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Ignoring the QBs and TEs for now, my "top" eligible players

RB: Taylor, Swift, Hubbard and Etienne... tier break then Akers, Benjamin, Dobbins... tier break and half dozen more

WR: Jeudy, Lamb, Ruggs... tier break then Shenault, Reagor, Higgins, Wallace, Smith, Johnson (MIN), Edwards... tier break and half dozen more

Right now, i would take any of the Tier 1 RB/WR over any player in the 2019 rookie draft.

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ESPN's Mel Kiper Jr., tagged Alabama junior WR Devonta Smith as a potential first-round sleeper for next spring.

"Smith isn't as fast as Henry Ruggs III or as explosive as Jerry Jeudy, but he has smooth speed and creates separation on every route," Kiper writes of the 6-foot-1, 175-pounder, adding that "[h]e has also shown the ability to break tackles in space, and he's a good route runner." Smith is coming off an immaculate 11-274-5 (!) receiving line against Ole Miss and has caught 31 passes for 537 yards and eight touchdowns in five games this season. He has already set a career-best for receiving touchdowns and is just 156 yards shy of topping his yardage best for a campaign (set last season). Consistency and health (especially health) have limited Smith in the past, but he's been out-and-out brilliant during the current campaign. Kiper sees the first round as being within reach, here, but currently grades the Alabama junior as a second-round prospect.

SOURCE: ESPN Insider

Oct 1, 2019, 3:36 PM ET

 

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Alabama junior WR Henry Ruggs (hip) did not appear to be a truly active participant in drills during Tuesday's practice.

Hat tip to AL.com's Michael Casagrande on this little nugget. Ruggs (6'0/190) sustained a hip pointer during Saturday's win over Ole Miss, one which forced him to leave the contest for a spell before returning. With Alabama off on bye this coming weekend, don't read too much into Ruggs' inactivity on Tuesday. If he is still limited into the next practice week, that would be worth monitoring, though. Bama's next contest will come against Texas A&M on Oct. 12. Ruggs is currently sitting on a 17-361-4 receiving line whilst averaging a career-best 21.2 yards per reception.

SOURCE: AL.com

Oct 1, 2019, 5:28 PM ET

 

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ESPN's Todd McShay tagged Texas A&M redshirt junior WR Quartney Davis as a potential Round 1 sleeper for the spring.

"I wouldn't be surprised if [Davis'] name starts popping up a little more around [the Senior Bowl]," McShay writes of the 6-foot-2, 200-pounder, noting that the wideout has "made huge strides over the past two years." This season, Davis has caught 23 passes for 288 yards and four touchdowns across five games.

SOURCE: ESPN Insider

Oct 1, 2019, 5:16 PM ET

 

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On 9/29/2019 at 2:22 AM, BigTex said:

Can we make a case for CeeDee Lamb as the best WR in the country? I don’t think I’ve ever seen anything like this kid. I can’t wait to see what his end year metrics will be.

Dobbins had another great game today. Once again making a case for top 5 back but closing in on top 3 only behind Taylor, Eitenne, Swift, Hubbard and Dobbins. Dobbins maybe #4 at this point.

Tex

Can we make a case for you coming back to the FFA to finish off your wife stalker thread?

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Oklahoma State redshirt sophomore RB Chuba Hubbard was named to PFF College's National Team of the Week for his incredible outing in a 26-13 victory over Kansas State last Saturday.

Hubbard (6'1/207) took 25 carries and amassed a staggering 296 yards and a touchdown in the contest. Hubbard has been an absolute force of nature for the Cowboys, racking up 128 carries for 938 yards and 10 touchdowns in only five games. Hubbard has carried the ball 32, 37 and 25 times in has last 3 games as HC Mike Gundy's work-horse. OSU goes to Lubbock to take on Texas Tech this weekend.

SOURCE: PFF College on Twitter

Sep 30, 2019, 11:55 PM ET

 

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Per Pro Football Focus, LSU senior QB Joe Burrow leads the SEC with 10 big-time throws.

Big-time throws on the outlet are classified as ones which include deep balls, tight window throws and throws which create legitimate opportunities for the offense. Burrow (6'3/212) has 10 such throws this season, leading Tua Tagovailoa (7), Nick Starkel (6), Sawyer Smith (5) and Kelly Bryant (5) in the conference. The Heisman contender has thrown for 1,520 yards (80.6% completions) with a 17/2 TD/INT ratio in four games this season. He is averaging an absurd 12.3 YPA.

