle Pitts, Florida
  32. OT Spencer Brown, Northern Iowa
  33. OT Brady Christensen, Brigham Young
  34. OT Samuel Cosmi, Texas
  35. OT Christian Darrisaw, Virginia Tech
  36. OT Liam Eichenberg, Notre Dame
  37. OT Stone Forsyth, Florida
  38. OT James Hudson, Cincinnati
  39. OT Teven Jenkins, Oklahoma St.
  40. OT Alex Leatherwood, Alabama
  41. OT Walker Little, Stanford
  42. OT Jalen Mayfield, Michigan
  43. OT Dillon Radunz, North Dakota St.
  44. OT Penei Sewell, Oregon
  45. OT Rashawn Slater, Northwestern
  46. OT Alijah Vera-Tucker, Southern California
  47. OG Aaron Banks, Notre Dame
  48. OG Deonte Brown, Alabama
  49. OG Wyatt Davis, Ohio St.
  50. OG Kendrick Green, Illinois
  51. OG Quinn Meinerz, Wisconsin-Whitewater
  52. OC Landon Dickerson, Alabama
  53. OC Creed Humphrey, Oklahoma
  54. OC Josh Myers, Ohio St.
  55. DT Christian Barmore, Alabama
  56. DT Alim McNeill, North Carolina St.
  57. DT Daviyon Nixon, Iowa
  58. DT Levi Onwuzurike, Washington
  59. DT Jay Tufele, Southern California
  60. DT Marlon Tuipulotu, Southern California
  61. DT Milton Williams, Louisiana Tech
  62. DE Carlos Basham Jr., Wake Forest
  63. DE Azeez Ojulari, Georgia
  64. DE Joseph Ossai, Texas
  65. DE Jayson Oweh, Penn St.
  66. DE Kwity Paye, Michigan
  67. DE Ronnie Perkins, Oklahoma
  68. DE Jaelan Phillips, Miami (FL)
  69. DE Gregory Rousseau, Miami (FL)
  70. DE Joe Tryon, Washington
  71. DE Payton Turner, Houston
  72. DE Rashad Weaver, Pittsburgh
  73. LB Nick Bolton, Missouri
  74. LB Baron Browning, Ohio St.
  75. LB Zaven Collins, Tulsa
  76. LB Jabril Cox, Louisiana St.
  77. LB Jamin Davis, Kentucky
  78. LB Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah, Notre Dame
  79. LB Micah Parsons, Penn St.
  80. LB Chaz Surratt, North Carolina
  81. LB Pete Werner, Ohio St.
  82. CB Paulson Adebo, Stanford
  83. CB Tyson Campbell, Georgia
  84. CB Caleb Farley, Virginia Tech
  85. CB Jaycee Horn, South Carolina
  86. CB Kelvin Joseph, Kentucky
  87. CB Ifeatu Melifonwu, Syracuse
  88. CB Elijah Molden, Washington
  89. CB Greg Newsome II, Northwestern
  90. CB Aaron Robinson, Central Florida
  91. CB Robert Rochell, Central Arkansas
  92. CB Asante Samuel Jr., Florida St.
  93. CB Eric Stokes, Georgia
  94. CB Patrick Surtain II, Alabama
  95. DB Andre Cisco, Syracuse
  96. DB Richie Grant, Central Florida
  97. DB Jevon Holland, Oregon
  98. DB Jamar Johnson, Indiana
  99. DB Trevon Moehrig, Texas Christian
  100. DB Hamsah Nasirildeen, Florida St.
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April 9th Mock Draft

An updated mock draft to reflect potential implications of the Sam Darnold trade, as well as a few minor changes. To learn about updates more easily, follow me on Twitter at @draftexaminer.

1.Jacksonville Jaguars – QB Trevor Lawrence, Clemson
2.New York Jets – QB Zach Wilson, Brigham Young
3.San Francisco 49ers – QB Mac Jones, Alabama
4.Atlanta Falcons – TE Kyle Pitts, Florida
5.Cincinnati Bengals – WR Ja’Marr Chase, Louisiana St.
6.Miami Dolphins – WR DeVonta Smith, Alabama
7.Detroit Lions – WR Jaylen Waddle, Alabama
8.Carolina Panthers – OT Penei Sewell, Oregon
9.Denver Broncos – QB Justin Fields, Ohio St.
10.Dallas Cowboys – CB Patrick Surtain II, Alabama
11.New York Giants – OT Rashawn Slater, Northwestern
12.Philadelphia Eagles – QB Trey Lance, North Dakota St.
13.Los Angeles Chargers – OT Christian Darrisaw, Virginia Tech
14.Minnesota Vikings – CB Jaycee Horn, South Carolina
15.New England Patriots – DE Kwity Paye, Michigan
16.Arizona Cardinals – LB Micah Parsons, Penn St.
17.Las Vegas Raiders – OT Alijah Vera-Tucker, Southern California
18.Miami Dolphins – LB Azeez Ojulari, Georgia
19.Washington Football Team – LB Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah, Notre Dame
20.Chicago Bears – WR Kadarius Toney, Florida
21.Indianapolis Colts – DE Jaelan Phillips, Miami (FL)
22.Tennessee Titans – LB Zaven Collins, Tulsa
23.New York Jets – RB Travis Etienne Jr., Clemson
24.Pittsburgh Steelers – OT Teven Jenkins, Oklahoma St.
25.Jacksonville Jaguars – DB Trevon Moehrig, Texas Christian
26.Cleveland Browns – DE Gregory Rousseau, Miami (FL)
27.Baltimore Ravens – OC Landon Dickerson, Alabama
28.New Orleans Saints – CB Caleb Farley, Virginia Tech
29.Green Bay Packers – DL Christian Barmore, Alabama
30.Buffalo Bills – RB Najee Harris, Alabama
31.Kansas City Chiefs – OT Samuel Cosmi, Texas
32.Tampa Bay Buccaneers – OC Creed Humphrey, Oklahoma

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April 5th Mock Draft

First official mock draft of 2021. Click on a player’s name to access their scouting report.

