18 Sep 2020

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John Vogel’s Final 2020 NFL Draft Prospect Rankings

COLUMBUS, OH - AUGUST 31: Jeff Okudah #1 of the Ohio State Buckeyes defends against the Florida Atlantic Owls at Ohio Stadium on August 31, 2019 in Columbus, Ohio. (Photo by Jamie Sabau/Getty Images)

It’s been a very long road to this point. This has been over seven months of tape analysis, a trip to Mobile, Alabama for the Senior Bowl (shoutout to Jim Nagy, thank you again for that opportunity and making that happen), countless conversations and debates with my colleagues to reach this point: My final prospect rankings and Big Board.

I would like to thank this wonderful team at DraftRite, you guys have been awesome and I’m proud of the many friendships that we have made so far in this process. I want to shoutout to some special people who have really helped me along the path, this year especially, Thor Nystrom over at Rotoworld, Mark Schofield and Michael Kist at SB Nation, Donnie Druin at Sports Illustrated, Brad Kelly at Cover 1/PFN, and Bryan Perez at NBC Sports. I can’t begin to get into all of the other names who have conversed, influenced me, and really made this process a joy. A ton of names that first come to mind, Erik Hindenburg, Nate Williamson, Tyler Browning, Jake Schyvinck, Mark Jarvis, Alex Barnett, Michael Diffin, AngryNFLScoutVet, Allan Bell, Bill Carroll, Russell Brown, Mike Schneid, David Creekmur, Donovan James, and so many more that I could go on and on with. Thank you all!

I’m going to keep a lot of the analysis simple, and highlight certain players throughout that I would like to better spotlight throughout the piece. Let’s get down to business.

Positional Rankings

I think it’s best to start with the positional rankings before we get into the final Big Board. I’ve gone old school style, and instead of incorporating rounds to the players, I’ve added them into the level of immediate impact.

Instant Impact: Impact starters immediately, high valued guys.

Low Impact: Starters straight off the board, either lacking tools or needing polish. Regardless, they are still valuable players from year one.

Future Impact: Guys that I wouldn’t expect to impact in year one, but have upside to become valuable starters in year two or three.

Project: These guys have tools, but a lot of work cut out to be impact players in the league. Long term development guys.

Low Priority: The rest of the class. Priority UDFA that I wouldn’t think too much of drafting.

Quarterbacks

Instant Impact
1. Joe Burrow, LSU
2. Tua Tagovailoa, Alabama

These are the two clear cut guys in the class. Tua graded out better from the tape, but the injury concerns do prevent him from being the favorite over Joe Burrow. It’s really a pick your cake kind of choice between these two.

Dec 7, 2019; Arlington, TX, USA; Oklahoma Sooners quarterback Jalen Hurts (1) throws a pass against the Baylor Bears in the first quarter in the 2019 Big 12 Championship Game at AT&T Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports

Spotlight: Jalen Hurts, Oklahoma
Jalen is one of the “wild cards” in this class, the 2019 Heisman runner up, and my favorite quarterback prospect in this class. A transfer from Alabama, Hurts has shown massive improvement as a passer over the last two seasons, refining his mechanics tremendously and bringing an extremely athletic profile to the table. He’s not a perfect prospect yet, but I see a lot of upside still in his game that allows room for him to grow in the right system.

Low Impact
3. Jalen Hurts, Oklahoma
4. Justin Herbert, Oregon
5. Jake Fromm, Georgia

Future Impact
6. Jordan Love, Utah State
7. Jacob Eason, Washington

Project:
8. Nate Stanley, Iowa
9. Anthony Gordon, Washington State
10. James Morgan, FIU
11. Shea Patterson, Michigan

Low Priority:
12. Cole McDonald, Hawaii
13. Brian Lewerke, Michigan State
14. Tyler Huntley, Utah
15. Steven Montez, Colorado
16. Mason Fine, North Texas
17. Kurt Rawlings, Yale
18. Jake Luton, Oregon State
19. Deondre Francois, Hampton
20. Josh Love, San Jose State
21. Kevin Davidson, Princeton
22. Tommy Stephens, Mississippi State

Running Backs

Instant Impact:
1. D’Andre Swift, Georgia
2. Jonathan Taylor, Wisconsin

Jonathan Taylor is a great player, please don’t get that wrong, but D’Andre Swift offers so much more in terms of versatility, something that is preferred in the modern NFL. Taylor is a great runner, but I love what Swift brings to the table in terms of a receiver. Both are going to be great players in the league.

