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    2020 NFL Draft prospect rankings: Final Top 250 Big Board, with 21 receivers in the top 100
    The receiver class is loaded, the offensive tackle group is top-heavy, and there are plenty of quality defensive backs
    Chris Trapasso
    1 hr ago • 14 min read

    After months watching and re-watching film of hundreds of draft prospects and analyzing athletic testing, my final Big Board for the 2020 NFL Draft is set it digital stone.

    No major surprises this year at the top spot at any position. Well, maybe Harrison Bryant from Florida Atlantic as my top tight end?

    Joe Burrow's my No. 1 overall prospect.

    Before I get to the rankings, I must note I have a "position addition" included in my grading system that's factored in after I get a "raw grade" for each prospect based on positional value. Quarterbacks, of course, get the biggest boost. Then edge rushers and offensive tackles, and so on. Running backs receive zero position addition. Incorporating that concept seemed logical to me when constructing a Big Board that wasn't team-specific.

    Next to each prospect's position is a number. For reference convenience, that number represents their ranking at their respective position.

    1. Joe Burrow, QB1, LSU
    2. Chase Young, EDGE1, Ohio St.
    3. Tua Tagovailoa, QB2, Alabama
    4. Jeffrey Okudah, CB1, Ohio State
    5. Tristan Wirfs, OT1, Iowa
    6. CeeDee Lamb, WR1, Oklahoma
    7. Isaiah Simmons, LB1, Clemson
    8. Jerry Jeudy, WR2, Alabama
    9. Justin Herbert, QB3, Oregon
    10. Javon Kinlaw, DL1, South Carolina

    Burrow and Young are no-brainers. Tagovailoa's raw grade was actually the sixth-highest in the class, but his position addition bumps him to No. 3. This could be the lowest you'll see Isaiah Simmons. For as much as I watched his film with my jaw on my desk, I did notice his twitch doesn't align with the rest of his freakish athleticism. In short, Lamb got the top receiver spot because of more dynamic yards-after-the-catch ability and better contested-catch skill than Jeudy. Herbert has his flaws -- at times, his accuracy and reading complex coverages -- but he also can be tremendous on difficult throws that require elite arm talent, and I like his athleticism and experience. Kinlaw is my top defensive lineman for many reasons, and he's ahead of Derrick Brown because of his pass-rushing prowess.

    11. K'Lavon Chaisson, EDGE2, LSU
    12. Andrew Thomas, OT2, Georgia
    13. Tee Higgins, WR3, Clemson
    14. Henry Ruggs III, WR4, Alabama
    15. Jedrick Wills, OT3, Alabama
    16. Curtis Weaver, EDGE3, Boise State
    17. Josh Jones, OT4, Houston
    18. Mekhi Becton, OT5, Louisville
    19. Xavier McKinney, S1, Alabama
    20. Derrick Brown, DL2, Auburn
    21. Jalen Reagor, WR5, TCU
    22. Kristian Fulton, CB2, LSU
    23. Jordan Love, QB4, Utah State
    24. Yetur Gross-Matos, EDGE4, Penn State
    25. Jeremy Chinn, S2, Southern Illinois

    My comparison for Chaisson is Aldon Smith, a smaller version. He has every tool to be a ferocious pass rusher for many years in the NFL. Higgins has the best ball skills I've scouted since Mike Evans in 2014 and is sneaky good after the catch. Weaver checks all the boxes for me, and I actually like that he's 6-foot-2 and 265 pounds. His frame keeps him low to the ground which helps him win the leverage battle, and he has stellar bend/dip capabilities around the corner. Good arsenal of pass-rushing moves too. Reagor has his best football in front of him. Crazy explosive. Fulton might be the cleanest prospect in my first round, he's just a hair on the small side. The more I watched Love, the more I liked him, but he's either going to boom Patrick Mahomes style or bust in the NFL. Chinn is an absolute monster, He's large, super fast, extraordinarily explosive and changes directions in a flash. I see a future All-Pro in his game.

