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Top 300 NFL Draft Big Board

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Agonizing hours of work over these past nine months have finally culminated in my full-on Top 300 big board. Corresponded by round grades, descriptions, player comparisons, and red flag mentions, Steelers Now’s Top 300 Big Board is complete. None of these are projections of where the prospects will go, but merely by how they graded out in our grading scale.

You can check out my Steelers mock draft here.

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Round 1 Grades
Round 2 Grades
Round 3 Grades
Round 4 Grades
Round 5 Grades
Round 6 Grades
Round 7 Grades

ROUND 1 GRADES

1. EDGE Chase Young, Ohio State
Best Trait: Everything Pass Rush  Worst Trait: Pad Level
Red Flags: None   Player Comparison: Myles Garrett

2. CB Jeff Okudah, Ohio State
Best Trait: Man Coverage Ability  Worst Trait: Hand Technique
Red Flags: None   Player Comparison: Jalen Ramsey

3. QB Joe Burrow, LSU
Best Trait: Accuracy  Worst Trait: Arm Strength
Red Flags: None   Player Comparison: Tony Romo

4. OT Jedrick Wills, Alabama
Best Trait: Movement Skills  Worst Trait: Strength
Red Flags: None   Player Comparison: Tyron Smith

5. OT Tristian Wirfs, Iowa
Best Trait: Athleticism   Worst Trait: Framing Blocks at 2nd Level
Red Flags: None   Player Comparison: Trent Williams

6. WR Ceedee Lamb, Oklahoma
Best Trait: Body Control   Worst Trait: Long Speed
Red Flags: None   Player Comparison: DeAndre Hopkins

7. WR Jerry Jeudy, Alabama
Best Trait: Route Running   Worst Trait: Drops
Red Flags: None   Player Comparison: Chad Ochocinco

8. QB Tua Tagovailoa, Alabama
Best Trait: Accuracy   Worst Trait: Injuries
Red Flags: Hip Injury, Ankle Injuries   Player Comparison: Dak Prescott

9. OT Andrew Thomas, Georgia
Best Trait: Raw Power   Worst Trait: Hip Tightness
Red Flags: None   Player Comparison: Ronnie Stanley

10. IDL Javon Kinlaw, South Carolina
Best Trait: Functional Power   Worst Trait: Tunnel Vision
Red Flags: Shoulder, Hip Injuries   Player Comparison: Chris Jones

11. WR Henry Ruggs III, Alabama
Best Trait: Athleticism   Worst Trait: Physicality
Red Flags: Analytics   Player Comparison: DeSean Jackson

12. LB Isaiah Simmons, Clemson
Best Trait: Athleticism   Worst Trait: Muddy Projection
Red Flags: None   Player Comparison: None

13. IDL Derrick Brown, Auburn
Best Trait: Power   Worst Trait: Pad Level
Red Flags: None   Player Comparison: Cam Heyward

14. QB Justin Herbert, Oregon
Best Trait: Arm Talent   Worst Trait: Working Through Progressions
Red Flags: Leg, Collarbone Injuries   Player Comparison: Carson Wentz

15. CB Jeff Gladney, TCU
Best Trait: Fluidity   Worst Trait: Length
Red Flags: None   Player Comparison: Jaire Alexander

16. S Antoine Winfield Jr, Minnesota
Best Trait: Instincts   Worst Trait: Durability
Red Flags: Lisfranc, Hamstring injuries  Player Comparison: Budda Baker

17. WR Jalen Reagor, TCU
Best Trait: Explosiveness   Worst Trait: Drops
Red Flags: None   Player Comparison: Santonio Holmes

18. S Xavier McKinney, Alabama
Best Trait: Football IQ   Worst Trait: Inconsistent Ball Skills
Red Flags: None   Player Comparison: Jimmie Ward

19. CB C.J. Henderson, Florida
Best Trait: Fluidity   Worst Trait: Tackling
Red Flags: None   Player Comparison: Greedy Williams

20. ILB Patrick Queen, LSU
Best Trait: Coverage Ability    Worst Trait: Tackling
Red Flags: None    Player Comparison: Jerome Baker

ROUND 2 GRADES

21. OT Mekhi Becton, Lousiville
Best Trait: Raw Power   Worst Trait: Hand Placement
Red Flags: None   Player Comparison: Orlando Brown

22. S Ashtyn Davis, Cal
Best Trait: Athleticism   Worst Trait: Run Fits
Red Flags: Age, Shoulder Injury   Player Comparison: Darnell Savage

23. WR Justin Jefferson, LSU
Best Trait: Hands   Worst Trait: Hand Fighting
Red Flags: None   Player Comparison: Tyler Boyd

24. RB Clyde Edwards-Helaire, LSU
Best Trait: Smooth Footwork   Worst Trait: Long Speed
Red Flags: None   Player Comparison: Brian Westbrook

25. IOL Cesar Ruiz, Michigan
Best Trait: Functional Athleticism   Worst Trait: Length
Red Flags: None   Player Comparison: Mitch Morse

26. EDGE K’Lavon Chaisson, LSU
Best Trait: Bend   Worst Trait: Processing
Red Flags: ACL Tear   Player Comparison: Shaq Barrett

27. CB Kristian Fulton, LSU
Best Trait: Man Coverage   Worst Trait: Tackling
Red Flags: Suspension in 2017   Player Comparison: Drayton Florence

28. EDGE Julian Okwara, Notre Dame
Best Trait: Bend   Worst Trait: Power
Red Flags: None   Player Comparison: Kamerion Wembley

29. RB Jonathan Taylor, Wisconsin
Best Trait: Long Speed   Worst Trait: Ball Security
Red Flags: None   Player Comparison: Ezekiel Elliott

30. WR Laviska Shenault, Colorado
Best Trait: YAC   Worst Trait: Durability
Red Flags: Injuries   Player Comparison: Sammy Watkins

31. OT Josh Jones, Houston
Best Trait: Mobility   Worst Trait: Pad Level
Red Flags: None   Player Comparison: Marcus Gilbert

32. OT Lucas Niang, TCU
Best Trait: Athleticism   Worst Trait: False Steps
Red Flags: Hip Injury   Player Comparison: Ryan Ramczyk

33. RB D’Andre Swift, Georiga
Best Trait: Shiftiness   Worst Trait: Spotty Decision-Making
Red Flags: None   Player Comparison: Dalvin Cook

34. CB Damon Arnette, Ohio State
Best Trait: Man Coverage   Worst Trait: Tackling
Red Flags: None   Player Comparison: Steven Nelson

35. IDL Justin Madubuike, Texas A&M
Best Trait: Explosiveness   Worst Trait: Off and On Motor
Red Flags: None   Player Comparison: Da’Ron Payne

36. RB JK Dobbins, Ohio State
Best Trait: Vision   Worst Trait: Receiving Ability
Red Flags: None   Player Comparison: DeMarco Murray

37. WR Michael Pittman Jr, USC
Best Trait: Physicality   Worst Trait: Long Speed
Red Flags: None   Player Comparison: Kenny Golladay

38. EDGE Josh Uche, Michigan
Best Trait: Flexibility   Worst Trait: Tackling
Red Flags: None   Player Comparison: Devon Kennard

