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Early 2020 NFL Draft Prospect Top 50 Rankings

Early 2020 NFL Draft Prospect Top 50 Rankings

Early 2020 NFL Draft Prospect Top 50 Rankings

The ink on the 2019 NFL Draft is barely dry but some of the attention has already shifted to next year's event. And while that partly may due to the anticipation of the draft taking place in Las Vegas, the players projected to headline the 2020 edition have a little something to do with this as well.

Defense may have dominated the 2019 draft, with seven of the top 10 picks coming from that side of the ball, but that's not the case looking at Athlon Sports' early top 50 prospects for the 2020 NFL Draft. The top two and four of the first five can all be found on the offensive side of the ball.

Tua Tagovailoa, the Heisman Trophy runner-up to this year's No. 1 overall pick, Kyler Murray, currently tops the list with Oregon quarterback Justin Herbert right behind him. Alabama, which led all schools with 10 draft picks this year, leads the way with eight in the top 50 for 2020 followed by defending national champion Clemson and Ohio State (three each). In fact, the Crimson Tide boast the same number of players on this list as the entire Pac-12 and more than the ACC (seven) and Big 12 (four).

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This time last year, Dexter Lawrence was our No. 1 prospect and he went with the 17th pick to the New York Giants. Murray didn't even make the top 50, which only supports the notion that this list will change plenty between now and next April. But you have to start somewhere, right?

Early 2020 NFL Draft Prospect Top 50 Rankings

Rank

Name

Position

School

Year

1

Tua Tagovailoa

QB

Jr.

2

Justin Herbert

QB

Sr.

3

Chase Young

DE

Jr.

4

Jerry Jeudy

WR

Jr.

5

Andrew Thomas

OT

Jr.

6

A.J. Epenesa

DE

Jr.

7

Derrick Brown

DT

Sr.

8

Grant Delpit

S

Jr.

9

Trey Adams

OT

Sr.

10

Bryce Hall

CB

Sr.

11

Walker Little

OT

Jr.

12

CJ Henderson

CB

Jr.

13

Tee Higgins

WR

Jr.

14

Javon Kinlaw

DL

Sr.

15

Raekwon Davis

DE

Sr.

16

Laviska Shenault Jr.

WR

Jr.

17

Isaiah Simmons

S

Jr.

18

Albert Okwuegbunam

TE

Jr.

19

D'Eriq King

QB

Sr.

20

Kenny Willekes

DE

Sr.

21

Dylan Moses

ILB

Jr.

22

Jake Fromm

QB

Jr.

23

Kristian Fulton

CB

Sr.

24

Tarik Black

WR

Jr.

25

Evan Weaver

ILB

Sr.

26

Jonathan Taylor

RB

Jr.

27

Tyler Biadasz

C

Jr.

28

Travis Etienne

RB

Jr.

29

Jaylon Johnson

CB

Jr.

30

Paddy Fisher

ILB

Jr.

31

Mekhi Becton

OT

Jr.

32

Tommy Kraemer

G

Sr.

33

Paulson Adebo

CB

So.

34

Najee Harris

RB

Jr.

35

Jalen Reagor

WR

Jr.

36

Terrell Lewis

OLB

Jr.

37

Xavier McKinney

S

Jr.

38

Alaric Jackson

OT

Jr.

39

Jacob Eason

QB

Jr.

40

Malik Harrison

OLB

Sr.

41

Yetur Gross-Matos

DE

Jr.

42

J.K. Dobbins

RB

Jr.

43

CeeDee Lamb

WR

Jr.

44

AJ Dillon

RB

Jr.

45

Collin Johnson

WR

Sr.

46

Khalid Kareem

DE

Sr.

47

Essang Bassey

CB

Sr.

48

Nick Coe

DE

Jr.

49

Henry Ruggs III

WR

Jr.

50

Grant Calcaterra

TE

Jr.