This 2020 draft class is deep on both sides of the ball. Which teams will take advantage of the depth the most? Who will flounder away their draft? The 2020 draft is shaping up to be an entertaining one.
This 2020 draft class is deep on both sides of the ball. Which teams will take advantage of the depth the most? Who will flounder away their draft? The 2020 draft is shaping up to be an entertaining one. Tank for Tua, was the theme for this draft after the 2019 draft was over. As the season went on, Joe Burrow was the man everybody wanted. There are a few teams that need a quarterback. There are also a few teams trying to bridge the gap between their aging quarterbacks before they retire. I have four of them going in the 2020 1st round. How will the Dolphins handle their three picks? Can Gruden and company impress in 2020 as they did with the 2019 draft? How many running backs will go in the first round?
1. Cincinnati Bengals – Joe Burrow, QB, LSU
Ryan Finley!!! Just kidding, the Bengals need a proven winner at the helm to try and win their first playoff game in many years. Burrow had an amazing year and the Bengals would be silly to pass him up.
2. Washington Redskins – Chase Young, EDGE, Ohio St.
If not for Burrow having a truly amazing season, Ohio St’s Chase Young would have gone #1. Luckily for the Redskins, they snag him. With 16.5 sacks, 21 tackles for a loss and 7 forced fumbles, his season was amazing.
3. Detroit Lions – Jeffrey Okudah, CB, Ohio St.
The Lions need secondary help opposite of Darius Slay, whom of which, is a free agent at the end of 2021. He was hands down the best corner this season, giving him the opportunity to go to #3. I could see a possibility of Isaiah Simmons going here as well.
4. New York Giants – Jedrick Wills Jr., OT, Alabama
The Giants could go in a few different directions with this pick. In this version, they will go offensive line to help protect Daniel Jones and give lanes for Quads, err I mean Saquan. Their offensive line play was better last year but wouldn’t hurt to bolster it more.
5. Miami Dolphins – Tua Tagovailoa, QB, Alabama
Tank for Tua! Well if Tua didn’t get hurt (or Burrow’s season) he could have been gone first overall. Nonetheless, the Dolphins get their man. There are still some concerns with the hip, but Ryan Fitzpatrick is still there if he needs to sit.
6. Los Angeles Chargers – Justin Herbert, QB, Oregon
It will be weird to see Rivers not the starting quarterback next year for the ‘Bolts. However, they don’t waste time in snagging his replacement. Herbert increased his stock with the Senior Bowl and a top 10 pick.
7. Carolina Panthers – Derrick Brown, DL, Auburn
The Panthers run defense was by far the worst in the league last year. To make matters worse, all-pro linebacker Luke Kuechly retired. This leaves a huge hole up the middle. Derrick Brown can helpfully ease that pain and help that defensive line. Simmons could also be in play here.
8. Arizona Cardinals – Tristan Wirfs, OT, Iowa
The defense could also be in play, but you better protect your future. Wirfs will definitely help there. There is a long shot that they might take a running back this high with the running back situation in limbo. Will David Johnson stay and what will Kenyan Drake do in his pending free agency?
9. Jacksonville Jaguars – Isaiah Simmons, LB, Clemson
There are several spots in the top 8 that Simmons could fall too. The Jaguars win that lottery. Who knows what is going to happen with Telvin Smith, but Simmons will help fill that void.
10. Cleveland Browns – Mekhi Becton, OT, Louisville
11. New York Jets – Andrew Thomas, OT, Georgia
The Jets could use more help along the offensive line to protect Sam Darnold and get running lanes for Le’Veon Bell. Don’t let Darnold waste away with a less than average line.
12. Oakland Raiders – CeeDee Lamb, WR, Oklahoma
Well, the Antonio Brown experiment didn’t work out as anybody had planned (well except the Steelers who got something out of the deal). The Raiders lucked out and got the best wide receiver in the class. Lamb doesn’t have great straight-line speed, but he is a solid playmaker for the Raiders to select in the 2020 1st round.
13. Indianapolis Colts – Jerry Jeudy, WR, Alabama
The top two wide receivers in the class going back-to-back. Whoever is throwing the ball in Indy will benefit greatly with the addition of Jeudy. T.Y. Hilton was oft-injured, and Parris Campbell didn’t have the year some expected.
14. Tampa Bay Buccaneers – Javon Kinlaw, DL, South Carolina
Ndamukong Suh and Jason Pierre-Paul are set to hit free agency this year and give the Bucs a huge hit on the defensive line. The quarterback could also be another spot that will come up this offseason before the draft
15. Denver Broncos – Henry Ruggs III, WR, Alabama
Have the Broncos finally found their quarterback of the future? On to the next position. The offensive line could still be addressed, but with Ruggs still on the board, they will wait til round two. Courtland Sutton took a big leap last year and with no Emmanuel Sanders, the Broncos could use another playmaker for Drew Lock.
16. Atlanta Falcons – A.J. Epenesa, EDGE, Iowa
Vic Beasley is hitting the open market and the Falcons will have a glaring hole on the defense. The EDGE from Iowa had another solid year racking up 11.5 sacks, 14 tackles for loss and 4 forced fumbles.
