27 Nov 2020

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Brett Gibbons’ 2020 Big Board – Week 13

There are mock drafts, and there are Big Boards. This does not reflect the order in which I believe players will be drafted, rather the list of the 32 best prospects in the 2020 NFL Draft.

  1. Chase Young (DL, Ohio State)Undoubtably the best player in this draft. Suspension or not, he’s the closest a true defensive player’s been to the Heisman since Tyrann Matthieu. Young is a dynamic game-changer and has potential to be the next truly great NFL pass rusher.
  2. Joe Burrow (QB, LSU) – Edges Tua now since their head-to-head matchup Week 11 and injury to Tua. Polished passer with deceptive athletic ability. The best QB prospect by a slim margin. Probable Heisman winner.
  3. Andrew Thomas (OT, Georgia)Offensive linemen are hard to come by in this draft class, and Thomas is head-and-shoulders better than the competition. Easy top-5 prospect who will be scooped up by a smart organization in rebuild (Giants).
  4. AJ Epenesa (EDGE, Iowa) – The No. 1 most coveted pass rusher going into the 2019 season and has only been overshadowed by the outrageous dominance of Chase Young.
  5. Grant Delpit (SAF, LSU) – Stud talent is the next great DB prospect out of LSU. The long, long line continues and has no end in sight.
  6. Jeffery Okudah (CB, Ohio State) – Ohio State puts another one in the league. Rangy, great in man-to-man. Okudah has been called on all year when a WR1 needed to be taken out of the game plan.
  7. Derrick Brown (DT, Auburn) – The best interior lineman in the draft. Physically imposing, stacks up physically against most NFL linemen (6′ 5, 325)
  8. Jerry Jeudy (WR, Alabama) – Some mock drafts projected Jeudy in the top 5. Top-5 WR’s since 2012: Corey Davis, Amari Cooper, Sammy Watkins, Justin Blackmon). In short, it rarely pays off.
  9. Isaiah Simmons (LB, Clemson) – Simmons was instrumental in torturing Notre Dame in the 2018 CFP Semifinal and in Dexter Lawrence’s absence. This earned him a massive role in Clemson’s (somehow) better defense.
  10. CeeDee Lamb (WR, Oklahoma) – Talk about a burner. CeeDee Lamb is one of the most dangerous WRs in college football. Off the heels of Hollywood Brown, Lamb should be a coveted WR that is the most dangerous after the catch.
  11. Jalen Hurts (QB, Oklahoma) – Off the success of Lamar Jackson in the NFL, teams won’t shy away from pursuing Hurts. He’s shown dynamic playmaking ability, something that’s coveted in the NFL a la Mahomes and Jackson, though I doubt his decision-making ability.
  12. Jonathan Taylor (RB, Wisconsin) – In many projections, Taylor barely sneaks in the first round. Monte Ball still scares some, I suppose. Taylor is a dynamic back capable of being a top-5 NFL rusher. He won’t be taken in the top 15, but that’s not to say he isn’t a top 15 prospect.
  13. Justin Herbert (QB, Oregon) – Call me crazy, but the former No. 1 prospect doesn’t crack the top 10 for me. He has great decision-making and the stature of a pro, but often misses high on throws over the middle of the field. You can miss left, right, or low. But a high miss over the middle of the field almost always results in the turnover. Don’t downplay the importance of this major flaw (see: Dewayne Haskins’ 2019 NFL campaign)
  14. Javon Kinlaw (DT, South Carolina) – Compared to recent drafts, teams in need of defensive linemen should opt to punt until next year. Kinlaw is a must-have and is one of the lone bright spots in an overall disappointing South Carolina team.
  15. Tyler Biadasz (OC, Wisconsin) – The list of successful 1st-round Badgers on the offensive line in the NFL is exhaustive. Notably: Ryan Ramczyk, Travis Frederick, Kevin Zeitler, and Joe Thomas.
  16. Tristan Wirfs (OT, Iowa) – A high-level 4-star coming out of high school, and truly an elite lineman. Though he’s not the most physically-imposing tackle (6’ 4, 290), Wirfs makes up for in using leverage and excellent technique. He’s a dominant run blocker and a sufficient pass protector.
  17. Kristian Fulton (CB, LSU) – To the credit of LSU, Fulton is arguably the 3rd best DB on that team. In fact, he’s not even the top DB draft prospect from LSU this year. However, the senior ranks 3rd in the SEC in passes defended (9).
