Which NFL Teams Had the Best Drafts in 2020?

By Michael Wynn in NFL
| April 28, 2020 3:21 am PDT
5 Biggest Winners From the 2020 NFL Draft

Did your favorite team draft the players you were hoping for?

Surely if you root for Baltimore or Tampa Bay, you’re sitting on cloud nine because of what transpired. On the flip side, fans in Green Bay and Houston are still searching for answers. 

Noah Davis spent some time analyzing the biggest losers from the 2020 NFL Draft, which means it’s time to focus on the bright side.

Allow me to reveal the 5 biggest winners from the 2020 NFL Draft.

Baltimore Ravens

The rich just get richer. After a 14-2 regular-season campaign in 2019, Baltimore’s goal heading into this year’s draft was to continue adding pieces that will boost the club right away. Specifically, more playmakers on offense to surround Lamar Jackson and strength in the middle of the defense.

After assessing the Ravens’ first five picks (shown below), it’s obvious why John Harbaugh was so elated.

  • Patrick Queen, ILB
  • J.K. Dobbins, RB
  • Justin Madubuike, DT
  • Devin Duvernay, WR
  • Malik Harrison, ILB

All five of these guys will factor in right away, plus Tyre Phillips (OT) and Ben Bredeson (OG) add much-needed depth to the offensive line. Just how intelligently did Eric DeCosta draft this time around?

Well, Mel Kiper graded all 32 teams’ execution in the 2002 NFL Draft, and Baltimore received the only “A.”

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Signing Tom Brady and acquiring Rob Gronkowski was already more than enough to get the Buccaneers fan base riled up. What Jason Licht did in the draft is the cherry on top.

Drafting Tristan Wirfs at #13 was a dream come true, and Antoine Winfield Jr. is a versatile safety who will shore up the back end of the defense. Frankly, things couldn’t have worked out better for the Bucs with their first two picks.

Moving on, Ke’Shawn Vaughn is a bulldozer of a running back who has breakout potential. Tyler Johnson (WR) is one of my favorite NFL Draft sleepers who could dominate at the next level.

Need I say any more, or do you understand why the Buccs are on the shortlist of Super Bowl 55 favorites?

Minnesota Vikings

Philly passing on Justin Jefferson allowed the highly productive wideout from LSU to fall right into Rick Spielman’s lap at #22. Justin Jefferson is extremely well-rounded and should step in right away as a major asset for Kirk Cousins and the passing attack.

Minnesota needed to make up for the losses of Xavier Rhodes and Trae Waynes, and they did exactly that by plucking Jeff Gladney and Cameron Dantzler on Day 2.

Speaking of an efficient second day, the Vikings nabbed Ezra Cleveland at #58, which I believe was one of the best picks in the 2020 NFL Draft.

Thanks to all of the strings that Spielman and his staff were able to pull, the roster in Minnesota is built to make a run at the Super Bowl.

Cincinnati Bengals

You get your franchise quarterback in Joe Burrow, an Ohio native who is ready to take the city of Cincinnati by storm. Tee Higgins is an electric weapon who has already been compared to a young A.J. Green, and people are going to be surprised by how good Logan Wilson is.

All in all, the Bengals should be pretty stoked with what their team was able to achieve with their first three picks.

Scooping up Akeem Davis-Gaither in the fourth and Khalid Kareem in the fifth gives Zac Taylor two motivated edge rushers who will battle for significant playing time. At the very least, they’ll evolve into situational pass rushers and stalwarts on the special team unit.

Remember, if things pan out, Burrow to Higgins is a big-time connection that could last for the next 10-12 years.

Dallas Cowboys

I wish I could have seen the smile on Jerry Jones’ face when he realized CeeDee Lamb was available at #17. Dak Prescott was already in good hands with Amari Cooper and Michael Gallup strapped into their saddles, and many people thought Lamb was the top wide receiver in this entire class.

With the offense in good hands, the attention shifted to the other side of the ball. And boy, did Jones do an excellent job fulfilling the voids.

Alabama’s Trevon Diggs happened to be sitting there at #51 when Dallas was making their second selection, which should help curb the loss of Byron Jones. Dallas also grabbed hold of Reggie Robinson II in the fourth round — a gifted CB from Tulsa who has the size and speed to be a force.

Lamb’s teammate at Oklahoma, Neville Gallimore, is a big-bodied defensive tackle who will rotate in with Gerald McCoy and Dontari Poe. Tyler Biadasz could quickly develop into the team’s starting center thanks to the way he can anchor an offensive line.

I spoke to several Cowboys fans following this draft, and all of them seem pretty amped up.

The NFL Draft’s Biggest Winners in 2020

Not every team walked away feeling good about the 2020 NFL Draft. With that being said, the five organizations highlighted on this page are smiling for good reason.

Those of you still hungry for more post-draft coverage, this blog showcasing the top steal from every team in the draft should be right in your wheelhouse.

Otherwise, there are all sorts of futures you can start locking in at the top NFL sportsbooks.



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