2020 NFL Draft Live Blog with Tony Pauline & Andrew DiCecco: Day 1

Join Chief Draft Analyst Tony Pauline and Senior Draft Analyst Andrew DiCecco for Day 1 of the 2020 NFL Draft as they provide the latest buzz and instant pick-by-pick analysis in the PFN Live Blog.

After months of anticipation and analysis, the 2020 NFL Draft is finally here. we are now just hours away from the start of the 2020 NFL Draft. While it may look and feel a bit different, there isn’t any less excitement in the air as the sports world turns its attention to the NFL and its “virtual” player selection process.

Be sure to check back here frequently for the latest buzz from Pauline and DiCecco throughout the first round. If you scroll to the bottom of the picks, you’ll see all of the latest rumors that Pauline has posted throughout the day thus far. And, you can click here for more information from Neds.

We’ll also be listing our rankings for each player along with their Relative Athletic Score (RAS), which is a metric and analytics system that shows overall athleticism for a draft prospect. If a player does not have a score, it is because the player did not measure during the draft period due to injury or choice. Finally, we have the latest odds on the NFL.

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2020 NFL Draft: Round 1

32. Kansas City Chiefs: Clyde Edwards-Helaire, RB, LSU

Pauline’s Ranking: #44 (RB04) | Scouting Report
PFN Consensus: #46 (RB03) | RAS: 5.45

Pauline: In a night full of surprises, the Chiefs kept it going with Clyde Edwards-Helaire. The LSU junior is a terrific ball carrier who was a main cog in the school’s title run yet never got the credit he was due. He’s not the fastest, quickest and has a funky build but Edwards-Helaire is a terrific football player who will flourish under Andy Reid.

DiCecco: Well, Kansas City didn’t have many pressing needs to speak of, but came away with yet another offensive weapon in LSU running back Clyde Edwards-Helaire. Though a bit surprising Helaire comes off the board before Taylor or Swift, Helaire adds a pass catching dimension to the high-flying Kansas City offense.

31. Minnesota Vikings (from SF): Jeff Gladney, CB, TCU

Pauline’s Ranking: #70 (CB08) | Scouting Report
PFN Consensus: #36 (CB05) | RAS: 6.16

Pauline: Another surprise first round cornerback/defender as the Vikings fill their cornerback need with Jeff Gladney. The TCU corner is a terrific player with excellent ball skills but was expected to go no earlier than the middle of round two.

DiCecco: The Vikings get their cornerback, though not the one I imagined. Gladney doesn’t possesses highly coveted size for the position, but he is an extremely gifted athlete with plus ball skills. I expect him to step in a contribute from day one.

30. Miami Dolphins (from GB): Noah Igbinoghene, CB, Auburn

Pauline’s Ranking: #52 (CB07) | Scouting Report
PFN Consensus: #47 (CB07) | RAS: 8.05

Pauline: I mentioned all week Noah Igbinoghene was moving up draft boards, but no one expected him to end up in round one. He’s well sized, feisty and possesses solid ball skills. And while Igbinoghene is a solid corner, its surprising he was selected before Jaylon Johnson and Kristian Fulton.

DiCecco: With Kristian Fulton and Jaylon Johnson still on the board, the Dolphins make a stunning pick at 30, taking Auburn’s Noah Igbinoghene. The 5-foot-10, 198-pound cornerback is a chiseled and extremely physical defensive back. The former wide receiver is still a developing player but has the upside to become a high-level starter as a nickel defender with proper coaching.

29. Tennessee Titans: Isaiah Wilson, OT, Georgia

Pauline’s Ranking: #30 (OT07) | Scouting Report
PFN Consensus: #58 (OT09) | RAS: 7.27

Pauline: If the Titans weren’t able to trade out of the first round, which they weren’t, Isaiah Wilson was the pick all the way. He’s a great replacement for Jack Conklin, lost in FA, and should quickly slide into the starting line-up. Wilson is a dominant run blocking right tackle who is really better in a smaller area.

