2020 NFL Draft: Bucky Brooks’ pick-by-pick analysis for Day 2

The first three rounds of the historic 2020 NFL Draft have been completed and so far, it has been an unqualified success.

It’s not just the remote aspect of the draft that makes it historic. So far, 13 wide receivers have been selected in the first two rounds, the most in the first two rounds in the common draft era. The previous record was 12 in the 2014 NFL Draft.

You can follow all of the picks with NFL Draft Tracker and tune in to NFL Network for live coverage. The draft is also being streamed live via the NFL app and ESPN app.

Below is NFL.com’s Bucky Brooks’ analysis for every pick by every NFL team.


33) Tee Higgins, WR, Cincinnati Bengals

The Bengals add another weapon to their offense with Higgins. The high school basketball standout is an outstanding 50-50 ball catcher, and he has a knack for scoring TDs. He scored 27 receiving touchdowns in three seasons, which tied the school record for receiving scores with DeAndre Hopkins and Sammy Watkins. With A.J. Green nearing the end of his run, the Bengals have an apprentice in place to eventually replace him on the outside.

34) Michael Pittman Jr., WR, Indianapolis Colts

It is easy to fall in love with the big, physical pass catcher from USC. Pittman is a chain mover with the size, strength and ball skills to do the dirty work between the hashes. As a special teams standout, he adds some toughness and physicality to the Colts‘ WR corps.

35) D’Andre Swift, RB, Detroit Lions

Matthew Stafford has played most of his career without an elite RB1. Swift could change that narrative as a hybrid RB with Christian McCaffrey/Alvin Kamara-like skills. He is an outstanding runner between the tackles and on the perimeter but also flashes elite pass catching skills.

36) Xavier McKinney, S, New York Giants

The Giants needed a tough guy in the secondary with the communication skills and range to excel in the box or in the post. McKinney is a steady playmaker with a high IQ and outstanding leadership skills.

37) Kyle Dugger, DB, New England Patriots

A small-school standout with exceptional physical tools, Dugger displays cornerback-like skills as a safety but also shows enough toughness and physicality to play within the box. As an outstanding punt returner, he could make significant contributions as a two-phase playmaker for the Patriots.

38) Yetur Gross-Matos, Edge, Carolina Panthers

He’s a long, rangy pass rusher with a game that reminds some of Jason Pierre-Paul. He has outstanding hands and combat skills, and displays a nonstop motor as a pass rusher. Gross-Matos has a chance to be a strong contributor as a base end.

39) Robert Hunt, OT, Miami Dolphins

Hunt is a versatile blocker capable of playing multiple spots along the offensive line. He is projected to play guard but he could get an opportunity to play outside. As a mauler/brawler with a nasty temperament, he could add some toughness and physicality to the frontline.

40) Ross Blacklock, DT, Houston Texans

The TCU standout is a high-motor interior defender with outstanding first-step quickness and burst. He is a natural one-gap penetrator capable of shooting gaps and hunting as an interior pass rusher.

41) Jonathan Taylor, RB, Indianapolis Colts (via Browns)

He is a big, fast and physical back with a game that’s built for a workhorse role. He’s posted two 2,000-yard seasons while displaying a rugged style and nimble feet. Taylor is surprisingly explosive for a 220-plus running back.

42) Laviska Shenault Jr., WR, Jacksonville Jaguars

The Jaguars get a big-time playmaker with outstanding running skills. Shenault is a wingback with the potential to score from anywhere on the field. He needs to clean up his route running, but the Jaguars could feed him the ball on an assortment of bubble screens, quick passes and reverses to take advantage of his explosiveness and playmaking ability.

43) Cole Kmet, TE, Chicago Bears

The Bears desperately needed a big-bodied TE with soft hands and outstanding ball skills. He is a physical force at the position and an improving blocker on the edge. Kmet also shows a knack for putting the ball in the paint as a red-zone weapon.

