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Updated: Jan 27
The best prospect from each of the top 15 college football teams entering this year’s NFL draft.
#1 Alabama Crimson Tide: Wide Receiver, DeVonta Smith (Senior)
No-brainer here. The 2020 Heisman Trophy winner is going to be making big-time plays on Sunday for a long time and will be drafted top 10, possibly even top 5.
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#2 Ohio State Buckeyes: Quarterback, Justin Fields (Junior)
We knew Fields had the talent in regard to his arm and his mobility. But this year, we learned how mentally and physically tough he was. A born leader that knows how to handle adversity. A GM’s dream QB.
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#3 Clemson Tigers: Quarterback, Trevor Lawrence, (Junior)
The undisputed number one pick in this year’s draft. A generational talent that only comes along every ten years or so. Jacksonville will finally have their first franchise QB since Mark Brunell in the late 90’s and early 2000’s.
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#4 Texas A&M Aggies: Quarterback, Kellen Mond (Senior)
The four-year starter will be missed by the Aggies. Mond led A&M to a bowl game every season he was behind center and was able to win three out of those four games. A proven winner who will look to get his shot at the next level.
#5 Notre Dame Fighting Irish: Linebacker, Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah (Senior)
The Notre Dame defense is going to have to fill a huge hole next season as JOK moves onto the NFL. The 2020 Butkus Award Winner was the best at his position in all of college football and recorded 134 tackles combined his final two seasons in South Bend. Look for his dominance to continue because we could have the next Von Miller or Jaylon Smith on our hand’s folks.
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#6 Oklahoma Sooners: Center, Creed Humphrey (Redshirt Junior)
The Big 12 Offensive Lineman of the Year last year, Humphrey continued his excellence in 2020 as well. NFL teams today want an intelligent center who will have a rapport with their Quarterback. Humphrey is that guy.
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#7 Georgia Bulldogs: Linebacker, Azeez Ojulari (Redshirt Sophomore)
Ojulari appeared in all of Georgia’s 14 games as a redshirt freshman last season and was a defensive workhorse this season finishing his year as the 2021 Peach Bowl Defensive MVP. Georgia Coach Kirby Smart would have liked to have him return to Athens for another year but this guy has shown he’s ready for the pros.
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#8 Cincinnati Bearcats: Safety, James Wiggins (Redshirt Senior)
Coming into the 2020 season, Wiggins was on the watchlist for the Jim Thorpe Award as well as the Nagurski Trophy. That was no coincidence. This kid is a hell of a defensive back and helped put Cincinnati back on the map this season.
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#9 Iowa State Cyclones: Defensive End, JaQuan Bailey (Redshirt Senior)
Bailey is the definition of a sack machine, racking up 7 this season for the Cyclones. The 6’2”, 260 lbs. D-lineman, finished his career as one of the best in program history and will be a big pick up for any team that calls his name in April.
#10 Northwestern Wildcats: Offensive Tackle, Rashawn Slater (Senior)
The son of former NBA player Reggie Slater, Rashawn is a natural athlete and is ranked as one of the top offensive lineman prospects in this year’s draft. Slater opted out of the 2020 season due to Covid but the pre-season All-American is still bound to go in the first round.
#11 BYU Cougars: Quarterback, Zach Wilson (Junior)
In the year of the quarterback, Wilson held his own and is being projected to go in the top 5. He has a cannon for an arm, can move around the pocket, and knows how to run an offense. Don’t be surprised if some NFL team who is looking for a quarterback trades up to take this guy.
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#12 Indiana Hoosiers: Safety, Jamar Johnson (Junior)
The All-Big Ten safety had a superb campaign this year for the Hoosiers and declared he is forgoing his senior year and entering the NFL draft. Johnson finished the season with 43 tackles and 4 interceptions proving he can be beneficial in both the run game and in pass coverage.
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#13 Florida Gators: Tight End, Kyle Pitts (Junior)
Pitts is the number one tight end recruit in this year’s draft and the number two recruit is nowhere near his level. He was one of Kyle Trask’s favorite targets down in Gainesville and will be the same for whichever NFL quarterback he is sharing the huddle with next fall. Pitts embodies the perfect, modern tight end as he is lean, quick, and can run superb routes. In fact, some consider him more of a flex or slot receiver than they do a tight end. On top of his highly regarded receiving skills, the kid is pretty good at blocking too. He is a guaranteed first round pick and will be a fun player to watch as a rookie in the NFL.
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#14 Coastal Carolina Chanticleers: Edge, Tarron Jackson (Redshirt Senior)
Jackson is a man child. Plain and simple. The senior edge player stands at 6’2” and 260 lbs. and was a nightmare for the offensive opponents of the Coastal Carolina Chanticleers for four seasons straight. He finished his career with 26.5 sacks which is a school record. His superb play this season placed him as a finalist for the Bronko Nagurski Trophy and a semifinalist for the Bednarik Award. He doesn’t get the recognition he deserves because he went to a small-time school but that could change quickly depending on how he performs at the combine.
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#15 Louisiana Ragin’ Cajuns: Running Back, Trey Ragas (Senior)
The senior for UL is the “do it all” type of back that NFL teams adore. He’s elusive, he’s powerful, and he can make grabs. Aka Jackpot. Ragas ran for over 3,500 yards in his college career and had a strong final season with the Cajuns, rushing for 10 touchdowns and catching 2 more. The talented back probably won’t be chosen until the later rounds but could emerge for some team if given the chance.