In this Nov. 9, 2019, file photo, Alabama quarterback Tua Tagovailoa plays in an NCAA football game in Tuscaloosa, Ala. Tagovailoa is a likely first round pick in the NFL Draft Thursday, April 23, 2020.
In this Nov. 9, 2019, file photo, Alabama quarterback Tua Tagovailoa plays in an NCAA football game in Tuscaloosa, Ala. Tagovailoa is a likely first round pick in the NFL Draft Thursday, April 23, 2020.|Vasha Hunt | Associated Press
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NFL Draft Megalist: Eckel's full list of top players by position with opinions from NFL execs

A panel of experts, including a long-time executive in personnel with two Super Bowl rings, have agreed to share their opinions on this draft.

Mark Eckel

A panel of experts, including a long-time executive in personnel with two Super Bowl rings, have agreed to share their opinions on this draft.

QUARTERBACKS

Joe Burrow, LSU

Height/Weight: 6-3, 216

Class: Sr.

Stats: 2019: 5,671 yards, 76.3 percent, 60 TD/6 Int

Quote: “What he did last year was unbelievable, but he also had a great team around him and never faced much adversity.’’

Jordan Love, Utah State

Height/Weight: 6-4, 225

Class: Jr.

Stats: 2018: 3,567 yards, 64 percent, 32/6

2019: 3,402, 61.9 percent, 20/17

Quote: “He’s really grown on me. He had nothing to work with (at Utah State) last year, nothing. He lost his top five receivers from the year before. Everything he did he did on his own. I think he has a chance to be really good with the right team and coach.’’

Tua Tagovailoa, Alabama

Height/Weight: 6-1, 215

Class: Jr.

Stats: 2018: 3.966 yards, 69 percent, 43/6

2019: 2,840, 71.4 percent, 33/3

Quote: “I had some red flags on him before the injury and one of those was durability. Now, you have to be real careful. But obviously he has talent."

Jalen Hurts, Oklahoma

Height/Weight: 6-1, 220

Class: Sr.

Stats: 2019: 3,851 yards, 69.7 percent, 32/8

Quote: “He’s a great competitor and a winner. All he does in win (career record 38-4). He could be a steal in this draft.’’

Justin Herbert, Oregon

Height/Weight: 6-6, 225

Class: Sr.

Stats: 2019: 3,471 yards, 66.8 percent, 32/6

Quote: “He’s just OK. (He’s) gonna get drafted a lot higher than he should.’’

Underrated: Jalen Hurts, Oklahoma

Overrated: Jacob Eason, Washington “He’s just not that good.’’

Small School Star: James Morgan, FIU

RUNNING BACKS

D’Andre Swift, Georgia

Class: Jr.

Height/Weight: 5-9/215

40 Time: 4.46

Stats: 2019: 1,218 rushing yards, 7 TDs

Quote: “He’s the best. He’s the complete package and he’ll come ready to play right away. And he doesn’t have a lot of wear and tear on him.’’

Clyde Edwards-Helaire, LSU

Class: Jr.

Height/Weight: 5-8/210

40 Time: 4.55

Stats: 2019: 1,414 rushing yards, 16 TDs, 55 receptions, 453 yards

Quote: “I like him a lot. I think he’s going to be really good. He’s a good receiver, too, and teams are looking for that more and more.’’

Jonathan Taylor, Wisconsin

Class: Jr.

Height/Weight: 5-10, 220

40 Time: 4.54

Stats: 3-years: 6,174 yards, 50 TDs

Quote: “He’s a big, strong, old-school kind of guy. My red flag with him is he had over 900 (926) carries in college.’’

Darryton Evans, Appalachian St.

Class: Sr.

Height/Weight: 5-11, 200

40 Time: 4.41

Stats: 2019: 1,678 total yards; 18 rush TDs, 5 Rec. TDs

Quote: “He’s my sleeper. Some team is going to get a real good player later (in the draft). He can really run. He can catch the ball. He’s a good player.’’

J.K. Dobbins, Ohio State

Class: Jr.

Height/Weight: 5-10, 216

40 Time: 4.5

Stats: 2019: 2,003 rushing yards, 21 TDs

Quote: “He’s not as good as the hype, but he’s good all-around back. In the right offense he’ll be very productive.’’

Overrated: Cam Akers, Florida St.

Underrated: Evans, Appalachian St.

Small School Star: Pete Guerriero, Monmouth

WIDE RECEIVERS

Jerry Jeudy, Alabama

Height: 6-1; Weight: 190

40 Time: 4.45

Stats: 2019: 77 receptions, 1,163 yards, 10 TDs

Quote: “I think he’s the best and he’ll be good. I’m not sure he’ll be great. I don’t think he will be great.’’

