2024 NFL Draft bloated by COVID, transfers

Oregon quarterback Bo Nix throws down field against Oregon State during the second quarter at Autzen Stadium Friday, Nov. 24, 2023 in Eugene.
Oregon quarterback Bo Nix throws down field against Oregon State during the second quarter at Autzen Stadium Friday, Nov. 24, 2023 in Eugene.

The 2024 NFL Draft features the most experienced class in history. There are 235 draftable red shirt seniors and seniors in this draft, up from a record 166 last year.

 

That includes a whopping 195 red shirt seniors, including sixth-year college quarterbacks Bo Nix of Oregon, Jayden Daniels of LSU and Michael Penix Jr. of Washington. At NFLDraftScout.com Daniels is the No. 3 quarterback (No. 4 overall), and the top rated redshirt senior, while Nix is the No. 5 QB (No. 33 overall) and Penix is the No. 6 signal-caller (No. 52 overall, but likely to rise). 

 

We can thank the inconvienence of COVID and the convenience of the transfer portal for the extended experience of these players. Nix, literally born into royalty at Auburn (his dad was a quarterback there), started 34 games for that SEC team, then transferred to Oregon, y'all. So after two seasons with the Ducks, Nix set a record of 60 college starts and moved from a mid-round prospect to a potential first-rounder.

 

One of the most interesting stories in the 2024 quarterback class is that of Spencer Rattler, who entered college as the No. 1 prospect in the 2019 prep class and was considered a sure-fire future No. 1 pick. He was a Heisman Trophy favorite at Oklahoma going into the 2020 season, before being replaced mid-season by a guy named Caleb Williams—yea, that Caleb Williams. They both moved on to their respective USC teams: Rattler to U. of South Carolina, where he spent his last two seasons; and Williams to U. of Southern California, where he won a Heisman in 2022 and is rated by many — not here — as the No. 1 overall draft prospect. 

 

At this year's Senior Bowl, where Penix bowed out of the game and Nix barely played, Rattler was able to strike up some attention, as he was sharp in completing all four of his passes, for 65 yards. He capped his first drive with a 29-yard touchdown pass to Georgia's Marcus Rosemy-Jacksaint. Rattler looked pretty good in practice leading up to the game, as well. 

 

"I felt like I wanted to come out here, create relationships and have fun," Rattler said, who won his team's MVP Award. "This was just the cherry on top."

 

Below are two lists, showing all 40 senior and 195 redshirt seniors, and where NFLDraftScout.com has them rated as of 2-14-24. (Current ratings here). 

 

 

REDSHIRT SENIORS (194)

