The Seven Samurai of the 2020 NFL Draft

Do you hear it?

(The sound of thunder crashes behind Piggy)

Piggy Kiper here.  I’m just going to hide under this desk…Some of you have been looking forward to this post…others will hate it.  No matter where you fall, make sure your squiggly doesn’t get burned by the storm that is coming.  Experts are saying that the 2020 NFL draft is among the deepest draft for wide receiver in years.

Is it true?

A true Samurai never reveals your fate until your throat is already cut!

(the wind picks up behind Piggy)

Most Dolfans don’t view Wide Receiver as a priority, but when you look at our roster, our top receiver is DeVante Parker, a guy who only recently blossomed – can he keep it up? After Parker it’s Preston Williams, who has the look of a great find, but who is still unproven.  Then there is Albert Wilson, the focal point of the 2018 Gase offense, who may be on his way out.  So there is a lot of uncertainty at the position coming into 2020.  I don’t think Dolfans should rule out the possibility of a high pick on a wide receiver.  But even if the Dolphins don’t do that, the Dolphins probably will spend a day 3 pick on a wide put.

But this list isn’t for Day 3 Wideouts – It for Samurai!

So let’s look at these Samurai….but be very careful…they are dangerous…

(A tornado swirls behind Piggy)

Jerry Jeudy, Alabama

With 159 receptions, 2,742 career yards and 26 career touchdowns in three years at Powerhouse Alabama, no one is overlooking this Samurai.  Jeudy may be the first receiver off the board.  Jeudy may be Odell Beckham, Jr. without the baggage.  He’s physically gifted with incredible speed and agility.  Jeudy made a lot of downfield plays during his time with Alabama and although he is fast, it wasn’t his speed that lead to a lot of those downfield plays, it was his technique.  Jeudy is polished, talented and ready to go.  I expect to see success early for Jeudy in the NFL.  Jeudy is this year’s tornado of talent.

(lightning strikes the ground Piggy)

Henry Ruggs III, Alabama

As usual, Alabama was loaded in 2019.  One position that was notable was wide receiver, where play after play, they had receivers making plays down field.  In Ruggs’ case his speed really standouts.  Ruggs ran a blistering 4.27 at the combine.  That is what this Samurai is – FAST.  If you want a guy to run downfield, pick Ruggs.  Ruggs averaged 18.7 yards a catch in 2019.  DBs better have a plan for this kind of speed in the NFL.  One notable negative about this Samurai I don’t want to say to loud (Piggy whispers ducking from a swinging katana) his numbers dropped off a bit after the Tua injury.  But he still runs like lightning and will be a real asset to any offense.

(the Earth quakes below Piggy)

Laviska Shenault, Jr., Colorado

This athletic beast is among the most physical samurai in the draft.  His thick, chiseled frame is generally unaffected by contact from DBs or LBs.  Honestly, it looks like this Samurai looks for contact.  Shenault can be a solid outside receiver, but I think he might be more suited to do what Dolfans have seen guys like Jarvis Landry or Rishard Matthews do for us for years.  Shenault is expected to go anywhere between the late first round to the early third round.  I will whisper the last part…Some people think Shenault may be too physical (a samurai arrow strikes the wall behind Piggy) and he should improve his route running ability.  He is this year’s Earthquake!

(A Volcano erupts behind Piggy)

Justin Jefferson, LSU

Jefferson has good speed and he will burn you like lava, but that’s not his greatest strength.  Jefferson is the best route runner among these Samurais.  An top notch technician among this WR class, Jefferson provided a reliable target for first overall pick Joe Burrow.  The LSU offense erupted in 2019 and you can see that in Jefferson’s stats, nearly doubling his yardage from 2018 (875 yards) to 2019 (1,540 yards).  A lot of experts are saying Jefferson will not be a #1 receiver, but will make a heck of a #2.  Jefferson is as reliable as a volcano, if you see one, it will probably erupt some day.

(a tsunami crashes over Piggy)

Jalen Reagor, TCU

Thanks a lot Jalen, now I’m all wet! (Piggy floats to the surface) It seems calm for a moment…too calm…all of the sudden boom…Jalen Reagor goes the distance and breaks open the game.  With elite speed and an uncanny ability change direction, DBs should never get comfortable around Reagor.  Think of Reagor as a poor man’s Ruggs, if there was no poverty.  Speed both vertically and laterally defines this terrific talent and helped him collect 1,061 yards and 9 TDs in 2018.

