2020 NFL Draft: Mock draft if the 2019 college season was canceled

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AJ Epenesa, 2020 NFL Draft, Buffalo Bills
IOWA CITY, IOWA- OCTOBER 19: Defensive end A.J. Epenesa #94 of the Iowa Hawkeyes calls a coverage during the second half against the Purdue Boilermakers on October 19, 2019 at Kinnick Stadium in Iowa City, Iowa. (Photo by Matthew Holst/Getty Images) /

Iowa. AJ Epenesa. 3. Scouting Report. Pick Analysis. DE. player. 50

Actual pick: Jeffrey Okudah, CB, Ohio State

Although Chase Young was widely considered the top non-QB in the 2020 NFL Draft even before the 2019 college season, there were many who felt like Iowa’s AJ Epenesa was right on his heels.

Epenesa was coming off of a very impressive sophomore campaign at Iowa in 2018 when he racked up 37 tackles, 16.5 tackles for loss, 10.5 sacks, and four forced fumbles.

Though he’s never been as explosive off the edge as a guy like Chase Young, Epenesa had shown an ability to wreck games at Iowa and he did it from a couple of different positions.

Had no 2019 season never been played, would Epenesa’s stock really have dropped from what many believed to be top 5-10 all the way to the second round?

At this time last year, Jeffrey Okudah qualified as a player to keep an eye on. He hadn’t even picked off a pass through his first two seasons at Ohio State, but he’d still shown first-round ability.

Just not top-5 ability.

With no 2019 season, I think it’s very unlikely Jeff Okudah is a top-three pick in the 2020 NFL Draft.