The 2020 NFL Draft is still almost six months away, but it is never too early to think about who might go No. 1, especially when there are multiple teams vying for the top pick.
Earlier today, ESPN’s Mel Kiper Jr. appeared on Get Up! to discuss his latest big board and how things are shaping up. Kiper pegs Ohio State defensive end Chase Young as his top overall prospect.
Asked by Mike Greenberg to evaluate the landscape for the potential No. 1 overall pick, Kiper said there are four players in the running: Young, Alabama’s Tua Tagovailoa, Oregon’s Justin Herbert and LSU’s Joe Burrow.
Kiper has Tagovailoa at No. 2 overall, Herbert at No. 5 overall and Burrow at No. 6 overall on his board right now.
“It’s a three-horse race,” Kiper said. “All three are vying to be that guy. Everybody thought it was guaranteed to be Tua. That’s not the case because of Burrow’s ascension up that board. Justin Herbert is coming off a phenomenal game against USC. He has more talent than any of the other two or any quarterback in this draft or the last 20 years. Herbert has that kind of ability. He’s not to the level of some of the other guys in terms of instinct and awareness, but talent? He has it. There’s three quarterbacks all still being evaluated for that top spot and then there’s Chase Young that great pass rusher out of Ohio State.”
There is still plenty of time for one of the three quarterbacks to separate himself from the pack. Remember, at this time last year, no one even knew Kyler Murray was going to commit to football, let alone be the No. 1 overall pick in the draft.
Also two years ago at this time, nobody thought Baker Mayfield would be the No. 1 overall pick in the 2018 draft, even though he was on his way to the Heisman Trophy. Draft season hasn’t even gotten started.