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2020 NFL draft: Pros and cons for every first-round pick

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Joe Burrow reacts after being the first pick of the 2020 NFL draft by the Bengals. (1:56)

The 2020 NFL draft is one round down, and we have the pros and cons for each of the 32 first-round picks. The Cincinnati Bengals kicked off Thursday's draft by selecting LSU quarterback Joe Burrow, who won a national championship with the Tigers in January, with the No. 1 overall selection.

We will continue to track all 255 picks for Rounds 1-7, and you also can see all of the best available draft prospects. Check out ESPN draft expert Mel Kiper Jr.'s recap of Round 1, including a run on quarterbacks in the first six picks.

The draft continues with Rounds 2-3 on Friday (7 p.m. ET) and Rounds 4-7 on Saturday (noon ET). It will be broadcast on ABC, ESPN, the ESPN App and NFL Network.

How does your team's first-round selection fit his team? Our NFL Nation reporters break it down:


1. Cincinnati Bengals

Joe Burrow, QB, LSU | Highlights

Why they picked him: The Bengals were in the market for their next cornerstone quarterback and have that in Burrow. His biggest attributes are what the Bengals are seeking at the position: pre-snap decision-making, timing and accuracy (76.3%). He can extend plays and is effective outside of the pocket. Burrow also thrives when the protection collapses. His 82.6 QBR when pressured led all qualifying FBS quarterbacks in 2019 by a wide margin. Cincinnati has its successor to Andy Dalton after a nine-year run. In 2019, the Bengals were 28th in the league in yards per play and 29th in points per drive. Those numbers should improve under Burrow, who threw for 5,671 yards and 60 touchdowns last season, leading LSU to a 15-0 record.

Biggest question: Does Burrow have the arm strength to succeed in the NFL? The Bengals had some questions about that when watching the early part of Burrow's 2019 tape. But Burrow completed 56.4% of his passes of 20 air yards or more, according to ESPN Stats & Information research, the second highest among qualifying FBS quarterbacks. -- Ben Baby


2. Washington Redskins

Chase Young, DE, Ohio State | Highlights

Why they picked him: Young is considered a high-impact player who can affect all three levels of the defense. Young, who had 16.5 sacks in 2019 and 30.5 in his career at Ohio State, provides Washington with something it hasn't had in a long time on defense: elite potential. Under coach Ron Rivera, Washington has a chance to build a strong defense. The Redskins already have four first-round picks up front (Jonathan Allen, Daron Payne, Montez Sweat, Ryan Kerrigan), and an edge rusher such as Young will provide a tremendous luxury -- especially on third downs. Last season, Washington ranked 21st in sacks per pass attempt on third down and was last in conversion percentage. The Redskins love Young's pass-rush instincts and that he takes no false steps, allowing him to maximize his burst off the line. Their scouting report says he uses his hands and feet well, displaying efficient movement.

Biggest question: What jersey number will he wear? There aren't many questions aside from whether he can live up to the pre-draft hype and become this year's "generational player." How long will it take to make an impact? While some fans wondered why he had no sacks in his final three games as a Buckeye, the Redskins were not worried. One member of the organization said he watched film of those games because of those questions, saw Young still making an impact and said of skeptics: "OK, cool." The Redskins still have questions in the secondary, and it's safe to wonder how much the front seven can clean up in one season. -- John Keim


3. Detroit Lions

Jeff Okudah, CB, Ohio State | Highlights

Why they picked him: Cornerback is Detroit's biggest need after the trade of Darius Slay to Philadelphia. Though the Lions signed CB Desmond Trufant in free agency and feel good about the long-term prospects of Amani Oruwariye, Okudah has the potential to be a shutdown corner sooner than later. He can be a man-press corner, which fits coach Matt Patricia's defense. Okudah also has good speed (4.48 seconds in the 40-yard dash at the scouting combine, 12th among all corners) and closing ability to stay with almost any receiver. He's as ready to play right away as any corner in the draft, and at a position where rookies usually struggle.

