The Mock Draft, the stable of the Pre-Draft Process. While some analysts or writers hate doing mock drafts I embrace them because it’s what got me hooked on the draft and it’s always one of the most popular and discussed things you can do. Here at NFL Draft Geek this is our calling card and we will be providing you a new mock draft on a weekly basis leading up to the 2020 NFL Draft dropping each Tuesday during the NFL season. For this edition I’ve utilized Tankathon’s draft order which gives us a listing of what the order based on the first six weeks of action. Let us know what you think of our 2020 NFL Mock Draft whether it’s in the comments below or tweeting at @NFLDraftGeek @draft_brian.
2020 NFL Mock Draft
1. Cincinnati Bengals: Joe Burrow QB LSU
2. Washington Redskins: Chase Young DE Ohio State
3. Detroit Lions: Derrick Brown DT Auburn
This is where the draft officially begins and that could benefit the Lions because they could get the second best position player, a new franchise quarterback or trade out to one of the teams looking to move up to get either Tua Tagovailoa or Justin Herbert. With no trades projected the Lions add some bulk to the middle of their defense by adding the top interior defensive linemen in the draft. Matt Patricia loves massive defensive tackles in his defense and the Lions could use some help with Damon Harrison’s huge contract along with A’Shawn Robinson and Mike Daniels entering free agency.
4. New York Giants: Andrew Thomas OT Georgia
5. Miami Dolphins: Justin Herbert QB Oregon
At some point the Dolphins have to target a quarterback of the future and this year is likely it with three first round picks. While Tua seems to fit what they want, word is that the Dolphins have done more homework on any other quarterback in this class. Herbert isn’t a perfect prospect but when you combine his size, athletic ability and upside as a prospect it’s no secret why teams could love him. Especially if he goes to Mobile and performs well.
6. Los Angeles Chargers: Tua Tagovailoa QB Alabama
7. Carolina Panthers: Trisitan Wirfs OT Iowa
8. Arizona Cardinals: CeeDee Lamb WR Oklahoma
9. Jacksonville Jaguars: Jeffrey Okudah CB Ohio State
10. Cleveland Browns: Jedrick Wills OT Alabama
11. New York Jets: K’Lavon Chaisson OLB LSU
12. Las Vegas Raiders: Isaiah Simmons LB Clemson
13. Indianapolis Colts: Jerry Jeudy WR Alabama
14. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: AJ Epenesa DE Iowa
Ever since Todd Bowles was brought to Tampa Bay the pass rushing outside linebacker has commonly been mock to the Buccaneers. However, I don’t see the Buccaneers going that route again as they did pass on Josh Allen in last years draft. We have to remember that Todd Bowles doesn’t normally have your traditional edge rusher and prefers to blitz. With Shaq Barrett being their designated pass rusher I could see the Bucs going a different direction and looking to add a defensive linemen that can get them some pressure. Think back to when the Arizona Cardinals under Arians and this defensive scheme drafted Robert Nkemdiche. AJ Epenesa can fill that same role playing the 5 technique defensive end who can also slide inside and rush from a defensive tackle position.
15. Denver Broncos: Trevon Diggs CB Alabama
16. Atlanta Falcons: Bryce Hall CB Virginia
17. Dallas Cowboys: Grant Delpit S LSU
18. Miami Dolphins: Austin Jackson OT USC (from Pittsburgh)
19. Oakland Raiders: Tee Higgins WR Clemson (From Chicago)
Antonio Brown was brought in to give Derek Carr a go to receiver but his shenanigans caused him to be released and now leave the Raiders with only Tyrell Williams who is better served as a compliment. Tee Higgins would give Derek Carr a big bodied physical receiver that he can trust to go up and make contested catches and allow Williams and Hunter Renfrow to fall back into complementary roles.
20. Jacksonville Jaguars: Javon Kinlaw DT South Carolina (From Los Angeles Rams)
21. Philadelphia Eagles: Henry Ruggs WR Alabama
22. Buffalo Bills: Laviska Shenault Jr. Colorado
23. New England Patriots: Tyler Biadasz C Wisconsin
24. New Orleans Saints: KJ Hamler WR Penn State
Besides Michael Thomas the Saints really don’t have a ton of playmakers at receiver. Sure they have Tre’Quan Smith who is entering his second year and Ted Ginn but Ginn could easily be upgraded. KJ Hamler’s elite speed and agility allowed him to be a big time playmaker for Penn State and would give the Saints a weapon out of the slot to make their offense even more deadly.