2020 NFL Draft grades for all 32 teams: Cowboys go off, Raiders botch
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So, which teams handled the unique scouting and technological challenges caused by coronavirus stay-at-home restrictions better than the rest? Here are first-look grades for all 32 teams, with a curve instituted for the first-, second- and third-round picks and an emphasis on quality over quantity.
1) Dallas Cowboys
Key Picks: CeeDee Lamb (WR, Oklahoma), Trevon Diggs (CB, Alabama), Neville Gallimore (DT, Oklahoma), CB Reggie Robinson (CB, Tulsa), Tyler Biadasz (C, Wisconsin)
Analysis: Cowboys apparently trust their Southwest area scout. Lamb was the steal of the first round and the Diggs-Robinson combination softens the blow of losing free agent Byron Jones.
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2) Baltimore Ravens
Key Picks: Patrick Queen (LB, LSU), J.K. Dobbins (RB, Ohio State), Justin Madubuike (DT, Texas A&M), WR Devin Duvernay (WR, Texas), Malik Harrison (LB, Ohio State)
Analysis: Run the ball, stop the run. Just keep solidifying a timeless winning identity. Queen is the prototypical Raven, but sleeper Duvernay had 106 catches last season.
3) Cincinnati Bengals
Key Picks: Joe Burrow (QB, LSU), Tee Higgins (WR, Clemson), Logan Wilson (ILB, Wyoming), Akeem Davis-Gaither (OLB, Appalachian State)
Analysis: Each of those players was the first pick in a round. It’s difficult to screw up a draft that way. Native son Burrow brings badly needed franchise-changing swagger.
4) Denver Broncos
Key Picks: Jerry Jeudy (WR, Alabama), K.J. Hamler (WR, Penn State), Michael Ojemudia (CB, Iowa), Lloyd Cushenberry (C, LSU)
Analysis: Best collection of offensive skill talent in the NFL? Adding this class to Melvin Gordon, Courtland Sutton, Noah Fant and Phillip Lindsay makes a strong case. Drew Lock is a lucky quarterback.
5) Minnesota Vikings
Key Picks: Justin Jefferson (WR, LSU), Jeff Gladney (CB, TCU), Ezra Cleveland (OT, Boise State), Cameron Dantzler (CB, Mississippi State)
Analysis: Seven-round draft record of 17 total picks after two trades. No way Jefferson should’ve slipped to No. 22. Gladney was a first-rounder and Cleveland had first-round potential.
6) Arizona Cardinals
Key Picks: Isaiah Simmons (LB, Clemson), Josh Jones (OT, Houston), Leki Fotu (DT, Utah)
Analysis: Top-five talent (Simmons) fell to them at No. 8 and Jones — who some mocked as a first-rounder — was a third-round steal. No wonder coach Kliff Kingsbury always looked so relaxed at home.
7) Cleveland Browns
Key Picks: Jedrick Wills Jr. (OT, Alabama), Grant Delpit (S, LSU), Jordan Elliott (DT, Missouri)
Analysis: Wills and top free agent Jack Conklin as offensive line bookends will improve Baker Mayfield. Second-rounder Delpit was a top-10 talent and is a steal if he cuts down missed tackles.
8) Indianapolis Colts
Key Picks: Michael Pittman (WR, USC), Jonathan Taylor (RB, Wisconsin), Julian Blackmon (S, Utah), Jacob Eason (QB, Washington)
Analysis: Traded their first-rounder for DeForest Buckner then added the catch-everything Pittman and workhorse Taylor. Will big-armed Eason stay focused enough to be the quarterback of the future?
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9) Jacksonville Jaguars
Key Picks: C.J. Henderson (CB, Florida), K’Lavon Chaisson (OLB, LSU), Laviska Shenault (WR, Colorado), Ben Bartch (OT, St. John’s-Minn.)
Analysis: Tear-down-and-rebuild of an elite defense starts with the two first-rounders. Shenault is a creative play-caller’s dream and Bartch is a high-ceiling developmental project.
10) Tennessee Titans
Key Picks: Isaiah Wilson (OT, Georgia), Kristian Fulton (CB, LSU) Darrynton Evans (RB, Appalachian State)
Analysis: They married need and value every time. Evans and Derrick Henry are the NFL’s new thunder-and-lightning tandem. Wilson and Fulton replace free agents Jack Conklin and Logan Ryan.
