We always love to post the positives on NFL Draft Diamonds, but we rarely post players we feel will be overdrafted. I am not saying these guys are going to be busts by any means, I am just saying and NFL team is going to overdraft them because of need. There are two ways to draft, you can take the best player available approach which some teams do, and then you have the best the best players for your biggest need approach. The problem with this second is sometimes the player is the best available at that position but you are overvaluing him because of your need. So let’s look at five players we feel will be overdrafted in the 2020 NFL Draft.
Tua Tagovailoa, QB, Alabama – Does Tua check every box as a starting quarterback in the NFL? I am going to be honest he has solid skills, but I do not feel he is the best quarterback in the draft class. To be honest, I do not like any of the quarterbacks in this class. The problem is, teams need quarterbacks…. I think Tua will be drafted probably in the top 15 and I am not sure he belongs. I think teams will overdraft him based on need and I personally feel with his injuries and what not that he should be a second to third round pick.
Austin Jackson, OT, USC – He is better suited as a guard in my opinion. I think he struggled majorly against the better pass rushers in the FBS. He is only 20 so his upside could be huge but he is another player that will likely be selected for need after several offensive tackles are drafted in front of him. I am not sure he is a 1st or 2nd rounder but he will go higher than usually because of teams need on the offensive line.
K’Lavon Chaisson, Edge, LSU – The 6030, 254 pound pass rusher is being talked about as a top 15 pick and I cannot understand why. He has never had more than 6.5 sacks in a single season, and only produced 9 during his time in Baton Rouge. He believes in himself which is good, but because of the lack of quality edge rushers he will be drafted way higher than he should.
Henry Ruggs III, WR, Alabama – I know people are going to say I am hating, but I do not see why he is a top 20 pick. I think people are falling in love with his speed alone. He was pretty productive in college, but is he really a number 1 wide out? I do not see it. I see his ceiling as John Brown, but I think John Brown is a much more polished route runner. It will be interesting to see his transition but I think there are wide outs better than him, who just are not as fast.
Mekhi Becton, OT, Louisville – He will be overdrafted, probably will go in the top 12 picks and I think it is a mistake. The 6070, 364 pound prospect is not great in pass protection. A matter of fact, in 2019 the Cardinals ran a lot of screen passes, which restricted Becton to only 73 true pass sets, and out of those 73 pass sets he allowed 8 quarterback pressures. I think Becton is a project offensive tackle and not a top 12 offensive tackle. Add in the fact, that he tested positive at the Combine, and you wonder if he will have the focus to perform when the time comes.