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Ourlads' Top 33 1.0

Updated: 10/18/2017 4:58PM ET

Juniors designated with an asterisk* Writeups ongoing...

1. Saquon Barkley*
RB, Penn State
HT: 5110 |  WT: 230 |  40: 4.33
The Penn State running back is the perfect storm of running skills, receiving ability, and blocking mastery. He also returns kickoffs and demonstrated his tackling capability after an interception in the Nittany Lions’ recent come-from-behind win over Iowa. Here are some athletic numbers on Barkley from summer conditioning: bench press 455 lbs, squat 650 lbs, power cleans 405 lbs, 40-yard dash 4.33, short shuttle 4.00, vertical jump 38”, and broad jump 10’10”. The Coplay, PA native’s estimated height and weight are 5110, 230 pounds.
2. Derwin James*
FS/SS, Florida State
HT: 6030 |  WT: 211 |  40: 4.47
Native of Haines City, Florida. Missed most of 2016 with injury but he is a uniquely gifted athlete with size and length along with a versatile skill set that is coveted by NFL teams. He can play deep half and third coverage with outstanding range along with good match up skill on inside receivers and backs. He also will play in the box with linebacker like responsibility. Excellent agility as he is outstanding vs the run in space. Excellent chase ability. Good take on ability using his hands to shed and work to the ball. Used often as an edge blitzer showing a burst to close on the QB. An active and disruptive defender. Will contribute as a kickoff returner and cover player on special teams.
3. Minkah Fitzpatrick*
S/CB, Alabama
HT: 6010 |  WT: 203 |  40: 4.49
From Old Bridge, New Jersey. Versatile defender with experience at multiple positions in the secondary. Has played outside and has lined up at nickel corner. Outstanding as a deep safety. Extremely quick and fluid with good agility. Adjusts well moving downhill and is physical in run support. Takes on blocks with solid strike with his hands and is quick to shed. Solid tackling skills with proper angles and leverage to the ball. Shows excellent speed in the deep zones. Good range to get over vertical routes. Plays with discipline in zone coverage with good awareness and ability to read routes and the quarterback.
4. Josh Rosen*
HT: 6040 |  WT: 210 |  40: 4.85
From Bellflower,Calif.Throws the ball with his feet under him. Always in an athletic position.Missed the final six games his sophomore year after shoulder surgery.Leads the country through week 6 passing for 427 yards per game ,Passer rating of 156.92 with 17 touchdowns and 5 interceptions. Completion percentage is 64.9 %. Lead the comeback win over Texas A & M in the first game with four touchdown passes and 296 yards in the fourth quarter overcoming a 35 point deficient. The athletic right handed passer features a snappy release and consistent accuracy. His receivers have had several critical drops in numerous games this fall.
5. Bradley Chubb
DE, NC State
HT: 6030 |  WT: 275 |  40: 4.75
Three-year starter and two-time team captain from Marietta, Georgia. The productive defender lines up at both right and left end in the Wolfpack 4-3 defense. Younger brother of Brandon Chubb of the Detroit Lions. Has good height, length, and bulk for the position. Good athletic ability with speed, explosiveness, quickness, and balance. Very good run defender who is gap disciplined and plays within the scheme. On the front side Chubb uses a good punch and presses the blocker with explosive play strength and quick hands to shed. On the backside he plays with good effort and has play speed to close. Very effective on slants and angle moves. Solid tackler but he struggles to come to balance and finish with a wrap tackle at times due to his high energy style of play. Must improve on playing the low cut blocks. High motor pass rusher. Has a good upfield burst to threaten the edge. Solid pass rush plan using both a club-rip, and a long arm move.
6. Da'Ron Payne*
DT, Alabama
HT: 6020 |  WT: 320 |  40: 4.95
7. Arden Key*
HT: 6050 |  WT: 255 |  40: 4.65
8. Harold Landry
OLB, Boston College
HT: 6030 |  WT: 250 |  40: 4.75
Three-year starter from Spring Lake, North Carolina plays both in a two and three point stance on the edge of the defense. Rarely drops into coverage but has enough athleticism to project to short zone flat coverage. Plays very quick at the snap with a good motor. Hustles in pursuit and is a good chase player. Excellent use of hands to stun and keep blockers off him. Good shed ability, disengages quickly and works to the ball. Will get upright at times but normally plays at a good pad level maintaining leverage on the blocker and the ball. Plays the run well with good agility on the edge and the ability to make plays in space. Tackles well. Powerful at the point of attack. Holds up against strong blockers with good leg bend. Productive pass rusher with a variety of moves. Nonstop hustle helps his cause as he will make plays with second effort as the quarterback steps up or scrambles.
