2024 NFL Draft Big Board: Who are the top 100 prospects in this year’s class? – The Athletic

Dane BruglerFeb 13, 2024

Now that the Kansas City Chiefs have lifted the Lombardi Trophy, all 32 teams are full speed ahead to the 2024 NFL Draft.

This past week, scouting and personnel staffs around the NFL returned to team headquarters for draft meetings and preliminary draft-board discussions. It also was time for me to update my rankings after late-season adjustments and all-star games.

Without specific scheme or culture parameters, piecing together a top-100 draft board is a very generalized exercise. But it gives us a basic look at the ranges in which players are expected to be drafted. The combine, pro days and late information will create fluctuation the closer we get to draft weekend, but most of the hay is in the barn at this point in the process.

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Caleb Williams


With his base and body balance, Williams is always in “ready-to-throw” position and can deliver passes anywhere on the field with velocity and accuracy. What makes him special is his poise and mobility, as he masterfully buys time and creates second-chance plays.

He tends to be overconfident in his ability to find answers among chaos, though. Williams led the FBS in touchdowns (120) and “wow” plays over the last three years, but he also led the country in fumbles (33) and needs to take better care of the football.

There will be a lot of NFL comparisons thrown around for Williams, from Patrick Mahomes to Aaron Rodgers to Kyler Murray, but he is truly a unique player with his own style. Above all, his rare football awareness is why he tops this list.

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Marvin Harrison Jr.

WROhio StateHeight:6-4Weight:205Class:Jr.

It can be difficult to discuss Harrison without sounding hyperbolic, because he grades well above average in most areas. A tall, lean target with the long speed and short-area agility of a smaller player, Harrison displays controlled fluidity in his releases/routes, which allows him to create separation using complex breaks, stem angles and subtle head/body fakes.

He has the uncanny ability to slow down the ball with his eyes, expand his catch radius and frame the football to make low-percentage catches appear routine — similar to how Larry Fitzgerald used to excel.

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Malik Nabers


An explosive playmaker (FBS-best 34 catches of 20-plus yards in 2024), Nabers uses his gliding speed to consistently win on slot fades or one-on-one vertical routes, and his favorite play in the playbook is the jet sweep. His seven-on-seven highlights from high school are legendary.

He also can win underneath as a snatch-and-run target and will continue to ascend as he develops his finishing skills and route discipline. There isn’t a wide gap between Harrison and Nabers for the WR1 spot.

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Drake Maye

QBNorth CarolinaHeight:6-4Weight:230Class:R-So.

With his arm strength and pacing, Maye put a full inventory of throws on tape and showed he can comfortably operate with timing from the pocket. He is a quick-reaction athlete who makes off-schedule plays as a scrambler and is able to rip throws from different platforms. His arm can get juiced up at times and disrupt his ball placement, and his progression reads are still a work in progress, especially when he feels pressed to make a play.

Maye needs to cut down on reckless decisions, but he is cut from a similar cloth as Justin Herbert, with his physical gifts and smarts.

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Brock Bowers


With both short-area burst and long speed, Bowers makes quick, dynamic speed cuts to create spacing as a route runner — and he hits another gear as a home-run threat with the ball in his hands. He is a natural hands-catcher outside his frame and snatches without breaking stride.

His physicality is almost as impressive as his athletic traits, although his lack of ideal size and length will show in some inline blocking situations.

Bowers is more of an offensive weapon than a traditional tight end.

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Joe Alt

OTNotre DameHeight:6-7Weight:322Class:Jr.

Although his pass-pro anchor isn’t always immediate, Alt has the natural ability to achieve proper leverage, frame up rushers with his length and consistently get back to the strength of his body without losing balance. In the run game, he displays terrific movement skills and large, skilled hands to generate movement at the point of attack.

Alt answered all the concerns I had about him in the summer and has ascended to the top of my OL rankings in this class.

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Rome Odunze


Odunze is field-fast with the fluid route running and above-average tracking/adjustment skills to secure catches in high-trafficked areas or create explosive plays downfield (32 catches of 20-plus yards in 2024, second most in the FBS).

His body control at the catch point has always been a strength, but he took major strides with his ability to play through contact and use focused concentration to win 50-50 balls. Odunze has the pass-catching instincts and competitive focus to be a high-end NFL starter.

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Jayden Daniels


When evaluating the quarterback position, NFL teams focus on the ability to create explosive plays. And Daniels accounted for a remarkable 90 plays of 20-plus yards in 2024.

As a passer, Daniels has balanced feet and uncoils with a rapid release to layer throws to all three levels, doing his best work on deep throws (slot fades, posts, etc.). With his poise and athletic instincts, he can buy time, access different platforms or create explosive runs. He must do a better job, however, preserving his lean body instead of trying to prove how tough he is as a finisher.

It isn’t meant to be an apples-to-apples comparison, but Daniels forces opponents to defend him like Lamar Jackson.

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Olu Fashanu

OTPenn StateHeight:6-6Weight:321Class:Jr.

As a pass blocker, Fashanu moves with athletic body control and is technically diverse with ambidextrous hands to mix up his timing and sit down versus pass rushers. He finished his career with zero sacks allowed on 733 pass-blocking snaps over 29 games.

Though he flashes power and mobility in the run game, he tends to get overextended and struggles to sustain the point of attack — he shows much better balance in reverse than moving forward.

Fashanu projects as a starting left tackle with Pro Bowl upside.

