Four of my top 20 prospects are still available (Landry, Hurst, Guice and Daniels). I received feedback stating that means I’m a poor evaluator. That’s always possible, but that is assuming talented players are only selected in round one.
We have plenty of content going up on Rotoworld today. A day one recap podcast. Evan Silva’s round two mock draft. Thor has already released his best available players and Rich Hribar has examined the fantasy impact on some notable veterans.
1. EDGE Harold Landry, Boston College | 6’2, 252 | Athleticism: 87th percentile | Age: 22
Where He Wins: Pure speed and explosion off the edge. Even if he didn’t have moves or counters, tackles would fear Landry because of his ability to run the arc. That alone will create production. His flexibility to turn the corner and take a tight angle towards the quarterback might be the best in this class. The outside threat allows him to set up the inside move. Understands he needs to locate the quarterback when getting depth.
Forecast: Deal with injuries in 2017, but his 2015 and 2016 stuff is high high end tape. A natural pass rusher and that is what matters most. Don’t be too concerned about his run fits on the outside.
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2. DL Maurice Hurst, Michigan | 6’1, 292 | Athleticism: N/A | Age: 23
Where He Wins: Burst off the snap to shoot gaps or attack edges of interior offensive linemen. Hurst is so quick that he takes advantage of any error on the inside. Late on a reach block? Hurst is in the backfield. Hesitate to fill for a pulling lineman? Hurst will make a play. Likely fits as a 3-technique in a one gap defense, but has plenty of snaps at 1-technique in a NASCAR package. Plays low, which helps carry the momentum he created. Plays with timing and vision to separate and make plays on the ball.
Forecast: Interior disruption is king, and Hurst offers it most consistently in this class. Hurst was held out of the Combine with a heart concern, but he has since been cleared.
3. RB Derrius Guice, LSU | 5’11, 224 | Athleticism: 28th percentile | Age: 21
Where He Wins: No nonsense runner. Wants to maximize the blocking in front of him and will win on contact, either a few yards on final contact or break into free space. Not afraid of contact and faced a number of heavy boxes. Displayed big play ability during his first two years. Shows patience behind the line to wait for an opening on the front side or back side. Makes his cuts off a single step while maintaining momentum.
Forecast: Dealt with a deep thigh bruise this season but looked back to form down the stretch. Was not a major part of the passing game, but that is typical of LSU running backs.
4. CB Joshua Jackson, Iowa | 6’0, 196 | Athleticism: 82nd percentile | Age: 22
Where He Wins: Plays inside and outside. Slow plays his footwork to mirror in routes then drives on the ball off breaks. Anticipates certain routes and understands he has sideline help. Very good in isolation in the red zone. It is his ball in the air, and Jackson’s receiver background likely plays a role in that.
Forecast: Likely an outside corner who will attack the football in the air. Ball skills are an important part of his game, and it is not just the interception numbers.
5. OL James Daniels, Iowa | 6’3, 306 | Athleticism: N/A | Age: 21
Where He Wins: Pass protection is great. Athleticism is clear when asked to get out of his stance and block on the move, either getting to the second level or pulling as a lead blocker in space. Positional blocker in the running game.
Comparison: Ryan Kalil, Panthers
Forecast: Not a drive blocker in the running game, but that won’t be his job. Should be a longtime starting center and offers movement rarely seen at the position.
6. EDGE Lorenzo Carter, Georgia | 6’5, 250 | Athleticism: 96th percentile | Age: 22
Where He Wins: A true force player. Rotates between playing off the ball, on the edge and even takes snaps in the slot. So sound at accomplishing his assignment on the edge and in space, forcing ball carriers inside then shedding to make the tackle. Does the same in coverage. Athleticism equals a pass rushing ceiling, even though he is a bit lost in that area. Chews up ground on blitzes.
Comparison: Jamie Collins, Browns
Forecast: One of the few edge players who might be better in space than as a pass rusher. He’s comfortable and aggressive where other edge players have difficulties. Question is if his athleticism will translate into disruption.
7. WR Courtland Sutton, SMU | 6’3, 218 | Athleticism: 92nd percentile | Age: 22
Where He Wins: Smooth athlete who can win with just natural ability. Seems to make one highlight reel play per game when all of the tools come together. Fluid mover after the catch for a player of his size. Flashes using his entire frame to win contested along the sideline and in the end zone. Outside receiver.
