2020 NFL Draft
Team Reviews/Grades

1 Arizona Cardinals
With a stacked offensive arsenal, fortified by a just-okay offensive line, GM Steve Kiem went to work adding defensive pieces.
  • LB Isaiah Simmons (1-8) - the team really couldn't pass on the transformative freak hybrid that is Isaiah Simmons. Running 4.39 at 240 lbs just isn't normal, Simmons NFL-comp is, well ... there are none.
  • OT Josh Jones (3-72) - we're not surewhat prompted Josh to slip to the 3rd round, Drafttek rarely mocked him worst than #20. PFF has him as the #14 overall. This a massive value pick, but I'm wary.
  • NT Leki Fotu (4-114) - Fotu will rotate into the IDL as a rookie and develop into a bulwark starter by year 3 as nose tackles are wont to do.
  • DL3T Rashard Lawrence (4-134) - Like Fotu, an at-par pick who will be ready to take over when Corey Peters and Jonathan Bullard hit the FA streets in 2021.
  • ILB Evan Weaver (6-202) - a modest value pick (+22 to Drafttek's Big Board) is slow (4.73), but Weaver can just flat-out play. He lead college football in tackles with 14.0 per game!
  • RB Eno Benjamin (7-222) - a bell-cow at ASU with 553 carries in the past two season, he may be too "unexceptional" to make an impact in the NFL.
The Cards have set themselves up to be competitive in the tough NFC-West not just for the future, but 2020 as well! The team got a star playmaker, filled needs, and didn't waste picks.

Grade: A
2 Atlanta Falcons
It's pretty clear that Atlanta employs a "needs" based draft strategy, and this year was especially emblematic of that approach. They filled many of their most glaring needs at edge rusher, tight end and running back before the draft began, leaving them free to focus on a select few areas of need.

Having cut their long time CB1, Desmond Trufant, they circled in on A.J. Terrell as their target player. While many outlets had him ranked lower, it was pretty clear that NFL teams had higher grades on this year's CB crop, as six went in the first round, tying with the better-regarded Offensive Tackle and Wide Receiver position group for most taken. Terrell seemed like a reach when they made the pick, but the rest of the first round showed that it was not.

Before drafting Marlon Davidson, there were only four defensive tackles on the roster to add interior pressure. Atlanta's only offensive pick came in the third, when they added Matt Hennessy to solidify Left Guard and eventually take over at Center for Alex Mack. They needed a SAM linebacker, and look to have added one in Mykal Walker, who looks a lot like Devondre Campbell when he came to Atlanta. With the injuries to Keanu Neal, they needed another box Safety, and they took big-hitting Jaylinn Hawkins.

All three defenders taken after Thursday night are Men of Bad Intentions, and the "soft label" that has plagued Atlanta's defense looks to have been a primary consideration in picking players. Davidson basically said his favorite part of the game was committing felonious assault and not getting arrested for it. Atlanta absolutely needed some of that attitude. Even their seventh round pick on a new punter, Sterling Hofrichter, was spent on a guy who likes to drop the hammer (this makes him a logical successor to Matt Bosher). Atlanta will still need to find a return man, but otherwise this roster looks fairly well set.

Draft grades? Overall talent added: B. Filling needs with very little draft capital: A.
3 Baltimore Ravens
Up and down the draft roster, the Ravens selected "name" players with big-game from major conferences, filling needs along the way.
  • LB Patrick Queen (1-28) - GM Eric DeCosta replaces Patrick Onwuasor with arguably the draft's top LB prospect
  • RB J.K. Dobbins (2-55) - a bell-cow back whose built like a fireplug and can wear down defenses. In 2019, he was one of just three 2,000-yard rushers in the FBS, going 301-2003-6.7 ypc-21TD, adding 24 catches. He'll pair with Mark Ingram to form an indimidating tandem.
  • DL Justin Madabuike (3-71) - an undersized DL, but one who is perfect for the Ravens' penchant for blitzing - Madabuike relies on speed and quickness and is know to be an excellent gap-shooter. We periodically mocked Madabuike to the Ravens in RD2, though most of the time he was already off the board. Great value!
  • WR Devin Duvernay - The Ravens draft Kyler Murray's cousin! Duvernay was 3rd in the nation in receptions (106) behind Justin Jefferson and James Proche (see below!). He's a 4.39 speedster with great YAC.
  • LB Malik Harrison (3-98) - another huge value pick (+49 per versus our Big Board), DeCosta just couldn't pass up the opportunity to add another starter-quality LB.
  • OG Tyre Phillips (3-106) - You can't fill Marshall Yanda's shoes (at least not right away), but Phillips projects to Guard, but has 35" arms and can move out to Tackle in the NFL --where he played at MSU.
  • OG Ben Bredeson (4-143). Bredeson will provide competition for Phillips at OG, or excellent quality depth.
  • DT Broderick Washington (5-170) - an undersized DT (for now) will be a rotational piece for the Ravens. Known for durability and tireless work ethic.
  • WR James Proche (6-122) - another massive value add (+55). Proche led the nation in receptions with 111, though he projects to a #3 or #4 option for Lamar Jackson.
  • S Geno Stone (7-219) - a smart, diagnostic player with average athletic ability, Stone's 91.3 PFF coverage grade was tops in the Power-5, and could be a real steal.

The Ravens flat-out killed it this year, beefing op the defensive front-7 and the interior OL while adding playmakers to the offense.

Grade: A++
4 Buffalo Bills
How did the Bills do?
  • Edge...Beane eschewed the smaller versions of edge rushers (ex: Anae), as well as solutions that were inexperienced or not team-first guys (ex: Chaisson). Epenesa is the exact opposite. He's huge, humble, hungry, and eager to prove that 31 teams made a mistake in RD1. (+31 Value)
  • Complement to Singletary....Zack Moss's comp is Frank Gore. Same body type, but also the same humility and team-first outlook. This thunder-and-lightning package offers the bang and bounce behind Josh Allen that will cause nightmares for defensive coordinators. (+2 Value)
  • Red Zone, Big WR-- Shenault would have ably filled the role played by Isaiah McKenzie for jet motions, sweeps, shovel passes, and quick targets. But Diggs is shiftier and separates better. The draft needed to produce height and hands to reach the end zone more often. RD4's Gabriel Davis (6-2, 216) specializes in high-pointing and pass-catch acrobatics, and RD6's Isaiah Hodgins (6-4) shows up for fades and corner routes. Both rookie wideouts will help Josh improve his "accuracy problem", and their 43 combined touchdowns will prevent us winning games 7-6. (+13 and +41 Value).
  • Young Gun...Make no mistake; this is Josh's team. He's moved from rookie to comfortable to confident, even heading toward brash, Jim Kelly-like swagger. Beane didn't mean to draft a QB this year, but when Jake Fromm was there in RD5 at +129 Value, you take him. He'll compete with Barkley and Webb for backup, and he's perfect. Fromm's accuracy vs the SEC teams was #2 in the draft class, and #1 went #1 overall. (+129 Value).
  • CB...Tre Dey may get his payday. Levi Wallace may be great. Josh Norman is among the eight oldest, and EJ Gaines is an injury risk. The Bills didn't draft a CB early, showing trust in Levi and a faith they'll get a deal with White. Dane Jackson was my favorite Day 3 corner. (+22 Value).
  • Kickers...Bass kicked a 50-yard FG from standing position, and has kicked a 71-yarder. Kickers are a dime a dozen. Not sure I'd have invested a pick on one, especially one that wasn't on our Big Board. Trusting Beane on this one, and I don't trust Hauscka or Vedvik. Our GM is usually right, but he gets an incomplete for this pick.(-78 Reach).
In summary, Beane and his scouting staff have hit back-to-back home runs, no easy feat when 31 competitors are vying for the same players. They did it with patience, practicality, experience, courage, and smarts. Thank you for your readership, BillsMafia!

