To some, mock drafts are rather pointless. They’re just something for fans to speculate about and offer very little substance when it comes time for the actual draft. For others, it’s a fun discussion point and offers up some idea of who has some potential to play at the next level.
And looking ahead to the 2020 round of drafts, the University of Georgia could be in a spot to pull off an unprecedented feat. The No. 1 overall pick in the NBA, NFL and MLB draft for 2020 could all be on the Georgia campus this coming fall and playing for the Bulldogs.
Starting with football, Fromm has been one of the names mentioned as a possible No. 1 overall pick. He’ll be a junior this fall and has shown a ton of early promise in his first two years as a starter. His draft stock at this point is a little scattershot, with some having him as a first pick. Others don’t even have the Georgia quarterback as a first rounder. As a sophomore Fromm threw for 30 touchdowns compared to just 6 interceptions.
He’s 23-5 as a starter for the Bulldogs and played a key role in leading the Bulldogs in each of the last two seasons. A strong junior season — one in which he possibly leads Georgia to a national title — could vault him to the top of the NFL draft boards. Fromm will face possible competition from fellow quarterbacks like Justin Herbert and Tua Tagovailoa next season.
On the baseball front, Baseball America has tabbed Georgia pitcher Emerson Hancock as the No. 1 overall pick in the 2020 MLB Draft. This past season, Hancock at times looked like the best pitcher in college baseball before a late-season injury slowed him down.
Baseball America provided further insight into why Hancock has so much potential at the next level.
Hancock was outshined by fellow Georgia product D.L. Hall in high school, but the now-Georgia ace has a good chance to beat Hall’s No. 21 selection in the 2017 draft and is one of the favorites to be the first overall pick. After a middling freshman season, Hancock broke out as a sophomore and was one of the best college pitchers in the country. He has plus stuff across the board with a fastball that’s routinely in the upper 90s, a slider, curveball, and a changeup.
In basketball, Georgia will be led by 5-star freshman Anthony Edwards. He was rated as the No. 2 overall prospect in the 2019 recruiting class. ESPN’s 2020 NBA Mock Draft currently has Edwards as the no. 2 overall pick for the 2020 draft, behind Memphis center James Wiseman. But if Edwards has a big season for the Bulldogs, he’ll have a compelling case to end up as the No. 1 overall pick.
Edwards game shows some similarities to that of NBA MVP James Harden. ESPN’s Jonathan Givony and Mike Schmitz explained why Edwards can be a top draft pick for next season.
Edwards is a prototype for a modern NBA guard prospect with his ideal combination of size, length, body control, explosiveness, shot-making ability and defensive versatility. His ability to play at different speeds in pick-and-roll, his strength to get his own shot rising up off the dribble, and the scoring instincts he displays finishing through contact are exactly what teams are looking for.
Should Edwards, Hancock and Fromm all get picked first, it would be the first time in history that the No. 1 pick in the NBA, MLB and NFL draft all played for the same school in that year. Only once has a school produced the No. 1 pick in two sports in the same year. Utah did it in 2005 with Alex Smith being drafted by the San Francisco 49ers and Andrew Bogut being selected by the Milwaukee Bucks.
It isn’t uncommon for a school to produce a first-round draft pick in the three sports in the same year. Oklahoma did it in 2018, with Baker Mayfield, Kyler Murray and Trae Young all going in the top 10 of the NFL, MLB and NBA drafts. Going back to 2009 it is has happened four other times, with North Carolina pulling it off the twice. Kentucky is likely to accomplish it this year, assuming the mock draft are accurate on where basketball stars Tyler Herro, Keldon Johnson or PJ Washington might land.
There’s still a long way to go for all three Georgia prospects. And none of them are thinking about the possibility of being taken with the No. 1 overall pick, but rather how well their teams will do in the upcoming season. Fromm, Edwards and Hancock all also could make the decision not to enter their respective drafts next year, as they all still have multiple seasons of eligibility left.
And you just have to look at Oklahoma’s three first-round picks from 2018 to see how far off some of these long-range mock drafts can be. No one expected Mayfield, Young or Murray to be a first round pick at this stage in the process, let alone a top-10 pick.
But the fact that there is a semi-plausible possibility that Georgia could have all three No. 1 picks in 2020 goes to show the strength of all three Georgia programs and Georgia athletics as a whole. Nick Saban hasn’t produced a No. 1 overall pick at Alabama and the same can be said for Tom Izzo at Michigan State.
Just one player being taken first would be just another example of how the University of Georgia prepares you for life after college. Having three of them would be one of the most unique accomplishments in all of sports.
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