Studs & Duds - Early Impressions of 2020

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If you remember, draft season may be over for many of you but here at The Draft Network it is always #DraftSZN. Always. And while the majority of my focus is still on the aftermath of the 2019 NFL Draft and deciphering who hit the mark and who floundered with their classes, you'd be a fool to think that I haven't at least peeked at 2020 players.

So who has stood out? Who is worth the hype? Who are we sleeping on. I'm here to tackle these answers in this week's column of Studs & Duds.

Stud - Alabama WR Jerry Jeudy

Watching these Alabama receivers is something best left for the comfort of your own home, your work browsers may flag this online material as NSFW. My goodness Jeudy is a delight. He's such an explosive, dynamic weapon -- as evidenced by his 19.3 career yards per reception. A true home run hitter, Jeudy doesn't just play small ball either. He lacks the elite size of some of the other pass catchers but it doesn't really matter. He's so sudden in short spaces, he'll dominate the vast majority of the competition based on twitch alone.

Dud - Texas WR Collin Johnson

First column dedicated to 2020 and I've already given Texas fans a reason to be angry with me. *THIS IS FINE*

Listen, Johnson is a fine college prospect and I think he's good enough in the "where he wins" category that he'll have success in the pros. But if you're going to try to sell me Collin Johnson as a top-30 type of player, I'm selling. We just watched more gifted big men in Hakeem Butler and D.K. Metcalf tumble harder than one of Daenerys' dragons (too soon?) and I don't think Johnson (at least entering the 2019 college season) is even on par with them.

Stud - Ohio State DE Chase Young

Explosive speed is the best way to describe Chase Young. His hallmark play is the TFL on fourth down against Penn State to steal a key win last season -- his first getting prominent playing time for the Buckeyes. Young is the next athletic freak defensive end who will take the Draft world by storm when his time comes. I'm a big fan of his and even the rest of the Big Ten's defensive end group. Penn State's Yetur Gross Matos, Iowa's A.J. Epenesa and more little the Big Ten this year.

Dud - Ohio State RB J.K. Dobbins

Dobbins isn't a bad prospect by any means. But in a class filled with names like Etienne, Taylor, Harris and Dillon? There's a lot of mouths to feed in this year's running back class. Dobbins would be a player that I -- again, as of right now -- wouldn't covet over those other names previously mentioned at running back.

Stud - Clemson LB Isaiah Simmons

Simmons flirted with the idea of coming out last year and honestly would have been well within his right to do so in an underwhelming class of linebackers. But instead, Simmons decided to make a run at another National Championship in Death Valley. The rich get richer, right? Simmons is long with eye opening speed -- he's hard to miss on a team filled with athletic terrors.

Dud - Georgia QB Jake Fromm

Fromm has yet to really move the needle for me having watched him so frequently at Georgia. His flashes are very impressive -- there's no question he's got potential as a franchise quarterback. But I don't think he's there just yet. He has as much to gain as any college prospect in the entire country. But consistency is a big question of mine -- one I won't get an answer to until September through December or January.

Written By:

Kyle Crabbs

Director of Scouting

Kyle Crabbs is the Director of Scouting for The Draft Network. Prior to his time with TDN, Kyle worked for seven years as the founder of his own third-party scouting service, NDT Scouting. Providing media coverage and also consultation services for agencies, Crabbs penned an annual NFL Draft Prospectus featuring 300+ player profiles on an annual basis from 2014-2020. Crabbs is currently the co-host of the Draft Dudes podcast with fellow TDN scout Joe Marino and helps coordinate TDN's national scouting effort.

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