Football: Which NCAA prospects could go number 1 in the NFL Draft?

The college football season came to an end a couple of weeks ago as the Louisiana State Tigers defeated the University of Clemson Tigers in the big CFB Championship Final by a blowout score of 42-35. Now with the season over, all eyes are going to be on the NFL draft and Draft combine.

Trevor Lawerence still has one year left of eligibility and is the front-runner for the number one overall pick for the 2021 NFL draft. The same doesn’t go for Joe Burrow. With the big win on Monday, Burrow cemented himself as the most logical option for the first overall pick. Burrow has stated that he won’t have “to do a lot of things at the combine” which opens up doors for other athletes like Chase Young and Tua Tagovailoa.

  • Joe Burrow

Obviously Joe Burrow is the main guy right now for the first overall pick and the Cincinnati Bengals need a reboot at quarterback. Burrow finished off his historic season with 60 touchdowns, in only 15 games, while only throwing six interceptions giving him the second-highest touchdown to interception ratio this year. He also led the entire country in passing yards breaking the 5000 marks, being one of the two quarterbacks to do it this season. All in all, it would be a safe bet putting your money on Joe Burrow to be crowned as the number one draft pick.

  • Chase Young

Not far behind Burrow is Chase Young who really made a name for himself this year with The Ohio State Buckeyes. Young has stayed with Burrow at the top of the list for the first pick the entire season. He led the country in sacks with 16.5 and set a school record for single-season sacks despite missing two games because of an eligibility issue with the NCAA. The 6’5”, 265lbs defensive end was just simply a force to be reckoned with this season for the Buckeyes and frankly was overshadowed by the dominance of last year’s second overall pick, Nick Bosa. 

  • Tua Tagovailoa

When talking about the upcoming draft, there is one name that cannot be left out- Tua Tagovailoa. 

Since his freshman year, Tagovailoa has been the name that pops to mind first when talking about the 2020 NFL draft. Some injuries have set him back and placed him a little further than what most would’ve thought at the start of the college season, but he still remains in the top five for most mock drafts. Still recovering from his latest injury, Tagovailoa, has decided to attend the combine but will not participate in any events. Instead, he gave scouts two possible 40-minute throwing scenarios, either at the Alabama pro-day or a separate pro-day before the draft.

There is always a “sleeper” pick in any draft of any sport. My sleeper pick is the quarterback out of Washington State University Cougars, Anthony Gordon. Gordon came second in passing touchdowns, passing yards and first in passing yards per game while only playing 13 games. I think Gordon could be a good choice for some teams who don’t need quarterbacks for the upcoming season but later on when the starting quarterback starts to decline. If this kid falls into the third round, he would be a steal for a team like New England where he can learn from the best coach in the game and be under the tutelage of one of the best players to ever step on the field.    

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