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Norris: Top 150 Draft Board

by Josh Norris
Updated On: October 4, 2018, 4:04 pm ET

I’m ranking based on ideal fit and how a player would excel in that situation. Not a specific franchise fit, but more of an ideal role.


As for quarterbacks, I rank them differently. Ideally they would be on a totally separate board, but that is not possible. Instead I place them at the top of the board if I’m sold on their ability. If I’m sold on them becoming quality starters. Then, rather than mingle with every other position, I place the next tier following prospects I consider to be first round caliber players. I could envision these quarterbacks being quality starters, but potential fatal flaws exist in their game as well. And so on, and so on.


As you can see, only 20 currently fit a “first round” label. There were many names I wanted to fit into the top 100. There just wasn’t enough room. The strength of this draft in terms of clumps of grades might be in the 75-125 range.


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All heights, weights, ages and athletic composite scores are supplied by Zach Whitman


1. QB Josh Rosen, UCLA | 6’4, 226 | Athleticism: 43rd percentile | Age: 21


Where He Wins: Play after play a coach knows what he is getting from a footwork, mechanics and technique standpoint. Ideal pocket passer in terms of working inside of structure with timing to locate the correct read and deliver the ball. Willing to attack every level of the defense and deliver footballs just before being hit. Rosen can rifle passes into tight windows or put touch on throws when necessary. Will make subtle movements inside of structure to find space in the pocket. He sees the field better than any other quarterback in this class.


Forecast: I don’t know Rosen’s medicals (shoulder and head). I have never met Josh Rosen. But in life generally, I appreciate people who speak their mind and display self-awareness. There will be a team at the top of the draft who clicks with Rosen. Many successful young quarterbacks in the NFL possess above average mobility. I don’t think Rosen offers that.


2. iOL Quenton Nelson, Notre Dame | 6’5, 325 | Athleticism: 24th percentile | Age: 21


Where He Wins: I’ve never seen an offensive lineman make some of the plays Nelson has. Example: Nelson, with active eyes, picking up a late blitzing Georgia defender on the opposite side of the line and absolutely decapitating him at full speed. He creates space in the running game and halts momentum as a pass protector.


Forecast: Interior disruption is king, so preventing it is important. There is also something to be said for an easy evaluation, and Nelson is that.


3. RB Saquon Barkley, Penn State | 6’0, 233 | Athleticism: 98th percentile | Age: 21


Where He Wins: Possibly the perfect satellite or space running back. He shines in the open field, combining unreal athleticism with ridiculous size. He creates yards on his own by evading tacklers both behind the line of scrimmage, at the second level or beyond. In fact, he created many hidden yards by converting supposed losses into gains by evading free defenders. A comfortable receiver on pick plays, swings, short routes and vertical shots.


NFL Comparison: David Johnson, Cardinals


Forecast: Barkley is a totally different runner than Ezekiel Elliott or Leonard Fournette. He does not maximize every yard blocked for him between the tackles. Right now that is not his game, but could it be? He has the size for it. But Barkley offers a different skillset in terms of shining in the passing game.


4. S Derwin James, FSU | 6’2, 215 | Athleticism: 87th percentile | Age: 22


Where He Wins: I would feel comfortable playing James at every level of the field. Split safety in deeper portions of coverage. Box safety or slot corner matching up against all different types of pass catchers. And James absolutely succeeds near the line of scrimmage and even as a blitzer. He plays with aggression and is an outstanding athlete.


Comparison: Eric Berry, Chiefs


Forecast: Per Albert Breer, teams are split on James. I think he has more range to his game than Jamal Adams, the No. 6 pick in last year’s class. More quarterbacks will be drafted in the top five this year, so a team will be getting a very good player near the No. 10 spot.


5. EDGE Bradley Chubb, NC State | 6’4, 269 | Athleticism: 82nd percentile | Age: 22


Where He Wins: Knows his identity and strengths as a pass rusher. Chubb attacks his opposition snap after snap to the outside or straight to the edge. He can win with a long arm or rip on the edge or press and push tackles back on a bull rush. Chubb is also great at understanding when he has enough depth and disengages in order to make a play in the backfield, crossing the face of tackles. That type of pass rush arsenal keeps tackles guessing.


Forecast: Play after play, Chubb gets after it with effort. He isn’t a speed rusher, but that’s fine. He has enough tools and uses that variety to win a number of one on one matchups each game. Can play on the edge of any system.


