By: Antoine Tshiyombo @draftday101
All summer long I spent tireless hours studying prospects looking to give guys a starting point. It’s not where I will have them at the end of the year but more of what I for see them as for right now some guys got more projections because 2020 was a outlier years and so many mix situations from shortened season to opt out and guys being granted extra year of eligibility. But if your not familiar with my grading scale it goes like this.
Elite Grade/Hall of fame talent 200-190
1st Round Grade/Pro Bowl Talent 189-175
2nd Round Grade/ Above Average Starter 174-150
3rd Round Grade/ Solid Starter 149-125
4th Round Grade/ future Starter Front line back up 124-100( I decided that the threshold I am will to stop by)
1. Derek Stingley Jr Cornerback Louisiana State 191: (JR) Three Generation of Defensive back Mutated in to this one phenomenal young Cornerback who step in day one . Stingley is refined in press man coverage has a great understanding of leverage route combination and spacing. Stingley has great ball skills with his 6 career interceptions and 20 pass break ups in 22 starts. Has allowed 58.1 NFL Passer rating when targeted on 40%. He did however struggle staying healthy last year both getting sick and a leg injury in 2020.
2. DeMarvin Leal Interior Defensive Lineman Texas A&M 188: Played Edge Most of the year. But was just as disruptive as Line up at edge 375 times at 6”4 290 and carried it well. Showed Speed bend and ability to shed. Had the twerk every time I watched him I started liking him more and more. 32 pressures last year a interception and 3 sacks.
3. Kayvon Thibodeaux Edge Oregon188: Guys Don’t come as long wiry and explosiveness. His first step leaves Tackles chasing. He hasn’t even put it all together but has the numbers of a first rounder 13 career sacks 46 hurries in his first 23 games. Developing a great timing and knocking down passes. Does how ever blindly throws himself into blockers.
4. Tyler Linderbaum Center Iowa 188: This guys is as elite as it gets in run blocking especially in zone stretches. He is under 300 pounds yet he can control guys who out weight him by 40 pounds with leverage and power. I have seen him put guys on their butts and he isn’t satisfied until. His Pass Protection is harder to read coming out of Iowa because there’s not as much traditional vertical sets. But didn’t give up pressure. Has only surrendered 1 sack so far in his college Career. Superb athletic ability from an interior lineman.
5. Thayer Munford Offensive Tackle Ohio State187: Had his breakout season last year and could of came out for the 2021 NFL Draft. He had not Allowed a Single sack in 2020 and with no Penalties either. Munford was a road grade in the run game. I would love him for any team that uses a lot of Outside zone Runs. He went to good solid to elite blocker he does have already 2,400 snaps.
6. Spencer Rattler Quarterback Oklahoma 187 : Big time Arm. One of the most polarizing players on college football. Some people love him some people think he is a arrogant prick. But you can count on one thing Spencer Rattler Won’t Fold because of the pressure. Rattler displayed high level arm talent that can rival anyone in the country. He improved all through out the season and by the end of the season was playing like one of the best if not they best QB in the country. Spencer can fit ball in the tightest windows. Uses his eyes to Manipulate defenses at a high level. How ever Spencer gifts is his curse because he gets over confident that will end in
7. Kaiir Elam Cornerback Florida186: Turn zero to a hundred on a break he is one of the best I have seen probably since the great Asante Samuel. He was outstanding in 2020 9 pass break ups and 65.8 passer rating when thrown at. His 5 career interceptions shows his ball skills. He has such fluid hips and can play off ball coverage with most young CB Seem to struggle with. His isn’t bad in Bump and run but could need some work with some of the techniques as far as footwork and hands. Better in Zone than his predecessor in the defense.
8. Kyle Hamilton Safety Notre Dame 185:A true high Safety with size and range. Ball skills are through the roof. Brings the wood in the run game coming down hill. 5 ints in his two year career so far 1 in 2020 wouldn’t feel comfortable playing him at the slot. Has been super consistent from the moment he stepped on the field.
9. Chris Olave Wide Receiver Ohio State 180: A big play artist 8 catches of 20 plus yards in just 7 games. Olave was a player many expected to be available for the 2021 NFL draft but opted to comeback to school. Olave has outstanding hands, good stop and start ability and fits the mold of an NFL Number one Wide Receiver
10. Owen Pappoe Linebacker Auburn 180: This is a guy I found out about late into my summer evaluations. Owen is a 2 year starter in the SEC who excelled in pass coverage at 6”1 222 pounds Owen has Saftey like movement at will linebacker where he projects at the next level. He needs to clean up his tackling if he is going to be a top half of the first round pick.
