2020 NFL Draft Stock – Post-Senior Bowl

This new section highlights which players have improved or worsened their 2020 NFL Draft stock as the draft approaches.

By Charlie Campbell.
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2020 NFL Draft Stock Up

Jedrick Wills, OT, Alabama
Team sources say Wills is going to be a top-12 pick in the 2020 NFL Draft and could be a riser throughout the draft process. Wills is big, strong, quick and athletic. He is an easy mover on the edge with the ability to be a plug-and-play starter in the NFL. While Wills played right tackle for the Crimson Tide, he has the skill set to play either side as a pro. Wills has a chance to be the first offensive tackle selected in the 2020 NFL Draft.

Jon Greenard, DE, Florida
Greenard didn’t light up the Senior Bowl, but he has been rising with teams and benefits from a weaker class of edge pass-rushing talent. Greenard had a good 2019 season for the Gators and was one of the top quarterback hunters in the SEC. Previously, Greenard had played well for Louisville, so he has a track record of getting after the quarterback over multiple seasons. Team sources believe Greenard will probably go in the second round of the 2020 NFL Draft, but he has a shot at going late in Round 1.

Xavier McKinney, S, Alabama
In speaking to sources across the league, McKinney is the consensus top safety for the 2020 NFL Draft, with teams having him graded significantly higher than LSU’s Grant Delpit. McKinney is viewed as being a versatile defender who can contribute in a variety of ways in pass coverage as he can play strong safety or free safety, plus handle some man-to-man coverage. In the ground game, McKinney is solid as well. He could be a top-20 pick this April.

Cole Kmet, TE, Notre Dame
The Fighting Irish have produced some quality tight ends, and Kmet will continue that trend. Notre Dame head coach Brian Kelly compared Kmet to the Chiefs’ Travis Kelce and the Vikings’ Kyle Rudolph. Kmet has three-down potential as a blocker and receiver. If he tests well, Kmet could end up being the first tight end selected and be a second-round pick.

Matt Peart, OT, Connecticut
In speaking to team sources, they were high on how Peart performed at the Senior Bowl and feel he could end up being a really nice value pick in the 2020 NFL Draft. They say Peart held his own and showed plenty of upside to develop with his size and athleticism to block on the edge. Peart may not go in the first couple of rounds of the 2020 NFL Draft, but sources think he could start out as a backup and end becoming a solid starter, which would be a good return for a third-round pick.

Stephen Sullivan, TE, LSU
It was hard for Sullivan to stand out during the 2019 season as LSU had a ton of other weapons on its point-machine offense. Wide receivers Ja’Marr Chase, Justin Jefferson, running back Clyde Edwards-Helaire and tight end Thaddeus Moss meant Sullivan did not get many targets. However, he showed at the Senior Bowl that he has some natural receiving skills with soft hands and quality route running. He has the athleticism to get open and the quickness to get downfield. Sullivan helped himself in Mobile and is a sleeper tight end who could be a steal.

Noah Igboghene, CB, Auburn
Igboghene has a lot of fans in the scouting community, and that could lead to him being a riser during the draft process. Given his size and speed, teams feel Igboghene has a great skill set with a ton of upside to get better. He needs some development and refinement in technique, but his skill set could get him consideration late in the first round of the 2020 NFL Draft.

Neville Gallimore, DT, Oklahoma
In the passing-driven NFL, teams are always looking for interior defensive linemen who can get after the quarterback. Gallimore was a disruptive pass-rusher for the Sooners, and he gave further proof of that ability at the Senior Bowl. At the point of attack, Gallimore is quick to fire his gap and get penetration into the backfield. After his strong close to his collegiate career and his performance in Mobile, Gallimore could go as a top-64 pick in the 2020 NFL Draft.

2020 NFL Draft Stock Down

Raekwon Davis, DT, Alabama
Davis was considered a potential first-rounder entering the 2020 NFL Draft process and also was viewed as having that potential in for 2019. However, Davis has had two straight seasons in which he didn’t do much in the pass rush, and that has NFL teams looking at him as a two-down defende. Thus, Davis is viewed as a second- or third-round pick in the 2020 NFL Draft.

Kenny Willekes, DE, Michigan State
The 2020 NFL Draft does not have a strong group of edge rushers, so Willekes had the opportunity to be a riser at the Senior Bowl. Over the past two seasons, he was a steady quarterback hunter for the Spartans, but he had a very quiet week in Mobile. Willekes has some size and speed limitations, and those were illustrated in the pass-rushing one-on-ones at the Senior Bowl. His Senior Bowl performance looked more like that of a mid-round pick rather than an early-rounder.

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