    26. A.J. Epenesa, EDGE5, Iowa
    27. Neville Gallimore, DL3, Oklahoma
    28. Bryan Edwards, WR6, South Carolina
    29. Kyle Dugger, S3, Lenoir-Rhyne
    30. C.J. Henderson, CB3, Florida
    31. Zack Baun, EDGE6, Wisconsin
    32. Grant Delpit, S4, LSU
    33. Noah Igbinoghene, CB4, Auburn
    34. Antoine Winfield Jr., S5, Minnesota
    35. Terrell Burgess, S6, Utah
    36. Jonathan Taylor, RB1, Wisconsin
    37. K'Von Wallace, S6, Clemson
    38. Laviska Shenault, WR7, Colorado
    39. Josh Uche, EDGE7, Michigan
    40. Jonathan Greenard, EDGE8, Florida
    41. Denzel Mims, WR8, Baylor
    42. Tyler Johnson, WR9, Minnesota
    43. Cam Akers, RB2, Florida State
    44. Ross Blacklock, DL4, TCU
    45. Ashtyn Davis, S7, California
    46. Julian Blackmon, S8, Utah
    47. Isaiah Hodgins, WR10, Oregon State
    48. Netane Muti, iOL1, Fresno State
    49. Jeff Gladney, CB5, TCU
    50. A.J. Terrell, CB6, Clemson

    Edwards is there at No. 28 simply due to his on-field play. His foot and knee injuries weren't factored in here. If healthy, I think he can be Michael Thomas-like. Seriously. Dugger gives you very much of what you get with Chinn, he's just a little smaller, slightly stiffer, and a few years older. Henderson can cover in man with the best of them, I just have an issue with his awareness to find the football as it's arriving. Igbinoghene is probably going in Round 1, and I'd have no issue with that. The guy has played corner for two years and stuck like glue to a variety of SEC receivers thanks to physicality at the line, oily hips, flexible ankles, and electric athleticism.

    Winfield is a linebacker with free safety range and a smaller frame. Burgess is one of my favorite players in the entire class because he has phenomenal coverage instincts, and has the suddenness to calmly run with slot receivers anywhere on the field then make a play on the football. He and Wallace are very similar, valuable prospects in today's NFL. Between them is Taylor, my far and away top running back. I really don't think he's that less of a prospect than Saquon Barkley. Uche's probably the most versatile defensive front seven player in the class. One play he looks like a rangy off-ball linebacker making a tackle on a pitch play, the next he's exploding off the line and converting speed-to-power around the corner as an edge rusher.

    Mims aced the pre-draft process, and is bound for the first round. Good for him. He's a field-stretcher with flashes of awesome rebounding ability. I don't know how reliable his hands are, and think he's more of a straight-line athlete than his outstanding three-cone would indicate. Akers can be a feature back as a rookie -- don't let the subpar stats at Florida State fool you -- the guy is naturally elusive, has stellar contact balance, and can hit home runs.

