The Mock Draft Version 3.0: Round 2

Round 2

33. Cincinnati Bengals: Josh Jones, OT, Houston

34. Indianapolis Colts: Justin Jefferson, WR, LSU

35. Detroit Lions: Raekwon Davis, DT, Alabama

36. New York Giants: Cole Kmet, TE, Notre Dame

37. Las Angeles Chargers: Prince Tega Wanogho, OT, Auburn

38. Carolina Panthers: Jaylon Johnson, CB, Utah

39. Miami Dolphins: Jonathan Taylor, RB, Wisconsin

40. Houston Texans: Justin Madubuike, DT, Oklahoma

41. Cleveland Browns: Grant Delpit, S, LSU

42. Jacksonville Jaguars: A.J. Terrell, CB, Clemson

43. Chicago Bears: Damon Arnette, CB, Ohio State

***

QB | RB | WR | TE | OT | OG | OC

Nat L. Faybian’s NFL Draft Players Position Rankings

DE | DT | OLB | ILB | CB | S | ST

***

44. Indianapolis Colts: Jordan Love, QB, Utah

45. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Marlon Davidson, DE, Auburn

46. Denver Broncos: Cesar Ruiz, OC, Michigan

47. Atlanta Falcons: Kyle Dugger, S, Lenoir-Rhyne

48. New York Jets: K.J. Hamler, WR, Penn State

49. Pittsburgh Steelers: Lucas Niang, OT, TCU

50. Chicago Bears: Jeremy Chinn, S, Southern Illinois

51. Dallas Cowboys: Bradlee Anae, DE, Utah

52. Carolina Panthers: Alton Robinson, DE, Syracuse

53. Philadelphia Eagles: Brandon Aiyuk, WR, Arizona

54. Buffalo Bills: Jordan Elliott, DT, Missouri

55. Baltimore Ravens: Lloyd Cushenberry, OC, LSU

56. Miami Dolphins: Ashtyn Davis, S, California

57. Las Angeles Chargers: Jordyn Brooks, LB, Texas Tech

58. Minnesota Vikings: Cam Dantzler, CB, Mississippi State

59. Seattle Seahawks: Darrell Taylor, DE, Tennessee

60. Baltimore Ravens: Leki Fotu, DT, Utah

61. Tennessee Titans: J.K. Dobbins, RB, Ohio State

62. Green Bay Packers: Adam Trautman, TE, Dayton

63. Kansas City Chiefs: Clyde Edwards-Helaire, RB, LSU

64. Seattle Seahawks: Isaiah Wilson, OT, Georgia

***

Round 1 | Round 2 | Round 3

The 85th NFL Draft will take place from April 23-25, 2020, in Las Vegas on the iconic Las Vegas Strip.

***

Wide Receivers/2020

Updated April 19, 2020. Pre-Draft.

Mims moves up, possibly into the first round. Hamler sits on edge of the first/early second. Speed, as we saw in the Super Bowl, is moving these guys up the board.

Some of these receivers opted out of the Combine, only to have their Pro-Day cancelled. That’s going to hurt them, especially if a team was on the fence.

Quintez Cephus, who I really like as a player, ran a horrible 4.73 at the Combine and didn’t get a second chance because there was no Pro-Day. That’s going to make for challenging evaluation, and I’m sure drop his stock.

2020 NFL Draft:  Top Rated WRs

Photo: John David Mercer-USA TODAY Sports

1. Jerry Jeudy*, Alabama, 6-1/193

Jeudy and Lamb are still neck-and-neck on a lot of boards for the top spot at WR. At the Combine, Jeudy ran a 4.45 and looks smooth, as always. I would take either guy on my team. I just thing Jeudy is more pro-ready, he’s smoother.

2. CeeDee Lamb*, Oklahoma, 6-1/198

Lamb has been a star on a team loaded with talent. When Oklahoma needed a big play, they looked to Lamb. He attacks the ball with strong hands and excellent body control.

3. Henry Ruggs III*, Alabama, 5-11/188

Ruggs has quietly moved up many draft boards. What sets him apart from say, Baltimore’s Hollywood Brown, is that Ruggs is really, really, good at taking those crossing routes and slants and taking them to the house. He’s a better receiver than your regular go-route burner.

