These are my top 32 players in the 2020 NFL Draft. I am not going to sit here and act like I grind through film during the draft process but I do watch a ton of football and constantly am reading/following it as well so I would like to think I have a good grasp of rankings.
1. Isaiah Simmons – LB – Clemson
The top 3 of my big board can be re-arranged in any order and I would not argue with it. Saying that I lean towards Isaiah Simmons being the best player in the draft. He can do it all and the value of a chess piece like that is tremendous in today’s NFL.
2. Chase Young – Edge – Ohio State
Chase Young has long been considered the cream of this year’s draft crop. He has elite physical tools, his upside is to be a future HOFer and his floor is a perennial 8+ sack pass rusher. Sounds worth the 2nd pick to me.
3. Joe Burrow – QB – LSU
Burrow is coming off the strongest season by a QB in NCAA history and is the best QB in the class. He is locked into going #1 to the Bengals right now as he should be. He has been compared to Tom Brady and while I think that is a little unfair to Burrow it shows how highly people think of him.
4. Jeff Okudah – CB – Ohio State
The best corner in the draft comes from Ohio State for the 3rd time in the past 4 drafts (Denzel Ward in 2018 and Marshon Lattimore in 2017). Okudah spent his time playing press man coverage the majority of his 2018 and 2019 seasons and in doing so allowed only a 26% completion percentage on throws over 10+ yards (H/T @PFF_AustinGayle on Twitter).
5. Tua Tagovailoa – QB – Alabama
If it wasn’t for his hip injury, there would probably be a legit argument between Tua and Burrow in this draft. Tua is insanely accurate and has a high football character. I see him getting drafted at least a few picks later than this spot but I think he’s worthy of being a top 5 selection, hip injury or not.
6. Derrick Brown – DT – Auburn
Brown is a beast on the interior and while he may never be a double digit sack guy he’s an elite disruptor that makes his presence felt all game long. Pushing his blockers right into the laps of the QB is something you see all the time if you watched Auburn play this season.
7. Patrick Queen – LB – LSU
In case you could not tell with me having Isaiah Simmons as the best player in the class than this ranking will show it, I LOVE do it all LBs. Queen was only a 1 year starter at LSU but his play last year was absolutely ridiculous. He flies around the field but is always under control. His critics say that he struggles against the run because he is “too small” however the truth is he is equally good against the run as he is against the pass.Any team that lands Queen is hitting an absolute home run.
8. Tristan Wirfs – OL – Iowa
Wirfs has been a stud OL for Iowa basically since stepping onto campus as a Freshman. He followed up the impressive on-field career with quite possibly the most impressive combine of any player in 2020. Pair both of those things together and you get the best OL in the class and a top 10 pick.
9. Henry Ruggs III – WR – Alabama
Ruggs is a straight up burner. He ran 4.27 at the combine and his game speed may even be faster than that. Ruggs is not just a burner though, he has legitimate WR skills to go with the elite level speed. He is going to be a nightmare to cover in the NFL. It’s the easy comparison but picture Tyreek Hill without the off-field concerns.
10. Jerry Jeudy – WR – Alabama
Back-to-back ‘Bama WRs and it feels straight-up wrong to not have Jeudy as the best WR in the class but that just shows how loaded this class is. Jeudy is a top 5 pick in almost every other draft but with this class expect him to be available in the double digits.
11. CeeDee Lamb – WR – Oklahoma
Another WR to round out the top 10! I am a broken record at this point but Lamb is a top 5 talent in any other draft and I would have no complaints if someone had him ranked as the best WR in this class. Lamb is an incredible talent that is going to be a Pro-Bowl level player in the NFL.
12. Javon Kinlaw – DT – South Carolina
I love Kinlaw. I am a Florida Gator so I have seen my share of South Carolina games and Kinlaw is a freak. He is a little raw but I think he is going to be special in the NFL. He is quick and powerful and has a motor that never ends.
13. Jedrick Wills Jr. – OL – Alabama
The 4th Alabama player in my top 12. Willis is another elite level OT and is worthy of being considered the best OT in the class. I have him 12th on my board but I think he goes well before that in the draft. He played RT at Bama but I think he has all the tools to be a LT in the NFL.
14. CJ Henderson – CB – Florida
I think Henderson is a true #1 corner and while he may not be quite on Okudah’s level he isn’t too far behind. I think Henderson could go anywhere from 7-17.
15. Justin Jefferson – WR – LSU
Jefferson would be the best WR in most draft classes but this class I have him ranked 4th. Again just to show how stacked this class is. He’s an elite route runner that got open at will at LSU, his only question mark going into the draft process was his speed but he put that to rest when he ran 4.43 seconds in the 40-yard dash at the combine.