DiCecco: The Titans could just have easily have went cornerback here, but secure Jack Conklin’s replacement in Isaiah Wilson. While Wilson isn’t what many would deem a technician, the massive mauler is extremely effective in the run game.

28. Baltimore Ravens: Patrick Queen, LB, LSU

Pauline’s Ranking: #45 (ILB02) | Scouting Report
PFN Consensus: #33 (ILB02) | RAS: 8.00

Pauline: Most expected Queen to end up in Baltimore and that’s exactly what happened. Like Jordyn Brooks, he’s best making plays up the field or in the box and shows great speed on the field.

DiCecco: My highest-rated first-round linebacker falls to the Baltimore Ravens. Queen may only be a one-year starter, but he demonstrated the innate athleticism to flow sideline-to-sideline and make plays in coverage. Queen is the prototypical Ravens defensive play-maker.

27. Seattle Seahawks: Jordyn Brooks, LB, Texas Tech

Pauline’s Ranking: #65 (ILB04) | Scouting Report
PFN Consensus: #94 (ILB05) | RAS: N/A

Pauline: There was lots of chatter Jordyn Brooks would slip into the first round and he did. He’s a dynamic run defender who’s very explosive moving up the field, but I have my concerns about Brooks’ ability in coverage or making plays in reverse.

DiCecco: Jordyn Brooks is another first-round surprise, despite his rapid rise late in the process. Brooks is a rangy second-level defender that can effectively play in space. Though a generally instinctive play when it comes to diagnosing plays, Brooks must be more consistent in coverage.

26. Green Bay Packers (from MIA): Jordan Love, QB, Utah State

Pauline’s Ranking: #18 (QB04) | Scouting Report
PFN Consensus: #18 (QB04) | RAS: 8.45

Pauline: The Packers make a great move, trading up to select their quarterback of the future. Love has outstanding physical skills and incredible upside but needs to get his game back to where it was in 2018. He won’t have to play immediately and can sit on the sidelines and observe, which will be great for Love’s development.

DiCecco: The Packers secure the heir apparent to Aaron Rodgers, trading up from the 30th pick. Love, one of the more polarizing first-round prospects, experienced a prolific 2018 campaign, only to struggle through a mistake-laden 2019. He has the qualities of a franchise quarterback, but he skill set will need some refinement.

[su_note note_color=”#690000″ text_color=”#ffffff” radius=”3″ class=”” id=””]TRADE ALERT: Packers move up to 26 | The Green Bay Packers have traded with the Miami Dolphins, moving up to pick 26. The Dolphins will receive pick 30 and 136.[/su_note]

25. San Francisco 49ers: Brandon Aiyuk, WR, Arizona State

Pauline’s Ranking: #46 (WR10) | Scouting Report
PFN Consensus: #38 (WR07) | RAS: 8.46

Pauline: I’m not nearly as high on Brandon Aiyuk as many others, but this is a great system fit for the Niners offense. Aiyuk is a terrific route runner who separates from defenders and consistently catches ball with proper fundamentals. He lacks the great upside, but Aiyuk is a plug and play receiver in the Niners offense.

DiCecco: This is an interesting pick. The 49ers trade up from 31 to pluck Brandon Aiyuk to bolster their receiving corps. The dynamic pass catcher adds a different element to the offense, but is every bit as dangerous after the catch as Deebo Samuel. Aiyuk doesn’t get enough credit as a route runner, and often uses savvy, subtle movements to separate from defenders. San Francisco gets an explosive player.

[su_note note_color=”#690000″ text_color=”#ffffff” radius=”3″ class=”” id=””]TRADE ALERT: 49ers move up to pick 25 | The Minnesota Vikings have traded pick 25 to the San Francisco 49ers in exchange for picks 31, 117, and 176.[/su_note]

24. New Orleans Saints: Cesar Ruiz, C, Michigan

Pauline’s Ranking: #29 (C01) | Scouting Report
PFN Consensus: #25 (C01) | RAS: 9.07

Pauline: Ruiz is a surprise, but not a reach. He’s hands down the best center in this draft and will be a day one starter. Ruiz is a terrific combination of power as well as moment skills. Still, with Jordan Love still on the board, this selection surprised me.

