2020 Mock Draft
Post NFL Trade Deadline Edition
HERE WE GO!
Draft season for me starts right after the current draft ends, but for sane people it kicks off after the NFL trade deadline. This is where my work rate increases, my heart beats a little harder, and my social life decreases. AND I LOVE IT! So without further ado let’s mock the 2020 NFL Draft and get this year’s draft season underway!
- Cincinnati Bengals: QB Tua Tagovailoa, Alabama
The Bengals win the suck bowl, they are tanking for Tua and they will get their guy. He is not my number one QB in this class but he does have rare accuracy and could do really well with a WR of AJ Green’s caliber if they were to keep him post this season.
- Miami Dolphins: QB Joe Burrow, LSU
My boy Joey Burrow, the best quarterback in this class, the biggest riser in this class, and a Bonafide franchise caliber quarterback. That being said the Dolphins stink but Joe could help them climb out of the cellar.
- Washington: WR Jerry Jeudy, Alabama
Washington could go a multitude of ways with this pick but I think once again they will try and address the lack of depth at receiver.
- Atlanta Falcons: EDGE Chase Young, Ohio St.
Vic Beasley has been an abject failure ever since his sophomore season in Atlanta. Chase Young will most likely be the best player left on their board and Atlanta would be delighted if he fell to them at number four.
- New York Jets: OT Andrew Thomas, Georgia
You can’t protect your quarterback from getting mono but you can help protect him from the opposing teams pass rushers. The Jets would be smart to do their best to get Sam Darnold a tackle in this class.
- New York Giants: WR Henry Ruggs III, Alabama
This might be a slight reach in many experts minds but I really like Ruggs and I think he has a high ceiling. Danny Dimes needs a young, talented receiver to grow with and I think the Giants might go with the Alabama product.
- Denver Broncos: OT Tristan Wirfs, Iowa
The Broncos are really, really bad. But they weren’t bad enough to get a top pick and they have already married themselves to the free agency market or Drew Lock when it comes to the QB position next season. Wirfs is a very good right tackle and would help whomever is under center next season in Denver.
- Cleveland Browns: S Grant Delpit, LSU
Best player available. Cleveland may love LSU players more than me, unlikely, but they do seem to like them a lot! Delpit is a game changer at the safety position and would add spark to the Cleveland defense.
- Tampa Bay Buccaneers: CB Jeff Okudah, Ohio St.
Jameis Winston will be the quarterback of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 2020. The team is awful, and they must get better on defense. Okudah is a prototypical corner with good size, instincts, and promise.
- Los Angeles Chargers: QB Justin Herbert, Oregon
Herbert is a risk but with Philip Rivers becoming a free agent this off season might give Anthony Lynn the ability to go get a young quarterback he wants to build around. I would not rule LA out of the free agent market for QBs either.
- Oakland Raiders: LB Isaiah Simmons, Clemson
The Raiders LOVE Clemson players. Pair that with the idea that more than likely Simmons would be the best player available on their board, and linebacker is a need. It is a match made in heaven.
- Miami Dolphins (from Steelers): EDGE AJ Epenesa, Iowa
The Dolphins in this scenario would fill two massive holes with two of my favorite players in this entire draft. They would get My QB1 and EDGE1 in this class in the first round. Dolphins fans should be praying for this scenario.
- Oakland Raiders (from Bears): CB Kristian Fulton, LSU
The Raiders showed last year that they only worry about who they deem worthy of their picks. Other experts be damned. Fulton strikes me as a player they would really like and he would fill a need on that team.
- Arizona Cardinals: OT Alex Leatherwood, Alabama
I could see the Cardinals going skill position and being splashy, but the smart move would be to sure up the line and protect Kyler Murray.
- Philadelphia Eagles: LB Kenneth Murray, Oklahoma
The Eagles need a player like Kenneth Murray. Correction all NFL teams need players like Kenneth Murray. Three down linebacker with great instincts and speed. Philly should run to the podium to get this kid.
