7 Aug 2020

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Destin’s 1st Round Draft Grades

The long-awaited 2020 Draft didn’t disappoint. Night 1 we saw 4 trades, and a lot of dreams come true for the 2020 draft class. See how your team did in Round 1 and the best players available going into round 2.

1. Cincinnati Bengals

Joe Burrow QB LSU (A+)

The easiest choice in the draft belonged to the Bengals at pick 1. They go and get the most pro-ready QB in this class with superstar potential. The Ohio native will make an impact day one of entering the team’s offices. Not just an elite player but an elite locker room presence to help jump-start the rebuild in Cincinnati.

2. Washington Redskins

Chase Young DE Ohio State (A-)

The Redskins grab the best pass rusher in this class, , adding him to the phenomenal young group already assembled. The only reason this pick doesn’t get the A+ is the number of holes the redskins roster has. The best route would have been trading down and filling as many wholes in the top 2 rounds as possible. They decide to go to the best player on their board here, and Young’s talent is the reason.

3. Detroit Lions

Jeffrey Okudah CB Ohio State (A+)

The Lions grab a generational talent in the secondary to replace recently traded pro-bowler Darrius Slay to the Eagles. They fill a huge need with a player whose talent matches being a top 3 pick. Lions fans will love Okudah’s competitive play and personality.

4. New York Giants

Andrew Thomas OT Georgia (C+)

Most of us expected a tackle or Isaiah Simmons at 4, and they went that route. The surprise was who they opted to select that being Andrew Thomas out of Georgia. Thomas a talented tackle but not at the same level as Wirfs, Wills, and even Becton. Thomas will be able to be plugged in right away, which fills the need, but taking my Tackle 4 first gets them the C+ grade.

5. Miami Dolphins

Tua Tagovailoa QB Alabama (B+)

Tua in a Dolphin jersey has been imagined for over a season now. The Dolphins made that dream a reality and took the QB out of Alabama. The B+ comes in because of the apparent injury concerns that follow Tua as a prospect. The Dolphins understand how important the QB position is and risks have to be taken in the NFL.

6. Los Angeles Chargers

Justin Herbert QB Oregon (B+)

Neither the Dolphins or Chargers opt to trade up to get the future at the QB position. The Chargers staying put cost’s them Tua, but still grabs their QB of the future in Justin Herbert. Herbert’s natural talent with arm strength and mobility should excite Charger fans. Herbert likely will sit behind Tyrod Taylor for the beginning of the 2020 season, but I expect his skills to be too good to keep off the field. May have some early mistakes in his career, but if the Chargers can fix their offensive life, Herbert will have success in the NFL.

7. Carolina Panthers

Derrick Brown DT Auburn (B+)

Panthers fan’s dreams came true on draft day! Isaiah Simmons and Derrick Brown were both available for their pickings at pick 7. The Panthers elected to go the DT out of Auburn in Brown. A great prospect who will wreck interior O-lines for the foreseeable future. The pick gets a B+ just for passing on Simmons. Taking Simmons to replace Luke Kuechly, who recently retired, would have been perfect for that Carolina defense.

8. Arizona Cardinals

Isaiah Simmons LB/S (A+)

The Cardinal’s great offseason got even better during round 1. They get my number 1 prospect on my board at pick 8. Simmons could play MLB, OLB, SS, or Nickel Corner day one of stepping on the NFL scene. Simmons can help lead a Cardinals defense that already has quality players to help this young Arizona team succeed earlier than most expect.

9. Jacksonville Jaguars

C.J. Henderson CB Florida (A)

The Jaguars don’t have to look far for their first pick in the 2020 draft grabbing Florida Gator C.J. Henderson at pick 9. I was a big fan of Henderson during the draft process. A very aggressive corner who will bring a fiery play style to the Jacksonville defense that lacks it. The Jaguars have lost so many defense playmakers in the past couple of off-seasons, it was crucial they grab a corner that can start right away. They get that and more in Henderson who can play now and do it at a high level.

10. Clevland Browns

Jedrick Wills Jr. OT Alabama (A+)

The Browns went through a lot of changes this offseason, a new head coach and a new GM. They knock their first pick out of the park, grabbing Wills, who is my OT 1 in this class. Baker Mayfield struggled in his sophomore season, Cleveland has given him all the weapons he needs and now get him the protection to go with it.