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Terrion Arnold


A carbon copy of Jaylon Johnson, Arnold is fluid when he opens up with speed, gear-down skills and body control to stay in phase with basic or sophisticated routes. He needs to continue developing his discipline against both pass and run, but his awareness for the football is outstanding, and he plays with urgency in run support.

Arnold has the traits and tape that NFL scouts desire. He also has the production, having posted an SEC-best 17 passes defended and five interceptions in 2024.

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Quinyon Mitchell


Only the second Toledo player to earn All-America honors in back-to-back seasons, Mitchell departed as the most productive defensive back in Rockets history, having set school records for passes defended in a season (25) and career (52).

Often asked to play on an island in off-man or zone, he has the athletic talent to mirror all over the field and always appears under control because of his play recognition and composure in coverage. With his awareness and feel for timing, his ball skills are elite (43 passes defended and six interceptions over his last 27 games).

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Dallas Turner


As a pass rusher, Turner is quick off the ball to get underneath blocks or bury his hands into the chest of blockers and convert speed to power. Despite lacking ideal bulk, he plays physically at the point of attack and is a strong run defender (aside from some missed tackles that need to be cleaned up) with an elite competitive motor.

Turner is a freaky athlete who led the SEC in sacks last season, and it won’t be a surprise when an NFL team falls in love with him.

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JC Latham


Aside from occasional struggles to quickly redirect inside, Latham sets up a brick wall in pass protection and clamps down with forceful hands for one-on-one wins against either speed or power rushers. In the run game, he tends to overextend with his upper half but will consistently create movement with core power and tenacity.

Latham is a stronger version of last year’s No. 10 pick, Darnell Wright, and offers more athletic upside.

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Brian Thomas Jr.


A former basketball recruit, Thomas has unique body movements for his size (before and after the catch), with focus and coordination to make plays above the rim. He consistently gets on top of coverage with quick acceleration, although crisper cuts and improved leverage will help him create better separation out of breaks.

Thomas took his game to another level in 2024, posting an FBS-best 17 touchdown grabs, the most by a Power 5 receiver since DeVonta Smith (23) in 2020.

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Byron Murphy II


In his first season as a full-time starter for the Longhorns, Murphy had a team-best 45 pressures and ranked No. 1 among all FBS interior defensive linemen in pass-rush win percentage (19.6).

He fires off the ball to get vertical push through gaps or establish low-man positioning, which helps him shed blocks or anchor the point of attack. He can get swallowed up at times, but Murphy’s effort and hand usage make his lack of size less of a concern than expected.

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Taliese Fuaga

OTOregon StateHeight:6-5Weight:332Class:R-Jr.

Arguably the top run-blocking lineman in the draft, Fuaga is quick into contact and creates immediate displacement with his aggressive mentality and stiff, controlled hands.

Though he has functional athleticism and technique for the edges, his first reflex is to use his hands in pass pro, which can lead to him over- or under-setting against pass-rush counters (and highlights his lack of elite range and length).

Some teams project him inside at guard, while others want to keep him at tackle.

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Amarius Mims


One of the more fascinating projections in this class, Mims has only eight career starts on his college resume. But he offers an enticing package of traits, and teams will go back to his performance against Ohio State in the 2022 College Football Playoff as proof that he is ready for the big time.

At 6-7, 330 with exceptional length, Mims has rare feet and body control plus the strength to control the point of attack.

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Tyler Guyton


A nimble big man, Guyton has quick movements in his lower body, with the fluid hips for natural recoveries. He comfortably sinks his weight and strengthens his anchor to keep blocks centered. He is still fundamentally raw in areas, however, and bumps in the road should be expected once he faces NFL talent.

Still, his tools and upside make Guyton worthy of a top-20 pick.

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Troy Fautanu


With his lower-body agility and flexible hips/knees, Fautanu displays athletic muscle twitch in his pass sets and when pulling and locating in the run game. Although he needs to become more disciplined with his technique, he flashes violence with his hands and makes defenders feel it when he connects.

Because of his explosiveness and body control, Fautanu is ready for NFL snaps and has the length/talent to stay at tackle. His fit inside at guard might be even better, though.

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Jackson Powers-Johnson


After filling in at guard his first two seasons, Jackson-Powers won the starting center job in 2024. He went on to become the fifth unanimous All-American in school history and first-ever Pac-12 player to win the Rimington Award as the nation’s top center.

A multi-sport athlete growing up, he plays light on his feet in pass protection and as a run blocker, with the natural movement skills and stability at contact to torque and fend off defenders.

Powers-Johnson was already considered a potential top-25 pick entering Senior Bowl week and only helped himself with his performance.

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Jared Verse

EdgeFlorida StateHeight:6-4Weight:260Class:R-Jr.

As a pass rusher, Verse can win with speed or power and flashes violence in his hands to break down the rhythm of blockers. He sets a physical edge in the run game and is always around the football because of his awareness, effort and fierce play personality.

After receiving only one scholarship offer (Albany) out of high school, Verse eventually transferred to Florida State and totaled 29 tackles for loss and 18 sacks in 25 games in Tallahassee.

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Laiatu Latu


For pass rushers, there is a saying: “Beat the hands, beat the man.” Latu lives by this principle with the cohesive way he weaponizes his hands and feet to defeat blocks (FBS-best 24.6 percent pass rush win percentage in 2024).

As a run defender, his lack of ideal length and pop will show at times, but he made significant improvements as a senior with his read/react in this area. After Latu previously retired due to medicals, the evaluation he receives from doctors will be a key part of his final draft grade.

