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Hey everyone!

This is my annual prospect positional rankings for the upcoming draft. When it gets closer to the draft, I will unveil my rankings similar to last year.

I will be updating this regularly, but the top 10 for each position is pretty close to being solidified. After the top 10, there will be some movement since I am still watching film.

Updated: 04/05/2021

Quarterbacks:

  1. Trevor Lawrence, Clemson
  2. Justin Fields, Ohio State
  3. Zach Wilson, BYU
  4. Trey Lance, NDSU
  5. Mac Jones, Alabama
  6. Kellen Mond, Texas A&M
  7. Kyle Trask, Florida
  8. Jamie Newman, Georgia
  9. Davis Mills, Stanford
  10. Shane Buechele, SMU
  11. Sam Elignher, Texas
  12. Feleipe Franks, Arkansas
  13. Zac Thomas, App State
  14. Ian Book, Notre Dame
  15. Peyton Ramsay, Northwestern
  16. Brady White, Memphis
  17. Tanner Morgan, Minnesota
  18. K.J. Costello, Mississippi State
  19. Sean Clifford, Penn State

 

Halfbacks: 

  1. Najee Harris, Alabama
  2. Travis Etienne, Clemson
  3. Javonte Williams, UNC
  4. Michael Carter, UNC
  5. Trey Sermon, Ohio State
  6. Kylin Hill, Mississippi State
  7. Kenneth Gainwell, Memphis
  8. Khalil Herbert, Virginia Tech
  9. Chuba Hubbard, Oklahoma State
  10. Jermar Jefferson, Oregon State
  11. Elijah Mitchell, ULL
  12. Javian Hawkins, Louisville
  13. Rhamondre Stevenson, Oklahoma
  14. Larry Rountree III, Missouri
  15. Jaret Patterson, Buffalo
  16. Chris Evans, Michigan
  17. Gary Brightwell, Arizona
  18. Josh Johnson, ULM
  19. Kene Nwangwu, Iowa State
  20. Gerrid Doaks, Cincinnati
  21. Pooka Williams Jr., Kansas
  22. Asim Rose Jr., Kentucky
  23. Jake Funk, Maryland
  24. Trey Ragas, ULL
  25. Rakeem Boyd, Arkansas
  26. Mekhi Sargent, Iowa
  27. Stevie Scott, Indiana
  28. David Bailey, Boston College
  29. Bryant Koback, Toledo

 

Wide Receivers:

  1. Ja’Marr Chase, LSU
  2. Devonta Smith, Alabama
  3. Jaylen Waddle, Alabama
  4. Rashad Bateman, Minnesota
  5. Kadarius Toney, Florida
  6. Dyami Brown, North Carolina
  7. Amon-Ra St. Brown, USC
  8. Tamorrion Terry, Florida State
  9. Dwayne Eskridge, Western Michigan
  10. Elijah Moore, Ole Miss
  11. Rondale Moore, Purdue
  12. Terrance Marshall, LSU
  13. Tylan Wallace, Oklahoma State
  14. Demetric Felton, UCLA
  15. Amari Rodgers, Clemson
  16. Nico Collins, Michigan
  17. Tutu Atwell, Louisville
  18. Dazz Newsome, North Carolina
  19. Cade Johnson, South Dakota State
  20. Trevon Grimes, Florida
  21. Anthony Schwartz, Auburn
  22. Cornell Powell, Clemson
  23. Frank Darby, Arizona State
  24. Ihmir Smith-Marsette, Iowa
  25. Dez Fitzpatrick, Louisville
  26. Sage Surratt, Wake Forest
  27. Ronnie Bell, Michigan
  28. Damonte Coxie, Memphis
  29. Jonathan Adams, Arkansas State
  30. Jaelan Darden, North Texas
  31. Shi Smith, South Carolina
  32. Seth Williams, Auburn
  33. Austin Watkins, UAB
  34. Romeo Doubs, Nevada
  35. Marquez Stevenson, Houston
  36. Josh Imatorbhebhe, Illinois
  37. Ramaud Chaiokiao-Bowman, Northwestern
  38. Josh Palmer, Tennessee
  39. Tyler Vaughns, USC
  40. Dillon Stoner, Oklahoma State
  41. Whop Philyor, Indiana
  42. Beau Corrales, UNC
  43. Damon Hazelton, Missouri
  44. Jaylen Erwin, UCLA
  45. Dax Milne, BYU
  46. Tre Walker, San Jose State
  47. Brennan Eagles, Texas
  48. Racey McMath, LSU
  49. Warren Jackson, Colorado State
  50. Khalil Shakir, Boise State
  51. TJ Vasher, Texas Tech

