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, let’s check in on the tight ends.
FINAL 2020 NFL DRAFT TE RANKINGS
POS RANK-NAME-SCHOOL-GRADE TOTAL (5-10)
1-Cole Kmet-Notre Dame-8.623
6-Harrison Bryant-Florida Atlantic-7.825
10-Charlie Taumoepeau-Portland State-7.293
11-Kyle Markway-South Carolina-7.29
12-Cheyenne O’ Grady-Arkansas-7.2035
15-Nigel Kilby-Southern Illinois-7.12
16-Mitchell Wilcox-South Florida-7.1055
18-Dalton Keene-Virginia Tech-6.998
20-Jared Rice-Fresno State-6.93
22-Dominick Wood Anderson-Tennessee-6.648
23-Riley Stapleton-James Madison-6.6
The 2020 TE class does not have very many can’t miss prospects. Cole Kmet is the best overall prospect in the class. However, he isn’t a game-changer by any means. Kmet’s tape doesn’t match his testing. Adam Trautman and Brycen Hopkins were both impressive at the Senior Bowl. They both tested well at the Combine.
WHO AM I HIGHER ON THAN MOST?
Kyle Markway of South Carolina broke out during his senior season. He could’ve returned to school for a sixth season due to injuries but he opted to enter the draft. Markway wasn’t invited to the Combine so he has no testing data. He is a skilled pass blocker and an evolving pass catcher. Markway should be drafted late and make a squad next year.
WHO AM I LOWER ON THAN MOST?
Albert Okwuegbunam of Missouri ran a 4.49 forty at the Combine. If you asked me before what he would run, I probably would have guessed over five seconds. He plays slow. The potential is there but too many lapses on tape give me caution.
Next up, we will check in on the offensive tackles.