Cincinnati goes with a quarterback at 1. LSU quarterback Joe Burrow won the Heisman after his monster campaign in 2019 where he led LSU to a 15-0 season. Burrow had 5,671 passing yards, 60 passing touchdowns, 6 interceptions, and a 76.3 completion percentage this season with LSU.
LSU quarterback Joe Burrow has the leadership and attitude you want in a quarterback. He will take a football over a cell phone all day. His phone broke prior to the SEC Championship and he wanted to win the SEC Championship first. That's the attitude you want your quarterback to have.
The 6-3 221 lb Burrow has the leadership, attitude, short accuracy, and medium accuracy that you want. Burrow has the short accuracy, medium accuracy, and deep accuracy that you want a quarterback to have along with the arm. Incredible arm strength and pinpoint accuracy by this pocket quarterback makes Burrow a special talent. He can read up to all six progressions as well.
Joe Burrow can play in a west coast offense, shotgun spread offense, balanced run first offense, or a vertical offense. He can play in any offensive scheme. He is exactly what the Cincinnati Bengals need.
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Washington will most likely take Chase Young at 2. Once Washington moved into this draft spot, there were reports that Washington would release both Ryan Kerrigan and Josh Norman to save cap space. Norman has already been released and Ryan Kerrigan kept his job so it will be interesting to see how Washington uses three first round pass rushers in the 4-3 defense that Ron Rivera and defensive coordinator Jack Del Rio plan on transitioning to.
The 6-5 264 lb Chase Young has the athleticism and explosiveness off the edge. The former 5-star recruit had 14.5 tackles for a loss and 9.5 sacks in 2018 when filling in for an injured Nick Bosa. Young stood out and is now the player commanding double teams with Bosa in San Francisco. Young can play 4-3 right end, 4-3 left end, 3-4 right outside linebacker, or 3-4 left outside linebacker with his versatility.
Young can be used as a 4-3 right end or a 3-4 right outside linebacker. Drafting Chase Young to anchor this pass rush after he had 21 tackles for a loss and 16.5 sacks in 2019 is a smart move as him and Montez Sweat can anchor this 4-3 pass rush for years to come. You also got other first round picks like Jonathan Allen and Da'Ron Payne on the defensive line moving from 3-4 defensive linemen to 4-3 defensive tackles.
Chase Young gives you an immediate impact player on defense that can come in for Ryan Kerrigan who got placed on injured reserve in 2019 after five consecutive seasons of 10 or more sacks. The downside is that Washington will have to address left tackle and field cornerback in Free Agency or the third round of the 2020 NFL Draft when the Washington Redskins are on the clock again.
Joe Burrow and Chase Young are the only picks that I am 100 percent sure of heading into the 2020 NFL Combine. Washington got a player who many consider to be the best player in the 2020 NFL Draft.
The 6-1 205 lb Jeffrey Okudah showed the traits you want a number one field cornerback to possess after being a former five star recruit in High School like his teammate Chase Young. Even with the addition of Desmond Trufant in Free Agency, I still believe Detroit will take Jeffrey Okudah at three.
Okudah is considered the top cornerback in this draft with 9 deflections from pass breakups and 3 interceptions in 2019. His man coverage, zone coverage, and press coverage is great. You would like to see him do a better job stopping the run though.
Okudah also went the entire 2019 season without being penalized. He showed the traits of a blue chip cornerback at the 2020 NFL Combine.
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The 6-5 320 lb Andrew Thomas was Geogia's right tackle next to Isaiah Wynn as a freshman. Thomas has the pass blocking strength, pass blocking footwork, run blocking strength, and run blocking footwork to be a right tackle. He can maintain blocks for 5-7 seconds at right tackle. He only maintained blocks for 3-5 seconds in pass protection at left tackle after Isaiah Wynn left. Thomas can maintain blocks for 5-7 seconds when running the football. Thomas opened up lanes for Nick Chubb and D'Andre Swift at both offensive tackle spots. He did good, but not great in pass protection for Jake Fromm. Thomas struggled versus Kentucky pass rusher Josh Allen in 2018 only maintaining blocks for 1-3 seconds as a temporary blocker versus Allen. Thomas corrected and improved his pass blocking issues in 2019 and is now the clear cut best offensive tackle in the 2020 NFL Draft.
