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2020 NFL Mock Draft
1. New York Jets: Chase Young DE Ohio State
The Jets are in a bit of a transition as the previous defensive staff didn’t need edge rushers while new defensive coordinator Gregg Williams does. This past offseason the Jets tried to address the position by coming to an agreement with Anthony Barr and drafting Jachai Polite. However Barr backed out to go to the Vikings and Polite couldn’t hack it and was cut before the season. Chase Young is an athletic freak that has good size and power that has allowed him to absolutely dominate this season.
2. Cincinnati Bengals: AJ Epenesa DE Iowa
In their first game against the Seahawks the Bengals looked better than anticipated and that also goes for Andy Dalton. Last year the Bengals chose not to go after quarterbacks and if Dalton continues to play like he did in week one they put off drafting a quarterback again. This means they can go after one of the elite players in the class. AJ Epenesa is the total package for a defensive end as he has the athletic ability to rush the passer and the size and strength to play the run. Cincinnati has struggled to find a reliable edge pass rusher in the past, so getting someone like Epenesa could solve that problem.
3. Miami Dolphins: Tua Tagovailoa QB Alabama
As big of a Josh Rosen fan as I am, I’m not naive to think that the Dolphins will still be drafting a quarterback high in this draft. Rosen has shown flashes but overall hasn’t had a great start to his career and the Dolphins really don’t have him in the best place to succeed. This leaves their decision down to either Tua or Justin Herbert. While I like Herbert I believe that Tua is a better fit for what the Dolphins want to do. His ability to throw with precise accuracy and timing should be good fits for what offensive coordinator Chad O’Shea wants to do with this offense.
4. Miami Dolphins: Jerry Jeudy WR Alabama (From Pittsburgh)
Whether the Dolphins take a quarterback or not, they have to build up their offensive to give whoever is their quarterback some true weapons. Preston Williams has shown flashes of being a quality starting receiver but they don’t have anything else. Jerry Jeudy is not only an elite receiving prospect because his combination of speed, route running and hands but he also would compliment the bigger and more physical Williams.
5. Washington Redskins: Trisitan Wirfs OT Iowa
Trent Williams is one of the best tackles in the NFL but as his holdout continues it looks as if he will not be playing with the Redskins in 2020 which means that the Redskins will need to address the position as they’ve only filled it with veteran stopgaps. Enter Tristian Wirfs who has the potential to not only be the top offensive lineman in this group but an All Pro level player. Wirfs who plays right tackle for Iowa is light on his feet allow him to mirror pass rushers while also showing elite power in the weight room. Wirfs has been dominant so far this season whether it’s on the right side or lately on the left side filling in for his injured teammate Alaric Jackson.
6. Denver Broncos: Grant Delpit S LSU
For as important as safeties are in the NFL they tend to fall a bit in the NFL draft as players like Malik Hooker and Derwin James went later than many thought. That could happen again with Delpit who plays very similar to James in that he is a strong safety who can be used in a variety of ways but has the athletic ability to still hold up in coverage. Vic Fangio wants safeties who can play both free and strong safety which Delpit can do along with being a force in the run game.
7. Arizona Cardinals: K’Lavon Chaisson OLB LSU
Now that the Cardinals have their quarterback of the future they need to go best available player and build up on elite players that their roster lacks. Vance Joseph’s defense relies heavily on edge rushers and with Terrell Suggs on a one year deal the Cardinals could use someone to pair with Chandler Jones. Chaisson fits well as he has experience rushing from a standing position at LSU and has the explosiveness and bend to really attack the edge.
8. Cleveland Browns: Andrew Thomas OT Georgia
Cleveland went from a team that won one game in two years to having one of the most talented rosters is pretty remarkable. Because of that the Browns really don’t have many needs they can really go best player available here and that just so happens to also fill a need. Since Joe Thomas retired the Browns have been patching together at left tackle with an undrafted free agent and former 2nd overall pick Greg Robinson. While they’ve been ok, adding a big physical yet agile tackle like Andrew Thomas could really finish off a talented Browns offensive line.