 

Tight Ends:

  1. Kyle Pitts, Florida
  2. Brevin Jordan, Miami
  3. Pat Freiermuth, Penn State
  4. Tommy Tremble, Notre Dame
  5. Kenny Yeboah, Ole Miss
  6. Hunter Long, Boston College
  7. Jacob Harris, UCF
  8. Noah Gray, Duke
  9. Matt Bushman, BYU
  10. Kylen Granson, SMU
  11. Quintin Morris, Bowling Green
  12. Shaun Beyer, Iowa
  13. Cary Angeline, NC State
  14. Tony Poljan, Virginia
  15. Nick Eubanks, Michigan
  16. Tré McKitty, Georgia
  17. John Bates, Boise State
  18. Miller Forristall, Alabama
  19. Josh Peterson, ULM

 

Centers:

  1. Landon Dickerson, Alabama
  2. Creed Humphrey, Oklahoma
  3. Joshua Myers, Ohio State
  4. Quinn Meinerz, Wisconsin Whitewater
  5. Drew Dalman, Stanford
  6. Kendrick Green, Illinois
  7. Jaelin Fisher, Charlotte
  8. Jimmy Morrissey, Pittsburgh
  9. Trey Hill, Georgia
  10. Jordan Reid, Michigan State
  11. Michael Menet, Penn State
  12. Brett Heggie, Florida
  13. Drake Jackson, Kentucky

 

Offensive Guards:

  1. Alijah Vera-Tucker, USC
  2. Teven Jenkins, Oklahoma State
  3. Wyatt Davis, Ohio State
  4. Deonte Brown, Alabama
  5. Trey Smith, Tennessee
  6. David Moore, Grambling State
  7. Samuel Cooper, Merrimack
  8. Carson Green, Texas A&M
  9. Jackson Carman, Clemson
  10. Ben Cleveland, Georgia
  11. Aaron Banks, Notre Dame
  12. Sadarius Hutchetson, South Carolina
  13. Robert Hainsey, Notre Dame
  14. Jordan McFadden, Clemson
  15. Tommy Kraemer, Notre Dame
  16. Jake Curhan, California
  17. Nolan Laufenberg, Air Force

 

Offensive Tackles:

  1. Penei Sewell, Oregon
  2. Rashawn Slater, Northwestern
  3. Christian Darrisaw, Virginia Tech
  4. Jalen Mayfield, Michigan
  5. Liam Eichenberg, Notre Dame
  6. Samuel Cosmi, Texas
  7. Alex Leatherwood, Alabama
  8. Dillion Radunz, NDSU
  9. Alaric Jackson, Iowa
  10. Spencer Brown, Northern Iowa
  11. Walker Little, Stanford
  12. Brady Christiansen, BYU
  13. James Hudson III, Cincinnati
  14. Daniel Faalele, Minnesota
  15. Larry Borom, Missouri
  16. Dan Moore Jr., Texas A&M
  17. D’Ante Smith, ECU
  18. Cole Van Lanen, Wisconsin
  19. Adrian Ealy, Oklahoma
  20. Josh Ball, Marshall
  21. Calvin Ashley, Florida A&M

 

Defensive Ends:

