TOP 5 DRAFT PROSPECTS AT EACH POSITION

TOP 5 DRAFT PROSPECTS AT EACH POSITION
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With the eyes of the football world focussing in on Indianapolis for this year’s NFL Combine, which draft prospects do you need to watch out for?

Thankfully, we have all your draft needs covered at Ninety-Nine Yards and we have ranked the top prospects at each position for you to keep your eyes on.

OFFENSIVE DRAFT PROSPECTS

QUARTERBACKS

Quarterback draft prospects are always the talk of the town going into any offseason. There have been so many talking points leading up to this year’s NFL Draft in Las Vegas, whether it be Tua’s injury or Burrow not wanting to play for the Bengals.

The combine should give us more information on Tua’s fitness and health issues. There could be more at stake this combine weekend than any other.

draft prospect tua tagovailoa
draft prospect Tua Tagovailoa. Image Credit: Butch Dill-USA TODAY Sports
  1. TUA TAGOVAILOA – Alabama
  2. JOE BURROW – LSU
  3. JUSTIN HERBERT – Oregon
  4. JORDAN LOVE – Utah State
  5. JAKE FROMM – Georgia

WIDE RECEIVERS

This year wide receiver class is deeper than it has been in years, or potentially even ever! There is talk over multiple receivers being drafted over rounds 1-2. It certainly wouldn’t be surprising if at least 4 receivers are taken in the first round.

There is much debate over Jeudy being WR1 in this class
There is much debate over Jeudy being WR1 in this class. Image Credit: John David Mercer-USA TODAY Sports
  1. JERRY JEUDY – Alabama
  2. CEEDEE LAMB – Oklahoma
  3. HENRY RUGGS III – Alabama
  4. LAVISKA SHENAULT JR – Colorado
  5. TEE HIGGINS – Clemson

RUNNING BACKS

Again, there are plenty of Running Backs in the conversation to be drafted in the first round. It would be a shock to see a RB go high in the first round but there are some that are knocking on the door to be drafted late into the first round

The positional depth, however, means we could see some draft prospects slide. It is expected that by the end of day 2 there could potentially be 6 RBS off the board.

D'Andre Swift
D’Andre Swift is becoming the unanimous RB1. Image Credit: Steffenie Burns (UGA)
  1. D’ANDRE SWIFT – Georgia
  2. JOHNATHAN TAYLOR – Wisconsin
  3. J K DOBBINS – Ohio State
  4. CAM AKERS – Florida State
  5. CLYDE EDWARDS-HELAIRE – LSU

TIGHT ENDS

This isn’t a classic tight end draft class. In fact, it’s pretty thin. When analysing prospects it’s difficult to even find a consensus on the true TE1.

It would be a shock to see any tight end go in the first round and the expectation is that we will have to wait until late in the second round before we see a TE go off the board.

Cole Kmet playing for Notre Dame Fighting Irish. Image Credit: Matt Cashore-USA TODAY Sports
  1. COLE KMET – Notre Dame
  2. ADAM TRAUTMAN – Dayton
  3. HUNTER BRYANT – Washington
  4. BRYCEN HOPKINS – Purdue
  5. THADDEUS MOSS – LSU

OFFENSIVE TACKLES

This year’s offensive tackle class could not have come at a better time. With so many teams needing offensive line help we could see a run on tackles being drafted in the top 10 into the teens. There is potential for as many as 6 or 7 OTs being drafted in the first round.

Cases can be made for 4 different OTs being the OT1 in this class and it is up for grabs to be the first tackle taken off the board.

There is no consesus OT1 in this years class. Image Credit: 247Football
There is no consensus OT1 in this years class. Image Credit: 247Football
  1. ANDREW THOMAS – Georgia
  2. JEDRICK WILLS JR – Alabama
  3. TRISTAN WIRFS – Iowa
  4. MEKHI BECTON – Louisville
  5. JOSH JONES – Houston

INTERIOR OFFENSIVE LINE

Generally, teams focus on the offensive tackles more than they do their interior line. This class of guards and centres is not overwhelming and it is likely for most, if not all, to drop to day 2 and beyond. But, if the top tier OTs are taken early, teams could turn their attention to the interior.