6. LB Roquan Smith, Georgia | 6’1, 236 | Athleticism: 68th percentile | Age: 21


Where He Wins: Sideline to sideline linebacker who is outstanding at getting ahead of blocks and picking lanes to attack and disrupt. Wants to meet ball carriers at or behind the line of scrimmage. He reacts immediately and even is predictive in his movements.


Forecast: An immediate difference maker off the ball. Plug and play starter. Just imagine if he goes to a team with solid defensive tackles that allow him to run free at the second level.


7. 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.


8. 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.


9. OL Isaiah Wynn, Georgia | 6’3, 313 | Athleticism: N/A | Age: 22


Where He Wins: Played left tackle in 2017 after previously playing left guard. Really is an ideal offensive lineman: Athletic, strong, footwork and an ability to recover and still win.


Forecast: I think Wynn can play tackle in the NFL, but it remains to be seen if the NFL vies him in the same light. Has only played on the left side during his career. Played with a torn labrum since November.


10. 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.


Comparison: On the Thomas Rawls - Marshawn Lynch spectrum


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.


11. 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.


12. CB Denzel Ward, Ohio State | 5’11, 183 | Athleticism: 98th percentile | Age: 21


Where He Wins: Mirroring receivers in phase, locating the football and making a play on the ball is his game. Very fluid player and looks comfortable outside or in the slot. Footwork in his backpedal to mirror and not turn his hips is very impressive. Very willing to leave his feet and make a play for the football and will fight for inside position before doing so. His timing to play the football really is special. Attacks knees and ankles to wrap up on his tackles.


Comparison: Jason Verrett, Chargers


Forecast: Lacks ideal height and length, but that doesn’t stop Ward from being an ideal talent. Can line up on the outside in “base” and move inside to the slot in nickel or dime if necessary.


13. T Mike McGlinchey, Notre Dame | 6’8, 309 | Athleticism: N/A | Age: 23


Where He Wins: Very consistent left tackle. Left alone on an island often and handled his assignment. Shines in the running game in terms of positional advantage to accomplish his assignment. Evan asked to get to the second level and pull, and moves well on each. Maximizes his length as a pass protector and has the functional strength to stick with counter moves or recover and anchor in tough spots. Has experience on the left and right side.


Forecast: McGlinchey is not a perfect prospect. Even good tackles lose snaps each game, the impact is determined by the playcall. He’s at his worst against edge rushers with tremendous upfield speed. McGlinchey is clearly the top tackle prospect (in terms of players considered tackles by NFL standards).


14. SCB Minkah Fitzpatrick, Alabama | 6’0, 204 | Athleticism: 57th percentile | Age: 21


Where He Wins: Clearly most comfortable in the slot. Sticks and trails receivers over the middle of the field then drives and reach on the catch point to disrupt. Will come up and hold the edge on runs and wants to make plays at the line of scrimmage. A very aggressive player, as he tries to fight off blocks. Also gives effort on special teams.


Comparison: Terence Newman, Vikings


Forecast: The question is how valuable is a slot player? Yes, that position is considered a starter, but look at contract numbers and the value is not the same as outside corners. He played just 13 snaps as an outside corner in 2017 and does not have a similar size/athletic profile as Jalen Ramsey, so the cases are quite different.


15. EDGE Marcus Davenport, UTSA | 6’6, 264 | Athleticism: 80th percentile | Age: 22


Where He Wins: Has an outstanding long arm to press and maintain a space advantage. Productive player when looping inside or taking the inside lane after attacking outside. Not a bend rusher, he’s a straight-line or lateral rusher. Size allows him to naturally defend the run and combines it with mentality to disengage and make plays near the line of scrimmage. His best is outstanding.


Forecast: I’ve compared Davenport to Aldon Smith on the field, and Smith used his combination of movement and size to take advantage of the space created by Justin Smith. Davenport can win on his own, but he’d be a monster playing next to a similar talent.


16. LB Leighton Vander Esch, Boise State | 6’4, 256 | 97th percentile | Age: 22


Where He Wins: An insane athlete with incredible size. You could see his game improving as the season went along, and it makes sense as he has very little time as a starter and experience at that level of play. Vander Esch is a killer on contact, nailing and driving his opposition to the ground. Can get skinny and knife through blocks and lanes when necessary. Watches quarterback’s eyes in coverage and makes plays on the football in curl to flat area.

