2020 NFL Draft

So I thought I’d try and guess how the first 10 picks might go in the Draft, cos let’s face it beyond the first 2 picks nobody really knows…

  1. Joe Burrow seems to be nailed on as the Bengals Quarterback next season although how that plays out will be unpredictable to say the least. Burrow is a capable QB but at LSU he had a very good coaching team and more than a few excellent team mates, that might not be the case in Cinci.
  2. Chase Young to the Redskins seems to be a safe bet at 2 although the Redskins are anything but predictable and have plenty of holes to fill so it wouldn’t be a huge surprise if they traded down but Young looks the standout athlete in this class and Ohio State should have a second DE drafted with the second overall pick in consecutive years.
  3. Now this is where gets a little wild, the Lions have signed 13 free agents and re-signed 2 others, they have traded Darius Slay away so they may take a Cornerback but the third pick seems pretty high so they pull a Bellichick and trade down and for an extra pick next season. There will be some very impressive Offensive Line talent available this high up but the Lions seem to have a bit of a blind spot when it comes to their need to protect Matt Stafford better. They’ve bought in Halapoulivaati Vaitai so they could bring in Tristan Wirfs to play inside him at Guard.
  4. Dave Gettleman loves a Defensive Lineman but the Giants already have 8 relatively young guys there, they should probably strengthen the Offensive line to help out Saquon and Daniel Jones but when your best WR is 31 year old Golden Tate and there is so much receiving talent available in this Draft it wouldn’t be a huge surprise if Henry Ruggs III ends up in New Jersey. It may be a new setup at the Meadowlands but there’s a certain Odell Beckham-ishness about the excitement Ruggs produces.
  5. Rumour has it the Dolphins will take a QB with their first pick and recently its becoming increasingly difficult to know if it will be Tua or Justin Herbert. Picking someone who has only started 1 more College game than Mitch Trubisky seems a bit risky and when Herbert has started 11 more games and seems far more robust he could be a safer bet.
  6. The Chargers need to replace Phillip Rivers and they could do that with Cam Newton they also allowed Melvin Gordon to leave and while they did resign Austin Ekeler a 226 pound running back to share the load wouldn’t go a miss and Jonathan Taylor from Wisconsin fits the bill perfectly.
  7. They’ve signed Teddy Bridgewater and Robby Anderson, they’ve re-signed McCaffrey, they’ve never really recovered from Peanut Tillman and Josh Norman leaving, Luke Kuelchy has retired and Thomas Davis left last year so you’d think they need to bolster the Defence but with the money invested in the new QB and the starting RB there has to be a tendency to make sure Teddy is better protected than Cam was. Mehki Becton is a Virginia native so he’s kind of local to the Carolina’s and he’s a physical freak of nature to boot.
  8. Arizona need help on Defence, actually they need a lot of help on Defence but Kliff Kingsbury loves, loves, loves his Offence so they could go absolutely anywhere with this pick. You’d think with Hopkins, Fitzgerald, Kirk and a few others they are fine for WR’s, they’ve still got David Johnson and Kenyan Drake, they could do with protecting Kyler Murray better so maybe Jedrick Wills Jr. but I would love to see K’Lavon Chaisson given a chance to work with Chandler Jones for a season or two.
  9. Jacksonville are an absolute disaster but they have at least got rid of Nick Foles contract but they still need a lot of help on the field and in the front office. They’ve only got 2 QB’s on the current roster but after the borderline miracle they performed picking Gardner Minshew in last year’s 6th round they won’t be spending another pick on a QB this time round. They don’t really need a WR (but that doesn’t mean they won’t draft one) they have lost Malik Jackson, Calais Campbell and Marcel Dareus in the last few years so they could do with a big bodied D-lineman but they’re not likely to be going in the top 10 picks. Whoever the Jags pick you know they’ll either be permanently injured or won’t fully develop under their coaches. I’ll guess they go with Andrew Thomas who should help run block for Fournette.
  10. Cleveland are another team who could take any player and make them worse, theoretically they’ve got a QB to build around, 2 Running Backs, WR’s a go go and TE’s. To go with a serviceable Defence but they desperately need more O-line talent to allow the skill players to do their thing, Lloyd Cushenberry could be a good fit on Cleveland as he can play Centre or Guard and he’s a leader and they desperately lacked leadership last season.

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