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2020 NFL Draft Grades - Round: Picks 1-16
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Dallas Cowboys: CeeDee Lamb, WR, Oklahoma - A Grade
The Cowboys loved K'Lavon Chaisson, but I don't think they expected CeeDee Lamb to be available. Lamb doesn't fill much of a need for Dallas with Amari Cooper and Michael Gallup on the roster, but Lamb is the best player available, and it allows the Cowboys to have flexibility with contracts at the position. It's hard to hate this pick, given that Lamb could've gone as high as No. 9 without any complaints.
Miami Dolphins: Austin Jackson, OT, USC - A Grade
Tua Tagovailoa probably won't play until 2021, so the Dolphins have some time to make sure they can retool their offensive line. Their blocking was atrocious last year, so Austin Jackson will go a long way in helping matters. Jackson is coming off a down year, but that was because he donated bone marrow to his sister. He certainly would've been picked earlier if it wasn't for that, so I like the value Miami is getting.
Las Vegas Raiders: Damon Arnette, CB, Ohio State - O'BRIEN Grade
Ladies and gentlemen, our first O'Brien grade of the night! Damon Arnette is someone I had in the first round of my mock draft in some updates - at No. 32 to Kansas City. Otherwise, he's been marooned in the second frame. Arnette is certainly talented, but he has off-the-field issues. Given that Mike Mayock values high-character guys, this is a very strange pick that makes no sense outside of need. This is an "F" grade all the way.
Jacksonville Jaguars: K'Lavon Chaisson, DE, LSU - A Grade
I bet the Jaguars didn't anticipate K'Lavon Chaisson being available. He was expected to go off the board at 16 or 17, but thanks to some other teams' stupidity, he fell to Jacksonville at 20. This is a great bargain for Chaisson, who will be able to replace Yannick Ngakoue once the Jaguars understand what his value is and trade him.
Philadelphia Eagles: Jalen Reagor, WR, TCU - C- Grade
The Eagles usually do well in the draft, but tonight was not a positive for them. They had an opportunity to trade up for CeeDee Lamb, yet watched the Cowboys snatch him as a major steal at No. 17. Then, they obtained no value with Jalen Reagor. The TCU product is one of several receivers the Eagles could've chosen here, so they should've traded down. Reagor obviously fills a huge need, but he's a raw receiver and doesn't project to be as good as Justin Jefferson.
Minnesota Vikings: Justin Jefferson, WR, LSU - A Grade
The need here is obvious, as the Vikings traded away Stefon Diggs, so they needed to replace him. Justin Jefferson is not someone who should've been available to them. The Eagles should have picked him, and Denver would have considered him at No. 15 had Jerry Jeudy not been available. The Vikings wanted K'Lavon Chaisson and A.J. Terrell, but they were still able to land a talented player who fills a big need at No. 22 overall.
Los Angeles Chargers: Kenneth Murray, LB, Oklahoma - C- Grade
Had the Chargers just possessed the 23rd-overall pick and selected Kenenth Murray, I would've been fine with it. However, they sacrificed a third-round pick to move up for Murray, which seems like a mistake. The Chargers now lack resources to keep improving Justin Herbert's supporting cast. The Chargers have some holes on their offensive line, and they don't have much in the backfield beyond Austin Ekeler. They should have used this pick to build around Herbert, especially after giving up a valuable pick.
New Orleans Saints: Cesar Ruiz, C/G, Michigan - B+ Grade
Some will say this is a reach, but I don't think so. I had Cesar Ruiz slotted to the 49ers at No. 31, so this is just seven picks earlier. I've written this many times, but we've been told that Drew Brees hates interior pressure much more than the edge rush. The Saints had one hole in the middle of the trenches, so it makes sense to obtain a solid offensive lineman who can play both guard and center.
San Francisco 49ers: Brandon Aiyuk, WR, Arizona State - C- Grade
Brandon Aiyuk is a fine player to pick at this juncture, and he obviously fills a need with Emmanuel Sanders gone. However, I don't like the trade up for him, especially when considering how few resources the 49ers have outside of the first round. There's a decent chance Aiyuk would've been available for the 49ers at No. 31, and if not, they could've snatched one of the many other talented receivers available.
Green Bay Packers: Jordan Love, QB, Utah State - O'BRIEN Grade
Wow. This is terrible. The people on TV are comparing this to the Aaron Rodgers pick from 2005, but the difference is that Rodgers was considered a No. 1 overall pick prospect who just happened to fall. Jordan Love was never that good. Love is an extremely raw quarterback who has some major decision-making issues. He has high upside, but chances are that he flops. This, of course, means that the Packers aren't helping Rodgers win now, so they might as well trade him. If I were a Packer fan, I'd be very disappointed right now, and I imagine Rodgers is quite upset as well.
Also, why the trade up? Whom were the Packers attempting to jump for Love? This is just a dumb pick.
Seattle Seahawks: Jordyn Brooks, LB, Texas Tech - C Grade
What an upset! The Seahawks didn't trade down from their first-round pick for the first time in nine years! Jordyn Brooks is someone the Seahawks could've obtained by trading down a bit, but not too far, as we know that a team was considering him early in the second round. However, the Seahawks really needed to bolster both sides of the trenches. Linebacker is not an immediate need, so I'm not in love with this pick. I definitely don't hate it, however.
Baltimore Ravens: Patrick Queen, LB, LSU - A+ Grade
It must be very amusing to work for the Ravens' front office. Year after year, they watch dumb teams ahead of them do stupid things in the draft, allowing them to scoop up great talents. Apparently, 2020 is no different. Bad picks were made ahead of the Ravens once more, opening up this selection. Patrick Queen easily could've been chosen in the late teens, but Baltimore is somehow getting him at No. 28 overall as a replacement for C.J. Mosley.
Tennessee Titans: Isaiah Wilson, OT, Georgia - B Grade
This is a rock solid pick by the Titans. It's also not surprising in the slightest. The Titans love to bully teams in the trenches, and that was going to be difficult with Jack Conklin gone. Wilson, who has good athleticism at his massive size, should be able to challenge Dennis Kelly for the starting right tackle spot as a rookie.
Miami Dolphins: Noah Igbinoghene, CB, Auburn - D Grade
This is a bit surprising for two reasons. First, the Dolphins needed to keep building around Tua Tagovailoa, and there are some solid tackles still available. Second, Miami spent so much money on Byron Jones to go along with Xavien Howard, so why spend a major resource on a cornerback? I know the Dolphins still needed a third cornerback, but I don't like this philosophy, especially in a division where the best quarterback is Josh Allen. Making matters worse, Noah Igbinoghene is rather raw.
Minnesota Vikings: Jeff Gladney, CB, TCU - A Grade
The Vikings just broke the Chiefs' heart. They did very well to move down and park themselves ahead of Kansas City to pick the player the Chiefs wanted. The Vikings are getting a talented player who would've gone higher if it wasn't for some off-the-field and injury issues. This pick seems like a steal, as Minnesota is filling a big need and getting a skilled player.
Kansas City Chiefs: Clyde Edwards-Helaire, RB, LSU - B+ Grade
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With all of the running backs falling out of the first round, I don't know if the value was there for Clyde Edwards-Helaire. I love the fit, however. Andy Reid running backs need to be potent receivers out of the backfield, and Edwards-Helaire fits the offense so well for that reason. Running back was a big need for the Chiefs, and Edwards-Helaire will make Kansas City's offense so much more explosive.
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