It’s mid-August. We’re not even to the 2019 college football regular season yet.
So, do you know what that means?
It’s time for a 2020 NFL mock draft! At least, that’s what Pro Football Focus believes.
The site does a phenomenal job at grading players — among other things — at the NFL and college level and knows a thing or two when it comes to collegiate prospects. On Monday, PFF’s Michael Renner released his first 2020 NFL mock draft.
The Big Ten has five prospects going within the top 13 picks (six overall in the first round), which is pretty impressive:
3. Buffalo Bills — EDGE Chase Young, Ohio State
“Young checks pretty much every box you could check as a defensive end already. He’s got size, length and athleticism that’s all ideal for the position plus elite production already. As a true sophomore, he led the nation in pressures.”
7. New York Jets — CB Jeffrey Okudah, Ohio State
“Okudah doesn’t have a lot of ball production to speak of at this point, but a lot of that is a factor of the defense. He doesn’t do a lot other than play press-man in Ohio State’s defense and in that role he’s stingy as can be. Okudah allowed all of nine first downs as a true sophomore.”
9. New York Giants — OT Tristan Wirfs, Iowa
“The Giants’ rebuild of their offensive line continues. Wirfs topped Bruce Feldman’s freaks list over the offseason, and he simply doesn’t get overpowered on the football field. The only concern is if he can hold up at tackle in the NFL or if his future is at guard.”
11. Tampa Bay Buccaneers — EDGE A.J. Epenesa, Iowa
“Epenesa is poised for a monstrous 2019 season after he dominated in a rotational role last year. He racked up 46 pressures, including 10 sacks, on only 244 pass-rushing snaps. That’s the type of pass-rush the Bucs have been missing for a while.”
13. Carolina Panthers — IOL Tyler Biadasz, Wisconsin
“The No. 13 spot might be a tad high for an interior offensive lineman, but that’s how good Biadasz has been in his career at Wisconsin. He’s earned top-three marks at center in each of the past two seasons and could easily step in at either guard or center for the Panthers.”
25. Oakland Raiders — EDGE Yetur Gross-Matos, Penn State
“The Raiders address pass-rush once again because you can never have too many. Gross-Matos is still a project though heading into his junior year. The Penn State edge rusher managed only 25 pressures on 315 pass-rushes last season.”
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