My positional rankings for the 2020 NFL Draft are set!

A reminder of my grading scale and color code:

First-Round Grades  BLUE – Prospects that I believe will be excellent starters in the NFL.

Second-Round Grades – Green – Prospects that I believe will range from very good-to-good starters in the NFL.

Third-Round Grades – GOLD – Solid starters, sometimes with significant upside that has yet to manifest itself consistently on the field, who will at their floor be important role players in the NFL.

Fourth-Fifth-Round Grades – RED – Grades range from Spot starters/solid role players at their ceiling (4th) to backups/special teams value (5th) in the NFL.

At the bottom I’ve also included “My Guys” 2020 NFL Draft team, mainly focusing on players I’m higher on than consensus, or guys I just would really stand on the table for on draft day.

Quarterbacks

  1. Joe Burrow, LSU
  2. Tua Tagovailoa, Alabama
  3. Justin Herbert, Oregon
  4. Jalen Hurts, Oklahoma
  5. Jordan Love, Utah State
  6. Jake Fromm, Georgia
  7. Jacob Eason, Washington

Running Backs

  1. Clyde Edwards-Helaire, LSU
  2. D’Andre Swift, Georgia
  3. Cam Akers, Florida State
  4. J.K. Dobbins, Ohio State
  5. Jonathan Taylor, Wisconsin
  6. Zack Moss, Utah
  7. J.J. Taylor, Arizona
  8. Eno Benjamin, Arizona State
  9. Darrynton Evans, Appalachian State
  10. Ke’Shawn Vaughn, Vanderbilt

Wide Receivers

  1. CeeDee Lamb, Oklahoma
  2. Jerry Jeudy, Alabama
  3. Henry Ruggs, Alabama
  4. Justin Jefferson, LSU
  5. Bryan Edwards, South Carolina
  6. Michael Pittman, USC
  7. K.J. Hamler, Penn State
  8. Brandon Aiyuk, Arizona State
  9. Denzel Mims, Baylor
  10. Jalen Reagor, TCU
  11. Laviska Shenault, Colorado
  12. Tee Higgins, Clemson
  13. Chase Claypool, Notre Dame
  14. Tyler Johnson, Minnesota
  15. Antonio Gibson, Memphis
  16. Van Jefferson, Florida
  17. Isaiah Hodgins, Oregon State
  18. Devin Duvernay, Texas
  19. Donovan Peoples-Jones, Michigan
  20. Antonio Gandy-Golden, Liberty
  21. K.J. Hill, Ohio State
  22. Lynn Bowden, Kentucky
  23. John Hightower, Boise State
  24. Gabriel Davis, UCF
  25. Isaiah Coulter, Rhode Island
  26. Jauan Jennings, Tennessee
  27. Collin Johnson, Texas
  28. Quintez Cephus, Wisconsin

Tight Ends

  1. Adam Trautman, Dayton
  2. Devin Asiasi, UCLA
  3. Brycen Hopkins, Purdue
  4. Cole Kmet, Notre Dame
  5. Harrison Bryant, FAU
  6. Dalton Keene, Virginia Tech
  7. Hunter Bryant, Washington
  8. Josiah Deguara, Cincinnati
  9. Colby Parkinson, Stanford
  10. Thad Moss, LSU
  11. Albert Okwuegbunam, Missouri

Offensive Tackles

  1. Jedrick Wills, Alabama
  2. Tristan Wirfs, Iowa
  3. Mekhi Becton, Louisville
  4. Andrew Thomas, Georgia
  5. Josh Jones, Houston
  6. Ezra Cleveland, Boise State
  7. Lucas Niang, TCU
  8. Isaiah Wilson, Georgia
  9. Saahdiq Charles, LSU
  10. Prince Tega Wanogho, Auburn
  11. Austin Jackson, USC
  12. Ben Bartch, Saint Johns
  13. Matt Peart, UCONN
  14. Jack Driscoll, Auburn
  15. Cameron Clark, Charlotte

