Time for another update of my Big Board rankings for the 2020 NFL draft. These are my top 25 prospects as it stands right now, taking into account the first seven weeks of the college football season and projecting forward. I have a few risers who make their debuts, a new No. 1 overall prospect, and a quarterback who has gone from Day 3 pick to first-round consideration.
A few notes before we dig in:
These aren't detailed scouting reports just yet. I still have a lot of work to do on these players, and what they do this season really matters.
I've included asterisks next to the names of the underclassmen, who could still return to school for at least one more season.
Height and weight are based on what we have from schools. We don't get official numbers until the 2020 combine next March.
1. Tua Tagovailoa, QB, Alabama*
HT: 6-foot-1 | WT: 218 | Previously: 2
Tagovailoa is my new top prospect, but he has had the same grade as the next two guys over the past few months. It's really tight at the top. The lefty is completing 73.6% of his passes -- up from 69% -- with 27 touchdowns and only one interception this season. He's averaging 11 yards per attempt, and his 96.1 Total QBR ranks first in FBS. He has been tremendous and even more efficient than his stellar 2018. Tagovailoa has elite accuracy and great footwork, and his arm strength looks improved in his second season as the full-time starter. I'm already circling Nov. 9 on my calendar -- that's LSU at Bama. Can't wait to see Tagovailoa and Joe Burrow on the same field.
2. Chase Young, DE, Ohio State*
HT: 6-foot-5 | WT: 265 | Previously: 3
Sometimes we hype up prospects before the season, and then they're slow to make an impact. Not Young. He has 8.5 sacks in six games, and those numbers don't show his full dominance. Just watch the tape from Ohio State's big win over Miami (Ohio), in which he had two strip sacks, and the Redhawks' offensive tackles had no chance to stop him. The NFL loves twitchy edge rushers who can get after quarterbacks, and that's Young. I wouldn't be surprised to see him go off the board first in April. He caught my eye as a true freshman in 2017, and he really came on last season, picking up the production with Nick Bosa sidelined. Young finished with 9.5 sacks and 14.5 total tackles for loss in 2018.