UPDATE: Check back later this week for an update following the Panthers’ trade for Sam Darnold!

  1. Jacksonville Jaguars – QB Trevor Lawrence, Clemson
  2. New York Jets – QB Zach Wilson, Brigham Young
  3. San Francisco 49ers – QB Mac Jones, Alabama
  4. Atlanta Falcons – TE Kyle Pitts, Florida
  5. Cincinnati Bengals – WR Ja’Marr Chase, Louisiana St.
  6. Miami Dolphins – WR DeVonta Smith, Alabama
  7. Detroit Lions – WR Jaylen Waddle, Alabama
  8. Carolina Panthers – QB Justin Fields, Ohio St.
  9. Denver Broncos – QB Trey Lance, North Dakota St.
  10. Dallas Cowboys – CB Patrick Surtain II, Alabama
  11. New York Giants – OT Penei Sewell, Oregon
  12. Philadelphia Eagles – DE Kwity Paye, Michigan
  13. Los Angeles Chargers – OT Rashawn Slater, Northwestern
  14. Minnesota Vikings – OT Christian Darrisaw, Virginia Tech
  15. New England Patriots – CB Jaycee Horn, South Carolina
  16. Arizona Cardinals – LB Micah Parsons, Penn St.
  17. Las Vegas Raiders – OT Alijah Vera-Tucker, Southern California
  18. Miami Dolphins – LB Azeez Ojulari, Georgia
  19. Washington Football Team – LB Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah, Notre Dame
  20. Chicago Bears – WR Kadarius Toney, Florida
  21. Indianapolis Colts – DE Jaelan Phillips, Miami (FL)
  22. Tennessee Titans – LB Zaven Collins, Tulsa
  23. New York Jets – RB Travis Etienne Jr., Clemson
  24. Pittsburgh Steelers – RB Najee Harris, Alabama
  25. Jacksonville Jaguars – DB Trevon Moehrig, Texas Christian
  26. Cleveland Browns – DE Gregory Rousseau, Miami (FL)
  27. Baltimore Ravens – OC Landon Dickerson, Alabama
  28. New Orleans Saints – CB Caleb Farley, Virginia Tech
  29. Green Bay Packers – DL Christian Barmore, Alabama
  30. Buffalo Bills – DE Ronnie Perkins, Oklahoma
  31. Kansas City Chiefs – OT Teven Jenkins, Oklahoma St.
  32. Tampa Bay Buccaneers – OC Creed Humphrey, Oklahoma
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2021 NFL Draft Scouting Reports

Quarterback:

Justin Fields, Ohio St.

Mac Jones, Alabama

Trey Lance, North Dakota St.

Zach Wilson, Brigham Young

Running Back:

Travis Etienne Jr. Clemson

Najee Harris, Alabama

Wide Receiver:

Rashod Bateman, Minnesota

Ja’Marr Chase, Louisiana St.

Terrace Marshall Jr., Louisiana St.

Elijah Moore, Mississippi

Rondale Moore, Purdue

DeVonta Smith, Alabama

Kadarius Toney, Florida

Jaylen Waddle, Alabama

Tight End:

Kyle Pitts, Florida

Offensive Tackle:

Samuel Cosmi, Texas

Christian Darrisaw, Virginia Tech

Liam Eichenberg, Notre Dame

Teven Jenkins, Oklahoma St.

Jalen Mayfield, Michigan

Penei Sewell, Oregon

Rashawn Slater, Northwestern

Alijah Vera-Tucker, Southern California

Offensive Guard:

Center:

Landon Dickerson, Alabama

Creed Humphrey, Oklahoma

Defensive Tackle:

Christian Barmore, Alabama

Defensive End:

Jayson Oweh, Penn St.

Kwity Paye, Michigan

Ronnie Perkins, Oklahoma

Jaelan Phillips, Miami (FL)

Gregory Rousseau, Miami (FL)

Linebacker:

Zaven Collins, Tulsa

Jamin Davis, Kentucky

Azeez Ojulari, Georgia

Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah, Notre Dame

Micah Parsons, Penn St.

Cornerback:

Caleb Farley, Virginia Tech

Jaycee Horn, South Carolina

Greg Newsome II, Northwestern

Asante Samuel Jr., Florida St.

Patrick Surtain II, Alabama

Safety:

Trevon Moehrig, Texas Christian

Misc. Prospect Notes

QB Davis Mills, Stanford* (6’4”, 217)

Five-star recruit who started eleven games at Stanford. Team captain. Light on his feet in the pocket. Able to work his way through progressions and find open receivers; wasn’t limited to just one side of the field. Makes quick, sound decisions with the ball to work the short passing game. From a three-quarters delivery, generally throws a nice spiral with adequate velocity and appropriate touch. Gets enough air under his sideline throws downfield. Pretty accurate passer within fifteen yards or so and across the middle of the field; can stick it on receivers and facilitate yards after the catch. Willing to stand tall and take a hit to complete a pass. Able to throw on the move while rolling out in either direction, or to escape from rushers and pick up first downs when a lane opens up. Made a limited number of starts for a losing team before entering the draft. Played out of the shotgun, so will need to get used to taking snaps from under center. Was mostly making throws within ten yards of the line of scrimmage, without many passes into tight windows. Accuracy falls off on intermediate throws. Inconsistent platform and weight transfer. Attempts some passes which he’s not able to step into, causing some dangerous throws downfield. Doesn’t take many shots deep down the field. Has sustained multiple serious left knee injuries. Looks like he might be overdrafted but has some potential to develop into a game manager type.

