By: Steven Tauro
May 18, 2020
Finally getting some direction, NFL facilities are slowly beginning to reopen. While we anticipate the start of training camp, let's look back a month to the NFL Draft. Now that all of the young prospects were selected, we are going to look at some of the best scenarios for these first round draft picks with their teams.
Clyde Edwards-Helaire RB Kansas City Chiefs
It doesn't get much better than this scenario for a young back in the NFL. Clyde Edwards-Helaire got drafted into a unique situation in Kansas City. Coming off of a Super Bowl victory, the Chiefs are still in prime position to be a top contender in the AFC. The only problem for Clyde is that Damien Williams had a spectacular performance in the Super Bowl. Most mock drafts had KC addressing the running back position with different prospects, but with Clyde's skill set , it will allow him to have an immediate impact.
Patrick Queen LB Baltimore Ravens
A great value pick, the Ravens just seem to keep finding ways to improve their roster. Even though it may not seem like it, the Ravens have lost the anchor to the middle of their defense two offseasons in a row. Last year C.J. Mosley left Baltimore to secure the bag from the Jets, and this year the Ravens lost Patrick Onwuasor, also to the Jets. The Patrick Queen pick solidifies the defense, being elite at every single unit across the board. Having one of the deepest secondaries, along with Matthew Judon and Calais Campbell, I'm not sure what I would fear more the offense of defense from this team.
Isaiah Simmons S/LB Arizona Cardinals
One of the most versatile players in the entire draft, Isaiah Simmons, fell to a great landing spot in Arizona. The Cardinals are a team in the NFC that get overlooked because of the powerhouses in their division, but are on the rise. The development from Kyler Murray, leadership of Larry Fitzgerald, and play making ability in Deandre Hopkins will have this team ready to possibly make the worst to first jump. Regardless of playing Safety or Linebacker, Simmons will have an immediate impact. Lining up opposite of Chandler Jones or Patrick Peterson will draw some attention off of the young rookie.
Justin Herbert QB Los Angeles Chargers
Until draft day, there was often speculation that Justin Herbert would be the second Quarterback taken after Joe Burrow. Miami picking fourth, chose to go in the direction of Tua, instead of Herbert, which I think will be beneficial for the Chargers' QB. Justin is in a scenario where there is no pressure, due to the fact that he doesn't have to walk in and be "THE GUY." With a veteran in Tyrod Taylor, and explosive weapons across the offensive side of the ball, Herbert can learn a lot and most importantly, at his own pace. If the Rookie was to come in and blow the coaching staff away, I believe he will be awarded the starting job, but the opportunity in his scenario is unmatched compared to other rookies at his position.
Javon Kinlaw DT San Francisco 49ers
Just when we thought the 49ers' defensive line couldn't get any better, we were proven wrong. Losing Deforest Buckner is going to be a huge loss, but San Francisco made up for it when they selected Javon Kinlaw. The opportunity to play for the team that just let the Super bowl slip out of their hands is going to be beneficial for Kinlaw, especially lined up next to all those former 1st round picks. Having one of the highest rated prospects in the entire draft class next to Nick Bosa could be terrifying for opposing offenses.
Andrew Thomas LT New York Giants
The first OT selected went to the New York Giants. While the Giants could have gone in the defensive direction, they decided to protect their offensive investments in Saquon Barkley and Daniel Jones. Andrew Thomas will help to establish some consistency and dominance coming in as a day one starter, replacing Nate Solder. There is some promise for the Giants, selecting three total offensive linemen who will compete to be next to Will Hernandez and Kevin Zeitler. Thomas's reliability from his college days, never missing a start, hopefully will bring some optimism to NY.
Ceedee Lamb WR Dallas Cowboys
Going down as one of the greatest value picks in the 2020 NFL Draft, Ceedee Lamb couldn't have asked for a better scenario. Lamb was a star in the making long before he was selected by Dallas and will be the best wide receiver of this group. Ceedee Lamb is in a great scenario with a top offensive line, along with elite playmakers Amari Cooper, Ezekiel Elliott, and hopefully Dak Prescott. Over the past couple of years the Cowboys have finished just shy of their playoff aspirations, but with this lineup, new head coach Mike McCarthy has a plethora of weapons to bring home the NFC East Title.
Kenneth Murray LB Los Angeles Chargers
The Chargers had two great first round draft picks that will make an immediate impact for their team. After the early selection of Justin Herbert, Los Angeles traded with the New England Patriots to make this selection. In the same division as the Chiefs, being good all around isn't enough, you have to strive for greatness. The pick of Kenneth Murray, along with acquisition of Chris Harris Jr, amplifies the LAC defense too potentially be a top five unit in all of football. These new players will be surrounded by Casey Hayward, Joey Bosa, Melvin Ingram, and Derwin James, players who already have proven success with this team.
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