11. Andrew Booth Jr Cornerback Clemson 179: A part time starter that showed raw physical tools to keep up with his predecessors at the cornerback position at Clemson. Has the ideal size for an outside CB but his poor technique has to improve. But with only 219 career coverage snaps it’s not a far stretch to say that he could and would. He allowed a outstanding 59.6 passer Rating(NFL) when target. He is more projection on this list then Proven product.
12. Daxton Hill Safety Michigan 178: Draxton Hill reportedly ran a 4.30 in high school and it shows up on tape. Has the closing speed and range to man the free Saftey but has just as much experience playing as the 8th man in the box.
13. Evan Neal Offensive Tackle Alabama 178. Started at Left guard on a loaded Alabama offensive line as a true freshman and got better than made the move to right tackle in 2020 and had a bit more of an up and down year than most would of thought considering he is an absolute animal physically. Listed at 6”7 350 pounds and can jump out of the gym clocking in at 18 miles an hour in movement he topped Bruce Feldmans freaks list this year. Hasn’t learned to transfer weight on his anchor and his hand placement still needs work but has all the skills in Pedigree to be a corner stone starter in the NFL. Will be moving to Left tackle where his last two predecessors Where selected in the first round of the NFL draft
14. Nicholas Petit-Frere Offensive Tackle Ohio State 178: The other tackle at The Ohio state. Played right tackle last year displayed good ability to keep his QB Clean not allowing any sacks and only 3 hits as a first time starter in a 7 game season. Really provided a bump in the running game and good low level of gravity. I could see Nicholas being not talked about during the season because he isn’t on preseason lists but will start getting all the praise at the end. Assuming he makes the Jump and keeps it up.
15. Myjai Sanders Edge Cincinnati:178: Absolutely blessed with a first step Quickness that far and few players at his size have. He showed out on some of the bigger games last year but would sometimes disappear in games that where not big on the schedule. His ability to bend the corner is something that can make him an elite pass rusher. Expect sub 4.6 Speed from this guy with plus 44 inch vertical. With arms like a Siamang this guys has a lethal one hand stab. One of the most fun I had watching tape this summer.
16. Kingsley Enagbare Edge South Carolina 177: Enagbare has got better production every year of his career I watch small clips of him from freshman year to sophomore year to Junior year the film has made match. Has power hands and has a trump card and that is his bull rush. Once he gets his hands on your chest as a blocker he can do what he wants to you. Converts power to speed.
17. Boye Mafe Edge Minnesota 177: With a 40 inch vertical 4.3 short shuttle and sub 4.6 40 Mafe backs up his Freak numbers with production. His 6 sacks in 6 games 15 total pressure displayed what your looking for. All do Mafe is a freak he isn’t winning with bend and is a bit stiff. But still transfers his speed to power and has a good shoulder dip.
18. Cain Madden Offensive Guard Notre Dame 175: Was a monster at guard for Marshall was the best run blocker I watched for this draft cycle so far. He was a walk on that worked his way to one of the best collegian football players. He is now taking his talents to south bend Indiana for his final season. Cain is a older prospect at 25 so there a chance he gets over looked so all do I have a high grade on him the NFL might not see things because they value age more than I do.
19. George Pickens Wide Receiver Georgia 175: Tore his ACL in spring and will miss most if not all of this season but I have no doubt if he was 100 he would be my summer #1 WR. Pickens breaks on a stop and start rival some of the most elite WRs in the NFL. Has ball tracking skills and was 64.3 on contested catches almost all his drop where just flat out drops so that is a concern. He has ideal X wide receiver size at 6”3 and I still believe his best football is ahead of him pending his recovery.
20. Sam Howell Quarterback North Carolina 174: One of the Most Efficient Deep ball Passers in the country last year. Howell has been the man in Chapel Hill From the day he walked on. Not the biggest are freakish Arm. Howell has displayed accuracy touch and mobility. He has most of the hard stuff down but the easy things like checking down the ball the right time throwing the ball way he has struggled with but should improve. Doesn’t have a trump card.
21. Brandon Joseph Safety Northwestern: Super productive Safety that lacks a elite physical tools but makes up with it with outstanding ball skills and is extremely instinctual. Is a 3rd year sophomore so he might not come out until 2024 end the season with 6 interceptions in 9 games Fits more as a two high Safety or single high not ideal box player.
