The 6-6 310 lb Javon Kinlaw dominated versus Georgia and has asserted himself as a top 15 pick on tape despite what his stats say. He has the speed and athleticism to be an effective pass rusher and run stuffer. Kinlaw can play the 0-technique, 1-techinque, 2-technique, 3-technique, 4-technique, and 5-technique. Was easily the best defensive player in Mobile during the 2020 Senior Bowl and has four down ability. Click this Javon Kinlaw Interview to hear Kinlaw's press conference from Mobile.
The 6-1 202 lb Justin Jefferson had 111 receptions, 1,540 receiving yards, and 18 receiving touchdowns in 2019 playing next to Billetnikoff Award winner Ja'Marr Chase. Miami has Devante Parker and now they get a receiver to compliment Parker in Justin Jefferson out of LSU.
Justin Jefferson has fantastic speed. He ran a 4.44 40-time at the 2020 NFL Combine. He seems like someone that can compliment Parker right away in Miami making things easier for their starting quarterback whether it be a short-term veteran like Ryan Fitzpatrick or a long-term starter like Tua Tagovailoa.
The 6-2 241 lb Kenneth Murray can tackle, stop the run, and drop back into coverage to defend against the pass. Murray does it all and after Vontaze Burfict got suspended at middle linebacker, it is safe to say that the Las Vegas Raiders will reload at middle linebacker.
Kenneth Murray had 71 solo tackles, 84 assisted tackles, 155 total tackles, 12.5 tackles for a loss, and 4.5 sacks in 2018. Murray had 69 solo tackles, 33 assisted tackles, 102 total tackles, 17 tackles for a loss, 5 quarterback hurries, and 4 sacks in 2019.
With Kenneth Murray, the Raiders finally address middle linebacker after neglecting the position since 2016. Murray gives Oakland someone who can stop opposing running backs.
Jacksonville gets a replacement for Jalen Ramsey here, and with Jacksonville trading A.J. Bouye to Denver, they will now need multiple cornerbacks in this draft. The 6-0 197 lb Kristian Fulton had 9 deflections from pass breakups and 1 interception in 2018. Fulton had 14 deflections from pass breakups as the field cornerback next to true freshman Derek Stingley who had 22 deflections from pass breakups with 1 interception. Fulton is someone who I can see succeeding as an ideal replacement to Jalen Ramsey. Fulton also ran a 4.44 40-time at the 2020 NFL Combine cementing his status as a top 20 pick along with my top ranked cornerback not named Jeffrey Okudah.
Philadelphia gets a wide receiver here. The Eagles are set to release Alshon Jeffrey and their other receiver Nelson Agholor is set to be a Free Agent with Philadelphia losing both of their top receivers. Their slot receiver DeSean Jackson is back with last years draft pick J.J. Arcega Whiteside pushing Jackson for a starting spot.
The 5-11 206 lb Jalen Reagor had 72 receptions, 1,061 receiving yards, and 9 receiving touchdowns in 2018. Reagor only had 43 receptions, 611 receiving yards, and 5 receiving touchdowns in 2020. His explosive speed and deep play ability speaks for itself. Reagor ran a 4.47 40-time while Laviska Shenault Jr. was injured which is one reason why Reagor moved up my rankings.
The 6-1 227 lb Laviska Shenault Jr. was once a candidate to be a finalist for the Heisman Trophy. Buffalo grabs him and gets a number one target for quarterback Josh Allen. Laviska Shenault Jr. also stated he would love to play with Josh Allen at the 2020 NFL Combine despite not being able to workout due to an injury.
Laviska Shenault Jr. is an elite route runner who has all 30 routes down. He runs with elite speed, but lacks the explosiveness and elite first step from a receiver that you want. While his blocking is effective, it's also inconsistent and needs refinement. Shenault Jr. needs to correct this in 2019.
Laviska Shenault Jr. had 86 receptions, 1,011 receiving yards, and 6 receiving touchdowns in 2018. Shenault Jr. got blanketed versus Nebraska in 2019 after a strong game in Lincoln, in 2018. Shenault Jr. rediscovered his ability to get by defenders on tape with a strong performance versus Air Force. Laviska Shenault Jr. only had 56 receptions, 764 receiving yards, and 4 receiving touchdowns in 2019.
Buffalo needs a go to guy for Josh Allen. With Laviska Shenault Jr. being the only receiver with a first round grade left on the board, he is the pick for Buffalo here.
New England gets their successor to Tom Brady here at 23, perhaps a replacement if Brady signs elsewhere in Free Agency. One quarterback that I heard New England loves is Georgia quarterback Jake Fromm who led Georgia to a Sugar Bowl win over Baylor without running back D'Andre Swift, left tackle Andrew Thomas, right tackle Isaiah Wilson, or left guard Solomon Kindley.
