During every NFL draft, a handful of players wind up on the wrong teams. Sometimes, the prospect doesn't make sense in a certain scheme or he's buried on the depth chart. In a few cases, a good player doesn't break out until much later in his career or even with a different franchise.
A good example of this is Kyle Van Noy, whom the Detroit Lions drafted in 2014. The team never figured out how to use Van Noy, and the linebacker was traded to the Patriots in 2016 for a sixth-round pick after starting just seven games with the Lions. New England turned him into more of a pass-rusher, and he started 45 games as a big part of two of their Super Bowl-winning teams.
Who fits a similar mold from the 2020 class?
Below are 10 recent draftees who might not have landed in the best situation given their skill sets.
QB Justin Herbert, Los Angeles Chargers
Despite all the smoke screens, it was clear the Los Angeles Chargers weren't leaving the draft without one of the top quarterbacks in this class. In fact, general manager Tom Telesco said they would have taken Tua Tagovailoa at No. 6 if the Miami Dolphins picked Justin Herbert at No. 5.
However, Herbert might not be the best fit with the Chargers.
Herbert has all the tools a franchise quarterback needs. He's got an outstanding arm and the velocity to drive the ball to the sidelines with ease. He's a great athlete, having run a 4.68-second 40-yard dash at 236 pounds and has shown the willingness to run. Herbert is also an aggressive passer, as he isn't afraid to throw downfield or into contested areas.
However, he doesn't process information quickly enough, which forces him to hold on to the ball longer than he should. That has resulted in too many fumbles (26 in 43 starts) and could be a big problem in L.A. Herbert also doesn't always handle pressure well, which comes back to the inability to read defenses quick enough.
Unfortunately, he will play behind one of the NFL's worst offensive lines. And as we have seen several times throughout league history, poor offensive line play can ruin young quarterbacks. Herbert likely would have had more success, especially early in his career, if he'd landed with a team such as the Colts or Raiders, who have established O-lines.
WR Henry Ruggs III, Las Vegas Raiders
It's easy to see why the Las Vegas Raiders picked Henry Ruggs III at No. 12. While CeeDee Lamb and Jerry Jeudy are the most complete receivers in the class, Ruggs has elite traits that are nearly impossible to find. He ran an incredible 4.27 40-yard dash at the NFL combine and posted a 42-inch vertical.
The Raiders selected Ruggs to open up the rest of their offense, ala Tyreek Hill in Kansas City. The hope is that Ruggs' speed will draw defenders away from the likes of Darren Waller and Hunter Renfrow underneath. And if he can do that, he will certainly be worth the No. 12 selection, as he could have a major impact on the offense without ever touching the ball.
But for Ruggs, the Raiders might not have been the best fit given his skill set. Derek Carr isn't an aggressive quarterback by nature and doesn't throw the ball downfield very often. That, in itself, could hurt Ruggs' production.
Also, Ruggs will likely be forced to be the team's No. 1 receiver, which could cause problems right away. Instead of ending up in a situation like Denver or Dallas where he could have been a complementary option to start his career, Ruggs will face the top cornerback from each opponent every week. That could mean his efficiency suffers and/or his targets are sporadic, depending on the matchup.
Ruggs is likely to be a valuable player for the Raiders, but there were more intriguing destinations for the former Alabama receiver.
CB A.J. Terrell, Atlanta Falcons
A.J. Terrell's selection at No. 16 by the Atlanta Falcons was one of the most surprising first-round picks. With Lamb and K'Lavon Chaisson still available, the Falcons could've taken a higher-rated player at that spot, according to most draftniks.
However, Terrell will likely be forced to play sooner than he is ready. Atlanta's cornerback depth chart is thin, as veterans Kendall Sheffield and Isaiah Oliver could open the season as the starters. Neither of those players graded inside Pro Football Focus' top 75 cornerbacks in 2019, which means Terrell will likely see the field a bunch as a rookie.
While he has the height, weight and speed (4.42 40) you want from a first-round cornerback, the 6'1", 195-pounder has a problem staying balanced, as he appears to be tight-hipped when he has to turn and find the ball.
Terrell needed to go to a team that could sit him and let him adjust to the speed of the NFL. Instead, he'll need to be Atlanta's top cornerback too soon.
Don't be surprised if Terrell's career gets off to a rocky start.