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PFF Big Board: Mike Renner's preseason top-50 big board for the 2020 NFL Draft

With grades and stats on thousands of draft-eligible FBS prospects, we spent the summer parsing it down to the cream of the crop. Of course, there’s still a lot of football to be played. We saw that full-well last year as Kyler Murray and Quinnen Williams weren’t on a lot of radars at this time last season. As it stands now though, these are our top-50 prospects and their most representative stats heading into the 2019 season. 

[Editor's note: PFF's Preseason 2020 NFL Draft Guide is LIVE and features 150 Two-Page Player Profiles, giving you advanced stats, game grades and much, much more. All existing EDGE and ELITE subscribers have access to the guide and can download it here.]

1. QB Tua Tagovailoa, Alabama

22.1% of Tagovailoa’s attempts were deemed to have perfect ball placement – the highest rate of any Power-5 QB in the country last year.

2. WR Jerry Jeudy, Alabama

45.6% of Jeudy’s receptions last year went for 15-plus yards – the second-highest rate of any returning wideout in the country.

3. Edge Chase Young, Ohio State

Young led all of college football last season with 75 total pressures. He’s the only true sophomore in our five years of grading to lead the FBS.

4. WR Jalen Reagor, TCU

The 5-foot-11 wideout’s 15 contested catches last season are the seventh-most of any returning receiver in college football.

5. Edge A.J. Epenesa, Iowa

Only Kentucky’s Josh Allen had a higher win-rate as a pass-rusher among Power-5 defenders last season.

6. CB Kristian Fulton, LSU

Fulton’s 29.3 percent forced incompletion rate was the seventh-best among starting corners in college football last season.

7. QB Justin Herbert, Oregon

Herbert’s 29 big-time throws last year were the sixth-most in the FBS.

8. S Grant Delpit, LSU

Delpit’s nine forced incompletions last season ranked fifth among safeties in college football.

9. WR Ceedee Lamb, Oklahoma

Lamb’s 18 touchdowns over the past two seasons are the third-most of any returning wide receiver in the country.

10. CB Jeffrey Okudah, Ohio State

Okudah allowed only 37.5 percent of his targets to be completed last season. 

11. CB Bryce Hall, Virginia

Hall’s 23 forced incompletions were the most of any cornerback in college football last season.

12. LB Isaiah Simmons, Clemson

Simmons had nine forced incompletions last season – the most of any linebacker in college football.

13. IOL Tyler Biadasz, Wisconsin

Biadasz has graded as a top-three center nationally in both years of his career.

14. Edge Julian Okwara, Notre Dame

Okwara finished sixth in the country last year with 61 total pressures.

15. WR Laviska Shenault, Colorado

Shenault’s 29 broken tackles after the catch last year were the second-most in college football.

16. OT Tristan Wirfs, Iowa

Wirfs’ five big-time blocks last year were the seventh-most of any tackle in the country. 

17. TE Jared Pinkney, Vanderbilt

Pinkney has broken 18 tackles on 94 catches in his career.

18. DI Derrick Brown, Auburn

Brown has multiple run stops in nine of Auburn’s 13 games last season.

19. S Kenny Robinson Jr., West Virginia*

Robinson had as many combined picks and pass breakups last season (7) as first downs allowed.

*Kenny Robinson Jr. announced he'd transfer away from West Virginia in June 2019.

20. OT Walker Little, Stanford

Little allowed only one pressure on 249 pass-blocking snaps over the last six games in 2018.

21. OT Andrew Thomas, Georgia

Thomas allowed multiple pressures in only three games last season.

22. CB C.J. Henderson, Florida

Henderson allowed a passer rating of 49.4 on his 36 targets last season.

23. WR Tyler Johnson, Minnesota

Johnson’s 4.39 yards per route from a wide split alignment in 2018 was the third-best average of any Power-5 receiver.

