C.J. STROUD

OHIO STATE

Stroud is a polished legitimate dual threat quarterback. He is a superb athlete, highly intelligent player, goes through his progressions well, has a strong arm & good accuracy. Stroud shows good poise & pocket awareness & is a natural born leader. He can make all the throws, shows nice touch when needed & has a rifle arm with a tight spiral. Stroud’s physical tools give him the nod over Bryce Young.

NFL PLAYER COMPARISON: JOE BURROW

TALENT GRADE: 1st ROUND

DRAFT PROJECTION: 1st ROUND

BRYCE YOUNG

ALABAMA

Young has all the tools & characteristics of a franchise signal caller, except size. A great leader, Young is equipped with a strong & accurate arm, he can make all the throws and is a legitimate threat with his legs. He has terrific poise and pocket awareness and has a quick/smooth release. If not for his size, it would be increasingly difficult to rank Stroud ahead of him but, in the NFL size matters.

NFL PLAYER COMPARISON: DREW BREES

TALENT GRADE: 1st ROUND

DRAFT PROJECTION: 1st ROUND

WILL LEVIS

KENTUCKY

Levis has prototypical size for the position and possesses a legitimate NFL arm. He displays terrific footwork, good pocket awareness, mobile and a threat with his legs. He has a very strong arm, a super quick release and uses his body well to fend off pass rushers. He can be a little bit overzealous at times but he is a gamer and will be more refined in the NFL with a good QB coach.

NFL PLAYER COMPARISON: JUSTIN HERBERT

TALENT GRADE: 1st ROUND

DRAFT PROJECTION: 1st ROUND

ANTHONY RICHARDSON

FLORIDA

Richardson has easily the highest ceiling in the draft at the QB position. He is absolutely dynamic with his legs and has a rocket arm. He throws a deep and accurate long ball, probably the prettiest deep ball in the draft. He is less refined and raw as an overall passer relative to the QB’s ranked ahead of him, which makes him riskier than his counterparts, but the potential is very high.

NFL PLAYER COMPARISON: CAM NEWTON

TALENT GRADE: 1st ROUND

DRAFT PROJECTION: 1st ROUND

JAREN HALL

BYU

Hall is one of my sleepers in this draft and has the potential to be a steal for the team that drafts him. He’s a fearless competitor that has the physical & mental capacity to carry a team on his back. A great athlete with terrific footwork, can read a defense well, go through progressions and has superb pocket awareness. An intelligent player, good decision maker and knows when to use his legs.

NFL PLAYER COMPARISON: RUSSELL WILSON

TALENT GRADE: 2ND ROUND

DRAFT PROJECTION: 3RD/5TH ROUND

HENDON HOOKER

TENNESSEE

Hooker is a very well rounded & intelligent QB. He has good arm strength and is mobile. He’s an accurate passer and can make all the throws. He shows good decision making ability, can read a defense well and does a good job going through his progressions. He is necessarily as dynamic as his counterparts, but Hooker has all the tools to have a long career as a reliable starting NFL QB.

NFL PLAYER COMPARISON: DONOVAN MCNABB

TALENT GRADE: 2ND ROUND

DRAFT PROJECTION: 2ND ROUND

JAKE HAENER

FRESNO STATE

Haener is a fearless competitor whose intangibles along with his skillset will make him mainstay in the NFL as a backup at the bare minimum. He’s an overachiever that has a good enough NFL arm & good accuracy. Haener is a gamer, has adequate mobility and displays good touch on his throws. He’s not a franchise quarterback, but he’s got upside to become a starter in the NFL.

NFL PLAYER COMPARISON: BAKER MAYFIELD

TALENT GRADE: 4TH ROUND

DRAFT PROJECTION: 4TH/5TH ROUND

CLAYTON TUNE

HOUSTON

Tune is a gunslinger with good size & an NFL arm. He exhibits good accuracy on his deep balls and can make all the throws in the NFL. His footwork & mechanics are very solid & while he isn’t necessarily a threat on his legs; he does have some mobility. Clayton tends to lock in on a receiver which he’ll need to adjust in the NFL. He projects as a high upside backup in the NFL with starting potential.

