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Family ties: NFL draft features plenty of prospects whose fathers were standouts…

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Family ties: NFL draft features plenty of prospects whose fathers were standouts...


SportsPulse: USA TODAY Sports & # 39; Michael Middlehurst-Schwartz takes a close look at teams like Cowboys, Vikings and Patriots and what their strategy will be on draft night.


If some of the surnames among the NFL 2020 draft class, it looks and sounds familiar, it's because they belong to possible progeny of stars from the NFL's past.

It is not uncommon for a former player's son to follow in his NFL's footsteps, and this year's class has several perspectives that can fulfill his own dreams later this month.

LSU TE Thaddeus Moss (father: Hall of Fame WR Randy Moss)

Moss emerged as one of Joe Burrow’s main targets, as the winner of the Heisman Trophy and probably the best number one choice, found the 1.80 meter and 1.20 m tight final for three points in LSU’s two playoff victories. college football.

Obviously, your dad also knows a lot about catching touchdowns.

More: Thaddeus Moss on the path to the NFL other than the one his father defined

Minnesota S Antoine Winfield Jr. (father: CB Antoine Winfield Sr.)

Winfield Sr. was the pick of the first round and the Pro Bowler three times over his 14-year career in the league, nine of those seasons at the Minnesota Vikings.

His son, a security guard instead of a corner, threw his college ball locally and became one of the most promising defenders in the class.

More: Antoine Winfield Jr. wants to make his name

USC WR Michael Pittman Jr. (father: RB Michael Pittman)

The oldest Pittman was in the fourth round of the 1998 draft and won the Super Bowl with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. He finished with 5,627 hurried yards during his 11-year career.

The youngest Pittman will likely be chosen taller. As a senior, the 6-4 and 223-pound goal stood out in a median USC offense, catching 101 balls for 1,275 yards and 11 touchdowns.

Michigan OL Jon Runyan Jr. (father: OL Jon Runyan)

Runyan Jr. first followed his father by choosing Michigan, but he is a choice at the end of the round, if selected. The oldest Runyan was chosen in the fourth round and became an All-Pro and one of the most dominant line players in the game in the 2000s.

Florida WR Van Jefferson (father: WR Shawn Jefferson)

This father and son duo really have the same legal name (Vanchi LaShawn Jefferson), but they have different names. Shawn, who played 13 years in the NFL and is currently the coach of the big receivers of the New York Jets, was the ninth round chosen when the drafts had so many rounds. It is safe to say that Van will be taken higher.

Tennessee S Nigel Warrior (father: CB Dale Carter)

Warrior was a consensual All-SEC selection of the first team in 2019, when he recorded four interceptions. Carter played for five teams (1992-2005) and received seven passes during his debut season with the Kansas City Chiefs.

Texas WR Collin Johnson (father: DB Johnnie Johnson)

Johnnie Johnson was the 17th overall choice in the 1980 draft. He played for the Los Angeles Rams (1980-88) and Seattle Seahawks (1989) and is in the College Football Hall of Fame. A hamstring injury limited Collin in 2019, but the 6.6- to 222-pound pass catcher was a key part of the attack in the previous three seasons for the Longhorns.

Georgia DB J.R. Reed (father: WR Jake Reed)

Jake played 12 seasons in the championship between the Vikings and the New Orleans Saints and scored 36 touchdowns with almost 7,000 yards received. J.R. decided to return to his senior season with the Bulldogs in 2019 and conquered the first All-SEC team, joining his cousin Nigel Warrior on the list.

TCU WR Jalen Reagor (father: DL Montae Reagor)

Montae won the Super Bowl with the Indianapolis Colts and was Texas Tech's 58th overall choice in 1999. Jalen could be chosen before that, as his 4.47 seconds and 40 yard shot in the combination was enough to impress the teams looking for great move receiver.

North Carolina OL Charlie Heck (father: OL Andy Heck)

Andy achieved his career (12 years) on his own as Notre Dame's number 15 in 1989. He also won the Super Bowl as Andy Reid's offensive coach in Kansas City. Charlie only plays tackle since the last year of high school.


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