Comparison: Demaryius Thomas, Broncos
Forecast: The floor and ceiling for Sutton are not close. If it all comes together he can be the clear top receiver in this class and potentially a true WR1. But too often he doesn’t use his size. Too often he seems disinterested or doesn’t give full effort when targeted. Poor quarterback play did not help. But his combination of size and fluidity is difficult to find.
8. iOL Will Hernandez, UTEP | 6’2, 327 | Athleticism: 66th percentile | Age: 23
Where He Wins: Mauling left guard. When he attacks a defender with both hands, his intention is to put them on the ground. This might sound like an odd comparison, but he can play guard like a linebacker in terms of locating a target and demolishing them, especially when pulling. His size and strength helps him eliminate a pass rusher’s momentum.
Comparison: Marshal Yanda, Ravens
Forecast: He’s your old school hammer interior offensive lineman. As long as Hernandez picks up the protections (no reason to think he can’t), he has all the tools to be a longtime starter.
9. WR Christian Kirk, Texas A&M | 5’10, 201 | Athleticism: 31st percentile | Age: 21
Where He Wins: Constantly made big plays with the ball in his hands, reading downfield blocks or making defensive backs miss when asked to tackle. Always working to get open when his quarterback escapes the pocket. Flashes winning contested when body catching. Plenty of snaps both inside and out.
Comparison: Golden Tate, Lions
Forecast: Wins in the small game but flashes winning contested. Question is if that translates to the NFL as well as on the outside. He can help a team immediately.
10. S Justin Reid, Stanford | 6’1, 207 | Athleticism: 96th percentile | Age: 21
Where He Wins: Exceptional athlete, and it shows when covering ground laterally or attacking ball carriers upfield. Combination of quickness and explosion allows him to play the ball in the air at the catch point to cause incompletions. Stanford asked him to line up in a variety of spots. In the box, as a safety and even played man to man in some instances. Play recognition can lead to tackles for loss.
Forecast: Reid had eight or nine visits during the process, so expect him to be a top 40 selection.
11. TE Dallas Goedert, South Dakota State | 6’5, 256 | Athleticism: N/A | Age: 23
Where He Wins: So good at elevating and coming down with acrobatic catches. Not afraid to go over the middle of the field or attack the sidelines. Absolutely can adjust to off target passes, either behind him, low or above. Impressive red zone weapon. Often lines up detached from the formation or off the line.
Comparison: Hunter Henry, Arkansas
Forecast: Yards after the catch is not really part of his game. Did not complete a full athletic profile. Will be questions if he can immediately be relied upon as an every down inline option.
12. RB Nick Chubb, Georgia | 5’11, 227 | Athleticism: 83rd percentile | Age: 22
Where He Wins: Has an uncommon combination of balance and power to win on contact and acceleration to make the most of space create for him. Actually had to work for his 20-plus yard runs rather than fit through huge lanes. Still an incredible athlete despite the knee injury that knocked him out. Patience, then burst, then balance.
Forecast: Again, it is amazing that Chubb is still the athlete he is. And it is a positive that we have no heard a single word about teams being concerned about that injury. He will be a day two selection.
13. WR Anthony Miller, Memphis | 5’11, 201 | Athleticism: N/A | Age: 23
Where He Wins: Consistently wins contested at 5-foot-11. Outstanding red zone receiver. Comfortable on the outside or in the slot. Separation in his routes with animated movements and crisp footwork in his breaks. Will come down with acrobatic grabs. Strong after the catch to shed final defender and pick up yards.
Forecast: Back to back 90+ reception, 1,400 yard, 15 touchdowns seasons. Foot fractures are really difficult to come back from in one season. Re-injury rate is high. Plus, we don’t have an athletic profile on Miller.
14. OL Connor Williams, Texas | 6’5, 296 | Athleticism: 78th percentile | Age: 21
Where He Wins: Played left tackle at Texas, wide base might push him to guard. Athletic feet and looks to extend to press and control.
Comparison: T Riley Reiff, Iowa
Forecast: Try him at tackle before moving him to guard, if that is the ultimate plan.
15. T Brian O’Neill, Pitt | 6’7, 297 | Athleticism: 84th percentile | Age: 23
Where He Wins: Fantastic athlete who has experience on the left and right sides. Absolutely no question if he can stick with speed rushers around the arc and won’t get caught slow footed on outside to inside moves. Also great at pulling out in space to lead block.
