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NFL Draft guideline and formula for optimal NFL Draft success

How to have success in the NFL Draft,
by James Watkins

Here’s an NFL Draft Guideline and formula for optimal NFL Draft success.  See College Football’s top NFL Draft prospects by position available in the 2020 NFL Draft.  You’ll become cognizant of the best College Football players to draft by position that will transform an NFL team into a serious Super Bowl contender.  This is an astute NFL Draft guideline, process and formula for NFL Draft success, and to ensure your NFL team becomes a genuine Super Bowl contender.

This year’s NFL Draft class is very talented at the Linebacker, Defensive End, Wide Receiver and Cornerback positions as displayed by the performances produced by the NFL Draft prospects at the NFL Combine.  Several Linebackers ran forties in the 4.40-4.70 range.  Fifteen Wideouts ran 4.49/40’s and below.  The Wide Receiver class is deep, while several quality #2 Wideouts and Slot Receivers can be drafted in the 2nd & 3rd rounds.  

This year’s Wide Receiver class has four potential 1st rounders who should become NFL starters led by Alabama’s duo of Henry Riggs, 4.27/40 and Jerry Jeudy, 4.45/40, followed by LSU’s Justin Jefferson, 4.43/40, and Oklahoma’s CeeDee Lamb, 4.50/40.  I believe CeeDee Lamb will perform better as a #1 Slot Receiver in the NFL because of his disappointing 4.50/40 speed and average play strength, 11 Bench/Reps.  Lamb would make an excellent possession Receiver from the Slot position, coupled with his ability to make extra yardage after the catch.  Wide Receivers that should be drafted in the 2nd & 3rd rounds are Baylor’s Denzil Mims, 4.38/40TCU’s Jalen Reagor, 4.47/40, and Michigan’s Donovan Peoples-Jones, 4.48/40. Check out James’ WR Rankings here.

The Linebacker Draft class is excellent and loaded with talented NFL prospects.  Projected NFL starters and 1st Round picks are Clemson OLB Isaiah Simmons, 4.39/40, (1st Team AP LB All American), and Oklahoma OLB Kenneth Murray,4.52/40, (3rd Team AP LB All American).  Late 1st and 2nd Round draft picks areWisconsin OLB Zack Baun, 4.63/40, (2nd team AP LB All American), LSU OLB K’lavon Chaisson, and LSU ILB Patrick Queen, 4.50/40.  Late 2nd and 3rd round picks are LSU ILB Jacob Phillips, 4.66/40, and Alabama OLB Terrell Lewis.  NFL teams in need of athletic, highly productive Linebackers with speed and range would be wise to select one of these talented Linebackers who should become potential starters and play makers.  This NFL LB class may be one of the fastest Linebacker groups in draft history.

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Two elite Cornerbacks that will be drafted in the first round are Florida CB C. J. Henderson, 4.39/40, and Ohio State Cornerback Jeffrey Okudah, 4.48/40.  I ranked Florida CB CJ Henderson as my top rated Corner in this draft class because of his superior speed, athleticism, Coverage/Ball skills, Body Control and range.  He has flexible hips which allow him to perform a smooth-powerful backpedal/turn & run.  He’s a shutdown Press/Man Corner who played against stiffer competition vs. SEC Receiver groups.  In addition, opposing College Quarterbacks didn’t want to challenge CB Henderson by throwing into his coverage area because of his superior cover skills. Florida’s Defensive Coordinator Todd Grantham said C. J. Henderson is the best Cornerback he’s ever coached.  

Ohio State CB Jeffrey Okudah (1st Team AP CB All American) is also considered a shutdown Corner who is very talented and sound fundamentally in Press/Man coverage.  Both Corners have the upside to become NFL Pro Bowl caliber Cornerbacks, and are very close in talent and Cornerback skill sets.  What separates Henderson from Okudah is Henderson’sspeed 4.39/40, play strength (Bench 20 Reps), and his ability to cover the deep ball against NFL Receivers who are stronger and much faster than College Receivers.  Henderson can utilize his speed and play strength to jam-up, slow down and re-direct NFL Receivers from getting into their designated route.

Four more talented Cornerbacks could possibly be drafted late in the 1st round and into the 2nd round.  LSU CB Kristian Fulton, 4.46/40Clemson A. J. Terrell, 4.42/40Alabama CB Trevon Diggs (3rd Team AP CB All American), TCU CB Jeff Gladney, 4.48/40, and Auburn CB Noah Igbinoghene, 4.48/40. You can check out James’ Cornerback Rankings here.

Four Safeties that could be drafted in the First Round are LSU Safety Grant Delpit, (2nd Team AP Safety All American), Alabama Safety Xavier McKinney, 4.63/40Minnesota Safety Antoine Winfield, 4.45/40, (1st Team AP Safety All American) and Clemson Safety Tanner Muse, Pro Day 4.38/40, Bench 20 Reps., Broad Jump 10’/4″, (3rd Team AP Safety All American).  Two Safeties that could be taken in 2nd/3rd Rounds areGeorgia Safety J. R. Reed, 4.54/40, (1st Team AP Safety All American) andClemson Safety K’Von Wallace4.53/40Bench 18 Reps., Broad Jump 11’/1″.

The Defensive End class is very talented this year, led by potential first found picks from Ohio State DE Chase Young, (1st Team AP DE All American),Iowa DE A. J. Espenesa (2nd Team AP DE All American),Penn State DE Yetor Gross-MatorMichigan State DE Kenny Willekes, and Utah Bradlee Anae (3rd Team AP DE All American)

Second and early third Rounders should be Baylor DE James Lynch (1st Team AP DE All American)Auburn DE Marlon DavidsonBoise State DE Curtis Weaver (2nd Team AP DE All American), and Notre Dame DE Julian Okwara.  

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