NFL PLAYER COMPARISON: PHILIP RIVERS

TALENT GRADE: 5TH ROUND

DRAFT PROJECTION: 5TH/6TH ROUND

AIDAN O'CONNELL

PURDUE

Aidan executes a beautiful play action, however aside from that, everything else about his game is average, give or take. He displays good touch on his throws, has an adequate arm and has some mobility, although he isn’t overly athletic. His footwork is rough and has a tendency to stare down his receivers. He’ll be a career backup, but he’ll have a career in the NFL.

NFL PLAYER COMPARISON: CARSON WENTZ

TALENT GRADE: 5TH ROUND

DRAFT PROJECTION: 5TH/6TH ROUND

MALIK CUNNINGHAM

LOUISVILLE

Cunningham is ‘Lamar Lite’. He’s a run-first QB that is explosive with his legs. He’s not nearly as impressive with his arm, but it may be adequate enough to survive in the NFL. If more teams ran a ‘QB-by-committee’, Malik would be much more valuable. I could see a team using him in a Taysom Hill type role, and he’d be a perfect backup for a team with a running QB. He does have upside.

NFL PLAYER COMPARISON: LAMAR JACKSON

TALENT GRADE: 5TH ROUND

DRAFT PROJECTION: 5TH/6TH ROUND

MAX DUGGAN

TEXAS CHRISTIAN

Duggan is fearless in the pocket. He can make a lot of NFL throws, but his arm isn’t the strongest. He’s a mobile QB and can take off with his legs when necessary. His footwork and overall technique is a little rough but, he has a competitiveness about him that could afford him a career as a backup.

NFL PLAYER COMPARISON: GARDNER MINSHEW

TALENT GRADE: 6TH ROUND

DRAFT PROJECTION: 6TH/7TH ROUND

DORIAN THOMPSON-ROBINSON

UCLA

“DTR” plays a backyard brand of football that was effective in college, but won’t translate to the NFL at the QB position. He is a superb athlete that might be best suited as a wild-cat type player. He can be an effective passer at times, however his arm just isn’t consistent or strong enough to be a starter in the NFL. He will be a career backup or gadget type player.

NFL PLAYER COMPARISON: P.J. WALKER

TALENT GRADE: 7TH ROUND

DRAFT PROJECTION: 7TH/UNDRAFTED ROUND

TANNER MCKEE

STANFORD

McKee is a guy that a lot of draft “experts” have relatively high in their rankings; I do not. His size is desirable however, he has poor mechanics, below average footwork & average arm strength. He isn’t athletic at all and I don’t see him being anything close to a difference maker in the NFL.

NFL PLAYER COMPARISON: BROCK OSWEILER

TALENT GRADE: 7TH ROUND

DRAFT PROJECTION: 6TH/7TH ROUND

TANNER MORGAN

MINNESOTA

Morgan is a gamer. He’s an athletic quarterback that displays good footwork and has a decent arm. He’s a backyard type passer that is rough around the edges in terms of technique and overall ability at the position. He could have a career in the NFL as a backup, but he’s got a lot to clean up.

NFL PLAYER COMPARISON: TAYLOR HEINECKE

TALENT GRADE: 7TH ROUND

DRAFT PROJECTION: 6TH/UNDRAFTED ROUND

STETSON BENNETT

GEORGIA

There’s no denying Bennett was a winner in college. Unfortunately, he just doesn’t possess the skill-set or physical abilities to translate to the NFL. He is a gamer, has some mobility, but his arm strength is below average, mechanics are poor, accuracy is OK and he’s really small. I have a really hard time projecting him as anything more than an undrafted free agent camp invitee.