Forecast: He’s played high level football for such a short period of time, so this is a bit of a projection. As surprising as it might sound, LVE’s weakness might be using his frame to overcome blocks at the second level.


17. 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.


18. RB Sony Michel, Georgia | 5’11, 214 | Athleticism: N/A | Age 23


Where He Wins: Intriguing combination of quickness, speed and power. There are plays where he evades the first defender and runs over the second, then converts a big play. Smooth one step cuts to not lose momentum, then he has the speed to ruin defender's angles. He can run small, skinny and big. Swing passes become nightmares for defenses when he is in the open field.


Forecast: If there is one back who challenges Saquon Barkley after a few years in the league, it is Michel. He has a fumbling problem and hopefully he can overcome that. Has split time during his career.


19. LB Tremaine Edmunds, Virginia Tech | 6’5, 253 | 69th percentile | Age: 20


Where He Wins: Mostly plays off the ball as a true linebacker and will occasionally rush from the edge. Linebackers this big should not move this easily. Once he locates a target he flies to the ball and his closing quicks are crazy. And that goes for running lanes to make plays in the backfield. Active in curl to flat zones and does his best to anticipate and close on passes.


Forecast:  For 6-foot-4 and 255 pounds, Edmunds doesn’t always play to that size. And he has a tendency to overrun plays, allowing ball carriers to evade him. With that said, few prospects at his position offer his size, speed and comfort in space. That fits the NFL.


20. DL Taven Bryan, Florida | 6’5, 291 | Athleticism: 97th percentile | Age: 22


Where He Wins: Athleticism from the inside is apparent from the snap. Offensive linemen have such a difficult time re-anchoring against his momentum. 3-technique who might line up as a 1-technique in certain situations. Closing speed to chase down plays in space and when shooting gaps. Often the first player off the ball.


Comparison: Dominique Easley, Rams


Forecast: Bryan is naturally disruptive. I don’t think I’ve ever written that sentence. Often he has no idea what he’s doing and lacks a pass rushing plan. I’m banking on NFL coaches to do their job and earn their money.


21. QB Sam Darnold, USC | 6’3, 221 | Athleticism: 24th percentile | Age: 21


Where He Wins: Outside of structure success seems almost to equal to production when everything goes according to plan. Mobile and live arm to create space and hit receivers at every level of the field without having to load up or reset. Able to throw with touch, able to put heat when necessary. Plenty of examples where he throws with anticipation or looks defenders off before targeting his intended option.


Comparison: Tony Romo + Jameis Winston


Forecast: There’s so much good at such a young age for Darnold, but the potential for fatal flaws are there. As mentioned, he has the arm to overcome glitches in his footwork and movement. I’m not one to think mechanics can be altered. Strengths can become stronger, so work around his base/footwork/balance rather than trying to overhaul it.


22. QB Baker Mayfield, Oklahoma | 6’1, 215 | Athleticism: 35th percentile | Age: 23


Where He Wins: Accurate quick game passer. Will carry out the play inside of structure, but has the comfort to hold the football longer than intended and make a play at multiple levels. Similar playmaker mentality to Deshaun Watson. Can throw with touch to work over defenders or allow taller targets to win contested. Will keep eyes up when working through the pocket, especially on the escaping checkdown.


Forecast:  I would not argue with an evaluator who calls Mayfield’s arm “just good enough.” That means the other pieces must align and he must use other strengths to make sure an adequate skill does not turn into a negative. Like Watson, Mayfield’s supporting cast during his final season was outstanding. Plus an outstanding play caller. What will he do in a worse situation? Safe to say he has unmatched self-confidence.


23. QB Lamar Jackson, Louisville | 6’2, 216 | Athleticism: N/A | Age: 21


Where He Wins: A pocket passer-plus. Number of exposures where he displays patience in the pocket to attack multiple levels of the field, even in tight coverage and especially over the middle of the field. Has the athleticism to avoid the first oncoming defender in the pocket, reset, eyes up and deliver to a downfield target. And we all know he can be absolutely lethal when pulling it down a taking off from the pocket or on designed runs. Again, that is not his first instinct.