- Jacksonville Jaguars: WR CeeDee Lamb, Oklahoma
They have a guy who can take the top off the defense in DJ Chark, now they need to get the polished route runner, possession receiver in CeeDee Lamb. That would give the new franchise quarterback, Gardner Minshew *wink* some dangerous weapons.
- Tennessee Titans: QB Jordan Love, Utah St.
Jordan Love has some potential and a high ceiling. I think personally he turns the ball over too much for my liking. He has a big arm which has drawn some Mahomes comparisons. The Titans will roll the dice because they have to move on from Mariota.
- Detroit Lions: CB CJ Henderson, Florida
The Lions have been much better than I had predicted coming into this season. Henderson could help their secondary take that next step and would make a great duo with Darius Slay. Henderson has ball skills and plays an aggressive game at the corner position.
- Carolina Panthers: CB Paulson Adebo, Stanford
Plain and simple the Panthers need to take whomever they believe is the best corner left when they are up to pick. Adebo turns the ball over, he has great ball skills, and the Panthers need that to pair with Donte Jackson.
- Jacksonville Jaguars (from Rams): RB D’Andre Swift, Georgia
Leonard Fournette has come into his own this season and that is great news for the Jags. The best teams have two guys who can hurt you on the ground and Swift would be a great compliment to Fournette in that offense.
- Dallas Cowboys: DL Derrick Brown, Auburn
Derrick Brown would be an absolute steal at this spot for Dallas. He is a raw piece of clay that has the potential to be a game changer in the interior of the d line for any team at the next level.
- Miami Dolphins (from Texans): OL Tyler Biadasz, Wisconsin
The Dolphins would be smart to get a versatile offensive lineman to help their new franchise quarterback Joe Burrow. Biadasz can play either guard or center and he’s a great run blocker as well. No brainer for Miami in this scenario.
- Kansas City Chiefs: EDGE K’Lavon Chaisson, LSU
A corner would be ideal for KC here but at this point they should just take the best defensive player on the board. Chaisson is an explosive pass rusher and could become a game changer at the next level and the Chiefs need as many as they can get on the defensive side of the ball.
- Minnesota Vikings: OT Austin Jackson, USC
Every year I mock Minnesota offensive linemen and every year they do not take them. The cycle continues.
- Buffalo Bills: WR Tee Higgins, Clemson
I did not anticipate Higgins lasting this long and I guarantee you the Buffalo won’t either. This is highly unlikely but if this scenario plays out, the Bills would run to the podium to make this selection and get Josh Allen a legit playmaker.
- Indianapolis Colts: WR Laviska Shenault Jr, Colorado
Shenault Jr. might turn out to be the very best receiver in this draft class. The Colts need to get Brissett more weapons and allow him to grow within this offense that is now fully his. Get him a talented guy like Sheanult Jr. with this pick.
- Seattle Seahawks: DL Javon Kinlaw, South Carolina
I am projecting who the Seahawks will have as the best player left and that will be their strategy. This is a team with few flaws. Which makes the drafting process a whole lot easier. Ask the Patriots.
- Green Bay Packers: WR Donovan Peoples-Jones, Michigan
DPJ is a massive target that Aaron Rodgers would have a lot of fun with. It is that simple.
- Baltimore Ravens: LB Evan Weaver, California
I like Weaver and I think he would fit well into that Baltimore defense. He has great instincts and a high football IQ which will entice Harbaugh to maybe reach a little to fill a need with a guy who I think can play on day one.
- New Orleans Saints: QB Jake Fromm, Georgia
As a Saints fan I would love this. Fromm has dropped a little on my board, but he is still my QB2 in this class. Teddy Bridgewater has more than likely played his way into a contract the Saints cannot afford. Whether or not Brees comes back, if Fromm is there the Saints must take him.
- San Francisco 49ers: CB Trevon Diggs, Alabama
The Niners are legit and they have very few flaws. Richard Sherman isn’t getting any younger so let’s just add another smart corner to learn from Sherman while you still employ him.
- New England Patriots: TE Colby Parkinson, Stanford
No Gronk, no problem just draft the best tight end in the class at the end of the first round.