NFL teams are betting on the first round of the project by providing them with an impact starter. Over a five-year period starting in 2013-17, on average, only 12 players selected in the first round made at least one appearance at the Pro Bowl. There are ways to minimize the risk, but sometimes the potential reward wins.
Here are some of the perspectives that teams should be careful of in the 2020 NFL Draft:
From 2013 to 2017, 6 of the 11 quarters taken in the first round would have been considered a success. Jameis Winston and Teddy Bridgewater were counted in the success category, although an argument could be made in both directions. There is a level of risk that comes with taking any quarterback in the first round.
The NFL 2020 draft is not lacking in defective quarterback prospects. Jordan Love of Utah provides several moments of frustration. When the game goes wrong, he is prone to make additional mistakes. Justin Herbert of Oregon has shown that he must be in an offense that will increase his strength. He cannot intervene in any offensive system and succeed. The concerns about Alabama’s Tua Tagovailoa are obvious. He came from a devastating injury and the teams weren’t as exposed to their medical results as they normally would be during the offseason.
Louisville’s attacking attacker Mekhi Becton
Becton has not fully realized its potential. There are many ways in which he can improve. The saving grace is that it moves well and its sheer size will cause problems for opposing edge rushers until it understands everything. Becton is among the top offensive prospects in this category along with Tristan Wirfs of Iowa, Andrew Thomas of Georgia and Jedrick Wills of Alabama. According to rumors, its ceiling is as high as the fourth in the general classification of the New York Giants. His floor would likely be the 14th overall for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
A trio of tigers
Rusher K’Lavon Chaisson, cornerback Kristian Fulton and safety Grant Delpit all carry a certain level of risk.
Chaisson showed his talents with a shovel. It is flexible on the edge and skilful in cover. However, its production does not match other smugglers we have seen recently. Josh Allen of Kentucky had 17 sacks as a senior. Ohio State chase Young had 10.5 bags despite a missed action in 2019.
Fulton is a little behind on the field and it will be a problem in the NFL. The league is protecting wide receivers more than ever, which could result in several penalties. His draft stock fluctuated throughout the process, similar to what his teammate, Greedy Williams, went through a year ago. Williams was finally carried off in the second round.
Delpit was a stallion in 2018 and a top 10 prospect at the start of the 2019 season. He regressed as a tackler and did not reflect the elite talent that evaluators had seen a year earlier. At the NFL combine, he exposed an ankle sprain that hampered him in his last college season. What did the medical staff say to the NFL teams? Are they buying that his ankle injury was the reason for his regression?
LSU will have a strong presence in this year’s project. Quarterback Joe Burrow, wide receiver Justin Jefferson and ball carrier Clyde Edwards-Helaire all look promising.
USC offensive forward Austin Jackson
Jackson donated bone marrow to his sister before the 2019 season. He told CBS Sports at the NFL that it took him four games in the season before he could lift his back. The potential is obvious, but it is also known as unrealized production. The Arizona native offers high benefits but also presents a bet. He should be taken in the second half of the first round. Several teams are lining up for an offensive tackle.