The author of perhaps the greatest season ever by a college quarterback, he won a national title and the Heisman Trophy while throwing for 60 scores in his senior year. Exhibits premier leadership traits, pocket poise and savvy decision-making skills. Can fit accurate throws into tight windows. Has an instinctive feel for pressure but will stand in and take a hit. Is unafraid to tuck the ball and has sufficient speed to outrun linemen. Intelligent, he has shown progression in making downfield reads and in refining his deep ball touch with solid arm strength. His self-confidence will be tested at the next level; he must adjust to pro expectations. Upper echelon franchise quarterback.
This was always going to be the pick for the Bengals, who lucked out immensely this year because the top pick in the draft just happens to be from the state of Ohio! He will be the new face of the Cincinnati franchise and should be able to sell a few tickets along the way. Burrow has a chance to be great, but his floor is also very solid. This pick was a no-brainer for the Bengals.
A massive physical specimen, he flies off the edge to disrupt the pocket and wreak havoc in the passing game. Too hot to handle one on one by most college tackles, he amassed a bevy of records and individual honors in a decorated career with a powerhouse program. Leverages extreme body lean, superb balance and violent hands to bend the corner and penetrate. Specializes in strip sacks and tackles for loss as a premier defensive playmaker. Can be attacked in the run game; he is still striving for every down consistency and better play recognition. Outstanding edge rusher with big upside.
Washington may have entertained the thought of dealing this pick away, but the prospect of adding Young to a defensive front that already includes Jonathan Allen, Daron Payne and Montez Sweat was just too tempting to pass up. New head coach Ron Rivera has the ingredients in place to build an excellent defense in Washington, something similar to what the San Francisco 49ers have.
The Lions were always expected to take a defensive player at No. 3, and reports surfaced earlier in the day that GM Bob Quinn preferred Okudah (largely considered to be the top cornerback in this year's draft). Expect him to become an immediate starter for a team that needs a lot of help on defense. This pick should pan out for Detroit.
The Giants need help on the offensive line so adding Thomas was an obvious move here. Thomas was considered one of the top four offensive tackles available in this year's draft, but perhaps the safest bet for success at the highest level. Thomas might start out as New York's right tackle but he should eventually replace veteran Nate Solder on the blind side.
Is flush with the qualities required of a franchise-caliber quarterback, including command of the huddle, field vision and poise under pressure. Thrives when in motion with the athleticism to slide in the pocket, sprint out to scan for targets and extend plays. A left-hander, he has the arm strength to keep defenses honest and the extreme accuracy while throwing on the run. Is always willing to improvise or tuck it and scramble. Lacks the classic stature of a pro passer; his heavy reliance on mobility puts a premium on his lower-body fitness. Dynamic, accurate and productive quarterback with good upside.
Arguably the best quarterback available in this draft, Tagovailoa is a bit of an injury risk at this point (especially since Dolphins team doctors were not able to check him due to the current worldwide pandemic). That said, the former Alabama star has the makings of an NFL superstar. He will need time to fully develop and to get over his injury issues, so expect Miami to sit him in 2020 in favor of veteran Ryan Fitzpatrick. Tua could turn out to be the best player to come out of the '20 selection process.
Aces the eyeball test for pocket presence; he comes straight off the quarterback assembly line with ideal stature and arm strength for the pro game. Sees the entire field and will stare down deep defenders. Can rifle the pill to any spot on the field from a stationary base or while in motion. Is fluid and athletic in all phases. Is also patient when forced to check down. Can be opportunistic as a ball carrier and burn defenses on scrambled plays. Is somewhat erratic in gauging throws for tempo, touch and distance; he could stand to use a little less force and a lot more finesse. Rocket-armed franchise quarterback.
Herbert is a west coast guy from Oregon, so his transition to the NFL could be a relatively smooth one going to Los Angeles. The Chargers are still expected to start veteran Tyrod Taylor at quarterback in 2020 but Herbert now represents the team's QB of the future. LA decided to take their future signal caller here instead of upgrading their offensive line.
