2020 NFL Mock Draft | Olson

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.

Round 2

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

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