2020 Devy Mock Draft (Round Three)
3.01 (ATJ) – Mississippi State RB Kylin Hill
Back to back Bulldogs for me, but Hill does not find himself in Georgia but rather as the catalyst for the Mississippi State offense. Currently 10th all-time in rushing at Mississippi State, Hill has an outside shot to hit number one on that list next year before he departs for the pros.
Hill could have entered the 2020 NFL Draft as a popular sleeper, but as long as his medicals stay clean through his senior season, he enters 2021 in the top five at his position. Just like my earlier pick of Etienne, adding to his receiving game will help maximize his potential at the next level.
3.02 (Ashburn) – Auburn RB D.J. Williams
I must like Auburn. After selecting Seth Williams, here I am selecting another Williams, although D.J. cannot declare until 2022. I was targeting the three players that went right before me and really feel like I need an RB after going WR in the first two rounds, so the triple snipe had me scrambling.
I was going to select Master Teague, but I found out he has an Achilles injury, and that worries me. So, here I am, selecting the sophomore back expected to lead the Tigers next year. As a freshman, he didn’t see much action, but he had a game against LSU that he will never forget. This might be a little bit of a reach, especially for a 2022 prospect, but I like the kid’s potential to become elite.
3.03 (Woodson) – Ohio State WR Chris Olave
After taking running backs with my first two picks, I’m happy to see Ohio State wide receiver Chris Olave fall into my lap in the early third round. Despite sharing targets on a deep and talented Ohio State offense, Olave still managed to lead the Buckeyes with 849 receiving yards and 12 touchdown receptions in 2019.
With former Buckeyes, J.K. Dobbins, K.J. Hill, and Binjimen Victor off to the NFL, Olave’s increased workload in 2020 should raise his stock even further. Olave has tremendous hands and separation skills, while his under heralded special teams contributions will revere him to NFL coaches and personnel.
3.04 (Frosbutter) – Wake Forest WR Sage Surratt
Surratt quietly had one of the best seasons last year as a redshirt sophomore. Although he’ll have a new quarterback in 2020, Surratt has the opportunity to really drive up his draft stock and could become a Day 1 selection if he has another year as he did in 2019.
3.05 (Rolfe) – Georgia RB Zamir White
Considering his limited snaps in 2019, freshman running back White made an impressive impact on the field. In just 80 touches, White racked up 428 yards at an average of 5.4 yards per touch with three touchdowns. White came to Georgia with a high pedigree, ranked ninth in the nation, and top of the running back class in 2018 per 247sports.com.
As a redshirt sophomore, White has the opportunity to put up impressive numbers now leading the backfield for the Bulldogs. With limited carries in his career, he could also end up being a fairly fresh option in terms of carries when the 2021 NFL Draft comes around.
3.06 (Garrett) – North Dakota State QB Trey Lance
You are looking at the next FCS player to be selected in the Top 10 picks of the 2021 NFL Draft, calling it now. The “sleeper” status is quickly wearing off as people move their focus to next year’s class, and Lance will be one of the first offensive prospects off the board if he continues what he started in 2019. The North Dakota State quarterback led the team to a championship in 2019 while putting up a ridiculous 28 touchdown to zero interception stat line.
Are they playing Clemson every week? No, but to have no interceptions at any level of football is a remarkable feat. His decision making and ability to make every throw on the field is top-notch. There were a few times where he held the ball a half count too long and underthrew a player, but that will change after another year of development.
Lance is also a weapon on the ground. Standing at 6-foot-3 and 225 pounds, Lance rushed for 1,100 yards and 14 touchdowns. So long as we see the continued development next season, I think there is a solid chance the debate between Trey Lance and Justin Fields as QB2 becomes a very loud talking point.
3.07 (Valdovinos) – Ohio State WR Garrett Wilson
After selecting back to back 2021 players, I wanted to ensure I got one of the top 2022 prospects as well. A 5-Star prospect, Wilson chose one of the top wide receiver factories in the nation. Ohio State has produced elite receivers over the past few seasons. Michael Thomas, Terry McLaurin, and Curtis Samuel are all former Buckeyes. Wilson could be the next elite Buckeye prospect to enter the NFL.
3.08 (Gosling) – Miami TE Brevin Jordan
With my third-round selection, I decided to draft Miami TE Brevin Jordan. With all the question marks surrounding the TE position in the NFL, and with very few elite talents, I decided to take a shot with someone who could return TE1 value. Jordan’s size, 6’3” and 235 pounds, is enough to cause fantasy football fans to shiver in excitement.
When you actually watch him on the field, you can see why he can challenge for the top TE in 2021. His numbers weren’t insane in 2018, 35 catches for 495 yards, but that was more on the offense than his individual play. If Miami can figure out their QB situation, I can see a big year from Jordan.
3.09 (Sosic) – Ohio State RB Master Teague
Master Teague put up impressive numbers as J.K. Dobbins backup last season. In 2019, Teague rushed for 789 yards, good for a 5.84 yards per carry average to go with four touchdowns. His notable performance registered the seventh-most rushing yards of any running back in the Big Ten, and he was voted third-team All-Big Ten Conference.
Teague is a very skilled runner who runs downhill and plays with plenty of power. Surprisingly, at this 5-foot-11, 210-pound frame, Teague runs a 4.31 40 time! I am excited to see how Teague produces as the main focus in the Buckeyes’ backfield. With the track record of the Buckeyes producing elite backs, selecting Teague here is definitely worth the draft capital.
3.10 (Gallagher) – Oregon RB CJ Verdell
We’re not exactly sure what Oregon’s offense is going to look like in 2020, but Verdell is entering the year having rushed for 1,000 yards in consecutive seasons and is sure to be a key part of it. Verdell may be undersized, but he’s a tough runner who can explode through the hole. If he can show that he can be an asset in the passing game, then he’ll become an even hotter commodity, and he has every chance to be an important contributor at the next level.