Brown should make a big impact on the Panthers, a team that lost several defensive linemen to free agency. Brown is a monster who should play a ton of snaps along Carolina's D-line in 2020. Expect him to bookend veteran Kawann Short and create havoc and plenty of disruption up front. This should be a solid choice for the Cats.
The Cardinals used to employ Tyrann Mathieu (who was considered largely a player without a true position). Now, Simmons will become the latest hybrid defender in Arizona. Will he player outside linebacker? Will he play safety? Will he play slot corner? The answers will probably be yes, yes and yes. It will be up to Arizona to get the most out of Simmons' talent.
It is no surprise to see the Jaguars take a cornerback in Round 1. After all, Jalen Ramsey is gone. A.J. Bouye is gone. Jacksonville's once-vaunted secondary needs a lot of help now. So, Henderson should go a long way towards helping them do just that. Jacksonville took a corner here instead of one of the top offensive tackles available.
The Browns were rumored to be interested in trading for Washington's Trent Williams to play left tackle, but that deal never materialized. So, plan B was to draft their new left tackle in Wills. He has the athleticism to protect Baker Mayfield's blind side. Veteran Jack Conklin will man the right side for Cleveland, so the offensive line is taking shape for the Browns.
The Jets were either going to take an offensive tackle or a wide receiver at No. 11 (and there were plenty of both available). Becton is a huge physical specimen with incredible athleticism. New York will need him to step in and immediately start at left tackle, a position that the Jets have struggled to fill since the retirement of D'Brickashaw Ferguson (2015).
His sub-4.30 40-time at the draft combine confirmed what most already knew: he is capable of going the distance on any touch. His raw speed commands an ample cushion from wary defenders; he shows physicality at the line of scrimmage with the strength and quickness to beat press coverage. A savvy and fluid route runner with soft mitts, he sees the ball into his hands then hits the burners for explosive gains. Must prove he can make adjustments to handle denser pro traffic and tighter windows. Explosive, complementary wide receiver with upside.
The Raiders had a choice of three wideouts and went with the speed demon in Ruggs (instead of CeeDee Lamb or Jerry Jeudy). Ruggs has perhaps the most upside of the three but he is also much less of a volume receiver than either Lamb or Jeudy. The Raiders have always loved big-play wide receivers, so Ruggs fits here very nicely.
Tampa Bay decided to move up one spot from 14 to 13 in order to secure the last of the "big four" offensive tackles in Wirfs, who will likely take over at right tackle with the Buccaneers (the team also signed versatile veteran Joe Haeg, who can play all over the O-line). Holdover Donovan Smith is expected to remain at left tackle (Tom Brady's blindside).
The Niners traded DeForest Buckner to Indianapolis for the No. 13 pick in the draft, and then traded down one slot to No. 14 to select Buckner's replacement in Kinlaw. San Francisco did not WANT to move Buckner but their salary cap issues forced them into it. However, the Niners want to continue to be dominant on defense. Kinlaw should help with that.
A decorated college star, he owns elite tools and is the top playmaker of his draft class. Showcases superb route-running skills and body control; he can manipulate defenders to create space and elevate to high-point the ball. Is plenty fast and boasts the play speed and quickness to create separation and break long gains. Occasionally loses concentration and makes an unforced drop. His height and wingspan are average relative to the pro benchmarks and he must prove he can work the middle of the field. Excellent, go-to wide receiver with good upside.
The Broncos believe Drew Lock can be their starting quarterback for a long time, so giving him more weapons is a great idea. Jeudy may be considered the best wide receiver available in this year's draft, so he looks like an excellent selection here. Denver has Courtland Sutton but Jeudy may end up leading the team in receptions as a rookie in 2020.
Atlanta was rumored to be interested in trading up in this year's draft, but that never materialized. Defense was always the target, so it is not a surprise to see Terrell go to the Falcons with this pick. Atlanta has Kendall Sheffield as their top cornerback heading into 2020 but Terrell has a good shot at playing a lot of snaps opposite Sheffield.
