Draft 2020 started with teams attached to the script, without aggressive movements in search of a trade, but the calm eventually ended.
Both the Cincinnati Bengals and Washington Redskins played it safe with the best players available to fill their holes in the roster with quarterback Joe Burrow and quarterback Chase Young, respectively.
Jeff Okudah to the Detroit Lions and Andrew Thomas to the New York Giants were two teams that kept that trend going. Tua Tagovailoa’s arrival at the Miami Dolphins, while risky, was an expected move, as was Justin Herbert’s Los Angeles Chargers.
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We had to wait until turn 12, with Las Vegas Raiders, to get our first surprise. With Jerry Jeudy and CeeDee Lamb available, the Raiders opted for the speed of Henry Ruggs III, who clocked 4.27 seconds during the 40-yard dash at the Talent Combo.
In the next turn, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers climbed a spot through a trade with the San Francisco 49ers to take offensive tackle Tristan Wirfs, a move clearly intended to protect veteran quarterback Tom Brady, but why upload a position when the Niners clearly had no intention of taking the offensive lineman?
The Denver Broncos’ pick on turn 15 with Jeudy paved the way for another surprise, when the Dallas Cowboys unexpectedly bumped into DeeLambs two places later and couldn’t resist the temptation to take the talented wide receiver from the Oklahoma Sooners. Now Dallas has Dak Prescott, Ezekiel Elliott, Amari Cooper and Lamb on their roster, an attack that looks very powerful.
Afterward, the Raiders returned to the scene and once again surprised with their selection. At No. 19, Las Vegas took the cornerback Damon Arnette of the Ohio State Buckeyes, who according to the Draft Predictor of ESPN He had a 0.1 percent chance of being chosen in the top-20.
Everything seemed calm in the following innings, until the Green Bay Packers traded with the Miami Dolphins to climb to No. 26 to take on Utah State Aggies quarterback Jordan Love.
This move is reminiscent of the one that happened in 2005, when Green Bay took Aaron Rodgers in the first round to become Brett Favre’s successor, today Rodgers seems to suffer the same fate as the man from whom he inherited the position.
It was clear that the Packers would eventually need a quarterback to succeed Rodgers, but it was surprising that they did so after arriving in the NFC Championship Game last season.
The Seattle Seahawks were not far behind and surprised by taking in linebacker Jordyn Brooks of the Texas Tech Red Raiders when Patrick Queen of LSU was available, considered one of the best prospects in the position.
In the next turn, the Baltimore Ravens didn’t miss the opportunity to take on Queen.
Although there were only four swaps on the first day of the draft, the second-fewest since 2010, this was not an impediment for the teams to end up making some unexpected decisions that we will continue talking about in the coming days.