2020 NFL Draft: Recap

It’s been nearly two weeks since the 2020 NFL Draft, and we saw many things go as expected, but we also saw many surprises. I am going to recap the first round of the NFL Draft and see how my mock draft turned out and what improvements that some teams still need.

  1. Cincinnati Bengals: Joe Burrow, QB – LSU: As expected, Joe Burrow, the hometown hero who had arguably the greatest college football season ever, was taken first overall by the Bengals, and since the Bengals cut quarterback, Andy Dalton, the Burrow Era has officially begun.
  2. Washington Redskins: Chase Young, DE – Ohio State: This move by the Redskins was expected as well, with Young being arguably the best defensive player in this draft. Young will be one of the bright young defenders in the NFL.
  3. Detroit Lions: Jeffery Okudah, CB – Ohio State: While some expected the Lions to trade this pick, most expected them to pick Okudah. Okudah is another great corner from a long line of great defenders who came from Ohio State, and will bring immediate impact to this Lions defense.
  4. New York Giants: Andrew Thomas, OT – Georgia: While some expected the Giants to take an offensive tackle, this wasn’t the one most people saw going to the Giants. While Thomas was one of the more experienced tackles in this class, he still had a few things to work on when it comes to his game, but he will still be a solid tackle for the G men.
  5. Miami Dolphins: Tua Tagovailoa, QB – Alabama: Even with the durability concerns, most people expected Tua to go in the top five, specifically to the Dolphins at 5th. Tagovailoa will more than likely start for the Dolphins in the first week of the NFL season, depending on when that is, and should have a solid season.
  6. Los Angeles Chargers: Justin Herbert, QB – Oregon: Even with his inconsistencies, Herbert is a quarterback prospect that you just can’t pass on. Herbert probably won’t start right away for the Chargers, but will get his chance to find out if he is indeed the heir apparent to Philip Rivers.
  7. Carolina Panthers: Derrick Brown, DT – Auburn: Brown might be the most dominant defensive player from this class, and as expected, he went to the Panthers at 7. Brown will sure up that defensive line and will bring an immediate impact to this Panthers defense.
  8. Arizona Cardinals: Isiah Simmons, LB – Clemson: I would’ve thought Simmons would’ve gone 9th to Jacksonville, and that the Cardinals would’ve taken an offensive lineman, but they got the most versatile player in the draft, and he vastly improves this Cardinal defense. Since they took OT Josh Jones in the 3rd round, they made up for it by getting value at a position that they really needed to fill.
  9. Jacksonville Jaguars: C.J Henderson, CB – Florida: Since Isiah Simmons went a pick early, the Jags were able to get a steal in Henderson, who was arguably the fastest corner in the draft. Henderson should be a solid corner for this Jacksonville defense.
  10. Cleveland Browns: Jedrick Wills, OT – Alabama: I expected the Browns to get an offensive lineman, and they got one of the best from this class in Wills, who will start opposite of free agent acquisition Jack Conklin. 
  11. New York Jets: Mechi Becton, OT – Louisville: Most people probably wanted the Jets to take a receiver in this spot, but since the receiver class was so deep they took the offensive lineman in Becton to better protect franchise quarterback, Sam Darnold. They were able to fill their receiver need when they took Baylor receiver Denzel Mims in the bottom of the second round.
  12. Las Vegas Raiders: Henry Ruggs III, WR – Alabama: Most people weren’t expecting Ruggs to be the first receiver off the board, but when you think about it, it makes sense. The Raiders have always had a fascination with speedy wide receivers, and when you’re the fastest receiver in the class in Henry Ruggs, you’re going to get noticed by the silver and black and are expected to make an immediate impact.
  13. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Tristin Wirfs, OT – Iowa: The Buccaneers made a trade with the 49ers to jump ahead and take arguably the best lineman in this class in Wirfs. Wirfs will be the blindside blocker to new Bucs QB Tom Brady.
  14. San Francisco 49ers: Javon Kinlaw, DT – South Carolina: Some people expected the 49ers to take a receiver at this spot, but Kinlaw is another great defender in this class and will be another great piece to this defense and it was too good to pass up.
  15. Denver Broncos: Jerry Judy, WR – Alabama: I expected the Broncos to take an offensive lineman, but they decided to supply their franchise quarterback Drew Lock with another weapon to go with up-and-coming receiver Courtland Sutton. This would become a common theme for the Broncos throughout the draft, as they kept taking weapons to be better prepared for the competition in the AFC.
