When you are talking about finding value in a draft pick the first thing you need to do is skip the first round. You are going to pay a premium to sign that player and there is no guarantee they are going to be the player you are expecting them to be.
(WR) Tony Brown (Colorado)
I keep hearing his name mentioned all over the place. He was overshadowed by teammate Laviska Shenualt who is expected to go in the first round. Despite starting just 8 of the 12 games as a senior last year, he tied for the team lead with 56 catches.
He has 707 yards receiving at 12.6 yards per catch with 5 scores. He makes up a lack of speed by running great routes. He has great hands and usually comes up with the ball in a 50/50 situation. His best game last season was vs Arizona St when he caught 9 balls for 150 yards with 3 touchdowns.
I certainly would not spend a 3rd round pick on him, but teams will start considering him in the 4th. Anything in the 5th or higher may just off one of the better deals in this 2020 draft.
(WR) KJ Hamler (Penn State)
I got to watch KJ a few times last season and one of the knocks on him in his size. He is just 5’9” and 178 lbs. But that can also be a plus as well. I think defenders at times have a hard time finding him on the field behind the massive players and once he gets his hands on the ball, he uses his blazing speed and just zips in between defenders for large gains.
He accelerates and pulls away so quickly I think the cameramen have a hard time keeping track of him. If he is not in the slot catching passes why not have him return kicks where he could be equally as dangerous.
He is not going to go high in the draft due to his size, but he is certainly worth a chance later in the draft with a high-reward potential.
(QB) Jalen Hurts (Oklahoma)
With all the talk about quarterbacks and who to take I am a little shocked that Jalen Hurts is not mentioned in this group. He has been successful everywhere he has gone. Ok, so he does did not win the National Championship at Oklahoma last season, but he finds ways to get it done.
He has played in some big games playing at Alabama for three seasons and Oklahoma for one. It is looking like the new era of QB’s can run in the NFL something he is not afraid to do. He may not have the speed as some of the others but has the instincts of when to run. He also appears very calm under pressure for a young guy.
Jalen is still learning the game and is not coming into the league with the expectation of taking over a team in his first season. I think he has the talent of a first-round draft pick but you are not going to have to pay that price to get him. Therefore, he makes my top 5 value list.
(RB) Zack Moss (Utah)
I am not saying he is the next Christian McCaffrey, but he might be a junior version of him. I am not sure why he is not talked about among the best running backs in college. He ran for over 1,000 yards at over 5 yards per carry for all straight seasons and he caught 66 balls for 685 yards last season.
I think the right offensive coordinator would get the maximum potential out of him. If you watch him play he is 100% effort and will break many tackles throughout a game, His yards after contact is very impressive.
I have seen plenty of mock drafts that have him falling down to round three. Teams would be foolish to pass him up at the point unless there is just no need at all at running back. Anything later than that is a steal.
(WR) Michael Pittman (USC)
This is another name that keeps popping up in just about every site that I visit. Michael’s father was a successful NFL running back in the NFL
Who earned a Super Bowl ring. They say you can see the resemblance when Michael catches a pass and becomes a ball carrier. He has nice size at 6-4, 223 lbs and broke out in his senior season catching 101 balls for 1,275 yards, averaging 12.6 yards per catch with 11 touchdowns including a long of 77 yards.
He led the team as well in 2018 with only 758 yards but 18.5 yards per catch. He has great hands and is going to go up and come down with the ball. I will be anxious to see how far he falls before someone snatches him up.