As we get closer to draft day and dig deeper into these prospects, better fits become evident as the rounds pass by. While I fully understand it becomes more and more of a crapshoot projecting picks the deeper you go in the draft, this is more an exercise in where the needs, value and fits lie. Once again, this is what I believe will happen, not necessarily what I would do.
1. Cincinnati Bengals — QB Joe Burrow, LSU
The Bengals will likely get some pretty incredible offers from the Dolphins to swap spots, but they should stay put. Burrow is simply that good.
2. Washington Redskins — Edge Chase Young, Ohio State
The trade for Kyle Allen looks like the nail in the coffin on any serious Tua Tagovailoa hype. At this point, it’s the draft’s most “sure thing” to the Redskins.
3. Miami Dolphins (via Detroit Lions) — QB Tua Tagovailoa, Alabama
The Lions are in the driver’s seat with the No. 3 pick. It looks like it will be an all-out bidding war between the Dolphins and Chargers at this point, with Miami able to outbid any offer made by Los Angeles. That means it’s Tua Tagovailoa and his back-to-back 90.0-plus overall grades heading to Miami.
4. New York Giants — OT Mekhi Becton, Louisville
Size and speed have been tenets of Dave Gettleman’s team-building strategy in his tenure as general manager. No one has more of the former in this draft than Becton, and after running a 5.1-second 40-yard dash, he’s got some of the latter, as well.
5. Detroit Lions (via Miami Dolphins) — CB Jeffrey Okudah, Ohio State
Detroit still gets its guy after trading down. The Lions still have a massive hole opposite newly acquired Desmond Trufant left by Darius Slay that Okudah can fill. On 31 targets in man coverage last year, Okudah allowed only 15 catches for 178 yards and one score.
6. Los Angeles Chargers — QB Justin Herbert, Oregon
The Chargers have backed themselves into a corner at the quarterback position heading into the draft. They have a roster built to win now, but journeyman Tyrod Taylor is currently slated as the starter. Those two don’t mesh, and while we can debate the merits of Justin Herbert at pick No. 6, Los Angeles needs a splash to draw fans in its new(ish) hometown.
7. Carolina Panthers — LB Isaiah Simmons, Clemson
The need here is obvious, and so is the talent. On 107 career targets at Clemson, Simmons forced 22 incompletions and picked off four others. Those are silly numbers for a “linebacker.”
8. Arizona Cardinals — OT Tristan Wirfs, Iowa
Freakishly athletic and freakishly productive is a good combination to have when projecting to the NFL. The Cardinals’ 74 wide screens last year were 21 more than the next closest team. Wirfs’ ability to get out in front of those is a big value add.
9. Jacksonville Jaguars — DT Derrick Brown, Auburn
The Jaguars could very well view Brown — one of the highest floor prospects in this class — as a cornerstone-type player in the middle of their defense. He made big strides as a pass-rusher this past season and earned the highest pass-rushing grade among interior players against true pass sets last year.
10. Cleveland Browns — OT Andrew Thomas, Georgia
Thomas’ familiarity with left tackle gives him the nod here over Jedrick Wills. Thomas allowed 37 pressures on 1,075 pass-blocking snaps in his college career.
11. New York Jets — OT Jedrick Wills, Alabama
The Jets threw money at a couple of free agents, but they are still a long way from fixing their offensive line issues. Wills is on a clear upward trajectory as a player after he went from a 63.1 run-blocking grade in 2018 to a 90.5 mark this past season for Alabama.
12. Las Vegas Raiders — WR CeeDee Lamb, Oklahoma
An inch and five pounds may ultimately be the difference between Lamb and Jeudy in the eyes of evaluators. You can’t go wrong with either, but for a team that needs an all-around No. 1-type wide receiver, Lamb looks the part just slightly more.
13. San Francisco 49ers (via Indianapolis Colts) — WR Jerry Jeudy, Alabama
While Marquise Goodwin and Jalen Hurd return this season, they’re both limited in what they bring to the table for the 49ers’ offense. Jeudy is not. He can already run any route at any depth at a high level.
14. Tampa Bay Buccaneers — DT Javon Kinlaw, South Carolina
The signing of Joe Haeg means the Buccaneers don’t have to go offensive tackle. And at this point, the value looks like it will be elsewhere. Kinlaw’s 91.7 pass-rushing grade over the past two seasons is the highest of any interior player in the draft class.
