College football is coming to an end tonight with Clemson and LSU fighting for the National Championship! Meanwhile, the NFL is entering conference championship weekend with the Titans playing the Chiefs and the 49ers matching up with the Packers. All in all, it’s been a fun season of football but as we all know, most people are entering full draft mode!
Look no further than here at Cover 1 with tons of draft content from mock drafts to in-depth film breakdowns on some of the top players and those that need more attention.
I’ve finalized my first installment of my big board for the 20202 NFL Draft class. Last year, I reached 200 players by the time we got to April and that number will remain the same. For now, enjoy the top 50 players on my first big board.
Chase Young | EDGE | Ohio State | Jr. | 6’5″ | 265
– Dominant hands with an elite pass rush plan.
– Consistently wins at POA.
– As explosive as they come off the snap.
– Terrific blend of power and speed.
– Most complete player in the 2020 NFL Draft.
Joe Burrow | QB | LSU | Sr. | 6’3″ | 215
– One of the most prolific rises in an NFL Draft.
– Elite ability to maneuver in and out of the pocket.
– No accuracy concerns at 78% completion rate.
– Reads and dissects defenses with ease.
– Has confidence in every throw and can make just about every single one of them.
Derrick Brown | DT | Auburn | Sr. | 6’5″ | 318
– Most disruptive interior defensive lineman in this class.
– Heavy hands that win with speed and placement.
– Explosive and shows proper technique in any alignment.
– Knows how to use his length with multiple pass rush moves.
– Blend of power and quickness will allow him to make an immediate impact.
Andrew Thomas | OT | Georgia | Jr. | 6’5″ | 320
– Smooth technician.
– Terrific run blocker with good pad level and leg drive.
– Good angles and solid pass protector.
– Shows mental makeup needed to win vs. experienced/talented edge rushers.
– Three-year starter for Georgia.
– With time, he’ll improve in space. Good not great.
CeeDee Lamb | WR | Oklahoma | Jr. | 6’3″ | 198
– Most sure-handed receiver in this class.
– Always finds the football — terrific ball skills and body control.
– Elite playmaker after the catch.
– Can sharpen his routes at the next level.
– Brings special teams ability as a kick and punt returner.
– Battled through some injuries his junior year (undisclosed and head injury).
Tristan Wirfs | OT | Iowa | Jr. | 6’5″ | 322
– Powerful hands that can control and steer at POA.
– Natural athlete with wrestling, track and field background.
– Strong first step with good hand placement.
– Has skillset to play left or right tackle but has over 30 career starts at right tackle.
Jerry Jeudy | WR | Alabama | Jr. | 6’1″ | 195
– Elite route runner and will win on all three levels of field.
– Can create separation anywhere on the field.
– Has the ability to high-point the football.
– Natural strides in his routes and in the open field.
– Needs to be more sure handed…concentration drops.
A.J. Epenesa | EDGE | Iowa | Jr. | 6’6″ | 280
– Terrific size and length that defensive coordinators will covet.
– Versatile with ability to put hand in dirt or stand up off the edge — can also play inside.
– Good run defender that wins with strong hands.
– Hand speed can get faster and more consistent.
Tua Tagovailoa | QB | Alabama | Jr. | 6’1″ | 218
– Dynamic passer with arm strength to make every throw.
– Calm, cool and collected when in the pocket.
– Shows leadership and poise that’s needed to carry an offense and locker room.
– Has mobility in and out of the pocket that is needed in today’s NFL.
– Can throw when off his platform but makes it look easy when kept clean.
– Injury history is concerning (surgery on left hip and both ankles).
Isaiah Simmons | LB | Clemson | Jr. (RS) | 6’4″ | 230
– Jack of all trades with great versatility.
– Most versatile player in the class (regardless of position).
– One of the most athletic players in this draft.
– Rangy defender with sideline-to-sideline ability.
– Length and speed to cover slot receivers, tight ends and running backs out of the backfield.
– Converted from safety to linebacker. Will play similar role in NFL.
Kristian Fulton | CB | LSU | Sr. | 6’0″ | 200
– His physicality stands out immediately.
– Good short area quickness and puts natural athletic ability on display with every rep.
– Patient and fluid.
– Shows good closing speed.
– Only two career interceptions but has 19 PBU’s, so ball skills are there.
– Can get caught on his heels in his backpedal.
– Failed drug test in 2017.
Henry Ruggs | WR | Alabama | Jr. | 6’0″ | 190
– Fastest player in the 2020 NFL Draft and could shatter Scouting Combine records.
– His speed will automatically push him up draft boards.
– Big play ability whenever the ball is in his hands.
– Tracks the ball with ease and has good body control.
– Good hands and plays the game as a complete receiver with competitive drive.
– Has special teams ability as a kick or punt returner.
Jeffrey Okudah | CB | Ohio State | Jr. | 6’1″ | 197
– Long-armed defensive back with good fluidity in space.
– Really good hip fluidity and footwork.
– Has thrived in man coverage.
– Needs to get better in zone coverage — will overcommit to one area for too long which causes an opening over the top or underneath.
– Has the mental makeup to thrive at next level but can get caught guessing on routes which leads to him trailing a step or two behind the receiver.
– Tackling can improve.
– One-year starter with tremendous amount of upside.
– Reminds me of Darius Slay.
Jedrick Wills Jr. | OT | Alabama | Jr. | 6’5″ | 320
– Polished footwork immediately stands out with every rep.
– Experienced player with 27 straight starts at right tackle.
– Regardless of never playing left tackle in college, his value on the right side is just as important (think Mike McGlinchey, Notre Dame, from 2018).
