NFL Draft Position Breakdown – SAF Edition

Position Outlook

Position Rank amongst different positions:

  • High-Finish Expertise – third (of 11)
  • Depth – fifth
  • 1st Spherical Graded Gamers – 2 (tenth)
  • General – sixth

Hamilton and Cine are the cream of the crop right here, however there’s expertise available even past these two. There may be loads to love, however the lack of 1st spherical expertise, together with the shortage of significant depth or high quality starters past the highest few gamers makes for a median place group as an entire.

High 5 Position Rating

  1. Kyle Hamilton ND – Full Scouting Report
  2. Lewis Cine UGA – Full Scouting Report
  3. Jaquan Brisker PSU – Full Scouting Report
  4. Kerby Joseph ILL – Full Scouting Report
  5. Jalen Pitre BAY – Full Scouting Report

Hamilton is extensively considered as in a tier of his personal, however don’t sleep on Lewis Cine. He is an outstanding athlete in his personal proper with nice tape. They share the highest tier.
Brisker, Joseph, and Pitre spherical out the second tier.

Daxton Hill has gotten a number of buzz as a prime Security prospect, however I believe his worth has been over-inflated

Rating Notes


  • Daxton Hill MICH – Many scouts and followers have fallen in love with Hill’s talents. He confirmed elite change-of-direction and motion abilities on the Mix. Whereas that was an amazing efficiency, on tape I noticed one thing very completely different. His reactive quickness was severely missing, and he took additional steps each time he modified path, slowing him down considerably. His protection abilities are terrible, constantly getting beat, and he doesn’t have the dimensions or physicality to play the field. I don’t see a task for him, and there are not any traits of his that excite me apart from the athleticism.
  • Jalen Pitre BAY – I like Pitre’s recreation quite a bit, and his toughness, management, and game-changing potential can’t be ignored. Nonetheless, he’s a field security at sub-200lb. He might want to bulk as much as be a constant NFL starter.


  • Lewis Cine UGA – Size, pace, quickness, athleticism, vary, imaginative and prescient, toughness, tackling. Cine has all of it. There are virtually no flaws to his recreation, and if his tape had been a bit higher, I’d have him forward of Hamilton.
  • Kerby Joseph ILL – Joseph does a number of issues very properly, and he has underrated athleticism and size for the place. He checks a number of containers, and if it weren’t for his mediocre Senior Bowl, he would’ve scratched at Tier 1.


  • Nick Cross MD – Possesses a uncommon measurement/pace combo, and has a particularly excessive ceiling.
  • Dane Belton IOWA – A really full participant who additionally confirmed athletic upside.

Largest Risers

  • Lewis Cine UGA – In a Mix stuffed with elite performers, particularly all being from the identical faculty, Cine nonetheless managed to face out. His Mix efficiency was nice, and his elite athletic traits will place him securely within the 1st spherical.
  • Jaquan Brisker PSU – Brisker wasn’t tabbed as an elite athlete, so his Mix testing numbers have shot him up many draft boards.
  • Daxton Hill MICH – Whereas I believe it’s undeserved, Hill did many issues on the Mix that had been actually jaw-dropping, together with the working 2nd quickest 3-Cone on the Mix.

Largest Fallers

  • Kyle Hamilton ND – For those who’re calling card is being a unicorn athlete, you higher show it. His middling testing numbers together with the current slew of movies of him getting burned at observe don’t bode properly for his “unicorn-ness”. His tape continues to be phenomenal, however he isn’t the No. 1 general prospect anymore.
  • Verone McKinley III ORE – Many had him as a High 5 Security, however after such a poor Mix he’ll drop down most boards.

Superlative Ranks

Greatest Relative Athleticism

  1. Nick Cross MD
  2. Lewis Cine UGA
  3. JT Woods BAY
  4. Tycen Anderson TOL
  5. Dane Belton IOWA

Greatest Man Protection

  1. Kyle Hamilton ND
  2. Kerby Joseph ILL
  3. Jaquan Brisker PSU

Greatest Zone Protection

  1. Lewis Cine UGA
  2. Kyle Hamilton ND
  3. Kerby Joseph ILL

Greatest Physicality

  1. Jalen Pitre BAY
  2. Kyle Hamilton ND
  3. Lewis Cine UGA

Greatest Vary

  1. Lewis Cine UGA
  2. Kyle Hamilton ND
  3. Daxton Hill MICH

Greatest Tackler

  1. Kyle Hamilton ND
  2. Lewis Cine UGA
  3. Jalen Pitre BAY

Greatest Ball Expertise

  1. Kyle Hamilton ND
  2. Kerby Joseph ILL
  3. Lewis Cine UGA
No matter what anybody says, Hamilton ought to be the clear-cut SAF1 on this class

Last Projection

I might have laughed if anybody advised me a month in the past that Kyle Hamilton will drop out of the High 3, however now he’s constantly being mocked out of the High 10. This may show to be just like the Micah Parsons-like fall. He was nitpicked down outdoors the High 10 after which burst onto the scene proving each doubter flawed. I see an analogous path for Hamilton.
Cine has locked himself into the first spherical along with his Mix, however don’t be shocked if Brisker or Pitre sneak their manner into the first.
Daxton Hill appears to be a consensus 1st rounder, and whereas I strongly disagree, I’d be shocked if he fell out of the first at this level. His buzz is thru the roof.

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