CeeDee Lamb, Oklahoma

Height: 6-1; Weight: 190

40 Time: 4.5

Stats: 62-1,327-14

Quote: “He’s right there (with Jeudy), again good, but not great.’’

Jalen Reagor, TCU

Height: 5-11; Weight: 190

40 Time: 4.47

Stats: 2018:72-1,061-9; 2019: 43-611-5

Quote: “Yeah, I like him more than most. He’s dangerous. He’s a home-run hitter.’’

Chase Claypool, Notre Dame

Height: 6-3 1/2; Weight: 235

40 Time: 4.42

Stats: 66-1,037-13

Quote: “He was my sleeper, then he went to Combine, blew it up and now everyone is on him.’’

Laviska Shenault, Colorado

Height: 6-2; Weight: 225

40 Time: 4.58

Stats: 2018: 86-1,011-6 2019: 56-764-4

Quote: “Injuries knock him down a bit. But he’s talented. In he right offense he can do a lot of things for you.’’

Justin Jefferson, LSU

Height: 6-3, Weight: 190

40 Time: 4.43

Stats: 111-1,540-18

Quote: “He’s a slot guy, and a good one. That’s where you want to use him.’’

Henry Ruggs, Alabama

Height: 6-0, Weight: 190

40 Time: 4.27

Stats: 40-746-7

Quote: “His speed is straight line speed. I just don’t get it with him. He was the third best receiver on his team and people want to make him the best receiver in the draft.’’

Brandon Aiyuk, Arizona State

Height: 6-0; Weight: 195

40 Time: 4.50

Stats: 65-1,192-8

Quote: “He’s solid, dependable. He doesn’t jump out at you, but he can do a lot of things.’’

Tee Higgins, Clemson

Height: 6-4, Weight: 215

40 Time: 4.55

Stats: 59-1,167-13

Quote: “He’s got size and he used it in college. But he’s not going to be able to do a lot of what he did in college (in the NFL).’’

Denzel Mims, Baylor

Height: 6-3, Weight: 205

40 Time: 4.38

Stats: 66-1,020-12

Quote: “Baylor receiver, you watch the film and you see a good possession type guy. He killed the Combine so now people are inventing him.’’

OVERRATED: K.J. Hamler, Penn State. “He’s not good enough to make up for his size.’’

UNDERRATED: Jalen Reagor, TCU

SMALL SCHOOL STAR: Antonio Gandy-Golden, Liberty

OFFENSIVE LINEMEN

Andrew Thomas, Georgia

Class: Jr.

Height/Weight: 6-5, 315

Arm size/Hand size: 36.1/10.2

Quote: “To me, he’s the best one overall. I like his game. He’s smart, he’s tough; he can do it all.’’

Tristan Wirfs, Iowa

Class: Jr.

Height/Weight: 6-6, 320

Arm size/Hand size: 34/10.2

Quote: “He’s good, you could say he’s No. 1. I just like Thomas better.’’

Mehki Becton, Louisville

Class: Jr.

Height/Weight: 6-7, 357

Arm Size/Hand size: 35.6/10.7

Quote: “Big, big man. For a guy his size he can move. He’s right there (with top 2). He’s gonna be good.’’

Josh Jones, Houston

Class: Sr.

Height/Weight: 6-5, 311

Arm size/Hand size: 33.6/10.1

Quote: “I like him. He went and worked out well and now everyone is on him. He really helped himself (at the Combine).’’

Jedrick Wills, Alabama

Class: Jr.

Height/Weight: 6-4, 312

Arm size/Hand size: 34.2/10.2

Quote: “I don’t like him as much as others do. He’s going to go higher than he should. He’s not as good as the top four guys.’’

OVERRATED: Austin Jackson, So.Cal

UNDERRATED: Isiah Wilson, Georgia

SMALL SCHOOL STAR: Ben Bartch, St. John’s (Minn)

BEST GUARD: Ben Bredenson, Michigan

BEST CENTER: Cesar Ruiz, Michigan

TIGHT ENDS

Cole Kmet, Notre Dame

Class: Jr.

Height/Weight: 6-6, 262

40 Time: 4.70

Stats: 2019: 43 receptions, 515 yards, 6 TD

Quote: “He could go bottom of the first round, because there isn’t anyone else. If you need a tight end, he’s your guy.’’

Adam Trautman, Dayton

Class: Sr.