    51. Jaylon Johnson, CB7, Utah
    52. Gabriel Davis, WR11, UCF
    53. Troy Dye, LB2, Oregon
    54. Julian Okwara, EDGE9, Notre Dame
    55. Jacob Eason, QB5, Washington
    56. Trevon Diggs, CB8, Alabama
    57. Jordan Elliott, DL5, Missouri
    58. Willie Gay Jr., LB3, Miss State
    59. Ezra Cleveland, OT6, Boise State
    60. Jonah Jackson, iOL2, Ohio State
    61. Patrick Queen, LB4, LSU
    62. K.J. Hamler, WR12, Penn State
    63. Brandon Aiyuk, WR13, Arizona State
    64. Justin Jefferson, WR14, LSU
    65. Matt Peart, OT7, UConn
    66. Damon Arnette, CB9, Ohio State
    67. Michael Ojemudia, CB10, Iowa
    68. Isaiah Wilson, OT8, UGA
    69. Chase Claypool, WR15, Notre Dame
    70. John Hightower, WR16, Boise State
    71. Akeem Davis-Gaither, LB5, Appalachian State
    72. Antonio Gandy-Golden, WR17, Liberty
    73. Matt Hennessy, iOL3, Temple
    74. Ben Bartch, OT9, St. John's (MN)
    75. Bryce Hall, CB11, Virginia
    76. Michael Pittman Jr., WR18, USC
    77. Anthony McFarland Jr., RB3, Maryland
    78. Marlon Davidson, DL6, Auburn
    79. Josiah Scott, CB12, Michigan State
    80. Joe Reed, WR19, Virginia
    81. Amik Robertson, CB13, La Tech
    82. Cesar Ruiz, iOL4, Michigan
    83. Damien Lewis, iOL5, LSU
    84. Kenneth Murray, LB6, Oklahoma
    85. James Proche, WR20, SMU
    86. Javaris Davis, CB14, Auburn
    87. Davion Taylor, LB7, Colorado
    88. Darnay Holmes, CB15, UCLA
    89. Clyde Edwards-Helaire, RB4, LSU
    90. Harrison Bryant, TE1, Florida Atlantic
    91. Brycen Hopkins, TE2, Purdue
    92. Dane Jackson, CB16 Pittsburgh
    93. Jaylinn Hawkins, S9, California
    94. Darrell Taylor, EDGE10, Tennessee
    95. Solomon Kindley, iOL6, Georgia
    96. John Reid, CB17, Penn State
    97. Darnell Mooney, WR21, Tulane
    98. Stantley Thomas-Oliver, CB18, Florida International
    99. Essang Bassey, CB19, Wake Forest
    100. Geno Stone, S10, Iowa

    You'll notice a plethora of cornerbacks in this range. To me, this is the biggest sweet spot for cornerback value in this class. Johnson can be a No. 1 outside corner soon, he just needs to reel back his aggressiveness and overly grabby nature. Arnette is a mirroring master and routinely gets his hands on the football. Ojemudia is a tall, long, athletic, savvy zone corner, as is Hall from Virginia.

    Scott from Michigan State is the best run-defending corner in the class, with serious recovery speed, and lightning bolts for feet. Robertson is a tiny, ultra-confident, in-your-face slot corner who plays significantly bigger than his frame.

    Davis from Auburn and Holmes from UCLA have all the talent in the world, they just need to get their head around quicker and find the football more frequently. Jackson from Pittsburgh is like Robertson in that he's not big, but he's routinely in the hip pocket of the man he's covering and plays like a madman through the catch point.

    Reid has the athletic traits to play man but can get bodied by bigger receivers, Thomas-Oliver is a former receiver turned explosive playmaker best-suited for zone until he learns the nuances of playing press man. Bassey was productive for years at Wake Forest but needs to be in a zone-based scheme to tap into his game-changing ball skills.

    Also, my No. 2 and No. 3 linebackers -- Dye and Gay -- reside in this group. They're both ridiculously good coverage linebackers. Dye is awesome in coverage thanks to football IQ, solid athleticism, and length. Gay is just a missile. Queen from LSU is right there too. He's quicker than he is fast and only had one year of high-level production. Love how he takes on blocks despite his small size.

    Harrison Bryant, my No. 1 tight end, is an enigma of sorts to me because he looks outstandingly athletic on the field but tested poorly. Really, he runs his routes like a tall, sleek wide receiver, is creative after the catch and a load to bring to the turf and shines in contested catch situations.

    A few other favorites in this collection -- Taylor from Colorado -- the consensus says "raw linebacker." I didn't see that. He destroys blockers, has sub-4.50 speed and more than held his own flexed out as a cornerback in college. Big fan. Hennessy from Temple is a crazy athlete with freaky balance. He just needs to get stronger, then he can be one of the best young centers in the NFL. Reed from Virginia, is eerily similar to Deebo Samuel. Almost identical combines. Super-dangerous after the catch.