Biggest question: While he's in a better position than most corners coming into the league, it will still be an adjustment. Without offseason workouts against wide receivers Kenny Golladay and Marvin Jones Jr., it could be a situation in which Okudah will be learning on the fly throughout portions of the season. Considering the receivers he might be asked to cover (Davante Adams in Green Bay and Adam Thielen in Minnesota) and the quarterbacks he probably will face (Tom Brady, Philip Rivers, Aaron Rodgers, Deshaun Watson and Drew Brees are all on the schedule), he could have some rough moments as he figures out the pro game. -- Michael Rothstein


4. New York Giants

Andrew Thomas, OT, Georgia | Highlights

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The New York Giants take OT Andrew Thomas from Georgia fourth in the 2020 NFL draft.

Why they picked him: The Giants needed to protect their investments in quarterback Daniel Jones and running back Saquon Barkley. As general manager Dave Gettleman said recently, "It's very, very difficult for Saquon to run the ball if he doesn't have holes. It's going to be difficult for Daniel to throw the ball when he's on his back." It was imperative that Gettleman fix the offensive line this offseason. It was his top priority upon taking the job two years ago, and there had not been much progress. The hope is that Thomas, considered a safe bet with upside, can protect Jones' blind side for much of the next decade. He can start at right tackle if the Giants so desire and eventually move over to left tackle. Thomas is also an ideal fit in what offensive coordinator Jason Garrett wants to do with getting his linemen on the move and to the second level.

Biggest question: Was Thomas the best tackle available? Personnel evaluators were all over the board with the top four tackles, and the Giants had their pick at No. 4. They deemed Thomas to be the top overall option, despite a critique from one offensive line coach that he was "not an ass-kicker." His 21 bench-press reps at the combine only solidified that assessment. It was a pedestrian number for a lineman. Still, the Giants had him as their top tackle, but he did finish last among the top four tackles (although not by much) in an ESPN poll of 11 evaluators. -- Jordan Raanan


5. Miami Dolphins

Tua Tagovailoa, QB, Alabama | Highlights

Why they picked him: The Dolphins haven't had a Pro Bowl quarterback in 24 years (Dan Marino), and they desperately need Tagovailoa to lead their rebuild. With Burrow off the board at No. 1, the Dolphins took a swing at the most efficient quarterback in college football history. Tagovailoa has the accuracy, leadership qualities, anticipation and "it factor" -- all things that Dolphins general manager Chris Grier and coach Brian Flores prioritized in their quarterback search. Tagovailoa has the charisma and talent to lead the Dolphins back to relevance in the AFC.

Biggest question: Will Tagovailoa stay healthy in the NFL after an injury-filled college career? He might have challenged for the No. 1 overall pick without the health issues and durability questions. But Tagovailoa has suffered multiple injuries, including a dislocated right hip and posterior wall fracture in November that he has been rehabbing throughout the winter and spring. Tagovailoa's doctors say he will be 100% by the start of training camp, but the bigger question is how long he can last in the NFL. -- Cameron Wolfe


6. Los Angeles Chargers

Justin Herbert, QB, Oregon | Highlights

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Why they picked him: The Chargers needed a quarterback after Philip Rivers departed in free agency after 16 seasons. After the Dolphins selected Alabama quarterback Tua Tagovailoa with the No. 5 pick, it became almost certain the Chargers would take Herbert at No. 6. A proven winner at Oregon, Herbert has great arm strength and is agile outside of the pocket. From the 2018 to 2019 season, Herbert had the sixth-highest increase in completion percentage, jumping from 59% to 67%. He joins an offense that has established playmakers in receivers Keenan Allen and Mike Williams, as well as tight end Hunter Henry.

Biggest question: Can Herbert start as a rookie? He struggled in his final four regular-season games at Oregon, throwing four interceptions. It's uncertain if he will be able to immediately adapt to the speed of the NFL, particularly when it comes to making fast decisions and getting rid of the football. The Chargers could start veteran Tyrod Taylor until Herbert is ready to take over. -- Lindsey Thiry


7. Carolina Panthers

Derrick Brown, DT, Auburn | Highlights

Why they picked him: Carolina has only two defensive tackles -- Kawann Short and Woodrow Hamilton -- on the roster, so no position has a bigger need. Put Brown and his run-stopping ability next to Pro Bowler Short and his pass-rushing ability, and the middle of the defense will be as stout as any in the NFL. Opponents literally ran away from Brown's side at Auburn.

