Off and running in the virtual draft

The NFL draft got off to a virtual start on Thursday with the expected top three picks heading to the Bengals, the Redskins and the Lions.

The 2020 NFL virtual draft is officially underway. As it completed its first round Thursday there were unexpected twists and turns.

Many predicted Joe Burrow, Chase Young and Jeff Okudah to go first and in order, which they did — to the Bengals, the Redskins and the Lions. What is really shocking is that those three guys had played on the same Ohio State team in 2017, before Burrow transferred to LSU.

After the New York Giants took offensive lineman Andrew Thomas fourth overall from Georgia, who they believe to be a future cornerstone in their offense to protect Daniel Jones, it left Miami and Los Angeles a chance to draft their future franchise QBs.

“Tank for Tua” has been on the Miami Dolphins' mind since they started last season being outscored 133 to 16 in their first three games.

But the jury is still out on whether Tua Tagovailoa is actually healthy. He’s recovering from surgery to repair a dislocated hip and a posterior wall fracture. That injury kept Tagovailoa out of Alabama's final three games last season.

The last time Miami had passed on a QB with significant injuries was back in 2006, when Nick Saban passed on Drew Brees for failing his physical. Miami is making sure its not going to make the same mistake twice.

The Los Angeles Chargers also hope they found their perennial QB in Justin Herbert, when they selected him sixth overall.

Herbert comes with a lot of upside but he did struggle in big moments last year, folding against Auburn in an important game where he had a chance to show the world that Oregon was a legitimate playoff threat.

In the NFL draft if you believe you see someone special, you have to pull the trigger.

That’s what the Las Vegas Raiders did when they selected Henry Ruggs III over Jerry Jeudy and CeeDee Lamb.

Ruggs did run a 4.27 40-yard dash at the NFL combine, which is the second fastest ever, but he wasn’t as highly touted as Juedy or Lamb.

One could argue the Raiders reached on both their first round picks, when they could have had a chance to possibly trade down for more assets.

The most stunning part of the draft was when the Green Bay Packers drafted Jordan Love 26th overall out of Utah State in hope he’d be an heir apparent to Aaron Rodgers.

The controversy with this pick is that Rodgers is showing no signs of slowing down. Most mock drafts had Green Bay selecting an offensive skill player in the first round, which they haven't done since 2005 when they drafted Rodgers.

When Green Bay took the future Super Bowl MVP, they already had a QB on their roster. He was 35 years old at the time and his name was Brett Favre.

Aaron Rodgers is 36 and could possibly see the same thing happen to him.

The first round of the 2020 NFL draft is definitely important, but it's the later rounds that end up defining how good an organization will really be.


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