Matt Miller 2020 Big Board: Quarterback Order Starting to Take Shape

Matt Miller@nfldraftscoutNFL Draft Lead WriterNovember 5, 2019

Matt Miller 2020 Big Board: Quarterback Order Starting to Take Shape

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    What happened to the hype surrounding the 2020 quarterback class? 

    It's easy to get caught up in the weekly madness of the sport. One big game by a player can propel them to the national spotlight; hell, one good play can do it. Similarly, one bad week can have analysts and fans wondering out loud if a player is as talented as they were led to believe.

    This microwave society isn't good for player evaluation. Hype is often fleeting, and the basis of evaluation is a continued study over time. The 2020 quarterback class is a case study in evaluation over time versus highlights.

    Alabama's Tua Tagovailoa is the picture of consistency, but that's boring and easy to discount because of the talent around him. And yet a player who has thrown 27 touchdowns to just two interceptions this year doesn't get as much hype as other quarterbacks because it's what we've come to expect. Tagovailoa doesn't trend on Twitter with jaw-dropping runs or dazzling plays; he just wins and plays smart, consistent football. That's why he's not moving off his No. 1 spot in the position group.

    Behind him, there hasn't been a ton of movement over the course of the season—and again, that's how evaluation should be—because overhyped players have crashed back to earth while consistent quarterbacks have continued to play well.

    Joe Burrow can be considered a rising star but only by those who refuse to acknowledge how well he played to end the 2018 season. Burrow was red-hot and showing weekly signs of improvement as last year ended. He's only picked up where he left off while continuing to develop his own tools and building better chemistry with those around him.

    Outside of the two dominant SEC quarterbacks, the 2020 class has question marks. Justin Herbert was anointed a franchise quarterback when he won the starting job at Oregon; and while his stats are impressive, his play can leave you wanting more. It's the same for trait-based players such as Jacob Eason (Washington) and Jordan Love (Utah State), who look the part from a height-weight-skills standpoint but haven't put together consistent performances. Each has talent and could work his way higher up the board, but their play must improve.

    And then there is Jake Fromm. The Georgia quarterback is a picture of consistency but lacks the physical tools of those listed ahead of him. Quarterbacks with great minds and accuracy but limited athleticism have won in the NFL—there's that guy in New England, after all—but Fromm has his lovers and haters among NFL scouts.

    Put it all together, and the 2020 quarterback class is good but not great. NFL teams in need at the position have time to figure out where they stand on this group, but those who value consistency will love what they get from the SEC.

    How does the rest of the draft class shake out? Here's a look at my big board and position-by-position rankings.

Top 32 Players

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    1. Chase Young, Edge, Ohio State
    2. Jerry Jeudy, WR, Alabama
    3. Tua Tagovailoa, QB, Alabama
    4. Jeff Okudah, CB, Ohio State
    5. Joe Burrow, QB, LSU
    6. Isaiah Simmons, LB, Clemson
    7. Derrick Brown, DL, Auburn
    8. Henry Ruggs III, WR, Alabama
    9. CeeDee Lamb, WR, Oklahoma
    10. Grant Delpit, S, LSU
    11. CJ Henderson, CB, Florida
    12. A.J. Epenesa, Edge, Iowa
    13. D'Andre Swift, RB, Georgia
    14. Jonathan Taylor, RB, Wisconsin
    15. K'Lavon Chaisson, Edge, LSU
    16. Andrew Thomas, OT, Georgia
    17. Tristan Wirfs, OT, Iowa
    18. Kenneth Murray, LB, Oklahoma
    19. Javon Kinlaw, DL, South Carolina
    20. Raekwon Davis, DL, Alabama
    21. Justin Herbert, QB, Oregon
    22. Paulson Adebo, CB, Stanford
    23. Marvin Wilson, DL, Florida State
    24. Tee Higgins, WR, Clemson
    25. Dylan Moses, LB, Alabama
    26. Kristian Fulton, CB, LSU
    27. Jake Fromm, QB, Georgia
    28. Tyler Biadasz, OL, Wisconsin
    29. Terrell Lewis, Edge, Alabama
    30. Alex Leatherwood, OT, Alabama
    31. Laviska Shenault Jr., WR, Colorado
    32. Austin Jackson, OT, USC

