Alabama phenom, Jerry Jeudy, could be gold jacket good.
The strongest position group in the 2020 NFL Draft is the wide receiver group. In fact, we could be looking at the best wide receiver class in the history of the draft. While that is quite a bold claim, there is a star-studded list of players in this group that includes Tee Higgins, CeeDee Lamb, Laviska Shenault and the brilliant Jerry Jeudy.
It’s a passing league, hence finding game-changing pass catchers than can electrify an offense is paramount. While it is way too early to start mocking draft picks, there easily could be 6-8 receivers selected in the first round of the 2020 NFL draft.
Before we take a deep dive into the 2020 class, let’s take a gander at my rankings for the last few draft classes.
- Mike Williams (Clemson)
- John Ross (Washington)
- Corey Davis (Western Michigan)
- Zay Jones (ECU)
- JuJu Smith-Schuster (USC)
- Calvin Ridley (Alabama)
- Christian Kirk (Texas A&M)
- DJ Moore (Maryland)
- Courtland Sutton (SMU)
- James Washington (Oklahoma State)
- DK Metcalf (Mississippi)
- Marquise Brown (Oklahoma)
- J. Brown (Mississippi)
- Deebo Samuel (South Carolina)
- Parris Campbell (Ohio State)
Now, let’s take a jump into the 2020 NFL Draft wide receiver class.
5-Henry Ruggs (Alabama)
Weight: 193 lbs.
Albeit the fact that Jerry Jeudy rightfully gets the headlines when it comes to the 2020 wide receiver group, let’s not forget about Henry Ruggs. Ruggs attended Robert E. Lee High School in Alabama where he accounted for 20 touchdowns during his senior season. Ruggs, a 5-star recruit, chose Alabama to play his college ball, and instantly became an electrifying chess piece for the Crimson Tide offense.
Ruggs changes the definition of fast, as he has been clocked at running a 4.25 forty-yard dash. Frequently we will see fast football players whose speed doesn’t translate to their playing speed, which is not the case with Ruggs. While he is known for his game altering speed, Ruggs also has the ability to make the tough catch. He plays across from the best wide receiver draft prospect we have seen in a decade, hence Ruggs statistics aren’t overly impressive. However, I truly believe Ruggs has his best football ahead of him, and will fly up draft boards after he exhibits his blazing speed at the NFL Scouting Combine.
4-Tee Higgins (Clemson)
Weight: 200 lbs.
Tee Higgins attended Oak Ridge School in Tennessee where he hauled in 18 touchdown passes during his senior campaign. Originally, Higgins committed to the University of Tennessee to play college basketball, however he eventually changed his mind and chose Clemson.
Through two seasons at Clemson, Higgins has accumulated 76 receptions for 1,281 yards and 14 touchdowns. Granted that he is catching passes from the best quarterback in college football, Higgins is poised to put up exceptional numbers in 2019.
Despite concerns about his speed, Higgins looks like a surefire top-20 draft selection. Physically imposing, standing at 6”4, Higgins is the perfect “jump ball” receiver as he has exceptional leaping ability and an unparalleled catch radius.
3-CeeDee Lamb (Oklahoma)
Weight: 190 lbs.
CeeDee Lamb attended Foster High School in Texas. As a senior, Lamb hauled in 98 catches for over 2,000 yards and 33 touchdowns. Despite being coveted by Alabama and Texas, Lamb ultimately decided to become a Sooner.
Lamb, an alpha personality, burst onto the scene with a brilliant performance against Alabama in the 2018 Orange Bowl. Lamb is the jack of all trades type of receiver, as he runs good routes, catches the ball well, has fluid movement skills and above all, he is aggressive when the ball is in his hands.
I do not foresee any scenario where Lamb isn’t selected in the top-15 selections of the 2020 NFL draft.
2-Laviska Shenault Jr. (Colorado)
Weight: 220 lbs.
Laviska Shenault played his high school ball at DeSoto High School in Texas. Originally Shenault committed to Texas Tech, however University of Colorado Assistant Coach Darrin Chiaverini was able to persuade him to come to Boulder.
When I watch Laviska Shenault play, I am reminded of Sammy Watkins at Clemson. Despite only playing nine games in 2018, Shenault was still able to accumulate over 1,000 receiving yards and six touchdowns.
