2020 NFL Draft Preview

theFellowKGB’s Preliminary Rankings (will update post draft)

Quarterbacks

Pos. Rank Player School Year HT WT
1 Joe Burrow LSU Sr 6-4 216
2 Tua Tagovailoa Alabama Jr 6-1 218
3 Jake Fromm Georgia Jr 6-2 220
4 Justin Herbert Oregon Sr 6-6 237
5 Jacob Eason Washington Jr 6-6 227
6 Jordan Love Utah St. Jr 6-4 225
7 Jalen Hurts Oklahoma Sr 6-2 218
8 Anthony Gordon Washington St. Sr 6-3 210
9 Cole McDonald Hawaii Jr 6-4 220
10 Nate Stanley Iowa Sr 6-4 243
11 James Morgan FIU Sr 6-4 213

#1 Joe Burrow – LSU (stats)

(comp = Matt Ryan)  Tape vs Florida

Consensus #1 overall pick but could be slightly over-rated due to the pro scheme and talent of the LSU team last year (4/5 potential 1st round picks), and that’s not even including his leading WR in yards last year in Ja’Marr Chase (2021 draft).  I like Burrow but might prefer drafting Tua in dynasty leagues.

#2 Tua Tagovailoa – Alabama (stats)

(comp = Russell Wilson)  Tape vs LSU

Wouldn’t be surprised if Tua has a better career than Burrow.  Tua also played with several 1st round WRs and top notch talent at Alabama, but I like his improvisation skills more than Burrow when it comes to the next level.

#3 Jake Fromm – Georgia (stats)

(comp = Kirk Cousins)  2018-19 Highlights

I like Fromm’s decision making and consistency the most.  He’s not super gifted with arm talent, which will be his biggest knock, but can provide stability to an offense and be a facilitator.  He wasn’t asked to do much throughout his 3 years starting at Georgia but he did work very well with Mecole Hardman and Riley Ridley back in 2018.  Very under-rated.

#4 Justin Herbert – Oregon (stats)

(comp = Carson Wentz but bigger)  2019 Highlights

Very inconsistent and sometimes makes you cringe with his inaccuracy.  He’s your dream prototype size at 6’6″ and has quite the cannon of an arm, but struggles to mix in off speed and touch passes accurately.  There are leadership questions as well, so I’m not too excited about targeting Herbert in any dynasty leagues.

#5 Jacob Eason – Washington (stats)

comp = Joe Flacco  Tape vs Oregon

Eason also fits into the under-rated tier with Fromm. He has that 6’6″ size just like Herbert but also has some of the same inconsistencies.  His biggest asset is the arm strong and will need to work on fundamentals in the pocket for sure.  He often settles for sacks and has finished with negative rushing yards in both of his starting seasons.  Definitely a project but can benefit from a year or two of learning.

#6 Jordan Love – Utah State (stats)

(comp – Jay Cutler)  2019 Highlights

Poor decision maker but has high quality touch to his throws.  He lacks the experience but could develop nicely with a year behind a veteran QB or just time in general with the right QB coaches.

#7 Jalen Hurts – Oklahoma (stats)

(comp = David Garrard)  Tape vs LSU

Fantastic athlete and duo-threat QB.  He needs to settle down in the pocket at the next level and trust his coaching, but he’ll always be able to make plays we his feet when the play breaks down.  He’ll need a good QB coach to help him transition into a better pocket passer but he has the tools to grow into a quality starting QB.

