By Power Football
The first NFL Virtual Draft is a Draft to remember, so here is a recap of the first 15 picks.
1st Overall Pick:
Joe Burrow, QB, LSU
The Cincinnati Begals took their franchise QB in the 2020 Draft. Burrow is a quarteback who rarely takes much time to throw away the ball. In 2019, he was the most accurate QB. In college, Burrow led the quarterbacks in rating under preasure. He is a young player with great mobility in the pocket, who can run well the football on thrid down plays. Burrow got a bit of help in the O-Line, and has great playmakers around him. The Bengals where looking for an inmediate starting player and they got their man.
2nd Overall Pick:
Chase Young, DE, Ohio State
The Washington Football Team where not in a rush for a DE, but when you have on the board the best player in the Draft, why not selecting him. Young is an explosive and versatile playmaker, who can make big plays on the defensive side. Now with Jack del Rio as a Defensive Coordinator and Ron Rivera as a head coach, the Washington Football Team will have a more defensive play style. Young can easily change offensive gameplans, along with his speed and his tackling ability. He has very strong hands, a lot of strength and athleticism. I think his elite skills will develop a great defensive player.
3rd Overall Pick:
Jeff Okudah, CB, Ohio State
The Detroit Lions selected Jeff Okudah with the third overall pick in the Draft. The Lions traded Darius Slay this offseason to the Philadelphia Eagles, so they needed to fill that No. 1 CB spot. They got Desmond Troufant on free agency, but Okudah has the potential to fit in Matt Patricia's defense. Patricia coached the actual DPOY (Stephon Gilmore) in New England, he may form a solid CB like him. Okudah is a cornerback who has quicker feet than most of the receivers he covers, he is a very speedy defensive back who rarely slows down. Okudah has long arms, which have helped him over his career path to break up plays. He is also a strong corner in press coverage, he has make some QB sacks.
4th Overall Pick:
Andrew Thomas, OT, Georgia
Andrew Thomas was a great pick by the NY Giants. It's a great addition for this Offensive Line rebuilding. They needed some help for their second year QB Daniel Jones and their star RB Saquon Barkley to success. Jones was the quarteback with the most fumbles in the league (18), his O-Line didn't help so much. He is a strong and athletic linemen. Thomas adds to the Giants offense a running value due to his quick reactions, and quick feet movement. He's very consistent and can play in the right or left side of the offensive line.
5th Overall Pick:
Tua Tagovailoa, QB, Alabama
This Tua pick, was the one the Dolphins needed for the bounce of a team rebuilding. The left handed quarterback is a solid QB, who has a lot of accuracy. He is a deep ball thrower, who has the ability to extend plays, to run with the football, to move in and out the pocket and who is great on decision making. Tagovailoa is a very athletic guy, he throws very catchable balls, so its easy for him to avoid turnovers. Tagovailoa could be a starter early on his career. He can defeat defenses easily because he is a pocket passer and makes clutch plays. Tua doesn't have a cannon in his arm, but has enough strength to throw good deep balls. He is a very patient quarterback, who has the ability to change plays when defenses read his play. His athleticism helps him a lot to move and gain ground yardage when preassure is coming.
6th Overall Pick:
Justin Herbert, QB, Oregon
With the 6th pick in the Draft, the LA Chargers took the third QB on the board. Phillip Rivers left the Bolt team on Free Agency, so they needed a franchise quarterback to replace him. Since they have Tyrod Taylor right now, the young QB won't be a starter from the beginning. Herbert is a playmaker, with outstanding arm strength. He is talented guy who can make accurate throws on the move. The Play Action plays help him a lot. His agility outside the pocket is exceptional. Herbert has many weapons around him. The Chargers upgrated their offensive line, they added an experienced Trai Turner. On the backfield, Herbert now has Austin Ekeler as his Running Back. He has a great receiver core full of play makers who can get the deep balls, which Herbert loves to throw. If the Chargers devolop him well, he can possibly be the next Patrick Mahomes.
