2020 GML Official Draft Thread (Includes Rules, Schedule, Order)

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With 2.38 the Cleveland Browns select S Grant Delpit, LSU


Overview
Aggressive, urgent striker with good upside who posted a disappointing follow-up to an exciting 2018 campaign. His evaluation requires a full load of 2018 tape, where his coverage potential was better illustrated. He transitions with instinctive eyes and plays physically against tight ends. Willingness to rush in and hit has never been a problem in the alley or in his fits, but tackle inconsistencies have plagued him throughout his career due to angles and technique that could be challenging to fix. LSU sources say NFL teams won't be getting the alpha leadership Jamal Adams provided for the Tigers, but Delpit should find a starting role early in his career as a versatile safety with big nickel potential.
Strengths
  • Played through high ankle sprain in 2019
  • Physical demeanor will help a run defense
  • Gets downhill into the fit before blocks get acclimated
  • Willing to sell out his body to make a stop
  • Rushes into backfield to set edges when needed
  • Runs the alley on jet sweeps, stretch plays and receiver screens
  • Coverage was more consistent on 2018 tape when healthy
  • Offers physical detour for tight ends when pressing
  • Covers with solid anticipation
  • Heavy hitting is accounted for by receivers trespassing in the middle
  • Size and length to challenge and win contested catches
  • Able to jar throws free
  • Adequate reads and breaks from high zone
Weaknesses
  • Hips lack flip-and-go fluidity in coverage
  • Range as high safety is very average
  • Lateral transitions from off-man are a little sluggish
  • Inconsistent angles in run support
  • Wrong shoulder take-ons lose gap integrity
  • Wiry frame for durability as a tackler
  • Misses inordinate amount of tackles in a variety of ways
  • Tight hips limit adjust angles in pursuit
  • Frequently fails in coming to balance to strike
  • Needs to run feet and wrap up to avoid strike-and-fall misses
 

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With the 42nd Pick in the 2020 GML Draft, the Jacksonville Jaguars select......

Damon Arnette, Cornerback, Ohio State

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Strengths: Versatile, can play either the boundary or the slot.... more quick than fast... loves to play press man, knows how to be physical with the WR... knows how to "punch" out the football (ala Michigan State game).... matured since he became a father this past summer, became a vocal leader for Ohio State this year.... loves football, eats, sleeps, breathes football....fights until the play is over and not afraid to go against any WR... willing tackler.. firey... loves the big games and shows up in them. excellent awareness in space.

Weaknesses: We believe he is more 'Quick' than 'Fast' due to him stopping his feet frequently, but that makes him ideal for the slot against more possession WRs.... Firey emotions on the field can lead to costly penalties, double-edged sword.... straightline speed isn't elite....

Arnette is a guy that we believe is absolutely ideal for the slot and can be a boundary in a pinch.... think Justin Coleman. Press man in the slot, Zone boundary.
 

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With the 43rd Pick in the 2020 GML Draft, the Arizona Cardinals select...

Marlon Davidson, Auburn
Player Comp: Jeffery Simmons

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Coming into the draft, we'd already locked in basically our entire lineup, leaving just enough room for our 3 picks, but we're so settled on who we have in our camp already that we wanted to go BPA. And while he is probably not the consensus choice for BPA with Swift and Terrell and Aiyuk on the board, we wanted to do our best Dave Gettleman impression and draft Davidson, the guy who impressed us the most on the tape. He's a 4 time SEC Defensive player of the week in 2019, first team All SEC, and 2nd team All American. He's lightning quick for a guy his size, and crazy strong for a pass rusher. He can play anywhere along the line, which will be important to help supplement our young and upcoming defensive front.

His primary concern is whether he's too much of a tweener, but you can even see from the PFF report to the mockdraftable report that he added on nearly 30 pounds. We don't think size will be an issue. We project Davidson will start immediately, predominantly as a 3-tech across from BJ Hill, but he could play snaps as the 5 tech, or even the 1 tech on passing downs. We're just excited to have a specimen like him to work with.


