Matt Miller's 2020 NFL Draft First Quarter Big Board

Matt Miller@nfldraftscoutNFL Draft Lead WriterOctober 1, 2019

Matt Miller's 2020 NFL Draft First Quarter Big Board

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    The 2020 NFL draft class is worth getting excited about, especially if your favorite team has a need on offense.

    The upcoming class is strong in many places the 2019 draft was weak—most notably at quarterback and wide receiver. After three passers went in the first round last year (Kyler Murray, Daniel Jones and Dwayne Haskins), this year has a strong chance to double that number based on team needs at the position and the players believed to be available.

    Already, we're seeing Alabama's Tua Tagovailoa emerge as a legitimate franchise quarterback prospect and the clear-cut top at the position. Behind Tua are many strong contenders such as known commodities Justin Herbert (Oregon) and Jake Fromm (Georgia), but also newcomers Joe Burrow (LSU), Jalen Hurts (Oklahoma) and Jacob Eason (Washington).

    At wide receiver, we could see the best class in the last decade—even better than the 2014 class that gave us Sammy Watkins, Mike Evans and Odell Beckham Jr. in the first round. That's, in part, thanks to a trio at Alabama unlike any we've seen before.

    Jerry Jeudy, Henry Ruggs III and DeVonta Smith are truly special, and each possesses enough talent to go in the first round. Jeudy, especially, is the cleanest wide receiver prospect the NFL has seen in a long time. The sheer depth at receiver should excite teams with an eye on adding speed and big-play offensive ability through the draft.

    Plenty of football has yet to be played. But after the first quarter of the season, here's a look at how this class shakes out. 


    Want to see where these prospects land in a mock draft? Check out the Stick to Football crew's latest podcast here

Top 32 Overall Players

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    1. Jerry Jeudy, WR, Alabama
    2. Chase Young, EDGE, Ohio State
    3. A.J. Epenesa, EDGE, Iowa
    4. Tua Tagovailoa, QB, Alabama
    5. Jeff Okudah, CB, Ohio State
    6. Isaiah Simmons, LB, Clemson
    7. Tee Higgins, WR, Clemson
    8. CJ Henderson, CB, Florida
    9. Grant Delpit, S, LSU
    10. D'Andre Swift, RB, Georgia
    11. Jonathan Taylor, RB, Wisconsin
    12. Henry Ruggs III, WR, Alabama
    13. Tristan Wirfs, OT, Iowa
    14. Andrew Thomas, OT, Georgia
    15. Derrick Brown, DL, Auburn
    16. CeeDee Lamb, WR, Oklahoma
    17. Paulson Adebo, CB, Stanford
    18. K'Lavon Chaisson, EDGE, LSU
    19. Travis Etienne, RB, Clemson
    20. Laviska Shenault Jr., WR, Colorado
    21. Joe Burrow, QB, LSU
    22. Justin Herbert, QB, Oregon
    23. Alex Leatherwood, OT, Alabama
    24. Marvin Wilson, DL, FSU
    25. Kristian Fulton, CB, LSU
    26. Creed Humphrey, OC, Oklahoma
    27. Yetur Gross-Matos, EDGE, Penn State
    28. Trevon Diggs, CB, Alabama
    29. Jordan Love, QB, Utah State
    30. Tyler Biadasz, C, Wisconsin
    31. Jake Fromm, QB, Georgia
    32. Jacob Eason, QB, Washington


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    Best Accuracy: Tua Tagovailoa, Alabama
    Best Arm Strength: Jacob Eason, Washington
    Best Mobility: Jalen Hurts, Oklahoma
    Best Potential: Justin Herbert, Oregon
    Most Pro Ready: Tua Tagovailoa, Alabama

    1. Tua Tagovailoa, Alabama
    2. Joe Burrow, LSU
    3. Justin Herbert, Oregon
    4. Jordan Love, Utah State
    5. Jake Fromm, Georgia
    6. Jacob Eason, Washington
    7. Jalen Hurts, Oklahoma
    8. Nate Stanley, Iowa
    9. Steven Montez, Colorado
    10. K.J. Costello, Stanford

Running Backs

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    Best Hands: D'Andre Swift, Georgia
    Best Potential: D'Andre Swift, Georgia
    Best Power: AJ Dillon, Boston College
    Best Speed: Travis Etienne, Clemson
    Best Vision: Jonathan Taylor, Wisconsin