Grade: A

- Dean Kindig, Bills Analyst
5 Carolina Panthers
The Carolina Panthers entered the 2020 NFL draft with 1 goal in mind, FIX THE DEFENSE! They did exactly that by spending all 7 pics on the defensive. The Panthers draft class is as follows:
  • DT Derrick Brown - Stopping the run was a GIGANTIC problem in 2019, so they decided to remedy this by drafting a GIGANTIC run-stuffing DT with the violent hands!
  • EDGE Yetur Gross-Matos - A long-armed, powerful edge-rusher with the physical traits and productive stats to boot. His upside is enormous!
  • S Jeremy Chinn - A big, fast, small school safety prospect with great play awareness and position versatility. Basically, Isaiah Simmons light.
  • CB Troy pride Jr. - A highly athletic CB who has only given up 5 catches of 25+ yards in his career at Notre Dame. He was targeted 175 times. We'll take it!
  • S Kenny Robinson - The first player (and apparently the last) to be drafted from the XFL. A hard-hitting safety with a nose for the football.
  • DL Bravvion Roy - A DT prospect from Baylor with familiarity with DC's Phil Snow's system. A depth piece along the defensive line.
  • CB Stanley Thomas-Oliver III - Thomas-Oliver III switched from wide receiver to corner in 2018 and earned 2nd Team All-Conference USA in 2019. Another one of those "position versatile" players Matt Rhule so covets.
I originally thought the Panthers could be tanking in 2020. Now it appears we're trying to crash the NFC South's offense party with bad intentions. I like it. I like it a LOT!

Grade: A

Check out the C3 Carolina Cat Chronicles podcast Tuesday nights at 9 PM to hear us discuss all the latest in Panther Nation!- Cody Lachney, Panthers Analyst
6 Chicago Bears
With limited draft capital due to prior trades, the Bears plucked a couple of likely contributors up top and embarked on a few projects in the later rounds.
  • The first of two second rounders was TE Cole Kmet of Notre Dame (2-43), a solid route runner and receiver who could pair with aging Jimmy Graham this year, then provide a long-term security blanket for whichever Bears QB takes over.
  • CB Jaylon Johnson of Utah (2-50) was graded as a first-rounder until a shoulder injury hampered his 2019 season. Long and combative, he could be a steal if fully recovered come game time.
  • OLB Trevis Gipson, Tulsa (5-155) is a physical marvel who could develop into a pass-rushing steal. He had eight sacks last year and was a 39-pick value on the DraftTek board.
  • CB Kindle Vildor, Georgia Southern (5-163) figures to play on special teams as he works into the CB rotation
  • WR Darnell Mooney, Tulane (5-173) is a slot receiver prospect with sub-4.4 speed, something the Bears could certainly stand to add to the mix.
  • 7th round O-Linemen Arlington Hambright, Colorado (7-226) and Lachavious Simmons, Tennessee State (7-227) are developmental projects instead of the plug-and-play contributors the Bears needed.

    Whistling past the O Line could be the downfall of this group, though the two second-rounders look like contributors. Grade: B-

    --Jud Branam, Bears Analyst
7 Cincinnati Bengals
While January and February provided a bit of suspense when it came to the idea of QB Joe Burrow actually landing in Cincinnati, it's hardly a surprise that the former Heisman-winning, record-breaking, national champion QB from LSU was the first-overall pick. Grade: A.

Landing Burrow delivers a win for the franchise regardless of day two or three of the Draft, but how did the Bengals do rounds 2-7?

The selection of WR Tee Higgins is a bit of a risk, as his route-running and ability to uncover at the NFL level is in question, but if he can prove to run a route-tree at even a mediocre level, Higgins should be a red-zone stud in the NFL. Grade: B.

Two of my favorite picks from any team in the entire draft were LBs Logan Wilson Grade: A and Akeem Davis-Gaither Grade: A+. Both should start as three-down LBs on day-one and be instrumental contributors on special teams as well.
,br>I don't think any of the team's remaining picks will start in the near future, but nevertheless, Cincy added even more depth to a previously depleted roster on Saturday. Between Free Agency and the NFL Draft, the Bengals got significantly better, and for the first time in three years of writing about this franchise, I can say the arrow is pointing up.

Overall Grade: A

- Kennedy Paynter, Draft Analyst (@Kennedy_Paynter on Twitter)
8 Cleveland Browns
There were mock drafts that we did back in March, where I had Jedrick Wills and Grant Delpit being the top two selections for Cleveland, and that turned out to be the case. Some may have concerns about Wills' ability to play on the blindside, but with the amount of play-action Cleveland is expected to run, I think he will hold up just fine. Wills also adds to the narrative that the Browns are going to push to have the best rushing attack in football.

Delpit slid out of the first round for obvious reasons. He's an undisciplined tackler that lunges and fails to wrap up far too often, and his pursuit angles were off once he moved further away from the line of scrimmage in 2019. Still, those are teachable areas of improvement, and you can't teach the fact that none of the top safeties in this class have better range or ability in coverage.

DL Jordan Elliott is a great pickup because he needs time to develop, and the Browns can be patient with him. Both Sheldon Richardson and Larry Ogunjobi are versatile enough to play the under-tackle position, but long-term, Elliott has Geno Atkins-like upside.

Jacob Phillips is a linebacker who is solid across the board, but may not have one trait that sets him apart. He will likely take the same path as Joe Schobert, who had a similar skillset and started as a versatile backup before latching on to a starting role.

TE Harrison Bryant was a terrific value on day three and could have an instant impact considering we are going to see a lot of sets with multiple tight ends under Mike Stefanski.

Center Nick Harris also fits Stefanski's scheme well and should provide quality depth behind J.C. Tretter.

WR Donovan Peoples-Jones drop shocked me, but there is likely more to the story than just his talent. I consistently had his name on my list of top options for Cleveland because he provides the size and play-strength the Browns lack at the position. If he can play up to his potential in Cleveland, Peoples-Jones can be a day-one contributor that turns out to be one of the biggest steals in this draft.
Grade: A-

~Austin Smith, DraftTek Senior Analyst
9 Dallas Cowboys
"Don't reach . . . trust your board!" That logic permeates every NFL Front Office; however, the NFL Draft isn't always about logic. The debate is always about Need vs. BPA. The dirty little secret is that NFL teams REALLY want to accomplish both, but it's "a hard row to hoe" because you really have no idea what the other 31 teams will do.

Dallas stayed true to that logic in the 2020 NFL Draft, starting as early as RD1. Despite obvious needs on the defensive side of the ball, when a Top Ten talent drops to #17, you pounce! WR CeeDee Lamb (Value +8) was selected over K'Lavon Chaisson. (Note: Even though Lamb was #6 on the Dallas Board, Values will be based on the Drafttek Board). Good fortune was shining over Cuzzin Jerruh's Yacht when CB Trevon Diggs (a RD1 consideration) dropped to #51 . . . Need intersected BPA (Value +29)! Ditto my RD2 statement for RD3 #82 in the person of DT Neville Gallimore, who was in consideration for #51 (Value +39).

Day 3 of the Draft illustrated a return to Need. RD4 #123 selection CB Reggie Robinson II fulfills a dual need: anticipated DB UFA losses in 2021 plus ST abilities (Robinson played every ST at Tulsa). Dallas then traded back into the end of RD4 (#146) for OC Tyler Biadasz, who they hope will develop as well as their last Wisconsin OC, recently retired Travis Frederick. Need and Value intersected yet again (Value +46). The end of RD5 #179 was another Need = Value in EDGE Bradlee Anae (Value +68). RD7 #231 was a "Keep Away" pick from New England, who wanted to sign QB Ben DiNucci as an UDFA.

Some interesting names in the list of the 14 signed UDFA's (after all, talent acquisition is a 24/7/365 process). A breakdown shows 3 WR, 2 LB, 2 DE, 2 RB, 2 TE, 1 DT, 1 OT, and 1 S . . . and those of you concerned about the Safety position, a recent quote from HC Mike McCarthy shows thinking that a current veteran CB may be a solution for the position.