(A Blizzard forms around Piggy)

CeeDee Lamb, Oklahoma

Brrrrrrrrr…This one is cold.  CeeDee Lamb put up great numbers at Oklahoma, not doubt those numbers were inflated by the system – but you can’t ignore what he did.  Lamb looked like he was running around frozen defenders.  He is so quick, they froze in place with his every move.  At 6’2, 189 pounds, he has good size but what stands out about Lamb is his body control.  That body control helps him make some tough catches and then quickly regain his balance and use his quickness to pack on the yards after the catch while the defenders stand around him like icicles.

(A comet crashes in front of Piggy)

Tee Higgins, Clemson

Wow! I didn’t even see that coming!  I should have, given Clemson has produced some terrific Samurais over the years.  Higgins is this little Piggy’s favorite samurai this year.  At 6-4, 215 what you can see on the tape with Higgins is his ability to attack the ball while it’s in the air and make it his.  He’s a graceful receiver who will make your toe touching catch on a ball that most receivers think is out of reach.  He will enagage with CBs playing press and come up with the big catch.  He’s also very shifty for a tall receiver and will certianly break tackles and get the all important YAC.  Higgins compares favorably to AJ Green.

Now you know who the samurais are.  Beware!

 

 

 

 

 

 

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1,297 Responses to The Seven Samurai of the 2020 NFL Draft

  1. rich0322 says:

    At this point, I’m hoping for complete chaos!!!

  2. The Flying Pig says:

    Has Omar Kelly ever had any insight in to the Dolphins?

    Lol @ “what I’m hearing”

  3. Mike E. says:

    I have an article for tomorrow. How about the Mock Draft? I want to do that Wednesday, does anyone want to try and do a practice run tomorrow night or do you just want to go at it and whatever happens happens on Wednesday?

  4. CavalierKong says:

    Ya’ll are misreading Omar. Omar says NFL Draft Scout is hearing the same thing as he is, and they are…both are not hearing a damn thing. Easily one of the truest statements that jackhole, Omar, has ever written.

  5. wyoming85 says:

    WTF is the stripe on the shoulder!!

  6. pheloniusphish says:

    In 2001 Atlanta traded Picks 5, 67, and 2002 pick 48 to move up to number 1. I would do that for Burrow in a heart beat.

  7. ocalarob says:

    Didn’t journey do a song about the qbs in this draft? Love Hurts??

  8. ocalarob says:

    I’m good with getting tua @ 18 but not 5!!

  9. TOP SECRET says:

    what will make me happy is when pick #5 is announced Thursday it will be……. “with the 5th pick of the 2020 NFL draft the Miami Dolphins select ____________. that means we didn’t trade up and sell the farm. pick whoever will make the TEAM better.

    GO MIAMI ! 🙂

  10. D says:

    I went back and looked at some video on Ruiz, and he seems to be a pretty smart player, he does well going through the OC read progression, ie look to help the OG, check other OG prep for blitzing LB, falling off the other when he needs to pick up his guy. He does get beat though, i saw times when the Dt engaged him and then shed him, but he recovered really well. In fact most the times i saw this happen and it happened a few times, he still made his block, just had to take some time to re-establish the block. Sometimes he didnt re-establish the block as much as he ran his guy out of the play, but thats what a good OL does, once ya lose your anchor, and cant reset it,just push the guy out of the play.

    What i can say about this is he has pretty good feet, he is pretty smart, and he has the physical strength to recover. Seems like i may be a hand technique issue (correctable) or could be he has shorter arms and the other players got to his body first. I didn’t check his arm length to see, but this wouldn’t be something he could over come. He generally won leverage battles in the box, and once his anchor is set, he is hard to move. Overall, he seems to be a very good prospect, and im kind of shocked that he took this long to kind of rise up the ranks. Tape is what you start with and his tape looks good.

  11. ocalarob says:

    I don’t think joe Burroughs gonna be anything special, he went from a day 3 selection to the 1st overall pick in 1 year.

