After an exciting first round of the 2020 NFL Draft that culminated in a surprising Green Bay Packers trade, we are back tonight at Big Blue View for the third and fourth rounds. Following a seamless virtual draft on Thursday evening, we will continue to cover the rumors, picks, trades and analysis on Friday night.
The second round of the draft will start live at 7 p.m. ET. Commissioner Roger Goodell will be back at his home in New York to announce names. The draft will be broadcast on ABC, ESPN and NFL Network. Saturday’s draft coverage will begin at noon ET.
The New York Giants will be on the clock with the No. 36 overall pick.
[12:02 a.m.] And that’s a wrap for tonight! Thanks for sticking with us.
[12:00 a.m.] Some insight into the Giants’ decision:
Gettleman: Peart "too good a value to pass by." Rated higher than centers on their board.— Big Blue View (@bigblueview) April 25, 2020
[11:53 p.m.] The Eagles with their first non-rogue pick of the draft as they select linebacker Devion Taylor.
[11:48 p.m.] The Jets trade to the Patriots and the Patriots select...a tight end?? Yup. A second tight end.
[11:40 p.m.] And the Giants select offensive tackle Matt Peart. From UConn of all places?? A reminder that this is the compensatory pick the Giants got for letting Landon Collins walk in free agency last offseason.
Peart is a developmental tackle who was a four-year starter at UConn. He needs some technique work but Mel Kiper calls him an “offensive line coach’s dream” so he is clearly a coach-able and hard working player.
This pick proves that Dave Gettleman is in fact aiming to “fix the offensive line, once and for all.”
NFL Draft results: Giants select UConn OT Matt Peart in Round 3 https://t.co/Xx8ezHc0fZ— Big Blue View (@bigblueview) April 25, 2020
[11:31 p.m.] But actually.
at this rate, Roger Goodell will be announcing 6th and 7th round picks like this pic.twitter.com/PaknA1mKe4— SB Nation (@SBNation) April 25, 2020
[11:22 p.m.] Goodell is dragging though...
[11:20 p.m.] Six picks away until some fresh excitement for the Giants!
[11:10 p.m.] The Raiders traded the No. 91 pick to the Patriots to give New England another third round pick. The Patriots selected UCLA tight end Devin Asiasi, filling a need at the tight end position and marking the first offensive player selected by New England in the draft.
Jake Fromm and Jacob Eason wait...
[10:45 p.m.] Thought the Dallas might take Lloyd Cushenberry, but they passed on him and the Broncos scooped up the LSU center at No. 83. The options are dwindling for the Giants at that position...
Cushenberry is the ninth LSU Tiger drafted and we’re not through the third round.
[10:33 p.m.] Update from Xavier McKinney himself!
[10:25 p.m.] There was talk that the Giants might select the center Matt Hennessy out of Temple, but the Atlanta Falcons grabbed him at No. 78. That leaves LSU center Lloyd Cushenberry still on the board as a potential pickup for the Giants.
[10:12 p.m.] Finally Zach Baun is off the board! The Saints trade with the Browns to pick the Wisconsin linebacker. He’s a guy I could have seen the Giants picking with the No. 36 pick and it was strange to see him drop so far. The former Badger is athletic and versatile and he has the talent to make an immediate impact in New Orleans.
[9:53 p.m.] The Jets selected safety Ashtyn Davis with the No. 68 pick - the pick they got from the Giants in the Leonard Williams trade.
[9:43 p.m.] And after waiting for the entire second round to pass, the Washington Redskins added Memphis wide receiver Antonio Gibson to their roster in the third round. He fills a hole for Washington, who has been relying on breakout WR Terry McLaurin to carry the offense.
[9:37 p.m.] And Jeremy Chinn goes to the Panthers. He recorded 13 interceptions, 31 passes defended and six forced fumbles with the Salukis. He was a late-bloomer in the draft and started turning heads only recently.
Check out my profile on Chinn here.
And that’s a wrap on round 2!
[9:35 p.m.] A hello from the newest member of the Giants!