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Cooper DeJean


Despite his season-ending injury, DeJean was recognized as the Big Ten’s Tatum-Woodson Defensive Back of the Year and the Rodgers-Dwight Return Specialist of the Year.

With his natural anticipation in coverage, DeJean is rarely out of position and uses his athletic gifts and top-tier ball skills to make plays (allowed only one catch of 15-plus yards last season).

He has a steady process to gather and go, but his lack of initial suddenness is something he must continue to mask to limit separation at the top of routes.

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J.J. McCarthy


No, the Michigan offense didn’t regularly lean on McCarthy to push the ball downfield with his arm. But McCarthy executed when his team needed a play, which often came on third or fourth down. He has the arm and athletic talent that will translate well to the pro game, and his intangibles are off the charts.

Many roll their eyes at win-loss records for quarterbacks, but NFL teams care about that stat, and McCarthy finished 27-1 as a starter at Michigan with a national championship. (He also went 36-2 in high school and won a state title.)

Although McCarthy is far from a polished product, it is easy to see why an NFL team would spend a first-round pick to invest in his future.

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Nate Wiggins


With his athletic profile, Wiggins moves with quiet, controlled feet/hips to seamlessly transition out of breaks and accelerate to top gear (allowed only one catch of 20-plus yards last season, on 41 targets).

His thin frame is a concern, and he needs to improve his consistency as a run defender, but he shows tremendous effort in pursuit and had two chase-down forced fumbles that saved touchdowns in 2024 (vs. Miami and North Carolina).

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Chop Robinson

EdgePenn StateHeight:6-3Weight:250Class:Jr.

While some pass rushers require a runway to build up speed, Robinson accelerates 0-to-60 in a blink, creating instant suddenness from his spot to shoot gaps or win races to the corner. He shows natural rush instincts and uses a variety of swats, swipes and dips to evade blocks, although his counters need further development.

He is a tough run defender but is slightly undersized and could use additional bulk to better match up with NFL blockers.

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Graham Barton


A college left tackle, Barton plays with the athletic control, core strength and stubborn mentality in the run game to execute his assignments.

His movements and finishing skills also translate to pass protection, but he lacks ideal length and will struggle cutting off NFL speed — which is why his future is inside. Barton played center as a freshman, so that should make the projection easier for NFL teams.

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Keon Coleman

WRFlorida StateHeight:6-4Weight:215Class:Jr.

After putting himself on the NFL radar as a two-sport athlete at Michigan State, Coleman transferred to Tallahassee in 2024 and led the Seminoles in receiving — and led the nation in “he did what?!” catches.

Thanks to his basketball background, he “big brothers” cornerbacks up and down the field with size, strength and athleticism. But what really separates him is his dominance when the ball is in the air. Not only can he overpower defenders at the catch point, he also makes leaping, acrobatic stabs appear routine with rare body control and an extraordinary catch radius.

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Kool-Aid McKinstry


After starting for Nick Saban as a freshman and leading the SEC in passes defended as a sophomore, McKinstry’s production fell by half in 2024 — but so did his targets (from 80 in 2022 to 39).

Although he lacks sudden twitch in his movements, he plays with a confident and controlled demeanor. Malik Nabers supposedly has been telling NFL scouts that McKinstry was the best cornerback he faced in college.

McKinstry raises the degree of difficulty for completions with his length and ability to play through the hands of receivers. His game is reminiscent of James Bradberry’s.

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Jer’Zhan Newton


With his twitchy get-off and sense of urgency, Newton creates immediate vertical push and wins early against both pass and run, often forcing quarterbacks to speed up their internal clocks. Although he can be engulfed at times (especially in the run game), his use of leverage and violent shed tactics helps him remain a factor — including various snatch/pull techniques to use the weight of blockers against them.

Newton combined for 103 pressures over the last two seasons, the most by any FBS interior lineman.

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Darius Robinson


Robinson has always looked the part, but moving to more of an edge-rusher role in 2024 led to a breakout season — he led the Tigers in tackles for loss (14) and sacks (8.5). A power-based rusher, he wears down blockers with his upper-body strength and aggressive hand usage, unleashing his anaconda arms to swallow ball carriers in the run game.

Robinson was considered a second-round pick after the season ended, but his performance at the Senior Bowl likely will propel him into Round 1.

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Jordan Morgan


A quick-footed blocker, Morgan displays range and aggression in the run game and gets on top of rushers quickly in jump sets when he uses well-timed hands. His struggles in pass protection come when he is overaggressive with his kick slide and gets too far up the arc, thus creating two-way go options for rushers and opening the door for inside counters.

He can stay at tackle in the pros, but a move inside would maximize his skill set, similar to Matthew Bergeron.

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T’Vondre Sweat


Known for immature tendencies as an underclassman, Sweat returned for his super-senior season in 2024 and made several key changes (on and off the field). Those adjustments helped elevate Texas’ defense and also answered concerns NFL scouts may have had about Sweat, who became the first Texas player to win the Outland Trophy since 1977.

With his powerful base, he refuses to be moved and effortlessly controls the point of attack before shedding with urgency and range to finish. As a pass rusher, his hands and feet need to be more consistently synced up, but he can create knock-back and collapse the pocket.

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Ladd McConkey


A tough player to cover one-on-one, McConkey tempos his long speed to get on the toes of cornerbacks, then snaps the break point with his short-area quickness. Although his lack of length hurts his catch radius, he plays with competitive ball skills and doesn’t force the quarterback to be perfect with placement.

Because of injuries, McConkey played in only nine games (one start) in 2024, but he made a noticeable impact when he was on the field.

