The stable of NFL Draft coverage the Mock Draft is our way of blending team needs, projecting the NFL standings and player evaluation all in one. In this 2020 Mock Draft I preview how the NFL season will unfold while mixing in where I think the top prospects could fit in with each team.
2020 NFL Mock Draft
1. Cincinnati Bengals Joe Burrow, QB, LSU
Can’t have a rebuild without getting that young franchise quarterback. Obvious pick here.
2. Washington Redskins – Chase Young, EDGE, Ohio State.
Young is the best player in the draft and the all important pass rusher. Can’t pass player.
3. Detroit Lions – Jeffrey Okudah, CB, Ohio State
I’m not sure how to fix a Matt Patricia led defense, but adding perhaps the best corner prospect I’ve ever scouted to a secondary that already has Darius Slay can’t hurt.
4. New York Giants – Tristan Wirfs, OT, Iowa
The Giants drafted Daniel Jones to be their franchise quarterback. Now they need to protect him so he can protect the ball.
5. Miami Dolphins – Tua Tagovailoa, QB, Alabama
The Dolphins get the man they’ve been eyeing all along. A key piece in this long rebuild process.
6. Los Angeles Chargers – Justin Herbert, QB, Oregon
The Chargers might want to jump the Dolphins to draft Tua Tagovailoa themselves, but in this case they settle for plan B as they look to replace a fading Phillip Rivers.
7. Carolina Panthers – Derrick Brown, DT, Auburn
Another team that might be looking to move up for a quarterback. Here they settle for AZ game changer in the trenches who will instantly fix the run defense.
8. Arizona Cardinals – CeeDee Lamb, WR, Oklahoma
The Cardinals in playmakers and it just so happens that perhaps the best one in this class already has chemistry with their franchise quarterback.
9. Jacksonville Jaguars – Jerry Juedy, WR, Alabama
The Jags might have found something in Gardner Minshew, but to really know they need to give him a full year and the best opportunity to succeed. An incredible talent at wide receiver should certainly help.
10. Cleveland Browns – Andrew Thomas, OT, Georgia
The Browns have a good roster on paper, but one of the main things that held them back was the inability to protect the quarterback. Problem solved with this pick.
11. New York Jets – Jedrick Wills, OT, Alabama
You can’t have your franchise quarterback “seeing ghosts “. So the Jets need to add someone to protect him and Wills makes for one hell of a ghost buster.
12. Las Vegas Raiders – Henry Ruggs, WR, Alabama
The Raiders have always loved fast wide receivers and it doesn’t get much faster than Ruggs. However, he is more than just speed and exactly the kind of playmaker you want to build around.
13. Indianapolis Colts – Jordan Love, QB, Utah State
Andrew Luck retiring left a big void on this team and although Jacoby Brissett played admirably the Colts need a quarterback of the future.
14. Tampa Bay Buccaneers – K’Lavon Chaisson, EDGE, LSU
Back to the well of LSU linebackers, Tampa Bay continues to add to a defense that is on the rise.
15. Denver Broncos – Kristian Fulton, CB, LSU
Chris Harris is probably gone soon and the Broncos need someone to replace him now and in the future. The torch is passed.
16. Atlanta Falcons – AJ Epenesa, DE, Iowa
It feels like the Falcons have been looking for that pass rusher on the edge for a long time. This is the best chance they’ve has to actually find that guy in several years.
17. Dallas Cowboys – Javon Kinlaw, DT, South Carolina
The Cowboys are a team built to win in the trenches on offense. Defensively they have to be better in that area. Kinlaw is so disruptive on the interior of the line.
18. Miami Dolphins (via Pittsburgh) – Isaiah Simmons, LB, Clemson
I don’t care what position Miami drafts, they just need talent. I don’t care what position Simmons plays, he’s just so talented. Seems like a match made in heaven.
19. Las Vegas Raiders (via Chicago) – Dylan Moses, LB, Alabama
John Gruden needs someone to lead his defense. Add Moses to the heart of this unit and things are looking up.
20. Jacksonville Jaguars (via L.A. Rams) – Grant Delpit, S, LSU
The Jags trade away their star in the secondary and with the pock they got back they draft a star in the secondary. Delpit has all the ability to be great.
21. Philadelphia Eagles – Trevon Diggs, CB, Alabama
The Eagles have had issues with their secondary this year. Diggs provides and upgrade at corner and gives them more versatility.
