Sports Update: Top 5 Surprises of the 2020 NFL Draft (4/27/20) By: Alex Wober
1. Jordan Love and A.J. Dillon to the Green Bay Packers: After a 13-3 season and coming one game short of the Super Bowl, the Packers only needed a few pieces to help them get to that next level. I believed the Packers were selecting an inside linebacker or a wide receiver to help them in positions of need, but they drafted long-term instead of short-term. Let's get this straight, Jordan Love and A.J. Dillon are good players and probably would not have been viewed as bad draft choices had they gone to teams in need of the position. Aaron Rodgers and Aaron Jones were the Packers two best players last year yet the Packers selected a quarterback and running back with their first two selections. Long-term this made sense, but this was definitely a surprise to Packers fans. 2. The Patriots not selecting or trading up for a quarterback: This was a big shocker to me and sports fans watching the draft. Tom Brady signed for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in free agency, leaving them with Brian Hoyer and Jarrett Stidham. They also drafted very oddly this year taking a safety from a D-II school and a kicker in the sixth round. Jake Fromm and Jacob Eason were on the board until day three. It seems Belichick may have struck an interest with Stidham or they might just fool everyone and still win ten games with Brian Hoyer. Who knows what Bill and his husky were thinking on draft day. 3. Jalen Hurts to the Philadelphia Eagles at pick no. 53: After signing the former 2016 #2 overall pick to a $128 million contract, I did not expect Jalen Hurts to end up an Eagle. I was not expecting Hurts to go until round three or four but Howie Roseman sure must have liked himself some Jalen. After last year's wild card playoff game, Wentz took a hit from defensive end Jadeveon Clowney and was out for the whole playoff game resulting in a loss for the Eagles. Drafting Jalen Hurts had to do with the possibility of Wentz getting injured again. Not a bad draft choice, considering their franchise quarterback has had his fair share of injuries. 4. The Bengals actually drafted well: Not a question Joe Burrow was going to be chosen with the first overall pick, but they addressed every single need in the draft. Needed a wide receiver after A.J. Green and John Ross suffered injuries last season, they solved that by selecting Tee Higgins with the first pick in the second round. Added linebacker depth by drafting Logan Wilson from Wyoming, Markus Bailey from Purdue and Appalachian State alumni Akeem Davis-Gaither with the first pick in the fourth round. Zac Taylor is definitely starting to turn heads in Cincinnati with this year's draft selections. 5. Carolina Panthers selecting only defense with all their draft selections, but not an inside linebacker: One thing we knew about the Carolina Panthers last year was that they needed help on the defensive side. After Luke Keuchly retired this offseason and lost both Dontari Poe and Gerald McCoy, they had to make some moves in the draft. Matt Rhule knew that the defense needed help. Drafting DT Derrick Brown, DE Yetur Gross-Matos, S Jeremy Chinn, CB Troy Pride Jr, EDGE Alton Robinson, S Kenny Robinson, DL Bravion Roy, and CB Stantley Thomas-Oliver III. You do not see an inside linebacker in this group though. Hopefully, they have some young guys who can step up or they can sign a free agent to fill Keuchly’s spot. We will see if passing on Isaiah Simmons will pay off.