39. WR Denzel Mims, Baylor
Best Trait: Contested Catches   Worst Trait: Upright Pad Level
Red Flags: None   Player Comparison: Javon Walker

40. ILB Akeem Davis-Gaither, Appalachian State
Best Trait: Athleticism   Worst Trait: Underdeveloped Frame
Red Flags: None   Player Comparison: Telvin Smith

41. S Terrell Burgess, Utah
Best Trait: Football IQ   Worst Trait: Length
Red Flags: None   Player Comparison: T.J. Ward

42. CB Noah Igbinoghene, Auburn
Best Trait: Athleticism   Worst Trait: Ball Skills
Red Flags: None   Player Comparison: Trae Waynes

43. IDL Ross Blacklock, TCU
Best Trait: Hot Motor   Worst Trait: Pad Level
Red Flags: None   Player Comparison: Matt Ionnaidis

44. RB Cam Akers, Florida State
Best Trait: Contact Balance   Worst Trait: Inconsistent Vision
Red Flags: None   Player Comparison: Joseph Addai

45. S Grant Delpit, LSU
Best Trait: Football IQ   Worst Trait: Tackling
Red Flags; Injuries   Player Comparison: Marcus Williams

46. EDGE Zack Baun, Wisconsin
Best Trait: Processing  Worst Trait: Length
Red Flags: None   Player Comparison: Kyle Van Noy

47. OT Matt Peart, UConn
Best Trait: Physical Tools   Worst Trait: Hand Usage
Red Flags: None   Player Comparison: Cam Robinson

48. ILB Kenneth Murray, Oklahoma
Best Trait: Downhill Athleticism   Worst Trait: Mental Processing
Red Flags: None   Player Comparison: Stephone Anthony

49. QB Jordan Love, Utah State
Best Trait: Arm Strength   Worst Trait: Decision-Making
Red Flags: None   Player Comparison: Jay Cutler

50. S Jeremy Chinn, Southern Illinois
Best Trait: Athleticism   Worst Trait: Processing
Red Flags: None   Player Comparison: Kerry Rhodes

51. IOL Lloyd Cushenberry, LSU
Best Trait: Movement Skills   Worst Trait: Hand Placement
Red Flags: None   Player Comparison: John Sullivan

52. WR Brandon Aiyuk, Arizona State
Best Trait: YAC   Worst Trait: Defeating Press Coverage
Red Flags: None   Player Comparison: Victor Cruz

53. EDGE A.J. Epenesa, Iowa
Best Trait: Raw Power   Worst Trait: Explosiveness
Red Flags: None   Player Comparison: Zach Allen

54. ILB Logan Wilson, Wyoming
Best Trait: Football IQ   Worst Trait: Hip Stiffness
Red Flags: None   Player Comparison: Nick Kwitakowski

55. A.J. Terrell, Clemson
Best Trait: Footwork   Worst Trait: Play Strength
Red Flags: None   Player Comparison: Aaron Ross

56. IDL Neville Gallimore, Oklahoma
Best Trait: Explosiveness   Worst Trait: Pad Level
Red Flags: None   Player Comparison: Timmy Jernigan

57. IOL Netane Muti, Fresno State
Best Trait: Athleticism   Worst Trait: Durability
Red Flags: Lisfranc injury, 2 Torn Achilles   Player Comparison: Isaac Seumalo