Georgia quarterback Jake Fromm has the leadership and attitude you want in a quarterback. He's the oldest sibling in his family. He has good decision making and accuracy. Fromm never threw for more than 3,000 passing yards at Georgia despite being a five star recruit in High School. His 60.8 completion percentage in 2019 is a career low, but his 24 passing touchdowns and 5 interceptions were extremely impressive for a game manager.
The 6-2 219 lb Fromm has the leadership, attitude, short accuracy, and medium accuracy that you want. His deep ball accuracy got better down the stretch. Fromm is talented, but he is 1-2 in SEC Championship Games. Tom Brady needs a successor even if the Patriots re-tain his services. Fromm beat Stidham in Auburn in 2018.
Jake Fromm did well versus Notre Dame. I posted a film cut of Fromm versus Notre Dame.
New Orleans gets their quarterback of the future here. While Taysom Hill may be a good short-term successor to Brees, he's not someone I see succeeding long-term as a starter in the NFL even though the Saints coaches are high on Hill. A lot of mock drafts have Jordan Love as the top ranked quarterback not named Joe Burrow or Tua Tagovailoa. Love fixed his one big issue with deep ball accuracy at the 2020 NFL Combine and is now in the conversation to be drafted in the first round of the 2020 NFL Draft.
The 6-4 223 lb Jordan Love dominated in 2018 with 3,567 passing yards, 32 passing touchdowns, 6 interceptions, and a 64% completion percentage. Jordan Love lost most of his supporting cast on offense including his offensive coordinator, all five offensive linemen, two wide receivers, and two running backs.
Jordan Love only had 3,402 passing yards, 20 passing touchdowns, 17 interceptions, and a 61.9 completion percentage in 2019. He can make five progressions on tape which is more than what Jacob Eason can do with only three progressions. Love has a tendency to check down and throw to the first guy he sees open which can be both good and bad. He also has the quickest release among any quarterback in this draft with 1.2 seconds to throw the football. His release is quicker than Andrew Luck or Baker Mayfield.
I watched three games of Jordan Love on tape versus LSU, Boise State, and Kent State. Jordan Love had good short and medium accuracy. I did not see one accurate 40-yard throw in those three games. Love also struggled with 40-yard throws during Senior Bowl practices as well as the game as both of his incompletions were deep throws. Love fixed this though at the 2020 NFL Combine and that's why he now has a first round grade.
Jordan Love reminds me of Colin Kaepernick coming out of Nevada. New Orleans is probably the best place for Jordan Love to end up on.
Minnesota grabs a cornerback at 25 with Xavier Rhodes and Trae Waynes set to hit Free Agency. Drafting the younger brother of Stefon Diggs seems fitting for the Minnesota Vikings at this selection.
The 6-1 205 lb Trevon Diggs was the field cornerback on Alabama. Diggs had 8 defelctions from pass breakups and 3 interceptions. Like Fulton, Diggs showed the man coverage, zone coverage, and press coverage of a starting cornerback.
Trevon Diggs is a first round cornerback. He is not as consistent as Jeffrey Okudah or Kristian Fulton. Still, he's a good fit for a team like the Minnesota Vikings at 25.
The 6-5 320 lb Andrew Thomas was Geogia's right tackle next to Isaiah Wynn as a freshman. Thomas has the pass blocking strength, pass blocking footwork, run blocking strength, and run blocking footwork to be a right tackle. He can maintain blocks for 5-7 seconds at right tackle. He only maintained blocks for 3-5 seconds in pass protection at left tackle after Isaiah Wynn left. Thomas can maintain blocks for 5-7 seconds when running the football. Thomas opened up lanes for Nick Chubb and D'Andre Swift at both offensive tackle spots. He did good, but not great in pass protection for Jake Fromm. Thomas struggled versus Kentucky pass rusher Josh Allen in 2018 only maintaining blocks for 1-3 seconds as a temporary blocker versus Allen. Thomas corrected and improved his pass blocking issues in 2019 and is now the clear cut best offensive tackle in the 2020 NFL Draft.
Miami needs a blindside protector. After trading Laremy Tunsil, to the Houston Texans for this selection, Miami gets a younger left tackle with Andrew Thomas out of Georgia.
Andrew Thomas was my top ranked offensive tackle heading into the 2020 NFL Combine. Miami is getting a huge steal here. Here is a film cut of Georgia's offensive line with Andrew Thomas facing Notre Dame.
