• Toby Todd

Top NFL Draft Prospects at Every Position


The regular season is over, meaning for 18 teams and fanbases, the NFL Draft cannot come fast enough. Whether you are a Jaguars fan waiting for a “once in a generation” type talent, a Falcons fan wondering if a new era is beginning or a Texans fan waiting for the 2nd round (thanks Bill O’Brien), the NFL Draft remains one of the most highly anticipated events of the NFL calendar.

I try my best to provide a mere look into the most highly touted NFL Draft prospects that fans should keep their eye on for the next few months. So without further adieu, here are my own personal player rankings at the end of the collegiate football season.



QB Rankings


1. Trevor Lawrence


A near consensus number one overall pick. Touted as maybe the greatest QB prospect of all time. Finishes his Clemson career with a 34-2 record, 3 CFP appearances and a national championship. Lawrence accounted for 108 total TD and only 17 INT in 3 years


Early 1st

(1-10)


2. Justin Fields


Since transferring from Georgia to Ohio State, Fields has lost just two collegiate games. After accounting for 51 touchdowns in 2019, Fields used a near perfect Sugar Bowl performance to solidify his spot as the next best QB option. Fields ends with 86 total TD to only 9 INT


Early 1st

(1-10)


3. Zach Wilson


Bursting onto the scene in 2020, Wilson showed flashes of brilliance but never put together a season quite like this one. With 33 touchdowns to only 3 interceptions, Wilson led the BYU Cougars to a near unbeaten season. Don’t be surprised if Wilson ends up #2 overall


Early 1st

(1-10)


4. Mac Jones


After sitting behind two NFL caliber QBs to start his Alabama career, Jones showed off with a season for the ages. Setting the school single season passing yardage record, Jones made a name for himself; leading the #1 team in the country and best Tide offense ever


Middle 1st

(11-20)


5. Kyle Trask


Ending 2020 with the best statistical year of any QB, Trask shot his way up draft boards. Trask led the Gators to a Cotton Bowl appearance while tossing an FBS best 43 touchdowns. With a 70% completion rate, look for Trask’s accuracy to impress at combine

Late 1st

(21-232)


6. Trey Lance


A relative unknown, hurt with the cancelation of most of their 2020 season, Lance looks like a promising project QB with tons of upside. Spectacular in his one season starting with NDSU, Lance threw for 28 TD, ran for another 14 and had 0 INT along with an FCS Title.


Late 1st

(21-32)



RB Rankings


1. Travis Etienne


A big play waiting to happen; this explosive runner has a unique skill set catching passes and running in the open field. Etienne finishes his Clemson career with 78 total TD (70 rush, 8 rec) in 55 games. His 111.0 career scrimmage YPG will entice scouts


Late 1st

(21-32)


2. Najee Harris


To be the all-time Alabama rushing leader in yards and touchdowns tells you all you need to know about Harris. At 6’2, 230 lbs. Harris surprises with elite athleticism. Proving to be a true Bell Cow RB, Harris ended 2020 with 1466 rushing yards and 30 total TD


Late 1st

(21-32)


3. Kenneth Gainwell


Opting-out of the 2020 season, Gainwell gave scouts plenty to see in just 18 games of action at Memphis. With elite lateral quickness and a knack for evading tackles, Gainwell is expected to be an immediate change-of-pace back. Ends career with 122.9 all purpose YPG


Middle 2nd-Early 3rd


4. Chuba Hubbard


Hubbard wows scouts with elite top end speed and quickness. Despite a turbulent 2020, the Cowboys star solidified his NFL status in 2019 with over 2000 yards on the ground. Hubbard ends his 3-year OK State career with 3459 rush yards and 36 total touchdowns


Middle 2nd-Early 3rd


5. Javonte Williams


The “thunder” in UNC’s lightning-thunder backfield, Williams has ideal size at 220 lbs. and the ability to run through first defenders. Williams split the backfield in 2020 but still put up big time numbers with 1140 rush yards and 19 touchdowns. He added 3 receiving TD.


