With the Senior Bowl now in the books, PFF Lead Draft Analyst Mike Renner has updated his Top 100 Big Board for the 2020 NFL Draft. The evaluation process will continue this week in Mobile, but this is where Renner sees the 2020 class right now.
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1. QB Joe Burrow, LSU
January 20, 2020 Rank: 1st
Burrow's 2019 season earned the single best overall grade we've ever given to a quarterback. I'm not even sure the grades do him justice at this point, as he put it up against arguably the toughest slate of defenses any quarterback in the country had to face.
2. Edge Chase Young, Ohio State
January 20, 2020 Rank: 2nd
Young is the top non-QB and that isn't changing any time soon. He shattered the PFF single-season pass-rushing record despite opposing teams game-planning for him.
3. QB Tua Tagovailoa*, Alabama
January 20, 2020 Rank: 3rd
The asterisk will stay next to Tagovailoa's name until we know he's been given a clean bill of health. However, we'll stick with the on-field eval for Tagovailoa in the meantime, as the tape shows a true franchise QB prospect.
4. CB Jeffrey Okudah, Ohio State
January 20, 2020 Rank: 4th
Okudah ticks the boxes for size (6-foot-1, 200 pounds), length, athleticism and production. He allowed a passer rating of 45.3 on throws into his coverage last season.
5. WR Ceedee Lamb, Oklahoma
January 20, 2020 Rank: 5th
Lamb took the reins of the top WR position in Oklahoma this year and didn't disappoint. He was on another level after the catch where he broke 26 tackles on only 62 catches.
6. WR Jerry Jeudy, Alabama
January 20, 2020 Rank: 6th
Jeudy lulled everyone to sleep with a ho-hum regular season then reminded everyone how special he is in Alabama's bowl win over Michigan. He went for 200-plus yards in that game and showed his freakish blend of speed and route running.
7. LB Isaiah Simmons, Clemson
January 20, 2020 Rank: 7th
It's cliché to say a player can “do it all,” but Simmons quite literally did it all for the Clemson defense throughout his career. Simmons earned a career coverage grade of 93.0, despite lining up everywhere over the middle of the field.
8. T Andrew Thomas, Georgia
January 20, 2020 Rank: 8th
Thomas is the rare college offensive lineman who stepped onto the field as a true freshman and played high-level football. He earned a 76.7 pass-blocking grade that season and has seen his grade improve every year since.
9. T Jedrick Wills Jr., Alabama
January 20, 2020 Rank: 9th
It's difficult to talk about Wills without gushing over how explosive he is. In a tackle class full of freak athletes, he may be the freakiest. His 12 big-time blocks in the run game this year were the most of any tackle in the class.
10. CB Kristian Fulton, LSU
January 20, 2020 Rank: 10th
Fulton has been the highest-graded cornerback in SEC play in each of the past two seasons. I don't care if he doesn't have the freakiest tools, you can't fake production like that in the best college football conference.
11. DI Derrick Brown, Auburn
January 20, 2020 Rank: 11th
College football players are not supposed to be as strong as Brown. I've never seen someone lift so many opposing offensive linemen up in the air in my life. He put it all together as a pass-rusher this season and earned a 90.4 grade in that regard.
12. DI Javon Kinlaw, South Carolina
January 20, 2020 Rank: 12th
Kinlaw only cemented our belief that he is one of the top prospects in the draft in his day and a half at the Senior Bowl. He had the single most impressive pass-rushing rep of the week when he treated Clemson guard John Simpson like a speed bump on day one.
13. T Tristan Wirfs, Iowa
January 20, 2020 Rank: 13th
Wirfs quietly took his game to another level this season and even improved as the season went along. He allowed only one pressure over his final seven games.
14. Edge A.J. Epenesa, Iowa
January 20, 2020 Rank: 14th
Epenesa dominated college football from the time he stepped foot on the field as a freshman. His 91.5 career pass-rushing grade is one of the highest of any edge prospect in the class.
15. WR Laviska Shenault, Colorado
January 20, 2020 Rank: 15th
Shenault's combination of size, explosiveness and after-the-catch ability is unrivaled in the class. He's not a polished product by any means, but he's got special tools that you can't teach.
16. T Josh Jones, Houston
January 20, 2020 Rank: 18th
Jones was quite clearly the best offensive tackle in attendance at the Senior Bowl. He finished the week winning over half of his reps in the one-on-ones and had the highest win rate of any offensive tackle in attendance. For a supposed project, Jones is already very advanced.