44) Grant Delpit, S, Cleveland Browns (via Colts)

The LSU star is a rangy defender with outstanding speed and athleticism. He is a natural ballhawk but must become a more consistent tackler to be effective in run support. Delpit flashes elite potential but the lack of inconsistent physicality was problematic in 2019.

45) Antoine Winfield Jr., S, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

He’s a tough, hard-nosed safety with outstanding instincts and awareness. Winfield has a nose for the ball and his toughness stands out on tape. Questions about his size impacted his grade, but he is a solid player with big-time potential.

46) KJ Hamler, WR, Denver Broncos

The Broncos add more speed and explosiveness to the WR corps. Hamler is a pocket rocket with big-play potential as a vertical stretch receiver on the outside. He is an outstanding returner and those running skills make him a threat to produce chunk plays on quick slants, bubble screens and reverses on the perimeter.

47) Marlon Davidson, DT, Atlanta Falcons

Davidson gives the Falcons a tough guy on the defensive front with the versatility to play DT or DE. He shows outstanding strength and power at the point of attack, and could emerge as an effective inside rusher in sub-packages.

48) Darrell Taylor, Edge, Seattle Seahawks (via Jets)

He’s a productive sack artist with good first-step quickness and athleticism. Taylor flashes some natural pass rush skills and his production (19.5 career sacks) matches his performance on tape. The Seahawks could make him a “LEO” and let him play on the edges.

49) Chase Claypool, WR, Pittsburgh Steelers

The Steelers have a knack for finding receivers. Claypool is a freak at the position with a rare combination of size, strength and speed. He isn’t a polished route runner, but he’s tough and productive as an outside pass catcher. The Notre Dame standout also brings some special teams ability.

50) Jaylon Johnson, CB, Chicago Bears

A tough, hard-nosed cover corner with outstanding instincts and awareness, Johnson is a polished technician with quick feet and active hands. He’s scrappy and competitive, which makes him a hard matchup for receivers who don’t like to battle on the perimeter.

51) Trevon Diggs, CB, Dallas Cowboys

Diggs is long, rangy cover corner with natural ball skills. As a former WR, he is at his best when he’s allowed to play with vision on the QB in zone coverage. He isn’t a blazer, but his instincts and awareness give him a chance to emerge as a standout CB1 in a “see ball, get ball” defense.

52) Cam Akers, RB, Los Angeles Rams

An underrated back with outstanding vision, balance and body control, Akers is a third-down RB with big-play potential, particularly in the passing game. He could excel as the lead RB in Sean McVay’s scheme.

53) Jalen Hurts, QB, Philadelphia Eagles

The Eagles take a chance on Hurts as their QB2. The former Alabama/Oklahoma standout is a high-character player with natural leadership skills. Hurts has improved significantly as a passer and is a rugged dual-threat playmaker with intriguing developmental potential.

54) A.J. Epenesa, DE, Buffalo Bills

The Bills get a blue-collar pass rusher with a power-based game. He outworks opponents on the edge and flashes impressive hand skills in combative situations. Epenesa is ideally suited to play as a base end but has the potential to be an effective inside rusher in pass rush situations.

55) J.K. Dobbins, RB, Baltimore Ravens

Dobbins is an underappreciated workhorse runner with outstanding vision, balance and body control. He is a big-time RB with the burst to take it the distance on inside or outside runs. The Ravens get a dynamic RB1 with a game that suits their style.

56) Raekwon Davis, DT, Miami Dolphins

The Dolphins get a monstrous interior defender with outstanding run-stopping ability. He moves well for his size and flashes disruptive skills at the point of attack. He posted sack production in 2017 (8.5 sacks) but hasn’t been an effective pass rusher over the past two seasons.

57) Van Jefferson, WR, Los Angeles Rams

Sean McVay loves polished route runners with rock-solid games. Jefferson is a pro-ready pass catcher with outstanding hands and ball skills. He should slide into the starting lineup as a WR3 in the Rams‘ three-receiver sets.

58) Ezra Cleveland, OT, Minnesota Vikings

He’s an athletic edge blocker with outstanding physical tools. Cleveland plays with balance and displays nimble feet on the edges. He has been a little inconsistent, but he plays at a high level when he is on top of his game.

