Previously: 1 Avg. 1 per 9
Lawrence has made some beautiful throws this season, showing off his powerful arm, accuracy, and an impressive ability to throw on the run. His deep ball has been superb. Taking on Syracuse, Lawrence completed 27-of-43 for 289 yards with two touchdowns and an interception, which was the first pick-six of his college career. He has completed 71 percent of his passes this season for 1,833 yards, 17 touchdowns passing and two interceptions. Lawrence has also rushed for four touchdowns.
Lawrence has the potential to be the best quarterback prospect to enter the NFL since Andrew Luck, and Lawrence could end up being a better prospect than Luck was coming out of Stanford in 2012. In 2019, Lawrence completed 66 percent of his passes for 3,665 yards with 36 touchdowns and eight interceptions. He also ran for 563 yards and nine touchdowns while leading Clemson back to the National Championship Game. Lawrence showed further development as a passer and as a team leader. The 6-foot-5, 205-pounder has a powerful arm, developed poise, mobility, and play-making ability. Lawrence makes good decisions while distributing the ball well to his phenomenal supporting cast.
Lawrence took college football by storm as a freshman in 2018, compiling a flawless season that culminated with him ripping Alabama's defense comprised of NFL talent to win another National Championship for Clemson. Lawrence completed 65 percent of his passes for 3,280 yards with 30 touchdowns and four interceptions on the year.
Previously: 2 Avg. 2 per 9
Chase did not opt back in for the 2020 season and is preparing for the 2021 NFL Draft.
Chase (6-1, 200) enjoyed a breakout 2019 season and was a source of big plays for the Tigers' offense. On the year, the sophomore averaged 21.2 yards per reception with 84 catches for 1,780 yards and 20 touchdowns. He was the No. 1 receiver for the Tigers' offense, showing off game-breaking speed with quality route-running and superb yards-after-the-catch ability. Chase was the best wide receiver in college football in 2019, and there wasn't a close second. As a freshman, he had 23 catches for 313 yards with three scores.
Previously: 3 Avg. 3 per 9
Sewell has signed with an agent after opting out of the 2020 season while the Pac-12 suspended play. He is the top offensive line prospect for the 2021 NFL Draft.
Unfortunately, Sewell won't play in 2020 as the Pac-12 presidents decided to do what was best for them rather than what was best for their students in canceling the 2020 football season. If the season is played in the spring, it would not make sense for Sewell to play and risk injury.
Sewell (6-6, 325) had a dominant sophomore season as the blind-side protector for Justin Herbert. With his good size, length, quickness and athleticism, Sewell has a nice skill set that could end up making him one of the top prospects for the 2021 NFL Draft. For his excellent 2019 season, Sewell won the Outland Trophy and was the Pac-12 co-offensive player of the year. Sewell was a shutdown pass protector as a sophomore in 2018, not allowing a sack in over 926 snaps. He only was credited with allowing seven pressures and two hits all season. Sewell broke into the starting lineup as a freshman and played well, so he already has produced two good seasons of tape for the NFL. Thus, not playing in 2020 should not hurt him with his draft grade as he is not a 1-year wonder who was then forced to sit out.
QB, Ohio State.
Previously: 5 Avg. 4.9 per 9
Fields played well in his season opener, completing 20-of-21 passes for 276 yard with two touchdowns and zero interceptions. He also ran for 54 yards and a touchdown on 15 carries.
In order to prioritize protecting their own jobs above everything else, the Big Ten presidents and commissioner failed their students by canceling fall football even though the odds are higher for a player to die in a car accident going to practice than from COVID-19. Along with abandoning a player who made the conference a lot of money last year, Fields' development as a football player is significantly hurt by the lost season because he needed more reps and playing time to grow before going to the NFL. With that being taken away from him, Fields has more bust potential as he will need more time and grooming in a league that does not have much patience even for first-round quarterback prospects - e.g. Josh Rosen.
