2020 NFL Draft Results - RD1 Picks 17-32



17 New England
Jamie Newman
Georgia
QB
Reach/Value:
+0
Height:
6'4"
Weight:
230
Jamie Newman NFL Draft photo
It's always difficult to predict what the Patriots will do in the Draft. Whether he likes to admit it or not, Bill Belichick has to rebuild this team in the post-Brady era. Belichick might find that he has a higher pick than usual if his team misses the playoffs for the first time since 2008. One thing is for sure, the Pats will be without their RD3 pick after being found guilty of illegally filming the Bengals' sideline. Needless to say, the Pats will probably reclaim a RD3 pick through the compensatory system for the loss of Tom Brady.

The surprising signing of Cam Newton so late in the off-season should be viewed more as a guide to how the Pats feel about Jarrett Stidham than a sign of any long-term plans. The deal is only for one year, and both parties will use the experiment to dictate how they proceed afterwards. Newton immediately makes the Patriots a better team and they should still be considered strong contenders in what is, for the first time in a long time, a wide-open AFC East.

If Newton recaptures his MVP form and stays injury-free through 2020, the Patriots could look to ride him for a few more years. Either way, this might be the year for Belichick to strike for a RD1 QB. Jamie Newman is one of a handful of QB prospects that could hear his name called towards the end of RD1 in 2021. The transfer from Wake Forest to Georgia should help Newman showcase his undoubted talent.

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- David Payne, Dolphins Analyst
18 Jacksonville (Trade)
Walker Little
Stanford
OT
Reach/Value:
+8
Height:
6'7"
Weight:
309
Walker Little NFL Draft photo
As we pointed out in comment #1, if Gardnew Minshew has a reasonably successful season in 2020 and the Jags win 4 or 5 games, a top QB in the 2021 Draft (Trevor Lawrence, Justin Fields) will likely be out of the cards. No matter who will be taking snaps in 2021, an improved offensive line will be prioritized. The team likes RT Jawaan Taylor, a guy who inexplicably dropped to the 2nd round of the 2019 Draft. Taylor started every snap as a rookie and will take over the blind side either in 2020 or the following season when incumbent underperforming LT Cam Robinson will hit Free Agency.

Despite all the picks in the 2020 Draft, GM Dave Caldwell waited until RD4 to draft NCAA Division III project Ben Bartch. Bartch likely won't see much playing time in 2020, likely moving into a backup role in 2021.

An Offensive Tackle is a strong possibility in RD1 of the 2021 Draft, but if Bartch surprises to the upside, other positions will get consideration, such as Defensive Tackle and a RB to replace Leonard Fournette, who I doubt will be offered the 5th season of his rookie contract.
19 Pittsburgh
Creed Humphrey
Oklahoma
OC
Reach/Value:
+8
Height:
6'5"
Weight:
316
Creed Humphrey NFL Draft photo
Despite picking up veteran inside lineman Stefen Wisniewski in Free Agency, the Steelers are planning to pencil Matt Feiler, who finished last season capably at Right Tackle in place of the retired Left Guard Ramon Foster. Tomlin made these comments recently in an interview on the challenges of the socially distanced offseason. Feiler is a capable utility player but isn't likely to sniff a pro-bowl at guard.

After rebuilding the offensive line in 2010-2012 with 3 picks in the top 2 rounds, the team has slacked considerably. They've found capable players by sifting through UDFAs such as Feiler and players such as Zach Banner and Alejandro Villanueva who failed to stick with other clubs. Without an investment soon, however, the O-Line will be down to David DeCastro and the bargain bunch. Foster's retirement coupled with the end of Pouncey's career should stimulate this team to invest in the interior O-line.

Humphrey stands to be the blue chip pick of the Centers in the coming Draft class. He's an accomplished team leader with excellent size and has the tone-setter mentality the team needs to maintain. Additionally, like most of the team's recent early picks, he truly loves the game of football and fits the "hearts and smarts" mentality that the Steelers likes to pursue.

