There's good news, though. The Bengals appear to … He had 34 tackles, an interception and two passes defended going into the Week 10 bye. Claypool has provided big plays down the field and he's been an asset in the run game, as well. Since coming back, he has logged just one catch. The team was trailing by 10 in a game that meant a lot for their playoff contention and Tagovailoa had been sacked six times. His role on the team has dwindled on a weekly basis since Week 8. Whether it's Justin Herbert giving the Chargers franchise hope, Patrick Queen roving the middle of the Ravens defense or Tua Tagovailoa taking over for a Dolphins team trying to win the division, the rookie class of 2020 is already having a big impact. Robinson is a physical runner and I've been pleasantly surprised by his impact in the passing game. The Dallas Cowboys haven't had much to be happy about this season, but the play of CeeDee Lamb and the rest of their rookies should give them hope. For a franchise that signed Tom Brady, the 2020 draft was all about finding immediate contributors to get the Buccaneers to the Super Bowl. In the first four games of the season, Swift saw just 12 carries and 16 targets in the passing game. Mar 16, 2020: Cardinals traded David Johnson, 2020 2nd round pick (40th overall, Ross … A foot/ankle injury kept the wide receiver out from Weeks 4 through 8. The Packers' draft was one of the most perplexing. This season, he's found two defensive pieces in the second and fourth round who have flashed big-play ability in linebacker Willie Gay Jr. and cornerback L'Jarius Sneed. The Bengals have lost Burrow for the season to what the early diagnosis shows is a torn ACL, per Ian Rapoport of NFL Network, but fans should still be encouraged by watching the rest of this class show their development over the course of the final weeks. The Rookie of the Week award has become a shrine to Herbert, and it won't be surprising at all to see him and his new haircut take home that award a few more times before the season is over. He's shown a nose for the end zone with three touchdowns on 59 carries, and he's either out-carried or tied Singletary in each of the last three games. So far, tackle Tristan Wirfs and safety Antoine Winfield Jr. have held up their end of the bargain. 2 receiver, and the Bears' draft is looking good. However, with Joe Judge taking on a bigger role in coaching the line, Thomas has turned things around in recent weeks. Follow Daniel Jeremiah on Twitter @MoveTheSticks. Zack Moss was a bit of a surprise pick when the Buffalo Bills spent a third-rounder on a running back just one year after using a third-round selection on Devin Singletary in 2019. Raekwon Davis has seen his role at defensive tackle ramp up each week and has logged 21 tackles. Undrafted free agents Malcolm Roach, who has been part of the defensive tackle rotation, and Marquez Callaway (15 catches and spot kick and punt-return duty) have arguably meant more than anyone they drafted outside of Ruiz. Jim Trotter chronicles Arians' journey and how Tampa Bay embodied the coach's boldness in Sunday's win. K'Lavon Chaisson has shown some promise with four pressures in a limited role thus far, and Laviska Shenault Jr. is as dynamic as advertised (five of his 30 catches have gone for over 20 yards). On the defensive side of the ball, the trio of Akeem Davis-Gaither, Logan Wilson and Khalid Kareem have each played rotational roles. His upside was most evident in the seven-catch, 115-yard, one-touchdown line he posted against the stingy Steelers defense. Cornerback Noah Igbinoghene has struggled to make the leap to the NFL, giving up a passer rating of 144.5 when targeted this season, but it's important to remember he's only 20 years old. The Lenoir-Rhyne product has shown he's more than capable of playing in the league. He's played all over the field for Carolina as a safety and outside linebacker, doing everything from clogging running lanes and covering receivers to coming on blitzes. Clyde Edwards-Helaire , KC -- RB1 (Age: 21-4) The third-round defensive end has seen more playing time as the season progresses and earned the respect of some of the veterans, like Whitney Mercilus. I see some similarities to. So far, those picks haven't translated to instant success. Coming off the most prolific season in college football history, Joe Burrow was the obvious No. Jerry Jeudy and KJ Hamler have proved that Denver will have an impressive pass-catching arsenal regardless of who's under center. The criticism was that few of the players they drafted seem to plug holes that were immediate needs, nor do they fit the current construction of the team with, But running back AJ Dillon has also been scarcely used with just 24 total touches, and there's little impact to be found other than the special-teams work of Vernon Scott. Washington and Cleveland just turned putrid seasons from 2019 into playoff journeys in 2020. Brandon Aiyuk—the 25th overall selection—has held his own against a strong rookie receiver class. Cesar Ruiz has filled a spot at right guard. In ESPN's NFL Rookie Rankings for 2020, Jeff Legwold slated Jefferson at No. Diggs has given up some plays, but his ball skills have been tremendous. The Clemson product is third among all rookie receivers in receptions and second in yards in a stacked class at his position. As Field Yates of ESPN noted, Robinson is on pace for more than 1,600 yards from scrimmage, which would be a record for an undrafted running back. There have been standout moments for Taylor, to be sure; his truck-stick on Tennessee's Amani Hooker was delightful and a reminder of the back he could be. The rookie is a top-notch blitzer and he shines in underneath coverage. Moss has worked himself into at least an equal timeshare with Singletary from the beginning of the season. All other NFL-related trademarks are trademarks of the National Football League. Scott Pioli talks about the school's history and how Pro Football Hall of Famers Deacon Jones and Jerry Rice put Itta Bena on the map. He's been a force in the secondary with six passes defended, two interceptions and two tackles for loss. For now, the biggest takeaway of the bunch is the Ravens got another future Pro Bowl linebacker with the 28th pick in the draft. Jefferson's Dominator Rating, which calculates the percentage of his team's receiving yards and touchdowns he has accounted for, is 26.6 percent. A record 13 receivers were selected in the first two rounds of the 2020 NFL Draft, with six hearing their names called on Day 1. Both will likely take on bigger roles down the road as the cap makes it difficult to keep their competition around, but it certainly isn't happening in the present based on their performances on the field. With the Buccaneers' victory over the Packers in the NFC title game, Bruce Arians is closer than ever to winning the Super Bowl title that has eluded him as a head coach. He's done little to make doubters look wrong there. As the season progresses Detroit's coaching staff seems to trust second-round pick, D'Andre Swift, more and more. Financially, they don't have the benefit of Tunsil playing on a rookie contract, but they essentially got a player who is in the top tier at his position for two draft picks that were far from guarantees. Fotu has seen modest production in his opportunities with just five tackles. Edge-defender Terrell Lewis has dealt with injuries of his own this season but has been a disruptor when he gets on the field. However, rookie wideouts Jerry Jeudy and KJ Hamler have proved that Denver will have an impressive pass-catching arsenal regardless of who's under center. The 2020 NFL Draft was the 85th annual meeting of National Football League (NFL) franchises to select newly eligible players for the 2020 NFL season.The first round was held on April 23, followed by the second and third rounds on April 24. Winfield has been a linchpin of the secondary all season. He's seen a steady uptick in his snap count as the season has gone on, and five of his seven receptions have been for first downs. With five picks in the top 100, the Raiders had a great opportunity to put together a quality class that could make a difference right away. Wideout Henry Ruggs III has made some plays and flashed the speed to stretch defenses vertically, but his numbers pale in comparison to his fellow rookie receivers such as Justin Jefferson, Tee Higgins, CeeDee Lamb, Jerry Jeudy or even Brandon Aiyuk. That's the kind of production you would hope to get out of a back drafted that high. Both players are well on their way to becoming mainstays on their respective sides of the ball. Cole Kmet has shown he's deserving of a bigger role in the offense. And that's not factoring in that he essentially missed two games with a thumb injury. Offensive tackle Mekhi Becton, wideout Denzel Mims and safety Ashtyn Davis are starters. The criticism was that few of the players they drafted seem to plug holes that were immediate needs, nor do they fit the current construction of the team with Aaron Rodgers at the helm. The Giants have made a coaching change at Thomas' position, replacing Marc Colombo with Dave DeGuglielmo. Jeudy has struggled with drops and been inefficient with his targets (49.7 percent catch rate), but he's starting to put together some big games. Entering Week 11, he had tallied the third-most