    • D says:

      The guy grew as a player. He had talent around him when he was a junior at LSU, he had pretty much the same team, so he definitely elevated the team with his play. I mean, he did everything he is supposed to, worked his ass off, grew as a player, learned the system. These are all thing he will have to do now at the next level and he has shown to be able to do it already. I dont get the now skepticism of him, i just cant possibly see how anyone can watch his tape and not see a really polished product. Who cares what his junior year looked like or any thing before that, arent people allowed to grow, mature, and get out of the shadow they were in?

      • steveccnv says:

        They changed the scheme last year, Brady I believe was his name came over from the Saints, so they ran the Daints offense. That’s the main reason for the jump.

  12. D says:

    Kong, i know your an 80ft ape and all, but i wouldn’t stand in the way of the Omar hate train, its got more behind it than you realize. i make this statement state while holding the throttle down from the engine room.

    • CavalierKong says:

      LOL, I wouldn’t get in the way of that train either. Perhaps my statement was misleading as I definitely wasn’t defending him. 🙂

      I’ve had no respect for that tool since he refused to call Misi by his name because he hadn’t ‘earned’ Doh!mar’s respect. He’s the worst kind of team reporter IMO (I refuse to call him a journalist.) lol

  13. ocalarob says:

    Some marks have New Orleans trading up to 18 to get Jordan love

    • D says:

      If we haven’t taken a QB by then, then id be glad to trade them 18 so they could take him and then take Eason with 26 or a second round pick.

      • New Age says:

        I really, really don’t like Eason. He was pretty bad at GA, got replaced pretty easily after the injury and went to UW to be fairly terrible there too. His last game looks nice until you realize the UW defense won the game and the O didn’t have to do too much.

    • steveccnv says:

      We need an OT at that pick, assuming/hoping we didn’t pick one at 5. I don’t see this trade happening, unless they give us an offer we can’t refuse. If we didn’t take a QB at 5, then we may be looking at Love too.

      When our FO said we’ll be moving around in the draft, I took that to mean from 18 more than 5.

  14. D says:

    steveccnv says:
    April 20, 2020 at 9:44 am

    They changed the scheme last year, Brady I believe was his name came over from the Saints, so they ran the Daints offense. That’s the main reason for the jump.
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    So doesn’t that kinda state what i was saying though? He adapted to a new offense, learned it, and grew. He also adapted and thrived in an NFL system. I dont think the guy is the most talented QB in this draft, but he certainly has earned the number 1 spot and the belief that he will come in and be successful in the NFL. There should be almost no skepticism around him.

    • steveccnv says:

      Lol

    • New Age says:

      I completely agree. He ran the gamut of a very tough schedule without a single loss and destroyed the #2 team in the nation. That team wouldn’t have won like that without him. Somehow people forget about Tom Brady who also wasn’t the most talented QB on the field. If Cincy wasn’t completely on board with him, I’d dump some picks for the guy. He’s worth it. Best QB prospect overall since Luck(not as talented tho).

      • steveccnv says:

        He looked great late in the season, had great overall numbers, but I watched some of mid-season games live and he didn’t impress me then. He didn’t really elevate to #1 until the Oklahoma game. Yeah he was great in that game, but Oklahoma’s D was bad.

  15. steveccnv says:

    I posted yesterday that I didn’t think Sanders was safe of competition, because of articles that say we’re looking at top kicking prospects.

    Might as well bring is some competition I guess, since we have the picks. I’d rather trade the pick for a 2021 pick, but no big deal for a late pick.

  16. wyoming85 says:

    • steveccnv says:

      Do these guys really think someone believes this BS? How is it even possible for someone to know the difference between fact and smoke screen before the draft?

  17. Rockphin says:

    Ross Tucker doesn’t know!

  18. rich0322 says:

    I agree about Burrow being the best QB prospect since Luck, New Age. Other than the Utah St game, I watched every snap Burrow took last year. He was stellar from start to finish. The only team that gave him some fits was Auburn. Derrick Brown was a one man wreaking machine in that game, especially in the 1st quarter. I’m not going to go and dig for my posts, but I was calling for Miami to draft this kid in the 1st round in early October. Several weeks before he became a 1st rd norm in the mock drafts. BBM and I were talking about him on a weekly basis. While he may not of become a consensus 1st overall pick until late in the season, the kid delivered each and every week and people noticed.