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Adonai Mitchell


Despite some wasted movements in his routes that need tightening up, Mitchell cleanly accelerates/decelerates at will and has the fluid movement skills to create separation out of his breaks (81.8 percent first down/touchdown rate in 2024, best among the receivers in this class).

Mitchell is not the strongest player through contact, but he has the hand-eye coordination and pliable frame to adjust, high-point and reach throws most receivers cannot.

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Zach Frazier

CWest VirginiaHeight:6-2Weight:314Class:Jr.

Frazier is a leverage-based blocker with the knee bend and grip strength expected of a four-time state champion high school wrestler. He won the genetic lottery for a center: Those on his father’s side were football players; those on his mother’s side were wrestlers.

At times, his hands get out in front and his feet are late to catch up, but he consistently finds a way to stay under control and finish. Despite breaking his leg in November, Frazier is already running and moving without restrictions, and the injury shouldn’t have a significant impact on his draft grade.

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Bo Nix


Although he benefited from an offense designed to get the ball out quickly, Nix broke the FBS record for single-season completion percentage (77.4) and connected on at least 71 percent of his passes in all 14 games.

He gets in trouble when he plays loose with his technique and his eyes speed up on him, but Nix has a good arm, understands where to go with the football, and his scrambling can give defenses fits.

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Kingsley Suamataia


Suamataia played in an offense that wanted to run the ball downhill — and he was happy to oblige, displaying range and initial pop as a drive blocker. He is nimble in pass protection with the strength to lock down rushers. However, his timing, technique and recognition skills are currently immature parts of his game.

Suamataia offers experience on both ends of the line. His 1,342 offensive snaps were split between left tackle (48.8 percent) and right tackle (51.2 percent).

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Junior Colson


The leader of college football’s No. 1-ranked defense last season, Colson was voted Michigan’s Defensive MVP and won its Toughest Player Award. He posted outstanding production with 196 combined tackles over the last two seasons, 59 more than the Wolverines’ second-leading tackler during that span.

Colson diagnoses the action well and quickly builds his speed to make stops at the line of scrimmage or out in space. I only need one hand to count the missed tackles I charted off his 2024 tape.

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Troy Franklin


Franklin quickly builds his speed vertically to stack man corners versus free releases, and the threat of his deep skills can loosen mid-field coverage (eight catches of 40-plus yards in 2024).

Though he tracks the ball well in flight, his finishing focus is inconsistent, especially through contact against physical defensive backs — he might struggle early on when facing NFL press coverage.

But Franklin is a big-play weapon (before and after the catch) because of his gliding acceleration.

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Tyler Nubin


Using his smooth athleticism and awareness, Nubin keeps everything in front of him. He can drive off the numbers in the deep half to overlap the seam or track and finish from the post. As an alley defender, he is fearless but controlled and comes to balance with low pads to finish tackles with authority.

Nubin has a four-down skill set with playmaking instincts.

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Edgerrin Cooper

LBTexas A&MHeight:6-2Weight:227Class:Jr.

Although 2024 was a forgettable season for Texas A&M, its defense ranked top 10 — and Cooper was the catalyst, leading the team in tackles, tackles for loss, sacks and forced fumbles.

An above-average athlete for his size, Cooper beelines to the football with outstanding closing burst and aggressive tackling. He has elite arm length, but he can be better shooting his hands to escape blocks.

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Jaden Hicks

SWashington StateHeight:6-3Weight:212Class:R-So.

Hicks was a late bloomer when he arrived in Pullman, but the coaches kept putting more and more on his plate. He developed into one of top defensive backs in the Pac-12.

With his versatile skill set, he has the speed to play high and the toughness to play low, filling the alley with urgency or covering big targets in space. Although his read-anticipation is a work in progress, Hicks plays confident and free, trusting his athletic instincts to help him make plays.

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Kamari Lassiter


Although his long speed is more “good” than “great” by NFL standards, Lassiter plays with controlled movements and outstanding eye discipline in zone.

With his competitive nature and physicality, some teams view him like they did Brian Branch last season. NFL scouts also say the Georgia coaches rave about his leadership and what Lassiter meant to the program, which will be strong selling points.

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Roman Wilson


Thanks to a strong sense of the biomechanics of his athleticism, Wilson makes crisp speed cuts without breaking stride, which creates separation and gives his quarterback a target. However, not every route is a race, so he needs further development with his pacing early (like on his releases) and late.

Wilson became the go-to weapon for the Wolverines in 2024 and was one of just 10 FBS players with at least 12 receiving touchdowns. For the season, 79.2 percent of his catches resulted in a first down or touchdown.

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Xavier Worthy


With an ability to weaponize his burst and breakaway speed, Worthy can win deep, separate out of breaks with full-speed route cuts or stick his foot in the ground and fly with the ball in his hands.

He tracks the ball well, but he won’t win many 50-50 situations and needs space at the catch point to be effective.

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Cooper Beebe

GKansas StateHeight:6-4Weight:335Class:Sr.

Beebe’s recovery skills in pass protection need continued development, but he has the disciplined eyes expected of a veteran and displays measured steps and strong hands to keep rushers occupied (one sack allowed over his final 41 games).

Despite some excessive leaning from Beebe in the run game, the Kansas State offense consistently found success behind him.

Beebe split his time between left tackle, right tackle, left guard and right guard — and he also practiced at center.

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Ennis Rakestraw Jr.


With his physicality and footwork, Rakestraw is at his best in press-man, where he can stay square and smother underneath routes. He stays balanced in his transitions, but he can lose a stride vertically to speed — and his lack of interception-worthy plays isn’t ideal.