Welcome home big man!

 
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With the 44th pick in the 2020 GML Draft, the Baltimore Ravens select CB A.J Terrell from Clemson University.



Terrell is a physically gifted corner who has played on the biggest stage in college football multiple times. He opened the scoring in the 2019 National Championship Game against Alabama with a pick six against Tua Tagovailoa. Terrell played everywhere for the Tigers: left side, right side, and in the slot. He will be joining 2019 First-Team All-Pros Marcus Peters and Marlon Humphrey in the Ravens secondary. Welcome to Baltimore my boy!
 

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With the 45th pick in the 2020 GML Draft, the New Orleans Saints select:

K.J. Hamler, Wide Receiver, Penn State


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Overview
Explosive slot target who hits the scales as a lightweight but could have heavyweight impact on games. Hamler's blazing speed is used solo and in route combinations to stress secondaries and create big plays. He's a smallish slot who isn't built for the tough yardage and could have durability concerns if he's run into too many collisions, but his athleticism and separation burst on all three levels helps mitigate those concerns. Speed kills and his game-breaking potential on all three levels will be enticing as a high-risk, high-reward draft pick.

Strengths
  • Field stretcher from the slot
  • Explosive athletic ability with sub-4.40 speed
  • Showed press shake against Ohio State CB Jeff Okudah
  • Separation burst to open the passing window
  • Has glide-and-burst setup move to race past coverage
  • Deep speed to separate and stay separated
  • Route-running will eventually catch up with the athleticism
  • Run after the catch is electrifying
  • Darts and weaves for impressive make you miss
  • Ability for jet sweep and gadget packages

As a freshman:

As a sophomore (LOVE this play):

For me, this was the #1 guy that it was most important for me to draft out of all my selections. We're very happy to have you in New Orleans, KJ, and welcome!
 

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With the 46th pick in the 2020 GML First-Year Player Draft, the Detroit Lions select....

RB D'Andre Swift, Georgia



Ideally wanted to get Taylor at this spot and was worried that once he came off the board that Swift wouldn't fall to me (as I had both ranked pretty close in a tier to themselves at the top of the RB crop) but was pleasantly surprised to add him to the squad. Kerryon has skills but gets injured a bit too much for my liking and Swift has all the tools to be a three-down back in the NFL. He has the speed to get out on the perimeter and the power to run up the middle and get yards after contact. He's a threat to score any time that he touches the ball and running behind a revamped Lions offensive line he has the chance to be something special at the next level.
 

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With the 49th overall selection the New York Giants select:

Terrell Lewis, EDGE, Alabama
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Comments from the War Room:
Although we really should have leapfrogged our rivals and selected Cesar Ruiz, we are happy to welcome Terrell Lewis to the fold. Lewis has a world of talent but he collegiate career was stymied by two major injuries. Not a position of need for us as we already have Jadeveon Clowney and Markus Golden. But as they say you can never have too many pass-rushers. Terrell Lewis was at the top of the draft board for us and we love to draft prospects from big schools like Alabama.

Expert Opinion:
The evaluation requires both projection and a small leap of faith due to durability concerns after he missed most of two full seasons. He needs to fill out his long, athletic build with more girth and muscle to help set stronger edges and hold his ground against downhill rushing attacks. He's played in just 26 games, so he's less technically sound than most Alabama defenders at this stage, but he was still productive and showed growth as a player in-season. With more coaching and development as a rusher, he should be able to pair traits with skill to become a future NFL starter, provided his health issues are in the past.
 

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With the 50th Pick in the 2020 GML Draft, the Arizona Cardinals select...

