Daniel Jeremiah's Top 50 v1

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Daniel Jeremiah's Top 50 v1

Postby DreadNaught » Tue Jan 23, 2018 11:43 am

1 - Saquon Barkley, RB, Penn State
Barkley is one of the most dynamic running backs to enter the NFL in the last decade. He's built like a brick house, with an extremely thick/muscular lower body. On inside runs, he's quick to press the line of scrimmage before stopping, sorting and then exploding through the hole. When he decides to bounce the ball outside, Barkley has an incredible lateral burst. He's at his best on stretch runs. When he puts his foot in the ground and drives upfield, his suddenness is exceptional. He rarely drops his shoulder on contact, but his lower-body strength allows him to power through tacklers, and he also possesses a violent stiff arm. He has elite home-run speed and can make defenders miss at the second and third level without gearing down. Barkley's a versatile weapon in the passing game, capable of splitting out wide and running receiver routes with ease. He has natural hands. He's also reliable in pass protection, displaying both awareness and willingness. Overall, Barkley is capable of becoming the best player at his position very early in his NFL career.

2 - Quenton Nelson, OG, Notre Dame
Nelson lined up at left guard for the Irish this past season and that is where he projects at the next level. He has a thick, hulking build -- and he's the nastiest offensive line prospect I've ever evaluated. In the run game, he is quick out of his stance and has the ability to completely wash opposing players down the line of scrimmage. He rolls his hips on contact, locks on with a powerful grip and doesn't let up until he's finished the job. Nelson is very effective when he works up to the second level on combo blocks and pulls. He can adjust in space and he blocks through the whistle consistently. In pass protection, Nelson possesses an immediate anchor vs. power rushers and effortlessly handles twists and stunts. Overall, Nelson has all of the tools to be the best run blocker in the NFL and he'll be reliable in pass protection. He's the easiest player to evaluate in this draft class.

3 - Tremaine Edmunds, LB, Virginia Tech
Edmunds has a unique blend of size, length and athleticism. He primarily lines up off the line of scrimmage, but does get some work rushing off the edge. Against the run, he is quick to key, fill and finish as a tackler. He has rare lateral range and collects tackles from sideline to sideline. The former Hokie flashes the ability to shoot his hands and play off blocks, but this is one area where he can improve. Against the pass, he easily mirrors running backs and tight ends; there are even examples of him matching up and redirecting vs. slot receivers. He offers tremendous upside as an edge rusher, where he can dip/rip and bend around the edge. Overall, Edmunds has All-Pro ability. His upside is outrageous.

4 - Bradley Chubb, DE, N.C. State
Chubb has ideal size, strength and instincts. He primarily lines up with his hand down, but did stand up at times for the Wolfpack. As a pass rusher, he has a good get-off, but he is an outstanding technician with his hands. He wins with rip moves, swipe moves and a powerful bull rush. He can bend and wrap the edge. Chubb's motor never stops. His ability to finish is outstanding and it's reflected in his production. He was asked to drop into coverage some, and while he's serviceable in this capacity, he's best served moving forward, not backward. Against the run, he shocks blockers with his hands. He can locate the ball and close ground quickly. He dominates tight ends. Overall, Chubb has a natural feel as a pass rusher and should be a double-digit sack artist very early in his career.

5 - Minkah Fitzpatrick, S, Alabama
Fitzpatrick is an outstanding playmaker who possesses the versatility to play every position in the secondary. He primarily lined up as the nickel this past season, but he played cornerback as well as safety in previous campaigns. He's at his best when allowed to float and keep his eyes on the quarterback. He has outstanding instincts, anticipation and ball skills. In man coverage, he has the size and speed to match up with both the big/physical pass-catchers as well as the smaller/quicker wideouts. He does have some hip tightness when he changes direction, but he recovers quickly because of his explosiveness. Against the run, he's aggressive to attack the line of scrimmage and is a very dependable tackler in space. He's an outstanding blitzer, displaying timing and burst. I love the energy and enthusiasm he brings to the defense. Overall, I see Fitzpatrick as a dynamic safety on run downs and a playmaking nickel on passing downs. He's a bigger version of Tyrann Mathieu and I think he will make a similar impact in the league.

6 - Sam Darnold, QB, USC
Darnold has a thick/sturdy frame and the desired height for the position. He operated in the shotgun in the Trojans' offense. He has quick feet in his setup and throws from a wide base. He has a long, loopy throwing motion, but it's actually very quick and explosive -- and he has shown the ability to tighten it up at times. He has very quick eyes to work through progressions and throws with excellent anticipation. He's adept at changing ball speed and ball flight. He has enough velocity to fit balls into tight windows. Once he improves his weight transfer from his back foot to his front foot, he will see an uptick in accuracy and velocity. Darnold is a very nifty athlete, capable of escaping free rushers and creating explosive plays downfield. He's also a very competitive runner who fights for extra yards. His biggest issue has been his propensity to fumble the ball. He needs to do a better job of keeping both hands on the ball in the pocket and covering the ball up once he takes off. Overall, Darnold has some areas to clean up, but I love his size, competitiveness and ability to make plays on and off schedule.