ROUND 3 GRADES

58. IOL Matt Hennessy, Temple

Best Trait: Football IQ   Worst Trait: Raw Power

Red Flags: None   Player Comparison: Geoff Hangartner

59. WR Bryan Edwards, South Carolina

Best Trait: Body Control   Worst Trait: Releases

Red Flags: Foot Injury   Player Comparison: Dez Bryant

60. ILB Willie Gay, Mississippi State

Best Trait: Closing Speed   Worst Trait: Over Aggressiveness

Red Flags: Character   Player Comparison: Darron Lee

61. S K’Von Wallace, Clemson

Best Trait: Processing   Worst Trait: Hip Stiffness

Red Flags: None   Player Comparison: Donte Whitner

62. EDGE Terrell Lewis, Alabama

Best Trait: Length   Worst Trait: Pass Rush Counters

Red Flags: Elbow injury, Torn ACL   Player Comparison: Chandler Jones

63. NB Amik Robertson, Louisiana Tech

Best Trait: Physicality   Worst Trait: Size

Red Flags: None   Player Comparison: Mike Hilton

64. ILB Markus Bailey, Purdue

Best Trait: Football IQ   Worst Trait: Durability

Red Flags: Two Torn ACLs   Player Comparison: Jayon Brown

65. IOL Robert Hunt, Louisiana Lafayette

Best Trait: Mauler Mindset   Worst Trait: Timing

Red Flags: Groin Injury   Player Comparison: Ronald Leary

66. CB Troy Pride Jr, Notre Dame

Best Trait: Fluidity   Worst Trait: Tackling

Red Flags: None   Player Comparison: Darqueze Dennard

67. RB/WR Antonio Gibson

Best Trait: Contact Balance   Worst Trait: Route Running

Red Flags: None   Player Comparison: David Johnson

68. OT Prince Tega Wanogho, Auburn

Best Trait: Length   Worst Trait: Hand Placement

Red Flags: None   Player Comparison: Alejandro Villanueva

69. CB Jaylon Johnson, Utah

Best Trait: Physicality   Worst Trait: Hip Tightness

Red Flags: None   Player Comparison: Xavier Rhodes

70. EDGE Yetur Gross-Matos, Penn State

Best Trait: Explosiveness   Worst Trait: Pass Rush Plan

Red Flags: None   Player Comparison: Marcus Davenport

71. OT Ezra Cleveland, Boise State

Best Trait: Movement Skills   Worst Trait: Framing Blocks

Red Flags: None   Player Comparison: Andre Dillard

72. WR Tyler Johnson, Minnesota

Best Trait: Route Running   Worst Trait: Explosiveness

Red Flags: None   Player Comparison: Mohamed Sanu

73. S Kyle Dugger, Lenoir-Rhyne

Best Trait: Physical Tools   Worst Trait: Processing

Red Flags: None   Player Comparison: Terrell Edmunds

74. CB Cam Dantzler, Mississippi State

Best Trait: Football IQ   Worst Trait: Long Speed

Red Flags: Testing   Player Comparison: James Bradberry

75. TE Adam Trautman, Dayton

Best Trait: Catch Radius   Worst Trait: Rawness

Red Flags: None   Player Comparison: Dawson Knox

76. IDL Davon Hamilton, Ohio State

Best Trait: Quickness   Worst Trait: Pass Rush Plan

Red Flags: None   Player Comparison: BJ Hill

77. OT Saahdiq Charles, LSU

Best Trait: Movement Skills   Worst Trait: Strike Placement

Red Flags: Character   Player Comparison: Jason Spriggs

78. EDGE Darrell Taylor, Tennessee

Best Trait: Bend   Worst Trait: Pass Rush Counters

Red Flags None   Player Comparison: Kemoko Turay

79. IDL Jordan Elliott, Missouri

Best Trait: Explosiveness   Worst Trait: Hand Usage

Red Flags: None   Player Comparison: Marcell Dareus

80. ILB Malik Harrison, Ohio State

Best Trait: Football IQ   Worst Trait: Lateral Stiffness

Red Flags: None   Player Comparison: Lawrence Timmons

81. WR K.J. Hamler, Penn State

Best Trait: Long Speed   Worst Trait: Catch Technique

Red Flags: None   Player Comparison: Dennis Northcutt

82. WR Isaiah Hodgins, Oregon State

Best Trait: Fluidity   Worst Trait: Explosiveness

Red Flags: None   Player Comparison: Jakobi Meyers

83. RB Eno Benjamin, Arizona State

Best Trait: Contact Balance   Worst Trait: Getting Too Cute

Red Flags: None   Player Comparison: Marlon Mack

84. IDL Marlon Davidson, Auburn

Best Trait: Power   Worst Trait: Pad Level

Red Flags: None   Player Comparison: Darnell Dockett

85. IOL Jonah Jackson, Ohio State

Best Trait: Heavy Hands   Worst Trait: Functional Athleticism

Red Flags: None   Player Comparison: Ben Grubbs

86. CB Parnell Motley, Oklahoma

Best Trait: Man Coverage Skills   Worst Trait: Explosiveness

Red Flags: Testing   Player Comparison: DeAndre Baker

87. WR Tee Higgins, Clemson

Best Trait: Contested Catch Ability   Worst Trait: Athleticism

Red Flags: Testing   Player Comparison: Braylon Edwards

88. TE Brycen Hopkins, Purdue

Best Trait: YAC   Worst Trait: Power

Red Flags: None   Player Comparison: Vance McDonald

89. WR Van Jefferson, Florida

Best Trait: Route Running   Worst Trait: Production

Red Flags: Analytics   Player Comparison: Keesean Johnson

90. RB Darrynton Evans, Appalachian State

Best Trait: Long Speed   Worst Trait: Pass Protection

Red Flags: None   Player Comparison: Darrell Henderson

91. RB Zack Moss, Utah

Best Trait: Contact Balance   Worst Trait: Durability

Red Flags: Injuries   Player Comparison: David Montgomery

92. IDL McTelvin Agim, Arkansas

Best Trait: Explosiveness   Worst Trait: Pass Rush Plan

Red Flags: None   Player Comparison: Sheldon Rankins

93. EDGE Alex Highsmith, Charlotte

Best Trait: Bend   Worst Trait: Hand Usage

Red Flags: None   Player Comparison: Maxx Crosby

94. IOL Nick Harris, Washington

Best Trait: Movement Skills   Worst Trait: Strength

Red Flags: None   Player Comparison: Rodney Hudson

95. OT Ben Bartch, St. John

Best Trait: Movement Skills   Worst Trait: Strike Placement

Red Flags: None   Player Comparison: Andrus Peat

96. WR Lynn Bowden, Kentucky

Best Trait: YAC   Worst Trait: Defeating Press Coverage

Red Flags: None   Player Comparison: Randall Cobb

97. CB Trevon Diggs, Alabama

Best Trait: Football IQ   Worst Trait: Long Speed

Red Flags: None   Player Comparison: Rasul Douglas

98. CB Reggie Robinson II, Tulsa

Best Trait: Mirror and Match Skills   Worst Trait: Grabby Tendencies

Red Flags: None   Player Comparison: Chidobe Awuzie

ROUND 4 GRADES

99. CB Bryce Hall, Virginia

Best Trait: Length   Worst Trait: Transitions

Red Flags: Broken Leg in 2019   Player Comparison: Pierre Desir

100. WR Darnell Mooney, Tulane

Best Trait: Long Speed   Worst Trait: Lack of Hip Sink

Red Flags: None   Player Comparison: Paul Richardson

101. IOL Tyler Biadasz, Wisconsin

Best Trait: Football IQ   Worst Trait: Shaky Base

Red Flags: Hip Injury   Player Comparison: Stefen Wisniewkski

102. OT Austin Jackson, USC

Best Trait: Physical Tools   Worst Trait: Timing

Red Flags: None   Player Comparison: Greg Little

103. IDL James Lynch, Baylor

Best Trait: Hand Usage   Worst Trait: Explosiveness

Red Flags: None   Player Comparison: Cory Redding

104. EDGE Khalid Kareem, Notre Dame 

Best Trait: Run Defense   Worst Trait: Pass Rush Plan

Red Flags: None   Player Comparison: Preston Smith

105. WR Donovan Peoples-Jones, Michigan

Best Trait: Athleticism   Worst Trait: Production