Long Ball, Cowboys Analyst
10 Denver Broncos
It was the right choice to go with Jeudy over CeeDee Lamb considering the way his big-play ability and crisp route-running compliment Courtland Sutton. When the Broncos doubled-down on receiver at 46, I was initially surprised. Still, I quickly became fond of the selection, considering how dangerous Jeudy was moving all over the formation at Alabama. With K.J. Hamler as the more traditional slot receiver, the Broncos can make the most of Jeudy's versatility. Meanwhile, Hamler is lightning quick and can turn quick throws into big chunks of yardage.

Also, it helps that that player I wanted them to take at 46 was Lloyd Cushenberry. How in the world he fell to the third round, I'll never know? He is tailor-made for this offense as a pivot with excellent mobility.

CB Michael Ojemudia is a bit more of a project. Still, the Broncos have the luxury of being patient with him, considering they have veteran options like A.J. Bouye and Bryce Callahan in the fold. Ojemudia does fit what Vic Fangio likes with his size and make-up speed that makes him capable of succeeding in a variety of coverages.

DL McTelvin Agim is another talented yet technically-raw prospect that will need time to develop. However, the potential is there for him to become a starter early in his career as well.

TE Okwuegbunam was a steal and should have Drew Lock thrilled to have his former-Missouri Tiger back in the huddle with him. He was rarely used properly during his time at Missouri and should thrive in an offense where he can Noah Fant are featured together.

The selection of OG Netane Muti was a swing for the fence in the sixth round. His injury history was obviously too much for teams to ignore, as he had the skills to be the first guard drafted in this class. If he can stay healthy, it just pads what I believe was one of the top five draft classes this year. Tyre Cleveland and Derrek Tuszka can both push to make this roster, but it will likely be a result of their ability to help on special teams.
Grade: A

~Austin Smith, DraftTek Senior Analyst
11 Detroit Lions
I'm not quite sure who needed this draft more, Bob Quinn or Detroit Lions' fans. On one end you have Quinn, who needed a home run draft as a form of leverage if he were to remain the Lions' GM at the end of this upcoming season (playoff contention pending) while on the other, you have the fans who needed to find some faith in this regime in the worst of ways.

Let's get into it:
  • CB Jeffrey Okudah (1-3) - Unfortunately for Detroit, they could not find a suitable trading partner to move down and amass more draft capital to still take Okudah a little lower in the order. It's a nitpick, but we can't ream Quinn over the coals for the way it worked out, Detroit still got a special player. Okudah should immediately step in as the CB2 to Desmond Trufant and help the Lions defense actually get to the QB this season with lockdown man-to-man defense.
  • RB D'Andre Swift (2-35) - I was a tad critical of this selection as I personally felt a legitimate pass rusher would have been the route to take, but again, we can't rip Quinn here for this one. Swift should immediately step in and compete for the RB1 job with Kerryon Johnson and from just the highlight reels on this cat, his vision and anticipation are amazing. This may actually be the best pick of the Lions draft.
  • Julian Okwara (3-67) - The brother of Romeo Okwara, Julian will unite with his brother on the d-line with one mission, get to the QB. Which Okwara did and did often at Notre Dame, with 8 sacks in 2018 and then 4 in 2019 before breaking his left fibula. Okwara should step in as a role player in his rookie season and with Romeo and Trey Flowers as mentors.
  • OG Jonah Jackson (3-75) - Moving up to select Jonah Jackson from Ohio State seemed like a dart throw. Knowing what the Lions have on o-line (other than the known starters) Joe Dahl, Oday Aboushi and Kenny Wiggins, the selection filled a definite need and they'll hope that Jackson comes into camp ready to compete. If he earns the job, great. If not, they still have veteran presence on the o-line.
  • OG Logan Stenberg (4-121) - Back-to-back Guards on the surface seems odd, but looking closer, it does make a little more sense considering that both Jackson and Stenberg both have commonalities yet differ in their skillset as linemen. Being "tough, nasty" and versatile are commonalities that Quinn loves, which Jackson and Stenberg both have. However, Stenberg provides more of a run-blocking, road-grater mentality as Kentucky utilized a run-heavy offense. I would have liked to see Detroit build on the Okwara selection in the 3rd Round to address pass rush, but these selections seem like dart throws to see which o-linemen sticks.
  • WR Quintez Cephus (5-166) - The big-body receiver from Wisconsin is not a speed demon by any stretch of the imagination, but the dude can go up and get it. Cephus's "wide catch radius" and "strong hands" are what separated him from other receivers per Bob Quinn. He should be a contributor in certain situations for Detroit.
  • RB Jason Huntley (5-172) - New Mexico State's Jason Huntley is a player among fans here in Detroit that is getting a lot of post-draft buzz. His speed and ability to accelerate is something that is making Lions' fans drool. How the 5'9" back fits into the offense is up to Darrell Bevell at the end of the day, but scouts are comparing him to J.D. McKissic, which as we know, was effective with Bevell in Seattle and his limited time in Detroit. I'm excited to see what this young dude's got!
  • DT John Penisini (6-197) - The Lions address the defensive line with Utah's Penisini. A player that labels himself as the, "most slept on player on the draft" sounds like he has something to prove. I like that. Penisini played an integral role on the Utes' defense holding opponents to a conference best 81.8 yards rushing per game. Penisini should compete for a backup role.
  • DT Jashon Cornell (7-235) - The Lions don't seem to be Wolverine fans after this draft as Cornell makes three Buckeyes drafted by them. Cornell, at one time, was considered the #1 player in the country coming out of high school, but hadn't started at OSU until his Junior season. It's apparent he has the talent, being able to stick with OSU on their many Big 10 Championship and CFB Playoff runs, but he will have to put it all together in order to make the squad.

    Overall, it was a good draft, a better draft, for Bob Quinn and the Lions. I personally love the first three selections of Okudah, Swift, and Okwara and have hopes that both (but realistically) one, of the two guards find some staying power. The Lions' top three selections should make an immediate impact for the 2020 team in their push for playoff contention in a win-now season.

    Grade: B+

    - Doug Hyde, Lions Analyst
12 Green Bay Packers
The Packers had needs at WR, OT, DL, and ILB. GM Brian Gutekunst didn't address any of those positions until RD5. Somewhat inexplicably, GB failed to add a single WR in what had been touted as a talented and deep class.
  • QB Jordan Love (1-26) - The Packers stole the headlines Thursday night, but only time will tell whether Love will be a steal in this Draft. Even if Love sits for 2-3 years, he'd be a great value if he can develop into an above-average starting QB.
  • RB A.J. Dillon (2-62) - Dillon is a -56 reach on our board. While he appears poised to take on a significant role in a run-heavy offense, Dillon is a one-dimensional back with a lot of wear on the tires.
  • TE Josiah Deguara (3-94) - Deguara is a -51 reach on our board. He's undersized as a TE and appears destined for a role as a RB/H-Back.
  • ILB Kamal Martin (5-175) - Martin is a -83 reach on our board. A limited athlete that processes a tick slow, most experts had Martin ranked as a priority UDFA.
  • OG Jon Runyan (6-192) - Runyan is a +26 value on our board. He's a good athlete with a 8.46 RAS. Runyan was an OT at Michigan, but he has starting level traits with a transition to OG.
  • OC Jake Hanson (6-208) - Hanson is a +76 value on our board. He's a limited athlete but was a four-year starter at Oregon. Could get a chance to start in 2021 if the Packers don't extend Corey Linsley.
  • OG Simon Stepaniak (6-209) - Stepaniak is a -94 reach on our board. Stepaniak is strong and nasty, but he's the third prospect in a row that projects to IOL.
  • S Vernon Scott (7-236) - Scott is a -49 reach on our board. He's likely limited to a special teams role early, but he could eventually carve out a role with S/slot versatility.
  • EDGE Jonathan Garvin (7-242) - Garvin is a +26 value on our board. Garvin has an 8.98 RAS and could provide some pass rush depth after a career with 12.5 sacks and 29 TFL.
Ultimately, the Packers appear to have neglected need while failing to find value through much of the Draft.