  1. Jaelen Phillips, Miami
  2. Kwity Paye, Michigan
  3. Gregory Rousseau, Miami
  4. Azeez Ojulari, Georgia
  5. Joseph Ossai, Texas
  6. Jayson Oweh, Penn State
  7. Quincy Roche, Miami
  8. Rashad Weaver, Pittsburgh
  9. Payton Turner, Houston
  10. Dayo Odeyingbo, Vanderbilt
  11. Joe Tryon, Washington
  12. Shaka Toney, Penn State
  13. Elerson Smith, UNI
  14. Ronnie Perkins, Oklahoma
  15. Patrick Jones II, Pittsburgh
  16. Carlos Basham, Wake Forest
  17. Cam Sample, Tulane
  18. Victor Dimukeje, Duke
  19. Darius Hodge, Marshall
  20. Tarron Jackson, Coastal Carolina
  21. Chris Rumph II, Duke
  22. Malcolm Koonce, Buffalo
  23. Adetokunbo Ogundeji, Notre Dame
  24. Wyatt Hubert, Kansas State
  25. Daelin Hayes, Notre Dame
  26. Patrick Johnson, Tulane
  27. Joshua Kaindoh, Florida State
  28. Jonathon Cooper, Ohio State
  29. Chauncey Gholston, Iowa
  30. Janarius Robinson, Florida State
  31. Jordan Smith, UAB
  32. William Bradley-King, Baylor
  33. JaQuan Bailey, Iowa State
  34. Hamilcar Reshad Jr., Oregon State
  35. Noah Taylor, Virginia
  36. Malik Herring, Georgia
  37. Charles Snowden, Virginia
  38. Jermayne Lole, Arizona State
  39. Drew Beesley, Michigan State
  40. Jalen Redmond, Oklahoma

 

Defensive Tackles:

  1. Christian Barmore, Alabama
  2. Levi Onwuzurike, Washington
  3. Alim McNeill, NC State
  4. Daviyon Nixon, Iowa
  5. Jay Tufele, USC
  6. Tyler Shelvin, LSU
  7. Jaylen Twyman, Pittsburgh
  8. Milton Williams, Louisiana Tech
  9. Osa Odighizuwa, UCLA
  10. Tommy Togiai, Ohio State
  11. Marvin Wilson, Florida State
  12. Darius Stills, West Virginia
  13. Bobby Brown III, Texas A&M
  14. Myron Tagovailoa-Amosa, Notre Dame
  15. Mustafa Johnson, Colorado
  16. Marlon Tuipulotu, USC
  17. Tedarell Slaton, Florida
  18. Jordon Scott, Oregon
  19. Khyiris Tonga, BYU
  20. Ta’Quon Graham, Texas
  21. Lorenzo Neal, Purdue
  22. Dante Stills, West Virginia

 

Linebackers:

  1. Micah Parsons, Penn State
  2. Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah, Notre Dame
  3. Zaven Collins, Tulsa
  4. Jamin Davis, Kentucky
  5. Jabril Cox, LSU
  6. Nick Bolton, Missouri
  7. Pete Werner, Ohio State
  8. Chazz Surratt, North Carolina
  9. Derrick Barnes, Purdue
  10. Baron Browning, Ohio State
  11. Monty Rice, Georgia
  12. Cameron McGrone, Michigan
  13. Justin Hilliard, Ohio State
  14. Dylan Moses, Alabama
  15. Tony Fields, West Virginia
  16. Riley Cole, South Alabama
  17. K.J. Britt, Auburn
  18. Paddy Fischer, Northwestern
  19. JaCoby Stevens, LSU
  20. Buddy Johnson, Texas A&M
  21. Carlton Martial, Troy
  22. Garrett Wallow, TCU
  23. Tuf Borland, Ohio State
  24. Damone Clark, LSU
  25. Merlin Robertson, Arizona State
  26. Ryan Smeda Jr., Wake Forest
  27. Erroll Thompson, Miss State
  28. Ricky Miezan, Stanford
  29. Isaiah Kafusi, BYU
  30. Anthony Hines, Texas A&M
  31. Milo Eifler, Illinois

