There are plenty of big names in the 2020 draft, from Tua to Lamb and beyond, but this draft is as deep as any I can remember. The real value is in rounds 2-5, and I expect there to be a flurry of trades, because of it. Teams are going to try and stockpile these value picks and improve there team in more areas. Here are the some guys I think are going to offer the best value in the mid-rounds
- Antonio Gandy-Golden (WR) Liberty- This WR class is stacked, so there will be high value in rounds 2-4. Gandy-Golden is a small school guy that should shine at the next level, with great size and catch radius. Gandy-Golden should slip a bit, because he doesn’t have the elite NFL athleticism or route-running. However, he has a ridiculous catch radius and above average hands to at least be a red zone target at the next level.
- Julian Okwara– After Young, Chaisson and Espenesa, the edge class is a crap-shoot. Okwara has a chance to climb with good testing and pre-draft hype. Right now I have him as a mid round 2 pick with extreme value. He has the burst and bend to succeed at the next level as a pass rusher, he has had an injury history and needs to get stronger, which is the reason he isn’t a first round lock. I like the value of an Okwara in round two more than Espenesa in the top 20.
- Alex Highsmith– Every team is going to be looking for small school guys like Maxx Crosby, the rookie of the year candidate from the Raiders. Highsmith could be that guy this year. Highsmith is very explosive, but lacks the strength to beat guys straight up often. Like Crosby, Highsmith can immediately impact the NFL if he comes in and has a good off-season, his tenacity and natural abilities overshadow his flaw at the collegiate level. In the NFL Highsmith will have to rely on the weight room and coaching to really come to his own.
- Troy Pride Jr.– Pride is a guy that has rose up draft boards a bit already, and could fall anywhere on day 2. He is very fundamentally sound and can play as an outside corner in zone or man to man defenses. Pride uses his length well enough, that he could come in and start at the next level right away.
- Akeem Davis-Gaither– The Linebacker class in 2020 isn’t great. This will give opportunity to some guys that coaches think they can coach up at the next level. Gaither is a guy that is undersized, but has produced at the OLB position in college, because of his agility and ability to work sideline to sideline. I think an NFL team will get a steal of a pick here, and a good offseason program in the weight room will benefit him greatly. The new era NFL, needs fast linebackers and Davis-Gaither fits in very nicely.