2020 NFL Draft Preview
The 2020 NFL Draft will kick-off on Thursday, April 23rd at 8 PM EST and Roger Goodell will be announcing the picks from the basement of his home, instead of in front of the iconic Las Vegas strip. The pre-draft process has been largely affected by the coronavirus pandemic, making teams unable to meet with prospects and hold workouts for draft prospects as well. We’ve seen players’ draft stock rise and fall in workouts many times in the past, and the lack of said workouts will undoubtedly have an effect on how teams draft.
With that being said, let’s take a look at how some aspects of the first round might play out. The Texans, Colts, Bills, Bears, Rams, and Steelers do not have a selection in the first round this year. On the flipside, the Dolphins hold three picks in the first round.
The Niners and Jaguars hold two picks each in the first round, and are the only other teams who have multiple selections to make in the first round.
The Bengals hold the first pick, they held onto A.J. Green this offseason, and have been actively trying to find a trade partner for QB Andy Dalton, which only reasserts the narrative that the Bengals will take Heisman winner Joe Burrow with the first overall pick (Burrow is -7500 to be drafted 1st overall).
The Redskins pick second and have reportedly been approached with serious trade offers. They could either decide to trade back a certain number of spots and build around Dwayne Haskins’ rookie contract, or keep the second pick and draft Ohio State DE Chase Young. All signs point to Washington keeping the 2nd overall pick and drafting Chase Young, as he is -1525 to be drafted 2nd overall.
The Lions are slated to be the 3rd overall pick, but multiple reports indicate they will be moving down. Ohio State CB Jeffrey Okudah seems to be their main target, and there is no need to burn the 3rd overall selection on him, when they can easily take him at 5th or 6th. This is the main reason why the Lions are -225 to trade their 3rd pick. Look for Detroit to trade with Los Angeles or Miami during tonight’s draft.
Other teams have inquired about moving up in the draft according to multiple reports. The Atlanta Falcons are one of the teams reportedly looking to trade into the top ten to fill a void either at cornerback or offensive tackle. The Miami Dolphins have also been inquiring about moving up to the third spot in the draft to potentially take an offensive tackle. The Dolphins certainly have the draft capital to move up, as they hold the five picks in the first two rounds with the 5th, 18th, and 26th picks coming in Round One. Alabama QB Tua Tagovailoa was at the top of draft boards last year and it seemed like a real possibility that the Dolphins were “Tanking for Tua.” After reports of failed physicals and an extensive injury history, it’s very possible that the Dolphins’ staff may decide to go a different direction with the team’s first pick. There were also reports that the Carolina Panthers would be open to trading back in the draft, as well as the Cardinals who don’t have a second round pick due to the Deandre Hopkins trade.
This draft class is loaded with talent at nearly every position, and it is setting up to be one of the most exciting nights in recent history! Below are the FOUR clients plays that were sent out on April 21st, 2020. The lines have moved accordingly since release. Best of luck however you play them:
Round 2 Plays:
J.K. Dobbins draft position UNDER 50.5 -130 (1u)
D. Swift NOT next RB drafted +150 (1u)
Round 1 Results: 3-2 (+1u)
Okudah NOT drafted #3 overall -125 (1u) - Drafted #3 (Loss)
Becton draft position OVER 8.5 -290 (1u) - Drafted #11 (Win)
H. Ruggs III draft position UNDER 13.5 +125 (1u) - Drafted #12 (Win)
SEC players drafted in 1st round UNDER 15.5 -195 (1u) - 15 SEC drafted (Win)
WR's drafted in 1st round UNDER 5.5 +135 (1u) - 6 WR's drafted (Loss)