Red Flags: Analytics   Player Comparison: Chris Conley

106. IOL Damien Lewis, LSU

Best Trait: Raw Power   Worst Trait: Mobility

Red Flags; None   Player Comparison: AJ Cann

107. QB Jalen Hurts, Alabama

Best Trait: Playmaking Ability   Worst Trait: Progressions

Red Flags: None   Player Comparison: Tyrod Taylor

108. OT Isaiah Wilson, Georgia

Best Trait: Raw Power   Worst Trait: Mobility

Red Flags: None   Player Comparison: Halapoulivaati Vaitai

109. TE Devin Asiasi, UCLA

Best Trait: Versatility   Worst Trait: Functional Strength

Red Flags: None   Player Comparison: Zach Miller

110. RB LaMical Perine, Florida

Best Trait: Leg Drive   Worst Trait: Shiftiness

Red Flags: None   Player Comparison: Damein Harris

111. QB Anthony Gordon, Washington State

Best Trait: Arm Talent   Worst Trait: Lower Body Mechanics

Red Flags: None   Player Comparison: Kevin Kolb

112. IOL John Simpson, Clemson

Best Trait: Raw Power   Worst Trait: Pad Level

Red Flags: None   Player Comparison: Laken Tomlinson

113. S Brandon Jones, Texas

Best Trait: Tackling   Worst Trait: Hip Tightness

Red Flags: None   Player Comparison: Bacarri Rambo

114. WR Chase Claypool, Notre Dame

Best Trait: Physicality   Worst Trait: Change of Direction

Red Flags: None   Player Comparison: Allen Lazard

115. RB Josh Kelley, UCLA

Best Trait: Toughness   Worst Trait: Elusiveness

Red Flags: None   Player Comparison: Lamar Miller

116. TE Harrison Bryant, Florida Atlantic

Best Trait: Hands   Worst Trait: Hand Placement

Red Flags: None   Player Comparison: Jake Butt

117. IOL Kevin Dotson, Louisiana-Lafayette

Best Trait: Power   Worst Trait: Mobility

Red Flags: None   Player Comparison: B.J. Finney

118. EDGE Derrek Tuszka, North Dakota State

Best Trait: First Step   Worst Trait: Length

Red Flags: None.  Player Comparison: Trey Hendrickson

119. WR Devin Duvernay, Texas

Best Trait: Speed   Worst Trait: Stiffness

Red Flags: None   Player Comparison: Albert Wilson

120. TE Cole Kmet, Notre Dame

Best Trait: Ball Tracking.  Worst Trait: Grip Strength

Red Flags: None   Player Comparison: Kyle Rudolph

121. CB Darnay Holmes, UCLA

Best Trait: Long Speed   Worst Trait: Tackling

Red Flags: None   Player Comparison: Taron Johnson

122. CB L’Jarius Sneed, Louisiana Tech

Best Trait: Athleticism   Worst Trait: Route Recognition

Red Flags: None   Player Comparison: Ronald Darby

123. IDL Leki Fotu, Utah

Best Trait: Strength  Worst Trait: Length

Red Flags: None  Player Comparison: A’Shawn Robinson

124. S Alohi Gilman, Notre Dame

Best Trait: Football IQ   Worst Trait: Flexibility

Red Flags: None   Player Comparison: Calvin Pryor

125. EDGE Bradlee Anae, Utah

Best Trait: Hand Usage   Worst Trait: Field Awareness

Red Flags: None   Player Comparison: Duke Ejiofor

126. S Geno Stone, Iowa

Best Trait: Football IQ   Worst Trait: Hip Stiffness

Red Flags: None   Player Comparison: Mike Edwards

127. WR Isaiah Coulter, Rhode Island

Best Trait: Ball Skills   Worst Trait: Physicality

Red Flags: None   Player Comparison: Allen Hurns

128. ILB Justin Strnad, Wake Forest

Best Trait: Motor   Worst Trait: Run Fits

Red Flags: Bicep Injury   Player Comparison: L.J. Fort

129. CB John Reid, Penn State

Best Trait: Tackling  Worst Trait: Play Strength

Red Flags: None   Player Comparison: Hank Poteat

130. S Kenny Robinson, West Virginia

Best Trait: Ball Skills   Worst Trait: Angles

Red Flags: None   Player Comparison: Thomas Decoud

131. ILB Mykal Walker, Fresno State

Best Trait: Football IQ   Worst Trait: Balance

Red Flags: None   Player Comparison: DeAndre Levy

132. RB Ke’Shawn Vaughn, Vanderbilt

Best Trait: Long Speed   Worst Trait: Pass Protection

Red Flags: None.  Player Comparison: Spencer Ware

133. EDGE Trevis Gipson, Tulsa

Best Trait: Bend   Worst Trait: Hand Usage

Red Flags: None   Player Comparison: Malik Reed

134. IOL Hakeem Adeniji, Kansas

Best Trait: Functional Athleticism   Worst Trait: Length

Red Flags: None   Player Comparison: Mark Glowinski

135. TE Hunter Bryant, Washington

Best Trait: YAC  Worst Trait: Functional Strength

Red Flags: None   Player Comparison: Jacob Hollister

136. EDGE Curtis Weaver, Boise State

Best Trait: Hand Usage  Worst Trait: Burst

Red Flags: None   Player Comparison: Derek Barnett

137. IDL Larrell Murchinson, NC State

Best Trait: First Step   Worst Trait: Shedding Blocks

Red Flags: None   Player Comparison: Tyson Alualu

138. WR Quartney Davis, Texas A&M

Best Trait: Route Running   Worst Trait: Ball Skills

Red Flags: None   Player Comparison: Stanley Morgan

139. ILB Troy Dye, Oregon

Best Trait: Athleticism   Worst Trait: Processing

Red Flags: None   Player Comparison: Ulysees Gilbert III

ROUND 5 GRADES

140. EDGE Alton Robinson, Syracuse

Best Trait: First Step   Worst Trait: Field Vision

Red Flags: None   Player Comparison: John Simon

141. RB Anthony McFarland, Maryland

Best Trait: Long Speed   Worst Trait: Pass Protection

Red Flags: None   Player Comparison: Amos Zereoue

142. ILB Jordyn Brooks, Texas Tech

Best Trait: Athleticism   Worst Trait: Block Shedding

Red Flags: None   Player Comparison: Jarrad Davis

143. TE Thaddeus Moss, LSU

Best Trait: Hands   Worst Trait: Speed

Red Flags: Foot Injuries  Player Comparison: Brent Celek

144. WR John Hightower, Boise State

Best Trait: Speed  Worst Trait: Hands

Red Flags: None  Player Comparison: Marquise Goodwin

145. WR K.J. Hill, Ohio State

Best Trait: Route Running   Worst Trait: Catch Radius

Red Flags: None   Player Comparison: Eli Rogers

146. S Jaylinn Hawkins, California

Best Trait: Ball Skills   Worst Trait: Man Coverage Skills

Red Flags: None  Player Comparison: Kurt Coleman

147. IOL Keith Ismael, San Diego State

Best Trait: Football IQ   Worst Trait: Power

Red Flags: None   Player Comparison: Ben Jones

148. WR Quintez Cephus, Wisconsin

Best Trait: Physicality   Worst Trait: Stiffness

Red Flags: Character   Player Comparison: Rishard Matthews

149. TE Colby Parkinson, Stanford

Best Trait: Hands  Worst Trait: Route Running

Red Flags: None  Player Comparison: Kevin Boss

150. WR James Proche, SMU

Best Trait: Ball Skills   Worst Trait: Long Speed

Red Flags: None   Player Comparison: Willie Snead

151. RB James Robinson, Illinois State

Best Trait: Footwork   Worst Trait: Long Speed

Red Flags: None   Player Comparison: Julius Jones

152. EDGE Anfernee Jennings, Alabama

Best Trait: Play Strength   Worst Trait: Burst

Red Flags: Knee Injury  Player Comparison: Robert Geathers

153. CB Dane Jackson, Pitt

Best Trait: Feistiness  Worst Trait: Length

Red Flags: None  Player Comparison: Duke Dawson

154. IDL Bravvion Roy, Baylor

Best Trait: Burst   Worst Trait: Pad Level

Red Flags: None   Player Comparison: Dan Williams

