Brian Lamb’s 2020 NFL Draft Grades

Brian Lamb
Brian Lamb is the owner of NFL Draft Lounge and has covered the NFL Draft since 2011. Brian is also the owner of the Infinity Sports Network, which NFL Draft Lounge belongs to.

The 2020 NFL Draft is now complete.  Although players are unable to meet with coaches, front office staff, and members of the media face-to-face due to the Covid-19 outbreak, expectations and excitement are still high across the league.  It’s time to breakdown each team’s players, evaluate their performances, and deliver our 2020 NFL Draft Grades.

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Arizona Cardinals

1 (8) – Isaiah Simmons, LB, Clemson
3 (72) Josh Jones, OT, Houston
4 (114) Leki Fotu, DT, Utah
4 (131) Rashard Lawrence, DT, LSU
6 (202) Evan Weaver, LB, California
7 (222) Eno Benjamin, RB, Arizona State

Draft Grade: B+

The Arizona Cardinals were able to get one of the best prospects in this draft class, Clemson’s Isaiah Simmons, at eighth overall.  He’s a Swiss Army knife this will be able to contribute at linebacker, nickel corner, or as a safety.  Arizona was also able to nab Josh Jones in the third round, which was much later than I had expected him to go.

I was still hoping to see the Cardinals address skill positions on offense to help out quarterback Kyler Murray, despite having acquired DeAndre Hopkins from Houston.  However, general manager Steve Keim took a pair of defensive tackles instead.

 

Atlanta Falcons

1 (16) A.J. Terrell, CB, Clemson
2 (47) Marlon Davidson, EDGE, Auburn
3 (78) Matt Hennessy, OC, Temple
4 (119) Mykal Walker, LB, Fresno State
4 (134) Jaylinn Hawkins, S, California
7 (228) Sterling Hofrichter, P, Syracuse

Draft Grade: C-

Atlanta selecting A.J. Terrell at 16th overall was a head scratcher.  There were other prospects that had better projections and production available.  One would have to think that the Falcons would have been able to draft Terrell, or a prospect that is comparable, in the second round.

My knock on the A.J. Terrell pick can really be used across their draft board.  The Falcons were able to find players that can contribute, but I didn’t like the value at where they were drafted.

 

Baltimore Ravens

1 (28) Patrick Queen, LB, LSU
2 (55) J.K. Dobbins, RB, Ohio State
3 (71) Justin Madubuike, DT, Texas A&M
3 (92) Devin Duvernay, WR, Texas
3 (98) Malik Harrison, LB, Ohio State
3 (106) Tyre Phillips, OG, Mississippi State
4 (143) Ben Bredeson, OG, Michigan
5 (170) Broderick Washington, DT, Texas Tech
6 (201) James Proche, WR, Southern Methodist
7 (219) Geno Stone, S, Iowa

Draft Grade: A-

One thing is always clear in the NFL Draft – the Baltimore Ravens draft very well, which is the reason why they’ve received high praise in our 2020 NFL Draft Grades.

Eric DeCosta and John Harbaugh were able to find a handful of prospects that can make immediate impacts in the 2020 NFL season.

Patrick Queen was the top inside linebacker on my draft board. There’s immediate value in the ability to nab him with where they did.  J.K. Dobbins and Justin Madubuike are two players that were also very high on our draft boards.  Malik Harrison is someone that could see significant playing time, too.

 

Buffalo Bills

2 (54) A.J. Epenesa, DE, Iowa
3 (86) Zack Moss, RB, Utah
4 (128) Gabriel Davis, WR, UCF
5 (167) Jake Fromm, QB, Georgia
6 (188) Tyler Bass, K, Georgia Southern
6 (207) Isaiah Hodgins, WR, Oregon State
7 (239) Dane Jackson, CB, Pittsburgh

Draft Grade: C+

Buffalo had a very ‘middle of the road’ draft in my opinion.  A.J. Epenesa and Gabriel Davis are two prospects that I really liked in this draft.  Epenesa is a raw talent that will need to add more than a bull rush to his repertoire.

Drafting Jake Fromm doesn’t make a lot of sense to me, especially in a cold environment such as Buffalo. Buffalo just signed kicker Steven Hauschka to a two-year extension last August.  The Bills might be able to keep Tyler Bass on the roses for the 2020 season with hopes of the two battling it out for the 2021 season, but one has to think that more pressing needs could have been addressed there.