    Never underestimate the importance of working your ass off to improve your game. Just ask Brady or Peyton…

    • steveccnv says:

      I could see Burrow flopping in the wrong system, like Cin. where the division is kind of brutal, but I can also see him succeeding on most teams.

      Zach Taylor isn’t going to help him at all. I think Burrow knows it and why there were whispers he didn’t want to play there.

    • D says:

      Yeah i dont see the gripe, to me 1 year wonder or not, he was good for the entire season. Amazing int he big games too. He shredded Bama. He beat the shit out of UGA in the championship game. He had a few troubles with UF and Auburn, but it wasn’t like he sucked there. He brought them from behind to win both. If he can hold it together for a whole championship run season then there shouldn’t be worries about that 1 year wonder.

  19. D says:

    New Age says:
    April 20, 2020 at 9:52 am

    I really, really don’t like Eason. He was pretty bad at GA, got replaced pretty easily after the injury and went to UW to be fairly terrible there too. His last game looks nice until you realize the UW defense won the game and the O didn’t have to do too much.
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    He was barely on the field for UGA, they had him for part of one year before he got injured and replaced by Fromm. He was looking good up until that point. I didnt follow him much at Washington, just a little bit here or there, but his upper end ability is undeniable. Thats said, it wasnt as much about us taking Eason as out QB of the future as my belief that Love certainly isnt the guy. Eason has a better change of panning out than luck in my opinion. I think there are 3 legit change to pan out guys and after that it drops off to crap shoot kinda stuff. I mean im pretty solid on Fromm panning out to be what he is, but thats an Alex Smith at best, and i think he is a lesser version of Smith personally.

  20. rich0322 says:

    I kinda agree with Chris Simms’ assessment of Eason.

    I wouldn’t even look at him till at least the 3rd round and even then I would probably pass. IMO, other than his height and arm, nothing much else to get overly excited about.

    • D says:

      I dont fully, but the reason i dont like him is probably more damning. I think he isnt going to be very coachable. I think he is too arrogant and he doesn’t like to earn what he gets so i personally dont like him, but again, talent wise, better than Love all day. Love’s saving grace is i havent heard anything about him being arrogant or mopey, making him un-coachable, but he is way too raw for people to be taking top half of the first and really to me bottom half as well. He’s that perfect risk/reward at the top of the second.

      • rich0322 says:

        Honestly, other than Burrows, I’m not really a big fan of the QBs this year. He’s the only one worthy of a top 10 pick imo, but I definitely understand Herbert being pushed up because of the position. BTW, if they take Herbert at #5 I will support it even if I don’t agree he’s worth a top 10 pick.

        Also, I just can’t get past all the Tua injuries. Is there a chance he suddenly becomes healthy for his NFL career, sure. …But I tend to believe the injuries will continue unfortunately. I like the kid, but I can’t see using a top 5 pick on a QB that might not make it to his second contract. If Miami takes him, I hope I’m so wrong.

  21. D says:

    Just saw a report that said the 9ers are looking to trade out of the 1st. Why dont we offer our second second and a couple of 5ths to move back into the first and get Isaiah Wilson, before someone else poaches him in the second.

  22. D says:

    So lets say the reports are true, at 5 take your QB, at 18 trade up to 13 offering second second and some day three change. Take the top OT on your board. Take the second at 26. first 2nd RB,

    • rich0322 says:

      I like the idea, but I can’t see them using all 4 picks on just the offense. I definitely could see 3 out of 4, but I think a S or DT/NT will be 1 of the picks if we don’t have that #56 pick.

      • D says:

        We are solid in those spots, but could use a little extra, but we already have starters penciled in. I think S would probably be the next spot to be drafted, so 3rd or 4th, and the alternate pick would be a DT. Im thinking Marlon Davidson and the Duggar kid at S.

    • D says:

      Could grab an OC in the 3rd if you wanna dive deeper on the OL or use to add some D help, maybe a S like Duggar or Reed.