22. Darian Kinnard Offensive Tackle Kentucky 174: A two year starter at Right Tackle for the wildcats and is a muller. He can get at the second level with ease. Some have suggested playing him at guard but I would let him fail at Tackle before moving him to Guard. Kinnard isn’t sometimes over steps and needs a lot of work in pass Protection especially vs the speed rush. All do he does anchor pretty well vertical pass sets needs heavy work if he is to stay at tackle because right now the plan is to get to his right shoulder and go when facing him.
23. Drake London Wide Receiver Southern California 174: Was a big slot WR for Southern Cal the last two years and when plays had to be made in the clutch USC would run there offense through London. Despite facing Linebackers and Saftey often in contested catches London had 0 drops on 43 targets on 33 Catches. London moves to the outside this year and will show those Basketball skills where he was on the College team as well before retiring this season. He was a star in the hardwood average 26 points a game in high school and his 11 rebounds a game translates well on the football field as he is able to pull down balls. Doesn’t have great start sop ability and is stiff but has enough speed to be a true deep threat.
24. Breece Hall Running Back Iowa State 173
25. Emory Jones Quarterback Florida 173
26. John Matchie III Wide Receiver Alabama 173
27. Trent McDuffie Cornerback Washington 172
28. Malik Willis Quarterback Liberty 172
29. Josh Jobe Cornerback Alabama: 171
30. Ochaun Mathis Edge Texas Christian: 171
31. Isaiah Likely Tight End Costal Carolina 170
32. Jaxson Kirkland Offensive Tackle Washington 169
33. Jermayne Lole Defensive Lineman Arizona State 169
34. Jalen Wydermyer Tight End Texas A&M 169
35. Haskell Garrett Interior Defensive Lineman Ohio State 168
36. Jordan Battle Safety Alabama 167
37. Aidan Hutchinson Edge Michigan 166
38. Johnathan Tyler(J.T) Daniels Quarterback Georgia 166
39. Carson Strong Quarterback Nevada 165
40. Jeffery Gunter Edge Costal Carolina 164
41. Ventrell Miller Linebacker Florida 164
42. Isaiah Tomas Edge Oklahoma 163
43. Christian Harris Linebacker Alabama 161
44. Martin Emerson Jr Cornerback Mississippi State 160
45. Drake Jackson Edge Southern California 158
46. Kyler Gordon Cornerback Washington 157
47. Garrett Wilson Wide Receiver Ohio State 157
48. Jahleel Billingsley Tight End Alabama 156
49. Cade Otton Tight End Washington 155
50. Verone McKinley III Saftey Oregon 154
51. Sean Rhyan Offensive Tackle California Los Angeles 154
52. Reggie Robinson Jr Wide Receiver Southern Methodist:153
53. Zion Tupuola-Fetui Edge Washington:153
54. Christopher Allen Edge Alabama 152
55. Isaiah Spiller Running Back Texas A&M 152
56. David Bell Wide Receiver Purdue 151
57. Nakobe Dean Linebacker Georgia 151
58. Zach Harrison Edge Ohio State 151
59. Tre’Vuis Hodges-Tomlinson Cornerback Texas Christian:151
60. Roger McCray Cornerback Auburn 151
61. Treylon Burks Wide Receiver Arkansas 150
62. Brenton Cox Jr Edge Florida 150
63. Kenyon Green Offensive Guard Texas A&M: 150
64. Isaac Rex Tight End Brigham Young:150
65. Mike Rose Linebacker Iowa State 150
66. Kevin Harris Running Back South Carolina 149
67. Mike Jones Jr Linebacker Louisiana State 149
68. Cordell Volson Offensive Tackle North Dakota State:149
69. Sevyn Banks Cornerback Ohio State 148
70. Charlie Koler Tight end Iowa State: 148
71. Devin Lloyd Linebacker Utah: 148
72. Demani Richardson Saftey Texas A&M 148
73. Jaquarii Roberson Wide Receiver Wake Forest 148
74. Justyn Ross Wide Receiver Clemson: 148
