Lee Wakefield Final 2020 Mock Draft

Here we go then, the draft is now just hours away.

Hours of film work, thousands of tweets, loads of articles and several podcasts, all combing over and and discussing many, many points of interest over the last college football and draft seasons, have boiled down to this.

I hope you have your time off booked for Friday and the food and drink in the fridge and you’re all set for what will be the most unique of drafts, maybe ever.

For me and many other draft nerds it’s the end of a cycle and the event where we finally get the answers that we’ve been waiting for.

I hope you’re looking forward to it as much as I am.

With that, let me present my final mock draft of the year. Enjoy.


  1. Cincinnati Bengals – Joe Burrow, QB, LSU

I wish I could bring myself to do something a little more creative here but I just can’t. The writing has been on the wall for months, no matter how much the media have tried to create a story that isn’t there.

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  1. Washington Redskins – Chase Young, Edge, Ohio State

Another team that the media tried creating a story about because the writing has been on the wall for months. The Redskins just take the best player available and enjoy him for the next 10 plus years, no need to get cute.

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  1. Detroit Lions – Jeffrey Okudah, CB, Ohio State

It would have been ideal for Matt Patricia to pair Slay with Jeffrey Okudah but Slay had been creeping towards the exit door for over 12 months if we’re all honest. So Okudah ends up being the replacement instead of the partner but Detroit isn’t in a bad spot – they replaced a CB1 with a cheaper and younger alternative. 

Okudah’s combine workout with regards to his footwork, in particular, was teaching tape for any young DB’s out there. He’s been college football’s most refined and dominant corner for the past year and is NFL ready from day 1.

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  1. New York Giants – Tristan Wirfs, OT, Iowa

It’s often the done thing to dunk on Dave Gettlemann and whilst drafting an offensive tackle doesn’t get the blood pumping, nor does seeing the QB you just drafted, to replace a franchise legend, on his backside a lot of the time.

The Giants have to protect Daniel Jones and drafting one of the top tackle prospects is actually pretty sensible, no matter what you think of the GM.

Giant’s fans may not like this move, especially with Isaiah Simmons sitting there and waiting to be picked but it isn’t a bad move at all.

Wirfs is a potential All-Pro tackle with unbelievable ability to move people in the running game, which not only helps Jones but Saquon Barkley too.

If they’re going to draft a running back second overall… The Giants might as well maximise him.

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  1. Miami Dolphins – Tua Tagovailoa, QB, Alabama 

I know a lot of people are still expecting some kind of trade up from the Dolphins, most likely with the Lions, however, I really question whether Miami needs to at this point now that Darius Slay is an Eagle and the Lions need Jeffrey Okudah in the worst way.

Firstly, I would like to point out that if Miami has been angling (tanking) for Tua for over 12 months and they don’t come away with the former Alabama passer, it’ll be one of the most egregious wastes of draft capital that we’ve ever seen. However, if Miami holds their nerve I think they can keep their picks and let Tua fall right into their laps.

I don’t buy the interest in Tua that the media has tried to drum up from Washington – Arizona dumping Josh Rosen after one year is an outlier with a particular set of circumstances, not a rule.

In terms of a trade up: Detroit isn’t taking Tagovailoa at 3 and Dave Gettleman never trades back, so I would be SHOCKED if he did now.

Which leaves us with the Chargers… Tom Telesco has never made a big move up in the draft and is generally a stoic and conservative GM. Miami can also blow any offer out of the water, should Telesco move up so would the Chargers risk making a move, only to have Miami move up above them? I don’t think so.

Besides, if you don’t think Miami has called all 4 teams above them and told those teams they’ll beat any serious offer that comes their way from another team, then you’re out of your mind.

No one can win a bidding war against Miami, so why bother?

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  1. Los Angeles Chargers – Isaiah Simmons, Defense, Clemson 

I have said a couple of times on recent podcasts that I really think that the Chargers are edging towards picking the best player available at number 6 and then looking at a QB later on.

Anthony Lynn loves Tyrod Taylor and seems to really believe in him and his skill set, so I think he’s going to get a fair crack at the starting job next season, without having a top 10 QB breathing down his neck, similar to what he had in Cleveland.

This of course, allows the Chargers to draft Isaiah Simmons and create a defense that is, on paper at least, absolutely out of this world.

I’ve been joking that this defense could hold opponents to 10 points per game… Or was I joking?

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  1. Cleveland Browns – Mekhi Becton, OT, Louisville

Trade – Carolina receive picks 10, 74 & 115

Cleveland receive pick 7

The Browns spring a trade here to move ahead of Arizona in the queue for these incredible offensive tackle prospects. New GM, Andrew Berry has been talking about the possibility of moving up or down but says that, “best player available” will be their “driver”.

Carolina is an easy trade candidate considering they’re beginning a rebuild with Matt Rhule and happily accept a generous trade package from the Browns.

Becton gets the nod over Wills and Thomas due to starting left tackle experience and simply because they don’t make them like Mekhi Becton very often – a mountain of a man with dancing feet.

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  1. Arizona Cardinals – Jedrick Wills, OT, Alabama

He becomes the third tackle off the board but I personally feel that Jedrick Wills is the best tackle prospect in the draft. He’s maybe even the best tackle prospect I’ve evaluated since I began doing this… maybe. I am absolutely in love with how rounded he is in pass protection and how he loves to bury any defensive lineman that is unfortunate enough to take him on.

I know that I mentioned Becton being selected above Wills for Cleveland due to Becton having left tackle experience, but I don’t have any qualms about Wills playing on either side of the offensive line. DJ Humphries signing a new contract probably means Wills starts life on the right side anyway but he could easily switch later in his career if required.

This relegates Marcus Gilbert to swing tackle duty, which will suit him since he’s 32 and has missed a lot of time over the past two seasons.

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  1. Jacksonville Jaguars – C.J Henderson, CB, Florida

Just a short time ago, it felt like the Jaguars had the best corner tandem in football in AJ Bouye and Jalen Ramsey…

Both of those guys now reside out west with Ramsey in L.A. with the Rams and Bouye a recent trade acquisition for the Broncos, which leaves the Jags starting corners as DJ Hayden and Tre Herndon… 

So, yeah, the position needs some serious investment. I wouldn’t be surprised at all to see Jacksonville double down on corners in the draft.

Henderson isn’t a player I’m personally super high on, but Jacksonville will like taking a local product and I believe the NFL will be higher on him than I am. His athletic abilities were on show in Indianapolis a couple of weekends ago too and that is what he will lean on at the next level. 

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  1. Carolina Panthers – Derrick Brown, IDL, Auburn

This trade back really worked well for Carolina as they net Derrick Brown, a player they would have loved to have taken at #7, and now they have another couple of swings of the bat later down the line, too.

Brown has been a game wrecker at multiple spots on the defensive line this year for Auburn and I’d expect him to be used in multiple spots by new Panthers DC, Phil Snow, as he looks to exploit weaknesses in the offensive line and accentuate Brown’s penetrative traits and athleticism (don’t let Brown’s combine fool you, he’s a monster off the snap on tape).

I will be looking forward to how Snow uses Brown should this happen in the real draft too, because no disrespect to Baylor and the guys who played on their D line, Brown is on another level in comparison.

Note: Carolina needs to freshen up the defensive line and I could imagine that they will double dip this position later on – I would imagine that Rhule and Snow would love to bring in James Lynch, the defensive lineman from Baylor, later in the draft on early day 3, potentially even with pick 113, their pick in the early part of round 4.

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  1. New York Jets – Andrew Thomas, OT, Georgia

The Jets’ situation on offense kind of reminds me of what division rivals Buffalo had on their hands around 12 months ago. They have a promising young quarterback who needs more protection and some guys to throw the ball to, and I feel like the Jets went about free agency in a similar way to what the Bills did – bring in a bundle of cheap, middling free agents, on short contracts and see what turns out to be your best combination on the line and also who Darnold builds good chemistry with. The Bills added Cody Ford out of Oklahoma last year to add some potential star power and some youth to their rag-tag bunch of hog-mollies. 

Andrew Thomas fits the mould here and gives New York what could be a franchise left tackle for years to come and hopefully keeps the ghosts away from Darnold’s blindside.

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  1. Las Vegas Raiders – CeeDee Lamb, WR, Oklahoma

Last offseason, the Raiders put all their eggs in one basket case at wide receiver and it kind of derailed Jon Gruden’s offensive masterplan before it got started. Tyrell Williams is fine, in fact, he’s good, but simply isn’t a WR1 in the NFL and should be used accordingly. Again, Hunter Renfrow is going to be a really nice slot receiver for them for a while, but it’s going to scare a defense like an Antonio Brown would. Las Vegas would also be mindful to guard against Darren Waller regressing, at least somewhat.

With the talent at wide receiver that is available, the now Vegas Raiders get a chance to right that wrong, by selecting the best wide receiver in the draft class.

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  1. Philadelphia Eagles – Henry Ruggs III, WR, Alabama

Trade – San Francisco receive picks 21 & 53

Philadelphia receive pick 13

Big trade alert! Howie Roseman is never afraid to make a move and this draft gets off to a flying start for Philadelphia.

DeSean Jackson is out, Alshon Jeffrey is oft-injured and unfortunately, JJ Arcega-Whiteside… well, didn’t have the impact that some people expected after ranking him as WR5 last year… So the Eagles need to make a move and bring in someone who will make an impact.

Ruggs is a flier but not only a flier who catches deep balls, he’s got fantastic hands and he thrives in the short game where we can create for himself.

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  1. Tampa Bay Buccaneers – Javon Kinlaw, IDL, South Carolina

This is one pick that I feel just makes a lot of sense. Beau Allen has gone even with the resigning of Ndamukong Suh, the defensive line needs retooling in Tampa and I think they’d like to keep adding to this unit, in a similar vein to San Francisco over the past few years.

Kinlaw brings a lot of juice to the defensive front and alongside Vita Vea and Shaq Barrett he could form a young trio who can all get after the QB.

I also feel the Bucs are now going to try to put as much talent around Tom Brady as possible – The modus operandi for both Brady and Head Coach, Bruce Arians will be to win a championship and then retire simultaneously.