[9:28 p.m.] The Packers continues with their offensive moves by selecting running back AJ Dillon out of Boston College. Dillon was one of BC’s most productive running backs in school history. He’s a big back with above-average athleticism and will serve as a good complimentary back in Green Bay.
[9:20 p.m.] The Patriots make a trade with the Ravens to move up to No. 60. Why is Belichick never there when the camera pans to him???
But still no QB for New England. The Patriots select outside linebacker Josh Ulce out of Michigan.
[9:13 p.m.] And Denzel Mims is finally off the board!
The New York Jets select the wide receiver out of Baylor. A great pickup by the Jets. Mims is 6-3, 207 with 4.3 speed, and the Jets traded down 11 picks and still got him, while also managing to pick up a third-rounder as well.
[9:05 p.m.] Some insight into the Giants’ second-round pick:
Dave Gettleman, Joe Judge explain why the Giants drafted Alabama safety Xavier McKinney https://t.co/POszcLLbsK— Big Blue View (@bigblueview) April 25, 2020
[8:55 p.m.] With the No. 55 overall pick, the Baltimore Ravens selected Ohio State’s J.K. Dobbins. The former Buckeye is built low to the ground, has open-field elusiveness and will be a reliable three-down starting running back in the NFL. Dobbins finished second all-time at Ohio State on the all-time rushing list.
Lamar Jackson and Dobbins on the same team...
[8:41 p.m.] The conference-rival Eagles had the most surprising pick of the night so far when they selected quarterback Jalen Hurts. Hurts finished the 2019 season with 39 passing touchdowns, 20 rushing touchdowns and only eight interceptions. He posted a 38-4 career record as a starter.
Hurts has shown the ability to make plays and buy time in the pocket. It will be fascinating to see how the Eagles are going to use him as they already have their starter in Carson Wentz. The Eagles have always invested heavily in the backup QB position though so this is no different.
Of course, throughout his college career with Alabama and Oklahoma, Hurts has demonstrated tremendous character and that he has a team-first mentality. Few can forget the way he cheered on Tua Tagovailoa from the sideline after he was benched in the national championship game.
It’s very strange that the Eagles did not try to pick up another wide receiver or a defensive back. Their first round pick, Jalen Reagor, was a surprising choice as they passed on Justin Jefferson and now Philly is investing heavily in a backup QB instead of filling actual positions of need.
[8:40 p.m.] In their first pick of the 2020 draft, the Rams selected Cam Akers, who will work to fill Todd Gurley’s shoes in Los Angeles.
[8:35 p.m.] After selecting wide receiver CeeDee Lamb in the first round of the draft on Thursday evening, the Cowboys did shift their focus to cornerback by selecting Trevon Diggs, the brother of Stefon Diggs.
The cornerback out of Alabama has good physicality and can cover the deep routes. Dallas gets a much-needed pickup on defense.
[8:27 p.m.] The Steelers expanded on their receiving corps by selecting Chase Claypool with the No. 49 pick. Claypool recorded 13 touchdowns for Notre Dame last season. His route running and instincts are a work in progress, but he adds another strong talent to the Steelers receiving corps.
[8:20 p.m.] The Jets traded down with the Seahawks, allowing Seattle to select linebacker Darrell Taylor. Taylor is not super consistent but he has a lot of speed and a great first step.
The Jets traded down from 48 to 59 and add pick No. 101 to their arsenal.
[8:09 p.m.] After the Browns selected Grant Delpit, the Buccaneers drafted Minnesota’s Antoine Winfield Jr. He played a big role in Minnesota’s successful season last year and was projected to be selected even earlier in the draft. He demonstrates positional versatility and strong ball skills.
That’s the fourth safety to go in the second round.
[8:00 p.m.] The Chicago Bears chose the first tight end of the draft when they selected Cole Kmet who joins a long line of Notre Dame tight ends to make it at the NFL level.
This is a thin tight end class and some teams have lots of holes to fill at this position. The Bears however, now have 10 tight ends on their roster
Kmet has really good hands and is NFL-ready. He has been compared to Jason Witten when he came out of Tennessee.