J.K. Dobbins, Ohio State
Player Comp: Ryan Matthews


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Can't believe you fuckers did this to me. With David Johnson being a RB 1 when healthy, and a locked in backup plan with Edmonds/Snell (anyone who knows me knows I think Edmonds can be a RB 1 type, call me crazy). But then no running backs had been picked by the 35th selection, and the prospect of getting the number one back on our board, Jonathan Taylor, began to grow. And then @Sean screwed me, which both sucked but also was a great relief, because we loved Davidson, and knew that our 2nd ranked RB in Dobbins would be gone by 50 (and the line between Dobbins and Taylor was awfully close, and almost certainly biased against Dobbins because of his school of origin).

But now here we are, with the 50th pick, and with David Johnson almost certainly a cap casualty in 2021, the opportunity to give Kyler a first rate running back who can be the man during this Super Bowl window when Kyler is on his rookie deal was too good to pass up. Even if he is from Ohio State.

I mean check the Clemson tape, the TCU tape, even the Michigan tape which makes me want to puke repeatedly. He has great ball control, low center of gravity, is a beast after first contact, has great vision, a respectable (and trainable) set of hands. He's even an adequate pass blocker (although in year one we certainly expect David Johnson to be the dominant 3rd down back). He's the complete package, probably the best back in the draft (at least 2nd behind Taylor who was so good I could lean into my OSU bias), and gives Kyler the reliable support he was missing in the backfield last year.


Welcome to the desert J.K. Let's eat!

 

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With the 51st pick in the 2020 GML draft the Minnesota Vikings select:

WR Michael Pittman Jr, USC


Overview

Big, smart and reliable, Pittman falls into the "possession receiver" bin, but has top-notch ball skills that allow him to bully and best cornerbacks down the field. Improving release quickness against press will be an early focal point in an NFL camp, but his frame and physicality should create work space underneath even with close coverage. He lacks the speed and separation quickness teams covet from WR1 candidates, but he comes from NFL bloodlines and plays with a pro demeanor. He should be a productive plug-and-play talent at WR2 early in his career.

Strengths

Big production jump as go-to target in 2019Outstanding size and toughnessClears tight coverage underneath with hands and physicalityIn and out of breaks with plus quickness for a big targetMakes contested catches on all three levelsStrong hands attack throws away from his frameFootball smart and can run a full route treeBuild-up speed to sneak and stack cornerbacks verticallyElevated levels of poise and focus tracking deep ballsExcellent work-back talent to own back-shoulder throwsWill get after it as run blockerTalented on special teams with gunner value
 

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With the 53rd overall selection the New York Giants select:

Ezra Cleveland, OT, Boise State
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Comments from the War Room:
Ezra Cleveland is the top player on the board for us at this point, and his selection aligns with our strategy. We have to get younger and better at offensive tackle. We would like to see Ezra put on a little more muscle mass and fill out his frame but we believe he has all the potential to be a starting tackle for us for years to come. With the addition of Andrew Thomas in the first round, and now Ezra Cleveland in the late second we have fortified Daniel Jones' pocket for years to come. Ezra will compete with Nate Solder, Justin Murray and Trenton Scott for the starting right tackle role. Ezra had an outstanding NFL Combine and could see his name called on Day 1 of the draft, or early on Day 2.

Expert Opinion:
Athletic left tackle able to make all outside zone blocks in the run game, but in dire need of additional mass and functional strength. Tape work can be tricky as Cleveland suffered a turf toe injury in his second game of the 2019 season and was unable to practice for much of the year. Issues anchoring and redirecting edge pressure are independent from his injury, but determining the impact of that injury on his play is challenging. He plays with patience and technique but lacks base width and contact balance. Cleveland has the athleticism to play swing tackle for a zone-based offense but needs to get much stronger to hold up as a starter.
 

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With the 54th pick in the 2020 GML Draft, the Cincinnati Bengals select...

Auburn CB Noah Igbinoghene
When putting my draft board together, I put a star next to guys who I absolutely love regardless of value. I was hoping this one would make it to me in the 3rd, but after seeing more and more mocks putting Igbinoghene in the late 1st as well as the run on cornerbacks, I felt my draft ammo was best spent on getting a player I love.

