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Larry B.'s Recap of The First Round of The 202 NFL Draft

2020 NFL Draft Round 1

1. Cincinnati Bengals: Joe Burrow-QB-LSU

It’s no surprise that the Cincinnati Bengals selected quarterback Joe Burrow after he had one of the greatest college football seasons a quarterback has ever had topped off with a National Championship. Though Andy Dalton has been behind center for the last decade in Cincinnati, the Bengals could never quite get over that hump of the first round of the playoffs. Burrow seems to be the day on starter as the Bengals begin a next era at quarterback.

2. Washington Redskins: Chase Young-DE-Ohio State

It’s no secret that Chase Young was one of the best players in the entire draft, if not, the best. With thirty and a half career sacks at Ohio State and sixteen and a half of those coming last season, the Buckeyes have produced yet another monster defensive end. From one dominant defensive line to another, Chase Young will join Ryan Kerrigan, Daron, Payne, and Montez Sweat in the nation’s capital to make up one of the defensive lines in the NFL.

3. Detroit Lions: Jeff Okudah-CB-Ohio State

This is awesome pick by the Detroit Lions. This off season, the Lions beefed up their secondary as well as their entire defense. Unfortunately, the Lions would part ways with Darius Slay; however, Jeff Okudah is a great pick to fill that spot in the Lion’s secondary.

4. New York Giants: Andrew Thomas-OT-Georgia

In the last few years, the New York Giants drafted Daniel Jones, Saquon Barkley, and Will Hernandez to help the offense. This season, the New York Jets add yet another piece to that offensive line to join Hernandez and to help block for Jones and Barkley adding Andrew Thomas. Thomas is a great pick up for New York because of his size and footwork and he did a phenomenal job in Georgia blocking for Jake Fromm. Coach Kirby Smart has helped produce some great players in the last few years and Andrew Thomas adds to the list.

5. Miami Dolphins: Tua Tagovailoa-QB-Alabama

As many people had no idea how Tua Tagovailoa would turn out after his hip injury two years ago, he seems to have made quite the comeback and seems ready to strap back up and play. Tua Tagovailoa is best known for stepping in as the starting quarterback in National Championship as a freshman a few years back to rally Alabama to another national title. Since then Tagovailoa was the starter and he’s seems to have pro ready for a while. Though there may be some concern with his hip, the Dolphins have needed a solid quarterback for years now and they may have found their guy.

6. Los Angeles Chargers: Justin Herbert-QB-Oregon

It was a toss up of what quarterback would go first, Tua Tagovailoa or Justin Herbert, but since Miami selected Tagovailoa, it was nearly predictable of who the Chargers were going to pick. The Chargers and Phillip Rivers parted ways this off season and quarterback position is up for grabs. Justin Herbert played exceptional throughout his career at Oregon and combined with a great performance all week long at Senior Bowl practice and in the Senior Bowl this year, he has proven to be pro ready.

7. Carolina Panthers: Derrick Brown-DT-Auburn

The Carolina Panthers underwent many changes in the off season including a new head coach and a new quarterback. With a good number of weapons on offense, the defense needed to be addressed. Derrick Brown was the SEC defensive player of the year last season, and as the SEC is the most pro ready conference in NCAA Football, Derrick Brown should make an impact on that defensive line in Carolina.

8. Arizona Cardinals: Isaiah Simmons-LB-Clemson

The Arizona Cardinals have needed a solid linebacker for years now and they just might have found their guy. Isaiah Simmons is a relentless linebacker who played for a top defense in college at Clemson. He’s fast, he can cover, and he’s a downhill player. He should fill a big gap on the defensive side of the ball in Arizona.

9. Jacksonville Jaguars: CJ Henderson-CB-Florida

As one of the best cornerbacks in this very cornerback rich draft, CJ Henderson is among the elite. The Jaguars would trade away Jalen Ramsey last season and there’s no doubt that the Jaguars needed to fill that void on their defense. CJ Henderson is a day one starter with the ability to adapt fast in the NFL. With Henderson at corner, the Jaguars defense just got that much better.

10. Cleveland Browns: Jedrick Wills-OT-Alabama

He’s a true offensive lineman. Great feet, great strength, and great speed for a big guy. Jedrick Wills is a great addition to the Browns because at the end of the day, protect the quarterback no matters who starting this season.