24. DI Levi Onwuzurike, Washington

Onwuzurike’s 16.9 win percentage as a pass-rusher is the highest of any returning interior defender in the country. 

25. WR Tee Higgins, Clemson

Higgins had only two drops on 61 catchable passes last season.

26. WR Henry Ruggs, Alabama

Ruggs has broken 15 tackles on only 58 catches in his career.

27. DI Javon Kinlaw, South Carolina

Kinlaw’s 88.7 pass-rushing grade last season is the highest of any returning interior defensive lineman in the country.

28. Edge Curtis Weaver, Boise State

Weaver’s 30.2 win percentage as a pass-rusher last season was the second-best figure in college football.

29. IOL Netane Muti, Fresno State

Muti’s seven big-time blocks as a freshman in 2017 led all offensive linemen in college football that year.

30. CB Paulson Adebo, Stanford

Adebo’s 23 combined pass breakups and interceptions were the most in college football last season.

31. OT Prince Tega Wanogho, Auburn

On 159 more pass-blocking snaps, Tega Wanogho allowed six fewer pressures in 2018 (13) than he did in 2017 (19).

32. RB Travis Etienne, Clemson

10.6% of Etienne’s carries at Clemson over his career have gone for 20-plus yards. 

[Editor's note: PFF's Preseason 2020 NFL Draft Guide is LIVE and features 150 Two-Page Player Profiles, giving you advanced stats, game grades and much, much more. All existing EDGE and ELITE subscribers have access to the guide and can download it here.]

33. IOL Creed Humphrey, Oklahoma

Humphrey didn’t allow a single sack and yielded only one hit in 2018.

34. WR Tylan Wallace

Wallace’s 60 first downs from a wide split last year were six more than anyone else in college football.

35. QB K.J. Costello, Stanford

Costello’s 209 attempts into tight windows last season were the most of any returning quarterback in the country.

36. CB A.J. Terrell, Clemson

Terrell allowed completions on only six of his 17 targets…as a true freshman.

37. Edge Alton Robinson, Syracuse

Robinson’s 56 pressures last season were tied with Maxx Crosby and Clelin Ferrell for the 13th-most among all edge defenders.

38. RB D’Andre Swift, Georgia

Swift’s 1.74 yards per route run average last season ranked second among returning Power-5 running backs in the country.

39. QB Jake Fromm, Georgia

Fromm’s 129.6 passer rating off play-action last year trailed only Tua Tagovailoa and Trevor Lawrence among Power-5 quarterbacks.

40. LB Dylan Moses, Alabama

Moses had one missed tackle on 28 attempts in coverage last season.

41. S Ashtyn Davis, California

Davis’ four interceptions from a deep alignment last season were the second-most of any safety in college football.

42. DI Raekwon Davis, Alabama

Davis’ 27 run stops are tied for the most of any returning Power-5 player in the country.

43. CB Jeff Gladney, TCU

Gladney allowed completions on only seven of his 43 targets that came 10+ yards downfield last year

44. WR K.J. Hill, Ohio State

Hill has seven drops on 151 catchable passes in his career. Three of them came this past season against Purdue.

45. Edge Carter Coughlin, Minnesota

Coughlin’s 26 combined sacks and hits in 2018 were the fifth most of any edge in the country.

46. DI Marvin Wilson, Florida State

Wilson’s 15.1 win percentage as a pass-rusher is the second-best of any returning Power-5 interior player in the country

47. CB Shyheim Carter, Alabama

Carter’s 91.5 run-defense grade was the third-best of any corner in college football last season

48. OT Samuel Cosmi, Texas

Cosmi didn’t allow a single pressure in 5 separate games last season.

49. S Alohi Gilman, Notre Dame

Gilman was the only safety in the country last year to earn grades of 90+ in run defense and coverage.

50. QB Mason Fine, North Texas

Fine’s 31 big-time throws last year tied Tua Tagovailoa for the most among returning quarterbacks in college football

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