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2020 NFL draft: Ranking top 10 prospects at each position pre-Combine

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As this year’s Scouting Combine gets kicked off, let’s take a look at the top 10 players at each position before they hit the field in Indianapolis.

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The 2020 NFL Scouting Combine is right around the corner.

With drills only a day away and teams, prospects and media alike already settled down in Indianapolis, one of the offseason’s biggest events is just starting to heat up.

The Combine serves as an opportunity for all types of draft prospects to showcase their skills to NFL organizations. From national championship winners to unheralded small-school talents, the melting pot of talent that the event brings together serves as a representation of the prospects that a majority of the league views as draftable.

Rankings will change as certain players put together impressive or disappointing workouts, but the tape is ultimately more important. So, with that in mind, let’s take a look at the top 10 prospects at each position in this year’s class.

We’ll start with the 50 best overall prospects on my board:

2020 NFL Draft Top 50 Pre-Combine

Ranking Player Position School
Ranking Player Position School
1 Chase Young EDGE Ohio State
2 Joe Burrow QB LSU
3 Jerry Jeudy WR Alabama
4 Jedrick Wills OT Alabama
5 Isaiah Simmons LB Clemson
6 Jeff Okudah CB Ohio State
7 Derrick Brown DL Auburn
8 Andrew Thomas OT Georgia
9 CeeDee Lamb WR Oklahoma
10 Tristan Wirfs OT Iowa
11 Henry Ruggs III WR Alabama
12 K'Lavon Chaisson EDGE LSU
13 Laviska Shenault Jr. WR Colorado
14 Grant Delpit S LSU
15 Tua Tagovailoa QB Alabama
16 Javon Kinlaw DL South Carolina
17 A.J. Epenesa EDGE Iowa
18 Brycen Hopkins TE Purdue
19 D'Andre Swift RB Georgia
20 Justin Herbert QB Oregon
21 Tee Higgins WR Clemson
22 Jalen Reagor WR TCU
23 Kenneth Murray LB Oklahoma
24 Patrick Queen LB LSU
25 Neville Gallimore DL Oklahoma
26 Kyle Dugger S Lenoir-Rhyne
27 Tyler Biadasz iOL Wisconsin
28 J.K. Dobbins RB Ohio State
29 Xavier McKinney S Alabama
30 Josh Jones OT Houston
31 Antoine Winfield Jr. S Minnesota
32 Kristian Fulton CB LSU
33 Jeff Gladney CB TCU
34 Jonathan Taylor RB Wisconsin
35 Bryce Hall CB Virginia
36 K.J. Hamler WR Penn State
37 Mehki Becton OT Louisville
38 Ross Blacklock DL TCU
39 C.J. Henderson CB Florida
40 Julian Okwara EDGE Notre Dame
41 Yetur Gross-Matos EDGE Penn State
42 Raekwon Davis DL Alabama
43 Jaylon Johnson CB Utah
44 Josh Uche EDGE Michigan
45 Darrell Taylor EDGE Tennessee
46 Jordan Love QB Utah State
47 Brandon Aiyuk WR Arizona State
48 Noah Igbinoghene CB Auburn
49 Curtis Weaver EDGE Boise State
50 Justin Jefferson WR LSU
Jacob Infante

EDIT: Tyler Biadasz has dropped down my board upon learning about his shoulder surgery that will cause him to miss the Combine and his Pro Day.

Quarterbacks

Ranking Player School
Ranking Player School
1 Joe Burrow LSU
2 Tua Tagovailoa Alabama
3 Justin Herbert Oregon
4 Jordan Love Utah State
5 Jake Fromm Georgia
6 Jacob Eason Washington
7 Jalen Hurts Oklahoma
8 Anthony Gordon Washington State
9 Cole McDonald Hawaii
10 Nathan Stanley Iowa
Jacob Infante

The 2020 quarterback class is a talented one for sure. Joe Burrow will likely be the first overall pick, while players like Tua Tagovailoa, Justin Herbert and Jordan Love could all be gone by the time the first 15 picks have concluded. Anthony Gordon and Cole McDonald stand out as intriguing sleeper picks on the third day of the draft if the Bears want to draft a long-term backup.