This pick and generally boosting the defense fits that plan nicely.

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  1. Denver Broncos – Jerry Jeudy, WR, Alabama

The Broncos offense may just be on the precipice of being really quite good. Drew Lock showed some flashes, Gordon and Lindsay are solid in the backfield and Courtland Sutton took big strides last year.

It remains to be seen what Daesean Hamilton and Noah Fant will become but they have both shown some promise at the very least. Jerry Jeudy can come in and form another part of the offense and potentially take Denver to another level. Jeudy would be a matchup nightmare both inside and outside with his precision route running and slippery nature after the catch.

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  1. Atlanta Falcons – K’Lavon Chaisson, Edge, LSU

Atlanta are absolutely crying out for an edge defender. Vic Beasley has flamed out and will be looking for a fresh start in Tennessee, Adrian Clayborn is in Cleveland and has never been a top shelf edge defender. Plus, the drafting of Takk McKinley hasn’t really worked out either for the Dirty Birds.

This is a move that doubles down on the pick up of Dante Fowler and gives Atlanta a pair of edges that have a very high ceiling.

Chaisson adds a good amount of athleticism to the defensive front and isn’t just an edge rusher either, he’s possibly the best run defending edge in this class and has the versatility to play standing up and with his hand in the dirt.

There’s talk of Atlanta wanting to move up, and I wouldn’t doubt that Thomas Dimitroff would want to do so for a second, I’m just not sure if they can find a dance partner without overpaying.

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  1. Dallas Cowboys – Kristian Fulton, CB, LSU

The Cowboys just had too many people who needed paying this offseason and now Byron Jones is a Dolphin. This leaves a hole in the secondary and I feel they need to address that need sooner rather than later. The ‘Boys neglected to bring in a replacement via free agency so I have them drafting Kristian Fulton, who I actually believe is being short changed in this draft cycle, by a fair bit.

I believe if it wasn’t for the fact Jeffrey Okudah is better than a lot of the corners in the NFL, and the fact that this is a deep class generally, Fulton would be getting much more recognition than he is right now, the guy is an unbelievable prospect.

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  1. Minnesota Vikings – Jeff Gladney, CB, TCU

Trade – Miami receive picks 25 & 89

Minnesota receive pick 18

The Vikings love to draft corners under Mike Zimmer.

There is also a vacancy or two on the roster at the position since they cut Xavier Rhodes last week and also have Trae Waynes, Mack Alexander and Marcus Sherels heading towards the exit door.

This leaves Mike Hughes, their first round selection from 2018 as the CB1 on the roster at the time of writing and we’re not even sure that Hughes is an outside corner at the NFL level.

So why Gladney and why trade up in a deep class?

Well Zimmer loves physical corners who can be sticky in man coverage and don’t mind laying a hit on someone. Jeff Gladney fits the bill on this score and even in a deep class, you might as well go up and get the best guys when you can.

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  1. Las Vegas Raiders – Patrick Queen, LB, LSU

Jon Gruden continues to shop at the name brand schools. Queen strikes me as a Gruden linebacker – He’s active and very athletic, he could use some work on his tackling, which I do admit, could be an issue for a linebacker but the ceiling is very high.

Last year, Gruden brought in a leader on the back end of the defense in John Abraham and also a leader up front, in Clelin Ferrell. Free agency this year brought Nick Kwitakoski and Corey Littleton – Queen rounds out what would be an excellent linebacking group and generally a great looking defense to combat the red hot offenses in the AFC West.

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  1. Jacksonville Jaguars – Xavier McKinney, S, Alabama

Let me tell you… The Jags have issues. Sizable issues. It’s a fire sale and it’s going to be a long road back.

So how do you go about resolving this? Well, you bring in good football players and players who will contribute towards a positive culture in and around the team for years to come.

It would be ideal if these players played at premium positions but this isn’t a one year fix, it’s going to be a process.

Whilst this isn’t a great fit, given that Jacksonville already has a player of a similar ilk on the roster in Ronnie Harrison, the Jags do need safety help and I feel the fact Harrison is already on board will mean that McKinney is moved around the defense a little bit, perhaps as in big nickel packages and allowed to get after tight ends and running backs.

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  1. San Francisco 49ers – Laviska Shenault. WR, Colorado

Trading down from 13 to 21 gives San Fran a second round pick and whilst losing the chance to draft Henry Ruggs is never a positive, the 49ers don’t lose out on drafting a dynamic offensive weapon.

A dream scenario and Shenault’s diverse skill set is paired with one of the best offensive minds in the game in Kyle Shanahan.

If this goes down, I will be watching a lot of 49ers games next season to see what the results of this marriage are. This is purely a team fit, there aren’t many other teams that will look at Shenault this early.

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22. Minnesota Vikings – Justin Jefferson, WR, LSU

Wide receivers are flying off the board in the 20’s!

Does Minnesota get the best one of them at 22? I think that is a distinct possibility.

Justin Jefferson showed that he’s a complete wide receiver last season at LSU – operating well out wide and out of the slot, being productive in terms of yards and also putting the ball in the paint, like most of the LSU offense, he had a career breakout year at the best possible time.

The Vikings need to come away with a corner and a wide receiver from the first round and picking Jeff Gladney and Justin Jefferson makes this a home run first round of them.

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  1. New England Patriots – Justin Herbert, QB, Oregon

I actually don’t believe I’m mocking this myself, to be quite honest.

However…

If Justin Herbert falls past the Dolphins and the Chargers, where does the slide end?

It’s a genuine question, and it’s not an indictment of Herbert as a prospect or as a QB because I think Justin Herbert is very good but where does he go in this situation?

The Raiders are the only team I can think of that are a slight possibility and I just can’t see Jon Gruden loving Herbert, plus they brought in Marcus Mariota and they have an entrenched starter in Derek Carr.

The only other possibility I could think of is New England trading up to get him but then, as this shows, would the Patriots need to do so?

Talk about landing on your feet. 

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  1. New Orleans Saints – Denzel Mims, WR, Baylor

The Saints offense needs someone who can do something Michael Thomas generally doesn’t do – catch the football down the field.

Denzel Mims is a linear receiver who will not only replace Ted Ginn as the deep threat, but simultaneously open up the underneath spaces for Thomas and Alvin Kamara.

Mims is also the best blocking receiver in this class and is extremely tenacious and I can see Sean Payton loving his attitude and demeanor in this regard.

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  1. Miami Dolphins, Josh Jones, OT, Houston

I feel like it’s been fairly well documented that the Dolphins want to come out of the first round with a QB and an offensive tackle.

I also feel that it’s become consensus now that Josh Jones is the best tackle from tier 2 of this draft class.

Mission accomplished, Miami.

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  1. Miami Dolphins – Zack Baun, Edge/LB, Wisconsin

The fact that Zack Baun hasn’t been invited to the virtual draft makes me a little nervous of this pick and in all honesty, I’m not certain that Miami makes three first round selections – I strongly suspect that they’ll use their abundance of draft capital to move around the board freely and unload capital in trades in order to secure the players that they really want.

However, in this event, they haven’t needed to get rid of their pick and do still have a need at edge. Baun isn’t a prototypical edge defender and can drop in and play linebacker but that is exactly the kind of player that Brian Flores worked with in New England and for that reason I feel like Baun fits the mould really nicely here.

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  1. Los Angeles Chargers – Jordan Love, QB, Utah State

Trade – Seattle receive picks 37 & 71

Los Angeles receive pick 27

Seattle won’t make this pick, they barely ever make their first pick before trading back so the Chargers spot an opening and make a leap up the board in order to secure their potential quarterback of the future.

Jordan Love has the physical traits that everyone is looking for now in terms of arm talent and mobility, he also works well outside of structure which also lends itself well to the modern NFL.

Love isn’t coming off the greatest season and was actually much more impressive in 2018 when he had more offensive talent around him, so his uneven college career gives me pause when I try to fit him into the conversation as a top QB prospect.

Time would be on his side with Tyrod Taylor in situ and with Love attracting comparisons, in some circles, to Patrick Mahomes, it could be a gamble worth taking.

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  1. Baltimore Ravens – Kenneth Murray, LB,Oklahoma

This is a hand-in-glove fit between player and ballclub here.

Kenneth Murray is a downhill, aggressive, tackling machine who is excellent as a blitzer off the edge or on delayed blitzes.

Murray has the mindset and the on field playing style that fits what the Ravens go for in the defender – No defense blitz more than the Ravens too so Murray should be in a nice situation here.

I see him as the replacement for Patrick Owuasor and filling a jack of all trades role as an outside linebacker and he will affect the game in multiple ways each week.

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  1. Tennessee Titans – Austin Jackson, OT, USC

Each time I do a mock draft and I come to the Titans, I look around their roster and look for an area of improvement and I often come to the same conclusion – That this roster is really good and quite underrated throughout the NFL community.

The Titans don’t have many (if any) league renowned stars, you could make a case for Kevin Byard, potentially Derrick Henry and maybe Taylor Lewan but it feels like this whole roster is under appreciated.

Jon Robinson really deserves some high praise for how he’s put this team together!

One casualty of this off season is right tackle Jack Conklin, who left during free agency, so I feel this is the most obvious place to start for Tennessee. 

Jackson is a little rough around the edges but he should make the starting job his over the offseason and be a nice addition to the Titans line.

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  1. Green Bay Packers – Justin Madubuike, IDL, Texas A&M 

I know the consensus here is that Green Bay will go for a wide receiver here but with 6 already gone, is there value there at 30 for a receiver like Jalen Reagor or Brandon Aiyuk?

I’m not certain.

This class of wide receivers is deep and there will be value and good players to be had later down the line – Remember, the draft is 7 rounds long.

One area where there isn’t a whole lot of depth is on the defensive line – The likes of Justin Madubuike, Ross Blacklock, Neville Gallimore and to a degree Jordan Elliott – The tier 2 interior defensive linemen are all nice prospects but after those guys the drop off is fairly sharp.

Outside of Kenny Clark, the Packers could use some talent up front. Justin Mabubuike will give them some juice and mixes that with nimble footwork and hand placement as a rusher.