Forecast: Must get stronger. Has difficulties anchoring at this time once a defensive lineman jolts him. Hit the elite 20-yard shuttle threshold that projects OL success at a high rate.
16. LB/EDGE Genard Avery, Memphis | 6’1, 248 | Athleticism: 87th percentile | Age: ?
Where He Wins: Exciting prospects because he combines athleticism, bend and closing quickness. With that said, he isn’t strictly a pass rusher. He often works as a true off ball linebacker and is asked to cover receivers in the slot. A front seven weapon who is equally as talented to chase and defend the run or rush the passer, especially with his natural leverage advantage and flexibility.
Comparison: LB Haason Reddick, Cardinals
Forecast: Does have trouble knifing through blockers in his path. Luckily I don’t have to decide where he is being used, but he can win in multiple roles.
17. T Tyrell Crosby, Oregon | 6’5, 309 | Athleticism: 23rd percentile | Age: 23
Where He Wins: Left tackle. Squares shoulders towards his opponent and delivers a strong punch. If that punch puts the opposition off balance, Crosby finishes him with a nasty demeanor. Functional strength is there, so when footwork or punch is off, he can still complete his block. His goal in the running game is to create movement.
Comparison: T Donald Penn, Raiders
Forecast: Not the testing athlete of some of his peers, but he plays within himself and can help a team early on. Coaches will love his on-field mentality.
18. EDGE Sam Hubbard, Ohio St | 6’5, 270 | Athleticism: 64th percentile | Age: 23
Where He Wins: At his best when space is created. Able to turn the corner or change direction on one step, which is uncommon at 270 pounds. Will take advantage of inside lanes when looping inside.
Forecast: Hubbard’s athletic profile is an odd one. He posted a ridiculous 6.84 3-cone… then a 4.95 forty. He wins in space, not on contact, which is a bit of a conundrum based on his size.
19. LB Fred Warner, BYU | 6’3, 236 | Athleticism: 80th percentile | Age: 21
Where He Wins: Exactly the combination of athleticism and aggression you want at the position. Warner often knifes through lanes or gaps or gets in front of blocks with his speed and quickness. On top of that Warner flashes when blitzing or sticking with a tight end or back in coverage when asked to do either.
Comparison: LB Shaq Thompson, Panthers
Forecast: Many BYU prospects are overaged. That is not Warner. He can come in and make an instant impact if afforded the opportunity.
20. EDGE Josh Sweat, FSU | 6’5, 251 | Athleticism: 95th percentile | Age: 21
Where He Wins: Insane athlete. Sweat can fire up the field in a hurry, instantly putting an offensive tackle in panic mode to get a deep drop set. If Sweat has space, he will win and disrupt the backfield. Held up in run defense well.
Comparison: EDGE Danielle Hunter, LSU
Forecast: FSU often used sweat as a tight edge instead of a true edge, where he would be afforded more space. In fact, often it seemed he was reactive rather than asked to be disruptive. Hopefully that changes. He gets a bit lost when his initial momentum is stopped, lacking a counter. I hope he lands with a coach who can coach.
21. WR Equanimeous St. Brown, Notre Dame | 6’5, 214 | 62nd percentile | Age: 21
Where He Wins: A very smooth player for his size. Will run crossing routes underneath and can win after the catch thanks for long strides. Has body control to adjust and win along the sideline. Naturally wins big because of his height and length.
Comparison: WR Devin Funchess, Panthers
Forecast: His combination of fluidity and size is difficult to find. He doesn’t consistently win big despite being big. A second day pick.
22. DL Nathan Shepherd, Fort Hays State | 6’4. 315 | Athleticism: 64th percentile | Age: ?
Where He Wins: Wants to get upfield and disrupt rather than stay at the line of scrimmage. Explosion plus power plus balance. He uses heavy hands and hips to work behind interior offensive linemen.
Forecast: Overaged prospect, so not a surprise to see him win against lower level, younger prospects. But he did the same against top Senior Bowl talent, so I do not have concerns.
23. WR James Washington, Oklahoma State
24. S Jessie Bates, Wake Forest
25. WR DaeSean Hamilton, Penn State
26. G Austin Corbett, Nevada
27. EDGE Kemoko Turay, Rutgers
28. S Ronnie Harrison, Alabama
29. DL Deadrin Senat, USF
30. TE Mike Gesicki, Penn State
31. LB Dorian O’Daniel, Clemson
32. EDGE Obo Okoronkwo, Oklahoma
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