Forecast: Not your standard quarterback, so don’t treat him like one. He’s also not a run first quarterback, either. His footwork is not ideal. His base can be too narrow and his evasion of pressure can be elongated rather than subtle. Also, Jackson is inconsistent to the point of missing a throw, returning to the exact same play and placing it perfectly. I want to see where he ends up in three years. And yes, I wish he produced an athletic profile.


24. WR D.J. Moore, Maryland | 6’0, 210 | Athleticism: 97th percentile | Age: 21


Where He Wins: Outstanding athlete and it shows. Was forced to excel after the catch and he combines speed, balance, quickness and vision to create big plays. At his best catching passes in stride, even when having to adjust, and acrobatically maintains speed to sustain and create even more separation. If a defender takes a false step during Moore’s routes, it is difficult for them to correct and close the gap. If he gets to full speed, you’re in trouble.


Forecast: Awful quarterback play makes the evaluation more difficult. From what I saw, Moore was not unleashed per se, and focused more on manufactured touches, underneath routes and vertical shots. He did line up outside and in the slot. There’s a chance he can be one of the few receivers who win big and small.


25. 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.


26. DL Da’Ron Payne, Alabama | 6’3, 311 | Athleticism: 63rd percentile | Age: 21


Where He Wins: Game against Georgia is one of the best single performances in this entire class. Often lined up at 1-technique, not sure that’s his full-time role in the NFL. Has the quickness to win off the snap and instantly penetrate to shoot a shoulder. Or can win with an instant swim. Or can press and walk his opposition back when the momentum advantage is in his favor. Issue is those don’t happen at a consistent level, but when they do it is very pretty.


Comparison: Vernon Butler, Panthers


Forecast: Likely to play multiple alignments for his future team. Not a consistent player right now, versus the run or pass, but the moments that stand out change drives thanks to tackles for loss or sacks. Ahead of the game in terms of hand use to press, locate the football and shed at the line of scrimmage.


27. WR Calvin Ridley, Alabama | 6’1, 189 | Athleticism: 6th percentile | Age: 23


Where He Wins: Creates separation in his routes and sustains it. Has great tape when lining up on the outside and the inside. Flashes winning after the catch with fluidity as well. One of the better route runners in this class.


Forecast: No receiver in at least 15 years with Ridley’s poor athleticism has been selected in the first round. We also know he does not win contested situations. I wonder if he ultimately becomes a slot receiver, but a very good one.


28. 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.


29. LB Rashaan Evans, Alabama | 6’2, 232 | Athleticism: N/A | Age: 21


Where He Wins: True MIKE or inside linebacker. Closes quickly in space with aggressive angles. Won’t blindly follow the flow of the offensive line, instead will locate the running back which prevents backside lanes. Has the speed to chase down ball carriers or receivers in space. Has uncommon success as a pass rusher and blitzer for his position. Can be a hammer on contact versus blockers, even against offensive linemen.


Forecast: Did not complete a full athletic profile, so we don’t know where he stacks up in that area. He can be a thumper or a sideline linebacker, and his pass rushing upside is not typical.


30. 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.


31. 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.


32. iOL Frank Ragnow, Arkansas | 6’5, 312 | Athleticism: N/A | Age: 22


Where He Wins: Once his hands are on you, it is over. Watch his game against Alabama and you see him dominate Da’Ron Payne. Has experience at both center and guard. Very consistent at getting to the second level and wants to move the defender away from the play. Such a consistent player.


Forecast: Ragnow will be a first round pick, likely to the Bengals or Panthers. He can immediately start at guard or center.


33. 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.


34. DL Vita Vea, Washington | 6’4, 347 | Athleticism: N/A | Age: 23


Where He Wins: So damn powerful. There are plays where he ragdolls his opponent off the snap, using uncommon techniques. Almo sumo-like with his raw power and push, including using his arm as a club. At his worst he’s a strong at the line of scrimmage run defender.


Forecast: I question Vea’s evaluation more than most. We don’t have a full athletic profile. I know his production was huge in 2017, but I wonder if can be an upfield player consistently. He seems to mostly operate at the line of scrimmage. And that’s just not my type.


35. 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.


36. 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.


37. 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.


38. 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.


39. 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.


40. 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.


41. 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.


42. 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.


43. 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.


44. QB Josh Allen, Wyoming | 6’5, 237 | Athleticism: 85th percentile | Age: 22


Where He Wins: Strong arm, big build, mobile when leaving structure and wants to target downfield when that happens.


