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Who Were the Best Picks in the 2020 NFL Draft?

| April 28, 2020 1:32 am PDT
Best Picks From the 2020 NFL Draft

With the NFL Draft now in the rearview mirror, it’s time to let the speculating begin. We won’t know how prospects pan out until they take the field, but that doesn’t mean we can’t look ahead toward the future.

Fans want to know who the best picks in the 2020 NFL Draft were, and I’m here to offer my two cents.

Taking into account team needs and when the player was selected, here’s my take on the 6 best picks from the 2020 NFL Draft.

Tristan Wirfs, OT, Tampa Bay Buccaneers (13th Overall)

Bruce Arians and his staff couldn’t have dreamed up a better scenario. I’m in the camp who believes Tristan Wirfs is the best offensive tackle in the 2020 class, and the Bucs secured him at #13 overall — the fourth offensive lineman off the board.

How important was it to the Tampa Bay GM to land Wirfs?

Jason Licht packaged a fourth-round pick with #14 to move up one slot (the Bucs received a 7th-round pick as well) to block anyone else from trading with San Francisco. Tristan was projected as a possible top-5 pick, so to nab him at #13 is a victory in itself.

When it comes to the value he adds to the roster, let’s just say Tom Brady is pretty amped up about his new right tackle. How many other guys have you seen jump out of a pool on their flat feet?

KJ Hamler, WR, Denver Broncos (46th Overall)

After drafting Jerry Jeudy at #15, some people were scratching their heads as to why John Elway would draft another receiver at #46. On the flip side, those who know how dynamic of a playmaker KJ Hamler is understand this pick perfectly.

With Courtland Sutton and Jerry Jeudy commanding the outside, Hamler will roam freely from the slot and start doing damage from the get-go. Noah Fant should command enough attention for teams to not be able to double-team the rookie from Penn State, and good luck trying to contain KJ one-on-one.

What Hamler lacks in size, he makes up for in tenacity, and he’s got tremendous footwork and top-end speed. It won’t take long for fans in Mile High to fall in love with this kid. 

Ezra Cleveland, OT, Minnesota Vikings (58th Overall)

Not landing Trent Williams was a blessing in disguise for the Vikings. Instead, Rick Spielman spent the 58th pick on a guy who is younger, cheaper, and more energetic. Mel Kiper gave Ezra Cleveland a first-round grade, as did many other touts, and it’s pretty easy to see why.

The 6’6” 311-pound left tackle possesses extraordinary upper-body strength and will immediately bolster the protection scheme in Minnesota. The former wrestler might not begin the year starting for Mike Zimmer in the trenches, but look for him to supplant Riley Reiff on the left side sooner rather than later.

Given Cleveland’s blatant upside combined with how late the Vikes were able to latch on, Ezra at #58 was one of the best picks from the 2020 NFL Draft.

Zack Baun, LB, New Orleans Saints (74th Overall)

The Saints were seeking depth to add to their linebacking core, and boy, did they accomplish that with the 74th pick. Some were pegging Baun to be gone by the end of Day 1, so to draft the Wisconsin product in round three screams out value.

Sean Payton can throw Zack into a number of different formations due to his extreme versatility. Baun’s 19.5 tackles for loss (12.5 sacks) last season in Madison portray his abilities as an edge rusher, but he’s also got the skill set to drop back in coverage and handle tight ends and running backs.

Mickey Loomis might have found one of the missing pieces to the puzzle in New Orleans.

Logan Wilson, LB, Cincinnati Bengals (65th Overall)

Drafting Joe Burrow first overall was the right thing to do, and Tee Higgins at #33 was a great pick. Nevertheless, Cincy should be equally excited about what Duke Tobin did with the first pick in the third round.

Logan Wilson went to Wyoming, and the general public has no idea who is he is, so he won’t receive the attention that linebackers from LSU or Alabama would. However, that won’t stop Wilson from quickly emerging as an every-down player for the Bengals defense.

In terms of entering the league with proven production, know that Logan accumulated more than 400 tackles during his four years in Laramie.  

Clyde Edwards-Helaire, RB, Kansas City Chiefs (32nd Overall)

From the moment Brett Veach and Andy Reid locked in on Clyde Edwards-Helaire’s tape, it was obvious they coveted his services. CEH will split work with Damien Williams and provide yet another weapon for Patrick Mahomes to have at his disposal.

Thanks to his explosivity and his presumed role in the offense, Clyde is sitting right behind Joe Burrow at the leading NFL sportsbooks when it comes to betting on the OROY.

1,414 rushing yards and a 6.6 YPC as a junior in Baton Rouge highlights CEH’s skills as a runner, but his 55 receptions showcase his propensity for excelling in the passing game.

Other Great Picks in the 2020 NFL Draft

Feel free to have a peek at some of the worst picks in the 2020 NFL Draft, but I’m more of the optimist.

I revealed just 6 of the best picks from the 2020 NFL Draft, which means leaving some obvious names out. For example, the Broncos were stoked to land Jerry Jeudy at #15, while CeeDee Lamb fell right into Jerry Jones’ lap at #17. The Ravens crushed all weekend long with picks like Patrick Queen (#28) and J.K. Dobbins (#55), plus Devin Duvernay (#92) looks like one of biggest steals in the draft.

Michael Wynn
Michael Wynn

As a former Division I collegiate golfer, Michael Wynn loves writing about golf. He's also an expert in most of America's most popular sports, writing extensively for GamblingSites.com on football, basketball, and baseball.

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