Emmanuel Sanders was a nice signing, but the Saints could use a long-term No. 2 receiver to go across from Michael Thomas.
In 2020, Smith has 38 catches for 483 yards with four touchdowns. He put together a tremendous junior season for Alabama, recording 68 receptions for 1,256 yards with 14 touchdowns. He showed off excellent hands, route-running, and the ability to pick up yards after the catch. He had 42 catches for 693 yards and six scores in 2018. The 6-foot-1, 175-pounder should take on a bigger role in 2020 with Jerry Jeudy and Henry Ruggs having moved on to the NFL.
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Linebacker has been a weakness for years for the Raiders. Here's an upgrade for Las Vegas.
Moses has 37 tackles with 1.5 sacks so far this season. Alabama has been a factory for linebacker talent, and Moses (6-3, 233) will keep that tradition alive for the 2021 NFL Draft, if he can stay healthy.
Team sources were really excited about seeing Moses in 2019, but a torn ACL in training camp ended his season before it started. Some sources thought that if Moses had entered the 2020 NFL Draft, he still would have been an early-rounder despite the injury. They were very impressed with his performance in 2018 when he recorded 86 tackles, 10 for a loss, 3.5 sacks, one forced fumble and one pass batted while rotating with other linebackers.
Aside from an edge rusher or a linebacker, it might make sense for the Cowboys to take the best defensive player available at their pick. In that case, Wade would be the pick in this mock, and he could be an upgrade at corner or safety for Dallas.
Wade totaled 25 tackles with eight passes broken up, an interception and two sacks in 2019. He made some impressive plays for the Buckeyes and was a bigger presence than the numbers indicate. During the fall of 2019, I reported that team sources said they believed Wade was likely to go back to Ohio State for 2020, which is what happened.
Wade (6-1, 194) has a good skill set to develop with a ton of upside. He had a strong debut for the Buckeyes in 2018, totaling 31 tackles, three interceptions, seven passes defended and one forced fumble on the year. Even though Wade has the size to line up on the outside, Ohio State played him mostly at slot cornerback in 2018 and 2019, and he did well there while also playing some safety. With Jeff Okudah and Damon Arnette having moved on to the NFL, Wade moved to the outside in 2020, and it could help his draft grade if he plays well there, as it would demonstrate the versatility to be effective at numerous spots in coverage.
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Cleveland could use more talent at safety. Here's a free safety to go with Grant Delpit.
Holland (6-1, 200) was a playmaker for the Ducks over the past two seasons, putting together fabulous ball production. As a freshman, he had 42 tackles with five interceptions and eight passes broken up. In 2019, he had 66 tackles with four interceptions and four passes batted. Holland's instincts and ball skills have made him a dangerous threat to snatch interceptions and break up passes downfield. He could stand to get stronger to tackle in the NFL, but he had respectable tackle totals over his freshman and sophomore seasons. If Holland can add weight before pre-draft workouts and maintain his speed, it could help him for the 2021 NFL Draft. Holland announced he is skipping the 2020 season.
Ndamukong Suh is aging and not a long-term answer. Vita Vea will get a big contract extension, so Tampa Bay could use a talented but cheap tackle to go next to him.
In 2019, Tufele was (6-3, 305) a disruptive presence for USC, totaling 42 tackles with 4.5 sacks and a pass batted. His run defense was improved, and he looks like he has upside to grow and improve. After redshirting in 2017, Tufele had an impressive debut for the Trojans in 2018, racking up three sacks with 23 tackles, 4.5 tackles for a loss and a blocked field goal.
The 6-foot-2, 207-pound Farley has an excellent skill set with size, speed and athleticism. After starting out at wide receiver for the Hokies, Farley missed the 2017 season with a torn ACL. He had a bad year 2018, but was excellent in 2019, recording four interceptions with 12 passes broken up and 20 tackles. It was impressive that Farley played that well considering he had a serious back injury for a lot of the season.
Farley decided to sit out the 2020 season because of the pandemic, so he will enter the 2021 NFL Draft having been a 1-year wonder and flagged with durability issues. His physical tools, however, could be enough to lead to him being selected during the opening night of the 2021 NFL Draft.
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Jacksonville has a terrible secondary and they need multiple upgrades to go around C.J. Henderson.
While teammate Israel Mukuamu has gotten more media attention, some team sources like Horn more as a prospect for the NFL. They feel that Horn is a more fluid athlete and faster. Those evaluators like Horn's ability to run the route and prevent separation. He has looked very good this year, holding his own against Florida's dynamic receivers and dominating Auburn. In 2020, Horn has 10 tackles, two interceptions and six passes defended.
Horn broke into the starting lineup as a true freshman and showed improvement in his sophomore season. He has quality size to him and has shown a nice ability to break up passes. As a junior and/or senior, Horn (6-1, 205) could help himself to show the ability to turn some pass breakups into interceptions. Jaycee Horn is the son of former Saints wide receiver Joe Horn.
