2020 NFL Draft Live Blog, Analysis and Draft Coverage
With the first-round in the books, we are headed to perhaps the deepest round two and three that the NFL has seen in several years. With that in mind, we’ll be updating the most fantasy-centric selections and offering initial thoughts on how it changes the landscape.
6:15 PM: Tee Higgins signs up in Cincinnati as the new-era WR1 with Joe Burrow for the Bengals. I am a little worried about Higgins’ athleticism but he has the right age + production profile and will probably be a back-end first-round rookie pick.
6:22 PM: Michael Pittman heads to Indianapolis and to be honest, I am not a huge fan of the pick. A little worried about late-breakout with Pittman but 101-1275-11 + his size are positives. His comps include some of the guys you’d hate to see (Treadwell, Nick Toon, Cody Latimer).
6:30 PM: D’Andre Swift heads to the Lions and to be frank, there really could not have been a worse landing spot for him than Detroit. They are locked into a committee approach and both Swift and Kerryon Johnson will be tough owns in the near future.
6:46 PM: Jonathan Taylor stakes a claim as the second-best fantasy running back rookie as the Colts trade up to take him. Taylor is simply a better, suped-up version of Marlon Mack and should take over this backfield pretty wholly by Week Eight.
6:56 PM: LaViska Shenault is headed to the Jaguars. He is one of my favorite long-term prospects but he will be fourth or fifth on the team in line for targets in year one.
7:15 PM: Man, do the Broncos want Drew Lock to succeed. They add K.J Hamler, yet another wide receiver from Penn State. Their 11 personnel is now Courtland Sutton, Jerry Jeudy, Noah Fant and K.J Hamler. That is a lot of speed and a lot of talent; now it is up to Drew Lock to tie it all together.
7:29 PM: The Steelers just added one of the setals of the draft with hybrid TE/WR Chase Claypool. Claypool was one of most athletic players of the 2020 NFL draft and has the production at Notre Dame to back it up. He has the ability to have an immediate impact for the Steelers and should go in the second-round of dynasty rookie drafts.
7:45 PM: Jalen Hurts heads to Philadelphia with one of the most surprising picks of the draft thus far. Hurts is capable of playing a Taysom Hill-esque role while also eventually taking over as the starting QB in Philly.
7:54 PM: For whatever reason, the Ravens have added JK Dobbins as their second-round pick to take over their backfield from Mark Ingram and Justice Hill. Dobbins is likely to have an immediate year one impact for fantasy football, likely more so than Swift.
8:04 PM: The Rams make one of the worst offensive picks of the draft as they take 24-year-old Van Jefferson from Florida who never had more than 650 receiving yards. He will likely never make an impact at the professional level.
8:16 PM: The Jets finally end the slide of Denzel Mims. The slightly over-aged prospect will now be the WR1 in years two and three for Sam Darnold. I really like the Mims archetype (young breakout age, insane SPARQ scores) but this fall down to WR13 is concerning.
8:38 PM: The Packers are committed to running Aaron Rodgers out of town with a pitchfork as they select AJ Dillon with their second-round pick. Dillon may never catch a pass from Rodgers.
8:48 PM: The electric Antonio Gibson from Memphis heads to Washington and is announced as both a WR and RB on the broadcast. Best we can tell, from the Washington depth chart, he will be tasked as a WR for at least the beginning of his tenure in Washington.
9:05 PM: The Cardinals are having an amazing draft, adding Isaiah Simmons and Josh Jones (Pro Football Focus’ highest graded tackle from 2019) with their first and third-round picks. Kyler Murray is primed to have a true breakout season in 2020.
9:21 PM: We have a true rocket ship situation as Ke’Shawn Vaughn heads to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. He will almost immediately slot in as their top running back and should be available to play third downs over the unreliable Ronald Jones. Vaughn likely ends up as a top-ten selection in dynasty rookie drafts.
9:36 PM: Lynn Bowden Jr. and Bryan Edwards are drafted back to back for the Las Vegas Raiders. Bowden Jr. is an awesome player, a former QB/RB/WR hybrid at Kentucky who projects as a Randall Cobb-esque player in the NFL. Bryan Edwards is someone I am not overly fond of but #filmgrinders think he is a solid boundary WR and that is a position of need for Oakland.
9:55 PM: The Bills select Zack Moss to hurt Devin Singletary’s value and honestly, not much else. Players like Zack Moss have a hard time excelling in the NFL because they simply are not fast enough. Moss had one of the worst combines of any RB; we really do not like this pick.
10:16 PM: The Ravens finally select a wide receiver as they select Devin Duvernay from the University of Texas. Duvernay is a burner that is a better fit for the Ravens offense than Willie Snead or Chris Roberts. He might start in the second half of 2020.