2020 NFL Draft: Round One Winners & Losers
Sports are back! At least last night, and for the next two days, we had a taste of what it’s like to have live sports back in our lives. I’m not sure how you felt, but it felt amazing to be watching live and to have something to react to in real time!
For those who joined us on the FantasyPros Youtube livestream, thank you so much! We saw an incredible turnout and we loved getting to interact with you all there! It was an insane four and a half hours, but the work doesn’t stop and we’ve got a lot to recap before moving onto Rounds 2 & 3.
The first half of the NFL Draft went as expected, for the most part, but it was the second half that provided the entertainment value for us. There were some crazy selections and trades that sent shockwaves through the NFL. As the dust settles, what teams walked away winners from night one and which ones may have made questionable decisions?
Let’s find out.
Duh. When you land the number one overall pick and it’s a player as talented as Joe Burrow, who plays the most important position in football, you have to walk away pretty happy. Burrow put up the best season a college QB has ever had and he’s now walking into a great situation with guys like A.J. Green, John Ross, Tyler Boyd, and Joe Mixon. There’s no reason to criticize this pick or think twice about it. The Bengals have their QB of the future now and that offense should take a massive step forward next season.
Heisman. National Champion. First overall pick.
— NFL (@NFL) April 24, 2020
The Jaguars came into the NFL Draft with plenty of draft picks in their arsenal, but with needs all over their roster. They addressed two critical needs with their first two picks with C.J. Henderson and K’Lavon Chaisson. Henderson will be a shutdown corner for the Jaguars and immediately solves their secondary need, though they could continue to address it later on in the draft too. Chaisson is the replacement pick for Yannick Ngakoue, which is a seamless transition and makes sure that the Jaguars pass rush doesn’t skip a beat. This was a perfect mixture of value meeting team needs in the first round of the draft and the Jaguars are off to a great start.
.@s4ckguru got the whole house yellin
— #DUUUVAL (@Jaguars) April 24, 2020
The Ravens came into Thursday night with a desperate need for linebackers on their roster. They could’ve gotten antsy and moved up to ensure that they got one, but they stayed calm and one of the best LBs in the class fell right into their laps. Patrick Queen is a tremendous player and I’m shocked that he was still on the board at No. 28 overall. This is a home run selection for the Ravens and he’ll continue the strong lineage of Ravens linebackers for a long time.
— Baltimore Ravens (@Ravens) April 24, 2020
The Miami Dolphins are certainly walking out of the first round as a winner after making three selections. Selecting the QB that you wanted without trading up is a home run, but it’s the other two picks that are intriguing. Austin Jackson is still a young player, but presents tremendous upside at the LT position. Noah Igbinoghene is a raw, but promising, CB prospect that has a very high ceiling. The Dolphins are sticking with what they’ve communicated this entire time that this is a long-term rebuild. They’re willing to let these players take time and either get healthy or develop. This mindset should be taken into consideration when projecting the remainder of their picks, but they’re off to a great start.
Welcome to the 305 😎
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— Miami Dolphins (@MiamiDolphins) April 24, 2020
Las Vegas Raiders
The Raiders came into the NFL Draft with huge needs at both WR and CB. While they addressed both of those positions, they were certainly not the players that we expected at that point. With no other WRs off the board, the Raiders chose Henry Ruggs. While I love Ruggs the player, and think that’s he a closer comparison to Tyreek Hill than a Marquise Goodwin, the Raiders needed a true Alpha-WR in that room. CeeDee Lamb would have given them that No. 1 receiver that can be a dominant X-receiver. Jerry Jeudy would have brought that same ability, but through separation and route-running ability. Ruggs’ fit on this roster is a bit confusing right now with Tyrell Williams still there, unless the Raiders are looking to add another X-receiver in the 3rd round like Bryan Edwards. As for the CB pick, Damon Arnette going off the board at 19 overall is the shock of the draft to me. Arnette’s a good football player, but he should not have gone over guys like Trevon Diggs, Kristian Fulton, and Jeff Gladney. The Raiders could have played it smart and traded back and still got Arnette, but they chose to get their guy regardless of value. For that, they get a slight knock in my book. We’ll see if Arnette can live up to the billing of being selected above the other guys listed previously.
Coach Gruden and GM Mike Mayock are building a foundation, and @damon_arnette is ready to protect this house 🏠
Watch the call he got from Coach Gruden to join the Silver and Black. pic.twitter.com/BuVqG5N8nl
— Las Vegas Raiders (@Raiders) April 24, 2020
Green Bay Packers
The Packers selecting a QB in the first round makes little to no sense. The Packers trading up in the first round to draft a QB makes zero sense. This is a team that was in the NFC Championship game just a few months ago and saw their defense get obliterated by the 49ers run game. This is an offense that fell stagnant last year due to the lack of talent outside of Davante Adams in that WR corps. Instead, they choose to not surround Aaron Rodgers with weapons and draft his future replacement. While they’re making the right call on forcing Jordan Love to sit for a year or two before seeing the field, this makes little sense for the short term. This is a huge slap in the face to Aaron Rodgers and I have a hard time seeing how he’s going to feel confident playing for this coaching staff next season and beyond. It’s a bizarre move that definitely muddies the waters for the immediate future.
"A lot of hard work" led to @jordan3love's first-round selection.
— Green Bay Packers (@packers) April 24, 2020