2020 NFL Mock Draft v1.0
2020 NFL Mock Draft v1.0
1. Bengals – Joe Burrow, QB, LSU
Cincinnati resists the temptations of Chase Young or trading down and selects the Heisman winner who just put up the best statistical season ever by a college quarterback, hoping those results translate to the pros and that he can turn the franchise around.
2. Redskins – Chase Young, DE, Ohio St
One of the best prospects to ever come out of college, this is a no-brainer for the Skins. Although they have greater needs on the offensive line, Young is too good to pass up here.
TRADE: Carolina trades the 7th, 38th, and 69th picks to Detroit for the 3rd pick
3. Panthers – Tua Tagovailoa, QB, Alabama
Moving on from Cam Newton, Carolina and new coach Matt Rhule take a chance here, trading three picks to move up to get Tagovailoa. There are injury concerns, but they can give him a year to rest while Kyle Allen, who looked pretty good for a few games last year, can handle the starting job for this season.
TRADE: LA Chargers trade the 6th and 71st picks to the NY Giants for the 4th pick
4. Chargers – Justin Herbert, QB, Oregon
After watching Carolina jump ahead of them to take a QB, the Chargers don’t want to risk not getting a top signal-caller in this draft after moving on from Philip Rivers. Jumping ahead of the quarterback-needy Dolphins, they get their guy in Herbert. He would have been a top pick in last year’s draft had he not decided to go back to Oregon for his senior season.
5. Dolphins – Jeffrey Okudah, CB, Ohio St
With three quarterbacks already off the board, Miami takes the best player available. Okudah fills one of the many holes on this team, hopefully providing them with a lockdown corner to pair with Xavien Howard.
6. Giants – Jerry Jeudy, WR, Alabama
While there are plenty of holes to fill on defense, imagine an offense with Jeudy, Daniel Jones, Saquon Barkley, Sterling Shepard, Darius Slayton, and Evan Engram. Plenty of weapons for Jones in his sophomore season, putting him in a great situation to succeed. They can now address the defense with the rest of the draft.
7. Lions – Isaiah Simmons, LB, Clemson
The ultra-athletic Simmons is a great pick for the Lions here. Head coach Matt Patricia, who is really on the hot seat this year, needs to bolster the defense, which was very underwhelming in the second half of the season.
8. Cardinals – Jedrick Wills, OT, Alabama
After taking Kyler Murray with the first pick last year, this pick is to protect that investment. The third player from Alabama to be taken in the first eight picks, Wills is arguably the best tackle on the board.
9. Jaguars – Tristan Wirfs, OT, Iowa
Whether it’s Nick Foles or Gardner Minshew under center, protection of the quarterback is Jacksonville’s biggest need. The Jags are still solid on defense and the skill positions. Wirfs can be a franchise tackle.
10. Browns – Mekhi Becton, OT, Louisville
The biggest regression in Baker Mayfield’s play in his second season was his decision making under pressure. Becton has been a steady riser up the draft boards.
11. Jets – Ceedee Lamb, WR, Oklahoma
Robby Anderson was the Jets’ only real outside threat and he’s most likely leaving in free agency. They desperately need playmakers on offense and Lamb fits the bill. Number one WR on some draft boards. They have to come away with a receiver in this deep class.
12. Raiders – Henry Ruggs, WR, Alabama
Speaking of another team with a glaring need at WR, the Raiders, who were burned by the drama that is Antonio Brown, need to dip into the deep pool of receivers. There is a possible need at QB if they decide to move on from Derek Carr, but I think they look at free agency to fill that void. Ruggs has ridiculous speed, something the Raiders desperately lacked last season.
13. Colts – Derrick Brown, DT, Auburn
There are whispers that the Colts may be looking to draft a QB, as perhaps they’re not happy with Jacoby Brissett. But with the top three gone and no other QB with a sure-fire first round grade, they go best player available here. They will be happy to see Brown fall to them in this spot as he is a top 10 talent.
14. Buccaneers – Grant Delpit, S, LSU
The Bucs have ignored their secondary in recent drafts, and it has shown on the field, ranking near the bottom of the league in pass defense the past couple years. They could also go corner here, but Delpit is the leader they need for the back end of that defense.
15. Broncos – Javon Kinlaw, DT, South Carolina
Denver is another team that needs some corner help, but their recent draft strategy has been to keep bolstering their strength, which is their front seven.
16. Falcons – AJ Epenesa, EDGE, Iowa
Atlanta’s greatest need is pass rush, and Epenesa is one of the best pure pass rushers in this year’s class. He should fit in well under new defensive coordinator Raheem Morris, who showed he can really turn this defense around as they were much improved after he took over for the last 8 games of the season, in which the Falcons went 6-2.
