Well, it was exciting! There were a lot of surprises that developed on the first day of the 2020 NFL Draft. The good news is that because of these surprises, several talented players expected after Day 1 are still on the board. Now is the time for your team to jump up. There are still huge talents on the board waiting to be picked in rounds 2 and 3 and we’re here to preview them all.
I explore some of my favorite players below, but you can find a summary of each choice made in round 1 as well as the best players available according to our overall CBS Sports ranking in our tracking tracker, which will follow each choice as it is done throughout the weekend.
1. From Andre Swift, RB, Georgia
Swift was the best ball carrier perspective in my class this year. He is a big catcher and strong in pass protection. The Georgia product has an amazing ability to make defenders miss in space.
2. A.J. Epenesa, DL, Iowa
Epenesa slipping out of the first round is probably something he didn’t plan on when he said, as he is a strong player with a quick pass production. His problem is that he doesn’t have the explosiveness that teams want to see from a first round selection.
3. Xavier McKinney, S, Alabama
No security was taken in the first round, which is a bit surprising. Teams will find several options available to them in rounds 2 and 3. McKinney also has the option of playing nickel.
4. Neville Gallimore, DL, Oklahoma
Gallimore is an active defender who occasionally loses the gap. He made huge progress from 2018 to 2019, but still has room for improvement. A team will have the chance to add it on Friday.
5. Grant Delpit, S, LSU
Delpit is a first-round caliber talent when he is in good health. He was fantastic in 2018 but took a big step back in 2019. His tackle was poor, but he blamed it on an injured ankle. It’s a boom or a recession prospect.
6. Yetur Gross-Matos, EDGE, State of Penn
Gross-Matos is not going to jump the page with its explosiveness. He’s a strong player who has always produced in the Big Ten. It’s a low benefit rusher class, and teams will be lining up for its services.
7. Tee Higgins, WR, Clemson
It’s no surprise that Higgins fell in the first round. His lackluster off-season combined with his history of injuries precipitated a slide. Higgins would be perfect for the Colts in the second round. He uses his body well at the bottom of the field.
8. Ezra Cleveland, OT, State of Boise
Cleveland won the NFL in combination week, but the teams were reluctant to try their luck in the first round.
9. Zack Baun, LB, Wisconsin
Baun is a versatile linebacker who can play indoors or outdoors. I love the way he is able to descend blocks. The Wisconsin native is also a savvy player.
10. Josh Jones, OT, Houston
It may be surprising that Jones was not selected on Thursday evening. He is a solid forward who performed well at Reese’s Senior Bowl. A lucky team could land it later than expected.
11. Cole Kmet, TE, Notre Dame
There were no weaknesses in the first round. Kmet displays trends similar to Gronk. He’s not too fast or athletic, but he’s strong and a good catcher. Its blockage has improved over the season.
12. Trevon Diggs, BC, Alabama
Stefon’s little brother didn’t find a landing point on day 1. He’s a gifted athlete who fits the mold of what Seattle was looking for in the corner position: long and slim.
13. Denzel Mims, WR, Baylor
Mims was arguably the biggest winner in the pre-project process. It’s a large wide receiver with above average athleticism. I could also see the Colts taking an interest in him.
14. Ross Blacklock, DL, TCU
Two Horned Frogs participated in the first round, but Blacklock was not one of them. There are a handful of defensive tackles that could come out of the game on round 2, and Blacklock is right there with the best of them.
15. Josh Uche, EDGE, Michigan
Michigan has not maximized Uche’s potential as a keeper. His best is yet to come. This is a relatively weak edge rusher class, so teams in need will look towards the Wolverine.
16. Ashtyn Davis, S, California
Davis is a truly intelligent player battling certain injuries. Teams less exposed to him before the repechage could have an impact on his stock. Talent justifies selection for Round 2.
17. Terrell Lewis, EDGE, Alabama
Lewis is a development rusher. It is long, thin and explosive. That being said, he is also struggling with injury issues. This could prevent him from being caught as early as he deserves.
18. Curtis Weaver, EDGE, State of Boise
Weaver produced bags at Boise State. He does a great job going down blocks and using his hands to reach the quarterback. Weaver seems to me to be an ideal fit in Buffalo.
19. Jeremy Chinn, S, Southern Illinois
Chinn has been described as Isaiah Simmons of a poor man because he is built as a linebacker but plays the safety position. His athleticism and explosive features will not force him to change position.
20. Kristian Fulton, CB, LSU
Fulton is more like Greedy Williams than Tre’Davious White. He does not trust his technique on the ground, which leads to penalties. Tackling is also a concern. It represents a valid risk in the middle to late part of the second round.
21. Lloyd Cushenberry, G / C, LSU
Cushenberry was a follower on this LSU offensive line protecting Joe Burrow. It has a solid anchor and offers flexibility as a center. The Colts, Bears and Steelers stand out as potential adjustments.
22. Laviska Shenault, WR, Colorado
Shenault faced injuries last season, but everything is supposed to be clear. There is little better with football in hand. Several teams in need of receivers are still there after the first round, so there will be no shortage of contenders.
23. Cam Akers, RB, State of Florida
Akers had to do a lot himself last season because the Seminoles’ attack line was porous. Akers has taken a lot of shots, but his speed, weaker body strength, and attractive prowess will appeal to the teams.
24. Robert Hunt, OG, Louisiane-Lafayette
Hunt played the right tackle for the Cajuns Ragin ‘but projects like a Pro Bowl caliber guard. He also suffered an injury, but should be ready to tip over for training camp. He has an ideal setting with above average athletics.
25. Bryce Hall, BC, Virginia
Injury is the name of the game with Hall. When he is in good health, he is a first-rate talent. Its ability to find the ball at the bottom is special. Teams could land a flight without having to use a first-round pick from the talented corner.