pressures of any rookie, three batted passes, 1.5 sacks and four quarterback hits. He was getting less run and being outplayed by 35-year-old Adrian Peterson. Dave DeGuglielmo. Josh Allen is doing everything he can this season to show he makes Buffalo a dangerous team. He has the athleticism to cover up speed rushers and he plays with excellent strength/power in the run game. If Thomas can continue to grow under a new tutor, then the Giants may have gotten the fourth pick right after all. Eric Edholm. That's all you can really say about his play to this point. Justin Herbert said a huge year for the Chargers. Kinlaw is a powerful run defender and he's generated a lot of pressure in the passing game. But he did make Pro Football Focus' midseason all-rookie team. Wilson has been on the COVID-19/reserve list twice for the Titans and has yet to be active despite practicing with the team. Becton has been in and out of the lineup due to injury. Matthew Valdovinos. The concern about Zack Baun is he may be a bit of a 'tweener with no clearly defined role as an edge-rusher or off-ball linebacker. Antoine Winfield Jr. had an opportunity to seize the … Watch live streaming draft videos & video highlights. Jeffrey Okudah, CB, Lions (+2000) Okudah was the premier press man cornerback in this class and … Here are the highest-graded players at every position from the 2020 season, plus the top rookie … Justin Jefferson was the lone vote-getter among the celebrated receiver draft class of 2020. By James Fragoza Nov 17, 2020. Thomas is the most important member of the 2020 draft class but there is hope in some of the other choices. Ross Blacklock—who was taken with the pick acquired in the DeAndre Hopkins trade—has seen an increase in playing time. Forget PFF's midseason all-rookie team, which Onwenu made. First-round pick Jalen Reagor missed five games with a thumb injury but has looked good in limited opportunities. The exact opposite can be said for third overall selection Jeff Okudah. They aren't just getting on the field, either. Through 10 weeks of play, only two corners in the NFL have broken up more passes than Johnson. © 2021 NFL Enterprises LLC. Matt Hennessy got some run as the team's left guard, but James Carpenter has taken over the spot. Solak's 2020 NFL All-Rookie Team By: Benjamin Solak January 4th, 2021 2021-01-04T10:30:32-06:00 The Draft Network. It isn't like Jefferson has been a benefactor of an explosive offense. The New York Giants made the first bold move of the draft in April when they chose tackle Andrew Thomas over the rest of the top-ranked tackles in the class, as well as the highly hyped Isaiah Simmons and other defensive talents. He had a season-high seven catches for 125 yards and a touchdown. We combine rankings from 100+ experts into Consensus Rankings. Jordan Fuller has been great for a sixth-round pick. In the next three games, he cut those numbers down to. If the Chiefs are to realize their potential as a dynastic franchise with Patrick Mahomes locked up for the foreseeable future, they are going to have to nail the draft. Fellow third-round selection Bryan Edwards has also been banged up. He posted 10 tackles, two for loss and a quarterback hit. Positive returns on Okudah have been a little more slow-developing. Baun has only seen 30 snaps on defense. He's a devastating run blocker and he more than holds his own in pass protection. His do-it-all versatility allows him to play a role in every package the Panthers have defensively, which makes him an important chess piece in Matt Rhule's scheme. Dan Parr ranks the 25 rookies who are in the most favorable situations entering Year 1. While the rest of the Falcons rookies have played varying roles, Terrell has the second-highest percentage of snaps for his position and was the only one to play 100 percent of the snaps in Week 9. He's made the club's decision to walk away from Leonard Fournette look genius and shined among a talented and deep batch of rookies for Jacksonville. He's providing explosive plays while also protecting the football. He's shown tremendous concentration and toughness to work in traffic. He would be much higher on the list i. . Onwenu has been a valuable piece for the Patriots' offense. He looks like a key building block for the Washington offense. The group certainly hasn't helped elevate the team to a higher level than it was in 2019. With Dallas dealing with a ton of injuries, almost every rookie in this class has chipped in to fill the void. Positional value won out as Justin Herbert took seven of the eight first-place votes. Tee Higgins, WR, Cincinnati Bengals (Photo: Justin K. Aller, Getty) 2020 stats: 67 catches, 908 yards, 