The 2019-2020 college football season came to a close with the LSU Tigers defeating the Clemson Tigers in the CFP National Championship Game. The game featured quarterback Joe Burrow capping off a perfect season for LSU and for himself. He climbed from somewhat off the radar to win the Heisman Trophy and likely secure his position as the No. 1 pick in the 2020 NFL Draft.
The close of the college football season means we start to move forward in the draft evaluation process. We move into the All Star game period, where players can shore up their draft status or just get on the radar in the first place. Last weekend, the East-West Shrine Game took place, and this weekend we have the Senior Bowl in Mobile, Alabama.
In between, the NFL will announce the formal list of underclassmen that have declared for the 2020 NFL Draft. An individual has to be three years removed from high school before they can declare for the draft, so the underclassmen will include players who have completed their junior or redshirt sophomore season.
We’ve got a full list of players who have declared and will finalize it once the NFL announces the list. We’ll be adding a quick blurb on each player’s draft prospects heading into the process.
Salvon Ahmed, RB, Washington
Salvon Ahmed entered his name into the NFL Draft following Washington’s Las Vegas Bowl win over Boise State. The Huskies speedy back rushed for 1,020 yards and 11 touchdowns in his junior season. He is projected to be a third day NFL Draft prospect.
Cam Akers, RB, Florida State
Cam Akers ran for 1,144 yards and 14 touchdowns this season before entering his name into the NFL Draft prior to Florida State’s game in the Sun Bowl. It was a solid career for Akers playing behind an inconsistent offensive line for much of it. He projects to be a second or third round draft pick.
Grayland Arnold, CB, Baylor
Grayland Arnold decided to skip his final college football season. He would have been a fifth-year senior had he continued through next year. Arnold made the switch from cornerback to safety and led Baylor with six interceptions and 46 tackles with two pass breakups and a sack. He also returned punts for the Bears.
Devin Asiasi, TE, UCLA
Devin Asiasi was among the top targets for UCLA quarterbacks throughout the season and finished second on the team with 641 receiving yards on 44 catches and scored four touchdowns. Asiasi is cashing in after two of his best games of the season with a five-catch, 141-yard performance with a touchdown followed by the regular season finale against Cal with eight catches for 99 yards.
Trajan Bandy, CB, Miami (FL)
Trajan Bandy decided to skip his senior season and cited “a number of unforeseen off the field circumstances and discussions with my family” playing into his decision. Bandy stands at 5-foot-9, which will undoubtedly be a weakness in the draft process. He is projected to be a late-round pick.
Mekhi Becton, OT, Louisville
Louisville’s 6-foot-7, 369-pound offensive tackle Mekhi Becton announced he would leave after his junior season and missed the Music City Bowl. Becton played a role in the turn around for Louisville’s offense in 2019. He may be a first round pick this spring.
Eno Benjamin, RB, Arizona State
Eno Benjamin will leave after his junior season and sat out the Sun Bowl. Benjamin rushed for 1,083 yards and 10 touchdowns in 2019 and is projected to be picked anywhere between the third and fifth round.
Oluwole Betiku, DE/OLB, Illinois
A former five-star recruit, Oluwole Betiku transferred from USC to Illinois with the NFL to be his next destination. As a redshirt junior, he finished with nine sacks. Draft analysts expect Betiku to be a third day draft pick.
Tyler Biadasz, C, Wisconsin
Wisconsin running back Jonathan Taylor nearly rushed for 2,000 yards in three straight seasons, and Tyler Biadasz made 41 starts on that Badger offensive line. He is widely heading to the draft as he could be a late first round draft pick.
Ross Blacklock, DT, TCU
Ross Blacklock announced he will skip his final season of college for the NFL Draft. Blacklock finished with 40 tackles including nine tackles for loss with 3.5 sacks. He projects to be a third day draft pick.
Lynn Bowden Jr., WR, Kentucky
Lynn Bowden Jr. finished out his Kentucky career in style, throwing the game-winning touchdown and rushing for over 200 yards. He even punched a guy in the face prior to the game, so what a way to finish a college career. In a strange season, he changed from wide receiver to quarterback but should be looked at as a receiver in the NFL. Some mock drafts have Bowden being taken in the third round.
Hunter Bryant, TE, Washington
Hunter Bryant ranks among the top-five tight ends heading into the NFL Draft. He announced he would leave following his junior season and skipped Washington’s bowl game. The 6-foot-2, 239-pounder caught 52 passes for 825 yards and three touchdowns. He is looking to be a second day draft pick.