155. IDL Raekwon Davis, Alabama

Best Trait: Run Defense  Worst Trait: Pass Rush Plan

Red Flags: None   Player Comparison: Jared Odrick

156. S Antoine Brooks, Maryland

Best Trait: Tackling   Worst Trait: Flexibility

Red Flags: None   Player Comparison: Antoine Bethea

157. EDGE Jonathan Greenard, Florida

Best Trait: Power   Worst Trait: Stiffness

Red Flags: Wrist Injury   Player Comparison: Tully Banta-Cain

158. IDL Broderick Washington, Texas Tech

Best Trait: Hot Motor  Worst Trait: Pass Rush Plan

Red Flags: None   Player Comparison: Christian Covington

160. CB Chris Williamson, Minnesota

Best Trait: Eye Discipline   Worst Trait: Play Strength

Red Flags: None   Player Comparison: EJ Gaines

161. QB Jake Fromm, Georgia

Best Trait: Processing   Worst Trait: Conservative Nature

Red Flags: None.  Player Comparison: Chad Henne

162. EDGE Kenny Willekes, Michigan State

Best Trait: Hot Motor   Worst Trait: Power

Red Flags: None   Player Comparison: Lawerence Sidbury

163. EDGE Jabari Zuniga, Florida

Best Trait: Explosiveness   Worst Trait: Field Vision

Red Flags: Ankle Injury   Player Comparison: Anthony Spencer

164. CB Javaris Davis, Auburn

Best Trait: Speed   Worst Trait: Tackling

Red Flags: None   Player Comparison: DJ Hayden

165. WR Gabriel Davis, UCF

Best Trait: Ball Skills   Worst Trait: Limited Route Tree

Red Flags: None   Player Comparison: DaMarkus Lodge

166. WR Collin Johnson, Texas

Best Trait: Attacking Leverage   Worst Trait: Rounded Routes

Red Flags: None   Player Comparison: Hank Baskett

167. WR Quez Watkins, Southern Miss

Best Trait: Speed  Worst Trait:  Defeating Press Coverage

Red Flags: None  Player Comparison: Ar’Darius Stewart

168. IOL Ben Bredeson, Michigan

Best Trait: Football IQ   Worst Trait: Pad Level

Red Flags: None  Player Comparison: Joe Looney

169. IOL Shane Lemieux, Oregon

Best Trait: Tenacity  Worst Trait: Hand Placement

Red Flags: None   Player Comparison: Jon Halapio

170. QB Jacob Eason, Washington

Best Trait: Arm Talent   Worst Trait: Progressions

Red Flags: None   Player Comparison: Kyle Orton

171. WR Hasise Dubois, Virginia

Best Trait: Ball Tracking   Worst Trait: Long Speed

Red Flags: None   Player Comparison: Mack Hollins

172. CB Harrison Hand, Temple

Best Trait: Football IQ   Worst Trait: Hip Tightness

Red Flags: None   Player Comparison: PJ Williams

173. OT Jack Driscoll, Auburn

Best Trait: Footwork  Worst Trait: Power

Red Flags: None  Player Comparison: Gosder Cherilus

174. RB A.J. Dillon, Boston College

Best Trait: Power   Worst Trait: Burst

Red Flags: None   Player Comparison: Toby Gerhart

175. WR Trishton Jackson, Syracuse

Best Trait: Acceleration   Worst Trait: Ball Tracking

Red Flags: None   Player Comparison: Dennis Northcutt

176. CB Kindle Vildor, Georgia Southern

Best Trait: Football IQ  Worst Trait: Length

Red Flags: None   Player Comparison: Darius Butler

ROUND 6 GRADES

177. IDL Rashard Lawrence, LSU

Best Trait: Hot Motor  Worst Trait: Tunnel Vision

Red Flags: Knee Injury  Player Comparison: Adam Gotsis

178. TE Stephen Sullivan, LSU

Best Trait: Catch Radius   Worst Trait: Releases

Red Flags: None   Player Comparison: Clive Walford

179. RB Jason Huntley, New Mexico State

Best Trait: Elusiveness   Worst Trait: Patience

Red Flags: None   Player Comparison: Kenjon Barner

180. IOL Logan Stenberg, Memphis

Best Trait: Mean Streak   Worst Trait: Pad Level

Red Flags: None   Player Comparison: Parker Ehinger

181. S JR Reed, Georgia

Best Trait: Football IQ   Worst Trait: Hip Stiffness

Red Flags: None  Player Comparison: Cedric Griffin

182. TE Dalton Keene, Virginia Tech

Best Trait: Versatility   Worst Trait: Framing Blocks

Red Flags: None   Player Comparison: Lance Kendricks

183. CB Trajan Bandy, Miami

Best Trait: Fluidity  Worst Trait: Length

Red Flags: None  Player Comparison: Rashard Fant

184. OT Alex Taylor, South Carolina State

Best Trait: Physical Tools   Worst Trait: Hand Usage

Red Flags: None  Player Comparison: Chukwuma Okorafor

185. WR Dezmon Patmon, Washington State

Best Trait: Ball Skills   Worst Trait: Foot Speed

Red Flags: None  Player Comparison: Jon Baldwin

186. RB Sewo Olonilua, TCU

Best Trait: Tenacity   Worst Trait: Long Speed

Red Flags: Character   Player Comparison: Royce Freeman

187. IOL Soloman Kindley, Georgia

Best Trait: Football IQ   Worst Trait: Athleticism

Red Flags: None   Player Comparison: Chris Kemoeatu

188. CB Josiah Scott, Michigan State

Best Trait: Transitions  Worst Trait: Play Strength

Red Flags: None   Player Comparison: Mark Fields

189. EDGE Bryce Huff, Memphis

Best Trait: Bend   Worst Trait: Play Strength

Red Flags: None   Player Comparison: Jamal Davis

190. S Julian Blackmon, Utah

Best Trait: Versatility   Worst Trait: Play Strength

Red Flags: Knee Injury  Player Comparison: Madieu Williams

191. TE Jacob Breeland, Oregon

Best Trait: Contested Catch Ability  Worst Trait: Explosiveness

Red Flags: Broken Leg in 2019   Player Comparison: Tommy Sweeney

192. ILB Evan Weaver, California

Best Trait: Football IQ   Worst Trait: Range

Red Flags: None   Player Comparison: Tyler Matakevich

193. QB Cole McDonald, Hawaii

Best Trait: Arm Talent   Worst Trait: Inconsistency

Red Flags: Multiple Injuries in 2018  Player Comparison: None

194. RB DeeJay Dallas, Miami

Best Trait: Physicality   Worst Trait: Vision

Red Flags: None   Player Comparison: Tra Carson

195. TE Josiah DeGuara, Cincinnati

Best Trait: Effort  Worst Trait: RAC

Red Flags: None  Player Comparison: Bo Scaife

196. EDGE D.J. Wonnum, South Carolina

Best Trait: Hot Motor   Worst Trait: Hand Usage

Red Flags: None   Player Comparison: Tarell Basham

197. IOL Cohl Cabral, Arizona State

Best Trait: Football IQ  Worst Trait: Athleticism

Red Flags: None   Player Comparison: Billy Price

198. ILB Davion Taylor, Colorado

Best Trait: Athleticism   Worst Trait: Processing

Red Flags: None   NFL Comparison: Duke Riley

199. OT Danny Pinter, Ball State

Best Trait: Athleticism  Worst Trait: Length

Red Flags: None  Player Comparison: Sean Mahan

200. IDL Jason Strowbridge, North Carolina

Best Trait: Power   Worst Trait: First Step

Red Flags: None   Player Comparison: John Franklin-Meyers

201. WR Antonio Gandy-Golden, Liberty

Best Trait: Contested Catch Ability  Worst Trait: Athleticism

Red Flags: None   Player Comparison: Jalen Robinette

202. TE Albert Okwuegbunam, Missouri

Best Trait: Hands   Worst Trait: Lateral Stiffness

Red Flags: None   Player Comparison: Joel Dreessen

203. ILB Joe Bachie, Michigan State

Best Trait: Processing   Worst Trait: Range

Red Flags: Positive PED Test   Player Comparison: Kirk Morrison

204. QB Jake Luton, Oregon State

Best Trait: Rhythm Passing  Worst Trait: Lower Body Mechanics

