College Football's Best Players Not Taken in the 2020 NFL Draft

Several big-time college football stars did not get drafted

With the 2020 NFL Draft officially in the books, it’s time to look back and see which of college football’s biggest stars went undrafted. Whether it was a concern about size, overall talent, an injury, how a player will transition from scheme or handle the jump to the NFL, a handful of stars from the previous college football season did not hear their name called over the three-day event.


Every position featured a notable college star who didn't get drafted, including prolific running backs like Cincinnati's Michael Warren and Western Michigan's LeVante Bellamy, along with quarterbacks Tyler Huntley (Utah) and Anthony Gordon (Washington State). Similar to last season, the wide receiver position featured several names that went undrafted. Arkansas State's Omar Bayless, Syracuse's Trishton Jackson and Hawaii's Cedric Byrd top the list of notable undrafted targets on the outside. On defense, Utah's Francis Bernard, Wisconsin's Chris Orr and Michigan's Lavert Hill were just a few of the top players who will look to make a team as an undrafted free agent this offseason.


Which of college football’s biggest names went undrafted? Here’s a look at the best players, weighing career and 2019 achievement totals.


College Football's Best Players Not Taken in the 2020 NFL Draft


First-Team Offense


QB       Tyler Huntley, Utah

RB       LeVante Bellamy, Western Michigan

RB       Michael Warren, Cincinnati

AP       J.J. Taylor, Arizona

WR      Omar Bayless, Arkansas State

WR      Trishton Jackson, Syracuse

WR      Cedric Byrd, Hawaii

TE       Hunter Bryant, Washington

OL       Calvin Throckmorton, Oregon

OL       Trey Adams, Washington

OL       Zach Shackelford, Texas

OL       Victor Johnson, Appalachian State

OL       Darrin Paulo, Utah


First-Team Defense


DL       Benito Jones, Ole Miss

DL       Oluwole Betiku, Illinois

DL       Raequan Williams, Michigan State

DL       Joe Gaziano, Northwestern

LB        Joe Bachie, Michigan State

LB        Francis Bernard, Utah

LB        Chris Orr, Wisconsin

CB       Lavert Hill, Michigan

CB       Luq Barcoo, San Diego State

S          J.R. Reed, Georgia

S          Nigel Warrior, Tennessee


First-Team Specialists


K         Rodrigo Blankenship, Georgia

P          Joseph Charlton, South Carolina


Second-Team Offense      


QB      Anthony Gordon, Washington State           

RB       Benny LeMay, Charlotte      

RB       Xavier Jones, SMU    

AP       Adrian Killins, UCF   

WR      Kendall Hinton, Wake Forest          

WR      Quartney Davis, Texas A&M           

WR      JoJo Ward, Hawaii    

TE       Thaddeus Moss, LSU

OL       Trystan Colon-Castillo, Missouri     

OL       Luke Juriga, Western Michigan      

OL       Brandon Bowen, Ohio State

OL       Darryl Williams, MississippI State  

OL       Steven Gonzalez, Penn State    


Second-Team Defense         


DL       Ray Lima, Iowa State

DL       Nick Coe, Auburn     

DL       Tyler Clark, Georgia 

DL       Bryce Huff, Memphis           

LB        Kyahva Tezino, San Diego State     

LB        Michael Pinckney Miami     

LB        David Woodward, Utah State         

CB       Trajan Bandy, Miami           

CB       Parnell Motley, Oklahoma   

S          Jeremiah Dinson, Auburn   

S          Javelin Guidry, Utah 


Second-Team Specialists     


K         Dominik Eberle, Utah State 

P         Michael Turk, Arizona State


Third-Team Offense

QB      Bryce Perkins, Virginia

RB       Rodney Smith, Minnesota

RB       Patrick Taylor, Memphis

AP       Salvon Ahmed, Washington

WR      Kirk Merritt, Arkansas State

WR      Kalija Lipscomb, Vanderbilt

WR      Juwan Johnson, Oregon
WR      Marquez Callaway, Tennessee

TE       Jared Pinkney, Vanderbilt

OL      Yasir Durant, Missouri

OL      Julian Good-Jones, Iowa State

OL      Adrian Magee, LSU

OL      Terence Steele, Texas Tech

OL      Sean Pollard, Clemson

Third-Team Defense

DL       Trevon Hill, Miami

DL       Darrion Daniels, Nebraska

DL       Malcolm Roach, Texas

DL       Delontae Scott, SMU

LB        Jordan Mack, Virginia

LB        Cale Garrett, Missouri

LB        Myles Bryant, Washington

CB       Essang Bassey, Wake Forest

CB       A.J. Green, Oklahoma State

CB         Stanford Samuels III, Florida State

CB         Javaris Davis, Auburn


Third-Team Specialists

K         Jonathan Song, TCU

P         Dom Maggio, Wake Forest

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