NFL Player News: All Positions

News: Prescott will play under the Cowboys' franchise tag during the 2020 season after failing to reach a long-term extension with the team prior to Wednesday's deadline.
Impact: Prescott is now slated to earn $31.4 million in 2020 after signing the franchise tender back in late June, per Todd Archer of The two sides won't be able to open up extension talks until after the coming season, and it's possible that Prescott could play under the franchise tag again in 2021. In any case, the 26-year-old -- who logged a career high 4,902 passing yards in 2019 -- will continue to helm a Dallas offense that also features a strong wideout nucleus featuring Amari Cooper, Michael Gallup and first-round draft pick CeeDee Lamb, as well as a top-tier running back in Ezekiel Elliott.
News: Henry agreed Wednesday with the Titans on a four-year deal worth $50 million, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.
Impact: Henry's new deal with Tennessee includes $25.5 million guaranteed and comes on the heels of the organization inking quarterback Ryan Tannehill to a long-term pact earlier this offseason. With that, Henry, who was the NFL's leading rusher in 2019 with 1,540 yards, will continue to head the Titans' backfield and remains a top option at his position in both real-life and fantasy terms. The Titans invested a third-round pick this spring into Darrynton Evans, who is slated to serve as a change-of-pace option behind the newly extended Henry.
News: Mahomes agreed Monday with the Chiefs on a 10-year contract extension, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.
Impact: The initial report doesn't provide details beyond the length, but there's no doubt it will be the largest contract in NFL history for both total value and guaranteed money. Mahomes is entering his fourth pro season and will turn 25 in September.
News: Newton has agreed to terms on a one-year contract with the Patriots, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.
Impact: Newton, who turned 31 last month, finally finds a home after he was released by the Panthers in March. Ian Rapoport of NFL Network notes that his incentive-laden one-year deal is worth up to $7.5 million, and it seems likely the contract includes a small guaranteed amount. In any case, Newton will enter a nice situation to maximize his talents in New England, and his combination of talent and experience should make him the favorite to enter the season as the starter. However, sophomore signal-caller Jarrett Stidham could still get a chance to compete, given the confidence coach Bill Belichick has expressed in him throughout the offseason.
News: Coach Kevin Stefanski says Beckham (abdomen) is fully recovered from offseason surgery, Andrew Gribble of the Browns' official site reports.
Impact: Beckham played through a sports hernia injury all of last season, suiting up for every game but producing a career-low 64.7 yards per contest. It sounds like he'll be ready to practice whenever the Browns are able to start training camp, while fellow wide receiver Jarvis Landry is facing a longer timeline in his rehab from February hip surgery. Beckham is a good bet to rebound in 2020, though his history of lower-body injuries suggests it may be a challenge to play all 16 games again.
News: Prescott signed his franchise tag from the Cowboys on Monday, David Helman of the team's official site reports.
Impact: The Cowboys extended the exclusive version of the tag, which gave Prescott no chance to talk with other organizations as a bargaining tool. With that figure at $31.4 million for the 2020 season, his representatives have until July 15 to reach agreement on a contract extension, but those talks have stalled as the Cowboys are aiming to lock Prescott into a five-year deal, while the quarterback is seeking four more years. In any case, Prescott now is obligated to report for the start of training camp.
News: Prescott intends to sign his $31.4 million franchise tender with the Cowboys by Monday, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.
Impact: The two sides still have until July 15 to agree to an extension, but signing the tender means Prescott will be contractually obligated to report for the start of training camp, ending any potential of a holdout. The 26-year-old has been in communication with new coach Mike McCarthy despite not participating in the team's offseason program, but due to the offseason restrictions from COVID-19, he hasn't missed any on-field activities.
News: The 49ers revealed Thursday that Samuel suffered a Jones fracture in his left foot while training with teammates earlier this week, ESPN's Nick Wagoner reports.
Impact: Per the report, Samuel's injury -- which will require surgical repair -- entails "a break between the base and the middle part of the fifth metatarsal of the foot." While Ian Rapoport of NFL Network previously suggested that Samuel "should return within 12-16 weeks," a timetable that would presumably result in missed regular-season action for the wideout, ESPN's Adam Schefter offers the more optimistic take that Samuel is expected to be available for Week 1 action. Supporting that notion is that Matt Maiocco of NBC Sports Bay Area relays that Samuel believes he'll be back in 10 weeks.
News: Elliott is reportedly among the multiple Cowboys and Texans players who have recently tested positive for COVID-19, Grant Gordon of reports.
