What was the best pick for each NFC West team in the 2020 NFL Draft?
The 2020 NFL Draft has come and gone. It was once again a fabulous event, and a bunch of money was raised for the pandemic we currently face. It was a wild event with shocking picks on the first two games, and while some teams killed it, other teams left analysts puzzled.
The NFC West is becoming the wild, wild west. The Seattle Seahawks have been a consistent contender with head coach Pete Carroll and quarterback Russell Wilson. Offensive minds Sean McVay (Rams) and Kyle Shanahan (49ers) have each led their respective teams to a Super Bowl, only to come up short. Don’t forget about the Arizona Cardinals, who have a fun offense returning with the addition of DeAndre Hopkins.
It’s going to be a fun season, and every team picked up some good players in the 2020 NFL Draft. Let’s look at the best pick from every NFC West team!
Arizona Cardinals: Isaiah Simmons, Man of Steel, Clemson
Round 1, 8th Overall
The Arizona Cardinals traded their second round pick (and a bit more) to the Texans for Hopkins, so it made their first round pick all the more important. General manager Steve Keim decided to help out the defense by selecting Clemson’s Isaiah Simmons.
Simmons was nearly position-less at Clemson, registering snaps at WILL linebacker, slot corner, outside corner, box safety, and deep safety. Defensive coordinator Vance Joseph will be able to get creative with where Simmons lines up. The secondary is pretty loaded with Patrick Peterson, Budda Baker, and Byron Murphy, so it seems likely Simmons will get early reps at linebacker and in the box. There’s a good chance Simmons is sent off the edge to blitz as well.
Get excited for Simmons, because while the Cardinals had a pretty good draft overall addressing the trenches, Simmons can make a very early impact.