    Lastly, Hightower from Boise State is a gazelle. He will take the lid off the defense with his long speed.

    101. J.K. Dobbins, RB, Ohio State
    102. Troy Pride Jr., CB, Notre Dame
    103. Lamar Jackson, CB, Nebraska
    104. Devin Duvernay, WR, Texas
    105. Jauan Jennings, WR, Tennessee
    106. Cameron Dantzler, CB, Mississippi State
    107. Van Jefferson, WR, Florida
    108. Terrell Lewis, EDGE, Alabama
    109. Tyler Biadasz, OL, Wisconsin
    110. Javelin Guidry, CB, Utah
    111. Bradlee Anae, EDGE, Utah
    112. Zack Moss, RB, Utah
    113. Eno Benjamin, RB, Arizona State
    114. Lavert Hill, CB, Michigan
    115. Austin Jackson, OT, USC
    116. Tyler Huntley, QB, Utah
    117. Hunter Bryant, TE, Washington
    118. Lloyd Cushenberry, OL, LSU
    119. Justin Madubuike, DL, Texas A&M
    120. Nick Harris, OL, Washington
    121. Dezmon Patmon, WR, Washington State
    122. K.J. Hill, WR, Ohio State
    123. Donovan Peoples-Jones, WR, Michigan
    124. Logan Wilson, LB, Wyoming
    125. Lucas Niang, OT, TCU
    126. Nevelle Clarke, CB, Central Florida
    127. McTelvin Agim, DL, Arkansas
    128. Robert Hunt, OL, Louisiana-Lafayette
    129. Casey Toohill, EDGE, Stanford
    130. Khalid Kareem, EDGE, Notre Dame
    131. Cole Kmet, TE, Notre Dame
    132. Adam Trautman, TE, Dayton
    133. Myles Bryant, CB, Washington
    134. Malik Harrison, LB, Ohio State
    135. Jacob Phillips, LB, LSU
    136. J.R. Reed, S, Georgia
    137. Quez Watkins, WR, Southern Mississippi
    138. Derrek Tuszka, EDGE, North Dakota State
    139. Jake Fromm, QB, Georgia
    140. Colby Parkinson, TE, Stanford
    141. Hakeem Adeniji, OL, Kansas
    142. Reid Harrison-Ducros, CB, Duquesne
    143. Markus Bailey, LB, Purdue
    144. Antoine Brooks, S, Maryland
    145. Marquez Callaway, WR, Tennessee
    146. D'Andre Swift, RB, Georgia
    147. Jalen Hurts, QB, Oklahoma
    148. Albert Okwuegbunam, TE, Missouri
    149. Prince Tega Wanogho, OT, Auburn
    150. Josh Love, QB, San Jose State

    I don't hate Dobbins, his lower-than-consensus ranking is mainly due to the position he plays, and that I don't feel like he's incredibly elusive or a true big-play threat. Jennings from Tennessee isn't going to separate often. That's a bummer. But, he's unreal after the catch at 6-3 and 215 pounds. Defenders bounce off him, and he's deceptive with his vision and cutting ability.

    Madubuike is a strong, versatile, hand-use machine. He'd be higher on my board had he played a little faster through the line of scrimmage into the quarterback. Wilson from Wyoming is a super coverage linebacker who seemingly is a step ahead of a quarterback as he's moving through his progressions, and he has good athletic traits. Agim from Arkansas is the pass-rushing sleeper along the defensive line because of his rapid first step and heavy, active hands.

    Two of my favorite sleeper edge rushers -- mostly due to their athletic springiness -- Toohill from Stanford and Tuszka from North Dakota State are in this group. Toohill provides more twitch, bend, and dip around the edge. Tuszka has more concrete pass-rushing plans.

    And then there's Swift from Georgia. I've noticed that you either absolutely love him or really don't see it. I'm in the latter group. He's comfortable as a receiver. Is he awesome juking laterally and bouncing through tackles? To me? No.

