Follow Star-Advertiser Deputy Sports Editor Curtis Murayama as he provides a pick-by-pick blog and analysis.
Former Saint Louis School quarterback Tua Tagovailoa was picked No. 5 overall by the Miami Dolphins.
NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell signs off. This concludes the first-day of the NFL Draft. The second day will feature rounds 2 and 3, starting at 1 p.m. on Friday.
>> The Super Bowl champion Kansas City Chiefs close out the first-round of the draft with the selection of LSU RB
Clyde Edwards-Helaire at No. 32.
Curtis’ take: The team that won the Super Bowl with a nearly unstoppable offense just got more frightening. Patrick Mahomes and all his weapons with Edwards-Helaire is a scary thought. Edwards-Helaire, who looks much quicker than his 40 time he recorded at the combine, is a game-breaker in the Barry Sanders mold.
>> The Minnesota Vikings, after trading with San Francisco, pick TCU CB Jeff Gladney at No. 31.
Curtis’ take: The 5-10, 191-pound Gladney is athletic with good coverage skills. His measurables are all outstanding, running the 40-yard dash at 4.48, putting up 17 reps at 225 pounds and jumping 37.5 inches in the vertical.
>> The Miami Dolphins, after trading with Green Bay, who moved up to pick QB Jordan Love, select Noah Igbinoghene at No. 30.
Curtis’ take: A converted wide receiver, the 5-10, 198-pound Igbinoghene has cling-on ability, using his 4.48 speed. He also has strength (15 bench-press reps), athletic ability (37-inch vertical) and good genes, with both his parents being Olympic track athletes.
>> The Tennessee Titans select Georgia OT Isaiah Wilson at No. 29.
Curtis’ take: ESPN analysts (Mel Kiper Jr. and Daniel Jeremiah) call the 6-6, 350-pound Wilson a project who probably could have used another year in college. He did have a decent combine, with a 5.32 40-yard dash, 26 reps at 225 pounds and 29 inches in the vertical jump. His three-cone drill was one of the slowest at 8.26 seconds.
>> The Baltimore Ravens pick LSU LB Patrick Queen at No. 28.
Curtis’ take: The 6-0, 229-pound Queen was always around the ball and making plays, using his 4.5 speed. He also boasts strength (18 reps at 225) and athletic ability (35-inch vertical). His interception of Tua Tagovailoa at the end of the first half of their game led to a late touchdown and helped LSU take a commanding lead.
>> The Seattle Seahawks select Texas Tech LB Jordyn Brooks at No. 27.
Curtis’ take: The 6-foot, 240-pound Brooks, who recently declared himself 100 percent from a shoulder injury, is a tackling machine with 4.54 speed.
>> TRADE! The Green Bay Packers trade with the Miami Dolphins for the pick at No. 26. The Packers select Utah State QB Jordan Love.
Curtis’ take: Aaron Rodgers now knows how Brett Favre felt. But it worked once before when Rodgers slipped in the draft to No. 24 in 2005. He sat behind Favre for three years before taking over for good while being better than good. That could be the timeline that the Packers follow for the Rodgers’ succession plan. In the meantime, the Packers better add weapons for Rodgers in the next two days.
>> TRADE! The San Francisco 49ers, who had the 31st pick in the first round, trade with the Minnesota Vikings for No. 25 overall. San Francisco select Arizona State WR Brandon Aiyuk.
Curtis’ take: The 6-foot, 205-pound Aiyuk can beat defenses at all levels, especially with slants and deep routes. His other measurables include 11 bench-press reps and a 40-inch vertical on an 81-inch wingspan. Chris Biderman tweeted that Aiyuk has longer arms than 6-7 defensive lineman Arik Armstead. It is the third straight year that the 49ers have invested a high pick on a receiver. Last year, they picked Deebo Samuel in the second round and Jalen Hurd in the third. Two years ago, they moved up to pick struggling Dante Pettis in the second round.
>> The New Orleans Saints select Michigan C/G Cesar Ruiz at No. 24 overall.
