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NFL Draft

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1 (1)Cincinnati BengalsJoe BurrowQuarterback6'3"/221LSU

So what that he didn’t blossom until his final year; some quarterbacks figure it all out once they get a bit older. His accuracy on deep passes, decision-making abilities, and ability to hit his mid-range throws were all flawless. There’s almost no bust potential, and he’ll be a terrific pro, but there could be hard limitations on what he can do if he’s not surrounded by elite talent. All comments compiled from analysis by Pete Fiutak of College Football News.

2 (2)Washington RedskinsChase YoungDefensive end6'5"/265Ohio State

This is what you want in an NFL pass rusher. There’s nothing missing to his game, he’s an instant Pro Bowl talent with the skill and makeup to transform a team. When Ohio State coaches are saying he might be better than the Bosas, look out. Myles Garrett might be the recent prototype of prototype defensive ends, but Young isn’t all that far off, it at all.

3 (3)Detroit LionsJeff OkudahCornerback6'1"/205Ohio State

There’s no knock on his game or his character. He’s everything you want in an elite corner who can step in right away and be amazing. All the skills are there, there’s no questioning his fight or his want-to, and he’s going to keep working to get better. Any negatives? Well, he’s fast enough, but he doesn’t have the blazing speed you’d like in an elite of the elite corners.

4 (4)New York GiantsAndrew ThomasOffensive tackle6'5"/315Georgia

You want an NFL blocker who can be the experienced leader and main man who has worked in the biggest of games and against the best of competition? Here you go. He’s got the size and the toughness, but he’s not quite as athletic as some might like for a left tackle. A power blocker, he might have problems grabbing and clutching in pass protection early on.

5 (5)Miami DolphinsTua TagovailoaQuarterback6'0"/217Alabama

I would have drafted him ahead of Burrow. He’s fearless, he’s decisive, and he’s brilliant at putting his passes where his targets can do big things. The throwing motion is close to flawless, he’s got every pass in the bag, and his character is impeccable. But can you trust him to get through the grind of an NFL season when he struggled to get through three months of a college slate?

6 (6)Los Angeles ChargersJustin HerbertQuarterback6'6"/236Oregon

On all-around talent and tools, he’s it. We could all be looking back on this draft three years from now and wonder why we didn’t see the obvious – he might just be this draft’s best player, and we all made too many excuses to knock him down a bit. He’s a pro passer who doesn’t need a whole lot of technique work and tweaking. Blow off any of the leadership questions.

7 (7)Carolina PanthersDerrick BrownDefensive tackle6'5"/326Auburn

Ultra-quick, tremendously powerful, and a phenomenal athlete for his size, he’s got all of that, plus the four-year production, plus the attitude and mindset to be a leader of a line right away. The only slight knock is that he’s not all that smooth and he might have to rely on his power a bit more than his quickness. He’s a special player with no real knocks on his game.

8 (8)Arizona CardinalsIsaiah SimmonsLinebacker6'4"/238Clemson

A brilliant all-around playmaker who breaks the mold. Yeah, he doesn’t have a normal NFL fit because he’s too ridiculously fast for any linebacker. He’s got freakish tools, all the playmaking ability you could dream of in a defender, and the ability to almost change the idea of what an NFL linebacker should be. Put him out there, let him use his range, and let him destroy offenses.

9 (9)Jacksonville JaguarsCJ HendersonCornerback6'1"/204Florida

In a draft without a whole lot of blazers at corner, only three prospects came in with a sub 4.4 and Henderson was the best player of the group. Long with good ball skills and great all-around athleticism, he’s got good size and effortlessly glides around the field. Any knocks and concerns are no big deal as long as he can hold up through a full slate.

10 (10)Cleveland BrownsJedrick Wills Jr.Offensive tackle6'5"/320Alabama

A nasty hitter, he’s a force when he gets on the move and has no problem getting into a fight for the power game. He’s a true left tackle who can show up right away and be a team’s franchise blocker. There’s no real problem overall, but he’s a wee bit shorter and not as long as you might like, and he doesn’t carry his weight like an elite NFL athlete for the offensive line.

11 (11)New York JetsMekhi BectonOffensive tackle6'7"/364Louisville

He’s a gigantic human being who ran a 5.1 40. When he’s able to keep his weight in check, he carries it all well on his frame. A blaster of a blocker, forget about it when he’s able to lock on and drive. Get him on the move at all, and he’ll bury his man. The pass protection skills are just okay, but half the battle is simply getting around him.