Sleeper = Anthony Gordon – Washington State (stats)

Tape vs Oregon

Running Backs

Pos. Rank Player School Year HT WT
1 Jonathan Taylor Wisconsin Jr 5-11 219
2 J.K. Dobbins Ohio St. Jr 5-10 217
3 D’Andre Swift Georgia Jr 5-9 215
4 Clyde Edwards-Helaire LSU Jr 5-8 209
5 Zack Moss Utah Sr 5-10 222
6 Cam Akers Florida St. Jr 5-11 212
7 AJ Dillon Boston College Jr 6-0 250
8 Eno Benjamin Arizona St. Jr 5-9 195
9 Joshua Kelley UCLA Sr 5-11 219
10 Ke’Shawn Vaughn Vanderbilt Sr 5-10 218
11 Antonio Gibson Memphis Sr 6-2 221
12 Ty’Son Williams BYU Sr 6-0 220
13 Darrynton Evans App. St. Jr 5-11 200
14 JaMycal Hasty Baylor Sr 5-9 205
15 Rico Dowdle South Carolina Sr 6-0 210
16 Michael Warren Cincinnati Jr 5-11 222
17 Scottie Phillips Ole Miss Sr 5-8 211
18 Lamical Perine Florida Sr 5-11 211
19 Pete Guerriero Monmouth Jr 5-10 190
20 Anthony McFarland Jr. Maryland Soph 5-9 198

#1 Jonathan Taylor – Wisconsin (stats)

comp = Corey Dillon  2019 Highlights

Best pure runner of the group.  Outstanding production throughout career, but yes, behind a fantastic offensive line at Wisconsin.  Taylor was not used as a pass catcher in his first two years very much, but showed great improvement last year with 26 grabs for 252yds and 5 TDs. Worth consideration as the 1.01 in all rookie/dynasty drafts, pending draft fit.

#2 JK Dobbins – Ohio State (stats)

comp = Ray Rice  2019 Highlights

I wouldn’t be surprised if Dobbins is the RB1 in this draft.  He has been used as a pass catcher in all three years, catching 71 passes total.  The experience as a pass catcher could entice teams to select him over Taylor, as the NFL continues to trend towards dual threat backs.  He’s not as Elite as JT when it comes to a pure runner, but it’s close.

#3 D’Andre Swift – Georgia (stats)

comp = DeAngelo Williams  Highlights

His last name says it all.  Very productive on the ground and in the passing game.  His main comparison is DeAngelo Williams but I also see a little bit of Aaron Jones in his game.  With the right landing spot, Swift can be a Top 10 back in this league.

#4 Clyde Edwards-Helaire – LSU (stats)

comp = Devonta Freeman  2019 Highlights

The ultimate 3rd down pass catching back.  Don’t sleep on his running ability either, he is a complete weapon and could be one of the most productive and long tenured backs of this class in PPR leagues.

#5 Zack Moss – Utah (stats)

comp = Ricky Williams  2019 Highlights

One of the most under-rated prospects in this class.  Moss is very fluid and can be effective as a pass catcher as well.  He finished his career at Utah with three straight 1,000 yard rushing seasons and rushed for double digit TDs in those three seasons.  Highly productive player that will be a bargain in rookie drafts and worth a late 1st.

#6 Cam Akers – Florida State (stats)

comp = Marshawn Lynch  2019 Highlights

Banger! Was productive as a freshman, dipped a bit as a sophomore, but finished strong as a Junior.  He increased his receptions total every year and has the ability to be an every down back and wear defenses out.  Another under the radar player you can get in the late 1st round of drafts that could produce top 10 fantasy numbers.

#7 AJ Dillon – Boston College (stats)

comp = Derrick Henry    2019 Highlights     Tape vs Clemson

Probably my favorite sleeper and most under-rated back in this class.  Dillon is a joy to watch. He rushed for 4,382 yards in three seasons at Boston College and scored 40 total TDs.  He wasn’t used much as a receiver but can be functional on 1st and 2nd down passing plays.  Probably not a 3rd down passing situation back, so the Henry comparison is spot on.

#8 Eno Benjamin – Arizona State (stats)

comp = LeSean McCoy  2019 Highlights

One of the best pass catching backs in this class.  He caught 77 balls in his last two seasons while rushing for 2,725yds and scoring 30 total TDs.  He will likely be used as #2 back his rookie year, but has the potential to be an every down fantasy stud.

#9 Joshua Kelley – UCLA (stats)

comp = Terrell Davis  2019 Highlights

Kelley was highly productive the last two seasons on some very bad UCLA teams.  He rushed for 2,303yds and 24 TDs while adding 38 receptions for 264yds and 1TD.  I have Terrell Davis as his comp, but a current comp could be Jordan Howard.

