A couple days have past since the 2020 NFL draft. This one was unlike any other for obvious reasons.
It was filled with twists in the picks, some obvious ones at the top, some not so obvious ones with the Packers, and a whole bunch of great moments. My favorite was when the Patriots were on the clock in the first round, the camera goes to check in on Bill Belichick, and his dog is in the chair in front of the computer.
Now that it’s complete and time has passed to evaluate all of the picks, let’s take a look at my best and worst classes of the 2020 NFL Draft.
Top 3 Classes: Baltimore Ravens, Denver Broncos, Dallas Cowboys
Let’s start with them AFC North Rival Baltimore Ravens. It pains me to say that they had such a great draft class. They made 10 picks through rounds 1-7 and nailed their first three rounds. No one expected Patrick Queen to fall that far so they win on value alone. The value did not stop there. They followed it up with Ohio State RB JK Dobbins in round 2. 3rd round picks DT Justin Madubuike, WR Devin Duvernay, ILB Malik Harrison, and OT Tyre Phillips rounded out their first three rounds and they got players I believe can make an impact for the AFC North champs.
The Denver Broncos were in the WR market and some mocks had they snagging Jerry Jeudy. Truth be told, I didn’t think it was possible. So, for them to get him at pick 15 is an immediate win. From there, they snagged WR KJ Hamler in round 2, C Lloyd Cushenberry III to free up space for Melvin Gordon, and speedy TE Albert Okwuegbunam in round 4. I loved this class because John Elway had one thing in mind: get Drew Lock as many weapons as possible to keep up with the Super Bowl Champion Kansas City Chiefs.
The Dallas Cowboys narrowly beat out the Miami Dolphins here for this spot. I went with the Cowboys because the Dolphins were extremely predictable at the top. Snagging Tua was easy as no one outside of the Chargers was going up to acquire him. Getting Austin Jackson was filling another huge hole so again chalk. The pick of CB Noah Igbinoghene shocked me as I thought Swift or Dobbins was going there, but the CB solidified their “no fly zone” mentality that HC Brian Flores is going to institute. I’m going Cowboys for one reason. I fully expected Jerry Jones to completely mess up this draft and he did not at all. CeeDee Lamb was the best player available at that time, filled a need at WR, and gave Dak Prescott a reason to sign that extension. Getting CB Trevon Diggs in round 2 and DT Neville Gallimore in round 3 was up there with the Ravens in terms of value. All that value. But the key to this class being in my 3 spot is getting C Tyler Biadasz in round 4 to replace Travis Frederick.
Bottom 3 Classes: Green Bay Packers, Philadelphia Eagles, Oakland Raiders
I’m going to start with the Packers here. My god I have no clue what the hell they were thinking during this entire process. Trading up for a player who doesn’t help this team now is asinine. They were a win away from the Super Bowl and struggled to get there because there aren’t any weapons outside of Davante Adams. Jordan Love might be good, but if you’re a Packers fan you do not want to look ahead to the end of the Rodgers era. You take advantage of him being on this team now and ride it out. Having this contingency plan WOULD have made sense if they took a receiver in round 2. Instead, they went bruising RB AJ Dillon putting him in the backfield with bellcow Aaron Jones and Jamaal Williams. I get you need RBs, but Rodgers is the team. Not drafting ANY of the top 25 receivers in this class is inexcusable.
Philadelphia Eagles take an L in my book for sort of the same reasons that the Packers do. In round 1, they took Jalen Reagor. This fills a big time need, but he wasn’t my choice here as I had Justin Jefferson and Brandon Aiyuk higher on my board. The biggest reason is failing to address their other big need at CB. They didn’t draft one. I don’t care if they acquired Darius Slay because this is a passing league. Their other corners are not good and they didn’t address this at all in the draft. Slay can’t cover Cooper, Gallup, and CeeDee Lamb at the same time and after watching them last year, I do not have faith in what they have to get the job done. This is because they decided to use a premium pick to take a backup QB. The best case scenario is that they used this pick to take a player who will never play. You aren’t hoping for a Wentz injury to see Jalen Hurts. It’s just an expensive insurance policy at the moment.
Oakland Raiders take the last L here. It’s easy to lay into them year after year when they have 1 first round pick and sort of Raider that up. Henry Ruggs III going before Jeudy and Lamb was a shocker but if you think about it, I’m not surprised. They easily fell in love with the 40 and Ruggs is also a freak athlete. It was the picks that followed that made me say WHAT. With their 2nd pick, they took a corner who they could have gotten in the 3rd round in Damon Arnette. They could have went Queen, Kenneth Murray, or K’Lavon Chassion to help with the pass rush since they’re desperately missing that after trading away Mack. Nope, they took a 3rd round corner who ran a 4.6 at the combine. In the 3rd, they took 2 receivers back to back. I get that I just praised the Broncos for doing that, but with the lack of a defense (which Denver has btw) they could have addressed those holes. If they get Chassion in round 1 they could have snagged Arnette or another quality corner in round 3 and it would have been great.