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2020 NFL Mock Draft v2.0

2020 nfl mock draft

With Easter and Passover festivities this past weekend, that means we are just two short weeks away from the NFL Draft. In my previous mock draft you may have noticed a lot of teams making moves. In fact, there were five of them in total with the Giants trading back twice and still getting the guy that many believe is at the top of their list. There’s no shortage of moves in the second version of my 2020 NFL Mock Draft, either.

Many might think that as we get closer to the draft we should temper those expectations. However, if history has anything to say about it, we should probably get a bit more aggressive. There were six trades in 2019 that involved a first-round pick, and another seven in 2018, including a pre-draft trade between the Jets and Colts.

Teams are absolutely willing to make moves to get the guy they think can change the course of their franchise for years. So without further ado, let’s take a look at my 2020 NFL Mock Draft v2.0

1. Cincinnati Bengals: Joe Burrows, QB; LSU Let’s be real here, the Bengals are likely not trading back despite recent reports they are willing to listen to offers. There is a great case to be made that they keep Andy Dalton and go with Chase Young. What’s it going to hurt? They get arguably the best player in the draft, and if they can’t turn it around, they can #TankForTrevor next year. At the end of the day, far too many people (much smarter than me) have Burrows going #1, so we’ll hop on the train.
2. Washington Redskins: Chase Young, EDGE; Ohio State In our first mock, the Skins take Tua. While that could absolutely be the play, it seems as if Ron Rivera and company are going to roll with Dwayne Haskins. If they don’t sign Cam Newton or Jameis Winston, they’re not likely going to draft a QB here either. And hey, like mentioned before with Cincinnati, if Haskins doesn’t work out, #tankfortrevor will be in full swing.
3. Los Angeles Chargers (via DET): Justin Herbert, QB; Oregon If Chase Young isn’t here, I think Detroit trades down. There are about 2-3 different players the Lions could take, and most should be available at #5 or #6 depending on which team trades up. There certainly are injury concerns with Tua, and I have a weird feeling that he is going to get some Ben Roethlisberger or Aaron Rodgers type treatment. Teams may end up being ultra conservative when it comes to the QB they select and that tells me Herbert goes before Tua.
4. New York Giants: Isaiah Simmons, LB; Clemson In our previous mock, the Giants traded back twice. They have a lot of different needs, so picking up additional draft capital to fill those needs will be helpful. However, Dave Gettleman likes flashy, and if the first three picks go as advertised above, Simmons and Jeff Okudah will be there for the taking. Although they have a significant need to shore up the offensive line, it would be a no brainer for them to grab the best defensive talent available. It will all come down to what position group the Giants think they need more work on. To me, it will be Simmons, who fits in both the secondary as a safety and LB group.
5. Miami Dolphins: Jeff Okudah, CB; Ohio State Tua is still on the board, but I am not sure the Dolphins go QB here. I know it’s the sexy pick, but there is some depth at QB this year. With the injury issues and the holes they have to fill, I envision an option where the Dolphins pass on Tua. Just walk with me here out on the ledge, and let’s say the Dolphins lose out on Herbert because LA trades up. Maybe they like Tua and think he can be the next big star, but the AFC East is WIDE OPEN right now. If the Dolphins think the same way, they take the best player available with Okudah. Imagine having the weakest secondary in football one year and after signing Byron Jones and drafting Jeff Okudah, turning it into one of the best.
6. Detroit Lions (via LAC): Derrick Brown, DT; Auburn The Dolphins drafting Okudah is a fallen domino no one will see coming. Instantly the Lions are left scrambling the Panthers, and Jaguars behind them are worried what the Lions will do and for a good reason. If the Dolphins, in fact, take Okudah, the Lions next significant need is an interior lineman on the defensive side of the ball. Derrick Brown is the best of the bunch, and after several years of plugging and playing with guys like Snacks Harrison, Haloti Ngata, or Mike Daniels, they get the guy who can secure the middle of the LOS for the next decade.
7. Carolina Panthers: Javon Kinlaw, DT; South Carolina Kinlaw is a physical freak, and the Panthers just lost out on their #1 target in Derrick Brown, so getting the consolation prize is nothing to sniff at. The Panthers have a few needs but nothing more pressing than solidifying the middle of the line of scrimmage. Kinlaw gives them much needed power up front as they look to rebuild the defense.
8. Arizona Cardinals: Tristan Wirfs, OT; Insert Left Tackle of your choice here. Ultimately it’s up to the Cardinals and which of the top four guys (Wirfs, Becton, Thomas, and Wills) they like. Wirfs seems to be the most polished and ready for the NFL right away, in my opinion. The Cardinals addressed their need for WR with the trade of DeAndre Hopkins and now need to get the guy who can protect the QB so he can throw him the ball.