16. Justin Herbert – QB – Oregon
Justin Herbert very well may be the 3rd overall draft pick tonight but in my mind his talent level is more of the mid 1st round level. His positional value is ultimately what will cause him to be drafted so high. He does have a lot of talent but he does miss a lot of throws that he should make which worries me.
17. Mekhi Becton – OT – Louisville
Becton is a humongous human being. Listed at 6 feet 7 inches and weighing in at over 360 pounds. But saying that he moves like he is much smaller than that but still packs the punch you’d expect out of a guy his size. Having him at 17 feels way too low for him but I cant find any space for him above this.
18. Andrew Thomas – OT – Georgia
Thomas is probably the most “pro-ready” of the tackle prospects. I think he steps right into a teams starting tackle position with or without a proper offseason program.
19. Kenneth Murray – LB – Oklahoma
Murray is a missile on the field. He was impossible to miss when watching Oklahoma these past 2 seasons. He absolutely wreaked havoc every single game. He also will be a team captain very early in his career I can promise you that. He is just naturally a leader and a hell of a football player.
20. K’Lavon Chaisson – Edge Rusher – LSU
I didn’t love Chaisson at first during the draft process but the more I learned and saw the more I liked. He’s a leader that has elite athleticism and motor. He works every play and I think he is really just scratching the surface of what he can become.
21. Brandon Aiyuk – WR – Arizona State
I feel like I am repeating myself every time I talk about the WRs but it truly is ridiculous how good this class is. Aiyuk is my WR5 and I think he’d be a top 15 pick in most drafts, this year it isn’t even a lock that he goes in the 1st round. He is extremely similar to Deebo Samuel of the 49ers.
22. Yetur Gross-Matos – Edge Rusher – Penn State
Gross-Matos has a lot of tools that make him exciting as a prospect. He has some work to do but I think he could end up being a high end pass rusher in the NFL if all goes right.
23. Xavier McKinney – S – Alabama
McKinney is a rock solid football player. He may have never been a stand out at Bama but it is pretty hard to do that there. He will be a solid Safety in the NFL for close to a decade he just may never be “elite”.
24. Clyde Edwards-Helaire – RB – LSU
Edwards-Helaire is a perfect RB for the NFL today. He is a great pass catcher out of the backfield but is also a great ball carrier. I think he will be an almost immediate 3 down RB. LSU had so much talent on their offense last season which caused a lack of Edwards-Helaire hype.
25. D’Andre Swift – RB – Georgia
A lot of people have Swift as the best RB in the draft, I have him as a close 2nd. Swift was very productive at Georgia and showed a lot of burst and ability. Georgia continues their line of RBs to the NFL.
26. Jeremy Chinn – S/LB – Southern Illinois
Chinn is a great athlete that has experience playing both Safety and Linebacker. I do not see Chinn being a full time LB but he has the ability to go down there from time and time and always be there in passing situations. He’s a Swiss Army knife player that can be used to do a bunch of things.
27. AJ Terrell – CB – Clemson
Terrell is yet another Clemson CB that is marked for the 1st round. I like Terrell a lot, he’s a tall corner and the value of those today seem to be growing by the year.
28. Michael Pittman Jr. – WR – USC
Pittman is yet another 1st round quality WR. He is a big body that excels with 50/50 balls and using his frame to block out the corners. He also is special with the ball in his hands, he runs hard and fights for extra yards.
29. Jordan Love – QB – Utah State
Love has as much talent as any of the other QBs in this class. But he also makes a ton of mistakes mentally. He has a ways to go to get to his peak. Having him at 29 very well could make me look very dumb a couple years down the line but I will live with that.
30. Ross Blacklock – DT – TCU
I think Blacklock is a solid DT that has a lot of pass rush ability. I cant say I watched TCU much this past season but everyone I have read and listened to seem to love Blacklock thus I am sliding him in my big board here at the end of the 1st.
31. AJ Epenesa – Edge Rusher – Iowa
Epenesa will be a decade long player in the NFL. He is just a rock solid player that understands football. He has enough juice as a rusher to create some pressure but he has limited athleticism which in turn limits his potential as a pass rusher. He wins with power and technique which is why he will stick around for so long.
32. KJ Hamler – WR – Penn State
This is the highest I have seen Hamler. His size worries me a little bit but he has electric speed and ability with the ball in his hands. He adds value as a returner as well. I think whatever team lands him on Friday might have the steal of the draft on their hands.
By: Nick Rosen