The NFC's biggest winners and losers in 2020 NFL Draft

Ethan Cadeaux
NBC Sports Washington

The NFL Draft has come and gone. Several teams made their rosters better this weekend, while others made a plethora of questionable decisions.

Here are the winners and losers of the 2020 NFL Draft in the NFC.


Dallas Cowboys

The Cowboys had one of the best -- if not the best -- wide receiver in the entire class fall to them at No. 17 in Oklahoma's CeeDee Lamb. Despite already having a solid 1-2 punch between Amari Cooper and Michael Gallup, Jerry Jones and co. would not let the best player available slide any further.

Dallas additionally addressed a very pressing need at cornerback by nabbing Alabama's Trevon Diggs in the second round. The younger brother of Buffalo Bills wideout Stefon Diggs, the younger Diggs was a borderline first-round target that fell to No. 51. 

The Cowboys solid run didn't stop during the first two days of the draft, either. Dallas nabbed center Tyler Biadasz from Wisconsin in the fourth round to replace Travis Frederick and added Utah edge rusher Bradley Anae one round later.

San Francisco 49ers

Very few teams had a better first night of the NFL Draft than the 49ers. After trading DeForest Buckner to the Indianapolis Colts in exchange for the 13th pick, San Francisco added a younger version of him in Soth Carolina's Javon Kinlaw with that selection. 

Later on in the round, the 49ers added a much-needed wideout by nabbing Arizona State's Brandon Aiyuk.

But perhaps the biggest victory for the 49ers came on Saturday, and it had nothing to do with anyone they drafted. San Francisco acquired seven-time Pro Bowl left tackle Trent Williams from the Washington Redskins just as Day 3 of the draft began, giving them one of the best tackles in football.

Carolina Panthers

The Panthers had multiple starters depart from their defense this offseason, putting first-year head coach Matt Rhule in a difficult position entering his first draft with the team.

However, Carolina's first three picks -- Derrick Brown, Yetur Gross-Matos and Jeremy Chinn -- all project to be Day 1 starters for the Panthers. Building through the draft is how you turn into a contender in the NFL, and the Panthers might have added three foundational pieces for the future.

The Panthers were the first team in the common draft era to have at least seven picks and use them all on defense. Props to Rhule and his staff for identifying a plan and sticking to it.


Green Bay Packers

Not only did the Packers make a head-scratching move by drafting Utah State QB Jordan Love in the first round, but they traded up (!!) to get him.

Love may turn into an All-Pro caliber quarterback down the line. But with the Packers a game away from a Super Bowl appearance a year ago and plenty of offensive weapons on the board, drafting a developmental QB just doesn't make sense in the first round.

On Day 2, they made another controversial pick by drafting Boston College running back A.J. Dillon, despite having a Pro Bowler in Aaron Jones and a solid No. 2 back in Jamaal Williams. For a team that was super close to the sport's pinnacle a season ago, they have not added the pieces necessary to make that jump.

Chicago Bears

The Bears entered the NFL Draft with nine (!!) tight ends on their roster. Yet, they still invested a second-round pick in Cole Kmet. While the quantity of tight ends Chicago has may not directly translate to having a strong position group, it's hard to justify using a second on Kmet when there were many other holes the Bears could have filled with that selection.

Nothing about the rest of Chicago's board stands out. They nabbed cornerback Jaylon Johnson perhaps later than he expected to be on the board, but he currently is recovering from a torn labrum that was first found at the Combine.

Seattle Seahawks

The Seahawks may have reached a little for linebacker Jordyn Brooks at pick No. 27, especially with LSU's Patrick Queen still on the board. Brooks was not expected by many to go in the first round, and perhaps was someone who Seattle could have nabbed later in the draft.

With their second-rounder, Seattle once again reached by taking Tennessee edge rusher Darrell Taylor 48th overall. Taylor was another prospect that had a third-round grade on him at the earliest.

Seattle had five picks on the final day of the draft, but none of their picks outside of maybe Stanford tight end Colby Parkinson stand out.

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