12 (12)Las Vegas RaidersHenry Ruggs IIIWide receiver5'11"/188Alabama

Fast, fast, fast, fast, FAST. The pressure was on – relatively speaking – at the combine to see if he really did have the otherworldly wheels, and then … 4.27. Throw in the explosion in the leaping drills, and he’s got the freakish skills that can’t be coached up or taught. But he’s more than just a one-trick guy. Don’t expect him to be a 100-catch guy, though.

13 (13)Tampa Bay BuccaneersTristan WirfsOffensive tackle6'5"/320Iowa

One of the best run blockers in the draft, he doesn’t need any work when it comes to shoving a guy out of the way for the ground game, and he’s been able to show off good enough feet in workouts to be fine in all phases. While his overall technique isn’t bad, he could still use a little refinement. He’ll be a rock-solid starter for someone’s line, but where?

14 (14)San Francisco 49ersJavon KinlawDefensive tackle6'6"/310South Carolina

As is he’s a special athlete and prospect with elite size, length, and quickness off the ball. But there’s a chance he’s just scratching the surface with the upside to otherworldly. He needs a little more overall technique work. The fight and the effort are always there, and he’s got the ability to take his game to another place once he’s surrounded by other NFL talents.

15 (15)Denver BroncosJerry JeudyWide receiver6'1"/193Alabama

If it doesn’t work out and if he’s not a regular Pro Bowl-caliber star, it’s not your fault. Yeah, you might like it if he was a bit more of a physical presence, and yeah, he might have to get used to making more tough catches across the middle, but he’s it. He’s what you want in an NFL receiver who takes your offensive to a whole other level. Smooth as silk.

16 (16)Atlanta FalconsA.J. TerrellCornerback6'1"/195Clemson

Fast and long, he rolled out a 4.42 at the combine and has the length and size to hang with any type of receiver. Physical as well as fast, he can be a good fit for any style with the NFL tools to start right away. He’s not really built to be as physical as he was in college. His production when the ball was in the air went down a bit after a strong freshman campaign.

17 (17)Dallas CowboysCeeDee LambWide receiver6'2"/198Oklahoma

Not just an Oklahoma system guy, Lamb is about as complete a receiver as there is a draft loaded with complete receivers. He’s got good enough size to handle himself across the middle, he’s got the 4.5 speed to take anyone deep, and he’s got the high-end No. 1 receiver mentality. Yes, he has good size, but he’s not going push anyone around for contested passes.

18 (18)Miami DolphinsAustin JacksonOffensive tackle6'5"/317USC

The upside is enormous. He’s a fantastic athlete with the size, frame and versatility to work at just about any position in any system. How good an athlete is he? He came up with a shade over a 5.0 in the 40 and was one of the more explosive tackles in the combine drills. He has the talent to be among the best tackles in the draft, but he still needs some work and refinement.

19 (19)Las Vegas RaidersDamon ArnetteCornerback6'0"/195Ohio State

A fantastic pure cover-corner, his technique is sound, he can hold his own against the more physical receivers. The NFL speed is lacking. He’s not painfully slow, but he’s not a blazer and will get torched by the fliers on the outside. He’ll be fine as a third corner in the rotation, and he’ll be as reliable as they come when he gets to make a play on the ball.

20 (20)Jacksonville JaguarsK'Lavon ChaissonLinebacker6'3"/254LSU

If you’re looking for the speed, athleticism, and upside as an edge rusher who can be a devastating force to keep offensive coordinators up at night, here you go. The injuries of the past two seasons are enough to be a wee bit concerned. However, his leadership and attitude are off the charts – he’s everything a coaching staff wants to be a face of the defense.

21 (21)Philadelphia EaglesJalen ReagorWide receiver5'11"/197TCU

He has the athleticism and all-around quickness to be an instant all-around playmaker in any offensive system. Few receivers in this draft move better than he does. Just get the ball in his hands and let him be brilliant. He can shine as a kick returner, a runner, or a receiver who’ll dominate as a No. 2 man who gets to roam free. Every offensive coordinator dreams of having a guy like him to use.