– Solid initial punch with good timing — hands can get wide or too high at times.
– Will maul defenders in the run game.
Javon Kinlaw | DT | South Carolina | Sr. | 6’6″ | 310
– Tremendous length on the interior.
– Wins with quickness and it will cause trouble for interior offensive lineman.
– Blend of power and quickness stands out with ability to move blockers with ease or get around them.
– People will question his overall production but teams will scheme against him and he’s an experienced player with 34 careers starts.
– Versatile on the interior (zero technique, one-technique, three-technique) and has length and quickness to play off the edge — could see teams playing him on the edge on early downs and move him inside as a third down pass rusher.
Grant Delpit | S | LSU | Jr. | 6’3″ | 201
– Great combination of size and speed.
– Length and versatility instantly stands out on film.
– Can play up near the box, cover the slot or even in a single high safety.
– Incredible range that pops on film from the first play to the last play.
– Played injured during parts of 2019 and looked to hurt some of his play.
Tyler Biadasz | IOL | Wisconsin | Jr. (RS) | 6’3″ | 321
– Vocal leader for the Badgers.
– Communication is the key to success and he will help any QB he works with.
– Quick and powerful.
– Shows how to win with good positioning of lower body.
– Consistent angles and climbs to the second level.
– Moves well in space (could watch him pull all day!).
– Curious what arm length is — can’t always get enough separation which forces him to lose ground on his anchor.
– Could be scheme dependent (zone blocking) but should still be a Day 1 starter.
Jonathan Taylor | RB | Wisconsin | Jr. | 5’11” | 214
– Lots of tread on his tires at with over 920 carries in his career at Wisconsin.
– Has big play ability whenever he touches the football (averaged 6.67 yards per play).
– Aggressive runner that finishes regardless of who is in front him — can and will drop pad level when needed.
– Terrific contact balance and vision when attacking the LOS and approaching the open field.
– 42 receptions in his career and is improving. But ball security can be concerning (15 fumbles lost in his career according to CBS Sports Stats).
– Has the speed to make defenders look silly (ran the 100m dash in high school at 10.61 seconds).
Kenneth Murray | LB | Oklahoma | Jr. | 6’2″ | 240
– Aggressive tackler with consistent production in his career (335 tackles in 42 career games).
– Great athlete that has gotten better at pressing ball carriers in the backfield and to the sidelines (37 tackles for loss in his career).
– Shows really good range with ability to go sideline-to-sideline.
– Takes blocks head on and can get washed out of plays because of it.
– Will be an effective blitzer on third down to put pressure on the quarterback.
J.K. Dobbins | RB | Ohio State | Jr. | 5’10” | 217
– Terrific vision, contact balance and jump cutting ability puts him near the top of the class.
– Needs to become more consistent with blitz pickup but has shown great effort on these reps.
– Consistently runs downhill and shows proper leg drive needed to finish runs.
– Runs with a purpose every time he touches the ball and can make a big play happen.
– Thick lower body that will make defenders regret arm tackling.
– Can catch the ball out of the backfield but has a few significant drops in his career.
– Will fill the need as a three down back for whatever team drafts him.
Yetur Gross-Matos | EDGE | Penn State | Jr. | 6’5″ | 264
Tee Higgins | WR | Clemson | Jr. | 6’4″ | 215
K’Lavon Chaisson | EDGE | LSU | Soph. (RS) | 6’4″ | 250
Neville Gallimore | DT | Oklahoma | Sr. (RS) | 6’2″ | 300
Austin Jackson | OT | USC | Jr. | 6’6″ | 310
Travis Etienne | RB | Clemson | Jr. | 5’10” | 210
Justin Herbert | QB | Oregon | Sr. | 6’6″ | 238
Trevon Diggs | CB | Alabama | Sr. | 6’2″ | 207
Julian Okwara | EDGE | Notre Dame | Sr. | 6’5″ | 250
D’Andre Swift | RB | Georgia | Jr. | 5’9″ | 215
C.J. Henderson | CB | Florida | Jr. | 6’1″ | 202
Laviska Shenault Jr. | WR | Colorado | Jr. | 6’2″ | 220
Jeff Gladney | CB | TCU | Sr. | 6’0″ | 183
Michael Pittman Jr. | WR | USC | Sr. | 6’4″ | 220
Brycen Hopkins | TE | Purdue | Sr. (RS) | 6’5″ | 245
Ashytn Davis | S | California | Sr. (RS) | 6’1″ | 200
K.J. Hamler | WR | Penn State | Soph. (RS) | 5’9″ | 178
Nick Harris | IOL | Washington | Sr. | 6’1″ | 300
Curtis Weaver | EDGE | Boise State | Jr. (RS) | 6’3″ | 265
Antoine Winfield Jr. | S | Minnesota | Soph. (RS) | 5’10” | 205
Zack Moss | RB | Utah | Sr. | 5’10” | 222
Raekwon Davis | DT | Alabama | Sr. | 6’7″ | 300
Bradlee Anae | EDGE | Utah | Sr. | 6’3″ | 265
Bryce Hall | CB | Virginia | Sr. | 6’1″ | 200
Justin Jefferson | WR | LSU | Jr. | 6’3″ | 192
Jaylon Johnson | CB | Utah | Jr. | 6’0″ | 195
Jacob Eason | QB | Washington | Jr. (RS) | 6’6″ | 225
Jabari Zuniga | EDGE | Florida | Sr. (RS) | 6’4″ | 247
Jalen Raegor | WR | TCU | Jr. | 5’11” | 195
Hunter Bryant | TE | Washington | Jr. | 6’2″ | 239