2020 NFL Week 1 – QB Storylines From the Draft

2020 NFL season officially begins on Thursday September 10th and continues on Sunday 9/13 and Monday 9/14. Throughout week 1, there are a handful of matchups that features opposing quarterbacks with some history as it relates to the Draft.

Texans vs Chiefs

In 2017, Patrick Mahomes was the second QB off the board, going to Kansas City at #10 and Watson was the third QB, going to the Texans at #12.

Mitchell Trubisky was the #2 overall pick to the Bears, and it hasn’t quite worked out for them Worth noting, all three teams traded up to get their respective QBs.

A look back at what it cost the Bears to move up from #3 to #2 during that draft.

Who were the 9 guys drafted before Patrick Mahomes? Plus, a general look back at the 2017 NFL Draft.

Cowboys vs Rams

Jared Goff was the #1 pick in the 2016 Draft. 134 picks later, Dak Prescott was the 8th QB drafted, at #135 overall, in the fourth round.

Browns vs Ravens

Matchup features two Heisman Trophy winning QBs, who book-ended the 2018 Draft. Baker Mayfield was the #1 pick and Lamar Jackson was the #32 pick in the 2018 first round. Jackson won the 2016 Heisman and Mayfield won it in 2017.

Jets vs Bills

The 2018 Draft, that included Mayfield and Jackson, also included both starting QBs in this game – Sam Darnold went to the Jets #3 and Josh Allen went #7 to the Bills.

Raiders vs Panthers

Teddy Bridgewater (#32) and Derek Carr (#36) were the third and fourth QBs drafted in 2014, after Blake Bortles (#3) and Johnny Manziel (#22).

Chargers vs Bengals

Chargers rookie Justin Herbert won’t start week 1, but he was drafted #6 in 2020, 5 spots after the Bengals drafted Joe Burrow #1.

Cardinals vs 49ers

#1 vs #2 picks from 2019. Offensive Rookie of the Year vs Defensive Rookie of the Year.

In 2019, Cardinals drafted Kyler Murray #1, despite drafting Josh Rosen #10 the year prior. That allowed Nick Bosa to fall to SF at #2. Bosa was a major reason why the 49ers reached the Super Bowl.

Additional Notes

Dolphins vs Patriots – it’s expected that Cam Newton and Ryan Fitzpatrick will start at QB. However, Dolphins 2020 first round pick, Tua Tagovailoa, and Patriots 2019 4th round pick, Jarrett Stidham, have history from college. Tua (Alabama) and Stidham (Auburn) each won one start against the other in the famous Iron Bowl rivalry.

Steelers vs Giants – with Eli Manning’s retirement and Philip Rivers’ decision to leave the Chargers and sign with the Colts, Ben Roethlisberger (#10) is the last man standing from the 2004 Draft. Among the big three QBs, Roethlisberger was the last one taken and also the only one not from a major college (Eli – Ole Miss, Rivers – NC State, Roethlisberger – Miami Ohio).

Bucs vs Saints – he won’t be playing, but the Saints signed Jameis Winston as a backup QB for 2020. Winston was the #1 pick by the Bucs in the 2015 Draft.

Mike is a member of the FWAA (Football Writers Association of America) and an alum of the University of Cincinnati.

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