Curtis’ take: The 6-3, 307-pound Ruiz (5.08 speed in 40, with 28 reps at 225 and a 33-inch vertical) is a high character player and a solid pivot. Predominantly a center, Ruiz can also play guard.
>> TRADE! The New England Patriots trade out of the first round to the Los Angeles Chargers and receive second- and third-round picks.
>> Los Angeles Chargers (from New England) pick Oklahoma LB Kenneth Murray at No. 23 overall.
Curtis’ take: Love the trade down by the Patriots. As far as the pick for the Chargers, the 6-2, 241-pound Murray can become a foundational player and a ring-leader of the defense. His measurables at the combine were outstanding, with a 4.52 40-yard dash, 21 reps of 225 pounds and a 38-inch vertical.
>> The Minnesota Vikings, with the first of two first-round picks, choose LSU WR Justin Jefferson at No. 22 overall.
Curtis’ take: The 6-1, 202-pound Jefferson was the college football playoffs breakout star who showed that he’s more than a slot receiver. His speed (4.42) at the combine was a surprise and probably sold teams that he could become a go-to receiver, something the Vikings need after losing Stefon Diggs.
>> The Philadelphia Eagles pick TCU WR Jalen Reagor at No. 21 overall.
Curtis’ take: The 5-11, 206-pound Reagor is a burner (4.47 40 speed) with strength (17 bench-press reps) and athletic ability (42-inch vertical jump).
>> The Jacksonville Jaguars, with their second pick in the first round (first pick was C.J. Henderson), select LSU edge rusher/linebacker K’Lavon Chaisson at No. 20 overall.
Curtis’ take: The 6-4, 254-pounder has pass-rush ability and has the talent to drop into coverage.
>> The Las Vegas Raiders, with their second first-round pick, selected Ohio State CB Damon Arnette at No. 19 overall.
Curtis’ take: For the second straight year, the Raiders pull a surprise in the first round with the pick of Arnette, who was projected to be a third-round pick. The 6-0, 195-pounder ran a 4.56 40 at the combine and was rated as the eighth-best cornerback in the draft by NFL Network’s Daniel Jeremiah.
>> The Miami Dolphins, with their second first-round pick, selected USC OT Austin Jackson at No. 18 overall.
Curtis’ take: The 6-5, 322-pound Jackson is young — just 20 — so the Dolphins might need to be patient. But he has potential to be a top OT, showing athletic ability and strength. His 40-time was 5.07 and he had 27 bench-press reps with a 31-inch vertical at the combine.
>> The Dallas Cowboys select Oklahoma WR CeeDee Lamb at No. 17 overall.
Curtis’ take: Wow, the Cowboys get the No. 1 receive on their board, according to Cowboy great Michael Irvin. The 6-2, 198-pound Lamb (4.5 speed in 40, 34.5-inch vertical) is a master of the YAC (yards-after-catch) with his uncanny ability to make people miss.
>> The Atlanta Falcons pick Clemson CB A.J. Terrell at No. 16 overall.
Curtis’ take: Terrell had a good season but not-so-good championship game against LSU. But up to that game, Terrell was having an excellent season, plus he has all the measurables at 6-1, 195, with 4.42 speed in the 40, 15 bench-press reps and 34.5-inch vertical jump.
>> The Denver Broncos pick Alabama WR Jerry Jeudy at No. 15 overall.
Curtis’ take: The 6-1, 193-pound Jeudy (4.45 speed in 40, 35-inch vertical) is the draft’s best route runner who also can get separation. The Broncos wanted to trade up for a receiver but in the end didn’t need to.
>> The San Francisco 49ers (from Tampa Bay) select South Carolina DT Javon Kinlaw No. 14 overall.
Curtis’ take: The 6-5, 324-pound Kinlaw is a disrupter who can also apply heat on the passer. He’s long, angular and slippery. As a pass rusher, he might be superior to Derrick Brown, who was picked No. 7 overall by the Panthers. The 49ers traded former Punahou and Oregon star DeForest Buckner to the Colts for the 13th pick. Kinlaw is capable of replacing Buckner and possibly more. Kinlaw was a South Carolina teammate of 49ers WR Deebo Samuel, who was picked in the second round last year and was a star in the Super Bowl.
