By: Ryan Cooley
The NFL is full of what-ifs, and that couldn’t be more accurate for the draft. Through 10 weeks, we have seen some draft picks struggle to adapt to the NFL level, while others have exceeded expectations. If GMs had time machines, there would be numerous changes made in the first round. However, we are only going to look at the top 10 picks in the 2020 draft.
1. Cincinnati Bengals: Joe Burrow (QB) (LSU)
Original pick: Joe Burrow (QB) (LSU)
Burrow is the highest-graded rookie QB so far this season. The Bengals (2-6-1) have a long way to go, but they should feel optimistic about what Burrow has done so far.
2. Washington Football Team: Justin Herbert (QB) (Oregon)
Original pick: Chase Young (Edge) (Ohio State)
Many Washington fans are going to disagree here. I was not very high on Herbert going into this draft, but he has exceeded all of my expectations. Washington has three QBs on its roster, and none seem to be the long term answer. Young has been great, but a QB is far more important than an edge rusher.
3. Detriot Lions: Chase Young (Edge) (Ohio State)
Original pick: Jeff Okudah (CB) (Ohio State)
With Young still on the board, Detroit has to pull the trigger. Okudah has struggled so far, and Young is the highest graded rookie defender.
4. New York Giants: Tristian Wirfs (OT) (Iowa)
Original pick: Andrew Thomas (OT) (Georgia)
Thomas was my #1 tackle in the draft. However, he has struggled mightily. Wirfs has been the best rookie OT by far.
5. Miami Dolphins: Tua Tagovailoa (QB) (Alabama)
Original pick: Tua Tagovailoa (QB) (Alabama)
The Dolphins sit at second place in the AFC East with a 6-3 record. Miami is set for the future with two first-round picks in 2021. There is no reason for a different selection here.
6. Los Angeles Chargers: Mekhi Becton (OT) (Louisville)
Original pick: Justin Herbert (QB) (Oregon)
With Herbert off the board, the Chargers are forced to wait until 2021 to select their QB of the future. Becton has been impressive, which is something I did not expect to happen right away.
7. Carolina Panthers: Jeff Okudah (CB) (Ohio State)
Original pick: Derrick Brown (DT) (Auburn)
Carolina went defense with every pick in the 2020 draft, and this redraft doesn’t break that trend. The Panthers have the second-worst coverage grade in the league, and Okudah would be their best bet here.
8. Arizona Cardinals: Michael Onwenu (OT) (Michigan)
Original pick: Isaiah Simmons (LB) (Clemson)
Onwenu is PFF’s second highest-graded rookie. Simmons has not lived up to the 8th overall pick to this point as he doesn’t even start. They need some help on defense, but they can’t pass up on Onwenu.
9. Jacksonville Jaguars: Justin Jefferson (WR) (LSU)
Original pick: CJ Henderson (CB) (Florida)
Jefferson isn’t just the highest-graded rookie but is the second highest-graded WR in the league with only Adams above him. CJ Henderson hasn’t been bad, but Jefferson has been too good to pass him up at 9.
10. Cleveland Browns: Jerry Jeudy (WR) (Alabama)
Original pick: Jedrick Wills Jr. (OT) (Alabama)
Wills has been solid for the Browns, but their offensive line has been great and could get by without him. The OBJ experiment has not worked in Cleveland, and Landry has not been as dominant. Jeudy is a great route runner and would have helped the Browns offense more than Wills has.