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Recap: NFL Draft first-round pick-by-pick analysis

Nolan Bianchi
The Detroit News

32. Kansas City Chiefs: Clyde Edwards-Helaire, RB, LSU

The first round starts with an LSU Tiger, and it ends with one, too. Edwards-Helaire can catch out of the backfield and run all over the field — the perfect running back for Andy Reid's offense.

31. Minnesota Vikings (from San Francisco): Jeff Gladney, CB, TCU

Gladney becomes the second cornerback taken in a row as the first round comes to a close, getting an aggressive playmaker with great speed on the outside.

30. Miami Dolphins (from Green Bay): Noah Igbinoghene, CB, Auburn

With their third and final pick of the round, the Dolphins take a player on the defensive side of the ball. One of the more athletic players in this year's draft, Igbinoghene adds solid coverage skills to a developing defensive backfield.

Tennessee Titans: Isaiah Wilson, OT, Georgia

The Titans lost All-Pro tackle Jack Conklin to free agency this offseason, leaving pretty big shoes to fill as Tennessee continues to mold their identity as a team that pounds the rock. Wilson can lock up with the best of 'em, and coming out of SEC country, knows a whole lot bout playing big-boy football.

28. Baltimore Ravens: Patrick Queen, ILB, LSU

Say, maybe there's something to these fellas from LSU, eh? Queen is great in coverage and hunts the ballcarrier with relentless force, making 8 tackles with two for-loss in the national championship against Clemson.

27. Seattle Seahawks: Jordyn Brooks, LB, Texas Tech

The Seahawks actually make a pick in the first round, for once. Seattle adds Brooks to a linebacking core that already includes Bobby Wagner and K.J. Wright. Scary stuff.

26. Green Bay Packers (from Miami): Jordan Love, QB, Utah

Well, this comes as a bit of a surprise. The Packers trade up a few spots, using their selection to draft a quarterback. Could this signify the beginning of the end for Aaron Rodgers in Green Bay?

25. San Francisco 49ers (from Minnesota): Brandon Aiyuk, WR, Arizona State

Yet another wide receiver off the board. Aiyuk becomes the second Arizona State receiver to go in the first round in as many years. Wide receiver was one of the biggest positions of concern on a 49ers roster that made the Super Bowl a year ago, making the pick of Aiyuk a no-brainer as they look to win it all in 2020-21.

24. New Orleans Saints: Cesar Ruiz, C, Michigan

The first Wolverine comes off the board in this year's draft, as Ruiz goes to the Saints at 24. Ruiz made 31 career starts at Michigan, his most noticeable offensive trait being a steady hand. He might lack size, but will make the right play 10 times out of 10.

23. Los Angeles Chargers (from New England): Kenneth Murray, LB, Oklahoma

The New England Patriots have traded out of the first round, trading the No. 23 pick to the Chargers. With their second pick of the draft, Los Angeles takes a linebacker that plays with the speed of a safety.

22. Minnesota Vikings (from Buffalo): Justin Jefferson, WR, LSU

Aaaaand Jefferson's gone. He entered this year's draft as one of the top available playmakers, catcover 1,500 yards during his national championship campaign. When Stefon Diggs was traded to Buffalo, there was a collective sigh of relief from Lions fans who no longer had to watch him torch their defense. Okudah-Jefferson will be a battle to watch bi-annually for years to come.

21. Philadelphia Eagles: Jalen Reagor, WR, TCU

With the 21st pick, the Eagles get their man in wideout Justin Jef — wait, what? Philadelphia goes off the board and surpasses the top wide receiver on college football's top offense, selecting a speedy new toy out of TCU for Carson Wentz to throw to.

20. Jacksonville Jaguars (from Los Angeles Rams): K'Lavon Chaisson, EDGE, LSU

Top-end edge rusher Yannick Ngakoue has recently voiced quite a bit of displeasure with the Jaguars via Twitter as of late, and if Jacksonville is to ship him out of town before the offseason ends, they've already taken steps to find a solid replacement.

19. Las Vegas Raiders (from Chicago): Damon Arnette, CB, Ohio State

With their second pick this round, Las Vegas reaches a little, selecting the second Buckeye defensive back thus far. Arnette was projected to go in either the second or third round, is a heavy hitter but can struggle in coverage from time to time.

18. Miami Dolphins (from Pittsburgh): Austin Jackson, OT, USC

With their second pick of the first round, Miami does its best to take care of the fifth-overall pick. The Dolphins take Jackson, shoring up Tagovailoa's protection on the outside.

17. Dallas Cowboys: CeeDee Lamb, WR, Oklahoma

The Raiders began the run of receivers at No. 12, and at No. 17, the Cowboys select the third wideout in six picks. Lamb was one of the most electric playmakers in all of college football a season ago, catching 62 passes for 1,327 yards and 14 touchdowns. Between Lamb and former Alabama receiver Amari Cooper, opposing defensive backfield will have their hands full trying to manage the Cowboys' passing game.

16. Atlanta Falcons: A.J. Terrell, CB, Clemson

The Falcons lost Desmond Trufant to the Lions in free agency this offseason, and at 16, Atlanta drafts his replacement. Terrell is extremely athletic, a menace in coverage, and has all the measurables to boot.

