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Draft season is upon us. Under normal societal circumstances, the NFL combine would be underway at this time. It’s a truly unfortunate situation for all 32-NFL Team’s scouting departments and it will surely lead to some deep contemplations among NFL front offices about player strengths/weaknesses and draft board position. With that in mind and in the spirit of draft season officially starting, here are my current top 100 players in the 2021 NFL draft:
1.) Trevor Lawrence (QB) – Clemson
- This one is self explanatory. Flat out generational talent. Undoubtedly the best player in this draft.
2.) Penei Sewell (OT) – Oregon
- Balance, Power, Agility/mobility. Sewell has it all. Mauler as a run blocker and an absolute monster as a pass blocker. There were numerous times when watching Sewell that he literally just forced the defender to the ground. Sewell possesses a rare size and mobility combination. He’s an absolute baller.
3.) Kyle Pitts (TE) – Florida
- Kyle Pitts is a generational, and I don’t use that term lightly. Pitts is the next great hybrid TE/WR. He’s a walking mis-match. Too fast and agile for a linebacker, too big for a cornerback, too powerful and physically imposing for a safety. A true positionless weapon. Per PFF, when Pitts lined up out wide, here were his rankings among TEs since 2014: 7 TDs (1st), 11 catches of 15+ yards (1st), 77.3 receiving grade (1st)
4.) Ja’Marr Chase (WR) – LSU
- Chase is the top wide receiver in the class. A truly dominant offensive player who can line up inside or outside. If I had to sum up Chase’s playstyle in a term: All-Around Effectiveness. That’s in his ability to high point the football, yards after the catch ability, and route running prowess.
5.) Justin Fields (QB) – Ohio State
- An elite runner and thrower of the football. If I could describe Fields in 3 words: Dynamic, Competitor Jr, & Leader. Fields throwing mechanics are very well put together. Excellent arm strength and a very lively runner. I think at the next level, if he can improve his one read and move tendency, with some development and the right situation, Fields has all the tools to be a superstar. I think Fields may have one of the highest ceilings of any player in this draft.
6.) DeVonta Smith (WR) – Alabama
- The 2021 Heisman winner is a big-play threat whenever he touches the field. He’s elite in all three phases as a receiver: 1) Route Running, 2) Hands, 3) YAC ability. Size is a factor that some point to as a knock on Smith, but you cannot dispute the facts. Those facts are 235 catches, 3965 yards, and 46 TDs (23 in 2020-21) in four years at Alabama.
7.). Zach Wilson (QB) – BYU
- Wilson’s arm talent is special. In 2020 at BYU Wilson continuously wowed spectators with incredible throws and an uncanny knack for fitting throws into tight areas where it looked like they had no shot. This guy is a day one starter who can step in and make an immediate impact.
8.) Micah Parsons (LB) – Penn State
- Parsons is an impact player on defense. Whether in coverage or as a run stopper, Parsons is a very instinctual football player. He displayed sideline to sideline speed and even earned PFF’s 2nd highest run-defense grade ever given to a true sophomore. Concerns about Parsons character may drop him down a few teams draft boards
9.) Caleb Farley (CB) – Virginia Tech
- Caleb Farley has a Size-Athleticism-Ability combination that you cannot teach. The 6’2 207 pounds Virginia Tech product has had a knack for being in the right position. As a former WR, Farley has an innate patience about him as a cornerback. He’s very fluid and smooth in coverage and displays good technique whether in press or off coverage. Farley led the ACC with 16 passes defensed as a sophomore. The one knock on Farley has been his health (redshirted freshman year after suffering a knee injury in 2017, played all of 2018, and missed the final 2 games of the 2019 season). If Farley can stay healthy, he’ll be a bonafide number one corner in the NFL.
10.) Jaylen Waddle (WR) – Alabama
- If I had to sum up Waddle in a word, it’d be: playmaker. In terms of the ”big 3” of this class, Waddle is the best in terms of creating separation. But it’s the way he creates that separation. A combination of great route running and blazing speed. If not for his injury in 2020, Waddle likely would’ve been the consensus number 2 receiver in the class. But considering the fact that it was a lower-body injury and how predicated Waddle’s game is on his quick-twitch ability, it may give teams reason to pause when thinking about potentially selecting the 22-year-old.