7th Overall Pick:
Derrick Brown, DT, Auburn
Derrick Brown is one of the best defensive players in the 2020 Draft Class. The Panthers used this pick to get the rebuilding process started. Brown is a perfect fit for the Panthers. He is a dominant player on the defensive line. With this addition, the Panthers will have a big pass-rush presence, alongside with Brian Burns and Kawann Short. He is a great lineman with power and lot of speed. Brown can play in any side of the defensive line, and can easily collapse the pocket. He is a great run stopper and he can still develop some pass-rush abilities. I think Brown will make an instant impact on the league, which will help a lot the Panthers to stop some great running games. During his career in Auburn, Brown missed only 5 tackles, in his Senior year he made every single tackle. Brown was a great and safe pick for the Panthers.
8th Overall Pick:
Isaiah Simmons, LB, Clemson
The Arizona Cardinals got the most versatile defensive player in the 2020 NFL Draft. He can play all over the field, in most of the positions. Simmons is a game changer. He can play in flat or slot coverage systems. He is very long and has the quick ability to move easily over the field. He impact games in coverage, pressure and running games. Simmons is an "all-purpose" weapon on defense, if the Cardinals use him is many positions, he can be a superstar, a truly effective player. Simmons is very athletic in coverage, a game changer. He is great in blocking Tight Ends and Slot Receivers, which many times don't pass the scrimage line while he is covering them. Overall he is a positionless defensive player, who can play everywhere, atany part and side of the field. Now, with Simmons on board, the Cardinals can fix the struggles they have been having with mobile QBs like Russell Wilson, and TEs like George Kittle.
9th Overall Pick:
CJ Henderson, CB, Florida
The Jaguars needed to get a Corner Back, either on Free Agency or in the Draft. They have traded both of their starting pro CBs of 2019 week 1. They sent Jalen Ramsey to the Rams and AJ Bouye to the Broncos. So getting a defensive back was a MOST for them. The Jaguars are starting a process of rebuiding their team. Henderson is an effective cornerback, who can cover well. He is going to see many targets and will matchup with great receivers. CJ is an outstanding athlete, with lots of moving skills. He is very efficient in zone and man coverage, and has enough size for his position. Henderson tracks the football very well, so it is very easy for him to get it. He has a lot of speed, which helps him. He also can help is run-stopping situations. In overall, his great coverage gives him a CB1 status in the NFL. The Jaguars got a lockdown corner to start a rebuilding process of what they have lost.
10th Overall Pick:
Jedrick Wills Jr., OT, Alabama
The Cleveland Browns needed help in that O-Line. Baker Mayfield's protection is a must for them, he had many turnovers and sacks. They needed urgently a blindside pass-protector for the young quarterback. They tried to trade for veteran Trent Williams, but instead they got Jack Conklin from Free Agency. On the Draft they got the Crimson Tide pro Tackle, Jedrick Wills Jr. Wills is one of the top tackles in this year's Draft class. He has high mobility, and aggressive pass protection skills. Wills is a very smart guy, controlled and with good protecting mobility. His great footwork and his powerful hand makes him keep the pass rushers away. He has a tremendous talent, which will make an instant impact on the Dawg O-Line. Wills is dominant in run blocking and has a good athletic size. He plays with a lot of intensity and tecnique, which helps him to be a successful lineman. The Browns have one of the most improved Offensive Lines for 2020, with a young group of talented pieces that will give Baker Mayfield more ball security and pass protection.
11th Overall Pick:
Mekhi Becton, OT, Louisville
The New York Jets needed to surround their young QB, Sam Darnold, with weapons that can protect him. Becton has size, strength and athleticism. The Jets are on a team rebuilding process, and if they don't protect their quarterback, they'll not succeed. During Free Agency they added the talented offensive linemens Greg Van Roten, Connor McGovern and George Fant. Now on the draft, they got the young talented Louisville Mekhi Becton. Becton is a powerful linemen with huge strength, speed, agility and athleticism. It will be a huge competition to make the best protection to Sam Darnold. Becton is a guy who can make an instant impact on the New York team. He is a big man who moves well, and it is very aggressive with his pass protection blocks. It was a good and smart pick for them, because they filled their most important need; protecting Sam Darnold. The Jets also needed a receiver, but since this was a good receiver class they had many options, they went tackle on first. He can play in both sides of the line.
