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TOP 32 1.0 First Look

Updated: 10/09/2018 4:46PM ET

The top 32 players are volatile. Chances are there will be no running backs taken in the 1st round. Bryce Love is a luxury pick with great speed but chronically injured. One or two QBs?
The fun is just starting.

1. Nick Bosa*
DE, Ohio State
HT: 6040 |  WT: 265 |  40: 4.75
Three-year rotating starter from Ft. Lauderdale, FL. Voted the 2017 Big 10 Conference Smith-Brown Defensive Lineman of the Year and first-team All-America. He led the Buckeyes in tackles for loss with 16 and a team high eight sacks. Opened the 2018 season winning the Bednarik Player of the Week with his two sacks, two fumble recoveries, and a touchdown versus Oregon State. The game changing pass rusher was the team leading tackler and recorded 29 tackles for loss, good for 154 negative yards and 17.5 sacks in his career before a muscle core injury in the TCU game required surgery. Will be out of the lineup until November when the injury will be reevaluated. Brother Joey and dad John were both first round selections with Joey gathering NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year honors in 2016 for the Chargers. Nick has his brother’s hand quickness using solid hand placement, quick punch, stab and arm extension to control the blocker with his strong hands and long arms. Has jackrabbit quickness off the ball.
2. Ed Oliver*
DT, Houston
HT: 6030 |  WT: 290 |  40: 4.75
Three-year starter from Houston, TX. Oliver declared prior to his junior season that he will apply for the NFL draft in January. The highly motivated war dog collected 73 tackles in 2017 which included 16.5 tackles for loss, 5.5 sacks, three pass breakups, seven quarterback hurries, and two forced fumbles. Also had time to block one kick. So far this season, the 2017 consensus All-America has been in on 27 tackles, five which were for loss, and matched his quarterback hurry total last year with seven. The Outland Trophy winner led the nation with a career average of 1.56 tackles for loss per game, totaling 39.5 tackles for loss in only 25 games played prior to this fall. The relentless and explosive defender plays every play like it’s his last. He is an athletic lineman who has a linebacker’s lateral quickness and agility. His first explosive step upfield is rare. A sideline to sideline player who has a closing burst to the quarterback. Plays with a low pad level and an easy change of direction. An aggressive penetrator who can bull rush and use his hand quickness to his advantage. Plays with strength and violence.
3. Justin Herbert*
QB, Oregon
HT: 6060 |  WT: 231 |  40: 4.85
Three-year starter from Eugene, OR. Former high school multi-sport standout who began setting school records right away as a true freshman in 2015. Went from gifted athlete to a near-pure passer in what equated to one full season over the last two years. Despite missing five games as a sophomore in 2017 with a broken collar bone to his nonthrowing arm, Herbert has developed the status of what is being considered the new prototype quarterback in the NFL. Size, speed, quick release, and a master at the run-pass option package. He is still growing into his massive frame and has become an accurate, missile-armed thrower who can put it on a line to either sideline from any angle. His throwing mechanics have vastly improved from head to toe.
4. Clelin Ferrell*
DE/OB, Clemson
HT: 6050 |  WT: 260 |  40: 4.75
Three-year starter from Richmond VA. Redshirted in 2015. Last fall had 63 tackles, 18 tackles for loss and 9.5 sacks. Primarily a defensive end but occasionally used in coverage. Played in both a two and three point stance. Has bulk and length to go with good overall athletic ability. Quick at the snap using his long arms to get immediate separation from a block. Powerful attacking blocks using his hands to get into a blocker. Violently disengages and works to the ball. Solid pass rush technique using combination moves including a bull rush into an arm under. Changes direction well and can close on a scrambling quarterback. Has enough athleticism to cover the hook to flat areas. Good awareness when dropping in coverage. Tough at the point of attack. Plays the edge run well and can make plays in space. Shedding a block is a strength but will get upright at times.
5. Dexter Lawrence*
DT, Clemson
HT: 6040 |  WT: 340 |  40: 5.25
Three-year starter from Wake Forest, NC. The former high school basketball player may be the biggest inside Tiger presence since William “The Refrigerator” Perry. The massive man mountain not only can crush a double team but has the lateral quickness of a linebacker. His functional athletic ability for a man who can look Andre the Giant in the eye is rare. Prior to 2018, Lawrence has gathered 118 tackles, 12.5 tackles for loss, 9.5 sacks, 28 quarterback pressures, two pass breakups, a caused fumble, and two recovered fumbles. Has been a two-time All-ACC selection and participated in math camps as a youngster. The athletic and light-footed defender may be coveted as a nose tackle for 34 teams. Has a thick lower body and better endurance than most huge defensive linemen.