 

Carolina Panthers

1 (7) Derrick Brown, DT, Auburn
2 (38)Yetur Gross-Matos, EDGE, Penn State
2 (64) Jeremy Chinn, S, Southern Illinois
4 (113) Troy Pride, CB, Notre Dame
5 (152) Kenny Robinson, S, West Virginia
6 (184) Bravvion Roy, DT, Baylor
7 (221) Stantley Thomas-Oliver, CB, Florida International

Draft Grade: C+

Carolina set a record after using all seven of their draft picks on defense.  Derrick Brown and Yetur Gross-Matos were great value picks.  I had predicted Brown off the board in the top five, while also having Gross-Matos with a late-first round grade.  Troy Pride and Kenny Robinson are nice depth pieces that could pay off for the Panthers in 2-3 seasons.

I really thought that Carolina should have added a skill player or two on offense for quarterback Teddy Bridgewater.  Given Bridgewater’s injury history, a backup quarterback would have been a solid acquisition, too.

 

Chicago Bears

2 (43) Cole Kmet, TE, Notre Dame
2 (50) Jaylon Johnson, CB, Utah
5 (155) Trevis Gipson, DE, Tulsa
5 (163) Kindle Vildor, CB, Georgia Southern
5 (173) Darnell Mooney, WR, Tulane
7 (226) Arlington Hambright, OG, Colorado
7 (227) Lachavious Simmons, OG, Tennessee State

Draft Grade: D+

Given that the Bears only had two draft picks within the first two days of the 2020 NFL Draft, they had to make them count.  Chicago found Jaylon Johnson with their 50th overall selection, a cornerback that I really like.

However, the Bears also added the tenth tight end to their roster in Notre Dame’s Cole Kmet.  Now I really like what Kmet brings to the table, but one has to wonder what Ryan Pace and the Bears front office are thinking here.  It appears to be another down year for the Chicago Bears after receiving a D+ in our 2020 NFL Draft Grades.

 

Cincinnati Bengals

1 (1) Joe Burrow, QB, LSU
2 (33) Tee Higgins, WR, Clemson
3 (65) Logan Wilson, LB, Wyoming
4 (107) Akeem Davis-Gaither, LB, Appalachian State
5 (147) Khalid Kareem, EDGE, Notre Dame
6 (180) Hakeem Adeniji, OG, Kansas
7 (215) Markus Bailey, LB, Purdue

Draft Grade: B+

The Cincinnati Bengals made the right decision in drafting Joe Burrow with the first overall pick.  They also gave him a solid skill player to throw to in Clemson’s Tee Higgins, which makes sense given that A.J. Green is an unrestricted free agent following the 2020 NFL season.

The Bengals added several defensive pieces that I really liked in Wyoming’s Logan Wilson and App State’s Akeem Davis-Gaither, both of whom should be able to contribute from day one.

 

Cleveland Browns

1 (10) Jedrick Wills Jr., OT, Alabama
2 (44) Grant Delpit, S, LSU
3 (88) Jordan Elliott, DT, Missouri
3 (97) Jacob Phillips, LB, LSU
4 (115) Harrison Bryant, TE, Florida Atlantic
5 (160) Nick Harris, OC, Washington
6 (187) Donovan Peoples-Jones, WR, Michigan

Draft Grade: B

I predicted that Jedrick Wills Jr. would end up in Cleveland to protect Baker Mayfield.  It’s a smart decision and a really solid player to build around on the offensive line.

If the Cleveland Browns are able to shore up flaws in Grant Delpit‘s tackling abilities, then he’s an absolute steal at 44th overall.  I had him as a top fifteen prospect on my draft board, but have some serious concerns.

 

Dallas Cowboys

1 (17) CeeDee Lamb, WR, Oklahoma
2 (51) Trevon Diggs, CB, Alabama
3 (82) Neville Gallimore, DT, Oklahoma
4 (123) Reggie Robinson II, CB, Tulsa
4 (146) Tyler Biadasz, OC, Wisconsin
5 (179) Bradlee Anae, EDGE, Utah 
7 (231) Ben DiNucci, QB, James Madison

Draft Grade: B-

CeeDee Lamb has been the top wide receiver on my draft board, but I don’t know about the fit in Dallas.  I thought that Jerry Jones and the Cowboys should have addressed other areas of need.

Dallas drafted Trevon Diggs and Neville Gallimore to help out on the defensive side of the ball, but I believe that they could have had much better prospects had they used a first round pick on one of those areas.

