Top 50 Big Board
Marvin Harrison is top three and he's not No. 1 or No. 2... Find out who I love so far and how the board is stacking.
The college football season is coming to an end and the NFL Draft will be here before we know it. That means it’s time to really start stacking boards and getting to know these players. In this VERY preliminary big board we’ll look at 50 of the top players and do a little deeper dive on the top 25.
Caleb Williams, QB, USC
Even though Williams didn’t have great talent around him at USC he still put up great numbers this year. His arm talent is beyond rare and he does things on the football field that few can even dream of. Adding a little structure to his freelance play will be huge at the next level - which is why he is getting compared to Patrick Mahomes already.
Olu Fashanu, OT, Penn State
Fashanu is an outstanding prospect - I considered him at No. 1 overall but gave Williams the title mainly because of positional value. Fashanu only allowed one sack during his time at Penn State and faced some of the best pass rushers in college football. Fashanu could be a Day 1 starter for most NFL teams but Fashanu should be a top 5 pick.
Marvin Harrison Jr., WR, Ohio State
Some people have Harrison Jr as their No. 1 prospect and you cant hate someone for doing that. Harrison checks all the boxes with his size, speed, hands and intangibles. He has the football pedigree but has also made a name for himself at Ohio State.
Drake Maye, QB, UNC
Much like Marvin Harrison Jr., some scouts have Maye as their NO. 1 prospect. Which might sound a little crazy but Maye just may be QB1 in this class. Maye has the arm, IQ and sneaky athletic ability (nine rushing TDs this year) that are getting compared to Justin Herbert - and I totally see it.
Dallas Turner, EDGE, Alabama
Last year we all got excited about Will Anderson from Alabama but I think anyone that watched Anderson’s tape was also wondering who the other edge rusher was. That was Dallas Turner and he is also worthy of a top 5 pick in the NFL Draft. The natural ability is there but Turner does need to add a little to his pass rush tool box.
Joe Alt, OT, Notre Dame
If it weren’t for Fashanu, more people would be talking about how good Alt is. But right now he comes in at OT2 in this class. Alt has incredible length and came to Notre Dame as a tight end prospect - so he has athletic ability too.
Jared Verse, EDGE, Florida State
Verse is one of my favorite prospects in this class but some of it might be his story. The Albany transfer lit the college football world on fire last year and then shocked the draft world by returning for another year at Florida State. Verse plays stronger than his size and does a good job of converting his speed into a powerful bull rush.
Malik Nabers, WR, LSU
The scouting cycle started this offseason with scouts wondering who would emerge as WR2 and how strong this receiver class would be. We might not know who WR2 is yet but we know this is a strong receiver class. Nabers looks like a top prospect regardless of his positional ranking. His big play ability will fit in with any offense and we could see him be an immediate impact on any team.
Brock Bowers, TE, Georgia
Bowers suffered an injury and missed a few games this year. I wondered how it change his draft stock and it turns out it didn’t at all. Bowers came back and didn’t miss a beat - he actually looked better. We all know about Bowers ability as a receiver but I actually love his willingness as a blocker too. He isn’t afraid to do the dirty work that comes with being a tight end but will also burn you for 100+ yards in the receiving game.
Keon Coleman, WR, Florida State
Another one of my favorite prospects and it’s another FSU player. I had eyes on FSU receiver Johnny Wilson to start the year and Coleman quickly caught my attention. At 6’4” Coleman has unique 50/50 ball ability but has also shown adequate route running and screen game ability.