6. Rashan Gary*
DE, Michigan
HT: 6040 |  WT: 287 |  40: 4.69
7. Christian Wilkins
DT, Clemson
HT: 6030 |  WT: 300 |  40: 5.00
Three-year starter from Springfield, MA is likely the most versatile member of the Tigers’ fearsome foursome defensive front of Clelin Ferrell, Dexter Lawrence, and Austin Bryant. The highly decorated athlete and scholar (graduated in 2 ½ years) has started at defensive end and tackle and corralled 193 tackles, 26 tackles for loss, 10 sacks, 43 quarterback pressures, 14 pass breakups, two fumble recoveries, and a caused fumble prior to this fall. To rack up those totals playing on a highly motivated Clemson defensive unit is akin to numerous mad dogs in a meat house.
8. Greedy Williams*
HT: 6020 |  WT: 185 |  40: 4.48
Two year starter from Shreveport, LA. In 2017 Williams had 38 tackles, 6 interceptions, 17 passes defended, and 11 pass breakups. Led the SEC in interceptions and passes defended. Has length to go with outstanding athletic ability. Fluid hips and change of direction, there is rarely any wasted movement in transition. Used as a press corner for the most part showing outstanding man skill. Off-hand jam is precise and consistently disrupts routes off the line. Has the eye discipline to consistently focus on the receiver in man coverage and get his hands to the catch point with the ball in the air. Ball skills for the interception and pass break are elite. Does a nice job in zone and off man coverage playing with a smooth pedal, good cushion and sudden break on throws in front of him. Reads route combinations and spaces well vs multiple routes. He is a dominant man to man defender. Mirrors cuts and stays in the receiver’s pocket. Can cut off a route and react to a double move and stay in phase.
9. Devin White*
HT: 6010 |  WT: 240 |  40: 4.60
Three-year starter from Springhill, LA. White had 133 tackles last fall to lead the SEC. Included were 14 tackles for loss and 4.5 sacks. Was the Tigers’ MVP in 2017. He is quick with his initial read and aggressive downhill attacking gaps. Has a nose for the ball as he can fit a gap and make a play in the backfield. Has sideline to sideline range and is quick to change directions. Has a burst to close in chase mode. Fundamentally sound tackler who gathers well in space and finishes tackles. Solid inside blitzer with good anticipation at the snap. Often used as a spy on a back or quarterback and is effective with a delayed blitz letting the crease open. Quick with his hands to ward off blocks on the move.
10. Raekwon Davis*
DT/DE, Alabama
HT: 6060 |  WT: 316 |  40: 5.15
11. Deandre Baker
CB, Georgia
HT: 5110 |  WT: 185 |  40: 4.50
Two year starter from Miami FL. In 2017 had 44 tackles, three interceptions, and nine pass breakups. A physical corner for his size with good strength to play the run and control receiver’s release. Experience in a variety of coverage including press man and zone, quarters and hard corner Cover 2. Technically sound in all phases of the game. Has the ability to lock up a receiver at the line and at times has ridden them out of bounds on an upfield release. Good with an off- hand jam and is tenacious in press reacting to cuts and staying in the pocket of the receiver. Stays in phase on vertical routes. Solid in zone coverage, reading and reacting to route combinations. Plays hard corner riding an upfield release and coming off quickly on the flat route. Quick with break and drive where he can drop a receiver on the catch or step in front and make an interception. Excellent ball skills.
12. Zach Allen
DE, Boston College
HT: 6040 |  WT: 285 |  40: 4.85
13. Devin Bush*
OB/IB, Michigan
HT: 5110 |  WT: 230 |  40: 4.60
Three-year starter from Pembroke Pines, FL. Corralled 102 tackles with 9.5 for loss, five sacks, and one interception last season. Bush is the prototype for the modern offthe-ball linebacker. He is undersized for the traditional Mike but is athletic with sudden change of direction and fast. Makes plays in space and can handle backs in coverage. Plays inside in the Michigan scheme and projects as a 3-4 or 4-3 Will in the NFL. Is quick downhill and disruptive attacking gaps. Excellent instincts. Is athletic enough to play on the edge versus a slot and is outstanding in the underneath zones. Quick in his pass drop with sudden reactions on the throw. His quickness makes him an effective inside blitzer. Outstanding sideline to sideline range.
14. Derrick Brown*
DT, Auburn
HT: 6050 |  WT: 316 |  40: 5.00
15. AJ Brown*
WR, Mississippi
HT: 6010 |  WT: 225 |  40: 4.50
Two-year starter from Starkville, Mississippi who chose to play for the in-state Runnin Rebels’ has not disappointed since arriving in Oxford. Last season he accumulated 1,252 receiving yards and 11 touchdowns, setting the school single-season record for receiving yards on his way to earning All-SEC and All-America honors. Playmaker who has a knack to make plays in clutch situations. Long, strong and lean frame with good size for the position. Played mostly inside slot receiver but has the physical abilities and skill to play outside at the next level. Effective inside and outside step to slip past defenders on open field releases. Good route runner who creates separation with his feet and hips to pop in and out of breaks. Has good long speed and is a strider in the open field.
