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billyfitz55 | Analysis on Each First Round Pick


Updated: 04/01/2020 12:34PM ET

PickTeamPlayerPos.School
Round 1
1
  Bengals  
Joe BurrowQB LSU
This won't change unless anything drastic happens. Bengals get back 2019 first rounder, Jonah Williams, as well as Joe Mixon, AJ Green, Tyler Boyd, John Ross, and Auden Tate.
2
  Redskins  
Tua TagovailoaQB Alabama
I think that the draft being remote will enhance the probability that there are a few trade ups at the top of the draft. Miami is the team with the most draft capital, and they need to send an enticing package to Washington to not pick Chase Young and move back to 5. The reason I have Miami and Washington trading is because the hot topic for trades are Detroit and NYG. Picking at 2 would secure Tagovailoa for Miami at the expense of their 3 first round picks. However, they made plenty of moves in FA, and they get their franchise QB for the next 10 years.
3
  Lions  
Justin HerbertQB Oregon
With both QB's gone at the top of the draft, some team may feel pressure to move up and grab Herbert. Las Vegas and Jacksonville are my most likely options here, despite both having options at QB. My pick is Vegas. Gruden has been on a mission to bring in his own players since joining the Raiders on a 10 year deal. He has 8 years left, plenty of time to develop young players he has brought in. However, his QB is still from the old regime. Derek Carr is good, he's not elite, but he's serviceable. Gruden could opt to start Carr for one more year before Herbert takes over.
4
  Giants  
Chase YoungDE Ohio State
Even Dave Gettleman cant screw this up. He lands the top prospect in the draft by default. Not much else to say.
5
  Dolphins  
Isaiah SimmonsOB Clemson
Rumor is Washington is interested in a trade back scenario that lands them Isaiah Simmons. In this scenario, Simmons is still on the board. Simmons will step in to a talented front 7 in Washington and will be asked to occupy Ertz, Engram, and Goedert in their division matchups.
6
  Chargers  
Jedrick Wills Jr.OT Alabama
I believe Wills will be the first tackle off the board. His prowess on the right side and dominant performance at the school that has produced more first rounders in the last ten years than any other team will surely have him going in the top 10. I believe the Chargers will be one of the teams in the Trevor Lawrence running, and having a line set for whoever is behind center after Tyrod Taylor will help speed up development.
7
  Panthers  
Jeff OkudahCB Ohio State
Carolina has a number of holes that need to filled, mainly along their OL, secondary, DL, and LB corps. They opt to go for Okudah, who will step in and replace James Bradberry in the most powerful offensive division in football. Carolina will need to build its secondary facing up against Brees and Michael Thomas, Brady/Evans/Godwin, and Ryan/Julio/Ridley twice a year.
8
  Cardinals  
Tristan WirfsOT Iowa
TRADE: Tampa Bay trades picks 14 and 2020 2nd for Pick 8 and a 2020 3rd and 5th. Arizona is looking to acquire a second round pick back after trading for DeAndre Hopkins, and believes trading back 6 picks wont hurt. After the DHop heist, Arizona can afford to make a move like this. Tampa Bay wants an OT to protect TB12 and opt for Tristan Wirfs on the right side.
9
  Jaguars  
Derrick BrownDT Auburn
Jacksonville has 3 first-round picks in this mock (Yannick trade). They use their first to build their IDL with Derrick Brown. The athletic Auburn standout can step in and play along the Jacksonville front, and continues the trend of Jacksonville building defense early in the draft, despite those players demanding trades in 3-4 years.
10
  Browns  
Mekhi BectonOT Louisville
Cleveland's new regime preaches athleticism along the offensive line. The mammoth from Louisville was moving tremendous at the combine for his 350lb frame. Cleveland will look to play him at LT right away to help Baker Mayfield return to his rookie form and above.
11
  Jets  
Andrew ThomasOT Georgia
If one of the top 4 OT's are available at pick 11, NY will not hesitate to grab one. Many believe Andrew Thomas is at the top of this OT class. However, his lack of athleticism and testing at the combine will push other GM's to go for the more athletic guys. Thomas will step in right away as the new starter and blindside bookend for Sam Darnold.