9. Christian Wilkens*
DT, Clemson
HT: 6030 |  WT: 300 |  40: 5.00
10. Tarvarus McFadden*
CB, Florida State
HT: 6010 |  WT: 201 |  40: 4.46
The Fort Lauderdale, Florida native has the skill, size and length that NFL teams look for in an outside cover corner. He has experience in a variety of coverage and has very good ball skills for the interception. High points the ball with strong hands. He can play press as well as off coverage. Shows a sudden plant and drive reacting to the throw. Solid fundamentally in press man keeping his focus on the receiver and reacting to the ball when in phase. He will give up inside leverage at times. Can improve in run support consistency.. Will whiff on a tackle at times.
11. Sam Hubbard*
DE/OB, Ohio State
HT: 6040 |  WT: 265 |  40: 4.76
12. Dre'Mont Jones*
DT, Ohio State
HT: 6030 |  WT: 295 |  40: 4.90
13. Anthony Averett
CB, Alabama
HT: 6000 |  WT: 183 |  40: 4.46
Three-year starter from Woodbury, New Jersey who collected 48 tackles, 17 pass breakups, and three tackles for loss in 2017. Solid initial footwork with a smooth pedal and quick feet. Skilled press corner, does not give up leverage. Good agility in a short space. Flips his hips and make up ground reacting to a cut and double moves. Mirrors cuts well but occasionally makes a wrong turn and can lose receiver at times. Has good recovery ability to get back in phase. Instinctive in short zones. Stays in phase on deep vertical routes. Has the speed to cover deep. Good eye discipline, keeping focused on receiver in man and playing the hands. Times pass break well.
14. Baker Mayfield
QB, Oklahoma
HT: 6010 |  WT: 220 |  40: 4.65
Fifth-year senior from Austin, Texas who has, and is currently, rewriting the Oklahoma record books. A touchdown machine, a true dual threat with a competitive streak and passion for the game that couldn’t be higher. Lack of height can make consistent, traditional drop back passing from the pocket a struggle. At his best on the move where he can be innovative and create opportunities on his own. Excels at hitting his target on the move whether he is rolling left or right. Shows nice touch on balls through traffic, fitting balls between different levels of the defense consistently. Overall arm strength is above average, especially when driving the ball deep. Plays in the wide open. Mayfield is a Johnny Manziel type without the offfield baggage. His competitive streak and knack for producing in big moments can help hide some of his physical deficiencies. The scrappy Texas native is also a two-time winner of the Burlsworth Trophy (most outstanding player who began his career as a walk-on). A two-time Heisman finalist.
After the Texas Game:For the first time in eight games, Mayfield threw an interception in the Sooners’ win over Texas in the Red River shootout.  It wasn’t a standout performance for the fifth year senior, passing for 302 yards on 17 of 27 with two TDs and one INT.  Oklahoma went up 20-0 early in the game, but Mayfield found himself down one in the 4th quarter and he responded with a 59 touchdown to tight end Mark Andrews up the right sideline.  It was another dramatic play in a dramatic win for Mayfield, something he has made a routine throughout his career with the Sooners.
15. Derrius Guice*
HT: 5110 |  WT: 215 |  40: 4.47
16. Orlando Brown*
OT, Oklahoma
HT: 6070 |  WT: 345 |  40: 5.35
Son of former NFL tackle Orlando "Zeus" Brown who played with Cleveland and Baltimore. From Duluth, Georgia.Hugh man with long arms like his father.
17. Clelin Ferrell*
DE, Clemson
HT: 6050 |  WT: 260 |  40: 4.75
18. Ronnie Harrison*
FS, Alabama
HT: 6030 |  WT: 216 |  40: 4.55
Harrison is from Tallahassee, Florida has good size and length for the position showing NFL athletic ability and speed. He plays over the top coverage with good range and proper angles to the ball. Very good in zone coverage in both deep and flat coverage. Will rotate to the short flat and occasionally match up with a back or TE. Demonstrates top level man skill to mirror cuts and stay with vertical routes. Flashes ability in run support with downhill tracking ability. Needs to be more consistent tackling as he will not bend and wrap up.
19. Sam Darnold*
HT: 6040 |  WT: 225 |  40: 4.85
Word on the street is that the San Clemente, California native is planning on returning to school for the 2019 Draft. And should. Fundamentally he is all over the place especially his footwork. Has really struggled throwing high over his targets. His timing with the new group of receivers has been off.
20. Connor Williams*
OT, Texas
HT: 6050 |  WT: 320 |  40: 5.10
21. Mike McGlinchey
OT, Notre Dame
HT: 6070 |  WT: 312 |  40: 5.15
Three-year starter and two-time captain from Philadelphia, PA. The rangy athlete lines up at left tackle in the Notre Dame spread offense. Has spent his entire career under the guidance of former NFL offensive line coach Harry Hiestand. Cousin of Matt Ryan. Has an outstanding combination of height, length, and bulk. Good athletic ability with quickness, balance and explosiveness. Solid pass blocker, Has good set quickness and quick feet to reach his set point. Rarely oversets. Above average use of hands and punch timing to win defender’s chest. Has a very good anchor. When he does get beat, he fails to reach his set point and will panic and lunge. Has the lateral quicks to match angles as a zone run blocker and can create vertical or horizontal movement.