Why we like Igbinoghene…
Working with Wayne, Dirk and Ashy Larry...we don't agree on a lot. But when I came to them a couple weeks back with Igbinoghene's name and they watched him, everyone was on the same page. The footwork and technique is just so natural, and he's a chippy corner to consistently attacks the ball. These are traits that you can't teach. He was my CB4, Wayne's CB3.

I love how he approaches the game. Igbinoghene is aggressive, constantly attacking. Gritty blended with some amazing footwork (watch the feet here) is a great 1-2 punch:

The ability to mirror downfield is pretty damn close to elite:

He's a bouncy athlete and can hang with other elite players. A converted wide receiver, he's allowed just 3 touchdowns in his two lone seasons playing cornerback.

Areas of concern...
A willing tackler, but technique here is poor. ...Ball skills could be better. Still a work in progress in that regard.

How he fits...
The rebuild of our defense continues. We're building around do-everything defender Derwin James and have added some impressive athletes in Okudah, Murray and now Igbinoghene. Igbinoghene can play outside with his length (31-inch arms) or inside given his quickness. Igbinoghene, JC Jackson and Okudah gives us some playmakers at the position.
 
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With the 55th pick in the 2020 GML Draft, the Kansas City Chiefs select


Clyde Edwards-Helaire, RB, LSU
5'7", 207 lbs, Junior
CEH broke out onto the scene last year, as did much of the LSU offense - under the leadership of Joe Brady. He runs bigger than his size, keeping his legs churning and shedding arm tackles with ease. He's got good feet and a ton of wiggle to cut in space and make defenders miss. He's a solid receiving back and has a lot of experience splitting out wide or in the slot. In other words, he's the perfect do-it-all back to make this Chiefs' offense even more dangerous. Watching him conjured up images of Maurice Jones-Drew, though his acceleration and top gear isn't quite what MoJo's was. He'll be the betting favorite to take over RB1 duties in Kansas City this fall.

 

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With the 56th pick in th GML Draft th San Diego Chargers select:

RB, Cam Akers - Florida St

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Pros: Downhill runner that displays good proactive athleticism for the position. In the passing game, he is good due to his ability to affect the passing game in a couple different ways. Shows the ability to be a face up protector and the instincts to identify the most dangerous man against a blitz. Runs sufficient routes out of the backfield and sufficient hands as a pass catcher on check downs. As a runner, he displays a strong lower body and base. Does a good job running behind his pads and will finish runs. Tough runner between the tackles who shows the ability to stick his foot in the ground and get upfield on zone reads. Displays good long speed to take it the distance and beat angles by defenders in the secondary.

Cons: Has been a bit inconsistent with regards to production throughout his career. However, this could be attributed to scheme/coaching changes and also sub pr play upfront. Running behind a developing offensive line has seemingly forced him to try to do too much. Not very elusive in space. Not great in pass protection and could be a liability on passing downs in this regard. Needs to develop this aspect of his game to be considered an every down back in the NFL. He runs sufficient routes in the passing game.

Best Trait - Explosiveness

Worst Trait - Ball Security

Best Film - Syracuse (2019)

Worst Film - Clemson (2019)

Red Flags - None

Summary -
Cam Akers projects as a three-down, feature back at the NFL level. His explosiveness, versatility and violence as a player are all huge assets and his vision will allow him to create explosive runs at the NFL level. Akers' skill as a receiver and in pass protection are critical factors that will provide him a bigger role than your average back. Ball security issues may impact Akers' ability to get on the field early in his pro career but if awareness improves here, could be a breakout rookie.
 

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With the 57th pick in the 2020 GML First-Year Player draft, the Detroit Lions select...

QB Jasob Eason, Washington



Might be a bit of a reach here, but not sure he would have lasted until my next pick so wanted to make sure that the Lions got their QB of the future. Eason has arguably the strongest arm in the draft and can sling it downfield with ease, fitting throws into tight windows at 20+ yards. Might need to work on having some more touch and improving his footwork, but those things can be taught - the prototypical size and tools that he possesses can't.
 
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