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2020 NFL Draft Big Board


The first two (great) weeks are in the books, here’s an update to our 2020 NFL Draft big board!

This is a bi-weekly series showcasing four different players every release, so make sure to bookmark this article.

In this release, I’ll present an outstanding player we, unfortunately, lost for the season, the most versatile defensive player in the draft, the top interior d-lineman, and an offensive playmaker treat to cap it off.

As always, the article is followed by the Top-50.

2020 NFL Draft Big Board

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Dylan Moses was the top linebacker prospect entering this season. Unfortunately, he’s been declared out indefinitely with a knee injury. Moses is only a Junior and should decide to come back for his senior season in Tuscaloosa (which is why he’s been taken off the board). But I feel it’s necessary to point out what we’re really missing out on before we start diving into the other linebackers in the 2020 class.

In two seasons playing for the Tide, Moses has already shown outstanding upside as an NFL prospect. He has an elite combination of size and quickness for the position. He has the most explosive downhill burst of the 2020 class, and he uses it well when pass rushing. No running back in the country wants to pick up a Dylan Moses blitz. He uses his hands well to fend off blocks when pass rushing and definitely has the versatility and speed to play outside linebacker. Moses is at his best playing the run, with great vision and play recognition to read the right gaps combined with outstanding wrap-up technique.

His only weakness might be in pass defense, dropping back in zone. He was often kept out of nickel and dime packages in 2018. When he did drop back in coverage, he hasn’t shown a great feel for routes around his zone. You’ll often see him looking around for a route to cover, rather than monitoring the quarterback’s eyes. The production on passing downs isn’t quite there either, with only one interception and one pass breakup in two seasons. Something Moses was certainly hoping to put on tape this season. We’ll probably have a chance to witness one more season in Alabama in 2020.


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Clemson owned the 2019 draft with 3 of their star defensive linemen selected in the 1st round: Clelin Ferrell, Christian Wilkins and Dexter Lawrence (Trayvon Mullen went in the 2nd and Austin Bryant in the 4th).  But there’s plenty of talent left in store for the Tigers in 2019. My favorite Clemson prospect to watch not named Xavier Thomas? That would be the versatile Isaiah Simmons.

Clemson lines him up everywhere between the hashes, at safety or linebacker depending on the situation. His physical and athletic traits are freakish, driving his upside as a defensive playmaker through the roof. Production-wise, Simmons is outstanding with the Tigers. He not only leads the team in tackles in 2018 with 88 (currently on pace to break 100 in 2019) but also lead in pass breakups with six on the season. Simmons’ impact against the run and the pass make him a very unique prospect in this class.

Technique-wise, he uses his length very well to wrap up ball carriers coming downhill. Simmons has terrific hands and movement skills to keep blockers off of him and to get to the point of contact cleanly (either blitzing or attacking the run). His speed makes it nearly impossible for running backs looking for the edge to outrun him.

The reason I believe he’ll move to safety at the next level is his cover skills. Defensive coordinators will drool at his ability to neutralize any running back, slot or TE in man coverage. He’s not quite as comfortable in zone, sometimes lacking awareness to track receivers in and out of his zone, but he remains more than serviceable. The main concern for Simmons is will he be able (and will the team that drafts him have the patience) to commit to one role, perfect and master it. As of now, it’s undeniable that his upside is through the roof.


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Derrick Brown is one of the most anticipated players of this draft class. He faced his fair share of adversity before becoming a five-star recruit. Brown dealt with bullying throughout his school experience. This led him to question playing football several times in his young career. His family supported him well and helped him get to where he is today.

He might have been of “passive nature” as a kid, but it’s definitely not how he acts on the gridiron today. He’s been knocking offensive linemen around for the past 3 years.

Brown is listed at 6’5”, 318 lbs; ideal size for an interior defensive lineman. His power and leg drive are outstanding. There are plays where he backs his opponent all the way into the QB without keeping leverage. His technique is very refined. He has a killer swim and rip moves that should translate perfectly at the next level. His football IQ is very underrated. Brown recognizes blocking schemes in an instant, enabling him to beat double teams intelligently.