New York got a bookend right tackle to Nate Solder. I feel like Andrew Thomas can be a blue chip offensive tackle so I love this pick.
Andrew Thomas was my top ranked offensive tackle heading into the 2020 NFL Combine. Here is a film cut of Georgia's offensive line with Andrew Thomas facing Notre Dame.
Miami gets a quarterback with this pick if Ryan Fitzpatrick beats out Josh Rosen for the starting job. Assuming the Dolphins finish this poorly it's safe to say that Rosen will be labeled a bust if he screws up with another bad offensive line. Ryan Fitzpatrick defeated New England on the road in week 17 so he should be back, but will Miami draft a quarterback or make a play for someone like Philip Rivers in Free Agency. I feel like the Dolphins will take Tua here.
The 6-0 217 lb signal-caller had 3,966 passing yards, 43 passing touchdowns, 6 interceptions, and a 69% completion percentage in 2018. Tua has two number one targets to throw to, but lost two running backs, his best tight end, and three offensive linemen to the 2019 NFL Draft after being the Heisman Runner Up to last years top draft pick Kyler Murray. Tua demonstrated the throwing power and throwing accuracy versus Duke cornerback Mark Gilbert who had NFL talent. Tua completed 71 percent of his passes before his season ending injury.
Tua showed the ability to make up to six progressions on tape last year during the regular season. Tua had multiple receivers, multiple running backs, and Irv Smith Jr. at tight end which enabled him to make multiple progressions. Against Clemson, he only made two progressions due to a stout defensive line. Tua fixed his accuracy concerns and looks like the second best quarterback in the 2020 NFL Draft even behind Joe Burrow with his injury.
I posted a film cut on Tua Tagovailoa versus LSU. Check it out and make a case for why Miami should take Tua at 5.
The 6-6 227 lb Herbert has the arm strength and poise you look for in a quarterback. Herbert read all six progressions in 2019.
Herbert only started six games as a freshman. He had an injury in 2017. He was healthy in 2018 when he threw for 3,151 passing yards, 29 passing touchdowns, and 8 interceptions. Herbert had 3,471 passing yards, 32 passing touchdowns, and 6 interceptions in 2019. Herbert has the composure you look for in an NFL quarterback, but his accuracy needs to improve since he only had a 59.7 completion percentage in 2018 following his injury in 2017 when he had a 67.5 completion percentage prior to his season ending injury. Herbert holds onto the ball too long at times and his accuracy is a correctable trait if he can fix his mechanics. Herbert corrected a lot at the 2020 Senior Bowl which is why I have him going this high.
I posted a film cut of Justin Herbert VS Auburn. Herbert did good in this game despite having four injured wide receivers. Most people who observed the game are giving Herbert crap for not winning or not having 300 passing yards, but a lot of his issues from bad throws either stem from missed assignments from the wide receivers or just bad decisions that Herbert made throughout the game.
I also have a press conference of the 2020 Senior Bowl MVP. Click this Justin Herbert Interview to listen to Herbert in Mobile.
Carolina drafts the 6-5 326 lb nose tackle out of Auburn at 7. Derrick Brown had 24 solo tackles, 24 assisted tackles, 48 total tackles, 10.5 tackles for a loss, 6 quarterback hurries, and 4.5 sacks in 2018. Brown had 33 solo tackles, 22 assisted tackles, 55 total tackles, 12.5 tackles for a loss, 4 sacks, and 2 quarterback hurries in 2019. Brown is the only four down nose tackle in this draft class which is why he will get pushed up boards. With Carolina declining to pick up Dontari Poe's club option, that is a huge indicator that this team will draft Derrick Brown at 7 if he's there.
Derrick Brown showcased rip moves, swim moves, spin moves, and uppercuts that I saw some of the defensive tackles at the 2020 Senior Bowl do at Auburn's Pro Day. Brown has cemented himself as the top defensive tackle in the 2020 NFL Draft.