Rnk Player School Pos. Pos. Rnk Ht Wt Class 40 Proj. Rnd
4
Jayden Daniels LSU QB 3 6032 210 rSr 4.52 1
13
Laiatu Latu UCLA DE 1 6046 261 rSr 4.67 1
29
Darius Robinson Missouri DT 2 6050 286 rSr 4.83 1
33
Bo Nix Oregon QB 5 6017 218 rSr 4.62 1-2
42
Jordan Morgan Arizona OT 9 6046 312 rSr 5.07 2
51
Cooper Beebe Kansas State OG 2 6032 335 rSr 5.24 2
52
Michael Penix Jr. Washington QB 6 6024 212 rSr 4.64 2
54
TVondre Sweat Texas DT 5 6042 362 rSr 5.19 2
55
Ricky Pearsall Florida WR 11 6007 193 rSr 4.47 2
56
Adisa Isaac Penn State DE 6 6045 250 rSr 4.62 2
67
Cade Stover Ohio State TE 3 6036 251 rSr 4.68 2-3
69
Ruke Orhorhoro Clemson DT 6 6040 290 rSr 4.88 2-3
70
Payton Wilson North Carolina State OLB 4 6041 234 rSr 4.58 2-3
73
Mike Sainristil Michigan CB 11 5092 182 rSr 4.39 2-3
77
Xavier Legette South Carolina WR 15 6010 223 rSr 4.52 2-3
79
Nathaniel Watson Mississippi State ILB 3 6021 244 rSr 4.62 2-3
81
Brandon Coleman Texas Christian OG 4 6042 316 rSr 5.18 2-3
82
Brandon Dorlus Oregon DT 7 6031 272 rSr 4.89 2-3
85
Dominick Puni Kansas OG 5 6043 323 rSr 5.32 3
91
Zion Tupuola-Fetui Washington DE 8 6030 248 rSr 4.78 3
94
TyRon Hopper Missouri OLB 5 6021 221 rSr 4.53 3
97
Josh Newton Texas Christian CB 13 5106 190 rSr 4.43 3
103
D.J. James Auburn CB 14 5115 170 rSr 4.49 3
108
Spencer Rattler South Carolina QB 7 6001 219 rSr 4.74 3-4
110
Javon Foster Missouri OT 13 6054 309 rSr 5.07 3-4
114
DeCorian Clark Texas-San Antonio WR 21 6022 215 rSr 4.48 3-4
117
Tommy Eichenberg Ohio State ILB 5 6021 239 rSr 4.73 3-4
118
Matt Lee Miami C 4 6030 288 rSr 5.19 3-4
119
Kitan Oladapo Oregon State SS 4 6021 219 rSr 4.53 3-4
121
Cam Hart Notre Dame CB 16 6027 204 rSr 4.43 4
124
Cornelius Johnson Michigan WR 23 6022 213 rSr 4.49 4
125
Nehemiah Pritchett Auburn CB 17 6001 188 rSr 4.43 4
126
Javontae Jean-Baptiste Notre Dame DE 10 6046 260 rSr 4.74 4
135
Christian Haynes Connecticut OG 7 6024 318 rSr 5.06 4-5
136
Marshawn Kneeland Western Michigan DE 13 6030 268 rSr 4.76 4-5
137
Christian Mahogany Boston College OG 8 6024 318 rSr 5.21 4-5
139
Tyler Davis Clemson DT 12 6016 299 rSr 5.05 4-5
140
Brevyn Spann-Ford Minnesota TE 8 6065 267 rSr 4.76 4-5
141
Jacob Cowing Arizona WR 25 5084 165 rSr 4.42 4-5
146
Mohamed Kamara Colorado State OLB 9 6013 252 rSr 4.67 4-5
148
Edefuan Ulofoshio Washington ILB 7 6005 239 rSr 4.67 4-5
149
Brennan Jackson Washington State DE 15 6040 266 rSr 4.76 4-5
151
Ainias Smith Texas AM WR 26 5092 191 rSr 4.36 4-5
153
Jaylin Simpson Auburn FS 6 5115 178 rSr 4.49 4-5
154
Matt Goncalves Pittsburgh OT 14 6057 332 rSr 5.23 4-5
157
Khyree Jackson Oregon CB 19 6034 203 rSr 4.54 5
158
Austin McNamara Texas Tech P 2 6044 204 rSr 4.88 5
160
Jared Wiley Texas Christian TE 9 6060 253 rSr 4.76 5
161
Drake Nugent Michigan C 6 6010 301 rSr 5.24 5
163
Jordan Whittington Texas WR 28 6005 204 rSr 4.48 5
164
Will Reichard Alabama K 2 6005 191 rSr 4.88 5
168
Mark Perry Texas Christian SS 6 6001 211 rSr 4.49 5
169
Myles Cole Texas Tech DE 16 6057 272 rSr 4.86 5
170
Tahj Washington Southern California WR 30 5097 177 rSr 4.42 5
171
Josh Proctor Ohio State FS 7 6014 198 rSr 4.54 5
172
Deantre Prince Mississippi CB 21 6002 183 rSr 4.46 5
173
Justin Eboigbe Alabama DT 15 6041 292 rSr 5.03 5
174
Elijah Jones Boston College CB 22 6016 182 rSr 4.52 5
175
Mason McCormick South Dakota State OG 10 6040 310 rSr 5.27 5
176
C.J. Hanson Holy Cross OG 11 6045 300 rSr 5.14 5
177
David Ugwoegbu Houston OLB 10 6036 253 rSr 4.74 5-6
178
Erick All Iowa TE 10 6045 250 rSr 4.73 5-6
179
Joe Milton III Tennessee QB 9 6050 235 rSr 4.65 5-6
180
Tayvion Robinson Kentucky WR 31 5100 191 rSr 4.45 5-6
181
Michael Barrett Michigan ILB 9 5112 239 rSr 4.64 5-6
182
Dadrion Taylor-Demerson Texas Tech FS 8 5100 189 rSr 4.54 5-6
183
Dylan Laube New Hampshire RB 12 5095 210 rSr 4.52 5-6
184
Garret Greenfield South Dakota State OT 15 6057 310 rSr 5.19 5-6
185
Renardo Green Florida State CB 23 5114 187 rSr 4.53 5-6
186
Layden Robinson Texas AM OG 12 6033 311 rSr 5.34 5-6
188
Sundiata Anderson Grambling DE 17 6034 239 rSr 4.72 5-6
190
McCallan Castles Tennessee TE 11 6040 249 rSr 4.72 5-6
191
Steele Chambers Ohio State OLB 11 6004 223 rSr 4.59 5-6
192
Malik Washington Virginia WR 32 5081 192 rSr 4.49 5-6
194
Evan Williams Oregon SS 7 5113 202 rSr 4.55 5-6
195
Braden Fiske Florida State DT 16 6035 295 rSr 5.12 5-6
197
Julian Pearl Illinois OT 16 6054 314 rSr 5.19 6
198
Charles Turner III LSU C 7 6034 300 rSr 5.06 6
199
Marist Liufau Notre Dame OLB 12 6020 239 rSr 4.64