Top Five Wide Receivers Of The 2020 NFL Draft Class

Brian Lamb
Brian Lamb is the owner of NFL Draft Lounge and has covered the NFL Draft since 2011. Brian is also the owner of the Infinity Sports Network, which NFL Draft Lounge belongs to.

As we get closer to winding up the 2019 College Football season, it’s time to shift towards the 2020 NFL Draft. We now have a much clearer view of player rankings and which prospects will likely declare for the NFL Draft. The 2020 draft class is loaded with top talented wide receivers.  I’m not quite ready to say that it’s the most talented that I’ve ever scouted, but it’s pretty darn close.

In this article, we’re going to take a look at the top five wide receivers on our draft board, as well as highlight their strengths and weaknesses.  I’ve also included a link to each scouting report for the player, so feel free to check those out, too.

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1.  Jerry Jeudy – Alabama

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Scouting Report Available HERE

The 2018 Biletnikoff Award winner is considered by many to be one of the best prospects in the 2020 NFL Draft.  While Jeudy isn’t a lock to enter the NFL Draft this season, as he still has a year of eligibility remaining, it seems very likely at this point.

Jerry Jeudy has excellent athleticism, especially off the line of scrimmage, to create instant space from the defender.  Jeudy also has the ability to change directions very quickly, allowing him the ability to run short, intermediate, and deep routes.  His excellent use of hands to fight through press coverage at the line of scrimmage and an elite catch radius to catch passes away from his body are what makes him one of the best in this draft class.

However, Jerry Jeudy isn’t flawless.  His blocking ability is far below average, which means that he’ll likely struggle against most of the defenders that he’s asked to block.  If an NFL team is able to refine his blocking abilities, and improve his mechanics, they could be getting an all-around prospect that will be ready to play from day one.

2.  CeeDee Lamb – Oklahoma

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CeeDee Lamb is, in my opinion, the best pure outside receiver in this draft class.  His ability to work in narrow spaces along the sidelines in phenomenal, as are his catching radius and ability to haul in contested catches.

His acceleration is above the NFL average, allowing him to create separation at the line of scrimmage or in confined spaces, such as along the sidelines or in shorter routes.  

While his acceleration is above average, Lamb’s top end speeds more likely comparable to the NFL average.  His performance at the NFL Combine should help to ease concerns, so he’ll certainly be one to watch as the NFL Draft nears. This is why he’s so high on my 2020 top wide receivers list.

3.  Henry Ruggs III – Alabama

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Scouting Report Available HERE

Henry Ruggs III could very well be poised to set a new record in the 40-yard dash at the NFL Combine.  Ruggs III ran a 4.25 40-yard dash at Alabama’s pro day earlier this year, which is remarkably close to the 4.22 record, which was set by Cincinnati Bengals wideout John Ross.

While Ruggs III has elite speed, it’s rather difficult to try and fit him into an NFL offense.  Ruggs III could measure in at 6’0, but he tends to play smaller.  I have Ruggs III listed as a slot receiver, as he works best between the numbers and in the middle of the field.

Henry Ruggs III has a very good blocking ability, which could raise hid draft stock as well.  With that being said, I firmly believe that it’s his acceleration and speed that will get Henry Ruggs III drafted early. That’s why he’s on my 2020 top wide receivers list.

4.  Laviska Shenault, Jr – Colorado

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Scouting Report Available HERE

Laviska Shenault Jr. might be the most compete prospect on this list.  His ability to catch passes in traffic is fantastic.  While Shenault Jr. won’t burn defenders off the lien of scrimmage, his ability to break in and out of cuts and change directions very quickly more than makeup for average top end speed.

I’d like see Shenault Jr. improve off the line of scrimmage. Traits such as using his hands more to fight through press coverage need improvement.  His blocking ability also leaves a bit to be desired, but this could be shored up through technique and coaching.

I have Laviska Shenault Jr. listed as a fringe first-rounder in this year’s draft class.  I’d love to see him end up on a team that can invest the time to refine his skillset.  His competitiveness is excellent, which he should embrace as he moves to the next level. Quite frankly, Shenault Jr. is my favorite wide out on my 2020 top wide receivers list.

5.  Tee Higgins – Clemson

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Scouting Report Available HERE

Tee Higgins is an athletic receiver that has the ability to play the outside in the NFL.  I think the argument can be made that other receivers on this list have a higher ceiling. However, I think Tee Higgins has the potential to be the most consistent in his week-to-week production and effort.  

Most of Higgins’ traits are above the NFL average for wide receiver. Despite this, he does appear to have a less than average ability to catch the ball in traffic.  Much like Laviska Shenault Jr., I think quality coaching can improve his technique. Although, it is concerning that he hasn’t shown this at Clemson, one of the best programs in the country.

Teams will have a higher risk in selecting Tee Higgins. However, I think the payoff can be much higher than the others on this list.  His performance through the position drills at the NFL Combine will be huge for him.  If he can ace those, that’s a huge checkbox for me.

 

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