 

Denver Broncos

1 (15) Jerry Jeudy, WR, Alabama
2 (46) KJ Hamler, WR, Penn State
3 (77) Michael Ojemudia, CB, Iowa
3 (83) Lloyd Cushenberry, OC, LSU
3 (95) McTelvin Agim, DT, Arkansas
4 (118) Albert Okwuegbunam, TE, Missouri
5 (178) Justin Strnad, LB, Wake Forest
6 (181) Netane Muti, OG, Fresno State
7 (252) Tyrie Cleveland, WR, Florida
7 (254) Derrek Tuszka, EDGE, North Dakota State

Draft Grade: A-

John Elway and the Denver Broncos had one thing in mind in this year’s NFL Draft – build a high powered offense that’s capable of keeping up with the Kansas City Chiefs.

Jerry Jeudy faliing to the Broncos at pick 15 was surprising to me, but I don’t fault Denver for picking him there.  I also really liked what KJ Hamler can do on the football field and felt like they got him at a solid spot in the second round.

Lloyd Cushenberry and Albert Okwuegbunam are two offensive players that should provide some production and depth down the stretch.

 

Detroit Lions

1 (3) Jeff Okudah, CB, Ohio State
2 (35) D’Andre Swift, RB, Georgia
3 (67) Julian Okwara, EDGE, Notre Dame
3 (75) Jonah Jackson, OG, Ohio State
4 (121) Logan Stenberg, OG, Kentucky
5 (166) Quintez Cephus, WR, Wisconsin
5 (172) Jason Huntley, RB, New Mexico State
6 (197) John Penisini, DT, Utah
7 (235) Jashon Cornell, DT, Ohio State

Draft Grade: B

Detroit was able to nab a handful of players that are capable of delivering for them.  It’s now on Matt Patricia and his coaching staff to deliver.  He’s a head coach that’s been considered on the hot seat, and after the 2020 NFL Draft, he doesn’t have any excuses.

If I have to nitpick, I will say that I thought they could have used a wide receiver early in this draft class.  The Lions had four picks within the first two days of the NFL Draft and only used one on offense, albeit it was on the top running back on our board in Georgia’s D’Andre Swift.

 

Green Bay Packers

1 (26) Jordan Love, QB, Utah State
2 (62) A.J. Dillon, RB, Boston College
3 (94) Josiah Deguara, TE, Cincinnati
5 (175) Kamal Martin, LB, Minnesota
6 (192) Jon Runyan, OG, Michigan
6 (208) Jake Hanson, OC, Oregon
7 (236) Vernon Scott, DB, TCU
7 (242) Jonathan Garvin, EDGE, Miami (Fla.)

Draft Grade: B-

In my opinion, Green Bay made the right decision in drafting Jordan Love.  He’s a player that had a phenomenal 2018 season at Utah State, but showed regression in 2019.  The Packers have a potential out on the contract of Aaron Rodgers after the 2021 season, and if Jordan Love is far enough along, they could take a serious look at pulling the trigger.

In terms of the rest of their draft, I would have liked to have seen them address the wide receiver position.  Josiah Deguara is a vertical threat at tight end, which should alleviate the pressure on Rodgers, but the franchise still desperately needs a skilled player at receiver.

 

Houston Texans

2 (40) Ross Blacklock, DT, TCU
3 (90) Jonathan Greenard, EDGE, Florida
4 (126) Charlie Heck, OT, North Carolina
4 (141) John Reid, CB, Penn State
5 (171) Isaiah Coulter, WR, Rhode Island

Draft Grade: C+

Houston didn’t have much in terms of draft capital thanks in part to their head coach/general manager Bill O’Brien.  The franchise was out of position to find a receiver to replace the production that DeAndre Hopkins was capable of.

The Texans were able to find a replacement for D.J. Reader in Ross Blacklock, while Charlie Heck is a prospect that should give the Texans some much needed depth on the offensive line.

 

Indianapolis Colts

2 (34) Michael Pittman Jr., WR, USC
2 (41) Jonathan Taylor, RB, Wisconsin
3 (85) Julian Blackmon, S, Utah
4 (122) Jacob Eason, QB, Washington
5 (149) Danny Pinter, OG, Ball State
6 (193) Rob Windsor, DT, Penn State
6 (211) Isaiah Rodgers, DB, Massachusetts
6 (212) Dezmon Patmon, WR, Washington State
6 (213) Jordan Glasgow, LB, Michigan

Draft Grade: B+

Chris Ballard has greatly improved the Indianapolis Colts during his tenure as general manager, and the 2020 NFL Draft is no exception.  Michael Pittman Jr. and Jonathan Taylor are two prospects that I didn’t think deserved to be drafted as low as they were.

