Ranking the 50 best 2020 NFL draft prospects in the College Football Playoff

Burrow a Heisman winner and a hometown hero (1:27)

LSU QB Joe Burrow's heartwarming speech when he accepted the Heisman Trophy has led to over $200K in donations to his hometown's food pantry. (1:27)

The 2019 College Football Playoff is loaded with talent for the 2020 NFL draft. Since Pro Football Focus started grading college football players in 2014, this is without question the most draftable talent we've ever seen in the CFP.

There are eight prospects from LSU, Ohio State, Clemson or Oklahoma among our top 25 prospects for April's draft, and seven more make our top 100 overall. With so much talent on the field for the two CFP games on Dec. 28, let's do what we do best here at PFF and rank the top 50 prospects.

1. Joe Burrow, QB, LSU

Year: senior

The Heisman Trophy winner and No. 1 player on the PFF board for the draft, Burrow is in the middle of the most impressive season we've ever graded from a college quarterback. In his lowest-graded game this season, Burrow still went 32-of-42 passing for 321 yards with a score and a pick against Auburn. He played one of the toughest defensive schedules in the country, and that's his worst performance. Burrow truly has been unlike anything we've ever seen, and that's why he's in the discussion to go No. 1 overall in April.

2. Chase Young, DE, Ohio State

Year: junior

The historic nature of Burrow's season also applies to Young's. He's going to shatter the record for PFF's highest single-season pass-rushing grade, as he currently stands at 96.8 (94.4 is the record). He has had three-plus pressures in all but one game this season despite being the focal point of every single offense he faces. Young, who has 16.5 sacks, is the best edge prospect we've seen in our six years of grading.

3. Jeff Okudah, CB, Ohio State

Year: junior

Okudah ticks pretty much every box you want from a top-tier cornerback. He has size, speed and length, with off-the-charts production over his career. Now in his second year as a starter, Okudah has a passer rating against of 54.9 for his career. That number isn't even inflated by gaudy pick totals, as he has nabbed only three. Okudah has a chance to be the top cornerback off the board if he enters the draft.

4. CeeDee Lamb, WR, Oklahoma

Year: junior

If it weren't for an utterly loaded receiver class, we'd be talking a lot more about how special Lamb is as a prospect. He caught 58 balls this season for 1,206 yards and 14 touchdowns. More impressively, Lamb broke 25 tackles after the catch -- second most in the nation. There's not much about the position Lamb doesn't do at an elite level.

5. Isaiah Simmons, LB, Clemson

Year: Junior

We listed him as a linebacker, but he has been more of a safety in the Tigers' defense. Of his 650 snaps this season, 230 have come over the slot, 107 have come as a deep safety, and the rest have come in the box. Oh, and he has been outstanding in that multifaceted role with an 86 overall grade on the season. At 6-foot-4, 230 pounds, Simmons probably will play linebacker at the next level.


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6. Kristian Fulton, CB, LSU

Year: senior

Fulton matching up with Lamb is going to be must-see TV for fans and scouts alike. It could very well be two top-10 draft picks going head-to-head. At minimum, it's likely to be two first-rounders. Fulton graded better than teammate Greedy Williams -- a 2019 second-round pick last season -- only to return to school and be the highest-graded SEC cornerback this season. Multiple years of elite play is the type of grading profile we love to see. Man or zone, Fulton is a complete corner.

7. Grant Delpit, S, LSU