Fields has a dynamic skill set with natural passing ability and is a dangerous runner. In speaking with some team sources, we agreed he looks like a bigger Deshaun Watson. Fields has a good skill set with a live arm and an ability to do damage with his feet. He can throw the ball accurately in rhythm with anticipation. Consistently, Fields locates his passes well, placing them in position for his receiver to make the reception and pick up yards catch. On top of accuracy, Fields throws a catchable ball. He also possesses excellent mobility to hurt defenses with his feet. Fields has issues panicking when defenses send heavy blitzes his direction, which is a serious issue that he could have used a junior season to improve upon rather than having to fix that against NFL defenses.
Fields (6-3, 223) was one of the top recruits in the nation along with Trevor Lawrence. Fields started off his career at Georgia before transferring to Ohio State. In Fields' one season at Georgia, he was 27-of-39 for 328 yards with four touchdowns passing and four touchdowns rushing. He took over as the Buckeyes' starting quarterback in 2019 following Dwayne Haskins' departure for the NFL and dominated. Fields completed 67 percent of his passes on the year for 3,273 yards with 41 touchdowns and three interceptions. He also ran for 484 yards and 10 scores.
Previously: 4 Avg. 4.1 per 9
Rousseau did not opt back in to playing this year. He faces the stigma of being a 1-year wonder for the 2021 NFL Draft.
Rousseau fell for the media fear porn regarding COVID-19 and decided not to play for Miami in 2020. Rousseau (6-6, 260) was one of the best edge defenders in college football during his redshirt freshman season. For his breakout 2019, he notched 15.5 sacks with two forced fumbles and 54 tackles. Rousseau has an excellent skill set with upside to develop. However he decided to lose a year of reps and development so he will enter the NFL as a one-year wonder that is raw and lacks experience. That puts more risk on drafting him compared to players who have shown development over multiple years.
DE, Wake Forest.
Previously: 6 Avg. 6 per 9
Basham had nine tackles and a sack against Virginia Tech. To open the season versus Clemson, he made some nice plays, recording a sack and two tackles. Basham has played really well in 2020, totaling 26 tackles and five sacks so far this season.
Basham (6-5, 275) showed a big improvement from his sophomore to junior season, going from 4.5 sacks in 2018 to 11 in 2019. His run defense remained steady with 64 tackles as a sophomore and 57 as a junior. In his breakout redshirt junior year, he also had three forced fumbles and three passes batted.
Basham has good size size for the NFL in terms of height and weight. He is also faster and more athletic than one would expect. With his skill set, Basham has upside for the next level.
LB, Penn State.
Previously: 7 Avg. 7 per 9
Parsons, unlike many players, decided not to opt back into football after the Big Ten decided to play football again in 2020.
Parsons decided to quit on the 2020 season before the Big Ten fools canceled their season. Parsons collected 109 tackles with five sacks, four forced fumbles and five passes defended in 2019. He was always around the ball and produced some splash plays for Penn State. Parsons broke into the starting lineup as a true freshman in 2018 and showed that he has lot of upside to develop into an intriguing player. In 2018, he totaled 83 tackles with five for a loss, 1.5 sacks and two forced fumbles. Parsons (6-3, 245) has good size, speed and instincts.
Previously: 8 Avg. 8 per 9
The Pac-12 has decided it is going to play in 2020, but Holland has not opted back in. He is preparing for the 2021 NFL Draft rather than rejoining the Ducks.
Holland (6-1, 200) was a playmaker for the Ducks over the past two seasons, putting together fabulous ball production. As a freshman, he had 42 tackles with five interceptions and eight passes broken up. In 2019, he had 66 tackles with four interceptions and four passes batted.
Holland's instincts and ball skills have made him a dangerous threat to snatch interceptions and break up passes downfield. He could stand to get stronger to tackle in the NFL, but he had respectable tackle totals over his freshman and sophomore seasons. With speed and athleticism, Holland is versatile in coverage to play a variety of techniques and he is an asset to help solve problems downfield. The knock on him is being on the smaller side for a pro safety.
