SportsPulse: The first night of the NFL's virtual draft went off without a hitch and Mackenzie Salmon is here to break down the nights biggest winners and losers. USA TODAY
The 2020 NFL draft resumes Friday night at 7 p.m. ET for Rounds 2 and 3.
Scads of quality players remain on the board, including a number of wide receivers, safeties and running backs all regarded as borderline first-round prospects. And considering only one runner was picked in the first round – LSU's Clyde Edwards-Helaire was the final selection of Round 1, now bound for the champion Kansas City Chiefs – don't be surprised if there's an early run at that position. And even though a record 15 SEC players were picked Thursday, no shortage of prospects from places like LSU, Alabama and Georgia remain.
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33. Cincinnati Bengals – Tee Higgins, WR, Clemson: A corps that already includes 1,000-yard receivers A.J. Green and Tyler Boyd and former first-round speedster John Ross adds another impact player. Higgins has 25 TD catches and more than 2,000 receiving yards since 2018, and his arrival might force the trade of one of the veterans in the building. At 6-4, 216 pounds, he's got a catch radius similar to Green's.
34. Indianapolis Colts (from Washington Redskins) – Michael Pittman Jr., WR, USC: The son of former Bucs RB Michael Pittman, he's 6-4, 223 pounds with 4.5 speed. Should bring a physical element to an offense that really bogged down while WR T.Y. Hilton was hurt last year. Nice weapon for QB Philip Rivers, who can deliver to Pittman and let him rack up the YAC.
35. Detroit Lions – D'Andre Swift, RB, Georgia: Kerryon Johnson, who hasn't lasted the full season in either of his first two years, is officially on notice. Swift, widely regarded as this draft's top back, comes from a long line of accomplished Dawgs runners. He has 56 catches over the past two years, both 1,000-yard rushing campaigns, and might not have to come off the field much in Motown. Since Barry Sanders retired after the 1998 season, Detroit has had just four 1,000-yard seasons out of its backs.
36. New York Giants – Xavier McKinney, S, Alabama: For Big Blue fans who miss Landon Collins, McKinney is a similar and quite possibly superior player – one who can thrive in the box but also make plays against the pass. He'll hang out in opposing backfields but can also operate in center field and is an excellent on-field leader. Should provide some of the defensive impact this defense sorely needs.
37. New England Patriots (from Los Angeles Chargers) – Kyle Dugger, S, Lenoir-Rhyne: Small-school safety who blew up the combine has quite a chance to become an accomplished player while learning next to mainstay Devin McCourty. Dugger is 6-1, 217 pounds and has sub-4.5 speed. Still, big jump from Division II to Bill Belichick's standards.
38. Carolina Panthers – Yetur Gross-Matos, DE, Penn State: The Panthers continue building out their D-line after taking Auburn DT Derrick Brown in Round 1. Gross-Matos collected 17 over the past two seasons for the Nittany Lions and joins a defense that led the NFC in that category last year with 53. He and Brian Burns, a first-rounder a year ago, should be a nice pair of fastballs for the foreseeable future. Step up, TB12. Step up, Drew.
39. Miami Dolphins – Robert Hunt, OL, Louisiana: They're serious about protecting rookie QB Tua Tagovailoa after previously taking OT Austin Jackson in Round 1. Hunt might be the right tackle of the future or a guard and should provide immediate help to what might have been the worst line in the league a year ago. At 6-5, 323 pounds, he's definitely a load.
40. Houston Texans (from Arizona Cardinals) – Ross Blacklock, DT, TCU: This is the pick obtained in the widely panned DeAndre Hopkins deal, but Bill O'Brien's first selection as a general manager appears to be a pretty good one. Blacklock is an explosive penetrator who shouldn't see double teams as long as J.J. Watt is also lining up with him. The All-Big 12 selection bounced back nicely in 2019 after missing the previous year with an Achilles injury.
