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SportsPulse: After all the deliberation and speculation, Joe Burrow is now a Cincinnati Bengals. We detail his strengths and weaknesses and the type of prospect the Bengals are getting.

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Note: With the 2020 NFL draft continuing on Friday, USA TODAY Sports is breaking from its traditional “day without sports” format to put the spotlight on the proceedings.

Stardom will be expected from Joe Burrow, Chase Young and the top picks of the 2020 NFL draft. The Bengals, for example, will invest millions of dollars and the ultimate draft capital — round one, pick one — in the former LSU quarterback and Heisman Trophy winner; they’re expecting some degree of greatness in return.

The expectations begin to fall as the draft moves into the second round. Then again, last season’s leading rusher (Derrick Henry) and leading receiver (Michael Thomas) were second-round picks. Four players taken in the second round of the 2018 draft have already reached the Pro Bowl. Here are five college stars set to be drafted Friday night with the chance to follow in those footsteps:

Wisconsin RB Jonathan Taylor

Other running backs could fill this space – Georgia’s D’Andre Swift, Ohio State’s J.K. Dobbins are still on the board at a position that has been largely devalued on draft day, though LSU’s Clyde Edwards-Helaire squeezed into the last pick of the first round. Let’s go with Taylor based on his track record at breaking tackles and churning out yards after contact for a program known for developing backfield talent. Taylor would’ve broken the Bowl Subdivision’s career rushing record with room to spare had he opted to return for his final season.

Clemson WR Tee Higgins

In another year, a prospect with Higgins’ frame (6-foot-4, 216 pounds) and college numbers at a top-tier program would be destined for the first round. The overall depth at receiver in this year’s class contributed to Higgins still being on the board heading into Friday, though NFL teams might be putting heavy stock into how his numbers dipped during games against Ohio State and LSU in the College Football Playoff. No program in the country does a better job than Clemson at developing receiver talent.

Minnesota S Antoine Winfield Jr.

Winfield has the bloodlines — his father, was a 14-year NFL cornerback and three-time Pro Bowl selection — and production that matches or exceeds that of any defensive back in the draft. Whether stepping up to stop the run or in coverage, where he pulled down seven interceptions in 2019, Winfield simply made plays for a Minnesota team that far outperformed preseason projections. He’d be a major asset for any NFL defense. So why the second round? Height undoubtedly played a role in his draft slot: Winfield comes in at 5-foot-9, undersized for the modern defensive back, though he packs a sturdy 200 pounds on his frame.

Boise State OT Ezra Cleveland

After Thursday’s run on offensive linemen, Cleveland stands as the top-rated tackle still available heading into the second round. Like many Boise State linemen, Cleveland arrived on campus with athleticism and a good frame but little recruiting hype. (Few teams anywhere do a better job than Boise at identifying hidden gems on both lines.) Four years later, he’s one of the most decorated linemen in recent program history and a candidate to play meaningful snaps as a rookie.

LSU S Grant Delpit

He’s one of two SEC safeties still up for grabs on Friday, joining Alabama’s Xavier McKinney. A starter from early in his freshman season, Delpit was the vocal leader of an LSU defense that spent 2019 overshadowed by Burrow and the offense but deserved more credit during the Tigers’ title run. Delpit was very good against the pass as a junior but wasn’t as consistent a tackler, though he has the size and mentality to be an asset in run support.

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Three second-round picks in a 14-pick span of the 1994 NFL draft would make the Hall of Fame: wide receiver Isaac Bruce (Rams, 33rd overall), center Kevin Mawae (Seahawks, 36th) and offensive guard Larry Allen (Cowboys, 46th). Allen’s selection is remarkable for the fact that his college program, Sonoma State, no longer exists. As a rookie, Allen gave a defender a running start on an interception return and still chased him down, leading Dan Dierdorf to fall in love on the spot. He bench-pressed 700 pounds (at least once). He pretty much dominated every defensive lineman in the NFL for a generation. Not bad for a second rounder!

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