These late round picks always get a bit wild and this is certainly one of those – It’s a gamble but could pay off in a big way.

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  1. San Francisco 49ers – Cesar Ruiz, IOL, Michigan

The 49ers really aren’t too far away and after the trade back with Philadelphia, they now hold pick 53 which is where I feel they can get good value for a cornerback and fill another big need.

For now, John Lynch continues to give Kyle Shanahan what he needs on offense. Ruiz is a stout center who holds up really nicely in pass protection and is a powerful adversary for any defensive lineman in the run game.

Ruiz has the mobility to hold up nicely in Shanahan’s complex running scheme too, whether that be from the center position or from right guard, both of which he has played at Michigan.

I think Ruiz will end up at the pivot in time but due to Weston Richburg, may begin his career at right guard – Either way he makes this line better now and in 5 years time.

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  1. Kansas City Chiefs – A.J Terrell, CB, Clemson

With the final pick of the first round the Kansas City Chiefs improve an area of their team which is one of the only areas of their roster that requires some serious investment, the cornerback position.

Terrell has slipped in the hearts and minds of a lot of fans because of the College Football National Championship game which Clemson lost to LSU in crushing fashion, with LSU running out 42-25 winners.

However. Terrell put together a great season overall and showed his prowess as a great corner prospect with his play.

Terrell is an unbelievable athlete, who possesses excellent coverage ability and has all the physical attributes and movement skills to be a CB1 for any team in the league. 

2020 NFL Draft Dark Horses Part 1 by Kieran Patterson

Every year, draft websites and draft coverage is always focused on the Joe Burrows and the Chase Youngs of the world but often there’s some amazing talent hiding in days 2 and 3 of the draft. So today we’re going to break down some of the top Dark Horses in this year’s draft – These guys are players that I think should be rated higher than they are or players who are going to really prove that they really are a first round talent. 

Clyde Edwards-Helaire, RB, LSU

If we’re talking underrated players going into the 2020 draft Clyde Edwards-Helaire is a talent that needs a lot more attention, because I think personally he’s a first round talent and should be picked on day one. The Baton Rouge native was nothing short of electric this year picking up 1,414 rushing yards and 16 rushing touchdowns, accompanied by 453 receiving yards and a singular touchdown.

You didn’t come here to read stats though, you came here to hear exactly why these players deserve to have more eyes on them.

The most impressive thing about Edwards-Helaire is his lateral movement and vision, which is why you’ll see his best moments at LSU when they run gap schemes. Edwards-Helaire doesn’t possess the necessary downhill speed to tear off big 50-60 yard touchdown runs, he has the hips and lateral speed to exploit gaps and give you 10-20 yards on a play.

There is no other player in this draft that can spot a gap, pop his hips and make a play like Edwards-Helaire.

Anthony Gordon, QB, Washington State 

Gordon battled Gardner Minshew for the Washington State starting job in 2018 and only just fell short to the eventual NCAA passing leader.

Despite a 3 year wait before he won the starting job Gordon proved he was worth the wait, with 5,579 passing yards, 48 passing touchdowns with only 16 interceptions and was named second team all Pac-12. Gordon possesses a ton of traits that set him up well for when he makes it to the pros and not just in a gunslinging air raid system like the one Mike Leach ran with Gordon at the helm.

Although sometimes rattled by interior pressure, Gordon is willing to take a hit to deliver a pass and makes some great anticipatory throws in the middle of the field. His delivery is compact, efficient and he can really lead receivers in stride underneath when it is called for.

While Gordon is on some teams boards as early as the 3rd round I personally think Gordon is a day one talent.

Colby Parkinson, TE, Stanford

In his last season at Stanford, Parkinson put up very average numbers with 29 catches, 485 yards and 7 touchdowns, however Parkinson didn’t drop a pass and came down with the most contested catches amongst draft eligible tight ends.

So besides being a huge target with safe hands what does Parkinson do to set himself apart from the other tight ends in this class? Physically, his height and length create some huge matchup issues in the red area and he is able to extend the high point to play over safeties – Parkinson has incredible body control to help him make adjustments downfield. My only real issue with his size as I think he needs to bulk up a little bit to really be a top level tight end in the NFL.

Parkinson certainly has day one talent and a bunch of upside with very little downside, if you want a big pass catching tight end this is the player for you!

Logan Wilson, LB, Wyoming

Despite being a two time All-State player coming out of high school Logan Wilson only had two scholarship offers, Weber State and Wyoming. I’m sure plenty of colleges were kicking themselves after seeing this kid play. 

Cementing himself as one of the best linebackers in college football and by far the best linebacker in the Mountain Western Conference (MWC), Logan Wilson has been nothing short of amazing.

Yet still some mocks have him going as late as the 4th round and I have no idea how!

In his 2019 campaign Wilson tallied 62 solo tackles (105 total), 1 sack, 1 forced fumble and 4 interceptions. While the MWC not exactly being stacked with top tier teams is still very very impressive. 

Colleagues at the Full 10 Yards joke that I use the word “Instinct” too much but if I’m being honest, Wilson has it. His build and ability would allow him to play MIKE or SAM linebacker and he has a high motor runs hot and means that Wilson is getting after it on every single down he’s on the field. Lastly, Wilson has elite fundamentals and impressive recognition that help him diagnose and shut down plays easily.

However, Wilson’s high motor can cause some jitters meaning he will need to balance his activity level with patience – That’s another small downside that can be worked out early in NFL training camps. This can also lead to Wilson being baited out of position with some false keys by more complex offences but once again…training will fix that.

Hopefully Wilson lands with a team that recognizes his talent and gives him the chance to shine, maybe the Patriots…please Bill!

If there’s any players I’ve missed feel free to message me on social media with anyone I could possibly add to a part 2!

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NFL Draft: Wide Receiver Sleepers

By Andy Moore (@AJMoore21)

There’s unprecedented depth to this year’s wide receiver class, with headliners Jerry Jeudy, CeeDee Lamb and Henry Ruggs all tipped to go in and around the top twenty picks in the draft.

A whole host of receivers sit just behind the leading trio in terms of rankings, Justin Jefferson and Denzel Mims are regularly being drafted in the latter part of the first round, with Leviska Shenault, Brandon Aiyuk and Tee Higgins not too far behind.

But, with such a stacked class, who are the guys that aren’t being talked about? There’s a fair amount of them, and we’ve picked three who can make a splash on the team they’re drafted to.


Bryan Edwards – South Carolina


Edwards has emerged in recent weeks as a someone to upset the current rankings and potentially punch his was into the late second round, but for now we’ll include him due to his third/fourth round initial grading.

At 6ft 2”, 215 pounds, the South Carolina prospect set school records for career receptions and career receiving yards (234 receptions for 3,045 yards). He also earned Second Team All-SEC honours in 2019, behind Jeudy and another top-prospect, Ja’Marr Chase.

Edwards is all about his hands, he’s a reliable pass catcher who excels when making contested catches (see his grab when fighting projected first rounder CJ Henderson against Florida last season). He’s also got the ability to make the show stopping catches you expect to see from elite NFL receivers, anyone who’s scouted him will have seen the one-handed grab against Tennessee.

With good acceleration, Edwards is also a threat after the catch, often evading tackles and picking up first downs with smooth moves after coming back to get the ball on curl routes. Add to that an all-round aggressive nature and there’s a big chance that the Gamecocks product makes a mark in the NFL.


Collin Johnson – Texas


Texas’ Collin Johnson came into the 2019 season expecting to be near the top of the wide receiver rankings in this year’s draft. Coming off the back of a record breaking 177 yard Big 12 Championship Game, the optimism around him was understandable.

A nagging hamstring injury ended up putting a dampener on the hype and Johnson finished the season with 559 yards and 3 TDs from seven games, still averaging an impressive 14.7 yards a catch.

The injury hit 2019 campaign might turn into a blessing for an NFL team come the third round of the draft. Johnson comes from NFL stock, being raised by a father who earned a spot in the CFB Hall of Fame and played 10 seasons in the NFL as a defensive back, and it’s fair to say that talent has passed down to junior.

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With a 6ft 5” frame, long arms and reliable hands, Johnson is a huge target on the perimeter. He shows good balance and body control whilst route running and is adept at creating separation with sudden breaks. He also adds a lot of help in the run game as a willing downfield blocker.

There are a few examples on tape of Johnson not taking advantage of his size, failing to high point the ball over smaller corners is a particular concern. However, it feels like this is simply a matter of technique and a fairly simple fix.

Johnson has the frame, talent and bloodline to succeed in the NFL, his ceiling is high and it feels like a natural comparison is Lions’ receiver, Kenny Golladay.


Gabriel Davis – UCF


Where the previous two receivers are slightly below the radar, Gabriel Davis is lying deep under the surface. The Central Florida receiver was a three-year starter for the Golden Knights, in a time that they firmly established themselves on the national stage.

Davis ranked 8th in the league last season in yards per game, averaging 103.4, a remarkable turnaround for a three-star prospect who didn’t receive a single Power 5 offer.

UCF’s spread offense has done a great job of showcasing his main skill as a wideout, tracking the ball over his shoulder on vertical routes to pick up large chunks of yardage in one go. The threat he poses as a vertical receiver is further complemented by his contested catch ability, often reaching back around the defensive back to pull in a catch at the last second (see TD catch vs South Florida in 2019).

Davis is also a big physical receiver when he needs to be, using his 6ft 2” frame to good effect in the run game and to shrug off smaller defensive backs. There’s clearly questions on some aspects of his game, such as his stop-start quickness and lack of experience running a full route tree.

However, given a chance in a pass happy offense there’s every chance that Davis could prove himself a valuable asset, looking to further develop a story that has already seen him overcome the odds once before.

Player Profile: Logan Wilson, Linebacker, Wyoming

Whilst we’re all currently bound to the constraints of our homes at the moment due to the outbreak of Covid-19, so what better way to wait for the apocalypse than watch tape of college players that’ll never play in the NFL?

That is not because these players aren’t good enough but because the world is going to succumb to our new viral overlords and mankind will cease to be, therefore no more NFL.