DiCecco: Earlier today, I wrote a piece that named Ruiz as one of the potential first-round risers. The Saints took the best interior offensive lineman in this class. While they also have Erik McCoy in the fold, Ruiz also offers guard versatility. He’s extremely athletic and ready to step right in. Love the pick.

23. Los Angeles Chargers (from NE): Kenneth Murray, LB, Oklahoma

Pauline’s Ranking: #19 (ILB01) | Scouting Report
PFN Consensus: #26 (ILB01) | RAS: 9.89

Pauline: After Isaiah Simmons, Kenneth Murray was the best off the ball/space linebacker in this draft. He’s a three down defender who plays sideline to sideline and comes with a vicious attitude. While Murray is a three down defender, the Chargers gave up a lot to get him.

DiCecco: Though I had LSU’s Patrick Queen rated above Murray, the Oklahoma product has sideline-to-sideline range and a run-and-hit mentality. I have concerns about his instinctiveness in coverage, but Murray gives the Chargers a fast-flowing linebacking corps.

[su_note note_color=”#690000″ text_color=”#ffffff” radius=”3″ class=”” id=””]TRADE ALERT: Chargers trade up to pick 23 | The Los Angeles Chargers have traded back into round one, sending picks 37 and 71 to the New England Patriots for pick 23.[/su_note]

22. Minnesota Vikings: Justin Jefferson, WR, LSU

Pauline’s Ranking: #21 (WR04) | Scouting Report
PFN Consensus: #19 (WR04) | RAS: 9.69

Pauline: The Vikings needed a receiver and got the highest rated one on the board in Jefferson. The LSU junior is a terrific pass catcher with legitimate deep speed. He displayed a lot of progress in his game the past two years and like most receivers who come from LSU, I expect Jefferson to be a better pro receiver than college wide out.

DiCecco: Jalen Reagor may have leap-frogged Justin Jefferson in the perceived pecking order, but Jefferson’s slide doesn’t last long. A tough, reliable, first-down machine, Jefferson will serve as a trusty security blanket for Kirk Cousins.

21. Philadelphia Eagles: Jalen Reagor, WR, TCU

Pauline’s Ranking: #36 (WR07) | Scouting Report
PFN Consensus: #31 (WR06) | RAS: 6.06

Pauline: The Eagles pull a bit of a surprise taking Jalen Reagor.  He was one of the few speed receivers still available and the Eagles will have a field day using Reagor in the slot, on reverses and as a return specialist.

DiCecco: The Eagles deployed a largely stagnant offense absent of a downfield presence without Desean Jackson. Reagor gives Philadelphia a player that can work all three levels. I spoke to TCU offensive coordinator Sonny Cumbie a couple of weeks ago who told me, “There isn’t a route he can’t run” and his “[drops] never really were an issue for us.”

20. Jacksonville Jaguars: K’Lavon Chaisson, OLB, LSU

Pauline’s Ranking: #25 (OLB02) | Scouting Report
PFN Consensus: #17 (OLB02) | RAS: N/A

Pauline: The Jags stay with defense and select K’Lavon Chaisson with their second pick in the first round. Chaisson is a solid pass rusher with terrific athleticism, but his injury history scares me. The big question is, can the Jags move Yannick Ngakoue?

DiCecco: Jacksonville ends Chaisson’s tumble, and adds the intriguing pass rusher to a defense in need of pass rush help, given the uncertain future of Yannick Ngakoue. Chaisson is a lengthy, agile edge rusher with terrific bend, but has an extensive injury history and limited experience. Chaisson is a raw talent, but when he puts it all together he will be a force.

19. Las Vegas Raiders: Damon Arnette, CB, Ohio State

Pauline’s Ranking: #93 (CB10) | Scouting Report
PFN Consensus: #59 (CB09) | RAS: N/A

Pauline: Considering the other cornerbacks still on the board, this was a reach. Arnette showed flashes of ability the past three years, but ran poorly at the combine and has shown a lot of inconsistency in his game. It seems the Raiders were unable to regroup once the Falcons selected AJ Terrell – the corner they wanted.