17. Dallas Cowboys – Grant Delpit, S, LSU
While Delpit’s tackling is somewhat to be desired, the Cowboys like flashy and that’s what Delpit is. The Cowboys need secondary help and he can provide that. His junior year wasn’t as good as his sophomore year but shows you he has the ceiling to succeed. I could see the Cowboys taking Xavier McKinney here as well.
18. Miami Dolphins – K’Lavon Chaisson, EDGE, LSU
Another piece of that championship LSU defense, Chaisson really blossomed his redshirt sophomore year. He finished the year with 60 tackles, 13.5 for a loss and 6.5 sacks. He will help that Dolphins defense that lacked playmakers.
19. Oakland Raiders – Kristian Fulton, CB, LSU
The Raiders addressed their wide receiver issue with their first pick. This pick they need to address the secondary. They gave up big play after big play. A lockdown corner is what they need. Fulton has 14 pass deflection last year for LSU.
20. Jacksonville Jaguars – Xavier McKinney, S, Alabama
Another guy falling to the Jags defense. Since the lost Jalen Ramsey, the defense hasn’t been the same. McKinney is a do it all defender and can help anywhere on the field. He finished 2019 with 95 tackles and three sacks.
21. Philadelphia Eagles – Laviska Shenault Jr., WR, Colorado
For having less than satisfactory wide receivers all year, Carson Wentz had a decent year. The Eagles could use another receiver that can bounce all over the field and make plays. Shenault’s junior year couldn’t match his shortened sophomore season, but it shows the ceiling is there to do it again.
22. Buffalo Bills – Yetur Gross-Matos, EDGE, Penn St.
One of the surprise teams this year, the Bills started out hot but fizzled off in the playoffs. The defense was solid last year, however, losing two key pieces in Lorenzo Alexander and Shaq Lawson entering free agency will hurt. Over the past two seasons, Gross-Matos ended with 34.5 tackles for loss and 17 sacks.
23. New England Patriots – Jordan Love, QB, Utah St.
A curious situation for the Patriots. Do they believe in Jarrett Stidham? Will Tom Brady comeback? If he does, how long will he stay? They need, and should, grab a quarterback while they can. Love was talked about at one point as a top-two quarterback in this class. His junior year hurt his stock a bit but still turns out to be a 2020 1st round pick.
24. New Orleans Saints – Justin Jefferson, WR, LSU
The Saints are kind of in the same situation as the aforementioned Patriots. Who will be the quarterback next year? Brees? Hill? Bridgewater? I think Brees will come back for one more year, but with another weapon besides Michael Thomas and Alvin Kamara. Jefferson, will stay close and rock out with the Saints. I like Tee Higgins better, but Jefferson will be the pick.
25. Minnesota Vikings – C.J. Henderson, CB, Florida
When I look at his name, it just yells Vikings cornerback. They have a great defense, but the cornerback play is left to be desired. Henderson reminds me a bit of Greedy Williams. If he can work on his tackling, he can be a top corner in the league.
26. Miami Dolphins – D’Andre Swift, RB, Georgia
The Dolphins filled their quarterback slot and added defensive help with their first two picks in the 2020 1st round. Time to add a playmaker. Swift is an excellent pass-catchers out of the backfield, which gives Tua or Fitzpatrick a safety net. Add some excitement to Miami.
27. Seattle Seahawks – Cesar Ruiz, C/G, Michigan
Boring pick, but a smart one. The Seahawks need front line help to protect Russell Wilson. If they want to prolong his career, they better help him by grabbing offensive line help in the 2020 1st round.
28. Baltimore Ravens – Patrick Queen, LB, LSU
The Ravens got ran over in their playoff upset against the Titans. They could use more help in their front seven. With Matt Judon due for a new contract, could Queen fill the role?
29. Tennessee Titans – Zack Baun, EDGE, Wisconsin
The Titans surprised almost all of us in getting to the AFC Championship game only to bow out against the eventual champs. They could use help on the EDGE and Baun fills that void. Cameron Wake is 38 yrs old and not getting any younger. Baun finished his senior year with 12.5 sacks and 19.5 tackles for a loss.
30. Green Bay Packers – Jalen Reagor, WR, TCU
If the Packers and Rodgers want to make another run before he hangs it up, then they need to get another playmaker on the offense. Jalen Reagor’s junior season was a big disappointment compared to his sophomore season. Reagor can stretch the field for big plays or open it up for Adams.
31. San Francisco 49ers – Jeff Gladney, CB, TCU
Oh, so close, but so far. The 49ers defense was good last season and Nick Bosa was apart of that. They still could use secondary help with Richard Sherman getting up there in age. A wide receiver opposite of Deebo Samuel wouldn’t hurt either in the 1st round.
32. Kansas City Chiefs – Kenneth Murray, LB, Oklahoma
The Chiefs don’t really have a glaring need but upgrading that defense could help. Kenneth Murray has an amazing sophomore season with a whopping 155 tackles, 12.5 tackles for a loss and 4.5 sacks on top of that.
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