SOURCE: PFF College on Twitter

Oct 2, 2019, 6:00 PM ET

 

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Oregon State junior WR Isaiah Hodgins earned a first down or a touchdown on all 10 receptions in last Saturday's game against Stanford, according to Pro Football Focus.

It would be an understatement to call Hodgins productive. Every single time Hodgins touched the ball versus Stanford, he either moved the sticks or put up points for the Beavers. Following that performance, Hodgins (6'4/209) now leads the country in receptions resulting in first downs with 27. No other player has more than 24 such catches.

SOURCE: PFF College on Twitter

Oct 2, 2019, 8:17 PM ET

 

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Mike Renner‏Verified account @PFF_Mike

There's a legitimate case to be made that 6 WRs in the 2020 draft class are better than any WR in the 2019 class. They are:

  • Jerry Jeudy, Alabama
  • Ceedee Lamb, Oklahoma
  • Jalen Reagor, TCU
  • Laviska Shenault, Colorado
  • Henry Ruggs, Alabama
  • Tee Higgins, Clemson

10:52 AM - 1 Oct 2019

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4 hours ago, Bracie Smathers said:

Mike Renner‏Verified account @PFF_Mike

There's a legitimate case to be made that 6 WRs in the 2020 draft class are better than any WR in the 2019 class. They are:

  • Jerry Jeudy, Alabama
  • Ceedee Lamb, Oklahoma
  • Jalen Reagor, TCU
  • Laviska Shenault, Colorado
  • Henry Ruggs, Alabama
  • Tee Higgins, Clemson

10:52 AM - 1 Oct 2019

No doubt and the same can be said about the running backs.

Tex

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On 10/1/2019 at 6:10 PM, Tom Servo said:

Can we make a case for you coming back to the FFA to finish off your wife stalker thread?

It’s ongoing plus it was getting out of hand. I appreciate the FFA for what it is and there are a lot of great posters there but the clowns started showing up and they were beginning to question certain things that were unnecessary and unwanted. I will probably give an update by the weekend.

Tex

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My love for Chubb Hubb grows!

Dominant during high school, Hubbard cruised through Canadian meets with absurd times. At just 17 he was blazing the 100-meter dash in 10.55 seconds - placing 4th in the IAAF World Youth Championship. For some perspective, Alabama’s Henry Ruggs III - widely considered the fastest player in college football - posted a 10.58-second 100-meter dash, which is an Alabama record at the 7A level. Hubbard also sprinted 200 meters in 22.07 seconds, which is more than 2 whole seconds faster than Georgia star RB D’Andre Swift's high school time (24.66). Now, of course, all those impressive numbers don’t mean much if you can’t back it with production on the football field. Thankfully, Hubbard can.

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Vanderbilt senior RB Ke'Shawn Vaughn averaged 5.76 yards after contact per carry against Northern Illinois in Week 5, per Pro Football Focus.

Vaughn (5'10/218) has been a bit quieter this year than many hoped, but his performance against Northern Illinois was stunning. He averaged 8.1 yards per carry, with almost six of those yards (on average) coming after contact. Though he is not a bruiser the likes of Leonard Fournette, Vaughn shows plenty of balance through contact and wonderful acceleration to separate after breaking a tackle. Vaughn will get another chance to pop off against Ole Miss this Saturday.

SOURCE: PFF College on Twitter

Oct 3, 2019, 12:01 PM ET

 

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55 minutes ago, BigTex said:

No doubt and the same can be said about the running backs.

Tex

The 2020 draft really that good?  ~10 or so guys who could have legitimately gone in the top 3 of this past draft?

Not Tex

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26 minutes ago, matttyl said:

The 2020 draft really that good?  ~10 or so guys who could have legitimately gone in the top 3 of this past draft?

Not Tex

Yes, if they all declared and there could even be 6 QBs going in the 1st. This 2020 puts the FANTASY in Fantasy Football. This could be one of the most talented class since the merger....seriously. You couldn’t have enough picks as an owner. Other then TE, the old cliche “this is the best ever dot dot dot” is finally true.

