The 2020 NFL draft class is loaded and heading into Friday night there is a lot of talent left. Adam Schefter of ESPN talked to one player personal director who said this is the second deepest class in the last 25 years.
One personnel director calls this “the deepest second round in the last 25 years.” He believes there are 20 players available tonight that could have been first-round picks; there usually are 7-10. “There will be as many starters in this round that there are in the first round.”
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) April 24, 2020
With so many starters left there could be a ton of trades happening to allow teams to move up and get their players. Let's breakdown the 10 best players left on the draft board.
10. Yetur Gross-Matos, Penn State
Yetus Gross-Matos is the second-best edge rusher left on the board, and he could be a player that a team trades up for during the second round. At Penn State he was a standout, but he is still a little raw with his talent. If he can add a little strength, he is going to be a problem in the NFL.
9. Tee Higgins, Clemson
This is a loaded draft class for wide receivers, but this is the only top-10 quality wide receiver left on the board. There are a few different receivers who could fill this spot, but with Higgins' ball skills, he gets the nod. He's got elite skills when it comes to catching the deep ball.
8. Jonathan Taylor, Wisconsin
Ten years ago, Jonathan Taylor would have been drafted early in the first round, but running back is an undervalued position in the NFL now. Taylor is the best running back to come out Wisconsin, and one of the best Big Ten running backs ever. During the 2019 season, Taylor rushed for 2,003 yards and 21 touchdowns. The one big concern with Taylor is his pass-catching.
7. Josh Jones, Houston
Josh Jones was a standout with the Houston Cougars at tackle. He is the best offensive lineman left on the board which could lead to a team trading up to get him. Don't be shocked if he is one of the first players taken in the second round because the falloff is usually steep with offensive tackles on Day 2.
6. A.J. Epenesa, Iowa
A.J. Epenesa was a standout with the Iowa Hawkeyes and should hear his name called very early in the second round. He might not have the ceiling as some of the other prospects which has caused him to drop a bit, but his floor is very high. He should be able to come in and make an impact right away.
5. Grant Delpit, LSU
Safety Grant Delpit has great range and does a great job of trusting his skills to make plays. His stats weren't as good in 2019 because he dealt with injuries, but those should all be behind him. Delpit can be an impact player in the NFL, even as a Round 2 pick.
4. Xavier McKinney, Alabama
Xavier McKinney was going somewhere in the early 20s in most mock drafts, but he saw quite the fall on Day 1. He played safety and linebacker for the Crimson Tide, filling a key role on their defense. He should be able to play multiple roles in the NFL, and do so at a high level.
3. Trevon Diggs, Alabama
Trevon Diggs, the younger brother of NFL receiver Stefon Diggs, has elite skill from the cornerback position. The only real knock on his game is with his tackling.
2. DeAndre Swift, Georgia
Many believed DeAndre Swift could go to the Kansas City Chiefs with the last pick of the first round. but that didn't end up happening. Swift is a game-changing running back, and one who is going to make a big impact as a rookie.
1. Kristian Fulton, LSU
Fulton was a standout cornerback for LSU and he should go in the first handful of picks in the second round. The only real knock on his game is he sometimes misjudges the ball when it's in the air. If that can be improved, Fulton could be the No. 1 cornerback for a team.