We’re about one week away from the 2020 NFL Draft (cyber edition) and the anticipation is at it’s peak. At this point, we all probably have our favorite guys in this class which prompted me to highlight some of mine.
I figured I’d start with my top offensive prospects first, followed up with defensive guys later this week.
For the sake of debate, I decided to not include any of the 1st round locks like Joe Burrow and CeeDee Lamb, since the jury is pretty much in agreement with where they stand. It’s obvious I like both as NFL prospects.
Below are some less obvious guys that have caught my eye with their collegiate production and makeup as a NFL prospect. Please, let me know if any are on your favorites list and if not, let me hear yours!
Continuous improvement throughout his collegiate career, Jalen Hurts is hard not to like. His size + speed gives him the ability to extend plays, a lot like Russell Wilson does in Seattle. He’s a true threat on the ground.
Although he could use some more development as a pure passer, I think in a year or two he could become a pretty legit NFL Quarterback. I hope to see him land in a good system like New England or New Orleans where he could thrive.
Clyde Edwards-Helaire was a pillar in LSU’s quest for the National Championship. I’ve seen him ranked outside of the top 3 at his position in a lot of pre-draft talks due to his lack of explosiveness but I truly believe he’s RB1 or 2.
Helaire has an all-around game. He’s a proven pass-catcher out of the backfield and when he has the ball in his hands, his short and stocky frame makes him a tough guy to bring down.
Another guy that I like is Florida’s Lamical Perine. He’s an aggressive North/South runner who also has pass-catching ability out of the backfield. I believe his talents were a bit diminished in an underwhelming Gators offense but should come to fruition at the next level.
When it comes to the receivers, my three favorites outside of the obvious, all hail from the BIG10. Starting off with Ohio State’s K.J. Hill, he’s a savvy route runner with some of the most reliable hands in this class.
While being overlooked due to Ohio State’s abundance of playmakers on offense over the last few years, he quietly broke the school’s all-time receptions record. In my eyes, I think he’ll prove his worth as a premier slot receiver in the league.
My other two favorites include Minnesota’s Tyler Johnson and Quintez Cephus out of Wisconsin. Both possess plus size that should bode well for them at the next level in contested catch situations. Cephus in particular, is a great route technician, that creates space despite the top end speed he lacks.
In a rather weak class for this position, Colby Parkinson and Thaddeus Moss stand out to me. From a pure physical standpoint, Parkinson’s 6’7ft 250lb frame is eye popping. His ball skills as a pass catcher mixed in with his size will make him a dangerous red zone threat.
On the other hand, Moss is a solid all round prospect. He lacks top athleticism but thrives as an in-line blocker. I also believe his ball skills are good enough to make him a threat in underneath routes.
In the trenches, Matthew Peart and Jonah Jackson are two guys I really like. Peart, at offensive tackle, possesses ideal size but his athleticism is the thing that jumps out at you. His quick feet and lateral speed are just two things you can’t really teach at this position.
Jackson, an interior guy, made the most of his lone season with the Buckeyes. He isn’t going to throw defensive linemen out of his way but he’s also not gonna let them get by him. He’s a top notch pass protector that could be had on Day 2 of the draft.
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Jordan is the founder of Sports Are Philly and a graduate of Misericordia University.
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