6 touchdowns We won't be able to fully judge each team's haul until they've played a few years on their rookie contracts. This draft class is going to shape their defense for years to come, but Chinn is looking like the best investment so far. Damon Arnette—the team's second first-round choice—underwent thumb surgery that kept him out five games. Scott Pioli journeys back his early scouting days, when a sleepy trip to South Carolina State unearthed a 10-year NFL starter, thanks to the persistence of the late, great Orlando "Zeus" Brown. For a myriad of reasons, including injuries to himself and Courtland Sutton, it's hard to determine if the second-year signal-caller is going to be "the guy" moving forward. Becton has been in and out of the lineup due to injury. Even with Carson Wentz struggling, the Eagles have resisted the urge to play him at quarterback, and he'd only registered 30 snaps through 10 weeks. Herbert has been the shining light in a dark season that has included several heartbreaking losses for the Los Angeles Chargers. NFL footage © NFL Productions LLC. The Central Florida product has the ceiling to surpass Cole Beasley and John Brown for the WR2 distinction in the near future. The Bengals appear to have their franchise quarterback, but they needed to get more from this crop than that. I still can't believe he wasn't drafted! It's possible to spend millions in free agency, early draft picks and trade capital and still not come up with one who offers consistent play. He doesn't yet have a defined role within the offense as James Conner has handled the majority of the snaps in the backfield, but it's a strong draft class considering the resources the Steelers had to work with. I see some similarities to DeSean Jackson in his play. Published. When the Browns were on the clock, only Thomas was taken. 2 pick Chase Young has lived up to the hype. Defensive tackle Javon Kinlaw is making the DeForest Buckner trade look good. Burrow continues to display accuracy, playmaking ability and toughness. He's started in five of eight games after missing Week 1 with an ankle injury. It's telling that the player who has seen the most offensive or defensive snaps through Week 10 is a seventh-round pick: Jonathan Garvin with, five sacks, four quarterback hits and 27 quarterback hurries. Joe Burrow, QB, Cincinnati Bengals. The early returns were not good. Okudah is giving up a 113.6 passer rating when targeted this season. With Philip Rivers retiring, Jim Trotter considers the quarterback's outsized personality -- and inconsistent performance in big moments. Judy Battista digs into a hiring cycle that has included just two new diverse general managers and one new diverse head coach -- the Jets' Robert Saleh -- so far this year. Last year, he found immediate contributors in the second round in wide receiver Mecole Hardman and safety Juan Thornhill. He's continued to have a presence in the passing game with 23 catches for 151 yards while averaging 4.9 yards per rush. Our 2020 Rookie Dynasty and Keeper rankings are updated daily. There was a lot to like about Jonathan Taylor coming out of Wisconsin. Taylor had a costly fumble in the Colts' Week 9 loss to the Ravens, but he's put up solid numbers through the first half of the season. The team parted with Buckner for cap reasons and got the 13th pick in return. Simmons has shown flashes of the athleticism and playmaking that made him a top-10 pick: an interception of Russell Wilson an incredible hustle play in which he turned a quarterback pressure into a tackle against the Bills. Here are the top 25 NFL rookies in the best position for success in 2020, according to NFL.com’s Dan Parr: 25. He and Adam Thielen are the Vikings passing game. However, the Raiders aren't seeing the immediate impact they could from their rookies. However, it has created a good pairing in the Buffalo backfield. He can find and play the ball down the field. His growth from Week 1 to now has also been encouraging. Brown is second in pressures among rookies, according to PFF. The 2020 receiver class was touted as one of the best in recent memory — and for good reason. Some players weren't drafted to make an impact this season but rather to take over a role later in their deal (looking at you, Packers). For much of the buildup to the 2020 draft, it was all about Joe Burrow and Tua Tagovailoa. 