Early 3rd-Middle 3rd



WR Rankings


1. DeVonta Smith


The first WR to win the Heisman since 1991, Smith ended 2020 with over 1800 yards and 23 TD. Smith has a rare combination of hands, speed and route running artistry that makes him nearly impossible to cover. A true #1 option, Smith may be a generational talent


Early 1st

(1-10)


2. Ja’Marr Chase


Opting-out following a Biletnikoff Award 2019, Chase has not been forgotten. A physical specimen, Chase has all the skills to be elite right away in the league. His 2019 remained the best for any WR in SEC history, with 84 Catches, 1780 Yards and 20 TD


Early 1st

(1-10)


3. Jaylen Waddle


Coming off an injury that took most of his 2020 season, many thought Waddle might have been even better than his counterpart, Smith. Waddle still amassed 1999 yards in 33 games playing alongside 3 1st round WR. His big play capability makes him an immediate threat


Middle 1st

(11-20)


4. Rashod Bateman


Despite a short 2020 campaign, Bateman still has the attention of any team needing a playmaker. A big, physical WR, Bateman combines a rare ability to make plays on the ball along with deceptive explosiveness. 2019, his best year, saw 1219 yards & 12 TD


Middle 1st

(11-20)


5. Rondale Moore


Once dubbed “most exciting player in the nation,” Moore has played just 7 games the last 2 seasons. However, Moore remains a tantalizing prospect with an extremely rare speed-power combination. As a freshman, he accounted for 1400 scrimmage yards & 14 TD


Late 1st

(21-32)



TE Rankings


1. Kyle Pitts


Continuing the trend of great pass-catching tight ends, Pitts looks to be the clear cut top tight end of the 2021 draft. With the ability to stretch the field and a knack for finding the end zone, Pitts could easily become a number one option. He scored 12 TD in 8 games in 2020


Middle 1st

(11-20)


2. Pat Freiermuth


Hampered by injury in 2020, Freiermuth still ended his 3 year PSU career with the most TE touchdowns in school history. At 6’5, near 260 lbs. Freiermuth is an extremely effective red zone target and physically imposing blocker. His 77.5 YPG in 2020 was his best yet


Early 2nd-Late 2nd


3. Brevin Jordan


Perhaps the most athletic tight end in the draft, Jordan can be utilized from almost any spot on the field. His ability after the catch is what truly separates himself from the pack. Jordan had an impressive 576 yards and 7 TD in just 8 games in 2020, scoring 4 in his final 3 outings


Middle 2nd-Early 3rd


4. Charlie Kolar


A monstrous 6’6, Kolar became the go-to target for Iowa State throughout the season. With 44 catches, 591 yards and 7 TD in 2020, Kolar notched a 2nd team All-American spot. With exceptional hands and one of the largest frames in the draft, Kolar could be a steal


Late 3rd-Middle 4th


5. Nick Eubanks


Eubanks is one of the best blocking tight ends in the draft. Having played in a pro-style offense for most of his career, Eubanks stats don’t jump off the page. However, the big tight end showed off an ability to find paydirt as a junior with 6 TD on 45 catches in his career


Middle 4th-Early 5th



OT Rankings


1. Penei Sewell


Hailed as the most dominant offensive lineman in the country, Sewell is the coveted offensive line prospect in the draft. Opting-out of the 2020 season, Sewell’s stock didn’t drop a bit. Winning the Outland Trophy as a sophomore, he was even named co-Pac 12 OPOY


Early 1st

(1-10)


2. Rashawn Slater


Another 2020 opt-out, Slater impressed the next level during his junior year at left tackle. Slater allowed no sacks and just six total pressures in 11 games that season. His excellence in pass protection should earn him a spot as a starting tackle from day one


Early 1st

(1-10)


3. Christian Darrisaw


In just six games during his 2020 season, Darrisaw was named PFF’s highest graded lineman of the season. He is one of the most experienced linemen entering the draft, starting 34 games at left tackle for the Hokies. Expect Darrisaw to see real time right away


Middle 1st

(11-20)


4. Jalen Mayfield


With a large, athletic frame, Mayfield looks like one of the most mobile linemen in the draft. Despite only playing 2 games in 2020, his 15 starts at right tackle yielded great tape of what Mayfield could do as a run blocker. With room to grow, Mayfield has a sky high ceiling


Middle 1st

(21-32)


5. Samuel Cosmi


As a two time Big XII Offensive Linemen of the Year, Cosmi has shown off an athletic skill set from both sides of the ball. Starting 14 games at right tackle and 21 games at left tackle, he is familiar with both sides of the line. With his frame, he looks the part of a long term LT


Early 2nd-Middle 2nd


IOL Rankings


1. Wyatt Davis


Viewed by many as the most physical lineman in the draft, Davis has put together very impressive run blocking tape. His athleticism mixed with power makes him an ideal NFL guard. Since earning the starting job late in 2018, Davis has shot up the board rapidly