16. Greg Little*
OT, Mississippi
HT: 6060 |  WT: 325 |  40: 5.10
Three-year starter from Allen, TX. After a highly touted high school career and recruitment, Little arrived at Oxford with the expectation of being the next Laremy Tunsil. Plus-athlete with a promising frame and aggressive style showed promise early on, starting five times in 2016. Full time starter in 2017 earned second-team All SEC honors. Easy mover out of his stance at 320+ pounds. Gets on his man first, attacks with his hands and will roll his hips upon contact. Easy knee bender, maintains proper leverage throughout engagement and will keep the feet active. Has a lot of range. Can reach linebackers and cut them off in pursuit of action across the line as well as reach the edge against speed pass rushers. There is a sense of “easiness” to his game athletically.
17. Jonah Williams*
OG/OT, Alabama
HT: 6050 |  WT: 301 |  40: 5.20
Three-year starter from Folsom, CA. Projects inside to guard. Started right away for the Tide in 2016 at right tackle while current Jaguars’ left tackle Cam Robinson mannedin his game revolve around body control, balance, and hand-work. His jump back into his pass protection looks like a tape on repeat every time, no matter the opponent. His skill set has been thoroughly and precisely developed. Hands are often accurate to the point where the opponent’s jersey is worn out in a specific spot by the end of the game. He keeps them inside and will neutralize both power and speed rushers on contact. He recovers well, can be bent back while maintaining his base and remaining under control. the blind side. Shifted over in 2017 and earned first-team All SEC honors.
18. Dwayne Haskins*
QB, Ohio State
HT: 6030 |  WT: 220 |  40: 4.75
First-year starter as a red-shirt sophomore from Potomac, MD. This report is in no way an endorsement for Haskins to apply for the NFL draft, but rather respect for his accuracy, ball placement, and decision making in a short four game career, not including mop up duty in 2017. Even last year, JT Barrett’s backup hit on 40 of 57 passes good for 565 yards and four scores. His completion percentage was 70.2%. Heading into game week five at Penn State the accurate downfield passer has averaged 10.4 yards per attempt, reeling off 16 touchdowns and one interception and four team wins. His completion percentage is over 75% with a passer rating of 207. Throws to a variety of future NFL receivers like Parris Campbell, KJ Hill, Terry McLaurin, and Austin Mack among others. Running backs Mike Weber and JK Dobbins have also caught 11 passes between them. The fluid athlete steps up in the pocket and throws a velocity-filled bullet downfield hitting a receiver in stride. His poise is remarkable.
19. Jaquan Johnson
SS, Miami
HT: 5110 |  WT: 195 |  40: 4.46
20. Michael Jackson
CB, Miami
HT: 6000 |  WT: 200 |  40: 4.48
Two year starter from Birmingham, AL. Last fall had 43 tackles, four interceptions, and five pass breakups. Had a breakout season and was named second-team ACC. Has the frame and length NFL teams covet and demonstrated outstanding cover skill. Shows fluid movements and smooth transitions. Plays off coverage with a quick smooth pedal that maintains cushion and leverage. Plays quarters and man with equal skill. Quick break on the ball showing good tackling skill. Plays with good toughness and can take on a stalk block and shed to the ball. Stays in phase on deep vertical routes and can find the ball at the high point. Reads route combinations well in zone and can space and react to multiple routes in a zone.
21. Dre'Mont Jones*
DT, Ohio State
HT: 6030 |  WT: 280 |  40: 4.90
22. Noah Fant*
TE, Iowa
HT: 6050 |  WT: 241 |  40: 4.65
Two-year starter from Omaha, NE. Recorded 30 receptions for 484 yards and 11 touchdowns in 2017. Off to a strong start this fall with 15 catches for 169 yards and four scores through four games. The Hawkeyes will line up about 50% of the time in a two tight end and two wide receiver alignment, so Fant shares the wealth as a pass catcher with fellow tight end TJ Hockenson who latched onto 24 passes in 2017. The athletic natural hand catcher reaches and extends for the ball at the high point. Has good concentration and reaction to the ball. Catches the ball above the crowd or goes down low and digs out an off-target throw. A three layer tight end who catches crossers, flats, seams, and has the speed to split two deep Cover 2 down the middle of the field.