15. Denver Broncos — WR Henry Ruggs, Alabama
The Broncos have addressed a lot of other needs recently, but speed across from Courtland Sutton is still lacking. You don’t come by 4.27 speed with ball skills like Ruggs’ every day. He dropped only five of 103 catchable targets in his career.
16. Atlanta Falcons — CB C.J. Henderson, Florida
Henderson has one of the best single-high corner skillsets in this draft class. On 243 snaps in those coverages the past two seasons, he allowed only 20 of his 39 targets to be caught for 319 yards and no scores.
17. Dallas Cowboys — Edge K’Lavon Chaisson, LSU
Not even 21 years old yet, Chaisson is a player who has a good deal of perceived upside with his athletic traits. He’s got a long way to go to fulfill that, though, as he earned only a 78.9 pass-rushing grade this past season and racked up 35 pressures on 370 pass-rushing snaps.
18. Miami Dolphins (via Pittsburgh Steelers) — OT Josh Jones, Houston
The Dolphins need pass protection help right away, and if Jones’ four pressures allowed all last season is any indication, he’s their best bet at pick No. 18.
19. Las Vegas Raiders (via Chicago Bears) — CB Kristian Fulton, LSU
Of all the corners in the draft class, Fulton might be the best suited to play corner in Paul Guenther’s defense. His breaks and reads from off-coverage are top-notch, and it’s a big reason why he’s earned a 91.9 coverage grade for his career — the highest of any Power-5 corner in the draft class.
20. Jacksonville Jaguars (via Los Angeles Rams) — S Xavier McKinney, Alabama
Jacksonville goes back to the well defensively to address another position that’s been ravaged by attrition in recent years. McKinney was like a less freakishly athletic, but just as productive version of Isaiah Simmons at Alabama. The “safety” spent over one-fourth of his snaps deep, over one-fourth from the slot and over one-fourth in the box.
21. Philadelphia Eagles — WR Justin Jefferson, LSU
The Eagles have other glaring needs after the offseason, but the talent at the receiver position is too much to ignore. Jefferson figures to be Carson Wentz’s best friend after catching 19 of his 34 contested targets over the past two seasons.
22. Minnesota Vikings (via Buffalo Bills) — WR Jalen Reagor, TCU
The Vikings can’t lose the deep threat Stefon Diggs posed to opposing defenses and not expect the offense to take a significant step back. Reagor’s explosiveness could at least replace that threat, even if no one is going to completely fill Diggs’ shoes in Year 1.
23. New England Patriots — QB Jordan Love, Utah State
Drafting Love to New England makes sense for a couple of reasons. The first is that the Patriots’ current starter was an unheralded fourth-round pick who earned a middling 72.2 grade in last year’s preseason. The second is that Love is seen as a boom-or-bust prospect with all the tools to be an elite quarterback. Him busting would likely result in the Patriots becoming major players in the Trevor Lawrence/Justin Fields sweepstakes.
24. New Orleans Saints — LB Patrick Queen, LSU
After signing Emmanuel Sanders, New Orleans has arguably the most complete roster in the NFL. But A.J. Klein’s departure leaves a hole next to Demario Davis. Queen would be a vast improvement athletically, as the LSU linebacker ran a 4.5-second 40-yard dash at the Combine.
25. Minnesota Vikings — CB Jaylon Johnson, Utah
Mike Zimmer loves nothing more than drafting cornerbacks in the first round. This time, Minnesota actually needs one. Johnson has the all-around type of skillset and instincts that can succeed in Zimmer’s defense. He’s earned a 90.1 coverage grade over the past two seasons.
26. Detroit Lions (via Miami Dolphins via Houston Texans) — OT Austin Jackson, USC
The Lions gain this pick in the trade for No. 3 overall and add to an offensive line that saw a couple of key departures this offseason. They gave Halapoulivaati Vaitai a big contract, but it’s really a short-term commitment and he can kick inside to guard. Jackson isn’t even 21 years old yet and earned pass-blocking grades of 78.4 and 78.8 the past two seasons.