7 - Josh Rosen, QB, UCLA
Rosen has ideal height/weight for his position, although he does have a narrow frame. He's the best pure passer in the draft. Rosen is precise in his drop and throws from a firm platform. He has a sharp, quick release and throws a majestic ball. He's at his best in rhythm/on-time throws. His anticipation is excellent, as is his ball placement. He has plenty of velocity to make every throw. Issues arise when he's under duress. He struggles to create on his own and his accuracy suffers when he's forced off his original launch point. When a lane opens up, he will pick up the free yards with his feet, but he needs to improve his ability to escape when pressured. Durability is also a concern. Overall, I think Rosen is ready to play right away, but he needs to continue to develop his off-script skills.

8 - Denzel Ward, CB, Ohio State
Ward is an undersized cornerback (5-foot-10, 191 pounds, per school measurements) with excellent quickness, toughness and ball skills. In press coverage, he is patient and he'll catch and re-route before settling on the receivers and mirroring down the field. In off coverage, he is a fluid mover and explodes out of his plant to drive on the football. He is very twitched up. Ward's ball awareness is excellent -- he can locate and high-point the ball down the field. His lack of size does show up on occasion vs. taller opponents, but overall, he plays much bigger than his height. He's very aggressive in run support and has some snap on contact as a tackler. At the end of the day, Ward might lack ideal size, but he is a very skilled player and I love his competitiveness. He reminds me of a young Adam Jones.

9 - Vita Vea, DT, Washington
Vea is a massive defensive tackle prospect with remarkable power, quickness and agility. He's a dominant run defender, routinely resetting the line of scrimmage against both individual blockers and double-teams. He's quick to shoot his hands, latch on and toss opposing blockers before quickly pursuing the football. He has rare lateral range for a 340-pound defender. He also flashes the ability to use his quickness to split gaps and create negative plays. As a pass rusher, he has a nasty slap/swim move. He can roll his hips and generate pocket push with his power. There are times where he plays too tall and consequently gets controlled. That can be improved. Overall, Vea is a more athletic version of Haloti Ngata and should quickly emerge as a Pro Bowl player.

10 - Marcus Davenport, DE, Texas-San Antonio
Davenport is a raw edge rusher with outstanding size, length and explosiveness. He aligned in a two-point stance for UTSA but could easily play with his hand in the ground as a 4-3 defensive end at the next level. As a pass rusher, he has a very quick first step and flashes the power to bull through tight ends and offensive tackles. He doesn't always have a game plan and that will lead to him stalling out if he doesn't win early in the down. His ability to bend and wrap around the edge is very impressive for his size. He's a little segmented right now, but once he gets his feet and hands to work together, he will emerge as a double-digit sack artist. In the run game, he dominates tight ends at the point of attack. His effort and speed from the back side is outstanding. Overall, Davenport isn't a finished product, but I'm bullish on his future because of his rare size, athleticism and effort.

11 - Derwin James, S, Florida State
James is a versatile talent with exceptional size, speed and physicality. He lined up all over the field for the Seminoles. He took snaps at both safety spots, nickel cornerback, sub-package linebacker and was asked to rush from the outside linebacker position on occasion during his collegiate career. In my opinion, he's more valuable when he plays closer to the line of scrimmage. He excels covering backs and tight ends and is a dynamic blitzer. When he lines up as the deep safety, he lacks ideal anticipation and needs to improve his angles to the alley in run support. He doesn't have a ton of ball production, but that will improve once he settles into a more defined role. When he's aligned in the box, he is quick to key/read against the run; he explodes to and through ball carriers. His lateral range is outstanding and he makes a lot of plays from the back side. To see his game speed, watch him run down Lamar Jackson in the Louisville contest. Overall, I see James as a box safety or weak-side linebacker at the next level.

12 - Ronald Jones II, RB, USC
Jones is one of the most explosive players in the draft. He's similar to Jamaal Charles in size and style. On inside runs, he's very aggressive in attacking the line of scrimmage and can avoid defenders in tight quarters. He has tackle-breaking power as a result of his lower-leg drive and he mixes in a violent stiff arm. He has a good feel for the cutback lane and displays exceptional lateral burst. On outside runs, he easily gets to the perimeter and is elusive in space. Once he gets a step, Jones has elite breakaway speed. He has improved as both a receiver and blocker. He fought the ball as a sophomore, but was more comfortable as a pass-catcher this fall. He is aware in pass pro, but still gets caught on his heels at times. Overall, Jones is a threat to score every time he touches the ball and I love his toughness and upside in the passing game.

13 - Baker Mayfield, QB, Oklahoma
Mayfield lacks the ideal height for the quarterback position, but he has a muscled-up/square build similar to Russell Wilson. He operated in the shotgun for the Sooners. He has a unique setup: He's very frenetic, but he's consistently accurate despite throwing from a variety of platforms and arm angles. He generates a lot of torque from his lower body. You need to see him play in person to fully appreciate the way the ball jumps out of his hand. His offensive line did a nice job of keeping him clean at OU, but when pressured, he showed the ability to extend plays while keeping his eyes down the field. He's accurate on the move and while he lacks top speed, he is very effective on designed QB runs. The biggest challenge in his evaluation involves the lack of tight-window throws he's had to make. It will take some time for him to adjust to the lack of space at the next level. There are some questions about his maturity on and off the field. Long story short, Mayfield might lack ideal size, but I love his accuracy, playmaking skills and toughness. He has the tools to be a quality NFL starting quarterback early in his career.

