2020 NFL Draft Grades*

This year’s grades come with an asterisk because I am missing some data I would normally have. To be fair, NFL GM’s are also going to be missing a lot of data they normally have.

Some notes:

  1. Joe Burrow is far and away the best quarterback in this class. The gap between him and Tua is larger than it appears here due to Tua’s major injury red flags.
  2. I can’t state this enough: Tua, even if cleared by the team doctors, has a history of lower body injuries. Also, there’s the issue that it’s tough to evaluate players medically right now. This puts both Tua and NFL GM’s in a tough spot.
  3. Star cornerbacks are generally more prized than star defensive tackles. That bumps Okudah above Brown in the value column (not listed).
  4. Isaiah Simmons does a ton of things really well. Even so, I think I’d get the willies drafting him in the top five.
  5. Most of my projections for Chase Young have him him as a somewhat stronger prospect Nick Bosa. However, I want to note that one of my projections for him is as the best player I’ve ever scouted. His ceiling is Lawrence Taylor/Reggie White.
  6. For those of you concerned that the Clemson game exposed Young: Clemson’s offensive protection scheme was entirely geared around shutting down Young, which created opportunities for the rest of the front-seven.
  7. I’m on team Jeudy, but I can see others preferring Lamb or Ruggs as the top WR in the class.
  8. I’m certain I’ve never had a smaller delta between my top OT and my fourth OT.
  9. I should probably institute a positional penalty for running backs like I do for kickers and punters. I wouldn’t take any running back in the first round.
  10. I should probably institute a positional penalty for defenders that don’t influence opposing passing games after instituting a positional penalty for running backs.
  11. If Tua has injury red flags, Herbert has film red flags. Whoa boy. This is a tricky draft to find quarterbacks, after Burrow of course.
Rank Name Position School Grade
1 Chase Young DE Ohio State 96.60
2 Derrick Brown DT Auburn 92.48
3 Jeff Okudah CB Ohio State 92.39
4 Joe Burrow QB LSU 91.77
5 Isaiah Simmons OLB Clemson 91.75
6 Jerry Jeudy WR Alabama 89.23
7 Tua Tagovailoa QB Alabama 87.86
8 CeeDee Lamb WR Oklahoma 87.02
9 Jedrick Wills Jr. OT Alabama 86.90
10 Javon Kinlaw DT South Carolina 86.27
11 Andrew Thomas OT Georgia 86.21
12 Tristan Wirfs OT Iowa 85.89
13 D’Andre Swift RB Georgia 85.68
14 Mekhi Becton OT Louisville 85.42
15 Henry Ruggs III WR Alabama 85.18
16 C.J. Henderson CB Florida 84.09
17 Grant Delpit S LSU 82.92
18 K’Lavon Chaisson DE LSU 82.39
19 Jonathan Taylor RB Wisconsin 81.79
20 Kenneth Murray ILB Oklahoma 81.78
21 J.K. Dobbins RB Ohio State 81.58
22 A.J. Epenesa DE Iowa 81.43
23 Yetur Gross-Matos DE Penn State 81.31
24 Justin Jefferson WR LSU 81.07
25 Xavier McKinney S Alabama 80.70
26 Trevon Diggs CB Alabama 80.06
27 Austin Jackson OT USC 80.01
28 Justin Herbert QB Oregon 79.98
29 Tee Higgins WR Clemson 79.81
30 Patrick Queen ILB LSU 79.20
31 Antoine Winfield Jr. S Minnesota 78.63
32 Terrell Lewis OLB Alabama 77.66
33 Laviska Shenault Jr. WR Colorado 77.57
34 Ross Blacklock DT TCU 77.09
35 Clyde Edwards-Helaire RB LSU 76.88
36 Zack Baun OLB Wisconsin 76.67