[7:55 p.m.] Our instant analysis from Big Blue View on the Giants pick:
NFL Draft results: Giants pick S Xavier McKinney at No. 36 https://t.co/QAUIS8fOoK— Big Blue View (@bigblueview) April 24, 2020
[7:47 p.m.] With their second pick of the night (after trading with the Browns), the Colts selected the star Wisconsin running back Jonathan Taylor. Taylor is a three-time All-American. He finished with 6,174 career rushing yards, which is the fourth-most in FBS history - and he is the only player to reach that benchmark in just three seasons.
He has some ball security issues and trouble catching the ball out of the backfield but he should have time in Indianapolis to become more versatile.
Fun fact, Taylor almost went to Harvard to be a Philosophy major.
[7:37 p.m.] And the Panthers selected Penn State DE Yetur Gross-Matos - a player I could have seen the Giants taking. He led the Nittany Lions with 9.5 sacks and 15 tackles for loss. Gross-Matos has first-round talent and will make an immediate impact in Carolina.
Carolina is clearly focusing on improving its defense. No surprise as the Panthers allowed a team-worst 24.4 points per game last season.
[7:33 p.m.] The Patriots began participating in the draft again when they selected Kyle Dugger from Lenoir–Rhyne, marking the first time an NFL team has selected a Division II safety in the first two rounds.
[7:30 p.m.] The Giants’ pick is in! They wasted no time with their choice, submitting their pick practically right after Swift’s name was announced.
Not surprisingly, the Giants shifted focus to the defense with the No. 36 pick and their second pick overall. They selected Alabama safety Xavier McKinney.
McKinney is an interchangeable safety who will be able to start at the NFL level on day one. While at Alabama, McKinney had 984 coverage snaps and three touchdowns allowed. Soak that in.
Especially after the Cowboys selected CeeDee Lamb to join Amari Cooper on offense, selecting an elite safety fills a big need for the Giants.
New York's newest addition Xavier McKinney can do it all pic.twitter.com/RUEIOUK5A9— PFF Draft (@PFF_College) April 24, 2020
Time for McKinney to design a Giants tattoo...
[7:24 p.m.] The Lions chose the second running back of the draft and the first of the night when they selected Georgia’s D’Andre Swift with the No. 35 pick.
[7:20 p.m.] The Colts chose another wide receiver in USC’s Michael Pittman. Expect to hear a lot of wide receiver’s names called tonight.
[7:15 p.m.] The Cincinnati Bengals started us off tonight by drafting Clemson star wide receiver, Tee Higgins. Smart and exciting move by the Bengals who give Joe Burrow a top-tier red-zone weapon.
Higgins is still maturing as a route runner but he demonstrated enough raw athletic ability in Dabo Swinney’s offense to keep the Bengals fan base excited about his playmaking skills.
[6:50 p.m.] Here with go at the start of night two and the rumors are already circulating. Looks like there might be some talks surrounding the Giants and a trade up. GM Dave Gettleman has of course, never traded up during his time with New York. Maybe there is a first time for everything?
A couple more teams to keep an eye on: The #Bears and #Giants have made calls about a potential trade-up quickly on tonight. We’ll see what transpires, but a good opportunity for action early. https://t.co/ygA2GHDbq6— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) April 24, 2020
If the Giants do not trade back though, their next pick will not be until No. 99. It would really hurt them to miss out on all of the talented players in the second round that could be selected between 36 and 99.
ESPN’s Adam Schefter tweeted that his personnel director has called this “the deepest second round in 25 years.” He believes there are 20 players available tonight that could have been first-round picks. Lots of potential starters still up for grabs.