Quintez Cephus, WR, Wisconsin
What a college career Cephus had at Wisconsin. After two promising seasons, Cephus missed the 2018 season while going through a sexual assault trial where he was found not guilty. He came back to the Badgers and caught 59 passes for 901 yards and seven touchdowns. With a deep receiver class, Cephus may be a third day pick.
K’Lavon Chaisson, LB, LSU
If you need an edge rusher, this might be the best guy available. Chaisson is a freak athlete, but teams will for sure test the ACL he tore in 2018. It didn’t seem to slow him down a lick however, as he finished 2019 with 60 tackles, 13.5 TFL, 6.5 sacks, and a national championship. He won’t last past the prime time tv portion of the draft.
Saahdiq Charles, OT, LSU
Another national champion leaving Baton Rouge early, but it might be a bit too early for the Tigers guard. He’s graded out well against higher-end teams, but isn’t expected to be selected any earlier than late on Day 3, if he’s chosen at all.
Ezra Cleveland, OT, Boise State
Ezra Cleveland decided to skip his senior season after the bowl game to go pro. He stands at 6-foot-6, 310 pounds and is projected to be a second day pick in the NFL Draft.
Nick Coe, DE, Auburn
Nick Coe sat out Auburn’s New Year’s Day bowl game loss to Minnesota to prepare for the NFL Draft. He was a big part of the Tigers’ dominant defensive line in 2019 and finished with 15 tackles and three tackles for loss. Coe projects to be a third day pick.
Trystan Colon-Castillo, C, Missouri
Trystan Colon-Castillo announced he would leave Missouri in December for the NFL Draft. The Tigers did not play in a bowl game, dealing with a postseason ban from the NCAA. Colon-Castillo was a redshirt junior and stands at 6-foot-4, 315 pounds. He is projected to be a late-round pick in the draft.
Isaiah Coulter, WR, Rhode Island
Shoot your shot, Rhody: Coulter started 11 of 12 games last season for 72 catches with 1039 yards receiving. He’s not appearing on any mock drafts we can see as of now.
Kamren Curl, S, Arkansas
Kamren Curl called it a college career after his junior season at Arkansas after recording 76 tackles, two interceptions and forced two fumbles. He didn’t have to worry about a bowl game with the Razorbacks finishing the seasons with just two wins. It’s possible Curl goes undrafted this spring.
Lloyd Cushenberry III, C, LSU
The center is projected as a Day 2 pick, buoyed by his elite athleticism and ability to move in space. Though he isn’t calling the blocking schemes, it’s not because he isn’t bright: Cushenberry is eligible for the draft after graduating in three years from LSU.
DeeJay Dallas, RB, Miami (Fla.)
DeeJay Dallas sat out the bowl game with a dislocated elbow, which should not impact any draft evaluation. He finished his junior season with 694 yards and eight rushing touchdowns. We’ll see if Dallas finds himself as a draft pick but if he does, it would be on day 3.
Cameron Dantzler, CB, Mississippi State
Cameron Dantzler’s college football career ended prior to Mississippi State’s bowl game when he announced he would skip it to prepare for the NFL Draft. He finished 2019 with two interceptions with eight passes defended and is looking at a day two draft day projection.
Gabriel Davis, WR, Central Florida
Gabriel Davis left UCF prior to his team’s bowl game after recording 72 receptions for 1,241 yards and 12 touchdowns. This is a loaded wide receiver class, but Davis could sneak in as a second day selection.
Quartney Davis, WR, Texas A&M
Days after Texas A&M’s win over Oklahoma State in the Texas Bowl, Quartney Davis announced his decision to enter the NFL Draft. He caught 54 balls for 616 yards and four touchdowns this season. With a loaded receiver draft class, he is projected for a third day pick.
Grant Delpit, S, LSU
A three-year starter for the 2019 champs, Delpit is a freak athlete that can fly in space and cover acres in zone. 199 career tackles, 24 passes defensed and eight interceptions in the toughest league in college football are gaudy numbers for a junior. There’s little chance an elite, impact player like Delpit lasts past the first round, even at the easiest position in football to find replacement-level talent.
A.J. Dillon, RB, Boston College
A.J. Dillon skipped the Birmingham Bowl to get himself prepared for the NFL Draft. Dillon was a workhorse running back for three years in college as a lone strength on the Boston College offense. He carried the ball 318 times in 2019 for 1,685 yards and 14 touchdowns. He also caught 13 balls for 195 yards and a score. He is projected to be a mid-round pick.