37 Raekwon Davis DT Alabama 76.46
38 Kristian Fulton CB LSU 76.33
39 Jordan Love QB Utah State 76.09
40 A.J. Terrell CB Clemson 75.57
41 Jaylon Johnson CB Utah 75.19
42 Cole Kmet TE Notre Dame 75.05
43 Jalen Reagor WR TCU 75.00
44 Jeff Gladney CB TCU 74.70
45 Cesar Ruiz C Michigan 74.46
46 Damon Arnette CB Ohio State 73.91
47 Josh Jones OT Houston 73.83
48 Jacob Eason QB Washington 73.79
49 Julian Okwara DE Notre Dame 73.79
50 Kyle Dugger S Lenoir-Rhyne 73.63
51 Tyler Biadasz C Wisconsin 73.42
52 K.J. Hamler WR Penn State 73.36
53 Prince Tega Wanogho OT Auburn 72.82
54 Neville Gallimore DT Oklahoma 72.76
55 Cam Akers RB Florida State 72.57
56 Brandon Aiyuk WR Arizona State 72.29
57 Michael Pittman Jr. WR USC 72.28
58 Ashtyn Davis S California 71.60
59 Bradlee Anae DE Utah 70.77
60 Josh Uche OLB Michigan 70.65
61 Ezra Cleveland OT Boise State 70.50
62 Justin Madubuike DT Texas A&M 70.05
63 Albert Okwuegbunam TE Missouri 69.88
64 Curtis Weaver DE Boise State 69.51
65 Noah Igbinoghene CB Auburn 69.33
66 Jeremy Chinn S Southern Illinois 68.84
67 Adam Trautman TE Dayton 68.79
68 Jake Fromm QB Georgia 68.72
69 Zack Moss RB Utah 68.67
70 Jabari Zuniga DE Florida 68.63
71 Isaiah Wilson OT Georgia 68.62
72 Cameron Dantzler CB Mississippi State 68.37
73 Jason Strowbridge DT North Carolina 68.24
74 Harrison Bryant TE Florida Atlantic 67.73
75 Lucas Niang OT TCU 67.68
76 Matt Hennessy C Temple 67.53
77 Bryce Hall CB Virginia 66.81
78 Marlon Davidson DE Auburn 66.78
79 A.J. Dillon RB Boston College 66.40
80 Akeem Davis-Gaither OLB Appalachian State 66.40
81 Denzel Mims WR Baylor 66.16
82 Hunter Bryant TE Washington 66.06
83 Collin Johnson WR Texas 65.80
84 John Simpson OG Clemson 65.50
85 Jordan Elliott DT Missouri 65.06
86 A.J. Green CB Oklahoma State 65.01
87 Amik Robertson CB Louisiana Tech 64.86
88 Ben Bredeson OG Michigan 64.77
89 Jonathan Greenard DE Florida 64.05
90 Darrell Taylor DE Tennessee 64.02
91 Jordyn Brooks ILB Texas Tech 63.84
92 Leki Fotu DT Utah 63.50
93 Saahdiq Charles OT LSU 62.87
94 Colby Parkinson TE Stanford 62.85
95 Logan Wilson ILB Wyoming 62.73
96 James Lynch DT Baylor 62.42
97 Logan Stenberg OG Kentucky 62.34
98 Brandon Jones S Texas 62.24
99 Bryan Edwards WR South Carolina 62.21
100 Lloyd Cushenberry III C LSU 62.03
101 Trey Adams OT Washington 61.57
102 Jalen Hurts QB Oklahoma 61.30
103 Anthony McFarland Jr. RB Maryland 61.29
104 Netane Muti OG Fresno State 61.28
105 Troy Pride Jr. CB Notre Dame 61.22
106 Jared Pinkney TE Vanderbilt 60.97
107 Anfernee Jennings OLB Alabama 60.54
108 Malik Harrison ILB Ohio State 60.44
109 Devin Duvernay WR Texas 60.32
110 K.J. Hill WR Ohio State 60.06
111 Devin Asiasi TE UCLA 59.98
112 Nick Harris C Washington 59.75
113 Eno Benjamin RB Arizona State 59.52
114 Antonio Gandy-Golden WR Liberty 59.26
115 Troy Dye OLB Oregon 59.08
116 Markus Bailey ILB Purdue 59.03
117 Van Jefferson WR Florida 58.98
118 Donovan Peoples-Jones WR Michigan 58.93
119 Keith Ismael C San Diego State 58.66
120 Rashard Lawrence DT LSU 58.65
121 Thaddeus Moss TE LSU 58.58
122 Gabriel Davis WR UCF 58.11
123 Khalid Kareem DE Notre Dame 58.09
124 Matt Peart OT UConn 57.70
125 Davon Hamilton DT Ohio State 57.13
126 Kenny Willekes DE Michigan State 56.87
127 Davion Taylor OLB Colorado 56.75
128 Nick Coe DE Auburn 56.73
