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PFF's Mock Draft Simulator: Draft risers and fallers

• Florida WR Ricky Pearsall is on the rise: The 6-foot-1, 192-pound senior has been more of a slot player in his career, but this season, he played 358 snaps in the slot and 314 out wide. The slot is where he’ll find a home at the next level.

• Arizona tackle Jordan Morgan rises 17 places in ADP: Morgan could have been a draft pick last year but tore his ACL in November. He has starting-caliber movement skills in pass protection but could stand to be a more impactful run-blocker.

• Penn State's Kalen King falls: King is an elite athlete who brings a ton of confidence and closing speed to the cornerback position. He has the mentality and talent to play in various coverage schemes.

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NOTABLE RISERS 

WR Ricky Pearsall, Florida

Big Board Analysis: Ever since Pearsall hauled in one of the craziest one-handed catches through contact we’ve ever seen, the NFL draft chatter around him has increased. He’s more than that spectacular catch, though.

The 6-foot-1, 192-pound senior has been more of a slot player in his career, but this season, he has played 358 snaps in the slot and 314 out wide. The slot is where he’ll find a home at the next level. His strong hands — he has caught 91.4% of his catchable targets — and ability to create separation as a route runner should make him a preferred mid-round pick.


T Jordan Morgan, Arizona

Big Board Analysis: Morgan could have been a draft pick last year but tore his ACL in November. He has starting-caliber movement skills in pass protection but could stand to be a more impactful run-blocker.

WR Devontez Walker, North Carolina

Big Board Analysis: In a receiver class full of great athletes who can stretch the field, Walker might be the best of the bunch. While at Kent State, his team played against the likes of Washington, Georgia and Oklahoma, and not only did Walker look like he belonged, he looked like the best player on the field at times. He’s still raw in his consistency, but he is a toolsy receiver who could be a big difference-maker in the pros.


T Tyler Guyton, Oklahoma

Big Board Analysis: Guyton has very good movement skills for an offensive tackle of his size. He explodes off the ball and is a force when blocking in open space. Though he can move well in pass protection, his strike timing and hand placement need refining (stems from low hands). He is not a finished product, but he is an alluring athlete.


WR Brian Thomas Jr., LSU

Big Board Analysis: Thomas is one of a handful of burners in this class who can really stretch the field. He's a major part of why LSU's offense is top-three in the FBS in passing yards per game, passing yards per attempt and passing touchdowns. His route tree isn't as diverse as Nabors', but he is improving in that area.


NOTABLE FALLERS

Edge Chop Robinson, Penn State

  • ADP on 12/11/2023: 13
  • ADP on 1/8/2024: 42
  • Change: -29

Big Board Analysis: Robinson is the most twitched-up pass-rusher in the 2024 class. He's still developing his pass-rush profile in terms of moves and counters, but his first-step explosiveness and speed-to-power abilities are rare. Those alone make him a first-round target.


CB Josh Newton, TCU

Big Board Analysis: Tre Tomlinson got most of the hype in the TCU secondary last season, but Newton was the better prospect of the two. Newton has legit man-coverage size and ability and has starting NFL potential.

CB Kalen King, Penn State

Big Board Analysis: King is an elite athlete who brings a ton of confidence and closing speed to the cornerback position. He has the mentality and talent to play in various coverage schemes.


WR Xavier Worthy, Texas

Big Board Analysis: The NFL will always covet speed, which is why we know the NFL will covet Xavier Worthy. He's a former track star who has some of the best getaway speed in the country when it comes to adding in yards after the catch. He's also getting more reliable using that speed to stretch the field before he gets the ball in his hands.

Edge Laiatu Latu, UCLA

Big Board Analysis: Latu has the best pass-rush profile of any edge rusher in the 2024 class. His hand usage, reaction time and first-step athleticism are first-round caliber in all categories.


 

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