11.) Rashawn Slater (OT) – Northwestern
- Versatility is the name of the game for Slater. Having played guard in high school and both tackle positions, Slater has the ability to move up and down the offensive line. Only having surrendered 5 sacks in his career at Northwestern, Slater’s ability as a pass blocker is his best attribute. That’s in both the power and agility realm. He displayed this pass blocking ability in 2019 against Ohio State, the game that likely cemented him as a legitimate 1st round pick in this April’s draft. Slater held Chase Young to 0 sacks when Young was matched up with Slater (Young’s only sack in the game came against Northwestern’s right tackle).
12.) Patrick Surtain II (CB) – Alabama
- The son of former Miami Dolphins All-Pro/3-Time-Pro Bowl cornerbac Patrick Surtain Sr, Surtain II has some big shoes to fill at the next level and he has the necessary tools to do so. Surtain is predominantly a press coverage corner who thrives in the physicality aspect of the position. For what Surtian II lacks in deep speed, he makes up for it with good technique and ball skills. Surtain racked up 4 interceptions, 24 passes defended, and 4 forced fumbles in 3 years at Alabama. Surtain would be my CB1 if it weren’t for his deficiencies in the deep speed area of the position.
13.). Alijah Vera-Tucker (OT) – USC
- Alijah Vera-Tucker aligned at left tackle for the USC Trojans for the 2020 college football season. Vera-Tucker is a physically imposing offensive lineman. Vera-Tucker takes up a lot of space as a pass blocker and offers some positional versatility as he’s played both left tackle and left guard at USC. Vera-Tucker is a mauler in the running game. His footwork in the passing game lacks when he deals with speed rushers. Nevertheless, there are very few holes in Vera-Tucker’s game and he legitimately might be one of the safest prospects in the draft.
14.) Trey Lance (QB) -North Dakota State
- Undefeated in his one year as a starter at North Dakota State, Lance is a dynamic quarterback. Lance is a winner. Lance’s game as a passer is a bit raw but the tools and intangibles are there. He takes care of the ball (didn’t throw an interception until his last collegiate game), he’s a leader that’s revered for his poise and maturity by players and coaches alike, and he’s a dynamic and lively runner. In the right situation where he may not have to play right away, Lance will likely be very successful.
15.) Kwity Paye (EDGE) – Michigan
- If you want to talk about speed rushers, Paye is your guy. But, speed isn’t his only ability. Paye’s speed-power combination as a pass rusher is lethal. Paye racked up 25 (!) pressures over the course of the 1st 3 games of the 2020 season. The guy drives offensive lineman back and is rarely knocked out of position. The effort and drive he possesses are unmatched. I think Brandon Graham is a comparable player for Paye.
16.) Jaycee Horn (CB) – South Carolina
- The 6’1 son of 4-time Pro Bowler, Joe Horn, is at his best when he’s allowed to be physical. Horn’s best trait is undoubtedly his ability as a press man coverage corner. Horn can literally blanket receivers (see: 2020 matchup South Carolina vs. Auburn). Horn is a fiery competitor who can excel at the next level. An area where Horn struggles is in off coverage when he doesn’t get a chance to get hands on the wide receiver and reroute him, he gets a bit grabby. With NFL level coaching and opponents, and better technique, Horn’s game will only grow.
17.) Christian Darrisaw (OT) – Virginia Tech
- At 6’5 314 pounds, the Virginia Tech product is a physically imposing man. Darrisaw possesses all the tools you want in a starting LT. Ideal size, aggressiveness, and technique. In addition to that size, Darrisaw also is a great lateral mover. Darrisaw didn’t allow a single sack in 668 snaps in 2020. Darrisaw’s punching ability at the point of attack and hand strength are near elite. Darrisaw has battled some lower-body injuries in his career.
18.) Gregory Rousseau (EDGE) – Miami
- Rousseau possesses all of the tools and potential necessary to be an elite NFL defensive end. He can move up and down the defensive line either inside or on the edge. The only reservations teams and draft analysts have about him was that his one year of dominance, was exactly that: one year. Rousseau played in one game as a freshman due to an ankle fracture (he had 5 tackles in that one game). In his sophomore year, Rousseau absolutely obliterated opposing team’s offensive lines, racking up 15.5 sacks (2nd behind Chase Young –YEAH–) and 20 tackles for a loss (tied for 7th in the nation). The production is there, but there are questions about if it’s sustainable. Nevertheless, that one year cannot be ignored.
