1. Isaiah Simmons, Clemson 6-4, 230 (Top ten overall)
Why He’s Here On The List: This can be said for Chase Young, Jeff Okudah, and – if you think he’s healthy and you’re not freaked out by his history – Tua Tagovailoa, but it applies to Simmons, too. He might be the best player in the draft with the type of freakish tools and skills everyone wants.
Best of all, he’s still a work in progress as gets more and more time logged in as a pure linebacker, but that’s even a positive. The defensive back skills are there from his time as a big safety, and it’s all coming together as a special linebacker who’s still scratching the surface.
What The NFL Types Want To See: Just blow it up. Be angry if he’s not the most impressive linebacker working out in Indy. As is he’s a top ten pick, but he could move into the top five if he runs and moves like a 230-pound defensive back.
Bottom Line: Someone out there will wonder where he belongs, and the answer is simple – anywhere. So what if he’s not a fully-polished linebacker? So what if he might not be an ideal thumper for the inside, or a fully-refined NFL caliber pass rusher quite yet? In the new world of an NFL with a new wave of offenses that highlight quarterbacks that can move, he’s the antidote.