27. Seattle Seahawks — OT Ezra Cleveland, Boise State
The Seahawks love some athletic offensive linemen, and Cleveland is easily the most athletic one in this class after Tristan Wirfs comes off the board. He’s also earned pass-blocking grades over 80.0 for three straight seasons.
28. Baltimore Ravens — LB Kenneth Murray, Oklahoma
The Ravens look to be in luck with the way the draft is shaking out in the fact that there will be an explosive linebacker on the board for them when pick No. 28 rolls around. Murray plays as if he were shot out of a cannon, evidenced by his 38-inch vertical and 10-foot-9 broad jump at 241 pounds.
29. Tennessee Titans — DT Marlon Davidson, Auburn
The Jurrell Casey trade means the Titans may very well go for a defensive tackle in the first round. Davidson has similar versatility to Casey, who lined up just about everywhere for the Titans. Davidson earned an 83.8 pass-rushing grade last year while playing primarily as a stand up outside linebacker for Auburn.
30. Green Bay Packers — WR Denzel Mims, Baylor
Green Bay hit tackle and linebacker in free agency, leaving the receiver position as the only real hole unaddressed heading into the draft. That was a calculated decision, as it looks like a massive upgrade will be waiting for them at pick No. 30. Mims has proven to be one of the most explosive route-runners in the pre-draft process after being a fade specialist at Baylor.
31. San Francisco 49ers — IOL Cesar Ruiz, Michigan
There’s no clean need/value fit here for San Francisco and, truthfully, it might make the most sense for them to trade down at this point and accumulate some capital — they have no picks on Day 2. If not, Ruiz looks like the best combination of athleticism and skill to slot into the interior of the 49ers’ offensive line.
32. Kansas City Chiefs — CB A.J. Terrell, Clemson
Terrell has the size and athleticism to play in pretty much any scheme, but we really didn’t get to see him tested much this past season at Clemson. He faced all of 30 targets in 13 games before the College Football Playoff.
33. Cincinnati Bengals — LB Willie Gay Jr., Mississippi State
This might seem high, but talent-wise, it’s probably still a steal. Gay has a career coverage grade over 90.0 and blew up the Combine. The Bengals' need at linebacker is an obvious one.
34. Indianapolis Colts (via Washington Redskins) — WR Michael Pittman Jr., USC
Pittman is a far more sudden route-runner than the majority of receivers his size and dropped only five passes over his college career. He offers something the Colts don’t currently have and pairs well with Philip Rivers.
35. Detroit Lions — Edge A.J. Epenesa, Iowa
Epenesa’s Combine numbers may scare teams away, but his fall will be some lucky team's gain. He racked up a 31.5% win rate on 54 pass-rush snaps from the interior last season.
36. New York Giants — Edge Yetur Gross-Matos, Penn State
Size is a tenet for any Dave Gettleman draft prospect, and Gross-Matos has the ideal profile for the edge. The Giants will have to bank on his upward trajectory continuing, as he improved from a grading perspective every year at Penn State.
37. Los Angeles Chargers — CB Jeff Gladney, TCU
The Chargers are one outside corner away from a complete secondary, and Gladney has the perfect skillset coming from a Gary Patterson-coached defense to play off-zone in the NFL.
38. Carolina Panthers — S Grant Delpit, LSU
Delpit’s tackling is a massive problem after he missed over one-fourth of his attempts last year. That will drop him down draft boards. His coverage ability is second to none in this safety class, though, and he’s yet another versatile piece after the Panthers added Isaiah Simmons in Round 1.
39. Miami Dolphins — RB D’Andre Swift, Georgia
While we don’t endorse drafting running backs this high, the Dolphins have arguably the worst running back situation in the NFL. Swift can do anything you want a modern back to do from a receiving perspective.
40. Houston Texans (via Arizona Cardinals) — WR Tee Higgins, Clemson
One Clemson receiver goes out the door, another comes to take his place. Higgins ran through a hamstring injury at his pro day and might fall because of those poor numbers. He’s still a downfield threat despite what his 40-yard dash time might say, as he caught 15-of-23 deep targets last year.
41. Cleveland Browns — DI Davon Hamilton, Ohio State
With Larry Ogunjobi’s play slipping, Hamilton can be the anchor in the middle of the Browns' defense. He earned a 90.8 run-defense grade over the past two seasons.