Low Impact:
3. Clyde Edwards-Helaire, LSU
4. JK Dobbins, Ohio State
5. Cam Akers, Florida State

Spotlight: RB Pete Guerriero, Monmouth
Pete Guerriero has a fantastic interview that he did with me in which he revealed that he has always been considered an underdog. He arrived at Monmouth on a Track scholarship and walked onto the football team. He broke conference records as a freshman in the Conference Championship for the track, running a 10.63-second 100-meter dash. He’s got that speed on tape and offers ample support as both a receiver as well as a blocker. He’s one of the more unsung heroes of this class.

Future Impact:
6. Zack Moss, Utah
7. AJ Dillon, Boston College
8. Lamical Perine, Florida
9. Anthony McFarland, Maryland
10. LeVante Bellamy, Western Michigan
11. Deejay Dallas, Miami (Fl)
12. Pete Guerriero, Monmouth
13. Darrynton Evans, Appalachian State
14. Joshua Kelley, UCLA
15. Eno Benjamin, Arizona State

Project:
16. Ke’Shawn Vaughn, Vanderbilt
17. JJ Taylor, Arizona
18. JaMycal Hasty, Baylor
19. James Robinson, Illinois State
20. Benny LeMay, Charlotte
21. Michael Warren, Cincinnati
22. Darius Anderson, TCU
23. Javon Leake, Maryland
24. Salvon Ahmed, Washington
25. Patrick Taylor Jr, Memphis
26. Adrian Killins Jr, UCF

Low Priority:
27. Scottie Phillips, Ole Miss
28. Tony Jones, Notre Dame
29. Brian Herrian, Memphis
30. Reggie Corbin, Illinois
31. Rico Dowdle, South Carolina
32. Ty’Son Williams, BYU
33. Raymond Calais, Louisiana
34. Rodney Smith, Minnesota
35. Moe Neal, Syracuse
36. Jason Huntley, New Mexico State
37. Tavien Feaster, South Carolina
38. Artavis Pierce, Oregon State

Wide Receivers

Instant Impact:
1. CeeDee Lamb, Oklahoma
2. Jerry Jeudy, Alabama
3. Henry Ruggs III, Alabama

Low Impact:
4. Denzel Mims, Baylor
5. Brandon Aiyuk, Arizona State
6. Justin Jefferson, LSU
7. Jalen Reagor, TCU
8. Devin Duvernay, Texas
9. Michael Pittman Jr, USC
10. James Proche, SMU

Sep 2, 2019; Louisville, KY, USA; Notre Dame Fighting Irish wide receiver Chase Claypool (83) runs the ball against the Louisville Cardinals during the second half at Cardinal Stadium. Notre Dame defeated Louisville 35-17. Mandatory Credit: Jamie Rhodes-USA TODAY Sports

Spotlight: Chase Claypool, Notre Dame
Chase Claypool is originally from Canada and was able to earn himself a scholarship at Notre Dame. An athletic freak, Claypool tested off the charts in February at the NFL Combine, showing explosive abilities as well as straight-line speed. He’s a project because his hands and route-running haven’t been nearly consistent enough, but Claypool offers NFL teams a lot in terms of versatility as well as potential.

Future Impact:
11. Antonio Gandy-Golden, Liberty
12. Bryan Edwards, South Carolina
13. Tee Higgins, Clemson
14. Isaiah Hodgins, Oregon State
15. Chase Claypool, Notre Dame
16. Collin Johnson, Texas
17. KJ Hill, Ohio State
18. Jeff Thomas, Miami (Fl)
19. Jauan Jennings, Tennessee
20. Tyler Johnson, Minnesota
21. Van Jefferson, Florida
22. Gabriel Davis, UCF
23. Kendrick Rogers, Texas A&M
24. Kalija Lipscomb, Vanderbilt
25. Laviska Shenault, Colorado