I also believe that Indianapolis made a fantastic decision by drafting Jacob Eason in the fourth round.  He had one of the strongest arms in this year’s class, but needs to develop touch and improve his accuracy.  With Philip Rivers and Jacoby Brissett both set to hit free agency in 2021, Ballard had to address the position in the 2020 NFL Draft.

 

Jacksonville Jaguars

1 (9) C.J. Henderson, CB, Florida
1 (20) K’Lavon Chaisson, EDGE, LSU
2 (42) Laviska Shenault, Jr., WR, Colorado
3 (73) DaVon Hamilton, DT, Ohio State
4 (116) Ben Bartch, OT, St. John’s (Minn.)
4 (137) Josiah Scott, CB, Michigan State
4 (140) Shaquille Quarterman, LB, Miami (Fla.)
5 (157) Daniel Thomas, S, Auburn
5 (165) Collin Johnson, WR, Texas
6 (189) Jake Luton, QB, Oregon State
6 (206) Tyler Davis, TE, Georgia Tech
7 (223) Chris Claybrooks, CB, Memphis

Draft Grade: B+

The AFC South just got a whole lot tougher during the 2020 NFL Draft.  C.J. Henderson and K’Lavon Chaisson were two of my biggest NFL Draft crushes.  With that being said, I thought that 9th overall was a bit too early for Henderson to come off the board, but it makes total sense.

I’m also a huge fan of the two wide receivers that the Jaguars selected, Laviska Shenault Jr. and Collin Johnson.  Shenault Jr. was able to maintain a high level of production at the University of Colorado, despite some below average quarterback play.

 

Kansas City Chiefs

1 (32) Clyde Edwards-Helaire, RB, LSU
2 (63) Willie Gay, Jr., LB, Mississippi State
3 (96) Lucas Niang, OT, TCU
4 (138) L’Jarius Sneed, S, Louisiana Tech
5 (177) Michael Danna, EDGE, Michigan
7 (237) Bopete Keyes, CB, Tulane

Draft Grade: B

Kansas City didn’t enter the 2020 NFL Draft with a long list of needs.  They were able to have their shot at any running back in this draft class with their first round pick, which they used on Clyde Edwards-Helaire.  Willie Gay, Jr. and Lucan Niang will provide some depth as well.

 

Las Vegas Raiders

1 (12) Henry Ruggs III, WR, Alabama
1 (19) Damon Arnette, CB, Ohio State
3 (80) Lynn Bowden, WR, Kentucky
3 (81) Bryan Edwards, WR, South Carolina
3 (100) Tanner Muse, S, Clemson
4 (109) John Simpson, OG, Clemson
4 (139) Amik Robertson, CB, Louisiana Tech

Draft Grade: C+

I thought it was possible that the Las Vegas Raiders would trade up for Ruggs, but they were able to grab him with their 12th pick. It’s going to be on Jon Gruden and his staff to find a way to fit Ruggs into the offense.  He’s an extremely quick receiver, but I have some slight concerns about his long-term success in the NFL.

If you’re looking for a sleeper pick that could contribute in various situations on offense, it’s Kentucky’s Lynn Bowden.  Bowden has played RB, WR, and QB at Kentucky, so the Las Vegas Raiders could look to run some designed packages with him to open up the offense.

 

Los Angeles Chargers

1 (6) Justin Herbert, QB, Oregon
1 (23) Kenneth Murray, LB, Oklahoma
4 (112) Joshua Kelley, RB, UCLA
5 (151) Joe Reed, WR, Virginia
6 (186) Alohi Gilman, S, Notre Dame
7 (220) K. J. Hill, WR, Ohio State

Draft Grade: B-

With Tyrod Taylor on the roster, the Chargers can show some patience in getting Justin Herbert up to speed and on the field.  Los Angeles sent both of their day two picks to move back into the first round to draft Kennth Murray.

K.J. Hill is a slot receiver that has a real shot at making the roster. While he might start out on the practice squad, Hill is an intelligent receiver that can get upfield very quickly with the ball in his hands.