Today I’m going to bring you my thoughts on Wyoming linebacker, Logan Wilson.

This is a player whom I was recommended to watch by Logan Wilson fan, Simon Carroll (@NFLDraftSi on Twitter).

Before I get going I have to make a small disclaimer – I’m not a huge fan of this linebacker class this year, so with that, I wasn’t expecting a great deal from Wilson when I pressed play on the tap this morning. I did, however, put my prejudices aside and tried to watch and note-take with a clear mind, and be as candid as possible.

Unfortunately there isn’t a great deal of tape available for Wilson – I was only able to find two games; New Mexico State from 2018 and San Diego State from this past season. Usually I like to watch at least 4 games of a player before making a solid judgement, so I can’t really be completely happy, or indeed complete in my judgement due to the small sample size.

However…

I was pleasantly surprised.

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I’m not head-over-heels with Wilson by any stretch of the imagination, but in a linebacker class that I’m not a massive fan of, he probably stands out more than most and I actually would love to see more film on him to expand on what I’ve seen – Please hit me up @Wakefield90 on Twitter if you know of any other cuts of Wilson.

I’m going to break this report down into three segments, in a different way than I usually do due to the lack of tape; each of the two games and then off the field – this will be interviews I watched, his athletic testing numbers, stats and background information.

Let’s start at the end of that list with the off field stuff.

So what do I like about him when it comes to the number and off the field?

I really like the way Wilson talks in interviews, I feel like he considers his answers, he takes pause before answering the question at times and gets to the heart of what he’s saying and speaks in a measured and concise manner. I’ve seen interviews with him when he’s been asked about why he didn’t skip the bowl game this past year, why he chose Wyoming and what it was like to play for his home state university and each interview has impressed me with his maturity and his honesty. I feel like Wilson speaks with a good amount of gratitude and he realises what football has given him, but also what he has put into football and seems to know what he can get from it in return. From this, it’s easy to see why Wilson was a 3 year captain for the Cowboys.

Wilson came to Wyoming as a safety, having grown up in Casper Wyoming, around 150 miles north of the Cowboys’ campus in Laramie. He has spoken about the transformation his body has gone through in order to transition from safety to linebacker – Offering praise to the university, its facilities and the coaching staff at Wyoming. It just feels like he’s gone about things in the right way and has taken good advice from good people, and is now reaping the benefits. For reference Wilson said he arrived on campus as a 195lb safety, 5 years later he’s a 241lb linebacker.

When you are looking at late day 2, early day 3 players, this is the kind of attitude and the kind of guy you want on your football team – honest, hard-working and selfless. These are your grinders, your culture guys and the guys that back the back end of your roster better than other teams, and really elevate the overall level of your team.

Let’s talk numbers.

Stats and production get two big check marks here. Whilst I’m not an advocate of tackles as a high value stat without context, Wilson has been the model of consistency in his four years as a starting linebacker – the lowest number of total tackles that he registered in a season was 94, in his Freshman year. He racked up 111 in his Sophomore year, 99 as a Junior and finished off with 105 last season.

The tackles for loss numbers were consistent too, 7.5, 8, 10.5 and 8 in each year chronologically.

Wilson also affected the game in a number of ways, something I always like to see from defenders; he registered 10 interceptions throughout his college career and has a further 14 pass deflections – You can see that safety background in these numbers a mile away.

5 forced fumbles and 7 sacks in four years aren’t gaudy numbers but they add a little something on top of what is four years of very solid production. A multi-faceted, multi-dimensional prospect on the defensive side of the ball. Nice.

Let’s talk about athletic testing.

Wilson measured 6’2 and 241lbs in Indy, with 32 ⅜” arms and 9 ½” hands. All of which range from slightly above average to slightly below average for an NFL linebacker and that’s going to be the theme of this segment, average.

A quite nippy, 40 yards time of 4.63 second (74th percentile), was kind of cancelled out by a poor vertical jump of 32” (28th percentile) and aside from a nice performance in the broad 121” (76th percentile), every other event was just ok throughout the combine.

Which is all, well… fine. The lack of high end explosivity shows up on tape and is there for all to see, I’m not saying Wilson is a bad athlete – He’s not – He’s just not great either.

I don’t see this getting much better either unfortunately, the reason being, the one number I’m not least keen on of all, 24 – The age Wilson will turn in July. So we’re looking at one of the older rookies in the league, plus I also feel his frame is pretty maxed out considering he’s already packed on just over 45lbs since coming out of high school.

In summary, I like what I have heard and the production but not blown away by the athletic ability or age, but as I said, this is all fine for a mid round linebacker.

Anway, let’s talk football…

Game 1: New Mexico State, 2018

Wilson played mainly as a SAM or Mike linebacker in this game, which is where I feel he is most suited to playing at the next level. Wyoming trusted Wilson a lot in coverage throughout this game, which against New Mexico’s offense which on all but one play, lined up with either 4 or 5 wide receivers. Wilson’s flexibility and ability to guard running backs or tight ends when they flexed out wide was valuable – New Mexico ran a fair few times out of these spread formations, so Wyoming was able to keep another thumper out there instead of having 6 defensive backs and potentially getting eaten up in the run game.

This versatility is a great trait to have when you’re a back-up at the next level. As a mid round selection, you’re not a certainty to make the final 53 but being able perform a wider spectrum of duties definitely raises your odds of making it – for this reason, I definitely think that Wilson makes a final 53 man roster come the start of the season.

Throughout the game, I noted Wilson’s solid coverage ability in short zones and also his ability to keep his eyes on the backfield and where the ball was – His read and react skills were apparent in the game, as he was able to break off the man he was covering and head towards the action quickly once the ball was caught in another area of the field.

Unfortunately, it wasn’t all great news against New Mexico. It was quite apparent that at this time, Wilson struggled to get off blocks and on a couple of occasions, he was completely eaten up by a block and gains were made in his vicinity.

Overall, a solid if not spectacular outing.

Game 2: San Diego State, 2019

In this game, I saw many of the same positives that I saw in the previous game – Wyoming trusted him in coverage, he barely ever came off the field and he was proficient when defending both the pass and the run.

There was even an occasion early when Wyoming was trying to sell an exotic blitz package which Wilson appeared to be a part of, but were actually sending just one lineback as a 5th rusher, along with a safety as a 6th – Wilson bailed deep and was actually asked to play deep middle of the field, with the other four defensive backs playing man coverage underneath him. I feel that this shows that Wilson is able to grasp complexities in the defensive scheme and also gained a lot of trust in his coverage ability from coaches. 

A more traditional positive aspect of his play was that I feel that I saw a good amount of evidence that Wilson is able to set the edge and contain against the run, without ball watching and ruining the integrity of the defense. Wilson is also able to stop the run and has really good form as a tackler on top of this.

When dropping into short zones, I noted Wilson’s eyes are in the backfield and when they aren’t, his head is on a swivel as he’s looking for receivers coming his way – This shows up in his excellent reading of the game, I no longer felt like he overpersued plays, something I did see once or twice in the first game I watched.

Physically, I feel like Wilson had developed from the first game too and no longer found it so difficult to get off blocks in the run game, he’s still not too great at playing through the trees but he doesn’t have the elite physical tools to do so, however he definitely seems to have the strength to break free from blocks nowadays.

One thing I would love to see from Wilson is the development of some kind of pass rush move or plan – This is part of his game I simply don’t see anything in, aside from a basic bull rush. Wyoming rushed him a couple of times in his outing but I just had a sense that he was there to make up the numbers.

It would really add another string to his bow if he was able to show some hand-fighting proficiency and perhaps put some pressure on the passer from time-to-time and become more of an all around player.

To Sum Up

To sum up, I see Logan Wilson as a nice mid-round linebacker prospect who will be a hard worker and certainly add to a team’s locker room, but also be able to make some contribution on the field too.

I feel like this type of linebacker is definitely in vogue at the moment when it comes to him being comfortable in coverage but also good at traditional linebacking duties such as coming downhill to stop a ball carrier or maintaining edge and gap discipline in the run game.

Due to his relatively average athleticism I’m not too sure how high the ceiling is for Wilson but due to the football IQ, versatility and experience, the floor is fairly high.

If Wilson can contribute in limited snaps on defense and also as a special teamer, I feel he could earn the trust and respect of coaches and his peers quite quickly leading to an increased role and a solid NFL career long term.

There we have it then, some words on a potential pick that rounds out a team’s overall draft and makes a GM look pretty smart – If you would like to see more words on mid to late round picks who you like or feel could make a difference – get in touch on Twitter and I’ll put something together.

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Player Profile: Jacob Eason, QB, Washington by Lee Wakefield

Is there a prospect that had more intrigue surrounding him prior to the season than Washington QB, Jacob Eason?

The Huskies QB had just sat a year out in 2018 due to the NCAA transfer rules after he left Georgia. Eason, a former 5-star recruit who headed back to his home state to kick start his college career and I, for one, was excited to see what the future would hold for a player who was full of potential.

However, the issue at hand was that in the summer of this year, when we were going through our summer scouting routine, the only game tape we had of Jacob Eason was from 2016, when he was playing for Georgia. Operating in an offense that was different to the Jake Fromm Georgia offense that we see today.

We just had to wait and see…

Fast forward to today and Eason is 10 games into his Huskies career and I feel like now, we can at least begin to assess what kind of quarterback we have on our hands and whether it would be wise for Eason to declare for the NFL draft after this season, his Junior season, with another season of eligibility remaining.

Player Profile

Eason is 6’6 and weighs in at 227lbs, per school measurements. These are nice measurables that NFL scouts and front office staff will love, yet I would like to see Eason pack on a little bit of muscle before entering the pros – I feel like he looks sort of lanky and an extra 10 or 12 pounds would help him be more durable at the next level.

Coming out of Lake Stevens High School in Washington, Eason ranked the No. 4 overall prospect in the nation by 247 sports; rated No. 7 overall, as well as the No. 1 quarterback, by Rivals; listed by ESPN as the No. 13 overall prospect nationally.

So he was pretty good. No shock he was highly recruited and went to Georgia then.

