TRADE – Miami Dolphins from Houston Texans
The Miami Dolphins will be on the clock for the third time in the first round for the 2020 draft at pick no. 26. This pick comes from the Laremy Tunsil and Kenny Still trade to Houston last season. After bolstering their offense with a quarterback and offensive tackle already, look for the Dolphins to shift to the defensive side of the ball and take the Alabama safety, Xavier McKinney.
After losing an Alabama safety in Mika Fitzpatrick last season to the Steeler, McKinney could be a perfect replacement. McKinney has the size of an NFL safety at six feet in height and 201 pounds but brings the additional versatility of being able to cover the slot. McKinney will need to improve his open-field tackling but will likely be the Dolphins starting safety in week one of the 2020 season.
After losing production from Frank Clark on the defensive line who was traded to the Kansas City Chiefs before 2019 and the possible departure of Jadeveon Clowney, look for the Seattle Seahawks to add a pass-rusher with their first-round pick.
Yetur Gross-Matos is a defensive end from Penn State who has shown tremendous ability thus far but still has a lot of room for development. Gross-Matos totaled 17.5 sacks his final two years in Happy Valley while also earning first-team all-conference honors. Gross-Matos will need some time to build up strength and finesse rush moves, but it is only a matter of time before he will be a force in the NFL.
While the Baltimore Ravens will be picking no. 28 in the 2020 draft, fans aren’t happy about the ending to the 2020 season. Many expected a match-up with the 49ers in the Super Bowl before being knocked off in the divisional round by the Tennessee Titans.
After the retirement of Marshal Yanda, look for the Ravens to focus on keeping the offensive line top tier to block for Lamar Jackson and Mark Ingram. Cesar Ruiz from Michigan could fit that bill and is the highest-rated interior lineman by most in the 2020 draft.
Ruiz would fortify the middle of the Ravens line with the loss of Yanda. At 6-3, 307-pounds Ruiz excels at getting to the second level in the run game. Coach John Harbaugh can lean on brother Jim for everything he needs to know about the powerful Ruiz.