Ruggs didn’t break any records at the Combine, but he did run a 4.27.

4. Denzel Mims, Baylor, 6-/207

Mims is a riser, running a 4.38 with a WR class best 6.66 3-Cone. He could continue to rise as the draft nears.

5. K.J. Hamler*, Penn State, 5-8/178

Hamler only lifted. Since his game is based on speed, we’ll have to see what he runs at his Pro-Day.

6. Tee Higgins*, Clemson, 6-3/216

Higgins and his 80″ wingspan did not participate, we’ll have to wait for his Pro-Day.

7. Justin Jefferson*, LSU, 6-1/202

Jefferson ran a 4.43 and looked good all week. He definitely helped himself.

8. Chase Claypool, Notre Dame, 6-4/238

The big man from Notre Dame ran a 4.42 at 238 lbs. Definitely helped himself at the Combine.

9. Laviska Shenault*, Colorado, 6-0/227

Shenault ran a 4.58 which turned some heads. Afterwards, he announced he was going to have “Core Surgery.”

10. Michael Pittman, Jr., USC, 6-4/223

Pittman can in at 6′ 4″ and ran a fluid 4.52. He did nothing to hurt his stock.

11. Jalen Reagor*, TCU, 5-10/206

Reagor ran a solid 4.47, but he didn’t blow the doors off the cars.

12. Devin Duvernay, Texas, 5-11/200

Duvernay ran a 4.39 and continues to see his stock improve.

13. Brandon Aiyuk*, Arizona State, 5-11/205

Aiyuk measured in a 5″ 11″, about two inches shorter than he was listed during the year; however, he has an 80″ wingspan. He ran a 4.5 and had a 40 Vertical Jump.

14. Isaiah Hodgins*, Oregon State, 6-3/210

Hodgins ran a pedestrian 4.61; however, he had a 4.12 20-Yard Shuttle which was tops in the WR class.

15. Bryan Edwards, So. Carolina, 6-2/212

Edwards did not participate in the Combine drills.

16. Van Jefferson, Florida, 6-1/200

Jefferson did not participate at the Combine.

17. Antonio Golden-Gandy, Liberty, 6-4/223

Golden-Gandy is one of the most athletic and acrobatic wide receivers in this class. He’s not the fastest, clocking in a 4.6 flat, and ran the slowest 3-Cone in his WR class. He’s still got the look of a player.

18. Gabriel Davis*, UCF, 6-2/216

Davis held his own at the Combine, he remains in the 18th spot.

19. Quintez Cephus, Wisconsin, 6-0/202

Cephus took a dive by running a 4.73. Certainly, he’ll try to improve that mark at Wisconin’s Pro-Day.

20. Tyler Johnson, Minnesota, 6-1/206

Johnson did not participate in the drills at the Combine.

21. Quez Watkins, Southern Mississippi, 6-0/185

Quez helped himself by running a 4.35 at the Combine.

22. Donovan Peoples-Jones*, Michigan, 6-1/212

Peoples-Jones had the vest Vertical (44.5) and Broad Jump (139) in the WR class. Like Jalen Reagor, People-Jones was expected to do good at the Combine. His 4.48 didn’t blow anybody away. However, did enough to make evaluators go back and check the tape again.

23. Collin Johnson, Texas, 6-5/222

Johnson was considered a possible top five wide receiver if he had declared for the draft last year. He hasn’t done anything wrong, but now he finds himself buried in an exceptionally talented WR class.

24. K.J. Hill, Ohio State, 5-11/196

Hill ran a pedestrian 4.6; his real gift is his route running.

25. Kalija Lipscomb, Vanderbilt, 5-11/207

Like Collin Johnson, he’s too talented to be buried way down here. There’s some talented wide receivers who will be going on day three.

