Today were are going to be bringing you our defensive guys for the NFL draft. These are four players that we have been loving for the past few months. These players may not go super high but we feel they will have a ton of success at the next level. You do not have to agree with our takes and that is ok. We have looked at the players for a while now and these are some of our favorite players for the 2020 NFL draft. So let us bring you our defensive guys for the upcoming draft.
I have long said that I feel Gross-Matos is the second best edge in this draft class. He may not be the most pro ready yet he does possess terrific traits. For one he is a very good run defender. To be this good at rush defense while being considered a pass rusher is a very good trait. He has length, some quickness and shows power in his pass rushing ability. Last year he had 9 sacks and 14.5 tackles for loss. Gross-Matos is a little bit raw in my opinion and could improve his technique. At Penn St he was not used as a true defensive edge and was moved around a little. To me that hurt him a little bit in his development as going from edge to nose tackle is a difficult task. Regardless he should develop into a sound edge for any team that drafts him.
Blacklock is a very big defense tackle who can eat up space on the line. Blacklock is very good at rush defense as he consistently was seen behind the line of scrimmage for most plays. Last year he had 9 tackles for loss and also had 3.5 sacks for the TCU defense. Blacklock had a terrific combine where he ran a 4.9 forty yard dash which is just incredible for his size. He also had a speed score of 100.6 which is in the 83rd percentile. On tape he does show a bit of quickness but I think he needs to continue to build that area of his game a bit more. With Brown and Kinlaw getting a lot more hype than Blacklock he could go under the radar and an impact player at the end of the first round. Keep an eye out where he gets drafted.
Delpit may be the first safety off the board but it sounds like people may have forgotten about him. To me he has been the top guy because of the ability and upside he has. Two years ago he was an electric player from his safety position. He could come up and make big plays in the backfield and also make huge interceptions. Delpit had 5 sacks on the year and also 5 interceptions. Many regarded him as a top 10 to 12 prospect. So what happened? Last year I personally attribute this to the team defense taking a step back and Delpit playing softer because of an ankle injury.
There is no denying that Delpit and this LSU defense was wildly inconsistent last year. When you had an offense that scores 47 points per game teams are going to have to score a lot more. Delpit did miss some open field tackles this past year but when the offense is dominating opposing teams the defense tends to play softer than usual. As stated earlier Delpit also had an ankle injury which to me could have impacted his play. Ankle injuries are very tough especially for skill positions on the back end to deal with. I fully believe this coupled with my previous statement all brought a letdown year for Delpit. Yet his physically ability and knack for the game cannot be ignored. He is a superb talent that showed all of his playmaking ability two years ago. Look for him to thrive at the next level.
To be honest I had the players selected for this article a few weeks and ever since than it seems Henderson just keeps rising. I remember my first mock draft I had him at number 9 and my friends thought I was nuts. Now it truly is looking like Henderson could be a top 10 pick. He is such a physical corner who has the ability to run with NFL receivers down the field. He has very good size and speed and also has the instincts you want in an NFL cornerback. I also see him being very good in press coverage and to bump opposing playmakers. Henderson also has shown the ability to track the ball and could be a threat to pick of passes any time. He truly is every NFL team’s desired cornerback which is why he has risen. So what is the catch?
The one thing that Henderson does not do as well as we would like to see his tackling. Plenty of times down the stretch he looked kind of soft and would miss plays. A lot of people do not like the idea of a poor tackler on the outside and rightfully so. Yet this is something I think he could develop at the next level. If he is able to shut down opposing wide receivers tackling may not even be a thing we see from him as much. It is also important to note that Henderson had a knee injury in the 2019 season. Again this is not an excuse for poor tackling but it could tell us that maybe he felt a little scared at times. To me though the upside of his coverage ability makes him possibly a star in the NFL for years to come.
These are just several of our defensive guys who we love in this draft. I expect this draft to be highly unpredictable and I am sure a ton of players will go in unexpected spots. Yet I feel that a lot of these players will have success in this year’s draft. I think they have very good football traits and should be taken higher at their respective position. Again these are our defensive guys that we like and it is ok to disagree. Check out our offensive guys list to if you have the chance! With the draft this Thursday we will be revealing our final NFL mock very soon.