J.K. Dobbins, RB, Ohio State
JK Dobbins announced his decision to enter the NFL Draft following Ohio State’s Playoff semifinal loss to Clemson. He rushed for 2,003 yards this season with 21 rushing touchdowns. Dobbins could be the first running back off the board and projects for a late first round draft pick.
Jacob Eason, QB, Washington
Jacob Eason entered his name into the NFL Draft following the Huskies’ Las Vegas Bowl win. The Georgia transfer did not have a particularly great season in his one year with Washington, completing 64.2% of his passes with 23 touchdowns and eight interceptions. Eason could still hear his name called as a second round pick.
Clyde Edwards-Helaire, RB, LSU
If you saw him win the national championship, you saw the impact this versatile back can have on a game. It’s likely a good idea for the second-round project to leave now, with 215 carries for 1414 yards and 55 receptions for 453 yards in just his junior year put on his tread. Edwards-Helaire can also return kicks, which will add value to his new team early.
Jordan Elliott, DT, Missouri
Jordan Elliott graded as Pro Football Focus’ No. 1 interior defensive lineman in the SEC. He finished with 16 tackles for loss and 5.5 sacks in two years at Missouri. The Texas transfer stands at 6-foot-4, 315 pounds and could find his name called in the second round of the NFL Draft.
A.J. Epenesa, DE, Iowa
The two-year starter for the Hawkeyes should be gone by the middle of the first round because of his monster film and elite technique. With 49 tackles and 11.5 sacks this season, alongside four forced fumbles, he might be a perfect fit as an edge guy in a 3-4 defense.
Darrynton Evans, RB, Appalachian State
Darrynton Evans had a big game for Appalachian State in the New Orleans Bowl before announcing his decision to enter the NFL Draft. Evans followed a breakout season in 2018 with 1,484 yards and 18 rushing touchdowns. He is looking to be a third day pick.
Jake Fromm, QB, Georgia
Fromm’s junior season has caused him to drop significantly on the big board. He was seen as a sure-fire first-round pick after his first two years at Georgia, but has been overcome by Tua Tagovailoa, Joe Burrow, Justin Herbert, and others. Fromm is size and IQ makes a legitimate NFL prospect. But he doesn’t have the wow factor teams are looking for in franchise signal callers. It appears like he’ll go in the second round or later now.
Jonathan Garvin, EDGE, Miami
Jonathan Garvin left Miami following his junior season and decided not to stick around for his team’s embarrassing bowl game loss. He finished 2019 with 37 tackles with nine tackles for loss, five sacks and two forced fumbles. Garvin could be a mid-to-late round pick in the draft.
Willie Gay Jr., LB, Mississippi State
Willie Gay Jr. announced his declaration to the NFL Draft following an 11-tackle performance in the Music City Bowl. He also forced a fumble. Gay played just five games in 2019 due to injuries and a suspension. He is likely to be selected in the third day of the NFL Draft.
Alohi Gilman, S, Notre Dame
Following the Camping World Bowl, Navy transfer Alohi Gilman declared for the NFL Draft. He finished 2019 with 74 tackles including a sack, two passes defended, three forced fumbles and an interception. Gilman projects to be a mid-round pick.
Yetur Gross-Matos, DE, Penn State
Yetur Gross-Matos declared for the NFL Draft and played for the Nittany Lions one final time in a Cotton Bowl victory. He finished the season with 9.5 sacks for Penn State and projects to potentially land as a late first round pick.
Peter Guerriero, RB, Monmouth
One of four finalists for the Walter Payton Award as the top player in FCS, Guerriero won the MAAC 100-meter and 200-meter track titles as a freshman in 2017. Rushing for 1995 yards this season, Guerriero will need to impress at showcase games and the combine to have any chance to not end up a UDFA.
Javelin Guidry, CB, Utah
Following Utah’s Alamo Bowl loss, cornerback Javelin Guidry entered his name into the NFL Draft. He stands at 5-foot-9, so that could be an issue leading into the draft, but he finished his junior season with 48 tackles with an interception and six passes defended.
KJ Hamler, WR, Penn State
If you like speed, KJ Hamler is your guy. He declared for the NFL Draft following Penn State’s Cotton Bowl win over Memphis. As a redshirt sophomore, Hamler caught 56 passes for 904 yards with eight touchdowns in 2019. He is likely to see time as a returner on special teams at the next level where he projects to be a second day pick.
Harrison Hand, CB, Temple
Harrison Hand skipped the Military Bowl to undergo surgery on a finger and is headed to the NFL. The transfer from Baylor finished with 59 tackles with a forced fumble and three interceptions and five passes defended. He is looking at at a mid-round pick.