12
  Raiders  
K'Lavon ChaissonOB LSU
Detroit uses it's first pick to help their pass rush. Chaisson adds depth for Detroit to help pressure the QB. They could have went CJ Henderson here as well, but many few Chaisson as a better prospect and Detroit could use added help along their front 7.
13
  49ers   f/IND
Jerry JeudyWR Alabama
No matter what PFF will tell you, Tier 1 of WR's is Jerry Jeudy and CeeDee Lamb. You could go either way, but the fluidity and explosiveness of Jerry Jeudy will put him at the top of John Lynch's board. This would be a scary pairing.
14
  Buccaneers  
AJ EpenesaDE Iowa
OT is not available here for Arizona, so Arizona looks to build their pass rush opposite Chandler Jones. Epenesa and Zack Allen could move around the DL, either on the edge or at 5-tech.
15
  Broncos  
CeeDee LambWR Oklahoma
Denver is looking to grab one of the top receivers in the draft for 2nd year QB Drew Lock opposite of Courtland Sutton. With Lamb available, there is no question who goes here. Denver's defense was 13th in DVOA and it's offense was 26th. Lamb will help that number shoot up, as well as Lock's second year improvement.
16
  Falcons  
CJ HendersonCB Florida
Atlanta's offense is full of first round picks, so defense is almost certainly the play at 16. CJ Henderson would help the weak Atlanta secondary right away.
17
  Cowboys  
Javon KinlawDT South Carolina
The Cowboys could select Ruggs here, but they choose to add youth to their IDL. Gerald McCoy and Dontari Poe aren't long term solutions in Dallas, and Kinlaw would step in right away and have a role in Dallas. The Cowboys have always built along the trenches, and will likely add a Center with their next pick.
18
  Dolphins   f/PIT
Henry Ruggs IIIWR Alabama
Washington needs to add a WR in this draft, and Ruggs falling to 18 allows them to add some speed opposite of Terry McLaurin. I can see Ruggs falling like this on Draft Day despite PFF mocking them in the TOP 5. However, I don't see him making it past 20 (sorry, Eagles fans).
19
  Raiders   f/CHI
Xavier McKinneyFS Alabama
Detroit uses their second first to add the top safety in the class. I believe Safety is more of an immediate need for Detroit, and in this scenario they have the opportunity to grab the top safety. NFL scouts will value McKinney > Fulton, Diggs, and the other CB's available here.
20
  Jaguars   f/LAR
Justin JeffersonWR LSU
Jacksonville uses its second first to give Gardner Minshew another weapon. Jefferson doesn't have to line up in the slot 24/7. He will have success on the outside at the next level.
21
  Eagles  
Denzel MimsWR Baylor
Philadelphia misses out on Ruggs and Jefferson but still adds help at WR. The word going around is that Roseman likes Justin Jefferson. I don't believe Philly will trade up for WR help knowing it is a deep class. The go for Mims, who will add size and speed on the outside as a potential Alshon Jeffery replacement.
22
  Vikings   f/BUF
Kristian FultonCB LSU
Minnesota uses this pick on their secondary. Fulton is an athletic corner that will add depth to Minnesota's CB group along with Mike Hughes and Kris Boyd.
23
  Patriots  
Yetur Gross-MatosDE Penn State
I believe Belichick is more focused on 2021 and completely bombing the 2020 season with Brian Hoyer and Jarrett Stidham. They go edge here, adding the talented Penn State product to continue and build on defense.
24
  Saints   f/CHI
Jordan LoveQB Utah State
I believe Jordan Love goes here at Pick 24 before Jacksonville picks again for a 3rd time. Indy trades one of it's 2's and a 2021 2 for Jordan Love, who sits behind Rivers as Indy tries to make a SB push.