75. Tre Turner Wide Receiver Virginia Technical 148
76. Adam Anderson Edge Georgia 147
77. Tyler Allgeier Running Back Brigham Young:147
78. Tiawan Mullen Cornerback Indiana 147
79. Zion Nelson Offensive Tackle Miami FL 147
80. Dion Novil Interior Defensive lineman North Texas: 147
81. Josh Whyle Tight End Cincinnati 147
82. Jeremy Ruckert Tight End Ohio State 146
83. Tyreek Smith Safety Georgia 146
84. Micah McFadden Linebacker Indiana 145
85. Trevor Penning Offensive Tackle Northern Iowa:145
86. Ahmad Gardner Cornerback Cincinnati 142
87. Max Borghi Running Back Washington State 141
88. Jahan Dotson Wide Receiver Pennsylvania State:141
89. Ty Fryfogle Wide Receiver Indiana 141
90. Eric Gray Running Back Oklahoma 141
91. Austin Stogner Tight end Oklahoma 141
92. Jordan Davis Interior Defensive Lineman Georgia: 139
93. Nick Muse Tight End South Carolina 139
94. Desmond Ridder Quarterback Cincinnati:139
95. Jamaree Salyer Guard Georgia 139
96. Mohammed Ibrahim Running Back Minnesota 138
97. Jalen Tolbert Wide Receiver South Alabama:138
98. Jake Furgerson Tight End Wisconsin 137
99. Alec Lindstrom Center Boston College 137
100. Romeo Doubs Wide Receiver Nevada: 135
101. Isaiah Chambers Edge McNeese 134
102. George Karlaftis Edge Purdue 134
103. Matthew Corral Quarterback Mississippi 133
104. Travis Jones Defense Lineman Connecticut 133
105. Khalil Sharkir Wide Receiver Boise State 133
106. Zachary Carter Interior Defensive Lineman Florida: 132
107. Theo Wease Wide Receiver Oklahoma 132
108. Akaylab Evans Cornerback Missouri 131
109. Dominic Blaylock Wide Receiver Georgia: 130
110. Daniel Faalele Offensive Tackle Minnesota:128
111. Quidaruis Smoke Monday Safety Auburn 128
112. Olakunle Fatukasi Linebacker Rutgers 127
113. Phil Jurkovec Quarterback Boston College 127
114. Brook Kennedy Running Back Oklahoma 126
115. Jack Sanborn Linebacker Wisconsin 125
116. Lewis Cine Saftey Georgia 125
117. Myron Cunningham Offensive Tackle Arkansas: 125
118. Jarrett Kingston offensive Guard Washington State 125
119. Cam Taylor-Britt Cornerback Nebraska 125
120. Henry To’otoo’o Linebacker Alabama:124
121. Colin Newell Center Iowa State 122
122. Ikem Ekwonu Offensive Guard North Carolina State 121
123. Christopher Hinton Defensive Lineman Michigan 121
124. Josh Thompson Cornerback Texas 121
125. Rasheed Walker Offensive Tackle Pennsylvania State 121
126. Ronnie Bell wide Receiver Michigan 119
127. Coby Bryant Cornerback Cincinnati: 117
128. Cade Hall Edge San Jose State 115
129. Ali Gaye Edge Louisiana State 114
130. D’Eriq King Quarterback Miami FL 114
131. Amare Barno Edge Virginia Technical 113
132. Nik Bonitto Linebacker Oklahoma 112
133. Xavier Thomas Edge Clemson 112
134. Chris Rodriguez Jr Running Back Kentucky 111
135. Devonte Wyatt Defensive Lineman Georgia 111
136. DeAngelo Malone Linebacker Western Kentucky 110
137. Kalon Barnes Cornerback Baylor 109
138. Trajan Jeffcoat Edge Missouri 109
139. Avery Roberts Linebacker Oregon State 108
140. Drew White Linebacker Notre Dame 108
141. Trey Dean III Saftey Florida 106
142. Thomas Booker Defense Lineman Stanford 105
143. Dell Pettus Saftey Troy 105
144. Bubba Bolden Saftey Miami FL 104
145. Phidarian Mathis Interior Defensive Lineman Alabama 104
146. Tre Sterling Safety Oklahoma State 104
147. Connor Galvin Offensive Tackle Baylor 103
148. Steven Gilmore Cornerback Marshall 102
149. Bo Melton Wide Receiver Rutgers 102
150. Ellis Brooks Linebacker Pennsylvania State 101
151. Master Teague Running Back Ohio State 101
152. Tyreke Smith Edge Ohio State 100
153. Payton Wilson Linebacker North Carolina State 100