2020 NFL Draft Mock Draft 2.0
• #1: Cincinnati Bengals – Joe Burrow, QB/ LSU
I just don’t see Cincy talking themselves out of this one. Burrow to the Bengals.
• #2: Washington Redskins – Chase Young, EDGE / Ohio State
Again, I don’t see the Redskins messing this up. Generational talent available, you take him. Young to D.C.
• #3: Detroit Lions – Isaiah Simmons, LB/S / Clemson
The third pick is where the draft really begins. So many options for Detroit here, including taking a kings ransom to trade out of the pick. I think Detroit is alive enough in the QB market where a team like Miami may panic and feel the need to trade up for Tua. Regardless, Detroit needs help all over the defense, and Simmons pretty much does everything.
• #4: New York Giants – Jedrick Wills, OT / Alabama
The New York Giants have a ton of talent on the offensive side of the ball. I believe it’s paramount for their success to build a competent O-line to free those guys up. They’ve invested the 6th pick in a QB last year, and a 2nd pick on a RB the year before that, only makes sense to invest in some protection. Wills played RT for the Tide which may be where he plays in the NFL, but there’s no reason to think he couldn’t move to the left side if needed.
• #5: Miami Dolphins – Tua Tagoviloa, QB / Alabama
#TankForTua needs to come to fruition for Miami. Fitzmagic will be back next year which gives Miami the ability to redshirt Tua for a year if need be. The most popular match in mock drafts all season comes true. Miami gets their QB of the future.
• #6: Los Angeles Chargers – Justin Herbert, QB / Oregon
Old man Rivers will have to find a new home for his wife and 4,000 children after the Charges made it official, they’ll be moving on. The Chargers still seem to possess a talented roster so they’ll need a QB if they still have playoff expectations.
• #7: Carolina Panthers – Derrick Brown, iDL / Auburn
I’m sure Carolina is disappointed here to not have Tua or Herbert fall to 7. New head coach, and new offensive coordinator are probably dying to get their own guy behind center. I just don’t think the value is there for the other QB’s and Derrick Brown is dripping in value at the 7th pick. Still a position of need for Carolina and I’m sure he’ll be a nice consolation prize when he’s destroying pockets.
• #8: Arizona Cardinals – Henry Ruggs III, WR / Alabama
The two fastest teams by average just played each other in the Super Bowl. Ruggs is projected to run in the low 4.2’s come combine week, but to call Ruggs a speedster is almost an insult. He runs refined routes, he plays the ball extremely well, and he’s even active in blocking situations. Arizona adds one of the fastest and most talented receivers to put into Kingsbury’s offense.
• #9: Jacksonville Jaguars – Jeff Okudah, DB / Ohio State
The Jaguars need to find a solid replacement for Jalen Ramsey for the sake of this defense and this fan base. Jaguars would probably be surprised to see Okudah fall this far and should relish the opportunity to get him at 9.
• #10: Cleveland Browns – Mehki Bechton, OT / Louisville
Cleveland desperately needs O-line help and here is the biggest, most polarizing one of them, going here at 10. If you want to design plays for OBJ and Landry to cause separation with their route running, you’re going to need someone to keep pass rushers at bay for a moment. I’ve had a few different players mocked to Cleveland and their all OT’s.
• #11: New York Jets – Tristan Wirfs, OT / Iowa
While the option to pick up a playmaker (Juedy, Lamb) is open here, the New York Jets need to figure out how to get Darnold some protection. Wirfs can be a day 1 starter at either tackle position and provides some talent on the O-line that the Jets desperately need.
• #12: Las Vegas Raiders – Javon Kinlaw, iDL / South Carolina
The Raiders are still rebuilding from the roster purge that occurred when Gruden took over. You don’t have to look farther than the Super Bowl to see why an interior force on the defensive line is so important. A group including Maurice Hurst, Jonathan Hankins, PJ Hall, and Javon Kinlaw could easily be one of the most disruptive in the NFL.
• #13: Indianapolis Colts – Jordan Love, QB / Utah State
After the sudden departure of Andrew Luck, Indianapolis needs to find another long-term answer at QB. The Colts have a great situation for a developmental QB like Love. With an already above-average roster, the Colts could really take the next step if Love develops into his potential.
• #14: Tampa Bay Buccaneers – Jacob Eason, QB / Washington
Some may think this is too high for Eason’s value, but come every draft season we see QB’s go higher than expected. Bruce Arians has to think he’s close to success when looking at his offense from a year ago. If you ignore the astronomical number of turnovers the offense was extremely prolific. Arians takes his opportunity to get his guy.
• #15: Denver Broncos – Ceedee Lamb, WR / Oklahoma
I think Denver needs to be thinking best OT or WR available here. Drew Lock showed promise at the end of last season and proved he has a cannon. Ceedee was one of the most prolific WR’s in the nation last year and could make for a deadly combo with Cortland Sutton.
• #16: Atlanta Falcons – AJ Epenesa, EDGE / Iowa
Atlanta made it clear that they will not be resigning Vic Beasley, and while Epenesa won’t replace Beasley in his role. Atlanta deploys an Adrian Clayborn type where I think Epenesa will fit in. Atlanta needs to acquire talent in the draft after putting themselves in a cap room corner. BPA should be their mindset.