WR Dyami Brown, North Carolina* (6’1”, 189, 4.44)

Started six games as a freshman but really stepped into a major role the following year, finishing his career with two similar seasons of 50+ catches for 1,000+ yards and an average of ten touchdowns. Adequate size, with a slightly thin build. A true deep threat who averaged over 20 YPC in 2019 and 2020. Shows the ability to release, although he was usually working against off coverage. Good inside release to set up deep patterns. Eats up cushions quickly. Tracks well over his shoulder. Good attention to detail at the route stem even when he has plenty of room to work with. Willing to come over the middle of the field; doesn’t shy away from contact. Competitive after the catch and can do some real damage with room to work. Pretty physical blocker who works to stick with his man downfield/through the whistle. Not the most reliable set of hands. Mostly lined up on the left side of the offense. Lack of ideal size/bulk is a slight concern, but overall combination of speed, route-running, competitiveness, and physicality should allow him to come off the board on the second day, even in a crowded wide receiver class.

TE Pat Freiermuth, Penn St.* (6’5”, 251, N/A)

Also played basketball in high school. Comes from a family of coaches. Started twenty-six games over the past three years, but missed the last five of 2020 due to injury. Two-time captain. Big tight end who typically lined up split out wide or, more commonly, in the slot. Has some nuance as a route runner to create separation, making up for what looks like closer to adequate explosiveness. Does a good job of sinking and changing up speeds. Runs deeper routes but can also take advantage of opportunities to find openings underneath. Uses his frame effectively to shield defenders. Easy target with reliable hands. Tracks the ball well over his shoulder. Didn’t see him inline much. Not the most physical or successful blocker, although he gives decent effort. Some awkward movements in the blocking game at times. Contact balance is disappointing for his size. A bit more finesse than you’d think given his size, but polish, reliability, and savvy in the passing game and leadership value look like they’ll make him a second-day pick as a receiving tight end.

TE Brevin Jordan, Miami (FL)* (6’3”, 247, 4.67)

Father Darrell was a pro linebacker. Four-star recruit who has strated for each of the past three seasons, missing a total of seven games to injury. On the smaller side for a pro tight end, coming in at under 6’3”. Pretty well-integrated into the passing game. Gets moved around the formation, taking snaps in the backfield, the slot, split out wide, and as an H-Back. Often in motion pre-snap. Smooth mover with enough speed to challenge down the seams. Has some snap to his route stems. Runs screens and banana routes, but also patterns taking him downfield; over 15 YPC last year. Good swim to slip by ‘backers in zone. Soft, reliable hands. Can even accelerate away from opponents a little bit after the catch. Pretty good effort to engage opponents when stalking, but can struggle to line them up; mostly creating lanes for receivers catching screens from bunches. Wasn’t retained much in pass pro. Limited value in the run game although he is athletic enough to climb or come across the formation and crack. Not really a true tight end, more of an interesting chess piece.

TE Hunter Long, Boston College* (6’5”, 254, 4.68)

Started three games as a sophomore but led the team in receiving, then more than doubled his catches last year as a full-time starter before declaring. Has a solid combination of size, bulk, and length. Despite being a bigger guy, often lines up split out. Provides his quarterback with a big target over the middle of the field; can snatch the ball away from his frame. Not the snappiest or most explosive route runner; glides through patterns and would like to see him sink his hips more. However, has some build-up speed and is a pretty smooth mover. Was sent down the seams pretty often from tight alignments and is able to challenge down the seams with a clean release. Shows good lateral quickness, extension, and knee bend in pass protection, but would like to see more aggression/physicality. Capable of executing different blocking assignments in the run game. Athleticism and physical profile of an inline Y and should be able to develop into a pretty good blocker with time.

TE Tommy Tremble, Notre Dame** (6’3”, 241, 4.63)

Father Greg played in the NFL as a defensive back. Started seventeen games over the past two years, with modest production. On the smaller side for a pro tight end and will be limited to an H-Back/flex role, which is basically what he did in college as well. Smooth mover who runs a lot of routes into the flats to set up wheel routes and patterns further downfield. Has the speed to challenge linebackers in coverage. However, primary contributions came in the blocking game, where he was used extensively, being asked to execute a variety of move concepts. Gives good effort but doesn’t have great functional strength or contact balance. However, is adept at lining up moving targets from motion or in space. Even goes into the backfield at times and is used like a lead-blocking fullback. Not the biggest, strongest, or most explosive player, but his versatility, motor, and ability to line up opponents in space in the run game will make him an attractive piece for a team which wants to establish more of a smashmouth offensive identity.

OT Spencer Brown, Northern Iowa (6’8”, 311, 4.92)

Originally played tight end and defensive end in high school and was recruited as a tight end. Also played basketball and baseball in high school. Converted to offensive line as a redshirt, then started five games at right tackle the following year before sustaining a season-ending injury. Started the next two seasons; the 2020 year was canceled. Has an insane combination of size and length. Form and consistency are good. Has pretty good bend and plays within his frame. Good athlete with the lateral quickness to mirror from an appropriate base. Places hands effectively and gets good extension with his arms. Understands positioning in the run game. More susceptible to inside moves on passing downs. Workmanlike, not as nasty. Flashes but generally doesn’t have too much violence in his hands. Not too much leg drive in the run game to maul. Didn’t play any left tackle and is too tall to play guard. One of the more polished and athletic of this year’s potential second-day tackle prospects.