The 6-4 238 lb Isaiah Simmons is also a two time Butkus Award Winner for the top linebacker in College Football. He has the man coverage, zone coverage, and press coverage you want a safety to have. His instincts and ball skills are outstanding.
I was worried that Simmons would weigh in around 6-1 220 lbs. Simmons is bigger than I projected him to be which is another plus. Simmons did enough on tape at Clemson to earn this top 5 pick because even though he excelled at linebacker in College, I see someone that is a better fit at safety when I watch his tape.
Isaiah Simmons could end up as a 3-4 middle linebacker or a strong safety. Simmons will play everywhere and this was the best player on the board.
I have two cornerbacks graded higher and why would you pass on a blue chip receiver like Jerry Jeudy and CeeDee Lamb. Henderson is great in coverage, but stopping the run and tackling is an issue with him and he's no replacement for Jalen Ramsey.
C.J. Henderson has the man coverage, zone coverage, and press coverage to be a Pro Bowl cornerback. The 6-1 204 lb C.J. Henderson had 11 deflections from pass breakups in 2019.
His ability to react to tackles has to improve though. He struggled against the run against Georgia too. Joe Burrow roasted him like chestnuts on an open fire when LSU played Florida. Henderson is someone Minnesota has to draft here even though this pick may seem like a reach because Henderson ran a 4.39 40-time and has the coverage you want a cornerback to have.
I posted a film cut of C.J. Henderson VS Miami FL. He is more of a second round prospect than the first round player I hyped him up to be during the preseason, but if Okudah, Fulton, and Diggs are all gone, someone may reach for Henderson in the first round and I think that team will be the Vikings.
I like Jedrick Wills Jr. However, someone like Tristan Wirfs would have been a much better fit in my honest opinion which is why this pick did not receive an A grade. Wills played right tackle in High School and in Alabama.
The 6-4 312 lb Jedrick Wills Jr. has the pass blocking, run blocking, zone blocking, pass blocking strength, run blocking strength, pass blocking footwork, and run blocking footwork you want a right tackle to have. He played right tackle in High School and at Alabama making him a pure right tackle. Tua Tagovailoa is left handed so Jedrick Wills Jr. was Tua's blindside at Alabama despite being a right tackle. Despite this, many members of the media have touted Jedrick Wills Jr. as the top offensive tackle in this draft.
Baker Mayfield is a right handed quarterback. Jack Conklin has not played left tackle since Michigan State. Jedrick Wills Jr. has no experience at left tackle. I like Wills Jr., but I am very skeptical about the fit which is why I originally gave it a C grade.
Former Browns left tackle Joe Thomas called him the best offensive tackle in the draft. He only allowed 1 sack on 929 pass blocking snaps. Bill Callahan who helped Tyron Smith convert from right tackle at USC to left tackle with the Dallas Cowboys is the Browns new offensive line coach after being an interim head coach in 2019. Former Browns defensive coordinator and Alabama head coach Nick Saban said that Wills can make the transition to left tackle.
It turns out the Browns had Wills Jr. as their top ranked offensive tackle this entire time plus Alabama quarterback Tua Tagovailoa called Jedrick Wills Jr. an alpha male with an abundance alpha mindset so when you take those variables into account this pick gets bumped up to a B grade as Joseph Potter stated on our draft special. It is hard to convince me to change a grade, but there was enough overwhelming evidence to get me to adjust this grade.
I posted a film cut of Alabama's offensive line VS LSU. Jedrick Wills Jr. did very good in this game.
The 6-7 364 lb Mekhi Becton has the versatility to play both left tackle and right tackle with his versatility. Becton ran a 5.10 40-time weighing over 360 lbs. He has a right tackle body, but George Fant gave up 8 sacks and so did right tackle Chuma Edoga so Becton may end up winning the blindside job, but Becton to the Jets is a better fit then Wills Jr. to the Browns.
Henry Ruggs III isn't even the best receiver on his own team. Jerry Jeudy and CeeDee Lamb are both better prospects despite his 40-time.