Grade: C-
13 Houston Texans
In Bill O'Brien's first year as the Texans' official GM, he ended up with a draft that was clearly aimed towards addressing Houston's holes on defense. The Texans' draft class is as follows:
  • DL Ross Blacklock (2-40)- A versatile DT prospect who primarily played at Shade or over the Center. He is the type of athlete who will likely transition nicely to 3 tech.
  • EDGE Jonathan Greenard (3-90)- And edge-rusher with the prototypical size and strength to play the position. Needs to develop better pass rush maneuvers, but solid upside.
  • OT Charlie Heck (4-126) - Charlie impressed scouts a lot at this year's Senior Bowl. At 6'8", He has an incredible frame with perfect wingspan to play the position. Needs to add NFL strength.
  • CB John Reid (4-141) - A quick-footed, nickel CB with good eyes who plays aggressive.
  • WR Isaiah Coulter (5-171) - A big-bodied jump-ball WR With sneaky athletic traits for the position. He ran a 4.45 40 at the combine and does it get bullied at the line.
If I could sum up this year's Houston Texans draft class in one word it's "potential". All of these prospects are raw, but show attributes that coaches love to try and mold. None of these guys were household names in 2019, but project to be better pros than amateurs.

- Cody Lachney, Texans Analyst

Grade: C
14 Indianapolis Colts
The Indianapolis Colts, led by GM Chris Ballard (and the entire scouting department) really set up the franchise for some immediate success. Indy actually kicked-off their 2020 NFL Draft by trading away their 13th-overall pick and adding a young, athletic "impact player" in free agent DeForest Buckner. This allowed the Colts to get a solid, Pro Bowl-caliber starter (a known asset) and not having to "hope" that a 13th pick (like Javon Kinlaw, for example) turns out to be an immediate factor. Indy then had far greater flexibility to add some offensive skill prospects, particularly after signing Philip Rivers as a free agent, by then drafting Jacob Eason, it gives the Colts a chance to see if either he or Jacoby Brissett can step up as the future of the franchise once Rivers calls it a career.

Getting big-bodied, sure-handed wideout Michael Pittman to throw to --opposite of veteran T.Y. Hilton-- should help Rivers out immensely. It's really the first 1-2 punch at the WR position that the Colts have had since the Manning era. If Paris Campbell can come back from his rookie injuries to be a solid #3, and Zach Pascal improves even further on last season, the Colts have immense depth. That doesn't even count the possible emergence of 2020 6th-round choice Dezmon Patmon.

While I wasn't really enamored with the pick of RB Jonathan Taylor (I worry about his penchant for fumbling, even though he's extremely talented), I can understand the value pick at that point. A rotation of Mack, Taylor, and Jordan Wilkins (with Nyheim Hines taking on a type of Alvin Kamara role) will surely be a critically versatile element of the offensive playbook. The Colts barely missed a Top 5 team-rushing ranking last year, so time will tell if the selection of Taylor was the right move.

Defensively, Indy reinforced their depth adding versatile Julian Blackmon (S), DT Robert Windsor, CB Isaiah Rodgers, and LBer Jordan Glasgow.

Grade: B+
15 Jacksonville Jaguars
The Jaguars addressed important needs, though there was none of the bargain-poaching wow picks that has defined GM Dave Caldwell in the past:
  • CB C.J. Henderson (1-9) - A little reachy for the draft's #2 CB, but recent mocks showed that Henderson wouldn't be there at #20. Tall (6'1") and fast (4.39), Hendo begins the secondary rebuild.
  • EDGE K'Lavon Chaisson (1-20) - All the tools with tremendous upside, the redshirt sophomore is a classic boom/bust prospect. This pick no doubt will end Yannick Ngakoue's time as a Jag.
  • WR Laviska Shenault (2-42) - Shenault was top-10 in early season mocks, but plunged due to injury concerns. Highly productive at Colorado; one of the strongest and most physical WRs in the draft.
  • DT Davon Hamilton (3-73) - Caldwell waited until RD3 to address the IDL on a team which ranked 31st against the rush in 2019, and lost Marcell Dareus. Hamilton will be a rotational player as a rookie who could start down the road.
  • OT Ben Bartch (4-110) D-III mauler who may be overwhelmed at first, however Bartch acquitted himself well at Senior Bowl practices. Probably not ready for primetime as a rookie, but will gel into a solid starter.
  • CB Josiah Scott (4-137) - A small (5'9" 180 lb) pesky nickel corner, a gamer who could see playing time out of the gate.
  • LB Shaquille Quarterman (4-140) - a "throwback" LB who never missed a game in 4 years at Miami. Projected as an NFL backup due to limited athleticism, I think Quarterman will become a dependable, long-career starter.
  • S Daniel Thomas (5-157) - at 5'10", 215 lb Thomas is built like a fireplug and is best suited for a box role.
  • WR Collin Johnson (5-165) - Johnson's size (6'6", 222) served him well at Texas, but pedestrian athletic ability means that he'll have limited utilization on an NFL roster.
  • Late Round picks - we suspected the Jags would add another QB somewhere, with just Gardner Minshew and Josh Dobbs in camp, and they did so with 6'7" Oregon State Beaver Jake Luton (6-189). Caldwell also added relative unknowns (TE) Tyler Davis (6-206) and CB Chris Claybrooks (7-223) late.
The Jaguars picks are punctuated by guys who aren't quite ready for "The Show" as rookies (Chaisson, Hamilton, Bartch), indicative of a forward-looking rebuilding year.

Grade: A-
16 Kansas City Chiefs
This year, the Chiefs' RD1 pick felt like a RD2 pick. The RD2 pick, if he stayed in college another year, according to GM Brett Veach, would have been a RD1. Meanwhile, the RD3 pick, if not for injury, should also have been a RD1. Confused? Let me break it down for you; we got some high-quality players coming onboard.
  • RB Clyde Edwards-Helaire (RD1) - I'll admit to my initial skepticism. That was before I learned that Mahomes made the choice. And, it was a smart choice! LSU's pro-style offense has many similarities to KC's. "CEH" will come in system-ready. Btw, he rushed for 1,415 yds and 16 TDs with a 6.6-per-yd average during the 2019 National Championship season. Not bad!
  • LB Willie Gay Jr. (RD2) - Finally, the much-craved sideline-to-sideline coverage LB! Gay had the second-best NFL Combine performance of the LB group. Chiefs' reporter BJ Kissel said, "If Isaiah Simmons didn't exist, we'd be talking a lot more about how freaky Gay's Combine was." On the field, Gay's a takeaway machine! In seven of his final nine games at Mississippi State, he tallied 3 INTs (include a pick 6 of 52 yds), 3 fumble recoveries, and a forced fumble.
  • OT Lucas Niang (RD3) - Only 17 years old when he began college, during his 3-year start for the Hornedfrogs, Niang allowed zero sacks. That's right...ZERO! A hip injury hurt his stock.
  • S/CB L'Jarius Sneed (RD4) - Sneed adds speed and versatility to the secondary, and he is a ballhawk! Snagged 8 INTs for the LA Tech Bulldogs, returning 3 of them for TDs.
  • EDGE Mike Danna (RD5) - Chiefs added to their pipeline of Michigan and Central Michigan players with one pick. The transfer was the preferred choice of D-Line Coach Brendan Daly. ... And, just when we thought Veach finished a draft without a trade-up... He delivers one: The Chiefs gave up a 2021 RD6 pick to the Titans for ...
  • CB BoPete Keyes (RD7) - A press-man cover CB who will fit nicely in Spag's defense.
Grade: A-

~ KCBudMan, Chiefs Analyst
17 Los Angeles Chargers
Ignoring the temptation of Isaiah Simmons on the board at pick 6, the Chargers stayed their course and set some long-term new direction for the franchise.
  • The big headline was LA sticking with Justin Herbert (1-6), the cannon-armed Oregon QB who they obviously feel can grow into a long-term replacement for Philip Rivers.
  • They then dealt back up into the first to grab Linebacker Kenneth Murray (1-23), the speedy Oklahoma LB who will bring a ton of physical presence, especially in the run game.
  • The offense got a boost with UCLA battering ram RB Joshua Kelley (4-112), who should add a brute force dimension to a committee approach while catching a few passes.
  • Versatile athlete Joe Reed of West Virginia (5-151), is a top kick returner who can also play in the slot.
  • Notre Dame safety Alohi Gilman (6-186) brings character and toughness, and can play special teams while learning his craft.
  • One of the best picks was saved for last in Ohio State WR K.J. Hill (7-220), a clutch slot receiver and route running technician who checked in at a 108-slot value relative to his pre-draft ranking.
While ignoring the trenches may hurt if the injury bug returns, the Chargers filled some holes and added young offensive talent around Herbert.