Red Flags: None  Player Comparison: Chase Daniel

205. RB Salvon Ahmed, Washington

Best Trait: Long Speed   Worst Trait: Vision

Red Flags: None  Player Comparison: Cameron Artis-Payne

206. ILB David Woodward, Utah State

Best Trait: Football IQ   Worst Trait: Strength

Red Flags: Knee Injury, Concussions  Player Comparison: Jon Bostic

207. CB Myles Bryant, Washington

Best Trait: Closing Speed   Worst Trait: Footwork

Red Flags: None  Player Comparison: Alterraun Verner

208. EDGE Oluwole Betiku, Illinois

Best Trait: Strength  Worst Trait: Pass Rush Counters

Red Flags: None   Player Comparison: Ola Adeniyi

209. IOL Kyle Hinton, Washburn

Best Trait: Functional Athleticism  Worst Trait: Pad Level

Red Flags: None   Player Comparison: Nico Siragusa

ROUND 7 GRADES

210. RB Jet Anderson, TCU

Best Trait: Short Area Burst  Worst Trait: Pressing the Line

Red Flags: None  Player Comparison: Andre Ellington

211. CB Levonta Taylor, Florida State

Best Trait: Quickness  Worst Trait: Ball Skills

Red Flags: None   Player Comparison: Clifton Duck

212. IOL Cordel Iwuagwu, TCU

Best Trait: Footwork  Worst Trait: Grip Strength

Red Flags: None  Player Comparison: Kendall Simmons

213. ILB Tanner Muse, Clemson

Best Trait: Tackling   Worst Trait: Flexibility

Red Flags: None  Player Comparison: Jonathan Casillas

214. CB Madre Harper, Southern Illinois 

Best Trait: Physical Tools   Worst Trait: Footwork

Red Flags: None   Player Comparison: Stephen Demark

215. IDL Khalil Davis, Nebraska

Best Trait: Hot Motor   Worst Trait: Pass Rush Plan

Red Flags: None   Player Comparison: Treyvon Hester

216. WR Chris Rowland, Tennessee State

Best Trait: RAC   Worst Trait: Contested Catch Ability

Red Flags: None  Player Comparison: Andy Isabella

217. IDL John Penisini, Utah

Best Trait: Heavy Hands  Worst Trait: Pass Rush Plan

Red Flags: None    Player Comparison: Caraun Reid

218. IOL Kyle Murphy, Rhode Island 

Best Trait: Versatility   Worst Trait: Hand Placement

Red Flags: None   Player Comparison: Jamil Demby

219. S Jordan Fuller, Ohio State

Best Trait: Tackling   Worst Trait: Flexibility

Red Flags: None    Player Comparison: Reed Doughty

220. WR Matt Cole, McKendree

Best Trait: RAC   Worst Trait: Defeating Press Coverage

Red Flags: None   Player Comparison: Keke Coutee

221. EDGE Jonathan Garvin, Miami

Best Trait: Length   Worst Trait: Power

Red Flags: None   Player Comparison: Aaron Maybin

222. IOL Michael Onwenu, Michigan

Best Trait: Power   Worst Trait: Flexibility

Red Flags: None    Player Comparison: Vernon Carey

223. OT Terrence Steele, Texas Tech

Best Trait: Physical Tools  Worst Trait: TIming

Red Flags: None    Player Comparison: Oli Udoh

224. TE Jared Pinkney, Vanderbilt

Best Trait: Blocking   Worst Trait: Athleticism

Red Flags: Testing   Player Comparison: Ben Koyack

225. RB JaMycal Hasty, Baylor

Best Trait: Lateral Agility   Worst Trait: Pass Protection

Red Flags: None   Player Comparison: Donald Brown

226. WR Jauan Jennings, Tennessee

Best Trait: Physicality  Worst Trait: Explosiveness

Red Flags: None   Player Comparison: Kassim Osgood

227. OT Trey Adams, Washington

Best Trait: Power  Worst Trait: Durability

Red Flags: Back Injury, ACL Tear   Player Comparison: Adam Terry

228. ILB Shaq Quarterman, Miami

Best Trait: Hit Power   Worst Trait: Athleticism

Red Flags: None   Player Comparison: Tyrel Dodson

229. CB A.J. Green, Oklahoma State

Best Trait: Physicality  Worst Trait: Transitions

Red Flags: None   Player Comparison: Tyron Brackenridge

230. WR Easop Winston, Washington State

Best Trait: Sudden Feet   Worst Trait: RAC

Red Flags: None    Player Comparison: Deontay Burnett

231. IDL Malcolm Roach, Texas

Best Trait: Power   Worst Trait: Pad Level

Red Flags: Injuries   Player Comparison: Karl Klug

232. DB Elijah Riley, Army

Best Trait: Football IQ   Worst Trait: Play Strength

Red Flags: None   Player Comparison: Nate Hairston

233. TE Charlie Taumoepeau, Portland State

Best Trait: RAC  Worst Trait: Strength

Red Flags: None  Player Comparison: Derek Watt

234. QB James Morgan, Florida International

Best Trait: Arm Talent  Worst Trait: Decision-Making

Red Flags: None    Player Comparison: Ryan Leaf

235. WR Joe Reed, Virginia

Best Trait: Elusiveness   Worst Trait: Contested Catch Ability

Red Flags: None    Player Comparison: DeAngelo Yancy

236. RB Pete Guerriero, Monmouth

Best Trait: Long Speed   Worst Trait: Physicality

Red Flags: None    Player Comparison: Steve Slaton

237. EDGE RonDell Carter, James Madison 

Best Trait: Play Strength  Worst Trait: Pass Rush Plan

Red Flags: None    Player Comparison: Tyrone Crawford

238. S Jalen Elliott, Notre Dame

Best Trait: Tackling  Worst Trait: Range

Red Flags: None    Player Comparison: JJ Wilcox

239. QB Josh Love, San Jose State

Best Trait: Ball Placement   Worst Trait: Progressions

Red Flags: None   Player Comparison: Matt Moore

240. WR Aaron Fuller, Washington

Best Trait:  Route Running  Worst Trait: Drops

Red Flags: None   Player Comparison: Terry Godwin

241. S Khaleke Hudson, Michigan

Best Trait: Tackling  Worst Trait: Hip Discipline

Red Flags: None   Player Comparison: Ibraheim Campbell

242. EDGE Nick Coe, Auburn

Best Trait: Power   Worst Trait: Pad Level

Red Flags: None    Player Comparison: Kevin Dodd

243. CB Manny Patterson, Maine

Best Trait: Ball Skills  Worst Trait: Size

Red Flags: None   Player Comparison: Xavier Crawford

244. WR Aaron Parker, Rhode Island 

Best Trait: Ball Skills  Worst Trait: Route Running

Red Flags: None   Player Comparison: Deon Cain

PREFERRED UDFA GRADES

245. EDGE Azur Kamara, Kansas

Best Trait: Athleticism  Worst Trait: Pass Rush Plan

Red Flags: None   Player Comparison: Jalen Jelks

246. RB Xavier Jones, SMU

Best Trait: Quickness  Worst Trait: Leg Drive

Red Flags: None  Player Comparison: Kendall Hunter

247. IDL Garrett Marino, UAB

Best Trait: First Step  Worst Trait: Length

Red Flags: Age    Player Comparison: Justin Harrell

248. EDGE Tipa Galea’i, Utah State

Best Trait: Burst  Worst Trait: Power

Red Flags: Character   Player Comparison: Tashawn Bower

249. CB Lamar Jackson, Nebraska

Best Trait: Length  Worst Trait: Flexibility

Red Flags: None   Player Comparison: Davante Davis

250. ILB Jordan Mack, Virginia

Best Trait: Football IQ   Worst Trait: Coverage Ability

Red Flags: None  Player Comparison: Jake Ryan

251. TE Cheyenne O’Grady, Arkansas

Best Trait: Hands   Worst Trait: Character

Red Flags: Character   Player Comparison: Visanthe Shiancoe

252. EDGE Carter Coughlin, Minnesota

Best Trait: Motor   Worst Trait: Power

Red Flags: None   Player Comparison: Cheta Ozougwu

253. IDL Robert Windsor, Penn State

Best Trait: Motor   Worst Trait: Hand Usage