Impact: Per the report, Elliott's agent relayed to NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport that the running back is "feeling good." Gordon adds that none of the players who reportedly tested positive are thought "to have been in their team facilities and the Cowboys and Texans teams followed proper health protocols." In a statement that Rapoport obtained, the Cowboys noted "due to federal and local privacy laws, we are unable to provide information regarding the personal health of any of our employees."
News: Michel underwent foot surgery in May, Mike Reiss of reports.
Impact: The procedure reportedly was "maintenance-based" to relieve lingering discomfort, rather than addressing a severe injury. It isn't clear if Michel will be ready for the start of training camp, though he's already back in Foxborough for rehab work. Damien Harris and Rex Burkhead should get more snaps with the first-team offense if Michel isn't available this summer. The 2018 first-round pick has a troubling history of right knee injuries -- he also dealt with ankle, arm and shoulder injuries in college -- but this is the first report of any issue with his foot.
News: Cook announced Monday that he intends to exercise a holdout from team activities until he receives a "reasonable" extension, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.
Impact: Heading into the final year of his rookie deal, in which he would play under a $1.3 million salary if not extended, it's not surprising to see Cook make use of what leverage he has and hold out from all team-related activities. Schefter reports that the Pro Bowler "will not be showing up for camp or beyond" until the Vikings offer him an extension, a hint that Cook could tentatively carry his holdout into the regular season should it come to that. The 24-year-old was one of the premier ball carriers in the league through 14 regular-season contests last season, accruing 1,135 yards on 250 carries (4.5 YPC), in addition to 13 touchdowns. He also showcased top notch receiving abilities, hauling in 53 passes for 519 yards. Behind Cook, Alexander Mattison and Mike Boone are next up on Minnesota's depth chart.
News: Flacco (neck) agreed to a one-year, $1.5 million contract with the Jets on Friday, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.
Impact: Flacco isn't automatically considered a starter at this point in his career, but he will get an opportunity to serve in a backup role to Sam Darnold when he's healthy. Per Schefter, Flacco is expected to be available for non-contact work when training camp begins and figures to be cleared in full in September. He opened 2019 as the starter for the Broncos, but a neck injury cost him the back half of the campaign after he compiled 1,822 passing yards and a 6:5 TD:INT ratio over eight games. Flacco's new deal can net him up to $4.5 million if he hits his incentive-based bonuses.
News: Gore agreed Tuesday with the Jets on a one-year contract, the running back's agent, Drew Rosenhaus, told Adam Schefter of ESPN.
Impact: Though Gore was most interested in reuniting with his hometown Dolphins this offseason to potentially cap off his career, he'll instead latch on with one of Miami's AFC East rivals for his 16th NFL season. The soon-to-be 37-year-old's familiarity with Jets coach Adam Gase from their time together with the Dolphins during the 2018 season likely factored heavily into Gore's decision to join New York. After averaging a career-low 3.6 yards per carry with Buffalo in 2019 and providing little impact as a pass catcher, Gore doesn't appear to have much left to offer from an on-field perspective at this stage of his career. Expect him to handle only a limited role behind lead back Le'Veon Bell, with much of Gore's work likely to come in short-yardage situations.
News: Dalton agreed to a one-year, $3 million contract worth up to $7 million with the Cowboys on Saturday, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.
Impact: The 32-year-old was cut by the Bengals earlier in the week, and it only took a couple days for him to latch on with a new club, though he's clearly not signing as a starter. There was significant speculation of Dalton landing with a team lacking a proven quarterback, but the TCU product will return to Texas to serve as the backup for Dak Prescott.
News: Trubisky (shoulder) will not have his fifth-year option picked up, Tom Pelissero of NFL Network reports.
Impact: This shouldn't come as a major surprise given the Bears' offseason acquisition of Nick Foles. While the fifth-year, $24 million option would have only been guaranteed for injury, it's still a tremendous financial commitment to a quarterback that has failed to live up to his draft-day expectations. The Bears have hinted it's still an open competition between Foles and the 2017 No. 3 overall pick, even suggesting Trubisky will take the first snap of training camp, but the former Jaguar appears to be the frontrunner at the moment based on this latest transaction alone.
News: The Jaguars have elected to decline Fournette's (neck) fifth-year option, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.
Impact: Fournette has been the subject of trade talks throughout the offseason but nothing has materialized at this point, positioning the fourth-year back to lead Jacksonville's backfield again in 2020. The team's unwillingness to pick up Fournette's fifth-year option reinforces the notion that it is ready to move on from the back, so it wouldn't be shocking to see him traded at some point. Even if he sticks around for all of this upcoming season, it will presumably be his last with the Jaguars.