22. Courtland Sutton*
WR, Southern Methodist
HT: 6031 |  WT: 219 |  40: 4.53
23. Christian Kirk*
WR/RS, Texas A&M
HT: 5106 |  WT: 202 |  40: 4.35
24. Tyquan Lewis
DE, Ohio State
HT: 6030 |  WT: 265 |  40: 4.75
25. Calvin Ridley*
WR, Alabama
HT: 6005 |  WT: 190 |  40: 4.45
26. Vita Vea*
DT, Washington
HT: 6040 |  WT: 344 |  40: 5.25
27. Maurice Hurst
DT, Michigan
HT: 6020 |  WT: 280 |  40: 4.90
First-year starter from Westwood, MA who has played in a rotation his first three years. The explosive interior run stuffer lines up at 0, 1, 2, and 3 technique in Michigan’s multipersonnel defense. Has below average height and a small lower body for the position. Overall has very good athletic ability with great explosiveness, good play speed and change of direction. Solid run defender. Has below average lower strength to anchor, and gets moved versus double teams. At his best as a penetrator or in backside pursuit where he finishes with good burst and effort. Chases the ball downfield. Very good pass rusher, has an explosive upfield burst and likes to work an edge. Very quick hands and likes to use either a club/arm over or club/rip.
28. Mark Andrews*
TE, Oklahoma
HT: 6040 |  WT: 254 |  40: 4.75
29. Austin Bryant*
DE, Clemson
HT: 6050 |  WT: 265 |  40: 4.79
30. Mason Rudolph
QB, Oklahoma State
HT: 6050 |  WT: 230 |  40: 4.95
Fourth-year senior from Rock Hill, SC who will likely finish atop the program’s major career passing ranks. After finishing 2016 as the only player to throw for 4,000 yards with less than five interceptions, Rudolph is on track for similar numbers in 2017, if not even better. He has the traditional NFL body and makeup of an NFL starter. Tall, strong, and comfortable in the pocket. Very accurate all over the field that has the proper blend of touch and zip on his passes underneath. Consistently sets his receivers up for postcatch success, leading them into space and throwing them open. At least a part of Rudolph’s production can be attributed to easy throws, however. He rarely has to fit balls into tight windows, nor does he often make difficult reads and progressions. His learning curve in the NFL will be steeper than most.

Baylor game:
So far, so good on Rudolph’s promise to not lose another game in 2017 after their loss to TCU September 23. Against Baylor, Rudolph went 19/31 for 459 yards, a whopping 14.8 yards per attempt which amazingly is his second highest of the year. He added 3 touchdowns without turning the ball over, giving him a current 19-4 ratio on the year. The fourth year senior uses excellent touch and accuracy on his downfield passes and shows full command of the Oklahoma State scheme. A few more wins and performances like this could get him to the top of the Heisman list.
31. Duke Ejiofor
DE, Wake Forest
HT: 6030 |  WT: 272 |  40: 4.75
32. Dallas Goedert
TE, South Dakota State
HT: 6050 |  WT: 260 |  40: 4.77
Fifth-year senior and three-year starter from Britton, SD. Record setting All-America who has taken over the FCS like a man among boys. His 92 catch/1123 yard season in 2016 had glimpses of Travis Kelce, looking too fast for linebackers and too big for safeties to cover. He has the flare for the dramatic, routinely making one handed catches, leaping above defenders in traffic, and barreling over potential tacklers after the catch. His size and athleticism are hard to find, but his ball skills are what make him a special standout. Has a unique ability to adjust low, behind and high showing competitive toughness in traffic. Has the contact balance to complete the catch with defenders draped around him. The Jackrabbit tight end has catch transition quickness and immediately turns into a runner where he has excellent run strength and contact balance and will use a stiff arm to finish.
33. James Washington
WR, Oklahoma State
HT: 5115 |  WT: 205 |  40: 4.46
The four-year starter and two-time team captain from Stamford, TX is a production machine for the Cowboys who amassed 2,923 receiving yards, 26 touchdowns and 19.2 yards per catch heading into his senior year. He is a plus athlete with electric feet, good quickness, great balance, and strong hands. Good release technique, winning with nifty footwork and acceleration. A top level route runner who gets his chest down in and out of breaks with a swivel-like action snapping his back around to the quarterback. Above average on all three levels of the route tree. Has a good variety of stems and fakes to manipulate defenders. Incredible knack to adjust to the football and for making the big contested catch. Wins 50/50 balls with timing, an elite ability to track the football, and strong set of hands. Sits down in zones with savvy and recognition. Gives above average effort in the run game working downfield to assist ball carriers. Washington is a playmaking threat for the Cowboys and is poised to have a big season due to great chemistry with quarterback Mason Rudolph.