But even two weeks later, I have some lingering thoughts on how the project was going. Better late than never, right? As I watched from a distance, a handful of teams really impressed me with what they did, and some of the Day 3 choices turned out to be particularly excellent.
So here are some of my highlights from the 2020 draft, including five teams that did the best job immediately improving their rosters and five finalists who could play key roles from the start as rookies this season.
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FIVE TEAMS IMPROVING IMMEDIATELY
What a great opening two nights of the draft for Dallas. And it started in 17th place. The Oklahoma CeeDee Lamb wide receiver was nothing less than a gift for the Cowboys. He’s so good after the catch and he’s a solid road runner with great instinct. The Cowboys’ offense led the NFL with 431.5 yards per game last season, and now Dak Prescott has Lamb alongside Amari Cooper, Michael Gallup and Ezekiel Elliott. It’s a nightmare for defensive coordinators.
Dallas returned with cornerback Trevon Diggs out of Alabama on Friday, followed by defensive forward Neville Gallimore, Lamb teammate of Oklahoma. Diggs brings the versatility, peddling and tight covering skills of the press man. He’s probably a newbie as a rookie and helps make up for Byron Jones’ loss of free agency in a struggling high school. Diggs had three interceptions for the Crimson Tide in 2019, while the Cowboys only managed seven – tied for the lowest total in the NFL. And Gallimore is explosive in the middle of the defensive line. Its strip was a little inconsistent, but the 304-pounder ran a silly 4.79 in the 40-yard dash with the combine and flashes the ability to repel offensive linemen and descend blocks. I expect him to play in some form of rotation and show his leadership qualities.