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2020 NFL Draft Pre-Combine Prospect Rankings – QB, WR, TE

Analyzing the best talent available among quarterbacks, wide receivers, and tight ends in the 2020 NFL Draft.

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With just under two months until the NFL Draft, all eyes will be on the playmakers of tomorrow. Here at On Tap Sports Net, we’re taking a look at the top prospects in each position group. We’ll kick things off by analyzing the best talent available among quarterbacks, wide receivers, and tight ends.

Quarterback

  1. Tua Tagovailoa, Alabama
  2. Joe Burrow, LSU
  3. Justin Herbert, Oregon
  4. Jordan Love, Utah State
  5. Jacob Eason, Washington

Tua excels at throwing the deep ball, so he could be a special player at the pro level if he stays healthy. Joe Burrow had a ridiculous season, but the fifth-year senior might be a victim of being on a great team. I am not quite sure what to make of Justin Herbert and his maddening combination of arm strength, athleticism, questionable decision making, and bouts of inaccuracy. However, he is definitely someone a team could fall in love with, just like Jordan Love. Love possesses the strongest arm in the draft, but in a year when people were expecting him to take a step forward, he struggled. Easton does not have much experience as a starter but he does have some interesting tools that could be developed. – Cameron, Edgar

Wide Receiver

  1. CeeDee Lamb, Oklahoma
  2. Jerry Jeudy, Alabama
  3. Laviska Shenault Jr., Colorado
  4. Henry Ruggs III, Alabama
  5. Tee Higgins, Clemson

Picking between Lamb and Jeudy is tough, but I give the nod to Ceedee Lamb. He’s one of the best receivers at contested catches and the production shows. Since his freshman year, his yards per catch, touchdowns, and total receiving yards have increased each season. The latter category rose 14.5% since the departure of Hollywood Brown in 2019. Jerry Jeudy is not far off, however. He’s the best route runner of the group and his physicality, as well as his explosive first step off the line, is impressive. He reminds me of a refined D.J. Moore coming out of college. Shenault was labeled as the prospect scouts salivate over, and boy did he deliver. His large physical presence on the field does not hinder him from evading defenders as an ankle breaker. He’s a YAC machine with a relentless motor. Although still raw, Shenault will find success in the NFL with some touch-up to his route-running skills. Henry Ruggs III is the fastest receiver in the draft. Primarily used in the slot, he does not explode right off the line, but if the ball is in his hands (especially in stride) he’s gone. Tee Higgins struggled to create separation against better defenders at times, however, his long arms and ability to track the ball helped him become a strong red-zone threat. – Edgar

Tight End

  1. Cole Kmet, Notre Dame
  2. Jared Pinkney, Vanderbilt
  3. Harrison Bryant, Florida Atlantic
  4. Adam Trautman, Dayton
  5. Brycen Hopkins, Purdue

I’m not as high on Kmet as most people. However, he gets the top nod here due to him being one of the most complete tight ends in the draft while possessing the best hands of anyone at the position. Pinkney absolutely looks the part of a tight end prospect with a bulky body type that can jump off the tape with some “wow” plays. Harrison Bryant might just be the best receiving tight end in the draft as it seems he has the innate ability to find the open space. Hopkins is more of a receiver than a blocker, but his hands can look questionable at times. Trautman physically dominated a lower class of competition with his size and violent style of play, but can it translate to the next level? – Cameron


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