NFL PLAYER COMPARISON: JOHNNY MANZIEL

TALENT GRADE: 7TH ROUND

DRAFT PROJECTION: 7TH/UNDRAFTED ROUND

JAHMYR GIBBS

ALABAMA

Jahmyr is an explosive runner with good size and vision. He’s a gifted athlete that runs hard and displays terrific balance as a runner. He makes effortless cuts and is elusive in between the tackles and in the open field. Jahmyr has the moves to make not only the first guy miss, but the second & third guys as well. Gibbs is a true weapon as a receiver & has world class speed.

NFL PLAYER COMPARISON: CHRIS JOHNSON

TALENT GRADE: 1st ROUND

DRAFT PROJECTION: 1st/2ND ROUND

BIJAN ROBINSON

TEXAS

Let me start by saying, while Bijan is a special player & very good running back prospect; he is not quite “generational”. His vision & balance are elite, especially after contact. He has a good combination of high end speed, lateral movement & burst, although none of which are “out of this world”. He’ll become a better (and healthier) version of Jahvid Best, which is a very good NFL running back.

NFL PLAYER COMPARISON: JAHVID BEST

TALENT GRADE: 1st ROUND

DRAFT PROJECTION: 1st/2ND ROUND

ZACH CHARBONNET

UCLA

Charbonnet is somewhat of a throwback bellcow type runner with some new age qualities to his game. He’s a big, physical and powerful runner that is surprisingly agile & shifty for his size. He’s not quite a burner, but he sure can push the pile and is fast enough. He has good receiving ability and his game sort of reminds you of a young Jerome Bettis or Marshawn Lynch.

NFL PLAYER COMPARISON: MARSHAWN LYNCH

TALENT GRADE: 1st ROUND

DRAFT PROJECTION: 2ND ROUND

SEAN TUCKER

SYRACUSE

Tucker has one of the more well rounded toolboxes for running back prospects in this draft. He has good feet and quickness in his cuts, good vision and has some explosiveness. He doesn’t have world class speed but he does possess adequate speed, is a versatile runner and has very natural receiving ability.

NFL PLAYER COMPARISON: JONATHAN TAYLOR

TALENT GRADE: 2ND ROUND

DRAFT PROJECTION: 3RD/4TH ROUND

CHASE BROWN

ILLINOIS

Brown is a very smart and shifty back that keeps his legs churning and plays a physical game. One of the better rushers in between the tackles, he seems to find the creases and runs through contact. He has good lateral movement, agility, good vision and takes terrific angles as a runner.

NFL PLAYER COMPARISON: TYLER ALLGEIER

TALENT GRADE: 2ND ROUND

DRAFT PROJECTION: 4TH/5TH ROUND

KENDRE MILLER

TEXAS CHRISTIAN

A somewhat overlooked prospect, Miller has a good combination of running & receiving ability that will afford him a decent NFL career. He’s got quick feet and has some burst as a runner. He exhibits good vision and balance as a runner and does not shy away from contact.

NFL PLAYER COMPARISON: AARON JONES

TALENT GRADE: 2ND ROUND

DRAFT PROJECTION: 3RD/5TH ROUND

KEATON MITCHELL

EAST CAROLINA

I’d recommend familiarizing yourself with Keaton Mitchell before he literally bursts onto the scene in the NFL. He’s small, but the kid is an explosive & dynamic player in every sense. A very intelligent player with elite balance, lateral movement & elusiveness. He’s a very patient runner with good vision & world class speed. Special player that will make an impact on day 1. Elite KR potential.

NFL PLAYER COMPARISON: JAMAAL CHARLES

TALENT GRADE: 3RD ROUND

DRAFT PROJECTION: 4TH/5TH ROUND

TYJAE SPEARS

TULANE

Spears is a uniquely gifted athlete with a bouncy/elastic running ability that makes him hard to tackle. He has supreme balance & agility and is an explosive runner. He’s a good receiver, has terrific vision and has the elusiveness to make a man miss in the open field. He would also be a difference maker in the return game.