Middle 1st

(11-20)


2. Alijah Vera-Tucker


Despite starting only 19 games in his three year college career, Vera-Tucker has asserted himself by being named to all Pac-12 teams in his only two starting seasons. He is great moving side-to-side in pass protection and competes extremely hard in the run game


Middle 1st

(11-20)


3. Trey Smith


Smith started his career at Tennessee as a highly touted left tackle before moving to right guard. His power impresses and he moves defenders with ease when he has leverage. He was named a 2nd team All-American and his decision to opt-in helps the draft stock


Late 1st

(20-32)


4. Creed Humphrey


Viewed by many as the best center in the draft, Humphrey was named the Rimington Award winner in 2019. He is most hailed for his leadership at the line and knowledge of defensive schemes. Although young, he is wise beyond his years and can start right away


Early 2nd-Middle 2nd


5. Alex Leatherwood


The 2020 Outland Trophy winner may start at left tackle for the potent Tide, however, he projects best to a guard at the next level. A position he is familiar with, Leatherwood started his Alabama career at the right guard spot and has excelled at both spots on the line


Early 2nd-Middle 2nd


DL Rankings


1. Christian Barmore


The 2021 CFP Championship Defensive Player of the Game has exploded up draft boards. Barmore exhibits elite strength and has the ideal NFL frame at 6’5, 310 lbs. With 8 sacks and 9.5 TFL in 2021, Barmore shows off skills in both run stopping and pash rushing


Late 1st

(21-32)


2. Daviyon Nixon


Nixon came out of nowhere in a short 2020 season to make a name for himself. Nixon had 13.5 TFL in just 8 games, showing off an explosive first step and ability to beat linemen to the gaps. His 5.5 sacks on the season also hint at a growing pass rushing prowess


Early 2nd-Middle 2nd


3. Marvin Wilson


Viewed as the top IDL entering the 2020 season, Wilson had a slower statistical season than in years prior. However, the flashes shown in the 2018 and 2019 season mixed with his natural athleticism make him a very capable pass rusher coming up the middle


Late 2nd-Early 3rd


4. Jaylen Twyman


With eye-popping 2019 production, 10.5 sacks and 12 TFL, Twyman sat out the 2020 season to get ready for the draft. He is undersized for a DT, but he is quick laterally and can really move. Twyman is subject to rise draft boards with an impressive combine/pro-day outing


Early 3rd-Middle 3rd


5. Levi Onwuzurike


Despite a lack of career sack numbers and a 2020 opt-out, Onwuzurike has impressed scouts with raw athleticism and length that makes him hard to get hands on. He has major upside, but a lack of recent tape could push him lower than his skillset may warrant him


Early 3rd-Middle 3rd



EDGE Rankings


1. Kwity Paye


A physical freak, Paye blends strength, speed, motor and intangibles into an edge prospect that looks the part of a future star. Paye shared reps in 2019 where he still finished with 12.5 TFL and 6.5 sacks. In a short 2020 season, Paye still showed elite playmaking ability


Early 1st

(1-10)


2. Gregory Rousseau


One of the first players to opt-out of the 2020 season, Rousseau proved enough in 2019 to garner no worse than a 1st round grade. With 19.5 TFL and 15.5 Sacks in 2019, Rousseau’s numbers speak for themselves. At 6’7, his length gives him a big time advantage


Middle 1st

(11-20)


3. Joseph Ossai


Perhaps the best motor of any player in the draft, Ossai is a natural playmaker. He found a niche in his final year at Texas that turned him from an OLB to a true EDGE. He finished 2020 with 5 sacks and an impressive 3 forced fumbles, proving to be a big play rusher


Late 1st

(20-32)


4. Patrick Jones II


Jones II took advantage of fellow DL star Twyman sitting out the 2020 season with a monstrous statistical output. With 13 TFL and 9 sacks in 2020, he built off an impressive end to the 2019 season that got him looks. With a high football IQ, Jones could start right away


Early 2nd-Middle 2nd


5. Azeez Ojulari


Another high energy EDGE, Ojulari looks like a project that could turn into a star. Lacking some refined pass rushing skills, his natural athleticism still allows him to be extremely productive. With 8.5 sacks in 2020, Ojulari ended strong and continues a rapid growth