News: The Bengals are releasing Dalton on Thursday, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.
Impact: Unable to find a trade, the Bengals finally relented and now will allow Dalton to become an unrestricted free agent. The move frees up $17.7 million in cap space for Cincinnati, while the 32-year-old quarterback figures to have limited options at this juncture of the offseason.
News: Winston (thumb) agreed to terms on a one-year deal with the Saints on Tuesday.
Impact: The Saints and Winston have been finalizing the contract over the last few days, and the deal is now official with the passing of Monday's deadline for signings factoring into the 2021 compensatory pick formula. The departure of Teddy Bridgewater this offseason would appear to open up the backup job for Winston, but he instead likely will be in competition for the job with holdover Taysom Hill. Even with an injury to Drew Brees, Winston isn't guaranteed to immediately lead the offense as Bridgewater did last season. However, spending a year under the tutelage of Brees and Sean Payton should still prove beneficial after the 2015 first-overall pick led the NFL with 30 interceptions last year.
News: Winston (thumb) is in the process of finalizing a one-year contract with the Saints, Charles Robinson of Yahoo Sports reports.
Impact: Reports surfaced shortly after the conclusion of the 2020 NFL Draft on Saturday that the Saints were interested in bringing Winston aboard, and the two sides were apparently able to quickly hammer out the parameters of a deal. As Mike Triplett of notes, the Saints may choose to wait until after 4 p.m. ET on Monday to make Winston's signing official, as New Orleans wouldn't lose out on a future compensatory draft choice after that deadline. Assuming the deal ultimately gets finalized, Robinson notes that Winston wouldn't be guaranteed the top backup quarterback job that was vacated when Teddy Bridgewater signed with Carolina in March; instead, Winston would be forced to battle with holdover Taysom Hill for the No. 2 role in a best-case scenario. Even though Winston's path to a starting gig in New Orleans would be blocked barring an injury to Drew Brees, the opportunity to spend a developmental year under offensive guru Sean Payton could help the 26-year-old cash in as a free agent next offseason in a manner similar to Bridgewater, who signed a three-year, $63 million deal with the Panthers.
News: Goodwin (knee) was traded to the Eagles from the 49ers on Saturday, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.
Impact: That's now three Day 3 trades made by the 49ers during the 2020 NFL Draft, with the latter two (Matt Breida to the Dolphins being the other) saving the team around $7 million in cap space this season. After a 2019 campaign that saw the Eagles decimated by injuries and ineffectiveness, Philadelphia has aggressively added speed to its receiving corps, first with the first-round selection of Jalen Reagor and now the addition of Goodwin. The 2012 Olympic long jumper isn't any more of an obvious starting wide receiver than when he was with San Francisco, but he's an intriguing weapon in an offense that was essentially devoid of any sort of speed, and he should at minimum be a useful gadget player and returner in his new home.
News: Breida was traded to the Dolphins on Saturday for a fifth-round pick, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.
Impact: Raheem Mostert's improbable playoff run gave the 49ers yet another running back to their burgeoning glut, so it makes sense to see Breida move for a relatively healthy compensation. The third-year tailback has yet to register a season with more than 180 touches, but he could soon find plenty of work in the Dolphins' backfield. A two-year, $10 million offseason deal with Jordan Howard figures to block Breida's immediate path to the starting lineup, but the former 49er is unquestionably the more explosive of the two backfield options and likely will get plenty of chances to unseat the Indiana product's grapple hold on the two-down carries.
News: Trubisky (shoulder) may not have his fifth-year option picked up by the Bears, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.
Impact: This seems rather obvious considering the Bears traded a fourth-round compensatory pick to the Jaguars for Nick Foles in what was billed by the front office as a means to "improve the competition" at quarterback, but it's still a relatively important note considering the team has until May 4 to make a final decision. If the Bears do surprisingly choose to opt in for the fifth and final year, Trubisky's 2021 salary would be projected to be around $24 million.
News: The Buccaneers selected Vaughn in the third round of the 2020 NFL Draft, 76th overall.
Impact: Running back was a need for the Buccaneers and they were able to address it late on Day 2. Vaughn comes to the NFL from Vanderbilt, where he had a productive career for the Commodores. He ran for over 1,000 yards in each of his last two seasons, highlighted by his 2018 campaign in which he racked up 1,244 yards on 7.9 YPC. Vaughn isn't a standout athlete -- he ran a 4.51 in the 40-yard dash and was average to below-average in the jumps. Still he has plenty of juice when he's on the field and with Tampa Bay's weak running back depth chart, he should find his way into the carry rotation as a rookie.
