2020 Football Draft Kit: Rookies to Watch

2020 Football Draft Kit: Rookies to Watch

This article is part of our 2020 NFL Breakout Watch series.

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Joe Burrow, Bengals
6-3, 221, LSU — 1st (1st overall)

No QB in this class is better situated than Burrow for 2020 fantasy relevance. The Heisman Trophy winner comes to Cincinnati after a historically dominant senior season in which he threw 60 TDs to six picks while averaging 10.8 YPA against a schedule that included seven top-10 teams. His work under Joe Brady — now the Panthers' OC — bodes well for a smooth transition. Arm strength is a question, but his processing and ball placement are top notch. Burrow, 23, should be useful in two-QB formats, or even as a matchup-dependent option in single-QB leagues.

Justin Herbert, Chargers
6-6, 236, Oregon — 1st (6th)

Herbert isn't as polished a passer as Joe Burrow or Tua Tagovailoa but offers some rushing upside from a fantasy perspective. In college, he never finished in the top 25 in YPA or the top 10 in touchdown passes nationally, but he had 13 career rushing scores and ran a 4.68-second 40-yard dash at the combine. Tyrod Taylor likely will start until Herbert is ready, but it's not out of the question that the rookie wins the job out of camp.

Tua Tagovailoa, Dolphins
6-0, 227, Alabama — 1st (5th)

Talent isn't a question with Tagovailoa, but durability certainly is. Surgeries to repair a high-ankle sprain on each leg coupled with a serious hip injury cost him the chance to be the No. 1 overall pick despite a sterling on-field resume.

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John McKechnie
John is the 2016 FSWA College Writer of the Year winner. He is a Maryland native and graduate of the University of Georgia. He's been writing for RotoWire since 2014.
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