Biggest question: Brown didn't have a great showing at the combine, and his inside push on the pass rush needs improving. He gets by on sheer power and size. This is nitpicking, though, because there is no better run-stopper in the draft. -- David Newton


8. Arizona Cardinals

Isaiah Simmons, OLB, Clemson | Highlights

Why they picked him: This was about as much of a no-brainer as there'll be in this year's draft. Simmons is widely considered the best defensive prospect and he fell to the Cardinals for no other reason than other teams had needs elsewhere, most of which were on offense. He's the ideal complement for pass-rusher Chandler Jones and helps the Cardinals take a major step in their defensive rebuild.

Biggest question: Whose spot is he going to take? The Cardinals spent free agency rebuilding the front seven of the defense. Simmons continues that, but whose snaps will he take? He can compete with Devon Kennard at outside linebacker or for one of the inside linebacker spots. -- Josh Weinfuss


9. Jacksonville Jaguars

CJ Henderson, CB, Florida | Highlights

Why they picked him: Cornerback is arguably the Jaguars' top need after they traded Jalen Ramsey and A.J. Bouye in the past seven months. The Jaguars signed Rashaan Melvin in free agency after failing to land Darqueze Dennard, but they needed to get better opposite Tre Herndon, who stepped into the starting role when Ramsey was traded last October. Henderson is regarded by some analysts as a better cover man than Jeff Okudah, the third overall pick by the Detroit Lions. The Jaguars have to play Deshaun Watson and Philip Rivers twice, plus here's a partial list of the other quarterbacks they will face this season: Ben Roethlisberger, Joe Burrow, Kirk Cousins, Aaron Rodgers, Baker Mayfield and Matthew Stafford. The Jaguars had to address this spot.

Biggest question: While Henderson has earned rave reviews for his coverage ability, there are questions about his willingness to help in run support and his consistency. He's still learning the position: He didn't start playing cornerback until his senior year of high school. Communication on the field was an issue at Florida, too, so that's something defensive coordinator Todd Wash is going to have to get him to improve, especially with what looks to be an unusual offseason. -- Michael DiRocco


10. Cleveland Browns

Jedrick Wills Jr., OT, Alabama | Highlights

Why they picked him: The Browns had to address pass protection after quarterback Baker Mayfield was sacked more often than any AFC quarterback per passing attempt last season. In Wills, Cleveland presumably gets its left tackle of the future to pair with Mayfield, who the Browns hope is still their franchise quarterback. Wills did play right tackle for Alabama, but that's in part because he was protecting the blind side of lefty passer Tua Tagovailoa. The additions of Wills and free-agent signee Jack Conklin have the potential to turn offensive tackle in Cleveland from a weakness to a strength.

Biggest question: New general manager Andrew Berry has said he believes that in the modern game there's essentially no difference between playing right and left tackle. Still, with Conklin signed long term to man the right side, Wills faces the challenge of making the adjustment of going to the left. -- Jake Trotter


11. New York Jets

Mekhi Becton, OT, Louisville | Highlights

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Was Mekhi Becton the right pick for the Jets?

Rich Cimini breaks down whether the Jets' selection of Mekhi Becton at 11 was the right choice.

Why they picked him: Somewhere in Southern California, quarterback Sam Darnold is smiling. Even though the Jets added four new linemen in free agency, they needed a long-term anchor to protect their most valuable investment. Becton is that guy. He is towering at 6-foot-7, 364 pounds, and he plays like a man who is 100 pounds lighter. His presence at left or right tackle will improve the running game. Running back Le'Veon Bell is happy too.

Biggest question: Becton's drug test at the scouting combine was flagged by the league. It won't affect his playing status, assuming it doesn't happen again, but it certainly raises questions about his decision-making. Was it a red flag or an isolated mistake? Some scouts also have expressed concern about his weight. -- Rich Cimini


12. Las Vegas Raiders

Henry Ruggs III, WR, Alabama | Highlights

Why they picked him: Speed. Pure, unadulterated speed. Because with all three of the consensus top three wideouts still on the board, the Raiders went with the fastest player at the scouting combine (a nod to the late team owner Al Davis, perhaps?) as Ruggs ran a 4.27-second 40-yard dash. Coach Jon Gruden realizes that to battle the Super Bowl champion Kansas City Chiefs in the AFC West, he needs a similar team, a fast one. And in Ruggs, he has a complement to Kansas City's Tyreek Hill. Gruden hopes.