14 - Josh Allen, QB, Wyoming
Allen has ideal size, arm strength and mobility. At Wyoming, he split time underneath and in the shotgun. He has quick feet in his setup and a smooth, fluid release. He's at his best driving the ball to the outside. He generates outrageous velocity and can squeeze the ball into very tight windows. He must improve on touch throws, but he has shown the ability to change ball speed and throw with loft. He needs to throw with more anticipation and there are times where he really locks onto his initial read, which can lead to pass breakups and turnovers. While he has room to improve on his overall ball placement, there were numerous dropped balls by his receivers in every game I studied. Allen's combination of athleticism and strength allows him to avoid free rushers and shake off tacklers. He's an aggressive runner and he's been effective on designed QB runs as well as scrambles. Allen isn't a finished product, but he offers unlimited upside, provided his drafting team exercises patience.

15 - Derrius Guice, RB, LSU
Guice is a very shifty running back with excellent quickness and power. He has a thick/square build and runs with a very low pad level. On inside runs, he likes to press the hole and pause before using a jump-cut. Once he gets north and south, Guice seeks out second-level defenders and lowers his shoulder on contact. He has excellent contact balance. He doesn't have elite top speed, but his short-area quickness is outstanding. He's effective on perimeter runs, but he's more natural running inside. He was underutilized in the passing game at LSU, but he displayed adequate ball skills. He needs to be more firm in pass protection. Overall, Guice has a nice blend of power and quickness. He's built to carry a heavy workload at the next level.

16 - Mike Hughes, CB, UCF
Hughes is a fluid, agile cornerback prospect with the versatility to play inside or outside. He has good size and excels in press coverage, where he incorporates a two-hand jam and rarely allows a free release. He has very quick feet. He redirects and mirrors opponents with ease. From off coverage, Hughes has a fluid pedal and shows some pop out of his plant/drive. He's rarely out of phase in coverage, but when he is, he has the speed to recover. His ball awareness is excellent. He isn't a physical tackler, but he goes low and gets the ball carrier on the ground. Hughes did have an off-the-field issue at his previous school (North Carolina). Overall, Hughes is an outstanding cover cornerback and he's ready to start right away at the next level.

17 - Connor Williams, OT, Texas
Williams lined up at left tackle for the Longhorns and that is where I'm projecting him to play at the next level. He has excellent height/bulk for the position and average length. In the passing game, he's fluid out of his stance. He possesses the foot quickness to kick out and cover up speed rushers. He's a very easy mover and plays with excellent knee bend. He has a sharp punch, but occasionally, he is late to shoot his hands and allows defenders to get into his chest. In the run game, he can latch and generate movement at the point of attack. However, he gets overaggressive at times, lunging and whiffing. He is very athletic working up to the second level. Overall, Williams didn't play as well last fall (he also missed significant time with injury) as he did the previous season, but I still view him as a quality starting NFL tackle.

18 - Josh Jackson, CB, Iowa
Jackson has good size for the position and I love his versatility to play inside and outside. He was deployed in a variety of coverages in Iowa's scheme and was effective in all of them. In press coverage, he isn't physical, but he's very fluid to open up and mirror. I have some concerns about his deep speed, but he wasn't really challenged in the games I studied. He is at his best in zone coverage, where he sees through the wideout to the quarterback. He's quick to identify routes, break on the ball and finish. He has rare ball skills, which creates some spectacular picks. He's an effective wrap/drag tackler in the run game. Overall, Jackson might lack ideal twitch and deep speed, but his combination of size and ball skills is outstanding. He is a plug-and-play starter.

19 - Roquan Smith, LB, Georgia
Smith is an undersized inside linebacker with excellent instincts and range. Against inside runs, he uses his quickness to beat blockers to spots and is a firm, chest-up tackler. He does need to improve his hand usage because once blockers get into him, he struggles to free himself. He's at his best against perimeter runs. Smith brings outstanding recognition and covers ground quickly. I believe he projects best as a 4-3 WLB where he would be able to use his speed to run-and-chase without having to mix it up inside. Against the pass, he has the speed and agility to cover RBs and TEs. He's an excellent blitzer. Smith might lack the ideal bulk, but he's a playmaker against both the run and pass.

20 - Donte Jackson, CB, LSU
Jackson is an undersized cornerback with rare twitch and make-up speed. LSU moved him all over the field in its scheme. He played inside, outside and even took some reps at safety. In press coverage, he's patient, but I'd like to see him be more physical with his hands at the line of scrimmage. He usually plays out of a quarter turn (butt toward the sideline). He uses his quickness and speed to mirror wideouts underneath and down the field. He rarely gets caught out of position, but when he does, he has the speed to recover. From off coverage, he has a quick pedal and is a very easy/fluid mover. His instincts and ball skills are good but not great. He's a willing tackler, but he's not ultra-aggressive in run support. Overall, Jackson doesn't make a ton of plays, but I believe his best football is ahead of him. He's a special athlete.

21 - Maurice Hurst, DT, Michigan
Hurst is an undersized defensive tackle with exceptional quickness and awareness. Against the pass, he has elite get-off. He explodes off the snap and has a collection of effective hand moves to generate pressure. His bread-and-butter move is a quick swipe before wrapping around the blocker and exploding toward the quarterback. Against the run, he relies on his quickness to beat cut-off blocks and disrupt. Occasionally, he'll get stuck on blocks and is moved out of the hole. His effort is excellent. Overall, Hurst is an ideal 3-technique and could emerge as one of the best interior pass rushers in the league.