CJ Henderson, CB, Florida
CJ Henderson skipped Florida’s bowl game as he prepared for the NFL Draft. He finished his 2019 season with 33 tackles and 11 passes defended. Henderson did not have an interception but finished with six picks from the two previous seasons. Henderson projects to be a first round pick and is looked at as a lockdown cornerback for years to come in the NFL.
Matt Hennessy, C, Temple
Matt Hennessy announced he would enter the NFL Draft following Temple’s loss to North Carolina in the Military Bowl. Pro Football Focus said Hennessy allowed just two quarterback pressures on 381 pass attempts. Hennessy’s ceiling is to be a second day pick.
Tee Higgins, WR, Clemson
The knock on Higgins is the dreaded “possession receiver” tag, but the numbers show that’s not true. 59 receptions in 2019 for 1167 yards is 19.8 yards per catch, which shows his explosive big-play ability. If you need a receiver that can play at X, Y, or Z (6’4 and 215 lbs. helps here), this might be your guy. It’ll take a bad combine and pro day to keep him out of the first round.
Isaiah Hodgins, WR, Oregon State
Isaiah Hodgins had a big breakout season and will be rewarded when he hears his name called in the NFL Draft this spring. Following a season in which he caught 86 passes for 1,171 yards and 13 touchdowns, Hodgins could be looked at as a second day day prospect.
Darnay Holmes, CB, UCLA
Former five-star recruit Darnay Holmes announced his decision to enter the NFL Draft following UCLA’s bowl-less season. He finished the year with 33 tackles, one fumble recovery, two interceptions and six passes defended in 10 games. Holmes projects as a third day pick.
Noah Igbinoghene, CB, Auburn
Following Auburn’s Outback Bowl loss to Minnesota on New Year’s Day, Noah Igbinoghene declared for the NFL Draft. Igbinoghene made the transition to wide receiver and had an excellent season with the Tigers, recording 42 tackles and seven passes defended. He is likely headed for a third day draft pick.
Keith Ismael, C, San Diego State
Keith Ismael entered his name for the NFL Draft after starting 38 of 39 games for San Diego State. Ismael is looking for a third day pick and may go undrafted this spring.
Austin Jackson, OT, USC
This first-round talent appears to have a huge ceiling and is the kind of player you can build a blind side of an O-line around. At 6’6 and 310 lbs., he can even add more mass as he gets older. A great prospect for any team needing to protect a franchise QB.
Trishton Jackson, WR, Syracuse
Trishton Jackson’s breakout junior season led to his decision to declare for the NFL Draft this spring. The Michigan State transfer had 20 catches his first three seasons before going for 66 catches for 1,023 yards and 11 touchdown receptions in 2019. The wide receiver class is among the best groups at this year’s draft.
Justin Jefferson, WR, LSU
1540 yards and 18 TD’s for a national champion is going to get you drafted early, but where will Jefferson be selected? He’s in a draft chock full of receiver talent, but teams taking at need might find other options early. In most years Jefferson’s size, speed, and route-running ability would get him taken for sure on Day 1, but he might fall to Day 2 just because of how deep this draft is with pass catchers.
Jerry Jeudy, WR, Alabama
Jeudy is easily the top wide receiver prospect in the 2020 draft class. His quick feet and masterful route running paired with sturdy hands make him a big-play threat on every snap. His open-field speed can’t be matched by many. His isn’t the biggest or strongest, but he’ll become more powerful at the next level. What matters most is his elusiveness with the ball and ability to create separation.
Jaylon Johnson, CB, Utah
Jaylon Johnson decided not to play in the Alamo Bowl in Utah’s loss to Texas to get ready for the draft. He finished the season with 36 tackles, 11 pass breakups and two interceptions. Johnson is projected as a second round pick.
Tony Jones Jr., RB, Notre Dame
Tony Jones Jr. helped Notre Dame to a win over Iowa State in the Camping World Bowl and announced his decision to enter the NFL Draft. He rushed for 857 yards and six touchdowns. It’s likely he goes undrafted this spring but could hear his name called in the later rounds if the pre-draft process goes well.
Dalton Keene, TE, Virginia Tech
In a draft not overwhelmed at the position, Keene’s 21 catches for 240 yards for the Hokies this year might be enough when paired with 11 carries as well. Keene will need to show his versatility in the pre-draft period to become a late-round selection.
Solomon Kindley, G, Georgia
Solomon Kindley is one of three Georgia offensive linemen headed to the NFL Draft but finished out the season playing in the Sugar Bowl for a win against Baylor. The 6-foot-4, 330-pounder projects to go in the middle rounds this spring.