Biggest question: Ruggs might not be as a polished a pass-catcher as either former Alabama teammate Jerry Jeudy or Oklahoma's CeeDee Lamb, so there will be a learning curve. And at 6 feet, 195 pounds, he will have to be more physical coming off press coverage at the line. Only five of 30 receivers taken in the first round over the previous 10 drafts had 1,000-yard receiving seasons as a rookie. Ruggs had a career-high 746 yards receiving last season, averaging 18.7 yards per catch. -- Paul Gutierrez


13. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (from the Indianapolis Colts via the San Francisco 49ers)

Tristan Wirfs, OT, Iowa | Highlights

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Was Tristan Wirfs the right pick for the Buccaneers?

Jenna Laine believes the Buccaneers made the right decision in trading up to select Tristan Wirfs with the 13th pick in the 2020 NFL draft.

Why they picked him: The Bucs have a soon-to-be 43-year-old quarterback, Tom Brady, and Wirfs will have a big role in protecting him. They did not re-sign longtime starting right tackle Demar Dotson this offseason, either. The Bucs' offensive line also gave up 47 sacks in 2019. Wirfs can step in right away and take over for Dotson. His skills are off the charts, clocking a 4.85-second 40 at 6-foot-3, 320 pounds at the NFL combine.

Biggest question: There aren't many with Wirfs. Sustaining blocks and improving in his vertical pass sets will be key for him to excel in coach Bruce Arians' passing attack. -- Jenna Laine


14. San Francisco 49ers (from the Tampa Bay Buccaneers)

Javon Kinlaw, DT, South Carolina | Highlights

Why they picked him: The 49ers traded DeForest Buckner to the Colts for the 13th pick and, after a small move down, used that pick to land his replacement. Niners coach Kyle Shanahan and general manager John Lynch have not been shy about putting resources into building a dominant defensive line. Lynch has talked often about "strengthening a strength," and their strength is the defensive line. Kinlaw will be asked to replace Buckner at the 3-technique spot. As a bonus, San Francisco will have Kinlaw under team control at a fraction of the cost of Buckner.

Biggest question: Kinlaw will cost far less, but will he produce anywhere near the level of Buckner? Not only was Buckner productive for the Niners, he also was durable. Buckner missed only one game in four seasons, playing the third-most snaps in the league among defensive linemen during that time. He recorded 28.5 sacks in the regular season. Kinlaw has dealt with knee tendinitis that kept him out of a full week at the Senior Bowl. The Niners will need instant impact from him to remain Super Bowl contenders, so being healthy and adapting quickly will be paramount. -- Nick Wagoner


15. Denver Broncos

Jerry Jeudy, WR, Alabama | Highlights

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Was Jerry Jeudy the right pick for the Broncos?

Jeff Legwold explains why the Broncos made the right call in taking Jerry Jeudy with the 15th pick in the 2020 NFL draft.

Why they picked him: There might have been no bigger need on the Broncos' depth chart, given Emmanuel Sanders didn't play for the team after October and still finished second among the team's wide receivers in catches with 30. Jeudy's route running, speed (4.45 in the 40-yard dash at the scouting combine) and body control make him a dangerous playmaker. He lined up more in the slot last season than any other spot in the formation, but he can play multiple spots at wideout in the Broncos' offense and should be a starter from Day 1.

Biggest question: Like many top-end college receivers, Jeudy hasn't been challenged very often at the line of scrimmage. That means the more physical cornerbacks in the NFL will force him to adjust and be a little more active in getting the defensive backs' hands off him. But his meticulous routes and elite speed will be a challenge for the defensive backs, as well. Also, he had a knee issue during his college career that some teams gave a long look at, but for many teams, he was still the top receiver available in the draft. -- Jeff Legwold


16. Atlanta Falcons

A.J. Terrell, CB, Clemson | Highlights

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Was A.J. Terrell the right pick for the Falcons?

Vaughn McClure explains whether the Falcons made the right decision by selecting A.J. Terrell with the 16th pick in the 2020 NFL draft.

Why they picked him: The Falcons needed a starting-caliber cornerback after releasing Pro Bowler Desmond Trufant. Terrell has the size (6-1, 195) and the speed (4.42 40-yard dash) to make a difference in a defensive backfield that yielded 9.5 yards per pass attempt to receivers last season, second worst in the NFL.

