Who rose, fell in Daniel Jeremiah's final prospect rankings
Since late January, NFL Media analyst Daniel Jeremiah has released five rounds of his prospect rankings, culminating in one final “Top 150” unveiled this week. The virtual draft is set to kick off Thursday night, with the Giants in possession of 10 picks, including the fourth overall selection.
The biggest jump in the final list is TCU CB Jeff Gladney, who moved up four spots to No. 42.
"Gladney lacks ideal size/bulk for the position, but he excels because of his blend of quickness and feistiness," Jeremiah wrote of the 5-foot-10, 191-pounder. "He plays outside and inside. He is at his best in off coverage, where he uses a quick, fluid pedal before efficiently planting and driving on balls thrown in front of him. He doesn't waste steps. He is always in good position, but will get walled off at times by bigger wideouts. When he does press, he usually sits at 2 yards and carries his hands low before trying to catch wideouts and re-route them. His overall ball awareness is very good. He does a good job coming to balance before tackling runners and he's also an effective blitzer. Gladney needs to get a little stronger, but I love his scheme versatility and toughness."
NFL Media analyst Daniel Jeremiah's best remaining prospects from his Top 150 ranking of the 2020 NFL Draft.
While Jeremiah's top three remained the same (Ohio State EDGE Chase Young, LSU QB Joe Burrow, and Clemson LB/S Isaiah Simmons, in that order), five more players rose on the list, including a new No. 4. (Note: Jeremiah's first four editions included only 50 prospects.)
No. 4 CB Jeff Okudah, Ohio State (Up 1)
Jeremiah: "Okudah has ideal size, length, twitch and competitiveness for the position. He is very comfortable and effective in both press and off coverage. He is patient in press and very fluid/smooth when he opens up. He does a nice job of staying on top versus vertical routes and he can locate the football down the field. He has the agility to mirror underneath. In off coverage, he explodes out of his plant and he is a dependable open-field tackler. This is a very clean player with a very high floor and ceiling."
No. 17 LB Kenneth Murray, Oklahoma (Up 1)
Jeremiah: "Murray is an off-the-ball, run-and-hit linebacker. He is at his best when he's free to chase and make plays to the perimeter. He closes in a heartbeat and he is an explosive tackler. He struggles when he has to play off blocks and locate the football through the trash inside, as he doesn't use his hands and gets swallowed up. He has had some success dipping and slipping blocks. He is very athletic in coverage versus running backs, easily mirroring them in space. He is also a very dynamic blitzer. Overall, I believe Murray would be best served to play outside and off the ball, where he would be afforded clean sight lines to attack with his speed."
No. 33 EDGE Marlon Davidson, Auburn (Up 1)
Jeremiah: "Davidson has average height and a thick/square build. He typically lined up at defensive end for the Tigers, but also possesses the ability to slide inside. As a pass rusher, he is devastating when he has a runway. He generates a lot of power in his bull rush and has an array of hand moves he can incorporate on the move. He doesn't have an elite get-off, but he wins in the ways just mentioned. He destroys tight ends with his strength and power combination. Against the run, he uses his length to stack blocks, and his effort to pursue is outstanding. Overall, Davidson has some inside/outside flexibility and his production should carry over to the next level."
No. 37 RB J.K. Dobbins, Ohio State (Up 3)
Jeremiah: "Dobbins is a compact running back with tremendous power, balance and instincts. He is at his best on inside runs. He doesn't hesitate, accelerating into contact and breaking a ton of tackles. He has a nifty inside spin move and can make second- and third-level defenders miss in space. He has enough speed to get to the perimeter, but he always looks to turn upfield as soon as possible. In the passing attack, he is effective in the screen game, but he has more work to do as a route runner. He had two tough drops vs. Clemson in the College Football Playoff, but he was reliable in every other game I studied. He is very aware in pass protection -- he can drop his weight and anchor linebackers. Overall, Dobbins' game should translate very well to the next level. He'll be a dependable starter immediately."
