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Best 2020 NFL Draft Prospects: Wide Receivers

The 2019 NFL Draft is over and teams are getting comfortable with their new draft picks. The next class of players is getting prepared now for another year of college football. Each position will be analyzed in the coming days. Here are the best 2020 NFL Draft prospects: Wide receivers.

Note: Players will not be ranked in the article.

Tee Higgins, Clemson

Higgins was a decent player as a freshman for Clemson, but truly showed what he was capable of as a sophomore last season. He has good size and athleticism, making him a great target to throw to. Trevor Lawrence will be looking his way a lot in 2019.

In 2018, Higgins caught 59 passes for 936 yards and 12 touchdowns. His play helped Clemson win the National Championship. With Lawrence starting for a full season, Higgins should improve even more as a junior.

Jerry Jeudy, Alabama

In his freshman season, Jeudy got his feet wet for Alabama. Like some of the other receivers on this list, they took a huge step forward last season. He has the speed, quickness and route-running to be a threat this season for the Crimson Tide and next year in the pros.

Jeudy was Alabama’s leading receiver with 68 receptions for 1,315 yards and 14 touchdowns. He and Tua Tagovailoa have connected for plenty of big plays. This season, Jeudy will once again make headlines for his ability to run after the catch to make small gains into larger ones.

Best 2020 NFL Draft Prospects: Wide Receivers
Collin Johnson (photo by hookem.com)

Collin Johnson, Texas

Johnson could have gone pro last year, but decided to return to Texas for his senior season. He has shown solid improvement over his three seasons as a Longhorn and could take another leap this season. His size will be a huge factor in his draft stock, as he stands at 6-foot-6 and 220 pounds.

He was nearly able to get to 1,000 yards receiving yards last season, but fell just short. Johnson finished the season with 68 catches for 985 yards and seven touchdowns. The big receiver will be targeted a lot in 2019 and if he runs a solid 40-yard dash time, could be selected in the early rounds of the 2020 NFL Draft.

CeeDee Lamb, Oklahoma

Lamb has had two great seasons for Oklahoma, but now must prove he can do it without a number one overall pick at quarterback. At 6-foot-2 and 189 pounds, Lamb has the height and athletic ability to be a good receiver in the NFL, but needs to add some strength to his frame.

As a freshman with Baker Mayfield at quarterback, Lamb had 46 catches for 807 yards and seven touchdowns. With Kyler Murray at quarterback, and more opportunities, Lamb produced with 65 catches for 1,158 receiving yards and 11 touchdowns. He’ll have Jalen Hurts throwing him the ball this season, but even if he isn’t as good as the previous two quarterbacks for Oklahoma, Lamb should be drafted based on his size and speed.

Kendrick Rodgers, Texas A&M

Rodgers isn’t the most productive receivers, but he also hasn’t had the best quarterback play. He has played two seasons in College Station, but his physical abilities have spoken more than his production on the field so far.

For his two seasons at Texas A&M, he has just 435 receiving yards. Kellen Mond was much improved at quarterback last season for the Aggies. If he can continue that development, Rodgers should shine even more this year and get to capitalize on his talents.

Henry Ruggs III, Alabama

Alabama has two star receivers that could be selected early in the 2020 NFL Draft. Ruggs didn’t put up as many receiving yards as Jeudy last season, but he is talented in his own right. He doesn’t have the greatest size, at 6-foot and 183 pounds, but plays bigger than that.

Over his two campaigns at Alabama, Ruggs has 17 touchdowns catches, as he finds the end zone well. He has tacked on 970 receiving yards on 58 catches in his career. With Tagovailoa at quarterback, there will be enough to go around for both Jeudy and Ruggs to become picks early in the 2020 NFL Draft.

Best 2020 NFL Draft Prospects: Wide Receivers
Laviska Shenault (Photo by sfchronicle.com)

Laviska Shenault Jr., Colorado

Shenault didn’t do much as a freshman, but made a lot of highlight-reel catches as a sophomore at Colorado. The 6-foot-2 and 220-pound receiver has a good build and great athleticism, which allows him to be a nightmare for defenses trying to defend him with man coverage.

In just nine games for the Buffaloes last season, Shenault caught 86 passes for 1,001 yards and five touchdowns. With an NFL prospect at quarterback as well in Steven Montez, Shenault should have another good season in Boulder before being able to test himself in the NFL.

 

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