1. EDGE – Nick Bosa, Ohio State
I really don’t think there is much doubt as to who the number one overall play in this draft is. Bosa is a special pass rusher and one that all teams covet.
2. DL – Quinnen Williams, Alabama
While Bosa is the clear cut No. 1 player, Williams isn’t that far behind. Rams fans know the benefit of having a player that can disrupt the line of scrimmage from the interior. Williams is just that. He dominates with a rare combination of quickness, power, football IQ, and technique that will set him up to be a star on any defense.
3. OT – Jonah Williams, Alabama
Many have Jawaan Taylor as their top offensive lineman, and but Williams should be the consensus top offensive tackle in this draft. His biggest red flag is his arm length, but that didn’t seem to effect him playing in the difficult SEC. He’s a three-year starter and has been tested by some of the best in college football.
4. EDGE – Brian Burns, Florida State
Burns is special. He’s explosive and is exceptionally polished as a pass rusher. He brings one of the best pass rushing skill sets in this draft and it starts with his hands. He’ll have an immediate impact pass rush from day one which is exactly what teams are looking for in the top-5.
5. QB – Kyler Murray, Oklahoma
Crazy? Maybe. However, Kyler Murray is special. What he can do with not only his arms, but also his legs is unprecedented. He may be the most exciting quarterback to enter the draft since Michael Vick. His arm talent and athleticism are the best in this draft and why he is my QB1.
6. DL – Ed Oliver, Houston
Oliver is one of the most relentless players on the defensive line in this draft. You never have to worry about effort with him and for a guy with his talent, that’s a good thing. He’s undersized, but similar to Aaron Donald, he has explosive hands and an elite first step that will make him successful at the next level.
7. iOL – Dalton Risner, Kansas State
Dalton Risner in the top-10 is certainly as unconventional as it gets. However, his pass protection is as consistent and sturdy as they come and he’s a mauler in the run game. He’ll be an early starter for any team and a high quality blocker on the offensive line for years to come.
8. EDGE – Josh Allen, Kentucky
Josh Allen improved his draft stock greatly after 18.5 tackles-for-loss, 14 sacks and five forced fumbles last season. He has shown that he has the tools in the toolbox that will allow him to contribute right away. He has some developing to do, but there is no doubt there is the making of an elite level pass rusher.
9. LB – Devin Bush, Michigan
Devin Bush is arguably the better linebacker named Devin in this draft class. Bush dominated at Michigan which is what makes him such an intriguing prospect. Unlike Devin White, Bush is quick to process information on the offensive side of the ball. White is slightly better in coverage and without a doubt the better overall athlete, but Bush may be the better overall linebacker that has the potential to be the face of an NFL defense.
10. iOL – Cody Ford, Oklahoma
Ford is one of the best offensive lineman in this draft. He’s a mauler on the inside and arguably the smartest lineman in the draft that will immediately improve any offensive line. He only has one year as a starter, but that one year showed a lot of promise.
11. WR – N’Keal Harry, Arizona St.
There are a few reasons I have Harry above DK Metcalf as my WR1. First off, he has some of the strongest hands in the draft and excels fighting through contact to come down with the ball. Like Harry, Metcalf has an elite catch radius, but Harry uses that to his advantage consistently. Lastly, he’s a playmaker for any offense. If you can get Harry in the open field, good luck catching him. There is not a wide receiver worth taking in the top-10. However, a team looking for an offensive weapon will get a special one in Harry.
12. DT – Jeffery Simmons, Miss. St.
It’s a shame that Simmons tore his ACL because he is without question a top-15 talent. He only finished last season with one sack, but he was constantly in opposing teams backfields. He’s a disruptor and someone every offense will have to account for. He could improve his tackling, but a team is going to get a steal in the late-first, early-second round of this draft.
13. LB – Devin White, LSU
Devin White is the difference-maker that every every team looks for when looking for a player to lead their defense. He has the rare ability to make plays from sideline to sideline and is an aggressive player and violent finisher. The biggest issue with White and what could be his downfall at the next level is his ability to process and anticipate. He also can play reckless. He’s a Rottweiler that just needs to be leashed in and taught to heal. He has the makings of an elite middle linebacker, but he doesn’t have the mental game or control start there right away.