DT Milton Williams, Louisiana Tech* (6’3”, 284, 4.63)

Has been starting for the past two years, leading the team in sacks in each. On the smaller side for an interior defensive lineman but carries his weight well, although he’s got shorter arms than usual. High-motor player who was lined up at various different techniques on the defense. Comes off the line low and with suddenness to disrupt. Active with his hands, go-to move being a swim. Works in counters when his initial move is not successful. Was asked to two-gap often in college but struggles to defend the run, particularly when he’s toward the interior of the line. Ends up on the ground too much, in part because he doesn’t protect his legs very well. Needs to do a better job of keeping his shoulders square to the line of scrimmage, causing him to get driven off of his spot. Can struggle to locate when engaged. Turned in a freakish workout at the team’s pro day and might have solidified a place on the draft’s second day despite his struggles defending the run.

DE Dayo Odeyingbo, Vanderbilt (6’5”, 285, N/A)

Brother Dare also played for the Bengals. Three-year starter who finished his career with his best season, one in which he was also named a team captain. Massive defensive lineman with arms which measured over 35” at the team’s pro day. Played different techniques out of three- and four-point stances. Varies his rush approach. Sets up inside moves well and can skinny through gaps/knife his way between double teams. Knows how to use his length. Some speed to power conversion. Solid closing burst. Contests passing lanes. Pretty disciplined edge-setter with a solid anchor when square. However, can get turned out of the hole. Needs to do a better job of staying low and keeping his shoulders square. Smoother than he is explosive, and rarely wins with speed/his first step. Sack production was just adequate (twelve in 29 starts). Injured Achilles recently. A likable prospect who may never be a premier pass-rusher but should be able to work into the rotation sooner rather than later as a pretty polished, well-rounded athlete.

DE Adetokunbo Ogundeji, Notre Dame (6’5”, 260, 4.78)

Takes snaps on both ends of the defensive line, playing multiple techniques. Offers an impressive combination of size, length, and bulk. Succeeds in large part because of his hand usage and technique; does a good job of using swipes, slaps, and other moves to slip past opposing tackles. However, also has the ability to convert speed to power, using his bull-rush to drive back opposing tackles into the pocket. Also a pretty good two-gap defender on the edge. Maintains gap discipline to funnel runners back inside. Overall arm extension is good, and is capable of digging in at the line. Flashes the ability to locate, discard blockers, and make tackles. Wasn’t really asked to work in coverage very often but looks surprisingly light on his feet when carrying backs out into the flats. Often plays with a high pad level which limits his explosiveness. Not the smoothest or most explosive mover. Struggles with balance when attempting to bend around the edge. Some awkward movements to his game. Only 10.5 sacks in three years. Already pretty polished but may lack the raw athletic tools to become more than a rotational option.

DE Payton Turner, Houston (6’5”, 270, N/A)

Also played basketball in high school. Team captain with 27 starts under his belt. Outstanding physical specimen with 35” arms and an 84” wingspan. Covers a lot of ground with his first step. Very quick/sudden for his size. Able to dip his shoulder and work around the edge; tends to win with speed. Can convert speed to power. Active hands to shed. Impressive range/motor in pursuit. Wingspan gives him a massive tackling radius. Favors outside moves too much; more of a speed-based approach despite his size. Plays with a high pad level and some balance issues, particularly when trying to make inside moves. Gets too deep, leaving open holes in run fits. Production was just adequate. Durability is a concern – tore ACL in high school and missed time due to foot/knee injuries in college. Has all of the tools you look for but needs to get his pad level and balance under control and play with more discipline and variety to reach his potential. Still a likely second-day pick.

Running Back Notes

RB Michael Carter, North Carolina (5’8”, 201, 4.50)

Improved his efficiency last year but was also a starter in 2019 and rotated in before that. Was part of a committee in college and will probably do that in the pros as well because of his below-average size. Doesn’t have elite speed or explosiveness but is a smooth mover who weaves through congestion; looks best when he’s running off-tackle or stretching and cutting back upfield. Able to recognize and hit cutback lanes; good stop-start. Contact balance is very impressive. Willing to lower the shoulder but isn’t much of a threat to break tackles. Good effort and alertness in blitz pickup; looks chippy. Doesn’t present a huge target in the passing game, was mostly used on swing passes, but has the open-field movement skills to break off some chunks of yardage. Also returned kicks.

RB Kenneth Gainwell, Memphis** (5’8”, 201, 4.44)

Was productive in his only season as a starter (2019). Undersized running back who lines up all over the formation; frequently in the slot or in motion from the slot pre-snap. Shows good burst and solid top-end speed; dangerous with a lane. Shifty player who can make defenders miss in space; more comfortable getting outside the tackles than pounding it between, but shows some physicality and ability to get low, squeeze through tight spaces, and fight for additional yardage; small but tough. Good contact balance. Natural receiving skills in terms fo selling routes, sinking hips, and catching. Route tree as a receiver was somewhat limited to hitches, screens, etc. Willing and alert as a blocker but doesn’t engage with proper technique/hands enough. Future is probably as a package player type/third down back.

RB Khalil Herbert, Virginia Tech (5’9”, 210, 4.49)

Originally attended Kansas. Was pretty well-integrated into the offense as a sophomore and junior, but sat out most of the next season and transferred. Put together a solid season at Virginia Tech last year, totaling over 1,300 yards. Ran a lot of off-tackle attempts and one-cut stretch concepts out of the shotgun, with good speed to get to the edge and the ability to drop his center of gravity and make defenders miss with head-fakes and jukes. Weaves through traffic and is hard to bring down in the open field. Was not asked to do a lot of between-the-tackles running during the games reviewed and may struggle to push the pile and grind out tough yardage at the pro level, although he does tend to fall forward at the end of his runs. Limited receiving production. Contact balance as a blocker is just adequate, but engages from his feet. Also returned kicks.