 

Cornerbacks:

  1. Patrick Surtain II, Alabama
  2. Caleb Farley, Virginia Tech
  3. Jaycee Horn, South Carolina
  4. Greg Newsome II, Northwestern
  5. Eric Stokes, Georgia
  6. Kelvin Joseph, Kentucky
  7. Asante Samuel Jr., Florida State
  8. Tyson Campbell, Georgia
  9. Aaron Robinson, UCF
  10. Ifeati Melifonwu, Syracuse
  11. Tre Brown, Oklahoma
  12. Robert Rochell, Central Arkansas
  13. Paulson Adebo, Stanford
  14. Thomas Graham Jr., Oregon
  15. Israel Mukuamu, South Carolina
  16. Shaun Wade, Ohio State
  17. Ambry Thomas, Michigan
  18. Tay Gowan, UCF
  19. DJ Daniel, Georgia
  20. Benjamin St. Juste, Minnesota
  21. Deommodore Lenoir, Oregon
  22. Shermar Jean-Charles, App State
  23. Darren Hall, San Diego State
  24. Brandon Stephens, SMU
  25. Chase Lucas, Arizona State
  26. Bryce Thompson, Tennessee
  27. Brenton Nelson, Virginia
  28. Camryn Bynum, California
  29. Rodarius Williams, Oklahoma State
  30. Bryan Mills, North Carolina Central
  31. Shaun Jolly, App State
  32. Marco Wilson, Florida
  33. Shakur Brown, Michigan State
  34. Brandon Sebastian, Boston College
  35. Kary Vincent Jr., LSU
  36. Amechi Uzodinma II, Ball State
  37. Jermaine Waller, Virginia Tech
  38. Corey Straughter, UL Monroe
  39. Brandon Echols, Kentucky

 

Safeties:

  1. Trevon Moehrig, TCU
  2. Andre Cisco, Syracuse
  3. Richie Grant, UCF
  4. Jevon Holland, Oregon
  5. Ar’Darius Washington, TCU
  6. Elijah Molden, Washington
  7. Hamsah Nasirildeen, Florida State
  8. Caden Sterns, Texas
  9. Christian Uphoff, Illinois State
  10. Jamar Johnson, Indiana
  11. Talanoa Hufanga, USC
  12. Richard Lecounte III, Georgia
  13. James Wiggins, Cincinnati
  14. Tyree Gillespie, Missouri
  15. Shawn Davis, Florida
  16. Josh Proctor, Ohio State
  17. Joshuah Bledsoe, Missouri
  18. Paris Ford, Pittsburgh
  19. Damar Hamlin, Pittsburgh
  20. Tre Norwood, Oklahoma
  21. Divine Deablo, Virginia Tech
  22. Brad Stewart, Florida
  23. Jamien Sherwood, Auburn
  24. Kekaula Kaniho, Boise State
  25. Myles Jones, Texas A&M

 

Criticism welcome!

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Awesome stuff as always. Always gonna disagree some but I haven't even watched the majority of these players yet.

One guy though - can you sell me on Twyman? I can't see him being in my top 10 DTs, let alone my number one. I just don't see anything special about him. The Donald comparison is so wild to me, I see that they're both undersized DTs from Pitt but that's it

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2 hours ago, Francis York Morgan said:

Awesome stuff as always. Always gonna disagree some but I haven't even watched the majority of these players yet.

One guy though - can you sell me on Twyman? I can't see him being in my top 10 DTs, let alone my number one. I just don't see anything special about him. The Donald comparison is so wild to me, I see that they're both undersized DTs from Pitt but that's it

The thing I keep hearing on Twyman is he’s a Grady clone. He has amazing hands and leverage. He shoots the gaps quick and is always around the ball. Nixon is gonna be really good too. It’s his love of the game and drive that make him so special. Whoever drafts him is going to get a great player

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This is a pretty deep draft in my opinion for round 2-4, some intriguing players.  if we draft right i think we could come out with some solid players that could possibly contribute right away.  Help make this team a contender again next year.  This is assuming our new HC and GM are the real deal of course.