Yes Tex 😉 

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Texas senior WR Collin Johnson (hamstring) will be a game-time decision for Saturday's showdown with West Virginia.

Johnson (6'6/221) will travel with the team for Saturday's contest, but HC Tom Herman indicated that there will be no chances taken if the senior still appears to be limited come kickoff. Johnson has missed each of Texas' last two games while mending up from the hamstring injury initially sustained against LSU in Week 2. The Longhorns play Oklahoma next weekend, giving them a little added incentive to rest up Johnson versus WVU if need be. Not that the Mountaineers are a gimme, but that OU contest is the biggest one remaining on Texas' schedule.

SOURCE: Kaelen Jones on Twitter

Oct 3, 2019, 7:44 PM ET

 

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Ray Garvin

2020 Prospect Play | Alabama WR, DeVonta Smith

- His hands and YAC ability are two of his best attributes

- He doesn’t have elite speed or separation but he catches everything

[2019]- 82% catch rate | 32% Dominator Rating | 26 Plays of 8+Yards 

Underrated prospect #DDP

 

Tex

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51 minutes ago, BigTex said:

Ray Garvin

2020 Prospect Play | Alabama WR, DeVonta Smith

- His hands and YAC ability are two of his best attributes

- He doesn’t have elite speed or separation but he catches everything

[2019]- 82% catch rate | 32% Dominator Rating | 26 Plays of 8+Yards 

Underrated prospect #DDP

 

Tex

I really need to stop adding players to my list of guys to watch.  I'm at over 50 already.  

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Speaking with Fran Duffy on the 'Journey to the Draft' podcast, Pro Football Network's Tony Pauline expressed concern over the speed and quickness of Oregon State junior WR Isaiah Hodgins.

While Pauline acknowledged that the 6-foot-4, 209-pound Hodgins "makes a lot of spectacular grabs," the analyst worries that "he's one of those guys who's a bigger receiver that lacks the quickness and speed for the next level." That said, Pauline passes along that there is a scouting contingent out-and-out enamored with Hodgins' ability to make contested catches. This season, the Oregon State standout is working to a 33-509-6 receiving line in four games.

SOURCE: Journey to the Draft

Oct 4, 2019, 11:39 AM ET

 

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Pro Football Network's A.J. Schulte writes that Arizona State senior WR Brandon Aiyuk is an "emerging star."

Aiyuk (6'1/198) has made big improvement in terms of numbers -- as Schulte notes -- and has made the loss of former star N'Keal Harry much more tolerable. "Aiyuk doesn’t just separate from corners; he completely dusts them," he writes. 'Whether it’s with his speed or his route running, Aiyuk consistently finds ways to get open." He also notes that Aiyuk hasn't dropped a pass this year, and he's impressed with his ability to track the ball. This is a loaded wide receiver class, but because of those traits, Aiyuk has a chance to be a steal in the "later" rounds.

SOURCE: Pro Football Network

Oct 4, 2019, 4:18 PM ET

 

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Speaking with Fran Duffy on the 'Journey to the Draft' podcast, Senior Bowl executive director Jim Nagy said that LSU senior QB Joe Burrow has "definitely played his way into the first-round conversation."

Setting aside Burrow's volcanic offensive output to date -- 1,520 passing yards (80.6% completions) with a 17/2 TD/INT ratio in four games -- one aspect of the senior's persona which particularly stands out to Nagy is his leadership quality. Said the Senior Bowl's head honcho, "You watch him on the field, you can tell guys love playing with him." Nagy compares Burrow's game attitude to that of former Bears QB Jim McMahon, noting that the LSU gunslinger "talks trash on the field" and possesses "that brashness to him." Nagy believes that if Burrow attends the Senior Bowl in January, the NFL might come away salivating.

SOURCE: Journey to the Draft

Oct 4, 2019, 3:12 PM ET

 

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Speaking with Fran Duffy on the 'Journey to the Draft' podcast, Senior Bowl executive director Jim Nagy praised Oklahoma senior QB Jalen Hurts' grasp of the Sooners offense.