  18. CJ Henderson (CB, Florida) – After recording 6 interceptions in his first 2 years at Florida, Henderson is suffering from quarterbacks not targeting his side of the field. That hasn’t stopped him from ranking 2nd in the SEC in passes defended (10).
  19. Trevon Diggs (CB, Alabama) – Diggs leads the Crimson Tide in interceptions (3) and has recovered 2 fumbles. His 5 combined turnovers lead the SEC. On top of that, Diggs has scored 2 defensive touchdowns. Diggs is good size (6’ 2, 207), and even played some limited WR his freshman year.
  20. Alex Leatherwood (OL, Alabama) – Leatherwood is one of the best high school prospects not just on the team, but in the nation. At 6’ 6, 320 pounds, he’s the 68th– ranked high school All-Time at any position by 247Sports. It goes without saying that this man has a long, prosperous NFL career ahead of him.
  21. Laviska Shenault (WR, Colorado) – Shenault is a great possession receiver. Not the fastest or biggest WR on the field, but would work excellently in systems designed for possession WRs (Arizona, New England). Pro comp to Larry Fitzgerald, hair and all.
  22. Raekwon Davis (DL, Alabama) – 6’ 7, 310 pounds. That’s about all you need to know about Davis, who made a name for himself in 2017 with 8.5 sacks and 10 tackles for loss. Davis affects the game by demanding extra blockers.
  23. Yetur Gross-Matos (EDGE, Penn State) – Gross-Matos is the prototypical defensive end. 6’ 5, 265, fast, powerful, and always needing to be accounted for. He’s leading one of the top rushing defenses in the nation and has picked up 6.5 sacks along the way.
  24. D’Andre Swift (RB, Georgia) – At points throughout his career and the offseason, D’Andre Swift was hailed as a top-5 pick. Although RB2 in the draft is nothing to be ashamed of, Swift is talked about far less than he used to be. 18th in rushing yards is probably not where he expected to be through 10 games.
  25. Henry Ruggs III (WR, Alabama) – Not the biggest player (6′, 190), and one that has recorded just 2 games of 100+ yards. He has more games of 2 or less catches in 2019 (3). However, target share is tough at Alabama. Ruggs could find his niche as a strong returnman.
  26. Tee Higgins (WR, Clemson) – Can someone say “Mike Williams 2.0”? Williams recorded 13 TDs in 2018 for the Chargers (0 in 2019 so far), but he hasn’t shaped up to be the dynamic playmaker he looked like at Clemson. Not a bad prospect, but a terribly overrated one. Soft defenses and one of the best QBs in the nation helps.
  27. Paulson Adebo (CB, Stanford) – One of the lone bright spots on Stanford’s 2019 team, Adebo has nabbed 4 interceptions in 2019 (T-9). He’s also a physical player, ranking 6th on the team in tackles so far. Adebo is a great multi-talented DB with decent size (6’ 1, 190).
  28. Bryce Hall (CB, Virginia) – Hall received the most votes among defenders for the All-ACC preseason team. He’s been dealing with injuries in 2019, but ranked 1st in passes defended in the nation in 2018. Hall’s numbers in games he’s played have declined, but due to teams not targeting his side of the field.
  29. Kenneth Murray (LB, Oklahoma) – In 2018, Murray eclipsed 150 tackles, including 12.5 for a loss. In 2019, Murray sits 10th in Big 12 tackles (70) and tackles for loss (9.5). At 6’ 2, 245, Murray is the ideal linebacker for an NFL team with tremendous potential.
  30. Marvin Wilson (DL, Florida State) – Before missing the tail end of the 2019 season, Wilson recorded 8.5 tackles for loss and 5 sacks in 9 games. Above all, Wilson takes up space in gaps (6’ 5, 311). He is a little lethargic getting off the ball, but utilizes his size well to win matchups.
  31. Dylan Moses (LB, Alabama) – Another player whose stock falls off a cliff due to injury. Moses will be picked up by a good team and turned into a stud, but his injury is of serious concern.
  32. Tyler Johnson (WR, Minnesota) – Tyler Johnson is the closest talent to Julio Jones and Calvin Johnson in the nation. Despite an average build, Johnson plays like he is 6’5 and has the speed necessary to still be a burner. The only thing keeping Johnson from being a top-15 draft pick is him being overshadowed by playing in Minnesota.
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