22 - Calvin Ridley, WR, Alabama
Ridley is a lean, explosive receiver who lined up both outside and in the slot for Alabama. He uses a variety of releases to escape press coverage and gets up to top speed in a hurry. He's an excellent route runner. He accelerates into the break point before snapping off and generating separation. He has strong hands to pluck low balls and tracks the deep ball naturally. Ridley is not a physical, 50-50-ball type of player -- his game is more about speed and quickness than strength and power. He's slithery after the catch and uses his speed to create chunk plays after short completions. His production was average, but that is the fault of the offense and quarterback. Overall, Ridley is more than a home-run hitter and I believe he'll be a top-tier No. 2 wideout at the next level.

23 - Jaire Alexander, CB, Louisville
Alexander is a tough, instinctive cornerback prospect. He spent the majority of his time on the outside at Louisville, but he did take a few reps at the nickel spot. He's excellent in press coverage. He consistently re-routes his opponent with a quick two-hand jam. He has a little stiffness when he opens up, but he's rarely out of position underneath or down the field. From off coverage, he has a choppy pedal, but he boasts an excellent burst out of his plant and drive. His route recognition, throw anticipation and ball awareness are elite. He collected several pass breakups in every game I studied. He's very willing in run support and provides some big hits. Overall, Alexander lacks ideal fluidity, but I love his instincts, swagger and ball skills.

24 - Da'Ron Payne, DT, Alabama
Payne is a powerful, run-stuffing defensive tackle with pass-rush upside. Against the run, he launches out of his stance and quickly shoots his hands to generate knock-back against single blocks. He will also use a quick slap/swim to disrupt. He holds up well vs. double-teams and has tremendous lateral range. As a pass rusher, he has a quick get-off, but he needs to develop a plan. Most of his pressure is the result of his swim move. He needs to work on counter moves. His effort is excellent. Overall, Payne is built to dominate on run downs right now. He has the athletic ability and power to emerge as a much better pass rusher in the near future.

25 - James Daniels, C, Iowa
Daniels is a very athletic and technically proficient center. In the run game, he's extremely quick and effective on reach blocks and second-level blocks. I'm amazed by his ability to stay attached with his hands while he re-works his foot positioning. In pass pro, he plays with outstanding knee bend and balance. He shoots his hands quickly and can anchor against power as well as redirect vs. counters. He's very aware. Daniels is one of the best center prospects I've evaluated in the last five years.

26 - Taven Bryan, DT, Florida
Bryan is a very athletic, twitched-up defensive tackle. As a pass rusher, he has an excellent get-off. He launches out of his stance and flashes an impressive push/pull move to generate pressure. When he has proper hand placement, he can push the pocket with outstanding power. He does needs to add more hand moves to his arsenal, but he has the raw tools to develop into an outstanding interior pass rusher at the next level. Bryan is very inconsistent against the run. He plays too high, struggles to resist pressure on angle blocks and loses sight of the ball. He's at his best when slanting and shooting gaps. Overall, Bryan isn't a finished product, but he has Pro Bowl-caliber traits and could emerge as a premier interior pass rusher.

27 - Rashaan Evans, LB, Alabama
Evans is a versatile, playmaking linebacker. He moved all over the field in the Alabama defense. He aligned off the ball in the middle of the defense, stood up outside and even occasionally put his hand in the ground as a defensive end in pass-rush situations. Against the run, he's a tick late to key/read, but once he makes up his mind, he closes in a hurry. He runs right through blockers and if he doesn't make the tackle, he creates a pileup to slow down the ball carrier. He has outstanding speed to range sideline to sideline. He will miss an occasional tackle in space because he rarely breaks down, instead looking for the big hit. In coverage, he can easily mirror tight ends and backs. He will even match up in the slot at times. He isn't a polished pass rusher, but he can win with pure speed and effort. Overall, Evans is a tone-setter on defense and his versatility is a huge asset.

28 - Sony Michel, RB, Georgia
Michel is one of my favorite players in this entire draft class. He has a perfect build for the position and runs with a nice blend of power, quickness and elusiveness. On inside runs, he's very loose/slithery and he runs with ideal pad level. He drops his shoulder on contact and generates space when none is available. He has enough juice to get to the perimeter, and while he lacks home-run speed, he's rarely caught from behind. In the passing game, he runs crisp routes and catches the ball smoothly. He's been very stout in pass protection. Overall, Michel reminds me a lot of Kareem Hunt and I think he's capable of making a similar impact at the next level.

29 - Christian Kirk, WR, Texas A&M
Kirk is a compact, muscled-up WR. He's built like a running back and plays in the slot as well as outside. He's an exceptional route runner. He understands how to leverage defensive backs, sell double-moves and cleanly enter/exit the break point. He has strong hands and tracks the ball smoothly. He does a lot of work in the middle of the field and doesn't let the heavy traffic affect his concentration. I love his strength, elusiveness and will after the catch. Kirk reminds me a lot of Golden Tate coming out of Notre Dame, and I believe he can have similar success.

30 - Billy Price, C, Ohio State
Price was a four-year starter for the Buckeyes. He played both guard and center during his career. He was a very dominant run blocker while lining up at center in 2017. He has quick feet and a very powerful base. He latches on and flashes the upper torque to rag-doll opposing defenders. He isn't a great knee-bender, but once he gets his hands on you, he stays attached. He does struggle with balance at the second level. He gets overly aggressive and ends up on the ground too often. In pass protection, he can anchor easily against power rushers and he's very aware vs. twists and stunts. Overall, I love his strength, toughness and position flexibility. He's not an elite athlete, but he's a Day 1 starter at either guard or center.