    Hurts has a ways to go as a passer, but the arrow is pointing up. He's improved in that area in all four of his seasons in college, and spending a year producing at a high level in Oklahoma's Air Raid system prepared him well for the NFL.

    151. Rodney Clemons, S, SMU
    152. Quartney Davis, WR, Texas A&M
    153. Aaron Parker, WR, Rhode Island
    154. Devin Asiasi, TE, UCLA
    155. Shane Lemieux, OL, Oregon
    156. Joshua Kelley, RB, UCLA
    157. Isaiah Coulter, WR, Rhode Island
    158. Harrison Hand, CB, Temple
    159. Anfernee Jennings, EDGE, Alabama
    160. Alton Robinson, EDGE, Syracuse
    161. Alex Taylor, OT, South Carolina State
    162. Saahdiq Charles, OT, LSU
    163. Tyre Phillips, OL, Mississippi State
    164. Ben Bredeson, OL, Michigan
    165. A.J. Dillon, RB, Boston College
    166. Carter Coughlin, EDGE, Minnesota
    167. Charlie Heck, OT, North Carolina
    168. Darrynton Evans, RB, Appalachian State
    169. Dalton Keene, TE, Virginia Tech
    170. Jack Driscoll, OL, Auburn
    171. Danny Pinter, OL, Ball State
    172. Jabari Zuniga, EDGE, Florida
    173. Anthony Gordon, QB, Washington State
    174. Cohl Cabral, OL, Arizona State
    175. Lamical Perine, RB, Florida
    176. Thaddeus Moss, TE, LSU
    177. Luq Barcoo, CB, San Diego State
    178. Kenny Willekes, EDGE, Michigan State
    179. John Simpson, OL, Clemson
    180. Antonio Gibson, RB, Memphis
    181. L'Jarius Sneed, S, Louisiana Tech
    182. Collin Johnson, WR, Texas
    183. Bravvion Roy, DL, Baylor
    184. Trey Adams, OT, Washington
    185. Raekwon Davis, DL, Alabama
    186. Alex Highsmith, EDGE, Charlotte
    187. Yasir Durant, OL, Missouri
    188. Quintez Cephus, WR, Wisconsin
    189. DJ Williams, CB, Utah State
    190. Cheyenne O'Grady, TE, Arkansas
    191. Qaadir Sheppard, EDGE, Ole Miss
    192. Zach Sammartino, OL, Dartmouth
    193. Logan Stenberg, OL, Kentucky
    194. Cordel Iwuagwu, OL, TCU
    195. Evan Weaver, LB, California
    196. Stephen Sullivan, TE, LSU
    197. Jake Luton, QB, Oregon State
    198. Benito Jones, DL, Ole Miss
    199. Ron'Dell Carter, EDGE, James Madison
    200. Jonathan Garvin, EDGE, Miami (Fla.)

    Both Rhode Island receivers -- Parker and Coulter -- resides in this group. Parker gives you better route running and high-point flash. Coulter is faster down the field. Kelley from UCLA is one of the best all-around runners in the class, I just see him going down on first contact a little too often.

    Dillon is a cannon ball -- as in he's compact and runs like he was shot out of a cannon -- and has just enough athleticism to make one defender miss on a given run. Plus, he is completely unfazed by most tackle attempts. Cephus from Wisconsin plays faster than his 4.73 time in Indianapolis and is so feisty at the catch point. Two edge rushers in this group -- Coughlin from Minnesota and Willekes from Michigan State -- aren't stellar athletes for the position but know how to use their pass-rushing moves to beat offensive tackles and play with high energy.