23. Deebo Samuel
WR/RS, South Carolina
HT: 6000 |  WT: 208 |  40: 4.50
Two-year starter from Inman, SC. Coming off a broken leg in 2017 which halted what had been an incredibly impressive and productive season. Deebo had scored six touchdowns in only three games before suffering the season-ending injury. A versatile player who can lineup inside and outside, but also has dynamic game-changing kick return ability. Average size but strong pound for pound frame. Has the versatility to be used in a multiple of ways on offense in a Percy Harvin type role with extreme effectiveness on jet sweeps, screens, and reverses. Eats into defensive back’s cushion with acceleration off of the line of scrimmage getting on top of the defensive backs early in the route versus free releases. Corners respect his speed often giving him a big cushion to operate on underneath routes. Good route runner who creates separation with very good speed and quick breaks snapping his head back to the quarterback.
24. Jerry Tillery
DT/DE, Notre Dame
HT: 6070 |  WT: 305 |  40: 5.10
25. Josh Allen
OLB, Kentucky
HT: 6050 |  WT: 260 |  40: 4.75
Three-year starter from Montclair NJ. Last season recorded 65 tackles, 9.5 tackles for loss and seven sacks. A versatile outside linebacker prospect with outstanding size for the position along with good overall athletic ability. Shows quickness at the snap as an edge rusher along with the change of direction skill necessary to play in space. Normally lines up on the edge in a two point stance but has also aligned on a slot outside the box. He is an every-down player who is primarily used as a pass rusher in sub-packages. Shows a quick first step up field and can bend and squeeze to get around the corner. Closes with a burst creating pressure on the quarterback. Adept at using his hands to attack a blocker and has a variety of moves to get free. Allen shows up well in flat coverage showing the speed to play backs on flat routes and react to receivers in short zones. Not used often in coverage but shows the ability to be a factor.
26. Austin Bryant
DE, Clemson
HT: 6050 |  WT: 265 |  40: 4.79
27. Trey Adams
OT, Washington
HT: 6070 |  WT: 320 |  40: 5.10
28. N'Keal Harry*
WR, Arizona State
HT: 6040 |  WT: 213 |  40: 4.55
Three-year starter from Chandler, AZ selected the Sun Devils amidst many of college choices for his rare talents. Was a first-team All-Pac 12 selection after an impressive sophomore season in 2017 catching 82 passes for 1,142 yards with eight touchdowns. Playmaking down the field and red zone threat receiver that is a difficult cover for any sized defensive back. Showed off impressive punt return ability flashing good vision and balance to have success as a returner. Big physical outside receiver. Great size, length and frame. Has above average acceleration off of the line of scrimmage building up to his deceptive long speed. Uses effective jab stabs and head nods to create separation on route breaks. Uses his hands to be physical with defensive backs throughout the route to control defender. Good timing and tracking ability to make big plays down field.
29. Damien Harris
RB, Alabama
HT: 5110 |  WT: 213 |  40: 4.55
Three-year starter from Berea, KY who has been the team’s top rushing threat since 2016. The most consistent force in the program’s loaded backfield since his featured back status. Has never been the most talented back on the depth chart, but his reliability and nose for extra yards kept him atop the depth chart. A 1,000+ yard rusher in both his sophomore and junior seasons that will be the first to pass that mark three times in school history if he does it again this season. Possesses the NFL body with more than enough lower body girth and strength. That base provides excellent contact balance, leaving him centered and ready for more after contact. Will break a lot of tackles. Runs hungry. Does not get deterred by a heavy load of impact. Very calmly aggressive as a runner. Assertive and effective blocker.
30. Bryce Love
RB, Stanford
HT: 5100 |  WT: 196 |  40: 4.35
Two-year starter and team captain from Wake Forest, NC. Played in the Christian McCaffrey shadow for the first two years of his career. After leading the Power 5 conferences in rushing as a junior, many assumed he would bolt for the NFL but he chose to return for his final year. Slightly undersized but comes with a tough running style that gains more than his fair share of yards after contact. Uses his slight frame and top tier quickness to miss a lot of contact, showing the ability to sidestep the meat of a hit at the last second. Runs behind his pads and will deliver a blow to the defender. Just as effective running between the tackles as he is in space. Will put defenders on their heels as he can shake his way free and out run an angle.
31. Montez Sweat
OB/DE, Mississippi State
HT: 6060 |  WT: 241 |  40: 4.78
Two-year starter from Stone Mountain GA. In his second year at Mississippi State after transferring from Copiah-Lincoln CC. Spent his freshman year (2014) at Michigan State where he had some off-field issues and left. Appears to have matured a lot since then. Led the SEC in sacks with 10.5 for 64 yards. Tall lanky prospect who has played both 3-4 outside linebacker and 4-3 defensive end. Projects to 3-4 as a pro. Good quickness at the snap and uses his hands well to work through a block. Quick with his punch and can keep blockers off him on the move. Has the speed and length to get around the corner and close on the quarterback. Shows quick bend and squeeze versus a blocker and shows a variety of moves. Can chase across the field and makes plays in space.
32. Jeffery Simmons*
DT, Mississippi State
HT: 6040 |  WT: 300 |  40: 5.00
Past red flag may drop him out of 1st round.