The NFL canceled their draft day festivities in Las Vegas, but the NFL Draft will still occur on April 23 and run through April 25. The NFL Draft offers an opportunity for teams to improve or bolster their standing in the league. However, the NFL Draft is always a guessing game which can punish teams who select poorly.
After an active tampering period, the order for the first round of the 2020 NFL Draft looks different than it did a week ago. The San Francisco 49ers and Minnesota Vikings traded away players, and, in return, doubled their holdings in the first round. The altered rankings send several players tumbling out of the first round while drawing others back into the top 32 selections.
1. Cincinnati Bengals- Joe Burrow, QB LSU
Previous Pick in 2.0: Joe Burrow QB
Previous Pick in 1.0: Joe Burrow QB
Nothing can or should happen to alter this selection.
2. Washington Redskins- Chase Young, EDGE Ohio St.
Previous Pick in 2.0: Tua Tagovailoa QB
Previous Pick in 1.0: Chase Young EDGE
While Dwayne Haskins is not the long-term answer in Washington, the team decides to take the best available player instead of a quarterback.
3. Detroit Lions- Jeffrey Okudah, CB Ohio St.
Previous Pick in 2.0: Chase Young EDGE
Previous Pick in 1.0: Jeffrey Okudah CB
The Lions will inevitably part ways with Darius Slay, meaning they need a star cornerback. However, this pick could also turn into Isaiah Simmons.
4. New York Giants- Tristan Wirfs, OT Iowa
Previous Pick in 2.0: Jedrick Wills Jr. OT
Previous Pick in 1.0: CeeDee Lamb WR
Wills held the top offensive lineman spot for a while, but the tide is turning in Wirfs’ favor as we near draft day.
5. Miami Dolphins- Tua Tagovailoa, QB Alabama
Previous Pick in 2.0: Justin Herbert QB
Previous Pick in 1.0: Tua Tagovailoa QB
Some opportunities are too good to pass on. If the Dolphins do not draft Tagovailoa, they could set themselves back several years.
6. Los Angeles Chargers- Justin Herbert, QB Oregon
Previous Pick in 2.0: Jeffrey Okudah CB
Previous Pick in 1.0: Justin Herbert QB
With Tom Brady heading to Tampa Bay, the Chargers need a new plan at quarterback.
7. Carolina Panthers- Isaiah Simmons, LB Clemson
Previous Pick in 2.0: Isaiah Simmons LB
Previous Pick in 1.0: Derrick Brown DT
Luke Kuechly’s retirement leaves a hole at linebacker. Simmons is the most versatile player in the NFL draft, giving Carolina an absolute stud.
8. Arizona Cardinals- Jedrick Wills Jr., OT Alabama
Previous Pick in 2.0: Tristan Wirfs OT
Previous Pick in 1.0: Jedrick Wills Jr. OT
9. Jacksonville Jaguars- CeeDee Lamb, WR Oklahoma
Previous Pick in 2.0: Derrick Brown DT
Previous Pick in 1.0: Jerry Jeudy WR
The Jaguars can go in a lot of directions. Cornerback, safety, tight end, the defensive line, and the offensive line all need attention. However, pairing Lamb with DJ Chark is too much to resist.
10. Cleveland Browns- Mekhi Becton, OT Louisville
Previous Pick in 2.0: Mekhi Becton OT
Previous Pick in 1.0: Mekhi Becton OT
After adding Jack Conklin at right tackle, the Browns address their need at left tackle with Becton.
11. New York Jets- Andrew Thomas, OT Georgia
Previous Pick in 2.0: Jerry Jeudy WR
Previous Pick in 1.0: Andrew Thomas OT
The Jets will want to draft Jerry Jeudy, but the offensive line should always come first.
12. Las Vegas Raiders- Jerry Jeudy, WR Alabama
Previous Pick in 2.0: CeeDee Lamb WR
Previous Pick in 1.0: Henry Ruggs III WR
13. San Francisco 49ers- Derrick Brown, DT Auburn
Previous Pick (Colts) in 2.0: Javon Kinlaw DT
Previous Pick (Colts) in 1.0: Javon Kinlaw DT
A rush on offensive linemen, quarterbacks, and wide receivers led to one of the draft’s few blue-chip prospects dropping into San Francisco’s lap. While the 49ers want a wide receiver like Henry Ruggs III, Brown is an excellent replacement for DeForest Buckner.
14. Tampa Bay Buccaneers- Javon Kinlaw, DT South Carolina
Previous Pick in 2.0: Andrew Thomas OT
Previous Pick in 1.0: Tristan Wirfs OT
With the top four tackles in the NFL draft already gone, the Buccaneers take the final available blue-chip prospect.
15. Denver Broncos- Henry Ruggs III, WR Alabama
Previous Pick in 2.0: Henry Ruggs III WR
Previous Pick in 1.0: Isaiah Simmons LB
The Broncos pair Ruggs’ speed with Courtland Sutton’s size and physicality.
16. Atlanta Falcons- K’Lavon Chaisson, EDGE LSU
Previous Pick in 2.0: A.J. Epenesa EDGE
Previous Pick in 1.0: K’Lavon Chaisson EDGE
After releasing veterans and losing free agents, the Falcons could go cornerback, EDGE, or running back here. Chaisson gives them an athletic pass rusher alongside Dante Fowler.