News: The Redskins selected Gibson in the third round of the 2020 NFL Draft, 66th overall.
Impact: Gibson is yet another versatile offensive weapon emanating from Memphis. He had explosive production in 2019, catching 38 of 56 targets for 735 yards, good for 19.3 yards per reception. He also took 33 carries for 369 yards and four scores. The Tony Pollard comparison is obvious given the same background, but Gibson is more athletic with a denser frame. Gibson is 6-foot and 228 pounds, and he runs a 4.39-second 40-yard dash. He should push for a starting role in three-wide sets right away in Washington and the Redskins can get creative with how they choose to deploy him.
News: The Packers selected Dillon in the second round of the 2020 NFL Draft, 62nd overall.
Impact: This is an interesting pick considering Green Bay already has an excellent starting running back in Aaron Jones, but perhaps the Packers are looking to upgrade their depth there. Dillon is a physical force, checking in at 247 pounds with 4.53 speed and explosive lower body strength that was evidenced by his 41-inch vertical and 131-inch broad jump at the combine. He had three 1,000-yard seasons at Boston College, though he was only able to complement that production with 21 career receptions. Dillon will be a hammer in obvious run situations, yet his lack of versatility lowers his overall snap projection. If nothing else, opposing defenses won't look forward to tackling Dillon once the weather turns at Lambeau.
News: The Ravens selected Dobbins in the second round of the 2020 NFL Draft, 55th overall.
Impact: The Ravens' running game was already producing at an elite level, so Dobbins' talents weren't exactly necessary for Baltimore. At the same time, the former Ohio State star is very likely a standout talent at running back, one whose abilities could soon prove superior to those of Mark Ingram, not to mention Gus Edwards and Justice Hill. Dobbins didn't do athletic tests due to an ankle issue at the combine, but he should eventually fill out to about 215 pounds (209 at the combine) on a 5-foot-9 frame and otherwise showed the ability to turn the corner at Ohio State. After running for 4,459 yards (6.2 YPC) for the Buckeyes over 42 games, Dobbins should be expected to turn into a three-down standout in the relatively near future. For the short term, though, it might be difficult to displace a runner as good as Ingram.
News: The Rams selected Akers in the second round of the 2020 NFL Draft, 52nd overall.
Impact: With Todd Gurley gone, many expected the Rams to see what they had in 2019 draft pick Darrell Henderson and Malcolm Brown. However, it's not overly surprising that the Rams would test the running back market early in the draft. Akers was a highly rated recruit at Florida State whose career never truly took off due to reasons outside his control. The Seminoles had some of the worst offensive lines in all of college football during his time in Tallahassee, so he was often met in the backfield and had to create a lot of yardage on his own. That's not to say that Akers wasn't responsible at all for his middling yards-per-carry mark for his career (4.9). Still, Akers has projectable tools that should translate to the NFL, including a dense frame at 5-foot-10 and 217 pounds with 4.47 speed and impressive lower-body explosiveness. He was also productive as a pass catcher, reeling in 30 of 42 targets for 225 yards and four scores as a junior in 2019. Look for Akers to make an immediate push for carries in a suddenly crowded but unproven Rams backfield.
News: The Broncos selected Hamler in the second round of the 2020 NFL Draft, 46th overall.
Impact: Denver continues to take advantage of a deep receiver class by taking its second wideout of the draft in Hamler, who joins Jerry Jeudy in the Mile High City. Hamler is extremely undersized, checking in at 5-foot-8 and 178 pounds, but he makes up for it with blistering speed. He did not run at the combine but there have been some reported unofficial 40-yard times under 4.4 seconds. Hamler, a Penn State product, seems ticketed for slot work in Denver and could supplant fellow Nittany Lion DaeSean Hamilton. Hamler caught 98 of 173 targets for 1,658 yards and 13 touchdowns in his two seasons at Happy Valley.
News: The Jaguars selected Shenault in the second round of the 2020 NFL Draft, 42nd overall.