Running Backs

Ranking Player School
Ranking Player School
1 D'Andre Swift Georgia
2 J.K. Dobbins Ohio State
3 Jonathan Taylor Wisconsin
4 Clyde Edwards-Helaire LSU
5 Cam Akers Florida State
6 A.J. Dillon Boston College
7 Ke'Shawn Vaughn Vanderbilt
8 Zack Moss Utah
9 Reggie Corbin Illinois
10 Eno Benjamin Arizona State
Jacob Infante

While this year’s class doesn’t have premium, top-end talent at running back, it does feature a handful of potential starters. The top three backs could all be selected by the time the second round ends, while players like Clyde Edwards-Helaire and Cam Akers have starting potential, too. Of the running backs on this list, keep an eye out for local product Reggie Corbin for the Bears, who brings plenty of speed to the table.

Wide Receivers

Ranking Player School
Ranking Player School
1 Jerry Jeudy Alabama
2 CeeDee Lamb Oklahoma
3 Henry Ruggs III Alabama
4 Laviska Shenault Jr. Colorado
5 Tee Higgins Clemson
6 Jalen Reagor TCU
7 K.J. Hamler Penn State
8 Brandon Aiyuk Arizona State
9 Justin Jefferson LSU
10 Denzel Mims Baylor
Jacob Infante

Of these 10 receivers, four of them are in their top 15, and nine of them are placed in my top 50, and Denzel Mims isn’t too far behind. There are legitimately more than 20 receivers who could carry Day 2 grades on my board by the time things are said and done. While receiver isn’t a big need for Chicago, a Jalen Reagor or a K.J. Hamler could give a dynamic edge to their offense and could be the best player available in Round 2.

Tight Ends

Ranking Player School
Ranking Player School
1 Brycen Hopkins Purdue
2 Harrison Bryant Florida Atlantic
3 Hunter Bryant Washington
4 Cole Kmet Notre Dame
5 Thaddeus Moss LSU
6 Adam Trautman Dayton
7 Albert Okwuegbunam Missouri
8 Jared Pinkney Vanderbilt
9 Jacob Breeland Oregon
10 Colby Parkinson Stanford
Jacob Infante

The 2020 draft has no shortage of starting-caliber talent at the tight end position. From dynamic ‘U’ tight ends like Brycen Hopkins, Harrison Bryant and Hunter Bryant to physical ‘Y’ tight ends like Cole Kmet and Thaddeus Moss, this class has a good blend of skill sets that offer quite a bit of everything. As for players the Bears can target? Just about any of them would fit the bill.

Offensive Tackles

Ranking Player School
Ranking Player School
1 Jedrick Wills Alabama
2 Andrew Thomas Georgia
3 Tristan Wirfs Iowa
4 Josh Jones Houston
5 Mekhi Becton Louisville
6 Prince Tega Wanogho Auburn
7 Lucas Niang TCU
8 Austin Jackson USC
9 Matt Peart UConn
10 Saahdiq Charles LSU
Jacob Infante

The offensive tackles in the 2020 class are one of the draft’s deepest position groups. Each of the top five tackles stand out as potential first-round talents, while the rest of the group is rounded out by prospects with palpable upside. Day 2 targets like Prince Tega Wanogho, Lucas Niang and Saahdiq Charles could be worth looks for the Bears if they want to draft an eventual replacement for Bobby Massie.

Interior Offensive Linemen

Ranking Player School
Ranking Player School
1 Tyler Biadasz Wisconsin
2 Robert Hunt Louisiana-Lafayette
3 Cesar Ruiz Michigan
4 Matt Hennessy Temple
5 Nick Harris Washington
6 Solomon Kindley Georgia
7 Ben Bredeson Michigan
8 Lloyd Cushenberry III LSU
9 Logan Stenberg Kentucky
10 Darryl Williams Mississippi State
Jacob Infante

While not a stacked group of interior blockers, the 2020 draft does have some solid talent in the trenches, especially at center. Tyler Biadasz is an instant starter at center, while prospects like Cesar Ruiz, Matt Hennessy, Nick Harris and Lloyd Cushenberry could all be solid starting players at the position. As far as guards go, look for someone like Robert Hunt or Solomon Kindley to be targets for the Bears.