59) Denzel Mims, WR, New York Jets (via Seahawks)

Sam Darnold gets a long, rangy receiver with excellent ball skills and strong hands. Mims has a knack for playmaking and his steady improvement down the stretch impressed several scouts in the scouting community. He is an ideal WR2 in most schemes, but he could eventually occupy the No. 1 role in New York.

60) Josh Uche, LB, New England Patriots (via Ravens)

Speed rusher with plenty of juice off the edge, Uche is a dynamic player with enough versatility to play as a traditional outside linebacker or as a situational pass rusher. He has significant sack production (16.5 sacks) but has only logged nine career starts.

61) Kristian Fulton, CB, Tennessee Titans

The Titans get a CB viewed by many as a first-round talent. Fulton is a natural cover corner with good movement skills and instincts. If he can unleash his inner ‘dawg,’ he could emerge as a star at the position.

62) AJ Dillon, RB, Green Bay Packers

The Packers grab a big, bruising RB with a downhill running style that meshes well with the team’s zone scheme. Dillon is an old-school workhorse with a rugged game that adds a different dimension to the Packers‘ offense.

63) Willie Gay Jr., LB, Kansas City Chiefs

The Chiefs gets an explosive second-level defender with exceptional speed and athleticism. Gay is a sideline-to-sideline defender with the burst to track down runners all over the field.

64) Jeremy Chinn, S, Carolina Panthers (via Seahawks)

The Panthers add an enforcer to the middle of their defense with the selection of Chinn. The Southern Illinois standout has LB size but with rare safety and CB cover skills. He gives Matt Rhule a hybrid player with a game that’s similar to the hybrid playmaker (Isaiah Simmons) the team bypassed in Round 1.


65) Logan Wilson, LB, Cleveland Browns

The Bengals get a tackling machine with outstanding instincts and ball skills. Wilson finished with 400-plus tackles and 10 career interceptions, while displaying impressive skills as a run-and-chase player.

66) Antonio Gibson, WR/RB, Washington Redskins

Gibson is a hybrid running back with enough versatility, athleticism and technical skills to play all over the field as an offensive weapon.

67) Julian Okwara, LB, Detroit Lions

Okwara is a long, rangy athlete with explosiveness and positional versatility. He will have a chance to make his mark as a special teams contributor/rotational player.

68) Ashtyn Davis, S, New York Jets

He’s a high-IQ safety with world-class speed and athleticism. Davis is a rangy playmaker with outstanding instincts and ball skills.

69) Damien Lewis, OG, Seattle Seahawks (via Panthers)

Lewis is a scrappy interior blocker with a rugged game. He can win the mash-and-maul game at the point of attack, and flashes enough athleticism to hold up against quick interior pass rushers.

70) Brandon Jones, DB, Miami Dolphins

Jones is an instinctive free safety with a high IQ and excellent communication skills. He can play in the slot and possesses the positional versatility that Brian Flores covets in his defensive backs.

71) Justin Madubuike, DT, Baltimore Ravens (via Patriots)

The Ravens add a high-motor interior defender with a game built on a mix of quickness, strength and power. He wears down blockers with his relentless style, and his strong hands stand out on tape.

72) Josh Jones, OT, Arizona Cardinals

Jones was viewed as a fringe first-round talent but falls to the Cardinals in the third round. He’s a potential Day 1 starter with enough athleticism, balance and body control to neutralize most edge rushers.

73) DaVon Hamilton, NT, Jacksonville Jaguars

Hamilton is a worker bee with a game built on hustle and effort. He plays hard from snap to whistle, and he flashes just enough quickness to be effective as an interior defender with active hands.

74) Zack Baun, LB, New Orleans Saints (via Browns)

The Wisconsin standout is a versatile defender with a unique combination of pass rush skills and coverage ability. He can wreak havoc off the edges as a pressure player but also flashes enough athleticism to play in space as a zone defender.