Teams also have mentioned his medical history as a concern. He has NFL starter-level talent if he stays healthy, though.

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Malachi Corley

WRWestern KentuckyHeight:5-10Weight:215Class:Jr.

With the build and body strength of a running back, Corley earned his “YAC King” nickname as a catch-and-go weapon with immediate burst and urgency as a ball carrier (9.2 yards after catch per reception over the last two seasons).

Though Corley is able to create chunk plays with his legs, a large portion (75.7 percent) of his catches in 2024 came within 10 yards of the line of scrimmage, and he wasn’t asked to consistently create for himself before the catch.

His NFL comparison is somewhere between Deebo Samuel and Amari Rodgers, which is a wide spectrum.

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Ja’Tavion Sanders


A true three-level receiving threat, Sanders has the athletic talent of a wide receiver and boxes out downfield to command the catch point (No. 2 among FBS tight ends with 12 catches of 20-plus yards in 2024, one behind Bowers).

He is a functional on-the-move blocker using range and pop, but he needs to put more of a premium on leverage and positioning to survive as an NFL blocker.

Sanders needed only two seasons to become the Longhorns’ all-time leader in catches among TEs (99).

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Marshawn Kneeland

EdgeWestern MichiganHeight:6-3Weight:268Class:R-Jr.

If you only watched his Eastern Michigan tape from last season, you would think Kneeland was the next Khalil Mack — ready to leap from the MAC to being a top-10 pick.

He isn’t a true speed rusher, though, and needs to develop his rush savvy to be more consistently productive. He hates to be blocked and uses his long arms and bully hands to get loose.

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Ruke Orhorhoro


As a pass rusher, Orhorhoro doesn’t have a lot of clean wins on tape, but he converts speed to power and plays with the quickness and balance to become more disruptive. Against the run, he is hard to reach because of his lateral quickness to move up and down the line, and he does a great job as a two-gapper stacking, locating and re-leveraging.

The stat sheet is underwhelming, but Orhorhoro has shown gradual improvements each year since he started playing football as a high school junior.

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Adisa Isaac

EdgePenn StateHeight:6-4Weight:250Class:R-Sr.

With his package of traits, Isaac’s athletic twitch as a pass rusher and promising point-of-attack skills in the run game stand out on tape. However, his inefficiency at contact and freelancing tendencies are among the several areas of his game that remain a work in progress.

Isaac’s improved production each year (27 tackles for loss over the last 26 games) should give evaluators optimism about his NFL future.

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Ja’Lynn Polk


Polk isn’t the flashiest or most polished receiver in these rankings, but he is a tough, consistent pass catcher with enough juice to threaten the defense. My favorite part of his game is the adjustment skill he shows to bail out his quarterback on low-percentage throws — perfect ball placement isn’t a requirement when he is the target.

As his route running develops, Polk will be able to compete for starting reps in the NFL.

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Patrick Paul


Paul is an athletic and competitive big man, and his long arms are tough to escape. However, his length becomes a detriment when he misses, and his pad level and timing are still in the development phase.

Similar in ways to Chukwuma Okorafor, Paul has the tools to develop into a functional starter if he improves his rudimentary technique and hand usage.

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Bralen Trice


As a pass rusher, Trice is quick off the ball and at his best using his skilled, heavy hands and bull-rushing instincts to convert speed to power. He doesn’t play loose at the top of his rush and is frequently a step slow to shed, but you can feel his competitive edge on tape.

Trice’s production speaks for itself: He finished No. 1 in the FBS in total pressures in both 2022 (70) and 2024 (78).

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Michael Penix Jr.


A super-aggressive triggerman, Penix can drive the football with the quick game or attack one-on-one matchups down the field. He tends to be inconsistent in several key areas (mechanics, anticipation over the middle of the field, pressure reaction), but his arm confidence and willingness to attack every square inch of the field can be a productive formula in the right situation.

His medical evaluation at the combine will be vital to his draft grade.

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Kiran Amegadjie


After not playing football until midway through high school, Amegadjie put himself on the NFL radar with his ascending play in the Ivy League. His season-ending injury in 2024 was disappointing, though, because he missed half of Yale’s games and NFL scouts were unable to see him face better competition at the Senior Bowl.

From size and athleticism standpoints, Amegadjie pops on film because of his rare length, light feet and smooth body control to mirror pass rushers or create momentum as a run blocker.

He requires development time, but the potential is awesome.

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T.J. Tampa

CBIowa StateHeight:6-2Weight:200Class:Sr.

With his height and arm length (32 1/2 inches), Tampa matches up well with size at receiver and shows the coordination and leaping skills to make plays on the football.

He can operate from press-man and turn and run on vertical routes. He also can quickly read and react in zone, either outside or in the slot.

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Mike Sainristil


Sainristil is a fluid and alert athlete with a wide receiver background. He was one of only five FBS players with at least six interceptions in 2024 and ranked No. 2 with 232 interception return yards. He has some overaggressive tendencies, but he trusts his instincts to anticipate and properly position himself to make plays both in coverage and against the run.

His size will remove him from some teams’ boards, but Sainristil is wired right to be a productive nickel in the NFL.

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Chris Braswell


After playing in the Tide’s “Cheetah” package in 2022, Braswell took over Will Anderson Jr.’s role in 2024 and led the SEC in pressures with 56, one ahead of Turner. Both as a pass rusher and run defender, he has a rugged, high-effort play demeanor and uses his aggressive reach/hands to bully blockers or set hard edges.