11. New York Jets

Mehki Becton OT Louisville (B-)

The Jets had their choice of any of the top tier WR’s here and opted to go Becton the tackle out of Louisville. The potential Becton has was hard to miss when watching his tape. An athletic phenom who has the strength to be an elite tackle at the next level. Becton was OT 3 on my board behind Wills picked at 10 and Wirfs, who was still on the board for the Jets. They get a B- for passing on Wirfs, who is more proven and ready to play right now and arguably just as high of a potential.

12. Las Vegas Raiders

Henry Ruggs III WR Alabama (A)

The Raiders grab the explosive playmaker they attempted to get when trading for Antonio Brown last offseason. We all know how that turned out. Brown wouldn’t take a snap as a Raider, and the need for that playmaker still there. The Raiders use their first selection in 2020 to fill that whole by selecting Henry Ruggs III out of Alabama. Ruggs has received comparisons to Tyreek Hill the entire draft process for a reason. His elite-level speed and athleticism will help him excel at the next level and give head coach John Gruden a fun toy to play with when calling plays.

Trade: The Tampa Bay Buccaneers send picks 14, and 117 to the San Francisco 49ers for picks 13, and 245

13. Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Tristan Wirfs OT Iowa (A)

The Buccaneers saw Wirfs still on the board and couldn’t wait, just 1 pick ahead of them, and yet they still trade up. May have seemed like a lot to some people, but if making this trade prevented someone else from drafting Wirfs, its worth it. Wirfs will start right away and give newly added QB Tom Brady the protection an aging QB requires to play at a high level. I loved this trade for both the 49ers and the Buccaneers, a trul win-win deal that we do not see often.

14. San Francisco 49ers

Javon Kinlaw DT South Carolina (A)

After gaining a 4th round pick to move back, only 1 spot the 49ers draft Deforest Buckners replacement in Javon Kinlaw. Kinlaw’s explosive play helps him as a pass rusher and run stopper, which helps fill the huge void the trade of Buckner created. The 49ers saw what having an elite d-line can do, reaching the super bowl last season. Not ready to lose that, they fill Buckner’s spot fast with their first pick in the draft.

15. Denver Broncos

Jerry Jeudy WR Alabama (A)

The Broncos wanting to add another WR to pair with Sutton was not a secret across the league. Almost every mock draft had the Broncos trading up to select one of the top 3 WRs in Jeudy, Lamb, or Ruggs. They don’t have to trade up Jeudy falls right into their laps. Giving their young QB Drew Lock a reliable wideout to help him succeed. The only reason this doesn’t get an A+ from me is that CeeDee Lamb, who was my WR1. Jeudy and Lamb were close, but Lamb’s run after catch ability put him over Jeudy on my board.

16. Atlanta Falcons

A.J. Terrell CB Clemson (C-)

This pick was the first one that left me shocked. Terrell going round 1 isn’t why the pick gets a C-, it gets a C- because Terrell was the 3rd CB taken. I had Terrell as CB7, and the guys ranked higher still on the board when this pick was made were Jeff Gladney, Kristan Fulton, Trevon Diggs, and Jaylon Johnson. I think Terrell is better than his national championship tape showed but not good enough to warrant being picked above the guys named above.

17. Dallas Cowboys

CeeDee Lamb WR Oklahoma (A+)

The biggest steal in the first round goes to the Dallas Cowboys. They get my WR 1 at 18 and after 2 other WR’s come off the board. Adding Lamb to the outside of Cooper will make Dak’s job much easier. Lamb’s hands and run after the catch are both elite already, I can’t wait to see what working with NFL WR coaches does to his game. An easy A+ grade and I’m sure most Dallas fans are trying to buy Lamb jerseys already!

18. Miami Dolphins

Austin Jackson OT USC (D+)

I had a round 3 grade on Jackson and ranked as my OT 10. The Dolphins had a large need at tackle, and after drafting Tua, they followed suit by getting him protection. I don’t agree with the pick, and I hope I’m proven wrong because the character of Jackson is off the charts. Such a high caliber individual that will be great for the community and locker room of Miami.