Grade: B

-- Jud Branam, Chargers Analyst
18 Los Angeles Rams
The Rams were able to fill some holes with the draft picks they had at their disposal. Their need priority may not have been exactly sympatico with most of the fan base but let's take a look.
  • RB Cam Akers (2-52) - Finding Todd Gurley's replacement was the first box checked off. Akers was not well received as the Rams first pick by fans but I have little doubt that the former Seminole is the next in line of great Rams running backs.
  • WR Van Jefferson (2-57) - Staying focused on replacing offensive production, Jefferson is one of the better route runners in the draft but there may have been some better options still on the board.
  • EDGE Terrell Lewis (3-84) - A history of injuries caused Lewis to fall down draft boards but when he is at 100% he is a problem for offensive lines.
  • S Terrell Burgess (3-104) - Burgess will add depth to the secondary and can play multiple positions.
  • TE Brycen Hopkins (4-136) - Bit of a head scratcher with a full tight end room but could mean someone is on the move in the near future.
  • S Jordan Fuller (6-199) - They bring in the second safety of the class in the Tom Brady spot. What could this mean for John Johnson's future?
  • LB Clay Johnston (7-234) - A few high-profile names have shared some serious praise for Johnston. Great use of a seventh-round pick.
  • PK Sam Sloman (7-248) - A replacement for Greg the Leg who can also handle kickoff duties.
  • OG Tremayne Anchrum (7-250) - Adds depth to the interior of the OL and could be developed into a reliable backup.
A fairly average draft but or not having any top 50 picks the front office brought in some quality talent and high character guys. Two years from now a lot of these players could be on the field.

Grade: C+

- Talon Graff, Rams Analyst
19 Las Vegas Raiders
Offensive weapons, corners, and a second helping of Clemson prospects. The Raiders knew what the game plan was; they doubled down on it, and they had mixed results:
  • WR Henry Ruggs (1-12) - Speculation persisted throughout the draft process that Jon Gruden would find the consensus 3rd best WR the most intriguing because he was the undisputed fastest prospect in the draft. His game is more complete than a typical "speedster," and he's going to be called upon to be the WR1 in a resurgent offense. Ruggs' skill set makes his bust potential low, but he will be constantly compared to former teammate Jerry Jeudy, taken by the Broncos just 3 picks later.
  • CB Damon Arnette (1-19) - Ultimately the success of this draft will largely be viewed through the lens of how well Arnette does in the league. A consensus late second or third round prospect, Mayock and Gruden ran in the face of convention and seem to genuinely think they landed a stud. They need him to immediately earn a starting job and prove them right, which primarily means playing much faster than his timed 4.56. His physicality isn't in question.
  • RB Lynn Bowden (3-80) - Points for creativity. With all of the impact RBs gone by the time #80 rolled around, Mayock and Gruden blocked the Kentucky Wildcat who saved the team by lining up at QB last season, despite being a WR. With the size to play RB and the athleticism to impact the O all over the field, Bowden could be a difference-maker.
  • WR Bryan Edwards (3-81) - With many of the attibutes of a WR1, this big, physical monster is an absolute steal at #81 and perfectly complimentary to Ruggs. Derek Carr has no excuses left after 2 true WRs and a versatile back with 3 of the first 3 picks.
  • LB Tanner Muse (3-100) - The one time the Raiders were able to successfully move down, they take the Clemson product. Unquestionably, this is my least favorite pick of the draft as he projects as little more than an impact special teamer, not what you want with a 3rd rounder - especially with Davion Taylor and Akeem Davis-Gaither on the board.
  • OG John Simpson (4-109) Great value. Ready to play, and I like the pick. But, this pick makes most sense if the team moves on from Gabe Jackson.
  • CB Amik Robertson (4-139) He's only 5'8", but he'll take it to you. Some had a 2nd round grade on the fiesty LA Tech product, and it's a safe bet he'll take Joyner's job in '21 if not sooner.
The Raiders tore down the 2016 team to get to this moment, and this draft needs to be a turning point in the rebuild. Gruden and Mayock weren't afraid to go out on a limb with key picks. The draft will be judged on those moments. Without a doubt, they've set up a final judgment on Derek Carr. This is make or break.

Grade: B
20 Miami Dolphins
The Dolphins kept everyone guessing, including Tua, right up to the #5 pick as to which direction they'd go with their first pick in RD1. No trade up; no OT; no Justin Herbert. After all the speculation, the selection was what had been expected during most of the pre-draft build-up.
  • QB Tua Tagovailoa (1-5) - A beautiful risk. The risk is all around Tua's health; the beauty is in what Tua could become. This felt like the right fit from way before there was talk of tanking. It's hard to express how important this pick could be for the Dolphins, but we have hope for the first time in a long time.
  • OT Austin Jackson (1-18) - A reach for need without question, but Jackson is incredibly talented. He'll only be 21 when the season kicks off, but Miami will hope he can quickly become the starting LT. In time, Jackson could become an above average starter.
  • CB Noah Igbinoghene (1-30) - A slight head-scratcher, but Chris Grier determinedly stuck to his board. We did move down for this pick from #26 that, ultimately, saw the Packers select Jordan Love. I thought there were bigger needs and better prospects still on the board, but I could be eating my words if Igbinoghene becomes an awesome Nickel CB.
  • OT Robert Hunt (2-39) - A reach, we had Hunt at #80 on our board, but I find myself really liking the pick. For upside and versatility there may not be many better OT in this class. I can see Hunt starting at RT or RG for the Dolphins in Week one.
  • DL3T Raekwon Davis (2-56) - A reach (-14) and my least favourite pick. Davis has all the physical tools to be great, but he regressed in his last two years at Alabama and will most likely end up as a reserve for Miami's D-line
  • S Brandon Jones (3-70) - A big reach (-78) although this was a big need. Jones could eventually be the replacement for his namesake (Reshad.) I don't hate this pick, but I was higher on other Safety prospects, still on the board, when it was made.
  • OG Solomon Kindley (4-111) - We needed more big bodies and bodies don't come much bigger than Kindley's. We used 2 RD4 picks to move up to secure Kindley and he'll have the chance to push for a starting job straightaway.
  • DL5T Jason Strowbridge (5-154) - Great value (+55) and a great scheme fit. Miami's roster was missing an obvious starter, at 5-tech, next to Davon Godchaux and Christian Wilkins on the D-line.
  • EDGE Curtis Weaver (5-164) - Miami's highest value pick (+98) came late. Weaver was considered, by some, a RD1 talent and the Dolphins will hope that is the case. A project without doubt, but definitely worth the risk in RD5
  • LS Blake Ferguson (6-185) - Erm, we drafted a long snapper. I'd love to be able to provide some A1 analysis here, but.......
  • WR Malcolm Perry (7-246) - I love a RD7 luxury pick and this falls into that category. Perry is fun and could become an excellent offensive weapon in time.
Overall, I'm happy with the selections made. Early reaches and late value is the quick summary here. Using one of our RD5 picks to get Matt Breida was necessary after failing to secure one of the top rushers; it could prove to be a masterstroke.