14. iOL – Jawaan Taylor, Florida
For an offensive lineman, success starts in two places: first with the feet and then with the hands. Taylor for the most part has good footwork and he’s put a conscious effort into making that an improved area of his game. Where he struggles is with his hands. He’ll could struggle against some of the more experienced pass rushers in the NFL. He’ll be prone to false start and holding penalties early. As someone who witnessed Greg Robinson, that scares me as an evaluator.
15. QB – Drew Lock, Missouri
A lot of people don’t like Drew Lock. I am not one of those people. I think if a team like Denver takes Lock and can develop him, he could be a team’s franchise quarterback for the next 10+ years. He’s not the most accurate passer in this draft, but he’s got the intangibles to lead a locker room and the arm to go with it. To me he’s a mixture of Matthew Stafford and Jay Cutler. That’s not a terrible combination.
16. TE – TJ Hockenson, Iowa
Out goes Rob Gronkowski and in comes TJ Hockenson. Hockenso will be a force for defenses to reckon with at the NFL level. He’s a do it all player that a creative offensive mind can have a lot of fun with.
17. S – Chauncey Gardner-Johnson, Florida
Prior to the draft process everybody was on Deionte Thompson and Nasir Adderly as the top safeties in this class. While both top players, Gardner-Johnson should be the cream of the crop. He’ll be a game-changer in any secondary as he’s very similar to a player like Malcolm Jenkins who can play cornerback in the slot or as a defense’s ball-hawking safety. His versatility will have defensive coordinator pounding the table for him come draft day.
18. CB – Byron Murphy, Washington
Byron Murphy is more of a low-end CB1 at the NFL level. He has great instincts and he’s a tough player, but he’s going to get beat by the top-25 wide receivers at the next level because he simply doesn’t have the physical traits. He’s 5’11 and his 4.55, 40-yard dash at the combine was less than impressive. He very well could overcome his lack of size and speed at the next level, but it’s not a risk I’d be willing to take.
19. QB – Dwayne Haskins, Ohio State
Arguably the best quarterback in the draft, Dwyane Haskins is my QB3. He reminds me of Sam Bradford in the sense that he prefers the safe throws in the short-intermediate areas of the field. Contrary to what Stephen A. Smith might say, Haskins is an exceptional pocket passer, but he’s not elite in any one area. He’s solid, but not somebody that is going to elevate an offense in the NFL.
20. WR – AJ Brown, Ole Miss
Book it right now, AJ Brown is the JuJu Smith-Schuster of this draft. He’s a very good route-runner and a big-body that can be relied on in the middle of the field. He’s not afraid to go over the middle and make the tough catch. When it comes to the Ole Miss wide receivers, AJ Brown is the safest bet. He doesn’t have the ceiling of Metcalf, but his floor isn’t nearly as low which is why I have to put him above his teammate.
21. WR – DK Metcalf, Ole Miss
Some will tell you that Metcalf is a one trick pony that can only run straight. He’s not a great route-runner and does have some limitations, but he’s far from a one trick pony. Get this guy the ball in open space and defenses will have trouble bringing him down. He’s an absolute physical monster. With that said, there are times when he looks like Tarzan and plays like Jane. He has the size to outmuscle any cornerback, yet there are plenty of moments when he doesn’t use it in contested catches and body-control situations. His neck injury could also scare some teams away. He’s a big risk and if a team is willing to take that risk inside the top-15, top-10, they just may reap the rewards.
22. iOL – Chris Lindstrom, Boston College
This draft is very good at the top when it comes to interior offensive lineman and Chris Lindstrom just adds to that. He’s a plug and play, day one starter. He can play inside and he can play outside. He can play zone or man blocking schemes. When you’re drafting guys in the first round, you’re looking for consistency and with Lindstrom he’s as consistent as it gets.
23. CB – Justin Layne, Michigan State
Justin Layne might be the most physical cornerback in this draft and has terrific ball skills. He’s best suited in man coverage but in time could become successful in zone coverage. Layne will be a day one starter with the potential to be a team’s top cornerback down the line.
24. WR – Kelvin Harmon, NC State
I’m not sure what it is, but it seems like Kelvin Harmon’s draft stock fell between the end of the season and the draft for not a lot of reasons. He’s not the most flashy wide receiver, but he may be the best route runner and have the best hands in this draft class. Harmon is a big-bodied possession wide receiver that will be a low-end WR1 in the NFL.
