Answering the 2020 NFL draft’s biggest questions – Experts debate favorite picks, more



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The 2020 NFL draft featured 36 wide receivers, 29 draft-day trades and 63 prospects from the SEC. But the biggest surprises centered around quarterbacks in the first two rounds, when the Green Bay Packers took Utah State’s Jordan Love in the first round and the Philadelphia Eagles picked Oklahoma’s Jalen Hurts in the second round.

What did our panel of ESPN NFL experts think of the picks? We asked them to evaluate the new crop of rookies, and they dived right in, answering questions about their favorite (and most curious) picks and what we should expect from them in 2020. Check back every day this week to see more questions and answers.

The topics our panel has hit so far (click the links to see the answers):

Which team’s rookie class will make the biggest impact in 2020?

Matt Bowen, NFL analyst: Baltimore Ravens. They filled multiple needs and drafted scheme-specific players who can make an early impact. Start at linebacker with LSU’s Patrick Queen and Ohio State’s Malik Harrison. They fit the defensive profile in Baltimore. Running back J.K. Dobbins? He brings downhill juice and contact balance to the Ravens’ run-heavy offense. And wide receiver Devin Duvernay is an explosive play threat in the slot, a middle-of-the-field target for quarterback Lamar Jackson.

Mike Clay, fantasy writer: Carolina Panthers. It’s hard to go against the Dolphins here, but the Panthers’ defense was in such rough shape entering draft weekend that they became the first team in the modern era to spend every one of their selections on defensive players. It’s conceivable that all seven rookies could play a significant 2020 role and that can be considered a near lock for defensive tackle Derrick Brown, defensive end Yetur Gross-Matos and safety Jeremy Chinn, all early-round selections.

Jeremy Fowler, national NFL writer: San Francisco 49ers. Javon Kinlaw has top-10 talent and can assume the interior role vacated by DeForest Buckner. Brandon Aiyuk is a yards-after-catch demon perfectly suited for Kyle Shanahan’s play-action game. And San Francisco flipped third- and fifth-round picks for Trent Williams, who’s still one of the game’s best left tackles.

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