 

Los Angeles Rams

2 (52) Cam Akers, RB, Florida State
2 (57) Van Jefferson, WR, Florida
3 (84) Terrell Lewis, EDGE, Alabama
3 (104) Terrell Burgess, S, Utah
4 (136) Brycen Hopkins, TE, Purdue
6 (199) Jordan Fuller, S, Ohio State
7 (234) Clay Johnston, LB, Baylor
7 (248) Sam Sloman, K, Miami (Ohio)
7 (250) Tremayne Anchrum, OG,Clemson

Draft Grade: C+

Cam Akers isn’t a replacement for Todd Gurley, however, I do believe that he has a shot at having a productive season in 2020.  Van Jefferson and Brycen Hopkins are two vertical threats that should help Jared Goff in opening up the field.

In my belief, the Rams should have put more resources into improving their secondary.  However, I am a fan of Jordan Fuller from Ohio State.

 

Miami Dolphins

1 (5) Tua Tagovailoa, QB, Alabama
1 (18) Austin Jackson, OT, Southern Cal
1 (30) Noah Igbinoghene, CB, Auburn
2 (39) Robert Hunt, OT, Louisiana-Lafayette
2 (56) Raekwon Davis, DT, Alabama
3 (70) Brandon Jones, S, Texas
4 (111) Solomon Kindley, OG, Georgia
5 (154) Jason Strowbridge, DE, North Carolina
5 (164) Curtis Weaver, EDGE, Boise State
6 (185) Blake Ferguson, LS, LSU
7 (246) Malcolm Perry, WR, Navy

Draft Grade: A

Tua Tagovailoa has been an interesting prospect throughout this process.  Despite the injury concerns, I still have Tua Tagovailoa as a top ten prospect on my draft board.  It’ll be interesting to find out when Miami plans to start Tagovailoa, but I am confident in his ability to produce in the NFL.

We can make the argument that Austin Jackson was a bit overdrafted, but he is an improvement over what was on the roster.  I was underwhelmed when I watched film on Boise State EDGE rusher Curtis Weaver, but I think he was tremendous value in the 5th round.

 

Minnesota Vikings

1 (22) Justin Jefferson, WR, LSU
1 (31) Jeff Gladney, CB, TCU
2 (58) Ezra Cleveland, OT, Boise State
3 (89) Cameron Dantzler, CB, Mississippi State
4 (117) D.J. Wonnum, EDGE, South Carolina
4 (130) James Lynch, DE, Baylor
4 (132) Troy Dye, LB, Oregon
5 (169) Harrison Hand, CB, Temple
5 (176) K.J. Hand, WR, Miami (Fla.)
6 (203) Blake Brandel, OG, Oregon State
6 (205) Josh Metellus, S, Michigan
7 (225) Kenny Willekes, DE, Michigan State
7 (224) Nate Stanley, QB, Iowa
7 (249) Brian Cole II, S, Mississippi State
7 (253) Kyle Hinton, OG, Washburn

Draft Grade: B

Minnesota had a busy weekend at the 2020 NFL Draft, bringing in quite the haul.  I was surprised to see Justin Jefferson make it to the Vikings at 22, but I think he has a shot at turning into an equal replacement for Stefon Diggs.

The Vikings were also able to add some potential key contributors on defense in cornerbacks Jeff Gladney and Cameron Dantzler, as well as Oregon linebacker Troy Dye and Michigan State EDGE Kenny Willekes.

 

New England Patriots

2 (37) Kyle Dugger, S, Lenoir-Rhyne
2 (60) Josh Uche, LB, Michigan
3 (87) Anfernee Jennings, EDGE, Alabama
3 (91) Devin Asiasi, TE, UCLA
3 (101) Dalton Keene, TE, Virginia Tech
5 (159) Justin Rohrwasser, K, Marshall
6 (182) Michael Onwenu, OG, Michigan
6 (195) Justin Hernon, OG, Wake Forest
6 (204) Cassh Maluia, LB, Wyoming
7 (230) Dustin Woodard, OC, Memphis

Draft Grade: B+

Despite not drafting a quarterback in the 2020 NFL Draft, it still feels like New England drafted really well.  The franchise was able to find a hard-hitting safety in Kyle Dugger.  Michigan linebacker Josh Uche is a prospect that showed flashes on film, but lacked consistency.

The Patriots also drafted a pair of tight ends that should provide a safety net for quarterback Jarrett Stidham, which includes UCLA’s Devin Asiasi, who had some very impressive tape.

