Minor grading tweaks after the NFL Scouting Combine are complete, so it’s time for my first Top 50 Big Board of draft season. And of course, receivers and edge rushers dominate the list. There are a few surprise names high, and a few “consensus” top prospects further down my rankings or not included at all. That’s just how everything worked out with my grading system.
As for said grading system, one key element to keep in mind for every prospect: I assign extra points based on how valuable I view the position they play, and running backs are at the bottom, with no “Position Addition.”
Let’s get to it.
1. Kyle Hamilton, S1, Notre Dame
He excels with: Size, length, range, versatility, blitzing acumen, tackling reliability, coverage capabilities, elite closing speed
Areas of concern: Coming off injury, ran slower than expected at combine
Hamilton brings the best blend of on-field brilliance, athleticism, high floor and high upside in this class, and the safety position is increasing in value. I don’t care that he ran slower than expected in Indianapolis. He can excel in every facet of playing safety today.
2. Derek Stingley Jr., CB1, LSU
He excels with: Elite ball skills, loose hips/ankles to stay in phase, high-end speed
Areas of concern: Shorter with shorter arms than expected, best season was 2019, coming off injury
Stingley feels like he could be the steal of Round 1, if he falls out of the top 10. Yes, the 2019 season was somewhat of a perfect storm, but his fluidity and ball skills are special.
3. Aidan Hutchinson, EDGE1, Michigan
He excels with: Loaded pass-rush moves arsenal, speed-to-power conversion, deceptive bend, high energy
Areas of concern: Shorter arms, burst is good, not great
Because of his shorter arms, there’s a tiny collective stock down movement for Hutchinson. He’s the exact type of edge rusher who can be instant impact and get better every season early in…