Maryland RB Anthony McFarland declares for 2020 NFL Draft

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Maryland running back Anthony McFarland enters the 2020 NFL draft class.

On Tuesday, Maryland running back Anthony McFarland declared for the 2020 NFL Draft. As a redshirt sophomore, McFarland still had two years of eligibility remaining, but a strong two-year stretch has put him in a position to leave early and make the most out of his talent at the next level.

McFarland announced his decision on Instagram and since Maryland is not bowl game eligible, he does not have a decision to make there. McFarland has played his last game at Maryland will now focus his attention on the 2020 NFL Draft. McFarland is not a top of the draft prospect, but he was ranked in the top ten at his position in the class by our own Jason Truitt.

McFarland is an extremely fun player to watch with the ball in his hands. He is going to make his money at the next by using his impressive combination of speed and natural elusiveness. The Maryland product is a quick and decisive runner who is extremely slippery in space. Also, once he gets a crease, he explodes through the hole and into the open field. McFarland is an explosive athlete who has obvious ability as an offensive playmaker at the next level.

For McFarland to reach his full upside in the NFL, he must improve as a pass-catcher. Maryland did not involve McFarland much in the passing game, but NFL teams are going to want him to be able to make an impact in that area as well. His ability to have success at the next level may come down to whether he can make plays in the passing game or not.

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McFarland is not a threat to go in the first round of the 2020 NFL Draft. That being said, he is an interesting player who could easily find himself in the Day 2 conversation. The running back position has been devalued by NFL teams in recent years, but McFarland will likely be a top five-ten running back in this class. Teams are obviously going to love his speed and elusiveness, but his relatively limited college workload will be appealing as well.