31 - Orlando Brown, OT, Oklahoma
Brown is an enormous left tackle. In pass protection, he lacks ideal foot quickness and knee bend. However, he's effective because of his size, strength and length. He plays upright, but has quick hands to keep defenders away from his chest. He runs speed rushers around the quarterback and anchors against power rushers very easily. He will get beat on inside counters, but he uses his length to reach out and get just enough contact to provide the quarterback room to operate. He's a mauler in the run game. He completely washes defenders down the line of scrimmage on down blocks. He has tremendous upper-body strength to torque/turn and dump defenders lined up over him. He's surprisingly effective on second-level blocks because he takes proper angles. I see Brown as an ideal starting right tackle. He isn't a pretty athlete, but he gets the job done.

32 - Harrison Phillips, DT, Stanford
Phillips is a powerful defensive tackle with excellent production and a non-stop motor. He dominates against the run. He jolts blockers with a quick, explosive punch before locating the football and collecting tackles. He understands blocking schemes, routinely defeating double-teams with his quickness and awareness. His lateral range is exceptional and he never seems to tire out despite rarely coming off the field. As a pass rusher, he generates a steady push with his bull rush and flashes a quick slap/swim move. He needs to improve as a finisher. He has some ankle tightness and struggles to flatten out once he gets upfield. Phillips offers immediate value on run downs and I believe he's going to improve as a pass rusher at the next level. He reminds me of Kyle Williams coming out of LSU.

33 - Arden Key, LB, LSU
Key is a tall, rangy edge rusher for the Tigers. He splits his time between a two- and three-point stance. This is a frustrating player to study. He has a rare blend of size, agility and explosiveness, but takes too many plays off and allows inferior opponents to neutralize him. As a pass rusher, he flashes an explosive get-off. He has the ability to wrap around the offensive tackle and flatten to the quarterback. He'll also show off a nifty step-back move where he swipes away the hands of the tackle before clearing him and closing on the QB. However, there are other times where he gets stuck vs. both tackles and tight ends. His effort is spotty. Against the run, he fails to consistently set the edge and his back-side pursuit is lethargic. Key has Pro Bowl talent, but his up-and-down play is concerning.

34 - Hayden Hurst, TE, South Carolina
Hurst is a former pro baseball player who walked on as a tight end for the Gamecocks. He has excellent size, speed and ball skills. He was primarily used as a move tight end. As a route runner, he is very smooth and quickly builds speed. At South Carolina, he wasn't asked to run a lot of traditional option routes and work back to the quarterback. However, he excels on vertical routes and crossers. He tracks the ball smoothly and has a big catch radius. He received the ball quite a bit on tight end reverses and proved plenty capable of making defenders miss or out-running them to the corner. He's more than willing as a run blocker and, while he lacks power, he does a nice job of shielding defenders. Hurst should be a Day 1 starter and has tremendous upside.

35 - Mike McGlinchey, OT, Notre Dame
McGlinchey started at right tackle and left tackle during his collegiate career. He has outstanding size for the position. In the passing game, he has average quickness out of his stance but uses his length to keep his chest clean and anchor vs. bull rushers. He does get too narrow at times, which causes him to struggle vs. both speed and counter rushers. I think he'll benefit from a move back to the right side. In the run game, he does a good job of getting underneath opponents and generating movement at the point of attack. He's very aware vs. twists and stunts. McGlinchey had some games where he struggled (see: Miami), but he has all of the desired traits to emerge as a quality starting right tackle at the next level.

36 - Isaiah Oliver, CB, Colorado
Oliver has excellent size, length and speed for the position. He's at his best in press coverage. He shoots his hands and re-routes wide receivers before staying on their hip down the field. He has plenty of speed to carry vertical routes. From off coverage, he has some stiffness when he has to open up and change directions. He has good ball awareness down the field (see: pass breakup against UCLA). I love his aggressiveness and physicality in the running game. He fights through blocks and he's a reliable tackler in space. Oliver has the ideal skill set to thrive as a press cornerback at the next level. He needs to improve his flexibility and transition movement in off coverage.

37 - Isaiah Wynn, OG, Georgia
Wynn was an undersized left tackle for the Bulldogs; he projects as a starting guard at the next level. In the run game, he is sudden out of his stance and can roll his hips on contact, generating movement at the point of attack. His hand strength is outstanding. He's very effective as a puller because of his ability to redirect and cover up linebackers in space. In pass protection, he keeps his hands tight and he's a natural knee-bender. He will lunge and whiff on rare occasions, but he's usually patient and stays on balance. He is very aware of blitzers (see: him vs. Minkah Fitzpatrick in the national title game). Wynn has some previous experience at guard and I believe he has Pro Bowl ability at that position.

38 - Ronnie Harrison, S, Alabama
Harrison is a hulking safety prospect with a nice blend of versatility, toughness and instincts. He moved around in the Alabama defense, aligning as the high safety at times while dropping down in the box, as well. In zone coverage, he's quick to read his keys and flow to the ball. He has excellent range when he's working in the deep half. When he's in the box, he flies to the alley to collect tackles on quick throws to the perimeter. He isn't as effective in man coverage. He has some lower-body stiffness and his change of direction is average. He's excellent against the run. He attacks the line of scrimmage and breaks down before securing the tackle. He has a very high batting average as a tackler. Harrison is a very well-rounded safety and he's ready to play right away.