 

New Orleans Saints

1 (24) Cesar Ruiz, OC, Michigan
3 (74) Zack Baun, LB, Wisconsin
3 (105) Adam Trautman, TE, Dayton
7 (240) Tommy Stevens, QB, Mississippi State

Draft Grade: B-

By drafting Cesar Ruiz, the Saints are clearly looking to protect Drew Brees and reload for another run at a Super Bowl ring.  One player that could be a shining star is Dayton’s Adam Trautman.  He did not have a full-time position coach while at Dayton, so the sky is the limit for his potential.

 

New York Giants

1 (4) Andrew Thomas, OT, Georgia
2 (36) Xavier McKinney, S, Alabama
3 (99) Matt Peart, OT, Connecticut
4 (110) Darnay Holmes, CB, UCLA
5 (150) Shane Lemieux, OG, Oregon
6 (183) Cameron Brown, LB, Penn State
7 (218) Carter Coughlin, EDGE, Minnesota
7 (238) T.J. Brunson, LB, South Carolina
7 (247) Chris Williamson, CB, Minneosta
7 (255) Tae Crowder, LB, Georgia

Draft Grade: B

Dave Gettleman and the Giants far exceeded the expectations that I had for the franchise heading into the 2020 NFL Draft.  

I’m a fan of Andrew Thomas, even if there were higher ranked prospects on the board.  The Giants were also able to find solid potential in Xavier McKinney and Matt Peart.

 

New York Jets

1 (11) Mekhi Becton, OT, Louisville
2 (59) Denzel Mims, WR, Baylor
3 (68) Ashtyn Davis, S, California
3 (79) Jabari Zuniga, EDGE, Florida
4 (120) La’Mical Perine, RB, Florida
4 (125) James Morgan, QB, Florida International
4 (129) Cameron Clarke, OG, Charlotte
5 (158) Bryce Hall, CB, Virginia
6 (191) Braden Mann, P, Texas A&M

Draft Grade: C+

Offensively, the Jets should be a much better team with the additions of Mekhi Becton and Denzel Mims.  However, looking at the prospects that New York was able to draft, I just don’t see game changers.

With that being said, keep an eye on cornerback Bryce Hall.  He sufferred a nasty injury that prematurely ended his final season at Virginia, which likely played a factor in his fall down draft boards, but he can potentially be a late-round talent that makes this roster.

 

Philadelphia Eagles

1 (21) Jalen Reagor, WR, TCU
2 (53) Jalen Hurts, QB, Oklahoma
3 (103) Davion Taylor, LB, Colorado
4 (127) K’Von Wallace, S, Clemson
4 (145) Jack Driscoll, OT, Auburn
5 (168) John Hightower, WR, Boise State
6 (196) Shaun Bradley, LB, Temple
6 (200) Quez Watkins, WR, Southern Mississippi
6 (210) Prince Tega Wanogho, OT, Auburn
7 (233) Casey Toohill, EDGE, Stanford

Draft Grade: D+

On draft night, I thought the draft board was playing out just how the Eagles needed it to.  However, I don’t think Jalen Reagor was the right prospect to draft here.  I had a second round projection on Reagor, with Justin Jefferson and Denzel Mims among those that were ranked higher.

The strangest move on Friday night had to be the Eagles drafting Jalen Hurts.  If general manager Howie Roseman wanted an insurance policy for Carson Wentz, then he just paid a hefty price for it.  With more pressing needs on defense, Roseman could have addressed the backup quarterback position at a later time.  If the Eagles do intend on developing Jalen Hurts for the long-term, they’ll have to spend quite a bit of money to do it.

In short, the Eagles just became the franchise that pays for rental car insurance for a weekend getaway.


Pittsburgh Steelers

2 (49) Chase Claypool, WR, Notre Dame
3 (102) Alex Highsmith, EDGE, Charlotte
4 (124) Anthony McFarland, RB, Maryland
4 (135) Kevin Dotson, OG, Louisiana-Lafayette
6 (198) Antoine Brooks Jr., S, Maryland
7 (232) Carlos Davis, DT, Nebraska

Draft Grade: B-

By acquiring safety Minkah Fitzpatrick from the Miami Dolphins, the Pittsburgh Steelers found themselves without a first round pick.  Despite that, the Steelers were still able to find solid talent throughout the draft.