No. 48 WR Michael Pittman Jr., USC (Unranked in previous Top 50)
Jeremiah: "Pittman is a tall, muscular wideout who had excellent production for the Trojans. He lines up out wide and he uses his upper-body strength to power through press coverage. He builds speed as he goes and he is a jump-ball specialist down the field. He high points the ball consistently and big brothers opposing cornerbacks routinely. He doesn't have elite speed, but he's very efficient getting in and out of breaks for such a big receiver. He is at his best after the catch, when his competitiveness and strength form a winning combination. He refuses to go down on first contact. Pittman has earned a reputation as one of the best special teams players in the country for his ability to cover and block punts. Overall, Pittman reminds me a lot of current Charger Mike Williams, and he can make an impact on all four downs because of his special teams value."
Of course, if someone moves up, someone must go down. The following players dropped in the ranking: No. 5 DT Derrick Brown, Auburn (Down 1); No. 18 OT Andrew Thomas, Georgia (Down 1); No. 34 LB Zack Baun, Wisconsin (Down 1); No. 38 C Cesar Ruiz (Down 1); No. 40 S Grant Delpit, LSU (Down 2); No. 43 CB Kristian Fulton, LSU (Down 1); No. 44 LB Jeremy Chinn, So. Illinois (Down 1); No. 45 DT Justin Madubuike Texas A&M (Down 1); No. 46 WR Denzel Mims, Baylor (Down 1); No. 49 CB Trevon Diggs, Alabama (Down 1); and No. 52 C Lloyd Cushenberry, LSU (Down 3).
"Big Blue Draft Night Live" to stream exclusively on Giants YouTube Channel, Giants.com and Giants App
The New York Giants Digital Platforms will again be your No. 1 destination for coverage of the NFL Draft. The 2020 lineup features "Big Blue Draft Night Live presented by Van Heusen" which will be streamed live exclusively on the Giants YouTube Channel, Giants.com and Giants App immediately following the Giants selections in the first three rounds.
The live stream will be one-stop shopping for live reaction and exclusive interviews with the team's draft picks. Hosted by Bob Papa with analysis from Super Bowl champions Carl Banks, Shaun O'Hara and David Diehl, "Big Blue Draft Night Live presented by Van Heusen" will include interviews with members of the front office and draft insiders.
The Draft begins with the first round on Thursday, April 23, at 8 PM ET and continues Friday, April 24, with Rounds 2-3 at 7 PM ET. The draft concludes on Saturday, April 25, with Rounds 4-7.
The 2020 NFL Draft will serve as a three-day virtual fundraiser benefiting six charities – selected by the NFL Foundation – battling the spread of COVID-19 and delivering relief to millions in need.
NFL announces fan experiences for 2020 Draft: Millions of fans can engage from home
The 2020 NFL Draft will be like no other, with club personnel, League staff, prospects, NFL players and Legends, as well as a mix other athletes and entertainers all participating from home.
In addition to being able to participate in the previously announced "Draft-A-Thon," the NFL today announced a host of ways for fans to immerse themselves in the action virtually. The NFL has co-created a series of Draft-themed experiences and content – from unique lenses, stickers and filters on Snapchat; to a specially curated Official Draft Day Playlist on Spotify.to a hashtag challenge on TikTok.
Additionally, NFL and ESPN will launch a collection of interactive features and digital shows available across both platforms throughout Draft week.
Snapchat has created a variety of Shows and creative tools that will keep NFL fans engaged throughout the NFL Draft. Utilizing its AR Lens technology, Snap has created custom Lenses that give fans the opportunity to celebrate the Draft, while donating to organizations in support of COVID-19 relief efforts.
