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2020 NFL Mock Draft v1.0

2020 nfl mock draft

It must be hard for teams to truly put together the right amount of scouting needed to prepare for the upcoming NFL Draft. While the league itself doesn’t seem to be fazed by the quarantine it will be interesting to see how NFL teams operate for the next few weeks. As we are about to finish out the first week of free agency teams have begun locking down players and positional needs. Many of the decisions made are clearly going to have a major impact on how they draft. Below is my official, first-round 2020 NFL Mock Draft. However, before we kick things off let’s keep in mind a few things.

  • Trades are likely going to happen. Below will be less about what trades make the most sense, but what trades I’d like to see get done. I am also well aware, there won’t be nearly as many trades as written below. But we can dream, right?
  • There will likely be some out-of-nowhere selections made. I tend to live out on a limb, one that is sure to break very easily.

First Round Mock Draft:

1. Cincinnati Bengals: Joe Burrow, QB; LSU This seems to be the consensus pick around the interwebs. I think the Dolphins could jump up here and attempt to trade for the selection. However, for now, I’ll stay put and make the easy pick in this mock draft.
2. Washington Redskins: Tua Tagovailoa, QB; Alabama Tua to Washington is contingent on what the ‘Skins do with guys like Cam Newton, Jameis Winston, or Andy Dalton. There has been some noise the organization wants to move on from Haskins. If that’s true, a Tua shocker here could be the thing we need to shake things up.
3. Detroit Lions: Chase Young, Edge; Ohio State Chase Young is arguably the best player in the draft. In this mock draft, the Lions will be jumping at the chance to get this stud if Washington takes a QB at 2.
4. Los Angeles Chargers (via NYG): Justin Herbert, QB; Oregon Burrows & Tua are both gone and the Chargers aren’t in on the other veteran QBs. Instead, they jump up above Miami and get the next guy on the list in Herbert.
5. Miami Dolphins: Mekhi Becton, OT; Louisville If the above transpires, the Dolphins could either trade back or take their next top need which is OT. I think they stay put here knowing they can get a QB later. Becton is the top guy on my board so he gets drafted here.
6. Jacksonville Jaguars (via NYG, LAC): Isaiah Simmons, LB; Clemson The Giants have already made one move in this mock draft to drop back to six picking up some extra draft capital. I think they do it again with Jacksonville. Jaguars are in need of interior linemen and corner. Although Okudah is still here, Simmons is the best player still on the board and Jags jump up to get him.
7. Carolina Panthers: Derrick Brown, IDL; Auburn With Simmons gone, Teddy Bridgewater signed, the last need for the Panthers is interior defensive linemen. Derrick Brown is the monster that could help return the Panthers’ defense to glory.
8. Arizona Cardinals: Tristan Wirfs, OT; Iowa The Cardinals have been linked to many things including wide receiver. The Hopkins trade has taken that away. They need to keep the former #1 overall pick, Kyler Murray, upright. Tristan Wirfs is a work in progress but is an absolute mauler. Wirfs may have things to work on in the passing game but his run-blocking ability is excellent. For a Cardinals team that ranked 24th at run blocking, this is a must-have addition.
9. New York Giants (via JAX): Jeff Okudah, CB; Ohio State Giants are done trading back in this mock draft and take their guy. Jeff Okudah has been falling down draft boards lately, including in some outside of the top 10. After getting some draft picks for later in the draft they sure up the corner spot, which they need desperately.
10. Cleveland Browns: Andrew Thomas, OT; Georgia Offensive tackle is deep this year, but it starts to drop off after this pick. Andrew Thomas will help to solidify a weak spot in Cleveland and will give the Browns an excellent set of bookends to protect Baker Mayfield.
11. New York Jets: CeeDee Lamb, WR; Oklahoma The New York Jets look to start the run on wideouts with the selection of Lamb. Lamb gives the Jets an elite option for Sam Darnold.
12. Las Vegas Raiders: Jerry Jeudy, WR; Alabama The Raiders need a true #1 receiver and Jeudy has everything needed to be just that.
13. New England Patriots (via SF): Jordan Love, QB: Utah State In this mock draft, The New England Patriots trade their first this year and next year to grab Love. The Pats are in need for the next face of the franchise. While some believe Stidham could be that guy, I just don’t buy it. Pats make a huge move to nab their guy.
14. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Jedrick Wills, OT; Alabama Tampa just got their QB for the next two years with the signing of Tom Brady. Now, they’ll need to protect their new signal-caller and they will do so with the next best tackle on the board.
15. Denver Broncos: Henry Ruggs III, WR; Alabama Ruggs is the third receiver taken off the board and gives the Broncos some much-needed speed. Ruggs will help stretch the field while Courtland Sutton continues to rack up catches and yards underneath.
16. Atlanta Falcons: CJ Henderson, CB; Florida I could see the Cowboys trading up to get in front of Atlanta to take this pick. Dallas needs a corner with the loss of Byron Jones to Miami in free agency. However, ultimately I think Dallas stays put and Atlanta takes their guy. Henderson will replace Trufant in the Falcons secondary.
17. Dallas Cowboys: Javon Kinlaw, DT; South Carolina Dallas has had a significant need for an interior defensive lineman for as long as I could remember. Kinlaw has fallen down in this mock draft and if that mimics reality Dallas will be eager to make this selection. They could take Chaisson here if they feel like edge is more important, but I think pairing Demarcus Lawrence with a stud in the middle will do them well.
18. Miami Dolphins: Xavier McKinney; S Alabama Dolphins haven’t gotten their QB in 2020 yet and no one with mid-first value is left, so they continue to build the pieces around it. Xavier McKinney makes great sense for the Dolphins who are in desperate need of a safety.