Cole Kmet, TE, Notre Dame
Cole Kmet finished off his junior season with a win in the Camping World Bowl and announced his decision for the NFL Draft. In 2019, he caught 43 passes for 515 yards and six touchdowns. Kmet was given a second round grade from the draft advisory board.
CeeDee Lamb, WR, Oklahoma
Lamb is one of the most NFL-ready wideouts available. He has good size, strong hands, and has the kind of body control that makes difficult catches look easy. Lamb is a first-round talent who could step in and become a franchise’s top pass catcher in his rookie season.
Javon Leake, RB, Maryland
Javon Leake announced he would skip his senior season for the NFL Draft. He finished the season with 736 yards and eight rushing touchdowns on 7.2 yards per carry. He also caught nine passes for 55 yards in 2019. If he gets drafted, Leake will hear his name called in the later rounds.
Terrell Lewis, LB, Alabama
Terrell Lewis sat out the Citrus Bowl win over Michigan and left Tuscaloosa for the NFL Draft. He missed all of the 2018 season with a torn ACL. In 2019, he finisehd with 31 tackles including 11 for loss and six sacks with two passes defended. It’s possible Lewis could hear his name called in the first round.
Jordan Love, QB, Utah State
Jordan Love’s arm strength was never a question. But his accuracy could be what scares a teams away from picking him early. Love threw the ball into tight windows often in his junior season, but also missed big on a significant amount of his more ambitious attempts. The 17 interceptions he threw as a junior are concerning, but he also threw for 32 touchdowns with just six interceptions as a sophomore. Love has first-round talent, but could easily slip to the second or third round. He might not be a Week 1 starter now, but he could become one after he develops while playing behind a veteran.
Elorm Lumor, DL, Rutgers
Lumor has already graduated, and had just 31 tackles and three sacks in nine game for RU this season. Let’s be glad he got his degree, unless the XFL needs him.
James Lynch, DT, Baylor
A monster at DT for the Bears, Lynch’s 41 tackles with 19.5 for loss in 2019 helped Baylor to complete their turnaround. The Big 12 Conference Defensive Player of The Year won’t last past Day 2 if things hold, and keep an eye on the Panthers taking the anchor of Matt Rhule’s defense last year to possibly anchor the unit this year as well.
Justin Madubuike, DT, Texas A&M
Justin Madubuike did not participate in Texas A&M’s bowl game against Oklahoma State to get ready for the NFL Draft. He finished the 2019 season with 45 tackles including 11.5 for loss. He also had 5.5 sacks, an interception and forced fumble. Madubuike projects as a mid-round pick.
Kyle Markway, TE, South Carolina
Instead of taking his sixth year of college football, which was an option, Kyle Markway decided to leave South Carolina for the NFL. He caught 31 passes for 349 yards and two touchdowns in 2019. Markway is projected to be a late-round pick or go undrafted.
Deshawn McClease, RB, Virginia Tech
Deshawn McClease competed in Virginia Tech’s loss to Kentucky in the Belk Bowl and shined in his final college game with 11 carries for 126 yards and a touchdown. In 2019, McClease rushed for 843 yards and seven touchdowns on the round. He projects to go undrafted or in the late rounds.
Cole McDonald, QB, Hawai’i
If you think Jameis Winston isn’t exciting enough, Cole McDonald might be the quarterback for you. He guided the Rainbow Warriors to the division title in 2019 as the starter for most of the season, but his mistakes were as spectacular as some of the throws behind his huge arm. He finished the season with 8.1 yards per attempt and 33 touchdowns — with 14 interceptions, some of them unparalleled in their ability to make you ask “what was he thinking??” He’s more mobile than he looks, and a more conventional system than the Run & Shoot he directed on the islands might find him a better fit at the next level. He might be a Day 3 flier.
Anthony McFarland Jr., RB, Maryland
After his redshirt sophomore season, Anthony McFarland Jr. made the decision to move on to the NFL. Standing at 5-foot-9, McFarland will utilize his speed at the next level. After averaging more than 10 yards per carry as a freshman, he finished 2019 with 614 rushing yards with eight touchdowns. McFarland’s ceiling will be a day two draft pick.
Xavier McKinney, S, Alabama
McKinney is one of the most versatile defensive backs in college football. He’s long, good instincts that allow him to have success in multiple coverages, and can even be an effective pass rusher on the edge. One knock against him is his tackling technique, but that can be corrected. He has a lot of skills that can translate to the NFL and should be a first-round pick.