RB Chuba Hubbard, Oklahoma St.* (6’0”, 210, 4.50)

Started four games as Justice Hill’s replacement as a redshirt freshman, then broke out with over 2,000 yards and 21 touchdowns the following year. Missed four games due to injury last season, with his efficiency dropping off dramatically. Big back who carried a huge load in 2019 but got hurt the next year. A smooth runner with good vision between the tackles. Adequate change-of-direction to hit cutback lanes. Able to pinball off of defenders and continue gaining. However, doesn’t have a ton of explosiveness, elusiveness, or physicality; won more because of his decision-making in college. Fights hard but doesn’t have a ton of power to push the pile. Could do a better job of protecting his legs. Has had some ball-security issues. Still cleaning up his blocking but was fairly well-integrated into the passing game in college, particularly in 2018 and 2019.

RB Jermar Jefferson, Oregon St.* (5’10”, 206, 4.56)

Stepped right into the lead role and enjoyed a great freshman season of nearly 1,400 yards on the ground, then was limited to just twelve starts over fifteen games between 2019-2020, missing four games during that span. Decisive when he finds a lane, with adequate build-up speed, but knows when to bounce runs outside. Some ability to make jump-cuts/shuffle into holes when running between the tackles; finds room in congestion. Tough back who is able to run through arm tackles. Finishes by lowering his shoulder and falling forward, although he takes a lot of punishment by running a little bit upright. Was able to run off-tackle in college but might struggle to outrace faster pro ‘backers to the corner. Ball security may be an issue. Struggles as a blocker with awareness, positioning, and technique. Was really only used as a receiver in his first season. If he can stay healthy, shows enough competitiveness and heart to work his way into a running back rotation as someone who consistently fights to finish.

RB Trey Sermon, Ohio St. (6’0”, 215, 4.59)

Spent his first three seasons at Oklahoma, enjoying two pretty productive years to begin his career before being limited to 62 touches as a junior and transferring to Ohio State, where he had some big games. Big, well-built runner who doesn’t shy away from contact. Decisive when he has a lane. Shows some burst in the hole and lowers his shoulder into contact. However, doesn’t break as many tackles as anticipated; needs to do a better job of driving his legs. Too easily stopped at or behind the line of scrimmage; needs a head of steam to create. Some shake and bake in space and actually looks better running stretches or off-tackle. Balance through contact is adequate at best. Limited receiving production. Willing to take on rushers in blitz pickup, showing form. Some past injury issues may raise durability concerns. Over 60% of his total yardage last year came over two games.

RB Rhamondre Stevenson, Oklahoma (6’0”, 231, 4.63)

Was academically ineligible in 2016 and went to junior college for the next two years before ending up at Oklahoma. Was suspended for six games, starting with the 2019 bowl game, for a failed drug test. In total, managed almost 1,200 yards and 13 touchdowns over two years at Oklahoma. Big back who makes good reads in zone; has natural instincts for the position. Patient when following blocks; lets things develop successfully while navigating through congestion. Footwork is a plus. Generally smooth but also shows some build-up speed in space; can pick up chunks. Above-average flexibility for his size. Explosiveness into contact is impressive; exacts a price to finish his runs, fighting for additional yardage. Relies more on brute force in space, without much ability to make defenders miss. Works in a good stiff-arm. Doesn’t have a ton of value on passing downs, although he has the size to block.

Defensive Back Notes

DB Tyree Gillespie, Missouri (6’0”, 207, 4.42)

Has been starting for three years, although he did not record an interception over the course of his 27 starts. Versatile big safety who can play in high coverages or drop down to man up on opposing tight ends. Has the range to get to the sidelines in high coverage. Able to keep the play in front of him, plant and drive on a spot, and deliver big hits on routes over the middle of the field. Explosive hitter on contact but doesn’t always use proper form. Uses hands to feel routes in man. Good recovery speed when sitting on the stop and go. Takes pretty conservative angles to the football, limiting big plays. Experience, versatility, consistency, and tools could make him a starter, although his lack of turnovers may work against his stock.

DB Richie Grant, Central Florida (6’0”, 197, 4.54)

Was a received recruit but converted to safety and stepped into a starting role by his redshirt sophomore year, which was also his most productive. Had ten interceptions and twenty-seven breakups over the last three seasons. Good leader and communicator on the back end. Able to do everything from high zone to the box, but didn’t see a lot of man during the games reviewed. Nice backpedal and transitions; fluid mover with good play speed, giving him range in high coverage. Squeezes routes effectively in lower zones. Has proven himself as far as ball skills are concerned, with good anticipation, flexibility, and length to put himself in position; receiver background. Often comes down to play closer to the line and shows explosiveness into contact in run support, closing well and using pretty consistent wrap technique. Also played on special teams. A little bit older, but will probably go in the first two rounds.

DB Jamar Johnson, Indiana* (6’0”, 205, 4.58)

Rotated into the defense in 2019 but didn’t start until this past year. However, still managed to finish his career with seven interceptions over nine starts in 31 total games. Big, physical, aggressive safety who typically plays closer to the line of scrimmage but does some cover-2 as well; pretty versatile skillset. Has a ball-hawking style, driving on spots in coverage and showing good ball skills. Shows some ability to stick with tight ends. An enthusiastic run supporter who can help set the tone defensively, although he will resort to torpedoing more often than you’d like. A little bit too willing to sit on the underneath stuff when working in coverage over receiver pairs. Not always the most coordinated in transition. Didn’t run well at the pro day, but looks to have solid athleticism on tape.

