2020 NFL Draft: Wide receiver stands out as the best position of the class

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The 2020 NFL Draft is going to be absolutely loaded with talent at the wide receiver position.

The 2020 NFL Draft is going to be different than draft classes of recent years. The last two draft classes have undoubtedly lacked elite talent and depth at the skill positions, with the best prospects primarily being defensive players, more specifically defensive linemen.

The 2020 NFL draft class is going to be different. There are exciting prospects on the defensive side of the ball, but this class is going to be known for the offensive skill position talent. There are many intriguing running backs in the upcoming draft class, but we are going to focus on this wide receiver class.

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Make no mistake about it, the wide receivers in the 2020 NFL draft class have a chance to be special.

Shoutout to Jimmy Kempski of Philly Voice, who recently put together a position ranking for the 2020 NFL Draft based on big boards from various reputable draft sites. In this practice, wide receiver stands out as the clear top position of the class, with an average of 4.8 players at the position being ranked in the top 25 across the four sites.

By my count, there are currently six wide receiver prospects who could legitimately go in the first round of the 2020 NFL Draft. Alabama’s Jerry Jeudy leads the way. Jeudy is a nearly perfect wide receiver prospect who could be the best player in the class and is undoubtedly the best wide receiver prospect in recent history.

Jeudy’s Alabama teammate Henry Ruggs III has ridiculous speed and overall athleticism and is a true threat to break the 40-yard dash record at the combine. With a strong season, Ruggs could be a legitimate threat to break the top ten.

Colorado wide receiver Laviska Shenault Jr. is a big and physical target who put up monster numbers last season. Shenault also has big-time athletic upside. Clemson’s Tee Higgins has elite size on the outside and knows how to use it well. Higgins is the best possession receiver in this group.

Oklahoma’s CeeDee Lamb and Oklahoma State’s Tylan Wallace also stand out as possible, if not likely, first-round prospects. Both Lamb and Wallace are both smooth and explosive receivers who both put up huge numbers in 2018 and are undoubtedly on the radar of NFL teams.

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Simply put, if all of these receivers enter the 2020 NFL Draft, this class is going to be special. If an NFL team is entering next off season with a need at the wide receiver position, they may be best served to simply sit back and wait until the draft. Snagging any of these six guys could immediately turn their position of need into a position of strength.