He may arrive as a Lamb but often leaves like a lion after gorging on vulnerable defenses. Can bite off chunks with his straight-line speed and separation skills as a receiver/returner. Makes fluid adjustments in flight and snags/secures throws outside his frame. Excels at extending plays after the catch; he is slick and elusive as an open-field runner and stretches the third level as an ever present scoring threat. His skills must be optimized in a wide open passing offense. Must sharpen his route running and adapt to physical, pro caliber coverage. Explosive playmaker and one-touch scoring threat.
The Cowboys had needs on defense and the offensive line but Lamb was the best player available. Dallas also lacks depth behind Amari Cooper and Michael Gallup at wide receiver, so it makes sense to pick Lamb here. The Cowboys should have plenty of weapons for quarterback Dak Prescott and new head coach Mike McCarthy to work with.
After taking their quarterback of the future in Tua Tagovailoa with their first pick, the Dolphins now go with a potential left tackle of the future in Jackson. Miami has major needs on the offensive line so Jackson was a need selection. The Fish may need to find someone to bridge the gap in '20 until Jackson is ready to take over, but the latter is going to be a very good one.
The Raiders needed both a wide receiver and a cornerback early in this draft, so they did just that by taking Henry Ruggs III and now Arnette. The latter was not expected to go this early but Raiders GM Mike Mayock and head coach Jon Gruden often march to the beat of their own drum. They always have a preferred type of player, so time will tell if Arnette pans out.
The Jaguars are expected to trade Yannick Ngakoue at some point this off-season, and he is clearly their best pass rusher. So, Chaisson might be the immediate replacement if/when the Ngakoue deal goes down. Josh Allen is also around, so the combination of Chaisson and Allen should provide great edge rushing ability for years in Jacksonville.
You will know his name by the end of the game. That is another way of saying he can change the course of events on a single play. Leverages track skills and blistering speed to outrace coverage on vertical routes. Explosive off the snap, he wins quick separation, accelerates instantly out of breaks and creates big gains after the catch. Needs space to operate and can be stymied by physical defenders. Must clean up his technique with regards to body catches and improve his success rate on contested throws. Playmaking wide receiver and return man.
It is no secret that the Eagles needed help at wide receiver, with only injury-prone veterans Alshon Jeffery and DeSean Jackson as proven wideouts on the roster. Reagor could make an immediate impact in Philadelphia if he finds instant chemistry with quarterback Carson Wentz. This looks like a solid move by GM Howie Roseman and the Eagles.
A shrewd and instinctive operator, he thrived in a feature role in college showing the clutch traits and flexibility to be a difference maker. Size, play strength and clock times work in his favor on a variety of routes, both from the slot and on the outside. Combines change of speeds with body control to win separation and closes the deal with quick, strong hands at the point of the catch. Must sharpen his routes and match the physicality of pro defenders in order to thrive in his role. Showcase, playmaking wide receiver with upside.
Buffalo acquired Stefon Diggs and surrendered this pick to Minnesota, who decided to draft Jefferson as Diggs' likely direct replacement on offense. Minnesota has Adam Thielen as its main wide receiver but Jefferson should provide plenty of support. Tajae Sharpe and Bisi Johnson should round out the Vikings' receiver corps. Jefferson may be an instant volume receiver.
The Chargers are a little weak at linebacker right now, with holdover Denzel Perryman and veteran newcomer Nick Vigil leading the way. Enter Murray, who has a solid shot at becoming an instant starter on the inside. Los Angeles uses three safeties a lot of the time but perhaps the addition of Murray will lessen the need for that strategy moving forward.
This is an interesting pick. The Saints have Erik McCoy, who started 16 games (and one playoff contest) at center last season. Ruiz is a natural center but he can play guard as well. Veterans Andrus Peat and Larry Warford are still around as the starters at guard, so Ruiz may have to back up all three positions in his rookie season. This pick could be for the future.
