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 plenty of takeaways from Friday night’s second and third round of the 2020 NFL Draft.
1. The Philadelphia Eagles Swoop Up Jalen Hurts
It did not take too long for Oklahoma quarterback Jalen Hurts to hear his name called on day two of the 2020 NFL Draft. With the 53rd overall pick, the Philadelphia Eagles picked up the Oklahoma quarterback and I am not sure if anyone saw that coming. I heard rumors about Hurts being picked in the first two rounds, but I did not believe it. Well, I was wrong and now Hurts will be wearing green in Philly. It was certainly an interesting move for the Eagles as they have already locked up quarterback Carson Wentz with a big contract before last season. However, with his injury history there could be a good chance Jalen sees playing time soon and not to mention, being coached by Doug Peterson is a plus.
2. The First Longhorn and Bear gets selected
The NFL Draft has not been to kind for Longhorn or Bears players the last few years, so it was nice to see both schools have a player taken on Friday night. The Longhorns had their first player taken as safety Brandon Jones was selected by Miami Dolphins with the 70th overall pick. Also, the Baltimore Ravens grabbed Texas wide out Devin Duvernay in the third round with the 92nd overall pick.
As for Baylor, they have a few guys that will be drafted on Saturday but wide out Denzel Mims was someone who could have went in the first round but since it was such a deep wide out class, he ended up in the second round as the jets picked him up with the 59th overall pick.
3. Jerry Jones Loves Oklahoma
I am not a Cowboys fan, but I must give credit to Jerry Jones so far in this draft. After getting a great deal in the first round as Oklahoma wide receiver CeeDee Lamb fell right into his lap with the 17th pick, Oklahoma defensive tackle Neville Gallimore slid all the way down to the third round and the Cowboys picked him up with the 82nd overall pick. This was a total robbery by Jerry Jones because there was no reason Gallimore should have even been available by the time the third round started. It is cool to see two college teammates go to the same place in the NFL. Outside of getting great value for these two guys, I must wonder if Jerry plans on drafting more Sooners so he can butter up Lincoln Riley to come coach in Dallas someday.
4. Oklahoma and TCU Lead the Way
So far through the first three rounds, Oklahoma and TCU leads the Big 12 with four picks in the first three rounds. Is that a surprise? For Oklahoma, Absolutely not. Lincoln Riley has done a good job of getting his players into the league and as you can see by this list, half of the Oklahoma players are defensive guys.
- WR CeeDee Lamb-Dallas Cowboys (17th Overall)
- LB Kenneth Murray-Los Angeles Chargers (23rd Overall)
- QB Jalen Hurts-Philadelphia Eagles (53rd Overall)
- DT Neville Gallimore-Dallas Cowboys (82nd Overall)
But perhaps the biggest Big 12 surprise in this draft so far is the amount of TCU players that have been drafted. Coming off a 5-7 season, the Horned Frogs have had four players taken in the first three rounds. NFL guys are losing their minds when they see that record but think about it, TCU has not had good quarterback play since 2015 (I guess Kenny Hill’s 2017 year could count). You need a good quarterback to win football games and for the past two seasons, TCU has not had that. 2018 was a quarterback shuffle and while the Frogs have their guy in Max Duggan, he was just a true freshman last season.
- WR Jalen Reagor-Philadelphia Eagles (21st Overall)
- CB Jeff Gladney-Minnesota Vikings (31st Overall)
- DT Ross Blacklock-Houston Texans (40th Overall)
- OT Lucas Niang-Kansas City Chiefs (96th Overall)
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