Whilst in a Bulldogs uniform, Eason threw 204/370 (55.1%) for 2430 yards, 16 TD’s and 8 INT’s in his Freshman year.

The next season, in 2017, is when Jake Fromm arrived on the scene and assumed the role of starting QB in Athens. Eason only ended up appearing in 3 games and throwing 7 passes.

So far this season, Eason has completed 63.7% of his passes for 2472 yards, 20 touchdowns and 7 interceptions.

So What’s to Like?

So let’s start to dissect Eason then… Well he’s tall, he’s got a strong arm and he’s white, so he’s nailed on to be a first rounder. End of article. Thanks.


I’m joking, of course…Although John Elway is still an NFL General Manager.

Ok so, whilst (spoiler alert) he’s far from a perfect prospect, Eason is a good QB prospect who has good arm strength, which he can use to push the ball to the sidelines without the ball hanging in the air. He can also push the ball downfield when he needs to – This isn’t something we’ve seen a great deal of but there is evidence that he can do this. Here’s one fantastic throw – Strong armed, accurate and pushing the ball to the sideline from the opposite hash mark. Lovely. 


From the game film I’ve seen, Eason works really well off of play action and both offenses he’s worked in have used this trait to good effect to set up deep shots down the field. This example is again from the game against Arizona earlier this season – Eason has standard 5 man protection out of I-formation and finds his man deep.

When it comes to passing the football, I feel like Eason is best over short to intermediate distances and when he can get the ball out of his hand on time and in rhythm – Eason has a short, sharp release which aides him, especially when looking to hit receivers on horizontal routes. I feel like early in his career, he would often put the ball behind receivers running across the field and his ball placement generally was spotty at best. He’s still not got the greatest ball placement, don’t get me wrong. He still has the tendency to miss receivers high to this day, but it’s certainly an area of his game that he has taken strides in whilst on Washington’s scout team in 2018 and this year as the Huskies starter. Here’s a few examples below:

First off, the good stuff  – Eason hits Hunter Bryant in stride and leads his tight end for a 15 yard gain against Oregon.


Unfortunately, here’s an example of Eason missing an open receiver with a high pass from his Georgia days.


And another from more recently, against Oregon on a clutch 4th down play.


When it comes to being pressured, Eason isn’t afraid to hang in the pocket and find a pass knowing that he’s about to get leveled by an oncoming defender. Although that said, Eason has this crazy tendency to roll to his left when he feels pressure – I felt that this was a big enough issue that I will explore this later in the article. Before that, here’s a great example of Eason delivering a great pass in the face of a blitz and getting a whack for his troubles.


However, it must be stated that this isn’t wholly positive – Eason’s completion percentage drops below 40% when he’s under pressure. That’s pretty alarming and it’s lower than every 1st or 2nd round pick from the past three drafts aside from Giant’s QB, Daniel Jones. 

Just before we close out on the good stuff, I will mention that Eason displays sneaky athletic ability for a man his size when he does choose to tuck the ball under his arm and run. He needs to do a better job of protecting himself and the football when a runner but he is brave and has shown the ability to make tough yardage and a first down. Eason is also the master of the QB sneak – from what I’ve seen, the guy is pretty much Tom Brady-automatic from a yard or less.

And The Bad Stuff?

One thing I absolutely need to see from college quarterbacks is accuracy. If you’re not accurate in college, you don’t magically become more accurate when throwing against defenders who are better in coverage and better athletes at the next level – it simply doesn’t work like that.

Eason has improved his accuracy from 55.1% at Georgia in his Freshman season, to a mark of 63.7% (202/317), which is where he stands at the time of writing at Washington, as mentioned previously.

For comparison, Joe Burrow of LSU currently leads FBS quarterbacks with 78.9% (236/299), that mark is frankly outrageous but even an extremely high volume passer (and less talented QB) such as Washington State’s Anthony Gordon is throwing 71% (323/455) and Eason’s percentage is exactly the same as Hawai’i QB, Cole McDonald – someone who came into the season with questions over his own accuracy.

Food for thought.

The issue for Eason seems to be careless ball placement which crops up at times as discussed earlier. The other issue that I feel Eason is only just weeding out is that until recently, he seemed completely incapable of throwing the ball with any touch.


Woah there Jacob, we know you’ve got a strong arm… your receivers are probably better without broken fingers.

And that leads us into our next problem… Eason knows he’s got a pretty strong arm and at times he trusts it way too much.

This throw was super, ill-advised… trying to hit your guy who was in triple coverage against one of the best defensive backfields in college football.

Silly. Justin Blackmon east those up. 

This was the first of two picks that Eason threw in the game against Utah… the other one, Jaylon Johnson returned for a touchdown.


Speaking of throwing into coverage… Well, this is something that Eason seems to have a pretty annoying habit of doing. Is this a case of not having the mental processing skills associated with high level quarterback play? Yes. Could this improve in future? Maybe.

For every throw like this one against Oregon where he lays it in nicely in between zones…


There’s one like the Blackmon interception or one like this, from his Georgia days against TCU


I mean… Come on, it was a good thing he throws this one long.

Let’s get inside the pocket now and see what Eason is like as a pocket operator.

You’ll notice in the clips I’ve used that one thing that you don’t see much of with Jacob Eason is nifty footwork. In fact, you don’t see much footwork inside the pocket at all; no climbing; no sliding to give himself extra time; I just don’t see much movement.

In the modern NFL, you need your QB to be mobile. I’m not talking Lamar Jackson style athletic ability, that’s ancillary and a huge bonus, I’m talking that bare minimum is Brady/Rivers/Brees type little movements to just avoid that defender’s outstretched arm or just moving up in the pocket to allow your tackle to push the edge rusher downfield.

Eason is a statue, a lot of the time – I feel that this is something that comes with games and experience, knowing when to move, knowing the tendencies of you offensive linemen and of the pass rushers who are hunting you.

Obviously this could develop in time, but it’s just a matter of games,yet there’s no guarantee that it’ll click for him and Eason could just be the next (post Superbowl) Joe Flacco instead of the next big thing.

Now let’s dive into Eason biggest pocket habit…

To the Left, To the Left

Jacob always rolls outta the pocket, to the left…

It is startling to see. For a right handed QB to want to escape to the left this badly just doesn’t make sense. In the video below, you’ll see how often this happens, he even throws in a double spin to the left for good measure at one point.

Don’t get me wrong, he does escape pressure to the left at times but as a righty, it doesn’t make sense.

As a right handed QB, if you’re running to the left, it takes longer to turn your body to reset your feet to throw off of your usual base OR you end up throwing across your body – both of which result in your throw being less accurate and both of which are obviously compounded by having to throw under duress whilst on the move. These will be contributing towards the sharp drop in completion percentage when under pressure, which I went over earlier.

It’s something that Washington Head Coach, Chris Peterson addressed after the Utah game, saying, “We’re trying to emphasise him staying in the pocket. It’s your game to step up [in the pocket], not out”.

Here’s a short video on the issue:


Summary

I feel that Eason has a very high ceiling, both from what I’ve seen on tape and the improvements he’s made from 2016 to now and also the physical traits and measurables that he possesses.

However, the mental side of his game, his footwork and his accuracy aren’t what I would want from an NFL quarterback, especially one that I may be drafting in the first round, and these areas need work.

He simply wouldn’t get away with the shoddy ball placement and throwing into coverage nearly as much in the NFL as he does in the Pac-12.

NFL defensive co-ordinators would gameplan for his tendency to move to his left and just to apply pressure on him generally to see if they could exploit his lack of footwork and he would obviously have to avoid bigger and strong defensive players coming for him whilst trying to process the game quicker.

In short, I feel like Eason simply needs more experience. He’s got the talent but with another year of eligibility left, I feel he would be wise to use it and work on the aspects of his game that need some polish.

Jacob Eason turns 22 years old this Sunday, (17/11/19), next season may be the season when he takes the leap. It seems to be the way of things that QB’s hit a golden zone around the age of 22/23. Patrick Mahomes won NFL MVP at 23, Joe Burrow has taken a giant leap this season when he has turned 23 years old, Lamar Jackson (who is 4 weeks younger that Burrow(!!)) is tearing up the NFL at 22 and will be 23 in January.

Could Eason be the next QB to go through this growth spurt at this time? I think it’d be worth trying to find out… It’s an awful lot easier to develop in college than it is in the NFL.

Stay in school Jacob, it may just be on the verge of clicking.

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How the Mustangs Offense are Running Wild in College Football by Maxwell Petitjean

Setting the scene:

Saturday 2nd November 2019, the Memphis Tigers handed the Southern Methodist University Mustangs their first loss of the season. Both teams ended the game with an overall record of 8-1. Despite the loss, SMU are home to one of the finest and most surprising offenses in college football.

Over the past 5 years, SMU have averaged a disappointing 4 wins a year, averaging less than 27 points per game on offense. The 2018 season was Sonny Dykes first year as head coach, and despite going only 5-7, the programme was clearly much improved.

The main reason for the success this year is due to the high-flying offense averaging 43 points per game. There are two main features to this offense that have been so successful:

  1. The Rushing Attack

Schematically, the run game is not anything special. They primarily run the ball out 10 personnel and where possible, SMU use their slot receivers to crack block interior linebackers. This opens space on the edge of the field for Jones to run into. An example of one of their key runs can be seen here:

Lead running back Xavier Jones has 905 rushing yards and 17 touchdowns. More impressively, he is currently averaging 5 yards per touch. He is an incredibly special athlete who threatens to score every time he touches the ball.

The running philosophy is simple: Give Xavier Jones the ball, as quickly as possible, with as much space as possible.

Here are some highlights of Jones’ best carries so far in 2019, including this play above:

  1. The Deep Passing Game

Shane Buechele was the starting Quarterback at Texas in 2016 before losing his starting job to Sam Ehlinger mid-way through the 2017 season. Although his time at Texas was unspectacular, he has finally hit his footballing stride by transferring across the state to SMU. So far this season, through 9 games, he has scored 25 touchdowns for only 7 interceptions with over 300 passing yards per game.

One of the biggest reasons for this success is due to the extremely well-structured deep passing attack of SMU.