42. Jacksonville Jaguars — WR Brandon Aiyuk, Arizona State
What Aiyuk lacks in polish, he makes up for in explosiveness. He averaged a scintillating 10.9 yards after the catch last year.
43. Chicago Bears (via Las Vegas Raiders) — CB Trevon Diggs, Alabama
Diggs is still so raw for the cornerback position and can be a bit of a risk-taker at times. The Bears' defense is so talented, though, that they can afford to take a chance on playmakers like him. Diggs allowed only 309 yards all last season — although 133 of those came against LSU.
44. Indianapolis Colts — RB Jonathan Taylor, Wisconsin
Taylor was born to run behind the Colts' dominant run-blocking offensive line. Give him a full head of steam, and he drags people. He averaged over 1,300 yards after contact per season at Wisconsin.
45. Tampa Bay Buccaneers — OT Ben Bartch, St. John’s
I’ll keep pounding the table for this fit until Bartch goes elsewhere. The Buccaneers already have two Division III success stories starting at guard — why not make it tackle, too, after Bartch’s impressive Senior Bowl?
46. Denver Broncos — S/LB Kyle Dugger, Lenoir-Rhyne
The Broncos lost Will Parks’ versatility this offseason, and Dugger offers a similar, yet more explosive skillset. He also had the biggest hands and longest wingspan of any safety at the Combine.
47. Atlanta Falcons — Edge/LB Zack Baun, Wisconsin
The Falcons love athleticism, and Baun’s 1.54 10-yard split at the Combine certainly qualifies. He’s a bit of a tweener, and his best role might be replacing De’Vondre Campbell at off-ball linebacker.
48. New York Jets — WR Laviska Shenault Jr., Colorado
Injuries will drop him, but Shenault is still an uber talent. His 4.98 yards per route against man coverage over the past two seasons is tops among wideouts in the draft.
49. Pittsburgh Steelers — DI Neville Gallimore, Oklahoma
Gallimore is a very similar prospect coming out to Javon Hargrave. They’re both undersized nose tackles with first steps that are overpowering for most centers. Gallimore improved by leaps and bounds last year with an 87.8 overall grade.
50. Chicago Bears — S Antoine Winfield Jr., Minnesota
Winfield’s seven interceptions didn’t happen by accident. He’s yet another ballhawk who the Bears add to their secondary. They could target offense in the second round, but returning their defense to its dominant 2018 form is their quickest route to Super Bowl contention.
51. Dallas Cowboys — WR K.J. Hamler, Penn State
Hamler brings an explosive element that doesn’t really exist outside of Amari Cooper in the Cowboys' offense. Get him matched up on safeties downfield, and it’s game over.
52. Los Angeles Rams — LB Jordyn Brooks, Texas Tech
The 6-foot-1, 245-pound Brooks looks like a sure thing in run defense after earning a 91.5 grade in that area last season. He also has sideline-to-sideline speed to make plays in coverage.
53. Philadelphia Eagles — S Ashtyn Davis, California
Davis is on the other side of the athletic spectrum from newly transitioned safety Jalen Mills. A former track standout, Davis can cover some ground on the back end.
54. Buffalo Bills — IOL Damien Lewis, LSU
The Bills have one of the more complete rosters in the NFL but could still stand to upgrade at right guard. Enter Lewis, who bullied his way to an 82.3 run-blocking grade last season.
55. Baltimore Ravens (from New England Patriots via Atlanta Falcons) — IOL Lloyd Cushenberry III, LSU
The Ravens' interior looks considerably different in 2020 without Marshal Yanda. While Cushenberry had a rough junior campaign, he earned a 77.1 overall grade as a sophomore in 2018.
56. Miami Dolphins — OT Isaiah Wilson, Georgia
Despite going tackle in Round 1, the Dolphins still have a need for tackle in Round 2. Wilson may eventually end up at guard, but his prodigious size, length and strength stonewalled college defenders in their tracks.
57. Houston Texans — DI Ross Blacklock, TCU
Blacklock won’t make up for the loss of D.J. Reader overnight, but he has all the tools to be a playmaker against the run in time. Last year, he earned an 89.5 run-defense grade.
58. Minnesota Vikings — DI Justin Madubuike, Texas A&M
Madubuike racked up over 40 pressures in each of the past two seasons for Texas A&M. Last year, current Vikings interior defender Shamar Stephen notched only six.
