NFL Draft 2020: Grades and analysis for each first round draft selection based on value and fit


Want to know what I think of each choice made on Thursday in the first round of the 2020 NFL Draft? You can find everything below. You can also follow throughout the rest of the draft on days 2 and 3 for more notes and more analysis. Be sure to refresh this page throughout the weekend for the latest notes.

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1. Bengals: QB Joe Burrow, LSU

Quality: A. It will be a star. This kid has all the tools to be an NFL quarterback. The Bengals will soon be winners.

2. Redskins: EDGE Chase Young, State of Ohio

Classroom: A. Power, speed remind me of Julius Peppers. He is an exceptional athlete. It’s a smugglers and smugglers league. Last year, they got their smuggler and this year, they got the rusher pass.

3. Lions: CB Jeff Okudah, State of Ohio

Classroom: B. I think they should have taken Derrick Brown. If in doubt, take the big guy. I don’t think you can pass on great people who play like Derrick Brown.

4. Giants: OT Andrew Thomas, Georgia

Classroom: B +. He is the best tackle in this draft class. I think it’s the cleanest tackle. This kid is going to be a long time starter on the left side. This year it will start right.

5. Dolphins: QB Tua Tagovailoa, Alabama

Classroom: B. I understand why they chose it. The tape is good sometimes. There is also a lot of trouble on this tape. He’s not a big guy, he’s a bit brittle. Rejecting medical exams is ridiculous.

6. Chargers: QB Justin Herbert, Oregon

Classroom: B. This kid has all the tools. Give it a little time and it can become a great quarterback. There are a lot of things to work on there. Yes, he has mechanical problems but he can solve them.

7. Panthers, DT Derrick Brown, Auburn

Classroom: A +. I love this choice. I love this player. I think Derrick Brown will be a force in the NFL. Play with such power. Reminds me of the late Jerome Brown.

8. Cardinals, LB Isaiah Simmons, Clemson

Classroom: B-. I am not in love with this kid as a player. The lineup is phenomenal, but where does it play? Is there security? Is he linebacker? Is it a hybrid? This kid for me is a security. I don’t think he’s physical enough to play near the line of scrimmage.

9. Jaguars, CB CJ Henderson, Florida

Classroom: B +. I like it because it can cover. There are so many guys in the NFL I spoke with before the draft who thought he was better than Okudah.

10. Browns, OT Jedrick Wills, Alabama

Category B. There is a better advantage over the other two tackles available. This child is clearly a good tackle, but has the body of a guard. I think there will be a transition for him moving to the left side if that is actually where they are playing it.

11. Jets, OT Mekhi Becton, Louisville

Classroom: B. Here’s the thing about Becton, he’s an athletic monster. It tends to get very heavy and it’s a concern. If he can keep his weight under control and devote himself to his trade, he will be a good football player.

12. Raiders, WR Henry Ruggs III, Alabama

Classroom: A. You cannot teach speed. This child can take off the top. He is hard. He will be able to manage the media coverage of the NFL.

13. Buccaneers, OT Tristan Wirfs, Iowa

Category B. I think it’s a solid choice. I don’t think there’s a lot of difference between the first four tackles. I had Thomas as my first tackle, but not much.

14. 49ers, DT Javon Kinlaw, South Carolina

Classroom: B-. It’s not that I don’t like Kinlaw. He has the potential to be a dominant player like Chris Jones of the Chiefs. But is there a better player than DeForest Buckner for whom they traded to get the Colts’ pick? Essentially, they replaced Buckner with Kinlaw.

15. Broncos, WR Jerry Jeudy, Alabama

Classroom: B. I really like Jeudy. He is the best road runner in this repechage. One concern I have with him is that he is really skinny. Will he be able to resist media coverage?

16. Falcons, CB A.J. Terrell, Clemson

Classroom: C +. I don’t like this choice. I think desperation forced this choice because they have problems around the corner. They saw the first two corners come off the board and stood up. There were smugglers available.