    201. Calvin Throckmorton, OL, Oregon
    202. Kevin Dotson, OL, Louisiana-Lafayette
    203. Kindle Vildor, CB, Georgia Southern
    204. Ke'Shawn Vaughn, RB, Vanderbilt
    205. J.J. Taylor, RB, Arizona
    206. Raequan Williams, DL, Michigan State
    207. John *****ini, DL, Utah
    208. Trevon Hill, EDGE, Miami (Fla.)
    209. Brian Cole, S, Mississippi State
    210. Darryl Williams, OL, Mississippi State
    211. Robert Landers, DL, Penn State
    212. Jon Runyan, OL, Michigan
    213. Jordyn Brooks, LB, Texas Tech
    214. Joe Bachie, LB, Michigan State
    215. A.J. Green, CB, Oklahoma State
    216. Darius Anderson, RB, TCU
    217. Jason Strowbridge, EDGE, North Carolina
    218. Lynn Bowden Jr., WR, Kentucky
    219. Justin Strnad, LB, Wake Forest
    220. Josiah Coatney, DL, Ole Miss
    221. Trevis Gipson, EDGE, Tulane
    222. Leki Fotu, DL, Utah
    223. Jacob Breeland, TE, Oregon
    224. Shaun Bradley, LB, Temple
    225. Alohi Gilman, S, Notre Dame
    226. Chauncey Rivers, EDGE, Mississippi State
    227. Reggie Corbin, RB, Illinois
    228. Kalija Lipscomb WR Vanderbilt
    229. Cam Brown, LB, Penn State
    230. Larrell Murchison, DL, North Carolina State
    231. Michael Onwenu, OL, Michigan
    232. Sewo Olonilua, RB, TCU
    233. Dante Olson, LB, Montana
    234. James Lynch, DL, Baylor
    235. Khalil Davis, DL, Nebraska
    236. Javon Leake, RB, Maryland
    237. Michael Divinity Jr., LB, LSU
    238. JaMychal Hasty, RB, Baylor
    239. Rico Dowdle, RB, South Carolina
    240. Carlos Davis, DL, Nebraska
    241. Parnell Motley, CB, Oklahoma
    242. Raymond Calais, RB, Louisiana-Lafayette
    243. LeVante Bellamy, RB, WMU
    244. Davon Hamilton, DL, Ohio State
    245. Darrion Daniels, DL, Nebraska
    246. Jake Hanson, OL, Oregon
    247. Rashard Lawrence, DL, LSU
    248. Robert Windsor, DL, Penn State
    249. Salvon Ahmed, RB, Washington
    250. Giovanni Ricci, TE, Western Michigan

    Williams from Michigan State and *****ini from Utah are two tremendous run defenders who'll probably be available on Day 3 and are true battlers in the trenches.

    There's a good chance Landers from Ohio State won't get drafted. He was a part-time player his entire career at Ohio State. But he pops on film as a quick, penetrating defensive tackle with good hands. Get him on your team. Lipscomb from Vanderbilt will have problems getting open and doesn't have good long speed. He's slippery after the catch though. I like that for a late-round receiver.

    Leake from Maryland ran away from everybody often, but somehow ran slowly at the combine. Bellamy from Western Michigan truly is a burner yet possesses a smaller frame. Onwenu from Michigan is an intriguing guard prospect because he's NFL strong right now and is good in the run game.

    Motley from Oklahoma flat-out produces despite being a small, low-level athlete. I think he's worth taking a flier on in the seventh round. Ricci from Western Michigan, the final prospect in my Top 250, has receiver-like qualities underneath and at the intermediate level.

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    1. Saquon Barkley, Penn State* (5-11, 223, 4.49)
    2. Derrius Guice, LSU* (5-11, 222, 4.53)
    3. Ronald Jones, USC* (6-0, 195, 4.49)
    4. Bo Scarbrough, Alabama (6-1, 228, 4.59)
    5. Nick Chubb, Georgia (5-10, 220, 4.54)
    Just missed: Myles Gaskin (Washington), Rawleigh Williams III (Arkansas), Royce Freeman (Oregon), Ralph Webb (Vanderbilt), Kalen Ballage (Arizona State), Justin Jackson (Northwestern)

