The first round of the 2020 NFL Draft is now in the books (all four hours and fifteen minutes of it!), and with that being said, I'm going to go over some key points from said round, and offer some critique about certain teams and how they drafted.
1) Cincinnati Bengals / Joe Burrow
Probably one of the worst kept secrets in the NFL leading up to the draft, it was a little frustrating from a fan's (and sports columnist's) perspective to have to sit through 25 minutes of shlock and time being wasted to watch Joe Burrow get drafted. This was one of the main points of contention during the first round, with Twitter blowing up over the fact that the Bengals waited until the end of their time limit to announce their pick, one which the whole freaking world already knew about.
And they wonder why everyone laughs at them, year in and year out!
2) Miami Dolphins / Tua Tagovailoa
It was no secret that the Dolphins needed to draft a young quarterback to build their team around. What was surprising was them drafting Tagovailoa, who has a long history of injuries, and seems to have ankles (and legs) made of glass. You would think that the Dolphins would go for a more durable quarterback, and possibly save themselves the future criticism that will happen when Tagovailoa gets knocked out due to injury over and over again.
3) LA Chargers / Justin Herbert
In one of the better selections, the Los Angeles Chargers grabbed QB Justin Herbert from Oregon. Probably one of the more complete quarterbacks available, this is someone who the Dolphins probably should have gone for. With the departure of QB Philip Rivers to the Colts (where the hell were they at light night?), this was a good call for the Chargers.
4) Wasted time.
In what seemed to be the overall theme of the night, ESPN wasted a hell of a lot of time, with picks showing as being in just sitting there (some for 10 minutes at a time!) while the host rambled on, or an inpromptu commercial break happened. If the pick comes in, GO TO IT.
5) Too much attention to COVID-19.
I understand we are in the middle of a nasty pandemic that has flipped the world upside down, but almost all of us tuned into the Draft because we finally had a way (through our favourite sport) to escape all that nonsense for one night, just to have it rammed down our throats yet again.
Not cool. Aside from that, it was a decent draft given the circumstances.
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