Seattle needs to rebuild their entire offensive line after left tackle Duane Brown, left guard Mike Iupati, and center Justin Britt all got injured in 2019. Right tackle Germain Ifedi is someone Seattle can upgrade too. The 6-6 311 lb Austin Jackson is picked here as Seattle can make him their bookend to Duane Brown until Brown retires before moving him over to the left side where he'd be Wilson's blindside at some point down the road.
Austin Jackson played left tackle, right tackle, 4-3 right end, 4-3 defensive tackle, and 4-3 left end in High School at North Canyon before enrolling into USC where he was a swing tackle in 2017 before taking the blindside job in 2018 and maintaining that job for two full seasons. Austin Jackson is better at left tackle, but has the skill set to move over to the right side and play right tackle if you need him to.
Jackson has the pass blocking, run blocking, zone blocking, pass blocking footwork and run blocking footwork. He needs to add some muscle and get stronger without losing a step in his footwork. The fact that Austin Jackson can play both offensive tackle spots with his versatility like Andrew Thomas and Tristan Wirfs makes me more comfortable about drafting him in the first round since he struggled agaisnt Utah's 4-3 right end Bradlee Anae.
Baltimore needs mutiple starters at 3-4 middle linebacker. That's why it makes complete sense for them to draft a guy that some have ranked ahead of Kenneth Murray at 28. The 6-0 229 lb Patrick Queen had 37 solo tackles, 48 assisted tackles, 85 total tackles, 12 tackles for a loss, 3 sacks, and 2 deflections from pass breakups in 2019. Queen has the speed, run stopping, and ability to drop back into coverage.
Tennessee gets a pass rusher to compliment Harold Landry their 3-4 left outside linebacker. Kamalei Correa is set to be a Free Agent and Cameron Wake is aging. K'Lavon Chaisson is a great value pick for the Tennessee Titans near the end of the first round.
The 6-3 254 lb K'Lavon Chaisson has 34 solo tackles, 26 assisted tackles, 60 total tackles, 13.5 tackles for a loss, 6.5 sacks, and 6 quarterback hurries in 2019.
Green Bay is looking at re-signing Blake Martinez and getting a second 3-4 middle linebacker in Free Agency. The Packers have not even contacted right tackle Bryan Bulaga about a contract extension. This means that Green Bay will replace Bulaga in either Free Agency or the 2020 NFL Draft. My guess is they get Bulaga's replacement at 30. The 6-5 311 lb Josh Jones is a former basketball player with excellent footwork. The four year starter at left tackle for Houston showed the versatility to play left tackle and right tackle in Mobile.
Click this Josh Jones Interview to hear Josh Jones after day 3 of Senior Bowl practice from Mobile. He is the only player the Packers can get to replace Bryan Bulaga this late in the first round with the other offensive tackles off the board.
San Francisco loses Arik Armstead to Free Agency. If San Francisco brings Armstead back, which has been discussed by the 49ers internally, I will probably change this pick to Denzel Mims. For now, Davis is the pick.
The 6-7 312 lb Raekwon Davis is someone who could step in at 4-3 defensive tackle right away next to Linval Joseph. He can play in the 0-technique, 1-technique, 2-technique, 3-technique, 4-technique, or 5-technique. Davis is also versatile enough to play 3-4 right end, 3-4 nose tackle, or 3-4 left end. He has four down ability.
The 5-9 215 lb D'Andre Swift is the most elusive running back that I've seen since arguably Terrell Davis. He doesn't run with power like Todd Gurley or Nick Chubb, but he has the moves that you want an elusive back to have and is unique in his own way.
Swift knows how to run inside and outside. He has the strength to dominate in pass protection despite his size. He can use spin moves, stiff arm players, and juke his way. Swift fights for every yard and runs with sheer determination. Some scouts say his biggest weakness is ball security. He has not fumbled once yet and has exceptional vision to go with his quickness.
Swift is a taller version of Barry Sanders. He cuts and moves his hips like a young Arian Foster.
Swift had 163 carries, 1,049 rushing yards, 10 rushing touchdowns, 32 receptions, 297 receiving yards, 3 receiving touchdowns, 195 touches, 1,346 total yards, and 13 total touchdowns in 2018 after taking over for Nick Chubb. Swift had 196 carries, 1,216 rushing yards, and 7 rushing touchdowns in 2019.
Damien Williams has a club option the Chiefs can explore and LeSean McCoy is a Free Agent. Getting D'Andre Swift in the draft to be the starting running back for Kansas City gives Mahomes less pressure. Mahomes dominated when teams stacked eight in the box on Kareem Hunt before Kareem Hunt got released by the Chiefs.
Giving Patrick Mahomes, the top running back in this draft only makes this offense more lethal since Mahomes did not master the art of reading defenses until the halfway point of last season. I posted a film cut of DeAndre Swift versus Notre Dame.