DiCecco: The Raiders had a need at cornerback opposite Trayvon Mullen, the question was a matter of who. Jaylon Johnson was a prospect I figured to be an ideal fit, but Arnette makes the surprising first-round surge. Arnette, a physical defensive back that is tough as nails, fits the bill for what the Raiders look for on defense. The Raiders now have their secondary of the future with Johnathan Abram, Mullen, and Arnette.

18. Miami Dolphins: Austin Jackson, OT, USC

Pauline’s Ranking: #22 (OT06) | Scouting Report
PFN Consensus: #35 (OT07) | RAS: 9.47

Pauline: I received a lot of grief for having Austin Jackson rated so highly, but the Dolphins agreed with me. Jackson was one of the best left tackle pass protectors in this draft and he comes with huge upside. He needs to improve his consistency as well as his run blocking, but the Dolphins got a great prospect in Jackson.

DiCecco: Following the Tua selection, I mentioned it was imperative the Dolphins capitalize on a strong offensive tackle class and come away with one in the first round to protect Tagovailoa. Jackson is an immensely talented, albeit raw prospect, that is one of the more athletic tackle prospects in this class.

17. Dallas Cowboys: CeeDee Lamb, WR, Oklahoma

Pauline’s Ranking: #14 (WR02) | Scouting Report
PFN Consensus: #11 (WR02) | RAS: 7.45

Pauline: The Cowboys get excellent value in CeeDee Lamb, who fills a need. Lamb is possibly the best pure pass catcher of the top receivers in this draft and he’s outstanding running after the catch. Any pass rusher would have been a reach at this pick.

DiCecco: With the division rival Philadelphia Eagles looming at 21, the Cowboys come away with arguably the draft’s premier wide receiver in CeeDee Lamb. Lamb joins a receiving corps that features Amari Cooper and Michael Gallup. Lamb has tremendous ball skills and is a punisher in the open field. The 6-foot-3, 198-pound wideout figures to terrorize the NFC East for years to come.

16. Atlanta Falcons: A.J. Terrell, CB, Clemson

Pauline’s Ranking: #28 (CB03) | Scouting Report
PFN Consensus: #37 (CB06) | RAS: 8.75

Pauline: With the inability to trade up for C.J. Henderson, the Falcons take Terrel – the consensus number three corner on the board. Terrell possesses terrific size/speed numbers and flashes ability. While he has upside, I was disappointed in his play last season and did not see a lot of development in Terrell’s game.

DiCecco: Falcons make an interesting selection here in Clemson cornerback A.J. Terrell, pairing him opposite the intriguing Isaiah Oliver. Terrell’s play slipped a bit when compared to his breakout 2018 campaign, but the athleticism and intangibles are there to become a top-level starter.

15. Denver Broncos: Jerry Jeudy, WR, Alabama

Pauline’s Ranking: #13 (WR01) | Scouting Report
PFN Consensus: #10 (WR01) | RAS: 6.78

Pauline: The Broncos get the receiver they wanted and didn’t need to trade up to acquire him. Jeudy needs space to work and he’s not a physical receiver, yet he’s a game breaker that stretches the field and is prone to making big plays.

DiCecco: Denver adds an elite separator to complement Courtland Sutton. Jeudy has the speed to open up the vertical passing game and boasts the ability to work all three levels of the field.

14. San Francisco 49ers (from TB): Javon Kinlaw, DT, South Carolina

Pauline’s Ranking: #17 (DT02) | Scouting Report
PFN Consensus: #13 (DT02) | RAS: N/A

Pauline: With needs at receiver, this is a surprising selection. Kinlaw comes with huge upside and he’s a terrific athlete that plays quick, powerful football. He needs to keep his focus on the field, something that should be easy to do with the talent and leadership Kinlaw will have playing with him on the Niners line.

