We are just a few days removed from the conclusion to the 2019 NFL Draft. It, of course, had its highs and lows, with one of the highs it finally ended. This draft for the 2019 rookies had much of its value placed on landing spots, with a lot of players having their value destroyed based on where they were drafted.
This means we are onto the 2020 NFL draft and its gold mine of devy and future rookie talent. Many of the names in this upcoming draft class should be landing spot proof. We have actual future number one wide receivers and running backs along with franchise quarterbacks.
This list should serve a keystone in your mind in acquiring 2020 draft picks for that draft. I stress this is because I would take 10 of the players I'm about to name ahead of anyone in this 2019 class. If we were to hold to a 2019/2020 devy/rookie draft today, there’s a strong chance the entire first round would be made up of 2020 players.
While the draft may be in Las Vegas next year, but unlike this year's crop of rookie drafts we will be experiencing, it won't be a game of roulette with landing spots or talent.
Disclaimer: These are not my specific rankings but rather tiers of players. I will have a better idea on grades later this summer.
- Jerry Jeudy, WR, Alabama
- Elite talent, great route runner with electric feet to separate from defenders.
- Laviska Shenault, WR, Colorado
- Best hands in this draft to go with a great character which teams will love.
- Tee Higgins, WR, Clemson
- Getting overshadowed by freshman sensation Justyn Ross but he should be getting just as much if not more love for his talent.
- Jonathan Taylor, RB, Wisconsin
- A true bell-cow back for any NFL team, but needs to develop pass-catching. This will come in time.
- Travis Etienne, RB, Clemson
- A solid all-around back who still has plenty of tread left on the tires and unlikely to be run into the ground this year.
- J.K. Dobbins, RB, Ohio State
- Had a down year as Mike Weber excelled, but his talent is one not to forget and should reemerge once the season kicks off.
- D’Andre Swift, RB, Georgia
- A lot of people’s RB1 coming into the year, Swift has the power of Nick Chubb and the agility and pass-catching of Sony Michel. A perfect Georgia running back.
- Ke’Shawn Vaughn, RB, Wake Forest
- An under the radar runner who thrived despite a tough SEC schedule and is an explosive playmaker.
- CeeDee Lamb, WR, Oklahoma
- The best receiver at Oklahoma this past year including recently drafted Marquise Brown.
- Tylan Wallace, WR, Oklahoma State
- A finalist for the Biletnikoff Award this past year, look for him to be a finalist again.
- AJ Dillon, RB, Boston College
- Big body runner with Leonard Fournette type of frame and style
- Eno Benjamin, RB, Arizona State
- Smaller frame but explosive out of the backfield rushing or receiving.
- Najee Harris, RB, Alabama
- 2020’s Josh Jacobs, not a lot of college production but should be the bell-cow for ‘Bama this year.
- Jalen Raegor, WR, TCU
- Josh Doctson 2.0 but with a better projection to the NFL.
- Henry Ruggs II, WR, Alabama
- The forgotten Alabama receiver, should have huge numbers feeding off of the scraps from Jeudy. Playmaking ability with a clutch gene to boot.
While ranking quarterbacks within skill position tiers is difficult due to the fluctuating value of quarterback from league to league, 2020 shapes up to be a once in a generation class. These five players I would take over any quarterback from 2019.
- Tua Tagovailoa, Alabama
- Justin Herbert, Oregon
- Jake Fromm, Georgia
- Jacob Eason, Washington
- K.J. Costello, Stanford