12th Overall Pick:
Henry Ruggs III, WR, Alabama
The first Draft pick in Las Vegas Raiders history was projected to be an offensive player, specifically a wide receiver. The Raiders have wide receivers like Hunter Renfrow, Nelson Agholor and Tyrell Williams, but it was clear that they needed a better option for Derek Carr. The first wide receiver selected on the 2020 Virtual Draft, Henry Ruggs III, the Raiders did a good job. They looked for talent, and got it, to build a roster with competition. Ruggs is a speedy player with playmaking ability. He can easily outrun defensive backs to create big play opportunities. He is a good route runner, that due to his speed, he is at the right time at the right place, which is a great help for the quarterbacks. Ruggs' speed can make him a game-changer wide receiver. His runs after catch can make huge plays. Besides being the most speedy wide receiver on the 2020 draft class, Ruggs is a player that can easily catch short, mid-range and deep balls.
13th Overall Pick:
Tristan Wirfs, OT, Iowa
The first trade in the 2020 NFL Virtual Draft. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers traded up one spot to get the 13th overall pick. They gave to the San Fransisco 49ers the 14th pick, and the 117th pick, in exchange they got the 13th and 245th picks. The Bucs did well on trading up to secure their guy. They had a big need in their Tackle position, and now with Tom Brady on their commands they needed protection for him. The Big-Ten OL of the year showed a lot of athleticisism over his path on Iowa and on the NFL Combine. Wirfs is a solid tackle who can play on any side of the line, he is great for blocking on running plays, he has a big size which helps him to easily block the defensive linemens. The Buccaneers have now more than ever a very powerful offense. Tom Brady at quarterback. Mike Evans, Chris Godwin and Scott Miller at WR. Rob Gronkowski, OJ Howard and Cameron Brate an the TE position. So what they needes is good protection for the veteran quarterback. Overall, the Bucs got Tom Brady an experienced linemen, an athlete with great movement skills, an outstanding agility and many explosiveness.
14th Overall Pick:
Javon Kinlaw, DT, South Caronlina
Weeks before the Draft, the San Francisco 49ers traded former first round pick, DeForest Buckner to the Indianapolis Cols in exchange for the 13th overall pick. During Draft Day, they traded down one position, and they instantly filled that loss in the Defensive Tackle position. Kinlaw is a versatile player with good size and long arms. He can develop himself as a great pass rusher, he has quick feet, which help him to get off Offensive Line blocks. His strength and ability helps him to recognize the ball as a defender. Kinlaw can easily collapse quarterbacks in the pocket, which is a strength in San Francisco's defense. Now pairing with Arik Armstread, Nick Bosa and Dee Ford, this 49ers front defensive line can dominate, and will easily afford one on one plays. His power and technique will help him delvelop as an top elite defensive tackle in the NFL. Now the question is... Will Kinlaw truly replace DeForest Bucker in that powerful 49ers defense? His power can make him a dominant player in the league.
15th Overall Pick:
Jerry Jeudy, WR, Alabama
The Denver Broncos entered the NFL Draft with a huge need of a receiver. They needed to improve their passing game, which was ranked 28th last season. The Broncos needed to give weapons to develop their 2nd year young quarterback, Drew Lock With their first pick they indeed selected Alabama's Wide Receiver, Jerry Jeudy, who scored 24 touchdowns in his last 28 games for the Crimson Tide, a huge production. He was ranked as the top receiver from the class. Jeudy is the best route runner in this talented receiver class. He is not as speedy as Henry Ruggs, but he knows how to get open, so he can easily gain huge separation with explosiveness to give the quarterback a secured catch at any place on the field. Jeudy is a talented guy, he can play wide or in the slot, and after the catch he is capable to accelerate and leave the defensive guys behind. Jeudy is able to add big-gain play opportunities for these young upgrated offense, he is an absolute playmaker.