#10 Ke’Shawn Vaughn – Vanderbilt (stats)

comp = Cadillac Williams  2019 Highlights

Vaughn gets lost among the many great SEC running backs, so he gets to be a little under the radar in this class.  He rushed for 2 straight 1,000yd seasons at Vanderbilt and scored 24 total TDs in those seasons.  He had a nice year catching the ball last year with 29 receptions for 286yds and 2 TDs, so he has every down potential.  A modern comp could be Kerryon Johnson.

Wide Receivers

Pos. Rank Player School Year HT WT
1 CeeDee Lamb Oklahoma Jr 6-2 189
2 Justin Jefferson LSU Jr 6-3 192
3 Jerry Jeudy Alabama Jr 6-1 192
4 Henry Ruggs III Alabama Jr 6-0 190
5 Denzel Mims Baylor Sr 6-3 215
6 Laviska Shenault Jr. Colorado Jr 6-2 220
7 Michael Pittman Jr. USC Sr 6-4 220
8 Bryan Edwards South Carolina Sr 6-3 215
9 Tee Higgins Clemson Jr 6-4 215
10 Quintez Cephus Wisconsin Jr 6-1 207
11 Devin Duvernay Texas Sr 5-11 210
12 Brandon Aiyuk Arizona St. Sr 6-1 206
13 Jalen Reagor ^ TCU Jr 5-11 195
14 Van Jefferson Florida Sr 6-2 197
15 Antonio Gandy-Golden Liberty Sr 6-4 220
16 KJ Hamler Penn St. Soph 5-9 176
17 Tyler Johnson Minnesota Sr 6-2 205
18 Jauan Jennings Tennessee Sr 6-3 208
19 Donovan Peoples-Jones Michigan Jr 6-2 208
20 Lynn Bowden Jr. Kentucky Jr 6-1 200

#1 CeeDee Lamb – Oklahoma (stats)

comp = Davante Adams  2019 Highlights

The most polished WR of the group, Lamb can fit into any offense.  He has a well developed route tree and can operate as an outside WR as well as the slot.

#2 Justin Jefferson – LSU (stats)

comp = Michael Thomas  Peach Bowl vs Oklahoma

Big slot WR.  LSU heavily used him in the slot last year on option and deep vertical routes to take advantage of mismatches against safeties.  High football IQ and knack for getting open when a play breaks down.  Massive upside in PPR leagues.

#3 Jerry Jeudy – Alabama (stats)

comp = Tory Holt  2019 Highlights

Perhaps the most versatile and electric playmaker of the bunch.  Can line up at any WR spot and will give his new offensive coordinator a fun task of creating plays for him.  He’s a fantastic route runner who relies heavily on his change of direction to create separation.  He would best serve as a slot WR but Jeudy has the tools to succeed as an outside WR and help stretch the field

#4 Henry Ruggs – Alabama (stats)

comp = Santana Moss  2019 Highlights

Blazing 4.27 40 speed of course but there’s more to Ruggs’ game than that.  His speed will command respect at the next level, so we should expect a lot of off-coverage on Ruggs.  Experience and more patient corners may be able to neutralize him, but Ruggs does have the technical attributes you like in a WR1 and should be featured in perimeter routes as a field stretcher.

#5 Denzel Mims – Baylor (stats)

comp = Brandon Marshall  2019 Highlights

High flying deep threat who excels at acrobatic contested catches.  Many will wonder if his contested catches are the result of his inability to create separation, but Mims is able to create just enough separation in several different ways.  He’s fantastic at changing direction and speeds throughout his route to lull his defender just enough.  He’ll most likely need a quality quarterback to contribute right away, one not afraid to throw into tight spaces.

#6 Laviska Shenault Jr.  – Colorado (stats)

comp = Julio Jones  Highlights

All purpose Weapon.  Can line up all over the field at various WR spots and even in the back field as a runner.  The biggest concern will be his injury history with three surgeries in one year.  He’s 6’0″ and 227, so plenty of strength and build to take on NFL defenses.  Colorado made every effort to get the ball in his hands in a variety of ways, so Shenault is an exciting talent with the upside of a Julio Jones or Dez Bryant.