Project:
26. KJ Hamler, Penn State
27. Quartney Davis, Texas A&M
28. Lynn Bowden Jr, Kentucky
29. Juwan Johnson, Oregon
30. Quintez Cephus, Wisconsin
31. Donovan Peoples-Jones, Michigan
32. Antonio Gibson, Memphis
33. Tyrie Cleveland, Florida
34. Marquez Calloway, Tennessee
35. Dezmon Patmon, Washington State
36. Quez Watkins, Southern Miss
37. Darnell Mooney, Tulane
38. John Hightower, Boise State
39. Aaron Parker, Rhode Island
40. Cody White, Michigan State
41. Omar Bayless, Arkansas State
42. Binjimen Victor, Ohio State
43. Mason Kinsey, Berry (GA)

The University of Michigan football team hosts Ohio State at Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor, MI. on Nov 25, 2017

Spotlight: Donovan Peoples-Jones, Michigan
A lot of people wonder why I am so low on Donovan Peoples-Jones. There are several reasons. One, he was supposed to be this athletic monster who dominated football games. We never saw it consistently in college. Two, he dominated the Combine, but couldn’t dominate college cornerbacks. Lastly, he doesn’t have good hands and struggled tremendously with drops and muffs on punt returns. Ball security is an issue with him and he’s a prospect that I consider to be a project.

Low Priority:
44. JJ Koski, Cal-Poly
45. KJ Osborne, Miami (Fl)
46. Austin Mack, Ohio State
47. Chris Finke, Notre Dame
48. Isaiah Wright, Temple
49. Josh Hammond, Florida
50. Stephen Guildry, Mississippi State
51. Joe Reed, Virginia
52. Tony Brown, Colorado
53. Jordan McCray, Oklahoma State
54. Nick Westbrook, Indiana
55. Josh Hammond, Florida
56. Chris Rowland, Tennessee State
57. Ja’Marcus Bradley, Louisiana
58. Earnest Edwards V, Maine

Tight Ends

Instant Impact:
1. Adam Trautman, Dayton

Low Impact:
2. Harrison Bryant, Florida Atlantic
3. Brycen Hopkins, Purdue
4. Cole Kmet, Notre Dame
5. Stephen Sullivan, LSU

Spotlight: Stephen Sullivan, LSU
Stephen Sullivan was the odd man out in the LSU offense last season, TE2 on the roster behind Thaddeus Moss, Sullivan didn’t see much action on the field due to the offense primarily operating out of a 13 package, which only allows 1 tight end on the field. A converted wide receiver, Sullivan is smart, runs excellent routes and is an instant impact player as a receiver. He’s still learning the position and is working tremendously on his blocking. He had an incredibly impressive Senior Bowl week and I like him more than I like most tight ends in this class.

Future Impact:
6. Thaddeus Moss, LSU
7. Hunter Bryant, Washington
8. Jacob Breeland, Oregon
9. Cheyenne O’Grady, Arkansas
10. Josiah Deguara, Cincinnati

Project:
11. Colby Parkinson, Stanford
12. Devin Asiasi, UCLA
13. Albert Okwuegbunam, Missouri
14. Mitchell Wilcox, USF
15. Charlie Taumoepeau, Portland State
16. Giovanni Ricci, Western Michigan

Low Priority:
17. Eli Wolf, Georgia
18. Jared Pinkney, Vanderbilt
19. Dominick Wood-Anderson, Tennessee
20. Dalton Keene, Virginia Tech
21. Rashod Berry, Ohio State

Offensive Tackles

Instant Impact:
1. Jed Wills Jr, Alabama
2. Andrew Thomas, Georgia
3. Tristan Wirfs, Iowa
4. Mekhi Becton, Louisville

Low Impact:
5. Josh Jones, Houston
6. Lucan Niang, TCU
7. Prince Tega Wanogho, Auburn
8. Matt Peart, UConn
9. Ben Bartch, St. Johns (MN)
10. Isaiah Wilson, Georgia

Spotlight: Matt Peart, UConn
Matt Peart was my favorite tackle to watch in this class. The 6’5″ 310 pound monster from Jamaica, Peart plays with that same kind of style. Relaxed, effortless and he’s extremely athletic. Peart plays well in both the run and the pass (better as a pass blocker) which leads me to believe that he would be better off in a pass-first system. I think he’s a potential All-Pro kind of guy when in the right place.