9. Oakland Raiders (via JAX): Tua Tagovailoa, QB; Alabama Tua dropping to #9 is Jon Gruden’s dream. It is clear the Raiders want to move on from Carr, but they will only do it if the guy they genuinely want falls. In this scenario, it is everything Gruden could have wished for. In an attempt to make sure no one else jumps in front of them to grab Tua, the Raiders step in and get it done. Gruden gets his guy, and the Jags get a 2nd round pick out of it to fall back just a couple of spots.
10. Cleveland Browns: Mekhi Becton, OT; Louisville With the signing of Jack Conklin to make the offensive line better, the Browns look to address the left side of the line with Becton. Becton is an absolute mauler and will make things very easy for Baker and the Browns’ run game.
11. New York Jets: CeeDee Lamb, WR; Oklahoma Sam Darnold hasn’t had a top-flight receiver through the first couple years of his career. Robby Anderson was supposed to be the guy, but that never really came to fruition. Anderson is now in Carolina, and the Jets have another hole. The Jets have a lot of holes. However, in a wide-open division, the Jets need an outside weapon who can stretch the field.
12. Jacksonville Jaguars (via OAK): Jedrick Wills, OT; Alabama The Jaguars got sniped of their first significant need with Brown and Kinlaw going earlier in the first. Because of it, they traded back, knowing they’d get one of the top four linemen available. In this case, they get the guy that is at the top of the list for the position. Wills has excellent power and the best vertical push of any of the lineman on the board. His ability to finish off defenders in space will make him an excellent addition to a power run game in front of Leonard Fournette.
13. San Francisco 49ers: Jerry Jeudy, WR; Alabama The 49ers hadn’t had a true #1 receiver since 2003 when Terrell Owens left for Philly. Michael Crabtree was thought to be the guy at the beginning of the decade, but that never really panned out. San Fran has arguably the best defense in the league and a great running game. They are missing a game-changer out wide, and Jerry Jeudy provides that.
14. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Andrew Thomas, OT; Georgia The trade between the Jags and 9ers forces Tampa to go with the best available tackle on the board when they focus on Thomas. The Bucs need another offensive linemen, specifically on the outside, to help keep Tom Brady upright. They also need a running back (which will likely come in the second round) but this is a perfect spot for the Bucs to get a stud lineman.
15. Denver Broncos: Henry Ruggs III, WR; Alabama Almost everyone has Ruggs going to the Broncos. I did in my original mock and will keep the pick here. The Broncos need a speedster to pair with Sutton, and Ruggs is the fastest guy in the entire draft.
16. Atlanta Falcons: K’Lavon Chaisson, LB; LSU The next couple of picks can honestly go a million different ways. AJ Epenesa is an ideal spot here for the Falcons, but in the end, I think they go with the dynamic LB with excellent pass rush abilities in Chaisson.
17. New Orleans Saints (via DAL): Jordan Love, QB; Utah State The Saints, Dolphins, Patriots, Packers all need a QB of the future, and most have been linked to Jordan Love at some point during this off-season. The Saints have made it known they have had virtual meetings with the gunslinger. Is there a better way for the youngster to come into the league than to learn behind Drew Brees for a year before taking over in a Sean Payton offense? Probably not.
18. Miami Dolphins: Xavier McKinney, S; Alabama Miami has already fortified their secondary with the selection of Okudah at #5, and now they get to add arguably the best safety in the draft in McKinney. Add that to the signing of Byron Jones and the Dolphins secondary goes from the leagues worst in 2019 (according to PFF Coverage Grade) to one of the leagues best in 2020. McKinney is an excellent decision-maker from the second-level, and although he has some issues roaming center field, he is very explosive to the ball and makes plays.
19. Oakland Raiders: CJ Henderson, CB; Florida If everything above rings true the Raiders are having themselves a hell of a day. They move up to get the QB of the future AND the corner of their choice falls to them at 19. CJ Henderson possesses excellent man coverage skills and will be an amazing fit in the Silver and Black as they head to their new stadium in 2020.
20. Jacksonville Jaguars: Trevon Diggs, CB; Alabama The Jaguars had a massive hole in the secondary with the trade of Jalen Ramsey to the Rams last season. They use the first of their two first-round to address this with Diggs. Diggs possesses excellent man abilities with a strong press off the line and speed to keep up with any outside receiver.
21. Philadelphia Eagles: Justin Jefferson, WR; LSU After Ruggs, you can pretty much exchange any of these guys from one spot to the next. Although I have the Eagles taking Jefferson, they could easily take Higgins or Brandon Aiyuk, among others. The Eagles need a big tall receiver who can play consistently on the outside, and Jeffersons’ 6 foot 1 frame gives them just that. Jefferson predominately played the slot in the LSU offense, however, he recorded one of the top 40 times in the draft this past February and could easily play the outside if called upon.