SMU have two primary types of deep passing; One-step Fades & Play-action Posts. We will explore these below

  1. One-step Fades:

These passes are the perfect compliment to the threat of Xavier Jones. As mentioned, they primarily run the ball from 10 personnel, a formation with 4 wide receivers, designed to spread out the defense and create more space for Xavier Jones to run the ball.

In their attempts to stop Jones, many coordinators try to stop SMU with man coverage. They put their cornerbacks on an island against the SMU wide receivers. This gives Buechele an opportunity to attack, he trusts his receivers and is incredibly accurate on deep outside throws.

Below is an example of a one-step passing concept. When opponents regularly use man coverage, SMU call a play like this. The QB takes the snap, takes a drop step, and throws a fade to one of the outside receivers.


  1. Play-action Posts

The other type of deep pass that you see from SMU, is the Play-action Post. Typically, they run this from either 11 or 12 personnel, and it usually involves a 7-man pass protection and 3 offensive players running a route. Although they often have three routes, the play is designed to throw to the deep Post route.

An example of this concept can be seen below:


This is excellent play design for so many reasons; Firstly, because there are 7 blockers, Buechele always has lots of time to throw, making post-snap defensive coverage reads much simpler and reducing errors resulting from a fast pass rush.

Secondly, because they always call this play out of either 11 or 12 personnel, it forces defenses to align with more players in a position to stop the run. This makes the pre-snap reads more clearly defined, as the defense is unable to hide what type of coverage they are in.

Thirdly, it’s a very straightforward throw. Although the throw is about 50 yards, the catch is almost always made by a wide-open receiver, being trailed by a single defensive back. Therefore, he doesn’t have to thread the pass between layers of defenders, he just throws it to the deep middle of the field.

Finally, it is a simple read for the Quarterback. Buechele essentially only has one option, throw to the deep Post. He’s a talented QB, but he is at his best when he doesn’t have to think about where he is throwing the ball.

See some highlights of these deep passes below, including the example pictured above:

Special Mention: The Pass Rush

There is one reason for SMU’s success that is also worth noting; this is the much-improved pass rush. Although the defense isn’t great, they are getting lots of opportunities to rush the passer, because opponents are trying to keep up with the high-scoring offense. They currently have 40 sacks through 9 games, the joint most in college football.

A great example of the success is Patrick Nelson, the former safety who has converted to linebacker. He has 10 sacks this season, one of the most in college football. This is particularly impressive for a defender so capable in coverage.

Summary:

Players like Xavier Jones & Shane Buechele are excellent college football players who have learned to expertly execute this offensive scheme. But more importantly, the scheme is perfectly built around the skillsets of Jones, Buechele & their extremely fast receiving unit.

If defensive coordinators don’t respect Jones and the rushing attack, he will make them pay.

If opponents overcommit defensive resource to the run & rely on man coverage, then SMU will attack with deep passing concepts.

Right now, this offense is a nightmare for coordinators everywhere.

College Football Staff Midseason Mock Drafts: Lee

We are back! Maxwell delivered an excellent mock for all of you lovely people yesterday and I’m about to do the same.

I loved a lot of the picks we made as a group on last week’s podcasts but this in my chance to put across my ideas and just throw some possibilities around at this very early stage.

Here goes…

#1. Bengals – Chase Young, Edge, Ohio State

Take the best player in the draft. Yes the Bengals aren’t good, hence why they’re nailed on for a top 3 pick but this QB class is good, and so is the next one, so if the Bengals aren’t good again next year they’ll have another high pick anyway.

Take a player who is going to be a top 5 player at his position, one of the most important positions in football, in the next two to three years. Young is a guaranteed star, that’s why you pick him first overall.

#2. Dolphins – Joe Burrow, QB, LSU

Wait… What? Tank for… Burrow? That’s not what what the people want!

No it isn’t but Joe Burrow is the hottest name in college football right now and he’s playing out of his mind. I don’t care what anyone says, LSU are the best team in college football and unlike what we thought before the season, it’s the Tigers’ offense that’s the driving force behind their great season.

Will Jeux Burrow be QB1 come April? I think there’s more of a chance than people think.

#3. Redskins – Andrew Thomas, OT, Georgia

We know Trent Williams is done in D.C. and may even be dealt prior to the trade deadline in a few days time, so the Redskins will be in the market for a new blindside protector for Dwayne Haskins.

Andrew Thomas is by far the best tackle in this draft class and will be a ready made replacement for Williams.

#4. Falcons – Jerry Jeudy, WR, Alabama

Can you imagine? Julio Jones on one side, Calvin Ridley in the slot and Jerry Jeudy on the opposite side?! Oh and Austin Hooper too for good measure.

First off, as much as he isn’t slowing down, Julio is getting up there in age and won’t be around forever. Having Jerry Jeudy alongside him and then take the mantle of WR1 when he’s retired means Atlanta’s offense has a go-to receiver for years to come which will be great for the next QB.

I also feel that Atlanta will go for an offense HC once they (surely) give Dan Quinn the bullet and a bright offense mind would love all those weapons to play with.

#5. Jets – Tristan Wirfs, OT, Iowa

Sam Darnold needs some protection. I feel like Tristan Wirfs can provide some of the exorcism that he needs and he’s also very good in the run game which has the dual effect of opening up more lanes for Le’Veon Bell which relieves some pressure off Darnold.

Wirfs certainly needs work and isn’t a ready made player like Thomas is but he’s maybe got the highest ceiling of all the tackles in this class.

#6. Jaguars – Jeffrey Okudah, CB, Ohio State

Replace Jalen Ramsey. That should be the modus operandi for the Jags with one of their two first round picks in April.

Jeffrey Okudah is the best corner in the class in my eyes imat this moment in time. He has the smooth athletic ability and the coverage skills to be a CB1 at the next level.

Another top quality defensive back out of Ohio State.

#7. Browns – Lucas Niang, OT, TCU

Baker Mayfield has been a real big disappointment this season and the Browns haven’t been as explosive as many had hoped. The reason for this, or at least one of the reasons is that he’s had a bunch of turnstiles masquerading as an offensive line.

I feel like drafting Lucas Niang would go some way to solving that. The TCU star didn’t allow a sack last season and only gave up 7 pressures, this year he’s been strong is pass protection again.

#8. Dolphins – CeeDee Lamb, WR, Oklahoma

A new QB needs some weapons and CeeDee Lamb is about as good of an offensive weapon available in this draft class.

Just put the ball in his hands and let him make plays.

I’m also a big fan of getting a young QB a young wide receiver and letting them grow up together to form a long term double act.

#9. Giants – Kristian Fulton, CB, LSU

DeAndre Baker, Julian Love, Corey Ballentine and Sam Beal. All corners that have been drafted by the Giants in the past few years. Do you think any of them will be stars?

I liked Love and I think he’ll make a decent career being a slot guy. Baker is an undersized but incredibly feisty outside corner who is ideally suited to being a CB2 on a team. To follow those guys up, Ballentine and Beal are project guys that you hope develop into good third and fourth corners, which is what you need in today’s NFL.

Jenoris Jenkins is over the hill so despite all this recent investment the Giants need to get a star corner…Enter Kristian Fulton. A tall and rangy corner with excellent cover skills. He’d add height to a shorter cornerback group and instantly be “the man”.

#10. Chargers – Prince Tega Wanogho, OT, Auburn

If Philip Rivers stays around and resigns in LA, he’ll need protection next year because simply put, this year hasn’t nearly been good enough in that area.

I feel that the Chargers need to make a few picks along the line next spring and the most sensible thing to do would be to invest a first round pick, something they haven’t done since DJ Fluker was drafted in 2013.

It’s time.

Prince Tega (an actual Prince, by the way), is a giant of a man with excellent athleticism for his size and can drop anchor and not move. He also possesses the power in the run game that would appeal to the Chargers staff.

I’d start him on the right side then allow him to take over from another tackle of Nigerian descent, Russell Okung, in a couple of years.

#11. Titans – Justin Herbert, QB, Oregon

Marcus Mariota isn’t it, and nor is Ryan Tannehill so it’s time to start over in Nashville.

Justin Herbert has the accuracy, pocket movement and high level decision making to be an excellent pocket passer at the next level.

He also possesses great physical gifts to get him and his team out of a jam and pick up a first down.

He’s basically everything they wished Marcus Mariota was.

#12. Buccaneers – Tua Tagovailoa, QB, Alabama

Jameis Winston ain’t it, so it’s time to start over in Tampa.

Tua is a star and has been ever since he burst on to the college football scene.He’s got superb accuracy, he doesn’t often turn the ball over and has excellent arm strength to make all the throws in the book.

He’s basically everything they wished Jameis Winston was.

Mariota and Winston will always be linked; two can’t miss picks who have both missed; two can’t miss pick who will be looking for work at the same time. They’ll both get a second chance to prove themselves again but they’ll both be on a short leads.

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#13. Broncos – Grant Delpit, S, LSU

Safety is criminally underrated in the draft. Last year, we didn’t know where we stood with the safety group we had before us and nobody had Darnell Savage as their top safety, yet he was drafted first.

The fall to 13 represents somewhat of a slip for someone as talented as Delpit, who will certainly be higher on my final big board come the spring.

A homing missile when coming downhill to make a tackle and has the range to break up passes down the field – a complete safety and a complete bargain for Denver.

#14. Cardinals – Tyler Biadasz, IOL, Wisconsin

It was really strange that whilst pimping out their offense with a new QB and a bunch of weapons in the last draft, the Cardinals neglected their offensive line.

Lightning can’t strike twice on that front or they’ll once again to hamstrung by the amount of duress Kyler Murray will face.

There’s not top level tackle worth taking at 14 in my eyes so they opt to boost the interior with the best interior lineman in the class in Tyler Biadasz.

Great in pass pro and possessing the athleticism to be a weapon in the run game, he’ll be a very good 10 year starter on the NFL and a great anchor to build the rest of the line around.

#15. Cowboys – Curtis Weaver, Edge, Boise State

Boise State have fed the Cowboys a few times down the years, most recently with Leighton Vander Esch.It’s time to use that supply line again and draft the second best edge defender in the class. Weaver is a pure pass rusher who can compliment DeMarcus Lawrence very nicely and even rush next to him from the same side.