22 (22)Minnesota VikingsJustin JeffersonWide receiver6'1"/202LSU

The guy caught 165 passes over the last two seasons and came through time and again in the biggest of games. The more NFL teams saw him this offseason, the more they fell in love with the possibilities. He might not turn out to be the flashiest receiver in the draft, but there’s a whole lot of Michael Thomas to his game. He was just OK when he got jammed.

23 (23)Los Angeles ChargersKenneth MurrayLinebacker6'2"/241Oklahoma

The inside linebacker’s inside linebacker, Murray has 4.5 speed, explosive cutting ability, and elite athleticism. He has unlimited range, can get behind the line, and is a leader’s leader who acts and plays the part of a next-level defensive star. His main issues come with trying too hard. He’ll get too amped up and too aggressive that he’ll miss a few plays here and there.

24 (24)New Orleans SaintsCesar RuizCenter6'4"/316Michigan

A 10-year starter at center, it’s going to take a little bit to get up and going, but he’ll grow into rock-solid producer who’ll take over a line. It would be nice if he was a little bit bigger, but you’ll trade that for his ability to move. He’ll need to be flanked by raw bulk. He can play at guard, but that’s not really is regular NFL position.

25 (25)San Francisco 49ersBrandon AiyukWide receiver6'1"/206Arizona State

There’s a good all-around mix of traits, tools and talent to get fired up about. There isn’t any one thing that makes him stand out from the elite pack of this year’s class. The all-around game is good, but he had offseason surgery on his stomach, he’s still learning his trade, and he has to be able to battle a bit more when shoved around at the line. There’s a world of upside to like.

26 (26)Green Bay PackersJordan LoveQuarterback6'4"/219Utah State

Skill set isn’t the best in the draft, but it’s not far off. Always a concern when a quarterback rips it up against the mediocre but struggles against the big boys – he was awful last year against Air Force and San Diego State as well as LSU – but that was an aberration. He’ll be a good pro, but it might take growing pains to get there. Great size, mobility, decision-making skills.

27 (27)Seattle SeahawksJordyn BrooksLinebacker6'0"/240Texas Tech

A four-year starter, he finished with 360 tackles with 6.5 sacks and 32 tackles for loss. All the abilities are there to be even better at the next level. Even though he can run, he’s not much in pass coverage and he doesn’t do too much was a pass rusher. He can get behind the line – 20 tackles for loss last season – but don’t expect him to be a regular at getting to the quarterback.

28 (28)Baltimore RavensPatrick QueenLinebacker6'0"/229LSU

There’s a whole lot to like about what he is and what he can become. There’s no overcoming his lack of size and bulk, but his speed, hitting ability, and upside are limitless. Blow off the lack of starting experience – there’s a lot of tread on the tires with the potential to be a volume-tackle game-wrecker once he gets used to the next-level life.

29 (29)Tennessee TitansIsaiah WilsonOffensive tackle6'6"/350Georgia

A fantastic football player to go along with his massive size and bulk, he helped himself at the combine with a more-than-good-enough 5.3 in the 40 while showing off impressive all-around athleticism. With his size and bulk, at worst he could kick inside and be a devastating guard – but he’s a tackle. The pass protection skills are still developing.

30 (30)Miami DolphinsNoah IgbinogheneCornerback5'10"/198Auburn

One of the best all-around athletes in the draft, he’s fast enough to get by, explosive out of his cuts, and smooth as glass when he’s closing on a play. Elite kick returner. On talent alone he was able to come up with 18 broken up passes since moving to the defensive side, but he only picked off one pass. He’s going to get roasted for a while, but he’s worth the effort.

31 (31)Minnesota VikingsJeff GladneyCornerback5'10"/191TCU

A baller with great quickness and explosiveness, he attacks with a fantastic burst whenever he gets a chance to break on the ball. The long speed is there, but he doesn’t have that special long gear. There might not be enough raw tools to assume he’ll be a superstar right away, but he’s a fighter who makes things happen. Challenge him, and he’ll keep coming through.

32 (32)Kansas City ChiefsClyde Edwards-HelaireRunning back5'8"/209LSU

He’s an interesting prospect who’s a bit different than all the top backs. There’s a chance he could be a three-down workhorse, there are no real knocks, and he’ll never fumble. So what’s the real issue? There isn’t one, other than he doesn’t quite fit the prototype. Being a home run hitter is overrated for an NFL running back, but he’s a whole lot quicker than fast.

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