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Tony Pauline NFL Draft Mailbag: Week 2

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Every Wednesday, we open up the mailbag to answer questions of all things related to NFL Draft prospects. Questions this week included thoughts on exciting quarterbacks in Bryce Perkins and Joe Burrow, and who I consider to be some of the top offensive linemen in the 2020 NFL Draft. Let’s dive in. 

Where do you see Virginia’s Bryce Perkins going in the 2020 draft?

Perkins has shown some improvement as a passer this season, no doubt. However, he has a long way to go to make people believe that he’s a legitimate quarterback prospect for the next level, or if he will even stay at the position.

I like the fact that he is staying away from mistakes and mental errors. Hopefully, UVA opens up the passing offense a little more as the season progresses and Perkins’ game does as well.

What’s your early season opinion on Joe Burrow?

So far so good, but truth be told he hasn’t faced a top defense. The victory against Texas in a hostile setting in Austin was a major plus for his draft stock.

Florida, Auburn, and of course, Alabama will be huge measuring sticks for Burrow.

Whom are the best OL players per G and C and DB coming out in this upcoming games being played this week?

It seems you are referring to just seniors and here are a few of the better match-ups:

Justin Herron/Wake Forest against North Carolina.
Simon Stepaniak and Coy Cronk of Indiana against Ohio State
Colton McKivitz/West Virginia against NC State
Trevon Diggs/Alabama against Bryan Edwards/South Carolina
Paulson Adebo/Stanford against Gabe Davis/Central Florida

To name a few.

Barring a slip in play going forward, is Washington’s Trey Adams viewed as the top offensive tackle for the 2020 NFL draft right now?

Not on board.

Ignoring underclassmen for a second, Prince Tega Wanogho of Auburn is my top-rated senior tackle as he is by a number of scouts who have stamped him as a potential mid-first round pick.

I am not sold on Adams being a left tackle on Sundays, and obviously, the health issues are a major concern. That said, some scouts who grade Adams ahead of Tega-Wanogho.

If not, how likely will it be that he can ultimately become OT1 when it is all said and done?

A lot depends on:
1) Does he finish the season healthy?
2) Can he participate in a postseason game such as the Senior Bowl?
3) How does he do against the speed rushers in one-on-one drills in that setting?
4) The most important- how does he grade out medically by NFL teams at the combine?

On college gamedays, be sure to check in with Tony Pauline and the rest of the PFN Draft crew on the Live Game Day Blog. Tony and the crew give their analysis on relevant NFL Draft prospects from noon to midnight on game days all season long. 

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