    1. D'Andre Swift, Georgia
    2. Jonathan Taylor, Wisconsin
    3. Travis Etienne, Clemson
    4. J.K. Dobbins, Ohio State
    5. Chuba Hubbard, Oklahoma State
    6. Najee Harris, Alabama

    7. Cam Akers, FSU
    8. Ke'Shawn Vaughn, Vanderbilt
    9. Eno Benjamin, Arizona State
    10. Zack Moss, Utah
    11. Lamical Perine, Florida
    12. AJ Dillon, Boston College
    13. Anthony McFarland Jr., Maryland
    14. J.J. Taylor, Arizona
    15. Trey Sermon, Oklahoma

Wide Receivers

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    Best Hands: Jerry Jeudy, Alabama
    Best Power: Collin Johnson, Texas
    Best Potential: Jerry Jeudy, Alabama
    Best Speed: Henry Ruggs III, Alabama
    Best Routes: Jerry Jeudy, Alabama

    1. Jerry Jeudy, Alabama
    2. Tee Higgins, Clemson
    3. Henry Ruggs III, Alabama
    4. CeeDee Lamb, Oklahoma
    5. Laviska Shenault Jr., Colorado
    6. Tyler Johnson, Minnesota
    7. Jalen Reagor, TCU
    8. Collin Johnson, Texas
    9. Donovan Peoples-Jones, Michigan
    10. Tylan Wallace, Oklahoma State
    11. Devin Duvernay, Texas
    12. DeVonta Smith, Alabama
    13. K.J. Hill, Ohio State

    14. Demetris Robertson, Georgia
    15. Aaron Fuller, Washington

Tight Ends

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    Best Hands: Grant Calcaterra, Oklahoma
    Best Blocking: Colby Parkinson, Stanford
    Best Potential: Albert Okwuegbunam, Missouri
    Best Routes: Grant Calcaterra, Oklahoma
    Best Speed: Albert Okwuegbunam, Missouri

    1. Brycen Hopkins, Purdue
    2. Grant Calcaterra, Oklahoma
    3. Jared Pinkney, Vanderbilt
    4. Albert Okwuegbunam, Missouri
    5. Colby Parkinson, Stanford
    6. Jacob Breeland, Oregon
    7. Mitchell Wilcox, USF
    8. Chase Allen, Iowa State
    9. Sean McKeon, Michigan
    10. Harrison Bryant, FAU
    11. Jared Rice, Fresno State
    12. Matt Bushman, BYU
    13. Charlie Woerner, Georgia

Offensive Tackles

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    Best Run-Blocker: Andrew Thomas, Georgia
    Best Pass-Blocker: Tristan Wirfs, Iowa
    Most NFL Ready: Andrew Thomas, Georgia
    Best Potential: Andrew Thomas, Georgia

    1. Tristan Wirfs, Iowa
    2. Andrew Thomas, Georgia
    3. Alex Leatherwood, Alabama
    4. Lucas Niang, TCU
    5. Trey Adams, Washington
    6. Prince Tega Wanogho, Auburn
    7. Alaric Jackson, Iowa
    8. Trey Smith, Tennessee
    9. Mekhi Becton, Louisville
    10. Calvin Throckmorton, Oregon
    11. Austin Jackson, USC
    12. Brady Aiello, Oregon

Offensive Guards

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    Best Run-Blocker: Tommy Kraemer, Notre Dame
    Best Pass-Blocker: Shane Lemieux, Oregon
    Most NFL ReadyTommy Kraemer, Notre Dame
    Best PotentialTommy Kraemer, Notre Dame

    1. Shane Lemieux, Oregon
    2. Tommy Kraemer, Notre Dame
    3. Jon Runyan, Michigan
    4. John Simpson, Clemson
    5. Ben Bredeson, Michigan
    6. Bryce Meeker, Iowa State
    7. Tremayne Anchrum, Clemson
    8. Josh Knipfel, Iowa State
    9. Logan Stenberg, Kentucky
    10. Tre'Vour Wallace-Simms, Missouri
    11. Marcus Keyes, Oklahoma State
    12. Steven Gonzalez, Penn State


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    Best Run-Blocker: Tyler Biadasz, Wisconsin
    Best Pass-Blocker: Creed Humphrey, Oklahoma
    Most NFL ReadyTyler Biadasz, Wisconsin
    Best PotentialCreed Humphrey, Oklahoma

