Like most drafts, the 2020 NFL Draft was filled with grand slam selections, and other selections that have left their teams second guessing. What made the 2020 draft special was the top notch talent at quarterback and loaded wide receiver class.
When looking back at the first round, entire franchises were changed for the better because of this draft. Unfortunately, the other side of that coin are draft picks that simply have not panned out. “Bust” is a strong word to use, but that’s the reality.
Who were some of the high 2020 NFL Draft selections that simply have not worked out as they begin their third year in the NFL?
Players from the 2020 NFL Draft that haven’t worked out
Jalen Reagor has been on the butt end of an unfortunate 2020 draft story. He was drafted by the Philadelphia Eagles with the 21st overall selection. Picking with the number 22 selection was the Minnesota Vikings, who selected Justin Jefferson.
Unfortunately for the Eagles, Jalen Reagor didn’t pan out, and ironically enough, the Vikings traded for him in 2022. Jefferson already has over 3000 receiving yards on his young career, while Reagor has a hair over 700.
This one is a bit of an interesting situation. Jordan Love is in his third year in the NFL and has hardly seen the field in the regular season, and when he has played, it simply hasn’t looked pretty. Love being drafted put a bit of a stink on the relationship between Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers.
The two sides seem to have gotten over that, but Love as a first round pick has been a giant swing and miss.
Jerry Jeudy was arguably the best wide receiver in one of the deepest wide receiver draft ever. Through his first two seasons, nothing Jeudy did on the field was overly exciting. He did have about 850 receiving yards in his rookie season catching passes from Drew Lock, but was a virtual non-factor in 2021.
He’s had a few drops in 2022 and is simply not playing like a first round wide receiver. The Russell Wilson era has gotten off to a rocky start, and you have to wonder if Jerry Jeudy can put some consistent football on the board for his sake.
Mekhi Becton is a mountain of a man. He’s 6’7″ and 360 pounds. When he’s been on the field, it’s clear how dominant he can be. However, Becton is set to miss all of the 2022 season after playing in just on game in 2021. Injuries are the worse, and they’re even worse when you see them happen to younger players.
Becton won’t turn 24 until the middle of April, so he’s still very young. I’d personally hope the Jets don’t cut ties with Becton and end the experiment. He’s a good tackle and could be a true franchise player for the Jets if he could just stay on the field.
Unfortunately, there are more players from the 2020 NFL Draft who haven’t worked out, but these are some of the more prominent ones.