Interior Offensive Linemen

  1. Cesar Ruiz, Michigan
  2. Lloyd Cushenberry, LSU
  3. Robert Hunt, Louisiana-Lafayette
  4. Ben Bredeson, Michigan
  5. Damien Lewis, LSU
  6. Jonah Jackson, Ohio State
  7. Matt Hennessy, Temple
  8. Michael Onwenu, Michigan
  9. Nick Harris, Washington
  10. Netane Muti, Fresno State
  11. Tyler Biadasz, Wisconsin
  12. John Simpson, Clemson
  13. Kevin Dotson, Louisiana-Lafayette
  14. Shane Lemieux, Oregon
  15. Logan Stenberg, Kentucky

Interior Defensive Linemen

  1. Javon Kinlaw, South Carolina
  2. Derrick Brown, Auburn
  3. Justin Madubuike, Texas A&M
  4. Ross Blacklock, TCU
  5. Marlon Davidson, Auburn
  6. Jordan Elliott, Missouri
  7. Neville Gallimore, Oklahoma
  8. Davon Hamilton, Ohio State
  9. McTelvin Agim, Arkansas
  10. Jason Strowbridge, UNC
  11. Rashard Lawrence, LSU
  12. James Lynch, Baylor
  13. Raekwon Davis, Alabama
  14. Leki Fotu, Utah
  15. Larrell Murchison, N.C. State

Edge Defenders

  1. Chase Young, Ohio State
  2. K’Lavon Chaisson, LSU
  3. Terrell Lewis, Alabama
  4. Yetur Gross-Matos, Penn State
  5. A.J. Epenesa, Iowa
  6. Darrell Taylor, Tennessee
  7. Bradlee Anae, Utah
  8. Jonathan Greenard, Florida
  9. Julian Okwara, Notre Dame
  10. Curtis Weaver, Boise State
  11. Alex Highsmith, Tulane
  12. Khalid Kareem, Notre Dame
  13. Anfernee Jennings, Alabama
  14. Jabari Zuniga, Florida

Avengers

  1. Isaiah Simmons, Clemson

Linebackers

  1. Patrick Queen, LSU
  2. Zack Baun, Wisconsin
  3. Kenneth Murray, Oklahoma
  4. Logan Wilson, Wyoming
  5. Josh Uche, Michigan
  6. Akeem Davis-Gaither, Appalachian State
  7. Jordyn Brooks, Texas Tech
  8. Willie Gay Jr., Mississippi State
  9. Markus Bailey, Purdue
  10. Malik Harrison, Ohio State
  11. Troy Dye, Oregon
  12. Joe Bachie, Michigan State
  13. Davion Taylor, Colorado
  14. Justin Strnad, Wake Forest
  15. Jacob Phillips, LSU

Cornerbacks

  1. Jeffrey Okudah, Ohio State
  2. C.J. Henderson, Florida
  3. A.J. Terrell, Clemson
  4. Jeff Gladney, TCU
  5. Jaylon Johnson, Utah
  6. Damon Arnette, Ohio State
  7. Noah Igbinoghene, Auburn
  8. K’Von Wallace, Clemson
  9. Kristian Fulton, LSU
  10. Trevon Diggs, Alabama
  11. Cameron Dantzler, Mississippi State
  12. Amik Robertson, Louisiana Tech
  13. Bryce Hall, Virginia
  14. Josiah Scott, Michigan State
  15. Troy Pride Jr., Notre Dame
  16. L’Jarius Sneed, Louisiana Tech
  17. Reggie Robinson, Tulsa
  18. John Reid, Penn State
  19. Michael Ojemudia, Iowa
  20. Darnay Holmes, UCLA
  21. Dane Jackson, Pitt

Safeties

  1. Ashtyn Davis, California
  2. Antoine Winfield, Minnesota
  3. Terrell Burgess, Utah
  4. Xavier McKinney, Alabama
  5. Grant Delpit, LSU
  6. Jeremy Chinn, Southern Illinois
  7. Brandon Jones, Texas
  8. Kyle Dugger, Lenoir-Rhyne
  9. Geno Stone, Iowa
  10. Julian Blackmon, Utah
  11. Kenny Robinson, WVU
  12. J.R. Reed, Georgia
  13. Jordan Fuller, Ohio State
  14. Alohi Gillman, Notre Dame
  15. Josh Metellus, Michigan
  16. Jalen Elliott, Notre Dame
  17. Antoine Brooks, Maryland

