As draft season finally makes its way upon us, mock drafts will begin to pour in. This will be the first of many mock drafts before April, so be sure to follow me on Twitter @G_Falcetano and follow our Twitter page @DraftAddicts. Let me know what you think and be sure to share with others!
- Cincinnati Bengals: Joe Burrow, QB, LSU
When the Begnals are on the clock on Thursday April 23, they will have their choice of any player in the 2020 NFL Draft. I expect many teams will try to trade up and get their future franchise QB. But after throwing for 60 touchdowns and passing for 5,671 yards, Joe Burrow had arguably one of the most impressive seasons by a college QB ever. There’s no way the Bengals could pass him up. Burrow is the pick here.
- Washington Redskins: Chase Young, EDGE, Ohio State
One of the most hyped prospects coming out of college on the defensive side of the ball in a very long time. Chase Young is the complete package in what you look for in a defensive end. Listed at 6’5 (pre-combine) he is a freak athlete, with incredible explosiveness, whose ability to push the pocket will be sought after by all 32 teams. Young ended a monstrous 2019 campaign with 16.5 sacks and 21 tackles for a loss; he will be a huge addition for the Redskins.
- Detroit Lions: Jeffrey Okudah, CB, Ohio State
Lockdown corners are always hard to come by in the NFL, but the Lions will have the opportunity to get another star corner across Big Play Slay. Okudah is the most talented defender in the secondary available here. Okudah ended the 2019 season with the Buckeyes with 3 picks, 9 passes defensed and 2 forced fumbles. Okudah and Slay would be a lockdown tandem for Detroit.
- New York Giants: Jedrick Wills, OT, Alabama
This might be a shocking pick for the Big Blue but it is time to get Daniel Jones the protection he deserves. Jedrick is listed at (pre-combine) 6’5, 320LBS, and he is very athletic for his size. Being he is from Alabama, he has a lot of experience blocking against some of the most talented defenders in college football. He will make a huge addition for the Giants as they look to get better in Daniel Jones’ second season.
- Miami Dolphins: Justin Herbert, QB, Oregon
The Dolphins seemed to have been trending upwards throughout the season, and there should be a lot of excitement for their fanbase this offseason since they have 3 first round picks this year alone! The Dolphins need to get a franchise QB and I believe they could have a tough choice to make, as they could take Tua or Herbert. But I believe if this were the case; they would select Herbert. Herbert is an instant upgrade at the QB position as he ended the year with 32 passing touchdowns and 3,471 yards. Herbert has been improving each year of his college career and he looks to continue that trend as the Dolphins look to go from hosting the Super Bowl, to playing in it.
- Los Angeles Chargers: Tua Tagovailoa, QB, Alabama
If you told me 5 months ago I’d be predicting Tua to fall to 6, I’d be hysterical. After the projected #1 pick had a devastating hip injury late in the 2019 season, many people feared that would be the last time they got to see the superstar play. Fortunately Tua seems to be doing well and his injury prognosis appears to show he will make a recovery. With that being said, Tua has great talent and has showcased that over the past couple of seasons. If Tua is able to get back to his same form pre-injury this will be a steal of a pick for the Chargers. With L.A. possibly looking to move on from Phillip Rivers (finally) it would be hard to pass up a talent as big as Tua even with the fear of his injury.
- Carolina Panthers: Isaiah Simmons, S/LB, Clemson
Another freak athlete in the 2020 NFL Draft class, this one coming another esteemed school being Clemson. Isaiah Simmons is an instant starter and upgrade on the defensive side of the ball for the Panthers. Simmons is someone who you can see all over the field, and could play multiple positions given his athleticism and size. This pick seems like a no brainer being all 3 of the biggest QBs went ahead of Carolina; they take the best player available, that being Simmons.
- Arizona Cardinals: Mekhi Becton, OT, Louisville
If Kyler Murray, the reigning Offensive Rookie of the Year is looking to take his team to a playoffs spot in the 2019 season, he’s going to need some help to do so. This is where Mekhi Becton comes in. Mekhi is a VERY large olineman, being that he is listed at 6’7, 368LBS (pre-combine), he is an upgrade at the offensive tackle position for Arizona. The Cardinals need to do a better job at blocking for their OROY QB and they make the right decision to invest in an olineman early.
- Jacksonville Jaguars: Andrew Thomas, OT, Georgia
The Jaguars may have a tough decision on draft night on whether to take a flashy position or help secure the offensive line. I believe given between the two, they would make a more wise decision and take the best offensive lineman available, this time being Andrew Thomas. According to PFF, Thomas has only allowed 37 pressures (37!) in 3 years as the Bulldogs starter. If Thomas is available here, it is a great pick by Jacksonville.
- Cleveland Browns: Derrick Brown, DT, Auburn
After the Myles Garrett incident in week 12 of the 2019 season, the Browns might have to look to build up their defensive front yet again. Derrick Brown is the pick for the Browns for multiple reasons. The Auburn defensive lineman is listed at (pre-combine) 6’5, 318LBS but don’t let his size deceive you. Derrick could definitely move very quickly for his size. Derrick Brown is a great pick for the Browns, as they look to improve from their disappointing 6-10 season.