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20 Indianapolis
Jalen Mayfield
Michigan
OT
Reach/Value:
-2
Height:
6'5"
Weight:
319
Jalen Mayfield NFL Draft photo
It's July already, and while the year 2020 has sliced and diced us thus far, just remember that on the 28th of July we may finally begin to see the change back to some type of normality - NFL camps open! It seems like its been about a decade or more since we enjoyed our last football game, but the start of a new season is just around the corner.

Maybe. We'll see.

Meantime, the Indianapolis Colts are tracking up after the off-season move to sign veteran QB Phillip Rivers, add some solid talent via Free Agency ( DeForest-freakin-Buckner!) while selecting some future studs that potentially push Indy over the top on the overhaul GM Chris Ballard began three and a half years ago. He now has a playoff-caliber team (on paper) with multiple Pro Bowl-level players at key positions. The roster is mostly young and hungry, with many gaining valuable starting experience throughout the last two seasons.

While everything looks to be set, the Colts will still need to get ready to replace starting LT Anthony Castonzo in the coming year or so. After agreeing to come back another season, it might be a final hurrah with a trip to the Super Bowl in the back of his mind. But once the season ends there is no doubt Chris Ballard will start the process of keeping one of the more successful offensive lines primed and ready to protect the signal-caller. Rivers or otherwise.

Now, whether or not it ends up being Michigan standout OT Jalen Mayfield remains to be seen.
21 Philadelphia
Rashod Bateman
Minnesota
WR
Reach/Value:
+3
Height:
6'1"
Weight:
210
Rashod Bateman NFL Draft photo
Welp, the Eagles revamped their medical team this offseason in hopes of dramatically improving their horrible injury streak they've had the last few years, and so far the results are promising: only one Pro Bowl player has been lost for the season due to injury this summer, 14 short of the number I was expecting. Sure, not a single player has stepped on the field yet and we've already lost perhaps the best right guard in the NFL, but Philly is known for being a "glass-half-full" kind of city, so no big whoop there.

Eagle fans don't come here to get State-Of-The-Team articles, though...they come here to get their Draft fix on. Despite the additions this offseason, I still see the WR and CB positions as major needs going into next offseason. Defensive End will likely also be right there vying for the "#1 Need" designation. This is the year guys like Derek Barnett, Andre Dillard, Sidney Jones, and others need to step up and become legit playmakers on this team. If they don't, the last few drafts aren't going to make Howie Roseman's resume look any better.

- Broz, Eagles Analyst
22 Green Bay
Jaylen Twyman
Pitt
DL3T
Reach/Value:
+3
Height:
6'2"
Weight:
290
Jaylen Twyman NFL Draft photo
Though it's difficult to predict team strengths and weaknesses heading into the 2021 Draft, forgive me if the Packers' last run-defense performance looms large in my memory. Packers fans can probably spout out the lowlights like it was a bad dream (maybe because it was). The 49ers gashed Green Bay for 285 yards and 4 TDs on a whopping 6.8 yards per carry. San Francisco ran the ball so efficiently that Jimmy G needed only eight pass attempts en route to a Super Bowl berth.

There's hope on any unit led by Kenny Clark, who has quietly established himself as one of the top DTs in the business. Behind him, there's not much else. Clark accounted for 6 of the D-line's 7.5 sacks on the season. Dean Lowry eased into the first year of a three-year, $20M extension by registering zero sacks and only two QB hits, despite 16 starts. Montravius Adams faded down the stretch, and despite some promising snaps Kinsley Keke did not carve out a role.

There is a reason the 314-pound Clark was on the field for a stunning 83.56% of defensive snaps last season. DC Mike Pettine simply could not afford to take him off the field.

Green Bay ranked 9th in pass-defense DVOA, but just 23rd in run-defense DVOA. There's a chance GM Brian Gutekunst could look for a run-stuffer to shore up the ground game. However, Pettine has stressed the pass defense so much that adding another sack artist to the defensive interior could be a bigger lure. Jaylen Twyman dominated the ACC in 2019 with 10.5 sacks and 12 TFL, which could be exactly the type of disruptive force to put Green Bay's defense over the top.

