5 NFL Draft prospects that will probably get over drafted thanks to the hype train

Henry Ruggs III, Alabama Crimson Tide. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
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The NFL Draft is almost here and quite a few prospects are riding the hype train. These 5 players don’t deserve the momentum they’re enjoying.

Groupthink is a dangerous thing in all walks of life, and it’s a particularly treacherous phenomenon when it comes to the NFL Draft. Prospects get overhyped every year based on the momentum of the scouting process. That results in general managers selecting players higher than their actual talent and collegiate production might dictate.

The following five players are primed to be overdrafted in 2020. This doesn’t mean they won’t turn out to be quality NFL players, but it does mean they are going to enter the league with dangerously high expectations. If your favorite team drafts any of the following five prospects you will need to dial down your hopes and dreams for their rookie seasons.

5. Tee Higgins

The good news here is that the former Clemson wide receiver now looks like he’ll be a late first or early second round selection. The bad news is that he lacks the speed to separate from quality NFL cornerbacks on a regular basis.

Higgins needs to land on a team that views him as a big slot receiver. That’s where he can truly be effective at the next level. Any franchise that tries to line him up on the outside to be an instant starter is going to be very disappointed in his early returns.

He’ll still grow into a quality starter in time, but he’s not ready to play meaningful snaps as a rookie. Any team that drafts him in the first or second round is going to expect him to help them right away. Higgins is simply too dependent on scheme to justify going this high in a loaded wide receiver class.