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

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CeeDee Lamb, NFL Draft
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NFL Draft Worst Case Scenarios: NFC West

Pick Analysis. Reuniting Kyler Murray and CeeDee Lamb. 1. player. 32. Scouting Report. Worst Case. Arizona Cardinals

There’s got to be a big part of Kyler Murray that wants to throw passes to CeeDee Lamb again. Reuniting the former college teammates will be a temptation for the Cardinals. That’s all it should be. Arizona has to draft a tackle to protect their franchise signal caller at No. 8.

Los Angeles Rams. player. 51. Pick Analysis. Worst Case. Trading up to replace Todd Gurley. 2. Scouting Report

The Rams should stay out of the first round altogether. Moving up just isn’t something they should do given how much draft capital they’ve already parted with. Moving up the board to grab a replacement for Todd Gurley at the end of Round 1 would be a giant mistake.

42. Scouting Report. Worst Case. San Francisco 49ers. 3. Pick Analysis. Opting for quantity over quality. player

There’s a lot of chatter indicating the 49ers would like to deal down from No. 13 to replace the second round pick they’ve already given up. That’s the wrong strategy for a team with legitimate Super Bowl aspirations. They should stay put and grab an elite wide receiver capable of helping Jimmy Garoppolo win now.

Worst Case. Drafting *another* running back. Seattle Seahawks. 4. 36. Pick Analysis. Scouting Report. player

The Seahawks have a history of spending high draft picks on the running back position. They also have huge injury questions about their top two options in the backfield heading into 2020. It’s a position that should be strengthened at some point in the draft, but not in the first two rounds.

NFL Draft Worst Case Scenarios: AFC East

Scouting Report. Trading up for an edge rusher. Buffalo Bills. 16. player. Pick Analysis. Worst Case. 1

The Bills have had a great offseason already. They don’t need to push too hard to hit a home run via the draft. Moving into the first round to reach for an edge rusher would be a poor move. Someone like K’Lavon Chaisson just isn’t good enough to move the needle. Buffalo should wait and see who falls to them in Round 2.

Drafting Justin Herbert over Tua Tagovailoa. 2. player. 59. Scouting Report. Pick Analysis. Worst Case. Miami Dolphins

Tua Tagovailoa’s medical issues are a valid concern. They do not, however, overshadow the brilliant football he played for Alabama during his collegiate career. If the Dolphins take Herbert over Tua they deserve to miss the playoffs for the next decade.

Worst Case. Waiting to replace Tom Brady. 3. Pick Analysis. New England Patriots. player. 47. Scouting Report

Bill Belichick might be the best coach of all time, but even he will struggle to win with either Jarrett Stidham or Brian Hoyer at the controls of his offense in 2020. The Patriots have to find a better option in this draft. It could be a trade or a conventional selection, but it must be done.

Scouting Report. Pick Analysis. Worst Case. 4. player. Not getting Sam Darnold some help. New York Jets. 30

The Jets have several paths towards success with the No. 11 pick. They can draft either a wide receiver or tackle to make Darnold’s life easier. Failing to give the young quarterback some much-needed support would equate to front office malpractice.