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2020 NFL draft winners, losers: Best, worst moves of all seven rounds

2020 NFL draft winners, losers: Best, worst moves of all seven rounds

The 2020 NFL Draft is in the books, and what a draft it was.

It's Joe Burrow time in Cincinnati, while a huge influx of tremendous receiving prospects are entering the league. Numerous teams have new faces of their franchise, while others kicked that can down the road for another year.

The three-day virtual draft was the first of its kind, and there was very little in the way of technical glitches. Though many assumed there would be a significant decrease in the number of trades between teams, that did not prove to be the case.

The draft offers teams the best avenue to acquire cheap, young talent. Many teams capitalized on their opportunities, while a few others left us scratching our heads.

With that in mind, here are the three biggest winners and losers from the 2020 NFL Draft:


Baltimore Ravens

The Ravens had a phenomenal draft. What else is new?

Year after year, Baltimore revitalizes its roster through the draft, and this was no different. First-round pick Patrick Queen seems destined to continue the Ravens' great linebacker tradition, while second-round pick J.K. Dobbins should only enhance their already league-leading rushing attack. Their four third-round picks all offer promising upside, and Geno Stone could be a diamond in the rough in the seventh round. Baltimore was already near the top of the AFC, and they're not going anywhere anytime soon.

New Orleans Saints

Let's stick at the top, but move to the other conference. The Saints didn't have many picks in the draft, but what few they had, they got tremendous value out of.

First-round pick Cesar Ruiz is a plug-and-play mauler in the middle of the offensive line. Then, in the third round, New Orleans added a tackling machine in Zack Baun and an intriguing offensive weapon in tight end Adam Trautman.

For a team that already had one of the best rosters in the NFL, the Saints managed to add three guys who should be significant contributors right away.

Dallas Cowboys

In terms of maximizing value, no team might have done a better job than the Cowboys.

CeeDee Lamb was an absolute steal at No. 17 overall, as were Trevon Diggs and Neville Gallimore in the middle of the second and third rounds. Then, in the fourth, they added arguably the top center in the draft in Tyler Biadasz, who should immediately take over for the recently retired Travis Frederick.

They added a bunch of talent to a roster that underachieved last season. There's no question as to who should be the overwhelming favorites in the NFC East.

Honorable Mention: San Francisco 49ers

The 49ers got younger and better over the three days of the draft, while creating more salary-cap space. That's a win no matter how you break it down.

Yes, DeForest Buckner and Emmanuel Sanders are gone and Joe Staley announced his retirement. You'd be hard-pressed to find a better example of pivoting on the fly -- and absolutely nailing it.

First-round picks Javon Kinlaw and Brandon Aiyuk will immediately fill the voids created by Buckner and Sanders' departures -- albeit at a significantly cheaper cost. Those savings have already come in extremely handy, as they allowed the 49ers to trade for All-Pro offensive tackle Trent Williams, who is entering the final year of his contract and will command a hefty extension. Though it's sad to see Staley go out on a Super Bowl loss, Williams is considerably younger, and, frankly, better. Somehow, someway, the 49ers upgraded the position, and it only cost them third and fifth-round picks.

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San Francisco's late-round picks were just icing on the cake. They're all perfect fits for what the 49ers want to do.

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Aaron Rodgers

It's almost impressive how little the Green Bay Packers did to help out Rodgers.

In what was arguably the greatest receiver draft of all time, the Packers drafted precisely zero of them. The only pass-catcher they did add was an undersized tight end who was a reach in the third round. Green Bay's draft was already off to a rocky start after trading up in the first round to draft quarterback Jordan Love, who is quite obviously being set up to be Rodgers' successor. The problem is -- the biggest one, anyway -- is how obvious it is.

One could make the case that every single Packers draft pick was made with Love -- and not Rodgers -- in mind. They took only one defensive player in the first five rounds, and the three offensive lineman they picked in the sixth are all projects. How exactly is that going to help Rodgers?

