Now that the primary waves of free agency are done, focus is shifting to the 2019 NFL Draft. This year’s event will be in Nashville, from Thursday April 25-Saturday April 27.
With the Raiders moving to Las Vegas. the next spot for the NFL Draft will be Sin City from April 23-25, 2020. A venue has not been announced, but T-Mobile Arena seems likely.
The draft refrain through next NFL season, with the Miami Dolphins perhaps already on that path, will be “Tank for Tua.”
Alabama quarterback Tua Tagovailoa is one of the early favorites to win the 2019 Heisman Trophy, and he’s No. 1 on most early 2020 NFL draft big boards.
Oregon quarterback Justin Herbert is back for his senior season in Eugene, and he’s also expected to be a top-five pick. After Herbert, the class of signal caller prospects for 2020 seems to get thin rather quickly (Jake Fromm, KJ Costello, Jacob Eason).
After those top two quarterbacks, the top five prospects on 247 Sports’ 2020 big board are Stanford offensive tackle Walker Little, Georgia offensive tackle Andrew Thomas and Ohio State defensive end Chase Young. Young looks like the next in the lineage of high draft pick defensive lineman out of Ohio State.
It looks to be a deep wide receiver class in 2020, headed by Alabama’s Jerry Jeudy. The reigning Biletnikoff Award winner is a fringe Heisman candidate, and he’ll be Tagovailoa’s top target. Laviska Shenault (Colorado) and Tee Higgins (Clemson) are also candidates for the first round at this early stage.
The running back class for 2020 has recognizable names, including Jonathan Taylor (Wisconsin), Travis Etienne (Clemson), AJ Dillon (Boston College) and Najee Harris (Alabama).
The NFL has made the draft into a travelling event, sure to hit most of its other 31 cities in time after it being in New York seemingly forever. Las Vegas will be the backdrop in 2020, but it shouldn’t take much away from the broader frenzy of the event.