This is one of the deepest, most talented wide receiver classes in NFL draft history.
The 2020 class is truly on another level — one we've never seen before. Receivers selected in each of the seven rounds will contribute to their teams and some will become the best in the league.
Chances are, no matter what team you root for, your favorite team will be adding someone to the receiving corps.
Round 1: Jerry Jeudy, Alabama
There are a few talented prospects here: CeeDee Lamb, Henry Ruggs III, Jerry Jeudy. At different points of the year, each one of these players has been my WR1. But now just two weeks away from the start of the draft, I have to admit Jeudy is my favorite.
The suddenness he plays with is very rare. If a defender lets him have a free start off the snap, they have already lost. Jeudy’s football work and agility are so elite it's hard not to imagine him having success no matter what offense he's in. I'm a sucker for separation receivers, and Jeudy is the king of the group.
Round 2: K.J. Hamler, Penn State
K.J. Hamler has legitimate speed and quickness. He struggles with bringing the ball into his grasp and keep it there; but if he can shore up his catching skills and limit the drops, he has that same kind of ability Jeudy does when it comes to creating separation from defenders.
In Hamler’s film, defensive backs are so far off the line of scrimmage in an effort to even keep up with him. Pair Hamler with an accurate quarterback and a team will have an un-guardable passing weapon.
Round 3: Bryan Edwards, South Carolina
Bryan Edwards is one of the sleeper picks of this class.
He was unfortunately paired with inept offenses and a poor quarterback play for most of his time at South Carolina. Edwards isn't the most sudden receiver when it comes to agility, precision in his routes and natural separation with speed; but he is a good mover, fluid and controlled for a player of his size (6-foot-3, 215 pounds).
Edwards is a dominant receiver at the catch point and that will always have a place on a roster, whether on the outside or as a big slot. His best football is ahead of him.
Round 4: Tyler Johnson, Minnesota
Tyler Johnson is an interesting case. His best film would project him as a top-50 player. He was one of Minnesota's best receivers in the passing game. Johnson’s technique and how he attacks the ball in the air can be unorthodox at times, but he seems to make it work more often than not.
He doesn't have the best separation quickness, and that causes him to be in tighter contested-catch situations. Johnson’s lack of dynamic ability means he'll likely be a Day 3 player.
Round 5: Quintez Cephus, Wisconsin
Quintez Cephus is a classic example of having great film but confusing NFL Scouting Combine tests. On tape, Cephus was the go-to player for Wisconsin’s passing attack. While the offense was primarily run through Jonathan Taylor and the ground game, when Wisconsin needed to loft the ball up, Cephus was the top pass-catcher. He isn't the fastest receiver but he was reliable, knew how to get off press coverage and savvy in his routes to make up for the lack of quickness.
But then he ran a 4.73-second 40-yard dash with a 7.2-second 3-cone at the combine — two of the worst scores for his position.
The athletic numbers will likely bump his draft stock down lower than his tape justifies. Ohio State cornerbacks Jeffrey Okudah and Damon Arnette both said Cephus was one of the toughest players they faced in 2019.
The endorsement and tape mean a lot more than some awkward testing numbers.
Round 6: Isaiah Hodgins, Oregon State
Isaiah Hodgins didn’t get the same national attention on the West Coast, and a lot of people missed out on his show that was filmed at Oregon State.
In 2019, Hodgins displayed some of the best hands in all of college football. His body control and ball skills are top of the class. Hodgins only had one drop this season on more than 100 targets. He'll get drafted on Day 3 because of the lack of separation ability; but even in those contested catch situations, Hodgins is a player any quarterback would want to throw the ball to.
Round 7: Kendrick Rogers, Texas A&M
Kendrick Rogers is a true sleeper pick. I have heard so little about him during the pre-draft process, I have no idea where he's getting drafted. All I know is, Texas A&M quarterback Kellen Mond wasn't very accurate over the last two seasons while Rogers was in the starting lineup, yet when Mond threw the ball his way, Rogers made a handful of the team’s biggest plays.
At 6-foot-4 and 205-pounds, Rogers has well-above-average height and arm length. His catch radius is as good as anyone's in this class. He also has a lot of flexibility with his frame. Rogers isn't the fastest or the most sudden; he's even stiff at times. But as a big-bodied receiver, he’ll be a good addition to any receivers room.