DE, Ohio State.
Previously: 1 Avg. 2.8 per 32
Young did not work out at the combine, but he did interview with teams. He is a lock to be the first non-quarterback drafted in the 2020 NFL Draft.
The Clemson Tigers game-planned to keep Young from dominating them in the college playoff, holding him to two tackles with some pressures. In the Big Ten Championship, Young had some pressures and six tackles with two passes batted against Wisconsin. Michigan did a nice job of blocking Young, keeping him from recording a sack and limiting him to just a few pressures. In fact, Young was shut out on the stat sheet. Young dominated Penn State, whipping Penn State's right tackle with speed rushes. Young notched nine tackles with three sacks and two forced fumbles against the Nittany Lions. Young was suspended for the games against Maryland and Rutgers. The suspension stemmed from him taking a loan from a family member.
Taking on Wisconsin in mid-season, Young put together a record-setting game for Ohio State with four sacks, two forced fumbles and six tackles. He absolutely dominated the Badgers' edge blockers and beat double teams to lead the Buckeyes' defense shutting down the Badgers' offense. Young was quiet against Michigan State. The extra attention paid to him, however, helped the other Ohio State defenders shut down the Spartans' offense.
Young dominated in 2019, notching huge games against Nebraska, Miami of Ohio, Indiana, Cincinnati, Wisconsin, and Penn State. He totaled 16.5 sacks with 46 tackles, six forced fumbles, three passes batted and a blocked kick in 2019.
Early in the 2018 season, the Ohio State defense was dealt a huge blow when Nick Bosa went out with an injury, but the team's pass rush was still furious due to Chase Young stepping up and harassing quarterbacks all year. Young broke out last year with 10.5 sacks, 15.5 tackles for a loss, 34 tackles, five passes broken up, and two forced fumbles.
As a pass-rusher, Young has an innate ability to get after the quarterback. He possesses a quick first-step and nice get-off that put offensive tackles on their heels. Young has quickness around the edge and is able to close on the quarterback in a hurry. Young shows functional athleticism to sink his hips and dip under tackles to beat their blocks. He also is effective working to the inside, where he has some strength to execute a rip move to the inside and also is able to knock tackles off balance with a hard shove and then cut to the inside to collapse the pocket.
Young is not a star against the run, but he is also not a complete liability. He could stand to fight through blocks more, and adding more strength to shed is necessary for him to handle pro offensive tackles.
Previously: 2 Avg. 3 per 32
Brown had a good workout at the combine, showing off his freaky skill set with speed and agility for a 330-pound interior lineman. In speaking with many team sources, Brown is the consensus second best player in the 2020 NFL Draft, behind only Chase Young. Multiple team sources also speak highly of Brown's football character and locker room presence.
To end 2019, Brown played well against Minnesota, making five tackles to close out his college career. The senior came through with some phenomenal plays to help Auburn win the Iron Bowl and illustrated his freakish skill set. He racked up seven tackles against the Crimson Tide and caused lots of disruption. Brown battled hard against Georgia and had some impressive plays versus the Bulldogs' all-star offensive line. He was an animal against Florida with a strip-sack, two fumble recoveries, lots of yardage on fumble returns, and a ton of disruption in the backfield. In 2019, Brown totaled 55 tackles, four sacks, four passes batted and two forced fumbles.
Entering the 2019 season, sources have told me that they feel that Brown is a definite first-rounder and could be a top-10 talent for the 2020 NFL Draft. Sources from multiple teams say that they have higher grades on Brown than players who were selected early in the 2019 NFL Draft, including Ed Oliver - ninth overall - and Christian Miller - 13th overall. If Brown had entered the 2019 NFL Draft, those sources feel Brown would have gone ahead of both Oliver and Wilkins.
Brown was an excellent interior defender over his sophomore and junior years. In 2017, he totaled 56 tackles with nine tackles for a loss, 3.5 sacks and two forced fumbles. Brown caused more is disruption than the numbers illustrate and created a lot of negative plays for the opposing offenses. He then played well as a junior in 2018 despite facing a bunch of double teams. Brown totaled 48 tackles, 4.5 sacks, 10.5 tackles for a loss and one forced fumble on the year.
As a pass-rusher, Brown beats blockers with variety. He is very strong and routinely pushes the pocket with his bull rush. Brown is effective in run defense too, using his strength to hold his ground at the point of attack. He stuffs blocks at the line of scrimmage and doesn't get pushed back thanks to his strength and good leverage.
CB, Ohio State.
Previously: 3 Avg. 5.7 per 32
The combine went badly for Okudah, who struggled in the field drills before going out following a hard landing that saw him hit his head on the turf. He could have used a strong pro day to help rehab his draft stock, but pro days have been canceled because of COVID-19. Okudah has enough good tape to make up for the lost pro day. Plus, Okudah has the reputation of being good off the field so that helps him to be viewed as a safer prospect.