15. Denver Broncos: Jerry Jeudy, WR, Alabama

The Broncos appear to have their franchise quarterback in place after Drew Lock entered the scene a season ago. He'll now have a new weapon to play with at wide receiver, as one of college football's top talents is coming to Denver. Jeudy caught 77 passes for 1,163 yards and 10 touchdowns in 2019.

14. San Francisco 49ers (from Tampa Bay): Javon Kinlaw, DT, South Carolina

Kinlaw becomes the latest defensive tackle to come off the board, and this one comes with significant size and length to his credit. Kinlaw made six sacks during his final year at South Carolina.

13. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (from San Francisco): Tristan Wirfs, OT, Iowa

Holding the No. 14 pick, the Buccaneers swap picks with San Francisco at 13. Tampa Bay selects Iowa offensive tackle Tristan Wirfs with that pick, adding some protection for some little-known, free-agent quarterback that it signed away from New England this offseason.

12. Las Vegas Raiders: Henry Ruggs III, WR, Alabama

The Raiders have taken an Alabama wide receiver off the board, and it isn't Jerry Jeudy. Ruggs had the fastest 40 time (4.27 seconds) at this year's draft and caught 40 passes for seven touchdowns a season ago.

11. New York Jets: Mekhi Becton, OT, Louisville

Like the Browns, the Jets also take an offensive tackle to protect a former first-round pick. Becton has drawn comparisons to NFL legend Jonathan Ogden, which is a good start for the newest Jet.

10. Cleveland Browns: Jedrick Wills, OT, Alabama

The Browns signed All-Pro tackle and former Michigan State Spartan in free agency, and with the addition of Wills, have made massive strides in upgrading the protection for 2018's first-overall pick, Baker Mayfield. Behind a lackluster offensive line, Mayfield was sacked 40 times as the aspiring preseason contenders spiraled to a 6-10 record last season.

9. Jacksonville Jaguars: CJ Henderson, DB, Florida

Henderson will go pro right down the road from where he grew up. The Jaguars have begun to replace former corners Jalen Ramsey and A.J. Bouye, who've both departed within the last year. Henderson picked off six passes and broke up 22 in his career at Florida.

8. Arizona Cardinals: Isaiah Simmons, LB, Clemson

Simmons is a marquee defensive talent that's widely admired for his versatility, playing safety, linebacker, cornerback and defensive end during his time at Clemson. Simmons ran a 4.39 40-yard-dash at the combine, which tells you pretty much everything you need to know about his style of play.

7. Carolina Panthers: Derrick Brown, DT, Auburn

Brown was rumored to Detroit in many mocks at No. 3, but with the Lions taking Okudah, the 6-foot-5, 317-pound Auburn product goes to Carolina at 7. Brown is the first defensive tackle off the board, and after one look at his tape, it's easy to see why. He has a top-notch motor, can attack from all over the line, get to the quarterback, and stop the run. 

6. Los Angeles Chargers: Justin Herbert, QB, Oregon

Six picks, three quarterbacks. Philip Rivers started all 16 games for the Chargers for 14 consecutive seasons, and with his offseason departure to Indianapolis, somebody else will get the chance to take on that role. Herbert threw for 3,471 yards and 32 touchdowns during the 2019 season, leading the Ducks to a 12-2 record and Rose Bowl victory.

5. Miami Dolphins: Tua Tagovailoa, QB, Alabama

The Dolphins get their man, and they didn't even have to trade up to get him. Tagovailoa's draft stock took a hit due to injury concerns, but with three first-round picks in this year's draft, it appears the Dolphins are willing to take the risk. Poor Josh Rosen.

4. New York Giants: Andrew Thomas, OT, Georgia

The Giants take the draft's first offensive lineman off the board, taking the Georgia All-American with the fourth pick. In his new role, Thomas will be tasked with New York's 2019 first-round pick, Duke quarterback Daniel Jones, who was sacked 38 times in 13 games during his rookie season.

3. Detroit Lions: Jeff Okudah, CB, Ohio State

The Lions didn't trade out of the No. 3-overall pick, like many had speculated. Okudah is revered for his talent at all levels of the field, and as one of the league's worst pass defenses last year, Detroit hopes he'll make an immediate impact. The 6-foot-1, 205-pound corner will help fill the gap left by Darius Slay, who was traded to Philadelphia this offseason.

Okudah was the No. 1 cornerback in the country coming out of high school, and a major piece in helping Ohio State reach the College Football Playoff a season ago. 

Speaking of Darius Slay ...

2. Washington Redskins: Chase Young, DE, Ohio State

With the second pick, Washington takes Chase Young off the board. The relentless edge rusher from Ohio State was widely regarded as the best player in the draft, and the top choice for many Lions fans at No. 3. Alas, Washington won't let this transcendent talent get away. He'll pair nicely with Washington's 2019 first-round pick, defensive end Montez Sweat.

1. Cincinnati Bengals: Joe Burrow, QB, LSU

The Bengals officially close the Andy Dalton era, taking the reigning Heisman Trophy winner and national champion with the No. 1-overall pick. Burrow threw for 5,671 yards, 60 touchdowns and just six interceptions during his senior season at LSU. 

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