Impact: Jacksonville adds a versatile piece to its receiving corps with the addition of Shenault out of Colorado. Shenault is an interesting case -- he has had some injury concerns over the course of his career but is dominant when healthy. His best stats came as a sophomore in 2018, when he caught 86 of 110 targets for 1,011 yards and six touchdowns while also taking 17 carries for 115 yards and five touchdowns on the ground. But Shenault played just nine games that year and underwent core muscle surgery after the combine this year. He has a dense build in the mold of A.J. Brown, checking in at 6-foot and 227 pounds, though his testing measurables weren't quite at Brown's level. Still, Shenault has that same type of after-the-catch ability that makes him a threat any time he has the ball. He can be a major asset in the short and intermediate passing game for Gardner Minshew.
News: The Colts selected Taylor in the second round of the 2020 NFL Draft, 41st overall.
Impact: The Colts traded up to make this pick, taking Cleveland's selection at the 41st spot. Taylor (5-foot-10, 226) is likely the best yet of Wisconsin's long line of impressive running backs. Taylor perhaps has pass-catching limitations, but Marlon Mack has played a big rushing-specialist role with the Colts, and Taylor figures to lay claim to most of that work going forward. Taylor needs to stop fumbling and could stand to improve as a receiver, but as a pure runner he is basically infallible. Taylor ran for 6,174 yards (6.7 YPC) and 50 touchdowns in 41 career games, then put up a 4.39-second 40-yard dash at the combine. Mack's days as starter are numbered.
News: The Lions selected Swift in the second round of the 2020 NFL Draft, 35th overall.
Impact: Swift (5-foot-8, 212) doesn't have the build to imply a big NFL workload, but there's no question that the former Georgia star is a more dangerous runner and pass catcher than incumbent starter Kerryon Johnson. Johnson of course demonstrated his own considerable skill through his first two NFL seasons, but Swift is probably a level or two better. After running for 2,885 yards (6.6 YPC) in 43 career games at Georgia, Swift established himself as a candidate to eventually emerge as the top running back in this class. As much as he won't disappear either way, Johnson is the underdog in this fight.
News: The Colts selected Pittman in the second round of the 2020 NFL Draft, 34th overall.
Impact: Indianapolis is adding some size to its receiver room with the addition of Pittman out of USC. Pittman, son of former NFL running back Michael Pittman Sr., checks in at 6-foot-4 and 223 pounds with 4.52 speed. He broke out as a senior in 2019, catching 101 of 136 targets for 1,275 yards (9.38 YPT) and 11 touchdowns. Pittman is a complete receiver who can run the whole route tree and can win jump balls on the outside. He should immediately push for a starting role in three-wide sets for Indianapolis.
News: The Bengals selected Higgins in the second round of the 2020 NFL Draft, 33rd overall.
Impact: Higgins (6-foot-4, 216) falls this far due to his middling workout metrics, but his production and film earn top-shelf grades. Credited with a pro day 40 time as bad as 4.59 seconds but as good as 4.43 seconds, there was no obvious consensus on how the NFL viewed Higgins' athletic tools. When you watch Higgins on tape, he shows the ability to threaten the defense vertically, and he demonstrated substantial skill by establishing himself as the top Clemson wideout over the last two years. With Higgins, A.J. Green, Tyler Boyd and John Ross all in the fold, the Bengals are exceptionally deep at receiver all of a sudden. Auden Tate still lurks in the background, too.
News: The Chiefs selected Edwards-Helaire in the first round of the 2020 NFL Draft, 32nd overall.
Impact: Edwards-Helaire is somewhat surprisingly the first running back off the board, but he's clearly a fine selection for the Chiefs even given his prior underdog status. At 5-foot-7, 207 pounds, Edwards-Helaire is densely built despite a frame that looks small at a glance, and his movements are both rapid and precise. Polished as a pass catcher out of the backfield, Edwards-Helaire resembles former Andy Reid star Brian Westbrook in terms of build, athleticism and skill set. Damien Williams was utterly dominant for the Chiefs the last two seasons when healthy, so while CEH is the runner of the future for the Chiefs, Williams could mostly hold him off for another year with better durability luck.
News: The Packers selected Love in the first round of the 2020 NFL Draft, 26th overall.
Impact: Green Bay traded up from 30 to take a player who's ostensibly the long-term replacement for Aaron Rodgers, evidently unconcerned that the team's short-term political stability might be harmed in the process. To make this pick is to undermine Rodgers and the immediate competitiveness of the Packers, and no lip service can get around that fact. If Matt LaFleur can turn Love's raw skills into polished production, then the alienation this pick brings might be redeemed in hindsight. For now, though, Love arrives from Utah State with substantial turnover concerns despite his plus physical tools at 6-foot-4, 224 pounds.