9. Jacksonville Jaguars: Laviska Shenault Jr. Colorado
Jacksonville wants to be a team that can win with defense and running the ball, so the thought of Tom Coughlin taking a receiver in the top 10. But Coughlin was the head coach in New York when the Giants drafted Odell Beckham Jr with the 11th pick, so it shouldn’t be completely out of the question. Jacksonville already went all in on Nick Foles but they need to give him some weapons on the outside. Shenault has the size and body control that allows him to go get the ball in traffic and adjust to off target throws. But Sheanult also has the athletic ability and speed that he can also be used to make plays down the field.
10. Oakland Raiders: Justin Herbert QB Oregon
There was plenty of smoke about the Raiders going quarterback back in the 2019 draft with rumors they really liked Kyler Murray and were also considering Drew Lock. With the team struggling and Derek Carr not really playing up to his MVP level the Raiders could feel the need to go with a young quarterback as they move to Las Vegas. And you have to assume that John Gruden is going to be infatuated with Justin Herbert who is basically Josh Allen but more accurate and refined.
11. Los Angeles Chargers: Jeffrey Okudah CB Ohio State
Without many holes on the Chargers roster they can go best player available to fill in elite prospects at multiple positions. Cornerback is one position that isn’t a weakness but the Chargers really don’t have an elite shut down guy like defensive coordinator Gus Bradley has had both in Jacksonville and Seattle. Okudah would be a good fit in the Chargers Cover 3 type scheme because he has the size to go with bigger receivers, quickness and change of direction ability to go in and out of breaks and the speed to run deep. Think Marshon Lattimore with the Saints. What could that level of corner do for this defense that is trending up?
12. Tennessee Titans: Jake Fromm QB Georgia
Overall the Tennessee Titans are not a bad team and they have some weapons on offense, but they just lack a quarterback that can get the job done. Marcus Mariota has struggled with injuries and inconsistency and at this point is holding the offense back. Tennessee has already brought in Ryan Tannehill as a backup could feel the need to move on from Mariota and look for a new franchise quarterback. Fromm isn’t going to wow you with his physical traits but he is a competitor and knows how to step up in big games.
13. New York Giants: Creed Humphrey C Oklahoma
As the Giants continue to move forward with their offense building it around Daniel Jones and Saquan Barkley they must continue to upgrade their offensive line. Adding Nate Solder and Kevin Zeitler have helped along with drafting Will Hernandez. However that is still not enough. Creed Humphrey is one of the top center prospects we’ve seen in years showing the quick feet, strong upper body and anchor that allows him to shut down defenders. Having him in the middle of their offensive line would give them one of the best interior lines in the league.
14. Carolina Panthers: CeeDee Lamb WR Oklahoma
The last couple of years the Panthers have gone away from having the big basketball receivers and gone with more speed and space type guys. But with Cam Newton’s accuracy starting to regress along with Kyle Alllen potentially looking like the future, the Panthers may want to add a receiver like CeeDee Lamb who can provide some contested catching ability. Now Lamb isn’t Kelvin Benjamin or Devin Funchess as Lamb is more well rounded, but he does have the body control and leaping ability that can help bail out the quarterbacks when needed.
15. Atlanta Falcons: Derrick Brown DT Auburn
Defensive tackle was a big need for the Falcons heading into last offseason and after the Falcons basically ignored the position it was no surprise that Dalvin Cook gashed them during week 1. While the Falcons want to go with speed on defense, they could look towards Derrick Brown to solve their problem. Brown has tremendous power at the point of attack but he also has the athletic ability to get some push and penetration against the pass. Brown is basically what everybody wanted Dexter Lawrence to be last year.
16. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Paulson Adebo CB Stanford
Since the 2016 NFL Draft the Bucs have used a top three round pick on a defensive back and taken 8 total cornerbacks or safeties in those four years. Even though the Bucs have invested that much into the position the need to improve the unit is still there as Todd Bowles defense is built around a strong secondary. Mainly the Bucs lack that true number one corner that can lock up man to man. Stanford’s Paulson Adebo is a player that has the size requirements that Bowles likes in their press man scheme but he also has the quickness and instincts that allow him to make plays on the ball.
17. Philadelphia Eagles: Xavier McKinney S Alabama
When you mock the Eagles you can’t look at an immediate need as Howie Roseman has shown that he will look ahead to the future when drafting. We saw this last year as they drafted Andre Dillard with the plan for him to take over full time in 2020. The Eagles could do that here again with Xavier McKinney as both Rodney McCloud and Malcolm Jenkins contracts are coming up. McKinney shows good range in zone coverage along with the ability to match up in man to man situations.