Houston Miller, DE, Texas Tech
Houston Miller’s decision to enter the NFL Draft is certainly among the most interesting choices of declaration season. Miller redshirted and played three seasons, finishing with three tackles. He was a special teams player and reserve defensive lineman. He graduated college in May and certainly will not be drafted this spring.
Thaddeus Moss, TE, LSU
With 47 catches and 570 yards this season, many with his Hall of Fame father Randy watching from the stands, Moss plays a different game than his Dad. He’s not afraid to be physical as both a blocker and pass catcher, and shows elite athleticism. And while Dad was the 21st overall pick, look for Moss as a mid-round selection.
Kenneth Murray, LB, Oklahoma
Kenneth Murray announced his decision to be a part of the NFL Draft process following Oklahoma’s semifinal loss to LSU. Following a monster sophomore season in which he had 155 tackles, Murray finished 2019 with 102 tackles with four sacks and four passes defended. He could be a second round pick.
Netane Muti, G, Florida State
Netane Muti decided to end his injury-plagued college football career for the NFL Draft. He missed all of 2018 with a ruptured Achilles tendon and played three games in 2019 with a foot injury. Muti is likely going to go undrafted.
Jeff Okudah, CB, Ohio State
After a solid performance in the semifinal game against Clemson, Ohio State’s Jeff Okudah is headed to the NFL. He finished 2019 with 35 tackles with two forced fumbles, three interceptions and nine passes defended. Okudah could hear his name called in the first 10 picks of this spring’s draft.
Albert Okwuegbunam, TE, Missouri
Albert Okwuegbunam announced his intention for the NFL Draft following Missouri’s season that was cut short due to a bowl ban. He finished 2019 with 26 catches for 306 yards with six touchdowns. Okwuegbunahm should hear his name called on the second day of the NFL Draft.
Colby Parkinson, TE, Stanford
Following Stanford’s bowl-less 2019 season, tight end Colby Parkinson announced he would be headed to the NFL. He caught 48 passes for 589 yards and one touchdown. Parkinson could be a mid-round pick this spring.
Donovan Peoples-Jones, WR, Michigan
Peoples-Jones never fumbled in 103 career receptions at Michigan, and had a lot of coverage rotated to him during his 34 catches for 438 yards this season and six touchdowns in 2019. The Michigan system of Jim Harbaugh isn’t often kind to pass catchers, so he might be a guy that sees bigger numbers and success at the next level.
A five-star recruit out of Detroit Mercy, look for DPJ to climb mock boards with little chance of him not being selected by the end of the second round.
Jacob Phillips, LB, LSU
Phillips’s 113 tackles for the Tigers last season led the elite defense of the national champs, but he’s not wowing the scouts. He’s seen as a mid-round selection at best, but one with excellent tackling ability.
James Pierre, CB, Florida Atlantic
This might be the case of a kid coming out a bit too early. With 80 career tackles in three seasons of C-USA football, Pierre got all three career interceptions for the conference champion Owls in 2019.
Not a lot of projections of him being selected at all, so he’ll need to impress at his pro day and the combine to avoid UDFA territory.
Patrick Queen, LB, LSU
Another inside LB for the Bayou Bengals alongside Jacob Phillips, Queen finished the season with 85 tackles and an interception. He slots in behind Phillips as a prospect, but should still be taken by someone in a later round.
Jalen Reagor, WR, TCU
Jalen Reagor is one of the faster wide receiver prospects in the 2020 draft class. He’s been clocked at 4.32 seconds in the 40-yard dash and is at his best when receiving the ball on screens, sweeps, and slants. But he can also use his wheels to get in behind secondaries. He isn’t physically imposing, but will likely garner enough attention to be selected with a second-round pick.
Debione Renfro, CB, Texas A&M
28 career starts in the SEC should get anyone consideration, but Renfro’s numbers aren’t great. With just 33 career tackles and no interceptions since his freshman year in 2017, there’s not a lot to go on with the DB from Pearland, TX.
This might be a bit ambitious for leaving early.
Amik Robertson, CB, Louisiana Tech
Three years in Ruston, LA would make anyone want to leave as soon as possible. But Robertson has the numbers and ballhawk instincts that should translate to Sundays quickly. His 138 career tackles, 34 passes defensed, and three INT’s, He sat out the Independence Bowl to get ready, and that’s probably a good idea for the projected mid-round selection.