• #17: Dallas Cowboys – Grant Delpit, DB / LSU
In my last mock I had the Cowboys taking a CB and continuing the trend of ignoring the safety spot, but Delpit makes too much sense. There were concerns about Delpit’s tackling ability, but Dallas will want him to be a ball hawk anyways, which he excels at.
• #18: Miami Dolphins – Jerry Juedy, WR / Alabama
Miami pairs Tua with his Alabama teammate, Juedy, with the 18th pick. In an extremely deep WR class we may see some of the perceived top 10 players fall a little bit. That’s a perfect scenario for Miami, who won’t come in as the neediest team at WR, but need to be looking to add the most talent they can.
• #19: Las Vegas Raiders – Jalen Raegor, WR / TCU
I’m sure the Raiders would’ve liked to get their hands on Ruggs/Lamb/Juedy but I believe Raegor will prove to be on a tier with the top WR’s. Gruden could find what he was looking for in Antonio Brown, when looking at Raegor. Extremely explosive athlete that can line up at several slots in the offense.
• #20: Jacksonville Jaguars – Raekwon Davis, iDL / Alabama
Jacksonville is set to lose Marcell Dareus and Taven Bryant has underperformed. The Jaguars look to address the defensive side of the ball for the second time in the first round. An interior presence will be very important if the Jaguars are looking to revitalize the defense.
• #21: Philadelphia Eagles – Kristian Fulton, DB / LSU
Philadelphia’s needs are pretty apparent. They need help at WR and they desperately need depth at CB. Kristian Fulton is one of the premier cover guys in this class. Every team will have their own opinions on who their favorite CB is, but Fulton should be a good fit in Philly.
• #22: Buffalo Bills – Trevon Diggs, DB / Alabama
While Buffalo could use help at WR I think a more pressing need for them is CB. They had to play a WR at CB for a moment last year. Putting Diggs opposite of Tre’Davious White could make for one of the best cover duos in the NFL.
• #23: New England Patriots – K’Lavon Chaisson, EDGE / LSU
If a team like New England can get their hands on Chaisson the sky is the limit. The Patriots have valued versatility in the past and they get an extremely versatile defensive weapon here at 23. With his ability to drop back into coverage when needed, Chaisson could find himself as a 3 down edge player very quickly.
• #24: New Orleans Saints – Patrick Queen, LB / LSU
New Orleans still has an open championship window if Drew Brees is still playing. While a compliment to Michael Thomas could be the pick here, but I think in a deep WR class it makes it easier to worry about that in later rounds. Patrick Queen blew his stock through the roof with a good championship game. Extremely athletic linebacker with sideline to sideline ability.
• #25: Minnesota Vikings – Jeff Gladney, DB / TCU
Xavier Rhodes looks to be on the downhill side of his career. Minnesota needs depth at CB and Gladney is a perfect fit for Zimmer. Tall, long, and a willing tackler. Gladney very well could be the Vikings CB1 and they get him here at 25.
• #26: Miami Dolphins – Andrew Thomas, OT / Georgia
Miami continues to bolster the offense with the 26th pick. To find Thomas here should make for an easy pick for Miami. Thomas could easily be a top 10 pick in this draft. The Dolphins will be completely retooling this offense together, and Thomas would be an excellent piece on the offensive line to start with.
• #27: Seattle Seahawks – Julian Okwara, EDGE / Notre Dame
Seattle needs depth at edge pretty desperately. Clowney will probably test free agency as well which only increases this need. Okwara seems to be a good fit for the athletic, speedy edge rushers Seattle likes to deploy.
• #28: Baltimore Ravens – Terrell Lewis, EDGE / Alabama
For the second mock in a row I have Lewis going to Baltimore. The Ravens aren’t known for drafting edge players early but with the possible departure of Judon I view it as the Raven’s biggest need.
• #29: Tennessee Titans – Cesar Ruiz, iOL/ Michigan
Tennessee clearly has a plan of attack when it comes to their offense and it includes running the football, a lot. Whether or not it’s Derrick Henry running the football, depth on the offensive line is going to be crucial for the Titans success, and they get maybe the best interior guy with the 29th pick.
• #30: Green Bay Packers – Laviska Shenault, WR / Colorado
When Davante Adams went down it was apparent to all who watched, that Green Bay needed help at WR. The Packers should look to strike while the Aaron Rodgers iron is still hot. Shenault is a do it all WR that a coach likes Lafleur should love.
• #31: San Francisco 49ers – Ashtyn Davis, DB / Cal
Jimmie Ward could potentially be on the move so one of San Francisco’s biggest positions of need becomes more needy. Insert Ashtyn Davis. Extremely rangy over the top safety that would help out the boundary corners tremendously. The addition of Davis on the 49er’s defense could be the piece that cements another playoff run for them.
• #32: Kansas City Chiefs – Lloyd Cushenberry III, iOL / LSU
Kansas City should do everything they can to keep this offense rolling. The offensive line showed some room for improvement, specifically on the interior. Cushenberry has the potential to be a solid contributor at any of the interior line positions.