The 2020 NFL Draft is three weeks away from today. After watching tape on over 400 prospects, I can finalize my board.
Because of the worldwide pandemic shutting down any sense of normalcy, this year’s final grades are going to be off. Because of athletic testing being incomplete on nearly half of the prospects I watched tape on, I was forced to make some adjustments to final grades. Each player who didn’t record a RAS score was given a grade of 6 (1-10 scale). This may end up hurting most prospects who would have tested much higher than that and may help a few that wouldn’t have.
It is a tad disappointing that in the first year of my new grading system that it is so incomplete but here we are. Tape grades are the biggest percentage of final scores so for the most part, the system should work.
Over the next two weeks, I will breakdown each position group for the 2020 NFL Draft.
Today, we are going to look at the running backs.
FINAL 2020 NFL DRAFT RB RANKINGS
POS RANK-NAME-SCHOOL-GRADE TOTAL (5-10)
3-A.J. Dillon-Boston College-8.485
4-Cam Akers-Florida State-8.396
6-J.K. Dobbins-Ohio State-8.28
8-Eno Benjamin-Arizona State-8.133
9-James Robinson-Illinois State-7.9355
15-Darrynton Evans-Appalachian State-7.7685
16-LeVante Bellamy-Western Michigan-7.685
17-Rico Dowdle-South Carolina-7.682
18-Zach Moss-Utah -7.5815
19-Lamical Perine-Florida -7.562
21-Jason Huntley-New Mexico State-7.3905
23-DeeJay Dallas-Miami (FL)-7.3285
26-Raymond Calais-Louisiana -7.165
30-Jordan Cronkrite-South Florida-6.92
33-Scottie Phillips-Mississippi -6.746
34-Bronson Rechsteiner-Kennesaw State-6.726
35-Tavean Feaster-South Carolina-6.71
37-Kennedy McKoy-West Virginia-6.371
38-Maurice Thomas-Miami (OH)-6.3495
39-J.J. Taylor-Arizona -6.307
40-Tony Jones, Jr.-Notre Dame-5.7645
The RB class in 2020 is strong. There are around 8-9 backs that deserve to hear their names called between late round one and the end of day two.
Jonathan Taylor’s grade finished in the top ten for. However, I don’t think his position value would let me pick him there. Taylor has elite breakaway speed and improved in the passing game this year.
D’Andre Swift, Cam Akers, J.K. Dobbins, and A.J. Dillon all offer different takes on the RB position and all should be immediate contributors to their NFL teams.
WHO AM I HIGHER ON THAN MOST?
The first time I watched Memphis’ Antonio Gibson my mind immediately came back to David Johnson as a prospect. Gibson, like Johnson, was more of a receiving commodity in college. Albeit, Johnson was also a highly productive runner. For me, Gibson accelerates and makes people miss like a great back. I know he has the receiving pedigree and he also upgrades any return game. Watch his game against SMU, where he scored three different ways.
Gibson showed off his skills in pass pro and running between the tackles at the Senior Bowl.
WHO AM I LOWER ON THAN MOST?
You can’t argue the skills and production of Utah RB Zach Moss. Unfortunately, he can’t seem to stay healthy. He tested hurt at the Combine, tanking his athletic score. Had Moss not tested at the Combine, his final grade would have placed him inside the Top 100 for me.
Next up, we will check in on the WRs.