22. Tennessee Titans – Yetur Gross – Matos, EDGE, Penn State
The Titans could use more depth and talent on the edge. Gross-Matos is a big man with big athleticism who should compliment what they already have there in Nashville.
23. Buffalo Bills – Tee Higgins, WR, Clemson
Josh Allen is developing nicely. However, he still struggles with accuracy at times. So I’m giving him a big playmaker with a big catch radius.
24. Minnesota Vikings – Paulson Adebo, CB, Stanford
Xavier Rhodes has dropped off VERY quickly. He needs to be replaced as soon as possible. Adebo has potential to really thrive in zone and is athletic enough to hold up man to man.
25. Miami Dolphins (via Houston) Tyler Biadasz, IOL, Wisconsin
The Dolphins drafted a great quarterback, but he can’t stay healthy. Protecting him has to be a top priority. Build the foundation with this pick.
26. Seattle Seahawks – Bryce Hall, CB, Virginia
Hall is a big body corner with ball skills. This is the kind of mold the Seahawks have had success with in the past and they need to improve their defense.
27. New England Patriots – Neville Gallimore, DT, Oklahoma
The Patriots are getting old basically everywhere. An injection of young and pass rush ability on the interior of the defensive line is just what they need.
28. Green Bay Packers – Kenneth Murray, LB, Oklahoma
The Packers are a little soft in the middle and it shows in their run defense. That won’t be an issue with Murray.
29. Kansas City Chiefs – Creed Humphrey, IOL, Oklahoma
Humphrey is the best player on my board here. Great addition to the interior of the Chiefs offensive line.
30. New Orleans Saints – Jalen Reagor, WR, TCU
The Saints already have the most reliable pass catcher in the NFL. Reagor adds an elite speed threat opposite him as a guy who can score a big touchdown on any given play.
31. San Francisco 49ers – Shaun Wade, CB, Ohio State
I really like his size, physicality and his coverage ability. He can play in the slot for now and be the heir apparent to Richard Sherman.
32. Baltimore Ravens – Curtis Weaver, EDGE, Boise State
The Ravens have found success with the bigger edge rushers and Weaver certainly falls in that category. Keep building that pass rush and building that Ravens defense.
33. Cincinnati Bengals – Alex Leatherwood, OL, Alabama
34. Indianapolis Colts – KJ Hamler, WR, Penn State
35. Detroit Lions – Laviska Shenault, WR, Colorado
36. New York Giants – Xavier McKinney, S, Alabama
37. Los Angeles Chargers – Prince Tega Wanogho, OT, Auburn
38. Carolina Panthers – Jacob Eason, QB, Washington
39. Miami Dolphins – D’Andre Swift, RB, Georgia
40. Arizona Cardinals – Trey Smith, OL, Tennessee
41. Cleveland Browns – Ashtyn Davis, S, California
42. Jacksonville Jaguars – CJ Henderson, CB, Florida
43. Chicago Bears (via Las Vegas) – Ben Bredeson, IOL, Michigan
44. Indianapolis Colts – Raekwon Davis, DL, Alabama
45. Tampa Bay Buccaneers – Mekhi Becton, OT, Louisville
46. Denver Broncos – Austin Jackson, OT, USC
47. Atlanta Falcons – Jeff Gladney, CB, TCU
48. New York Jets – Denzel Mims, WR, Baylor
49. Pittsburgh Steelers – Terrell Lewis, EDGE, Alabama
50. Chicago Bears – Jake Fromm, QB, Georgia
51. Dallas Cowboys – AJ Terrell, CB, Clemson
52. Los Angeles Rams – Nick Harris, IOL, Washington
53. Tennessee Titans – Robert Hunt, OL, Louisiana
54. Philadelphia Eagles – Tylan Wallace, WR, Oklahoma State
55. Minnesota Vikings – Trey Adams, OT, Washington
56. Buffalo Bills – Jonathan Taylor, RB, Wisconsin
57. Houston Texans – Travis Etienne, RB, Clemson
58. Seattle Seahawks – Julian Okwara, EDGE, Notre Dame
59. Atlanta Falcons – Justin Madubuike, DT, Texas A&M
60. Green Bay Packers – Justin Jefferson, WR, LSU
61. Kansas City Chiefs – JK Dobbins, RB, Ohio State
62. Miami Dolphins (via New Orleans) – Josh Jones, OT, Houston
63. Seattle Seahawks – Antoine Winfield Jr, S, Minnesota
64. Baltimore Ravens – Bryan Edwards, WR, South Carolina