He might be saying the right things, but no one could blame Rodgers if he felt like he was being left out to dry.

Los Angeles Rams

Is Sean McVay an offensive genius or not?

If the answer is yes, which I believe, then why on earth would the Rams -- who are in salary-cap hell and don't have a first-round pick until 2022 -- use their first two picks of the draft on a running back and wide receiver?

I get the need to replace Todd Gurley and Brandin Cooks, but that was a really curious decision. Cam Akers is immensely talented, but the Rams had bigger needs, and they used a third-round pick on Darrell Henderson just last year. Van Jefferson is intriguing, but he's already 24 years old, and you'd think McVay would be able to scheme open less talented players.

Getting the two Terrell's -- Lewis and Burgess -- in the third round was solid, but unless Akers is the second coming of Gurley -- before the knees went caput -- the Rams will continue to lose ground in the NFC West.

Houston Texans

One of the most unbelievable developments of the offseason was Bill O'Brien gaining even more power and influence inside the Texans' building. It was quite surprising, given that he has a long track record of being a terrible roster-builder. Case in point, the DeAndre Hopkins trade.

He jettisoned Deshaun Watson's favorite target for a pitiful return, and while Ross Blacklock is a nice pickup in the second round, Houston appears to be flapping in the wind. There doesn't appear to be any rhyme or reason from one move to another, and it would be impossible to blame any Texans fan for feeling quite underwhelmed.

Honorable Mention: New England Patriots

It's a brand new day in New England, and while it's rarely wise to question coach Bill Belichick, one wonders if the Patriots did enough to keep their heads above water now that Tom Brady is with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Kyle Dugger is a promising safety prospect, and given New England's track record of churning out defensive backs, that should be a great value in the second round. The Patriots also know how to find defensive linemen, so you should give them the benefit of the doubt on Josh Uche and Anfernee Jennings.

But defense wasn't the problem for the Patriots last year. Quite the opposite. Their offense was pedestrian, to say the least, and they didn't add a single receiver. While they did pick two tight ends in Devin Asiasi and Dalton Keene in the third, that's not exactly a murderer's row for Jarrett Stidham, or whoever else is going to start under center.

2020 NFL Draft winners and losers: Who did best, worst on Day 2?

2020 NFL Draft winners and losers: Who did best, worst on Day 2?

Day 2 of the 2020 NFL Draft is in the books.

Talented prospects flew off the board Friday, as teams stocked up from a loaded class of wide receivers, defensive backs and defensive tackles.

There were puzzling decisions made, a couple of steals and at least one moment that made everyone utter a four-letter word you shouldn't say around your mother.

Anyways, let's see who won, lost and made us scratch our head on Day 2 of the NFL draft.

Winner -- Baltimore Ravens

Do you want to know why the Ravens are almost always in playoff contention? It's a well-run organization that scouts it's butt off and rarely misses on picks.

After adding LSU linebacker Patrick Queen in Round 1, the Ravens rounded the bases with another home run Friday night. They drafted Ohio State running back J.K. Dobbins in the second round, a powerful back who should thrive in their run-heavy offense. Then, the Ravens scooped up sliding Texas A&M defensive tackle Justin Madubuike to bolster an already fierce defensive line. They rounded out the A-plus day with speedy Texas receiver Devin Duvernay and Ohio State linebacker Malik Harrison. Two guys who should contribute right away.

What. A. Draft.

Loser -- Chicago Bears

The Bears took the second-round pick they got from the Raiders in the Khalil Mack trade and used it on Notre Dame tight end Cole Kmet. That gives them -- and this is not a typo -- 11 tight ends on the roster. That's a lot of guys for Mitchell Trubisky to overthrow in the red zone.

With their second pick in the second round, the Bears drafted Utah corner Jaylon Johnson with LSU's Kristian Fulton and Alabama's Trevon Diggs still on the board.

What are the Bears doing?

Winner -- Indianapolis Colts

With two picks in the second round, the Colts added USC wide receiver Michael Pittman and Wisconsin running back Jonathan Taylor. Let's not forget they also added DeForest Buckner by trading away their first-round pick to the 49ers.

