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Kiper's Big Board for the 2020 NFL draft: Bama at the top ... but it's not Tua

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Twenty underclassmen and five seniors on the Big Board. Fourteen offensive players and 11 defenders. Eleven prospects from the SEC. And five ... wide receivers?

Yes, the 2020 NFL draft class could be quite different from 2019, when only one wideout went in the first round. In fact, my top overall prospect is a receiver. This could be a really fun year as we continue to evaluate the interesting skill-position talent who could enter next year's draft.

A few notes on my first Big Board for 2020, in which I rank my top 25 prospects:

  • These aren't detailed scouting reports. I still have a lot of work to do on these players.

  • Keep in mind that several prospects here have started only one season, so a lot of projection is involved.

  • Height and weight are based on what we have from schools. We don't get official numbers until the 2020 combine next March.

Let's get to the Big Board, and come back Friday for my position-by-position rankings.

Note: An asterisk denotes the prospect is a rising junior.


1. Jerry Jeudy, WR, Alabama*

Height: 6-foot-1 | Weight: 192 pounds

Yes, you're reading that correctly -- I have a wide receiver No. 1 in my first Big Board. Jeudy is a tremendous talent, a natural pass-catcher who can beat defenders on every route. He showed elite ball skills last season, catching 68 passes with 14 touchdowns and averaging 19.3 yards per reception. Jeudy doesn't have the size of Julio Jones and A.J. Green, who were picked in the top six in the 2011 draft, but he's the most talented receiver since that duo entered the NFL.


2. Grant Delpit, S, LSU*

Height: 6-3 | Weight: 203

The NFL comp for Delpit is easy; it's former LSU safety Jamal Adams, who was drafted No. 6 overall by the Jets in 2017 and is coming off his first Pro Bowl. Delpit is a complete safety who is stout against the run and can cover the deep middle of the field. He had 74 tackles, five interceptions and nine pass breakups last season. The Adams comp comes in when you watch Delpit make plays in the backfield -- he had five sacks in 2018. He's also a great athlete.