41. Indianapolis Colts (from Cleveland Browns) – Jonathan Taylor, RB, Wisconsin: Sure, he amassed nearly 1,000 touches in three years with the Badgers. He also averaged more than 2,000 rushing yards per campaign and can probably do more as a receiver in the NFL given the opportunity. And if you're a defender facing a 5-10, 226-pound load with sub-4.4 speed? Could be some business decisions. Good chance Taylor knocks Marlon Mack from a starting lineup that's quickly improved with Friday's selections.
42. Jacksonville Jaguars – Laviska Shenault Jr., WR, Colorado: A violent runner with the ball in his hands who would bring a new element to a passing attack keyed by speedster DJ Chark Jr. last year. Shenault is apparently healed after undergoing core-muscle surgery in March. At 6-1, 227 pounds, he's a physical force who's also used to getting the ball out of the backfield.
43. Chicago Bears (from Las Vegas Raiders) – Cole Kmet, TE, Notre Dame: The latest Irish tight end to go high in the draft, he ran a 4.7 40 at the combine while carrying 262 pounds on his 6-6 frame. He should help the running game with his blocking and gives this offense another intermediate target in addition to free agent addition Jimmy Graham.
44. Cleveland Browns (from Indianapolis Colts) – Grant Delpit, S, LSU: The Jim Thorpe Award winner is finally off the board and should be a nice weapon. Delpit struggled with missed tackles and a high ankle sprain in 2019, but his teammates touted his toughness. When right, he can blitz, enforce and defend in pass coverage. LSU utilized him at free safety and in the box during his three years in Baton Rouge. Two years in a row Cleveland has rescued a Tigers DB in free fall (Greedy Williams in 2019).
45. Tampa Bay Buccaneers – Antoine Winfield Jr., S, Minnesota: The son of longtime NFL CB Antoine Winfield, his ability to play either safety position or drop into the slot will make him especially valuable to this defense – one patching secondary issues.
46. Denver Broncos – KJ Hamler, WR, Penn State: This offense suddenly looks loaded with TE Noah Fant, last year's first-rounder, Pro Bowl WR Courtland Sutton and Round 1 selection Jerry Jeudy. Hamler will bring the speed element – like a 4.3 speed element – as Denver crafts an attack perhaps designed to keep pace with Tyreek Hill and Co. in K.C. Sophomore QB Drew Lock can't ask for much more. Hamler should also help on special teams, accustomed to handling punts and kickoffs. Might want to pack a few more pounds onto his 5-9, 178-pound frame.
47. Atlanta Falcons – Marlon Davidson, DE, Auburn: The defensive reboot continues. The 6-3, 303-pound All-SEC selection should play inside and create havoc after posting 21½ TFLs and 7½ sacks last year. He also blocked three kicks in 2019.
48. Seattle Seahawks (from New York Jets) – Darrell Taylor, DE Tennessee: Seattle's D-line is in tatters as Jadeveon Clowney remains unsigned. The team tied for an NFC-low 28 sacks in 2019, one reason the unit finished an unsightly 26th overall. Taylor, a 6-4, 267-pounder, has 16½ sacks over the past two seasons and could be the new LEO here.
49. Pittsburgh Steelers – Chase Claypool, WR, Notre Dame: At 6-4, 238 pounds, some question as to whether he might be a tight end – though his 4.4 speed suggests otherwise. Claypool had 66 grabs for 1,037 yards and 13 TDs last season and could emerge in a receiving corps that didn't distinguish itself in 2019 without Ben Roethlisberger.
50. Chicago Bears – Jaylon Johnson, CB, Utah: The Bears really struggled at corner in 2019, so a big (6-0, 193), physical player like this All-Pac-12 performer should immediately challenge for a starting role.
51. Dallas Cowboys – Trevon Diggs, CB, Alabama: The younger brother of Bills WR Stefon Diggs lands in Dallas, where he'll probably be tasked with replacing departed CB Byron Jones. Formerly a receiver for the Tide, Diggs has ball skills and nice size at 6-1 and 205 pounds. Doesn't hurt he's been practicing against WRs Jerry Jeudy, Henry Ruggs and Devonta Smith for the last year.