DiCecco: I mentioned earlier this evening that Javon Kinlaw is my top-rated interior defensive lineman, largely due to his ability to disrupt the run and the pass, so getting him at 14 is a win for San Francisco. Kinlaw replaces DeForest Buckner in the middle of the 49ers’ defensive line, and the South Carolina standout adds superhuman strength, violent hands, and a quick get-off to the interior. With another pick later tonight, look for the 49ers to address their cornerback conundrum.

13. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (from SF): Tristan Wirfs, OT, Iowa

Pauline’s Ranking: #5 (OT01) | Scouting Report
PFN Consensus: #5 (OT01) | RAS: 9.74

Pauline: I mentioned in the live blog earlier today the Bucs would move down if there was not an offensive tackle available to them at pick 14. They did the exact opposite and made the smart choice, moving up one spot to secure Tristan Wirfs. The Iowa junior is athletic, dominant and comes with the versatility to play multiple spots on the offensive line. Wirfs is a day one starter with great upside.

DiCecco: The Bucs offensive line is already in decent shape with Donovan Smith, Ali Marpet, and Alex Cappa. But Wirfs, my top-rated tackle in this class, is an absolute steal at 13. Wirfs is a day one starter at right tackle, replacing Joe Haeg. Tampa Bay arms Tom Brady with ample protection to deliver the football to his bevy of pass catchers.

[su_note note_color=”#690000″ text_color=”#ffffff” radius=”3″ class=”” id=””]TRADE ALERT: Buccaneers moving up to 13 | The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are moving up one spot from 14 to 13 in a trade with the San Francisco 49ers. Tampa Bay receives pick 13 and pick 245 while the Niners get pick 14 and pick 117.[/su_note]

12. Las Vegas Raiders: Henry Ruggs III, WR, Alabama

Pauline’s Ranking: #20 (WR03) | Scouting Report
PFN Consensus: #16 (WR03) | RAS: 9.55

Pauline: I mentioned yesterday that if Jon Gruden got his way, the Raiders would select Henry Ruggs. Ruggs has the speed which would make Al Davis proud. He’s a big play wide out that takes the top off the defense, though he needs a lot of work and polish on his game. Ruggs goes from being the #3 receiver at Alabama to the #1 wide out for the Raiders.

DiCecco: The Raiders add the draft’s premier deep threat to work in tandem with Tyrell Williams, adding to the excitement surrounding their inaugural season in Las Vegas. The Raiders offense sorely lacked a speed element, which often resulted in a compressed offense. Mayock chooses Ruggs to team with Josh Jacobs, giving the Raiders two, young building blocks on offense.

11. New York Jets: Mekhi Becton, OT, Louisville

Pauline’s Ranking: #12 (OT04) | Scouting Report
PFN Consensus: #12 (OT04) | RAS: 9.85

Pauline: The Jets wanted Wills but settled on Mekhi Becton. While I’m surprised they passed on Wirfs, Becton is a big, dominant and most importantly, athletic tackle prospect who will fill the right tackle hole for the Jets.

DiCecco: Jets GM Joe Douglas has revamped perhaps the league’s worst offensive line from a season ago, but Becton, an athletic specimen with an immensely high ceiling, is simply too talented to pass on. Jets left tackle George Fant can play on either side, but Becton is a day one starter on the edge, unseating 2019 draft pick Chuma Edoga. The only concern with Becton is his weight.

10. Cleveland Browns, Jedrick Wills Jr., OT, Alabama

Pauline’s Ranking: #9 (OT03) | Scouting Report
PFN Consensus: #8 (OT02) | RAS: 8.44

Pauline: After the free-agent signing of Jack Conklin, this pick is a bit surprising. Wills is a dominant right tackle prospect who plays with tremendous power and violence. He has great upside, but Wills will struggle to handle a complex blocking scheme and the transition to left tackle will be difficult for the Alabama junior.

DiCecco: The Browns’ star-studded offense often stalled in 2019, largely due to inconsistent play in the trenches. Wills can play tackle or guard, and provides an instant upgrade to a lackluster Browns offensive line. Aside from Andrew Thomas, I believe Wills is as NFL-ready as any first-round lineman.

