Tampa Bay – OT Tristan Wirfs (Iowa), SAF Antonie Winfield Jr. (OSU), RB Ke’Shawn Vaughn (Vanderbilt), WR Tyler Johnson (Minnesota), DT Khalil Davis (Nebraska), OLB Chapelle Russell (Temple) RB Raymond Calais (Louisana)
Four potential starters in four picks is not shabby. While I’m not on the Tom Brady hype train, the Buccaneers got a good draft with or without Brady and Rob Gronkowski. Of the four top tackles, Wirfs was my favorite and Antoine Winfield is versatile, able to play anywhere in that secondary. He’s gonna have to prove he can tackle NFL talent though if he wants to be a safety. Ke’Shawn Vaughn is interesting and he’s smart as heck.
Khali Davis has upside but the rest of the picks aren’t doing it for me as far as breakout potential. The team really only needs three or four guys per draft to make a difference for that class to be successful. The Buccaneers have as good of a chance as any of that happening.
New Orleans – CEN Cesar Ruiz (Michigan), OLB Zack Baun (Wisconsin), TE Adam Trautma (Dayton), QB Tommy Stevens (Miss State)
When you don’t have many picks, you are forced to make each one of them hit. The New Orleans Saints will rely on Cesar Ruiz, Zack Baun, and Adam Trautma to start right off the bat. If they don’t then this draft class is going to be seen poorly in retrospect. Thankfully, Ruiz and Baun are two of the most agreed upon prospects who are deemed “pro-ready”.
The decision to trade back into the draft to get Tommy Stevens was interesting and raises questions. The team has Drew Brees, Taysom Hill, reportedly Jameis Winston coming in on a one year contract and now Stevens from Mississippi State? Perplexing.
Atlanta – CB A. J. Terrell (Clemson), DE Marlon Davidson (Auburn), IL Matt Hennessy (Temple), ILB Mykal Walker (Fresno State), SAF Jaylinn Hawkins (CAL), K Sterling Hofrichter (Syracuse)
The Atlanta Falcons were as bad defensively as the Cleveland Browns if that puts things into proper context. For them to spend a bulk of their haul on defense makes sense. Marlon Davidson might be really impressive as a player. He’s certainly got everything you’d want in a prospect.
A.J. Terrell will have to step up early though to make sure this team can maximize Matt Ryan’s remaining years. You can’t keep having Matty Ice’s defense fall apart on him. He can only do so much on his own. Keep an eye on Mykal Walker, he has breakout potential.
Carolina – DT Derrick Brown (Auburn), DE Yetur Gross-Matos (PSU), SAF Jeremy Chinn (Southern Illinois), CB Troy Pride Jr. (Notre Dame), SAF Kenny Robinson (West Virginia/XFL), DT Bravvion Roy (Baylor), CB Stantley Thomas-Oliver (FIU)
I’m a sucker for defense. I’m a sucker for a coach who’s a sucker for defense. I’m a sucker for a team that does the unthinkable. The Carolina Panthers 2020 NFL Draft is the only time in the history of the modern era that a team went all defense in the draft. Getting two GREAT defensive line prospects in Derrick brown and Yetur Gross-Matos certainly helped the enthusiasm.
As they were one of the worst defenses last year, these picks work. Yet, a wide receiver, a second running back or a tight end would’ve at least taken some pressure off of Christian McCaffery to do everything for the team. Plus an upgrade to the offensive line, or depth at least, would’ve been nice.