- James Siebers, Packers Analyst
23 Tennessee
Wyatt Davis
Ohio State
OG
Reach/Value:
-4
Height:
6'4"
Weight:
310
Wyatt Davis NFL Draft photo
It's hard looking a year into the future and trying to figure out what's going to happen. TItans fans certainly hope their team will be picking later than #23; I'm thinking pick 32 sounds pretty good for a team coming off an AFC Championship appearance. Regardless of where they pick, interior offensive line is going to be a target for them early in the draft. With a team focused on feeding Derrick Henry the ball, it's not good to have a glaring weak spot on your offensive line.

Rodger Saffold is one of the best guards in the league; PFF ranked him 6th in the 2019-2020 season. On the right side, Jamil Douglas and Nate Davis split time. Douglas ranked 53rd at the position. 2019 RD3 pick Nate Davis will be battling Douglas for the other starting OG spot this year. If he wins the position, he needs to show significant improvement.

Davis gave up seven sacks in his rookie year, the most by an OG in the league, and tied for the fourth most penalities with eight, while only playing 724 snaps, 51st in the league. He made a lot of mistakes, and if those mistakes continue, the Titans will look for a new starting OG.

Enter Wyatt Davis from Ohio State. Davis is coming off an All-American year in 2019 and expectations are that he does it again in 2020. Davis is a mauler, an attacking guard with 79 knockdowns this past season, though he feels he was shorted a few. This guy leading the way for Derrick Henry would be almost unfair for other teams, but a hell of a lot of fun for Titans fans to watch.
24 Minnesota
Trey Lance
North Dakota State
QB
Reach/Value:
-17
Height:
6'3"
Weight:
221
Trey Lance NFL Draft photo
The Vikings have a very young roster with an average age of 24.5. They only have nine players who are 29 years old and two of those are the dudes that put their foot on the ball. The Vikings made 15 draft picks this past draft and have 10 or 11 picks next year.

They'll likely keep Kirk Cousins through his current deal and figure out some way to handle that $45M cap hit in 2022.

You have to think they might STILL need a Guard. If by some miracle Pat Elfein pulls his pass-blocking ability up to average and maintains his good run blocking ability then they probably will offer him an extension. The odds may be low on that, though. If Dru Samia or someone else can prove to be decent at RG (the Vikings seem like they are OK with just decent Guards), then they may not need any linemen in the 2021 draft beside another developmental OT.

I could see another WR being added early because of Adam Thielen's age and the average depth (if that) sans Justin Jefferson. Rudolph's age and contract should lead the team to consider another TE early as well. And an RB could be a top priority if they cannot extend Dalvin Cook.

Safety could be a serious need if Anthony Harris is not extended. It may be that the team will not give Harris what he wants and just let him play it out this year under the tag. A CB should not be drafted until late, if at all. A LB may be in the mix early due to Anthony Barr's deal and Eric Wilson being on a one-year deal. A DE is always a good idea but if Ifeadi Oneigbo and the others all pan out, then whomever they draft may not make the roster. A DT could be a strong consideration if they cut Shamar Stephen and do not extend Jaleel Johnson.

If the young players that will play significant snaps this season do fairly well, then the Vikings could be in a good position to draft a QB early (similar to what Green Bay just did this year) and let him sit and develop behind Cousins.

Trey Lance is a very intriguing prospect with first-round upside. He completed 192 out of 287 passes (67%) last year for 2,786 yards with 28 TDs and zero interceptions. He also rushed 169 times for 1,100 yards with 14 touchdowns. Lance has excellent athleticism to go with above-average accuracy, arm strength, and decision-making. The level of competition he faced is a concern but as Carson Wentz has shown, it should not be an issue.

- Mark P, Vikings Analyst - DrafttekVikings@Gmail.com


25 Buffalo
Israel Mukuamu
South Carolina
CB
Reach/Value:
+1
Height:
6'3"
Weight:
205
Israel Mukuamu NFL Draft photo
On Twitter, we've been debating the biggest need for the Bills (CB, OT, LB depth, FS depth). Feel free to join us. Tre-Day's payday, coupled with the single-year contracts of Josh Norman, Levi Wallace, and E.J. Gaines, might indicate Brandon Beane's looking to draft his lockdown CB in FA or RD1. Don't get me wrong; I love the Dane Jackson pick in RD7 last year, but a corner picked #239 doesn't scream "starter". Beane's scanning this year's free agent and draft classes for another Tre White.

