Posted on September 29, 2020
Tracking the participation of the Conference’s best players is going to be a day-to-day operation, yet we know pretty clearly where players stand stock-wise heading into whatever kind of season we may or may not get three weeks into the NFL season.
Here’s how I think the First Round plays out as of today with a focus on Pac-12 players who get selected.
*Order based on projected final NFL season standings.
1. Jets – Trevor Lawrence, Quarterback, Clemson
2. Cincinnati – Penei Sewell, Offensive Tackle, Oregon
The Oregon big man has opted out of the season and he seems like one of just a handful of players who really would have absolutely nothing to prove in another season, and everything to lose so I doubt he opts back in. Joe Burrow looks like a potential future star at Cincinnati, and locking down a franchise left tackle for him would be ideal. This pick would reunite the two players who some thought were the best in the nation in 2019, and could be a match made in heaven.
3. Miami – Ja’Marr Chase, Wide Receiver, LSU
4. Giants – Patrick Surtain II, Cornerback Alabama
5. Indianapolis – Justin Fields, Quarterback, Ohio State
6. Philadelphia – Micah Parson, Linebacker, Penn State
7. Carolina – Trey Lance, Quarterback North Dakota State
8. Denver – Alex Leatherwood, Offensive Tackle, Alabama
9. Jacksonville – Sam Cosmi, Offensive Tackle, Texas
10. Detroit – DeVonta Smith, Wide Receiver, Alabama
11. Minnesota – Rashod Bateman, Wide Receiver, Minnesota
12. Cleveland – Greg Rosseau, Defensive End, Miami
13. Washington – Jalen Mayfield, Offensive Tackle, Michigan
14. Miami – Dylan Moses, Linebacker, Alabama
15. San Francisco – Shaun Wade, Cornerback, Ohio State
16. Atlanta – Quincy Roche, Defensive End, Miami
17. Chicago – Jaylen Waddle, Wide Receiver, Alabama
18. Chargers – Liam Eichenberg, Offensive Tackle, Notre Dame
19. Tampa Bay – Travis Etienne, Running Back, Clemson
20. Las Vegas – Kwity Paye, Defensive End, Michigan
21. Buffalo – Caleb Farley, Cornerback, Virginia Tech
22. Dallas – Paulson Adebo, Cornerback, Stanford
The talented defensive back from Stanford hasn’t opted out yet, and keep in mind that he’s a Stanford senior, but actually a redshirt junior, so he would technically be declaring early as well. I think he does, and falls just after the elite cornerbacks are off the board in a shallow draft for DBs. The Cowboys are very much in the market for a lockdown corner, and Adebo has just as high of a ceiling as any DB in this draft after Surtain, so would be a great pick.
23. New England – Marvin Wilson, Defensive Tackle, Florida State
24. Arizona – Creed Humphrey, Offensive Guard, Oklahoma
25. Jacksonville – Najee Harris, Running Back, Alabama
26. Pittsburgh – Alaric Jackson, Offensive Tackle, Iowa
27. New Orleans – Joseph Ossai, Linebacker, Texas
28. Tennessee – Jay Tufele, Defensive Tackle, USC
This draft is super light on defensive tackle prospects, and Tufele is going to benefit from that after opting out, despite playing only two years at USC. Tufele is a powerful prospect who is an incredible run stuffer. He still hasn’t even fully put together his game yet, so he’s a tiny risk, but has huge upside here for the Titans as a potential anchor for their future defense.
29. Green Bay – Asante Samuel, Cornerback, Florida State
30. Kansas City – Walker Little, Offensive Tackle, Stanford
Little is going to be one of the most-complicated recent top Pac-12 draft prospects in memory. Little looked like he was going to be Penei Sewell—before there was a Penei Sewell—as an incredible 6-foot-8 true freshman starting left tackle at Stanford in 2017. He’s basically been injured for two years now since, and opted out to prepare for the Draft. He’s a huge risk given his injuries and lack of recent reps, but his ceiling is so high, a team that is firing on all cylinders like Kansas City is right now, which needs a left tackle, should snatch him late in the First Round.
31. Baltimore – Joe Tryon, Defensive End, Washington
Tryon is a lot like Tufele. He only played two years at Washington, has a great NFL body for his position, and flashed some brilliance. He has a lot of edges still to smooth out, yet still opted out. Also like Tufele, he should benefit from what is one of the shallowest prospect pools I’ve ever seen at his position in a Draft. Edge rushers are super-valuable, and lots of team need them early in the Draft this year. Tryon’s massive ceiling, great size, and likely measurables should get him taken here.
32. Jets – Terrace Marshall, Wide Receiver, LSU
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