While former Georgia running back D’Andre Swift is widely expected to be the first running back taken in the 2020 NFL draft, I think it’s possible that some team could go for former Wisconsin superstar Jonathan Taylor instead. When it comes to the wide receiver position, the latest mock drafts have changed their tune a bit. After former Alabama wideout Jerry Jeudy was expected to be the first wide receiver taken in this year’s draft, now many believe it could be former Oklahoma star CeeDee Lamb. Last, but not least, while former Iowa tackle Tristan Wirffs is largely regarded as the top offensive lineman in this year’s draft, there’s also a trio of elite offensive linemen that could surprise as the top o-lineman selected in this 2020 NFL draft. With all of that said, let’s find out which running back, wide receiver and offensive lineman will be selected first in the quickly approaching 2020 NFL draft Odds.
Running Back, Wide Receiver and Offensive Linemen 2020 NFL Draft Odds Predictions
First Running Back NFL Odds
- D’Andre Swift -150
- Jonathan Taylor +150
- JK Dobbins +650
- Field +800
D’Andre Swift rushed for a career-high 1,218 yards with seven scores this past season at Georgia after totaling 1,049 yards and 10 scores in 2018. Lamb added 24 catches for 216 yards and one score in 2019 and NFL executives like his ability to catch the ball out of the backfield. Still, for me, I believe that former Wisconsin superstar Jonathan Taylor is the better running back and should be picked as such in this year’s draft. Taylor rushed for a whopping 1,977 yards and 13 touchdowns as a freshman in 2017. The following year, Taylor racked up 2,194 rushing yards and 16 scores before putting up 2,003 yards and 21 rushing touchdowns this past season. During his three-year stay at Wisconsin Taylor broke several collegiate records, including Herschel Walker’s most rushing yards through their junior seasons. Taylor also has rushed for over 200 yards in a single game 12 times to break a tie with a trio of former collegiate greats Marcus Allen (USC), Ron Dayne (Wisconsin) and Ricky Williams (Texas). Taylor also added a carer-high 26 receptions out of the backfield after catching just eight passes in each of his previous two seasons. Unfortunately for Taylor though, he’s still going to be the second back picked, possibly by Baltimore with the 28t overall pick while projections say Swift could go at No. 18 to Miami. All I know is that, in five years, everyone will be asking how so many teams blew it on Taylor.
2020 NFL Draft Pick: D’Andre Swift
First Wide Receiver NFL Odds
- CeeDee Lamb -105
- Jerry Jeudy -115
- Henry Ruggs +500
- Field +1500
Former Alabama star Jerry Jeudy caught 77 passes for 1,163 yards and 10 touchdowns in 2019 after hauling in 68 passes for1,315 yards yards and 14 scores in 2018. The 6-1, 192-pound wideout ran a modest 4.45 40 at the NFL combine Catching passes from Baker Mayfield, Kyler Murray and Jalen Hurts the last three seasons at Oklahoma, CeeDee Lamb racked up a whopping 173 catches for 3,292 yards and 32 touchdowns. This past season, Lamb hauled in 62 receptions for 1,327 yards and 14 scores while leading the nation in yards per catch (21.4). Lamb ran a 4.5 40 at the NFL combine, but many experts believe he’s the more explosive and sure-handed receiver than Jeudy in this draft. While I like Jerry Jeudy, I genuinely believe that CeeDee Lamb is the better player and that he should go off the board as the first receiver taken in this year’s NFL draft.
2020 NFL Draft Pick: CeeDee Lamb
First Offensive Lineman NFL Odds
- Tristan Wirfs +110
- Mekhi Becton +150
- Jedrick Wills +350
- Andrew Thomas +1100
- Field +1500
While Louisville tackle Mekhi Becton, Alabama tackle Jedrick Wills and Georgia tackle Andrew Thomas are all expected to be selected in the first round of the quickly approaching 2020 NFL draft, by all accounts, no offensive tackle is going to be picked before former Iowa tackle Tristan Wirffs. If you missed this year’s NFL combine, then you missed a helluva’ show put on by Wirffs. The 6-foot-5 320-pound tackle put up 24 bench presses at the combine, but that’s just a start. What makes Wirffs so special is his freakish athleticism. During the vertical jump, Wirfs recorded a 36.5′ vertical that is a new combine record for an offensive lineman and one that is better than the aforementioned Ceedee Lamb (34.5) and Jerry Jeudy (35). Last, but not least, Wirffs also recorded a stellar 10’1 broad jump that tied the combine record set by Kolton Miller for an offensive lineman. Hell, if Wirffs isn’t the first offensive lineman take (he will be) the Giants (No. 4) will be looking for another new GM at some point in the immediate future.
2020 NFL Draft Pick: Tristan Wirfs