Height/Weight: 6-5, 251

40 Time: 4.80

Stats: 70 receptions, 916 yards, 14 TD

Quote: “Was very good at that level, in the right system with time he could be pretty good.’’

Harrison Bryant, Florida Atlantic

Class: Sr.

Height/Weight: 6-4, 242

40 Time: 4.73

Stats: 65 receptions, 1,004 yards, 7 TD

Quote: “He’s going to have to get stronger to play (in the NFL). There is some potential though.’’

Brycen Hopkins, Purdue

Class: Sr.

Height/Weight: 6-5, 240

40 Time: 4.66

Stats: 61 receptions, 830 yards, 7 TD

Quote: “He ran well and that will help him. But he’s more of a move guy, H-back than your classic tight end.’’

Colby Parkinson, Stanford

Class: Jr.

Height/Weight: 6-6, 245

40 Time: 4.83

Stats: 48 receptions, 589 yards, 1 TD

Quote: “He comes out of a pro ready offense, but I’m not sure he’s ready. (Stanford) lined him up everywhere, so again not sure he’s a legit tight end.’’

CORNERBACKS

Jeff Okudah, Ohio State

Class: Jr.

Height/Weight: 6-1, 205

40 Time: 4.48

Stats: 2019: 3 Ints; 9 PBUs

Quote: “He’s good, very good. But he’s not Deion Sanders, like some people are making him out to be. I wouldn’t take him at No. 3.”

C.J. Henderson, Florida

Class: Jr.

Height/Weight: 6-1, 204

40 Time: 4.39

Stats: Career: 6 Ints, 22 PBUs

Quote: “I think he can be just as good as Okudah, maybe even better.”

Kristian Fulton, LSU

Class: Sr.

Height/Weight: 6-0, 197

40 Time: 4.46

Stats: 2019: 1 Int, 14 PBUs

Quote: “Another very good player who should be a starter right away. Good size/speed combination.”

Damon Arnette, Ohio State

Class: Sr.

Height/Weight: 6-0, 195

40 Time: 4.56

Stats: 5 Ints, 22 PBUs

Quote: “What he lacks in speed, he makes up for with his physical play. He’ll be very good in a cover-2 type scheme.”

Bryce Hall, Virginia

Class: Sr.

Height/Weight: 6-1, 202

40 Time: 4.53

Stats: Career: 5 Ints, 39 PBUs

Quote: “I like him more than most. Great instincts and ball skills. Would probably be better with a zone team.”

OVERRATED: Jeff Gladney, TCU

UNDERRATED: Troy Pride, Notre Dame

SMALL SCHOOL STAR: Kindle Vildor, Georgia Southern

INTERIOR DEFENSIVE LINEMEN

Derrick Brown, Auburn

Class: Sr.

Height/Weight: 6-4, 326

40 Time: 5.16

Stats: 4 sacks, 12 TFL

Quote: “He’s legit. He’s going to be a real good player. He’s top 10 for sure. He might be better than that.”

Javon Kinlaw, South Carolina

Class: Sr.

Height/Weight: 6-5, 315

40 Time: 5.10

Stats: 6 sacks, 6 TFL

Quote: “He’s going to get drafted very high and I don’t get it. I must be missing something. I don’t see what everyone else sees in him.”

A.J. Epenesa, Iowa

Class: Jr.

Height/Weight: 6-6, 277

40 Time: 5.04

Stats: 11.5 sacks, 14.5 TFL

Quote: “He’s a 3-4 end, he doesn’t fit a 4-3 scheme inside or outside.”

Jordan Elliott, Missouri

Class: Jr.

Height/Weight: 6-4, 302

40 Time: 5.02

Stats: 2.5 sacks, 8.5 TFL

Quote: “Real good against the run, but he’s a two-down guy. Maybe even a one-down guy these days. But if you want a run defender, he’s your guy.”

Davon Hamilton, Ohio State

Class: Sr.

Height/Weight: 6-4, 327

40 Time: 5.14

Stats: 6 sacks, 10.5 TFL

Quote: “He’s not bad at all. He’s better than a lot of guys getting more hype. He’ll come in and play.”

Marlon Davidson, Auburn

Class: Sr.

Height/Weight: 6-3, 303

40 Time: 5.04

Stats: 7.5 sacks, 12.5 TFL

Quote: “He’s sold, but not a difference maker. I see people saying he’s a first-round pick. I wouldn’t take him in the first round.”

Ross Blacklock, TCU

Class: Jr.