39 - Harold Landry, Edge, Boston College
Landry is an undersized edge rusher. At BC, he was deployed as a hand-in-the-ground defensive end and a stand-up outside linebacker. Against the pass, he lacks an elite get-off, but he has a variety of hand moves and bends really well coming off the corner. He's very successful when he bends/rips/flattens to the quarterback. He also has the ability to widen and convert speed to power against opposing tackles. His effort is excellent. He was an outstanding finisher in 2016, but fell off of a few sacks in 2017. He's inconsistent against the run. He flashes the quickness to cross the face of blockers and collect tackles, but once engaged, he struggles to get off blocks. He needs to get stronger. I see Landry as a fit for teams that employ a 3-4 defense and are looking for a pass-rush upgrade. He has some similarities to Dee Ford coming out of Auburn.

40 - Leighton Vander Esch, LB, Boise State
Vander Esch is a long, instinctive and fast inside linebacker. Against the run, he's quick to key/read and aggressively shoot gaps. He does a good job sorting through the trash to find the ball. He flashes the ability to pop/separate from blockers, but at times, he's too narrow and gets washed out. He has outstanding speed/range. He's a highly productive tackler, but also produces a couple fly-by missed tackles in every game. He has ideal size/speed to mirror tight ends in coverage and he's a productive blitzer. Vander Esch was one of the most productive players in the country this past season and should be an immediate starter at the next level.

41 - Sam Hubbard, DE, Ohio State
Hubbard has ideal size and he was very productive for the Buckeyes. As a pass rusher, he has an average get-off, but he has an array of hand moves and power. He has experimented with a spin move, but that is still a work in progress. He's very effective when he's used as a looper and allowed to rush against offensive guards. His effort is outstanding and he's a good finisher despite some ankle stiffness. He's very strong at the point of attack in the run game. He also uses his quickness and effort to make plays from the back side. I see Hubbard as an ideal 4-3 left defensive end. If he adds some weight, he would also fit as a DE for teams that employ three-man fronts.

42 - Tyrell Crosby, OT, Oregon
Crosby lined up at left tackle for the Ducks. He has a nice blend of size, power and instincts. In the passing game, he lacks upper-tier quickness, but he does a nice job of staying square, shooting his hands and steering opponents. He will have some trouble with elite speed rushers, but I believe he'll benefit from a move to the right side. I love what he brings in the run game. He consistently generates movement on down blocks and he's a nasty finisher. He also takes good angles when working up to the second level before latching and controlling linebackers. I wish he were a little more athletic, but he has all of the skills to be a solid starting right tackle.

43 - Lamar Jackson, QB, Louisville
Jackson has been the most dynamic playmaker in college football for the last two seasons, operating out of the shotgun in the Cardinals' offense. He has a lean, narrow frame. He has quick feet in his setup and he bounces on his toes once he gets to the top of his drop. He throws with a very narrow base. He generates tremendous velocity despite flipping the ball and failing to generate any power or torque from his lower half. He's more accurate/consistent on in-breaking routes and over-the-top touch throws. His accuracy suffers when he has to drive the ball outside the numbers. He is too stiff on his front leg and the ball sails on him. His pocket presence has improved over the last year and he excels avoiding unblocked rushers. He's the most electric runner at the position to enter the NFL in the last decade. On designed QB runs, he's very elusive and slithery. Overall, Jackson needs time to work out some mechanical issues, but his playmaking ability is special.

44 - Brian O'Neill, OT, Pitt
O'Neill is a very intriguing left tackle prospect. The former tight end has good size and outstanding quickness. In the passing game, he's very quick out of his stance. He displays the ability to kick out wide and cover up speed rushers. When he shoots his hands on time, he can steer and control defenders. He needs to improve his knee bend/leverage. If defenders get into his chest, he struggles to sink his weight and settle vs. power rushers. He's very aware vs. twists and blitzers. In the run game, he is at his best on pulls and combo blocks. His quickness is his best asset. Pitt threw him a couple balls in the games I watched and he showed off his speed/athleticism. O'Neill needs to get stronger and improve his knee-bend, but he should emerge as a starting left tackle.

45 - Courtland Sutton, WR, SMU
Sutton is a big, physical wideout. He primarily lined up outside for the Mustangs, but he did take some reps in the slot. He uses his upper-body strength to defeat press coverage, but lacks ideal suddenness in his release. As a route runner, he's a long strider who struggles to generate much separation. He makes a ton of plays with defenders draped all over him. He has an enormous catch radius and his ability to high point the ball is special (see: one-handed grab vs. Tulsa). After the catch, he lacks burst and wiggle, but he will power through tacklers. Sutton lacks ideal explosiveness and route-running polish, but his combination of size/strength/ball skills is tough to defend against.

46 - Dante Pettis, WR, Washington
Pettis is a polished wideout prospect with exceptional skills/production as a punt returner. He's a very smooth and precise route runner. He sets up defenders, creates leverage and doesn't waste any steps coming out of the break. He excels at selling double-moves. He tracks the ball very well down the field and he's very reliable when he has the defender in a trail position. He does have some contact drops over the middle. After the catch, he gets up to top speed quickly and he's very elusive in space. He's one of the best punt returners I've ever evaluated. He sets up blocks, gets north/south and makes defenders miss without gearing down. Pettis should emerge as a solid No. 2 wideout and a Pro Bowl punt returner.

