ESPN analyst Todd McShay is already looking forward to the 2020 NFL Draft. While the 2019 college football season is a few weeks away, McShay has looked at some of the top prospects and released his initial Big Board for 2020. McShay dropped a list of 8 players he believes will be in the mix for the top pick.
According to McShay, Alabama quarterback Tua Tagovailoa is the No. 1 player available while teammate Jerry Jeudy is right behind at No. 2.
“Simply put, Tagovailoa is a special talent. The lefty has elite accuracy at all three levels, displaying a smooth delivery, solid arm strength and excellent touch. His high-end anticipation and fast eyes helped him to 3,966 passing yards, 43 touchdown passes and only six interceptions in 2018,” McShay wrote, via ESPN.com.
Ohio State also has two players in the top five.
McShay’s top 8 players can be seen below:
- Tua Tagovailoa, QB, Alabama
- Jerry Jeudy, WR, Alabama
- Grant Delpit, S, LSU
- Jeffrey Okudah, CB, Ohio State
- Chase Young, DE, Ohio State
- Derrick Brown, OT, Auburn
- Justin Herbert, QB, Oregon
- Ceedee Lamb, WR, Oklahoma
The 2020 NFL Draft will take place in Las Vegas, Nevada from April 23 to April 25. Las Vegas edged out bids from cities like Denver, Kansas City, Las Vegas, Nashville, and Cleveland/Canton.
In recent years, the NFL has strayed from tradition and moved the draft out of New York City, where it had been held for years.
In 2015, the NFL Draft moved to Chicago, Illinois which marked the first time since 1965 that the draft was held outside of New York City. It was held at Auditorium Theatre in Grant Part which marked the first draft to feature an outdoor component. The draft returned to Chicago in 2016 after the great reception a year prior. In 2017, the draft shifted to Philadelphia where it was held on the iconic Rocky Steps outside of the Philadelphia Museum of Art. It was the most attended draft in NFL history with more than 250,000 fans.
Then, in 2018, the draft was held at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas and it marked more NFL first’s. It was the first time in history that the draft was held in the state of Texas, while also being the first draft to take place in an NFL stadium. The 2019 NFL Draft was held in Nashville, Tennessee.