19.) Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah (LB) – Notre Dame
- JOK reminds me a bit of Isaiah Simmons when he was coming out of Clemson 2 years ago. He possesses great range, pursuit, and coverage ability. For a LB, he plays with great speed. At the next level, JOK offers positional versatility as either a WILL LB or a safety who can drop down into the box. The only knock on him as a prospect is his size, at 216 pounds as a LB, it’s likely JOK will have to evolve into a hybrid S/LB type player.
20.) Christian Barmore (IDL) – Alabama
- Barmore is a thick interior defensive lineman. He plays with an explosive get-off and burst and also displays a powerful pass-rushing arsenal. He finished with the most (37) pressures for all defensive tackles in 2020. By far, Barmore’s 2 biggest drawbacks are the rawness in his game and consistency. The situation Baremore goes into will be extremely important to his development into a more complete player.
21.) Travis Etienne (RB) – Clemson
- He’s the all-time leading rusher in the ACC. Travis Etienne plays with great contact balance and explosiveness as a runner. He plays with a good power-speed balance. He’s very decisive in his running and has a 2nd gear that he can shift into. Etienne is a big play waiting to happen. As more of a North-South runner, Etienne is a straight-line runner. He’s a see hole-hit hole type of player. Because of this, his vision as a runner seems like a flaw sometimes. This can be coached up at the next level, however.
22.) Rashod Bateman (WR) – Minnesota
- Bateman has a good blend of most of the attributes it takes to be a pro. He has good size and can go up over the top and get the ball, he can beat you with sound releases and route running, and Bateman possesses a sneaky quickness about him. But I think that’s the thing about him, he does everything at a very high/good level but lacks that truly elite gear. Bateman followed up his 2019 unanimous selection for first-team All-Big Ten with a 5-game- 36 catch- 472-yard season in 2020, including 3 games in which he broke the century mark.
23.) Zaven Collins (LB) – Tulsa
- Collins is a mammoth of a man at LB. At 6’4 260 pounds, Collins is a menace. He has great processing ability and (for his size) shoots gaps like a rocket. He moves with decisiveness and plays with adequate range. He will excel in a 3-4 defense as he can rush the passer as well as drop into coverage and be effective at both. Make no mistake about it, however, Collins would fit nice into a 4-3 as well. Versatility is one of Collins’ best qualities. Collins racked up 4 interceptions, 16 pressures on 51 rushes, and was the only player at his position to record 90.0-plus grades both in coverage and as a blitzer. The main drawback with Collins is his deficiency in the short area quickness aspect.
24.) Trevon Moehrig (S) – TCU
- Moehrig is a day one starter at free safety. He operates with an aggressiveness that is seen everywhere in his game, that’s in coverage and in run support. He’s a very rangy and long safety at 6’2 203 pounds, racking up 21 passes defensed and 7 interceptions over a 3-year playing career at TCU. Moehrig’s aggressiveness can sometimes play against him though in both the coverage and run support areas as he tries to undercut passes, takes questionable angles at times, and sometimes plays out of control. The important thing is though, this can (and likely will) be cleaned up at the next level.
25.) Najee Harris (RB) – Alabama
- Harris is the prototypical Alabama back: Size-Speed-Power-Agility all wrapped up into one. Harris is the type of back that always gains positive yardage. He plays with great determination and decisiveness and has a tendency to always fall forward. But, running isn’t the only way he makes his hay. Harris is also a receiving threat, as he racked up 781 yards and 11 receiving touchdowns in his four year career at Alabama. Harris also possesses elite athleticism as he routinely hurdled defenders.
26.) Teven Jenkins (OT) – Oklahoma State
- Jenkins is an absolute road-grader as an offensive lineman. His power, nastiness, and finishing ability pop off the screen when watching Jenkins. He possesses immense upper body strength which is only furthered by his quick and powerful hands. Jenkins ability to shoot his hands and punch is my favorite thing about him. He has great recovery ability, and is reactive and disciplined as a pass blocker. Jenkins has the ability to flat out bully defensive linemen in the running game, simply because of his size. At 6’6 320 pounds, Jenkins is a mountain of a man. Jenkins has experience at left tackle, right tackle, and right guard. The main issue with Jenkins is his lack of functional athleticism, which may limit his scheme versatility. Jenkins profiles better as a guard at the next level in my opinion.