Previously: 9 Avg. 19 per 9
Disaster struck for Waddle against Tennessee as he suffered a season-ending injury on the opening kickoff. Nick Saban said Waddle had a high ankle sprain requiring surgery. In 2020, Waddle had 25 receptions for 557 yards and four touchdowns.
Even though he was a backup to Jerry Jeudy and Henry Ruggs, Waddle provided some big plays as a sophomore (33-560-6), averaging 17 yards per reception and as a freshman averaging 19 yards per catch (45-848-7).
Multiple team sources compared Waddle to Kansas City Chiefs star receiver Tyreek Hill. Waddle's explosive speed and game changing ability has some evaluators believing he could go in the 10-15 range of the first round, and those scouts think Waddle is a better prospect than Ruggs. A few teams had Waddle lower saying they felt that he needed to become more of a polished receiver and less of a gadget player, but one director of college scouting said Hill was not a polished route runner when he entered the NFL and the explosive gadget players are being utilized better by coaches than some similar prospects in the past. Sources at seven different teams said they thought Waddle would go in the first and a few believed that Waddle would go as top-16 pick next April in the 2021 NFL Draft. His injury now clouds that projection.
QB, North Dakota State.
Previously: 10 Avg. 10 per 9
North Dakota State has now played its one game of the 2020 season, which was a mixed outing for Lance. He missed some throws and made some mistakes, but considering the rust factor, that is somewhat understandable. Lance completed 15-of-30 passes for 149 yards with two touchdowns and an interception. He took 15 carries for 143 yards and two touchdowns as well.
Lance has a great skill set with arm strength, size, running ability, and upside. He has announced he is entering the 2021 NFL Draft despite the fact that he will need a lot of practice time with pro coaches.
The 2019 season was Lance's first year of playing time, and he produced a huge year, completing 67 percent of his passes for 2,786 yards with 28 touchdowns and zero interceptions. Lance is listed at 6-foot-3, 221 pounds, and sources say he has a good skill set of physical tools. Scouts say they need to see more from Lance and are wary of a 1-year wonder situation, but North Dakota State foolishly canceled its 2020 football season, so Lance will only have that one season of tape. He will need a lot of developmental time and will be a raw quarterback if he enters the 2021 NFL Draft.
Previously: 11 Avg. 11 per 9
Cosmi was solid against Oklahoma and TCU. He showed that his added strength is helping him to anchor better, but he still has room for improvement. Team sources who saw Cosmi to open the 2020 season said that Cosmi looks like has added some good weight and looks better physically.
Team sources like Cosmi and think he is a better prospect than Connor Williams was at Texas. They feel Cosmi is raw and needs development, but athletically, he is an interesting prospect. Cosmi (6-6, 295) needs to play more and get stronger for the NFL. Team sources felt he should go back to school if he wanted to be a secure first-round pick in his draft class, and Cosmi wisely decided to return to College Station for 2020.
As a redshirt freshman, Cosmi earned a starting spot at right tackle for the Longhorns and had an impressive debut. He did a good job in pass protection, showing some length and athleticism on the edge.
S, Ohio State.
Previously: 12 Avg. 12 per 9
In the season opener against Nebraska, Wade played well, making a couple of tackles and a pass broken up.
Wade totaled 25 tackles with eight passes broken up, an interception and two sacks in 2019. He made some impressive plays for the Buckeyes and was a bigger presence than the numbers indicate. During the fall, I reported that team sources said they believed Wade was likely to go back to Ohio State for 2020, which is what happened.
Wade (6-1, 194) has a good skill set to develop with a ton of upside. He had a strong debut for the Buckeyes in 2018, totaling 31 tackles, three interceptions, seven passes defended and one forced fumble on the year. Even though Wade has the size to line up on the outside, Ohio State played him mostly at slot cornerback in 2018 and 2019, and he did well there.
