The sixth round of the 2020 NFL Draft featured multiple selections that can bring immediate value and production to their teams in their rookie season.
Too often do we overlook picks in the later rounds, and this class will remind us not to do that again.
5. Hakeem Adeniji, OL, Cincinnati Bengals
The Bengals had the first pick in the sixth round (180th overall) and selected Kansas offensive lineman Hakeem Adeniji. At 6-4, 300 pounds, Adeniji offers good size along with explosiveness for the Cincy line. He was a two-time All-Big 12 Selection, being named to the first team list his senior season.
4. Dezmon Patmon, WR, Indianapolis Colts
Wide receiver Dezmon Patmon wasn't graded as a complete star by many scouting reports, but it's clear the Colts got a steal with the 212th overall pick. Patmon mostly excels on the vertical route, in which his speed and height make him a prime target for deep passes. He can get up to grab 50/50 balls too. At WSU, Patmon caught 156 passes for 1,976 yards and 13 touchdowns.
3. Evan Weaver, LB, Arizona Cardinals
The Cardinals needed linebacker reinforcement heading into the draft, and they found some with Evan Weaver. Although he plays a more old-school linebacker style, Weaver has instincts, strength, and battles through blockers like a veteran. His coverage skills are also a prime asset. Weaver led the nation and set a Pac-12 record with 182 tackles to become a consensus All-American and Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Year.
2. Antoine Brooks, S, Pittsburgh Steelers
Antoine Brooks is a safety with a high IQ and flexibility that gives him great range inside and outside the box. He also can stick with receivers in coverage and is always a step ahead of his opponent. Some scouting reports label him a linebacker/safety hybrid. Brooks had 87 tackles, 8.5 tackles for loss, and an interception his senior season, earning Second-Team All-Big Ten honors.
1. James Proche, WR, Baltimore Ravens
James Proche was a highly-regarded wideout coming into the draft and brings good value to the Baltimore Ravens offense already loaded with playmakers. After three redshirt seasons, Proche caught 112 passes for 1,225 yards and 15 touchdowns as an SMU senior and was named First-Team All-AAC. Proche has already started working out with Ravens players, which could be a sign of his immediate involvement in the offense.