52. Los Angeles Rams – Cam Akers, RB, Florida State: With 1,144 rushing yards and 14 TDs, this physical runner was a rare beacon in the Seminoles' miserable season, one in which Akers played with pride. The post-Gurley Rams may use more of a committee approach, but Akers could emerge as the committee chair.
53. Philadelphia Eagles – Jalen Hurts, QB, Oklahoma: Maybe they'll make a statue to this kid if he shines while standing in for injured Carson Wentz. Hurts already made his mark on flagship college programs Alabama and Oklahoma and truly flourished with the Sooners last year, passing for 3,851 yards and 32 TDs while rushing for another 1,298 and 20. Hurts is hardly a Wentz clone, so worth monitoring if he can sufficiently polish his passing skills and/or if Doug Pederson finds ways to get Hurts on the field even if Wentz is healthy.
54. Buffalo Bills – A.J. Epenesa, DE, Iowa: They're finally on the board after sitting out Round 1. But Epenesa likely makes the wait worth it. The league's third-ranked defense needed some fresh legs off the edge, where Epenesa could feast if DT Ed Oliver blossoms into the kind of disruptor he's expected to be. A good technician, Epenesa should contribute immediately, as Hawkeyes tend to do. The exits of Shaq Lawson and Jordan Phillips in free agency means Buffalo isn't returning a player who had more than five sacks in 2019.
55. Baltimore Ravens (from New England Patriots via Atlanta Falcons) – J.K. Dobbins. RB, Ohio State: A historically devastating rushing attack led by QB Lamar Jackson and RB Mark Ingram adds another workhorse in Dobbins, who ran for 2,003 yards and 21 TDs last year. The rich get much, much richer.
56. Miami Dolphins (from New Orleans Saints) – Raekwon Davis, DT, Alabama: The 6-6, 311-pounder joins a defense that ranked 30th overall and 27th against the run. And closing holes will likely be Davis' initial mandate, likely as a rotational player, given his limited contributions as a pass rusher in recent years.
57. Los Angeles Rams (from Houston Texans) – Van Jefferson, WR, Florida: In the pick obtained in the Brandin Cooks deal, the Rams add another pass catcher, one ticketed for a No. 3 role at best to start between 1,100-yard WRs Cooper Kupp and Robert Woods.
58. Minnesota Vikings – Ezra Cleveland, OT, Boise State: Promising prospect who could push starters Brian O'Neill and Riley Reiff – he could be moved to guard if Cleveland shows he's ready to watch QB Kirk Cousins' blind side immediately. However Cleveland might also need time in an NFL nutrition and weight program before he's up to prime-time standards.
59. New York Jets (from Seattle Seahawks) – Denzel Mims, WR, Baylor: A bona fide deep threat who should step in where Robby Anderson, now a Carolina Panther, left off. Mims had 66 receptions for 1,020 yards and 12 TDs last and features 4.3 speed with his 6-3, 207-pound build. Should be a nice complement to slot WR Jamison Crowder.
60. New England Patriots (from Baltimore Ravens) – Josh Uche, OLB, Michigan: After taking Chase Winovich last year, the Pats go back to Ann Arbor for another defender. Last year's No. 1 defense was ravaged by free agency, and Uche might have a chance to take the job left open when Kyle Van Noy moved on to Miami.
61. Tennessee Titans – Kristian Fulton, CB, LSU: With Logan Ryan still unsigned, the Titans move to reload at corner. Fulton should immediately find himself in the nickel package. He was suspended in 2017 for trying to manipulate a drug test.
62. Green Bay Packers – AJ Dillon, RB, Boston College: He's 6 feet and 247 pounds and he'll bowl over defenders, churning out 1,685 and 14 TDs on the ground last year. Be interesting to see what his arrival means for Aaron Jones after his breakout effort in 2019, but he'll likely still see the bulk of the snaps given Dillon's limitations (21 catches in three seasons) as a receiver.
