Welcome to draft week, 2020. Starting on Thursday night, NFL teams will virtually get together to hold the annual player draft. It will have a totally different feel this year, thanks to social distancing guidelines and the COVID-19 outbreak. The event will run through Saturday afternoon.
Tennessee doesn’t have any can’t-miss prospects this year, but they likely won’t be shut out like they were last season. Pass rusher Darrell Taylor leads the way for the Volunteers, holding a firm day two projection from most. Jauan Jennings is next, but opinions are definitely split. Marquez Callaway, Daniel Bituli, Nigel Warrior and Dominick Wood-Anderson are potential late round selections or post-draft free agent adds.
Here’s where everyone is projected to land this week.
Edge Darrell Taylor
CBS: 3rd Round, 72nd overall to the Cardinals
Sporting News: 3rd Round, 91st overall to the Raiders
Sports Illustrated: 3rd Round, 84th overall to the Rams
NFL.com: 3rd Round, 80th overall to the Raiders
WR Jauan Jennings
CBS: 6th Round, 197th overall to the Colts
Sporting News: 3rd Round, 88th overall to the Saints
Sports Illustrated: 6th Round, 200th overall to the Bears
LB Daniel Bituli
Sports Illustrated: 6th Round, 195th overall to the Patriots
Sporting News: 7th Round, 216th overall to the Redskins
The story here is the wild range for Jauan Jennings, who has faced criticism after a disappointing combine. Those numbers shouldn’t have been all that surprising, but you can’t deny what Jennings has put on film. You’ve also got the lingering character concerns (2017 removal from the program and a suspension late in the 2019 season) working against him. It sounds like he’s destined to find a home on day three.
Darrell Taylor is the most consistent projection of all, finding homes in the third round of each of these projections. Taylor has the tools, he just needs to find the consistency on the field at the next level.
Everything else? Well, that’s tough to project. Clearly Bituli has the best chance to go late, but Callaway and Warrior could also hear their names called. Even if they don’t, Saturday night will be when they find their landing spots.
We’ll have live updates as it all unfolds this weekend.