As Pro Football Magazine kicks off the scouting process for the 2021 NFL Draft (yes, we know it’s early), we decided to talk to some folks in the NFL Draft media world about the 2020 NFL Draft, in order to get their thoughts on the most recent draft class and how they went through the scouting process this year. In this edition, we talked to Ryan Roberts of NFL Draft Bible, a staple in the scouting community. As always, we thank Ryan for this time, so let’s get into the questions.
1. Who were your favorite evaluations at each position?
Ryan Roberts: QB: Jordan Love, RB: D’Andre Swift, WR: Jerry Jeudy, TE: Devin Asiasi, OT: Andrew Thomas, OG: Netane Muti, C: Luke Juriga, EDGE: Julian Okwara, DT: Justin Madubuike, LB: Willie Gay Jr., CB: Noah Igbinoghene, S: Alohi Gilman.
2. Who do you think is most likely to bust?
3. Who do you think is the biggest sleeper?
4. Who was your toughest evaluation at quarterback?
Ryan Roberts: I’m actually a Jordan Love supporter, but it’s Jordan Love. You flip on the 2018 film and you are very solid with your first round evaluation. Then 2019 is a completely different story. The question is, how much do you blame him for that drop off? The amount of turn over on that roster for a non power five team was incredible. Love was going to be making up for some shortcomings even with stability returning. Then you have the coaching change too. That’s just a lot of change in one offseason. There was no stability to the situation. It’s tough to figure out how much you blame him for those external factors.
5. What is the most important trait for a quarterback?
6. Which player has the highest football IQ?
Ryan Roberts: That’s tough to judge without doing a ton of the behind the scenes work, white board, film session, etc… It’s hard to not say Joe Burrow from the film he put out this year. He routinely deciphered coverages pre snap at a high level. That maintained post snap, rarely ever putting the ball into harm’s way. He had complete command of the offense to the highest degree.
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