He is big, strong and fast, which are traits that are necessary to play wide receiver in the NFL. Furthermore, Shenault is explosive and can beat defenses deep. If Shenault has the season I expect in 2019, he should cement himself as a top-10 selection for the 2020 draft.
1-Jerry Jeudy (Alabama)
Weight: 193 lbs.
Jerry Jeudy was highly touted coming out of Deerfield Beach High School in Florida. His sophomore campaign was exceptional, as he caught 68 passes for 1,315 yards and 14 touchdowns.
Simply put, Jeudy is the best wide receiver prospect since AJ Green and Julio Jones in 2011. He’s a special talent, thus he will be one of the most exciting players in the NFL for the next decade. The sexy NFL comparison for Jeudy is Cleveland Browns’ Odell Beckham Jr.
First, he is a pristine route runner, highlighted by the rare ability to stop-and-start fluidly. Second, he is a big play waiting to happen, coupled with his ability to create yards after the catch.
In my initial 2020 NFL Mock Draft, I had Jeudy being selected number-three overall by the Washington Redskins.
Due to his extreme polish, Jeudy won’t face the learning curve that traditionally hamper rookie wide receivers. Want bold? When all the smoke clears, Juedy will be a top-5 draft selection and will go on to have a Hall of Fame career.
2020 NFL Draft: Wide Receiver Rankings
|1||Jerry Jeudy||Alabama||JR||6″1||193 lbs.|
|2||Laviska Shenault||Colorado||JR||6″2||220 lbs.|
|3||CeeDee Lamb||Oklahoma||JR||6″2||190 lbs.|
|4||Tee Higgins||Clemson||JR||6″4||200 lbs.|
|5||Henry Ruggs III||Alabama||JR||6″0||193 lbs.|
|6||Jalen Reagor||TCU||JR||5″11||195 lbs.|
|7||Collin Johnson||Texas||SR||6″6||221 lbs.|
|8||Kendrick Rogers||Texas A&M||JR||6″4||205 lbs.|
|9||Tylan Wallace||Oklahoma State||JR||6″0||185 lbs.|
|10||Tarik Black||Michigan||JR||6″3||216 lbs.|
|11||Donovan Peoples-Jones||Michigan||JR||6″3||206 lbs|
|12||Denzel Mims||Baylor||SR||6″3||210 lbs.|
|13||Theo Howard||UCLA||JR||6″0||184 lbs.|
|14||Tyler Johnson||Minnesota||SR||6″2||200 lbs.|
|15||Michael Pittman||USC||SR||6″4||215 lbs.|
|16||KJ Hill||Ohio State||JR||6″0||195 lbs.|
|17||Chase Claypool||Notre Dame||SR||6″4||230 lbs.|
|18||DeVonta Smith||Alabama||JR||6″1||173 lbs.|
|19||Bryan Edwards||South Carolina||SR||6″3||220 lbs.|
|20||Jeff Thomas||Miami||JR||5″10||175 lbs.|
|21||Van Jefferson||Florida||SR||6″2||193 lbs.|
|22||Marquez Callaway||Tennessee||SR||6″2||199 lbs.|
|23||James Proche||SMU||SR||5″11||190 lbs.|
|24||Tyrie Cleveland||Florida||SR||6″2||205 lbs.|
|25||Juwan Johnson||Oregon||SR||6″4||225 lbs.|
|26||D’eriq King||Houston||SR||5″11||193 lbs.|
|27||Kalija Lipscomb||Vanderbilt||SR||6″1||200 lbs.|
|28||Lee Morris||Oklahoma||SR||6″2||212 lbs.|
|29||Isaiah Wright||Temple||SR||6″2||207 lbs.|
|30||Marcus Simms||West Virginia||SR||6″0||194 lbs.|
|31||Austin Mack||Ohio State||SR||6″2||215 lbs.|
|32||Aaron Fuller||Washington||SR||5″11||186 lbs.|
|33||AJ Taylor||Wisconsin||SR||5″11||203 lbs.|
|34||Lawrence Cager||Georgia||SR||6″5||218 lbs.|
|35||Benjimen Victor||Ohio State||SR||6″4||200 lbs.|