17. Cowboys, WR CeeDee Lamb, Oklahoma

Classroom: B +. This is a classic case of a team that does not expect the player to be there. He didn’t necessarily need a WR, but he was there. I think they would’ve picked a rusher pass here if Lamb hadn’t run into them. If you are true to your advice and have a good rating on the guy, you should take it.

18. Dolphins, OT, Austin Jackson, USC

Classroom: VS-. I would have gone with Ezra Cleveland. Austin Jackson is a project. It could take him a year or two to become the player that people think he can be. I am concerned about this choice for Miami.

19. Raiders, CB Damon Arnette, Ohio State

Classroom: B. He was part of my Better-Than-Team. I didn’t think he would go that high, but I guess he was part of the Raiders Better-Than-Team. He is a bit addicted to his technique. I think he’s a South Florida kid with an attitude. I don’t think there’s a significant difference between him and Okudah.

20. Jaguars, EDGE K’Lavon Chaisson, LSU

Quality: B +. He’s a guy who has to stay on the pitch. When he was out there, he was productive, but he had injury issues. He has to show that he can handle the 254 pound race.

21. Eagles, WR Jalen Reagor, TCU

Classroom: B. I love Reagor. He didn’t run a very good 40 on the combine. The night after the race, his agent told me that he had taken some water. A few days before having timed it much faster. He has good speed.

22. Vikings, WR Justin Jefferson, LSU

Classroom: A. I love this choice. He’s not (Stefon) Diggs, but he’s not going to complain about every game like Diggs either. I thought he would go before that.

23. Chargers, LB Kenneth Murray, Oklahoma

Classroom: B. They’ve left a bunch to go get it, but he’s a great playmaker.

24. Saints, C Cesar Ruiz, Michigan

Classroom: A. I love this player. Would go to the Pro Bowl for seven or eight years as a center. But where will he play for the Saints? I thought it would be a great center, but it will probably play good guard for them. Good player, but strange choice of Saints.

25. 49ers, WR Brandon Aiyuk, Arizona St.

Classroom: B +. I love this child. In this offense, it is going to be phenomenal. It just brushes the surface. When he catches the ball, boom he’s gone. He will be an effective player in this offense.

26. Packers, QB Jordan Love, State of Utah

Classroom: RE. Terrible blow by the Green Bay Packers. Aaron Rodgers told me last summer that he wanted to play until he was 40 years old. They needed a receiver. They needed defensive help. Sitting behind Rodgers will make love, but not the Packers well. You’re about to arrive at a Super Bowl, ask Rodgers for help.

27. Seahawks, LB Jordyn Brooks, Texas Tech

Classroom: C +. I love Brooks. The problem is that this is a choice for the future for a team that should choose to win now. They have other problems like the pass rusher. However, Gross Gross-Matos was sitting there, I would have taken him.

28. Ravens, LB Patrick Queen, LSU

Classroom: B. I love this choice. I think Queen is going to be a star in this defense. I think the range of this child is exceptional. He can go from side to side.

29. Titans, OT Isaiah Wilson, Georgia

Classroom: B +. I think it’s a good choice. It’s a massive right tackle on a team that needs a massive right tackle. This kid is a mauler in the racing game and is perfect for what the Titans want to do.

30. Dolphins, CB Noah Igbinoghene, Auburn

Classroom: A +. The captain of my Better-Than-Team. I think this choice is exceptional. He’s a great press man. He tackled 10 times better than I expected from a track guy.

31. Vikings, CB Jeff Gladney, TCU

Category B. It’s a choice, there’s no question. I like the player. There are character issues, this is something they will have to deal with. Mike Zimmer likes to draw corners. This choice is logical.

32. Chefs, RB Clyde Edwards-Helaire, LSU

Classroom: B-. I’m not a big fan of going back in the first round, but when you have Patrick Mahomes, it’s OK to go back like this in the first round. Reminds me of Maurice Jones-Drew.


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