9. Jacksonville Jaguars: C.J. Henderson, CB, Florida

Pauline’s Ranking: #11 (CB02) | Scouting Report
PFN Consensus: #15 (CB02) | RAS: 9.98

Pauline: There was a faction of the Jags war room who wanted Javon Kinlaw but as mentioned in my mock, if they didn’t take the defensive tackle it would be Henderson. He’s an explosive and physical cornerback with outstanding size and developing ball skills. He comes with a great upside and fits a need. Kinlaw may now slide to the Jags at 20.

DiCecco: Absent their top two starters from a season ago, the Jaguars snag the second-best cornerback in this class in Henderson. A lengthy boundary defender with tremendous ball skills, Henderson is a plug-and-play option on the outside, and some believe his upside is greater than Okudah if he can piece it all together. With another pick later this evening, the Jaguars should address needs at either wide receiver or offensive line — where there could land a bookend to play opposite Jawaan Taylor.

8. Arizona Cardinals: Isaiah Simmons, OLB, Clemson

Pauline’s Ranking: #3 (OLB1) | Scouting Report
PFN Consensus: #4 (OLB01) | RAS: 9.98

Pauline: With Derrick Brown off the board, the Cardinals take the next best defender in Isaiah Simmons. He’s a sensational athlete that impacts as a pass rusher while also possessing the skills to drop 25 yards downfield in coverage. He can do a lot of things, but Arizona best develop a system and position for him as Simmons is not a plug and play defender.

DiCecco: The Cardinals instantly upgrade their defense by taking Isaiah Simmons. Regardless of where you line him up, Simmons is a proven playmaker – whether it’s linebacker, safety, or defending the slot. A positionless player, Simmons represents the new-age NFL defender. Offensive tackle must shoot to the top of the list for Arizona.

7. Carolina Panthers: Derrick Brown, DT, Auburn

Pauline’s Ranking: #2 (DT01) | Scouting Report
PFN Consensus: #6 (DT01) | RAS: 5.89

Pauline: The Panthers fill a need with a great player. Though not as impactful as Chase Young, Brown is a more complete three-down player with scheme versatility. He can stuff the run, occupy the gaps and is a better pass rusher than most think. And Brown comes to play – each and every snap. Thus far, one of the steals of this draft.

DiCecco: The Panthers add to their defensive line, adding Auburn defensive tackle Derrick Brown. While I have Javon Kinlaw rated slightly higher for his pass-rush upside, Brown solidifies a Carolina front seven. Great value pick to shore up the middle of the defensive line.

6. Los Angeles Chargers: Justin Herbert, QB, Oregon

Pauline’s Ranking: #10 (QB03) | Scouting Report
PFN Consensus: #14 (QB03) | RAS: 9.70

Pauline: No surprise here. This is a good fit for both player and team. Herbert’s physical skills match up with any quarterback in this draft. The ability to use those physical skills to their maximum and really lead a team has been the issue. If the Chargers coach the best out of Herbert, they have themselves a great signal caller.

DiCecco: Earlier in the offseason, the Chargers gave Tyrod Taylor a ringing endorsement as their starting quarterback. While that is all good and well in the short-term, they’d be remiss if they bypassed the Justin Herbert, who gives them a big-armed signal caller with plenty of room to grow his skill set. Though he likely won’t be a day one starter, Herbert has the intangibles to revitalize the LA offense in time.

5. Miami Dolphins: Tua Tagovailoa, QB, Alabama

Pauline’s Ranking: #7 (QB01) | Scouting Report
PFN Consensus: #7 (QB02) | RAS: N/A

Pauline: Give the Miami Dolphins credit as they get the player they’ve coveted for two years and had everybody fooled. If Tua stays healthy, this selection would be the equal of the Dan Marino pick in 1983 – another terrific quarterback falling into their laps. There’s a lot of risk in this selection, but if it all works out Miami just selected their franchise QB for the next decade.

DiCecco: Miami nabs my top quarterback prospect in the 2020 class in Tua Tagovailoa. Despite the medical concerns, Tagovailoa possesses a sky-high ceiling and will serve as the Dolphins face of the franchise for the next decade. Miami must come out of the first round with an offensive tackle to protect their injury-riddled quarterback.