News: The 49ers selected Aiyuk (core muscle surgery) in the first round of the 2020 NFL Draft, 25th overall.
Impact: San Francisco moved up from pick 31 to 25 to get its receiver of choice after a bit of a run at the position. The 49ers lost Emmanuel Sanders in free agency and had questionable depth at that position beyond Deebo Samuel coming into Thursday. Aiyuk was a big-play receiver at Arizona State, averaging 18.3 yards per reception in 2019 and proving to be a problem for defenses after the catch. He doesn't have standout speed with a 4.5 40-yard dash, but his top-notch jumps, including a 40-inch vertical, underline his short-area explosiveness. Aiyuk adds another physical presence at wideout for the 49ers alongside Samuel. It's worth noting that he underwent core muscle surgery in April, so his availability for the start of training camp will be something to monitor.
News: The Vikings selected Jefferson in the first round of the 2020 NFL Draft, 22nd overall.
Impact: The draft pick acquired in the Stefon Diggs trade turned out to be Jefferson (6-foot-1, 202 pounds), who was ruthlessly effective for LSU in 2019. Jefferson was good in 2018 too, though, so he was no one-year wonder. Jefferson might not be the greatest fit for a two-TE offense like Minnesota's -- he plays best in the slot, which there won't be in any balanced two-TE formation. Jefferson will likely play well for his own part, but the Vikings offense lacks speed and defenses might feel free to bracket the safeties over Jefferson and Adam Thielen. Still, Jefferson is well-situated for both redraft and dynasty purposes -- Tajae Sharpe cannot keep Jefferson on the bench.
News: The Eagles selected Reagor in the first round of the 2020 NFL Draft, 21st overall.
Impact: Reagor (5-foot-11, 206 pounds) saw his hype cool off a bit after a slightly disappointing 40 time at the combine (4.47 seconds), which tells you something about just how fast the former TCU star looks on the field. A 4.47 at 206 pounds would normally be a point of praise, but Reagor was expected to run more like a 4.30-second 40. Still, Reagor's on-field speed is utterly convincing. His vertical (42 inches) and broad jump (138 inches) are better measures of Reagor's athleticism, and it looks like Philadelphia concluded as much. With the Eagles going to a two-tight end base offense, speed like Reagor's will force the safeties to lay off Zach Ertz and Dallas Goedert a bit underneath. Reagor is a top dynasty league target, though in redraft leagues he'll face the challenging task of displacing Alshon Jeffery and DeSean Jackson.
News: The Cowboys selected Lamb in the first round of the 2020 NFL Draft, 17th overall.
Impact: Lamb (6-foot-2, 198 pounds) has the frame and skill set to become a WR1 in the NFL, though that obviously will be a challenging perch to reach with Amari Cooper and Michael Gallup already in Dallas along with a hungry ground game led by Ezekiel Elliott. Something like a bigger, faster and all-around better version of Brandon Lloyd, Lamb is an effortless and natural wide receiver who was arguably better at Oklahoma than former teammate and 2019 first-round pick Marquise Brown. Lamb's arrival to Dallas raises the ceiling of Dak Prescott while arguably harming the projections of Cooper, Gallup and tight end Blake Jarwin. The third wideout off the board after Henry Ruggs (Las Vegas) and Jerry Jeudy (Denver), Lamb probably faces a tougher path to high volume than the Alabama duo.
News: The Broncos selected Jeudy in the first round of the 2020 NFL Draft, 15th overall.
Impact: Denver likely wasn't expecting Jeudy to be available at 15, but only Henry Ruggs came off the board among receivers in the first 14 picks. Jeudy is the best route runner in the class and can work outside or in the slot. He has legitimate field-stretching speed with a 4.45 40-yard dash, but Jeudy does have a slight frame at 6-foot-1 and 193 pounds. Jeudy's production at Alabama stands out, especially in his final two years in which he caught 145 of 214 targets for 2,478 yards (11.5 YPT) and 24 touchdowns. He stands to be Denver's No.2 receiver opposite Courtland Sutton and profiles as a viable fantasy option as a rookie, especially if quarterback Drew Lock can take another step in his development.
News: The Raiders selected Ruggs in the first round of the 2020 NFL Draft, 12th overall.