27.) Jaelan Phillips (EDGE) – Miami
- Jaelan Phillips possesses a nice blend of speed, power, technique, and versatility as an EDGE rusher. Phillips can line up standing up or with his hand in the dirt. He plays with a high motor and excellent agility off the line of scrimmage. He employs a very diverse pass-rushing repertoire utilizing a nice combination of swim, bend, rip, and spin maneuvers. I think Phillips’ best attribute is his understanding of how physically gifted he is. He uses his 6’5 260-pound frame and gets into offensive lineman and beat them either with flat out speed or technique. Phillips isn’t without flaws, though. He’s only played in 20 career college games through 3 years, that’s 20 out of a possible 36 games. Phillips even medically retired at one point during his college career due to a concussion. He’d be much higher on my, as well as many other’s, draft boards if it weren’t for the injury history. The thing with Phillips is his ceiling is so high but, the risk in terms of injury is also equally high.
28.) Nick Bolton – (LB) – Missouri
- It’s hard to watch any film on Missouri’s defense without hearing Bolton’s name. He plays with superb explosiveness and elite level sideline to sideline range. Bolton shoots gaps in the run game like a missile. This same ability helped Bolton finish with 220 total tackles in 3 seasons at Missouri. However, it’s that same missile-like approach to the game that displays Bolton’s flaws. He has a tendency to gamble and in turn, the angles he takes on tackles suffer. Bolton has an NFL ready game that needs some refining around the edges, but I think he could be VERY good at the next level.
29.). Kadarius Toney (WR) – Florida
- Explosiveness. That’s the word that comes to mind when you watch Toney. Kadarius Toney is a playmaker plain and simple. Whenever he touched the ball at Florida, he was a threat to score. Toney displays elite-level ability with the ball in his hands. He’s a truly electric player who is very multiple in how he can be deployed within an offense. Toney can line up outside, in the slot (predominantly where he has most of his success), or in the backfield and be successful in all 3. Toney is a twitched up athlete that’s very slippery as a mover with the ball. In his career at Florida, Toney has forced 64 missed tackles.
30.) Azeez Ojulari (EDGE) – Georgia
- Ojulari plays with a high motor and excellent effort. He’s the type of player who brings it every snap. He displays a very explosive get off and is always consistent as a pass rusher. Ojulari earned a 91.7 pass-rush grade from PFF in 2020. Ojulari does have one glaring question, however. That being his technique and the refinement of said technique. Ojulari has the motor and speed to bull rush offensive lineman but sometimes struggles to get off blocks.
31.) Terrace Marshall Jr. (WR) – LSU
- As LSU’s number one wide receiver in 2020, Terrace Marshall Jr had the best season of his college career. Marshall Jr finished the season with 731 yards and 10 touchdowns in 7 games. This was Marshall’s second straight season with double digit touchdown receptions. At 6’3 203 pounds, Marshall has the ability to win at all 3 levels. He also possesses sneaky athleticism and speed for his size. Most importantly, Marshall understands how to use his size and frame. Marshall is also a very technically sound route runner. There aren’t many holes in Marshall’s game, but if there was one to mention, it’d be drops. On 106 receptions in 3 years at LSU, Marshall had 11 drops on 155 targets. 24.5% of those targets were deemed uncatchable and he had a true catch rate of 90.6%.
32.) Dillon Radunz (OT) – North Dakota State
- Dillon Radunz is a lean offensive tackle who displays a nice combination of athleticism and technique. Radunz’s lower body is where he makes his hay. It’s where the most of his sturdiness as a pass blocker comes from. In the run game, Radunz is a mauler. He has the athletic fluidness to climb to the second level and dismantle defenders. As stated, Radunz is a bit leaner. At 6’6 300 pounds, Radunz relies more on polished skill than pure strength. At the next level, Radunz will need to add more upper body strength to deal with bigger defensive linemen.
33.) Jevon Holland (S) – Oregon
- Jevon Holland is a bit of a wild card. Holland is undoubtedly talented and he has the statistics to back that up. In 2 years at Oregon, Holland has 9 interceptions and 10 passes defensed. He is also a very versatile player. He can play in the box, in the slot and deep as a free safety. The wild card notion comes up when you dive deeper into things. Holland opted out of the 2020 season and in 2019 he played 591 snaps in the slot, 179 as a box safety, and just 24 as a true free safety. In fact, 68% of his snaps were spent in the slot at Oregon. As stated, the versatility and statistics are there, the only thing to consider is, do you think he’s more of a defined type player as far as position or do you view it more as versatility? Time will tell, nevertheless, Holland is immensely talented.