NFL PLAYER COMPARISON: TONY POLLARD

TALENT GRADE: 3RD ROUND

DRAFT PROJECTION: 3RD/4TH ROUND

DEUCE VAUGHN

KANSAS STATE

Think Darren Sproles or Maurice Jones-Drew when it comes to the 5’5” Deuce Vaughn. While it’s rare to have a player this size crack a top 10 list, let alone make it to the NFL; Deuce fits the bill. With incredibly quick feet, cat-like quickness, elite start/start ability, Vaughn is one of the more gifted athletes in this draft, and at his size you need to be in order to make it, and make it he will.

NFL PLAYER COMPARISON: DARREN SPROLES

TALENT GRADE: 3RD ROUND

DRAFT PROJECTION: 4TH/6TH ROUND

DEVON ACHANE

TEXAS A&M

There’s a lot to like about Achane’s game, including but not limited to, his world class speed. Devon has good vision, good lateral movement and is a physical runner with a high compete level. What I most appreciated about his game was his relentlessness. He could easily be ranked much higher on this list but, the players from 6th-11th are very, very close.

NFL PLAYER COMPARISON: CHASE EDMONDS

TALENT GRADE: 3RD ROUND

DRAFT PROJECTION: 2ND/3RD ROUND

ROSCHON JOHNSON

TEXAS

Roschon was Texas’ best kept secret. Hiding behind Bijan in that backfield; Johnson quietly made himself one of the top RB prospect in this years’ draft. A big, physical runner & superb athlete; Roschon can run around defenders, run through them, or even jump over them. Johnson has shades of Adrian Peterson or Derrick Henry to his game, but he may not be that special of a talent.

NFL PLAYER COMPARISON: DEMARCO MURRAY

TALENT GRADE: 3RD ROUND

DRAFT PROJECTION: 3RD/4TH ROUND

ISRAEL ABANIKANDA

PITT

Abanikanda is a determined runner with good vision & decent speed. He has some burst, but isn’t explosive by any means. Think Miles Sanders or Devin Singletary as a ceiling.

NFL PLAYER COMPARISON: DEVIN SINGLETARY

TALENT GRADE: 5TH ROUND

DRAFT PROJECTION: 4TH/6TH ROUND

DEWAYNE MCBRIDE

UAB

McBride is a physical runner that hits the hole purposefully. While he exhibits good lateral movement, good shake to his game & has some decent burst; his vision is average at best. His speed is also questionable. Some draft guys have McBride included in their top 5 running backs. For me, due to his speed & vision deficiencies; I certainly do not.

NFL PLAYER COMPARISON: KEVIN SMITH

TALENT GRADE: 5TH ROUND

DRAFT PROJECTION: 5TH/6TH ROUND

KENNY MCINTOSH

GEORGIA

Kenny is a bit of a tweener. He has some speed and shiftiness to his game, but I don’t see him as a pure running back. He’s more quick than fast and his best asset may be his receiving ability.

NFL PLAYER COMPARISON: J.D. MCKISSIC

TALENT GRADE: 5TH ROUND

DRAFT PROJECTION: 5TH/6TH ROUND

TANK BIGSBY

AUBURN

Bigsby is a good athlete that could find a role in the NFL as a gadget type player. He’s got good lateral movement, good burst & decent size. He’s not a gamebreaker, but he does offer some versatility as a pass catcher.

NFL PLAYER COMPARISON: ISIAH PACHECO

TALENT GRADE: 5TH ROUND

DRAFT PROJECTION: 6TH/UNDRAFTED

ERIC GRAY

OKLAHOMA

Gray is a shifty runner with good lateral movement. He has decent speed, but he’s more quick than fast. Gray displays good patience as a runner, can cut and hits the hole hard. Has some value as a receiver.

NFL PLAYER COMPARISON: TARIK COHEN

TALENT GRADE: 6TH ROUND

DRAFT PROJECTION: 6TH/UNDRAFTED

TAVION THOMAS

UTAH

Thomas is a big bodied, north and south runner that hits the hole hard. He’s a hard, one cut runner that doesn’t offer much versatility to his game aside from a goal-line specialist.

