We all knew that this 2020 NFL Draft would be totally different than anything we have seen before. Due to the circumstances of today’s world, the Draft was a virtual one as general managers, coaches and players all stayed in the comforts of their own home.
Outside of being a Houston Texans fan (Who had no first round picks), the biggest thing I missed the most (besides watching my team pick) was hearing the loud boo’s drown out the sound of NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell as he tried to speak.
However, even with no fans in attendance, the drama was still just as jam packed as ever. Between falls and surprises, there was some interesting takeaways from the final day of the 2020 NFL Draft.
1. The Bears Shine in Day Three
Coming off an incredible 11-3 season, I knew the Baylor Bears had some NFL type talent on that veteran roster. Obviously wide out Denzel Mims was the head of the Baylor class and while he did end up being picked in the second round by the New York Jets, it was the day three guys who stole the show out of all the other Big 12 teams. It started off in the fourth round as Big 12 Defensive Player of the Year James Lynch was taken by the Minnesota Vikings. Then just two rounds later another member of his defense was picked by his former head coach Matt Rhule as the Carolina Panther scooped up defensive tackle Bravvion Roy in the sixth round. But Baylor did not stop there as their final player was drafted as linebacker Clay Johnston was taken by the Los Angeles Rams in the seventh round. It was a great way to end the draft for Baylor.
2. Three Big 12 Schools Have Zero Picks
Usually every year the Big 12 has at least one school who does not produce a single NFL Draft pick but this year we had a total of three. Iowa State, Kansas State and Oklahoma State did not have a single player selected in the 2020 NFL Draft. I was not aware of any Kansas State players having a great chance of getting drafted, but Iowa State defensive tackle Ray Lima was someone who I thought had a shot. Before the 2019 season, if you told me that three Big 12 defensive tackles would be taken before Lima, I would have called you crazy but that appeared to be the case after the draft. I know his senior season did not live up to expectations, but I was still a little bit surprised.
I also though that Oklahoma State cornerback AJ Green had a good chance of hearing his name called but that did not happen either. That said, this draft ended the streak of eleven years where at least one Oklahoma State player has been drafted. I understand that the Cowboys got their best two players to come back (Chuba Hubbard and Tylan Wallace) but it is still a bit of an eyebrow raiser to see the Pokes not have a single draft pick.
3. TCU Leads the Way
Who saw this coming? Coming fresh off a disappointing 5-7 season, the Horned Frogs showed out in the 2020 NFL Draft with a total of five draft picks which led the Big 12 conference. Gary Patterson has built that TCU program from the ground up and over the past few years, he has established them as the third best recruiting school in the Big 12 only behind Texas and Oklahoma as the rankings will show. And I know all the people on Twitter and TV were scratching their heads at why TCU’s record was so bad and how they have so many draft picks, but the answer is simple. Quarterback play. The Frogs have had the talent around the quarterback position for years and since Boykin left, TCU has been looking for their guy for the last three years. Max Duggan is the future but remember, he was just a true freshman last season. By the way, with their five NFL Draft picks, that was tied for sixth most in college football.
Full Draft Recap
2020 NFL Big 12 Draft List
- 21 Total Draft Picks
- TCU Led With 5 Picks
- Oklahoma WR CeeDee Lamb-Dallas Cowboys (17th Overall)
- TCU WR Jalen Reagor-Philadelphia Eagles (21st Overall)
- Oklahoma LB Kenneth Murray-Los Angeles Chargers (23rd Overall)
- Texas Tech LB Jordyn Brooks-Seattle Seahawks (27th Overall)
- TCU CB Jeff Gladney-Minnesota Vikings (31st Overall)
- TCU DT Ross Blacklock-Houston Texans (40th Overall)
- Oklahoma QB Jalen Hurts-Philadelphia Eagles (53rd Overall)
- Baylor WR Denzel Mims-New York Jets (59th Overall)
- Texas S Brandon Jones-Miami Dolphins (70th Overall)
- Oklahoma DT Neville Gallimore-Dallas Cowboys (82nd Overall)
- Texas WR Devin Duvernay-Baltimore Ravens (92nd Overall)
- TCU OT Lucas Niang-Kansas City Chiefs (96th Overall)
- Baylor DE James Lynch-Minnesota Vikings (130th Overall)
- WVU S Kenny Robinson-Carolina Panthers (152nd Overall)
- WVU OT Colton McKivitz-San Francisco 49ers (153rd Overall)
- Texas WR Collin Johnson-Jacksonville Jaguars (165th Overall)
- Texas Tech DT Broderick Washington-Baltimore Ravens (170th Overall)
- Kansas OT Hakeem Adeniji-Cincinnati Bengals (180th Overall)
- Baylor DT Bravvion Roy-Carolina Panthers (184th Overall)
- Baylor LB Clay Johnston-Los Angeles Rams (234th Overall)
- TCU S Vernon Scott-Green Bay Packers (236th Overall)
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