Grade: B-

- David Payne, Dolphins Analyst
21 Minnesota Vikings
The Vikings entered the draft with 12 picks and ended up making 15. They had huge needs at WR and CB. The next priorities were OG, S, DE, OT, & DT.

The Vikings were in trade discussions with the Redskins in an effort to obtain Trent Williams but could not reach an agreement. They did a very nice job pivoting and were able to secure a top tackle in the draft.
  • 1.22: WR Justin Jefferson - The consensus #18 overall ranked player fills the immediate need at receiver after trading Diggs. He had 111 receptions for 1,540 yards and 18 touchdowns in 2019.
  • 1.31: CB Jeff Gladney - The consensus #31 overall ranked player fills the immediate need at cornerback. He has a career coverage grade (89.8) which ranks ninth among all FBS cornerbacks with at least 1,000 coverage snaps played over the past four collegiate seasons.
  • 2.58: OT Ezra Cleveland - A two-time All-Mountain West First Team selection, he started 40 consecutive games and posted a pass-block grade above 81.0.
  • 3.89: CB Cameron Dantzler - He allowed just 42.7% of passes thrown his way to be caught, for an NFL passer rating of just 43.8, and he surrendered only one touchdown during his collegiate career.
  • 4.117: DE D.J. Wonnum - A two-time team captain, he has an arm length of 34 inches on a 6-foot-5 258-pound frame. He appeared in 43 games with 30 starts and logged 137 career tackles with 14.0 sacks.
  • 4.130: DT James Lynch - Big 12 Defensive Player of the Year, led the conference with 13.5 sacks, 41 tackles (19.5 for loss), three forced fumbles, and five pass breakups in 2019.
  • 4.132: LB Troy Dye - Dye accumulated 391 total tackles, 234 solo tackles, 41.5 tackles for loss, 13 sacks, five interceptions, 14 pass deflections, and four forced fumbles. He was team captain in 6 games in 2019 and 3 games in 2018.
  • 5.169: CB Harrison Hand - Started 12 games in 2019 and had 59 tackles, three interceptions, & five pass breakup.
  • 5.176: WR K.J. Osborn - He returned 49 punts for 494 yards (11.1 avg) and 33 kickoffs for 646 yards (19.6 avg) in his career.
  • 6.203: OT Blake Brandel - Completed his career by starting 48 consecutive games and was All-Pac-12 Second Team as a senior. Highest graded pass-blocking tackle by PFF (93.1). Team captain as a senior.
  • 6.205: S Josh Metellus - Played in 47 contests during his career with 38 starts, including 37 at safety. Three-time All-Big Ten honoree.
  • 7.225: DE Kenny Willekes - A team captain as a senior in 2019 he played in 40 career games, including 38 starts. He was a two-time first-team All-Big Ten defensive end and was the 2018 Big Ten Defensive Lineman of the Year
  • 7.244: QB Nate Stanley - Started all 39 games over the past three seasons, which ranks fourth nationally among quarterbacks. Permanent Team Captain, offense, becoming the second player in Iowa program history to serve as a three-year permanent captain.
  • 7.249: S Brian Cole II - A team captain in 2019 he started 16 of 17 career games played with the Bulldogs. Finished career with 78 total tackles, including 10.5 for loss, three sacks, two interceptions, one forced fumble, and two fumble recoveries.
  • 7.253: G Kyle Hinton - Started the last 34 games making 40 appearances on the offensive line. He earned first-team All-American from d2football.com and second-team All-American honors from the American Football Coaches Association.
The Vikings really restocked the cupboards with this draft and a few of the later round picks could end up on the practice squad. It was a very good job of drafting for the most part. The one question this "analyst" has is why they waited until the penultimate pick to select a guard? Surely they had good grades on some of the other guards drafted before Pick #253. Rick Spielman said the team is very high on players already on the roster and that there will be an "open competition".

The moves in free agency and this draft smell like the team is planning on this year being a rebuild of some sort. Which makes it more confounding that they decided to extend Kirk Cousins. They are going to pay him a lot of money to sit behind a hopeful better interior line and to throw to a hopeful adequate replacement for Stephon Diggs.

But the draft itself went very well even though offensive guard was neglected.

Grade: A

- Mark P, Vikings Analyst - DrafttekVikings@Gmail.com
22 New England Patriots
The New England Patriots began the draft in typical fashion by trading down. They swung a deal with the Chargers to acquire picks 37 and 71 in exchange for 23. Given that the Patriots were without a second rounder heading into the draft due to the Mohamed Sanu trade, there was a good chance New England would prioritize trading down from 23 if an opportunity presented itself.

Once the Patriots did pick, they took the uber athletic Kyle Dugger. While he doesn't profile as an immediate contributor, the DII safety has a lot of tools to work with, and can be groomed behind McCourty and Chung before gaining more playing time. Taking Dugger as the second safety off the board is puzzling though. Later on in Day 2, Belichick traded up from 71 to get Josh Uche out of Michigan. New England figures as the best landing spot to deploy Uche, an athletic, position-less pass rusher, in a manner that caters to his strengths.

The remainder of the Patriots' draft saw many trades up the board and plenty of reaches. The team double dipped at edge when they took Anfernee Jennings, but the unathletic Alabama product didn't profile as a Day 2 prospect. The team then double dipped at tight end, but passed on more talented prospects in favor of Devin Asiasi and Dalton Keene. On Day 3 the Patriots aggressively filled their kicker need, and tapped another Michigan product, this time in a big sleeper with guard Michael Onwenu.

It's weird that in a historically loaded receiver class the Patriots passed entirely. New England has an out on Julian Edelman's contract after 2020, and Sanu is set to hit free agency in 2021. While N'Keal Harry cannot be written off after only his rookie year, he did nothing to inspire confident in 2019, especially considering Belichick's poor history of drafting receivers. The team eschewing the quarterback position may come as a surprise to some, but every vibe out of New England since Tom Brady departed has been that they are confident in, and want to move forward with, Jarrett Stidham.

Grade: C+

-Jonathan Rosenberg, Patriots Analyst
23 New Orleans Saints
While the Saints' draft didn't reach the levels of controversy that their fellow cheese-wielding NFC contender did, it was certainly an interesting weekend for New Orleans. Sean Payton and Mickey Loomis have never shied away from being aggressive in the Draft in ways that many other teams wouldn't consider, and the organization did exactly that in the 2020 NFL Draft.

  • First round selection IOL Cesar Ruiz (1-24) seems like a luxury pick for a team that already has a potent offense, but OG Larry Warford has been a weakness on their offensive line. Ruiz will start right away.

  • LB Zach Baun (3-105) was a steal in the third round, as he was considered a possible first-rounder before the draft began. Baun is a versatile LB in the Patriots' mold that can play the run and rush the passer effectively.

  • The Saints traded almost their entire third day in order to trade up and select TE Adam Trautman (3-105)at the end of the third round. While I like the player, he's a developmental TE that is being paired with an end-of-the-road QB. Not the best timing.

    The Saints did nab two day-one starters in the 2020 NFL Draft, but I think the team could've filled bigger needs and also could've used more picks to add youth to an aging roster.

    Overall Grade: B-

    -Kennedy Paynter, Draft Analyst (@Kennedy_Paynter on Twitter)
24 New York Giants
I'm impressed with the Giants for staying at home and grabbing OT Andrew Thomas. No tackle in this class is more ready to step in on day one and start on the blindside than the former-Bulldog. He changes direction better than any of the top options and has the longest arms of the bunch as well. Marc Columbo will need to polish his technique up a bit, but he's got plenty of experience doing that in Dallas, and I expect him to get the best out of Thomas.

I did not expect McKinney to fall into the second round, and by doing so, the Giants were able to grab a versatile safety that Joe Judge can move all over the defense. S Xavier McKinney was one of the surest tacklers in this class, and he can really get moving when he finds the football. There may be some limitations in coverage, but the value was too good to pass up at 36.

