Who are the best pro prospects going into the college football season and, potentially, for the 2020 NFL Draft?
The 2020 NFL Draft will be a whole lot more fun than the 2019 version.
First, it’s in Las Vegas. Second, the quarterbacks in next year’s draft aren’t going be a big bag of whatever.
Who are the best pro prospects going into the college football season and who’ll get the most attention going into the 2020 NFL Draft?
The goal is to just get it close to the pin. No one had Baker Mayfield on the NFL radar two years ago, and NO ONE thought Kyler Murray would be a thing in this year’s draft.
So – not learning from the recent past – all apologies for not putting Jalen Hurts on this list.
Also, last year at this time, Stanford RB Bryce Love seemed like a sure-thing first rounder, and so did Auburn QB Jarrett Stidham.
So realizing that all this can, will, and must change wildly over the next 12 months – and there are at least another 32 players who could be on this list – going into the college football season, here are 32 of the top pro prospects for the 2020 NFL Draft.
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32. WR Tee Higgins, Clemson (Jr.)
It’s going to be a great class of wide receivers, and the 6-4, 205-pound Higgins has the upside to push into the top 15 if he turns into Trevor Lawrence’s go-to target. He led the national champs with 59 catches for 936 yards and 12 touchdowns, and he might just do even more with Amari Rodgers going down this offseason with a torn ACL.
31. RB D’Andre Swift, Georgia (Jr.)
Compared to the 2019 NFL Draft, the class of running backs is much, much stronger. Swift has the potential to rise up and be the first one off the board with a big junior season. He’s 5-9 and 215 pounds with the hands to be a solid receiver – catching 32 passes last year – and the burst to average close to seven yards per carry in his first two seasons.
30. C/OG Tyler Biadasz, Wisconsin
Arguably the most talented blocker on a line full of talented blockers last year, he was the best pro prospect on the lot. The 6-3, 318-pounder is a right-sized interior blocker who could work at guard, but should be the first center off the board. He’s going to be the tone-setting leader for the rebuilding badger front.
28. DT Lorenzo Neal, Purdue
The 6-3, 315-pounder is a force on the inside of the Boilermaker defensive front with excellent quickness, power, and toughness to hold up as a big run stopper. His stats aren’t eye-popping – 62 career tackles with four sacks and 11 tackles for loss in three seasons – but the son of the former NFL running back by the same name has the measurables.
27. CB AJ Terrell, Clemson (Jr.)
Shocker … Clemson has an NFL-sized defensive back with NFL-sized talent. The 6-2, 190-pound corner was a massive recruit for the program in 2017, and he busted out as a sophomore with 54 tackles with three interceptions, including a tone-setting pick-six against Alabama in the national championship.
26. OT Mekhi Becton, Louisville (Jr.)
Measurables, measurables, measurables. The junior is a 6-7, 355-pound monster of a blocker with just enough athleticism to work as a left tackle at the next level. He’ll need a strong season under the new coaching staff to be a dominant force for a line and offense that has to be far, far better. If he comes close to looking and playing the part this season, he could grow into a top 15 overall pick.
25. RB Najee Harris, Alabama (Jr.)
Watch out for fellow running back Brian Robinson to be in the mix, too. Josh Jacobs was selected by the Raiders as the first running back off the board with the 24th pick in the 2019 draft, but Harris ran for more yards and has just as big an upside.
The superstar 6-2, 227-pound recruit has been part of a rotation so far, but that’s a good thing – he’s going to have a ton of tread on the tires. He’ll split carries with Robinson, and the passing game will be the star, but he’s the prototype NFL running back prospect.
24. WR Ceedee Lamb, Oklahoma (Jr.)
No, he’s not the electrifying playmaker that Hollywood Brown was for the Sooners, but at 6-2 an 189 pounds, he’s a whole lot bigger and he’s every bit the deep threat. In two seasons, Lamb has averaged close to 18 yards per catch with 111 grabs for 1,965 yards and 18 touchdowns.
23. LB Anfernee Jennings, Alabama
The 6-3, 259-pounder hasn’t quite blown up statistically, but he’s got the size and speed to blossom into a killer NFL pass rusher. Hardly bad at Bama – he made 5.5 sacks with 13 tackles for loss, broke up 11 passes, and lived behind the line – this has to be his year to take his game up a few notches to roll into the late part of the 2020 first round.
22. OT Trey Adams, Washington
If Adams could’ve stayed healthy, he would’ve easily been the first tackle off the board in the 2019 draft, and he still could be a top ten pick in 2020 if all goes well. Fellow Husky Kaleb McGary might be a nastier all-around blocker – he went 31st to Atlanta – but his career is likely at guard. The 6-8, 306-pound Adams is a true tackle, but he’s coming back after missing most of last year with a knee injury.
21. DE Nick Coe, Auburn (Jr.)
Derrick Brown is the star Auburn defensive linemen for the 2020 NFL Draft, but the versatile 6-5, 291-pound Coe isn’t far behind. Either a 4-3 tackle or a 3-4 end, he grew into a pass rusher last season with seven sacks and 13.5 tackles for loss. He might not be a space-eater, but he’s ultra-quick and can get into the backfield.