- New York Jets: Jerry Jeudy, WR, Alabama
The Jets fanbase have been waiting for a star wide receiver and finally the Jets front office gets their choice of 2 star receivers. The Jets could go for CeeDee Lamb or opt for the all around package of Jerry Jeudy from Alabama. I think between the two, the Jets would choose Jerry Jeudy because of his versatility and proven track record while at Alabama. Jeudy at 11 for the Jets is a great flashy pick and the Jets finally get their star WR for Darnold.
OaklandLas Vegas Raiders: CeeDee Lamb, WR, Oklahoma
Finally. The pick you’ve all been waiting for. As the Raiders finally make the move and gear up for Vegas, they’re going to have to make a splash in both free agency and the draft. If there is one position on the offense that has clearly been lacking severly for the past couple of seasons it is for sure the wide receiver corps. CeeDee Lamb is a massive upgrade at the position for the Raiders, regardless of who their QB is at the start of next season. The Fred Biletnikoff award finalist looks to follow in the footsteps of Fred Biletnikoff and take the Raiders offense to another level.
- Indianapolis Colts: AJ Espensa, EDGE, Iowa
Though it took a little while for the second edge defender to come off the board, the Colts make the decision to grab a big time edge player. AJ Espensa is a strong pick here, being only the second edge defender to come off the board this late, but the pick could pay off for them. Being the Colts finished with 41 total team sacks for the year, which is solid. They could still look to upgrade the line, or add depth and I believe this would be a great value pick for Indianapolis.
- Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Javon Kinlaw, DT, South Carolina
Coming into this draft class I wasn’t too familiar with a lot of interior defensive linemen. After doing some research into the top interior linemen, I stumbled across Javon Kinlaw. Kinlaw is a very strong rusher who is very explosive and pairing him with Shaquil Barrett, could be a very deadly combo. Ultimately the Buccaneers have many needs going into the offseason, but I believe this is one of the best players available and helps a position of need for Tampa Bay.
- Denver Broncos: Kristian Fulton, CB, LSU
The LSU Tigers had an incredible season last year and this was for many reasons. One of them being their elite defense, specifically their secondary. Kristian Fulton was one of the best corners in all of college football last year, though he might’ve struggled a little in the title game. Fulton played against enough NFL potential players to be considered one of the top CBs in the class, and I think pairing him with Chris Harris would make Denver’s defense much stronger than it was last year.
- Atlanta Falcons: K’Lavon Chaisson, EDGE, LSU
The Atlanta Falcons are a team that needs to get better rushing the passer. They finished last season tied for 29th in league with just 28 sacks. After recently announcing via. their twitter that they will not pursue contract negotiations with Vic Beasley, the Falcons will have to target a pass rusher once more in the draft. K’Lavon Chaisson finished the season with only 6.5 sacks for the Tigers, but he does have all the natural athletic ability that you look for in a defensive end. He might have to learn a little, but he has all the intangibles that are needed to be successful at edge. He will get the chance to showcase his athleticism at the combine beginning on February 23rd.
- Dallas Cowboys: Henry Ruggs III, WR, Alabama
If there is one word that could be used to describe Henry Ruggs III, it would be: fast. Ruggs has been a staple in Nick Saban’s Alabama offense for the past 2 years, mainly as a speed threat. He is predicted to run in the 4.2s at the combine and speed like that cannot be taught, which is why it is so valuable. Ultimately I believe he could go higher depending on his 40 time, but I have him falling to the Cowboys, and they finally get a consistent receiver who can stretch the field.
- Miami Dolphins: Tristan Wirfs, OT, Iowa
As the Dolphins get back on the clock, they need to think of ways to make sure their first pick stays protected. If I’m Miami, I’m sprinting to the podium with this pick. Tristan Wirfs is a large athletic offensive tackle who could do it all. It only makes sense to invest in an offensive lineman when you just took Justin Herbert with the fifth pick and fortunately one of the best tackles in the class falls to their second pick of the night.
OaklandLas Vegas Raiders: Trevon Diggs, CB, Alabama
Raiders fans rejoice, as Mike Mayock makes the decision to invest a big pick into a secondary player. Personally I do not see much more of a need for the offensive side of the ball after taking CeeDee Lamb at 12. One big issue the Raiders have had consistently is at the cornerback position. The Raiders look to take another player from one of the best teams in college football, and make it happen by selecting Trevon Diggs out of Bama. While I know a lot of people would rather have a linebacker or defensive lineman, I just don’t see the value in reaching for someone here; especially when someone like Diggs is available. The Raiders fill a big need and get a consistent corner to line up across Mullen and automatically improve their secondary.
- Jacksonville Jaguars: C.J. Henderson, CB, Florida
The Jaguars traded away star cornerback Jalen Ramsey for two first round picks and here they look to try and replace him. Jacksonville looks to stay within the state and draft someone from Florida, which happens to be the best remaining cornerback available C.J. Henderson. C.J. paired up with A.J. could be one of the best tandems in the NFL as the Jaguars look forward to push for the playoffs without Ramsey.