25
  Vikings  
Damon ArnetteCB Ohio State
Jacksonville acquires this pick and a 3rd round pick for it's stud pass rusher, Yannick Ngakoue. Minnesota adds Ngakoue opposite Danielle Hunter for one of the best pass rushing tandems in the NFL. Jacksonville adds to it's secondary with Arnette. A good tackler, physical, and battle-tested at OSU, Jacksonville tries to rebuild it's broken secondary starting with Arnette.
26
  Dolphins   f/HOU
Trevon DiggsCB Alabama
Washington uses its last first to add a CB. They will have multiple 2nd round picks after trading Trent Williams. They add Simmons, Ruggs, and Diggs.
27
  Seahawks  
Justin MadubuikeDT Texas A&M
Seattle will likely resign Clowney, and add even more help along the DL with the game wrecker from A and M.
28
  Ravens  
Grant DelpitSS LSU
Delpit is athletic, and Baltimore loves athleticism on its defense. He will line up with Earl Thomas at the back of the Baltimore D.
29
  Titans  
Jonathan TaylorRB Wisconsin
TRADE: Pittsburgh moves up to grab their top back in the class. Pitt is determined to grab a back in this draft, either to pair with Conner or as the replacement.
30
  Packers  
Brandon AiyukWR Arizona State
GB will add a WR at 30, if not earlier. Shenault has injury concerns, and tee higgins has athleticism concerns. Aiyuk is the safe pick here for GB as the #2 for Aaron Rodgers.
31
  49ers  
Julian OkwaraOB Notre Dame
SF adds more depth to their front 7 with Okwara.
32
  Chiefs  
Jalen HurtsQB Oklahoma
TRADE: Chargers move up here to grab Hurts. They believe he can be the next guy up and will see following 2020, Still think they are in on lawrence, but they could move hurts if they get the first pick.
Round 2
33
  Bengals  
Josh JonesOT Houston
34
  Colts   f/WAS
Laviska Shenault Jr.WR Colorado
NOLA pick in Jordan Love trade
35
  Lions  
Jeff GladneyCB TCU
36
  Giants  
Austin JacksonOT Southern Cal
37
  Chargers  
Kenneth MurrayIB Oklahoma
KC pick from Jalen Hurts trade
38
  Panthers  
Patrick QueenIB LSU
39
  Dolphins  
Ezra ClevelandOT Boise State
40
  Texans   f/ARZ
Zack BaunOB Wisconsin
41
  Browns  
Terrell LewisOB Alabama
42
  Jaguars  
Albert OkwuegbunamTE Missouri
43
  Bears   f/LV
Jaylon JohnsonCB Utah
44
  Colts  
Tee HigginsWR Clemson
45
  Buccaneers  
D'Andre SwiftRB Georgia
Arizona pick from Wirfs trade
46
  Broncos  
Tyler BiadaszOC Wisconsin
47
  Falcons  
Ross BlacklockDT TCU
48
  Jets  
Jalen ReagorWR TCU
49
  Steelers  
Cesar RuizOC Michigan
50
  Bears  
Hunter BryantTE Washington
51
  Cowboys  
AJ TerrellCB Clemson
52
  Rams  
Shane LemieuxOG Oregon
53
  Eagles  
Cameron DantzlerCB Mississippi State
54
  Bills  
Isaiah WilsonOT Georgia
55
  Ravens   f/NE/ATL
Trey AdamsOT Washington
56
  Dolphins   f/NO
Raekwon DavisDE Alabama
Washington pick from Miami Tua haul
57
  Texans  
Neville GallimoreDT Oklahoma
58
  Vikings  
Solomon KindleyOG Georgia
59
  Seahawks  
Noah IgbinogheneCB Auburn
Washington from Trent Williams trade
60
  Ravens  
JK DobbinsRB Ohio State
61
  Titans  
Ashtyn DavisFS California
62
  Packers  
Anfernee JenningsOB Alabama
63
  Chiefs   f/SF
Clyde Edwards-HelaireRB LSU
64
  Seahawks   f/KC
Jordyn BrooksIB Texas Tech