With the NFL Draft wrapped up and in the rear-view mirror, it’s time to look at the teams who did the best and nailed their draft class. Truthfully, we won’t know how these draft classes will go at least for another three years, but it’s always interesting to look and see which team got the best value early. So, let’s look at the three winners of the 2020 NFL Draft.
Through two offseasons, Eric DeCosta may already be the best general manager in the entire NFL. You can tell the amount of knowledge he learned from former general manager Ozzie Newsome has paid off so far. In rounds one and two, Baltimore let the draft come to them and they played best player available so well. Drafting LSU inside linebacker Patrick Queen and Ohio State running back J.K. Dobbins. The team helped the interior of the defensive line by getting Texas A&M’s Justin Madubuike in the third round, along with getting linebacker Malik Harrison out of Ohio State and Texas Longhorns wide receiver Devin Duvernay. Baltimore is one of the best in the draft, and they continued it here.
New York Jets
The Jets hired Joe Douglas for the NFL Draft. While this was his first draft as a general manager, Douglas has been doing this work for years with Baltimore, the Philadelphia Eagles, and Chicago Bears. He went to work quickly by drafting offensive tackle Mekhi Beckton out of Louisville. The Jets first offensive lineman they’ve drafted in the first round since 2006. Day two, he drafts Baylor wide receiver Denzel Mims. Right off the bat, you know what Douglas’s objective is; Help Sam Darnold. Later, he selected Jabari Zuniga and La’Mical Perine out of the University of Florida. Douglas has a plan for the Jets, and this draft shows that plan.
While the team didn’t have a first-round pick, they more than made up for it by using that pick to trade for DeForest Buckner, and they had a real solid draft overall. With their first pick which came in the second-round, they stole USC wide receiver Michael Pittman Jr., and later in the second-round they drafted Wisconsin running back Jonathan Taylor, who was a perennial Heisman candidate. The Colts drafted for the present and their future with those two picks, but then they drafted permanently for their future by selecting Jacob Eason out of the University of Washington. Eason can sit and learn for a year or two as veteran Philip Rivers is the team’s starter for the time being. The Colts started off hot but struggled down the stretch last year. This draft could help them be the team they were at the beginning of 2019 and compete for the playoffs, especially if Rivers is back to his old self.