2020 Devy Mock Draft (Round Four)
4.01 (ATJ) – Clemson WR Joe Ngata
Doubling down on the (hopeful) 2022 NFL class of rookies, Joseph Ngata will look to help fill the void left in the Clemson Tigers offense by new Cincinnati Bengals WR Tee Higgins. Checking in at 6’3″ and 215 pounds, he has the frame and physical tools to become the next great Clemson WR while Justyn Ross spends the next season padding his already impressive resume for the NFL.
4.02 (Ashburn) – Purdue WR David Bell
This kid is good. Plain and simple. After watching his rookie season at Purdue, in which he won Big Ten Freshman of the Year, just like his partner in crime Rondale Moore the year prior, I’m convinced that he will be a very solid WR2 for a team in the NFL, at minimum, for years to come.
Obviously, a lot can change in two years, but Bell has size at 6’3’’ and 210 pounds, great route running ability, is great in contested catch situations, and is tough to bring down after the catch. Speed is the one area that he is lacking, but I think he is plenty fast enough to be successful at the next level. Count me in on a stud in the fourth round here.
4.03 (Woodson) – East Carolina WR C.J. Johnson
I didn’t expect to get one of my top 20 devy prospects in the fourth round, but that’s exactly what happened. At No. 33 overall of the PFN Staff Devy Mock Draft, I take big-bodied East Carolina wide receiver, C.J. Johnson.
After a slow start to his career, the East Carolina true freshman exploded onto the scene down the stretch of the 2019 college football season. Johnson only had 11 total receptions halfway through the season, but the former three-star wide receiver capped his freshman year with 85 or more yards in East Carolina’s final five contests.
The 2019 Freshman All-American finished 2019 with 908 receiving yards and four touchdown receptions, including a dominating 12-283-1 TD stat line in East Carolina’s 46-43 loss to #17 Cincinnati.
4.04 (Frosbutter) – Penn State TE Pat Freiermuth
I was really hoping that Brevin Jordan would fall back to me here, but I knew that was mostly wishful thinking. However, getting Freiermuth was a nice consolation. Freiermuth is PFN’s Matt Valdovinos’ highest-rated tight end heading into 2020. The 2021 tight end draft class should be much different than the undesirable one we had in 2020, and Freiermuth has the potential to be the first one to have his name called in the 2021 NFL Draft.
4.05 (Rolfe) – Michigan RB Zach Charbonnet
Charbonnet is another back who had impressive numbers in 2019, averaging 4.8 yards per touch on 157 touches. Additionally, he scored 11 touchdowns in his freshman year, which is an extremely promising start. While just the fourth-ranked running back in the 2009 class, he has immediately demonstrated his potential. He is a pick you will have to wait a couple of years for at the very least given he will not be eligible until the 2022 NFL Draft at the earliest.
4.06 (Garrett) – Florida TE Kyle Pitts
2021’s class of tight ends is a welcome return to relevance that we missed during the 2020 draft class. Florida Gator Kyle Pitts sits at the top of the class for me entering the 2020 college football season. Pitts had a really good 2019, catching 54 passes for 649 yards with five touchdowns. With quarterback Kyle Trask back, Pitts has a chance to ascend and secure the top prospect at the position.
He does need to work on his blocking, but as a pass-catcher, he is phenomenal. At 6’6” and 250 pounds, Pitts has the size and speed to beat nearly anyone on the defense. Everything from his route running to catching skills are elite, and he is Florida’s most dangerous weapon on offense. The NFL loves a guy who can be moved off-line and into the slot, and Pitts makes his money doing exactly that.
4.07 (Valdovinos) – Oklahoma QB Spencer Rattler
After drafting two wide receivers and a running back, I wanted to draft a quarterback. Specifically, one from the elite 2022 class. It was a difficult decision. I’m personally a fan of Arizona State’s Jayden Daniels. However, Rattler was the top-rated quarterback in his class for a reason. Rattler is a supreme physical talent with elite athletic ability and arm talent. He will be the starting quarterback for the University of Oklahoma, where head coach Lincoln Riley has produced two Heisman winners, two number one draft picks, and another Heisman finalist and second-round selection.
4.08 (Gosling) – Texas A&M RB Isaiah Spiller
Getting an RB in the fourth round was crucial for me, and I was ecstatic when Texas A&M’s Isaiah Spiller was still available. Spiller finished his true freshman season with 946 yards (ninth) and 10 touchdowns (tied for fourth) on the ground. He is a dominant back who needs to work on his explosiveness if he wants to become a starting-caliber player in the NFL. His game reminds me a lot of Joe Mixon, and if he improves this year with the Aggies soft schedule, he could climb up draft boards.
4.09 (Sosic) – Texas WR Brennan Eagles
With Devin Duvernay and Collin Johnson now in the NFL, Brennan Eagles will be asked to take on a more significant role in 2020. Eagles led all Longhorn receivers with an impressive average of 16.3 yards per reception and scored six touchdowns, which was second on the team. At 6’4”, he is a prime red-zone target and adds a huge explosiveness factor to the Longhorns passing attack. Eagles has a golden opportunity for a huge season and should continue to build upon his breakout sophomore year. His draft stock will skyrocket after this season, so getting Eagles here is a gigantic steal.
4.10 (Gallagher) – Iowa State QB Brock Purdy
Any time you can get a potential first-round quarterback this late in the draft, you have to take it. Purdy doesn’t have the surrounding talent that most top QBs have and will once again be asked to elevate his supporting cast, but he certainly has the ability to do so. He needs to become more consistent, but he’s shown his talent as a passer, and while he’s no Lamar Jackson, he has the athleticism to pick up those important rushing yards that will boost his potential.