The Colts added two dynamic offensive weapons to help out new quarterback Philip Rivers as they look to overtake the Tennessee Titans and Houston Texans across the division. They also added Utah safety Julian Blackmon in the third round to bolster their secondary.

All in all, Chris Ballard did a bang-up job. Cross your fingers and hope Rivers isn't washed.

Loser -- Los Angeles Rams

Sean McVay's frustration was shown on live TV when he got into a heated phone conversation during the Rams' selection.

LA drafted Florida State running back Cam Akers. I like Akers as a prospect but is that the best use of draft capital? Probably not. Then the Rams went and reached by selecting Florida receiver Van Jefferson three picks later. Jefferson is a crisp route-runner who will slide in as the No. 3 receiver, but there were better prospects on the board.

They rounded out the day with Alabama edge rusher Terrell Lewis and Utah safety Terrell Burgess.

A curious day for the former bells of the ball.

Winner -- Dallas Cowboys

CeeDee Lamb fell to the Cowboys in Round 1 and Jerry Jones looked like a pig in slop.

The 'Boys' luck continued Friday when Diggs fell to them in the second round and Oklahoma defensive tackle Neville Gallimore slid all the way to No. 82.

Diggs will replace the departed Byron Jones and Gallimore -- who is a freak athlete -- will make them forget all about Maliek Collins.

The NFC East is Dallas' to lose.

Loser -- Packers

Not only did the Packers not get Aaron Rodgers a weapon in Round 1 when they drafted his eventual successor. They again didn't drink from a loaded receiver well on Day 2, instead, they drafted Boston College running back A.J. Dillon and Cincinnati tight end Josiah Deguara.

I like Dillon. He's a powerful runner, but I don't see the immediate need. Aaron Jones and Jamaal Williams are entering contract years, but that doesn't mean you go running back now. Especially with this WR class.


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What the ...?! -- Philadelphia Eagles and Raiders

The Eagles stunned everyone when they drafted Oklahoma quarterback Jalen Hurts in the second round. After signing Carson Wentz to a massive extension last summer, it's odd to spend a second-round pick on a quarterback to be a Taysom Hill-type player.

This also reeks of an unwanted quarterback competition the minute Wentz struggles. For my money, I'd rather have Hurts on a rookie deal. I still haven't fully picked myself up from off the floor after this selection.

Then, there's the Raiders. Disclaimer: I like their class as a whole, but man did they miss a GIANT opportunity Friday.

By drafting cornerback Damon Arnette with the No. 19 overall pick Thursday instead of trading down to get a second-round pick, the Raiders watched several dynamic players slide to the middle and late second round. Arnette, a consensus second-round pick before the draft, likely would have been there at 60 given the way the draft shook out. Meaning the Raiders could have, in theory, traded down once or twice, grabbed an extra pick or two, drafted Arnette and added a guy like Chase Claypool or Marlon Davidson or Ashytn Davis, all three of whom would help them right away.

They also passed on Gallimore at 80 and 81, choosing to draft Kentucky athlete Lynn Bowden and South Carolina receiver, Bryan Edwards. I love Edwards. He might be the steal of the draft. Bowden is an intriguing offensive weapon, but Gallimore could be their three-technique for the next five years and just about complete their defensive line.

I still can't believe they let him get away.

NFL Draft 2020: Raiders trade options at No. 19 could be limited

NFL Draft 2020: Raiders trade options at No. 19 could be limited

Mike Mayock's love for draft picks 20 through 60 is well-documented, and the Raiders general manager admitted so in a conference call last week.

While the Raiders own two first-round picks and three third-round picks in the 2020 NFL Draft, the Silver and Black undoubtedly will look to find a way to add a second-round pick, of which they currently have zero.