Okudah notched five tackles and two passes broken up in the playoff loss to Clemson, plus was beaten for a two-point conversion. Okudah had four tackles and a pass broken up in the Big Ten Championship. He made some superb plays in coverage, but also was beaten for a would-be touchdown and was fortunate that his safety broke up the pass in the end zone. Okudah collected four tackles from Wisconsin earlier in the season. Versus Michigan State, he had one tackle while providing blanket coverage. Okudah continued his domination of the competition against Nebraska, making two interceptions and two tackles. Okudah was phenomenal in pass coverage to run the route and prevent separation in 2019. On the year, he totaled 35 tackles, nine passes broken up and three interceptions.
Okudah saw some brief action as a freshman in 2017, recording 17 tackles and a breakup. He received more playing time as a sophomore and totaled 32 tackles with eight breakups. He has yet to record an interception, but Okudah has a great skill set. The 6-foot-1, 200-pounder has the upside to be a No. 1 corner in the NFL due to having all the tools. Okudah has size, speed and athleticism to run the route and prevent separation.
Previously: 4 Avg. 2.8 per 32
Even though other linemen get more hype, some general managers have told me they think Thomas is the best offensive line prospect in the 2020 NFL Draft. He had a solid workout at the combine, and with his tape and track record from the SEC, he could cause him to rise in the final weeks before the draft.
Over three seasons as a starting tackle in the SEC, Thomas is credited with having given up only a total of five sacks in that time. In the SEC Championship versus LSU, Thomas had a solid game, although he did give up a sack to K'Lavon Chaisson. Overall, Thomas played well against Texas A&M, and Georgia ran behind him for some clutch plays to get a close win over the Aggies. Taking on Auburn, Thomas did well in the ground game and was solid in pass protection, although he gave up a sack to Marlon Davidson. Thomas had an excellent game against Florida's edge rushers, helping Georgia's offensive line dominate the line of scrimmage to lead the Bulldogs to a win. Thomas gave up some pressures against South Carolina, but he had a good game overall.
Previously, Thomas helped Georgia to a tough win over Notre Dame. Taking on Notre Dame's edge rushers, Thomas held them in check and did a good job of protecting Jake Fromm. Thomas had some critical protections and did well in run blocking, including opening a goal-line hole for D'Andre Swift to score.
Team sources say Thomas is a future top-10 pick and where he goes in the 2020 NFL Draft will depend a lot on team needs. Some teams might prefer other tackles, while other sources say Thomas is their top-rated offensive tackle.
Thomas has the potential to be a franchise left tackle in the NFL, and as a prospect, he looks like he has the potential to be of a similar caliber to Laremy Tunsil or Ronnie Stanley. Thomas had a strong 2018 season for Georgia at left tackle and was a big part of the team's juggernaut rushing attack. He also was a steady pass protector who did a good job of protecting Jake Fromm. Entering 2019, multiple team sources say that the junior had already jumped out at them and was impossible to ignore. Thomas was very impressive at right tackle as a true freshman, starting there all season and helping the Bulldogs to produce a dominant rushing attack. He also flashed impressive athleticism and length in pass protection.
Thomas has the potential to be a starting left tackle due to his ability in the passing game. He has quick feet, a good build and athleticism on the edge. Thomas can play the typewriter with his feet to cut off the edge from speed rushers. As a run blocker, Thomas is effective as well. He is quick to the second level and fires out of his stance. He gets into defenders quickly, displaying no hesitation to get physical and tie them up. Thomas is strong to lock up defenders and sustain his blocks. He is not overwhelmingly powerful, but better than average.
Previously: 5 Avg. 23.2 per 31
Becton was a superstar of the combine, running the 40-yard dash in a ridiculous 5.10 seconds. The 6-foot-7, 357-pounder is a massive blocker who is a phenomenal athlete for his size. Team sources say Becton does some freak show stuff as his combination of size, quickness, and athleticism is out of this world. Some scouts believe Becton is a more athletic version of Trent Brown, who became the NFL's highest-paid offensive tackle.
For the next level, it would help him to trim some weight and get in better condition. Becton has weight issues, and some teams have medical concerns with him relating to his back. However, team sources across the league have said Becton is extremely talented with a ton of upside. They think he could be a franchise left tackle, and sources believe he will end up going as a top-12 selection in the 2020 NFL Draft.
Previously: 6 Avg. 4.4 per 31
The medical reports on Tagovailoa have been very positive regarding his recovery and the projection for his to return to the field. With the travel ban going on in the NFL, the pre-draft process is over for Tagovailoa, who won't need to do a workout or medical re-check. Overall, that should help him considering all the news has been positive thus far. He also posted video of him dropping back and throwing passes.