>> TRADE! First trade of the day. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers trade with the San Francisco 49ers. The Bucs select Iowa OT Tristan Wirfs at No. 13 overall.
Curtis’ take: What a life Tom Brady is leading. He gets Gronk to come out of retirement and now gets pass protection upgrade with the pick of Wirfs. The nasty 6-5, 320-pound Wirfs was the star of the NFL Combine, which was the last memory of players. He ran the 40 in 4.85, had 24 bench-press reps and had a vertical leap of 36.5 inches. Wirfs was the man the Hawkeyes ran behind at right tackle, though he as the ability to play multiple positions along the offensive line.
Note: The Bucs give up a first (13th) and a fourth (117th) to the 49ers for a first (14th) and a seventh (245th).
>> The Las Vegas Raiders select Alabama WR Henry Ruggs III No. 12 overall.
Curtis’ take: It was like Al Davis was making this pick. The 5-11, 188-pound Ruggs is the next Tyreek Hill, who has been a difference-maker for the Chiefs since coming into the league. Ruggs has unreal measurables (4.27 speed in 40), something that Davis always loved.
>> The New York Jets pick Louisville OT Mekhi Becton at No. 11 overall.
Curtis’ take: The 6-7, 364-pound Becton (5.1 speed in 40, 23 bench-press reps) is a massive player whose upside is scary. The Jets needed to protect QB Sam Darnold. NFL Network’s Daniel Jeremiah rated Becton has the top-rated offensive tackle in the draft. Becton, however, was red-flagged with a failed drug test during the NFL Combine. The Jets also need a receiver. But the draft is considered deep in receivers.
>> The Cleveland Browns select offensive tackle Alabama OT Jedrick Wills at No. 10 overall.
Curtis’ take: Cleveland‘s offense is oozing with weapons. It was the O-line that couldn’t help triggerman Baker Mayfield last season. Signing Jack Conklin to play RT should boost the offensive, as would this pick. The 6-4, 312-pound Wills was solid in all phases at right tackle, a very polished technican who not only could use his body and feet but also was nasty. He needs to move to left tackle for the Browns.
>> The Jacksonville Jaguars select Florida cornerback C.J. Henderson at No. 9 overall.
Curtis’ take: Henderson (11 pass breakups last season) has supreme coverage ability. He boasts size (6-1, 204), speed (4.39), strength (20 bench-press reps) and other measurables (37.5-inch vertical, 10-feet, 4-inch broad jump).
>> The Arizona Cardinals picked Clemson do-everything LB Isaiah Simmons No. 8 overall.
Curtis’ take: A generational talent, the 6-4, 238-pound Simmons (4.39 speed in 40, 20 bench press reps, 39-inch vertical) can cover the entire field in the current wide-open NFL landscape. He can rush the passer, make plays on running plays in the backfield, go sideline-to-sideline to make tackles on the second level and can drop back and play a safety position. What he can’t do is take on big blockers, but that’s not today’s game. It’s chase in space. Ironically, the Cardinals had trouble covering tight ends, being torched by 49ers tight ends George Kittle and Ross Dwelley.
>> The Carolina Panthers chose Auburn DT Derrick Brown No. 7 overall.
Curtis’ take: Brown blows up plays from the inside. An offensive tackle also would make more sense than Herbert.
>> The Los Angeles Chargers pick Oregon QB Justin Herbert No. 6 overall.
Curtis’ take: The 6-6, 236-pound Herbert has all the tangibles but is raw.
>> The Miami Dolphins select Alabama and Saint Louis QB Tua Tagovailoa No. 5 overall.
