2020 NFL Draft: Best and Worst Team Draft Reports
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Before we wrap up the 2020 NFL Draft coverage, let’s take a look at who pulled in the best and worst draft classes. Every team has spent the last few years figuring out who every prospect is on and off the field, deciding what role each player can fill on their rosters, and deciding where the best value for drafting each prospect lies.
Ahead, we will dive into who did the best in those areas leading to the assembling of elite draft classes and who were on the losing end by selecting the worst draft classes. I will list the three best draft hauls and the three worst draft hauls below and for each team, there will be a table of each pick, a quick breakdown of the class, and why they are in each category that they are in.
Best Team Drafts
|Round 1||CeeDee Lamb (WR- Oklahoma)|
|Round 2||Trevon Diggs (CB- Alabama)|
|Round 3||Neville Gallimore (IDL- Oklahoma)|
|Round 4||Reggie Robinson II (CB- Tulsa)|
|Round 5||Tyler Biadasz (IOL- Wisconsin)|
|Round 5||Bradlee Anae (Edge- Utah)|
|Round 7||Ben DiNucci (QB- James Madison)|
The Cowboys consistently drafted steal after steal throughout the draft. CeeDee Lamb will help make up possibly the most dangerous receiver group in the NFL. Diggs is super raw but has only played CB the last couple of seasons making it seem like he has a very high ceiling. Gallimore was often considered a first or second-round pick, yet they were able to grab him round three. Biadasz fills a huge need created by the retirement of former Badger, Travis Frederick. Anae looks like he will easily outperform his draft position and make an early impact rushing the edge in a rotational role. The Cowboys nailed the 2020 NFL Draft. They drafted the best player available while also filling needs and a ton of the players look like they could be steals. Big time winners.
|Round 1||Patrick Queen (LB- LSU)|
|Round 2||J.K. Dobbins (RB- Ohio State)|
|Round 3||Justin Madubuike (IDL- Texas A&M)|
|Round 3||Devin Duvernay (WR- Texas)|
|Round 3||Malik Harrison (LB- Ohio State)|
|Round 3||Tyre Phillips (IOL- Miss. State)|
|Round 4||Ben Bredeson (IOL- Michigan)|
|Round 5||Broderick Washington (IDL- Texas Tech)|
|Round 6||James Proche (WR- SMU)|
|Round 7||Geno Stone (S- Iowa)|
The rich get richer! GM Eric DeCosta has done a great job of having a vision and then executing the plan to make that vision a reality. The Ravens’ biggest weakness was at the LB position and they wasted no time addressing it by adding Queen in the first and excellent depth in Harrison two rounds later. They also added great depth and value along the DL with the addition of Justin Madubuike. The Ravens’ second-largest need was depth and competition at the guard position. They filled that need through the drafting of Tyre Phillips and Ben Bredeson in the middle rounds. The third major factor to the Ravens being winners is the addition of help at the receiver position to help Lamar Jackson continue his development as a passer. Devin Duvernay and James Proche have some of the best hands in the draft and should gain Lamar’s trust quickly.
|Round 1||Justin Jefferson (WR- LSU)|
|Round 1||Jeff Gladney (CB- TCU)|
|Round 2||Ezra Cleveland (OT- Boise State)|
|Round 3||Cameron Dantzler (CB- Miss. State)|
|Round 4||D.J. Wonnum (Edge- South Carolina)|
|Round 4||James Lynch (IDL- Baylor)|
|Round 4||Troy Dye (LB- Oregon)|
|Round 5||Harrison Hand (CB- Temple)|
|Round 5||K.J. Osborn (WR- Miami)|
|Round 6||Blake Brandel (OT- Oregon State)|
|Round 6||Josh Metellus (S- Michigan)|
|Round 7||Kenny Willekes (Edge- Michigan State)|
|Round 7||Nate Stanley (QB- Iowa)|
|Round 7||Brian Cole II (S- Miss State)|
|Round 7||Kyle Hinton (IOL- Washburn)|
The Vikings maneuvered their way to 15 draft picks and they made the most of them. In the first, they addressed their two most glaring needs; Jefferson at receiver and Gladney at cornerback. From there they moved onto their next biggest need of offensive line help. They added Ezra Cleveland to compete and provide depth at tackle. Then the Vikings dove headfirst into the defensive side of the draft. Dantzler, Wonnum, Lynch, and Dye all look like they will be able to provide an impact as rookies and develop into nice role players over time for a defense that needs retooling. After Dye, the Vikings best pick was Kenny Willekes in the seventh. I felt he could have been a 4th- 5th round pick. The Vikings were able to find great value throughout this draft and should feel the positive impact of the class sooner rather than later.