19. Oakland Raiders: Kenneth Murray, LB; Oklahoma Raiders will continue to looking for dominating defenders to replace Mack after the trade two seasons ago. Kenneth Murray gives the Raiders front 7 even more athleticism to dominate the line of scrimmage.
20. Jacksonville Jaguars: K’Lavon Chaisson, EDGE; LSU The Jags need a lot of help on the defensive side of the ball. Chaisson is the best available player and gives them another really good EDGE player to go along with their first-round pick Josh Allen from a year ago. Pair that with the pick made earlier and this defense looks scary on paper.
21. Philadelphia Eagles: Justin Jefferson, WR; LSU The Eagles have been tied to multiple positions, but wide receiver seems to be the stickiest. With the loss of Agholor to the Raiders in free agency, injury concerns to Alshon Jeffery, and no real outside presence, the Eagles need to turn to the draft. With Ruggs, Jeudy, and Lamb all gone, Eagles take the next best guy. However, I wouldn’t be surprised if they didn’t try and trade up to get one of the guys mentioned above.
22. Minnesota Vikings: A.J. Epenesa, EDGE; Iowa The Vikings have multiple needs on the defensive side of the ball. However, with Epenesa still on the board at 22, the Vikes use the first they acquired from the Bills to replace long-standing Viking Everson Griffen. The Vikes look to the Iowa pass rusher with excellent hands, quick hips, and explosiveness off the ball to disrupt opposing offenses with Danielle Hunter.
23. San Francisco 49ers (via NE): Ross Blacklock, DT; TCU The 49ers traded down 10 spots with the Patriots to acquire an additional first in the 2021 draft and still were able to get a top-ranked IDL. Blacklock is the 19th best player on Daniel Jeremiah’s big board and possesses an ability to generate immediate push against any offensive lineman. After the trade sending DeForest Buckner to the Colts the 9ers replace him with another stud defensive lineman.
24. Miami Dolphins (via NO): Jalen Hurts, QB; Oklahoma The Dolphins have missed out on four other QBs so far in this draft as teams in need of a QB of the future kept jumping in front of them. Miami had enough and went up to grab their QB. I think the Saints may want to stay here and take Hurts themselves, but if the deal is nice enough I could see them being okay dropping back a couple of spots. The Dolphins get their guy of the future, and the Saints pick up some extra picks.
25. Minnesota Vikings: Patrick Queen, LB; LSU The Vikings are back on the clock and look to continue bolstering a defense that ranked 15th against the run last season according to Queen is a bit undersized but has all the quickness and intelligence to get to a spot and often beats the blocker to it. Excellent in pass coverage as well, Queen has quick burst to the flat stopping check downs in their wake.
26. New Orleans Saints (via MIA): Trevon Diggs, CB; Alabama With the Saints signing Emmanuel Sanders, it pushes them off WR at least in the first round. A top need for New Orleans is corner where Diggs will fit in nicely with Lattimore on the other side. Diggs has elite size, ball skills, and excellent athleticism that could have an impact on special teams as well.
27. Miami Dolphins (via SEA): Yetur Gross-Matos, DE; Penn State The Dolphins are on a tear, they traded a 3rd round pick to the Saints to jump up 2 spots to take Hurts, and now are sending #39 and a future pick to the Seahawks to continue a great draft. The Dolphins have already addressed tackle, QB, and safety and will get an edge rusher to add to the defense. YGM doesn’t have the get-off speed that some of the other top guys have, but with an array of moves and great hands, he is an effective pass rusher.
28. Baltimore Ravens: Zack Baun, LB; Wisconsin Baun has been moving up the board for many around the Twitterverse and I think he can find himself creeping into the first round with a pick by the Ravens. Baun is smaller than your prototypical outside linebacker. However, he is a very versatile defender who is often seen hovering over a TE and beating them to the ball with ease. The Ravens are in need of an OLB with pass rush abilities and they get it here with the former Badger.
29. Tennessee Titans: A.J. Terrell, CB; Clemson The Titans are going to potentially lose five cornerbacks to free agency including Logan Ryan. This selection will fill a much-needed gap for the Titans as they look to rebuild the secondary a bit. Terrell has great awareness downfield and can stick with the best receivers due his high-end speed. However, he tends to get a bit stuck in his plant foot. Vrabel and company are going to need to work on him but he could be an excellent corner in the NFL.
30. Green Bay Packers: Denzel Mims, WR; Baylor Mims shined at the NFL Combine last month and has seen his stock rise faster than just about anyone else on the board. Mims was one of the fastest receivers in the 40, showed great hands, and the ability to run crisp clean routes. He was a standout in the Baylor offense and will fit in nicely opposite Davante Adams. The Packers get another big-time weapon in their passing game to keep Aaron Rodgers salivating. Check out Cody’s profile of Denzel Mims here.
31. San Francisco 49ers: Grant Delpit, S; LSU The former Jim Thorpe award winner goes to a San Francisco team in desperate need to bring in new talent in the secondary. With A.J. Terrell and Trevon Diggs already taken they look to the Safety position with Delpit. This will be LSU’s 5th player selected in the first round, only one short of Alabama who has six in this mock draft. With the loss of Jimmy Ward to free agency, Delpit gives the 49ers a guy who explodes to the ball, trusts his instincts and can even play in the slot.
32. Kansas City Chiefs: Marlon Davidson, EDGE; Auburn The Kansas City Chiefs were ranked 31st at rushing the passer in 2019 according to While many people are linking the chiefs to another offensive weapon like running back, it is defensive edge that needs the most work. Davidson brings a lot of power to the position and with versatility can slide to the inside as well if needed.

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