No. 33 Tee Higgins - Cincinnati Bengals
No. 34 Michael Pittman - Indianapolis Colts
No. 35 D’Andre Swift - Detroit Lions
No. 36 Xavier McKinney - New York Giants
No. 37 Kyle Dugger - New England Patriots
No. 38 Yetur Gross-Matos - Carolina Panthers
No. 39 Robert Hunt - Miami Dolphins
No. 40 Ross Blacklock - Houston Texans
No. 41 Jonathan Taylor - Indianapolis Colts
No. 42 Laviska Shenault - Jacksonville Jaguars
No. 43 Cole Kmet - Chicago Bears
No. 44 Grant Delpit - Cleveland Browns
No. 45 Antoine Winfield - Tampa Bay Buccaneers
No. 46 KJ Hamler - Denver Broncos
No. 47 Marlon Davidson - Atlanta Falcons
No. 48 Darrell Taylor - Seattle Seahawks
No. 49 Chase Claypool - Pittsburgh Steelers
No. 50 Jaylon Johnson - Chicago Bears
No. 51 Trevon Diggs - Dallas Cowboys
No. 52 Cam Akers - Los Angeles Rams
No. 53 Jalen Hurts - Philadelphia Eagles
No. 54 AJ Epenesa - Buffalo Bills
No. 55 J.K. Dobbins - Baltimore Ravens
No. 56 Raekwon Davis - Miami Dolphins
No. 57 Van Jefferson - Los Angeles Rams
No. 58 Ezra Cleveland - Minnesota Vikings
No. 59 Denzel Mims - New York Jets
No. 60 Josh Ulce - New England Patriots
No. 61 Kristian Fulton - Tennesse Titans
No. 62 AJ Dillon - Green Bay Packers
No. 63 Willie Gay Jr. - Kansas City Chiefs
No. 64 Jeremy Chinn - Carolina Panthers
No. 65 Logan Wilson - Cincinnati Bengals
No. 66 Antonio Gibson - Washington Redskins
No. 67 Julian Okwara - Detroit Lions
No. 68 Ashtyn Davis - New York Jets
No. 69 Damien Lewis - Seattle Seahawks
No. 70 Brandon Jones - Miami Dolphins
No. 71 Justin Madubuike - Baltimore Ravens
No. 72 Josh Jones - Arizona Cardinals
No. 73 Davon Hamilton - Jacksonville Jaguars
No. 74 Zach Baun - New Orleans Saints
No. 75 Jonah Jackson - Detroit Lions
No. 76 Ke’Shawn Vaughn - Tampa Bay Buccaneers
No. 77 Michael Ojemudia - Denver Broncos
No. 78 Matt Hennessy - Atlanta Falcons
No. 79 Jabari Zuniga - New York Jets
No. 80 Lynn Bowden - Las Vegas Raiders
No. 81 Bryan Edwards - Las Vegas Raiders
No. 82 Neville Gallimore - Dallas Cowboys
No. 83 Lloyd Cushenberry III - Denver Broncos
No. 84 Terrell Lewis - Los Angeles Rams
No. 85 Julian Blackmon - Indianapolis Colts
No. 86 Zack Moss - Buffalo Bills
No. 87 Anfernee Jennings - New England Patriots
No. 88 Jordan Elliott - Cleveland Browns
No. 89 Cameron Dantzler - Minnesota Vikings
No. 90 Jonathan Greenard - Houston Texans
No. 91 Devin Asiasi - New England Patriots
No. 92 Devin Duvernay - Baltimore Ravens
No. 93 Darrynton Evans - Tennessee Titans
No. 94 Josiah Deguara - Green Bay Packers
No. 95 Mctelvin Agim - Denver Broncos
No. 96 Lucas Niang - Kansas City Chiefs
No. 97 Jacob Phillips - Cleveland Browns
No. 98 Malik Harrison - Baltimore Ravens
No. 99 Matt Peart - New York Giants
No. 100 Tanner Muse - Las Vegas Raiders
No. 101 Dalton Keene - New England Patriots
No. 102 Alex Highsmith - Pittsburgh Steelers
No. 103 Davion Taylor - Philadelphia Eagles
No. 104 Terrell Burgess - Los Angeles Rams
No. 105 Adam Trautman - Dayton
No. 106 Tyre Phillips - Baltimore Ravens