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NFL Draft 2020 Day 1 results: Seahawks stay at 27, surprisingly take Texas Tech’s Jordyn Brooks

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The 2020 NFL Draft, conducted exclusively through virtual means, went off without any noticeable hitches. In a rare move, the Seattle Seahawks did not trade down from their original spot, instead staying put at 27th overall.

Like you, I was stunned to see “THE PICK IS IN...” on the television. I thought I was being punked.

Then the Seahawks took a player universally projected for Day 2... now THAT is something we’re well accustomed to seeing under John Schneider and Pete Carroll.

Full 2020 NFL Draft - Day 1 Results

Texas Tech inside linebacker Jordyn Brooks was a surprise choice even by our own standards of being surprised by Seahawks early draft picks. The 2019 Second-Team All-American and 2019 First-Team All-Big XII selection has been praised for his instincts, tackling skills, and his ability to stop the run. His main weakness? Pass coverage. Not exactly something you want to hear, but let’s not declare failure of him as a player just yet. With that said, this is a particularly odd selection by the Seahawks when they had much more pressing needs. If Brooks is “the next Bobby Wagner,” one can only wonder what that means for current Bobby Wagner.

Meanwhile, the San Francisco 49ers traded down and traded up in the opening round. John Lynch moved down one spot and took Javon Kinlaw at 14, then traded up from 31st to 25th and got dangerous Arizona State wide receiver Brandon Aiyuk. By trading up, the 49ers don’t have another pick until the fifth round. As for the Arizona Cardinals, they took do-it-all Clemson defensive star Isaiah Simmons at 8th overall. The Los Angeles Rams did not have a first-round pick.

The draft resumes on Friday at 7 PM ET/4 PM PT on ESPN, ESPN2, and NFL Network.

Round 1 results

  1. Cincinnati Bengals - Joe Burrow, QB, LSU
  2. Washington - Chase Young, EDGE, Ohio State
  3. Detroit Lions - Jeff Okudah, CB, Ohio State
  4. New York Giants - Andrew Thomas, OL, Georgia
  5. Miami Dolphins - Tua Tagovailoa, QB, Alabama
  6. Los Angeles Chargers - Justin Herbert, QB, Oregon
  7. Carolina Panthers - Derrick Brown, DT, Auburn
  8. Arizona Cardinals - Isaiah Simmons, OLB, Clemson
  9. Jacksonville Jaguars - CJ Henderson, CB, Florida
  10. Cleveland Browns - Jedrick Wills Jr, OL, Alabama
  11. New York Jets - Mekhi Becton, OL, Louisville
  12. Las Vegas Raiders - Henry Ruggs III, WR, Alabama
  13. Tampa Bay Buccaneers - Tristan Wirfs, OL, Iowa
  14. San Francisco 49ers - Javon Kinlaw, DT, South Carolina
  15. Denver Broncos - Jerry Jeudy, WR, Alabama
  16. Atlanta Falcons - A.J. Terrell, CB, Clemson
  17. Dallas Cowboys - CeeDee Lamb, WR, Oklahoma
  18. Miami Dolphins - Austin Jackson, OL, USC
  19. Las Vegas Raiders - Damon Arnette, CB, Ohio State
  20. Jacksonville Jaguars - K’Lavon Chiasson, LB, LSU
  21. Philadelphia Eagles - Jalen Reagor, WR, TCU
  22. Minnesota Vikings (from Buffalo Bills) - Justin Jefferson, WR, LSU
  23. Los Angeles Chargers - Kenneth Murray, LB, Oklahoma
  24. New Orleans Saints - Cesar Ruiz, C, Michigan
  25. San Francisco 49ers - Brandon Aiyuk, WR, Arizona State
  26. Green Bay Packers - Jordan Love, QB, Utah State
  27. Seattle Seahawks - Jordyn Brooks, LB, Texas Tech
  28. Baltimore Ravens - Patrick Queen, LB, LSU
  29. Tennessee Titans - Isaiah Wilson, OL, Georgia
  30. Miami Dolphins - Noah Igbinoghene, CB, Auburn
  31. Minnesota Vikings - Jeff Gladney, CB, TCU
  32. Kansas City Chiefs (beat the 49ers in the Super Bowl) - Clyde Edwards-Helaire, RB, LSU

Seahawks Remaining Draft Picks

Round 2: 59th overall

Round 2: 64th overall

Round 3: 101st overall

Round 4: 133rd overall

Round 4: 144th overall

Round 6: 214th overall