4. New York Giants: Andrew Thomas, OT, Georgia

Pauline’s Ranking: #6 (OT02) | Scouting Report
PFN Consensus: #9 (OT03) | RAS: 8.12

Pauline: The Giants just broke the hearts of the Miami Dolphins by taking Andrew Thomas – which we first mentioned at PFN last week. Thomas is the top pass protecting left tackle in this draft and has star potential in the future.

DiCecco: Aside from quarterback and running back, you could argue the Giants have deficiencies across the board. The Giants will have to make do with free agent bust Nate Solder on the left, but Andrew Thomas gives them a plug-and-play option at right tackle, where Nick Gates currently sits atop the depth chart. Thomas, a three-year starter at Georgia, is the safest first-round offensive lineman in this class.

3. Detroit Lions: Jeffrey Okudah, CB, Ohio State

Pauline’s Ranking: #4 (CB01) | Scouting Report
PFN Consensus: #2 (CB01) | RAS: 8.97

Pauline: The first three picks have fallen in line as expected. Despite a desperation to trade down, the Lions found no takers and Okudah makes the most sense here. He fits a need, comes with terrific ball skills and has tremendous upside. The issues in Okudah’s game are minor and I would expect him to be a day one starter.

DiCecco: The Lions sent their best cover man to Philadelphia, and while they signed Desmond Trufant in free agency and are reportedly high on 2019 fifth-rounder Amani Oruwariye, they need to add a premier player at the position. Auburn’s Derrick Brown would have made sense here as well to upgrade the interior defensive line, but Okudah gives them a blue-chip talent on the perimeter to handle the likes of Davante Adams, Adam Thielen, and Allen Robinson twice a year. The Lions pick again at 35, and should continue to revamp the secondary by improving the safety position or add to an uninspiring defensive line. Justin Medbuike and Ross Blacklock are potential options.

2. Washington Redskins: Chase Young, DE, Ohio State

Pauline’s Ranking: #1 (DE01) | Scouting Report
PFN Consensus: #1 (DE01) | RAS: N/A

Pauline: The Chase Young pick by the Redskins should come as no surprise to anyone – we’ve reported it was a done deal since Ron Rivera was hired. People suggesting the franchise would take a quarterback such as Tua were putting puzzle pieces together which never existed. Before everyone went quarterback crazy in the draft, the “impact defensive player” was the most coveted every April. Young fits the mold of an impact defensive player.

DiCecco: Washington holds steady and gets the top player in the draft in Young, who adds to a defensive line that features the likes of Montez Sweat, Daron Payne, Jonathan Allen, and Matt Ioannidis. Young should thrive under defensive coordinator Jack Del Rio, a coach known for piecing together a tough, physical unit with an attack mentality. Washington won’t pick again until the third round (66), where they could opt to take advantage of a deep offensive tackle class or add another receiving option for Dwayne Haskins.

[su_note note_color=”#d8d9db” text_color=”#000000″ radius=”3″ class=”” id=””]Inside The Draft 8:25 pm ET (via Pauline) | On Wednesday, during my NFL Draft News column, I mentioned Michael Pittman of USC was moving up draft boards and some teams graded the Trojans receiver as a first-round talent. One of those teams are the Minnesota Vikings, who need a receiver. Depending on how the board falls I’m told the Vikings will consider Pittman in round one to fill their receiver void.[/su_note]

1. Cincinnati Bengals: Joe Burrow, QB, LSU

Pauline’s Ranking: #8 (QB02) | Scouting Report
PFN Consensus: #3 (QB01) | RAS: N/A

Pauline: The worst kept secret for the 2020 NFL Draft was just made public. I love Burrow’s moxie, confidence, and skills – but he’s no sure thing. He has to prove 2019 was not the exception to the rule.

DiCecco: The Bengals end the suspense and nab their quarterback of the future. A healthy Jonah Williams returns to bolster a porous offensive line, but Cincinnati would be well served to fortify the position on Day 2 to protect their investment.

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