Future Impact:
11. Jack Driscoll, Auburn
12. Robert Hunt, Louisiana
13. Saahdiq Charles, LSU
14. Ezra Cleveland, Boise State
15. Hakeem Adeniji, Kansas
16. Trey Adams, Washington

Project:
17. Terence Steele, Texas Tech
18. Colton McKivitz, West Virginia
19. Tremayne Anchrum, Clemson
20. Charlie Heck, North Carolina
21. Alex Taylor, South Carolina State
22. Justin Herron, Wake Forest
23. Kyle Murphy, Rhode Island
24. Austin Jackson, USC
25. Matt Womack, Alabama

Low Priority:
26. Drew Richmond, USC
27. Yasir Durant, Missouri
28. Alex Givins, Ole Miss

Interior Offensive Linemen

Instant Impact:
1. Damien Lewis, LSU
2. Matt Hennessey, Temple
3. Lloyd Cushenberry, LSU

Spotlight: Ben Bredeson, Michigan
Ben Bredeson is a traditional left guard. Powerful, athletic enough to move in space, and a mauler in every sense of the word. Despite that, he plays smart, which some NFL teams will find very intriguing. He fits in both aspects of the offense and is a good blindside protector, and will offer ample support to any offense as early as year two.

Low Impact:
4. Ben Bredeson, Michigan
5. Logan Stenberg, Kentucky
6. Cesar Ruiz, Michigan
7. Netane Muti, Fresno State
8. Tyre Phillips, Mississippi State

Future Impact:
9. Tyler Biadasz, Wisconsin
10. Shane Lemieux, Oregon
11. John Simspon, Clemson
12. Jonah Jackson, Ohio State
13. Zach Shackelford, Texas
14. Kevin Dotson, Louisiana
15. Darryl Williams, Mississippi State
16. Solomon Kindley, Georgia

Project:
17. Tre’Vour Simms-Wallace, Missouri
18. Tyler Higby, Michigan State
19. Zach Sammartino, Dartmouth
20. Nick Harris, Washington
21. Trystan Colon-Castillo, Missouri
22. Keith Ismael, San Diego State
23. Jon Runyan, Michigan
24. Zach Larsen, Southern Utah
25. Jake Hansen, Oregon
26. Sean Pollard, Clemson

Low Priority:
27. Simon Stepaniak, Indiana
28. Josh Knipfel, Iowa State
29. Michael Onwenu, Michigan
30. Donnell Stanley, South Carolina
31. Nick Buchanon, Florida
32. Danny Pinter, Ball State

Interior Defensive Linemen

Instant Impact:
1. Derrick Brown, Auburn
2. Javon Kinlaw, South Carolina

Low Impact:
3. Neville Gallimore, Oklahoma
4. Raekwon Davis, Alabama
5. Leki Fotu, Utah
6. Ross Blacklock, TCU

Jan 13, 2020; New Orleans, Louisiana, USA; LSU Tigers defensive lineman Rashard Lawrence (90) reacts after a play during the third quarter in the College Football Playoff national championship game at Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Mandatory Credit: Chuck Cook-USA TODAY Sports

Spotlight: Rashard Lawrence, LSU
Rashard Lawrence was a difference-maker on a very good defense at LSU. When LSU went to Texas in week two of the 2019 season, Lawrence came in and out of the line-up as he dealt with an ankle injury most of the game. There was a distinct difference in how the defense played when he was on the field. He’s a valuable space eater, and because of his injury history, I think it holds him back from being drafted higher in this class.

