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 start with the wide receivers.
FINAL 2020 NFL DRAFT WR RANKINGS
POS RANK-NAME-SCHOOL-GRADE TOTAL (5-10)
4-Henry Ruggs, III-Alabama-8.5175
6-Chase Claypool-Notre Dame-8.478
7-Michael Pittman-Southern Cal-8.473
8-Brandon Aiyuk-Arizona State-8.3485
12-Bryan Edwards-South Carolina-8.091
16-Antonio Gandy Golden-Liberty-7.9755
17-Donovan Peoples Jones-Michigan-7.906
18-K.J. Hamler-Penn State-7.86
19-Josh Pearson-Jacksonville State-7.7035
21-Isaiah Hodgins-Oregon State-7.6765
22-John Hightower-Boise State-7.6565
26-Quez Watkins-Southern Miss-7.5085
27-Dezmon Patmon-Washington State-7.4805
28-Quartney Davis-Texas A&M-7.473
29-Isaiah Coulter-Rhode Island-7.433
32-K.J. Osborn-Miami (FL)-7.3585
35-Omar Bayless-Arkansas State-7.2535
36-Darrell Stewart-Michigan State-7.21
37-K.J. Hill-Ohio State-7.15
40-Aaron Parker-Rhode Island-7.1165
44-Cody White-Michigan State-6.8525
45-Stephen Guidry-Mississippi State-6.7225
50-Kendrick Rogers-Texas A&M-6.6575
51-Jeff Thomas-Miami (FL)-6.5805
52-Binjimen Victor-Ohio State-6.501
58-Austin Mack-Ohio State-6.22
60-Chris Finke-Notre Dame-5.752
The 2020 WR class is incredibly deep. There will be potential starters selected well into the late rounds.
I wouldn’t be shocked to see 20 of these receivers drafted in the first three rounds.
The Alabama duo of Jerry Jeudy and Henry Ruggs are both likely selected in the top 15. Ruggs ran a 4.28 forty at the Combine. Jeudy wasn’t as athletic as I expected but the Crimson Tide star should continue to shine in the NFL. CeeDee Lamb is so fun to watch. Denzel Mims, Chase Claypool, and Justin Jefferson all elevated their profiles after the Combine.
WHO AM I HIGHER ON THAN MOST?
Gabriel Davis is an explosive athlete that can make the contested catch when necessary. He has been extremely productive over the last couple of seasons. I believe he will ultimately end up getting selected in the third round.
Bryan Edwards of South Carolina suffered an injury late in the Gamecocks season. If not for the injury, Edwards would have had a chance to elevate himself similar to the way Denzel Mims did at the Senior Bowl. Edwards is going to be a steal if he gets selected in the 3-4th round area.
WHO AM I LOWER ON THAN MOST?
Laviska Shenault didn’t grade highly for me because he seemingly can’t get things on his own. Colorado had to manufacture touches for him. It also didn’t help that he was injured.
Donovan Peoples-Jones graded lower for me because in the games I watched he disappeared for long stretches. He seemed to just go through the motions.
K.J. Hamler probably finishes higher in rankings if he was able to test. However, since he decided to skip the Combine workouts, here we are.
Next up, we will check in on the TEs.