47 - Dallas Goedert, TE, South Dakota State
Goedert has ideal size, ball skills and toughness for the position. At South Dakota State, he lined up in-line, flexed in the slot or split out wide. In the passing game, he builds speed as a route runner and has subtle quickness at the top of his routes. He understands how to keep defenders on his back and has strong reliable hands. He lacks big-time burst after the catch but he runs hard and is tough to bring down. In the run game, he effectively shields defenders over his nose and can generate some movement on down blocks. Goedert isn't an electric playmaker, but he's dependable in every facet of the position.

48 - Martinas Rankin, OT, Mississippi State
Rankin, who lined up at left tackle for the Bulldogs, possesses ideal size and power. In pass pro, he has average quickness out of his stance, but he does a nice job of staying square and shooting his hands. He has tremendous upper-body strength and torque to latch on and control opponents. He has some ankle stiffness when he redirects vs. counters. In the run game, he loads up his hands and runs his feet on contact, generating solid movement at the point of attack. He lacks the ideal agility to redirect at the second level. I see Rankin as a starting right tackle at the next level with the skill set to kick inside if needed.

49 - Nick Chubb, RB, Georgia
Chubb is a powerfully built running back. He's at his best running between the tackles. He has excellent vision. He runs with a high pad level, but he has incredible contact balance. Defenders routinely bounce off him in the hole and he always fights for extra yards. On perimeter runs, he doesn't bring the ideal suddenness to get the corner, but once he gets north/south, he's a load to bring down. He lacks home-run speed, but he racks up a lot of doubles. In the passing game, he has strong/reliable hands and he's dependable in limited pass-protection opportunities. Chubb reminds me of Jonathan Stewart coming out of college, but he doesn't quite have the same burst.

50 - Kerryon Johnson, RB, Auburn
Johnson is a very productive back. He has outstanding patience, vision and stop/start quickness. He lets his blocks develop before using a very slick jump-cut and bursting through the line of scrimmage. His running style is very reminiscent of Le'Veon Bell's. He doesn't have elite top speed, but he's plenty fast enough. He does a nice job of lowering his shoulder and powering through tacklers at the second and third levels of the defense. He's very effective in the screen game. He's very aware and stays square in pass protection. Johnson was injured down the stretch this past season, but he fought through it. Overall, I love Johnson's natural running ability and I think he'll make an immediate impact for his drafting team.
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Re: Daniel Jeremiah's Top 50 v1

Postby DreadNaught » Tue Jan 23, 2018 11:55 am

Edmunds at 3 was a surprise, but the kid is a freak athlete with some upside as a pass rusher even though their isn't much tape of him doing that at VTech. Imo he's a more athletic version of Anthony Barr that will be primarily an off LOS LB that is used to blitz on occasion.

Nelson's write-up is impressive. Seems can't miss like most agree.

DJ is higher on Ronald Jones than I am. But I just think the 5th gear/home run speed for a RB is overrated and inflates an evaluation more than it should. RBs rarely have the opportunity to show off that top speed in an NFL game so I care much more about their running style and vision.

The Iowa Center 'Daniels' is new name I'll look at.

Overall I think this draft class sets up well for the Bucs needs on days 1-2. There are some CBs not even listed here I think will come off the board early, Anthony Everett being one. Very deep class at CB and RB. Some good depth along both lines, and most importantly some DE's that should be good pros.
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Re: Daniel Jeremiah's Top 50 v1

Postby real bucs fan » Tue Jan 23, 2018 11:56 am

I always enjoy DJs list since it's clear he does his own work and that he doesn't fall victim to "consensus ranking". Edmunds is a guy who I've never even thought about, but I doubt we take a LB at 7 anyway. Surprised to see Ronald Jones so high- DJ was the first one to really tout the horn of Kamara last year, and I remember I investigated Kamara after DJs list and that's when I started to like him as an option at 19. Perhaps I should revisit Jones who I dismissed probably too quickly due to an upright running style. He could be a round 2 option for sure.
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Re: Daniel Jeremiah's Top 50 v1

Postby DreadNaught » Tue Jan 23, 2018 12:10 pm

real bucs fan wrote:I always enjoy DJs list since it's clear he does his own work and that he doesn't fall victim to "consensus ranking". Edmunds is a guy who I've never even thought about, but I doubt we take a LB at 7 anyway. Surprised to see Ronald Jones so high- DJ was the first one to really tout the horn of Kamara last year, and I remember I investigated Kamara after DJs list and that's when I started to like him as an option at 19. Perhaps I should revisit Jones who I dismissed probably too quickly due to an upright running style. He could be a round 2 option for sure.


I like NFLN guys like DJ, BB, and Lance Zierlein b/c they used to earn a living evaluating players before taking cushy TV jobs, plus they are as 'plugged in' as any media person can be when it comes to former colleagues they get info from still working around the NFL.

Don't get me wrong, I like sites like WalterFootball, Drafttek, etc. But imo those are just aggregate sites that basically copy off one another when it comes to rankings and mocks.

Now that DJ has released this we'll start to see Edmonds and Davenport be top 15 picks on updated mocks from other sites. Happens every year.
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Re: Daniel Jeremiah's Top 50 v1

Postby mdb1958 » Tue Jan 23, 2018 12:34 pm

real bucs fan wrote:I always enjoy DJs list since it's clear he does his own work and that he doesn't fall victim to "consensus ranking". Edmunds is a guy who I've never even thought about, but I doubt we take a LB at 7 anyway. Surprised to see Ronald Jones so high- DJ was the first one to really tout the horn of Kamara last year, and I remember I investigated Kamara after DJs list and that's when I started to like him as an option at 19. Perhaps I should revisit Jones who I dismissed probably too quickly due to an upright running style. He could be a round 2 option for sure.