    Wide Receiver
    1. Christian Kirk, Texas A&M* (5-11, 200, 4.39)
    2. Courtland Sutton, SMU* (6-3, 215, 4.52)
    3. Calvin Ridley, Alabama* (6-1, 188, 4.50)
    4. James Washington, Oklahoma State (6-0, 205, 4.49)
    5. Deon Cain, Clemson* (6-1, 210, 4.47)
    Just missed: Antonio Callaway (Florida), Dante Pettis (Washington), Simmie Cobbs (Indiana), Allen Lazard (Iowa State), Deebo Samuel (South Carolina), Deontay Burnett (USC), D.J. Clark (LSU)

    Tight End
    1. Mark Andrews, Oklahoma* (6-4, 250, 4.77)
    2. Mike Gisecki, Penn State (6-5, 252, 4.85)
    3. Troy Fumagalli, Wisconsin (6-5, 248, 4.84)
    4. Tyrone Wheatley, Michigan* (6-5, 276, 4.89)
    5. Deandre Goolsby, Florida (6-4, 245, 4.76)
    Just missed: Dallas Goedert (South Dakota State), Durham Smythe (Notre Dame), Marcus Baugh (Ohio State), Dalton Schultz (Stanford), Ryan Izzo (Florida State), C.J. Conrad (Kentucky)

    Offensive Tackle
    1. Connor Williams, Texas* (6-5, 290, 5.06)
    2. Mitch Hyatt, Clemson* (6-5, 295, 5.05)
    3. Mike McGlinchey, Notre Dame (6-7, 310, 5.22)
    4. Orlando Brown, Oklahoma* (6-7, 340, 5.44)
    5. Trey Adams, Washington* (6-7, 309, 5.28)
    Just missed: Toby Weathersby (LSU), Brock Ruble (Florida State), Martinas Rankin (Mississippi State), Jamarco Jones (Ohio State), Chukwuma Okorafor (Western Michigan), Zachary Crabtree (Oklahoma State)

    Offensive Guard/Center
    1. Billy Price, Ohio State (6-3, 315, 5.19)
    2. Quenton Nelson, Notre...
    -04-30-2017, 04:24 PM
  • Nick
    Nick's Top 50 Rams Draft Board for Day Two
    by Nick
    The first round of the 2020 NFL Draft is over. Like other years, one can see the value of having multiple second round picks; a number of prospects considered to be options in the first round are still available, putting the Rams in a nice spot to get some good additions to their roster this evening.

    In looking over the remaining available players, here is my Rams Big Board.

    This board is specific to the Rams and what I think the Rams need. Thus, I have removed quarterback and defensive tackle, because I don't perceive enough of a need there to warrant a second day pick.

    Please feel free to respond with your thoughts or your own big board!

    • Josh Jones (OT, Houston)
    • Xavier McKinney (S, Alabama)
    • Yetur Gross-Matos (EDGE, Penn State)
    • Jonathan Taylor (RB, Wisconsin)
    • Zack Baun (LB, Wisconsin)
    • Jaylon Johnson (CB, Utah)
    • Grant Delpit (S, LSU)
    • Trevon Diggs (CB, Alabama)
    • JK Dobbins (RB, Ohio State)
    • Matt Hennessy (OL, Temple)
    • Denzel Mims (WR, Baylor)
    • Tee Higgins (WR, Clemson)
    • Robert Hunt (OL, Louisiana)
    • Antoine Winfield Jr. (S, Minnesota)
    • Ezra Cleveland (OL, Boise State)
    • Logan Wilson (LB, Wyoming)
    • Lloyd Cushenberry (OL, LSU)
    • Josh Uche (EDGE, Michigan)
    • Akeem Davis-Gaither (LB, App. State)
    • Curtis Weaver (EDGE, Boise State)
    • Jonah Jackson (OL, Ohio State)
    • D'Andre Swift (RB, Georgia)
    • Kristian Fulton (CB, LSU)
    • Michael Pittman Jr. (WR, USC)
    • Julian Okwara (EDGE, Notre Dame)
    • Malik Harrison (LB, Ohio State)
    • Matt Peart (OT, Connecticut)
    • Laviska Shenault Jr. (WR, Colorado)
    • Jeremy Chinn (S, Southern Illinois)
    • Cam Akers (RB, Florida State)
    • Troy Dye (LB, Oregon)
    • Lucas Niang (OL, TCU)
    • Jonathan Greenard (EDGE, Florida)
    • Bryce Hall (CB, Virginia)
    • Ashtyn Davis (S, California)
    • Donovan Peoples-Jones (WR, Michigan)
    • Prince Tega Wanogho (OL, Auburn)
    • Cameron Dantzler (CB, Miss. State)
    • KJ Hamler (WR, Penn State)
    • Tyler Biadasz (OL, Wisconsin)
    • Darrell Taylor (EDGE, Tennessee)
    • Zack Moss (RB, Utah)
    • Troy Pride Jr. (CB, Notre Dame)
    • Nick Harris (OL, Washington)
    • Alex Highsmith (EDGE, Charlotte)
    • Bradlee Anae (EDGE, Utah)
    • Ben Bartch (OL, St. Johns)
    • Van Jefferson (WR, Florida)
    • Terrell Lewis (EDGE, Alabama)
    • Terrell Burgess (S, Utah)
    -04-24-2020, 07:15 AM
  • RamBill
    Gil Brandt's Top 100
    by RamBill
    2013 NFL Draft: Luke Joeckel, Geno Smith among best prospects