"Izzy" Mukuamu is a long, tall corner with tremendous savvy and athleticism. The 6'3" Gamecock gave up only 19 catches on 286 coverage snaps last season. Of those 19 catches, 13 went for 9 yards or fewer. Teams just don't test Izzy deep. Mukuamu's best game last year, ironically, was in SC's overtime upset of Bills' rookie Jake Fromm, when Mukuamu torched him for 3 INTs, one of them a pick-six. Let's put it this way: 19% of Jake Fromm's career INTs were thrown to Israel Mukuamu in one game; the Bills better draft him.

- Dean Kindig, Bills Analyst
26 Dallas
Caden Sterns
Texas
S
Reach/Value:
-17
Height:
6'0"
Weight:
210
Caden Sterns NFL Draft photo
After a contentious offseason, The Cowboys' and Dak Prescott have agreed to a franchise tag agreement ($31.4M) which will keep Dak in Dallas for at least one more year. Prescott had turned off some fans, particularly those who have been facing financial adversity resulting from COVID-19 related loss of work, but he's been since working overtime to re-build his relationship with fans and the city. Prescott has pledged $1M to improve police training and address systematic racism through education and advocacy. Not just content to donating money, Prescott has been organizing and leading discussions with police and community leaders.

Unfortunately we may need to re-live the contract negotiations again next year, but if Prescott turns in a sensational season in conjunction with outstanding community service, Jerry Jones will need to find a way.

The Cowboys 2020 draft class was loaded with adds who presented great value in comparison with their Big Board positioning. Defensively, Drafttek's #22 rated player, Trevon Diggs, was selected by Dallas at #51. Our board had Gallimore at #43, Jerruh stole him at #82. Finally Bradley Anae ranked 111 and the Boys got him at #179. For that matter, the team's two offensive adds (CeeDee Lamb and Tyler Biadasz) were also pilfered as huge values.

Assuming that the QB situation with Prescott is resolved, Jones will look hard at Safeties in the 2021 draft. As Austin Smith pointed out last month, Clinton-Dix is on 1-year deal, and Xavier Woods contract is up. Help please!

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27 Seattle
Richard LeCounte III
Georgia
S
Reach/Value:
+11
Height:
5'11"
Weight:
190
Richard LeCounte III NFL Draft photo
The Seahawks sometimes give the impression of a team without a clear plan. Seattle's success may have come via more luck than judgement at times, but Pete Carroll strides on regardless. Carroll's calm, unpanicked approach has served the team well through the years. Yet again, as we approach the 2020 season, the Hawks have question marks that would suggest an imminent fall from grace. If Russell Wilson wasn't superhuman and ever got injured, you'd suspect Seattle would fall to the basement of the NFC West.

Despite the annual deficiencies on the O-Line, the offense should be OK. The Lockett/Metcalf combo at WR works well to subsidize the run-first plan. Seattle could be the only option for Antonio Brown to get playing time in 2020 and you know Carroll would somehow make it work.

Jadeveon Clowney could well re-sign to bolster the pass-rush if he doesn't get the offer he's looking for elsewhere. If Clowney doesn't return to Seattle, it's hard to see the team getting sustained pressure on opposing QBs. Apart from Bobby Wagner, there's a distinct lack of talent on defense. This wasn't addressed in Free Agency or the Draft. Quinton Dunbar was the big summer signing, but he could be facing a long lay-off whilst he deals with the outcome of the alleged armed robbery. The Hawks will likely need at least 1 new Safety in 2021, so Richard LeCounte from Georgia would make a nice pick at #27.

- David Payne, DraftTek Senior Analyst
28 Tampa Bay
Brock Purdy
Iowa State
QB
Reach/Value:
+7
Height:
6'0"
Weight:
202
Brock Purdy NFL Draft photo
In last month's mock draft I stated the following:

"Fortunately, statistics show that new cases of COVID-19 continue to ease, which could help football teams in those states (Florida, Texas) to get a leg up on their competitors around the league."