Kendrick Rogers, WR, Texas A&M
With only 30 catches for 351 yards, and no more than nine games played in any season during his three years in College Station, scouts will need more than numbers in Rogers to select him. His catch radius is elite, but his route tree wasn’t super-challenging for the Aggies.
Henry Ruggs III, WR, Alabama
Ruggs is part of a dynamic receiving trio at Alabama in 2019. He’s an elite pass catcher despite just 40 receptions for 746 yards and seven touchdowns this season because of all the sharing he had to do with Jerry Jeudy and Devonta Smith. What wows here is Ruggs pure speed: he’s likely a 4.2 guy in Indianapolis.
Cezar Ruiz, C, Michigan
Ruiz might be able to play center or guard, but his two active years at Michigan show he’s got potential to be a big player. He’s on the edge of getting drafted now, and might be a Day 2 guy at best.
Darnell Salomon, WR, South Florida
Suspended for the 2019 season, Salomon was one of the highest-rated prospects in Bulls history when he got to campus. His 25 catches for 440 yards in eight games in in 2018 weren’t that impressive, but he’s got elite speed that might not be matched by great hands.
Stanford Samuels III, CB, Florida State
A boundary corner at 6’2, 185 lbs., Samuels notched 145 tackles and eight interceptions in three years in Tallahassee. He’s got the speed, but his strength might be an issue. He’ll be on the bubble to be selected.
Josiah Scott, CB, Michigan State
At just 5’10 and 171 lbs., Scott is coming off a 2018 knee injury but played every game this season. With 55 tackles and three INT’s this year, he’s got a chance to be effective in the NFL, but might not be picked in the draft.
Laviska Shenault, WR, Colorado
Laviska Shenault is a Swiss army knife that can be used all over the field. His versatility makes him flexible enough to fit in with any team’s receiving corps. Shenault could really stand out as a complimentary piece alongside other quality wideouts. We project him going to a contender toward the end of the first round.
Isaiah Simmons, LB, Clemson
The sideline-to-sideline speed and coverage skills of Simmons are elite, and should see him picked in the first round. With 104 tackles and three interceptions for the ACC Champions, his eight passes defensed will also impress teams looking for coverage skills in a league that throws more each year.
Arryn Siposs, P, Auburn
Like so many college punters nowadays, Siposs is an Australian converted from Aussie Rules Football. He had 61 punts for a 43.8 yard average in 2019.
Geno Stone, S, Iowa
Stone is just 5’10 and 210 lbs., so he’ll need to show his lack of size won’t be an issue at the next level. He had 70 tackles and four pass breakups in 2019, along with three forced fumbles.
D’Andre Swift, RB, Georgia
If you’re a Georgia running back in James Coley’s system, you’re getting plenty of carries. Swift is a bruiser had 1218 yards on a 6.2 average with seven rushing touchdowns in 2019, and he should be in the mix to go in the top-half of the first round because of it.
Tua Tagovailoa, QB, Alabama
At the beginning of the season Tagovailo was presumed to be the the top pick in the 2020 Draft, but his hip injury and the emergence on LSU’s Joe Burrow changed that. But Tua remains one of the most accurate passers college football has seen in a long time. He’s poised under pressure, has a strong arm, and is one of the best at reading defenses and going through his progressions. He won’t be the first pick in the draft, but he’ll almost definitely be chosen with a top five or six pick.
J.J. Taylor, RB, Arizona
The Arizona offense never really clicked in 2019, but that’s not because of Taylor’s yeoman-like effort. At just 5’6, Taylor can make people miss and shows athleticism. His numbers regressed from 2018, but that’s also why Kevin Sumlin got fired. For someone seeking explosiveness, he should be a choice early on Day 3
Jonathan Taylor, RB, Wisconsin
The preseason Heisman candidate is coming off back-to-back 2000-yard rushing seasons, and can do it all with 26 catches for 252 yards as well. He’s likely a first-round selection, and 55 career touchdowns in just 41 games from a B1G running back will be hard to turn down for a team seeking reliability.
A.J. Terrell, DB, Clemson
Playing in two national championship games shows Terrell is tested and ready for the next level. With 101 career tackles and six interceptions, Terrell’s elite coverage skills should see him picked sometime in the second or third round.
Andrew Thomas, OT, Georgia
This Georgia product is one of the best run blockers in college football. He used his 6’5, 320-pound frame to dominate elite pass rushers on the regular. His pass protection has room for improvement, but his power and talent still make him a top-notch prospect. Quite a few teams need to improve their offensive lines this year, and plenty of teams will have Thomas’ name high up on their lists when draft day rolls around. He should be a first-round pick.
Jeff Thomas, WR, Miami (Fla.)
