With the incredible talent and depth that the 2020 NFL draft had, a lot of potentially unknown and underrated players rise to prominence within college football. These players showed a lot of promise and talent in previous years to be some of the best talents in college football for NFL teams to draft. Here are 5 players that are nearly a lock to go in the first or the early second round.
- Gregory Rousseau: Miami – Defensive End
Rousseau is an incredibly talented and athletic player. He possesses incredible length and power to get after quarterbacks and ball carriers. A good example of this can be seen when Rousseau was covering a check down behind the line of scrimmage against Bethune, and even with a yard of space Rousseau grabbed the backs jersey and slung him to the ground. This single play shows the athleticism, strength, and length that will allow him to be a great player at the next level. Last season he had 15.5 sacks, only trailing 2nd overall pick Chase Young. Expect Rousseau to be a stand out again this year as the leading pass rusher in the nation with the departure of Chase Young.
- Andre Cisco: Syracuse – Safety
Cisco is an athletic and electric player. He has good instincts and does not shy away from contact. He was tied for the most interceptions during the 2018 season and still grabbed 5 picks during 2019. He has the range as a free safety which is where he is most effective. On tackles, he can make bad angles on occasion and miss, but teams are not drafting him to tackle. They are drafting the center fielding ball-hawk. Look for Cisco to be in conversations about the best defensive backs in college football.
- Jaylen Waddle: Alabama – Receiver
Waddle is an underrated receiver with incredible talent. He is an absolutely dynamite player with the ball in his hands. He does not possess the break tackle ability that a receiver like Ceedee Lamb possesses but gets around defenders by not letting them even touch him. Waddle is excellent in space and is a mismatch one on one with a tackler. He has an underrated route-running ability to get open to create these open field opportunities where he is the most dangerous. With his elusiveness, Waddle is an incredible punt and kick returner. Overall, a very exciting and talented player with the potential to show out this upcoming season.
- Patrick Surtain II: Alabama – Cornerback
Surtain II is the son of 3-time pro bowler Patrick Surtain. Coming out of college Surtain was ranked as the top corner in his class, and has lived up to the high expectations of having a successful football father as well as the 5-star rating he received. As he got the starting job for the Tide starting before the Texas A&M game he had never looked back. Surtain II has incredible ball skills and is a very sticky corner. He was named as an All-American last year and is arguably the best corner in this upcoming draft class.
- Justin Fields: Ohio State – Quarterback
Fields was neck and neck with fellow recruit Trevor Lawrence as the #1 player in the high school class of 2018. Fields committed to Georgia after coming out high school. However, he felt that he had a better chance of showcasing his skills and talents at a different school program. He transferred to Ohio State and started immediately as a Sophomore. He confirmed his talents as a passer as well as a runner. Overall, Fields will be a very exciting player to watch in the upcoming season to take his team to the College Football Playoffs again.