OT Matt Peart is a great developmental prospect. If Nate Solder sticks around, it will allow them to be patient with a player that has plenty of upside but is also a long way away from being a finished product. Still, you can't coach being nearly six feet, seven inches with a wingspan of over 86 inches.

CB Darnay Holmes has a chance to have an immediate impact as a slot corner. He is a dynamite athlete with tons of confidence, and if he were three inches taller, we'd have been talking about him as a first-round pick.

The addition of OG Shane Lemieux will add quality depth to that group and could push Will Hernandez if his issues in pass protection don't improve.

Between LB's Cam Brown and Carter Coughlin, I like the former-Gopher better in that scheme. Brown may look like an edge rusher, but he has minimal experience doing it and may be better suited inside. Coughlin was a menace in opposing backfields throughout his career, and while he may not have the desired athleticism, he can provide good depth at outside linebacker.

T.J. Brunson and Tae Crowder will provide depth as more traditional linebackers on the inside and will need to prove capable on special teams to give themselves the edge, as will Williamson.
Grade: B

~Austin Smith, DraftTek Senior Analyst
25 New York Jets
Jets fans will have learned a lot about new GM Joe Douglas, following his first draft in charge. He targeted players at obvious positions of need, wasn't afraid to make some moves, and appeared to get some great value alone the way. OT Mekhi Becton (1-11) was a pretty obvious choice at 11 and Douglas must be really happy to come out of the Draft with a new starting LT, who can hopefully develop into one of the best in the league. Trading down in RD2 and still nabbing Baylor WR Denzel Mims (2-59) was a really nice bit of work by Douglas. WR was in huge need of improvement and with choices disappearing fast, trading down and still ending up with a value pick like Mims, was a great move.

The Jets then added some versatility to the DB group by adding Cal walk-on S Ashtyn Davis (3-68). Davis can also help in the return game and may be a bit of an insurance policy, with Marcus Maye's rookie contract almost up. After that, the Jets Draft took on a Florida theme, with Pass Rusher Jabari Zuniga (3-79), RB Lamical Perine (4-120) and CB Quinton Wilson, a former RD 2 pick in 2017, acquired for a 6th Rd pick in a trade with Indy, all added to the fold. Zuniga had injury issues in his final year, but Greg Williams should be able to make the most out of Zuniga's skillset. Perine looks like a nice replacement for Bilal Powell, and should complement Bell really well.

Florida Int QB James Morgan (4-125) was a bit of a surprise pick but he had one of the strongest arms in this class, something Douglas must have found appealing. The Jets also added some O-Line depth in the form of UNC OT, and close friend to RD 1 pick Becton, Cameron Clark (4-129). They finished out the Draft by finding fantastic value in RD 5 with CB Bryce Hall (5-158), and College Punting sensation, Braden Mann (6-191) in RD 6. The success of this Draft will not be known until a few years down the line, but Jet fans have to be optimistic with the talent and potential added here.

Grade: A-

Rich Tinley, Jets Analyst.
26 Philadelphia Eagles
Before discussing the bulk of the Eagles' picks, I'll first address the issue that all Philly fans will remember this draft for: using the 53rd pick on QB Jalen Hurts. First, I'll say that I love the Eagles and I've almost always supported Howie Roseman. Also, I'm a HUGE Draft fan. Something about the strategy of the Draft and strengthening your team scratches some kind of "empire-building itch" I have. I must have dreamed up 500 different draft scenarios with how to use those picks in the first three rounds. Basically, it's like Christmas for me...and when I saw WR Denzel Mims, A.J. Epenesa, Fulton, and Grant Delpit sitting there at 53 (all players I'd mocked in RD1 at some point), and then heard the name "QB Jalen Hurts"...it was like waking up on Christmas morning as a little kid only to find that presents were cancelled for the year. For about 24 hours, I wanted Roseman fired. If any of those players go on to stardom (especially Mims), and Hurts is your standard 2nd day career backup quarterback, Roseman will never live this down.

As far as the other picks, the Eagles got Jalen Reagor in RD1. Philly saw their dream-scenario pick of CeeDee Lamb get within striking distance at pick 16, but apparently could not strike a deal with Atlanta to get him (would that Jalen Hurts pick have been enough to get the best WR in the Draft?). Reagor is a fine pick in RD1, and filled the Eagles' biggest need: outside WR with speed. If his drop issues were truly QB-related, he could dominate.

Later, the Eagles added raw but talented LB Davion Taylor, safety/slot CB K'Von Wallace (one of their best value picks), some great O-Line depth in G/T Jack Driscoll and OT Prince Tega Wanogho (a STEAL at pick 210), and then a bunch of WRs with serious speed.

Grade: C (Day 3 saved this grade)

-Broz, Eagles Analyst
27 Pittsburgh Steelers
The 2020 Steelers' draft was uncharacteristically sparse. The RD1 pick was traded away for Minkah Fitzpatrick who is coming off a Pro-Bowl season. The RD3 pick was part of the 2019 to trade up for Devin Bush. Bush Himself was a Pro-Bowl alternate this year, so both trades, although significant in terms of draft capital, are looking like swinging successes. With a reduced slate of picks, the Steelers continued swinging for the fences.

In RD2, the team picked a tall, fast wide receiver from Notre Dame. Chase Claypool has a sky-high ceiling and plays the game with a good deal of toughness. In RD3, the team added a small school edge rusher to a deep room with 2 returning starters. Alex Highsmith seems like a fine prospect, but his path to a starting role isn't clear.

Once Day 3 rolled around, the Steelers got to address the thin spots on the roster, picking up a backup Safety, a Nose Tackle, and a Guard. Antoine Brooks Jr and Carlos Davis could be competing for playing time in some personnel packages out of the gate, while Kevin Dotson will add much-needed interior O-Line depth. They also drafted RB Anthony McFarland in the 4th, adding another back to a fairly-well-stocked group - perhaps a nod to James Conner's injury history.

The Steelers approached this draft with an eye to value and picked players who fit their character and scheme. Their ruthless disregard for positional need puts underwhelming NT McCullers in ink on the Week 1 roster and will push them to address the aging offensive line in next year's draft.

Grade: B-
28 San Francisco 49ers
Joe Staley's retirement announcement casts a different aura around the Niners' decision to pass on Iowa OT Tristan Wirfs at 13. But landing former Pro-Bowl LT Trent Williams in a trade with Washington definitely fills that need. WR Marquise Goodwin and RB Matt Breida were traded for day three picks, and at the end of seven rounds, there were five new 49ers:
  • DT Javon Kinlaw, (1-14) ideal size and freaky athleticism make for a sky-high ceiling, but also served as a crutch at times in college. Needs to refine his technique and learn some finesse to take his game to the next level. Knee tendonitis cut Kinlaw's Senior Bowl trip short, and raised questions around how he'll fare over the course of a (soon to be) 17 game NFL season.
  • WR Brandon Aiyuk, (1-25) recorded a 4.53 forty, (with a core muscle injury) but film backs up solid deep speed. At his best with the ball in space, and always seems to make the first man miss (avg 9.9 YAC @ASU.) Generally sure-handed, but he'll need to get better in contested catch situations.
  • OL Colton McKivitz, (5-153)allowed only one sack while starting all 12 games at LT for West Virginia in 2019, but he's likely the latest entrant in the RG competition for the 49ers. Athletic enough to fill in at OT, but the mean streak he plays with will be best served on the interior.
  • TE Charlie Woerner, (6-190) rightfully praised for his run blocking, but don't sleep on his athletic profile. Woerner runs a 4.78 forty with a 34.5-inch vertical jump; though he'll need more consistent hands to shed the 'blocking specialist' label. Woerner carries extra value as a potential back-up for FB Kyle Juszczyk.
  • WR Jauan Jennings, (7-217) already winning fans over with his physical play, Jennings is a big-bodied slot receiver who excels at making contested catches. Given his size (6'3, 215 lbs) and less than ideal speed (4.72) don't be surprised if the 'converting to TE' storyline pops up for Jennings the same way it did for former Tennessee teammate, Jalen Hurd.