Height/Weight: 6-4, 290

40 Time: 4.90

Stats: 3.5 sacks, 9 TFL

Quote: “Another guy who is getting a lot of hype but watch him play he doesn’t do anything. He doesn’t make any plays.”

Rashard Lawrence, LSU

Class: Sr.

Height/Weight: 6-2, 308

40 Time: 5.07

Stats: 2.5 sacks, 6 TFL

Quote: “Real tough, good run stuffer, one of those good early-down players.”

Leki Fotu, Utah

Class: Sr.

Height/Weight: 6-4, 330

40 Time: 5.15

Stats: 1.5 sacks, 8 TFL

Quote: “Big nose tackle, takes up space, but nothing special.”

Raekwon Davis, Alabama

Class: Sr.

Height/Weight 6-7, 311

40 Time: 5.12

Stats: Career: 11.5 sacks, 19.5 TFL

Quote: “One of those Alabama guys, so you kind of know he’s ready to play. But again, much better against the run.”

OVERRATED: Neville Gallimore, Oklahoma “He’s just a workout warrior.”

UNDERRATED: Rashard Lawrence, LSU

SMALL SCHOOL STAR: Auzoyah Alufohai, Western Georgia

EDGE RUSHERS

Chase Young, Ohio State

Class: Jr.

Height/Weight: 6-5, 265

40 Time: 4.69

Stats: 2019: 16.5 sacks, 21 TFL

Quote: “He’s the real deal. Is he as good as (Nick) Bosa (of h 49ers who was Defensive Rookie of the Year in 2019)? I wouldn't go that far. But he’s really good.”

K’Lavon Chaisson, LSU

Class: Soph.

Height/Weight: 6-4, 260

40 Time: 4.69

Stats: 6.5 sacks, 13.5 TFL

Quote: “He’s good. He’s going to have to get stronger and he will. But he’ll come in and be a pass rusher right away.”

Zack Baun, Wisconsin

Class: Sr.

Height/Weight: 6-3, 240

40 Time: 4.65

Stats: 12.5 sacks, 19.5 TFL

Quote: “Good player, real versatile, you can use him a lot of ways. He’ll be a good pro.”

Yetur Gross-Matos, Penn State

Class: Jr.

Height/Weight: 6-5, 265

40 Time: 4.69

Stats: 9.5 sacks, 15 TFL

Quote: “Teams are always looking for pass rushers so he’ll go earlier than he should. I think he’s ok, nothing special.”

Terrell Lewis, Alabama

Class: Jr.

Height/Weight: 6-5, 262

40 Time 4.71

Stats: 6 sacks, 11 TFL

Quote: “He’s had some injuries (elbow in 2017; ACL in 2018) in his career. There’s some good upside, but to me he’s a little bit of a project.”

OVERRATED: Curtis Weaver, Boise State

UNDERRATED: Bradlee Anae, Utah

SMALL SCHOOL STAR: Cam Gill, Wagner

LINEBACKERS

Isaiah Simmons, Clemson

Class: Jr.

Height/Weight: 6-4, 230

40 Time: 4.39

Stats: 2019: 8 sacks, 16 TFL, 3 Ints

Quote: “They schemed everything for him at Clemson and he did a good job. Can an NFL team do that? Some team is going to fall in love with him and take him too high. I don’t know if you’re going to be able to use him the way he was used in college.”

Kenneth Murray, Oklahoma

Class: Jr.

Height/Weight: 6-2, 240

40 Time: 4.52

Stats: 4 sacks, 17 TFL

Quote: “He can really run and run all day, sideline to sideline. In the championship game (against LSU) he was the only one (on OU’s defense) that played hard all night.”

Evan Weaver, California

Class: Sr.

Height/Weight: 6-2, 235

40 Time: 4.76

Stats: Career: 8.5 sacks, 23.5 TFL

Quote: “I love this guy. He should have won the Butkus Award (as the nation’s best linebacker). He just comes out and gets after you right from the go.”

Jacob Phillips, LSU

Class: Jr.

Height/Weight: 6-4, 229

40 Time: 4.66

Stats: 113 Tackles, 7.5 TFL

Quote: “He’s my guy. He’s solid at every level. He might turn out to be the best of the group, just watch.”

Patrick Queen, LSU

Class: Jr.

Height/Weight: 6-1, 229

40 Time: 4.5

Stats: 85 Tackles, 12 TFL

Quote: “I don’t see what everyone else does with this guy. He’s small. He gets beat up on blocks and he misses a lot of tackles.”

OVERRATED: Troy Dye, Oregon

UNDERRATED: Evan Weaver, Cal

SMALL SCHOOL STAR: Dante Olson, Montana

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