Wisconsin Badgers offensive lineman Tyler Biadasz. Image Credit: Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports
Wisconsin Badgers offensive lineman Tyler Biadasz. Image Credit: Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports
  1. TYLER BIADASZ – Wisconsin
  2. CESAR RUIZ – Michigan
  3. LLOYD CUSHENBERRY – LSU
  4. JOHN SIMPSON – Clemson
  5. BEN BREDESON – Michigan

DEFENSIVE DRAFT PROSPECTS

EDGE RUSHERS

Ohio State yet again produces a top NFL pass-rush talent who will be taken high in the first round. Chase Young is the top edge rusher and could claim to be the best player in the 2020 NFL Draft.

After Young, there is a drop off in talent down to the next 2-3 prospects. Then the class drops off further once the top 3 are off the board, meaning we can expect the top prospects to be taken early. The 2020 class of Edge rushers is loaded with NFL starters that can be mainstays in the NFL for years to come.

Chase Young has long been tipped to be a top pick in the 2020 NFL Draft. Image Credit: businessinsider.com
Chase Young has long been tipped to be a top pick in the 2020 NFL Draft. Image Credit: businessinsider.com
  1. CHASE YOUNG – Ohio State
  2. A.J. EPENESA – Iowa
  3. K’LAVON CHAISSON – LSU
  4. YETUR GROSS-MATOS – Penn State
  5. CURTIS WEAVER – Boise State

DEFENSIVE TACKLES

Another class to have a considerable drop-off after the elite prospects are the defensive tackles. The DT class contains 2 players who can claim to have talent worthy of the top 10. After them comes prospects who will more than likely find themselves at the back of round 1 and into day 2.

Derrick Brown is an elite draft prospect. Image Credit: Auburntigers.com
Derrick Brown is an elite talent. Image Credit: Auburntigers.com
  1. DERRICK BROWN – Auburn
  2. JAVON KINLAW – South Carolina
  3. MARLON DAVIDSON – Auburn
  4. ROSS BLACKLOCK – TCU
  5. NEVILLE GALLIMORE – Oklahoma

LINEBACKERS

To describe this year’s linebacker prospects with one word: Athletic. Isaiah Simmons headlines this class and when the draft is over teams could end up wondering why Simmons wasn’t taken higher.

Simmons is the elite talent who should go early in the first round, the contenders to follow will likely have to wait till the late first or early second round.

Isaiah Simmons is a key player in the National Championship Game
Simmons will continue to fly up draft boards. Image Credit: AP Photo/Sean Rayford
  1. ISAIAH SIMMONS – Clemson
  2. KENNETH MURRAY – Oklahoma
  3. PATRICK QUEEN – LSU
  4. ZACK BAUN – Wisconsin
  5. TROY DYE – Oregon

CORNERBACKS

Ohio State has not only produced the top edge rusher but the top cornerback too. Cornerback is one of the most important positions in today’s NFL so it is a good job we have a deep CB class. There are 5-6 CBs fighting for first-rounder status.

Okudah is a top talent. Image Credit: Bleacherreport.com
Okudah is a top talent. Image Credit: Bleacherreport.com
  1. JEFFERY OKUDAH – Ohio State
  2. TREVON DIGGS – Alabama
  3. KRISTIAN FULTON – LSU
  4. C.J. HENDERSON – Florida
  5. CAMERON DANTZLER – Mississippi State

SAFETIES

The 2020 Safety class sees a dual for the S1. Whether it be McKinney or Delpit both can expect to be off the board in the first round, they may just have to wait a while. The drop off in talent isn’t substantial and a number of safeties could be off the board by the end of day 2.

McKinney needs to stake his claim as the top safety draft prospect in 2020. Image Credit: rolltide.com
McKinney needs to stake his claim as the top safety in 2020. Image Credit: rolltide.com
  1. XAVIER MCKINNEY – Alabama
  2. GRANT DELPIT – LSU
  3. ASHTYN DAVIS – California
  4. ANTOINE WINFIELD JR – Minnesota
  5. KYLE DUGGER – Lenoir-Rhyne

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