Biggest question: Terrell had some struggles down the field in coverage, which is the last thing the Falcons need while attempting to prevent big plays. ESPN's Mel Kiper Jr. pointed out how Terrell can be a little grabby at times, which is something he needs to iron out immediately. -- Vaughn McClure


17. Dallas Cowboys

CeeDee Lamb, WR, Oklahoma | Highlights

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Was CeeDee Lamb the right pick for the Cowboys?

Todd Archer weighs in on whether the Cowboys made the right choice in selecting CeeDee Lamb with the 17th pick in the 2020 NFL draft.

Why they picked him: The Cowboys could not have projected having the chance to select Lamb with this pick. In most projections, he was gone by No. 17 and the Cowboys' focus was on defense. But they answered the old question of best player available versus need, and they went with the best player available. With Amari Cooper, fresh off a $100 million contract signing, and Michael Gallup, the Cowboys have their top two receivers set; but they needed a third receiver to replace Randall Cobb, who left for Houston in free agency. Lamb can play different spots, and he was explosive with 32 touchdowns in 41 games at Oklahoma.

Biggest question: How does the defense get better with this pick? Well, that depends on if the offense is be able to put up plenty of points led by Dak Prescott, Ezekiel Elliott, Cooper, Gallup, Lamb, Blake Jarwin and a top offensive line. In 2014 and '16, the Cowboys employed opportunistic defenses that were helped by not being on the field often and opposing teams having to play from behind. This puts a lot on coordinator Mike Nolan to make it work, but the Cowboys will have to make defense their focus in Rounds 2-7. -- Todd Archer


18. Miami Dolphins

Austin Jackson, OT, USC | Highlights

Why they picked him: The Dolphins desperately needed offensive line help after giving up more sacks (58) than any other team last season and averaging the fewest rushing yards (72.3) in 2019. Jackson has some superior athletic ability and nimble feet, which should fill one tackle spot to protect Tua Tagovailoa.

Biggest question: When will Jackson be ready to be a consistent starter? He is a bit of a projection. He didn't play great against top talent such as Iowa's AJ Epenesa in 2019, and that might mean he isn't ready to take on a big role as a rookie. -- Cameron Wolfe


19. Las Vegas Raiders

Damon Arnette, CB, Ohio State | Highlights

Why they picked him: Need. Simply need. Because after the Eli Apple free-agent deal fell apart, the Raiders needed somebody to pair with last year's second-rounder, Trayvon Mullen. And unable to trade back, and afraid Arnette would be gone by the time they picked again at No. 80, the Raiders made the pick.

Biggest question: General manager Mike Mayock said the biggest mistake teams make is "reaching for need." In selecting a cornerback with a third-round grade, this reeks of exactly that. Arnette is physical and had five interceptions in four seasons at Ohio State. -- Paul Gutierrez


20. Jacksonville Jaguars

K'Lavon Chaisson, OLB, LSU | Highlights

Why they picked him: Defensive end Yannick Ngakoue has spent the past two months being adamant he no longer wanted to play in Jacksonville, so the Jaguars had to find a replacement. Chaisson was the best pass-rusher on the board. Now the Jaguars have two young pass-rushers they can build around with Chaisson and Josh Allen. Chaisson, like Allen, can play the run, rush and drop in coverage, so that gives defensive coordinator Todd Wash some versatility.

Biggest question: Will Wash tinker with his defensive scheme and try some 3-4 looks now that he has players on both sides who can do multiple things? He has been reluctant to do that much in the past, but if the Jaguars don't take advantage of Chaisson's versatility, they'll be wasting the pick. -- Michael DiRocco


21. Philadelphia Eagles

Jalen Reagor, WR, TCU | Highlights

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Was Jalen Reagor the right pick for the Eagles?

Tim McManus says Jalen Reagor is full of potential, but the safer player, Justin Jefferson, was sitting there for the Eagles.

Why they picked him: The Eagles wanted to add a speed receiver to an offense that lacked explosiveness in 2019 once DeSean Jackson was lost to injury. Reagor's 4.47 40-yard time at the scouting combine does not reflect how quick he is on the field. Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz gets a big-play threat.