Picking at No. 19, unless a top prospect slides, is a virtual no man's land for the Raiders. Expect the Raiders to land one of the top three wide receivers at No. 12, but the Silver and Black should look to find a way to move down from No. 19 into the late stages of the first round while adding a second-round pick since cornerbacks Jeff Okudah and CJ Henderson likely will be off the board.

CBS Sports' R.J. White put together a chart that shows the value of each pick to better understand what it costs to move up and down the draft board. Per White, the No. 19 overall pick has a value of 240.44, which means any team trying to trade up to that spot should, in theory, give the Raiders equal or better value.

A team looking to move up has to have a big need they can fill. That normally looks like teams moving up to draft a quarterback, an offensive tackle or a star defensive player who has slid down the board. Unfortunately for the Raiders, most of the teams behind them likely won't be looking to come up and draft Utah State quarterback Jordan Love. Those that are might not be able to give Mayock what he desires.

In short, the Raiders might have few trade partners for their second first-round pick, but that all depends on how the first half of the first round shakes out.

Let's look at three possible trade partners for the Raiders at No. 19 and what a deal might look like.

Baltimore Ravens

Raiders get: No. 28 overall and No. 60 overall (second round)
Ravens get: No. 19 overall and No. 121 overall (fourth round)

The Ravens went 14-2 last year on the back of Lamar Jackson's MVP campaign. But they still have a big need at linebacker and at wide receiver, where Jackson needs more firepower on the outside. With both Oklahoma's Kenneth Murray and LSU's Patrick Queen likely to be on the board at No. 19 but perhaps not at No. 28, the Ravens would be an ideal trade partner for the Raiders.

The second tier of first-round receivers like Brandon Aiyuk, Jalen Reagor and Denzel Mims also should be available at 19, so if one of them is high on the Ravens' board they could also move up to fill their need at receiver.

With the No. 19 pick being valued at 240.44, per White's chart, the Ravens send the No. 28 pick (valued at 187.02) and the second-round pick Mayock desires (valued at 81.98). That package is valued at 269 even, so the Raiders add their fourth-round pick (slotted at 18.18) to close the deal. The Raiders could insist on the No. 55 pick, but the Ravens' desperation will determine whether they are able to exact that price.

At No. 28, the Raiders should be able to add one of the second-tier cornerbacks -- A.J. Terrell, Jaylon Johnson or Jeff Gladney -- or a defensive tackle like Ross Blacklock or Neville Gallimore.

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Green Bay Packers

Raiders get: No. 30 overall and No. 62
Packers get: No. 19 overall

The Packers could be looking to draft Love and groom him behind Aaron Rodgers, or they could be thirsting to get their star quarterback another weapon to make one more run at a Lombardi Trophy. Most mocks have the Packers selecting Baylor wide receiver Denzel Mims in Round 1. Mims is big-body receiver who tore it up at the NFL Scouting Combine, but keep your eyes on LSU's Justin Jefferson. If the electric slot receiver gets past the Dallas Cowboys (No. 17) and Miami Dolphins at No. 18 should they still own the pick, expect the Packers to try to move up.

Picking at No. 30 should allow the Raiders to select from the same group of prospects as the Ravens' pick.

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Philadelphia Eagles

Raiders get: No. 21 and No 53
Eagles get: No. 19 and No. 81

This one is a little more dicey, but we know the Eagles are looking to move up. They want one of the top receivers. It's going to be hard for Philadelphia to jump all the way up into the top 12 without giving up a haul. But if one of the receivers they like slides down, the Raiders could be in a position to mug an Eagles franchise desperate to get Carson Wentz a receiver who wasn't running route at the local YMCA last year.

A trade to 21 while grabbing 53 allows the Raiders to select the top corner on the board -- perhaps Kristian Fulton, if he's still available -- and then hope either Chase Claypool or Michael Pittman is available at No. 53 to round out the offense, or snag Gallimore to make defensive coordinator Paul Guenther happy.

Mayock and Gruden moved all around the draft board in 2019, and still left with one of the best draft classes in recent memory. They'll surely look to be just as active this year, but what they do at No. 19 could set the stage for the rest of the draft.