  16. Atlanta Falcons: A.J Terrell, CB – Clemson: Most people expected the Falcons to take a defensive player, but not Terrell, who most people thought wouldn’t go this early. Terrell should be a solid corner, and Atlanta also took DT Marlon Davidson in the 2nd round, so they got a couple of good picks. 
  17. Dallas Cowboys: Cede Lamb, WR – Oklahoma: While most people expected the Cowboys to take a defensive player, Cede Lamb, arguably the best receiver in this class, was someone that the Cowboys couldn’t pass up. Lamb is yet another weapon at the Cowboys disposal. 
  18. Miami Dolphins: Austin Jackson, OT – USC: A raw prospect, Jackson was able to shoot up draft boards even at 20 years old. They needed an offensive lineman, and they got one of the better ones in this draft. 
  19. Las Vegas Raiders: Damon Arnette, CB – Ohio State: Arnette was a guy that most people probably thought shouldn’t go that high, but Arnette is a quality defender that should play well for the Raiders.
  20. Jacksonville Jaguars: K’Lavon Chaisson, DE – LSU: Although he probably should’ve gone earlier, Chassion was an absolute steal for the Jags, and will be a great impact player for their defense.
  21. Philadelphia Eagles: Jalen Reagor, WR – TCU: Some people might have expected the Eagles to take someone on the defensive side of the ball, but they needed receiver help just as badly, which is why they drafted Reagor, who will be another key piece to this now healthy Eagles receiving core.
  22. Minnesota Vikings: Justin Jefferson, WR – LSU: Since they traded away receiver Stephon Diggs, they needed another receiver to go along with All-pro Adam Thelin, which they got in Jefferson. They were able to build defensive depth in the later rounds, but got great value with most of their picks and the Vikings will look to be in the thick of the playoff hunt once again.
  23. Los Angeles Chargers: Kenneth Murray, LB – Oklahoma: Since the Patriots always look for ways to trade out of the draft, and one of the best linebackers in this class in Murray was still on the board, the Chargers jumped at the chance to take Murray and solidify an already solid defense.
  24. New Orleans Saints: Cesar Ruiz, C – Michigan: The Saints didn’t have a lot of needs to fill because their roster is pretty solid all around. They added a great piece to the inside of their offensive line in Ruiz and made their offense even better.
  25. San Francisco 49ers: Brandon Ayiuk, WR – Arizona State: Most people thought the the 49ers would take a receiver earlier in the 1st round, but they made a trade with the Vikings, who already took a receiver in Justin Jefferson, and took a guy in Ayiuk who can be an impact player at receiver and as a returner.
  26. Green Bay Packers: Jordan Love, QB – Utah State: Instead of taking a receiver to help superstar quarterback Aaron Rodgers, they drafted someone to eventually replace Aaron Rodgers. The Packers are probably thinking that Love is more than a developmental project who will take over the reigns in a couple of years. It’s hard to question what the packers are trying to do here but I guess this means that Rodgers’ window to get another championship is closing fast.
  27. Seattle Seahawks: Jordyn Brooks, LB – Texas Tech: I don’t think a lot of people thought that Jordyn Brooks would go in the first round, but they got a solid linebacker and were able to get value at other needed positions in the later rounds.
  28. Baltimore Ravens: Patrick Queen, LB – LSU: Arguably the best linebacker in this draft, Queen was a perfect fit for the Ravens. They were also able to secure other positions later in the draft, and will be one of the favorites to reach and win the super bowl.
  29. Tennessee Titans: Isiah Wilson, OT – Georgia: Most people expected the Titans to take an offensive tackle, but Wilson was taken a little too early. Wilson might not be the guy to replace Jack Conklin, who went in free agency to the Browns, but he should be a solid starter for the Titans.
  30. Miami Dolphins: Noah Igboghene, CB – Auburn: Miami took a chance on Igbinoghene at the end of the draft. While not one of the better corners in the draft, he will be solid on the back end and on special teams as a returner.
  31. Minnesota Vikings: Jeff Gladney, CB – TCU: Gladney is another corner that should turn into a solid pick for the Vikings defense.
  32. Kansas City Chiefs: Clyde Edwards-Helaire, RB – LSU: Some people probably thought that the Chiefs would take a running back, but Edwards-Helaire wasn’t the guy people thought they would take, and not the first running back off the board. Edwards-Helaire will give the Chiefs offense another toy to play with and better solidify them as the best offense in the NFL.