2020 NFL Draft Prospects - Linebackers and Safeties
Not a great year for these two positions so we'll combine them for this article.
Isaiah Simmons, Clemson - Superior athlete with incredible versatility and speed. He will be a key chess piece for whichever defensive coordinator is lucky enough to have him. He's a top ten talent and will be drafted as such.
Kenneth Murray, Oklahoma - Unlike Simmons, Murray is a classic linebacker rather than a hybrid athlete. He is a solid pursuit player who is capable of playing the run, rushing the passer or dropping into coverage. He's an every down linebacker and likely a top twenty selection.
Patrick Queen, LSU - Queen is an athletic and physical middle linebacker. He showed well in the National Championship Game and as such is probably a tad overratted currently but he should still be selected somewhere between 30 and 40 overall.
Malik Harrison, OSU - Another physical middle linebacker Harrison is solid but doesn't offer the athleticism, versatility, or explosiveness of Simmons, Murray, and Queen respectively. He still looks like a long term starter in the middle though and should go in the second round.
Troy Dye, Oregon - Tall and athletic, Dye can cover ground. He needs to add some bulk and playing strength but he looks like a classic strong side linebacker, assuming he develops. He should be a top seventy five selection.
Grant Delpit, LSU - Delpit was slightly overhyped heading into this past season, and while he is not an elite tackler or athlete he is still a big physical force with enough range to thrive at safety in the NFL. He shold be a top twenty selection.
Xavier McKinney, Alabama - McKinney is considered by some draft analysts to be a better cornerback prospect but that is nonsense. What he can be is a versatile safety that can play press coverage in the slot on occasion. That versatility is his greatest asset and the reason he will be a top forty selection.
Antoine Winfield Jr, Minnesota - He isn't the prospect his father was but Winfield is being underrated by analysts. He's a very savvy safety with plenty of athleticism. He should be a second round choice.
Ashtyn Davis, Unlike others Davis is robably being slightly overrated based on his tape. His limits athletically will keep him from playing in certain schemes and he looks like a strong safety in a free safety's body. He'll be a top seventy five choice.
Brandon Jones, Texas - Jones has the measurables. He'll need to prove his has the immeasurables. If he does he's an early third round choice.