With Jeff Okudah and Damon Arnette having moved on to the NFL, Wade was likely to move to the outside in 2020, and it would have really helped his draft grade if he had played well there. But the fools who run the Big Ten and the university presidents decided to protect themselves and cancel the season over acting in the best interest of the student athletes like Wade.
Previously: 13 Avg. 13 per 9
Versus Texas A&M, Pitts continued to impress, catching five passes for 47 yards and a touchdown. He dominated Ole Miss to the tune of 170 yards on eight receptions with four touchdowns. He already had two short touchdown catches before a 71-yard touchdown that was astounding with the way the big tight end ran away from the defensive backs, who couldn't catch him from behind. To clinch the win, Pitts made a phenomenal touchdown catch over two defenders on a jump ball. He has 17 receptions for 274 yards and seven touchdowns so far in 2020.
Pitts turned into play-maker in 2019, creating mismatches in the passing game. He is too fast for linebackers while being too big for safeties in coverage. The 6-foot-6, 239-pounder could stand to improve his blocking, but he will get drafted for his receiving ability. In 2019, he had 54 receptions for 649 yards and five touchdowns. Pitts could be improved in 2020 due to having increased experience, developing more physically, and benefitting from more experienced quarterback play.
Previously: 15 Avg. 14.9 per 9
Leatherwood had a solid season so far, helping Alabama cruise over Missouri, Texas A&M, Ole Miss and Tennessee. Against Georgia, Leatherwood had a very good game, protecting sufficiently for Mac Jones to throw for over 400 yards and helping Najee Harris to another game. Leatherwood did not pitch a shutout, as he was part of a sack allowed, but overall, he was very good against top competition.
Leatherwood (6-6, 322) played well for Alabama in 2019, showing that he has a first-round skill set of size, quickness and athleticism. Leatherwood could be even better in 2020 due to his increased experience. In his first season, Leatherwood rotated into the game and replaced an injured Jonah Williams at left tackle to help Alabama win another National Championship. As a sophomore, he started at right guard for the Crimson Tide, so he has versatility on where he can line up in the NFL.
Previously: 16 Avg. 15.9 per 9
Taking on Tennessee, Smith had seven receptions for 73 yards. Smith was excellent against Georgia, catching 11 passes for 167 yards and two touchdowns. He has 45 catches for 556 yards with four touchdowns on the year.
Smith had a tremendous junior season for Alabama, recording 68 receptions for 1,256 yards with 14 touchdowns. He showed off excellent hands, route-running, and the ability to pick up yards after the catch. He had 42 catches for 693 yards and six scores in 2018. The 6-foot-1, 175-pounder should take on a bigger role in 2020 with Jerry Jeudy and Henry Ruggs having moved on to the NFL.
Previously: 14 Avg. 14.2 per 9
A pre-game collision caused Syracuse to hold Cisco out against Georgia Tech, Duke and Clemson before announcing that Cisco was out for the year. He recorded 11 tackles and an interception on the year.
Over his first two seasons in college football, Cisco (6-0, 203) was a pure ball hawk for Syracuse. In 2019, he recorded 65 tackles with five interceptions and five passes broken up. Cisco had a huge 2018 season with seven interceptions, 18 passes broken up, one forced fumble and 60 tackles. The instinctive safety could have a hard time duplicating that production, but if he continues to play well, those tapes will help him to be an early-rounder.
Previously: 17 Avg. 17 per 9
Even though Pittsburgh was blown out, Ford played well against Notre Dame with eight tackles and a pass broken up. Previously, he had six tackles and an interception versus Miami. Taking on Syracuse, Ford was very good, totaling four tackles and an interception. He had three tackles and an interception in the season opener against Austin Peay. Ford has 41 tackles, three passes broken up and three interceptions so far this year.