11) Carolina Panthers
Key Picks: Derrick Brown (DT, Auburn), Yetur Gross-Matos (DE, Penn State), Jeremy Chinn (S, Southern Illinois), Troy Pride (CB, Notre Dame)
Analysis: After picking Brown over the versatile Isaiah Simmons, the Panthers doubled back with Simmons Light (Chinn). And Gross-Matos was the draft’s second-best defensive end.
12) Detroit Lions
Key Picks: Jeff Okudah (CB, Ohio State), D’Andre Swift (RB, Georgia), Julian Okwara (OLB, Notre Dame)
Analysis: Okudah profiles as a future All-Pro and Swift was the No. 1 running back on several boards. Teaming Okwara with older brother Romeo is smart for growth.
13) Miami Dolphins
Key Picks: Tua Tagovailoa (QB, Alabama), Austin Jackson (OT, USC), Noah Igbinoghene (CB, Auburn), Raekwon Davis (DL, Alabama)
Analysis: Hoping for higher marks with three first-rounders, but their first five picks all are somewhat boom-or-bust. Trading for veteran running back Matt Breida was smart.
14) New York Jets
Key Picks: Mekhi Becton (OT, Louisville), Denzel Mims (WR, Baylor), Ashtyn Davis (CB/S, California), QB James Morgan (QB, FIU)
Analysis: Becton over surer thing Tristan Wirfs in an unexpected choice of tackles was a swing for the fences. Trading down and still landing Mims was shrewd. GM Joe Douglas had a sneaky strong Day 3.
15) Los Angeles Chargers
Key Picks: Justin Herbert (QB, Oregon), Kenneth Murray (ILB, Oklahoma), Joshua Kelley (RB, UCLA)
Analysis: Herbert is the new face of a franchise trying to build a fan base. The Chargers gave up their second- and third-rounders to move up for Murray at No. 23. Worth it.
16) New York Giants
Key Picks: Andrew Thomas (OT, Georgia), Xavier McKinney (S, Alabama), Matt Peart (OT, Connecticut), Darnay Holmes (CB, UCLA)
Analysis: Started out on fire with their No. 1 offensive tackle — a recurring theme — and a major second-round steal in immediate starter McKinney, but the Giants endured a 63-pick wait then didn’t address holes at pass rusher or center soon enough.
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17) Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Key Picks: Tristan Wirfs (OT, Iowa), Antoine Winfield Jr. (S, Minnesota), Ke’Shawn Vaughn (RB, Vanderbilt)
Analysis: Wirfs went nearly as high as No. 4 and fell to the fourth tackle, at No. 13. Winfield’s seven interceptions last season was tied for third in the NCAA — and ball skills translate to the NFL.
18) San Francisco 49ers
Key Picks: Javon Kinlaw (DT, South Carolina), Brandon Aiyuk (WR, Arizona State)
Analysis: Similar to the Chiefs, the 49ers don’t have many holes. Their two first-rounders have high-impact rookie potential. Trading two picks for veteran left tackle Trent Williams is worth a bump. No other picks until the fifth.
19) Kansas City Chiefs
Key Picks: Clyde Edwards-Helaire (RB, LSU), William Gay Jr. (LB, Mississippi State), Lucas Niang (OT, TCU)
Analysis: Super Bowl champions just picked off highly graded players, with no major needs. First-round running back is a surprise for coach Andy Reid, though Edwards-Helaire is a receiving threat.
20) New Orleans Saints
Key Picks: Cesar Ruiz (C, Michigan), Zack Baun (LB, Wisconsin), Adam Trautman (TE, Dayton)
Analysis: No picks in the final four rounds and no offseason program for the Saints, who saw Baun and Trautman inexplicably slipping and traded up for quality over quantity.
21) Buffalo Bills
Key Picks: A.J. Epenesa (DE, Iowa), Zack Moss (RB, Utah), Gabriel Davis (WR, UCF), Jake Fromm (QB, Georgia)
Analysis: No first-round pick … technically. But second-rounder Epenesa was a top-15 prospect before his poor scouting combine overshadowed his Big Ten film. Power back Moss is an injury risk.