Comparison: QB Josh McCown, Jets


Forecast: I have so many questions with Allen. He’s ranked here because if the pieces align, he can be great. But based on his college stuff, I don’t see a path to success. He is a pedal to the floor player who looks most comfortable escaping structure and throwing the ball 45 yards along the sideline. He does not see or recognize coverages at times, throwing it straight to zone defenders or leading his receivers into kill shots. Maybe his footwork has improved under Jordan Palmer


45. 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.


46. T Kolton Miller, UCLA | 6’9, 309 | Athleticism 99th percentile | Age: ?


Where He Wins: Among the best athletes we’ve seen at his position. A ball of clay with great size that coaches will want to coach. Has experience on the right and left sides.


Comparison: T Nate Solder, Giants


Forecast: Miller arguably was not good in multiple performances during his time at UCLA. Hit the elite 20-yard shuttle threshold which has a high hit rate for success. Coaches believe in their ability to coach.


47. iOL Billy Price, Ohio State | 6’4, 305 | Athleticism: ? | Age: 23


Where He Wins: Plenty of experience at both guard and center. Sound player who wants to mirror and latch. Fights to get his hips in front so positioning advantage is won.


Forecast: Pec injury might drop him a few slots, but it won’t be much. Likely a second round pick.


48. 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.


49. TE Hayden Hurst, South Carolina | 6’5, 250 | Athleticism: 45th percentile | Age: 25


Where He Wins: Lines up inline or detached. Best at working down the seam or breaking those routes off to the sideline.


Forecast: Older prospect at a position that is the slowest developing spot in the NFL. That needs to be said. It only makes sense that an older prospect is more mature physically and mentally when facing 20 and 21 year olds.


50. 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.