As a redshirt sophomore, Ford broke out for the Panthers, leading them in tackles with 97 while also showing impressive ball production in the form of three interceptions and 11 passes broken up. He also provided three forced fumbles. Ford (6-0, 190) was a heat-seeking missile flying around all over the field in both phases, and team sources said he really jumped out to them when scouting other players.
Ford could become a hot prospect as a junior and/or senior. It would help him to gain some weight for the NFL because he is a physical force that plays a very violent brand of football.
Previously: 18 Avg. 18 per 9
Taking on Tennessee, Moses had six tackles. Moses recorded 10 tackles and a sack taking on Georgia after making 13 tackles against Ole Miss the week before. He has 43 tackles with 1.5 sacks so far in 2020.
Alabama has been a factory for linebacker talent, and Moses (6-3, 233) will keep that tradition alive for the 2021 NFL Draft, if he can stay healthy. Team sources were really excited about seeing him in 2019, but a torn ACL in training camp ended his season before it started. Some sources thought that if Moses had entered the 2020 NFL Draft, he still would have been an early-rounder despite the injury. They were very impressed with his performance in 2018 when he recorded 86 tackles, 10 for a loss, 3.5 sacks, one forced fumble and one pass batted while rotating with other linebackers.
Previously: 19 Avg. 19.7 per 9
Etienne ran for 86 yards and three touchdown on 16 carries against Syracuse, but he also fumbled again. Clemson did not need to use Etienne a lot against Georgia Tech, as he ran for 44 yards on 11 carries and took two receptions for 29 yards, but he did fumble the ball away. Versus Miami, Etienne totaled 149 yards on 17 carries with two touchdowns. He also caught eight passes for 73 yards. His outing against Miami will definitely help his draft grade. Etienne has been known as a lighting-fast big-play running back, but Etienne showed more strength and ability to pick up yards after contact against the Hurricanes. Etienne has totaled 83 carries for 522 yards - 6.3 average - and eight touchdowns with 22 receptions for 294 yards and a score in 2020.
Etienne (5-10, 200) played well for Clemson in 2019, showing his speed to break off long gains on any carry. He averaged 7.8 yards per carry for 1,614 yards with 18 touchdowns. He also made 37 receptions for 432 yards and four touchdowns. Etienne averaged 8.1 yards per carry in 2018 for 1,658 yards with 24 touchdowns. He also caught 12 passes for 78 yards and two scores. Etienne is not the biggest of backs, but he runs hard for his size and is fast. Etienne is a threat to score on any carry and also is a natural receiving back. If he can add weight while maintaining his speed, he could be a more dynamic back.
Previously: 20 Avg. 19.3 per 9
Paulson decided to still opt out of the 2020 season despite the Pac-12's decision to finally start its football season.
Adebo totaled 33 tackles with four interceptions and 10 passes broken up in 2019. Against Northwestern in the 2019 season opener, he picked up where he left off in 2018, recording five tackles with two passes batted and an interception. However, he had an ugly game against Central Florida, getting roasted on some double moves. Adebo is an aggressive corner and will have to learn to play with more discipline. In 2018, he recorded 64 tackles with 20 passes broken up and four interceptions.
Adebo (6-1, 190) is a big corner who has cover skills and a tremendous ability to play the ball. He also has good instincts and technique. While Adebo was superb for Stanford in 2019, the question for him will be if he can handle speed receivers at the next level.
Previously: 21 Avg. 21 per 9
Gainwell did not rejoin Memphis for 2020.
Gainwell was an electric playmaker for Memphis as a redshirt freshman in 2019 and jumped out to teams. He averaged 6.3 yards per carry on the year while racking up 1,459 yards with 13 touchdowns. He also was a superb receiver out of the backfield, recording 51 receptions for 610 yards and three scores through the air. Gainwell is a fast and explosive back who is a threat to rip off a long gain on any touch. The 5-foot-11, 191-pounder could stand to get stronger for the NFL, but he is a young and has time to develop physically.