63. Kansas City Chiefs (from San Francisco 49ers) – Willie Gay, LB, Mississippi State: Comes with multiple off-field issues, but championship locker rooms tend to straighten that stuff out. At 6-1 and 243 pounds with 4.4 speed, Gay certainly has the opportunity to unseat one of the uninspiring starters at the second level of this defense.
64. Carolina Panthers (from Kansas City Chiefs via Seattle Seahawks) – Jeremy Chinn, S, Southern Illinois: A 6-3, 221-pounder whose diverse skills project him as an upgrade to departed Eric Reid. All thee Carolina picks under new coach Matt Rhule have been devoted to defense.
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65. Cincinnati Bengals – Logan Wilson, LB, Wyoming: He averaged 100 tackles per season in college and could make Bengals fans forget Vontaze Burfict (in case they hadn't already). Wilson and free agent addition Josh Bynes give Cincinnati a nice makeover at linebacker.
66. Washington Redskins – Antonio Gibson, WR, Memphis: Versatile player who also lined up at running back, there are definitely snaps to be had at Washington's skill positions. Gibson, who caught 38 passes in 2019 and rushed 33 times – he averaged 15.5 yards per touch – seems more likely to feature his game-breaking abilities as the No. 2 wideout next to second-year man Terry McLaurin.
67. Detroit Lions – Julian Okwara, OLB, Notre Dame: He joins older brother Romeo, a defensive end, in Motown. Julian is the versatile kind of player Matt Patricia wants in his defense but projects as an edge presence after tallying 13 sacks the past two seasons.
68. New York Jets (from New York Giants) – Ashtyn Davis, S, California: Good athlete who projects as a third safety behind Jamal Adams and Marcus Maye and should also contribute in nickel packages and special teams. This was the pick acquired in the Leonard Williams deal.
69. Seattle Seahawks (from Carolina Panthers) – Damien Lewis, G, LSU: A long-suspect offensive line was especially vulnerable inside last year, plagued by injuries and ineffectiveness. Lewis could compete for a starting job quickly coming over from the reigning national champs.
70. Miami Dolphins – Brandon Jones, S, Texas: Presumably set at corner, the Fins now invest at safety with a versatile player who is comfortable at every level of the field.
71. Baltimore Ravens (from Los Angeles Chargers via New England Patriots) – Justin Madubuike, DT, Texas A&M: Nice pickup for a defense remaking its front after a dreadful showing in the playoff loss to Tennessee. Madubuike likely rotates in behind Calais Campbell and Derek Wolfe as a rookie but could pay immediate dividends.
72. Arizona Cardinals – Josh Jones, OT, Houston: Many mock drafts pegged the Cards to a tackle in Round 1, so landing Jones in Round 3 is a pretty decent consolation. He's got a chance to beat out veteran Marcus Gilbert for the starting job on the right side.
73. Jacksonville Jaguars – Davon Hamilton, DT, Ohio State: Fills a need for a team which lost Calais Campbell and Marcell Dareus this offseason. If Hamilton is active inside, Josh Allen, K'Lavon Chaisson and (maybe) Yannick Ngakoue will be more effective rushing the passer.
74. New Orleans Saints (from Cleveland Browns) – Zack Baun, LB, Wisconsin: Multi-talented defender who brings versatile element to the second level of a Saints defense that otherwise has very few holes. Good value pick.
75. Detroit Lions (from Indianapolis Colts) – Jonah Jackson, G, Ohio State: Not all of the Lions' struggles running the ball are due to the shortcoming of the backs. Jackson has a chance to claim a starting job right away.
76. Tampa Bay Buccaneers – Ke'Shawn Vaughn, RB, Vanderbilt: He averaged 6.4 yards per carry on an SEC team and caught 28 passes last year. Every chance to challenge for playing time with the Bucs, who ranked 24th running the ball last year and appear very much headed for a committee situation.
