How The NFL Draft Is 'Expected' To Go Down
By: Staff Reporter 4-23-2020
We are only hours away from the first round of the 2020 NFL Draft, which due to COVID-19 shutting down major sports for well over a month now, could be the most-watched draft of all time.
The Cleveland Browns are yet again selecting in the top portion of the draft with the #10 pick which could become a trade asset as the night unfolds given the organizations desire to collect draft capital, though many feel the team is in a position to win now with the right rookie additions.
Here is the OH.Report's preview of what you could see going down with Thursday's first ten picks.
Pick #1: Cincinnati Bengals - Joe Burrow (LSU, QB) - The Bengals can get its franchise QB for the future with the top overall pick. Both ESPN and NFL Network have them taking the Heisman Trophy winner.
Pick #2: Washington Redskins - Chase Young (DE, Ohio St.) - Young, who some believe to be the top overall player in the draft. Can be a mainstay on Redskins new head coach Ron Rivera's defense for years to come. This pick could be traded away, but only for a huge return for Washington.
Pick #3: Detroit Lions - Jeff Okudah (CB, Ohio St.) - The Lions are in desperate need of help in the secondary and this pick could certainly be the start of getting that group headed in the right direction.
Pick #4: New York Giants - This may be the first pick of the draft that is a bit up in the air. Even ESPN and NFL Network have different players going to the G-Men. NFL Network has Iowa OT Tristan Wirfs going to help solidify the offensive line in front of RB Saquan Barkley and QB Daniel Jones. ESPN has them passing on offensive line help and taking the best non-quarterback available in Clemson OLB Isaiah Simmons.
Pick #5: Miami Dolphins & Pick #6 Los Angeles Chargers - This is where the second and third quarterbacks of the draft should be taken in Oregon QB Justin Herbert and Alabama QB Tua Tagovailoa if the teams deem him healthy enough after hip surgery.
Pick #7: Carolina Panthers - Isaiah Simmons (OLB, Clemson) - If things play out like they should and the Giants do, in fact, go offense with their first pick then Simmons will drop to Carolina.
Pick #8: Arizona Cardinals - Jedrick WIllis (OT, Alabama) - For the Cardinals to effectively run the offense they want with duel-threat QB Kyler Murray and RB Kenyan Drake they need help on the offensive line and this pick would certainly help with that.
Pick #9: Jacksonville Jaguars - CJ Henderson (CB, Florida) - Henderson, the second-rated CB by most in on their draft boards (some have him rated higher than Okduah) and would be a much-welcomed addition to the secondary.
Pick #10 Cleveland Browns - Andrew Thomas (OT, Georgia) - Some mock drafts have Thomas going as high as the #4 pick in the draft over Wirfs, but the Browns will likely go offensive line with either of these two players on the board. Given the Browns track record with trading back in the first round, don't be surprised if they move out of this spot in a deal with rumored partners Denver at #15, Atlanta at #16 or New Orleans at #24 overall.
As always, teams could trade up in the draft or go completely off the board and throw these picks out the window which makes draft day that much better, so tune in and enjoy the show.
The Top 3 picks are all expected to be former Ohio State Buckeyes as Heisman Trophy-winning transfer Joe Burrow is a near-lock at #1 while
OSU defensive standouts Chase Young and Jeff Okduah are slated as the next best available prospects by most analysts.
Cleveland is reported to have their sights set on drafting an offensive tackle with their #10 selection where Georgia's Andrew Thomas could be a solid pick at that spot, though the Browns have been linked to several trade rumors that have them moving back in the first round.