1: Chase Young, DE, Ohio State
Young has freakish athletic ability at 6’5″ 265 lbs. He finished the season with 9.5 sacks. Young uses his speed and power very well to get to the quarterback. Look for a great season from Young, who very well may be the top overall pick.
2: Tua Tagovailoa, QB, Alabama
The tanking for Tua begins. In his first full season as a starter Tua threw for 3,966 yards, 43 touchdowns, and only 6 interceptions. He can make all the throws and his accuracy is certainly not an issue. There are a few questions regarding his arm strength and health, but look for those questions to be answered this upcoming season.
3: Jerry Jeudy, WR, Alabama
In his two seasons at Alabama, Jeudy has averaged 19.3 yards per catch. He’s a deep threat down the field, a very polished route runner, and he’s explosive with the ball in his hands. He finished last year with 14 touchdowns and 1,315 yards. Look for Jeudy to have another productive season.
4: Justin Herbert, QB, Oregon
Herbert elected to stay for his senior season, which is the best decision he could’ve made. He could possibly be the second or third quarterback taken off the board next year. He finished the year with 3,151 yards, 29 touchdowns, and 8 interceptions. Oregon is projected to be a better team next year, so look for a higher level of play from Herbert and better production.
5: Grant Delpit, S, LSU
A lot of people believed that Greedy Williams was the best player in the LSU secondary last year, but often it was Delpit. Grant Delpit is everything you want in a safety. He has the size at 6’3″ 203 lbs. He is a versatile athlete who can line up anywhere on the field. You can put him in the box or line him up to cover in the slot. Delpit also has the range to play free safety.
6: Jake Fromm, QB, Georgia
Some consider Jake Fromm to be a game manager. It’s understandable why people may get that impression; during his freshman season he threw for 2,615 yards, 24 touchdowns, and only 7 interceptions. He followed that up with 2,761 yards, 30 touchdowns, and only 6 interceptions his sophomore season. Fromm won’t wow you with a ton of touchdowns or yards, but he has good mechanics and he doesn’t make too many bad decisions. I look forward to seeing an even more productive season from Fromm.
7: AJ Epenesa, DE, Iowa
In his two years at Iowa Epenesa has 15 sacks, 22 tackles for loss, and 52 total tackles. The productivity is clearly there and so is the talent. Look for Epenesa to have an even better season than last year.
8: Jacob Eason, QB, Washington
Eason has only played 16 games in his college career. His freshman year at Georgia he played in all 13 games where he threw for 2,430 yards, 16 touchdowns, and 8 interceptions. The production is not there yet due to limited opportunity, but look for a big season from Eason this year.
9: Laviska Shenault, WR, Colorado
Shenault burst onto the scene last year with 86 catches, 1,011 yards, 6 touchdowns, all while averaging 11.8 yards per catch. He’s a big receiver (6’2″ 220 lbs) with good speed. If he has another stellar season, he should go in the first round.
10: Jonathan Taylor, RB, Wisconsin
Jonathan Taylor has a mixture of speed and power at 5’11” 215 lbs. Taylor was very productive in his first two seasons at Wisconsin. He’s ran for a total of 4,171 yards and 29 touchdowns. Fumbles have been a huge issue for Taylor as he’s lost 10 in two years. However, look for another outstanding season from Jonathan Taylor.