22. Minnesota Vikings: Patrick Queen, LB; LSU Originally I had Queen going to Minnesota with their second pick in the first round (#25). However, with teams like the Saints sitting behind them at 24, their hand is a bit forced here. Queen is the best LB on the board at the moment and is an easy pick for a team that has lost several big-name players on the defensive side of the ball this off-season.
23. New England Patriots: Tee Higgins, WR; Clemson There are a lot of things the Pats could do with this selection. Trade back, select another defender, go offensive line. However, with the lack of legitimate playmakers in the offense New England goes Higgins here. Last year the Pats went with N’Keal Harry but it was a very disappointing season and the Pats must make this offense better if they are going to compete now that Brady is gone.
24. Dallas Cowboys (via NO): A.J. Terrell, CB; Clemson The Cowboys not only lost a huge corner in Byron Jones but have also completely revamped the defensive scheme with the additions of Mike Nolan and others to the coaching staff. A.J. Terrell fits a considerable hole the Cowboys have, and by dropping back in the draft with the trade to New Orleans, they can get a guy more inline with their needs while also picking up some additional picks for later in the draft. Terrell is a lengthy corner with tremendous speed and great hip movement. This makes him excellent at getting in and out of breaks quickly to defend the pass, although he tends to get beat deep from time to time.
25. Minnesota Vikings: Kristian Fulton, CB; LSU Fulton is an uber-talented corner who had a slow start to his collegiate career after a drug test issue forced him to miss all of 2017. Since then, he has been a stud for the Tigers defending 24 passes intercepting two more and be an excellent cover corner in man coverage against most teams #1 receiving option. The Vikings lost Rhodes this off-season and will likely address that in the draft this year.
26. Miami Dolphins: Clyde Edwards-Helaire, RB; LSU Helaire is the 6th player from the Bayou to be drafted in the first round. Miami still doesn’t have their QB of the future but addresses a major team need. After turning a dismal secondary into one of the best on paper, they address another primary need by bringing in a running back. In my opinion, CEH is the most complete back in the draft with size, speed, and the ability to get loose in space by creating holes that may not even exist. Many prognosticators have JT, JK, or Swift going here, but CEH has been at the top of my RB rankings for a while and would be an excellent fit for the Dolphins at 26.
27. New York Giants (via SEA): A.J. Epenesa, DE; Iowa The Giants make a big move here to move up 10 spots to fill another need. While they decided to pass on offensive tackle and took Isaiah Simmons instead, there aren’t many studs available at the position. However, at DE, they can either grab Epenesa or Yetur Gross-Matos. I have Epenesa slightly higher on my list than YGM, but its splitting hairs. For this mock, let’s go with Epenesa. He possesses an excellent power rush and the ability to push blockers into the pocket when finishing. He is a perfect fit for a Giants team that ranked really well against the run last season. Epenesa makes them even better.
28. Baltimore Ravens: Zach Baun, LB; Wisconsin I had Zach Baun going to Baltimore in the first mock draft, and this is no different. Baun, although smaller for the prototypical linebacker, is an excellent rusher off the edge with the versatility to stop the run, cover the flats, and get to the QB. These traits are something the Ravens have been missing since losing Terrell Suggs.
29. Tennessee Titans: Yetur Gross Matos, DE; Penn State The Tennessee Titans had the 28th ranked pass rush according to PFF last season, so the selection of YGM makes them significantly better. Although they have lost a ton of really good corners and need one, Mike Vrabel gets a great edge rusher to go along with the 16th ranked defense from a year ago.
30. Green Bay Packers: Jalen Reagor, WR; TCU There has only ever been one draft in NFL history that saw seven different pass catchers go in the first round; 2004. In fact, before 1962, there wasn’t a single draft where seven receivers went in the entire draft. Jalen Reagor to the Packers makes a ton of sense. With Davante Adams locked in and a small emergence from Allen Lazard in the second half of the season, the Packers don’t need a big menacing piece. However, they could use a speedster with great hands, excellent route running, and the ability to be a complete change of pace in a pass-first offense.
31. San Francisco 49ers: Grant Delpit, S; LSU Another Tiger off the board is historic for the NFL Draft. I had Delpit going to the 9ers in v1.0, so I will stick with it in 2.0. The ‘9ers need help in the secondary despite resigning Jimmy Ward to a one-year deal. Delpit is a dynamic safety with excellent ability to play both the ball carrier and set up in coverage. He may even go down as the best safety of this class once it’s all said and done. The 9ers have hit big on their drafts as of late, and this would just be another one for the books.
32. Detroit Lions (via KC): Damon Arnette, CB; Ohio State The Chiefs don’t see a ton on the board that forces them to make the selection here. The Lions missed out on getting their Ohio State corner earlier in the draft and offer KC the right capital to jump up and get the other OSU corner with excellent ability in his own right.

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