 

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After a trade down,,  Give me 1.TE Pitts.. and  2. DE Paye  . And we would still have 6 picks left , And if we get any comp picks, even more. And I'll love this draft..  And if we take a QB with our first pick. We could still trade down and get Lance who I like for the pick.. And still take   DE Paye. or TE Pitts,, which ever is left. Kind of doubt both being still on the board.  But sue hope so.

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2 hours ago, PapaJoe said:

the DT group is being under estimated this year in general by draftniks. several promising DTs in the class

The way I see it is , You have to take the players of need early that is not deep in the draft.. Not saying we should pick a player who is not worthy of the pick just because we need one bad... NO NO ,, Take those needs because they are the best of the positions.. Especially when they are high Quality players.. That's why I'm hoping for a DE and a TE...  2 positions that can turn a team around with.. Very needful.! And it's awesome that there are two high Quality players at those two positions that we could get.. I think our new Coaches will do what is right.. Sure hope so.  A High Quality TE and DE can absolutely help this team more than any other two positions of need,, IMO.....

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On 2/5/2021 at 7:12 PM, Francis York Morgan said:

Awesome stuff as always. Always gonna disagree some but I haven't even watched the majority of these players yet.

One guy though - can you sell me on Twyman? I can't see him being in my top 10 DTs, let alone my number one. I just don't see anything special about him. The Donald comparison is so wild to me, I see that they're both undersized DTs from Pitt but that's it

I don’t think this DT class has that top end talent in my opinion. It has decent depth, but the top end talent isn’t really there for me. I really like McNeill & Nixon’s 2020 tape, and Barmore had some great stretches. Twyman, Tufele, Shelvin, & Onwuzurike had really solid 2019 seasons as well. That entire top 6 is really close for me so I may move some around. 

I’m with you, I don’t see the Donald comp at all either. He’s more like an Ed Oliver without the freaky athletics. I get the hesitation on him as well, but I think the combine and playing in 2020 would’ve increased his value. He is still raw & developing, but I like the tools he has and I’m banking on his upside.

Pros: Insane quickness. Great lateral agility. Strong first step. Great leg drive. Underrated bullrush. Fantastic rip & swim move. Very good hand speed. Splash player with major upside & tools to work with. Solid effort.
Cons: A bit smaller for the position. Strictly a gap shooter right now. Gets washed in the run at times. Abandons gaps for big play potential. Needs to develop hand strength and usage. Needs to get stronger as a whole since he doesn’t have an anchor right now. 

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15 hours ago, Herr Doktor said:

This is a lot of work.  Thanks brother!!

No problem! Got a lot of pros & cons for a lot of them as well. 

 

19 hours ago, PapaJoe said:

the DT group is being under estimated this year in general by draftniks. several promising DTs in the class

Agreed. No top end talent like a Donald or Quinnen Williams, but a lot of solid upside guys who can push for the first.

 

22 hours ago, Smiler11 said:

That's my draft board sorted. Thanks A-Town.

Any players in particular that you like or are “your guys”?

 

22 hours ago, VTCrunkler said:

6. On your Halfback list is worth looking at

I think Herbert is a really underrated RB. Great blend of size and speed. 

 

On 2/6/2021 at 4:55 AM, Fleurieu falcon said:

Curious on how you decide on what player is better than another.

Do you go by film, stats,  whether they would fit any falcons system, draft simulators ratings, any or all of above.

 

I go by mostly film. Then I use a spreadsheet I created which looks at historical data (combine & college stats) of great NFL players. I use those statistics to create parameters for testing & production, and see if current draftable players fall within those parameters. If they don’t, they get a red flag. This year is different though because of shortened seasons & no combine. 

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