2020 Draft: Planting Flags With “My Guys” of the Class

We’re less than a week out from the 2020 NFL Draft. Here are the guys I’m throwing the cape on for across various positions. It would be cool if the Raiders drafted a couple of them.

Note, all the names listed and shared below are in no particular order.

Running Back

I won’t bore you guys with the top names. We know Jonathan Taylor is good. We know the Louisiana State back was hyper-productive in 2019 and has great hands. We know that J.K. Dobbins still profiles like a future three-down back, despite some noise from the outside to the contrary. Here are “the other guys” you need to know and appreciate.

Antonio Gibson: Tony Pollard all over again — which is a good thing. He’s a running back to me, obviously, but just get him involved.

Darrynton Evans: He’ll go higher than many, maybe even myself, expect, I think.

JaMycal Hasty: Caught a ton of balls (79 for his career) and runs like Devonta Freeman (the healthy version of course).

Baylor Football on Twitter

Best of 2019: JaMycal Hasty Presented by: Cen-Tex Roof Systems #SicEm https://t.co/sSv9hwmRyf

Wide Receiver

I have fallen in love with Jerry Jeudy. CeeDee Lamb is a stud in his own right. The really fast player from Alabama, the other late-risers. Heard it all. This is where my heart lies this year:

Denzel Mims: DeVante Parker all over again, but like, one that smashes much earlier in his career. I’ll never quit Baylor wide receivers.

Bryan Edwards: Poor timing with foot injury, but does it all. Elite mid-round pick with plenty of upside, despite recovering.

ryan, a jerry jeudy fan on Twitter

This account remains very high and optimistic about WR Bryan Edwards’ future, despite the foot injury and missing Combine. Pack your dynasty rosters with him and profit. https://t.co/g6T1QCQ7m2

Tee Higgins: For the most part, a top-5 wide receiver, just not consensus enough for me. He’s very good, not sure what some are missing? More speed? Who cares.

Michael Pittman Jr.: Been one of the hottest names throughout the process. In any other year, feels like a mainstay inside the top-10. This year, with this class, maybe a little forgotten about? He game feels so easily translatable.

Lynn Bowden Jr.: Too dynamic (and fun) to fail?

ESPN College Football on Twitter

Too easy for Lynn Bowden Jr. 💨 https://t.co/H4WifbqX9a


The Raiders splashed in this position group during free agency. They should keep adding talent, especially in the middle-late rounds. I like the depth of this class. Patrick Queen’s the crush at 19, but I’m not sure Jon Gruden considers him at this point.

Akeem Davis-Gaither: “Perfect fit for today’s game” is the best cliche to use here.

ryan, a jerry jeudy fan on Twitter

Selected him, and wrote a few thoughts about LB Akeem Davis-Gaither in my new mock for @RaidersBeat. He’s still a mid-round target of mine, and would completely round out this new-look Raiders’ linebacking corp. Fun player. https://t.co/BZtGczLGHH

Willie Gay Jr.: Apply that same cliche to Gay; made money at the Combine.

NFL on Twitter

An 11’4″ broad jump. A 39.5″ vertical. And now Willie Gay Jr (@HailStateFB) runs a 4.46u 40-yard dash! 📺: #NFLCombine on @NFLNetwork 📱: https://t.co/vDFxxNddNZ https://t.co/41bL9joFIO

Logan Wilson: A Wyoming football player so nobody really got around to him until now but #watch #the #tape and he can clearly play.


Maybe we’ll cheat a little bit here, as these names are probably early-round-ish picks for the most part. I’m just likely higher on them than most. Think this group thins out a bit, so I’ll lazily tout the top talent.

Jeff Gladney: Don’t care about the size.

Jaylon Johnson: If more people watched Pac-12 ball…

PFF on Twitter

I’m the smartest corner in the draft on the field and off the field.” 🗣 Utah CB Jaylon Johnson https://t.co/ps6dcVXBvX

Cameron Dantzler: Don’t care (too much) about the 40 (that Combine versus Pro Day difference is something to talk about though, as it often is). He can cover, and did so in the much-talked about SEC.

Adam Schefter on Twitter

Mississippi’s 6-foot-2, 188-pound CB Cam Dantzler ran his 40 at Wednesday’s Baton Rouge Pro Day in 4.38 seconds. https://t.co/O2VInZyTXX

Noah Igbinoghene: Raw, but athletic as heck (that’s my #brand, the athletic part anyway). Kinda like this year’s Isaiah Johnson (former Houston corner, current Raider).

Safety, and Other Players of Note

Jeremy Chinn: Was once the dream in the 80’s for the Raiders. Now, I’m not sure he’s hanging around in the 50’s. Versatile, plus-athlete.

Antoine Winfield Jr.: Play-maker in every sense of the word; best safety in the class.

Minnesota Football on Twitter

In Antoine Winfield Jr. we trust. 〽️ https://t.co/KVIjOlxiwL

Chase Claypool: Is he a wideout or a tight end? I don’t really care. Just know he’s a special athlete, one you want catching passes for you favorite team.

Stephen Sullivan: Big wideout, basically. Think Darren Waller.

Justin Madubuike: The best defensive lineman in this class not named “Javon Kinlaw”.

Catch me on Twitter: @StillRyanFive


2 thoughts on “2020 Draft: Planting Flags With “My Guys” of the Class

  1. been pounding the table for mims and Wilson both are football players and **** good at their positions. one RB you didn’t mention I like around late 3rd or4th is lamichal perine. very similar to Jacobs in a lot of ways (size, abilities and stuck in a rb by committee) not as shifty or violent but a pretty decent rb2 option imo. I like gladneys and johnsons attitudes as well as their skills. hopefully 3 or 4 of these guys are wearing s & b next year.

  2. Need to get Eli Riley on the raiders. Leader of leaders. Can play the hybrid SS spot. No higher character in the draft.

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