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.

2017

  1. Mike Williams (Clemson)
  2. John Ross (Washington)
  3. Corey Davis (Western Michigan)
  4. Zay Jones (ECU)
  5. JuJu Smith-Schuster (USC)

2018

  1. Calvin Ridley (Alabama)
  2. Christian Kirk (Texas A&M)
  3. DJ Moore (Maryland)
  4. Courtland Sutton (SMU)
  5. James Washington (Oklahoma State)

2019

  1. DK Metcalf (Mississippi)
  2. Marquise Brown (Oklahoma)
  3. J. Brown (Mississippi)
  4. Deebo Samuel (South Carolina)
  5. Parris Campbell (Ohio State)

Now, let’s take a jump into the 2020 NFL Draft wide receiver class.

5-Henry Ruggs (Alabama)

Height: 6”0

Weight: 193 lbs.

Class: Junior

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)

Height: 6”4

Weight: 200 lbs.

Class: Junior

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)

Height: 6”2

Weight: 190 lbs.

Class: Junior

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)

Height: 6”2

Weight: 220 lbs.

Class: Junior

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)

Height: 6”1

Weight: 193 lbs.

Class: Junior

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

RankPlayerSchool YearHeightWeight
1Jerry JeudyAlabamaJR6″1193 lbs.
2Laviska ShenaultColoradoJR6″2220 lbs.
3CeeDee LambOklahomaJR6″2190 lbs.
4Tee HigginsClemsonJR6″4200 lbs.
5Henry Ruggs IIIAlabamaJR6″0193 lbs.
6Jalen ReagorTCUJR5″11195 lbs.
7Collin JohnsonTexasSR6″6221 lbs.
8Kendrick RogersTexas A&MJR6″4205 lbs.
9Tylan WallaceOklahoma StateJR6″0185 lbs.
10Tarik BlackMichiganJR6″3216 lbs.
11Donovan Peoples-JonesMichiganJR6″3206 lbs
12Denzel MimsBaylorSR6″3210 lbs.
13Theo HowardUCLAJR6″0184 lbs.
14Tyler JohnsonMinnesotaSR6″2200 lbs.
15Michael PittmanUSCSR6″4215 lbs.
16KJ HillOhio StateJR6″0195 lbs.
17Chase ClaypoolNotre DameSR6″4230 lbs.
18DeVonta SmithAlabamaJR6″1173 lbs.
19Bryan EdwardsSouth CarolinaSR6″3220 lbs.
20Jeff ThomasMiamiJR5″10175 lbs.
21Van JeffersonFloridaSR6″2193 lbs.
22Marquez CallawayTennesseeSR6″2199 lbs.
23James ProcheSMUSR5″11190 lbs.
24Tyrie ClevelandFloridaSR6″2205 lbs.
25Juwan JohnsonOregonSR6″4225 lbs.
26D’eriq KingHoustonSR5″11193 lbs.
27Kalija LipscombVanderbiltSR6″1200 lbs.
28Lee MorrisOklahomaSR6″2212 lbs.
29Isaiah WrightTempleSR6″2207 lbs.
30Marcus SimmsWest VirginiaSR6″0194 lbs.
31Austin MackOhio StateSR6″2215 lbs.
32Aaron FullerWashingtonSR5″11186 lbs.
33AJ TaylorWisconsinSR5″11203 lbs.
34Lawrence CagerGeorgiaSR6″5218 lbs.
35Benjimen VictorOhio StateSR6″4200 lbs.