   
51. CB Mike Hughes, UCF 126. DL Justin Jones, NC State
52. CB Jaire Alexander, Louisville 127. DL RJ McIntosh, Miami
53. WR James Washington, Oklahoma State 128. T Martinas Rankin, Miss State
54. S Jessie Bates, Wake Forest 129. OL Dejon Allen, Hawaii
55. WR DaeSean Hamilton, Penn State 130. DL Derrick Nnadi, FSU
56. G Austin Corbett, Nevada 131. CB Carlton Davis, Auburn
57. EDGE Kemoko Turay, Rutgers 132. RB Nyheim Hines, NC State
58. S Ronnie Harrison, Alabama 133. DB Rashaan Gaulden, Tennessee
59. DL Deadrin Senat, USF 134. EDGE Jalyn Holmes, OSU
60. TE Mike Gesicki, Penn State 135. T Chuks Okorafor, Western Mich
61. LB Dorian O'Daniel, Clemson 136. S Terrell Edmunds, VaTech
62. EDGE Obo Okoronkwo, Oklahoma 137. WR J'Mon Moore, Mizzou
63. WR Michael Gallup, Colorado State 138. TE Durham Smythe, Notre Dame
64. WR D.J. Chark, LSU 139. WR Javon Wims, Georgia
65. S Marcus Allen, Penn State 140. TE Chris Herndon, Miami
66. CB Donte Jackson, LSU 141. RB Chase Edmonds, Fordham
67. DT Harrison Phillips, Stanford 142. WR Daurice Fountain, UNI
68. RB John Kelly, Tennessee 143. DB DeShon Elliott, Texas
69. LB Jerome Baker, Ohio State 144. DL Poona Ford, Texas
70. T Jamarco Jones, Ohio State 145. T Brandon Parker, NC A&T
71. CB Isaiah Oliver, Colorado 146. DL Tim Settle, VaTech
72. QB Mason Rudolph, Oklahoma State 147. CB Quenton Meeks, Stanford
73. EDGE Uchenna Nwosu, USC 148. CB Anthony Averett, Alabama
74. RB Rashaad Penny, SD State 149. LB Malik Jefferson, Texas
75. CB D.J. Reed, Kansas State 150. RB Jaylen Samuels, NC State
76. CB Avonte Maddox, Pitt 151. CB Brandon Facyson, VaTech
77. CB M.J. Stewart, UNC 152. S Godwin Igwebuike, Northwestern
78. CB Duke Dawson, Florida 153. S Troy Apke, Penn State
79. EDGE Duke Ejiofor, Wake Forest 154. WR Dylan Cantrell, Texas Tech
80. G Braden Smith, Auburn 155. DL BJ Hill, NC State
81. LB Darius Leonard, SC State 156. LB Micah Kiser, Virginia
82. S Armani Watts, Texas A&M 157. EDGE Marquis Haynes, Ole Miss
83. T Orlando Brown, Oklahoma 158. TE Andrew Vollert, Weber State
84. RB Ronald Jones, USC 159. LB Foye Oluokun, Yale
85. TE Ian Thomas, Indiana 160. CB Josh Kalu, Nebraska
86. RB Kerryon Johnson, Auburn 161. CB Darious Williams, UAB
87. DT Foley Fatukasi, UConn 162. CB Simeon Thomas, ULL
88. EDGE Chad Thomas, Miami 163. RB Akrum Wadley, Iowa
89. EDGE Kylie Fitts, Utah 164. QB Mike White, WKU
90. LB Shaquem Griffin, UCF 165. RB Kalen Ballage, Arizona State
91. QB Kyle Lauletta, Richmond 166. DL James Looney, Cal
92. LB Josey Jewell, Iowa 167. EDGE Ade Aruna, Tulane
93. T Joe Noteboom, TCU 168. LB Matthew Thomas, FSU
94. T Desmond Harrison, West Georgia 169. LB Oren Burks, Vanderbilt
95. EDGE Kentavius Street, NC State 170. DL Lowell Lotulelei, Utah
96. OL Alex Cappa, Humboldt State 171. EDGE Dorance Armstrong, Kansas
97. WR Cedrick Wilson, Boise State 172. DB Travon Blanchard, Baylor
98. CB Parry Nickerson, Tulane 173. CB Tremon Smith, Central Arkansas
99. EDGE Tyquan Lewis, Ohio State 174. RB Mike Boone, Cincinnati
100. DL/EDGE Rasheem Green, USC 175. WR Braxton Berrios, Miami
101. EDGE Arden Key, LSU 176. T Korey Cunningham, Cincinnati
102. CB Holton Hill, Texas 177. WR Allen Lazard, Iowa State
103. S Natrell Jamerson, Wisconsin 178. WR Keke Coutee, Texas Tech
104. S Kyzir White, WVU 179. RB Royce Freeman, Oregon
105. CB Nick Nelson, Wisconsin 180. TE Dalton Schultz, Stanford
106. CB Isaac Yiadom, Boston College 181. DB Jeremy Reaves, South Alabama
107. DL Jullian Taylor, Temple 182. QB Luke Falk, Washington St
108. CB Christian Campbell, PSU 183. QB Logan Woodside, Toledo
109. DL P.J. Hall, Sam Houston State 184. OL Cole Madison, Washington St
110. S Tarvarius Moore, SoMiss 185. LB Skai Moore, South Carolina
111. DL Bilal Nichols, Delaware 186. WR Tre'Quan Smith, UCF
112. RB Mark Walton, Miami 187. WR Marcell Ateman, Oklahoma St
113. DL Hercules Mata'afa, Washington St 188. T Geron Christian, Louisville
114. iOL Scott Quessenberry, UCLA 189. T Will Richardson, NC State
115. OL Wyatt Teller, VaTech 190. CB Tony Brown, Alabama
116. OL Colby Gossett, App State 191. WR Jaleel Scott, New Mexico St
117. WR Antonio Callaway, Florida 192. WR Jordan Lasley, UCLA
118. WR Deon Cain, Clemson 193. WR Richie James, MTSU
119. WR Dante Pettis, Washington 194. C Mason Cole, Michigan
120. CB Grant Haley, PSU 195. TE Will Dissly, Washington
121. DB Dane Cruikshank, Arizona 196. DL Andrew Brown, Virginia
122. LB Christian Sam, ASU 197. CB J.C. Jackson, Maryland
123. TE Mark Andrews, Oklahoma 198. CB Kevin Toliver, LSU
124. CB Darius Phillips, Western Mich 199. RB Ryan Nall, Oregon State
125. DL Breeland Speaks, Ole Miss 200. LB Jack Cichy, Wisconsin
Josh Norris

Josh Norris is an NFL Draft Analyst for NBC Sports Edge and contributed to the Rams scouting department during training camp of 2010 and the 2011 NFL Draft. He can be found on Twitter .