Disaster struck for Tagovailoa and Alabama in 2019 when he went out for the season due to a dislocated hip injury suffered against Mississippi State. His injury is rare and not common in football, but the medical prognosis was that Tagovailoa would make a full recovery and resume football activities in 2020. Earlier in the season, he underwent surgery for an ankle injury, so there will major medical and durability concerns for Tagovailoa during the leadup to the 2020 NFL Draft.
Tagovailoa threw the ball accurately throughout his 2019 season, showing good field vision, anticipation and patience. He is an aggressive passer who challenges defenses downfield while throwing an accurate deep ball. In 2019 Tagovailoa completed 71 percent of his passes for 2,840 yards with 33 touchdowns and three interceptions. He had two rushing touchdowns as well.
After coming on in relief duty to lead Alabama to a National Championship in 2017, Tagovailoa won the starting quarterback job over Jalen Hurts for the 2018 season and was sensational for the Crimson Tide. On the year, he completed 69 percent of his passes for 3,966 yards with 43 touchdowns and six interceptions. Tagovailoa led Alabama to return to the National Championship game again, but the Crimson Tide lost to Clemson.
Tagovailoa is an aggressive passer who doesn't hesitate to challenge defenses downfield. He throws a very good deep ball, showing a quality arm and an ability to place his passes well downfield. He may not have an elite cannon, but his arm looks good enough. Tagovailoa is a steady passer who generally has good accuracy. He also is a good athlete who can make some plays with his feet.
Previously: 7 Avg. 13.8 per 31
Lamb had a good workout at the combine, excelling in the field drills. Team sources said he interviewed well with them also. Lamb is said to be a good kid, per sources, but he is a big partier, so it would help him to go to a team in a city that doesn't have a natural environment of distractions. Easing concerns about that will be important for Lamb in his video interviews in the final weeks leading up to the 2020 NFL Draft.
Oklahoma struggled to get Lamb as many targets in 2019 with Jalen Hurts at quarterback compared to 2018 with Kyler Murray or the year before with Baker Mayfield, but Lamb played well and made the most of his opportunities. In 2019, Lamb notched 62 receptions for 1,327 yards and 14 touchdowns.
The 6-foot-2, 189-pound Lamb didn't get the attention of teammate Hollywood Brown, but Lamb was very good for the Sooners in 2018. On the year, he hauled in 65 receptions for 1,158 yards with 11 touchdowns.
Team sources say that Lamb has the body and physique of a No. 1 receiver in the NFL. They say he has great hands, runs good routes, and is a polished receiver. Lamb makes some ridiculous catches that are reminiscent of DeAndre Hopkins and Odell Beckham Jr. His body control, concentration, and ability to adjust are tremendous, and those traits put him in position to make a lot of difficult receptions. After the catch, Lamb is dangerous with the ball in his hands, showing elusiveness and physicality as a runner.
While he has good size, Lamb does not have mismatch speed, according to team evaluators, and they've said that he could be a 4.55 guy in the 40-yard dash. Lamb is not overly fast, but he uses polished footwork and some suddenness to create separation. His route-running generates separation and makes up for his lack of elite speed.
Previously: 8 Avg. 10 per 31
Simmons was a combine superstar, wowing with his elite speed via a 40 time of 4.39 seconds. That time combined with his rare skill set could lead to him rising in the top 10. Some teams view him as a Will in a 4-3 while others place him as a Sam. What is clear is that he will be a good pass coverage linebacker in the sub package.
Simmons was impressive in pass coverage against Ohio State, making a critical interception as a deep free safety on the play. He made four tackles as well. In the ACC Championship, Simmons collected nine tackles, an interception and a pass broken up. He was superb in pass coverage, showing the NFL he is a linebacker who can cover like a safety. Simmons had a great outing against South Carolina, recording 10 tackles with a sack and a pass broken up. He showed tremendous speed and athleticism, running with a slot receiver deep down the field in man coverage.
In 2019, Simmons had 104 tackles with seven sacks, one forced fumble, three interceptions and eight passes broken up.
The 6-foot-3, 230-pounder is a huge safety who also could receive consideration as a linebacker. Simmons totaled 89 tackles with six passes broken up, three forced fumbles and one interception in 2018. He is a tough run defender who flies around the field and is a physical tackler. Simmons has good instincts with a nose for the football. In the NFL, he could be a strong safety or a dime linebacker, and he might grow into being a Will linebacker.
Previously: 9 Avg. 8.4 per 23
Murray ran a fast 40 at the combine, but a hamstring injury kept him from completing the workout. In the team interviews, Murray was a star who illustrated how much he loves football. Team sources say Murray eats, breaths and thinks football. He's a great kid and the kind you want leading your defense.