    By Gil Brandt
    Senior Analyst
    Published: Feb. 18, 2013 at 04:46 p.m.

    2013 NFL Draft: Luke Joeckel, Geno Smith among best prospects |

    The NFL Scouting Combine is about to kick the draft season into high gear. With that in mind, I thought this would be a good time to put together the first "Hot 100" list of the year.

    As those who are familiar with previous editions of this list know, it represents how I think the prospects stack up according to ability -- it is not the order in which I think they'll be drafted. In other words, I'm not saying Chance Warmack will be the third overall pick, but I am saying that he's the third-best player in the class.

    Finally, it's important to remember that players will rise and fall based on how they perform at the combine later this week, and they'll likely continue to do so all the way up to draft day.

    1) Luke Joeckel, OL, Texas A&M
    This long-armed three-year player should be a top talent in the NFL for quite some time. Joeckel reminds me of Cleveland Browns offensive tackle Joe Thomas.

    2) Bjoern Werner, DL, Florida State
    Werner, a German native, is a very, very good pass rusher. He's one of these guys that is highly motivated, someone who never takes a play off; in that way, he reminds me of Jared Allen.

    3) Chance Warmack, OL, Alabama
    Warmack is very good and will be a factor in the NFL for many years; he should have a Larry Allen-type of career. However, as guards aren't usually drafted in the top 10, Warmack will likely be picked in the middle of the first round. He was an even better college player than the great Steve Hutchinson, who was picked 17th overall by the Seattle Seahawks in 2001.

    4) Geno Smith, QB, West Virginia
    More time will be spent on Smith than on any other player in the 2013 NFL Draft. When I watched him from the sideline during West Virginia's game against Texas, Smith was quick and on the money, though he did overthrow some long balls. If he enters the league with a Russell Wilson-type work ethic, Smith will be OK.

    5) Star Lotulelei, DL, Utah
    Lotulelei reminds me of Baltimore Ravens veteran Haloti Ngata, who also grew up in Salt Lake City. Lotulelei can collapse the pocket with quickness and power. He needs to dominate every play for four quarters.

    6) Damontre Moore, DE, Texas A&M
    Moore can play with his hand on the ground in a 4-3 scheme or in space in a 3-4. Oklahoma tackle Lane Johnson did a very good job against Moore in the Cotton Bowl.

    7) Eric Fisher, OL, Central Michigan
    The long-armed, quick-footed Fisher should play for quite some time in the NFL at a Pro Bowl-level. This youngster has the potential for lots of growth in the future.

    8) Dee Milliner, CB, Alabama...
    -02-18-2013, 03:30 PM