I feel adding another productive pass rusher will take the already strong Dallas defense to another level.

#16. Jaguars – Isaiah Simmons, LB, Clemson

The NFL is always on the lookout for versatile defenders who can fill multiple roles. Isaiah Simmons is a safety turned linebacker with the kind of body type that you’d usually find in a wide receiver.

I believe Simmons has the potential to be one of the better mismatch neutralisers in the NFL in years to come.

#17. Lions – Xavier McKinney, S, Alabama

Matty P would love another versatile defensive chess piece to deploy all over the defensive backfield and after the Quandre Diggs trade to Seattle, the Lions have an opening.

McKinney is an explosive athlete who can play close to the line of scrimmage or can play deep but most importantly, he can affect the game from any spot.

#18. Colts – Julian Okwara, Edge, Notre Dame

As I was saying on the podcast last week, I feel the Colts need some star power off the edge. Their group is fine, just like the rest of their D… I feel like their defense is very much predicated on being more than the sum of its parts.

Okwara and his genuine game breaking speed off the edge, could really add some star power.

#19. Raiders – Tylan Wallace, WR, Oklahoma State

Physical, aggressive and a damn good football player. Sounds like a Jon Gruden player who fits the “just win baby” ethos of the Raiders.

Wallace should dovetail very nicely with Tyrell Williams’ ability to take the top off the defense and if Derek Carr (or whoever is the Raiders QB in 2020) can just get the ball into his hands and see what he can create after the catch.

#20. Panthers – AJ Epenesa, Edge, Iowa

Mario Addison and Bruce Irvin are old so how does the speed of Brian Burns and the raw power of Epenesa… Sounds good, right?

Epenesa would be the hand-in-the-dirt traditional defensive end and Burns a stand up rusher and they could be the best young duos of edge defenders in the game pretty quickly.

#21. Eagles – Paulson Adebo, CB, Stanford

The Eagles tried to get their hands on Jalen Ramsey just before he went to the Rams. They also have a need for a true CB1 despite making a fair bit of investment in the position via the draft in recent times. Much like the Giants before, it’s time to get a number 1…

Paulson Adebo is having a slight down year but he’s still one of the better corner prospects available. Super athletic and good ball skills… who wouldn’t want that?

#22. Raiders – Jaylon Johnson, CB, Utah

Another area of need for the Raiders is corner, Jaylon Johnson is the best player on one of the best defenses in college football.

Tylan Wallace is a physical receiver and Johnson is an equally physical corner. Aggressive at the catch point, aggressive when in press at the line… Maybe a little too much at times but he is a Raider in that regard. He also has good ball skills to make splash plays and break up passes.

#23. Ravens – Laviska Shenault, WR, Colorado

I would love to see Shenault meshed into the Ravens running game and their offense as a whole.

I also love the idea of adding Shenault to Miles Boykin and Hollywood Brown since they all bring a different skill set to the Ravens.

Shenault would really make the Ravens an extremely diverse offense and at times it would be unplayable.

#24. Vikings – Derrick Brown, IDL, Auburn

The Vikings have a really nice defense and a pretty complete roster in general so this pick can afford to be a little bit of a luxury.

Minnesota has one of the best edge rushers in the league in Danielle Hunter, now they can add a fantastic interior rusher and run stuffer in Derrick Brown.

Brown gives the Vikes a ready made replacement for Linval Joseph too.

#25. Dolphins – Alex Leatherwood, OT, Alabama

Leatherwood is a super athletic tackle prospect with the movement skills to match the speed rushers that litter the NFL.

He’s a little raw around the edges, I’ll admit that but he’ll be coming into the NFL well coached and since it’s a growing process in Miami, I guess that they won’t mind taking someone with a high ceiling.

#26. Bills – Yetur Gross-Matos, Edge, Penn State

I’ll go back to the podcast and I just feel the Bills need to strengthen their defense even further by adding some youth into their pass rushing ranks. YGM is quick off the line and his motor runs red hot every single down. He’s also long and understands how to use his length without playing with his pads too high.

#27. Saints – Henry Ruggs III, WR, Alabama

Can you imagine how fun Henry Ruggs would be in a Sean Payton offense with Michael Thomas to take a lot of the defense’s attention away?

Ruggs is a legitimate candidate to break the 40 yard dash record at the scouting combine in Indianapolis, I expect a time in the 4.2 range, at the least.

#28. Seahawks – Trey Adams, OT, Washington

The Seahawks drafted a lot of guys who went to college on the West Coast last year. I feel like they’ll do that again and keep Trey Adams in Seattle to give a boost to their offensive line.

Adams has had his injury problems but when healthy he could be amongst the best tackles in this class.

#29. Chiefs – Bryce Hall, CB, Virginia

Bryce Hall is the best cover corner in this class for my money. Hall is explosive and he’s got great man coverage skills, I don’t even mind that he’s injured and out for the year, he makes Kansas City’s defensive back room better, much better. He’s instantly the best player in that room even if he doesn’t play right away in his rookie year.

#30. Packers – Jonathan Taylor, RB, Wisconsin

Imagine if Aaron Rodgers had a star running back alongside him? If the Packers keep Taylor in Wisconsin, that’s exactly what they would have.Taylor can do it all and he’s been putting up huge numbers for the Badgers for a few years now.I know Aaron Jones is OK, he might even be good, but he’s not Jonathan Taylor… He would add another layer to the Green Bay offense and dare I say it, make him better.

#31. 49ers – Creed Humphrey, IOL, Oklahoma

The 49ers are potentially the biggest surprise of the NFL season so far and probably won’t be picking at 31 come April but even so, I feel like they could get Humphrey in the 20’s and nobody would bat an eyelid.Humphrey is the linchpin of one of the better units in college football at Oklahoma.

Humphrey is great at dropping his anchor and not budging – he comes from a wrestling background and his gives him a fantastic knowledge of leverage, and you can tell immediately.

#32. Patriots – Javon Kinlaw, IDL, South Carolina

Kinlaw is having a great year and the tape he has from his recent game against Georgia is really one game he can hang his hat on.Super explosive off the snap and can easily gain penetration and get himself to the QB.

New England could add him to their defensive line rotation and at first they can pick and choose when to unleash him.

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College Football Staff Midseason Mock Drafts: Maxwell

To back up the pair of podcasts that we did earlier this week, that made up our Full 10 Yards College Football Midseason Mock Draft, we’re now going to put out a couple of individual mocks.Working together was great but we all have our own ideas and tastes in players and of course, all of our big boards are different, so these individual mocks give us our opportunity to really show these off.Of course, it is still midseason, there’s a lot of football still to be played, so at this point we’re looking at possibilities and bouncing ideas around, a lot can and will change between now and April but here goes…

#1. Bengals – Chase Young, Edge, Ohio State

Young is as talented as any pass rusher coming into the NFL in the past few years. He mixes elite speed & athleticism mixed with a remarkable toolbox of skills and technique to beat opposing linemen. Moreover, he is strong enough to run defender at the point of attack.

#2. Dolphins – Tua Tagovailoa, QB, Alabama

Tua has been a superstar since day 1. Before he played a snap of college football, he was the Elite 11 champion, and his first real game helped Bama beat Georgia in the 2018 National Final. He has arm strength, accuracy, decision making & athleticism to be a legitimate NFL starter. The only downside is that he had a poor performance against Clemson last year, throwing two pretty awful interceptions. If he has a strong end to his season, he should be the #1 QB off the board and the man who ignites the Dolphins attempt to rebuild in 2020.

#3. Redskins – Andrew Thomas, OT, Georgia

With the coaching staff in flux, it’s hard to say whether the new HC will want to move on from Dwayne Haskins. If they decide that the QB position isn’t the issue, then Andrew Thomas is the right pick. Thomas is an amazing athlete who has grown every year. He has excellent footwork and body control in the pass game, whilst being a strong and consistent mauler in the run game. Georgia’s offense has had an up-and-down year, but Thomas has been flawless throughout.

#4. Falcons – Grant Delpit, S, LSU

The Falcons have had a disappointing 2019 season so far, and its mainly due to a lack-lustre defense. They could do with support at LB or edge rusher, but safety is also a weakness. In drafting Grant Delpit, they can fill a position of need with one of the most solid picks in this years draft. Delpit may not be as dominant a blitzer as Jamal Adams, but he has excellent range and makes a bunch of tackles at the line of scrimmage. A great building block for this poor defense.

#5. Jets – Jerry Jeudy, WR, Alabama

In a division with Bill Belichick and the mighty Bills defense, Sam Darnold needs all the help he can get. He could do with support on the line, but at pick #4 there is a receiver who cannot be missed. Jerry Jeudy is one of the best WR prospects in recent years. Crisp routes, great speed, solid hands & big play after-catch ability. An immediate upgrade for the Jets franchise.

#6. Jaguars – Jeffrey Okudah, CB, Ohio State

The Jaguars have just lost their superstar Cornerback in Jalen Ramsey, and although their defense is talented they could do with a new starting CB. Jeff Okudah out of Ohio State is an elite athlete with great ball skills. There are still some question marks around his aggression on underneath passes, but there isn’t an NFL receiver who can outrun the silky smooth Okudah. Perfect fit for Jaguars Cover 4 heavy scheme too.

#7. Browns – Mekhi Becton, OT, Louisville

The Browns desperately need support on the offensive line and Mekhi Becton is maybe the most talented tackle in this class. In his 2018 Junior season, Becton showed flashes in a good performance against Alabama, but he still lost a few one-on-one scenarios. In 2019 he’s come back fitter, lighter and has developed into a dominant Left Tackle. His breakout game against Notre Dame showed he could thrive against high quality opponents with clean footwork, strong hands and great body control.

#8. Dolphins – CeeDee Lamb, WR, Oklahoma

Having picked Tua at #2, they now need to find a weapon for him. CeeDee Lamb is the most explosive weapon in college football. Unbelievable jukes, elite quickness, spectacular catches & elite route running. Lamb will make any offense 100% more watchable, he’s the closest prospect I’ve ever seen to Odell Beckham Jr.