18. Seattle Seahawks: Bryce Hall CB Virginia
Look for the Seahawks to continue to add talented young players to their defense to build up the next wave of elite defenders. One position they could really look to is at cornerback where they haven’t had a shut down corner since Richard Sherman in his hayday. Bryce Hall is tall and long with good speed and instincts. Hall isn’t an explosive corner but he should thrive working in press where he can run with the receivers and use his length and ball skills to make up for lacking elite speed.
19. Minnesota Vikings: Trevon Diggs CB Alabama
We all know that Mike Zimmer loves to draft defensive backs and with Trae Waynes and Mackenzie Alexander entering free agency the Vikings could be in the market for another corner.Before getting injured Trevon Diggs was one of the top cornerbacks in college football showing good athletic with plus speed and ball skills. And this move would also reunite Diggs with his older brother Stefon.
20. Oakland Raiders: Isaiah Simmons LB Clemson (From Chicago)
With three first round picks last year the Raiders used two them to build up their defense adding help at defensive end and safety, but they still have a long way to go before the defense is considered a strength. Most notably at linebacker where they’ve utilized veteran castoffs as starters. In today’s NFL you need athletic linebackers who can run to the ball and play in coverage. Simmons is a former safety who has thrived since moving down to the box on a full time basis.
21. Indianapolis Colts: Justin Madibuike DT Texas A&M
Going into the 2019 NFL Draft there was plenty of speculation that the Colts could be in the market for Jeffrey Simmons or possibly Jerry Tillery. Simmons wasn’t available and the Colts traded out of the first round to accumulate picks. Madubuike isn’t a household name at this point but he is someone that is on the verge of breaking out. The former defensive end has bulked up and gained power but also not lost his defensive end movement skills.
22. Baltimore Ravens: Kirstan Fulton CB LSU
The secondary is far from a weakness for the Ravens but they need this unit to be strong for their defense to be elite. So why is Kristian Fulton a possibility here? Well Jimmy Smith when healthy has shown to be a high end cornerback that can lock down opposing receivers. But he does have injury issues, commands a large salary and is a free agent after the season. Knowing the Ravens they likely won’t resign him leaving an opening opposite of Marlon Humphrey as an outside cornerback. In typical Ravens fashion they replenish their strengths through the draft.
23.New Orleans Saints: Jordan Love QB Utah State
New Orleans is breathing a sigh of relief that they were able to resign Teddy Bridgeweater as their backup so that they can stay afloat until Drew Brees gets back. But having Bridgewater run the offense it also shows that he’s a capable backup, but not likely the future when Drew Brees retires. Whether or not Bridgewater is resigned again, the Saints could look to the future and take player like Jordan Love here to groom to be Brees replacement. Love has a lot of tools but could still use some refinement which would happen under Sean Payton and Brees himself. Think about how more ready Patrick Mahomes was being able to sit behind Alex Smith for a year and learn with Andy Reid. Love doesn’t have Mahomes upside, but he does have the chance to be a franchise quarterback.
24. Detroit Lions: Raekwon Davis DT Alabama
Right now defensive tackle is not an issue for the Lions as they have the premiere run stuffer in Damon Harrison while A’Shawn Robinson and recently signed Mike Daniels lock down the other spot. But Harrison is on a huge contract where Daniels and Robinson will be free agents this offseason. More than likely someone is not coming back leaving a big hole. Raekwon Davis being available here could be right up their alley. His ability to play multiple techniques along the offensive line along with the power to take on blocks and the burst to penetrate should allow Matt Patricia to use him in a variety of ways.
25. Miami Dolphins: Tyler Biadsz C Wisconsin (From Houston)
While most of the Dolphins team is a mess right now as they are in the process of tanking, the offensive line has been an issue for what seems like a decade. With Miami likely getting their new quarterback at the beginning of this draft they need to give him time to throw the ball. Tyler Biadsz is viewed as the next good center to come out in the draft and has been the anchor to Wisconsin’s line the last two years.