Braswell has explosive flashes but often stalls out at the top of his rush and needs to expand the ways he can win as a pass rusher.

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Kamren Kinchens


A highly productive defender, Kinchens was the first Miami player to reach 10 career interceptions since Sean Taylor.

Although he lacks explosive speed and his risk-taking tendencies are worrisome, he anticipates well from depth with the range to play over the top and properly track the football. Kinchens also can rotate down as a robber and be a factor in the run game.

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Blake Fisher

OTNotre DameHeight:6-6Weight:312Class:Jr.

Fisher will entice evaluators with his size, compete skills and foot quickness — and he’ll drive them crazy with his inconsistent balance, technique and timing. His hands and feet are too often disjointed and can be exposed by savvy defenders, who will set traps for him.

However, Fisher has several tools that cannot be coached, and his best football is ahead of him.

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Devontez Walker

WRNorth CarolinaHeight:6-1Weight:197Class:Jr.

With a high average depth of target last season (18.2 yards), Walker did his best work downfield using his acceleration, tracking skills and ability to change gears with the ball in the air. However, he won’t get easy looks in the NFL, and his route running is begging for improved footwork, tempo and overall deception to help him uncover on intermediate routes.

Walker needs better consistency in his game, but he is a big-play threat with his ability to climb on top of coverage.

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Jalen McMillan


McMillan is one of the more overlooked receivers in the class, both because of his injury last season and his usage as an underneath threat (71.1 percent of his catches in 2024 came within 10 yards of the line of scrimmage). He is a rangy pass catcher — with a baseball background as a center fielder — and uses first-step acceleration and sharp footwork to stair-step or deke coverage at the stem.

I want to see him amplify his aggression when the ball is in the air, but McMillan uses his length well to snare throws away from his frame. His game reminds me of a juiced-up Jakobi Meyers.

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Kris Jenkins


The son of a 360-pound former NFL Pro Bowler, Jenkins is built differently than his father, but he competes with similar energy and awareness and can control blocks with his hands. As a pass rusher, he is forceful through gaps, but his pad level, pass-rush plan and move transitions need further development.

Jenkins was a team captain and an important part of Michigan’s top-ranked, championship-winning defense.

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Dominick Puni


After four years at Central Missouri, Puni made the unlikely jump from Division II to the FBS and played at a high level at both tackle and guard (25 straight starts, zero sacks allowed). He runs his feet and steers defenders in the run game with a mauling yet measured mentality to make split-second adjustments on the move.

He has some limitations in space as a pass blocker, but Puni plays stout and mobile to answer different types of rushers.

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Calen Bullock


There weren’t many bright spots for the USC defense last season, but Bullock was one of them.

In coverage, he has sudden footwork and cornerback-movement patterns to play over the top or cover in the slot, and his wide receiver background shows in his ball-tracking skills. Bullock plays with urgency and top-down speed against the run, but his tackling mechanics and finishing strength must improve for him to survive in the NFL.

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Andru Phillips


Although his production won’t jump off the page, Phillips’ coverage tape improved each of his four seasons in Lexington — and that progress continued with a strong week of Senior Bowl practices.

With his lower-body quickness and agility, he is able to drive from zone or stay within arm’s length downfield in man. He prefers to play a physical brand of football, which is refreshing. However, Phillips’ handsy tactics need more subtlety, and his tackling requires better finishing control.

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Jonathon Brooks


After spending two years behind Bijan Robinson and Roschon Johnson, Brooks was en route to an All-America-level performance in 2024 prior to suffering a torn ACL — he ranked top five in the FBS in rushing at the time of his injury.

Despite a wide gait and long legs, Brooks is a controlled, instinctive runner who forces missed tackles with his subtle ability to set up defenders and string together moves using timely, sharp cuts.

Stylistically, he reminds me of Kenyan Drake, although Brooks has better vision and big-play potential (assuming he returns to pre-injury form).

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Christian Haynes


Just the third player in school history to be named an All-American, Haynes is assignment-oriented, both as a run and pass blocker. His toughness and torque will speak directly to NFL offensive line coaches.

Although his athleticism is more adequate than great (especially out in space), Haynes moves with short-area agility and positions himself with balance. After his performance at the Senior Bowl, Haynes has a chance to be drafted on Day 2.

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Javon Bullard


The lowest-ranked recruit in Georgia’s 2021 class, Bullard separated himself in the Bulldogs’ secondary with his versatility and swagger.

He won’t run the fastest 40-yard dash at the combine — his average top-end speed is the question hovering over his NFL projection. But Bullard plays aware and confident in coverage, and he strikes with a head of steam as a tackler.

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Blake Corum


Corum was the straw that stirred the offensive drink in Ann Arbor (FBS-best 27 rushing TDs in 2024). With the instinctive way he pairs his eyes and feet, Corum has terrific vision and an energetic lower body to read and maximize the blocking in front of him.

He wasn’t a high-volume receiving target in college and is smaller than ideal for his run style, but he makes quick, urgent decisions as a ball carrier with a low center of gravity.

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Tommy Eichenberg

LBOhio StateHeight:6-2Weight:239Class:Grad.

An above-average run defender, Eichenberg has quick downfield and lateral-reaction skills, with the physicality to work off blocks and stonewall ball carriers as a tackler. He shows the skill set to be a functional zone-dropper but tends to be late digesting all the routes happening around him, resulting in catches in front of him.

The 2024 Big Ten Linebacker of the Year, Eichenberg combined for 200 tackles over the last two seasons.