Josh Norman is not a long-term answer for the Bills. Here's a corner to go with Tre'Davious White.
Adebo (6-1, 190) is a big corner who has cover skills, a tremendous ability to play the ball, and good instincts. In 2018, Adebo recorded 64 tackles with 20 passes broken up and four interceptions. Against Northwestern in the 2019 season opener, he picked up where he left off in 2018, recording five tackles with two passes batted and an interception. However, he had an ugly game against Central Florida, getting roasted on some double moves. Adebo totaled 33 tackles with four interceptions and 10 passes broken up in 2019. The question for Adebo will be if he can handle speed receivers at the next level. He also is an aggressive corner and will have to learn to play with more discipline to avoid getting burned by double moves.
The Cardinals will have to replace Larry Fitzgerald and find a competent No. 2 receiver to go across from DeAndre Hopkins. A dynamic tight end could be a great addition to their offense and burn defenses that focus too much on Hopkins.
Pitts has 17 receptions for 274 yards and seven touchdowns so far this year. He has been incredible, showing speed on a 71-yard touchdown, size on jump balls, superior route-running, good hands, and yards-after-the-catch skills. Pitts turned into play-maker in 2019, creating mismatches in the passing game. He is too fast for linebackers while being too big for safeties in coverage. The 6-foot-6, 239-pounder could stand to improve his blocking, but he will get drafted for his receiving ability. In 2019, he had 54 receptions for 649 yards and five touchdowns.
Pitts could be improved over 2020 due to having increased experience, developing more physically, and benefitting from more experienced quarterback play. Team sources say they think Pitts is a first-round talent as he is a dynamic receiver. They feel he may not be as explosive as Eric Ebron or Evan Engram, but Pitts is a more polished receiver.
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The Packers could use some youth on the offensive line.
Mayfield really impressed with me how he played against Chase Young at the end of the 2019 season. In plenty of one-on-one matchups, Mayfield got the better of Young. The 6-foot-5, 319-pounder has good size to him with athletic upside. He is a good athlete, but he also has some issues in technique that he needs to improve upon for the NFL.
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The 6-foot-4, 315-pound Davis has good size to him and was a tough run blocker for the Buckeyes in 2019. He is strong at the point of attack and is a bull in the ground game. For the NFL, he will need to improve his ability to take on speed rushers. He is stout to anchor against bull rushes, but he needs more starting experience to refine his game.
LeCounte has 13 tackles, one pass broken up and three interceptions this year. He totaled 61 tackles with four interceptions, three passes defended and two forced fumbles in 2019. As a sophomore, LeCounte led the Bulldogs in tackles with 74 while also recording one interception, four passes broken up and two forced fumbles. Team sources rave about the potential and skill set LeCounte (5-11, 190) possesses. If he can become more assignment sound and technically proficient, he could be a fast riser due to his a ton of upside.
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The Bears need to upgrade their offensive line. They need to get bigger and more physical to establish a more consistent rushing attack. Here's an upgrade who could play guard or center.
Hill was phenomenal for Georgia in 2019. He is a tough run blocker and shows the ability to handle pass-rushing defensive tackles one on one. Taking on a future top-10 pick in Auburn's Derrick Brown, Hill was very impressive, and team sources have said Hill was impossible not to notice while they scouted Andrew Thomas and Solomon Kindley. They feel Hill could be an early-rounder and the top center in his draft class. The 6-foot-4, 330-pounder is big for the position and moves well for a big blocker. He could also move to guard in the NFL.
Joe Haden is aging, and Artie Burns was a bust. Thus, the Steelers will need more young talent at corner.
Campbell has 10 tackles and four passes broken up this year. He did a superb job of blanketing Auburn wide receiver Seth Williams in Week 2, and Williams was incapable of generating separation from Campbell. In 2019, Campbell had 15 tackles with four passes broken up. The 6-foot-2, 185-pounder has ability, which he flashed for Georgia during 2018. Over those two seasons, Campbell was a streaky player with some ups and downs, but showed that he has plenty of upside to develop.
The Jets need more wide receiver talent. It is shocking that essentially two general managers would put that receiving corps together and think that it could be effective for Sam Darnold.
The Buckeyes had other good receiving talent with more experience, but Olave (6-1, 185) became their most dynamic receiver playmaker during the 2019 season with 49 receptions for 849 yards and 12 touchdowns. He was a big-time point producer and looked like he was just getting started. Olave has quality height to him with the speed to get downfield.
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Jadeveon Clowney was only signed to a 1-year contract, so the Titans could look for a long-term edge defender in the 2021 NFL Draft.
After serving as a backup during his freshman season, Tryon (6-5, 262) was a breakout player in 2019 and one of the top pass rushers in the Pac-12. He totaled eight sacks with 41 tackles and one pass batted. Tryon has a lot of upside as he develops.
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