25. WR – Marquise Brown, Oklahoma
Marquise Brown is the most electric wide receiver in this draft. He’s not a one-trick pony, but he certainly excels when it comes to the deep ball. Brown is the closest thing to DeSean Jackson since DeSean Jackson. He has the explosive speed that gives him the ability to blow the top off a defense, but also succeed in the short and intermediate levels of the field as well.
26. RB – Darrell Henderson, Memphis
When watching Darrell Henderson, it’s hard not to instantly fall on love. He’s dynamic, he’s aggressive, and he possesses the break away speed that has made guys like Alvin Kamara and Kareem Hunt successful. His quickness and elusiveness is rare and might be the best since Jamaal Charles. He’s a dynamic playmaker that will make any offense better and why he is my RB1.
27. EDGE – Jachai Polite, Florida
Some players just don’t test as well as others. Polite bombed both the combine and his pro day, but its hard to question what he actually did on tape. If we’re going to base evaluations solely on combines and pro days, why put these kids’ livelihoods at stake and make them play the games? He’s highly effective in the run game and is explosive as a pass rusher. There are no questions of effort on tape. He has a strong mental game. I still believe in Jachai Polite and if he drops to the third round because of what he did in February and April rather than what he did October-January, a team is going to get a steal.
28. LB – Blake Cashman, Minnesota
Cashman is your typical, see ball-get ball linebacker. He locates the ball and takes good angles to get there. In a game that is always getting faster and one in which having fast players on defense in becoming increasingly important, Cashman plays extremely quick. Cashman is this year’s Leighton Vander Esch. He’s around the ball on every play and rarely misses a tackle.
29. DL – Dexter Lawrence, Clemson
Dexter Lawrence will take any defensive line and make it better. He shows tremendous upside as a run defender and plays with consistent energy. He’s not the fastest player which affects his ability as a pass rusher, but this is a guy that played on one of the best defense’s in the nation and he was a big reason for that. He’ll be a two-down player to start with the upside to be a three-down player by year three.
30. EDGE – Montez Sweat, Miss. St.
I am not the biggest fan of Sweat. He plays a good game, but he will need a lot of coaching at the next level to be successful. His run defense might be his biggest strength and if he can refine his ability as a pass rusher, he will be a player that NFL offenses fear.
31. QB – Will Grier, West Virgina
Will Grier is another player that has dropped over the draft process even though he’s one of the more impressive quarterbacks in this draft. Jake said it best in his draft profile: he’s a less refined Baker Mayfield. He certainly benefited from the West Virginia scheme, however, unlike many quarterbacks that come from that scheme, he has the ability to read a defense and make pre-snap reads. He’s not a day-one starter, but if you’re a team looking to get a guy ready to take over, Grier may just be it.
32. DL – Christian Wilkins, Clemson
Wilkins is one of the more experienced defensive lineman in this draft. He’s not going to be a difference maker on a defensive line, but he’s someone who can compliment others on the front. A team with talent that needs a high-character guy in the locker room will be a perfect fit for Wilkins.
33. QB – Jordan Ta’amu, Ole Miss
This may be one of the more out of the box rankings in my top-50, however, I truly love what Ta’amu brings to the table as a quarterback. He’s mobile, few quarterbacks in this class can match his velocity, and he has the accuracy to hit any spot on the field. Some will say he didn’t take advantage of the talent around him or that the talent around him made him more successful than he should have been, but I blame coaching more than I do Ta’amu. He’s not going to go in the top-50 and is most likely a day-3 pick, but he is one of my favorite quarterbacks in this draft.
34. TE – Irv Smith, Alabama
TJ Hockenson is without a doubt TE1 in this class, but an argument can be made for Irv Smith as TE2. He’s an excellent route-runner and very good as a blocker in the run game. Smith’s speed jumped off the tape and he shows it off as he was one of the most elusive tight ends in the open field that I watched. He’s your typical tweener WR/TE than can lineup anywhere on the field.
35. CB – Greedy Williams, LSU
Greedy Williams reminds me of Darrell Revis late in his career. He simply shows no interest in tackling and that will have to change at the NFL level if he wants to be successful. I need a guy that’s in it on every play, and that’s just not Williams. He has the tools and the ball skills to be successful, but as Vince Lombardi said, “football is not a contact sport, it’s a collision sport.”
