Nason’s 2020 NFL Rookie Predictions

With team facilities beginning to open and it looking more and more likely that we will have football this fall (whether with or without fans still yet to be determined), it’s time to take a look at how the 2020 NFL draft class will fair in the big leagues their 1st year. Here are my predictions for offensive and defensive rookie of the year, and my all rookie teams.

Offensive Rookie of the Year

QB Joe Burrow, Cincinnati

Of all the 2020 rookie quarterbacks, Burrow is the only one penciled in as the day 1 starter for his organization. While there is a reason Cincinnati picked 1st in this year’s draft, the former Heisman winner is walking into a favorable situation for a rookie signal caller. He has solid weapons at receiver in AJ Green, Tyler Boyd, John Ross (if he can stay healthy), and fellow rookie Tee Higgins, and has a stud running back duo in Joe Mixon and Gio Bernard behind him. They offensive line gets 2019 1st round left tackle Jonah Williams back from injury, boosting Burrow’s protection. Burrow will throw for plenty of yards, and with his mobility should pick up rushing yards similar to Kyler Murray last season.

Honorable Mentions

WR CeeDee Lamb, Dallas

RB Clyde Edwards-Helaire, Kansas City

RB Cam Akers, Los Angeles Rams

Sleeper Pick (Player taken 3rd round or later)

RB Zack Moss, Buffalo

 

Defensive Rookie of the Year

Edge Chase Young, Washington

Yes, I am taking the obvious pick once again, but how can you not this year? Young has double digit sacks written all over him and should have a similar impact on the Redskins defense as fellow former Ohio State Buckeye Nick Bosa did last season on his way to winning the award. Young also has the luxury of player on a very talented defensive line in Washington, where Jonathan Allen, Da’Ron Payne, Montez Sweat and others will open up rushing lanes for the 2nd overall pick. Expect a 10 – 13 sack rookie campaign for Young with a handful of forced fumbles.

Honorable Mentions

LB Isaiah Simmons, Arizona

CB Jeff Okudah, Detroit

S Antoine Winfield Jr, Tampa Bay

Sleeper Pick (Player taken 3rd round or later)

LB Logan Wilson, Cincinnati

 

2020 All Rookie Team

Offense

QB: Joe Burrow, Cincinnati

RB: Clyde Edwards-Helaire, Kansas City

RB: Cam Akers, Los Angeles Rams

WR: CeeDee Lamb, Dallas

WR: Michael Pittman Jr, Indianapolis

TE: Devin Asiasi, New England

OT: Jedrick Wills, Cleveland

OL: Robert Hunt, Miami

OL: John Simpson, Las Vegas

OL: Tristan Wirfs, Tampa Bay

OT: Andrew Thomas, New York Giants

K: Justin Rohrwasser, New England

KR: Joe Reed, Los Angeles Chargers

 

Defense

DE: Chase Young, Washington

DL: Jordan Elliot, Cleveland

DL: Derrick Brown, Carolina

DE: Bradlee Anae, Dallas

LB: Kenneth Murray, Los Angeles Chargers

LB: Isaiah Simmons, Arizona

LB: Patrick Queen, Baltimore

CB: Jeff Okudah, Detroit

S: Antoine Winfield Jr, Tampa Bay

S: Xavier McKinney, New York Giants

CB: Jaylon Johnson, Chicago

P: Braden Mann, New York Jets

PR: Brandon Aiyuk, San Francisco

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