75) Jonah Jackson, OG, Indianapolis Colts (via Lions)

Jackson was a solid starter for the Buckeyes. He has some position versatility as a center or guard, which will make him a valuable backup/swing player for the Lions.

76) Ke’Shawn Vaughn, RB, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Vaughn is a downhill runner with sneaky speed, quickness and burst. He catches the ball well out of the backfield and could be a contributor as a rotational player for the Buccaneers.

77) Michael Ojemudia, CB, Denver Broncos

Ojemudia is a long, rangy zone cover corner with solid instincts and ball skills. He flashes some toughness attacking runners and receivers on the perimeter.

78) Matt Hennessey, C, Atlanta Falcons

He’s a scrappy pivot with a high IQ and successfully made the transition from tackle to center — looking comfortable at the position. He is not a powerful blocker in the run game, but he is steady and consistent walling off defenders at the point of attack.

79) Jabari Zuniga, Edge, New York Jets

Zuniga is a quick-twitch athlete with pass rush skills. He battled through a high ankle sprain in 2019, but he has posted solid sack production (18.5) throughout his career as an edge defender.

80) Lynn Bowden, RB, Las Vegas Raiders

Jon Gruden could tap into his creative side to maximize Bowden’s talents as a utility player. He is an exceptional runner with the ball in his hands, but he’s at his best playing as a slot receiver. With Bowden having experience as a wildcat QB, the Raiders could use the Kentucky standout as a gadget player early in his career.

81) Bryan Edwards, WR, Las Vegas Raiders

Edwards is a big, physical pass catcher with impressive hands and ball skills. He is comfortable doing the dirty work over the middle of the field as a designated chain mover in the passing game.

82) Neville Gallimore, DT, Dallas Cowboys

An athletic interior defender with impressive short area quickness and active hands, Gallimore is a plugger in the run game with limited pass rush skills.

83) Lloyd Cushenberry, C, Denver Broncos

Cushenberry is a high-IQ pivot with a scrappy game built on hustle and effort. He is an excellent communicator but needs to be a little more consistent with his leverage to move defenders off the ball as a blocker.

84) Terrell Lewis, Edge, Los Angeles Rams

He’s an intriguing pass rusher prospect with impressive length and strong hands. Lewis has flashed disruptive traits, but his extensive injury history has led to durability concerns.

85) Julian Blackmon, DB, Indianapolis Colts (via Lions)

Blackmon is a productive safety with instincts, awareness and ball skills. He is a steady player with the potential to crack the rotation as a spot starter.

86) Zack Moss, RB, Buffalo Bills

He’s a hard-nosed running back with a blue-collar game that fits the Bills‘ scheme. Moss is a workhorse back with soft hands and underrated receiving skills. He has a chance to be a three-down running back as a pro.

87) Anfernee Jennings, LB, New England Patriots

A heavy-handed LB with pass rushing skills, Jennings wins with power off the edge and plays with a high-revving motor. He is the kind of hard-nosed player that typically fares well in the Patriots‘ scheme.

88) Jordan Elliott, DT, Cleveland Browns (via Saints)

Elliott is a talented interior defender with active hands and outstanding short-area quickness. He has all of the tools to be a blue-chip player, but his production hasn’t matched his potential to this point.

89) Cameron Dantzler, DB, Minnesota Vikings

The tall, lanky CB dropped down the charts after a disappointing showing at the NFL Scouting Combine, but he is a solid player with intriguing potential as a shutdown corner. Dantzler challenges WRs with his length and tenacity in press coverage, and he flashes outstanding instincts and ball skills.

90) Jonathan Greenard, LB, Houston Texans

A productive edge defender with good instincts, Greenard bullies blockers at the point of attack and flashes some pop when thumping quarterbacks and running backs in the backfield. The former Louisville transfer/Florida standout finished his career with 19.0 sacks and 39.0 tackles for loss.

91) Devin Asiasi, TE, New England Patriots (via Raiders)

The Patriots grab a big-bodied pass catcher with soft hands and sneaky athleticism. Asiasi could slide into the TE1 role as a young player with outstanding talent and potential.

