1. Myles Jack (UCLA): He was on a team full of NFL prospects but his athleticism really stood out to me. He has very light feet, a fluid motion when he turns and natural ball-skills. He has the skillset to play multiple position but I see him having the biggest impact on the defensive side of the football. He has the speed of a running back, the rare agility and awareness in coverage as he is more than able to cover running backs in the flat, tight ends in space, he anticipates the route well, he stays step by step with the receiver and he closes in quickly on the ball. His burst and agility make me a very effective rusher on the edge and he takes on all contact. I see so much of NaVarro Bowman and Jamie Collins. He’s undersized for the position like Bowman is but that doesn’t stop him and he has the athletic presence that Jamie Collins possesses with his versatility.
2. Darron Lee (Ohio State): He was a two year starter in the 4-3 base defense for the Buckeyes. He has excellent range, speed and athleticism for the position. He’s able to get through tight gaps at the line of scrimmage, he’s very active with his hands as he can drive offensive linemen off the line, can bullrush and keep himself free from blocks. Another big part of his game is his ability to play from sideline to sideline and cover. He has the speed to keep up with slot receivers, running backs and tight ends that are flanked out wide as a receiver. He’s very versatile when it comes to the blitz as he can stunt in between gaps and get to the quarterback no matter where he’s lined up.
3. Leonard Floyd (Georgia): You better have game if you have two first names and this young man does. He’s very tall for the position standing at 6’6 and possesses a very raw skillset. He has very surprising power in his hands, an excellent first step off the edge along with the agility to avoid blockers and shows a relentless motor. He will be a steal in this draft for any team that decides to draft him.
4. Kamalei Correa (Boise State): After seeing the tape, I’m sold on him. He has an explosive first step and burst which allows him to close in on the football and generates a combination of speed and power that will shock the ball-carrier. He’s a versatile edge rusher that can stand up in his stance or put three fingers down rushing out of a two or three point stance. He displays a terrific nose for the football as he can locate the football quickly and has a knack for splitting the gaps. Correa can also drop back into coverage when asked and shows good balance, agility and awareness when doing so.
5. Jaylon Smith (Notre Dame): To some, he was considered to be the best overall player in this year’s draft. His draft stock unfortunately took a blow when he tore his ACL in the Fiesta Bowl this season against Ohio State. He still decided to declare for the draft. I love the athleticism he shows on each play. He’s always on the field so that takes care of the reliability aspect of things. He’s got a natural twitch and flexibility, shows balance and the speed along with the burst to make a tackle in the open field and that’s why scouts were so high on him. He’s a freakish athlete that has the range, instincts and competitive drive that’s turned him into a well sought out NFL prospect.