Future Impact:
7. Justin Madibuike, Texas A&M
8. Jordan Elliot, Missouri
9. Rashard Lawrence, LSU
10. Robert Windsor, Penn State
11. Raekwon Williams, Michigan State

Project:
12. DaVon Hamilton, Ohio State
13. James Lynch, Baylor
14. Bravvion Roy, Baylor
15. Teair Tart, FIU
16. McTevin Agim, Arkansas
17. Benito Jones, Ole Miss
18. Darrion Daniels, Nebraska
19. Josiah Coatney, Ole Miss
20. Garrett Marino, UAB
21. Malcolm Roach, Texas

Low Priority:
22. Nick Coe, Auburn
23. Jason Strowbridge, North Carolina
24. Larrell Murchison, North Carolina State
25. Broderick Washington, Texas Tech
26. Robert Landers, Ohio State
27. Carlos Davis, Nebraska
28. Khalil Davis, Nebraska

EDGE Rushers

Instant Impact:
1. Chase Young, Ohio State
2. K’Lavon Chaisson, LSU

Low Impact:
3. AJ Epenesa, Iowa
4. Bradlee Anae, Utah
5. Curtis Weaver, Boise State
6. Darrell Taylor, Tennessee

Spotlight: Darrell Taylor, Tennessee
You can blame the Tennessee homer in me, but Darrell Taylor is a good football player. He’s a pass rusher who can impact the backfield at will and a run defender in his own right. He’s versatile too, able to play edge in a 3-4 or a 4-3 set. I love his untapped potential too, and the flashes that he showed were extraordinary.

Future Impact:
7. Jabari Zuniga, Florida
8. Josh Uche, Michigan
9. Julian Okwara, Notre Dame
10. Khalid Kareem, Notre Dame
11. Yetur Gross-Matos, Penn State
12. Zack Baun, Wisconsin
13. Alex Highsmith, Charlotte
14. Trevis Gipson, Tulsa
15. Jonathan Greenard, Florida
16. Kenny Willikes, Michigan State
17. Derrick Tuszka, North Dakota State

Project:
18. Alton Robinson, Syracuse
19. Marlon Davidson, Auburn
20. Chauncy Rivers, Mississippi State
21. DJ Wonnum, South Carolina
22. Jonathan Garvin, Miami (Fl)
23. Anfernee Jennings, Alabama
24. Reggie Walker, Kansas State
25. Terrell Lewis, Alabama

Low Priority:
26. Trevon Hill, Miami (Fl)
27. Kendall Coleman, Syracuse
28. Carter Coughlin, Minnesota
29. Tipa Galeai, Utah State
30. LaDarius Hamilton, North Texas
31. Olewolu Betiku Jr, Illinois
32. Joe Gazziano, Northwestern
33. James Smith-Williams, North Carolina State

Linebackers

Instant Impact:
1. Akeem Davis Gaither, Appalachian State
2. Kenneth Murray, Oklahoma

Low Impact:
3. Patrick Queen, LSU
4. Jordyn Brooks, Texas Tech
5. Willie Gay Jr, Mississippi State
6. Francis Bernard, Utah
7. Evan Weaver, California

Spotlight: Willie Gay Jr, Mississippi State
Willie Gay Jr is a special playmaker when he’s on the field. Unfortunately, he needs to learn how to behave. He missed eight games last season due to academic misdemeanors and got into a fistfight with the team’s quarterback days before the Music City Bowl after practice. He’s arguably the fastest linebacker in the class and is extraordinary in space.

Future Impact:
8. Markus Bailey, Purdue
9. Logan Wilson, Wyoming
10. Jacob Phillips, LSU
11. Troy Dye, Oregon
12. David Woodward, Utah State
13. Dante Olson, Montana
14. Malik Harrison, Ohio State

Project:
15. Cam Brown, Penn State
16. Justin Strnad, Wake Forest
17. Mykal Walker, Fresno State
18. Cam Gil, Wagner
19. Davion Taylor, Colorado
20. Kamal Martin, Minnesota
21. Michael Divinity Jr, LSU
22. Jordan Mack, Virginia

Low Priority:
23. Cale Garrett, Missouri
24. Shaun Bradley, Temple
25. Shaquille Quarterman, Miami (Fl)
26. DeJon Harris, Arkansas
27. Joe Bachie, Michigan State
28. TJ Brunson, South Carolina
29. Daniel Bituli, Tennessee
30. Azur Kamara, Kansas