36. WR – Hakeem Butler, Iowa State
In three years we might be saying Hakeem Butler is what DK Metcalf should have been. He’s a monster in the red zone and unstoppable on back shoulder throws. He’s not a great route-runner and is much better running on a vertical plane. He has some drop issues as well. Butler is one of the more talented wide receivers in the class with upside to be a mid-level WR1.
37. TE – Jace Sternberger, Texas A&M
Sternberger won’t get the attention that TJ Hockenson or Noah Fant get. However, Sternberger led Texas A&M in receptions, yards, touchdowns, and yards per reception last season. He also led all college TEs in PFF’s receiving grades. This guy is the real deal and if the Patriots draft him, he very well could be Gronk 2.0.
38. DT – Jerry Tillary, Notre Dame
Tillary has plenty of red flags. He was inconsistent early in his career and suspended for the Fiesta Bowl as a freshman. However, he has matured and everything seemed to click last season. He’s a versatile pass rusher that gets to the quarterback with purpose. He’ll in a team’s defensive line rotation early with potential to be a starter.
39. RB – Josh Jacobs, Alabama
There is a lot to like about Jacobs. He has very good vision, but he just doesn’t have the burst to get away from defenders. I’m not a huge fan of Jacobs, but he does bring a lot to the table, I just think his lack of burst and lack elusiveness to get away from defenders makes him a risk at the next level.
40. TE – Noah Fant, Iowa
Fant is going to give defenses nightmares in the NFL as he is huge mismatch. He can run any route, he’s an incredible athlete with speed, and he catches everything.
41. S – Nasir Adderly, Delaware
Adderly may be the best ball-hawking caliber safety in this draft class as his range in incredible. He can cover sideline to sideline, he can tackle, and can absolutely be a guy a defensive coordinator can trust to play single-high. In today’s game the jump from FCS to the NFL isn’t as big as it used to be. Adderly will be more than successful in the NFL.
42. CB – Isaiah Johnson, Houston
Johnson is not the most refined cornerback in this draft, but he has the size and length that makes cornerbacks successful. With coaching he can absolutely be a stud in the NFL.
43. DL – Khalen Saunders, Western Illinois
Khalen Saunders will provide great value for a team on day two. He’s a physical force up front and found success both as a run defender and a pass rusher. He can be inconsistent. There are times when he has the talent to be a top-25 player in this class, and then there are times when he looks like he could barely crack the top-100. He’s raw, but he has tremendous upside and value on day two.
43. OT – Andre Dillard, Washington State
Dillard is one of the more athletic tackles in this draft. He will excel in a zone blocking scheme so that he can block in space and use his athleticism. He was a four-year starter at Washington State, unfortunately the offense that he was in did him no favors in making the transition to the pros. As with most prospects, especially those on day two, with good coaching, he can be a very good player.
45. LB – Mack Wilson, Alabama
Back in November or December, Mack Wilson was projected as a top-40 player with potential to go in the first round. Now he may be lucky to go on day two. He’s very up and down, but he excels in coverage. If he can find consistency, he can be a leader on a team’s defense.
46. EDGE – Zach Allen, Boston College
Allen excels against the run and he’s a very smart player which will translate to the NFL. He’s versatile as he lined up all over at Boston College and is a tweener of a 4-3 end/3-4 edge player. Defensive coordinators could have a lot of fun with Allen especially if he can develop as a pass rusher.
47. CB – Julian Love, Notre Dame
Love is fantastic as a man-corner. He’s a guy you can put on an island and trust to bump and run with any wide receiver. He’s not comfortable playing zone, but as a man corner, don’t be surprised if even goes in the first round.
48. S – Taylor Rapp, Washington
Taylor Rapp is your typical box safety. He’s a sure-fire tackler with limited ball skills and coverage ability.
49. OT Yadney Cajuste – West Virginia
Cajuste is another player that could easily go in the first round. He’s has the tools to be a stable left tackle and that will be attractive to any team looking to upgrade their offensive line. He needs to improve some areas of his technique, but I don’t believe a team can go wrong by drafting Cajuste.
50. CB – Rock Ya-Sin – Temple
Rock Ya-Sin may be my favorite cornerback prospect and it would not shock me in the slightest if he goes in the first round. He has great length for a cornerback and isn’t afraid to get physical. He’s definitely more comfortable in man coverage and has the potential to be a full-time starter by year two.