I’m preview scouting 3-5 of the top players at each position (including IDPs) for the 2020 NFL Draft/Devy Dynasty draft class. I’m looking at 2-3 games (against top opponents they faced), looking at their highlight reel, and looking over their output numbers so far. This is not a perfect way to go about this because I like having their final college season to analyze along with the measurables to compare and profile. It’s early, but I like to take this early look and give my instant reaction. Obviously, we’ll be re-looking at these guys again pre-Draft and at the Combine, etc., next year. For now, here’s my quick take.
*In order of worst-to-best by school grades I assigned. Some of these players will be displayed in our top 300+ Dynasty Rookie Draft rankings going forward so you have an idea – they will be classified on team ‘Devy’ (for your searches of them starting with the 6/14/2019 rankings).
WR Tee Higgins, Clemson 6’2”/200 (Grade: D+)
By far, the one top 2020 WR prospect I watched that I was instantly turned off to. The next four guys ranged from capable to semi-awesome, but Higgins was a ‘no go’ for me. An incredibly lazy WR…very sluggish routes and almost no effort blocking. You can tell when the play might go to Higgins because he has a little more pep in his step, usually just racing deep…when it wasn’t his play he dragged his feet a bit off the snap. Lazy interior routes when he did try to wander underneath. Did not like a thing here. He has good hands, and that’s about it. He’ll be seen as a star because of Trevor Lawrence, but unless he changes his ways – he’ll be spit out of the NFL in short order with his lackadaisical play. Obviously, he’s fine for college play on a loaded offense…as an NFL prospect, I don’t see it at all.
WR CeeDee Lamb, Oklahoma 6’1”/190 (Grade: C-)
I was not impressed with my intro to Lamb here. It just felt like I was watching Dede Westbrook all over again – capable WR, fine for college, the benefit of playing with top college QBs, an unwarranted scouting grade because of the QB…but the story/bias carries into the NFL for some reason. Thinner-framed. Solid hands and understanding of the position. Not quick off the snap. Eaten alive by Alabama in the CFB playoffs last season…contained when it mattered; had some junk stats late in a desperate, down big comeback attempt. I don’t see it. I’m sure scouts adore him because ‘Oklahoma’. Same went for Marquise Brown, who I saw once again (while watching Lamb)…total hype because of the QB they played with, so many flaws with Brown.
WR Jerry Jeudy, Alabama 5’10”/200 (Grade: C)
First thing that jumped out – ‘not built like you’d like’…a little thinner framed, not too sturdy a WR to work interiors in the NFL. Didn’t seem to possess dominant deep ball speed or a bubble screen master either. Solid hands. Solid on stop routes, but weaker on cutting fast on a crossing route. He’s not a dominant force at WR…he’s just there being useful/good. A capable WR on a dominant team. He’s like a weaker version of Calvin Ridley. Not terrible, but I don’t see where he should be pawned off as an obvious future NFL star (but he will because ‘Alabama’).
WR Tylan Wallace, Oklahoma State 6’0”/180 (Grade: B)
A very good/solid WR talent. Has a nice air of professionalism in his play as well as athleticism. Reminds me a bit of Sterling Shepard…with some possible poor man’s Parris Campbell or Antonio Brown lurking. Very good hands. Very quick when he gets up to speed but is a little sluggish/tight breaking/cutting on his routes…he doesn’t cut like an ‘L’ more like a ‘C’ pattern in my preview watching. He might can fix that…or his feet just don’t have it. Either way, he’s still a very good, aggressive WR prospect.
WR Laviska Shenault, Colorado 6’1”/220 (Grade: A)
Imagine if Alvin Kamara and DeAndre Hopkins had a football offspring…it might be Shenault. CLEARLY, the best WR prospect I’ve seen among this 2020 group. One of the better ones I’ve scouted in my year-ahead looks. A dominant, aggressive WR with all the tools, but has the added bonus of being a guy who takes jet sweeps, handoffs, and wildcat work like an NFL power runner…but he also is a fantastic blocker. He’s an NFL wet dream, in a sense. I was really impressed with everything I saw. Last season with a semi-erratic QB…9.4 catches for 112.3 yards per game, scoring 6 receiving TDs (in 9 games) but also rushing for 5 TDs as well. Oozing talent and confidence, he looks like the real deal.