19. Las Vegas Raiders

Damon Arnette CB (D-)

If you were shocked by the Terrell pick I’m sure you fell out of your seat when Arnette’s name was announced. Arnette has a lot of talent but being selected ahead of multiple CB prospects that would have been better fits, and players right away. Mike Mayock is known for following his board no matter what and that case seems to have happened here. Only time will tell if a mistake was made but as of right now the worst grade of round 1 goes to the selection of Arnette.

20.Jacksonville Jaguars

K’Lavon Chaisson DE LSU (B+)

The Jaguars are in the middle of a weird situation with DE Yannick Ngakoue, who refuses to sign his franchise tag or to play another snap as a member of the Jaguars. Before even trading him, they draft his replacement in K’Lavon Chaisson out of LSU. I love the fit and the value at pick 20. The reason it comes in lower than an A is because of the quality WR prospects still on the board here that they could have snagged to help out young QB Gardner Minshew.

21. Philadelphia Eagles

Jalen Reagor WR TCU (B-)

Eagles fans have been begged for their team to draft a WR every single time Nelson Agholor dropped a pass. The Eagles do just that but not the guy that many had thought. The Eagles draft Jalen Reagor a speedster out of TCU. I would have liked to see them add Jefferson or Mims here both higher on my board than Reagor, but that doesn’t mean Reagor isn’t a great football player. His speed and strength will help him win routes over CB’s at the next level and will be a fun weapon for QB Carson Wentz.

22. Minnesota Vikings

Justin Jefferson WR LSU (A-)

The Vikings traded WR Stefon Diggs this offseason for this pick 22. They use that same pick to draft his replacement in Justin Jefferson. Jefferson predicted to be gone already in most mocks, but the Vikings are ecstatic to see him here. His height and route running will fit great with Adam Thielen and help the Vikings offense not miss a beat without Diggs.

Trade: The Los Angeles Chargers send 37, and 71 to the New England Patriots for pick 23

23. Los Angeles Chargers

Kenneth Murray LB Oklahoma (B+)

The first shocking trade of the draft came when the Patriots traded out of round 1, and the Chargers came all the way up to 23. The Chargers did so to get Kenneth Murray out of Oklahoma, a quality tackler that will be a fan favorite in LA. Murray was all over the field when you watch Oklahoma games this last year. Great instincts of where the ball is going and being the first guy there most times. Whether it’s in coming up to stop the run or making a tackle in the open field after a catch has been made. Wideouts seeing Murray and Derwin James in the middle of the field ready to bring them down should be afraid, very afraid.

24. New Orleans Saints

Cesar Ruiz C Michigan (A-)

The Saints make a win-now pick in drafting Ruiz out of Michigan. The Saints now have the choice between guard and center for Ruiz and will let Camp battles help make that choice. Ruiz played both in college at a high level and has the skill to transition that to the NFL. Drafting offensive line in round 1 isn’t ever a sexy pick but sometimes a necessity.

Trade: The San Francisco 49ers send picks 31, 117, and 176 to the Minnesota Vikings for pick 25

25. San Francisco 49ers

Brandon Aiyuk WR Arizona State (B+)

After completing our first trade of the night to trade back, the 49ers do it again this time, moving up to 25. After losing Emmanuel Sanders to the Saints in the offseason, they needed to add another weapon for Jimmy Garoppolo. They grab Brandon Aiyuk out of Arizona State who interesting enough was compared to Emmanuel Sanders by many scouts. This pick falls just under getting an A grade because I think Denzel Mims out of Baylor’s big body and speed combo would have been a great complement to Deebo Samuels for the 49ers.

Trade: The Green Bay Packers trade picks 30, and 136 to the Miami Dolphins for pick 26

26. Green Bay Packers

Jordan Love QB Utah State (B+)

The most shocking move of the night saw the Green Pay packers move up 4 spots to select QB Jordan Love out of Utah State. I, for one, love the selection, I was higher on Love in the draft process than most. He came in as my QB 2 because of my belief that his potential was the highest of any QB in this class. The Packers saw that potential as worth making a trade up to get him. The Packers are coming off a year of reaching the NFC Championship. You would think they would go a win-now move like grabbing a WR. Rodgers having 4 more years under contract makes it hard to see Love seeing the field anytime soon, which makes this move puzzling.