17. Edge Curtis Weaver, Boise State
January 20, 2020 Rank: 16th
An ankle injury limited Weaver down the stretch, but he still finished with a pass-rushing grade over 92.0 for the second consecutive season. He's the only player we've ever graded with multiple such seasons.
18. S Grant Delpit, LSU
January 20, 2020 Rank: 17th
After all the missed tackle issues throughout the season, Delpit brought his A-game for LSU down the stretch. He didn't miss a single tackle in the SEC Championship game or the playoffs.
19. CB Trevon Diggs, Alabama
January 20, 2020 Rank: 19th
Diggs has the “pterodactyl build” that you love to see at the cornerback position. It showed up on the field too, where he forced 11 incompletions and earned a 90.1 coverage grade.
20. WR Henry Ruggs, Alabama
January 20, 2020 Rank: 20th
Elite speed, after-the-catch ability and ball skills — that's a winning combination. And it's that combination that helped Ruggs find the end zone on 24 of his 98 career catches.
21. DI Jordan Elliott, Missouri
January 20, 2020 Rank: 21st
Believe it or not, it was Elliott, and not Derrick Brown or Javon Kinlaw, who was the highest-graded defensive tackle in the country this season. Even if you limit it to solely SEC play, Elliott still bested those two.
22. Edge Julian Okwara, Notre Dame
January 20, 2020 Rank: 22nd
Okwara has elite movement skills and moves more like a wide receiver than a defensive end on the field. His consistency is still lacking, but there's no denying his high-end potential. He finished with a pass-rushing grade of over 90.0 on the season.
23. WR Tee Higgins, Clemson
January 20, 2020 Rank: 23rd
If you're in the market for a bigger wide receiver in this draft class, Higgins is your man. He's been the most consistent receiver in the country at hauling in passes outside his frame over the past couple of seasons.
24. CB C.J. Henderson, Florida
January 20, 2020 Rank: 24th
Henderson battled injuries this season and put more bad on tape than you'd like, but go back to his true sophomore season in 2018 and you'll see why we're still high on him. That year he allowed only 18 catches all season long.
25. S Ashtyn Davis, California
January 20, 2020 Rank: 25th
Davis has shown the ability to make plays from both the slot and as a single-high safety. Not many safeties even in the NFL can claim that.
26. CB Jaylon Johnson, Utah
January 20, 2020 Rank: 26th
Johnson was lockdown in Pac-12 play in 2019. He allowed only 23 catches from 52 targets against Pac-12 opposition.
27. QB Justin Herbert, Oregon
January 20, 2020 Rank: 27th
Herbert was always going to show out at the Senior Bowl in Mobile. He has the best natural arm talent in the class, and that's going to obviously impress against air. His biggest question marks – reading defenses and disappearing against quality opponents – were issues he couldn't necessarily answer down there.
28. WR Jalen Reagor, TCU
January 20, 2020 Rank: 28th
The stats this past season don't do Reagor's explosiveness justice. You don't go for over 1,000 yards as a 19-year-old with one of the worst QB situations in the country without some serious talent.
29. CB Cameron Dantzler, Mississippi State
January 20, 2020 Rank: 29th
Dantzler still needs to get stronger to hold up in the NFL, but even with his slight build, he held up pretty darn well in the SEC. In conference play, he allowed 11 catches from 23 targets for 171 yards.
30. G Netane Muti, Fresno State
January 20, 2020 Rank: 30th
Muti is a straight-up mauler in the run game. Most offensive linemen don't even have highlight reels, but Muti's is almost Quenton Nelson-esque in its dominance. Oh, and that dominance has translated in pass protection, too, where he allowed 14 pressures on 697 career pass-blocking snaps.
31. WR Brandon Aiyuk, Arizona State
January 20, 2020 Rank: 32nd
Aiyuk personifies explosiveness. He's another player who's worth questioning as to why he did little prior to his senior season, but he was a big play waiting to happen in 2019 with 28 catches of 15-plus yards.
32. S Xavier McKinney, Alabama
January 20, 2020 Rank: 33rd
McKinney earned grades over 79.0 in run defense, pass-rushing, and coverage in each of the past two seasons. The consistent and complete skillset makes him a safe bet in the league.
33. CB Jeff Gladney, TCU
January 20, 2020 Rank: 34th
Gladney is on the skinny side for the cornerback position, but he makes up for it with elite speed. On his 78 targets 10-plus yards downfield over the past two years, Gladney allowed only 19 catches for 470 yards.
34. CB Bryce Hall, Virginia
January 20, 2020 Rank: 35th
After leading all of college football in forced incompletions in 2018, Hall had opposing QBs scared to throw his way in 2019 before an ankle injury shortened his season. He was only targeted 22 times in six games after seeing 72 targets the year before.