The one “weakness” I identified when watching Brown was regarding his get-off. He tends to stand up straight when bursting out of his stance, rather than staying low and driving upwards through his target. Something you can get away with in college, not in the NFL with a refined guard lined up in front of you. Other than that, Brown has all the traits to be one of the most touted prospect come draft season.


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A top-10 prospect at WR if I’ve ever seen one. Jeudy reminds me a lot of Odell Beckham Jr., I just can’t unsee it. That ability to take a slant to the house off one cut… Some see the star ‘Bama receiver as the number 1 overall prospect in the draft and it’s easy to see why.

In his sophomore season, Jeudy caught a team-leading total of 68 passes for 1319 yards (19.3 yds/rec) and 14 touchdowns. This stat line propelled him to 10th in the country in receiving yards and 3rd in touchdowns. With 18 receptions, 240 yards and already 4 touchdowns this season, he’s on pace for a record-breaking year: 135 receptions, 1800 yards and 30 touchdowns! Ok, the touchdown rate certainly is not sustainable but he’s off to an incredible start.

There is very little Jerry Jeudy can’t do. He might as well graduate with a Ph.D. in route running because that boy can fly. He excels on double move routes, once his foot plants in the ground, he explodes usually leaving no chance for defenders to even come close to the catch point. Not that it bothers him though, he has great concentration, strong hands and body control making him just as good in contested situations.

His foot quickness on releases is unreal, he can burst off the line of scrimmage untouched it screams elite talent. He’s efficient in the screen game, over the middle, lateral routes, deep routes, you name it… Not to mention how dangerous he is after the catch. He’s an immediate threat the moment he steps on an NFL field.


The only knock you could have on Jeudy might be his measurables, but man… who cares about that when you can ball so hard. He won’t win with height, size or catch radius (6’1” 192lbs) but you can bank on him winning 9/10 routes run.

RkNamePosSchoolPos Rk
1Grant DelpitSLSU1
2Jerry JeudyWRAlabama1
3Tua TagovailoaQBAlabama1
4Justin HerbertQBOregon2
5Chase YoungEDGEOhio State1
6A.J. EpenesaEDGEIowa2
7Andrew ThomasOTGeorgia1
8CeeDee LambWROklahoma2
9Derrick BrownIDLAuburn1
10Tyler BiadaszIOLWisconsin1
11Bryce HallCBVirginia1
12Kristian FultonCBLSU2
13Laviska Shenault Jr.WRColorado3
14Walker LittleOTStanford2
15Travis EtienneRBClemson1
16Jonathan TaylorRBWisconsin2
17Isaiah SimmonsSClemson2
18Henry Ruggs IIIWRAlabama4
19Tristan WirfsOTIowa3
20D'Andre SwiftRBGeorgia3
21Paulson AdeboCBStanford3
22Xavier McKinneySAlabama3
23Tee HigginsWRClemson5
24Jeffery OkudahCBOhio State4
25Jalen ReagorWRTCU6
26Raekwon DavisIDLAlabama2
27Tyler JohnsonWRMinnesota7
28C.J. HendersonCBFlorida5
29Trey AdamsOTWashington4
30Jake FrommQBGeorgia3
31Grant CalcaterraTEOklahoma1
32Troy DyeLBOregon1
33Yetur Gross-MatosEDGEPenn State3
34Rashard LawrenceIDLLSU3
35Trevon DiggsCBClemson6
36Ke'Shawn VaughnRBVanderbilt4
37Collin JohnsonWRTexas8
38Mike HamptonCBUSF7
39Alton RobinsonEDGESyracuse4
40Prince Tega WanoghoOTAuburn5
41Albert OkwuegbunamTEMissouri2
42Shaquille QuartermanLBMiami (FL)2
43Kenny WillekesEDGEMichigan State5
44Jaylon JohnsonCBUtah8
45Bryan Edwards WRSouth Carolina9
46Alaric JacksonOTIowa6
47Darryl WilliamsIOLMississippi State2
48J.K. DobbinsRBOhio State5
49Calvin ThrockmortonOTOregon7
50Julian OkwaraEDGENotre Dame6

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Selyan's a football addict (no rehab planned). Winner of countless fantasy football championships. Prospect tape grinder, rookie draft smasher, and re-builder of dynasties. Oh, and also plays wide receiver.

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