#7 Michael Pittman Jr. – USC (stats)

comp = Mike Williams  2019 Highlights

#8 Bryan Edwards – South Carolina (stats)

comp = Javon Walker  2019 Highlights

#9 – Tee Higgins – Clemson (stats)

comp = Hakeem Nicks  2019 Highlights

#10 Quintez Cephus – Wisconsin (stats)

comp = Anquan Boldin  2019 Highlights

#11 Devin Duvernay –  Texas (stats)

comp = Randall Cobb  2019 Highlights

#12 Brandon Aiyuk – Arizona State (stats)

comp = Golden Tate  2019 Highlights

#13 Jalen Reagor – TCU (stats)

comp = Brandin Cooks  2019 Highlights

#14 Van Jefferson – Florida (stats)

comp = Julian Edelman  2019 Highlights

#15 Antonio Gandy-Golden – Liberty (stats)

comp = Michael Floyd  2019 Highlights

Sleepers:

KJ Hamler – Penn State (stats)   Highlights

Tyler Johnson – Minnesota (stats)   Highlights

Jauan Jennings – Tennessee (stats)   Career Highlights

Donovan Peoples-Jones – Michigan (stats)   Highlights

Lynn Bowden Jr. – Kentucky (stats)   Highlights

KJ Hill – Ohio State (stats)   Highlights

Tight Ends

Pos. Rank Player School Year HT WT
1 Harrison Bryant FAU Sr 6-5 240
2 Adam Trautman Dayton Sr 6-6 253
3 Chase Claypool Notre Dame Sr 6-5 229
4 Hunter Bryant Washington Jr 6-2 239
5 Brycen Hopkins Purdue Sr 6-5 245
6 Cole Kmet Notre Dame Jr 6-5 250
7 Devin Asiasi UCLA Sr 6-3 279
8 Albert Okwuegbunam Missouri Jr 6-5 255
9 Jared Pinkney Vanderbilt Sr 6-4 260
10 Thaddeus Moss LSU Soph 6-3 249
11 Cheyenne O’Grady Arkansas Sr 6-4 256
12 Josiah Deguara Vanderbilt Sr 6-3 240

#1 Harrison Bryant – FAU (stats)

comp = Hunter Henry  2019 Highlights

Best well rounded TE of the bunch.  Is a bit lighter than your typical blocking tight end but his versatility as a pass catcher and sound blocker make him an ideal TE project.

#2 Adam Trautman – Dayton (stats)

comp = Dawson Knox  2019 Highlights

Talented pass catcher (70rec, 916yds, 14TDS in 2019) with great size (6’6″ – 253lbs), just needs to be refined as a traditional blocking TE.

#3 – Chase Claypool – Notre Dame (stats)

comp = Jared Cook  2019 Highlights

Played WR at NDU but is expected to shift to a hybrid TE/WR role.

#4 Hunter Bryant – Washington (stats)

comp = Evan Engram  2019 Highlights

More of a pass catching TE than a traditional dual threat blocker, similar to an Evan Engram role would be best.

#5 Brycen Hopkins – Purdue (stats)

comp = Dustin Keller  2019 Highlights

Encouraging promise as a blocker but needs to refine his pass catching ability, specifically more consistent at the catch.

#6 Cole Kmet – Notre Dame (stats)

comp = Martellus Bennett  2019 Highlights

Needs work as a blocker but shows upside with run after the catch ability.

#7 Devin Asiasi – UCLA (stats)

comp = Alge Crumpler  2019 Highlights

Exciting upside as a deep threat receiving weapon.  Very raw, but plenty to work with.

#8 Albert Okwuegbunam – Missouri (stats)

comp = Austin Seferian-Jenkins  2019 Highlights

Tremendous size and strength, but very raw in both passing and blocking phases.  Could develop into a TE1 eventually.