In 2019, Murray totaled 94 tackles with four sacks and four passes batted. He was a tackling machine for the Sooners in 2018 and one of the nation's leaders in stops, collecting 155. He also added 12.5 tackles for a loss with two passes batted. As a freshman, Murray had 78 tackles with 7.5 for a loss.
Murray is fast and physical linebacker who flies all over the field. The 6-foot-2, 243-pounder has good instincts and is always around the ball. Murray is a superb against the run, displaying the speed and athleticism to cover. He looks like a future three-down starter in the NFL and reminds me of a young Thomas Davis. If Murray slides in the first round of the 2020 NFL Draft, it could be from medical concerns, and his medical exam could have a big impact on where he goes.
Previously: 10 Avg. 21.9 per 30
Team sources said Henderson was the best defensive back on the field at the combine and his workout was spectacular. In the final weeks before the 2020 NFL Draft, Henderson is climbing and some team sources think he could sneak into the top 10.
Henderson totaled 11 passes broken up and 33 tackles in 2019. He also missed three games with a leg injury and sat out the bowl game. Henderson does a good job in coverage, blanketing receivers. Henderson is big, fast and athletic to run the route and prevent separation. With his skill set, he could be a true No. 1 cover corner to run with and prevent No. 1 receivers from getting open. However, he is an awful tackler and soft as a defender. If Henderson were more physical and a better tackler, he could be a lock as a top 10-pick.
Previously: 11 Avg. 4.7 per 31
Jeudy ran fast and did well in the field drills at the combine, plus team sources said he was a star in the team interviews. One thing that concerns some teams is Jeudy being not very big and having a thinner frame. They have some concerns with him holding up in the NFL and avoiding injury.
Jeudy spent 2019 proving he is a phenomenal route runner who consistently generates separation for his quarterback. With his superb feet, athleticism and suddenness, cornerbacks have a very difficult time running with Jeudy. The attention he drew opened things up for the other Alabama receivers to produce well for the Crimson Tide. In 2019, Jeudy collected 77 receptions for 1,163 yards and 10 touchdowns.
NFL scouts who attended Alabama's practices in the fall of 2017 told me that Jeudy was the next great Crimson Tide receiver to keep the tradition going under Nick Saban that has seen elite receivers like Julio Jones, Amari Cooper and Calvin Ridley dominate the competition. As a freshman, Jeudy totaled 14 receptions for 264 yards and two touchdowns. He was just scratching the surface and dominated as a sophomore. In 2018, Jeudy recorded 68 receptions for 1,315 yards and 14 touchdowns.
The first attribute that jumps out about Jeudy is speed. He is a fast wideout who is can break a game open. Beyond his fast first-step, Jeudy has a second gear to accelerate down the field and stretch defenses over the top. He can run by double coverage and score from anywhere on the field. After the catch, Jeudy is excellent. He is very elusive in the open field, using his phenomenal feet to dodge tacklers, stop/start, and cut through the secondary. For the NFL, Jeudy (6-1, 192) looks like a No. 1 receiver who has the potential to be a dynamic pro.
Jedrick Wills Jr.,
Previously: 12 Avg. 10.5 per 12
At the combine, Wills had a good workout to solidify his standing in the top 12. The 6-foot-5, 320-pound Wills was the starting right tackle for Alabama over the past two seasons and was a steady performer for the Crimson Tide. He has the strength to open holes in the ground game with the quickness and athleticism to block on the edge. Wills looks like a quick starter at right tackle in the NFL.
Team sources say Wills is going to be a top-12 pick in the 2020 NFL Draft. Wills is big, strong, quick and athletic. He is an easy mover on the edge with the ability to be a plug-and-play starter in the NFL. While Wills played right tackle for the Crimson Tide, he has the skill set to play either side as a pro. For the Crimson Tide, Wills was the blind side protector for southpaw quarterback Tua Tagovailoa. Wills has a chance to be the first offensive tackle selected in the 2020 NFL Draft.
Previously: 13 Avg. 18.3 per 18
Burrow did not work out at the combine, and that was probably a wise decision as his arm strength would have been exposed by throwing among big-armed quarterbacks like Jacob Eason, Justin Herbert, Jordan Love and James Morgan. After the cancelation of pre-draft workouts and pro days, Burrow will get drafted after never working out for pro scouts, so that works to his advantage but makes his arm strength more of a question.
Burrow was fantastic for LSU in 2019, completing 76 percent of his passes for 5,671 yards with 60 touchdowns and six interceptions. On the ground, he notched 368 yards rushing and five touchdowns. Burrow has the ability to start in the NFL given his quality size, functional mobility, and above-average accuracy. The senior was lights out over 2019 and dominated the SEC.