77. Denver Broncos – Michael Ojemudia, CB, Iowa: At 6-1 and 200 pounds with 4.4 speed, he possesses good measurables. And this secondary is in flux, CB A.J. Bouye arriving via trade, while slot CB Chris Harris Jr. bolted to the Chargers. Ojemudia, with three INTs each of the last two seasons, should see plenty of snaps in a division poised to sling the ball.
78. Atlanta Falcons – Matt Hennessy, C, Temple: Solid, tough player at 6-4 and 307 pounds who might one day succeed Alex Mack, 34 ... unless Hennessy can prove he deserves playing time at guard on a line currently manned by five first-rounders.
79. New York Jets – Jabari Zuniga, DE, Florida: He's 6-3, 264 pounds and collected 18½ sacks in four years for the Gators. Seems the Jets are always seeking pass-rush help and struck out badly in Round 3 last year with Zuniga's former teammate, Jachai Polite. Zuniga will be a better pick by merely making the roster.
80. Las Vegas Raiders – Lynn Bowden, WR, Kentucky: Quite the Swiss Army knife for the Wildcats, playing receiver, running back and quarterback. Given how Vegas' depth chart shakes out, Bowden's likely to see most of his playing time at receiver but could also be quite the gadget man. Could push Hunter Renfrow in the slot.
81. Las Vegas Raiders (from Chicago Bears) – Bryan Edwards, WR, South Carolina: A year after the Antonio Brown debacle, quite a makeover going on here at receiver (remember Henry Ruggs was the first-round choice). Edwards averaged nearly 60 receptions in four seasons with the Gamecocks.
82. Dallas Cowboys – Neville Gallimore, DT, Oklahoma: America's Team picks a Canadian. Gallimore likely won't do much for the pass rush here but could be a nice interior complement to veteran Gerald McCoy, an ex-Sooner himself likely to show his new teammate a few tricks. Gallimore's relentlessness may be his best attribute but there's more potential to unlock here.
83. Denver Broncos (from Pittsburgh Steelers) – Lloyd Cushenberry III, C, LSU: Denver just signed C Graham Glasgow, who's likely to stay in the pivot. But Cushenberry and last year's second rounder, G Dalton Risner, should give the Broncos a pretty solid interior O-line for years to come. Drew Lock must be over the moon.
84. Los Angeles Rams – Terrell Lewis, OLB, Alabama: Should fill a need and play extensively with the departures of Clay Matthews, Dante Fowler and Cory Littleton. Posted 11½ TFLs and six sacks last year after missing the previous year with an ACL tear.
85. Indianapolis Colts (from Philadelphia Eagles via Detroit Lions) – Julian Blackmon, S, Utah: At minimum, provides safety depth, where Malik Hooker has been nicked up and not the impact player the team expected of a first-rounder. Blackmon might also find himself in the box or even in the slot at times.
86. Buffalo Bills – Zack Moss, RB, Utah: Replaces Frank Gore as the hammer element of this ground game. At 5-10, 223 pounds and coming off three consecutive 1,000-plus-yard seasons for the Utes, Moss could even relegate Devin Singletary to third-down duties.
87. New England Patriots – Anfernee Jennings, LB, Alabama: The perennial AFC East champs continue restocking their defense. Built similar to Dont'a Hightower, Jennings could find himself lining up alongside and maybe replacing the fellow former Tide backer. Jennings overcame a serious knee injury to be an all-SEC selection in 2019, when he had eight sacks.
88. Cleveland Browns (from New Orleans Saints) – Jordan Elliott, DL, Missouri: He'll clean up some sacks but isn't a great pass rusher. Still, could bolster the interior rotation on Cleveland's front.
89. Minnesota Vikings – Cameron Dantzler, CB, Mississippi State: The Vikes continue to restock at corner after getting Jeff Gladney in Round 1. Dantzler has the size (6-2, 188) and tenacity Mike Zimmer tends to favor.
90. Houston Texans – Jonathan Greenard, LB, Florida: He notched 10 sacks for the Gators a year ago, production the Texans could use after failing to get much outside of OLB Whitney Mercilus in 2019.
