*Disclaimer: These are opinions based on film study as well as analysis by other credible entities i,e espn and nfl websites. These are no shots at you or your team. If you disagree you can put you comments in the comments section. These are also in no particular order.
As the 2020 NFL draft has come and went, teams were looking at improving their talent and hoping that their new pieces could help form a winning team. That being said some teams may have reached or over valued players that would have fallen to another round or these teams could have traded down to draft these player. Here are some of what I think are the biggest reaches and worst picks of the 2020 NFL draft.
- Jordyn Brooks: Outside Linebacker: Seattle Seahawks
Raw… is a big thing that comes up with Jordyn Brooks. He shows the potential to be a solid NFL linebacker. He was drafted 28th overall. As a first round draft pick, teams should not be drafting players that need polishing and improvement. The Seahawks could have waited or traded back to still get Brooks. He shows flashes of talent and potential, however this is not consistent. He does a good job of going downhill against the run to fill gaps and make plays. However, if a blocker gets into his chest it is difficult for him to shed and make the play. He has NFL size, speed, and vision to sniff out runs. He is a consistent tackler with good production in all four years of college. On occasion he over commits to a gap and runs himself out of the play. Even when he makes the right read he gets blocked out of the lane. To remedy this he needs to hit gaps harder to force ball carriers outside. He also needs to work on his hands to get off blocks and to prevent lineman from getting to his chest. Overall, Brooks has solid size, speed, and vision however to live up to his potential he needs to work heavily on block shedding and coverage to be a regular in the league.
- Noah Igbinoghene: Nickel Corner: Miami Dolphins
As a very raw player that is backing up the newly signed and extended Byron Jones and Xavien Howard respectively. The Dolphins have a lot of other holes in their roster that they could have filled with this pick as well as the reach pick of Austin Jackson. Now, Igbinoghene is not a bad player, but spending a first round pick on a player that will play all of his snaps at nickel corner to get the most value out of this pick is not smart. Unless the Dolphins run a nickel defense with 5 defensive backs on the field at all times. (Why? You would typically run nickel defense on passing downs) That being said, watching Igbinoghene on tape is exciting and worrying. He plays very physical with no finesse. He is surprisingly average at recognizing routes even as a converted receiver. He will get flagged a lot in the pros if he does not look back for the ball on deep routes. He is also very raw with only two years of experience under his belt. This can explain his slow processing, poor technique, limited eye balance between the quarterback and receiver, and is below average at staying with receivers. To translate into a good corner he needs a good corner coach to teach him the technicalities of the game. Once developed he could be very good. But the dolphins do not need a first round corner. They need a linebacker, safety (with the departure of Minkah Fitzpatrick), and a solid offensive lineman. All in all this does not appear to be a smart pick by the dolphins.
- AJ Terrell: Cornerback: Atlanta Falcon
AJ Terrell played cornerback at Clemson and showed promise as a solid corner. However, he got beat often and badly by Ja’marr Chase in the National Championship game. Clemson and Falcons fans may argue that Terrell was facing one of if not the best wide receivers in college football. That may be true, however the competition that he will face in the league will be players as good or better than Chase. Looking through tape as well as other breakdowns Terrell shows talent in shadowing receivers, disrupting routes and timing, patience in route reading, he plays fluidly to blanket receivers, as well as showing his bounce in contesting 50/50 balls with his long arms and good body control. He is thin and can get moved around by stronger more physical receivers. He takes a little too long to breakdown and stay with the receiver on comebacks routes. Occasionally plays to make the tackle and not breakup the pass. He shows average recovery speed and weak run support as he gets iffy leverage and is mostly an arm tackler. He can get grabby when unsure which may draw flags in the league. Overall, his biggest concern is how he handles top NFL receivers as the Falcons new #1 corner. He has the tools but needs to fill out, buff out some technical flaws, and play more aggressive to breakup passes.
- Austin Jackson: Offensive Tackle: Miami Dolphins
Again Jackson is a very raw player coming out of USC. He will most likely sit his first season as he works on his technique and learns from professional tackles. With a talent like Tua who has struggled with injuries in the past makes the Dolphins gamble on a player who they are not going to get an immediate benefit from is questionable. Jackson does possess incredible athletic ability which is most likely why he was picked. He almost certainly would have been available in later rounds with the Dolphins trading back to get him. Or the organization could have picked Ezra Cleveland or Matthew Peart who were available in later rounds. On tape the lack of technical skill is evident, his hands are not great. He can be late to punch and and get his hands chopped, he misplaces his hands which reduces power and gets him on his toes. his feet are quick and explosive to react to different rushes, however they can be inconsistent and jumpy. Overall Jackson is a very athletic tackle with incredible upside. But he needs the Dolphins to let him develop all of the technical skills to be a cornerstone offensive lineman.
- Damon Arnette: Cornerback: Oakland Raiders
A concerning question for Damon Arnette is how well can he handle top tier wide receivers. Playing for Ohio State last season he was arguably the third best corner on the team behind Jeff Okudah and Shaun Wade. Looking through tape it is clear that he is much better off as a press man corner. (Likely why the Raiders drafted him) He has a strong upper body with a strong jab to stall the receiver and throw off the timing that they have with the quarterback. He will open his hips too early on occasion which allows the receiver to gain easy separation. Can be slow to break on routes and does not have the top end speed to close out on passes as well as keep up with speedy receivers down field. He is a good willing tackler but on occasion takes bad angles to ball carriers. Like Igbinoghene and Brooks Arnette is by no means a bad player just a bit of a reach. Based on the other talent available the Raiders could have A.) traded back and still gotten Arnette or another corner, or B.) Drafted another player that fills a need. (i.e Jalen Reagor, Justin Jefferson, Kenneth Murray, or Patrick Queen) Overall, Arnette was a big reach for 19th overall. To be seen as a valuable pick he needs to have disciplined hips, strong close outs, and emotional control on the field.
These players are by no means going to be bad players in the NFL. This article just looks at the flaws that they have and the potentially better choices the organizations who drafted them could have made to avoid dealing with these flaws and having a better team and better player because of it. These players are deemed reaches and poor value picks because in the 2020 draft class because the positions that they play are loaded with talent. These players could develop into solid starters and beyond. I wish them the best and hope that they shut me up and prove me wrong.
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