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Running Back

 

D’Andre Swift, Georgia; The most talented running back in this class. Swift is explosive and versatile enough to play in multiple systems. He’s the only sure first round selection at running back.

 

Travis Etienne, Clemson; A complete runner Etienne isn’t as explosive as Swift but he has the skills to be productive in most offenses. He excels at running between the tackles but can produce in the passing game and on the edge as well. He’s got a shot at going in the late first round but more than likely he’s a second round pick.

 

Jonathan Taylor, Wisconsin; Taylor is the best downhill runner in this class. Unfortunately for him that is all he does and there aren’t that many teams looking for runners of his ilk. If a team falls in love with him he could go in the late first round but he looks like more of a late second round pick given his passing game limitations.

 

JK Dobbins, Ohio State; Dobbins has a solid overall game and is explosive, though not to the same degree as Swift. He looks like he could be a productive player and he is a fit for a number of systems and, as such, I expect him to be a top fifty selection.

 

Zack Moss, Utah; Moss is a powerfully built compact runner that is a high effort player. Someone will fall in love with him and take him in the early third round.

 

Wide Receiver

 

Jerry Jeudy Alabama; Jeudy is a top talent at receiver who is polished and ready to contribute from day one. He has excellent speed and is not deficient in any aspect of the game. He should be a top ten selection.

 

CeeDee Lamb, Oklahoma; Lamb has an excellent size/speed ratio and has a massive upside in the NFL because of that. Though not as polished as the Alabama receivers he is a top fifteen selection.

 

Laviska Shenault, Colorado; Shenault is a freakish athlete who was more productive as a junior than as a senior. He has a unique lend of size and athleticism that will allow offensive coordinators to utilize him to create mismatches in coverage across the field. He’s a first round pick for sure.

 

Tee Higgins, Clemson; In a draft full of polished and athletic receivers Higgins sets himself apart with his size. He’s built like former Tiger Mike Williams and should find a role as a possession receiver immediately. He’s a late first round pick.

 

Henry Ruggs, Alabama; Ruggs is an excellent route runner. He has shown an affinity for making timely plays at Alabama throughout his career. He will be a top forty selection.

 

 

Tight End

 

Brycen Hopkins, Purdue; Hopkins is a more modern tight end than a classic tight end, which is a fancy way of saying he is better lined up as a receiver in space. In fact, he struggles when asked to block in line and he does not appear to currently have the strength, nor the desire, to improve in this aspect of his game. He is a passing game night mare, however, and that should get him drafted in the second round.

 

Jared Pinkney, Vanderbilt; A more classic tight end prospect than Hopkins Pinkney is a good blocker who also excels at making receptions in traffic. He’s still big enough to confound most safeties and fast enough to get away from linebackers in coverage but he can play from a three point stance or split wide. He’s a late second round choice.

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