Cornerback Notes

CB Tyson Campbell, Georgia* (6’1”, 193, 4.36)

Started as a true freshman, but missed time due to injury the following year and finished with three starts in nine games, then started all ten last year. Really looks the part of a pro boundary corner on the hoof; very good size/length combination. Was typically in press-man. Very good play speed; can even stay in the hip pocket on shallow crosses/slants. Shows some ability to feel routes and use his length to pin. Can carry opponents downfield with ease but tends to get disconnected at the route stem, giving easy completions on accurate/timing-based throws; not in-phase consistently enough. Separation looks due to a combination of anticipation/some stiffness. Cone, shuttle, and vert were all unimpressive at the pro day. Has just one career interception. Penalty prone. Didn’t see him do too much work in zone. Looks willing, closes well and wraps in run support. Boom-or-bust type man cover corner.

CB Kelvin Joseph, Kentucky** (6’0”, 197, 4.34)

Originally attended LSU and played one year there before transferring and picking off four passes over nine games last season, opting out of the last two. Mostly press/zone. Tall, lanky corner who can pin opponents to the sidelines against outside releases. Turns and runs well enough from press but has some awkward movements in transition as well; not the twitchiest or most fluid corner. Processing speed from zone is still developing, but plays with appropriate conservativeness to limit big plays. Showed off impressive ball skills this past year; combines length, leaping, and body control. Doesn’t always look interested in run support; contact balance is also poor when taking on blocks. Reportedly has some issues with maturity, although he’s only a redshirt sophomore. Ran the 40 very well at the pro day but 7.21-second three-cone was poor. Boom-or-bust type with almost all of the physical tools but could be hard to justify if he doesn’t work out because of the pre-draft warning signs.

CB Ifeatu Melifonwu, Syracuse* (6’3”, 205, 4.48)

Has been a starter for the last two years. Massive corner with excellent size/length and pro bloodlines. Plays a lot of off-zone in college on the right side, as well as press-man; looks more natural at the latter. Backpedaled a lot and looks smooth in transition when turning and running. Good at getting his head around to locate and using his length to break up throws; not many picks but good technique to play the ball when in-phase. Shows some ability to feel from press-man, and to pin opponents to the sideline with his length. Looks like a good tackler. Plant and drive from off coverage is a little slow. Opens up too early at times from press-man. Some issues with angles/feel in zone and pursuit. Had an incredible 41.5” vertical and 11’2” broad at the pro day. Looks like a press-man guy all the way; don’t see a safety conversion or anything.

CB Elijah Molden, Washington (5’10”, 192, 4.60)

Has played almost exclusively in the slot, enjoying his breakout year in 2019, when he broke up 17 passes and intercepted four more. Did dabble in safety a little bit to finish the year and could be considered a potential conversion candidate due to his lack of ideal size/speed/explosiveness. That said, puts together some very impressive tape as the nickel back; one of the most pro-ready defenders in the class. Highly praised for his football IQ and work ethic. Uses his hands effectively to feel. Squeezes routes at the stem because of his excellent anticipation/twitch; very hard to fool, forcing teams to ignore the slot or throw into tight coverage. Navigates congestion well against rubs/picks. Reads the quarterback’s eyes very well in zone, although he relies on anticipation rather than plant-and-drive explosiveness. Willing in run support but misses some tackles or gets caught on blocks. Extensive special-teams experience.

CB Aaron Robinson, Central Florida (6’0”, 186, 4.38)

Cousin is Denard Robinson. Transferred from Alabama after one year and started the last two at UCF, breaking up twenty passes and picking off three between 2019 and 2020. Big for a slot defender, which is where he usually played; was asked to do a lot of press-man. Could easily slide to the outside from a physical standpoint. Looks fast and fluid in transition; great athlete who’s able to turn and run to carry opponents downfield from press. Covers crossing patterns tighter than most, but can be beat underneath by inside breaking routes. Instincts are still a work in progress. Looks a little bit more reactive than anticipatory, relying on his athleticism a little bit too much. Impressive recovery speed. Willing in run support, with good effort in pursuit and wrap tackling technique. Didn’t get to see him work in zone too often, so he might be an inside/outside project for a man-heavy team.

CB Eric Stokes, Georgia* (6’1”, 194, 4.29)

Has been starting for the past two years, but was also a major conrtributor in his redshirt freshman year; finished with 26 breakups and four career interceptions, all of the latter coming in 2020. Tall, lanky corner with incredible speed and explosiveness. Was usually in press-man but also did some shuffle and zone; didn’t get a chance to see much backpedaling. Quick transitions from press to turning and running. Glides downfield with long strides from shuffle to carry opponents deep. Length lets him blanket down the sidelines. Instincts and awareness are a work in progress. Can get grabby in transition from press-man. Struggles to get his head around and locate downfield, but has good ball skills and soft hands when the play is in front of him. Not very physical in run support, with a thin frame. An excellent athlete who could easily be a starting cornerback but appears to have higher bust potential than some others owing to his developing instincts.

Linebacker Notes

LB Derrick Barnes, Purdue (6’0”, 238, 4.57)

Has been starting for the past three seasons; most impressive year was his junior campaign, in which he racked up 63-11.0-7.5. Listed size is on the smaller side but has a very thick, muscular build. Very highly regarded as a leader. Was moved around the defense at Purdue. Bulk/strength helps him to set the tone defensively with physical tackles/hits; reliable stopper when in position. Willing to take on blockers. Ran well at the pro day and shows adequate instincts on tape, along with an excellent motor. Doesn’t play quite as fast as he timed. Would like to see him do a better job of getting off of blocks. Had gaudy sack production as a junior but isn’t the most flexible or advanced pass-rusher. Has been a core special-teams player in the past, and looks like his contributions there and to the team culture may be his most important as a pro. May be best on the inside of an odd defensive front.