Biggest question: Reagor saw a drop in production last season because of spotty quarterback play. Justin Jefferson, the NCAA's leader in receptions last season, was there for the taking, and CeeDee Lamb fell within striking distance. The Eagles go out on a bit of a limb by selecting the less accomplished Reagor -- Tim McManus


22. Minnesota Vikings

Justin Jefferson, WR, LSU | Highlights

Why they picked him: This is one of the deepest wide receiver classes in NFL history, with five players who have a Scout's Inc. grade higher than 90, which is defined as a "rare prospect" who is usually considered a first-rounder. Jefferson is one of those players, and his stock had been rising considerably over the past few weeks. When Philadelphia passed over the LSU wideout for TCU's Jalen Reagor one spot before the Vikings picked at No. 22, Minnesota jumped at the opportunity to take the best slot receiver in the draft while not having to give up any picks to do so. One of the Vikings' top priorities is replacing receiver Stefon Diggs, and they took a step toward filling that with the pick they received by trading Diggs to Buffalo. Minnesota could have waited until Day 2 to address its needs at wideout, but the way the board came together allowed the Vikings to push off their needs at cornerback and offensive tackle until later in the draft. Just three picks later, Minnesota traded back from No. 25 and received three picks from San Francisco: Nos. 31, 117 and 176.

Biggest question: Jefferson lined up primarily inside at LSU with 110 of his 111 receptions in 2019 (a school record) coming from the slot, resulting in 17 touchdowns. Is that where Minnesota plans to use him most often, and what does that mean for where offensive coordinator Gary Kubiak wants to line up Adam Thielen? Jefferson is an explosive intermediate target and will give quarterback Kirk Cousins plenty of options as a middle-of-the-field threat, which could allow Thielen to line up more frequently on the outside. Jefferson uses his contested-catch ability in crucial situations to move the chains, having converted 63% of his third-down targets, which was tied for the fifth most in FBS last season. -- Courtney Cronin


23. Los Angeles Chargers (from the New England Patriots)

Kenneth Murray, ILB, Oklahoma | Highlights

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Was Kenneth Murray the right pick for the Chargers?

Lindsey Thiry breaks down whether the Chargers made the right decision to move up and select Kenneth Murray with the 23rd pick in the 2020 NFL draft.

Why they picked him: It was widely expected that the Chargers would be on the lookout for an inside linebacker, though it was not anticipated they would trade up to acquire a second first-round pick to select one. Before the draft, Chargers general manager Tom Telesco acknowledged the versatility of Drue Tranquill and Nick Vigil, but depth remained a concerned after the release of Thomas Davis and Jatavis Brown's departure in free agency. Murray had 17 tackles for a loss in 2019 at Oklahoma, which tied for fourth in the Big 12 Conference. He should contend immediately for a significant role.

Biggest question: The Chargers struggled last season to stop the run, allowing 1.9 yards per rush after contact, third worst in the NFL. Last season at Oklahoma, Murray had 22 run stops, tied for the 12th most in the FBS and second in the Big 12. The biggest question is how quickly he can adapt to the NFL, with an emphasis on gaining strength and recognizing offensive tendencies so he can quickly make an impact. -- Lindsey Thiry


24. New Orleans Saints

Cesar Ruiz, C, Michigan | Highlights

Why they picked him: This isn't a "sexy" pick, but it's actually the one position coach Sean Payton identified by name as a draft need. Either Ruiz or standout 2019 rookie Erik McCoy could move to right guard as an eventual replacement for Pro Bowler Larry Warford, who is heading into the final year of his contract. It's also not out of the question that the Saints shop Warford.

Biggest question: Should the Saints have put more of a priority on a wide receiver, linebacker or edge rusher who could help them win a Super Bowl in 2020? The Saints seem to be all-in with 41-year-old QB Drew Brees and 30-something free-agent signings Emmanuel Sanders and Malcolm Jenkins. But it's hard to doubt the Saints' history of O-line investments. -- Mike Triplett


25. San Francisco 49ers (from the Minnesota Vikings)

Brandon Aiyuk, WR, Arizona State | Highlights

Why they picked him: There was never any doubt the 49ers were going to take a wideout early after losing veteran Emmanuel Sanders to the Saints in free agency. With five receivers already off the board, the Niners pulled a surprise and moved up to land Aiyuk, who they believe brings the type of route running and versatility they received from Sanders. Aiyuk should have a chance to come in and start opposite Deebo Samuel and work as a downfield threat for quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo, who attempted the fewest passes of 20-plus air yards in the NFL in 2019.