Do your work and you'll know who brought up Tremaine Edmunds.
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Re: Daniel Jeremiah's Top 50 v1

Postby PrimeMinister » Tue Jan 23, 2018 12:46 pm

real bucs fan wrote:I always enjoy DJs list since it's clear he does his own work and that he doesn't fall victim to "consensus ranking". Edmunds is a guy who I've never even thought about, but I doubt we take a LB at 7 anyway. Surprised to see Ronald Jones so high- DJ was the first one to really tout the horn of Kamara last year, and I remember I investigated Kamara after DJs list and that's when I started to like him as an option at 19. Perhaps I should revisit Jones who I dismissed probably too quickly due to an upright running style. He could be a round 2 option for sure.


This. DJ is one of the few draft heads I trust. I don’t have stats to back this up, but he seems to hit more often than he misses. His podcast and show are also a great watch this time of year.
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Re: Daniel Jeremiah's Top 50 v1

Postby DreadNaught » Tue Jan 23, 2018 12:52 pm

PrimeMinister wrote:
real bucs fan wrote:I always enjoy DJs list since it's clear he does his own work and that he doesn't fall victim to "consensus ranking". Edmunds is a guy who I've never even thought about, but I doubt we take a LB at 7 anyway. Surprised to see Ronald Jones so high- DJ was the first one to really tout the horn of Kamara last year, and I remember I investigated Kamara after DJs list and that's when I started to like him as an option at 19. Perhaps I should revisit Jones who I dismissed probably too quickly due to an upright running style. He could be a round 2 option for sure.


This. DJ is one of the few draft heads I trust. I don’t have stats to back this up, but he seems to hit more often than he misses. His podcast and show are also a great watch this time of year.


The MoveTheSticks podcast is great during the season also imo and the best non-Bucs specific NFL podcast I subscribe to. During this time of year 'draft season' it's a must listen if you follow the NFL draft imo.
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Re: Daniel Jeremiah's Top 50 v1

Postby Bootz2004 » Tue Jan 23, 2018 1:22 pm

PrimeMinister wrote:
real bucs fan wrote:I always enjoy DJs list since it's clear he does his own work and that he doesn't fall victim to "consensus ranking". Edmunds is a guy who I've never even thought about, but I doubt we take a LB at 7 anyway. Surprised to see Ronald Jones so high- DJ was the first one to really tout the horn of Kamara last year, and I remember I investigated Kamara after DJs list and that's when I started to like him as an option at 19. Perhaps I should revisit Jones who I dismissed probably too quickly due to an upright running style. He could be a round 2 option for sure.


This. DJ is one of the few draft heads I trust. I don’t have stats to back this up, but he seems to hit more often than he misses. His podcast and show are also a great watch this time of year.


The reason he seems to "hit" more than he misses is because he changes his rankings so dramatically. He isn't one who hits on how good or bad the player is. He hits more on where they get drafted more than anything. He's not exactly original in his rankings either. He gets his info from being an insider more so than he does scouting and breaking down film.
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Re: Daniel Jeremiah's Top 50 v1

Postby real bucs fan » Tue Jan 23, 2018 1:30 pm

Bootz2004 wrote:
PrimeMinister wrote:
This. DJ is one of the few draft heads I trust. I don’t have stats to back this up, but he seems to hit more often than he misses. His podcast and show are also a great watch this time of year.


The reason he seems to "hit" more than he misses is because he changes his rankings so dramatically. He isn't one who hits on how good or bad the player is. He hits more on where they get drafted more than anything. He's not exactly original in his rankings either. He gets his info from being an insider more so than he does scouting and breaking down film.

Wrong. He does his own scouting. Give him a follow on twitter, half of his posts are his reactions to the film he's breaking down.
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Re: Daniel Jeremiah's Top 50 v1

Postby mdb1958 » Tue Jan 23, 2018 1:45 pm

Hopefully everything will work out and Chubb will be there and I wont have to care about Minky and Nelson.
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Re: Daniel Jeremiah's Top 50 v1

Postby mdb1958 » Tue Jan 23, 2018 1:53 pm

Notice he doesnt have this guy in his top fifty - Dorance Armstrong.
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Re: Daniel Jeremiah's Top 50 v1

Postby real bucs fan » Tue Jan 23, 2018 1:55 pm

mdb1958 wrote:Hopefully everything will work out and Chubb will be there and I wont have to care about Minky and Nelson.

Would be nice if the Colts view Edmunds as the top non-QB in the draft who can also rush the passer...
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Re: Daniel Jeremiah's Top 50 v1

Postby DreadNaught » Tue Jan 23, 2018 2:15 pm

mdb1958 wrote:Notice he doesnt have this guy in his top fifty - Dorance Armstrong.


I noticed that also. Will Hernandez is another omission that surprised me.

He's too high on WR Calvin Ridley imo. The guy will be 24 next year and has a ceiling of a #2 WR imo so putting him 22nd overall on the BB is a bit much for me.

Taven Bryan is too low imo. He's a top 15-20 pick for sure in my mind. High floor, High upside, 3-down Dlinemen.
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Re: Daniel Jeremiah's Top 50 v1

Postby MJW » Wed Jan 24, 2018 12:14 am

Worth noting that there's a TON of overlap with his list and the guys PFF seems to love.
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