2020 NFL Draft First Round Prospects, Top Ten Best Players On The Board
10. WR Henry Ruggs, Alabama
Bottom Line: He’s not John Ross or Ted Ginn Jr. – think Tyreek Hill, but bigger. Every offensive coordinator dreams of getting to play around with a receiver with Ruggs’ talent and flash.
Who Has This Pick? Cleveland
9. QB Justin Herbert, Oregon
Bottom Line: This is probably way too low. He’s got the tools Joe Burrow is missing, and he doesn’t have the durability concerns of Tua Tagovailoa. He’s not Baker Mayfield when it comes to the big personality – he gets dogged too hard for being a mellow dude – but no one’s questioning his character or his football drive.
Who Has This Pick? Jacksonville
8. DT Derrick Brown, Auburn
Bottom Line: About the safest player in the top end of the draft, he’s everything you want in a leader and a main man for your defense. The overall tools are good enough, but it’s the total package that makes him a must-have.
Who Has This Pick? Arizona
7. DT Javon Kinlaw, South Carolina
Bottom Line: There’s way too much boom here. If he puts all the tools together to go along with his motor, he’ll be the devastating interior game-wrecker everyone is looking for. It’s a shot for the stars pick, but he’s worth the risk.
Who Has This Pick? Carolina
6. QB Joe Burrow, LSU
Bottom Line: Why is everyone totally blowing off his lack of a high-end NFL arm? (No, this isn’t trying to be showy – we said this all throughout the 2019 season, while also pointing out he had the greatest year by any quarterback in the 150 years of college football.)
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He’ll be more than fine as a good longtime starter, but if you’re taking him No. 1 overall, you’re passing on four central casting prospects for their respective positions in Chase Young, Isaiah Simmons, Jeff Okudah and Jerry Jeudy for him.
Who Has This Pick? Los Angeles Chargers
5. QB Tua Tagovailoa, Alabama
Bottom Line: There’s a massive boom-or-bust to him. If he can stay healthy – and it’s a gigantic if – he’s the Drew Brees-like difference-making quarterback in this draft. In today’s NFL with so many quarterbacks available, do you really want to take that chance? Yeah, he’s worth it, but you’re going to be holding your breath on every play.
Who Has This Pick? Miami
4. WR Jerry Jeudy, Alabama
Bottom Line: The NFL Draft has been a wasteland for wide receivers up top over the last several years. Jeudy is the one to break the mold as the smoothest all-around No. 1 target to come out in a long time.
Who Has This Pick? New York Giants
3. CB Jeff Okudah, Ohio State
Bottom Line: The prototype. What do you want out of a corner? He’s big, he’s fast, he’s got the leadership and character to be a Face of the Franchise, and he’s got the ball skills. There just aren’t any flaws to worry about.
Who Has This Pick? Detroit
2. LB Isaiah Simmons, Clemson
Bottom Line: It doesn’t always work when you’re trying to shoehorn a player into a position, but for the modern NFL, having a linebacker with sub-4.4 speed is a very, very good thing. Take him, and let him be the game-wrecking defensive force who freaks out offensive coordinators.
Who Has This Pick? Washington
1. DE Chase Young, Ohio State
Bottom Line: What are we doing here? Why are we messing around with this? Chase Young is the best prospect in the 2020 NFL Draft – the guy’s bar is set at Hall of Fame.
The only real knock is that he was erased when teams devoted the entire offensive gameplan to slow him down. When coaches are saying that an Ohio State defensive end is a better player and next-level prospect than a Bosa, you listen.
Who Has This Pick? Cincinnati
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PHOTO CREDITS: Joe Burrow Credit: Derick E. Hingle; Chase Young Jeff Okudah Credit: Joe Maiorana; Isaiah Simmons Credit: Adam Hagy; Tua Tagovailoa Credit: Reinhold Matay; Justin Herbert Credit: Russ Isabella; NFL Logo Credit: Kirby Lee; Derrick Brown Credit: Douglas DeFelice; CeeDee Lamb Credit: Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports