Robert Garcia’s Top 40 2020 NFL Draft Prospects
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The 2020 NFL Draft is full of depth on the offensive line, at running back, and at the edge of the defensive line. There are some rare specimens like Clemson’s Isaiah Simmons, the top-rated player on my board, and a prospect that legitimately could play four to five positions on defense. LSU’s Joe Burrow put together about as memorable of a season at quarterback that I’ve ever witnessed. His athletic skills may be slightly somewhat average but his decision making is elite. Even then, no position is as stocked and talented as the wide receivers. This year’s class could rival the great wide receiver classes of 1988, 2001 and the insane class of 1996, led by Marvin Harrison and Terrell Owens.
I love this group! It has speed, athletic freaks, insane pass catchers, and prospects ready to make an impact on day one. This year’s group is led by Alabama’s Jerry Jeudy, who is as polished a wideout and route-runner as former Bama players, Julio Jones and Amari Cooper. Oklahoma’s CeeDee Lamb is dangerous after the catch, as his movement skills are second to none and he has big-game plays written all over him. Another Alabama product, Henry Ruggs, has world class speed, is another terror with the ball in his hands and will add another dimension to your kick return. My favorite receiver though is LSU’s Justin Jefferson. While some narrow-minded scouts have him labeled as a slot receiver, I see Jefferson’s game in line with current and former Vikings, Adam Thielen and Stefon Diggs. He can play inside and out, can take you deep and kill you across the middle of the field. Jefferson ran a 4.43 forty at the combine, killing any notions about his lack of deep speed.
All four players mentioned should have Pro Bowler attached to their names within three to four years and there could be as many as thirteen wideouts taken in the first two rounds!
Some of my other favorite players include Ohio State corner Jeff Okudah, who is a coverage demon. Auburn’s Derrick Brown has been nasty at defensive tackle and has a work ethic is unmatched. Minnesota safety Antoine Winfield Jr., is a Swiss army knife in the defensive backfield and brings a great football pedigree with him. Finally, Arizona State’s Brandon Aiyuk, is another dynamic playmaker at wide receiver who just needs to improve his route running.
I have some small concerns about Chase Young’s desire as he seemed to shut it down a bit as the season wore down for the Buckeyes. I expect four quarterbacks to be selected in the first round and don’t be surprised by another run on offensive tackles, with as many as six going in the first round.
I have highlighted my favorite players at each position, so without further ado, here is a look at my top 40 draft prospects for the 2020 NFL Draft.
My Top Four!
These players should be Pro Bowl players in the NFL.
1. Isaiah Simmons, LB/S - Clemson
2. Chase Young, DE – Ohio State
3. Jeff Okudah, CB – Ohio State
4. Derrick Brown, DT – Auburn
5. Jerry Jeudy, WR – Alabama
6. CeeDee Lamb, WR – Oklahoma
7. Joe Burrow, QB – LSU
8. Tua Tagovailoa, QB – Alabama
9. Javon Kinlaw, DT – South Carolina
10. Jedrick Wills, OT – Alabama
11. Henry Ruggs III, WR – Alabama
12. Mekhi Becton, OT – Louisville
13. Justin Jefferson, WR – LSU
14. C.J. Henderson, CB – Florida
15. D’Andre Swift, RB – Georgia
16. Tristan Wirfs, OT – Iowa
17. Kenneth Murray, LB – Oklahoma
18. Andrew Thomas, OT – Georgia
19. Xavier McKinney, S – Alabama
20. Patrick Queen, LB – LSU
21. Ross Blacklock, DT – TCU
22. Grant Delpit, S – LSU
23. Brandon Aiyuk, WR – Arizona State
24. K’Lavon Chaisson, DE – LSU
25. Justin Herbert, QB – Oregon
26. Tee Higgins, WR – Clemson
27. Yetur Gross-Matos, DE – Penn State
28. Jordan Love, QB – Utah
29. A.J. Epenesa, DE – Iowa
30. A.J. Terrell, CB – Clemson
31. Antoine Winfield Jr., S – Minnesota
32. Jonathan Taylor, RB – Wisconsin
33. Jaylon Johnson, CB – Utah
34. Austin Jackson, OT – USC
35. Kristian Fulton, CB – LSU
36. Zach Baun, LB – Wisconsin
37. Denzel Mims, WR – Baylor
38. Ezra Cleveland, OT – Boise State
39. J.K. Dobbins, RB – Ohio State
40. Cesar Ruiz, C – Michigan
Ten players to keep your eyes on… Cam Akers could be yet another great 3-down back once he arrives in the NFL. Amik Robertson is small in stature but his play on the field comes up huge. Tyler Johnson could be a gem in a loaded wide receiver class, as no one has been more productive on the field the past three years. Netane Muti is a lot like former UTEP Miner, Will Hernandez, as he is an immovable object that will immediately enhance your ground game. Two other players to highlight are Antonio Gibson who will be a threat at running back and in the slot as a wideout, and finally, Curtis Weaver who could make a name for himself as a third down pass rush specialist.
1. Cam Akers, RB – Florida State
2. Amik Robertson, CB – Louisiana Tech
3. Tyler Johnson, WR – Minnesota
4. Netane Muti, G – Fresno State
5. K’Von Wallace, DB – Clemson
6. Kenny Willekes, DE – Michigan State
7. Antonio Gibson, RB/WR – Memphis
8. Curtis Weaver, DE/OLB – Boise State
9. John Reid, CB – Penn State
10. Danny Pinter, OG/C – Ball State