With the end of college football season transitioning into the pre-2020 NFL Draft craze, we take a look at three dynasty prospects with the most to prove at the 2020 Senior Bowl. With all 32 NFL teams in attendance, a standout performance in Senior Bowl practices and the ensuing 2020 Senior Bowl can go a long way towards showing you belong on the next level.
With an abundance of dynasty prospects accepting 2020 Senior Bowl invitations, narrowing this list to only three prospects had its challenges. After a bit of thought, I shrunk my list down to Utah State quarterback Jordan Love, Liberty wide receiver Antonio Gandy-Golden, and Purdue tight end Brycen Hopkins having the most to prove.
Be sure to check out PFN’s NFL Draft Underclassmen Tracker for a list of every player entering the 2020 NFL Draft. If you’re looking ahead, you can also take a look at my way too early 2021 dynasty rookie rankings for a look-ahead to next season’s NFL Draft.
Jordan Love QB Utah State
After a disappointing season at Utah State, dynasty prospect Jordan Love is desperate for a good showing at the 2020 Senior Bowl. Love mostly struggled through a junior season in which he had a 20-17 TD/INT ratio, down from last season’s stellar 32-6 ratio.
Although there were rumors of a potential graduate transfer to a more talented team, Love ultimately decided to enter his name into the 2020 NFL Draft mix. With an admirable showing in Mobile, Love can make his case as a top 10-15 pick. With a “bleh” showing in practices, Love could come to regret his decision to enter the 2020 NFL Draft.
Even with a down year on his resume, Love is still considered one of the best dynasty prospects playing quarterback at the 2020 Senior Bowl. Love might need some work on his mechanics and footwork, but he has NFL-ready arm strength and a good showing in Mobile could push him up into the QB3 territory if he isn’t already there.
Antonio Gandy-Golden WR Liberty
After dominating the lower-tier competition all season long at Liberty, dynasty prospect Antonio Gandy-Golden takes quite the step up in competition at the 2020 Senior Bowl. After dominating the likes of UMass, Maine, Hampton, etc. this season, Gandy-Golden will find himself matched up against the top seniors around the nation.
Gandy-Golden had a dominating senior season in which the Liberty Flames standout finished with 1,396 receiving yards and ten touchdown receptions. Gandy-Golden looks the part on tape, but the question remains whether he has the speed to separate on the next level against elite speed.
With Liberty University not exactly at the forefront of every football fan’s viewing schedule, Gandy-Golden remains one of the most polarizing dynasty prospects attending the 2020 Senior Bowl. Gandy-Golden could gain a lot of fans in the dynasty community with a breakthrough performance this week.
Brycen Hopkins TE Purdue
The 2020 NFL Draft doesn’t offer an elite tight end prospect, but Purdue’s Brycen Hopkins could cement his status as one of the top dynasty prospects to own at the position with a standout performance in the 2020 Senior Bowl. Hopkins is currently competing with Notre Dame’s Cole Kmet, FAU’s Harrison Bryant, and Washington’s Hunter Bryant for top status at the tight end position.
Hopkins is a smooth, athletic tight end with ideal size (6’5″ 245 lbs) to excel across the middle in the National Football League. Hopkins had a career year in 2019 as the John Mackey Award semi-finalist — he finished the season as Purdue’s second-leading receiver with 61 receptions, 830 receiving yards, and seven touchdown receptions.
While I’ve steadily been pounding the table about the tight end class expected to enter the 2021 NFL Draft, that doesn’t mean that there aren’t potential starters available in this draft. With a terrific showing at the 2020 Senior Bowl, Hopkins could show he’s the best dynasty prospect available at the position.
Jordan Woodson is a writer for the Pro Football Network covering Devy and Dynasty Fantasy Football. You can follow him @Jordan_Woodson on Twitter.