Previously: 22 Avg. 22 per 9
Mayfield had a very good start to the season. He was a bull in the ground game to help the Wolverines run all over Minnesota.
Mayfield really impressed with me how he played against Chase Young at the end of the 2019 season. In plenty of one-on-one matchups, Mayfield got the better of Young. The 6-foot-5, 319-pounder has good size to him with athletic upside.
What really jumps out about Mayfield is his quickness and athleticism on the edge to neutralize speed rushers. Mayfield is very quick out of his stance as he fires back or forward with explosion off the ball. Through his speed and agility, Mayfield instantly gets good depth in his drop and is able to play the typewriter with his feet to mirror speed rushers. Mayfield is a solid contributor at the point of attack in the ground game, but he is not a bull in the mold of Andrew Thomas, Jedrick Wills or Brandon Scherff as a college lineman.
There are aspects of Mayfield's game that need improvement, including improving his technique for taking on NFL defensive linemen. He occasionally lunges after defenders and can get his weight too far over his toes. That leads to him missing some blocks, especially in space. There are also times when Mayfield gives up ground to bull rushes. He gets too wide with his hands, and that allows defenders to get into his chest to rock him back.
Previously: 23 Avg. 25 per 9
Surtain has 18 tackles with three passes broken up this season. He had a solid game against Georgia. Surtain made some good breakups against Tennessee, but he was also beaten for a touchdown from about 30 yards out.
With Alabama consistently featuring a loaded secondary, it can be hard for young players to see the field. Surtain, however, was the exception, as the star recruit got a lot of playing time for a freshman under Nick Saban. Surtain played well in 2018, recording 28 tackles with an interception, seven passes defended and one forced fumble. He looked like he was just scratching the surface of his potential. As a sophomore in 2019, Surtain had 42 tackles with two interceptions, three forced fumbles and eight passes broken up in 2019.
Surtain has good size and tons of upside. He is big, quick, physical, and has good ball skills. Surtain projects well as a press-man corner. As is very common with corners of his size, Surtain has issues with redirecting and is not a twitchy corner. Thus, he would not be a great fit to play off man or move inside to the slot in the NFL. He does look like a safe player to develop into a solid starting outside cornerback.
Previously: 24 Avg. 15.7 per 9
Walker has not opted back into playing this season.
Little was playing well overall against Northwestern in the 2019 season-opener, but late in the fourth quarter, he had to be helped off the field after suffering a dislocated knee. Little's injury was a season-ender, and he decided to return to Stanford for his senior year, but the Pac-12 has canceled the 2020 football season.
Little was impressive as a freshman starter at left tackle for Stanford. The 6-foot-7, 304-pounder did an effective job in run blocking and helped Bryce Love to a huge 2017 season. Little was solid as a sophomore, protecting K.J. Costello and opening holes in the ground game. Little has good length, strength and recoverability. With some nastiness and physicality, he is a plus run blocker for a left tackle and will punish pass rushers as well.
WR, Ohio State.
Previously: 25 Avg. 25 per 9
Versus Nebraska, Olave had six catches for 104 yards, but had a touchdown knocked out his hands and lost control of a few receptions he should have held onto.
The Buckeyes had other good receiving talent with more experience, but Olave (6-1, 185) became their most dynamic receiver playmaker during the 2019 season with 49 receptions for 849 yards and 12 touchdowns. He was a big-time point producer and looked like he was just getting started. Olave has quality height to him with speed to get downfield. He had a shot to produce a huge junior year with a more experienced Justin Fields at quarterback.
Jaycee Horn, CB, South Carolina.
Previously: 26 Avg. 26 per 2
Christian Barmore, DT, Alabama.
Previously: 27 Avg. 30.3 per 9
Aidan Hutchinson, DE, Michigan.
Previously: 38 Avg. 36.9 per 9
Trey Hill, C, Georgia.
Previously: 29 Avg. 29 per 9
Kwity Paye, DT, Michigan.
Previously: 37 Avg. 36.2 per 9