- Philadelphia Eagles: Grant Delpit, S, LSU
In the few games I got to watch the Eagles play this season, one thing was apparent on the defensive side of the ball, and that was their secondary is beyond awful. If the Eagles want to make a run at another Super Bowl anytime soon, they need to get better in coverage. Grant Delpit is the pick here easily. Delpit falling this far is impressive being how good he is all over the field both in coverage and his ability to make plays on the ball. If the Eagles have the chance to grab him, they need to take him as quick as possible as he would instantly upgrade their entire secondary.
- Buffalo Bills: Yetur Gross-Matos, EDGE, Penn State
The Bills had a great season and as they look to continue their momentum into next season, they should look to upgrade their defense as well. Defensive end is always a good position to have depth at, and with Yetur Gross-Matos still available, I believe he would be a great addition to the Bills. Pairing Gross-Matos with Ed Oliver would be a deadly combo, as both defenders love to get after the QB.
- New England Patriots: Jordan Love, QB, Utah State
All right I’m going to prepare for the pitchforks and riots in my twitter mentions for this pick, but I stand by it. Jordan Love is a QB with a lot of potential, coming out of Utah State, the Patriots finally get their successor to the GOAT. Even if Brady does stay for another year, I don’t think it hurts to have a QB behind him that could learn from him and prepare to try and fill the shoes that Brady has filled for the past 20 seasons.
- New Orleans Saints: Laviska Shenualt, WR, Colorado
The New Orleans Saints have been able to get to the playoffs the past couple years but have not been able to get to the Super Bowl. Laviska Shenualt has been a massive threat at wide receiver for the Buffaloes the past couple years and looks to make his mark in the NFL by entering the Draft early by forgoing his senior year. Pairing him with the reigning Offensive Player of the Year makes for a very dangerous wide receiving corps in New Orleans. Could Laviska help push the Saints into the Super Bowl come next February?
- Minnesota Vikings: Austin Jackson, OT, USC
Yet another not so flashy pick, but you gotta show love to the big guys up front. Austin Jackson is another large offensive tackle in the 2020 NFL Draft, and as the Vikings look to continue in their quest to get their first Super Bowl win, they need to make sure they protect their 84 Million dollar man. Drafting Austin Jackson helps build the trenches and could push them back into the playoffs.
- Miami Dolphins: D’Andre Swift, RB, Georgia
Miami finally ends the trend of no first round running backs and decides to take D’Andre Swift with their final first round pick. After taking 3 offensive players in the first round, the Dolphins completely revamped their entire offense and added some of the best players in all of the class in doing so. After forgoing his senior year for the NFL Draft, D’Andre Swift is a star running and could be the best back in the class. Adding the likes of Herbert, Wirfs and Swift, could make for one of the most frightening offenses in the league.
- Seattle Seahawks: Xavier McKinney, S, Alabama
Seattle goes for the best player available and also gets a player in a position of need. Xavier McKinney was one of the nations best safeties this year and after playing for Alabama, he could be taken a little higher. In this mock McKinney falls to 27 and the Seahawks instantly get an upgrade at safety as they look to make a push for the playoffs once again.
- Baltimore Ravens: Patrick Queen, LB, LSU
After a very underwhelming performance in the divisional round AFC game against the Titans, the Ravens have to look for a baller on the defensive side of the ball. Patrick Queen is the first strictly linebacker to go off the board in the draft. Queen is a tackling machine who is able to move around the field quickly and diagnose the play. He is a big part of the Tigers championship run and he will be a big addition to the Ravens as they look to make another run with the reigning MVP Lamar Jackson.
- Tennessee Titans: Tee Higgins, WR, Clemson
After an outstanding run by Derrick Henry in the playoffs, the Titans look to add another threat on offense; this time in the passing game. Tee Higgins stands at about 6’4 (pre-combine) and with star rookie A.J. Brown playing at an elite level, Higgins could look to make the Titans offense even more feared in the pass game.
- Green Bay Packers: Jalen Reagor, WR, TCU
Jalen Reagor will be the last wide receiver taken in round one, and he will be going to Green Bay to pair with Davante Adams. Aaron Rodgers now has 2 star wide receivers to throw to after this pick, along with one of the best backfields in the league to help him in the run game. Jalen Reagor could be a sub 4.3 at the combine, so be sure to look out for him when he runs his 40.
- San Francisco 49ers: Solomon Kindley, OG, Georgia
In the matter of one offseason the 49ers went from one second worst team in the league to the second best team. The 49ers might look to fortify their offensive front by adding Solomon Kindley, the first guard taken in this draft. He could bring a lot to the table, but most importantly he adds depth to one of the biggest positions in the league.
- Kansas City Chiefs: Kenneth Murray, LB, Oklahoma
Last but not least, the reigning Super Bowl Champions look to try and repeat. One key position of need the Chiefs could look to improve in 2020 is their linebacker corps. Oklahoma’s Kenneth Murray would be a big improvement to the position and he finishes the first round as the Chiefs look to try to go back to back come next season.