Worst Team Drafts
|Round 1||Jordan Love (QB- Utah State)|
|Round 2||A.J. Dillon (RB- Boston College)|
|Round 3||Josiah Deguara (TE/FB- Cincinnati)|
|Round 5||Kamal Martin (LB- Minnesota)|
|Round 6||Jon Runyan (IOL- Michigan)|
|Round 6||Jake Hanson (IOL- Oregon)|
|Round 6||Simon Stepaniak (IOL- Indiana)|
|Round 7||Vernon Scott (S- TCU)|
|Round 7||Jonathan Garvin (Edge- Miami)|
The Packers shocked the world when they traded up to select QB Jordan Love in round one of the draft. This was a surprise, but fans believed they would get back on track and try to help Rodgers with more immediate impact players. However, round two they selected what looks to be the new backup RB in A.J. Dillon, which also graded out as a very large reach in my rankings. In round three, the Packers made the move to select new FB/TE Josiah Deguara to fill what they described as the Kyle Juszczyk role. The Packers’ best move, and maybe the most impactful in the short term was when they selected decent depth players along the interior of their line. Besides that, key moves they made were drafting players that play the same position as their two best offensive weapons from 2019. QB and RB.
|Round 1||Jordyn Brooks (LB- Texas Tech)|
|Round 2||Darrell Taylor (Edge- Tennessee)|
|Round 3||Damien Lewis (IOL- LSU)|
|Round 4||Colby Parkinson (TE- Stanford)|
|Round 4||DeeJay Dallas (RB- Miami)|
|Round 5||Alton Robinson (Edge- Syracuse)|
|Round 6||Freddie Swain (WR- Florida)|
|Round 7||Stephen Sullivan (TE- LSU)|
I label this draft class as the worst of 2020. Most of the picks were reaches and seemed to not fill immediate needs. It is never good to not fill needs or draft the best player available. Brooks and Taylor were thought to be round three options in my rankings. Dallas doesn’t look like more than depth behind injury-prone RBs Penny and Carson. Robinson was the Seahawks’ best value of the weekend in round five and I expect him to compete early. Besides that, every pick looks like it was a round or two too early.
|Round 2||Kyle Dugger (S- Lenoir-Rhyne)|
|Round 2||Josh Uche (Edge- Michigan)|
|Round 3||Anfernee Jennings (Edge- Alabama)|
|Round 3||Devin Asiasi (TE- UCLA)|
|Round 3||Dalton Keene (TE- Virginia Tech)|
|Round 5||Justin Rohrwasser (K- Marshall)|
|Round 6||Michael Onwenu (IOL- Michigan)|
|Round 6||Justin Herron (OT- Wake Forest)|
|Round 6||Cassh Maluia (LB- Montana)|
|Round 7||Dustin Woodard (IOL- Memphis)|
This was a strange draft. It seemed like there wasn’t a strict plan behind it, which is odd for the Patriots. The first two picks look like pretty immediate impact, but from there it goes all over the place. Jennings doesn’t really have a spot made for him. He played on the edge, but he did a lot of off-ball LB drills during the pre-draft process and didn’t look comfortable and looks like a reach. Both TEs look like reaches at their draft spots in round three. A kicker in the fifth with some strange off the field issues seemed like a very un-Belichick move. The linemen from there don’t appear to have a role more than depth along the interior.