Every team’s worst-case scenario in the 2020 NFL Draft

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Every team wants to hit a home run in Round 1 of the NFL Draft. If your favorite makes one of these moves instead, you should prepare for disaster.

There’s not a single NFL franchise that doesn’t believe they have a chance to select a star in the first round of the 2020 draft. The odds are actually stacked against finding that sort of success. The majority of GMs around the league will make picks that can be described as something close to average.

Some teams will make catastrophes of their first round selections though. This piece will outline the worst possible outcome for each NFL team in Round 1 of the 2020 draft. If your favorite team makes a move that can be found on the following list, a front office regime change could be in your future.

NFL Draft Worst Case Scenarios: NFC East

Worst Case. Reaching for a Center. player. 123. Scouting Report. Pick Analysis. Dallas Cowboys. 2

Travis Fredericks’ sudden retirement has the Cowboys searching for answers on the interior of their offensive line. In a perfect world, there would be a center worthy of the No. 17 overall selection. Reaching for a player like Cesar Ruiz in this spot would fill a need but would be an example of poor value on Day One.

Scouting Report. Worst Case. Drafting Justin Herbert. 2. player. 31. Pick Analysis. New York Giants

Nothing can be ruled out with Dave Gettleman at the controls of the Giants’ front office. Most people have written off the team’s interactions with Herbert as a smokescreen of sorts at the No. 4 pick. What if New York actually picked him and threw Daniel Jones aside? That might actually be a new low for Gettleman.

player. 54. Worst Case. Moving up for a Wide Receiver. Philadelphia Eagles. Scouting Report. Pick Analysis. 3

Patience is key for the Eagles in this draft. They are going to get a really good wide receiver at No. 21. They do not need to get caught up in the hype of a particular prospect. Overpaying to move up a few spots to grab someone like Henry Ruggs III would be a rare mistake by Howie Roseman.

Trading down too far. Washington Redskins. 4. player. 58. Scouting Report. Pick Analysis. Worst Case

The idea of slipping the No. 2 overall pick for more draft assets is great in theory. The literal execution is where things get tricky. Passing up on Chase Young is fine if you still come out with one elite prospect. Falling all the way out of the top 10 would be too far for a team in desperate need of high-end talent.