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Braelon Allen


A balanced, one-cut athlete, Allen shows a great feel for lane development, especially on inside/outside zone, and he can run with either finesse or physicality (69.5 percent of his yardage in 2024 came after contact).

He needs to prove his reliability (ball security, durability), but he plays through pain, and NFL teams will love that he is the youngest player in this draft class. His 20 career 100-yard rushing performances were the most posted by any FBS back active last season.

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Theo Johnson

TEPenn StateHeight:6-2Weight:257Class:Jr.

A wide receiver as a high schooler in Canada, Johnson faced a steep transition moving to tight end and didn’t produce a 100-yard receiving performance in 45 college games. (He reached 75 yards just once.) But his production steadily climbed each season, and he led the Nittany Lions in touchdown grabs in 2024.

Johnson is quick off the ball and builds speed downfield, giving his quarterback a big target with his size, strong hands and athletic catch radius. He doesn’t embarrass himself as a blocker, but he does need to better understand leverage and develop more of a glass-chewing mentality in the NFL.

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Payton Wilson

LBNC StateHeight:6-4Weight:238Class:Grad.

Against run and pass, Wilson is quick to trigger (downhill and laterally) and has some impressive GPS numbers for both his speed and ground covered on plays. Although he is an average take-on player and can be late escaping blocks, he never shuts it down and competes with the “every play could be my last” mentality.

With double-digit surgeries on Wilson’s resume, medicals will play a key factor in where he is ultimately drafted.

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Ricky Pearsall


After three seasons at Arizona State (including in 2019, learning from Brandon Aiyuk), Pearsall moved to Gainesville in 2022 and had a career season this fall, leading the Gators in receiving.

With his play speed and footwork, he earned the nickname “Slick Rick,” thanks to the rhythmic movements he used to shake free in his routes or make a defender miss in the quick game. He can be outmuscled at times versus press or at the top of routes, but Pearsall has Velcro hands and never shies from attacking throws that lead him into contact.

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Michael Hall Jr.

DTOhio StateHeight:6-2Weight:280Class:Jr.

Although his box-score stats from last season (two tackles for loss, 1.5 sacks) are unimpressive, Hall had the second-best pass rush win rate (18.3 percent) among all defensive tackles, behind only Byron Murphy II.

With his first-step burst and lateral agility, Hall quickly gets vertical and is a tough player to handle one-on-one. He uses his long arms and natural leverage to work underneath blocks, but his lack of size and anchor put him in compromised positions, especially against the run.

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Xavier Legette

WRSouth CarolinaHeight:6-1Weight:223Class:R-Sr.

Legette is at his best on “runway” routes (verticals, posts, crossers) or on sweeps and end-arounds that get his long-striding acceleration going. He struggles to shake tight man coverage but will use his size to play strong through contact.

Legette and Malik Nabers were the only SEC players in 2024 to average more than 100 yards receiving per game.

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Bucky Irving


With his vision, darting quickness and wiggle in the hole, Irving routinely finds yards that aren’t blocked for him. Because of his lack of size and power, he will have a tough time in the NFL generating yards after contact, but his body balance and low center of gravity are assets — especially out in space.

Irving has the pass-catching skills and run qualities to be a productive changeup in an NFL backfield.

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Cole Bishop


Utah’s defensive scheme demands versatility from its safeties, and Bishop was up for the challenge with his ability to play all over the field.

No matter where he starts at the snap, he is always rallying to the football and covers a ton of ground. Some safeties play fast and others play controlled — Bishop does both.

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Brandon Dorlus


With his quick first step and long, strong arms, Dorlus can make his presence felt from various angles across the defensive line. He showed improved handwork in 2024 but is more of a “throw everything but the kitchen sink” type of player. He needs to continue improving his pad level and building a move-to-move plan to be more efficient once engaged.

Dorlus has something that will appeal to any NFL scheme.

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Kalen King

CBPenn StateHeight:5-11Weight:191Class:Jr.

Cornerback is a volatile position, and King’s 2024 tape compared to 2022 exemplified that. His final season didn’t go as planned, most notably a tough afternoon against Marvin Harrison Jr.

But he is a springy athlete with the tenacity and toughness you like to see at the position.

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Christian Mahogany

GBoston CollegeHeight:6-2Weight:318Class:Grad.

Mahogany has strong hands to latch and control, and he creates immediate displacement with his ability to roll his hips and finish. Boston College almost always ran behind No. 73 in short yardage.

He needs to correct some bad habits in pass protection, but he stays balanced at contact with an immediate anchor to maintain pocket integrity. Mahogany will be an appealing draft target for a downhill, run-focused offense.

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Jonah Elliss


Prior to a season-ending injury, Elliss was leading the FBS in sacks per game (1.20). Another player with NFL bloodlines, he was a high school linebacker before converting into more of a pass rusher in college. He rarely came off the field for the Utes.

Although not ready to be an every-down NFL player, Elliss can be an impactful sub-package rusher as a rookie while he develops into a more polished player.

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Audric Estime

RBNotre DameHeight:5-11Weight:227Class:Jr.

Among running backs with 200-plus carries, Estime led the FBS last season with 6.39 yards per attempt, and he set a new Irish record with 18 rushing touchdowns.

Using his hulking physique, he squares his pads to the line of scrimmage and gets downhill with the leg drive to run through contact that’s reminiscent of former Seattle Seahawks back Chris Carson. But Estime also has the patience to set up blocks, along with the speed to scoot through gaps or downshift and sidestep defenders with lateral agility.

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Spencer Rattler

QBSouth CarolinaHeight:6-0Weight:219Class:R-Sr.