Early 2nd-Middle 2nd



LB Rankings


1. Micah Parsons


Parsons looks the part of a superstar. Great size (6’3, 245) great sideline-to-sideline speed and amazing versatility have scouts salivating over whom most consider the best defensive player in the draft. In just 2 years, Parsons elite level of play speaks for itself


Early 1st

(1-10)


2. Nick Bolton


Bolton is a linebacker who can do both. Coming up to stifle rushing attacks, elite in zone coverages, Bolton has the type of versatility teams need in ILB nowadays. Always flying to the ball, Bolton had 7 or more tackles in every game he finished in 2020


Late 1st

(11-20)


3. Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah


Despite his undersized stature, Owusu-Koramoah impressed on tape with his ability to cover WR in the slot, use speed to get to the ball and always seems to make the big plays for his defense. He forced 6 turnovers in 2020 en route to the Butkus award


Late 1st

(20-32)


4. Zaven Collins


The 2020 Nagurski Award winner came out of nowhere to become a household name for college football fans. Collins has great size and his background as a high school QB makes him very versatile. His 2020 showed of a complete package (4 sacks, 4 INT, 2 FF)


Late 1st

(20-32)


5. Dylan Moses


Viewed by many as the most athletic LB in the draft, Moses is a physical beast. Reminiscent of the Alabama RB with elite size and speed, he combines both to make for a sure tackling, ball hawking machine. He projects as a starting edge setting, pass covering outside LB


Early 2nd-

Middle 2nd



CB Rankings


1. Patrick Surtain II


The unanimous 1st team All-American is making his own name for himself following in his father’s footsteps. Surtain II stands at 6’2, giving him great length for a corner. Despite the more pedestrian numbers, Surtain is shut down, rarely being targeted (9 PD, 1 INT)


Early 1st

(1-10)


2. Caleb Farley


Another tall cornerback, also standing 6’2, Farley is elite in playing the football. In 2019, Farley had 4 INT and 12 PD. While there is a need to improve his tackling, Farley’s coverage in man and zone coverages makes him a highly coveted add to any defense


Middle 1st

(11-20)


3. Jaycee Horn


Another son of a former NFL player, Horn jumps off tape with his physicality and competitiveness. He excels in press coverage in man defense and fights at the catch point. Horn started his career in the slot, but transitioned smoothly throughout his career


Late 1st

(20-32)


4. Derion Kendrick


Kendrick is new to the DB game. Playing QB in high school, starting college as a WR, he didn’t move to CB until 2019. Despite having never played there, he started in 2019 and exploded in 2020. He excels in all coverages, press, man, zone and continues to grow


Early 2nd-Middle 2nd


5. Eric Stokes


Stokes is a ball hawk. He makes the most of opportunities to cause turnovers, finishing 2020 with 4 INT and 4 PD with 2 TD. He fits best in a zone defense due to a lack of top end speed but a great knack of finding and making big plays on the ball


Early 2nd-Middle 2nd



S Rankings


1. Trevon Moehrig


Moehrig won the 2020 Jim Thorpe award for best defensive back in college football. Moehrig hawks the ball and disrupts passing games from the free safety spot. He played a lot of single-high safety in college and is extremely comfortable controlling a defense


Early 2nd-Middle 2nd


2. Andre Cisco


In the most pure sense of the word, Cisco is a ball magnet. With 7 INT in his freshman year, 5 in his sophomore year and one in only 2 games in 2020, Cisco is a momentum changer. If Cisco can remain disciplined in coverage, he is a big play waiting to happen


Middle 2nd-Late 2nd


3. Jevon Holland


Holland has unique versatility in pass coverage. He is excellent in the slot, reads offenses from the back end and lined up all over the field for the Ducks. He is an explosive athlete and pairs it with solid technique. He had 9 INT and 4.5 TFL in just 2 seasons


Middle 2nd-Late 2nd


4. Paris Ford


The hardest-hitting defensive back in the draft, Ford is an all-energy, all the time type of guy. He is more of a tone setter than a straight coverage safety. He had 6 interceptions in his final two collegiate seasons, showing that he is capable in coverage as well


Late 2nd-Early 3rd


5. Hamsah Nasirildeen


Likely much higher on boards if not for an ACL tear late in 2019, Nasirildeen has one of the highest ceilings of any DB prospect. He has elite size at 6’4, he plays downhill and will be a tough matchup for TE and RB in the pass game. He finished with 233 tackles at FSU


Early 3rd-Middle 3rd



-Toby Todd, 24

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