11. New York Jets: Mekhi Becton-OT-Louisville

At six foot seven three hundred sixty four pounds, Mekhi Becton is a monstrous offensive lineman. What makes him next level is how well he moves for a guy his size as he clocked a 5.11 forty. He’s big and he’s mobile. In today’s NFL that’s needed. The Jets have had trouble on their offensive line for years and Becton may be the start of a new era on that line.

12. Las Vegas Raiders: Henry Ruggs III-WR-Alabama

Henry Ruggs clocked a 4.27 forty in the NFL Combine and his speed showed all season long at Alabama. The Raiders are doing their best to add to that offense and with John Gruden at the helm, it’s only a matter of time before the Raiders turn into an offensive juggernaut. Ruggs seems to be just the type of wide receiver that Gruden was looking for and he might be a big part of the Raiders offense.

13. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Tristan Wirfs-OL-Iowa

Tristan Worfs is an absolute animal. From hang cleaning over four hundred pound five times to breaking records at the NFL Combine, Tristan Wirfs is a day on starter who was going to make whatever team he went to instantly better. In the biggest news of the off season, Tom Brady would depart from the New Patriots and sign with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. If you have a future hall of famer behind center, you might want to protect him, and that’s exactly what the Buccaneers are doing. Along with the signing of Rob Gronkowski, the Buccaneers are looking great!

14. San Francisco 49ers Javon Kinlaw-DT-South Carolina

The San Francisco 49ers had a memorable season last year going to the Super Bowl but coming up short. This off season they traded away DeForest Buckner, and though they have plenty of depth in their defensive line, they know that it was a major key in last season’s successes so they went in the defensive line direction drafting Javon Kinlaw. Kinlaw has made a name for himself around college football and playing in the SEC he made his presence felt. The 49ers just added more depth with a playmaker fresh out of college who’s ready to play.

15. Denver Broncos: Jerry Jeudy-WR-Alabama

Jerry Jeudy was a part of the receiver duo that took Alabama far in the last couple of years. Jeudy’s natural hands and great speed are part of the reasons why the Broncos decided to draft him. It’s obvious that he’s a natural leader and he can really help out a Broncos offense that needs all they help they can get.

16. Atlanta Falcons: A.J. Terrell-CB-Clemson

Running a 4.42 forty is already impressive enough; however, a defensive back with that speed is what’s needed in today’s NFL where receivers are getting faster and faster. A.J. Terrell is a day one starter who played on some strong Clemson teams over the last few years. The Falcons have several needs on the defense; however, the secondary is there place where they need the most help. Corner is one of the toughest positions to transition from college to the NFL, but Terrell looks promising. He can really help out a struggling defense in Atlanta.

17. Dallas Cowboys: CeeDee Lamb-WR-Oklahoma

This was one of the best picks of the first round because as the Cowboys offense is already potent, it just got even better. CeeDee Lamb has becoming a household name in college football because of how well he played at Oklahoma. Mike McCarthy is no stranger spotting talent and CeeDee Lamb was the most talented player still available at seventeen. With this pick the Cowboys now have another weapon to utilize and to help stretch the field.

18. Miami Dolphins: Austin Jackson-OT-USC

Austin Jackson is an incredible offensive lineman with great feet and great size. The Dolphins have seen better days on offense and after yet another tough season, the offensive line was priority. The Dolphins selected a probable franchise quarterback in Tua Tagovailoa at five and now the objective would be to protect him.

19. Las Vegas Raiders: Damon Arnette-CB-Ohio State

Yet another Ohio State Buckeye in the first round. This goes to show you how special this program is. Damon Arnette is a physical corner who can play the ball as well as make tackles. The Raiders secondary has been horrendous the last few seasons. Though there are young promising players in the Raiders secondary, it still needs plenty of work The addition of Arnette brings in a physical corner who can helps an improving defense improve even more.

20. Jacksonville Jaguars: K’Lavon Chaisson-LB-LSU

K’Lavon Chaisson is a linebacker who can really get after it. He has great pursuit and it shows that he’s a hard worker. The Jaguars defense has taken some hits in the last few seasons, but with the additions of CJ Henderson and now K’Lavon Chaisson, the Jaguars have already improved plenty.

21. Philadelphia Eagles: Jalen Reagor-WR-TCU

Jalen Reagor is a physical receiver who has no problem going up and getting the ball and who has great game speed. The Eagles parted ways with Nelson Agholor over the off season and a replacement was needed. Jalen Reagor is a great addition to an offense who has a decent number of weapons, but just added another crucial piece.

