The Michigan Wolverines had one player come off the board in the first round of the 2020 NFL Draft on Thursday night when the New Orlean Saints used the No. 24 overall pick on center Cesar Ruiz. Things figure to heat up as soon as Friday with more action in the second and third rounds and the remainder of the draft after that on Saturday.
I ran a quick simulation over at The Draft Network to see where things might project next for the names we are familiar with. Most everything went as we expect it to with one final surprise at the end.
Josh Uche, LB/DB — New York Jets: Round 2, Pick No. 48
Donovan Peoples Jones, WR — Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Round 3, Pick No. 76
Ben Bredeson, IOL — Pittsburgh Steelers: Round 4, Pick No. 124
Michael Onwenu, IOL — New England Patriots: Round 4, Pick No. 139
Shea Patterson, QB — Chicago Bears: Round 7, Pick No. 233
- Uche could come off the board quickly in the second round, as there is going to be a run on edge rushers that also includes Yetur Gross-Matos, Zack Baun and AJ Epenesa. I think he goes higher than No. 48.
- Despite some analysts souring on Peoples-Jones in the pre-draft process, potential is going to keep him as a Friday night selection and what better place to wind up than with Tom Brady and a bevy of offensive weapons in Tampa Bay.
- There is a chance that Bredeson sneaks into the back end of the third round, potentially as early as Detroit at No. 85.
- Onwenu is about where I expect him to go, maybe a little bit earlier.
- Patterson has not appeared in one of these draft simulations for me since January, so...that was an interesting turn of events.
The 2020 NFL Draft takes place all weekend with the first round on Thursday (8 p.m. ET), second and third rounds on Friday (7 p.m. ET) and fourth through seventh rounds on Saturday (12 p.m. ET).