59. Seattle Seahawks — Edge Terrell Lewis, Alabama
L.J. Collier had about as uninspiring a rookie season as any first-rounder last year. And even if he does come around, edge is still a position of need for the Seahawks. Lewis has tools to win off the edge in the NFL but doesn't possess a full toolbox of pass-rushing moves at the moment after earning an 85.8 pass-rushing grade last season.
60. Baltimore Ravens — Edge Julian Okwara, Notre Dame
Okwara’s 22.9% pass-rushing win rate over the past two seasons ranks fifth among all edge defender in college football. He’s got the length and athleticism to win at the NFL level.
61. Tennessee Titans — CB Noah Igbinoghene, Auburn
Igbinoghene has special movement skills and allowed just 47.3% of his targets to be completed in his college career. The worry is that his ball skills haven’t developed — he had only six pass breakups this past season with no interceptions.
62. Green Bay Packers — DI Jordan Elliott, Missouri
Elliott was the highest-graded defensive tackle in the country this past season. He may not be your typical 3-4 defensive end fit, but there aren’t many great options in this class, and the Packers need help any way they can get it on the interior.
63. Kansas City Chiefs (via San Francisco 49ers) — S/LB Jeremy Chinn, Southern Illinois
Chinn brings some much-needed athleticism to the Chiefs’ linebacking corps. He was at his best around the line of scrimmage for the Salukis and earned an 88.5 run-defense grade last year.
64. Seattle Seahawks (via Kansas City Chiefs) — TE Cole Kmet, Notre Dame
Jacob Hollister left yards on the table for the Seahawks' offense last season and didn’t offer much in the way of inline blocking, either. Kmet is a big projection at this point but has a good chance of offering both with his size and athleticism.
65. Cincinnati Bengals — IOL Netane Muti, Fresno State
Any help on the interior would be Joe Burrow’s best friend. Muti won’t cede an inch into the pocket and allowed only 14 pressures on 697 pass-blocking snaps in his college career.
66. Washington Redskins — OT Matt Peart, Connecticut
The Redskins are yet another team that could use offensive line help at a number of positions. Peart has absurd length (36 ⅝-inch arms) and took a massive step forward with a 90.2 overall grade this past season.
67. Detroit Lions — DI Raekwon Davis, Alabama
Davis is a classic 2-gapping interior player perfect to sit on the interior of the Lions' line. They add massive reinforcements to their defense with their first three picks.
68. New York Jets (via New York Giants) — WR Bryan Edwards, South Carolina
The Jets continue to add reinforcements for Sam Darnold and select the big-bodied Edwards. He’s played through contact about as well any receiver in this draft and was hampered by a rough quarterback situation at South Carolina.
69. Carolina Panthers — DI James Lynch, Baylor
Lynch reunites with his former coach Matt Rhule and brings some edge/interior versatility to the table. Lynch was an ironman this past season and actually led the nation with 70 pressures.
70. Miami Dolphins — Edge/LB Josh Uche, Michigan
Uche has the highest pass-rush win rate of any player in the country over the past two seasons. The problem is, he’s a shade over 240 pounds and rushed the passer only 303 times over that span.
71. Los Angeles Chargers — LB Akeem Davis-Gaither, Appalachian St.
Davis-Gaither is yet another athlete who can cover ground over the middle of the Chargers' defense. With his pass-rushing ability — he posted an 82.2 pass-rushing grade last season while mainly match up against tackles — Davis-Gaither can give the Chargers another “positionless” football chess piece.
72. Arizona Cardinals — TE/WR Chase Claypool
I don’t know if he’s a tight end or receiver at 238 pounds, but Claypool is perfect to work the seams in Kliff Kingsbury’s offense. He’s not much of a separator, but his body control led to 13 scores and 14 broken tackles on only 66 catches last year.
73. Jacksonville Jaguars — RB J.K. Dobbins, Ohio State
The Jaguars could use a change of pace to all the massive running backs on their roster. Dobbins' vision and receiving ability (71 career catches with four drops) would be a welcome addition.
74. Cleveland Browns — LB Troy Dye, Oregon
He may not be the sexiest pick, but Dye is far more fluid in coverage than Mack Wilson and was far more productive at the college level. Dye graded above average in coverage in all four seasons as a starter for the Ducks.