In speaking to a few directors of college scouting for NFL teams, they felt Burrow looked good but has some limitations in arm strength for the next level. They based that off of watching Burrow in person both in games and in practice durin 2019. They thought he is an efficient game manager with prototypical size, but his arm talent is not elite. Because of the arm limitations, they see him as having a skill set similar to Andy Dalton's. Some said they even had graded Burrow as a fourth-rounder at the beginning of this season, but with his incredible 2019, he skyrocketed. Burrow benefited greatly from a revamped scheme that was superb for LSU. He also had a very good offensive line, a strong running game, and some early-round receiver prospects. Everything went right for Burrow and LSU in 2019.
Burrow flashed at times for LSU in 2018, showing some size and running ability. The Ohio State transfer completed 58 percent of his passes in 2018 for 2,894 yards with 16 touchdowns and five interceptions. He ran for 399 yards and seven scores.
Previously: 14 Avg. 10.5 per 31
Swift was superb at the combine, putting up fast times and showing off excellent running ability in the field work. Numerous team sources feel that Swift is a top-20 talent, but he may not go that high because of team need. Some team sources think Swift could be a running back similar to Alvin Kamara in the NFL. In 2019, Swift averaged 6.2 yards per carry for 1,216 yards with seven touchdowns. He made 24 receptions for 216 yards and a touchdown as well.
Georgia has been a factory for NFL running backs, with a lot of excellent players coming out of Athens in recent years. Thus, it was very noteworthy that Swift could earn carries as a true freshman in 2017 with Sony Michel and Nick Chubb also in the backfield. In his Georgia debut, Swift averaged 7.6 yards per carry for 618 yards and three touchdowns. Swift took over as a starter in 2018 but still had to split carries with Elijah Holyfield. Despite the split, Swift collected 1,049 yards with an average of 6.4 yards per carry and 10 touchdowns on only 163 carries. The sophomore also contributed well as a receiver, making 32 receptions for 297 yards and three touchdowns.
Swift's speed immediately jumps out at an observer. He is a fast back with a quick first-step and a burst to the second level. He can pull away from defenders, making him a threat to take any carry or reception down the field for a huge gain. On top of being fast, Swift is a natural runner. He has excellent vision, body lean, and patience, plus runs behind his pads. Swift sets up blocks and uses his speed to dart through holes before they close. Defenders really struggle to get a hold of Swift, who has great feet that make him very elusive. While Swift is not the biggest of backs, he does have strength to his build and is able to break tackles while picking up yards after contact.
DT, South Carolina.
Previously: 15 Avg. 19.3 per 31
Kinlaw did not work out at the combine. He was the best player at the 2020 Senior Bowl, dominating in practice before leaving early with an injury. Given his dominant performance in Mobile, Kinlaw could be a top-16 pick in the 2020 NFL Draft.
South Carolina was not bowl eligible. Against Clemson in his final game, Kinlaw had four tackles and did a good job of helping to limit Travis Etienne. Kinlaw notched four tackles in a loss to Texas A&M. In 2019, Kinlaw totaled 35 tackles with six sacks and two passes defended. He caused a lot disruption at the point of attack. The big defensive tackle broke out in 2018 with 4.5 sacks, 10 tackles for a loss and 38 tackles.
The first thing that stands out about Kinlaw (6-5, 315) is his size. He is a tall, thick and good-looking athlete. After passing the eyeball test, one can see some special ability as Kinlaw really fires off the ball. He is quick to close and has strength to fight off blockers. Kinlaw gets in trouble when he stands up too high and working on his technique will help him to get more out of his excellent skill set. The junior college product has a lot of upside with a good skill set, but some team sources say there are some makeup and off-the-field concerns with Kinlaw. He has versatile size to play a variety of techniques in a 4-3 or 3-4 defense.
Previously: 16 Avg. 17.9 per 30
McKinney ran slower than expected at the combine - 4.65 seconds in the 40 - and needed to improve on that time at his pro day, but the pro day has been canceled because of COVID-19. He is still the consensus top safety prospect for the 2020 NFL Draft, according to sources at multiple teams. In 2019, McKinney had 95 tackles with three interceptions, three sacks, five passes defended and four forced fumbles while being a very solid defender for Alabama.
For the NFL, McKinney is a versatile safety who can do a lot to help his defense. He is a real weapon in coverage, as he can play nickel corner against slot receivers or go man-to-man on tight ends. McKinney can also serve as a free safety who defends the deep portion of the field. While he is not that big, McKinney is tough and able to play strong safety as well. He is a willing tackler and dependable run defender. McKinney is a problem solver for defenses.
McKinney broke out in 2018 as Alabama's best defensive back. He totaled 73 tackles with 10 breakups, two interceptions and one forced fumble on the year. McKinney played strong safety in 2018, but he is versatile and could play more free safety in 2019. McKinney (6-1, 197) has good speed and athleticism with the ability to cover. Sources say McKinney has more coverage skills than other Alabama strong safeties in recent years.