17. Cowboys – Xavier McKinney, S, Alabama
The Cowboys could go receiver or corner here, depending on if they re-sign Amari Cooper or Byron Jones, but McKinney would be a major upgrade over the current safeties on the roster. And we know Jerrah loves those SEC players.
18. Dolphins – Tee Higgins, WR, Clemson
Another step to rebuilding the Miami offense would be to add another weapon to pair with DeVante Parker, who finally broke out as a playmaker last season. Higgins won’t burn you with speed, but at 6’4”, 200lbs, he has the ideal frame and great hands.
19. Raiders – Kenneth Murray, LB, Oklahoma
Now that they’ve acknowledged their need at receiver, the Raiders can focus on getting a leader for the middle of their defense. Murray is well balanced, a good tackler and can also cover sideline to sideline.
20. Jaguars – Andrew Thomas, OL, Georgia
Yes, another offensive lineman for the Jags. Thomas was originally projected as a top 5 pick, but scouts see him better suited to play inside, hence why his stock has fallen off. He has the potential to be an all-pro guard for years, though, and Jacksonville should pounce all over him if he drops this far.
21. Eagles – Jalen Reagor, WR, TCU
With the second-oldest roster in the league last year, the Eagles need to get younger, and faster, in a hurry. Enter Reagor, who has blazing speed and can fill the Desean Jackson role if the team decides to move on from the oft-injured veteran.
22. Bills – Laviska Shenault, WR, Colorado
The Bills need another outside receiver, opposite the speedy John Brown. These two combined with slot WR Cole Beasley will give Josh Allen even more weapons at his disposal as he continues to progress.
TRADE: Green Bay trades the 30th and 94th pick to New England for the 23rd pick.
23. Packers – Justin Jefferson, WR, LSU
The Packers trade up to get in front of New Orleans, who might also be looking for a complement to their star WR. Jefferson provides Green Bay with what they were sorely lacking last year, a secondary option after Davante Adams. With Aaron Rodgers on the downside of his career, the window is closing. Adding another weapon is a sure bet.
24. Saints – Jordan Love, QB, Utah St
Drew Brees is contemplating retirement, and Teddy Bridgewater and Taysom Hill are pending FAs. Even if Brees returns, having his replacement in tow seems like the logical move.
25. Vikings – Austin Jackson, OT, USC
I wouldn’t be surprised if Minnesota trades out of this spot, but for now, I’ll have them take the best offensive lineman on the board in Jackson. The O-line got absolutely bullied by the 49ers in their playoff loss. Dalvin Cook had a great year, but pass protection is their number one priority.
26. Dolphins – Yetur Gross-Matos, EDGE, Penn St
This is the third pick in the first round for the Dolphins. If I’m them, I’m trying to trade down as much as possible to gather draft capital for next year’s draft to take Trevor Lawrence. This is also a team that burned a second round pick trading for Josh Rosen, so I have no confidence they’ll do that. Anyway, now that they’ve addressed WR and CB, their biggest areas of need is pass rusher, and Gross-Matos is best on the board at this point.
27. Seahawks – Terrell Lewis, EDGE, Alabama
Seattle is likely letting Jadeveon Clowney test free agency, so getting a top tier edge rusher should be a major priority.
28. Ravens – Kristian Fulton, CB, LSU
It is a far drop in the corner rankings of this class after Jeff Okudah, but the second CB is finally off the board. They could go receiver here to give another weapon to MVP Lamar Jackson, but I’ll say they go BPA and continue to add depth to a very good defense/secondary.
29. Titans – CJ Henderson, CB, Florida
This pick could go an assortment of ways if they don’t re-sign Ryan Tannehill or Derrick Henry. For now, defensive-minded Mike Vrabel continues to bolster the defense taking a solid corner in Henderson.
30. Patriots – Cole Kmet, TE, Notre Dame
I’m gonna say Brady is back with the Pats next year. Last year, the absence of Rob Gronkowski was very evident. Brady had one of his worst years, and it was clear he was missing his security blanket of a tight end. The Pats completely ignored the position last year and cannot do that again if they want to make a run at ring number 7.
31. 49ers – Trevon Diggs, CB, Alabama
That’s now seven players from Alabama taken in the first round. It’s like they have a track record of being pretty good pros or something. Anyway, for as good as Richard Sherman was this year, he can’t play forever, so getting a good talent like Diggs in behind him seems like a smart strategy.
32. Chiefs – Deandre Swift, RB, Georgia
Damien Williams had a fantastic Super Bowl and very easily could’ve been named MVP. However, Williams was very inconsistent during the regular season and he is also 28 years old. Having a shared backfield of him and Swift, however, and now the Chiefs can keep both guys fresh as well as keep defenses honest about defending the run game, opening up what they do best in the downfield passing game.