The 2020 NFL draftees are just starting to sign their contracts for this year and all have hopes of being one of the next NFL greats. For some of these Broncos rookies their player comparisons will be their ceiling with the same style of play. But for some of these players the sky is the limit.
Jerry Jeudy – Wide Receiver
Player Comparison: Julio Jones
Jerry Jeudy, from Alabama, is a receiver who does it all. He’s the perfect blend of size, speed and athleticism but it doesn’t end there. Much like Julio Jones, Jeudy is an expert route runner. His quick footwork allows him to freeze coverage at the line to get open. It wouldn’t be too surprising to see Jeudy as one of the league’s top receivers in the next few years.
K.J. Hamler – Wide Receiver
Player Comparison: Jarvis Landry
K.J. Hamler, from Penn State, has all the tools to be a productive receiver in the league. Hamler is undersized for his position just like Jarvis Landry. Both are pretty shifty with good hands and use superb route running to their advantage. Just like Landry, Hamler probably won’t be the first option on a contending team but both are good enough to shine.
Michael Ojemudia – Corner
Player Comparison: Brian Poole
Michael Ojemudia, from Iowa, isn’t what you think of when you think of typical corners. Ojemudia plays solid coverage with great catchup speed but that isn’t what he’s known for. Like Brian Poole, Ojemudia is a boundary corner with a focus on run support. Ojemudia is a little bigger than Poole but they both hit very hard and have similar play styles.
Lloyd Cushenberry III – Center
Player Comparison: Mitch Morse
Lloyd Cushenberry III, from LSU, is arguably the most solid rookie pass blocking center for this upcoming season. What Cushenberry lacks in athleticism he makes up for in technique much like Mitch Morse. While Morse is the bigger of the two Cushenberry has tremendous strength making up for his size.
McTelvin Agim – Defensive Tackle
Player Comparison: Jurrell Casey
McTelvin Agim, from Arkansas, is a versatile defensive lineman who can play multiple positions on the line. Agim is very similar to Casey in size. Both are pretty stout but have solid speed to make up for it. Their combination of size, speed and strength allow them to rush the passer while being solid run stoppers. Agim might not be in the same ballpark yet but Casey is certainly a possible ceiling.
Albert Okwuegbunam – Tight End
Player Comparison: Gerald Everett
Albert Okwuegbunam, from Missouri, is one of the better pass-catching tight ends in this year’s class but his big struggle is blocking. It’s hard to see him becoming a starter, but just like Gerald Everett, when Okwuegbunam is called on he can be a big receiving boost for the team. He definitely has the potential to become a very good second tight end.
Justin Strnad -Linebacker
Player Comparison: Uchenna Nwosu
Justin Strnad, from Wake Forest, is a wiry and athletic outside linebacker with a nose for the ball. He uses his speed to track down the ball carrier and his explosiveness to get from one side of the field to the other very quickly. Strnad will most likely see a lot of his playing time come on kick coverage but if he ever sees significant playing time he could definitely be a force.
Netane Muti – Offensive Guard
Player Comparison: Will Hernandez
Netane Muti, from Fresno State, is already one of the strongest players in the league and he hasn’t even played a snap. Muti fell all the way to the sixth round even after putting up 44 reps of 225 pounds at the combine. Muti shares the strength and size attributes as Will Hernandez but there are some technique issues that need to be worked out.
Tyrie Cleveland – Wide Receiver
Player Comparison: Zach Pascal
Tyrie Cleveland, from Florida, is a solid option who has the tools to develop but isn’t there yet. Cleveland has a bigger frame and a skill set similar to Zach Pascal. He isn’t really fast but he has decent enough hands. The Broncos are hoping he can develop into more but his ceiling may very well be what Pascal is now.
Derrek Tuszka – Linebacker
Player Comparison: Oshane Ximines
Derrek Tuszka, from North Dakota State, is a great pass rusher but lacks a lot of physical tools to be special in the league. His arm length and physical tools leave a lot to be desired and as an edge rusher it might take a while to hit his groove. But much like Ximines, he has a lot of time and potential to turn into a star.