Las Vegas goes with the man who ran a 4.27 40-time at the 2020 NFL Combine as a receiver. Derek Carr now has Henry Ruggs III, Tyrell Williams, Zay Jones, Hunter Renfrow, and Nelson Agholor. Good luck with that since the Raiders needed Jeudy or Lamb in the worst way possible which is why the Raiders get a C grade here.
I posted a film cut of Henry Ruggs III VS LSU. Henry Ruggs III did good in this game.
Tampa Bay got one of the top two offensive tackles in the draft. They traded their fourth rounder to John Lynch, a former Buccaneer player just to move up a spot which is why they got an A- grade instead of an A grade or an A+ grade.
The 6-5 320 lb offensive tackle is versatile enough to play left tackle or right tackle on either side of the offensive line. He has the pass blocking strength and run blocking strength to maintain a block for 7 seconds at right tackle just like Andrew Thomas. Wirfs showcased the upside and potential to maintain blocks at left tackle longer than Andrew Thomas despite only playing a few games at left tackle. Wirfs ran a 4.85 40-yard dash while doing 24 reps on the bench press at the 2020 NFL Combine. Tom Brady has Donovan Smith at left tackle and Tristan Wirfs at right tackle.
San Francisco got a 4-3 defensive tackle to replace DeForest Buckner at 14 after moving out of thirteen. The 6-5 315 lb Javon Kinlaw dominated versus Georgia and has asserted himself as a top 15 pick on tape despite what his stats say. Javon Kinlaw was also described by Senior Bowl Chairman Jim Nagy as "Unblockable" when facing Alabama.
Javon Kinlaw has the speed and athleticism to be an effective pass rusher and run stuffer. Kinlaw can play the 0-technique, 1-techinque, 2-technique, 3-technique, 4-technique, and 5-technique. Was easily the best defensive player in Mobile during the 2020 Senior Bowl and has four down ability. Click this Javon Kinlaw Interview to hear Kinlaw's press conference from Mobile.
Jerry Jeudy is the one receiver in this draft that I can see surprassing Courtland Sutton as the top guy. Drew Lock has Jerry Jeudy, Courtland Sutton, and Noah Fant for their second year quarterback to throw to.
Jerry Jeudy and CeeDee Lamb are both blue chip wide receivers in my honest opinion. The 6-1 193 lb Jerry Jeudy has Calvin Ridley's foot speed, Amari Cooper's route running, and the blocking of Julio Jones packed into one super receiver despite his size. He may be faster than all three receivers too with his speed and ability to stretch the field deep in terms of game speed. He also knows how to run short, medium, or deep routes and use his agility to create separation when running a deep route with his speed.
Jeudy was mainly used in the slot at times in 2018. He was used on the outside versus Clemson too where he did not drop a single ball versus Clemson's defense. There were plays where Jeudy was wide open where Tua did not make the easy play.
Calvin Ridley had great foot speed, but his route tree was limited to about 15 routes. I'd argue Jeudy can run 18 of the 30 routes you need a receiver to run in the NFL. He does a better job creating separation than any Alabama receiver I've seen under Nick Saban. Jeudy had 68 receptions, 1,315 receiving yards, and 14 receiving touchdowns in 2018. Jeudy had 77 receptions, 1,163 receiving yards, and 10 receiving touchdowns in 2019.
Jeudy ran a 4.45 40-time at the 2020 NFL Combine. Denver got my top ranked receiver at 15.
I posted a film cut of Jerry Jeudy VS LSU. Jeudy did very good in this game.
I had a second round grade on A.J. Terrell. He did better at his Pro Day than someone like his teammate Tee Higgins who I had graded higher. Atlanta needed a replacement for Desmond Trufant so if they felt Terrell was the guy then this is a decent pick.
Atlanta gets a field cornerback to replace Desmond Trufant. The 6-1 195 lb A.J. Terrell played field cornerback, boundary cornerback, and nickel cornerback at Clemson. Trayvon Mullen played boundary in 2018, and Terrell played the other roles then before moving to the boundary role in 2019 where Mullen played a year ago.
Carolina can make Terrell their field cornerback after he ran a 4.42 40-time and did 15-reps on the bench press at the 2020 NFL Combine. Atlanta now has A.J. Terrell and Isaiah Oliver as their top two cornerbacks.