Don’t let the underwhelming numbers during his three years of college fool you, and they are underwhelming with just 83 catches for 1316 yards and eight TD’s in his career. Put that on a guy that’s just 5’10 and 170 lbs with some off-the-field issues too, and you might wonder why he’s here. But Thomas went from Mark Richt (fired) to Dan Enos (fired) making his play calls, and the best QB’s to throw him a pass were the sub-underwhelming duo of Malik Rosier or N’Kosi Perry. Watch the tape as the kid has blazing speed even by Florida athlete standards, and the hands to match. Likely a late round pick at best, but one a team that needing a value bin DeSean Jackson should take.
Michael Turk, P, Arizona State
Rare is the punter that makes you take notice, but Turk did that for the Sun Devils. The 46.0 yard per punt average is great, but his ability to both flip the field and pin inside the 20 is elite.
Josh Uche, LB, Michigan
Likely a 3-4 outside rusher at the next level, Uche had just 52 tackles and two passes defended in four seasons for the Wolverines. He’ll need to make some noise despite his undersized frame to avoid being a Day 3 selection.
Michael Warren II, RB, Cincinnati
A bruiser who leaves as 6th all-time at UC in rushing, Warren averaged 5.2 per carry on 2,918 career yards and 37 career TD’s. His O-line and skill position support could at best be described as suspect, and he took a lot of hits because of it which makes sense for him to leave now. He’s got a big personality and was beloved by teammates, which should translate well to NFL culture that emphasizes leadership. Probably a Day 3 pick, but it would take something unseen for him to not be drafted.
Quez Watkins, WR, Southern Miss
Watkins led the Golden Eagles with 64 catches for 1178 yards in 2019 despite sitting out the Armed Forces Bowl. He’s put up some nice numbers, but it’s a very deep draft at WR and this might not be the year to leave Conference USA early. Watkins will have a challenge getting selected.
Curtis Weaver, LB, Boise State
Another 3-4 edge guy, Weaver had 52 tackles for the Broncos last year on the way to a Mountain West championship. He’ll need to turn back the knocks on his athleticism to see him selected before a late Day 2.
Cody White, WR, Michigan State
White had 66 catches for 922 yards in 2019, not easy to do in MSU’s clogged offense. Where he’ll fall should depend on how he grades out compared to other wide outs in this very deep class at the position.
Ty’Son Williams, RB, BYU
A two-time transfer, Williams played at both North Carolina and South Carolina before ending up with the Cougars for just one graduate season. With just 311 yards from scrimmage for a mediocre BYU, he might struggle to see an NFL field.
Jedrick Wills Jr., OT, Alabama
A two-year starter for the Tide at right tackle, don’t expect the 6’5, 320 lbs Wills to not get picked before the middle of the 2nd round. He’s a big boy with mobility and all the tools to succeed.
Isaiah Wilson, OT, Georgia
Wilson is another Bulldog with tons of upside. He’s 6’7 and weighs in at 340 pounds. You’ll be hard-pressed to find a player that massive anywhere. However, Wilson isn’t quite as polished as Andrew Thomas and hasn’t shown the same consistency, but his physical tools alone are too enticing to pass up. Wilson is still improving and appears poised to be drafted somewhere near the third round.
Antoine Winfield Jr., S, Minnesota
The pedigree is there for this ball-hawking safety from The Woodlands near Houston. His father was a 14-year NFL vet, and showed his versatility in 2019 with seven interceptions, 85 tackles, three sacks and two forced fumbles.
He got two medical redshirts for the Gophers and was a contributor in 2016, but still could have played for two more seasons after this one. If he clears the injury and medical examination, he could be selected in a late round.
David Woodward, LB, Utah State
Woodward put up huge numbers for the Aggies, with 134 tackles in 12 games in 2018. He only played seven games before an undisclosed season-ending injury finished 2019 with 93 tackles and two sacks. He was the heart and soul of the defense last season, and looks to be a mid-round pick for now.
Chase Young, DL, Ohio State
Young is the best pass rusher in the draft and has been heralded as a generational talent with potential to make an immediate impact on whatever defense he joins. He’s 6’5 and weighs 265 pounds, but is ridiculously explosive. Young should easily be a Week 1 starter and it’s hard to see him being selected outside of the top three in the draft.
Toren Young, RB, Iowa
Young had 81 carries for 432 yards and only started one game for the Hawkeyes last season. With Iowa loaded at RB, it makes sense for Young to forgo his redshirt senior season, despite not appearing on many draft boards or mocks so far.