Red Flags: None   Player Comparison: Gerald Willis

254. CB Luqman Barcoo, San Diego State

Best Trait: Ball Skills   Worst Trait: Football IQ

Red Flags: None   Player Comparison: Antoine Exum

255. OT Colton McKivitiz, West Virginia

Best Trait: Mobility   Worst Trait: Pad Level

Red Flags: None   Player Comparison: John Wetzel

256. ILB Jacob Phillips, LSU

Best Trait: Burst   Worst Trait: Processing

Red Flags: None   Player Comparison: Gerris WIlkinson

257. TE Charlie Woerner, Georgia

Best Trait: Blocking  Worst Trait: Route Running

Red Flags: None   Player Comparison: Rhett Ellison

258. WR Josh Pearson, Jacksonville State

Best Trait: Athleticism   Worst Trait: Play Strength

Red Flags: None   Player Comparison: Sammie Coates

259. OT Justin Herron, Wake Forest

Best Trait: Timing  Worst Trait: Body Control

Red Flags: ACL Tear  Player Comparison: Erik Austell

260. QB Kevin Davidson, Princeton

Best Trait: Arm Talent   Worst Trait: Progressions

Red Flags: None   Player Comparison: Tom Savage

261. RB Reggie Corbin, Illinois

Best Trait: Elusiveness   Worst Trait: Vision

Red Flags: None   Player Comparison: Tony Brooks-James

262. OT Jon Runyan, Michigan 

Best Trait: Football IQ   Worst Trait: Punch Placement

Red Flags: None   Player Comparison: Tyler Jones

263. WR Juwan Green, Albany

Best Trait: Attacking Leverage   Worst Trait: Hands

Red Flags: None   Player Comparison: Titus Young

264. ILB Dante Olson, Montana

Best Trait: Football IQ   Worst Trait: Speed

Red Flags: None   Player Comparison: Mason Foster

265. CB Tyler Hall, Wyoming

Best Trait: Fluidity    Worst Trait: Instincts

Red Flags: None   Player Comparison: Danny Johnson

266. WR Josh Hammond, Florida

Best Trait: Speed   Worst Trait: Defeating Press Coverage

Red Flags: None   Player Comparison: Phillip Dorsett

267. RB Rico Dowdle, South Carolina

Best Trait: Toughness   Worst Trait: Durability

Red Flags: Injuries    Player Comparison: Brandon Jackson

268. QB Tyler Huntley, Utah

Best Trait: Touch  Worst Trait: Anticipation

Red Flags: None   Player Comparison: Seneca Wallace

269. IDL Raequan Williams, Michigan State

Best Trait: Run Defense  Worst Trait: Pad Level

Red Flags: None   Player Comparison: Montravious Adams

270. WR Mason Kinsey, Berry

Best Trait: Route Running  Worst Trait: Contested Catch Ability

Red Flags: None   Player Comparison: Diontae Spencer

271. CB Javelin Guidry, Utah

Best Trait: Speed   Worst Trait: Field Awareness

Red Flags: None   Player Comparison: Leodis McKelvin

272. S Jared Mayden, Alabama

Best Trait: Football IQ   Worst Trait: Burst

Red Flags: None  Player Comparison: Zeke Motta

273. S Brian Cole, Mississippi State

Best Trait: Physical Tools  Worst Trait: Footwork

Red Flags: None   Player Comparison: Dezmen Southward

274. EDGE James Smith-Williams, NC State

Best Trait: Strength  Worst Trait: Hand Usage

Red Flags:  Injuries  Player Comparison: Dawuane Smoot

275. EDGE Trevon Hill, Miami

Best Trait: Athleticism   Worst Trait: Light Frame

Red Flags: Character   Player Comparison: Bjoern Werner

276. CB Essang Bassey, Wake Forest

Best Trait: Ball Skills  Worst Trait: Transitions

Red Flags: None   Player Comparison: D’Joun Smith

277. IOL Darryl Williams, Mississippi State

Best Trait: Power   Worst Trait: Mobility

Red Flags: None   Player Comparison: Hroniss Grasu

278. WR Freddie Swain, Florida

Best Trait: Shiftiness   Worst Trait: Defeating Press Coverage

Red Flags: None   Player Comparison: Dillion Mitchell

279. QB Nathan Stanley, Iowa

Best Trait: Poise   Worst Trait: Processing

Red Flags: None   Player Comparison: Jacoby Brissett

280. EDGE Cam Gill, Wagner

Best Trait: Burst   Worst Trait: Pass Rush Plan

Red Flags: None   Player Comparison: Jordan Brailford

281. WR Lee Morris, Oklahoma

Best Trait: Football IQ   Worst Trait: Play Strength

Red Flags: None   Player Comparison: Brian Quick

282. WR Kendrick Rogers, Texas A&M

Best Trait: Contested Catch Ability  Worst Trait: Route Running

Red Flags: None   Player Comparison: Felton Davis

283. S Myles Dorn, North Carolina

Best Trait: Instincts   Worst Trait: Range

Red Flags: None  Player Comparison: Joshua Kalu

284. TE Mitchell Wilcox, USF

Best Trait: Ball Skills  Worst Trait: Route Running

Red Flags: None   Player Comparison: Isaac Nauta

285. RB JJ Taylor, Arizona

Best Trait: Shfitiness   Worst Trait: Size

Red Flags: None   Player Comparison: Trey Williams

286. IOL Jake Hanson, Oregon

Best Trait: Football IQ   Worst Trait: Hand Placement

Red Flags: None  Player Comparison: Jeff Byers

287. IOL Zach Shackleford, Texas

Best Trait: Movement Skills  Worst Trait: Strength

Red Flags: None  Player Comparison: Ross Pierschbacher

288. ILB Shaun Bradley, Temple

Best Trait: Athleticism   Worst Trait: Football IQ

Red Flags: None   Player Comparison: Ernie Sims

289. IDL Benito Jones, Ole Miss

Best Trait: Quickness  Worst Trait: Balance

Red Flags: None   Player Comparison: Demarcus Christmas

290. QB Kelly Bryant, Missouri

Best Trait: Rhythm Throwing  Worst Trait: Arm Velocity

Red Flags: None   Player Comparison: Josh Johnson

291. EDGE Joe Gaziano, Northwestern

Best Trait: Motor   Worst Trait: Burst

Red Flags: None   Player Comparison: Shareef Miller

292. CB DeMarkus Acy, Missouri

Best Trait: Fluidity  Worst Trait: Play Strength

Red Flags: None  Player Comparison: Donnie Lewis

293. EDGE Kendall Coleman, Syracuse

Best Trait: Hand Usage   Worst Trait: Burst

Red Flags: None  Player Comparison: Ken Ekanem

294. IDL Josiah Coatney, Ole Miss

Best Trait: Motor   Worst Trait: First Step

Red Flags: None  Player Comparison: Adolphus Washington

295. S Reggie Floyd, Virginia Tech

Best Trait: Football IQ   Worst Trait: Athleticism

Red Flags: None  Player Comparison: Dominick Sanders

296. RB Adrian Killins, UCF

Best Trait: Speed   Worst Trait: Size

Red Flags: Size   Player Comparison: Tarik Cohen

297. IDL Carlos Davis, Nebraska

Best Trait: Heavy Hands  Worst Trait: Counters

Red Flags: None  Player Comparison: Lowell Lotulelei

298. S / LB Kano Griffin, UTEP

Best Trait: Football IQ  Worst Trait: Block Shedding

Red Flags: None  Player Comparison: T.J. McDonald

299. ILB Michael Pinckney, Miami

Best Trait: Football IQ  Worst Trait: Block Shedding

Red Flags: None  Player Comparison: Kendall Joseph

300. ILB Cale Garrett, Missouri

Best Trait: Football IQ  Worst Trait: Quickness

Red Flags: None   Player Comparison: Dakota Allen

2020 NFL Draft

Chase Claypool Signs Steelers Contract

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Steelers top draft pick Chase Claypool has signed his rookie contract. Claypool posted to his personal Twitter account a photo of him signing the contract on Wednesday night.