75. Indianapolis Colts — QB Jalen Hurts, Oklahoma
Philip Rivers isn’t a long-term solution, and Hurts paired with that offensive line would lead to a dominant run game for years to come. Hurts has an “it” factor that you can’t coach and has improved so much every single year.
76. Tampa Bay Buccaneers — RB Clyde Edwards-Helaire, LSU
Edwards-Helaire is about to become Tom Brady’s best friend with his route-running and hands. Matched up one-on-one with a linebacker, he’s as tough to guard as any running back in the class.
77. Denver Broncos — CB Bryce Hall, Virginia
Hall’s instincts and ball skills will play in a Vic Fangio-coached defense. He led the nation with 23 forced incompletions back in 2018.
78. Atlanta Falcons — RB Cam Akers, Florida State
Akers' game is like turning back the clock for Devonta Freeman. Of Akers' 4.9 yards per carry last year, 3.9 came after contact.
79. New York Jets — OT Lucas Niang, TCU
The Jets take their second swing at tackle in this class after going Jedrick Wills Jr. at pick No. 11. It’s that big of a need, though, as they have to improve the situation around Sam Darnold. Niang is far more of a project, although he allowed only 16 pressures on 659 pass-blocking snaps the past two seasons.
80. Las Vegas Raiders — S Terrell Burgess, Utah
Burgess can seamlessly fill in as the slot corner for the Raiders and let Lamarcus Joyner get back to safety. Burgess took 273 of his snaps from the slot last year en route to a 90.4 coverage grade in his only season as a starter.
81. Las Vegas Raiders (via Chicago Bears) — Edge Trevis Gipson, Tulsa
The Raiders secured the best mid-round edge rusher last year, so why not go back to the well? Gipson offers some versatility, as he’s shown he can rush from the interior after earning an 89.7 pass-rushing grade as mainly a 5-tech last year.
82. Dallas Cowboys — CB Damon Arnette, Ohio State
Arnette has NFL-ready coverage ability on the outside that the Cowboys need after going edge and receiver with their first two picks. He allowed a 44.6% completion rate last year despite playing with a cast on his wrist.
83. Denver Broncos (via Pittsburgh Steelers) — LB Malik Harrison, Ohio State
Without many glaring needs, the Broncos grab an athletic do-it-all linebacker. Harrison took his game to the next level this season and broke up a career-high four passes on 25 targets.
84. Los Angeles Rams — IOL Matt Hennessy, Temple
Hennessy can block on the move as well as any center in this class. He earned a run-blocking grade on outside zone well above 90.0 last season. He’s not a scheme fit for everyone, but he is for the Rams.
85. Detroit Lions (via Philadelphia Eagles) — IOL Robert Hunt, Louisiana
With their glaring needs already addressed, the Lions go back to the well at offensive line and continue their focus on the trenches. Left guard Joe Dahl doesn’t match their physical run-blocking style, but the 330-plus pound Hunt and his 86.0 run-blocking grade last year do.
86. Buffalo Bills — CB Cameron Dantzler, Mississippi State
Dantzler is another prospect who won’t be a scheme fit for everyone with his 4.6-plus speed, but that describes Josh Norman and Levi Wallace, as well. He’s got terrific instincts and plays far bigger than his 188 pounds. Against LSU last year, he allowed only two catches on four targets for 13 yards.
87. New England Patriots — TE Adam Trautman, Dayton
Trautman is really the lone all-around tight end the Patriots can nab at this point. He's a crafty route-runner already and dropped only two passes on 72 attempts all last season.
88. New Orleans Saints — WR/RB Antonio Gibson, Memphis
More versatile weapons for Sean Payton. Gibson isn’t much as a pure slot receiver, but he’s got first-round type talent with the ball in his hands. He broke 33 tackles on 77 career touches.
89. Minnesota Vikings — IOL Tyler Biadasz, Wisconsin
Biadasz took a concerning step backward in pass protection this past season but has still been a top-10 graded center for three straight seasons. He slots in at one of the guard positions in Minnesota that have been liabilities of late.
90. Houston Texans — WR Antonio Gandy-Golden, Liberty
The Texans take yet another swing at adding a big contested-catch type wide receiver in DeAndre Hopkins‘ wake. Gandy-Golden’s 35 contested catches over the past two seasons are the most in college football.