92) Devin Duvernay, WR, Baltimore Ravens

Duvernay gives the Ravens another speedster on the perimeter with big-play potential. The former high school track star is a dangerous runner in the open field, exhibiting speed, burst and body control evading defenders with the ball in his hands.

93) Darrynton Evans, RB, Tennessee Titans

Evans adds some speed and explosiveness to the Titans‘ backfield as an RB2 candidate behind Derrick Henry. The Appalachian State standout has enough wiggle and burst to turn the corner on outside runs while also creating big plays in the passing game.

94) Josiah Deguara, TE, Green Bay Packers

The Packers needed a tight end with athleticism to add some flexibility to their “12” personnel packages. Deguara is a crafty route runner with soft hands and a knack for getting open.

95) McTelvin Agim, DT, Denver Broncos

The Broncos add a developmental interior defender with intriguing traits. Agim has only one season of experience at DT after spending most of his career as an end, but he flashes some strength and power despite inconsistent technique. He’s a project with upside as a disruptive interior defender.

96) Lucas Niang, OT, Kansas City Chiefs

Niang is a big, athletic tackle with nice feet. He’s a rare blocker capable of playing with finesse or power in the running game, while also flashing enough balance to anchor against power in pass protection. He needs to clean up his technique, but he has starting potential.

97) Jacob Phillips, LB, Cleveland Browns

An active linebacker with impressive athletic traits, Phillips flies around the field with reckless abandon but lacks the strength and take-on skills to be an immediate starter. The LSU product could develop into a starter in time with skill refinement.

98) Malik Harrison, LB, Baltimore Ravens (via Patriots)

The former high school QB has become quite the thumper as a second-level defender. Harrison is an explosive take-on defender in the running game with the length and strength to quickly discard blockers at the point of attack, before flowing to the ball. He is just as active as a pass defender with intriguing blitz skills and coverage ability.

99) Matt Peart, OT, New York Giants

Peart is a long-armed developmental offensive tackle with intriguing potential. He is still mastering some of the nuances of the game, but he has a chance to develop into a starter down the road.

100) Tanner Muse, LB, Las Vegas Raiders (via Patriots)

He’s an athletic linebacker/safety with the speed, quickness and burst to crack the lineup as a sub-package defender. Muse should be a special teams standout until he develops enough to carve out a bigger role on the defense.

101) Dalton Keene, TE, New England Patriots (via Jets)

Keene’s a versatile TE prospect with the potential to thrive as an H-back/fullback as a pro. He displays soft hands as a pass catcher while also showing enough scrappiness and grit to be an effective blocker in the running game.

102) Alex Highsmith, Edge, Pittsburgh Steelers

A high-motor pass rusher with intriguing skills, Highsmith wins with a combination of effort, energy and hand skills as a power rusher. If he can add some muscle to his frame and continue to refine his technique, the Charlotte product could be an effective DPR (designated pass rusher) for the Steelers down the road.

103) Davion Taylor, LB, Philadelphia Eagles

He’s an explosive athlete with impressive physical traits. Taylor’s speed, motor and athleticism will make him an immediate contributor on special teams, while also giving him a chance to carve out a role as a sub-package defender.

104) Terrell Burgess, CB, Los Angeles Rams

Burgess is a versatile safety with experience as a deep middle and box-area defender. He is an active tackler near the line of scrimmage but is also effective floating between the numbers as a center fielder.

105) Adam Trautman, TE, New Orleans Saints (via Vikings)

He’s a big-bodied player with a game that could help him thrive as a traditional “Y” tight end in most schemes. Trautman is a rugged blocker at the point of attack but also shines as a crafty pass catcher over the middle of the field.

106) Tyre Phillips, OG, Baltimore Ravens

Phillips is a developmental blocker with some position flexibility. He has logged starts at left tackle but projects as an interior blocker as a pro. He could be a valuable rotational player/backup for the Ravens until he is ready for a bigger role.

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