According to Tom Loy of 247 Sports, Claypool signed a four-year contract worth $6.6 million, including a $2.4 million signing bonus.

The Steelers drafted Claypool out of Notre Dame with the 49th overall pick in the second round of the 2020 NFL Draft. A 6-foot-4, 238-pound receiver from British Columbia, Claypool caught 150 passes for 2,159 yards and 19 touchdowns with the Fighting Irish.

With Pittsburgh, he’s expected to immediately contribute, joining Juju Smith-Schuster, Diontae Johnson and James Washington at the top of the Steelers’ wide receiver corps.

Claypool is the third member of the Steelers’ 2020 draft class to sign his contract, joining third-round outside linebacker Alex Highsmith and fourth-round running back Anthony McFarland, Jr.
The Steelers rookies are in the process of reporting to training camp, which will begin fully at Heinz Field on July 28.

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Film Study: Alex Highsmith Brings Juice to Steelers Pass Rush

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The Steelers surprised more than a few people by taking an outside linebacker in the third round of the 2020 NFL Draft. Coming into the draft, it was a position that could be addressed due to the looming contract of Bud Dupree, who is on a one-year rental contract on the franchise tag. Seeing as the Steelers have a plethora of contracts to take care of in the next year, Dupree may be on his way out. Even then, with Anthony Chickillo gone, the Steelers needed to address the depth and get a rotational pass rusher.

All of that is taken care of now as they selected Charlotte’s Alex Highsmith, who was an uber-productive pass rusher who was a standout all week at the East-West Shrine Game in Tampa. Given what he has put on tape, his selection is not a surprise and the Steelers hit a home run with the pick of Highsmith, who put up quality tape not just against teams in the Conference USA, but also against a top team such as Clemson.

Highsmith’s Tape

The one developing area of Highsmith’s game is his counters and pass rush moves. There are a few moves that he employs to win and starting last season, a spin move was one of the ways he won inside as offensive tackles overset for his speed rush. Highsmith has a few defining traits to his game, but there is no doubt that his explosive first step is a key one. He gets off the line and up the arc in a hurry because of his explosive first step. The good thing is that he is not simply a speed rusher. While that is how he wins most of the time, he can pull off nifty moves like this. Clemson tackle Jackson Carman oversets expecting the speed rush from Highsmith, but instead, he takes his pass rush angle up the arc and bends it back inside on that spin move.

One thing that was telling on the Clemson tape was just how much they prepared for Highsmith. Carman is a good tackle and a potential first-round pick in 2021, but Highsmith gave him fits all day long. They chipped Highsmith with tight ends and kept running backs in just in an effort to try and stop him. This play above shows off his first step. He has rocket shoes on his feet on this play as he beats Carman to his spot. If not for a quick three-step drop and throw from Trevor Lawrence, this may have been a sack for Highsmith off his explosiveness alone.

Run defense is a part of Highsmith’s game that is inconsistent, but as his hand usage has improved, so has his run defense. This play is one where he shows he can take advantage of a tackle’s mistakes. Carman is flat-footed and lunges towards Highsmith rather than driving through his chest, allowing Highsmith to be nifty and zoom right on by here. That is part of the reason his explosiveness causes so many problems. However, he does a nice job of executing a chop-rip to slice down the line to make a tackle. Based on the film, the chop-rip combination is Highsmith’s go-to move.

Here is the chop-rip again, this time for a sack. Highsmith does a great job of nailing his hand right inside the tackle’s pad, which is almost always certain death for a tackle. The ability to rip around the edge and make this arc tight is something that Highsmith is really good at doing. Still, this is more about his burst and hand usage combination that allows him to win.

This is exactly how Highsmith recorded most of his sacks, however. When the Steelers drafted him, they likely bet not just on his improvement as a strategist with his counters and moves, but his combination of burst and bend to destroy set angles and win around the edge with his speed rush. He does that extremely well here as he sets his pass rush angle up as if he was going to come here with some power move such as bull rush. However, his lateral agility allows him to cut back outside and use his explosiveness to get the angle. After that, it is all flexibility in his ankles. The ankle flexion he gets is really great on that lead leg. It bends and leads under his shoulders and hip to allow him to dip and reduce his surface area on his way to getting this sack.

Highsmith’s Overview

The Steelers’ selection of Highsmith may have been their best pick in the 2020 NFL Draft. His combination of burst and bend makes him a perfect fit for the 3-4 outside linebacker scheme. With the Steelers rushing their outside linebackers more than ever, Highsmith is a great fit to provide more pass rush upside in the rotation than anyone since Jason Worilds. With his improvement in his pass rush plan and hand usage, HIghsmith could be a starter in 2021 if Dupree walks after the 2020 season.

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2020 NFL Draft

Colbert Explains Why He Wanted Three Rounds Added to 2020 Draft

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Steelers general manager Kevin Colbert is offering an explanation as to why he wanted three rounds added to the 2020 NFL Draft.

Speaking with NBC Sport’s Mike Florio on the PFT PM podcast Tuesday, Colbert took the opportunity to clarify his suggestion.

“The reasoning was, part of it was selfish,” Colbert said. “You wanted to have a safety net because we’re dealing with less information, and the more picks you have, maybe you’ll have a little bit of a safety net again.”

With the league’s self-implemented travel restrictions in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, clubs were unable to conduct their normal scouting activities prior to the Draft. This included Pro Days, private workouts and in-person interviews.

Less opportunities to watch and speak with prospects results in a larger margin for error.

Colbert went on to say that it also would have benefited some of the fringe prospects in the Draft that never had the chance to showcase themselves at a Pro Day or other setting.

“The other thing was it would give the marginal player that didn’t get his opportunity to go to a Pro Day and to perform. Maybe there will be more players drafted and then those players will then again have the chance they might not get.”

Now without rookie minicamps, the challenges are mounting for clubs and NFL hopefuls.

“Every year a team might stumble upon a tryout player,” Colbert said. “Maybe if we ever get on the field, we can think of a way to help those because there’s a big group of players that aren’t getting opportunities because of the situation.”

Colbert reminded Florio that the Steelers discovered Devlin “Duck” Hodges as a tryout in camp last year.

It is unclear when teams will be allowed to return to the practice field for their offseason programs, with clubs currently conducting theirs entirely from home.

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