Every weekend, the Pro Football Network Draft Crew (Tony Pauline, Matt Valdovinos, and AJ Schulte) hosts a live blog from 11:30 AM – Midnight ET. This blog, led by Pauline, dives into insight, analysis, and inside information from around the college football world related to that weekend’s slate of games and the upcoming NFL Draft.
This past weekend saw a ton of action, and we’re here to give you the five biggest takeaways from the weekend and the PFN Live Blog. Be sure to also tune into the PFN Draft Insiders Podcast with Andy Herman and Pauline, where they provide the latest inside information from around the NFL and NCAA.
Two prospects are expected to enter the 2020 Draft
Pauline reported that Georgia Bulldogs defensive back Richard LeCounte is expected to enter the NFL Draft. Here’s what he had to say about LeCounte in the 11:30 AM update.
Senior J.R. Reed is a tough, downhill defensive back best suited for strong safety at the next level. His teammate, junior Richard LeCounte, is smaller but a better athlete with a better range. I grade both as fourth-round picks, and the word is that LeCounte is expected to enter the draft at season’s end.
He also reported that Oklahoma Sooners wide receiver CeeDee Lamb is leaning towards entering the draft. Here’s Pauline in his own words from the 2:30 PM update.
How does present-day Sooner receiver CeeDee Lamb compare to former OU wideout and first-round pick Marquise Brown? In my opinion, Lamb is a little more polished in his overall game, but Brown was a much greater vertical threat who could blow games wide open with huge plays. While there’s no official word, people familiar with the Sooner program tell me they expect Lamb, a true junior, to enter the draft after this season.
Pauline ranked Lamb as his fourth best draft-eligible wide receiver, putting the likes of Jerry Jeudy (Alabama Crimson Tide), Laviska Shenault Jr. (Colorado Buffaloes), and Gabe Davis (Central Florida Knights) in front of him. However, Valdovinos believes that Lamb is WR1 in the 2020 NFL Draft. Here’s what he had to say in the 3:15 PM update.
In a stacked receiver class, I believe Lamb has the best skill-set for the next level. He’s done nothing but improve the confidence I have in this thought. CeeDee Lamb is the best receiver eligible for the 2020 NFL Draft.
His skill-set is well rounded and balanced. His biggest asset and the first thing that drew me to him was his incredible body control. DeAndre Hopkins-esque, Lamb can contort his body to ensure his body stays in bounds. He pairs that with dominant hand strength. These two traits then combine to make him an excellent jump ball receiver.
He’s also an excellent route runner, one of the best in the class. He’s an excellent athlete and provides yards after the catch at an elite level. Add in the fact that he’s a great run blocker, and Lamb is a near-flawless prospect. The cons to his game are minuscule, and his upside is seemingly limitless.
Lamb is my highest ranked receiver in all of college football, and his play on the field only continues to validate my opinion.