***

OTHER PLAYERS TO KEEP AN EYE ON:

  • Juwan Johnson, Oregon, 6-4/230
  • Joe Reed, Virginia, 6-1/215
  • Freddie Swain, Florida, 6-0/199
  • Darnell Mooney, Tulane, 5-10/176
  • Kirk Merritt, Arkansas State, 6-0/215
  • Malcolm Perry, Navy, 5-9/190
  • John Hightower, Boise State, 6-2/185
  • Trishton Jackson*, Syracuse, 6-1/194
  • Quartney Davis*. Texas A&M, 6-2/200
  • Lynn Bowden, Kentucky, 6-1/195
  • Tony Brown, Colorado, 6-0/198
  • Ja’Marcus Bradley, Louisiana, 6-1/195
  • Kendall Hinton, Wake Forest, 6-0/190
  • Jauan Jennings, Tennessee, 6-3/216
  • Josh Hammond, Florida, 6-0/194
  • Tyrie Cleveland, Florida, 6-2/206
  • Binjimen Victor, Ohio State, 6-4/205
  • James Proche, SMU, 5-11/188
  • Jordan McCray, Oklahoma State, 6-6/190
  • Marquez Callaway, Tennessee, 6-2/199
  • Cody White*, Michigan State, 6-3/214
  • Darrell Stewart, Michigan State, 6-2/218
  • Austin Mack, Ohio State, 6-2/215
  • Nick Westbrook, Indiana, 6-3/209
  • Stephen Guidy, Mississippi State, 6-4/190
  • Omar Bayless, Arkansas State, 6-3/207
  • Diondre Overton, Clemson, 6-4/210
  • Isaiah Wright, Temple, 6-1/214
  • Jeff Thomas*, Miami, 5-10/177
  • Lawrence Cager, Georgia, 6-5/220
  • Derrick Dillon, LSU, 5-11/185
  • Chris Finke, Notre Dame, 5-10/182
  • Demonte Coxie, Memphis, 6-3/200
  • Kendrick Rodgers*, Texas A&M, 6-4/204
  • Maurice Ffrench, Pittsburgh, 5-11/190
  • Malik Stanley, Lousiana Tech, 6-3/212
  • Saiosi Mariner, Utah State, 6-2/193
  • Dezmon Patmon, Washington State, 6-3/223
  • Kyle Davis*, FAU, 6-2/213
  • Darnell Salomon*, USF, 6-3/207

***

SMALL SCHOOL PROSPECTS

  • Aaron Parker, Rhode Island, 6-3/191
  • Mason Kinsey, Berry, 5-10/191
  • Josh Pearson, Jacksonville State, 6-4/205
  • Zimari Manning, Tarleton State, 6-2/200
  • Isaiah Coulter*, Rhode Island, 6-3/190
  • Chris Rowland, Tennessee State, 5-8/180
  • Michael Bandy, San Diego, 5-11/190
  • Kristian Wilkerson, Southeast MO State, 6-4/214
  • Juwan Green, Albany, 6-0/187
  • Quan Shorts, Northwestern State, 6-2/195
  • J.P. Shohfi, Yale, 6-1/209
  • J.J. Koski, Cal-Poly, 6-1/195
  • Menneseh Bailey, Morgan State, 6-1/195
  • Kameron Brown, Charleston So., 6-3/220

***

*Denotes underclassman.

***

QBRB | WR | TE | OT | OG | OC

Nat L. Faybian’s 2020 NFL Draft Players Position Rankings

DE | DT | OLB | ILB | CB | S | ST

College Football: Week 11 LSU at Alabama

#2 Louisiana State University (8-0) vs #3 Alabama Crimson Tide (8-0)

***

LOUISIANA STATE UNIVERSITY | SOUTHEASTERN CONFERENCE

Coach: Ed Orgeron

LSU Players to watch

Senior QB Joe Burrow (6-4/216)

Back in Week 2, I was guilty of putting Joe Burrow in a box, a box that said he was nothing more than a dutiful play caller whose job was to simply play mistake free football. Burrow lit Texas up in week two, going 31-37 for 471 yards and 4 touchdowns. His performance made me recant. Since then Burrow has look spectacular, placing himself firmly in the Heisman conversation. So far this year, he’s put up 2,805 yards with a 30-4 Td/Int ratio.