34.) Wyatt Davis (IOL) – Ohio State
- Wyatt Davis aligned at right guard for Ohio State in his two seasons as a starter. In 865 pass-block snaps Wyatt gave up 4 sacks and just one QB hit. Wyatt’s best trait is by far his stregnth. Wyatt is a violent and aggressive finisher who plays with a nastiness in him that most teams look for in potential starting guards. Wyatt is a very well rounded player and there aren’t many areas for improvement rather, refinement or development.
35.) Eric Stokes (CB) – Georgia
- Eric Stokes is legit in every sense of the word. He’s physical, fast, long, and versatile. He had the ability to stick to receivers and flip his hips and run in man and processes well in zone. Stokes didn’t allow a 20+ yard reception in the 2020 season. In 3 years at Georgia Stokes 22 passes defended and 4 interceptions. Stokes physicality does work against him at times though. He tends to get very grabby which could lead to lots of pass interference penalties at the next level. Elsewhere, Stokes’ technique when playing the ball also has to improve. The 4 interceptions all came this past season. Stokes can break-up passes and make high IQ plays, but that didn’t translate to ball production in his first 2 years. Overall, Stokes is high ceiling-high floor style of player. He is a very good player at this moment and can only progress from here.
36.) Mac Jones (QB) – Alabama
- Mac Jones had one full year of starting experience in 3 years at Alabama. Jones also stepped in when Tua Tagovailoa went down with injury, playing 11 games in 2019. As a prospect Jones is a smart, decisive, and compact thrower of the football. Jones Career completion percentage at Alabama was 74.8%. He is the most accurate passer in this draft and not because of easy short completions. Jones was asked to throw downfield, throw to opposite hash marks, and make anticipated throws. As stated, Jones has a compact throwing motion. Arm strength isn’t elite but it’s good enough. Jones lacks good mobility and athleticism in addition to having a scheme specific skill set. The situation he’s drafted into will determine whether or not he’s successful.
37.) Joseph Ossai (EDGE) – Texas
- Effort is the big word with Ossai. His motor constantly runs hot and stays engaged. Ossai is a fluid mover who always seems to be around the ball. He’s a fast processor with good awareness. He can play in space as an off-ball linebacker or stand-up as a 3-4 defensive end. Over the last two years, Ossai finished with double digit tackles for loss. Ossai has the tools, but as more of a rawer prospect, development will be huge for him at the next level. But, as stated, the tools are there.
38.) Javonte Williams (RB) – North Carolina
- Javonte Williams is a dynamic and bruising back. Williams possesses great vision in reading blocks and getting to the hole quick. He is a decisive runner who can accelerate in the open field. Williams’ numbers increased each year he was at North Carolina and his production peaked in his final year when he rushed for 1,140 yards, 19 TDs and caught 25 balls for 305 yards and 3 TDs. Williams has body and skillset to develop into a featured running back at the next level. I’d venture to say Williams talent levels are up to par with the other 2 top running backs in this draft as well.
39.) Greg Newsome II – (CB) – Northwestern
- Greg Newsome is one of my favorite defensive players in this draft. Newsome is a long and rangy cornerback who wins with technique and IQ as his best traits. Newsome is a physical cornerback at 6’1. He’s at his best when he has the ability to be aggressive, both in run support and coverage. Newsome’s biggest concern is by far his health. He never played a full season at Northwestern. However, his production in 16 career games is outstanding. 55 solo tackles and 20 passes defended. Newsome has all the tools needed to excel at the next level. I see a lot of James Bradberry in his game.
40.) Liam Eichenberg (OT) – . Dame
- Eichenberg is one of my favorite players in this draft class. He brings a mountain of experience, as he’s played over 2,600 snaps at Norte Dame. Eichenberg plays with aggressiveness and power. He’s quick to shoot his hands and and attack first. As a senior, Eichenberg did not allow a sack on the year, just three QB hits and nine hurries, while playing 845 snaps. From a production standpoint, Eichenberg has it. Even as a run blocker, he demonstrates the ability to seal off lanes and blow defensive lineman off the ball, getting them out of position. Eichenberg’s functional athleticism or lack thereof makes him a bit of a scheme specific style of player.