Nagy relayed to Duffy that when he spoke with OU HC Lincoln Riley during the spring draft, Riley admitted that Hurts -- who transferred to the program over the winter -- was "swimming a little" while learning the offense. The 6-foot-2, 218-pound senior might have been swimming in scheme and terminology early on, but he has gotten up on the surf board and then some since the start of the campaign. In four games this season, Hurts has thrown for 1,295 yards (77.6% completions) with a 12/1 TD/INT ratio while rushing for 443 yards and five touchdowns on 43 attempts. The difference between Hurts at Alabama and Hurts at Oklahoma has been night-and-day. His is going to be an endlessly fascinating draft evaluation. It's difficult to argue that he has not looked like a first-round prospect through the first month of the season.

SOURCE: Journey to the Draft

Oct 4, 2019, 2:19 PM ET

 

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Speaking with Fran Duffy on the 'Journey to the Draft' podcast, Pro Football Network's Tony Pauline said that Utah State junior QB Jordan Love needs to demonstrate poise and patience against LSU on Saturday.

Pauline passes along that "a lot of scouts" see Love as either the No. 1 QB prospect for the spring, or as the potential No. 1 QB prospect so long as he can continue to show development over the remainder of the fall. The 6-foot-4, 220-pound junior will have no better stage on which to prove his mettle than Saturday's contest against a loaded LSU defense. Pauline notes that Love at times has "trie[d] to put too much on his shoulders" to compensate for the Aggies' relative lack of receiving talent.

SOURCE: Journey to the Draft

Oct 4, 2019, 12:57 PM ET

 

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Speaking with Fran Duffy on the 'Journey to the Draft' podcast, Pro Football Network's Tony Pauline forwarded Jacksonville State junior WR Josh Pearson as a potential late-round selection for next spring's draft.

Pauline refers to the 6-foot-4, 205-pound Pearson as "[a] guy who's got some really good hands and is a touchdown machine." The analyst ain't kidding on the touchdown front, as Pearson hauled in 17 scores last fall. Whether or not Pearson ultimately cracks the draft due to his upside as a third down/red zone option, Pauline believes, might come down to how fast he runs in testing.

SOURCE: Journey to the Draft

Oct 4, 2019, 12:20 PM ET

 

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The Athletic's Dane Brugler writes that UCF junior WR Gabriel Davis is the prospect to watch for in the UCF-Cincinnati contest on Friday.

Davis has been the go-to target in the UCF offense so far, and Brugler notes that he was a player he wish he could have included in his most recent board. " A player who reminds me of former Western Michigan and current Tennessee Titans wide receiver Corey Davis, he is a good-sized athlete who might not have elite speed, but he is very efficient mid-route to create spacing downfield," Brugler writes. The Bearcats defense has mostly been solid this year -- outside of being overmatched against Ohio STate -- so this is a good test for the 6-foot-3, 214-pound wideout.

SOURCE: The Athletic

Oct 4, 2019, 5:03 PM ET

 

 

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Justin Rodgers of The Detroit News lists Baylor senior WR Denzel Mims as a potential fit for the Detroit Lions in the 2020 draft.

There are several names listed here, but Mims is the name that pops up because there aren't many who have seen their draft stock improve more over the first half of the season. The 6-foot-3, 215-pound wideout has always intrigued, but he appears to be healthy and has put some things together for the undefeated Bears. We can't help but think he'd be an interesting pairing with Kenny Golladay in the silver and blue.

SOURCE: The Detroit News

Oct 4, 2019, 5:52 PM ET

 

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11 hours ago, Zyphros said:

I really need to stop adding players to my list of guys to watch.  I'm at over 50 already.  

Well my friend, I can’t do all of this suffering by myself. 😉 

Tex

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This class has a bunch of risers and not too many fallers.  It's getting so ridiculous that the problem is going to be finding enough opportunity for all of the talent coming into the league. 

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5 hours ago, kittenmittens said:

This class has a bunch of risers and not too many fallers.  It's getting so ridiculous that the problem is going to be finding enough opportunity for all of the talent coming into the league. 

This is an opportunity for these bad teams in the NFL to grab some real talent deep in the draft. There’s no excuse for any team to miss on there picks, at least the first three or four rounds.

Tex

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On 10/1/2019 at 3:51 PM, kittenmittens said:

So Alabama has 3 1st round WRs? Jeez.. 

 

Maybe four: Jerry Jeudy, Henry Ruggs, Jaylen Waddle and Devonta Smith.

Tex

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