By: Ryan Cooley
The first round of the 2020 NFL Draft was very different than what we are used to seeing. No jerseys were being held up by the prospects that were just draft, or hugs from the commissioner. This year we watched these athletes at home with their family and friends as they received a phone call that changed their lives.
Despite all of this change, there were still plenty of headlines that came out of this unforgettable night.
Here are four takeaways from night one of the 2020 NFL Draft.
Tua Doesn’t Fall
Tua Tagovila’s night did not last long. Many speculated, including me, that Tua could have fallen. Teams were concerned with his injuries, but the Dolphins took the risk. I believe Tagovila was the most talented QB in this draft.
The Dolphins also added OT Austin Jackson to help protect Tua. It will be interesting to see when the Dolphins let him take the field. Some fans may be concerned with Tua and his injuries. However, look at Deshaun Watson and Carson Wentz. Both have had injury issues, but not one GM in this league would bail on them because their talent outweighs the risk.
When you have a QB as talented as Tua, you take that risk every time.
49ers Win the Night
The 49ers got two impact players Thursday night. They moved back one spot to the 14th overall pick and selected DT Javon Kinlaw. Kinlaw was my #1 DT in this draft. Most had Auburn’s Derrick Brown as their top DT, but I think Kinlaw has a higher ceiling.
With their second pick in the first round, they took WR Brandon Aiyuk. Aiyuk did not start creating media buzz until a few days before the draft. His explosiveness is off the charts. While he may not be the most polished WR in this draft class, I am sure Kyle Shanahan will be able to develop him into a playmaker in no time.
I believe both of these players will have big impacts right away.
Aaron Rodgers Predecessor
The Packers traded up to the 26th overall pick to take Jordan Love. I was not a big fan of his, but Green Bay was the perfect landing spot for him. He is the definition of raw, and I was afraid he was going to end up on a team that would have started him in his first or second year. However, now that he will be able to sit and learn under Aaron Rodgers, I think he could have a bright future.
History does, in fact, repeat itself. In the 2005 NFL Draft, the current Packers QB was taken just two spots ahead of where Love was drafted. Many questioned the pick with Brett Favre being the clear cut starter. 15 years later, Rodgers is now on the receiving end of the same controversy.
Rodgers was a much better prospect than Love is, but they both have pure arm talent, and I think Love will learn a lot from the 2x league MVP.
CeeDee to the Big D
Cowboy fans were jumping for joy Thursday night after they found out who will be catching balls from Dak Prescott. I felt pretty confident in saying Dallas would be taking a defender with their first-round pick. That was, of course, before Ceedee Lamb fell all the way to 17.
The Jets went OT, the Raiders decided to take the burner in Henry Ruggs, the 49ers went defense and took Kinlaw, and then the Broncos selected the best route runner in the draft in Jerry Jeudy. This left Jerry Jones with a very easy decision.
The Cowboys’ offense has the potential to be the best in the league. Outside of newly acquired CB Darius Slay, the NFC East does not have great CBs. Now the Eagles, Giants, and Redskins will be forced to find a way to slow down the three-headed monster in Dallas.