1. This will be the most-watched draft in history
The NFL has turned its annual draft into appointment viewing anyway, but the reality of people sitting at home (okay, except for those clowns in Florida) and desperate for some sport will undoubtedly send the ratings through the roof.
2. Roger Goodell will get booed
It’s tradition now for the crowd on to boo the Commish on draft day. You’d think he’d be safe this year, but the marketing geniuses at Bud Light have actually launched a competition that gives you a chance to boo Goodell virtually. PS: the money goes to charity.
The NFL Draft will be without an important tradition. And we just can't let that stand. Record your boos then post & tag @budlight and #BooTheCommish. We’ll deliver the boos to the Draft, and for each #BootheCommish thru April 25, we’ll donate $1 to NFL Draft-a-Thon up to $500K. pic.twitter.com/fnvcYDpZPW
— Bud Light (@budlight) April 20, 2020
3. Someone will have a technical malfunction
It’s bound to happen given the sheer number of participants and the technology involved. I don’t think a glitch will result in Joe Burrow falling to Cleveland at #10, but there will be someone who forgets to turn on a microphone.
— Giants Today (@NYGToday) April 13, 2020
4. One move will set off a massive chain reaction
It might be the Giants at #4 taking or passing on Isaiah Simmons. It might be the Dolphins or Chargers trading up to take a quarterback. It might be Arizona – a team with more options than most – taking anyone at #8. But someone is going to make an unexpected move or selection that sets off a chain reaction.
The Dolphins want to get ahead of the Giants, not for Tua, but for the best tackle. That's real.
— Michael Lombardi (@mlombardiNFL) April 22, 2020
5. Drew Brees will be mentioned
Not because of his record-setting performances or his appearances on Ellen, but because 14 years ago the Dolphins passed on a quarterback because of injury concerns…and it turned out to be Brees. Miami finds itself in a similar situation with Tua Tagovailoa whose rehabbed knee has given him an ‘unknown quantity’ status. Do the Dolphins pick him anyway? Or do they pick Justin Herbert instead? Either way, the name Brees will come up any number of times during the broadcast.
6. This might be the year of the Offensive Tackle
So much discussion has been around Tua or Herbert, when the real talk should probably involve Tristan Wirfs, Jedrick Wills, Mekhi Becton and Andrew Thomas. There are so many good offensive tackles in the draft that three could potentially go in the top 10 and five or more could go in the first round.
Daily draft nugget: Expecting 6-7 offensive tackles being selected in the first round. The big four + Josh Jones and Isaiah Wilson. Austin Jackson or Ezra Cleveland could slide in as well. #NFLDraft
— Jordan Raanan (@JordanRaanan) April 20, 2020
7. It’s not the year of the running back
While most experts think Wisconsin’s Jonathan Taylor will be taken in the first round, there is an outside chance that no running back will go in the first 32 picks.
8. Someone’s Twitter account will be a story
No matter how much social media education players are given, there’s always someone who has a controversial comment or photo somewhere on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook or god forbid, maybe even Tik Tok. Bills’ quarterback Josh Allen had to deal with it a few years ago…let’s hope there’s nothing too serious that comes out of this year’s draft.
9. The Rams’ new logo will get shredded on Twitter
Luckily it won’t happen until Day 2, but when L.A.’s selected player puts on the spanking new hat provided by the league, it could set off another firestorm of anti-logo tweets. The rebranding was such a nightmare that Rams ambassador and former superstar Eric Dickerson tried to (unsuccessfully) get it changed.
.@RamsNFL fans, I reviewed your comments regarding our new logos and share in your disappointment. I’ll be speaking with the Rams on our behalf. Please like if you prefer the logo on the left and retweet to vote for the logo on the right (Rams booster club).
-The Rambassador pic.twitter.com/wZuzCzwdER
— Eric Dickerson (@EricDickerson) March 25, 2020
10. Plenty of eyes on the Patriots
After the first ten or so picks, there might be a bit of attention on New England, especially after the defections of Tom Brady and Rob Gronkowski. Plenty of rumours have them trading up to grab quarterback Jordan Love of Utah State, and while Bill Belichick doesn’t give much away, he does love to wheel and deal on draft day. Watch this space.
High drama coming tomorrow with this 2020 #NFLDraft. Sense it.
— Louis Riddick (@LRiddickESPN) April 23, 2020