The 2020 NFL draft resumes Friday evening after a relatively drama-free first round that included three quarterbacks, one running back and six wide receivers. It was a big night for fantasy football players, to say the least.
But this isn’t fantasy football, and there were a handful of teams who failed to take advantage of their first-round opportunity.
It wasn’t all bad, however. Here’s a breakdown of the best and worst picks of Round 1 of the 2020 NFL Draft.
Dolphins: Tua Tagovailoa, QB, Alabama
Round 1, Pick 5
-Miami’s first-round haul wasn’t a resounding success (see below), but it doesn’t really matter. The only selection that fans should care about is Tagovailoa, who before suffering a devastating hip injury in November was jockeying with Joe Burrow to be the first pick overall.
The Dolphins secured a franchise quarterback who will lead the franchise for the next decade, assuming he stays healthy. Tua is a winner who possesses the arm talent needed to succeed at a high level in the NFL. He’s going to win a lot of games.
Panthers: Derrick Brown, DL, Auburn
Round 1, Pick 7
-There was some speculation that the Panthers would look to replace Luke Kuechly with another freakishly talented linebacker, Isaiah Simmons, with this pick, but they made the right decision by selecting Brown. Aside from Chase Young, Brown has the potential to be the most dominant defender in this year’s class.
Cowboys: CeeDee Lamb, WR, Oklahoma
Round 1, Pick 17
-Did the Cowboys absolutely need to go wide receiver in the first round? No. But Lamb is one of the best players in this year’s draft and when paired with Amari Cooper and Ezekiel Elliott, Dallas has the potential to field a special offense. It makes sense to keep investing in Dak Prescott, who owner Jerry Jones is about to break that bank to secure on a long-term contract. With Lamb in the fold, the Cowboys have the firepower to compete with high-flying offenses like the Kansas City Chiefs.
Ravens: Patrick Queen, LB, LSU
Round 1, Pick 28
-Queen should’ve come off the board a few picks earlier. The Ravens will benefit from his mini slide. A plug-and-play starter with top-tier range and instincts, Queen brings a winning character to a locker room that’s already overflowing with players who have the Super Bowl on their mind. Queen will be a decade-long starter with a few Pro Bowls on his resume before his career is over.