The NFL is the only sport with any interesting news right now, so it is a good time to take a look at some of the players coming into the league. This draft class is loaded with franchise changing talent, but also has some potential bust players in the first round. Here’s three of my favorite and least favorite early round players in the 2020 NFL Draft.
- CeeDee Lamb-WR Oklahoma: In the right NFL system, Lamb could be one of the best players in this class. His production in college with both Jalen Hurts and Kyler Murray was off the charts and he has some important skills for a prototypical NFL receiver. He averaged over 21 yards per catch in 2019 as he has the rare ability to take a five yard slant to the house. He’s a smaller built receiver, but still is willing to play physical and go up for contested catches. There’s no real weakness in his game and he’s a game breaker anywhere on the field. NFL Comparison: Odell Beckham Jr.
- Tua Tagovailoa- QB Alabama: With the injury to his hip last season, there have been concerns raised about his draft prospect. When thinking about his injury risk, you cannot forget how awesome he was in college. In his past two seasons, he had 76 touchdowns to just 9 interceptions. He has the ability to move around in the pocket, although not an elite runner. His arm strength and accuracy are in the upper echelon of rookie NFL quarterbacks. Seeing that he is a lefty quarterback, it is extremely hard to compare him to any present day quarterbacks, but here’s an interesting one. NFL Comparison: Deshaun Watson
- CJ Henderson- CB Florida: Henderson is considered the best corner in this class by some experts, but his draft projection does not match those comments. His ball skills are elite in terms of draft prospects and is probably the best in the class in that regard. He has all the skills to be an excellent cover corner, including a good blend of size and quickness. His 4.39 40-yard dash time was one of the fastest at the combine, so there’s no questioning his top end speed. The knocks on Henderson include his subpar tackling ability and occasional lapses in focus, but his superb talent in coverage makes up for it. NFL Comparison: Darius Slay
- Justin Herbert- QB Oregon: Herbert has the build of a prototypical NFL quarterback. The problem is no one knows if he is actually good at throwing the football. He has decent mobility and good size for a quarterback, but his film shows some massive inaccuracies in the passing game. He falls in love with his first read and has not been able to shake that off in college. This could lead to a high rate of mistakes and missing open receivers if the team that takes him cannot fix that problem. As a bona fide top 15 pick, he has the most bust potential out of the whole class. NFL Comparison: Marcus Mariota
- K.J. Hamler- WR Penn State: Hamler is not a bad player by any stretch of the imagination. He was among the best receivers in the Big Ten throughout his college career and definitely has the potential to prove me very wrong putting him here. Hamler is one of, if not the fastest player in the draft class, as he runs a sub 4.4 40 yard dash. KJ’s problem is that, outside of his speed, he does not possess any above average skills as a receiver. He’s more of one of those gadget players that will catch end arounds, return kicks/punts, and catch deep passes. There is many a story of good college receivers that did all of these things well, but struggled to find traction in the NFL. If Hamler develops his route running and catching in traffic ability, the speedy wide receiver could make a name for himself, but I would not pay his second round price tag. NFL Comparison: Tavon Austin
Grant Delpit- S LSU: Delpit started off having early/mid-first round projections earlier in the draft season. However, experts have started to cool off on the talented safety due to some big time flaws in his game. His major strengths include making big plays when they’re needed and his heavy hitting ability from centerfield. He is very willing to stop the run and can lay some huge hits on receivers to jar the ball free. His technique needs some serious work as he struggles with footwork in pass coverage. His hips have been a major knock on his prospect as he is often facing in the wrong direction while covering. While being a hard hitter, he also misses tackles at a high clip. Delpit is still one of the more talented players in this draft, but scouts have cooled off on him similarly to corner Greedy Williams last season. Expect him to fall to the late-first/early-second round. NFL Comparison: Eric Berry