Peter King’s Latest On 2020 NFL Draft

While Ohio State cornerback Jeff Okudah is widely viewed as the top defensive back in the 2020 draft class, at least one general manager thinks a portion of NFL decision-makers may have a different view. “I bet 40% of the teams in the league have C.J. Henderson higher on their boards than Okudah,” the anonymous GM told Peter King of NBC Sports. “Better cover guy.” Henderson, a Florida product with 30 total games and a 2019 All-SEC nod under his belt, is pegged as a first-round pick, but it would certainly be a surprise if he came off the board before Okudah, who is thought to be a potential top-five selection.

Let’s take a look at a few more draft tidbits from King’s latest column:

  • The Chargers‘ quarterback situation continues to a conundrum. While a source close to Los Angeles GM Tom Telesco tells King Telesco is high on Oregon signal-caller Justin Herbert, Chargers head coach Anthony Lynn has faith in incumbent Tyrod Taylor. In fact, Lynn might be comfortable starting Taylor even beyond the 2020 season.
  • While the Chargers may target a quarterback in the first round, don’t expect the Jaguars to go after a passer with the ninth overall pick, per King. Jacksonville intends to give 2019 sixth-rounder Gardner Minshew a legitimate shot at becoming a full-time NFL starter after trading veteran Nick Foles to the Bears earlier this month.
  • Although the 49ers are already loaded along their defensive line (even after trading DeForest Buckner to the Colts), they could still target even more front four help in the first round. Specifically, San Francisco could be eyeing a defensive tackle such as South Carolina’s Javon Kinlaw. The 49ers own both the 13th and 31st picks on Day 1 of the draft, leaving them ample opportunities to address nee areas.
  • The Cowboys may look to find a replacement for All-Pro center Travis Frederick after he announced his retirement earlier this year, but at least one rival executive tells King that Dallas won’t spend the 17th pick on a pivot. However, that same executive believes the Cowboys are fans of Michigan interior lineman Cesar Ruiz, and could trade down before selecting the ex-Wolverine.
  • One NFL GM tells King the Patriots “love” Herbert, but may not be infatuated enough to trade up from pick No. 23. Indeed, New England would likely need to sacrifice a 2021 first-round pick in order to move into Herbert range.
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12 comments on “Peter King’s Latest On 2020 NFL Draft

    • Kwflanne

      He shouldn’t even have a job now…. terrible hire. People look at the postseason year and say “hey they were 12-4, he’s a good coach”…. Norv Turner has a 13-3 season with the Chargers, does that mean he’s a good head coach? Nope. Lynn is a GREAT character guy….. not a good head coach

  1. Dalton1017

    that is the smartest thing the cowboys could do. maybe trade with a team like the bears and get an extra 1st in next year’s draft…

    Cowboys trade 1st and 4th to Bears
    Cowboys get 2020 2nd and 2021 1st

    later trade with the Seahawks
    get back in the first by trade a 2nd and a 3rd for a 1st and a 5th

    • compassrose

      Seattle will trade their first. Not sure about the value of the trades. I hate to help the Cowboys but JS and PC are much better than JJ and might be able to improve much more than your idea. The draft will be interesting and love watching it.

    • Jcool90

      Lol the cowgirls will never WIN A SB as long as J Jones is alive and running and DAK is QB. SORRY I’m not sounding cruel but, just facts homes.

  2. Big Angry Baby

    Jaguars might as well continue their trend of “passing” on potentially great QB’s in this Draft just as they have with Mahomes and Watson. Jacksonville continues to suck on the offensive side of the ball and does nothing about it.

  3. crosseyedlemon

    King is getting as bad as Florio for providing reports based on anonymous or unnamed sources.

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