Grade: B+
29 Seattle Seahawks
It's hard to be objective about a John Schneider and Pete Carroll draft in the moment. The Seattle brain trust has a specific strategy and philosophy when it comes to the draft, and they don't care if the picks are viewed as reaches or not. Let's take a look at the individual picks:

  • ILB Jordyn Brooks (1-27) - A seemingly strange pick on Thursday night, but Brooks has a lot to offer and makes more sense when you dig. He was one of the most efficient blitzers in college and his coverage woes may have been overblown. He will likely play SAM this year and be a direct understudy to Bobby Wagner.
  • EDGE Darrell Taylor (2-48) - Seattle sacrificed pick 101 to move up and take Taylor. The Seahawks said he was the best pass-rusher they graded for 2020 and see him as a fit for the LEO spot (like Bruce Irvin's first stint for the Hawks).
  • OG Damien Lewis (3-69) - With the news of both DJ Fluker's and Justin Britt's release, this pick becomes more important. Lewis is a big-strong guard that will likely compete with Chance Warmack and Mike Iupati for a starting spot.
  • TE Colby Parkinson (4-133) - Schneider will not rest until Seattle has rostered a full team of TE's. Parkinson was a huge target at Stanford and could help provide a tantalizing target for Wilson.
  • RB DeeJay Dallas (4-144) - This pick likely spells the end of C.J. Prosise's time in Seattle. Besides having a great name, Dallas should provide a lot of versatility with his time spent at both WR and QB at Miami and high school.
  • EDGE Alton Robinson (5-148) - Loading up with multiple picks at one position is a staple of Schneider and Carroll. Robinson helps provide insurance for Taylor and could help add depth at pass-rush.
  • WRS Freddie Swain (6-214) - Swain doesn't fit the big-bodied receiver that fans wanted, but he provides insurance for Tyler Lockett in both the passing and return game.
  • TE Stephen Sullivan (7-251) - Sullivan has been listed as a TE, but it appears that Seattle may view him more as the aforementioned big-bodied receiver. It's worth a risk with your last pick.

Getting depth at pass-rusher, addressing the offensive line, and adding some new toys for Russell Wilson. What more can Seahawk fans really want?

Grade: A
30 Tampa Bay Buccaneers
The Bucs got right down to business and addressed key draft needs with none of the confounding picks that we've seen with other teams. Let's get right to it:
  • OT Tristan Wirfs (1-13) - The Bucs sacrificed a RD4 pick to move up and get one on the big-4 OTs, addressing Tom Brady's biggest need and , may I say, something they ignored while Jameis Winston was QB
  • S Antoine Winfield Jr. (2-45) - son of all-pro, an undersized but excellent tackler, technician and student of the game.
  • RB Ke'Shawn Vaughn (3-76) - The Bucs need a back to pair with Thomas Jones, and one with pass-catch abilities - 28 in 2019.
  • WR Tyler Johnson (5-161) - Yuuuge value! (+88) Johnson was a RD2 regular in Drafttek mocks. The HS QB amassed 164 catches and 25 TDs his last 2 seasons.
  • DT Khalil Davis (6-194) - another mega-value (+47) who will provide a rotational piece on the Bucs already formidable DL.
  • LB Chapelle Russell (7-241) Yawn another Big Board killer value (+71), Russell provides immediate depth at LB.
  • RBC Raymond Calais (7-245) pinball gadget RB that were popular early and often this draft. Get Calais in open space and look-at-him-go!
I really have few arguments with this roster, other than I would have like to see a depth interior OL on Day 3.

Grade: A
31 Tennessee Titans
I think I speak for everyone when I say I wish the draft was still 25 rounds. Though the virus denied me my third in person draft experience this year, I still loved every second of it. Let's take a look at how the Tennessee Titans did, and if their picks will lead them to the Super Bowl next year:

  • (1, 29) Isaiah Wilson was a big surprise in RD 1. I mocked a RT to them on many occasions, but Wilson wasn't on my radar. I think he's a good powerful tackle, but I thought an athletic OT would make more sense for their zone running scheme and multiple roll outs.

  • (2,61) The Titans RD 2 pick was a very nice surprise as CB Kristian Fulton fell into the Titans lap. I've explained during numerous mocks that Logan Ryan left and Malcolm Butler had a bad year. I expect Fulton to challenge for the 2nd starting CB spot opposite Adoree Jackson.

  • (3,93) RB Darrynton Evans was a bit of a surprise for me. I know that the Titans need a backup RB and a 3rd down back with Dion Lewis leaving, but I thought this position could have been addressed later in the draft. That being said, Evans will be a nice change of pace back, pass catching back, and even a possible returner.

  • (5,174) Larrell Murchison is a tweener who is a little light to be a 3-4 DT, but a little heavy to be a 3-4 DE. Not exactly sure where they see him playing, but he's versatile and should provide good depth, though there were some more traditional DE or DT I would have preferred.

  • (7, 224) Cole McDonald is a QB from Hawaii who is an interesting prospect. Obviously, the Titans don't want him seeing the field in the coming season, but they need some nice cheap depth as Logan Woodside is the only other QB on the roster.

  • (7,243) Marshall S Chris Jackson is the last pick for the Titans. Jackson actually played mostly CB in college but is expected to transition to S in the NFL. He is actually Marshall's all time leader in pass breakups. A late round lottery pick, you never know.

    The Titans could have used another couple of picks, but the draft was pretty successful. While they addressed their RT and CB need with their first two picks. I would have liked to see them focus on EDGE more, especially with some of the talent that fell. I also think using a late round flyer on a TE like Hunter Bryant or Thaddeus Moss would have helped replace the departing Delaine Walker, but overall it was a good draft for Tennessee.

    Grade: B
32 Washington Redskins
The Redskins began the 2020 NFL Draft by picking the consensus #1 overall prospect, EDGE Chase Young, with their second-overall pick Grade: A+. Any Draft in which you land the first-overall player who is said to be a generational talent-and also happens to play the second-most important position in football-you had a good weekend.

The Redskins entered the Draft hoping to recoup the second-round pick they traded in order to land EDGE Montez Sweat a year ago, but the Trent Williams trade dragged on until the third day of the Draft. When the drama was finally over, the Redskins received a 2020 5th and a 2021 3rd for the Pro Bowl tackle. In the third round, I felt that the Redskins had bigger needs than grabbing a 'Swiss Army Knife' offensive weapon in WR/RB Antonio Gibson. Grade: C+.

OT Saddhiq Charles was selected directly after Trent Williams was traded to begin the fourth round, and if he can stay out of trouble, he could be the long-term starter at LT. Grade: A.

I loved the Redskins selection of WR Antonio Gandy-Golden, who has tremendous upside as a downfield threat. Grade: B+.

The Redskins then invested in depth players in the 5th-7th rounds, but failed to address the TE or CB positions, which, on paper, are two of their biggest needs. In the end, if Young is truly a generational talent, the rest of the team's selections won't matter.

Grade: B+

- Kennedy Paynter, Draft Analyst (@Kennedy_Paynter on Twitter)

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O/A Rank SEC Conference
Top-30 Players
2 Joe Burrow
4 Tua Tagovailoa
5 Derrick Brown
8 Javon Kinlaw
South Carolina
10 Jerry Jeudy
13 Andrew Thomas
14 Henry Ruggs III
15 K'Lavon Chaisson
16 Jedrick Wills
18 C.J. Henderson
19 Xavier McKinney
21 Patrick Queen
22 Trevon Diggs
24 Justin Jefferson
29 D'Andre Swift
30 Kristian Fulton
31 Justin Madubuike
Texas A&M
36 Grant Delpit
43 Solomon Kindley
47 Lloyd Cushenberry
49 Terrell Lewis
51 Prince Tega Wanogho
55 Isaiah Wilson
59 Jabari Zuniga
63 Jake Fromm
69 Clyde Edwards-Helaire
70 Marlon Davidson
73 Damien Lewis
75 Darryl Williams
Mississippi State
76 Raekwon Davis
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