TDN senior NFL draft analyst Joe Marino's latest 2020 NFL mock draft hit the internet this week, providing fans of all 32 franchises with three rounds of twists and turns. Naturally, many similar themes from the mocks of the rest of us at TDN and our colleagues in the NFL draft industry surfaced once again. After all, there are only so many combinations for the Cincinnati Bengals at No. 1.
But what is new this time around is that I will finally get a chance to critique Marino's mock draft. Three rounds of ammunition are plenty to work with too. Marino spared no expense and neither will I.
Best Haul: Dallas Cowboys
Selections: K'Lavon Chaisson (No. 17), Grant Delpit (No. 51), Darnay Holmes (No. 82)
Am I dreaming? Did the Dallas Cowboys really just haul two fearsome LSU defensemen in a single shot? K'Lavon Chaisson is a great fit to step into the void Robert Quinn left in free agency. The addition of Grant Delpit gives Dallas a much needed free-roaming presence on the back end and Darnay Holmes is a sneaky good addition who should be able to produce impressive results as a nickel corner at the pro level. Dallas got three starters in three shots and two impact defenders.
Worst Haul: Los Angeles Rams
Selections: Josh Uche (No. 52), Ben Bartch (No. 84), Jabari Zuniga (No. 104)
It is hard to blame the Los Angeles Rams for coming out of this draft without much in the way of good value with just one pick in the first 75 selections. But if the only addition that comes to this offensive line by the end of the first three rounds is a small-school prospect in Ben Bartch, who will probably redshirt and look to gain play strength in 2020, the Rams offense is going to have some big problems once again this season.
Best Trade: Panthers trading out of No. 7
I have some mixed feelings about the Carolina Panthers but the skepticism comes from the New England Patriots' side of the coin. For Carolina, moving back and picking up an additional first-round pick in 2021 is the big win here. The Panthers clearly have long-term visions of competing in mind, but that will come at the cost of a competitive 2020 season. Sure, they added some pieces in quarterback Teddy Bridgewater and wide receiver Robby Anderson but there's little question they will take a step back before they again step forward. With multiple first-round picks in 2021, Carolina will have the necessary flexibility to pivot and attack its rebuild from a plethora of angles.
Worst Trade: The Chargers trading up to No. 4
Here's my question: Why would any team jump up to draft a player that has such significant medical questions? To draft Tua Tagovailoa at No. 5 (the Miami Dolphins) or at No. 6 (Los Angeles Chargers) is a huge risk already; to compound that risk by throwing more assets into the investment feels very unsettling. The Los Angeles Chargers didn't pay a horrific price to get here, but there's little to indicate they need to move off of the sixth spot to get a quarterback. No, his name may not end up being Tua Tagovailoa if they stayed at No. 6, but there's so much risk that I just can't get myself prepared to trade up for him.
Best Value: Grant Delpit at No. 51
Delpit has some flags, I get it. He's had tackling consistency issues and does not have a complete athletic profile. But his tape speaks for itself and, in this defense, he has a chance to shine. Dallas should be happy if he's the pick at No. 17, but to get him at No. 51 is just unbelievable value.
Biggest Reach: Jordan Love at No. 7
It's much less than the Patriots drafted a quarterback and it is much more about the math required to get this pairing into place. The Patriots didn't just spend a first-round pick on Jordan Love. They spent two first-round picks on Love and then some. For what reason, exactly? The San Francisco 49ers weren't receptive to trading back 10 spots? Doing so could have saved New England much pain in its overall investment for a quarterback, a move that felt like it was done a bit too ambitiously.