My Guys Team

Offense

QB: Joe Burrow, LSU

RB: Clyde Edwards-Helaire, LSU

RB: J.J. Taylor, Arizona

WR: Bryan Edwards, South Carolina

WR: Michael Pittman, USC

FLEX: Antonio Gibson, Memphis

TE: Adam Trautman, Dayton

TE: Devin Asiasi, UCLA

OT: Josh Jones, Houston

OT: Saahdiq Charles, LSU

OG: Ben Bredeson, Michigan

OG: Michael Onwenu, Michigan

C: Cesar Ruiz, Michigan

Defense

IDL: Justin Madubuike, Texas A&M

IDL: Nobody

EDGE: Darrell Taylor, Tennessee

EDGE: Alex Highsmith, Charlotte

LB: Logan Wilson, Wyoming

LB: Markus Bailey, Purdue

CB: Damon Arnette, Ohio State

CB: L’Jarius Sneed, Louisiana Tech

NCB: K’Von Wallace, Clemson

S: Ashtyn Davis, California

S: Terrell Burgess, Utah

Jon Ledyard is PewterReport.com's newest Bucs beat writer and has experience covering the Pittsburgh Steelers as a beat writer and analyzing the NFL Draft for several draft websites, including The Draft Network. Follow Ledyard on Twitter at @LedyardNFLDraft
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THE Pewter Pirate

I’ve never been in such agreement with a pre-draft list as I am with this one. Let’s hope Tampa can grab some great talent again this year.

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mark2001

So if you can’t get a future excellent future starter at a position of need, what do you do? Trade down, trade up, or draft a guy at a position of lesser need. Don’t see any logic in drafting a lesser talent at 14.

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Dave

I like most of your analysis. I think you have way too many WR’s with 2nd round grades though. I wouldn’t have Edwards, Mims, or Hamler as 2nd rounders. And i think Jefferson is a 1st round talent. Also, A.Jackson as a 4th or 5th round talent is crazy to me. At worst, he’s a late 2nd rounder. Overall though, well done!

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Spitfire

Some decent Evals in there. This year feels funny obviously like it’s more of a Fantasy draft than a real one. I’m excited to see who we get though so we can all start scheming and thinking about how things will look when things finally start goin again.

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bucballer

OLine and RB! The rest is just a cherry on top! Perhaps a surprise QB in there somewhere? Can’t wait! Really could use some excitement these daze!

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magoobee

Excellent Cheat Sheet. I really hope teams think of Gibson as a WR because I feel his real value is as a RB. As an RB, I would rate him #6. He was the best RB at the Senior Bowl.

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TCB2W!

Hmm, 32 1st round picks and only 13 are good enough for 1st round. If this was a short list for the Bucs specifically, I could understand the low amount that we should be aiming for in each round, but this seems just too critical for who is good enough in each round in general.

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danielob

Hey Jon, glad you took my suggestion and made Isaiah Simmons a Blue chipper, I think he deserves it. If you need any more advise let me know, ha ha. I think you do a great job in your evals, you can see these so called “experts’ look like fools when the real draft starts and all their picks are inaccurate.”Who the hell is Mel Kiper” is right. He never gets more right then the real obvious picks. Look for Tua to slide out of the top ten, maybe more. Rate this item:Thumb UpThumb DownSubmit Rating00 No votes yet. Please… Read more »

magoobee

Did my last mock draft using https://thedraftnetwork.com/mock-draft-machine

Here is what I got:
14 Mekhi Becton, OT Louisville
45 Ashtyn Davis, S California
76 Cam Akers, RB Florida State
117 Ben Bredeson, IOL Michigan
161 Devin Duvernay, WR Texas
194 Dane Jackson, CB Pittsburg
241 Steven Montez, QB Colorado
The one player I really wanted to get was Antonio Gibson but he went between 76 & 117 and Cam was too good to pass up in the 3rd round.

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