35. G Jonah Jackson, Ohio State
January 20, 2020 Rank: 39th
Jackson was quite clearly the most technically advanced pass protector in attendance at the Senior Bowl. His short sets are a thing of beauty. He may not ‘wow' like some of the more physical guards in the class, but he consistently gets the job done.
36. TE Hunter Bryant, Washington
January 20, 2020 Rank: 36th
Bryant has been producing as a receiver ever since his true freshman year. His 2.74 career yards per route would be elite for a single season, let alone a three-season stretch.
37. WR Denzel Mims, Baylor
January 20, 2020 Rank: 71st
No player moved up the PFF draft board more at the Senior Bowl than Mims. In a loaded receiver group, Mims was quite clearly the most explosive. Showing he could maintain that explosiveness and separation on the full route tree was massive for him.
38. CB A.J. Terrell, Clemson
January 20, 2020 Rank: 37th
It's difficult to get the torching Terrell took in the National Championship game out of our heads, but from a scouting perspective, it was simply some poor play at the catch point. He was actually in Ja'Marr Chase's hip pocket for much of the game, which is the more difficult thing to do.
39. WR Michael Pittman Jr., USC
January 20, 2020 Rank: 38th
Pittman was as expected at the Senior Bowl in Mobile. His win rate wasn't the greatest as he faced far and away the best corner in attendance – Troy Pride Jr. – a good deal, but he manhandled smaller corners.
40. WR Jauan Jennings, Tennessee
January 20, 2020 Rank: 31st
Jennings proved he could get off the line of scrimmage against press efficiently at the Senior Bowl, but his ability to separate down the field was still inconsistent. After the catch is still his rare trait, and that couldn't really be showcased in that setting.
41. DI Marlon Davidson, Auburn
January 20, 2020 Rank: 76th
We were hesitant on Davidson heading into the Senior Bowl, as he looked like a tweener on tape. Well he showed up at 297 in Mobile after playing at 280 for Auburn and proved he could be a full-time 3-tech in the NFL. Davidson was the most impressive lineman in attendance after Javon Kinlaw.
42. Edge Zack Baun, Wisconsin
January 20, 2020 Rank: 40th
When he did drop down and rush one-on-one against tackles, Baun looked like arguably the best edge rusher in attendance. He firmly stated he was an off-ball linebacker, though, and he didn't look nearly as impressive in that regard. That's to be expected though, as he never played that role at Wisconsin.
43. Edge Darrell Taylor, Tennessee
January 20, 2020 Rank: 41st
Taylor took his game to another level as a pass-rusher in 2019. His consistency down the stretch has us excited about what's to come at the next level. He finished with an 84.9 pass-rushing grade in SEC play.
44. WR Tyler Johnson, Minnesota
January 20, 2020 Rank: 42nd
Johnson is a technician at the line of scrimmage and with his route-running. He's NFL-ready in both those regards and finished top-10 nationally in yards per route run in each of the past two years.
45. S Terrell Burgess, Utah
January 20, 2020 Rank: 44th
The biggest compliment you can give to a safety like Burgess was that he didn't look out of place at all running in the press-man drills against wide receivers. That's why we're so high on him coming out of Utah.
46. Edge Bradlee Anae, Utah
January 20, 2020 Rank: 45th
Anae had an up-and-down week at the Senior Bowl. While he was clearly limited athletically, his hands were special. That was especially true in the actual game where he looked unblockable.
47. Edge Yetur Gross-Matos, Penn State
January 20, 2020 Rank: 47th
Gross-Matos has the type of length that makes life difficult for opposing offensive tackles. He's still very much an unpolished product, though, with a pass-rushing grade of 81.8 for 2019.
48. Edge K'Lavon Chaisson, LSU
January 20, 2020 Rank: 48th
The high-end reps from Chaisson are easy to fall in love with, but we still are left scratching our heads as to why he wasn't more consistent. Chaisson finished the 2019 season with only 35 pressures and a 78.9 pass-rushing grade.
49. C Tyler Biadasz, Wisconsin
January 20, 2020 Rank: 49th
Biadasz has an elite grading profile with back-to-back seasons as a top-three graded center. While he's been a center only at Wisconsin, Biadasz has the size to play all three interior positions.
50. QB Jake Fromm, Georgia
January 20, 2020 Rank: 50th
With Fromm, you know you're getting two things. He will make quick decisions with the football and he won't put it in harm's way. Last season, Fromm had only seven turnover-worthy plays on 445 dropbacks.