Quarterbacks

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    Best Accuracy: Tua Tagovailoa, Alabama
    Best Arm Strength: Jacob Eason, Washington
    Best Mobility: Jalen Hurts, Oklahoma
    Best Day 1 Starter: Tagovailoa
    Biggest Riser: Joe Burrow, LSU

    1. Tua Tagovailoa, Alabama
    2. Joe Burrow, LSU
    3. Justin Herbert, Oregon
    4. Jake Fromm, Georgia
    5. Jordan Love, Utah State
    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 Speed: Tavien Feaster, South Carolina
    Best Vision: Jonathan Taylor, Wisconsin
    Best Power: AJ Dillon, Boston College
    Best Hands: D'Andre Swift, Georgia
    Best Day 1 Starter: Swift
    Biggest Riser: J.K. Dobbins, Ohio State

    1. D'Andre Swift, Georgia
    2. Jonathan Taylor, Wisconsin
    3. J.K. Dobbins, Ohio State
    4. Travis Etienne, Clemson
    5. Najee Harris, Alabama
    6. Chuba Hubbard, Oklahoma State
    7. Cam Akers, Florida State
    8. Zack Moss, Utah
    9. AJ Dillon, Boston College
    10. Ke'Shawn Vaughn, Vanderbilt

Wide Receivers

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    Best Hands: CeeDee Lamb, Oklahoma
    Best Routes: Jerry Jeudy, Alabama
    Best Speed: Henry Ruggs III, Alabama
    Best Day 1 Starter: Jeudy
    Biggest Riser: Michael Pittman Jr., USC


    1. Jerry Jeudy, Alabama
    2. Henry Ruggs III, Alabama
    3. CeeDee Lamb, Oklahoma
    4. Tee Higgins, Clemson
    5. Laviska Shenault Jr., Colorado
    6. Michael Pittman Jr., USC
    7. KJ Hamler, Penn State
    8. Donovan Peoples-Jones, Michigan
    9. Sage Surratt, Wake Forest
    10. Charleston Rambo, Oklahoma

Tight Ends

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    Best Blocker: Cole Kmet, Notre Dame
    Best Route-Runner: Albert Okwuegbunam, Missouri
    Best Hands: Brycen Hopkins, Purdue
    Most Versatile: Hunter Bryant, Washington
    Best Day 1 Starter: Hopkins
    Biggest Riser: Hopkins

    1. Brycen Hopkins, Purdue
    2. Cole Kmet, Notre Dame
    3. Hunter Bryant, Washington
    4. Jared Pinkney, Vanderbilt
    5. Albert Okwuegbunam, Missouri
    6. Colby Parkinson, Stanford
    7. Grant Calcaterra, Oklahoma
    8. Adam Trautman, Dayton
    9. Mitchell Wilcox, South Florida
    10. Jacob Breeland, Oregon

Offensive Tackles

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    Best Run-Blocker: Andrew Thomas, Georgia
    Best Pass-Blocker: Tristan Wirfs, Iowa
    Best Day 1 Starter: Wirfs
    Biggest Riser: Austin Jackson, USC


    1. Andrew Thomas, Georgia
    2. Tristan Wirfs, Iowa
    3. Alex Leatherwood, Alabama
    4. Austin Jackson, USC
    5. Trey Adams, Washington
    6. Matt Peart, UConn
    7. Alaric Jackson, Iowa
    8. Prince Tega Wanogho, Auburn
    9. Jedrick Wills Jr., Alabama
    10. Walker Little, Stanford

Interior Offensive Linemen

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    Best Run-Blocker: Trey Smith, Tennessee
    Best Pass-Blocker: Creed Humphrey, Oklahoma
    Best Day 1 Starter: Tyler Biadasz, Wisconsin
    Biggest Riser: Smith