NFL PLAYER COMPARISON: LEGARRETTE BLOUNT

TALENT GRADE: 6TH ROUND

DRAFT PROJECTION: 6TH/UNDRAFTED

ZACH EVANS

OLE MISS

Zach is a limited athlete with a high compete level. He isn’t particularly fast or explosive, but he runs with purpose and has good vision.

NFL PLAYER COMPARISON: TY JOHNSON

TALENT GRADE: 6TH ROUND

DRAFT PROJECTION: 6TH/7TH ROUND

EVAN HULL

NORTHWESTERN

Hull has quick feet and has good speed & burst. He’s a physical, hard nosed runner and has some receiving ability. Vision is average and is a relatively limited athlete overall.

NFL PLAYER COMPARISON: NONE

TALENT GRADE: 7TH ROUND

DRAFT PROJECTION: 7TH/UNDRAFTED

LEW NICHOLS III

CMU

Nichols is a physical goal-line back. He’s one cut, north and south runner with a little bit of shake. He’s a physical runner and hits the hole hard.

NFL PLAYER COMPARISON: ZACK MOSS

TALENT GRADE: 7TH ROUND

DRAFT PROJECTION: 7TH/UNDRAFTED

TIYON EVANS

LOUISVILLE

Evans is a hard nosed, physical runner whose athleticism is only average. He’s a north and south guy that could show flashes of more but, not really.

NFL PLAYER COMPARISON: NONE

TALENT GRADE: UDFA

DRAFT PROJECTION: UNDRAFTED

ZAY FLOWERS

Boston College

Don’t be fooled by his size or his gentle name, Zay Flowers is a big time player with a tenacious mean streak. A physical receiver that can line up anywhere on the field; Zay has elite ball skills and is an elite route runner. Put the ball in his hands and watch the magic happen. His speed and agility make him a serious threat after the catch. Teams that pass on him will regret it.

NFL PLAYER COMPARISON: Antonio Brown

TALENT GRADE: 1st ROUND

DRAFT PROJECTION: 1st ROUND

QUENTIN JOHNSTON

TEXAS CHRISTIAN

Johnston possesses a rare combination of size and agility that makes him difficult to contain. Reminds you of D-Hop with his huge catch radius, terrific ball skills and creativity he demonstrates while making tough catches. Quentin is a good route runner and is a threat to score on every play with outstanding run after catch ability and terrific vision in the open field.

NFL PLAYER COMPARISON: DEANDRE HOPKINS

TALENT GRADE: 1st ROUND

DRAFT PROJECTION: 1st ROUND

JORDAN ADDISON

SOUTHERN CAL

A terrific & creative route runner, Addison possesses a number of NFL ready characteristics that will make him an impact player immediately with his new team. He might be the most dynamic receiver in the draft getting off the LOS, which is impressive given his smaller frame. A run after catch threat, has good speed and his size does not limit his versatility, he can line up anywhere.

NFL PLAYER COMPARISON: STEFON DIGGS

TALENT GRADE: 1st ROUND

DRAFT PROJECTION: 1st/2ND ROUND

NATHANIEL "TANK" DELL

HOUSTON

Now you see him; now you don’t. Tank Dell is without a doubt the most explosive player in the draft. His rare combination of elite speed, “ufo-like” start/stop ability and out of this world agility, will make dell a gamebreaker in the NFL. Despite his small stature, Tank possesses sure hands and excellent ball skills. A potential rookie of the year candidate and steal in the draft.

NFL PLAYER COMPARISON: TYREEK HILL

TALENT GRADE: 1st ROUND

DRAFT PROJECTION: 2ND/3RD ROUND

RASHEE RICE

SOUTHERN METHODIST

Rice is going to leave a lot of teams questioning their scouting departments when he gets into the NFL. He’s got terrific ball skills, good speed & his body control/agility is quite impressive when making adjustments on catches and running after catch. He is a little on the raw side, but has elite natural ability and I would not be surprised if in 3-4 years Rice becomes the best WR in the class.