2020 was a great season for some rookies around the NFL. Sure, Joe Burrow, Justin Herbert and Tua Tagovailoa may have more value as quarterbacks, but Jefferson is rewriting the book on rookie receivers. He hasn't put up head-turning numbers there. It's much easier to find success as a rookie running back than it is corner but Okudah was advertised as the most pro-ready player in the draft at his position so it's worth noting his struggles. That's a great haul with only two bites at the apple. Simmons has struggled to get on the field for an Arizona defense that is 10th in DVOA. He had six catches for 75 yards. Tagovailoa has obviously been the headliner with his 3-0 start. Colts fans will know that is not a compliment. Jaylon Johnson, CB, Chicago Bears. A good offensive lineman is hard to find. Isaiah Simmons was arguably the most tantalizing defensive prospect in the draft. Gibson has been up and down this year, but the flashes of explosiveness have been impressive. Clearly, this is one of those classes that was never meant to be judged after the first year, much less halfway through the first season. Where could BYU quarterback Zach Wilson end up going in the 2021 NFL Draft? But Taylor has spent a lot of his short time with the Colts running into the backs of his offensive linemen, and he only had 12 yards on seven carries in that game against the Titans. Mooney, a fifth-round pick, is an explosive deep threat for the Bears. The Bucs defense is simply better by having Winfield on the field. It also happened to coincide with Hamler's best game. The 2020 class appears to be no exception, as the Steelers have gotten contributions from multiple rookies despite losing their first-round pick in the Minkah Fitzpatrick trade. He makes plays sideline to sideline and brings a lot of energy to his team. The 2020 NFL season has been unlike any other for all involved, including rookies. Unfortunately, he has been out of the lineup since with a broken collarbone, but finding a corner who can have that kind of success out of the gate is no joke. Pass-rusher Alex Highsmith hasn't gotten a ton of run on the Steelers' loaded defense, but he made PFF's Midseason All-Rookie team based on his play in limited action. Chinn's speed jumps off the tape when I study the Panthers. In a class full of talented receivers, Jefferson is outproducing them all and making an argument he's the best pound-for-pound player in the class. This class overall is shaping up to produce some stars, but wide receiver Justin Jefferson is making a legit case to be the best of them all. Charley Casserly lists four of the best potential team fits for the vaunted prospect. The inevitable comparisons to Burrow are going to follow him for years to come, and he's shown he can hang so far. Brown has been dominant against the run. Wirfs has been the most consistent rookie offensive tackle. The rookies would likely be playing an even bigger role if it weren't for injuries. Second-round pick Kristian Fulton has been hard to get a read on this season. However, if you want a profile on the top players by position for the class of 2020, the links appear in the window below. Photo: Photos courtesy of USA TODAY Sports. Akers has been outplayed by both Malcolm Brown and Darrell Henderson despite having the opportunity to win the job. Defensive coordinator Anthony Weaver said he's seen growth from the defensive tackle. He's seen action in just three games (with four tackles) this season while dealing with a knee injury and recovering from COVID-19. Xavier McKinney hasn't been on the field yet due to a broken foot, Matt Peart carries an impressive 80.0 grade from PFF in the limited action (107 snaps) that he's been graded and while Shane Lemieux has performed much worse (32.7) he has played at least 96 percent of the snaps in three straight games. Two more draft picks figured to make big impacts but haven't. NFL Network's Adam Rank highlights players to have on your fantasy team in 2021. Chief among them is the man who is playing in the middle of a defense that is fifth in DVOA. PHILADELPHIA, PA - SEPTEMBER 27: Joe Burrow #9 of the Cincinnati Bengals passes the ball against the Philadelphia Eagles at Lincoln Financial Field on September 27, 2020 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The 2020 NFL Draft class will soon take the field for their new teams for the very first time. That has happened to an extent, but it's hard to say any of the picks have lived up to expectations thus far. The Chargers have found their quarterback of the future. The second came in the form of 10th overall pick Jedrick Wills Jr. Wills was in competition with several tackles to be drafted highly. Jalen Hurts was a surprising pick in the second round, and the team still hasn't used him much. 1 pick in the 2020 draft. The staff is bringing Gay along slowly, but he's done good things when on the field. These are normal growing pains for a rookie quarterback. 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