91. New England Patriots (from Seattle Seahawks via Houston Texans and Las Vegas Raiders) – Devin Asiasi, TE, UCLA: After officially parting with Rob Gronkowski, the Pats address a position that was a wasteland in 2019. Asiasi emerged with 44 grabs for 641 yards last year and has a chance to become fast friends with Jarrett Stidham.
92. Baltimore Ravens – Devin Duvernay, WR, Texas: He had a massive senior season (106 catches, 1,386 yards, 9 TDs) and could be one of the draft's best value picks so far. Baltimore is built to run but could also use a consistent complement to deep threat Hollywood Brown, the only Ravens wideout with as many as 40 catches and 500 yards in 2019. However Duvernay is pretty fast himself, blazing a 4.39 40 time in Indy. Speed, speed, speed in Charm City.
93. Tennessee Titans – Darrynton Evans, RB, Appalachian State: Highly productive in 2019 with 1,480 yards on the ground and 18 TDs. Should be quite a changeup to RB Derrick Henry and maybe his successor if the Titans don't manage to extend last year's rushing champ beyond 2020.
94. Green Bay Packers – Josiah Deguara, TE, Cincinnati: Could vie with 2019 third-rounder Jace Sternberger to be Aaron Rodgers' primary tight end option in the wake of Jimmy Graham's departure. Deguara has 77 catches since 2018.
95. Denver Broncos (from San Francisco 49ers) – McTelvin Agim, DT, Arkansas: Vic Fangio needed to inject some youth into his D-line with all of the projected starters 29 or older.
96. Kansas City Chiefs – Lucas Niang, OT, TCU: The champs could use a swing tackle after allowing Cameron Erving to walk.
x – 97. Cleveland Browns (from Houston Texans) – Jacob Phillips, ILB, LSU: Could vie for starting duties with Joe Schobert off to Jacksonville.
x – 98. Baltimore Ravens (from New England Patriots) – Malik Harrison, ILB, Ohio State: He and fellow rookie Patrick Queen could be the new starters at the second level for a defense in the midst of a fairly significant retool.
x – 99. New York Giants – Matt Peart, OT, Connecticut: After taking Andrew Thomas in Round 1, the G-Men may have their tackle combo of the future. Peart is impressively built at 6-7, 318 pounds, however he's likely not ready to step in and start yet.
x – 100. Las Vegas Raiders (from New England Patriots) – Tanner Muse, S, Clemson: Should provide depth and special teams off the bat as the Raiders continue to resemble Clemson-West.
x – 101. New England Patriots (from Seattle Seahawks via New York Jets) – Dalton Keene, TE, Virginia Tech: A little odd as the Jets ship this pick to their division rivals, who continue to reload at tight end post-Gronk. Keene is a typical Patriot pick given his ability to play tight end and fullback.
x – 102. Pittsburgh Steelers – Alex Highsmith, OLB, Charlotte: What a senior season, Highsmith posting 21½ TFLs and 14 sacks. Could be quite an effective situational rusher early and might eventually displace franchise player Bud Dupree, who isn't signed beyond 2021.
x – 103. Philadelphia Eagles – Davion Taylor, LB, Colorado: Small (6-0, 228) but with 4.4 speed, he should address a glaring area of need in Philly.
x – 104. Los Angeles Rams – Terrell Burgess, S, Utah: The Rams just lost former Utes S Eric Weddle to retirement, but go back to the well for another. Burgess could also line up in the slot.
x – 105. New Orleans Saints (from Minnesota Vikings) – Adam Trautman, TE, Dayton: The Saints clearly wanted him, giving up four late picks for the 6-5, 255-pounder who snared 70 passes last year for 916 yards and 14 TDs. Jared Cook is likely entering his final year with New Orleans.
x – 106. Baltimore Ravens – Tyre Phillips, OL, Mississippi State: A 6-5, 331-pounder who played left tackle for the Bulldogs, could he get a look inside in Baltimore after G Marshal Yanda retired?
x – compensatory picks
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