NFL PLAYER COMPARISON: CEEDEE LAMB

TALENT GRADE: 2ND ROUND

DRAFT PROJECTION: 2ND ROUND

PARKER WASHINGTON

PENN STATE

Washington possesses an elite set of hands that separates him from the pass catchers in this draft. Despite his smaller size, he has a huge catch radius and makes adjustments on the ball that allows him to make circus catches routinely. Plays much bigger than he is, has good speed and is like a running back in the open field. Supreme compete level & has arguably the best hands in the draft.

NFL PLAYER COMPARISON: STEVE SMITH, SR.

TALENT GRADE: 2ND ROUND

DRAFT PROJECTION: 3RD/4TH ROUND

JONATHAN MINGO

OLE MISS

Mingo’s got great size and uses his body/frame very well. Terrific body control and ball skills allow him to make circus catches with ease. He has good route running ability and has the potential to be a monster in the red zone, on jump balls and fades. He’s drawn a lot of comparisons to fellow Ole Miss alumni, A.J. Brown & D.K. Metcalf, and rightfully so. He’ll go in the 2nd round, as they did.

NFL PLAYER COMPARISON: A.J. Brown

TALENT GRADE: 2ND ROUND

DRAFT PROJECTION: 2ND/3RD ROUND

JAYDEN REED

MICHIGAN STATE

One of the most underrated/overlooked players in this draft, Reed is also one of the most dynamic playmakers. His elite speed & quickness make him a threat to score or embarrass his opposition on any given play. Can make guys miss in the open field & his crossover ability getting off the line of scrimmage would make Allen Iverson proud. Superb body control & ball skills. Elite PR ability.

NFL PLAYER COMPARISON: DEVONTA SMITH

TALENT GRADE: 2ND ROUND

DRAFT PROJECTION: 3RD ROUND

TYLER SCOTT

CINCINNATI

Scott is a speedy receiver that can flip a field at any given moment with his elite kick return potential and his ability to make a man miss in the open field. That skill-set along with his good vision also makes him a threat to score after the catch. Scott is a good route runner and has good ball skills. He’ll be a fun player to watch if he’s matched up with a creative offensive coordinator.

NFL PLAYER COMPARISON: KADARIUS TONEY

TALENT GRADE: 2ND ROUND

DRAFT PROJECTION: 2ND/3RD ROUND

MARVIN MIMS, JR.

OKLAHOMA

Mims is a very well rounded and polished receiver that possesses a rare combination of raw skill, football IQ & competitiveness. He’s got superb ball skills and is a physical receiver despite his size. If you don’t account for him on the field, he’ll remind you in the endzone with the ball in his hands. He’s fast & very smooth before and after the catch.

NFL PLAYER COMPARISON: TERRY MCLAURIN

TALENT GRADE: 2ND ROUND

DRAFT PROJECTION: 2ND ROUND

JAXON SMITH-NJIGBA

OHIO STATE

Jaxon has probably the highest floor in the draft at the position. He’s an ultra competitive, physical receiver that can run routes to a tee. He’s a reliable receiver that will gladly catch 20 balls a game for you if you ask that of him. He’s got good speed, but he’s not really a very dynamic player and will play almost exclusively from the slot. He does not have the upside of the receivers ranked ahead of him.

NFL PLAYER COMPARISON: AMON-RA ST. BROWN

TALENT GRADE: 2ND ROUND

DRAFT PROJECTION: 1st/2ND ROUND

MICHAEL WILSON

STANFORD

Wilson has a big frame and he uses it well when making catches in traffic or outmuscling a defender. He demonstrates good body control and has good maneuverability for his size running after the catch. He has good speed, but he is more quick than fast which is helpful getting off the line of scrimmage. He is a good and effective route runner.

NFL PLAYER COMPARISON: CHRIS GODWIN

TALENT GRADE: 2ND ROUND

DRAFT PROJECTION: 3RD/4TH ROUND

JALIN HYATT

TENNESSEE

Hyatt is very high on a lot of draft “expert’s” boards & while he is an exciting, super fast player that produced in college – his game simply does not translate to the NFL at a high level. He has blazing straight line speed & good hands, but his size & deficiencies with his underwhelming route running ability & creativeness, agility & vision after the catch will prevent him from becoming a star in the NFL.