Previously: 17 Avg. 28.6 per 19
At the combine, Taylor ran fast and worked out really well to help his standing with teams. Many team sources feel Taylor is worthy of being picked in the top 20, but he could slide lower. Some teams have ball security concerns after 17 fumbles during his collegiate career.
Taylor averaged 6.3 yards per carry in 2019 for 2,003 yards with 21 touchdowns. He had 26 receptions for 252 yards and five touchdowns as well. As a sophomore, Taylor averaged 7.1 yards per carry for 2,194 yards with 16 touchdowns. He had eight receptions for 60 yards as well. Taylor broke out in 2017, averaging 6.6 yards per carry for 1,977 yards with 13 touchdowns.
Taylor has a nice combination of size, quickness, and natural running skills. He is power runner to go through contact with good balance and a burst to the second level. In the open field, he is tough to get down given his tremendous stiff arm. The junior entry also has some receiving skills despite limited opportunities.
Previously: 18 Avg. 26.2 per 30
Wirfs had an excellent combine workout, showing off speed and athleticism. His 4.85-second time in the 40-yard dash was superb, and he illustrated that he has a left tackle skill set in Indianapolis.
Under head coach Kirk Ferentz, Iowa has produced a lot of good offensive line talent, so it was very noteworthy when Wirfs (6-5, 322) became the first true freshman to start at tackle under Ferentz. While being the regular starter on the right side in 2017, he did play left tackle in Iowa's bowl game to end his freshman campaign, but he was back at right tackle in 2018 and as a sophomore he didn't allow a sack. Wirfs had a strong 2019 season with the exception of the Michigan game where the Wolverines edge rushers had their way with him.
Overall, Wirfs is a powerful right tackle who is a strong run blocker at the point of attack. He also has the quickness and athleticism to develop into a good pass protector. Some NFL teams might consider moving Wirfs to left tackle, and some sources think he would be a tremendous guard.
Previously: 19 Avg. 17 per 30
Herbert had a quality showing at the combine in Indianapolis, putting his big skill set on display. He put together a good week of practice at the Senior Bowl, and team sources said he interviewed well there. Quarterbacks rise throughout the draft process, and given his arm talent, athleticism and measurables, Herbert could climb up boards over the weeks to come. Some team sources are warming to him while others are going the other direction, so his stock is fluid. It hurts Herbert to have his pro day canceled, as he would have looked good showing off his skill set without a defense going against him.
Herbert has all the tools to be a good NFL starter with a strong arm, mobility and accuracy. He can be deadly when throwing from a clean pocket. However, he struggled somewhat in big games against tough opponents. Some team sources would argue against that, while others feels there is something missing with Herbert. He is not a vocal leader, and some teams want their quarterback to be that kind of presence in the huddle, on the sideline and in the locker room. Thus, Herbert generates a lot of mixed feelings around the league.
In 2019, Herbert completed 67 percent of his passes for 3,471 yards with 32 touchdowns and six interceptions. He notched four rushing touchdowns too, but Oregon did not want him to run as much.
As a freshman, Herbert was immediately impressive, completing 64 percent of his passes for 1,936 yards with 19 touchdowns and four interceptions. His sophomore year started out well before he suffered a broken collar bone on his left shoulder - non-throwing. That caused him to miss five games, but he returned to play in the final three games. In 2017, Herbert completed 67 percent of his passes for 1,750 yards with 13 touchdowns and three interceptions. He also ran for five touchdowns in his second season.
In 2018, Herbert completed 59.4 percent of his passes for 3,151 yards with 29 touchdowns and eight interceptions. He had a fast start to the season but had some rough games in the back half of the season.
Herbert (6-6, 233) displays good size and a strong arm with the ability to make all the throws. He can fire passes into tight coverage and push the ball downfield with the strength of his arm. On top of power, Herbert shows a nice ability to loft in touch passes and throw receivers open. He can drop in passes with nice ball placement that leads his receivers and beats quality coverage with the location of his passes. Along with his arm talent, Herbert is a quality athlete who has the ability to pick up yards on the ground.
Previously: 20 Avg. 17.7 per 23
Jackson had a good combine workout, showing his good skill set. He had a rough end to the 2019 season, struggling against Iowa's A.J. Epenesa in the bowl game. That performance just confirmed Jackson is talented but is raw and needs development. He looks like a future first-round pick in the 2020 NFL Draft as he has the skill set to be a good left tackle in the NFL.
The 6-foot-6, 305-pounder is a great athlete with quick feet and excellent agility. He is an easy mover with the ability to bend at the knee and play with good leverage. There were times when Jackson got away with some things because he is so athletic, but he will need to work on technique for the NFL. He is unrefined from a fundamentals standpoint, but his skill set is that of a franchise left tackle.
Team sources say Jackson is a good kid who will interview well during the leadup to the 2020 NFL Draft and also will work out well because of his excellent skill set. In 2019, Jackson spent some time away from the Trojans while donating bone marrow to his younger sister, and he played extremely well after returning.