Biggest question: Can Aiyuk be a difference-maker right away? The Niners are in the middle of their Super Bowl window and they need someone to help step in for Sanders and replace at least part of his production. Without a full offseason program, making an impact immediately figures to be difficult for any rookie, particularly at wide receiver, where Aiyuk will have a lot to learn in coach Kyle Shanahan's complex offense. -- Nick Wagoner


26. Green Bay Packers (from the Houston Texans via the Miami Dolphins)

Jordan Love, QB, Utah State | Highlights

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Packers trade up to take Jordan Love

The Packers climb up the draft board to select former Utah State quarterback Jordan Love. Love talks with Suzy Kolber about learning under Aaron Rodgers.

Why they picked him: Because general manager Brian Gutekunst knew from the day he took the job in 2018 that he would be tasked with finding the next franchise quarterback. And Gutekunst, having worked under both Ron Wolf (who traded for Brett Favre) and Ted Thompson (who drafted Aaron Rodgers), knows it is better to take the right quarterback early than wait and miss out and search and search for a replacement. In fact, Gutekunst said in February, "Everything I've been taught, that's where you start, you start with the quarterback, so you evaluate them every year, and I think it's always on the table. It's a good crop this year, it's a good group of quarterbacks. I think it's a little deeper than it has been in the past. It will be interesting. But yeah, sure."

Biggest question: How will Rodgers react? Not only did the Packers not get Rodgers an offensive star in the first round -- and Rodgers watched division-rival Minnesota take receiver Justin Jefferson at No. 22 -- but they didn't get a player who will help Rodgers immediately. Favre didn't exactly welcome Rodgers when the Packers picked him in 2005, although their relationship improved in the three years that Rodgers was the backup. Now Rodgers will have to decide whether he will freeze out Love or help him. Also, why did Gutekunst trade up to take Love? Couldn't he have gotten him at No. 30? -- Rob Demovsky


27. Seattle Seahawks

Jordyn Brooks, ILB, Texas Tech | Highlights

Why they picked him: The Seahawks' defensive issues last season went beyond their pass rush, and in Seattle's eyes there wasn't an edge rusher worth taking at No. 27 once K'Lavon Chaisson went off the board at No. 20. Penn State's Yetur Gross-Matos or Iowa's AJ Epenesa might be in play for Seattle if they're around in Round 2. Linebacker K.J. Wright will be 31 in July and is entering the final year of his contract, and Bruce Irvin seems like a short-term fix at the other linebacker spot, so the Seahawks had long-term uncertainty on either side of All-Pro Bobby Wagner.

Biggest question: Is Brooks better than LSU's Patrick Queen, who went one pick later? ESPN's Todd McShay had Queen rated as his No. 1 inside linebacker, while Brooks, for what it's worth, wasn't listed in McShay's top 10 for inside or outside linebackers. And where will Brooks play? His size (6 feet, 240) and speed (4.46) suggest the weak side -- where Wright starts -- is more likely. He was plenty productive in college as a four-year starter who led his team with 108 tackles last season, including 20 for loss and three sacks. -- Brady Henderson


28. Baltimore Ravens

Patrick Queen, ILB, LSU | Highlights

Why they picked him: Middle linebacker was the Ravens' most glaring need after Baltimore tried to fill the void of losing four-time Pro Bowl defender C.J. Mosley with a rotation inside last season. Queen doesn't look or play like Mosley, but he fits as the centerpiece of a defense that prides itself on position flexibility. Ravens general manager Eric DeCosta said before the draft that the inside linebacker position has changed because the NFL has morphed into more of a speed league, in which defenders have to run, cover and blitz. No one epitomizes this modern-day definition of a middle linebacker more than Queen, the defensive most valuable player in the national championship game.

Biggest question: Is Queen too undersized to play middle linebacker? Queen weighed in at 229 pounds at the combine, which is considerably smaller than the players who had previously manned the middle of the Ravens' defense (Ray Lewis played at 240 pounds and Mosley is 250 pounds). For a defense that was bullied by Derrick Henry in an upset playoff loss, adding a safety-sized middle linebacker doesn't seem like the perfect answer. Queen's response: "I have the heart to be able to stop the run." -- Jamison Hensley


29. Tennessee Titans

Isaiah Wilson, OT, Georgia | Highlights

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Was Isaiah Wilson the right pick for the Titans?