17. Dallas Cowboys- C.J. Henderson, CB Florida
Previous Pick in 2.0: Xavier McKinney S
Previous Pick in 1.0: Xavier McKinney S
The Cowboys want a safety, but teams can make do with questionable safety play. Cornerback is a priority.
18. Miami Dolphins (Via Steelers)- A.J. Epenesa, EDGE Iowa
Previous Pick in 2.0: K’Lavon Chaisson EDGE
Previous Pick in 1.0: D’Andre Swift RB
The Dolphins bet on finding a running back later in the draft while addressing their lackluster pass rush.
19. Las Vegas Raiders (Via Bears)- Kristian Fulton, CB LSU
Previous Pick in 2.0: Kenneth Murray LB
Previous Pick in 1.0: Patrick Queen LB
20. Jacksonville Jaguars (Via Rams)- Kenneth Murray, LB Oklahoma
Previous Pick in 2.0: C.J. Henderson CB
Previous Pick in 1.0: C.J. Henderson CB
With three cornerbacks already off of the board, the Jaguars take the top available linebacker. Murray will serve as Telvin Smith’s replacement.
21. Philadelphia Eagles- Justin Jefferson, WR LSU
Previous Pick in 2.0: Kristian Fulton CB
Previous Pick in 1.0: Grant Delpit S
22. Minnesota Vikings- Trevon Diggs, CB Alabama
Previous Pick (Bills) in 2.0: Laviska Shenault Jr. WR
Previous Pick (Bills) in 1.0: Justin Jefferson WR
Minnesota said goodbye to Mackensie Alexander, Xavier Rhodes, Marcus Sherels, and Trae Waynes over the past several days. Last year’s first rounder, Mike Hughes, looks unprepared for the spotlight. However, Diggs is a plug-and-play starter.
23. New England Patriots- Zack Baun, EDGE Wisconsin
Previous Pick in 2.0: Jordan Love QB
Previous Pick in 1.0: Cole Kmet TE
With the Brady era officially over, the Patriots could still swing on Jordan Love. However, Baun just seems like a player built for Bill Belichick’s team.
24. New Orleans Saints- Tee Higgins, WR LSU
Previous Pick in 2.0: Grant Delpit S
Previous Pick in 1.0: Brandon Aiyuk WR
The draft’s top safeties are still on the board, but the Saints give Drew Brees a legitimate second option at wide receiver.
25. Minnesota Vikings- Neville Gallimore, DT Oklahoma
Previous Pick in 2.0: Trevon Diggs CB
Previous Pick in 1.0: Jaylon Johnson CB
After releasing Linval Joseph, the Vikings need another menacing interior defensive lineman.
26. Miami Dolphins (Via Texans)- Austin Jackson, OT USC
Previous Pick in 2.0: D’Andre Swift RB
Previous Pick in 1.0: Kristian Fulton CB
Miami hopes Jackson and free agent signee Ereck Flowers can revive the offensive line.
27. Seattle Seahawks- Yetur Gross-Matos, EDGE Penn St.
Previous Pick in 2.0: Yetur Gross-Matos EDGE
Previous Pick in 1.0: Ross Blacklock DT
After whiffing on L.J. Collier last season and failing to re-sign several defensive ends this spring, the Seahawks take a shot on Gross-Matos. The addition of Bruce Irvin could alter Seattle’s course.
28. Baltimore Ravens- Patrick Queen, LB LSU
Previous Pick in 2.0: Patrick Queen LB
Previous Pick in 1.0: Kenneth Murray LB
The Ravens should be ecstatic if one of the top two linebackers falls to them at 28. The team still needs a replacement for C.J. Mosley.
29. Tennessee Titans- Josh Jones, OT Houston
Previous Pick in 2.0: Justin Jefferson WR
Previous Pick in 1.0: A.J. Epenesa EDGE
Tennessee could go in a lot of directions. However, after adding Vic Beasley, they forgo drafting a pass rusher and try to replace Conklin.
30. Green Bay Packers- Laviska Shenault Jr., WR Colorado
Previous Pick in 2.0: Tee Higgins WR
Previous Pick in 1.0: Tee Higgins WR
Green Bay hoped to draft a replacement for Bryan Bulaga at right tackle, but a wide receiver offers better value for this selection.
31. San Francisco 49ers- Xavier McKinney, S Alabama
Previous Pick in 2.0: Zack Baun EDGE
Previous Pick in 1.0: A.J. Terrell CB
The 49ers did re-sign safety Jimmie Ward, but McKinney offers an upgrade at either safety position. San Francisco could also go cornerback or wide receiver at this spot.
32. Kansas City Chiefs- A.J. Terrell, CB Clemson
Previous Pick in 2.0: J.K. Dobbins RB
Previous Pick in 1.0: J.K. Dobbins RB
Ross Blacklock, DT TCU
Jeff Gladney, CB TCU
Grant Delpit, S LSU
Jordan Love, QB Utah St.
Brandon Aiyuk, WR Arizona St.
Denzel Mims, WR Baylor
Hunter Bryant, TE Washington
Cole Kmet, TE Notre Dame
J.K. Dobbins, RB Ohio St.
D’Andre Swift, RB Georgia
Jonathan Taylor, RB Wisconsin