How wrong I was! I will own that. At this point, the CV19 cases have spiked in Florida more than 10x since late May, however fatalities have not increased, which is certainly good news.

I am mentioning this why? Well, new Bucs' QB Tom Brady has been holding private workouts with his pass-catchers and has been getting crap from all sides --the NFLPA, ESPN minions, and other hand-wringing parties. Whether or not you or I think this is the responsible thing to do is not for discussion here; the fact is that Brady and other QBs around the league are holding private workouts, and the Buccaneers should benefit from it.

The Bucs are structuring for a 2-year run for the roses. In the 2021 Draft, GM Jason Licht will ask the question: "Is there a player available to us who can immediately help the team in the 2021 season?" If the team will be selecting in the 20's the answer is "probably not". Maybe a quality CB who presents excellent value, but likely the team will draft for continuity after the Brady Era. Guys like Brock Purdy or Jamie Newman don't excite us; however, consider how much these guys would glean from just one year of Brady's tutelage. You think that Joe Burrow, Tua, or Justin Herbert would kill for such a mentor?? Heck, yeah!

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29 New Orleans
Travis Etienne
Clemson
RB
Reach/Value:
+9
Height:
5'10"
Weight:
210
Travis Etienne NFL Draft photo
Drew Brees won't be around forever and Alvin Kamara is entering a contract year. If the Saints hope to keep their window open after Brees' departure and potentially Kamara's, they should focus on bringing in reinforcements on the offense sooner rather than later. They have been a class act of the NFC for the last three seasons with each coming with a Shakespearean trajedy ending. How many more real Super Bowl runs do they have?

The defense brought in some extra help at safety with Malcolm Jenkins and could boast one of the best secondaries in the league in 2020. The Saints are at least in the same boat as every other team with the future of the season widely unknown. The league recently announced plans to reduce the preseason to only two games. The Saints may have their last real opportunity to get a second Lombardi Trophy may get taken away at no fault of their own. I can just imagine a 30 For 30 film on the last three years for the Saints. It is definitley a story that has not been wrapped up quite yet.

Talon Graff, Saints Analyst
30 Baltimore
Samuel Cosmi
Texas
OT
Reach/Value:
-6
Height:
6'7"
Weight:
300
Samuel Cosmi NFL Draft photo
Could Antonio Brown be heading to the Ravens for 2021? Certainly the team could use a leading man at WR. AB's cousin, Marquise Brown, was drafted by GM Eric DeCosta in the 2019 Draft. He made an immediate splash, garnering "Rookie of the Week" plaudits in his first two weeks with 12 receptions for 233 yards and 2 TD. But "Hollywood" disappeared after that; in his final 5 games, Brown caught 11 passes for 65 yards and one TD, finishing the season with a mediocre 46-584-7 TD stat line and a 64.8% catch percentage. Marquise is co-listed as a starter for 2020 along with fellow soph Miles Boykin, who was even more invisible in 2019, going 13-22-198-3TD. If the Ravens have an Achilles heel going into the 2020 season, it could be at WR if Brown and Boykin can't make the sophomore step-up.

AB has been working out in Florida during the offseason with Marquise and Lamar Jackson, and has lobbied for the opportunity by posting a Snapchat photo of himself in a Ravens' uni. That link indicates that DeCosta was "non-committal" when questioned about Antonio.

A top WR could be in the cards for the Ravens in the 2021 Draft, but for now we're rolling with OT as (arguably) the league's best LT hits Free Agency. Certainly you'd think the team will doing everything in their power to re-sign Ronnie Stanley, but he's going to commmand north of $15M per annum, and there is also the matter of paying Lamar Jackson.
31 San Francisco
Paulson Adebo
Stanford
CB
Reach/Value:
-1
Height:
6'1"
Weight:
190
Paulson Adebo NFL Draft photo
Is it too early to start talking about a trade back? The Niners are expected to be picking late on Day 1 again in the 2021 Draft and after trading their RD3 pick to Washington for Trent Williams, they're slated to have only two selections in the top 100 picks. With George Kittle's inevitable payday on the horizon and a potential reduction to the 2021 salary cap, the Niners could quickly find their needs expanding if they struggle to squeeze some backloaded contracts under the cap.