129 Chase Claypool WR Notre Dame 56.61
130 Brycen Hopkins TE Purdue 56.30
131 Darnay Holmes CB UCLA 56.08
132 Shane Lemieux OG Oregon 55.89
133 Jonah Jackson OG Ohio State 55.42
134 Lavert Hill CB Michigan 55.37
135 Alton Robinson DE Syracuse 55.07
136 Ke’Shawn Vaughn RB Vanderbilt 55.01
137 Josiah Scott CB Michigan State 54.41
138 Robert Hunt OG Louisiana 54.33
139 Evan Weaver ILB California 53.46
140 Dane Jackson CB Pittsburgh 53.43
141 La’Mical Perine RB Florida 53.30
142 D.J. Wonnum DE South Carolina 53.08
143 Jordan Fuller S Ohio State 53.03
144 Josh Metellus S Michigan 52.79
145 Quintez Cephus WR Wisconsin 52.79
146 K’Von Wallace S Clemson 52.61
147 Terence Steele OT Texas Tech 52.55
148 Ben Bartch OG St. John’s (MN) 52.33
149 James Proche WR SMU 52.19
150 Jack Driscoll OT Auburn 52.04
151 Antoine Brooks Jr. S Maryland 51.96
152 Tremayne Anchrum OG Clemson 51.91
153 Hakeem Adeniji OT Kansas 51.65
154 Damien Lewis OG LSU 51.61
155 Kalija Lipscomb WR Vanderbilt 51.53
156 Solomon Kindley OG Georgia 51.53
157 Colton McKivitz OT West Virginia 51.35
158 Tanner Muse S Clemson 51.18
159 Joseph Charlton P South Carolina 51.14
160 DeeJay Dallas RB Miami 51.04
161 Benito Jones DT Ole Miss 51.04
162 J.R. Reed S Georgia 50.75
163 Raequan Williams DT Michigan State 50.53
164 Jacob Phillips ILB LSU 50.36
165 Kindle Vildor CB Georgia Southern 50.31
166 Tyler Johnson WR Minnesota 50.09
167 Lamar Jackson CB Nebraska 50.08
168 Robert Windsor DT Penn State 50.07
169 Cam Brown OLB Penn State 50.07
170 Larrell Murchison DT NC State 49.82
171 Lynn Bowden Jr. WR Kentucky 49.63
172 Carter Coughlin OLB Minnesota 49.08
173 Stephen Sullivan TE LSU 48.91
174 Khaleke Hudson OLB Michigan 48.86
175 Alohi Gilman S Notre Dame 48.72
176 Harrison Hand CB Temple 48.60
177 Anthony Gordon QB Washington State 48.40
178 Isaiah Hodgins WR Oregon State 48.25
179 Nate Stanley QB Iowa 47.83
180 Michael Warren II RB Cincinnati 47.71
181 Stanford Samuels III CB Florida State 47.70
182 Darrion Daniels DT Nebraska 47.65
183 Quartney Davis WR Texas A&M 47.49
184 Brian Cole II S Mississippi State 46.98
185 Rodrigo Blankenship K Georgia 46.92
186 Trystan Colon-Castillo C Missouri 46.40
187 Steven Montez QB Colorado 46.28
188 Geno Stone S Iowa 46.27
189 Javaris Davis CB Auburn 45.94
190 Julian Blackmon S Utah 45.69
191 Antonio Gibson RB Memphis 45.60
192 Calvin Throckmorton OT Oregon 45.25
193 Kamal Martin OLB Minnesota 45.24
194 Josiah Coatney DT Ole Miss 45.08
195 Michael Ojemudia CB Iowa 44.66
196 Essang Bassey CB Wake Forest 44.64
197 Terrell Burgess S Utah 44.41
198 Jeff Thomas WR Miami 44.27
199 Jon Runyan OT Michigan 44.23
200 Charlie Taumoepeau TE Portland State 44.15
201 Jalen Elliott S Notre Dame 44.09
202 Levante Bellamy RB Western Michigan 44.06
203 Mitchell Wilcox TE South Florida 44.05
204 Justin Strnad OLB Wake Forest 43.87
205 Tyler Bass K Georgia Southern 43.86
206 Myles Bryant CB Washington 43.58
207 James Robinson RB Illinois State 43.07
208 Mykal Walker OLB Fresno State 42.97
209 Shaquille Quarterman ILB Miami 42.58
210 Yasir Durant OT Missouri 42.37
211 Joe Reed WR Virginia 42.36
212 Trevon Hill DE Miami 42.32
213 Alex Taylor OT South Carolina State 42.24
214 Zach Shackelford C Texas 42.18
215 Darrynton Evans RB Appalachian State 42.18