Impact: Ruggs (5-foot-11, 188) goes ahead of CeeDee Lamb and former Alabama teammate Jerry Jeudy to be the first wide receiver selected in the 2020 Draft. Ruggs and his 4.27-second 40 speed will force defenses to approach the Raiders offense with an entirely different mentality, the big-play threat posed by Ruggs both deterring the blitz and opening up room underneath for the likes of Darren Waller and Hunter Renfrow. Ruggs is more likely to play decoy roles than Lamb or Jeudy and therefore is still probably ranked behind them in early fantasy projections, but Ruggs has major upside of his own, even outside of his decoy utility.
News: The Browns selected Wills in the first round of the 2020 NFL Draft, 10th overall.
Impact: Wills (6-foot-4, 312 pounds) is an undersized tackle, but he makes up for it with his plus athleticism and standout skill set. Jack Conklin is expected to start at right tackle for the Browns, which would mean Wills will move to the left side after playing right tackle at Alabama. With standout workout numbers (5.05-second 40, 34.5-inch vertical), Wills proved he has the athletic tools necessary to project well in Kevin Stefanski's zone-heavy scheme. The Browns are likely set at tackle for at least the next three years.
News: The Jaguars selected Henderson in the first round of the 2020 NFL Draft, ninth overall.
Impact: With Jalen Ramsey gone, the Jaguars didn't wait long to address their need at corner by selecting Henderson with their first of two first-round selections. He is widely considered the second-best corner behind Jeff Okudah, who went No.3 overall to the Lions. Henderson was a shadow corner on the outside during his time at Florida, often matching up against the opponent's top receivers. He ran the second-fastest 40-yard dash among cornerbacks at 4.39 seconds, which underlines his standout athleticism overall. There are some questions about his willingness as a tackler, but Henderson's pure coverage skills will be an asset in the Jacksonville defensive backfield.
News: The Cardinals selected Simmons in the first round of the 2020 NFL Draft, eighth overall.
Impact: Simmons (6-foot-4, 238) is capable of playing many or most defensive positions, but it would probably be an underestimation to call the former Clemson star a 'jack of all trades.' Something more like a king of all trades could be in play, because Simmons' elite athleticism (4.39-second 40, 39-inch vertical, 132-inch broad jump) leaves him with room to project further developmental upside. Capable of run defense, pass rush and coverage from all of the linebacker, nickel corner and safety positions, Simmons should be the modern Julian Peterson.
News: The Panthers selected Brown in the first round of the 2020 NFL Draft, seventh overall.
Impact: Carolina had a bevy of solid defensive options available at the seventh pick and opted to bolster its defensive interior with Auburn's Brown, the best defensive tackle in the class. Brown has tremendous play strength and the tape shows a disruptive player who can blow up plays in the backfield. However, the lack of production -- 8.5 sacks and 22.5 tackles for loss over his last two years -- and middling athleticism for his position raise some questions about his ceiling. Brown figures to be a force in the middle for the Panthers' defensive line.
News: The Chargers selected Herbert in the first round of the 2020 NFL Draft, sixth overall.
Impact: Herbert (6-foot-6, 236) is the third quarterback off the board following Joe Burrow (Cincinnati, first overall) and Tua Tagovailoa (Miami, fifth overall), but he offers similar fantasy intrigue as the first two. That's largely because Herbert brings plus athleticism with his big frame, logging a 4.68-second 40-yard dash and demonstrating intriguing rushing upside in the process. Herbert likely doesn't have as much natural passing talent as Tagovailoa or Burrow, but he is no slouch himself in that regard, throwing for 95 touchdowns versus 23 interceptions in his Oregon career.
News: The Dolphins selected Tagovailoa in the first round of the 2020 NFL Draft, fifth overall.
Impact: Tagovailoa was arguably the most polarizing player in this year's draft. The Alabama product might have been the first overall pick if not for his lengthy and concerning injury history that includes surgeries on both ankles as well as a serious hip injury suffered in November. Much has been made of his recovery from the hip injury, but as evidenced by the selection here, the Dolphins are confident that he will be their quarterback of the future. When healthy, Tagovailoa is a difference-maker at quarterback. He has remarkable anticipation and accuracy and has enough mobility to make plays outside the pocket. Some may question whether his gaudy production would have been the same if he didn't have an NFL-caliber receiving corps at his disposal, but the film shows that he wasn't simply propped up by the talent around him. The next question is whether Miami plans to "redshirt" him in 2020 to let him fully recover and learn behind Ryan Fitzpatrick or get him behind center right away.
News: The Giants selected Thomas in the first round of the 2020 NFL Draft, fourth overall.
