The following are Steve's evaluations as a 35-year layman Mel Kiper, Jr. wannabe and college football idiot savant. These take into account early entrants as well as who stood out at the vitally important Senior Bowl practices this week. To see how these have changed since our last edition click here.
They will be updated again post NFL Combine. If you have questions, comments, or insults, send them to Steve via @MichiganPodcast on Twitter.
- Dwayne Haskins (Ohio State)*, 2. Drew Lock (Missouri), 3. Daniel Jones (Duke)*, 4. Jarrett Stidham (Auburn)*, 5. Will Grier (West Virginia)*
Haskins will definitely be the first off the board. Lock performed well at Senior Bowl workouts, but struggled against power five competition in college. After a disappointing junior year, Stidham was named the top QB at the Senior Bowl. I'm still not buying the Kyler Murray hype quite yet given his size, and want to see him throw an NFL route tree at the Combine first. Plus, he could still report to spring training in two weeks.
- Bennie Snell (Kentucky)*, 2. Josh Jacobs (Alabama)*, 3. David Montgomery (Iowa State)*, 4. Dexter Lawrence (Notre Dame), 5. Damien Harris (Alabama)
I tend to favor guys who have proven they can be productive against power five competition when projecting this position. Bryce Love is tough to rank because of his injury status. Jacobs could be this year's Alvin Kamara, as in a prospect who was "the other guy" at his school but actually projects better at the NFL level. Lawrence was the best running back in Mobile according to most scouts.
- Deebo Samuel (South Carolina)*, 2. A.J. Brown (Ole Miss)*, 3. Marquise Brown (Oklahoma)*, 4. N'Keal Harry (Arizona State)*, 5. Terry McLaurin (Ohio State)
Samuel looked like Antonio Brown at the Senior Bowl, and McLaurin was uncoverable. Not sure any player raised his stock more in Mobile than he did. But this is a deep position group that will be very competitive at the Combine.
- Irv Smith (Alabama)*, 2. T.J. Hockenson (Iowa)*, 3. Noah Fant (Iowa)*, 4. Foster Moreau (LSU), 5. Caleb Wilson (UCLA)*
Like wide receiver, this is a deep group. For example, Tommy Sweeney of Boston College and Trevon Wesco of West Virginia also excelled at the Senior Bowl and just missed the cut here. I actually like Hockenson over his more hyped teammate Fant, because he was more consistent and more of a willing blocker. Moreau was named the top tight end in Mobile.
Interior Offensive Line
- Garrett Bradberry (N.C. State), 2. Elgton Jenkins (Mississippi State)*, 3. Erik McCoy (Texas A&M)*, 4. Michael Jordan (Ohio State)*, 5. Chris Lindstrom (Boston College).
Another deep position group that has quality talent beyond these guys. Bradberry, who quietly won the Rimington Award as the top center in college football, and Jenkins were outstanding in Senior Bowl workouts.
- Greg Little (Ole Miss)*, 2. Jawaan Taylor (Florida)*, 3. Cody Ford (Oklahoma)*, 4. Jonah Williams (Alabama)*, 5. Andre Dillard (Washington State)
If not for underclassmen, this would be weakest tackle group in recent memory. As confirmed by the fact Chuma Edoga anchored a disappointing offensive line at USC last season, and yet he helped himself immensely at the Senior Bowl as part of an anemic group.
- Nick Bosa (Ohio State)*, 2. Josh Allen (Kentucky), 3. Montez Sweat (Mississippi State), 3. Clelin Ferrell (Clemson)*, 4. Charles Omenihu (Texas)*
Bosa could be the top pick of the draft, unless someone trades up for his former Buckeye teammate. Sweat absolutely dominated in Mobile. This is a deep position group as well. For example, Jachai Polite (Florida) and Brian Burns (Florida State) aren't even listed here and both could go in the first round.
Interior Defensive Line
- Rashan Gary (Michigan)*, 2. Quinnen Williams (Alabama)*, 3. Christian Wilkins (Clemson), 4. Ed Oliver (Houston)*, 5. Isaiah Buggs (Alabama)*
I believe Gary will be kicked inside in the NFL, where his extraordinary athleticism could finally turn him into the dominant player he never became in college at end. Not to sound like a broken record, but this is another position group with several players not listed who could be first round picks. Keep an eye on Khalen Saunders of Western Illinois, who confirmed in Mobile he has what it takes to play against the big boys. Speaking of Mobile, Buggs was named the top defensive tackle during Senior Bowl workouts.
- Devin White (LSU)*, 2. Devin Bush (Michigan)*, 3. Vosean Joseph (Florida)*, 4. Mack Wilson (Alabama)*, 5. Terrill Hanks (New Mexico State)
Beyond the top two, not a real inspiring group. Hanks was the only linebacker at the Senior Bowl that showed consistent ability to cover, which is a requirement of the position these days. White is going to be a top 10 pick.
- Greedy Williams (LSU)*, 2. DeAndre Baker (Georgia), 3. Byron Murphy (Washington)*, 4. Rock Ya-Sin (Temple), 5. Julian Love (Notre Dame)*
Top three guys here could all go in the first round, but after that there's a pretty steep drop off. Will be fascinated to see how Michigan's David Long, an analytics darling, performs at the Combine.
- Deionte Thompson (Alabama)*, 2. Nasir Adderley (Delaware), 3. Johnathan Abram (Mississippi State), 4. Chauncey Gardner-Johnson (Florida)*, 5. Will Harris (Boston College).
Alabama has become Safety U and Thompson will be the next. Adderley could very well be the first small school player chosen after a good week at the Senior Bowl.