Regardless of any potential trades or salary-cap pitfalls, Cornerback continues to feel like a spot to watch early. Though Lynch and Shanahan have shied away from making the position a priority in previous drafts, the back half of the 2021 draft is shaping up to be a nice spot to land a quality cover man. In this mock, the Niners land Stanford's Paulsen Adebo.

After a breakout 2018 campaign, Adebo came back to Earth last season. Adebo will need to show better snap-to-snap consistency to earn a spot in RD1, but his long frame, athleticism, and physicality are all natural fits for the 49ers' defense. Getting to play alongside fellow Cardinal alum Richard Sherman should help as well.

- Brett Clancy, 49ers Analyst
32 Kansas City
Seth Williams
Auburn
WR
Reach/Value:
-12
Height:
6'2"
Weight:
224
Seth Williams NFL Draft photo
Sammy Watkins had the best playoff run of his career catching 14 passes for 288 yards and a TD this past post-season. The image of him burning Niner CB Richard Sherman for a 38-yd catch-and-run will long live in the Super Bowl memories of Chiefs fans. Both he and Demarcus Robinson signed on for a one-year deal, with hopes of catching the spotlight in another NFL Championship game and earning a mega deal with their next NFL teams. A tightening cap situation clouds the Chiefs' roster possibility for both players.

Watkins, who despite an up-and-down career since coming into the league in 2014 with Buffalo, is a valued commodity due to his game-breaking ability. Robinson is an ascending receiver, but he will likely lose reps to Mecole Hardman. Each should receive Free Agency offers. Thus, the Chiefs will be targeting another weapon to offset the speedy Tyreek Hill and Hardman combination.

What to do with Chris Jones is the big question on the defensive side of the ball. In my opinion, Jones was the real MVP of the Super Bowl. In the last 5 minutes of the game, he killed three Niner drives by batting down Jimmy Garoppolo passes in each series. CJ will command big $$$ in 2021. He would also garner multiple top-100 draft picks if the Chiefs see fit to trade him. The worst thing the Chiefs could do is to let Jones depart via Free Agency for a RD3 compensation pick.

~ KCBudMan, Chiefs Analyst

Jacksonville gets LA Rams RD1 pick (Jalen Ramsey trade)

Miami gets Houston RD1 pick (Laremy Tunsil trade)

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O/A Rank Pac 12 Conference
Top-30 Players
Psn
2 Penei Sewell
Oregon
OT
10 Walker Little
Stanford
OT
25 Hamilcar Rashed
Oregon State
EDGE
32 Paulson Adebo
Stanford
CB
39 Jevon Holland
Oregon
S
53 Amon-Ra St. Brown
USC
WR
57 Marlon Tuipulotu
USC
DL3T
66 Jay Tufele
USC
DL3T
79 C.J. Verdell
Oregon
RB
81 Joe Tryon
Washington
EDGE
90 Cameron Goode
California
EDGE
112 Max Borghi
Washington State
RBC
116 Alijah Vera-Tucker
USC
OG
122 Deommodore Lenoir
Oregon
CB
125 Isaac Taylor-Stuart
USC
CB
140 Abraham Lucas
Washington State
OT
142 Tyler Vaughns
USC
WR
146 Thomas Graham Jr.
Oregon
CB
148 Elijah Molden
Washington
CB
165 Jordon Scott
Oregon
DL1T
170 Thomas Booker
Stanford
EDGE
177 Merlin Robertson
Arizona State
OLB
186 Olaijah Griffin
USC
CB
196 Keith Taylor
Washington
CB
199 Jermar Jefferson
Oregon State
RBC
211 Jack Jones
Arizona State
S
217 Camryn Bynum
Cal
CB
248 Brant Kuithe
Utah
TE
252 Palaie Gaoteote IV
USC
OLB
255 Jahad Woods
Washington State
OLB
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