College football bowl season is here, which means the 2020 NFL draft is getting closer. Can you believe we're less than 130 days away? My pal Todd McShay even dropped his first mock draft for the 2020 class (you can see mine in a few weeks). The deadline for underclassmen to declare for the draft is Jan. 20, but we've already seen several prospects -- including intriguing Utah State quarterback Jordan Love and my top-ranked offensive tackle Andrew Thomas -- announce their intentions to enter this draft.
So let's do a pre-bowl update of the Big Board rankings for the Class of 2020, plus my top 10 prospects at every position. These are my top 25 prospects as it stands right now, and a position-by-position look from quarterbacks to long-snappers. I'll update again after bowl season.
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.
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 combine in March.
1. Chase Young, DE, Ohio State*
HT: 6-foot-5 | WT: 265 | Previously: 1
You should by now know about Young, who just finished fourth in the Heisman Trophy voting. He is a dominant pass-rusher whose 16.5 sacks broke the Buckeyes' single-season record. He's having a phenomenal season and is the clear top prospect in the class. Now, does that mean he'll go No. 1? No, because we know how much teams value quarterbacks. The NFL loves twitchy edge rushers who can get after quarterbacks, though, and that's Young. 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.
2. Joe Burrow, QB, LSU
HT: 6-foot-3 | WT: 215 | Previously: 2
McShay just put Burrow at No. 1 overall in his Mock Draft 1.0, and I can't disagree with him. The Heisman winner -- he crushed the field -- put up astounding numbers on the way to one of the most impressive seasons I've ever seen. His improvement has been one of the greatest stories of the season because he started 2019 as a fringe NFL prospect. With a great release, much better accuracy at all levels of the field and enough athleticism to maneuver the pocket to evade rushers, Burrow reminds me of Tony Romo. Coaches rave about his leadership and toughness, too.
McShay reveals Burrow as top pick in Mock Draft 1.0
Todd McShay explains to Scott Van Pelt his reasoning for placing Heisman Trophy winner Joe Burrow at No. 1 over Chase Young in his first mock draft.
3. Tua Tagovailoa, QB, Alabama*
HT: 6-foot-1 | WT: 218 | Previously: 3