#9. Giants – Kristian Fulton, CB, LSU

The Giants have had made some awful picks at cornerback over the last few years. Although we’re not yet sure how DeAndre Baker will turn out, even with him, they are still short at DB. Kristian Fulton could be the answer to the Giants issues. The definition of a “sticky” defender, he never lets receivers get away from him & he finishes every rep with aggression and desire to get the ball back.

#10. Chargers – Prince Tega Wanogho, OT, Auburn

The Chargers have had a disappointing start to 2019 and they have issues in a number of areas, but the offensive line should be a key target area for improvement. Prince Tega Wanogho could be a great fit for the Chargers. He has an excellent base in pass blocking and has the athleticism to keep up with premium pass rushers. But he really impresses in the run game, not only is a big and strong, but you can see him relish the opportunity to finish reps and bury defenders.

#11. Titans – Justin Herbert, QB, Oregon

The Titans have finally given up on Mariota, and Tannehill is clearly not the future. The future of the Titans is with the 6′ 6 Quarterback out of Oregon. Herbert has all the potential to be a franchise QB. His Arm strength, accuracy & decision making are all reminiscent of a young Carson Wentz. The only issue is that fantastic Ducks offense which manufacturers lots of easy throws.

#12. Buccaneers – Josh Jones, OT, Houston

Although there are rumours surrounding Jameis Winston’s future in Tampa, I believe Arians will have faith in his QB and look to build around him. They are in desperate need of support on the OL and Josh Jones is the next best on the board. Jones is one of the most polished tackles in the class. He’s athletic with a strong base and he has excellent hands to fend off pass rushers, getting many pancakes due to his hand fighting skills. He also possesses great spatial awareness, always “staying busy” by looking to pick up looping blockers.

#13. Broncos – Jordan Love, QB, Utah State

The Broncos know that Joe Flacco is not the long term answer for their franchise, and from everything we’ve seen & heard, Drew Lock is not the guy. Meanwhile, Jordan Love out of Utah State is a quarterback with all of the necessary skills to make it in the NFL. Love has so many skills, excellent arm strength, great accuracy, ability to move & throw on the run. Even in a poor showing against LSU, he was mainly hindered by a slew of drops from his out-gunned receiving unit.

#14. Cardinals – Tyler Biadasz, IOL, Wisconsin

I’m a big fan of the new Kyler Murray & Kliff Kinsbury era in Arizona, but they have one huge weakness, the offensive line. Tyler Biadasz is a consistent Centre with great footwork and a violent desire to finish plays. A great building block for the Cardinals.

#15. Cowboys – Javon Kinlaw, IDL, South Carolina

The Cowboys have developed a pretty dominant defense over the past few years, but if there is one area they could improve, it’s the middle of their defensive line. Javon Kinlaw will not only help sure up the middle, he is a genuine threat as a pass rusher.

#16. Jaguars – Kenneth Murray, LB, Oklahoma

In the Alex Grinch defense, Kenneth Murray has had a breakout 2019. Murray is a game-changing linebacker who is a threat to take-away the ball at all times. He’s both a ball hawk in zone coverage and a devastating blitzer. The Jags may have had other needs, but with Telvin Smith’s future with the franchise in question, Murray is a huge upgrade on Quincy Williams.

#17. Lions – Curtis Weaver, Edge, Boise State

Matt Patricia’s Lions defense has improved a lot in 2019, but he doesn’t really have a pass rush. In fact, Patricia often runs a 5-man line to try to generate as much pressure as possible. Curtis Weaver is a true edge rusher. Fantastic hand-fighting, quick feet, textbook bend; Weaver has it all. Although Boise are a smaller programme, his skills are undeniable and he would be a huge upgrade on Romeo Okwara & Devon Kennard.

#18. Colts – Tee Higgins, WR, Clemson

Although Frank Reich is an offensive genius, when TY Hilton is out of the line-up, the Colts offense looks very short on weapons. Tee Higgins is a player who could change that. Deceptive speed, clean route running, strong hands & a unique ability to steal the ball in traffic. Could quickly become a favourite target for Brissett.

#19. Raiders – Neville Gallimore, IDL, Oklahoma

Gruden & the Raiders have made it very clear they are thinking long term and they are looking to build on their talent. Neville Gallimore is a freaky athlete on the defensive line who has had a breakout 2019 season. It’s not often you get a 320lb man who can perform a lightning fast spin move. The once stunted Raiders defense will inevitably be transformed by a talent like this.

#20. Panthers – Isaiah Simmons, LB, Clemson

The Panthers front seven seem to be thriving since Ron Rivera took the bold move to move to a 3-4. However, if there is one area they are short, it’s in their Nickel package, as Javien Elliot playing as their nickel back. In Isaiah Simmons, they can bring in a player who covers like a Safety at the size of a Linebacker. Simmons is a dominant tackler who can take on offensive linemen and play in man coverage. A unique talent.

#21. Eagles – Jonathan Taylor, RB, Wisconsin

Miles Sanders hasn’t quite worked out in Philadelphia. Although they have problems on their defense, is more due to injury than a lack of talent. Therefore, the perfect choice for the Eagles is to take the best RB in the class, and that is the Wisconsin Heisman candidate, Jonathan Taylor. Fantastic size and speed, Taylor has all the skills needed to be the every-down back that the Eagles have been searching for.

#22. Raiders – A.J Terrell, CB, Clemson

AJ Terrell is one of the most underappreciated defensive backs in the class. 2018 was a breakout year for Terrell as he had huge performances against Alabama and Notre Dame in the College Football playoffs. Terrell is an elite athlete who looks incredibly comfortable in press or off-man coverage and his technique is textbook. The Raiders defense hasn’t looked good in 2019, but with Gallimore & Terrell, they could become dominant.

#23. Ravens – Derrick Brown, IDL, Auburn

The Ravens are in a new era of professional football. With Lamar Jackson and that dominant run game, they need to find ways to become more consistent on defense. Derrick Brown will undoubtedly help the Ravens to be a better defense. Although he’s not an inside pass rusher, he’s a dominant run stuffer at the point of attack, and he will allow Wink Martindale to do a lot with the players around him.

#24. Vikings – Jedrick Wills, OT, AlabamaI

love Kirk Cousins, and the introduction of Gary Kubiak has allowed the Vikings to develop a dominant run game with Dalvin Cook. However, against better defenses, they have struggled to protect Cousins. Jedrick Wills is not the most refined Tackle, but he’s only a Junior and he’s incredibly talented. In last year’s National Championship game, he was the only Bama linemen who didn’t get beat-up by the dominant Clemson DL.

#25. Dolphins – D’Andre Swift, RB, Georgia

After picking Tua & CeeDee Lamb earlier in the first, you may think that the Dolphins would consider looking to improve the defense. However, by pushing all resources into the offense, they could change the outlook of their entire franchise. D’Andre Swift is a phenomenal athlete, elite quickness, strong in contact and a genuine ability to make defenders miss. Sony Michel has had a great career so far in the NFL, but Swift is a much more fluid runner and a better prospect.

#26. Bills – Yetur Gross-Matos, Edge, Penn State

The Bills Defense is already very talented, but Jerry Hughes and Trent Murphy are not top-end pass rushers. Yetur Gross-Matos is a raw, but extremely talented athlete. His early college tape was spotty at best, but he always flashed his excellent athleticism. But in 2019 he’s taken his game to a new level and he’s shown some real refinement in his pass rushing.

#27. Saints – Tylan Wallace, WR, Oklahoma State

The Saints offense is always efficient, but that is in spite of a lack of weapons. Outside of Kamara and Thomas, they have a lot of good players, but nothing special. In Tylan Wallace, the Saints will be adding a true #2 receiver who can perfectly compliment Thomas. Excellent route running, great hands and a talented runner with ball-in-hand. Wallace would be a great addition to the Peyton offense.

#28. Seahawks – Alohi Gilman, S, Notre Dame

The Seahawks always take a pick that no one else is expecting, and I’m sure this year will be no different. The Legion of Boom is long gone & they are desperately looking for resources to improve their defensive back unit. Alohi Gilman may not be the most talented player, but he is a tone setter. Excellent tackler, good range, Gilman is a Navy transfer who moved to Notre Dame to explore his chances of playing in the NFL. Gilman could quickly become the leader of the defensive backs and lead a new age in Seattle.

#29. Chiefs – Dylan Moses, LB, Alabama

The Chiefs defense is still struggling despite having lots of talented individuals. However, their linebacker unit is relatively weak. In Dylan Moses, the Chiefs are maybe getting the most talented LB in the 2020 draft. Although Moses is missing this season due to injury, we have seen players come back from knee injuries and return to their previous level. The Chiefs will be hoping Moses can be their version of Jaylon Smith or Myles Jack.

#30. Packers – Albert Okwuebunam, TE, Missouri

It has been well documented that Jimmy Graham has not been too great this year in Green Bay. Whilst I’m sure Rodgers would love a new WR to throw to, a great Tight End would be even better. Albert Okwuegbunam may not be the most refined route runner, or the best blocker, but he is a physical specimen with the ability to run away from defensive backs. If the Packers find their version of Evan Engram they will be very happy.

#31. 49ers – Laviska Shenault, WR, Colorado

Kyle Shanahan is one of the best play designers I’ve ever seen. He has some incredibly creative ways of getting the ball to his athletes in space. Laviska Shenault is the type of “swiss-army-knife” that Shanahan would go crazy for. Wildcat packages, Jet sweeps, end-around passes; Shenault can do it all. A potentially great addition to a great offense.

#32. Patriots – Julian Okwara, Edge, Notre Dame

The 2019 Patriots defense has been pretty much flawless, but this is largely because Bill Belichick is a genius, they are not actually the most talented team ever. More impressively, they have had this success without a pure pass rusher. Julian Okwara may be a great example of the rich getting richer. Okwara is an explosive athlete who has speed and bend off the edge. Although he’s not the biggest edge defender, his ability to get after the QB is an invaluable skill that would take the Patriots defense to another level.There we have it, keep those eyes peeled for another mock draft coming your way tomorrow.

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