Thursday night was the first night of the 2020 NFL Draft, which took place virtually for the first time in NFL history. The first three picks of the draft went as expected with the picks by the Bengals, Redskins, and Lions, but the real winners of the night started their evenings at picks five and six.
With the fifth pick, the Dolphins got their man after attempting to play some mind games leading up the draft and selecting Tua Tagovailoa. With the 18th selection, the Dolphins drafted offensive tackle Austin Jackson out of USC.
Jackson may be considered a reach at this point in the draft, but he does possess the raw tools for long-term development. They selected Noah Igbinoghe with the 31st pick, a corner out of Auburn who didn’t record any interceptions in his last 26 games at the college level.
The pick is strange considering the Dolphins already have two very good corners in Xavier Howard and Byron Jones as well as the fact that Xavier McKinney and Ezra Cleveland were still on the board, but Igbinoghe is still talented.
The Los Angeles Chargers also got their man in Oregon quarterback Justin Herbert with the No. 6 selection. Herbert is a 6-6 pocket passer that possesses nice accuracy and a strong work ethic, according to reports.
His mechanics are questionable, but, with the correct coaching, that can be resolved. The Chargers then saw an opportunity and traded the 37th and 71st picks to New England for the 23rd selection and snagged linebacker Kenneth Murray out of Oklahoma.
Murray was the second-rated inside linebacker in the draft and will join Derwin James, Joey Bosa, and Melvin Ingram on a tremendously talented defensive unit.
Eagles, Packers make questionable selections
When it comes to the Green Bay Packers, it’s difficult to question some of the choices they make, but selecting Jordan Love in the first round of the NFL Draft is a head-scratching moment for sure. Patrick Queen was sitting there just waiting for the Pack to call his name and fill a position of need, and instead, they draft a kid who is going to ride the bench for the next three to five years?
I understand that this strategy worked the last time they employed a Hall of Fame quarterback (Brett Favre) at the back end of his career, but Aaron Rodgers is still incredible, and if you give him some help, you have a shot at another ring right now.
The Raiders were on the hook for the most questionable wide receiver pick in the first round, but at least Henry Ruggs III was in the conversation of where he was selected. Philadelphia selecting Jalen Reagor of TCU with the 21st pick is just mind-boggling, especially when Justin Jefferson was still on the board.
Even if the Eagles were down on Jefferson (and Brandon Aiyuk) and really wanted Reagor, trade down, trade down A LOT, and accumulate some assets. It simply doesn’t make sense to me.
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