41.) Carlos Basham (EDGE) – Wake Forest
- Basham is one of the best pure pash rushing defensive ends in this draft. He possesses a repertoire of moves that he can deploy to be successful but by far his favorite move is the swim. Basham has a very good understanding of leverage as a defensive end. In his last 2.5 seasons with Wake Forest, he recorded 9 sacks and 51 pressures on third down. In two years at Wake Forest, Basham had at least one QB pressure in every game. There are potential questions about Basham’s motor, however. He sometimes gets taken out of plays and gets stonewalled at the point of attack. Basham is a very versatile pass rusher. In over 1600 snaps, he has lined up at almost every defensive line technique at least once except the 0 tech alignment.
42.) Asante Samuel Jr (CB) Florida State
- The son of former 4x Pro Bowler and 2-Time All-Pro, Asante Samuel, Asante Samuel Jr is a dominant man coverage corner. Samuel is predominantly an outside corner with some slot potential as well. Last college football season he graded out with a 46.2 passer rating when targeted. He finished with 4 interceptions and 29 passes defensed in 3 years at Florida State. Samuel is a bit undersized at 5’10 184 pounds, but makes up for it with instincts and sound technique. Samuel’s greatest strength may also work against him because as dominant as he is in press coverage, like his father, zone coverage isn’t his strong suit.
43.) Levi Onwuzurike (DT) – Washington
- This guy pops off the screen whenever you watch him. The explosiveness and agility Onwuzrike plays with is exciting to see. Onwuzurike can play up and down the defensive line and can be effective from any spot. Per PFF, Onwuzurike has the highest pressure rate at nose tackle in the 2021 draft class at 14.2%. You won’t see it on the stat sheet but Onwuzrike’s traits are some of the best of any defensive lineman in this class. The potential is there but, Onwuzrike will have to improve his strength and power to be more effective against bigger offensive lineman at the next level.
44.) Pat Freiermuth (TE) – Penn State
- The thing that was evident to me in watching Freiermuth is that 1) Freiermuth is a large man and 2) this guy is TOUGH. At 6’5 258 pounds, he absorbs contact and keeps trucking. He’s a nuanced route runner who plays with high IQ. Freiermuth doesn’t have the fluidness of a Kyle Pitts as a mover or route runner (not many do), but there is some ability there. Freiermuth also offers some versatility in that he can lineup outside or in the slot.
45.) D’Wayne Eskridge (WR) -Western Michigan
- D’Wayne Eskridge is a home run waiting to happen whenever he touches the field. He has the ability to flat out run away from opposing defenders. Eskridge is a twitched up route runner who can stop on a dime on curls and hitches. Another surprising area of Eskridge’s game is his ability to go up over defenders and make contested catches. At 5’9 190 pounds, you wouldn’t expect Eskridge to have that in him, but he can. Eskridge had a dominator rating of 44% which ranked in the 89th percentile. The college dominator rating measures the percentage of team yards and touchdowns a specific player accounts for. Eskridge’s size will of course make some teams think twice about taking him, but the film doesn’t lie. Eskridge also has a lengthy injury history.
46.) Samuel Cosmi (OT) – Texas
- Samuel Cosmi is a 6’7 mountain of a man. He aligned at left tackle for most of his time at Texas,although he did make 13 starts at right tackle. Cosmi is tall but lean at 310 pounds. He possesses a sneaky athleticism about him and can routinely climb to the second level when asked to. His frame allows him to take up a lot of space and maul smaller defenders. This is especially evident in the running game, when Cosmi showcases the fact that he is just flat out bigger than most defenders. In the passing game, Cosmi is able to use his length to keep defensive ends at bay. Not an overly powerful player, Cosmi depends on size, athleticism, and IQ to win rather than power and technique.
47.) Andre Cisco (S) – Syracuse
- Two words: Ball. Hawk. Andre Cisco had 13 total interceptions in 3 seasons as a starter at Syracuse. Those 13 interceptions are the most of any safety in the class. Cisco plays with great speed and is a true M.O.F. safety. He processes fast and is very attentive to the QB’s eyes in coverage. He is a very high IQ and physical player. Cisco utilizes patience and deception in cutting off receivers at the catch point. Cisco is an aggressive player in every sense of the word. He flies around the field and is always looking to make a play. That same mindset can lead to some mental lapses as well. Cisco sometimes finds himself out of position and runs himself out of plays at times. Cisco’s technique in run support can also improve. It’s hard to ignore some of the lows with Cisco, but the highs are very high. Cisco is a high ceiling player, who’s development and coaching will be the most important part of his evolution as a player.