51. OL Calvin Throckmorton, Oregon
January 20, 2020 Rank: 51st
52. RB Zack Moss, Utah
January 20, 2020 Rank: 52nd
53. TE Brycen Hopkins, Purdue
January 20, 2020 Rank: 53rd
54. LB Troy Dye, Oregon
January 20, 2020 Rank: 54th
55. DI Ross Blacklock, TCU
January 20, 2020 Rank: 55th
56. LB Akeem Davis-Gaither, Appalachian State
January 20, 2020 Rank: 61st
57. RB D'Andre Swift, Georgia
January 20, 2020 Rank: 56th
58. Edge Josh Uche, Michigan
January 20, 2020 Rank: 63rd
59. Edge Terrell Lewis, Alabama
January 20, 2020 Rank: 58th
60. DI Neville Gallimore, Oklahoma
January 20, 2020 Rank: 59th
61. Edge Khalid Kareem, Notre Dame
January 20, 2020 Rank: 60th
62. DI Justin Madubuike, Texas A&M
January 20, 2020 Rank: 62nd
63. G Damien Lewis, LSU
January 20, 2020 Rank: 87th
64. CB Noah Igbinoghene, Auburn
January 20, 2020 Rank: 64th
65. QB Jordan Love, Utah State
January 20, 2020 Rank: 65th
66. CB Darnay Holmes, UCLA
January 20, 2020 Rank: 66th
67. T Mekhi Becton, Louisville
January 20, 2020 Rank: 67th
68. WR Justin Jefferson, LSU
January 20, 2020 Rank: 68th
69. CB K'Von Wallace, Clemson
January 20, 2020 Rank: 69th
70. LB Kenneth Murray, Oklahoma
January 20, 2020 Rank: 70th
71. C Nick Harris, Washington
January 20, 2020 Rank: 46th
72. RB Jonathan Taylor, Wisconsin
January 20, 2020 Rank: 72nd
73. CB Troy Pride Jr., Notre Dame
January 20, 2020 Rank: 90th
74. Edge Alex Highsmith, Charlotte
January 20, 2020 Rank: 73rd
75. LB Willie Gay Jr., Mississippi State
January 20, 2020 Rank: 74th
76. RB J.K. Dobbins, Ohio State
January 20, 2020 Rank: 75th
77. G Logan Stenberg, Kentucky
January 20, 2020 Rank: 57th
78. T Lucas Niang, TCU
January 20, 2020 Rank: 77th
79. S Antoine Winfield Jr., Minnesota
January 20, 2020 Rank: 78th
80. WR K.J. Hill, Ohio State
January 20, 2020 Rank: —
81. T Jack Driscoll, Auburn
January 20, 2020 Rank: 79th
82. WR K.J. Hamler, Penn State
January 20, 2020 Rank: 80th
83. T Matt Peart, UConn
January 20, 2020 Rank: 81st
84. LB Patrick Queen, LSU
January 20, 2020 Rank: 82nd
85. LB Francis Bernard, Utah
January 20, 2020 Rank: 83rd
86. TE Adam Trautman, Dayton
January 20, 2020 Rank: —
87. C Lloyd Cushenberry, LSU
January 20, 2020 Rank: —
88. T Ezra Cleveland, Boise State
January 20, 2020 Rank: 86th
89. S Julian Blackmon, Utah
January 20, 2020 Rank: 92nd
90. T Trey Adams, Washington
January 20, 2020 Rank: 93rd
91. DI Raekwon Davis, Alabama
January 20, 2020 Rank: 94th
92. WR John Hightower, Boise State
January 20, 2020 Rank: 95th
93. DI Leki Fotu, Utah
January 20, 2020 Rank: 96th
94. C Cesar Ruiz, Michigan
January 20, 2020 Rank: 97th
95. DI Davon Hamilton, Ohio State
January 20, 2020 Rank: —
96. TE Cole Kmet, Notre Dame
January 20, 2020 Rank: 98th
97. TE Cheyenne O'Grady, Arkansas
January 20, 2020 Rank: 99th
98. Edge Trevis Gipson, Tulsa
January 20, 2020 Rank: 100th
99. WR Van Jefferson, Florida
January 20, 2020 Rank: —
100. DI Bravvion Roy, Baylor
January 20, 2020 Rank: —
Fallen out of the top 100
TE Jared Pinkney, Vanderbilt — January 20, 2020 Rank: 43rd
DI Josiah Coatney, Ole Miss — January 20, 2020 Rank: 88th
CB Essang Bassey, Wake Forest — January 20, 2020 Rank: 84th
WR Devin DuVernay, Texas — January 20, 2020 Rank: 89th