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PFF Top 50 College Football Players

August 18, 2020

Whether we see a college football season or not, one fact remains. The Oregon Ducks have a loaded squad that would be a lot to handle for any football team.

Would Mario Cristobal and company repeat as conference champions? They seem to be the odds-on favorite at the moment. And that comes with the loaded roster the Ducks have built under Mario Cristobal.

Pro Football Focus has put out its top 50 players in college football and it’s no surprise to see Clemson quarterback Trevor Lawrence at the top. And just behind him is Ohio State star Justin Fields. Both of those teams figure to challenge for a college football playoff spot if a season takes place.

Oregon does have the No. 3 player in the country however although it’s very surprising to see an offensive tackle ranked so high. Penei Sewell is the top Oregon player on the list at No. 3 but here are the others that made the cut for the Ducks.

Pro Football Focus Top 50

3. Penei Sewell

Sewell is to the offensive tackle position what Trevor Lawrence is to the quarterback position. Players get tagged with the “generational” status far too often, but it without question applies to Sewell. He’s the best tackle we have seen since PFF College’s inception in 2014, and it isn’t particularly close. Sewell earned grades above 91.0 as both a pass-blocker and a run-blocker in 2019, paving the way to a 95.8 PFF overall grade on the year. For perspective, that’s a full grading point higher than the next best season by a Power 5 tackle (Michigan State’s Jack Conklin in 2015, 94.6).

12. Jevon Holland

Holland is a playmaker in its purest form. Over the last two years — as a true freshman and sophomore — Holland has come away with 20 combined pass breakups and interceptions, second among FBS safeties. Over that same span, no defensive back has earned a higher slot coverage grade than Holland. Oregon’s secondary is a historically talented one, and a big reason for that is because of what Holland brings to the table.

31. Mykael Wright

Wright has earned a much larger role in Oregon’s secondary after being as great as he was on his 306 snaps as a true freshman in 2019. He allowed a minimal 34.8% catch rate (8 of 23) on his targets in coverage en route to an 81.9 coverage grade. Wright’s performance in press coverage, in particular, stood out. On his 91 press snaps, he allowed just three catches on 13 targets (zero for first downs) and made six plays on the ball.

48. Thomas Graham

Graham has been one of the top outside cornerbacks in college football the last couple of years, producing a two-year 89.7 coverage grade that is among the 10 best in the country. His read-react ability is lights out and has made him incredibly productive with 26 forced incompletions (sixth) and 23 passing stops (second) at outside corner since 2018. Whether Oregon puts him there or in the slot in order to get Mykael Wright on the field, you can count on Graham to make plays.

50. Kayvon Thibodeaux

Thibodeaux came to Oregon as one of the highest-ranked recruits in the country and very much lived up to the hype right out of the gate as a true freshman in 2019. His get-off and bend is up there with the best in the country. Thibodeaux broke out specifically in the Ducks’ Week 6 matchup against Cal last year when he posted a 92.2 pass-rush grade and from there on out was the highest-graded pass-rusher in the Pac-12. It's up there as one of the best seasons we have recorded by a true freshman edge rusher.

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