Previously: 21 Avg. 23.5 per 30
Reagor was fast, but a little slower than expected at the NFL Scouting Combine, plus he was heavier expected, topping 200 pounds. Reagor could be on the bubble between the late first round and the second round of the 2020 NFL Draft.
Throughout 2019, Reagor burned cornerbacks and got open deep downfield for long touchdown receptions, but TCU's terrible quarterback play missed him constantly. With a competent quarterback, Reagor would have put together a massive season with a lot of long touchdowns. He is a speed demon and a home run hitter for the NFL. Reagor also is a dangerous punt returner. He totaled 43 catches for 611 yards and five touchdowns on the year.
Reagor was one of the most dangerous receivers in college football during the 2018 season, totaling 72 receptions for 1,061 yards with nine touchdowns. In the passing driven NFL, teams are always looking for mismatch receivers who can stretch a defense vertically and provide big plays downfield. The ultra-fast Reagor provides that kind of mismatch potential as he is a true speed receiver. TCU staff has told scouts Reagor has run the 40 in 4.29 seconds, a ridiculously fast time.
Reagor is a speed demon who is a true home run hitter with mismatch speed. He can take the top off of a defense and is a threat to score anytime he touches the ball. Reagor is a true speed demon who is similar to DeSean Jackson, Marquise 'Hollywood' Brown, or Will Fuller. Reagor uses his speed to create separation and shows a nice ability to track the ball downfield. For a speed receiver who lacks size, he looks comfortable with defenders around him and does not seem to get afraid of hits coming his direction. Even though Reagor isn't a big receiver, he does a nice job of positioning himself to make contested catches.
Team sources say that Reagor has no clue how to run a route and will need to be coached up on that. He has above-average hands for a smaller speed receiver, but he has some drops once in awhile.
Laviska Shenault Jr.,
Previously: 22 Avg. 20.7 per 7
Shenault had a slow 40 time at the combine before stopping his workout due a core injury that required surgery to repair afterward. Because of the medical concerns, the possibility exists that Shenault slides to the second day of the 2020 NFL Draft. Team sources said that Shenault also did not interview well at the combine.
For the second straight season, Shenault was a very impressive player when on the field, but once again, he dealt with injuries that slowed him down. Shenault totaled 56 receptions for 764 yards and four touchdowns in 2019. He also had to deal with streaky play from quarterback Steven Montez. His medical evaluation is going to be a critical aspect in determining where Shenault goes in the 2020 NFL Draft, according to team sources.
While he didn't produce one of the biggest stat lines in the nation last season, Shenault was one of the most important receivers in college football, doing a ton for the Buffaloes. Shenault was a clutch player who moved the ball and produced points for his offense despite playing through some injuries. The sophomore caught 86 passes for 1,011 yards and six touchdowns. He also carried the ball in short-yardage situations out of the wild cat for 115 yards and five scores on 17 carries.
The main thing that stands out about Shenault is his toughness. He is a thickly built receiver who plays the game the right way. Many wideouts with Shenault's strength and physicality are prone to pushing off defensive backs, but Shenault has enough quickness to get open, and when he gets the ball in hands, he is special, dodging and weaving by defenders while running through arm tackles. Shenault has quickness and shows a second gear when he gets into the open field. In the pros, he won't be a speed demon of a wide receiver who generates big separation from NFL cornerbacks, but he has enough speed to make him dangerous and not limit him to being just a possession wideout. As a receiver, Shenault is pretty polished, as he runs good routes, tracks the ball well, has good body control, is a hands catcher, and has strong hands to make contested catches.
DE, Penn State.
Previously: 23 Avg. 13.2 per 30
Some teams think Gross-Matos could slip to the second round after not wowing evaluators with his workout at the combine. He is a well-rounded player with a good skill set, but some team sources say he lacks 'sizzle,' which leave him on the bubble between the first and second days of the 2020 NFL Draft. However some teams do have a first-round grade on Gross-Matos, so he definitely has a shot at still being a first-round pick.
In his final collegiate season, Gross-Matos showed some improvement in the pass rush but was not in the backfield as much as in his sophomore year. Penn State played him out of position at times, having him line up as a nose tackle, at five-technique, and in containment rather than letting him rush the quarterback freely. Gross-Matos recorded 40 tackles with 9.5 sacks in 2019. He is alleged to have hazed a teammate at Penn State, but most team sources say they don't believe that will hurt his draft positioning.
There was a trio of sophomore Big Ten defensive ends who had huge 2018 seasons, and Gross-Matos was right there with Chase Young and A.J. Epenesa as a force for his team. Gross-Matos showed more as a run defender than Epenesa or Young, totaling 54 tackles with 20 tackles for a loss. While Epenesa and Young got to the quarterback more, Gross-Matos still put heat on the quarterback, collecting eight sacks and two forced fumbles.
