2020 NFL Draft: 5 First-round locks being slept on

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PROVO, UT – OCTOBER 6: Curtis Weaver #99 of the Boise State Broncos celebrates a play during their game against the Brigham Young Cougars at LaVell Edwards Stadium on October 6, 2017 in Provo, Utah. (Photo by Gene Sweeney Jr./Getty Images)

The top guys in the 2020 NFL Draft get all the attention but there are certified studs that will certainly go in the first round that are being slept on.

After seeing as much college football as we have this season, there’s a general consensus on who the top players in the 2020 NFL Draft class will be. Chase Young looks the part of a star as an edge rusher. Meanwhile, Joe Burrow’s play with LSU this season has elevated him to status as the potential No. 1 pick.

Tua Tagovailoa may never be the same after his injury, but he’s still a prominent first-round talent. His teammate Jerry Jeudy held down his top spot in the wide receiver class with Oklahoma’s CeeDee Lamb right behind him.

Andrew Thomas (Georgia) and Tristen Wirfs (Iowa) are two offensive tackles who’ll hear their names called. Ohio State cornerback Jeffrey Okudah is another name locked into the top 10, among other locks for the first 32 selections.

While the top-tier guys are evident in the 2020 NFL Draft class, there are several guys likely to be first-round picks that aren’t receiving the same amount of attention.

5. Curtis Weaver, EDGE, Boise State

When mentioning the top pass rushers in the 2020 NFL Draft class, one name that should come up is Boise State defensive end Curtis Weaver. He’s an absolute beast off the edge, as evident in his jaw-dropping numbers. The Broncos defensive end had 13.5 sacks and 18 tackles for loss in 12 games on the 2019 season.

Weaver is a versatile prospect who can play in a 3-4 scheme as an outside linebacker and can also play in a 4-3 defense where he excels with his hand in the ground. He’s a high motor guy who snaps off the ball with eye-catching ability. He doesn’t rush himself out of position and closes in on the quarterback in a hurry.

Despite his stocky build at 6-3, 265 pounds, Weaver has long arms. His length helps him lock out tackles when playing the run. He’s also able to detach and keep himself clean. Weaver has a powerful punch and club move. He also has good hand quickness and effective swim move.

Although he has girth, he’s flexible with a good bend to get around the edge. He slips underneath tackles with the ability to win inside and outside. With all the tools at his disposal and his ceiling, Weaver will undoubtedly hear his name called in the first round.

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