The 10 best available players in Round 2 of the 2020 NFL Draft
The Bengals are back on the clock.
Unlike Thursday night, when the world knew Cincinnati would take Joe Burrow, LSU’s Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback, with the first overall pick in the NFL Draft 2020, the Bengals’ choice to kick off the second round Friday night isn’t as obvious.
Still, several Pro Bowl-level talents remain available. Here are the top-10 prospects still available:
D’Andre Swift, RB, Georgia
It took 32 picks for the first running back of the draft to be selected — LSU’s Clyde Edwards-Helaire to the Chiefs — but Swift shouldn’t have to wait too long to be taken. The explosive and patient 5-foot-9 Swift is an all-around gem, having averaged 6.6 yards per carry in three seasons at Georgia, while providing a solid option as a receiver or blocker on pass plays.
Xavier McKinney, S, Alabama
The best safety is still on the board. A versatile defender with strong instincts, McKinney hits hard and rarely misses tackles, capable of creating havoc in the run or pass game. In two years as a starter, he registered six sacks, five interceptions, two defensive touchdowns and six forced fumbles.
Ross Blacklock, DT, TCU
Limited to two seasons at TCU due to a 2018 Achilles injury, the quick and powerful 6-foot-4, 300-pounder is a top-tier run defender, who showcased potential as a high-end interior pass-rusher.
J.K. Dobbins, RB, Ohio State
Three Buckeyes were taken with the top-20 picks — including two of the top-three selections. Soon, Ryan Day’s best offensive talent will join them. The 5-foot-10 speedster finished sixth in the Heisman voting last season, rushing for 2,003 yards and 21 touchdowns, while averaging 6.7 yards per carry.
Tee Higgins, WR, Clemson
This loaded wide receiver class had six selected in the first round. Higgins could have easily made it seven. The 6-foot-4 Clemson standout is a big target and versatile receiver, who helped the Tigers win a national championship and produced 25 touchdowns and 2,103 yards receiving the past two seasons.
A.J. Epensa, DE, Iowa
The 6-foot-6, 280-pounder won’t blow anyone away with his athleticism on tape, but the strong, hard-working pass-rusher has an incredibly high floor as a productive NFL player. Over the past two years at Iowa, Epenesa registered a total of 22 sacks.
Jonathan Taylor, Wisconsin, RB
Two decades or so ago, Mike Ditka might have traded all his draft picks for the Badgers star. Dominant since his freshman season at Wisconsin, Taylor is a home run hitter who finished in the top-nine in Heisman voting in each of his three seasons, leaving Wisconsin with 6,174 rushing yards, 50 touchdowns and 6.7 yards per carry.
Yetur Gross-Matos, DE, Penn State
The 6-foot-5 edge rusher presents problems with his length, threatening quarterbacks from between or outside the tackles. Gross-Matos produced 17 sacks the past two seasons.
Ezra Cleveland, OT, Boise State
At 6-foot-6, 311 pounds, Cleveland offers enticing athleticism and strength, who excels at blocking at the second level.
Grant Delpit, S, LSU
Delpit’s stock dropped after he struggled with his health and missed tackles as a senior, but the Louisiana native could be the steal of the draft. Once projected to be a mid-first round pick, Delpit was the leader of the Tigers defense en route to a national championship. Delpit’s athleticism and aggressiveness could make him a star at the next level.
2020 NFL Draft Order: Round 2
34. Colts (from Redskins)
40. Texans (from Cardinals)
43. Bears (from Raiders)
55. Ravens (from Patriots through Falcons)
56. Dolphins (from Saints)
57. Rams (from Texans)
63. Chiefs (from 49ers)
64. Seahawks (from Chiefs)
68. Jets (from Giants)
81. Raiders (from Bears)
83. Broncos (from Steelers)
85. Lions (from Eagles)
91. Raiders (from Seahawks)
95. Broncos (from 49ers)
97. Browns (from Texans)*
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