Speed and explosiveness bode well for his prospects of landing a feature role at the top level. A fluid route runner with strong hands, he flaunts the ability to separate and add yards after the catch; he can line up both inside and outside to offer multiple options for game-planning and creating mismatches. A late bloomer in college with scant starting experience, he can struggle with contact and press coverage and may need development time to leverage his full skill set. Dynamic, playmaking wide receiver with upside.
The Niners decided NOT to take a wide receiver with their earlier pick, so they traded up here in order to secure a wideout. Aiyuk has a chance to make a major impact right away, since San Francisco lost Emmanuel Sanders to free agency and is expected to trade Marquise Goodwin this off-season. That leaves Aiyuk and Deebo Samuel as the main men now.
His height and physical traits easily satisfy the pro benchmarks; he believes in his arm and can spray the ball with authority all over the field. Exhibits a smooth, repeatable delivery with plenty of juice to challenge tight windows. Adjusts well on the fly to make off-balance throws from difficult angles. Is highly mobile and keeps his eyes downfield when throwing on the run. His college production was uneven with some late career regression and a spike in turnovers. May need extra time to process pro defenses and improve his decision-making before he can maximize his physical attributes. Talented, unrefined quarterback with good upside.
Aaron Rodgers waited a long time to become Green Bay's starting quarterback, sitting behind Brett Favre. Well, history may repeat itself here as Love could sit behind Rodgers for several more seasons. Love was always expected to go in the first round, so the Packers decided to trade up in order to secure their signal caller of the future. This is interesting!
The Seahawks have veteran staples Bobby Wagner and K.J. Wright at linebacker but there is not a lot of depth beyond those two. Brooks has a chance to start right away if he can stay healthy. Seattle lost veteran Mychal Kendricks to free agency, while Shaquem Griffin is more of a situational pass rusher than an every down linebacker. So, Brooks looks like a solid pick here.
This pick was a slam dunk. The Ravens lost linebackers Josh Bynes and Patrick Onwuasor to free agency, so they needed some help at that position. Queen should provide that. Baltimore has L.J. Fort and Chris Board on the linebacker depth chart, so Queen is a good bet to see a ton of snaps as a rookie. He should start in Week 1 and never look back.
Tennessee lost right tackle Jack Conklin to free agency this off-season, so it makes sense that they took an offensive tackle in the first round. Veteran Dennis Kelly is penciled in to replace Conklin at right tackle in 2020, but Wilson is the long-term solution at that position. He just may need a little bit of time before he bookends Taylor Lewan along the Titans' O-line.
Miami has arguably one of the top cornerback tandems in the NFL right now in Xavien Howard and Byron Jones, but behind them there is questionable depth. Enter Igbinoghene, who might need some time before he sees a lot of snaps in the NFL. However, he projects as a quality cornerback down the road. He might also become a slot or nickelback option soon.
Minnesota lost Xavier Rhodes, Trae Waynes and MacKensie Alexander to free agency, so obviously the team needed to replenish its secondary via the draft. Gladney should help in that regard. In fact, Gladney has a very good chance to become a Week 1 starter for the Vikings if he can beat out either Mike Hughes or Holton Hill. Bet on it.
A deceptively powerful, subcompact runner, he has the strength, stamina and ball skills to be an every down running back. Features short area explosiveness, superb balance and elite vision; he bursts through the smallest of holes to reach the second level. Owns a lexicon of cuts, jukes and fakes to beat open-field tacklers and extend short gains into gashes. Shows reliable hands as a receiver and is dangerous in space. His short stature is a detriment in pass blocking. Lacks long speed and the desired heft for goal line duty. Highly productive, multipurpose running back with some upside.
Champions know champions. The Chiefs won the Super Bowl without a franchise-type running back. LSU won the National Championship with Edwards-Helaire dominating the snaps at running back. He could make a massive impact catching passes from Patrick Mahomes out of the backfield. Oh, and he can rush as well. This looks like a potential steal to end Round 1.
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