Starting on Night 1 of the Draft, fans can capture themselves in a virtual moment of being drafted by their favorite team, complete with a hat and jersey. The Lens also includes a donation button in support of the NFL's Draft-A-Thon fundraising initiative in support of COVID-19 relief efforts. Draft Day 1 features on Snapchat also include a number of Draft-themed Stickers and Filters for fans to decorate their Snaps. In addition, custom NFL Lenses will be available in Snap's desktop app, Snap Camera, and will feature a jersey and hat for all 32 NFL teams, allowing fans to represent their favorite team.
Snap will have extensive content leading up to and throughout the duration of the NFL Draft. A trio of NFL Shows updating Monday, Wednesday and Friday will feature Mock Drafts and a look back at Draft Day fashion and the greatest picks of all time, plus a live-updating Highlights Show posting twice a day on Thursday and Friday of the Draft with player reactions from home. Snap's 'Our Story' will feature multiple Draft Day 1 perspectives from prospects and fans, and an NFL Show episode on Saturday will recap the best moments of the 2020 NFL Draft.
The NFL has teamed up with Spotify to create an NFL Official Draft Day playlist, which will feature music curated by the biggest stars of the 2020 NFL Draft class as well as include various highlight videos.
TikTok and the NFL will partner to celebrate the 2020 Draft through the hashtag challenge #GoingPro, where TikTok users are encouraged to live out their dream of being drafted to the pros by putting on a hat and transitioning into a new scene.
Starting Thursday, April 23 the NFL will feature a number of #GoingPro native videos on its official TikTok page featuring various players and social media influencers.
Interactive Draft-focused features and programming launching on ESPN and the NFL's Digital platforms this week include:
Around the NFL Live Show
On Tuesday, April 21 at 5:00 PM ET, a live video edition of Around the NFL features Dan Hanzus, Gregg Rosenthal, Chris Wesseling and Marc Sessler giving their final predictions on the picks, trades and surprises fans can expect during this year's NFL Draft. Airing live on NFL.com and Twitter. The ATN crew will also post multiple podcast episodes throughout Draft week.
Move the Sticks 360 Podcast & Video Series
Draft analysts Daniel Jeremiah and Bucky Brooks provide a 360-degree look at the NFL Draft with podcast episodes and video interviews with some of the Draft's top prospects. The Move the Sticks 360 audio series features episodes devoted to QB prospects Joe Burrow, Tua Tagovailoa and Justin Herbert. On Thursday April 23 Noon ET, it will include Brooks' 1-on-1 conversations with Chase Young and Clyde Edwards-Helaire, as well as Jeremiah's revealing his best starting 11 position-by-position on offense.
The Checkdown Live NFL Draft Pre-Show
Social media brand 'The Checkdown' goes live on the @NFL Twitter handle with a special NFL Draft pre-show Thursday April 23rd at 6:45pm ET. Hosted by Andrew Hawkins, The Checkdown Live will feature a fan poll of the Best Draft Classes in the Twitter era updating throughout the show and potential live interviews with 2020 Draft prospects.
Airing live at the conclusion of each night of the NFL Draft, host Rhett Lewis alongside Draft analyst Bucky Brooks give fans a 30-minute recap of all the big moments and storylines from the night. Draft Tonight will stream across NFL.com, the NFL app and the NFL's official YouTube channel.
Free to Play Games, Interactive Elements, Chance to Win Prizes:
NFL.com's Predict the Pick and ESPN's Draft Challenge are now live, giving fans the opportunity to put their GM skills to the test. Challenge your friends and play for a chance to win a trip to Super Bowl LV and other great prizes. Go to NFL.com/PredictPick and ESPN.com/DraftChallenge TODAY to make your picks.
Throughout the entire Draft, NFL.com and the NFL app will also give fans the chance to offer instant reactions to big Draft moments, grade their team's favorite picks and vote on the Draft's most memorable moments. Starting at 3pm ET on Tuesday, fans can take the Personality Quiz to see which Draft prospect they are most like, as well as enter for a chance to win a VIP trip to Super Bowl LV on behalf of On Location Experiences.