Against Tennessee (Oct 19), Burrow made history, passing Jamarcus Russell and Matt Mauck for most touchdowns in a single-season by an LSU quarterback. Burrow is also on pace to break the NCAA single-season completion record, held by former Hawaii quarterback Colt Brennan at 70.4 %. Burrow is currently completing 78.8 % of his passes in 2019. Lastly, he’s also on pace to eclipse Rohan Davey’s single season team mark of 3,347 passing yards.

*Junior CB Kristian Fulton (6-0/192)

Because Fulton is playing opposite freshman sensation Derek Singletary, he’s seen a more balls come his way than expected – yes, Singletary is just that good. Fulton, himself, is projected by some to be a first round pick in 2020. He has tremendous speed and cover skills. While he only has one interception in 2019, he has eight passes defended. Fulton is an all-around player and just as aggressive against the run as he is playing the pass. Shutting down Jeudy, Smith, and Ruggs will be key if LSU is to win this game.

*Junior MLB Jacob Phillips (6-4/229)

Devon White left via the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, leaving Phillips to man the middle of this year’s LSU defense. Phillips leads the team in solo tackles and assists. Phillips has good size and length; he plays with good leverage, and sheds well. When coming down hill, Phillips is able to quickly diagnose and fill his gap. His job will be to tee off on Najee Harris and stop the run.

*Junior WR Justin Jefferson (6-2/185)

Jefferson and fellow wideout Ja’Marr Chase both have nine touchdowns on the season. Jefferson is a playmaking receiver that excels in making the difficult catch. He has good speed and great hands. He can be shifty, and might cause some match up problems for the Alabama secondary. Jefferson said via the Lafayette Daily Advertiser’s Glenn Guilbeau that LSU was going to “dominate” ‘Bama. The junior wide receiver has 55 catches for 819 yards for the Tigers, who are fourth in the country averaging 46.8 points per game.

***

ALABAMA CRIMSON TIDE | SOUTHEASTERN CONFERENCE

Coach: Nick Saban

Alabama Players to watch:

*Junior DE Terrell Lewis (6-5/252)

Alabama is going to need Terrell Lewis to bring his “A” game on Saturday. Last year, the Tide had Isaiah Buggs, Christian Miller, and Quinnen Williams to bring the pressure. This year, Lewis is pretty much the lone pass rush specialist. Getting pressure on Burrow will be key, as will getting off the field. If Lewis and Alabama can put LSU in 2nd and long, their chances at success go way up.

*Junior WR Jerry Jeudy (6-1/192)

As a sophomore, Jeudy won the Biletnikoff Award as the nation’s top receiver. He’s a threat all over the field, can line up anywhere, and has some wheels once he gets the ball in his hands. Jeudy’s production is down this year – he’ll end up with more catches, but less yards – and that’s because defense are keying on him. The result has been that DeVonta Smith has been able to put up some impressive numbers this year. Jeudy is Alabama’s most polished receiver, he’ll have the best chance and besting LSU talented DBs.

Senior CB Trevon Diggs (6-2/200)

With Patrick Surtain on one side of the field, look for Burrow to target Diggs. Like Surtain, Trevon Diggs has football in his genes, he is the younger brother of NFL’s Stefon Diggs. Trevon has three Ints and 5 pbu’s this season. He also returned an fumble for a 100-yard touchdown during the second half of the Tennessee-Alabama game, putting the icing on the cake.

*Junior RB Najee Harris (6-2/227)

Alabama’s run game hasn’t been what it usually is. Harris only has three games of over 100 yards, and leads the team with 642 through eight games. Harris’ backup, Brian Robinson, only has 352 yards. For Alabama to keep the LSU offense off the field, they are going to have to balanced run-pass attack. OC Steve Sarkisian will need to establish Harris in the run and screen game. With Harris running effectively, the passing attack will open more freely against a talented LSU backfield.

***

Bryant-Denny Stadium Grass
Nov 9 | Tuscaloosa, Alabama

***

*Note: Prior to this week, rankings were based on A.P. Poll; however this week begins the CFP (College Football Playoff Rankings).