    1. Creed Humphrey, Oklahoma
    2. Tyler Biadasz, Wisconsin
    3. Darryl Williams, Mississippi State
    4. Zach Shackelford, Texas
    5. Jake Hanson, Oregon
    6. Matt Hennessy, Temple
    7. Gage Cervenka, Clemson
    8. Cohl Cabral, Arizona State
    9. Nick Harris, Washington
    10. Trystan Colon-Castillo, Missouri
    11. Kenny Cooper, Georgia Tech


Defensive Line

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    Best Pass-Rusher: Derrick Brown, Auburn
    Best Run-Defender: Raekwon Davis, Alabama
    Best Athlete: Marvin Wilson, FSU
    Best Power: Derrick Brown, Auburn
    Best Potential: Javon Kinlaw, South Carolina

    1. Derrick Brown, Auburn
    2. Marvin Wilson, FSU
    3. Raekwon Davis, Alabama
    4. Nick Coe, Auburn
    5. Javon Kinlaw, South Carolina
    6. Raequan Williams, Michigan State
    7. Leki Fotu, Utah
    8. Rashard Lawrence, LSU
    9. Breiden Fehoko, LSU
    10. Mustafa Johnson, Colorado
    11. Ray Lima, Iowa State
    12. Ross Blacklock, TCU
    13. LaBryan Ray, Alabama


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    Best Pass-Rusher: Chase Young, Ohio State
    Best Run Defender: A.J. Epenesa, Iowa
    Best AthleteChase Young, Ohio State
    Best Power: A.J. Epenesa, Iowa
    Best PotentialChase Young, Ohio State

    1. Chase Young, Ohio State
    2. A.J. Epenesa, Iowa
    3. K'Lavon Chaisson, LSU
    4. Yetur Gross-Matos, Penn State
    5. Julian Okwara, Notre Dame
    6. Alton Robinson, Syracuse
    7. Curtis Weaver, Boise State
    8. Terrell Lewis, Alabama
    9. Jabari Zuniga, Florida
    10. Kenny Willekes, Michigan State
    11. Anfernee Jennings, Alabama
    12. Jonathan Greenard, Florida
    13. Bradlee Anae, Utah
    14. Michael Danna, Michigan
    15. Darrell Taylor, Tennessee


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    Best Run Defender: Dylan Moses, Alabama
    Best Coverage: Isaiah Simmons, Clemson
    Most VersatileIsaiah Simmons, Clemson
    Best SpeedIsaiah Simmons, Clemson
    Best PotentialIsaiah Simmons, Clemson

    1. Isaiah Simmons, Clemson
    2. Dylan Moses, Alabama
    3. Kenneth Murray, Oklahoma
    4. Monty Rice, Georgia
    5. Jacob Phillips, LSU
    6. David Woodward, Utah State
    7. Joe Bachie, Michigan State
    8. Markus Bailey, Purdue
    9. Paddy Fisher, Northwestern
    10. Troy Dye, Oregon
    11. Shaquille Quarterman, Miami
    12. Khaleke Hudson, Michigan
    13. Michael Pinckney, Miami
    14. Evan Weaver, Cal
    15. Malik Harrison, Ohio State


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    Best Man Coverage: Jeffrey Okudah, Ohio State
    Best Zone Coverage: Paulson Adebo, Stanford
    Best Speed: Jeff Gladney, TCU
    Best HandsJeffrey Okudah, Ohio State
    Best PotentialJeffrey Okudah, Ohio State

    1. Jeff OkudahOhio State
    2. CJ HendersonFlorida
    3. Paulson AdeboStanford
    4. Kristian FultonLSU
    5. Trevon DiggsAlabama
    6. Bryce HallVirginia
    7. A.J. TerrellClemson
    8. Jeff GladneyTCU
    9. Shaun WadeOhio State
    10. Jaylon JohnsonUtah
    11. Lavert HillMichigan
    12. Mark GilbertDuke
    13. Julian BlackmonUtah
    14. Kindle Vildor, Georgia Southern


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    Best Free Safety: Xavier McKinney, Alabama
    Best Strong Safety: Grant Delpit, LSU
    Best Speed: Kyle Dugger, Lenoir-Rhyne
    Best Power: Brandon Jones, Texas
    Best Potential: Grant Delpit, LSU

    1. Grant Delpit, LSU
    2. Xavier McKinney, Alabama
    3. Brandon Jones, Texas
    4. Richard LeCounte, Georgia
    5. Kyle Dugger, Lenior Rhyne
    6. Hamsah Nasirildeen, FSU
    7. Stanford Samuels IIIFSU
    8. Reggie Floyd, Virginia Tech
    9. Jordan Fuller, Ohio State
    10. Alohi Gilman, Notre Dame