NFL PLAYER COMPARISON: LEE EVANS

TALENT GRADE: 3RD ROUND

DRAFT PROJECTION: 2ND/3RD ROUND

A.T. PERRY

WAKE FOREST

Perry is a tall and athletic receiver that is still learning how to maximize his physical gifts as he plays small. He’s got good speed, quick feet and is super agile for his size. I wouldn’t call him explosive, but he does have good burst and has elite shiftiness to allow him to make plays after the catch. He’ll need to get stronger and build out his frame in order to reach his maximum potential.

NFL PLAYER COMPARISON: A.J. GREEN

TALENT GRADE: 4TH ROUND

DRAFT PROJECTION: 4TH/5TH ROUND

RAKIM JARRETT

MARYLAND

Jarrett has some dynamic abilities that can be best utilized behind the line of scrimmage or in space. He’s on the smaller side but he’s got a thick build and doesn’t shy away from physical play. He has good speed and is a shifty runner with great hands and good start/stop ability that will allow him to make plays after the catch and provide value in the return game.

NFL PLAYER COMPARISON: SKYY MOORE

TALENT GRADE: 4TH ROUND

DRAFT PROJECTION: 4TH/6TH ROUND

KAYSHON BOUTTE

LSU

Boutte displays very good body control & footwork when getting off the line of scrimmage and making adjustments on the football. He’s a decent athlete with adequate speed however, while Boutte shows flashes of being a dynamic player; he is just too inconsistent for my liking to project him as anything higher than a 4th or 5th receiver in the pros.

NFL PLAYER COMPARISON: QUEZ WATKINS

TALENT GRADE: 4TH ROUND

DRAFT PROJECTION: 4TH/6TH ROUND

XAVIER HUTCHINSON

IOWA STATE

Hutchinson has good speed and good size with a big frame that he uses well. He has good ball skills, catches with his hands and makes good adjustments on the ball. There isn’t really anything overtly special about his game but he definitely has some size and ability that translates well to the pro game.

NFL PLAYER COMPARISON: MIKE EVANS

TALENT GRADE: 4TH ROUND

DRAFT PROJECTION: 4TH/6TH ROUND

CEDRIC TILLMAN

TENNESSEE

Tillman has prototypical NFL size and frame, but I’m not sure that will be enough to make him a successful receiver in the big leagues. While he has some good ball skills, he’s not particularly fast and he isn’t as quick or agile as his counterparts. His best quality might be as a red zone target but aside from that, he doesn’t project to be a special player in the NFL.

NFL PLAYER COMPARISON: TEE HIGGINS

TALENT GRADE: 4TH ROUND

DRAFT PROJECTION: 3RD/4TH ROUND

JOSH DOWNS

NORTH CAROLINA

While Downs has made appearances on more than a handful of draft “expert’s” top 10 wide receiver rankings; he is not much more than a gadget type receiver. There are plenty of receivers that are undersized but play bigger; Downs isn’t one of them. His size or lack thereof will prevent him being an impact player at the next level and I don’t see his small frame withstanding the NFL physicality.

NFL PLAYER COMPARISON: KHALIF RAYMOND

TALENT GRADE: 4TH ROUND

DRAFT PROJECTION: 3RD/4TH ROUND

ELIJAH HIGGINS

STANFORD

Higgins is a big bodied receiver with good hands and average speed. However, there really isn’t anything overtly eye-popping about his game. He’s an average athlete by NFL standards and will not be very impactful in the NFL.

NFL PLAYER COMPARISON: MICHAEL PITTMAN, JR.

TALENT GRADE: 5TH ROUND

DRAFT PROJECTION: 4TH/6TH ROUND

ANTOINE GREEN

NORTH CAROLINA

Green is a smart player with some good technique getting off the line of scrimmage. He’s a decent route runner with reliable hands. He has good speed, but is a limited athlete by pro standards.