I’m a fan of 6’4 receiver Chase Claypool and what he brings to the table as a weapon on the outside.  Add Maryland running back Anthony McFarland to the list of prospects I really like.  

 

San Francisco 49ers

1 (14) Javon Kinlaw, DT, South Carolina
1 (25) Brandon Aiyuk, WR, Arizona State
5 (153) Colton McKivitz, OT, West Virginia
6 (190) Charlie Woerner, TE, Georgia
7 (217) Jauan Jennings, WR, Tennessee

Draft Grade: B

San Francisco made several moves leading up to and during the 2020 NFL Draft that limited their draft capital.  Despite those limitations, the 49ers made the most of it by drafting two prospects in the first round that are day one starters.

Brandon Aiyuk is a monster with the ball in his hands and will immediately open up the field for quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo.

 

Seattle Seahawks

1 (27) Jordyn Brooks, LB, Texas Tech
2 (48) Darrell Taylor, EDGE, Tennessee
3 (69) Damien Lewis, OG, LSU
4 (133) Colby Parkinson, TE, Stanford
4 (144) DeeJay Dallas, RB, Miami (Fla.)
5 (148) Alton Robinson, EDGE, Syracuse
6 (214) Freddie Swain, WR, Florida
7 (251) Stephen Sullivan, TE, LSU

Draft Grade: D+

Jordyn Brooks, by any standard, was a reach at 27th overall.  I don’t know what Seattle saw in him to warrant that high of a draft pick, but Seahawks fans have to hope that the front office has a plan moving forward.

Colby Parkinson has the potential to be a safety net at tight end for Russell Wilson, although I don’t believe it’ll be in the 2020 season.

 

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

1 (13) Tristan Wirfs, OT, Iowa
2 (45) Antoine Winfield, Jr., S, Minnesota
3 (76) Ke’Shawn Vaughn, RB, Vanderbilt
5 (161) Tyler Johnson, WR, Minnesota
6 (194) Khalil Davis, DT, Nebraska
7 (241) Chapelle Russell, LB, Temple
7 (245) Raymond Calais, RB, Louisiana-Lafayette

Draft Grade: A-

I can say with the utmost confidence that I don’t see what Tampa Bay could have done better given their draft capital and needs on both sides of the ball.

Tristan Wirfs is a good offensive tackle that will be an immediate upgrade for the Buccaneers.  Winfield Jr. and Vaughn are two players that I fell in love with throughout the Draft process.

If there is an area of concern, it’s regarding Minnesota receiver Tyler Johnson.  Johnson had above average game film, but hurt his stock following the season after pulling out of the Shrine Game and did not participate in workouts at the NFL Combine.

 

Tennessee Titans

1 (29) Isaiah Wilson, OT, Georgia
2 (61) Kristian Fulton, CB, LSU
3 (93) Darrynton Evans, RB, Appalachian State
5 (174) Larrell Murchison, DT, North Carolina State
7 (224) Cole McDonald, QB,Hawaii
7 (243) Chris Jackson, DB, Marshall

Draft Grade: B-

I’ve got two immediate starters on this list in Isaiah Wilson and Kristian Fulton.  I thought that the Titans would have been better suited to move out of the first and obtain additional draft picks, but they opted select Isaiah Wilson.

Tennessee was able to find a complimentary back to Derrick Henry in Darrynton Evans, which should help quarterback Ryan Tannehill. Cole McDonald could be a quarterback that Tennessee looks to develop down the road, too.

 

Washington Redskins

1 (2) Chase Young, DE, Ohio State
3 (66) Antonio Gibson, WR, Memphis
4 (108) Saahdiq Charles, OT, LSU
4 (142) Antonio Gandy-Golden, WR, Liberty
5 (156) Keith Ismael, OC, San Diego State
5 (162) Khaleke Hudson, LB, Michigan
7 (216) Kamren Curl, S, Arkansas
7 (229) James Smith-Williams, EDGE, North Carolina State

Draft Grade: B

I thought that Washington did a nice job of selecting the best available player, coupled with taking few chances on low character guys.  Saahdiq Charles had some off-field issues with LSU, but he has the talent to start for Washington.  If they are able to keep him grounded, the Redskins could be a dangerous team moving forward.

I’d also be remiss if I didn’t mention Chase Young. While Joe Burrow was the best quarterback in this draft class, I thought that Chase Young was the overall best prospect in this draft class.  His potential in the NFL is through the roof.

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