26. New England Patriots: Alton Robinson DE Syracuse
Over the last couple of years the Patriots have prefered to have bigger defensive ends that can play the run and be power pass rushers. When Trey Flowers was allowed to walk the Patriots replaced him with Michael Bennett and then drafted Chase Winovich. Winovich doesn’t fit the mold but is more of a pass rushing specialist. With Bennett being on a short term deal the Patriots could look for their next guy and maybe might not even have to look too far away. At Syracuse Alton Robinson has the size to hold the point of attack but also the lateral agility and burst to win inside and out as a pass rusher.
27. San Francisco 49ers: Tee Higgins WR Clemson
Over the last couple of years the 49ers have invested a lot of second round capital on build their receiving core and while Dante Pettis, Deebo Samuel and Jalen Hurd all have good potential none of them are going to be elite weapons. Kyle Shanahan’s offense will be good with those receivers but it thrived when he had an elite receiver like Julio Jones and Josh Gordon. Tee Higgins will never come close to being as good as Julio Jones but he does have the same skill set and the potential to be a true number one receiver.
28. Los Angeles Rams: CJ Henderson CB Florida
A couple years back the Rams hired Wade Phillips as their defensive coordinator and then went out and got Aqib Talib and Marcus Peters giving them two potentially elite corners. While both have played well at times they have also struggled and look to be on the downside of their careers. Wade Phillips likes to have multiple corners and his best defenses have usually had three. Florida’s CJ Henderson could remind him of Chris Harris who he had in Denver giving him an explosive corner that can match up with the small quicker receivers.
29. Buffalo Bills: Henry Ruggs WR Alabama
With accuracy issues surrounding Josh Allen the majority of us thought they would go after bigger receivers who could adjust to the ball in the air and help Allen out. Instead the Bills went the opposite direction and added speedster John Brown to take advantage of Allen’s arm strength. While the Bills could still go after a bigger receiver they could also double down on the speed aspect and go get Ruggs who is one of the most explosive receivers we’ve seen in college in some time.
30. Dallas Cowboys: Albert Okwegbaum TE Missouri
Dallas was at such a need for a tight end that they lured Jason Witten out of the Monday Night Football booth back to the field. While that will help in the short term, what about in 2020 and beyond? For that the Cowboys will likely be in a position to target the top tight end in the class and that is more than like Albert O. At 6’5 255lbs Okwegbaum is a large tight end but he shows sneaky athletic ability that allows him to find openings in zone coverage and beat defenders with his size. He’s still a bit raw playing mainly as a slot receiver but a year teaming up with Witten could really do him wonders.
31. Kansas City Chiefs: Yetur Gross-Matos DE Penn State
If any team is embracing the new NFL it’s the Kansas City Chiefs who have invested weapons around Patrick Mahomes and knows that with their high powered offense they need a defense that can play with a lead. That also means they don’t need shut down corners and instead need a strong front four since their opponents will be passing more to play catch up. That’s why getting another pass rusher to pair with Frank Clark would be a big help. Gross-Matos is a long athletic defensive end that is great at getting into the backfield. After finishing with 20 tackles for loss and 8 sacks last year he already has three on the season.
32. Green Bay Packers: Shane Lemieux G Oregon
For the first time in what seems like forever the Packers defense is carrying the team and it’s the offense trying to hold their own. Part of that is that the offensive line has not been able to replace some key free agent departures and they are starting journeyman Billy Turner at right guard. With the defense seemily set they can turn their attention in the draft to the offense and could build up the line to help out in the run game.
Teams Without a 1st Round Pick
35. Pittsburgh Steelers: Jake Ferguson TE Wisconsin
With the loss of Antonio Brown the Steelers have struggled to replace his playmaking ability and likely will look to a committee approach to doing so. While that may mean they add another receiver but they could also look to the tight end position where Vance McDonald and Jesse James have been adequate. Fegurson is a big tight end that shows the ability to go up and get the ball in traffic but also has the quickness at the top of his route to create seperation.
41. Chicago Bears: Ashtyn Davis S California (From Oakland)
The short term fix of HaHa Clinton-Dix has had it’s ups and downs and him being on a one year deal likely means the Bears are looking for another safety this upcoming off season. Davis is an athletic safety with good range and ball skills that should complement Eddie Jackson quite well.
57. Houston Texans: Darrell Taylor DE Tennessee
Even before the Texans traded away Jadeveon Clowney they need help on the edge. Taylor isn’t the biggest pass rusher but he’s skilled with solid burst and bend that allows him to win around the corner.