Gross-Matos is a dangerous pass rusher who has a nice club move that sees him use his strength to knock tackles off balance. Once he has them on their heels, he uses a burst to fire by blockers and shows real quickness to close on the quarterback. As a run defender, Gross-Matos has a real presence, as he uses his length to stand up blockers and then his strength to shed them. He flows quickly to the ball and gets in on tackles.
Previously: 25 Avg. 16 per 30
Epenesa did not impress at the combine, and some team sources felt he looked average. Some teams think Epenesa could slip to the second round of the 2020 NFL Draft. Epenesa could be a solid base end for a 4-3 defense, but his best fit would come as a five-technique end in a 3-4. For the NFL, Epenesa has some stiffness and is not an explosive edge rusher. But he is strong, physical and stout, so a 3-4 could be his best fit.
Epenesa went on a tear in the final month of the regular season, and he closed out his fantastic finish by getting the better of USC left tackle Austin Jackson to the tune of 2.5 sacks, four tackles, a forced fumble and knocked Kedon Slovis out of their bowl game. Previously, Epenesa was phenomenal against Nebraska with massive performance. Epenesa had 14 tackles - nine solo - and two sacks against the Cornhuskers, helping the Hawkeyes to a three-point win. Taking on Illinois, Epenesa had five tackles with a forced fumble. He put together a huge game against Minnesota, notching 2.5 sacks and four tackles. Taking on Wisconsin, Epenesa had a strip-sack to get Iowa some points. He had seven tackles and a sack against Penn State. Epenesa totaled 49 tackles with 11.5 sacks, three passes batted and four forced fumbles in 2019.
Epenesa was a very good defender for the Hawkeyes in the past two seasons. As a freshman, he flashed with 4.5 sacks, 5.5 tackles for a loss, 15 tackles and one forced fumble. Epenesa showed that he was just scratching the surface, performing even better as a sophomore with 10.5 sacks, four forced fumbles, four passes batted, 16.5 tackles for a loss and 37 tackles.
The first thing that stands out about Epenesa is his strong build with length to set a tough edge at the point of attack. Epenesa can hold his ground in run defense, maintaining his gap and rarely ever getting pushed back. Epenesa has the power and good hands to fight off blocks to get in on tackles of ball-carriers. In the pass rush, Epenesa flashes an ability to get after the quarterback. He has a strong bull rush and can ride tackles straight back into the signal-caller. With his strong hands, Epenesa also is dangerous to grab a hold of the tackle and then toss them to the side to get free of his blocker. Once he gets free, Epenesa has a burst to close on the quarterback. Some of Epenesa's pass-rushing opportunities were hurt by Iowa playing him in containment, but Epenesa has some rush skills and it will be interesting to see how he develops as a junior.
Henry Ruggs III,
Previously: 29 Avg. 28.5 per 8
Ruggs went under the radar somewhat because of Jerry Jeudy and other Alabama play-makers, but Ruggs was a dangerous receiver who produced big plays throughout his time at Alabama. In 2018, he totaled 46 receptions for 741 yards and 11 touchdowns with Tua Tagovailoa at quarterback. Ruggs stayed consistent as a junior despite the injury to Tagovailoa and the Crimson Tide spreading the ball around to their amazing group of receivers. Ruggs had 40 catches for 746 yards and seven touchdowns in 2019.
The first attribute that jumps out about Ruggs is he is extremely fast and has game-breaking speed. Immediately as a rookie, Ruggs is going to be one of the fastest wideouts in the NFL with the ability to stretch defenses vertically and take the top off a defense. He is lightning-fast running deep along the sideline, deep post routes, or deep crosses. His sheer speed makes it very difficult for defensive backs to run with him. While Ruggs route-running and hands aren't elite, they are fine for a speed receiver and he is a willing blocker.
In the NFL, Ruggs may not be a high-volume wide receiver who produces massive reception totals like a DeAndre Hopkins or Michael Thomas. Ruggs is not a possessional receiver, so he could produce a smaller numbers of total catches but provide a long yards -per-reception average and plenty of big plays. Aside from those big plays, Ruggs will make an impact on plays when he doesn't get the ball because he will cause teams to have to account for his deep speed and that can open up the underneath for other wide receivers and the rushing attack. Ruggs also brings added value as a returner on special teams, but his NFL team will probably use him sparingly in that role to protect him from injury. However in critical situations, he could be a special teams asset.
Ross Blacklock, DT, TCU.
Previously: 26 Avg. 29.9 per 7
Prince Tega Wanogho, OT, Auburn.
Previously: 27 Avg. 35 per 30
K'Lavon Chaisson, OLB, LSU.
Previously: 28 Avg. 28.3 per 11