    1. Tyler Biadasz, Wisconsin
    2. Creed Humphrey, Oklahoma
    3. Trey Smith, Tennessee
    4. Darryl Williams, Mississippi State
    5. Tommy Kraemer, Notre Dame
    6. Mekhi Becton, Louisville
    7. Lloyd Cushenberry III, LSU
    8. Ben Bredeson, Michigan
    9. Jake Hanson, Oregon
    10. Nick Harris, Washington

Defensive Line

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    Best Nose Tackle: Marvin Wilson, Florida State
    Best 3-4 End: Raekwon Davis, Alabama
    Best 4-3 Tackle: Derrick Brown, Auburn
    Best Pass-Rusher: Javon Kinlaw, South Carolina
    Best Day 1 Starter: Brown
    Biggest Riser: Kinlaw


    1. Derrick Brown, Auburn
    2. Javon Kinlaw, South Carolina
    3. Raekwon Davis, Alabama
    4. Marvin Wilson, Florida State
    5. Ross Blacklock, TCU
    6. Neville Gallimore, Oklahoma
    7. Leki Fotu, Utah
    8. Rashard Lawrence, LSU
    9. LaBryan Ray, Alabama
    10. Raequan Williams, Michigan State

Edge-Rushers

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    Best 4-3 End: Chase Young, Ohio State
    Best 3-4 Linebacker: Terrell Lewis, Alabama
    Best Speed: Young
    Best Power: A.J. Epenesa, Iowa
    Best Day 1 Starter: Young
    Biggest Riser: Zack Baun, Wisconsin


    1. Chase Young, Ohio State
    2. A.J. Epenesa, Iowa
    3. K'Lavon Chaisson, LSU
    4. Terrell Lewis, Alabama
    5. Yetur Gross-Matos, Penn State
    6. Curtis Weaver, Boise State
    7. Julian Okwara, Notre Dame
    8. Zack Baun, Wisconsin
    9. Alton Robinson, Syracuse
    10. Kenny Willekes, Michigan State

Linebackers

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    Best in Coverage: Isaiah Simmons, Clemson
    Best Middle Linebacker: Kenneth Murray, Oklahoma
    Best Outside Linebacker: Simmons
    Best Day 1 Starter: Simmons
    Biggest Riser: Murray


    1. Isaiah Simmons, Clemson
    2. Kenneth Murray, Oklahoma
    3. Dylan Moses, Alabama
    4. Monty Rice, Georgia
    5. Jacob Phillips, LSU
    6. Markus Bailey, Purdue
    7. Malik Harrison, Ohio State
    8. Evan Weaver, California
    9. Paddy Fisher, Northwestern
    10. Troy Dye, Oregon

Cornerbacks

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    Best in Coverage: Jeff Okudah, Ohio State
    Best Speed: Trevon Diggs, Alabama
    Best Day 1 Starter: Okudah
    Biggest Riser: Paulson Adebo, Stanford

    1. Jeffrey Okudah, Ohio State
    2. CJ Henderson, Florida
    3. Paulson Adebo, Stanford
    4. Kristian Fulton, LSU
    5. Trevon Diggs, Alabama
    6. A.J. Terrell, Clemson
    7. Jeff Gladney, TCU
    8. Shaun Wade, Ohio State
    9. Jaylon Johnson, Utah
    10. Bryce Hall, Virginia

Safeties

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    Best in Coverage: Xavier McKinney, Alabama
    Best Speed: Richard Lecounte, Georgia
    Best Tackler: Brandon Jones, Texas
    Best Day 1 Starter: Grant Delpit, LSU
    Biggest Riser: K'Von Wallace, Clemson

    1. Grant Delpit, LSU
    2. Xavier McKinney, Alabama
    3. Richard Lecounte, Georgia
    4. Brandon Jones, Texas
    5. K'Von Wallace, Clemson
    6. Hamsah Nasirildeen, Florida State
    7. Jordan Fuller, Ohio State
    8. Antoine Brooks Jr., Maryland
    9. Reggie Floyd, Virginia Tech
    10. J.R. Reed, Georgia