Impact: Thomas (6-foot-5, 315) is the first tackle off the board, which would have been an upset as recently as one week before the draft. Tristan Wirfs and Jedrick Wills were often projected as the first tackles off the board, but Thomas was always a fine candidate to go first in the group. With 36 and 1/8-inch arms to go with plus all-around athleticism, the Georgia Bulldog has the range and reach to seal off the pass rush like few tackles can. After just turning 21 in January, Thomas has plenty of time to further develop his already impressive physical profile and skill set.
News: The Lions selected Okudah in the first round of the 2020 NFL Draft, third overall.
Impact: Okudah is the latest in a long line of stellar cornerbacks to come out of Ohio State. A rangy defender with sticky coverage skills, Okudah checks in at 6-foot-1 and 205 pounds. He worked as an outside cornerback during his time with the Buckeyes and profiles as a shutdown corner at the next level. Okudah possesses physicality to jam receivers at the line and the instincts to stick with receivers down the field. With Darius Slay being dealt this offseason, cornerback was a major need for the Lions and Okudah more than fills that need. He is the NFL's highest drafted cornerback since Shawn Springs (also No. 3 overall) in 1997.
News: The Redskins selected Young in the first round of the 2020 NFL Draft, second overall.
Impact: Young (6-5, 264) joins a Washington front seven set to take a big step forward in 2020, with talented disruptors like Jonathan Allen, Matthew Ioannidis, Montez Sweat and Ryan Kerrigan poised to form an imposing pass rush with Young in the fold. Nick Bosa made a huge impact for the 49ers defense in 2019, and Young could bring a similar dynamic to the Washington defense. Young posted 27 sacks and 35.5 tackles for loss over his last 25 games, and that was with plenty of second-half breathers on a dominant Ohio State squad. Even with a dubious secondary providing the coverage, the Washington defense could take several steps forward with the addition of Young.
News: The Bengals selected Burrow in the first round of the 2020 NFL Draft, first overall.
Impact: As has long been expected, the Bengals nabbed the Heisman Trophy winner to be their quarterback of the future. Burrow is coming off a historic season at LSU in which he threw for 5,671 yards, 60 touchdowns and six interceptions en route to winning the Heisman Trophy and leading the Tigers to an undefeated season culminating in a national championship. He completed 69.7 percent of his passes and averaged 10.76 yards per attempt as well. As for his transition to the next level, Burrow is mature at 23 years old with an excellent feel and understanding of the game. He may be near his ceiling in terms of his physical development and his arm strength is not considered elite. However, Burrow's ball placement and accuracy are unmatched in this class and he checks all the boxes sought by a team looking for its franchise quarterback. Burrow figures to start right away and will have a strong core of skill players around him, highlighted by A.J. Green, Tyler Boyd and Joe Mixon.
News: Gronkowski passed a physical, making his trade from New England to Tampa Bay official, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.
Impact: As expected, the last hurdle has been completed in the transaction. Gronkowski comes out of retirement to join forces with Tom Brady once again, from whom he caught 78 touchdowns in nine seasons while with the Patriots. The Buccaneers' tight end room now is jam-packed, as Gronkowski get added to a group that already includes O.J. Howard and Cameron Brate, among others. Considering his rapport with Brady, Gronkowski immediately vaults up the ranks of fantasy TEs, but the soon-to-be 31-year-old will have to compete with the aforementioned duo plus the stellar WR combo of Mike Evans and Chris Godwin for targets in 2020.
News: The Patriots have agreed to trade Gronkowski and a seventh-round pick to the Buccaneers for a fourth-round selection, pending a physical, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.
Impact: Gronkowski to Tampa Bay went from rumor to reality quickly. According to Jay Glazer of Fox Sports, Gronkowski informed him that he's already taken a physical with the Buccaneers, meaning this deal may be official in short order. Gronkowski will rejoin former teammate Tom Brady to provide another threat to an offense that was explosive before his arrival.
News: Fournette (neck) is a candidate to be traded in the coming weeks, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.
Impact: Despite compiling over 1,600 total yards and emerging as a bona fide weapon as a receiver last season, the Jaguars have reportedly entertained trade requests pertaining to their 2017 first-round pick. Potentially accelerating the trade timeline is the looming fifth-year extension deadline, with the Jaguars needing to exercise the option no later than May 30 or risk allowing Fournette to hit the open market in 2021. An interested team will likely also need to factor in that decision, which might complicate the perceived trade value of Fournette, but at least for 2020, the running back's contract is at a tenable $4.16 million, which should be more than enticing enough for the Jaguars to receive a worthwhile trade package if they so chose.