27. Seattle Seahawks

Jordyn Brooks LB Texas Tech (C)

The second most shocking move comes right after the trade up for Jordan Love. That being the Seahawks not trading back and staying at their pick to select. Jordyn Brooks, LB out of Texas Tech, has one of the highest motors of this draft class. With Patrick Queen still, on the board, this choice is shocking. Queen listed as my LB 3 would have been an outstanding player to go here to the Seahawks. I think Brooks can be a good pro, but this pick was a reach. If Brooks was their guy trading back might have been the better option for Seattle.

28. Baltimore Ravens

Patrick Queen LB LSU (A+)

I’m not sure if there was a better fit for Queen than Baltimore. The fiery personality and fiery play will fit right in with the AFC North. The speed Queen possesses will add to an already fast-paced Baltimore team. The top-seeded Ravens were upset in the divisional round last year and couldn’t stop RB Derrick Henry. That fact stayed in their mind, and they grab a guy to help prevent that from happening again in selecting Patrick Queen.

29. Tennesse Titans

Isaiah Wilson OT Georgia (C+)

A run-heavy team adds a tackle to help them get even better. The first round for Wilson is a reach for me for sure, had a late 2nd round grade on Wilson. If this was Tennesse’s guy, a trade down would have been a better option. Wilson will compete to start right away at either tackle or guard that versatility may have helped to skyrocket his draft stock into round 1.

30. Miami Dolphins

Noah Igbinoghene CB Auburn (C+)

After trading back, the Dolphins make their 3rd and final pick of round 1 at pick 30. They grab CB Noah Igbinoghene out of Auburn. A similar draft grade to the other CBs selected after Okudah and Henderson comes because of the CB’s they drafted Igbinoghene over. His best spot is in the slot, and I would have liked the Dolphins to draft a CB here who can play the outside as well. That doesn’t take away from the talent Noah Igbinoghene. He can start in the slot right away and also compete for the return man spot in Miami.

31. Minnesota Vikings

Jeff Gladney CB TCU (A)

The other teams reaching on lower-rated CB’s pays off for Minnesota, who trades back with the 49ers and still grabs my CB 3 in Jeff Gladney. Gladney’s ability to play the slot or outside sets him apart for me. Similar to replacing Diggs with Jefferson at pick 22, the Vikings replace Xavier Rhodes, who moved on to the Colts this offseason. Gladney will fill that hole right away and gives the Defense a lot of options in coverage.

32. Kansas City Cheifs

Clyde Edwards-Helaire (B+)

The Super Bowl Champion Kansas City Chiefs stay at their pick and take Clyde Edwards-Helaire RB LSU. Helaire’s success in the passing game al, along with his running ability, adds to the already explosive Cheifs offense. A two-headed dragon of CHE and Williams will be scary for NFL defenses to defend. This only gets a B+ from me because I think D’Andre Swift and Jonathan Taylor could have made a bigger impact for Kansas City than CHE. Still a great fit and maybe number one pick in dynasty fantasy leagues this upcoming year.

Top 20 Players Still Available:

1. Grant Delpit S LSU (16)

2. Xavier McKinney S Alabama (18)

3. Johnathan Taylor RB Wisconsin (19)

4. Neville Gallimore DT Oklahoma (22)

5. D’Andre Swift RB Georiga (25)

6. Yetur Gross-Matos DE Penn State (27)

7. Kristian Fulton CB LSU (28)

8. Denzel Mims WR Baylor (29)

9. Laviska Shenault Jr. WR Colorado (31)

10. Trevon Diggs CB Alabama (34)

11. Ashtyn Davis S California (35)

12. Josh Jones OT Houston (36)

13. Lloyd Cushenberry III C LSU (38)

14. Zach Baun DE Wisconsin (39)

15. Antonie Winfield Jr. S Minnesota (40)

16. Jeremy Chinn S Southern Illinois (41)

17. A.J. Epenesa DE Iowa (42)

18. Marlon Davidson DT Auburn (43)

19. J.K. Dobbins RB Ohio State (44)

20. Jaylon Johnson CB Utah (45)

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