Cornerbacks

Instant Impact:
1. Jeffrey Okudah, Ohio State

Low Impact:
2. Jeff Gladney, TCU
3. Kristian Fulton, LSU
4. Cameron Dantzler, Mississippi State
5. Trevon Diggs, Alabama
6. Bryce Hall, Virginia
7. AJ Terrell, Clemson
8. CJ Henderson, Florida
9. Dane Jackson, Pittsburgh

Spotlight: Cameron Dantzler, Mississippi State
Cameron Dantzler is a very talented press/man corner and was a shutdown guy at Mississippi State. While his combine performance was less than impressive and quite underwhelming, his tape shows good instincts and physicality that make him a nuisance in his own right. I think he has massive upside, and still has room to add to his frame, that will make him even better in run defense in the flat than he already provides.

Future Impact:
10. Noah Igbinoghene, Auburn
11. Javaris Davis, Auburn
12. Reid Harrison-Ducros, Duquesne
13. AJ Green, Oklahoma State
14. Damon Arnette, Ohio State
15. Darnay Holmes, UCLA
16. Jaylon Johnson, Utah
17. Reggie Robinson II, Tulsa
18. Troy Pride Jr, Notre Dame

Project:
19. Essang Bassey, Wake Forest
20. Amik Robertson, Louisiana Tech
21. Lavert Hill, Michigan
22. Harrison Hand, Temple
23. Josiah Scott, Michigan State
24. Kindle Vildor, Georgia Southern
25. Michael Ojemudia, Iowa
26. Trajan Bandy, Miami (Fl)
27. Stanford Samuels III, Florida State
28. Javelin Guildry, Utah
29. Lamar Jackson, Nebraska
30. Darius Williams, Carson-Newman
31. Myles Bryant, Washington
32. Levonta Taylor, Florida State
33. Nevelle Clark, UCF
34. John Reid, Penn State

Spotlight: Kindle Vildor, Georgia Southern
Kindle Vildor’s tape is a lot of fun to watch. He’s a physical man corner, plays great press coverage, and offers a lot of support in the run game. I consider him a project because he’s very raw, and needs a lot of fine-tuning in his technique. That being said, he has great upside and could be one of the hidden gems of this draft.

Low Priority:
35. DeMarkus Acy, Missouri
36. Parnell Motley, Oklahoma
37. Keith Washington, West Virginia
38. Chris Williamson, Minnesota
39. Ray Buford Jr, New Mexico State

Safeties

Instant Impact:
1. Isaiah Simmons, Clemson

Low Impact:
2. Xavier McKinney, Alabama
3. Grant Delpit, LSU
4. Kyle Dugger, Lenoir-Rhyne
5. Jeremy Chinn, Southern Illinois
6. Ashtyn Davis, California
7. Antoine Winfield Jr, Minnesota

Spotlight: Grant Delpit, LSU
Grant Delpit is one hell of a football player. Very instinctive in the back-end, and very intelligent, Delpit offers good coverage from the back-end. There are some issues, of course. For example, Delpit will take poor tackling angles quite often. Many times he will under pursue the play. I think once he gets a coach to work out those kinks, he’s a potential perennial pro-bowler.

Future Impact:
8. Terrell Burgess, Utah
9. JR Reed, Georgia
10. Julian Blackmon, Utah
11. Kenny Robinson, West Virginia (XFL)
12. Brandon Jones, Texas
13. K’Von Wallace, Clemson
14. Jared Mayden, Alabama

Projects:
15. Jordan Fuller, Ohio State
16. Jalen Elliot, Notre Dame
17. Josh Mettellus, Michigan
18. Rodney Clemons, SMU
19. Alohi Gillman, Notre Dame
20. Grayland Arnold, Baylor
21. Antoine Brooks Jr, Maryland
22. Brian Cole II, Mississippi State

Low Priority:
23. Jeremiah Dinson, Auburn
24. Jaylinn Hawkins, California
25. Shyheim Carter, Alabama
26. Daniel Thomas, Auburn
27. Geno Stone, Iowa
28. Myles Dorn, North Carolina
29. Kamren Curl, Arkansas
30. Tanner Muse, Clemson
31. Jaquarius Landrews, Mississippi State
32. Reggie Floyd, Virginia Tech
33. Coray Williams, Wesley

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