2020 NFL Mock Draft 1.0
Vegas is calling
For most of us, draft season is upon us! It is the super bowl for the 30 fan bases who aren’t fortunate enough to be in Miami this season. Here I will try my best to figure out and decipher what each team will do with their first round selections.
I put out a post-trade deadline mock in November so you can see the player movement
- Cincinnati Bengals: Joe Burrow QB LSU
I have been a Joe Burrow guy since his first day at LSU. But even I couldn’t have seen this coming. If he can change what it means to be a QB at LSU, why can’t he turn around the Bengals?
- Washington: Chase Young Edge Ohio St.
Another no brainer here for me. Young could become a generational talent and would be an immediate impact player for Ron Rivera in Washington.
- Detroit Lions: Jeff Okudah CB Ohio St.
Back to back Buckeyes and Okudah is as quality as Young is at their own respective positions. A true cover one shut down corner that Detroit needs.
- New York Giants: K’Lavon Chaisson Edge LSU
Blew people away from the SEC championship game and all the way through the playoffs. I think a solid combine could see him go very early and the Giants need a pass rusher.
- Miami Dolphins: Tua Tagovailoa QB Alabama
If his medicals check out then I think Miami flies to the podium to select Tua. Injury concerns are a worry but he is a cerebral and accurate passer.
- Los Angeles Chargers: Justin Herbert QB Oregon
I do think the Chargers could throw big money to Teddy Bridgewater to lure him out of New Orleans but even then I think they could cover their bases here.
- Carolina Panthers: Isaiah Simmons OLB Clemson
They need to revamp that linebackers room with the shock retirement of Luke Kuehcly but they could do worse than pick the Uber talented Simmons.
- Arizona Cardinals: Andrew Thomas OT Georgia
This is one of the easiest selections to mock in this entire exercise.
- Jacksonville Jaguars: Jerry Jeudy WR Alabama
Jacksonville would sprint to the podium to select Jeudy. It’s not only a need but exceptional value.
- Cleveland Browns: Jedrick Willis Jr OT Alabama
Not a sexy pick but Cleveland needs to continue to build around Baker and that offensive line needs help on day one.
- New York Jets: AJ Epenesa Edge Iowa
I am a HUGE fan of Epenesa and I think he is going to be a scary dude for a long time in the NFL.
- Oakland Raiders: Tee Higgins WR Clemson
They need a wide out and they seem to love Clemson dudes. Match made in heaven?
- Indianapolis Colts: CeeDee Lamb WR Oklahoma
QB may be a need and they may move up to make it happen but in this scenario they sit back and get whomever they deem is the best wide out left.
- Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Derrick Brown DT Auburn
Brown is a difference maker in the middle. Disruptive in the run game and can pass rush, with room to also be elite in that aspect. Great value and fits a need.
- Denver Broncos: Henry Ruggs III WR Alabama
Lock, Lindsay, Sutton, Fant, and Ruggs? That is a young, dynamic nucleus for an explosive offense.
- Atlanta Falcons: Kristian Fulton CB LSU
Fulton got thrown at a lot in the championship game but overall played well. I think evaluators will knock him for that game and Atlanta will reap the rewards with a top notch corner.
- Dallas Cowboys: Xavier McKinney S Alabama
The Cowboys are a few pieces away from a run in a weak division. Mike McCarthy would be smart to add to the secondary.
- Miami Dolphins (from Pittsburgh): Tristan Wirfs OT Iowa
You got Tua. Now you need to protect him. That simple.
- Oakland Raiders (from Chicago): Trevon Diggs CB Alabama
It just feels right. Diggs could go anywhere from 8-20 but this spot and the Raiders feel natural in my mind.
- Jacksonville Jaguars (from Rams): Grant Delpit S LSU
This may be the steal of the draft. I don’t know why Delpit has fallen as far as he has but Jacksonville will be the talk of the first round if they can pull Jeudy and Delpit.
- Philadelphia Eagles: Laviska Shenault Jr. WR Colorado
This receiver class is hard to project. There are guys I would select over Shenault but at this point in the process, people are talking more about him. So, where there is smoke, there is fire.
- Buffalo Bills: Jalen Reagor WR TCU
read selection 21*
- . New England Patriots: Cole Kmet TE Notre Dame
The Pats miss Gronk. They need to find a tight end not to replace him, but to alleviate the stress of no longer having him.
- New Orleans Saints: Jake Fromm QB Georgia
I am high on Fromm. He is a cheaper and more long term solution to life post Drew Brees than Teddy Bridgewater. This is a no brainer to me.
- Minnesota Vikings: Bryce Hall CB Virginia
Best DB or offensive lineman available. In this scenario I have them going DB with a very talented kid I am high on.
- Miami Dolphins (from Houston): JK Dobbins RB Ohio St.
The Dolphins now add another piece to help Tua and continue to build around him in the first round of this draft. There would be high fives all around the war room in Miami if this scenario plays out.
- Seattle Seahawks: Julian Okwara DE Notre Dame
Whomever Seattle deems is best available to help them day one would be the pick. They are not far away from another title run. Okwara could help as a sub package pass rusher one day one.
- Baltimore Ravens: Kenneth Murray LB Oklahoma
Wide out could be the move here but Derrick Henry just embarrassed this defense. So I think they will be looking to get more bodies in the linebacker room to try and tighten up the run game.
- Tennessee Titans: Terrell Lewis Edge Alabama
What a Cinderella season Tennessee had this season. I thought about Jordan Love here but I think adding another pass rusher makes more sense here. For a team that will be looking to continue their unlucky rise next season.
- Green Bay Packers: KJ Hamler WR Penn St.
Once again I think Justin Jefferson would be a better pick here but Hamler’s blazing speed may be a factor in him sneaking ahead of more deserving prospect in the later portion of the first round.
- Kansas City Chiefs: CJ Henderson CB Florida
Time will tell if the Chiefs have a good enough defense to win it all, but even so they do need to add some bodies to that secondary. Which has been feast or famine all season.
- San Francisco 49ers: Jeff Gladney CB TCU
Whatever Lynch and Shannahan decide will more than likely be the right one. The work they have done has been spectacular.