It’s here. It’s finally draft week.

After wandering through a proverbial Sahara Desert for the past several weeks, in search of anything to quench our thirst for sports, we’ve finally found an oasis.

With just days left until the Broncos are on the clock, who are the top players on offense in this year’s class?


1. Joe Burrow 2. Tu’a Tagovailoa 3. Jalen Hurts 4. Jordan Love 5. Justin Herbert.

Joe Burrow is the best offensive player in this class and Tu’a Tagovailoa would be right there with him if not for his rough injury history that could damage his longevity in the league. Both are incredible leaders with great pocket presence and accuracy.

The first real surprise comes at the number three spot, where Jalen Hurts is ranked ahead of both Jordan Love and Justin Herbert. This is because you know what you’re getting with Hurts. He improved every year in college as a passer, is a very impressive athlete and has incredible character as demonstrated by the Tu’a situation in Alabama.

Justin Herbert, on the other hand, is an unknown commodity. Sure, he has gaudy physical traits, but he showed little-to-no development of those abilities during his four years as a starter for the Ducks. Who’s to say he finally starts to develop at the NFL level?

Running back

1. D’Andre Swift 2. Jonathan Taylor 3. Clyde Edwards-Helaire 4. J.K. Dobbins 5. Cam Akers

D’Andre Swift is the clear number one back in this class for what he does in the running game and the passing game, but this class is chock-full of backfield talent.

Jonathan Taylor is the best pure runner, as highlighted by his impressive combine performance, but he caught just 42 passes over his three seasons a starting running back and fumbles are a serious concern.

Edwards-Helaire was an unknown before the season but now has a chance to sneak into the bottom of the first round thanks to his efforts as a receiver. Lastly, Akers makes it in because his upside is as high if not higher than any other running back in the class, even if his college career was underwhelming.

Wide Receiver

1. CeeDee Lamb 2. Jerry Jeudy 3. Henry Ruggs III 4. Justin Jefferson 5. Brandon Aiyuk

The top three receivers can be put in any order and have it be totally acceptable. They all have such incredible upside and so few warts to their game it’s impossible to come up with a clear-cut number one guy.

Ruggs draws the short straw as he’ll need the most help to reach his potential and he’ll also probably be the least productive in year one. Meanwhile, Lamb beats out Jeudy because of his slightly higher ceiling.

Jefferson is in a tier all to himself at the number four spot, as he’d be the top dog in almost any other draft, and Aiyuk pulls up the rear at five. Aiyuk is pretty raw but he’s an unbelievable athlete with good instincts for the game and the intangible to develop into a star.

Tight End

1. Cole Kmet 2. Chase Claypool 3. Adam Trautman 4. Hunter Bryant 5. Albert Okwuegbunam

Last year’s tight end class was remarkable, with three different players at the position receiving first-round grades, but this year’s crop at the position is pretty dismal.

Cole Kmet, who most thought was bound for the MLB, is clearly ahead of the rest at his position, as he’s the only one with impressive blocking and pass-catching skills. His teammate, Chase Claypool, gets the second spot despite playing wide receiver in college because he has the frame and strength necessary to play as a move tight end, a la Noah Fant or Evan Engram.

“Albert O” as he’s referred to around campus, snags the last spot thanks to an eye-popping 40-yard dash and impressive tape. If his injuries weren’t such a red flag, you could argue he’d be the second-best tight end in the class.

Offensive Tackle

1. Jedrick Wills 2. Tristan Wirfs 3. Andrew Thomas 4. Mekhi Becton 5. Austin Jackson

Jedrick Wills and Tristan Wirfs are in a battle to be the first tackle off the board and in this coronavirus-shortened off-season, polish beats out raw athleticism.

The same can be said for the Andrew Thomas vs. Mekhi Becton debate. Becton is a freak of nature that could end up being a perennial All-Pro or hall of famer if developed correctly, but he also has the most red flags of the bunch. Thomas has the lowest ceiling, but he’s also the most prepared to be an above-average starting left tackle from Day 1.

Austin Jackson struggled a lot in the first half of this season, but he gets the nod over Josh Jones because his highs were higher. Also, he can blame his early-season lows on the bone marrow donation he gave his sister months before his last season of collegiate football. The willingness to make that kind of sacrifice also serves as a big plus for Jackson.

Interior Offensive Line

1. Cesar Ruiz 2. Lloyd Cushenberry III 3. Robert Hunt 4. Jonah Jackson 5. Matt Hennessy

Cesar Ruiz and Lloyd Cushenberry are clearly the top two guys in this class. Both can play any of the three interior positions, have good athleticism, and a high football IQ from their experience at center.

The talent inside falls off a cliff after those two though. University of Lousiana tackle Robert Hunt, projects as the next best guard because he’s the human embodiment of a bulldozer, but the injuries should raise some eyebrows.

Matt Hennessy is a good athlete who could be very appealing to the Broncos. He’ll need some time to round into form, but with Mike Munchak in charge of the offensive line, that shouldn’t be a problem.