91. Las Vegas Raiders (from Seattle Seahawks via Houston Texans) — WR Van Jefferson, Florida
The Raiders aren’t done adding route-runners. Jefferson’s father is a receivers coach, and it shows with the way he sets up defensive backs. He was hampered by a rough quarterback situation but won 77% of his one-on-ones at the Combine.
92. Baltimore Ravens — WR John Hightower, Boise State
The Ravens are assembling a track team offensively, and Hightower’s 4.42 40 will fit in nicely. His 12 deep catches were the 17th most in college football last year.
93. Tennessee Titans — Edge Curtis Weaver, Boise State
Another Boise State product comes off the board. Weaver is kind of the anti-Vic Beasley — he doesn’t have much in the way of burst, but he’s crafty and earned pass-rushing grades over 92.0 each of the past two seasons.
94. Green Bay Packers — S K’Von Wallace, Clemson
Wallace is an extremely sound underneath zone defender and fantastic tackler who can fill either the slot or dime safety role for the Packers. He’s missed only 18 tackles on 171 attempts in his career.
95. Denver Broncos (via San Francisco 49ers) — IOL Logan Stenberg
The Broncos may look to upgrade over Elijah Wilkinson at guard and, if so, Sternberg has the physicality to fit right in. He’s sure to have the nastiness that offensive line coaches love — albeit, sometimes detrimental with 24 penalties to his name over the past two seasons.
96. Kansas City Chiefs — IOL Nick Harris, Washington
Harris is an undersized center whose athleticism will play in the Chiefs' screen game. His play strength looked much improved this past season — he allowed only five pressures all year long.
97. Cleveland Browns (via Houston Texans) — IOL Jonah Jackson, Ohio State
The Browns addressed the tackle position, and now they set their sights on the interior, where Wyatt Teller’s days could be numbered at right guard. Jackson has started at both right (2018) and left (2019) guard the past two seasons and been excellent in pass protection.
98. New England Patriots — CB Troy Pride Jr., Notre Dame
Pride Jr. has the man coverage traits the Patriots covet. Pride allowed only two catches longer than 20 yards all last season.
99. New York Giants — WR Donovan Peoples-Jones, Michigan
The Giants hit big on a big, athletic project in Darius Slayton last year, why not go back to the well in 2020? Peoples-Jones' athletic traits never quite matched his production at Michigan.
100. New England Patriots — TE Hunter Bryant, Washington
The Patriots take another tight end as they look to recapture their old two-tight end days. This time, it’s more of a tweener/YAC specialist in Bryant. He averaged the second-most yards per route of any tight end in the nation against man coverage the past two seasons (2.72).
101. Seattle Seahawks — Edge Jonathan Greenard, Florida
Greenard is a handsy edge-rusher who had a massive breakout year for the Gators in 2019. He went from a 76.4 overall grade his last healthy season at Louisville in 2017 to a 90.2 mark last year.
102. Pittsburgh Steelers — WR Tyler Johnson, Minnesota
The Steelers have coveted sudden route-runners over the years, and that is Johnson to a T. He was the highest-graded receiver in college football last year and finished top-10 in yards per route the past two seasons.
103. Philadelphia Eagles — QB Jacob Eason, Washington
Who better to back up a quarterback with a cannon than another quarterback with a cannon? Eason is a project, but the Eagles can’t afford to ignore their backup at this point with Carson Wentz’s injury history.
104. Los Angeles Rams — Edge Darrell Taylor, Tennessee
Taylor came on strong during SEC play last season and finished with a career-high 87.5 pass-rushing grade. He could be an every-down block of granite on the edge for the Rams.
105. Minnesota Vikings — QB Jake Fromm, Georgia
Fromm’s quick decision-making and risk avoidance will play in the NFL. He’s just extremely limited from an arm perspective. That’s attractive, though, when it comes to a backup quarterback who can win games in a pinch.
106. Baltimore Ravens — S Geno Stone, Iowa
Stone attacks with reckless abandon and is the perfect nickel/dime safety for the Ravens' defense. He trusts his reads and attacks unlike any safety in this class and allowed just a 44.0 passer rating in coverage for his college career.