Curtis’ take: If not for injuries, Tagovailoa would have been the first or second player picked. His gun-slinger mentality compares to Dan Marino, who wore Tua’s Alabama jersey number (13). Only injuries (major hip break and dislocation, ankle surgeries) kept him down. He set an Alabama record with 87 career touchdown passes. During the process, Tua was the most scrutinized player, often drawing criticism. In fact, former Jets GM Mike Tannenbaum said it would be “irresponsible to pick him in the top 10.” Maybe that’s why he’s a FORMER GM. It also was reported that three teams had taken Tua off their draft boards. But the Dolphins entered the draft with three first-round picks and two second-round slections and 14 picks overall, so why not gamble on the upside of a potential game-changing franchise quarterback?
Note: Tagovailoa is the first Nick Saban-coached QB selected in the first round of the NFL Draft; it was the only non-specialist position that Saban hadn’t had a first-round pick from entering this season.
>> The New York Giants pick Georgia OT Andrew Thomas No.4 overall.
Curtis’ take: The 6-5, 315-pound Thomas was the most consistent tackle in the draft. He plays left tackle while the others played right tackle.
>> The Detroit Lions selects Ohio State CB Jeff Okudah No. 3 overall.
Curtis’ take: No one took the bait. The Lions, who wanted to trade down, ended up selecting a player who filled their need. Okudah fills a void left by trade of Darius Slay. Ironically, Okudah had a professional relationship with Slay, patterned his game after him and wanted to play with him. Okudah, who is an astute student of the game, has shutdown corner qualities — size, athletic ability, adequate speed and a highly competitive attitude.
>> The Washington Redskins picked Ohio State defensive end Chase Young No. 2 overall.
Curtis’ take: The 6-5, 264-pound Young is the highest-rated player in this year’s draft. However, that’s a lot of first-round capital invested on the defensive front seven, following first-rounders Jonathan Allen, Daron Payne, Montez Sweat and Ryan Kerrigan. But it worked for the Super Bowl 49ers, who picked Nick Bosa last year and had five first-rounders in their D-line rotation last season.
>> The Cincinnati Bengals made it official, selecting LSU quarterback Joe Burrow with the No. 1 overall pick.
Curtis’ take: No brainer AND no drama. Bengals president Mike Brown welcomed Burrow to Cincinnati on Wednesday. Burrow is a Ohio native and if you believe the hype, he is a combination of Tom Brady, Peyton Manning and Joe Montana. He has terrific escapability, a cool presence about him, a good arm and is a top athlete. WHAT’S worse? The pressure he’ll feel from defenses or the pressure of expectations.
Quote: “To jump up to No. 1 is crazy,” said Burrow, who had a sixth-round grade from ESPN draft analyst Mel Kiper Jr. entering the season. “It’s a dream come true.”
A virtual draft
The 85th annual NFL Draft will be one of a kind.
Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, the seven-round player selection process was canceled from its original site in Las Vegas and instead will be a three-day virtual fundraiser that will benefit six charities battling the spread of the virus.
Only the first round will be held today, starting at 2 p.m.
The second and third rounds will be held Friday, starting at 1 p.m. Rounds four through seven will be held Saturday, starting at 6 a.m.
Teams will be allowed 10 minutes to make a selection in the first round, seven minutes in the second round, five minutes in rounds three through six, and four minutes in the final round.
The NFL will adhere to stay-at-home policies, where every person involved in the draft will work from home, including NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell, who will make the announcements from his New York home. Each team is allowed to have one IT specialist in the decision-maker’s dwelling. All 32 teams will be connected via one video conference.
The NFL shipped video equipment to 58 prospects who agreed to participate and be in the virtual green room. Among those participating will be LSU quarterback Joe Burrow and Ohio State defensive end Chase Young, the likely Nos. 1 and 2 picks in the draft. Also participating will be former Alabama and Saint Louis quarterback Tua Tagovailoa, the most intriguing prospect in the draft because of his skill set and health concerns.
Cincinnati, by virtue of having the worst record the previous season, will draft No. 1. In all, 32 picks will be made in the first round.
Below is the Star-Advertiser’s preview of the draft by positions:
>> Tight ends