The 2020 NFL Draft is complete, and the first all-virtual draft has to be considered a success. Hopefully next year we’ll see ESPN tone down the sad stories just a tad or two or eight. You’ve all been closely following the Seattle Seahawks’ draft day decisions, but let’s have a look around the rest of the NFC West.
Kyle Shanahan’s San Francisco 49ers didn’t have many picks but they were active in the draft. They traded running back Matt Breida to the Miami Dolphins for a fifth-round pick, gave up a fifth-round pick as part of their trade for Washington left tackle Trent Williams, and swapped sixth-rounder picks with the Philadelphia Eagles after trading away wide receiver Marquise Goodwin. John Lynch went defense early, taking defensive tackle Javon Kinlaw out of South Carolina. Needing wide receivers, the 49ers took Brandon Aiyuk in round one and Jauan Jennings in the final round.
The Arizona Cardinals may be a trendy pick to at least make a push for a playoff spot, and they certainly received plenty of praise for their draft haul. Do-it-all defensive star Isaiah Simmons was taken 8th overall, and they landed Houston tackle Josh Jones in the third round. A sleeper pick worth watching is Arizona State RB Eno Benjamin, who was Kliff Kingsbury’s final draft selection.
Lastly, the Los Angeles Rams didn’t have a first-round pick thanks to the Jalen Ramsey trade, so when they did finally make a pick... they went with a running back? Yes, Florida State’s Cam Akers was chosen at #52, presumably to replace Todd Gurley. Five spots later, they snagged Florida wide receiver Van Jefferson. In the third round, Les Snead drafted a pair of Terrells: Alabama pass rusher Terrell Lewis and Utah defensive back Terrell Burgess. With no more Legatron to kick for them, they drafted kicker Sam Sloman in the seventh round.
Here are the complete draft classes for the entire NFC West.
Round 1: Jordyn Brooks, LB, Texas Tech
Round 2: Darrell Taylor, DE, Tennessee
Round 3: Damien Lewis, G, LSU
Round 4: Colby Parkinson, TE, Stanford
Round 4: DeeJay Dallas, RB, Miami
Round 5: Alton Robinson, DE, Syracuse
Round 6: Freddie Swain, WR, Florida
Round 7: Stephen Sullivan, TE, LSU
San Francisco 49ers
Round 1: Javon Kinlaw, DT, South Carolina
Round 1: Brandon Aiyuk, WR, Arizona State
Round 5: Colton McKivitz, T, West Virginia
Round 6: Charlie Woerner, TE, Georgia
Round 7: Jauan Jennings, WR, Tennessee
Round 1: Isaiah Simmons, LB, Clemson
Round 3: Josh Jones, T, Houston
Round 4: Leki Fotu, NT, Utah
Round 4: Rashard Lawrence, DT, LSU
Round 6: Evan Weaver, LB, California
Round 7: Eno Benjamin, RB, Arizona State
Los Angeles Rams
Round 2: Cam Akers, RB, Florida State
Round 2: Van Jefferson, WR, Florida
Round 3: Terrell Lewis, LB, Alabama
Round 3: Terrell Burgess, S, Utah
Round 4: Brycen Hopkins, TE, Purdue
Round 6: Jordan Fuller, S, Ohio State
Round 7: Clay Johnston, LB, Baylor
Round 7: Sam Sloman, K, Miami (OH)
Round 7: Tremayne Anchrum, G, Clemson
Which team had the best draft?
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