NFL draft 2020: A look at the top prospects


The Times examines the top prospects ahead of the 2020 NFL draft, to be held April 23-25.

A pick-by-pick breakdown of the first round of the 2020 NFL draft, which was held virtually for the first time because of the coronavirus outbreak.

Rams did not have a pick in the first round and watch many offensive tackles and wide receiver go, two of their prime focuses in NFL draft.

The Chargers kept the No. 6 pick and selected Oregon quarterback Justin Herbert. They then traded to get the 23rd pick and took Oklahoma linebacker Kenneth Murray Jr. in the NFL draft.

TCU wide receiver Jalen Reagor had hopes of swiftly making a name for himself in the NFL draft, but after putting on more pounds he still has something to prove.

As with his father, A.J. Epenesa was a standout defensive lineman at Iowa. Now he’s expected to be a first-or-second-round pick in the NFL draft.

What TCU cornerback Jeff Gladney lacks in size he makes up for in athleticism and confidence. Will it be enough to succeed in the NFL?

CJ Henderson’s path to the NFL could go from Gainesville to Jacksonville. The Florida cornerback says he’s ready for the next level.

Despite criticism about his tackling, LSU safety Grant Delpit is expected to be a late first-round pick in the NFL draft.

Georgia running back D’Andre Swift hopes NFL teams will see potential in him ahead of the draft, when he’s likely to be the first running back off the board.

Javon Kinlaw has suffered some lows and highs, having gone from homelessness in Washington, D.C., to a top NFL draft prospect out of South Carolina.

The 2020 NFL draft is on Thursday, and NFL team beat writers have made their first-round picks in The Times’ annual reporters mock draft.

Penn State’s K.J. Hamler has speed to make NFL draft scouts drool, but the slot receiver dropped eight passes last season and is only 5-9.

Tua Tagovailoa showed at Alabama he can excel in big games, but questions about the quarterback’s injury history has drawn extra scrutiny from NFL teams.

Texas Christian tackle Lucas Niang didn’t allow a sack in two seasons, but his hip needed surgery and that makes him a bit of a risk to be taken high in the NFL draft.

NFL draft scouts question the all-around ability of Wisconsin Jonathan Taylor, but the running back has NFL speed and size.

LSU’s Clyde Edwards-Helaire provided plenty of value to the Tigers’ national championship-winning offensive attack, and he wants to do the same in the NFL.

Mekhi Becton had plenty of soul food but not enough soul for the game. The Louisville offensive lineman’s dedication to discipline transformed him in 2019.

It took some convincing from his high school football coach before Andrew Thomas realized he should aim to play the sport at the highest level.

LSU linebacker Patrick Queen didn’t become a starter until four games into last season but is now expected to be a first-round pick in the upcoming NFL draft.

Neville Gallimore, the son of Jamaican farmers from Canada, never thought he’d play in the NFL, but he turned his dream into reality at Oklahoma.

Alabama’s Xavier McKinney is listed as a safety, but his ability to play multiple positions is what makes him attractive in NFL draft.

With his blend of strength, athleticism and technique, Iowa’s Tristan Wirfs is expected to be one of the first two offensive linemen picked in the NFL draft.

Alabama offensive tackle Jedrick Wills Jr. started his journey to the NFL draft at 5 months old when he took his first steps, according to his mother.

TCU defensive tackle and NFL prospect Ross Blacklock tried to be a basketball standout like his father, Jimmy, but the game was ‘too soft’ for him.

Justin Madubuike says he can play any spot on defensive line, but Texas A&M product enters NFL draft with skills resembling Hall of Fame DT John Randle.

Utah State quarterback Jordan Love’s mobility and arm strength have wowed NFL scouts, but a statistical drop in his final college season raises flags.

Colorado molded its offense around Laviska Shenault Jr.’s playmaking skills, which he says help him stand out among receivers in the 2020 NFL draft.

Oklahoma star Kenneth Murray Jr., one of the top inside linebackers in the 2020 NFL draft, learned to be a leader and more while helping raise three siblings with special needs.

Staying for his senior season at Auburn and the birth of his son has helped defensive lineman Derrick Brown grow into a top NFL draft prospect.

Penn State’s Yetur Gross-Matos has endured two life tragedies, toughening the edge rusher as he prepares for NFL draft.

Ohio State running back J.K. Dobbins is first Buckeye to rush for 2,000 yards in a season, but critics wonder if his big-play abilities will translate in talent-filled NFL.

Zack Baun was a star quarterback in high school, but Wisconsin moved him to defense and now the versatile linebacker is set to be picked in the NFL draft.

Oregon quarterback Justin Herbert could have been a top 10 pick in the 2019 draft, but he decided to stay in college and his stock remains high for 2020 draft.

Cesar Ruiz was 8 when his father was hit by a car on the side of a South New Jersey highway and passed away, and the Michigan center has used him as inspiration since.

Chase Young is not expected to be the first pick in the NFL draft, but the Ohio State edge rusher has no doubt he is worthy of that distinction.

In an NFL draft filled with great wide receivers, Alabama’s Jerry Jeudy tops the list of pass catchers.

A positionless wonder out of Clemson, Isaiah Simmons has played edge rusher, linebacker, cornerback and safety. He might be the most NFL-ready player in the draft.

Oklahoma’s CeeDee Lamb might be the best receiver in the NFL draft, with speed and strength to overwhelm defenders and three years of production in one of the nation’s most explosive offenses.

Ohio State’s Jeff Okudah could be one of those rare cornerbacks to be selected at the top of the NFL draft.

Joe Burrow’s accolade-filled final season at LSU makes him look like a shining star, but the quarterback actually has an underdog story.