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Jordan Love and the Worst Picks in the 2020 NFL Draft

| April 27, 2020 9:40 am PDT
Jordan Love and Worst Picks 2020 NFL Draft

It is impossible to know how things play out in the NFL Draft just days after it ends. Scouts and draftniks all agree who the elite prospects are, and everyone assumes NFL teams know what needs they should be addressing.

When those things don’t align, there are some very questionable draft choices.

Do fans and so-called experts know better than executives running 32 NFL franchises? Certainly not always, but there are obvious situations where there appear to be egregious reaches or picks that simply don’t make any sense.

Are GMs getting too cute, or are naysayers going to look silly in the end? We can’t know yet, but we certainly can chastise them for what look to be the worst picks from the 2020 NFL Draft.

Jordan Love, QB, Green Bay Packers (26th Overall)

I don’t know what to think of this move, but I’ll admit that Love has a lively arm, and Aaron Rodgers (37 in December) isn’t getting any younger.

The real issue here is the fact that the Packers went 13-3 and made the NFC title game last year. You needn’t look far for viable reasons why the Packers can win Super Bowl 55, so not using their first-round pick to give their roster a boost was surprising.

The move could also rub Aaron Rodgers the wrong way, while Green Bay traded away their 4th-round pick to move up when they arguably didn’t have to.

Andrew Thomas, OT, New York Giants (4th Overall)

I don’t think Thomas is a bad prospect in the least. For the second year in a row, though, it feels like Dave Gettleman and the Giants reached.

Daniel Jones could still be their answer under center (arguable reach last year), and Thomas is a very balanced offensive tackle. But this was the first offensive line prospect taken in an insanely deep draft for the position.

If Thomas isn’t elite and/or guys like Tristan Wirfs, Jedrick Wills, and Mekhi Becton end up being far better, this pick will live in infamy.

A.J. Terrell, CB, Atlanta Falcons (16th Overall)

The 2020 NFL Draft either went as expected early on, or a lot of the picks were rock solid. It started getting weird again at 16th overall when Atlanta reached for A.J. Terrell.

Most had Terrell as a likely first-round pick, and adding him does address a clear need at cornerback. However, Terrell wasn’t necessarily graded as the third-best cornerback in this draft.

That, and the Falcons could have used a stud pass rusher, as well as help at safety or linebacker. Terrell isn’t a terrible pick in a vacuum, but with the 16th overall pick, he feels like a mild reach.

Dalton Keene, TE, New England Patriots (101st Overall)

The Patriots had one of the worst 2020 NFL drafts by the numbers, and reaching for Keene here in round three was one reason why.

This was actually their second tight end picked in round three, while viable quarterback prospects were still on the board. Heck, superior tight ends in Adam Trautman, Harrison Bryant, and Albert Okwuegbunam were even there for the taking.

Damon Arnette, CB, Las Vegas Raiders (19th Overall)

Arnette went three picks after Terrell and was an even bigger reach. While a highly skilled cover man, the timed speed for Arnette was not encouraging, and just about everyone had him pegged as a day two prospect.

Again, that doesn’t mean he’ll be a bad player or that the Raiders truly made a bad selection. But in terms of value, this didn’t make a whole lot of sense.

It’s even more troubling when seemingly superior cornerbacks like Jeff Gladney and Trevon Diggs were still on the board.

Jalen Hurts, QB, Philadelphia Eagles (53rd Overall)

The Eagles view Hurts as a Taysom Hill-type offensive weapon. For that reason alone, this pick of Jalen Hurts in round two is certainly creative.

And given Carson Wentz’s past injury history, adding a viable backup and potential long-term quarterback replacement isn’t a terrible idea.

But doing this in round two feels a bit rash. Philadelphia has a good team around them, but they lack help at wide receiver and have serious issues in their secondary.

This was more of a luxury pick at a time when Philly could have upgraded other positions. In getting Hurts, they passed on top prospects like A.J. Epenesa, Ezra Cleveland, Denzel Mims, Jeremy Chinn, and Kristian Fulton.

Josiah Deguara, TE, Green Bay Packers (94th Overall)

I don’t despise this pick given what the Packers are clearly trying to do (run the football much more), but this guy was not a third-round talent.

The Packers forced their own hand by trading away their fourth-round pick. Deguara is a monster blocker and a versatile receiver, but he probably was a fourth- or fifth-round prospect.

Green Bay reached here, even if they got a guy they really wanted that should fit nicely into their new offense.

Summary

If you’re on the right side of assessing poor draft classes, it can help when you bet on football. It honestly works both ways, but even the best draft picks don’t necessarily alter the course of a team’s Super Bowl hopes.

Look at the Kansas City Chiefs last year. They had a good draft, but which draft choices were the difference in their title run? None, really.

You certainly can delay progression with bad picks and/or a poor overall draft, however. If you think the above are reaches or simply some of the worst picks in the 2020 NFL Draft, perhaps it’ll impact how you bet on the aforementioned teams, as well.

Either way, be sure to stay on top of all the top betting markets, track the latest odds, and consider our 2020 NFL predictions over at our NFL betting HQ.

Noah Davis
Noah Davis

Noah Davis is one of the more diverse writers at GamblingSites.com. Like many of his colleagues, he's a huge fan of both football and basketball. But he also writes about box office records, TV show prop bets, DFS, and all kinds of other subjects.

When it comes to the NFL, Noah's favorite team is the Cleveland Browns. He enjoys cheering them on with his wife and daughter.

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