LB Cameron McGrone, Michigan* (6’1”, 234, N/A)

Started fifteen games over the past two years, his junior year ending early after sustaining a knee injury. Plays in the middle behind an even front, and that’s where he’d fit best in the pros as well. A very good athlete, with the speed, flexibility, and explosiveness teams covet at the position; capable of playing sideline-to-sideline. Flashes the ability to skinny through gaps and disrupt plays. Closes well and has some pop on contact. Probably needs to be covered by linemen up front; can struggle to hold his ground when flowing toward the run, but looks physical when playing downhill. Instincts are not all the way there yet; still takes too many false steps to step right into a defensive role. Gets too aggressive at times with his angles. Was frequently used as a blitzer and has the type of aggressiveness and skillset for that. Less comfortable in zone coverage; has the raw range but is still developing his feel. Knee injury will affect his stock. May have benefited from returning to school; probably a special-teamer early on, but with considerable upside.

LB Monty Rice, Georgia (6’0”, 233, 4.57)

Started five games as a sophomore and has been with the first team ever since. team captain. Plays in the middle behind a three-man defensive line. Has adequate bulk for the inside in the modern game, but is a little bit on the short side, in terms of both height and length. Very good motor. Most comfortable flowing sideline to sideline, demonstrating above-average range when pursuing laterally. Uses hands well to work through trash, with the quickness to prevent blockers from getting into his pads. Would like to see him keep his shoulders square more when flowing, as he can be pushed off of his spot. Mostly limited to zone coverages and carrying backs into the flats. Didn’t blow up too many plays in the backfield. Not the most flexible. A good enough athlete to play on special teams, with the ability to potentially work his way onto the field on defense down the line.

LB Pete Werner, Ohio St. (6’3”, 238, 4.59)

Father Greg was a pro tight end. Has been starting for each of the past three years; first team all-conference last year. Good size/build for a modern linebacker; could play inside in an odd front or the Sam/Mike in an even front. Plays with physicality and urgency, but stays under control. Patient with reads in run support; doesn’t blow up too many plays but is rarely far out of position. Keeps shoulders square in pursuit. Good extension to lock out blockers; uses hands effectively to shed. Can work through trash to get to the ball. Overall range and speed appear just adequate; more of a phone-booth tough guy. Some false steps in zone coverage; not the most fluid guy either. Shows the ability to get his hands on opposing tight ends and disrupt them. Reportedly has excellent football character and a great work ethic. Could develop into an adequate starter who executes assignments and can mix things up in the run game, but with athletic limitations in coverage.

Offensive Tackle Notes

OT Brady Christensen, Brigham Young* (6’5”, 302, 4.89)

Has been starting at left tackle for each of the past three seasons, finishing with 38 starts. Married with a newborn. Size is just adequate, with short arms. Plays with competitiveness. Impressive pass protector who stays balanced and has the lateral quickness to mirror effectively against speed. Able to get set up in space. Can lead the way in screens or climb to the second level. Comes from a pass-heavy offense but shows good short-area quickness in the run game, as well as good leg drive when engaged, playing through the whistle. Anchor is adequate at best. Needs to do a better job of keeping his head up and placing his hands inside. Too much weight on outside foot at times, opening up inside moves. Doesn’t have a ton of power in his hands. A little bit older. An athletic, experienced zone-blocking left tackle who might be considered as a candidate to slide inside at the next level due to a lack of length.

OT Stone Forsythe, Florida (6’8”, 307, 5.12)

Father was an offensive tackle and briefly a member of the Bengals. Redshirted, started three games over the following two years (right tackle), then manned the blindside for the past two years.Massive blocker who carries his weight well; should easily meet any team’s tackle requirement but is probably too tall for the interior. More coordinated and lighter on his feet than anticipated. Has some short-area quickness in the run game. Works to sustain through the whistle. Drops his anchor pretty early in pass protection and is simply too big for opponents to easily get around. Fires out rather than letting opponents into his frame. A little bit of a waist-bender. Tendency to lower his head into contact. Works hard to get to the second level but struggles to line up opponents. More workmanlike than nasty. Not quite the mauler his size would suggest, and there are some real issues with balance/form, but with work on his technique it’s possible he could work his way into a right tackle role down the line.

OT James Hudson, Cincinnati* (6’5”, 313, 5.29)

Originally committed to Michigan as a defensive tackle recruit, but transferred to Cincinnati before the 2019 season. Started just one year, 2020, playing the left tackle position. Has a thick build but is a little bit on the short side in terms of height/length, so he could be asked to move inside. Flashes a nice killer instinct on the field. Fires out low and with explosiveness. Gets what extension he can and has power in his hands to jolt opponents or latch on in the run game. Able to get up to the second level and engage; looks fast in a straight line. Pretty solid anchor in pass pro, with at least adequate quickness to mirror. Hand placement is iffy, especially when working at the second level. A little bit of a leaner at times in pass pro. Ends up on the ground a little bit too much. Too many penalties. Tested poorly at his pro day. Still pretty new to tackle, but already shows desirable power and aggression. Could conceivably play in either a zone or power scheme and may begin his career as a swing reserve or maybe as a guard conversion candidate.

OT Brenden Jaimes, Nebraska (6’5”, 298, N/A)

Started nine games at right tackle as a true freshman, setting a school record for the offensive line, then flipped to left tackle and started 31 games over the next three years. A little bit on the small side, with arms which measured just over 32.5”; however, looks a little thicker on tape. Pass sets look pretty good, with an appropriate base and a straight back. Good hand placement and can reset. Not easily fooled. Lateral quickness and anchor are closer to adequate. Works hard to stick with opponents in the run game and is capable of executing zone concepts. Able to get out in space and obstruct opponents at the second level. A tough shover type but not really a phone-booth mauler who’s going to fire out and drive opponents off the line. However, is a consistent, technically sound blocker with experience on both sides of the line and the potential to slide inside to guard.

