The Year Of The Wide Receivers
The 2020 NFL Draft will be remembered as the year of the Wide Receiver. There will be around 15 of them taken in the first three rounds alone. And the best part is that there are so many different types of receivers with every kind of skill set you can ask for. However, all that talent at the top of the wide receiver rankings, it’s easy for some of the other players to be forgotten about. Let’s take a look at some receivers that will outperform their draft slot in the 2020 NFL Draft on April 23rd-25th.
Bryan Edwards South Carolina
Bryan Edwards would be ranked higher if it wasn’t for his season-ending leg injury his senior year. Mainly because he then wasn’t able to perform in either the Senior Bowl or the Scouting Combine. Even with the injury, he was able to put up some huge numbers in his career. Surpassing NFL wide receiver Alshon Jeffrey for all-time receiving yards at South Carolina. He has a total of 234 receptions with 3,045 yards and 22 touchdowns. His best qualities in the NFL will be his physicality and his hands. He might not be the fastest receiver but is definitely of the toughest. Not in the least bit afraid of going over the middle of the field and routinely bounces off tacklers. I project Bryan Edwards to go in the third round in this year’s NFL Draft. Even though he has first-round talent.
K.J. Hill Ohio State
K.J. Hill has a lot of good qualities that will translate to the NFL. His best being his hands and route running. He has made some ridiculous one-handed catches in his career. One of this year’s draft storylines will be “Who’s this year’s, Terry McLaurin?” Well, you don’t have to look too far away. Terry’s ex-teammate at Ohio State K.J. Hill will be the answer to that question. He was a former four-star recruit coming out of high school. Where he was also a US Army All American. Now he’s leaving Ohio State as the all-time reception leader with 201 career receptions. Hill is 6’0 and 195 pounds but is still a very good red zone threat because of his ability to find open zones in the defense. I project K.J. Hill to go in the fourth round in this year’s NFL Draft.
Van Jefferson Florida
Van Jefferson is 6’2 and 197 pounds with a lot of strengths to his game. None better than his route running ability. When I see him play, I can’t help but to think of Allen Robinson from the Chicago Bears. He might not reach those lofty goals I put out for him but that is his ceiling. Van is also the son of former NFL wide receiver and current assistant coach for the New York Jets, Shawn Jefferson.
Van Jefferson started his college career at Ole Miss and then transferred to Florida after his sophomore season. Where he was still able to get over 1,000 yards and 12 touchdowns in his two years at Florida. His Senior Bowl performance opened up a lot of people’s eyes due to him dominated the competition all week at the practices. That’s why he will be the highest pick of the two other players I just mentioned. I project Van Jefferson to get picked early in the third round of this year’s NFL Draft.
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