Defensive Linemen

Ranking Player School
Ranking Player School
1 Derrick Brown Auburn
2 Javon Kinlaw South Carolina
3 Neville Gallimore Oklahoma
4 Ross Blacklock TCU
5 Raekwon Davis Alabama
6 Justin Madubuike Texas A&M
7 James Lynch Baylor
8 Jordan Elliott Missouri
9 McTelvin Agim Arkansas
10 Raequan Williams Michigan State
Jacob Infante

Speaking of trenches, the opposite side of the interior features plenty of starting defenders. Derrick Brown is a blue-chipper on the defensive line, while the remaining top five should be selected within the first two rounds at the very least. Some athletic sleepers include James Lynch and McTelvin Agim, but the Bears likely won’t target any defensive lineman early in this draft.

Edge Rushers

Ranking Player School
Ranking Player School
1 Chase Young Ohio State
2 K'Lavon Chaisson LSU
3 A.J. Epenesa Iowa
4 Julian Okwara Notre Dame
5 Yetur Gross-Matos Penn State
6 Josh Uche Michigan
7 Darrell Taylor Tennessee
8 Curtis Weaver Boise State
9 Terrell Lewis Alabama
10 Zack Baun Wisconsin
Jacob Infante

Chase Young grabs all of the highlights, but this year’s group of edge rushers is certainly a deep one. Of my top 50 prospects, eight of them are edge rushers, and three of them are in my top 20. The Bears could realistically see any of the defenders outside of the top three fall into the second round, with Julian Okwara, Josh Uche and Zack Baun standing out as potential fits in a Leonard Floyd-like role.

Linebackers

Ranking Player School
Ranking Player School
1 Isaiah Simmons Clemson
2 Kenneth Murray Oklahoma
3 Patrick Queen LSU
4 Troy Dye Oregon
5 Jordyn Brooks Texas Tech
6 Cameron Brown Penn State
7 Malik Harrison Ohio State
8 Markus Bailey Purdue
9 Davion Taylor Colorado
10 Logan Wilson Wyoming
Jacob Infante

This year’s linebacker class isn’t all that deep, but there are a handful of impact players, headlined by the dynamic Isaiah Simmons. The Bears could look for a late-round linebacker to replace some of their potential free agents, and a player like Davion Taylor or Logan Wilson could fit that bill.

Cornerbacks

Ranking Player School
Ranking Player School
1 Jeff Okudah Ohio State
2 Kristian Fulton LSU
3 Jeff Gladney TCU
4 Bryce Hall Virginia
5 C.J. Henderson Florida
6 Jaylon Johnson Utah
7 Noah Igbinoghene Auburn
8 Damon Arnette Ohio State
9 Trevon Diggs Alabama
10 A.J. Terrell Clemson
Jacob Infante

If you’re looking starters at the cornerback position, you’ll find plenty of them in this year’s class. There’s a massive gap between Jeff Okudah and the rest of this class, but the next tier down holds plenty of quality Day 2 starters. With the signing of Tre Roberson, it’s likely the Bears will go with a cheap option to start alongside Kyle Fuller, but someone like Bryce Hall or Noah Igbinoghene could still be worth a look in the second round.

Safeties

Ranking Player School
Ranking Player School
1 Grant Delpit LSU
2 Kyle Dugger Lenoir-Rhyne
3 Xavier McKinney Alabama
4 Antoine Winfield Jr. Minnesota
5 Brandon Jones Texas
6 Ashtyn Davis California
7 Reggie Floyd Virginia Tech
8 Antoine Brooks Jr. Maryland
9 Shyheim Carter Alabama
10 Jordan Fuller Ohio State
Jacob Infante

Another relatively weak group in this year’s class, the 2020 draft’s safeties aren’t all that deep, but they make up for it with top-tier talent. Grant Delpit is still a first-round talent despite tackling concerns, Xavier McKinney is a well-rounded difference maker, Antoine Winfield Jr. is a ballhawking machine, while Kyle Dugger is a small-school prospect with prototypical size and athleticism. For a mid-round target, look for a guy like Antoine Brooks Jr. or Reggie Floyd to fit that box strong safety mold.