NFL draft position rankings: McShay’s top 10 prospects at every position

  • ESPN College Football and NFL Draft Analyst
  • Joined ESPN in 2006
  • Played quarterback in high school and was a backup QB for the University of Richmond.

With the dust of free agency starting to settle, team needs ahead of the 2020 NFL draft are becoming clearer. Every team has a different set of positions they will be looking at closely and targeting later this month.

So how does each position group look at this point in the process? Who are the top names to know? Here is my ranking of the best prospects at every position, starting with the top 10 quarterbacks who could be taken at the end of April.


1. Joe Burrow, LSU
2. Tua Tagovailoa, Alabama
3. Jordan Love, Utah State
4. Justin Herbert, Oregon
5. Jake Fromm, Georgia
6. Jacob Eason, Washington
7. Jalen Hurts, Oklahoma
8. Anthony Gordon, Washington State
9. Nate Stanley, Iowa
10. Cole McDonald, Hawai’i

The top of this list shouldn’t be a surprise. Burrow has been the No. 1 quarterback for months, and despite the injury concerns, Tagovailoa isn’t far off the lead.

Then you can start to group off QBs. Love and Herbert both have big arms and mobility but also lingering consistency concerns. Fromm and Eason both have upside but a lot of questions about whether they can be true starting quarterbacks in the NFL. Hurts is a wild card who brings a ton of athleticism and a good arm but accuracy woes to the table. And then Gordon, Stanley and McDonald are all dart throws — later-round finds with a bit of potential.

And for those wondering, Michigan State’s Brian Lewerke, Colorado’s Steven Montez and Oregon State’s Jake Luton are the next three on the board.

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