In terms of pure arm talent and downfield touch, Rattler is among the best in this class. He struggled with decision-making and timing, especially under pressure, but the Gamecocks had a different offensive line combination in 10 of 12 games last season and didn’t do their QB many favors.

Rattler has the ability and self-confidence to work his way up the depth chart in an NFL camp.

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Jaylen Wright


Wright is a good-sized back with the foot quickness and speed bursts that lead to explosive plays (25.7 percent of his carries in 2024 went for 10-plus yards, best in the FBS). However, his pace and patience must improve for more controlled runs. He’s also a work in progress — albeit a promising one — as a blocker and pass catcher.

His run strength, balance and ability to cut/weave at top speed remind me of Jerome Ford when he came out of Cincinnati.

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Braden Fiske

DTFlorida StateHeight:6-3Weight:295Class:R-Sr.

After showing year-over-year improvements at Western Michigan, Fiske transferred to Tallahassee for his sixth season and continued to take his game to new heights against better competition.

A sawed-off, throwback brawler (he doesn’t wear gloves on the field), Fiske generates movement with his get-off and raw power and uses his disruptive qualities to create stress on the blocking scheme. His effectiveness can fluctuate from play to play, but his effort sustains whether he is splitting doubles or holding the point of attack.

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Isaiah Adams


The Canadian product had a rocky season (nine sacks allowed) after injuries forced him outside to tackle, but NFL teams will focus on his dominant flashes at guard in 2022.

In both the run and pass games, Adams is strong and smart and plays with a lunch-pail mentality. Despite waist-bending tendencies, he is quick into blocks to hook his man or create push and always looks to finish.

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Trey Benson

RBFlorida StateHeight:6-1Weight:223Class:R-Jr.

Benson, who models his game after Adrian Peterson, runs with enough plant-and-go explosiveness and run strength that he rarely goes down on initial contact — and he forces some missed tackles that defy gravity.

Because the Florida State offense was committed to a package for backup RB Lawrance Toafili, Benson averaged only 13.5 offensive touches per game in 2024, but he showed key improvements as both a pass catcher and blocker.

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Sedrick Van Pran


A key cog on Georgia’s back-to-back championship teams, Van Pran is a physical presence in the run game. He latches with his hands and finishes with equal parts core strength and aggressive attitude.

It will be a challenge for him to overcome average length and movement skills versus NFL talent, but he processes well in pass protection and brings the leadership offensive line coaches want in the room.

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Cade Stover

TEOhio StateHeight:6-4Weight:251Class:Sr.

A dominant rebounder on the AAU circuit in high school, Stover makes clean grabs outside his frame and has the body control and focus for quick in-air adjustments, even with bodies around him.

As a blocker, he too often falls off his man and needs to be a better finisher, but the toughness and tools are there for him to continue getting better in this area. Stover is solid in all phases.

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Austin Booker


With only 505 defensive snaps in his college career (95 percent of those coming in 2024), Booker is still a work in progress and needs to develop his play strength and rush plan. But he is tall, long and twitched up with enough promising flashes.

For a patient team willing to invest in his potential, Booker will be an interesting developmental prospect.

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Mason McCormick

GSouth Dakota StateHeight:6-4Weight:310Class:Sr.

With 57 straight starts at left guard, McCormick was a key part of the Jackrabbits’ back-to-back FCS national titles. Though not as comfortable on the move or out in space, he has the technique and power to anchor down and control defenders in confined spaces.

McCormick has mostly Day 3 grades from NFL scouts, but his performance at the East-West Shrine Bowl could sneak him into the top 100.

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Brenden Rice


Understandably, it is hard living up to the expectations of being Jerry Rice’s son, but Brenden Rice has become more and more comfortable in his own skin over the years — and his Hall-of-Fame bloodlines are an obvious plus.

Although his separation skills aren’t yet on an NFL level, Rice was a frequent visitor to the end zone in 2024 (he averaged a touchdown every 3.75 catches), and his budding route athleticism makes him a weapon.

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Kris Abrams-Draine


At his best in off-coverage, Abrams-Draine trusts his eyes/instincts and reacts with terrific plant-and-drive quickness to make plays in front of him. He stays composed with his back to the football, although he can be outmatched by bigger pass catchers downfield.

Abrams-Draine has ball production that jumps out, with three straight years of double-digit passes defended.

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Jeremiah Trotter Jr.


Trotter is the son of a physically imposing former Pro Bowl linebacker, and the apple didn’t fall too far from the tree. He brings an active play style and thumping intent, although he needs to better use his hands to maintain block separation.

His lower-body tightness can be exposed by shifty runners, and his coverage deficiencies will be tough to overcome. But Trotter will be a great fit for a team looking for an instinctive hammer with pedigree and toughness.

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Michael Pratt


After not playing football until high school, Pratt got better and better with the Green Wave, throwing a touchdown pass in 44 of his 45 games. He is very clean in his setup and delivers a quick, accurate stroke, showing the ability to feather passes between levels of the defense.

Though he operates with rhythm from the pocket, Pratt needs to continue developing his feel to spot the rush and hasten his process when needed.

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(Illustration: John Bradford / The Athletic; Photos of Brock Bowers, Caleb Williams and Malik Nabers: James Gilbert, Ryan Kang, Justin Ford / Getty Images)

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Dane Brugler is a national NFL writer for The Athletic covering the NFL Draft. He previously covered the NFL Draft for NFL Draft Scout and CBS Sports. Follow Dane on Twitter @DPBrugler