2020 NFL Draft Stock – Post-Combine V

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

C.J. Henderson, CB, Florida
As we reported in the Hot Press, sources from five different teams say Henderson could be a top-10 pick in the 2020 NFL Draft and multiple team sources feel he could end up being a better cover corner than Ohio State’s Jeff Okudah, the consensus top cornerback for the 2020 NFL Draft and a projected top-five pick. “[Henderson] is the best pure cover corner in the draft,” said one director of college scouting. And that comment was echoed by others. Here’s a what another director of college scouting said:

    “Yes, he could be a top-10 pick and better cover corner than Okudah. [Henderson] is a better mover than Okudah, who is overrated. Okudah hasn’t gone and made many plays the last two years when you study it hard. He’s a better tackler than C.J., but I’d take Henderson. Okudah’s character is so clean that people feel so comfortable with him. C.J. isn’t bad; he’s just extremely quiet.”

The 6-foot-1, 204-pound Henderson ran an amazing 40 at the combine of 4.39 seconds and looked superb in the field drills, showing smooth athleticism for the next level. If Henderson doesn’t go as a top-10 pick, teams think he won’t last much longer because he is rising across the league.

Cam Akers, RB, Florida State
Team sources really liked what they saw out of Akers at the NFL Scouting Combine, and after his great performance in Indianapolis, Akers has had teams looking deeper into his tape as well. Sources really like what they see in Akers’ tape and say he reminds them of Kareem Hunt. They feel Akers could be a dangerous runner, receiver and play-maker at the pro level. Akers looks safe to go off the board in the second or third round of the 2020 NFL Draft.

CeeDee Lamb, WR, Oklahoma
Many league sources believe Lamb will be the first wide receiver taken in the 2020 NFL Draft and could go as a top-10 choice. There are a lot of teams that feel Lamb is a safe pick to become a No. 1 receiver who is very effective as a high-volume reception wideout. Some think he could become a wide receiver similar to DeAndre Hopkins or Davante Adams in the NFL. Lamb should not have a long wait on the first night of the 2020 NFL Draft.

Josh Jones, OT, Houston
While some teams have Jones graded on Day 2 of the 2020 NFL Draft, there is enough of a buzz about him in the scouting community that he stands a real shot at being drafted in the back half of the first round this April. Jones plays a premium position, and there are plenty of teams picking in the back half of Round 1 that need offensive line help. After the first four offensive linemen go off the board, likely as top-15 selections, Jones and USC’s Austin Jackson should get called after them, so those two could both end up going on the opening night of the 2020 NFL Draft.

Yasir Durant, OT, Missouri
Durant has gone under the radar during the draft process, but there are a number of teams that have him in play for the second day of the 2020 NFL Draft. He could end up being a starting right tackle or guard in the NFL. Sources feel Durant has a good skill set and if he matures into being a more focused high-effort player, he could be a very good value pick from the third round of the 2020 NFL Draft.

2020 NFL Draft Stock Down

Terrance Steele, OT, Texas Tech
Steele was viewed as a potential second-day pick in the 2020 NFL Draft, but team sources recently said his post-season performance has their teams pushing him lower on their boards. Specifically, sources cited Steele really struggling at the Senior Bowl, which was so bad they can’t see themselves taking him in the third round. A number of teams feel Steele could slide well into Day 3 of the 2020 NFL Draft.

Calvin Throckmorton, OL, Oregon
Throckmorton is another offensive lineman who had a lot of problems at the Senior Bowl, and that has teams pushing him lower into the third day of the 2020 NFL Draft. Throckmorton showed versatility at Oregon, but in Mobile, he struggled with the speed, athleticism and strength of the all-star defensive lineman. He looks like a pick for the middle or late rounds of the last day of the 2020 NFL Draft.

Cameron Dantzler, CB, Mississippi State
Some cornerbacks with slow 40 times still end up being first-round picks, but it does not sound like Dantzler will be among them. Entering the combine, teams thought he could go late in Round 1, but his 40 time in Indianapolis was so bad that now it looks like early in the second round would be a fortunate break for him. Teams like his tape, but they have real concerns on if he can run with NFL receivers. It sounds like the mid-second round to the early third round is the most likely range for Dantzler.

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