As you may know, I do a lot of my NFL stuff from a Fantasy Football perspective. So that how I will breakdown and recap the draft. Grab a drink, get comfy, and let’s go!
1. Joe Burrow, QB: Bengals- Joe has the tough task of trying to produce with very little around him. He’s got AJ Green with a lot of miles on him. The Bengals have a decent running game. It will probably be a year or two before you can draft Burrows as a Fantasy “starter”.
2. Chase Young, EDGE: Redskins- If nothing else, he should be fun to watch. Ron Rivera generally has a plan on defense, and that starts with rushing the passer. Expect the ‘Skins to play hard-nosed football, and possibly a spot play here and there.
3. Jeff Okudah, CB: Lions- I was hoping they moved down so Okudah did not end up playing the Bears twice a year. This guy is going to be a stud for a long time. How much it will help Detroit remains to be seen.
4. Andrew Thomas, OT: Giants- New York had their pick of tackles and they settled on Thomas. He will no doubt enhance the play of both QB Daniel Jones and RB Saquon Barkley from day one.
5. Tua Tagovailoa, QB: Dolphins- Tua won’t play for at least the first 8 games, and probably should be held out all season. Maybe give him the last 3-4, if he is totally healthy. I wouldn’t risk it. I’d let him get strong and heal up. I like what Miami did in the draft with their first 3 picks. I’m surprised more teams don’t do it. Take your QB, then build that wall in front of him. It’s going to be worth it Dolphins fans!
6. Justin Herbert, QB: Chargers- No one really knows if all these QBs will work out. The hit rate is usually around 50%. Like with Burrow, Herbert probably won’t be a guy you will want to add to your Fantasy squad this year.
7. Derrick Brown, DT: Panthers- Carolina got a heck of a pick in Brown. The Panthers are stacking their defense behind Teddy Bridgewater.
8. Isiah Simmons, LB: Cardinals- I had thought Carolina would have snatched Simmons up, but they got a very nice pick in Brown. Arizona adds another playmaker to their defense, which should be a little more dynamic this season.
9. CJ Henderson, CB: Jaguars- Jacksonville replaces Jalen Ramsey. Henderson is regarded as one of the best corners in the 2020 draft. While it’s a nice pick, it’s not making the defense any better than when Ramsey was with the team.
10. Jedrick Wills Jr., OT: Browns- Cleveland joins NY in adding to their offensive line to help their young QB. Young gun Baker Mayfield didn’t have much time to throw as he was under duress most of the time. This should greatly help out on offense and allow Mayfield to make some plays.
11. Mekhi Becton, OT: Jets- Perhaps a year late, the other team in NY adds a pass protector for their franchise QB Sam Darnold. Maybe Darnold sees less “ghosts” in 2020.
12. Henry Ruggs III, WR: Raiders- Oakland adds a speedy WR to their roster. Antonio Brown melted down spectacularly in 2019. The Raiders now in Las Vegas, are set to open their new stadium.
13. Tristan Wirfs, OT: Buccaneers- Tampa Bay added Tom Brady and Rob Gronkowski to their already talented receiving corps. Their next priority was to protect the 43 year old Brady. Wirfs will help do that.
14. Javon Kinlaw, DT: 49ers- After having been in the Super Bowl San Francisco oddly shopped some veteran players. Then they added a DT to bolster the defense.
15. Jerry Jeudy, WR: Broncos- Denver wasted no time selecting a WR many considered the best in the draft. He will pair nicely with young veteran Courtland Sutton, who had a very nice sophomore campaign. The Broncos are hoping QB Drew Lock takes the next step.
16. AJ Terrell, CB: Falcons- Atlanta adds a well needed cornerback to a defense who allowed WRs to run all over them in 2019.
17. CeeDee Lamb, WR: Cowboys- I don’t think Dallas imagined CeeDee to be there for them at 17, but Jerry Jones jumped on the opportunity from his yacht. Lamb, the other top prospect at WR will wear #88 following Michael Irvin, and Dez Bryant in the tradition.
18. Austin Jackson, OT: Dolphins- Miami probably had the best first 3 picks in the draft, and after taking their QB of the future, went to work in protecting him with an offensive lineman. With his injury history, Tua Tagovialoa will need it.
19. Damon Arnette, CB: Raiders- With the pick they acquired from the Bears in the Mack trade, Oakland adds a pass defender to their team.
20. K’Lavon Chaisson, LB: Jaguars- Jacksonville continues to rebuild their defense, adding a linebacker to the cornerback they took with the #9 overall pick. They will need it, especially if they move on from RB Leonard Fournette.
21. Jalen Reagor, WR: Eagles- The TCU standout will add youth and speed to an older, slower Eagles roster. Philadelphia’s problem is keeping QB Carson Wentz healthy.
22. Justin Jefferson, WR: Vikings- Somehow Minnesota adds a top receiver to replace the loss of Stefon Diggs. QB Kirk Cousins will no doubt be happy with this move.
23. Kenneth Murray, LB: Chargers- Los Angeles (feels weird to say that) adds a linebacker to a defense that was middle of the pack vs the run. Much of this was due to their ineptitude on offense, and veteran QB Philip Rivers penchant for turning the ball over in his old age. They might have been better served taking an offensive lineman, but there was quite a run on them at this point.
24. Cesar Ruiz, C: Saints- New Orleans astutely added the consensus top center in the 2020 draft, and he should help keep veteran QB Drew Bress “clean” in the pocket. A solid pick for a Saints team that loves to run the ball as much as they throw it.
25. Brandon Aiyuk, WR: 49ers- San Francisco treats themselves to a WR as the run continues. Aiyuk should pair nicely with fellow pass catcher Deebo Samuel.
26. Jordan Love, QB: Packers- I might eat my words later, but I love this pick for Green Bay. No help for veteran QB Aaron Rodgers, who desperately needs another target in the passing game. Of course the Bears had to run out and sign TE Jimmy Graham who didn’t help Rodgers much in 2019.
27. Jordyn Brooks, LB: Seahawks- Seattle adds no help to their offensive line but does help their defense with this selection. In all fairness, the run on lineman depleted their options. Brooks’ impact should show immediate returns in 2020.
28. Patrick Queen, LB: Ravens- Baltimore had the luxury of picking best player available because they draft well year in and year own. Queen was viewed as a top prospect at his position.
29. Isiah Wilson, OT: Titans- Tennessee bolsters their already impressive line. RB Derrick Henry will probably have another solid campaign.
30. Noah Igbinoghene, CB: Dolphins- The ‘fins are on the board again with their 3rd pick in the first round. They select one of the top ranked corners in the 2020 draft. The Dolphins need lots of help at many positions. I might have taken a shot at the #1 Tight End in the draft, but that’s just me.
31. Jeff Gladney, CB: Vikings- Minnesota adds to their nice pick of Jefferson with a playmaker in the defensive backfield. As with the WR, they are replacing a player lost in the offseason. Still, a great pick for the Vikings.
32. Clyde Edwards-Helaire, RB- Chiefs- Kansas City probably shocked a few people by selecting the 5’8 running back who posted a 4.60 40 yd dash at the combine. Edwards-Helaire had his best college year in 2019. They will be judged by how the top 3 RBs perform in their careers though. The Chiefs could have added TE Cole Kmet, a move Andy Reid has made in the past when he was with the Eagles.