22. Minnesota Vikings: Justin Jefferson-WR-LSU

It’s a shocker that Jefferson didn’t go earlier in the draft after having such a great season helping lead his team to a national championship. He’s got it all. Great hands, great athletic ability, great leadership, and break away ability. The Minnesota Vikings and Stephon Diggs parted ways this season and they needed an explosive receiver to fill that void. Justin Jefferson seems to be quite the athlete and there’s no doubt that he can step in a be a playmaker from day one.

23. Los Angeles Chargers Kenneth Murray-LB-Oklahoma

Kenneth Murray is a monstrous linebacker with the ability to cover and get after the quarterback. He has great pursuit and he’s a tough player/ The Chargers are missing that explosive player at linebacker and they just might have found their player in Kenneth Murray.

24. New Orleans Saints Cesar Ruiz-C-Michigan

Amazing pick for the Saints! The Saints have so many weapons on both sides of the ball and they really do have a team that can make a deep run next season. One position that a team can never have too much of is the offensive line and they got a great pick in Cesar Ruiz. Ruiz is strong, he has great feet, and he has the ability to go to the next level and block linebackers. With this pick, the Saints offensive line just got that much better.

25. San Francisco 49ers Brandon Aiyuk-WR-Arizona State

The 49ers offense was a juggernaut and they’ve added to it with adding Brandon Aiyuk. Herm Edwards has had a few years at Arizona State and in those few those years he has helped push out some top talent. Brandon Aiyuk is a top receiver with great speed and great hands. The 49ers added a quality player in Aiyuk giving Jimmy G. more weapons.

26. Green Bay Packers: Jordan Love-QB-Utah State

Jordan Love is one of the most incredible talents coming out of college at the quarterback position. With the ability to scramble, Love has wowed the scouts and he has proven to not only be an NFL player but a first-round pick. The Green Bay Packers drafted Aaron Rodgers when in 2005 when Brett Favre was thirty-six. Fifteen years later, the Packers draft Jordan Love when Rodgers is thirty-six. Let’s see if Love learns from Rodgers the way that Rodgers learned from Favre and this interesting quarterback tradition continues.

27. Seattle Seahawks: Jordyn Brooks-LB-Texas Tech

The Seahawks just added yet another explosive linebacker to an already explosive linebacker core. Bobby Wagner, KJ Wright, and now Jordyn Brooks. Brooks was explosive in college and that looks to transfer right over to the pros. Pete Carroll loves his defense and it looks like he has acquired yet another big-time player to play in Seattle.

28. Baltimore Ravens: Patrick Queen-LB-LSU

Patrick Queen is without a doubt a coach on the field and a true leader. We saw examples of this all season long as he helped lead his LSU Tigers to a national championship. Queen has amazing feet and his pursuit is next level. The Ravens pride themselves on their defense as they always have and with this pick they have just kept that defensive tradition rolling.

29. Tennessee Titans: Isaiah Wilson-OT-Georgia

Mike Vrabel may be a defensive minded coach; however, he knows a thing or two about great offense as they went far last season. One position they needed improvement at was offensive line and with the pickup of Isaiah Wilson, the Titans line got better. Another great player out of Georgia shows how well coached they are and how pro ready players form there are.

30. Miami Dolphins: Noah Igbinoghene-CB-Auburn

The Dolphins had three first round draft picks this year and they used all three wisely. They got their quarterback, they got a big offensive lineman to help protect him, and then they went and got a corner who can really help out their defense. Noah Igbinoghene really showed out for Auburn last season as he has shown his agility and his ability to keep up with SEC receivers. He can certainly help the Dolphins defense.

31. Minnesota Vikings: Jeff Gladney-CB-TCU

The Minnesota Vikings defense was a powerhouse just a few years ago; however, within the last few seasons, they have fallen apart. With a lot of departures over the last few years, the Vikings need to revamp their defense. Jeff Gladney is a physical corner who has the ability to go up and get the football like a receiver. The NFC North is full of touch receivers as well as tough quarterbacks and the Vikings did themselves a favor drafting a corner to help keep big plays to a minimum.

32. Kansas City Chiefs: Clyde Edwards-Helaire-RB-LSU

The defending Super Bowl champion Kansas City Chiefs have shown why they’re so great over the last season. There’s no doubt that their defense is stout; however, that offense is a scoring machine. Clyde Edwards-Helaire adds yet another dynamic to an already strong offense and his ability to get up field as a downhill runner makes the Chiefs offense that much better.

Blog By: Larry B.

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