48.) Jabril Cox (LB) – LSU
- When talking about Cox, the one word that comes up is range. As a linebacker, Cox plays with immense depth as a linebacker. He is a true sideline to sideline rangy type of linebacker. At 6’4 231 pounds, Cox thrives in man or zone coverage. As a bit of a fiery defender, Cox can explode downhill and get to ball carriers in the backfield. In 4 years at North Dakota State and LSU, Cox had 38.5 tackles for a loss. Cox main drawbacks is his processing ability, in that, he struggles to get through traffic and take the right angles. This could be a function of Cox’s rawness, considering he played 3 years at the FCS level before transferring to LSU.
49.) Jalen Mayfield (OT) – Michigan
- In my opinion, Jalen Mayfield is a bit of a hit or miss prospect. In watching Mayfield, one of the main things that stick out to me about him is his physical ability. He isn’t an overly physical specimen, but he plays large. He displays great play strength and is stout in pass protection. His footwork also is among some of the best offensive lineman in the class. Mayfield has only started 15 career games, all at right tackle. He also played 3 games as a freshman at left tackle. His technique will have to improve at the NFL level, as he allowed 29 pressures allowed between 2019 & 2020. In 2020, Mayfield played just 2 games
50.) Patrick Jones (EDGE) – Pitt
- Jones is one of the best pass rushers in this draft. He is a legitimate man mover. Jones is a frim defensive end. At 6’4 264 pounds, He has all the intangibles. The technique and repertoire are there, the production is there, and the ability is there. Jones racked up 21.5 sacks and 32 TFL in 4 years (5 games played in freshman year) at Pitt. But outside of technique and power, Jones lacks in athleticism and consistency in snap timing and leverage.
51.) Quincy Roche (EDGE) – Miami
52.) Elijah Moore (WR) – Ole Miss
53.) Aaron Robinson (CB) – UCF
54.) Alim McNeill (DT) – North Carolina State
55.) Cameron McGrone (LB) – Michigan
56.) Josh Myers (IOL) – Ohio State
57.) Brevin Jordan (TE) – Miami
58.) Richie Grant (S) – UCF
59.) Creed Humphrey (IOL) – Oklahoma
60.) Rondale Moore (WR) – Purdue
61.) Jayson Oweh (EDGE) – Penn State
62.) Landon Dickerson (IOL) – Alabama
63.) Jackson Carman (OT) – Clemson
64.) Paris Ford (S) – Pittsburgh
65.) Dyami Brown (WR) – North Carolina
66.) Pete Warner (LB) Ohio State
67.) Rashad Weaver (EDGE) – Pittsburgh
68.) Daviyon Nixon (DT) – Iowa
69.) Walker Little (OT) – Stanford
70.) Tommy Togiai (DT) – Ohio State
71.) Chazz Surratt (LB) – North Carolina
72.) Tylan Wallace (WR) – Oklahoma State
73.) Ifeatu Melifonwu (CB) – Syracuse
74.) Kyle Trask (QB) – Florida
75.) Ar’Darius Washington (S) – TC
76.) Kenneth Gainwell (RB) – Memphis
77.) Jay Tufele (DT) – USC
78.) Hamsah Nasirildeen (S) – Florida State
79.) Joe Tryon (EDGE) – EDGE
80.) Tyson Campbell (CB) – Georgia
81.) Paulson Adebo (CB) – Stanford
82.) Tyler Shelvin (DT) – LSU
83.) Jermar Jefferson (RB) – Oregon State
84.) Hamilcar Rashed Jr. (EDGE) – Oregon State
85.) Trey Smith (IOL) – Tennessee
86.) Dylan Moses (LB) – Alabama
87.) Ronnie Perkins (EDGE) Oklahoma
88.) Amon-Ra St. Brown (WR) – USC
89.) Kelvin Joseph (CB) – Kentucky
90.) Baron Browning (LB) – Ohio State
91.) Dayo Odeyingbo (DT) – Vanderbilt
92.) Quinn Meinerz (IOL) – Wisconsin-Whitewater
93.) Nico Collins (WR) – Michigan
94.) Michael Carter (RB) – North Carolina
95.) Benjamin St-Juste (CB) – Minnesota
96.) Payton Turner (EDGE) – Houston
97.) Shaun Wade (CB) – Ohio State
98.) Osa Odighizuwa (DT) – UCLA
99.) Demetric Felton (WR) – UCLA
100.) Talanoa Hufanga (S) – USC