The 2020 NFL draft class’ best at everything – Biggest arm, top route runner, best cover corner and more



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  • Matt BowenESPN Staff Writer

      Former NFL safety Matt Bowen is a veteran of four teams over seven seasons, and now provides analysis for ESPN Insider.

As teams put together their final draft board rankings for the 2020 NFL draft, each prospect’s scouting report will feature evaluations of specific traits. But who is truly the best in the class at each individual skill?

Which quarterback reads the defense better than the rest? Which wide receiver runs the best routes? Who is the best run-stopper or ball hawk on defense?

To get a sense of who stands out in each particular area, I put together my best at everything, the skill superlatives of this year’s draft class, for 38 different categories. And to top it off, I picked out three prospects in the class I am especially high on, along with three late-round sleepers with a lot of upside.

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QB | WR | RB | TE | OL

DE | DT | LB | DB

My guys | Sleepers

Most accurate QB: Joe Burrow, LSU

Burrow completed 76.3% of his passes in LSU’s pro-style route tree last season with incredible ball placement. He can hit the mark as a dropback passer and on second-reaction throws, and that kind of high-level accuracy translates to the NFL passing game. His throws were off target only 7.7% of the time in 2019 — third best in the country — per ESPN Stats & Information.

QB with biggest arm: Jacob Eason, Washington

Eason has the profile of a classic pocket thrower, with a 6-foot-6 frame and rocket arm to attack all three levels of the field. He fits best in an NFL system that utilizes the play-action passing game to scheme up vertical throws over the top of the secondary. Iowa’s cannon-armed Nate Stanley can join the discussion here too.

Best second-reaction thrower: Jalen Hurts, Oklahoma

I could easily put Burrow or Utah State’s Jordan Love here, but give me Hurts instead because of his athletic traits. They allow the Oklahoma product to escape pressure and make second-reaction throws outside the pocket. He posted an 89.1 QBR outside the pocket in 2019.

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