Turron Davenport examines the Titans' decision to select Isaiah Wilson with the 29th pick in the 2020 NFL draft.

Why they picked him: The Titans selected Wilson as a long-term option to take over at right tackle. Titans general manager Jon Robinson typically likes big players who can move. Right tackle Jack Conklin moved on via free agency, creating a void along the offensive line. Tennessee's offense revolves around the running game, which is a good match for Wilson, who played in a heavy run scheme at Georgia.

Biggest question: At 6-7, 350 pounds, Wilson had to work to keep his weight down while he was at Georgia, so that will be something for Tennessee to monitor as he works with the Titans' strength and conditioning staff. -- Turron Davenport


30. Miami Dolphins (from the Green Bay Packers)

Noah Igbinoghene, CB, Auburn | Highlights

Why they picked him: Dolphins general manager Chris Grier said Igbinoghene was the highest-rated player left on their board, so they decided to make the pick after a trade down, even though cornerback is a position of strength for Miami. Igbinoghene has a competitive nature and press man-to-man skills. He allowed 33% completions in press coverage last season, good for sixth best in the FBS.

Biggest question: What is his NFL readiness? Similar to Austin Jackson, whom the Dolphins also drafted in the first round, Igbinoghene's best football is ahead of him at 20 years old. He is a former receiver who has played cornerback for only the past two seasons, so he probably will need some technique development to reach his fullest potential. -- Cameron Wolfe


31. Minnesota Vikings (from the San Francisco 49ers)

Jeff Gladney, CB, TCU | Highlights

Why they picked him: Simply put, the Vikings were facing a "borderline emergency," as ESPN front-office insider and former NFL general manager Mike Tannenbaum described the team's situation at cornerback. Minnesota needed to come away with a first-round corner who has the potential to contribute immediately in 2020. The Vikings believe they have one in Gladney, whose 26 pass breakups over the past two seasons were the most in the FBS. Gladney is a tough-minded defender, and while his 5-10 frame doesn't jump off the page, he makes up for it with "unique" physical traits. He has 31⅞-inch arm length and a near 80-inch wingspan. Vikings GM Rick Spielman said Gladney's long arms allow him to disrupt throwing windows. That showed up in a big way during his senior season, when the Horned Frogs allowed opposing quarterbacks to complete 55% of their passes, the lowest mark in the Big 12.

Biggest question: Is Gladney a Day 1 starter, and where? His experience traveling in the slot as a nickel defender might be where he fits best. The transition to playing nickel corner in the NFL is difficult, and with the prospect of a shortened offseason, it's possible that endeavor is far more difficult for a rookie such as Gladney. He has played both spots on the outside, so that might be a better option in the near future, but Vikings coach Mike Zimmer did note Gladney has the skill set to play in the slot. That will allow Minnesota to tinker with where it lines up Mike Hughes and Holton Hill. -- Courtney Cronin


32. Kansas City Chiefs

Clyde Edwards-Helaire, RB, LSU | Highlights

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Was Clyde Edwards-Helaire the right pick for the Chiefs?

Adam Teicher weighs in on whether the Chiefs made the right choice by selecting Clyde Edwards-Helaire with the 32nd pick in the 2020 NFL draft.

Why they picked him: The Chiefs have depth at running back but nobody quite like Edwards-Helaire. He won't have to come in and shoulder a massive offensive load since the Chiefs also have Damien Williams, Darrel Williams, DeAndre Washington and Darwin Thompson at running back. But the Chiefs will put Edwards-Helaire's versatility to good use. If he proves himself early as a pass protector, he could immediately be the third-down back and possibly more.

Biggest question: Why Edwards-Helaire instead of another back such as Wisconsin's Jonathan Taylor or Georgia's D'Andre Swift? At 5-7, 207 pounds, Edwards-Helaire isn't built for every-down duty. That's not to say the Chiefs won't put him to good use, but it's difficult to picture him becoming what Jamaal Charles or Kareem Hunt were for the Chiefs, a regular featured back. -- Adam Teicher