    • The Flying Pig says:

      If the first two things fall in place, you may want to move back from 26 and try to recoup the 2nd so that before the end of the 3rd round you have added: 2nd OT, S, DL and RB

      I think of you nail those positions by the time day 2 is over you’ve done a great job

      And then of course throw in C/OG type of you can

      • The Flying Pig says:

        Usually I’m a fan of taking RBs in the 2nd round

        But I’m not sure it’s so necessary
        We might be able to take a RB (or 2) in the 4th or 5th rounds

        So you can hold off on RB in favor of OC, S or DL

        I think the board is going to control at the end of the day

        But the one area that stays deep into day 3 is RB
        Right now we have a 4th and 3 5ths – and we can add 2 RBs to compete with Jordan

      • The Flying Pig says:

        There is some flexibility

        But I do think the start of a QB at 5 and moving up from 18 for an OT is an ideal start….unless it looks like an OT is going to fall to us at 18

  23. D says:

    The scenario above i think i could legitmately have a shot at having one of the top three OT’s and depending on how it fell maybe we luck up and have Thomas there, then maybe Wilson at 26. Id be mor eok with trading back with our first second until lower maybe picking up another 3rd and then taking a top OC/OG guy like Cushenberry or Kindley, and witht he 3rds getting RB and S. Davidson in the 4th for DL.

  24. Rockphin says:

    Only 3 more days!!!

  25. D says:

    NFL draft could have been more proactive about their process and just made it a full week thing. every round gets their own day (just for this year) so that any technical difficulties could get handled without log jamming the whole draft. Once you get down to the latter rounds, with that many picks to go through in day 3 its going to run short on time if they have any technical glitches, and with the higher level of activity, because picks are coming in faster, there is more chance for that to happen.

  26. rich0322 says:

    D says:
    April 20, 2020 at 11:56 am
    We are solid in those spots, but could use a little extra, but we already have starters penciled in. I think S would probably be the next spot to be drafted, so 3rd or 4th, and the alternate pick would be a DT. Im thinking Marlon Davidson and the Duggar kid at S.
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    Honestly, I’m not seeing any difference. All 3 positions have a potential starter penciled in. Although you could say adding a true safety allows McCain to go back to his best position, possibly improving 2 positions on the field. Also, we really don’t have a true NT which I believe is very important to a 3 man front. Again allowing Godchaux to move to DT/DE, and possibly improving 2 positions up front. I’m not going to lie, I’m a defensive guy. And since we can’t fill every hole this year, I think adding those 2 pieces plus a couple OL early is the way to go. I do think we should add a RB, just not that early.

    We’ll see what happens…

    • rich0322 says:

      All in all, we are on the same page and have the same ideas, just the order of priority is a little different.

  27. steveccnv says:

    If we had 2 only picks in this draft (5, 18), who are you taking?

    We get a little carried away, because we have so many picks, that we sometimes forget our basic needs.

    My 2 picks would be the 2 GA OTs, if we just had those 2 new starters, after all we got in FA, I think we could still compete for a division title.

    That would give us 4 better than average OL to go with Davis. Fitz would have time and we could run the ball and control the clock a little bit.

    I think we could still get 2 solid OTs Jones at 18 and GAs RT at 26, after taking a QB at 5.

    • D says:

      if we only had 5, and 18, me personally probably the two GA OT’s or Thomas and Jones, it would be two OT’s though. If it were just 18 and 26, like the second scenario, still two OT’s buit i dont think Thomas would be in play. I think though if we took QB at 5 and traded up, there is an outside chance we could get Thomas an Wilson, and get a QB, with just a little moving around.

  28. naplesfan2010 says:

    I was very interested in that article which focused on the flaws of the QBs in this draft.
    Makes me want to skip a year.

    • D says:

      Its not like next year is really any better.

      • D says:

        In fact at this point the only one anyone should have confidence in is Lawrence. The rest including Fields before someone starts gushing over an OSU QB, when those never pan out. Fields is at best a maybe, we will have to see. Then there is a guy at UGA people are excited about but the guy hasnt taken a snap yet, and then there is Kellen Mond who is average at best. Unless eh grows considerable this year Mond is JAG.

  29. D says:

    I do think this year will be the year they go for our QB, i dont think they wait. Its important to get that guy in at this point in the rebuild. The could wait a year, but again, i dont see a crop of guys worth waiting on. this group is better despite them not all being 100% clean prospects. None really will be anyways, just get the guy you think fits and you can work with.

  30. D says:

    rich0322 says:
    April 20, 2020 at 1:01 pm

    All in all, we are on the same page and have the same ideas, just the order of priority is a little different.
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    well we all have the same goals, we just have slightly different opinions on how to get there.

  31. Mike E. says:

    NEW BLOG UP!!!

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