OT Walker Little, Stanford* (6’7”, 313, 5.27)

Started sixteen games over his first two seasons, then sustained a season-ending knee injury in the opener of the 2019 season and opted out of 2020. Grandfather and great uncle were both pro linemen. Has great size and bulk for the left tackle position, which he has been playing since his freshman season. Good, chippy temperament. Initial hand placement looks pretty good, and is capable of generating torque to turn opponents out of the hole. Has a little bit of range when executing zone concepts. Functional strength is above-average when using appropriate form. Pass sets can look good in terms of width and depth, with adequate lateral quickness. Wildly inconsistent. Tends to catch and absorb power too much, and anchor drops late. Balance is a mess. Ducks his head into contact too often. Can struggle to stay connected. Susceptible to inside moves. Basically a pure projection based on his size, athleticism, and temperament, having not played for a couple of years, and with technique/balance which looks ugly at times.

OT Dillon Radunz, North Dakota St. (6’6”, 301, 5.12)

Defensive end recruit coming out of high school. Sustained a season-ending ACL injury in his first year, then finished his career with 32 straight starts at left tackle. Has impressive size/length, but bulk and hand size are on the low end. Pretty polished, technically-sound blindside protector. Plays with good width and a straight back in his pass sets. Laterally quick enough to protect the edge while maintaining his form. Anchors easily against power. Has some short-area quickness to block down and climb. Good grip strength to sustain through the whistle. Does a good job of placing his hands high and inside. Solid weight distribution in pass pro. Feet can go a little bit dead on contact at times. More of a competitive wall-off blocker than a phone-booth mauler, pad level being a little bit high. Will probably be asked to add additional bulk. In the mix for the late first or second round along with a handful of other similarly-graded blockers.

DE Jordan Smith, Alabama-Birmingham* (6’7”, 255)

Background:

First saw the field as a redshirt sophomore, stepping into a starting role and finishing with an impressive line of 48-14.5-8.0, forcing three fumbles. Followed that up with a 41-9.0-4.5 line over eight games the following year.

Positives:

Comes with two years of solid production. Has excellent size and length for a pro edge defender. Regularly takes snaps out of both two- and three-point stances on both sides of the defense. Plays the game with physicality. First step is very impressive. Has an effective swim move which is his go-to way of generating pressure. Mixes in some inside moves to his approach. Flashes a spin move that’s a little bit out of control but could become something down the line; already violent, but not tight enough. Demonstrates solid closing burst to finish. Overall motor/work rate looks good. Length and athleticism give him an impressive tackling radius. Gets his hands up to contest passing lanes.

Negatives:

Needs to continue developing bulk and filling out his frame; Looks gangly and thin in the lower body. Relies on quickness, but would like to see more of a power element. Lapses into throwing his body at opponents at times. Struggles to anchor at the line and can be put on skates. Many of his plays in the run game came on free releases into the backfield. Needs to develop more variety in his moves, being overly reliant on the swim. A tall player who plays high. Really struggles with balance when speed-rushing around the edge. Can get caught bending at the waist a little bit too often. Wasn’t really asked to drop into coverage very often, and struggles to work through congestion when he does. Has just one career batted pass despite his size/length.

Summary:

A tall, long-limbed edge rusher who has an impressive first step and can already use a swim move to generate pressure, but who has a little bit of a one-dimensional game at this point. Plays with physicality but doesn’t have very impressive functional strength or much of a power element in his game, and struggles to win around the edge with speed because of his poor balance. Consequently, will need time to get bigger and stronger and to develop more different moves. Probably more of a third-day pick unless someone falls in love with his potential.

DE Joe Tryon, Washington* (6’5”, 262)

Background:

Rotated into the defense as a freshman, finishing with 20-2.0-1.0. Stepped into the starting lineup the following year, putting together an impressive 41-12.5-8.0 line in what ended up being his final season; decided to opt out of the 2020 campaign and declare for the draft.

Positives:

Was highly productive in his only season as a starter. Size and length should meet any team’s requirement for an edge defender. Was even asked to play defensive end on three-man lines with the Huskies, playing everything from a five-tech to a nine-tech. Plays with a solid pad level despite his height. Uses his length well, getting good arm extension to lock out opponents. Alert and does a good job of locating the ball. Shows good effort when pursuing from the backside in the run game, or when defending screens in the passing game; able to get out to the sidelines and chase down opponents. Can be effective on stunts/twists. Has at least adequate lateral quickness to shuffle into clear lanes. Flashes the ability to redirect rushes inside and generate pressure. Still a work in progress but is at least active with his hands. Closing speed is surprisingly good for a player of his size, and tested very well at Washington’s pro day during the pre-draft process. Gets his hands up to contest passing lanes. Able to make some spot drops into zone.

Negatives:

Doesn’t look like he has much of a plan as a pass-rusher; more of an opportunist who seeks out open lanes. Technique with his hands is limited. Still needs to develop counters, finishing too many snaps idling around the line of scrimmage. Will get a little bit too far down in his seat, limiting explosiveness. Tendency to get too far forward. Gets stuck in congestion and can look clumsy at times. Overall bend and arc are just adequate. Surprisingly doesn’t have much of a power element to his game despite his size.

Summary:

A big, long-limbed defensive end who plays the game with physicality and active hands, but who spends too many snaps around the line of scrimmage shuffling around for lanes instead of winning with explosiveness, technique, and power. Consequently, looks like a boom-or-bust type prospect who is probably going to be drafted within the top sixty or seventy picks, potentially as high as the first round, but will have to make some serious strides to live up to that sort of draft position.