216 John Hightower WR Boise State 41.91
217 David Woodward ILB Utah State 41.90
218 Dalton Keene TE Virginia Tech 41.78
219 Willie Gay Jr. OLB Mississippi State 41.53
220 Shyheim Carter S Alabama 41.25
221 Jonathan Garvin DE Miami 41.14
222 Quez Watkins WR Southern Mississippi 41.12
223 Broderick Washington Jr. DT Texas Tech 41.01
224 Juwan Johnson WR Oregon 41.00
225 Austin Mack WR Ohio State 40.81
226 Casey Toohill OLB Stanford 40.75
227 Cole McDonald QB Hawai’i 40.64
228 Michael Pinckney ILB Miami 40.61
229 McTelvin Agim DT Arkansas 40.55
230 Salvon Ahmed RB Washington 40.30
231 Tipa Galeai DE Utah State 40.19
232 Joshua Kelley RB UCLA 40.18
233 Cohl Cabral C Arizona State 40.06
234 Javon Leake RB Maryland 39.87
235 Sean McKeon TE Michigan 39.82
236 Cheyenne O’Grady TE Arkansas 39.74
237 Carlos Davis DT Nebraska 39.65
238 Trevis Gipson DE Tulsa 39.54
239 Joe Bachie ILB Michigan State 39.45
240 Jeremiah Dinson S Auburn 39.19
241 Dominic Eberle K Utah State 39.15
242 Darryl Williams C Mississippi State 39.11
243 Marquez Callaway WR Tennessee 38.79
244 Trishton Jackson WR Syracuse 38.72
245 Jacob Breeland TE Oregon 38.27
246 Brian Lewerke QB Michigan State 38.24
247 Dezmon Patmon WR Washington State 37.88
248 Josiah Deguara TE Cincinnati 37.84
249 Clay Johnson ILB Baylor 37.65
250 Binjimen Victor WR Ohio State 37.50
251 Jauan Jennings WR Tennessee 37.49
252 J.J. Taylor RB Arizona 37.47
253 Brian Herrien RB Georgia 37.45
254 Rico Dowdle RB South Carolina 37.44
255 JaMycal Hasty RB Baylor 37.36
256 Oluwole Betiku DE Illinois 37.29
257 Trajan Bandy CB Miami 37.27
258 James Morgan QB Florida International 37.17
259 Simon Stepaniak OT Indiana 37.06
260 Jaylinn Hawkins S California 36.92
261 Qaadir Sheppard DE Ole Miss 36.87
262 Michael Divinity Jr. OLB LSU 36.77
263 Rodney Clemons S SMU 36.76
264 Alex Highsmith DE Charlotte 36.51
265 John Penisini DT Utah 36.45
266 Christian Rector DT USC 36.29
267 Dante Olson ILB Montana 36.25
268 Darius Anderson RB TCU 36.22
269 Tyre Phillips OT Mississippi State 36.19
270 Kyle Murphy OG Rhode Island 36.04
271 Reggie Robinson II CB Tulsa 35.87
272 Jake Hanson C Ohio State 35.84
273 Kendrick Rogers WR Texas A&M 35.80
274 Cale Garrett ILB Missouri 35.64
275 DeMarkus Acy CB Missouri 35.58
276 Daniel Thomas S Auburn 35.48
277 Scottie Phillips RB Ole Miss 35.47
278 James Smith-Williams DE NC State 35.46
279 Braden Mann P Texas A&M 35.43
280 Francis Bernard ILB Utah 35.30
281 Justin Herron OG Wake Forest 35.29
282 LaDarius Hamilton DE North Texas 35.20
283 Jared Mayden S Alabama 35.20
284 Cameron Clark OT Charlotte 35.14
285 Chapelle Russell OLB Temple 35.12
286 Javelin Guidry CB Utah 35.07
287 Tony Jones Jr. RB Notre Dame 34.94
288 David Dowell S Michigan State 34.91
289 Lawrence Cager WR Georgia 34.74
290 Shea Patterson QB Michigan 34.73
291 Chauncey Rivers DT Mississippi State 34.66
292 Kelly Bryant QB Missouri 34.58
293 Aaron Fuller WR Washington 34.34
294 Grayland Arnold CB Baylor 34.03
295 Nigel Warrior S Tennessee 33.86
296 James Pierre CB Florida Atlantic 33.83
297 L’Jarius Sneed CB Louisiana Tech 33.68
298 Dominick Wood-Anderson TE Tennessee 33.65
299 Daishawn Dixon OG San Diego State 33.63
300 Mike Danna DE Michigan 33.57

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